Tuesday, June 29, 2010

JENNIFER HUDSON BEHIND THE MUSIC AND PAIN

Jennifer Hudson’s Behind the Music aired yesterday on VH1 and of course, it was a tear jerker.

For some reason, I needed to see at least one tear in Jennifer’s eyes. I needed to know that she did actual mourn the murders of her mom, brother and nephew.

I have had some painful situations occur in my life but I have never been hurt on that level that Jennifer has been devastated. She has definitely experienced the greatest highs of life with phenomenal career success and the lowest of lows in the murders of most of her immediate family members.

But it was the healing power of motherhood coupled with her faith that allowed Jenifer to manage her pain through singing. Yes, I too can attest to how motherhood helped me to maintain hope while faced with some overwhelming challenges. Motherhood allows you to express and experience God (unconditional love).

Jamie Fox summed it up best when he said that despite the tragic deaths of her family members she has been able to keep a sweet taste in her mouth after tasting such bitter things.

Jennifer Hudson is a true example of the power of faith in a living God.

For the latest on Jennnifer Hudson, visit Jenniferhudson.com or follow her on Twitter at @IAMJHUD.


Monday, June 28, 2010

CHRIS BROWN AND THE 2010 BET AWARDS




The place to be last night (if you weren’t in Cali) was on Twitter and in front of your flat screen watching the 2010 BET Awards. Chris Brown gave the performance of his life.

In what was an awesome tribute to the late and great Michael Jackson, Chris Brown showed the world why he is in the entertainment industry in the first place.

After he danced to a medley of MJ songs, he slowed it down to sing the famous Man In The Mirror. Chris Breezy could not finish the song because he cried like a baby. And so did I.

I have been praying for Chris Brown every since Rihianagate. I was disturbed by how so many grown folks tried to bury this young man’s career.

Yes, I hate domestic violence. But there is a difference between a fight and abuse. Nevertheless, Chris Brown has paid for his fight with Rhi Rhi. He has pleaded guilty and is currently on probation.

It is time for folks (and Chris Brown) to give him a second chance. He deserves it.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

WHAT I LEARNED FROM GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL




One thing I am learning as I mature is that mistakes made at a certain age or professional level are unforgivable.

General Stanley McChrystal is under fire and his distinguished military leadership in Afghanistan is over for remarks made by him and anonymous staff members during an interview with writer Michael Hastings for Rolling Stone Magazine.

The "magnitude and graveness" of McChrystal's mistake in conducting the interview for the article were "profound," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said McChrystal had "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment."

I initially was puzzled by the graveness of the “wayward tongue” of such a highly experienced and decorative military general. But after reading the Rolling Stone article in its entirety, I see that Gen. McChrystal’s blatant lapse in judgment and military protocol is more about his ego and frustration over war strategy.

Gen. McChrystal not only attacked President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, he also verbalized his disdain for Senators John McCain and John Kerry, U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Special Representative to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, and National Security Advisor Jim Jones. According to the article, “only Hillary Clinton received good reviews from McChrystal’s inner circle.” (Click here to read the article in its entirety).

From his misbehaving days at West Point to the battlefields of Afghanistan, Gen. McChrystal’s rogue-like attitude clearly did not come as a surprise to the military elite. The following are excerpts from the infamous Rolling Stone article that I find interesting:

McChrystal entered West Point in 1972, when the U.S. military was close to its all-time low in popularity. His class was the last to graduate before the academy started to admit women.…

The son of a general, McChrystal was also a ringleader of the campus dissidents – a dual role that taught him how to thrive in a rigid, top-down environment while thumbing his nose at authority every chance he got. He accumulated more than 100 hours of demerits for drinking, partying and insubordination – a record that his classmates boasted made him a "century man."...

McChrystal wound up ranking 298 out of a class of 855, a serious underachievement for a man widely regarded as brilliant....

After graduation, 2nd Lt. Stanley McChrystal entered an Army that was all but broken in the wake of Vietnam… He enrolled in Special Forces school and became a regimental commander of the 3rd Ranger Battalion in 1986. It was a dangerous position, even in peacetime – nearly two dozen Rangers were killed in training accidents during the Eighties. It was also an unorthodox career path: Most soldiers who want to climb the ranks to general don't go into the Rangers. Displaying a penchant for transforming systems he considers outdated, McChrystal set out to revolutionize the training regime for the Rangers. He introduced mixed martial arts, required every soldier to qualify with night-vision goggles on the rifle range and forced troops to build up their endurance with weekly marches involving heavy backpacks....

In the late 1990s, McChrystal shrewdly improved his inside game, spending a year at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and then at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he co-authored a treatise on the merits and drawbacks of humanitarian interventionism. But as he moved up through the ranks, McChrystal relied on the skills he had learned as a troublemaking kid at West Point: knowing precisely how far he could go in a rigid military hierarchy without getting tossed out. Being a highly intelligent badass, he discovered, could take you far – especially in the political chaos that followed September 11th....

