In today’s top news, Feb. 7th marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Beyoncé makes her first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy and Super Bowl Champions the New York Giants return home to a parade in their honor.
Feb. 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. [BET]
Beyoncé makes her first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy. [BET]
New York Giants return home to a parade in their honor. [AP]
Al Sharpton is very concerned about the NYPD and muslims. [CapitalNewYork]
Santorum calls Obama “hostile” toward people of faith. [Politico]
Valerie Jarrett says much more needs to be done about Black unemployment. [BET]
Wal-Mart Foundation donates $9.5 million in grants to promote healthy eating among minorities. [BET]
LGBT advocacy group GLAAD wants Roland Martin fired over his Super Bowl tweets. [LATimes]
SAG Award winner Viola Davis gets glam for LA Times. [BET]
DNA testing manufacturer says one in ten Americans have questions about paternity. [MSNBC]
Wal-Mart scored a major win for their international expansion campaign when Massmart Holdings Ltd., a South African-based retailer, accepted the retail giant’s offer to buy 51 percent of their company. Though Wal-Mart has 8,692 stores in 15 countries, including Brazil, China and India, this deal marks their first entry into the African market.
According to the Associated Press, Wal-Mart offered 148 rand (about $20) per share in a 17 billion rand (about $2 billion deal). Grant Pattison, CEO of Massmart, said Massmart will continue to operate the stores while Wal-Mart will be the main owner. Massmart runs about 290 big box, pharmacy, electronics and other stores in 14 African countries.
Three years ago Heather Ellis, a college student, went shopping for her mother at a Wal-Mart in rural Missouri. Now she soon faces trial for felonies involving assaulting police officers and receiving threats from the Klu Klux Klan.
Squabble over cutting in line sparked Wal-Mart trampling death. Authorities say a no-cutting-in-line fight between two large groups of shoppers helped spark the after-Thanksgiving stampede in which a Wal-Mart security guard on Long Island, N.Y., was trampled to death, according to Newsday. Shoppers who remained inside their vehicles in the parking lot until the Valley Stream store’s special 5 a.m. opening apparently clashed with people who had stood outside in line for hours, police said on Wednesday. Read the rest here.
Online Obama T-shirt sales are booming. Walk down the streets of San Francisco, and you’ll see plenty of evidence of Obama’s popularity, mostly in the form of T-shirts, which remain a hot item weeks after the election. “Not too long ago,” said Cowlin, “if you wanted to wear a T-shirt of a candidate, you were pretty much limited to getting it at campaign headquarters. Now, with the Internet, this is the first time they’ve been available on such a large scale.” Urban Outfitters has been selling T-shirts with Obama’s face for months, since well before the primaries. Asked if sales are down now, Caitlin Reno at the Bancroft Street store in Berkeley said, “Oh, no. We’re selling even more now. People are constantly coming in asking for them.”
After deadly shopping day, Wal-Mart reviews Black Friday plans. As shoppers returned over the weekend to the Valley Stream Wal-Mart where the chaos of this year’s Black Friday resulted in death and mayhem, shoppers echoed the sentiments of the Nassau County Police detective supervising the investigation, who told reporters in the aftermath of Jdimytai Damour’s death that the store could have and should have better prepared for the large crowds that camped out as early as 9 p.m. the night before for the post-Thanksgiving bargains. Read the rest here.
Iowa café deluged with “Obama cookie” requests
. Ever since word spread about the Obamas’ fondness for Baby Boomers’ chocolate chunk cookies, the small downtown Des Moines restaurant has been bombarded with requests. “Two months ago I was giving these cookies away,” co-owner Rodney Maxfield told The Associated Press. “Now, it’s like, ‘I need two dozen cookies. I need four-dozen cookies.’” Read the rest here.
The 34-year-old employee who was killed when customers flooded through the doors of the Black Friday opening of a Walmart in Long Island has been identified as Jdimaytai Damour. He was a temporary maintenance worker who took a job to make some extra cash for the holiday season. His family has hired a lawyer, setting the stage for a possible lawsuit. Angry relatives of Jdimytai Damour, a graduate of Long Island’s Freemont High School, were waiting for autopsy results Saturday as police reviewed security tapes to identify shoppers who took part in the stampede. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart has defended the precautions it took on the busiest shopping day of the year, but Long Island cops said the retailer didn’t have enough security on hand. Danielle Damour, the victim’s sister, said the family was seeking legal advice and had not made funeral plans for her brother, a temporary maintenance worker. “We’ve got a lawyer already,” Danielle Damour, 41, said. “They haven’t released the body because they want to do the autopsy.” Damour was knocked over and trampled as shoppers literally walked over him to access the store faster. While only one fatality was recorded, a pregnant women had to be hospitalized after being knocked to the floor and three other persons suffered minor injuries. Shoppers were still coming in as emergency workers were trying to save the man’s life. “He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me.”
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