Apr 30, 2012

(Access Hollywood) -- Beyonce has spoken out regarding rumors the "Run the World" singer secretly used a surrogate to carry her first daughter with husband Jay-Z -- baby Blue Ivy.

"That was crazy. It wasn't hurtful, it was just crazy," the superstar - named People's 2012 Most Beautiful Woman - told the mag. "I thought] 'Where did they come up with this?'"

Rumors began to swirl suggesting Beyonce was wearing a prosthetic baby bump to fake her own pregnancy after photos surfaced showing the 30-year-old singer sitting down during an interview, where her stomach area appeared to fold inward.

Speaking to People, Beyonce's mother called the claims "stupid."

"It was a fabric that folded -- does fabric not fold?" Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles, told the mag. "Oh my gosh, so stupid."

While Beyonce shook off the speculation, Tina was hurt and disturbed by the buzz surrounding her daughter's first pregnancy.
"I thought it was very unfair and very cruel that someone would think that someone would be that diabolical to keep up a charade like that for nine months," she said. "As a mother it was painful for me to hear the crazy rumors. And I even had people ask me, which was so ridiculous."

Apr 29, 2012

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama made light of the serious -- a Secret Service scandal and lavish spending at a government conference -- and the inconsequential -- the graying of his hair -- at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday night.

And he even made time for business tycoon Donald Trump, whom Obama kidded at last year's dinner about pushing the president to release his long-form birth certificate.

"We gather during a historic anniversary. This weekend last year, we finally delivered justice to one of the world's most notorious individuals," Obama said to a packed ballroom at the Washington Hilton.
A photo of Trump was shown, rather than that of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Obama then went back even further in time.

"Four years ago, I was in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton," Obama said. "Four years later, she won't stop drunk texting me from Cartagena," a reference to the city where Secret Service agents allegedly consorted with prostitutes.

He then pointed out photos of his hair four years ago, and in 2012, showing it had grayed considerably.

"Four years from now I will look like this," he said to laughs as a photo of actor Morgan Freeman was shown to the audience of more than 2,500.

Journalists and news organizations were well-represented at the affair and they brought famous faces in tow.

Among those who dazzled on the red carpet Saturday were Claire Danes, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Sigourney Weaver, Eva Longoria, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Rachel Zoe, Goldie Hawn and Josh Hutcherson.

The annual gala, also known as the "Nerd Prom," raises money for journalism scholarships.
The president, speaking before comedian Jimmy Kimmel, made light of a General Services Adminstration conference in Las Vegas that cost more than $800,000.

"Look at this party. We have men in tuxes, women in gowns, fine wine, first-class entertainment. I was relieved to hear it was not a GSA conference," Obama quipped.

He even chided Kimmel, star of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Apr 27, 2012

"What year is this again,"  is how the email started that my good friend, Tony R., from D.C. sent me along with a link to an article.  Now any time Tony sends me an email I know it's going to be something that is going to make my head hurt or my pressure go up.  You see Tony is the same person that informed me of the Trayvon Martin case well before the mainstream media was reporting on the subject matter.  So I take his emails very seriously.  Tony is what I describe as my very own Dr. Tim Wise.  He's one of the white brethren who really gets the complexity of white supremacy in this country.  So when he sends me something, I know to pay attention.

I clicked on the link and it took me to an article highlighting the racist tweets that were sent out after a black hockey player scored a game-winning goal during the NHL playoffs.  Now because I don't watch hockey, I was completely oblivious to the fact that the NHL was even having their playoffs.
I read the article and sorry to say I wasn't that surprised about the racist tweets that were sent out about Joel Ward, the black hockey player that scored the winning goal.  I guess I'm more surprised that other people are surprised and shocked that this stuff still happens.

There is no place where racism and ignorance is on display more than the internet.  The cloak anonymity gives some people cajones they ordinarily wouldn't have when it comes to some of the racist stuff they tweet or post on a person's website.  Just look to your right and you'll see that post that I wrote in 2008 on the 'N-Word' is still the most popular post on my site and please don't even get me started on the comments in that post.

This is the world in which we live in.  As much as people want it to go away, racism and ignorance is here to stay.  You know why?  Because racist and ignorant people keep having children and spreading that B.S. to them.  That's how the cycle continues.

I remember what Wayne Simmonds, also a black hockey player, said when he had a banana peel thrown at him during a hockey game.

"When you're a black man playing in a predominantly white man's sport, you've got to come to expect things like that," Simmonds said at the time. "Over the past 23 years of my life, I've come to expect some things like that. But I'm older and more mature now, I kind of just left things roll off [my back]. I try not to think about stuff like that."

I just wonder why these types of things never happen when it comes to white players participating in predominantly black sports.   I never heard a white player say you have to come to expect racist stuff when you are a white man playing a predominantly black sport.  Why is that?

Click here if you care to read some of the racist things that were said about Joel Ward after he scored that winning goal.

I don't watch hockey, but ti's stories like this that makes me reconsider.  I'll watch it just to support the brother.
(Reuters) - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who is accused of murder in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has raised at least $200,000 through a website set up to fund his defense, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Donors contributed "just over $200,000," said Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's defense lawyer.
The site set up to solicit funds for Zimmerman's defense, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, has since been shut down.

Zimmerman was released this week on $150,000 bail and has been moved to an undisclosed location. He had surrendered to police earlier this month after prosecutors charged him with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of Martin in a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he killed Martin in self defense.
The incident has prompted civil rights protests and a national debate over guns, self-defense laws and race in America.

O'Mara told CNN that he would inform the judge in the case of the funds on Friday.

Apr 26, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) — The father of a North Carolina teenager whose body was found in a Maryland river months after her 2010 disappearance said Thursday that he can rest better now that there has been an arrest in the case.

Michael Johnson was arrested in the death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, of Monroe, N.C., Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press early Thursday. Prosecutors and investigators are expected to release more information, including the charges Johnson faces, at a news conference Thursday afternoon. An attorney for Johnson did not immediately return calls for comment.

"It's been a long day coming. It's a bittersweet day," Russell Barnes said. "I can rest better and maybe Phylicia can rest a whole lot better."

When Phylicia Barnes disappeared, Johnson had been breaking up with the teen's older half-sister, Deena, after dating for about 10 years, Russell Barnes said. The family had trusted Johnson — the last person to see Phylicia Barnes alive — but he acted suspiciously after the girl disappeared, avoiding people and phone calls, Russell Barnes said.

Barnes was visiting her older half-siblings in Baltimore over the Christmas holidays when she disappeared from her sister's apartment in northwest Baltimore on Dec. 28, 2010. Baltimore police soon alerted local media, saying her disappearance was unusual because she had no history of disputes with her family or trouble with the law.

