Let's face it, it's tough to keep up with all the news, happenings and ongoings from week to week. Between Twitter feeds, RSS readers and everything else, you're bound to miss something.
Here at The Huffington Post BlackVoices, we've decided to bring you five things to know this week. We've compiled the most important subjects from the week prior, and combined them with interesting news and events coming up this week so that you can stay on top of current events.
Check out the slideshow below and feel free to share your thoughts on what you'd like to see in the BlackVoices Weekly Jump.
The 2012 Summer Olympics provided a great opportunity to marvel at the accomplishments of black American athletes. From Gabby Douglas' excellent performance in the gymnastics all-around to the men's basketball team dominating the competition in route to a second straight gold medal -- African American Athletes represented the country well this year. In watching this generation's athletes, one can't help but wonder where they fit in the lexicon of all-time <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/12/greatest-black-athletes-of-all-time_n_1770057.html?" target="_hplink">great black American athletes</a>.
Mitt Romney Announces Paul Ryan As VP Pick
In picking Paul Ryan to be his running mate instead of Marco Rubio, another rising star in the GOP, Mitt Romney was conceding that he wouldn't be able to make inroads with voters of color this fall. "I don't think even the campaign would pretend that they were ever hopeful about African Americans, but any sort of delusions about major outreach and Romney coming to the middle to appeal to Latinos, well, that ended [Saturday]," said one political analyst.
Several parties are set to file amicus briefs today in a Texas case that could have seismic implications for diversity on college campuses. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this fall in a lawsuit brought by a white applicant who claims that the Lone Star State's novel approach to achieving diversity among its university's student body -- admitting the top 10 percent of students in every Texas high school -- was the reason she was not accepted. About eight in 10 students at UT's main campus get in under the 10-percent plan, which effectively grants automatic admission to the top students at predominantly black and Latino high schools.
This week marks the release of Whitney Houston's final performance in the highly anticipated film, "Sparkle." Staring Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, and Mike Epps, the 1976 reboot follows three sisters as they navigate their way through the trenches of the music business. In addition to "Sparkle," fans can also catch Terry Crews in the action packed sequel, The Expendables Pt. 2. Check back later this week for exclusive interviews with Crews and "Sparkle" producer Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Some of our favorite actresses will be celebrating birthdays this week. On August 14, the beautiful Halle Berry turns 46, and two days later the ever-so-fabulous Angela Bassett will be celebrating her 54th birthday. Both these incredibly talented ladies steal our hearts repeatedly with every role they play--not to mention the fact that they are a perfect example of "black don't crack!" We wish them both very happy birthdays!