May 31, 2011

Rap impresario, Lupe Fiasco, used his blog to pay homage to the late great revolutionary artist, Gil Scott Heron. Using Heron's "The Revolution Will not be Televised" as a model, he crafted a poem entitled, "The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized."

Check it out:

Idiot boxes of the world unite! To fight off the effects of intelligence, replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from Martin, let the baby's bathe in that glow and learn all manner of things they don't really need to know!

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Channel the content of some rambling nonsense deep into the annals of yo' subconscious, deprogram and depress chasing some televised success, be them, that, they and those be everything but in control,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Small claims Court drama, teenage baby mamas, Osama watching Osama, Celebrity Endorsed indoor saunas, the perfectly cooked piraña and other cannonfodder for you to ponder, all at the speed of imitations of life while the smoke of war gets inhaled thru the peace pipes, be still my beating heart and scare my brain from thinking thoughts as i sit intoxicated by the delights, sarcasm and 3 strikes thrown by my favorite pitcher in a sound surrounded, 3 dimensional, high death, full color mixture, wholly unsocializing and completely uncensored,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

By this one-eyed monster most of the world was raised, and by this hero most of the world was saved, and to this master most of the world is slaves, it factors your fears with actors and cheers from a live studio audience pushing you to engage in a heroic act of thoughtlessness for the grand prize of a little bread, fleeting fame in the circus and every thought in yo head,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

"Ain't no changing me" said my flat screen TV, No More Che's to the rescue, or Black Panthers to correct you, just coaxial cables and satellite signals to connect you to a world that doesn't really look like it does on TV, where everything is much shorter, fatter, uglier and in disorder, where u have to do it now because there are no digital recorders where if the present gets boring you can just fast forward,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

So there will be no revolution, or paradoxically ironic televised public execution of the entire worldwide televising institution, there wont even be a celebritized, televised trial of old baby blue, cuz you see my dear friends the television will not be revolutionized but what about the revolution that should taking place inside......................of you?


Via AJC:

The Rev. Bernice King will announce on a radio show Tuesday that she is stepping down as an elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an action apparently unrelated to Bishop Eddie Long's recent settlement of four sexual misconduct lawsuits.

King intends to disclose her plans to radio host Rhodell Lewis on Praise 102.5, and on between 4 and 5:30 p.m., according to an Effective Media Group news release.

King is leaving with the blessing of Long, pastor of the Lithonia Megachurch, and had been planning this move for a couple of years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

So you really expect us to believe Bernice King's leaving of New Birth has absolutely nothing to do with the scandal that has been clouding the New Birth cathedral? Child please! Y'all ain't fooling anybody. Bernice is trying to leave while the getting is good.
LaShawna Threatt (left) and Ciera Williams were "play fighting" before falling through a window. Threatt was killed, Williams is in critical condition.

Via AJC:

The boyfriend of LaShawna Threatt said he grabbed on to the back of her hair as she was falling out of the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel.

Then he ran to the elevator to get outside and help Threatt, an aspiring model celebrating her 30th birthday that day.

“Thank God it wasn’t daytime; I would have jumped out, no question,” Ray Hamilton told the AJC. “I couldn’t see anything out that window, though, it was pitch black.”

Threatt and a friend, Cierra Williams fell from the 10th floor of the W around 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said the two fell onto a slanted sunroof adjoining the hotel. Threatt stayed on the sunroof but Williams rolled off and onto the ground.

Williams remained in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital Monday.

Hamilton said he and six others had barely been in the hotel room for 10 minutes when the incident happened. They were returning to the room after dinner and then spending time on the hotel's rooftop.

“Everybody had just walked in and kicked off their shoes,” he said.

“There was no unruly activity, there was no one drunk, there was no party in the room,” he said.

Hamilton and another friend were standing next to Threatt and Williams, who were near the window, horseplaying, tickling each other and hugging, Hamilton said.

“LaShawna, she’s just a very affectionate person,” Hamiltion said.

Williams’ back was to the window, and Threatt was standing in front of her, Hamilton said.

“They leaned back a little bit, and they just went out,” he said.

Another friend in the room tried to grab Threatt’s arm.

Hamilton cut his hand on the glass while trying to hang on to his girlfriend to stop her from falling. Bleeding, he ran to the elevator and then outside.

“I come out of the door, see someone on the floor, and I just drop to the ground … I crawled over to her, covered her and said, ‘Hey, baby, stay with me, it’s going to be OK,” said Hamilton before he realized that the woman on the ground was Williams.

He stood up to look for Threatt but by that time Atlanta police officers had arrived.

“It’s been a nightmare for me,” Hamilton said. “How do two girls who weigh maybe 120 pounds a piece, standing at the window, build up enough force to not only break it but go out immediately?”

Queen Latifah's new series, "Single Ladies", premiered on VH1 last night. The show stars Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea, and Lauren London.

Catch "Single Ladies" on VH1 on Mondays at 9PM EST.

I was watching the comments on the show on Twitter and what I've been able to gather from my "scientific experiment" (hey, if Psychology Today can put out some nonsense and call it scientific data than so can I) is that you all are not too happy with the direction of the show. Personally, it reminded me of 'Sex and the City' and I loved 'SATC. So I would love to hear what you think.

May 29, 2011

In the words of Timbaland and OneRupblic, "It's too late to apologize..."

Earlier this month, the popular magazine Psychology Today published an article by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?". Of course this article was met with outrage all over the internet and the world.

Psychology Today, after trying to reword the title of the article, eventually removed it but never once did they offer an apology for publishing the foolishness in the first place until now.

Editor-in-Chief, Kaja Perina, decided that now was the best time to issue an apology. I say it's a little too late for that now. Apology not accepted. The article should never have been allowed on their website in the first place.

Here is the apology that was issued this past Friday by Psychology Today Editor-in-Chief, Kaja Perina.

Last week, a blog post about race and appearance by Satoshi Kanazawa was published--and promptly removed--from this site. We deeply apologize for the pain and offense that this post caused. Psychology Today's mission is to inform the public, not to provide a platform for inflammatory and offensive material. Psychology Today does not tolerate racism or prejudice of any sort. The post was not approved by Psychology Today, but we take full responsibility for its publication on our site. We have taken measures to ensure that such an incident does not occur again. Again, we are deeply sorry for the hurt that this post caused.

~Kaja Perina, Editor in Chief

May 28, 2011

NEW YORK – Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug addiction, has died at age 62.

A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died Friday afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a trip to Europe.

"We're all sort of shattered," she said.

Scott-Heron was known for work that reflected the fury of black America in the post-civil rights era and also spoke to the social and political disparities in the country. His songs often had incendiary titles — "Home is Where the Hatred Is" or "Whitey on the Moon" — and through spoken word and song he tapped the frustration of the masses.

Yet much of his life also was defined by his battle with crack cocaine, which led to time in jail. In a 2008 interview with New York magazine, he said he had been living with HIV for years, but he still continued to perform and put out music; his last album, which came out this year, was a collaboration with artist Jamie xx, "We're Still Here," a reworking of Scott-Heron's acclaimed "I'm New Here," which was released in 2010.

