Published on May 28th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features the Top 10 Black News Stories of the week ending Friday, May 28th, 2010. Making the headlines this week includes an expectant famous singer, a lacy tennis outfit, a teacher who beat up a child, an ex-cop on trial for torture, and a woman commits fraud for bigger breasts.


10. Alicia Keys is Pregnant



All the speculation is over. Alicia Keys and her man, producer Swizz Beatz, are expecting a baby, the couple’s first child, a rep confirms to “Extra.”
Keys, 29, and Swizz, 31, are engaged to be married in private ceremony this year. A friend close to couple says they are “happy.”
Keys is currently on tour in Europe.


9. Venus Williams’ French Open outfit causes a stir


HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis – Whistles and whispers circulated through the stands at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday, a reaction brought about not by Venus Williams’ play at the French Open, but rather by her outfit. With a lacy, black overlay giving it the illusion of being see-through, and bright red trim on the bodice, Williams’ corset-like get-up made her look as if she were ready to perform in a 19th century Parisian cancan chorus line. Williams said the corset-like outfit’s overlay and skin-toned undergarments are “about the illusion of bareness.” “Lace has never been done before in tennis, and I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time,” she said. “The illusion of just having bare skin is definitely for me a lot more beautiful.” Her game, a mix of power and niftier-than-usual footwork on this day, was very 21st century, and befitting a star of the show. The red clay of Roland Garros never has been Williams’ best stage — her seven Grand Slam titles all came at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. At this year’s French Open, she is assured of at least one more performance, thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over former top-10 player Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the first round.


8. Report: Elin Wants $750M in Divorce from Tiger


During negotiations over a possible divorce agreement with Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren is reportedly seeking full custody of their two children and “an estimated $750 million package.”
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker is reporting that Tiger has demanded a strict — and lifelong — confidentiality clause that would bar her from disclosing information about their marriage in interviews or books. There have been previous reports that Woods and Nordegren are working toward a joint-custody arrangement, followed by subsequent rumors that the two had stopped speaking to each other. Additionally, there were reports earlier this week that Elin just enrolled in Hamilton Holt school at Rollins College in Florida, and had taken four trips without Woods in the past five weeks – including to Sweden, where she bought a secluded house last year. Source – eurweb


7. Ojay’s  Singer Walter Williams has Multiple Sclerosis


O’Jays member Walter Williams, 67, has revealed that he has been suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) since the age of 39. The singer, 67, decided to go public with the news in honor of World MS Day on May 26, hoping his revelation will let other MS sufferers know that it’s possible to lead an active life despite the often disabling disease. “I have done well with MS and I want other sufferers to know that they too can lead a normal life,” Williams told Reuters in a telephone interview. “Why now? Well, it’s a good time to come out and let people know there is medication for this now that helps a great deal. When I was diagnosed they told me I had 20 years to live and there was no cure but it has all changed.” Williams, a founding member of the The O’Jays, first noticed numbness in his feet, legs and torso while on tour in 1983. At 39, he was diagnosed with the inflammatory autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. Read more & watch video


6. Woman Broke Law for Bigger Breasts

A Florida woman wanted bigger breasts and thinner arms so badly authorities say she was willing to break the law to get them. Shatarka Nuby, 29, faces a credit card fraud charge after the U.S. Postal Service says she and an accomplice committed fraud so she could undergo more than $9,000 of cosmetic surgery. The accomplice posed as Nuby’s cousin and paid for the surgery using a stolen identity, court records show. Read more


5. Kwame Kilpatrick Gets up to Five Years in Prison


Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to up to five years in prison today for violating the terms of his probation stemming from his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff. Kilpatrick, 39, begged for compassion from Judge David Groner during the hearing, but Groner said “that ship has sailed.” At issue is $1 million Kilpatrick was ordered to pay the city after pleading guilty in 2008 to obstruction of justice. Groner ruled last month that Kilpatrick failed to report all of his assets and meet other conditions of his probation. Read more


4. Texas Teacher that Beat up Child Responds



The Houston Charter school teacher, Sheri Davis, went on Good Morning America to clear up  and/or give her side of the story of the incident we reported last week regarding her beating up a 13-year old student.  She has been terminated by the school and the sheriff’s department is now contemplating pressing charges against her for her actions.  Davis says there’s a lot more to the story than what was caught on video…which we already assumed. Read more & watch video


3. History Teacher Put On Leave Over KKK Costumes


A North Georgia teacher is on paid administrative leave and could lose her job after allowing four of her high school students to don mock Ku Klux Klan outfits for a class project. The sight of people in Klan-like outfits upset some black students at the school and led at least one parent to complain, reports the Associated Press. Catherine Ariemma, who teaches the advanced placement course combining U.S. history with film education, could face punishment ranging from suspension to termination, Lumpkin County School Superintendent Dewey Moye said Monday. Read more & watch video


