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News From Around the Web: July 5 Edition

July 5th, 2012

In today’s top news, singer Frank Ocean revealed that his first love was a man, the judge in the Trayvon Martin case is expected to make a decision on George Zimmerman’s bond request today and President Obama hit the road via bus, making stops in key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Singer Frank Ocean revealed that his first love was a man. [BET]

A decision on George Zimmerman’s request for bond is expected to be handed down today. [CBSNews]

President Obama has hit the road via bus and is making stops in key swing states. [The Hill]

Nearly 700,000 Americans across 11 states celebrated the 4th of July without electricity. [CNN]

Legend Bobby Womack is talking about making a comeback. [BET]

A second arrest warrant was issued for That’s So Raven actor Orlando Brown. [BET]

A Nigerian entrepreneur has created a way to bring Nigerian films to the world. [CNN]

Nigerian president Goodluck Johnathan nominated the country’s first female Supreme Court chief justice. [AFP]

Childhood abuse has been linked to obesity in Black women. [L.A.Times]

Study shows U.S. apartment rent prices have reached their highest rate since 2007. [Reuters]

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News From Around the Web: April 25 Edition

April 25th, 2012

In today’s top news, Nicki Minaj returns to Twitter, Mitt Romney kicks off his general election campaign against President Obama after sweeping four primaries and Michelle Obama says the upcoming election could hinge on the votes of just a “few thousand folks.”

Nicki Minaj returns to Twitter. [BET]

Mitt Romney kicks off his general election campaign against President Obama after sweeping four primaries Tuesday. [MSNBC]

Michelle Obama says the upcoming election could hinge on the votes of just a “few thousand folks.” [Yahoo]

Michelle Obama is on pace to set the record for first lady television appearances. [BET]

Feds make first arrest in BP oil spill probe. [AP]

Chicago researchers are looking into whether weight loss can help African-American breast cancer survivors. [Chicago Tribune]

A release date has been set for a Jackie Robinson biopic. [BET]

Doctors warn about teens getting drunk off hand sanitizer. [KTLA]

Nigeria’s heath minister says 150 million are at risk of falling ill from malaria. [Vanguard]

The African Union proposes Sudan peace deal. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: March 12 Edition

March 12th, 2012

In today’s top news, daughter of the late Whitney Houston tells Oprah she can still feel her mother’s presence, critics fear the Kony 2012 campaign could do more harm than good and the NAACP plans to take the voting rights issue to the United Nations.

Bobbi Kristina, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, tells Oprah she can still feel her mother’s presence. [BET]

Critics fear Kony 2012 campaign could do more harm than good. [BET]

NAACP to take voting rights issue to the United Nations. [Guardian]

Republican Congress members threaten impeachment of Obama if Syria is attacked.  [RT]

The NCAA tournament bracket is now live. [BET]

Report: Hate groups on the rise. [Reuters]

U.S. women turn “dining out” money into charity. [MSNBC]

Univ. of Maryland student arrested for threatening to go on shooting rampage. [MSNBC]

Jamaican drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke faces sentencing in U.S. case. [AP]

Israel rolls out “iron dome” to help stem rocket fire. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 8 Edition

February 8th, 2012

In today’s top news, Nicki Minaj is slated to debut a new song at the Grammys, Obama decides to accept super PAC donations and coroner rules Don Cornelius’s death a suicide.

Nicki Minaj to debut new song at the Grammys. [BET]

Obama decides to accept super PAC donations. [BET]

Coroner rules Don Cornelius’s death a suicide. [CNN]

Black woman becomes first “big city” fire chief. [BET]

Emergency contraception pills offered in a vending machine on Pennsylvania college campus. [AP]

Red Tails producer George Lucas to be honored at NAACP Image Awards. [BET]

Concerns grow over allowing drones over U.S. skies. [MSNBC]

World Bank says Africa losing out on billions of dollars in trade. [AFP]

Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill is on the table again. [AFP]

Bob Marley documentary gets distribution deal. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 12 Edition

January 12th, 2012

In today’s top news, Haiti marks the somber two-year anniversary of its history-making earthquake, a lawsuit pops the top on racial discrimination at Pepsi, Co., and Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s new baby girl is already making history.

