Tag: Colin Powell

ObamaNation Politics

Colin Powell Endorses Obama And Disappoints McCain

General Colin Powell declared his support for democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

“I think we need a transformational figure, I think that we need a president who is a generational change, and that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama. Not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Senator John McCain,” Powell said.

The former secretary of state who served in three Republican administrations also criticized John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate. “She is a very distinguished woman and she is to be admired,” Powell said. “But … I don’t believe she is ready to be president of the United States.”

McCain appeared on Fox News Sunday and remarked that he was not surprised by Powell’s decision and will “continue to respect and admire Secretary Powell.”

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Africa Music Politics

Colin Powell Sings And Dances “Yahoozee” At Africa Rising Concert

General Colin Powell showed off some hip-hop dance moves during an impromptu performance on Tuesday at the Africa Rising festival in London.

The former Secretary of State joined the Nigerian group Olu Maintain as they sang and danced to their hit song “Yahoozee.” Christina Aguilera and Seal also performed at the event.

Before busting a move, Powell addressed the audience:

I stand before you tonight as an African American. Many people say to me, ‘You became Secretary of State of the USA, is it really necessary to say you are an African American, or that you are black?’ And I say yes, so that we can remind our children. It took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in history. I didn’t just drop out of the sky, people came from my continent in chains.

Colin Powell has yet to endorse a presidential candidate, and we’re wondering if his speech means he’ll be backing Obama. We’re also wondering if Powell knew the song “Yahoozee” refers to the slang term “yahoo boyz” which means internet scammers.


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Condoleezza Rice Movies Politics Thandie Newton

At the Movies: Oliver Stone’s Official W Trailer Finally Hits the Web

Risk-taking film director Oliver Stone is making a ballsy move with his upcoming President George W. Bush biopic W. And the final trailer has finally hit the web!

Starring Josh Brolin (Pres. Dubya), Thandie Newton (Condoleezza Rice), Elizabeth Banks (Laura Bush), Richard Dreyfuss (Dick Cheney) and Jeffrey Wright (Gen. Colin Powell), W. is the first film about a president still in office.

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Al Sharpton Says...

Al Sharpton Says: The Latest Statements From the Media-Appointed Leader of All Blacks

“I even like Colin Powell after watching this. I sent him a note saying, ‘I always thought you were born in uniform defending Republicans until I saw this.'”

–Sharpton on his changing perception of the former Secretary of State after attending the Philadelphia premiere of The Black List: Volume One, which featured interviews with prominent African Americans.

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Race Matters

Blacks in Military: More High-Ranking Officers Needed

Although great accomplishments have been made since the US military was integrated 60 years ago, there still needs to be strides taken in the higher ranks. While blacks make up 17 percent of the total force, they are only 9 percent of all officers, with less than 6 percent of U.S. general officers being black.

“My hope and expectation is that, in the years ahead, more African-Americans will staff the armed forces at the highest levels,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a crowd at a ceremony commemorating the day President Harry Truman ordered the desegregation of the armed forces.

Best known among the four-stars is retired Gen. Colin Powell, who later became the country’s first black secretary of state.

“They no longer cared whether I was black or white, immigrant kid or not,” Powell told the crowd. “The only thing my commanders ever told me from 1958 for the rest of my career, is ‘Can you perform?’ And that’s all we have ever asked for.”


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Condoleezza Rice Politics Race Matters

Condolezza: U.S. Has Come A Long Way

Condoleezza Rice has expressed approval of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, saying it’s a remarkable accomplishment that shows the U.S. has come a long way.

The Secretary of State, who is only the second black person, after Colin Powell, to achieve such a high position in the American government, said in a TV interview over the weekend that she knows which candidate she will vote for in the fall–but will not reveal it to the public.

Rice is still not considering a role as Vice President, but is planning to write a book about America’s foreign policy at the end of Bush’s term.

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