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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PHOTO: Woman Sentenced For Kidnapping Baby From Hospital in 1987

Ann Pettway, Baby Kidnapper
Ann Pettway, the 50-year old woman who snatched a newborn from a hospital more than two decades ago and raised the child as her own, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison by a judge. She plead guilty to the charges of kidnapping, and described how she (in 1987) took a train from her Connecticut home to the hospital, and posed as a nurse. After kidnapping a baby, she raised the child for 20 years as her own.

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Teen, Lia Neal, Wins Olympic Bronze Medal In Team Swimming

Lia Neal Wins Olympic Bronze Medal in Swimming

Olympic Winner Lia Neal

Lia Neal Swimming

Lia Neal and Teammates

17-year-old Lia Neal is bringing home an Olympic bronze medal after her freestyle relay team recently won third place in the women's 4x100-meter race. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, this is Neal's first time performing in the Olympics and she is the second U.S. female swimmer of African-American descent to win a medal.

Identical Twin Sisters Give Birth One Hour Apart

Twin Sisters Shaakira White and Zaakira Mitchell Give Birth At Same Time

Twin Sisters Shaakira White and Zaakira Mitchell Give Birth At Same Time

Twin sisters, Shaakira White and Zaakira Mitchell of South Carolina, gave birth just an hour apart on July 24th - and one gave birth to twins. Mitchell was accompanying her sister to her doctor’s appointment, and then suddenly they both went into labor.

Monday, July 30, 2012

PHOTO: First Lady Michelle Obama Hugs USA Basketball Team

Michelle Obama Hugs Lebron James

Michelle Obama Hugs Kobe Bryant

Michelle Obama Hugs Kevin Durant

First lady Michelle Obama was on hand to cheer on the U.S. Basketball team while they played France during a recent game in London. And after the game, she gave Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the team a hug.

PHOTO: Hospital Worker Steals Credit Card From Man Who Dies In ER; Goes Shopping

Margaret Nunn
Margaret Nunn, a patient registration representative at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, was arrested for allegedly stealing and using a dead patient’s credit card to go shopping. She allegedly bought airline tickets, bridal shoes, and paid her phone bill.

PHOTO: 10-Year Old Boy Defends Same-Sex Marriage

Kameron Slade
Kameron Slade, a 10-year-old boy from Queens, New York, delivers a speech in support of same-sex marriage before the New York City Council. He originally wrote his speech two months ago for a competition at Public School 195 in Rosedale, Queens, but the principal of the school said it wasn’t acceptable, so he was barred from delivering it at first.

Watch The Video Below:

PHOTO: Man Sentenced For Stuffing Woman In Suitcase

Hassan Malik
Hassan Malik has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Betty Williams, 28, whom he killed, stuffed into a suitcase, then placed among a pile of sidewalk trash on a New York City street. As the 57-year-old man heard his 20-year prison sentence, he turned to his victim’s family in the Manhattan courtroom and apologized.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

PHOTOS: President Obama Speaks at Urban League Conference; Launches White House Initiative For Black Students

President Obama Speaking at Urban League Conference

Obama Urban League Conference

President Obama held two fundraisers, and then delivered remarks at the National Urban League conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on July 25th. During his speech, he announced the launch of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PHOTOS: Sherman Hemsley of "The Jeffersons" Dies at 74

Recent Photo of Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley Dies

Actor Sherman Hemsley Dies at 75

Sherman Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson& of "The Jeffersons" one of television's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, has died. He was 74. Police in El Paso, Texas, said late Tuesday that Hemsley was found dead at his home on the eastside of the city. A statement from police said no foul play is suspected and that the exact cause of death is pending

The Philadelphia-born Hemsley first played the blustering black Harlem businessman on CBS's "All in the Family" before he was spun off onto "The Jeffersons," which in 11 seasons from 1975 to 1985 became one of TV's most successful sitcoms - particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast.

PHOTO: President Obama Visits Aurora Shooting Victims, Families

President Obama Visits Aurora

President Obama Visits Aurora Hospital
Over the weekend, President Barack Obama visited Aurora, Colorado and offered hugs, tears and the nation's sympathy to survivors of the move theater shooting rampage and to families whose loved ones were shot dead. He gave a powerful speech, insisting that "a brighter day" will come.

PHOTO: Chicago Woman Dies After Abortion; Family Wants Answers

Tonya Reaves Died After Abortion in Chicago
According to CBS Chicago, Tonya Reaves, a 24-year old woman has died, after having a second trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago. Now her family members want answers as to what happened. An autopsy revealed that she died from a hemorrhage after a dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedure, which is typically done for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.

PHOTO: 50 Cent Obtains License to Become a Boxing Promoter

50 Cent Boxing Promoter
After launching an array of business ventures throughout his music career, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is now looking to make an impact in professional boxing with a new promotion company called The Money Team (TMT) Promotions.

