Saturday, October 31, 2009


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MIAMI (AP) — Hall of Fame players Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson famously kissed moments before tip-off of Game 1 of the 1988 NBA finals.

Today, the relationship clearly isn't anywhere near as close.

Thomas told earlier this week that he is "really hurt" over criticisms levied by Johnson in a new book chronicling the careers of Johnson and Larry Bird. According to Thursday's report, Johnson said Thomas questioned his sexuality after the Los Angeles Lakers star retired in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009









Kanye West did not die in a car accident yesterday, as was tweeted all across Twitter and the Internet late Tuesday and early Wednesday.       

According to, computer security blog tracked the bogus story to hackers who used the rumor to push the false reports to the top of Internet search engine results. By Wednesday morning (Oct. 21), "Kanye West died" (and variations of the phrase) had become one of the most-searched topics on Google Trends.       

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Charlamagne Tha God: "Lil Wayne got what he deserved"

Charlamagne says that Lil Wayne got exactly what he deserves.

Shocking: Have You EVER Seen a Little Boy Like This?

Yes, this is the little boy from hell - you have GOT to see this video!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dr. Boyce Watkins Discusses the Heather Ellis Case

Dr Boyce Watkins discusses the Heather Ellis Case, the rally and plans to find justice for Heather and her family.

Dr Boyce: Why Spike Lee Might Be Wrong About Tyler Perry


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Black Planet, Your Black World 

I woke up this morning to see that Tyler Perry is being forced to defend himself against nasty allegations coming from Spike Lee.  Spike has made it clear that he doesn’t appreciate what he perceives to be “coonery” in Tyler Perry films and TV shows. When I saw Perry flat out say that the accusations “pissed him off,” I thought, “Wow, now that’s an honest brother!”

RELATED: Tyler Perry Responds To Spike Lee’s “Coonery” Criticism

I grew up on Spike Lee and I’ll always love him.  I am also certain that images of black people singing, dancing and eating chicken certainly won Perry instant favor with the not-so-in-touch executives in Hollywood.  But here are three reasons that Spike Lee might be wrong about Tyler Perry:

1)    Tyler Perry is not all about Madea: I went onto BET a few times to talk about Hip Hop.  My hoity-toity friends in academia (many of whom pride themselves on writing research papers for journals that nobody ever reads) criticized me for being “unscholarly” by talking to rappers.  But my response was that hip hop culture has a dramatic influence on the young minds that I am trying to reach with education.  You don’t get a baby to eat healthy by only forcing vegetables down his throat; you sprinkle sugar on the food to get the child’s attention.  It’s not always a matter of forcing people to consume what they NEED – you should also be willing to let them have some of what they WANT.  Every positive black movie doesn’t have to be a PBS special.


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Tyler Perry vs. Spike Lee

Watch Tyler Perry defend himself against Spike Lee's accusations of buffoonery on 60 minutes









E1 Music announces the Oct. 27 release of "Evolution of a Man," the new studio album by R&B singer and talk show host Brian McKnight. [Scroll down for tracklist.]     

The set includes first single "What I've Been Waiting For," already a Top 10 hit at Urban A/C radio. [Scroll down to listen.]      

Meanwhile, the singer's syndicated radio program "The Brian McKnight Show" is currently available in 47 markets. He also hosts "The Brian McKnight Morning Show" on LA's KTWV, The Wave Smooth Jazz radio

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Monday, October 26, 2009












*Frederick Richardson, the man accused in the beating death of A.J. Jewell, the ex fiancĂ© of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss, was released from Atlanta's Fulton County Jail early Tuesday after posting $10,000 bond.      

Magistrate Judge Karen Woodson said his release was fitting with the crime, according to E! Online, especially after an initial coroner's report suggested the blood disorder sickle-cell anemia may have been a factor in Jewell's death.

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On the same day Rihanna unleashed her new single and album release date, former boyfriend Chris Brown announced he will donate partial proceeds of his upcoming "Fan Appreciation" tour to a domestic violence intervention program.

On June 22, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault for beating Rihanna and accepted a plea deal of community labor, five years' formal probation and domestic violence counseling.

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The Chris Rock documentary "Good Hair" has been cleared for U.S. theaters this weekend after a judge on Monday ruled against a filmmaker who accused the comedian of jacking her idea for the film.

According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer said in court that she watched both "Good Hair" and Regina Kimbell's 2006 documentary "My Nappy Roots" before making her decision. 

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Walter Currie Lives Near Heather Ellis - Set on Fire by a White Kid

To give you a picture of the location in which Heather Ellis fights for her freedom, meet Walter Currie, a 15-year old in nearby Poplar Bluff, who was set on fire by his classmates with the attacker allegedly yelling the words "Burn nigger burn" while he did it - visit

Updates on The Heather Ellis Case

Heather Ellis is a college student facing15 years in prison for cutting line at Walmart - visit for more details on the national protest to be held in Kennett, MO on November 14.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dr Boyce Web Chat: Megan Williams is Definitely a Liar

No matter what, Megan Williams is definitely a liar - the question is what did she lie about?