Haiti marks two years since a devastating earthquake shook the nation. [BET]

Pepsi shells out $3.1 million in racial bias case. [AP]

Michelle Obama says she has tried to ignore attempts to portray her as an “angry Black woman.” [Sun-Times]

President Obama took in $68 million in campaign funds at the end of 2011. [AP]

Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, sets a billboard record just days after birth. [WSJ]

Survey: Conflict between rich and poor is strongest in years. [AP]

J-Cole’s “Work Out” goes platinum. [BET]

Director George Lucas says he found out how hard Black Hollywood has it through making Red Tails. [BBC]

Uncle Snoop plans to intervene in Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa beef. [BET]

Fuel protests in Nigeria intensify as oil union workers join the fray. [Bloomberg]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 4. Edition

January 4th, 2012

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In today’s top news, Mitt Romney came out on top in Iowa, Dennis Rodman is making a topless comeback to basketball and Michael Jackson’s doctor gets stripped of his medical license.

Mitt Romney takes victory in the Iowa caucuses. [BET]

Chicago’s chief of police is suspended for excessive use of force in a low-income area. [CNN]

Dennis Rodman to lead topless female basketball team. [BET]

Sickle cell keeps Steelers player Ryan Clark out of upcoming playoff game. [CNN]

Judge rules that a Black church is the rightful owner of a KKK shop. [BET]

BP and Halliburton still pointing fingers over the 2010 oil spill. [CNN]

Lawsuit alleges inequality among Maryland’s higher education funding. [FOX]

Dr. Conrad Murray is stripped of his medical license. [BET]

Children of late rapper Eazy-E to star in N.W.A. biopic. [BET]

Man crosses U.S. border with nothing but a copy of his passport on his iPad. [BBC]

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Opinion: The Super Bowl and Violence Against Females

February 5th, 2011

By Kevin Powell

I have been a sports fan for as long as I can remember.

As a youth I formally played baseball, ran track and boxed until I decided I really valued my brain cells more than winning a bout; and informally we boys on the block played stickball, soccer, football (sometimes even tackling each other on concrete), basketball, and anything else that required us to run, hit, catch, or fall.
In fact, I am a writer partially because of sports. When I was a boy of no more than 8 or 9, my mother began the practice of taking me to the Jersey City Public Library, the Greenville Branch, as often as she could, usually on Saturdays as that was her day off from work. My mother would sift and read through the local newspaper while my imagination and I were allowed to run wild amongst the stacks of books. And the first ones that grabbed my attention were sports books. About the history of my beloved New York Yankees. About the golden eras of baseball and football. I memorized a plethora of facts and figures because these larger-than-life characters, with names like Red Granger and Joe DiMaggio, and Jackie Robinson and Jim Brown, were utterly heroic and magical to me. Without a doubt I was so enthralled with sports that I made it a point to watch every televised baseball or football game I could, and actually learned the rules to almost every single sport, including ones I did not play, like tennis, golf, or hockey, just because.

Read more of Powell’s piece.

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Soldier with Infant Son Refuses War Deployment

November 17th, 2009

Soldier Mom Deployment

A 21-year-old soldier refuses to go to Afghanistan because she has no one to take care of her infant child.

Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, is confined at Hunter Army Field in Savannah, GA while commanders investigate the situation.

The father of Hutchinson’s 10-month-old son is not in their lives.


“Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21, claims she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders because the only family she had to care for her 10-month-old son — her mother — was overwhelmed by the task, already caring for three other relatives with health problems.

Her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, said Monday that one of Hutchinson’s superiors told her she would have to deploy anyway and place the child in foster care.

“For her it was like, ‘I couldn’t abandon my child,’” Sussman said. “She was really afraid of what would happen, that if she showed up they would send her to Afghanistan anyway and put her son with child protective services.”

Hutchinson, who is from Oakland, Calif., remained confined Monday to the boundaries of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, 10 days after military police arrested her for skipping her unit’s flight. No charges have been filed, but a spokesman for the Army post said commanders were investigating.

Kevin Larson, a spokesman for Hunter Army Airfield, said he didn’t know what Hutchinson was told by her commanders, but he said the Army would not deploy a single parent who had nobody to care for his or her child.

