In the News: Cornel West and Princeton Part Ways; Tyler Perry Backs Kim Kardashian Casting and More

In the News: Cornel West and Princeton Part Ways; Tyler Perry Backs Kim Kardashian Casting and More

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Cornel West and Princeton Part Ways

Public intellectual and civil rights activist Cornel West is leaving Princeton University this summer to return to Union Theological Seminary in New York —where he started out as an assistant professor in 1977.

Dr. West will teach philosophy and Christian practices at Union.

“I don’t have that much time, and I want to be able to do precisely what I’m called to do,” West said.

Read more at The Root…

No End in Sight for Foreclosure Crisis

The nation is less than halfway through its foreclosure crisis, according to the Center for Responsible Lending report released Thursday.

Roughly 42.2 million Americans took out a mortgage loan between 2004 and 2008.  By February of this year, 2.7 million households, or 6.4 %, had lost their homes to foreclosure. CRL estimates that an additional 3.6 million households, or 8.3 %, are at “immediate, serious risk” of losing their homes.

Read more at the Huffington Post…

White House Shooting Suspect Arrested

The four day search for the person suspected of firing shots from an assault rifle at the White House came to an end Wednesday.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was arrested at a hotel near Indiana, Pa. after being spotted by a hotel desk clerk. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in federal court on Thursday.

Gunfire was reported close to 9 p.m. Friday, south of the White House, the Secret Service said.  Upon investigation, they found two bullets struck the president’s residence. The Obama family was not home at the time of the shooting.

Read more at USA Today…

Persecution of Federal Fraud at 20-Year Low

It’s safe to say Wall Street is on front street these days.

But despite the public mistrust of banks, federal prosecutions for various financial crimes are the lowest they’ve been in two decades.

The federal government will file 1,365 prosecutions for financial institution fraud in 2011, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

The TRAC report notes that 2011’s relatively low number of financial fraud prosecutions is only the continuation of a trend spanning more than a decade.

Read more at the Huffington Post…

Black Girls Rock!’ scores high ratings

Black Girls Rock!, a television special celebrating the not for profit organization that provides mentoring to young, black girls, scored top ratings in black households.

It ranked second to a NFL regular season football game with over 1.9 million viewers.

Black Girls Rock! ratings beat out the highly popular The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Basketball Wives of L.A.

Read more at The Grio…

Tyler Perry Stands Behind Decision to Cast Kim Kardashian

Tyler Perry defends his decision to cast reality TV star and recent divorcee Kim Kardashian in his new film despite the barrage of backlash.

Perry announced Kardashian would have a role in his upcoming film
The Marriage Counselor just days before she ended her 72-day marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries. To many fans, the decision was malapropos.

In a recent statement, Perry asked fans to hear him out as he explained the premise of the movie. The director/producer said he wanted a younger cast to attract younger viewers.

Read more at CBS News…