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VIA BLACK VOICES: A fictional account of the last hours of Martin Luther King’s life will be focus of a play headed to Broadway next theater season this fall. The drama titled “The Mountaintop,” by Katori Hall, received a 2010 Olivier Award best new play nomination and examines Hall’s take on the night before King […]

VIA CNN: (CNN) — If we are to address seriously the economic devastation in black communities across the nation, we have to put aside, once and for all, the idea that President Obama has a special obligation to African-Americans. Obama has said repeatedly that he can’t be the president of black America; he is the […]

VIA REUTERS: DETROIT/TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota will shut down production at two of its U.S. assembly plants for a total of at least 11 days as it grapples with slower sales after a wave of safety recalls. The shutdowns, announced on Tuesday, will affect Toyota’s San Antonio, Texas, and Georgetown, Kentucky, plants and represent the […]

VIA REUTERS: DALLAS (Reuters) – The NBA could lose around $400 million this year because of the flagging economy and a crippling labor agreement, according to commissioner David Stern. Stern told a news conference Saturday that players’ union representatives negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement had been shown figures outlining the NBA’s current economic circumstances. […]

VIA REUTERS: ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) – Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat scored a game-high 28 points and added 11 assists as the Eastern Conference prevailed over the West by a nail-biting 141-139 in the NBA’s annual All-Star game on Sunday. Played before a record crowd of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the […]

VIA POLITICS DAILY: The latest New York Times/CBS News poll paints a picture of a disaffected American public but President Obama, despite his lower approval ratings, fares better on its report card than the Republicans. Sixty-two percent believe the country is on the wrong track while 33 percent saying it is on the right track, […]

VIA CNN: A marijuana bust along the U.S.-Mexico border revealed 30 pounds of the drug stuffed into framed pictures of Jesus Christ, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said Wednesday. “This is not the first time we have seen smugglers attempt to use religious figures and articles of faith to further their criminal enterprise,” […]

VIA REUTERS: NEW YORK (Reuters) – The only known aerial photographs of the World Trade Center as it collapsed on September 11, 2001, were released by ABC News on Wednesday. The photos, taken from a helicopter by New York Police Det. Greg Semendinger, show the twin towers in flames, falling amid huge, billowing clouds of […]

VIA ARA LIFESTYLE: The financial crisis has brought about new kinds of challenges for many Americans. High gas prices, foreclosures and low wages are some well-known symptoms. One of the biggest obstacles, however, has been the feeling of uncertainty we encounter on a daily basis, whether it be our job stability, our family budgets, or […]

VIA REUTERS: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alarmed that nearly a third of U.S. children are obese or overweight — and likely to stay that way all their lives — President Barack Obama launched an initiative on Tuesday to roll back the numbers and put his wife in charge of promoting it. Obama signed an executive order […]