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dailyphoto090416Keshia Knight Pulliam in New Reality Show
Rudy from “The Cosby Show” has grown up, and she’s about to show off her life on cable TV. Oxygen said Wednesday that it’s developing a reality show about actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and her live-in boyfriend, Atlanta area entrepreneur Kaseem Penn. It will explore what it’s like being young, rich, single and co-habitating. No air date is set for the show, titled “Keshia and Kaseem.” Come summer, Oxygen will premiere a series called “Dance Your Ass Off.” It’ll be hosted by Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won a Tony for her performance in “Hairspray” as Tracy Turnblad, the full-figure teen who yearns to dance on a TV show in 1960s Baltimore; she’s also appeared on “Dancing With the Stars.” In the Oxygen show, competitors try to show off their dancing skills and lose weight — sort of like “The Biggest Loser” with rhythm. (Continue Reading…)

Black-Owned Bank Has Few Urban Loans
Calling itself and other minority-owned banks a “rare beacon of hope” in their neighborhoods, OneUnited Bank of Boston last fall made an emotional plea to the US Treasury for help with millions of dollars in soured investments. Without assistance, bank officials said, OneUnited and other institutions might fail. The money did not come right away. But with the aid of US Representatives Barney Frank and Maxine Waters, OneUnited secured meetings with the Treasury, and by December received $12 million from the government’s bank bailout fund. It was the latest sign that the nation’s largest black bank still holds sway with powerful politicians, despite a shrinking profile in Boston and financial troubles that brought a sharp rebuke by regulators. The bank has retreated from traditional urban lending, and in recent years has made few home loans in its Boston community, parts of which have been ravaged by subprime mortgages. (Continue Reading…)

Somalia Piracy Began in Response to Illegal Fishing and Toxic Dumping
resident Obama vowed an international crackdown to halt piracy off the coast of Somalia Monday soon after the freeing of US cargo ship captain Richard Phillips, who had been held hostage by Somali pirates since last Wednesday. While the pirates story has dominated the corporate media, there has been little to no discussion of the root causes driving piracy. We speak with consultant and analyst Mohamed Abshir Waldo. In January, he wrote a paper titled “The Two Piracies in Somalia: Why the World Ignores the Other?” (Continue Reading…)

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