dailyphoto080418.jpgPulliam Hooks Up with ‘Madea’ Movie
Little Rudy from “The Cosby Show” all grown up and playing a hooker? Yes indeed, thanks to Tyler Perry. Keshia Knight Pulliam will star as an imprisoned prostitute in “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.” Derek Luke also stars in the Lionsgate comedy, which is set to begin filming in Atlanta next month for a tentative early 2009 release. (Continue Reading…)

Millions of Offenders to Get ‘Second Chance’
U. S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) stood behind President George Bush as he sat down, pen in hand, in front of the open folder. Among the string of witnesses beside Davis were Black Caucus members Reps. Bobby Scott (Va.), Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Ohio) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (Mich.). It was a rare, but happily unified non-partisan gathering to sign what had once appeared to be a mission- impossible for Davis. It was five years ago when he first conceived, introduced and began fighting for the Second Chance Act to deter the recidivism rate that is so disparate among Black inmates. For five years straight, the legislation failed to make it through Congress. (Continue Reading…)

UN and AU Want 26,000-Strong Force in Darfur Quickly
The United Nations and the African Union said Thursday they want their 26,000-strong peacekeeping force on the ground in Darfur quickly. The U.N. Security Council and the African Union’s Peace and Security Council met behind closed doors, a day after the U.N. chief expressed extreme disappointment at the lack of progress in ending the five-year conflict in Darfur. South Africa’s U.N. Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, the current Security Council president, told reporters afterwards that both organizations want the AU-U.N. peacekeeping operation in Darfur known as UNAMID “fully staffed as soon as possible.” (Continue Reading…)

Obama Says Debate Focused on ‘Gotcha,’ Not Policy Issues
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama dismissively talked about his debate with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the line of questioning from ABC News’ moderators, arguing that it focused on political trivia at the expense of the problems facing average voters. At a rally in the May 6 primary state of North Carolina, Obama drew roars of approval Thursday when he mocked aspects of the presidential debate that had him on the defensive Wednesday night. He faced tough questions about his controversial pastor, his comments about bitter voters in small towns and his relationship with a 1960s radical. (Continue Reading…)

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