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Entries by Gene Demby from 01/2012

The Biggest Villains Of 2011

Posted 01.01.2012 | Black Voices

2011 was a wild, weird year, filled with crazy twists and developments. But who were the year's top villains? ...

Obama Readying For Re-election Bid After Vacation

Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Confronting his Republican opponents, President Barack Obama told Iowa Democrats on Tuesday that the stakes of the 2012 election ar...

KKK Store Is Black Church's Property, South Carolina Judge Finds

Posted 01.03.2012 | Black Voices

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After a lengthy legal battle between a black South Carolina church and members of the Ku Klux Klan, a judge has ruled that the ...

Robert Carter, Fighter Against Segregation, Dies At 94

Posted 01.04.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Robert Carter, a lawyer who was an integral member of the team led by Thurgood Marshall that turned to the courts to battle segregati...

Jakadrien Turner, Missing Dallas Teen, Was Mistakenly Deported To Colombia By Authorities (VIDEO)

Posted 01.05.2012 | Black Voices

A Dallas teenager who has been missing for two years was mistakenly deported to Colombia by authorities after she was arrested for theft, according to...

Erika Nicole Kendall, Blogger At 'A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss', On Slimming Down, Sex And Resolution Pitfalls

Posted 01.06.2012 | Black Voices

Erika Nicole Kendall's remarkable weight-loss journey began with a passing comment from her mother. Kendall, who said she was about 220 pounds when...

Jakadrien Turner Saga: Texas Teen Deported To Colombia Reunites With Mom

Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices

DALLAS -- A Texas teenager who was deported to Colombia in May after claiming to be an illegal immigrant was returned to the United States and remains...

Michelle Obama: New Book Depicts Tensions Between First Lady, Aides

Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama is a behind-the-scenes force in the White House whose opinions on policy and politics drew her into confl...

Mekhi Phifer, Star Of New Play 'Stickfly,' Tries To Get Used To Broadway Screams

Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Mekhi Phifer is not used to being shouted at, but it's part of his Broadway debut. The 37-year-old actor, best known for the TV series "E...

Owning Your Power In 2012

| Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices
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All month, we'll be spotlighting some of these luminaries and their plans to own their power, but we also want you to maximize yours. From fitness to finance, we'll have experts who will lend their tips to help you make those resolutions stick.

Juan Smith Case: Supreme Court Overturns New Orleans Murder Conviction

Posted 01.10.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a death row inmate's conviction of killing five people in the justices' latest slap at the ...

Jhessye Shockley: Police To Search Landfill For Missing Ariz. Girl

Posted 01.10.2012 | Black Voices

PHOENIX — Police plan to begin searching a landfill outside of Phoenix in the next few weeks in hopes of finding the body of a 5-year-old Arizon...

George Lucas: Hollywood Didn't Want To Fund 'Red Tails' Because Of Its Black Cast (VIDEO)

Posted 01.10.2012 | Black Voices

In an appearance on The Daily Show last night, George Lucas said that he had trouble getting funding for his new movie, "Red Tails," because of its bl...

The Power List: Melissa Harris-Perry Is Set To Bring Real Talk TO MSNBC

Posted 01.10.2012 | Black Voices

Melissa Harris-Perry, the Tulane professor and public intellectual, first landed on most people's radars as a pundit and occasional fill-in host for R...

Pepsi Beverages Pays $3.1M In Racial Bias Case

Posted 01.11.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to ...

Haiti Earthquake: 2nd Anniversary Brings Little Progress

Posted 01.12.2012 | Black Voices

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Beyonce Gets Fly With Golden Booty Named After Her

Posted 01.16.2012 | Black Voices

CANBERRA, Australia — A newly discovered horse fly in Australia was so "bootylicious" with its golden-haired bum, there was only one name worthy...

Jay Smooth: 10 OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said (VIDEO)

Posted 01.16.2012 | Black Voices

We've all heard piece of the "I Have A Dream" speech from the historic March on Washington. The popular DJ and vlogger Jay Smooth put together a video...

'Black And Latino' Tackles Taboos Of Race And Ethnicity

Posted 01.16.2012 | Black Voices

People of Hispanic background are the largest group of ethnic minorities in the United States. But what does it mean to be both black and Latino in a ...

Muhammad Ali Through The Years (PHOTOS)

Posted 01.17.2012 | Black Voices

Muhammad Ali turned 70 today, just a few days after being feted by friends and admirers "He's glad he's here to turn 70, but he wants to be reassur...

SOPA: 5 Things You Should Know About The Controversial Internet Piracy Bill

Posted 01.18.2012 | Black Voices

This post originally appeared at ColorLines. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has got the entire Internet up in arms today. Media justice adv...

Herman Cain Returns To The Radio To Deliver Daily Commentaries

Posted 01.19.2012 | Black Voices

Herman Cain, who vowed that he would "continue to be a voice for the people" when he dropped out of the presidential race, is headed back to radio t...

Etta James Dead: Soul Singer Famous For 'At Last' Dies At 73

Posted 01.20.2012 | Black Voices

Etta James, the soul singer who is most famous for the wedding classic, "At Last," has died. "This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends...

Obama Sings 'Let's Stay Together': Prez Isn't The First Commander In Chief To Serenade Public

Posted 01.20.2012 | Black Voices

Is it too much to ask our presidents to uphold the Constitution, command the armed forces, execute the nation's laws – AND provide us with a lit...

Etta James: Singer's Passion, Great Range Remembered

Posted 01.22.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- On her last album "The Dreamer," released just three months before her death, Etta James sings a mix of covers, from the R&B classic "Mist...