Sep 30, 2008

Green Party presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, reveals at a press conference that 5000 men were killed during Hurricane Katrina. She goes on to say that she believes that most of these men were prisoners. Look, I don't put anything pass the federal government. If they can get away with the Tuskegee experiment whose to say that this isn't true. I vaguely recall reports of prisoners being set free during Hurricane Katrina. That was one of the reasons I was kinda scared when I volunteered for the disaster relief effort. I don't recall ever hearing about what became of those prisoners that were set "free."

What do you guys think about this?

NEW YORK — A representative for Janet Jackson says the singer has been hospitalized after falling ill shortly before a concert.

According to statement released by W&W Public Relations, the singer canceled her concert in Montreal on Monday after she "got suddenly ill" during her sound check and had to be rushed to the hospital just before show time.

The statement says Jackson is being monitored at the hospital and hopes to reschedule the show. No further information was given about Jackson's condition.

A phone call placed to W&W after hours went unanswered, and a representative did not immediately return an e-mail seeking more information.

Jackson, 42, is on a North American tour.


Sep 28, 2008

The baddest band in the land. Four and twenty strong. My man Joe Bullard is still holding it down for the band. I hate I didn't make it to the game. I love my school.

Part 1

Part 2

Look I am a staunch believer in the separation of church and state. I don't want my pastor telling me who I should vote for. I believe that if a church endorses a candidate then they should lose their tax-exemption point blank to if's, and's, or but's.
These are some videos that take me back to high school in GA. Shout out to my god-sister, Kimberly McClary. Remember when we use to drive my mom's Galant or the Sebring with the top down on our way to Shackleford. Boy, I miss those days.

KP & Envyi - Shorty Swing My Way

(You may notice producer Polaw da Don in this video. Those familiar with Polaw may remember he was with a group called Jim Crow.)

Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo

Mrs. Smith looks fierce as she covers the latest issue of Jet Magazine.

Lord, where is Suze Orman when you need her. I still don't think the government has sufficiently explained to the American people why we need to bailout Wall Street. Small businesses don't get such a bailout. They are the last true instituitions of a capitialistic society. Small businesses are allowed to succeed and fail on their own accord, but heaven forbid if we let Wall Street fail. I'm just really pissed about this whole thing. Once again the government is looking out for the fatcats on Wall Street and not the little people on Main Street. So welfare is wrong for every day men and women, but it's absolutely okay for Corporate America. People are against Universal Healthcare because they call it socialism, but can someone please explain to me what you call this. If this isn't socialism then I don't know what is. Disgusting!!!! I can't believe I've found and issue that I actually agree with Republicans on.

Here are details from the new proposed bailout:

- The $700 billion would be disbursed in stages, with $250 billion made available immediately for the Treasury's use.

- Curbs will be placed on the compensation of executives at companies that sell mortgage assets to Treasury. Among them, the bill would limit golden parachutes to executives at companies that participate; they will not be able to deduct the salary they pay to executives above $500,000.

- An oversight board will be created. The board will include the Federal Reserve chairman, the Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, the Federal Home Finance Agency director and the Housing and Urban Development secretary.

- Treasury is allowed the option to take ownership stakes in participating companies under certain circumstances.

- Treasury may establish an insurance program - with risk-based premiums paid by the industry - to guarantee companies' troubled assets, including mortgage-backed securities, purchased before March 18, 2008.


This is hilarious and once again a spot on impersonation by Tina.

Watch other sketches from Saturday Night Live after the jump.

Sketch about the Presidential Debate:

Sketch about Bill Clinton and where he really stands on the election:

Sep 26, 2008

Have we forgotten God?
Marcus Girard

I don’t know anyone in this day and time in my life that is not going through a lot just to maintain their sanity. Times are hard in all of our lives but they are hard for a reason. When we are going through car troubles, immediate and extended family troubles, job crises and uncertainty, we wonder where God is when we need Him. The Creator is not absent. He hasn’t moved away from us, we’ve moved away from Him. When times are going real good many of us don’t have any real time for God. Many of us are just to busy to pray and ask God for His assistance on a daily basis. So He has to keep most of us in constant trouble just to get a sincere prayer out of us.

The entertainer Fantasia sang a song called, “Free Yourself”. The lyrics simply went, “If you don’t want me then don’t talk to me. Go ahead and free yourself. If you don’t want me then don’t talk to me. Go ahead with someone else.” On the surface she may sound bitter over some relationship. But we have to look a little deeper and ask ourselves, “Is God expressing to us the same sentiment in this song?” By now we all should have learned that God is a jealous God. He doesn’t like us to place anyone or anything before Him. When we do this we cause God to destroy that thing or that person right in front of our eyes just to show us that nothing deserves to be praised or worshipped but Him.

He wants it to be in the front of our minds and hearts that He is the one that blessed us with our College degrees. He gave us the health, and the strength and the knowledge and the patience to get through that process. He blessed us with a spouse and then a house and then maybe a car or two. Then He blessed us with children. God will bless us with money and then send a poor man or woman our way just to see what we will do and what our attitude towards the less fortunate than ourselves truly is. How’s your attitude towards people who don’t have what you have? Do you hate the poor too? The Bible says that the poor are hated by their own neighbors. Many of us don’t even associate with people who are not in our income bracket. The Bible also states that the love of money is the root of all evil and because we are so busy coveting over the material possessions that someone else has we have erred from the faith and pierced ourselves through with many sorrows. Have we allowed money to become our God?

