BYP Morning NewsFlash
September 15, 2011

Have you ever tried a Blast? It’s kind of like drinking a 24 oz. of beer, except  it comes in all kinds of fun flavors, has 12 percent alcohol content, and its containers have a cartoonish, “Hip Hop”-inspired design. Oh, and Snoop Dogg is their add spokesman. Understandably, watchdog groups have called out Pabst Brewing Company for the drink’s kid-friendly taste, look and marketing campaign. Pabst’s response? People attacking Blast are just being racist.

Wrong answer, guys….

The family of James C Anderson, the victim of a heinous hate crime in Mississippi last June, has asked that federal prosecutors not seek the death penalty for the seven white teens accused of participating in his murder. According to the letter, their opposition is based on religious grounds, as well as Mississippi’s historically racist use of the death penalty. According to CNN:

“’We also oppose the death penalty because it historically has been used in Mississippi and the South primarily against people of color for killing whites,’ the letter states. ‘Executing James’ killers will not help to balance the scales. But sparing them may help to spark a dialogue that one day will lead to the elimination of capital punishment.’”

In pathetic news, Herman Cain’s Presidential campaign has marred itself in controversy with news that it has been trying to cover up the fact that one of the anti-gay candidate’s top advisors was a gay man named Scott Toomey. Apparently, Cain didn’t want people to think he was a hypocrite. Waaaaay too late for that, Herm.

According to former FBI director William Sessions, the execution of Troy Davis should be halted because of “pervasive, persistent doubts about his guilt.” Sessions’ plea for clemency comes less than a week before Davis is scheduled to be put to death for the murder of an off-duty Savanna, Georgia police officer in 1989. Be sure to check out the TEACH TROY DAVIS website, and continue to spread the word about this grave injustice. There is still time to save this man’s life!

And finally, check out J Cole’s highly anticipated new single “Mr. Nice Watch,” featuring a guest verse from his boss Jay-Z. It’s not a bad song. But is anyone else disappointed with such a shallow, unabashedly commercial single from someone as talented as J Cole? Fans are looking for the next Illmatic from this dude, not Nastrodamus. Check it out below…