Barnes was an honor student at Union Academy, a public charter school in Monroe, and she was on track to graduate early and had already been accepted to several colleges. She had reconnected with her half-siblings on Facebook, and she traveled to Baltimore several times to visit them. Her father said the sisters even talked about living together while the teen attended Towson University.

Barnes' stepfather declined to comment on the arrest Thursday morning.

Police, who had help from the FBI, had few leads and called it one of the most frustrating missing persons cases they had investigated. At one point, Guglielmi described it as "Baltimore's Natalee Holloway case," referring to the Alabama teen who disappeared during a trip to Aruba.

Police and volunteers searched area parks in the weeks and months after she vanished and handed out leaflets in the area where she was last seen, but neither turned up any clues. Investigators tried to keep the search in the public consciousness, even posting a smiling photo of Barnes from her Facebook page on electronic billboards along highways in the Baltimore region. They received scores of tips, but none panned out.

Workers at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River found her body the following April in northeast Maryland. Medical examiners later ruled the death a homicide, but authorities did not release the cause of death.

After her body was found an hour's drive from the Baltimore apartment where she was last seen, state police homicide investigators took over the probe, working with city police investigators.

The process has been long, but Barnes said he was in contact with investigators every week.

"They knew that the family was not going to give up," he said.

The case spurred broader interest in missing persons cases and led to a bill in the Maryland legislature called "Phylicia's Law," to improve coordination between law enforcement and community groups when a child disappears.

The bill requires state officials to publish a list of missing children and annual statistics. They may also keep a list of groups of volunteers to help with searches and local law enforcement must try to work with them.

Obama rejects 'post-racial' label in Rolling Stone interview


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Offering riffs on Mick Jagger and reflections on race, President Barack Obama is capping a week devoted to courting young votes with a Rolling Stone magazine cover interview that segues from presidential musings on politics to foreign policy to pop culture.
Sounding an election-year theme, Obama tells the magazine that Mitt Romney can't disavow the conservative views he embraced as candidate during the Republican presidential primaries. At the same time, Obama acknowledges that he, too, is struggling against public skepticism because of the slow economic recovery.
The interview, conducted earlier this month by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, will appear in the issue of the magazine that hits newsstands Friday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the interview ahead of publication.
For Obama, the magazine interview and its cover portrait will complete a week of outreach to young voters, including a two-day tour of three college campuses in key election swing states and an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
Analyzing the election campaign ahead of him, Obama avoided characterizing Romney as a flip-flopper, a common criticism Romney faced during the Republican primary contests, and instead tagged him as a candidate who willfully embraces the Republican Party's most conservative views.
"I don't think that their nominee is going to be able to suddenly say, 'Everything I've said for the last six months, I didn't mean,'" Obama said. "I'm assuming that he meant it. When you're running for president, people are paying attention to what you're saying."
Obama's answer underscores an approach his advisers have been emphasizing lately, casting the race as one of sharp contrasts between two distinct candidates, parties and ideologies.
He said his own political burden is describing to Americans the progress that has occurred during his administration and how, if sustained, it could lead to economic security. "There's understandable skepticism," he said, "because things are still tough out there."
Discussing his relationship with the military, Obama said, in the clearest terms yet, that he had to rein in the Pentagon as he sought to close down the war in Iraq on schedule and re-focus the military effort in Afghanistan. He said that with the help of then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he made it clear to the military brass that "I very much believe in civilian control of our military, and that military decisions are in service of strategies and broader conceptions of diplomacy that are made here in this White House."
"They know I care about them and I respect them, and I think they respect me and listen to what I say," he said. "They understand that I'm the commander in chief."
He said the operation to kill Osama bin Laden illustrated the "constructive relationship" he has developed with the Pentagon.
On Iraq, he said he had fulfilled his promise to end the war responsibly.
"It wasn't as fast as some people would have liked," he said. "It was probably faster than some folks in the Pentagon would have liked."
Reflecting on whether there had been a change in racial politics since he became president, Obama said he has never accepted the idea that his election represented a "post-racial period."
Still, he said, he often hears people remark about the importance to black children of having an African-American president and African-American first lady.
"That's hugely important," he added, "but you shouldn't also underestimate the fact that there are a whole bunch of little white girls and white boys all across the country who just take it for granted that there's an African-American president. That's the president they're growing up with, and that's changing attitudes."
No interview with Rolling Stone is complete without cultural touchstones.
Obama recalled watching singer Mick Jagger rehearse for his appearance during a February White House tribute to the blues and was impressed by the respect the Rolling Stones frontman displayed toward lesser-known and younger musicians. He said Jagger recalled the generosity he had experienced upon meeting blues greats like Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King, and displayed "the sense of him wanting to do that same thing, that it all comes full circle."
As he often does, Obama said he is not a fan of television news, though he admitted to liking Comedy Central's satirical "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, whom he called "brilliant." ''It's amazing to me the degree to which he's able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense," the president said.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press
This was perhaps one of the best 'Behind the Music' episodes I've seen in a while.  Brandy was very transparent and honest.

During the show, she discussed Whitney Houston's death, the lie about her being married when she came up pregnant, and her eating disorder.  But the most poignant moment on the show was when she discussed the impact of the 2006 fatal car crash she was involved in on her life and the lives of her family members.

It was a very emotional point of the show that brought the R&B princess to tears.

I'm one of those people who's always going to root for Brandy.  I've been a fan of her's for a very long time.  I hope this new album turns out to be her breakthough and she can get back to her perch on the top where she belongs.

Apr 25, 2012

Texanna Edwards

(Tennessean) -- Gibson County High School senior Texanna Edwards was — like many of her classmates — looking forward to her prom last Saturday.

But Edwards didn’t get to attend because of her attire — a knee-length red dress decorated with bright blue stripes and white stars inside the stripes. The school’s colors are red, white and blue, but the dress resembles the controversial Confederate battle flag.

Edwards, 18, said she wasn’t allowed inside the prom after school officials told her the Confederate flag prom dress was “offensive and inappropriate.”

“We asked why they thought that, but they kept saying the same thing over and over,” she said Monday. “We kept asking people walking inside — black and white — and everyone said they loved it. Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me.”

School officials said a teacher warned Edwards about two months ago that the dress might not be acceptable. The teacher, who served as prom sponsor, expressed concern and suggested to Edwards in February that she should clear the idea with the principal, but Edwards did not do so, said Eddie Pruett, director of schools for the Gibson County School System.

Pruett said there have been race-related issues at Gibson County High School in recent years and that Principal James Hughes thought Edwards’ dress could have caused a problem.

