In the News: CNN’s Don Lemon Tweets Sexuality; Donald Trump Ditches Presidential Bid;Bill Lester: First Black Grand-Am Winner

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CNN anchor Don Lemon came out on Twitter (Image: Press)

  • CNN’s Don Lemon Reveals Sexuality on Twitter

CNN’s anchorman Don Lemon, 45, came out with a tweet Sunday night, revealing he was gay to his now 92,943 followers.

The revelation started with the weekend prime-time anchor sharing a link to an interview conducted with New York Times journalist Bill Carter disclosing that although many of his colleagues were aware of his sexual orientation, there’s a certain reservation that comes with going public, especially as it pertains to the black community. “It’s quite different for an African-American male,” Lemon said, in the article. “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture.”

The announcement comes nearly a month before his memoir Transparent is released. The Emmy-winning journalist followed his initial tweet with one of great thanks: “I’m overwhelmed by all your tweets and support! Hoping this prevents more tragedies like Tyler Clementi‘s suicide.”

Transparent, a candid account of the painful abuse Lemon endured during childhood, will hit book stores on June 16.

  • Former Haitian Singer Sworn in as President

Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly is officially Haiti’s newest president. The former kompa singer was sworn in on Saturday in front of thousands of guests, including U.S. President Bill Clinton, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and Edmond Mulet, head of the U.S. peacekeeping mission on the lawn of the collapsed National Palace, , according to the Associated Press.

This is the first time in Haitian history that a president turned over power to a member of the opposition.

  • ‘The Donald’ Trumped Out of Presidency

The business tycoon Donald Trump will not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Instead, he has committed himself to remaining a business man and running yet another season of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice.

“After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency,” Trump said in a statement. “This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country.

  • Bill Lester: First Black Grand-Am Winner

Bill Lester became the first Black driver to win a Grand-Am Road Racing event on Saturday; teaming with Jordan Taylor to take the Rolex Series’ GT class in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway.

The historic win comes in the very hometown and fifty years after Wendell Scott drove in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, becoming the first Black driver to do so.

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  • Kempeng

    , “No wonder it sonuds so good.” I was only 17. Oh, how I wish he could see me learning how to play the bass. When we lost someone in our community, Lester and I would be the first ones at the grave site to help dig, sometimes with little help. We would work all morning, eat lunch at the grave site and we’d sometimes be the last to leave. We’d laugh at each other and talk about who worked the hardest. We passed the time with him telling stories. It was hard work, especially in winter, when the ground is frozen and the digging is hard. Lester always had words that would comfort us during those hard times. One year while we were digging, he pulled me aside and we looked to the back country side of the grave site across the Buckland River. He told me how beautiful it would be to overlook the countryside. The last memory I had of Lester was at the grave site, again in Buckland. He said, “Whenever you dig a grave for someone, it’s always hard to picture your loved one or family member who will be put away. Remember that they taught us very well while they were here with us. All we have to do is keep those memories alive, to use that knowledge every day and to pass it on to our children and our children’s children.” He told us how blessed we were to be together, to help in the community and encourage each other. Grace, it was an honor to have known your husband. The Hadley family, I am sorry for your loss and may God comfort and give you peace. Thank you NANA for having this to help us share memories of Lester. Thank you.