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Thursday, January 31, 2013

15-Year Old Girl Killed in Chicago After Performing At President Obama's Inauguration

Hadiya Pendleton, girl killed in Chicago gunfire

Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama's recent inauguration, was shot and killed in Chicago as she talked with her friends. Witnesses say she and her friends were in a park when suddenly a man opened fire on the group, and Hadiya was shot in the back as she tried to escape. Witnesses believe she was mistaken for the wrong person.

Rihanna Covers Rolling Stone Magazine; Reveals Why She Reunited With Chris Brown

Rihanna on Rolling Stone cover talks about Chris Brown

24-year old singer Rihanna graces the cover of the March 2013 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, and inside she tells why she reunited with boyfriend Chris Brown. The couple's public reconciliation comes after about four years since Brown assaulted Rihanna. "He made a mistake, and he's paid his dues," the pop icon says. "He's paid so much. And I know that's not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing."

She continues, "I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of it. Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. He doesn't have the luxury of f-ing up again. That's just not an option."

"We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that," she adds.

What do you think?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chicago Mom Loses All Four Children To Gun Violence

Chicago Mom Loses 4 Children To Gun Violence

A Chicago mom just recently lost the last of her four children, and sadly, all four of them died from gun violence in the city. Gun violence has been a constant problem in the city; Just last year alone, there were more than 500 fatal homicides.

But this has been an ongoing issue for this family for the past 15 years. One of her sons was shot and killed in 1995 at the age of 18, and another (her daughter) was shot and killed in the year 2000 at the age of 15. Three months later that same year, her 23-year old son was shot and killed, and the last one, 33-year-old Ronnie Chambers, was shot and killed just last week while sitting in a van in the city's West Side. So far, no suspects have been arrested in his death.

Ironically, their mother did an interview with the Chicago Tribune in the year 2000, and she was quoted as saying that she was "afraid that [the killing] won’t stop until he’s [Chambers] gone too."

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Black Contestants Sue Fox's "American Idol" For Being Racist

Black American Idol Contestants Suing

Nine Black contestants (all males) from different seasons are joining together to sue Fox's American Idol  for what they are calling a racist plot that forced them out of the show. They claim the plot aimed to boost ratings for the network, and their attorney, James H. Freeman, has already submitted a letter to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In his letter, Freeman, claims that the “scheme” starts at an early stage of the show when producers ask contestants if they have ever been arrested. He says that such questioning is a violation of California employment law because the contestants are technically applying for “employment”. Freeman also says that the questioning along with arrest records acquired by private investigators were used to humiliate the black contestants on national TV, and to create “destructive stereotypes” about black people.

What do you think? Do they have a legit case? Or are they just being sore losers?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Dance At 2013 Inaugural Ball

Obamas Dancing at 2013 Inaugural Ball

After celebrating his second inauguration while millions watched on television, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama danced the night away at two inaugural balls, as more than 30,000 people watched on.

The President, dressed in a black tuxedo and a white tie, and The First Lady, dressed in a beautiful custom-made, ruby-red dress designed by Jason Wu, first attended the Commander in Chief's Ball, where they danced to Jennifer Hudson's performance of Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together." Next, they went to the Inaugural Ball and danced again to "Let's Stay Together".

Other acts included Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, John Legend, Katy Perry, Marc Anthony, Nick Cannon, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Usher and more. During Alicia Keys' performance, she changed the lyrics of her hit song "Girl on Fire" to "Obama's on Fire."

Here are more pictures below:

Barack Obama Dances With Michelle at Inaugural Ball

Obama Hugs Wife After Dancing at Inaugural Ball

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama's Thom Browne Coat and Dress Win Rave Reviews

Michelle Obama With Malia and Sasha in Thom Browne Coat and Dress

On the morning of her husband's second inauguration, women all over the world couldn't help talking about First Lady Michelle Obama's attire, specifically her coat and dress. She wore a navy blue Thom Browne coat and dress, and the fabric for her attire was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie. The belt she wore was from J.Crew, and her earrings were designed by Cathy Waterman. She is also wearing J.Crew shoes.

