Monday, April 25, 2011



SPRING VALLEY, NY (PIX11) -- The screams of anger rose above the cries of grief outside the Spring Valley funeral home where services were held for the three children who drowned with their mother, Lashanda Armstrong, after she drove her minivan into the Hudson River.

Armstrong’s cousin said she was outraged she was not allowed to attend the funeral arranged by the father, Jean Pierre, who relatives said they invited only 18 members of the mother's family.

Gwendolen Green shouted, "We're standing outside while they're escorting his side of the family inside. We're somebody, we do matter," she exclaimed. She was quietly escorted away by police.

She said there is so much tension between the families, "you can cut through it with a knife." But the turmoil between the two families didn't overshadow the solemnity of a funeral for three small children whose lives were cut so short.

On April 12th, following an argument with the children's father, the 25-year-old mother loaded her four children into a minivan and drove down a ramp in Newburgh into the murky waters of the Hudson River. 5-year-old Landen, 2-year-old Lance and little Lainaina, one week short of her first birthday, drowned with their mother. Their 10-year-old sibling, Lashaun Armstrong, survived after getting out an open side window and swimming to shore.

The father insisted that the children be eulogized and buried separately from their mother, who was buried ten miles away last week.

Her distraught mother was at her grandchildren's funeral and was embraced by tearful relatives and friends. Before Gwendolen Green was ejected, she got to view the children laid out in white caskets. "They looked beautiful," she cried. "The boys were dressed in blue suits, the girl in a pretty white Easter dress." (Source)

SIDEBAR: I don't know where to begin with commenting on Mr. Jean Pierre's cruel actions towards his deceased baby mama's family. Lashanda Armstrong's family stated that Mr. Pierre was mentally abusive towards her and did not provide for his children. Blank stare.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Phylicia Barnes' Body Found

It is with deep sadness for me to post that the body of Phylicia Barnes has been found.

According to,

The search for Phylicia Barnes, a missing teenager with metro Atlanta ties, came to a tragic conclusion Thursday when her body was found in a Maryland River. The discovery ends the search phase of the case and begins the investigation into who killed her.

The chief medical examiner's office confirmed that the body, found floating in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam, is Barnes.

Two Maryland State Troopers recovered a body of an unidentified woman around 10 a.m. Wednesday and then were contacted about a second body, this time of an unidentified male, around 2 p.m., state police said. Troopers were alerted to the area by some people who were working on the dam, state police said.

Maryland State Police have 12 homicide investigators working with Baltimore police on the investigation, Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Terrence Sheridan said Thursday.

"We're not going to spare any expense to try to find out what happened to these two people," he said. "It's going to take a lot of work." (Source)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black? by RuNett Nia Ebo

Lord, Lord,

Why did You make me Black?
Why did You make someone
The world wants to hold back?

Black is the color of dirty clothes;
The color of grimy hands and feet.
Black is the color of darkness;
The color of tire-beaten streets.

Why did You give me thick lips,
A broad nose and kinky hair?
Why did You make me someone
Who receives the hatred stare?

Black is the color of the bruised eye
When someone gets hurt.
Black is the color of darkness,
Black is the color of dirt.

How come my bone structure's so thick;
My hips and cheeks are high?
How come my eyes are brown
And not the color of the daylight sky?

Why do people think I'm useless?
How come I feel so used?
Why do some people see my skin
And think I should be abused?

Lord, I just don't understand.
What is it about my skin?
Why do some people want to hate me
And not know the person within?

Black is what people are "listed",
When others want to keep them away.
Black is the color of shadows cast.
Black is the end of the day.

Lord, You know, my own people mistreat me
And I know this just isn't right.
They don't like my hair or the way I look.
They say I'm too dark or too light.

Lord, don't You think it's time
For You to make a change?
Why don't You re-do creation
And make everyone the same?


Why did I make you Black?
Why did I make you Black?