He also was still smoking crack, as detailed in a New Yorker article last year.

"Ten to fifteen minutes of this, I don't have pain," he said. "I could have had an operation a few years ago, but there was an 8 percent chance of paralysis. I tried the painkillers, but after a couple of weeks I felt like a piece of furniture.
It makes you feel like you don't want to do anything. This I can quit anytime I'm ready."

Scott-Heron's influence on rap was such that he sometimes was referred to as the Godfather of Rap, a title he rejected.

"If there was any individual initiative that I was responsible for it might have been that there was music in certain poems of mine, with complete progression and repeating `hooks,' which made them more like songs than just recitations with percussion," he wrote in the introduction to his 1990 collection of poems, "Now and Then."

He referred to his signature mix of percussion, politics and performed poetry as bluesology or Third World music. But then he said it was simply "black music or black American music."

"Because black Americans are now a tremendously diverse essence of all the places we've come from and the music and rhythms we brought with us," he wrote.

Nevertheless, his influence on generations of rappers has been demonstrated through sampling of his recordings by artists, including Kanye West, who closes out the last track of his latest album with a long excerpt of Scott-Heron's "Who Will Survive in America."

Politically outspoken rapper Michael Franti said in a statement Saturday that Scott-Heron's talent was his ability to "make us think about the world in a different way, laugh hysterically about the ironies of American culture, anger at the hypocrisy of our political system, all to a beat that kept us on the dance floor, with a voice and flow that kept you waiting with anticipation for the next phrase."

Scott-Heron recorded the song that would make him famous, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which critiqued mass media, for the album "125th and Lenox" in Harlem in the 1970s. He followed up that recording with more than a dozen albums, initially collaborating with musician Brian Jackson.

Throughout his musical career, he took on political issues of his time, including apartheid in South Africa and nuclear arms. He had been shaped by the politics of the 1960s and black literature, especially the Harlem Renaissance.
Scott-Heron was born in Chicago on April 1, 1949. He was raised in Jackson, Tenn., and in New York before attending college at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

Before turning to music, he was a novelist, at age 19, with the publication of "The Vulture," a murder mystery.

He also was the author of "The Nigger Factory," a social satire.

May 27, 2011

First, let me not pretend that this blog hasn't been very critical of Essence. I don't think a month goes by where we don't have something to say about the decline of this once great instituition in the black community. Well, it looks like we're not the only ones who's been critical of Essence Magazine. Raynard Jackson took to the the website, ThyBlackMan, to write a pretty scathing article against the publication. I must agree I agree with a lot of the things he's sayin.

Essence Magazine used to be the preeminent magazine for Black women in the U.S. They, like many Black publications, have lost their relevance; and in the process become an embarrassment to the very group they claim to target.

Essence was founded in 1968 by Ed Lewis, Clarence Smith, Cecil Hollingworth, Jonathan Blount, and Denise Clark. Their initial circulation began at around 50,000 per month and now is estimated to be over 1 million per month. It is a monthly publication focusing on Black women between the ages of 18 and 49. Essence was bought out by Time Inc. in 2005, thus no longer being a Black owned publication (similar to B.E.T.).

The impetus behind the founding of Essence was to show a side of Black women that was never portrayed in the mainstream media. Images of Black women were controlled by white media outlets that had little to no knowledge of the Black community. Most of these images were very stereotypical and lacking substance.

There were unique issues relevant to Black women that other publications were totally ignorant of. Black women could not wear the same makeup that white women could—there are differences in skin type. Black women have unique issues when it comes to styling their hair—there were no mainstream publications that dealt with these differences.

So, initially, Essence met a very real need and provided a venue for Black women to share common experiences with each other (remember, this was pre-internet days when you didn’t have all the instant communication we have today).

Essence portrayed Black women in the most positive of lights. They made Black women feel proud to be Black and female! That was then, this is now.

Now, Essence is just another Hollywood rag (focused on Black women), sprinkled with a few substantive, positive stories; but, that is no longer their focus!

I looked at the cover picture for the past year and each cover featured an entertainer. Isn’t this the same stereotyping that we have accused white media of—showing Blacks as only entertainers? There is nothing wrong with having entertainers on the cover, but is that all there is to offer Black women?

I can guarantee that most Black women have never heard of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, Alicia Jillian Hardy, or Katie Washington.


Dark Girls: Preview from Bradinn French on Vimeo.

Colorism is definitely something that is still plaguing the black community. Acclaimed actor/director Bill Duke tackles this controversial topic in his new dcoumentary "Dark Skin". Maybe if we are honest with ourselves we can start to have an honest dialogue about how the remnants of slavery, colonialism, and white supremacy still affects our community especially when it comes to how we view our women.

Via Vimeo:

Clips from the upcoming documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

This film will be released in Fall/Winter 2011. Please "Like" the Dark Girls page on Facebook, we will keep you updated with news there.

Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media
and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment
Co-Produced by Bradinn French
Line Produced by Cheryl L. Bedford
Edited by Bradinn French

Jay-Z posted to his website, Life+Times, this video of his megastar wife, Beyonce, rehearsing before her performance of her new single, 1+1, on American Idol.

Here is what he wrote:

Sometimes you need perspective. You’ve been right in front of greatness so often that you need to step back and see it again for the first time. This is the dressing room rehearsal for American Idol. NO MICROPHONE. No effects. – Andy WarHOV.

On a Side note:

Her background singers are tearing it up!

May 26, 2011

NEW YORK — Preliminary figures show Wednesday's finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" scored its highest audience in 17 years.

It was the highest number since February 1994. That's when an "Oprah" episode called "People Shed Their Disguises" got a 13.4 rating.

Metered market ratings measure roughly half the nation and can't be translated into audience figures. A viewer count for the "Oprah" finale won't be available from Nielsen for two weeks.

The metered market rating for Monday's surprise farewell episode of "Oprah" logged a 10.2. Nielsen said Tuesday's episode got a 10.7.

Via AJC:

An attorney involved in the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long said the "matters have been resolved."

Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy, said she anticipates " the lawsuits will be dismissed, with prejudice, by close of business tomorrow."

B.J. Bernstein, who represents the four men who sued Long, New Birth and LongFellows, also confirmed the lawsuits had been settled.

Neither side would comment further and settlement terms were unknown.

According to Bernstein's office, neither she nor the plaintiffs -- Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg and Spencer LeGrande -- would be available for an interview "on this matter, now or in the future. "

May 25, 2011

Beyonce took time to acknowledge that Italian artist Lorella Cuccarini was indeed an inspiration for her Billboard performance. Her is what she told AOL Music:

"My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much," Beyonce tells AOL Music, exclusively. "I then met with the talented people who worked on it. The technology and concept were so genius. Thank god for YouTube or I would have never been exposed to something so inspiring. I never worked so hard on anything in my life as that performance for the Billboard Awards." source

There you have it people.

Via Chicago Tribune:

CHICAGO— In the end, it was just Oprah.

