Ouch! Holiday health hazards abound

Band-Aid-600Kathleen Taylor was hanging lights on her house in Wimberley, Texas, the week before Thanksgiving in 1998. Reaching to put up a giant yellow star on the end of the eave, Taylor felt the ladder she was on start to wobble.

Glancing down, she saw her 3-year-old daughter playing below.


Polls show Obama has more public support in fiscal cliff talks

As President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner hash out a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, new polls indicate the president has more support from the American public than his political opponent.

Nearly half of Americans – 49 percent – say they approve of Obama's handling of the negotiations, while a quarter say Boehner is doing a good job, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.


FAMU lands on probation

Florida A&M University, under fire in the hazing death of a drum major and over its finances, was put on probation for one year by an accrediting agency, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 11).

FAMU expects more details of the sanction within the next week, the Tallahassee institution said in a statement.


‘Drum major’ inscription gets the boot

Kingstatue-400WASHINGTON (CNN) – The controversial "drum major" inscription on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington will be removed rather than replaced under a plan announced Tuesday by federal officials.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a news release that the move followed consultation with a "range of stakeholders" who concurred with the decision.


Michaela Angela Davis looks to ‘Bury the Ratchet’

M A Davis-300During an interview with television personality Jacque Reid last week, writer and image activist Michaela Angela Davis announced a new campaign, "Bury the Ratchet," aimed at improving the depictions of African-American women in mainstream media.

The "Bury the Ratchet" campaign specifically targets African-American women who live in Atlanta, Ga., because of reality shows such as "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." According to Davis, when people encounter African-American women from Atlanta, "the first image that comes to mind is mean, gold-digging women. It has become completely evident that there has been a brand of women from Atlanta that are adverse to what most of these women are like.


Top GOP to President: Name the cuts

obama-boehner-600Seeking to raise pressure on President Barack Obama, top Republican leaders in Congress called on the White House Tuesday to introduce serious cuts in the ongoing negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff.

"Where are the president's spending cuts? The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner said during brief remarks on the House floor.


Cowboys in fatal crash were ‘like brothers’

joshuaBrent-400Dallas Cowboys teammates Josh Brent and Jerry Brown Jr. were "like brothers" and "the best of friends," Brown's mother and grandmother said Monday, showing no ill will toward the man who may be responsible for the loss of their family member.

The teammates were involved in a fiery weekend car crash. Brown was killed, and Brent was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. He was released from jail Sunday on $500,000 bond.


A 'Black Agenda' for President Obama

black agendaWASHINGTON – After a four-hour meeting of some the best minds in civil rights, business, education and the media, dozens of Black leaders from across the nation outlined a "Black agenda" that would be presented to President Barack Obama and Congress early next year.

The leadership group was assembled by Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League; Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network; Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.


Nelson Mandela doing 'very well'


(CNN) – Nelson Mandela, the global icon and former South African leader, is doing "very, very well" and continues to be treated at a Pretoria hospital, officials said Monday.

The 94-year-old got a "good night's rest," according to a statement on the government's website.

Doctors are going to perform more tests on Mandela, said Defense Minister Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nquakula, who spoke to journalists outside 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.


Christie defends Obama praise on ‘Daily Show’

Chris Christie's praise of President Barack Obama following this fall's devastating storm doesn't mean the acerbic New Jerseyite has changed his ways – it just means Obama got it right.

So said Christie in an interview on "The Daily Show" Thursday, in which the Garden State governor said his past criticism of the president wasn't necessarily at odds with his newfound appreciation for Obama's leadership.


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Cory Booker spending week on food stamps

CoreyBooker-600Hoping to break any stigmas of government assistance, Newark Mayor Cory Booker will live on food stamps this week – a challenge that first began as a Twitter conversation.

The Democratic mayor will operate on a food stamp budget of about $30 a week ($4.32 per day), roughly the same amount provided to people in New Jersey who take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


New world’s ‘richest black woman’

richestbw-600Talk show maven, Oprah Winfrey, who long reigned supreme as the world's richest black woman, has been kicked down a notch by new kid on the block, Folorunsho Alakija, according to Ventures Africa, an African business magazine and news service.

The newest top-ranking black female billionaire hails from Nigeria: Alakija is a clothing designer and oil tycoon who is worth somewhere in the $3.3 billion range and beats Oprah's piggy bank savings by $500 million. At last count, Oprah's media dynasty hovered in the neighborhood of about $2.7 billion, according to Forbes Magazine.