Sunday, October 31, 2010

PROTESTERS RALLY FOR BISHOP EDDIE LONG TO RESIGN



From Wsbtv.com

ATLANTA -- A South Carolina minister, his followers and other protestors rallied outside Atlanta’s capital building Sunday calling for embattled megachurch preacher Bishop Eddie Long to step down.

The rally was held in response to four lawsuits against Long, in which former male members of New Birth accuse Long of manipulating them into sexual relationships.

“You think we are going to roll over? You think we're not going to fight back ... Hell no,” said Bishop H. "Prophet" Walker from the True Light Pentecost Church in Spartanburg, S.C.

The rally’s six speakers discussed their beliefs on the immorality of homosexuality.

"Homosexual practice is always wrong. It doesn't matter if you practice it in public in San Francisco or in secretly as a church leader, Mr. long," said Peter Laberbera, President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.

One of the speakers and organizers was Dallas radio talk show host Rueben Armstrong. He authored “Snakes In The Pulpit,” a book that accused Long of homosexuality three years ago.

“I would equate Bishop Long to Jim Jones, I would not be surprised if his followers didn't drink the Kool-Aid this morning,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong requested a heavy police presence at the event, because he said he’s received countless death threats. Thankfully, the only fireworks came from the podium.

“I’m going to end today, Bishop Long, if it don’t fit, you must quit,” Laberbera said. (Source)
Solongeddiewrong.com has been set up in support of Bishop Eddie Long's resignation as Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptsit Church.

FAMILY MOURN CHILDREN KILLED BY FATHER

SIDEBAR: Please keep Zoey Mendoza-Birth in your prayers as she heals from the death of her children.


RIP JADA BIRTH

RIP JORDAN BIRTH

Kurtis Birth



From Northjersey.com
WAYNE – Family and friends said goodbye Saturday to two Pompton Lakes children who were killed by their father, while authorities say they may never know what drove him to the violent act.

Hundreds of mourners filled the Wayne Police Athletic League building for a service for Jada Birth, 5, and her brother, Jordan, 3, that was called a "celebration of their lives." They shared photographs and memories of the children, who had already been cremated at a private service.

Police think 38-year-old Kurtis Birth shot the children on Oct. 18 in the back of their heads with a .22-caliber rifle before taking his own life at his childhood home in Ringwood.

Birth and his wife, Zoey Mendoza-Birth, were in the process of separating, but police called it a "friendly" separation and said there were no court orders or domestic calls to the house. (Source)


SOUND OF MUSIC MOVIE CAST CELEBRATES 45TH ANNIVERSARY ON OPRAH



It has been 45 years since Actress Julie Andrews told us that the hills are alive with the sound of music. The Sound of Music movie was by far the best movie musical staring Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

For the first time in 45 years, the entire cast reunited on Oprah. It was such a blessing that entire cast is still alive and healthy after 45 years.

It was great seeing Actress Angela Cartwright who played Brigitta von Trapp in the Sound of Music. For me, she is most notable for her role as Penny in the TV show Lost In Space. I was addicted to that show as a child. In fact, I liked Lost In Space better than Star Trek.

Check out the full episode of the Oprah show with The Sound of Music cast before it is removed from Youtube.




ICE CUBE AND REV RUN WITH THEIR SONS IN THE B.E.T. CYPHER



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Saturday, October 30, 2010

DANROY HENRY JR'S LIFE CELEBRATED AT SPIRIT-FILLED MEMORIAL



Slain Student 'Put God, Family First' - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston

Video Tribute To Pace Student - Video - WCVB Boston

Yeterday would have been Danroy Henry's 21st Birthay. Instead of a birthday party, his family, friends and teammates were saying good-bye to the slain Pace University student at a memorial service held at Boston Convention Center. DJ, as he was affectionately called, was gunned down by some trigger happy thugs with badges, who should be in jail by now.

With great [strength] and courage, his family thanked the public for their prayers and support:

Henry's mother, Angela, thanked those gathered for their love, support and prayers.

"As we continue to fight for the truth, we will continue to need your love and support," she said. "Danny's faith sustained him through many times. I ask that if there is anyone who does not know that faith to find it because it will help you. It is sustaining my family right now."

Henry's brother, Kyle, said Henry tried to convince him to get a tattoo that said "Family First."

"'Come on, we are brothers. We have that bond,' D.J. said. So the first thing I did when I heard about this is went out and got those tattoos -- family first," Kyle Henry said.

"I never thought that my first memorial service as a senior leader in the Army would be for my nephew," Henry's uncle, Fred Henry, said. "He lived a rich and fulfilled life and was loved by many."

Fred Henry said his nephew always put God first and had a tattoo that read," "I would rather be a prince in your kingdom than a king in this lifetime."

"His true measure of success will be by the people he has touched and inspired," he said. "What you have tried to do and what you have represented will not be forgotten."

Henry's aunt, Eileen Medeiros, read a passage that Henry had highlighted in his bible.

"Because of my great love for you and because I have graced you with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, I have sent among you in everyplace -- eyes to watch you, ears to hear you for you have need of accountability. Do not ignore what I have done for you for the time for childish things to come to an end is here," Medeiros read. (Source)
The celebration of life ended with the choir singing their rendition of "Happy Birthday" to a young man who touched the lives of so many.

