Published on May 21st 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features the Top 10 Black News Stories of the week ending Friday May, 21th, 2010. Making the headlines this week includes a famous queen, four academy award nominees, the president’s ex-pastor, an NBA superstar’s mom, a student with perfect attendance, and a famous handshake between two history making men.


10. High schooler graduates with perfect attendance


What are the odds of a student graduating high school with perfect attendance…since kindergarten? According to Paxon High Senior, Khaydrea Price, it’s not that tough. Price graduates next month with a 3.2 GPA and perfect attendance since she was five years old — something that makes her parents (both principals) quite proud.  ”Knowing my wife and Khaydrea there was never any doubt she was going to accomplish this goal” says Khaydrea’s dad. Read more


9. Jamie Foxx, Don Cheadle, Projects at TNT



TNT on Wednesday announced its development slate for the 2010-11 television season, including projects from executive producers Jamie Foxx and Don Cheadle. Foxx will executive produce and write “Miss Philly,” set in the pristine suburbs and urban war zones of Philadelphia, where the mayor has hired the first African-American police commissioner. “She finds herself handling more than she ever expected,” TNT says. Cheadle serves as the executive producer of an as-yet-untitled medical show set in 1971 Los Angeles, where a group of idealistic doctors open an urgent-care clinic in hopes of upholding the values that inspired them to become doctors. Read more



8. Janet Jackson’s New Cropped Hairdo


Janet Jackson emerged in London Wednesday without her weave. Gone are the trademark long tresses. The actress-singer, who just celebrated her 44th birthday, is now rocking a short cropped wet-and-wavy look. The paparazzi’s snapped away as she was in town promoting her latest film, “Why Did I Get Married, Too?” Source – eurweb


7. Queen Latifah to host BET Awards show


Singer and actress Queen Latifah has signed on as host of the 10th BET Awards show in Los Angeles next month, BET Networks said Tuesday.

Nominees for this year’s awards include:

Best Female R&B Artist
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Alicia Keys

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Raheem DeVaughn
Trey Songz

Best Gospel
The Anointed Pace Sisters
Kirk Franklin Presents Artists United For Haiti
Tamela Mann
Marvin Sapp
Vickie Winans

Best Group
Black Eyed Peas
Diddy-Dirty Money
New Boyz
Young Money

Video of the Year
Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – Video Phone
B.o.B. f/ Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West – Run This Town

Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana
Gabourey Sidibe

Best Actor
Quinton Aaron
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Jamie Foxx
Denzel Washington

Best Movie
Law Abiding Citizen
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
The Blindside

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Tamika Catchings
Vanessa James
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Usain Bolt
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Tiger Woods


6. LeBron’s Lawyer Denies Sex Scandal between Mom and Teammate




A lawyer for LeBron James sent a cease and desist email to a sports blog demanding they take down a story claiming the NBA star’s mother is carrying on a sexual relationship with Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Delonte West. TMZ obtained a copy of the email sent to, which reported Friday that LeBron’s mother Gloria was allegedly sleeping with Delonte. In the email, Frederick Nance — attorney for LeBron and Gloria — says the report is “categorically false and per se defamatory.” Nance adds, “No thinking person could possibly believe such rubbish.” Read more 


Hall of Famer: Mama LeBron/Delonte Rumors ‘True’


NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy told Houston’s ESPN Radio station Wednesday night that rumors of LeBron James’ mother having sex with his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Delonte West are “absolutely true” and “absolutely horrifying.” “It ain’t no rumor. Unfortunately, my sources in the NBA tell me that it’s absolutely true,” said Murphy, despite denials from LeBron, who has called the reports “idiotic” and “off the wall.” “My sources, and they’re legit, tell me that the only people that didn’t know it was happening was LeBron and me,” Murphy said. “And let me tell you something. Delonte West now is one of these players now that is going to get what they call the old proverbial black ball…I could not imagine me being in that situation and him still being on my team cause one of us is going to be dead and the other one is going to be in jail.” Read more 


5. Alleged Pimp in LT Case Charged with Sex Trafficking


The man suspected of sending a 16-year-old girl to Lawrence Taylor’s hotel room has been charged with sex trafficking, reports TMZ. A federal grand jury has indicted Rasheed Davis, 36, for allegedly transporting an underage girl across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. Filed in federal court in New York, the indictment alleges that Davis used “force, threats of force and coercion to compel the alleged victim to engage in a commercial sex act with another person for a fee of $300, which was ultimately paid to Davis.” Read more