Monday, July 23, 2012

PHOTO: Jackson Family Drama Continues, But Katherine Jackson Safe In Arizona

Katherine Jackson Safe in Arizona
Just one day after being reported missing, an LA county sheriff says that Katherine Jackson (mother of the late Michael Jackson) is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona, following a doctor’s orders to “de-stress” and stay away from the phone and computers.

The commotion demonstrates that there may be a division in the Jackson family just days after five of the singer’s siblings once again claimed that the King of Pop’s will was a fake and that the executors of his lucrative estate should step down.

PHOTOS: Alicia Keys Debuts New Short Hairstyle

Alicia Keys New Short Haircut

Alicia Keys New Haircut

Singer Alicia Keys recently uploaded some pics on Instagram, debuting her new short hairstyle. She is also rumored to be releasing a new album soon. What do you think about her hair? Yay or nay?

VIDEO: Black Hero Interviewed After Saving Woman From Colorado Theatre Massacre

Jarrell Brooks is a 19-year old African American hero who was recently interviewed on ABC News after he saved a woman and her kids, during the recent movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

PHOTO: Tameka Foster's Son, Usher's Stepson, Dies Over The Weekend

Kyle Glover Dies
Kile Glover, the 11-year old son of Tameka Foster (Usher's ex-wife), has died. He was recently hit by a jet-ski while at Lake Lanier in Atlanta, and was airlifted to an Atlanta area hospital. After nearly two weeks, the family decided to take him off of life support and he died shortly after.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

PHOTO: Obama Tours U.S. Raising Funds; Campaign Fundraising Surpasses $1 Billion

President Obama Fundraising Campaign
President Obama greets a crowd after speaking at a fundraising campaign event at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida. According to USA Today, less than four months until Election Day, and the battle for the White House already has crossed the $1 billion mark.

Friday, July 20, 2012

PHOTO: Jordin Sparks Sheds 50 Lbs; Covers SHAPE Magazine

Jordin Sparks on SHAPE Magazine
Singer and actress Jordin Sparks shows off her new body on the upcoming issue of SHAPE Magazine. Inside, the 22-year old opens up about how she recently dropped 50 pounds, and about her new film with Whitney Houston.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

VIDEO: George Zimmerman Interviewed By Fox News' Sean Hannity; Says Events Were "All God's Plan"

George Zimmerman Sean Hannity Interview on Fox News
Fox News' Sean Hannity sat down in a recent interview with George Zimmerman, who has admitted to the shooting and murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman used the interview as an opportunity to provide his version of what happened in the critical moments leading up to the shooting. His lawyer was there by his side, and during the interview he said "it was all God's plan".

Watch The Full Interview Below:

PHOTO: Pastor Dies During Church Sermon

Rev. Jerome McNeil Dies
Rev. Jerome McNeil, Senior Pastor of Christian Chapel CME Church in Dallas, Texas, collapsed and died while delivering a sermon to a crowded sanctuary of churchgoers. Before becoming a pastor, he was the first black administrator for a Dallas County agency, second in command for the Juvenile Department in 1981. He had served the community there for 21 years.

PHOTO: Mom Beats 4-Year Old Son To Death Because He "Wet" Himself

Mother Vastie Coleman Beat Son To Death
Vastie Coleman (picture above), a 27-year old mother from Houston, Texas has been charged in the beating death of her 4-year-old son, and is being held without bond. She allegedly was upset that the boy wet himself. The boy’s two sisters told investigators that their mom would regularly use a cord to whip them because "the belt was broken because mom kept whipping [us] so hard it broke into pieces."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

PHOTO: Beyonce Debuts New Hairstyle; Spotted With Daughter Blue Ivy in NYC

Beyonce With Braids and Blue Ivy Carter
Singer and pop star Beyonce Knowles was recently seen in New York wearing a new hairstyle, and carrying her 6-month old daugher Blue Ivy Carter. This is the first time in a quite a while that Beyonce and her baby girl have been photographed together.

PHOTO: Jada Pinkett-Smith Fights Against Human Trafficking

Jada Pinkett Smith Fights Against Human Trafficking
Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith recently testified during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to urge Congress to step up the fight against human trafficking in the United States and abroad. Her husband Will Smith and daughter Willow Smith were also there for support.

PHOTO: Michael Vick To Release Controversial New Book, "Finally Free"

NFL star Michael Vick is planning to release a new controversial 304-page book in September 2012 called "Finally Free". The autobiography is a memoir that he wrote after serving nearly two years in prison for running a dog-fighting ring. During that time, he nearly ruined his football career, but has recovered since.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

PHOTOS: Obamas Share Kisses During Basketball Game in Washington, DC

Obamas Kissing Basketball Game

Obamas Kissing Basketball Game
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, were quietly watching a USA Basketball exhibition game at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC when suddenly it happened. The Kiss Cam zoomed in and the two were shown on the big screen, prompting the crowd to cheer. He then gave Mrs. Obama a big kiss on the lips, and a peck on the forehead for good measure. The crowd roared.

