Daily Archive: November 17, 2011

National

White House hosts first African-American Policy Conference

(NNPA)—President Barack Obama acknowledged last week that Black Americans have faced “enormous challenges” with unemployment under his watch, and appealed for their support in pursuing solutions that he can implement without help from Congress. Appearing at the daylong summit of Black business, community and political leaders that included Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the president used the conference to lay out his policy achievements three years after winning the Oval Office with the solid embrace of Black Americans. UNSCHEDULED VISIT—President Barack Obama makes an unscheduled visit to the African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference, Nov. 9, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) He also called for “persistence” in the face of tough times. He restated his belief that the 15.1 percent unemployment rate among African-Americans is “way too high” and touted the administration’s accomplishments in spite of the political resistance the administration has faced. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Obama said.

National

Black Marines on way to Congressional medals

(NNPA)—History books and Hollywood have chronicled the Army’s Buffalo Soldiers and the Army Air Corps’ Tuskegee Airmen, but the men who integrated the Marines during World War II often have been forgotten. That is starting to change, beginning with the House’s 422-0 vote of H.R. 2447, a bill sponsored by Jacksonville, Fla., Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Brown was elated upon passing her bill with strong bipartisan support (HR 2447), granting the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines Oct. 25 on the House floor.

National

Victoria’s Secret show is mix of music and models

NEW YORK (AP)—Believe it or not, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show belonged to the boys last Wednesday night. It was Kanye West, Jay-Z and Maroon 5 who got the audience clapping and cheering at the annual lingerie extravaganza at the Lexington Avenue Armory, quite a feat considering they were sharing the stage with the some of the world’s top models—in barely-there get-ups, no less. KANYE WEST AND JAY-Z (AP Photo/Brad Barket) The show, which also featured a song by Nicki Minaj, who was decked out in a bright orange bustier, cosmic-print skirt and leggings, and a frothy pink wig, will be televised on CBS Nov. 29. The worlds of fashion and music always come together on this runway, which is more for entertainment, excitement and brand-building than a serious preview of styles.

National

Nia Long gives birth to baby boy

(NNPA)—Nia Long recently received a new addition to her family. According to E! News, the actress and her international basketball player beau Ime Udoka who formerly played with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, welcomed a son on Nov. 7, Long’s rep confirmed. The baby boy, named Kez Sunday Udoka, is Long’s second child. She also has a 10-year-old from a previous relationship. The new baby is Udoka’s first child. NATURAL BEAUTY—In this June 26 photo, actress Nia Long poses backstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Representatives for the actress announced, Nov. 9, that Long gave birth to a second son named Kez Sunday Udoka on Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file) Long revealed that she was pregnant back in June.

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Opinion

The legacy of Jesse Jackson

(NNPA)—Al Sharpton has patterned his career so closely after the Jesse Jackson model that he could be justifiably charged with identity theft. Like Jackson, he began wearing a Martin Luther King medallion around his neck. Like Jackson, he started his own civil rights organization. Like Jackson, he ran for president of the United States. Like Jackson, he now has his own radio and television shows. And like Jackson, he has become a confidante of the man who occupies the White House.

Opinion

Saving Urban Youth Action

For 45 years, Urban Youth Action has provided programs to help our youth, urban youth, avoid many of the pitfalls in our society that send more of our Black male youth to jail than to college. Abruptly, that 45-year record of standing in the gap for our youth was shut down last month when the board of directors for the organization announced that the program would close its doors, due to lack of financing.

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Opinion

NBA as a hobby: Why owners will win the lockout

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—My friend Liz has just started cycling as a hobby. It’s a very expensive hobby, quality bikes cost thousands of dollars, jerseys and proper footwear are in the hundreds. But she’s always been athletic, she likes the competition and she loves being part of a close knit community of professional cycling women in her city. Now transform my friend from a charming 30-something African-American female ‘thousandaire’ to a greedy 50-something White billionaire, change cycling to the NBA and you’ll begin to understand why the NBA lockout will end this year and the players will lose out. Owners are pouting about a hobby, and players are fighting for their jobs.

Opinion

Sentencing Conrad Murray

Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of superstar, entertainer Michael Jackson. With the verdict, the jury brought some level of closure to an event that stunned the world. But the saga is not over yet. Murray’s sentencing hearing begins Nov. 29. He could receive anything from probation to up to four years in prison for his actions. Many factors will go into Murray’s sentencing.

Entertainment

Heavy D remembered

(NNPA)—Heavy D died Nov. 8 after collapsing in his California home. He was 44.The Westchester County-raised entertainer was taken by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles about 11:25 a.m. and died 90 minutes later, police said. Heavy D was conscious and talking when officers responded to a 911 call from his Beverly Hills condo, said Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police Department. HEAVY D (AP Photo/David Goldman)