Daily News Feed 3.02.09/Vocab: lampoon

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dailyphoto090302Talking with T-Boz on “Celebrity Apprentice”
Donald Trump probably knows TLC as the cable network, not the biggest female group of the 1990s. In fact, the host of “Celebrity Apprentice” (season two debuting Sunday on NBC at 9 p.m.) had trouble pronouncing Atlanta’s own Tionne “T Boz” Watkins’ first name. Watkins said he kept saying “T-own” instead of of the proper “T-on.” So after awhile, he just called her “T.” Hip hop “is probably not part of his world,” she mused in a phone interview Tuesday. But Watkins said she did not go out of her way to kiss his tuckus. Plus, “I didn’t Omarosa it,” she said, turning one of the most infamous “Apprentice” contestants of yore into a verb. Compared to the likes of Andrew “Dice” Clay and Dennis Rodman, “I made boring TV.” (Continue Reading…)

Obama Sees “Tougher Times” for African-Americans
Acknowledging that “tough times for America often mean tougher times for African-Americans,” US President Barack Obama called for more local and national engagement by fellow blacks. “You know that tough times for America often mean tougher times for African Americans. This recession has been no exception,” Obama told the 10th annual “State of the Black Union” gathering, noting that the unemployment rate among African-Americans is five points higher than the national average. “At the same time, we know that government cannot and will not succeed alone. It will take all of us stepping up and doing our part. It will take the commitment of parents and teachers and community leaders. It will take a renewed faith in our common purpose and common values.” (Continue Reading…)

State of the Black Union in L.A. Addresses Mixed Emotions
With an African American president in the White House during a tough recession, the 10th annual State of the Black Union convention organized by talk show host Tavis Smiley in Los Angeles on Saturday offered forums for both enthusiasm and worry about the future. About 6,000 people attended the meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center and heard prominent black political and cultural figures discuss African American issues in the era of Barack Obama. The topics included foreclosures, gang violence, education and U.S. diplomacy in Africa. (Continue Reading…)

lampoon \lam-POON\, noun, verb

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