World News

Amid Crisis, Puerto Rico’s Retirees Face Uncertain Future

Amid Crisis, Puerto Rico’s Retirees Face Uncertain Future

SAN JUAN – A feeling of insecurity has overtaken broad sectors of Puerto Rican society as the economy worsens, public sector debt spirals out of control, and the island’s creditworthiness is put in doubt

By September 21, 2014 Read More →
Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

BEIRUT – At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

By September 6, 2014 Read More →
Boko Haram crisis: ‘Bodies litter’ Nigeria’s Bama town

Boko Haram crisis: ‘Bodies litter’ Nigeria’s Bama town

Bodies remain littered on the streets of a northern Nigerian town two days after it was seized by militant Islamists, a lawmaker has told the BBC. Boko Haram fighters were patrolling the streets of Bama, preventing people from burying the dead, Ahmed Zanna said. On Wednesday, the state government denied the town had fallen. Officials […]

By September 4, 2014 Read More →

National News

Tens of Thousands March for Action on Climate Change

Tens of Thousands March for Action on Climate Change

NEW YORK— An international day of action on climate change brought tens of thousands onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, with organizers predicting the biggest protest on the issue in five years. About 100,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. vice president Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and elected […]

By September 22, 2014 Read More →
Obama to Delay Immigration Policy Shift Until After Nov. Elections

Obama to Delay Immigration Policy Shift Until After Nov. Elections

President Barack Obama will delay action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, news reports said Saturday, a decision aimed at helping some embattled Democrats avoid the highly-politicized issue in their re-election campaigns.

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Another American dies fighting for ISIS

Another American dies fighting for ISIS

It is difficult for Goth Ali to believe the man he sees in shaky and grainy social media videos is the same one he has known for almost a decade – Abdirahmaan Muhumed.

By September 4, 2014 Read More →

Community News

Too many LGBT kids are still homeless. And we still throw money at marriage?

Too many LGBT kids are still homeless. And we still throw money at marriage?

The pre-eminence of weddings in the gay rights movement ignores the basics that so many of us can’t even afford. Over the past decade, the LGBT rights movement in America has overwhelmingly focused on the fight for marriage, making it seem as if marriage is the key to making us all truly equal in America. And through this ardent effort, incredible strides have been made.

By September 14, 2014 Read More →
Gambia Passes Harsher Anti-Gay Laws

Gambia Passes Harsher Anti-Gay Laws

Gambia, a country with one of the most homophobic leaders in the world, passed new anti-gay legislation that includes life in prison for those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality”, National Assembly minority leader Samba Jallow said yesterday. The bill, which now awaits President Yahya Jammeh’s signature, toughens existing laws imposing 14-year sentences for homosexuality, and follows a wave of police crackdowns on gays and lesbians in Gambia over the past month. Raids and mass arrests, beatings, and evictions are occurring regularly, according to Amnesty International.

By September 10, 2014 Read More →
Armed Robbers Target Atlanta Black Gay Pride Patrons

Armed Robbers Target Atlanta Black Gay Pride Patrons

Gunmen robbed patrons of an Atlanta Black Gay Pride event at least twice in the early hours of August 30, as they were “entering or leaving” a huge event at Club Rain in the southwest section of the city, detectives said.

By September 6, 2014 Read More →

Life & Society

Liberian President Thanks Obama for Ebola Support

Liberian President Thanks Obama for Ebola Support

WASHINGTON — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked President Barack Obama and the American people for their additional offer to help Liberia and other West African countries combat the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The World Health Organization says there are nearly 5,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever-like illness in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with Liberia being at the epicenter of the outbreak.

By September 21, 2014 Read More →
Cape Town pro-gay mosque opens in South Africa

Cape Town pro-gay mosque opens in South Africa

A Muslim academic has opened a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism from parts of the local Muslim community. Women will also be allowed to lead prayers at Taj Hargey’s “Open Mosque” in Cape Town. “We are opening the mosque for open-minded people, not closed-minded people,” Mr Hargey told […]

By September 20, 2014 Read More →
US Sending 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Expanded Ebola Effort

US Sending 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Expanded Ebola Effort

President Barack Obama is due to announce new measures Tuesday afternoon to help fight the worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including sending 3,000 U.S. troops to the region. A White House statement detailing the program said the troops will be sent to a new command center in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, where they will help […]

By September 16, 2014 Read More →

Sports News

Michael Sam Signed By Dallas Cowboys

Michael Sam Signed By Dallas Cowboys

Michael Sam, who made international headlines last spring as the first openly gay athlete to be drafted to an NFL team, has been signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, having passed his physical exam, team officials said today.

By September 3, 2014 Read More →
Michael Sam Set To Join Dallas Cowboys

Michael Sam Set To Join Dallas Cowboys

Michael Sam, who made international headlines last spring as the first openly gay athlete to be drafted to an NFL team, is about to be signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, pending the outcome of a physical exam, team officials said yesterday.

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NFL Teams Demur On Michael Sam, After Rams Cut Him

NFL Teams Demur On Michael Sam, After Rams Cut Him

When the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam last spring, it was widely seen as an historic moment, as the young defensive end would become the first openly gay athlete playing for an NFL team.

By September 1, 2014 Read More →

Entertainment News

Hollywood discriminates against gay actors, claims LGBT thinktank report

Hollywood discriminates against gay actors, claims LGBT thinktank report

More than 50% of acting union members consulted by UCLA academics say film-makers are biased against LGBT performers More than half of gay actors in Hollywood believe film-makers are biased against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) performers, according to a new study The report from the Williams Institute, a thinktank on gay issues at […]

By September 14, 2014 Read More →
Stanley Bennett Clay’s Ritual set to open

Stanley Bennett Clay’s Ritual set to open

On August 29, 2014—Chas. Floyd Johnson and SBC Productions presented the Off-Broadway premiere of Stanley Bennett Clay’s award-winning play “Ritual,” set to open September 20, 2014 at the 777 Theatre, 777 8th Avenue, NY 10036. “Ritual” will perform Saturday afternoons at 2:30 pm for a limited run.

By September 6, 2014 Read More →
Hard to Get

Hard to Get

New South African movie Hard to Get, a love story set in Johannesburg’s crime underworld, opened the 35th Durban International Film Festival.

By September 2, 2014 Read More →

Other Articles

Black children are beloved and beaten

Black children are beloved and beaten

“Beloved and beaten” is a phrase that best depicts how many African American children—past and present—are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many incidents, it continues to be uncritically passed along generationally.

By September 21, 2014 Read More →
Even When Rev. Jesse Jackson is Wrong, He’s Right!

Even When Rev. Jesse Jackson is Wrong, He’s Right!

As much as I hate agreeing with Rev Jesse Jackson, I applaud Jackson for blasting the NFL. Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed three qualified experts to address issues of domestic violence, stemming from the league’s domestic violence scandal. Tuesday, Jackson called out the NFL as “shameful insensitivity” for how it went about hiring experts to help it navigate through its domestic violence crisis.

By September 21, 2014 Read More →
NY Fashion Week, ‘The Real Way’

NY Fashion Week, ‘The Real Way’

By Nathan James With New York Fashion Week in full swing, the industry comes alive with models sashaying down runways all over town. The semi-annual gathering of designers, manufacturers, celebrities, photojournalists, and clothing labels has become the Super Bowl of fashion, and all its pomp and circumstance goes on display before the world. Among the […]

By September 14, 2014 Read More →