By some accounts, McChrystal's career should have been over at least two times by now. As Pentagon spokesman during the invasion of Iraq, the general seemed more like a White House mouthpiece than an up-and-coming commander with a reputation for speaking his mind. When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made his infamous "stuff happens" remark during the looting of Baghdad, McChrystal backed him up. A few days later, he echoed the president's Mission Accomplished gaffe by insisting that major combat operations in Iraq were over. But it was during his next stint – overseeing the military's most elite units, including the Rangers, Navy Seals and Delta Force – that McChrystal took part in a cover-up that would have destroyed the career of a lesser man....

After Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former-NFL-star-turned-Ranger, was accidentally killed by his own troops in Afghanistan in April 2004, McChrystal took an active role in creating the impression that Tillman had died at the hands of Taliban fighters. He signed off on a falsified recommendation for a Silver Star that suggested Tillman had been killed by enemy fire. (McChrystal would later claim he didn't read the recommendation closely enough – a strange excuse for a commander known for his laserlike attention to minute details.) A week later, McChrystal sent a memo up the chain of command, specifically warning that President Bush should avoid mentioning the cause of Tillman's death. "If the circumstances of Corporal Tillman's death become public," he wrote, it could cause "public embarrassment" for the president....

Two years later, in 2006, McChrystal was tainted by a scandal involving detainee abuse and torture at Camp Nama in Iraq. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, prisoners at the camp were subjected to a now-familiar litany of abuse: stress positions, being dragged naked through the mud. McChrystal was not disciplined in the scandal, even though an interrogator at the camp reported seeing him inspect the prison multiple times. But the experience was so unsettling to McChrystal that he tried to prevent detainee operations from being placed under his command in Afghanistan, viewing them as a "political swamp," according to a U.S. official. In May 2009, as McChrystal prepared for his confirmation hearings, his staff prepared him for hard questions about Camp Nama and the Tillman cover-up. But the scandals barely made a ripple in Congress, and McChrystal was soon on his way back to Kabul to run the war in Afghanistan. (Source)

I am unclear as to why Gen. McChrystal would risk his "distinguished" military career and jeopardize national security by voicing his frustration over war strategy to a civilian entertainment magazine. Notwithstanding, I agree with retired colonel Douglas Macgregor’s summation of the main problem with the current war strategy: "The idea that we are going to spend a trillion dollars to reshape the culture of the Islamic world is utter nonsense.”

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TEEN APOLOGIZED TO OFFICER WHO PUNCHED HER


From Komonews.com

SEATTLE -- The teen who was captured on video getting punched by a Seattle police officer after she intervened in his arrest of her friend, met with and apologized to that officer during a private meeting Friday.

17-year-old Angel Rosenthal and Officer Ian Walsh met face-to-face at a North Seattle community center, said James Kelly with the Urban League of Seattle.

"Ms. Rosenthal and Officer Walsh have been in every major media report in the country since their Monday confrontation," Kelly said in a statement. "At my request, the two met today just to see if we could calm down a growing volatile situation. This is the first steps toward reconciliation and healing."

Kelly says Angel wanted to apologize directly to the officer and "the officer was good enough to meet with her and accept her apology." Sources tell KOMO News the officer then gave a lecture to the woman about not putting hands on police officers.

Also present at the meeting were Rich O'Neill, President of the Seattle Police Officer's Guild, Deputy Chief Nick Metz and Rev. Reggie Witherspoon, Pastor of Mount Calvary Christian Center. (Source)


**Thanks to Rolling Out Magazine for bringing this story to our attention.**
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Monday, June 21, 2010

IS MONEY OVERRATED?

Yesterday, I watched VH1 Basketball Wives Reunion show. (Sidebar: Basketball Wives is my favorite reality show next to the Real Housewives of NJ) And of course, my Twitter addiction had me tweeting about the reunion episode with one of my favorite PR Mogul, ChiQ Simms. We had a good discussion about the show. The following are the tweets that inspired this article:

(Attorneymom) @GoddessofPR I do not understand how you can have your husband[‘s] alleged "jumpoff" on the show that you executive produced. Blank stare.

(GoddessofPR) @attorneymom for the drama...remember we saw little of shaunie & the word alleged was used a lot. Shaunie is paid & divorced she ain't tripn

(Attorneymom) @GoddessofPR Why was Shaunie crying at the dinner table in LA? Money can't heal pain, humiliation & disappointment. Only God can

(GoddessofPR) @attorneymom I'm sure she is hurt. She and shaq go back to lsu as freshman..he wanted her...
In the age of excess, extremes and material worship, many believe that money (wealth) is the cure for all things and thus, will make them happy. (Sidebar: If this were in fact true, then why are there so many miserable rich people and happy "poor" folks?)

