June 27th, 2012
In today’s top news, a report says Trayvon Martin’s life may have been spared if George Zimmerman would have identified himself as a neighborhood watch captain, Rep. Charles Rangel won his 22nd term in Congress and President Obama’s reelection campaign has a team of lawyers on standby to combat legal disputes arising from this year’s election.
A report says Trayvon Martin’s life may have been spared if George Zimmerman would have identified himself as a neighborhood watch captain. [AP]
Rep. Charles Rangel won his 22nd term in Congress Tuesday, fending off four challengers. [NYT]
President Obama’s reelection campaign has a team of lawyers on standby to combat legal disputes arising from this year’s election. [AP]
The Pentagon held its first gay pride event. [ABC News]
A boxing promoter has offered Drake and Chris Brown $1 million to get in the ring. [CNN]
Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles is trying to create the next Destiny’s Child. [CW39]
50 Cent was involved in a car accident yesterday morning. [BET]
NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire hurled a gay slur at a fan via Twitter. [BET]
Lawyers for Kris Humphries are expected to subpoena Amber Rose to find out details about when Kim Kardashian began seeing boyfriend Kanye West. [BET]
Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan fired several state oil company executives over reports of corruption. [BBC]
Ethiopia convicted prominent journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega of conspiring to overthrow the government. [Reuters]
April 6th, 2012
In today’s top news, Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy, is “devastated” by her daughter’s autopsy report, pioneering Black journalist Gil Noble has died and it looks like the U.S. Senate may be without Black representation for the next few years.
Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy, is “devastated” by released autopsy report. [BET]
Black jobless rate decreased slightly in March. [BET]
Pioneering Black journalist Gil Noble has died. [BET]
The U.S. Senate may be without Black representation for the next few years. [CNN]
Maryland’s self-proclaimed Mega Millions winner now says she has lost the winning ticket. [MSNBC]
Coca Cola Co. has cut ties with group which supports “Stand Your Ground” laws. [Reuters]
Evicted 101-year-old Detroit woman gets her home back. [AP]
The internet is abuzz over Beyoncé’s new Tumblr blog. [BET]
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly dating. [BET]
Malawi’s president has died. [Telegraph]
London police are under investigation for claims of racism. [CNN]
Mali’s Tuareg rebels have declared independence and are seeking recognition of their “Azawad” nation. [VOA]
June 30th, 2010
Richard Prinice Journal-Isms is reporting that sports columnist and commentator Stephen Smith has ended his strained relationship with his longtime employer, the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I’m as happy as I’ve been for a long time,” Smith told Journal-isms. “I get to do what I really want to do. Anything’s possible. The sky’s the limit.”
According to Prince, Smith’s decision to leave the Inquirer, where he worked for 15 years, is by “mutual agreement.”
Smith was engaged in a much publicized dispute with the paper for a little over two years from 2007 to early 2010 after the paper’s editor demoted him — then the highest paid employee at the paper — from a columnist to a general assignment reporter.
At the time, the very opinionated and outspoken Smith had begun to make regular rounds of television and radio interviews and began to attract large audiences of fans and followers to all his media platforms.
After arbitration between the Inquirer and Smith (with the backing of the newspaper Guild) he was reinstated in February of this year, but with a few restrictions. For example, he could no longer express political views during guest appearances and on his personal Web site.
For more on Smith, the feud with the Inquirer and what he might do next, check out this story.
November 12th, 2009
AOL.com has laid off Sheryl Huggins Salomon, the managing editor of AOL Black Voices. She was among 100 employees trimmed from the AOL.
Salomon, the former editor of NiaOnline.com said she will be a contributing editor for BlackVoices.
October 23rd, 2009
Danyel Smith, the executive editor of TheRoot.com is stepping down after six weeks on the job.
According to the blog Richard Prince Journal-isms, Smith, 44, left the post due to issues with her commute. She lives in New York while The Root is based in Washington D.C.
When hiring Smith, the online publication anticipated Smith would be able to work in both cities, however the commute became too much. In a note to staff, Root publisher, Donna Byrd said she was happy to work with Smith.
“We are sad to see her go, but have appreciated her energy and insight and are happy she was a part of The Root family,” Byrd said.
The Root is a publication that features news and opinion from an African-American perspective. Renown Harvard University professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates is editor in chief.
July 23rd, 2008
Obama’s first stop stateside will be in Chicago to address journalists of color
Pamela On Poltics: Initially, both Obama and rival, Sen. John McCain, said they would not be attending the Unity journalism conference for Black, Asian, Hispanic and Native American professionals. What changed his mind? Read more at Pamela On Politics.