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December 31, 2012

Origins of the “Night Watch” and Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

Origins of the “Night Watch” and Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

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      Black Methodists and Baptists celebrate Watch Night, December 31, 1862: the Emancipation Proclamation would go into effect at midnight. This is why the celebration continues in African American churches today, striking a more joyous note than prior penitential Watch Nights. ————— Celebrate 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. http://foundationnationalarchives.org/EP150/

Happy Birthday Donna Summer… And Tasha Smith Wants To Play Her In A Biopic

Happy Birthday Donna Summer… And Tasha Smith Wants To Play Her In A Biopic

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Today in history, December 31, 1948, singer/song writer, Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines), dubbed the queen of disco in the 1970s, was born in Boston, MA. A 5-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have 3 consecutive double albums reach number one on the USA Billboard chart, and she also charted 4 number-one singles in the USA within a 13-month period. 63 years after her birth, diagnosed with lung…

Congratulations Robin Roberts; GMA Host Reaches 100-Day Milestone

Congratulations Robin Roberts; GMA Host Reaches 100-Day Milestone

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She won’t be back on the airwaves until May, but “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts has reason to smile: her beloved Jack Russell K.J. back at her side. Roberts, 52, just passed the 100-day milestone since a bone marrow transplant in her battle against the rare blood disorder Myelodysplastic Syndrome, meaning her immune system is strong enough for a reunion with her loyal pooch. The television personality and former…

San Francisco Student Faces Expulsion After Writing Poem About Newtown Shooting [VIDEO]

San Francisco Student Faces Expulsion After Writing Poem About Newtown Shooting [VIDEO]

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On Dec. 30 the “Today Show” reported the story about San Francisco high school senior Courtni Webb. Webb, 17, is facing “possible expulsion” for writing a poem about the Newton, Conn., Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Courtni wasn’t trying to be dark and depressed in her poem, but she didn’t write memorials to the victims either. Instead, Courtni wrote a poem about Adam Lanza and what she saw regarding his…

JET Magazine Puts Jordan Davis, Teen Killed In Florida Over “Playing Music Too Loud”, On Their Cover

JET Magazine Puts Jordan Davis, Teen Killed In Florida Over “Playing Music Too Loud”, On Their Cover

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The upcoming January 14th issue of JET Magazine asks a difficult question on its cover. Is your child next? The issue puts Jordan Davis, the Georgia teen who was shot by a Florida white man who said he felt threatened because Jordan and his three friends were “four black men” playing their music loudly. Here’s details on the story: In JET’s exclusive magazine interview, Davis’ parents, Ron Davis and Lucia…

President Obama: Sandy Hook Shooting The “Worst Day” In My Presidency [VIDEO]

President Obama: Sandy Hook Shooting The “Worst Day” In My Presidency [VIDEO]

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The shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School will go down in history as the “worst day” of President Obama’s career as leader of the free world. During an interview on Meet the Press airing Sunday (Dec. 30), the commander in chief recounted the day, two weeks ago, when 20 children were slain. “This is something that was the worst day of my presidency,” he told host David Gregory. “And it’s…

Man Beats Baby Mama For Refusing To Make Him Some Kool-Aid

Man Beats Baby Mama For Refusing To Make Him Some Kool-Aid

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A Tennessee man assaulted the mother of his three-month-old son after she refused to make him some Kool-Aid. Robert Joseph Atkins, 31, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, domestic violence, and violating a protection order following the incident at the woman’s Knoxville home. The victim told Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputies that Atkins, her ex-boyfriend, arrived at her home and refused demands to leave the premises. Around 4:30 AM, Atkins asked…

A Bad Day For NFL Black Coaches…Lovie & Romeo Fired!

A Bad Day For NFL Black Coaches…Lovie & Romeo Fired!

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Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid was just one of the names axed on a fast and furious Black Monday in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns fired coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert after a 5-11 campaign, the Jacksonville Jaguars handed GM Gene Smith his walking papers after a franchise-worst 2-14 season, and Buffalo coach Chan Gailey was fired as well. After missing out on the playoffs, the Bears have…

Is TJ Holmes Leaving BET Soon?

Is TJ Holmes Leaving BET Soon?

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Former CNN news guy T.J. Holmes, who left a year ago to join BET was back on cable news Saturday but NOT on CNN. Holmes was hanging out anchoring on MSNBC. MSNBC insiders say Holmes is doing some holiday fill-in work for them. Holmes’ show on BET earlier was seen as a move the network was expanding its news presence. In April, the network announced Holmes would host a daily…

Julianne Malveaux Tells Black People to Hook In and Hook Up in 2013

Julianne Malveaux Tells Black People to Hook In and Hook Up in 2013

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by Dr. Julianne Malveaux How will African American people improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that African American communities had twice the number of negatives and half the number of positives in our country.  While the numbers may have…

Over a Dozen People Arrested in Dog Fighting Raid

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Much of what we know about dog fighting rings comes to us from the Michael Vick scandal, but dog fighting is, unfortunately, a way of life in many parts of the country. In Indiana, a dog fighting raid on Saturday night led to the arrest of over a dozen people: Last night Whitley County police raided the home of 36 year old Edward E. Smith after they received a tip…

Rapper Kanye West announced that he and Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Expecting First Child

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Fans who attended Kanye West’s performance at Revel in Atlantic City on Sunday night received a message from the ranting and raving artist that they weren’t expecting: Kim Kardashian is pregnant with his child. Congratulatory tweets from their colleagues immediately surfaced upon the news. Russel Simmons tweeted: “Congrats to Kim and Kanye. Happy for both of them…” Of course the Kardashian family took to their Twitter accounts to bask in…

Django Unchained Hits an Impressive Third Place in its Opening Weekend

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Christmas week tends to be a competitive hot bed for Hollywood activity. There are more movie-goers up for grabs, but it’s always much tougher to land that number one spot.  The top film for the weekend was Peter Jackson and Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which has been number one for three straight weeks. Coming up strong against The Hobbit are Django Unchained and Universal’s Les Miserables.  This was a strong week for the box…