Posts Tagged ‘African American’

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Bernard Madoff, the grand Ponzi schemer of all time who bilked investors out of $50 billion, is all over the headlines again after being sentenced today to 150 years behind bars, but there once was another financial adviser who stole millions from his investors, some of them former NFL players. Kirk Wright, a Harvard-educated hedge fund […]


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 […]


Sherri Goforth, an aide to Sen. Diane Black (R-TN), was given a “strong letter of reprimand” after embarrassing the GOP by sending a mass e-mail with a racist picture attached mocking President Barack Obama. Following racist humor related debacles originating in Tennessee such as ‘Barack the Magic Negro,’ Goforth forwarded a ‘historical keepsake photo’ of […]


Cleveland-born Alyssa Stanton, 45, will lead a predominantly white synagogue in Greenville, NC, beginning in August. She is the first African-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi. Raised in a Pentecostal family, the single mother of a 14-year-old adopted daughter says she was surprised by the national interest in her ordination. Her new 60-family synagogue, […]


Hailed as the Queen of the Blues, legendary blues vocalist Koko Taylor died June 3, following surgery on May 19 to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. She was 80. Best known for her 1966 hit “Wang Dang Doodle,” which sold over 1 million copies, her nearly 45-year career was still going strong until just a few weeks before her […]


Detroit’s former FOX affiliate WJBK newsanchor and former WJLB-FM radio host Charles Pugh announced recently he will run for a seat on Detroit’s 9-member city council. He is the troubled city’s first openly gay political candidate. He shared his lifestyle with Detroiters five years ago and saw his popularity soar. Now he’s banking on his local-name […]


Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (top) is starring in a new film about police corruption with Richard T. Jones (middle photo), Chris Klein, and Adam Rodriguez. Jackson, who is executive producing with Chris Lighty and Tim Roth, plays a gang-banger-turned-informant in Caught in the Crossfire, written and directed by newcomer Brian Miller, who attended film school in Grand Rapids, Mich., […]


Buying Black

01Jun09

John & Maggie Anderson with daughters Cori and Cora on the cover of N’Digo John and Maggie Anderson, an accomplished Black couple in Chicago, are conducting an experiment — an experiment to determine how the Black community will be impacted if the Andersons only purchase goods and services from Black-owned businesses. You can learn more […]


City council members in the District of Columbia voted 12 – 1 on May 5 to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. Marion Barry, former DC mayor, was the “lone dissenter.” He believes an uproar in the local Black community is imminent. Black ministers have already expressed outrage. Check out the video capturing Barry’s position […]


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 […]


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 […]


According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted March 26 – 29, 2009, 66% of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of his new job. Twenty-nine percent disapprove of the president. Although only 42% believe the country is headed in the right direction, that’s a huge increase in confidence — just 16% believed we were headed […]


WVAZ-FM, Chicago’s highly-rated adult urban contemporary station owned by Clear Channel, replaced long-running The Tom Joyner Morning Show today with The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Harvey’s show already airs on #1 music station WGCI-FM, WVAZ’s sister station, in the market, but will now simulcast on both stations until March 31. After March 31, Harvey’s show will air […]


Update 3/20/09: Yolan Henry, Noah Henry’s grandmother, will turn the 3-year-old boy over to father Eddy Curry’s family, after initially defying a court order to do so. (3/12/09) Cook County, IL, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Kelly told New York Knicks center Eddy Curry’s attorney, Kelly Swaindon, that Curry should appear next Thursday for a hearing […]


According to a long-term study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the incidence of heart failure among African Americans under 50 is more than 20 times higher versus Whites. The study’s authors, however, acknowledge the number of cases studied was small (5,115) and more investigation is necessary. Check out the study for yourself at: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/360/12/1179 We […]