I, for one, could never understand why Tamia isn't bigger than she already is. This is my favorite song off her album Between Friends. If you don't have this album make sure you pick it up. It's available in stores now
Date: Friday, November 30, 2007
By: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, BlackAmericaWeb.com
The body of a Jackson State University student missing since Nov. 13 has been found, and her boyfriend arrested and charged with murder, police said Thursday.
Latasha Norman, a 20-year-old accounting student from Greenville, Mississippi, was found dead in a wooded area on Brown Street near County Line Road in Jackson, said Sgt. Jeffrey Scott, spokesman for the Jackson Police Department.
“The agencies involved in this case worked very hard,” Scott told BlackAmericaWeb.com. "Regrettably, it came to this outcome."
Stanley Dwayne Cole, Latasha Norman's boyfriend.
Norman’s boyfriend, 24-year-old Stanley Dwayne Cole, is in the Jackson jail, being held without bond in connection with the death, Scott said. He did not give a motive for the murder.
Cole was arrested Thursday morning when he appeared in a Pearl, Mississippi courtroom on charges of simple battery involving an earlier incident with Norman, authorities said.
Investigators questioned Cole several hours, Scott said. Based on information from the interviews, authorities were able to locate the body, he said.
Cole also was a student at Jackson State, according to Anthony Dean, university spokesman.
Earlier in the day, police would not say for certain that the body discovered around 2 p.m. was that of Norman. “The body was in such a state of decomposition, we would not want to say anything until we were absolutely certain and the family have been notified,” Scott said.
Classes at the historically black university, located in the heart of Jackson, have been cancelled for Friday, and a memorial service for Norman is set for Monday at noon in the Rose Emily McCoy Auditorium, Dean told BlackAmericaWeb.com. Also, counseling services will be available for students, faculty and staff who need help in coping with the tragedy.
Now that Norman's body has been found, authorities will turn their attention toward the prosecution of the individual they feel is responsible for the her death.
The Jackson State Department of Public Safety had been investigating Norman's disappearance, along with the FBI, Hinds County Sheriff's Department and the Jackson Police Department, since her disappearance nearly three weeks ago.
"We all worked around the clock, hoping that we could bring Latasha back safely," said Chief Rebecca Coleman, director of the Jackson State Department of Public Safety in a prepared statement. "Now, our efforts must shift to seeking justice. We mourn with Latasha’s family and friends."
For days, Norman’s parents had made pleas on national radio shows and on television for anyone with information on their missing daughter to come forward.
Some, even Jackson law enforcement officials, had complained that the case did not garner the type of national media attention typically seen when white women come up missing.
Scott said campus, local, state and federal law enforcement officers remained focused on this case. “This was not about race for us. This was a Latasha Norman thing,” Scott said. "We were concerned about her safety."
Jackson State University President Ronald Mason Jr. offered words of comfort Thursday night to Norman’s family and friends.
“We are profoundly saddened to learn of the death of our missing student, Latasha Norman. It is a tragedy we had hoped would not come to pass, and the Jackson State University family is devastated by this latest development,” Mason said in a prepared statement. “I want to extend my deepest and most profound sympathy to the Norman/Bolden family, Latasha's friends and others who loved her. There are simply no words that can take away the anguish I know you must feel in the face of such a heinous and senseless act."
Mason said Jackson State is committed to maintaining a safe campus.
“Though no one can be completely safe from individual acts of violence, I want to take this time to reassure the students, parents, faculty and staff that we will continue to work hard to ensure a safe and secure campus environment,” he said.
Norman vanished after one of her classes at Jackson State University. Her car was left on the campus, and she never returned to her dormitory room. But officials assure that the safety of their students is paramount.
“You must remember," said Dean, "that the person authorities believe to be connected to this is someone she had known for quite some time." (Source)
I am a person. I have feelings. I have needs. I have wants. I’m sittin’ here and nobody sees me. Everybody just looks over me and walks on past because I’m black, because I’m a woman, because I’m poor, because I have no education. But I’m still here.
-Cora Lee Johnson
Okay, I've been watching these reruns of HOUSE OF PAYNE on TBS and I gottatell you that I cannot wait until December 5th! That's when the all new episodes start to air.
In the first episode Curtis has a bad dream and Madea is the Ghost ofChristmas Past, Present and Future. You talk about stupid funny. I cut loose in this one.
And then after that you will see some amazing shows with CJ. He get strapped in a burning building, something's happening with Janine and there is a new barber shop in the show and these guys are hilarious. And that'sall I'm going to say about that. December 5th. I can't wait.
Okay, now on to the reason I'm writing. I've got a little dilemma. A few years ago a friend of mine came to me and she said that she and her husband were having some financial problems and that they needed to borrow some money. Now this was a large sum of money. I said, "You want to'borrow' the money?" She said, "Yes! I
promise that, I will pay you backin six to eight months."
Now before you start judging me about this let me just say at this point that I don't care about the money. I really don't. I have built over thirty houses for Katrina victims and others. I have given away cars and paid for the education of lots of people, built churches and so on, so it's not about the money. But anyway back to what I was saying.
She asked me not to tell her husband because she didn't want him to know about the financial position that she had gotten them into. Needless to say, it's been almost three years and she has still not paid me a dime.
Now listen, here's the catch. Every time I see her husband he is telling me about the new car they have bought or the new multi-million dollar house that they have bought and I'm very short with him because I don'tknow what to say. It's not like she said, "Give me the money." She said,"Let me borrow it."