“She was told because of the dress and what it would look like, it would be considered inappropriate,” Pruett said. “She had talked with the prom sponsor and they told her it would be inappropriate. ... I feel like Hughes followed legal precedents set by other court cases. Students have legal rights, and we don’t infringe upon those. But we have to follow legal precedents, and if there is a reason to believe something could happen, we don’t wait until after the fact to do something.”

I feel like I've told this story a million times but I'll repeat it again.  I haven't relaxed my hair since 2008.  I never really planned to go natural.  I was doing a 6 months stretch (stretching is when you space out your relaxer re-touch applications, instead of doing it every 4-6 weeks like some stylists recommend, you wait eight weeks or longer to apply your next re-touch.  The theory is that it reduces breakage by allowing more hair growth and preventing overlapping.  I used to stretch for 16 weeks at a time and personally it worked for me. Although if you attempt to do this, please keep your hair moisturized at the line of demarcation.) and when the six months was  up I was too busy to properly prepare my hair for a re-touch.

Before I knew it, I had been nine months without a relaxer and my hair wasn't complaining.  So I decided to see how long it would go.  At 18 months post relaxer, I figured what the heck, I guess I'm going natural.  I went to a salon and asked the stylist to trim 3 inches from the bottom.  She suggested that I just big chop because transitioning takes a lot of work.  I declined. My face is way too round for a twa (teeny weeny afro).

Anyway over the next couple of years, I continued to trim off relaxed ends every 3 months until they were gone.  When my hair was relaxed, I'd always hear women with natural hair talking about the versatility.  I didn't get it but once I was natural I did and I loved it.  Curly to straight and vice versa just wasn't as much work. I perfected the roller set and all seemed right with the world.

I learned a lot about my hair, like the fact that it is not all one texture and most women's hair isn't.  I call it the dirty little secret that naturals keep.  I can't tell you how many women email me as they are transitioning and discover that there has several different textures and they are freaking out about it.  I also found out why I never had the fro baby picture that most Black people have. My hair isn't curly, it's wavy, which I think looks amazing but causes 2 big problems: it's always frizzy after just a couple of hours of wearing it down and it tangles within itself and detangling is a headache literally.
So with all this love I have for my natural hair, what's the problem?  The last time I had a Brazilian blowout, my hair touched the top of my hips.  It is long, it is thick, I am in heaven and hell at the same time.  With my five day a week workouts, I MUST wash my hair at least twice a week (I know some you are going to bring up the fact that I have told you about cleaning your scalp with Seabreeze or another astringent but at this point that doesn't help me anymore, my hair holds the smell of the sweat and I cannot stand it) and it takes way too long to dry.  A few months ago, I washed it on a Friday night, put it into 2 braids just to see how long it would take to air dry and by Sunday evening, I still had damp roots. And there is no way I can go to work with wet hair for 2 days or wearing  braids for 2 days.

Now I know some people will talk about bucking the system etc but I have a shoe habit, a mortgage and a healthy appetite.  Until you all buy more of my hair products or books, I work for the man and that is just the way it is.  Wigs and weaves are not an option for me because I really just don't like them and I didn't put all this effort into growing my hair just so I could hide it...Nope, ain't doing it.  And as far as I am concerned 2 other things are not an option, one is cutting my hair (the 10 year old girl in me always wanted Diana Ross hair without realizing that Diana was wearing wigs, but now I have Diana Ross hair and she is not going to let me give it up) and going back to bone straight hair (no knock to the sisters who like it bone straight but I just love how thick my hair is right now and bone straight takes away some of that thickness).

So I devised a plan I could live with.  I was going back to texlaxing (for those of you who don't frequent the hair blogs texlaxing is a made up term.  The theory is that you can leave a relaxer on for a minimum amount of time and you loosen the curl pattern of your hair without making your hair completely straight.  In reality, it's really just an under processed relaxer treatment.) and that way I could cut down on the detangling process and the air drying time.  Sp I enlisted a friend to help and decided that we would divide my hair into 4 sections.  Relax each section separately, leaving the relaxer in for five minutes (bone straight is 15-18 minutes for me) on each section before rinsing it out.  ( let me add in 2 caveats: Relaxers are a chemical and as with most chemicals they really should be applied by a professional, like a hair stylist.  Also, I am not sure that most stylists recommend texlaxing AND I am NOT a licensed stylist.  I'm just a girl who is fascinated with hair and while I have done tons of research, I am not formally educated and my opinions are my own.)

So I drove twenty minutes out of the way to go to a Black owned beauty supply store (I am not a hypocrite) bought the huge tub of relaxer that stylists use on several clients knowing that I was probably going to need about 70% of it for this one application, picked out some more rollers and stood in line.   I'm all set to go until I get the tap on the shoulder.  Dread set in immediately, I felt a knot tightening in my stomach as soon as I turned in the direction of the hand because I knew what was coming next.  "My sister," she said with the most earnest expression, "Your natural hair is beautiful.  Please don't do that."

I know people mean well, I do, and I get it, many naturals are just so proud of being natural it breaks their hearts to think one might leave the fold.  And on the other side, I have had many (especially older Black people) tell me, your hair would be so pretty if you got it done (and by done they mean straightened). So what I have learned over the last four years is the only person I can really worry about pleasing with my hair is me.  So I thanked her for her concern and purchased the relaxer.  When I got home, I called my partner in crime to decide when we would get down to business and discovered that she had gotten cold feet.

It would seem that her sister has decided to big chop and has accused me of influencing her to do it.  Now for the record, I am a fan of women wearing their hair however they choose, natural or straight doesn't matter to me.  I want Black women to learn that we have great hair if we learn how to care for it.  We have no need to be ashamed of our hair and no reason to hide it.  We can have long hair if we want it.  That's my message not that you have to wear it one way or another but I do love my natural hair and I get excited about it and apparently, I am too persuasive for my own good.

So here I am feeling like I have been forced into the role of poster child for natural hair.  And it really got me to thinking.  My advice to her sister was genuine, my affection for my natural hair is too, so maybe there are some other options I should consider before I find myself in another 4 year transition because once you relax it you can't go back.  So I have an appointment with a natural hair care practitioner to see what my options are for workout/ hair drying balance.  Telling ya'll right now though, if the words cut or wig leave her mouth, it's a wrap.  I'll keep you updated

I was and continue to be one the biggest TLC fans there every was.  I remember back in the day how T-Boz was my absolute favorite, that is until I met her.  Let's just say the meeting didn't go over too well and she was no longer the top dog when it came to TLC.  That position was bestowed on the very humble and down to earth Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes.

