ConVICKted! Pro NFL star Michael Vick has been sentenced to prison for 23 months for financing a dogfighting operation. He has been given three years’ probation. It’s sad how so many piled up on him. Let’s hope some will muster an ounce of compassion.
He’s rich, loves God, and doesn’t care what people think. Kirk Franklin opens up about hating his parents, the trials of Prophet Juanita Bynum, and his choice to no longer work with secular artists.
Buoyed by a Supreme Court ruling, some 19,500 federal inmates and their families, most of them black, are hoping the U.S. Sentencing Commission is ready to make its recent easing of crack cocaine punishment guidelines retroactive.
It was the third time in 14 months Jamaal Tinsley has run into trouble at an Indianapolis nightclub, and it comes on the heels of other professional athletes running into similar trouble.
Plans are afoot for a Broadway revival of the 1964 musical Golden Boy – based on Clifford Odets’ classic play – about a pianist who gives up his music career to become a championship boxer. Usher is in negotiations to play the role, which was originated by Sammy Davis Jr.
In recent years, pain-prone Mary J. Blige found true love, squashed substance abuse and won three Grammy nods (out of eight nominations) for her 2005 album, “The Breakthrough.” But despite all that, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Searching insists that even happiness hurts.
Russell Simmons hit the beach with his yummy girlfriend, model Porschia Coleman, yesterday. And the Def Jam/Phat Farm founder, 50, is doing his part to help out the less fortunate during this holiday season. The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) was started by Simmons in order to help Africans help Africa.
Film star Morris Chestnut [photo] breaks bread on growing up, career moves, Christmas, and his new release The Perfect Holiday. The picture also stars Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, and Faizon Love.
There’s trouble in paradise. A study released last week by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center showed that inroads the [Republican] party made with Hispanics during the Bush years have been more than wiped out. Hispanic voters are now overwhelmingly Democrats – 57 percent, compared to 23 percent Republicans, a bigger gap than in 1999.
Some of white America’s political elite are finally ready to speak openly of the failed and malevolent policies of black mass incarceration, writes Bruce Dixon. That’s good news. But who speaks for the young, the black and the poor in this discussion? Presidential candidates? Democratic or Republican politicians? The Congressional Black Caucus and our black leadership class? And without relentless pressure from a black mass movement, can any of these actors be on the issue of America’s universal but seldom acknowledged policies of racially selective policing, racially selective prosecution and racially selective mass imprisonment, there’s good news and there’s bad news.
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” [Abraham Lincoln]