Get off your knees and look around.
Tell Me, what do you see?
I didn't make you in the image of darkness,
I made you in the Likeness of ME!

I made you the color of coal
From which beautiful diamonds are formed.
I made you the color of oil,
The Black Gold that keeps people warm.

I made you from the rich, dark earth
That can grow the food you need.
Your color's the same as the panther's
Known for (HER) beauty and speed.

Your color's the same as the Black stallion,
A majestic animal is he.
I didn't make you in the Image of darkness.
I made you in likeness of ME!

All the colors of a Heavenly Rainbow
Can be found throughout every nation;
And when all of those colors were blended well,

Your hair is the texture of lamb's wool.
Such a humble, little creature is he.
I am the Shepherd who watches them.
I am the One who will watch over thee.

You are the color of midnight sky.
I put the stars' glitter in your eyes.
There is a smile hidden behind your pain.
That's why your cheeks are so high.

You are the color of dark clouds formed
When I send My strongest weather.
I made your lips full so when you kiss
The one that you love, they will remember.

Your stature is strong; your bone structure, thick
To withstand the burdens of time.
The reflection you see in the mirror...
The image looking back at you is MINE.

RuNett Nia Ebo
Copyright © 1994
All Rights Reserved
Used By Permission


[Rev.] Al Sharpton and [Dr.] Cornel West went head-to-head over the issue of black leadership Sunday night on MSNBC’s The Black Agenda special.

Sharpton’s position is that most black leaders, except for Obama, are silently doing nothing for the black community, while West calls Obama maybe no more than a “black mascot” for the wealthy.

These two have been going at it for some time, but this debate got especially heated.

From Sharpton: “Too many of us are putting it all on the President, if I see a [Paul] Ryan in Congress, where is the counterpoint to Ryan? That’s not President Obama’s job . . . He shouldn’t lead the civil rights marches against himself. Everybody’s sitting around acting like we can’t do anything, Obama’s going to do it. That’s hogwash.” (Source)

Saturday, April 09, 2011


Here we ago again.

Another male celebrity has thrown his hat into the relationship advice game - giving advice to women which excuses infidelity committed by their male partners. Blank stare.

In his new book entitled "How to Get Out of Your Own Way," R&B singer, songwriter, actor Tyrese Gibson says that it is expected for men to cheat and women should accept it and now own the cheat.

When Wendy Williams asked if he would accept cheating by his next wife, Mr. Gibson said no. Blank stare again.

Thursday, April 07, 2011


During an interview with Today Show's host Meredith Vieira, comedic icon Bill Cosby said that business icon Donald Trump should "run or shut up."

It will be interesting to hear The Donald's response to Mr. Cosby's campaign advice.

Malcolm X's daughters unhappy with new book

SIDEBAR: Author Manning Marable died shortly before the release of his controversial book about our beloved Civil Rights Icon El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (aka Malcolm X). I initially read about his book on After reading about its content, I am definitely not interested in reading this book. Next.


NEW YORK – Two of Malcolm X's daughters are unhappy that a new biography alleges their parents' marriage was strained and that their mother — and possibly their father — were unfaithful.

The marriage "was definitely faithful and devoted because my father was a man of impeccable integrity, and I think that most people, if they're not clear on anything, they're clear that he was moral and ethical and had impeccable character," Ilyasah Shabazz said Wednesday.

Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz spoke to The Associated Press about "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention." Author Manning Marable, a highly respected scholar who worked for more than 20 years on the book, died last week of complications of pneumonia just before publication. Malcolm X's daughters did not speak to Marable for the book, which draws upon thousands of interviews, government documents and private papers.

While both sisters acknowledged they have yet to read the book, they questioned reports about the contents. Marable had intended "Malcolm X" as a tribute to the slain activist's life and influence, but he also wanted to avoid portraying him as "a saint, without the normal contradictions and blemishes that all human beings have," as the historian wrote in the introduction.

Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965. His wife, Betty Shabazz, died in 1997 after one of her grandchildren set fire to her apartment.

