Nov 30, 2007

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

(CNN) -- Two people are being held hostage by an armed man at Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, police said Friday.

Emergency crews arrive at the office building in Rochester, New Hampshire, Friday.

The man walked into the office at about 1 p.m., Maj. Michael Hambrook of the New Hampshire State Police told CNN affiliate WMUR-TV.

Hambrook and Clinton campaign officials said two people were believed to be inside.
Shortly before 2 p.m., police officers had taken positions across the street from the office, some kneeling behind police cruisers with guns drawn.

A woman and her baby were released by the hostage-taker, the woman told workers at a nearby business, according to the WMUR Web site.

A witness, Lettie Tzizik, told WMUR she spoke to a woman shortly after she was released from the office by the hostage-taker.

"A young woman with a 6-month or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, 'You need to call 911. A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape,'" the Web site reported.

Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, is in the Washington area.

She was scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. at a Democratic National Committee event, but canceled the talk because of the situation, DNC Chairman Howard Dean said.

"Unfortunately as some of you know, there is a hostage situation in New Hampshire involving a Clinton campaign staff person," Dean told those who had gathered for the event.

"The details are sketchy at this time, but understandably Senator Clinton is now dealing with this very difficult problem and she is not going to be able to join us today. And we will keep them in our prayers and hope for a resolution to this situation in New Hampshire."

The nearby campaign office for Sen. Barack Obama, also a Democratic candidate for president, was shut down as a precaution, WMUR said. The offices of former senator and Democratic candidate John Edwards remained open. (Source)
MIAMI - Police have detained at least three people in the Fort Myers area for questioning in the death of Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor, a newspaper reported Friday.

The Miami Herald said on its Web site that investigators believe the suspects learned of Taylor’s house through someone who unwittingly set up the burglary by bragging about his wealth.

The suspects include a teenager and two men in their 20s from the Fort Myers area, the paper reported.

But Miami-Dade County police Detective Carlos Maura told The Associated Press he was not aware of anyone in custody. He said only that detectives were in the Fort Myers area for a case, but declined to say which one.

Taylor was shot at his home in the Miami area early Monday during what police called a random burglary. He died a day later from his injuries. (Source)

Date: Friday, November 30, 2007
By: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart,

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 "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 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)

Nov 29, 2007

There was a time in our history when deserting our children would have been unthinkable, but today children are compelled to survive by any means necessary, even if it means killing one another. Young people have made their own families of gangs or have estranged themselves by retreating into the hip-hop culture. They are trying so hard to escape the realities of the real world; and we as adults are making it easy, by helping or guiding them. We are actually afraid of them, (some for good reason) because we have abandoned them. We adults need to start with one child at a time; mentoring, encouraging and motivating them. I still believe there is some hope. Volunteer your time today at a School, Big Brother/Sister or at any of the thousands of organization that’s out there. We cannot afford to lose any more of our young people. Get involved with the different organizations that are trying to march for justice for our young people, get your children involved also. We cannot put all the blame on White America, Police and the Justice System we need to step up and start raising our children, start paying attention to them and actually listen to what they have to say. They are crying out to us, we owe it to them. The government cannot tell us how to raise our children, when we started listening to the government we end up raising children who end up in jail or prison where the government raise them to become better criminals. Do what you know is best for your household and your children, if that means spanking them, then do that, (don’t get it twisted I’m not advocating abuse, I’m advocating discipline). All children are not the same, do what works for your child. Before they end up in a place where you can’t do anything about it, and somebody else is abusing your child, and I don’t mean just spanking them either.

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

Nov 28, 2007

This is a copy of the newsletter Tyler Perry sent out to his fans:

Hey there!

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.

Tyler P.

Now I for one ain't mad at Tyler. I'm not sure how I would have handled this situation okay I'm lying I know exactly how I would have handled this situation, but it's not about me it's about Tyler. So I am going to keep my focus on him. You see I understand completely what he means when he says it's not about the money; it's about the principle. Just because a person has money doesn't mean they want to give you their hard earned money. And these people are rolling around in nice and expensive cars as if they don't have a care in the world. Now if i was him I would forget about the entire. I wouldn't tell the husband anything. She is the one who has blocked her blessing. There may come a time when she really needs some help and Tyler is not going to be there for her because she is the one who burned the bridge. I just don't understand why when people owe you money they just can't answer the phone and tell you they don't have right now or something. STOP AVOIDING PEOPLE'S CALLS WHEN YOU OWE THEM MONEY!!! Okay I digress. I just needed to get that off my chest. As you can tell I have had my own personal experience with this type of thing. That's why no one can borrow money from me anymore. Like my godmother always told me "Never lend out money you can't afford to give away." Because at the end of the day lending money to family and friends is just like giving money away. You know these people are never going to pay you back so there is no point in even sweating it. Tyler just needs to charge this one to the game and move on. Take it as a lesson learned.

