why is it that Dreamgirls is playing in so few theaters around the country? It's not playing at all in my home county nor in the county where I reside now. I had to drive 40 minutes away to see it. And maybe, just maybe, it only made $9 million because it was sold out everywhere. Maybe if it was in more theaters, then more people would have gone to see it!
this year's holiday movies were the best! I am so impressed with The Pursuit of Happyness and Dreamgirls that I am going to pay to see them both again. OK, well - maybe not - but I am going to buy them once they're on DVD. Will and Jaden Smith did an awesome job with this drama. I am really impressed that he was able to do a movie without being silly. I am now convinced that this man is a true actor. He was able to take the story of a man who was a part of the working poor and make it appeal to an audience that crosses all racial and economic barriers. The movie was just good from start to finish. And Dreamgirls ... oh ... my ... Gawd!!! If Jennifer Hudson does not receive any awards for her portrayal of Effie White, I will personally launch a petition that keeps every single awards show from being aired on any television station for the rest of my life! That girl is fierce!!! I don't understand why Beyonce is getting all the acclaim for her role as Dena Jones. She was good, I am not disputing that, but she's had a few crappy movies to prepare for it. I digress. Anyway, I disagree that Jennifer Hudson stole the movie because it implies that someone else had it first. No one in Hollywood, not even Robi Reed, could have cast this movie better than that. The acting was not terrible and the music was OFF THE CHAIN!!!. Honestly, I was prepared to be let down because of the star power behind this movie. Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Anika Noni Rose, Danny Glover, Dawnn Lewis, Jaleel White (Urkel) and a host of other stars, past and present, had roles both small and large in this movie. Every other movie that has a lot of stars in it is usually a let down. Case in point, Kingdom Come, what were they thinking? If you can get through the first 15 minutes of the movie without picturing Eddie Murphy singing "Party All the Time," you will love it. That is of course if you understand that you are going to see a musical. Keep in mind that a musical means there will be music throughout the film. Of course I had to go to the ghetto showing of the film where some of my people had to question, out loud, why they keep singing in the movie. A little background, the movie Dreamgirls is based on a Broadway musical of the same name that starred Jennifer Holiday, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Loretta Devine. Devine also had a small cameo in the movie. Long story short, go see both movies - at regular price, not matinee - you will absolutely love them both and get your money's worth.
to you and yours. Since it is so close to the holidays, I wanted to give you guys one last post before I take to kitchen and the dinner table at home. I want to urge you guys to be safe and to be careful and to have a good time. With that said, of course, you know I have to speak on your girl Rosie, and I don't mean Perez. Rosie O'Donnell has found a new enemy in Donald "You're Fired" Trump. With yesterday's press conference that allowed a drunken and drug using, irresponsible person to continue to represent the country as Miss America, O'Donnell took it upon herself to talk about Trump and how he was not a "self-made" man and the two continue to trade insults today. I am just amazed at how far the immaturity is reaching over from the world of sports. Before you know it, competing insurance salesmen will be running around cities calling each other "doody heads," and telling each other that they have "cooties." Gatekeepers, editors and anyone else who determines what news we get first, STOP PUTTING THIS CRAP ABOVE THE FOLD and STOP MAKING IT YOUR TOP STORY!!! OK, I'm done with that now. Last but certainly not least, since I know a lot of you guys will be traveling, please remember to take your precious cargo, i.e. your children and grandchildren, through the regular metal detector when you fly. Some woman out in California "mistakenly" put her month-old grandchild through the airport x-ray machine. Maybe I'm going to hell, but I thought that was funny. Anyone who has ever flown knows that they have you doing so much stuff when you get up to the metal detectors that you just say screw it and put everything on the rollers. I'm sure they told her to put all her bags on the rollers so they could put them through the machine. And she did, baby and all. The baby was laying on top of the carry on luggage. LoL!!! That is just funny to me. That baby must have been sleeping so good, I mean not a "coo" or anything. Just please, before you get ready to walk through the medal detector, count your kids.
multi-million dollar man Allen Iverson has finally been traded. He's going to the mile-high city to join the Nuggets. Of course this comes after a staggering 15-game suspension for the Nuggets golden boy, Carmelo Anthony. Let's see how this works out. There are way too many egos involved here. T.O. got fined $35,000 for spitting on another player. Let me just say this, ugh, and secondly that is just childish. But then again, I guess he's just going along with recent events - the Knicks start fighting when they lose and Mike Vick flips people the bird. Please tell me I am not the only one who is tired of these spoiled athletes acting like children. That's the problem with these athletes, they have been spoiled for too long just because they can play a sport. I think it's time that these professional teams hire a team mama. That's right, a team mama. That way, when these guys start acting like fools, the team mama will come out of nowhere like a ninja with the biggest belt and/or switch you've ever seen in your life. There ain't nothing wrong with these guys that a good ole' country beatin' can't cure.
This time it was in New York. The Knicks against the Nuggets at the Garden. A little over a minute left, the Nuggets are up by 23 points. All of a sudden, Mardy Collins of the Knicks committed a flagrant foul because he didn't want to have another player to dunk on him. So he grabbed him in mid-jump and threw him to the hardwood. Since when do they tackle in basketball? This is simply a case of a sore loser. And while we're on the subject of losers, who is Mardy Collins and why is his name not spelled with a 'T'? How often do coaches tell their players to exercise good sportsmanship and good conduct? Whatever happened to taking one for the team? None of this would have escalated the way it did had Collins exercised good sportsmanship and the other guy, J.R. Smith, would have just walked away and cooled off. He could have simply taken his two shots and sat down somewhere. This is so sad. Sad and pitiful. These men are paid un-Godly amounts of money to play basketball - basketball people. Where are their mamas? I especially want to know where Carmelo Anthony's mama was. I am pretty sure she didn't teach him to hit people and run. That was a punk a-- move. I don't even think he threw a punch, I think he windmilled somebody and then ran. If you're gonna fight, be a man about it! At least Ron Artest ran to get the people who were trying to get him, this dude ran away. I don't know if he and LaLa from MTV are still together, but if they are, at least she knows now that he can't fight for her honor.
or should President Bush take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program and go lie horizontal on a psychiatrist's couch, preferably someone like Dr. Phil? The man is delusional. Even after yesterday's report, he thinks that we can win the war. The man has been quoted saying that our guys "will prevail." Somebody e-mail the president and let him know that we've already lost. Just yesterday, we lost 11 more troops. Which brings the grand total to about 2,919 since 2003. That does not even to begin to include the thousands who have been wounded physically and mentally. When will it end? But on a brighter note, the jackass has finally admitted that, "It's bad in Iraq." Well no s---, Sherlock. I don't know what is better, his hindsight or his ability to deflect questions. At a press conference, a reporter asked him when he'd start to make decisions on implementing the changes detailed in the report. He says that there are still studies being conducted. OK, it's my turn to e-mail the president now to tell him that things don't go so well when he studies. Look at how college turned out for him. And get this ya'll, now he's planned a 'major speech.' Everybody say it with me now, "So." The last thing we want to see is this imbecile on TV, interrupting "Ugly Betty" or "Grey's Anatomy" to tell us what we already know. "The war is bad and I don't know how to fix it." I am just tired folks. Tired. But hey, I have some good news. Mary J. Blige got nominated for eight Grammys this time around. I am so happy and proud for her. She deserves all the due she's getting this time around. And in crazy negro news, Eddie Murphy is denying that he is the father of Mel B.'s baby. For those of you who have a short musical attention span, Mel B., used to be Scary Spice, i.e. the only sista in the Spice Girls. The two dated for a hot minute and split a little over a month ago, shortly after Mel announced her pregnancy to the world. Now, I am hoping that Eddie didn't leave just because Mel is preggors, but somehow, I am not surprised. The man just got out of a 13-year marriage where he had five children and then he and the Spice Girl started dating. I am guessing that he didn't want to do the family thing so soon. But hey don't worry about him, he's dating Babyface's ex, Tracey Edmonds who has two kids of her own. Seeing as how Tracey and Eddie both just left marriages, she and her ex were also married for 13 years, I seriously doubt that they'd both be trying to rush into another family. I have a great idea, if Eddie would just use a condom, he wouldn't have to go that route again.
