Harold S. Martin writes… The capital punishment debate continues. When dealing with the issue, the media often focuses on cases involving heinous crimes, and as a result, the debates can be very emotional. Humanitarians of whatever.faith (or of no faith) argue that capital punishment has no place in an enlightened society. They say that it […]

Winfrey Takes Winans Off Her Show Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she’s keeping singer BeBe Winans off her show until domestic violence charges against him are resolved.  The gospel singer had taped appearances on Winfrey’s “karaoke challenge” and was on last Friday. Following the show, some bloggers questioned […]

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Turns out Mom was right yet again. You can scare yourself to death, although not necessarily by watching Halloween horror movies. Dr. Martin A. Samuels, who studies the sudden death phenomenon, says some people do have the potential to suddenly drop dead from fright. “It’s a relatively uncommon thing, but it does happen,” says Samuels, […]

New novel “Nairobi to Shenzhen” is patterned in part on Barack Obama Sr. GUANGZHOU, China – President Barack Obama’s half brother has broken his media silence to discuss his new novel — the semi-autobiographical story of an abusive parent patterned on their late father, the mostly absent figure Obama wrote about in his own memoir. […]

CHICAGO — Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout from the current recession could push those numbers even higher, researchers say. The estimate comes from an analysis of 30 years of national data, and it bolsters other recent […]

Oprah, Denzel on List of White House Visitors Date: Monday, November 2, 2009 Celebs Oprah Winfrey and Denzel Washington were among the mix of prominent Democratic fundraisers, and heavyweights from the financial services and high-tech industries who have visited the White House since Barack Obama took office in January.  Winfrey, who campaigned for Obama, interviewed […]

The Rev. Al Sharpton lashed out Sunday at the “unfair” treatment of his daughter and ex-wife by cops who arrested the duo for arguing over a traffic ticket in Harlem. “I cannot imagine how two unarmed women with no record, could be taken in cuffs from a traffic dispute with NO personal or property damage […]

RETHINK is an occasional series featuring contemporary thought on classic Ebony And Jet photos and articles. We asked ad agency executive Mat Burnett, of Super Genius LLC in Chicago to give some modern perspective on a series of revolutionary ads done by Johnson Publishing in the late 1960s and how far (or not) ethnic advertising […]

Often, the world of advertising and media provide more than enough material for this column. But sometimes I get tired of chasing down all the bad guys because, let’s be honest, little ol’ Indian me (as many of you have so supportively pointed out..) can’t save the world. This whole re-evaluation got me thinking about […]