Daily Archive: November 16, 2012

National

Former RNC chair points to ‘highly stupid’ election year mistakes

by Gregory Wallace (CNN) — It’s the season of election post-mortems, and one former Republican National Committee chairman offered his perhaps blunt thoughts about why his party “got outplayed and outflanked” in 2012. FORMER GOP CHAIR–Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/File)

National

Detroit mayor: Vacant housing project coming down

by Corey WilliamsAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — A notorious, vacant and crime-ridden housing project that has overshadowed downtown Detroit for decades, a symbol of the city’s decline, is slated to be pulled down early next year, Mayor Dave Bing said Thursday. DEMOLITION ANNOUNCED–Detroit Mayor Dave Bing walks away from a news conference after announcing the demolition of the Frederick Douglass Homes housing project on Nov. 15, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Max Ortiz)

Business

Bernanke: Black and Hispanic homebuyers face discrimination

by Annalyn Kurtz NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The housing crisis hurt low-income communities and minorities more severely than other groups, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday. FED CHAIRMAN—Ben Bernanke speaksduring a news conference in Washington. Bernanke said Thursday that banks’ overly tight lending standards may be holding back the U.S. economy by preventing creditworthy borrowers from buying homes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Entertainment

Andre 3000 isn’t in a rush to record new album

by Mesfin FekaduAP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In order to capture his best version of Jimi Hendrix for an upcoming biopic, Andre 3000 said he had to think of him as a regular dude and not a rock star. PLAYING A LEGEND–Musician and actor Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000, appears at a promotional event for Gillette in New York. Benjamin will star as rock legend Jimi Hendrix in the film, “All is By My Side,” set for release in 2013. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

Opinion

Did Cornel West go too far — again? After his “blackface” quip, maybe he’ll learn to make his critiques more constructive and less offensive.

by Zerlina Maxwell (The Root) — Professor Cornel West has struck again. The always outspoken Obama critic recently said in an interview with Democracy Now: “I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion — poverty; trade unions being pushed against the wall, dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well; no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people … I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.” CORNEL WEST