Yes, the wise King Solomon did write that “money answereth all things.” (See Ecclesiastes 10:19) On its face, this scripture does seem to promote materialism or the worship of money when actually it does not.

As stated in his article entitled, MONEY ANSWERETH ALL THINGS on Plymouthbrethren.org, Marietta, GA Bible teacher John Phillips explains that even though “money talks” in certain instances, there are a few things that money just cannot buy. He writes:

“Money answereth all things,” said Solomon. We have a similar saying. We say, “Money talks!” The Bible is not against money in itself nor is it against the lawful possession of money, even in large amounts. It is not money which is at the root of all evil, despite the fact that a great many people misquote the Apostle Paul’s words. It is the love of money which is at the root of all evil.

“Money answereth all things,” said Solomon. There seems to be a tinge of cynicism in the remark. Solomon had plenty of money — more than he could possibly spend. He had learned that there are few things money cannot buy. His money could buy him wives and warriors, houses of great beauty, horses without number. It could buy him chariots and navies, orchards, temples, golden vessels for his home and ivory thrones, apes and peacocks, spices and balm. But it could not buy him peace of heart. Nor could it buy him wisdom for his son, the loyalty of Jeroboam, nor escape from the consequences of his sin. “Money answereth all things.” But there are some things it cannot buy.

It cannot buy friendship. It can buy flattery, but not friendship. The prodigal son had plenty of parasites to help him spend his money but he had no friends. When he had flung away his last penny he found himself alone. The United States has sought to make friends and influence people with vast sums of foreign aid. It doesn’t work. True friendship cannot be bought; it is not for sale. Its price is above rubies. “Money is the answer,” says the politician. But he is wrong.

Money cannot buy forgiveness. Balak thought it could: “Wherewith shall I come before the LORD?” he said. “Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings and calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He found salvation was not for sale.

Money cannot buy faith. It undermines faith. It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter heaven. Faith! Forgiveness! Friendship! Money cannot buy these. It talks, alright, but in the wrong tongue.(SOURCE)
Phillips makes some great points about keeping wealth in proper prospective. Money is just the economic system of exchange where we exchange goods and services in the market place. However, when it comes to fulfilling that spiritual void (or hunger) which exists in ALL humans, we must only turn to Yahweh and not money. Money, drugs, sex, awards, friendship, education or any other earthly pursuits will never fulfill us like a personal relationship with Yahweh (the true and everlasting God- the Great I AM), who is LOVE.

From the pain that I saw in Shaunie O’Neal (ex-wife of NBA professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal) and the other Basketball player wives/ex-girlfriends/ex- fiancĂ©es/jump-off’s/baby mamas who appeared on the VH1 reality show, we can accurately conclude that money can’t heal a broken heart – only love (Yahweh) can do that. Selah.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

MANUETE BOL SUCCUMBS TO STEVENS JOHNSON SYNDROME



Manute Bol, the tallest player in Golden State Warriors in history, died today at 47 and of complications from "Stevens Johnson syndrome" at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. (SOURCE)

Last year, my son almost died from Stevens Johnson syndrome. Click here for the post.

According to Mayoclinic.com:
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder in which your skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of your skin to die and shed.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is an emergency medical condition that usually requires hospitalization. Treatment focuses on eliminating the underlying cause, controlling symptoms and minimizing complications.

Recovery after Stevens-Johnson syndrome can take weeks to months, depending on the severity of your condition. If your doctor determines that your case of Stevens-Johnson syndrome was caused by medication, you'll need to permanently avoid the medication and all others related to it.

Signs and symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome include:

* Facial swelling
* Tongue swelling
* Hives
* Skin pain
* A red or purple skin rash that spreads within hours to days
* Blisters on your skin and mucous membranes, especially in your mouth, nose and eyes
* Shedding (sloughing) of your skin

If you have Stevens-Johnson syndrome, several days before the rash develops, you may experience:

* Fever
* Sore throat
* Cough
* Burning eyes

When to see a doctor
Stevens-Johnson syndrome requires immediate medical attention. Seek emergency medical care if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms:

* Unexplained widespread skin pain
* Facial swelling
* Blisters on your skin and mucous membranes
* Hives
* Tongue swelling
* A red or purple skin rash that spreads
* Shedding of your skin (SOURCE)
From my son’s health scare last year, I learned that he is allergic to ibuprofen found in Motrin. Today, my son has severe scaring on his body from the disorder.

Hopefully, now that someone famous has died from this disorder federal regulators will listen to our concerns about Motrin and ibuprofen and will require Motrin and the pharmaceutical companies to put conspicuously warning labels on bottles of medicines containing ibuprofen.

VIDEOS FROM THE HOSPITAL:








MY SON COMES HOME!! PRAISE JEHOVAH ROPHE!!




