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Serena Only Fined $2,000 for Incident at the US Open

September 12, 2011 2 comments

Beyond Scared Straight Uses The Threat of Rape to Get Kids to Not Go to Prison: Too Much?

August 17, 2011 7 comments

lynnel Hampton-Bott, Your Black World

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Glenda Westerfield: So, CNN Thinks that the Face of Welfare is Black?

August 13, 2011 30 comments

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by Glenda Westerfield, JD

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Families Victimized by Serial Killer Anthony Sowell Speak to the Court

August 11, 2011 1 comment

Serial killer Anthony Sowell's victim's families speak out

Anthony Sowell, a 51-year old Ohio serial killer up for the death penalty on 82 counts of aggravated murder, rape, attempted murder, and kidnapping, is sorry for what he did; but the families of his victims and his near-victims (the three women who survived his attacks) aren’t buying it. All of Sowell’s victims were black women.

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New Jeans Help Brothers “Sag” a Little More Efficiently

August 4, 2011 7 comments

Your Black World reports.

Be prepared to witness the “genius” of urban marketing.  New Sagz jeans are built for those men who just don’t want to take the time to pull up their pants, but also want the mobility they would have if they actually did.   The jeans come with built-in boxer shorts that clamp to the waste as tightly as a belt, but still give the world a chance to see your underwear.

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Miami Police Dept. Has Killed Seven Black Men in Eight Months?

August 2, 2011 6 comments

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Some people in Miami are outraged over the treatment of black men by the Miami Police Department. According to reports, a victim by the name of Travis McNeil made for the 7th black male victim fatally shot by the Miami PD in just 8 months. The shooting of this 28-year-old was the last straw. The New York Times reports:

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Woman Kicked Off Flight for Allegedly Not Wearing Panties

July 25, 2011 2 comments

By JasmineHughes

A young financial consultant from Harlem wants JetBlue Airlines to pay for removing her from her Florida-bound flight after an airline worker accused her of not wearing panties.

On July 13, 2010, Malinda Knowles, 27, claims that a JetBlue supervisor put a walkie-talkie between her legs to see what she had on under her baggy T-shirt.

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Prof. Ronald Walters Dies at 72 Years Old

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

I woke up today to find that the sun would shine a little bit less brightly than it did the day before. The first email I read was one telling me that Ronald Walters, a noted black Political Scientist at The University of Maryland, had died. He was 72 years old.

Dr. Walters was the director of the African American Leadership Institute. He was also the Campaign Manager for the presidential run of Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1984. I knew Ron as a mentor and friend. He was also on the faculty here at Syracuse University at one point in his career, long before my own. He was one of the most respectable and accomplished black scholars I’ve ever met, and he was appreciated by nearly everyone. His advice on leadership, activism and black empowerment was second to none.

I reached out to a few friends to get their takes on Professor Walters and many of them were very happy to reply. They were saddened to see the end of Ron’s life and career, but most of them understood the urgency of continuing his meaningful work. I haven’t been able to catch up with Rev. Jesse Jackson yet, but I’ll be on his show Sunday morning. Ron and I have been on Rev. Jackson’s show together in the past, and few people were impacted more by Dr. Walters than Rev. Jackson himself.

 

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Venus, Serena and Tiger Don’t Have Successors: What’s Going On with Black Athletes?

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Most of us can appreciate, on one level or another, the tremendous achievements of Tiger Woods, Venus Williams and her little sister, Serena. They have all been, in one way or another, a tremendous source of pride for the African American community. Much of the reason we are so proud of them is because they’ve dominated like no other in sports that are not typically played by "us." I am personally more impressed with the Williams sisters than with Tiger, in large part because they’ve made it into a family affair, and seem to more directly embrace the idea of making their success into a "black thing." Tiger, on the other hand, seems to want to make his success into a "Caublinasian thing." I admittedly can’t get with that.

 

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The Latest in Black News – 9/9/10

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

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Denzel Washington, Halle Berry Among Aretha Franklin’s A-List Cast For Biopic

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Pastor Terry Jones’ Koran Burning Cancelled

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Around the Web: If Rappers Were Colleges, Jay-Z Signs Willow Smith + More

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Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson to Honor Mary J. Blige, Others at Spelman College Fundraiser

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Marvin Sapp’s Wife, MaLinda, Dies of Colon Cancer

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Marvin Sapp: Wife Dies of Colon Cancer

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Suspect in Domestic Violence Case‎

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Black and Missing: Have You Seen This Person?

  • Gloria Denise Damon Case Type: Disability, Endangered Date of Birth: October 9, 1966 Missing … Read More
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Around the Web: Hip-Hop Undergoes a Renovation, Beyonce, Homeless Kids, & Terry Jones

  • Hip-Hop Undergoes a Renovation Tenants at the Bronx apartment building where DJ Kool Herc hosted … Read More
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Dwight Howard, Child’s Mother Royce Have a War of the Roses

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Gabby Sidibe Covers Elle Magazine

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Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck Exploit 9/11 for Profit

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Why Pastor Terry Jones ‘Koran Burning’ is Idiotic and Dangerous

  • When Pastor Terry Jones lights his proverbial match on Saturday’s scheduled ‘Burn a Qur’an … Read More
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15 Celebrities Who Should Insure Their Body Parts ASAP

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T.I. in Jeopardy of Losing Axe Endorsement Deal

Reggie Bush, Just Give the Heisman Back

September 9, 2010 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Anyone even remotely familiar with the sports world is well aware of reports that former USC star Reggie Bush is at risk of having his Heisman Trophy taken away from him. The return of the Heisman would likely be related to NCAA violations that allegedly took place within the USC program during the time when Bush played for them. Bush didn’t speak in detail on the issue when he was asked about it.
"At this point, it’s kind of out of my hands," Bush said Wednesday after practice with the New Orleans Saints.
Bush would not confirm or deny whether he spoke with the Heisman Trophy Trust about losing the award. Executive Director Robert Whalen said that no decision has yet been made.

 

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Should Black Athletes Boycott the Heisman Trophy?

