Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Yes, I watched Part 1 The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion special which aired last night on Bravo.

Of course, Teresa Giudice came out gunning for Danielle Staub. Well, Ms. Staub was not going to stand by and allow her cast mates to bring out her dirt without bringing theirs to the party.

Danielle called Teresa on the carpet about not acknowledging her nephew. BLANK STARE. Now that is definitely some ish right there.

So the big question of day is: If true, why hasn't Teresa Giudice acknowledged her nephew? Inquiring minds want to know.

RHONJ: Dina & Tommy Manzo on VH1′s “My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding”

In 2007, Dina Manzo (from The Real Housewives of New Jersey) and her husband Tommy Manzo chronicled their nuptials on VH1's My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding.

Tommy Manzo is co-owner of The Brownstone, a popular catering company located in my hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. The Brownstone is in walking distance of where I grew up.

I always wondered what Tommy looked like since I don't remember seeing him on an episode of RHONJ. Now I know.

I like Italians. They are like white Black people. LOL.

Shout out to Realitywives.net for posting this video.

Monday, August 30, 2010


I am posting this for CHB (CorporateHoodB*****) from Sandrarose.com.

I know folks think he and his sister are milking their victim status. So what if they are?

They should do whatever they have to do to make money and deal with the stress of being crime victims.

They did not ask for all this attention. It was bestowed upon them by folks who thought they were making fun of some "project hood ratz."

What the devil meant for evil, God turned it around for their good.


25-yeral old Dr. Farrah Gray is a self-made millionaire with several business ventures beginning at ages six and nine respectively.

From Drfarrahgray.com

Dr. Farrah Gray has recently been featured by AOL Black Voices as making Black History 2008. He was also named as one of the most influential Black men in America by the National Urban League's Urban Influence Magazine. Ebony Magazine recognized him as an entrepreneurial icon, business mogul and best-selling author. Raised in the impoverished South side of Chicago, Dr. Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14.

At the age of 21, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from Allen University. This was in recognition of his ingenious economic mind and distinguished commitment to the development of values such as leadership, integrity and scholarship. In his rise from poverty to national and international prominence as an entrepreneurial icon and pre-eminent power speaker, Dr. Gray has inspired millions around the world. At the age of 24, he has achieved more than many achieve in a lifetime.With the help of freelance writer Harris, Gray presents a persona that is straightforward and confident, if somewhat generic ("Now, I want you to take a real 'lemon' from your life and make lemonade with it"), but the tale of his ascent is compelling.

Fueled by his desire to help his family, especially his single, workaholic mother, Gray is virtually unstoppable; faced with rejection, he tries something else. It's that resilience that comes through most clearly, reinforced with chapter-ending "Real Points" and "Reallionaire Exercises." Despite the familiar gimmicks, the real parts of Gray's experience come through, making this a sound book for anyone seriously interested in getting ahead on his or her own terms.

Dr. Gray’s latest books “Get Real, Get Rich” and “The Truth Shall Make You Rich” a no-holds-barred rejection of the fallacies we've all heard--and believed--about success and how to achieve it. Dr. Gray’s first book “Reallionaire” was nominated by NBC & Publishers Weekly Quill Awards in the category of "Health/Self-Improvement." His book appeared on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble's Best-sellers lists two weeks before its international release. “Reallionaire” was also named as the #1 Best-selling Nonfiction Paperback book in the August 2005 Issue of Essence Magazine.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Sidebar: When I visited my hometown of Paterson, NJ a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Raul Torres, a friend and former classmate from Eastside High School.

Mr. Torres, who is pictured below, appeared in a New York Times article discussing his participation Rutgers University Mini-MBA Digital Marketing Course.

Congrats to my friend Raul. I wish him all the best with his career endeavors.

Excerpts from Nytimes.com
At Rutgers [University], many ambitious 30- and 40-somethings are studying for mini-M.B.A.’s, taking condensed, intense business programs to quickly fortify themselves with new expertise and increase their chances of getting a promotion — and soon. At U.C.L.A., many who aspire to a career in Hollywood are taking courses in producing, screenwriting, television writing and music production. At Macomb Community College in Michigan, many former white-collar workers from Detroit’s automakers are plunging into health care courses and careers.

Anyone who has been out of college for five, 10 or 15 years and is thinking of returning to school has important questions to explore before jumping back in. Many colleges have counselors to advise would-be students, often helping on matters like whether to pursue a degree program like an M.B.A. or go for a certificate program, which sometimes requires four, six or eight courses and attests to attaining a specific expertise, like project management.

But some public university programs can be expensive. Raul Torres spent $4,995 for an intensive, weeklong course in digital marketing at Rutgers. The professor brought in several leaders in the field to teach the 30 students, many of them engineers like Mr. Torres, some of the latest ways to analyze marketing data on the Web.

Mr. Torres, who had been laid off from his job as a senior database marketing analyst at Scholastic, said that before taking the course, he had been getting many job interviews.

“They kept asking me whether I had any Web analysis experience, any experience in search engine marketing, search engine optimization or mobile marketing,” he said. “I had to say no, and that hurt my chances.”

