by Erik Nielson
New America Media
Torrence Hatch, the Baton Rouge, La., rapper better known to fans as Lil Boosie, faced the trial of his life in May. Charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Terry Boyd, Boosie stood accused of paying his friend Mike "Marlo Mike" Loudon $2,800 to carry out the hit. A conviction would have put him behind bars for good.
But local prosecutors had very little with which to work. With no physical evidence tying Boosie to the crime, they built their case on a prior confession from Marlo Mike – a statement he later recanted at trial – and, more important, Boosie's rap lyrics.
Much of Chicago and a goodly portion of the nation's capital are grappling with questions of why Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been out on medical leave for a month with no explanation of where he is and what he's suffering from.
Most of the colleagues with whom he serves in the House of Representatives who've been asked said they have no idea of what the problem might be.
Walk into any African hair braiding shop or store in the United States and you'll probably see a Nigerian film blaring from a television screen.
Once only available as pirated DVDs sold by street-side peddlers, the wildly popular "Nollywood" films will now be as accessible at the click of a button – thanks to fledgling firm iRoko Partners, an Internet company that distributes Nigerian films all over the world.
(NNPA) Delegates to the 40th International Convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), elected Lee A. Saunders to be president and Laura Reyes to be secretary-treasurer of the union representing 1.6 million public service workers.
Saunders becomes the first African-American elected AFSCME's president, while Reyes becomes the first woman secretary-treasurer.
There've been more than 275 murders in the city within the last seven months. The number exceeds the number of soldiers killed in combat during the same time period.
What's it going to take for it to end? A faith-based leader and veteran police officer said it's going to take everyone to step up, step out and get involved.
On Sunday, the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan used Twitter (@LouisFarrakhan) as one of his outlets to speak against the violence.
by Rebecca Nuttall
Real Times News Service
Amidst the sweltering heat, with temperatures that rose to the 90s, hundreds gathered on the lawn of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts (July 6) for a campaign speech by President Barack Obama.
Despite the dozen or so people who were taken away by ambulance after succumbing to the effects of the heat, the crowd remained entirely energetic as the president stepped to the podium.
Memphis Branch NAACP President Dr. Warner Dickerson was not the least bit impressed by Republican presidential candidate Willard "Mitt" Romney's speech to the NAACP's National Convention in Houston on Wednesday morning.
And if the GOP is ever going to regain strength in the African-American community, 2012 won't be the year, said Dickerson, who was in Houston for Romney's pitch.
Romney directly addressed the issue when he began, saying, "With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP.