dailyphoto090528Chris Brown Says He’s “Not a Monster”
R&B singer Chris Brown said he is “not a monster” in a video message posted online this week ahead of a court hearing over a criminal charge that he beat pop singer Rihanna, leaving her bruised and bloodied. Brown, who is not expected to attend the hearing set for Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, does not mention Rihanna by name in the video posted on the website www.justin.tv and circulated online on Wednesday. But the 20-year-old singer of hits “Kiss Kiss” and “Run It” appears to address the accusations that he beat his girlfriend Rihanna in February while in a car in Los Angeles on the eve of the Grammy awards. “I just wanna say ‘What up?’ because I ain’t been out there in a minute,” Brown said in the video, marking the only time he has seemed publicly to address the incident beyond an initial statement in February. (Continue Reading…)

Tiny Shoots a New TV Show While T.I. is Away
Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Antonia “Toya” Carter, also known as women who have stood by two of Hip Hop’s biggest stars T.I. and Lil Wayne, will make their way to BET for an exclusive reality series in June ! Confirmed by BET Tuesday, “Tiny and Toya” is the network’s latest provocative half hour docu-drama chronicling the lives of “two dynamic, young women immersed in the craziness of the Hip Hop world, but striving to find inner strength, peace and purpose”. (Continue Reading…)

U.S. Census Chief Tells Why African-American Count is Critical
For years there have been charges that African-Americans are under-represented in the U. S. Census counts conducted once every decade. ”It’s very possible that some African-Americans or Spanish speaking persons were under-counted in previous Census because there may have been some belief that making face-time with the government was not in their best interests,” acknowledges Arnold Jackson, chief operating officer for the decennial Census. Jackson, who is Black, says although the last Census in 2000 had an under-count of less than one-half percent, he believes masses of people have gone uncounted in the past because of a lack of returned data. Fewer than 60 percent of African-Americans returned their 2000 Census questionnaire compared to 77.5 percent of Whites, according to the Census Bureau. (Continue Reading…)

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