Friday, April 30, 2010



In a recent interview, Sheila Johnson, who is the co-founder of BET along with her ex-husband Robert L. Johnson, was asked her thoughts on the cable channel she helped to create 30 years ago:

Don’t even get me started,I don’t watch it. I suggest to my kids that they don’t watch it… I’m ashamed of it, if you want to know the truth.
When we started BET, it was going to be the Ebony magazine on television. We had public affairs programming. We had news… I had a show called Teen Summit, we had a large variety of programming, but the problem is that then the video revolution started up… And then something started happening, and I didn’t like it at all. And I remember during those days we would sit up and watch these videos and decide which ones were going on and which ones were not. We got a lot of backlash from recording artists…and we had to start showing them. I didn’t like the way women were being portrayed in these videos.

I just really wish—and not just BET but a lot of television programming—that they would stop lowering the bar so far just so they can get eyeballs to the screen. I know they think that’s what’s going to keep programming on the air; that’s what’s going to sell advertising. But there has got to be some responsibility. Somebody has got to take this over. Because with all the studies that are out there, this is contributing to an atmosphere of free sex, ‘I don’t have to protect myself anymore.

Present day, Sheila Johnson’s on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and chairs the board of governors of Parsons, The New School for Design. She is president and managing partner of the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball League, and also owns substantial stakes in the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals. The owner of several hotels and a PGA golf course, she is building a luxury spa and convention center on a 347-acre tract in horse country in Middleburg, Virginia, where she also has a farm and indulges her love of all things equestrian.(Source)

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Kaiya Castillo was born on July 9, 1994, in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a chronic lung disease, at five months of age. Cystic Fibrosis is a life-shortening disease that effects various organs in the body, especially the lungs.

Throughout her young life, Kaiya has had to endure countless hospital stays and procedures. Kaiya recently received a double lung transplant; however her "new" lungs kept filling up with fluids during surgery. She is now in the ICU and she is under heavy sedation for the next 72 hours. Please keep Kaiya and her family in your prayers.



Click here to watch the homegoing services for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. Dorothy Height.


Yesterday, I witness something that traumatized me. At approximately 12:30 pm, I watched a skinny white girl (who sounded like she was from Russian) beat her mother’s behind. I am sitting in my car waiting to go into a meeting when I heard two females arguing. The younger one was on the outside of passenger side of the car yelling at the older woman on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The younger one got into the car. The older woman appeared hesitant in getting into the car. Next thing I know is there is a brief scuffle in the car between the two women. The older woman exited the car crying, face bruised and a chunk of hair in her hand. She falls to the ground. I get out of the car and walks toward her. I asked her if the young person in the car was her daughter. She nodded her head in the affirmative. I told her,”to get up and whip her azz. What is wrong with you? Get up and whip her azz!” Then I turned toward the girl and told her, “How can you do that to your mother. Get out the car and do that to me. I will whip your azz. Get out of the car now.” The girl would not look at me. I told the mother that I am calling 911 right now. The woman gets up off the ground with the chunk of hair in her hand, gets in the car and takes off. Blank stare.

It is 2:00 am and I am still in shock at the parent beatdown. I have lived in the inner city for great portion of my life and never witnessed such an event. I move to the suburbs and witness a parent beatdown. I think it is time to update my Punkazzparent blog.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Indeed the FBI probably had something to do with it. But we have to say that adult men between the ages of 20 and 40- Black faces who chose to put a trigger in their hands and unload until it was empty – have to be culpable. You can’t keep pointing the finger [at the FBI] because my Father was not killed from a grassy knoll. And I have sisters who are spun out into this environment as tumble weed unhealed. We knew to stay silent because as a child, I thought it could happen to me. That if I spoke up or said something, they’d take my mother. They’d take one of us. I got to hear reports of the traitor deserved it, so it could never go away. Those reports did not come from the government. Those reports did not come from the police. It came from the tan and brown faces that once claimed themselves family members.” – Attallah Shabazz (Eldest daughter of Malcolm X aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz)

From Associated Press
NEW YORK - The only man to admit shooting Malcolm X was freed on parole Tuesday, 45 years after he assassinated the civil rights leader.

Thomas Hagan, the last man still serving time in the 1965 killing, was freed from a Manhattan prison where he spent two days a week under a work-release program, state Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Linda Foglia said.

Hagan, 69, has said he was one of three gunmen who shot Malcolm X as he began a speech at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. But Hagan has said the two men convicted with him were not involved.

