In his first and only on-camera interview, 27-year-old Danney Williams told talk show host SaTonya Ford of The SaTonya Ford Show that he believes he is the illegitimate son of former President Bill Clinton. In the interview, Williams wants to know once and for all if the 42nd president of the United States is his father. The young father of five told SaTonya he took a DNA test when he was around 13 years old, after Clinton’s DNA samples were taken from Monica Lewinsky’s dress. Danney said, “GLOBE (magazine) had taken DNA from Monica’s dress. They came and got me and wanted me to take the DNA test. So we went about it. The DNA came back. The DNA disappeared.” No one seems to know what happened to the DNA test results. While Williams continues on his quest of confirmation and closure, he shared his story about growing up poor and rejected, ridiculed as Clinton’s secret son.
Hosted by the Western Region and local Primitive Baptist churches in the Los Angeles area, approximately 1,500-2,000 individuals comprising national officers, auxiliaries, regional vice presidents, state presidents, moderators, pastors, elders, delegates, and laity of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, will convene its 106th annual session on Aug. 18-23 at the Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., L.A. For six days, this national body will assemble to conduct business on behalf of the body; participate in church school training sessions, lectures, and workshops; hear the Word of the Lord from clergy; share in joyous worship experiences; inspirational singing from the National Choir; daily Bible Expositions; promote evangelism and mission and fellowship with each other. Live Internet streaming of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday worship services can be viewed on www.faithvideoondemand.com.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) announced that Senate Republicans have requested the Senate Committee on Public Safety convene an oversight hearing to investigate reports of the unapproved sterilization of at least 148 female inmates in state prisons by physicians under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The request comes at the same time as the California Legislative Women’s Caucus has sent a letter seeking a response to the reports to Clark Kelso, the court-appointed federal receiver overseeing medical care in the state prisons. “These allegations are alarming,” said Huff. “That they have occurred under the oversight of the federal receiver’s office, which is charged with improving medical care in our prison system is even more concerning. We need to find out how this abuse of authority was allowed to happen and hold accountable those who participated.”
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The White House has announced that Nancy Hogan will be stepping down from her position as assistant to the president and director of presidential personnel later this month. Jonathan McBride will take on the position upon her departure. In a statement, President Barack Obama said, “I’m grateful to Nancy for her service, and to Jonathan McBride for agreeing to take her place. Jonathan has the judgment and the experience to help us continue to move this country forward, and I look forward to working with him in his new role.” McBride joined the administration as a special assistant to the president and deputy director of the presidential personnel office in August 2009. In February 2012 he was promoted to deputy assistant to the president.
As Washington, D.C., and the country reflect on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington, the Newseum is preparing to open a new exhibit about the students who helped fuel the Civil Rights Movement. On Aug. 2, the Newseum will open “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement,” an exhibit that explores the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by making their voices heard and exercising their 1st Amendment rights. The exhibit will feature a section of the original F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where in 1960 four African American college students launched the sit-in movement by refusing to leave their counter stools after being denied service in the Whites-only section.
Sisters Network Inc. 2013 National African American Breast Cancer tour will be hosted by Sisters Network Inc. Tampa Bay affiliate chapter in partnership with the organization’s national office. The conference will be held on July 27, 2013. Founder Karen E. Jackson will open the conference tour with a “State of Sisters Network Inc.” presentation. Medical presentations include “Triple Negative Breast Cancer” by Heather Han, M.D., Moffit Cancer Center, and “Advanced Breast Cancer” by Sylvia Campbell, M.D. The 10-city national conference tour highlights general breast health awareness information and two major areas, triple negative and advanced breast cancer, which frequently affects African American women.
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley, in partnership with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, will launch a $75,000 TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge to help address some of society’s most pressing issues in three key areas: hunger, education and sustainability. The inaugural TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge invites aspiring entrepreneurs to develop transformative solutions to affect positive change for individuals and communities across the nation. The challenge serves as a prompt for diverse groups of people to come together to solve specific societal issues by harnessing inventiveness and bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel comprised of representatives from academia, business, community/grassroots, government, nonprofit groups and the technology community. The winners will be announced in January 2014.
The documentary “Hip Hop: The New World Order,” a film exploring the global impact of Hip Hop in eight international cities—Tokyo, Havana, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, and Johannesburg—will premiere at The BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 4:30 p.m. A Q&A will immediately follow the screening with the director, Muhammida El Muhajir. Originally shot more than 10 years ago, and considered the first film to document Hip Hop globally, the project has mushroomed into a rare archive and video survey of pioneering artists and communities around the world during the turn of the 21st century, including Questlove (The Roots), dead prez, Roots Manuva (UK), DJ Muro (Japan), Oxmo Puccino (France) and Marcelo D2 (Brazil) who have since emerged as global cultural icons.
Nike Philippines has recently announced that two-time NBA champion LeBron James will be visiting Manila, Philippines, on July 23, 2013. James will visit the country for just one day, and will speak to young Filipino athletes, encouraging them “to strive for greatness and keep working hard as he did to win two consecutive championship titles.” The Philippines is full of diehard basketball fans, as basketball is the country’s most popular sport. Filipinos are super excited to hear that Lebron will be making an appearance. Free tickets for the event were given away on Wednesday, July 17, at the Nike Park in Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila. Only two tickets were given per person on a first-come, first-served basis.
Compiled by Juliana Norwood.