Published on June 4th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features the top ten black news stories of the week ending Friday, June 4, 2010. Making the headlines this week are answers to some very interesting questions, including: What actor might portray Marvin Gaye? What famous singer serenaded the first lady? How did an all black male school make headlines? Why do some blacks prefer whiter movie theatres?  And how did one lady smuggle heroin into jail?


10. Terrence Howard Has Eye on Marvin Gaye Role


Terrence Howard is reportedly in talks for director Cameron Crowe’s planned biopic of Marvin Gaye for Sony Pictures reports Deadline. Crowe has been developing the film for nearly four years with Will Smith eyed for the lead, but had to go back to the drawing board after Smith turned down the role. Crowe has secured rights to Gaye’s music and scored the support of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.  Howard, meanwhile, says of his involvement: “Nothing’s been signed on paper yet. Everybody who loves music will hate me if I get this one wrong.” Source, eurweb


9. Study Finds Blacks Blocked From Southern Juries


The practice of excluding blacks and other minorities from Southern juries remains widespread and, according to defense lawyers and a new study by the Equal Justice Initiative, largely unchecked. While jury makeup varies widely by jurisdiction, the organization, which studied eight Southern states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee — found areas in all of them where significant problems persist. Read more… 


8. McCartney sings ‘Michelle’ — to a famous Michelle


After picking up the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Barack Obama Wednesday night, Paul McCartney promptly serenaded his wife with “Michelle,” the classic Beatles tune that shares her name. Read more, watch video… 


7. Why some blacks prefer ‘whiter’ movie theaters


In a recent Saturday Night Live skit, Will Forte played a character named Hamilton, a racist ex-lover of “Precious” star and SNL guest host Gabourey Sidibe, who was desperately trying to win back her love. In an effort to prove that he has changed from his racist ways he mentions that he has seen her film “Precious” at the local Magic Johnson theater.  When Sidibe asked him if he liked the film, Forte’s character quipped, “The black audience was talking to the screen a lot, so I couldn’t understand 90 percent of it.”  Read more…


6. 1st Grader Disciplined for Urinating on Classmate


BEDFORD, Ohio – A boy in first grade is accused of urinating on a little girl in a school cafeteria.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the “Central Primary School” in Bedford. The principal says two male students have been disciplined in connection with this incident, but declined to say what type of punishment they received. Read more, watch video…

5. SC police: Black man shot to death, body dragged

 NEWBERRY, South Carolina (AP) — The shooting death of a black man whose body was dragged for several miles is being investigated as a possible hate crime after the arrest of a white man he worked with, South Carolina’s state police chief said. Gregory Collins, 19, is charged with murder and made his first court appearance Thursday. No bond was set and he did not yet have an attorney, Newberry County Magistrate Ron Halfacre said. Read more, watch video


4. Newark School Shooting Victim, Graduates College


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Being a victim doesn’t make a hero. It’s a victim’s response that makes the difference. But any effort made by Natasha Aeriel (pictured above), the lone survivor in one of Newark’s bloodiest attacks ever, is heroic. Aeriel, who sustained a gunshot to the face and sexual molestation during the 2007 attack, has every excuse to crawl in to a hole of self-pity after watching her brother and two friends get murdered. Aeriel took a different route, though, that has ended with her recent graduation from Delaware State University. Read more…


3. Woman smuggles heroin into jail by stashing it in herself




A woman has been charged with smuggling heroin into Florida’s Charlotte County Jail by hiding it in her vagina. Katrina Montez Wade, 37, was arrested on May 20th when deputies raided a suspected drug den in Port Charlotte. Wade and another woman went to jail on trafficking charges after detectives say they found 98 grams of crack, 30 grams of heroin and pot at the home. The other suspect told deputies at the time of the arrest that Wade had 50-100 baggies of heroin stashed in her vagina, but when she arrived at the county jail, the corrections deputies performed only a strip search – finding nothing – and denied a request for a body cavity search, according to the arrest report.  Read more, watch video…


2.  Man Wins $1.5 Million After Receiving Racist Debt-Collection Calls


Man Wins $1.5 Million After Receiving Racist Debt Collection Calls


A debt-collection agency claimed that Allen Jones owed a meager $200 on a credit card bill, and they intended to collect it by any means necessary. Instead, it may end up costing them more than $1.5 million.
Over the course of a few months, Advanced Call Center Technologies of Dallas called Jones several times and left harassing and racist messages:
“This is your mother******* wake-up call you little lazy a** b****,” WFAA reported a collector as saying in one message. Read more, watch video…


1. Black Male School in Inner City Has 100%  College Attendance




There is one public, all-male, all–African American high school in the city of Chicago called “The Urban Prep Academy for Young Men,” located in Englewood. The school recently got the attention of Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Public Schools Chief Ron Huberman, when they were able to get all of their 107 seniors accepted in to 72 different colleges across the country. Read more, watch video…

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9 Responses to “Top 10 News Stories of the Week!”

  1. Jeanette Davis ("Author") Says:

    #1 Glorious! Magnificent! See what can be done if we just take the time and effort to educate our youth according to their learning style. Someone got “IT” and translated “IT” into performance and accomplishment. A powerful and sincere THANK YOU to all the teachers, staff and administrators of “The Urban Prep Academy for Young Men”. God bless you all to continue “doing what you do”.

