FathersFootprints has developed a reputation for sharing the good and the bad associated with the Black experience.  2009 proved to be momentous for Black Americans for several reasons.  Our countdown includes unexpected losses as well as unprecedented accomplishments.  Our countdown is as follows:

#10 Entertainment moguls Jay-Z and Beyone’ retained their title as Hollywood’s richest couple.

 #9 NFL wide receiver Chris Henry dies from injuries sustained from being thrown from a moving vehicle.  He was said to have had a domestic altercation with his finance’.  

#8 Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson lost his 5 year old daughter due to accidental strangulation of a treadmill cord.

#7 Actress and comediene Kim Coles became the first Black woman to host a prime time game show.  In 2009 BET aired “Pay-It-Off”.

#6 Professional boxer Vernon Forrest, a former two-division champion who gained stardom when he became the first boxer to defeat Shane Mosley, was shot to death in what police are called an attempted robbery.

#5 Engineering student and terror suspect Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, attempted to bomb and international flight headed to Detroit, Michigan.

#4 Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was killed July 4 by his 20-year-old girlfriend in a murder-suicide incident.

#3 Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey is calling it quits after more than 20 years at the top of the daytime talk show game.  Oprah is scheduled to step off the show in September 2011.

#2 Music icon Michael Jackson passed at the age of 50.  The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

#1 Former Chicago Senator Barack Obama was sworn in as the President of the United States.

As the year 2009 subsides and 2010 emerges, we brace ourselves for the unfolding of stories untold, dreams fulfilled and unfulfilled, joy and sorrow – but most of all we know that everything must change.  The primary change has to be the way we (as Black Americans) think.

I personally want to thank the readers who supported this site in 2009 and we look forward to continuing to bring you quality content in the New Year.

God bless you,

Copyright © 2009

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