Daughters Malia and Sasha were both clad in coats in shades of purple, violet and plum with complementary tights, gloves and flats. And what was the President himself wearing? No one seems to really care.

Here are more photos below:

Michelle Obama With President Obama in Thom Browne Coat and Dress

Michelle Obama With Family in Thom Browne Coat and Dress

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bishop Larry D. Trotter Creates Controversy Over Picture Of Him Taking A Bath With His 4-Year Old Granddaughter

Bishop Larry D. Trotter in Bathtub With Granddaughter
Bishop Larry D. Trotter, pastor of Chicago's Sweet Holy Spirit Church, has caused a lot of controversy after he posted a photo of himself on Instagram taking a bath with his 4-year-old granddaughter. In the photo, Trotter is in a bathtub covered in bubbles with the child, and it is unclear whether or not he is wearing swimming trunks. Many people say the photo is completely inappropriate and disgusting. But others are defending him, saying it’s an innocent photo of a grandfather and grandchild. Trotter himself, who is also an author and entrepreneur, says the photo is "totally innocent" and "he is not ashamed". What do you think?

Listen To His Interview Below:

President Obama Takes Oath in White House Ceremony

President Barack Obama has now officially begun his second term as president. He, with his family, was sworn in on Sunday by Chief Justice John Roberts in a small private ceremony in the White House. Roberts also led the ceremony during Obama's first inauguration in 2008. Both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in again during a public inauguration ceremony on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Singers Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor will sing the national anthem, "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "America the Beautiful" at the inauguration ceremony.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Actor Robert Chew Dies; Best Known As Proposition Joe on "The Wire"

Robert Chew, Proposition Joe From The Wire, Dies
Actor Robert Chew, who played Proposition Joe on the HBO series The Wire, has died at the age of 52. He died of a heart attack in his Baltimore home. His character Prop Joe on the hit series was a highly intelligent and ruthless Baltimore drug lord, and he starred in all 5 seasons.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

1970's Jackson Five Cartoon Series Released on DVD

Jackson 5ive Cartoon Series on DVD
DreamWorks Classics has finally released Jackson 5ive: The Complete Animated Series, a complete collection of 23 episodes on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans and collectors of the Jackson Five (Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Michael Jackson) can now buy the entire series at any major retailer including Amazon.com

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Where Are They Now? Kriss Kross

Old Picture of Rap Group Kriss Kross

Recent Picture of Rap Group Kriss Kross

90's rap group Kris Kross, discovered and produced by Jermaine Dupri, made a rare appearance recently at the So So Def Anniversary 20th Anniversary press conference in Atlanta. Although they have not recorded since their 1996 album Young, Rich & Dangerous, Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith are planning to return to the spotlight for a special So So Def All-Star Anniversary Concert on February 23 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The concert will be preceded by a private VIP dinner, a star-studded anniversary party, and a pre-concert reception. In addition, a 20-song compilation CD called "Best of So So Def" is set to be released in June 2013.

TJ Holmes and Wife Welcome New Baby Girl

TJ Holmes With Wife

TJ Holmes With Wife

Former CNN news anchor TJ Holmes and his lawyer wife Marilee recently welcomed a baby girl that they have named Sabine Holmes. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and is the first child for the couple. The family lives in Atlanta where Holmes normally films at the CNN headquarters. Holmes also flies back and forth to New York city to tape his "Don’t Sleep" - his one-hour weekly show on BET.