In this hour where our faith is being tried, and many of us are suffering loss we should re-study and reexamine the book of Job. God had blessed Job with what seems like everything and then God allowed the devil according to the Book to take everything away from Job except his life. God already knew what kind of heart and mind Job had. Many times He allows us to be tried so that we can see what’s really in us. Job lost everything and was even stricken with sickness. But look at Job’s attitude about all the stuff and possessions that he had acquired. Job said, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” After successfully completing His trial, Job was given so much more than he originally had. We need the faith of Job in this hour of great and tremendous loss. As I conclude this post, I just wanted to share that God is always checking our attitudes and our overall gratitude towards Him for what He has given us. My teacher taught me that God will test our love for Him until it is pure and then He will test our love for Him again, after it is pure to make sure that it is still pure. Do you have a pure love for God in this hour? If He gave us all that we have, then He can take it away from us when and if He so pleases. And He can make all of our knowledge that we have acquired to be of non-effect to keep what He has given us. The question that is before us to consider is, “Have we forgotten God?” My teacher told me, “When the trials of life begin to disturb you, it is only God beckoning you to come closer to Him.” Are the trials of life beginning to disturb you?

Marcus Girard
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Essence is on a crusade to change the way women think about themselves.

This is for everyone who missed this very "provocative" interview. I will let you draw your own conclusions.

Sep 24, 2008

Dr. Maya Angelou (who was an ardent Hillary supporter) introduced Michelle Obama at a Women For Obama Rally in Greensboro, NC.

Watch Michelle' speech after the jump.

The Huffington Post is reporting:

Andrew Mullins, special assistant to University Chancellor Robert Khayat, told ABC News that the Ole Miss campus has been transformed to accommodate the candidates and the press. Road blocks are in place on campus and in the community and the debate television set for the candidates has already been constructed. He said the university has spent roughly five and half million dollars getting ready for the debate.

Mullins also noted that if the Commission on Presidential Debates asks the campus to hold the debate at a later date, he is not sure the university would be able to accommodate them.

"It's huge. You cannot just say that you're not going to do this thing," Mullins said. "I don't have any idea whether we do the debate" at a later date. "[We] probably wouldn't do it."
So, now we know the real reason why John McCain wants to suspend his campaign. Evidently he is trying to get the V.P. debate delayed.

CNN reports:
(CNN) — McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

Graham says the McCain camp is well aware of the position of the Obama campaign and the debate commission that the debate should go on as planned — but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout.

You ain't slick McSame. You are so transparent it's disgusting. The American people see you for what you really are. If you wanted to give Mrs. Palin some more time to prepare than that's all you had to say. All these theatrics is beginning to make my head hurt. This campaign season has turned into a really bad MTV reality show. I was watching Orrin Hatch on MSNBC and he said that this is a strong indication of how John McCain would lead if he became POTUS. Now, he meant it as a compliment, but I took it as something different. If this is the way John McCain plans to lead then enough said.

"Every American has a stake in solving this crisis ..."

"The clock is ticking but we have to get it right."

First, we need a bipartisan board overseeing accountability.

Second, Americans should be treated like investors.

Third, we will not bail out Wall Street without helping homeowners.

Finally, not one dime to reward the same Wall Street CEO's who got us in this mess. No welfare for Wall Street execs.

There are times for politics, and then there are times to rise above it.

This is no longer a Democratic or Republican problem. It is an American problem, requiring an American solution.

Question: Is McCain playing politics cancelling the debate?

Answer: This is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the people who will be dealing with this mess. ... It's more important than ever.

Lots of talk of bipartisanship ... no bankruptcy reform in this package, and Republicans should hold off on their issues in this package.

Question: You staying in Florida or going back to DC?

Answer: If I can be helpful, I'll go back. Talking to Paulson, Pelosi, Reid. As presidents, we'll need to deal with more than one thing at a time.

Question: Should both you and McCain be present for vote for the package?

Answer: (Basically) yes, it's important for the message.

Question: McCain has suspended his campaign ads ... will you?

Answer: My general view is that the American people need to know what we'll do to move the economy forward ... I plan to debate.

There are going to be a whole host of structural issues that will have to be dealt with by the next administration .... jobs, college tuition, ... Let's solve the immediate problem and then make sure we continue to present long-term solutions.

Now if this isn't the Punk Move of the Day then I don't know what is. This is the perfect time for them to have a debate. The American people need to know where the person who may assume control of this country stands. They need to have the debate on Friday and it should focus on the economy.


TALLAHASSEE -- State elections officials will resume enforcement of a controversial state law that requires Floridians to have their identification match up with a state or federal database in order to register to vote.

Secretary of State Kurt Browning sent notice to the state's 67 supervisors of elections on Friday that the 2006 law, which has been on hold for the last year pending court rulings, would take effect again Sept. 8.

The result is that voters whose identification doesn't match with state files on Election Day will be given a provisional ballot and two days to prove their identity for their ballot to count.

Voting rights activists, who had unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of the law, blasted the decision, saying it allows the state to rely on what they consider error-prone databases in the month before voter registration ends on Oct. 6.