Now my message to the Mount Pleasant Police Department comes from the words of Rapper Ice Cube: "It ain't over, mutha f****s."

Friday, October 29, 2010

MCGHEE SEXTUPLETS: PHOTO OF THE DAY


After having challenges with conceiving, an Ohio couple has gave birth to sextuplets on June 9 of this year. Mia and Rozonno McGhee now have four boys and two girls named Isaac, Rozonno Jr., Josiah, Elijah, Madison and Olivia.

A Facebook page has been set up for the McGhee Sextuplets.

Donations can be made at any CHASE bank in the Columbus Metro area or via paypal.com to rozonno1@yahoo.com.



Thursday, October 28, 2010

DISGRUNTLED BLACK WOMAN VOTER - UPDATED



Why should voters give the Democrats one more chance? More specifically, why should American Blacks give the Obama Administration one more chance?

Let me be clear, I am a Black Woman conservative Republican who is well-balanced and knows when to be sensibly compassionate on the right issues. With that being said, I have been confused about how I will vote on November 2nd.

Certainly, I am troubled by the rhetoric coming from the Tea Party and the GOP. When white folks make statements like "Take our country back" and our President is bi-racial, visions of slavery and lynchings come to my mind. Take our country back from whom? Blank stare. That kind of rhetoric doesn't do anything to heal or bridge the racial divide that exists in our psyche.

On the hand, the Obama Administration has strongly championed the causes of homosexuals and illegal aliens while staying clear of issues that are important to American Blacks. During his campaign and presidency, President Obama was (and is) quick to run to and hang out in middle America while avoiding town hall meetings in the most disenfranchised areas of this Country such as our inner city “hoods.” For that matter, can I at least get a couple of town hall meetings at historically Black colleges and universities?

One Black political pundit said it best, "[President Obama] may have not helped us [us meaning Black folks] but he sure has not hurt us." Selah.

It appears, like all previous US President, President Obama and Congress have maintained the financial interests of international bankers, corporations and other wealthy constituents through corporate bailouts while only giving rhetoric to the neglected interests of middle class and poor constituents who have been victimized by the corporate greed of wealthier constituents and political leaders. And this political legacy or status quo will continue no matter who has control of Congress or the White House. Sigh.

While I am a strong proponent of voting (since my ancestors in this country died so that we Blacks would have the right to vote), I am feeling unmotivated to go to the polls on Nov. 2nd. Voting would truly be choosing between the lesser of two evils that appear not to care about the interests of Black folks. Sigh again.



WILL THE REAL PHAEDRA PARKS, PLEASE STAND UP


As many of you know, Attorney Phaedra Parks-Nida is the newest member to the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise. Her controversial debut on the Bravo network has created a public backlash against this high-powered Entertainment Attorney and self-proclaimed Southern Belle.

First, there was her shot-gun wedding to the handsome Apollo Nida within months of his release from a 6-year prison stint. The question on everyone’s minds was, “Why would an accomplished Lawyer hook up with an ex-con.” Phaedra’s response, “It amazes me how people can be so shallow. Apollo has been in prison for racketeering. He is no different than Martha Stewart. People really need to get over it!”

According to Attorney Parks-Nida, her husband has signed a prenuptial agreement which proves that he is only interested in her, not her money. This is good to know because based on their appearance on the show thus far; it seems that Divorce Court will be their next show appearance.

Then there were her blank racist statements about her bi-racial husband and White folks eating canned foods. According to Attorney Phaedra, “Apollo does not like very elaborate dishes and I am a connoisseur of finer foods. Growing up in a white household, he's not used to all this fancy stuff. He likes canned foods. He likes packed meats. He just doesn't care. But it's very important for me to feed people the way I like to be fed, which is the best of the best."

As you can guess, her comments did not go over well with the public. Even Black folks had to give her a blank stare on her comments.

In response to being called a racist, Attorney Parks-Nida wrote the following on her Bravo blog:
“I believe my remarks were generally misunderstood and am being used to portray me as someone I am not. I am not a racist. My heart has always been open to people of all races, ethnicities, and walks of life. If that were not the case, I would not have fallen in love with and married a man who is biracial and was raised by a white woman. The reality is that we live in a society where matters of race are not discussed honestly or openly for fear of being labeled a racist. And that really needs to change if we're going to move forward in any meaningful way as a melting pot of ideas, viewpoints, and experiences. While I do regret any discomfort or offense that my comments may have caused, I believe it is important that we use opportunities like this to create forums for dialogue and growth, not for personal attacks. (Source)

Yes, you guessed it. She did not apologize for her “racist” and condescending statements toward her bi-racial husband, his family or offended White folks.

Then there was her comment about wanting a “clean” man- i.e., a man without any baby mamas. Of course, her “clean man” statement insulted her cast mate Cynthia Bailey’s fianc├ęs, who has five kids by other women. (Sidebar: I concur with Attorney Parks on this one. That was a prerequisite for me when I was looking for a husband. So was a clean criminal record)

I will give Phaedra a pass on the over-the-top Swan Lake baby shower. It was her prerogative how she wanted to celebrate the birth of her baby boy.

