Archive for February, 2009

Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, released findings this week from a survey it conducted among nearly 700 African Americans in 11 southern states from February 6 – 22, 2009, just after the inauguration. Ninety percent of respondents believe the President is doing a good job and 80% are pleased with his choice of Hillary […]


After three weeks, America’s chocolate sweethearts are reportedly back together or, at least, trying to work it out. Let’s hope these lovely kids get some help. Otherwise, we really shouldn’t judge or spend so much time minding their business. Speak your peace.


Saad Bedrie Hussein, an HIV-positive Ehtiopian man who is now in custody, sent President Obama a letter with his blood on it, back in December, to request tickets to the inauguration. We just don’t know what to say. Speak your peace.


Radio personality and comedian Steve Harvey finds himself in rare company on the New York Times best-seller list. His book — Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man — is #1 on the hardcover advice list for the week ending Feb 14, 2009. Other notable Black authors on the hardcover and paperback nonfiction lists […]


…this weekend for Saviours’ Day, the Nation of Islam’s celebration of its founder, Wallace Fard. His theme for the annual convention: “Accepting Responsibility to Build Our Community.” The event starts today at the Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, IL, a Chicago suburb, and ends Sunday. Worth checking it out. Speak your peace.


President Obama’s budget plan for 2009 and beyond includes $3.9 trillion in spending in 2009 and $3.6 trillion in 2010 (see “eye”-chart above for summary). Receipts for each year amount to a little more than $2 trillion, so budget deficits for these same periods are $1.75 trillion and $1.17 trillion, respectively. We’re talking about a whole […]


Citibank’s new Chairman, African-American businessman and former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, met with top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett this evening (2/24/09) to discuss the federal government’s role and ownership in Citibank. Parsons also served on the President’s economic advisory transition team, so there’s a relationship in place that could benefit the Citi. Obama believes […]


According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s special report The Year in Hate, released yesterday, hate groups are growing in America — up 4% from 888 to 926 identified groups in 2008; and up 54% since 2000. Most of these extremist groups claim Obama’s historic election, the foundering economy, and immigration help grow their movement. […]


Bravo TV’s Top Chef finalist Carla Hall didn’t win the 5-year-old cooking competition, but she gained a loyal and passionate following. Her fresh and exciting French/Soul dishes, infused with “love,” garnered praise from judges and viewers alike. Some say she was robbed of the Top Chef title, but her business, Alchemy Catering in a DC […]


 Gabber Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union symposium will air live tomorrow on C-SPAN, beginning at 11 AM (ET), and feature Black panelists from entertainment, politics, and education. Notably, a new exhibit, “America I Am: The African American Imprint,” will be one of the topics discussed. Many of the speakers are folks we’ve heard from before…over […]


We told you before this man is not going to step down. He just appointed an interim chief of staff and a communications director. Both staffers are undoubtedly already working late to make their new boss look less ridiculous. Illinois deserves a better replacement for Obama in the Senate. Check out our previous post on […]


According to the BBC and other news sources, suspects in the African country of Kenya are being killed by police officers there, instead of arrested. A whistleblower, whose eyewitness account was videotaped in July and released Tuesday by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, was killed four months after the taping. The video above shows the […]


  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday the Defense Department will allow the media to show American flag-draped caskets of fallen soldiers when their remains are shipped home to Dover Air Force Base, Del., if their families approve, which reverses President George H.W. Bush’s ban, in place since 1991. We should be reminded in a […]


Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder, whose 40-year career has earned him 22 Grammys, was honored at the White House last night by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They both share a love of Wonder’s music. Wonder received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song — named in honor of legendary songwriting brothers […]


The city of Detroit will hold three more mayoral elections by the time 2009 ends. A special primary was held on Tuesday in the cash-strapped city to determine the top two candidates to run in the May 5 special general election. Only 15% of registered voters turned out, but 29% of voters chose former Detroit […]


Daimler, makers of the beloved Mercedes-Benz (“Look at me…I’ve made it and I want you to know it!”), is a little ticked off. In his speech Tuesday night on the economy, President Obama stated, “The nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.” Well, as it turns out, Karl Benz of Germany invented […]


First Lady Michelle Obama admits to enjoying the White House in an upcoming article for People magazine. She and her husband work out together each morning and have dinner with their kids every night. Must be nice to be Michelle Obama right about now… Speak your peace.


Tigers Woods has been out of the game since June, due to knee surgery, but that didn’t stop him from winning his match today in the first round of the Accenture World Match Play Championship, beating Australia’s Brendan Jones 3 and 2. He does bring the pain. Speak your peace.


We know most of you watched the President deliver his speech on the economy last night, but here’s what we think: He stayed on message. He clearly communicated the pillars of his agenda: Energy, Health Care, and Education. He provided some details. He connected with his live audience of politicians and TV viewers. He’s smart […]


  After honing his craft as a writer on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and creating The Bernic Mac Show, Larry Wilmore, “senior black correspondent” on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, has just published his take on what’s funny about being Black — I’d Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts. Speak […]