Archive for March 11th, 2009

  The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965 this week with its new ruling, which now allows race to be considered in drawing electoral boundaries only when minority voters represent 50% of a single district. Black people were hurt by this ruling, which reverses a measure that was meant to help minorities elect their […]

Stuart Ishimaru, EEOC Acting Chairman The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported soaring increases in discrimination filings during FY2008, which ended Sept. 30. The federal agency received 95,402 complaints last year — a 15% increase over the previous fiscal year. Age and retaliation charges experienced the highest increases versus FY2007, but allegations based on race, sex and retaliation continue to […]

The cabinet in Somalia voted Tuesday to make Islamic Sharia law the law of the land. Although the move must still be approved by Parliament, the cabinet and moderate President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed are trying to nullify support for a radical Islamist group that controls the southern and central regions in the country by creating an environment supported by […]

  Detroit Councilwoman Martha Reeves, formerly of the 60s singing group The Vandellas, is disappointed in comedian Jay Leno’s choice of venue for his April 7 free concert for unemployed southeastern Michigan residents. The concert, “Jay’s Comedy Stimulus Plan,” will be held at the Pistons arena, The Palace, in Auburn Hills, MI, a Detroit suburb. […]

In a meeting with UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon, President Obama spoke out Tuesday against the Sudanese government’s latest move to expel humanitarian aid groups — a reaction to the International Criminal Court’s issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. President Obama said, “we have […]

Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi (above), jailed two months ago after saying President Omar al-Bashir should turn himself in to the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court, has been released. The ICC issued an arrest warrant last week for the Arab president, charging him with war crimes and crimes against humanity, which President Bashir has totally mocked. The […]

A copy of All-Negro Comics No. 1 is up for sale by comic-book seller and Comic Connect founder Stephen Fishler. All-Negro Comics sold for 15 cents and was created by African-American journalist Orrin C. Evans of Philadelphia in 1947. Featuring detective Ace Harlem and Hep Chicks on Parade, the comic book is for sale as part […]