From The Belle Report… After 10 years, Tavis Smiley is ending his annual State of the Black Union conference, which spawned best-selling books and his critical stance toward Barack Obama.  The activist and PBS host said Wednesday that he needs time to focus on other projects, such as his four prime-time specials this year and […]

From The Belle Report… The  41st  NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today and Gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin received a nod for  We All Are One (Live In Detroit) in the Best Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) category.   The winners will be announced during the live broadcast that’s scheduled air (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT Tape-delayed) on FOX Network, Friday, February 26th, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

(Via President Obama is about to start his second year in office with his job approval rating at 50 percent, a long way from the 68 percent he enjoyed when he was sworn in and the second lowest of all presidents since Dwight Eisenhower at the start of their second year, according to a […]

(Via JUNIATA PARK – January 6, 2010 – Philadelphia police have taken a woman in her 30s into custody after she reportedly roughly threw a car seat with a 9-month-old baby in it to the ground.

Chicago, IL — Eunice Johnson, the widow of Ebony magazine founder John Johnson and a fashion maven who ran thousands of traveling runway shows aimed at black audiences, has died. She was 93.  Johnson died Sunday of renal failure at her Chicago home, said Wendy Parks, a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company Inc., […]

Los Angeles, CA — BET Networks makes a joyful noise on Sunday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m. with the premiere of CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL. Taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and hosted once again by host and author Steve Harvey, the night included uplifting performances, powerful duets and soulful choirs.  Aptly themed “Ten […]

  Greensboro, NC — Grammy-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams will headline the grand opening Celebration of Unity Service for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, museum officials announced Wednesday.  The service is scheduled for Jan. 31.  Officials also announced that journalist Ed Gordon will host a town hall forum on Jan. 28.  Both events […]

(Via As far as vices go, smoking has always taken top honors as being the worse thing you can do to yourself. Not anymore. A new study says that obesity is becoming a bigger threat to a person’s quality of life than having a cigarette habit. The results are based on interviews conducted with […]

(Via Arenas is under investigation by federal and local authorities after admittedly bringing guns to the Wizards’ locker room. Stern originally planned to wait to take action, but he tired of Arenas’ behavior. A day after the Washington Wizards guard was photographed before a game in Philadelphia pointing his index fingers, as if they […]

(Via ROME – A Sicilian man stole sweets and a packet of chewing gum so he could get arrested and spend New Year’s Eve in a jail cell rather than be with his wife and relatives, Italian media reported on Friday. The 35-year old Sicilian first showed up at a police station on Thursday […]

From CNN’s Lauren Kornreich President Obama on Monday appointed Amanda Simpson to be a technical advisor at the Commerce Department. Washington (CNN) – President Obama appointed a transgender woman, Amanda Simpson, to be a Technical Advisor at the Commerce Department. Simpson has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years, and most recently […]

On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Fox anchor Brit Hume suggested that Tiger Woods should trade his Buddhist faith for Christianity if he wants to make a personal comback. When host Chris Wallace asked the show’s roundtable to predict the biggest sports story of 2010, Hume said: “Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he […]