artmichelleobamacnn.jpgLet’s Move Past Wright, Michelle Obama Says
Michelle Obama said Wednesday that her husband’s move to distance himself from his controversial former minister has been “painful,” but that she’s pleased with the way he’s handled the situation. “I was proud of the statement he made yesterday,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux. “It was a tough thing for him to do — it’s a painful situation to be in.” On Tuesday, Obama said he was “outraged” by comments the Rev. Jeremiah Wright made to the National Press Club in Washington on Monday. The candidate said he was “saddened by the spectacle” of what Wright said. (Continue Reading…)

Coalition Launches Protests Against Verdict in Bell Case
A “street organizing” coalition that briefly blocked rush hour traffic in front of Madison Square Garden yesterday evening to protest the acquittal of three detectives in the shooting of Sean Bell said the demonstration was the beginning of disruptions planned for the city. Members of the groups said that besides being “very loud and chaotic,” they wanted to urge the comedian Chris Rock, who was performing at the arena, and other black celebrities to join in the protests against the verdict. (Continue Reading…)

Suspicious Phone Messages Target Black Voters in NC
Misleading automated phone messages that have targeted African American voters in North Carolina have been linked to similar phone calls made in Virginia, say election officials. The messages, from a caller who identifies himself as “Lamont Williams,” tell voters to expect a voter registration packet in the mail. “All you need to do is fill it out, sign it, date and return your application. Then you will be able to vote and make your voice heard,” says the caller with no additional identifying information. North Carolina election officials and watchdogs say the calls are confusing and misleading, since North Carolina’s mail-in voter registration deadline passed more than two weeks ago. (Continue Reading…)

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