Jan 31, 2008

It looks like out favorite former co-host of the View, Star Jones, is out of a job again. TruTV (formally CourtTV) just announced internally that Feb. 1 will be the last day for The Star Jones Show. But don't feel sorry for Star, she will still have a gig. Here is what TruTV had to say about the abrupt cancellation:

The network says the abrupt cancellation of the show, which debuted Aug. 20, 2006, was due to "the rebranding and programming focus of the network." The network says that a new show, "Arrest & Trial" will take its place at 3 p.m. EST, and Jones Reynolds will continue on as a contributing legal expert. (Source)

So the debate is going down tonight? I really want to know your opinion. Who did you think won the debate?

Is it just me or is this a little reminiscent of Kobe Bryant and Vanessa. And why when I was watching this video I kept hearing Timbaland's It's Too Late to Apologize playing in my head. Maybe it's just me...

My heart really goes out to Carlita. I pray that sista keep her head up and stay strong.
Please forgive me for the post being so sparse this week. I am currently out of town on business and I don't have access to the internet during the day. I will get back into the swing of things next week.


Essence.com recently did an article with Jesse Jackson. In the article they asked Rev. Jackson specific questions about the Presidential Race particularly on the Democratic side. Here are some of the higlights from that interview:

Essence.com: In South Carolina, the Democratic campaign took a negative turn with charges and countercharges of injecting race, yet the numbers are indicating that there was a record turnout. Clearly, South Carolina voters weren’t completely turned off by the tone of the race in the final days.

Reverend Jesse Jackson: They were inspired by it.

Essence.com: As somebody who was born in South Carolina, what do you think about the way African-American voters were portrayed by the media leading up to the primary? For example, they started talking about the barbershop and the beauty shop vote. Do you have any problem with the way South Carolina voters were portrayed?

J.J: No. My concern is that while focusing on the color of the vote, they were not focusing on Black issues and substance. For example, student debt—I think student loans are like a billion dollars. The disparity between Black and White student loans is alarming. The great disparities in infant mortality and life expectancy—great disparities.The income disparity… The college enrollment disparities… The largest industry in that state is no longer cotton. It’s the jail-industrial complex. There’s 24 state prisons in South Carolina and only one state college, South Carolina State. So we are free, but not equal. We live in one America under one flag, but there are some structural inequalities. Stop focusing so much on the color of our vote and start focusing on the substance of our situation.

Essence.com: Do you think that there is such a thing as a candidate being able to transcend race?

J.J: Of course not. You can’t transcend who you are. That’s very spiritual, isn’t it? The racial issue is too serious to ignore, and it is too immoral to ignore, but it is an opportunity for healing. Racial justice is the key to social justice, and that’s the key to America. America’s moral dilemma is how it relates to matters of racial justice. Racial justice precedes racial reconciliation. Once Barack had to start spending more time in Black churches and fight more openly for the Black vote, it did not run white people away of goodwill. He still got 25 percent of the White vote. When Jimmy Carter ran, he had to tell southern Whites, “If you want me to be president, I have to reach out to Blacks at Ebenezer Church. You’re my ally, but I can’t win with just southern Whites. I need Blacks.” In some sense, Barack’s allies must say that to win, you’re going to need Whites, so you’ve got to build that coalition on what I call common ground issues.

Essence.com: It’s interesting that you say that, because I’m a younger voter. I’m a blogger and a lot of bloggers are saying that they are so turned off, and they are so irate about how the Clintons are treating Barack Obama that they absolutely will not vote for her if she wins the nomination.

J.J: That means that they’re going to vote for some anti–civil rights Republicans, who’s going to further stack the Supreme Court. And they’re going to vote for some anti–affirmative action Republicans. So you have to be mature in this process. You have to think this thing through. Politics also comes down to options. In this marathon race, you have to be walking through a storm and thinking at the same time. Barack has my vote. My point is that when it’s over, the two of them and the others who ran must close ranks because you cannot beat the right wing unless you do.

Essence.com: Well, then, does it annoy you at all that people are somehow portraying Barack Obama as the first credible Black candidate or the first Black candidate with a chance to win? I know many people in my generation thought, erroneously, that he was the first Black man to win a state primary when you have won eleven.

J.J: That’s the job of ESSENCE and other media—to educate so we will know better. We’ll do better when we know better. We talk about Black history and all of that. In ’64 we were leading a demonstration outside the convention trying to get a seat in Mississippi. The next year we had the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s a nonstop battle. This is the evolution of our struggle. This is not something new. This is something wonderful; it’s not new. This is the evolution of our struggle; we must keep putting it into context.

Essence.com: Do you think that in your lifetime you will see an African- American woman win eleven primaries or caucuses?

J.J: She has to run first. You can’t ask the question that way. You’ll never know what’s possible until you put the pedal to the metal. They have to run. They have to go for it. You can’t guess that. You have to work for it. There are qualified Black women who can do that, to answer that question. There are Black women who are qualified, but you have to take the risks, do the work and take the hits because politics is a contact sport. (Source)

Jan 30, 2008

With Sen. John Edwards announcing that he is dropping his presidential bid on the Democratic side, the race is officially a two person race (it had been a two person race for some time now, but no one had told Sen. Edwards that). This new development is going to make the debate in California (8 pm ET Thursday on CNN)before Super Tuesday all that more interesting. Although Edwards is not endorsing anyone right away, he does have 26 delegates to negotiate with. The fact that this race is coming down to a race for delegates puts Edwards in somewhat of a powerful position.

Here is what Sen. Obama had to say about his former rival:

"At a time when our politics is too focused on who's up and who's down, he made a nation focus again on who matters -- the New Orleans child without a home, the West Virginia miner without a job, the families who live in that other America that is not seen or heard or talked about by our leaders in Washington," (Source)

Here is what Sen. Clinton had to say about Sen. Edwards:

"John Edwards ended his campaign today in the same way he started it -- by standing with the people who are too often left behind and nearly always left out of our national debate," (Source)

I am a fan of John Edwards. I think his time to run was in 2004. History being made has a lot to do with the race on the Democratic side. John Edwards has great ideas and he would have made an excellent President. Hopefully whoever gets the nomination will consider making him a member of their cabinet because with Edwards at least you know he is for the common man.

*Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick named a new chief of staff Tuesday, a day after the woman who previously held the post resigned amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair.

Kandia Milton, who has served as deputy chief of staff and liaison to Detroit's City Council, was appointed to Christine Beatty's job, Kilpatrick announced in a written statement released Tuesday.

In a letter to Kilpatrick that was released by his office on Monday, Beatty said she could no longer effectively carry out her duties.

A prosecutor launched an investigation last week into the allegations, which surfaced when the Detroit Free Press detailed sexally-tinged text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty. (Source)

The mayor is also set to address 'Text-gate' tonight.

