Despite the outrage over his Twitter attack on President Obama's remarks on race in America following George Zimmerman's acquittal, Black America reports that Tavis Smiley defended his comments Sunday during an appearance on "Meet the Press."
During the interview, he restated his tweet, saying he thought the president's remarks were too little, too late, "as weak as presweetened Kool-Aid." He then went on to criticize the president's role as a leader.
"I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up," Smiley said. "But this town has been spinning a story that's not altogether true. He did not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation. He was pushed to that podium. A week of protests outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House, pushed him to that podium."
LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson's mother faces more questioning Monday from a lawyer for the concert promoter she's suing in her son's death.
Katherine Jackson became "confused and tired" when AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putnam asked her "some pretty complex questions very fast" during his cross examination Friday, her attorney said.
"She was trying to answer the questions the best she could," Jackson lawyer Brian Panish said. "I think maybe she lost her temper a little bit and she tried to restrain herself in a very Christian-like way."
The Department of Justice has asked the Sanford, Fla., police department to hold all evidence related to the George Zimmerman case, Sanford Capt. Jim McAuliffe said Thursday.
The request is related to the Justice Department's own investigation of the matter, McAuliffe said. The move was expected as the agency weighs whether to pursue a civil rights case.
The Department of Justice opened an investigation into the Zimmerman case last year, and a statement from the agency Sunday said it was ongoing and will now include evidence and testimony from the Florida trial.
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday asked a federal judge to place Detroit in chapter 9 bankruptcy, a move that, if allowed, would make the city the largest municipality in the history of the United States to file for bankruptcy.
This decision has wide-ranging economic and political ramifications on many levels in a city that has been besieged by economic and political challenges for many years.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed Orr, said bankruptcy is the only viable option to help Detroit residents at a time when the city is buried in $18 billion debt.
The National Center for Health Statistics says that although there remains a difference of four years between the life spans of white Americans and black Americans, overall, life expectancy for black Americans is improving, according to the New York Times.
With a 17 percent increase in life expectancy at birth and an 11-year increase in overall life span since 1970, black Americans are living longer than they ever have. Demographers say much of this can be attributed to declining AIDS and homicide rates.
Trayvon Martin's parents spoke out Thursday for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of their son.
In interviews on the three network TV morning news programs, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin assailed the verdict and the Zimmerman defense team's argument that the killing was in self-defense during an attack by the unarmed teenager.
Fulton told "CBS This Morning" she was "in a bit of shock" after the verdict. "I thought surely that he would be found guilty of second-degree murder," she said.
Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh drew strong criticism from black journalists on Wednesday after he announced on the air that it's acceptable for him to use the n-word because some African Americans use it as slang, according to Media Matters.
Media Matters excerpt:
"Gregory Lee Jr., president of the National Association of Black Journalists, said Limbaugh should know better.