SIDEBAR: The video covers a 60 Minute interview where Attalah Shabazz confronts Minister Louis Farrakhan about the role his angry rhetoric played in the assassination of her Father. I cry each time I watch this video. I cry for the pain that Dr. Betty Shabazz and her daughters had to endure because of the actions of three misguided men. And now the confessed gunman has been released from prison. Attallah and her sisters are in my prayers.


Sidebar: As you know, I am obese and need to lose some weight. Well, it has been hard getting started because I am an emotional eater and lazy - I don't like exercising. Well today, I found my inspiration. Her name is Ernestine Shepherd. She is a 72-yr-old fitness trainer who runs 80 miles a week and helps seniors live fit. There are no more excuses. Thanks to for posting this video.

Monday, April 26, 2010


SIDEBAR: As an Attorney for the City of Paterson Law Department, I had the honor to have the remains of several indigent people, including an infant who was discarded in the trash by her parents, buried. While these individuals died poor, I strongly believed that they had a right to be buried with dignity. Many of them had been in the county morgue for more than a year.

So when I read this story about how walked passed a dying man and did not assist him, I was distraught. What is wrong with SOME of us? How did human beings get to the point where they judge people on their material possessions and not by the content of character.

Join me and a panel of distinguished individuals who are a part of my Twitter family (@gods_man @consciousskillz @EvaMinistries @Ghania_Fatimah) on Blogtalkradio on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM (EST), where we will discuss the role that character plays in practicing religion with integrity.
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MYFOXNY.COM - A homeless man was stabbed to death as he came to the aid of a woman being attacked in Jamaica, Queens.

Police say Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax, 31, was stabbed multiple times in the chest.

It happened on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at approximately 7:21 a.m. at 88 Road and 144th Street but police didn't have a clear idea of what happened until recently.
Tale-Yax stepped in as the woman was being assaulted. She was able to run away when the attacked turned his attention to Tale-Yax.

The female victim has not been identified. She is described as 5'3", with a thin build. She was wearing a 3/4 length jacket and a skirt.

The suspect has not been caught. He is described as a 5'6", with a medium build. He was wearing a green short sleeved shirt and dark pants with a green hat.

Anyone with information in regards to this Homicide is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Dorothy I. Height

NCNW Media Contact:
Flo McAfee
C: 202.486.3673

WASHINGTON (April 22) ― Funeral services for Dr. Dorothy I. Height, chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), who passed earlier this week, will take place in Washington, D.C. beginning Tuesday, April 27 and end with funeral services at Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, April 29, according to former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, who is overseeing the arrangements. Burial services will be held at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland. Dr. Height passed away on Tuesday, April 20, at the age of 98.

Tuesday, April 27
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ― Dr. Height will lie in repose at the NCNW Dorothy I. Height building for a public viewing.
Wednesday, April 28

2:00 p.m. ―The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will conduct a public Omega Omega Service at Howard University. Dr. Height served as national president of the sorority in 1947.

7:00 p.m. ― A “Community Celebration of Life” memorial will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The memorial is open to the public.

Thursday, April 29
10:00 a.m. ― A funeral service will be conducted at Washington National Cathedral and is open to the public. The burial service will follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


I have found another NWA offspring entering the Rap game. His name is Andre Romell Young aka Curtis Young and he is the son of legendary rapper/producer Dr. Dre. You can follow him on Twitter @Mrcurtisyoung.


Thursday, April 22, 2010


Sidebar: Rap Icon Ice Cube has a new album called "I AM THE WEST" in stores on July 13th. I luv Ice Cube's music. At least he is saying something and I understand what he is saying. His DEATH CERTIFICATE album is heavy rotation in my mini-van. LOL

Thanks to Hard Knock TV for the interview.



In celebration of Earth Day, let us give thanks to our Great Creator (Jehovah Jireh-our provider) for blessing us with such a beautiful planet.

From Genesis 1

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010



Legendary Gangstarr artist Guru has succumbed to cancer after a lengthy bout with the disease.

The artist, born Keith Elam, died on Monday April 19. He was 43 years old.

Solar, Guru's partner, expressed sadness over the loss.

"The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all-time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru," Solar said in a statement. "Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.

Guru, a Boston native, rose to fame in the 80's as one half of Gangstarr, the iconic rap group with DJ Premier.

The group released six highly regarded albums in their tenure until 2003 when they broke up. After his successful run with Premier, Guru founded 7 Grand Records with producer Solar. (Source)

Solar also said that Guru wrote a letter to fans and sent it out through a press agency.