What is wrong with 50 Cent? Other than the fact that he can't open his mouth and talk to people. This fool is quoted in Elle magazine saying that Oprah has become one of the middle age white women her show is geared toward. He can't be serious. I guess he wants to get on her show to tell about how he got shot nine times and how well his music is doing and how great of an actor he is and how he hates every rapper that doesn't lick his behind. Oh and he's got a co-signer too in Ice Cube. Cube is talking about how she's had rapists and lying authors on the show and how he got slighted. They will probably take my colored card for this too, but I don't care and newsflash, neither does Oprah. That woman is richer than both of those guys combined and they will never ever, ever, ever have the impact that she has had on America. Now they might hold a small demographic of people for a couple of years, but this woman, this black woman has managed to influence multiple generations of women and gay guys for more than 20 years and will continue do so for as long as she wants to. How dare 50 Cent, Curtis Jackson, crack his lips to let anything seep out in an attempt to regulate what that woman puts on her show? You don't see anybody in the studio while he's writing the same song 50-11 times trying to tell him what to put in it. All this is a case of "why won't she let me be on her show?" He is just whining like little boys do. He needs to go somewhere and sit down and let somebody pry his jaw open. He must have a CD coming out or something. Every time he gets ready to put out a CD he has to attack whomever is in the media. The last time it was Kanye West, a past Oprah show guest, before that it was Game, before that it was Ja Rule and whomever else he wanted to declare war on. I want America to see him for what he is and that is a media whore. He will do anything to get media attention and my silly counterparts and gatekeepers are playing right into it. So take a bow Mr. Jackson, you have again succeeded in bringing attention to yourself for the sake of album sales. May all your work be downloaded and pirated.
Britney Spears is hanging out with Paris Hilton. But that ain't the bad part, these ladies have decided to take up pole dancing. OK, this must now stop. Ms. Spears is bordering on the crazy. Nobody hangs out with Paris Hilton, not even her pets. Ya'll remember when her dog ran away? What about when that monkey thing bit her? I think Britney is going to realize that it is something about Paris that even animals can't overlook, and they're animals. And in more sad and outrageous news involving our law enforcement, cops in Wilmington, N.C., shot and killed an 18-year-old over a freakin' PlayStation 3. You read right, a PS3. This is ridiculous - a video game people. First off, the kid was suspected of stealing two PS3s from UNCW students. The kid was a student at Cape Fear Community College. Now, the police were investigating this kid and another student and that led police to bust through the front door. Again, over a video game console. Whether these kids stole these PS3s is a moot point, the real issue is the fact that the consoles were considered property and I don't recall any police breaking down doors to recover stolen TVs, jewelry or PS2s. So why is this different? The Associated Press quoted the New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey saying, "If this boy would’ve come to the door, opened the door, we probably wouldn’t be talking." The man said that to the press. Again I say, over a d--- video game!!! Where is the justice in that? You stole video game consoles so we're going to shoot you? The kid's roommate was quoted saying that the kid was unarmed but may have had a video game controller in his hand. Now I'm not the most intelligent person in the world, but I am kinda smart and I am guessing that if we suspect this kid has stolen a PS3, the hottest console on the market, he is going to play with it. If it was suspected that he had a gun in his hand, why not follow protocol and tell him to drop the weapon - before you shoot. Just a suggestion. And to top it all off, they shot the kid's dog. Now what did the dog have to do with anything? He can't play the game because he ain't got no thumbs!!! He can't use the L3 or R3 controls. I am outdone. And I have to say something about Danny DeVito. Come on now, doesn't that little fella look like he can put away some drinks? I, for one, am not surprised he showed up at The View a lil' sauced. Since Star left I almost have to drink to watch the show, let alone be around those heifers. Come on, ya'll know it has become The Rosie O'Donnell Show with four sidekicks. I'm just saying, DeVito could have very well gone out with George Clooney the night before and gotten a little tipsy, but he had a good reason to go to the show drunk.
... or is Santa a pimp? For real, think about it. What kind of man do you know who wears a red velvet suit with fur around the collar and a matching hat? The only thing that kind of throws him off a little bit is his shoes are black. And, what kind of man could convince a small cadre of people to do all the work and he get all the credit? And what does he say when he's flying through the air? Ho, ho, ho. That's not a laugh, that's how he calls his chicks. He doesn't have a funny horn that plays La Cucaracha, he's got jingle bells. And where else do you think he gets all the money to buys all them doggone presents? That stuff is expensive I'll telling ya'll man, Santa is a pimp.
