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]
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]
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]
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]
April 9th, 2012
In today’s news, the suspected shooters of five Black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been arrested, Bill Cosby speaks out on the Trayvon Martin tragedy and, for the second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says the N-word on live TV.
The suspected shooters of five Black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been arrested. [BET]
Bill Cosby speaks out on the Trayvon Martin tragedy. [WashingtonTimes]
For the second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says the N-word on live TV. [DailyCaller]
Trayvon Martin’s family could sue the homeowner’s association in the neighborhood where he was killed. [AP]
A Fox Orlando news affiliate refers to neo-Nazis as a civil rights group. [ThinkProgress]
Violence forces cancellation of two Young Jeezy concerts in Canada. [BET]
Study: Children of mothers who are diabetic or obese while pregnant are at a higher risk of developing autism. [FOX]
Rapper Young Buck to lose much of his intellectual property in his bankruptcy settlement. [BET]
Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Nigeria kills 38. [CSM]
Mali’s president formally stepped down. [CNN]
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]
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]
January 18th, 2012
In today’s top news, Ne-Yo says Blacks deserve more credit, Mormons say they face more prosecution and Ja Rule breaks his silence.
Mormons say they face more discrimination than Blacks. [BET]
Ne-Yo says Blacks deserve more credit. [BET]
Ja Rule speaks from behind bars. [BET]
Civil rights leaders are taking a stand against hazing. [BET]
A Tennessee principal says test scores show Black students are less smart. [BET]
Wikipedia site has “blacked out” in protest of web piracy laws. [FOX]
A “smoking object” was thrown at the White House Tuesday night. [CNN]
Another light bright photo of Beyoncé incites anger. [NYDN]
Sudan faces famine. [CNN]
World Bank warns of impending economic crisis. [MSNBC]
January 12th, 2012
In today’s top news, Haiti marks the somber two-year anniversary of its history-making earthquake, a lawsuit pops the top on racial discrimination at Pepsi, Co., and Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s new baby girl is already making history.
Haiti marks two years since a devastating earthquake shook the nation. [BET]
Pepsi shells out $3.1 million in racial bias case. [AP]
Michelle Obama says she has tried to ignore attempts to portray her as an “angry Black woman.” [Sun-Times]
President Obama took in $68 million in campaign funds at the end of 2011. [AP]
Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, sets a billboard record just days after birth. [WSJ]
Survey: Conflict between rich and poor is strongest in years. [AP]
J-Cole’s “Work Out” goes platinum. [BET]
Director George Lucas says he found out how hard Black Hollywood has it through making Red Tails. [BBC]
Uncle Snoop plans to intervene in Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa beef. [BET]
Fuel protests in Nigeria intensify as oil union workers join the fray. [Bloomberg]
May 13th, 2010
This week, the BET Networks family celebrated the life of Lena Horne with video tributes, photo galleries, blog tributes and “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lena Horne. You can leave your comments, memories and condolences, too.
We paused to remember her personal elegance and style, but more importantly, her invaluable contribution to American arts and culture, and her commitment to human rights and justice.
Did you know that Lena Horne was the youngest member to join the NAACP ever? At 14-months-old her grandmother signed her up. Check out Amy Goodman’s blog at Democracy Now for more on Lena Horne and her social and political activism.
Her incredible talent, radiant beauty and single-minded determination enabled her to soar to heights unreached by other Black entertainers at the time. But she did not allow the trappings of success steer her away from doing what was right; standing up for civil rights and attaching her star to the 1960s Civil Rights movement and the activism in the 1940s and ‘50s that led up to it.
So, while its important to say farewell to Horne with touching tributes its more important to emulate all that was noble, elevating and courageous about the singer, actress and activist.
Thank you for all you did and goodbye, Lena Horne.
Side Note: Remember when Lena Horne was a guest star on The Cosby show? The whole Huxtable family went out to see her and met with her backstage. One of the great things about The Cosby Show was the way it leveraged its popularity to introduce younger audiences – and the world as a whole – to under-appreciated icons like Horne, who deserved our admiration and respect.