THE MORNING LOOP: 10.07.11
1 year ago
Steve Jobs Bio Release Date Moved Up x Desmond Tutu Turns 80 x Homeownership Down
After his death, Walter Isaacson’s yet to be published biography of Steve Jobs, shot to the no. 1 spot on Amazon's best sellers list, moving from No. 384. Although much of Jobs' public image was tightly controlled, Isaacson promises the book would take an unprecedented peek into Jobs' life, including never before told stories of his childhood. “I see it as a great Christmas present," Elaine Petrocelli, a book store owner said. "I think everyone will want it.” The book is set for release October 24th.
More than 2,400 New Jersey women will participate in a study to help scientists learn more about breast cancer in African-American women, including why it strikes young black women more aggressively and more often than white women. In support of the most ambitious breast cancer study to date, the National Cancer Institute has provided $19.6 million in funding to the project. New Jersey scientists hope to combine their work with other studies nationally. If the project goes national, more than 10,000 women will have participated.
Actor Taye Diggs took a childhood poem about his insecurities and turned it into an illustrated children's book titled Chocolate Me. "The poem was about a time when I was much younger and lived in a neighborhood where no one looked like me," Diggs told Essence. "The children would often make fun of my differences. ...My mother then gave me a lesson in embracing my differences and loving them despite what others said."
Anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu celebrates his 80th birthday today. Called the "People's Priest," Tutu's significant political contributions span over many decades. Birthday festivities kicked off yesterday, with rock star Bono paying tribute to the Archbishop.
Another month another discouraging statistic about the economy. Due to massive cutbacks by Bank of America and the military, September 2011’s layoffs climbed to 115,730. That’s more than double of August’s layoffs, 51,114. This is the highest layoff number since April 2009 when 132,590 people were let go. The September wave brings the total job cut number to 479,064 on the year.
The U.S. Census Bureau has revealed that the ownership rate in America dropped to 65.1% last year. Tighter credit restrictions and joblessness are two of the reasons why, which also leads to young people staying with their parents longer instead of moving out and getting a home of their own. The data also revealed that most home foreclosures happen in the South and West._____________________________________________________
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Bomani Jones appears on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" to weigh in on singer turn political commentator getting canned from his Monday Night Football gig.