Nov 27, 2007

This is the new "faux" controversy that the media has created surrounding democratic prsidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. Mr. Obama started off a debated in New Hampshire by admitting to a group of high school students in the audience that he had in fact experimented with drugs while he was in high school.

"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.

Mitt Romney is one of the Republican presidential nominees who took exception to Obama's honesty.

"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.

Now me personally I think he did the right thing by being honest with the high school kids. I think we underestimate children when we lie to them. I mean come on people let's be honest we are talking about high school students who have access to the internet. These kids these days know enough to teach you and me a few lessons about some things. Things have really changed and just to think it wasn't all that long ago since I was in high school.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has died a day after he was shot and wounded in his Miami home, Taylor's former attorney Richard Sharpstein said Tuesday.

Sharpstein told CNN that the 24-year-old football player was shot Monday during what may have been an attempted robbery and died later at a hospital.

"The blood loss was too much. He didn't make it," Sharpstein told CNN. "He did supposedly squeeze a nurse's hand. I wasn't there," said Sharpstein. "But obviously that was either some kind of response or muscle reaction and not any sign for the better."

He never regained consciousness after the shooting, Sharpstein said. "It's a senseless, tragic death that was so unnecessary, another example of the incessant violence in -- not only our community -- but the country now."

Taylor was a first-round pick in the 2004 draft. He played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003, and was also a high school standout in the city, according to The Associated Press. His father, Pedro Taylor, is the police chief of Florida City, Florida, AP reports.

Taylor was described as personable and smart and an emerging locker room leader, since the birth of his daughter Jackie, according to AP.

"From the first day I met him, from then to now, it's just like night and day," Redskins receiver James Thrash told AP. "He's really got his head on his shoulders and has been doing really well as far as just being a man. It's been awesome to see that growth." (Source)

Here's a picture of Sean Taylor with his baby daughter (she's adorable). Thank you to the people over at for the photo.

Nov 26, 2007

BLACK WOMAN MISSING ( dedicated to Latasha Norman )
written in anger by George L. Cook III November 23, 2007

I am a black woman missing

Why don't you talk about me?
Don't you care where I might be?
Am I the wrong color to have my story on TV?

What's wrong?
I'm not pretty, white and rich?
I guess that to you
I'm just some poor black .....

Why don't you talk about me?
Don't you care where I might be?
Am I the wrong color to have my story on TV.

Why don't I get air time?
Is it the fact that I don't have naturally straight hair?
Is is that America isn't interested?
Is it that America just doesn't care?

Why don't you talk about me?
Don't you care where I might be?
Am I the wrong color to have my story on TV.

I may still be alive!
Someone may have seen me!
Maybe they would remember
If they saw my face on TV!

Why don't you talk about me?!
Don't you care where I might be?!
Am I the wrong color to have my story on TV?!

I am a black woman missing!
Please talk about me!
Help America find me!

The father of missing Jackson State University student Latasha Norman was interviewed on MSNBC this morning.

During the interview Danny Bolden criticized the pace of the investigation into the disappearance of his daughter. He also said that race has played a role in the lack of national media attention on Norman's disappearance.

Norman's father and mother, Patricia Bolden, have been in Jackson since reporting her missing last week.Her parents last talked to her Nov. 12 and she was last seen leaving a class around 2:30 p.m. the next day.

Anyone with information is asked to call JSU's police department at (601) 979-1659 or the Jackson Police Department's missing person bureau at (601) 960-1210.

The FBI and the Hinds County Sheriff's Office are also helping with the investigation. (Source)

Norman worked her regular shift at this craft store in north Jackson Monday night and was scheduled to work Tuesday afternoon but never showed up. Investigators believe she was last seen on campus after class on the thirteenth.

"She never made it back to her dorm, she still have her book bag with her. She never made it to her car. It's bizarre," said Bolden.

Chief McMillin says officers are still following up leads, but so far nothing new has developed. Still, Norman's parents want her to know they aren't giving up.

"Tasha, we love you. You gonna be alright, baby. We love you, we love you Tasha, your coming home Tasha," said Patricia Bolden, Latasha's mother.

Jackson State is leading the investigation with the help of the Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff's Office. The Jackson office of the FBI is also assisting by looking through evidence hoping to generate more leads that might help.

If you have any information about Latasha Norman, please call JSU's department of public safety at 601-979-1659-- or your local police.

