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dailyphoto100107Precious dominates NAACP nominations
The independent movie garnered acting nods for newcomer Gabourey Sidibe as well as Mo’nique, Lenny Kravitz and singer Mariah Carey, along with a best movie and best director nomination for Lee Daniels. When the awards are handed out on Feb 26, “Precious” will compete for best movie with Michael Jackson’s posthumous concert film “This Is It”, Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” which features the studio’s first black princess in a major animated film, South African rugby tale “Invictus” and football film “The Blind Side.” Sandra Bullock, playing a white mother who takes in a homeless African-American teen in “The Blind Side”, also earned an NAACP Image Award best actress nomination. She will compete against Sidibe, Anika Noni Rose for her work in “The Princess and the Frog,” Sophie Okonedo in “Skin” and Taraji P. Henson for “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” (Continue Reading…)

Gilbert Arenas indefinitely suspended by NBA without pay
Some of his teammates laughed when Gilbert Arenas pointed his index fingers at them, as if they were guns. David Stern didn’t. Stern hasn’t found any of Arenas’ behavior funny lately, so on Wednesday he handed down a punishment he wasn’t expected to deliver until much later. Arenas was suspended indefinitely without pay by the NBA commissioner, who determined the Washington Wizards guard was “not currently fit to take the court.” (Continue Reading…)

Michigan’s Black/White male education gap is worst in nation
Moreover, African-American female college students nationwide now outnumber black men in college, 2-1. While a number of studies have examined Michigan’s college attainment and high school graduation rates, the numbers from U-M’s Black Male Project show the disparities are “alarming” when progress is measured comparing males with females, said Larry Rowley, U-M assistant professor of higher education and Afroamerican and African Studies. “Researchers, policymakers and educators increasingly acknowledge that low K-12 academic performance, high school completion and higher education participation levels for African- American males represent a national crisis,” Rowley said. (Continue Reading…)

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