World News

Anti-Gay Law Will be Overturned Say Uganda’s Campaigners

Anti-Gay Law Will be Overturned Say Uganda’s Campaigners

KAMPALA - Human rights campaigners who filed a recent legal petition against Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law believe that they have a compelling case for its nullification. By Amy Fallon “Judges are human beings. But we are pretty sure we have made a compelling case for the nullification of the law and the judges will exercise their judicial […]

By March 23, 2014 Read More →
Kenya: Blackmail and extortion of gay men on the rise

Kenya: Blackmail and extortion of gay men on the rise

  When Patrick Muiru* met George* on a Facebook dating page, little did he know this was the start of his problems that will leave him naked, sexually assaulted, beaten and humiliated. Patrick is a 26 year old closeted gay man who has fallen prey to blackmailers and extortionists targeting gay men. Patrick who lives in […]

By March 23, 2014 Read More →
Skyjacking Focus Of Massive Search For Missing Malaysian Jetliner

Skyjacking Focus Of Massive Search For Missing Malaysian Jetliner

Skyjacking Focus Of Massive Search For Missing Malaysian Jetliner By Nathan James Nine days after a Malaysian Airlines plane disappeared from the skies over the Gulf of Thailand, skyjacking is becoming the central focus of authorities looking for the missing jetliner. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 239 passengers and crew, vanished from tracking radar, […]

By March 16, 2014 Read More →
Uganda’s Human Rights Record Plunges With Signing of Anti-Gay Law

Uganda’s Human Rights Record Plunges With Signing of Anti-Gay Law

KAMPALA – Uganda’s gays are bracing themselves for a spate of arrests and harassment as the country’s draconian anti-gay bill was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday, Feb. 24. By Amy Fallon One gay man from Kamapla told IPS after the signing of the bill that there was nothing that he could […]

By March 9, 2014 Read More →

National News

Obama: Equal Pay for Women

Obama: Equal Pay for Women

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for women to be paid at the same rate that men are paid on the same job. The U.S. leader said in his weekly address Saturday that is is an embarrassment that women earn less than men in the same professions and with the same education. President Obama issued […]

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Mississippi Gov. Bryant signs ‘Turn Away The Gays’ Bill Into Law

Mississippi Gov. Bryant signs ‘Turn Away The Gays’ Bill Into Law

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Brandon) signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law Thursday afternoon, making his state the first in the nation where people and businesses can refuse goods or services to anyone, based on a “strongly held religious belief”. The bill, which was passed Tuesday by the GOP-dominated Legislature, is widely understood to be aimed at the state’s LGBT community, and is the most far-reaching legislation of its type in the United states.

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Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify its Missing

Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify its Missing

The Pentagon is overhauling its efforts to find and identify missing service members from past wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday. The changes address the problems laid out in an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, including outdated scientific methods, overlapping bureaucracy, a risk-averse disinterment policy for the 9,400 unknowns buried around the world, and poor laboratory management that inhibited the mission.

By April 1, 2014 Read More →
NSA Invokes “National Defense” on Nelson Mandela

NSA Invokes “National Defense” on Nelson Mandela

NSA Invokes “National Defense” and the Espionage Act to Block MIT Student’s FOIA Request on Nelson Mandela Ryan Shapiro, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PhD candidate and animal rights activist filed a lawsuit in January 2014 against the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence […]

By March 26, 2014 Read More →

Community News

No Parking Bar Is Latest NYC Gay Club To Shut Down

No Parking Bar Is Latest NYC Gay Club To Shut Down

No Parking, the hugely popular gay bar in New York City’s Washington Heights section, will join the growing number of LGBT nightclubs to close their doors when it shuts down on April 13.

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Mississippi Legislature Passes Anti-Gay Bill, Gov. Bryant Expected To Sign

Mississippi Legislature Passes Anti-Gay Bill, Gov. Bryant Expected To Sign

Mississippi Legislature Passes Anti-Gay Bill, Gov. Bryant Expected To Sign By Nathan James SB 2681, Mississippi’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”, has passed both houses of its Legislature, and is now awaiting Governor Phil Bryant’s signature, lawmakers said yesterday. The bill, whose far-reaching provisions not only permit individuals and businesses to refuse goods or services to […]

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Students at two Black colleges jolted by intolerance towards gays

Students at two Black colleges jolted by intolerance towards gays

As activities wrap up for the annual weeklong celebration of LGBTQ Pride at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges in Atlanta, student leaders are finding that not everyone believes in notions of tolerance, equality and gay rights.