In Other News:

- Rudy Giuliani is said to be endorsing John McCain

- The Aborigines finally get and apology from Australia Maybe black folks will get an apology for slavery...Nevermind.

Hey we might be going for different candidates, but I will listen to any thing this woman says. Maya Angelou is the epitome of a woman, poet, and everything else that a young woman like myself could ever aspire to be.

I know her conversations with Oprah are really interesting these days.

Jan 29, 2008

Although there are no delegates being awarded, Hillary Clinton is projected to win the Florida primary. This may prove to be a momentum shift for Clinton although none of the candidates on the Democratic side campaigned in the Sunshine State. Hillary won by taking in over 50% of the white vote and also getting the majority of the Hispanic vote. Barack Obama came in second. He received over 70% of the African American votes. This may prove to be a bad indicator for Obama come Super Tuesday, but hopefully he can make some inroads with Hispanics and Whites.

On the Republican Side:

John McCain and Mitt Romney are in a tight race for first place in the Sunshine State.

Jan 28, 2008

Check Out Erykah Badu's New video for the first Single, "Honey", off her new Album New Amerykah, due out on Feb 26th. This video seemingly pics up where "Love of My Life", left off, showing an ode to some of the classic albums in our lifetime. The Question is can you name all of the albums Ms Badu paid homage to?

Make sure you go out and Support Ms. Badu on Feb 26th!!

Jan 27, 2008

The iconic thespian won a SAG Award for best supporting actress in a movie. The SAG Awards are very high indicators of who will win the Oscar. Rudy Dee just received her first ever Academy Award nomination. I will be rooting for her.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson was recently on Roland Martin's radio show on WVON-AM/Chicago. During the interview Dr. Dyson discussed how the meticulously the Clinton's had injected race into the Race. Now it is of note that Dr. Dyson is a Obama supporter whereas his wife, Rev. Marcia Dyson, is a supporter of Clinton.

Now just from me listening to the speech in which Bill Clinton made after his wife lost South Carolina, I think Dr. Dyson make some legitimate points. The fact that former President Clinton invoked the name of Jesse Jackson when speaking of Obama's victory goes to show that he is trying to make his win in South Carolina that of a "Black Thing." I hope you will listen to what Dr. Dyson had to say and come up with your own conclusions. You can also check Roland Martin out on his blog for Essence everyday.

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With the South Carolina primary behind them and Super Tuesday on the horizon, the Democratic endorsements are really starting to roll in. The one that has been most notable of recent is that of Caroline Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama. In her Op-ed piece for the New York Times, 'A President Like My Father', she goes on to tell why she is supporting Sen. Obama and what it is exactly that makes him similiar to her father, John F. Kennedy.

But don't discount Hillary Clinton because the endorsements have been rolling in for her also. The one of greatest note is that of the New York Times. The New York Times had positive things to say about Barack Obama, but they preferred Hillary Clinton due to her experience. Sen. Clinton also received endorsements from Kimora Lee Simmons and New York's historic black newspaper, Amsterdam News.

Major Newspaper Endorsements:

Barack Obama
Atlanta Journal Constitution
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Hillary Clinton
Kansas City Star
New York Times

Jan 26, 2008

CNN is projecting Barack Obama as the winner of the South Carolina Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are in a tight race for second place. More information to come.

YES WE CAN !!!!!!!


Hillary Clinton will come in second with John Edwards coming in third.
S.C. Exit Polls Results:

African-Americans: Obama 81%, Clinton 17%, Edwards 1%

African-American women: Obama 82%, Clinton 17%, Edwards 0%

Whites: Edwards 39%, Clinton 36%, Obama 24%

Edwards winning white men, Clinton white women.

Economy clear top issue.

Now for the people who are saying that Obama won only because of African American votes you need to check your facts. First of all, Obama beat Clinton 2 to 1. With 99% of the precincts reporting, he received 295,091 of the votes to her 141,128 votes (Source). This is not just African American votes.

Second of all, the electorate of South Carolina is 61% female. So this race was more about gender than race. Had she pull all of the women voters she would have won this primary handedly. His win shows that his candidacy can transcend race and that is something that needs to be paid attention to. Also a key factor is the fact that he basically tied her with White male voters.
There's this great quiz that you can take to see which Presidential Candidate on either side matches up closes to you on the issues that are important to you. So take the quiz you might be surprised by the results (I know I was).

Click here to take the quiz and come back and tell me if you were surprised by the results.

Jan 25, 2008

Well, if you ask Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson he will tell you yes. In his report, "The Hutchinson Report: The ‘Nevada Phenomenon’ a Bigger Peril to Barack Obama than the Bradley Effect", Dr. Hutchinson concluded that the "Nevada Phenomenon" would be a bigger problem for Sen. Obama than the 'Bradley Effect'. In his report Dr. Hutchinson compares and contrast the different phenomenoms. He defines the Bradley Effect as the following:

The Bradley Effect is named after former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, who lost his bid for California governor to George Deukmejian in 1986, though Bradley had big leads in polls. Many white voters told pollsters and interviewers that they had no problem voting for an African-American, but once in the privacy of the voting booth voted for his white opponent. (Source)

He then goes on to define a different phenomenon that he thinks took place in Nevada this past week. This phenomenon deals specifically with Hispanic voters and how they were instrumental in getting Hillary over the proverbial hump to beat Obama in Nevada. He properly labeled this occurence as the 'Nevada Phenomenon'. He defines this phenomenon as follows:

The Nevada Phenomenon, by contrast, has nothing to do with the supposed penchant for white voters to deceive pollsters and interviewers on race. It’s the mix of wariness, fear, indifference and even hostility of the majority of Latino voters toward a black candidate. (Source)

Now the polls do support Hutchinson's claims. it would appear that the Hispanic voters have more affinity for Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama. Now if that is just because the color of his skin it's left unseen. There is a major rift between the African American commnunity and the Latino American community. Now what is the cause of this rift I am really not clear. I would hope it's not just about skin color since there is a large African diaspora in Latin countries. Now Hutchinson did back his claims by showing how major African Americans were in different political races and how Hispanics didn't support any of these candidates. The examples that he used were when Tom Bradley was mayor of Los Angeles and when David Dinkins ran against Rudy Giuliani for mayor of New York. Neither one of these candidates were able to sustain a considerable number of the hispanic vote even though they were successful politicians. He also went on to talk about other candidates, but those two were the ones that I thought were significant.

So my question to you today is why do you think there is such a rift between Latino Americans and African American?