Lil Wayne's Cars: This is What He Had at the Age of 19!

Yes, it appears that Lil Wayne has made some money - we only hope he's been saving it.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Official Obama family portrait

This week the White House released the much-anticipated official Obama family photo on its Flickr page. The portrait was taken in the Green Room of the White House on September 1 by famed Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz, notable for her decades of work capturing the images of rock stars and Hollywood's elite

as well as for her multimillion-dollar fortune's recent collapse. The seated and beaming first family looks happy and relaxed, with Sasha and Malia Obama each draping an arm over mom and dad.

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Chris Rock Good Hair: Did It Bomb at Theatres?

Chris Rock is very emotional about criticism he has received since releasing good hair, saying that he disrespects black women and said that Oprah Winfrey looks like a slave - is any of this true?


Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton began dating in high school and married in 2005.

Grammy Award-winning singer Robin Thicke may be practicing his lullabies.

Thicke and his wife, actress Paula Patton – who began dating in high school – are expecting their first child, reports.

The parents-to-be attended the 2009 Angel Ball in Manhattan on Tuesday, and Thicke gushed about his wife of four years.

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Chris Brown:  Still Talking ... About Being Mad at Oprah Winfrey
















R&B crooner Chris Brown is talking to the media again. He's promoting an upcoming album and last night (Oct. 21), the Virginia native paid a visit to hip hop radio personality Angie Martinez's popular New York City radio show.

The 20-year-old singer – who was sentenced to180 days community service sentence after assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna -- revealed that he is "tight" with media mogul Oprah Winfrey for not supporting him. He also vowed he will never hit another woman.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Shocking Video: Man Barely Missed by Runaway Bus!

A man dodges a runaway bus by inches in this video.

The Beauty of Black Women

This video shows the beauty of black women - check it out!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Man Shoots Boy for Having Sex with His Step Daughter

A man shoots the boy having sex with his step daughter and aimed for his pelvis.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Barack Obama White House Address: Attacking Insurance Companies

In his weekly address, president Obama gets nasty with insurance companies.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Woman Teaches Kids in Jail How to Get It Together with Beats, Rhymes and Poetry

T. Denise Manning is emerging as a leader for at-risk youth and teaching them how to get it together using a microphone, pad and pen as their weapons of choice.

Only 13 years old? Basketball Player is Amazing

This kid is considered to be the best 13-year old basketball player in the country.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

News: Tom Joyner Pardons His Late Uncles for Murder

South Carolina board pardons Tom Joyner's ancestors


Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner holds up the signed pardon given to him from Samuel Glover, right, director of the South Carolina Dept. of Pardon, Probation and Parole, as Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., third from the right, smiles after a hearing Wednesday Oct. 14, 2009, in Columbia, S.C. A posthumous pardon was given to Joyners' great-uncles Thomas and Meeks Griffin, who were wrongly sent to the electric chair for the 1913 murder of a Confederate Army veteran.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Two great-uncles of syndicated radio host Tom Joyner, sent to the electric chair for the 1913 murder of a Confederate Army veteran, were unanimously pardoned Wednesday by South Carolina.

Officials believe the men are the first in the state to be posthumously pardoned in a capital murder case.

Black landowners Thomas and Meeks Griffin were executed 94 years ago after a jury convicted them of killing 73-year-old John Lewis, a wealthy white veteran living in Blackstock, a Chester County town 40 miles north of Columbia. Two other black men were also put to death for the crime.

"This won't bring them back, but this will bring closure. I hope now that they rest in peace," Joyner said. "This is a good day."

Joyner, who lives in Dallas, and his attorney made a presentation to the state parole and probation board on Wednesday, then left the room while the board voted. Family members who flew in for the hearing included his wife and sons, of Dallas, and brother and his family, from Jackson, Miss.

Though he talks to roughly 8 million listeners on the radio daily, Joyner said facing the seven board members "scared me to death." When he was told how they voted, he said he waved his hands and hugged family members in a flood of relief and joy. He also called in to his radio show.

Joyner learned about his uncles' fate two years ago during filming of the PBS documentary "African American Lives 2," which traced his lineage and 11 others' through the research of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Method Man Arrested for Taxes, but Not Nicolas Cage?

Method Man was arrested for tax evasion, but not Nicolas Cage - What's up with that?

Heather Ellis on CNN: Faces 15 Yrs For Cutting Line at Walmart

The KKK has threatened Heather Ellis,who faces 15 years for cutting line at Walmart.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Martin Luther King's Kids Won't Stop Fighting

Dr Boyce Watkins analyzes Dr. King's kids and their legal drama.

