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Former Haitian President Leslie Manigat Dies at 83

Haiti’s First ‘Modern Minded’ President Dead at 83

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Reported by April Taylor Former Haitian President Leslie Manigat has died at the age of 83.  He reportedly died after a long illness that ended with him contracting chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness. Manigat was born in August 16, 1930 in Port-au-Prince and was one of four children.  He grew up in a family of educators and politicians, and in 1958, he went to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

Herman Cain Says Stupid People Are “Ruining America”

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Herman Cain says the problem with America isn’t any one single issue, but that stupid people are allowed to cast a vote at the ballot box. As a matter of fact, Herman Cain says he wishes stupid people would stop voting altogether since they are “ruining America.” During a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference on Friday, Cain noted that only 58 percent of registered voters actually voted…

New York City Councilman Arrested on Corruption Charges

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New York City Council member Ruben Wills has been arrested on corruption charges, according to the Associated Press. Wills was reportedly arrested early Wednesday morning although the charges have not been disclosed. The Daily News previously reported that a 2012 probe revolved around questions about a $33,000 state grant that went to a nonprofit linked to the councilman. Wills’ office has not commented on the allegation. This is one in…

Jimmy Carter Says The US Doesn’t Care About Inequality

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III On Tuesday night, former President Jimmy Carter spoke out against the inequalities faced within the African-American community. Marking the 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas, Carter reiterated ‘too many people are at ease with black unemployment rates that exceed the national average and schools in some places that he described as basically still segregated.’ Carter was the first speaker at the…

The New Ron Paul Report – The Racism of the war on drugs.

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  Legal scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander tackles how the criminal justice system uses drugs laws to advance a new era of Jim Crow laws. She argues that although Jim Crow laws have been use eliminated, the racial caste system it set up was not eradicated. As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men…

Carlos Chappelle to Become Tulsa County’s First Presiding Judge

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In January of 2014, Carlos Chappelle of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will become the first black judge to hold an additional role as Presiding District Judge, succeeding District Judge William Kellough, in the presiding role position.  Chappelle is 62 years old, and two years ago was selected by his colleagues as the Presiding Judge elect.   Chappelle said “he was honored to be selected.” Although this position of Presiding District Judge, does not…

Zimbabwe President Opens a “Blacks Only” Stock Exchange?

Zimbabwe President Opens a “Blacks Only” Stock Exchange?

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Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is probably one of the most controversial leaders in the world.  He is determined to make everything black-owned, even if by force.  Is this fair to those who are having their assets taken?  Some say “no,” but others point to years of colonialism, where whites were the ones going to Africa and taking things for themselves.  His new economic plans are considered to be harmful to…

Cory Booker Announces His Plans To Run for U.S. Senate

Cory Booker Announces His Plans To Run for U.S. Senate

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Some people love Cory Booker and others hate him.  But his stock is high and he seems to have the right financial backers.  He is trying to be a Senator, which would be huge, since he’d be one of a small number of African Americans to ever serve in the Senate.   He’s also young.  At just 44 years of age, it’s quite possible that he could end up running…

Beyoncé To Sing National Anthem At Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Beyoncé To Sing National Anthem At Barack Obama’s Inauguration

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People reports that Jay-Z’s wife will be singing the national anthem at the ceremony that marks the start of Obama’s second term in office. The event will take place January 21 at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Bey and Hova have been staunch supporters of the President. Four years ago, Beyoncé performed Etta James’ “At Last” for the Obama’s first dance at the Neighborhood Inaugural…

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens & Sammy Sosa Denied Entrance Into Baseball Hall Of Fame

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens & Sammy Sosa Denied Entrance Into Baseball Hall Of Fame

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No living players will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame this year. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa were all denied the honor (likely due to their reported steroid use), the Hall and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced today. Voters were unable to decide on a host of  athletes to enter into the Hall of Fame, with Clemens grabbing 37.6 percent of the vote, followed by Bonds at 36.2…

Judge in Usher vs.Tameka Custody Case Steps Down

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane, who was widely criticized for her handling of Usher’s custody case, has recused herself from the case. Lane’s decision to grant custody to Usher Raymond raised eyebrows, and brought into question Lane’s connection to Usher’s attorney, John Mayoue. Lane’s recusal comes after Tameka Raymond’s attorney, Lisa West,  filed a motion to preserve information on computers used by Lane’s late sister for her re-election to…

Why Did McDonald’s Fly Flag Upside Down The Day After President Obama Was Re-Elected?

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Why was a West Virginia McDonald’s flag flying  upside-down at half-mast? The flag appeared this way right after Tuesday’s election. The store owner says it was a simple mistake. However, many people are not buying it. The day after the election, drivers on route two in Follansbee  were surprised to see what was flying outside of the McDonald’s in town. The U.S. flag flying at half staff and upside down;…

Kenyan mother names new-born twins Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

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A Kenyan mother who gave birth to twin boys on Wednesday named her new-born children after the president re-elect and his defeated Republican rival. Millicent Owuor, gave birth to  her twins, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, at a hospital in the town of Siaya in southwest Kenya. Owuor told the local newspaper that she had named her twins after the winning and losing presidential candidates in order to remember the…

Considering Obama’s Indifference To Black People, Should He Get a Second Term?

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President Obama made history when he was elected as the first African American to ever win a presidential election (sort of ).  That he made history is indisputable. By taking his Black wife and two beautiful, Black daughters, to the White House, he instantly lifted the ceiling that had always seemed to sit on black people in America.With the ceiling lifted, Black boys across the country could now dream bigger;…

GOP Lawmaker Says America Was Better Off During Slavery

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The conservative yearning for the days of the Confederacy has no end. Speaking on a conference call for the ’40 Days to Save America” plan, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert decided to inject slavery into the conversation:  We strayed away at different times, Andrew Jackson’s time was not a great time, at different times slavery was a blot on our existence, but the trouble is we have never as an entire…