For the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped Tuesday, the talk show queen appeared alone on her Chicago stage, talking to viewers about what they've meant to her during the show's 25-year run. The finale will air on Wednesday.

Fans leaving Tuesday's taping said Winfrey had tears in her eyes as the television icon said a final thank you.

"She said, `This isn't goodbye. This is until we meet again," said Amy Korin, 32, of Chicago, who was in the audience.

Winfrey then kissed and hugged her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and made her way through the halls of Harpo Studios, saying goodbye to her staff, audience members said. She kept saying, "We did it! We did it!," Korin said, and giving employees high-fives.

There was a single chair on the stage, but Winfrey stood most of the time, audience members said.

"A lot of crying and hugs, crying and hugs," Korin said.

Audience members described a simply produced series finale filled with a sense of gratitude.

"It was just her the whole time, a recap of what she believed in, what we've given her as viewers and what she hopes she has given us," said Nancy Evankoe, 60, Hoffman Estates, who went to the taping with her daughter.

Winfrey announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular talk show after 25 years. Tuesday's taping comes a week after Hollywood's A-list and 13,000 fans bid Winfrey farewell during a double-episode extravaganza at Chicago's United Center. The shows that aired Monday and Tuesday included Aretha Franklin, Tom Cruise, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jordan and Madonna, among other stars of television, music and movies.

The bare-bones final taping had its share of celebrities in the audience including Tyler Perry, Maria Shriver, Suze Orman and Cicely Tyson, but none of them joined Winfrey on stage. There were 404 audience members, according to Harpo Productions.

Hundreds of giddy fans struck by their luck at getting tickets for the final show had gathered outside Winfrey's television studio in Chicago Tuesday morning.

Sarah Cranley, 32, of Chicago waited in line with her mother, who traveled in from Pittsburgh for the taping. Cranley said she felt very lucky to snag tickets to the last show and the prospect of seeing Winfrey live didn't yet feel real.

"You think about how many billions of people around the world watch her and want to be here," Cranley said. "What are the odds?"

Cranley's mother, Sally Mowrey, 59, said Winfrey was a constant in her life when her husband's job transfers had her family move 17 times.

"That was something I could count one, watching Oprah," Mowrey said. "That was one thing that didn't change."

Fans said they went through the normal ticketing process for the final taping by submitting their names online. Some said they wrote letters explaining why they were Winfrey fans.

Winfrey's best friend Gayle King mixed with the waiting fans and interviewed several with a camera phone. For her, the show's end is bittersweet.

"I have such mixed feelings about it," King told fans.

NEW YORK (AFP) – The US Democratic Party has dealt a blow to Republicans' divisive budget-cutting plans by scoring an upset victory in a tight congressional race seen as a bellwether for the 2012 national vote.

Democratic challenger Kathy Hochul appeared to have defeated Republican Jane Corwin for the seat in New York's 26th Congressional District vacated by Chris Lee, a Republican who resigned in a scandal over marital infidelity.

With most ballots counted, Hochul maintained a slim but consistent lead over Corwin, with both the local ABC television affiliate and The New York Times reporting late Tuesday that Hochul had won.

What would have otherwise been a purely New York battle for a Republican "safe" seat became a closely watched litmus test when controversial Republican proposals for reform of the Medicare health program took center stage.

Corwin, a New York state legislator, backed the Republican proposal, which aims to reduce massive spending on the program for elderly people as part of a plan to cut the country's out-of-control budget deficit.

The Medicare proposal was seen as risky by strategists who have long treated the program as politically untouchable.

But Republicans, who paint President Barack Obama's Democrats as feeding the deficit, turned the idea into a central plank of next year's campaign for the White House and Congress.

The fact that Hochul campaigned against the Republican proposal -- and won -- appears to have handed the Democrats a blueprint for much wider clashes.

"It's symbolic. If the Democrat wins in a Republican district that would signify to the Republican Party that some of their positions, especially on social security, Medicare and Medicaid probably should be rethought," New York University politics professor Steven Brams said.

"Now Republicans are suffering the consequences. We do need to discuss long-term solutions (to the budget deficit)," he said. "But it's perhaps not advantageous to the Republicans."

The district, a staunchly conservative swath of western New York state that includes parts of the cities of Buffalo and Rochester, was one of just four in the state where Republican John McCain beat Obama in the 2008 White House race.

That made the Democratic upset all the more dramatic.

"It is an important national bellwether," Don Levy, the director of the Siena Research Institute, said of the race.

"If the Democrats win, then they can say that in a traditionally Republican district, concerns over Medicare tipped the scales for the Democratic candidate," he said.

The elderly are the most stalwart bloc of US voters, with a weight at the polls disproportionate their numbers, and elderly voters are fiercely protective of entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.

The race has unnerved some Republicans in Washington, who fear it augurs a difficult campaign season ahead of the November 2012 elections. Voters will choose a president and one-third of the US Senate at the same time.
It looks like the swagger jackin' accusations have found there way to Beyonce's doorstep again. This time the 'Who Run the World (Girls)' singer is accused of copying Italian singer, dancer, actress, and television host Lorella Cuccarini when it comes to her 2011 Billboard performance.

In my opinion, Beyonce still rocked that performance regardless of who she got the idea from. This isn't the first time Bey has been accused of sampling someone else's idea. I'm sure it won't be the last.

Below is a comparison video of the two performances:

In February 2010, Lorella took the stage at the 60th Sanremo Music Festival in Italy and delivered a show before a white screen and digital accompaniments that has drawn undeniable comparisons to Beyoncé's Billboard Music Awards performance.
As Lorella danced, the backdrop was filled with computerized birds, a bouncing ball, a red staff, a set of wings, a series of drums, and an army of choreographed clones, all of which also appeared in Beyoncé's set.

Kenzo Digital, who spent a month creating Beyoncé's interactive video, said Lorealla concert footage is only part of the inspiration for Beyoncé's show. "[The Cuccarini artists] are awesome and do incredible work as well, but there are a lot of different inspirations for where our piece came from," he told our Amplifier blog.
While it is clear that Beyoncé used the same visual concept as Lorella, Kenzo makes a valid point: both performances contain numerous unique qualities.
Lorella's four-minute routine was a tribute of sorts to American pop music that included pieces of Gwen Stefani's "Holla Back Girl," Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," and Peggy Lee's "Fever."



Do Brits think Barack Obama is a bit of a "smart alec"?

The label certainly appears to fit in the minds of British police. Scotland Yard, the UK's police force, has given Obama the security codename 'Chalaque' for his visit this week to the United Kingdom, the UK Daily Mail reports. The term is reportedly a Punjabi word meaning someone who is too clever for his own good, according to the newspaper.

A Punjabi speaker told the newspaper that the word is 'not considered rude', but could be 'mildly offensive'. "It is also said to mean 'cheeky, crafty and cunning'," the paper notes.

Scotland Yard insiders told the Sunday Times that codewords are randomly generated by computer, "but the paper wondered why officials decided to stick with them, when they could have simply had another word selected that would be less provocative," the paper notes.