``This 11th-hour decision is an ill-advised move to apply a policy the state has never enforced in its current form, at a time when registration activity is at its highest, said Alvaro Fernandez of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, a plaintiff in the case along with the NAACP and the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition.

Click here to read the entire article.

I'm sorry, but I'm still not sold. I still agree with Chris Rock.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will visit the Florida A&M University campus on Saturday.

The wives of the 2008 democratic presidential nominees will host a rally from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. between Lee Hall and Coleman Library in an event that will be open to the public. A representative from Obama for America said the event is an effort to ensure that young voters register to take part in the upcoming presidential election.

On Tuesday, Obama made another effort to register young people. FAMU journalism students were included in a conference call with other college media outlets to hear the prospective first lady speak about the importance of young voters in November's election.

Read the entire article here.

Looks like this thing between Ciara and Vibe is about to get ugly. I think I am going to side with Team Ciara on this one. I remember when Vibe did the same thing to Toni Braxton on her infamous cover. Let's see if Danyel unleashes those photos on Vibe's website.

Look, if the movie is anything like the trailer then I am definitely going to see this.
There's nothing like pitting minorities against minorities if you want accomplish something in this country. It is very amazing to me that this man can say that hispanics came here as conquerors and blacks came here as slaves. Now correct me if I am wrong, but there are plenty of hispanics that are black and whose ancestors were slaves. Every hispanic in this country is not a descendant of the Spanish Conquistadors. I swear people say some ignorant ish and then they expect us to just go along with it. I am, however, glad he said it because it just brings to the forefront how some people really feel.

Here's the article this mess came from courtesy of EURweb:

*A Republican Party leader in New Mexico has caused members of his own party to call for his resignation after suggesting in an interview that Hispanics will never vote for a black presidential candidate.

Fernando C. de Baca, the chairman of Bernalillo County Republicans, was quoted by BBC reporter Jon Kelly on Friday as saying that even though the polls show Barack Obama with a substantial lead over John McCain among Hispanic voters, "The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors. African-Americans came here as slaves. ... Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won't vote for a black president."

The Hispanic community is expressing anger over the remarks. Ralph Arellanes of the Hispanic Roundtable of New Mexico told CNN, "I'm insulted and I'm outraged." The chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, Allen Weh, told KOAT News in Albuquerque that "the comments were inappropriate, they were offensive to a lot of people" and stated that de Baca needs to step down for the good of the party.

The Obama campaign issued a statement by the speaker of the New Mexico House, Democrat Ben Lujan, saying, "I am outraged. ... It is an insult to the Hispanic community and to all of the voters of New Mexico."

C. de Baca told KKOB radio reporter and blogger Peter St. Cyr that Kelly took his comments “totally out of their historical context.”

“The point I was trying to make was that there is a generational difference between those folks who were born before the civil rights and those born in more recent periods,” C. de Baca told St. Cyr, adding, “In my humble opinion, the older set of Hispanics would probably not vote for a black for president, but that the younger ones would flock to vote for (Obama), conceivably.”

C. de Baca also told St. Cyr that his comments came in response to a question from Kelly, who he said asked him “to help him understand the history of New Mexico, vis-à-vis Hispanics, and how they interacted with the Native Americans and blacks, you know, African-Americans.”

Kelly denies C. de Baca's explanation, telling the New Mexico Independent: “He raised the subject, not me.”

I knew it was only a matter of time before someone tried to blame black and brown people for what is going on.

Before former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, got caught up in the little prostitution thingy, he had wrote a very cautionary and informing article about what was going on on Wall Street and how the Bush Administration was very much apart of the problem. Check out the article. Maybe had Eliot not gotten caught up following his little head, he could have helped us with this mess.

Check out the article here.

Sep 23, 2008

This was hilarious and I am glad he said it. Chris Rock needs his own show (again). I think Comedy Central needs to holler at him.
Washington, D.C (September 19th)- Radio One, Inc. ( along with the Hip Hop Caucus - Respect My Vote Campaign ( ) is planning to set a World Record by registering more than 50,000 eligible persons in one day during the “One Vote” National Registration Drive Tuesday, September 30th from 6:00am to 9:00pm.

Working with Radio One in 15 cities across the country that include Atlanta, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Richmond and Washington DC, the Hip Hop Caucus will attempt the first ever one-day 50,000 person voter registration drive through live call-ins, online and on-site registration, in anticipation of November’s presidential election.

““Radio One has been committed for more than 25 years to the community and nothing is more important than being able to exercise your right to vote. Voting is the most fundamental of all of our rights as American citizens,” explains Barry Macon, Corporate Director of Marketing.

52 Radio One Inc stations across 15 cities will each broadcast live from one central location allowing registrars to register eligible voters on site. This nationwide voter drive is a joint effort between Radio One, Inc and Respect My Vote creator, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, also co-creator of the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die" with Sean "P Diddy" Combs. The initiative looks to bring the large number of African Americans, ages 18-29, who did not attend college out to the polls to participate in this year’s presidential election.

“We are committed to building awareness to the “Respect My Vote” Campaign,” explains Hip Hop Caucus CEO, Rev. Yearwood. “Our partnership with Radio One will help push the importance of registering to vote in this year’s presidential election to the more than 8 million unregistered African-Americans eligible to vote nationwide.”

