Thursday, March 31, 2011


Schenectady, New York (CNN) -- Seven New Yorkers claimed a $319 million jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery Thursday.

The Albany seven, as they are being called, are co-workers at New York state's Division of Housing and Community Renewal, where they have been playing the lottery for years in an office pool.

Sharing the winning ticket were John Hilton, 57, John Kutey, 54, Gabrielle Mahar, 29, Tracy Sussman, 41, Kristin Baldwin, 42, Leon Peck, 62, and Mike Barth, 63.

Barth said another customer cut in front of him as he reached for a Snickers candy bar before buying the ticket at Coulson's News store in Albany. That customer bought a lottery ticket, he said.

"I thought about saying something, but let it slide," he said. "I behaved myself." The next ticket purchased at the store was the winning ticket, he said.

The group chose the cash option, so they are receiving a one-time, lump-sum payment of $202.9 million.

After taxes, each will pocket over $19 million.

Winning numbers in the Friday night drawing were 22, 24, 31, 52 and 54. The Mega Ball number was 4. (Source)


From Good Morning Amercia
A video of the 18-month-old fraternal twin boys babbling in the kitchen has set the Internet abuzz with millions of people wondering what the diaper-clad tots are talking about.

The boys appear to be having a grown-up conversation complete with questions, answers, facial expressions and gestures -- even the odd laugh -- all while standing next to their refrigerator. One of the boys is missing a sock.

"That seems to be the prevailing thought, that it's about the missing sock," the twins' mother, Abby McEntee of Brooklyn, N.Y., said today on "Good Morning America."

"It's a mystery. ... They've been talking just little babble for a number of months now. Usually it's near the end of the day when they start these conversations with one another."

The twin-talk video, posted by dad Randy McEntee one month ago, now has more than 5 million views on YouTube.

"A couple of days ago, [the video] was at 2,000 hits because we just showed it to our friends and family," Randy McEntee said. "It's been a crazy couple of days." (Source)


In the Youtube video posted by, the Braxton sisters and their mom discuss Braxton Family Values.

Braxton Family Values is the new reality series that will chronicle the lives of Grammy-winning artist Toni Braxton and her sisters, Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar — and their beautiful mother, Evelyn Braxton. We will see the women navigate through sibling rivalry, man drama, bankruptcy, a DUI and much more! Will their super-close sisterly bond and unconditional love get them through the trials and tribulations of life in the fab lane?

Braxton Family Values premieres April 12th at 9/8 c on WE tv.

Sidebar: I always wanted biological sisters. If I had sisters, we would be just like the Braxtons. Close and loving. However, I do thank God for my spoiled baby brother. We are very close.


DONATE TO THE NATE DOGG MEMORIAL TRUST FUND!! ~ 100% of ALL donations will be given to Nate Dogg's family. Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale is survived by his mother Ruth Holmes; father, Daniel Hale Sr.; sisters Pamela Hale-Burns and LaTonia Hale-Watkins; brothers Samuel Hale, Emmanuel Hale and Daniel Hale Jr., and six children.


Legendary Hip Hop crooner Nate Dogg was laid to rest on Saturday, March 26th, 2011. Several of music industries greatest attended the funeral including the Gospel sister-duo of Mary Mary.

According (yes, the Wall Street Journal), Erica and Tina Campbell sang at Nate Dogg's funeral.
“We don’t agree with everything that he sang but I liked his voice,” Tina Campbell said. “There are artists that don’t sing that what I sing about and they don’t promote the kind of message that I promote, but if I look at just their artistry, some of them are really talented people.”

“Lyrical content? Ahh, maybe not. They way they put it together? Profound.” (Source)
Sidebar: Why do Christians feel that they have to explain why they respect someone else's talent who is not a Gospel singer? Blank stare. Have they heard Contemporary Gospel music lately? That (Contemporary Gospel music) is what they should be explaining.

RIP Nate Dogg. You will be missed for real.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Please hit me with a wet noodle. I can't believe this mess. Pole Dancing for Jesus??? Are these women serious???

If you want to pole dance, please leave Jesus out of it.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


According to, radio personality icon Tom Joyner and Rapper Foxy Brown are at oddds with each other and the alleged reason behind the beef is shocking.

The website is reporting that "Ill Nana" was removed from the "Fantastic Voyage" cruise ship when she saw (and laughed at) Joyner conversing with a unknown "How U Doing" male in the hallway of the ship around 4 am.