As in Britain, security code names are used in America by U.S. Secret Service to identify high-profile individuals under their protection.


Well, today is May 25th and for a lot of us it is the day we have all been dreading.  Today is the day in which the Oprah Winfrey Show will be airing it's finale episode.  I realize that Ms. Winfrey is not going anywherre, but I'm still a little heartbroken at the lost of a show that was very much a staple in my life.  I've been racking my mind trying to think of my favorite 'Oprah' moments.  I think more than anything I have enjoyed the lessons she's taught and the blueprint she's created. 
Here are some of my favorite 'Oprah' memories:
- 'God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can ever dream for yourself'  This is one of my all-time favorite Oprah quotes because it is so true and it's something I've model my life after.  God can dream a bigger dream for you and I am a living testment of this.
- 'If someone tells you who they are, believe them.'  I can remember hearing Dr. Maya Angelou saying these words just as clear as day.
- The Brown eye/Blue eye exercise in prejudice -  Such a powerful show that forced people who are normally not discriminated against to see what it feels like to be on the other side.  This was a brilliant show.
The Michael Jackson interview
- President Obama and Michelle Obama
- Iylana Vanzant
- 'You get a car, you get a car...'
- 'Wildest Dreams...' This had to be my favorite season of the show.
- Mattie Stepanek - A little angel.
- Dr. Robin Smith
- The Book Club
- The Angel Network - She taught me the power of one person when it came to making a difference through philanthrophy and charity.
- Dr. Laura Bermann
- Her adventures with Gayle.
- The dying mother who left the videos for her daughter.
- The 'Color Purple' reunion
- Her 50th birthday party when she came out to 50 Cent
I could probably go on and on about my favorite memories from the show but I would love to hear about yours.

May 24, 2011


The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in downtown Macon is scheduled to close June 12.

The hall of fame's authority voted 4-3 Tuesday to shutter the museum next month.



This is definitely a sad day for music lovers.  Some of the greatest artists of all time have memorbilia in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.  These artists include James Brown, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, and Little Richard.

former U.S. congresswoman slammed U.S. policy on Libyan state TV late Saturday and stressed the "last thing we need to do is spend money on death, destruction and war."

The station is fiercely loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and her interview was spliced with what appeared to be rallies in support of the embattled Libyan leader.

"I think that it's very important that people understand what is happening here. And it's important that people all over the world see the truth. And that is why I am here ... to understand the truth," former Rep. Cynthia McKinney said during a live interview.

She said she was invited to Libya by the "nongovernmental organization for fact-finding," adding that she intends to bring more people to the country soon so that "they too can understand."

NATO warplanes have been pounding military targets since March after the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to protect civilians by any means necessary as Gadhafi's forces try to quash a nearly three-month revolt against the leader's roughly 42 years of rule.

Gadhafi's government has repeatedly urged the international community to send fact-finding teams to Libya to report what's happening on the ground.

At one point during the interview, state TV cut to what it said were live airstrikes, hitting Gadhafi's compound.

"Is that a bomb?" McKinney asked.

"I want to say categorically and very clearly that these policies of war ... are not what the people of the United States stand for and it's not what African-Americans stand for," she told state TV.

The former Georgia representative also slammed the economic policies of U.S. President Barack Obama and said the government of the United States no longer represents the interests of the American people.

"Under the economic policies of the Obama administration, those who have the least are losing the most. And those who have the most are getting even more," she said. "The situation in the United States is becoming more dire for average ordinary Americans and the last thing we need to do is to spend money on death, destruction and war."

Separately, McKinney appeared on state-run Press TV this week in Iran. She was reported to be in Tehran attending the International Conference on Global Alliance Against Terrorism for a Just Peace.



PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Urban music fans woke up Monday morning to the sound of an old friend.

A new WAMO has returned to the airwaves in Pittsburgh on 100.1 FM.

Two years ago, WAMO 106.7 was sold, ending a decades long tradition of hip-hop, R&B, gospel and jazz. The new WAMO is continuing the hip-hop tradition.

Tim Martz with Martz Communications purchased station WPYT AM and FM in Wilkinsburg and saw the need to fill the void for urban music. He decided to resurrect the once dormant WAMO call letters.


PHILADELPHIA — The choice of undergraduate major in college is strongly tied to a student's future earnings, with the highest-paying majors providing salaries of about 300 percent more than the lowest-paying, according to a study released Tuesday.

Based on first-of-its-kind Census data, the report by Georgetown University in Washington also found that majors are highly segregated by race and gender.

College graduates overall make 84 percent more over a lifetime than those with only high school diplomas, the study said. But further analysis of 171 majors shows that various undergraduate majors can lead to significantly different median wages.

Petroleum engineering majors make about $120,000 a year, compared with $29,000 annually for counseling psychology majors, researchers found. Math and computer science majors earn $98,000 in salary while early childhood education majors get paid about $36,000.

"It's important that you go to college and get a (bachelor's degree), but it's almost three to four times more important what you take," said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce. "The majors that are most popular are not the ones that make the most money."

"What's it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors" analyzes data from the 2009 American Community Survey, whose results were released last year. It's the first time the Census asked individuals about their undergraduate majors, enabling researchers to tie in salary data, Carnevale said.

The study found that white men are concentrated in the highest-earning majors, including engineering and pharmaceutical sciences, while women gravitate toward the lowest-earning majors like education, art and social work.

The report also categorized the 171 majors into 15 fields, discovering different majors led to different industries. About 43 percent of law and public policy majors end up in public administration, but only 13 percent of social science majors do. A higher portion of social science majors end up in finance, researchers found.

Other findings:

— The most popular major group is business, accounting for 25 percent of all students. The least popular are industrial arts and agriculture, with 1.6 percent each.

— White men have higher median earnings across all fields except three. Asians pull down the top median salaries in law and public policy ($55,000), psychology and social work ($48,000), and biology and life science ($53,000).

— The field with the highest concentrations of whites is agriculture and natural resources (90 percent), while the highest concentration of Asians is in computers and mathematics (16 percent). Law and public policy has the highest concentration of African-Americans (14 percent) and Hispanics (10 percent).

— Fields with virtually no unemployment: geological and geophysical engineering, military technologies, pharmacology and school student counseling.

— Fields with the highest unemployment, ranging from 16 percent to 11 percent: social psychology, nuclear engineering, and educational administration and supervision.

The Bethlehem, Pa.-based group reports that engineering majors account for seven of the top 10 highest-paying majors for the class of 2011. The other three are computer science, information science and business systems networking/telecommunications.

Chemical engineering heads the list with an average salary offer of nearly $67,000, according the group's spring survey.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As crestfallen followers of a California preacher who foresaw the world's end strained to find meaning in their lives, Harold Camping revised his apocalyptic prophecy Monday, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.

Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before global cataclysm struck the planet, said he felt so terrible when his doomsday message did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife. His independent ministry, Family Radio International, spent millions — some of it from donations made by followers — on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

Follower Jeff Hopkins also spent a good deal of his own retirement savings on gas money to power his car so people would see its ominous lighted sign showcasing Camping's May 21 warning. As the appointed day drew nearer, Hopkins started making the 100-mile round trip from Long Island to New York City twice a day, spending at least $15 on gas each trip.