September 8, 2010 1 comment

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

 

When I read about the possibility that Reggie Bush may have his Heisman Trophy taken, I became irritated beyond imagination.  ”Here we go again,” I thought.  “Another self-righteous group of hoity-toity NCAA administrators making value judgments about the character of black male athletes.”
If they can’t defeat them on the field, the game is then to create artificially contrived mechanisms for evaluating the worth of the athlete from a morality standpoint.  The problem for the NCAA, however, is that when it comes to ethics, they have no room to claim the moral high ground.  In fact, you might say they are crooks.

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NFL Announcer Makes Terrible Comments about Hurricane Katrina

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton has a great deal to apologize for this week. During a broadcast of an NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, Hampton thought it would be funny to bring up that little thing called Hurricane Katrina. Making reference to the fact that the Vikings needed to show up with their A-game, Hampton said, "The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina."
Bad move buddy, bad move.
There isn’t much to say about Dan Hampton other than the obvious. It didn’t take him long to realize that it might be inappropriate to make jokes about an event that led to the death and displacement of tens of thousands of people. Hurricane Katrina affected real lives in a very real way, and Hampton needs to understand that. Additionally, invoking Katrina into the fantasy world of professional football is only productive to the extent that the success of the Saints has helped to heal the hearts of New Orleans residents who’ve lost everything. So, if you can’t bring Hurricane Katrina up in a positive and uplifting way, please don’t bring it up as a joke.

 

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African American Unemployment Rises 700% More Than White

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

This weekend, I was on the radio with Rev. Jesse Jackson. He’d just completed a march in Detroit, for jobs, peace and justice, only to find that his SUV was stolen upon arrival. But when I asked him if he was OK, his response was quite telling of the leader that he is: He simply said that the car doesn’t matter at all when there are so many people suffering across America.
Well, the nation-wide suffering for African Americans has just intensified with the recent unemployment data delivered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s most recent report showed that while white unemployment only went up from 8.6 percent to 8.7 percent, black unemployment went up from 15.6 percent to 16.3 percent. This increase of seven percent is at a rate that is 700 percent of the increase of white Americans.

 

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Kodak Pays Millions for Discrimination

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Danny Granger of Team USA Says Europeans Smell Like Dead Donkeys

September 3, 2010 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

If I were an old man responsible for managing Team USA’s public image, I would be cursing Twitter every day of the week. Apparently, giving young, bold athletes instant access to media was a cruel joke orchestrated by both fate and Mother Nature. At any rate, the latest athlete to embarrass himself with his Twitter account was Danny Granger. Making reference to the fact that deodorant is not as popular in Europe as it is in the United States, Granger said that Europeans smell like "dead donkeys." Here are his exact words:
"i’m dying over here ..how come nobody in europe wears deodorant? guess they didn’t get the memo – smellin like dead donkey..no joke"

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Black Male Homicide Rate in Detroit is Causing Alarm

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

African American males in Detroit between the ages of 15 and 24 are dying at a rate that is roughly seven times higher than the rest of the Detroit population. If they were dying at the same rate as everyone else, there would be one death every three weeks. Instead, there are two black men dying every single week.
This has set off alarm bells within the Detroit Police Department, which has taken heavy criticism for its policing of the black community. Their most recent embarrassment was the shooting of seven-year old Aiyana Jones during a police raid. But the Chief of Police, Ralph Godbee Jr., is concerned about black men killing one another.

 

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Dr. Julianne Malveaux Speaks Up for Detroit Suffering

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Scholarship in Action 

This week, Bennett College President and prominent black scholar Dr. Julianne Malveaux wrote a strongly-worded article about the economic suffering taking place in the city of Detroit. In the article, Malveaux describes Detroit as Ground Zero for the black economic experience over the past two years.
"Only one in four young black men graduates from high school in Detroit. The rest are lost and left out, swallowed by a city where urban blight, industrial desertion, and educational failure define daily life. Detroit is ground zero, exemplifying the absolute worst of urban life."
Dr. Malveaux goes on to highlight the problems that are caused in our communities by decaying schools and poor investment in urban infrastructure. She mentions that President Obama was quick to support the automakers in Detroit, yet there are quite a few urban citizens of the city who have yet to feel relief.

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Crack Vs. Powder – Why Don’t States Make the Change?

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University  – Scholarship in Action 

Years ago when the federal government produced disparities in sentencing of crack vs. powder cocaine, many states followed suit. As a result, the black community was devastated with Draconian prison sentences, in which individuals with barely enough crack to weigh were given dozens of years in prison.
The federal government finally came to its senses and changed the law, making it marginally more equitable than it was before. The problem is that many states have not yet made the same change.
The arguments used to justify longer sentences are that the crack trade creates more crime and that the drug is more addictive than powder. Also, the tougher sentences were imposed in 1986, when basketball star Len Bias died from an overdose. It was originally reported that Bias had smoked crack, but a teammate later testified that Bias had snorted powder cocaine instead.

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How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Money?

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Given that our children are likely our greatest expense and greatest love, perhaps it might be helpful to discuss how we teach them about money.  If you raise your kids to be financially responsible, they can be assets to you during retirement.  If they are taught about money in the wrong way, they become horrible economic liabilities that leave you riddled with guilt.  So, although I don’t claim to know everything about child rearing, I thought I’d share some guidelines you might want to consider when it comes to teaching your kids about money.

 

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President Obama Delivers Speech on the Iraq War

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

He came, he saw, he conquered. Well, sort of. President Obama took the nation’s attention for about 20 minutes tonight to deliver a speech about the end of America’s military involvement in Iraq. Sitting in the Oval Office with pictures of his family in the background, President Obama effectively told America that the last eight years are over. He thanked the troops, thanked the American people, and reminded the Iraqis that we still support them. He was being presidential, as he normally is.
The president worked to build bridges with Americans who disapprove of his performance. He mentioned how the high cost of the war reduced the nation’s ability to sustain its middle class. He talked about how patriotic Americans both approved and disapproved of the war, and even mentioned an earlier conversation he’d recently had with President Bush. He also reminded the American people that by ending military operations in Iraq, he was keeping one of his most significant campaign promises.