I am not one to rush time, but could 2008 please hurry and get here? Let's get somebody in the White House who will actually be able to do something besides get people killed. Ya'll's president told reporters that it is al-Qaeda who is responsible for all of the violence in Iraq. I guess it doesn't have anything to do with American troops being over there to boost his ego. And what is going on with NYPD? It seems like once a year some of these guys find a way to kill a minority without reason. And the sad thing is, it is spreading down south because Atlanta Police killed an elderly lady in her own home. I am disgusted. In case you haven't heard, NYPD managed to kill a 23-year-old man on his wedding day. The beat up part is one officer fired 31 rounds and 19 more came from other officers. Why in the world would an officer empty two magazines into one car? I guess the Diallo fiasco taught them nothing. This is precisely the reason that people do not respect the police. Granted all of them are not bad guys, but the ones who are do more to tarnish the badge than the good ones do to uphold it. I sincerely hope that the families of this slain man and woman get the justice they deserve and the officers at fault get the punishment they deserve.
... that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are finally married? I don't think so, but apparently my media counterparts do. Personally, I think we have bigger fish to fry. Like Michael Richards going on a tirade shouting out racial epithets at black people in the audience of a comedy club he played this weekend. There is footage at http://www.tmz.com/2006/11/20/kramers-racist-tirade-caught-on-tape/ of him getting upset at some hecklers. I guess now, his rep will issue a statement saying that he was drunk and Seinfeld and the fat hairy guy will go on Larry King and talk about a drinking problem that he's had forever and how he's not really a racist. I hope this incident will be used as a teaching tool for why WE should stop using the word. To be completely honest, I was more disgusted than I was offended. I am not going to go down that road again. In crazy negro news, what is up with O.J.? Is it not enough that he already beat the system. Even black folks are starting to look at him like, "now you're going too far." The new book is supposed to be a "fictitious" account of what happened. LoL!!! And he couldn't have come up with any other name except, "If I did it." He is really pushing it. "The Man" is not gonna keep letting him get away with this stuff. He got away, Michael Jackson got away, now that's enough. These black male celebrities had better watch out, if they so much as steal an ice cream sandwich, they are going to put them under the jail. Also in crazy negro news, two black kids down in Florida got arrested for posting a fight between two 6-year-olds on their MySpace pages. (I have closed my eyes and shaken my head.) OK, how many of us weren't made to fight our brothers and sisters or cousins around our age? None of us right? OK, so, was anybody videotaped and put on the Internet for all the world to see? No? I didn't think so. I know this ain't right, but it happens. We fight at home so we can learn to defend ourselves in the world. It ain't right, but it happens. The problem came in with these computer savvy, crazy a-- negroes who deemed it necessary to put it on the Internet. This is a clear-cut case of being arrested for stupidity. I am not even sure of the charge, but the two were booked and one of the fools was on TV smiling like he was supposed to escorted by the cops to a patrol car. I tell you people, I am worried. We seem to be getting dumber by the minute.
In semi-local news here in N.C., the good ol' church folks at the Baptist State Convention of NC voted to cut ties with any church that opens its doors to openly gay parishioners. Now there's a church group who's doing the Lord's work. That'll really bring in the sinners. (I hope you got my sarcasm.) I thought the idea behind church is to bring in those folks who are not in right relationship with Christ. This whole policy and everyone who voted for it has excluded people from the Lord's house. The problem behind that is the people at that conference are not in a position to exclude anyone or to leave them out. Church folk are so busy getting caught up in the politics of religion that they have eliminated the message of Christianity. As far as I am concerned, I believe that Christ himself would not be eliminating anyone from His home or His kingdom. All of these people have taken the Bible and twisted and taken parts that fit their own personal agendas. If they would stop and realize what they are doing and read ALL of the word. None of us are supposed to sit in judgement of each other because that is not our place. You know, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw things. Each and everyone of those people who voted for this anti-gay policy in the church did so to turn attention away from themselves. Like one sin somehow outweighs another. A word to the wise, a person who lies and a person who kills will burn in the same Hell if they don't confess and give their life to Christ. OK, I'll get down off my soap box now. Oh, before I forget, Bill Gates says that the U.S. education system needs work. Really? I hadn't noticed. I want to know how well folks expected the education system to be if the legislators keep taking money from it to put into the defense fund for a war that we shouldn't be fighting anyway. Dang, I'm up here again.