"For the fans that reached out with love and support, I can't tell you how much that meant to Guru and myself. Guru prepared this letter (read below) while he was in the hospital for the fans," the producer continued. "I hope now that Guru has moved on to a better place."

In the letter, seen below, the rapper explains his illness, expresses gratitude to supporters and offers some parting words for DJ Premiere.

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options.

I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody's feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

DR. DOROTHY HEIGHT (March 24, 1914 - April 20, 2010)


WASHINGTON — Dorothy Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, died Tuesday. She was 98.

Height, who continued actively speaking out into her 90s, had been at Howard University Hospital for some time. The hospital said in a statement she died of natural causes.

As a teenager, Height marched in New York's Times Square shouting, "Stop the lynching." In the 1950s and 1960s, she was the leading woman helping the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists orchestrate the civil rights movement.

It was the second death of a major civil rights figure in less than a week. Benjamin L. Hooks, the former longtime head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died Thursday in Memphis at 85.

The late activist C. DeLores Tucker once called Height an icon to all African-American women.

"I call Rosa Parks the mother of the civil rights movement," Tucker said in 1997. "Dorothy Height is the queen."

Height was on the platform at the Lincoln Memorial, sitting only a few feet from King, when he gave his famous "I have a dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

"He spoke longer than he was supposed to speak," Height recalled in a 1997 Associated Press interview. But after he was done, it was clear King's speech would echo for generations, she said, "because it gripped everybody."

Height became president of the National Council of Negro Women in 1957 and held the post until 1997, when she was 85. She remained chairman of the group.

"I hope not to work this hard all the rest of my life," she said at the time. "But whether it is the council, whether it is somewhere else, for the rest of my life, I will be working for equality, for justice, to eliminate racism, to build a better life for our families and our children."

Height received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 from President Bill Clinton.

To celebrate Height's 90th birthday in March 2002, friends and supporters raised $5 million to enable her organization to pay off the mortgage on its Washington headquarters. The donors included Oprah Winfrey and Don King.

Height was born in Richmond, Va., and the family moved to the Pittsburgh area when she was four. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University and did postgraduate work at Columbia University and the New York School of Social Work. (She had been turned away by Barnard College because it already had its quota of two black women.)

In 1937, while she was working at the Harlem YWCA, Height met famed educator Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who had come to speak at a meeting of Bethune's organization. Height eventually rose to leadership roles in both the council and the YWCA.

One of Height's sayings was, "If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time." She liked to quote 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who said that the three effective ways to fight for justice are to "agitate, agitate, agitate." (Source)


BIO OF DR. DORORTHY HEIGHT, Chair and President Emerita
National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

For nearly half a century, Dorothy Irene Height has given leadership to the struggle for equality and human rights for all people. Her life exemplifies her passionate commitment for a just society and her vision of a better world.

•Dorothy Height was born in Richmond, Virginia March 24, 1912, and educated in public schools in Rankin, Pa, a borough of Pittsburgh, where her family moved when she was four.

•Height established herself early as a dedicated student with exceptional oratorical skills. After winning a $1,000 scholarship in a national oratorical contest on the United States Constitution, sponsored by the Elks, and a record of scholastic excellence, she attended New York University and earned her bachelor and master's degrees in four years. She did postgraduate work at Columbia University and the New York School of Social Work.

•In 1933, Height became a leader of the United Christian Youth Movement of North America in the New Deal era. It was during this period that Height's career as a civil rights advocate began to unfold, as she worked to prevent lynching, desegregate the armed forces, reform the criminal justice system and for free access to public accommodations.

•Height was named to deal with the outcome of the Harlem riot of 1935.

Height was an organizer and served as Vice President of the United Christian Youth Movement of North America. In this capacity she was chosen as one of 10 American youth delegates to the World Conference on Life and Work of the Churches in Oxford England. Two years later (1939), she was a representative of the YWCA to the World Conference of Christian Youth in Amsterdam Holland.

•1937 was the turning point in the life of Dorothy Height. She was serving as Assistant Executive Director of the Harlem YWCA when Mary McLeod Bethune, founder and president of the National Council of Negro Women, noticed young Height who was escorting Eleanor Roosevelt into the NCNW meeting. Mrs. Bethune invited Height to join NCNW in her quest for women's rights to full and equal employment, pay and education.

•In 1938, Height was one of 10 American youth invited by Eleanor Roosevelt to spend a weekend at her Hyde Park NY home to plan and prepare for the World Youth Conference to be held at Vassar College.