The Jackson State University Office of University Communications has launched an information site to keep the public up-to-date on the investigation.

The site can be accessed by visiting and clicking on Latasha's photo. (Source)

(Update 11/29/2007) FUND INFORMATION
Two accounts have been set up to support the family of Latasha Norman, 20-year-old accounting major from Greenville, Miss., who has been missing since Nov. 13.

The family opened the “Latasha Norman Family Relief Fund” at the Woodrow Wilson branch of the Trustmark Bank.

The Jackson State University National Alumni Association has placed a PayPal link on the JSUNAA Web site ( to accept donations for the family.

"As we continue to pray for the safe return of Latasha, we are going to accelerate our financial, moral and physical support of the family during this ordeal,” said Hilliard Lackey III, association president.

Donations can be deposited at any Trustmark branch in Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. Contact the bank toll free at 1-800-844-2000 or 601-208-5111 in Jackson. Locate branches at

Jackson State’s Accounting Society, of which Latasha is a member and Student Government Association representative, met Tuesday morning to establish a fund.

“We know that this whole situation has been a tremendous burden on Latasha’s family as well as the Jackson State family,” said Ambriel Woods, president. “The family hasn’t been back home and hotel, gas and other expenses add up. It can definitely be expensive.”

Donations can be mailed to: Accounting Society, Jackson State University, College of Business, P.O. Box 18660, Jackson, MS 39217. Students may drop off their donations between classes in the College of Business rotunda.

Click here for the latest information concerning Latasha Norman
*Beginning tonight, "NBC News with Brian Williams" will examine issues facing African-American women across the U.S. in a new series "African-American Women: Where They Stand."

The series will cover a wide-range of topics - from their role in the '08 Presidential race, to the increased health-risks that have been of longtime concern.

Monday's installment will discuss the progress of African-American women in the field of education. Nearly two-thirds of African-American undergraduates are women. At black colleges, the ratio of women to men is 7 to 1. And that is leading to a disparity in the number of African-American women who go on to own their own businesses. Rehema Ellis will talk to educators, students and businesswomen about the reasons behind the disparity.

Tuesday, Ellis will look at the relationships of African-American women, and how the gender disparity in education and business has an affect on relationships sought by those women. Some even say the implications could redefine "Black America's family and social structure." In the past fifty years, the percentage of African-American women between 25-54 who have never been married has doubled from 20% to 40%. (Compared to just 16% of white women who have never been married today). Ellis sits down with the members of a Chicago book club and talk about this difference and how it impacts them.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman will discuss the increases risks for breast cancer for African-American women on Wednesday. Mortality rates for African-American women are higher than any other racial or ethnic group for nearly every major cause of death, including breast cancer. Not only are African-American women more likely to die from breast cancer, but they're less likely to get life-saving treatments. Dr. Snyderman will profile one of the only oncologists in the world who specializes in the treatment of African-American women with breast cancer.

On Thursday, Ron Allen will take viewers to South Carolina -- the first southern primary state -- and ask the question: Will race trump gender or gender trump race? In South Carolina, black women made up nearly 30 percent of all democratic primary voters in 2004. This year, polls show a significant number are undecided, torn between choosing the first African-American or first female Presidential candidate. Allen talks with the undecided, as well the state directors for the Clinton and Obama campaigns, who happen to be African-American women.

To close the series on Friday, Dr. Snyderman will raise the frightening statistic that African-American women are 85% more likely to get diabetes, a major complication for heart disease. And, like breast cancer, more black women die from heart disease than white women. Dr. Snyderman will profile a leading expert and a unique church-based outreach program in South Carolina that seeks to spread the word about heart disease risks to black women congregants.

Meanwhile, Mara Schiavocampo, Digital Correspondent for "Nightly News," will address two hot topics in the African American community: interracial dating and the impact of hip hop music on black women.

• An poll found that 81% of participants approved of black women dating non-black men. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report in 2000, 95,000 black women were married to white men. In 2005, that number increased to 134,000. Schiavocampo will talk to experts about the trend and discuss how this defines the "Black family" of the future.

• Schiavocampo will convene a panel of leading black men and women from the hip-hop industry for a discussion on whether hip hop lyrics and videos positively or negatively affect black women. The roundtable also will address how these portrayals are affecting relationships between black women and black men. (Source)

Nov 19, 2007


Michael Vick turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service office in Richmond today to get a head start on serving whatever sentence he receives Dec. 10 for dogfighting conspiracy.
Courthouse sources said Vick was transported from the U.S. Courthouse downtown to one of the regional jails where federal prisoners are housed before 1:30 p.m.

