April 23rd, 2012
In today’s top news, George Zimmerman is released on bail, trial begins in Maryland for two white brothers accused of beating a Black teen and trial also begins today for William Balfour, the accused murderer of Jennifer Hudson’s family.
George Zimmerman, shooter of Trayvon Martin, is released on bail at midnight Sunday. [BET]
Trial begins in Maryland for two white brothers accused of beating a Black teen while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. [AP]
Trial also begins today for William Balfour, the accused murderer of Jennifer Hudson’s family. [AP]
The Supreme Court prepares to take a look into the validity of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. [ABC]
Issac Farris, nephew of Martin Luther King Jr., will step down from his post as head of the SCLC. [AJC]
Think Like a Man took the number one spot at the box office this weekend. [NYT]
Suge Knight suggests Tupac might still be alive. [BET]
Nicki Minaj said a voice in her head instructed her to shut down her Twitter account. [BET]
Two Kenyan runners dominated this weekend’s London Marathon. [CNN]
Sudanese war planes reportedly bombing South Sudanese border towns in fresh attacks. [CNN]
April 13th, 2012
In today’s top news, President Obama says Kanye West is still a “Jackass,” Newark mayor Cory Booker saves a neighbor from a burning house and the National Rifle Association meets for its annual meeting amid pressure over gun laws.
President Obama says Kanye West is still a “Jackass.” [BET]
Newark mayor Cory Booker saves neighbor from burning house. [BET]
The National Rifle Association meets for its annual meeting amid pressure over gun laws. [NYT]
Three people were killed in an Ohio Cracker Barrel restaurant after shots rang out during a domestic dispute. [AP]
California’s Supreme Court ruled that employers no longer have to ensure lunch breaks for workers. [AP]
Arizona governor signs law banning most late-term abortions. [Reuters]
Rapper Diggy says he is one of the last “real MCs.” [BET]
The legendary Howard Theater reopens its doors. [BET]
U.N. peacekeepers stand ready to enforce Syria ceasefire. [AJE]
U.N. demands immediate end to Sudan oil conflict. [BBC]
April 12th, 2012
In today’s top news, George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, says she thinks George Zimmerman made a mistake in shooting her son and the Beverly Hills police have closed the investigation into Whitney Houston’s death, finding no foul play.
George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin. [BET]
Trayvon Martin’s mother says she thinks George Zimmerman made a mistake in shooting her son. [MSNBC]
The Beverly Hills police have closed the investigation into Whitney Houston’s death, finding no foul play. [BET]
Bobbi Kristina reportedly plans to star in a new reality show. [BET]
U.S. Justice Department is suing Apple for conspiring with publishers to rig e-book prices. [MSNBC]
An independent report on the Hardest Hit Housing Markets program says more could be done to aid struggling homeowners. [CNN]
Connecticut plans to repeal the death penalty. [CNN]
April is National STD Awareness Month. [BET]
South Sudan ignores U.N. calls to remove troops from disputed oil field. [BBC]
Protests break out in Syria as troops withdraw in compliance with ceasefire. [AJE]
April 11th, 2012
In today’s top news, lawyers for George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin, have withdrawn from the case, eight Black New York college students reported being “stopped and frisked” by the NYPD a total of 92 times and a white man is attacked and robbed by a group of Black men in Baltimore.
Lawyers for the shooter of Trayvon Martin have withdrawn from the case. [BET]
Eight Black New York college students reported being “stopped and frisked” by the NYPD a total of 92 times. [NYT]
White man attacked and robbed by group of Black men in Baltimore. [CNN]
Final jurors chosen for the trial of William Balfour, alleged killer of Jennifer Hudson’s family. [ChicagoTribune]
Five-year-old boy brings heroin to school for show-and-tell. [MSNBC]
Rick Ross forced to cancel two shows after suffering a seizure. [BET]
Nicki Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, debuts at No. 1. [BET]
Hospitals hosting McDonald’s chains under pressure to cut ties. [USATODAY]
Syria gives Kofi Annan another promise that it will comply with ceasefire despite continued violence. [BBC]
Sudan vows to retake lucrative oil fields from South Sudan. [BBC]
January 18th, 2012
In today’s top news, Ne-Yo says Blacks deserve more credit, Mormons say they face more prosecution and Ja Rule breaks his silence.
Mormons say they face more discrimination than Blacks. [BET]
Ne-Yo says Blacks deserve more credit. [BET]
Ja Rule speaks from behind bars. [BET]
Civil rights leaders are taking a stand against hazing. [BET]
A Tennessee principal says test scores show Black students are less smart. [BET]
Wikipedia site has “blacked out” in protest of web piracy laws. [FOX]
A “smoking object” was thrown at the White House Tuesday night. [CNN]
Another light bright photo of Beyoncé incites anger. [NYDN]
Sudan faces famine. [CNN]
World Bank warns of impending economic crisis. [MSNBC]
September 8th, 2009
The Sudanese woman who once faced a public flogging for wearing her pants too tight was jailed Monday for neglecting to pay a court-ordered fine, CNN reports. Lubna al-Hussein was spared the 40 lashes and issued a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds (about $206) amid an international uproar among human rights and women rights advocates because of the tight pants and a blouse that was deemed too sheer. She is refusing to pay the fine as a matter of principle. “She is now in jail,” her attorney Nabil Adib told CNN. “She refused to pay the fine as a matter of principal.” Al-Hussein will appeal her verdict in an effort to have the conservative Muslim government’s decency law declared unconstitutional, Adib said by phone from Khartoum. “We intend to file an appeal within the next three days, but we do not know how long it will take the court of appeals to decide on the case,” Adib said. “We expect it will happen in the next two to three weeks.” He said al-Hussein could be in jail for a month unless her verdict is overturned. Al-Hussein, who was arrested in July, pleaded not guilty during her one-day trial Monday, he said. She was not allowed to call defense witnesses or present a defense case, he added.”She thinks that she did not have fair trial and a conviction was wrong so she did not want to pay the fine nor let anyone else pay on her behalf,” Nadib said. Al-Hussein, a journalist who worked in the media department of the United Nations mission in Sudan, resigned from her U.N. position in order to waive her immunity as an international worker and face trial.
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.
June 19th, 2009
Bomb Blast Kills Somali Official
A large suicide car bombing left Somalia’s security minister, Omar Hashi Adan, Thursday. “The explosion caused by the suicide bomber was so huge and could be heard in all corners in the city,” a local journalist told CNN. In addition, at least 11 other people, including the nation’s former ambassador to Ethiopia, were killed and eight people were seriously wounded. The blast occurred near a hotel in the city of Beledweyn, where Adan had been staying. In a news conference following the bombing, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said “international terrorists” who have come into Somalia, were responsible for the attack. With Somalia’s vast struggles against militants, the loss of Adan, could prove to be costly. On Wednesday, fighting between militants and government security forces in capital city Mogadishu killed at least 40 and wounded 130 people.
South Africa Sees its First Swine Flu Case
South Africa has seen its very first swine flu case, reports the BBC. On Thursday, tests found that a 12-year-old boy, who had recently flew in from the United States, had the illness. “The patient was kept in isolation and discharged after a few days in hospital,” Fidel Hadebe, the nation’s health ministry spokesman, said in a statement. “He is well and recovering in isolation at home.” Swine flu has put the world on high alert and there have been about 30 cases of the flu in Egypt and several in Morocco, the BBC reports. This, however, is the first known case in sub-Saharan Africa. Officials believe that could change, though, because nations in the southern hemisphere are now going into winter. Since the virus surfaced in April, it has infected about 40,000 globally and has killed 167, according to the World Health Organization.
June 12th, 2009
Charities Allowed Back in Sudan
After kicking them out of the nation earlier this year, the Sudanese government will allow four charities to return to the nation’s Darfur region, according to a U.N. official. Care International, Save the Children, Mercy Corps and Padco are the only four groups permitted to return out of the 13 that were booted in March, reports the BBC. John Holmes, the U.N.’s humanitarian head, said that Sudan would allow the international charities to return on the condition that they register under different names and logos, reports the BBC. “That possibility is there for all the organizations which were expelled and some of them already have taken advantage of it,” he told the BBC. “They now got very recently new registrations and will be restarting their operations.” Since 2003, fighting in the Darfur region has left 300,000 dead and two million people displaced. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, announced he was expelling the charities after an international court indicted him on war crimes. But recently, according to Holmes, there has been “good progress” in the relationship between the government and the U.N.
Kofi Annan Tells African Presidents to Do Better
Former United Nations leader Kofi Annan told African leaders to get it together at the launch of a report on the African economy, reports the BBC. While those who promise aid to the continent need to follow through, African leaders determine the fate of their respective countries, the former U.N. secretary-general said. “We need a new development model that provides security, stability, and addresses people’s needs. Everyone needs to contribute,” Annan said at the launch. “Business has a key role, as do Africa’s trading and donor partners. But the primary responsibility to make it happen rests with Africa’s political leaders. According to the Africa Progress report, corruption costs African $150 billion each year. The report was put together by 11 current or former world leaders including the UK’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel.
June 11th, 2009
Sudan sentenced 12 Darfur rebels to death due to a large attack last year in the country’s capital, Khartoum. The court found the rebels, all part of the group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), guilty of terrorism, murder and destroying public property, the BBC reports. The attack left more than 220 dead, according to the Sudanese government. In recent weeks, special courts have been sentencing the accused in groups. Now, in total, 103 JEM rebels have been sentenced to be hanged for the attack, though no one has been executed yet. Al-Tahir al-Feki, a JEM official, has spoken out against the sentences, saying they would only delay fragile peace talks, reports the AFP