Monday, February 28, 2011

Charlie Sheen to CBS: 'We're at War'

SIDEBAR: If addiction wasn't so serious and deadly, Charlie Sheen's tantrum and media blitz would be comical. But there isn't anything funny about addiction.

Sheen, the father of 5, is obviously a man in great emotional and psychological distress and desperately needs an intervention. However, you can't help anyone who doesn't think he has a problem.

When asked by a Good Morning America correspondent whether he had drugs in his house, Sheen responded, "Not to my knowledge." Blank stare.

Perhaps what is even more sad is that if Sheen was a Rapper or Black athlete, his house would have been raided and he would have been arrested on drug charges by now.




From Popeater.com

Charlie Sheen sat down with the 'Today Show' for a candid conversation Monday morning and gave some insight into what is no doubt one of the more bizarre celebrity stories in recent memory.

CBS, home to Sheen's sitcom 'Two and a Half Men,' voiced concern over the actor's reported drug binges involving multiple porn stars during the past few months -- concern the actor took offense to, claiming he is at war with CBS.

"[We're] definitely at war. The war is that they are trying to destroy my family, trying to take all my money, leaving me with no means to support my family," Sheen told 'Today.' Watch clips from the interview inside!



Sheen, who (until recently) starred in the hit CBS comedy, is lauded as the highest paid television actor, reportedly making close to $2 million an episode.

Those paydays, however, are now long gone, according to CBS. The network released a statement Friday evening announcing it had halted production on the sitcom for the remainder of the season.

"Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season," the network said in a statement, first reported by TMZ.

Sheen fired back, claiming he's clean of all drugs.

"Look at me, duh ... drug tests don't lie. The scoreboard doesn't lie," he said.

Sheen said that boredom led him to alcohol and drugs. He has also voiced his distaste with Alcoholics Anonymous and said he overcame his addiction problems himself.

"I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind," he said of his new sobriety. The actor completed treatment with an at-home "crisis management center," which he dubbed the "Sober Valley Lodge."

"It's primary patient achieved radical success," he said with a grin, adding that he's not concerned about relapsing. Sheen labeled those who relapse as "trolls" and "weak."

He also claims he'll not pass up a glass a champagne when celebrating, but has "no interest in cocaine."

And as for continuing his Hollywood career, Sheen said he wants to continue working in TV and movies, hinting that the world has yet to see his best work.

"Come on, bro, I won best picture at 20. I wasn't even trying," he said, adding that he'll continue to work on 'Men,' but not without some more pointed comments aimed at show runner Chuck Lorre over the status of the show's scripts and the fate of the cast and crew.

After spewing out direct questions to Lorre -- including "Why is it that when I was ready to return to work, you told me there were no scripts ready to shoot?" -- Sheen read a passage from the AA Handbook about acceptance.

"Accept me, Chuck," Sheen said. (Source)

Voodoo Sex Candles Caused Fatal Fire in Brooklyn


Sidebar: I don't even know where to begin with this story. Blank stare.
From Myfoxny.com

MYFOXNY.COM - Candles used in a voodoo sex ceremony ignited a fast-moving fire that swept through a Brooklyn apartment building on the evening of February 19 and into early February 20, 2011, and killed a woman, according to FDNY fire marshals and a city official.

Also, an open door and a delay in calling 911 allowed the fire to get even bigger, the marshals determined.

"Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented," Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. "This fire had so many of those elements -- candles left on the floor near combustible material, one of the occupants trying to douse the flames before calling 911 and an open door, which allowed fire to spread into the hallway. Hopefully others will learn from this tragedy."

FDNY: Voodoo Sex Candles Caused Fatal Fire in Brooklyn: MyFoxNY.com



Fire marshals said the fire started around 6:40 p.m., when a woman visited a man in the building and paid him $300 to perform a voodoo ceremony to bring her good luck. The man was known in the neighborhood as a voodoo priest, the AP reported.

A city official told the AP that the ceremony involved the man and woman having sex in a bed surrounded by candles. Those candles set fire to the linens and clothes on the floor, the FDNY said. But instead of calling 911, the man conducting the ceremony tried in vain to douse the flames with water. (Source)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

TIMOTHY BLOOM "TIL THE END OF TIME"

I saw this video advertised on Sandrarose.com. It is a beautiful song with an equally beautiful video.

Even though Sandra was paid handsomely for posting this video, I have decided to post it on Character Corner for free.

There isn't anything more beautiful and powerful than one man and one woman committed to each other in holy matrimony.

The song is called, "Til The End of Time" by Timothy Bloom. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Charlie Sheen and Two and A Half Men halted by CBS


From Tvsquad.com
After a day in which Charlie Sheen took to the airwaves to criticize everything from his boss to Alcoholics Anonymous, CBS has finally had enough.