The recent – and somewhat surprising – beef between Brooklyn rap diva Foxy Brown and radio vet Tom Joyner may go deeper than what fans have seen so far.

According to our source, as Foxy herself stated via Twitter, the very notion that Tom Joyner’s staff had to kick the rapper off of his Fantastic Voyage cruise is a fabrication.

“Foxy was never contracted to be on the ship for the duration of the cruise,” the source tells BOSSIP. “She was scheduled to leave the cruise on Friday morning, having performed on Thursday night.”

The source reveals that what lies behind Tom Joyner’s allegations that Foxy became too difficult to deal with is what the rapper saw as she made her way back to her cabin around 4am Friday morning.

Foxy allegedly spotted Joyner in the hallway, embroiled in a very private conversation with a man who looked “suspect,” shall we say. Foxy, who had some remaining tension with Tom from their recent interview, made her presence known by bursting into laughter.

Foxy left the ship at 7am, and that afternoon, Tom was on air saying that the the known drama queen had to be put off the ship.

But as our informant points out, Joyner has yet to reveal exactly how Foxy was “acting a fool”?

Was this a preemptive strike on Tom’s part to discredit anything Foxy might have to say? (Source)
Joyner, who is married to Fitness Guru Donna Richardson Joyner, has always had a "twang" in his voice but I contributed it to him being from the country and not a homosexual. Of course, anything goes these days.


WEST POINT, Ga. -- Two police officers are under investigation after dashcam video caught them using excessive force on a teenager.

It all began on East Ninth Street in West Point last month after 17-year-old Ciara Flemister began recording the arrest of her cousin. Police were arresting him after complaints of loud music.

The officer's dashcam video shows Flemister walking close to where officers had detained her cousin.

The video shows Flemister screaming, "Don't touch me, don't touch me. Get off me," as two officers wrestle her onto a patrol car. You then see an officer raise his elbow and then slam it onto the teen's head.

Seconds later, the video shows a second officer grabbing Flemister's hair and yanking her head down as she screams in pain. Flemister told Channel 2's Tom Jones that she doesn't remember much of the force.

"I just remember my face being slammed down into the car," she said.

West Point's Police Chief J.K. Cato called the force by both officers excessive.

"At that point, she was restrained and that blow was not called for," Cato said.

But the officers aren't the only ones accused of wrongdoing. Flemister faces felony obstruction of an officer and battery charges.

Police said the dashcam video shows the teen hitting an officer after she gets too close to officers arresting her cousin. Cato said that's why she was arrested. (Source)
SIDEBAR: The teen did not seem to be too close to the arrest. However, if an officer tells you to move from a particular location, then you should do so. Otherwise, you will be arrested for obstruction of justice and/or punched in the face. Blank stare.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Hip-hop crooner Nate Dogg was memorialized at a funeral service in his native Long Beach on Saturday. The service, which began at 10 a.m., drew a crowd of approxmiately 1,500, many of whom waited to enter in the damp morning weather.

The assemblage comprised family, friends and a select number of fans on hand to see off the singer, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale. His longtime friends and collaborators Snoop Dogg, Warren G and The Game were among the prominent attendees Hale, 41, died on March 15 due to complications from multiple strokes. He is best known for "Regulate," his 1995 collaboration with Warren G.

At the ceremony, the Game noted that Hale's untimely passing should serve as a wake-up call about the fleeting nature of life.

"The world has lost something and someone special. It's just a sad day and a reminder that we can be here one day and gone the next. A reminder that we all should embrace each day and cherish life," he said, according to the Press-Telegram.

The funeral service, which was held at the Queen Mary Dome -- a former warehouse that was once home to Howard Hughes' famed Spruce Goose plane -- was originally intended to be public, but city officials, fearing that the crowd would be too large, nixed the plans. Instead, 1,000 fans were offered tickets to the funeral on Friday on a first-call basis.

A public viewing for the singer was also held on Friday, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach, where Hale had once sung in the choir. As with the funeral, no cameras were allowed at the viewing. (Source)


Unless you have been living under a rock or don't give two cents about popular culture, you have heard about Chris Brown's angry outburst on Good Morning America after being questioned about the "Rhianna incident" by Robin Roberts.

Brown appeared on GMA earlier this week to promote his new album entitled F.A.M.E.. However, Roberts awkwardly asked Brown several questions in two different parts of the interview about the beatdown.

