Via:  HelloBeautiful.com // Reality and R&B star Fantasia performed her new single on the Oprah Winfrey Show, take a look and tell us what you thought of her performance: GALLERY: Fantasia Celebrates Daughter’s 7th Birthday

VIA:  EncyclopediaOfChicago.Org Oscar DePriest was born in Florence, Alabama, to ex-slaves. He arrived in Chicago in 1889. DePriest worked as a painter and decorator, reportedly on occasion passing for white to get a job. He developed his own contracting business and began participating in community affairs. He began his political career as a precinct secretary, […]

VIA: 9news.com Third-grader Amirikis Smith thought being mentioned in Obama’s speech was ‘amazing.’ “It lives on,” the president said, “in the 8-year-old boy in Louisiana, who just sent me his allowance and asked if I would give it the people of Haiti.”

The president did not identify the young man by name, but on Thursday the […]

VIA:  Answers.Com Identical twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes became celebrities when they completed their first feature-length movie, Menace II Society. Their age when the film was released in May of 1993–they had just turned 21–put them in the company of celebrated young black directors like John Singleton, who was 23 in 1991 when Boyz […]

Via:  TheUrbanDaily.com // While their romantic relationship is over, the musical partnership between Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri has been rekindled. According to Rap-Up.com, producer Bryan-Michael Cox says that he and J.D. have begun work on what will be Janet’s 11th album.  Janet has already been in the studio working with Rodney Jerkins on new […]

Via:  HelloBeautiful.com // In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, the First Lady said: “I still see myself as Michelle Obama, the girl who grew up in the South Side of Chicago — Marian and Fraser’s daughter. I’ve got this husband who does these interesting things — and I’m Malia and Sasha’s mother,” she said. […]

Partner Profile:  Clovia Lawrence She goes.  She works.  She cares.  Richmond broadcast journalist Clovia Lawrence has made it her mission to take the census message to the streets of Central Virginia. “We can’t expect the people to come to us,” she said.  “We have to go where the people are.  When we’re on their turf, […]

Via:  TimeDispatch.com By Will Jones – Photo by: JOE MAHONEY/TIMES-DISPATCH Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones said yesterday that the city would respond to future snowstorms by mobilizing sooner and dispatching more equipment and workers. After criticism of the cleanup from last weekend’s storm, and with the possibility of more winter weather this weekend, Jones said […]

Via:  NewsOne.com // From TMZ.com: Sources tell TMZ the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office has a criminal complaint drafted and ready to file against Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson. We’re told it’s now just a matter of timing before Dr. Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter — a felony that carries […]