The book alleges that parts of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," a classic released after Malcolm X's death that sold more than 1 million copies, were inaccurate. For instance, Marable questions details of Malcolm X's early life as a criminal, writing that Malcolm likely exaggerated his wrongdoings. Questions about the autobiography's accuracy have been raised for decades, and Marable addresses questions about the book's co-writer, Alex Haley, who many believe left out or softened Malcolm's more radical political views in the last couple of years of his life.

He also looks into Malcolm X's more controversial words and actions, including a meeting with members of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1960s. At the time, he was a high-ranking member of the Nation of Islam and had discussed with the Klan the possibility of the nation purchasing land for blacks to live on. Malcolm X would later express regret, although Marable still called the meeting "despicable."

Marable subtitled the book "A Life of Reinvention" in part because Malcolm X acknowledged mistakes and transformed and transcended himself, from street hustler and convict to black separatist of fierce anti-white opinions to political and social activist seeking to work with all races, worldwide. His marriage, however, was widely seen as steady, close and supportive, especially as dramatized by Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett in Spike Lee's movie "Malcolm X." Shabazz herself would remember her years with Malcolm as "hectic, beautiful and unforgettable — the greatest thing in my life."

Malcolm X married Betty Sanders, a nurse and fellow member of the Nation of Islam, in 1958. They had six children. According to the book, the marriage was often tense, in part because of Malcolm's wish to have a traditional, subservient Muslim wife and because he was away so often and his life was often threatened. There were problems of emotional and physical intimacy. Marable includes a letter from Malcolm to Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad that offers a blunt account of their home life, with Malcolm reporting that his wife believed they were "incompatible sexually." Malcolm also tells Muhammad that Betty had threatened to "seek satisfaction elsewhere."

Marable writes that Betty became involved in 1964 with Charles Kenyatta, a close associate of Malcolm's. Malcolm, too, may have had affairs, although the evidence is uncertain. He knew of the relationship between his wife and Kenyatta, according to the book, and "the news of infidelity seems to have loosened Malcolm's own marital bonds."

Malaak Shabazz said there "may have been a little bit of stress, like any marriage," but that "there was really no times for shenanigans. She raised the children at home; he worked on a global level."

Viking spokeswoman Carolyn Coleburn said the publisher had no comment about the daughters' criticisms. (Source)

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


Wednesday, April 06, 2011


To my surprise, Talk Show Queen Wendy Williams was eliminated from Season 12 of Dancing With The Star. writes:

"Even though Kirstie Alley took a big tumble during this week's performances, it was another unsurprising elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars,' as Wendy Williams exited the show.

After awkwardly clomping her way across the ballroom floor for three weeks without ever scoring anything above a six, she surely saw it coming. Then again, it may have taken some time for her ego to catch up with the rest of us.

Monday night, Wendy's weak routine to the little-known '80s tune 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life' fell flat, and her uninspiring story of how badly she wanted to become famous felt shallow among an evening of emotionally charged tales of love and loss from the other contestants." (Source)
I must admit that Wendy is not a graceful ballroom dancer but I thought her popularity would have kept her in the competition much longer.

I admittedly only watched DWTS because Wendy Williams was a contestant. I will miss her behind the scenes videos and scoop. However, I am sure that her swollen feet are happy about her elimination.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Simple Secrets of Happy People ~ David Niven

~ You are not just here to fill space or be a background character in someone else's movie. Consider this: nothing would be the same if you did not exist. Every place you have ever been and everyone you have ever spoken to would be different without you. We are all connected, and we are all affected by the decisions and even the existence of those around us.

~ We assume that happy and unhappy people are born that way. But both kinds of people do things that create and reinforce their moods. Happy people let themselves be happy. Unhappy people continue doing things that upset them.

~ Ultra competitive people, who always need to win, end up enjoying things less. If they lose they are very disappointed, and if they win it's what they expected would happen anyway.

