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News From Around the Web: March 15

March 15th, 2013

(Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

In today’s top news, Carol Gray, the mother of Kimani Gray, wants to know why the police had to kill her son; Jonathan Watkins, the father of slain infant Jonylah Watkins, is in talks with Chicago police; and rapper Jay-Z will co-produce and perform on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby.

Carol Gray, mother of Kimani Gray, wants to know why the police had to kill her son. [AP]

Jonathan Watkins, father of slain infant Jonylah Watkins, is in talks with Chicago police. [ABC Chicago]

Rapper Jay-Z has teamed up with Australian director Baz Luhrmann to produce and perform on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby. [Reuters]

The two officers now under scrutiny for fatally shooting Brooklyn teen Kimani Gray are decorated cops who had fired their weapons before. [NY Daily News]

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being asked to apologize for referring to the first Black female leader of the state Assembly by race and gender, and not by name. [AP]

Antron Brown is the first African-American to win a major driving title in the U.S. [Jacksonville.com]

Ohio conservative Sen. Rob Portman is changing his stance on gay marriage after finding out his son is gay. [CNN]

Another Carnival Cruise ship is having technical difficulties that are affecting its sailing speed. [Huffington Post]

The UN and human rights groups are warning of a rise in sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [Al Jazeera]

An alleged victim described abuses she says were committed under former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s rule. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 14 Edition

February 14th, 2013

In today’s top news, police say they are “reasonably sure” fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner died in a cabin fire, Black leaders say they were happy to hear President Obama address urban issues in the State of the Union address and the CDC says there is an “ongoing, severe epidemic” of STDs in the U.S.

Police say they are “reasonably sure” fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner died in a cabin fire. [CNN]

Former L.A. cop Christopher Dorner has a bevy of online supporters. [NYDN]

Black leaders say they were happy to hear President Obama address urban issues in the State of the Union address. [BET]

The CDC says there is an “ongoing, severe epidemic” of STDs in the U.S. [NBCNews]

A controversial lyric of Lil Wayne’s has been condemned by the family of Emmett Till. [BET]

Three men were charges for the brutal, broad-daylight beating of a New Jersey man. [Grio]

Many African-Americans hailed President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9. [BET]

South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorious was charged with murder after his girlfriend was found dead in his apartment. [AJE]

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says Michigan’s state government is also to blame for the city’s decline. [Reuters]

Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta has asked the International Criminal Court to delay his crimes against humanity trial. [Reuters]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 10 Edition

January 10th, 2013

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In today’s top news, Vice President Joe Biden says President Obama will act on gun violence soon; Denzel Washington and Django Unchained nab Oscar nominations; and Illinois has three sitting lawmakers currently facing criminal charges.

Vice President Joe Biden says President Obama will act on gun violence soon. [CNN]

Denzel Washington and Django Unchained nab Oscar nominations. [BET]

Illinois has three sitting lawmakers currently facing criminal charges. [BET]

A study revealed NFL player Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May. [AP]

A Virginia teen pleads guilty to setting fire to a church because of the congregation’s race. [MB]

Nas talks about his four Grammy nominations. [AP]

Rihanna will perform at the 2013 Grammy Awards. [BET]

Common says we need to “restructure the Black family.” [MSNBC]

South African police arrested 50 in farm protests. [AP]

Iraqi former inmates of Abu Ghraib prison received a $5 million settlement from a U.S. defense contractor accused of torture. [AJE]

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News From Around the Web: Nov. 5 Edition

November 5th, 2012


In today’s top news, analysts say Obama is set up for an electoral win in Tuesday’s presidential election, Jay-Z will perform at an Obama event in Ohio Monday and Chris Rock tells undecided white voters, “Barack Obama is a white president you can trust.”
Some analysts say Obama is set up for an electoral win in Tuesday’s presidential election. [CBSNews]

Jay-Z will perform at an Obama event in Ohio Monday. [BET]

Chris Rock tells undecided white voters, “Barack Obama is a white president you can trust.” [Politico]

California residents found absentee ballots in the trash. [NECN]

Celebrities gathered to honor comedian Eddie Murphy. [USAToday]

A$AP Rocky says his fashion choices champion homosexual acceptance. [BET]

Juvenile’s son, Young Juve, was arrested for fighting a woman outside an Orlando nightclub. [BET]

African firms are making a bid to take over mobile gaming. [CNN]

Somalia gets its first female foreign minister, Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan. [BBC]

South Sudan expelled a U.N. human rights official accusing her of producing “unjustified” reports. [AJE]

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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: March 28 Edition

March 28th, 2012

In today’s top news, Chaka Khan and friends record Trayvon Martin tribute, Magic Johnson and partners make record purchase of L.A. Dodgers for $2 billion and the Supreme Court holds its final day of arguments on Obama’s historic health care law

