VIA NPR: Forty eight years ago today President Barack Obama was born, despite what the Birthers insist, in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was 1961. John F. Kennedy, still the youngest person ever elected president at age 43, was in the White House. And with African Americans unable to sit undisturbed at many downtown lunch counters in […]

VIA NEW YORK TIMES: Naomi Sims, whose appearance as the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in November 1968 was a consummate moment of the Black is Beautiful movement, and who went on to design successful collections of wigs and cosmetics for black women under her name, died Saturday in Newark. […]

VIA CBS NEWS: To live the life of Wyclef Jean is to believe that almost anything is possible. Wyclef is a Grammy Award winning multimillionaire rock star who comes from Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. He’s one of thousands of Haitians who immigrate to the U.S. And many never return. But not […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: The House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday night approved a sweeping package of health-care measures, clearing a critical hurdle that sets the stage for a five-week battle for both Democrats and Republicans to define the legislation in voters’ minds before the full House votes next month. The final pieces of an intense […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: The administration is considering whether to transfer some detainees at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a facility in the United States that would contain courtrooms to hold federal criminal trials and military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects, administration officials said Sunday. The maximum-security facility would be jointly run by […]

VIA NPR: CNN has been positioning itself as the cable news channel that sticks to the facts, which it says distinguishes it from rivals MSNBC on the ideological left and and Fox News on the right. But CNN host Lou Dobbs has put his employer on the defensive in recent days by repeatedly focusing on […]

(Washington, DC) — The nation’s unemployed workers might see another extension of jobless benefits. National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the Obama administration will work with Congress to “make sure unemployment insurance continues to perform its basic function of protecting the unemployed.” The economist said jobless benefits help the overall […]

A Christian relief organization claims the number of people going hungry everyday has reached one-billion for the first time. Food for the Hungry helps those in need through the sponsorhip of children. The organization said world leaders discussed spending 20-billion-dollars in the next three years to help as many as possible. The most important goal […]

(Chilmark, MA) — Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he’s received numerous death threats since he accused Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Sergeant James Crowley of racial profiling during his controversial arrest on July 16th. Speaking to a small group at the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival over the weekend, Gates said the threats forced him to […]

(Washington, DC) — The Senate starts debate tomorrow on the the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed this week, as expected, the New York federal appeals court judge will become the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. Sotomayor is President Obama’s choice to replace retired Justice David Souter. Supporters […]