BYP NEWSFLASH: Oprah is Highest Paid in Showbiz (AGAIN), Derrick Bell Passes Away, and RiRi Sets Another Record

October 6th, 2011


Forbes unleashed their list of the highest-earning women in Showbiz, and – surprise, surprise – Oprah Winfrey topped the list, making a staggering $290 million from May 2010-May 2011.

This is actually kind of surprising though, since The Big O’s new television network OWN has been doing less-than-stellar since it premiered earlier this year.

Still, Winfrey led the pack by a mile, besting the likes of Lady Gaga ($90 million), Bethenney Frankel ($55 million), Gisele Bundchen ($45 milion) and Ellen DeGeneres ($45 million).


Right on the heels of the shocking deaths of Fred Shuttlesworth and Steve Jobs, famed legal scholar and writer Derrick Bell passed away yesterday of carcinoid cancer. He was 80 years-old.

The Root writes:

“Bell distinguished himself early in his law career through his work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund during the civil rights era. Recruited by Thurgood Marshall, Bell oversaw 300 school-desegregation cases, according to The HistoryMakers. He also served as deputy director of the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was known as a pioneer of the study of “critical race theory,” which explores racism in laws and legal institutions.”

October has truly been a tragic month.

Rest in peace, Dr. Bell.


Rihanna can add yet another accolade to her growing list of accomplishments. At just 23 years-old, RiRi has officially beaten Madonna’s record for a solo artist amassing 20 Top 10 singles in the shortest amount of time, according to

Her latest hit, the infectious “We Found Love,” has already reached the number 9 spot on the Hot 100 singles chart, making it her 20th single to do so in just six years. She beats Madonna’s record by 5 months.

All of this comes just a few months after another Pop newbie, Katy Perry, tied Michael Jackson’s seemingly insurmountable record of achieving the most number 1 hits from just one album (a whopping 5 in a row).

As MTV puts it, “…Pop icons better watch their backs…”

Congrats, Rihanna!

There's just something about Herman Cain…

There’s just something about Herman Cain

He’s sort of unpolished, he’s made some cringe-worthy comments about Muslims, and he’s…well, Black.

Yet somehow, an ultra-conservative, often racially-insensitive, Tea Party-tinged Republican Party is all about Herman Cain these days.

And who can blame them when he drops gems like this one from a few days ago, regarding Occupy Wall Street:

“’Don’t blame Wall Street,’ Cain said. ‘Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.’”

And later:

“It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded. It is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations and what is it that they’re looking for.”

Out of touch? With you, perhaps. But apparently not with Tea Party Republicans. Recent poll numbers show that Cain’s recent upsurge is no fluke. According to NewsOne:

“Cain has topped a slew of recent straw polls – tests of conservative activists – notably pulling off an upset in the battleground state of Florida. His fundraising has apparently picked up and his poll numbers are climbing, too. A new CBS survey had the Atlanta businessman in a statistical tie for the lead with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. His just-released, rags-to-riches political memoir has landed among’s top 10 best-sellers.”

NewsOne’s write-up on Herman Cain’s upsurge in the polls is certainly worth a look. Check it out here.

To some, the elephant in the room is Cain’s race. But is it really all that surprising that he’s found traction amongst a conservative base when  he’s openly expressed the opinion that Black people are politically “brainwashed,” Muslims are scary, or that the less-fortunate should blame themselves for their lot in life?

Perhaps he’s just playing the game. Red meat for the base is all well and good. But does he really think that kind of talk will play well with the rest of the electorate?

Not trying to be a hater, but Herman Cain is just saying all the right things right now to a Republican Party desperate for anyone but Mitt Romney.

A couple months ago, so was Michelle Bachmann.

Haven’t heard from her in a while, have we?

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955-2011)


Steve Jobs – visionary, entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, Inc – died yesterday at the age of 56. Pancreatic cancer has being reported as the cause of death.

Jobs is responsible for world-changing items and programs like Mac computers, iPods, iPads, iTunes and iPhones. Our lives would be very different without this man’s genius.

May he rest in peace.

We’ve collected some of the most interesting articles on the life and death of Steve Jobs from across the internet.

Check them out below.

