Archive for "Civil Rights"

News From Around the Web: April 10 Edition

April 10th, 2014

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In today’s news, President Obama takes center stage in a civil rights commemoration; Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in a warehouse; Kathleen Sebelius says there are 7.5 million people who have signed up for the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama takes center stage in civil rights commemoration. [CNN]

Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse. [BET]

Kathleen Sebelius: 7.5 million signed up in Obamacare exchanges. [Politico]

School stabbings suspect dazed; 1 student in very critical condition. [LA Times]

The Pistorius Trial: His courtroom hysterics may be mostly theater. [Time]

Russell Westbrook scores 30 to help Thunder ward off Clippers. [ESPN]

Envoy urges support for peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic. [NY Times]

Glee star Naya Rivera and rapper Big Sean end their short engagement. [Fox]

More than 100 have died in Guinea from Ebola virus. [BBC]

Army’s ban on dreadlocks is offensive to some African-Americans. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: April 8 Edition

April 8th, 2014

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In today’s news, President Obama is planning to headline a civil rights summit in Texas; the Rev. Al Sharpton is linked to spying on the Mafia; and Derek Jeter has his last home opener.

Obama to headline civil rights summit in Texas. [BET]

The Rev. Al Sharpton is linked to spying on the Mafia. [NY Times]

Derek Jeter has last home opener. [ESPN]

Chris Brown arrives in Washington via ‘Con Air’ to face assault charge. [CNN]

Washington state landslide death toll now at 33. [WWGP]

L.A. cop shot by gunman who came to station with complaint. [Washington Times]

Egypt jails four men for gay acts. [BBC]

Construction of museum for African-American music planned for 2015. [BET]

Simple blood test could detect cancer early. [Voice of America]

Oscar Pistorius: I was more into Reeva Steenkamp than she was me. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: July 30 Edition

July 30th, 2013

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In Tuesday’s top news, South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela’s health continues to improve; Eric Holder wants the defense of civil rights as his legacy as attorney general; Trayvon Martin’s mother criticizes Florida’s stand your ground law.

Nelson Mandela’s health continues to improve, SA president says. [Wall Street Journal]

Attorney General Eric Holder sees defense of civil rights as his legacy. [Washington Post]

Trayvon Martin’s mother slams stand your ground, urges Florida to end it. [BET]

N.C. governor signs law for tougher abortion clinic rules. [Reuters]

NYC mayoral candidate equates stop and frisk to Trayvon profiling.  [BET]

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have lunch and fuel speculation. [NY Daily News]

Rush Limbaugh responds to reports second largest radio network will drop him. [LA Times]

More evidence that breast feeding may boost babies’ IQs. [USA Today]

Three killed in Chicago shootings, two within two blocks. [Chicago Tribune]

Zimbabwe polling observer has concern about upcoming election. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: April 5

April 5th, 2013

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In today’s top news, Black unemployment dropped to 13.3 percent, President Obama will propose cutting Social Security, Medicare and other government benefits in new budget and a federal judge ruled to make a common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages.

The national unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent, while Black unemployment dropped to 13.3 percent. [BET]

As part of his new budget, President Obama will propose cutting Social Security, Medicare and other government benefits. [LA Times]

A federal judge ruled Friday that the government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages. [NY Times]

Attorney General Eric Holder said Martin Luther King Jr. “would not yet be satisfied” with the progress the nation has made on protecting voting rights. [Black Voices]

A murder suspect in Mississippi was found dead after he shot and killed Eric Smith, a homicide detective, inside an interrogation room on Thursday. [CBS]

Ex-Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll opened up about her resignation after being tied to a veterans charity that is under federal investigation for gambling. [BET]

Roger Ebert, who died at the age of 70 Thursday, was a champion of Black film. [The Grio]

Two missiles have been loaded onto mobile launchers in North Korea and are ready to be launched, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Friday. [CNN]

A building collapsed in the Mumbai suburb of Thane, India, leaving 45 people dead. [USA Today]

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News From Around the Web: March 19

March 19th, 2013

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In today’s top news, Jonylah Watkins will be laid to rest, Lil Wayne was released from the hospital and graduation rates have improved for Black NCAA tournament players.

The funeral for Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago, will be held today. [Chicago Tribune]

Lil Wayne has been released from a Los Angeles hospital where he was taken in after having seizures. [BET]

On the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war, 57 people were killed in bombings throughout Baghdad.  [AP]

Graduation rates have improved for NCAA tournament players, especially African-Americans. [TheGrio]

Bobbie Smith, the former lead singer of the group the Spinners, has died. He was 76. [Billboard]

Officers involved in the shooting of Kimani Gray have previously been sued for civil rights violations. [WNYC]

At least seven U.S. Marines were killed and several others were injured at a Nevada training site. [USA Today]

The housing market has shown signs of improvement in February as the number of new permits for construction climbed to the highest level since 2008. [Reuters]

Two teenage girls were charged with menacing for allegedly threatening the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case via Twitter and Facebook. [ABC]

Two suicide bombers killed at least 22 people in an attack on a bus station in the Northern Nigerian city of Kano yesterday. [Bloomberg]

Pope Francis set the tone for a new, humbler papacy on Tuesday with a call for the defense of the weak and the environment. [Reuters]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 28

February 28th, 2013

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In today’s top news, Black leaders are calling for Dov Hikind, New York’s “blackface” assemblyman, to resign; the disparity between Blacks’ and whites’ median income has tripled; and civil rights activists are expressing “nervousness” as the Supreme Court decides the future of the Voting Rights Act.