To meet Lisa and have a brief conversation with her was the best.  She wasn't on no diva-type stuff, she was just a regular chick who was very relatable.  She felt like a sister much in the same sense as Aaliyah.  She was just that chick that other chicks like.

So you can imagine how devastated I was to learn of her passing while in Honduras on April 25, 2002.  It was exactly eight months to the day in which the world had learned that we lost Aaliyah.  Both deaths were and continue to leave a lasting effect on my life.

Recently, the surviving members of TLC sat down with Essence.com to share memories of their fallen band member and friend.

Here is a snippet of that interview:

ESSENCE.com: Today marks 10 years since we lost Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a tragic car accident. What do you remember about that day?
She died a day before my birthday. I remember everything. I was with security in my Porsche and I said to them, "I feel like I’m going to get in a wreck and I want to go home." The driver said: "Well, that’s on the other side of town." I didn’t care; I wanted to go home. I just felt something was going to happen to me, but it wasn’t me — it was Lisa. I was sitting in a rocking chair in my daughter’s room after putting her down when I got a call from Chilli. She was screaming. I had just gotten out the hospital from fighting sickle cell so I had to be careful about getting upset. Everybody was trying to keep me calm.

I remember staying up all night and Patti Labelle and Missy Elliot calling me. Whitney Houston was at Lisa’s funeral. She sat behind me and rubbed my shoulders for two hours, while telling me, "It’s going to be okay, it’s going to be all right." Right before that, I remember Lisa played a trick where she went missing and nobody knew where she was. This was the one time I wish she was joking and doing one of her stunts, but she wasn’t.

ESSENCE.com: People playfully identified her as the crazy one in the group because of the notable fire in 1994, among other things. What’s the biggest misconception about Left Eye?
T-BOZ: That’s the part that sucked. The fire could’ve even been stopped if they stopped acting like little girls and put the fire out. That really could’ve been settled differently. I just really wish people would’ve known her for the sweet passionate person she really was. She was very creative, too. I remember I was in the hospital for four months and she sent me a clock that she made and the clock read: “Take all the time you need.” She really put thought into things.

CHILLI: People didn’t understand how much of a heart she really had and how passionate and giving she was. She might have come across as someone who wanted to start trouble all the time, but that wasn’t it; she just had a lot to say. Sometimes when you speak what’s on your mind — I’m talking everything on your mind, and people can get a misconception of you. So because she spoke her mind, all of the time, it caused people to misjudge her.

ESSENCE.com: A lot of people believe TLC was feuding when Left Eye passed. What was your relationship like at the time?
CHILLI: It was actually very good; we had started working on the last album. We all had solo deals. I was just like, “We have to do another record” — I was willing to put everything on hold. That was the last time we got to spend quality time together before she passed. The relationship was good; she was acting silly again, playing pranks on people. Her death was very devastating for us, but I can look back and say I was happy about what our relationship was like, at that time.

T-BOZ: No matter what, everyone will go through a disagreement — that’s what makes us all different. So it’s unrealistic to tell anybody that we all agreed with everything that everyone did or said. That doesn’t happen in a real relationship. At the time, she just didn’t agree with what the record company was doing with the project, so she felt strong about standing up about it. It had nothing personal to do with the group members. I didn’t have a problem with that.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — New details have surfaced regarding what was going on at the house where Ken Konias was arrested.

The tip that led to the arrest of Konias Monday night came from a man Pittsburgh police describe as a pimp representing a prostitute. That man told police that the prostitute, who is also his girlfriend, was in the Pompano Beach, Fla., home with Konias two hours after the call came directly to Pittsburgh police homicide.

Konias had been smoking crack cocaine in the house for several hours with the prostitute. Sources tell KDKA-TV’s Marty Griffin, between the drugs and alcohol, Konias told the prostitute about a murder – an armored car robbery – he pulled in Pittsburgh.

Sources say the prostitute called her boyfriend, who then did a Google search on Konias, found the number for Pittsburgh police homicide and called.

Sources close to the investigation say Konias befriended the prostitute, that he felt remorseful for the robbery and shooting in Pittsburgh and that he confided in the prostitute, telling her about the crime.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars from the armored truck are still missing, but Konias reportedly did not live a lavish lifestyle after the alleged robbery. Sources say he reportedly used money on drugs and alcohol.

Konias was reportedly robbed by several prostitutes and people that said they could get him out of the country.

That was at 9 p.m. Monday. By midnight Konias was under arrest.

Whenever Oprah is faced with adversity in her life, this is the scripture she uses to keep her center and grounded.  I loved it so much that I had to share it.

"In God I LIVE, and MOVE, and HAVE my Being"
- Acts 17:28 as quoted by Oprah Winfrey

Beyonce has received the coveted title of 'World's Most Beautiful Woman' by People magazine.  The new mom has appeared on the list countless times, but this is the first time she's made the cover.

Beyonce also opens up about being a new mother to baby, Blue Ivy. 

"I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth," says PEOPLE's 2012 World's Most Beautiful Woman. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth."

"She's just the cutest thing," gushes Beyoncé, who croons one-of-a-kind tunes to her daughter and professes to "love" changing diapers.

So who does her daughter most resemble? "She looks like Blue," says Beyoncé, who is back to her pre-pregnancy weight and gearing up for her first post-baby concerts, Memorial Day weekend at the Revel Atlantic City. "She's her own person."

"The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy," she adds. "The word 'love' means something completely different now."

President Obama appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on the campus of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and opened the TV show with a comedy sketch where he 'slow-jammed the news' with the help of The Roots who serves as the shows resident house band.

As the music played in the background, President Obama discussed why the country should keep interests rates on student loans low.

"Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people," he said.

"Awww yeah" drawled the talk show host mimicking soul singer Barry White. "You should listen to the president, or as I like to call him, the preezy of the United Steezy."

Apr 24, 2012


 You have been warned.  I have touched on some issues on here that have turned into tinder boxes even when I didn't think they would be...BUT I am telling you up front, that I am taking the gloves off on this one and MOST of you are not going to like it.  You are definitely entitled to your opinion and that's what the comment box below is for but I am also entitled to mine and I am expressing it today.

I'm throwing Savvy Sista under the bus on this one because I really believe that she is the one who convinced me to watch Single Ladies last season (but I may be re-writing history, I may have brought it up to her).  Anyway, the point is, I watched it.  And though I didn't think there was anything ground breaking about it, I supported the show the entire season for a couple of reasons:

1) We complain about the lack of roles for Black actors/actresses and this show was giving them a paycheck and so I wanted to support that;

2) Although, I found the acting to be a little lacking, I liked the concept and loved that it was filmed in Atlanta, which meant my city was getting an economic boost and some positive exposure.