Vick and all three of his co-defendants have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of illegal gambling and to sponsor a dog in animal fighting.

The maximum for that crime is five years in federal prison. Sources have said the federal sentencing guidelines, which the judge must consider but is not bound to follow, will suggest a range of one to 1½ years for all four defendants.

Vick also faces state charges of animal cruelty in Surry County, where he, his co-defendants and others operated Bad Newz Kennels, a sizable dogfighting operation where animals were trained as fighters and where fights were held from time to time. Contact Tom Campbell at (804) 649-6416 or (Source)

Nov 15, 2007

Courtesy of Ozone Magazine



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Nov 13, 2007

The problems between radio talk show host Michael Baisden and grassroots organization doesn't seemed to be going away anytime soon. Colorofchange released the a letter to all of its supporters in response to Baisden's "apology". As a supporter of Colorofchange I have to admit that I understand where they are coming from. it is up to them and people like myself to defend their reputation to the utmost especially when everything they are doing is on the up and up. There is no doubt in mind that there has been some misappropriation of funds in relation to the Jena Six, but I do not believe that Colorofchange has had anything to do with misappropriation of funds. They have been nothing but open and honest about all the money they have raised and I still support them wholeheartedly. The following is the letter that was sent out:

Last Friday, less than 24 hours after you and thousands of other members wrote to his bosses at ABC Radio, Michael Baisden issued an "apology."1,2 It shows that we got Baisden's attention, and that wouldn't have happened without you.

We hoped Baisden was really going to step up, but he didn't.

Baisden's statement fails every test of a decent apology. First, it misleads listeners about how he came to defame us. Then, it misrepresents the real interests of the Jena 6 families, to take another shot at us. Finally, it tries to sweep all the damage Baisden has caused under the rug, while doing very little to rebuild his listeners' confidence in ColorOfChange or in online organizing as a strategy.

Michael Baisden could be a valuable ally in our stuggle -- but we can't accept a dishonest apology that spreads more misinformation. This isn't just about defending ourselves, it's about being true to the values we have at ColorOfChange. An important part of our mission is holding those who claim to be our leaders accountable for their actions. For us to do that in this case, we can't in good conscience accept Baisden's partial and misleading "apology."

Baisden's "apology":

1) Baisden said his staff had been given "inaccurate information," and referenced the documentation on our website as if it were new to them. But the truth is that we gave the Baisden show everything they needed to confirm that the money was going where it was supposed to go weeks before the broadcast.43 And we have the documentation to prove it.4 This wasn't a problem of not having "reliable sources." It was a problem of deliberately ignoring them.

2) While "apologizing," Baisden continued to sow seeds of doubt about ColorOfChange by misrepresenting the desires of most of the Jena 6 families. He claimed that four of the six Jena families insist that ColorOfChange stop fundraising on their behalf. Other than Marcus Jones, no parent has ever told us they want us to stop fundraising. Baisden refuses to reveal the letter that he now says was signed by four of the six families (and earlier claimed was signed by "all" of them); but in the past week, we have confirmed with the five other families, directly and through their attorneys, that they want us to continue fundraising for their children. We have, of course, honored Marcus Jones' request that we stop fundraising for his son, after hearing it on the radio.

3) Baisden said he's "relieved to have put this behind us." But unfortunately, it's not that easy. Baisden has done serious damage to's reputation. He has played on understandable fears among Black folks -- that organizations are going to take their money and run with it. This doesn't only damage ColorOfChange. It damages Black people. It damages the movement for change that we and our allies are trying to build.5 And it will take far more than a few partial and misleading apologies to undo that damage.

Moving forward, we are exploring every option to repair that damage in a constructive way and to clear our name with our members and with Michael Baisden's listeners. Hopefully, Michael Baisden will be a partner in making that happen.

In times as serious as these, this kind of drama and distraction absolutely sickens us. We know it sickens you. We thank you, and our allies and partners in the Black blogosphere,6 for standing with us to help set the record straight and defend our work together. We look forward to continuing the work that we do, and, with your participation, to make America a better place for Black folks, and everyone else.

Thank You and Peace,
-- James, Van, Clarissa, Gabriel, Mervyn, and the rest of the team November 13th, 2007

1. "Response to Color of Change,", November 9, 2007

2. Audio clip from Michael Baisden show, November 9, 2007

3. "False allegations on the Michael Baisden Show"

4. Fax from Yvonne Gilliam, Michael Baisden's publicist

5. Emails from our ColorOfChange members regarding Baisden's allegations.

6. Black bloggers on Baisden's attack
Photo courtesy of Essence Magazine

“Kanye West, his family and friends would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and kind words that have come in from across the country since the death of his mother, Dr. Donda West.

