dailyphoto090716Houston Premieres New Album in London
Whitney Houston appeared at the world premiere of her new album, “I Look to You” (Arista), in London last night (July 14). A healthy-looking Houston appeared briefly on stage at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge after Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis played nine tracks from the album, due to be released Sept. 1 in the U.S. The U.K. release is via RCA on Aug. 31. Houston thanked Davis for his work on the album, saying: “When Clive called me I was pretty ready to buy my island home [and retire] but he said, ‘No, you’re going to sing again, people want to hear you.'” (Continue Reading…)

Sudanese Women Flogged for Wearing Trousers
Sudanese police arrested 13 women in a raid on a cafe and flogged 10 of them in public for wearing trousers in violation of the country’s strict Islamic law, one of those arrested said Monday. The 13 women were at a cafe in the capital, Khartoum, when they were detained Friday by officers from the public order police, which enforces the implementation of Sharia law in public places. The force, which is similar to the Saudi religious police, randomly enforces an alcohol ban and often scolds young men and women mingling in public. One of those arrested Friday, journalist Lubna Hussein, said she is challenging the charges, which can be punishable by up to 40 lashes. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Hussein said. (Continue Reading…)

Kodak Agrees to Settle Race Discrimination Lawsuit for $21M
Eastman Kodak Co. has agreed to pay $21.4 million to settle legal action brought by black workers who claim the photography products maker paid and promoted them less than their white co-workers. The deal was given preliminary approval by a federal judge last month, according to court documents. It would have the Rochester-based company, while admitting no wrongdoing, pay amounts ranging from $1,000 to $75,000 to 3,021 past and current workers. The proposed settlement would end both a 2004 class-action lawsuit brought by a group called Employees Committed for Justice and a similar suit filed by other black workers in 2007. Kodak spokesman Christopher Veronda said the company and plaintiffs had agreed not to publicly discuss the proposed settlement. He provided a written statement that said all sides “believe that this settlement represents a resolution of mutual interest.” (Continue Reading…)

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