Mary J. Blige Speaks about How Molestation Played a Role in Her Addictions


By JasmineHughes For her episode of VH1’s Behind The Music, that aired this past Sunday, July 24th,  R&B legend Mary J. Blige goes deep into her painful past and opens up about her childhood molestation and how the pain of her abuse led to a near-fatal addiction to alcohol. Continue reading →      

Rapper Missy Elliott Opens Up about Childhood Sexual Abuse and Poverty


By JasmineHughes Acclaimed rapper-producer Missy Elliott is now opening up about her painful childhood of poverty and sexual abuse. In VH1’s latest episode of Behind The Music, which premiered earlier this summer, Elliott reveals that she grew up impoverished with her mother and father in Portsmouth,Virginia. READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY →       […]

NFL Lockout Comes to an End: A New Deal is Approved


After months of public nastiness and private negotiations, of court filings and rulings, of players and owners squabbling over more than $9 billion a year, NFL fans finally saw the handshake and heard the words they awaited: “Football’s back.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith both used that phrase while […]

Lauryn Hill Has Her Sixth Child after a Baby Scare – Photos


Talk of the town is that Lauryn Hill had her sixth child shortly after the child’s father, Rohan Marley, has entered into another relationship. “Mother and baby are fine,” says a source who is close to the family.  Hill had a scare when the child came out of the womb with the umbilical cord wrapped […]

Wesley Snipes: “I was NOT Convicted of Tax Evasion”


Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World To view previous report click here. Recently the renowned Wesley Snipes decided to iron the wrinkles out of his image. It is probably debatable how effective it was, but you figure that our for yourself. In an interview on the Ronald S. Martin show, Wesley explicitly states, “Not only was I not […]

Rapper DMX to Produce a New Reality TV Show

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By JasmineHughes The rapper has developed quite a rap sheet over the years, but it seems Dark Man X is back to work after serving an eight-month bid for a probation violation. Read more »      

Death of NBA Player Lorenzen Wright Is Still a Mystery


MEMPHIS, Tenn.— In the year since Lorenzen Wright’s decomposing body was found in a secluded field in southeast Memphis, his mother has kept pressing authorities to find whoever killed the former NBA player. Deborah Marion has repeatedly visited and called the Memphis Police Department for answers about her son’s shooting death, though authorities have very […]

Rapper Vigalantee Makes New Song about Police Brutality


The rapper Vigalantee (aka Roger Suggs) is tired of seeing police brutality devastating his community.  He is the founder of the “No Jangle Movement,” which advocates for enlightenment among African Americans, especially black men.   He has pushed thousands in the Kansas City, KS area to understand the role of black men and women to […]

Julius Kane: Why Good Times was a Hell of a Lot More Relevant than the Cosby Show


By Julius Kane Stop playin’ ‘Good Times’ was better than ‘The Cosby show’ for real; the first three seasons before the father’s character was killed off, anyway. You can run around town and act like you’re embarrassed of ‘Good Times’ but I sure as hell ain’t. A couple of so called critics even said ‘The Cosby Show’ was a “real […]

Legendary Boxing Promoter Butch Lewis Dies at 65


Butch Lewis, the colorful boxing promoter who worked with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Michael and Leon Spinks, has died. He was 65. Funeral home owner Sammy Congo of Congo Funeral Home in Wilmington, Del., says he received notification of Lewis’ death on Saturday morning and was expected to meet family members on Sunday. He […]

Besides Amy Winehouse, Here’s another List of Artists Who Died at 27


With the death of British soul singer Amy Winehouse shocking the music world today, we have decided to take a look at singers and musicians who had their lives cut short — most specifically, at the age of 27. Here is the list: CLICK TO READ        

Dr. Christopher Metzler Partners with Usher on Youth Leadership and Success


Washington, DC – Dr. Christopher J.  Metzler, Associate Dean of Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management program, has recently announced his partnership with Usher’s New Look Foundation. As educational partner, Dr. Metzler’s role will include analyzing the assessment and educational outcomes models that the Foundation uses to track competencies and development […]

Amy Winehouse Found Dead


Troubled U.K. pop star Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her London home, according to multiple British wire reports. Britain’s Sky News reported that paramedics were called to her home at just after 4 p.m., but the 27 year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Winehouse publicists in the U.S. and Great Britain have […]

L.A. Reid Says He Only Wants to Work with “Good Looking People”


By JasmineHughes It seems mogul L.A. Reid isn’t pulling any punches in an effort to “keep it sexy.” Insiders joke that Reid only wants good-looking people working in his office at Epic Records. With his new gig as a judge on the T.V. show “X-Factor,” Reid is set to become a household name. Reid has […]

Beyonce Plans to Start Having Kids at the Age of 40


The American songstress released her fourth studio album entitled 4 at the end of last month after taking a break from the industry. The superstar has now revealed her plans to turn her back on her career for a little longer in a bid to start a family with her husband Jay-Z, 41. The 29-year-old […]

R. Kelly Recovering After Emergency Surgery


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Famed R&B singer R. Kelly underwent emergency surgery on yesterday. TheAssociated Press just reported minute ago that “a spokesman for R. Kelly says the R&B singer is in the hospital after emergency throat surgery.” Allan Mayer, Kelly’s publicist, announced today that physicians drained an abscess on located on one of the […]

Chris Brown’s Neighbors Hate Him for Parking in Handicapped Spaces


By JasmineHughes The tale of the crazy condo. It seems Chris Brown is in a battle with his fellow West Hollywood condo owners, who claim the pop-star is the neighbor from hell. Brown is reported to be parking in handicapped spaces, blasting music, and racing dogs in hallways at all hours of the night. TMZ obtained several pictures […]

TD Jakes Set to Release a New Film, “On the Seventh Day”


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Bishop T.D. Jakes is back to work as an executive producer churning out a new movie after his box office hit Jumping the Broom. Filming for On the Seventh Day began on the 12th of this month in New Orleans, Louisiana, and this is the second film to be […]

Cops Probing Sean Kingston Over Jet Ski Accident


By JasmineHughes Lucky to be alive, Sean Kingston still has some obstacles to over come. Kingston met with investigators last week to answer questions about his jet ski accident and it seems the singer could still be cited. Law enforcement sources inform TMZ that Kingston sat down with officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission […]

NFL Being Sued Over Brain Injuries to Former Players


By JasmineHughes It seems the league for heavy hitters is now taking a hit of its own. Seventy-five former professional football players are suing the NFL, claiming it intentionally concealed the harmful effects of game-related concussions for ninety years. According to the lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, the players and their wives claim, […]

Ayvaunn Penn Performs: “I’m In this World, but Not Of It” (Video)


In this video, Ayvaunn Penn performs a piece submitted to Your Black Poets by Jacqueline N’jai.  The poem is called “I’m in this World, but Not of It.”  In the poem, N’jai reminds all of us that we can live in the world and understand it, but not feel compelled to accept the things that […]