4. Malcolm and Martin, closer than we ever thought


Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. had more in common than many think.  Both were 39 at the time of their death. Both had been abandoned by former supporters. And both left virtually no money to their wives and young children because they refused to profit from their activism.  The photo of their meeting endures. It was taken because both men happened to be in the Capitol building that day to listen to politicians debate the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which would later pass. Read more


3. Grambling graduates 616


GSU awarded 513 bachelor’s degrees, 101 master’s degrees, one Ph.D. and one post-master’s certificate. GSU said the class of 2010 was one of the largest in the university’s history. Commencement speaker Muriel Howard, the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, told students to never leave mentors and trusted friends behind. “Turn to everyone that can help you,” Howard said. “I recommend that you establish your board of directors. Ask a classmate today to be a member of your board for life.” Howard is the first African-American to lead a major, presidentially based higher education association. She is also AASCU’s first female president. Read more 


2. Jeremiah Wright: Obama ‘Threw Me Under the Bus’

Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright is back in the headlines over comments about the president expressed in a letter to an African aid group and obtained by the Associated Press. Rev. Wright sent the letter to Africa 6000 International to explain why the Obama administration would likely ignore his efforts to release frozen funds for use in earthquake-stricken Haiti. “No one in the Obama administration will respond to me, listen to me, talk to me or read anything that I write to them. I am ‘toxic’ in terms of the Obama administration,” Wright wrote the president of the Pennsylvania-based group, Joseph Prischak, earlier this year. “I am ‘radioactive,’ Sir. When Obama threw me under the bus, he threw me under the bus literally!” he wrote. “Any advice that I offer is going to be taken as something to be avoided. Please understand that!” Read more 


1. 87-Year-Old Grandma Gets Busted Selling Crack

87-Year-Old Grandma Gets Busted Selling Crack

Instead of trying to live out her days as a pillar of her community, Ola Mae Agee, 87, opted to “enrich” her environment by selling crack cocaine. The octogenarian was busted last Thursday on video for trying to sell the illegal drugs to an undercover officer. The senior was arrested after she sold a $20 piece of crack to the officer back on April 30. Escambia County, Fla., investigators caught the entire drug sale on a surveillance tape. Read more

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9 Responses to “Top 10 News Stories of The Week”

  1. Terrance Says:

    Great list Leon. you always amaze me with these news stories

  2. Leon Says:

    Thanks Terrance! Your feedback gives me the incentive to keep them coming!

  3. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Great list. I love the news stories of the week. I always hear about something going on that I was unaware of. #10. Good for her. #8. It looks good. From the side view, she looked a little like Jada Pinkett Smith. #7. She will be good. #6. “How LeBron’s mom got her groove back”…cougar. #5. It’s amazing how so many people don’t think about their actions or “what if”, before they do things. #4. Interesting. #3. Impressive. #2. He threw hiself under the bus. #1. Can someone please give this woman her social security check! Sad… Thanks Leon.

  4. Leon Says:

    Lenora, I’m glad you love the news stories of the week. I really like the fact that I’m able to bring fresh news stories to the top 10 that many of the readers have not heard.
    Thanks for your compliments and thanks for sharing your comments on the news stories.

  5. Trisha Says:

    What a variety of subjects Leon, Great job.
    10. Good for her, I don’t think I even have 100% attedance in my own life.
    9. I wish them success.
    8. Natural beauty.
    7. Should be a good awards show. Did Justin Beaber get nominated for a BET? How?
    6.&5. Now I know why the team looked out of sorts. Bet there was some locker room talk.
    4. LT,LT what were you thinking?
    3. WHAT IF…..
    2. It’s easier to point a finger than look in the mirror.
    1. Supplementing her prescription drug plan?

  6. Leon Says:

    Thanks Trisha!

  7. Shack Says:

    Sorry for the delay in responding…
    #10 – This blog has uncovered some brilliant AA students.
    #9 – Seems like a potentially productive tandem
    #8 – Seems to work for her…she’s a beautiful 44
    #7 – No problem with the choice of QL
    #6 – Agree with Trisha and other NBA analysts but they fired the coach today – what could he have done to control such a #@%&*d up situation?
    #5 – American Pimp 2 (actually the documentary American Pimp is true greatness and very entertaining)
    #4 – Just think of how we/the world might be had they lived
    #3 – Grambling Greatness
    #2 – Hopeful these two will patch things up after BO leaves office
    #1 – As Jed Clampett would say….”PIIIITTTIIFFUL!”

  8. Leon Says:

    Shack, thanks for your comments. I especially appreciate #10.

  9. Trisha Says:

    On second look it seems like Janet is simplifying her life. According to her ex-boyfriend, Jermaine D., she is limiting her music to only releasing singles and now the change in hairstyle. She may be taking a much deserved rest.