Published on July 2nd 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features the Top 10 Black News Stories of The Week ending Friday, July 2, 2010. Making the headlines this week includes singer Janet Jackson’s new cover, actor Mel Gibson’s racist tirade, singer El Debarge’s “Second Chance”,  Oprah Winfrey’s number one, MJ’s heirs to the throne, and former NFL quarterback Randal Cunningham’s tragic loss.


10. Janet Jackson Graces August Essence Cover



Janet Jackson strikes a pose for Essence’s August 2010 cover, looking much like she did in her “All for You” period a decade ago. The magazine cover donning the superstar hits newsstands right in time for the Essence Music Festival taking place this Fourth of July weekend, in which she will be headlining to a sold-out crowd in New Orleans. Read more … 


9. Revisiting Racially Offensive Book Characters in Children’s “Classics”



Before the world of television and the internet… before SpongeBob Squarepants, Facebook, and Twitter shaped our lives, there were things called “books” and they were arguably the most influential form of entertainment around. They taught children lifelong lessons about cultural mores, right and wrong and were one of the most important tools in shaping a young person’s mind. Read more …


8. Randall Cunningham’s 2-Yr-Old Son Drowns in Hot Tub


Randall Cunningham’s 2-year-old son Christian has died after apparently drowning in a backyard hot tub, according to authorities. Las Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn says it appeared to have been an accident. He says a woman at the house with several other children found the boy at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and began trying to resuscitate him, reports the Associated Press. Read more …


7. Arrested at Church: Two Brothers Charged With Impregnating 10-Year-Old Girl


This story takes depravity and skankiness to a new high. No, make that to a new low.
In Georgia, two men were busted Monday for their alleged involvement in the sexual molestation of a 10-year-old girl. Read more …


6. Mel Gibson racist, profane rant at ex caught on tape


More evidence that Mel Gibson’s tongue is a “Lethal Weapon.” The bad boy actor was reportedly caught on tape launching into a racist, profanity-laced tirade aimed at his ex – the latest and ugliest development in the couple’s bitter legal battle. “You’re an embarrassment to me,” Gibson tells Oksana Grigorieva, according to gossip site “You look like a f—ing pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n—ers, it will be your fault.”  Read more …


NAACP: Mel Gibson, ‘Out of Control Racist’

The L.A. Chapter of the NAACP just reacted to Mel Gibson using the “N   word in an explosive fight with Oksana Grigorieva … calling Mel “an out of date and out of control racist.”  Read more …


5. You Can’t Threaten the President, Even When You’re Drunk


Chane Phillip Christenson is a 35-year-old man who apparently loves to drink and threaten to kill the president of the United States. He is paying the price for his behavior with a grand jury indictment that could have led to a prison sentence. Read more …


4. Woman Sues Church Over Gay Marriage


When Pastors Christine and Dennis Wiley of the Covenant Baptist church in Washington, D.C., performed a 2007 commitment ceremony for a gay couple at their altar, it split the church, prompting Yvonne Moore, a loyal church member, to sue the church for the money she had donated over the 37 years she’d been a member. Read more/Watch video…



3. El DeBarge Debuts Music From New Album ‘Second Chance’ on ‘BET Awards’ Show


El DeBarge’s triumphant return to the stage at the 2010 “BET Awards” on June 27th was only the beginning of life’s second chance for one of R&B Pop’s most distinctive and popular voices. Read more/Watch video…


2. Women Top The Forbes Celebrity 100


It’s been a great year for female celebrities. This year, on Forbes’ annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities, women held the top two spots. They were also the majority of the top-10 highest ranked celebrities, with six of those slots.  Read more …


1. Heirs to the Throne: Can Anyone Fill MJ’s Shoes?



It has now been a full year since the King of Pop left us for a much higher stage. His legacy of musicianship, showmanship, musical prowess and critical and commercial success will not soon be repeated.  Read more …

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

  1. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Great job Leon. #10 She looks pretty. I wonder if this picture was taken before she cute her hair. #9. People were so ignorant, they actually thought that this was acceptable and that we had no reason to be offended. #8. This is just heart breaking. #7. They need to get life in prison. That is just disgusting. #6. I think he need medication. That is just rude and he just keep showing his true colors. No more Mel Gibson movies for me. #5. He deserves a prison sentence. If that’s what he thinks about when he drinks, he may do it. When you keep talking about or thinking about something, you glorify the thought to the point of thinking the process through and really desire it. #4. Lol! Oh my goodness. #3. I missed the BET awards. How was he? 2. I am not surprised by this one. #1. No. If they do, MJ will still be in a class of his own and they will be in a different category. Thank you Leon!

  2. Shack Says:

    #10 – The forever beautiful Janet. J
    #9 – Good insight on this historically warped method of journalism.
    #8 – Poor, Poor Christian what a beuatiful little boy. I’m not religous but may the angels deliver him with Godspeed!
    #7 – Ignorant, fool baskets…we used to not do stuff like this. May the demons escort them to the other place!
    #6 – I’m really not surprised – He let the Jews have it when he was arrested a few years back!
    #5 – You Can’t do that Dumb A.
    #4 – Agree with her stance to leave the church. The pastor (who looks a little suspect himself) should NEVER equate Gay rights with the Civil Rights Movement. Sorry but Two Gays banging eachother DOES NOT Equal a Man & a Woman!
    #3 – Have seen bit & pieces of Unsung and knew there was drug abuse but didn’t know it apparently caught up to El so excuse my ignorance because I didn’t know he’d been to prison. Hopefully he can make a successful comeback.
    #2 – Guess Elin Woods will top everyone next year with $750m settlement(Were I TW, I would have given her $1m and let her say and write whatever she wants)!!!
    #1 – I like Usher but haven’t heard/know enough about the others to comment but Michael Joe Jackson will never be replicated-RIP KOP.

  3. Southern Girl Says:

    Very interesting! This is an awesome list. Thanks for always keeping us informed. I hope and pray that El Debarge has a successful comeback. He has always been a favorite of mine……..

  4. Trisha Says:

    10. & 1. they will never be replaced
    9. Time to write some new books.
    8. Tragic.
    7. Repulsive to think to touch a child in that way.
    6. Mel, silence is golden & if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.
    5. How about a time to think about what he said, throw in some hard labor to keep him busy.
    4. She gave the money in good faith, she has a right to change church. Asking for money back is like asking for a prayer back.
    3. There seemed to be a lot of comebacks this past award show. You can learn from your mistakes.
    2. Times are changing.
    1. Michael and Janet…..Serina & Venus…
    ..somethings cant be replaced