Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Unless you are living under a rock, you know that Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright has been on a media blitz tour for the last few days. I was actually home yesterday and watched his entire speech and Q & A before the National Press Club. While some of his comments were insightful and even entertaining and on some level I respect his disregard for popular opinion, I really just want him to go sit down somewhere or go back to whatever country he was chillin' in when this story broke. Clearly Rev. Wright could give a rat's behind about Barack Obama and almost said as much. And his statement that he was defending the black church and defending his mother--hogwash. I daresay the right Reverend Wright was out seeking publicity for his new book and really basking in the limelight.
Now don't get me wrong, everyone has a right to free speech and one certainly has a right to defend one's honor. But now? In that manner? When we could actually have an African American president? I don't agree with political pundits much, but I do think the good Reverend threw Barack under the bus, and from the glee with which he held court before the press club, I think it was the Reverend Wright's ego and not necessarily God directing his actions.
Friday, April 25, 2008
We opened the Joker nominations process up to you this week and below find the contenders. Thanks to those who nominated. I think I'm going with the Pennsylvania electorate this week.....Happy voting!
Hillary Clinton - No explanation necessary. (nominated by 12 Kyle)
The democratic electorate of Pennsylvania - For being gullible to think that the Clintons have their best interest at heart (nominated by Smarty Jones)
Khia - For plagiarizing herself on VH1's "Miss Rap Supreme." That was just sad. The least she could have done was spell 'respect' right. (nominated by Smarty Jones)
Kim Porter - For being seen out and about practically canoodling with Diddy. (nominated by Grown Woman)
Al Reynolds - For allegedly not working during the marriage, dressing as Bam Bam at a Halloween Party and generally being kind of a black K Fed....(nominated by ME) (And yes, I'm dead wrong for putting up that pic!)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
People Magazine reports ----
The Blade star, 45, was sentenced Thursday to three years behind bars as his punishment for failing to file his tax returns, U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges announced in an Ocala, Fla., courtroom.
The actor sat stone-faced – and some people in the courtroom gasped – when the sentence was read. "I'm very sorry for my mistakes and errors. I apologize to my family, the court and the community," Snipes said as his wife looked on. "I've asked the court to show me mercy and the opportunity to make things right."
In February, a federal jury convicted Snipes of three counts of failing to file a tax return (from 1999 through 2001). Thursday he received 12 months for each count. Prosecutors say the actor owes a total of $41 million in taxes, of which he paid $5 at the sentencing.
Several famous names sent in letters of support for Snipes, including Denzel Washington, Woody Harrelson and TV judge Joe Brown. Washington called Snipes a "great oak." Harrelson, who starred with Snipes in Wildcats, wrote, "Wes continues to encourage and challenge me to be the best man I can be by being a constant friend."
Story & Picture Source
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Star Jones has reportedly filed for divorce from husband of three-and-a-half years Al Reynolds.
The filing took place on March 26 in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan. Starlet M. Jones versus Al S. Reynolds was marked as an “Uncontested Matrimonial” case by the court and the records were sealed.
Says Star in a just-released statement: “Several years ago I made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life. A month ago I filed for divorce. The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life that requires privacy with one’s thoughts. I have committed myself to handling this situation with dignity and grace and look forward to emerging from this period as a stronger and wiser woman.”
Nas and Kelis
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Now today, Clinton denies making the remarks and said the media is trying to play games with him. Would somebody find him an intern, some golf clubs or something to do? Sheesh.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Rumor has it that Kanye asked Alexis for her engagement ring back. Do you think that she should return it or do you consider it a gift? Or, should she only return the ring if the break up was her fault?
Putting emotions aside, I believe that unless an engagement ring is given on a holiday or birthday (and thus a "gift"), then the ring should be returned if the engagement is broken.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Courtsey of BET---"Reports are circulating that Kanye West and his fiance, Alexis Phifer, have called off their engagement. Reps for Kanye have not yet confirmed the breakup, but sources say that it was Kanye who decided that things weren’t working out. Kanye and Alexis were engaged back in August of 2006, not long after the rapper’s much publicized break-up with an MTV employee, Brooke Crittendon. Maybe Kanye’s looking for the celebrity chick…"
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Excerpted from Charreah Jackson's interview with Tangi Miller in Essence Magazine.
