CNN’s O’Brien Remembers Obstacles
While Soledad O’Brien usually asks the questions, she was answering them here Tuesday night. Students and community members asked the CNN special correspondent about the upcoming presidential election, the media industry, and her influences. O’Brien visited Penn State Behrend for a presentation as part of the college’s Speaker Series. An animated presenter, O’Brien discussed the obstacles she faced getting into broadcast journalism coming from a white Australian father and black Cuban mother. (Continue Reading…)
Obama: Wright flap has ‘shaken me up’
Sen. Barack Obama told CNN on Wednesday the recent uproar over his former pastor’s sermons has reminded him of the odds he faces in winning the White House. “In some ways, this controversy has actually shaken me up a little bit and gotten me back into remembering that the odds of me getting elected have always been lower than some of the other conventional candidates,” the Illinois senator told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive one-on-one interview. (Continue Reading…)
Media Drags Black Firm into Kilpatrick’s Text Mess
The unrelenting coverage of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s text message scandal has now caught up a Black-owned, Detroit-based business. Bobby Ferguson, 39, and CEO of Ferguson Enterprises, woke up Sunday morning to find his name, his mug shot from the Wayne County Sheriff, and his business spread across the front page of a daily paper, the subject of an article that attempted to cast suspicion on his business dealings with the City of Detroit.
Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias in La. Murder Verdict
The Supreme Court yesterday reversed the murder conviction of a black Louisiana death-row inmate on the grounds that racial bias had infected the selection of his jury. The 7-2 decision is the court’s latest effort to press trial judges to intervene when a prosecutor moves to exclude blacks from the trial of a black defendant. (Continue Reading…)