Now when I decide to support you in something, I also become one of your biggest cheerleaders, so I didn't just watch the show, I mentioned it to other people and recruited new viewers.   One of the new viewers I recruited, happens to be a long time friend of mine.  We'll call her "X".   X and I have been friends for well over 13 years now and we aren't the friends in I see you once in a blue moon kinda friends.  We are the meet once a month for lunch, talk on the phone at least once every two weeks kind of friends.  And because some of you may or may not feel this is important later in the story.  X is a white woman.

Anyway, with VH-1 promoting it up for the new season of Single Ladies, she hit me up on messenger today and this is how the conversation went.

X: New Season Single Ladies, where are we watching the season premiere, my place or yours? We can order Chinese food.
Me: uh, doesn't matter
X: What's wrong?
Me: Nothing, just not as excited about it this year.
X: Why?? Because Stacey Dash is gone? You were always complaining about them giving the skinny girl all the cute clothes while the curvy girl got the frump wear anyway.
Me: LOL!! I did say that. They did Lisaraye wrong.
X: Okay, so again, what's the problem?
Me: We can watch the show... besides you don't really want to know why I'm annoyed about it
X: If I didn't want to know I wouldn't ask!! DUH!! I am well aware of the fact that you need medication for your neuroses
Me: Okay, when they named the new actress a few months back, I had never heard of the chick so I googled her and the first things that came up were her interviews where she refers to herself as Latina instead of Black.
X: WTH are you talking about???
Me: She says she's Puerto Rican, Dominican and Greek
X: Wait a minute, you discriminating against her because she's MIXED??? You're MIXED!!
Me: I AM NOT MIXED!!! I am a BLACK woman.  I happen to be a by product of several interracial marriages.  And you are  missing my point. Puerto Rican is not a race, it's an ethnicity.  There are White Puerto Ricans who are descendants of the Spaniards who colonized Puerto Rico.  The are Native American Puerto Ricans who are descendant of the Taino Indians, the original inhabitants  of the Island and there are Black Puerto Ricans who are descended from the slaves that were brought to the Island.
X: I don't get you. I have met your family... and quite frankly they are a mixed bag.  You have white relatives, like as in your grandparents are not Black.  Your grandmother lived on a reservation until she got married, you are descended from Indian Chiefs, so if you are Black then why isn't SHE??
Me: That's my whole point. SHE IS!! But she doesn't want to be identified as such, so why is taking a role that was written for a Black actress??

After that we had to take the conversation offline so that I could explain myself.  In the end, we agreed to disagree. I will say that she brought up another interesting point on the phone.  According to her, I am ashamed to admit my white heritage (I don't think that I am, I just don't feel the need to broadcast it because at the end of the day, I'm still a Black woman) but I am now penalizing her for being on the other side of the coin.

Okay so I know people are going to have many thoughts on this subject and some of you will be too shy to say anything but the truth is that the only way we tackle these closet issues is if we pull them out on the floor and discuss them.  Maybe I am missing something but I just think that if you are actively seeking roles written for Black women, you should at least identify yourself as Black.  Years ago when Angelina Jolie was cast in the role of Mariane Pearl, people had plenty to say about a white woman playing a Black (Bi-racial) woman but there is nothing said when women who at least appear to be Black, deny that they are Black while taking roles meant for Black women.  Enlighten me as to why this okay...I'll be waiting with an open mind....
(AJC) -- A Newton County man and his son who authorities said held a gun on the new owners of a neighboring home were arrested Monday night and charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

Porterdale resident Robert Canoles said he has no second thoughts about interrupting what he thought was a robbery in progress Thursday night at his neighbor's house -- though he is now facing criminal charges just days after deputies lauded his armed response.

Canoles said he and his teenage son, Branden, heard noises from the once-foreclosed home next door, vacant for seven months. They grabbed their AR-15s and snuck up behind a man and woman fiddling with the front door lock.

Jean-Joseph Kalonji, 61, and his 57-year-old wife, Angelica, following their real estate agent's advice, had driven to Porterdale to change the locks on the home their son Bruno Kalonji had just purchased. They found themselves prisoners of two men they didn't know clutching semi-automatic rifles.

"Shut up or I'll shoot," Canoles allegedly told the couple after they tried to explain that their son now owned the modest home sitting on 11 acres. Canoles asked to see the closing paperwork, which the Kalonjis didn't have.

For roughly 10 minutes, the Kalonjis -- who moved to the U.S. from Zaire in the late 1990s to escape persecution from the brutal Mobutu regime -- stood nervously, arms lifted over their heads, backs turned to the gunmen.

"I didn't know who they were," Jean-Joseph Kalonji told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday. "Were they there to rob us?"

Their fears were lifted when deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department, contacted by Canoles, arrived. But their relief was short-lived. The deputies, demanding proof the home was theirs, handcuffed the Kalonjis.

"I told them, ‘Call my son, he'll tell you,' " said Jean-Joseph Kalonji, a teacher in Zaire who found work as an electrician after moving to America. "I begged them to call him, but they wouldn't do it."

The couple were booked into jail, charged with loitering and prowling.

Canoles, meanwhile, said he was lauded by the responding officers.

"The police told me I did a good job," said Canoles, 45, who was never questioned that night. He spoke again with deputies on Friday and said he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Now, four days later, Canoles finds himself facing charges after the Newton County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney met Monday with the Kalonjis and their attorney, Don Samuel.

Samuel typically handles a higher-profile clientele, including NFL star Ray Lewis, former Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley and rapper T.I.

The lawyer said he took the case as a favor to Bruno Kalonji, who had taught his kids soccer. Charges against the elder Kalonjis were dropped while the sheriff promised an internal investigation into the deputies' actions.

The Kalonjis said they were also given assurances that their new neighbor will face charges for what Samuel called his "vigilante justice."

"If police had just made the one phone call to Bruno, this all could've been avoided," Samuel said.

On Monday, Canoles and his son were summoned for another interview with Newton County officials, who told them to bring in their guns.

They turned themselves in about 10 p.m. Monday and were booked into the Newton County Jail just before midnight, according to sheriff's spokesman Mark Mitchell. They were being held without bond Tuesday, online jail records show.

"I don't know what they can charge me with," Canoles said late Monday afternoon, before the interview with authorities. "This is my Second Amendment right. Look, this is the country out here, and we protect our own."

Meanwhile, his neighbors are having second thoughts about moving into their new home, which Bruno Kalonji called a dream come true. He plans to build a soccer field on his land while his agrarian parents, who will share the home with their daughter-in-law and grandson, look forward to raising chickens on the bucolic spread.