I have always stated that Chris Brown should fire his management and PR team. These folks have not been doing a very good job growing Chris Brown's career. They are clearly gutter thinkers. If you don't believe me, just look at Chris Brown's appearance lately. Enough said.

A good publicist or manager would have prepared Brown on how to handle the "Rhianna" questions or set the perimeters of the interview to block any "Rhi Rhi" questions in the first place. Clearly, none of these actions were taken by the Brown team. And for this breach of Career Management 101, Chris Brown should get a new management team, especially a group that knows what the **** they are doing.

Well, it seems that I am not the only one who thinks that Chris Brown's management team needs to be given pink slips. Jay Smooth, the guy in the video, agrees with me and does a great job of putting the Chris Brown outburst in perspective.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Youtube Blogger Livvey recently interviewed Shannon Burton, owner of Green Tye LLC. Green Tye is an online solar power store that provides solar powered backpacks, ovens, lights, freezers and refrigerators.

The company website ( also provides valuable job links and links to resource centers available to educate the World about solar power.

Shannon's ultimate goal is to tye the world together by going green using professional team product licensing, college bookstore inventories, a reality show and electronic gaming.

You can also follow Shannon Burton on Twitter @GREENTYEceo or visit

I had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon on Character Corner Radio. Click here to listen to the interview.


I just learned from the Facebook page of Atlanta Comedian Cadillac Kimberly that Soror Rashan Ali is leaving V-103 just after one year of co-hosting with Ryan Cameron.

According to
She said she’d like to pursue a full-time career on television. V-103 decided not to renew her contract after her last one was up. But they did allow her to announce her departure on air, which isn’t all that common in this day and age.

“It had been toiling in my heart for a month,” she said in an interview after the show. “We just decided it would be best on both ends. It’s all in positivity. I can walk away with my head held high.”

After having a baby, Ali came back to radio last year excited for the opportunity to reunite with Ryan Cameron, who helped get her on radio in the first place. The pair worked for several years on Hot 107.9. After Cameron left for V-103 in 2004, she stayed behind to host the morning show. She lost her job at Hot in 2009 after the station opted for a syndicated Rickey Smiley show.

“It was the most obvious place for me to go” after Hot, she said a year ago. “It fit so perfectly.”

In a poll I posted at the time, an impressive 82 percent liked the reunion.

But she said today that her passion for radio wasn’t quite there as it had before. “I have to do what makes me smile,” she said. “I have to go at TV full speed ahead. Ryan is my mentor and my big brother. He’s been supportive.”

[UPDATE 11 p.m. March 24: I've heard from two inside sources that Ali wanted the mid-day job Ramona Debreaux ended up getting and was not happy when she didn't get it. I have not heard back from Ali about whether that factored into her decision-making.]

[UPDATE: noon, March 25: I hear that Elle Duncan is set to return to Cameron's afternoon show to replace Rashan. Elle's brief foray in the mornings, I fathom, may not have worked out so well. Curiously, Elle was on this morning. Wanda Smith was not. If this actually does happen, it would be Elle's third move in two years. She had already gone from Ryan's show to mid-days to mornings in relatively quick fashion.]

On air, Ali dismissed a rumor. “No, I’m not going to ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ ” Ali said at 5:46 p.m. today on air. “My husband said no three years ago. Then they said no to me!”

She said she is doing some substitute hosting on WXIA-TV’s “Atlanta & Company” April 15 and 18 and some NBA-related TV work.

Today was her last day.(Source)
SIDEBAR: I don't know what is going on with V-103 but I pray that they get some stability amongst their morning and afternoon line-up real soon.

Dear V-103: If you need a new and fresh on-air radio personality, please holla at me. I can be reached at

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Yesterday, Chris Brown, who appeared on Good Morning America to promote his new album, became irate after being grilled by Robert Roberts about the aftermath of the Rhianna incident.

According to,

We're told after the interview, Brown freaked out, storming into his dressing room and screaming so loud, the people in hair and makeup became alarmed and called security.

We're told Brown was out of control, and one source present tells us he smashed a window in his dressing room, and the glass shattered and some shards fell onto 43rd and Broadway. ABC security tells TMZ ... the window was shattered with a chair.
According to, "Roberts insists both she and other “GMA” staff members spoke with Chris before the interview and asked if it would be OK to fire off “a few questions” about the Rihanna incident … and Chris approved."

Brown should fire his entire PR and management team. At this point in his career, they should be able to set the perimeters for any questions that Chris Brown is asked during the interview.

