Archive for March 12th, 2009

British actor Idris Elba, 36, will join the cast of NBC’s primetime comedy The Office next week as Michael Scott’s new boss. Michael Scott is portrayed by comic actor Steve Carell — the star of the show. The Office airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. (EDT). Look for Elba later this year in the movie Obsessed […]

President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. “First Friend” and Assistant to the President/Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett (above) will chair the council. The goal of the council is to coordinate a federal response to the challenges women and girls face everyday with emphasis on improving economic […]

Miss Mississippi 2006 contestant Jasmine Murray was eliminated last night on FOX’s American Idol. We’re proud of her anyway — making it to the final 13 is a big deal. Murray sang “I’ll Be There” a second time hoping to get the Idol judges to “save” her by exercising a new power granted this season, but the […]

Update 3/12/09: We’re re-posting this one, because, according to Forbes, there’s one less Black billionaire in the world — BET founder Robert “Bob” Johnson…at least for now. Even super-rich people are suffering in this economy. We thought you might find profiles of Black billionaires interesting. The ones listed here, we believe the only ones in the world, […]

President Obama said Tuesday to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that his administration needs to “make No Child Left Behind live up to its name by ensuring not only that teachers and principals get the funding that they need, but that the money is tied to results. And Arne Duncan [U.S. Secretary of Education] will […]

According to the BBC, a new Nigerian law banning gay marriage would lead to three years in jail for anyone who has “entered into a same gender marriage contract,” defined as two gay people living together, or anyone who “aids and abets” them. It’s already illegal to have sex with a member of the same gender in […]

Update (3/12/09): Intelligence and law enforcement officials told a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Wednesday there’s no evidence that Somali-American students, missing for two ears, are being recruited and trained by Islamist group Shabaab to attack the U.S. It’s more likely the students are being recruited, if at all, to fight Ethiopians, who invaded Somalia […]