Published on March 19th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features The Top 10 News Stories ending Friday, March 19, 2010. Making the headlines this week includes President Obama’s former pastor, a former heavyweight boxing champ showing a gentler side, and a shocking announcement made by the largest retail store in the world.


10. Beyonce’s Heat Fragrance Tops $3 Million in Sales



The folks at Macy’s say Beyonce’s new fragrance has generated sales of $3 million since its high-profile launch last month in New York’s Union Square. Store CEO Terry Lungren says sales of Beyonce Heat have been consistently robust – with 70,000 bottles of the product flying off shelves on the first day alone. The fragrance features “notes of red vanilla orchid, magnolia, neroli and blush peach.” News source –


9. Jeremiah Wright: Still Has Love for Obama

Last week, President Obama’s former pastor Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright compared the president to a son who was being treated unfairly. In a rare post-election interview, Wright spoke to The Washington Post about his life and his church’s history after preaching an evening sermon at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Northeast Washington. Wright’s very public falling out with Obama during the 2008 campaign seemed like water under the bridge Wednesday, as Wright expressed concern over how the president has been treated by the media since being elected. “It is unrealistic to think that one person can change the mess that this country has gotten into, but to pick on him is like picking on one of my kids,” Wright said. “I have known him for 20 years.” News source –

 8. Rebbie, Randy Jackson Accept Award for Michael

Rebbie Jackson, 59, made a rare public appearance with her brother Randy, 48, to accept the 2010 Angel Award honoring her late brother Michael’s support of children’s causes. The honor was given out on March 7 at the 11th annual Children Uniting Nations Academy Award Night Fund-Raising Gala, which doubles as an Oscar viewing party. The eldest and the youngest of the Jackson siblings were watching the ceremony from the Beverly Hilton hotel’s international ballroom when the image of their late brother appeared during the show’s “In Memoriam” tribute. “When I saw his picture – that was hard, it brought tears,” she told “We miss him so much,” she told the crowd, “and we know you do too.” News source-

7. Defamation suit against Oprah Winfrey set for trial

(CNN) — A jury will decide whether Oprah Winfrey defamed the former headmistress of her South African girl’s school when talking about an abuse scandal in 2007, a federal judge ruled. A trial is set to begin on March 29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the defamation lawsuit filed by Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane against the talk show host and her production company, Harpo. “Oprah and Harpo await the opportunity to present the case in court,” Winfrey’s lawyer, Chip Babcock, said Tuesday. Mzamane was immediately suspended and later fired after several students at Winfrey’s South African leadership academy complained about abuse. A dorm mother was later charged with abusing and assaulting students. The lawsuit contends that Winfrey’s statements at a private meeting with parents — which later became public — and at a news conference defamed the headmistress by implying she knew of the abuse and covered it up. Mzamane claims the abuse complaints were never brought to her and that Winfrey never let her explain.

 6.Texas manager tested positive for cocaine in 2009

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted he made a “huge mistake” when he used cocaine and failed a Major League Baseball drug test last season. In his first public acknowledgment, Washington apologized Wednesday for his behavior, eight months after he told Rangers president Nolan Ryan, who turned down the manager’s offer to resign. “I made a huge mistake and it almost caused me to lose everything I have worked for all of my life,” Washington said at a news conference Wednesday. “I am not here to make excuses. There are none.” Washington said he used cocaine only once and called it “stupid” and “shameful.” Washington said he told the commissioner’s office and Rangers officials about using cocaine before he had a routine drug test. “He came forward and said he would resign,” Ryan said. “He understood the consequences. We had a lot of discussions and a lot of soul-searching on it.” “He stood up to it. We felt like he was sincere and forthright,” he said. “We are very disappointed by this. We are upset we were put in this position.” Washington met with his players earlier in the day and told them about testing positive in July. News source – Associated press

5. Jamie Foxx, Ludacris Team with CDC for HIV Awareness

Jamie Foxx and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges are joining other celebrities and African-American leaders to promote “i know,” a social media effort launched last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The celebrities, along with participating African-American organizations, will use their own Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to increase participation and expand the conversation’s reach. “The ‘i know’ effort is part of CDC’s commitment to addressing the silence around HIV and inviting African-American young adults to take charge of the conversation,” said Kevin Fenton, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Foxx will also star in a series of radio and online video public service announcements. In the PSA below, Foxx highlights the importance of talking about HIV: “We need to do something – all of us – and especially young people. We can start by talking about HIV with our partners, our family, and our friends.” News-source:

