Supreme Court Hands Huge Victory to Obama’s Affordable Care Act

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President ObamaPresident Obama is breathing a huge sigh of relief thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on his signature healthcare legislation. The 5-4 decision, thought by many to be this court’s most consequential decision to date, is a huge win for the White House, both on the campaign trail and for the impact the sweeping health care law will have on all Americans for years to come.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor as the swing vote in the controversial ruling, while Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Gets Contempt

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Eric HolderOn June 28th, Congress voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents the Committee requested regarding Operation Fast and Furious – an operation that was monitoring the traf- ficking of arms into Mexico.

Holder is the first U.S. Attorney General charged with contempt. Contempt actions were issued against Henry Kissinger in 1975, Interior Secretary James Watt in 1982 and Attorney General Janet Reno in 1998, but compromises were reached before these actions ever reached a full House vote. Karl Rove and Harriet Myers were held in contempt in 2008, but neither action was ever resolved. In 1983, an EPA offi- cial Rita Lavelle became the only executive branch official who was held in contempt, prosecuted and convicted of lying to Congress. Some like Al Sharpton believe that the issue is a racially charged one.

Naima Lett and Husband Face Death, God Says Not Yet

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The year was 2002 and things couldn’t have been going better for Naima Lett. The aspiring actress who’d graduated from Howard University drama program with top honors and spent time at the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre, the British American Drama Academy at Oxford and the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, before traveling with her own highly-acclaimed one-woman plays about women of the Bible, had just married the love of her life, Kevin Lett, a music producer, songwriter and certified audio engineer.

Roland Martin

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Roland Martin

Recognized as one of the nation’s most influential black journalists, Roland Sebastian Martin has received over 30 awards for excellence in multiple media platforms. Having appeared on such programs as CNN, TV One Cable Network, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa, Martin remains one of the most widely recognized black commentators in print, on the television screen, and on the air.

Despite the demands of his hectic professional life, Martin’s philosophy is sim- ple: “If you do good, I’ll talk about you. If you do bad, I’ll talk about you. At the end of the day–I’m going to talk about you.”

Naturi Naughton

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Naturi Naughton

Best known for playing Lil’ Kim in the movie “Notorious” and for her hit single “Fame”, Naturi Naughton was part of the girl group 3LW as a teenager. Now you can watch the 28-year-old for- mer Broadway star in Lifetime’s “The Client List” opposite Loretta Devine and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Parents Unrelenting in Pursuit of Justice

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kenneth mcdade

Kenneth McDade spends a great deal of his days pretending. Pretending to be okay. Pretending to focus. Pretending that the words those who mean well are helping. He can even manage a smile here and there.

Nights, however, are not so easy. “At the end of the day when I get to the house”, he says, tears streaming down his face, “this is where I’m at.” Over and over again he replays the events of March 24, 2012 almost as if the outcome won’t be the same. And night after night, he wakes up with the realization that his 19-year old son, Kendrec is indeed dead.
Fact is, things will never return to normal for McDade, whose life’s purpose—at least for now— is getting to the bottom of what happened that night.

To Spank or not to Spank – That is the question.

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Danielle C. Belton

I can count the number of “whoopins” I had as a child on one hand, and in the end – I only remember
one of them. Oh, there were threats of whoopins. But rarely was one doled out. Yet, my sisters and I were all freakishly well-behaved, respectful chil- dren. My parents – who both grew up in pro-whippin’ households – were very reluc- tant to hit us, as they felt a lot of kid behavior could be controlled in other ways without resorting to that.

Church News

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Holman United Methodist

Church Bids Farewell To The Masters

Reverend Dr. Henry Masters senior pastor of Holman United Methodist Church and his wife of 38 years, Reverend Dianna Masters, will lead St. Luke Community

United Methodist Church in East Dallas as senior pastor and associate pastor, respectively. The two Waco natives revealed, “It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that we announce that we are leaving the city of LA to assume the pastoral duties at St Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.”


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On A High Note

Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams will be presented with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Golden Note Award in recognition of his career succes. As part of production duo The Neptunes and as a solo act, Williams has produced hits for Jay Z, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Usher and Alicia Keys, and won three Grammy Awards.

He says, “It is an honor to receive The Golden Note Award. ASCAP has celebrated some of the greatest musicians of our time with this distinction, and I am humbled to be in their ranks. The work ASCAP has done – and continues to do – to protect and serve music creators is truly remarkable and it is a thrill to be recognized by such a respected institution.”

Williams joins such past recipients as Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards will take place in Los Angeles on June 29.

Money Matters

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BET Joins The Prepaid Card Bandwagon For Worse, Not Better

What do Russell Simmons, Kim Kardashian, Lil Wayne, Tom Joyner, Suze Orman and now BET have in common? They all have their own or have endorsed a prepaid debit card.

Yes…they have all jumped into the prolific market which targets working class and low income families promising to give them all the luxurious privilege of spending money to use their own money.

BET has joined the ranks of those who expect people spend their money using a “glorified gift card” as they are called by John Ulzheimer, President of Consumer Education at

The prepaid card is one that doesn’t help anyone establish credit, costs far too much for those who have limited budgets, and, because they allow those who use them to remain outside the banking system, too often insert the user into a permanent underclass of society, unable to progress economically.

BET has partnered with NetSpend to endorse their Control Card that promotes the following perks: no credit check;
no overdraft or other surprise fees;
no interest or late fees;
no standing in line to pay bills;
a $10 Purchase Cushion; and
a 5% APY Savings Account
Life Benefits

That sounds pretty good to the naked eye, but as I have done with many prepaid cards before, let’s take a look at each “perk” to see if they are really benefits.

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