•Height served in her dual role as YWCA Staff member and NCNW volunteer, integrating her training as a social worker and her commitment to rise above the limitations of race and sex. She rose quickly through the ranks of the YWCA, from the Emma Ransom House in Harlem to the Executive Director of the Phyllis Wheatley Association in Washington D.C. and to the National Staff.

•For thirty-three years - (1944 - 1977), Height served on the staff of the National Board of the YWCA of the USA and held several leadership positions in Public Affairs and Leadership Training and as Director of the National YWCA School for Professional Workers. In 1965, she was inaugurated and became Director of the Center for Racial Justice, a position she held until her retirement.

•In l952, Height served as visiting professor at the University of Delhi, India, in the Delhi School of Social Work, which was founded by the YWCAs of India, Burma and Ceylon. She became known for her internationalism and humanitarianism, and conducted international studies and travel to expand the work of the YWCA.

•Height made a study of the training of women's organizations in five African countries: Liberia, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria under the Committee of Correspondence.

•Height was elected National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1947 - and served until l956. She carried the Sorority to a new level of organizational development, initiation eligibility and social action throughout her term. Her leadership training skills, social work background and knowledge of volunteerism benefited the Sorority as it moved into a new era of activism on the national and international scene.

•In l957, Height was elected fourth National President of NCNW and served until l998 when she became Chair and President Emerita.

•In 1960, Height was the woman team member leader in the United Civil Rights Leadership along with Martin Luther King, Whitney H. Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis.

•In 1961, while Height was participating in major Civil Rights leadership, she led NCNW to deal with unmet needs among women and their families to combat hunger, develop cooperative pig banks, provided families with community freezers and showers, etc..

•In 1964, after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Height with Polly Cowan, an NCNW Board Member, organized teams of women of different races and faith as "Wednesdays In Mississippi" to assist in the freedom schools and open communication between women of difference races. The workshops which followed stressed the need for decent housing which became the basis for NCNW in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop Turnkey III Home Ownership for low income families in Gulfport Mississippi.

•In l970, Height directed the series of activities culminating in the YWCA Convention adopting as its "One Imperative" to the elimination of racism.

•In 1970, Height established the Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement in New York City to prepare women for entry level jobs. From this experience in 1975, Height in collaboration with Pace College established a first-time Associate Degree for Professional Studies (AAPS) - now incorporated as a regular professional studies degree course at Pace University.

•In l975, Height participated in the Tribunal at the International Women's Year Conference of the United Nations in Mexico City. As a result of this experience, NCNW was awarded a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to hold a conference within the conference for women from the United States, African countries, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. This was followed with a site visit with 50 of the women to visit with rural women in Mississippi.

•Under the auspices of the USAID, Height lectured in South Africa after addressing the National Convention of the Black Women's Federation of South Africa near Johannesburg (1977).

•Height led a crusade for justice for Black women and since l986 worked to strengthen the Black family. Under her leadership:

◦In 1966, NCNW achieved tax-exempt status.

◦In 1974, NCNW dedicated the statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in Lincoln Park, Washington D C; the first woman on public land in the Nation's Capital and to an African American or woman of any race.

◦Developed model national and community-based programs ranging from teen-age parenting to pig "banks" - which addressed hunger in rural areas - and were replicated by many other groups.

◦Established the Bethune Museum and Archives for Black Women, the first institution devoted to black women's history; and established the Bethune Council House as a national historic site.

◦Height placed NCNW on a course of issue-oriented politics, sponsoring "Wednesdays in Mississippi" when interracial groups of women would help out at Freedom Schools; voter registration drives in the South; and established communications between black and white women.

◦Established the Black Family Reunion Celebration in 1986 to reinforce the historic strengths and traditional values of the Black family.

Dorothy I. Height has received awards and citations including the:

•John F. Kennedy Memorial Award
•Hadassah Myrtle Wreath of Achievement
•Ministerial Interfaith Association Award
•Ladies Home Journal - Woman of the Year
•Congressional Black Caucus - Decades of Service
•President Ronald Reagan - Citizens Medal
•Franklin Roosevelt - Freedom Medal
•Essence Award
•Camille Cosby World of Children Award
•Caring Institute - Caring Award
•NAACP - Spingarn Medal
•National Women's Hall of Fame
•President Bill Clinton - Presidential Medal of Freedom
•On Height's 92nd birthday March 24, 2004, President George W. Bush presented her the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian and most distinguished award presented by the United States Congress.

She has received thirty-six Honorary Doctorate Degrees from universities and colleges such as:
Tuskegee University, Spelman College, Pace University, Bennett College, Lincoln University, Harvard University, Howard University, Princeton University, New York University, Morehouse College, Meharry Medical College, Columbia University.