"I've been mocked and scoffed and cursed at and I've been through a lot with this lighted sign on top of my car," said Hopkins, 52, a former television producer who lives in Great River, NY. "I was doing what I've been instructed to do through the Bible, but now I've been stymied. It's like getting slapped in the face."

Camping, who made a special appearance before the press at the Oakland headquarters of the media empire Monday evening, apologized for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."

Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, it dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a "spiritual" Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ's judgment, he said.

The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.

"We've always said May 21 was the day, but we didn't understand altogether the spiritual meaning," he said. "The fact is there is only one kind of people who will ascend into heaven ... if God has saved them they're going to be caught up."

It's not the first time the 89-year-old retired civil engineer has been dismissed by the Christian mainstream and has been forced to explain when his prediction didn't come to pass. Camping also prophesied the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of a mathematical error.

Monday, rather than give his normal daily broadcast, Camping took questions as a part of his show, "Open Forum," which transmits his biblical interpretations via the group's radio stations, TV channels, satellite broadcasts and website.

Camping's hands shook slightly as he pinned his microphone to his lapel, and as he clutched a worn Bible he spoke in a quivery monotone about some listeners' earthly concerns after giving away possessions in expectation of the Rapture.

Family Radio would never tell anyone what they should do with their belongings, and those who had fewer would cope, Camping said.

"We're not in the business of financial advice," he said. "We're in the business of telling people there's someone who you can maybe talk to, maybe pray to, and that's God."

But he also said that he wouldn't give away all his possessions ahead of Oct 21.

"I still have to live in a house, I still have to drive a car," he said. "What would be the value of that? If it is Judgment Day why would I give it away?"

Wonya Lucas has been named President and CEO of TV One, effective Monday, August 8. The cable industry programming veteran succeeds Johnathan Rodgers, who has announced his retirement as of July 31.

Most recently, Lucas was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel, where she was responsible for strategy and operations for the networks as well as oversight of the networks' research and marketing departments.  She joined Discovery Communications in 2008 as the Chief Marketing Officer.

Prior to joining Discovery, Lucas served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Weather Channel Networks, where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing for The Weather Channel and, and operations and programming for The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel HD, Weatherscan, The Weather Channel Radio Network, and newspaper syndication.

"Wonya Lucas is the perfect choice to help us build on the terrific success we have achieved at TV One over the past seven years," said TV One Chairman and Radio One President and CEO Alfred Liggins. "Her successful career as a top-level, mainstream cable programming executive will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow the network and the company. Her expertise in marketing some of the best brands in television will also be a tremendous plus as we continue to define and strengthen TV One's brand in a constantly evolving media marketplace."    

"It's an incredible opportunity to lead TV One, which in just a few years has become such a success story," said Lucas. "I am also personally passionate about TV One's mission to provide high quality entertainment and information to the African American audience that authentically reflects our lives, history and culture.

"Through the leadership of Johnathan Rodgers, TV One is well positioned for the future and has tremendous growth potential. I look forward to working with Alfred Liggins, Cathy Hughes, and the TV One staff, as well as /Comcast and NBCU to chart the network on a path to achieve even greater success in the years ahead," Lucas added.

Before joining The Weather Channel in 2002 as Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Lucas held several positions at Turner Broadcasting System, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for CNN Domestic Networks and Vice President of Business Operations and Network Strategy for Turner Broadcasting's General Entertainment Networks, including TNT, TBS and TCM. Additional experience includes brand management for The Coca-Cola Company and The Clorox Company. She began her career as an engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

In 2010, Lucas was named among the "75 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Black Enterprise magazine, one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Cable" by CableFAX magazine and among "The Most Influential Minorities in Cable" by CableFAX. She received similar recognition by CableFAX in 2009, and has been honored as a "Woman To Watch" by Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), received a Brand Builders Award at the 2006 Promax & BDA Conference, recognized as a "Woman To Watch" at the 2005 Multichannel News Wonder Women Awards, and received the Inspiration Award for "Woman of the Year" at the WICT-Atlanta's 2007 Red Letter Awards. Lucas has served on the Board of Directors of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, and she was the co-chairperson for the 2007 CTAM Summit. She also has served as a board member for WICT, Inc and is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

Ms. Lucas is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing.

May 23, 2011

I would like to respond with a resounding YES! I don't know much about Mitch Daniels, and I'm pretty sure I would not have agreed with his policies, but I find it really sad that this is what politics in our country have become. It's sad that people who may be perfectly qualified to run for office cannot because in the words of Jill Scott their "background ain't squeaky clean." We are running away potentially great public servants because politics in this country has become a reality TV show. I'm not saying this to defend Mitch Daniels or his marriage but more so out of concern for this country. I believe potential candidates should be feted but the way we're going about it I think is dangerous.

I can completely understand why Mitch Daniels' wife did not want to be under that microscope as far as their marriage was concerned. Could you imagine the type of questions she would have been asked and how all of this would have played out in the media. It would have been a train wreck that would not have gotten him the White House but would have destroyed his family.

Here's the background on the Daniels' marriage:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and his wife, Cheri, divorced in the early 1990s after she left him and their four children, ages 8 to 14. She married another man, who also happened to be married when she got involved with him, before divorcing again and remarrying Daniels a few years later. source

Dr. Cornel West appeared on Roland Martin's TVOne show, Washington Watch, to clarify statements that he'd made concerning President Obama.

"It has been a really tough weekend," Camping said Sunday, after emerging from his Alameda, California home for the first time to talk to a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm looking for answers ... But now I have nothing else to say," he said, adding that he would make a full statement today.

Camping's PR aide, Tom Evans, told the L.A. Times that the group is "disappointed" that 200 million true believers weren't lifted up to heaven on Saturday while everyone else suffered and eventually died as a series of earthquakes and famine destroyed the Earth. "You can imagine we're pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true," Evans said. "We obviously went too far, and that's something we need to learn from." The group posted 2,000 billboards around the country warning of the rapture, while Camping--an uncertified fundamentalist minister--spread the word on his radio show.

Camping's Family Radio, which airs on 66 U.S. stations, has apparently rebranded itself quickly. Business Insider notes that the station's website has scrubbed all mentions of the Judgment Day. The site previously featured a countdown clock to the May 21 rapture on its homepage.

But the false prediction might not be so easily effaced from the lives of Camping's followers. The L.A. Times writes that Keith Bauer, a 38-year-old tractor trailer driver, took a road trip with his family to see the Grand Canyon before the world ended.

"With maxed-out credit cards and a growing mountain of bills, he said, the rapture would have been a relief," the paper writes.

But Bauer is not angry at Camping for his false prediction. "Worst-case scenario for me, I got to see the country," he told the paper. "If I should be angry at anybody, it should be me."

Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140,000 of his life savings to advertise the rapture in New York, said he was dumbfounded when life went on as usual Saturday.

