dailyphoto080308.jpgJanet Jackson Sets Sights On Fall Tour, Book
With her sixth No. 1 album in the bag, Janet Jackson next has a tour and a book ready to roll this year. The singer, whose “Discipline” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 181,000, anticipates a mid-September launch for a trip that will take her around the world. (Continue Reading…)

Downey fears black-lash over film role
ctor Robert Downey jnr has taken method acting to new levels for his latest role – playing a black man in Ben Stiller’s new comedy. Downey, 42, took on the role of Kirk Lazarus, which had been written for a black actor, in the comedy about pompous actors making the most expensive Vietnam War movie ever. (Continue Reading…)

Looking for the NAACP’s next leader
A special search committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has narrowed the list of finalists to lead the organization to a foundation president in San Francisco, a former official in the Clinton White House, and the pastor of a Dallas mega-church. (Continue Reading…)

Disgraced sprinter Jones reports to prison
Former U.S. sprinter Marion Jones reported to a federal prison in Texas on Friday to begin serving a six-month sentence for lying to prosecutors about steroid use that helped her win five medals at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. (Continue Reading…)

Scholar: Black vote historically manipulated by both parties
Even as Democrats may nominate a black man as its presidential candidate, a scholar of race and politics said the party has a history of suppressing or manipulating black voters. “Different parts of the party have different agendas and different stakes in the black vote,” Frances Fox Piven, professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, said of the Democratic Party. (Continue Reading…)

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