2. Ex-Chicago Cop on Trial for Torturing Confessions From 100 Black Men



Darrell Cannon was asleep with his common-law wife and son in 1983 when a group of white police officers burst into his Chicago apartment. They said he knew something about a homicide, threw him in the back of a police car and took him to a secluded location.
In an effort to get details, the officers first performed a mock lynching. When that didn’t work, one of the officers pretended to load a pump-action shotgun, put the shotgun in Cannon’s mouth and pulled the trigger three times.
“One of them said, ‘Go ahead, blow that nigger’s head off.’ And that’s when [officer] Peter Dignan forced the shotgun in my mouth. And he said, “You’re not going to tell me what I want to hear? You’re not going to tell me?” I said, “No.” And that’s when he pulled the trigger,” said Cannon. “The third time they did it, when I heard the trigger pull, in my mind, I thought he was blowing the back of my head off, because the hair on the back of my head stood straight up when I heard that click.” Read more & watch videos 


1. Aretha, Denzel at Yale Graduation Ceremony

She may have pulled out of some major gigs in recent weeks, but Aretha Franklin showed up at Yale University on Monday to receive an honorary doctorate of music during the school’s commencement ceremony. Franklin accepted the honor from Yale President Richard C. Levin following a brief musical tribute and prolonged cheering from an audience that included Denzel Washington and Steven Spielberg. Read more & view photos

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7 Responses to “Top 10 News Stories of the Week”

  1. Roy Says:

    Mr. L dam good list.

  2. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Great news stories Leon. # 10.Congratulations to Alicia and Swizz Beatz.#9. That’s just disrespectful. That outfit belongs in the bedroom not on the court. #8. Tiger messed up, now he has to pay. 750M that’s a lot of money.#7. I wish him well. #6. Is there anyone that we can trust anymore? #5. Not surprising. #4,3, and 2. Shameful. #1. Congratulations to the queen of soul. Thank you Leon.

  3. Shack Says:

    #10 – Lucky basket (Beatz)! Guess this puts an end to all the “AK is Gay” rumors.
    #9 – VW used to be the one with some class and self restraint. Now shes seemingly emulating SW! That being said we guys don’t mind watching them display their line of clothing.
    #8 – Thats’ what he gets. That “OJ Syndrome” can be a “killer” for brothers! This time financially.
    #7 – Unbelievable – Congrats to WW for beating the odds.
    #6 – Told all before you females don’t need big stuff to attract/keep a man-assuming that was her goal.
    #5 – Simpleton…that’s what happens when you believe you’re “untouchable!”
    #4 – She “snapped”
    #3 – Unevolved simpleton creature
    #2 – “May both Officer Digan’s and Lt. Burge’s Mothers be molested by crazed escaped convicts!
    #1 – Hail To The Queen!

  4. Leon Says:

    Thanks Mr. R.

  5. Shonee Says:

    Hey Leon, great list!

    #10 – Congratulations to Alicia and beau!
    #9 – I thought the Europeans were open to stuff like that…yes/no?
    #8 – O well!
    #7 – I hope his story of him battling/overcoming MS will inspire others.
    #6 – Its not worth it. Some women need to look at the underlying condition for doing that.
    #5 – “That ship has sailed”
    #4 – I am an educator and its challenging dealing with a classroom of 15 different personalities. It’s even more stressful when you have to deal with the parents! Bottom line, in some instances heed to the following: take a deep breath/walk away/develop a code word with another teacher to take over before you “snap”. Not only has she been terminated but facing charges..who wants that lurking in their past?
    #3 – That’s very insensitive
    #2 – HORRIBLE!
    #1 – Congratulations!!!

  6. Leon Says:

    Thanks Shonee!
    And you’re right, usually Europeans are open to stuff like that. Maybe they felt that the outfit was a bit too much, even for them.
    Great advice regarding #4.

  7. Trisha Says:

    10. Conradulations and best wishes, I hope the baby gets Alicia’s talent.
    9. Paris might be the fashion capitol of the world but the tennis society can be a bit more traditional.
    8. A costly mistake, I’m talking the kids. The money he can earn if he starts making a few putts.
    7. Very uplifting, keep on fighting.
    6. Now did she actually have the surgery? If so, are the boobs evidence?
    5. Another lapse in judgement.
    4. What happened to standing in the corner. or writing 100 times ” I will not disrupt the class?
    3. Lets re-enact Custer’s last stand, the Holocust or God forbid. 911. What are people thinking. A little compasion and sensitvity goes a long way.
    2. Someone email this story to teacher #3.
    1. Do we now call her Dr. Queen of Soul? Congradulations!