Black Former Contestants Sue American Idol over Racism for $25 Million a Piece

Ten black former contestants of American Idol are suing the show for $25 million.

The suit alleges that American Idol produces targeted the contestants because of their race, and then illegally dug up their criminal records in order to expose and disgrace them on national television.

They claim the criminal records of white contestants were never investigated.

Detroit is Biggest City in U.S. History to File for Bankruptcy

Detroit, Michigan is officially the biggest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.

Many fear massive layoffs, higher fees, and the scaling back of a variety of services.

From NewsOne:

Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010. A population that in the 1950s reached 1.8 million now struggles to stay above 700,000. Much of the middle-class and scores of businesses also have fled Detroit, taking their tax dollars with them.

Kerry Washington is First Black Actress since 1995 to Earn Lead Actress Drama Nod at Primetime Emmys

Kerry Washington is the first black actress since Cicely Tyson in 1995 to receive a Lead Actress in a Drama nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Washington received the nod for her role as Olivia Pope on ABC’s runaway hit Scandal.

From Shadow and Act:

Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in the NBC legal drama series Sweet Justice. Interestingly, Sweet Justice would run for just one season. And Tyson didn’t win. She lost to Kathy Baker for her work in Picket Fences.

Harvard University Establishes Nas Hip Hop Fellowship

Harvard is giving love to one of the greatest to ever do it: Nas.

It was recently announced that Queensbridge’s own will have a fellowship named after him:


The Hip-Hop Archive, in conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, announced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship today, which honors the legendary rapper.

Is Willow Smith’s New Song “Summer Fling” Age Appropriate?

Once again, something Willow Smith-related is raising questions about what is and is not appropriate for a preteen girl.

Smith’s new single, “Summer Fling,” has raised eyebrows due to its subject matter and accompanying video.

A few op-eds have questioned the idea of a 12-year old having a “summer fling,” and whether or not the whole concept is too mature.