August 23rd, 2012
In today’s top news, foreclosure threatens the future of historic Black college Morris Brown, a poll shows the majority of New Yorkers say police favor whites and rapper L.L. Cool J was able to fight and detain a burglar in his home Wednesday until police arrived.
Foreclosure threatens the future of historic Black college Morris Brown. [AJC]
According to a poll, the majority of New Yorkers say police favor whites. [NYT]
L.L. Cool J fought a burglar in his home Wednesday and held him until police arrived. [Reuters]
Several New Jersey entrepreneurs have accused restaurant chain Dunkin Donuts of bias in a new lawsuit. [CBS]
Rapper 2 Chainz’s debut album has soared up the charts. [BET]
Kandi Burruss is returning to school to study sex education and clinical sexology. [BET]
NFL star Michael Strahan will reportedly replace Regis Philbin on Live! with Kelly. [BET]
A Georgia cheer coach is accused of having the girls strip. [MSNBC]
Mourners in South Africa paid tribute to the victims of the Lonmin mine shootings. [MSNBC]
More fighting erupts in major Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo. [BBC]
August 20th, 2012
In today’s top news, South Africa’s deadly mine riots highlight squalid conditions of life on the mine, Rihanna told Oprah that she will always love Chris Brown and actress Zoe Saldana is slated to play Nina Simone in a biopic about the late singer.
South Africa’s deadly mine riots highlight squalid conditions of life on the mine. [AFP]
Rihanna told Oprah that she will always love ex Chris Brown. [BET]
Several charities have accused Rihanna of sanctioning domestic violence after her Oprah interview. [Independent]
Actress Zoe Saldana is slated to play Nina Simone in a biopic about the late singer. [BET]
The National Association of Black Journalists laments the lack of minority moderators scheduled for presidential debates. [BET]
A government health panel may make HIV testing as routine as cholesterol screenings. [Reuters]
A GOP Senate candidate is under fire after stating that women can’t get pregnant if it is a “legitimate rape.” [Yahoo]
First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the victims of the Sikh temple shooting Thursday. [CNN]
Nicki Minaj was forced to cancel two concert dates this weekend because of damaged vocal chords. [AP]
Ebola breaks out in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [BBC]
August 17th, 2012
In today’s top news, doubts remain after police release re-enactment of Chavis Carter’s alleged suicide, FAMU is attempting to settle out of court with the family of Robert Champion, and Russell Simmons backs Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” remark.
The police re-enactment of Chavis Carter’s alleged suicide has done little to quell doubts about his death. [NYT]
FAMU is attempting to settle out of court with the family of slain drum major Robert Champion. [BET]
Russell Simmons backs Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” remark. [BET]
R&B crooners Trey Songz and R. Kelly end their three-year beef. [BET]
Ziggy Marley says his father, Bob Marley, wished more Black Americans were fans of his music. [ABC]
Texas officials are trying to stop the spread of West Nile virus in the state. [NBC]
Scientists say they are one step closer to creating a birth control pill for men. [BBC]
Over 30 people were killed when South African police opened fire on protesting miners. [CNN]
Ugandan gay rights activists hacked the website of the country’s prime minister and posted pro gay-rights messages. [BBC]
The Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay pride parades for the next 100 years. [BBC]
January 12th, 2012
In today’s top news, Haiti marks the somber two-year anniversary of its history-making earthquake, a lawsuit pops the top on racial discrimination at Pepsi, Co., and Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s new baby girl is already making history.
Haiti marks two years since a devastating earthquake shook the nation. [BET]
Pepsi shells out $3.1 million in racial bias case. [AP]
Michelle Obama says she has tried to ignore attempts to portray her as an “angry Black woman.” [Sun-Times]
President Obama took in $68 million in campaign funds at the end of 2011. [AP]
Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, sets a billboard record just days after birth. [WSJ]
Survey: Conflict between rich and poor is strongest in years. [AP]
J-Cole’s “Work Out” goes platinum. [BET]
Director George Lucas says he found out how hard Black Hollywood has it through making Red Tails. [BBC]
Uncle Snoop plans to intervene in Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa beef. [BET]
Fuel protests in Nigeria intensify as oil union workers join the fray. [Bloomberg]
November 22nd, 2011
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Video of a young President Obama sweeps the internet. [USAToday]
Egyptian cabinet threatens resignation amid protest violence. [NYTimes]
Congressional debt super committee fails to reach a deal. [BET]
Mother of missing Arizona girl, Jahessye Shockley is arrested on child abuse charges. [BET]
UN says that worldwide AIDS deaths are down 21 percent. [BET]
Atheist billboard ruffles feathers ahead of holiday season. [CNN]
More students busted in SAT cheating scandal [MSNBC]
White supremacist teen admits to killing gay classmate. [ABC]
Rapper B.o.B. donates $10K to feed the homeless. [BET]
Nigeria moves to ban gay marriage. [AP]
August 28th, 2009
The Philadelphia Daily News’ David Gambarcorta put it, it was “about two rings short of a three-ring circus.” Yes, local NAACP President Whyatt Mondesire showed up with pro-Vick troops, but his battalion was about a third shy of his promised 30 troops. He had hoped that an ocean of supporters would show up at Lincoln Financial Field to send a strong signal about Vick’s right to earn a living in his profession of choice, since he had already paid his debt to society. “A lot of people say he shouldn’t be given a second chance,” Mondesire said, blasting what he called racist anti-Vick radio programs. “We’re tired of a one-sided dialogue.” As for the expected horde of animal-rights advocates, it was more like a mini gathering of sorts. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals decided to stay home from the game, opting instead to use the occasion to raise money for dogs who are victims of cruelty or dogfighting. Meanwhile, Vick made a relatively quiet debut on the field, ending the night with 4-4 passing for about 19 yards. His new squad squeezed out a last-minute 33-32victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The massive clash between the Michael Vick supporters and those who believe he should never be able to don another NFL jersey never happened. Yes, Vick was on hand to show football fans – particularly those in his new town, Philadelphia – his stuff on the field after nearly two years in a federal prison. But, for all the million-dollar hullabaloo over the 29-year-old quarterback’s return, the big night fizzled like an Alka-seltzer in the rain. As
May 14th, 2009
BBC correspondent. More protests, by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), are planned Friday, but the government pleaded with the group to go back to negotiations instead, fearing the protests could “cause chaos,” reports the BBC. In addition to the country’s oil-rich Niger Delta region later this week, protestors plans to hit several other places across the country. “We are determined to carry these protests to all nooks and crannies of the country. We are not afraid of the government,” NLC President Abdulwaheed Omar told the news service.
