Archive for "Football"

News You Should Know: Aug. 13 Edition

August 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was fired from the Miami Dolphins, Malcolm X actor Robert Freeman Jr. died at 78 and Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was fired from the Miami Dolphins following a domestic violence dispute with his wife, Evelyn Lozada. [BET]

Malcolm X actor Robert Freeman Jr. dies at 78. [AP]

Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as his running mate. [BET]

Russell Simmons tweets, Romney and Ryan “will destroy our people.” [Twitchy]

Black hair braiders in Oregon and other parts of the country face stiff regulation. [Oregonian]

Debbie Rowe, mother of Prince and Paris Jackson, said she approves of the new joint custody agreement. [BET]

Rep. Allen West fights back against ad that depicts him punching white women. [Palm Beach Post]

Rampant racial profiling is reported at Boston’s Logan International Airport. [AP]

Brazilian soccer star Pele makes surprise cameo at Olympic closing ceremony as the country gears up for the 2016 Summer games. [SWR]

Nigeria’s army kills 20 suspected members of militant group Boko Haram. [AJE]

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New You Should Know: July 31 Edition

July 31st, 2012

In today’s top news, Michael Phelps might make Olympic history again, Obama asks Bill Clinton to make a case for his re-election and a recently signed NFL player commits suicide.

NFL player O.J. Murdock kills himself in front of his former high school, police say. [CNN]

Obama asks Bill Clinton to make a case for his re-election at the Democratic National Convention. [BET]

Michael Phelps might make Olympic history again tonight. [AP]

Another Olympian is expelled from the games for a racist tweet. [WaPo]

China’s 16-year-old Olympian swimming champ denies dope allegations. [CNN]

Iranian president takes a jab at Mitt Romney’s controversial Israel trip. [AP]

A blackout leaves 600 million residents without power in India. [NPR]

Islamist occupiers stone an unwed couple to death in Mali. [Al Jazeera]

Rumor has it that Apple will announce the next iPhone and “mini iPad” this September. [NBCNews]

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News You Should Know: July 23 Edition

July 23rd, 2012

Michael Jackson's mother is found after reported missing

In today’s top news, Michael Jackson’s mother is reportedly no longer missing, Usher’s stepson Kyle Glover is taken off life support, and politicians reconsider gun laws after movie shooting.

Usher’s stepson Kyle Glover passed away this weekend. [BET]

Politicians are considering tighter federal gun laws after Aurora movie shooting. [CNN]

Michael Jackson’s mother, who was reported as missing, is reportedly “fine.” [BET]

Rupert Murdoch has stepped down from the boards of News Corp’s U.K. newspapers. [FT]

BET, MTV, Nickelodeon and other channels return to DirecTV subscribers. [Chicago Times]

Apple predicts a dip in earnings as consumers hold out for the new iPhone. [Bloomberg]

Penn State’s removal of Joe Paterno statue incites anger within the university’s community. [MSNBC]

Eating less salt could prevent stroke and cancer deaths. [BBC]

CDC: 1 in 13 women drink alcohol during pregnancy despite major health risks. [ABC]

South Sudanese runner will race under the Olympic flag after denying Sudan’s offer. [REUTERS]

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News From Around the Web: June 11 Edition

June 11th, 2012

In today’s top news, Porgy and Bess wins the Tony award for best musical revival, Atlanta pastor Creflo Dollar seeks to clear up reports that he punched his teenage daughter in a scuffle last week and police are searching for the shooter who killed three and wounded three others near Auburn University this weekend.

Porgy and Bess wins the Tony Award for best musical revival. [AP]

Atlanta pastor Creflo Dollar seeks to clear up reports that he punched his teenage daughter in a scuffle last week. [CNN]

Three people were shot and killed and three others were wounded  at an apartment complex near Auburn University Saturday. [MSNBC]

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends stop-and-frisk before a Black congregation Sunday. [NYT]

UNC is fighting allegations of academic fraud after football players were enrolled in an African-American studies course that was never taught. [RNO]

Exonerated of a rape charge, Brian Banks will accept a tryout offer from the Seattle Seahawks. [AP]

Police are looking for the person who shot and killed 19-year-old rapper Lil Phat in Atlanta. [BET]

Mary J. Blige announced she will play Malcolm X’s wife, Betty Shabazz, in an upcoming film. [BET]

Study: Majority of Blacks with hypertension harbor hidden heart disease. [NewsMedical]

Boko Haram strikes two Nigerian churches leaving seven dead. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: May 29 Edition

May 29th, 2012

In today’s top news, Beyoncé reportedly brought down the house in her four-night post-baby concert in Atlantic City, Diddy’s son earns a $54,000 football scholarship to UCLA and Jay-Z is slated to oversee the remake of Annie starring Willow Smith.

