Daily Archive: May 20, 2013

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National

Teens spearheaded Louisville desegregation effort

Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville, Kentucky, branch of the NAACP, speaks at DC Vote rally on Capitol Hill in support of S. 1257, the DC House Voting Rights Act, 17 Sep 2007. (Flikr Photo/Keith Ivey) by Joseph GerthThe Courier-Journal LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Raoul Cunningham was a gangly 17-year-old high school junior when Louisville police came for him at the lunch counter of the old Stewart’s Department Store in February 1961. They handcuffed him, he says, and hauled him off to the old Children’s Center juvenile facility on East Chestnut Street. Over the next two years, that scenario would be repeated hundreds of times as Cunningham and other African-American high school students — mainly from Central and Male — waged a battle of sit-ins, squat-ins and stand-ins against restaurants, movie houses and other businesses that wouldn’t serve them because of their race.

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Entertainment

‘Scandal’ cast performs finale live for Academy

This undated publicity photo released by ABC shows Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in a scene from the season finale, “White Hat’s Back On,” from ABC Television Network’s show, “Scandal,” aired Thursday, May 16. (AP Photo/ABC, Richard Cartwright) by Michael Cidoni LennoxAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forget the DVR. Not this time. Not after this long of a wait. Millions of fans actually watched the season-two finale of the ABC drama “Scandal” the old-fashioned way: on a TV screen, as it was fed from the network to their local affiliates. But a crowd of approximately 700 at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood experienced this “Scandal” episode differently Thursday night.

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National

Obama’s Morehouse visit shines spotlight on HBCUs

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Christina Cassidy and Justin Pope ATLANTA (AP) — When President Barack Obama addressed graduates at Morehouse College on Sunday, he also spoke to the broader community of historically Black colleges and universities — a proud corner of higher education that has struggled more than most during the last few years of economic distress.

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People

‘Star Trek’s’ Zoe Saldana on racism: ‘I’m not going to talk about it’

Zoe Saldana arrives at the LA premiere of “Star Trek Into Darkness” at The Dolby Theater on May 14, in LA. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)(CNN) — Zoe Saldana is one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, and she’s making headlines as Uhura in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” She crossed barriers as the lead in “Avatar,” the highest grossing movie of all time. But how does being a woman of color impact her career choices and options?

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Sports

Bills promote Pittsburgh native and former Steelers’ exec Whaley to GM

New Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley watches the NFL football team work out in Orchard Park, N.Y., on May 14. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr. by John Wawrow ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Former Pitt star, Steelers exec and Upper St. Clair native Doug Whaley was promoted to take over as Buffalo Bills general manager, making the team’s near top-to-bottom offseason overhaul complete.

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National

Miss. mayoral candidate: Radical or mainstream?

Council member and attorney Chokwe Lumumba, is shown in this Sept. 14, 2010 photograph. The Democratic primary is likely to be decided in a runoff. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger)by Emily Wagster PettusJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An attorney who was active in a Black nationalist group decades ago and still refers to a client as a “former Black Panther heroine” is running for mayor of Mississippi’s capital city.

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Entertainment

Quickie Review: Shuggie Otis’ new album best of 2013

“Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love” by Bob Davis Funk/Soul/Blues/Jazz/Pop/Electronica/Peace & Love (soul-patrol.com)–This is a great album. I have been waiting for this album to appear since the mid 1970′s. It’s the best album I have heard so far in 2013. The original “Inspiration Information” has actually been a key influencing factor in my thought processes and behavior since I first listened to it in 1974, via WAMO in Pittsburgh. Since that time I have probably listened to it more than any other single album I have ever owned, with the possible exception of Miles Davis “On The Corner.”