~ You are not just the size of your bank account, the neighborhood you live in, or the type of work you do. You are, just like everyone else, an almost inconceivably complicated mix of abilities and limitations.

~ Relationships are built on mutual appreciation, and there is no better way to show that appreciation than to tell someone how much you care.

~ Don't write yourself off. If you don't believe in yourself, you won't be able to function.

~ Even if you are right, there is nothing to be gained from letting yourself become adversarial with your loved ones. Remember how much more important these people are to you than is the issue you are talking about.

~ Animals have so much to teach us about love. The closer we get to animals, the more they give us.

~ Don't skimp on sleep. A full night's rest is fuel for the following day. Rested people feel they work better and are more comfortable when the day is over.

~ Whether you are at home, in the workplace, or among friends, be the person who exudes optimism, and you will find it reflected right back at you.

~ Make it easy for people to deal with you. Don't be angry or disruptive merely because you can.

~ When you have chosen reasonable, meaningful, and aligned goals, pursue them with all your heart.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Teacher Mocks 7-Year-Old's Hairstyle on Facebook

SIDEBAR: I do not know who I am more mad at the teacher for her poor behavior or the mother for putting Jolly Ranchers in her daughter's hair. Blank stare.

It began with a 7-year-old asking her mother to tie colorful Jolly Rancher candies to the ends of her braids, copying a hairstyle she had admired in a magazine, for school picture day.

But the girl's mother said a teacher posted pictures of the second-grader on Facebook, then led online friends in mocking the hairdo. Now Chicago Public Schools said it's investigating.

The Overton Elementary School principal "said this was a good teacher, but this was a case of poor judgment," said CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond. "It will warrant disciplinary action."

Lucinda Williams said that after she complained to the principal, the teacher apologized and told her she had taken down the page.

But, "what bothers me is that (the teacher) still hasn't apologized to my baby," she said. "No child should have to go to school to be bullied by their teacher."

Williams said she was told about the Facebook posting March 24 by another Overton parent whose child is "friends" with the teacher on the social networking site. The parent saved the pictures and comments to a CD and emailed them to Williams.

Two photos were posted — a side shot of the girl and another of the back of her head — with the comment, "And y'all thought I was joking!"

Others wrote back: "If you're going to make your child look ridiculous, the least you can do is have them matching," and, "I laughed so hard that my contact popped out."

The girl said teachers complimented her hair when she was at school, so when the computer lab teacher said, "My husband's not going to believe this," and asked the girl if she could take a picture using a cellphone, the girl complied.

Now, she thinks maybe the teacher just didn't like the "Jolly Rancher" look.

"I feel sad that she put my picture on Facebook," she said. "I don't think she liked it." (Source)

Paterson Teacher's Facebook comments prompt parents to remove children from class

Paterson parents converged on an elementary school this week demanding that their children be pulled from a class taught by a teacher who allegedly described herself as a "warden" overseeing "future criminals" on her Facebook page.

District officials suspended the first-grade teacher at School 21 in an attempt to quell outrage that nonetheless continued Friday.

District officials confirmed the teacher, identified by several sources as Jennifer Schmid O'Brien, has been suspended with pay and that an investigation into the comments is under way.

Theodore Best, the school board president, said a "significant" number of parents, having seen the posts Wednesday, arrived at the school to remove their children from her class.

On Friday, parents retrieving children at dismissal said they were dumbfounded, angered and disheartened by the comments, and believed the teacher was unfit to remain in the classroom. Some children exiting the school didn't believe it and thought it was an April Fools' joke.(Source)


Nicki Ninja Turtle's ghost writer finally has an answer for Lil Kim's Black Friday and it is both tragic and wack.

I really hope Ninja Turtle's 15 minutes of fame will expire soon.

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Friday, April 01, 2011


This is the preview of BET's "A Family Affair," a new reality show starring Antonia "Toya" Carter (former star of "Tiny and Toya") and her family.

All I can say is "Wow!"

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