December 11th, 2012
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In today’s top news, President Obama traveled to Detroit to slam Michigan’s proposed right-to-work laws; George Zimmerman is back in court asking to have the conditions of his bond reconsidered; and a fourth accuser has stepped forward with underage sex claims against Kevin Clash.
President Obama traveled to Detroit to slam Michigan’s proposed right-to-work laws. [Yahoo!]
George Zimmerman is back in court asking to have the conditions of his bond reconsidered. [HLN]
A fourth accuser has stepped forward with underage sex claims against Kevin Clash. [Reuters]
Cory Booker reflects on his week on food stamps. [Yahoo!]
Mother of Brandon Jackson says her son was wrongfully convicted after being attacked by a group of white men. [BET]
A white tennis player mocks Serena Williams by padding her butt and breasts. [Grio]
Beyoncé’s face will grace the sides of limited edition Pepsi cans as part of the singer’s $50 million deal with the brand. [BET]
Former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn settled with sexual assault accuser Nafissatou Diallo for an undisclosed sum. [AP]
South African officials say Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment for a lung infection. [BBC]
Ugandan teenager and international chess sensation Phiona Mutesi has a biography and a Disney movie deal on the way. [CNN]
October 22nd, 2012
In today’s top news, President Obama and Mitt Romney will face off in the final presidential debate tonight, Trayvon Martin’s parents say his school records aren’t as relevant as George Zimmerman’s medical records and Ohio’s controversial voter fraud billboards will come down.
President Obama and Mitt Romney will face off in the final presidential debate tonight. [CNN]
Trayvon Martin’s parents say his school records aren’t as relevant as George Zimmerman’s medical records. [BET]
Ohio’s controversial voter fraud billboards will come down. [Reuters]
A Wisconsin man opened fire in a salon, killing three women before taking his own life. [NBCNews]
Voters in three states are set to vote on whether marijuana should be fully legalized and taxed. [NBCNews]
Marlon Wayans says he has “Democratic skin, but a Republican pocket.” [BET]
Flavor Flav is out on bail after a domestic violence arrest. [BET]
Venus Williams wins the Luxembourg Open. [USATODAY]
South African police admit to “overreacting” during August’s deadly platinum mine protest. [AJE]
Pope Benedict XVI named the first Native American saint. [CNN]
September 10th, 2012
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In today’s top news, Serena Williams wins the U.S. Open final, Jay-Z says he doesn’t get what Occupy Wall Street is all about and President Obama’s campaign fundraising surpassed Mitt Romney’s for the first time in months.
Serena Williams wins the U.S. Open Final. [AP]
Jay-Z says he never supported Occupy Wall Street because he didn’t understand its aim. [NYDN]
President Obama’s campaign fundraising surpassed Mitt Romney’s for the first time in months. [CNN]
Chicago public school teachers strike for the first time in 25 years. [Chicago Tribune]
George Zimmerman’s lawyers are seeking the school records of Trayvon Martin. [LATimes]
NeNe Leakes tells BET.com she “always wanted to be an actress.” [BET]
BET original movie Being Mary Jane to open Urbanworld Film Festival. [BET]
Michelle Rodriguez chats about her Resident Evil costars. [BET]
South Africa lifts its ban on fracking. [BBC]
South Africa’s Marikana miners have staged a protest in defiance of a deadline to return to work. [AJE]
July 9th, 2012
In today’s top news, Usher’s stepson was declared brain dead after a Jet Ski accident, George Zimmerman is at a safe house in Florida after posting $1 million in bail and a court battle over a Texas voter ID law is set to take place this week.
Usher’s stepson was declared brain dead after a Jet Ski accident. [BET]
Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman relocates to a safe house in Florida after posting $1 million in bail. [AP]
A controversial court battle over a Texas voter ID law is set to take place this week. [Reuters]
Hundreds of thousands of Internet users will lose access today because of a nasty virus. [CNN]
The Williams sisters took home the Wimbledon doubles title this weekend. [BET]
Morgan Freeman says President Obama’s white “mama” makes him America’s first mixed-race president — not the first Black president. [BET]
Study: The HPV vaccine is helping even those who skip it. [HealthDay]
South Sudan celebrates its first year of independence. [AFP]
South Africa desperately seeks to boost Black oil company ownership in the country. [Reuters]
Libya held its first democratic election this weekend. [Guardian]
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]
May 31st, 2012
In today’s top news, Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights, a report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed and the makers of FEMA trailers are set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes.
Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights. [BET]
Report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed. [Miami Herald]
Makers of FEMA trailers set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes. [CNN]
Black surgeon sues UCLA over racist joke. [The Root]
First Lady Michelle Obama says the president “tucks her in” to bed each night at the White House. [DailyMail]
Bobbi Kristina walked off of the set of her new Tyler Perry show after an emotional breakdown. [BET]
Idris Elba is rumored to star in the next Hunger Games movie. [BET]
After her sister’s big upset loss at the French Open, tennis champ Venus Williams is also out of the tournament. [SI]
Africa NGO says the rush to adopt African children needs to stop. [CNN]
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton points finger at Russia for contributing to Syria’s civil war. [BBC]
May 30th, 2012
In today’s top news, former Liberian president Charles Taylor is sentenced to 50 years in prison for war crimes, co-hosts Terrence J and Rocsi to leave 106 & Park and after a Texas vote, Mitt Romney is now the official Republican presidential nominee.
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor is sentenced to 50 years in prison for war crimes. [BET]
Terrence J and Rocsi to leave 106 & Park. [BET]
After a Texas vote, Mitt Romney is now the official republican presidential nominee. [Miami Herald]
Serena Williams is eliminated in the first round of the French Open. [MSNBC]
Black pilots are suing United Continental alleging racial discrimination. [Bloomberg]
Emory University acquires a vast collection of historical African-American photos. [Emory]
Louis Farrakhan critiques President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, calling it a “sin.” [HuffingtonPost]
Police seek witnesses to the infamous face chewing incident. [BET]
U.S. student is killed while filming the violence in Syria. [MSNBC]
The FBI is now helping Kenyan officials investigate a bomb that exploded in downtown Nairobi. [AP]
The U.N. confirms that Sudan has pulled its troops out of the disputed Abyei border region also claimed by South Sudan. [BBC]
November 2nd, 2009
2009 has been a lucrative year for Serena Williams. The #1 ranked female tennis player in the world has earned more money this year than any other player in history of women’s tennis.
See how much she earned.
October 12th, 2009
Tennis great Serena Williams could be fined more than $500,000 and barred from participating in the next Grand Slam tennis event for her appearance in the ESPN the Magazine Body Issue.
According to YBF.com, the International Tennis Federation “is not amused” with her posing nude in the magazine. Moreover, issues remain with her tirade against an official during the 2009 US.Open last September .
January 26th, 2009
Serena Still Hanging in Australian Open Three-time Australian Open champ Serena Williams has advanced to face No. 8-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the quarterfinals after he opponent withdrew Sunday after an apparent battle with heatstroke. Victoria Azarenka, the 19-year-old from Belarus, started the match strong, defeating the normally powerful Williams 6-3 in the first set. “I feel so bad; she was playing so well,” Williams said in a brief interview with Australian television. “She can’t risk it, so I hope she did the right thing. She’s obviously playing really well and has so many other Australian Opens out there for her.” Azarenka began to cry, covered her face with her left hand as she walked toward the net and retired from the match. Williams was there to meet her as the crowd cheered supportively. Azarenka was then helped off court, still distraught, by two officials. No details of her condition were immediately available, although the tournament director, Craig Tiley, said that she had been ill the night before.
It’s a Philly Affair in Memphis Former 76ers guard Lionel Hollins, who took over as head coach of the Grizzlies after replacing another former Sixer Marc Ivaroni, attempted to have two other former Philadelphia Sixers join him on the bench as coaches: Johnny Davis, a former Sixers coach, and Maurice Cheeks who was Hollins backcourt mate back in the day and the most recently fired Sixer head coach. Initially, Cheeks indicated that he would join Hollins, but he recently declined the offer. “But he decided he wanted a little more time to himself,” Hollins said. “I certainly understand that. He’ll have opportunities later.” The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Hollins said he wanted two experienced men with him ”who will have huge responsibility, who have the right to stop a practice and coach because they know what to look for. I’m not egotistical. I know basketball, but I also know the value of having good people around you.”