"We're waiting to move," Bruno Kalonji said. "We're still afraid of what the guy next door might do."
So news broke recently that Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Constance C.R. White had fired Essence.com managing editor Michael Bullerdick.  The reason?? Well, a group which prides themselves on investigating journalists sent her a screen shot of posts that Bullerdick made on his private Facebook page. 

The posts which have been described as racist even by a conservative standard, are definitely contrary to the stance that Essence magazine has taken in the past.  Bullerdick refers to President Barack Obama as radical and even calls Al Sharpton a "race pimp".

Now, people are discussing whether or not one should be fired for their private Facebook postings etc and whether or not his personal views affected his ability to do his job.  Personally, I have a different take on the whole situation and I feel no sympathy for Essence magazine.

Here's why.

 You may recall last year's controversy when Bullerdick was named managing editor over there.  If you don't here's a quick recap.  Time, Inc. "urged" his hiring to run h magazine's website.  Many readers became upset and argued that a white man had no way to relate to the "Black woman" experience in this country.  I tended to agree especially since Bullerdick was never known for being fashion savvy or actively tackling issues that pertained to Black women.

The answer that loyal readers received from Essence magazine was a statement that Bullerdick would have no real "editorial role".  This completely perplexed me since his title was MANAGING EDITOR.  I have already expressed to you how much it displeases me when people try to pee on my head and then tell me it's rain. And that's exactly what Essence did when it came to the feelings of the very women who buy your magazine.

Quite frankly, I could see their defense of the man's hiring if he at least had experience working with issues that affected Black women or if he was Andre Leon Talley who is widely celebrated for his knowledge of fashion but Bullerdick was none of those things.

They ignored these facts and the concerns of the very women who buy their magazine and chose to hire him anyway.  I consider that thumbing your nose at your own customers.  What bothers me about this behavior is that some consumers, especially Black consumers, tend to still support a company that basically tells them, keep spending your money here BUT you don't tell us what to do.   

I have had a subscription (with a few minor lapses) for Essence magazine since I was in high school and my mother had subscriptions before that but last year, I canceled my subscription and I have not bought an Essence magazine or been to the website since then.  You don't care what I think? Great, I don't care if you ever sell another magazine.

I can't help but feel that the reason Essence was so quick to embrace him is because , Black people sometimes feel that if you get a white person on your side, you're somehow more legitimate.

Essence had been doing fine as a voice for Black women for decades but now this middle aged white man with no fashion background and  no history of working on issues which pertain to your readership, and now you're surprised and shocked when he acts a little out of pocket??? Get outta here!!!

My brother and I recently had a conversation that put things in perspective for me.  I was in shock and awe that Britney Spears will be making fifteen million dollars to be a host on one of those watch Americans sing shows.  My brother said, well why not she is popular.  No, I said she used to be popular and I added at the height of her popularity, she still wasn't a big cross over hit.  She had a few Black fans but come on Black people did not see her as an Adele.  With a straight face, he looks at me and says, "When you're seventy percent of the population, you don't need to cross over." I don't know why I keep forgetting that.  But I sure wish the twelve percent of the population, I belong to would learn to stick together.

Lost in the hoopla surrounding 'Think Like a Man' was the fact that a documentary on the legendary artist, Bob Marley, was also released this past weekend in 42 theaters.

"Marley," directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald, collected a respectable $260,000, according to an estimate from distributor Magnolia Pictures.

Because the Rastafarian singer embraced marijuana, Magnolia decided to open the film on April 20, an unofficial holiday when many often gather together to smoke. The film was also made available to screen for $6.99 via Facebook that day, and fans could also rent it on video-on-demand platforms. On Sunday, the documentary was the No. 6 top movie rental on iTunes, behind far more commercial films like "We Bought a Zoo" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Neal Block, Magnolia's head of distribution, said he was hopeful that strong word-of-mouth and positive reviews would help the film "transcend being considered only a music documentary."

h/t LA Times

SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Later Monday, the Sanford City Commission rejected by a 3-2 vote the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee, who was roundly criticized for not initially charging Zimmerman and had stepped down temporarily in March he said to let emotions cool.

Even though authorities can pinpoint Zimmerman's location with a GPS ankle bracelet, that he must wear round the clock, the public may not see him again for some time. Zimmerman has waived his appearance at his upcoming arraignment next month, so he can stay underground if he wants.

"He's doing well, he's very glad to be out, trying to get settled in, still worried about his safety, but, you know, talking to his family and feeling much better than being in" jail, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said Monday night on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.

O'Mara declined to say if Zimmerman was in Florida, only saying his client will travel to several locations for his safety. O'Mara did not immediately return phone calls Monday by The Associated Press.

Zimmerman already has experience laying low: For more than a month before his arrest, he eluded the media and his whereabouts were not known. His attorney has suggested he had several options for where Zimmerman can stay this time, and a judge indicated he was willing to let Zimmerman leave the state.

Until the next time he must come before a judge, Zimmerman will have to skip such routine pleasures as eating in a restaurant or taking a long stroll outside, said Jose Baez, a former attorney for Casey Anthony. Anthony, acquitted last summer of killing her 2-year-old daughter, went into hiding after her release from jail.

"He may be free, but he's not free," Baez said.

First, Zimmerman must limit who knows his whereabouts to avoid the risk someone will give the secret away, Baez said.

"Unfortunately, the people you think you trust, sometimes you find you just really can't," Baez said.

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President Obama and Tyler Perry
WASHINGTON -- A lucrative Atlanta trip headlined by a Tyler Perry-hosted fundraiser helped President Barack Obama out-raise Republican rival Mitt Romney in Georgia last month by a nearly six-to-one margin.

Obama raised more than $734,000 from Georgians in March, while Romney brought in $125,000, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of campaign finance disclosures. Nearly two-thirds of Obama’s Georgia haul came from the Obama Victory Fund, a joint campaign account with the Democratic National Committee that put on three March 16 fundraisers in the Atlanta area.

In previous months, Obama has outraised Romney in Georgia, but not by so large a margin.

Obama’s held numerous fundraising advantages in March that are now waning as the general election race gets under way. Romney, locked in a bitter primary that saw former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich win Georgia on March 6, was not raising money for the general election campaign. This month he has begun doing so, in conjunction with the Republican National Committee, as he has all but clinched the nomination -- though Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul remain in the race.

In all, Obama had $104 million on hand at the end of March, while Romney had $10.1 million.
Georgia voted for Republican John McCain for president in 2008 and the GOP has consolidated its statewide dominance since then. Though the state is highly unlikely to move to the Democratic column, it remains attractive to Democrats for its donor base -- particularly in Atlanta.

