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January 1, 2012

NY Times: The NCAA is a Living, Breathing Cartel

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Twice a year in Vienna, the members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries gather to decide on the short-term direction of oil prices. Sometimes, O.P.E.C. agrees to cut back on oil production, pushing up the price of oil. Other times, it decides to boost production. Always, the goal is to fix the price of oil, rather than allow it to be set by the competitive marketplace. Indeed, collusion and…

Former NFL Player’s Wife Dies of Cancer Weeks After Their Wedding

Former NFL Player’s Wife Dies of Cancer Weeks After Their Wedding

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    The wife of former NFL star Chris Draft has died after a long battle with cancer Lakeasha Monique Rutledge Draft, who was a professional cheerleader for the Charlotte Hornets, died on Tuesday of lung cancer, just a month after the couple wed. The 38-year-old had never been a smoker.     Keasha, as she was known, first met her husband to be,in Charlotte where Chris had been transferred…

NFL Player Charged For Assault After Trying To ‘Leave His 11-year-old-son With Hospital Security Guards’

NFL Player Charged For Assault After Trying To ‘Leave His 11-year-old-son With Hospital Security Guards’

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    An NFL player was cited for assault and reckless driving in what appears to be a case of reckless parenting. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp has been cited for fifth-degree assault and careless driving, both misdemeanors, after a run-in with security at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Officers were called shortly after 7am Friday morning and police say Sapp and his 11-year-old son tried to enter the hospital through…

African-American Actresses Speak Out On the Lack of Good Roles

African-American Actresses Speak Out On the Lack of Good Roles

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    Comedian/actress Kim Wayans is all smiles as she basks in the glow of her first dramatic role in the new film Pariah but she still has to pause and ponder when asked what role in film she wished she’d had the chance to portray in the past few years.  After a few minutes of thought, she shakes her head and asks, “What have we had?’’ Wayans’s not-so-shocking response…

LeBron James Gets Engaged: Is This a Trend?

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Savannah Brinson is the long-time girlfriend of NBA superstar LeBron James. James just announced that he is tying the knot, so Brinson is no longer the girlfriend and has been transformed into a fiance. A rep for James has confirmed that his going to wrap himself up with Brinson in the grasp of holy matrimony. The Miami Heat forward popped the question Saturday night at a New Year’s Eve party….

Dr. Boyce: Poppin Bottles at the Club – Do Black Men Go Broke Over-investing in their Sexual Portfolio?

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In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Dominique Reese ask whether or not black men are tempted to overspend at the club and taking women out at the expense of their own financial security.  Is it worth it? The video is below:

Your Black World’s 20 Coolest, Heaviest, Most Intriguing Videos of 2011

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Yes, 2012 is here, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t pay a little tribute to the past.  The year 2011 was full of all the ups and downs you might expect, and black folks always seem to make the party a little bit better.  So, as a tribute to our loyal and loving readers, the Your Black World team has compiled a list of 20 of the most interesting,…

"Loving" It: Interracial Marriage Documentary Coming To HBO

“Loving” It: Interracial Marriage Documentary Coming To HBO

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Black Like Moi reports: The long-overdue documentary, The Loving Story, will make it’s debut on HBO during Black History Month 2012 on Valentine’s Day. The story of Richard and Mildred Loving will be the focus of the film, relying on exclusive interview with the couple’s family and attorneys to recreate the tumultuous civil rights battle that took place in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 1960s. On June 12th, 1958,…

Young Jeezy Says Twitter Beef Killed His Friend

Young Jeezy Says Twitter Beef Killed His Friend

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    In an interview with VLAD TV, Atlanta Hip-Hop statesman, Young Jeezy, says that not only is he on the verge of canceling his Twitter account, but the social networking site caused the murder of one of his good friends. He cautions everyone to be aware of the power of words and know that it cyber wars are dangerous: I just lost a homeboy over twitter beef so I…

Mase Sued After Dodging $35,000 Jewelry Tab

Mase Sued After Dodging $35,000 Jewelry Tab

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    Black Like Moi reports: A jeweler in Atlanta has finally had enough of Pastor Mason Betha. Aydin and Company is suing the rapper, better known by his stage name, Ma$e, for $35,000 that the former Bad Boy owes them from 2005. According to legal documents filed in Georgia, he has been dodging the jewelers since this past summer, with them claiming that he would send staff to the…

The Big Payback: FEMA Wants Katrina Money Back

The Big Payback: FEMA Wants Katrina Money Back

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    Black Like Moi reports: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a lot of nerve. Even though New Orleans is still struggling to regain it’s pre-Katrina glory, the agency has mailed over 83,000 debt notices to prior aid recipients demanding their money back. The Associated Press reports that FEMA is seeking to recover more than $385 million that it claims was erroneously paid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita…

Master P’s Brother, C-Murder, Loses Murder Conviction Appeal

Master P’s Brother, C-Murder, Loses Murder Conviction Appeal

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    Younger brother of Hip-Hop mogul, Percy “Master P” Miller, will be spending the remainder of his life in jail for the 2002 murder of a teenager at a club. Corey “C-Murder” Miller appealed his 2009 second-degree murder conviction in Louisiana’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal for the shooting death of Steve Johnson, and was denied by the court. The three-judge panel rejected Miller’s argument Wednesday that he didn’t…

Singer Vesta Williams’ Cause of Death Revealed

Singer Vesta Williams’ Cause of Death Revealed

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      EURweb has exclusively learned the cause of death of R&B singer Vesta Williams, who died in her sleep in a California hotel room on Sept. 22, 2011. Singer Norwood Young received word from members of Vesta’s family that the beloved singer passed away from complications of an enlarged heart. The Williams family was given the autopsy report a “day or two ago” according to Young. “Although it’s…

Don Cheadle Clarifies Obama ‘Gangster’ Comments

Don Cheadle Clarifies Obama ‘Gangster’ Comments

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    Don Cheadle took to Twitter on Friday to clarify remarks he gave to Jet Magazine about Barack Obama and his disappointment in the President’s not being enough “gangster.” “I realize that when speaking to reporters who are looking for the juiciest comments to print, a word like gangster in connection with a black president uttered by a black celebrity can almost be too much to resist,” the Oscar-nominated…

Tyler Perry Praised for Alex Cross Role

Tyler Perry Praised for Alex Cross Role

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    Tyler Perry is branching out beyond his own productions and has been cast to star as the title role in upcoming movie, “I, Alex Cross,” based on the novel by author James Patterson. When the announcement was made, critics were skeptical since seasoned actor Morgan Freeman played the Alex Cross character on a big screen production in “Kiss The Girls.” Perry is mostly known for his drag character…