Jimi Izrael is the author of The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can't Find Good Black Men and a regular contributor to Tell Me More.
A vendetta is far more than revenge — in the eyes of the transgressed, it's a blood oath to right a wrong in the name of all that is right and honorable. A vendetta is not justice always, but is consistently cathartic, which is why it remains a popular theme in cinema.
NASA announced today that the space shuttle Endeavour will not launch earlier than May 16 at 8:56 a.m. ET. Last Friday, NASA scrubbed the launch because a blown fuse prevented heaters on a hydraulic system fuel line from turning on.
Endeavour's STS-134 mission has been closely watched because it will be commanded by Mark Kelly, Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's husband, and it is also the penultimate launch of the 30-year-old shuttle program.
Al-Qaida has confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden in a fiery, four-page screed that vows revenge.
The message, dated May 3 and signed by "the general leadership" of al-Qaida, was just released on Islamic and other websites and warned Americans that their "happiness will turn into sadness." It is the first word from the group since bin Laden's death Monday in Pakistan, and analysts say it clears the way for succession.
From his start with the band Bluesology in 1961, multi-award winner Elton John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) has time and time again proven himself to be one of the most iconic singer-songwriters of our day. Rising to international fame by the 1970's with the hit "Your Song," Elton has since released an overwhelming number of studio albums, many of which have climbed their way to the top of the charts.
The U.S. carried out its first drone attack in Pakistan since Osama bin Laden's death in an American raid this week, killing 15 people in a hail of missiles near the Afghan border Friday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The strike targeted a vehicle suspected of carrying foreign militants in the North Waziristan tribal area, an al-Qaida and Taliban stronghold that has been subject to frequent missile attacks, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
The Guardian reports that the euro "has fallen sharply," after the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that a debt-burdened Athens was considering "abandoning the euro and reintroducing its own currency."
Greece very quickly denied the report. The Guardian adds:
Thursday night at the Gibson Showroom in Washington, D.C., we threw a listening party. Maybe you were one of the 100 or so people who packed the room. We played music, mostly unreleased tunes. Everyone used score cards to rate the music on a scale of 1 to 10, and then we talked.
CEOs at the nation's largest companies were paid better last year than they were in 2007, when the economy was booming, the stock market set a record high and unemployment was roughly half what it is today.