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    HUD Adds New Civil Rights Requirements

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with their state’s anti-discriminations laws that protect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, according...

    Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Degree

    On May 24, legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin received an honorary doctorate of music degree from Yale University, according to a press release. During a speech, Yale President Richard C. Levin celebrated the award-winning...

    Leading Black Journalist Dies

    Robert (Bob) Munroe Ellison, 67, the only African-American journalist ever to serve as president of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association, died May 24 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., while being treated...

    White House Hosts Summit on Black Men and HIV/AIDS

    In anticipation of the Obama administration’s plans to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS nationwide, the White House hosted a summit during the week of May 31 aimed at providing insight on how to reduce...

    Gay Malawi Couple Pardoned

    A gay Malawi couple previously sentenced to 14 years in prison for their sexual orientation was pardoned by that African country’s president on May 29. President Bingu wa Mutharika reluctantly pardoned the men after receiving...

    Two S.C. Governor Candidates Oppose Flying of Confederate Flag

    Only two of South Carolina’s seven gubernatorial candidates would consider moving the Confederate flag that flies in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. The flag has already been moved once; in 2000, the flag was...

    EBONY Magazine Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

    Author and media executive Amy DuBois Barnett has been named the new editor-in-chief of the women’s lifestyle magazine EBONY, according to the publication’s parent company. Barnett comes to EBONY from Harper’s Bazaar, where she was...

    New Social Networking Site Targets Kids

    Parents who want to keep their children off of Facebook may have an alternative wth a new social networking site that captures many of Facebook’s facets, but is geared for younger users. Togetherville is a...

    Study on Cell Phone Link to Cancer Inconclusive

    As mobile phones began to increase in popularity, concerns arose that long-term cell phone could cause brain tumors. But a major, decade-long international study which researchers hoped would settle the issue has instead proved...

    New Incision-Free Obesity Surgery Being Tested

    A new type of obesity surgery currently being tested is incision-free, entering through the mouth and throat to snap staples in the patient’s stomach. The scar-free procedure, in which a tube is inserted through the...

    Naomi Campbell May Testify in Blood Diamonds Case

    According to BlackAmericaWeb.com, prosecutors in the war crimes trial against former Liberian leader Charles Taylor will call supermodel Naomi Campbell as a witness to Taylor’s involvement with “blood diamonds.” The diamonds, which refer to those...

    Coleman’s Estranged Family Seeks Answers

    After suffering a brain hemorrhage last week, Gary Coleman, 42, died at a Salt Lake City, Utah, hospital. His wife, Shannon Price, requested Coleman be taken off life support, according to reports. But Coleman’s estranged...
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