August 22nd, 2012
In today’s top news, a Washington man accused of making an email threat against President Obama was arrested, Nike will sell its latest LeBron James sneakers for $300 and Rep. Todd Akin says he will remain in the Missouri senate race after his “legitimate rape” comments.
The Secret Service arrested a Washington man accused of making an email threat against President Obama. [NBC News]
Nike will sell its latest LeBron James sneakers for $300. [ESPN]
Congressman Todd Akin says he will remain in the Missouri senate race after his “legitimate rape” comments caused a firestorm. [Reuters]
Kanye West is rumored to be considering a seat at the American Idol judges table. [BET]
A poll shows New Yorkers opinions about Stop-and-Frisk are divided along racial lines. [BET]
A woman held captive in a Philadelphia basement for a decade sues the city. [CNN]
A referee at the U.S. Open has been charged for allegedly murdering her husband with a coffee cup. [GMA]
Mike Tyson sympathizes with Chad Johnson amid his swirl of domestic violence related issues. [BET]
China has replaced the U.S. as Nigeria’s top crude oil importer. [This Day]
Federal authorities destroyed more than $1 billion worth of marijuana plants found growing on federal lands. [CNN]
A South African farm worker is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche. [BBC]
August 21st, 2012
In today’s top news, Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide, President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape and the New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.
Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide. [CBS]
President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape. [BET]
The New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida. [BET]
Diggy Simmons gets original movie pilot. [BET]
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies at age 57. [CSM]
A number of new voter ID laws are tied to conservative group ALEC. [News 21]
Illinois’ governor has authorized a tax on strip clubs that will benefit rape crisis centers. [GMA]
An Afghani insurgent rocket hit the plane of U.S. Army chief Gen. Martin Dempsey. [BBC]
Tuskegee Airman George Hickman dies at age 88. [BET]
A federal appeals court ruled that Alabama public schools may not check the immigration status of new students. [AP]
June 11th, 2012
In today’s top news, Porgy and Bess wins the Tony award for best musical revival, Atlanta pastor Creflo Dollar seeks to clear up reports that he punched his teenage daughter in a scuffle last week and police are searching for the shooter who killed three and wounded three others near Auburn University this weekend.
Porgy and Bess wins the Tony Award for best musical revival. [AP]
Atlanta pastor Creflo Dollar seeks to clear up reports that he punched his teenage daughter in a scuffle last week. [CNN]
Three people were shot and killed and three others were wounded at an apartment complex near Auburn University Saturday. [MSNBC]
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends stop-and-frisk before a Black congregation Sunday. [NYT]
UNC is fighting allegations of academic fraud after football players were enrolled in an African-American studies course that was never taught. [RNO]
Exonerated of a rape charge, Brian Banks will accept a tryout offer from the Seattle Seahawks. [AP]
Police are looking for the person who shot and killed 19-year-old rapper Lil Phat in Atlanta. [BET]
Mary J. Blige announced she will play Malcolm X’s wife, Betty Shabazz, in an upcoming film. [BET]
Study: Majority of Blacks with hypertension harbor hidden heart disease. [NewsMedical]
Boko Haram strikes two Nigerian churches leaving seven dead. [BBC]
May 25th, 2012
In today’s top news, a witness recounts seeing drum major Robert Champion beaten with drum mallets during hazing, former high school football star Brian Banks is exonerated in rape case and Lil Wayne fires back at Pusha T for Young Money diss track.
A witness recounts seeing drum major Robert Champion beaten with drum mallets. [CNN]
Former high school football star Brian Banks is exonerated in rape case. [GMA]
Lil Wayne fires back at Pusha T for Young Money diss track. [BET]
One Atlanta man is gearing up to celebrate Memorial Day with his family from the motherland. [BET]
A high school in Brooklyn plans to hand out condoms for students at this year’s prom. [MSNBC]
The Ukranian reporter who kissed Will Smith apologizes for the gaffe. [BET]
Rapper Kendrick Lamar supports President Obama’s stance on gay marriage. [BET]
Doctors report an increasing number of children eating detergent packs thought to be candy. [AP]
The U.N. urges member nations to drop sanctions against Zimbabwe. [BET]
African Union forces capture Al-Shabab militant stronghold near Mogadishu, Somalia. [BBC]
March 6th, 2012
In today’s top news, U.S. blood banks are in severe need of African-American donors, Super Tuesday raises the stakes for Republican presidential nominee hopefuls and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says it’s legal to kill Americans plotting terrorism abroad.
U.S. blood banks are in severe need of African-American donors. [BET]
Super Tuesday has arrived. [BET]
Attorney General Eric Holder says it’s legal to kill Americans plotting terrorism abroad. [Telegraph]
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says time is running out for Iran. [CNN]
Study: Violent crime has spiked in Haiti’s cities. [AP]
Colleges and employers request applicant’s Facebook passwords. [MSNBC]
Study: Black and Latino students far more likely to be suspended than whites. [MSNBC]
Black families overrepresented among U.S. homeless. [ICPH]
Former U.S. service members suing over sexual assaults at prestigious Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. [TODAY]
U.S. pledges aid to Congo after 200 killed in Blast. [AFP]
February 2nd, 2012
In today’s top news, celebrities remember the life and contributions of Soul Train’s Don Cornelius, a trove of previously unseen Malcolm X artifacts have been discovered and Raven-Symoné is headed to Broadway.