 

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Black Honor Student Beaten by Police, Files Major Lawsuit

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce WatkinsScholarship in Action 

Jordan Miles is a black teenager in the city of Pittsburgh. Miles also attends one of the city’s most prestigious performing arts schools. On a cold winter night earlier this year, Miles claims he was assaulted by three plain clothes police officers. According to the lawsuit Miles’ attorneys have filed against the city, the officers assumed that Miles was a drug dealer and conspired to file false charges against him to create a story to cover up their actions.
Miles says that he was walking to his grandmother’s house when officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing approached him. Miles claims that the officers proceeded to chase him, kick him and beat his face into the ground. The damage to Miles’ face was extensive, and the officers allegedly pulled one of his dreadlocks from his head.

 

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Teaching Ebonics in School? What Would That Look Like?

August 30, 2010 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I wrote recently about how the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is now seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help them to apprehend drug dealers. The group seems to believe that by learning the underpinnings of urban language, it can find a way to bring down "Pookie nem" on the corner. The website Newsy.com covered the article that I wrote, with a few other scholars providing their own insights into how and why this decision might be implemented. While I am certainly listening to the discussion, I am not sure what it would mean to establish Ebonics as it’s own language or to try to teach it in school.

Does the teaching of Ebonics mean that we treat urban dialect as a class? If the kids and teachers acknowledge the language structure of Ebonics, do we continue to reinforce the use of what some might consider broken English? If the language is acknowledged in school, does that mean Employers and universities will accept graduates who speak and write in Ebonics? If not, is there any sense in solidifying a student’s desire to speak in a way that doesn’t match the rest of us? I’m not so sure.

 

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President Obama Speaks to the Gulf Coast

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University Scholarship in Action 

I still remember when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans five years ago. I’d just attended the Essence Music Festival the year before, only to hear that the very same streets I’d visited were now flooded with water. It was also the week of my first confrontation with Sean Hannity on the air. Donald Rumsfeld had come on the show right before me, and Hannity and I were arguing about why it seemed that the government spent more time planning to shoot "looters" than actually saving the people in the flood. Rarely before Katrina had we witnessed such a gross dehumanization of our fellow American citizens.
President Obama sought to commemorate the anniversary of Katrina by speaking in New Orleans this weekend. He told the students at Xavier University that he plans to stand with the community when it comes to making sure they know the Federal Government is behind them in the on-going quest for full recovery.
"My administration is going to stand with you, and fight alongside you, until the job is done," Obama said.

 

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104-Year Old Negro League Star is Still Working

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

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PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Emilio Navarro swivels his hips several times, then bends down to touch his toes.

Not bad for someone who’s 104 years old. He doesn’t need a cane to get about and is known to go out dancing now and then. He doesn’t use glasses, either.

“And I don’t have many wrinkles,” he says in Spanish. He smiles, then allows in English: “Just a little bit.”

But the former professional baseball player isn’t being honored for his spryness. He is being honored as America’s Outstanding Oldest Male Worker for 2010 — Navarro still keeps the books and controls the finances at the game machine business he started.

Navarro, believed to be the last surviving player of the Negro American League, was chosen for the honor over dozens of candidates nominated in 30 U.S. states by Experience Works, the United States’ largest nonprofit training center for older workers.

Navarro, known affectionately as “Millito,” began working at age 12. He cleaned shoes, sold newspapers and hawked “dulce de coco,” a popular coconut treat in Puerto Rico, to help his mother financially.

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6-Yr Old Girl dies in Crash After Surviving Horrific Attack

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

CORRECTION South Africa Crash Victim Child

A South African girl who survived a criminal attack that shocked the nation was among those killed when a train hit a school van this week, a family spokesman said Friday.
Liesel Augis was only six years old when she was raped, beaten unconscious with a brick and thrown into a fire by a family friend in 2006. She survived and became known as “Little Rock” because of her strength and resilience.

On Wednesday, Liesel’s bus driver went around a closed railroad crossing gate and the van was hit by a train. Nine children died at the scene in Cape Town, and a 10th died Friday. Only the driver and four children survived.

Family spokesman Malvern de Bruyn said that Liesel had a zest for life, and the accident has left a deep scar in the family and the nation.

“We could see she was someone who wanted to defy anything that would cut her life,” de Bruyn said.

Liesel’s 2006 attacker, Abraham James, was sentenced to 28 years in jail without parole.

 

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Turn Off Fox News!

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Dear friends,

Many of us already know that Fox News is biased — but it’s actually much worse than that. For years they have used lies, distortions, and race-baiting to divide this country. Recently, it’s gotten downright dangerous. Earlier this summer, a heavily armed man got into a gun fight with police after he was pulled over on his way to kill people at the Tides Foundation[1] — an obscure non-profit that Glenn Beck regularly demonizes on his Fox News TV show.[2]

Fox News is bad news for America — and it spreads, and is legitimized, partly through TVs in public places.

That’s why I’ve joined the TurnOffFox campaign — the first part of a larger campaign to diminish the influence of Fox. It’s about educating people about Fox and getting it turned off in stores, restaurants, and other public places.

Will you join me? It takes just a moment to declare your own household "Fox free", and at the same time appeal to public establishments in your community to stop playing Fox. And you’ll get a FREE Turn Off Fox sticker when you do. Click here:

http://colorofchange.org/turnofffox/?id=1870-1096688

No other news organization that’s considered legitimate consistently wages smear campaigns based on lies and race-baiting. But for years Fox News has done exactly that, and the pattern has only gotten worse since Barack Obama entered national politics.

