logo14.jpgHigh expectations of Zuma in SAfrica
The newly elected leader of South Africa’s ruling party rose to power on the backs of trade unionists, communists and the poor. The challenge now is to satisfy his supporters without sacrificing the nation’s economy. Cynthia Tokwe, a maid in Cape Town, was typical of supporters of Jacob Zuma, the son of a maid. “He understands poverty,” she said. “He understands us.” (Continue Reading…)

Falcons Players Fined For Public Vick Support
The NFL has fined five Atlanta Falcons players after they showed support for disgraced quarterback Michael Vick during the Falcons nationally televised loss to the New Orleans Saints last Monday. The NFL said the very public displays of support for Vick violated NFL uniform code policy in a couple of cases and, in fact, was so “in the face” of NFL leadership that the fines were doubled in some cases. (Continue Reading…)

>NAACP files Lawsuit against major lenders for alleged racial discriminatory practice
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against seven more major lenders for alleged racial discriminatory lending practices. The NAACP named Countrywide, CitiMortgage, Suntrust Mortgage, GMAC Rescap, JP Morgan, National City and First Horizon as new defendants in its class-action racial discrimination lawsuit, filed last July in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. (Continue Reading…)

Congress Passes Sudan Divestment Bill
States, localities and private investors would be allowed to cut their investment ties with Sudan under legislation passed by Congress on Tuesday and sent to the president for his signature. The legislation adds to sanctions already in place against the Khartoum government meant to pressure Sudan into ending the murderous violence in the Darfur region of the country. (Continue Reading…)

Atlanta Woman Claims Damon Dash Made Her Schizophrenic
Hip-hop mogul, Damon Dash, is driving the ladies crazy — literally. According to the New York Post, an Atlanta woman has filed a lawsuit against Dash, claiming that a meeting with him in 2004 resulted in her being diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In the bizarre suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court recently, 24-year-old Jamie Roberts accuses Dash of exposing himself to her during their time spent together in Miami in 2004. (Continue Reading…)

Sharpton Seeks Hate Charge in W.Va. Case
The Rev. Al Sharpton called on prosecutors Tuesday to add hate crimes charges against the six people suspected of kidnapping and torturing a young black woman, and vowed not to give up the pressure. “The best way to keep us out of town is to handle hate crimes the right way here in town,” the civil rights activist told a crowd of nearly 100 people gathered at the First Baptist Church in honor of Megan Williams. (Continue Reading…)

Washington gives $1 million to revive Wiley debate team
Oscar winner Denzel Washington is donating $1 million to Wiley College to re-establish its famed debate team. School officials Tuesday announced the gift by Washington, who last week was in Marshall to screen The Great Debaters. (Continue Reading…)

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