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Months before Benjamin Jealous took the helm of the NAACP, his predecessor quit following clashes with the board and the organization cut a third of its national staff amid declining revenues. As Jealous prepares to step down five years later, he’s credited with boosting the organization’s fundraising and helping to stabilize it. His departure is effective Dec. 31.
After wasting a big lead in the U.S. Open final Sunday against Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams put aside all sorts of problems — including, she acknowledged later, some nerves — to regroup and regain control. Pulling away down the stretch, the No. 1-seeded Williams beat No. 2 Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 for her second consecutive championship at Flushing Meadows.
The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later she decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Lake Mary police officers were still investigating the encounter as a domestic dispute, but no charges had been filed Monday afternoon. George Zimmerman, wearing a flannel shirt, baseball cap and with sunglasses on, left the home after being questioned by police.
Celebrities have found the most interesting ways to pay tribute to the fallen teen. From songs to tattoos, gold chains have now been added to the list thanks to the “Shawty” rapper. “…Wanted to make sure I had the homie around my neck at all times. He impacted my life just that much,” he said in a video, where he showed off his new jewelry.
The “Gorilla” crooner is hitting the halftime stage next. With comparisons to Michael Jackson and Prince and a slew of his own hits, the pop star is sure not to disappoint. “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!! #PepsiSBHalftime,” he tweeted.
The Compton rapper returned to the stage over the weekend at the Rock the Bells concert in San Bernardino, California for a mini NWA reunion with DJ Yella. Sharing the stage also with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and performing hits like “Boyz-n-the-Hood” and “Straight Outta Compton,” the night marked what would have been Eazy-E’s 50th birthday.
Just weeks after celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III have filed a lawsuit against the King Center, which is headed by Bernice King. The brothers have claimed that historical documents are at risk of fire and water damage, mold, mildew and theft. However, the Kings are willing to reverse their decision if their sister goes on administrative leave.
The actor is hitting the music scene once again with the video release of “Red Light,” the first single from his upcoming album due early next year. Tapping the gangster-turned-reggae rapper for the feature, Murphy’s song actually has a nice groove to it. He’s come a long way from “My Girl Likes To Party All of the Time.”
The film, which hasn’t even made it to theaters yet, is already stirring up Oscar nominations whispers. Directed by Steve McQueen and based on the autobiography by Solomon Northup, the flick debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend and doesn’t hit theaters nationwide until Oct. 18.