Monday, April 19, 2010


"What up, Cube? You know your son is grown.
Just kick your feet up and I'ma bring the money home."

Sidebar: Looks like Ice Cube has passed the rap baton onto his son, Rapper OMG.

For updates about Ice Cube and OMG, vist

Follow Twitter: @CaliforniaHeir and Icecube


Sunday, April 18, 2010


And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. -- Matthew 6:12

Youtube blogger, SparkWisdom, shared her story of how she forgave a $40,000.00 child support debt against the father of her three children. This is an amazing video. I pray the our Heavenly Father will reward her in this world and the world to come with every good desire of her heart and more.

Sidebar: I truly believe that the child support system is another way to incarcerate our Black men who weren't responsible enough to keep their pee-pees in their pants until they were ready to accept the consequences of their promiscuity. The child support system is more about incarceration, than ensuring that children are adequately provided financial support. If a "man" needs a court order to force him to support his children, then he is not a man but an immature sperm donor.

Friday, April 16, 2010


"50 Cent the rapper has become Curtis Jackson the entrepreneur and, as we know, all those tatts aren’t a considered a good look in the business world." - Celebrity Blogger Michelle Brown aka ATLien
"Face tattoos say, I have gone as far as I want to in society and in fact, I think I want to take a few steps back." -- Actress Gabourey Sidibe


50 Cent is erasing some of his past – literally.

The rapper – whose real name is Curtis Jackson – has begun removing most of his tattoos. Turns out, that ink is causing a problem as he turns his focus to acting, with roles in the upcoming drama Twelve, costarring Chace Crawford, and the football flick Things Fall Apart, due out next year.

"It cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend in makeup covering them up," 50 Cent says about his decision, which he calls "an ongoing process."

Still, don't expect him to rid himself of all the ink. His arms may be tattoo free, but 50's vowed to keep a tattoo on his back. (Source)

SIDEBAR: After being cussed out for my views on tattoos and celebrity marketability, folks will now understand my disdained for tattoos displayed conspicuously on the human body (i.e., face, neck, arms, legs, hands and feet)as it relates to maturity, professionalism and marketability. When you want to be at the top of your game, then study people at the top of the game, not hoodratz or underachievers. There are certain patterns of behavior that will support your success and those that will not. The key is know the difference between the two. Selah.



Thursday, April 15, 2010


Rapper Crimson's new CD entitled LOVE OVER EVERYTHING has hit the market. Support my new buddy by purchasing his new album. Click here to purchase.

You can email MC Crimson at or visit his website:

MC Crimson appeared on Character Corner TV to discuss his career as Christian Rapper. Click here to view the show. Mover over Jay-Z and Eminem. Here comes MC Crimson.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal [.] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal [.] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Yesterday, I asked Brother Jesse on twitter what does the Qur’an say about cussing or cursing. He told me that it was prohibited.

Quickly, the Holy Spirit brought the Book of James Chapter 1, more specifically verses 21 through 27, to my remembrance and I was lead to read the following passages:
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Later, I watched TVOne’s Unsung episode covering the career of successful R&B singer, Stacy Lattisaw. I had no idea that Stacy made 10 albums. All I know is that I am a fan of her pure angelic voice and her powerful duets with Johnny Gill.

What intrigued me the most about Stacy’s Unsung story was her unwillingness to compromise her values for fame and fortune. She stated that if she had to compromise her belief by taking off her clothes, sexing record executives and doing drugs, then goodbye to the entertainment world.

Like Stacy, I felt the same way about my law career. If I had to act like grinning floozy or a “House Negro” unworthy of respect from my white peers to have a “successful” and lucrative law career, then you can have the legal profession.
When you take such a bold stand as we did, it comes with a price.

At first, you are depressed about being rejected. Then you become angry. But then there comes a day when you forgive the people who rejected you and you forgive yourself for being depressed and angry about their rejection. You subsequently realize that you are laying up true and everlasting treasures and rewards in Heaven- the place where it really counts.

As for cussing, it is time for me to stop being angry and compromising who I am to prove that I am L.W.A. – a Lawyer with Attitude. Each time I cuss, I forget the manner (kind) of woman that I am. As my childhood friend Alicia stated, I have “to stop sounding like the enemy – Lucifer.”

Sidebar: Here is a little Attorneymom trivia: My father wanted to name me Stacy. My mother wanted to name me Tawana. My uncle Glenn came up with Shwana.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, Rodney Peete, share many hopeful, positive experiences they've had with their autistic son, RJ, 12, and how they've managed to help him grow and blossom with lots of love and support, in "Early Coffee" on "The Early Show Saturday Edition."

