Oprah Hops Aboard Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”
Oprah Winfrey has joined the voice cast of the upcoming Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” At a Disney presentation in Hollywood on Wednesday, John Lasseter, the chief creative office at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, said that Winfrey will play the character of Eudora, the mother of the main character, Princess Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose. (Continue Reading…)

Debate Highlights Mississippi’s Racial Evolution
On a small-town Saturday night, a half-block from the town square where a deteriorating Confederate statue stands guard, state Sen. Eric Powell walks into a restaurant for dinner. Powell orders fried pickles. Bubba Carpenter, a Republican state representative, ambles over with his 5-year-old son, Noah. The two freshmen legislators make small talk about a Civil War reenactment and plans to attend Friday’s scheduled debate between Barack Obama and John McCain at the University of Mississippi. Noah wordlessly reaches his hand across the table, palm up. Powell gently slaps him five, his large brown hand swallowing Noah’s tiny white one. (Continue Reading…)

NM GOP Official Quits Over Remarks about Blacks
The chairman of the Republican Party in New Mexico’s most populous county resigned Thursday, nearly a week after saying “Hispanics consider themselves above blacks” and won’t vote for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Fernando C de Baca’s resignation as GOP chairman in Bernalillo County was announced by state GOP Chairman Allen Weh, one of several top New Mexico Republicans who had called for him to step down. “Mr. C de Baca has worked hard on behalf of the party, and his contributions should be appropriately recognized,” Weh said. “We are glad this matter has been resolved and wish him well.” C de Baca, 70, was quoted in a BBC News blog last week as saying: “The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors. African-Americans came here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won’t vote for a black president.” C de Baca had maintained his comments were taken out of context, explaining he was referring to views held by some in the generation of Hispanics who grew up before the civil rights movement. “Those were not my beliefs,” he said Tuesday. (Continue Reading…)

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