But ya'll know work has got a chick stretched out like the dog on the Greyhound bus. Anyway, events in the last week have almost left me speechless - almost. First and foremost, my deepest condolences to the families of Ed Bradley and Gerald Levert. These are two guys from two different places who had huge impacts in the world and they will be sorely missed. With that said, what's wrong with Kevin Federline (or K-Fed or my personal fave Fed-Ex)? That fool is trying to get sole custody of those kids. Poor children, they would be going from bad to worse. At least if they stay with their mom they'll get fed everyday. I'm not saying that Fed-Ex won't feed them, I'm saying that he can't feed them. There aren't too many people hiring for background dancers. Times are tough, everybody's downsizing. With the way the economy is going, I wouldn't be surprised if record companies stop signing artists who can't dance. Let's be honest, being married to the crown princess of white trash is what got him his record deal in the first place. It's not like he's been to hell and back and can write raps that people can relate to. The only people K-Fed can relate to are those spoiled white kids whose parents stopped their allowances. And last, not sure whether or not least, who in the name of all that is holy is Borat? This fool has been all over the news in the last two weeks and I have yet to see the movie. I'm not sure if I want to. A few people are attempting to sue the actor and the studio because they were videotaped while they were drunk and they feel that they were misrepresented. Yea right Pal! Since when do drunk people do stuff they don't mean? I've been drunk quite a few times and not once have I ever done something that I wouldn't consider doing sober. The difference between the two is, alcohol gives you courage. Odds are you said drunk, the way you actually feel sober. The saying around where I'm from is, "a drunk mouth speaks a sober heart."That's why people are so pissed at Mel Gibson. People are using the whole "I was drunk" defense way too much. They are giving alcohol a bad name and I'm tired of it!
Well, not really, nobody got hurt, physically, but the republicans did get their egos hurt. In case you live under a rock, democrats have risen to the occasion and now control the house for the U.S. Congress. Half the battle is already won now let's see if we can get them to do something worthwhile. To their defense, they already got the not-so-Honorable Mr. Rumsfeld to resign. I hope impeachment is next. Let's be honest, Clinton got impeached for far less than what Bush has been up to. In entertainment news, one of the hottest comedians in the country right now, Katt Williams was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen firearm. And get this, he tried to get it through airport security in his carry on luggage. I gotta ask what he was thinking. Jawn Murray was on the TJMS this morning and said that Williams could possibly be trying to gain some street cred because he is the host of the BET "Hip Hop" Awards. And, this dude is trying to be a rapper. Don't believe me? Go to his Web site, www.kattwilliams.com and listen to the track playing when it pops up. It's Katt and Cam'ron. Katt is a Diplomat now. Hmmmmmm. I shouldn't even touch this, but I will. What went off in this negro's head to say, "Hey, I am going to get a felony gun charge to gain street credibility so that people will buy my album and accept me in the "hip hop" community. I know they are used to seeing me be silly, but I think I proved that I can rap while I was on Wild N' Out." I just hate it for him when he gets locked up. I don't know for sure, but I don't think petite men with relaxed hair do too well in prison. Britney Spears is now a free woman, she is divorcing her husband and I am not exactly surprised. I just hope homegirl was smart enough to chant the ever so famous, "We want prenup, we want prenup ..." She has to be the poster child of why you don't marry the help. This had to be the most shiftless dude to ever play second fiddle to a female superstar. At least Bobby tried to work, nobody wanted him to. I just want somebody to find out which McDonald's Shar Jackson is working for so they can get a comment and find out what she's going to do for child support now. OK, that was wrong, but c'mon folks, ya'll know she had to get a regular job.