Who needs a groom when you’ve got a wedding planner? There are some women who live for the day they’ll jump the broom and put more stock in the ceremony than a suitable lifetime beau. When Tangi Miller heard the story of a successful acquaintance who planned an elaborate wedding with friends and family but had no future hubby, she was inspired to produce and star in the romantic dramedy, Love and Other Four Letter Words. Essence.com caught up with the veteran actress to discuss the film and what single successful woman can do to find and maintain love.
Essence.com: Congrats on this new film, Tangi! Your character Stormy LaRue lies about her getting married to her grandmother on her death bed. But when grandma lives Stormy fakes an engagement with a hired stripper. What inspired this tall-tale?
Tangi Miller: My friend went to a wedding of a woman I knew in passing. The lady told her family and friends that she was about to get married. People bought wedding dresses, family came to town, she had bridesmaids and there was no groom. She was so together and you never would have thought things would turn out like that. It turned into a comedy in my head from that serious situation.
Essence.com: Wow that is a crazy story! She was there in her dress and everything?
T.M.: Yes girl, there in her dress and delusional with no husband. That story stayed with me and I thought, What would ever make me lie and say I was getting married? And then I thought of my grandmother whose whole thing is seeing me married before she dies.
Essence.com: This film addresses the strong independent woman who looks up to see she has the career and no personal life. What should women take from this?
T.M.: I want to begin a conversation about relationships and love. The grandmother says in the movie, At the end of your days you’re not going to wish you worked extra hours at work. If love is something you want, you definitely need to make it a priority in your life early enough so it doesn’t feel desperate or you are worried about your eggs drying up (laughs)!
Essence.com: (Laughs) Now, are you speaking from experience?
T.M.: Love is one of those things that needs to be on the priority list if you want it to manifest. In my life it wasn’t on my list. It was, ‘I want to go to this country’, ‘I want to do this’ but love was nowhere to be found. And of course, if you don’t put it out there it’s certainly not going to happen. I’ve had actresses say to me, ‘I just thought it would happen, and it never happened, and I’m 50 and I don’t want it to happen to you.’ It’s a real thing. It’s wonderful to grow with somebody and find a life partner, so there is a reason to stay.
Essence: And the life partner for Stormy turns out to be her childhood friend Reverend Arnold “Peanut” Peterson [played by Flex Alexander] from back home.
T.M.: There’s a Peanut in my life now and had I been open to the situation, prepared and appreciative of that, I would be married now. I think we run for our careers. That’s not a bad thing, but we need to be aware and say to our daughters, what there is to expect at the end of the day because you might want to walk with a Peanut. My sister married her high school sweetheart and they have three children together and grew together. It’s beautiful and rare. It’s definitely not for everyone but should be on the mind, on the radar with your dreams. I believe there is a way to have it all. You just have to plan it right.
Essence: How was it working with Flex?
T.M.: Oh my gosh, you just want to marry him for real. He is the bomb and so wonderful. He is that guy. Shanice is so lucky. We did the movie with a low budget and he never complained. He’s a beautiful spirit and a great leading man.
Essence: In the film you also include some meddlesome cousins who stir up trouble and would love to bring Stormy down a notch. How do you manage those people in your life?
T.M.: Those haters that love you but you don’t really know where to put them? (laughs) You keep them close enough not to kill you but close enough so you know what they are up to. Sometimes they happen to be family so they aren’t going anywhere anyway. The bottom line is people love you, admire you, and envy you all at the same time. It’s a very human thing to be jealous. You just pray on it and pray for that person and wish blessings on their lives.
Essence: You were in wedding dresses twice in this movie. How was that?
T.M.: I felt like I needed to get married to be quite honest. So I was going through a lot but it did make me romanticize about the day that I would do that. I hope and pray we can shine a little more value on relationships with this story. It’s obviously not easy because people aren’t staying together. As a community, we should respect when people try and make that work. Otherwise, in 50 years, what kind of families are we going to have? It’s a serious issue not just for Black people but America. We need to work on relationships.
Essence.com: Now you starred as the lead character and served as the film’s producer . How was it were multiple hats?
