July 27, 2011

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Jean Marie Brown
July 27, 2011

Minorities are still missing in action. .. unless they are celebrities, athletes controversial commentators.

Alicia KeysA scan of Huffington Post finds Alicia Keys leading the list of smart rock stars . . .

Julio LogoAnd Julio Logo slides safely into home plate (or did he?) as the Braves beat the Pirates in a 19 innings.

Oprah Winfrey and mother, VernitaOprah and Usher make the cut for The Daily Beast slideshow of 14 celebrities with “mama drama”  . . . And Willow Smith Rihanna, Mel B, Fantasia, Cassie and Eve are included in a gallery of half-buzzed stars . . . There’s a link to Juan Williams talk with Newsweek about being fired from NPR and being a black conservative.

Salon is curious about MSNBC’s “journalistic standard” considering the network’s latest hire, Al Sharpton, has vowed never to criticize the President . . . Kobe Bryant is among the men cited in a post that makes the case for not publicizing the names of men accused of rape.

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Education, how the Tea Party is effecting long-standing African American institutions, the recession, Republicans and La Raza are only some of the issues tackled on the other sites.

National Urban League President Marc Morial says that his organization lost some of its influence because the stridency of the Tea Party threatens middle-of-the-road politicians . . . A study showing that black and Hispanic school students are disciplined disproportionately is a “wakeup call” according to the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder . . .

There’s an examination of Rep. Allen West’s (R-Fla.) claim that black Democrats are living on a plantation.

Mario Wire weighs in on the report that Latinos have been hardest hit by the recession . . . None of the Republicans running for President attended the National Council of La Raza conference this week and there’s speculation that the GOP could see Latinos as a lost cause . . . California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his state’s version of the DREAM Act.

The National Black Church Initiative, aimed at bringing black men back to church, is featured on The Grio . . . The judge offered a new trial and no jail time to the Georgia mother who was convicted in the death of her four-year-old after the child was struck and killed by a van while the family was jaywalking across a busy street.

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