By March 28, 2014 Read More →
NYC’s Secret Lounge Closes

NYC’s Secret Lounge Closes

Secret Lounge, the longtime gay nightspot in New York City’s Chelsea section, has closed its doors, the latest casualty of Manhattan’s changing landscape and soaring business costs.

By March 25, 2014 Read More →

Life & Society

Obama’s New ONAP Chief Is Gay, Black, HIV+

Obama’s New ONAP Chief Is Gay, Black, HIV+

President Obama on Tuesday announced his selection of Douglas Brooks as the head of his Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the White House agency that coordinates, monitors, and facilitates HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education programs in the United States.

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Immune upgrade gives ‘HIV shielding’

Immune upgrade gives ‘HIV shielding’

Doctors have used gene therapy to upgrade the immune system of 12 patients with HIV to help shield them from the virus’s onslaught. It raises the prospect of patients no longer needing to take daily medication to control their infection. By James Gallagher The patients’ white blood cells were taken out of the body, given HIV […]

By March 23, 2014 Read More →
Dark Chocolate Reaps Heart-Healthy Benefits

Dark Chocolate Reaps Heart-Healthy Benefits

Researchers have known for some time that chocolate – especially dark chocolate – is good for the heart. Now, they know why. By Jessica Berman Besides tasting good, researchers found dark chocolate is protective against heart disease in two ways; it restores flexibility to stiffening arteries and prevents white blood cells from sticking to the insides […]

By March 9, 2014 Read More →
Revolutionary Vaccine Breaks Refrigeration Barrier in Africa

Revolutionary Vaccine Breaks Refrigeration Barrier in Africa

DAKAR — For decades, distribution of vaccines in Africa and other warm regions has been hampered by the need to keep the vaccines refrigerated – a major challenge in remote areas without electric power. But the World Health Organization says a new vaccine aimed at preventing meningitis A can withstand temperatures up to 40 degrees […]

By March 1, 2014 Read More →

Sports News

UMass Basketball Player Comes Out, Is First Openly Gay Div. 1 Athlete

UMass Basketball Player Comes Out, Is First Openly Gay Div. 1 Athlete

Derrick Gordon, a sophomore shooting guard for UMass’ Division 1 basketball team, came out of the closet Wednesday, making him the first athlete in the top division of NCAA basketball to do so. Gordon, 22, told his team and family he was gay on April 2, and publicly announced his sexual orientation to ESPN and Outsports this morning.

By April 9, 2014 Read More →
Golden Tigers’ season ends with loss to NCAA II top team

Golden Tigers’ season ends with loss to NCAA II top team

Golden Tigers’ season ends with loss to NCAA II top team EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In the second game of the afternoon session of the NCAA Division II Elite 8, the Tuskegee Golden Tigers (21-12) faced the nation’s No. 1 team in Division II, the Metropolitan State Roadrunners (32-1) from Denver, Colorado. With 7:57 remaining in […]

By March 29, 2014 Read More →
CrossFit: Hot Global Fitness Trend Strengthens Dominance

CrossFit: Hot Global Fitness Trend Strengthens Dominance

What started in a California garage in the 1970s is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing fitness concepts worldwide. It’s called CrossFit and is a method of whole-body functional fitness. It’s used by the U.S. Marines, professional sports teams, fire departments, and police forces. The number of affiliated gyms has doubled every two years, […]

By March 23, 2014 Read More →
Tuskegee makes historic march into NCAA II’s Elite Eight

Tuskegee makes historic march into NCAA II’s Elite Eight

It was a rousing homecoming for Tuskegee University’s men’s basketball team as hundreds of fans embraced their Golden Tigers as they stepped off their bus last Wednesday night. Hoisted over their heads, they proudly held the trophy received after garnering their first NCAA Division II South Region championship, beating the Delta State Statesmen one night earlier, 80-59, in Lakeland, Florida.

