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History Makers: Rosalind Brewer Becomes First Female And African-American Sam’s Club CEO

History Makers: Rosalind Brewer Becomes First Female And African-American Sam’s Club CEO

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    Wal-Mart made a big move by promoting its first black female CEO of Sam’s Club.  Rosalind Brewer will be the first female to ever hold a leading position at one of the company’s major business units.   The 49-year old Brewer is replacing Brian Cornell, who says he wants to spend more time with his family.  Before the promotion, Brewer was president of the company’s US division.  …

‘Boondocks’ Creator Aaron McGruder Co-Wrote ‘Red Tails’

‘Boondocks’ Creator Aaron McGruder Co-Wrote ‘Red Tails’

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    Aaron McGruder is known for his laugh-out-loud, yet very much controversial, take on Black culture in The Boondocks.  But his writing talents don’t stop at the formerly syndicated comic strip or NAACP nominated series– they’re hitting the big screen. In an interview with The Daily Beast, McGruder reveals he was called on by famed director George Lucas to co-write the Tuskegee Airmen story, Red Tails. “About two years ago I got…

Martin Luther King III Resigns As King Center President

Martin Luther King III Resigns As King Center President

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    Martin Luther King III has resigned as president of the center formed to promote the legacy of his father. The move comes on the heels of another major announcement last week that Bernice King, the surviving daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was named CEO of the King Center. That position was previously held by Martin King III. The news just a day after the nation…

MLK Eternal Flame Died On His Birthday

MLK Eternal Flame Died On His Birthday

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Just as 11Alive’s DeMarco Morgan referred to the eternal flame at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta on ‘The Rundown at 10’ Monday night, the flame went out. Not to fear, the flame was back up and burning a short time later. Source.

Viola Davis Gives Heartfelt Speech After Winning Best Actress Critic’s Choice Award

Viola Davis Gives Heartfelt Speech After Winning Best Actress Critic’s Choice Award

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    Dreams do come true, and for Viola Davis it was definitely a sweet dream. At this year’s Critic Choice Awards, Viola Davis won an award for Best Actress in the movie The Help. A surprised yet graceful Ms. Davis was not short on words as she described her determination to follow her dreams despite her challenging childhood. During her profound speech she gave a nod to all of…

Report: Quote on MLK Memorial Will Be Changed

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A quote carved in stone on the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington will be changed after the inscription was criticized for not accurately reflecting the civil rights leaders words. The Washington Post first reported on Friday the decision to change the inscription, which currently reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” The phrase is chiseled into one side of a massive block of…

African-American Students Suspended and Expelled More Than Whites in DC

African-American Students Suspended and Expelled More Than Whites in DC

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    The Washington Post is reporting that black students in the D.C. area are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students. And the bias reportedly can be seen in Maryland and Virginia suburbs and in inner-city Washington. The Washington Post reports: An analysis by The Washington Post shows the phenomenon both in the suburbs and in the city, from the far reaches of Southern…

Thomas Jefferson Estate Claims His Slaves Were Born and Raised As If They Were Free

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    When Thomas Jefferson died, scores of slaves were sold from his Monticello plantation to settle his debts. Peter Fossett, 11, was among them, recalling that he was ‘born and reared as free, not knowing that I was a slave, then suddenly, at the death of Jefferson, put on an auction block and sold to strangers.’ Fossett’s story is one of many included in several new projects launching this…

Primetime Special “Oprah And The Legendary Cast Of ‘Roots’ 35 Years Later” Airing On OWN In January

Primetime Special “Oprah And The Legendary Cast Of ‘Roots’ 35 Years Later” Airing On OWN In January

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Coming in January, the OWN network will be airing the special event Oprah And The Legendary Cast Of ‘Root’ 35 Years Later in honor of the anniversary of the groundbreaking series. According to a press release, the program will offer…”an intimate reflection on the historic television miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel which debuted in 1977 to record-breaking ratings. Hosted by Oprah Winfrey at her home in Montecito, California, the…

obama family vacation costs $4.2 million

Obama Family Vacation is Most Expensive In History: $4.1 Million

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The recent Hawaii vacation taken by President Obama and his family has been officially documented as the most expensive in  history.  The fights alone will cost roughly $3.2 million.   The total tab will run over $4 million. The Airforce says that it costs $181,757 per flight to operate Airforce One.  There is a nine hour flight to Hawaii if you fly direct, which runs $3,271,611 for a round trip….

School Band Played ‘Dixie’ at a Site Where Three Black Men were Lynched in 1906

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There’s nothing like playing the song “Dixie” to remind us of a time when lynching black people was a source of entertainment.  The president of Missouri State University has apologized for playing the song at a site where three black men were lynched in 1906.   Interim President Clif Smart says that the song was an “unfortunate selection” and that it won’t be played again in public by the band.

sgt teresa king suspended by the US Army

Army Suspends It’s First Female Drill Sergeant Leader

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The United States Army has suspended Sgt. Maj. Teresa King, the first woman to ever lead its drill sergeant school.  The suspension is pending the investigation of a private personal matter.  A spokesman for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, Harvey Perritt, says he cannot tell the public why King was suspended. Click to read More on YourBlackWoman.com            

Obama Takes Heat for the Morning After Pill Decision

Obama Takes Heat for the Morning After Pill Decision

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    President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: “I think most parents would probably feel the same way.” Plenty of pediatric leaders and women’s advocacy groups did not, as reaction flowed in to the administration’s decision to prevent…

Idris Elba To Play Nelson Mandela In Official Biopic

Idris Elba To Play Nelson Mandela In Official Biopic

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    Idris Elba is set to play Nelson Mandela in the “official” biopic for former South African President.   Is this the real deal or does “official” mean that we’re going to get the fluffy story about Mandela’s life? Click to read more on YourBlackCelebrities.com    

Compton Girl Becomes Youngest Black Woman To Fly Solo Across The United States

Compton Girl Becomes Youngest Black Woman To Fly Solo Across The United States

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Kimberly Anyadike flew straight out of Compton with a Tuskegee Airman by her side, later becoming the youngest black woman in American history to fly solo across the entire United States.