Radio One, Inc. ( is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 53 radio stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States. Additionally, Radio One owns Magazine One, Inc. (d/b/a Giant Magazine) (, interests in TV One, LLC (, a cable/satellite network programming primarily to African-Americans and Reach Media, Inc.

The Hip Hop Caucus (, a Washington, D.C. based bi-partisan community organization has created the “Respect My Vote Campaign” and is being endorsed by Hip Hop star T.I. The brainchild of Rev. Yearwood, co-creator of the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die" with Sean "P Diddy" Combs, The Respect My Vote campaign targets African Americans ages 18-29 who did not attend college. Statistics show only 7% of African Americans 18-29 who did not attend college, voted this past Super Tuesday and this is a target audience that is not being pursued by either campaign. Rev. Yearwood was also the Political and Grassroots Director for Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network, and a Senior Consultant to Jay Z's “Voice Your Choice” initiative. Through the use of the celebrity spokespeople and grassroots voter registration initiative, the Hip Hop Caucus looks to urge young African Americans to register and vote in November.

This article by USAToday gives me hope because it focuses on the positives rather than the negatives. I'm pretty sure everyone is aware that we still have racists in this country, but can we just take a second and savor this moment. The fact that Obama has gotten so far is a testament to this country and how far it has progressed. We still have a long way to go, but at least the people fighting this battle don't feel as though it's in vain. They can actually see progress being made and it has manifested itself in Sen. Obama.

My grandfather is 80 years old. He was run out of his hometown by the Klan when he was a young man. Had someone told him back then he would be able to vote for a person of color as the next president of the United States he would not have believed you, but look at us now. He proudly wears his Obama T-shirt every chance he gets. So you see, I'm supporting Sen. Obama for the sake of my family's further, but I'm also supporting him in respect to my family's past. YES WE CAN!!!

Read the entire article after the jump.

It's not all black and white.
Americans across racial and ethnic lines say Barack Obama's groundbreaking candidacy has both spotlighted the state of race relations in the United States and changed it.

A nationwide survey exploring the complicated crosscurrents of race and politics — co-sponsored by USA TODAY, ABC News and Columbia University — finds that the first nomination of an African American for president by a major party has prompted a surge in national pride and political engagement among blacks.

It also shows a clear consensus among whites, blacks and Hispanics about the top priorities for the next president, especially when it comes to the economy.

Fredrick Harris, director of the Center on African-American Politics and Society at Columbia, says the poll results may signal "the passing of a generation" as many blacks move toward "race-neutral" solutions to economic and other challenges.

He notes that African Americans split evenly when asked whether they saw themselves as blacks first or Americans first. "That's quite new for a group that's been marginalized in society and considered second-class citizens for much of its history," he says.

But the survey also makes clear that blacks and whites see the presidential campaign through different prisms.

Seven in 10 blacks expect Obama to win in November. Among the 13% who predict Republican John McCain will prevail, racism is the reason most often cited. The 50% of whites who expect McCain to win are most likely to cite the candidates' levels of experience as the reason. Only 5% of whites who say McCain will win call racism the key factor.

"Especially with the economy the way that it is, the fact that we're in two wars — I don't necessarily think that people will choose somebody who really doesn't have all that much experience," says Andrew Dufkin, 22, a student and painter from Coxsackie, N.Y., who is white. He was among those called in the survey.

However, Lee Rutledge, 65, a freelance writer from Riverside, Calif., who is black, says that racism "is always kind of lurking in the background," although the "Whites Only" signs he saw when stationed by the Army in Georgia in 1964 are a thing of the past.

Beyond politics, blacks and Hispanics are much more likely than whites to see racism as a persistent problem in their communities and to report it as part of their own lives. Six of 10 blacks and 4 of 10 Hispanics say they personally have experienced discrimination often or occasionally, compared with 14% of whites.

Blacks also are much more likely than whites to report serious problems in their neighborhoods with crime, poor schools and a lack of jobs. They put a higher priority on addressing poverty, inequalities in the criminal justice system and reparations for slavery than whites do.

Hispanics rank immigration as a more critical issue than non-Hispanics do.

Even so, the current angst over the economy bridges racial and ethnic divides. Blacks, whites and Hispanics agree that the economy and jobs should head the new president's agenda in January. The other concerns near the top of everyone's list: terrorism, health care and education.

By overwhelming margins, all three groups agree that the country is on the wrong track. One-third or a bit more of whites, blacks and Hispanics say they feel financially insecure.

"We are all searching for the same thing: a better life for ourselves and a better life for our children," says Debbie Seymore, 49, a Hispanic woman from Boca Raton, Fla., who works for a communications company. "I've been working for this company for 27 years now, and every day I wonder, 'Am I going to get laid off?' "

The economy and health care "matter to everybody," says Diana Butler, 56, a school bus attendant from Washington, D.C., who is black, "because everybody is in the same boat."

The 'black experience'

The telephone survey of 1,032 blacks, 543 non-Hispanic whites and 315 Hispanics, who can be of any race, was taken Sept. 11-14, just before last week's Wall Street maelstrom broke into public view. To encourage candid responses to sometimes sensitive questions, three-fourths of the respondents were surveyed by poll takers of their own race. Interviews with Latinos were conducted in English and Spanish.

The racial divide is sharp in the presidential election. Among registered voters:

• Blacks support Obama by 92%-4%.