Apparently so, because another republican has been outed. I love it, I absolutely, positively love it when bigoted hypocrites are brought to light. The newest one happens to be the Right Rev. Ted Haggard. I don't know how right he is, but this dude is a preacher in Denver with a big ol' congregation, telling all his folks to oppose gay marriage and I'm sure telling them how wrong it is to be gay. A male prostitute has come forward saying that he was paid $200 a month for the past three years in exchange for sexual favors with the Right Reverend and he saw him sniff meth. Anybody else find this hilarious? So, later this afternoon, the Rever-rend admitted that he solicited a "massage" from this prostitute and to add some more fuel to the fire, the dude has admitted to buying meth (or crank or ice), but he said that he didn't use it. He was tempted, but he didn't do it. Sound familiar anyone? At least Billy Boy admitted being a pothead, this guy won't even admit that he used. A massage? He couldn't have come up with anything better than that? Prayer meeting? Bible study? Outreach? Anything other than a massage. Talk about laying hands on a wayward soul (thanks Wendy). I bet those hands had some oil on 'em too, and it wasn't exactly anointed either. Anyway, while I'm glad he's been exposed, but let's put the cameras and the reporters back on actual stories. How many soldiers died in Iraq in the last month? Shoot, how many died this month? Are we any closer to finding Bin? I say fuhget Haggard, let's expose the real hypocrites, like Bush and 'nem. C'mon ya'll, if we don't buy it, they won't sell it. Think about it!
November One means only one thing, the beginning of basketball season. I love this game. I love football and everything, but a girl can only take so many crazy T.O. and concussion stories. It's time for crazy basketball player and technical foul stories. And what better way to begin than the Miami Heat getting blown out by the Chicago Bulls. Technically it was last night but it is still a mess. I don't know what the freak was going through the minds of the Heat's players when they were taking those crazy shots all willy nilly. Now I know the Heat players were all excited about getting their rings and everything but they should have focused at least a little bit on the game. And what's up with those D. Wade Converse commercials? Could they have made him look any darker or shinier? Look at his lips in that commercial, he looks like he's been eating fried chicken and biscuits with a whole lot of butter on 'em. And ya'll, I must address this with all jokes aside. Who in their right minds invented this NiggaSpace Web site? That has to be the most offensive Web site I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot of Web sites. I have visited this site and apparently it is supposed to function like MySpace. But this is no space anyone should want to be a part of. Rumor has it that this site is the brain child of some rich white folks and it is supposed to show how the word nigger/nigga has become a term of endearment. Speaking as a black person who knows the origin of the word, it doesn't seem very endearing. It is offensive and I, for one, am offended. For those of you who think that the word nigger means ignorant, let me give you a little history lesson laced with some linguistics. The word nigger is derived from the Latin word nigre which means black. Some where around the 1700s, some southern slave owner got a hold of the word and butchered it and it derived into the racial slur that it is. Doesn't seem very endearing does it? Don't believe me, look it up. With that said, I can not stand the word, I detest it and I don't want anyone to use it in my presence. I think it is high time that we stop using it in our music, in our speech and anywhere else. It is flat out inappropriate and I'm sick of it.
So Madonna was on Oprah yesterday and I am trying to figure out where she got an English accent. That chick is from Bay City, Mich. That's in America. I guess she bought her accent at the same place as Tina Turner. Anyway, she told Oprah that her new baby's daddy understood everything before he signed the papers to allow Madonna to adopt his child. I believe that, I think that someone informed him of how rich Madonna is and that he may be able to get some money out of this and THAT AIN'T RIGHT!!! I guess the thing that kind of bothers me is that the child was not with his father in the first place and now he is trying to hinder someone from adopting him now. That is selfish and I can not believe that he, as a father, would do something like that. I think maybe he wanted Madonna and Guy to adopt him. Naomi Campbell was arrested for assault on her drug counselor. Aren't people who are getting off drugs violent? Shouldn't this lady have been prepared for the occasional belligerent outburst? I'll bet Whitney's counselors got their eyes dotted a few times and we didn't hear anything about her getting arrested. And I have to say something about that Rush Limbaugh. Now, everybody who has a YouTube account has seen the Michael J. Fox commercial and has seen that poor man twitching and rocking like he has tourettes. A normal person would have looked at the ad and felt empathy or sympathy. This so and so looked at the ad and said the man was acting or he was off his medication. Now if anybody knows what people act like who are OFF their meds, it is good ol' Rush. How long has he been off his meds? It was about three years ago when he finally admitted that he was on that stuff (oxycontin). I still think he's on something, but I haven't figured it out yet. When I do, you'll be the first to know.
I had a long, fun-filled weekend but of course, that does not mean that yours truly was out of the loop. It seems that the more I try to stay away from news, the more it tries to find me. Now, nothing of newsworthiness happened to or around me while I was on the wonderful campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. But, as I have stated to so many others, people are just crazy. A report surfaced today about an armed mad dad in Philly who pulled a gun on his child's football coach because he was not getting enough playing time. This man has to be nuts. This was a game for 6- and 7-year-olds, it was not the freakin' Super Bowl. From what I understand in Pee Wee or Pop Warner football, the coaches play everybody on the team. Practices such as these build character and self-esteem. But this fool had to go 'gangsta' and pull a gun on the coach. I thought Philly was supposed to be the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. I AM NOT seeing the love there folks. I don't know why I'm telling you guys this, but the first thing that came to my mind is, "Lord, please don't let this be a negro." I'm not saying that it was right, but the sniper thing threw everybody off. And speaking of crazy negroes Wesley Snipes is not rushing to get back to America just because there's a warrant for his arrest. News flash people!!!! Black men don't go TO warrants, they go AWAY from them. DUH!!! According to reports, he's planning to stay until he finishes the horror movie he's working on. Yea right, there is no extradition agreement between Namibia and the U.S., so he can stay as long as he likes and nobody is going to touch him to take him back to America. And to me, that sucks. He committed a crime and he should pay for it, in a regular prison. They should send his butt to Riker's Island and we'll all find out if he's Undisputed. Former Enron CEO Skilling got 24 years in prison for the 2001 scandal. And guess what Tarheels, he's coming to N.C. Yep, he'll be at Butner. I think they should send him to Central Prison and throw him in lock up with the other criminals because he is a thief just like some of them are thieves. The difference is they may have stolen items, Enron execs stole people's lives and hope. It has been reported that Skilling and his counterparts helped to dissolve more than $60 billion in Enron stock, $2 billion in pension plans and thousands of jobs. His real punishment ought to be getting locked in a room with about four big ole' burly men who spent the majority of lives working for Enron or one of their subsidiaries who were about a year or two away from retirement. That would be all the punishment he needed. I tell you what would be janky - if he just up and died like Ken Lay did. I'm not wishing that on anyone, I'm just saying that it would be convenient, that's all. And last and certainly not least, Madonna is heading to Oprah to tell her side of the adoption 'scandal.' What scandal? The Malawian kid's father is thinking of reversing the adoption and now people in Malawi feel like special privileges were given to Madonna to get this kid more quickly. Well duh. That's what money does for you, it makes things move a lot faster. Now, she's going on Oprah, to discuss what I don't know, but I hope my girl asks her flat out why she didn't adopt an American black kid and see what she says. But then again, she probably already has an answer for that too.
Wesley Snipes. Lord, Wesley Snipes. They found this negro in Africa and somebody had a good eye too. At any rate, I think he should sue whoever in the freak told him that he could get away with not paying his taxes. This is America people. Uncle Sam is going to get his cut no matter what happens. They allow celebrities and other folks with money to pay later because in theory, they will have the money. And the rest of us, they just take it up front because they KNOW we don't have it. And in news from around the world, a prisoner in Australia took a bunch of laxatives so that he could lose enough weight to squeeze through a hole in a prison wall. The man spent three days on the run from police before he was caught. I'm still laughing at this because I'm wondering how far he got if he had to stop every few minutes to find a bathroom. I guess this is a situation where everything didn't come out alright. LOL!!! OK, I'm alright now. There was a story on CNN about happy kids not being good at math and kids who are good at math are not happy. They had a poll and everything asking parents if they preferred their kids to be happy or good at math. This is so wrong on so many different levels. What parent doesn't want their kid to be happy and what parent doesn't want their kid to be good in math? The real story they should explore is why kids who are good in math are unhappy. I have the answer, there is no more exploration needed. Those kids are unhappy because they just sat through two hours of trying to do one algebra problem and they have missed Rap City and part of 106th and Park and they have a headache. The kids who aren't good at math are happy because they did not burst a brain vessel trying to figure out why x=-3.