Roberts is a journalists so she will ask pressing or controversial questions. She is suppose to. However, Brown's PR team should have "schooled" her before his interview.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Albert Manzo, husband of Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey Caroline Manzo, resigned from his position as a commissioner on the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission on Monday. Click here to read Manzo’s resignation letter!

According to, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie suspended Manzo and Michael T. Cricco, who worked for the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, on March 17th and threatened to file ethics charges unless the pair stepped down by this past Monday.

The Governor cited Manzo, co-owner of The Brownstone in Paterson, for telling officials during his nomination process that he lived at his place of business and for failing to reveal that he owned a home in Franklin Lakes. "That misleading information, Christie reportedly said, enabled Albert Manzo to avoid scrutiny and a possible senatorial veto during his nomination hearing."

Last month, Gov. Christie demanded that the seven commissioners at the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission provide detailed information on hiring and compensation practices to determine whether these practices played a role in the hiring of family members for various postions.

Since taking office in 2010, Christie has sought to vastly expand his control over agencies like the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners. Christie has dubbed those and other autonomous agencies “shadow governments” that operate with little oversight, their budgets bloated by political patronage.

Christie wants the state Legislature to give him veto authority over agency minutes so he could block any appointments or any spending he deems wasteful. But so far, the Democratically controlled Legislature has refused to grant him the authority. (Source)
The commission is based in Wanaque in Passaic County and oversees the largest water supply system in the state, according to its website.

SIDEBAR: Manzo's resignation letter has The Brownstone's address on the letterhead. Blank stare

According to NYDaileyNews, Manzo's father, Albert (Tiny) Manzo, was executed mob-style in August 1983, after he and Gambino family soldier Peter A. Campisi were suspected of skimming from a mob casino on Staten Island.
A couple of weeks later, they found Tiny Manzo in the trunk of his car," recalled Robert Buccino, a New Jersey organized crime expert.

The 350-pound mobster took four slugs to his torso. His naked body - the arms and legs bound in plastic - was discovered in the trunk of his parked Lincoln-Continental outside a supermarket in Hillside, N.J.

The killing was never solved.

Campisi, a made man and Tiny's partner in the casino, suffered a similar fate, Buccino recalled.(Source)


As some of you Twitter addicts know, I have been attempting to get Eric Williams on Character Corner Radio for the past week.

For those of you who refuse to watch reality shows, Eric Williams is the husband of Jennifer Williams, who is one of the stars of VH1's Basketball Wives. Jennifer was the only Basketball Wife on the show who was actually married. Eric and Jennifer are currently in the process of divorcing and the demise of their marriage was captured on Seasons 1 and 2 of Basketball Wives.

Out of all the reality show husbands, Eric Williams is by far the most polished and interesting. His swagger game is on point. If you did not know him when he played for the Boston Celtics, you will definitely know him now as a successful and smart businessman.

Last week, Mr. Williams was interviewed by Philly's Power 99's DJ Jonesy. During his interview, he discussed his failed marriage, Evelyn, food stamps and most importantly, protecting your assets. Click here for the interview.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Farrakhan To President Obama: "Who The Hell Do You Think You Are?"

During an appearance on WVON-AM 1690 Chicago radio show hosted by Cliff Kelly, Minister Louis Farrakhan warned President Barack Obama to not allow wicked demons (Translation: Western bankers) to influence him into taking military action against Libya's leader Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi.

FARRAKHAN: "I warn my brother do you let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the world...Why don't you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Qaddafi, you can't order him to step down and get out, who the hell do you think you are?" (Source)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Georgia girl gets hit by a truck to save sister

Sidebar: What a brave little girl. Let's continue to keep Anaiah Rucker in our prayers.

A fund in Anaiah Rucker’s name has been established at Madison’s United Bank, 256 North Main Street Madison, GA 30650-1313, Telephone:(706) 342-7211, to help the child with medical expenses.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (KABC) -- A young girl nearly died trying to save her younger sister,

Now the 9-year-old is being hailed as a hero for her actions. Anaiah Rucker and her sister Camry were walking across the street to catch their school bus when they were hit by a pickup truck.

Anaiah said she looked both ways before crossing, but because it was raining she couldn't really see. But she saw the truck just in time to push her sister out of the way.

"I seen my daughter kind of snatch my 5-year-old back," said mother Andrea Taylor. "And if it wasn't for that, my 5-year-old would have- I don't think she would have made it."

