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by Kirsten West-Savali, Your Black World
I recently read a very interesting story about how so many black athletes are being hammered by the financial devastation of child support. Their paychecks are getting zapped to nothing, only to buy Coach purses and hair weaves for the women who’ve had their children. Perhaps the sex was good enough to justify the misery, but I’ve never had sex that good.
New York Jets running back Antonio Cromartie is one famous case of “I’m Bound to be Broke-itis.” Cromartie, who is 26-years old, has eight children with six women in five different states. In fact, the Jets had to front Cromartie $500,000 to settle his paternity situation before he even started playing for the team. There are quite a few other cases worth mentioning, but I won’t waste time laying out the issues.
What I will lay out is an added perspective that might help brothers realize the utter stupidity of putting themselves in situations that will keep their pockets empty, kill their ability to support a family down the road and possibly lead to incarceration. Getting caught under the neck of the merciless child support system is an absolutely horrible feeling. Children are a beautiful gift from God, and we can all appreciate a pretty woman, but if you let this stuff get the best of you, you’re begging for a life of misery.
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by Dr Boyce Watkins
Some of us turned our heads to the side when it was reported that the rapper and businessman Diddy gave his son Justin a $360,000 Maybach automobile for his 16th birthday. People asked me what I thought about this, since I’ve written a great deal on how to teach your kids about money, and I used a three letter acronym: TAH – "Tacky As Hayell."
I respect Diddy and I apologize for having to lean in on him for this one, but as S Tia Brown and I discuss in our latest episode of Financial Lovemaking, you can find ways to show your children love without spoiling them for the rest of the world. By giving his son such an extraordinary gift at such an early age, Diddy may have minimized his son’s ability to conceptualize the value of working hard for his success or empathizing with those who are less fortunate. In other words, receiving such overdoses of dopamine at the age of 16 is a sure-fire recipe for depression later in life.
by Dr. Boyce Watkins
It appears that the singer Brian McKnight is now a not-so-proud father. Well, the child isn’t exactly a baby either. According to TMZ, the child is a 14-year old that Brian hasn’t exactly claimed to be his own. Well, whether McKnight chooses to address the child as his own or not, a Florida judge has ruled that Brian must now take financial responsibility for the child. The amount owed? $341,640, which comes out to just over $2,000 per month for every month since the child was born.
The mother of the child, Miriam Lee, took Brian McKnight to court to establish paternity last year. Why she waited so long to do so is not clear. From this point on, the singer is responsible for making child support payments in the amount of $11,388 per month. The ruling was a default judgment, since McKnight was not in court and didn’t respond to the woman’s claim of paternity.
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10:31 AMJun 11
Source: BV Black Spin
Shannon Price, the ex-wife of Gary Coleman, is certainly keeping herself busy these days, trying desperately to muscle in on Coleman’s estate. Price, who was recently embroiled in everything from orchestrating death shots of Coleman to sell to … Read More
10:10 AMJun 11
Source: BV Newswire
Yesterday, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo performed hr rendition of the 1970 Curtis Mayfield classic ‘Move On Up’ at the kick-off celebration for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg, … Read More
9:45 AMJun 11
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For the first time in United States history, Mississippian Curtis Flowers is being tried for a sixth time for the same murders. Flowers faced a jury of eleven whites and one black yesterday as opening statements were presented. The trial got underway … Read More
9:23 AMJun 11
Source: BV on Sports
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics put the NBA Finals back on serve with a 96-89 victory over the Lakers last night, evening the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It now makes the Finals a best-of-three series with two of those games in Los Angeles. Game 5 is … Read More
1:25 AMJun 11
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Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski called for the firing of a white officer who’s been charged with repeatedly striking a 15-year-old biracial boy in the face during an arrest. The attacks allegedly occurred after the boy had been subdued by … Read More
12:12 AMJun 11
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There’s little chance that Whitney Houston’s European fans will always love her after her current world tour wraps. As many news outlets have reported, what was supposed to be a comeback tour for ‘The Bodyguard’ actress has turned into a mess of … Read More
11:58 PMJun 10
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O.J. Simpson’s attorneys are planning to try to convince a group of Nevada judges to overturn his 2007 conviction of a hotel room robbery this week. They worry about time, since they are only going to have a few minutes to make their case. "We only … Read More
6:58 PMJun 10
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On New Year’s Day of 2009, Oscar Grant was shot in Oakland, Calif. The shooter was a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officer by the name of Johannes Mehserle. Grant was 22-years-old at the time of his death, and the shooting was captured by cell phone … Read More
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Popular ‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer and his wife of 12 years, Annette, have split. Word on the street is that when Lauer was in Vancouver covering the Winter Olympics, he allegedly "bumped Uggs" with Whitney Houston’s half-sister, Alexis Houston.
Houston, who also dabbles in music as a singer/songwriter/producer, met Lauer on the set of his show back in 2007. She accompanied Dionne Warwick, who had sung one of her hits for a segment on marriage. Reportedly, Warwick and the show’s producers had some friction before the segment aired, and Houston squashed it. Lauer was apparently impressed with how Houston handled her cousin, sources toldHollyscoop.