So, one day I was driving down the street and he spotted my car. He tried to flag me down. I kept going because people are always trying toflag me down. Also I didn't recognize the car that he was driving becauseit was another new expensive car that they had apparently bought. Anyway he caught up to me at the light and he went off on me saying how I havec hanged and that I used to be so cool with them but now I won't take his phone calls. He went off! I kept my cool but that 3rd Ward of New Orleans was about to creep up at that red light. Well, the light changed and he drove off just in time.
So my dilemma is this, do I tell him that his wife borrowed all this money and dodged my phone calls for a year until I stopped calling her or do I just leave it alone and walk away?
I don't have a whole lot of friends and it ain't cool loosing them over money.
Hit me up tell me what you think.
"There were times when I got into drinking, experimenting with drugs. There was a stretch of time where I did not really apply myself," Obama said.
"I think in order to leave the best possible example for our kids, we're probably wisest not to talk about our own indiscretions in great detail," Romney said.
Here's a picture of Sean Taylor with his baby daughter (she's adorable). Thank you to the people over at www.Bossip.com for the photo.
Essence: How do you deal with the 24-hours-a-day gossip
that comes out on the Internet?
Gabrielle: Just last week somebody gave me a baby. This isn’t Perez Hilton or the White gossip people, these are women of color, specifically Black women who, for whatever reason, don’t like the company I keep.
Sanaa: She’s talking about the gossip sites.
Essence: The blogs.
Sanaa: That are run by Black women.
Gabrielle: And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week’s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby—I’m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can’t point the finger at the White media. They don’t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don’t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts.
Nia: We are some of the few Black actresses whose passions are rooted in our community.
Gabrielle: There is this idea that there is integrity in journalism; if it’s written it has to be true. But that’s not the case. When blogs or any of the magazines get it wrong, there’s no accountability. In the next breath, they’ll complain on the blogs that we don’t have enough Black stars. Well, you rip us to shreds every two seconds from our nose to the weave to the clothes to the shoes to the ashy ankles. (Source)
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The mother of hip-hop mogul Kanye West died following a "cosmetic procedure" in Los Angeles this weekend, her publicist told CNN Monday.
But Patricia Green, the publicist for Dr. Donda West, did not give details about the procedure or exactly what the cause of death was.
West died Saturday at the age of 58, confirmed a representative of West's record label, Island Def Jam, who added that "the family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief."
Donda West was a major influence on her son's life, as the music producer-singer-songwriter has often acknowledged.
She was the inspiration for the song, "Hey Mama," on Kanye West's 2005 album "Late Registration." Among the lyrics: "Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you ... I appreciate what you allowed for me. I just want you to be proud of me."
Earlier this year, she released a book she co-authored called "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar."
West retired from her post as professor and chair of the English Department at Chicago State University in 2004 to become her son's manager, according to the Kanye West Foundation Web site.
Kanye West's writing partner Rhymefest lamented Donda West's death Sunday in an appearance on Chicago radio station WCGI, the AP reported.
"She was everyone's mom," Rhymefest said. "A spirit never dies, a spirit lasts forever." (Source)
*TMZ.com and local Los Angeles news stations are reporting that Dr. Donda West, the mother of rap star Kanye West, died Saturday of a heart attack after undergoing two cosmetic surgeries: liposuction on her stomach and a breast reduction. However, an official autopsy is scheduled to be performed Wednesday.
Dr. West died in the emergency room at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
According to TMZ, she was rushed there at 7:35 p.m. Saturday night after paramedics responded to a 911 "sick person call" at her home in Playa del Rey. LA's KABC news interviewed Dr. West's neighbor, Millie Art, who said she heard screaming and hollering coming from the home shortly before paramedics arrived.
A hospital spokesperson tells TMZ that West was unresponsive upon arrival in the emergency room. After unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate her, she was pronounced dead around 8:30 p.m., according to the Web site.
TMZ is also reporting that several weeks earlier, a plastic surgeon had refused to perform procedures on Dr. West due to a pre-existing health condition that could have led to a heart attack.
"We've learned Beverly Hills physician, Dr. Andre Aboolian, was set to perform a tummy tuck and breast reduction on Ms. West, but told her she needed to get clearance from an internist whom Dr. Aboolian recommended," TMZ reported. "We're told West never went to that doctor, and subsequently had the procedures performed -- but not by Dr. Aboolian." (Source)
WGCI-FM in Chicago is reporting that the mother of Kanye West, Dr. Donda West, has died. No other details were made available, and there is no news on the web.
One of the music writers who often went to her home said that Kanye called him from London at 10 am Chicago time this morning to tell him the news, and he did an interview with WGCI about 30 minutes ago.
It was just a month ago that I talked with Dr. Donda West regarding the raising of her son and her new project. The former longtime chair of the English Department at Chicago State University recently published a book, Raising Kayne: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star.
Dr. Donda West was formerly the manager for Kanye, but at the time of her death was CEO of West Brands, LLC, which manages all businesses related to him. She also served as chair of the Kanye West Foundation. Read her brief bio here. (Source)
"I don't think people are being as experimental and innovative enough," he says. "I know people can easily say, 'Well, we don't have the Michael Jackson budget.' Wrong, you can be so creative with almost nothing. And that's usually the best stuff, when you strip it down to the bare minimum and go inside yourself and invent."
-Michael Jackson talking to Ebony Magazine
No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women.... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.