Anaiah nearly died trying to save her sister. She suffered a broken neck, lost a kidney, has spleen damage and broke both legs, one of which had to be amputated. (Source)

Pastor's Tweets Lead To DA Investigation Of DeKalb Bishop

Bishop Johnathan Alvardo

Pastor Shaun King

A Fox 5 (Atlanta) story concerning the investigation by the DeKalb County DA into possible child molestation allegations against Bishop Johnathan Alvarado, Pastor of Total Grace Christian Center, has been removed its website.

The DeKalb County district attorney's office is now investigating the claims made by Pastor Shaun King that Bishop Jonathan Alvarado molested children in his congregation. As reported by FOX 5 out of Atlanta, there is now an active criminal investigation under way by persecutors

The D.A.'s office says it is looking into allegations that Bishop Johnathan Alvarado had inappropriate contact with underage children. The D.A.'s office says although this is not a formal investigation it has begun questioning a number of people with ties to the church.

The Crimes Against Children Review began when the D.A.'s office learned about a series of tweets on a Twitter page belonging to a former pastor at the church.

The pastor was critical of Bishop Alvarado and the tweets suggest there was sexual misconduct involving the bishop and young people once connected to the church.”

Both Pastor King and his wife has posted in intricate details why they feel this investigation is long overdue. It is important to note that Pastor King has worked in close proximity to Bishop Alvarado, and claims to speak from firsthand knowledge to the abuse of children by Bishop Alvarado.

In his most recent Tweet on March 14, 2011 Pastor King said the following:

“Question: How could it be that Atlanta simultaneously leads the nation in child sex trafficking AND in mega churches? I now have an answer. It's going to hurt. You need to hear it and then we need to do something about it. I'm in tears as I type this. When some of Atlanta's most prominent pastors are molesting and throwing away boys like garbage, 2 things happen....

#1. A pastor that molests children directly and indirectly creates the culture of Atlanta where the mistreatment of children is so easy.

#2. A pastor that rapes boys WILL never take a stand against the trafficking of children. Trafficking exists when strong voices are silent."

As report by FOX 5 - The D.A.'s office says although this is not a formal investigation it has begun questioning a number of people with ties to the church. The Crimes against Children Review began when the D.A.'s office learned about a series of tweets on a Twitter page belonging to a former pastor at the church. The pastor was critical of Bishop Alvarado and the tweets suggest there was sexual misconduct involving the bishop and young people once connected to the church.
Sidebar: I am not sure why the above article was removed from the news website but thank goodness for :-)

According to a recent tweet from Pastor King, there have been many threats made against him since the story was reported by Fox 5 Atlanta. "More threats. I knew this was possible when I took a stand. Standing for kids & victims and against evil is worth it. Harder than expected."

If the allegations of child molestations allegations against Pastor Alvardo are true, I hope he is brought to justice.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Sidebar: I am so sad to about the passing of Rapper Nate Dogg. This news comes days after I learned a former high school classmate has passed away. Both were in their early 40s.

Singer Nate Dogg [whose real name is Nathaniel Dwayne Hale] has passed away at the age of 41. According to family members, the singer passed late last night. The news was initially reported by Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press-Telegram. While the cause of his death remains unclear the infamous hook singer had been recovering from two massive strokes he suffered over the past years.

The Long Beach native made a name for himself in the rap game on Dr. Dre’s classic album The Chronic followed by a breakthrough performance alongside Warren G on the smash record "Regulate." Nate went on to release numerous solo albums including G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2 followed up in late 2001 with Music & Me and the latest self-titled solo album Nate Dogg. Nate also made a scene stealing appearance on producer Mark Ronson’s "Ooh Wee" that also featured Ghostface Killah. (Source)

This song is dedicated to Nate Dogg. RIP.

WHO ARE YOU? by Iyanla Vanzant

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Eric Williams of Vh1 Basketball Wives Speaks With Charlamagne

Former NBA player Eric Williams, soon to be ex-husband of Jennifer Williams, paid a visit to Power 105 Breakfast Club to talk about Basketball Wives and the knot on his head.

During his interview, Mr. Williams explained that the infamous keloid (which has been a trending topic on Twitter) on his forehead formed after he was stabbed in his head as a youth. Besides the keloid, Eric has nerve damage on the left side of his head. (Sidebar: The assailant was never apprehended or brought to justice because his identity is unknown).

I have been one of the few tweeters who thinks that Eric is handsome. I like his swagger. I can see why Jennifer fell in love with him.

You can follow Eric Williams on Twitter at @EricWilliamsYO.

Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to interview Mr. Williams in the near future. Until then, check out his interview with the Breakfast Club.

**Hat tip to my sister-in-the-law Attorney Kristin B. Pleasant for alerting me about this story.


Sidebar: I am so glad that Season 2 of Basketball Wives is finally over. Part 2 of the Reunion episode aired last night. Suzie Ketcham, Gloria Govan and Ashley Walker joined the rest of the ladies on stage for what turned out be a very subdued exchange between the "Exiled" and "The Circle."

According to BW executive producer Shaunie O'Neal, Season 3 will air in June 2011. Darn, I wished Football Wives knew about their fate like Basketball Wives.


Tami Roman: "I F***ed Chad!"


Gabrielle Union: No Basketball Wives In Her Future





Monday, March 14, 2011


Looks like VH1's Basketball Wives star (hoochie coochie) Evenlyn Lozada has contacted TMZ to let them know that she is demanding a pay raise.

TMZ has learned “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada is giving show producers an ultimatum — either pay her $20,000 an episode … or she’s gone for good.

As we previously reported, Lozada has already threatened to leave the show -- after, we're told. she became upset because she believes the producers of the show leaked sensitive information about her to another cast member in hopes of inciting a violent confrontation between the two women.

Sources close to the production tell TMZ, Lozada and the other girls currently pull in around $7,500 an episode -- which means Lozada's latest demand would mean a SERIOUS raise. (Source)
On last night's Basketball Wives reunion episode, Royce Reed put Miss Lozada on blast about calling TMZ to let Harvey Levine, Esq. know where she will be so the paparazzi can take her picture.

I believe Royce. I believe that most of these narcissistic "Section 8" celebs leak their own naked photos and sex tapes and contact the blogs and paparazzi to remain relevant and on the minds of the general public.

Hat tip to for the link to this story.

Tami Roman: "I F***ed Chad!"

Yes, Roland Martin, I watched Part 1 of Vh1 Basketball Wives Reunion, which aired last night.

The reunion show was sort of flat. But the funniest part was when Tammi Roman told Evelyn Lozada that she "f***ed" her so-called future husband, Cincinnati Bengals Chad Ochocinco.

During the season finale, Evelyn admitted to Tami that she had sex with Tami's ex-husband Kenny Anderson while the pair was married. Then Evelyn kindly told Tami that she is a non mutha f**** factor, b****. Blank stare. Of course, Tami gave Evelyn the well deserved mush to her face.

I must admit that the look on Evelyn's face was worth watching the "trashy" reunion show.

Part 2 of the reunion airs tonight at 8 pm on VH1.



Gabrielle Union: No Basketball Wives In Her Future





Sunday, March 13, 2011

"OPEN LETTER TO LIL WAYNE" by Watoto From The Nile

***Now Available on ITUNES***


Watoto From the Nile, the young sisters from Baltimore who created the “Open Letter to Lil Wayne” video that went viral on the Internet last week, have finally given their first on-camera interview.

In this NewsOne exclusive, meet 10-year-old Nia, 9-year-old Nya, and their father Jabari Natur, who reveal how they conceived the song and video, and discuss the reaction to it — the good, bad, and ugly.

Sidebar: Honor and blessings to the Father who is raising his daughters to be Queens, not whores. *Hugs*


Political journalist Roland Martin, host of TVOne's Washington Watch with Roland Martin, was troubled by a recent Nielsen Ratings poll that showed more American Blacks watched VH1's Basketball Wives than Fox's broadcast of NAACP Image Awards.


Spotlight: Tops with African Americans

Viewers (millions)

1 The Game (Tue., 10, BET) 3.5
2 American Idol (Thu., Fox) 2.4
3 Let's Stay Together (Tue., 10:30, BET) 2.3
* American Idol (Wed., Fox) 2.3
5 Basketball Wives 2 (Sun., 8, VH1) 1.9
6 American Idol (Tue., Fox) 1.8
7 CSI: Miami (CBS) 1.6
* Love and Hip Hop (Sun., 9, VH1) 1.6
* Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS) 1.6
10 Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.5
* NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.5
* NAACP Image Awards (Fox) 1.5

Source: Nielsen, Feb. 28-March 6, network and cable combined
Roland states, "Here you have one show that showcases the best of African Americans. Showcasing folks in movies, in television, the big screen, small screen, entertainment .... But what does it say about us when we watch trash - yes, trash like Basketball Wives. I think also like these Real Housewives shows [are] pure trash. Black folks, I think our priorities must be different. Don't ask for quality when we accept pure trash."

