aleqm5hey1crktnywa3szpacfbguve8dsa.jpgBarack Obama Buzz Sweeps Through BET Awards
Barack Obama didn’t attend the BET Awards, but that didn’t stop attendees from talking about him. “If we all register and vote, we will have the first black president in the history of America,” Sean “Diddy” Combs told the crowd Tuesday at the Shrine Auditorium before chanting “Obama or Die” — a declarative remix of his neutral “Vote or Die” motto from the 2004 presidential election, when he attempted to boost the youth vote. Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was just a few blocks away at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a fundraiser with a Hollywood guest list that included supermodels Heidi Klum and Cindy Crawford, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and movie stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Malkovich. While Obama didn’t make an appearance at the BET Awards — either live or on tape — his presence was felt. As she picked up her award for best female R&B artist, Alicia Keys told the crowd that it’s time for black people to erase the word “can’t” from their vocabulary. “Together we can do anything,” she said, playing on the Democrat’s “Yes We Can” mantra before shouting: “Obama y’all!” (Continue Reading…)

Kenyan Children Tell of Being Abducted, Tortured
Dozens of scared children filed silently into the bare room, their eyes on the cracks in the floor. One by one, in low voices, they told of being tortured by the Kenyan army because they were suspected of aiding rebels. They told of being beaten and made to shake hands with corpses. They told of being forced to crawl through barbed wire tunnels and of genitals squeezed by pliers. Then the children took off their shirts. White scars crisscrossed the dark skin on their backs like grains of rice. Some were still bleeding. (Continue Reading…)

Pacman Says He’s Praying for Imus After ‘Racist’ Comment
At least Don Imus can take comfort in knowing that he has Adam (Don’t Call Me Pacman — Or Else) Jones’ spiritual support. Imus, the syndicated radio host who was fired for making racially and sexually insensitive remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team last year, set off another firestorm Monday by asking “What color is he?” after hearing Jones’ lengthy rap sheet. Told that the Cowboys cornerback is African American, Imus said: “Well, there you go. Now we know.” Jones responded to the Dallas Morning News on Monday night: “I’m truly upset about the comments. Obviously, Mr. Imus has problems with African Americans. I’m upset, and I hope the station he works for handles it accordingly. I will pray for him.” (Continue Reading…)

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