Friday, August 12, 2011

Essence Atkins Finds Love and Motherhood on

Essence Atkins, best known for starring roles in sitcoms Half & Half and the Ice Cube produced Are We There Yet?, is expecting her first child!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Man Held, Released After Shooting of 6-Year Old Girl

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Your Black World reports.


A 19-year old Chicago man who was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting death of six-year old Arianna Gibson was released on Tuesday evening. The Cook County state attorney’s office decided there was not enough evidence to hold him.



OK, Your Relationship is Over, So What’s Next?

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Father of Kids Drowned by Mother Is Suing NYC for $40M

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By JasmineHughes

A few months ago, there was a sad story of a mother purposefully driving her mini van into the Hudson River, which resulted in the fatal drowning of three of her four kids. The mother killed herself because she was devastated that the father of her children had been cheating on her.  The father of those three kids  now plans to sue the city and county where it happened for $40 million.

Jean Pierre filed a notice of claim against the City of Newburgh and Orange County claiming they are responsible for the “dangerous” boat ramp LaShanda Armstrong drove off in April.

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Beyonce Tickets Sell Out in 22 Seconds

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Despite the Weak Economy, Black Hair is a Booming Business

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By JasmineHughes

In a time where it seems most businesses are on the decline, hair salons are on the rise. The Census Bureau recently noted their jump in an otherwise glum report about mom-and-pop businesses, stating that the number of hairdressers and barbers and the shops that employ them grew by about 8 percent from 2008 to 2009.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sheryl Swoopes Comes Out of the Closet, Then Gets Engaged to a Man

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By JasmineHughes

Six years after three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes came out and announced her relationship with then-girlfriend Alisa Scott, she has announced that she’s engaged, to a man. If you’re confused by this, join the club. After the release of this information, she’s been called everything from “no longer” a lesbian to NSGAA (“not so gay after all”).


American Moms Working with Mothers in Africa

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by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

For those mothers who love their little ones, the affection they shed on their children connects them to mothers across the world. That is what the ten American mothers — including African-American mom Karen Walrond — learned on their trip to Kenya. This group of mommy bloggers is a part of the ONE campaign. The mission of their trip was to be able to share with the moms in the U.S. what moms in Kenya face with challenges such as HIV, malaria, and famine.

Snoop From The Wire Pleads Guilty for Drug Conspiracy

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Your Black World reports

Felicia Pearson, better known as “Snoop,” who played a drug assassin in the popular HBO show “The Wire”pleaded guilty on Monday to drug conspiracy charges, which were caught on a wiretap in a recent federal drug probe.


Tracy McMillan: Why You’re Not Married

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by Tracy McMillan

YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED. It’s taken a while to admit it. Saying it out loud — even in your mind — feels kind of desperate, kind of unfeminist, kind of definitely not you, or at least not any you that you recognize. Because you’re hardly like those girls on TLC saying yes to the dress and you would never compete for a man like those poor actress-wannabes on THE BACHELOR.


State of NC Apologizes to Woman Sterilized Against Her Will

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By Julius Kane

The State of North Carolina is apologizing to Elaine Riddick who was only 14 years old when state doctors performed an illegal sterilization on her to prevent the young woman from ever having anymore children.

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Six-Year Old Girl Shot While Sleeping on Her Grandmother’s Couch

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

You Go Girl: Jennifer Hudson Slims Down to a Size Zero

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Jennifer Hudson has really been taking this Weight Watchers thing pretty seriously.   The previously full-size Oscar winner and singer has apparently lost 80 pounds and five dress sizes since she began her diet.  Joy Behar on CNN claims that a sales associate at a store she shops with told her that Jennifer has slimmed to a size zero.  The associate sells outfits to J-Hud when she’s in town.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

ABC News Apologies for Nicki Minaj’s Wardrobe Malfunction

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Your Black World reports.

ABC News has issued an apology for the malfunction heard around the world.

Rapper Nicki Minaj was giving a live performance for Good Morning America on Friday, August 5.  During the performance, her nipples were exposed as she was wearing a loose-fitting halter top that she had to keep adjusting.


