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Singing In The Rain

Admit it, you saw the YouTube video of Tay Zonday singing Chocolate Rain, and now you're wondering whatever happened to him? Okay, so maybe we're the only ones wondering. We found the Minneapolis native's official website, his YouTube page, and MySpace Page where there are plenty of photos (priceless!) plenty of songs (genre, as yet undefined) and even an e-store selling Chocolate Rain T-shirts (we're seriously considering buying one). But the greatest find of all was Tay's Cherry Chocolate Rain video. Tay, real name Adam Nyerere Bahner, also makes a cameo in Weezer's video Pork And Beans and just celebrated his 26th birthday on July 6th.
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Where Is The Love?

Yearning for more black date flicks? Well, the 12th annual American Black Film Festival is all over the case. The festival will be "Exploring Black Romance and Sexuality in American Cinema" on August 7th - 10th in Los Angeles and hosting the panel discussion, "Can We Get Some Love?" Founder and producer, Jeff Friday, says they will be exploring the question, "Is Black romance taboo or too hot to handle?" Reggie Scott, executive director of the festival adds, "There was a more than 20 year gap where there were no major films exploring black love and romance. We left off with Claudine and Mahogany in the 70's and picked up with Waiting to Exhale and Love Jones in the 90s." Information and registration for the festival can be found at www.abff.com.
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Medicine’s Racial Divide

The American Medical Association apologized to black doctors, admitting to a history of racial discrimination in its policies and practices. Dr. Ronald Davis, the AMA’s previous president, says the group has "a feeling of profound regret and embarrassment for what has been uncovered." Dr. Nelson Adams, who was most recently the president of the National Medical Association, which was founded in 1895 to represent black doctors, says, "[The] AMA looked the other way when local medical associations worked to exclude most black physicians from becoming members." The AMA apology is prompted by a study commissioned in 2005 titled, “The Racial Divide in Organized Medicine,” which will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was only on Saturday that a state study showed that in New York City, black nurses were being paid less than their white counterparts.
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Senate (and Obama!) Approve Bush’s Spying

The Senate voted 69 to 28 to pass a bill granting liability protection to telecommunication companies that participated in secret domestic spying for the government after September 11th. Amending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the bill allows for the practice of a "no-warrant necessary" surveillance by the government. Bush, who is expected to sign the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, claims, "This bill will help our intelligence professionals learn who the terrorists are talking to, what they're saying, and what they're planning." Many see the bill as an infringement on civil liberties, and Bush's detractors (practically the whole country--or at least those who don't watch Fox News) see this as another overstep and abuse of power by Bush as he nears the end of his term. More shockingly, though, is Barack Obama's vote in favor of the bill (John McCain didn't vote). "Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, Senator Obama chose to support" the legislation, his office told the AP.
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Where In The World Is Michael Jackson?: Wheeling around Vegas

Michael Jackson was photographed in Las Vegas on Monday being carted around Barnes and Noble in a wheelchair. Clad in pajama bottoms, slippers, a surgical face mask and a baseball cap, the King of Pop was accompanied by his three children, Prince Michael Jackson I, Prince Michael Jackson II (aka Blanket), and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Besides the fact that we're slightly worried about the narcisstic and egomaniacal nature of his children’s names, we’re also worried that MJ's moonwalking days might be over. PHOTO: National Photo Group
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Bermuda’s Mishka Goes Jamaican

There are some things from Bermuda that make you scratch your head—for example, the Bermuda triangle or Bermuda shorts. So, it was no surprise when we discovered Bermuda's latest conundrum, new music artist Mishka. Upon first listen, Mishka sounds like a reggae artist from Jamaica—or at least someone channeling Bob Marley! With uplifting lyrics about love and deliverance and a sound reminiscent of The Wailers, the Bermuda native even affects a Jamaican accent. We originally stumbled upon Mishka’s music while trolling through Matthew McConaughey’s website for...ahem, research...and learned that he wrote the song "Coastline Journey" for McConaughey’s upcoming film Surfer Dude. All affectations aside, Mishka's a good listen.
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She’s So Articulate: Black Women Artists Reclaim the Narrative

Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben\" Eleven emerging and established African American artists showcase their work in the exhibit “She’s So Articulate” at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia. Curated by Henry Thaggert, the show seeks to “expand how gallery-goers think about the relation of narrative to contemporary art by African-American women,” and continue the discussions of issues raised by artist Kara Walker’s racially charged cut-outs. The exhibit runs until July 19th and features works from the artists: Maya Asante, Renee Cox, Stephanie Dinkins, Djakarta, Nekisha Durrett, Torkwase Dyson, Faith Ringgold, Erika Ranee, Nadine Robinson, Renee Stout, and Lauren Woods. PHOTO: "Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben” by Renee Cox.
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Singing In The Rain

Admit it, you saw the YouTube video of Tay Zonday singing Chocolate Rain, and now you're wondering whatever happened to him? Okay, so maybe we're the only ones wondering. We found the Minneapolis native's official website, his YouTube page, and MySpace Page where there are plenty of photos (priceless!) plenty of songs (genre, as yet undefined) and even an e-store selling Chocolate Rain T-shirts (we're seriously considering buying one). But the greatest find of all was Tay's Cherry Chocolate Rain video. Tay, real name Adam Nyerere Bahner, also makes a cameo in Weezer's video Pork And Beans and just celebrated his 26th birthday on July 6th.
Read More

Where Is The Love?

