News Day – Bill Whitaker, a veteran CBS News reporter, has been named a “60 Minutes” correspondent, becoming only the second African-American correspondent in the show’s history, after Ed Bradley, who died in 2006.
Chicago Tribune - The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s former minister, was convicted by a federal jury Friday of laundering thousands of dollars from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-based job-training program.
The Cut – Jourdan Dunn continues to fight the good fight for model diversity. In her interview as the new cover girl for Miss Vogue, as reported by The Telegraph, Dunn expressed concerns about how some designers use only one nonwhite model in their shows — and get congratulated for it.
The Washington Post – In a strongly worded letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the Congressional Black Caucus lashed out at Issa, who on Wednesday halted a hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee without allowing any Democrats to speak.
Time – Africa is a blurry image in the mind of many Americans–warring, impoverished, unfixable. But then there are the stories of Africa the West doesn’t hear about: urban farmers feeding their families on unclaimed plots of land, a nonprofit building mapping apps to combat election fraud, the booming Nigerian “Nollywood”…
The Guardian - Haiti needs a “Marshall plan” for water and sanitation to quell a cholera epidemic which poses a major threat to the Caribbean and Latin America, according to the UN assistant secretary general.
BET News – The NAACP said Thursday that it will send a delegation to the meeting of the United Nations for the review of the United States’s role in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and that it will highlight troubles with voting rights and civil rights issues in America.
NPR – While there’s no escaping that rap music has been dominated by men, there was a time when women were a far more significant presence, allowing (or forcing) the genre to be defined, at least in part, by a woman’s perspective.
NPR - Recent polls of African-Americans and Latinos by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health also raised questions about why people were so positive despite the challenges they faced.
The Washington Post – What’s it like to be black at Harvard? Students at the Ivy League university are offering a picture of their experiences there with a play and a photo campaign called “I, Too, Am Harvard,” a nod to the famous Langston Hughes poem.
ABC News – Adegbile spent much of his career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he argued before the Supreme Court that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction for killing a Philadelphia police officer should be overturned because of discrimination in jury selection. Abu-Jamal is now serving a life sentence without parole.
Diverse – “I wanted Black males across campuses to recognize and understand that there are other Black males across the nation experiencing the same things they’re experiencing and that way they’re able to build a network that they can tap into,” says Tai A. Cornute, the program coordinator for the Bell Center…
ABC News – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.