Do Black People Discriminate Against Dark Skin and Natural Hair?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I spent time watching a trailer for the film "Dark Girls," directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry.  Oddly enough, the clip was sent to me by a friend of mine who has spent her life being praised for being "light skinned-ed" and having the long, flowing hair of a black Marilyn Monroe.   She eventually married a tall, dark man, leading me to wonder if she feels any guilt for receiving preferential treatment over something that should never have mattered at all.



Friday, August 5, 2011

The First Black Woman to Own a Radio Station, Dorothy Brunson, Dies

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By JasmineHughes

Dorothy E. Brunson, who became the first African-American woman in the nation to own a TV and radio station when she bought WEBB-AM in Baltimore and later WGTW-TV Channel 48 in Philadelphia in 1986, died Sunday of complications from ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center.

The Northwest Baltimore resident was 72.

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College Students Seeking Out Sugar Daddies to Help Them Pay Tuition

By JasmineHughes

In light of the economic downturn, female college students are taking matters into their own hands. Now instead of working in McDonald’s, or shops for $8.00 an hour, many are finding it quicker and easier to seek older men and provide sex in exchange for tuition money.



The Dramatic Nicki Minaj 911 Call is Released

Last month, rapper, Nicki Minaj was involved in a violent incident at a hotel in Dallas.  It is alleged that Minaj’s managed and boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, hit her in the face with a suitcase.  The hotel manager then called police because the couple refused to leave their hotel.

Nicki Minaj, the leading female rapper in the world, is now having her personal life exposed by the incident, which paints a less than amicable relationship between she and Samuels.  Minaj also recently grieved a cousin who was murdered in what appeared to be a random act of violence.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

What to Make of Black Women Playing Maids and Other Stereotypes in Hollywood?

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

by Renee Greene, Your Black World

“The Help” opens in theaters August 10.

In the midst of new millennium accusations of racism in Hollywood, and with the “underhiring” of blacks in the movie world for major A-list roles, it appears that black actresses can still find roles forged out of perpetually stereotypical characters. The Help, a best-selling novel-gone-silver-screen, is centered on the lives of Aibileen and Minny, two black maids living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. The maids are portrayed by African American actresses Viola Davis andOctavia Spencer.

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Mother Found Guilty of Microwaving Her Baby to Death


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Basketball Wives Uses Spousal Abuse to Promote their New Season

by Ayvaunn Penn, YOUR BLACK WORLD

Jennifer Williams gets water thrown in her face by her soon-to-be ex-husband, Eric Williams, in the preview for episode ten of VH1′s BASKETBALL WIVES. The two are having dinner when Eric gets mad. It is at this point that he dashes a glass of water in her face and walks away.


Pakistani Father Shoots Six Daughters Dead for Dating

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Arif Mubashir, 40, found out that his daughters were dating older boys in the neighborhood.   When he heard the news from one of his sons, he brought the girls into his room and confronted them about it.  While their mother and the rest of the family watched, the man shot the girls dead.


Survey: More than Half of All African Americans Know of a Friend or Relative with HIV

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

According to a new survey at Your Black World, it was found that over half (56.3%) of all African American respondents have a friend or relative who they know to have HIV.  The number was higher among black women (58.7%) than black men (51.2%). 


Mother Arrested for Tying Her Kids Up to a Desk and Spanking them on Video for her Boyfriend



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Robin Leigh Pagoria allegedly stripped her kids down, tied them to a desk and beat them with a leather paddle.  Police also say that the woman took video of it and sent the picture to a man she’d met on the internet.


Study: Black Doctors Hesitant to Recommend HIV Tests

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By JasmineHughes

The number one killer of African-American women between the ages of 25 and 34 is AIDS, and this is a first-world country. Despite this fact, HIV is a subject many African-American physicians are nervous about bringing up with their patients.READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY →

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Is Queen Latifah Admitting that She’s Gay?

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Rumors have long been flying about Queen Latifah’s sexuality. Now, people are wondering if she is allowing the role she played as a gay reporter in a recent episode of Single Ladies to voice what she has been keeping under wraps for years. Latifah’s character, Sharon Love, admits that when she was in college she slept with her best female friend.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Fantasia No Longer Hides Her Pregnancy from the Public

It appears that Fantasia has decided to stop hiding her pregnancy from the world.  In a recent concert in Jacksonville, Florida, Fantasia said this to her audience:

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