Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Should Scared Straight Be Using Rape to Threaten Errant Teenagers?

lynnel Hampton-Bott, Your Black World

Have inmates gone too far by insinuating rape as a strategy for dissuading wayward teenagers from a life of crime?  On the season 2 premier of “Beyond Scared Straight”  Catoe, a prisoner awaiting trial for assault with a deadly weapon, tells a 15-year-old boy  named Alexis that He’s going to wear a dress in preparation for their upcoming nuptials and that fellow teen, Christopher, dubbed Christine by Catoe, applies his lipstick.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

E. Coli Outbreak leads to major beef recall

by Kirsten West-Savali, Your Black World

Publix Super Markets, Inc., Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and Kroger Co. have all announced voluntary recalls on beef products packaged on July 23, 2011, with a Freeze by date of August 12, 2011.

The E. Coli threat was found during a routine inspection conducted by the Ohio Department of Agricultureof a Dodge City, Kansas slaughterhouse. In the wake of the findings, National Beef Packing Co. LLC is recalling approximately 60,424 pounds of ground beef products.


Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia: Flash Mobs May Be Caused by an Unequal Educational System

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by Antoine Scroggins, Your Black World

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Talk Poverty in DC

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by Kirsten West-Savali, Your Black World

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West continue to draw fire from critics for their Poverty Tour, which many consider a personal attack against President Barack Obama and his loud silence on poverty in the United States.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Obama Issues Stern Demand for Congress to Pass Job-Creating Legislation

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By JasmineHughes, Your Black World 

This past Thursday President Obama discussed the job-creating potential of investing in clean energy. He took a tour of a Holland, Michigan factory that makes advanced batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles such as hybrids or all-electrics.

Obama talked about the benefits of spending money on producing such clean-energy technologies as advanced batteries, which would include more jobs and reduced consumption of foreign oil. He calls them “jobs of the future” and says the U.S. should lead the way in developing energy sources that pollute less.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Meet Ahmed: A Face of Somalian Starvation

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By JasmineHughes

We’ve all seen the graphic pictures on the news and read the heart wrenching stories on the famine currently happening is Somalia. The situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better and for some the help may have come a bit too late.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

President Obama: The US is Still a AAA-Rated Country

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Kirsten West Savali, Your Black World

In the wake of his perceived capitulation to the GOP, giving them “ninety-eight percent” of what they asked for in the debt-ceiling mis-deal, President Barack Obama is now calling for “political will” from both sides of the isle.

“We knew from the outset that a prolonged debate over the debt ceiling, a debate where the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip, could do enormous damage to our economy and the world’s,” he said in televised comments to reporters from The White House.

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NCAA Athletes Start a New Season with No Labor Rights, No Compensation and No Help for Their Families

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

NCAA athletics has become the new prohibition – the illogical construct that creates a destructive underground economy because leadership is being guided by an illusion of what should be, rather than confronting the NCAA for what it really is: a professional sports league. Some of our most highly educated figures within academia are forced to convince themselves that a multi-billion dollar sports entertainment behemoth should be able to get away with not paying its primary employees.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Start Their Poverty Tour

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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.


What? Over 1,000 Millionaires Paid Zero Tax in 2009

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In 2009, 1,470 millionaires paid no federal income taxes, according to the Internal Revenue Service.


Teens Were Coerced Into False Murder Confessions

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Bill Clinton Aides Second-Guessing Obama Administration Negotiating Skills

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Your Black World reports.

In less than a week after the House approved a tentative compromise deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling,  former Clinton administration aides rebuked President Obama’s negotiation strategies that heavily favored the Republicans.

The former aides felt that Obama–unlike Clinton–lacked an effective communications strategy which resulted in a major deal that basically gave Republicans what they wanted. According to one aide,” Clinton’s approach to strategic messaging was different. I believe that Obama could have done things differently that would have worked better.”


The President Makes His Intentions Clear Regarding His Plans for Malia’s First Vehicle

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by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Just because President Barack Obama runs the United States, it does not mean that he is exempt from the benign symptoms of fatherly love. While giving a speech to the auto industry on Friday,CNNreports that he said:

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The National Association of Black Journalists Holds Their Convention in Philly

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The biggest gathering of black journalists in the country takes place in Philadelphia.



The Arrogance of Being President While Black

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The author of this piece is unknown, but many believe that he is a white male.  It’s interesting, please take a look.

I don't think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America . I'm pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy. To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries. And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election. For half of this country, he was "That One". No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didn't matter. Because at the end of the day, he was still black.



Oprah Expresses Total Support for President Obama’s Reelection Campaign

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Oprah Winfrey makes it entirely clear that she is supporting the Obamas 100% in the next presidential election.


