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News From Around the Web: March 15

March 15th, 2013

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In today’s top news, Carol Gray, the mother of Kimani Gray, wants to know why the police had to kill her son; Jonathan Watkins, the father of slain infant Jonylah Watkins, is in talks with Chicago police; and rapper Jay-Z will co-produce and perform on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby.

Carol Gray, mother of Kimani Gray, wants to know why the police had to kill her son. [AP]

Jonathan Watkins, father of slain infant Jonylah Watkins, is in talks with Chicago police. [ABC Chicago]

Rapper Jay-Z has teamed up with Australian director Baz Luhrmann to produce and perform on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby. [Reuters]

The two officers now under scrutiny for fatally shooting Brooklyn teen Kimani Gray are decorated cops who had fired their weapons before. [NY Daily News]

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being asked to apologize for referring to the first Black female leader of the state Assembly by race and gender, and not by name. [AP]

Antron Brown is the first African-American to win a major driving title in the U.S. [Jacksonville.com]

Ohio conservative Sen. Rob Portman is changing his stance on gay marriage after finding out his son is gay. [CNN]

Another Carnival Cruise ship is having technical difficulties that are affecting its sailing speed. [Huffington Post]

The UN and human rights groups are warning of a rise in sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [Al Jazeera]

An alleged victim described abuses she says were committed under former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s rule. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: March 12

March 12th, 2013

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In today’s top news, Jonylah Watkins, a 6-month-old, was shot dead in Chicago, protests erupted in Brooklyn over the police killing of 16-year-old Kimani Gray and Michael Vick cancels book tour after being threatened.
Jonylah Watkins, a 6-month-old infant girl was shot five times in Chicago Monday and died in the hospital Tuesday morning. [Black Voices]

A candlelight vigil for 16-year-old Kimani Gray killed by police erupted into a angry protest. [NY Times]

Michael Vick cancels tour for his new book Finally Free after being threatened. [BET]

Dr. Noelle Hunter, whose daughter was abducted by her father to Mali, is asking President Obama to take help bring her back to America. [TheGrio]

Five teens have died in a fiery car crash in Dumas, Texas. [USAToday]

Voters in Byron, Maine, rejected a proposed law that would have required households to own a firearm and ammunition. [CNN]

Shipments of Apple iPads will fall behind tablets running Google’s Android platform for the first time this year. [Reuters]

Cardinals will begin selecting a new pope today. [NYTimes]

Scientists exhumed bodies of two activists last seen 24 years ago at the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. [AP]

Venezuela will look into suspicions that the late President Hugo Chavez’s cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad. [Reuters]
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News From Around the Web: July 2 Edition

July 2nd, 2012


In today’s top news, Cissy Houston paid tribute to her legendary daughter at this year’s BET Awards, Rev. Al Sharpton called Rodney King a “symbol of forgiveness” at King’s memorial service this weekend and Lauren London joins the cast of The Game.

Cissy Houston paid tribute to her legendary daughter at this year’s BET Awards. [BET]

Rev. Al Sharpton called Rodney King a “symbol of forgiveness” at King’s memorial service this weekend. [AP]

Lauren London joins the cast of The Game. [BET]

Tiger Woods reached the 74th win of his career this weekend at the AT&T National golf tournament. [AP]

Lauryn Hill pleads guilty to tax evasion. [BET]

Television personality Wendy Williams and Suzanne de Passe are linking up to create multi-cultural films. [PRNewswire]

Millions of Americans were left without power over the weekend amid record heat surges. [Reuters]

Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson says Caribbean and American descendants of slaves have a “superior athletic gene” that allows them to excel at sports. [Daily Mail]

Four kidnapped foreign aid workers were released in Somalia overnight. [AFP]

One thousand anti-government protesters were arrested in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sunday. [AllAfrica]

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News From Around the Web: May 21 Edition

May 21st, 2012

In today’s top news, the NAACP deems same-sex marriage a civil right, Black and Latino people are paying three percent more for homes and Michelle Obama takes first ladies to the South Side of Chicago during NATO visit.

The NAACP deems same-sex marriage a civil right. [BET]

Black and Latino people pay three percent more for homes. [BusinessInsider]

Michelle Obama takes first ladies to the South Side of Chicago during NATO visit. [Reuters]

Many war veterans protested the NATO summit, tossing medals into the streets. [MSNBC]

Will Smith smacks a reporter who tried to kiss him in the face. [ABCNEWS]

An attorney claims a judge and two lawyers conspired to drain Rosa Park’s estate of money. [BET]

Raven-Symoné says her sexuality is not public business after a tabloid claims she is a lesbian. [MTV]

T.I. wants out of the rap game. [BET]

Wendy Williams defends her plastic surgery. [BET]

French authorities are investigating ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in another sex scandal. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: May 2 Edition

May 2nd, 2012

In today’s top news, President Obama announces an “enduring partnership” between the U.S. and Afghanistan and Tyler Perry’s production studios in Atlanta catch fire.

President Obama announces an “enduring partnership” between the U.S. and Afghanistan. [BET]

Tyler Perry’s production studios in Atlanta catch fire. [CNN]

George Zimmerman’s latest Myspace page is uncovered and reveals disparaging comments about Mexicans. [Miami Herald]

Samuel L. Jackson talks to BET.com about his latest role in Django Unchained. [BET]

Nicki Minaj announces U.S. tour dates. [BET]

African-Americans are taking on the scourge of sex trafficking in Black communities. [UPI]

At least 11 protesters in Cairo, Egypt were killed by an unknown assailant. [BBC]

Women in Ghana are being trained as pilots and health care workers to deliver health materials to isolated communities. [RFI]

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From Around the Web: Nov. 23 Edition

November 23rd, 2011

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In today’s top news, a gang of thieving teens baffle police, Occupy protesters are running up high tabs across the country, Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky is in more trouble and Herman Cain thinks he’s got what it takes to grab Black votes.

Teen flash mob robs a Maryland 7-Eleven. [CNN]

Nearly half of all Americans struggle to make ends meet. [MSNBC]

New Sandusky child abuse allegations surface. [CNN]

Occupy protests running a high tab with U.S. cities. [AP]

New Mexico Black pastors allege discrimination by state university. [NYT]

DC DMV offers HIV testing. [AP]

Three U.S. students arrested in Cairo amid violence. [BBC]

One million in Zimbabwe need food aid. [IRIN]

Obama to hold third Native American conference. [AP]

Herman Cain bets on Black votes. [BET]

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Darfur War is Over, U.N. Commander Says; Opposition Continues to Protest in Antigua

August 28th, 2009

Darfur War is Over, U.N. Commander Says The war in Darfur, Sudan, which has lasted six years and has killed 300,000 people according to United Nation estimates, is over, according to a U.N. military commander. The fierce fighting that took place in the region earlier this decade has been replaced by smaller disputes due to the split of key rebel groups, Gen. Martin Agwai said, reports the BBC. “Banditry, localized issues, people trying to resolve issues over water and land at a local level. But real war as such, I think we are over that,” he said.  Agwai, who is due to leave his post this week, also said the region’s main problem now is political. But critics are throwing some shade on the general’s declaration. “There has been a large decline in fighting in Darfur,” Sudan analyst Gill Lusk told the BBC. “But it is the government that turns the tap on and off – they can restart the violence whenever they want.” Even though fighting has decreased, with 26 different rebel groups, it’s hard to get them to reach a peace deal with the government, said Scott Gration, the United State’s envoy to Sudan. In 2003, ethnic rebel groups attacked government forces, accusing the government of mistreating the nation’s Black Africans. Many have called the widespread violence by pro-government forces that followed genocide. The government denies being behind the attacks on its citizens, but President Omar al-Bashir is currently facing war crimes charges from an international court, the BBC reports.

 

Opposition Continues to Protest in Antigua The opposition Antigua Labor Party (ALP) is continued its protest against the government’s current administration with a large rally on Thursday. The group was protesting the nation’s increasing unemployment, the high fuel prices and the Antiguan government’s decision to reach out to the International Monetary Fund for help, the BBC reports. But the ruling party has said ALP is just attempting to promote “a campaign of intimidation.” The group will keep protesting until their demands are listened to, the ALP said.

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World: Sudan Leader Dances Despite Warrant; Protests in Guadeloupe End

March 6th, 2009

Sudan Leader Dances Despite Warrant Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir didn’t seem to let an arrest warrant recently issued against him for his alleged role in war crimes spoil his mood. Just one day after the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in the Netherlands, issued the warrant al-Bashir could be seen dancing and smiling while he addressed a cheering crowd of his supporters in the streets of Khartoum, reports CNN. In his speech to supporters, al-Bashir condemned the United States, while they chanted “Down, down, USA!” The warrant charges the leader of war crimes, crimes against humanity and accuses him of allowing the killing of Sudanese people in Darfur. But the president and his supporters deny he had anything to do with the genocide and called the ICC a “White man’s tribunal.” And, according to a United Nations spokeswoman, the government kicked up to 10 aid groups out of the nation in retribution. Since the conflict in the Darfur region began in 2003, the United Nation estimates that 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 have been displaced.
Protests in Guadeloupe End After about a month and a half of violent demonstrations, protestors in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe have ended their strike. Worker unions on the island signed an agreement with the French government that includes provisions for a $250 monthly pay raise for low wage workers, reports the BBC. The island’s businesses finally reopened Thursday morning, after they were forced to close (along with area schools) due to the strikes, which at times left overturned cars and debris in the city streets.

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