Published on August 20th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features the Top 10 Black News Stories of the week ending Friday, August 20, 2010. Making the headlines this week include: Janet Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry, Jay-Z, Michelle Obama, and the Black Communities use of the N-Word.


10.  Former Mary Jane Girl lead singer: JoJo McDuffie


Former MJG lead singer talks about life, times and business as a Rick James protégé.  Read More …



9. Did Janet Dump Jermaine Dupri Because He Got A Stripper Pregnant?


Remember when Jermaine and Janet broke up late last year right after her brother’s Michael death and everyone was up in arms about it? How could he leave her at such a terrible time in her life? Read more…


8. Laurence Fishburne to Montana: ‘You Embarrassed Me’


Montana Fishburne’s hopes of resuming a speaking relationship with her famous father has apparently run into a brick wall. Read more…


7. Forbes Ranks Hip-Hop’s Top 20 Highest Earners: Jay-Z Tops List


Jay-Z rules Forbes magazine’s latest edition of its “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list, which ranks the estimated earnings of hip-hop’s biggest stars over the past year. Read more…


6. Halle Berry The First Black Woman In Over 20 Years To Grace Vogue’s September Cover


The September issue is the biggest of the year. So big they made a documentary about it. And this year’s issue is also historic. Read more…



5. White Chicago Couple Refuse to Sell Home to Black Man


The Sabbia’s face discrimination charges after reportedly refusing to sell their home to comedian and radio personality George Willborn because he’s Black. Read more…


 4.     Is Michelle Obama a Snob — Or Are Racist Republicans Jealous of Blacks With Wealth & Power?


Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha took a trip recently to Spain. Apparently, that now makes them elitist, according to some conservative bloggers and commentators. Read more…


 3.     Shaquan Duley: Mother Confessed to Killing Her Two Children Before Driving Car into River, Say Police


If you need proof that this country’s economic woes are having a severe toll on families all across this country, look no further than South Carolina, where a Mother suffocated her two children and then lied to police and said they drowned when her car skidded in to a river. Read more / watch video…


2. The Top 10 Racial Conspiracy Theories


Just because you think everyone’s out to get you doesn’t mean it isn’t true … sometimes. Let’s  takes a look at some of this country’s more notorious notions, and then separate fact from fantasy. Read more…


1.The Enigmatic N-Word



 Even though not all black Americans refer to themselves as the pejorative n-word, an alarming proportion of the Black community uses and/or supports use of the term. Read more… 


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

  1. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    #10 I have always liked that song. I never knew her name.
    #9 Stupid idiot. People always think the grass is greener on the other side. I guess he never saw that coming.
    #8 Really. She thought he would see this as a positive…
    #7 No surprise there. JayZ has his hand in everything including creating a color that people have to pay him to use.
    #6 She is beautiful and a great actress. I think she deserves it.
    #5 Wow…It’s never going to end. Stupid idiots.
    #4 It is a sad time that we live it. One step forward, three million attacks against everything that goes along with progress. They’re quick to say what’s wrong and the only way to fix it is to put a republican in office. Who screwed it up anyway!!!
    #3 Can we say adoption, not murder???!!!
    #2 I just don’t know…
    #1 This is my opinion…Why would I use a word that first of all is so demeaning to me. The first time I heard the word, I was being called one at the age of nine by some ignorant teenage boys who did not like that my father bought us a house in their neighborhood. I did not have a clue what the word meant. I know it was not meant to be nice. I told my father, he told us to never let anyone call us the n word and he had me look it up in the dictionary. Yes guys. It used to be in the dictionary. I know that the AA community has a different meaning for it but ultimately, it really does have the same meaning. The arguement that we can say it but they can’t really just fuels the fire for their desire to continue to want to say it…
    Thank Leon. Great job as usual.

  2. Leon Says:

    Great comments, Lenora.
    I especially appreciated your comments regarding #1.

  3. Shack Says:

    #10 – No comment
    #9 – Although they must have obvious chemistry,he never really deserved to be with such a diva.
    #8 – What a shame..Still say he should give her (as Ali used to day) A Good whuppin!
    #7 – Although I don’t agree with some of the things these brothers (except Eminem)do and/or say, kudos to anyone who has the ability to become a millionaire!
    #6 – Its about time
    #5 – The Sabbias are Unevolved Creatures. Perhaps they could sell their home to Mel Gibson, Dr. Laura, Michael Richards or Mark Furhman etc.
    #4 – D@mn any of these haters who criticize this great man and his family. The Republicans, Tea Party (elitists themselves),trailor park types and the rest are Stupid, Jealous MOTOR SCOOTERS (you know what I’m trying to say).
    #3 – Its becoming more apparent that some people shouldn’t be blessed with children! When things get tight, they snap. What did our great grand parents do when things got tight back in the day?
    They handled it by sharecroping, picking cotton or whatever it took to keep the family thriving. Women like S. Duley shouldn’t have unproducted sex if they can’t handle the consequences or be sterilized!
    #2 – Where there’s smoke theres fire.
    #1 – Good luck in the Struggle to elimnate this terrible word!

  4. Marcus Says:

    Regarding # 1 – I find it very demeaning and offensive ignorantly use a word that is very wounding and was designed to humiliate and destroy. In my opinion, it reflects self-hatred, and the majority of Blacks whom I have witnessed using that word in its “a” vernacularized epithet have tremendous self-image problems, hatred of themselves, use other vulgarities on a consistent basis. Jews, Whites, Asians, Latinos, and other ethnic groups don’t use derogatory terms that others have attributed to them in the manner that too many African-Americans do. Hopefully, as we progress, more African-Americans will embrace intelligence and love for themselves rather than ignorance and rotting, stifling, self-hatred.

  5. Leon Says:

    Enlightening & true comments Marcus.
    I couldn’t have said it better.

  6. rod moore Says:

    Nothing pains me more than the death of an innocent child. They do not ask to come into this world but somehow screwed up people want to blame them for their problems.Like my Dad said the life you live depends on the dcisions you make. You make f##### up decisions youll have a f##### up life. All she had to do was put them up for adoption now shell probably get the death penalty. So weve come so far in race relations huh? These racist pinheads cant deal with a Brother & sister in the white house. Just like snakes they laying in the weeds all the time they just needed something to bring them out. Peace. And to everyone out there give your child(chilldren) a hug