Production on 'Two and a Half Men,' the troubled star's uber-successful sitcom, was set to resume on Monday. Four more episodes were to have been made before the 'Men' wrapped up work on its eighth season.

But in a statement issued late Thursday, CBS said that it was halting production on those episodes. "Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season," the statement read in full.

Sheen fired back about the shutdown late Thursday night, repeating his slurs against 'Men's' creator, Chuck Lorre, and calling him a "contaminated little maggot" and a "worm."

"I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon," Sheen ranted. He also stated that the fans of the show were "my people ... not yours."
SIDEBAR: I wonder what took CBS so long. I am elated that the Network pulled the plug on Two and A Half Men for Charlie Sheen's sake.

Addiction is a selfish behavior that negatively impacts all those connected to the addict. Addiction should never be enabled, excused or ignored. You can't pay an addict $2 million an episode and expect him to act right.

It is definitely time for Mr. Charlie Sheen to hit rock bottom. Hopefully, rock bottom will not be the grave.

Steve Harvey Gives Dr. Phil Relationship Advice

Comedian turned relationshiop guru Steve Harvey gives Dr. Phil some relationship advice.

It is nice to see that Steve Harvey's current wife isn't letting him out of her sight. Everywhere he goes, she goes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oprah and Iyanla Meet Again for Part 2 of The Conversation

Oprah continued her reunion with Iyanla Vanzant.

In Part Two of this riveting conversation, Iyanla opens up about the death of her daughter and the lost her marriage, her dream home and her entire fortune.

For more information, go to Oprah.com.

Related Article: The Conversation with Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant













Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OPRAH AND IYANLA MEET AGAIN FOR PART 2 OF THE CONVERSATION

On Wednesday, February 23rd, Oprah continues her reunion with Iyanla Vanzant. Tune in for part two of this riveting conversation on how Iyanla lost her marriage, her dream home and her entire fortune. For more information, go to Oprah.com.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

RHOA Phaedra Parks on The Wendy Williams Show



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Angry mourners attack Sacramento news crew


From News10.net
SACRAMENTO, CA - A group of mourners, apparently upset when a news crew tried to get too close to an impromptu memorial service, beat up the reporter and photographer from a Sacramento television station Sunday.

The attack happened outside the Natomas IHOP restaurant near the intersection of Del Paso Road and Interstate 5.

Police said two groups of young men got into a dispute Sunday inside the restaurant and took the fight outside. In the parking lot someone pulled a gun, and the fight ended with a 27-year-old man dead.

Friends of the victim had assembled for an impromptu memorial Sunday afternoon when a crew from the Sacramento Fox affiliate got into an argument with the mourners.

A group of those mourners jumped the two-person crew, reporter John Lobertini and photographer Rebecca Little, punching Lobertini in the face and dragging Little to the ground and kicking her in the face.

A News10 journalist was on the scene when the attack happened and recorded the entire incident on video.

Meghan Saffold, a mourner who was at the scene of the scuffle but did not participate, said she did not agree with what happened, but said emotions were already running high when the crew approached.

"It's just a respect issue. A lot of people, they're not in the right state of mind when going through something like this. So you know, all I say is, when someone asks you something, that you should respect it and respect their wishes," said Saffold. (Source)
Hat tip to Bossip.com for posting this story.

Cee-Lo Green - 2011 NBA All-Star Saturday Performance

Sidebar: I love me some Cee-Lo Green. You better sing!! But I do like the dirty version better. LOL

Hat tip to Straightfromthea.com for posting the link to this video.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Attalah Shabazz Confronts Minister Louis Farrakhan about her Father's Assassination


46 years ago today, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (formerly known as Malcolm X) was assassinated at the age of 39 in front of his pregnant wife, the late Dr. Betty Shabazz, and young daughters, Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, and Gamilah Lumumba. Twins, Malikah and Malaak, were born in 1965 after their father's assassination.

In a 60 Minutes interview, Attalah Shabazz confronts Minister Louis Farrakhan about the role his angry rhetoric played in the assassination of her Father.

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



Iyanla - Breakdown to Breakthrough


The Conversation between Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant that took place last week was a great example of the importance of being open to resolution and healing. (Click here to view)

Two powerful women came together on national television to resolve an 11-year old riff that caused their relationship to become estranged. The Conversation contained so many lessons on communication, healing, egos, low self-esteem, betrayal, loyalty that I am still processing.

Part II of The Conversation will air this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Tune or wait until I post the videos on YouTube. :-)

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

BEYOND THE BLOGS WITH YOLANDA SMITH AND TAMARA A. MARBURY, ESQ.

Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: "BEYOND THE BLOGS WITH YOLANDA SMITH AND TAMARA A. MARBURY, ESQ."


