dailyphoto080725.jpgReport: Black Women Tech-Savvy
Black women are more likely than other female consumers to spend time embracing technology, and they view cellphones and the Internet as tools of empowerment and self-expression, a study finds. Compared with other women, five times as many black women — 36 percent — use cellphones for three or more hours a day, according to research released Thursday by Time Inc.’s Essence magazine. Black women also spend more extended time using iPods, computers, high-definition TVs and DVD players. The findings defy an image of technology consumers focused on young men, said Carmen Bryant, director of consumer research for Essence. “All women use technology to gain control in their lives,” Bryant said. But, she said, African-American women also use technology as “a way to empower themselves to move forward.” (Continue Reading…)

Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim Sued Over Undelivered Books
A New York publisher is suing Foxy Brown and Lil’ Kim, saying they were paid advances for books they never delivered. Simon & Schuster Inc. says Brown was paid $75,000 in 2005 to deliver an autobiography called “Broken Silence” by February 2006; and Lil’ Kim was paid $40,000 in 2003 for a novel due June 2004. The publisher wants its money back through the two lawsuits filed Thursday. After signing the deals, both women were imprisoned for several months. Lil’ Kim went to prison in 2005 for lying about a shooting, and Brown in 2007 for violating probation arising from a fight with two manicurists. (Continue Reading…)

Blacks in Congress Split Over Menthol Cigarettes
Free cigarettes are no longer handed out at Congressional Black Caucus functions. And it has been years since anyone referred to Edolphus Towns, Democrat of Brooklyn, as the “Marlboro Man” for his campaign contributions from the tobacco industry. But the Congressional Black Caucus has not severed its financial ties to big tobacco. And that can complicate matters when the political discussion involves smoking’s impact on African-Americans. (Continue Reading…)

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