Breaking News
Select Category:


Roxbury Artist Shines in Google Doodle for MLK Day

Jan. 20, 2015 - Ekua Holmes is a painter and collagist who mixes brilliant and vibrant color sense with a keen observation of personal interactions and urban life. And today the Roxbury, Mass., artist is having a day like no other: She was selected to create the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Google Doodle, which greets millions of Web users as they use the search engine.

As the Boston Globe reports, the Google Doogle shows up about 40 times a year as a surprise to Google users, usually in celebration of a historically significant event or birthday. Today the Doodle depicts the civil rights leader arm in arm with his wife, Coretta Scott King, and others in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Read more at

Category: General


Who’s Joining the First Lady for the State of the Union Address?

Jan. 20, 2015 - On Tuesday the president will deliver his State of the Union address, and some special guests will have a front-row seat from first lady Michelle Obama’s box.

The White House released the invite-only list on Monday; the special invited guests include the Maryland Senate majority leader, a mother saved by surgery received through the Affordable Care Act, a former prisoner-turned-community activist and a 13-year-old whose letter to Santa found its way to the president. Read more at

Category: General

These Facts Highlight The Fight For Fair Representation Of Blacks On TV

Jan. 20, 2015 - More than 60 years ago, a new comedy boasted an all-black cast populating a Harlem community with characters that included an attorney, a small businessman and a civic-club president.

"Amos 'n' Andy" was an instant hit in June 1951, when it made the leap to television after decades on radio.

But not everyone loved it. It was blasted by the NAACP for perpetuating black stereotypes with what, at best, were broad characterizations — particularly Kingfish Stevens, its underhanded mastermind, whose mission in life was avoiding work while cooking up ways to fleece Andy, his dim-witted chum. Read more at

Category: General


Congressional Black Caucus Visits Ferguson

Jan. 20, 2015 - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus visited Ferguson this weekend to attend a special church service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to express their support to residents who feel as though their concerns over some of the city’s deep-rooted issues have gone unheard.

Nine CBC members made a trip to Wellspring United Methodist Church on Sunday, just miles away from where protests erupted following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. The leading black lawmakers emphasized that the purpose of their visit was to stand in solidarity with members of the community rooting for reform. Read more at


Category: General


Kid President Tells The Story Of MLK In This Charming Video

Jan. 20, 2015 - Kid President is back at it again -- delivering an insightful message to viewers about an important history lesson we should all be familiar with: the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Filled with his usual humor, wisdom and wit, the 11-year-old tells the beloved tale of Dr. King in his own charming way and echoes one key message we could all stand to practice: Spread love, not hate. Read more at

Category: General


TLC's T-Boz And Chilli Talk Kickstarter, Left Eye And Their Next And Final Album

Jan. 20, 2015 - TLC fans have never been too proud to beg for new music from the legendary R&B girl group, and now T-Boz and Chilli are answering the call.

TLC has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $150,000 from fans to fund the group's fifth and final album. The Kickstarter page explains that the money will go toward an in-studio writing session, and fans who contribute can claim a number of rewards, including autographed lyrics, concert tickets and even a TLC slumber party. Read more at

Category: General


Larry Wilmore Delivers The State Of The Black Protest In 'Nightly Show' Debut

Jan. 20, 2015 - Comedy Central's post-Stephen Colbert era officially began on Monday with the premiere of "The Nightly Show," and host Larry Wilmore wasted no time doing just what he's known for: delivering uncomfortable truths about race with a healthy dose of humor.

In the opening moments of the program, Wilmore joked that last week's Oscar nominations were "so white that a grand jury has decided not to indict them." Read more at

Category: General


The Oscars shut out black actors and directors

Jan. 15, 2015 - The Academy Awards was started in 1929 to celebrate the best achievements in Hollywood, which just so happened to exclude black actors. Today after seeing the 87th annual Academy Award nominations it feels like the 1920s all over again.

The Oscars missed out on the chance to make history and nominate its first black female director Ava DuVernay, for her Golden Globe-nominated work on Selma. The films, star David Oyelowo also was completely overlooked for his gripping portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more at

Category: General


Pittsburgh police chief under investigation for anti-racism photo

Jan. 15, 2015 - Pittsburgh’s police chief has asked for a city investigation to determine if he broke regulations by retweeting a picture taken on New Year’s Eve of him holding a sign saying, “I resolve to challenge racism @ work” with the hash tag “end white silence.”

A city spokeswoman says Chief Cameron McLay requested the investigation after a meeting Wednesday with Fraternal Order of Police president Howard McQuillan. McLay has also closed his Twitter account. Read more at

Category: General


NFL linebacker Josh McNary charged with rape

Jan. 15, 2015 - Prosecutors filed charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury against Indianapolis Colts backup linebacker Josh McNary on Wednesday.

Early Thursday morning, an attorney for McNary released a statement saying his client “unhesitatingly” denied the allegations and had immediately reported Wednesday night to law enforcement officials in a “respectful and peaceful” manner. Read more at

Category: General


2 Chainz & Nancy Grace have heated debate over legalizing marijuana

Jan. 15, 2015 - HLN’s Nancy Grace may have met her match this week when she decided to have rapper 2 Chainz join her on a discussion about the merits and potential drawbacks of legalizing marijuana.

