dailyphoto090723Christie Crowned First Black Miss England
The athlete niece of British Olympic 100 metres gold medallist Linford Christie was celebrating Tuesday after being crowned the first black Miss England. Rachel Christie, 20, specialises in the heptathlon and the 400 metres and is hoping to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Competing as Miss London City, she edged out her rivals to claim the Miss England crown in a ceremony at London’s Metropole Hilton Hotel and will now contest the Miss World crown in Johannesburg in December. “My ambition in life is to compete and win gold in the 2012 Olympics,” she said. “I would also love to do well in Miss England, I want to be successful in whatever I choose to do in life.” She trains at the west London stadium named after her uncle. (Continue Reading…)


Boris Kodjoe owns a mansion in Atlanta. But when he goes to answer his door, the black actor knows what it’s like to be an outcast. “When I’m opening the door of my own house, someone will ask me where the man of the house is, implying that I’m staff,” said Kodjoe, best known for starring in Showtime’s “Soul Food.” It’s a feeling some African-Americans say is all too common, even to this day in America: No matter your status or prominence in society, you’re still typecast. That’s why the recent arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation’s most prominent African-American scholars, has stirred outrage and debate. Jelani Cobb, an author and professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, says it’s troubling on many levels when “one of the most recognizable African-Americans in the country can be arrested in his own home and have to justify being in his own home.” (Continue Reading…)

Obama: Police Who Arrested Professor ‘Acted Stupidly’
President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “acted stupidly” in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man’s home. “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played,” Obama said Wednesday night while taking questions after a White House news conference. Cambridge authorities dropped disorderly conduct charges against Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Tuesday. Obama defended Gates on Wednesday night, while admitting that he may be “a little biased,” because Gates is a friend. (Continue Reading…)

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