Date: Sunday, February 20, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
Call-in Number: (347) 989-0587
Click here to listen to the show and participate in the chat room




Yolanda Smith is more than an NBA player's wife. Born and raised in Bay Area of California, Yolanda received her BA in Business with a minor in Accounting from San Jose State University and an MBA (with an accounting concentration) from the University of Phoenix. She is the mother of three lovely children: ages 18, 12 and 9. Yolanda is currently in the mist of a divorce and trying to reclaim her life back. You can follow Yolanda Smith on Twitter @HeyYolanda.








Tamara A. Marbury, lawyer by day and blogger by night. Her blog, Blitzandglam.com, is where she writes about her two passions: football and fashion. Tamara realized that there are so many women out there who love football and also love fashion. The female football isn't just the stereotypical guy's gal in jeans, sneakers, and a one size fits all jersey going to the game with the guys. The female football fan is the chic sophisticate professional, the haute couture fashionista, and the everyday woman who just loves fashion and loves to shop. With her blog, she wants to bring the topics that we are interested in to the forefront while displaying her own style and personality that she hopes women will love. You can follow Attorney Tamara A. Marbury on Twitter @BlitzAndGlam.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

MARY HARVEY RESPONDS TO STEVE HARVEY'S APPEARANCE ON THE VIEW



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NENE LEAKES DISSES PHAEDRA PARKS AND STAR JONES ON RICKEY SMILEY

"You are sitting on the same show I’m sitting on so your attorney work must not be working out for you. Now she can be a class act act or whatever you want to call it….And I don’t care if she went to school for 20 years, you end up on the same show I am on. And I do more than you do and make more money than you so what’s next?" ~ NeNe Leakes




Hat tip to Theybf.com for posting the interview.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Dead baby found at Oprah school


From News24.com

Johannesburg - The body of a new-born baby was found at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls after a 17-year-old gave birth to it on Wednesday, Gauteng police said.

Police could not confirm if the baby had been murdered or died of natural causes, Captain Shado Mashobane said.

"Yes the girl gave birth to the baby at the school, but we can't confirm what happened to it. A case of concealment of death is being investigated," he said.

The 17-year-old girl, who was a pupil at the school just outside Johannesburg, was taken to the Midvaal Hospital in Meyerton.

Beeld newspaper on Friday reported that the baby's body was found in a plastic bag filled with bloodied clothes after the girl was taken to hospital.

Mashobane said he could not confirm the reports.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls could not be immediately reached for comment. (Source)
SIDEBAR: I will love to read more positive stories about Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Conversation with Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant



"There is some crazy that a pill can't fix! ~ Iyanla Vanzant


From Oprah.com

Oprah Show viewers first met Iyanla during Season 12, and over the next year and a half, she graced the stage 20 times. While hundreds of experts have come and gone over the years, few have captivated Oprah's audience like Iyanla.

But, for unexplained reasons, Iyanla made her last Oprah Show appearance more than 11years ago. What caused her rumored rift with Oprah? Today, Oprah's setting the record straight.
Sidebar: Oprah, please do not sue me for copyright infringement or take down my YouTube page. It is imperative that the world see the conversation of healing that took place between you and Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant.

There were so many lessons in communication, humility, and forgiveness contained in your conversation with Rev. Iyanla that need to be shared with the world.














LAW, LOCKOUT AND LIFE WITH JOE BRIGGS, ESQ.



Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: "LAW, LOCKOUT AND LIFE WITH JOE BRIGGS, ESQ."


Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
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Born and raised in Dundee, Florida, Joe Briggs was a scholarship athlete at Texas Christian University earning three varsity letters as a committed student leader on campus. After working in corporate America for a few years, Mr. Briggs transitioned into education as the Special Assistant to the President of Florida A&M University while also pursuing a master’s degree at the same institution as a State University System Fellow. Once he completed his master’s degree, Mr. Briggs decided to further his education goals once again at the Florida State University College of Law earning his juris doctorate in 2006.

During his time in law school, Mr. Briggs was employed as a law clerk by the top tier public finance firm Bryant Miller Olive and was also selected as a United States Senate Legal Extern. Mr. Briggs also completed two years of national leadership on the National Black Law Students Association Executive Board while also serving as a Lieutenant Governor in the ABA Law Student Division, Vice President of the Student Bar Association and as a member of his law school trial team.

After the completion of his externship as a US Senate Legal Fellow, Mr. Briggs was hired by the NFL Players Association to manage their Financial Programs Department. Currently, he is the Public Policy Counsel of the NFLPA and first individual to lead the NFLPA Government Relations Department. Mr. Briggs is also a professor at Georgetown University and often speaks on subjects ranging from politics to sports and everything in between. You may contact Joe via email at joe.briggs@impact-dc.com.

You can follow Attorney Joe Briggs on Twitter @joebriggsesq.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

STAR JONES RESPONDS TO NENE LEAKES' ATTACKS



From Lifeandstylemag.com
Celebrity Apprentice doesn't premiere until March 6, but things have already reached a boiling point for contestants NeNe Leakes and Star Jones. The two clashed while filming the show, but it turned vicious when NeNe slammed Star on The Wendy Williams Show on Feb. 8, saying, "I wouldn't spit on Star if she was on fire."

