Back in jail, Trayvon Martin’s killer awaits revoked-bond appeal

Zimmerman-new-mug-shotWASHINGTON – After having his bond revoked by a judge who wonders whether he was deliberately misled by George Zimmerman and his wife, the admitted killer of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin remains confined to his cell in the Polk County Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla. this week facing serious credibility issues that could impact the outcome of his future trial.

Acting on a motion by state prosecutors, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond last Friday (June 1) and ordered him returned to police custody within 48 hours.


Sham food program nets conviction for former SCLC chair

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Former Southern Christian Leadership Conference Board Chairman Raleigh Trammell has been convicted on all 51 felony charges filed against him in Dayton, Ohio in connection with a sham home-delivery food program loosely modeled after the successful meals on wheels federal program. He remains free on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be sentenced June 27.


Haiti hopes gold find means boom times ahead

haiti goldbarsby Monique Clesca

A significant discovery of gold and other precious metals in Haiti's Northeastern mountain range has given residents hope that once mining gets under way in about five years, the revenues will offer the resources needed to transform a country beset by poverty and ravaged by earthquakes and disease into an emerging island economy.


New evidence in FAMU drum major’s death

robert-championRobert Championby Latoya Burgess

In recent weeks, Florida medical examiners have deemed the official cause of death for Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major, Robert Champion, as "hemorrhagic shock due to force blunt trauma."

This comes after the 26-year-old was brutally beaten during a hazing incident last fall when fellow bandmates sought to "initiate" Champion into the band.


Debate surfaces on heals of task force finding

by Dianne Anderson

Since only African-American men are dying from prostate cancer earlier and at twice the rate over every other racial group, medical professionals might as well now throw out what many health officials believe is the best test for detecting prostate cancer in African-American men.


AFRICA BRIEFS: African immigrants edgy after violence in Israel

An early morning arson attack Tuesday (June 5) on the home of African asylum seekers from Eritrea has marked an upsurge in hostilities towards Africans by Israeli citizens.

Dozens of foreigners, including families with children, lived in the building where the fire broke out on Jaffa Road, one of the city's central arteries. Four residents suffered burns and smoke inhalation. Graffiti in Hebrew sprayed on the building read: "Get out of the neighborhood."


Alzheimer’s & African Americans: ‘Two to three times more likely than whites’

solomonfullerMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – "He was saying that some fellow across the street was taking gas out of his truck," said Ann Small about her husband James. "I know that he (the neighbor) would never do such a thing – and then he accused someone of taking tires off of his truck. I didn't pay much attention to it. Then after he was diagnosed, a lot of these little things come to mind."

James Small, who is African American, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011. African Americans living in the United States are two to three times more likely than whites to be diagnosed with the disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association.


Health care reform won’t boost access to care for minorities in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA – Despite reform, minorities in Tennessee will continue to have less access to health care services and poorer health outcomes in general than other Tennesseans, according to the latest study by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health InstituteSM.


Oprah delivers ‘crowning’ touch to Spelman grads

by Kenya King
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Only Oprah Winfrey, the "Queen of Talk," can breathe life into time-worn clichés and make them as authentic and delectable as grandma's home-cooked meal. Oprah served up a dose of confidence-boosting oratory, telling the more than 500 Spelman graduates to "put your crown on your head and wear it" at the college's 125th commencement Ceremony.


AFRICA BRIEFS: Semi-naked portrait sparks debate

Smoldering anger over a full-length painting of South African President Jacob Zuma, with his genitals exposed, has forced a confrontation between those who support free expression and those who see racism "alive and well and living on the tips of the tongues of most white South Africans."


Post hazing and clamp on band, FAMU president ponders future

by Kanya Stewart
NNPA News Service

The Associated Press on Wednesday reported that Robert Champion, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major whose hazing death on a bus Nov. 19 created a furor in colleges and the nation, asked to go through the ritual that led to his death. The report followed a review of 2,300-plus pages of evidence, including statements from students who were there.


Major employment gains for African-American women

by Freddie Allen
NNPA News Service

WASHINGTON – African-American women are making the most significant gains in employment but still lag behind whites, according to the Labor Department.


‘Wilmington Ten’ petition for pardons

by Cash Michaels
NNPA News Service

RALEIGH, N.C. – Seven survivors and the families of three deceased members of the Wilmington Ten – 1970s civil rights activists convicted 40 years ago of conspiracy charges to commit violence – are scheduled to formally petition North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday (May 17) to grant each wronged activist a formal pardon.