‘So Help Me God’ Isn’t in Official Presidential Oath

(RNS) When President Obama rests his hand on two historic Bibles to take his second-term oath of office Monday (Jan. 21), he’ll add a phrase not mentioned in the Constitution: “So help me God.” But the Almighty’s role on the Capitol steps is a controversial one. First, Read More


If Beyonce Lip-Synched, She’s Not Alone

[MTV News] A day after her show-stopping national anthem performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, the debate rages on over whether Beyoncé lip-synched the whole thing. But, given just how pervasive lip-synching is in the world of pop music, and how big of a scale the inauguration is, it wouldn’t Read More


Beyonce Lip-Synced National Anthem at Obama’s Inauguration

According to the New York Times, Beyonce’ was lip synching during her Inauguration rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Beyoncé’s performance of the national anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday was everything it should be: soaring, moving, symbolic and musically superlative. It also wasn’t live. Read More


Inaugural Corporate Donors Include Bank Of America, Coca-Cola, Microsoft

[Huffington Post] President Obama’s second welcome into office will be brought to you by Bank Of America, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. Those three companies are among the many backers of Obama’s inaugural festivities, according to a list posted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Other corporations donating to fund the Read More


Holding President Obama Accountable

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Four years ago, President Obama made history by becoming the first Black president in the history of the U.S.  I would like to think that even those who did not support his candidacy were proud of what the American Read More


1885 Haitian Book Predicted a Black U.S. President

By Gershom Williams NNPA Guest Columnist   Perhaps because Antenor Firmin wrote in French and not English, or perhaps because he was Haitian and not French, his work was ignored, became obscure and was out of print even in Haiti until 1968. -Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban Professor Read More