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EU resumes direct aid to Zimbabwe after a decade of sanctions

February 16, 2015
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EU resumes direct aid to Zimbabwe after a decade of sanctions

HARARE (Reuters) – The European Union has given Zimbabwe 234 million euros ($267 million), it said on Monday, the first time the bloc has given financial aid to the southern African nation’s government since imposing sanctions in 2002. The 28-nation EU has gradually eased biting sanctions on Zimbabwe to encourage political reform, although it has…

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Usain Bolt Says He Will Retire After 2017 World Championships In London

February 15, 2015
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Usain Bolt Says He Will Retire After 2017 World Championships In London

(Reuters) – Multiple world record-holder and six-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London, the Jamaican told British newspaper The Daily Mail. The 28-year had previously hinted the 2016 Rio Olympics would be his last competition but…

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Kadesh (Desiree Coleman Jackson) – “Love” [audio]

February 13, 2015
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Kadesh (Desiree Coleman Jackson) – “Love” [audio]

Here is the new single from Kadesh entitled “LOVE” produced and written by Rodney Jones Jr. from the MyBlock camp (owned by Warryn Campbell, husband of Erica Campbell of Mary Mary). Twitter: @singdez

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Check out Deborah Cox new single, “Kinda Miss You” [audio]

February 13, 2015
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Check out Deborah Cox new single, “Kinda Miss You” [audio]

New York, NY – Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Deborah Cox released her new single “Kinda Miss You” on iTunes. The single was produced by The Rascals and co–produced by Jessica Karpov, and is a powerful anthem that’s soulful, upbeat and makes you want to dance and…

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Singer-Songwriter Lachi releases her latest tune “It’s Our Time” ft. Gary Nesta Pine of Bob Marley’s The Wailers [video]

February 13, 2015
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Singer-Songwriter Lachi releases her latest tune “It’s Our Time” ft. Gary Nesta Pine of Bob Marley’s The Wailers [video]

NYC-based Pop/Rock and Pop/R&B Singer-Songwriter Lachi is an award nominated BMI singer-songwriter, recording and performing artist, an IMDB-credited composer and a published author. Lachi has worked with award winning producers on multiple projects, has opened for Patti LaBelle and Questlove of The Roots, and has…

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En Vogue Sued for Over $300 Million after Reneging on Recording Contract

February 13, 2015
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En Vogue Sued for Over $300 Million after Reneging on Recording Contract

Rufftown Entertainment is suing two original members of En Vogue for over $300 million, claiming the R&B group violated an exclusive recording contract by signing with another label after recent comeback efforts fizzled, reports BillBoard. The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges…

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Motown’s Holland Dozier Holland Receive A Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame [video]

February 13, 2015
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Motown’s Holland Dozier Holland Receive A Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame [video]

The Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team received the 2,543rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday (February 13). The trio, comprised of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, composed more than 50 of Motown Records‘ most memorable songs. The trio of writers came…

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Jesse Jackson Threatens Legal Action Over Little League World Series Scandal

February 12, 2015
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Jesse Jackson Threatens Legal Action Over Little League World Series Scandal

The scandal surrounding the Jackie Robinson West little league baseball team has given way to threats of legal action from the Rev. Jesse Jackson.   Yahoo! Sports reports the following: Rev. Jesse Jackson, the polarizing civil rights activist, is calling for Little League International to…

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City of San Francisco acknowledges February 13th as Mighty Real Day Honoring Sylvester & His Music [video]

February 12, 2015
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City of San Francisco acknowledges February 13th as Mighty Real Day Honoring Sylvester & His Music [video]

The City of San Francisco to acknowledge February 13th as Sylvester Day along with the opening of “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical.” Join BRAVA, the New York Mighty Real Cast with Anthony Wayne and producing partner Sheryl Lee Ralph as we proclaim Mighty Real…

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Former “Young And The Restless” Star Victoria Rowell Sues CBS and Sony Claiming Retaliation over Diversity Complaints

February 11, 2015
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Former “Young And The Restless” Star Victoria Rowell Sues CBS and Sony Claiming Retaliation over Diversity Complaints

UPDATE, Wednesday 4:09 p.m.: CBS has responded to Rowell’s lawsuit, telling TheWrap in a statement that the suit has “no merit” and that they will “vigorously defend” the case. “We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of “The Young and the Restless”…

