Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Mourners praise Don Barden as a pioneer
Mourners praise Don Barden as a pioneer (Detroit Free Press)
Don Barden Jr. Talks with friends Friday after the funeral for his father, businessman Don Barden, at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Video Premiere: Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton are 'So in Love' (eurweb)
*Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton's jammin' track "So in Love" from Jill's upcoming album "Light of the Sun" (June 21), now has an official video. In the vid, Jill and Anthony are having big fun hanging together, attending a wedding and then dancing together, getting their groove on at the reception. Pure joy. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

We Remember: Poet & Musician Gil Scott Heron Dies at 62 (eurweb)
*Another of the modern day greats, poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, has passed on. He died Friday afternoon in New York according to his book publisher. He was 62. As an influential poet and musician, Scott-Heron is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." And of course when you think of Gil Scott-Heron it's impossible not to also recall his masterpiece jam, and some say, self-fulfilling prophecy, "In the Bottle." (Scroll down to watch it.)

'Dark Girls' Share Their Misery in America (eurweb)
There has always been a racial bias between dark women and light or white women. Hell, the racial playground of America has always pitted white against black. But, when it comes to the women or shall I say mothers, something totally different happens. The bias in America of course leans toward white women or what reminds America of white women … light skinned women. And if we're going to have an honest conversation about this dilemma, there is a documentary waiting for you. "Dark Girls" is directed by the legendary Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. It touches the heart of, not just dark women, but the country that built the perception that dark African American women had (more…)

Is Cornel West a Bellwether for Obama on Liberal Support in 2012? (KSFO AM 560)
Prominent liberal activist and African-American author-professor Cornel West is not one to mince words: He thinks the country's first black president -- a man for whom he campaigned vigorously in 2008 -- is not fit for reelection in 2012.

Scandal-plagued pastors still fill pews (CNN)
We were on the front page for all of the wrong reasons. --Janet Shan, on megachurch destroyed by pastor scandals.

Exhibit celebrates Loïs Mailou Jones, who charted a path as bold as the colors she painted with (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By Gaile Robinson Was it a racial slur or the prospect of toiling in obscurity that caused Loïs Mailou Jones to choose the artist's life?Her biography suggests that a decorator's comment -- 'How could you have designed that? You're a colored girl' -- about Jones' fabric designs caused the 23-year-old Jones to abandon plans to go to New ...

Penny Young Nance: African-Americans, Bullies and the Debate Over Same-Sex ... (Fox News)
As much as I respect Gallup and their polling prowess, I am skeptical of their recent poll which finds that for the first time a majority of Americans support legalizing same-sex "marriage." The supporters of allowing same-sex marriage are certainly loud at times but as I see it they are also most certainly in the minority.

WI Judge Strikes Down Scott Walker's Anti-Union Law (crooksandliars)
Breaking the law to get what they want is nothing new for Republicans since the ends justifies the means to them so it's fitting that the rule of law was their undoing in this last ruling by : Madison - A Dane County judge has struck down Gov. Scott Walker's legislation repealing most collective bargaining for public employees. In a 33-page decision issued Thursday, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said she would freeze the legislation because GOP lawmakers on a committee broke the state's open meetings law in passing it March 9. The legislation limits collective bargaining to wages for all public employees in Wisconsin except for police and firefighters. "It's what we were looking for," said Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat. Ozanne sued to block the law after Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) filed a complaint saying that GOP legislative leaders had not given proper notice in convening a conference committee of lawmakers from both houses to approve Walker's budget-repair bill.

New urban play holds mirror to African-American teens (FOX6Now - WITI)
The Urban play "From Kings to Thugs to Presidents" give audiences harsh images, real language and an in your face message.

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