"I do not understand why ...," he tole Reuters while awaiting the event in Times Square. "I do not understand why nothing has happened."

An NPR reporter talked to two Camping followers on Sunday. "One man, his voice quavering, said he was still holding out hope that they were one day off. Another believer asserted that their prayers worked: God delayed judgment so that more people could be saved, but the end is 'imminent,'" she reported.

Evans, Camping's PR aide, told NPR he hopes Family Radio will reimburse followers who spent their savings in anticipation of the rapture, but that he can't guarantee it.

Protesters gathered outside Camping's radio headquarters to mock the false prophecy over the weekend. Some of them set aloft a toy cow with balloons to lampoon the idea that a select elite would ascend to heaven. Meanwhile, other religious groups tried to recruit disappointed Camping followers.


In the technologically-savvy world we now live in, you can do just about everything online, including attend college. But for historically black colleges and universities, getting on the web has taken a little longer than some other schools.

Enter Tom Joyner and, a site that helps connect prospective HBCU online students with member colleges who provide that service. Joyner, the syndicated host of "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" and a longtime supporter of HBCUs, founded the company nine months ago and has now partnered with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and Tennessee State join Texas Southern University in offering degreed educations online.

"We thought this thing through, and we had the benefit of knowing how to take the best of what online universities had to offer and what HBCUs had to offer and tailor a program that makes HBCUs online a better experience," Joyner said on the web site. "We know what a lonely journey online education can be, and we want to warm it up, spice it up, fun it up so that it looks less like an online education and more like a real HBCU experience." will also offer professional certification, including those specific to information technology, aimed to help career professionals advance. Since the site was founded, over 150,000 prospective students have visited the site for information, and Joyner is gratified to announce the formal partnership with three of the country's biggest HBCUs.

"Adding FAMU and Tennessee State as part of HBCUsOnline is very exciting," Joyner says. "I want to make sure that African-Americans know that getting an online degree from an HBCU is a better choice. Students take classes from experienced professors and graduates become part of the schools' proud legacy of alumni!"

Applications for Fall 2011 are now being accepted. Program specialists are on hand to help prospective students with the application process and any information they may need. will provide assistance and support to students from application to graduation. Once they are accepted and fulfill the appropriate requirements, students will receive a fully accredited degree from the participating HBCU of their choice.

Tennessee State offers two undergraduate degrees and a master's degree program that is tailored to working adults who need to complete or expand their education. Founded in 1912, TSU ranks among the top HBCUs as rated by U.S. News and World Report and has a total student body of over 8,800 students.

"Tennessee State University has a diverse student population and offers quality programs to suit the academic and professional needs of its constituency," said TSU President Portia Shields. "Among this population are adult learners who are able to earn degrees online, at night and on weekends."

FAMU is the nation's largest HBCU, with over 13,000 students, and is considered the top engineering and natural sciences HBCU overall. FAMU is also the nation's leading producer of African-American pharmacists. Through, FAMU offers three graduate degree programs.

"We are looking forward to enrolling students from across the country and around the globe in our online programs so that we can prepare them to pursue their career goals and give them the opportunity to be a part of this great Rattler tradition," said FAMU President James H. Ammons. "FAMU has the programs, faculty and researchers to help students prepare to compete and win in the new economy."
Texas Southern also offers three graduate degree programs.

For more information on enrolling in these schools, go to

Congratulations to Mrs. Knowles-Carter!
The former street activist has tempered his style, become friends of the president and broadened his civil rights activism to include causes like immigration and same-sex marriage. Lesley Stahl reports.

This was a very interesting interview with Rev. Al. I think one of the most controversial parts of the interview was of course the part about Tawana Brawley. They still want Rev. Al to apologize about that case and he refuse to.

Rev. Al Speaks on James Brown and Michael Jackson

Rev. Al relays a touching story about how Michael Jackson went and visited James Brown's upon his death.

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May 22, 2011

Beyoncé will receive a star-studded tribute during Sunday's Billboard Music Awards.

The singer is set to be honored with Millennium Award and, according to Access Hollywood, First Lady Michelle Obama, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Bono and Stevie Wonder will take part in a tribute during the award show in Las Vegas.

Beyoncé recently contributed a music video to Obama's National Education Foundation, which works to fight childhood obesity. She also sang Etta James' "At Last" during the president's inauguration.

She also collaborated with Lady Gaga for their duets, "Video Phone" and "Telephone."


May 21, 2011

Jant Mock, the editor of, took to the pages of 'Marie Claire' magazine to detail her very brave story of transitioning from a boy into a girl.

Here's a little of what she shared:

It didn't take very long before the social cues got louder and clearer. My parents started scolding me over the way I walked and held my hands. I learned to hide aspects of my personality. Playing with girls was fine, for example, but playing with their Barbies was something I could do only behind closed doors. After my parents split, my mom said my younger brother and I needed a strong male role model and sent us to live with our dad in Oakland, California. Stern and critical, my father couldn't accept how feminine and dainty I was in comparison to my rough-and-tumble brother. "Get outside and play!" he would bark. One time, I pretended to be a girl named Keisha — I wasn't dressed like a girl, but in my baggy jeans and colorful top and with my longish hair, I easily passed for one. A boy who didn't know me told my cousin Mechelle that he thought I was pretty. "Isn't she?" Mechelle said, playing along. She. It spoke to my soul.

It was my father who first dared to ask the question: You're not gay, are you? I was 8 and wasn't even sure what that meant, but I knew from his tone that it was unacceptable. "No!" I shouted defensively.

During recess one day, I met Wendi. A year older than me, she was part of a small, tight-knit group of transsexuals who went around town wearing makeup and skirts hitched up to the thigh. They congregated outside our school at night, where they practiced the dance routines of Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton. They were a revelation, and I was emboldened just watching them. Wendi lived with her grandparents, who supported her and allowed her to wear girls' clothes and makeup, a freedom I envied. I spent hours in her room, playing with her cosmetics, plucking my eyebrows, trying on bras. The more time I spent with Wendi, the more comfortable I grew expressing myself as a female. By the end of my freshman year in high school, I was regularly wearing women's clothes to school.

But the fallout was swift and merciless. Fag! I can see your balls! The insults reverberated off the lockers and echoed down the school hallways. Though I was never physically threatened and never feared for my safety, the harassment was relentless. Not a moment went by that wasn't accompanied by a taunt, a slur, a cruel reminder that my classmates could not, would not, see me as I saw myself. "You're making people uncomfortable," one vice principal said while he looked me over with disdain. Soon he gave me an ultimatum: Wear a skirt to school again and get sent home for the day. But it was too late to turn back. I liked how I looked as a young woman, even though it meant exposing myself to ridicule. After that, I held my head high as I strode through the hallways in my miniskirts, past the haters who called me a freak, past the teachers who looked on disapprovingly, and past the vice principal who routinely sent me home. By the end of sophomore year, my mother, who condoned my wardrobe, had had enough. Together, we decided it was time to transfer schools.

To learn more about Janet Mock visit her website.

