April 17th, 2012
In today’s top news, both Tulsa shooters enter “not guilty” pleas, Tulsa shooter Jake England says shootings were not race-motivated because he has Black friend and the Senate rejects the proposed “Buffett” tax rule.
Tulsa shooters enter “not guilty” pleas. [Reuters]
Tulsa shooter Jake England says shootings were not race-motivated because he has Black friends. [AP]
Senate rejects proposed “Buffett” tax rule. [MSNBC]
Attorney for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman wants the presiding judge removed from the case. [CNN]
Mississippi governor signs bill tightening rules for abortion providers. [CNN]
Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is pleased with her late son’s “comeback” at Coachella. [BET]
Nicki Minaj’s dad says the rapper is exaggerating claims of abuse. [BET]
Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley, proclaims that no artist can compare to her father. [BET]
Police handcuff Georgia kindergarten student for throwing a tantrum. [AP]
Fanatical Norway killer Anders Breivik tells court, “I would have done it again.” [AP]
The African Union has suspended membership of Guinea-Bissau over coup. [BBC]
April 16th, 2012
In today’s top news, Nicki Minaj deletes her Twitter account after fans leak music, the number of Blacks in major league baseball has dipped to the lowest point since the sport was newly integrated and a British peer Lord allegedly offered a ten million pound bounty for the capture of Presidents Obama and Bush.
Nicki Minaj deletes her Twitter account after fans leak music. [BET]
The number of Blacks in major league baseball has dipped to the lowest point since the sport was newly integrated. [USATODAY]
British peer Lord allegedly offered a ten million pound bounty for the capture of Presidents Obama and Bush. [Telegraph]
GOP donor says he wonders if President Obama’s “teleprompters are bullet-proof.” [LATimes]
President Obama raised $53 million for his campaign and the democratic party in March. [NPR]
Several U.S. Secret Service officers are on leave today after allegedly hiring prostitutes while on detail in Colombia with the president. [CBS]
A deadly weekend tornado in Oklahoma claimed six lives. [CNN]
Three elite NYPD gun-unit officers accused of treating Black suspects like “animals.” [NYDN]
The world’s armies are eying control of the natural resources buried under the melting arctic circle. [AP]
Nigeria is the third fastest growing economy in the world. [Vanguard]
April 10th, 2012
In today’s top news, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case has decided not to use a grand jury, a Michigan road sign is hacked to display “Trayvon a N—-r” and police say both Tulsa shooting suspects confessed to their crimes.
The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case has decided not to use a grand jury. [BET]
A Michigan road sign is hacked to display “Trayvon a N—-r.” [MSNBC]
Police say Tulsa shooting suspects confessed to crimes. [Reuters]
Think Like a Man producer is confident that the film will be No. 1 at the box office on April 20. [BET]
A Washington seventh grader took control of his school bus after the driver collapsed. [MSNBC]
Study: Blacks and Latinos less likely to be prescribed antidepressants. [UofM]
Rapper Eve says she is close to releasing her first new album in 10 years. [BET]
Early dental x-rays for children may be linked to brain tumors. [ABC]
Mali coup leader rejects assistance from foreign troops. [BBC]
Syria has begun withdrawing troops from cities in accordance with the U.N.-backed peace plan. [AJE]
April 9th, 2012
In today’s news, the suspected shooters of five Black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been arrested, Bill Cosby speaks out on the Trayvon Martin tragedy and, for the second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says the N-word on live TV.
The suspected shooters of five Black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been arrested. [BET]
Bill Cosby speaks out on the Trayvon Martin tragedy. [WashingtonTimes]
For the second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says the N-word on live TV. [DailyCaller]
Trayvon Martin’s family could sue the homeowner’s association in the neighborhood where he was killed. [AP]
A Fox Orlando news affiliate refers to neo-Nazis as a civil rights group. [ThinkProgress]
Violence forces cancellation of two Young Jeezy concerts in Canada. [BET]
Study: Children of mothers who are diabetic or obese while pregnant are at a higher risk of developing autism. [FOX]
Rapper Young Buck to lose much of his intellectual property in his bankruptcy settlement. [BET]
Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Nigeria kills 38. [CSM]
Mali’s president formally stepped down. [CNN]
November 11th, 2008
Michelle Obama’s mentor could be headed to Senate. It looks like long time family friend and mentor to Michelle Obama will replace President-elect Obama in the Senate. Jarrett is rumored to be the Illinois governor’s pick to fill the vacant seat untio 2010. Read more at Pamela on Politics.
Okla. newspaper refuses to acknowledge Obama win. Residents of an Oklahoma community protested outside of the offices of a newspaper that refused to acknowledge that Barack Obama had won the presidential election. The publisher of the Sapulpa Daily Herald said, “We only have one president at a time.” Watch the video here.
September 4th, 2008
Donyell Marshall to reach 15 years as Sixer. He may have been dropped by the then-unnamed, newly franchised Oklahoma City Thunder, but NBA vet Donyell Marshall wouldn’t be counted out. Marshall will reach his 15th year in the league as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers after Oklahoma waived him. Marshall, 35, is expected to sign a one year deal with Philly for $1.26 million by week’s end. The deal makes the vet one of the seasoned class eligible for a minimum salary guaranteed only to players with at least 10 years experience in the league. Marshall last averaged 3.8 points off the bench with Seattle before the team moved to Oklahoma.
