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]
March 22nd, 2012
In today’s top news, Trayvon Martin’s parents speak to NYC crowds at Million Hoodie March, right wing blog suggests that Rev. Al Sharpton is “exploiting” the racial implications of the Trayvon Martin case, and Ray J denies rumors that he has a sex tape with the late Whitney Houston.
Trayvon Martin’s parents speak to NYC crowds at Million Hoodie March. [AP]
Right wing blog suggests that Rev. Al Sharpton is “exploiting” the racial implications of the Trayvon Martin case. [TheBlaze]
Ray J denies rumors that he has a sex tape with the late Whitney Houston. [BET]
North Carolina school asked students to dress in “African-American attire” or animal print for Black History Month. [MSNBC]
Mother of Rev. Al Sharpton has died. [BET]
Idris Elba will grace the silver screen as South African leader Nelson Mandela. [BET]
The U.S. Army is taking a second look at its PTSD evaluation program. [CNN]
Survey: Americans think today’s politicians talk about religion too much. [MSNBC]
Major supermarket chains to stop selling “pink slime” beef. [CBS]
Mali rebels announce takeover of country. [BBC]
July 23rd, 2010
Actor Idris Elba accompanied 21 students from historically Black colleges on a trip to South Africa during the country’s historic hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
The undergrads, winners of the Coca Cola “Open Happiness Tour” video competition, spent their trip visiting historic sites and even taking in a World Cup game. They also worked with young students at a grade school in Soweto, where the students promised to help the children build a library.
“This was a life changing and moving experience for me. I’ve been to Africa a couple of times since my father was from Ghana and mother from Sierra Leone but this has to be the most moving and powerful trips I’ve ever had,” said Elba. “Watching the students grow in awareness and seeing how much we take for granted was a wakeup call and an honor for me to be a part of their experience. Thanks to Coca-Cola we now have twenty one new leaders who will make a difference in our world”
According to Coca Cola, the students won the trip after participating in a video competition that sought creative and inspirational answers to the question: How does the Coca-Cola RAIN program inspire you? The Coca-Cola RAIN “Water for Schools” initiative helps provide safe drinking water for schoolchildren in Africa and around the world.
Pictured with Actor Idris Elba are Student Winners: Funbi Oluwole, Clark Atlanta University; Alisa Routh & Justin Smith, Florida A&M University; Tatiana Mosley & Junious Smith III, Fayetteville State University; Jasmine Singleton & Graylin Taylor, Ft. Valley State University; Jelyse Dawson & Derrill Miller, Grambling State University; Lael Clark & Tremone Jackson, Johnson C. Smith University, Stephen Love, Morehouse College; Ashley Canty & Victor Pimentel, Norfolk State University; Edifon Ette & Sherron Douglas, Southern University; Karen Evans, Spelman College, Cherish Rush & Ryan Small, Texas Southern, Theresa Scales & Steve Morgan, Jr., Xavier University.