T.M.: I was going from ‘So what are we having for lunch?’ to trying to stay in character. Playing Stormy, who was a producer like me, I was going crazy trying to keep up with everything. But it was bananas. As we work on my next film, My Girlfriend’s Back, I am setting it up so I don’t have so many responsibilities when we shoot. People really identify with this story, a woman who is a workaholic and has to re-evaluate her love life and I love that.
Essence.com: So what else do you and Stormy have in common?
T.M.: Ironically about a year or two after beginning the story, my grandmother was on her deathbed, and I said to myself, I wonder if I told her I’m getting married if she would live. This whole story was haunting me. My grandmother passed and I felt compelled to tell this story as a tribute to her and all the old-school mothers who push us in that direction of settling down. If love is something you want make it a priority in your life.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Which Sex and the City Vixen are You? I am Samantha!!! Woohoo!! Take the Test and find out Your Vixen Quotient!!
You Are Most Like Samantha!
For you, dating is the ultimate sport
You're into guys with power, looks, or a lot of money.
You rather have a great two weeks than a great forever.
But even you fall victim to love from time to time. :-)
Romantic prediction: You'll find love in the next few months...
But you'll be the last one to realize it.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
- "We all know that isn’t the real reason he’s leaving the show. The real reason is that he can’t take the hate he’s been getting regarding the Barack issue — hate from the black people that he loves so much. He needed to feel the love. We all do, whether it’s from our radio audience or from people we know personally. He wasn’t feeling any love, so he quit....We need good, controversial, compelling radio, and Tavis brought that"
- "But because Tavis has not come out and said, 'I am for Barack Obama,' everybody has started hating on him and threatening him and clowning him, and he can’t take it. Those of us who know him well know that. If you read his autobiography, 'What I Know for Sure,' you know that no matter how deep his love is, if he feels that he’s right or that you’re wrong, he doesn’t back down."
- "When his mom made him step down from being class president because his grades were slipping, he didn’t speak to her for two years. His own mama, a single parent of eight! He lived in her house, ate her food while he sat at her table and didn’t say a word to her for two years. All because he didn’t feel the love that his mom was trying to give him."
- "Tavis said the things he said about Barack because he wants the black people that he loves so much to think -- but to most of you, it sounded like hate, and it sounded like that to me too. Love or hate, real or perceived, none of it matters now. What matters is that Tavis wants to quit the TJMS -- and that’s real."
- "I want you to call him, e-mail him, text him, hug him, kiss him, get him in a corner and wrestle him and tell him how much you love him and appreciate his love for black people. Everyone needs that sometimes. And Tavis needs it right now."
I'm sorry folks--Tavis is a cry baby. Because people are strongly opposed to his views on Barack Obama, he throws in the towel? So much for intellectual discourse. Instead of a hug, he needs a swift kick in the rear. He is definitely getting a Joker of the Week nod.
P.S. - Tom could have kept the story about Tavis not speaking to his mother for two years after she made him give up the class presidency to himself. Umm, that's not an attractive story--it just shows someone spoiled, self-absorbed and stubborn.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
FLDS - For having a polygamist compound in Texas, forcing teens to marry adult men and have children, allowing men to have multiple "spiritual" wives, brainwashing inhabitants to think that the outside world is evil, and forcing those poor people to live and dress like pilgrims in 2008. It's a sick world we live in.
U.S. Federal Government - For rampant abuse of government issued credit cards to the tune of millions. Government workers spent $13,000 on a dinner which included 200 appetizers, internet dating websites, pornographic websites, Ipods, expensive clothing and (my personal favorite) lingerie that was apparently approved as part of jungle training in Ecuador. So my tax dollars are being used to purchase thongs in Ecuador? Lovely.
David Bellavia (McCain supporter) - For introducing John McCain by saying of Barack Obama, "Rest assured that men like Senator McCain will be the goal and the men that my two young boys will emulate and admire. You can have your Tiger Woods, we've got Senator McCain." Then going on to say McCain was the "real audacity of hope." McCain better hope that Obama isn't going to change the political game like Tiger changed golf! Loser!
John Ashcroft - For mistakenly calling Barack Obama "Osama" and then being booed loudly by his audience. Subconscious slip Johnny?