During his visit Obama spoke at a $250-a-ticket event at Tyler Perry Studios in Southwest Atlanta, then at two private homes, one of them Perry’s mansion near Vinings. Admission was $10,000 and $35,800 -- the maximum legal contribution for the joint committee.

Among those who “maxed out” were Rev. Jasper Williams and his son Joseph Williams, both pastors at the Salem Bible Church.

Entertainer Chris “Ludacris” Bridges donated $10,000 to the joint fund, as did musician Cee Lo Green, whose profanity-laced performance at Perry’s studio fundraiser later drew controversy. Also giving the $35,800 maximum to the joint fund were Herman J. Russell, chairman of contracting company H.J. Russell and Co., and his wife, Sylvia Russell, an executive with AT&T.

The Obama Victory Fund paid $12,000 for the use of Perry’s studio.

In all, the Obama Victory Fund brought in about $950,000 from Georgia in March, of which $454,000 was transferred to the Obama campaign.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, had 22 Georgians donate the maximum $2,500 to his primary campaign in March including Stephen Beagle, of Roswell, the president of Southland Homes Corp.; and Jesse Thomas, of Norcross, the south division president of Wellcare Health Plans.
Restore Our Future, a Super PAC supporting Romney that can raise and spend unlimited amounts, last month brought in $100,000 each from Atlanta’s Kelly Loeffler, of Intercontinental Exchange Inc., and Alpharetta’s Rod Aycox, of Select Management Resources LLC. Restore Our Future raised $8.68 million in all and finished March with $6.45 million on hand.

The pro-Obama Priorities USA Super PAC raised $2.5 million in March, none coming from Georgia, and had $5.03 million in the bank.

Gingrich raised $121,000 from Georgia in March, a month that saw his campaign spiral into even more severe debt as his Georgia primary victory was overshadowed by a string of disappointing performances elsewhere in the South.

Gingrich raised $1.69 million and reported $1.22 million cash on hand but $4.3 million in debt to staff, a security firm, a private jet company and other vendors.

Winning Our Future, a Super PAC run by former Gingrich aides supporting his candidacy, was in better shape. A $5 million donation by the wife of Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, nearly the entire amount the group raised, brought the Adelson family’s total contribution to the Gingrich shadow media campaign to more than $20 million. The debt-free Super PAC had $5.7 million on hand at the end of March and had not yet reported any April spending as of Monday.
March fundraising totals from Georgia

Obama --   $734,339.07
Mitt Romney -- $125,545.00
Newt Gingrich -- 121,110.00
Rick Santorum -- 55,732.00
Ron Paul -- 36,344.09
Note: Obama’s total includes money raised for the general election. Republicans only raised for the primaries.

(Think Progress) -- Last January, a study found that seventeen of the top twenty political donors are Republicans or conservatives. Last night, USA Today published a similar roundup of Super PAC donors in the 2012 cycle, and they found exactly the same pattern. Eight of the top ten Super PAC donors are Republicans or corporations who donate exclusively to Republicans. One is the Cooperative of American Physicians, a group of physicians focused on mitigating the cost of malpractice liability that supports a single Democrat. The other non-Republican group is a teachers union.

Notably, the top three Super PAC donors are all Republicans, and their more than $45 million in contributions adds up to more than four times the total spending by the remainder of the top ten:

These totals may also understate the total amount of spending by these wealthy right-wing benefactors because donors can keep their identities secret by funneling their money into non-profit arms of political organizations. Sixty-two percent of the $123 million raised by Karl Rove’s “Crossroads” political empire in 2010 and 2011, for example, came from secret donors.

Stacy Dash's character Val (and her fashion) is gone but that is not going to stop the show Single Ladies from moving forward with season two.

I'll admit I watched the show.  It definitely wasn't for the wonderful acting (there was none), nor did I watch for the great story line (that was nonexistent too).  I can honestly say I watched the show because of it's creator Stacy Littlejohn who is a hard working sista who I can definitely relate to when it comes to this writing thing.  I also watched because I can't go through life being serious all the time and sometimes I need some mindless entertainment and GCB on ABC and Single Ladies on VH1 provides this for me.

I hate to see the character of Val leave, but I was hoping that maybe a sista of a darker complexion could have taken her place.  I'm not hating on Denise Vasi.  She is a beautiful sista, but it would have been nice to see something different.

The second season of Single Ladies will premiere May 28 at 9 p.m., will you be watching?

(FOX Chicago News) -- Chicago - Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears Monday while testifying at the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a jealous rage four years ago.

Hudson was the first witness called after prosecutors and attorneys for William Balfour finished their opening statements. During her brief but emotional testimony, she told jurors her family didn't want her sister to marry Balfour and she spoke about the last time she saw her family members.

The singer and actress, who wore a subdued black dress and whose hair was wrapped in a bun, at first seemed composed as a prosecutor began asking her questions. But the testimony became increasingly difficult, and she began crying when talking about seeing her family the Sunday before the killings and later when a prosecutor showed her a picture of her mother.

Her voice also broke as she described her reaction when her sister, Julia Hudson, told her she was going to marry Balfour.

"None of us wanted her to marry him," she said, her voice cracking and struggling to hold back tears. "We did not like how he treated her," she said.

Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings.

Early on during Hudson's testimony, a prosecutor asked her to identify the defendant. Hudson poked her head around the judge's bench and pointed at Balfour.

"He's sitting right there," she said.

Balfour looked back at Hudson. But he otherwise showed little emotion during her testimony and during opening statements.

After more than 30 minutes on the stand, Hudson grabbed a fistful of tissues and walked slowly across the courtroom directly in front of jurors. She then took a seat next to her fiance, David Otunga, best known for his stint on VH1's reality show "I Love New York."

A former federal prosecutor said prosecutors were shrewd to call Jennifer Hudson as their first witness.

"It rivets the jury," said Phil Turner, a Chicago attorney. "For better or worse it increases the importance of the case in jurors' minds."

Turner noted Hudson now can sit through the rest of the trial, in full view of the jury. Witnesses typically are not allowed to watch trials until they have testified.

Sitting just a few feet away: William Balfour's family, including his mother, who decline to comment as she entered and left the building.

Balfour's defense attorney Amy Thompson claimed in her opening statement that because of Hudson's celebrity, police focused only on their first potential suspect, William Balfour. "They were on the hook," Thompson told the jury, "they had to find their man and find him quickly."

Thompson said police failed to investigate associates of Hudson's brother, Jason Hudson, who was murdered. "Jason Hudson was a drug dealer. That was his sole occupation," she said.

