Beyonce to Be Known as “Sasha Fierce”
Just like the “Seinfeld” episode where George wanted everyone to call him “T-Bone,” Beyonce Knowles would like to be known by a bold new name. The R&B singer has christened herself “Sasha Fierce” for her new double album, “I Am … Sasha Fierce,” due in U.S. stores on November 18, and has released a lengthy justification for the comical moniker. “I have someone else that takes over when it’s time for me to work and when I’m on stage, this alter ego that I’ve created that kind of protects me and who I really am,” the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman said in a statement. “Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I’m working and when I’m on the stage.” Additionally, she has set up a cryptic MySpace page (www.myspace.com/sashafierce) that gives a “lucky person” the opportunity to receive a personal message and a gift bag valued at $500. (Continue Reading…)

Woman in Duke Lacrosse Case Renews Allegations
The woman who prosecutors determined falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape maintains in a new memoir that she was attacked, a claim that provoked an angry lawsuit threat from one player’s family. Crystal Mangum, who appeared publicly Thursday for the first time since making the allegations more than two years ago, says in her book being made available online Friday that she is not “looking forward to opening old wounds” but that she had to defend herself. “Even as I try to move on with my life, I still find it necessary to take one more stand and fight,” she writes in an excerpt of the book, “The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story.” (Continue Reading…)

Dr. Rice: ‘Children of Color’ are Worst Hit by Failing Schools
In a Wednesday afternoon appearance before an annual gathering of powerful women, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the failing American education system has become “the most pressing national security issue in this country right now.” Rice, the highest-ranking African-American in government and the first Black woman to hold the post, made the remarks at The Women’s Conference, a yearly event organized by California First Lady Maria Shriver. Taking the Long Beach Convention Center stage to resounding applause from the nearly 15,000 in attendance, the statement by Rice — who previously served as President Bush’s national security advisor and was once the chief academic and budget officer at Stanford University — was particularly striking in light of her deep involvement in a global conflict against terrorism and the central role she plays in helping to oversee lengthy wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. (Continue Reading…)

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