Mandela marks 20 years of freedom
Thousands of people are expected to gather near Cape Town in South Africa today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release. It will be the centrepiece of commemorations to mark the moment that Mandela emerged after 27 years behind bars, ushering in a transition from apartheid to multi-racial democracy and his rise to become the country’s first black president. This morning Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who held Mandela’s hand and punched the air in triumph on that day, will lead a 500-metre march from the former Victor Verster prison in Paarl, Western Cape, to symbolise the walk that was seen by a TV audience of millions. (Continue Reading…)

John Mayer’s interview shocks, offends
GRAMMY-award winning singer John Mayer has mouthed off about his sex life yet again, this time spilling the details about sleeping with ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson and referring to his penis as a “white supremacist”, the New York Post reported. After talking about his current fondness for onanism in February’s Rolling Stone, in the March issue of Playboy he talks about the sex he used to have. “Sexually it was crazy,” Mayer said. “It was like napalm, sexual napalm. Did you ever say, ‘I want to quit my life and just f***ing snort you? If you charged me $10,000 to f*** you, I would start selling all my s*** just to keep f***ing you.'” (Continue Reading…)

No good news for African Americans in latest jobless numbers
I hope this isn’t what people mean by a “colorblind society.” When the Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate fell from 10 percent to 9.7 percent in January, Democrats from the White House to Capitol Hill gushed like a school kid who had just aced a test in a class he was struggling to pass. “While unemployment remains a severe problem, today’s employment report contains encouraging signs of gradual labor market healing,” said Christina Romer, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi credits the $787 billion economic stimulus bill President Barack Obama signed a year ago with helping to create or save nearly 2 million jobs. (Continue Reading…)

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