First Black Olympic pair captivates
Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur of France on Monday became the first black couple to compete in Olympic pairs skating, electrifying the crowd at the Pacific Coliseum with an acrobatic free skate program. James and Bonheur, who met on an Internet site for competitive pairs skaters seeking partners, finished 14th on the evening. But with a series of high-flying jumps and high-risk lifts and throws, they were an audience favorite. Bonheur, 27, took the moment in his stride, saying he did not set out to find a black partner. “We hope that in the future we can win many medals and have a black coach and officials in pairs skating,” Bonheur told reporters after the performance. “I didn’t search for a black girl in the first place, just a girl who wanted to try and work for it.” James, 22, has skated with Bonheur for three years. Born in Canada, she had competed for Britain as a single. She was granted French citizenship last year. (Continue Reading…)
Report: Fewer Black students at NYC high schools
The city’s top public schools have seen a 10 percent drop in the enrollment of black students since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took control of the school system in 2002, the New York Daily News reported.
Public records showed that there are fewer black students at all but one of the city’s eight schools that require an admissions tests for admittance. The number of black students dropped from 1,160 during the 2002-03 school year to 1,042 this year, the News said. A former student at Brooklyn Technical High School told the News she was not surprised that the percentage of black students there dropped from 18 to 12 percent. (Continue Reading…)
Jay-Z calls original ‘We Are The World’ ‘Untouchable’
“We Are the World: 25 for Haiti,” the all-star remake of the classic 1985 charity single, premiered on Friday night during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The song features dozens of today’s biggest musical artists, ranging from Kanye West and Pink to Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett, and unlike the original, it also features a large number of rappers. However, the genre’s biggest star said that to him, musically speaking, nothing could ever come close to the original. (Continue Reading…)