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News From Around the Web: June 26 Edition

June 26th, 2012

In today’s top news, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Arizona’s immigration law, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence after being treated from exhaustion and George Zimmerman makes another attempt at being released from jail.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Arizona’s immigration law and ruled against life sentences without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. [BET]

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence after being treated from exhaustion. [ChicagoTribune]

George Zimmerman makes another attempt at being released from jail. [NYT]

Another violent weekend in Chicago leaves four people dead and others wounded. [ChicagoTribune]

Amber Rose says she is giving up her singing career to start a family with husband Wiz Khalifa. [BET]

Former music exec Jimmy Henchman was indicted for conspiring to kill an associate of rapper 50 Cent. [BET]

A U.S. general says African militant groups have begun training together and sharing resources. [Reuters]

Hundreds are feared dead after deadly landslides hit eastern Uganda. [AFP]

Rodney King’s adult children are soliciting public donations for his burial fund. [TMZ]

Study: Blacks less likely to receive kidney donations. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: June 19 Edition

June 19th, 2012

In today’s top news, recordings of George and Shellie Zimmermam speaking in code about the couple’s finances have been released, Adidas halts the release of the  ”shackle shoe” amid much criticism and Republicans are seeking to make cuts to the food stamp program.

Recordings of George and Shellie Zimmermam speaking in code about the couple’s finances have been released.  [BET]

Adidas halts the release of the “shackle shoe” amid much criticism. [CNN]

Republicans are seeking to make cuts to the food stamp program. [CBS News]

A white nationalism group registers to lobby in Washington. [The Hill]

YouTube censors “terrorist” videos. [CNN]

Bebe Winans’ memoir in tribute to Whitney Houston is due to hit shelves July 31. [BET]

Report says Asian-Americans more satisfied with life. [MSNBC]

Chicago rapper Chief Keef, 16, has inked a deal with Interscope Records. [BET]

E.U. condemns Boko Haram’s church attacks in Nigeria and following reprisal. [AFP]

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor will appeal his war crimes conviction. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: June 13 Edition

June 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, George Zimmerman’s wife was arrested for perjury after lying about the couple’s finances, a Georgia KKK branch loses its bid to adopt a stretch of the state’s highway and police in Chicago are working overtime to stem the rising tide of street violence.

George Zimmerman’s wife was arrested for perjury after lying about the couple’s finances. [BET]

A Georgia KKK branch loses its bid to adopt a stretch of the state’s highway. [CNN]

Police in Chicago are working overtime to stem the rising tide of street violence. [ChicagoTribune]

A new documentary chronicles how the Grammy Awards show was reworked in the hectic hours after Whitney Houston’s death. [AP]

Usher, 2Chainz and Big Sean will perform at this year’s BET Awards. [BET]

Creator and executive producer of Basketball Wives,  Shaunie O’Neal, says she plans to fire three cast members. [BET]

Spike Lee warns that Obama supporters cannot rest on their laurels, expecting an easy victory. [Politico]

Waka Flocka Flame says Rick Ross and Jay-Z copied his style. [BET]

Israel has begun its plan to detain and deport more than 200,000 undocumented African migrants. [CNN]

Imprisoned boxer Floyd Mayweather seeks release from solitary confinement on grounds that he is becoming out of shape. [ESPN]

Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is losing its distinction as “most dangerous city in the world.” [AP]

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News From Around the Web: March 20 Edition

March 20th, 2012

In today’s top news, the federal government has decided to launch an investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin, new, negative details emerge about Robert Bales, the staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians, and Beyoncé is planning her first post-baby concert in Atlantic City.

The federal government has decided to launch an investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. [BET]

New, negative details emerge about Robert Bales, the staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians. [ABC]

Beyoncé is planning for her first post-baby concert in Atlantic City. [BET]

Jaleel White to join Dancing With the Stars. [BET]

Nicki Minaj to become the face of a new Pepsi beverage. [Forbes]

Study shows “meth babies” have similar behavior to “crack babies.” [AP]

Black Chicago fire recruits from 1995 finally join the department. [Sun-Times]

Rick Santorum tells a crowd the unemployment rate “doesn’t matter” to him. [NBC]

Report: States do a poor job of guarding against corruption. [CNN]

Senegalese superstar Youssou Ndour launches his presidential campaign. [AFP]

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News From Around the Web: March 15 Edition

March 15th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today, Kony 2012 screenings are halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage and Memphis will finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.

Former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today. [BET]

Kony 2012 screenings halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage. [BBC]

Memphis to finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.  [CNN]

The White House is turning its attention to foreign-policy matters this week. [BET]

President Obama says it is not yet time to intervene in Syria. [AJE]

A new book from food justice activist Bryant Terry says that Black people can enjoy vegan food too. [BET]

Study shows that a lack of sleep may cause heavier eating. [WebMD]

Taliban suspends peace talks with the U.S. [Reuters]

Shocking, new anti-smoking campaign sets out to de-glamorize the addictive habit. [Reuters]

Arizona is on pace to have its busiest year for executions. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 21 Edition

February 21st, 2012

In today’s top news, Chris Brown and Rihanna have confirmed their renewed friendship through new music, Bobby Brown explains why he left his ex-wife’s funeral and Magic Johnson is preparing to launch a new television network via Comcast.