Dr. Ron Daniels: The Huff, Puff and Bluff of the Obama Administration to the GOP



by Dr. Ron Daniels

Once again Liberals/progressives and a large sector of the electorate have witnessed a dismal and disappointing performance by President Obama and the Democrats. In the face of staunch opposition by conservatives and fanatical determination by the Tea Party Caucus, the Democrats and Obama abandoned the “principle” that legislation to lift the Debt Ceiling must include “revenues” as well as cuts in spending.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Youth Mobs in Milwaukee Lead to Action from the Governor

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Well, the show must go on. Subsequently, several local and state law enforcement agencies are beefing up their security measures at public functions to ensure the safety of patrons and visitors attending annual summer events in the City of Festivals. These additional efforts are being implemented in response to a series of incidents involving ‘mobs’ of young African Americans joining together in unruly and unlawful behavior. Reported crimes include physical assaults on fellow youth and innocent bystanders, damage to private homes and businesses, looting and allegations of potentially racially motivated attacks against white citizens. The most recent event occurred Thursday night at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, causing many   officials to say enough is enough. On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker dispatched State Patrol officers to assist with maintaining safety at the Fair.


Bill Maher, Michael Eric Dyson Discuss Lost Confidence in Obama 2012

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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.

Massive Rioting in London after Police Shooting

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Your Black Money: What the Downgrade in US Debt Means for You

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Money Magazine — United States bonds are no longer officially rated Triple-A, at least in the eyes of Standard & Poor’s.

And while Moody’s and Fitch, the other leading rating agencies, have affirmed the top rating, they too have worried about the long-term prospects for the United States.

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Georgia Tea Party Group Denounces Racist Flyer


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Renee Greene, Your Black World

A racial slur-ridden flyer circulated Wednesday morning by a group calling themselves “The Milton County Tea Party Patriots Citizens Council” was denounced by the official Georgia Tea Party Patriots, who claimed the group was not connected with them and is not officially recognized by their organization.

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Factory that Makes Products for Walmart, Target Also Known as “The Rape Factory”

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Renee Greene: In Spite of the Downgrade, Gotta Give Obama Credit

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by Renee Greene, Your Black World

Vote: It’s what our ancestors fought, and died, for.

…even if we take away America’s credit rating. He stays on message, even if he has to shift gears from time to time.

The one thing we’ve seen is that he maneuvers very well in opposition traffic. Though some of his moves have been about as frightening as jumping on a roller coaster while it’s moving, especially considering all of those who keep trying to derail him and get him off-message, the one thing I’ve notice since I jumped on the campaign coaster in mid-2007 is that he keeps saying the same thing over and over, ad nauseum. And the opposition? Well, they apparently are threatening to make the President look bad in the public eye, even to the point where they will kill themselves to get it done. It’s very personal for them, and he’s not letting them go there, and it’s driving them mad. With the President, I noticed, as long as you don’t mess with his wife, his girls, his aunt, his grandma in Kenya, his mother-in-law, or with Bo-bama, he’s fine. That gets his dander up and he’s not so Mr. Cool any more.

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Tired of Waiting, The Congressional Black Caucus Announces a New Jobs Initiative


Courtesy of the White House Office of Communications

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:

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dr. boyce: No, I Won’t Be Seeing “The Help”

The new film, “The Help,” starring  Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer has gotten a bit of buzz recently.   The film is based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett about two black maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the late 1960s.  I was curious about the film, since my first impression is that it is a female version of “Driving Miss Daisy.”  I can’t say, however, that I am curious enough to want to watch it – for I’ve seen films like this one before.

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Pat Buchanan Refuses to Apologize for Calling President Obama a “Boy” on Television

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.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dr. Boyce: The Student Who Sued Her School Over “Wigger Day”

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

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.

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Study: Black Doctors Hesitant to Recommend HIV Tests

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By JasmineHughes

The number one killer of African-American women between the ages of 25 and 34 is AIDS, and this is a first-world country. Despite this fact, HIV is a subject many African-American physicians are nervous about bringing up with their patients.READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY →

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DC Councilman Accused of Stealing Money Meant for Youth Programs

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Harry Thomas Jr., a D.C. Council member, is reportedly paying a $300,000 settlement to the city to lay to rest accusations that he used public money for youth programs to purchase luxury vehicles and fund expensive trips. The fact that Thomas opted to settle, however, does not mean that he will be exempt from potential criminal charges. In addition, he agreed not to lead any charity organizations for at least five years.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Says that the Debt Ceiling Deal was a Disaster

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Your Black World reports.

Princeton University Professor and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman expressed his concerns about the recent debt ceiling deal between President Obama and the Republicans.  Krugman said that the president effectively caved in to threats from the Republicans, and gave them what they wanted. 


Rosa Parks Writings Reveals an Attempted Rape

By JasmineHughes

Most people know the story of Rosa Parks, a black, middle-aged seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama back in 1955. But Long before Parks earned her title as the “mother of the civil rights movement,” she wrote a detailed account of nearly being raped by a white neighbor who employed her as a housekeeper in 1931.READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY →