Daily Archive: July 7, 2010


Supermodel Campbell subpoenaed in war crimes case

by Arthur Max AMSTERDAM (AP)—Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who has been avoiding international prosecutors for the past year, will be forced to appear on the witness stand in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. In a ruling published July 1, judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leone ordered a subpoena served on Campbell and if necessary to enlist the help of law enforcement agencies wherever she is found to make sure she gets to court. SUMMONED—In this May 20 file photo, Naomi Campbell arrives for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit, during the 63rd Cannes international film festival, in Cap d’Antibes, southern France. The appearance of Campbell, as well as of actress Mia Farrow and the model’s former agent Carole White, who do not appear to have resisted testifying, will add a touch of glitz to a case already seen as a landmark, the first time a former African head of state has been put on trial by an international court.


100 percent of school’s first class college-bound

by Sharon Cohen CHICAGO (AP)—For each boy, the new school offered an escape and a chance at a life that seemed beyond reach. Krishaun Branch was getting Ds, smoking reefer a lot, skipping school twice a week. His mother was too busy working to know what he was doing. He liked to hang out in the streets; having relatives in gangs was his armor. OVERCOME WITH EMOTION—Urban Prep High School senior Marlon Marshall, left, has his tears of joy wiped away by his mother, Vernita Lockett, after his graduation as a member of the first class of 107 male students in Chicago, June 12. When a young man in suit and tie came to tell his eighth-grade class about a new high school on Chicago’s South Side, Krishaun wanted no part of it — until he heard something tempting: Students would have laptops. Suddenly, he was on board. Marlon Marshall was nonchalant about everything, school included. He did just enough to get by. His mother pushed him to go to college. Sometimes she’d yell at him and his brothers for their bad grades. Once she was so upset when she saw their report cards, she just sobbed.


Civil rights era photographer Bill Hudson dies

MIAMI (AP)—Bill Hudson, an Associated Press photographer whose searing images of the civil rights era documented police brutality and galvanized the public, died June 24 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 77. Hudson was in Birming­ham, Ala., when Black dem­on­strators defied a city ban on protests in 1963, and police turned their dogs on marchers, and again in Selma, Ala., when fire hoses were officers’ weapon of choice. ENDURING IMAGE—In this May 3, 1963 photo, a 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator, defying an anti-parade ordinance of Birmingham, Ala., is attacked by a police dog. Most enduring of Hudson’s portfolio is a May 3, 1963, image of an officer in dark sunglasses grabbing a young Black man by his sweater as he lets a police dog bury its teeth into the youth’s stomach. The young man, Walter Gadsden, has his eyes lowered, with a look of passive calm.


New stamp honors pioneering Black filmmaker

WASHINGTON (AP)—Pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux was honored June 22 on a new U.S. postage stamp. The 44-cent stamp is the latest in the agency’s Black Heritage stamp series. It was released at ceremonies in New York and is on sale nationwide. NEW STAMP—This image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the postage stamp honoring Oscar Micheaux. Micheaux was a director, screenwriter, producer and distributor who was involved in more than 40 films chronicling the experience of African-Americans. “His films not only entertained, they left audiences with a sense of encouragement, hope and inspiration,” postal Vice President Delores Killette said in a statement.


This Week in Black History

Week of July 9-15 July 9 1863—Eight Black regiments play a major role as Union troops capture Port Hudson in Louisiana. They laid siege to the Confederate fortress since May 23. The victory, along with the July 4 capture of Vicksburg, Miss., gave U.S. forces control of the Mississippi River, cut the Confederate army in half and laid the foundation for the end of the Civil War. The Civil War would drag on for another two years but the Confederate troops fighting to maintain slavery were never able to recover from the loss of Port Hudson.


Guest Editorial…Hijacking the dream

by Elinor Tatum On Aug. 28, there will be two rallies and marches in Washington. One, at the Lincoln Memorial, and another at Dunbar High School. But on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the march on Washington and the historic “I Have a Dream” speech, the people attending the rally at the Lincoln Memorial won’t be who you think. Gathering there will be none other than the right-wing hate-monger Glenn Beck and members of the Tea Party—hijacking the dream.



A legend passed away on Independence Day

More than 50 odd years ago, I was privileged to meet a Black man who at the first meeting demonstrated by words and action that he was a very special person. Over the years we had many conversations about all the factors that involved the well- being of the community and particularly the Black community. We never had a confrontational conversation and that is extremely rare for me, because as most of you know I can be opinionated. It is apparent to most readers that I am writing about Robert R. Lavelle. He was a rarity—Christian and a successful businessman, first a multi-list Realtor, civil rights warrior, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and someone who truly loved his neighbors. You did not have live where he lived to be in that category.


An all-White Senate

(NNPA)—There have only been six African-Americans in the United States Senate in history, and two—Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce—served Mississippi during Reconstruction as appointed senators. In modern times, four African-Americans have served, and each has been the lone African-American senator serving Edward Brooke (1967-1979) of Massachusetts, Carol Mosley Braun of Illinois (1993-1999), Barack Obama (2005-2008) of Illinois, and Roland Burris (2009-2010) of Illinois. Braun, Obama and Burris all held the same seat, with Braun winning it during the “Year of the Woman” in 1992, Obama winning it in 2004 before winning the presidency in 2008, and Roland Burris currently holding it as an appointed senator who will not run for re-election.


Setting the record straight on Thurgood Marshall

(NNPA)—In an effort to depict Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as an activist judge, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele have made misleading and unwarranted attacks on Thurgood Marshall, for whom Kagan served as a clerk for one year. During the first day of hearings on the Kagan nomination, Marshall ’s name was mentioned 35 times, compared to only 14 for President Barack Obama.