Then we have Phaedra and Apollo engaged in pickle porn at the urging of a horny female photographer and her admission to putting condiments in her va jay jay on last week’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. This segment was so disturbing on so many levels. Even Patti LaBelle was disturbed by Mrs. Park-Nida’s behavior.

In fact, I have only one question for the “Gone With The Wind” Southern Belle debutante: Do the pickle tease and the “condiments in the vagina” admission qualify as appropriate behavior or etiquette for a Southern Belle or sanctified PK (Preacher’s Kid)? Blank stare.

Of course, then there was also Phaedra’s nose quenching moment at Cynthia Bailey’s choice in residential neighborhood: “Cynthia lives in a gentrification zone, which is basically when they make the “hood” into the suburbs. It is not for me personally.”

I am sure Attorney Parks-Nida won over Cynthia with that comment.

Finally, there was Phaedra’s amnesia about when she conceived and her desire to have a premature baby. Blank stare. I will borrow the words of NeNe Leakes, “Shut up! That is so stupid.”

Fellow cast mate Kandi Burruss insists that Phaedra Parks-Nida is putting on an act for Bravo cameras.

Since I care more about Attorney Parks-Nida’s public persona than she and Bravo do, I have included YouTube videos chronicling Mrs. Nida’s professional achievements to counter her disastrous public image, which gets worst each episode and does not showcase her brilliance.

Time will tell how Parks-Nida’s appearance on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta will impact her professional career. So far, it does not seem to have any impact.







Wednesday, October 27, 2010

JUDGE THELMA WYATT-MOORE: FROM THE BENCH TO BABY SHOWER HOSTESS




If you had the esteemed pleasure of watching this past Monday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you were treated to Attorney Phaedra Parks’ over the top baby shower.

The hostess of Mrs. Apollo Nida’s “Bourg-hetto" baby shower was none other than the Honorable Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore. And yes, she is a Soror. Holding up my pinky finger.

Since Judge Wyatt-Moore did such a phenomenal job hosting the Parks-Nida baby shower, I thought it is only fitting that I give my beautiful Soror a shout out on Character Corner. She is definitely a class act.

From Jointcenter.org

Judge Moore serves on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies where she served as Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice component of the Health Policy Institute’s Dellums Commission in “Improving Life Options for Young Men of Color”.

Since her initial judicial appointment by the Honorable Maynard H. Jackson twenty-eight years ago, Judge Moore has achieved a litany of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve full-time on the benches of the Atlanta Municipal Court and the City Court of Atlanta and the first African-American woman to serve on the State Courts of Georgia. She is the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia’s busiest trial court of general jurisdiction and the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Administrative Judge of any Judicial Circuit in Georgia. She has been re-elected to the bench six times.

Judge Moore is the architect of the Fulton County Family Court and the Family Law Information Center, innovative projects and the first of their kind in Georgia, providing access to justice for all. Judge Moore coordinated strategies to develop a state-of–the-art justice information system, obtained significant grants to implement intergovernmental computer connectivity, expanded alternative dispute resolution and implemented justice system collaboration. Judge Moore has co-chaired a first-of-its-kind symposium on criminal justice to insure fairness, justice, equality, safety and security. In recognition of her vision and achievements, Judge Moore received the United States Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence at a reception and dinner in her sole honor in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Moore is a recipient of over 200 awards, including the 2006 Thurgood Marshall Award from the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, the 2005 Gate City Bar Judicial Section Legacy Award, the 2004 NAACP Jondelle Johnson Legacy Award, Concerned Black Clergy President’s Award, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Pacesetter Award and the Atlanta Business League Catalyst Award. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Los Angeles and completed a fellowship in Psychodynamics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Judge Moore earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence with Distinction at Emory University where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. A prolific writer, speaker and producer of historical videos, Judge Moore also serves on the Board of the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University.


NINJA MAN TAKES ON ENTIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT

When I saw this video, I thought about the murder of Danroy Henry, Jr. The Pace University student was killed by police almost two weeks ago while waiting to pick-up a friend at a local pub near campus. A promising life cut short because of some trigger happy officers.

In the video below, we see a clearly mentally ill Black man resisting arrest and assaulting police officers. Is he killed? Of course not, the entire police department just wrestled with the man until they are able to subdue him. And guess what? The suspect is still talking ish when he is subsequently arrested.

Why did the officers allow this man to live while Henry will be buried on Friday? Is it because this particular municipality has better police training for their officers? Or, is it because the cameras were rolling? You be the judge.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Reporter Jawn Murray Calls Black Women "Militant" and "Nappy-Headed"

From Forharriet.com

On Wednesday, October 20, Jawn Murray, an entertainment reporter for AOL's Black Voices and contributor to the Tom Joyner Morning Show, sent out this tweet:



Certainly, Mr. Murray could have expressed his enthusiasm for Tyler Perry's latest work without insulting Black women or natural hair. The language was unnecessarily offensive. And when Black women pushed back, Murray followed up with this:



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Sidebar: Here we go again.

Here we go again.