Extratv.com has got their hands on documents that show how much money Shaq spends on his bills a month. Now when you make as much money as Shaq ($2 million/year) of course your bills are going to reflect that. Here is a basically a list of what he pays:

- $1,500 for cable TV
- $110,000 for monthly vacations
- $17,000 for clothing
- $26,500 for babysitting
- $23,000 at gas stations
- $22,000 per month on maid service

Now some people are harping on how much he pays on cable, but that is not what caught my attention. You see all my life my mother has preached about how important it is to go to college and get a "good job" but she never told me I could make the bomb living just being a babysitter or a maid. $26,500/month on babysitting! Jesus would definitely have to take the wheel on that one. Sometimes it's just cheaper raising your own children. Now the maid thing I can understand that. Did you see how big their house was? I would hire someone to clean that thing too.

Jan 24, 2008

As the South Carolina Primary and Super Tuesday approach, I felt compelled to reflect on my people once again. So many people, especially Black people are saying that now is not the time for an African American President. My question is If not now; when? We have long watched this country grow into a world that none of us are proud of. It is time to release ourselves from the bondage and break the chains, move the mountains, and get rid of the business as usual politicians. During these crucial primaries, please go out and vote for the person who you feel will do the best job for our country. When you are at the polling places do not consider race; consider yourself; your children; your parents; and your friends. Think about how you want to live and how you want them to live. Together we are unstoppable. Divided we fall. We deserve more than what we have been given. NOW IS THE TIME!!

Oprah Winfrey's big Broadway musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 'The Color Purple,' will close on Feb. 24.

After playing 30 preview performances and 910 regular performances at the Broadway Theatre, the producers announced the shuttering this morning.

According to a production rep, the show recouped its entire $11 million investment in its first year on Broadway, having grossed over $103,000,000.

The show currently stars Chaka Khan as Sofia, BeBe Winans as Harpo, LaKisha Jones as the Church Soloist at all evening performances and Sofia at all matinee performances, Montego Glover as Nettie, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes as Shug Avery, Alton Fitzgerald White as Mister, Krisha Marcano as Squeak and Zonya Love as Celie.

The national tour, currently playing in Los Angeles, stars LaToya London of 'American Idol,' Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and original workshop and Broadway star Felicia P. Fields.

The tour is currently scheduled through 2009, and will be playing Tempe, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Atlanta. (Source)

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick exchanged romantic text messages with a top aide, contradicting their denials in court that they had romantic ties, a newspaper reported.

The county prosecutor's office declined to comment on the legal implications of the report, posted Wednesday on the Detroit Free Press' Web site. A conviction of lying under oath can bring up to 15 years' imprisonment.

Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty testified last summer in a police whistle-blower lawsuit and denied any sexual or romantic ties in 2002 and 2003. But the Free Press said it examined about 14,000 text messages on Beatty's city-issued pager from those years and found many examples of such ties.

Kilpatrick is married, and Beatty was married at the time.

"I'm madly in love with you," Kilpatrick wrote on Oct. 3, 2002.

"I hope you feel that way for a long time," Beatty replied. "In case you haven't noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!"

On Oct. 16, 2002, Kilpatrick wrote Beatty: "I've been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love."

In his testimony last summer, at one point Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty.

"I think it was pretty demoralizing to her — you have to know her — but it's demoralizing to me as well," the mayor said. "My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it's absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore.

"I think it's disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day. And it's also disrespectful to their families as well."

Kilpatrick issued a statement Wednesday night saying the messages "reflect a very difficult period in my personal life."

"It is profoundly embarrassing to have these extremely private messages now displayed in such a public manner," he said. "My wife and I worked our way through these intensely personal issues years ago. I would now ask that the public and the media respect the privacy of my wife and children and of Christine Beatty and her children at this deeply painful moment for our families."

The Free Press did not explain exactly how it obtained the text messages but said it was outside a lawsuit it filed to get all records related to the settlement the city reached with two former police officers.

The newspaper said it cross-referenced the text messages with the mayor's private calendar and credit card records from that period to verify events in some messages.

When asked whether the Wayne County prosecutor's office would open an investigation, spokeswoman Maria Miller said: "We have not received anything from anyone. Other than that, we have no comment."

A county jury awarded $6.5 million to the two officers in the lawsuit against the city and Kilpatrick. The jury said Kilpatrick and the city unlawfully dismissed two officers, who claimed they suffered after investigating allegations of wrongdoing within Kilpatrick's security unit.

The events happened in Kilpatrick's first four-year term. He was elected to a second term in November 2005. (Source)

Some of the text messages between Kwame and Christine are being revealed.

October 3, 2002

KK: I'm madly in love with you
CB: "I hope you feel that way for a long time. In case you haven't noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!

April 8, 2003
Beatty: "And, did you miss me, sexually?"
Kilpatrick: "Hell yeah! You couldn't tell. I want some more." (Source)

Our only hope is to control the vote.

-Medgar Evers

If you or someone you know are not registered to vote please do so. It does not matter what candidate you support as long as you exercise the right that so many people gave their life for.

Please click here and locate your state on the map and learn how you can register to vote in your state. Remember No Vote = No Voice!!!
With the economy verging on a recession which would increase public anger with his administration and the Republican Party, President Bush this past Friday bowed to political pressure and proposed a nearly $150 billion stimulus package aimed, he said, at giving the economy "a shot in the arm."

The Bush proposal basically consists of tax rebates.

What does the proposal mean for American Blacks? In dollars terms, it could mean as much as $800 in tax rebates for individuals and $1,600 for families.

The Democratic controlled Congress must still have its say but if differences in approach can be worked out quickly, Blacks (along with other Americans) could start getting their rebate checks as early as this coming April or May.

The battle will probably center around Democratic demands for less focus on business tax breaks and a greater concentration on tax breaks aimed at the middle class (Those making less than $150,000 a year).

Democrats are also expected to insist on an extension of unemployment benefits. Bush increased the likelihood that differences will be quickly resolved by dropping his demand that his previous tax cuts be made permanent.

Some Democrats and Civil Rights advocates have derisively labeled those cuts "tax cuts for the rich." (Source)

Now the premise behind Bush's plan is that by giving Middle class families tax-rebates they will most likely go out and spend this money thus giving the economy the added boost that it needs. I'm not sure how this is going to pan out because I know when/if I get a rebate I plan on investing part of it and using the rest to pay bills. I mean don't get me wrong I like to shop just as much as the next girl, but some times you have to get your priorities in order.

So my question to you is what would you do with your rebate?


Sources on Capitol Hill and at the Treasury Department said congressional and White House negotiators agreed upon checks of $600 per individual and $1,200 per couple.

A Democratic aide and Republican aide said there will be an additional amount per child, which could be in the neighborhood of $300.

Checks could be in taxpayers' mailboxes by June, according to an Associated Press report.

To win over conservatives, the package also is slated to include business tax breaks, according to officials in both parties. (Source)

Jan 23, 2008

With so much being made about comments that famed author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison said about Bill Clinton being the "First Black President", do you think she has regrets. Although she made the comment in 1999, they seem to be playing a big role in the 2008 Democratic Primary.

