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    01/17/2008 10:53:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 99+ views ^ | January 17, 2008 | Tom Lea and Mark Murray
    Four days after he made an unmistakable allusion to Obama's teenage drug use and even referred to him as Sidney Poitier, Clinton supporter Bob Johnson apologized to Obama for those remarks. "I'm writing to apologize to you and your family personally for the un-called-for comments I made at a recent Clinton event," Johnson said in a statement. "In my zeal to support Senator Clinton, I made some very inappropriate remarks for which I am truly sorry. I hope that you will accept this apology. Good luck on the campaign trail." On Sunday at a campaign event for Clinton in South...
  • BET Founder Bob Johnson Criticizes Obama (Hit Job For Hill)

    01/13/2008 2:58:58 PM PST · by Tall_Texan · 14 replies · 249+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01-13-08 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - One of Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent black supporters said Sunday he was insulted by the characterization by rival Barack Obama's presidential campaign of her remarks about the civil rights movement. Bob Johnson, the nation's first black billionaire and founder of the BET cable television network, said Obama's campaign had acted dishonestly and had distorted Clinton's remarks about Martin Luther King Jr. Johnson also seemed to hint at Obama's acknowledged youthful drug use, an issue that led another Clinton campaign official to resign. Johnson later denied that was the case.

    01/13/2008 2:53:38 PM PST · by TexasKate · 20 replies · 46+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1-14-08 | Kathryn Seelye
    Updated COLUMBIA, S.C. — Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, who is campaigning today in South Carolina with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, just made a suggestion that raised the specter of Barack Obama’s past drug use. He also compared Mr. Obama to Sidney Poitier, the black actor, in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
  • BET Founder Slams Obama in South Carolina

    01/13/2008 2:38:41 PM PST · by xtinct · 2 replies · 64+ views
    NYT, Politics Blog ^ | 1/13/08 | Katharine Q. Seelye
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, who is campaigning today in South Carolina with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, just made a suggestion that raised the specter of Barack Obama’s past drug use. He also compared Mr. Obama to Sidney Poitier, the black actor, in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” At a rally here for Mrs. Clinton at Columbia College, Mr. Johnson was defending recent comments that Mrs. Clinton made regarding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She did not mean to take any credit away from him, Mr. Johnson said, when she said that it...
  • BET Founder, Clinton backer "insulted" by Obama's MLK spin

    01/13/2008 12:42:28 PM PST · by indcons · 6 replies · 123+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 13th, 2008 | Aaron Bruns
    Aaron Bruns Billionaire Clinton backer Bob Johnson, who founded Black Entertainment Television, said he’s “a little bit insulted, if you will, by Senator Obama letting his campaign imply that Hillary Clinton does not revere what Martin Luther King did for African Americans.” “I think that’s taking it way too far,” he said while campaigning with Clinton in South Carolina. “I think Barack understands clearly what the senator was saying.” Johnson argued that when Clinton said it took action by President Lyndon Johnson to realize the dream of Martin Luther King, she was merely saying that moral change has to be...
  • Pop Culture-Pic of World's Fattest Newborn, Those Ridiculous Black Entertainment Awards

    11/02/2007 4:09:35 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 1,451+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 11/2/07 | Pat Fish
    It's time to catch up on the Pop Culture for as goes Britney Spears so goes the society. We've got a pic of what is possibly the fattest human baby ever born…she weighed in at 17 pounds! Plus the joke at this year's Black Entertainment Awards, the charming story of a Russian engineer mistaken for a rock star! And hey, how are those Hollywood anti-war movies doing?
  • Two of Jena 6 defendants present BET award (Beat up a white person & BET will make you a celebrity)

    10/19/2007 2:00:44 PM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 23 replies · 53+ views
    Drudge ^ | Abbey Brown
    Two of the teens enmeshed in the nationally known "Jena Six" case helped present the most anticipated award during Black Entertainment Television's Hip Hop Awards show broadcast Thursday night.Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis were introduced by Katt Williams, a comedian and the awards show's host, as two of the students involved in a case of "systematic racism." "By no means are we condoning a six-on-one beat-down," Williams said during his introduction of the teens, one of whom is still facing attempted murder charges in connection with the attack on white student Justin Barker. "... But the injustice perpetrated on these...
  • "Jena 6" the Latest Rap Group?

    10/18/2007 8:36:54 AM PDT · by dr.zaeus · 11 replies · 63+ views
    NPR ^ | 10/15/07 | Geoffrey Bennett
    No, these two don't have the latest hit on the Billboard charts. They are Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis of the so-called "Jena 6." The two walked the red carpet of the 2007 BET Hip-Hop Awards, held this weekend in Atlanta. According to those in attendance, they spoke briefly about the case before presenting the Hip-Hop Video of the Year Award. Though their cohort Mychal Bell is back behind bars, that didn't stop the two from hamming it up for the cameras (even holding up the number six with their fingers). What does it say about the culture's celebrity obsession...
  • Bill Clinton: "African Americans watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do."

    09/27/2007 6:47:21 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 24 replies · 245+ views
    In a Nov. 1994 interview with the BET's Ed Gordon, Clinton said the following.......African Americans watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do.I must have missed all the newspaper articles by the WA Post/NY Times and the breathless television coverage by CNN's yacking heads back then.I mean, why would they make this huge deal out of what Bill O'Reilly recently said, but, when it comes to what falls out of Clinton's mouth, it's ignored?It's not like they have an agenda or anything, right?
  • BET's Disturbing "Read a Book" video

    08/12/2007 6:24:14 AM PDT · by quesney · 136 replies · 4,782+ views
    This video, which I've heard is running on BET, is a sad testament to what much of the black community has become. The message is supposed to be a positive one, but it's anything but. One of the most disturbing things I've seen recently.
  • "HOT GHETTO MESS": Embarrassing Black Videos to debut on BET. Artist gets "dirty linen" treatment.

    07/08/2007 9:19:31 AM PDT · by sinanju · 12 replies · 3,091+ views
    The Washington City Paper ^ | July 5, 2007 | Erika Blount Danois
    <p>The pilot of Hot Ghetto Mess opens like an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos, with images of plus-sized women doing booty dances, an evangelist getting punched by a member of the congregation during prayer, and a TV reporter stumbling twice while running to get a comment from a marathon runner. The show includes clips of C-list video dancers who fall during performances but still manage to continue booty-shaking, Congressman Bobby Rush telling protesters, “fuck you and your mama too,” and a woman who calls 911 because she wants the number of the cute policeman who just came to her house. The show also features man-on-the-street interviews where people are stumped by puzzlers like, “How many states are there in the United States?”</p>
  • Jersey's growing army of young gangsters Like many, teen charged in officer's death

    09/05/2006 11:22:57 AM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 1,479+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 08.13.06 | JONATHAN SCHUPPE AND MARK MUELLER
    Family photos line the walls of Raynard Brown's tidy Orange home. A good home, his mother calls it, with two working parents who believed in the value of education and the power of after-school activities to keep kids from hunting down trouble. But Cynthia Brown found she couldn't compete with another, more seductive influence in her son's life, not when it grabbed him up so young, molding his behavior since the age of 11. That's when Raynard Brown first came home wearing the signature colors of the Bloods street gang. Over the next eight years, Brown rose to the rank...
  • High school's dances grind to a halt

    09/21/2006 3:09:52 PM PDT · by NCjim · 108 replies · 3,137+ views
    Concord Monitor ^ | September 21. 2006 | MELANIE ASMAR
    A furor over what Concord High School administrators call an "overtly sexual" style of dancing at school dances has split the school community: There are those who defend the students'right to dance however they want and those who believe the moves are just plain inappropriate. Principal Gene Connolly is with the latter group. He said the school will cancel all remaining dances, including the upcoming homecoming dance, unless students step forward to help halt the "grinding." "This style of dancing is wrong," Connolly told parents at a Parent-Teacher-Student Organization meeting Tuesday night. "If you were to see it, you would...
  • Boy, 8, accused of playground sex assault

    08/04/2006 4:05:47 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 50 replies · 1,795+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | August 4 2006 | DOUG BELDEN
    An 8-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a second-grade classmate last week at a St. Paul elementary school now faces expulsion. The incident happened on the playground at Four Seasons A+ Elementary, which holds classes year round, as students waited for buses just before the end of the day July 24. The boy is believed to have approached an 8-year-old girl on a slide, forced her to kiss his private parts and then simulated sex on her, according to school district officials and members of the girl's family. The slide was enclosed by a tube, making it impossible for the...
  • Poll Results: Condi for President?: Black Entertainment Television (BET)