On Tuesday night, Grace used her usual brand of brash talk to make an argument against the legalization of the drug — at several points trying to use the rapper’s public persona and fame as ammunition against him. Read more at

Category: General


Larry Wilmore set to replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central

Jan. 15, 2015 - As Larry Wilmore sits down with a plate of pasta, a fan hands him a slip of paper with an idea to explore on Wilmore’s new Comedy Central show premiering Monday. It’s about international banking issues.

OK, that’s a stretch. Even if Wilmore exudes more gravitas than the typical comic, he’s unlikely to find the funny there. Read more at

Category: General


Raven-Symoné Tanned Multiple Times a Week to Be Darker for That’s So Raven

Jan. 15, 2015 - The new documentary Light Girls has revealed another side to Hollywood—that not only darker-skinned women of color have suffered from discrimination when it comes to getting roles. In the film, light-skinned black women talk about the colorism they’ve seen, noting the advantages and disadvantages that they can face.

"I see a lot of lighter women deal with colorism, especially in our industry," Hollywood writer and producer Chris Spencer said, according to HuffPo. "They'll have an audition and then they don't get the part. A lot of time—whether it is [true] or not, I'm not sure—they'll say ... 'I didn't get it because they wanted to go with someone who looked blacker.' " Read more at

Category: General


Angela Bassett Tackles the Whitney Houston Biopic With Style and Grace

Jan. 15, 2015 - Angela Bassett’s acting career has taken her from roles where she’s known for setting a cheating husband’s car on fire, to playing the fiery music icon Tina Turner, but this year she has taken on a different type of role: that of director.

Bassett is sitting in the director’s seat of Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney, which airs this weekend. The movie, which stars Yaya DaCosta as Houston and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown, takes a look at the late singer’s life, starting from her rise to fame in the late 80s. Read more at

Category: General


Selma’s Oscar Snub a Complete Injustice

Jan. 15, 2015 - Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning and noticeably absent from almost every major category was the civil rights biopic Selma, which tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., for equal voting rights.

It has been adored by movie critics and moviegoers alike; not to mention the grassroots movement to make the movie free for students. But over the past weeks, as award season has rolled around, many have been left to wonder how such an impactful movie in a heightened racial climate could be snubbed. Read more at

Category: General


NYC Pilot Program Will Allow Petty Crimes to Stay Off Teens’ Criminal Records

Jan. 15, 2015 - New York teens—ages 16 and 17—who get arrested for nonviolent, petty crimes will be given the opportunity to forgo appearing before a judge and having the citation appear on their record, and instead opt into a “diversion program” that will require them to do community-service hours, counseling or a rehabilitating session with a court of their peers.

It’s not a new idea—programs like this already exist—but it’s the first of its kind in New York City. It will debut in two New York precincts next month: Harlem’s 25th Precinct and Brooklyn’s 73rd Precinct in Brownsville. Read more at

Category: General


Thousands of Black Lives Mattered in Nigeria, but the World Didn’t Pay Attention

Jan. 15, 2015 - From a bombed NAACP office in Colorado to the decimated town of Baga, Nigeria, acts of terrorism against black people and institutions have failed to generate much attention in the United States this past week.

Most of the Western world and its political leaders have, instead, turned their eyes to No. 10 rue Nicolas-Appert, Paris, France—the location of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. As most of the world now knows, an al-Qaida-led terrorist attack left 12 people dead there last Wednesday. And in a separate, related terrorist attack on Friday in Paris, four hostages were killed by a gunman at a kosher supermarket. Read more at

Category: General


Gay Dads Whose Family Photo Went Viral Star in New Commercial

Jan. 15, 2015 - Atlanta fathers Kaleb and Kordale Lewis didn't expect to become famous a year ago when they posted a photo of them doing their daughters' hair, but the photo went viral, and the couple and their three children are now starring in a Nikon commercial as part of the camera company's I Am Generation Image campaign.

"What happened was, we were in the bathroom doing the girls' hair and I said, 'Oh let me take a picture.' ... It was a simple, innocent picture ... and then next thing you know it went viral. I’m still amazed today," Kordale Lewis explains in the commercial that shows a regular day in the lives of the dads raising their three kids. Read more at

Category: General


Jimmy Carter On #BlackLivesMatter: We Need 'Absolute Equality'

January 13, 2015 - Jimmy Carter has lived in Plains, Georgia for all of his 90 years. The small-town peanut farmer who rose to the presidency in 1977 says people in the remote, rural city have lived in racial harmony for the majority of his life there, a lesson he said in a HuffPost Live interview Tuesday that America could learn from.  Read more at

Category: General


Babysitter who lost her child kidnaps baby and tells boyfriend it’s his

Jan. 13, 2015 - The search has been called off for a 4-month-old who went missing in Nashville. On Sunday, police found the child with her babysitter, who had been passing the baby off as her own.

The parents had reported their daughter, Jalayia Gonzalez, and her babysitter, 22-year-old Javeele Thomas, missing when they could not get hold of Thomas after last Thursday.

Police found Thomas and the baby as well as Thomas’ boyfriend in Alabama, over 280 miles south of Nashville. Read more at

Category: General

Made by MityMo.