But Julia Hudson, testifying after her sister's emotional appearance, described why Balfour had to be the killer. As she tried to break up with him and discussed divorce, she said he threatened her on twenty five occasions, saying "If you leave me, I'll kill you. I'll kill your family first, then I will kill you. You’ll be the last to die."

Prosecutors say Balfour went inside the three-story house around 9 a.m. and used a .45-caliber handgun to kill Hudson's mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, in the living room, and then shot her 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson, twice in the head as he lay in bed.

He allegedly drove off in Jason Hudson's SUV with Julian inside. Authorities say he shot the boy in the head as he lay behind a front seat. His body was found in the abandoned vehicle miles away after a three-day search.

There are no known witnesses to the slayings, and it's unclear what physical evidence exists, including fingerprints or DNA. Prosecutors say gunshot residue was found on the steering wheel of Balfour's car. But the defense says it and other evidence is circumstantial.

During her opening statement, Thompson said DNA found on the gun and fingerprints found in the SUV didn't match Balfour's.

If convicted of at least two of the murder counts, the 30-year-old Balfour, on parole at the time of the killings after serving nearly seven years for attempted murder and vehicular hijacking, would face a mandatory life sentence. The trial could last up to a month.

Jennifer Hudson, the 2004 "American Idol" finalist and 2007 Oscar winner for her role in "Dreamgirls," is expected to attend each day of testimony. Judge Charles Burns has instructed jurors to set aside any sympathy for Hudson and decide a verdict strictly according to testimony.

Attorney Karen Conti joined Good Day Chicago to talk about what is expected to happen in court Monday, how prosecutors need to be careful with Hudson’s testimony should she be called to the stand, how important opening statements are.

Judge Burns has also taken steps to keep order both inside and outside his courtroom. Only one seat has been assigned for each media organization, space has been allotted in the lobby and spots for each live truck have been reserved on California Ave.

Pilar Sanders mugshot
This one has definitely become one of the messiest divorces we've seen in a long time.

Pilar and Deion Sanders, once the epitome of reality TV love, have taken their bitter divorce to the next level resulting in the arrest of one of the participating parties.

I realize divorces can be very nasty especially when there are children and money involved, but please let this serve as an example of how not to behave when you are going through a divorce.

This is how TMZ is reporting the story:

When it comes to Deion and Pilar Sanders, things have gone from bad to worse. Yes, unfortunately, things have gotten even messier between them.

Deion, a former NFL defensive back turned NFL Network analyst, tweeted Monday about an apparent run-in between himself and Pilar, his estranged wife.

“Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She’s going to jail n I’m pressing charges!”

And go to jail she did (see her mugshot above). According to the Colin County Jail website, Pilar was booked for “assault family violence.” (Maybe what instigated the confrontation were  photos of Deion with Tracey Edmonds Sunday night in New York at a performance of Blair Underwood’s “Streetcar Named Desire.”)

Anyway, the NFL Hall of Famer later tweeted that he was upset his sons were involved in the incident.

“I’m sad my boys witnessed this mess but I warned the police department here that she was gone try n harm me and my boys. This is on my mama!” he wrote.

He also tweeted a photo of himself and his sons filling out paperwork, writing that he was “filling out police reports now.” He added: “Thank God for this (Twitter) platform to issue the Truth.”

Although Pilar and Deion are going through a bitter divorce, they are still living together in their suburban Dallas home.

Deion told TMZ that Pilar had been taken to the hospital immediately after the incident — claiming she needed medical treatment, but she is now in police custody.

Deion claims he didn’t harm his estranged wife, and only “defended” himself until he was able to call police.

Pilar was arrested for "assault family violence".
Cynthia McKinney
(AJC) -- Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is preparing to run for her old 4th Congressional district seat on the Green Party ticket.

McKinney was defeated by 4th district incumbent Hank Johnson in 2006 after serving six terms in Congress and has kept a low profile since returning to Atlanta from the San Francisco area where she moved in 2007.

Since February she has made a few public appearances in her old district but stayed low key with her plans. She filed paperwork April 2 with the Federal Elections Commission declaring her intention to run.

Tracked down at her mother’s home Thursday by a reporter from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McKinney declined to comment and ordered the reporter off the property.

Last week she was recruiting volunteers to collect the 18,860 signatures of registered voters she’ll need by August 6 to get on the newly redrawn 4th district ballot, according the Georgia Secretary of
State’s office.

A lightning-rod political figure, McKinney, 55, was defeated in 2006 by  Johnson after a much-publicized run-in with a U.S. Capitol police officer and her accusations that the Bush administration may have known beforehand about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In 2008 she won the Green Party nomination and ran for president. McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente were on the ballot in 31 states, but not Georgia.

The party had hoped with McKinney's name recognition to get at least 5% of the vote so the party would automatically be on the 2012 ballot in all 50 states. She got less than 1 percent of the vote.

In the summer of 2009, McKinney made international news for her involvement in the Free Gaza Movement, during which she was detained after a ship she was aboard carrying humanitarian supplies was stopped by the Israeli Navy for allegedly running a blockade.

Back in Atlanta, McKinney’s associates in the Green Party – which she joined in 2007 after quitting the Democratic Party – have closed ranks in support.

Her former Green Party campaign manager, Hugh Esco, said Wednesday he could not confirm McKinney plans to run, as first reported by the Atlanta Progressive News. “I would call that report a wild rumor,” said Esco.

Frank Redding, a friend of McKinney’s late father, former state legislator Billy McKinney, who has known Cynthia since childhood, said Thursday he’s not surprised to hear she’s back in her old district and making the rounds for a political rebirth.

“She’s been around and been more visible and I believe she’s going to make a run, though I’ve not had a personal conversation with her,” said Redding. “But anywhere she runs in South Dekalb County she’s going to be viable.”

The new District 4 contains about two-thirds of DeKalb County including the cities of Stone Mountain and Scottdale, and portions of Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties.

Other former supporters question whether McKinney has the resources or enough remaining clout and presence in the district she left six years ago to get the signatures needed to get on the ballot.

“That’s going to be the real challenge for her,” said John Evans, who handled McKinney’s last congressional campaign, in 2006.

Jan Selman, a Decatur political consultant and former McKinney supporter who backed Hank Johnson in 2006, said she still supports Johnson, and doubts most voters will "get off the rail" and vote Green Party, no matter the candidate.

She said she would never underestimate McKinney. "She's a very determined person," said Selman. “But we need someone in the 4th district with tenure. Hank’s been in there three terms. I can’t see
that changing right now.”