Now Star, who has refrained from any trash-talking, is responding to NeNe's cold remark-- speaking exclusively to Life & Style.

"I did Celebrity Apprentice to raise money and awareness for a charity [the American Heart Association] that has been instrumental in my life, not to see it reduced to a cliché where black women attack one another for publicity's sake," Star told Life & Style while at the NYC offices of Uptown magazine, where she is now editor-at-large. "I haven't commented on any of her comments in hopes that she would remember that we all participated in this show for charity and not as a vehicle to promote ourselves and such hatred. I was clearly wrong and I decided to finally respond."
SIDEBAR: I will not lie. I will be watching Celebrity Apprentice this season. This should definitely be interesting.


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

STEVE HARVEY APPEARS ON THE VIEW TO ADDDRESS YOUTUBEGATE


On Valentine's Day, Steve Harvey, accompanied by his current wife Marjorie Harvey, appeared on The View to address the allegations made by his ex-wife, Mary Harvey in a series of interviews and YouTube videos.

During his appearance on The View, there were no new revelations from the comedian turned relationship guru. Harvey basically reiterated what was already confirmed by the redacted court order released by his attorney, Bobbie Edmonds, almost a week ago. That is, Mary Harvey misrepresented certain facts as they pertained to her and Steve's divorce property settlement agreement.

Notwithstanding the staged pr appearance, it is good to see that someone is following the advice of his counsel.




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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF CIVIL RIGHTS

"The ladies of Elite Delta Force 3 and Wayne Brady re-create one of the most popular reality shows like only they can do!"

Hat tip to CarltonJordan.com for posting this video.

Monday, February 14, 2011

1st Lady's Advice for Couples on Valentine's Day




From Yahoo.com
WASHINGTON – Here's Michelle Obama's advice for couples this Valentine's Day: Laugh with your partner.

She says it's what she and President Barack Obama do, and it seems to be working. Their marriage, although tested throughout the years by his political ambitions — for the Illinois Senate, the U.S. Senate and later president — is going on 19 years.

"I think a lot of laughing," the first lady said Tuesday at a White House luncheon with reporters who asked about the Obamas' union. "I think in our house we don't take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of unity, I think, in a marriage.



"So we still find ways to have fun together, and a lot of it is private and personal. But we keep each other smiling and that's good," she added.

It also helps that Obama is "very romantic."

"He remembers dates, birthdays," Mrs. Obama said last week on "Live! With Regis and Kelly." "He doesn't forget a thing, even when I think he is. . I'll have a little attitude. I give him a little attitude, but he always comes through."

"Got to keep the romance alive, even in the White House," she said.

As for Valentine's Day on Monday, the first lady said her husband would do right by giving her jewelry.

"You can't go wrong," she said. (Source)


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Craiglist Congressman’s Email Mistress Revealed


From Voices.washingtonpost.com

The woman at the center of the Rep. Chris Lee resignation story said she's shocked at how a casual online flirtation exploded into a national scandal.

"I didn't do this for the attention or, you know, notoriety or money or whatever," a stunned Yesha Callahan told our colleague Lonnae O'Neal Parker. "Now I just want to go about my daily business."



Callahan, 34, said she wrestled for weeks about what to do with the e-mails she swapped on Craigslist with Lee last month. He'd told her he was a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist with a son; she traced his e-mail address to his Facebook page, then discovered he was, in fact, a married, 46-year-old politician. Who does that? she wondered.

A faculty specialist for the University of Maryland and single mother of a preteen son, Callahan hashed over the e-mails with her social circle of young professionals. Lee's deception was out of bounds, her friends agreed, and Callahan began to see this as a cautionary tale.

"I assumed that other people have probably come across him as well, and he had lied to them," she said. "I felt annoyance at just the audacity of people thinking that they're not going to get found out when they are lying."

Callahan said she stopped corresponding with Lee after about 10 e-mails -- when he asked her to send a racy photo. (He'd already sent her the now-infamous shirtless photo of himself.) "I was kind of like, okay, no, he's just looking for things I'm not interested in."

Her friends encouraged Callahan to go public.

"I've known about it for several weeks because she's been trying to decide what to do for a while," said blogger Danielle Belton. Belton knows Callahan socially, was in on the deliberations. "We were all like, 'Come on!' She probably would not have done anything with it. She is not someone who wants that kind of media attention."

At a friend's suggestion, Callahan reached out to Maureen O'Connor at the gossip Web site Gawker, which guaranteed her anonymity. After the story appeared and the New York representative resigned, Belton interviewed Callahan anonymously about what happened for the Web site TheLoop21.com.

When contacted by the Post, Callahan said she's reeling from the intense interest in the story, noting with dismay that people were already trying find information about her. She expected -- maybe unrealistically -- to remain unidentified, and is now worried about the impact on her family, career and personal life.