After working in higher education for 31 years, Dr. Donda West and Kanye West co-founded the Kanye West Foundation with the mission of helping to combat the severe dropout problem in high schools across the country. The first and signature initiative of the Kanye West Foundation is Loop Dreams. Designed to capitalize on students existing interest in hip-hop, Loop Dreams challenges students to learn more about what’s behind hip-hop culture in order to help them develop skills, express themselves creatively and be empowered.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dr. West’s name to the Kanye West Foundation/Loop Dreams Teacher Training Institute. Those donations can be made by visiting the Foundation’s Web site, or by mail at Kanye West Foundation, 8560 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. ”

Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, and Gabrielle Union are three of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood and they also happen to be great friends. Essence magazine was able to catch up with the three ladies for their December issue in which the ladies discussed relationships, gossip, Black men, and the new year. Here is a little snippet on what they had to say about gossip and gossip blogs:

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)
Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner's manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.

-Oprah Winfrey

Nov 12, 2007 is reporting the following:

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)

Update (11/13/07):
Here is some more information surrounding the umtimely death of Dr. Donda West.

* 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)

Nov 11, 2007

Roland Martin over at is reporting the following:

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 sincerely hope that this proves to be a false rumor, but if it turns out to be true my heartfelt prayers and deepest condolences go out to Kanye and his family. May God give them the strength to endure such a tragedy.

Developing: AHH is confirming that the story of Dr. West is in fact true. Click here to read more...

Nov 10, 2007

As the debate over the N-word rages on I decided that it was time for me to finally weigh in. First let me start off by admitting that I am a gross violator of this word. Isn't that how they say it works; you first have to admit you have a problem before you can actually get help for that problem. Well, I have a problem. I've been trying to stop, but I have to admit that it has been harder than I thought it would be (that whole going cold turkey thing just hasn't been working for me). So now I decided that maybe a little shock therapy is needed in order for me to get my act together. My therapy of choice has been that of pictures of lynchings. There is nothing that puts using the N-word in perspective more than looking at the faces of people who died while being called that name. Now don't get me wrong, I understand Nas' intentions when he says "I am taking power from that word..." in reference to naming his album the N-word. But I would say that it is impossible to take away the power or the hurting feeling that comes along with that word. You can never give the people who lost their lives back their life and for a lot of them you can't even give them back their names. The way I came to terms with this was by thinking about it like this. Have you ever spilled blood on something? Isn't it the hardest thing in the world to get out of something once it has made contact with that item. So instead of going through the strenuous task of trying to get it out you are more likely to just discard the item. Well, that is how I feel about the N-word. How can you clean up a word that is soaked in the blood of our ancestors? I think we should just discard the word and be done with it. So I am going to try my best to get it out of my lexicon. I know its not going to be easy, but I know the reward far outweighs the journey its going to take for me to get to that point. So here's to becoming a reformed N-word user. Wish me luck :-).

Def Poetry - Julian Curry - Niggers Niggas & Niggaz

Nov 9, 2007

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Response to Color of Change

The Michael Baisden show and staff were given inaccurate information regarding donations made by the public and David Bowie. We apologize to our listeners and to ColorofChange for not seeking more reliable sources. According to documentation provided by the organization through their web site, all the funds collected by ColorofChange have been distributed to the families as promised.

We do, however, respect the right of four of the Jena 6 families who have insisted that ColorofChange discontinue collection of any monies on their behalf. But this should not reflect on the integrity of this organization which has collected and distributed over $200,000 to their legal defense.

Any insinuations that were made about me wanting to be the sole fundraiser for legal defense is ridiculous. I am too tired after my radio gig to take on that responsibility, and furthermore, it is impossible. No one man or organization can fund the movement of an entire nation.

I am relieved to have put this behind us so that both our organizations can get back to the business of helping people. There is nothing wrong with having disagreements, as long as you love the people enough to work it out, sooner rather than later.

Thanks again for your support of the many organizations that are doing an outstanding job of raising money to help those who desperately need it. We’ve got a long way to go family and we won’t get there unless we work together. Divided we fall!

Michael Baisden

Nov 8, 2007

Dear member,

A national Black radio host is making reckless and false allegations that threaten to undermine the credibility of We want you to know the facts. And then we need your help to stop this attempt to defame what we've built together.
Over the last few months, radio personality Michael Baisden has repeatedly implied that ColorOfChange was improperly handling money collected for Jena 6 legal defense. On Monday and Tuesday he outright attacked us.