Chaka Khan and friends record Trayvon Martin tribute. [BET]

Magic Johnson and partners buy L.A. Dodgers for $2 billion. [AP]

Supreme Court holds its final day of arguments on Obama’s historic health care law. [Reuters]

Gas prices reach $4 and above in 10 states and Washington. D.C. [CNN]

Some Hunger Games fans post racist comments to Twitter in disappointment over casting of Black actors. [BET]

Basketball Wives star Tami Roman suffers a mild heart attack. [BET]

U.N. human rights chief says Syria is targeting children. [BBC]

The Red Cross considers building a hotel in Haiti. [AP]

Mega Millions jackpot reaches record $476 million. [MSNBC]

France seeks arrest of Equitorial Guinea president’s  “playboy” son for money laundering. [Reuters]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 29

February 29th, 2012

In today’s top news, Google’s privacy policy is set to change tomorrow, March 1, Mitt Romney wins primary elections in Michigan and Arizona, and Ohio will prosecute school shooting suspect T.J. Lane as an adult.

Google’s privacy policy is set to change March 1. [BET]

Mitt Romney wins primaries in Michigan and Arizona. [MSNBC]

Ohio to prosecute school shooting suspect as an adult. [ABC]

Slaves who built the U.S. Capitol were honored by lawmakers. [LATimes]

Stroke deaths down in African-American children with sickle cell. [BET]

Autism not diagnosed as early in minority children. [AP]

Wendy Williams tells Chris Brown and Rihanna to back off romantic revival. [BET]

Pentagon admits it dumped 9/11 remains in a landfill. [MSNBC]

Syrian army continues assaults on civilians as the U.N. prepares a humanitarian resolution. [Reuters]

Uganda attracts $3 billion in oil investment. [EastAfrican]

Iran now accepting gold for oil in light of E.U. sanctions. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 23 Edition

February 23rd, 2012

In today’s top news, President Obama honors Black history at National African-American Museum ceremony,  Michael Jordan is suing a Chinese company for unauthorized use of his name and U.S. troops are now in four African countries to help fight the Lord’s Resistance Army.

President Obama honors Black history at National African-American Museum ceremony. [BET]

Michael Jordan is suing a Chinese company for unauthorized use of his name. [AP]

U.S. troops now in four African countries to help fight the Lord’s Resistance Army. [AP]

Obama apologizes to Afghanistan over Quran burnings at a NATO military base. [MSNBC]

Actor Terrence Howard has 30 days to shell out $50k to his estranged ex-wife. [BET]

Jury recommends 26 years of prison time for UVA student’s alleged role in the death of his girlfriend. [CNN]

Tabloid magazine publishes photo of Whitney Houston’s open casket. [Reuters]

Nigeria renews ExxonMobil’s oil drilling licenses. [AFP]

Poll shows President Obama is reaping the benefits from the improving economy. [AP]

European Court of Human Rights tells Italy it was wrong to send African migrants back to Libya. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Dec. 28 Edition

December 28th, 2011

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In today’s top news, Janet Jackson has been called a “grinch,” Cuba opens up its prison’s doors and Heavy D’s cause of death is determined.

The cause of Heavy D’s death is revealed. [BET]

PETA names Janet Jackson the “Grinch of the Year.” [BET]

New website to bring Thomas Jefferson’s slave’s stories to light. [BET]

Bombers target Islamic school in Nigeria. [MSNBC]

Cell phone use can be tracked without user’s knowledge. [CNN]

Beyoncé labor rumors swirl. [ABC]

A record amount of guns were sold across the U.S. this December. [CNN]

Cuba frees thousands of prisoners. [AJE]

President Obama and Hillary Clinton are voted most admired in 2011. [USATODAY]

Police deaths up 13 percent in 2011. [TIME]

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NAACP Wants Obama to Push Human Rights

February 13th, 2009

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 The nation’s oldest civil rights organization kicked off its hundred-year anniversary Thursday outlining a list of priorities for the nation’s first African-American president. “At the end of the day we are not an organization who is here to celebrate any milestone too much,” said Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. “On Jan. 20 we celebrated Obama as the first black president. On Jan. 21 we were aware that he was the 44th president of the U.S. And we are out there making sure that his agenda is our agenda.” And unlike in past years, when the NAACP found itself begging for an audience with the president or hoping to get him to be sensitive to minority concerns, there’s no pre-existing hostility. “That is the beauty of this moment, we aren’t relegated to the office of public liaison,” Jealous said. Among the issues that the NAACP wants to see addressed during the Obama administration are, the establishment of policing standards to ensure fair law-enforcement practices in all communities; an immediate moratorium on home foreclosures; strict enforcement of human rights and civil rights laws; and the adoption of policies that provide health care to uninsured persons.

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