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dailyphoto080302.jpgRose Rollins: The “L” Girl
Rose Rollins might not be the biggest bleep on your radar screen right now, but she is blowing up.
Rollins, 29, plays Tasha Williams, an intensely proud, gay army captain on Showtime’s “The L Word.” Her military career, however, is compromised once the army realizes that she’s in violation of Chapter 15, which states that homosexuality is grounds for separation. (Continue Reading…)

Entrepreneurs reclaim black hair care market with niche products
Hunched over folding tables in their Baltimore basement, Pierre and Jamyla Bennu put the “hand” in Oyin Handmade, meticulously squeezing droplets of oil into amber-colored bottles of “Juices and Berries” hair tonic. They spend up to 18 hours a day concocting products aimed largely at black women who’ve abandoned hair straighteners for their natural locks – fragile coils easily dried by many store products. (Continue Reading…)

Rwanda economy thriving as country moves past genocide
When President Bush came here last month on his five-nation Africa tour, he paid a solemn visit to the site where 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide are buried, laying a wreath and strolling quietly along a row of concrete slabs marking mass graves.(Continue Reading…)

Jamaica Explores Legalizing Marijuana
Jamaica is considering the legalization of marijuana, a drug revered by members of the island’s large Rastafarian population who say smoking it is part of their religion. (Continue Reading…)

Georgia’s first black police officers may take pension battle to court
A “whites only” sign was still hanging on the precinct house water fountain in 1964 when James Booker joined the suburban College Park police force. (Continue Reading…)

Obama on Homophobia in the Black Church
“An interesting moment came when he was asked a question about LGBT rights and delivered an answer that seemed to suit the questioner, listing the various attributes — race, gender, etc. — that shouldn’t trigger discrimination, to successive cheers. When he came to saying that gays and lesbians deserve equality, though, the crowd fell silent. So he took a different tack: ‘Now I’m a Christian, and I praise Jesus every Sunday,’ he said, to a sudden wave of noisy applause and cheers. ‘I hear people saying things that I don’t think are very Christian with respect to people who are gay and lesbian,’ he said, and the crowd seemed to come along with him this time.” (Continue Reading…)

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