Celebs remember Soul Train’s Don Cornelius. [BET]
New Malcolm X artifacts discovered. [AP]
Raven-Symoné is headed to Broadway. [BET]
Somali-born rapper K’Naan is mad Mitt Romney used his song and is seeking legal action. [WSJ]
Reggae star Elephant Man is charged with rape. [BET]
National Urban League and the U.S. Census Bureau host forum on Blacks. [BET]
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he’s not worried about the poor. [CNN]
Study: Racism, prejudice and conservatism linked to low IQ. [LiveScience]
London landlords are evicting tenants to cash in big on Olympics tourists. [MSNBC]
The number of names on the government’s no-fly list has doubled in the past year. [AP]
October 29th, 2011
Read on for the top stories circulating the web, from the latest on American casualties in Kabul to the next phase of Occupy Oakland.
Thirteen Americans killed in Kabul car bomb. [Wall Street Journal]
Lesbians in South Africa say they are victimized by men who believe they can “cure” their sexuality by raping them. [CNN]
Texas Gov. Rick Perry opposes Confederate license plates [USA Today]
U.S. playing greater role in African battles. [Black America Web]
Occupy protests in Oakland test mayor. [New York Times]
May 6th, 2010
Lawrence Taylor, former Giants linebacker and NFL great, has had a number of run-ins with the law in the past.
The charges he faces now, though, are the most serious.
Authorities in Suffern, New York arrested L.T. this morning at a Holiday Inn hotel and charged him with raping a 16-year-old teen runaway. He’s charged with third degree rape and patronizing a prostitute.
The girl said she was beaten and carried against her will to Taylor’s hotel room where she was forced to have sex with the former pro-footballer and paid $300.
Bail has been set at $75, 000 dollars.
Get more on the story here and follow the story at BET.com/news.
October 22nd, 2009
Much of the nation was in shock when Meghan Williams, then a 20-year-old Black woman from West Virginia was gang raped and tortured by seven whites.
She said she was made to drink water from a toilet and had her hair pulled out from the roots.
Civil rights leaders called for swift action. Prosecutors quickly jumped into action as six people are in jail for their crimes. Too bad that they’re innocent.
Williams said she made the story up to get back at her abusive boyfriend.
To be fair prosecutors said other evidence, than Williams testimony led to their convictions.
August 7th, 2009
Two Liberian Boys Charged in Girl’s Rape Remain Detained
The two youngest boys charged in the rape last month of an eight-year-old Liberian girl were ordered Wednesday to remain in juvenile detention with restricted visitors, as Liberia’s deputy ambassador to the U.S. arrived in town hoping to speak to them, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. At separate hearings during which one of the young defendants openly wept, judges ordered that no one be allowed to interview the nine-year-old boys without the permission of their lawyers, court-appointed advocates and Child Protective Services. Both lawyers indicated they would advise the boys not to speak to the deputy ambassador, Edwin Sele, who arrived in Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon for a weeklong fact-finding mission and to help dispel notions that rape is condoned in the West African country. He said during a news conference that he still hopes to interview the four boys despite the hurdles ahead of him. “I’m sure we can speak to CPS and find ways to do this legally,” said Sele, who was asked to visit Phoenix by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Sele said he wants the boys to know that being innocent until proven guilty is a hallmark of the U.S. justice system and that he also wants to meet with the eight-year-old girl to tell her that all Liberians extend their love to her. The rape case drew international attention last month after police reported the alleged victim’s parents said they were ashamed of the girl and didn’t want her back — a contention later disputed by the family’s pastor. The girl remains in custody of Child Protective Services. During the alleged July 16 attack, police say the nine-year-old boys and two teenagers lured the girl to an empty storage shed with the promise of chewing gum, restrained her and took turns raping her. A 14-year-old has been charged as an adult, and prosecutors are seeking to charge a 13-year-old as an adult, as well. One of the nine-year-old boys, whose ankles and wrists were shackled during Wednesday’s hearing, slouched in his oversized chair and was expressionless until Judge Aimee Anderson spoke directly to him. “I will tell you I’m very proud of you for being back there and working so hard,” she said as she held up a certificate that his juvenile facility had given him for good behavior. “I know it’s not easy and pretty hard to make friends in there … Hang in there, okay?”
Child Shoplifter Held In Dallas Jail for Two Weeks As Adult
A 13-year-old girl arrested for shoplifting was held in the Dallas County Jail for nearly two weeks before it was determined that she is underage, a police sergeant said Thursday. An internal affairs investigation has been launched to review the matter, police Sgt. Warren Mitchell told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The girl, who had run away from home, was arrested July 10 at a Target department store for shoplifting. She held no identification and gave a false name and age, Mitchell said. The sergeant said the arresting officer attempted to contact the police youth division to confirm the information but found no record of her. The arresting officer assumed she was 17 and took her to jail, Mitchell said, but did not say how he made that assumption. The girl was released from custody July 23 after appearing before a judge and is again listed as a runaway. Meanwhile, an inmate, an acquaintance of the girl’s family who had recognized her, phoned her father, who came to police with a birth certificate and other records verifying her real identity and age. Mitchell declined to discuss the case further, pending the investigation.