So when he heard about the Rutgers course, he leapt to take it. “It gave you what you need to know so you can immediately start using it,” he said. “It got rid of the fat and gave you the meat you needed.” As part of the course, each student was given an iPad with “a ton of reading material loaded onto it,” Mr. Torres said.

Soon after the course ended, he had more interviews — and was delighted that he could at last say yes when asked whether he had experience in search engine optimization or mobile marketing. Earlier this month, he happily began his new job as a mobile marketing analyst at Snackable Media, a digital content company in Manhattan.

“There’s not a person out there who can’t use some skill enhancement,” said Mr. Caprio of Rutgers, “because the state of the art is becoming obsolete so quickly that whatever your profession is, it’s important to constantly upgrade your knowledge base.” (Source)

Below is a picture of Raul Torres (far left) and me hanging out with some of our classmates from Eastside High School.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Bravo to Rapper Young Jeezy and his CTE crew for handing out school supplies like a "Real G's" to economically underprivileged children. I have so much respect for Mr. Jeezy for this act of kindness.

Let's make sure that we support Young Jeezy's career by buying all his albums (or CD) and concert tickets.

Thanks to Straightfromthea.com for this story.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Kelly Dodson, sister of Youtube sensation Antoine Dodson, shows how the intruder entered her home and attacked her. I hope that this woman is receiving some counseling after her ordeal.

If you have any information about the attack, you are asked to call the Huntsville Police at (256)427-7009.



Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Tonight, Fantasia Barrino will discuss her attempted suicide on VH1's Behind the Music. Fantasia will also appear on Good Morning America later this morning. Both appearances coincidentally will air on the release date of her third album entitled “Back to Me.”

After reviewing the Behind the Music clip posted below, I am uncertain whether Fantasia’s attempted suicide was a publicity stunt or a cry for help. Certainly, the timing between the attempted suicide and the album release along with the lyrics of the album songs all point to a publicity stunt. But the sadness in Fantasia’s eyes says that her suicide attempt was cry for help.

For now, I will give Fantasia a pass. But we all can admit that the jury is definitely still out on this one.

Despite the jury deliberation that is going on in my head. I may still purchase her new album.

According to Straightfromthea.com, this is a video of Fantasia's first performance since her suicide attempt. That girl can sing!!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Antoine Dodson is the young man who became an overnight Youtube sensation when his interview with a WAFF local news reporter went viral on the Internet.

Dodson's sister, Kelly Dodson, was viciously attacked by an intruder while she and her young daughter were asleep in her bed. Antoine rushed to assist his sister but the intruder got away. To date, the intruder has not been arrested.

Atoine's interview became the number one watched video on WAFF.com and Youtube.

In an interview with NPR, Antoine expressed how the outpouring of support from strangers has impacted his family:

"I can't believe that people really care that much. You know what I'm sayin. I don't want people to take offense to what I am saying because we are not use to this. You know what I'm sayin. Everyone steps on us. You know what I am saying. People degrade us. So it's like all this love that world has been showing us lately. It's like man this is so amazing. And every time I get a chance with my sister we cry about it. Cause it is so amazing. Like wow, two and half weeks ago no one cared.... Now the whole world cares and it's so amazing."

With all the ringtones, remixes, internet videos, Facebook pages and websites, we must remember that Antoine and his family were victims of a vicious home invasion and the suspect hasn't been apprehended by law enforcement.

If you have any information about the attack, you are asked to call the Huntsville Police at (256)427-7009 or (256)427-7114.

You can follow Antoine on Twitter and Youtube @antoinedodson24 or visit is website at www.antoine-dodson.com.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. - Psalm 150:6

Friday, August 20, 2010


According to Techcrunch.com, Facebook will soon hit the big screen. The film is called The Social Network written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. The movie tells the history behind of the creation of the most popular social media website to hit the internet.

According to En.wikipedia.org:
Facebook is a social networking website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc., with more than 500 million active users in July 2010. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University.

It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The original concept for Facebook was borrowed from a product produced by Zuckerberg's prep school Phillips Exeter Academy, which for decades published and distributed a printed manual of all students and faculty, unofficially called the "face book".
A January 2009 Compete.com study ranked Facebook as the most used social network by worldwide monthly active users, followed by MySpace.

The movie is slated for release October 1 2010.

Sidebar: I will definitely be seeing this one. Facebook is one of my favorite social media websites. Even my mother is on Facebook. If you don't have a Facebook account, you are probably hiding from people, the IRS or law enforcement.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I am doing my daily blog rounds on Straightfromthea.com and came across the trailer for Season 3 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Talk about high crimes and misdemeanors.

RHOA's 3rd Season will take reality drama to the next level. No wonder Bravo had to give Lisa Hartwell the pink slip. Scenes from her drama-free life would have been worst than the required commercial breaks for the show.

In the replace of Mrs. Hartwell's storyline, Bravo has added two new housewives to the Atlanta mix: model Cynthia Bailey and Entertainment Attorney Phaedra Parks.