• Hispanics support Obama by 57%-33%.

• Whites support McCain by 56%-36%.

That partisan divide isn't unusual; African Americans make up the Democrats' most loyal voter group. Four years ago, Democrat John Kerry received 88% of the black vote, according to surveys of voters as they left polling places. Republican George W. Bush received 58% of the white vote.

What's different this time is the high level of engagement by African Americans, which could signal an increase in turnout on Election Day. Blacks are following the presidential contest more closely than whites this year. They are 50% more likely to say they've contributed to a campaign and twice as likely to say they've worked for a candidate.

North Carolina, Alabama and other states also report a jump in voter registration by blacks.

That's true even though Obama usually hasn't chosen to emphasize his race, focusing instead on winning over white voters critical in the Democratic primaries earlier this year and in the general election Nov. 4. At the Democratic convention in Denver last month, the landmark nature of his candidacy was rarely mentioned from the podium.

Some older civil rights leaders, including Jesse Jackson, have complained that Obama has done too little to address issues of particular concern to blacks and that his remarks on the need for more personal responsibility by black fathers and others were an effort to curry white support.

Those complaints have gained little traction, the survey finds. Seven of 10 African Americans say Obama has been addressing issues of special concern to blacks. (Just one-third of whites say that.) By 4-1, blacks say Obama's calls for personal responsibility were made more to appeal to blacks than to whites.

Of those African Americans who say there is a distinctive "black experience" in America, nine of 10 say Obama is in touch with that experience.

Obama's nomination "shows the country is changing for the better a little bit as far as racism is concerned," says Paul Rhodes, 51, a Detroit resident who is black and was surveyed.

"I do think it is a big breakthrough," says Kelly Benchoff, 33, a stay-at-home mom from Tucson who is white. "It's also a great breakthrough that Sarah Palin is on the Republican ticket as well. It doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, black or white, or whatever race you are — it's the ideas you have for the country and who supports you on them."

'Black, white, purple, green'

Some of those surveyed say news reporters and commentators are making too big a deal of Obama's race.

"It doesn't matter if you're black, white, purple, green — just as long as you do the right thing when you get into office," says Natanya Hopkins, 31. A student from Columbus, Ga., who is black, she supports Obama.

"I think Obama was the right person at the time," says Brian Douglas, 31, an engineer from Jericho, Vt., who is white and supports McCain. "He was the best candidate that the Democrats had at the time, regardless of race."

Among whites, only 10% say they're concerned that Obama's election would give blacks too much influence over government policies, the same number who worry that blacks would have too little influence if that happens.

On the other hand, an AP-Yahoo News poll on racial attitudes released Saturday concluded that one-third of white Democrats and independents attributed negative characteristics such as laziness or violence to blacks, creating a serious electoral hurdle for Obama. The online survey used a technique called "affect misattribution," which involves showing a series of faces of people of different races quickly on a screen before displaying a neutral image to assess.

In the USA TODAY poll, whites by 56%-29% say that a "lack of initiative" is a bigger factor than racism in the difficulties blacks face. "You have a lot of people who want something for nothing," says Tom McKenna, 61, a retiree from Aurora, Ind., who is white.

Blacks by 44%-37% also chose a lack of initiative as the more significant factor.

Across racial lines, those surveyed see Obama's candidacy as a force for change:

• An overwhelming 79% of blacks, 71% of whites and 68% of Hispanics say his nomination represents not only an individual achievement but also progress for blacks in America generally.

• By wide margins, all three groups predict his candidacy will change the way black people think about themselves. Nearly all of those say the change will be for the better.

• A 51% majority of blacks say Obama's nomination makes them prouder to be an American; 47% say it doesn't affect their feelings about the country. In comparison, 36% of whites say his nomination makes them prouder; 61% say it doesn't affect their sense of pride.

Rhodes is particularly proud that Obama won the nomination in large part because of support in primaries and caucuses from white voters. "He won in some white states like Utah and Idaho, and you can't get much whiter than that," he says.

"It wouldn't be a good thing only for African-American people to see that if you work hard you can follow your dream and things can happen," says Dominique Flournoy, 22, a black customer-service representative from Phoenix. "Those who are just becoming Americans can see that you don't have to be a certain color to achieve certain goals in life."

A matter of race and income

Flournoy doesn't expect the nation's racial problems to vanish if Obama is elected.

"Just because we may have the first African-American president, it doesn't mean that all African Americans will be living better," she says. "We still as a group of people would have to work extra hard and work just as hard as the next person to succeed."

Racial divides persist on some issues. Among blacks, 76% support affirmative action programs based on race; 61% of whites oppose them. Still, solid majorities of blacks, whites and Hispanics support such programs for hiring, promotions and college admissions if they are based on income instead of race.

Some aspects of racial identity that fueled the civil rights movement in the 1960s seem to have eased. In the survey, most blacks and whites say blacks should "work within the system" rather than protest to get ahead. By nearly 3-1, blacks say they should concentrate on building economic power rather than gaining political power.

Blacks, whites and Hispanics say by wide margins that they have more in common with those in their economic and social class than with those of their race.

And the goal of racial equality?

Most Americans say equality for blacks has been achieved already or will be achieved in the foreseeable future, although the 75% of whites who take that view outnumber the 52% of blacks who hold it. Less optimistic: 20% of whites, 25% of Hispanics and 44% of blacks who say racial equality won't be achieved "in my lifetime" or beyond.