NY WAGNER HOUSES BEATDOWN CAUGHT ON TAPE

Today, Character Corner should be celebrating Juneteenth - the day that American slaves were freed. But while doing my daily blog rounds on Mediatakeout.com, I came across a video of an assault on a young ladies by 5 b*****.

In the wake of two videos where young people are assaulting officers and obstructing justice, here is a video of 5 animals attacking a young woman while the cellphoneographer (yes, I made up a new word) is laughing instead of ordering the baboons to stop. Blank stare.

We must pray, reprimand, and teach our young people the art and benefits of conflict resolution.

Life is not "Show Time At the Apollo" for beatdowns. You cannot assault people as a hobby.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

VH1 BASKETBALL WIVES REUNION PREVIEW

SIDEBAR: The Reunion Show for Basketball Wives, Ex-wives, Girlfriends & Baby Mamas will air Sunday, June 20th at 10 PM EST on VH1. I am so glad that Gloria will not be appearing on the Reunion show. Next to the Real Housewives of NJ, this is my favorite reality show.

PATERSON POLICE TAPED PEPPER-SPRAYING A DETAINED MAN


A video is circling around the internet which shows a City of Paterson (NJ) officer pepper spraying an already handcuffed and non-resisting suspect.
In the video, the officer orders the suspect to expel the drugs from his mouth. When the suspect refused, the officer sprayed him with pepper spray until the suspect spit the drugs onto the ground.

The arresting officer became irate when a group of bystanders expressed their disapproval of the officer’s actions. In response, the officer picks up the dazed and handcuffed suspect from the ground and walks over to the crowd and yells profanity at them. Meanwhile, the other responding officer insists that the woman who is videoing the arrest also video the crack lying on the ground.

I was born, raised and until 6 years ago, lived in Paterson. I can attest that the relationship between the Paterson Police and the Black and Latino residents is definitely estranged. Some residents have complained about being assaulted and disrespected by officers. You often hear reports of officers shaking down drug dealers; beating up and planting evidence on suspects. Such complaints are not unique to the residents of Paterson. You can hear these types of complaints against officers from Black and Latino residences living in most major cities throughout America.

Notwithstanding, I want to applaud the countless men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us and maintain the public peace. Clearly, there are more brave and honorable officers, who respect the communities in which they police, than there are officers who are actually thugs with badges.

My prayers are with Mayor-Elect Jeff Jones and his administration. Improving the relationship between the Paterson Police (the majority of which are Caucasian) and the non-Caucasian residents will definitely have to be added to their agenda.

Thanks to AOL Black Voices for bringing this story to our attention.

NO BLACKS ON JURY FOR OFFICER CHARGED WITH OSCAR GRANT'S MURDER


From Wavenewspapers.com By BETTY PLEASANT, Contributing Editor for Los Angeles Wave Newpapers
The trial of the Bay Area cop who killed Oscar Grant has, in itself, created quite a stir in Los Angeles when it began last week, but not as much a furor as the fact that the white officer’s jury contains no African-Americans, and not nearly as much as the outrage expressed over the California NAACP’s position that, in effect, “that’s OK.”

Johannes Mehserle, 28, a White former police officer with the Bay Area Rapid Transit, shot and killed the Black 22-year-old Grant in the back as he lay face down, handcuffed and unarmed on a BART station platform in Oakland on New Year’s Day 2009. The killing was videotaped by bystanders and shown repeatedly on television and the Internet.

Mehserle was charged for Grant’s killing shortly thereafter, but his trial was moved from Oakland to Los Angeles because of the racial tensions the case caused in that area. The killing occurred and the trial was originally set in a community with a high concentration of African-Americans but it was moved to the more ethnically diverse Los Angeles County. Yet, when the jury was impaneled last week, it ended up being composed of five Latinas, three White women, two White men and two Latinos, with one of these jurors rumored to be a Pacific Islander — but not a single Black person. This exclusion gave Black folks pause as visions of a history of “White folks justice” replayed in their heads.

Alice Huffman, president of the California State Conference of the NAACP, issued a press release last weekend admonishing Blacks “to be calm and trust the justice system.” She called the jury “diverse,” and said it “can render a just verdict.”

“The NAACP has always depended on the justice system to render fair and just decisions in the cause of civil rights for African-American citizens,” Huffman said in her press release. “We choose to take a positive outlook on the Oscar Grant case…The Los Angeles community has been involved with and well informed regarding police brutality cases,” Huffman said. (SOURCE)
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JESUS STATUTE IS DESTROYED BY LIGHTENING

(Exodus 20:3-5) 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.





From Csmonitor.com
(Monroe, Ohio) A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The "King of Kings" statue, one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.

The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way his arms were raised, as though reaching out to catch a football. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.

Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.

The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by former horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife. Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation and they spent about $250,000 to finance it. (Source)
Video of the statute burning.


Statute destruction commentary by Youtube Blogger Ringo4Life

JASIRI X RESPONDS TO JUST A MINSTREL CRITICS

Brother Jasiri X, you better preach!!