"I have no problems finding dates elsewhere," she said. "At that moment, I was online looking and it was just something to do." And no -- she won't be found on Craigslist anytime soon. "I guess it soured me a bit," she says. (Source)
SIDEBAR: I know folks are not trying to blame this woman for causing the resignation of Congressman Chris Lee (R-NY). Blank stare.

Chris Lee was bored with his life and his boredom lead him to engage in irresponsible behavior (clearly more than just the Craigslist photo scandal) that cost him his political career. So stop blaming a professional Black woman for Lee's character flaws. SMH

Now that Lee has removed himself from public office, he can sit his behind down, figure out who the heck he really is and what he wants to do with remainder of his life.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Removal of Pastor LeVonia Ray leads to Church Brawl




Sidebar: This is exactly why I do not attend church meetings. Blank stare.

From Pimppreacher.com

Betty Garner in her December 19, 2010 complaint filed in court claimed that Pastor LeVonia Ray entered Greater New Zion Baptist Church without authorization. The court documents indicate that Pastor LeVonia had been removed from his position as pastor and was not allow to enter the church facility. The removal of Pastor Lavonia is what led to a full blown fist fight last Sunday at Greater New Zion Baptist Church.

The removal of Pastor Lavonia is what led to a full blown fist fight last Sunday at Greater New Zion Baptist Church.



A criminal summons dated December 19, 2011 charges Ray with second-degree trespassing. The summons lists Greater New Zion Baptist Church Treasurer Betty Garner as the complainant.

Ray was charged with trespassing after he entered the church December 19th without authorization, the summons says, adding that Ray was notified by attorney Rick Daniels that he was not to return to the church.

Pastor Ray is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday Febuary 2nd, 2011 on the trespassing charge.

In addition to the criminal charge, a lawsuit has been filed against Ray and the Baptist church's head deacon, Johnnie Washington, for possession of personal property.

Court records show that Garner brought the lawsuit on behalf of the church to obtain the church's business records, financial records and any other records vital to the operation of the church.

In the lawsuit, Garner claims Ray and Washington had possession of the records and refused to deliver them to the church. The lawsuit also states that Ray was the pastor of the Baptist church until December 2010, and Washington is presently head deacon.

The lawsuit requests the records be returned to the church and any cost of the action be filed against the defendants. (Source)

'Sin' vs. 'Mistake': Correcting Dangerous Thinking On Judging/Discerning




"You didn't make a mistake. You made a decision and engaged in willful behavior but you do not like the negative consequences resulting from your choice in behavior." ~ Attorneymom

"You don't want to be judged (instructed in godliness and basic common sense) because you do not want to do what is right and honorable." ~ Attorneymom

Youtube Blogger NotYourTypicalNegro did a great analysis on sin vs. mistake and judging vs discerning.

Let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

THE LAWYERS' ROUNDTABLE: STEVE HARVEY VS MARY HARVEY













Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: "THE LAWYERS' ROUNDTABLE: STEVE HARVEY VS MARY HARVEY"

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
Call-in Number: (347) 989-0587
Click here to listen to the show and participate in the chat room.

Attorneymom aka PinkCottonEsq, Kristen B. Pleasant, Esq., Ursula S. Harris Langford, Esq., Kim Lanier, Esq., Ellen Nicole, Esq., Paralegal/Blogger Carini Haynes and Law Student CiCiLaw will discuss the legal and social ramifications of the Steve Harvey vs. Mary Harvey lawsuit.

STAR JONES RESPONDS TO NENE LEAKES ON TWITTER



Yesterday, Celebrity Attorney (and my AKA Soror who shares the same birthday as me) Star Jones took to Twitter to respond to NeNe Leakes “spit-fire” comment made during Leakes appearance on the Wendy Williams Show.

Lesson learned long ago: "Never get into a PIG fight...because 3 things happen: You get tired, you get dirty and only the pig has fun! ~ via StarJonesEsq

My #MorningMeditation was on point: "tearing down others with foul words does not elevate your status...it illuminates your lack thereof." ~ via StarJonesEsq


I didn't say it...the WORD does in Matthew 12:37: "The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you." ~ via StarJonesEsq



I've been watching the 2 seasons of #ROME on DVD over the past couple of weeks. And today's tweets really gave me a sense of Déjà vu... ~ via StarJonesEsq


In ROMAN times, sometimes slaves were given the "gift" of freedom"...but they would still behave like they were in bondage... ~ via StarJonesEsq


That happened in American Slavery also..You are FREE...but still feel the need to act like "step n fetchit" for the entertainment of others. ~ via StarJonesEsq


I attribute it to what I call "post slavery syndrome." The inability to take the chains off your mind even when they've come off your body. ~ via StarJonesEsq

Ignorance in pretty clothes and high heeled shoes is still ignorance...“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action
.” ~ via StarJonesEsq

Let us all say "Ouch!" Enough said.