Here are just a few examples:

— A frequent Fox guest, Jesse Lee Peterson, said that the majority of Black people have poor moral character, and cited "what they did to the dome" after Hurricane Katrina as evidence.[3] Peterson has also used his platform on Fox to claim that 90% of Black people are racists — against Whites.[4]

— In a case of naked race-baiting, Fox host Glenn Beck called President Obama a "racist" who had a "deep-seated hatred for White people or the White culture."[5] Earlier that week, Beck claimed that the President’s health insurance reform proposals were a form of "reparations" designed to "settle old racial scores."[6]

— Fox host John Stossel argued that the public accommodations section of the Civil Rights Act — which prevents businesses from discriminating based on race, sex, and other factors — should be repealed.[7]

— Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity were the first to air deceptively edited and incomplete video of Shirley Sherrod’s remarks to the NAACP.[8] The video made it seem like Sherrod was confessing to using her position at the USDA to discriminate against White farmers, when she was really talking about the importance of overcoming prejudice. Sherrod lost her job over this misrepresentation, which Fox enthusiastically repeated without seeking the facts. Fox has since tried to pretend it had nothing to do with this smear — but Fox is the number one reason these kinds of distortions and smears have any part in our national dialogue.

The examples above aren’t even a tenth of Fox’s vicious lies and smears, and over the years they’ve just gotten more brazen.

The goal of Turn Off Fox is to reduce the number of public TVs showing Fox News, while spreading the word about Fox’s poison (and how it works) to those who don’t know.

Signing up for the campaign is just the first step. We make it easy for you to tell us about businesses playing Fox. If you’re willing to talk with them, we’ll provide you with straightforward materials that explain why they shouldn’t be a party to what Fox is doing. And if there are businesses you know that want to tell the world they would never play Fox, you can help them declare themselves a "Fox-free zone."

As businesses Turn off Fox and stand up as Fox Free, and as we encourage our friends and family to do the same, we’ll help make clear, to people across the country, what Fox is about. And we’ll reduce their ability to do harm.

Please join me in signing up for the TurnOffFox campaign:

http://colorofchange.org/turnofffox/?id=1870-1096688

Thanks.

References

1. http://bit.ly/a5F7kW
2. http://mediamatters.org/research/201007290032
3. http://mediamatters.org/research/200510030005
4. http://bit.ly/c060C0
5. http://mediamatters.org/research/200907300019
6. http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907230040
7. http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201005200033
8. http://mediamatters.org/blog/201007200060

Black Male Student Shocks the Crowd with Valedictorian Speech

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

by Lawrence Watkins – Great Black Speakers

When Justin Hudson gave his valedictorian speech at his Hunter College High School graduation, he made it one that people will remember for decades. In the speech, Hudson went beyond providing vague advice or encouragement for his classmates. Hudson instead chose to use his opportunity to push his high school school to end a flawed admissions policy that keeps Hunter College High School from developing adequate racial diversity.
"I feel guilt because I don’t deserve any of this and neither do any of you," Hudson said in his speech, as reported by Diverseeducation.com. "We received an outstanding education at no charge based solely on our performance on a test we took when we were 11-year-olds or 4-year-olds."

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The Latest in Black News – 8/24/10

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

DEA Seeks Ebonics Experts to Help with Cases‎ … Seriously

By Boyce Watkins, PhD on Aug 23rd 2010 11:44PM
Filed under: News, Politics, Race and Civil Rights

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DEA seeks Ebonics experts to help with cases‎

The Associated Press is reporting that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is considering hiring translators to help agents understand the language of drug dealers. Apparently, the agents are having trouble interpreting the words and sentences being used by suspects during wiretaps. The agency reached out to some translation companies to find someone to help them with the problem. And no, this is not a joke.

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Indiana Court Rules it Illegal to Choose Race of Senior Caregivers

By Boyce Watkins, PhD on Aug 23rd 2010 10:40PM
Filed under: News, Politics, Race and Civil Rights

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Brenda Chaney is a nursing assistant who works at an Indiana nursing home. One of the patients fell on the floor and Chaney went to help her. It turned out that Chaney was not allowed to help the woman up, primarily because she’d left instructions stating that only white aid workers should be able to work with her.
Chaney took the matter to court, and the court ruled that her civil rights had been violated by allowing these kinds of restrictions to exist within the health care system.

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Dr. Conrad Murray Wants Michael Jackson’s Fluid Samples

By Ruth Manuel-Logan on Aug 23rd 2010 8:52PM
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Dr. Conrad Murray Wants Michael Jackson's Fluid Samples

The saga continues surrounding the involuntary manslaughter case involvingMichael Jackson and his former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. The latest in the seemingly unending legal battle now involves Murray’s team of lawyers, who are requesting to get samples of Jackson’s bodily fluids so that they can use them as evidence in their defense.

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Harold Dow Cause of Death Revealed: It was Asthma

By Boyce Watkins, PhD on Aug 23rd 2010 7:02PM
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Veteran CBS News reporter Harold Dow died suddenly this week at the age of 62. His untimely death was compounded by the confusion surrounding his cause of death. That mystery has now ended, as it has been revealed in a statement from his family that Dow died from an asthma attack behind the wheel

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Mosque Protest: Man Mistaken for Muslim Draws Confrontation

By Paul Shepard on Aug 23rd 2010 2:37PM
Filed under: News, Politics, Race and Civil Rights

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Mosque Protest: Man Mistaken for Muslim Draws Confrontation

If New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were smart, he would stop granting permits for rallies and protest marches in the city related to the controversial proposal to build an Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero.

I know that people have a constitutional right to protest, but the city can take away that right when the health and safety of the public is threatened.

All one has to do is look at the ugly scene (watch below) that broke out at a recent rally against the mosque proposal, called Park 51. Clearly, complete mayhem is just around the corner when people start gathering in public on this issue.

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Obama to Deliver Major Speech on Iraq

By Jeff Mays on Aug 23rd 2010 1:30PM
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Obama to Deliver Major Speech on Iraq


President Barack Obama
is expected to give a major speech about Iraq days after the last U.S. combat troops were withdrawn ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline.