JUST A MINSTREL BY JASIRI X




To continue the fight against destructive rap, I present to you JUST A MINISTREL by Jasiri X, Isada Tariq and Living Proofe - produced by Idasa Tariq and the video directed by Paradise Gray.

Thanks to Brother Jesse for posting this video on his blog. He writes:

The video was featured on AllHipHop.com and has drawn some controversy. Jasiri stated on Twitter, "Shout out to the blogs not afraid to post the video..surprised how many wouldn't even just to start a conversation..SMH"

He added this tweet, "A lot of these blogs are becoming like radio stations..afraid to offend artists for fear they might lose access. "

Not Brother Jesse's Blog! (SOURCE)

Attorneymom is also not afraid to post the video. I concur with Brother Jasiri that most bloggers have become like the radio stations and have continued to support minstrel and buffoonery rap to remain in the good graces of certain artists.

We do not play that mess on Character Corner. This blog is dedicated to the uplifting of Black people all over the Earth.

You can follow Jasiri X on Twitter @jasiri_x and on Youtube jasiri channel.

Below the video you will find the lyrics for JUST A MINSTREL.





LYRICS
Living Proofe
I know the people fell in love with the jive and shucks
N!gg@s do anything for a line of bucks
nip tuck for the video clown you up
Youtube or the Vimeo wound you up
hit the club get it poppin
as bottles and cash droppin
world going green we clean and do the moppin
quick to serve a fiend we dream of pork choppin
steady on our lean it seems we just stopped
and stagnate attract Bullsh*t like a magnet
N!gg@s ain't tough they just hip swinging fagg@ts
candid camera n!gg@s with bandannas
watch to much TV with no manners
I'm not with it like a fake ass fitted
call me Joe Clark the way I fix up the art
better yet Van Gogh just lettin yall know
all you brand new b!tch made rappers got to go

Just a Minstrel
On TV acting a fool and always showing off ya teeth you're
Just a Minstrel
How can it be you'd rather die in the streets then ever try to be free you're
Just a Minstrel
On CD say it's entertaining when it's degrading to me you're
Just a Minstrel
Why can't you see the lullaby you're singing's putting us all to sleep N!gg@

Idasa Tariq
I'm looking in the mirror
with the hammer in a my hand break the image of the N!gg@
to the murder rate you're a figure
to the cops on the block you are just a coffin with a trigger
chalked out another body on the sideline
25 for the Black man is the time line
so sad we ain't pleading for help
Sambo Sams damn we just killing ourselves
forget shackles and chains now they supply it
we just walk up in the store see the bling and buy it
tell our women they got to be sexy and thick
and that they only gonna make it as a video chick
really it's sick how the hell we fall this far
Willie Lynchin to the rhythms that we bump in our cars
suicide when your rhyming on ya ring-tone songs
dumb n!gg@s gold grills with the Blackface on you're

Just a Minstrel
On TV acting a fool and always showing off ya teeth you're
Just a Minstrel
How can it be you'd rather die in the streets then ever try to be free you're
Just a Minstrel
On CD say it's entertaining when it's degrading to me you're
Just a Minstrel
Why can't you see the lullaby you're singing's putting us all to sleep N!gg@

Jasiri X
No need for Blackface just ignorant rap takes
and feminine mcs that are sweeter than snack cakes
spineless in need of a permanent back brace
saying cheese so they stay in the lead in this rat race
weaker still if they don't show every teeth in they grill
these dudes ain't keeping they deals see what I'm speaking is real
no wonder they be needed them pills
to behave like a slave when God gave free will
check the record here's ya contract step and fetch it
women were your tightest better yet dress naked
that's if you expect acceptance
a major label deal with the best connections
as long as they don't' detect a message
if you don't dumb it down than your intelligence questioned
and I turn on the TV and be damn confused too
Is this BET or the movie Bamboozled

Just a Minstrel
On TV acting a fool and always showing off ya teeth you're
Just a Minstrel
How can it be you'd rather die in the streets then ever try to be free you're
Just a Minstrel
On CD say it's entertaining when it's degrading to me you're
Just a Minstrel
Why can't you see the lullaby you're singing's putting us all to sleep N!g

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ICE CUBE: HOW CONSCIOUS RAP WAS DISMANTLED

In an interview by Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur for Allhiphop.com, Ice Cube explains why Conscious Rap was dismantled by mainstream media.

Rap was started out as people talking over the music for the DJs to get busy. Then it got political. It got to a point where people said, "Yo you can change the world with a message." This is our version of communicating with each other. You had groups like Public Enemy and even Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five with the Message. People started realizing that you can really change people's lives with this music. That movement was the strongest movement....

