Published on June 18th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features the Top 10 Black News Stories of The Week ending Friday, June 18, 2010. Making the headlines this week includes several celebrations. The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their 16th NBA title, Denzel Washington celebrates his first Tony Award, Jaden Smith celebrates great reviews, and a special celebration of Black Fathers & Sons in film.


10. The Karate Kid Getting Rave Reviews


Will Smith’s son, Jaden received great reviews for his work opposite his father in “The Pursuit of Happyness” and now he gets a chance to further his career as the star of the remake of the beloved film “The Karate Kid.”  Read more/watch video….


9. Denzel Washington wins first Tony


Denzel Washington has won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for “Fences.” It was his first Tony nomination and win. The play by American playwright August Wilson is set in the fifties and the sixth in Wilson’s ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle. The drama delves into the evolving African-American experience and examines the many layers of race relations. Read more…


8. Fired Teacher ‘Shocked’ by Maternity Query


A fourth-grade teacher at a Christian school who was fired for getting pregnant before marriage said she was shocked when the principal asked her when she conceived and didn’t think that her honest answer would leave her unemployed. Read more/watch video


7.  Man Who Torched Black Church Gets Nine-Year Term


 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — One of three white men charged with burning down a predominantly black church hours after Barack Obama was elected president pleaded guilty to civil rights charges Wednesday in a plea deal that calls for him to spend nine years in prison.
Benjamin Haskell, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate civil rights and damaging religious property because of race, color or ethnic characteristics. Read more…


6.  Sharpton outraged over Seattle police officer punch




The South Seattle Police Department is currently still in the process of its investigation of the punching incident that took place earlier this week between a white police officer and a jaywalking teenage girl who happens to be African-American. While police investigators say they are concerned about the incident, they are withholding any judgment, however what is known investigators say, is that the girl who was punched by the officer was interfering with an arrest. Read more/ watch video…


5.  Slaves who built Capitol honored


WASHINGTON — African-American slaves sweated in the summer heat and shivered in the winter’s cold while helping to build the U.S. Capitol. Congress took note of their service and sacrifice Wednesday by erecting commemorative plaques inside the Capitol in their honor. Lawmakers said the memorials will ensure that the contributions of slaves in building one of the world’s most recognizable buildings are never again forgotten. Read more…


4. Brooklyn Teen Goes From Living in a Homeless Shelter to College


Before he heads off to college, Orayne Williams should go out on a national tour focused on speaking to children in schools across America. His message would be a simple one: success is possible despite tremendous odds and adversity.
Williams,18, is the perfect spokesman because he’s headed to college next year despite having lived in a shelter for the past several months after experiencing family difficulties. He’s set to graduate from Bedford Academy this month with an A average and has passed three Advanced Placement exams. Read more…



3.  Woman Achieves College Degree and Master’s at 85


Ida Cotton is 85-years-young, has raised five children and has worked at jobs that formed calluses on her hands. She was born to sharecroppers in the deep South and grew up during the Great Depression. In her 70s, Cotton worked as a hotel cook, but in the back of her mind, she always desired a college education. So the septuarian set the wheels in motion and made it happen. Read more/watch video…


 2. Celebrating Black Fathers & Sons in film


This Father’s Day and beyond, we’re celebrating the strong black men who will risk it all to make sure their children–especially their sons–grow up to be responsible and successful black men. Thanks to our Facebook family, we’ve compiled a list of the most memorable father-son relationships on the big screen. Read more…


 1. Lakers defeat Celtics in Game 7 for 16th NBA title


A Game 7 classic — and this time, it finally went the Lakers’ way. Beating Boston for the first time in a Game 7, the Lakers came up champions again after trailing in the last quarter of the last game of their season. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting and the Lakers won their 16th NBA championship Thursday night, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Read more…

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

  1. Shack Says:

    #10 – JS apparently a “star” in his own right!
    #9 – Go DW Go
    #8 – Ridiculous – “Let him without sin….”
    #7 – Dumb A, Racist, Unevolved Basket – Should have gotten 90 years. What church does his mom attend?
    #6 – Right On Al! 1)If I deliver a striaght right to my wife’s eye, I go to jail
    2)If the woman was White and the cop Black, he would be fired
    3)No man should ever hit a woman (if the Jwalker was a man, I’d be okay)
    Regardless if the cop has the right to continue an arrest,he should not be allowed to deliver a straight right to a 19 yo girl. Weak, Chicken- $hit Basket, If I were in the Jwalkers family, I find the cops mom and pop her in the eye!!

    #5 – Thank You Rep. John Lewis

    #4 – PPP = Persistence Provides Promise

    #3 – Congrats to Ms. Ida for not only obtaining her bachelors but her masters as well!

    #2 – What a great list of films. Several I have not seen but for me the Father/Son dynamic in John Q. was the most powerful (Denzel was about to kill himself to save his son’s life)!

    #1 – They could have had several more and had the overall lead in NBA titles had they not broken up Kobe & Shaq. Despite KBs performance, he is now an All Time Great and a Top Five Laker!

  2. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Leon, I always look forward to Friday’s news stories.
    #10. Jaden was awesome in Karate Kid. If he keeps a good head on his shoulders he will go a lot further in his career.
    #9. Good for him…He always gives 110%.
    #8. That is sad. I don’t justify their actions, however, it is a Christian School and they have to uphold a different set of morals and standards.
    #7. He only got 9 years.
    #6. Issue a Jaywalking ticket, not a punch.
    #5. Better late than never.
    #4. Good for him.
    #3. Good for her.
    #2. Nice.
    #1. Go Lakers!
    I had not heard most of these stories. I feel well informed. Thanks Leon.

  3. Shonee Says:

    #10 – Jaden is coming into his own…good for him!
    #9 – Denzel is such a professional whether on screen, on stage…congratulations!
    #8 – The principal acted unprofessional while handling this matter, 1)By asking when she conceived, extremely too personal. 2)By telling the parents the reason for the termination. He shouldve sought advice from personnel/legal team from the beginning..he made this situation messy/messier.
    #5 – I am so proud of our history
    #4 – Very humble beginning..there is no such thing as “I cant do it”
    #3 – Education does not end after high school and/or is taught/learned daily!
    #2 – I love The Lion King! The movie is cute and the Broadway play is phenomenal!
    #1 – Congrats Lakers!

  4. Trisha Says:

    All great stories, but the Lakers winning a championship seems trivial compared to a 85 yr old masters graduate, a honors student going from a shelter to college, not to mention slaves being honored for their part in building the nations capitol. As for a racist stories, it seems we can’t go a week without an example of human stupidity. Jaden Smith, a boy with a very promising future.

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  6. Lyn Says:

    Awesome!! Keep it up!

  7. Leon Says:

    Thanks Lyn!