Archive for the ‘Current Events’ Category

You may recall the six young Black men in Jena, La., who were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight with white schoolmate Justin Barker. After a major civil rights demonstration protesting the inappropriate severity of the charges, international media attention, and fund-raising to pay for legal representation, the charges were later reduced to second-degree […]


American icon Michael Jackson, lead singer of the ’70s R&B group The Jackson 5, later renamed The Jacksons after a record-label change, and winner of 10 individual Grammys as a solo artist in the ’80s, died today of sudden cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He was 50. The King of Pop made history with the 1982 release of […]


The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution on June 18 apologizing for American slavery (1619 – 1865) and “Jim Crow” laws following slavery through the 1960s that continued to deprive Black people of basic human rights. The resolution concludes:  Whereas it is important for the people of the United States, who legally recognized slavery through the Constitution and the […]


R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday in a Los Angeles court to one count of felony assault involving pop diva Rihanna on February 8. Brown will be formally sentenced on August  5, but his plea deal requires him to perform 6 months of community service and serve five years of supervised probation in his home […]


  AIDS health activist Thembi Ngubane was just 19 when she began documenting her battle with AIDS for a radio diary that aired on NPR, here in the U.S., in April 2006, and later aired in the UK, Canada, and Australia, touching nearly 50 million people. A mother of a four-year-old daughter, she died last […]


Stephen Tyrone Jones died heroically on Wednesday. An African-American security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, He stepped in the line of fire to prevent James W. von Brunn, an 88-year-old man linked to anti-Jewish web sites, from killing others at the museum. Jones died in an area hospital after being shot by von Brunn with […]


Two weeks after the tragic accidental death of his 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, whose mother is Sol Xochitl, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson married 32-year-old Lakiha Spicer last Saturday in Las Vegas. Check out an earlier post on this blog on the death of Tyson’s daughter at http://speakyourpeace.me/2009/05/27/mike-tysons-daughter-dies/. Some things just can’t be explained. Speak your […]