At some point mainstream media decided that they didn't want their kids to praise Chuck D. They did not want posters of KRS One, Ice-T or some of the more political rappers on their kids' walls. They did not want their kids to idolize these guys who were talking about equality when it is all said and done. They decided to push that kind of rap to the back when it comes to mainstream. Not letting us have those kinds of outlets that we had from the late 80s and early 90s.

By '93 and '94, the theme was Escapism Rap. Let's promote the rap that talks about drinking, smoking, fucking, nothing constructive. Everything destructive that became mainstream. That became POP. That became bigger and better than Political Rap.
All I can say is, "ICE CUBE, YOU BETTER PREACH!"

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SEATTLE OFFICER PUNCHES TEEN IN FACE DURING AN ARREST




A Seattle Officer is under investigation for striking a teen in the face after she attacked him during an arrest of another woman.

Officer Ian Walsh attempted to cite four young women for jaywalking when the women became “verbally antagonistic toward the officer.” One of the woman later identified as 19-year-old Marilyn Levias struggled with the Officer as he tried to handcuff her.

Officials stated that during the arrest of Levias by the Officer Walsh, a 17-year-old girl tried to intervene and prevent Officer Walsh from arresting Levias. Blank stare.

Walsh pushed back the second girl, but the girl came back at him. Walsh then punched her in the face to prevent her from further attacking him.

According to Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz, "The issue we have to investigate is whether the force he used is reasonable given the combative resistance he was facing... and we're not going to pass judgment on that until the matter has been thoroughly investigated."

Both teens were cited for jaywalking. Levias was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of obstructing an officer and released on her own recognizance. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday. The 17-year-old girl was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of assault of an officer. (SOURCE)

According to Komonews.com, Robert Bragg, who is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement training and the program manager for Fitness and Force Training, said a blow to the face is also within the scope of their training and would be considered a "reasonable response".

It was a potentially threatening situation for the officer, Bragg said, not only with respect to the physical actions of the two women involved but also the group of on-lookers surrounding them and the comments they were making.

Bragg said one area where the officer might have done better was in getting control of the first woman faster. He says Walsh should probably have taken her to the ground quickly instead of trying to cuff her standing up. (SOURCE)

This is one time that I must side with the police. Ray Charles (who is both blind and dead) can see that the force used by the officer against the teen was reasonable to stop her from attacking him during the arrest of Levias.

An individual cannot resist an arrest by an officer. Period. In fact, in most jurisdiction, it is a crime for anyone to do so.

Furthermore, when the resistance is coupled with physical violence towards the arresting officer, then the resister is asking for either a punch in the face or a bullet along with a criminal record.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ALVIN GREENE FOR US SENATE (SC)!


32-year old Alvin Greene, who is an unemployed military veteran, did something that has sent shocked waves through the political process. Without raising any funds or putting up a campaign website, Greene captured the South Carolina's Democratic Party Senate nomination and will face Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, who a 3.5 million war chest and the backing of the tea party, in November.

According to Huffingtonpost.com, Greene, who spent 13 years in the Air force and Army before leaving the Army in last year, commanded 59 percent of the vote against 41 percent for former four-term state lawmaker Vic Rawl, 64, who had raised about $186,000 and had to abruptly scrap a late-week fundraiser for the fall.
State Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler said voters unfamiliar with either candidate may have voted alphabetically for Greene over Rawl. "As far as I know, he never showed up at anything. Vic Rawl has been campaigning everywhere from the time he filed," she said.

Whatever the reason for Greene’s victory, I hope that he wins the South Carolina U.S. Senate seat in November.

Follow Alvin Greene on twitter @GoGreene2010 and visit is campaign website at www.alvin-greene.com

THE ALTAR OF THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR AND HIP-HOP


As a lover of Rap Music and a former neighborhood Rapper, I am troubled by the direction that Hip Hop has taken in recent years. No longer do we have an array or assortment of Rappers to choose from in the commercial mainstream market like we did in the late 70s and 80s.

MC(s) prided themselves on their lyrics and their unique rap styles. Ignorance, speaking broken English and drug selling were not endorsed or promoted. And "biting" (copying another MC's style) was strictly prohibited. MC Lyte did not rhyme like Queen Latifah and Salt n Pepa. LL Cool J did not sound like Kool Moe Dee. Run DMC and MC Hammer definitely did not sound or look alike.

Fast forward to today where sagging, womanizing, ignorance, buffoonery, biting, broken English (thanks to the Dirty South), producing children out of wedlock, materialism, and incarceration are celebrated and worn as badges of honor.
For female rappers, there is only one template that is allowed on the market today and that is, the sex toy whore who acts and looks like a Barbie.

Make no mistake. The powers that be (wealthy bankers and investors who are actually running the government and most major corporations) know exactly what they are doing. They understand the power of music and marketing. If you want to destroy a nation, corrupt the minds of its young people (the future leaders) through poor education, social media, music and all other forms of entertainment by ridding them of their moral compass and thus, capturing their souls.