Baisden's claims and suggestions are completely false, and he and his staff know it. After you've read the facts below, can you take a moment to send Michael Baisden and his producers an email asking that he publicly apologize for slandering the movement we've built together?
You can listen to the damaging segments of the show, review the facts, and send him a message here:

The real story about your donations

Since July, 17th, ColorOfChange members have donated $212,039.90 for the legal defense of the Jena 6, six Black boys being unjustly railroaded by the criminal justice system in Jena, Louisiana. ColorOfChange has already sent $210,809.90 to the six legal teams defending these young men. You can view the cancelled checks here:

On Michael Baisden's show this week, Mychal Bell's father, Marcus Jones, made allegations on air that the Jena 6 families have had no contact with ColorOfChange and that we do not have their authorization to collect money. It's simply not true. ColorOfChange has had contact with all of the families for several months. A member of each family has signed a letter authorizing the payments from our defense fund to their attorneys. This includes Marcus Jones. Marcus also asked us on air to stop fundraising for the Jena 6, and implied that he speaks for all of the families, but he does not – none of the other families have said they want this. All but Marcus are thankful and appreciative. Michael Baisden knows all this, yet he provided a forum for this attack and backed it up. You can view the authorization letters, and the full details, here:

ColorOfChange has not taken a single penny of these funds, not even for overhead or administrative costs. We absorb all the fees from every transaction, ensuring that every dollar donated goes directly to legal defense. Aside from the latest donations that are still being processed, every penny that has come in to help these young men is in the hands of lawyers who have been fighting hard to achieve justice.

Baisden has the facts, so why is he on the attack?

Michael Baisden and his staff know the facts. As early as September, we explained our procedures to Baisden and his staff. In October, we helped them contact the families and lawyers so that they could verify for themselves that the money was being distributed. By mid-October, Yvonne Gilliam, who works for Baisden, indicated by phone that every lawyer she'd contacted had properly received their checks from us.

So why does Baisden resort to slandering us on the air now, after seeing for himself exactly how funds were managed? He's promoting his own fundraising effort this week and is trying to position himself as the only trustworthy source for fundraising around the Jena 6. He's stated explicitly that he started his fund because he thinks other efforts are untrustworthy. Discrediting us is a great way to promote himself and his fund.
But there is no excuse for his behavior, especially from someone who claims to be part of a movement.

We hope Baisden can raise a lot of money for the Jena 6. The families need all the help they can get. But when someone with his reach builds himself up by spreading slanderous accusations about an organization doing innovative and powerful work on behalf of the Jena 6, it damages the entire movement. And it must be called out.

Defending the movement you've built started in 2005 with outrage, tears and a laptop computer. Our hearts were broken by what was happening in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. So we set up a website and emailed a petition to our friends. We realized we had struck a chord, so we decided to keep going. And it's a good thing we did. Because in just two short years, has become a powerful tool and resource -- the largest Black-led online advocacy organization in the world, with nearly 400,000 members. And its because of your voice that we are here today, stronger than ever.

Never before have Black people and our allies had the ability to aggregate our power and our dollars online in such a powerful way. By mobilizing your concern and your dollars when the justice system attacked Black children, we have demonstrated conclusively that all of us working together can impact the courtroom - and the court of public opinion. By flexing our collective power, we have sent a clear message that it is a new day for racial justice in this country.

Baisden's baseless attack could harm our ability to do this work. We need your help now so that we can continue to be effective advocates for the Jena 6, and for other issues important to Black America.

You can help, here:

Thank You and Peace,
-- James, Van, Clarissa, Gabriel, Mervyn, and the rest of the team November 8th, 2007

Your No-Fail Plan: In Your 20s

Use gentle products, and focus on damage prevention. "You don't need antiwrinkle creams or microdermabrasion in your 20s," says Ranella Hirsch, MD, president-elect of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery.

Cleanser: If you have normal skin, you need to wash it only before bed, says Lupo. Use a mild cleanser—either a gel, if your skin is oily, or a milky one, if it's dry.

Moisturizer: Pick a brand, any brand. But be absolutely sure that your moisturizer has SPF 15 or 20, and that it gives you both UVA and UVB protection. Apply it all over your face and on your neck and chest, says Lupo. (This is critical no matter what your age.)

Nighttime treatment: Use a hydrating fluid or an oil-free moisturizer. Many dermatologists recommend starting on the vitamin A-derivative prescription retinoids (like Retin-A, Tazorac, and Avage)—the gold standard for reducing fine lines, stimulating collagen, and treating acne—or products containing the less potent, over-the-counter retinol. Before bed, apply a pea-size amount all over your face and right up under your eyes, says Hirsch; then you don't need an eye cream. (Source)


Your No-Fail Plan: In Your 30s

Even if you've taken good care of your skin, you'll probably start noticing fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth, says Susan Taylor, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University.

