logo20.jpgl_60725a2f44fa52f4af038b8de83e9c7f.jpgIs It Time to Abandon B.E.T?
There used to be a time when African-American music was a symbol of empowerment and enlightenment for the African-American race, but now, with the newer generation of black folks on B.E.T., it is just not the same. Those who are still old-at-heart remember the songs that made African-Americans feel good about being black. For example, songs like “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” by James Brown or “Respect” by Aretha Franklin were just some of the many classic songs recorded by black musicians that embraced the idea that African-Americans can still be black and still be considered beautiful. (Continue Reading…)

Black rabbi seeks to bridge racial Jewish divide
abbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, wants you to know that he likes gefilte fish – a lot.”I love it,” he told JTA in a recent interview. “I love lox. I love borscht. Some of my congregants don’t even know what borscht is.” Funnye’s congregants are predominantly African Americans from the South Side of Chicago, so perhaps that’s no surprise. But while gefilte fish won’t be debuting anytime soon at the kiddush at Beth Shalom, the rabbi is bringing his congregants closer to the broader Chicago Jewish community in ways most of his African American rabbinical colleagues have not yet dared. (Continue Reading…)

Man to get record $2.5m in racism suit
The world’s largest military contractor will pay a record $2.5 million to a former avionics electrician who claims he was called the N-word, threatened with death and laid off after he reported racism at Lockheed Martin Corp. (Continue Reading…)

Ne-Yo Sues Over R. Kelly Tour Dismissal
Ne-Yo and Compound Touring Inc. filed a suit Monday (Dec. 31) against Rowe Entertainment Inc., the promoter of R. Kelly’s “Double-Up” Tour, for firing the singer after two shows as the opening act for Kelly. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges breach of contract and violation of the right of publicity. (Continue Reading…)

New Orleans homicides up 30% over ’06 level
New crime figures show a 30% increase in homicides in New Orleans last year over 2006, when the city ranked as the most murderous in the country. (Continue Reading…)

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