William Cook, 42, of Bonham, Texas, a counselor now working on a master's degree, is among the optimists. Obama's candidacy "speaks volumes for the progress that we've made as a nation," says Cook, who is black.

"Have they achieved full equality? Probably not, but I think they certainly will relatively soon," says Dufkin, who is white. "It's definitely a work in progress."


Sep 22, 2008

Alabama - Fri, Oct. 24

Alaska - Sat, Oct. 4

Arizona - Mon, Oct. 6

Arkansas - Mon, Oct. 6

California - Mon, Oct. 20

Colorado- Mon, Oct. 6

Connecticut Tues, Oct. 21

Delaware Sat, Oct. 11

District of Columbia Mon, Oct. 6

Florida Mon, Oct. 6

Georgia Mon, Oct. 6

Hawaii Mon, Oct. 6

Idaho Register at polls

Illinois Tues, Oct. 7

Indiana Mon, Oct. 6

Check out the dates for the rest of the states after the jump.

Iowa Fri, Oct. 24

Kansas Mon, Oct. 20

Kentucky Mon, Oct. 6

Louisiana Mon, Oct. 6

Maine Tue, Oct. 21

Maryland Tue, Oct. 14

Massachusetts Wed, Oct. 15

Michigan Mon, Oct. 6

Minnesota Election Day, in person, at polling place

Missouri Wed, Oct. 8

Montana Mon, Oct. 6

Nebraska Postmarked by Fri, Oct. 17 or in person by Fri, Oct. 24

Nevada Tue, Oct. 14

New Hampshire Same Day

New Jersey Tues, Oct. 14

New Mexico Tues, Oct. 7

New York Fri, Oct. 10

North Carolina Fri, Oct. 10
North Dakota Does not have voter registration

Ohio Mon, Oct. 6

Oklahoma Fri, Oct. 10

Oregon Tue, Oct. 14

Pennsylvania Mon, Oct. 6

Rhode Island Sat, Oct. 4

South Carolina Sat, Oct. 4

South Dakota Mon, Oct. 20

Tennessee Mon, Oct. 6

Texas Mon, Oct. 6

Utah Mon, Oct. 6 or in person Tue, Oct. 28

Vermont Wed, Oct. 29

Virginia Mon, Oct. 6

Washington Postmarked by Mon, Oct. 4 or on Mon, Oct. 20 in person

West Virginia Wed, Oct. 15

Wisconsin Postmarked by Wed, Oct. 15 or on Election Day at polling place

Wyoming Will not accept applications. You must go in person on Election Day

For more information, contact your local Board of Elections or Secretary of State.

Sep 21, 2008

This is only a clip of their performances (so don't get mad at me). Fantasia performed 'Lady Marmalade' and J. Hud performed 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' Both ladies were on hand to honor Ms. Labelle as part of the United Negro College Fund's Evening of Stars. I don't even have to watch the rest of the performance to know that Fantasia turned that thing out. She came out ready.

My heart ache for these women and their children. I know some of us are going to act appalled as though this has never happen to us, but we shouldn't stand in judgment. Colorism is something that has been plaguing the black community since slavery. Seeing women like this is nothing new.

I, for one, was afflicted with the ailment of colorism (not to the extent of these women and I never bleached my skin). I am a brown skin sista who has always been surrounded by black people, but it took me until the age of 22 (six years ago mind you) to actually see dark and brown-skinned women as beautiful [so obviously I didn't see my own beauty]. I had to make a concerted effort to de-program myself from the thinking "If you're light you're alright, if you're brown stick around, but if you're black get back." I had to stop watching BET and pick up a copy of Essence magazine (the black and white cover of Alek Wek was one of the most beautiful covers I had ever seen). This wasn't something that was consciously taught to me; it was more of a subconscious message that was propagated through the images that I saw on television and the cover of magazines.

So as much as we like to tout how far we have come as a race, we still have work to do. We as a people come in a kaleioiscope of beautiful colors and we have to learn to appreciate the beauty that each of us represent.

Sep 20, 2008

Singer extraordinaire, Natalie Cole, who recently revealed she has Hepatitis C, has been hospitalized. Cole is doing chemotherapy to battle the liver diease. That combine with her hectic promotional schedule for her new CD could be the reason her doctors had to admit her. I'm praying for you Ms. Cole.


These two are very lucky to be alive. I saw pictures of the wreckage and the fact that they made it out with their life id nothing short of a miracle. My prayers go out to the families of the deceased. I pray that Travis and DJ AM have a speedy and full recovery.

CNN is reporting that Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and singer-song artist Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein were in critical condition with extensive burns Saturday after a jet crash the night before that killed four people, authorities said.

Two of the four who died late Friday were passengers and two were crew members, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.

This is what Popeater has to say about the wreck:

CNN reported that a witness saw two men get dumped out of the plane on impact. They were on fire, the witness said, and stood on the road patting each other trying to put out the flames.

Barker's assistant, Chris "Little Chris" Baker, 29, of Studio City, Calif., died in the crash, according to

The pilot, Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., and co-pilot James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad, Calif., died, said Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman, ABC News reported. Two other victims have not yet been identified.