ABC News
is reporting that President Obama will use the speech to make three major points:

  • Express gratitude to the troops for the work they have done; more than 4,400 U.S. soldiers have been killed during the seven years of the Iraq War, a war many believe the U.S. government mislead the public about. Who knows how many innocent Iraqi civilians have died.
  • Highlight that he has kept his promise to withdraw the troops when scheduled
  • Place Iraq within the context of our national security priorities

A couple of issues come to mind when thinking about what Americans need to hear from Obama:

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News – The DEA Hiring Ebonics Experts to Understand Drug Dealers

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Scholarship in ActionSyracuse University 

The Associated Press is reporting that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is considering hiring translators to help agents understand the language of drug dealers. Apparently, the agents are having trouble interpreting the words and sentences being used by suspects during wiretaps. The agency reached out to some translation services companies to find someone to help them with the problem. No, this is not a joke.
"They saw a need for this in a couple of their investigations," Special Agent Michael Sanders said. "And when you see a need – it may not be needed now – but we want the contractors to provide us with nine people just in case."
Yes, this story is making me laugh as much as you are. When I heard that the DEA was considering such a move, I could almost appreciate their intentions, but I think they might be a bit misguided. The first thought that came to mind was whether or not they are presuming that drug dealers speak a dialect of English which matches that of the rest of urban black America? Sure, there are going to be similarities, but most of my urban friends don’t understand drug dealers either. Dealers don’t just sound like rappers, but actually structure a variation of language and sophisticated codes that nearly anyone would have trouble translating. Rather than hiring an ebonics expert to understand the lingo of drug dealers, they’d be better off hiring a former drug dealer.

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The Latest – 8/23/10

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

A Good Man Gets Gunned Down in Robbery

A Good Man Gets Gunned Down in Robbery

Interview: Pam Grier Keeps It 'Foxy' For BV

Interview: Pam Grier Keeps It ‘Foxy’ For BV

Montana Fishburne Fighting Former Partner

Montana Fishburne Fighting Former Partner

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Harold Dow Cause of Death – Was it Asthma?

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Respected journalist Harold Dow died suddenly this week.  Dow was only 62 years old, and has had a 40-year career with CBS News that has spanned the globe. He was the first to interview OJ Simpson during his trial, he covered the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, and was also there for the release of Nelson Mandela.

The question that still rings loudly in media is “What was Harold Dow’s cause of death?”

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Julianne Malveaux Speaks up for the city of Detroit

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President – Bennett College

Only one in four young black men graduates from high school in Detroit. The rest are lost and left out, swallowed by a city where urban blight, industrial desertion, and educational failure define daily life. Detroit is ground zero, exemplifying the absolute worst of urban life. It had a passionate champion in Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, who recently lost her bid for reelection. But as passionate as Cheeks Kilpatrick and Senator Debbie Stabenow have been about Detroit, this is a city that won’t bounce back without revolutionary intervention.

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Spelman College Ranked #1 HBCU in US News

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Short note from Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Spelman College was chosen as the #1 HBCU in the country in a recent ranking by U.S. News and World Report.  The title is well-deserved, since I don’t know of a single Spelman grad who isn’t doing quite well.  But some complain that the self-confidence of Spelman grads can sometimes breed arrogance – you know, the girl who wants to be CEO of the company on the first day.  In fact, I know employers who refuse to hire Spelman grads at all.

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James Clyburn Center Under Investigation for Funds Mismanagement

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Black Scholarship in Action, Syracuse University 

The James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center at South Carolina State University has been spending money for the past 12 years, but no one seems to know exactly where that money went. State Senator Robert Ford has recently called for an investigation into the center to find out details on how funds have been managed. Even Rep. Clyburn has become a critic of the center’s management as of late.
The Post and Courier, a newspaper out of Charleston, SC has conducted its own investigation using an open records request. The newspaper has described the university’s records as "a convoluted system of record-keeping, with no central control and records on the same subject located in different offices or buildings."
There was a consultant’s report recently completed by the firm Elliott Davis which concluded that the university’s system of grant management not only makes it difficult to track the money, it also makes it tough to find out whether the objectives of the grant were accomplished.

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Black Man Dies Protecting Girlfriend from a Robbery

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Yoseph Robinson, Former Hip-Hop Exec Turned Orthodox Jew, Murdered in Robbery

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

 

Yoseph Robinson was a good man and role model. He’d converted to Judaism after his fight with drugs and often reminded others of the importance of being morally strong. He upheld these values until his last moments when he died protecting his girlfriend from a robbery.

Lahava, a woman helping Yoseph write a book, was laughing and joking with a man when he suddenly demanded her money. Robinson told the man to leave her alone, and that’s when a struggle broke out. Yoseph was shot several times in the arm and chest and died on the scene. The robber got away on foot in the Brooklyn area.

Before his untimely and unfortunate death, Yoseph Robinson served as a role model for neighborhood children. Everyone loved him, and he was writing a book on his transformation out of drugs and into a more productive life. As he died, he told his girlfriend to tell his daughter how much he loved her.

 

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Dr. Boyce: Kendrick Meek In the Fight for His Political Life

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Jeff Greene

Dr. Boyce Watkins, Scholarship in Action 

I went to Florida this week and found myself surprised by what I saw on TV. It was then that I became aware of the nasty political battle going on between Jeff Greeneand Kendrick Meek (pictured). Both men are fighting to win the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, and both are playing dirty in order to get there.Greene is a billionaire investor who has enough money to run one of the nastiest campaigns Floridians have seen in a while. Meek is also a power broker, being the son of prominent African-American political figure Congresswoman Carrie Meek.
I admit that I found the nastiness of the political ads to be unique, intriguing and even a little entertaining. Each politician presents himself as a good family man who wants to serve the country, and each points to the other as devious, manipulative and damn near criminal. The Democratic primary battle in Florida makes for astonishing political theatre at the expense of Florida taxpayers.

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The Latest in Black Sports – 8/20/10

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

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Vikings Star Percy Harvin Collapses at Practice, Hospitalized

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LeBron James Disses Dan Gilbert in GQ Magazine

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Lance Stephenson: NBA Player Charged With Assaulting Girlfriend

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Son of Former NFL Player Ickey Woods Dies of Asthma Attack

Can Money Buy You Love?