Ooh...this looks good. My favorite fashionista, Kerry Washington, is starring in the new Shonda Rhimes produced series called 'Scandal' that will air this Fall on ABC. Kerry will star as media relations fixer, Olivia Pope.

By the looks of the trailer, I might have to add this one to my DVR.


May 20, 2011


Former Berkeley County delegate and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Faircloth said Thursday that a joke he told referring to President Obama as "Sambo" and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a "bimbo" was simply an attempt to "bring a little humor" to the campaign.

Faircloth said he apologizes for the joke if it offended anyone, which it has, including a West Virginia branch of the NAACP.

He said the joke he told at a candidates forum on April 29 in Romney, W.Va., is representative of the humor in politics. Faircloth cited examples from his own life that he said prove he is neither racist nor sexist, such as the fact that he raised three biracial children as a godfather.

"There's nothing racist or feminist about me," Faircloth said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.

Faircloth said some people in West Virginia think President Obama has tried to punish the state. And he said if it takes a joke to bring attention to that issue, "I don't mind doing it."

Faircloth told the joke during a forum hosted by We the People of Hampshire County, according to a story published Wednesday in The Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail.

Faircloth said the joke was about President Obama being unhappy with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As a result, President Obama, for his upcoming campaign, would decide to replace Biden with actor Sylvester Stallone. Obama would then replace Clinton with Pelosi.

Faircloth said Obama's campaign slogan could then be: "Vote Sambo, Rambo and Bimbo."

The comments angered members of the Jefferson County, W.Va., branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In a faxed statement Thursday signed by branch President George Rutherford, the organization asked voters to be mindful of Faircloth's remarks.

Rutherford said in the statement that as a result of that type of attitude, "we could be pushed back to the 1940s era in race relations. Mr. Faircloth knows full well that these terms are racist and sexist and demeaning, meant to offend women and African-Americans. Mr. Faircloth later said his remarks were a 'joke,' but as African-Americans, we understand his feeble attempt to try to smooth things over. It was not a joke."

Regarding his use of the word "Sambo," Faircloth said perhaps he should have told the joke differently.

"If I offended anybody, well then I apologize to them," he said.

When Faircloth told the joke at the forum, it offended a lot of people, according to Terry Craver, president of We the People of Hampshire County, which has identified with the Tea Party movement.

Craver said Faircloth has apologized to him personally, but declined to issue one to that community.  The group does not want him back, said Craver, who thought the joke was "totally inappropriate."

Arguing that joking is part of politics, Faircloth referred to a comment that Obama made in Austin, Texas, shortly before Faircloth told his joke.

Obama suggested during his appearance to talk about immigration reform that Republicans might want a moat filled with alligators to keep illegal immigrants out of the country, Faircloth said.

"I didn't take that personally," he said.

Faircloth said Obama has had a tough time getting support in West Virginia, and some residents believe he is punishing the state by shutting down coal-mining operations.


Think on this the next time you go buy your weave...
For almost 50 years, the Korean-American community has dominated the black beauty supply market by opening large stores, buying out smaller black-owned ones and using the faces of black celebrities on their products and black employees in their stores to grow their businesses in the black community.

Between manufacturing, distributing and selling hair care products, Korean-American entrepreneurs appeared to control all major components of the beauty supply business, he [Mohadou] found.

He learned there were four central distributors serving a large portion of the beauty supply stores in the country, all Korean-owned. Aron Ranen,who produced a documentary in 2006 on the beauty supply business, reported that these distributors only worked with other Koreans in order to dominate the market.

Devin Robinson, owner of Atlanta's Beauty Supply Institute, said about 9,800 beauty supply business existed nationwide; but only a little more than 300 were black-owned.

"The Koreans strategically make it harder for us to get into the business. They have the supplies the customers want," Robinson said. "They sell it to us at higher prices or they deliver the products late to the black-owned stores. Sometimes they don't allow orders from us at all."

Many beauty salons said they often go to the Korean stores because they can't find what they need at the black-owned stores.

That's because they can't get the supplies, Ranen and Robinson said.

Mohadou found out that Koreans were getting their hair from Jinny United. But a Jinny representative refused to sell him hair.



A day after the polls closed, and after all the votes were finally counted, 48-year-old Alvin Brown officially became Jacksonville's next mayor.

Brown, a Democrat, becomes the city's first African-American mayor. His Republican opponent, Mike Hogan, conceded shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, following a day-long vote count that gave Brown an eight-tenths-of-a-percent margin of victory.

Officials say the gap is wide enough to prevent an automatic recount.

Tuesday night, Brown held a 603-vote lead over Hogan. Officials say several hundred absentee ballots filed by voters on Election Day helped give Brown the edge.

Brown takes office July 1. He replaces outgoing, two-term Mayor John Peyton.


In the black commentariat, opinion is divided over whether African-Americans should demand a more overt commitment to racial justice from a black president or refrain from doing so because it would weaken his appeal to others. The Rev. Al Sharpton insists that calling on Obama to be a "black exponent of black views" is "just stupid," since it will embolden conservative attacks on projects black people need. Princeton professor Cornel West insists that Obama has "a certain fear of free black men" and "feels most comfortable with upper-middle-class white and Jewish men."

By concentrating so heavily on race, both sides detract from his responsibilities. Obama should do more for black people—not because he is black but because black people are the citizens suffering most. Black people have every right to make demands on Obama—not because he's black but because they gave him a greater percentage of their votes than any other group, and he owes his presidency to them. Like any president, he should be constantly pressured to put the issue of racial injustice front and center.

By: Gary Younge

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama, who has visited with troops' spouses and children at bases across the USA, today takes her message of support for military families straight to the young men and women who will be leading future troops in battle.

Obama will address roughly 1,000 graduating cadets and their families at West Point's annual graduation family banquet held the night before commencement ceremonies.

Her appearance will break with tradition — those who speak at graduation events generally come from within the military's chain of command — and will mark the first time a first lady has addressed graduating cadets at the prestigious United States Military Academy.

West Point "reflects all of the things that mean so much to me — young people engaged not just in strong academics but a willingness to serve at a time of war," Obama said in an interview with USA TODAY on the eve of her appearance at the academy. "These are the best that we have to offer, and I'm honored and privileged to have the opportunity to speak to them."

She said she just found out that she'll be the first first lady to address the academy's cadets. "I think that it's kind of cool," she said.

West Point thinks so, too.

The cadets, who will be commissioned Saturday as Army second lieutenants. "are very much looking forward to Mrs. Obama's first visit and are honored to have her as the graduation banquet speaker," said Lt. Col. Sherri Reed, the academy spokeswoman.

At West Point, she will urge the cadets to remember that in their new role as officers, they will be responsible for more than just leading men and women in battle. "You'll be serving not just for yourselves and not just for your own families, but for these families, too," she said in her prepared remarks. "Just as our troops need your leadership and support, their families do as well — because they sacrifice and serve this nation right alongside anyone who wears our uniform."

