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Dr. Boyce and Yvette Carnell: Does Hollywood Drive Black Men Insane?

You saw the recent blow-ups by comedian Katt Williams, whose been arrested more times than we can count.  There were also infamous incidents involving both Dave Chappelle and comedian Martin Lawrence, where both of them seemed to lose their minds in public.  Chappelle walked away from a $50 million contract, literally disappearing for no good reason.  Lawrence was seen standing in the middle of the street, waving a gun at random strangers passing by. This leads us to the question:  Is there something about Hollywood that drives black men insane?  In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Yvette Carnell try to work through some of this, with the conversation focusing on the racism in Hollywood and lack of empowerment that many black men may feel when they think that their dreams have come true.  It may be the case that the dream is actually a nightmare, which could be the cause of this odd behavior. The video is below.   If you can’t see it, you can view it by clicking here. Read More »

Ex-New York Cop Admits To Murdering Wife Over Finances

Your Black World reports: Ex-New York cop, Clarence Cash , admitted to authorities that he killed his wife because of financial strain. “I just shot my wife,” said Cash, 49, merely a few hours after he allegedly pumping 10 bullets into wife, Tracey Young, 42, in their ritzy Queens condo. Young was a tax attorney who specialized in busting tobacoo, according to the New York Post. Replaying his heinous crime to officers, including how he shot his wife a a few years three times in the face, Cash cried, “My wife, she didn’t deserve that.” In a tragic twist of fate, according to a neighbor, Young’s mother was murdered by a lover when she was just child. According to sources, Cash punched Young in the face during an argument over finances, including the fact that he had recently bought her an expensive Louis Vuitton purse. Negligent neighbors admit that they heard the altercation and what sounded like gunshots, but none called the police. Cash told authorities that he tried for seven hours to gather the nerve to commit suicide, but couldn’t force himself to do it. “He took her gun and went to Rockaway Beach to kill himself,” said Queens Assistant District Attorney Robert Hanophy Jr . The burly ex-cop turned himself in to authorities, bringing with him his Glock and Young’s registered Sig Sauer. He was charged with first-degree murder at his arraignment and held without bail.  At his lawyers request, he will be placed in protective custody at Rikers Island.   Read More »

T.O. Avoids Foreclosure; Loses $350K With Short Sale

In a move that avoided another real estate debacle for Terrell Owens, the NFL star has reportedly struck a deal to sell his Dallas condo for $350,000 less than he bought it for. According to TMZ, Owens paid $1.95 for his 3,559-square foot Dallas condo back in 2008, when he was still a member of the Dallas Cowboys, then, poured an additional $100,000 into the place to pimp it out. But now that he is in financial trouble, Owens was forced to sell the spot –which is worth significantly less now. Owens got his bank to accept a short sale on the condo in which the bank agreed to take less money than what’s owed on the loan, thereby avoiding the whole foreclosure process.   Read more at Eurweb.com     Read More »

Jay-Z’s Partner with New Jersey Nets Planning to Run for President

Russian billionaire  Mikhail Prokhorov, who owns the New Jersey Nets of the NBA, announced today that he will create a new party to challenge Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency. “I made probably the most serious decision in my life. I am running for president,” Prokhorov tells a news conference in Moscow, RIA Novosit reports. The announcement comes after a week of increasingly angry protests in Moscow and other Russians cities against last week’s parliamentary elections and the slim victory by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party. Click to read             Read More »

Michelle Obama Breaks Her World Record for Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is now a world record holder. The first lady announced in an email Monday that her October bid to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period succeeded. Mrs. Obama says 300,265 people participated, shattering the old record. In order to achieve her goal, Mrs. Obama led about 400 elementary and middle-school students from Washington in jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House. Other jumping jacks events were held around the world on Oct. 11   read more               Read More »

Tyra Banks is Single Again After Ending Things with Her Banker Boyfriend

Tyra Banks has broken up with her boyfriend of more than three years,  John Utendahl , and gone on an “Eat, Pray, Love”-style trip to Bali. A source tells us the “America’s Next Top Model” diva and Brooklyn businessman Utendahl have gone their separate ways, and Banks is in the Far East “on a spiritual trip,” adding, “Tyra has gone away with a female friend and has been island-hopping, visiting Bali and taking a spiritual retreat.” Perhaps Tyra went off to find meaning after she appeared on  Larry King ’s “Dinner With the King.”   read more               Read More »

143 People Arrested in London in Congo Protests

At least 143 people were arrested in London following protests over elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, British authorities said. The arrests came after an unruly crowd broke away from main protest. “A group moved away from the main protest and began to damage property, including cars and shops as well as threatening members of the public,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement late Saturday. Dozens were arrested for various offenses such as obstructing police and blocking a highway, police said. Congolese President Joseph Kabila won re-election last week, and supporters of his main frontrunner have decried the outcome as rigged. Etienne Tshisekedi, the main challenger, warned that the opposition would not accept the election outcome amid claims of ballot stuffing and manipulated voter lists.   Click to Read         Read More »

Groups Get Geared Up to Fight New Voter ID Laws

An online advocacy group is urging corporations that market to African-Americans to stop giving money to a conservative organization working for stricter voting laws. The group, ColorofChange, is targeting companies that support the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a nonprofit that has helped states pass photo ID laws, which are criticized by minority and civil rights groups. Its members include legislators and corporations, who pay higher fees to join. Executive director Rashad Robinson is not yet naming the companies, but said Wednesday his group has already asked them once to drop their financial support of ALEC. ColorofChange also is asking its more than 800,000 individual members to sign a letter asking ALEC’s corporate members, which include Coca Cola and Wal-Mart among others, to end their support for the group. The intent, Robinson said, is to “place their brand next to these discriminatory voter ID laws and their impact.” Click to Read         Read More »

Dr. Boyce: What Would Malcolm and Martin Say about Black Unemployment?

Hello everyone, In case you aren’t aware, there continue to be disturbing trends in the unemployment data.  You may have heard in the media that the unemployment numbers last month were optimistic, but that was not true for the African American community.  According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment declined for every demographic within the white community, but it actually increased for every measured group within the African American community (men, women and teenagers). Even worse is the fact that after this recession is over, black unemployment won’t be any better than white unemployment is right now (Racial Inequality 101).   As you can read in this article , I am perpetually united with other black scholars and public figures who are deeply concerned about this issue. Click to read More       Read More »

Gary Dourdan Hit With Foreclosure, Drug Possession, Domestic Violence Charges

His 2011 has included arrests for  domestic violence and  drug possession (on a night that included a  massive car wreck ) so it’s only fitting  Gary Dourdan end the year with a foreclosurehanging over his head … this according to documents obtained by TMZ. According to docs filed back in September, Dourdan defaulted on his mortgage after he missed apayment due on July 1. The docs say Dourdan owes $61,558.90 as of September 28, 2011 …. on the Venice pad he bought back in 2004 for $922,000. read more       Read More »