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Scholarship in Action 

I was in the car talking with my daughter, the one who I affectionately refer to as "TP." TP stands for "Top Priority," because I believe it’s important to let your kids know that there is someone out there who puts them ahead of nearly everything else. Her own father chose not to embrace the blessing of having her as a child, so God gave me that opportunity.
My daughter and I were, as we normally do, talking about life, the future and all that can be accomplished if we put our minds to it. I’m sure my kids grow insane from listening to me, since I effectively become a 24/7 motivational speaker, constantly reminding them that anything is possible if a person is committed, and also reiterating that your actions must be in sync with your objectives if you are serious about doing anything meaningful in this world. A whole lot of people talk, but very few people are actually doing.

 

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Dr. Boyce: 30,000 Line Up for Public Housing in Atlanta

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce WatkinsAfrican American Scholar, Syracuse University 

 

 

A massive number of people showed up in downtown Atlanta this week hoping to get a chance to obtain free housing. Over 30,000 people reportedly waited in sweltering heat just to get an application for one of 400 vacant units for public housing in East Point, a section of the city.
There were 13,000 applications given out, meaning that most of the people applying for housing won’t receive a unit. Medical personnel and police were on hand to help some of those who’d been overtaken by heat exhaustion. It is unclear why residents had to wait outside in the heat in order to apply for a place to live.
The story in Atlanta is a sad reflection of what’s been happening nation-wide to the African American community since the start of last year’s recession. While many of us are fortunate enough to have jobs, there are hundreds of thousands of others who’ve been unable to find work and don’t have the ability to meet basic needs.

 

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Was Fantasia’s Suicide Attempt a Business Move?

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

 

When I heard that the singer Fantasia attempted suicide this week, I was saddened and alarmed.  Suicide is the last thing I’d expect from a woman who seemed to empower others with her seemingly endless supply of positive energy.  Fantasia is a star in more ways than one.

As I researched the details of her suicide, I couldn’t help but notice that one of the causes of her depression may have been the slowdown in her career.

Artists who stop selling records suddenly realize that they were addicted to the fame and money.  The declining artist is faced with massive economic problems, serious rejection issues and an intense sense of personal failure.  When this is compounded with some of the relationship problems that Fantasia has reportedly had with a married man, you have a recipe for disaster.

That made me want to ask the question that others may not want to ask: Is Fantasia’s management team looking to milk sympathy from her fans to boost record sales?  While I certainly empathize with what Fantasia is experiencing, I couldn’t help but notice the dramatic details of her personal problems being blasted throughout the media.  It’s not as if her team has asked that we allow her a private moment to be with her family.  They are bringing the entire world into her hospital room and sharing every detail of the experience.

 

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the Latest from Dr. Boyce – 8/12/10

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

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Why Every Black Child Should Have a Passport

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Naomi Campbell Accused of Lying About Blood Diamonds

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Three Mistakes Often Made When Sending Your Kids to College

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Black Professionals Must Network to be Successful

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Leader Working to Economically Empower His Community

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Glenn Beck: Obama’s America is like ‘Planet of the Apes’

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Serial Killer in Michigan Targeting African American Men

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Achieving Your Goals and Building Your Career: How to Get It Done

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Naomi Campbell in the Middle of a Blood Diamond Trial

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Cornel West Is Upset With President Obama

Black News – 8/11/10

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Dr. King's Niece: Gay Marriage Is 'Genocide'

Dr. King’s Niece: Gay Marriage Is ‘Genocide’

'American Idol' Hospitalized For OD

‘American Idol’ Hospitalized For OD

Naomi: Supermodel Not Role Model

Naomi: Supermodel Not Role Model

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Julianne Malveaux: Five Years After the Levees Broke

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

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On August 29, we will commemorate five years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and since subsequently levees broke, drowning the city in feet of water. Five years ago our nation exhibited some of the most profound indifference to human beings as thousands of New Orleaneans were stuck without food, water, or sanitation in the Super Dome. In the aftermath of those five years, those divisions of race and class have determined which individuals have recovered from Katrina and who has not. Five years after the levees broke, the City of New Orleans is still bruised from the tragedy of a natural disaster, a man-made disaster, and an indifferent government.

 

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Serial Killer Searching Out Black Victims

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

There are reports of a serial killer in Flint, Michigan allegedly targeting black men in the area. To date, he has murdered five people and wounded eight others, and only one of the victims is non-black. He is described as a muscular young white male, according to Flint police.
The Associated Press is reporting that all of the victims were out alone at night. The attacker approached by asking for directions or help with a broken down vehicle. "He then pulls a knife and attacks them without saying anything more," Johnson said.
The presence of a serial killer targeting African Americans may only inspire additional racial tensions after Omar Thornton murdered several white colleagues in the workplace. In fact, I would argue that this kind of thing happens more often than we think, but those cases may not be highlighted by the media.

 

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Montana Fishburne Speaks Up….Hmmmm

August 6, 2010 1 comment

Montana Fishburne Speaks Up

Montana Fishburne Speaks Up

Celeb Weddings: Good for Black Marriage?

Celeb Weddings: Good for Black Marriage?

Aretha Cancels Shows Due To Broken Ribs

Aretha Cancels Shows Due To Broken Ribs

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Dr. Boyce – How to Achieve Your Goals: No Nonsense

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

I must first start this article by making it clear that I am not a man who knows all the answers. In spite of the fact that I happen to be a professor, I would much rather be the student than the teacher. One of the things I’ve noticed over time is that there are quite a few of us who end up in the "woulda shoulda coulda" category of life. Rather than achieving our goals, we talk about how we "woulda done this if it hadn’t been for that," or we "shoulda did this when we were younger." Most of us "coulda" done quite a few things, but what matters at the end of the day is what you actually do. In fact, I would rather have someone actually give me a dollar than to promise me a million dollars that were never delivered.
Life is incredibly short. You’ve got 8,760 hours in every year, and about 1/3 of those hours will be spent sleeping. By sitting still, wasting time or engaging in meaningless activity, you are slowly drifting toward a safe arrival to your death bed. Most of us have a few dreams we’d like to fulfill while we wait for the next life to arrive, and what usually stands between us and our dreams is a little thing called "execution."