In the interview, the first lady said she's eager to see the storied academy mess hall where she will address the evening banquet. "It sounds truly awe-inspiring," Obama said. "It's the kind of thing I wish my girls could see if it weren't past their bedtime."


May 19, 2011


Detroit businessman Don Barden, one of Detroit's business elite who was the first African American to own a Las Vegas casino and the first to own a major cable TV franchise, has died.

Barden had been fighting lung cancer and died early this morning at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. He was 67.

In his storied career, Barden partnered with the rich and famous, including a failed bid in the late 1990s to open a $1 billion theme park resort in Detroit with megastar Michael Jackson in exchange for a city casino license.

Barden built homes in Detroit and a business in Namibia and had been named by Ebony magazine, the TBS cable network, Black Entertainment Television and Black Enterprise magazine as a top national business leader. Barden's been showered with awards, most recently a lifetime achievement award from the Michigan Chronicle newspaper and an Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund in 2006.

Barden was known for throwing lavish parties, many at Detroit's Roostertail club. During the Super Bowl in 2006 in Detroit, he hosted a three-day party that included singers Smokey Robinson, Little Richard and Chaka Khan.

He started Barden Cablevision and 1979 and built it into one of the nation's biggest black-owned businesses, selling it in 1994 to Comcast. In 2001 he became the first black person to own a Las Vegas Casino.

Barden's casino empire included the Majestic Star company, operator of two casino boats in Gary, Ind., and Fitzgerald casinos in Las Vegas, Tunica, Miss., and Black Hawk, Colo, but last year the company filed for bankruptcy that apparently has yet to be resolved.


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MSNBC host Ed Schultz and Dr. Cornel West engaged in a spirited debate about President Obama. The debate was surrounding controversial comments West made about the president. The most controversial of these comments was when he called Obama "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it."

Dr. West also went on to clarify his statements as to why he thinks Obama "has a fear of free black men." He said that he thinks Obama "has a predilection much more toward upper middle class white brothers and Jewish brothers [and] a certain distance from free black men who will tell him the truth."

All this is very interesting. It looks like Dr. West and Tavis Smiley are not letting up on their criticisms of the President. I'm all for criticism but I think we have to keep things in perspective as well. We need to hold all our electeed officials accountable not just President Obama because he happens to look like us.

It'll be interesting to see where this all leads. I'm pretty sure Dr. West is catching hell for criticizing President Obama. Black folks don't take too kindly to someone criticizing the President.
Time Magazine actually had someone write an article about why powerful men behave so badly entitled, Sex, Lies, Arrogance: What Makes Powerful Men Behave So Badly?.  After what's happened with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the President of the IMF Group, I'm pretty sure the people at Time thought this would be a great article.  They really put a lot of thought and energy into into this article.  Personally, I think the answer to their question was very simple.  I think the answer to that question is the same as to why non-powerful men behave so badly.  The sense of entitlement held by some men has absolutely nothing to do with power.  I'm no psychologist, but I think it goes a little deeper than that.  I think the better subject for an article would have been What Makes Powerful Women Not Behave So Badly?  Now, that would have been an article I would like to read.  What is it about most women that allow them not to get drunk off of power? Contrary to popular belief, women love sex just as much as men so why is it a very rare thing to hear about a sex scandal clouding the success of a powerful woman?

May 18, 2011

Tavis Smiley stopped by the Madd Hatta Morning show in Houston, Tx to discuss his new book, Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success From Failure. In the book he dishes on his failures and how they have helped make him into the man he is today.

One of the most interesting segments of the interview is when he starts talking about President Obama and black unemployment rates.

Here are some notable quotables:

On challenging the President

We have to respect our President, and I do. We have to protect the President, and I do. But we also have to correct the President, remember he is a politician not a prophet like Dr. King.

We have to push him into his greatness for him to become a great President and hold him accountable, lovingly not with malice, but there are some things he has to step up on like black unemployment, wars, and poverty.

On Black Unemployment

We gotta check him respectfully, he can’t be afraid to talk about black unemployment, when he needed to stand up for the Jews he did, gays and lesbians? he did, immigration for the Hispanic community? he did so don’t leave black folks twisted in the wind because you are afraid of being accused of being “tribal” and giving negroes the “hook up”. We are the most loyal part of your base!

If you want the deficit to go down, put black folk back to work!


Homegirl just served a plate full of FIERCE!

Listen, I'm still not a big fan of the song, but even I can admit girlfriend killed it in the video. I loved it all: the fashion, the visuals, the choreographer. Gon' BEYONCE!!!! In the words of Rupaul, "You Betta Work!"
Beyonce, Madonna honor Oprah in farewell shows

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey neared the end of her quarter-century reign on national television on Tuesday night with a star-studded send-off featuring Beyonce, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Tom Cruise, Michael Jordan and many others who honored the talk show queen's efforts to boost education and fight poverty.

"She's a self-made woman who's been at the top of her game for over 25 years -- and she's still kicking ass," Madonna told a delighted audience of about 13,000 in a Chicago arena.

Wearing a purple gown, the pony-tailed Winfrey basked in the night of tributes from A-list celebrities and friends. Billed as "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" because Winfrey was kept in the dark about the guest list, the show will air in two parts on May 23 and 24.

Winfrey's final original "Oprah Winfrey Show", whose contents are still under wraps, will air on May 25, bringing to a close 25 years of the most-watched daytime talk show on U.S. television.

"Your show has turned surprise into an art form," actor Tom Hanks told Winfrey on Tuesday. "Oprah Winfrey, today you are surrounded by nothing but love. Your studio was not big enough to hold it all, so here we are," Hanks said, gesturing around the glittering basketball arena and concert venue.

Madonna praised Winfrey for her courage. "It's no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah," she said. "I am one of those people ... She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular."

A slimmed-down Aretha Franklin, now recovered from major surgery six months ago, sang "Amazing Grace" to a stunned Winfrey. Beyonce, who performed her new single "Run the World (Girls), said that because of her "women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of what we are, who we are, and who we can be."


Maria Shriver, whose estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday admitted fathering a child in an adulterous relationship, also came to Chicago to pay tribute to her 30-year friendship with Winfrey. "You've given me love, support, wisdom, and most of all, the truth," Shriver said.

A beaming Cruise told Winfrey it was an honor to have been on her show 12 times since 1988. Referring to his first appearance on the show 23 years ago, Winfrey quipped, "You looked like you were 10."

The special also included appearances by Will Smith, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, singer-actress Queen Latifah, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Jerry Seinfeld, John Legend, broadcaster Diane Sawyer and basketball star Michael Jordan.

Winfrey, regarded as the most influential woman on U.S. television, is wrapping the final season of her syndicated Chicago-based show to devote more energy to her fledgling OWN cable network, which launched in January.

On a night of both performances and tributes, Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder serenaded Winfrey with "Isn't She Lovely" and country band Rascal Flatts sang "I Won't Let Go".

R&B star Usher closed the evening by singing the rousing spiritual "Oh Happy Day" and was joined by Winfrey and many of the other celebrities, clapping and singing.

Overcome by emotion, Winfrey declared, "I feel the love, and I thank you for it."