Thousands of heated Nigerians hit the streets of the capital Wednesday in protest of a government they say is doing a horrible job. The rising gas prices, slow election reform and low minimum wages (currently at around $38 a month) were among the issues being protested against. While there was plenty of security forces on the protest route, more and more joined the march as the crowd moved down the street. “Commercial drivers and motorcycle taxi operators are leaving their work and joining the protest,” said a
April 28th, 2009
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), no stranger to passive resistance, was arrested Monday as part of a protest against the Sudanese government’s humanitarian policies in that nation’s Darfur region. Arrested along with Lewis during a rally staged by the Save Darfur Coalition were Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.). They were taken into custody after crossing a police line and refusing to leave the area in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. Read the rest.
January 14th, 2009
Gays Set to Protest Preacher at MLK Event
Some gay residents of Atlanta, angry over the choice of the Rev. Rick Warren to speak at the Martin Luther King, Commemorative Service at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, say they will show up in force Monday to protest. Read more here.
King Papers Are Now Available
Scholars and researchers now have access to a treasure trove of civil rights history – thousands of writings and documents of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which have been cataloged and digitized. The papers, which include many of King’s speeches and personal writings accumulated over more than two decades beginning in 1946, are now available at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center. In all, there are about 7,000 pieces of handwritten items, including an early draft of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and nearly 100 sermons, some of which never have been published, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Playing a large role in raising the $32 million for the purchase were Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and former Mayor Andrew Young and civil rights lion. “The religious documents are the ones that have not been available to scholars,” said King scholar Clayborne Carson, the founding director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Carson, who has spent 20 years trying to make King materials available for future generations, said, “This is a major step forward,” he said. “At the end of this process, it will be a lot easier for researchers to do their work.”
December 15th, 2008
Prison protest ends in Ivory Coast. Police in the Ivory Coast have shut down a huge protest in the nation’s main prison, according to prison authorities. The ruckus began when prisoners in two blocks decided to revolt, prompting officials to call police. About 100 police officers fired guns into the air in an effort to break up the crowds of inmates, some of whom were throwing rocks at security guards. The prisoners protesting were some of the facility’s most dangerous inmates, according to the prison’s director. Police restored calm in the area around the prison after several hours. Six prisoners were injured as a result. The reason for the protest is in dispute. Officials say it was because the inmates were angry about a change in visiting hours implemented to prevent escapes. But rights groups say they were protesting overcrowding and poor conditions, reports the BBC. “You know that this place is overpopulated. The prison is around three or four times the maximum capacity, so the conditions for the prison guards and the prisoners themselves are quite difficult,” Drissa Traore, who heads the Ivorian Movement for Human Rights, told the news service. And, according to the BBC, 2,000 out of the 5,200 inmates in the prison have not been tried for the crimes for which they are incarcerated. Some have waited 10 years to be tried.
Somalia’s president axes prime minister. Somalia’s President Abdullahi Yusuf says he fired the country’s prime minister because he didn’t do his job, reports CNN. But the former prime minister, Hassan Hussein, says he has no right to fire him without the approval of Parliament. Hussein, who has just been on the job for 13 months, has reportedly butted heads with Yusuf over a proposed reconciliation agreement with the Islamic opposition. According to the nation’s constitution, the president would need the Parliament’s no-confidence vote to get rid of Hussein. Fighting in the nation between Islamic militias and government forces (with the support of Ethiopian troops) has forced more than 1 million Somalis from their homes. The waters aren’t safe either, with international ships continuously being hijacked by Somali pirates. Since Ethiopian forces pushed Islamist forces out of the nation’s capital, Mogadishu, in 2006, the country has been operating under a U.N.-sponsored transitional government.