So do you think this thing about Bill Clinton being the first "Black President" is much ado about nothing or are people really taking stock in these comments?


Toni Morrison endorses Barack Obama....
If you ask CNN politicial commentator, Roland Martin, he would respond with an emphatic yes. Martin wrote on CNN.com that although blacks make up 50% of the Democratic electorate in South Carolina it is "a dangerous game to play" to ignore the other 50%. He says that by examining the other 50% it will give us a better understanding of what may happen in the state on Saturday when the voters come out and vote.

Just based on the polls that he quoted in his article, it would appear that Obama has a problem reaching white voters in South Carolina. Now I will be the first to admit that I don't believe in polls because the one thing I do know is that people will lie and once they get behind that curtain it is a completely different thing. But with that being said, polls can also be very beneficial. They can give you a slight understanding of a very confusing situation (I hope you can follow that). Here are the poll numbers (ARG poll taken January 17-18) Martin quoted in his article:

Among white voters in South Carolina: Clinton receives 56 percent; Obama, 20 percent, and Edwards is polling in at 16%.

Among African Americans: Obama is receiving 73%, and Clinton is at 16 percent

Now based on these numbers it will appear that Obama has a problem reaching white voters and Clinton is losing favor with black voters. Now me personally I think the reason for Obama's slippage with white voters has more to do with John Edwards still being in the campaign then with Obama being a black man. I could be wrong, but I think it is due to the fact that John Edwards is still in the race, but you will never be able to tell that from the polls.

Martin also concludes in his article that although Obama is running a campaign that transcends race and Clinton a campaign that transcends gender, it doesn't seem to be working out that way. The same poll showed that Clinton was not poliing well with men black or white. So although I think polls lie or rather do not tell the complete story, I think it is important to pay attention to both sides of the story.

Jan 22, 2008

The Brokeback Mountain star's body was found today in his NYC apartment. The actor was only 28. A suspected drug overdose is believed to be the cause of the death.

Please click here to read more about this story.

Jan 21, 2008

So one of the most important debates went on in the Democratic party tonight. This debate may help determine who may win the South Carolina primary. So please tell me what you think about the different candidates and their policies?

1. It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

2. Get mad, then get over it.

3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

4. It can be done!

5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

6. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

7. You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.

8. Check small things.

9. Share credit.

10. Remain calm. Be kind.

11. Have a vision.

12. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Barack Obama at Ebenezer Baptist Church (in full)

Click here for a transcript of his speech.

Just like Mitt Romney on the Republican side, Sen. Barack Obama has had to take on the question of his faith. With the campaigns now heading into the Bible Belt and internet rumors running rampant about him being a Muslim and not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Sen. Obama felt that now was the time for him to address these rumors.

"I've been to the same church — the same Christian church — for almost 20 years," Obama said, stressing the word Christian and drawing cheers from the faithful in reply. "I was sworn in with my hand on the family Bible. Whenever I'm in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. So if you get some silly e-mail ... send it back to whoever sent it and tell them this is all crazy. Educate." (Source)

Here are the facts about Obama as they pertain to the false email that is going around:

1. His middle name is Hussein

2. His father and stepfather were muslim

3. He spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, which is a largely Muslim country but he attended Catholic school instead of going to a madrassa

4. He took his oath on the Bible. It was Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota who took his oath on the Quran. I know a lot of people think we all look a like but I will like to let you know that these are two completely different people.

Maybe it's just me, but I find it a sad state of affairs in this country when a person has to stand up and defend their faith. I think their actions should speak for them. George W. Bush stood up and said that he was a Born-again Christian and people voted for him on this fact alone, but yet his actions didn't speak to him being a Christian. A person can say they are apart of whatever religion as long as you will vote for them, but it is their actions that speak the real truth.

Jan 20, 2008

As we sit on the eve of King Day. I think that it is important that we reflect on the words of Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech. Just as those words were true in 1963 so too are they true today. As I look at the election campaigns on the Democrat side, I can say that this country has come a long way. It's great to see that an African American and a woman actually have a viable chance to become President of the United States of America. But as I listen to some of the rhetoric that has come out against Barack Obama, I realize that this country still has a long way to go.

I am a young woman of only 27 years of age. With that being said, I for one never thought I would live to see the day in which Dr. King's Dream would actually become a reality. I believe that we as a country have made great strides in the right direction, but we still have a ways to go. As Dr. King so eloquently put it, the "check" to African Americans in this country is still marked with "insufficient funds".

So too like Dr. King I have a dream. I have a dream that the chains that use to shackle our feet will be freed from our minds. I have a dream that one day my people will get over the fear of self doubt and truly become the great people that we are meant to become; where our men stand up and be real fathers and our women demand more respect for themselves by presenting themselves in a respectable manner. I have a dream. I have a dream that the atrocities commited against black women are considered atrocities against all women. Where the gap between the Hip-Hop generation and the Civil Rights' generation is quickly narrowed because we have to realize that united we stand and divided we shall surely fall. I have a dream. It too is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.

So I share with you two of my favorite speeches. Hopefully they will inspire you just like they inspired me.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have A Dream

Barack Obama - One America

Jan 18, 2008

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Friday called for about $145 billion worth of tax relief and other incentives to stimulate a sagging economy and fend off a possible recession. He said a growth package must include tax incentives for business investment and “direct and rapid” tax relief for individuals.

Bush said that to be effective, an economic stimulus package would need to roughly represent 1 percent of the gross domestic product — the value of all U.S. goods and services and the best measure of the country’s economic standing. White House advisers say that, in current terms, 1 percent would amount to around $145 billion, which is along the lines of what private economists say should be sufficient to help give the economy a short-term boost. (Source)

“Letting Americans keep more of their money should increase consumer spending,” he said.

“This growth package must be big enough to make a difference in an economy as large and dynamic as ours, which means it should be about 1 percent of GDP,” Bush said. He said the package should be built on “broad-based tax relief” that will directly affect economic growth. (Source)

The people of the New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast just can’t seem to catch a break. Now FEMA is issuing out refunds to people who bought their trailers after their initial use. The refunds are due to the concerns over high levels of toxins such as formaldehyde found in the trailers. If you are not familiar with formaldehyde it is the chemical used to preserve cadavers at medical schools.

FEMA said that 10,839 travel trailers and park models were sold by the federal General Services Administration at an average price of $6,936, and that 864 trailers were sold directly to hurricane victims.

The agency said it would e-mail buyers to notify them of the refund option. Buyers have 60 days to request a refund, FEMA said. (Source)

If you know someone in the gulf coast region and they are currently residing in a FEMA issued trailer that they have purchased please let them know about the refund. 60 days are not a very long time and someone who is in desperate need of this money may miss out on it because he/she doesn't have access to a computer.