Celebrity Apprentice airs Sunday, March 6th on NBC.


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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

NENE LEAKES ISN'T FEELING STAR JONES

SIDEBAR: Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star NeNe Leakes appeared on the Wendy Williams Show yesterday; at which time, she expressed her disdain for her Celebrity Apprentice co-star, Star Jones.

I am starting to think that NeNe Leakes does not like Black Female Attorneys. First Attorney Phaedra Parks, now Attorney Star Jones has been added to Mrs. Leakes' **** list.

Clearly, these "beefs" between reality stars do increase ratings. But I am not so sure if this one is scripted to increase ratings or these A-type personalities actually do not like each other. What do you think?


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Ted Williams Living in Sober House

Prayer: In the power and authority in the name of (Yeshua) Jesus Christ, I pray that Ted Williams maintains his sobriety. I pray that he surrounds himself with Godly professionals and individuals that will help him manage his sobriety and wealth. I pray that he has no more detours in life. Amen.


From Cbsnews.com
Just a week after he burst into the spotlight, the glare of attention seemed too much for Williams: He relapsed. After appearing on "The Dr. Phil Show," Williams agreed to enter a Texas rehab center for 90 days. "If I blow this, I die," he told Dr. Phil.

Yet, after just two weeks of treatment, he dropped out, leaving many concerned that Williams' second chance in life would disappear as quickly as it came.

On 'The Early Show" Wednesday, Williams told co-anchors Chris Wragge and Erica Hill he feels he likely opted for rehab too soon. "That was probably a very rushed decision," Williams remarked. … "It was too much, too fast, and I was just not really focused on what I should be doing. I felt scripted. I was doing live phone-ins (to TV shows) from rehab" when he should have been in classes.


His mother, with whom he reunited on "The Early Show" last month, worried when he left rehab that he was heading back to homelessness, Williams told Hill and Wragge. "She thought, 'Lord, what did he do now?"' Williams revealed.

Now, though, Williams says he's living in a sober house in Los Angeles for members of the voiceover community, and dedicating himself to his new Second Chance Foundation. The drinking, and troubles with some family members with whom he was reunited "behind me." (Source)

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Steve Harvey releases court documents to disprove ex-wife's allegations


From Cnn.com
(CNN) -- After a judge temporarily lifted a gag order so that he could respond to allegations made on YouTube by his ex-wife, comedian Steve Harvey Tuesday released court documents saying those allegations are false.

Mary Harvey posted a series of videos on YouTube last month about the breakup of the couple's marriage and the bitter fight that followed. She alleged that following their 2005 divorce, Harvey "turned my son against me, had me evicted from our house, thrown out, all the businesses, all the money, the cars ... He manipulated the courts, everything against me."

A court hearing was held Monday in Collins County, Texas, on the matter. Harvey asked for sanctions against his ex-wife for allegedly violating the injunction barring her from talking about the family law case in the media or on the internet, and he was allowed to respond.

Harvey "is authorized to publish this order for the limited purpose of refuting the allegations of respondent Mary Lee Harvey," the documents said. "... all prior injunctions and gag orders remain in full force and effect."

Some of the documents released Tuesday are redacted, but they say the court found that Mary Harvey:
-- "was not homeless or evicted from her home and was awarded three homes in the property settlement;"
-- that Harvey "did not take, withhold or turn the child against Mary Lee Harvey;"
-- that Mary Harvey "willingly placed the child on an airplane and sent him to Mr. Harvey without his knowledge;"
-- and that Harvey has primary custody of the 13-year-old.

In addition, the court documents said, Mary Harvey received $40,000 a month from Harvey until March 2009 and received $1.5 million from him in March 2009.

The judge also ordered Mary Harvey to remove the videos from the internet -- YouTube and any other sites where they were located.

A hearing is set for March 10, the documents said. Edmonds said that hearing is on contempt of court allegations against Mary Harvey. "During the contempt hearing, the court will listen to the evidence of the parties and determine if there is a violation of the orders and impose the appropriate sanctions and punishment." (Source)
SIDEBAR: Many bloggers and tweeters are ready to throw Mary Harvey under the bus for allegedly lying about being broke and evicted from her marital residence.

I am not ready to throw Mary under the bus just yet.

Notwithstanding the findings of the court as outlined in the redacted court order, the following matters are still unclear:

- Whether Steve Harvey has actually filed a lawsuit against Mary Harvey for lost business opportunities with Oprah Winfrey;
- Whether Steve Harvey has interfered with the relationship between Mary Harvey and their son, Wynton Harvey; and
- Whether Steve Harvey has fully complied with the provisions of the divorce settlement.