BBC: “What Made Steve Jobs Unique”

“Money appeared to matter little to Steve Jobs. He told the Wall Street Journal: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”


Washington Post blog: “Steve Jobs dies, and the Internet pays tribute to its hero”

“The news rippled through a restaurant in Washington Wednesday. “Steve Jobs died,” one person would report to the next. Reflexively, people reached out to their iPhones, most already perched on the tables, inches from their owner’s fingers. The man who made millions of people believe in magic of the computer had run out of time.”


Toronto Sun: “Westboro Baptist will picket Job’s funeral”

“No peace for man who served self, not God,” she wrote with the hashtag, #hellgreetedhim. “Westboro must picket.”

Perhaps ironically, a note under her tweets in the program TweetDeck noted Phelps made the remarks “via Twitter for iPhone.”


Fox News: “10 Products That Defined Steve Job’s Career”

“Before the iTunes store, buying digital music was a hassle, making piracy the more popular option. The store simplified the process and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the U.S. in 2008.”


CNN Money: “10 Ways Steve Jobs Changed The World”

“Steve Jobs passed away today at age 56. Fortune looks back at how he changed the way we think about and use technology forever, putting his own stamp on everything from the personal computer to the music industry.”

REPORT: Large-scale Juvenile Detention Does NOT Curb Juvenile Crime

REPORT: Large-scale Juvenile Detention Does NOT Curb Juvenile Crime


Colorlines Magazine writer Jorge Rivas has written an eye-opening article regarding a recent report from the Annie E. Casey foundation, asserting that incarcerating high numbers of troubled young people does not curb juvenile crime , and may actually increase crimes rates instead.

He writes:

“Even the Justice Department Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recommends a series of alternatives to traditional incarceration. Sill, the largest share of incarcerated youth— about 40 percent in total — are held in long-term youth correctional facilities operated primarily by state governments or by private firms who contract with the state.”

The report points to four primary reasons why large-scale youth incarceration is a failed strategy:

(1.) It does not reduce future offending by confined youth

(2.) It does not enhance public safety

(3.) It wastes taxpayer dollars

(4.) It exposes youth to violence and abuse.

Head over to for Rivas’ full article.

And check out the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s full report, “No Place For Kids,” HERE.

Civil Rights Hero Fred L. Shuttlesworth Dead at 89

Civil Rights Hero Fred L. Shuttlesworth Dead at 89


Civil Rights icon Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth has died at the age of 89.

As pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Rev. Shuttlesworth was a warrior for Civil Rights, surviving bombings, beatings and multiple arrests.

His life and work inspired countless others, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself who, according to, referred to Shuttlesworth as, “one of the nation’s most courageous freedom fighters … a wiry, energetic and indomitable man.” has written a phenomenal obituary for Rev. Shuttlesworth.

An excerpt:

“He survived a 1956 bombing, an assault during a 1957 demonstration, chest injuries when Birmingham authorities turned fire hoses on demonstrators in 1963, and countless arrests.

‘I went to jail 30 or 40 times, not for fighting or stealing or drugs,’ Shuttlesworth told grade school students in 1997. ‘I went to jail for a good thing, trying to make a difference.’”

Check out TheGrio’s Civil rights icon Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth dead at 89” to learn more about this remarkable man.

R.I.P. Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth

First Comes Love…

I’m not the girl who has kept a wedding scrapbook. I don’t have a list of vendors, bridesmaids or any remote vision of what “my wedding” day will look like. There’s not a single color scheme, flower arrangement or style of dress in my mind. I’ve never been much for ceremonies so perhaps that’s the reason I don’t have that big day all mapped out in my mind.

Common Wants To Take You HIGHER with "BLUE SKY"


Anybody need a pick-me-up?

Common’s new album The Dreamer, The Believer is slated to drop on November 22.

And if his new joint “Blue Sky” is any indication, November can’t come soon enough.

“Blue Sky” is just effortlessly elevating and life-affirming. And it proves that you don’t have to make self-consciously “conscious” hip hop to inspire. And you don’t have to preach to reach the masses, either.

This might be the most uplifting thing you’ll experience all week. So treat yourself to a little sunshine, and stream this phenomenal song below.