Beyoncé reportedly brought down the house in her four-night post-baby concert in Atlantic City. [BET]

Diddy’s son awarded a $54,000 football scholarship to UCLA. [Daily Mail]

Jay-Z slated to oversee the remake of Annie starring Willow Smith. [BET]

T.I. plans to release his second novel in September. [BET]

Federal unemployment extensions for many long-term unemployed Americans are set to expire. [NYT]

Syracuse University and Alex Haley’s son are in a tug of war over a letter written by Malcolm X. [Post-Standard]

Miami police shot an unidentified man who tried to chew another mans face off. [MSNBC]

Cory Booker tells Oprah he can’t imagine running for president. [Star-Ledger]

A U.S. envoy to Haiti says that it will take another 30 years before the country starts to see economic growth. [MontrealGazette]

Sudan is set to withdraw its troops from disputed oil town Abyei. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: May 25 Edition

May 25th, 2012

In today’s top news, a witness recounts seeing drum major Robert Champion beaten with drum mallets during hazing, former high school football star Brian Banks is exonerated in rape case and Lil Wayne fires back at Pusha T for Young Money diss track.

A witness recounts seeing drum major Robert Champion beaten with drum mallets. [CNN]

Former high school football star Brian Banks is exonerated in rape case. [GMA]

Lil Wayne fires back at Pusha T for Young Money diss track. [BET]

One Atlanta man is gearing up to celebrate Memorial Day with his family from the motherland. [BET]

A high school in Brooklyn plans to hand out condoms for students at this year’s prom. [MSNBC]

The Ukranian reporter who kissed Will Smith apologizes for the gaffe. [BET]

Rapper Kendrick Lamar supports President Obama’s stance on gay marriage. [BET]

Doctors report an increasing number of children eating detergent packs thought to be candy. [AP]

The U.N. urges member nations to drop sanctions against Zimbabwe. [BET]

African Union forces capture Al-Shabab militant stronghold near Mogadishu, Somalia. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 6 Edition

February 6th, 2012

In today’s top news, rapper M.I.A. gives the Super Bowl the finger, a Soul Train flash mob takes over Times Square and a Brown University student uncovers a lost Malcolm X speech.

M.I.A. flips middle finger at halftime Super Bowl show. [BET]

Soul Train flash mob takes over Times Square. [BET]

Brown U. student finds lost Malcolm X speech. [Sun Herald.com]

Talib Kweli talks to BET.com about The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. [BET]

The Schomburg Center gears up for Black History Month. [BET]

Arizona lawmaker proposes “White Appreciation Day.” [CBS5]

Report: Increasing risk of STD transmission among adults over 50. [DailyMail]

Mos Def returns to the big screen. [BET]

3,200 slave identities uncovered in Virginia. [CNN]

Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to Jewish group over “king” ceremony using the Torah. [CNN]

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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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News From Around the Web: Dec. 5 Edition

December 5th, 2011

(Photo: Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)

In today’s top news, Magic Johnson attempts to make moves in yet another field, Bishop Eddie Long says he needs to take time away from his megachurch and a deadly ‘game’ played by some children takes another life.

Magic Johnson makes a play for major league baseball. [BET]

Cain reminisces about his old “hood.” [BET]

Bishop Eddie Long taking time off after wife announces divorce. [ABC]

Cain expected to endorse Newt Gingrich. [Daily Beast]

Deadly ‘choking game’ claims another child. [MSNBC]

Europe bans airport body scanners [Mother Jones]

Amnesty International wants Zambia to lock up George Bush. [AP]

Few kids actually send racy text messages. [NYT]

Madonna to perform at Super Bowl halftime. [FOX]

State of Michigan considers intervening to save Detroit. [USATODAY]

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Opinion: The Super Bowl and Violence Against Females

February 5th, 2011

By Kevin Powell

I have been a sports fan for as long as I can remember.

As a youth I formally played baseball, ran track and boxed until I decided I really valued my brain cells more than winning a bout; and informally we boys on the block played stickball, soccer, football (sometimes even tackling each other on concrete), basketball, and anything else that required us to run, hit, catch, or fall.
 
In fact, I am a writer partially because of sports. When I was a boy of no more than 8 or 9, my mother began the practice of taking me to the Jersey City Public Library, the Greenville Branch, as often as she could, usually on Saturdays as that was her day off from work. My mother would sift and read through the local newspaper while my imagination and I were allowed to run wild amongst the stacks of books. And the first ones that grabbed my attention were sports books. About the history of my beloved New York Yankees. About the golden eras of baseball and football. I memorized a plethora of facts and figures because these larger-than-life characters, with names like Red Granger and Joe DiMaggio, and Jackie Robinson and Jim Brown, were utterly heroic and magical to me. Without a doubt I was so enthralled with sports that I made it a point to watch every televised baseball or football game I could, and actually learned the rules to almost every single sport, including ones I did not play, like tennis, golf, or hockey, just because.

Read more of Powell’s piece.

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