Black Shooters Called “Thugs”, White Shooters Called “Mentally Ill”

Black Shooters Called "Thugs", White Shooters Called "Mentally Ill"

Police are investigating the shooting of nine African Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as a hate crime committed by a white man. Unfortunately, it’s not a unique event in American history. Black churches have long been a target of white supremacists who burned and bombed them in an effort to terrorize the black communities that those churches anchored. One of the... Read More

Akon Launches Solar Academy That Will Supply Electricity to 600,000,000 People in Africa

Akon Launches Solar Academy That Will Supply Electricity to 600,000,000 People in Africa

When he’s not singing or producing music, Akon is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy. Located in Bamako, Mali, the Solar Academy will help... Read More

Blues Legend BB King Dies In Vegas At 89

Blues Legend BB King Dies In Vegas At 89

B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. It was reported on Mr. King’s website that he died in his sleep. Mr. King married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar... Read More

Wail of Fire Engines in Wake of Baltimore Riots

Wail of Fire Engines in Wake of Baltimore Riots

  BALTIMORE — Engines raced across this city early Tuesday as the Fire Department strained to extinguish blazes, even as the police said some firefighters were reportedly having cinder blocks heaved at them as they responded to emergencies. As Baltimore residents recoiled from the rioting and looting that struck largely in the west of the city on Monday, the police said... Read More

Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty Of Murder

Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty Of Murder

  Jurors in the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have found him guilty of first degree murder, which carries a penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Hernandez was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. As the verdict was read, the former standout tight end appeared upset... Read More

Jay Z Holds The Tidal Torch To Change Music

Jay Z Holds The Tidal Torch To Change Music

Jay Z is bringing in the launch of his new streaming service, TIDAL. Jay Z recently acquired European streaming giants, TIDAL and WiMP, and as of today, the two services will co-exist under the name TIDAL. The rapper and business mogul is making an announcement of the launch at 5 P.M. today, so tune in live to see exactly what Jay has in store for his new artist-friendly Spotify... Read More

Jury Rules In “Blurred Lines” Copyright Case

Jury Rules In "Blurred Lines" Copyright Case

For the last year and a half, the music industry has been gripped by a lawsuit over whether Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” was merely reminiscent of a song by Marvin Gaye, or had crossed the line into plagiarism. A federal jury in Los Angeles on Tuesday agreed that “Blurred Lines” had gone too far, and copied elements of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up”... Read More

Common And John Legend Wins 2015 Oscars For “Glory”

Common And John Legend Wins Oscars

For best picture nominee Selma, Common and John Legend collaborated on the song “Glory”, which was nominated for, and ultimately won, the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Watch them perform it below, backed by a full chorus in a recreation of the march on Selma. Shortly after performing the song to a standing ovation, the duo accepted the award with a speech connecting... Read More

Grammy Awards 2015: Performances Online

Grammy Awards 2015: Performances Online

Sam Smith had a huge night at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, picking up four awards, three of them in major categories: best new artist and song of the year and record of the year for his smash hit “Stay With Me.” But it wasn’t quite a clean sweep. Beck surprised everyone with an album of the year win for “Morning Phase.” And Kanye West tried to upstage his own infamous... Read More

Nigerian’s “Queens Of Africa” Dolls Surpass “Barbie” Sales

Nigerian's "Queens Of Africa" Dolls Surpass "Barbie" Sales

Taofick Okoya was trying to find a doll for his niece a few years ago. He lives in Nigeria and was appalled at the fact that he couldn’t find a black doll. Barbie has produced dolls of other races but there aren’t many and they are not anywhere near as readily available as the white dolls. So Okoya decided to take matters into his own hands and start up a doll company... Read More

Nigeria’s Attack Named The ‘Deadliest Massacre’ In History

Nigeria's Attack Named The ‘Deadliest Massacre’ In History

Mike Omeri, the government spokesman on the insurgency, said fighting continued Friday for Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on January 3 and attacked again on Wednesday. “Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets,” Omeri said in a statement. District... Read More

Stuart Scott Dies At Age Of 49

Stuart Scott Dies At Age Of 49

  Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man — from his signature “Boo-Yah!” to “As cool as the other side of the pillow” to “He must be... Read More

Pharrell’s Lawyer Set to Sue YouTube For $1Billion

Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

  There are songs, and then there are dances. Here’s a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a billion-dollar lawsuit against YouTube. Through a new outfit called Global Music Rights, music industry heavyweight Irving Azoff manages the performance rights of some 20,000 songs including works composed by the Eagles, Pharrell... Read More

Congressional Staffers Walk Out, Protesting Garner, Brown Decisions

Congressional Staffers Walk Out, Protesting Garner, Brown Decisions

The protests over the lack of indictments in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases have expanded to Congress. Congressional staffers walked out of their jobs Thursday afternoon in a symbol of solidarity with protests taking place in the streets, on the basketball court and on football fields across the country. The walk out was led by Senate chaplain Barry Black. Staffers stood... Read More