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- The one and the only Beyoncé continue to use her brand to do some good – for others. On … Read More
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While promoting her upcoming comedy ‘Our Family Wedding,’ actress Regina Kingcouldn’t contain her excitement for the return of the hit Cartoon Network series ‘The Boondocks.’
She also talked about her frustration too.
After a more than two-year hiatus, post-production is underway for the third season of the beloved show, which should be airing in coming months.
Although the Cartoon Network has yet to send out an official announcement confirming a premiere date for the new season, ‘Bonndocks’ creator Aaron McGrudersaid via his social networking site that it should air March 28. The news coincides with his previous Twitter message on Christmas Day, in which he wrote, "Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I’m allowed to put it out yet, so I’ll just say you got about three months."
King, who voices two of the show’s lead characters, brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, has been a little peeved about how the show’s producers are handling the long-awaited return.
"I am so happy that it is coming back," King told BV Newswire, but added, "I wish there was some Web site that people could send [a message] to Sony [Television Entertainment] … and say ‘What are you doing?’" she charged.
"’Boondocks could be so bigger than what it is," the former ‘227’ actress furthered. "If I had the money to buy ‘The Boondocks’ off Sony, I would because all of you would be wearing ‘Boondocks’ T-shirts and there would be Huey and Riley dolls. I would capitalize off of that, and I would be a very rich woman."
King cited Sony’s lack of experience with animation as a reason for the show’s delay and its failure to capitalize on ‘Boondocks’ merchandise.
"Actually more than any other project that I have done, that’s the one that I get asked about the most," King revealed. "For a show to take two and half year hiatuses and people still want it to come back, that’s big," she said.
11:31 AM on 02/27/2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The heart-wrenching tale of an illiterate and abused teen who finds hope in a Harlem classroom was named outstanding motion picture…
5:51 PM on 02/26/2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gary Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of "The Insider" TV show on Friday and received immediate treatment from Dr. Drew Pinsky…
2:14 PM on 02/26/2010
REVIEW – The forced and awkward feel of ‘Cop Out’ makes you long for the days when the action-comedy blend went down more smoothly. ..
1:21 PM on 02/26/2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Morgan Freeman, and Jamie Foxx are among the stars set to celebrate diversity in the arts at the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday…
9:06 AM on 02/26/2010
These films remind us that we still have a long way to go when it comes to portraying our culture and lifestyle accurately and respectfully on the big screen…
By Talia Whyte
7:59 AM on 02/26/2010
OPINION – While I question his method behind his movie characters, at least Perry puts his money where his mouth is to support causes and issues he cares about…
8:07 AM on 02/25/2010
OPINION – There’s more to be gained by sharing black history and culture. The problem arises when the culture is not being fully presented…
9:23 AM on 02/24/2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Mo’Nique won the Golden Globe. She also picked up a SAG Award. And don’t forgot about her most recent honor this week at the BAFTA’s…
8:39 AM on 02/24/2010
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – CBS argued anew Tuesday that it should not be held responsible for the half-second of nudity…
8:39 AM on 02/24/2010
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A two-alarm fire that damaged the building where the "Sound of Philadelphia" was born has been ruled an arson…
8:17 AM on 02/22/2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Parents are complaining they never got refunds for performance fees in a failed musical production Todrick Hall wrote and directed…
8:03 AM on 02/22/2010
OPINON – The method is simple: Find either an overly aggressive black woman and a lazy black man, give them a script and audiences will eat it up…
By Alex Presha
6:59 PM on 02/19/2010
VIDEO – Bleu talks about the his new role, race on Broadway and the evolution of Hollywood…
3:54 PM on 02/19/2010
BERLIN (AP) — Gerard Depardieu has rejected the discussion over his right to play mixed-race author Alexandre Dumas because he is a blue-eyed blonde…
1:14 PM on 02/19/2010
BOSTON (AP) – A rap star says former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney first touched him — and not the other way around…
11:16 AM on 02/19/2010
NEW YORK (AP) – A delusional fan who unleashed his crude fantasies about Ashanti in a battery of text messages to her mother was sentenced to two years in jail…
By Alex Presha
9:26 AM on 02/19/2010
VIDEO – Bleu talks about the his new role, race on Broadway and the evolution of Hollywood…
By Todd Johnson
8:34 AM on 02/19/2010
VIDEO – A new film looks at how the tragic murder of a Vietnam veteran prompted a small North Carolina town’s black community to stand up and fight back…
8:22 AM on 02/19/2010
OPINION – It took 74 years for the Academy Awards to acknowledge a black female as best actress. How long will it be before black woman is nominated for best director?…
5:29 PM on 02/17/2010
NEW YORK (AP) – An army of fans — more than 500,000 of them — went out to support Sade’s latest CD, "Soldier of Love," giving the group their first No. 1 disc in 20 years…
General Motors has once again built the First Limo, which isn’t so much a car as an armored personnel carrier wrapped in Cadillac bodywork. It is code-named "Stagecoach" but given its weight, wheelbase and bunker-like level of protection, Caddy One has been nicknamed "the Beast."
The limo that carries President Obama down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House today is the latest in a long line of Cadillacs to join the First Fleet over the years. Although GM and the Secret Service jealously guard the vehicle’s specs and secrets, you can bet Obama’s ride is the toughest, most sophisticated car anywhere. Think of it as the road-going equivalent to Air Force One.