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Famed UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian Dies at 84

February 11, 2015
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Famed UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian Dies at 84

LAS VEGAS — He couldn’t stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that defined him far more than the wins…

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Little League strips Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West championship team of title

February 11, 2015
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Little League strips Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West championship team of title

CHICAGO –  Little League International has stripped Jackie Robinson West of the national title that the Chicago team won last summer after an investigation revealed it had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players. In a stunning Wednesday announcement that came months after the all-black team,…

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NBC suspends star anchor Brian Williams for six months

February 11, 2015
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NBC suspends star anchor Brian Williams for six months

New York (AFP) – NBC suspended star news anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay Tuesday after he admitted embellishing an Iraq war story, the US network said, amid swirling accusations that he exaggerated other reports. The measure takes effect immediately, said NBC, which…

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Nigeria postpones presidential election over fears of violence by Boko Haram militants [video]

February 8, 2015
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Nigeria postpones presidential election over fears of violence by Boko Haram militants [video]

Nigeria is postponing presidential and legislative elections until March 28 because security forces fighting Boko Haram extremists cannot ensure voters’ safety around the country, the electoral commission announced Saturday in a decision likely to infuriate the opposition. Officials in President Goodluck Jonathan’s government have been…

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SiriusXM Launches ‘African Ancestry Radio’ with Actor Louis Gossett Jr. As Guest

February 6, 2015
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SiriusXM Launches ‘African Ancestry Radio’ with Actor Louis Gossett Jr. As Guest

NEW YORK, — SiriusXM today announced the launch of “African Ancestry Radio,” a three-week series of live, call-in shows during which the hosts help listeners and celebrities of African descent in their quest to reconnect with their heritage. Hosted by Gina Paige, co-founder of African…

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HIV-related deaths still high but declining among blacks, CDC says

February 6, 2015
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HIV-related deaths still high but declining among blacks, CDC says

Deaths among HIV-diagnosed blacks in the United States have fallen, but the rate among this group of Americans remains higher than it is in whites, Hispanics or Latinos, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released Friday. Although the overall disparity…

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President Obama condemns those who seek to ‘hijack religion’ [video]

February 5, 2015
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President Obama condemns those who seek to ‘hijack religion’ [video]

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that “no god condones terror.” “We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for…

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Jordan Executes 2 Prisoners After ISIS Hostage Pilot Is Burned Alive, Official Says [video]

February 4, 2015
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Jordan Executes 2 Prisoners After ISIS Hostage Pilot Is Burned Alive, Official Says [video]

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan called Wednesday for a decisive battle against the Islamic State group, declaring “this evil can and should be defeated,” after the militants burned a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage and gleefully broadcast the horrific images on outdoor screens…

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Mayor Bill De Blasio’s State Of City Speech Focuses On Affordable Housing Plan [video]

February 3, 2015
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Mayor Bill De Blasio’s State Of City Speech Focuses On Affordable Housing Plan [video]

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio used his annual State of the City speech Tuesday to outline a plan to build hundreds of thousands of new affordable homes in New York City, an ambitious proposal he hopes will combat income inequality and change…

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Captured Jordanian air force pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh being burnt alive in a cage by Islamic State; Jordan executes IS requested prisoner Rishawi in response [Very Graphic Video]

February 3, 2015
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Captured Jordanian air force pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh being burnt alive in a cage by Islamic State; Jordan executes IS requested prisoner Rishawi in response [Very Graphic Video]

Jordan vows to avenge the death of Muath Al-Kasaesbeh, who was taken captive in late December when his plane crashed in Syria. The Islamic State insurgent group circulated photos and a video on social media on Tuesday purporting to show captive Jordanian pilot Muath Al-Kasaesbeh…

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‘Bobbi Kristina Brown Is Fighting For Her Life,’ Says Her Family

February 3, 2015
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‘Bobbi Kristina Brown Is Fighting For Her Life,’ Says Her Family

ROSWELL, Ga. — Bobbi Kristina Houston wanted to sing, act and dance like her megastar parents, Whitney Houston and R&B artist Bobby Brown. Instead, she has mostly made tabloid headlines for drug use and family disputes — the same perils that derailed their careers. Just…

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