Yearning for more black date flicks? Well, the 12th annual American Black Film Festival is all over the case. The festival will be "Exploring Black Romance and Sexuality in American Cinema" on August 7th - 10th in Los Angeles and hosting the panel discussion, "Can We Get Some Love?" Founder and producer, Jeff Friday, says they will be exploring the question, "Is Black romance taboo or too hot to handle?" Reggie Scott, executive director of the festival adds, "There was a more than 20 year gap where there were no major films exploring black love and romance. We left off with Claudine and Mahogany in the 70's and picked up with Waiting to Exhale and Love Jones in the 90s." Information and registration for the festival can be found at www.abff.com.
Read More

Medicine’s Racial Divide

The American Medical Association apologized to black doctors, admitting to a history of racial discrimination in its policies and practices. Dr. Ronald Davis, the AMA’s previous president, says the group has "a feeling of profound regret and embarrassment for what has been uncovered." Dr. Nelson Adams, who was most recently the president of the National Medical Association, which was founded in 1895 to represent black doctors, says, "[The] AMA looked the other way when local medical associations worked to exclude most black physicians from becoming members." The AMA apology is prompted by a study commissioned in 2005 titled, “The Racial Divide in Organized Medicine,” which will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was only on Saturday that a state study showed that in New York City, black nurses were being paid less than their white counterparts.
Read More

Senate (and Obama!) Approve Bush’s Spying

The Senate voted 69 to 28 to pass a bill granting liability protection to telecommunication companies that participated in secret domestic spying for the government after September 11th. Amending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the bill allows for the practice of a "no-warrant necessary" surveillance by the government. Bush, who is expected to sign the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, claims, "This bill will help our intelligence professionals learn who the terrorists are talking to, what they're saying, and what they're planning." Many see the bill as an infringement on civil liberties, and Bush's detractors (practically the whole country--or at least those who don't watch Fox News) see this as another overstep and abuse of power by Bush as he nears the end of his term. More shockingly, though, is Barack Obama's vote in favor of the bill (John McCain didn't vote). "Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, Senator Obama chose to support" the legislation, his office told the AP.
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Where In The World Is Michael Jackson?: Wheeling around Vegas

Michael Jackson was photographed in Las Vegas on Monday being carted around Barnes and Noble in a wheelchair. Clad in pajama bottoms, slippers, a surgical face mask and a baseball cap, the King of Pop was accompanied by his three children, Prince Michael Jackson I, Prince Michael Jackson II (aka Blanket), and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Besides the fact that we're slightly worried about the narcisstic and egomaniacal nature of his children’s names, we’re also worried that MJ's moonwalking days might be over. PHOTO: National Photo Group
Read More

Bermuda’s Mishka Goes Jamaican

There are some things from Bermuda that make you scratch your head—for example, the Bermuda triangle or Bermuda shorts. So, it was no surprise when we discovered Bermuda's latest conundrum, new music artist Mishka. Upon first listen, Mishka sounds like a reggae artist from Jamaica—or at least someone channeling Bob Marley! With uplifting lyrics about love and deliverance and a sound reminiscent of The Wailers, the Bermuda native even affects a Jamaican accent. We originally stumbled upon Mishka’s music while trolling through Matthew McConaughey’s website for...ahem, research...and learned that he wrote the song "Coastline Journey" for McConaughey’s upcoming film Surfer Dude. All affectations aside, Mishka's a good listen.
Read More

She’s So Articulate: Black Women Artists Reclaim the Narrative

Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben\" Eleven emerging and established African American artists showcase their work in the exhibit “She’s So Articulate” at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia. Curated by Henry Thaggert, the show seeks to “expand how gallery-goers think about the relation of narrative to contemporary art by African-American women,” and continue the discussions of issues raised by artist Kara Walker’s racially charged cut-outs. The exhibit runs until July 19th and features works from the artists: Maya Asante, Renee Cox, Stephanie Dinkins, Djakarta, Nekisha Durrett, Torkwase Dyson, Faith Ringgold, Erika Ranee, Nadine Robinson, Renee Stout, and Lauren Woods. PHOTO: "Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben” by Renee Cox.
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