Rachel Dolezal, the leader of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, yesterday (June 14th) canceled a monthly membership meeting yesterday that had been planned for tonight at which she was to speak about the charge that she's been misrepresenting herself as black, saying it was, quote, "due to a need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders." The story made international headlines after the 37-year-old activist's estranged parents said last week that she's white, with no African-American background, and has been passing herself off as black. One member of the Spokane chapter, Kitara Johnson, has organized an online petition calling for Dolezal to take a leave of absence, and a demonstration had been planned for tonight calling for her to step down. Johnson said, "It's not about race, it's about integrity. . . . The other piece is credibility."
Bow Wow is taking credit for creating the new Erica Mena. He posted a pic of Erica, along with the caption, "All me! Top to bottom! Look at What i created!" When someone asked for clarification, he said,
Do you remember the Florida barber shop that encouraged young boys to read by having books in the shop for the clients? An attorney in Alabama was so inspired that he just launched Books for Boys. At first, the lawyer, Freddie Stokes, set out to establish small libraries of about 75 books each in two or three barbershops. But he got such a great response that he will be able to set up libraries in at least six barbershops, with the first opening in mid-June.
Former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt is sorry about how he conducted himself at a teenage pool party, says his attorney Jane Bishkin.
Casebolt came under fire this week after disturbing footage of him aggressively handling 15-year-old Dajerria Becton and pointing a gun two other teen partygoers began circulating.
A new book has spilled secrets about Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's life. According to The New York Post, the new book is entitled Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame, by Ian Halperin. The book details a secret extortion plot to expose Whitney's alleged lesbian affair with best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford.
According to FBI files, Whitney received several letters filled with threats and harassment. A passage from an enclosed memorandum read, “[Redacted] said [Redacted] told him that [Redacted] has knowledge of intimate details regarding Whitney Houston’s romantic relationships, and will go public with the information unless [Redacted] is paid $250,000. [Redacted] told [Redacted] client will sign a confidentiality agreement if [Redacted] is paid the $250,000.” Also included in the file is an executed confidentiality agreement - which suggested that the extortion plot was successful.
Lil Wayne has denied spitting on a referee in charity basketball game in St. Louis last week. As previously reported, Wayne went off on the ref for repeatedly making bad calls against his Young Money team.
According to TMZ, sources close to the rapper admitted that Wayne did go after the ref to start a fight. Although in footage of the incident, it may have looked like the rapper spit on the ref -- and the ref wiped his face with a towel, sources say that Wayne did not.
'Akon's Solar Power Initiative Aims To Bring Electricity To 600 Million People In Africa'Africa'
Akon hopes to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa with his 'Akon Lighting Africa' Solar Academy initiative.
This isn't just another charitable celebrity contribution. This might be the most ambitious charitable endeavor ever.
R&B singer Akon has launched an initiative aiming to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa. The Akon Lighting Africa initiative has started the Solar Academy, which will help African engineers harness the sun's energy to produce electricity for the target of 600 million people. Considering that Africa gets an average of 320 sunny days in a given calendar year, this plan more than makes sense. But to say it's extensive and ambitious would be a giant understatement.
When their parents died, Chelle and Lank inherited their childhood home in Detroit, Michigan. To make ends meet, the siblings host 'basement parties' spinning the newest records to come out of Motown, which is a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods.
In a series of sustained and unrelenting attacks, the Minneapolis StarTribune newspaper has declared an Open Season on Black Leaders.
Beginning with a series of articles appearing last fall (2014) against African American Senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden, the newspaper has engaged in a non-stop series of character attacks, questioning the integrity and credibility of long-established African American leaders, like Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC, and now Scott Gray, CEO & President of the Minneapolis Urban League, Peter Hayden, CEO of Turning Point, Inc. and Al McFarlane, Editor in Chief of Insight News.
Pierre Collins is the “primary suspect” in what officially has become a homicide investigation into the death of his 10-year-old son, Barway Collins, said Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering Sunday afternoon.
At a press conference in Crystal, Revering said law enforcement has “electronic evidence” that places Pierre Collins in “the immediate vicinity” where the search for Barway had centered.
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The search party looking for missing 10-year-old Barway Collins says they have found the body of a child in North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis. The Crystal Police Department and Hennepin County Water Patrol have arrived at the scene.
One feminist group wants to give American money a little makeover by putting a woman on the $20 bill.
Representation matters–and that includes on money! With the exception of the Sacagawea coin, there is no currency in circulation that features a woman’s likeness. The game of dollars and cents has been dominated by men and some think it’s time for that to change.
RAI is leading the effort to raise funds for the construction of an interpretive space commemorating the historical contributions of African Americans to the City of St. Paul, Ramsey County and the State of Minnesota. This space has the opportunity to create interactive programs of sight and sound that educate, inspire and demonstrate the core values of the former Rondo neighborhood.
Officer charged after video shows him shooting unarmed Man!
WARNING: video contains graphic footage!
Octavia Spencer took to Twitter yesterday to do some damage control after some unflattering reports about her began circulating. According to Daily Mail, The Shackactress was unkind to fans at a signing event for her Randi Rhodes children’s books at a Los Angeles Barnes and Noble location.