Monday, October 12, 2009

President Obama Wins the Nobel Prize: Black Scholars Speak Up

Marvin Lynn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
Faculty Affiliate, African American Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago


I think he deserves the award because, as they said, he has established a different tone in the world. Two years ago, America was despised around the world. This is not the case today. Of course people still have criticisms of our policies etc but our global neighbors hated Bush so much that it was making global travel a frightening experience for Americans. There has been a shift in how people see us. That is directly tied to President Obama's diplomatic stance on a variety of issues.




Dr. Wilmer J. Leon

Political Science Professor at Howard University

Host of “On with Leon” – Sirius/XM Satellite


This is an incredible personal accomplishment for the Obama's, a wonderful international recognition of the shift in American foreign policy, and a compliment to the intelligence of the American electorate The Nobel committee is acknowledging the positive shift away from the unilateral exclusionary foreign policy of the Bush 43' administration to the multilateral inclusionary foreign policy direction of the Obama administration. The illegal invasions of sovereign nations, torture, and the ignoring of ecological issues of the Bush 43' administration only brought instability and insecurity for America and the rest of the world. President Obama offers hope through honest diplomacy and open dialog. This is the true path towards peace and security for all.

KKK Gets Involved with Black Student's Walmart Case

The Ku Klux Klan threatened the student who rallied in response to facing 15 years in prison for cutting line at Walmart.

Woman Faces 15 Years in Prison for cutting Line at Walmart

A college student in Kennett, MO faces 15-years in prison for cutting line at Walmart.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dr Boyce on Jack Johnson, Barack Obama, Michael Vick

What do Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Barack Obama and Michael Vick all have in common?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Why the World Never Likes Proud Black Men

"A word to the Black Man. … Do not point your nose too high. Do not swell your chest too much. Do not boast too loudly.  Do not be puffed up. … You are on no higher plane, deserve no new consideration, and will get none. …  No man will think a bit higher of you because your complexion is the same as that of the victor at Reno."The LA Times, Shortly after Jack Johnson became the heavyweight champion of the world.

Pregnant 12 - Year Old Found with Her Father

A pregnant 12 year old and her sister were allegedly abducted by their adopted white father.

Restaurant Puts N-word next to Obama's Name on a Sign

A restaurant owner puts a sign outside his door that says "Obama's Healthcare plan, N*gger Rig it."

President Obama Discusses Receiving His Nobel Peace Prize

Dr Boyce Web Chat: Obama Wins the Nobel Prize?

Dr Boyce chats about President Obama's win with the Nobel Prize.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dr. Boyce and Rev. Al Sharpton Discuss Michael Vick, Couples and Money

Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Rev. Al Sharpton about Michael Vick's deal with Nike and why couples get divorced over money.

Twins - But Can They "Sang"?

Listen up to the singing twins - what you think?

Rapper Nas Releases Open Letter to Young Black Men

The rapper Nas has a lot to say about the death of Chicago teenager Derrion Albert.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chris Rock Talks about Good Hair

The video shows Chris Rock checking out our haircare issues.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Father’s Reflection on the Derrion Albert Murder


Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Howard University 

On this past Saturday, October 3, 2009 a 16 year old African American honor student, Derrion Albert was laid to rest in Chicago. This young man was beaten to death in the street while walking from school to the bus stop. Silvanus Shannon, 19, Eugene Riley, 18, Eric Carson, 16, and Eugene Bailey, 18, have all been charged with first-degree murder in Derrion’s death.

As I watched the video of this young man being beaten to death with a railroad tie I asked myself what could compel four young African American men to engage in such a wanton and willful murderous act? How could these young men have such disregard for another human being’s life that they would beat him to his death, in the street, in broad day light? What is the basis of their rage, their anger?

I then asked myself, where are their fathers? I made an assumption and came to the conclusion that their fathers must be absent, not active or engaged in their lives. This antisocial rage, this anger is probably in part a response to their being raised without the benefit of knowing the love of their fathers. If these young men were asked to explain what drove them to this act; they most likely would not be able to articulate a clear response. They probably do not know. If they do know, they would be too ashamed to say.

As a man who was blessed to be raised by two loving parents; I clearly understand the power of love. At the age of 50, I am still blessed to be able to talk with my almost 90 year old father every day (I lost my mother last March); hear his voice, seek his counsel; feel his love. As far as I have been able to come based upon knowing my father’s love, I can’t begin to imagine how dysfunctional I would be without it.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009


Eugene Riley and Silvonus Shannon were charged with beating Derrion Albert








The video of 16-year-old Derrion Albert being beaten to death is hard enough to watch. The audio makes it almost unbearable.
When Albert is struck in the head with a board we hear the crackling of the wood colliding with his skull. As he falls to the ground we hear the slapping sound as another boy punches the honor student in the side of the head.

There are more noises as various kids rush in and kick him while he's on the ground."Damn, put the n****a to sleep," somebody yells. "Damn, they knocked him out," someone else screams out.

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