Aretha Franklin To Hit Kato Leonard and TheNewsNerd.com with a Right Hook of Her Own – A Ten Million Dollar Lawsuit
(April 16, 2014 – Detroit, MI) — Facebook and other social media lit up with the news that Patti LaBelle had been arrested for attacking Aretha Franklin with “a Mayweather style right and left” in attack on the Queen of Soul that reportedly took place at a concert in Atlanta.
WANT TO WORK FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA THIS SUMMER?
— African American Interns Wanted For 2014 Summer White House Internship Program; Deadline to Apply is March 15 —
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program provides current undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Until March 15, 2014, the program will be accepting applications for summer interns. Their responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Collecting and compiling research and data on African American education, institutions and communities; Performing data entry and managing the office database; Greeting and escorting visitors to meetings; Participating in strategic planning and staff meetings and other Department policy briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the Initiative; Responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing; and more. Read more…
Miriam Carey, 34, was not armed and apparently was suffering from postpartum depression when she sent Washington, DC, police on a car chase yesterday afternoon that resulted in Carey dying in a hail of police bullets.
We will never know why the 34-year-old tried to use her black Infiniti as a battering ram and attempt to drive through barricades into the White House, or why she turned around and flew down Pennsylvania Avenue at 80 miles per hour—all while her one-year-old baby was in the car!
The reason we’ll never know is because when she emerged from her car, unarmed, after hitting a barrier outside of the Capitol building, she was hit by so many bullets that authorities said it was difficult to identify her body. The police fired a hail of bullets at her—all while her one-year-old baby was in the car!
It is true that two officers were injured by Carey’s out-of-control Infiniti, but I’ll never understand in these situations why police officers found it necessary to empty their guns into the unarmed woman’s body after she emerged from her vehicle. Was that really necessary to subdue her, particularly since she was no longer in the Infiniti, which was actually serving as her weapon in this case? It would be akin to opening up on her after she dropped her weapon to the ground.
But as these cases go, we can predict that we will never get any answers to these questions, not when officers were hurt and she was aiming the car at the White House and the Capitol building. Not when Washington was already tense from the spectacularly stupid government shutdown. Not two weeks after Aaron Alexis killed 12 inside the Washington Navy Yard and apparently died himself in a hail of police bullets. Read more…
DJ CASSIDY JOINS MTV’S VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP SUNDAY
Fresh off the “Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour” alongside Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, internationally revered DJ Cassidy has been tapped as the MTV Video Music Awards house DJ this Sunday, August 25.
DJ Cassidy will soon release his debut album via Columbia Records. With a mission of returning the greatest dance music of all time to the dance floor, Cassidy has united the most legendary musicians from the late 1970s and early 1980s with some of today’s recording superstars to write and record original songs for the collection. Further album details will be announced in the coming weeks. Read more…
Some people go to the movies for the sheer enjoyment of being entertained. There are some movies that stretch the limits of your imagination (or theirs) in their interpretation of things we may do on a daily basis or even things we see and/or read about. There is also the fantasy aspect and in some cases, situations that seem implausible when you do view the film at hand. If you are the type that enjoys leaving your ‘world’ when going to the movie theater, then ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ just might fill your hunger to leave your mind elsewhere, yet, bring your imagination to the movie seat.
The big budget movie doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the graphic scenes shown on screen. It’s not at a loss for action and some may even consider it quite thrilling. In fact, the body count is quite high and if you are into something like that, your appetite will be whet. If chilling, violent action is your thing, then reserve your ticket now. Read more…
by Denene Millner
Her name was Hadiya Pendleton, and she was only 15 years old. The dimples in her cheeks, the sparkle in her eyes—each of these tell the story. She was an honor student, a volley ball player and a majorette, nice enough with her studies and her drill team routines that she got the chance to perform with her school’s marching band during President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington, just days ago. Her pictures belie all that her friends remember of her: Hadiya was smart. Kind. Sweet. Full of light. With a potential that was limitless.
But now, Hadiya is gone from here. On Tuesday afternoon, she became the 42nd person to be killed in Chicago this month, the deadliest January in that city in more than a decade. This was not a case of Hadiya being in the wrong place at the wrong time; this child, having been released early from King College Prep High School after taking final exams, was with her friends in a park near her school, taking shelter from the rain under a canopy of trees when some coward with a gun hopped a fence and shot into the crowd of teens. Hadiya was shot in the back; she collapsed a few blocks away in front of a row of upscale condos, not too far from President Obama’s family home, and died an hour later. Another boy, too, was shot and is in serious condition at an area hospital. Read more…
There was never anything wrong when whites voted for whites in 100 percent of the presidential elections until 2008. Now, there are complaints of blacks voting for blacks because they are black? Now, it’s about race, although it was never about race when it was white candidates?
