Rogers Named White House Social Secretary
Maybe it won’t be Andrew Jackson’s inaugural celebration, when happy throngs of guests in muddy boots crowded the Executive Mansion, lured away only when the whiskey was moved to the White House lawn. But to hear the newly appointed White House social secretary tell it, the Obama White House might have an awfully egalitarian touch. “Wonderful picnics outside, tree decorating, inviting military families over,” Desirée Rogers, the White House social-secretary-in-waiting, said Monday in a telephone interview. “One of the things that is particularly important for this administration is that we continue along this vein of making it everyone’s America. We are inviting all of America and all of the world to share in that splendor.” Ms. Rogers, 49, was chosen Monday as the next White House social secretary, making her the first African-American woman to hold the position. (Continue Reading…)

President Bush Issues Pardon for Rapper John Forte
President George W. Bush has pardoned rapper John Forte, an affiliate of the Fugees, who has been serving prison time for smuggling drugs, sources told AllHipHop.com. Forte was one of 14 persons that Bush has pardoned or granted commuted prison sentences. This wave of White House pardons is Bush’s latest, as he has less than two months in his presidency. A pardon cannot be overruled. orte was arrested at Newark International Airport in 2000 and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute. Police caught him accepting a briefcase with about $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine in it. (Continue Reading…)

Racism Remains ‘Alive and Well’ in U.S.
The day after Barack Obama was elected president, Kari Fulton heard a white colleague proclaim that racism in America is dead. She cringed, worrying it might be a sign of flagging interest in the fight against discrimination. “In reality, racism is still very much alive and well,” said Fulton, who graduated last year from Howard University, a historically black college in the nation’s capital. (Continue Reading…)

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