Holly and her daughter have written a book entitled, MY BROTHER CHARLIE. And Rodney has also written a book about his experience being a father of a child with Autism entitled, Not My Boy!: A Father, A Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism.

Visit Holly's website at

Thursday, April 08, 2010


Character is who you really are in the dark (the secret place within your soul called the heart) when temptation and evil are present. Selah.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


While folks overdose on celebrity gossip & reality shows, become more confused by religious hypocrisy, enslave themselves with their own poor spending habits, fight against each other and eat & sex themselves into an early grave, wealthy and cunning devils are plotting to destroy million of people. The Good News is that God has already provided a solution to our sinful and slothful mental state. And that answer is hidden in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Therefore, put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


The foundation of any nation is the relationship between man and a woman. This relationship determines the socialization of any offspring produced by the sexual union between these two human species. (Sidebar: Punkazz parents raise punkazz children who become punkazz adults who wreak havoc upon the earth. These punkazz adults produce more punkazz children and thus, the cycle continues).

You can tell a lot about a man by how he treats women and children. Selah. If you can’t love a black woman (especially the one espoused to you or produced by your sperm), then how can you properly represent the interests of young girl or woman who has been victimized by evil animals? Blank stare.

This above observation came to me as I read a post on What About Our Daughters regarding the gang rape of a 7 –year old girl in Trenton, NJ. (Click here for details).

Gina (creator of WAOD and Michelle Obama Watch) is outraged (and rightfully so) that Rev. Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons and Jay-Z will be attending the “Stop Violence Against Our Babies and Community At Large” Rally in Trenton, on Saturday at 7 p.m. rally at the Lighthouse Outreach Ministry. She writes, in part:

“Am I the only one who sees the irony in men who marginalize and objectify women as a MATTER OF COURSE, holding a “rally” tangentially related to the sexual violence they promote? Who uses child rape to promote a concert/ rally? Notice that they couldn’t even dedicate this RALLy to this child, but had to throw her in as an afterthought to … “the community at large.” Let’s be clear. This rally has nothing to do with Black women and girls. This is all about them. them. them.

Notice these $#*&^%s aren’t holding a fundraiser for this child. Notice they aren’t organizing resources and counseling for this child. Notice they don’t appear to be all that concerned that his little girl is already indicating that she thinks people are “staring at her.” Uh uh, nothing gets in the way of Rev. Al and the Hip Hop Industrial Complex needing to hold a concert.” (Source)

Well, the irony is that some of the above mentioned celebrities attending the rally have had checkered histories when it comes to their relationship with Black Women. These men, along with a few other “successful” Black men, have either: 1) Cheated on their wives (e.g., Rev. Jesse Jackson, Willie Gary, Esq.), 2) are divorced (e.g., Rev. Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons); 3) single and are whoring around (e.g., Russell Simmons); 4) never been married (e.g., Hill Harper, Warren Ballentine, Tavis Smiley, Corey Booker, Stephen A. Smith, Tyler Perry), 5) fathered children out of wedlock (e.g., Sean Combs, Rev. Jess Jackson and Willy Gary, Esq.) 6) don’t date or marry Black women (e.g., Reggie Bush, Tiger Woods, Lamar Odom, Clarence Thomas); or 7) are homosexual or on the down low (I will refrain from providing any examples). Selah. What about Jay-Z pushing a defenseless young woman in the face a few years ago? (Click here for footage of the smack down).

If these men want to change how business is done in the hood, shouldn’t they start with the men in the mirror by asking them to change their ways? Shouldn’t one be a superstar in his own home first?

A wise spirit once said that “Character is who you really are in the dark (the secret place within your soul called the heart) when temptation and evil are present. Selah.

Monday, April 05, 2010


Jennifer Hudson has teamed up with Weight Watchers to help others get fit and healthy. You can read her blog at and learn the tips and strategies that helped Jennifer shed the pounds. You can also follow Weight Watchers on Twitter @weightwatchers or click here to become a Facebook Fan.

As I research diets to help me lose weight, Weight Watchers is by far the best method for developing a healthier lifestyle when it comes to eating.


"Funny thing is, the physical nudity is nothing lol. I been naked all along in my words actions and deeds. thats the real vulnerable place." -- Erykah Badu

One of my favorite Youtube Blogger, Ringo4Life has done another video (shown below) in which he chastises Erykah Badu for her strip tease done on the streets of Dallas, Texas.

