Thursday, January 31, 2013
Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama's recent inauguration, was shot and killed in Chicago as she talked with her friends. Witnesses say she and her friends were in a park when suddenly a man opened fire on the group, and Hadiya was shot in the back as she tried to escape. Witnesses believe she was mistaken for the wrong person.
24-year old singer Rihanna graces the cover of the March 2013 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, and inside she tells why she reunited with boyfriend Chris Brown. The couple's public reconciliation comes after about four years since Brown assaulted Rihanna. "He made a mistake, and he's paid his dues," the pop icon says. "He's paid so much. And I know that's not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing."
She continues, "I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of it. Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. He doesn't have the luxury of f-ing up again. That's just not an option."
"We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that," she adds.
What do you think?
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A Chicago mom just recently lost the last of her four children, and sadly, all four of them died from gun violence in the city. Gun violence has been a constant problem in the city; Just last year alone, there were more than 500 fatal homicides.
But this has been an ongoing issue for this family for the past 15 years. One of her sons was shot and killed in 1995 at the age of 18, and another (her daughter) was shot and killed in the year 2000 at the age of 15. Three months later that same year, her 23-year old son was shot and killed, and the last one, 33-year-old Ronnie Chambers, was shot and killed just last week while sitting in a van in the city's West Side. So far, no suspects have been arrested in his death.
Ironically, their mother did an interview with the Chicago Tribune in the year 2000, and she was quoted as saying that she was "afraid that [the killing] won’t stop until he’s [Chambers] gone too."
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Nine Black contestants (all males) from different seasons are joining together to sue Fox's American Idol for what they are calling a racist plot that forced them out of the show. They claim the plot aimed to boost ratings for the network, and their attorney, James H. Freeman, has already submitted a letter to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In his letter, Freeman, claims that the “scheme” starts at an early stage of the show when producers ask contestants if they have ever been arrested. He says that such questioning is a violation of California employment law because the contestants are technically applying for “employment”. Freeman also says that the questioning along with arrest records acquired by private investigators were used to humiliate the black contestants on national TV, and to create “destructive stereotypes” about black people.
What do you think? Do they have a legit case? Or are they just being sore losers?
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
After celebrating his second inauguration while millions watched on television, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama danced the night away at two inaugural balls, as more than 30,000 people watched on.
The President, dressed in a black tuxedo and a white tie, and The First Lady, dressed in a beautiful custom-made, ruby-red dress designed by Jason Wu, first attended the Commander in Chief's Ball, where they danced to Jennifer Hudson's performance of Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together." Next, they went to the Inaugural Ball and danced again to "Let's Stay Together".
Other acts included Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, John Legend, Katy Perry, Marc Anthony, Nick Cannon, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Usher and more. During Alicia Keys' performance, she changed the lyrics of her hit song "Girl on Fire" to "Obama's on Fire."
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
On the morning of her husband's second inauguration, women all over the world couldn't help talking about First Lady Michelle Obama's attire, specifically her coat and dress. She wore a navy blue Thom Browne coat and dress, and the fabric for her attire was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie. The belt she wore was from J.Crew, and her earrings were designed by Cathy Waterman. She is also wearing J.Crew shoes.
Daughters Malia and Sasha were both clad in coats in shades of purple, violet and plum with complementary tights, gloves and flats. And what was the President himself wearing? No one seems to really care.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Bishop Larry D. Trotter Creates Controversy Over Picture Of Him Taking A Bath With His 4-Year Old Granddaughter
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
90's rap group Kris Kross, discovered and produced by Jermaine Dupri, made a rare appearance recently at the So So Def Anniversary 20th Anniversary press conference in Atlanta. Although they have not recorded since their 1996 album Young, Rich & Dangerous, Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith are planning to return to the spotlight for a special So So Def All-Star Anniversary Concert on February 23 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The concert will be preceded by a private VIP dinner, a star-studded anniversary party, and a pre-concert reception. In addition, a 20-song compilation CD called "Best of So So Def" is set to be released in June 2013.
Former CNN news anchor TJ Holmes and his lawyer wife Marilee recently welcomed a baby girl that they have named Sabine Holmes. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and is the first child for the couple. The family lives in Atlanta where Holmes normally films at the CNN headquarters. Holmes also flies back and forth to New York city to tape his "Don’t Sleep" - his one-hour weekly show on BET.
Originally from West Memphis, Arkansas, Holmes first gained national prominence as an anchor and correspondent for CNN. After 5 years at the network, he left CNN at the end of 2011 and signed a multi-platform talent deal with BET Networks.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
A 5-year-old boy was turned away from Roberts Road Elementary School in Hockley, Texas. because school officials say his hair is too long. His mom, Ursula Martin, said that when she tried to enroll her son, she was told that her son's hair needed to be cut first. Apparently, the school’s dress code does not allow for a boy’s hair to go beyond a shirt collar. Martin contends that her son’s hair is a religious statement.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In February 2010, Laverne Wilkinson of Brooklyn, New York, felt chest pains and thought she was having a heart attack. So she went to see a doctor at Kings County Hospital. But despite her X-ray showing a suspicious nodule in her lung, she was told to go home and take pain medication. Now, she has Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her liver, spine and brain.