    Jeanette Davis-Adehote’ (Author of “Black Survival in White America: From Past History to the Next Century” & “the Great Divide Between Blacks & Whites”)

  2. Shack Says:

    #10 – THow is one of my favorite young actors but I thought Usher had accepted a similar role some years back but guess it didn’t work out. I also read one of the Wayans boys is doing a Richard Pryor(RP)film.
    #9 – Case In Point I’ve NEVER been selected to serve on a jury!
    #8 – How “appropro”
    #7 – Understandable
    #6 – Do these boys have fathers at home? Even if they do, they should be MADE TO KNOW NOT TO EVER CONSIDER DOING ANYTHING LIKE THAT AGAIN BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!
    #5 – May some brothas go to Mrs. Collins house, shoot her in the head, tie a rope and drag her around for a few miles.
    #4 – The epitome of persistence
    #3 – Nasty Hefer! RP always said “women can hide things in their #$@*&+^”
    #2 – Darn I wished they called me.
    #1 – True Greatness…need more schools for young men like this to counter the doo-doo rag, saggy pants, trifling brothas who choose not to evolve and frown on education.

  3. Lenora Says:

    I read this earlier, but decided to hold of comments until I had a moment to think.
    #10. Doesn’t seem like a good fit, however, he is a good actor and can probably pull it off.
    #9. What are they affraid of? Justice!
    #8. Good…
    #7. Hmm..
    #6. Shack said it best.
    #5. Let’s see how this one turns out.
    #4. That’s how not to stay in the victim mentality!
    #3. That’s Nasty…
    #2. Debt collectors can be so nasty. One told me to get a babysitting job over $31.00 that I did not owe.
    #1. You got that right Shack!
    Great job Leon. Very informative. I had only heard one of the stories.

  4. Trisha Says:

    10. If you ask any woman to name a MG song 99.9% will say ” Lets Get It On”. TH has more sex appeal over any of the other rumored actors.
    9.” with Liberty and Justice for all” unless you live in the South.
    8. Can the Obamas get any more cooler?
    7. Loud people (of any color), cell phones, crying babies, a little bit of common courtesy goes a long way.
    6. I agree with Shack, but these schools need to do more to control the bullying.
    5. I’d like to know what Collin’s jury looks like.
    4. Good for her. Leon why is she behind #3
    3. Nasty does not even come close.
    2. Let’s make sure the debt collection company actually pays.
    1. Saw this school on one of the news programs. The first year is always the toughest. I wish these young men much success.

  5. Leon Says:

    Good question, Trisha.
    Her story should have been ahead of #3.

  6. Shonee Says:

    Hey Leon,

    #4 – Miraculous. I live about 30+ minutes from Newark and remember when this horrific incident took place. Her life was sparred and I know the Lord has work for her to do! I agree with Ms. Trisha she should not be #3 but her story should be tied for #1 spot!

  7. Joi :-) Says:

    Hey ya’ll! :-)
    10. I think he’ll do a good job with that part. I like him as an actor, and he plays his roles well. Blessings to you T.H.
    9.W.T.H? (what the heck?) Is it 2010 or 1910? Come on people!!! Altho, I do think that I could find something else to do with my time other than be in court.
    8.Great! :-) Hope she nJoi-ed it! :-)
    7. I’m gonna speak for me, I’m not going anywhere that is all one color. No matter what the color! It also depends on the time of day that you go. If you go late, its going to be loud and SUPER YOUNG! that’s why I go to matinee’s when its just me, my honey, and a few senior citizens. Its great! :-) If you go to the matinee’s it wont matter the theatre. Cuz young folks don’t appreciate coming out in the day time. They wait for the night. Therefore, I guess it doesnt matter about the “all black theatre”. Now if its dirty, thats another issue. Then again, dirt is dirt, it has no color! There is a theatre by my house that is “white”, & I do not go there, its low budget, it feels low budget, I do not know if they cleaned out the machines properly, & that box of candy, how longs it been there, because I dont think my gummy bears are supposed to stick together this much. and it feels grimey! I need to be able to chillax, and not wonder if a mouse is gonna run into my shoe cuz its sooo dark. So dirt and grime has no color, but the mouse was grey! lol. :-) yeah, its funny NOW!
    6.YUK & is this little boy R. Kelly’s? Sorry Rob…
    5. IS POSSIBLY A HATE CRIME huh???? that must be coming from a white dude! I cant even say anything else about that one. Come on world! anytime you shoot and tie ANYTHING to a vehicle, and then drag it, ITS A HATE CRIME!!!! Who’s more unevolved? the person who did the crime, or the one who said “it MAY be a hate crime, and we’re investigating?” DUHHHHHH!!!!!
    4.GON’ GURL!!!! :-)
    3. YUK, YUK, & more YUK!
    2. OH NO THEY DIDN’T! I’m glad he got his money though. And if I was him, I’d send them a money order for whatever I owed, but I’d reach out to tha dude who wiped his butt with his ticket, and ask him to “take care of this for me”. I’d just make sure it already had the stamp on it. Cuz once he’s done, I don’t wanna touch it. How’s that for payment?
    1. Last but not least, GON’ LITTLE FELLAS!!! :-) I live in the Chi, and Englewood is…. well lets just say, its not the best neighborhood, NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!! So I’m SUPER PROUD OF THEM! students, teachers & parents. :-) And Leon, thanks for that being number one! We need to hear MORE stories of our black men doing something great! Too many times through the media, we only hear of them, or see them getting beat down, or doing bad things. Congrats! And Leon, great list as usual! :-)

  8. Leon Says:

    Joi! Welcome back!
    Great comments as usual. And #2 is hilarious! lol

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