Jan 17, 2008

Well it looks like our boy Bob has had a mea culpa and decided to do the right thing by issuing an apology to Obama.

Bob Johnson, a high-profile supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, said he sent Obama a letter and also was reaching out by phone.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded Thursday afternoon, saying, "Obama accepts the apology. We're going to leave it at that." (Source)
In two separate family phots (l) Gina and Jordan Hunt (r) Andrea and Charlii Yarrell

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Shock and anger punctuated a prayer vigil for a baby, a toddler and their mothers who were shot to death while the women held their children in their arms.

City leaders who spoke at the church vigil, attended by about 100 people, summed up the crime with one word: Evil.

"How does evil like this exist in our city?" Mayor Greg Ballard said. "It's easy to be heartbroken, and you should be. But you should be angry, and I'm angry."

Ballard urged people to channel their outrage into community policing, neighborhood associations and other ways to make the community safer.

All four victims were shot repeatedly late Monday, said Indianapolis Assistant Police Chief Eva Talley-Sanders. All died at the house on the city's north side except for 4-month-old Charlii Yarrell, who died at a hospital.

The other victims were Jordan Hunt, 23 months; his mother, Gina Hunt, 24; and Charlii's mother, Andrea Yarrell, 24.

Police Chief Michael Spears, who also spoke at the vigil, called the killings "an act of inexplicable evil."

Two handguns were found within a block of the house where the killings occurred, said Sgt. Matthew Mount, a police spokesman. (Source)

I will be the first to admit that after New Hampshire, I have absolutely no faith in polls. But with that being said; there seems to be something in the water and the tide is slowly turning Obama's way as far as support of African Americans is concerned. An article by Bloomberg.com shade some light on this growing trend. Here are some key statements from the article:

Obama's triumph in the Iowa caucuses was a catalyst for the change in sentiment, political analysts say, because it demonstrated he can garner white support and compete in the general election.

``Now I'm voting my heart, with Obama,'' said Cheryl Ewing, a 47-year-old program manager from Philadelphia. Only six weeks ago at a focus group conducted by pollster Peter Hart, Ewing, who is black, said she was in Clinton camp's because America wouldn't vote for a black president. ``Iowa made me change my mind.''

National and state polls show a dramatic reversal in support among African-Americans in recent months. Obama now leads Clinton among blacks nationwide, 57 percent to 32 percent, according to a Jan. 10-13 USA Today/Gallup poll. Less than two months ago, Clinton was ahead in the same survey 56 percent to 33 percent.

Click here to read the article in it's entirety.

One of my favorite bloggers, B. Scott, has posted this as the rumored official cover of Mariah's new album. So what do you guys think?
I wish I was making this up, but sometimes life is more dramatic than fiction. Racism is a fact in this country and until we confront it with utter truth we will never get over this divisive factor that runs rampant in this country. America will never reach it's full potential of greatest until it heals the bleeding and festering wounds of it's past.

JENA, La. — Some Nationalist Movement protesters planning to march through Jena on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be armed, according to their spokesman. The Mississippi-based Nationalist Movement, which describes itself as "pro-majority," organized the rally to be held Monday. The group plans to protest the celebration of the slain civil rights leader and the support that six black Jena teens charged with beating a white classmate have received.

"We will be armed," spokesman Richard Barrett, a Mississippi lawyer, said on Monday. "We have a court order that says (the town of Jena) cannot interfere with this event. There is no ban. If they want to bring it back to court, fine."

His remarks contradicted statements by the Nationalist Movement's local lawyer after a court ruling last Friday that paved the way for the "Jena Justice Day" rally and march.

On Wednesday, opponents of the Nationalist Movement's planned parade urged people to take a stand against racism by opposing Monday's march. (Source)

The FDA is issuing a public health advisory to tell parents to avoid the drugs for children under 2 because of "serious and potentially life-threatening side effects."

Drug companies last October quit selling dozens of versions targeted specifically to babies and toddlers. And the FDA's own scientific advisers voted that same month that the drugs don't even work in small children and shouldn't be used in anyone under age 6.

The government is worried people still have the drugs at home, or are using drugs meant for older children.

The FDA still hasn't ruled if the remedies are appropriate for older children, and expects to make a decision on that by spring. (Source)

In Other News:

-Bernanke may be open to economic rescue

- Ike Turner died of cocaine overdose

-One arrest in police officers slayings

-Sorority dispute over money turns into libel suit

Jan 16, 2008

What in the tom-hell-foolery is going on? These two haven't even been "married" two weeks and they are already saying it's over. I don't know about you, but something just ain't right here. I bet Babyface, Nicole, and Mel B. are laughing their asses off right now. This is the statement Eddie's publicist released on his behalf:

“After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forego having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further. While the recent symbolic union in Bora Bora was representative of our deep love, friendship and respect that we have for one another on a spiritual level, we have decided to remain friends." (Source)
Since I am an avid Oprah Winfrey Fan; I had to take several deep breaths and calm down before I wrote this open letter to all the “Oprah Haters”.

First, I say there is no one in “this world” that should be worshiped. Just because you can’t help but admire and watch with most pride as the only Black Female in Media is able take part in owning of a TV Network, and I say take part in because she only has 50 percent of the Network because the powers that be (White Men) could not see fit to sell her the whole thing (not in this life-time). This does not mean you worship her.

Secondly, the last time I checked we live in a capitalistic society and success comes from owning. Not renting. As we see with all the rappers and so call celebrities, parading around in all the diamonds, furs, cars and clothes that don’t belong to them. Oprah owns everything associated with her name. We all could take lessons from her and start owning our businesses or masters, or whatever. Instead of like some of these so called business people and I dare mention (Russell Simmons, Bob Johnson and Jay Z) all of whom owned businesses and then sold them to the white man. So in essence we own nothing, and we share nothing, these types of people are the ones who make me ill when I even think about or have to mention their names. At least Oprah shares the wealth, it may not always be with the people who you think she should share with, but guess what? It’s her money and she can do as she pleases.

Third, since some of you obviously do not watch Oprah, let me school you. Oprah was one of the first Talk Show Host to bring cases like the Genarlow Wilson story to the fore front back when Marcus Dixon was first was sentenced in a very similiar case. And it was clear that she thought it was wrong what had happen to him, and put the call out to the Georgia Supreme Court and the rest of the world to get involved. And since most of us do not know what Oprah does, when she is not on T.V, how can anyone say that she did nothing about the Jena Six. Are any of you her personal assistants, or better yet her stalkers that you might have a clue as to her every move. If not then how can you say what she did or didn’t do about the Jena Six or any other issue you care about.