If she wants to adequately defend against the allegations of her high powered celebrity ex-husband, Mary Harvey must retain counsel ASAP, especially if she wants the right to tell her story. Her counsel should be an experienced and connected trial attorney (i.e., a litigation beast in the courtroom) because it is clear that Mr. Harvey and his attorney are definitely going for the kill on March 10, 2011.


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MS. CATHY HUGHES, YOU BETTER PREACH!!

SIDEBAR: I refuse to watch the movie Precious.

My desire is to interview Ms. Hughes one day and let her know how much I appreciate all that she has done for journalism, broadcasting and entertainment industries. Her achievements have taught us that we can be success while maintaining our dignity in a manner that honors all those who have given their lives for the uplifting of the American Black community.

Shout out to Bossip.com for this video.

FACEBOOK CO-FOUNDER IS BEING STALKED ON HIS WEBSITE


SIDEBAR: This is some hot Facebook mess. SMH

From Today.msnbc.msn.com

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg says he is being stalked by a man through the social networking site.

The celebrity news website TMZ reported that Zuckerberg received a temporary restraining order against the 31-year-old, pending a hearing.

TMZ reported that the man had sent Facebook messages to the Zuckerberg, including one which said, "please help me, then I am ready to die for you ... Please understand my pain."

TMZ also said it was alleged in legal papers that the man had tried to "follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety."

Barry Schnitt, a director at Facebook, told NBC News the report was accurate.

"We're confirming that the restraining order was granted, but not providing any additional details," he said.

NBC News reported that a hearing about the matter was due to take place on Feb. 22 at Santa Clara County court, according to its website.

The TMZ report said Zuckerberg also feared for his girlfriend's and sister's safety.

Citing law enforcement sources, the website said the man had tried to ask Zuckerberg for money to help his family by going to Facebook offices in Palo Alto.

According to TMZ, the legal papers said that on Jan. 24 the man was about to go up the front steps of Zuckerberg's house when he was stopped by Facebook security. (Source)


NEW BIRTH CHURCH MEMBERS INVESTED IN GAMBLING MACHINES


SIDEBAR: Where do I begin with this story? Blank stare. Church folks investing in gambling machines - a ghetto ponzi scheme. Can someone tell me where this type of investment is encouraged in the Holy Scripture? Blank stare again.

From Myfoxatlanta.com

ATLANTA - The FOX 5 I-Team has uncovered a new scandal linked to Bishop Eddie Long and his church. Bishop long says members of his congregation may have lost a million dollars to a businessman he brought into the church.That businessman calls the charge character assassination and says the bishop's church also made money.

When Bishop Eddie Long introduced a self-described millionaire to his congregation, the Bishop promised everything Ephren Taylor said was based on the word of God.

"My friend, my brother, the great Ephren Taylor," Long told the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregation of Taylor.

JB Bailey listened and believed. When asked by FOX 5 if he trusted Taylor because Long told him he should trust him, Bailey answered yes.

After all, it was a compelling story. Ephren Taylor claims he created a multi-million dollar company in high school by building a web site that sold job postings for high school kids.

"We raised 750,000 in cash in high school," Taylor said.

Last year, after Ephren Taylor made his financial presentation at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, parishioners began investing with Taylor in his new idea: sweepstakes video game machines.




Now, some of those investors fear they may have lost their money. Instead of making big profits, they found that Ephren Taylor's company that sold them the sweepstakes game machines has been indicted for operating a gambling enterprise.

"I'm not mad at Bishop long, but I do wish church maybe had did more follow up as well," said Bailey.

Bailey, trusting his Bishop and buying Ephren Taylor's pitch, put down nearly $14,000to buy four sweepstakes vending terminals-- machines that would be put in gaming centers. It's the latest venture of 27-year-old self-made millionaire whiz kid.

The Sweep Stakes Income website states the machines would allow customers to "play Sweepstakes games" and "win cash prizes" in "dozens of stores across the nation." Up to 11,342 each and every month, like clockwork.

Bailey was hooked. His contract included a "Certificate of Guarantee" that the sweepstakes machines would "generate revenues greater or equal to the amount of the investment," even though the contract also stated the company was making "no guarantee as to how much money may be earned."

Bailey says he was promised as much as $1,500, but when his monthly checks came in, they were just a fraction of that. And after seven months, the checks stopped coming.

When asked if he felt cheated, Bailey told FOX 5, "Oh, yeah, definitely. I wanted an explanation, never got it." (Source)

NENE LEAKES CONFRONTS PHAEDRA PARKS ON RHOA REUNION



The two-part Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion episodes will air this Sunday at 9 and 10 PM, respectively, on Bravo.

In the clip below, NeNe Leakes confronts Attorney Phaedra Parks-Nida about giving the false impression that she and NeNe knew each other when growing up in Athens, Georgia.

It is clear that Attorney Parks clearly embellished several personal facts to be a part RHOA cast. I guess an attorney has to what an attorney has to do to be a Real Housewife of Atlanta. Blank stare.