By March 21, 2014 Read More →

Entertainment News

Of Thee We Sing: Celebration honors the achievements of Marian Anderson

Of Thee We Sing: Celebration honors the achievements of Marian Anderson

Of Thee We Sing: Celebration honors the achievements of Marion Anderson Event pays tribute to 75th anniversary of singer’s Lincoln Memorial concert By D. Kevin McNeir There are many special moments in America’s civil rights movement that are periodically celebrated including Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in professional baseball, Rosa Parks refusing to give […]

By April 15, 2014 Read More →
Jamaican Reggae Singer Vybz Karel Sentenced To Life in Prison

Jamaican Reggae Singer Vybz Karel Sentenced To Life in Prison

Vybz Kartel, a popular dancehall artist in Jamaica, has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted for the murder of an associate, according to reports by the BBC. Palmer and three other men were sentenced after being convicted of the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams in a dispute over missing firearms.

By April 4, 2014 Read More →
Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz

Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz

Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz Mustafa on Sax proudly carries torch lit by his father, Melton Mustafa, Sr. By D. Kevin McNeir A superb improvisational duet recently occurred on a South Florida stage between two gifted musicians – one on the saxophone – the other on trumpet that confirmed why jazz is still […]

By April 2, 2014 Read More →
Remembering My Friend “The Godfather”

Remembering My Friend “The Godfather”

The reports about the sudden death of the legendary dance-music DJ Frankie Warren Knuckles, Jr., have been confirmed. More commonly referred to as the Godfather of House Music, Knuckles, 59, died last Monday afternoon at his home. His longtime business partner and good friend, Frederick Dunston, was unavailable for comment but released a statement saying that more details would be released soon. Dunston did not confirm nor deny rumors that Knuckles had succumbed to complications from Type 2 diabetes.

By April 1, 2014 Read More →

Other Articles

Rapper Bry’Nt Releases New Music Video “Explain”

Rapper Bry’Nt Releases New Music Video “Explain”

By: Roque Caston While waiting for the release of his highly anticipated debut album, rapper “Bry’Nt” continues to excite fans by releasing a new music and videos. His latest release is the Blunted Muse Productions music video “Explain.” In the video, Bry’Nt visually displays an individual contemplating and venting about the changes in a previous […]

By April 5, 2014 Read More →
GLAAD Joins Historic Carnegie Hall Fundraising Campaign

GLAAD Joins Historic Carnegie Hall Fundraising Campaign

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a media watchdog organization dedicated to the positive depiction of the LGBT community in contemporary American media, has joined a fundraising campaign to bring gifted, accomplished vocalist and violinist Tona Brown to Carnegie Hall in New York City, for an historic concert performance this summer.

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1971 gay marriage ban is history. Rejoice!

1971 gay marriage ban is history. Rejoice!

London, UK – I rejoice that the ban on same-sex marriage in England and Wales is finally being lifted after a campaign for its repeal that lasted 33 years. The ban was imposed for the first time in 1971. Previously, there was no legal prohibition on same-sex marriage. The 1949 Marriage Act does not require […]

By March 29, 2014 Read More →
Frankie Beverly and Maze: Old school soul personified

Frankie Beverly and Maze: Old school soul personified

Frankie Beverly and Maze: Old school soul personified Legendary vocalist still performing to sold out audiences from Minneapolis to Miami By D. Kevin McNeir There are some entertainers whose singular name is enough to make their legion of fans stand up and shout with gleeful anticipation – professionals like Pink, Prince, Madonna or Cher are […]

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Sheryl Lee Ralph: Redefining “diva” to empower other women

Sheryl Lee Ralph: Redefining “diva” to empower other women

Sheryl Lee Ralph: Redefining “diva” to empower other women Original DREAMGIRL continues to give back to community in more ways than one By D. Kevin McNeir Standing before a packed audience anxious to hear about the significant role that women have played in America’s history, Sheryl Lee Ralph, the consummate show business professional, most notably […]

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