Fourth, the last time I checked Education, K-12 was free in this country; and the idiots that you all should speak of (not the people who support Oprah) but the real idiots who rather stand on the street corner while school is in session than be in a classroom trying to learn something, so they can become successful business people like Oprah doesn’t need anybody to build them a school, we already have millions that they don’t attend now. So don’t blame Oprah for building schools in countries where children would LOVE to go to school, but can’t afford to go. Because if you didn’t know; Education is not free in most Countries, parents have to pay.

Lastly, it always seem to be a problem when a Black person takes advantage of the opportunities to expand their empires, but nothing is said when thousands of white people own entire T.V networks (Ted Turner), newspapers, radio and other major corporations.

Again, I say, we are our own worst enemy. Don’t Hate. Congratulate.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton would have been 29 years old today.

Once the most celebrated female athlete in the world, Marion Jones talked to Oprah today about her pending prison sentence and her future. Here is what she had to say:

On her mistakes:
“I want people to understand that, you know, everybody makes mistakes. ... I truly think that a person’s character is determined by their admission of their mistakes and then beyond that, what do I do about it?” Jones said via satellite from Austin, Texas, where she lives. “How can I change the lives of people? How can I use my story to change the life of a young person?”

On the fact that at the time she knew she was lying:
“I made a mistake. I made the choice, at that time, to protect myself, to protect my family,” Jones said. “And now I’ve paid the consequences dearly.”

On her disappointment of not receiving a probation-only sentence:
“I put myself in a position to have somebody else determine my immediate future,” she said. “I made that decision. I have to live with it, my family has to live with it. With the grace of God we’ll get through it and come out even better at the other end.” (Source)
As the primary vote for South Carolina quickly approaches, the CBC sponsored debate on the January 21st becomes all that more important. Currently Obama and Clinton share a 15/15 split when it comes to endorsements from the CBC. The endorsements are as follows:

Barack Obama:

Rep. John Conyers (Michigan) , Rep. Sanford Bishop (Georgia) , Rep. Bobby Rush (Illinois), Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pennsylvania), Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Illinois), Rep. Elijah Cummings (Maryland), Rep. Danny Davis, Rep. Barbara Lee (California), Rep. Lacy Clay (Missouri), Rep. Artur Davis (Alabama), Rep. Al Green (Texas), Rep. Gwen Moore (Wisconsin), Rep. Keith Ellison (Minnesota), Rep. Hank Johnson (Georgia), and Rep. Bobby Scott (Virginia).

Hillary Clinton:

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (Texas), Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Ohio), Rep. Kendrick Meek (Florida), Rep. Corrine Brown (Florida), Rep. Alcee Hastings (Florida), Rep. Yvette Clarke (New York), Rep. Charles Rangel (New York), Rep. Gregory Meeks (New York), Rep. Edolphus Towns (New York), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Missouri), Rep. Dianne Watson (California), Rep. Laura Richardson (California), Rep. David Scott (Georgia), Rep. John Lewis (Georgia) Rep. Donna Christian-Christensen (Virgin Islands)

Rep. Maxine Waters (California) endorsed Hillary Clinton (1/29/2008)

John Edwards:

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Rep. Mel Watts (North Carolina), and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina)

Question: Does the endorsement of a candidate by members of the CBC influence your vote?
*The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that in the last three months of 2007, African Americans in Georgia registered to vote at a rate three times that of whites in Georgia.

The numbers may be incremental, but they do show a definite trend. From Oct.

1, 2007 to Jan. 1, 2008, the number of black, registered active voters increased 1.6 percent to 1.2 million. Over the same period, the number of white active voters increased .5 percent to 2.9 million, the newspaper reported.

African-Americans make up 27 percent of the Georgia electorate, according to the new figures. Whites make up 66 percent.

When divided by race and gender, black males - who generally have a spotty voting record - increased their numbers the most, by 1.9 percent. (Source)

Jan 15, 2008

Here's Janet's new album cover. So what do you think?
MSNBC.com is projecting that former Massachusetts' governor Mitt Romney will win the Michigan GOP primary with Senator McCain coming in second and Gov. Mike Huckabee coming in third.

The central issue in the Michigan primary was that of the Economy with Michigan's umemployment rate being that of 7.4% while the national rate is that of 5.0%.

Barack Obama had this to say:

"I think that I may disagree with Sen. Clinton or Sen. Edwards on how to get things done, but we share the same goals. We're all Democrats, we all believe in civil rights, we all believe in equal rights," said the senator from Illinois.

"I think they're good people, they are patriots and they are running because they think they can lead this country to a better place, and I don't want the campaign in this stage to degenerate into so much tit-for-tat back-and-forth that we lose sight of why all of us are doing this." (Source)

Hillary Clinton had this to say:

"We differ on a lot of things ... but when it comes to civil rights and our commitment to diversity, when it comes to our heroes -- President John F. Kennedy and Dr. King -- Sen. Obama and I are on the same side," she said. "And in that spirit, let's come together, because I want more than anything else to ensure that our family stays together on the front lines of the struggle to expand rights for all Americans." (Source)

Hopefully the Democrats will put this entire mess behind them and get back to the issues at hand. The people are tired of politics as usual and we as a people deserve and should expect better from our politicians who work for us. That is the key people. We need to remember that these people for us.

Man when I grow up I want to be just like this chick. She is really taking this world domination thing serious.

Oprah Winfrey's media empire is about to get a lot bigger with the announcement Tuesday of a deal with Discovery Communication that will provide her with a cable channel to be called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

In the cashless transaction creating an independent, 50-50 joint venture, Discovery
will contribute its Discovery Health Channel, to be rebranded as OWN in late 2009 and simulcast in High Definition. The channel, launched in 1999, reaches more than 70million cable and satellite subscribers. (Source)

There are new developments in the disappearance of Stepha Henry, a New York area woman who went missing more than seven months ago.

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Detectives on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of killing a New York woman who was last seen more than seven months ago, authorities said.

Kendrick Williams, 32, was arrested in New York City after forensic tests on his car linked him to the victim, police said.

Williams was expected to be charged with second-degree murder in the death of Stepha Henry, who disappeared in May, authorities said. No body has been found.

No details are being released on the exact nature of the evidence found in the car, Miami-Dade police spokesman Robert Williams said.

Henry, who would have turned 23 in September, and her 16-year-old sister, Shola, came to Florida just before Memorial Day to celebrate Shola's birthday. (Source)

I'm not mad at David. When I hear this song it makes me want to dance too (hopefully with just a little bit more rhythm though).

Thanks faizshakir for the video.

Celebrating 100 Years of Service

Happy Anniversary Ladies of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Michelle Obama spoke at the Trumpet Awards Foundation and she addressed the fact that some black voters felt reluctant to vote for Barack because they thought it would make him a target. Here is what she had to say:

There are still voices, even within our own community, that focus on what might go wrong,” Mrs. Obama said, nimbly entwining references to violence with her more usual admonitions that a history of racism and despair should not keep her husband, Senator Barack Obama, from office.

