Daily New Feed 9.16.08

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Diahann Carroll’s New Tell-All Book
Oscar-winner Sidney Poitiers ex-mistress Diahann Carroll claims in her new book that the actor was a cad who prompted her to divorce her husband to be with him, and later double-crossed her. Carroll is the Bronx-born beauty who made history as TV’’s first black sitcom star in “Julia”. Titled “The Legs Are the Last to Go”, her memoirs portray Poitier as a heel who convinced her and first hubby Monte Kay to divorce after confronting Kay. He even said that he loved Carroll, and was also leaving his wife to be with her. However, the actor didnt keep his word, and Carroll eventually had to date another man in frustration. “Sidney called me at my hotel . . . ”You bitch, whore, tramp,” he yelled. ”I know he just left your bed. I won”t have you running around with other men. You belong to me!” ” the New York Post quoted her as writing in the book. She said that Poitier later told her he”d finally called it quits with his wife, Juanita Hardy. He even bought her a ring and made her decorate a 10-room Riverside Drive apartment he”d bought “I was only home a few days when he called to say his wife was having second thoughts. Our wedding plans would have to be postponed,” wrote Carroll. (Continue Reading…)

Vince Young’s Episode Reveals Stress of Black Passers
Last September, Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles’ veteran quarterback, ruffled feathers during an interview on HBO when he said that African-American quarterbacks were held to a different standard than their white colleagues. “There’s not that many African-American quarterbacks, so we have to do a little bit extra,” he said. “Because the percentage of us playing this position, which people didn’t want us to play, is low, so we do a little extra.” Then he added in reference to Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer: “Let me start by saying I love those guys. But they don’t get criticized as much as we do. They don’t.” Shortly after McNabb made his comments, Vince Young, the Tennessee Titans’ quarterback, was asked for his reaction. (Continue Reading…)

Black ‘Issue’ Hangs Over Presidential Polls
Of all the mysteries in this confounding presidential election, this may be the most significant question of all: How many voters will ultimately decide they can’t vote for an African-American? “It’s definitely a factor,” said Republican pollster Frank Luntz. “How do you count for it? It’s almost impossible. But you have to assume you’re going to have about a two-point margin of error in almost any poll because of race.” With close races in critical battle?grounds including Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Virginia, two points could make the difference in who wins and loses the election. And if Obama loses in November with the Democrats having a strong political wind at their back count on hand-wringing and speculation that America simply wasn’t ready to elect an African-American president. (Continue Reading…)

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