Blogger Gina (Whataboutourdaughters.com) had to check Comedian DL Hughley for co-signing on talk radio host Imus' "nappy-headed hoe" reference to the Rutgers University Female Basketball Team. (Click here for WAOD archives)

Then we checked Comedian Damon Wayans for co-signing on Imus' bullcrap. (Click here for details)

I then had to check (confront) Pastor James David Manning on referring to his Black Female caller as "nappy-headed" in a derogatory manner. (Click here for my cross-examination of Pastor Manning)

Now we have Entertainment Reporter Jawn Murray continuing the nappy-head insult saga. I never cared for Jawn Murray. Men who gossip are not appealing to me. How U doin?

I hope he is punished for his stupidity. We should have the same outrage about his insulting tweets as we had about Imus' insensitive remarks.

If you want to voice your concerns about Mr. Murray's inappropriate behavior, contact VP of AOL Black Voices Tariq Muhammad via email tariq.muhammad@teamaol.com or via phone (917) 606 4772.

DAWN NEUFELD BRINGS THE LEGAL HEAT TO FOOTBALL WIVES ON VH1


Reality TV has another star on the rise and her name is Dawn Neufeld, Esq. of VH1’s Football Wives.

This Attorney/Actress Mom is the wife of former Dallas Cowboy Tight End Ryan Neufeld and the mother of two children, Will and Ryan. Their son Will has been diagnosed with the symptoms of autism, but is loving and responsive.

Attorney Neufeld holds a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the state of California.

This season of Football Wives will chronicle the Neufelds' hardship of transitioning from being a pro football family to life without professional football. The Neufelds also has the added financial burden of having a child with special needs. ”Despite living modestly, the costs of maintaining a home, toddler and child with special needs has taken a toll on their finances.”

For more information about Attorney Neufeld, visit her website www.dawnneufeld.com. You can also follow her on twitter at @dbn13.

Attorney Neufeld is also the designated Football Wives blogger and will be giving weekly behind-the-scenes insight from her playbook on each of the Football Wives' episodes. Click here to read Dawn's blog.

Football Wives airs each Sunday at 10:30 PM EST.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

AUTOPSY LEAK OUTRAGES FATHER OF SLAIN PACE UNIVERSITY STUDENT


From BostonHerald.com

The father of slain Easton college student Danroy Henry Jr. said the leak of sensitive autopsy information has escalated his concerns about the impartiality of the investigation into his son’s death.

Information based on a toxicology report leaked to the media on Friday showed that Henry, a Pace University student, may have been drunk last Sunday when police shot him as he drove away from a bar brawl outside a pub in Thornwood, N.Y. Henry, 20, later died of his injuries.

“It makes me even more concerned that this investigation may be compromised,” Henry’s father, Danroy Henry Sr. of Easton, told the Herald yesterday. “We are just looking for truth.”

He said that neither Mount Pleasant police nor the Westchester District Attorney’s Office contacted the family after the leak. Police have stonewalled the family’s request for the same autopsy information that was leaked, he said.

“I would have expected there to be some outrage that this was released. We have no way of verifying its truth,” he said.

Family attorney Michael Sussman yesterday said police are refusing to provide a sample of body fluids or blood used in the toxicology analysis.

The leak “demonstrates that those conducting this investigation either are intentionally seeking to align with those who killed D.J. or are not in control of the information being generated as part of their investigation,” he said. (Source)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST POLICE IN DEATH OF DANROY HENRY JR

From NECN.com:

(NECN: John Moroney) - New York police are facing new charges following the death of Pace University student DJ Henry. Friends of the victim say they police tased and beat them when they tried to help their friend.

Fellow Pace football players Daniel Parker, Joseph Garcia and Yves Delpeche were arrested for interfering with police efforts to administer medical assistance.

The Easton, Mass native was shot and killed outside of a New York bar after hitting two police officers earlier this week. (Source)

Sidebar: According to the father of the slain Pace University student, police officers from two different municipalities fired into vehicle that Danroy Henry Jr was driving?

Friday, October 22, 2010

DANROY HENRY'S BLOOD-ALCOHOL LEVEL DOES NOT JUSTIFY SHOOTING


According to TheBostonChannel.com, WABC-TV in New York is citing sources that say Danroy Henry Jr. had a blood alcohol level of .13 when his car struck a police officer last weekend outside of New York City.

Even if the slain Pace University college student was in fact drunk, his blood-alcohol level does not negate the fact that the responding Mount Pleasant police officers acted in an extremely reckless manner which lead to senseless death of a young man with an extremely bright future. Henry's actions or alleged drunkenness did not warrant the use of deadly force by police.

Michael Sussman, an attorney for the Henry family, told NewsCenter 5 that Henry Jr.'s blood alcohol level has nothing to do with the fact that police shot him.

"What's happened is that there's been a shift in the story over the last few days. Police are in desperation and have revealed things that we have no knowledge of. It's a red herring attempting to assassinate DJ's character. We won't know whether it's true until we're given a sample of his blood and can't test it ourselves," he said. (Source)

Although the Massachusetts parents of Danroy Henry Jr. say they don't want to make his death "a race issue," one cannot help but notice the similarities in race of those who have been victims of excessive force by law enforcement and the race of the officers who so recklessly took their lives.

