Kelis_Short_Cut_69236Singer Kelis finds label home with Will.i.am
After much speculation following the release of a song titled “Acapella” on the Internet last week, singer-songwriter Kelis has announced that she has signed to Interscope Records through Will.i.am Music Group. Her as-yet-untitled album features production from the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am as well as Free School, Boyz Noize, Burnz, DJ Ammo and David Guetta, who produced the above-mentioned retro-dance track. Kelis’ last label deal was with Jive Records, and she reportedly was dropped in late 2007. (Continue Reading…)

Aunt Jemima cartoon angers Ohio lawmaker’s backers
An African-American newspaper in Cleveland published an editorial cartoon that portrayed a black lawmaker as Aunt Jemima, angering her supporters. Some blacks find the food company advertising character offensive because of its use as a racist stereotype. The weekly Call & Post cartoon cast state Sen. Nina Turner as Aunt Jemima. The cartoon accompanied an editorial criticizing the Cleveland Democrat for supporting last month’s successful ballot issue to overhaul county government. Some blacks fear the changes will reduce minority political power. (Continue Reading…)

Atlanta mayor’s race too close to call
With a slim lead of 620 votes, a former state senator claimed victory in the race for Atlanta’s mayor early Wednesday, though the contest was too close to call and appeared headed for yet another rematch. Kasim Reed led with 99 percent of precincts reporting, but city councilwoman Mary Norwood told supporters that she was not conceding and was open to a recount. Under Georgia law, the runner-up can petition for one when the margin of victory is less than 1 percent of the total vote. Voters cast 84,076 ballots, so the margin would be within the percentage. (Continue Reading…)

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