It is clear that mainstream Hip Hop has become such destructive force, especially in the Black community. While it may feed few Rappers’ families, believe me, it is destroying generations of young people.

How do we break our young people away from this web of evil we call mainstream Hip Hop? Stay tuned as we discuss solutions on Character Corner.




Monday, June 14, 2010

JEWELS OF YAHWEH (JOY) - THE REMNANT OF GOD

Romans 11:1-5

1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,

3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.






I declare that Yahweh's remnant has come to the forefront in law, government, politics, education, science, medicine, sports, entertainment, music, media, finance, agriculture and religion to worship Him. These individuals are not here to impress or entertain. We are here to worship Him in the fullness of His glory as revealed through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We do not bow and love the god of this world system. We serve and love only one Master (Yahweh) with all mind, body, soul, spirit and strength.

We don’t worship money. We worship the God that created the seed that produced the tree from which money was made.

We have survived great personal trauma all while holding onto our faith in Yahweh. And we have now come to a point where we have truly learned that this JOY (Jewels of Yahweh) we have (and hold onto for our dear lives) the world (lust of the eyes, pride of life, lust of the flesh, education, good looks, sorority/fraternal/gang association, careers, addictions, friendship, parents, children, spouses, money etc) did not give it to us; and we will not allow the world (satan, demons and our Adamic (fallen) nature) to take it (faith, joy, love and peace) away.

We have been refined with the fire of salvation that purifies and purges us from all lies, hypocrisies, darkness (sinful thought patterns and habits). And now our character through Christ Jesus has made us pure gold – worthy to enter His rest (cease from all earthly pursuits) and testify of the Blood of the Lamb of Yahweh (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), which purifies, sanctifies and presents us holy before the throne of Yahweh (Our Heavenly Father.



To Yahweh be ALL GLORY.

SIDEBAR: For more information about Dr. Cindy Trimm, you can follow her on Twitter @cindytrimm or visit her website at www.cindytrimm.com.



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Sunday, June 13, 2010

SOLDIER SURPRISES DAUGHTER AT GRADUATION

From AOL.com (by Hugh Collins)

(June 12) -- With her father away on military service in the Middle East, Chelsea Jusino was resigned to attending her high school graduation without him.

But when she donned her graduation gown and went to the ceremony at a baseball stadium in Clearwater, Fla., she got a surprise. (Source)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

DO THE CHURCH DANCE!

I think this video is so cute. Enjoy!! Now get the church fan!!

For more information about the Artist, please visit www.pushinghope.com.

*** Shout out to Charles from Charleshater.blogspot.com for posting this video***

GARY COLEMAN'S EX-WIFE RELEASES MORBID PICTURES TO TABLOIDS


I was making my daily blog rounds when I stumbled upon a story on Mediatakeout.com containing photos of Gary Coleman’s last minutes on earth before his ex-wife, Shannon Price, ended his life by removing Coleman’s life support. (Click here to review the photos because I refuse to post them on Character Corner).

If Shannon Price’s behavior did not seem suspicious to law enforcement, it should now. First, it was the released of the 911 taped call, which showed that Shannon clearly did not aid or assist the fatally injured Coleman like a reasonable person in similar circumstances would have. Secondly, it was the fact that Gary Coleman’s parents were not given the opportunity to say their goodbyes to their estranged son. Thirdly, there is the report that Shannon has been removing property from Coleman’s estate prior to his Will being probated. And now, there is the release of morbid photos of the unconscious (allegedly brain dead) Gary Coleman minutes before ex-wife Shannon removed him from life support. I need to be hit with a wet noodle right now. This is definitely the final straw in my book.

Base upon her alleged actions set forth above, it seems that Shannon did not care about Gary. She only cared about the lifestyle he was able to provide for her.
I truly hope that Gary Coleman’s death is thoroughly investigated by law enforcement to rule out any foul play on the part of the seemly suspicious Shannon Price.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

80-YEAR WOMAN KILLED INSIDE AN ARKANSAS CHURCH


A Hamlin, Arkansas pastor discovered the body of 80-year old Lillian Wilson inside his church on Sunday. She had been beaten to death. Yes, you read correctly. Some animals beat an 80-year old woman to death inside a church.

Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith are searching for two "people of interest" who fled the area. It appears Wilson was beaten with a cross and may have walked in on a burglary. The two persons of interest (pictured above) are: Margaret Reid, D.O.B. 02/23/1963, last known address Rockwood, TN and Thomas Tweedlie, D.O.B. 06/16/1968, last known address Ft. Stewart, GA.

Authorities believe the alleged suspects stole Wilson's grey 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis.

If you see the car with Arkansas tag 737-NGN, call the Cross County Sheriff's Office at (870)238-5700.

**Thanks to Mediatakeout.com for posting this unfortunate story**

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS GONNA KICK BP'S AZZ!!