“I don’t know what transpired and the investigation will get to the bottom of it,” Larson said. “If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there’s no question she would not have been deployed.”

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Sports: Jayson Williams Gave Oral to White Girls, Says Wife

February 17th, 2009

Jayson Williams and Tonya Young

Jayson Williams gave oral to White girls, says wife. An ex-NBA star and former commentator who escaped a murder conviction has new troubles. Former Nets player Jayson Williams’ wife has filed for divorce, accusing him of physical and emotional abuse, family abandonment and bragging that he performed oral sex “on White girls.” Tanya Young Williams claims that her husband has threatened to kill her, faked a suicide and falsely claimed to have stomach cancer. Among the other allegations she makes is that the ex-baller once urinated in their home’s kitchen sink. Among other things, she wants sole custody of their children. Williams was charged with the 2002 shooting death of a limo driver, but he was not convicted. He reportedly killed the man accidentally, while playing with a shotgun. Williams could face trial again on reckless manslaughter charges.

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Health: Your Tax Dollars May be Paying For Unauthorized Drugs; Teen HIV Rate Up 45 Percent in Central Ohio; Young Black Women Have Higher Breast Cancer Rates

November 24th, 2008

Your tax dollars may be paying for unauthorized drugs. Tax dollars paid for $200 million in drugs that were never reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness, an Associated Press investigation has found. The drugs give people a false sense of security, but they are also responsible for dozens of deaths, health officials say. Even so, millions of private patients who qualify for the low-income health care program are taking such drugs, and the government is picking up the tab, according to AP’s analysis of government data. The medications date back decades, before the Food and Drug Administration tightened its review process for drugs in the early 1960s, AP says. The FDA says it is trying to squeeze them from the market, but conflicting federal laws allow the drugs to the Medicaid health program to pay for them. Medicaid officials acknowledge the problem, but say they need Congress to fix loopholes in the laws that allow the unauthorized drugs to continue to qualify for payment.

Teen HIV rate jumps 45 percent in Central Ohio. The number of Central Ohio teenagers and young adults infected with HIV has mushroomed by 45 percent in three years, according to local figures. Of all the Franklin County women living with HIV, nearly three-quarters are African American. As dozens of countries commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, Central Ohioans need to be reminded that the epidemic continues right here at home. The Ohio Department of Health reports that HIV infections in Central Ohio match the dramatic increases nationwide, especially in African Americans, youth, and women, local officials say. Between 2003 and 2006, the highest new infection rates in Central Ohio were among youth (ages 13-25), up nearly 45 percent. Infections among individuals ages 25-34 were up about 10 percent, and individuals ages 45-64 were up 13 percent. The number of new HIV infection diagnoses in the African American population jumped 22 percent. African American women are disproportionately affected, making up close to 75 percent of all women diagnosed in Franklin County. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than one million Americans are living with HIV. More than a quarter of them don’t even know they are infected. For more on HIV, what causes it, and whether your perceptions about the disease and people who have it are spot on or a little off, see the & Soul feature “Are You Positive?”

 Young Black women have higher breast cancer rates. The incidence of breast cancer among African-American women under 40 is higher than for White women of the same age, according to the results of an analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on Friday. The researchers studied more than 300,000 cases of breast cancer based on age at diagnosis, year of diagnosis, racial and ethnic categories, and pathologic features of the cancer. They found that although White women had higher incidence rates than Black women after age 40, the reverse was true for younger women. In women under 40, the incidence rate per 100,000 woman-years was approximately 17 for Black women, compared with approximately 15 for white women. The discrepancy was even higher for women under age 30. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States, with about 180,000 cases diagnosed each year. Problems with early screening, which lead to later diagnoses, and access to care have negatively affected Black women’s survival rates, experts say. While mammogram breast screenings are generally advised for women age 40 and old, if the incidence of breast cancer in younger women continues to trend upward, health officials may have to identify either preventive or better screening approaches, including the identification of early risk factors, in younger women. Experts are also studying whether genetics play a role in the higher rates of breast cancer for younger Black women. For more info on breast cancer go to & Soul

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