Cleanser: In the morning, use a cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to encourage exfoliation. In the evening, wash with a creamy cleanser.

Moisturizer: In addition to SPF 15 or 20 with UVA/UVB protection, your moisturizer should contain antioxidants, like green or white tea, pomegranate, or vitamin C, which will protect your skin from damaging free radicals. Start wearing an eye cream daily. For dark circles, use one with hydroquinone, vitamin C, or botanicals that brighten, like kojic acid, soy, or licorice; for puffiness, look for one containing caffeine; for extra moisturization, use one with hyaluronic acid, says Taylor.

Nighttime treatment: "Once you're in your 30s, a retinoid or retinol isn't optional anymore," says Hirsch. So if you're not on a prescription retinoid, choose a night cream or serum with retinol. (Source)


Your No-Fail Plan: In Your 40s

Those great beach vacations you took in your teens are showing up on your face: You're beginning to see cumulative sun damage in the form of blotchiness, red spots, and ruddiness. You're also losing more collagen and elasticity, and your skin retains less moisture. Because it doesn't reflect light evenly, your complexion is losing some of its glow.

Cleanser: Use a creamy (rather than gel) cleanser morning and night, unless you can tolerate one with a mild AHA or salicylic acid once a day, says Ava T. Shamban, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA.

Moisturizer: Supplement your broad-spectrum moisturizer, which should contain SPF 15 or 20, with a couple of creams, lotions, or serums containing at least two types of antioxidants, such as lycopene, green tea, or soy, alternating them every other day, says Shamban. You'll get a wider benefit from switching off, because different antioxidants address different problems, says Shamban. Or, if your skin is beginning to look crepey, try a formula with peptides, which have been shown to strengthen collagen, says Hirsch. Treat dryness with a rich moisturizing cream that contains hyaluronic acid, petrolatum, shea butter, or oils.

Nighttime treatment: A prescription retinoid is the way to go, say both Hirsch and Shamban. It reduces brown spots, increases exfoliation and collagen production, thickens the epidermis, and can reverse precancerous sun damage. If your skin can't tolerate a retinoid every night, use it every other night. (Source)

50's and Beyond

Your No-Fail Plan: In Your 50s and Beyond

Don't even think of retiring from the skincare game. It's never too late to prevent sun damage and to stop the progression of damage you may already have. Cell turnover is slow; the most significant change you'll notice in your complexion is dryness and loss of elasticity. Expression lines no longer disappear after you stop smiling or squinting; pores are more visible, especially on the nose and cheeks. You're likely to have developed spider veins and hyperpigmentation (age spots), and precancerous spots from sun damage.

Once you hit your 60s and 70s, basically all the issues that arose in your 50s become more extreme. Aren't you glad you're flooded with postmenopausal zest?

Cleanser: Wash morning and night with a nonsoap cleanser or a creamy, foaming one.

Moisturizer: Apply a serum containing peptides or an antioxidant like vitamin C when your face is still damp. Serums, in general, are more easily absorbed than creams and lotions. Then apply a broad-spectrum moisturizer containing SPF 15 or 20, with UVA/UVB protection.

Nighttime treatment: Try Renova, a prescription retinoid, which is more moisturizing than others, says Wendy E. Roberts, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center. (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

***Writer's Note: Michael Jackson has sold 750 million records so I think he knows what he is talking about.

Nov 7, 2007

Senate Inquiry Targets Televangelists
By ERIC GORSKI – 21 hours ago

The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday he has launched an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing involving six well-known televangelists.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent letters to six Christian media ministries this week requesting information about their expenses, executive compensation and amenities given to executives.

"I'm following up on complaints from the public and news coverage regarding certain practices at six ministries," Grassley said in a statement. "The allegations involve governing boards that aren't independent and allow generous salaries and housing allowances and amenities such as private jets and Rolls Royces.

"I don't want to conclude that there's a problem, but I have an obligation to donors and the taxpayers to find out more," Grassley said.

The organizations and their leaders are:
_ Randy and Paula White of Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries of Tampa, Fla.;

_ Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church Inc. and Benny Hinn Ministries of Grapevine, Texas;

_ David and Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries of Fenton, Mo.;

_ Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Texas;

_ Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Bishop Eddie Long Ministries of Lithonia, Ga.;

_ Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International and Creflo Dollar Ministries of College Park, Ga. (source)

Nov 6, 2007

I found Mr. Poitier's autobiography inspiring. Sidney Poitier candidly talks about his childhood on Cat Island, and Nassau in the Bahamas; his move to Florida, where he encountered racism, and his life in New York.

