Monthly Archives: December 2009

Barbershop Buzz: 2010 expectations

With 2009 coming to an end, we turn our attention to the new year. Today on the barbershop buzz: 2010...

Mary J. Blige's 'Stronger With Each Tear' is a gem

REVIEW - Mary J Blige's latest album is a gem, well-suited for those who are deeply content or have down-on-yourself blues...

Diddy & Ciroc offer cab fare and Metrocards for New Year's eve

With sponsorship from Ciroc, E! Entertainment and NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Sean "Diddy" Combs is trying to keep drinkers safe during tomorrow's New Years Eve celebration...
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High-tech gadget helps kids with reading and math

VIDEO - It's called the 'Teachermate' reading and math lessons all crammed into a little device...

Virtual reality clinic helps returning soldiers with PTSD

VIDEO - Afghan war veteran, Sgt. Sammy Washington, is going back to the war zone. To hear the sounds, see the sights and feel the explosions, in a virtual reality clinic at Andrews Air Force Base...

'Thriller' accepted into National Film Registry

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, with that unforgettable graveyard dance, will rest among the nation's treasures in the world's largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings...

The most racially charged stories of 2009

OPINION - As we bring in the New Year and look forward to a new decade, I thought it might be fun to review the most racially-charged incidents of 2009.

Lil Wayne has hometown farewell show before jail time

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Lil Wayne emerged as a top-selling musician known for his clever wordplay and risque lyrics, but like rappers before him, he's staring down a year behind bars at the peak of his career...

Five New Year's resolutions for President Obama

OPINION - With the first year of the Obama presidency now at a close, the White House should reflect on its successes and failures over the past year, and gear up for 2010.

A year in review from poet J. Ivy

VIDEO - 2009 will be a year remembered for many things--from the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in January to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus around the world in early June...

Oops! T-Wolves announce trade prematurely

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves' trade of backup point guard Jason Hart didn't exactly go as smoothly as planned...

Obama: security system failed to connect the dots

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama says the intelligence community had information that it should have been pieced together before the Christmas Day attempted terror attack...

Hampton University awarded $1.4M to recruit students

HAMPTON -- The National Science Foundation is giving Hampton University $1.4 million to recruit more minority students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics...

Governor candidate faces opposition from black leaders

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A congressman trying to becoming Alabama's first black governor is facing opposition from some unlikely critics -- black leaders who were on the front lines of the civil rights movement...

San Jose police mount cameras on officers' heads

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Grainy cell phone images are often used against cops accused of using excessive violence. Now, officers are being armed with their own cameras...

Landmark taser ruling shocks cops back to reality

Shock happy law enforcement beware, there are new rules of engagement when it comes to the use of Tasers by police officers...

Three-year-old saves grandmother from fire

Three-year old Texas boy is being called a hero after saving his grandmother from a fire. Investigators say the flames destroyed the Houston home Monday afternoon...

Tuskegee Airmen to be honored with Rose Bowl float

The Tuskegee Airmen are being honored for the new year. Not with speeches, medals or awards--but a float in a parade...

Officials probe Miss. apartment fire that killed nine

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Investigators were working to figure out what sparked a Mississippi apartment fire that killed six children and three women...

Notable African-Americans we lost in 2009

SLIDESHOW - As 2009 comes to an end, we take a moment to reflect on several public figures who have passed during the past year...