Originally from West Memphis, Arkansas, Holmes first gained national prominence as an anchor and correspondent for CNN. After 5 years at the network, he left CNN at the end of 2011 and signed a multi-platform talent deal with BET Networks.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

5-Year Old Boy Banned From School For Having Long Hair

A 5-year-old boy was turned away from Roberts Road Elementary School in Hockley, Texas. because school officials say his hair is too long. His mom, Ursula Martin, said that when she tried to enroll her son, she was told that her son's hair needed to be cut first. Apparently, the school’s dress code does not allow for a boy’s hair to go beyond a shirt collar. Martin contends that her son’s hair is a religious statement.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis Becomes Youngest Actress Ever To Be Nominated For A "Best Actress" Oscar

Quvenzhané Wallis, Youngest Oscar-Nominated Actress
9-year old Quvenzhané Wallis just made Oscar history as the youngest actress ever to be nominated for "Best Actress". She is starring as Hushpuppy in the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which was also nominated as "Best Picture" and won rave reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. From Houma, Louisiana, Wallis was just 5 years old when she auditioned for the role, and has received major recognition and critical acclaim for her performance. Since her breakout role, she has now been cast in the upcoming movie "Twelve Years a Slave," which also stars Brad Pitt.

Watch The Movie Trailer Below:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hospital Made A Mistake And Now Brooklyn Mom Has Only 6 Months To Live

Laverne Wilkinson, woman with lung cancer after hospital made mistake

In February 2010, Laverne Wilkinson of Brooklyn, New York, felt chest pains and thought she was having a heart attack. So she went to see a doctor at Kings County Hospital. But despite her X-ray showing a suspicious nodule in her lung, she was told to go home and take pain medication. Now, she has Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her liver, spine and brain.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Alicia Keys Beautifully Covers Essence Magazine's January 2013 Issue

Alicia Keys on Essence Magazine cover, January 2013 Issue
Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys graces the cover of the January 2013 issue of Essence Magazine in true style and elegance. Inside, she talks about her latest album, spiritual makeovers, and how she learned to say no in order to create a more balanced approach to her world. She also talks about her marriage to hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, their 2-year old son Egypt, and how they're experience with Hurricane Sandy (they live in New York City). Keys, who has just released her fifth studio album, is already preparing for another world tour in 2013.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Oldest Living American, Mamie Rearden, Dies at 114-Years Old

Mamie Rearden, Oldest American Dies
Mamie Rearden, recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living American, has died at 114-years old. Rearden was born on September 7, 1898, in Edgefield, South Carolina, where she was raised and lived all her life. She was a school teacher for a short time, and was married to her husband for 59 years until his death in 1979. She raised 11 children. At the time of her death, she lived in the family homestead with a son and a daughter on land that had been in the family since her father’s accumulation of acreage that made him one of the area’s largest black landowners.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

JET Magazine Highlights Recent Black Teen Murder on Latest Cover - "Is Your Child Next?"

The upcoming January 14, 2013 issue of JET Magazine asks the question "Is Your Child Next?" and addresses the recent death of Jordan Russell Davis, the Georgia teen who was recently shot and killed by a Caucasian man in Florida because he was playing his music too loud. The case is the second of it's kind in the state of Florida, following the popular case of Trayvon Martin. Inside the issue, Davis’ parents, Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, sit down with journalist Denene Millner to talk about how they are seeking justice for their son and why they want to see the laws changed. The family is actually petitioning the Obama administration to declare the state's Stand Your Ground law illegal.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

It's True!! Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Expecting First Child

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Pregnant, Expecting Baby
35-year old rapper Kanye West and 32-year old reality TV superstar Kim Kardashian have announced that they are indeed having a baby together. West revealed the news to a crowd at a recent concert at Revel Resort's Ovation Hall. He told concertgoers to congratulate his "baby mom" and that this was the "most amazing thing." The news instantly went viral online, with thousands posting and commenting on the expecting couple. In a recent post on her web site, Kim commented, "It's true... We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us."

Sad!! 500 Homicides For Chicago in 2012

Chicago Homicides Reach 500
500 people were murdered in Chicago, Illinois in the year 2012. The 500th person was 40-year old Nathaniel Jackson, who was shot in the head while standing outside of a store in the city’s West Side Austin neighborhood. This was a grim milestone for Chicago, as the city did not reach 500 homicides since the year 2008, which ended with 513 homicides. According to the Chicago Tribune, prior to 2008, the city had not seen the homicide rate above 500 since the year 2004. Sadly, although 500 seems very high, the numbers have actually decreased since the year 2001 when the city had an all-time peak of 667 homicides in one year.