“It’s not just about fear, people,” she continued during her remarks at the Trumpet Awards Foundation. “It’s also about love. I know people want to protect us and themselves from disappointment and failure, from the possibility of being let down again — not by us, but by the world as it is. A world that we fear might not be ready for a decent man like Barack.” (Source)

Recently Rep. Charles Rangel went on the attack against Sen. Obama for the senator's remarks about Sen. Clinton's statements over MLK and Lyndon Johnson. Here are a couple of his quotes:

On how race got interjected into the Democratic presidential race:

"How race got into this thing is because Obama said ‘race,’” New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, one of the highest-ranking African-Americans in Congress, said in an interview on NY1.

On Clinton's statements:

“But there is nothing that Hillary Clinton has said that baffles me. I would challenge anybody to belittle the contribution that Dr. King has made to the world, to our country, to civil rights, and the Voting Rights Act,” said Rangel. “But for him to suggest that Dr. King could have signed that act is absolutely stupid. It's absolutely dumb to infer that Doctor King, alone, passed the legislation and signed it into law."

On Obama's admission to prior drug use in his book:

Rangel also implied that Obama’s admission of prior drug use in his autobiography may have had a financial motive: "I assume that the book was not written for political purposes. It was honest….It was a big mistake for him to have done it [used drugs.] For him to be honest enough to write about it, I guess he thought it might sell books." (Source)

This race is turning into a real soap opera. Just when the two candidates [Obama and Clinton] had called a truce here comes good old Charlie boy trying to stir things up further. So in the words of one of our great Negro philosophers "Can't we all just get alone?"

Jan 14, 2008

Barack Obama:

1.Cut $250 checks for some 150 million low and middle income workers and send them out. If needed, send out an additional $250 per worker, totaling $500 for these workers

2.Likewise, send $250 to seniors earning under $50,000 as a Social Security supplement, and and prepared to send out a second $250 payment

3.Establish a $10 billion fund to help “responsible” families avoid foreclosure. The money would be given to homeowners who did not lie about their incomes and were “mindful of personal responsibility.”

4.Provides money to state and local governments hardest hit by housing crisis to prevent them from slashing infrastructure and other important state spending

5. Expand unemployment insurance

Hillary Clinton:

1. Establish a $30 billion emergency housing crisis fund to help states and cities cope with the effects of growing foreclosures.

2. Freeze subprime mortgage rates for five years and impose a 90-day moratorium on subprime foreclosures.

3. Provide $25 billion in emergency energy assistance for families facing soaring heating bills in cold-weather regions.

4. Speed up $5 billion in investments in energy efficient and alternative energy technology.

5. Extend unemployment insurance by $10 billion.
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It looks like the arm of steroids has reached into the entertaiment field. The Albany Times Union is reporting that Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, 50 Cent, and Tyler Perry are being named in an Albany-based investigation of steroids trafficking .

Information has surfaced recently showing those stars are among tens of thousands of people who may have used or received prescribed shipments of steroids and injectable human growth hormone in recent years. Law enforcement officials have said they have no evidence in their sprawling multistate probe that customers, including Blige or other entertainers, violated any laws. Instead, they are targeting anti-aging clinics, doctors and pharmacists who prescribed the drugs.

Records shared with the Times Union and information from several cooperating witnesses on Long Island indicate Blige and other stars were shipped prescribed human growth hormone or steroids -- sometimes under fictitious names -- at hotels, production studios, private residences, an upscale Manhattan fitness club and through the Long Island office of Michael Diamond, a chiropractor affiliated with the celebrities, sources said.

Now I really need someone to explain to me what Ms. Mary needs drugs for. I really hope this isn't the reason she has been putting off having kids. I can't say I am surprised by any of the other names, but then again seeing Tyler Perry's name did throw me for a loop.
Usatoday had an article on it's website in which it talked to two black women from South Carolina named Maggie Melvin and Iris Wilson. The ladies were asked about who they were going to vote for in the primaries and why. Here is the response from Ms. Melvin:

Melvin, 57, said she yearns to vote for Obama but believes Hillary Clinton stands a better shot at making history as the first female president. "When white people go behind that curtain in their polling place, they won't vote for a black man, no matter how eloquent or capable," said Melvin, a retired Air Force transportation officer. (Source)

Now what makes this statement so scary is the fact that a lot of people share the same sentiment as Ms. Melvin. If we as a people choose to base our vote on what we think other people are going to do then we are already defeated and there is really no reason for us to even involve ourselves in the Democratic process. It is sad that the fear of the white man still paralyzes us a people and we are not willing to give a person of color a chance because we are scared white people will never accept him/her. I realize that a lot of these sentiments stem from our past and this country's past, but there comes a time when we must look ahead and maybe, just maybe give into the Audacity of Hope.
Today, the National Science Foundation is scheduled to announce a partnership between seven research universities and eight historically black colleges to encourage African Americans to pursue research and scholarship in robotics, reports Chronicle of Higher Education's Andrea L. Foster.

Out of about two million computer and information scientists in the United States only 4.8 percent of them are African American, according to the science foundation.

The alliance, called the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI), will, among other things, offer: research activities at historically black colleges, internships for minority students in university laboratories, national outreach through a Web portal, and an annual student research conference and workshop.

The NSF is providing $2 million over three years to fund alliance activities. The grant's principal investigator is Andrew Williams, an associate professor of computer science at Spelman College who formed the robotics soccer team, SpelBots, which competed at the annual RoboCup competition in July.

David Touretsky, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will provide professional development for faculty teaching computer science and robotics classes.

Other HBCUs in the alliance are Hampton, Morgan State, Florida A&M, Norfolk State, and Winston-Salem State universities; and the universities of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and the District of Columbia. The research universities involved in the alliance are Carnegie Mellon, Brown, and Duke universities; the universities of Alabama, Pittsburgh, and Washington; and Georgia Institute of Technology. (Source)

Jan 13, 2008

Here is a recent comment Bob Johnson made in reference to Barack Obama:

As an African American, I'm frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won't say what he was doing but he said it in his book," Johnson said while campaigning with Clinton in Columbia South Carolina. (Source)

Now as soon Obama's people call Johnson out on his comments he tried to clean it up, but it was already too late. Everybody already knew what he meant with his first statement.

Later Sunday, Johnson maintained the comments were not in reference to Obama's drug use: "My comments today were referring to Barack Obama's time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else," he said in an issued statement. "Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect."

Once again Bob Johnson is getting out of pocket. Can someone please tell me why does he think he is in any position to throw stones at Barack Obama? This is the same man that brought us BET Uncut and all the other garbage BET has feed us throughout the years. I wish he'll tell us what he has contributed to the community besides T&A.

