45 years ago today, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Issa Rae, the writer and star of the wildly successful webseries, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, has gotten a boost from Shonda Rhimes, the black woman behind ABC primetime faves Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
I Hate L.A. Dudes, a comedy conceived by Rae, has been sold to ABC; Rhimes will serve as executive producer:
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network has just announced a partnership with filmmaker Tyler Perry.
OWN will reportedly host all of Perry’s upcoming tv projects, including two upcoming series.
They will be the first original, scripted programs on OWN.
“The star and producer of the popular Madea plays and films said it’s a ‘dream realized’ to have an opportunity to partner with Oprah.
Multiple incidences of violence erupted at the BET Hip Hop Awards taping in Atlanta this weekend.
According to reports, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music camp were quite busy, getting involved in separate scuffles with individuals affiliated with Young Jeezy and 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew respectively.
BET has released a statement, denouncing the violence, and maintaining that the award show will air later this month.
Terrence Williams, who was convicted of first-degree murder, will no longer be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday due to a Philadelphia judge’s decision.
His execution has been halted based on evidence that, as a teenager, Williams had been sexually abused by his victim, Amos Norwood.
Last night, pop icon Madonna made a somewhat interesting endorsement of President Obama’s re-election during her show in Washington, D.C., by telling the crowd, “Y’all better vote for fucking Obama, okay? For better or for worse, we have a black Muslim in the White House.”
She later clarified her statement:
“I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim
During an interview with ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, conservative firebrand Anne Coulter declared that only black people are owed civil rights in the United States.
Arguing that other groups were not victims of systems like slavery and Jim Crow, Coulter claims other groups have simply hijacked the civil rights movement for their own agendas.
“She added, ‘We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, or gays who want to get married to one another.’ She said that ‘much of the left…dropped the blacks after five minutes’ to argue for ‘civil rights’ for other groups of people.
In a remarkable about face, Atlanta-based fast food seller Chick-fil-A has decided to stop funding anti-gay organizations:
A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in Chicago says Chick-fil-A will cease donations to groups that oppose gay marriage.
In response to comedian D.L. Hughley’s indignation over the fact that he doesn’t vote, rapper Lupe Fiasco has issued a challenge:
Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco used Twitter to respond to comments made by comedian D.L. Hughley over Lupe’s reluctance to participate in the upcoming presidential election. He attempted to reason and explain why President Obama needs key factors bigger than the Hip Hop community to achieve re-election.
“Obama need swing states and white people not radical rappers kissing his ass to win this election..,’ he tweeted September 17th.
N.B.A. hall of famer and businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson has opened an education center in downtown Atlanta to help youth who haven’t complete school or who are at risk of not finishing:
The Magic Johnson Bridgescape center helps give those who have left school, or are at risk of dropping out, the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. The program, which has just opened its doors, is free and accepts students aged 14 to 20 years old.