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April 27, 2011

Luther Campbell Raises Just $250 for His Mayoral Campaign

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Your Black World Reports

It looks like the phrase “Too legit to quit” doesn’t quite apply to Luther Campbell.  The former leader of “2 Live Crew” has raised a reported $250 for his campaign to run for Mayor of Miami. Campbell was hoping that a recent fundraiser would bring him $5,000 to $10,000, but he was wrong.  Campbell is now $150,000 behind the fourth-highest fundraiser, Jose "Pepe" Cancio. 



Are Black Children In Danger While In Their Mothers’ Wombs?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action 

Tricia Fraser filed suit last Tuesday against a Texas-based pro-life group that used her daughter’s face on a billboard that ran in Harlem earlier this year.  Beneath the face of her child were the words “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” 

In the lawsuit, Fraser claims that the use of her daughter’s image was “defamatory, unauthorized and offensive.”  She also said that it was racist.  The image was obtained legally, however, as Fraser had allowed her daughter to be photographed by a modeling agency.


February 14, 2010

African American Politics in America – 2/14/10

December 11, 2009

Obama at Risk of Losing Black Support

Obama's Black Support Eroding

From AOL Black Voices 

It has taken less than one full year, but it seems that President Barack Obama‘s massive support among black mainstream leaders is starting to show some cracks.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have voiced concerns in recent weeks that Obama needs to spend less time worrying about bailouts of massive industry and more time thinking about black folks, who are his most ardent supporters and have been hit hardest by the economic downturn.

Now the Rev. Jesse Jackson is adding his voice to those who believe Obama isn’t doing enough to help the base of his support.

Jackson, a civil rights giant who has seen his influence wane in recent years, told a crowd at a California rally this week that Obama has misplaced his priorities in spending for the bailout of banks and sending additional soldiers to Afghanistan while poor people struggle here.

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October 26, 2009

Marching for Heather Ellis – Why We Need to Do it Now

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Why we will march for Heather Ellis

On November 16, 2009, the Your Black World Coalition, NAACP, National Action Network, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference plan to converge on the small town of Kennett, Missouri to fight for justice in the case of Heather Ellis, a 24-year-old college student who faces 15 years in prison for cutting line at a Wal-Mart.

When Justin and Journi, my assistant’s children, brought this case to my attention, I was heartbroken. Their passion about the charges pushed me to action, so I reached out to others to form the "Journey for Justice" to honor the two young children who inspired us to take action in Heather’s case.

I have spoken with the Ellis family extensively, and I’ve also spoken with those who are familiar with the case. It is my opinion that this trial represents one of the greatest travesties of justice imaginable. The greater concern is that Heather’s dilemma is not the root of the problem – it is merely a symptom of broader systemic patterns of civil injustice.

In nearby Poplar Bluff, MO, a 15-year old boy, Walter Currie Jr., was doused with gasoline and set on fire by his classmates, with the perpetrator allegedly yelling racial epithets as he did it. Heather’s case is just the tip of the iceberg when referring to the ultra-conservative Bootheel area, less than 100 miles away from the town where Rush Limbaugh was born.

Here are the 5 reasons why we will march on Kennett and why we are not going to stop:

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September 30, 2009

Your Black News from – 9/29/09

August 23, 2009

Black News off TheGrio – 8/22/09

  • First black NFL official dies at 81
    First black NFL official dies at 81

    By theGrio via AP

    1:55 PM on 08/21/2009

    CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Burl Toler, the first African-American official in NFL history who went on to work one Super Bowl in a distinguished career, has died. He was 81.

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  • Female boxers will get a chance at Olympic gold
    Female boxers will get a chance at Olympic gold

    By theGrio

    12:38 PM on 08/21/2009

    For anyone who doubts a woman can hit or ever score a knockout punch, look no further than these women. Some are college students on scholarship and they all fight to win.

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  • Urban farming may save the hip-hop generation
    Urban farming may save the hip-hop generation

    By John Baiata

    12:21 PM on 08/21/2009

    When Darren ("The Human Beat Box") Robinson was at his improvising best, rapping for "The Fat Boys" during the 80’s and early 90’s, fat was phat.

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  • Naked man arrested for assault on plane
    Naked man arrested for assault on plane

    By theGrio

    9:01 AM on 08/21/2009

    VIDEO — Authorities say a flight was forced to return to Oakland International Airport after a male passenger stripped, hit another passenger and fought with crew members.

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  • Poll: Americans losing confidence in Obama
    Poll: Americans losing confidence in Obama

    By theGrio via AP

    8:01 AM on 08/21/2009

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll says that Americans, concerned over the future of health care reform and anxious about the growing federal budget deficit, are losing faith in President Barack Obama.

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  • Burress' teammates saddened by plea deal
    Burress’ teammates saddened by plea deal

    By theGrio via AP

    3:24 PM on 08/20/2009

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Plaxico Burress’ decision to plead guilty to a weapons charge and accept two years in prison surprised his former New York Giants teammates

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  • 2 teenagers charged as adults in hate crime against elderly black fisherman
    2 teenagers charged as adults in hate crime against elderly black fisherman

    By theGrio via AP

    2:39 PM on 08/20/2009

    Two teenagers were arrested Thursday and charged as adults in what police say was the racially motivated beating of an elderly black fisherman.

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  • Same-sex couples stage 'kiss-in' to protest treatment at diner
    Same-sex couples stage ‘kiss-in’ to protest treatment at diner

    By theGrio

    12:15 PM on 08/20/2009

    VIDEO – Dozens of same-sex couples locked lips inside a popular Maryland diner Wednesday to protest the treatment of a lesbian couple there.

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