NFL season begins tonight. The Giants hope to defend their Super Bowl title as the NFL officially begins its regular season today. Meanwhile, New England is among top contenders, Adam “Pacman” Jones will try to show he’s worth his welcome back into the league from
suspension, and Chad Ocho Cinco, formerly Chad Johnson, will likely do his best impression as the Dennis Rodman of football. Keep up with all the action by visiting BET.com.
September 2nd, 2008
Tens of thousands sought shelter outside of the Bayou State
With three-year-old Katrina still fresh on their minds, tens of thousands of Louisiana residents fled the wind-whipped, water-soaked Bayou State Monday seeking safer ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. As an angry Hurricane Gustav barreled down on their homes, businesses neighborhoods, they traveled by car, train, bus and plane, determined not to be the ones seen on TV waving for helicopter rescue squads to deliver them. As many as 82,000 Louisiana residents crammed into shelters spread across eight states, according to Christina Stephens, a spokeswoman for the state. She told CNN that the Louisiana Department of Social Services had set up two shelters, including two in Shreveport, one in Bastrop and one more in Monroe – holding 10,000 people. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hooked up with the Red Cross to administer services from shelters in Shreveport and Alexandria – holding 5,000 people. According to Mississippi state officials, some 12,400 Louisiana residents had flowed into the state. Officials set up a phone registry so that people can find out where their relatives and loved ones are located. The number is 1-800-258-9822. State officials want residents to stay in their homes – even after Gustav passes by. “They’ll let people know when it’s safe to return,” Stephens said. This is important, she said because there are still dangers from threats posed by downed power lines and trees, floodwater and debris. “It’s really crowded, and everybody’s just trying to do their best,” Kesha Harlow, who was there with her daughter, 8, and her son, 2 months. “We’re just waiting for the storm to blow over.” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has appealed to those who fled to stay put until the end of the week, which will give workers time to secure weakened levees and downed power lines and drain flooded streets.
August 8th, 2008
Golf star gains Forbes magazine’s No. 1 rank.
Golf star Tiger Woods tops all takers in earnings from June 1, 2007 to June 1, 2008, according to Forbes magazine. Woods pulled down $115 million in competition earnings and endorsements, making him the top-paid pro player in the world. Others making the men’s top-earner list include retired NBA star Michael Jordan, who heads the Charlotte Bobcats, banked $45 million over 12 months, still snatching checks from his Nike brand endorsements. Male athletes out-earned female athletes by a collective $483 million compared with the women’s $118 million, according to Forbes.
Opening Olympics ceremonies begin today. It’s not only D. Wade, Kobe and King James who’ll hold court at the Beijing Olympics, which host opening ceremonies today. Elite Black athletes will compete in sports as diverse as track and swimming. The Williams family’s presence will be felt in women’s tennis, as Black stars appear among 11,000 athletes from 205 nations. You can follow BET.com to see who’s a contender and who brings home the gold.
Expansion team’s choice appears to be Thunder. The former Seattle Supersonics has apparently become the Oklahoma Thunder. But the new franchise’s name appeared on the Web without an official NBA announcement. Not long after the “Thunder” leak surfaced, the nickname was removed from the league’s site. Last month, the NBA had included Thunder among its potential choices after the city of Seattle let the team go to Oklahoma over complications with an arena lease.
July 28th, 2008
NBA star tells Time US will win
In a recent issue of Time magazine, LeBron James guarantees that the USA will return to its past Olympics glory at the coming Beijing games. Comparing the anticipated thrill of taking the gold medal to opening gifts at Christmas, the NBA star is asked if he’s promising the top prize. “Absolutely,” James states twice. The Cleveland Cavaliers star sat out last Friday’s practice game with a sprained ankle, but he is expected to recover in time for the China competitions. The USA hasn’t taken gold in men’s basketball at the Olympics since 2000.
Kardashian expects proposal from Reggie Bush
The most recognizable, non-Black Hollywood personality who’s still known for her special physical assets says she expects an eventual proposal of marriage from NFL star Reggie Bush. Kim Kardashian tells an LA radio show hosted by “American Idol’s” Ryan Seacrest that she’s preparing for a wedding to Bush, who’s been dating her for about a year, though they’re not yet engaged. She’s planning ahead, she says, so that “whenever I get asked, there won’t be any drama.” Wonder if Reg knows he’s going to be asking.
New NBA franchise will choose from six options. The team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics has moved to Oklahoma City and needs a new ID. The NBA has filed for trademark rights to six nicknames for the Oklahoma City franchise: Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls , Thunder and Wind. The NBA and the team have refused to discuss possible new names publicly, until an official announcement is made. The league assigned Oklahoma City the former Seattle franchise that has boasted superstars such as Shawn Kemp and Ray Allen, after a court case resulted in the Sonics’ release from their agreement with Seattle ’s KeyArena.