VIDEO: Beyonce Reads Letter to First Lady Michelle Obama in New Endorsement Video

Earlier this year, pop star Beyonce wrote a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama and posted it on her web site at Beyonce.com. Now, in a new endorsement campaign video for President Obama, she reads that same letter aloud.

Monday, July 16, 2012

PHOTO: Nicki Minaj Jokes With Jay Leno; Performs New Song

Nicki Minaj on Jay Leno
Singer Nicki Minaj jokes with host Jay Leno during a recent taping of the "Tonight Show". Afterwards, she performed her new single, "Pound the Alarm".

Sunday, July 15, 2012

PHOTO: Michael Clarke Duncan Suffers Heart Attack

Michael Clarke Duncan Suffers Heart Attack
"The Green Mile" star Michael Clarke Duncan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. Publicist Joy Fehily says in a brief email statement that the 54-year-old actor "suffered a myocardial infarction". She says his heart rate has stabilized and he's expected to make a full recovery.

Friday, July 13, 2012

PHOTO: Bill Cosby Turns 75

Bill Cosby Turns 75
Bill Cosby, America's favorite family dad and comedian, has just celebrated his 75th birthday. Born in Philadelphia in 1937, Cosby is widely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians ever and has even become an activist in more recent years. Congrats Mr. Cosby on another year of life!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

PHOTO: Woman With The World's Largest Breasts To Appear on TLC's "Strange Sex"

Annie Hawkins-Turner World's Biggest Breast
Annie Hawkins-Turner, a woman with breasts that each weigh 85 pounds, will appear on the Season 3 opener of TLC's Strange Sex on Sunday, July 15 at 10:30pm EST. She suffers from a condition called “gigantomastia,” a rare condition that is characterized by excessive breast growth. Her bra size is 102 ZZZ.

VIDEO: Bible Smackdown! Woman Beats Pastor During Church Service

Ina Garrett, a 64-year-old woman in Tennessee, is facing an assault charge after she allegedly beat her pastor, Rev. Leon Taylor, in the head with a Bible during a recent service at a Baptist church. She claims that she was trying to knock a demon out of him.

PHOTO: Tamera Mowry Covers the Summer 2012 Issue of Monarch Magazine

Tamera Mowry Monarch Magazine
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley is on the cover of Monarch Magazine’s Summer 2012 issue. Inside, the beautiful mother-to-be talks about her reality show, Tia & Tamera, and how she’s enjoying married life.

PHOTO: Abuse or Discipline? Dad Beats Teen For Calling His Mom A "B*tch"

Dad Beats Teen After Calling Mom a Bitch
A Black teen recently decided to share his domestic dispute on his Facebook page. The teen says he got out of control during a heated argument with his mom, and called her a "b*tch". Then his Dad stepped in, and literally beat his face in. What do you think? Child abuse or warranted discipline?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

PHOTO: Chaka Khan Performs at 2012 Essence Music Festival

Singer Chaka Khan performed recently at the 18th Annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her and Aretha Franklin closed out the event, during a 1am performance this past Sunday night.

PHOTO: Romeo Covers This Week's Issue of Rolling Out Magazine

Romeo on Rolling Out Magazine cover
Romeo Miller appears shirtless on the cover of this week’s edition of Rolling Out magazine. Inside, the 22 year-old actor talks about his acting career, and what Tyler Perry has taught him while working on Madea’s Witness Protection.

Monday, July 9, 2012

PHOTO: Tameka Foster's Son Declared Brain Dead

Kile Glover, the 11-year old son of Tameka Foster (Usher's ex-wife), was recently hit by a jet-ski while inside an inner tube at Lake Lanier in Atlanta. He was airlifted to an Atlanta area hospital, and two days later is reported to be brain dead. Our prayers go out to the family!

PHOTO: B.B. King Performs at the 2012 Byblos International Festival in Lebanon

B.B. King at Byblos International Festival
86-year old blues legend B.B. King performs at the Byblos International Festival in the Lebanese city of Byblos, north of Beirut.

PHOTO: Erykah Badu Performs at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland

Erykah Badu at Montreux Jazz Festival
Singer Erykah Badu recently performed on the Stravinski Hall stage at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The festival lasts from June 29 - July 14, and other performers include Bob Dylan, Axelle Red, Chicago Blues, and many more.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

PHOTO: Cop Accused of Having Sex With Prostitutes While on the Job

Jeffrey Holmes, Kansas City Police Officer
Jeffrey Holmes, a Kansas City police officer, has been charged with corruption after prosecutors accused him of having sex with two women in exchange for not arresting them. One woman told police she was working as a prostitute, and the other said she had outstanding warrants and marijuana in her motel room when she met Jeffrey Holmes.

PHOTO: Raven-Symone Covers Heed Magazine's Summer Issue

Raven-Symone Covers Heed Magazine
Raven-Symone covers the summer issue of Heed Magazine. Inside, she talks about her leading role in Broadway’s critically acclaimed musical "Sister Act" and her work with Merck’s "Plan It Forward" campaign. The issue will hit stands on Tuesday, July 10th.