This topic of conversation has taken on new light since former Secretary of State Colin Powell stated he would be voting for President Obama once again. For those who don’t know, Powell was the most recognizable black Republican when he was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. Read more…
ROLAND MARTIN PROVIDES DNC POLITICAL COVERAGE TONIGHT ON TV ONE
September 6, 2012, CHARLOTTE – Roland Martin, host and senior editor of WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN will provide political analyst coverage of the Democratic National Convention tonight on TV One beginning at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT. Read more…
As a small business owner you might agree that coming up with the idea for your business was a piece of cake. . . Financing the business, however, is an entirely different story! Sometimes you may only have very few opportunities to present your business for funding, so it’s your job to make sure they count! Read more…
As a small business owner you might agree that coming up with the idea for your business was a piece of cake. . . Financing the business, however, is an entirely different story! Sometimes you may only have very few opportunities to present your business for funding, so it’s your job to make sure they count!
Here are five strategic steps to help you fund your business and get to the next level BEFORE you start pitching to potential investors and lenders. Read more…
by Yvette Carnell
In a meeting with over 100 community leaders at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama urged the mostly African American group to “stay unified”. Unity implies that both Obama and black voters have been on the same page, speaking with one unified voice, up until now. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Until recently, President Obama had been evading African Americans and our respective surrogates in an effort to prove to the most puritanical segment of the white electorate that he’s no nigger lover, and no nigger favorer, and certainly no nigger indulger. Now, with the 2012 campaign in full swing, he’s trying to pretend that all along, we misunderstood him. Whatever.
Anyway, I’m not going to try to convince you why you should or shouldn’t vote for Obama in 2012 because chances are, your mind is already made up. So, it’s really beside the point now isn’t it? But it is important that African Americans use Obama’s Presidency as an opportunity for learning to interpret the lexicon of power; how it builds, then permeates, and then shows its face. Read more…
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American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities, tells the story of the edible White House kitchen garden Michelle planted on the South Lawn—a project she says was inspired by her daughters, Sasha and Malia, and her family’s desire to change its eating habits. Through telling the story of the garden, Michelle, a passionate advocate for healthful eating and exercise and the creator of the landmark Let’s Move campaign to fight childhood obesity, explores how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America. American Grown also includes recipes and gives tips and resources for how to create community, school and urban gardens, support local farmers’ markets and make small lifestyle changes to achieve big health results.
American Grown will be issued in both digital and print editions; the print edition will be a gorgeously illustrated, four-color hardcover that includes pictures of the White House garden and Mrs. Obama throughout the seasons, as well as other community and school gardens from around the country. American Grown goes on sale nationwide on April 10, 2012 from Crown Publishers. Read more…
Your Black World reports.
Democrats are now demanding that President Obama stop working so hard to negotiate with Republicans. The statements come after President Obama gave in to House Speaker John Boehner’s request that he move the date of his jobs speech to a time other than when the Republicans are planning their presidential debates. The president then changed the date and time of his speech.
President Obama has gained a reputation as a leader who is always seeking common ground, but ends up giving a long series of concessions to the other side. Most recently, his debt ceiling deal with the Republicans led to criticism that he was a weak negotiator. Democrats are now calling for the president to lay out a clear vision for America. Read more…
When members of the black community accuse the Obama White House of behaving disrespectfully toward the black community, this is what they mean:
“Is President Obama finally ready to bite back and throw down with black leaders who have ridden him nonstop for the past few months for his lack of attention to black America? Politico quoted an Obama insider as saying, “The whole thing is bull-[bleep] … We have met with [black leaders] more than any other group and we are increasing our outreach.”
If the mere injection of the African American community into a conversation prompts you to use swear words, then not only are you unsympathetic to the needs of the African American community, you’re openly combative. Read more…
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World
When I read today about Rev. Al Sharpton taking over as the 6 pm host of “Politics Nation” on MSNBC, my first thought was “Finally, they made a decision.” It took some time, but after a while, the network confirmed the move that has been the source of a tremendous amount of speculation over the past several weeks.
I’ve been on Al Sharpton’s radio show at least 80 times during the last two years. I’ve also sat with him for hours at a time in private conversation. I can confirm that he is an outstanding host, and fully capable of giving MSNBC their money’s worth in nearly every conceivable way. He also personally fills the long-held void of “All white, all night,” that has been the on-going theme for most cable news networks, which have refused to use African American hosts after 6 pm. Read more…
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
The National Newspaper Association took advantage of what some expected to be a major prize fight between Cornel West and Rev. Al Sharpton. The group referred to their gathering at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association as “The Showdown,” letting the world know that they expected Sharpton and West to draw blood, as they did in the past. Such heated discussion is certainly necessary (I’ve had my battles with Sharpton over a few key issues), but both Sharpton and West are mature enough to realize that vicious language and fighting are simply not the way to get things done. Read more…