Brentin Mock writes at Colorlines about journalist and documentarian Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, who has expressed her concern about New Orleans violence and also her compassion and love for black men in the city, who are too often the perpetrators and victims of that violence.
"Journalist and documentarian Deborah 'Big Red' Cotton was one of the 19 people wounded in the tragic shooting during a 'second line' Mother's Day parade yesterday. In total, ten men, seven women and two 10-year-old children were injured. Cotton had just launched her own website NewOrleansGoodGood.com, which highlights off-the-beaten path restaurants and attractions normally ignored by mainstream media.
For the past week, a conversation has been had over everyday black people going viral in the media – like Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who helped saved three women from their kidnappers and became an Internet meme after his live interview with his city's news station. But there was another black couple whose popularity on the Internet was undoubtedly more entertaining.
Pumpcast News is a regular skit on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show". Actor Tim Stack plays a fake news anchor who appears on a television screen above a gas pump, where he tries to shock people filling up the tank. When he attempted to do the same to Will and Monifa Sims, Stack, Leno and "The Tonight Show" audience were the ones shocked instead.
Disgraced football legend O.J. Simpson is scheduled to return to a Las Vegas courtroom Monday in a bid to get his robbery, assault and kidnapping convictions thrown out.
The onetime Heisman Trophy winner and Buffalo Bills halfback is more than four years into a 33-year prison term and is asking for a new trial. In court papers, he's arguing that bad legal advice led to his arrest and conviction in a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers.
Simpson not only accuses his old lawyer, Yale Galanter, of having a conflict of interest and of failing to mount an effective defense in his trial. He also says Galanter told him before that confrontation that he was within his rights to take back property he believed had been stolen from him, "so long as there would be no trespass and no physical force used against the persons with the property."
DURHAM, N.C. – Clydie Pugh-Myers, one of the state's first black licensed practical nurses, once drove a red Cadillac around Durham, sang in the choir at her church and generally stayed busy.
These days, living with two knee replacements, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other ailments, she can no longer drive and sits at home alone a lot. She says even people from her church don't come to see her much.
"Since I've gotten 84, it's gotten tough," Pugh-Myers said in her South Durham home.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new Census Bureau report provides more evidence that the changing demographics of the United States are having a deep impact at the voting booth.
The report on the 2012 election found that for the first time on record, black voters turned out to the presidential polls at a higher rate than whites. More than 66% of eligible blacks voted in the presidential contest that pit President Barack Obama against Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Only 64.1% of whites turned out to vote.
The report was released Wednesday.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Jamaican national who was deported from the United States over possession of a small amount of marijuana.
The court, by a seven-two decision, ruled that Adrian Moncrieffe – a long-time U.S. resident should have had the opportunity to contest his deportation.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in her opinion that marijuana offences must involve either the sale of the drug or possession of more than a small amount to count as serious enough to warrant automatic deportation. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.