"Although many of the vehicle’s security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world," Nicholas Trotta, assistant director for the Secret Service Office of Protective Operations, said in a statement (.pdf).
GM had even less to say, noting "one of the specifications is we don’t talk about the specifications." But spokesman David Caldwell says the redesigned car "is a fresh, more modern, more expensive" version of the Cadillac DTS that has carried President Bush since his second inauguration in 2005. Obama’s car, he says, is "a little bit more vibrant, if you will."
A San Francisco jury has found a former reality TV show contestant guilty of killing a man in 2007.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jamal Rashead Trulove of Oakland was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors say Trulove fatally shot 28-year-old Seu Kuka at a San Francisco public housing project in July 2007. Truelove was arrested in Monterey County on a $5 million murder warrant in October 2008.
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — Serena Williams, surrounded by Grand Slam tennis title record holder Margaret Court and mentor Billie Jean King, made a bit of her own history yesterday with her fifth Australian Open title.
The defending champion beat Justine Henin in three sets at Melbourne Park to gain her 12th major in all, tying fellow American King in sixth place on the career list headed by Court’s 24 championships.
“I feel really special that I was able to tie Billie Jean King,” Williams told reporters. “Because in my heart of hearts, I’ve been going for it and I haven’t been able to quite achieve it. Billie Jean is a really big mentor of mine.”
King and Evonne Goologong Cawley were among the former champions at Rod Laver Arena to mark the 40th anniversary of Court’s Australian Open victory, which was the first step of a Grand Slam sweep in 1970. Williams, who was presented the trophy by the 67-year-old Australian, is now one title ahead of Court, Goologong Cawley, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles for the most Australian Open titles since professionals were first allowed to enter in 1969.
After catching King, who came into the locker room to wish her luck before her 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over the unranked Henin, Williams’s next two targets on the Grand Slam title-leading list are Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 majors.
“I still think that when she plays her best, she’s the best ever,” King, 66, told reporters about Williams at Melbourne Park.
Beyonce and Madonna have been added as performers to Friday’s multi-network "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, and Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and former President Bill Clinton are among the participants.
A statement released Thursday said Beyonce would perform from London, and Madonna from New York City. The list of musical performers already includes such heavyweights as Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Keith Urban.
People can start donating even before the start of the 8 p.m. EST concert via phone and text.
The two-hour telethon will be shown on all the major networks and a host of other channels. It will be broadcast from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti.
Police in Ohio are searching for two brazen girls, believed to be as young as 12 and 14, who robbed a bank in a Cincinnati suburb and escaped a police dragnet that included a helicopter and dogs.
Ohio police are looking for two girls suspected of robbing a bank.
The baby faced bank robbers, one believed to be 12 years old and the other 14 or 15, entered the 1st National Bank in Symmes Township, "walked up to the bank teller, and gave the teller a note demanding money," Steve Barnett, spokesman for the Hamilton County Sherriff’s Office, said in a statement.
No strangers to controversy, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is up to its old tricks again. This time they’ve raised eyebrows by using an image of Michelle Obama in an anti-fur advertisement without her permission. The White House is not pleased, to say the least.
The ad in question features the image of the first lady alongside the images of Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, and Carrie Underwood underneath the slogan, "Fur-free and fabulous!" The ads, which PETA says features "a bevy of the smartest, most stylish, and most influential women in America," are being plastered all over the Washington D.C. Metro mass transit system, in addition to appearing in various magazines and websites.
While Winfrey, Banks and Underwood are all on record as publicly endorsing PETA’s anti-fur efforts, first lady Michelle Obama cannot endorse special interest groups such as PETA. Thus, the White House is mildly perturbed by the use of the first lady’s image in the campaign
Tiger Woods is reportedly hiding in the Trump International Hotel in NYC. The media is camped out trying to find out if it’s really him or not, and someone under an assumed name bought up a whole block of rooms and replaced hotel security with his own. Big balla in the house!
Turns out that the actor/comedian Sinbad is broke. According to federal documents, he owes $8.15M in taxes, and has just declared bankruptcy with $10 – $50M in debts and only $50,000 in assets. Sad.
Lamya Cammon, 7, was sitting quietly in her first grade class absentmindedly twirling her braids. The little girl’s teacher, whose name is being withheld, grew tired of seeing the little girl play with her dozen or so braids, so she called Lamya up to the front of the classroom.
The first graders watched in disbelief as their teacher took out a large pair of scissors and cut off one of Lamya’s braids. Amid the snickers of her students, the Milwaukee teacher threw the braid in the garbage, sent the crying youngster back to her seat, then said, "Now what you gonna go home and tell your momma?"
Lamya claims that she was not twirling her hair loudly nor was she being disruptive. When the child told her mother, Helen Cunningham, what had happened, she immediately went to the school to confront the teacher.
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world:
I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations — that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.
And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage. Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize — Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela — my accomplishments are slight. And then there are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened of cynics. I cannot argue with those who find these men and women — some known, some obscure to all but those they help — to be far more deserving of this honor than I.
But perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars. One of these wars is winding down. The other is a conflict that America did not seek; one in which we are joined by 43 other countries — including Norway — in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks.
Still, we are at war, and I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill. Some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the cost of armed conflict — filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other.
Tiger Woods is all over the TV, but his ads haven’t been.
According to media tracker Nielsen, the last time a commercial featuring Tiger Woods appeared on television was Nov. 29. The 30-second Gillette ad aired during NBC’s "Football Night in America," the pre-game show that broadcast prior to the Sunday night football game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.
The ad featured Woods, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Spanish basketball phenom Ricky Rubio and an announcer who says, "Here’s to confidence," and aired eight times during November, according to Aaron Lewis, a spokesman for Nielsen.
Just when you thought black celebrities didn’t care anymore, the "Bad Boy of Radio,"Michael Baisden announced today that he is going to give $5,000 to the legal defense fund of the family of Heather Ellis, a 24-year old black female college student who faces 15-years in prison after cutting in line at a Walmart.
Believe the hype. This Is It dispels any doubts about Michael Jackson’s creative genius.
Clearly separating him from other artists of his day, longtime collaborator and the film’s director Kenny Ortega emphasizes exactly why Michael Jackson earned his "King of Pop" title. Culled from more than one hundred hours of footage, This Is It goes beyond the best of Michael Jackson’s rehearsal reels. Instead, Ortega – better known now for directing the High School High Musical films than his many other achievements which include co-creating and co-directing Jackson’s Dangerous and HIStory world tours, elects to highlight Michael Jackson’s creative process and erases any doubt that what you saw with Michael came from anybody but him and God.
In a world of manufactured music where contemporary artists, many with big names, are unable to sing and dance simultaneously, This Is It reminds us that Michael Jackson was of a generation of cultivated and honed talent where practice did indeed make perfect. There was no resting on laurels with Michael Jackson. It wasn’t just magic. It was tireless work and effort – the two attributes that aren’t often applied to the genius of African-American performers so liberally.
I woke up this morning to see that Tyler Perry is being forced to defend himself against nasty allegations coming from Spike Lee. Spike has made it clear that he doesn’t appreciate what he perceives to be “coonery” in Tyler Perry films and TV shows. When I saw Perry flat out say that the accusations “pissed him off,” I thought, “Wow, now that’s an honest brother!”
I grew up on Spike Lee and I’ll always love him. I am also certain that images of black people singing, dancing and eating chicken certainly won Perry instant favor with the not-so-in-touch executives in Hollywood. But here are three reasons that Spike Lee might be wrong about Tyler Perry:
1) Tyler Perry is not all about Madea: I went onto BET a few times to talk about Hip Hop. My hoity-toity friends in academia (many of whom pride themselves on writing research papers for journals that nobody ever reads) criticized me for being “unscholarly” by talking to rappers. But my response was that hip hop culture has a dramatic influence on the young minds that I am trying to reach with education. You don’t get a baby to eat healthy by only forcing vegetables down his throat; you sprinkle sugar on the food to get the child’s attention. It’s not always a matter of forcing people to consume what they NEED – you should also be willing to let them have some of what they WANT. Every positive black movie doesn’t have to be a PBS special.
A long-simmering disagreement between broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Texas Southern University ended Friday when the university’s governing board agreed to strip Smiley’s name from its communication school.
Smiley promised in 2004 to donate $1 million and to raise another $1 million for TSU. The school later created the Tavis Smiley School of Communication in his honor.
In return, Smiley made one $50,000 donation in mid-2005 and raised $250,000 from three corporate donors.
But he said Friday that he had intended to fulfill his personal $1 million pledge.
“Any institution that turns away a $1 million gift in this economy, I think ought to have good reason for doing that,” he said in a telephone interview.
He also said former university President Priscilla Slade offered to name the school for him before he pledged any money.
“I even made a joke, how much is this decision going to cost me?” he said. “She said, ‘This decision has already been made.’”
“It doesn’t feel good,” he said of the board’s decision. “My intentions were to help the students.”
Peter Tatchell wrote a piece in the UK Guardian, called “Malcolm X Was Bisexual, Get Over It.”Tatchell writes that he is disappointed in the lack of recognition for gay and lesbian African Americans for Black History Month (Black History Month is in October in the UK). He writes:
Perhaps it is unintentional but Black History Month sometimes feels like Straight Black History Month. Famous Black LGBT people are not acknowledged and celebrated. Either their contribution to Black history and culture is ignored or their sexuality is airbrushed out of their biographies.
He goes on to write that one famous Black LGBT person is none other than Malcolm X:
A good example of this neglect is the denialism surrounding the bisexuality of one of the greatest modern Black liberation heroes: Malcolm X. The lack of recognition is perhaps not surprising, given that some of his family and many black activists have made strenuous efforts to deny his same-sex relationships and suppress recognition of the full spectrum of his sexuality.
The following quote was posted online by Richard Pryor’s wife Jennifer. Apparently, Mike Epps did something to her:
"Poor B*tch …
He got his ass so fired from me and Richard Pryor project and now he is trying to go around talking sh*t, saying he’s doing the Richard Pryor project … motherf*cker better watch his punk, country ass … it’s gonna get royally sued if he wants to play this game! My lawyers are ready and waiting!!!
Posted By Above da Rim to Your Black Gossip: The Official Source of Black Celebrity Gossip at 10/21/2009 06:00:00 AM
This past weekend, when folks were flocking to theaters to see ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ and ‘Black Dynamite,’ one film that was released without much fanfare was Ice Cube’s latest, ‘Janky Promoters.’
No trailer, one poster and no marketing spells disaster. ‘Janky’ isn’t even listed in this week’s top 125 films.
Initially set to be released last March by the Weinstein Co., the film was dropped down to its DVD division company, Third Rail Releasing. It was released in just 22 theaters, where it grossed a dismal $5,300. It averaged $240 per theater.
‘Janky’ follows the shenanigans of a pair of shady concert promoters (Cube and Mike Epps), who get in over their heads when they get a shot at booking a big-name hip-hop act (Young Jeezy). Complications come in the form of a pot-growing neighborhood nemesis named Mondo and Cube’s character’s son (Nickelodeon star Little JJ), who is under contract with the old man.
Also starring in the film are Terry Crews, Glenn Plummer and Tamala Jones.
In a call this week to the only theater in New York City where the film is playing, the operator stated that no one had bought tickets for the first two showings.
Update: Exclusive pictures of both Leah Ignagni and Sahel Kazemi have been released.
This week, Nashville, Tenn., police released an updated case summary on the murder-suicide of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and his mistress, Sahel Kazemi. Police identified Leah Ignagni as McNair’s possible second girlfriend. Ignagni told police that she believed Kazemi had been following her in the weeks before McNair’s death. According to Kazemi’s roommate, Emily Andrews, Kazemi knew about Ignagni.
According to the report:
Andrews said that Kazemi told her that [Kazemi] found a tampon in the bathroom wastebasket in the Lea Avenue condo, and on another occasion, saw a female leaving the condo.
Police are not saying that the relationship played a role in the incident.
During an appearance on a radio show Diddy got a big surprise when Mase walked in asking him to sign some release papers. Supposedly the papers were to allow Mase to appear on other artist’s songs. Click here to watch.
A baby’s stroller falls under a train and the baby survives!
A half-marathoner and two other runners died during the Detroitmarathon on Sunday, organizers said.
Daniel Langdon, 36, of Laingsburg, collapsed at about 9:02 a.m. between the 11- and 12-mile markers, said Rich Harshbarger, vice president of consumer marketing for the Detroit Media Partnership.
Rick Brown, 65, of Marietta, Ohio, collapsed at 9:17 a.m., near where Langdon went down, and 26-year-old Jon Fenlon of Waterford collapsed at about 9:18 a.m., just after finishing the half-marathon in 1:53:37, Harshbarger said.
It was unclear whether Brown and Langdon were participating in the 13.1-mile half marathon or the full race.
Harshbarger told the Free Press that there were at least six medical stations on the race course and that emergency personnel were on the scene within seconds.
Every runner must sign a medical release form, and they are encouraged to talk to their doctors before they run the race, Harshbarger said.
"On a day when so many people bring such energy and challenge themselves to do their utmost, this news is very difficult to hear," said Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger said. "Our deepest sympathies are with the families."
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Alicia Keys just released the video for the first single off her new album “The Element of Freedom” titled “Don’t Mean Anything”, which reminds me of her song “If I Ain’t Got You” from a few years back. Click here to watch her new video.
For those who didn’t see James Toback’s critically acclaimed biographical documentary on Mike Tyson, Oprah Winfrey is giving an up-close-and-personal look at the former heavyweight boxing champion.
The media maven’s intimate interview with "Iron Mike" will air on Oct. 12, and BV Newswire has learned that during the no-holds-barred chat no topic was off limits.
The Brooklyn-born pugilist talks candidly about it all, including his disastrous marriage and divorce from former TV star Robin Givens;his trial and three-year imprisonment for rape; his ear-biting bout with Evander Holyfield, the award-winning film ‘Tyson,’ which has generated Oscar buzz; and the tragic death of his daughter.
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Marlon Wayans is in advanced talks to play comedy legend Richard Pryor in "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?" for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures.
The $20 million production will follow Pryor’s controversial brand of comedy and his battle with drugs reports, Entertainment Weekly.
Coming out this week is ‘Good Hair,‘ a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.
Directed by funnyman Chris Rock, the film explores hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships and self-esteem of black people.
Known for her roles in ‘Soul Food,’ ‘The Best Man’ and ‘Love Jones,’Nia Long was among the celebrities who candidly offered her stories and observations to Rock.
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Hair Apparent caught up with one of our favorite hair girls — Raven-Symoné. Though her show ‘That’s So Raven’ is now in syndication, one of the things that riveted us to Raven, other than her outsize talent, was the fact that her hair miraculously transformed into chic cuteness each week.
When did you get your first perm?
”When I got my first perm it was April 11 and I was around 13 years old. My first like sew-in weave, I don’t remember my age but I remember what kind. It was a curly and short and it had red streaks in it. I remember saying, oh my goodness, it’s so much hair on my head. It was probably like 7 ounces. And I remember taking it out the same day. Now, I don’t go out without 12 ounces. I’m totally addicted. But I have to say, I’m addicted for work. When it’s time for me to work, I put my weave in and I like it to look cool but when I’m by myself at home, I wear my hair natural.”
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by Alynda Wheat
Chris Rock’s documentary, Good Hair, opened Friday to mixed, but frequently positive, reviews. I’m going to take the painful stance of suggesting that’s because there aren’t a lot of black women in the film reviewing community. Good Hair is often funny, fascinating, and raises a few key ideas. What it doesn’t do is offer a cogent, relevant analysis of why black women relax their hair or wear hair extensions — which was supposed to have been the point.
Some background: Rock says he did the film because his daughter came to him one day, upset, that she didn’t have “good hair.” This apparently prompted the comedian to begin an odyssey that took him from the hair salons of New York City to a hair show in Atlanta, from Indian hair-shaving ceremonies, to the Beverly Hills salons that buy the Indian hair. But in all that conversation what you never hear are opposing viewpoints. Nearly everyone in Chris Rock’s movie seems to agree on a few critical ideas (that can happen when you limit your sample). Frankly, as a black woman, I sat through Good Hair with one dominant thought: Who are these people? Their opinions rarely represented my own, or those of anyone I know. I am but one voice in this vast, complicated community, but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t say something. Here, a few of the ways Good Hair gets it entirely wrong.
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Compton’s Most Wanted The Game is being sued by his attorneys who claim that he skipped on their lawyer fees. His attorneys, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldsert filed a suit in L.A. County Superior Court claiming that The MC owes them $34,683.90.
The firm successfully represented the MC who only ended up serving eight days on what could have been a 5-year sentence. The Game allegedly threatened a man with a gun during a basketball game and assaulted him as well.
In related news, The Game has reportedly ended his beef with his mentor Dr. Dre and was recently back in the lab working with Dre and Snoop on the long-awaited Detox album. Only time will tell if the ten-year old promised will ever be released but in the meantime The Game’s forth album, The R.E.D. Album is scheduled to hit stores in December.
When you play for a city’s two biggest professional sports teams, you’d think that there would be a sense of unity and camaraderie among athletes. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards. According to a report from the Associated Press, after the Bengals beat down the Browns on Sunday, Edwards went clubbing at a venue where one of LeBron’s good friends, Edward Givens, promotes club nights. An argument between Edwards and Givens ensued, and it ended with Givens at the hospital with a black eye and a cut.
"Braylon comes up and started saying things, degrading me," Givens told the Cleveland Plains Dealer. "He said if it wasn’t for LeBron or the Four Horsemen [James’ friends and business partners], I wouldn’t have what I have, nor would I be able to get girls. Everyone knows Braylon has a problem with LeBron.
According to EUR Web:
A rep for Shante explained that Cornell’s Web site had posted a picture of the artist and listed her name as “Dr. Shante,” when in fact, she “didn’t receive the years of education to constitute a PhD. She did not falsely promote herself as a PhD, but rather she continued what the college started in how they basically said she was a doctor.”
On Thursday, Shante sent us the following statement responding to the controversy:
I would like to thank my long time fans and supporters for your continued support. I am humbled and grateful to all of you for that.
Without going into all of the details as of right now, I would like to apologize that this story regarding my post recording career has caused such a ruckus. The entire story will be revealed at a later time.
Throughout my career and life, I have been faced with many challenges, both professionally and personally. Like all of you, I am human, and may have not made the correct decision all the time. And, like anyone else, I would like to think that my entire life or career is not judged by one error or mistake.
It is very easy to criticize someone and I have left myself open to criticism. That is fair.
There are plenty of people that will attest that I have done a lot for them. It seems though, that negativity gets more attention than positivity.
All I can say to that, is before you level any further criticism and cynicism, walk in my shoes. I am making this statement to apologize to the people that truly care about me for any angst that this situation has caused, and to thank them for their continued support. I am proud of what I have been able to do for so many others, and would like to let those persons know that I will continue to be there for them no matter what.
I am proud that during my twenty plus years as a pioneer in the Hip-Hop industry to have opened doors for those who came after me.
I will have no further statement in regards to this matter at this time
Please contact my management at Spydo Music xxx-xxx-xxxx or my publicist Belinda Foster at xxxx for any further inquiry.
The rapper, who is locked up in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction, won for best collaboration and CD of the year. His fiancee Tameka "Tiny" Cottle accepted his awards at the ceremony in Atlanta on Saturday.
In the past it’s been almost a tradition for America’s first ladies to catch flack from their husbands’ political opponents over the size of their staffs, and Michelle Obama certainly hasn’t been exempt from that. Criticism of her "massive" staff has popped up on email chains, blogs, and chat rooms. But what are the facts regarding how many people are under her employ, and how does the size of her staff compare to that of past first ladies?
On July 1st of this year, the Obama White House posted the Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff on its official blog. A minor uproar over the first lady’s staff size ensued. One critic atCanadianFreePress.com accused the president’s wife of employing an "unprecedented number of staffers" for someone who "doesn’t perform any official duties," while a widely circulated chain email reported that "there has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life." Many other critics of the Obama administration expressed similar sentiments.
I had a lot of fun watching the new Vh-1 show, "Going for Broke," starring comedian Eddie Griffin. Griffin is one of the funniest comics in America, the comedian that Chris Tucker could have been (if he would simply stop disappearing between Jackie Chan movies).
On the show, Griffin gives insight into his personal life, which is both intriguing and disturbing. The show is called "Going for Broke" for a reason, because Eddie just might actually get there.
Here are some reasons that Eddie Griffin might actually become the broke celebrity that he is trying to become:
1) He spends like a damn fool. One of the easiest traps for an entertainer to fall into is the "infinite money trap." That’s when the person thinks that they’ve got an endless supply of cash, giving them ability to spend whatever they want on whatever they want. Apparently Eddie may have fallen into this trap, since his Bentley was being repossessed in an early episode of the show. Eddie’s conversation with his accountant was also revealing, as the words "all the accounts are empty" seemed to strike him hard. With all the success that Eddie Griffin has had, it is difficult to imagine that he would be completely broke. But the truth is that this kind of thing happens all the time.
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A few weeks ago, we reported on the story of two sisters, one of them a pregnant 12-year-old, who were missing with their adoptive father. Well, time reveals most mysteries, and this one has become a bit clearer.
The father of the two girls, Mathew Hess, has been charged with indecent liberties with a child, first-degree rape and felony incest between near relatives.The father has already been charged with child neglect and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Judge Herman Thomas
The trial of a former US judge accused of having sex with male inmates in exchange for leniency is set to start in Mobile, Alabama.
Herman Thomas, 48, denies the charges, which include sodomy, kidnapping, extortion, sex abuse and assault.
Up to 15 current and former prisoners are set to testify against him at the jury trial.
He was once the Democratic Party’s choice to be the first black federal judge in south Alabama.
Mr Thomas resigned as a judge in 2007 following allegations that he spanked inmates in his private office at the county courthouse with a paddle.
I was flipping through a Women’s Health recently (I admit it), and I noticed an interesting poll. Women cited the following as the most common breakup reasons:
When I was little, it drove me crazy when my parents supported "no" with "because I said so." I always wanted a reason. I’m not sure if knowing why always helps, but perhaps if you know common reasons guys break up with girls, you’ll at least be able to see it coming. So, here are mine:
I Got Bored: I’ve read many different hypotheses on attention span, but my favorite is (Wikipedia):
"Continuous attention span, or the amount of time a human can focus on an object without any lapse at all, is very brief and may be as short as 8 seconds. After this amount of time, it is likely that an individual’s eyes will shift focus, or that a stray thought will briefly enter consciousness."
The original mad rappers, Onyx, are back, and they’re not happy about Damon Dash‘s ‘Blak Roc’ collaboration album with The Black Keys. In a recent interview on Angela Yee and Leah Rose’s Lip Service radio show on Shade 45, the baldhead rappers
discussedyelled about Dash’s project, which features notable MC’s likeLudacris, Jim Jones, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch and more.
"N—-s is biting the whole f—in’ movement," explained a ticked off Fredro Starr. "The ‘Black Rock’ s—, we been rocking with that. Now I’m hearing other n—-s coming out with it…I ain’t sayin’ no f—in’ names. You know what it is man, holla at me n—-, 100 mad n—-s with guns n—-, stop playing games with me!"
"I don’t actually go that way, though I notice a lot of people think I do. But umm, you know what, if Imma do it, I’m going for [Barack] Obama. If I got with him, I could run the country. If I was that way, Obama, I’d be gunning for you brother! I’d be the one in control. That’s if I was that way. Who you gonna go for? Will Smith? Somebody pretty like that? Not to say Obama’s not pretty. But I’d go straight for Obama because you got power then. You could run red lights and just wild out. And I’d have Michelle [Obama]hold the camera!"
– Supermodel Tyson Beckford answering: "If you had to spend the night with a man, who would it be and why?"
Maybe it was one of the times John Goodwin found a more receptive audience while lobbying politicians for stricter sentencing against dogfighting.
Maybe it was one of the times a law enforcement training session was packed with police.
Maybe it was while he was riding along on what is an increasing number of raids on dogfighting operations.
Whenever it was, there was a moment over the past two years that Goodwin, the anti-dog fighting expert at the Humane Society of the United States, realized that of all the unexpected things, a silver lining had formed in the ugly clouds of the Michael Vick(notes) scandal.
“People campaigned against dogfighting ever since the first dogfight ever happened,” Goodwin said. “But never had there been a spotlight put on this issue like when Michael Vick was involved in it.
Earlier this month, clips of a taped television interview that gospel music sensation Tonex conducted for ‘The Lexi Show‘ (on the Gospel network) surfaced on the Internet and caused a heated frenzy within the black religious industry. During the revealing conversation, the internationally renowned music superstar (nee Anthony Williams III) talked candidly about his homosexuality, his failed marriage and his thoughts on the black church. As expected, when someone touches upon such a taboo subject, it strikes a chord among others. But as the multiple Stellar Award-winning virtuoso tells it, in his very own words, it was a lot more than he ever bargained for. Below is Tonex’s exclusive testimony to BlackVoices.com:
Okay, so now since it’s really gone mainstream, there is really no backpedaling is there?
During the BET Awards, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx did a skit called "Skank Robbers," which you can watch below. Some have argued that the video goes over the top, producing stereotypical images of black women to the point of being offensive. Referring to them as "skanks" was enough to draw the ire of many African Americans, but there was also a point in the video in which the narrator says, "From the producers of ‘Planet of the Apes’."
This video leads to the following questions as it pertains to BET:1) Who’s making the decisions? I’d love to see what thought process goes into deciding to make R. Kelly your keynote performer right after he is accused of creating child pornography, or having Lil Wayne sing about wanting to have sex with every girl in the world while underage girls are dancing on stage. I don’t hate BET, and I’ve done a great deal of work with them in the past, but I would like very much for them to explain to the public exactly how they operate.
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Mesac Damas, 33, boarded a flight to Haiti from Miami International Airport on Friday, said Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten. Damas has family from Haiti, she said. Sheriff’s officials said they want to talk to Damas, who is a person of interest.
The victims were identified as Guerline Damas, 32, and her children: Michzach, 9; Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3; and 11-month-old Morgan. Batten would not say how they died, but according to the Fort Myers News-Press, Guerline Damas’ brother, Foren Dieu, said police told relatives that the victims’ throats were cut.
Family members contacted authorities Thursday saying they hadn’t heard from the mother. A missing person report was filed the next day, and on Saturday, the sheriff’s office entered the home in a gated community in Naples and found the bodies, Batten said.
Money came back with a guarantee. Floyd Mayweather Jr. told the world he was still its best boxer despite taking 21 months off, and he backed up every boast with every jab in an impressive victory.
Although next time out, hopefully he’ll pick on somebody his own size.
Mayweather overpowered the smaller, lighter Juan Manuel Marquez for an unanimous decision Saturday night, maintaining his perfect record in his comeback from retirement.
Mayweather knocked down Marquez in the second round and then peppered him with countless damaging shots to remain unbeaten (40-0, 25 KOs). Still, his impressive effort couldn’t be viewed without weighing the obvious disadvantages in height and strength faced by the talented Marquez, a 130-pounder just 18 months ago who moved up two weight classes for this once-in-a-career payday at the MGM Grand Garden.
Karen Taylor-Bass, a well-known publicist, decided to go out of her way to give some PR advice on how Serena and Kanye can save their damaged public images. Read what she had to say:
Kanye West Latest Ego Trip
“Last night, I was watching the VMA with my 9 year old son, as he was packing his books for school. As I was explaining to him the significance of the MTV Awards, as a former Music Publicist, the mood shifted from this is cool to … this is crazy.
I was shocked by Kanye West’s latest ego tripping antics. Lets be real, that moment with Taylor Swift versus Beyonce, was all about Kanye getting some "shine" aka spotlight. Countless times we excuse Kanye for his childish, ego- "me" moments, however, this time his friends should really answer and heed Madonna’s call during her tribute to Michael Jackson. Perhaps, Kanye needs a reality check and someone to talk to? Maybe, its a cry for help? What I do know is that it’s not okay to take to social media an issue an apology time and time again … you were man enough to take the mic from Taylor Swift, be man enough to publicly apologize.
Kanye you need to take a time-out, and re-brand your image.. We want to believe in your brilliance, but not like this. “
Serena Williams’ Costly Moment
“Serena Williams allowed poor judgment to take center stage on Saturday at the United States Open which possibly cost her the title, endorsements, fans, and most importantly, a damaged BRAND . The angry black woman as a brand is not palatable for mainstream media. Upon seeing the tape, I must say Serena Williams got real ‘hood’ with the line judge and her behavior was out of pocket.
Athletes, especially Black athletes, must remember this is a business and your brand is your business. If you are known for grace, dignity, and being a champion, well display that at all times. John McEnroe got away with many antics during his reign, however, with the advent of technology — every emotion, word and behavior is captured for the world to see. And sadly, Black athletes are judged by a different standard. All is not lost as it relates to damage control — issue a mea culpa immediately to the officials, fans, Kim Clijsters, etc., and show the world all champions are human with flaws with moments.”
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Caster Semanya‘s gender fiasco manages to get worse. E-mail correspondence found by the South African newspaper Mail & Guardian shows that her team doctor Harold Adams and athletics boss Leonard Chuene did indeed know that Semenya was tested in South Africa before the World Championships in Berlin but kept Semenya in the race even after they found out that her test results were "not good."
Semenya crossed the 800-meter finish line a full minute before her competitors. Her time, coupled with her supposed virile looks, prompted championship officials to order a gender test.
Although he’s having one hell of a week getting bashed by what seems to be everyone in the mainstream media – since calling out MTV during Taylor Swift’s award acceptance speech, Kanye West may have a better shot at love from the black community.
BET just announced that he has garnered nine nominations for ‘The BET Hip Hop Awards ’09.’
The Def Jam Records rap superstar leads the pack of nominees, which also includes Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, T-Pain, T.I., Fabolous and Drake.
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Although many Americans have seen and heard the insane debate over healthcare, almost no one understands what’s going on. This is doubly true for the African American community, who is affected greatly by this debate and its outcomes. Most black bloggers aren’t talking about it and black doctors are too busy to inform the community.
Michael Baisden got with Dr. Elaina George, a prominent black physician in the Atlanta area, to break down the public option, healthcare and all related issues in the interview below.During the interview, Dr. George and Baisden answer some important questions:
Kanye went onto Leno last night apologizing for what he did to Taylor Swift during the VMAs. He said that he wanted to apologize to her face to face, but Taylor says he hasn’t reached out.
Kanye, you gotta fix your image. Click to watch the video