Monday, February 07, 2011

WITNESSES RECOUNT SHOOTING AT OMEGA PSI PHI FRAT HOUSE

*Photo of Jamail Johnson taken from Facebook.

From TheJambar.com

When shots rang out at a North Side party early Sunday morning, Youngstown State University freshman Jordon Wagner fell to the ground 2 inches from fellow student Jamail Johnson. While Wagner escaped the house, which was filled with the smell of gunpowder smoke and riddled with bullets, Johnson did not.

"Once I get back up to my feet, all I see is this young man laying on his face, with smoke coming out of his body," Wagner said. "I don't even think he saw it coming."

Johnson was killed in the shooting, and 11 others, including Wagner and five more YSU students, were injured, according to a statement released by YSU.

Wagner had never seen a man killed. In the moments after Johnson fell in the doorway, a fleeing crowd of 35 to 40 people trampled Wagner. What he had hoped were merely warning shots had taken Johnson's life and left Wagner unknowingly bleeding.

"I didn't know I was shot till I got to the car," Wagner said. (Source)
Jared Buker, a YSU student and president of the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity had also attended the party and expressed his grief about the tragedy.

"This is such an unbelievable tragedy. Our hearts go out to the family and fraternity brothers," Buker said. "This is really a wake-up call for the entire Greek system to realize how much we need to stick together and to keep everyone safe."

Witnesses said the altercation began when a woman pushed a bystander, inciting a group of eight partygoers to retaliate. The woman left at the request of a friend but returned roughly 10 minutes later with increased numbers.

"Everyone saw the gun," Wagner said.

A man wearing a red skullcap and a green jacket brandished the gun in the house. After being forced outside, Johnson went to the door to defuse the situation.

Johnson's efforts to maintain the peace cost him his life.

"It took a lot of bravery to break up a fight when a man got a gun," Wagner said of Johnson's last moments.

Two minutes after the man left the party, he turned to the doorway and fired at least a dozen shots into the house.

Wagner and others were taken from the scene to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

At St. Elizabeth Health Center, Eslyn Woodberry was texting Johnson. She had become ominously sick to her stomach, a witness at the hospital said. That witness was Darlene Wagner, there to check on the condition of her son, Jordon Wagner.

Darlene Wagner told Woodberry that Johnson would not be responding to her texts. She told Woodberry that Johnson - a friend she had spoken with just an hour ago - had passed away. (Source)
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BABY DARTH VADER'S IDENTITY REVEALED ON THE TODAY SHOW


The identity of the star of Volkswagen Super Commercial was revealed on the Today Show earlier today. 6-year-old Max Page was the boy behind the Darth Vader mask.

Max, who has also appeared on "The Young and the Restless," admits he's never seen "Star Wars" and, according to his mom, the response to the commercial has already been "overwhelming."

His mom also revealed that Max was born with a congenital heart defect and has a pacemaker but is doing fine.

Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 11 Injured at Omega Psi Phi Fraternity House




From Associated Press
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- A day after an admired college student was shot dead at an Ohio fraternity house and 11 people were injured, the governor, college officials and friends were hoping to find some explanation for the violence.

Jamail E. Johnson, 25, a senior at Youngstown State University was fatally wounded Sunday as he tried to separate two groups at a Omega Psi Phi fraternity house party. Authorities say there had been a dispute, two men had left the gathering and then returned and sprayed bullets into the crowd. Among the 11 injured was a critically wounded 17-year-old.

The two men were arrested on charges of aggravated murder, shooting into a house and 11 counts of felonious assault, said Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes. Their names were not released, pending further investigation. The chief said only that they are in their early 20s and from the Youngstown area.

"This is one of those days that every university president across the country, as well as many other officials, always dread," University president Cynthia Anderson said at a news conference.

Gov. John Kasich said he was "shocked and saddened" by the shootings. He offered the school the use of "any and all state resources they might require."

Kasich said in a news release that he planned to meet Monday in Youngstown with Anderson and Mayor Jay Williams to discuss the shootings.

The shooting occurred off-campus at a two-story brick house in a neighborhood of once-elegant homes, many of which are now boarded up. The house party had been bustling with 50 or more people early Sunday, the police chief said. Capt. Rod Foley said Johnson apparently was trying to separate two groups when he was shot.

The student was shot once in the head and multiple times in his hips and legs, said Dr. Joseph Ohr, a forensic pathologist with the coroner's office. An autopsy is planned Monday.

Johnson had recently traveled to North Carolina for a fraternity program emphasizing manhood and scholarship, said Christopher Cooper, a legal officer for Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

"(Johnson) was just an excellent, excellent young man, and our loss runs deep," Cooper said.

The injured ranged in age from 17 to 31; six of them were students.(Source)
SIDEBAR: It is tragic when you send your child off to college in a car but he or she returns home in a coffin. The senseless killing of our brightest gems must stop.





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