Barker and DJ AM, plus Perry Farrell and Gavin DeGraw, played a free concert in Columbia, S.C. Friday night. The plane took off after the show.

Farrell's manager, Peter Katsis, told that Farrell was not on the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the plane carrying six people was departing shortly before midnight Friday when air traffic controllers reporting seeing sparks. She says the plane went off the runway and crashed on a nearby road.

The plane didn't actually take off, but crashed through a fence and a road before coming to rest among trees, an airport official told CNN.

"We've never had anything like this," airport director Mike Flack told The State newspaper.

Sep 19, 2008

Can someone please explain to me why these negroes put up signs that say "The KKK Supports Obama"? I am just speechless. This is some of the most ignorant stuff I've seen in a while. Protest the man on some legitimate stuff not some made up stuff someone sent your ignorant ass in an email...SMDH!!! This is the second time some black folks protested Obama while he was in the state of Florida.

This is how Gus Garcia-Roberts, who was at the rally, described the entire event.

As reported in our live blog of today's Obama rally in Coral Gables there was a bewildering invasion about five minutes into Barry's speech.

About twenty black men suddenly stood up and started chanting "Barack go home," unveiling signs with such slogans as "Blacks Against Obama", "Jessie [sic] Jackson hates Obama for Federal Child Support Act", and our personal mind-melting favorite, "Obama is endorsed by KKK."

Wait, are we thinking of the same KKK? I was intrigued, so I followed the merry band of madmen as they were escorted outside by Secret Service and UM security guards.

I caught them mid-scuffle with a black Obama volunteer, Rick Morton, who screamed as he was separated from the fray, "Get out of here! You don't vote anyway!"

"We're witnessing history," said one woman watching the scene, which was probably a bit overblown.

But this was indeed a strange development. A recent poll has Obama beating McCain for black support by a whopping 91 percent. No, this isn't the first time Obama's been interrupted by black protesters. At a St. Petersburg speech in August, he was interrupted by screaming activists from the "Uhuru Movement" who unfurled a sign reading "What about the Black community, Obama?" before being escorted out. An explanatory essay written by one of the protesters shows that their act, while perhaps misguided, was at least ground in reason. Comparatively the Uhuru protesters were as sane as soccer moms. So who the hell are these guys?

I talked to their ringleader, a man who insisted his name is Michael the Black Man, and at one point arranged himself in front of a Fox news camera, with two docile, scantily-clad women flanking him. He held court in a train station parking lot across the street from campus. When a transit cop told him he had to leave, he moved to a sidewalk.

All the while, Michael screamed alot- and didn't make an awful lot of sense. "Obama's a man who completely disagrees with God," he yelled, "and he wants to put women in charge!"

The sound logic, it seems, that brings Michael to hating Obama: 35% of all abortions are of black males. And Obama is completely gung-ho on abortion. Well, we'll let Michael tell us just how gung-ho he is: "He believes in partial birth abortion where you stick a needle in a baby's head-- out of the womb-- and collapse it's head! It's completely wrong and insane!"

Yes. Insane, indeed.

This isn't the first time New Times has encountered Michael the Black Man.

In our 2002 story on the tempestuous and racially-charged history of the little village of El Portal, we ran into Michael, who at that time had commandeered an illegal but popular radio show and was lambasting the town's Democratic black mayor, Daisy Black, as a "devil" and encouraging that she be "set on fire".

It all stemmed, it seemed, from Michael's obsessive and Old Testament-fueled quest to convert blacks to Republicanism. He would refer to democrats as "Demon-crats" and "slave masters", and, yes, accuse them all of being in bed with the KKK.

Michael's gone by the names Maurice Woodside, Maurice Symonette, and Mikael Israel. And he was once the disciple of Yahweh Ben Yahweh, a cult leader who served eleven years for a murder conspiracy conviction. Michael himself was tried in the case, along with 11 other cult followers, but was one of seven acquitted.

Still can't get enough Michael the Black Man? Visit his website! Watch his TV show! And prepare to be seriously creeped out.

I leave you with this gem from Michael's busy afternoon of ranting: "McCain's the closest thing to God, so I'm going to go ahead an encourage my people to vote for that guy."


Sep 18, 2008

As part of the Obama campaigns Women for the Change We Need Week of Action, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton got together for a conversation with women on the issues that are most important to them.

Sep 17, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, it's official. I am in love with my Wii Fit. It's like the greatest thing every. I use it every day. I love every thing about it. I would definitely recommend this to everyone. If you have a chance to get one I definitely suggest you get it. I now understand why you can't find it in stock anywhere. I got mine right after Labor Day and I have been in love every since. It has Yoga poses, aerobics, strength exercises, and balance games. It's perfect for a fitness novice and an athletic guru. I can actually say I am getting my old cheerleader form back, but in all fairness I've been pretty petite all my life. I mainly got the Wii Fit because I wanted to tone up and stay healthy. I would however recommend talking with your doctor before you start any of these work-outs if you are new to exercising. It's always better to air on the side of caution.

Are you interesting in seeing what an Obama Tax Cut would like like for you and your family? Click this link to calculate your tax cut. Then come back to the site and share with us in the comment section what you tax cut was.

I will start by saying my tax cut was $1,601.92.
This piece by Tim Wise (who happens to be white) is actually quite enthralling. He isn't saying anything we haven't said amongst ourselves, but I think the fact that he is a white man saying it is what makes it more interesting to say the least.

