terrence_howard.jpgTerrence Howard Introduces New CD
Terrence Howard held a lunchtime listening party for his debut album, “Terrence Howard – Me and the Band of Kings” at the Sony Club in New York. According to People, the Oscar-nominated actor was dressed in a gray three-piece suit and drummed his chopsticks along to the 11-song disc as it played for a room full of journalists. (Continue Reading…)

Rap Stars Spread the Gospel, But Is It a Mixed Message?
Yung Joc appears on stage for a performance as an assembly of youth swarms toward his direction, screaming at the top of their lungs. Only this time, the rapper delivers a message nothing like his raucous songs “I Know You See It,” “Dope Boy Magic,” or his smash hit “It’s Goin’ Down.” “I’m not trying to be a preacher, but God is real in my life,” he says, while his 2-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter stand near him at an event called Exodus, a soulful revival for youths. (Continue Reading…)

UN Warns Darfur War Worsening, with Perhaps 300,000 Dead
The conflict in Darfur is deteriorating, with full deployment of a new peacekeeping force delayed until 2009 and no prospect of a political settlement for a war that has killed perhaps 300,000 people in five years, U.N. officials said Tuesday. (Continue Reading…)

As Verdict in 50-Shot Killing Nears, NYC Ready for Protests
When police killed an unarmed African immigrant in a hail of 41 bullets in 1999, outrage filled up the streets of New York. About 1,200 people were arrested, including elected officials and celebrities, during a month of daily protests. Thousands more marched after four white officers were acquitted in Amadou Diallo’s death. (Continue Reading…)

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