In the video for her latest single, "Window Seat," Badu strips naked in front of children and other shocked pedestrians as they stand near the Dallas (TX) site where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Erykah Badu has since been charged with disorderly conduct by Dallas law enforcement.

While I don't think Badu stripped naked to sell records, I totally understand the backlash from the public - i.e., the group thinkers. As Artists, you cannot get so caught up in expressing yourself until you violate the law and ignore the impact your artistic expression will have on others, especially children. Folks are not as forgiven when a 40-year old Black female Artist does such outrages things to express herself. #groupthink.

I honestly believe that she was expressing herself artistically. And I thought it was a great video until I realized that she did not use a green screen and actually took her clothes off as she walked on a public street in Texas without the proper permits to shoot a video. I guess she did not confer with her attorney before she decided to violate the law in the name of artistic express?

Sidebar: I brought Erykah's new CD and love it. I love every song, especially the remix of Biggie's Get Money.

Martin Luther King's Easter message by Eddie S. Glaude (Special to CNN)

Yesterday, many Christians around the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whose blood (through Christ's crucifixion, death, burial and subsequent resurrection) served as the mechanism of purification from our sin and evil nature. Yesterday also marked the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Sidebar: I guess both occasion slipped the mind of our 44th President of the United States).

However, both occasions did not slip the mind of Eddie S. Glaude is the chair of the Center for African-American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University.

Professor Glaude wrote the following post on that highlighted the irony of this year’s Easter celebration falling on the date Dr. King was assassinated.

By Eddie S. Glaude, Special to CNN

Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) -- All around the world this weekend, Christians are celebrating Easter. For them, this holiest of days announces that death does not have the final word and that eternal life awaits those who would just believe.

Sunday also marks the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. Forty-two years ago, an assassin's bullet took his life as he struggled to secure the promises of American democracy for the children of slaves. His sacrifice, along with countless others, helped usher in a new chapter in American life -- one that prepared the way for the election of our nation's first African-American president.

Every now and again, the convergence of significant historical moments occasions a time for serious reflection. How might we think about the significance of the resurrection of Jesus and the martyrdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the lives we currently live as Americans? What lessons does Easter hold for us? And what does remembering King's death teach us?
On April 27, 1957, Dr. King delivered an Easter sermon titled, "Questions that Easter Answers." For him, Easter settled the mystery of death and secured for us the importance of living a life in light of those forces that go beyond our physical experience. We are not simply biological processes. Instead, King argued, Easter cries out to us about the importance of the unseen and of the personality, those "spiritual forces that are eternal and not merely these material things that we look about and see."

We matter. Our hopes and aspirations, our joys and triumphs matter. Not because of something we have actually done, but rather, because of an inheritance borne on a cross on Calvary. King understood Easter's answer to the significance of human action in the world. "There is a faith, there is love, there is hope, there is something beyond the external that will stand through the ages."

This view holds off the notion that life has no meaning or is doomed to end in shipwreck. The fact that so many have lost their jobs, their homes, their dreams in these difficult times confirms for us that life carries with it a 'Good Friday' experience -- that darkness and disappointment can be constant companions.

"But thank God the crucifixion was not the last act in that great and powerful drama," King preached. "There is another act. And it is something that we sing out and cry and ring out today. Thank God a day came when Good Friday had to pass."

For King, Easter teaches us that death does not have the last word; that invisible forces are more real than the shadows that we currently inhabit; and that the darkness of Good Friday may be necessary but will eventually pass away.

Easter ultimately demonstrates that "love is the most powerful force in the universe," said King. And this insight reaches beyond Christians to all of us, no matter what we believe.
Here, love isn't some sentimental notion; instead, it involves risks, daring and growth -- a surrender to that feature of human personality that can cause us to sacrifice our lives in defense of it. Love conquers cowardice. It shatters hubris and crushes the illusions of death. It fortifies the soul amid the darkness of the hour; it calls us to bear witness and to suffer, if necessary, the consequences.

The mindless chatter of today distracts us from the power of love. Instead, we are mired in the sundry politics of Washington, or we are content to spew venom at our opponents. Mean-spiritedness carries the day. But Easter, if I understand King correctly, teaches us to love and to witness the miracle of the resurrection before the powers that be, no matter the consequences.

"It says to us," King preached, "that love is the most durable power in the world" and is stronger "than all of the military giants, all of the nations that base their way on military power." Such a conviction led him on April 4, 1967, a year before he was killed, to condemn the Vietnam War and to say that America was "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world."

