dailyphoto080719.jpgKanye Booked for Dem Convention ’08
*Kanye West, Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. have been tapped to perform at the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver to support the presidential nomination of Sen. Barack Obama. According to Billboard, West is rumored to be performing on behalf of Bono’s One Campaign, which landed the rapper in conjunction with the RIAA. Jean and N.E.R.D. are expected to headline a party thrown by MTV and Rock the Vote. (Continue Reading…)

US Cities’ Black Populations Lose Ground
Decades of white flight transformed America’s cities. That era is drawing to a close. In Washington, a historically black church is trying to attract white members to survive. Atlanta’s next mayoral race is expected to feature the first competitive white candidate since the 1980s. San Francisco has lost so many African-Americans that Mayor Gavin Newsom created an “African-American Out-Migration Task Force and Advisory Committee” to help retain black residents. “The city is experiencing growth, yet we’re losing African-American families disproportionately,” Mr. Newsom says. When that happens, “we lose part of our soul.” For much of the 20th century, the proportion of whites shrank in most U.S. cities. In recent years the decline has slowed considerably — and in some significant cases has reversed. Between 2000 and 2006, eight of the 50 largest cities, including Boston, Seattle and San Francisco, saw the proportion of whites increase, according to Census figures. The previous decade, only three cities saw increases. (Continue Reading…)

After Family Day, Grand Party for Mandela’s 90th
Some came in exquisitely beaded traditional skins, others wore T-shirts emblazoned with his name, and Nelson Mandela welcomed all to the festive tent outside his home Saturday for the formal celebration of the anti-apartheid icon’s 90th birthday. Hundreds of guests stood and cheered and a Xhosa choir sang “Here is our hope!” at the entrance of Mandela — walking in with his successor as South Africa’s president, Thabo Mbeki, and African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma. Mandela, wearing an intricately patterned shirt in shades of brown, stopped to personally greet a few of the 500 honored guests as he made his way to the head table. Zuma called the gathering a celebration of “a life and legacy of a father, grandfather, comrade, warrior, soldier, nation builder and statesman.” Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda caught the festive mood with a tuneful solo of “Happy Birthday” followed by a teasing verse: “How old are you? State secret!” Then the 84-year-old Kaunda jogged over to Mandela to shake his hand. (Continue Reading…)

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