Bring That Week Back Feb. 15

Whitney Houston dies, CNN suspends Roland Martin, plus more.

Roland Martin @rolandsmartin - Tweet: It was always a joy being in the company of Ruby Dee. Her hugs & kisses were as sincere as the kind words she spoke to you. A national treasure.(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

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CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Homophobic Comments  - Last Wednesday, CNN announced that they have suspended network contributor Roland Martin for his offensive, controversial and homophobic tweets made during Super Bowl XLVI. (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)


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Cornel West Calls Melissa Harris-Perry “Fake”  - In an interview with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, Cornel West called Tulane Professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry a “liar,” “fake and a fraud.” Critics were stunned by the amount of public name-calling he’s done over the last year. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)


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FEMA Plans to Waive Debts of Katrina Victims  - The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that it is rolling out a plan to waive debts for many victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters who may have mistakenly received millions of dollars in aid.(Photo: Lee Celano/Reuters)


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Landmark Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Announced - Federal and state officials announced Thursday a $26 billion settlement with five major banks over fraudulent foreclosure practices, such as submitting falsely notarized court documents and robo-signing foreclosure documents. At least $10 billion will be used to help borrowers reduce their loan balances.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (1906) - Founded at Cornell University, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated is credited for being the first intercollegiate fraternity for Black males. Past members include Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesse Owens.(Photo: Creative Commons via

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University of Florida Suspends Fraternity for Hazing Incident  - The president of the University of Florida suspended the school’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity last week following a hazing incident involving the organization and prospective members.(Photo: Creative Commons via


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No Child Left Behind Proficiency Deadline Dropped in 10 States  - In what has been called one the most prominent acts of his presidency, on Thursday President Obama announced an executive action to free 10 states from the stringent requirements of the more-than-a-decade-old No Child Left Behind Act.(Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)


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Florida A&M Announces Anti-Hazing Committee - In yet another sign of the fierce impact of violent incidents at Florida A&M University, the school’s board of trustees announced last week that it is establishing an outside committee of experts to help develop solutions to hazing, which caused the death of a student band member last fall.(Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


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Whitney Houston, Superstar of Records, Films, Dies  - Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died on Saturday. She was 48.(Photo: AP)


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Obama Announces $8 Billion Fund to Decrease Unemployment  - On Monday, the commander-in-chief called on Congress to create an $8 billion fund to get community colleges and businesses to work together and train two million workers with skills that will lead directly to jobs as part of his proposed $4 trillion budget for 2013.(Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)


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Affirmative Action Fight in California Isn’t Over  - California backers of Affirmative Action, the law that considers race in public college admissions, employment and contracting, asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn the state’s 15-year-old ban. (Photo: Terry Schmitt/LANDOV)

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NYPD Spied on Al Sharpton  - Reports surfaced last week that in the wake of the 2008 Sean Bell shooting, the New York City Police Department planted spies inside the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, New York, as he and his team were busy organizing large-scale protests. Sharpton has threatened to sue the city. (Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images)


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Feds Investigating Nagin Travel, Family Business  - Longstanding questions about free trips and gratuities that former Mayor Ray Nagin allegedly accepted while in office are now the subject of a federal investigation, people with direct knowledge of the probe said Friday. Authorities also are investigating how a firm founded by Nagin and his two sons landed a contract to install granite countertops for local Home Depot stores.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)