 

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Naomi Campbell reminds me of Why I will Never Buy Another Diamond Again

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

by dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Naomi Campbell, the supermodel known for attacking her personal assistants, is involved in a different kind of controversy this week. She has been asked to testify at the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Perhaps being beautiful comes with benefits, since Campbell is being asked about some "dirty looking stones" she received at a party in 1997, brought to her room in the middle of the night.
The stones were allegedly "blood diamonds," and the court is attempting to determine if these diamonds were given to her by Charles Taylor. Blood diamonds are those that are mined in the middle of war zones, often used to finance insurgencies, leading to loss of life and enslavement. In other words, we shouldn’t be buying them.

 

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Dr. Boyce on News one – 8/5/10

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Black News from Madame Noire – 8/3/10

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Lorenzen Wright Death: Wife Recorded Leaving a Threatening Message

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

The personal assistant for recently murdered Lorenzen Wright, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks, says that she has a recorded voice mail message from Wright’s ex-wife threatening to have him harmed. According to Wendy Wilson, Wright’s assistant,Sherra Wright told Lorenzen "things like if she caught him with anyone else, she’d have him ‘F’d up or whatever."
Wilson filed a report with Memphis police because she felt the calls were threatening to Wright. She also claims that Wright asked her to keep the tape in case something were to happen to him.
Sherra Wright’s divorce attorney denies the allegations, saying that Wright’s ex-wife was struggling to pay bills. "I just feel like Sherra Wright is being placed in a bad light," the attorney said to a local TV station,ABC24-WPTY. "She does not deserve it all. She’s been an incredible mother and woman. And she’s done her best to shield her children from financial difficulties."
After his divorce, Wright was ordered to pay $26,000 per month in child support and alimony. His ex-wife claims that he hadn’t made a payment since November. One might doubt Wright’s ability to pay his child support in light of the fact that he had two homes repossessed this year. The financial problems appear to be the cause of the alleged dispute between Wright and his ex-wife which occurred shortly before he was found dead.

 

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Your Black News – 8/2/10

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

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Former NBA Player Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Was Threatened

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Obama Attends WNBA Game: We Should All Do the Same

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‘The Spark’ Episode 18: Amanda Diva Defines The New Dictionary Word ‘Ho,’ & Interviews Lyfe Jennings

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Forward Into The Light

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Wedding Weekend: T.I. & Tiny Wed in Miami, Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Get Hitched in the Mediterranean

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Marry in Italy

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T.I. Marries Long-Time Girlfriend Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle

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Terrence Howard And Regina Hall Joins ‘Law And Order: Los Angeles’

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Laurence Fishburne’s Daughter: Sex Tape Will Help Her Career?

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Michelle Obama Sure Loves A Bright Pedicure!

Mother’s Breast Milk Laced with Crystal Meth: Kills Baby

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Permanent Link to Mother's Breast Milk Laced With Crystal Meth Allegedly Kills 2-Month Old Infant [Video]

Kaisha Poulson, a  25-year-old Georgia woman, was charged with murder in the death of her son after it was dicovered her breast milk was laced with crystal meth.

An autopsy revealed that the 2-month infant named Jack died last March from methamphetamine poisoning.

"The mother was breastfeeding the child and passed the methamphetamine to the child resulting in the death of the child," said Scott Israel of the Fayetteville Police Department.

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Facebook Argument Over Inmate’s Love Leads to Woman’s Death

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

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A Facebook feud between two women who claimed to love the same prison inmate led to a high-speed chase and a crash that critically injured one of the rivals, killed her friend and left the second rival facing murder charges.

Torrie Emery was arraigned Friday in Pontiac’s 50th District Court on multiple felonies, as friends of the dead woman were holding a car wash to pay for her funeral.

"It’s unbelievable," Pontiac police Chief Valard S. Gross told The Associated Press as he described the escalating dispute that ended with Wednesday’s deadly crash. "It’s just crazy."

According to Gross, Emery, 23, and Danielle Booth, 20, had been feuding for some time, leading to an earlier police complaint. According to Emery’s family, the dispute was over a 23-year-old man now serving time in a Michigan prison.

 

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Your Black News – 7/25/10

July 25, 2010 Leave a comment

  • Javier E. David

    Javier E. David

    Writer

    Blacks find breaking up is hard to do with incumbents

    3:40 PM on 07/23/2010

    OPINION – Rangel’s case is the latest in a dismaying series of black politicians who have run afoul of legal and ethical rules while in office yet still retain public support…

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  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Journalist, author and broadcaster.

    Black farmers are the real victims of USDA discrimination

    9:50 AM on 07/23/2010

    OPINION – Even as Vilsack loftily intoned about clamping down on racial discrimination at the USDA, Congress again stonewalled the approval of the funds for black farmers…

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  • Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    Do blacks feel betrayed by Obama’s silence on race?

    8:22 AM on 07/23/2010

    OPINION – President Obama has been as silent as a church mouse on some of the most riveting and racially-traumatic events to occur in recent U.S. history…

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  • John Mitchell

    John Mitchell

    Sports Writer

    Chris Paul may be latest player to pass on mediocrity

    8:22 AM on 07/23/2010

    OPINION – Paul should get out of New Orleans as soon as possible, and the Hornets should grant him his wish if they are not going to be seriously committed to winning…

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  • Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Political Scientist & Radio Host

    Why Obama should give another race speech

    4:08 PM on 07/22/2010

    OPINION – The events of the past few days clearly indicate that race related issues and racism are alive, well, and living in America…

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  • Sophia A. Nelson

    Sophia A. Nelson

    Political commentator and author

    Obama should speak out about Sherrod, but probably won’t

    12:26 PM on 07/22/2010

    OPINION – How sad is it that our president, our nation’s first black president, cannot speak out to the nation in a major address and ask us to calm it down …

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  • Monique W. Morris

    Monique W. Morris

    Author and Social Justice Advocate

    Battle over ‘resegregation’ not over in NC

    9:30 AM on 07/22/2010

    OPINION – As a nation, we should remember that racial discrimination, in the form of separate and unequal education, is illegal…

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  • Javier E. David

    Javier E. David

    Writer

    Is Michael Steele made of teflon?

