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News From Around The Web: June 6 Edition

June 6th, 2012

In today’s top news, music exec and manager Jimmy Henchman is found guilty of 13 drug charges, Marvel Studios plans to produce Black Panther action hero movie and a new report shows the racial gap in life expectancy is shrinking.

Music exec and manager Jimmy Henchman is found guilty of 13 drug charges. [BET]

Marvel Studios plans to produce Black Panther action-hero movie. [MTV]

A new report shows the racial gap in life expectancy is shrinking. [WebMD]

Spike Lee is in talks to produce boxer Mike Tyson’s Broadway show. [BET]

Rapper turned pastor Mase may be the newest artists to join Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. [BET]

A South Carolina mother was arrested for cheering too loudly at her daughter’s graduation. [MSNBC]

Condoleezza Rice is back on the political scene fundraising for Republican women. [MSNBC]

Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn district, birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., has been placed on the “most endangered placed list.” [MSNBC]

An official at Nigeria’s Dana Airline says the company knew the plane wasn’t fit to fly before Sunday’s ill-fated voyage. [Vanguard]

A bomb targeted the U.S. embassy in Libya. [Reuters]

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News From Around the Web: April 23 Edition

April 23rd, 2012

In today’s top news, George Zimmerman is released on bail, trial begins in Maryland for two white brothers accused of beating a Black teen and trial also begins today for William Balfour, the accused murderer of Jennifer Hudson’s family.

George Zimmerman, shooter of Trayvon Martin, is released on bail at midnight Sunday. [BET]

Trial begins in Maryland for two white brothers accused of beating a Black teen while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. [AP]

Trial also begins today for William Balfour, the accused murderer of Jennifer Hudson’s family. [AP]

The Supreme Court prepares to take a look into the validity of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. [ABC]

Issac Farris, nephew of Martin Luther King Jr., will step down from his post as head of the SCLC. [AJC]

Think Like a Man took the number one spot at the box office this weekend. [NYT]

Suge Knight suggests Tupac might still be alive. [BET]

Nicki Minaj said a voice in her head instructed her to shut down her Twitter account. [BET]

Two Kenyan runners dominated this weekend’s London Marathon. [CNN]

Sudanese war planes reportedly bombing South Sudanese border towns in fresh attacks. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: March 15 Edition

March 15th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today, Kony 2012 screenings are halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage and Memphis will finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.

Former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today. [BET]

Kony 2012 screenings halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage. [BBC]

Memphis to finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.  [CNN]

The White House is turning its attention to foreign-policy matters this week. [BET]

President Obama says it is not yet time to intervene in Syria. [AJE]

A new book from food justice activist Bryant Terry says that Black people can enjoy vegan food too. [BET]

Study shows that a lack of sleep may cause heavier eating. [WebMD]

Taliban suspends peace talks with the U.S. [Reuters]

Shocking, new anti-smoking campaign sets out to de-glamorize the addictive habit. [Reuters]

Arizona is on pace to have its busiest year for executions. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 17 Edition

January 17th, 2012

In today’s top news, music loses legend Jimmy Castor, boxing great Muhammad Ali celebrates his 70th birthday and the Occupy Movement marches on in Washington.

Funk legend Jimmy Castor dies at 64. [BET]

Muhammad Ali celebrates his 70th birthday today. [BET]

‘Occupy’ protesters plan to take on Congress. [MSNBC]

Gingrich gets grilled at a Black church. [AP]

Lil Boosie pens jailhouse letter to fans. [BET]

U.S. Border Patrol to toughen southern border policy. [AP]

Death toll rising in European cruise ship wreck. [CNN]

Holder vows to protect voting rights in an MLK day speech. [CNN]

Nigerian fuel agency is being investigated for corruption. [BBC]

2011 was a good year for beating down credit card debt. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 13 Edition

January 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, Michelle Obama has plans to attend the 2012 BET Honors Awards, Philly mayor Michael Nutter tells unruly teens to stop acting like a–holes and Duke’s Black students are outraged at claims that they take the easy route.

Michelle Obama will grace the 2012 BET Honors. [BET]

MLK Day of Service is just around the corner.  [BET]

Philly Mayor Micheal Nutter flips on unruly youth after a shooting. [CBS]

Controversial Duke study says Black college students often switch to easier majors. [Herald Sun]

Lil Wayne to publish his prison memoir this November. [BET]

The First Lady joins Twitter. [Chicago Tribune]

President Obama seeks to raise the debt limit by $1.2 trillion. [Reuters]

Report: Somali pirate money boosts local economy. [CNN]

South Sudanese crisis worsens as genocide looms. [NYT]

An all-white Tennessee golf club is considering allowing entry to an African-American. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: Dec. 21 Edition

December 21st, 2011

(Photo: AP Photo/Longmont Times-Call, Richard M. Hackett)

In today’s top news, chilly weather kills several out west; in New York, investigators are puzzled by a hanging Black baby doll and Washington state’s MLK day bomber finally gets sentenced.

Deadly western blizzards claim the life of at least seven. [Reuters]

Black doll hung by a noose is found at a New York parks department office. [NBC]

ATF agents used fake rap label to make a massive weapons and drug bust. [BET]

Study: Blacks less likely to be diagnosed with depression than whites. [Rutgers]

U.S. to reduce troops on border. [CNN]

White supremacist bomber who planned an MLK day attack gets 32 years in prison. [BET]

Dutch magazine editor resigns following Rihanna n-word controversy. [BBC]

Eight soldiers charged in the death of a fellow Asian G.I. who faced daily racist taunts. [MSNBC]

Egyptian women protest military attacks on female demonstrators. [CNN]

Underwear bomber asks for a new lawyer ahead of sentencing next month. [Reuters]

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Today in Black History: Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and the Rev. C.L. Franklin

July 27th, 2010

 Barack Obama’s DNC Speech

July 27, 2004 – Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. A candidate for the Illinois senate then, that speech brought him national recognition.  In a politically polarized America, he urged national unity. “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America—there’s the United States of America,” said Obama. “We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states, and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.”
 

 

Aretha Franklin’s Daddy

The Rev. C.L. Franklin

July 27, 1984 – The Rev. C.L. Franklin, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s dad, died in Detroit. After being shot in a robbery, the activist and Gospel singer lay in a coma for five years before his death.

The Rev. Martin Luther King

July 27 1962 – Martin Luther King, Jr., is arrested and jailed in Albany, Georgia.  At a city hall prayer vigil, police handcuffed the civil rights leader on charges of disorderly conduct, failure to obey a police officer and obstructing the sidewalk.  He and other civil rights activists were leading a protest against segregation.

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Civil Rights Icon Will Deliver Inauguration Benediction

December 19th, 2008

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Civil rights icon will deliver the inauguration benediction. The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, who helped found one of the nation’s largest and oldest civil right groups and marched aside the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been tapped by President-elect Barack Obama to headline during inauguration ceremonies next month. Lowery, a stalwart of the Civil Rights Movement and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will deliver the benediction. He said Obama called to ask him to take part in the Jan. 20 ceremony but hadn’t decided exactly what role he would play. Obama said he’d get back to Lowery. “I guess this is his way of getting back to me,” Lowery said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m grateful to the president-elect for picking a small-town preacher like me to be on the program of such a historic inauguration. I’m humbled.” U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said through a spokeswoman, “I am very pleased that a minister like Rev. Joseph Lowery will play a powerful role in this inauguration.”

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