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News From Around the Web: Aug 24 Edition

August 24th, 2012

In today’s top news, Rodney King’s autopsy results showed that drugs and alcohol contributed to his death, Mitt Romney is shy about releasing his tax returns because he doesn’t want to reveal how much he tithes to the Mormon Church and Alabama raises a monument to a Ku Klux Klan leader.

Rodney King’s autopsy results showed that drugs and alcohol contributed to his death. [LATimes]

Mitt Romney says he is reluctant to release his tax returns because he doesn’t want to reveal how much he tithes to the Mormon Church. [AP]

Alabama raises a monument to a Ku Klux Klan leader and draws the ire of residents. [NBC News]

George Zimmerman’s attorney has shut down his client’s Facebook page because it led to “unhelpful discussions.” [AP]

Previously undiscovered tapes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. captures his views on civil rights and Africa. [BET]

Lil Wayne says he found the now infamous club brawl between Drake and Chris Brown funny. [BET]

BET’s T.J. Holmes made it on to Vibe’s Juice Crew list. [BET]

Tropical storm Issac will hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic Friday and Florida residents urged to prepare for its arrival on Monday. [Weather.com]

Best Buy’s new CEO is slated to be paid $6.25 million if he doesn’t take the job. [NBC News]

Norway finds mass killer Anders Breivik sane, sentences him to 21 years in prison. [BBC]

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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: June 29 Edition

June 29th, 2012

In today’s top news, Congress voted to hold Eric Holder with contempt following the Fast and Furious fallout, George Zimmerman has his second bond hearing today and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are slated to speak at Rodney King’s funeral Saturday.

Congress voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt following the Fast and Furious fallout. [BET]

George Zimmerman will find out if he will be released from prison ahead of the Trayvon Martin trial. [ABC News]

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are slated to speak at Rodney King’s funeral Saturday. [LATimes]

Rhymefest slammed newbie rapper Chief Keef, calling his music “senseless savagery.” [BET]

Hundreds of Colorado homes have been lost to a raging wildfire. [MSNBC]

A California couple seeking to adopt children in Ghana has been detained as officials suspect they may have forged documents. [CNN]

Snoop Dogg was busted for marijuana possession in Norway. [BET]

Much of the U.S. is bracing for an extreme heat wave. [Reuters]

Venus and Serena Williams will represent the U.S. during this year’s summer Olympics. [BET]

Report says Nestle has turned a blind eye to child labor in its cocoa supply chain. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: June 26 Edition

June 26th, 2012

In today’s top news, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Arizona’s immigration law, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence after being treated from exhaustion and George Zimmerman makes another attempt at being released from jail.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Arizona’s immigration law and ruled against life sentences without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. [BET]

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence after being treated from exhaustion. [ChicagoTribune]

George Zimmerman makes another attempt at being released from jail. [NYT]

Another violent weekend in Chicago leaves four people dead and others wounded. [ChicagoTribune]

Amber Rose says she is giving up her singing career to start a family with husband Wiz Khalifa. [BET]

Former music exec Jimmy Henchman was indicted for conspiring to kill an associate of rapper 50 Cent. [BET]

A U.S. general says African militant groups have begun training together and sharing resources. [Reuters]

Hundreds are feared dead after deadly landslides hit eastern Uganda. [AFP]

Rodney King’s adult children are soliciting public donations for his burial fund. [TMZ]

Study: Blacks less likely to receive kidney donations. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: June 20 Edition

June 20th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reportedly in a coma after suffering a stroke, the Rodney King 911 call has been released and a Texas grand jury refused to indict a father who killed a man for sexually abusing his daughter.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reportedly in a coma after suffering a stroke. [CBS]

The dramatic Rodney King 911 call has been released. [CNN]

A Texas grand jury refused to indict a father who killed a man for sexually abusing his daughter. [CNN]

President Obama warned Mitt Romney to back off of criticizing his foreign policy decisions. [Politico]

The Southern Baptist Convention elects its first Black president. [BET]

T.I. calls Chief Keef a “representative” of the new generation. [BET]

The Miami Heat took Game 4 of the NBA Finals. [MSNBC]

The Pope calls for peace in Nigeria amid religious violence. [BBC]

Arsenio Hall is preparing to return to late-night TV. [BET]

The Jackson brothers are gearing up to go on their first tour after Michael’s death. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: June 18 Edition

June 18th, 2012

In today’s top news, police are investigating the drowning death of Rodney King, thousands filled New York streets in silent protest of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and an SCLC official has spoken out in defense of embattled pastor Creflo Dollar.

Police are investigating the drowning death of Rodney King. [BET]

Thousands filled New York streets in silent protest of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. [BET]

An SCLC official has spoken out in defense of Pastor Creflo Dollar, who was arrested for beating his 15-year-old daughter. [AJC]

More white baseball players are filling spots on HBCU teams. [NewsObserver]

The New York nightclub where Drake and Chris Brown brawled last week has been shut down by the city for violations. [E!]

Drake’s first performance since the brawl draws extra security. [BET]

Melanie Fiona and J. Cole collab on new single. [BET]

The Miami Heat take Game 3 of the NBA Finals  in a 91-85 win against Oklahoma City. [NBC Sports]

Egyptian army vows to transfer power to the country’s  elected president. [BBC]

Boko Haram takes responsibility for the weekend bombings of three churches in Nigeria that left 50 people dead. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: April 27 Edition

April 27th, 2012

In today’s top news, 20 years later, Rodney King speaks on the L.A. riots, the attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin says George Zimmerman misled the court about money he raised and a new secret service scandal has emerged involving prostitutes in El Salvador.

20 years later, Rodney King speaks on the L.A. riots. [BET]

The attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin says George Zimmerman misled the court about money. [CNN]

A new secret service scandal has emerged involving prostitutes in El Salvador. [BBC]

Black secret service agent revealed the Colombian prostitute scandal. [AFRO]

The U.S. economy grew at slower pace in the first quarter of 2012. [MSNBC]

Administration officials seek federal law banning cell phone use while driving. [Reuters]

Rapper Lil Boosie’s lyrics to be used in his murder trial. [BET]

Gabrielle Union gives her opinion on the state of health care. [BET]

KFC must pay $8.3 million to an Australian girl who became severely brain damaged after eating a chicken wrap. [BBC]

Nigerian militant group Boko Haram takes responsibly for bombing newspaper offices. [Vanguard]

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National: Who Gets What? James Brown’s Family Wants Answers; Rodney King Is Getting Into Rehab

October 25th, 2008

James Brown and Tomie Rae

Who gets what? James Brown’s family wants answers.

Those who were expecting to cash in on James Brown’s estate are no closer to seeing any money than the day he died. The holdup is that no one really knows just how much the estate is worth, according to The Associated Press. Lawyers say the late singer’s accounts have little money left in them, which means most of the estate is made up of future income – funds from things like royalties, movies and the sale of Brown’s likeness. None of that will come into play until it’s decided how the estate will be divvied up. So who gets what when and if the estate is finalized? Among those in line to get a piece of Brown’s financial pie is his charitable trust, which half of his estate will go to, AP reports. Another 25 percent will go to Tomi Rae Hynie, James’ last wife, and their child, James Brown II.  The remaining 25 percent will go to some of the late singer’s other children.  However, one of Brown’s adult children, Terry Brown, is questioning whether Hynie’s marriage to his father was legal.  He is also claiming that he doesn’t believe the woman’s son was fathered by James Brown. Brown died in 2006 on Christmas Day.

Rodney King

Rodney King is getting into rehab.

The man who once asked: “Can’t we all get along?” is now, in effect asking himself: “Can’t I shake free from booze?” Rodney King will be one of the “celebrities” seeking help for their personal demons on the next round of “Celebrity Rehab.” In one clip, King is seen gulping down a beer as he tells “Dr. Drew” Pinsky: “Every day I wake up with a beer is a good day.” King was the Los Angeles motorist who was beaten by LAPD officers in 1991 – an encounter recorded on videotape. When the officers were acquitted the following year, it led to deadly rioting in several cities. King says his being part of the show and his most-recent effort at sobriety is “a blessing.”   

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