    8:24 AM on 07/22/2010

    OPINION – Are either his credibility issues or his tenuous hold on his job a function of his status as a black man?…

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  • Rod McCullom

    Rod McCullom

    TV news producer, writer, culture critic

    Race still matters in the fight against HIV/AIDS

    8:23 AM on 07/22/2010

    OPINION – The false message that ‘only poor people’ become HIV positive could encourage middle class black men and women to engage in high-risk behavior…

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  • The Law-Abiding Black Man Has Gone Out of Style

    July 23, 2010 Leave a comment

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

    A lot of people make fun of the rapper Rick Ross. The sources of ridicule are numerous reports that Rick is not the drug dealer, king pin, or boss that he portrays in his music. In real life, he’s a regular, hard-working, law-abiding citizen. In fact, he was once a corrections officer.

    The rapper 50 Cent has consistently taken Ross to task for allegedly defrauding the public by presenting an image that appears to be a figment of Ross’ powerful imagination. He often refers to Ross as “Officer Rick,” and seems set on ruining Ross’ highly successful career.

    Ross has even been sued by the real “Freeway” Ricky Ross, a notorious drug dealer from the 1980s. Freeway Ricky has made what appears to be a plausible claim that the rapper stole his name and brand, using it to make millions. Had Freeway Ricky been born with a different name, Rick Ross the rapper may never have come into existence.

     

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    “Not the White Man’s Bitch” on Ballot?

    July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

    Ieshuh Griffin is a legislative candidate from Wisconsin who seems willing to do whatever it takes to get elected. In the five words that candidates are allowed to put on the ballot to describe themselves, Griffin put the phrase, "Not the white man’s b*tch."
    Obviously, the words got the attention of the Government Accountability Board, who voted to reject the wording. Words are not allowed on the ballot if they are profane, discriminatory or include an obscene word or phrase.
    Griffin, a black woman, took her case to a five judge panel. The entire panel happened to be white, which might be part of the reason that Griffin sees herself as having to confront a predominantly white power structure. She argued her case and fought, but didn’t win in the end.
    "It’s a freedom of expression," she said to the panel. "It’s not racial. It’s not a slur."
    Griffin earned a bit of a moral victory when three of the judges ruled in her favor. But she lost the war, given that she needed four votes to get her initiative passed. Thomas Barland, who spent 33 years as a judge, felt that the language was not a problem.

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    Texas Mayor allegedly Shoots Herself and Daughter to Death

    July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

     

    This undated photo provided by the City of Coppell, Texas shows Mayor Jayne Peters. The mayor and her teenage daughter have been found shot to...

    Four notes were found at a home where the mayor of an upscale Dallas suburb apparently shot her 19-year-old daughter to death before fatally shooting herself, police said Wednesday.

    An envelope taped to the front door of Mayor Jayne Peters’ home contained a key to the house and a typed note warning police they would find something unpleasant inside, Coppell Deputy Police Chief Steve Thomas said.

    Three other notes contained instructions for managing family affairs, such as taking care of the dogs, but did not provide explanations for the deaths of Peters and her 19-year-old daughter, Corinne.

    "It appeared to me that there had been some thought," Thomas said.

    Police found the bodies Tuesday after the mayor failed to show up at a city council meeting. They said the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Wednesday that the case should be officially classified as a homicide-suicide investigation.

     

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    Black News: AKA Sorority Has Legal and Financial Issues

    July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

    The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are in the middle of a crazy legal situation, which has led to a judge in Chicago ordering the director of the sorority to bring financial records to the courthouse today. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Cook County Judge Daniel Riley seemed concerned that for two days in a row, he requested that the person in charge of the organization’s financial records appear in court, and this was the second day that it didn’t happen.

    "They didn’t bring me the person I asked for twice," the judge said.
    On Tuesday, the group was found to be in contempt of court for not bringing its records custodian to the courthouse. The organization had instead sent an HR manager who said she didn’t have access to the financial records.
    The legal wrangling has occurred as a result of a lawsuit filed by members of the group alleging improper spending by Barbara A. McKinzie, the group’s president. They are questioning, among other things, the $1 million in compensation she received from the organization.

    The judge ruled on July 1 that 94-year old Julia Purnell, a former president and the oldest living former president of the organization, could inspect the financial records. Purnell, who sued to see the documents, said she would present her findings to the organization at the St. Louis meeting. Her attorneys are saying that the group refused to give her access to the records.

     

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    Sherri Shepherd and DL Hughley’s Incorrect Statements on HIV

    July 13, 2010 Leave a comment

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, AOL Black Voices

    GLAAD, the Gay-Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has gone hard against ABC and "The View" about recent comments made by host Sherri Shepherd and guest host DL Hughley. On the show, which aired June 22, Shepherd and Hughley linked the high rate of HIV among straight women in the black community to black men being on the "downlow," or having sex with other men in private.

    "When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African-American community, it’s primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down-low," Hughley said. He mentioned this while discussing the recent FDA ban on gay and bi-sexual men donating blood.
    "[African-American men] are having sex with men, and they’re not telling their girlfriends or their wives that they’re gay," said Shepherd. Three groups: GLAAD, the National Black Justice Coalition and the Black AIDS institute have put out full page ads in Variety, stating that the information shared on The View is inaccurate.

    "The Centers for Disease Control has publicly disproven this myth. And since June 22, thousands of people have written to ABC, asking that The View provide correct information to viewers," the ad reads. "Unfortunately, those requests have been greeted with silence from both ABC and The View. When The View talks about these kinds of issues, people listen. And there’s a responsibility that comes with that."

    Members of the scientific community are also backing the viewpoints of GLAAD and other groups who’ve protested The View.

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