It is no secret that I have been displeased with President Barack Obama for what I perceived to be his avoidance of addressing issues that plague Black Folks. But that anger has just subsided thanks to @iJeminiBish on Twitter.

In an interview with NBC's Today, the President lets us know that he is looking to kick some azz. It refreshing to know that my President will whip that azz if necessary because BP's azz needs to be whipped.

You mean to tell me that an oil spill is not a foreseeable event for which BP should have had safety mechanisms in place to address upon its occurrence. Blank stare.

** Thanks to Bishesonblast.blogspot.com for this story**

Saturday, June 05, 2010

DEBRAHLEE LORENZANA IS TOO SEXY FOR HER SUIT



Debrahlee Lorenzana has filed a frivolous lawsuit against one of the country's biggest banks, Citigroup, claiming she was fired for being too attractive. Will someone please hit me with a wet noodle?

In her complaint, Lorenzana claimed that she was prohibited from wearing clothing similar to her female co-workers because “her figure made such attire too distracting to her male colleagues.”

Lorenzana claims that her manager, Craig Fisher didn't like her wardrobe and appearance. She alleges she came into work without having blow-dried her hair straight - "it is naturally curly" - and Fisher told a female colleague to pass on a message that she shouldn't come into work without straightening it." On other instances, she was told not to wear fitted business suits, turtlenecks or pencil skirts. (Source)

After several trips to HR and a transfer to a different branch, Lorenzana was subsequently fired by Citibank for disciplinary problems and poor performance.

Citigroup has said the lawsuit is "without merit," that it would mount a "vigorous" defense and that Citigroup "is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and providing a respectful environment in the workplace."

In this case, I hope Citigroup is the prevailing party and the court award them attorney fees to be paid by plaintiff Miss Lorenzana.

However, if Citigroup allowed women of other races to dress in “sexy” manner without being disciplined or terminated, then I hope Miss Lorenazna prevails against her former employer.

This will be an interesting case. I will refrain from adding either Citigroup or Miss Lorenzana to the “Blank Stare Sit Your Azz Down” located at the sidebar unti



Friday, June 04, 2010

ICE CUBE: I AM THE WEST


My favorite Rapper Ice Cube has a new show that aired this past Wednesday entitled, Are We There Yet?, which is based on the very successful and very funny featured film with the same name. Are We There Yet? will air each Wednesday on TBS. Please check your local listing for show times.

According to Icecube.com:
The show stars Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris, THE LATEST OLD SPICE COMMERCIALS) in the role of Nick, played in the movie by Ice Cube. Crews will pickup where the feature left off. Now married to Suzanne, Nick is trying to fit into his new life with her and her two children, Lindsey and Kevin. Essence Atkins ([Half & Half, Smart Guy and] Deliver Us from Eva) plays Suzanne, while newcomers Teala Dunn and Coy Stewart play Lindsey and Kevin. (Source)

Attorneymom luvs Ice Cube as a Rapper, Actor and Director. I respect Ice Cube because his career evolved and matured. He puts out quality projects that everyone can relate to.

Ice Cube, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson, has been married to his wife for 18 years. He is the father of 5 children.

Bloggers cannot blog ish (anything) about him because no one knows anything about his personal life. Obviously, he keeps the right crew around him.

Ice Cube has a new album entitled, I AM THE WEST, scheduled to be release on July 13th. Of course, I will purchase my copy because the Death Certificate CD has been in heavy rotation in my minivan and needs a rest.

You can keep up with Ice Cube by visiting www.icecube.com or following him on Twitter @icecube.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

ALI "OLLIE" WOODSON DEAD AT AGE 58

Visit Ali "Ollie" Woodson website at www.aliolliewoodson.com or Click here for his Facebook Fan page.

Ali Ollie Woodson gives his testimony.




From USAToday.com
DETROIT (AP) — Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet The Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including Treat Her Like A Lady, has died, a friend said. He was 58.

Woodson died Sunday in Southern California after battling cancer, Motown Alumni Association President Billy Wilson said. Wilson said Woodson's wife, Juanita, told him about the death Sunday.

Woodson was not an original member of the group, which had several lineup changes since it started in the 1960s. But he played an integral part in keeping the Temptations from becoming just nostalgia act.

The group had lost original members, and Woodson was charged with replacing Dennis Edwards, whose passionate voice defined the group during the 1970s.

Woodson's voice, though similar to Edwards' with its fiery tone, was distinct in itself, and helped the group notch the R&B hits Treat Her Like A Lady, Sail Away and Lady Soul, from 1984 to 1986.

Despite his fame, Woodson was "always a gentleman and always polite and kind to everybody. If we ever asked him to do anything, he never said, 'well, it's going to cost you.' He'd always say, 'yeah, let's go,'" said [Ottis Williams], who founded the Detroit-based Motown association in the mid-1990s.

"He was just a star performer. Wonderful person. Wonderful, wonderful person. He was very kind." (Source)



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