Sidebar: As you can see from my blog posts and tweets, I have been guilty of watching "trashy" reality shows. But I am also an avid watcher of TVOne. I also watched and tweeted about the NAACP Image Awards.

Notwithstanding my support for both quality television that showcases the best in the American Black community and "Section 8" reality shows that highlight the worst in our community, I had to ask myself why do I continue to assault my precious intellect with watching shows that neither respect nor honor the best in womanhood and the American community? Blank stare. Sounds like I need to add myself to my own "BLANK STARE" list.


Now I must admit that I was suckered by Steve Harvey's tears on his appearance on TBN. Please review the following videos produced by Youtube blogger RINGO4LIFE. These videos are on point. More than ever we (church/saints/body of Christ) must pray for spiritual discernment.


Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: "WHEN I AM LEARNING TO LOVE ME BY MICHELLE CHAISSON"

Date: Tonite, March 13, 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

Michelle Chaisson has over 14 years working with under resourced children and families. In her new e book, When I am Learning to Love Me, she details for parents ways to identify girls who are struggling with issues of self-esteem, poor communication skills, peer pressure, and poor academic performance. Michelle Chaisson is dedicated to decreasing the teen pregnancy rate by a new initiative “The Informed Parent” which is a parent peer networking program aimed at engaging parents to encourage more dialogue between girls and their families..

Michelle received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Mississippi and is currently at Capella University pursuing a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Her agency, Creative Counseling currently provides teen parenting education at several high schools in Memphis Tennessee. Her e book may be purchased at Barnes & Nobles Pubit and on

You can follow Michelle Chaisson on Twitter at @michelechaisson.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Tokyo (CNN) -- The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history struck off the island nation's shore on Friday, collapsing buildings, touching off widespread fires and unleashing walls of water up to 30 feet high.

The waves swept across rice fields, engulfed towns, dragged houses onto highways, tossed cars and boats like toys -- reaching as far about six miles (10 kilometers) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast.

Hundreds of people were dead and hundreds more missing, Japanese media reported, citing local and national police. Tens of thousands of people were displaced, according to Japan's Kyodo News agency.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the "enormously powerful" earthquake had caused "tremendous damage over a wide area."

The 8.9-magnitude quake prompted the U.S. National Weather Service to issue tsunami warnings for at least 50 countries and territories, although initial reports as the waves reached locations outside of Japan indicated no damage.

From Mark 13:

1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.


Despite the Internet rumors that Shaunie O'Neal fired Royce Reed from Vh1's Basketball Wives, Ms. O'Neal confirmed that Dwight Howard's baby mama will be returning for Season 3.

A few weeks ago on Twitter, Royce tweeted that she was not leaving the show and that Shaunie did not have the power to fire anyone from the show:
VH1iNFO "@Roycelr: People I am NOT leaving the show! Dont believe that. Lol"
Retweeted by PinkCottonEsq
Feb 20, 1:09pm via Twitter for Android

PinkCottonEsq @Roycelr So, are you saying that @ShaunieONeal, as executive producer, doesn't have the power or clout that she appears to have? #bbw
Feb 20, 2:42pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Roycelr @PinkCottonEsq yep
Feb 20, 2:54pm via Twitter for iPhone

PinkCottonEsq "@Roycelr: @PinkCottonEsq yep" ~Thought so. That's how they do Black folks. Give them positions without power. ☺ See ya next season. *Hugs*
Feb 20, 3:06pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Roycelr @PinkCottonEsq lmbo
Feb 20, 3:26pm via Twitter for iPhone
During her interview with Power 105.1 Breakfast Club earlier today, O'Neal indirectly confirmed that she does not have any control over who is in or out on the show. In a nutshell, she said that the "Production Team" determines the direction of the show and overrides whatever she wants to do.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gabrielle Union: No Basketball Wives In Her Future

Actress Gabrielle Union discusses possible marriage to NBA star Dwayne Wade and possible appearance on a reality show with

On Marriage And Kids:
“We’re just happy, so whatever comes down the road is down the road. And it’ll be in order. There would be a wedding before there would be a bambino, so all these reports of mystery babies that they like to keep giving me – there’ll be no baby until you’ve heard about a wedding.”