This is Your Nation on White Privilege
By: Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their fuckin' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend five different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s--while if you're black and believe in reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school, requires it), you are a dangerous and mushy liberal who isn't fit to safeguard American institutions.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto is “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college and the fact that she lives close to Russia--you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because suddenly your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is when you can take nearly twenty-four hours to get to a hospital after beginning to leak amniotic fluid, and still be viewed as a great mom whose commitment to her children is unquestionable, and whose "next door neighbor" qualities make her ready to be VP, while if you're a black candidate for president and you let your children be interviewed for a few seconds on TV, you're irresponsibly exploiting them.

White privilege is being able to give a 36 minute speech in which you talk about lipstick and make fun of your opponent, while laying out no substantive policy positions on any issue at all, and still manage to be considered a legitimate candidate, while a black person who gives an hour speech the week before, in which he lays out specific policy proposals on several issues, is still criticized for being too vague about what he would do if elected.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to go to a prestigious prep school, then to Yale and then Harvard Business school, and yet, still be seen as just an average guy (George W. Bush) while being black, going to a prestigious prep school, then Occidental College, then Columbia, and then to Harvard Law, makes you "uppity," and a snob who probably looks down on regular folks.

White privilege is being able to graduate near the bottom of your college class (McCain), or graduate with a C average from Yale (W.) and that's OK, and you're cut out to be president, but if you're black and you graduate near the top of your class from Harvard Law, you can't be trusted to make good decisions in office.

White privilege is being able to dump your first wife after she's disfigured in a car crash so you can take up with a multi-millionaire beauty queen (who you go on to call the c-word in public) and still be thought of as a man of strong family values, while if you're black and married for nearly twenty years to the same woman, your family is viewed as un-American and your gestures of affection for each other are called "terrorist fist bumps."

White privilege is when you can develop a pain-killer addiction, having obtained your drug of choice illegally like Cindy McCain, go on to beat that addiction, and everyone praises you for being so strong, while being a black guy who smoked pot a few times in college and never became an addict means people will wonder if perhaps you still get high, and even ask whether or not you ever sold drugs.

White privilege is being able to sing a song about bombing Iran and still be viewed as a sober and rational statesman, with the maturity to be president, while being black and suggesting that the U.S. should speak with other nations, even when we have disagreements with them, makes you "dangerously naive and immature."

White privilege is being able to say that you hate "gooks" and "will always hate them," and yet, you aren't a racist because, ya know, you were a POW so you're entitled to your hatred, while being black and insisting that black anger about racism is understandable, given the history of your country, makes you a dangerous bigot.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism and an absent father is apparently among the "lesser adversities" faced by other politicians, as Sarah Palin explained in her convention speech.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because a lot of white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.


I'm not married, but Lord know if I was this is how I would want my husband to age. Blair Underwood is a beautiful specimen of a man. Desiree is one lucky woman...

Check out more pics of Blair after the jump.

Did anyone watch this? I had to post it because my sister, Tracie, called me and begged me to post it. So here it is. The man in his own words. Please tune in to the part where Toure asks him whether or not he likes teenage girls...SMDH!!!!

Toure: Do you like teenage girls?

R. Kelly: “When you say teenage, how old do you mean? I have some 19-year-old friends, but I don’t like anyone illegal if that’s what we are talking about, underage.”

Are you serious R. Kelly? This madness has to stop.
See, this is what happens when the internet is utilized correctly. We told you about this story last week. Apparently, word has spread to the Obama Campaign and they are taking action. These are the types of things we are going to have to do if we are going to ensure our voices are heard. We have to be diligent in our effort to make sure everyone who is able to vote will vote. We still have millions of eligible Black voters unregistered. These people include felons. We need to get the word out people. Our work is not done yet.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Michigan Republicans of a scheme to use mortgage foreclosure lists to challenge the voting eligibility of lower-income people who're likely to back Democrats in November.

Michigan Republicans denied the allegation. Chairman James Carabelli of the Macomb County Republican Party blamed the suit on a "reckless" report on the Michigan Messenger, a liberal-leaning Web site. Carabelli said that the report misquoted him and that he'd take legal action Wednesday to clear his name.

The federal suit, which Democratic lawyers acknowledged was based solely on unconfirmed news and Internet reports, also alleges that Ohio Republicans and the Republican National Committee have contemplated a similar "lose your home, lose your vote" tactic in that battleground state. William Todd , the chairman of the Ohio chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association , denied that allegation, calling the idea of using foreclosure lists "silly."

Michigan law permits political parties to appoint election-day poll watchers who can challenge voters' credentials, and Democratic lawyers contended that Republicans have served notice that they "are acquiring foreclosure lists and intend to use them."

Plaintiffs in the suit include three Macomb County residents who're in foreclosure or who've faced it.

Democratic lawyers argued that foreclosure proceedings can take more than a year and don't always force a homeowner to change residences. Nor is there a basis, they wrote, "for challenging the right to vote of all the renters who reside in an apartment building that has been foreclosed."

They said the tactic is intended "to discourage, intimidate and suppress the vote of individuals whom defendant Republicans believe are unlikely to vote for them."

Bill Nowling , the chief spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party , said of the alleged foreclosure scheme: "We're not going to do that, and we never talked about doing it." (Source)