Acclinate’s Tiffany Whitlow cures health care ills

Acclinate co-founder and chief development officer Tiffany Jordan-Whitlow is an innovator and entrepreneur with a combined 15 years’ experience in economic development, marketing, health care management and community engagement. The committed community and health care advocate is a lifelong learner dedicated to strengthening communities through diversity, equity, and inclusion. While talking heads around the nation […]

Mother of triplets Meri Reffetto: ‘Health habits I learned from my dad’

As a mother of 5-year old triplets, I’m starting to see exactly how children learn healthy habits. It doesn’t always come from talking at them or trying to explain by reading child-friendly stories or using carrot-shaped puppets to get the message out about developing healthy habits. They learn from observing our behavior. Our generation seems […]

Catching Fire: Spelman celebrates Women’s History Month with poetry and spoken word

Spelman College heats things up this Women’s History Month with “Catching Fire: An Evening of Epic Live Performance,” ( a celebration of women of color. Organized by the English Department and co-sponsored by the Women’s Research and Resource Center, the Honor’s Program, Office of Inclusion and corporate sponsor and diversity leader Randstad, the evening of […]

Sasha Brookner: Sharing narratives and creating platforms for artistic voices

Name: Sasha Brookner Company: Helio Public Relations What inspires you to show up at work every day? Inspiration comes from helping others pursue their dreams. I am a storyteller, and to put together these stories I get to work with some of the most imaginative and artistic people in the world from musicians, photographers, choreographers, […]

South Africa urged to pray for Mandela

Johannesburg (CNN) — South Africa appealed to the world Thursday to pray for former President Nelson Mandela, who was readmitted to a hospital overnight for a recurring lung infection. Mandela was conscious when he was taken to the hospital just before midnight Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma’s office said. It’s the second time the anti-apartheid icon and the […]

Devyn of ‘The Face’: Her hottest photos

Devyn Abdullah of “The Face” has made quite an impression in the first few episodes of the new reality show. Created by legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell, the show center around mentoring and shepherding young modeling aspirants into, and possibly through, the high-priced, cutthroat world. Devyn, who insists on only going by her first name in […]

Powerball winning ticket sold in New Jersey

(CNN) — Someone in New Jersey just got really, really rich. A winning ticket for Saturday night’s $338 million Powerball jackpot was sold in the state, lottery officials said early Sunday. The ticket matched all six numbers drawn: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and 31. The lottery is held in 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands […]

Hip-hop highs: When rap, rehab don’t mix

“And to the kids drugs kill I’m acknowledging that / But when I’m on the drugs I don’t have a problem with that.” – Lil Wayne, “Live From 504” (CNN) — Lil Wayne is down on drugs — for others. For himself, well, it’s a different story. The man who infamously told Katie Couric during a 2009 […]

Jessie Jackson Jr. and political careers that ended badly

Some can’t take the rarified air that comes with being placed front and center on the political stage. Sadly, that seems to have been the case for Jesse Jackson Jr. recently plead guilty of campaign fund misuse totaling over $750,000. Jackson’s wife, Sandi, plead guilty to filing false tax returns. Trips to Build-a-Bear toy store, high-end electronics, […]

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

CNN) — A deeply divided Venezuela is mourning its late leader and preparing to pick a new president to replace him. Venezuelan officials called for peace and unity after President Hugo Chavez’s death on Tuesday, emphasizing in state television broadcasts that all branches of the government and the military were standing together. Elections will be […]

Colorado school bars transgendered 1st-grader from using girls’ restroom

(CNN) — Just like she did during the first half of the school year, first grader Coy Mathis wants to use the girls’ restroom at her Colorado elementary school. But school officials won’t let her. The reason? Coy is transgendered, born with male sex organs but a child who identifies herself as female. She has dressed […]

Rapper dead in Las Vegas shooting, crash

Las Vegas (CNN) — A shooting and a fiery crash left three people dead in the neon heart of the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, and police scrambled to find out who triggered the carnage. The bloodshed closed the Strip for about a block and a half around some of its biggest draws, leaving tourists gaping […]

Black directors, films snubbed by Oscars

Since Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, in 2001, Jamie Foxx, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Hudson, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker and Octavia Spencer have also been awarded the gold statuette. African Americans have also been recognized in music, sound mixing and documentary as well. But in spite of […]

Obama to speak at Atlanta college commencement in May

President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta this spring, the college’s president said Saturday. The historically black men’s liberal arts college has just over 2,400 students enrolled and will graduate the class of 2013 on May 19. College President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. made the announcement Saturday at the […]

South Africa: Following Nelson Mandela

(CNN) — He founded modern South Africa. The boy who grew up herding cattle in the hills of the rural Transkei area and attended a Methodist missionary school where he was given the name “Nelson” has dedicated his adult life to opposing the racist and segregationist policy of apartheid. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at first advocated peaceful […]

Christopher Dorner not confirmed as dead

CNN is now reporting -there has been no body located in the cabin where a shootout occurred with police searching for fugitive ex cop Christoper Dorner, Los Angeles police said Tuesday night, contradicting earlier reports. The cabin is still burning and is too hot to search, police said. Stay tuned as this story develops.