Archive for March, 2009

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted March 26 – 29, 2009, 66% of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of his new job. Twenty-nine percent disapprove of the president. Although only 42% believe the country is headed in the right direction, that’s a huge increase in confidence — just 16% believed we were headed […]


Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Sunday for the sixth time with the kind of performance that reaffirms his unmistakable ability to deliver in a clutch. He was down by five strokes when he triumphantly called upon his signature calm and mentally-charged clutchness to get the job done. Unlike other professional golfers, Tiger brings a […]


New York Giants’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress, 31, may end up serving time for November 2008 gun-possession charges. He was arrested after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a handgun at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan. Mr. Burress was charged with two counts of 2nd-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, these […]


Football (soccer) fans without tickets in the western African nation of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) decided to rush the gate Sunday of the Houphouet Boigny arena and caused a stampede that killed 19 people; 132 were injured. World Cup 2010 qualifying matches were being held in the 35,000-capacity stadium in the coastal city of Abidjan, […]


Fifteen rail passengers were killed in a train crash Sunday in Tanzania. A passenger train crashed into a cargo train that was standing still in the eastern African country’s central region of Dodoma. Local officals fear the death toll may rise as the wreckage is cleared. Sadly, a deadly train crash in the same region in […]


Long respected for their proven skill in distance running, Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes swept the World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan, today.   Ethiopian Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam (top) won the 12km men’s world cross-country title in 35min 02sec with a 2-second lead. The defending champion, Kenenisa Bekele, who didn’t run in the race, is also Ethiopian. Kenyan Florence Kiplagat (bottom) took […]


Two-time Grammy-winner T.I. (real name: Clifford Joseph Harris) was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for federal weapons charges. He has 6 to 8 weeks to report to prison. The 28-year-old rapper, actor, and producer was supposed to spend four years in jail for his crime, but his legal team negotiated a special plea […]


Check out Jill Scott (right) and Anika Noni Rose in the premiere of HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Sunday night at 8 p.m.. Set and beautifully shot in the southern African nation of Botswana, this unconventional criminal procedural will certainly be entertaining, interesting, and show us things about Africa and some of its […]


A Dallas police officer pulled over NFL player Ryan Moats and his wife, who were rushing to see his dying mother-in-law in the hospital, for driving through a red light. The officer held Moats in the hospital parking lot on March 18 as his mother-in-law lay dying in her hospital bed, even though the 26-year-old professional athlete repeatedly […]


Although the Arab-dominated Sudanese government initially threatened a return to fundamental Islamist rule in the predominantly Black country if any “citizen” showed support for the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for President Omar al-Bashir, who has ignored the warrant, it appears the government will allow its Black citizens in Darfur to starve […]


Pioneering African-American historian John Hope Franklin died yesterday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 94 in Durham, NC, at Duke Hospital. Franklin’s 1947 book, From Slavery to Freedom, is considered a masterpiece in chronicling the Black experience in America. Born in 1915 in all-black Rentiesville, Okla., Franklin’s father was a lawyer and his mother, […]


The illustration on the cover (left) of the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2009: Message to the President report shows a Black president hanging his head over his desk in the Oval Office, flanked by the American and presidential flags. Clearly, the image is meant to convey the heavy burden our current president is […]


  If you’re a person of color, you probably noticed last night during the president’s second press conference the more diverse group of questioners. President Obama took questions from venerable African-American magazine Ebony, Hispanic TV powerhouse Univision, and military publication Stars & Stripes. Although we didn’t see reps for BET or TVOne, Black Enterprise‘s Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle was seated […]


The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a reduction in premiums for COBRA recipients. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA. Eligible individuals pay only 35 percent of their COBRA […]


  According to the U.S. Embassy, 146 Haitians were sent home after their boat began to sink near the Turks and Caicos Islands. They were attempting to escape the extreme poverty in their homeland and seek new opportunities elsewhere. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the Haitians from their sinking boat on March 18 and took them to the Cap-Haitien port […]


Masterful storyteller J. California Cooper released today the much anticipated Life Is Short But Wide, a new novel about two Black families struggling to survive in the fictitious town of Wideland, Oklahoma, at the beginning of the 20th century. Cooper never fails us with her ralatable, down-home characters and soul-satisfying prose. Of course, the story is both engaging and […]


WVAZ-FM, Chicago’s highly-rated adult urban contemporary station owned by Clear Channel, replaced long-running The Tom Joyner Morning Show today with The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Harvey’s show already airs on #1 music station WGCI-FM, WVAZ’s sister station, in the market, but will now simulcast on both stations until March 31. After March 31, Harvey’s show will air […]


The Insight Center for Community Economic Development hosted the Color of Wealth Summit 2009 Monday and Tuesday in Washington, DC. “Over 75 asset-building experts of color from around the country” sought to “educate policymakers about the racial wealth gap and the need to take immediate action to help close it.” According to Melvin Oliver, dean of social sciences […]


South Africa would not grant the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, a visa to attend a Johannesburg peace conference this week, along with fellow Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former South African President Nelson Mandela, and FW de Klerk. The conference is linked to the 2010 Football World Cup, hosted by South Africa. Tutu and […]


Buy organic?

23Mar09

According to the Environmental Working Group, grocery shoppers don’t have to buy organic produce in every instance to avoid pesticides. Some fruits and vegetables require few chemicals for robust growth and others have thick and/or peelable, chemical-fighting skins. The list below ranks the most commonly purchased fruits and vegetables and their pesticide load from highest […]