Movie Review: ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’
Jeb Stuart’s “Blood Done Sign My Name” scrupulously examines a page from the recent history of the South — a racially charged murder that took place in Oxford, N.C., in 1970. The details of the case resemble those of many similar events that took place across the region at the height of the civil rights movement. A black man, Henry Marrow, was brutally killed and his accused murderers, members of a family of white business owners, were acquitted by an all-white jury as the town seethed and its leaders panicked. There were peaceful marches to the state capital, and also acts of looting, vandalism and arson. (Continue Reading…)

Tiger Woods set to make public apology
In a tightly controlled televised statement, golfer Tiger Woods apologized Friday for his “irresponsible and selfish” behavior. “I know I have bitterly disappointed all of you,” said the golfer, dressed in a blue button-down shirt and a blazer. “For all that I have done, I am so sorry. … “I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame.” It was his first public appearance since his November car crash outside his home near Orlando, Florida — the beginning of what would become an torrent of bad news for the golfer. (Continue Reading…)

African Union condemns Niger military coup
The African Union has condemned a coup in Niger, where soldiers detained President Mamadou Tandja after gun battles in the capital, Niamey. Former colonial power France has also criticised the coup and West African bloc Ecowas has sent a team to talk to the plotters, led by Col Salou Djibo. But one opposition activist told the BBC the soldiers were “honest patriots” who were fighting tyranny. State TV reported that Mr Tandja was “safe” but did not say where he was. (Continue Reading…)

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