Taylor-Swift_LP.jpg_e_b531446b815d841fa57ff7ac29559923Obama Calls Kanye West a ‘Jackass’
President Obama called musician Kanye West a “jackass” during an interview Monday with CNBC, an ABC News anchor reported to his followers on Twitter. But the tweet caused some red faces at ABC, and the network soon apologized for publicizing what had apparently been an off-the-record comment. “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential,” “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran wrote Monday evening. Moran has more than 1 million followers on the microblogging service. CNBC objected to the post, which was apparently from a portion of the interview that was supposed to be off the record. Moran quickly deleted the comment (although it still can be accessed online), and an ABC spokesperson apologized for the tweet in a statement first posted on Politico. (Continue Reading…)

Firm Distributes Wines Robust in Black Pride
When Selena Cuffe sampled South African wines four years ago in Soweto, she didn’t wax poetic about their rustic radiance, about plum and berry notes on the nose or hints of vanilla on the palate. That would come with time. What swept her off her feet were the stories behind the labels: black winemakers struggling to survive, post-apartheid, in an industry dominated by whites and in a market suspicious of new players. “It was like a bright light went off in my head,” said Cuffe, a high-energy 33-year-old with a Harvard MBA, marketing experience at Procter & Gamble Co. and a desire, as an African American, to give a hand to black entrepreneurs in South Africa. (Continue Reading…)

Serena Williams Adds a Doubles Title and an Apology
Serena Williams returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday for the first time since her verbal assault of a line judge Saturday night, and finally apologized for her actions. Williams issued a statement of apology on her Web site before she and her sister Venus defeated Cara Black and Liezel Huber, 6-2, 6-2, to win their 10th Grand Slam doubles title. Serena Williams said she did not remember what she had said to the line judge during her singles semifinal match against Kim Clijsters. She did, however, apologize to the lineswoman, to Clijsters, to the United States Tennis Association and to the fans. (Continue Reading…)

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