4. Mike Tyson Ready to Soar … With his Pigeons!

Wonder if the pigeon is thinking what we’re thinking about Iron Mike?  Did you know that tough guy Mike Tyson is getting his own television series…about pigeons? Yep, it’s true.
Animal Planet is teaming up with the former boxing champ for “Taking on Tyson.” The show will follow his involvement with competitive pigeon racing according to Broadcasting & Cable.
“Tyson’s passion for his pigeons takes my breath away,” gushes an Animal Planet exec. “For years, he has been inspired by these birds that he feels have the ‘biggest heart’ in the animal kingdom.”
And Iron Mike wants the world to know that he’s a pigeon lover from way back.
“I feel a great pride acting as an official representative for all the pigeon fanciers out there. I want people to see why we love these birds,” says Tyson.
The former heavyweight boxing champ has been raising pigeons his entire life. The show is slated to run in early 2011. News source:

 3. Sony Bets Fans Just Can’t Stop Loving Michael Jackson

By Linda Deutsch and Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press Writers  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The record-breaking deal in which Michael Jackson’s estate will get up to $250 million in the next seven years probably isn’t a huge gamble for the company that will pay the money out, Sony Music Entertainment. Before he died last June at the of age 50, Jackson, a prolific songwriter, left dozens of unreleased recordings that are sure to be in high demand. Those include studio sessions from some of his best albums and recently recorded songs made with the likes of Black Eyed Peas front-man
Under a deal officially announced Tuesday, Sony has guaranteed Jackson’s estate $200 million for 10 projects over the next seven years. One of them, a movie and album called “This Is It,” was already completed. If certain conditions are met, the payment could rise to $250 million. AP Entertainment Writers Jake Coyle in New York and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

2. President Obama Gives Nobel Prize Money To Charities…

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to donate the $1.4 million from his Nobel Peace Prize to helping students, veterans’ families and survivors of Haiti’s earthquake, among others, drawing attention to organizations he said “do extraordinary work.” Obama is giving a total of $750,000 to six groups that help kids go to college. Fisher House, which provides housing for families with loved ones at Veterans Administration hospitals, will receive $250,000, the White House said Thursday. And the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, for which two former presidents are raising money to rebuild earthquake-ravaged Haiti, will receive $200,000. In addition, Obama plans to give $125,000 to the United Negro College Fund.  And Obama is donating $100,000 to AfriCare, which funds HIV/AIDS programs, public health programs, water resource development and agriculture in 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. News source – Associated Press


  1. Wal-Mart Announcement: All Blacks Leave the Store

 CNN) — Victoria Arter was outraged when she heard the announcement over the Wal-Mart loudspeaker. “Attention, Wal-Mart shoppers, all blacks need to leave the store.” “We waited and waited. Some people just left their carts in disgust and said they couldn’t believe it,” Arter told, a CNN affiliate. It was busy shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday at the Turnersville, New Jersey, Wal-Mart Supercenter. Arter, a 29-year-old assistant bank manager who is black, didn’t know what was going on, but she was not happy. Neither were other customers, who began dialing their cell phones and demanding answers from managers. Some were just quiet, still in shock at what they’d heard. A few moments later, a store manager got on the public address system and began apologizing and contacted the local police. Arter frequently shopped at the Wal-Mart, but she won’t go there any longer,  The discount chain is “just as appalled by this as anyone,” Wal-Mart corporate spokesman Lorenzo Lopez said. “Whoever did this is wrong and acted in an inappropriate manner.” Police and prosecutors are reviewing security camera video from the store. Any of the 25 in-store telephones could have accessed the public address system, although not all phones are within range of surveillance cameras, authorities said.

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7 Responses to “Top 10 News Stories”

  1. Cathleen WIlliams Says:

    ALl black shoppers please leave the store. Well I’ll be doggone.
    I hope they left forever with their wallets closed!

  2. Leon Says:

    That’s exactly what happened Cathleen.
    The black shoppers that they interviewed said that they will never come back.

  3. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Leon this list is great…Walmart, there are some things that leave you speechless when you first hear it. How do you react to such a thing? Beyonce has great marketing people. Mike Tyson, I don’t know, I can’t imagine him having a softer side. As for Michael Jackson’s deal, I think it is great. His children will be well cared for. Hopefully, they stay safe from the hands of their cousins. To Shack: What’s your opinion on Walmart? Thank you Leon for keeping us informed. Keep up the good work!

  4. Jeanette Davis ("Author") Says:

    Bye buy Walmart. This relationship gone bye, bye.

  5. Leon Says:

    My sentiments exactly, Jeanette.

  6. Shack Says:

    All- My favorite in this category is Story 9 by far. I would love to see these two brothers “hook up” again to show the world and haters that their relationship/greatness cannot be hampered by the media,any one or any group!

    Story 8 – Thanks Rebbie & Randy

    Story 3 – already commented last week on TT Philantropists.

    Story 1 – Think this has/will blow over as I understand it was 16 yo who got on the mic as some sort of prank/joke. Lenora – As much as I would like for it to happen – “Nothing Will Ever Get US Out of Walmart”

  7. Sulaiman Dave Bola-Babs Says:

    That’s a blasphemous blunder in an Obaman Age by Wal-Mart. Damn it!