Whatever happens in the life of an African-American is fair-game here. But you are human first, so anything that makes you happy, frustrates you, angers you, worries you, or excites you serves as the fertile ground on which we can have this discussion.
By JasmineHughes, Your Black World
If you ask White House press secretary, Jay Carney, he’ll tell you that just as most Americans do, Obama needs down time to regenerate and adds, “Besides, the presidency travels with you.” However, in light of the economic turmoil and astronomically high unemployment rate, many are questioning how appropriate it is for President Obama to be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard next week; a place where the average home can run nearly $1 million dollars.
Your Black World reports.
A 19-year old Chicago man who was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting death of six-year old Arianna Gibson was released on Tuesday evening. The Cook County state attorney’s office decided there was not enough evidence to hold him.
A few months ago, there was a sad story of a mother purposefully driving her mini van into the Hudson River, which resulted in the fatal drowning of three of her four kids. The mother killed herself because she was devastated that the father of her children had been cheating on her. The father of those three kids now plans to sue the city and county where it happened for $40 million.
Jean Pierre filed a notice of claim against the City of Newburgh and Orange County claiming they are responsible for the “dangerous” boat ramp LaShanda Armstrong drove off in April.
On July 14, Dolores Grissom reported to police that her $2,500 central air conditioner was stolen and two short days later, on July 16, she was found dead. Just this week the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office completed their report that stated Grissom’s death was heat-related.
Media personality Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West made Chicago one of the first stops on their Poverty Tour, fueling more debate about President Obama’s economics policies and whether those policies have or have not done the current jobs disparity in black communities any justice. There are two factions of thought in the early Smiley & West town hall talks.
An 18-year old student at the University of Cincinnati was killed this weekend after being stunned by a police taser. Everette Howard, a student in a summer program preparing him for college, died after the attack. Friends say that Howard was trying to break up a fight in front of a dorm when campus police arrived on the scene.
Your Black World reports.
A pastor is being held this week without bond in the Clayton County jail on accusations that he molested and solicited sodomy from a child. Samuel Walsham Chapman, a 58-year old man out of Decatur, GA, was arrested last week and charged with molestation, solicitation of sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Your Black World reports
Just a few months ago, when President Obama authorized the killing of Osama bin Laden, there was little question about whether or not the president would win the 2012 election. Since that time, the economy has become more fragile and recent negotiations on the debt ceiling have led some to wonder if the Obama Administration has the ability to shore up its base.
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by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Men and women across the country have been frustrated for years about the lack of jobs and the dire state of the economy. Now, the Congressional Black Caucus is taking active steps in an effort to increase the number of employed citizens. August 8th, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) along with host Member Congresswoman Marcia Fudge will be kicking off the CBC’s “For the People” Jobs Initiative. This event is starting off in Cleveland, Ohio, and it will be comprised of a job fair and town hall meeting at Cleveland State University. According to a press release provided to Your Black World by Stephanie L. Young of the White House Office of Communications:
An Iowa man faces several charges after he threw a cat from a seventh story window with his pants down. Police were called when neighbors said that the man had exposed himself and threw the cat from the window. Police found the cat, who later died from his injuries.
Pat Buchanan, one of the most divisive political constructs of this century, made an interesting comment about President Barack Obama. In a recent interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, Buchanan referred to President Obama as Sharpton’s “boy.”
The remark led to Sharpton responding with the kind of ferocity that the situation demanded, telling Buchanan that he needs to respect Barack Obama as his president and everyone’s president. Buchanan initially refused to issue an apology, but eventually took the time to “clarify his remarks.”
MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan refused to apologize for calling President Obama a “boy” on national television. Speaking to Rev. Al Sharpton on the network, Buchanan referred to President Obama as “your boy” to Rev. Sharpton, sparking an on-air fight that went viral on the Internet.
A high school in Minneapolis may end up having to pay up after allowing its students to openly engage in a tradition called "Wigger Day." On this "sacred" occasion, the students in the school would wear clothing and engage in behavior that "from their perspective, mimicked black culture." This was all according to a federal class action lawsuit filed on Friday.
The suit claims that a group of roughly 60 students voted to have "Wigger Wednesday," where students would dress up as African Americans from "the hood." The outfits included oversized sports jerseys, fitted hats and "doo" rags. Some of them even threw up gang signs to celebrate the occasion.
Tiger Woods hasn’t tee’d up in a professional tournament in a while. He has passed on the U.S. Open and British Open, and following his WD at The Players Championship in May, many have been anxiously wondering if he would return to the course this year. READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY →
by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
The ball is finally rolling with the debt-deal debate. On Sunday, President Obama reached an agreement with the Democrats and Republicans of Congress. The deal entails $2.4 trillion be saved over the next ten years while also raising the debt ceiling through 2012. The deal also calls for a special congressional committee designated just for recommending long-term fiscal reforms.
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