Naomi Campbell - For getting arrested and being banned from flying British Airways after her antics last week. NaNa better not act up on Air France! HA!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
In case you haven't heard rappers Remy Ma and Papoose are getting married very soon. The venue...Riker's Island!! Remy Ma is currently imprisoned there and faces 25 years!!!
This totally proves that one side of the story always sounds true UNTIL you hear the entire story...Fifty and his greedy baby mama were at it again last week. This time, Fifty was trying to evict her from his New Jersey mansion. At first, I thought "how cruel!!" This woman is the mother of his son. But, in court, the evidence showed that the baby mama was also staying in his house with her boyfriend and some other folks!! How ghetto!! And, of course, Fifty won the suit.
More to come (I'm sure)...
Monday, April 7, 2008
Ray J (on Pac) - "We walked in one day and Faith was sitting on Pac’s lap while Pac was writing a verse. It was like, "What the f*ck is going on?" That was one of the craziest sights, dog. Faith was in Pac’s lap. I was like, "What the f*ck? I know I’m not? Is that? It can’t?" Three weeks later, “Hit ‘Em Up” came out...I always just hung out with Pac and smoked and chilled. He always used to give young n*gg*s advice to just work hard and never give up on your dreams."
Ray J (on Biggie) "I was with Big two days before he died. I smoked two or three blunts with Big. We watched a Lil Kim video. He talked to me about some real sh*t. He was gonna get on the remix for “Everything That You Want” off my album and then two days later he was dead. He invited me to his hotel....The day he died, I seen him with Puff. I tried to say what’s up to Puff, but Puff didn’t see me. Then I seen Big and he was like, "What’s up, my n*gg*." I hugged Big and the n*gg* smelled like soap. That’s all I remember. He just smelled fresh like, "Damn, he a big n*gg* but he smell like soap." (Insert blank stare)
Ok, so they won't confirm whether they actually got married over the weekend. We're not surprised, are we? However, "sources" have confirmed that the hottest chick in the game and the best rapper alive wed on April 4, 2008. Talk about "Hip-Hop Royalty". Mary J. Blige gave them a shout out during the Heart of the City Tour on Saturday by saying " Congrats to my boy Jay and my Girl B". So, apparently, that's as official as we're going to get.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Well, not exactly... People.com is reporting that flowers, a large tent and candelabras were delivered today at Jay-z's apartment. Just three days ago, they applied for a marriage license. Could the hottest couple in the game really be tying the knot? Stay tuned...
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
James Tubman - For calling me insecure after I dared disagree with his assertion that money does not matter in relationships, and then as the conversation disintegrated telling Grown Woman that she needed "mental help." Now normally, I do not engage Sir Tubman on his often misguided thoughts about women, educated successful black women in particular, because it is not really worth my time. But when he took to personal attacks on me and my girl Grown Woman, he got it twisted. I think you can have meaningful discussions and differences of opinion in the blog world without being condescending and insulting. Apparently he feels differently. So he sure as heck gets my vote this week.
Pat Buchanan - For responding to Barack Obama's speech on race relations by saying, "What is wrong with Barack’s prognosis and Barack’s cure?Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, “everybody but the rioters themselves.”" Buchanan went on to say, "America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known." (Pat is almost making it hard for me to vote for James. Almost. LOL)
Khia - For saying that Janet Jackson placed Khia on a T.V. set in the "So Excited" video because she was "intimidated" by Khia and that Khia the "Queen" was edited out. She went on to say "NOWWWWWWW!!!!!MYT ADVICE TO JANET. MS. JACKSON IF U NASTI!!! STOP TRYNA TO COMPETE WITH THE LITTLE GIRLS. GO TO VEGAS AND DO SIDE SHOWS WITH CELINE DION AND MAKE REAL MONEY…….. WITH DOSE TRAMPESE CIRCUS ACTS!!!" I'm going to go out on a limb here. If Janet Jackson had a list of 100,000 things she was worried about, number 99,999 would be Khia outshining her in a video, right before hell freezing over.
Emanuel Cleaver (an African American Clinton supporting superdelegate) - For implying that Barack Obama was only successful because he was black and dismissing Obama's oratory skills by saying, "He is articulate - in the black tradition, he would probably be mediocre, but in White America...For White Americans, it's like, this guy can speak"