Chris Brown and Rihanna have confirmed their friendship through new music. [BET]

Bobby Brown explains why he left Whitney Houston’s funeral. [BET]

Magic Johnson will launch a TV network via Comcast. [LATimes]

NAACP blasts Iowa for lackluster minority protection. [ABC5]

Federal government is the worst offender of veteran discrimination. [MSNBC]

Chicago teacher sues for the right to use the N-word in class. [SunTimes]

French police are questioning former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over prostitution links. [MSNBC]

Haiti may soon receive its first cruise ship in 25 years. [USATODAY]

Basketball star Allen Iverson gets lucrative offer from soccer league. [YahooNews]

Eighty-eight year-old Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe dispels rumors about his health. [AFP]

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News From Around the World: Jan. 27 Edition

January 27th, 2012

In today’s top news, Etta James’s record sales have gained new life following her death, Black leaders in New Jersey say civil rights are too important to be left to a popular vote and U.S. economic growth is picking up.

Etta James’s record sales soaring after her death. [BET]

Black leaders in New Jersey say civil rights shouldn’t be left to a popular vote. [BET]

U.S. economic growth picking up. [BBC]

Mary J. Blige is upset her song from The Help didn’t snag any Oscar nods. [BET]

President Obama hits his stride ahead of the 2012 elections. [BET]

African leaders say they are ready to lead world growth. [AFP]

Atheist teen forces school to remove prayer from wall. [NYT]

Nigerian president open to talking with Boko Haram. [AJE]

Costa Concordia cruise disaster survivors offered $14,460 each. [MSNBC]

Three Chicago teens face hate crime charges for attacking an African-American student. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 4. Edition

January 4th, 2012

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In today’s top news, Mitt Romney came out on top in Iowa, Dennis Rodman is making a topless comeback to basketball and Michael Jackson’s doctor gets stripped of his medical license.

Mitt Romney takes victory in the Iowa caucuses. [BET]

Chicago’s chief of police is suspended for excessive use of force in a low-income area. [CNN]

Dennis Rodman to lead topless female basketball team. [BET]

Sickle cell keeps Steelers player Ryan Clark out of upcoming playoff game. [CNN]

Judge rules that a Black church is the rightful owner of a KKK shop. [BET]

BP and Halliburton still pointing fingers over the 2010 oil spill. [CNN]

Lawsuit alleges inequality among Maryland’s higher education funding. [FOX]

Dr. Conrad Murray is stripped of his medical license. [BET]

Children of late rapper Eazy-E to star in N.W.A. biopic. [BET]

Man crosses U.S. border with nothing but a copy of his passport on his iPad. [BBC]

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Lupe: Hip Hop Has to Take Some Fault for Violence

November 4th, 2009

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Hip-Hop artist Lupe Fiasco said that emcess and radio stations must do more to curb violence in urban communities.

Speaking about the death of Derrion Albert during an interview on 107.5 WGCI in Chicago, Fiasco said that some of the lyrics in rap music is influencing youth to do negative things.

From HipHopWired.com

“Hip-Hop has to take some fault for that. Just in the fact that the amount of violence and the amount of negativity that’s in Hip-Hop and the music, it attributes to so much that goes on, negatively, in the hood,” said Fiasco who added that radio stations need to be more selective on what music plays on air.

Lupe added that another overlying issue is the fact that positivity is not endorsed as heavily in outlets such as the radio. Oddly enough, people must not want to be lifted and told that there is a better way.

“It lacks entertainment value. It lacks a certain kind of hype around it. A certain “coolness” about it. So it doesn’t fit on the radio.”

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Investigation into Grisly Cemetery Case Continues; King Billboard Stirs Controversy

July 13th, 2009

Investigation into Grisly Cemetery Case Continues
The ghoulish discovery that hundreds of bodies at a historic African-American cemetery in Chicago were dumped in a greedy scheme to resell burial plots drew thousands of concerned and irate protestors this weekend. Many of the thousands who turned out at the Burr Oak Cemetery were hoping to find their dearly departed, and Cook County officials even exhumed the body of one grave as part of the investigation involving four former employees accused in case. In addition to getting rid of some bodies, the ex-workers also stacked more than one body in a single grave, authorities say. Cook County Sheriff’s Department officials say they have gotten more than 7,000 requests for information from those whose loved ones are buried in Burr Oaks but that they’ve only processed about 400 so far. The FBI and local officials continue the investigation today at Burr Oak Cemetery, where many iconic African Americans are buried – including Civil Rights-era lynching victim Emmett Till; musicians Willie Dixon, Dinah Washington and Otis Spann; and Negro Leagues Baseball players Jimmie Crutchfield and John Donaldson. Officials said they would try to respond to families in the next week, but Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the investigation was hampered by a lack of maps for large sections of the cemetery. Many of those his staff had found were hand-drawn and sketchy, he said. “You might as well be talking about hieroglyphics here,” he said. “This is unheard of.”

 

King Billboard Stirs Controversy
A billboard in Houston identifying Dr. Martin Luther King as a Republican is an outrage and an outright lie, say community activists who want the humongous sign taken down. “The party of Tom Delay, the party of Rush Limbaugh, the party of Sean Hannity, the party of Michael Savage would not be the party of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior!” argues Quanell X, one of those opposing the billboard. But Apostle Claver, founder of the Black conservative group known as the Raging Elephants, says this the sign “is saying conservatives are coming. And we’re going to offer solutions to the problems that this neighborhood has.” Claver notes that the slain civil rights leader’s niece, Alveeta King, has mentioned in her book that MLK was indeed a Republican. However, King’s sons say their father never would have voted Republican.  X says that no one has the right to align the man who lived and died to save all people to a certain Republican or Democratic Party!”

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