Brandy: Car Crash ‘Changed My Life Forever’
It was nearly two years ago that Brandy was involved in a horrific car accident that claimed the life of another driver. Now, for the first time, Brandy is opening up about that tragic day. It was a situation that changed my life forever,” Brandy told Access Hollywood guest correspondent Quddus. “I will never be the same.” On December 30, 2006, Brandy was driving her Land Rover on Los Angeles’ busy 405 freeway, when her vehicle slammed into the back of a 2005 Toyota, causing the Toyota to strike another vehicle before sliding sideways and impacting the center divider. As the Toyota came to a stop, it was hit by another vehicle. (Continue Reading…)

Obama’s Rise Forces Brazil to Look at Racial Divide
Barack Obama’s rise to power in the United States has exposed cracks in Brazil’s self-image as a racially integrated society, with many seeing the Latin American giant years away from electing a black president. With only a few blacks in top government posts, deep-rooted, veiled racism in a country that is among the world’s most racially mixed has prevented the emergence of a serious black presidential candidate. “Low political representation shows how difficult it is for Brazilians, and even Afro-Brazilians, to see blacks as a political alternative for our country,” Minister for Racial Equality Edson Santos, one of two black government ministers, told Reuters. (Continue Reading…)

South Carolina Teen Survives 4 Months without Heart
A South Carolina teenager said she felt like a “fake person” living for 118 days without a heart beating in her chest in-between heart transplants. D’Zhana Simmons, 14, was released Wednesday from a Miami hospital after being kept alive on a custom-built artificial blood-pumping device. “You never knew when it would malfunction,” Simmons said, her voice barely above a whisper, at a news conference at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. “It was like I was a fake person, like I didn’t really exist. I was just here,” she said, referring to the time without a heart. (Continue Reading…)

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