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ATTORNEY FOR PACE FOOTBALL PLAYERS ALLEGES POLICE COVERUP IN KILLING


From Boston.com

The attorney for four Pace University football players and two witnesses to the death of Danroy Henry Jr. today accused Westchester County authorities of a "coverup'' and demanded that the New York attorney general or the US Department of Justice take over the investigation into the fatal police shooting.

In a fiery press conference attended by most of the Pace football team, leaders of minority police organizations, and New York politicians, attorney Bonita Zelman said police were wrong to shoot Henry and were wrong to arrest his teammates when they tried to help him early on Oct. 17.

Zelman also rebutted Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno who said earlier today that Henry got medical aid three to five minutes after he was shot. Zelman said, based on her investigation, when the first ambulance arrived on the scene, Henry was lying in the parking lot in handcuffs.

"The first ambulance did not render medical treatment to DJ,'' she said.

She also said that one Pace student who was friends with Henry and who was at the shooting scene tried to get to his friend and provide CPR after he was shot. Officers on the scene, she said, put a gun in his ribs and told him he would be shot if he did not back away form Henry.

Zelman lashed out Alagno, who has said four of his detectives, along with the New York State Police and the Westchester County district attorney's office, are investigating the shooting.

"We know that this investigation under Chief Alagno – despite what he is telling the media – is a mere coverup for the misconduct and brutality of the police,'' Zelman said. (Source)



Thursday, October 21, 2010

MEET THE NOTORIOUS SPINKS: BOOKS ARE HER BUSINESS

**For information concering virtual book tours, please visit www.booksand.net.**




Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: MEET THE NOTORIOUS SPINKS: BOOKS ARE HER BUSINESS

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
Call-in Number: (347) 989-0587
Click here to listen to the show and participate in the chatroom.

Blogger, entrepreneur and book whore, Notorious Spinks loves all things books. She started in December 2009 as a book blogger and her blog has now evolved into a cultural blog covering current events and newsworthy topics. As a result of her love for books, Spinks continues to review books on a regular basis and was inspired to create Books And... this spring. Books And... reaches out to authors of color to promote their literary works via virtual book tours.

In her real life, Spinks is a full-time student and an AmeriCorps member. As an AmeriCorps member she conducts home visits to expecting mothers of color to help decrease the infant mortality rate in Memphis. For more information about Blogger Yolanda Spinks, visit her blog Notoriousspinkstalks.com. Follow her on Twitter @NotoriousSpinks.

**For information concering virtual book tours, please visit www.booksand.net.**

NPR CEO VIVIAN SCHILLER INSULTS JUAN WILLIAMS



NPR CEO Vivian Schiller to the fired Juan Williams:

“Juan Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and his psychiatrist or his publicist.”

Blank stare.

"Let’s state a couple of facts. Juan is not an employee of NPR. He’s an independent contractor. He’s not NPR staff. He’s an NPR analyst. We have a contract with him for analyst opinions to provide news analysis. He is not a columnist or commentator. He also has an on-going relationship with Fox News. Mara Liasson is also on Fox News and is a full-time staffer. We accept that’s a whole other issue. However, we expect our journalists, whether they are news analysts or reporters to behave like journalists.(Source)"

Schiller later apologized to William for the psychiatrist reference. She admitted, "I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark."


NPR FIRES JUAN WILLIAMS FOR COMMENTS ABOUT MUSLIMS



Political analyst Juan Williams has been fired by National Public Radio (NPR) for controversial comments he made on Fox's Bill O'Reilly show.

According to The New York Times, Williams made the controversial comments:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

In reference to Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani immigrant who attempted to blow up Times Square with a car bomb, Williams said:
"He said the war with Muslims, America's war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts."

NPR said in its statement that Williams' remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

Juan Williams' firing comes just weeks after CNN anchor Rick Sanchez was fired over his comments about Jews during a radio interview.

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EASTER CRASH TRIAL: "AIMEE MICHAEL DID NOT CAUSE THE ACCIDENT"

**Photo from AJC.com**


The trial of Aimee Michael began yesterday. Michael is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide and several other crimes steaming from her involvement in the 2009Easter car crash that left five people dead, including three children, and one seriously injured.

In her opening arguments, Assistant Fulton District Attorney Tanya Miller described Michael as “nothing short of careless, cold-hearted, conniving and criminal.” Miller also emphasised the not once has the defendant that anybody ever hit her car first.

Defense Attorney W. Scott Smith conceded that the actions of Michael and her mother after the accident to repair the damaged BMW was “a callous, selfish, disgusting move” to destroy the evidence. Despite the cover up, his client is not guilty of the most serious charges against her: five counts of vehicular homicide. Smith said it was the Mercedes belonging to the Carter family that initiated the crash. In the Mercedes, were Robert and Delisia Carter, their newborn son, Ethan Carter, and Delisia Carter’s 9-year-old daughter, Kayla, who were all killed.

The most heart-wrenching testimony came from Morris Johnson, the father of 6-year old Morgan Johnson who was killed in the accident. Johnson described how his daughter's torso was torn from the rest of her body as a result of the accident.

