Brownie eating contest, Summer Jam XX and Congresswoman Waters

OW Staff Writer | 6/6/2013, 6 a.m.
Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.


Kendrick Lamar

New York

Hot 97 WQHT FM hosted Summer Jam XX, presented by Boost Mobile, on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The huge Hip Hop concert included performances from Wu-Tang Clan, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Wale, Fabolous, 2 Chainz, French Montana, A$AP Rocky, and Joe Budden, as well as surprise guests Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Lil Kim, Mariah Carey, Meek Mill, J. Cole and Sean Kingston! Jay-Z and Beyoncé attended, as did Foxy Brown and Cam’ron. Concertgoers kicked off the day in the Festival Village, where Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA, Bodega Bmz, Troy Ave, Kid Ink, and the winner of the 2013 Who’s Next Battle for the Best, Radamiz, all took to the stage. KB, from New Rochelle, took home the grand prize of a single deal with Duck Down Records.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Washington, D.C.

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-43rd District) recently sent a letter to the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, expressing concerns over the lack of progress in responding effectively to the Haitian cholera epidemic. The letter urged the secretary-general to use his office and his influence to ensure that the United Nations takes responsibility for the introduction of cholera into Haiti and commits an appropriate level of resources to support cholera response efforts. The letter was signed by 19 members of Congress, according to Waters’ office. The letter called the epidemic: “one of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history….” “There is considerable evidence that the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Haiti, is responsible for introducing cholera into Haiti,” she wrote.

Metro TeenAIDS (MTA), a Washington, D.C.-based community health organization partnering with youth to end HIV/AIDS, will hold its 20th Annual Auction and Gala today, June 6, at the District’s Embassy Italy. The event will celebrate Metro TeenAIDS’s influence in the community and the impact it has had since its founding 25 years ago. Metro TeenAIDS has drawn national attention for its leadership in combating the spread of the HIV/AIDS. The event’s Host Committee includes 32 members of Congress and 10 members of the D.C. City Council. California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-District 13), a founding co-chair of the congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, will receive the Nancy Pelosi Leadership Award for her focus on HIV/AIDS. The award, given to a public figure leading the fight to halt the spread of HIV, is named in honor of Minority Leader Rep. Pelosi (D-District 12).

The National Bar Association is applauding the nomination of the Honorable Robert L. Wilkins as justice to the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. “Judge Wilkins’ distinguished career and impeccable judicial record speak to his impeccable qualifications as a candidate,” said the association. Wilkins received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School where he was the executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. In 1990, he joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In 2002, he joined the AmLaw 100 firm Venable LLP as a partner where he specialized in white-collar defense, intellectual property and complex civil litigation. In 2010, Wilkins was successfully confirmed by unanimous consent and voice vote to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Since that time, he has earned the reputation as a conscientious and fair-minded jurist who dutifully follows the law.


“As the Sands Burn,” an online soap opera following Black Greek life at a fictional Historical Black College and University, Ahpla University, was relaunched June 3 on Greek Hang Suite website, www.greekhangsuite.com, a web destination for members of the Divine 9. Written by Darrius Jerome Gourdine, this Christian soap opera previously ran on the BET website from 1998-2000.


Nigerian authorities have broken up what is believed to be a Hezbollah terror cell that was operating in the country, according to the Israel Project. Three Lebanese nationals were arrested and allegedly confessed to being members of the Iran-backed terror group, and a fourth operative is thought to have escaped the country. Authorities also seized a Hezbollah-linked weapons cache in the northern city of Kano that included rifles, anti-tank weapons, and an RPG. A military spokesman explained that the weapons were intended for use against “Israeli and Western interests.” Last February Nigerian authorities announced the arrest of a different Iran-backed terror cell made up of three Nigerians.