On A Possible Reality Show:
I pay my own bills, first off, so I’ve never put myself in a position to have to be jackass or to have to sell myself down the river for a reality show. I was just raised a little differently and my situation is a lot different being that I have my own career, my own celebrity status on my own, independent, and before him. But, I don’t knock anybody’s hustle, it’s just not my path.”

SIDEBAR: I am so glad to see that there are still women on this earth that have some dignity and self-respect.

Shout out to for this story.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Gush Over Each Other - from HipHollywood on Vimeo.


Join the rambunctious, tight-knit Braxton sisters — Grammy-winning artist Toni Braxton, Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar — and their headstrong mother for an inside look at their lives and the drama of family chaos. They’ll battle it out for the spotlight with sibling rivalry, man drama, bankruptcy, a DUI and much more! Will their super-close sisterly bond and unconditional love get them through the trials and tribulations of life in the fab lane? You must tune in and watch WE tv's new series, Braxton Family Values, to find out.
SIDEBAR: If your business is going to be put out in the streets, you might as well put it out there your own self and get paid for it. I am so watching this show. It is your responsibility to tell your story in the manner you want it told.

Braxton Family Values airs April 12th at 9/8c.


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Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: "VH1'S FOOTBALL WIVES UPDATE WITH DAWN NEUFELD"

Date: Tonite, March 10, 2011
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
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Attorney Dawn Neufeld returns to Character Corner Radio to share her experience as one of the breakout stars of Season 1 of VH1's Football Wives. The Texas beauty was recently crowned Mrs. Frisco and won third runner-up in the Mrs. Texas Pageant, the official state final for the Mrs. America Pageant.

Dawn Neufeld prepared for the Mrs. Texas pageant with 10 weeks of Boot Camp along with following the "Boot Camp Blaster Diet" during her journey to finish in the Top 4.

For more information about Attorney Neufeld, visit her website You can also follow her on twitter at @DawnNeufeld.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011






SIDEBAR: I am not sure if I fully believe this one but decided to post it anyway. I would not put anything past a successful person's ego. Let me know what you think. is reporting that Oprah Winfrey is furious that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, chose to give her long awaited interview to talk show host newcomer Wendy Williams instead of the media powerhouse.
Oprah Winfrey became “rip-roaring furious” that Aretha Franklin showed her NO respect by granting one of her fierce TV rivals a major interview over the desperate battle she’s waging with cancer, The ENQUIRER has learned.

Instead of choosing the undisputed Queen of Talk to describe her emergency surgery and courageous struggle, the Queen of Soul gave the first interview to Wendy Williams.

“Oprah is about as angry as can be,” said an insider. “This is the final season of her show, and she’s been pushing to land all the big ‘gets’ out there. Oprah is embarrassed that Aretha – a legend – chose Wendy, who is a relative newcomer in the TV talk show world.”

While Oprah, 57, gives Wendy, 46, credit for snagging the much-coveted sit-down with Aretha, she’s still “steaming,” adds the insider, telling pals that Wendy’s show is “a long way” from hers, and criticizing it for being “silly and gossipy.” Aretha underwent surgery in December but has never publicly revealed the nature of her health issues. However, The ENQUIRER has exclusively reported that she is fighting pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease.

Following her operation, the 68-year-old “Respect” singer made her spotlight appearance in a videotaped message that was broadcast during the Grammy Awards. Aretha shocked fans by looking like she had lost about 80 pounds from her once 300-pound frame. Because of the intense curiosity about Aretha’s condition, scoring an interview with Aretha was a major coup for Wendy.

Yet Oprah insisted she would’ve been able to outdo Wendy by using her clout to pack her show with legendary heavy hitters paying homage to the musical icon. “Oprah was not going to keep the whole interview on the illness, which she knows Aretha is reluctant to fully discuss,” said the source.

“She was going to get Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, for a touching tribute. But instead, Aretha chose Wendy – and Oprah is NOT happy!” (Source)


Congratulations to Celebrity Blogger ATLien, creator of for losing 50 lbs so far on her weight loss journey.

ATLien, whose real name is Michelle Brown, stated that it was the negative comments from her blog readers that encouraged her to lose weight.

"OK… I confess! I was tired of all y’all holding my weight against me. I mean… every time I said something on the site someone didn’t like, it was blah blah fat this or shut your fat that. I was so over it.

Tameka Foster Glover Raymond even called me “Precious” one time. I laughed at the haters but they were right. I was fat. I knew that I’d gained a lot of weight over the past two years. My closet was suffering and while I still had a shoe fetish, my feet were killing me carrying around all that excess baggage on 5 inches.

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