Morgan's mother, Tracie Johnson also took the stand and described how a silver car – the Mercedes -- came “out of nowhere” across the median and smashed into the convertible beige Volkswagen she was driving. She testified that she was immobilized by her broken bones and her husband couldn't open the jammed car door as the Mercedes next to her started to burn. She lost consciousness as emergency medical workers who happened to be driving by came to pull her out. (Source)



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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

JUSTICE THOMAS' WIFE SEEKS APOLOGY FROM ANITA HILL



According to USAtoday.com, Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, recently contacted Brandeis University professor Anita Hill for an explanation and apology for accusing her husband of sexual harassment. Blank stare.

ABC News reported earlier Tuesday that Hill had received a message on her voicemail at work that said, "Good morning, Anita Hill, it's Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day." (Source)

On October 11, 1991, Professor Hill was called to testify during the Senate confirmation hearing of President George H.W. Bush's then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Thomas were made public when information from her interview by the FBI was leaked to the media days before the final Senate vote on his appointment. Despite the allegations, Thomas was unfortunately confirmed and replaced the retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Hat tip to CURVYQUEEN on Twitter for linking this story.


Monday, October 18, 2010

JENNIFER PETKOV TAUNTS 7-YEAR OLD TERMINALLY ILL NEIGHBOR



Jennifer Petkov is Satan with blond hair. This sick pervert has been harassing and taunting her terminally ill neighbor, 7-year old Kathleen Edward, and her family for almost a year.

Kathleen is in the final stages of a degenerative brain disorder diagnosed as Huntington's Disease - the same disease which killed her mother, Laura Edward, when she was only 24.

Instead of Perkov sending cards and stuff animals to her 7-year old neighbor, the neighbor from hell posted pictures of Kathleen and her deceased mother with skulls and the grim reaper on Facebook. Blank stare.

This waste of human flesh is now accused of trying to run down neighbor Tana Boling, who was going to visit the terminally ill girl.

I place Jennifer Petkov on the level with children molesters. She is disgusting. I can't wait for Karma to visit her home.



UPDATE: The devil decided to apologize for her evil behavior

MOM OF EASTER CRASH SUSPECT PLEADS GUILTY


From Ajc.com
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The mother of a woman charged in the 2009 Easter Sunday hit-and-run that left five people dead pleaded guilty to trying to help her daughter cover up the accident, according to the Fulton County District's Attorney's Office.

Sheila Michael, the mother of Aimee Michael, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and hindering the apprehension of a criminal on Monday.

She will be sentenced after Aimee Michael’s trial. Jury selection began Monday in the vehicular homicide trial of 24-year-old Aimee Michael.

Aimee Michael was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, one count of serious injury by vehicle, six counts of hit-and-run and one count each of tampering with evidence, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane...

Robert and Delisia Carter, their newborn son, Ethan, and Delisia Carter's 9-year-old daughter, Kayla [Lemons], died in the chain-reaction crash near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Also killed was 6-year-old Morgan Johnson, whose mother, 43-year-old Tracie Johnson of Atlanta, was injured. (Source)

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Friday, October 15, 2010

RAPPER T.I. IS SENTENCED TO 11 MONTHS

**Photo from Sandrarose.com


UPDATE: T.I. has until Nov. 1st to report to prison.

From Ajc.com
Atlanta-based rapper T.I. will serve 11 more months in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. at 2 p.m.

He was represented by a team of six attorneys, including Don Samuel, Ed Garland, Steve Sadow, Janice Capek, Kristen Wright and Dwight Thomas.

T.I. was still on probation for federal weapons charges when he was arrested Sept. 1 on drug charges in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, were taken into custody during a traffic stop in West Hollywood in which deputies said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana from inside the car. They were soon released on bond.

After the arrest, a U.S. probation officer alleged that T.I. committed three violations of his supervised release from prison: possessing ecstasy, testing positive for opiates and associating with a convicted felon. (Source)


Update:

From Ajc.com
Declaring that T.I. "has had about the limit of second chances," an angry federal judge on Friday sentenced the rapper and movie actor to 11 more months in prison for violating his probation.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., asked the court for leniency.

"I screwed up," said the rapper, wearing a three-piece gray suit. "I screwed up bigtime, and I'm sorry. I'm truly and sincerely sorry. I don't want and I don't need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life."

But U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pannell Jr. was unmoved. Pannell noted that he had tried an extraordinary sentence with Harris, who was initially convicted of weaspons charges, by permitting him to stay out of prison while performing 1,000 hours of community service. The service consisted largely of visits with schoolchildren to speak out against violence, gangs and drugs.

"I think Mr. Harris had had about the limit of second chances," Pannell said. "The worst thing is this case was an experiment."

Pannell said he had hoped the idea would work and could be adapted for use in other cases. But then he looked at Harris and said:

"You certainly dumped a lot of smut on the whole experiment." (Source)

FORMER EMPLOYEE FILES SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW BIRTH



From Ajc.com
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is the focus of another lawsuit, this one by a former employee who alleges she was the victim of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation.

Tama Colson, who is described in the lawsuit as a married resident of Georgia, claims a male supervisor showed her photographs of a male sex organ on a cellphone. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Colson alleges she was harassed, demoted and later discharged from the Lithonia church after she complained.

Barbara Marschalk, an attorney who represents New Birth said it was "too premature for us to comment now."