Jan 12, 2008

In this episode of the Boondocks, Huey Freeman goes on a Hunger Strike against BET. I don't know what is going on between Aaron McGruder (creator of Boondocks) and Reginald Hudlin (executive at BET and one of the executive producers of Boondocks), but it sure is going to make for an interesting story.

Boondocks is one of my favorite shows on TV so I'm sure this episode will further show the genius of McGruder.

If you've never checked out the Boondocks be sure to check it out on Cartoon Network on Mondays at 11:30 pm Eastern Standard time. You can also check out the shows official website http://www.boondockstv.com/.

Jan 11, 2008

Nice to see JJ covered up and still looking fierce.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Former Olympian Marion Jones has been sentenced to six months in prison for lying about using steroids and a check-fraud scam, despite her plea that she not be separated from her two young children "even for a short period of time."

"I ask you to be as merciful as a human being can be," she said.

Last October, Jones admitted she lied to a federal investigators in November 2003 when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs. She said she took a designer steroid "several times before the Sydney Olympics and continued using it after."

The sentence completes a stunning fall for the woman who was once the most celebrated female athlete in the world. She won three gold and two bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (Source)

Tavis Smiley was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show giving his normal commentary when he offered a challenge to Black America about Barack Obama. Now because I am biased on this subject I am not going to say anything just yet. I want you guys to take a listen for yourself and tell me what you think.

Click here to listen to the audio from 1-08-08 and then listen to his response on 1-10-08 to the response he received about his remarks.

A Washington D.C. mother, Banita Jacks, has been charged with three counts of felony murder and one count of first degree murder while armed after the decomposing bodies of her four children were found in her home.

The victims are thought to be her daughters whose ages range from 5 to 17 years old. U.S. marshals discovered the bodies when they were trying to serve Ms. Jacks with an eviction notice from her apartment in southeast D.C.

The victims were identified by the defendant as being Brittany Jacks, 17; Tatianna Jacks, 11; N'kiah Fogle, 6; and Aja Fogle, 5.

Court documents show that Banita Jacks said that her children died in their sleep during a seven to ten day period after being possessed by demons.

Preliminary findings are that Brittany was stabbed to death and that Aja died from blunt-force impact to the back of her head and possible ligature strangulation.

Both Tatianna and N'kiah also had "apparent ligature evidence" on their necks that was "somewhat more defined than that noted on Aja Fogle's neck," court documents said.

However, the documents said, further tests are needed to confirm the causes of the deaths.

All four children were wearing white T-shirts and were discovered in unfurnished bedrooms -- three in one and a fourth in another, the documents said.

"What appeared to be a metal steak knife" was found next to the fourth. Also, the fourth body was found in a bedroom with hardwood floors, and a T-shirt with duct tape was found at the bottom of the bedroom door, filling the gap between the floor and the bottom of the door when it was closed. (Source)

Jan 10, 2008

I was recently talking to the TheEducator and we started talking about the Serena Williams post. All I could think about was damn Pimp Down (man where is Katt Williams when you need him). I mean if a sista like Serena is going through it then man us mere mortals don't stand a chance...LOL.

So during our conversation I decided to post a Top Ten list dedicated to our fallen sista ["Pimp Down..." with my fist in the air] because her journey is something that most of us can relate to and it's also one that we don't realize we are on until it is too late. So now I present to you my list:

10. When your girlfriend ask you to go with her to an exotic island and she says she will pick up the tab and you refuse, because you don’t want to leave your man.

9. When you let him drop you off at work in your brand new Lexus because he doesn't have a car or a job.

8. When you get up in the morning and go to work while he sleeps soundly in your 600 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets because he doesn't have a J-O-B.

7. When you have worked all day and he has been home all day and he asks you “What’s for Dinner?” and you actually pull out your apron and get your Martha Stewart/B. Smith on.

6. When you see him with another woman and you know it’s not his mother, sister, auntie, grandmother, or cousin but that’s what he tells you and you believe him.

5. When you refinance your house and put his name on it. I'm talking about the house big momma left you and the only thing you had to pay on it was property taxes because it was paid for. Yeah, that house.

4. When you just got your hair done, I'm talking about that flat wrap that lays perfectly and makes you feel like you have "Indian" in your family and you go home and sweat it out by doing three or four rounds with your man. Then the next day you have the audacity to go back to the same beauty salon and pay another $55 to get it redone.

3. When you call his cell phone 10 more times, after he ignored you the first ten. You know he’s hitting that ignore button, but you just keep calling anyway because you think something must be wrong with his phone or it must be on vibrate. You know that dude is ignoring your calls because the long pause comes up right before the out-going message on his voicemail finally kicks in.

2. When you write a blog post about how much you hate text messages when you know you use to be crazy about them. That man just got your head all messed up that you can't even think straight. Okay I digress, I'm beginning to divulge too much of my personal business...LOL. But back to the matter at hand...

And the Number 1 way you can tell that a man has put it on you...Drumroll Please...

1. When you are a multi-million dollar athlete, who is a brick house, and can have any man you want and you are on your official website talking about "Stand in these shoes (I'm sure u have before)". Yeah, you might've had it put on you.

So there you have it my top ten ways. I could have put more, but I wanted to get some input from you. So tell me what you think.

ATLANTA -- Genarlow Wilson, the Georgia man who spent two years in prison for having consensual sex while a teenager, will attend Morehouse College in Atlanta this spring.

Wilson, who was freed from a Georgia prison last October, will be a part-time student at the 140-year-old predominantly male liberal arts college.

The Tom Joyner Foundation, an educational non-profit founded by the nationally syndicated radio personality, will pay for Wilson's tuition, books, and room and board.

"He's been through so much over the past couple years and I'm glad the Foundation can play a role in helping him shape his future," said Joyner in a release.

"Genarlow Wilson is representative of many of our young black men who must overcome incredible obstacles before finding a place -- like Morehouse -- where they are valued, mentored and given the opportunity to reach their full potential," said Morehouse President Dr. Robert M. Franklin. "We firmly believe that Morehouse is Genarlow's 'house', and that he will grow to embody the tenets of a Morehouse man."

In 2005, Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a 2003 New Year's Eve party. Wilson was 17 at the time of the party.

He was sentenced to serve a mandatory 10-year sentence with a sex offender designation.

Wilson spent two years in prison before the Georgia Supreme Court ruled his sentence too harsh and ordered him released last October.

"Yesterday, Genarlow came to my office proudly wearing around his neck his official Morehouse campus ID," said B.J. Bernstein, Wilson's attorney. (Source)

It's really nice to see that this young man intends to fulfill his promise of bettering himself and becoming a productive adult.