dailyphoto091221Obama defends against Black critics
President Barack Obama on Monday rebutted critics who say he isn’t showing enough compassion toward black America, citing his health care effort as one example he says “will be hugely important” for blacks. Obama said another example is the billions of dollars in aid to states included in the economic stimulus bill, money that was used to save thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers from losing their jobs. He said many of those workers are black. “So this notion, somehow, that because there wasn’t a transformation overnight that we’ve been neglectful is just simply, factually not accurate,” Obama said in an Oval Office interview with April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks. (Continue Reading…)

‘Fantasia for Real’ follows life of former ‘American Idol’
Fantasia Barrino knows what people have heard about her, and she wants them to know that most of it isn’t true. The season three “American Idol” winner is using her new VH1 reality show, “Fantasia for Real,” to set the record straight about her family life, her love life and her career. “In 2008, there were a lot of things going on in Fantasia’s world,” Barrino told The News. “There was a lot of press about me – a lot of truth but also a lot of false. But everything was messed up, career-wise, and I wanted to allow people to watch me rebuild my dynasty.” (Continue Reading…)

Auto jobs shake-up slams Black middle class
From 1910 into the 1930s, the black population of Detroit rose more than 600% — double the rate of nearby Cleveland and four times faster than the increase in Chicago. Nobody was moving here for the weather. The influx of people to Detroit — the city tripled in size during the same period to a population of about 1.5 million — was about jobs, mainly in the auto industry, after Henry Ford made his famous offer of $5 a day. (Continue Reading…)

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