Archive for May, 2009

Exodus Tyson, the four-year-old daughter of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and his 34-year-old girlfriend Sol Xochitl, died yesterday in a Phoenix hospital after a tragic accident in her family’s home. According to E!Online, the little girl was apparently playing on or near a treadmill and somehow became entangled in a cord hanging from the […]


Xerox chief Anne Mulcahy, who is credited with saving the company from bankruptcy, announced Thursday she’s stepping down as CEO, but will stay on as chairwoman. Her handpicked successor is Ursula Burns, 50, an African-American woman who is a 30-year Xerox veteran. She’s worked right alongside Mulcahy to reinvent Xerox,  managing corporate strategy, IT, human resources, and global accounts […]


  Suzanne de Passe, the chairman and CEO of de Passe Entertainment who began her career at Motown Records, along with Steven Spielberg and Madison Jones, will produce the first motion picture authorized by The King estate that examines the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DreamWorks Studios acquired the rights to the life of the […]


The preliminary hearing in the case of the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III began yesterday and continues today in Oakland, California. Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle, who has resigned his position, has pleaded not guilty to murder. His defense claims he meant to pull his stun gun, not his service pistol, to restrain […]


Liberia, an African country founded by freed American slaves in the early 19th century, is defined by deep racial and social complexities. A 1980 military coup ended the rule of the American-Liberian elite class and led to a 13-year civil war. The current president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president in Africa, has written […]


According to the BBC: The military in Nigeria has been accused of killing 1,000 civilians during an upsurge in operations against militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta. ‘They…bombard entire communities from the air, sea and land,’ said the Ijaw National Congress which represents the region’s largest ethnic group. A Nigerian military spokesman dismissed the allegations […]


Officials at Arizona State University apparently believed President Obama is accomplished enough to speak at Wednesday’s commencement exercises, but not enough to warrant an honorary degree — an honor sometimes bestowed upon the keynote speaker. Our brilliant president, however, handled the seemingly intentional insult with his usual grace and class. I come here not to dispute […]


When former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was forced out of office in the aftermath of a text messaging scandal, City Council President Ken Cockrel stepped in as interim mayor. The city later decided to hold a special election to elect someone to finish out the last eight months of Kilpatrick’s second four-year term, which ends […]


Veteran actress Zoe Saldana, 30, plays the lovely Nyota Uhura in the new Star Trek prequel, directed by J.J. Abrams, that opened in theatres over the weekend and soared to #1 with an estimated $76.5 million in box-office receipts. The role of Uhura was made famous by Nichelle Nichols in the 60s TV series by the […]


Update 5/7/09: Jacob Zuma was elected South Africa’s president on Wednesday by parliament and will be inaugurated on Saturday. He’s expected to name his new government on Sunday. Speak your peace. (4/27/09) Although the African National Congress, the ruling political party in South Africa since Nelson Mandela’s presidential election in 1994, didn’t win the symbolically significant […]


Sultry singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele, whose 2007 debut CD, I Am, earned her a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the single “Be OK” featuring will.i.am, released Epiphany yesterday with new songs by prolific singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. Together, the talented twosome will likely make Chrisette Michele more radio-friendly and give her the attention and exposure she most assuredly deserves. […]


We have the New York Times to thank for exposing the everyday challenges faced by impoverished Senegalese people, who use garbage to “fortify” their homes and streets. In the Médina Gounass neighborhood of Guédiawaye, “people use it [garbage] to shore up their flood-prone houses and streets in this low-lying area near the Atlantic coast; they have no choice. […]


Pop singer Rihanna attended the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute in New York last night, wearing a tuxedo with padded, or perhaps puffed, sleeves for the high-profile fashion event. Her appearance at the gala is supposedly her first after former boyfriend Chris Brown, 20, allegedly attacked her in Los Angeles, just before the Grammys, […]


This week’s issue of Science magazine include’s a research paper, authored by a University of Pennsylvania team of scientists, led by Sarah Tishkoff, that offers the largest and newest genetic survey of people in Africa. Based on the authors’ findings, the southwest area of the African continent where Angola and Namibia meet is the likely origin of modern humans and, […]