    07/19/2006 2:30:42 PM PDT · by rface · 54 replies · 1,229+ views
    BET Television ^ | July 19, 2006 | Tracy Stokes, Staff Writer
    Two weeks ago, we told you that a number of grassroots Republican clubs wanted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to make a presidential run in 2008. We asked you, "If Rice runs for president in 2008, would you vote for her?" Here's how you voted. * About 27 percent of you said, "Yes. I would definitely vote for her." * About 54 percent of you said, "No. I definitely would not vote for her." * About 19 percent of you said, "I would consider voting for her."
  • Revealed: the man who killed 10,000 dogs

    07/16/2006 4:42:30 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 265 replies · 3,845+ views ^ | 7/16/06 | Daniel Foggo
    THE secret slaughter of at least 10,000 racing greyhounds by one man has been exposed by an undercover investigation. For the past 15 years David Smith, a builders’ merchant, has been killing healthy greyhounds no longer considered by their trainers to be fast enough to race. He buries them in a one-acre plot at the back of his home in Seaham, Co Durham. Last week The Sunday Times covertly filmed Smith on two consecutive days receiving greyhounds from trainers before killing them with a bolt gun, dumping them in the plot and covering over the “graves” using a mechanical digger....
  • If the King of Pop Converts to Islam

    03/10/2006 6:27:20 AM PST · by robowombat · 37 replies · 1,251+ views
    Middle East Forum ^ | March 7, 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    If the King of Pop Converts to Islam by Daniel Pipes March 7, 2006 Michael Jackson, the king of pop, is "on the verge" of converting to Islam, CBS News reported last week. If that's true, it fits into a recurring and important African-American pattern. Rumors of Mr. Jackson's conversion first surfaced in November 2003, a month after his arrest on child-molestation charges. Saeed Shabazz, a reporter for the Nation of Islam's publication, The Final Call, announced that Mr. Jackson had joined the organization. He added that NoI's leader, Louis Farrakhan, "sees a lot of spirituality in Michael." But the...
  • BET passes on televising Coretta Scott King's funeral

    02/08/2006 7:15:51 AM PST · by wjersey · 16 replies · 1,138+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 2/8/2006 | Gail Shister
    Coretta Scott King or Kanye West? BET went West. In a shocker, Black Entertainment Television took a pass on live coverage of the King funeral yesterday, going instead with its usual lineup of music-video shows from noon to 3 p.m. "Was it an easy call? Absolutely not," says Michael Lewellen, BET's senior vice president for corporate communications. "We weighed a number of different options. In the end, we chose to offer a different kind of experience for BET viewers." BET streamed live coverage on its Web site. On TV, it ran taped, 60-second cut-ins from the funeral by BET senior...
  • Citywide Effort Needed To Curb Gang Violence (San Francisco)

    02/01/2006 7:42:27 AM PST · by walkerk · 35 replies · 638+ views
    BeyondChron ^ | Jan. 31‚ 2006 | Rita Mandelenis
    In order to curb youth violence, the city of San Francisco has teamed up with UCSF to develop a violence prevention strategy. Dr. Howard Pinderhughes will be spearheading the project to create both short term and long-term goals. During the Committee on Ending Gun and Gang Violence special meeting on Monday January 30, Dr. Pinderhughes estimated that in six to eight months a plan would be in place. The plan should encompass strategies for different areas of the city. They will map risk factors for each neighborhood. Dr. Pinderhughes will also lead an evaluation of various city agencies to see...
  • Global Warming Could Spell Disaster for Blacks

    01/20/2006 5:36:57 AM PST · by urroner · 81 replies · 1,713+ views
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | Black Entertainment Television
    If you thought Hurricane Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime fluke, think again. Concerned environmentalists say that unless the United States gets real about the threat of global warming, African Americans and other people of color can expect a repeat of disasters like Katrina. “When you look at the trends and put them all together, it’s undisputable that the sea levels are rising,” says Ansje Miller, director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC). “Warmer seas mean more intense hurricanes…. You’re going to have intense flooding like we have never seen before. Katrina is really the hurricane of the future.”