According to Bravotv.com:
Phaedra is a celebrated entertainment attorney who lives in the historic Vinings area. She is the Managing Partner of The Parks Group, P.C., an Atlanta based boutique law firm that caters nationally to entertainers and athletes. She has served as a legal analyst for NBC and Fox News, and has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA, Court TV, among others for her handling of several high-profile clients and cases. An active member of the community, Phaedra, self-proclaimed “Southern Bell,” sits on numerous boards and is involved is multiple charities.

A friend of Dwight and Kandi’s, Phaedra arrives on the Housewives scene under scrutiny. Phaedra's marriage to her younger husband, Apollo, is the subject of much gossip because he did a stint in prison for a "white collar crime." She is expecting her first child with Apollo and has thrown herself into planning the perfect baby shower.

Season 3 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is scheduled to air on October 4th on the Bravo cable channel. Check your local cable listing for show times.

Sidebar: Initially, I did not think it was a good idea for an Attorney to appear on a reality show as a member of the cast. However, I have since changed my mind. Hey, some folks think that Attorneys such as myself should not make Youtube videos. We are unique beings. And some of us are made to live unconventionally - outside the box.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


CNN's Soledad O'Brien talks to the mother of the man who killed eight people at a beer distribution plant.




According to Charismamag.com, televangelist Benny Hinn recently admitted “to having a ‘friendship’ with fellow minister Paula White while he's still married... But the well-known healing minister says the relationship is over.”

"A friendship did develop," Hinn publicly confessed during crusade in Oakland, California on July 30. "Hear this: No immorality whatsoever. These people out there are making it sound like we had an affair. That's a lie." (Source)

Hinn's admission comes after the National Enquirer published a story about the couples' alleged affair. Hinn and White were photographed on July 13 walking and holding hands on the streets of Rome.

Both Hinn and White released statements on their ministries' websites:

Paula White released the following statement on her website “The publication [National Enquirer], which is known for its bias and slanting of the truth, tries to mislead readers regarding the ministerial relationship and friendship I have had with Pastor Benny for over 20 years.” (Source)

Benny Hinn’s statement, which was subsequently removed from his website, read as follows: “[Benny Hinn] forcefully, categorically and absolutely renounce(s) the lies that have been spread about me and want to set the record straight with you. There is nothing inappropriate or morally improper about my friendship with Paula White. There has been no immorality whatsoever!" (Source)

Hinn’s wife of 30 years, Suzanne Hinn, filed for divorce in February 2010. Hinn’s divorce is still pending.

White and ex-husband, Randy White, divorced in 2007.

Paula White recently returned as senior pastor of Without Walls International Church – a charismatic mega church she and her ex-husband, Randy White, founded 18 years ago. Randy White resigned last month citing ongoing mental health issues reportedly caused by the emotional stress resulting from his 30-year old daughter’s death from brain cancer last year. (Source)

“I can weather the storm with any type of media or the pressure of pastoring, but when my daughter passed, that has been a year ago, that is when the added pressure and stress came," he told WFTS.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


According to Sandrarose.com, R&B Singer Fantasia Barrino and her married beau Antwaun Cook were seen filming an upcoming episode of her reality show just days after an alleged suicide attempt by Miss Barrino. *Cough*

Are any of you starting to smell a publicity stunt?

The second season of of “Fantasia For Real” is scheduled to air on September 19th. Check your local cable listings for show times.

**Photos courtesy of Sandrarose.com

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fantasia 911 Call -- She 'Took a Bottle of Aspirin'

Fantasia 911 Call -- She 'Took a Bottle of Aspirin'


From NYDailynews.com

Connecticut killer Omar Thornton was caught on surveillance video giving stolen beer to a woman who's in a relationship with his best friend, family members and police said yesterday.

Christy Quail, 33, was caught twice last month receiving beer from Thornton on tape recorded by a private investigator hired by Hartford Distributors, police said.

She was arrested at her home yesterday and charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny, cops said.

Confronted Tuesday with evidence of his theft, Thornton, 34, agreed to resign then went on a shooting spree, killing eight and wounding two. He later killed himself. (Source)



SIDEBAR: I am so glad that she wasn't a Black woman. LOL

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


From Sandrarose.com
According to a report published on RadarOnline.com, troubled R&B singer Fantasia was rushed to a N. Carolina [hospital] following an attempted suicide, not an accidental overdose.

According to a report filed with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers responded on Monday evening at 8:43 p.m. to a suicide attempt call at a home on Bevington Place, Charlotte.

Police sources and sources close to the investigation say Barrino was found in the closet of the Glynmoor Lakes neighborhood home and she was taken to Mercy South Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville.

Joseph Barrino, Fantasia’s father, told RadarOnline that his daughter was “doing fine.”

Fantasia, who was accused of being a home wrecker by her boyfriend’s estranged wife, ingested an unknown quantity of medication and suffered “internal injuries” as a result.(Source)

SIDEBAR: My prayers are with Fantasia, her daughter, Paula Cook and her children. I pray that Fantasia will began to make better decisions with her life so that she will not continue to inflict pain on herself and others.


Thanks to Bishes On Blast for posting this video.

Jude 1
1Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

12These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

16These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22And of some have compassion, making a difference:

23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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