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Republican Fundraising Document Depicts Democrats as “Evil”

Democrats spoke out sharply against a document created by the Republican National Committee that depicted President Obama as the comic book supervillain The Joker, a document the chairman of the RNC attempted to distance himself from, the Associated Press...

Teachers Suspended For Honoring O.J., Others

Three Los Angeles teachers have been suspended after they gave their students pictures of Dennis Rodman, O.J. Simpson, and RuPaul to carry in a Black History Month Parade, the Associated Press reported. Los Angeles School District spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry told...

Naomi Campbell Hosts “Fashion for Relief” for Haiti

Superstar runway model Naomi Campbell recently rallied the fashion world with a charity fashion show for Haitian relief efforts, her latest effort to support disaster relief. The event was held on February 12 during New York Fashion Week and drew...

Obama Sets Deadline on Health Care Reform

President Obama hopes to see his controversial health care reform bill approved by March 18, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said March 4. According to, Gibbs said sweeping health care reform should move through Congress before the president...

N.C. Woman Who Offered Daughter for Sex Released on Bond

The allegedly poverty-stricken North Carolina woman who was accused of giving her five-year-old daughter to a man for sex late last year was released from jail on February 21 after posting a $51,000 bond. The child, Shaniya Davis, was found...

Senate’s Jobs Bill

While the Jobs Bill passed by the Senate on Feb. 24 could potentially open over 1 million new jobs, Marc H. Morial, CEO and President of the National Urban League. views the bill as “timid.” “This bill simply does not...

High School Dropout Problem No Longer Being Ignored

On Feb. 25, representatives of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, an initiative that provides structure and discipline to young adults who’ve dropped out of high school, held a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill to discuss the issues plaguing...

Earthquake Cripples Chile

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on the morning of February 27, destroying buildings, highways and killing 708 people according to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The earthquake is one of the largest ever recorded and was felt as far away as...

GOP, Dems Remain Gridlocked After Health Care Summit

President Obama’s bipartisan health care reform summit on February 25 failed to provoke any Republican converts, forcing Democrats to turn to a political process called reconciliation, which would sidestep the need for Republican support for the measure. The move would...

Elderly Haitians Receiving Makeshift Assistance

Among the hardest-hit victims of the Haitian earthquake in January were elderly residents of Port-au-Prince, but conditions are improving for individuals at one nursing home. HelpAge International took over management of the Municipal Nursing Home for the Haitian government and...

“Freaknik” Threatens to Return in 2010

The once-popular Black college spring break event “Freaknik” is nearing a possible return to Atlanta. “The Official Atlanta Freaknic Site” is claiming the return of the event from April 16 through April 18, but the city has not received a...

Jay-Z’s Casino Deal Questioned by Simmons and Feds

Rapper Jay-Z’s business dealings with a New York-based promotion company are under federal investigation over possible ethics violations. Aqueduct Entertainment Group was awarded a multi-million dollar contract in January to upgrade the Aqueduct Race Track and turn it into a...


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