dailyphoto091119Hudson set to play Winnie Mandela
The Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Hudson is to play Winnie Mandela in a new biopic about the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Variety reports. South African film-maker Darrell J Roodt, whose film Yesterday was the country’s nominee for best foreign film at the 2006 Oscars, will direct Winnie, which starts shooting in May 2010. Hudson, a former American Idol contestant who won her Oscar for a bravura supporting turn in the musical Dreamgirls, will take the lead role and is also expected to sing the theme song. “I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” Hudson said. “Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I’m honoured to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told.” (Continue Reading…)

Opinion: For Blacks, spanking has ties to slavery
Recently, a study found that spanking has a negative effect on toddlers, particularly those from low-income households. Precious, the new movie by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, is the story of a black teen mother who survives physical and sexual abuse from her parents. While the movie strikes a chord with those who were victims of abuse in their childhood, it also reminds us of the prevalence of beatings as a child-rearing tool in the African-American community, a practice which hearkens back to the days of slavery. As Dr. William H. Grier and Dr. Price M. Cobbs remind us in their book, Black Rage, black folks learned to beat their children from slavery. The book cautions: “Beating in child-rearing actually has its psychological roots in slavery and even yet black parents will feel that, just as they have suffered beatings as children, so it is right that their children be so treated. This kind of physical subjugation of the weak forges early in the mind of the child a link with the past and, as he learns the details of history, with slavery per se.” (Continue Reading…)

Negligence ruling in Katrina floods may cost feds
he federal government could be vulnerable to billions of dollars in claims after a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers’ failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval on Wednesday awarded seven plaintiffs $720,000, but the government could eventually be forced to pay much more. The ruling should give more than 100,000 other individuals, businesses and government entities a better shot at claiming damages. (Continue Reading…)

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