A federal judge has dismissed the racial discrimination claims in a lawsuit filed by a former employee against Paula Deen, the celebrity chef's representative said Monday. Some other aspects of the lawsuit are still pending.
"We are pleased with the Court's ruling today that Lisa Jackson's claims of race discrimination have been dismissed," Deen's representatives said in a statement to CNN. "As Ms. Deen has stated before, she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone."
Oprah Winfrey says she's sorry for the media storm that erupted after she recounted that she was the victim of racism in a posh Swiss boutique.
Winfrey's revelation last week on Entertainment Tonight led to the upscale store being identified as Trois Pommes in Zurich and its staff was immediately caught up in a frenzy of media interest.
The manager of the boutique, Trudie Goetz, subsequently told CNN the entire incident was a "200 percent misunderstanding" and had nothing to do with racism.
Speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of Lee Daniels' "The Butler," Monday, Winfrey said the situation had been blown out of proportion.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, noting the nation is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals," but that it "cannot prosecute or incarcerate" its way to becoming safer.
"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder told the American Bar Association's House of Delegates in San Francisco.
He questioned some assumptions about the criminal justice system's approach to the "war on drugs," saying that excessive incarceration has been an "ineffective and unsustainable" part of it.
A bull riding competition at a Missouri State Fair on Saturday night has come under fire after a clown, sporting a Barack Obama mask and a broom protruding out of his backside, was brought out to parade in front of the public, according to CNN.
During the bull riding competition, President of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association and school superintendent Mark Ficken announced that they had a “special guest.”
“The guest” turned out to be a clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask and the aforementioned stick that appeared to be stuck up his behind.
Reportedly trying to rev up the crowd, another voice over the loudspeaker said, “We’re going to stomp Obama now,” and, “As soon as this bull comes out, Obama, don’t you move,,,, He’s going to getcha, getcha getcha, getcha.”
Bill Lynch, one of the most prominent African-American political consultants in the nation, died Friday at age 72. Though Lynch was known to battle diabetes, the cause of death was complications from kidney disease.
Lynch was credited with masterminding the election of New York City;s first, and to date, only African-American mayor, David Dinkins. He played a crucial role in forming the so-called black and brown coalition of black and Latino voters, which formed the foundation of Dinkins' historic victory. Lynch would be named deputy mayor for intergovernmental relations in the Dinkins administration.
Upon founding his political consulting firm, Bill Lynch Associates, he would also go on to have a prominent career nationally, serving as a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee and as co-chair for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON – Men's Health Network (MHN) in partnership with the Health & Wellness Committee of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity have launched the "Kappa Health Challenge" smart phone app.
The free app can be downloaded by I-phone, I-pad, I-touch and I-pod users through the AppStore. The app is mainly directed towards fraternity members, but it can benefit all men in learning more about their health.
"In an effort to expand the impact of the 'Healthy Kappas – Healthy Communities' program, we approached the Men's Health Network to combine our efforts to improve the health of our Fraternity. We came up with a tool that everyone could use – the idea of a Smartphone App was formed," said Edward R. Scott, II D.M.D., chairman, Health & Wellness Committee, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.