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Jalen Rose Uncle Tom comments create controversy

Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer


Recently former NBA basketball player and current ESPN announcer Jalen Rose teamed up with his employers to release a documentary about his college basketball team. He played at the University of Michigan, and was part of unique group of five freshmen who all started and reach the National Championship Game; a feat never done before or after. Four of the “Fab Five” are in the documentary and each one gives viewers a first hand account of that season, along with insight about their background and personal lives. Their experiences in addition to their commentary made the documentary, good, emotional, real and controversial. Continue reading

Feds Probing into Jesse Jackson Jr. Finances

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the embattled Illinois congressman who has been on medical leave from Capitol Hill for the last four months undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, is now facing even more problems after it emerged that federal investigators are looking into his finances.

As first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times and confirmed by ABC News, the federal probe is trying to get to the bottom of “suspicious activity” connected to Jackson’s House seat and potentially inappropriate expenditures. Continue reading

Dixon Found Innocent on all Charges Files Lawsuit Against Chicago Police

Statement by 24th Ward (Chicago IL) Alderman Sharon Denise Dixon

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Most of you may have forgotten that I was arrested and humiliated with false charges by Chicago police officers – but I haven’t.

In the early morning of January 21, 2009, I was falsely arrested by Chicago police officers and charged with three counts:  (1) of attempting to circumvent a police roadblock at the scene of a tragic fire; (2) of driving without proper car insurance; and (3) of driving while intoxicated.  I was taken to jail and indigently handcuffed to a wall for 7 hours.  When released from jail, police authorities on duty – after talking with someone downtown – forced me to wait until all of the press had arrived and then made me walk out of the front door where the press was waiting. Continue reading

Donald Sterling to Pay $2.75 Million to Settle Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald T. Sterling has agreed to pay a record $2.725 million to settle allegations that he discriminated against African Americans, Hispanics and families with children at scores of apartment buildings he owns in and around Los Angeles.

The settlement, which must be approved by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, is the largest ever obtained by the Justice Department in a housing discrimination case involving apartment rentals, officials said.

If approved, the settlement would also resolve a pair of lawsuits by former tenants of Sterling who alleged they were discriminated against because of their race. Continue reading

5 Scams that Ruined the Black Community

A list of five things that put black people behind economically

Patrice Washington     

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Despite the advancement we’ve endured over the last 50 years, generational poverty and financial illiteracy continue to run rampant in the Black community. We’ve been able to earn substantially more over time and yet fiscally we remain disproportionately behind our counterparts. Continue reading

Interview with Quincy Jones

jonesHenery Gates Jr. examines the central idea that fueled the civil rights movement– remove barriers to integration and 36 million blacks could become productive and join the middle class– and calls it a fallacy. Looking at conventional assumptions about race, race identity and the great class gap dividing the black community, Gates explores the question: are blacks overall better off in ‘ 97 than they were in ‘ 67? Gates is Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the Afro-American Studies department, Harvard University, and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research.

 

GATES: So we have the largest black middle class in history and the largest black underclass in history.

JONES: Right.

GATES: What is all this gangster culture? With people pretending to be gangsters then some who are real gangsters. Where did it come from? I don’t remember that when I was growing up. Continue reading