African-American – News

African-American – News February 27, 2012

NAACP holds soul food tasting
NAACP holds soul food tasting (Martinsburg Journal)
Ebenezer Mount Cavalry Holy Church in Summit Point hosted the Jefferson County NAACP chapter’s annual soul food tasting event Sunday, providing a service that acted as both spiritual and physical nourishment for those who gathered in fellowship.
Octavia Spencer wins supporting actress Oscar for “The Help” (Reuters)
Octavia Spencer, best supporting actress nominee for her role in ”The Help,” arrives at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012.

Westchester Honors African-American ‘Trailblazers’ (The Daily Mamaroneck)
Olivia J. Hooker may be 97-years-old, but she has keen memories of her childhood spent partially in Tulsa where she was a victim of the Tulsa Race Riots in 1921, when the black community was burned to the ground.

VIDEO: Black History at Arlington National Cemetery (Patch)
Arlington National Cemetery this month hosted a tour that specifically highlighted the contributions of African-Americans to the history of the region, the Civil War and the United States in general.

NAACP leaders blast TN’s voter ID law (The Tennessean)
NAACP Senior Vice President Hilary O. Shelton, left, speaks with Dr. Warner Dickerson of Memphis.

NAACP celebrates culture with poetry (Marion Star)
Quiana Revere, owner of Diverse Moves Dance Studio, shares her poetry during the Marion NAACP black history month poetry jam Friday at the Marion Recreation Department.

Nation of Islam’s Farrakhan to speak in Chicago (WHBF-TV Rock Island)
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan will address a crowd at Chicago’s United Center on Sunday to cap the movement’s weekend Savior’s Day 2012 Convention.





* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said there is no agreement on redistricting of congressional lines and he does not expect a vote this week, while a court appointment of a special master over the process is also possible, the News reports:

* Assemblymen Carl Heastie, the Bronx Democratic chair, and Keith Wright, the Manhattan party chair, are at odds over redrawing Rep. Charles Rangels district, with each eyeing a run in it later, says the Posts Fred Dicker:

* More than half of New York City taxi fares are now paid by credit card, and while cabbies say passengers pay bigger tips when they use plastic, fleet owners are taking a larger bite of the pie, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* The NYPD worked with the Erie County Sheriffs Department to conduct anti-terror surveillance of the Somali immigrant community in Buffalo, Leonard Levitts NYPD Confidential reports:

* New York City plans this spring to print a new Green Book, the thick directory of government phone numbers, for the first time in four years, while also putting those numbers on the Internet for the first time, the Times reports:

* Barry Price, an eighth-grade math teacher in the Bronx, is the only man among the 15 teachers with a top score in the citys controversial ratings, reflecting in part a dearth of male teachers, the Post notes:


* Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm asked a California federal judge to spare a convicted money launderer from serving jail time, claiming the man helped him with undercover FBI probes, the Daily News reported:

* The Times explored the challenges facing African-American students at Manhattans Stuyvesant High School, a prestigious public school where only 40 of 3,295 students are black:

* The Buffalo News profiled the rise of political lawyer Adam Perry, a friend of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown whose firm has received more than $4 million from the city and its housing authority since Brown took office:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who once bitterly fought over the Kingsbridge Armory, jointly authored a Daily News op-Ed praising the subsidized deal bringing Fresh Direct to the Bronx: