Archive for March 5th, 2009

A federal appeals court has struck down $25,000 awards for emotional distress for two Black former Costco Wholesale employees, who accused their boss of creating a racially hostile workplace in Livonia, MI, one of the whitest suburban areas outside of Detroit. The case is now going back to a lower court in Detroit to determine “nominal damages” […]

  Update (3/5/09 afternoon): Chris Brown was charged with two felonies today for allegedly beating and threatening girlfriend Rihanna on February 8. Brown, who will be arraigned today at 3:30 p.m., is facing “assault by means likely to create great bodily injury” and “criminal threats.” Evidence against him includes the offical police report filed by Rihanna the night of […]

Update (3/5/09): Michael Jackson announced today in London that he will perform for the last time in that city this summer at the O2 arena. Tickets go on sale March 13 for 10 performances, beginning July 8, and will cost $75 – $105. Visit to purchase tickets. The  King of Pop will likely perform hits from his […]

  Tonight at 450 theaters throughout the country, A Powerful Noise Live will be screened (7:30E/6:30C, 5:30M/8:00P) in honor of International Women’s Day (Sun, 3/8/09) and the fight for women’s equality. Executive-produced by BET co-founder and CARE global ambassador Sheila C. Johnson, the documentary showcases the lives of three very different women in three countries […]

Submission deadlines for the 2009 American Black Film Festival are fast approaching: March 13 for the Nickelodeon Script Writers Review; documentaries, March 17; short films, April 7; and narrative features, April 17. The four-day festival will again be held in Miami, FL, beginning June 24. The host hotel is the Ritz-Carlton and films will be screened […]

  Update (3/5/09) – According to the United Nations, the government of Sudan ordered humanitarian organizations in Darfur to leave and seized the agencies’ assets, in response to the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir (above). Pray. Update (3/4/09): The International  Criminal Court ignored warnings of the possibility of increased violence in Sudan and issued […]