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dailyphoto100119Jackson gets Black media support
Democrat Cheryle Jackson has the backing of black media companies who say it’s important that a black senator be elected from Illinois. Jackson is one of five Democrats running for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat in the Feb. 2 primary. The seat has been held by three of the nation’s four black senators in modern times. Jackson got the backing Monday of media companies that include the Chicago Defender, WVON radio and N’Digo Magazine. Chicago Defender chief Michael House says Jackson is the most qualified person. Jackson is on leave as head of the Chicago Urban League and was a former top aide to ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Continue Reading…)

France accuses the U.S. of ‘occupying’ Haiti
The French minister in charge of humanitarian relief called on the UN to “clarify” the American role amid claims the military build up was hampering aid efforts. Alain Joyandet admitted he had been involved in a scuffle with a US commander in the airport’s control tower over the flight plan for a French evacuation flight. “This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti,” Mr Joyandet said. Geneva-based charity Medecins Sans Frontieres backed his calls saying hundreds of lives were being put at risk as planes carrying vital medical supplies were being turned away by American air traffic controllers. (Continue Reading…)

Wyclef on Haiti charity: Mistakes were made
His country facing a veritable apocalypse, Wyclef Jean took time out Monday to make an impassioned plea for help and yet another emotional defense of his charitable motives. Days after The Smoking Gun posted financial records suggesting his Yéle Haiti Foundation may have enriched the former Fugee, Wyclef reiterated remarks from this weekend and insisted that all donations were going directly to help his homeland. “Have I made mistakes? Yes,” Jean said a press conference in New York Monday. “Did I use Yéle money for personal gains? Absolutely not. The books are open. We have a clean bill of health from an auditor.” The 37-year-old musician and his organization have been at the forefront of relief efforts in Haiti, rallying support from politicians and Hollywood bigwigs like George Clooney. (Continue Reading…)

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