The fact that Easter falls this year on the anniversary of Dr. King's death highlights the true lesson of this holiest of days. We are not to sit idly by because Easter proclaims the victory.

Too many Christians take comfort in the wrong-headed idea that all is settled because Jesus rose from the dead. Martin Luther King, Jr's death suggests otherwise. His was a life given in love and in devotion to justice. Are we, Christian or not, as committed? To stopping war? To ending poverty? To fighting for the most vulnerable among us? Or, are we content to rest in the illusion that salvation is guaranteed?

Our lives, if we are to be saved, must stand as a testament to that legacy which, beyond our doing, is inescapable. Cowardice and complicity must die in us. And we must rise again to "love" a new world into existence. (Source)

Sunday, April 04, 2010


Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world
. --John 11: 25-28


A Gwinnett County family had planned to spend Easter weekend with relatives in Jacksonville.

They were close, but they never made it.

A rental car carrying six family members was hit Friday afternoon by a speeding driver and forced into a concrete median. The truck that hit them had no way of stopping, police said. The driver that caused the wreck was arrested and faces six charges of vehicular homicide.

Melissa Mitchell and her three children, all of Lawrenceville, were traveling with her mother and niece along U.S. Highway 1. Melissa Mitchell, 39, was driving and her mother, Brenda Mitchell Edwards, 57, was in the front seat of four-door Nissan sedan. In the backseat were Mitchell's 4-year-old twins, Christian and Keyshawn, daughter Miya, 11, and Edwards' 16-year-old grandaughter, Dhanja Mitchell.

Doyle Mitchell of Folkston, Edwards' brother, said in an instant, he lost six family members. (Source)


Friday, April 02, 2010


Tune in to Character Corner TV on tonight, April 1, at 6:00 PM EST on This week's guests will be Christian Rapper Crimson and Darrell Dunlap of Think Out Live TV. Click here to view the show.

Lee Andes aka MC Crimson is a Christian Rapper from Charlottesville, VA, who is about to change the Rap Game forever. Check out his music at

Darrell Dunlap has weekly show called Think Out Loud TV on He describes himself as a fun loving guy that has a problem taking a lot of thing seriously. Talk Out Loud airs every Thursday night at 8 pm EST and again Saturdays at 9 am EST.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


I knew the Legal Profession and Corporate America were brutal, but the Black blogosphere takes brutality to an entirely different level. The level of disrespect and e-bullying displayed by bloggers and their community of visitors (mainly “cubicle critters”) is insane.

For the past two months, I have been a victim of cyberbullying and am tired of it. Consequently, I have decided to take up the cause both to educate the general public about the definition and dangers of cyberbullying and to ensure that individuals (especially bloggers and website owners) who engage in cyberbullying, or allow cyberbullying by their site visitors with impunity, be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

What is e-bullying? E-bullying, commonly referred to as cyberbullying or stalking, is when a person is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another person by using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.(Source) In a nutshell, the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.

Cyberbullying can include such activities as “continuing to send e-mails to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation.” (Source)

People are not always who they say they are. Any user of social networking media sites can become an easy target of cyberbullying. Electronic communications provides anonymity to many perpetrators or cyberbullies and has the potential for widespread public distribution, potentially making them severely dangerous and cruel to their intended victims. .(Source)

Legislatures have since recognized that it’s possible to stalk someone from afar using modern technology, potentially cause cyberbullying victims to experience emotional distress and other psychological problems, including depression. In response, the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act (H.R. 1966) was introduced in the U.S. Congress in April 2009. The act would make it a federal crime to “intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to another person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated and hostile behavior.” Subcommittee hearings have been held and the bill is continuing through the legislative process.

Magan Meier is the young lady who serves as the inspiration behind H.R. 1966. Megan, who had battled depression since third grade, committed suicide by hanging herself in her room after being taunted by a teenage boy named “Josh Evan” on Later, it was learned that Josh Evans’ Myspace account was created by Lori Drew, the mother of a former friend of Meier, Drew’s daughter and Ashley Grills, Lori Drew's 18-year-old employee. Several people contributed to running the faked account, including Drew. Witnesses testified that the women intended to use Meier’s e-mails with "Josh" to get information about her and later humiliate her, in retribution for her allegedly spreading gossip about Drew's daughter.

On May 15, 2008, Lori Drew was indicted by the Grand Jury of the United States District Court for the Central District of California on four separate counts. Drew was only found guilty of the misdemeanor violation of the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act, which was later set aside by Judge George H. Wu.

For more information about cyberbullying, please visit

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