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The good, the bad and the ugly of celebrity worship

CHARLENEM Stardom is costly in a society where the well-known are worshipped LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - American society is obsessed with celebrities, whether it is Jay-Z and Beyonce, Ludacris, Chris Brown or Rhianna, rapper Kanye West and tennis star Serena Williams, or talk show host David Letterman. Some popular culture analysts say the celebrity influence is strong because people get to relax,...

Black Louisiana town latest victim of Environmental Racism

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer- (FinalCall.com) - A handful of free Black men and women led by an ex-slave named Jack Moss settled along the rich bio-diverse region of Southwest Louisiana in the late 1800s, and created the town of Mossville, covering 5.4 square miles. In its heyday, Mossville boasted of being home to over 3,000 families; today there are a mere...

A mother’s anguish, questions in tragic shooting of New York teen

By Saeed Shabazz-Staff Writer- NEW YORK (FinalCall.com)  - “They stole my son's potential,” Carol Gray said the day after her son, 16 year old Kimani Gray was laid to rest. The Brooklyn teenager killed March 9 by two plainclothes officers, members of the Street Crime Unit, after allegedly pointing a .38 caliber revolver in their direction, was heading to a party...

Activist Sonny Carson celebrated

NEW YORK (FinalCall.com)–Hundreds of friends and associates gathered Oct. 24 in the basement of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration business complex to celebrate the life of activist Sonny Carson. A native of Brooklyn, he was honored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz with a proclamation naming the day "Sonny Carson Day." The who’s who of New York City’s political and activist...

Hypertension stalks Blacks in Los Angeles

The connection between wealth and health (FCN, 06-06-2006) LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - Hypertension among Blacks in L.A. County has steadily increased over a nine-year period, and if factors that contribute to the disease become more prevalent, the already high rate of hypertension will go higher, according to a new report by health officials. An L.A. County Health Survey of more...

Rocky time for U.S. Israeli relations as Zionists, politicians dismiss critics

- WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The “rock solid” relationship between the governments of the United States and Israel appears to have remained intact after reaching an impasse when Israel announced it would expand its illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories and Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended a stay in Washington for a day for an additional, closed-to-the-press, White House...

Critics bash Bush’s delay of Africa trip

WASHINGTON (IPS)–President George W. Bush’s decision to delay a widely anticipated trip to Africa has prompted accusations from experts that Washington is growing callous to the world’s development problems. The White House said recently that it was canceling the January 10-17 trip, which would have been Mr. Bush’s first official visit to Africa as president. The announcement is a...

Unity: Charged for revolutionary change

RICHMOND, Va. (FinalCall.com) - The electricity in the air at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Mar. 26 must have been the same charge as when Nat Turner was preaching to our foreparents to rise up and take their freedom from their slavemasters. Nearly 250 residents packed the church pews and lined the walls to participate in a town hall meeting...

Nursing home protections limit families who want to sue

In her room at a Georgia nursing home, Bessie Burden was so concerned about the coronavirus that she wore a mask—sometimes two—even when she slept. With the home closed to visitors because of the pandemic, Burden’s daughters worried about their spunky 77-year-old mother, who decades earlier had survived a stroke and had persevered despite heart disease, diabetes and a leg...

California’s shallow promises on prison expansion

Corporate greed and private prisons (FCN, 05-01-2007)Critical Resistance Online (CriticalResistance.org)The Prison Industrial Complex: Crisis and Control (CorpWatch, 1999)Private Prisons for Dummies (Paul's Justice Page) LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed a bill several weeks ago to help alleviate overcrowding in California’s prison system and increase public safety, but critics, who protested outside of the California...