SHAWN P. WILLIAMS Blog

Remembering the Legacy of Civil Rights Pioneer Bayard Rustin

By Wade Henderson and Joe Solmonese One hundred years ago this past Saturday, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement was born. Bayard Rustin’s contributions to the world far outweighed his credits – and his 100th birthday is an opportunity to appreciate how his lifelong fights for equality live on...

Monique Woodard: Creator of Speak Chic App

I could probably blog for weeks (since I’m only going once or twice a week now, maybe years) about all the great peeps I met at South By Southwest.  But I want to give the first shout out to Monique Woodard, Co-Founder of Black Founders and creator of the mobile...

Panels I’m Planning to Attend at SXSW Interactive

Keeping in the spirit of not waiting until the last minute, I’m looking to fill out my schedule for South By Southwest Interactive before I get there next week. My original intent was to drive down Saturday, but it looks like there are a couple of panels on Friday that...

Let’s get caught up

First off I’m thankful to be back on the blog.  It’s been a busy year so far but you really can’t tell that here.  So that will get better….promise. Last week I was blessed to be a guest lecturer at Youngstown State University during their Black History Month calendar of...

TMZ: Whitney Houston — Not a Lot of Pills at Death Scene

Story courtesy TMZ.com Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … multiple prescription drug bottles were found in the Beverly Hills hotel room where Whitney Houston died … but we’re told there were NOT a lot of pills at the scene. Among the prescriptions … ibuprofen (painkiller), Xanax (anti-depressant), Midol (for menstrual cramps), amoxicillin...

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Statement on the January Unemployment Report

Editors Note: Surprise, Surprise The Wire Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on the January unemployment report: “While today’s jobs report brings welcome news of lower unemployment, far too many Americans are still without work. Our economy remains unacceptably weak, and families across the country...

The Root Spotlights the Nation’s Top Young African-American Trailblazers Meet The 2012 Young Futurists Honorees

The Wire Blake Leeper:  an athlete who is changing people’s perspectives on people with disabilities and who is vying to compete at the Paralympic Games this year in London.  Adam Holland: a 16 year-old young capitalist who started a highly successful shaved ice business to help pay for his sister’s education.  Adele Taylor: a...

Live Stream of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

The White House has released a number of ways for Americans to connect with the President’s State of the Union address as well as participate in the conversation through social media.  You can watch a stream of the President’s speech here or through the White House Live App on Facebook , YouTube  and their Google+ page. Tomorrow I’ll...

Al Green Says President Obama “nailed” Let’s Stay Together at Apollo Theater (TMZ)

From TMZ.com Al Green just told TMZ … he thinks President Barack Obama‘s version of “Let’s Stay Together” was “terrific” and, “He nailed it.” Green, of course, is referring to Obama singing part of the first verse of the song last night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Green said, “I was...