Colson, who also attended New Birth with her family, said in the suit that she was hired by the church in August 1998 as an audio engineer and was eventually promoted to duplication manager, overseeing the reproduction of broadcasts of New Birth services.

The lawsuit alleges that in October 2009, a male supervisor in the church's television department showed her a picture of a sex organ on his cellphone. Colson said she was "horrified" and asked the supervisor "what the hell is your problem." She said he grinned and walked away.

The lawsuit claims the church was aware of previous incidents between the supervisor and female employees and congregants but never took corrective action.

In May 2010, the suit alleges, Colson learned that her department was going to be placed under the control of the television department, where the male supervisor worked. She asked to be transferred out of that department or warned that she would resign. A church elder convinced her to stay, but in June she found out that the man would be her boss. She said he began a "campaign of torment" against her, including coming into her office and staring.

She complained and alleges she was later demoted to secretary. Eventually, she claimed, she was discharged from the job.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages. (SOURCE)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WHOOPI AND JOY BEHAR WALK OUT ON BILL O'REILLY

Today on The View, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off staged after a heated exchange with the cocky Bill O'Reilly concerning the building of a mosque near Ground Zero.

Clearly disturbed by the walkout, Barbara Walters reprimanded the dynamic duo for their lack of professionalism.

The women soon returned to the couch once Mr. O'Reilly apologized for his negative statements about Muslims.


Isn't this show called The View? Should all guests have the same view as Walkout Whoopi or Joking Joy? Blank stare.


RAISING THE BAR WITH ATTORNEY DEBBIE HINES



Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: RAISING THE BAR WITH ATTORNEY DEBBIE HINES

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
Call-in Number: (347) 989-0587
Click here to listen to the show online and participate in the chatroom.

Debbie Hines is a trial lawyer, former prosecutor and legal/political commentator based in Washington, DC. She is the founder of Legalspeaks.com, a progressive blog, on law and politics. .

She has also authored articles and blogs online for the Huffington Post, Women’s Media Center, OpEdNews.com and Peace X Peace.org. She speaks on hot legal and political topics and local and national headline legal trials.

She is recognized as one of the most influential and prominent African-American bloggers. She is frequently featured in the media including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, XM Satellite radio, CNN and CBS – Washington DC affiliate WUSA

She holds a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her bar memberships include admission to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, and in the District of Columbia, and states of Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Attorney Hines is a native of Baltimore, MD.

For more information about Attorney Hines, visit www.legalspeaks.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @Legalspeaks.

Debbie Hines Resume Reel from Debbie Hines on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CHRISTIE TAYLOR (N-SECURE) ON CHARACTER CORNER RADIO

***N-SECURE opens in theaters on Friday, October 15, 2010. Click here to find a theater in your state.**

Director: David M. Matthews
Writers: Julius Lewis, Christine Taylor




Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: WRITER CHRISTIE TAYLOR FROM THE MOVIE N-SECURE


Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
Call-in Number: (347) 989-0587
***Click here to listen to the show***.

Christie Taylor is a nationally recognized creative business force in the worlds of music, media, ministry and entertainment. Christie was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Tennessee in the early 70s. Her love for radio started as a young girl and led her to the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma with dreams to be on Broadway.

She served as the afternoon drive personality in Memphis on 95.7 Hallelujah FM and 1600 Hallelujah AM in St. Louis simultaneously, Christie also did double duty as host of the monthly ND Radio Gospel Talk Show as well as the weekly public affairs show, The Pulse.

A talented singer and songwriter, Christie has worked with Gospel greats like Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Margaret Bell, Commissioned, Fred Hammond, Judith Christie McAllister, Donnie McClurkin as well as her Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning producer and brother, Mooki.

Christie's current career endeavor is co-writer for the movie N-Secure which is scheduled to open in theaters on this Friday, October 15th. N-secure is a no holds-barred thrilling drama mixed with murder, mayhem and manipulation among affluent professionals. This film sheds light on a man's downfall from the pinnacles of success into the depths of his damaged character. His insecurities lead him into a series of troubled romantic relationships and eventually a web of events that include betrayal and murder.

As passionate as Christie is about radio, music and film, she is just as passionate about people really getting it and living their dreams as well. As a result, the vibrant fast-talker launched Living LIFE Seminars where she motivates attendees to Live Life In Full Expression. This 2004 Gospel Bridge Awards Female Radio Personality is Living her Life In Full Expression and inspiring others to do the same.

In 2008, she was selected as 50 Women Who Make A Difference by the Memphis Woman Magazine.


For more information about Christie Taylor, visit www.ChristieTaylorOnline.com.

Visit the official website for N-secure: www.n-securethemovie.com. N-SECURE OPENS IN THEATERS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15TH.

ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MEN CONTROVERSY


Author Sharon Carson copyrighted the book entitled, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," in 2003. However, Comedian Steve Harvey published a book with the same name and concept in 2009. Thanks to Oprah, Harvey's book went on to be a New York Times Best Seller.

The following is the press release regarding the controversy:

PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 01, 2009 – Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man And theme from an earlier book? Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003 CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title; Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra [sic] show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copyrighted in 2003. Thinking of all the self – published poets and authors like herself who have a hard time finding publishers for their materials, she was hoping for perhaps some recognition that the idea for the book might have come from her, especially since upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels. But then she thought that it was not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world. Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that women need to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”; “because they can”.

Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships. Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name; http://www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com/ from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVVQX15X2Y. Sharon hopes that her earlier book with the same title will finally receive the recognition it deserves and is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options.” (Source)


I hope Ms. Carson pursues a copyright infringement claim against Mr. Harvey and his book publisher.

In the interim, let's support her by making her book a New York Times Best Seller. Visit www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com to order her book.

Sidebar: I have a problem with a man telling a woman how to act like a lady. He should have written a book about how to be a gentleman instead of a pimp. Check out my post STEVE HARVEY EXPOSED for a great analysis by a Youtube blogger concerning the flawed advice given by Steve Harvey to vulnerable Black women.

CHILE MINERS RESCUE



Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for 67 days are currently being rescued. So far, 6 of the 33 trapped miners have been rescued.

As the miners are rescued, they are greeted by the warm embraces of selected family members, rescue workers and Chile's President Sebastian Pinera.

For live coverage of the dramatic and emotional rescue, visit CNN.com.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BISHOP EDDIE LONG SUED FOR DEFAULTING ON PROPERTY LOAN


According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Bishop Eddie Long has been hit with yet another civil lawsuit. This time the Bishop, who has four other lawsuits filed against him within the last month, is now being sued for defaulting on a mortgage.

The new suit stems from August 2007 when Long and two business partners as part of the West Indies Holding Company bought a gym in Jonesboro. Long’s partners include Marrion Heflin, a self-employed businessman, and Frederick Folson of McDonough, who runs non-profit Strategic Community Initiatives in Lithonia.

Long and his partners signed an agreement to purchase Hoops N’ Fitness on Tara Boulevard for $643,556 plus $223,000 in interest, according to a promissory note obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 2009, the seller, Danny Wright and J.D. Rock Enterprises, filed suit, alleging Long and his partners had not paid any of the debt. That suit is still pending.

On Monday, the mortgage company, State Bank and Trust and the FDIC, filed suit against Long and his partners.

The new suit alleges the three parties owe $1.86 million on the defaulted loan, along with $32,000 in interest. That interest – more than $300 a day -- is continuing to accrue, according to the suit. (Source)

New Birth Missionary Baptist was not named in the latest lawsuit.

*Hat tip to Straightfromthea.com for posting this story.

RAZ B BLASTS CHRIS STOKES, MARQUES HOUSTON AND BISHOP EDDIE LONG



Before the Bishop Eddie Long sex scandal, Raz B, a former member of B2K, revealed that he was sexually molested by his cousin and former manager Chris Stokes.

Raz B posted a series of videos on the Internet in which we watched him unravel and try to come to term with being a victim of child molestation. The videos were subsequently removed and Raz B recanted his story after a meeting with Mr. Stokes.

This past week, Raz B became enraged when he learned that former B2K bandmate Omarion had accused Raz B of being bipolar during a radio interviews in New York and oversees. I am not sure why he is yelling at R&B Singer Marques Houston in the video, instead of Omarion.

My heart goes out to Raz B. I believe he was molested. It is time that we accept that our young men are being molested and raped by people who may be accomplished and respected.

I wonder why law enforcement authorities have not investigated Raz B's allegation made against Chris Stokes.



Saturday, October 09, 2010

TI'S PROBATION OFFICER RECOMMENDS PRISON FOR RAPPER



From Wsbtv.com

ATLANTA -- The probation officer for T.I. is recommending that the rapper face eight to 14 months in prison if his probation is revoked following his recent arrest in Los Angeles.

The rapper's attorneys countered in court filings this week the probation officer's recommendations are "erroneous" and that he should at most face between five to 11 months behind bars.

U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. has set the hearing for 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris.

An earlier summons for T.I. lists three possible violations of his bond: possession of the drug ecstasy, testing positive for opiates and associating with a convicted felon.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say the Grammy award-winning rapper was stopped Sept. 1 on a Hollywood street after making an illegal U-turn. Police say they found several pills confirmed to be a controlled substance.

Sidebar: I am planning to attend Clifford Harris' parole violation hearing and will blog about it. Stay tuned.


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Friday, October 08, 2010

MESSAGE TO BISHOP EDDIE LONG AND THE BLACK CHURCH FROM EX-MINISTRIES

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. - Revelation 2:7


For more information for Pastor G. Craig Lewis, visit his website www.exministries.com.





GOSPEL MUSIC LEGEND ALBERTTINA WALKER DEAD AT 81




From Chicagotribune.com

The legendary gospel singer Albertina Walker died today at the age of 81.

Born in Chicago in 1929, Walker began singing in the choir of West Point Baptist church at the age of 4. Walker was urged to pursue a gospel singing career by the woman who became her mentor, iconic gospel great Mahalia Jackson. Walker launched her official career at age 22, when, urged by Jackson, she formed her group the Caravans. She was a fixture in body and spirit at Chicago's Gospel Festival since the event's inception, both solo and with the Caravans.

Walker had been battling emphysema, and died Friday morning in a Chicago hospital, where she had been since late August. (Source)


You can visit Albertina Walker's website at www.albertinawalker.com.

Thanks to @BlackMediaSCOOP for the story.




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