Black leaders are calling for the resignation of New York assemblyman Dov Hikind, who wore blackface costume to a party. [BET]

Civil rights activists are expressing nervousness as the Supreme Court rules on a key provision in the Voting Rights Act. [BET]

Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning at 2 p.m. ET today. [CNN]

Comedian Kevin Hart will make his Saturday Night Live debut this weekend. [TheGrio]

The percentage of the Black female prison population has dropped sharply compared to white female population which has risen. [Black Voices]
The difference between the net worth of the median white and Black household has nearly tripled in 25 years. [BET]
A fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis was suspended for an incident allegedly involving pledges singing racial slurs toward African-American students. [ProBible]
Richard Street, an ex-Temptations singer, is dead at 70. [AP]
In Japan, people exposed to areas contaminated by leaked radioactive material face higher cancer risks. [Al Jazeera]
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News From Around the Web: June 28 Edition

June 28th, 2012


In today’s top news, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the U.S. House votes today on whether they will hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress and the Montford Point Marines, the first African-Americans allowed in the Marine Corps, were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. [BET]

The U.S. House votes today on whether they will hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for mishandling Fast and Furious. [CNN]

Attorney General Eric Holder defended President Obama’s record on civil rights. [BET]

The Montford Point Marines, the first African-Americans allowed in the Marine Corps, were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. [AP]

Jordin Sparks talks to BET.com about the new video for her Whitney Houston duet “Celebrate.” [BET]

R. Kelly fell ill while on the way to New York to promote his new album and recently released autobiography. [Philly.com]

A Motown Records-inspired musical is slated to hit Broadway next spring. [BET]

Mali’s Timbuktu is on UNESCO’s danger list. [BBC]

Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan urges families to limit the number of children they are having. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: May 31 Edition

May 31st, 2012

In today’s top news, Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights, a report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed and the makers of FEMA trailers are set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes.

Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights. [BET]

Report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed. [Miami Herald]

Makers of FEMA trailers set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes. [CNN]

Black surgeon sues UCLA over racist joke. [The Root]

First Lady Michelle Obama says the president “tucks her in” to bed each night at the White House. [DailyMail]

Bobbi Kristina walked off of the set of her new Tyler Perry show after an emotional breakdown. [BET]

Idris Elba is rumored to star in the next Hunger Games movie. [BET]

After her sister’s big upset loss at the French Open, tennis champ Venus Williams is also out of the tournament. [SI]

Africa NGO says the rush to adopt African children needs to stop. [CNN]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton points finger at Russia for contributing to Syria’s civil war. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: May 21 Edition

May 21st, 2012

In today’s top news, the NAACP deems same-sex marriage a civil right, Black and Latino people are paying three percent more for homes and Michelle Obama takes first ladies to the South Side of Chicago during NATO visit.

The NAACP deems same-sex marriage a civil right. [BET]

Black and Latino people pay three percent more for homes. [BusinessInsider]

Michelle Obama takes first ladies to the South Side of Chicago during NATO visit. [Reuters]

Many war veterans protested the NATO summit, tossing medals into the streets. [MSNBC]

Will Smith smacks a reporter who tried to kiss him in the face. [ABCNEWS]

An attorney claims a judge and two lawyers conspired to drain Rosa Park’s estate of money. [BET]

Raven-Symoné says her sexuality is not public business after a tabloid claims she is a lesbian. [MTV]

T.I. wants out of the rap game. [BET]

Wendy Williams defends her plastic surgery. [BET]

French authorities are investigating ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in another sex scandal. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: May 15 Edition

May 15th, 2012

In today’s top news, Jay-Z says he supports President Obama’s stance on gay marriage, a coalition of Black ministers and civil rights leaders are backing Obama on gay marriage and FAMU’s marching band will be suspended for another year amid the hazing scandal.

Jay-Z says he supports President Obama’s stance on gay marriage. [BET]

A coalition of Black ministers and civil rights leaders are backing Obama on gay marriage. [Politico]

FAMU’s marching band will be suspended for another year amid hazing scandal. [BET]

The shift in support for gay marriage has energized immigrant rights activists. [AP]

Evidence has been filed in the Trayvon Martin case. [Detroit Free Press]

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has ended his campaign for the White House. [CSM]

Rev. Jeremiah Wright says Obama’s team tried to bribe him into silence. [BET]

Baltimore’s oldest Black cemetery is restored with the help of inmates. [Baltimore Sun]

New Orleans rapper Mystikal begins his 90-day sentence for domestic abuse. [BET]

American military advisers are in Uganda prepping troops to battle Somalia’s Al-Shabab militant group. [AP]

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