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2009-10-16 09:05:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization Of A New Destiny, issued the following statement about the scandalous and shameful way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith treated Rush Limbaugh, effectively blocking his bid as part of a group to purchase the St. Louis Rams: "As an American civil-rights leader I am deeply disturbed by the unfair...

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2009-09-03 22:42:54

Michael Jackson's loved ones gathered Thursday night at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., to pay their final respects to the late pop star. Jackson died June 25 at age 50. His death was declared a homicide after lethal levels of propofol were found in his system, and his personal physician is under investigation for his treatment of Jackson leading up to the singer's death. Jackson reportedly will be interred in the cemetery's Great Mausoleum where the remains of Hollywood icons...

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2009-06-29 15:22:48

No funeral plans have yet been made for Michael Jackson because questions remain over how he died, his father Joe Jackson said Monday. The senior Jackson, speaking to reporters outside his Encino, Calif., home along with the Rev. Al Sharpton, said funeral services would be arranged once he has more information about what led to the pop superstar's death at 50 last week, the Los Angeles Times reported. Jackson ordered a second private autopsy be performed on his late son after the Los Angeles...

2009-04-28 13:37:00

DETROIT, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today we are at the threshold of another 100 years of the journey of the NAACP to bring justice and equality to all of America's sons and daughters. The last 100 years have seen great accomplishments in the areas of political empowerment, voting rights, educational advancement, fair housing and even corporate representation. As we celebrate our victories we are also reminded of our challenges. The Detroit branch NAACP remains committed to the...

2009-04-08 14:21:31

A New York restaurant has stirred controversy by refusing to change its controversial name: Obama Fried Chicken. City Councilman Charles Barron, D-Brooklyn, was joined in protesting outside of the restaurant Monday with Rev. Al Sharpton and members of advocacy group Brooklyn East New York Crisis Team, Newsday reported Wednesday. The protesters, who contend the name is racially charged, said manager Mohammad Jabbar reneged on a promise he made last week to change the name of the restaurant to...

2009-04-06 09:24:00

FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company is receiving billions in taxpayer funds, and has an additional $9 billion line of credit to access TARP funds. Yet, the company was a financial sponsor of Al Sharpton's national convention last week that featured a speech by Vice-President Joseph Biden. In a Complaint filed today with TARP Inspector General Neil M. Barofsky, National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) President Peter Flaherty wrote, "Ford's major donation...

2008-12-22 09:54:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Civil Rights Activist and radio talk show host Reverend Al Sharpton addressed an audience today at 5W Public Relations monthly Speaker Series. With the presidential election over and America's first black President elected, Sharpton's topic was the State of the Civil Rights Movement and American Business Opportunity in an Obama Presidency. While acknowledging that a significant glass ceiling has been broken, there is still a way to go. Sharpton called...

2008-09-24 03:00:26

By Motavalli, Jim HIGH ENERGY Pat Robertson is conservative Christianity's charismatic spokesperson. Reverand Al Sharpton is the outspoken activist leader of black America. They are very different ; leaders for very different followers: the sharp right and the sharp left; the conservative "values" versus the liberal "truths." But lately, they've been sharing the same message: Stop global warming. Robertson and Sharpton appear together in a slickly produced commercial from Alliance for...

2008-09-23 21:00:09

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday stepped in to temporarily stop the state of Georgia from executing a man convicted of killing a police officer 19 years ago. The nation's highest court issued its stay of execution just hours before Troy Anthony Davis, 39, was to be put to death by lethal injection for the 1989 slaying of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Since Davis's 1991 trial, seven key prosecution witnesses have recanted. However,...

2008-07-15 12:00:27

By John McCormick and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune Jul. 15--When it comes to African-American audiences, some have called Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid a "dual-track" candidacy, one that seeks to prove he is in tune with the needs of the black community while also not alienating whites. The latest stop in that balancing act came Monday evening as he spoke in Cincinnati to the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was his...