He talks about his marriage, his children, and his trials and tribulations; as he rises to fame as an Oscar Award winning actor.

Mr. Poitier's spiritual autobiography holds nothing back about learning to live as a black man in a racist America. The book is more inspirational and honest than I expected, highlighting the difficulty of living in a world that minimized everything you do, if you happen to be the wrong color, and hampering every move you make when trying to succeed.

Sidney Poitier never compromised his values, refusing to play parts he did not believe in. He would turn down job opportunities when the role or script went against his standard of integrity - even when he desperately needed the money. When there was a line in a script that degraded his character, he spoke to the director about changing it - and then he would get it changed.

Sidney points out the two faces of American racism: The one which is extremely ugly and in your face, and the softer, more subtle one that is often not recognized until it is too late to do anything about. The latter would often show up when he was working with certain producers, directors, co-stars and those with otherwise impeccable liberal credentials.

His life story is a true adventure, and his integrity and humanity inspires and reminds me that being honest and never giving up are the keys to a fulfilling life.

One of the joys in reading this book was its intimate style. Sidney writes in the same inimitable way he speaks, giving the reader the impression that you are just in an ordinary conversation with your grandfather, father or uncle as they share their wisdom with you.

I would recommend this book for any parent who has a son who is coming of age no matter what life paths they are deciding to follow, this book will be a great help to them.

Thanks Sidney for your beautiful insight into What a Measure of a Man should be.

Nov 5, 2007


With hate crimes and noose hangings on the rise across the country, we must have the federal government protect us from local hate and bigotry. From Mychal Bell in Jena, Louisiana, to Sean Bell in New York, it is time for the federal government to intervene, and you can help us achieve this objective. Get into the action and make a difference by signing up and joining us on November 16th at noon in Washington D.C. Please Call: 646-417-7086 or 1-877-626-4651 24hours a day, 7 days a week and leave your name, address and telephone number to register for this important event. You can also RSVP by "Clicking Here” and filing out the web-based form.

Get Into The Action





Ride With NAN To The March
Busses Will Be Departing All Major Cities Across The Country Including the Following:

Richmond, VA
Norfolk, VA
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Raleigh Durham, NC
Fayetteville, NC
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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.

-bell hooks

Nov 4, 2007

The main thing that has been dominating the news this past week is the issue of Waterboarding. With the senate conducting confirmation hearings for a new Attorney General, this subject prove to be a point of major contention. Michael B. Mukasey (Attorney General Nominee) can't decide whether or not he believes that waterboarding is torture or not. Several experts including the Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain who himself was tortured while he was a POW, believes that waterboarding is torture. So I ask you [the reader] to view the following video and decide whether or not waterboarding is torture and do we as a country really want to go down this slippery slope. You may be asking yourself why should this subject be important to me, but you need to remember that we have a lot of men and women on the frontline overseas and would we want this done to our family members. When the great United States begins to engage in torture what does that say to the rest of the world? We need to decide who we are as a country and as a people.


Waterboarding: is a form of controlled drowning used to extract information. Waterboarding consists of immobilizing an individual on his or her back, with the head inclined downward, and pouring water over the face to force the inhalation of water and induce the sensation of drowning.

Nov 2, 2007

CNN is reporting that an arrest has been made in the probe of alleged abuse at the Oprah Winfrey's all-girls' academy in South Africa. When more news become available I will update you. I don't know what whoever this person was thinking when they decided to go against Momma 'O'.


JOHANNESBURG - South African police said on Friday they had arrested a former dormitory employee at Oprah Winfrey’s leadership academy for girls on charges of abuse, including indecent acts.

At least seven alleged victims have submitted statements about the woman, police said.

“A former dormitory employee (27) has been arrested yesterday by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit on several charges of abuse,” a statement from police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini read.

“Several charges including alleged assault, indecent assault, crimen injuria and soliciting girls under age to perform indecent acts are being investigated against her. At least seven victims have already submitted statements.”

The suspect is being held by police and is expected to appear before a magistrate on Monday, said the statement.

South Africa's Rapport newspaper reported a matron at the school allegedly fondled one of the pupils, and grabbed a girl by the throat and threw her against a wall. The report said other school employees were also implicated in misconduct.

Rapport said Winfrey flew to South Africa to meet parents and school administrators at the campus near Johannesburg. A tearful Winfrey asked parents to forgive her for letting them down, the newspaper quoted a parent who attended one of the meetings as saying.
"I've disappointed you. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," Winfrey is said to have told the parents, Rapport reported.

Nov 1, 2007

Can you dig it???