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Ask Black America: Was Obama Afraid of Being Labeled an “Angry Black Man” during the Debates?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins This week, I heard one of my esteemed colleagues, Michael Eric Dyson, throw out the possibility that President Obama’s poor debate performance may have to do with his race.  Dyson argues that the stigma of being labeled “an angry black man” may have caused the president to hold back when he should have been taking charge.  It appears that some might believe that the president’s reputation…

Sarah Palin Said She Almost Felt Sorry For President Obama During The Presidential Debate

Sarah Palin Said She ‘Felt Sorry’ For President Obama

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Former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, eagerly declared GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney the winner of Wednesday’s presidential debate. Palin, who is arguably the primary reason for John McCain’s failure to win the presidential election in 2008, was interviewed on the Fox Business Network to provide her feedback about the debate. “It was a struggle to watch some parts of this, as you considered President Obama with his lack of enthusiasm…

Samuel L. Jackson Releases New Obama Ad: “Wake the F*ck Up”

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If you don’t mind a little profanity, this ad is entertaining.  As a spin-off to the bedtime story, “Go the F*ck to Sleep,” Samuel is now in the business of campaigning for President Obama in ways that only he is allowed to do.  As a megastar and A-list actor, Jackson has built his career on providing solid acting talent,  a strong work ethic and a powerful screen presence to build…

Father Denied Custody Of His Daughter Due To Law Identifying Lesbian Mothers As Legal Parents

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A little girl who was raised by her lesbian parents was placed in an unfortunate situation when her biological mother became imprisoned and her other mother became hospitalized. When the little girl’s biological father sought custody of her, he was denied because of California’s two-parent policy. Instead, the child became a ward of the state. Even though the two women were otherwise disposed, the law still views them as the child’s…

Trenton New Jersey Mayor Arrested by FBI on Corruption Charges

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The mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, Tony Mack, was arrested today in a corruption scandal that involves Mack allegedly receiving $119,000 in bribes.  The money is linked to a city parking garage project, according to police. Another arrest was also made in connection with the probe.  Mack supporter Joseph Giorgianni, owner of JoJo’s Steakhouse, was arrested in his home.   Mack’s brother, Ralphiel Mack, also surrendered to police. “The investigation revealed…

U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke Makes Gaffe On The Colbert Show Oberlin College

U.S. Rep.Yvette Clark Believes She Would’ve Been A Slave In 1898

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U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke made a recent appearance on satirical political talk show “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday. During her visit, host Stephen Colbert jested that her borough, Brooklyn, shouldn’t have joined with New York City in 1898. He continued to say he’d go back in time to correct the decision; he then asked Rep. Clarke what she would change. Clarke said she would demand to be set free from slavery, with…

Former Haitian Prime Minister Smarck Michel Dies at 75

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Smarck Michel, the former Prime Minister of Haiti, has died.  The 75-year old succumbed to brain cancer, according to his son Kenneth.   Michel started his career as Haitian Prime Minister in 1994 after the US restored Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.   Aristide had been forced out of the presidency in 1991 during a military coupe. Aristide’s reputation as a populist liberal was countered by Michel’s reputation as a businessman, which made…

Dr. Boyce: The Nobel Prize Winner Who Said that Blacks are Less Intelligent Than Whites

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins Back in 2007, James D. Watson, the man who co-discovered the DNA helix in 1962, told the Sunday Times in London that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because black people are less intelligent than whites. Watson went on to further insult black people by stating that “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as…

Former President Bill Clinton Allegedly Slammed President Obama In Racist Remarks

Former President Bill Clinton Allegedly Slams President Obama In Racist Remarks

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Reports are claiming that former President Bill Clinton made insensitive remarks about then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Clinton allegedly made the insensitive remark to Senator Ted Kennedy in 2008, while trying to convince him to endorse Hillary for the Democratic nomination, according to the New Yorker. Allegedly he said: “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.” Clinton and President Obama are said to…

President Obama Clowns Clint Eastwood on Twitter

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During the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood gave a strange 10 minute speech that consisted of a lot of rambling.  The headlines generated by Eastwood almost took the show away from Mitt Romney, who happened to be announcing his acceptance of the Republican nomination that night. One interesting part of the speech is when Eastwood turned to an empty chair, speaking to the chair as if President Obama were sitting…

Dr. Boyce and Roland Martin Discuss Wealth Inequality In America

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New Black Panther Party To Followers: “We’re Under Siege By The Republican National Convention”

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The chief of staff for the New Black Panther Party told listeners of the Black Power Radio,who are in Tampa, Florida to beware of the Republican National Convention. “In the city of Tampa, we are under siege by the Republican National Convention, headers of this collective-minded group of white people, tea partiers, tea baggers, people who hate black people,” Michelle Williams warned listeners.”Black people have to stay in our homes,”…

Cook County Board President: Ronald Reagan Deserves “A Special Place In Hell” For Drug Policies

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Toni Preckwinkle, President of Cook County Board, the second-most populous county in the nation, shocked audience members at a conference in Champaign, Ill. when she stated the late President Ronald Reagan deserves “a special place in hell” for his drug policy and the “war on drugs” that followed his policies. She later described her statement as inflammatory, but refuses to change her position on the discussion. “If I had it to…

First Lady Michelle Obama Talks about Private Life as the First Family

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First Lady Michelle Obama has been all over the place.  She’s the prized presidential proxy in this election and her popularity is being used extensively to help her husband keep the family in the White House.   This week, the first lady sat with iVillage to talk about life as the first family and how she manages it all. “I think sometimes we, as women, feel like we’re not doing it…

President Obama Says He Uses Beyonce to get His Heart Rate Up

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What does President Obama do when he wants to get his heart rate up?  He turns on Beyonce. Now, this doesn’t mean that the president says that Beyonce turns him on.  Instead, he says that songs like “Crazy in Love” help to get his heart rate going when he’s working out.   He didn’t say whether he meant working out in the gym or “working it out” with Michelle behind closed…