VIA: President Obama warned Monday that the United States would respond aggressively to terrorism such as last week’s botched attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner. “Those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know the United States will do more than simply strengthen our defenses,” Obama said. Obama said the government […]

VIA: New York Times He was hailed as Harlem’s king or its chairman, the eloquent author of some of its prouder moments, the dapper mentor to its sons and daughters. As news of Percy E. Sutton’s death spread on Sunday, the sadness spanned generations and city blocks, from Mr. Sutton’s home on 135th Street to […]

VIA: The decline of Atlanta’s Whittaker School started before it even opened, a campus built in 1959 for a historically black neighborhood already doomed to obsolescence. Yet the school survives, however tattered, boarded-up and graffiti-laden off Huff Road in the city’s now fashionable Westside, Atlanta’s original industrial corridor. It is for sale for the […]

VIA: For those whose white-Christmas dreams were a big disappointment, Stone Mountain Park offered an enticing consolation with a very snowy day after. The park opened its second season of Snow Mountain on Dec. 26 to a sold-out crowd that brought about 3,000 people out to play in the machine-made flurries. The attraction will […]

VIA: After five seasons, two Daytime Emmy awards and too many girl-power episodes to count, Tyra Banks is announcing the end of The Tyra Show. “This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the […]

VIA: Civil rights attorney and politician Percy Sutton has died. The son of a slave, Sutton first moved to New York City after serving with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. He went on to open a law office in Harlem where he represented Malcolm X, his family and many other defendants. Sutton […]

VIA: New York Times The actor, writer, director and producer Tyler Perry has had hits with film adaptations of his plays, including “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.” He also recently added some star wattage to the film “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” by joining the project as […]

VIA: USA Today Mary J. Blige’s willingness to bare her sometimes-tortured inner self via powerful music has ensured her unbroken reign as the queen of hip-hop soul over an almost-20-year career. With today’s release of ninth album Stronger With Each Tear, she extends that approach outward in Anthony Mandler’s stunning cover portrait, which reveals a […]

VIA: USA Today It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas this morning: Snow is falling, shoppers are bundled up as they bustle into the grocery store, and Bill Schmidt, 63, is ringing a hand bell non-stop near a bright red kettle as he collects donations for the Salvation Army. He greets passers-by enthusiastically even […]

VIA: Baltimore Sun Michael Vick’s peers appreciate his tough journey back to the NFL. Vick won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles. The once-disgraced star quarterback returned to the league after spending 18 months in a federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring. “It means […]

VIA: The Senate passed a $871 billion health care reform bill Thursday morning, handing President Obama a Christmas Eve victory on his top domestic priority. The bill passed in a 60-39 party line vote after months of heated partisan debate. Every member of the Democratic caucus backed the measure; every Republican opposed it. Should […]

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