This has been an eventful week and it's only Wednesday! First off, I would like to congratulate VH1 on the Hip Hop Honors show last night. Now, to all the people I may have offended with my BET post, watch the VH1 replay and you will see what I'm talking about when I say real hip hop. That show was good from start to fin. Even the Beastie Boys, who I really wasn't into, were pretty good - it brought back a few memories from when my brothers kept shoving the music in my sister's and my faces. Thanks fellas! Secondly, what is up with Mike Tyson? The man told the press that he was "very serious" about stepping into the ring with a female boxer. (I have my head turned, looking out of the corner of my eye with my lips turned.) That's ludicrous I think the original question was whether or not he would fight a woman. The first thing that came to my mind is, "hasn't he done that already?" Isn't fighting women one of the main reasons his first wife left him? (That's what she said.) I am a fan of boxing and I love to see a good fight, but I just don't hardly think you can get a good male/female fight unless they are in a relationship and somebody has spent the light bill money. But, if Ann Wolfe, or any other woman is crazy enough to get in the ring with Mikey, at least now we know she'll fight back. Oh yea, and good news for about 10,000 central African refugees. It seems that America has decided to take them in after some of them have been in Tanzanian camps since 1972. I'm sure that those refugees are all sitting around saying, "whoooo hooooooo!!! A full 34 years after I need you, you just drop in and help. Well thank you America." The new "visitors," because I'm sure they plan to kick them out after a few years, are natives of Burundi. Just a little bit of background, the country is in Central Africa and has been going through civil war since getting independence from Belgium. Now, I say that to say, I wonder what the ulterior motive is for bringing in "new" black people to America. America barely cares about the black folks we have now and they went to get new ones? Who knows, this could be some sort of trade. Basketball season is near. I think we should be on the look out for Manute Bol-like ball players. Lookout, I think somebody's up to something.
Not hardly. Football players being football players is what I say. It seems that everybody is talking about last weekend's game between Miami and Florida International. Maybe I'm a lil' delayed, but, I don't see why everybody is so upset. Football is a brutal sport. It is meant to hurt. This is one of the only sports besides boxing where the athlete is rewarded for either giving or taking a "good hit." From what I understand, the fight started after a Miami player pointed to the Florida International bench after scoring a touchdown. The score was 35-zip, you think Miami is not going to be talking junk and making fun of the losing team? Please. I don't know a man who doesn't gloat when he's winning. This is simply a case of a sore loser. I mean did Florida International really expect to win? I sure hope not. Miami is a Division I university in a tough conference that has the power to recruit the best players from around the country. They could have played their third string and still won the game. I do believe in miracles and I know that anything is possible, but Saturday wasn't Christmas and the Orange Bowl is not on 34th Street, I don't think. The point is, the coaches and athletic directors should be the ones on the chopping block for setting up this David and Goliath style game. Any time colleges are that close together, there will always be some sort of rivalry where one school will think they are better than the other. While I have not been in the atmosphere at either school, I am willing to bet my Homecoming money that Miami treated Florida International like a red-headed step-child. That sort of conflict is going to breed some bitterness. Add to that a little testosterone and a few blows to the head at warp speed and you've got a bunch of belligerent guys who want to make somebody hurt. And that is not unacceptable, that's good football.
I have to be getting old or mature or something. Yesterday, the nominees for the first BET Hip Hop Awards were announced in Atlanta and I am/was so not excited. Am I the only person who sees a problem here? Why is it necessary for BET to create another awards show? Are the BET Awards and that God-awful comedy awards show not enough? I thought Reginald Hudlin and Stephen Hill were supposed to be making improvements. I wonder what that pitch meeting was like. "I think we should create an awards show just for hip hop. I know we already have the Source Awards and the Vibe Awards, but we should do something because we're BET!" To have been a fly on the wall. I would pay them $1 million in $25 installments just to have said, "WRONG ANSWER!!!" I can't even imagine Debra Lee sitting through two hours of iced out grillz and rented platinum and enjoying it. But we all know she will be sitting there in her Versace gown with that pasted smile on her face and trying to use slang when she addresses the audience. And what will be the categories? Worst acting by a rapper? Cutest video ho? How about best grill? Spare me, please. I wish somebody would have the courage and the gall to snatch up Bob Johnson and take him to a TV and turn on BET. Not only make him watch it, but smash his face in it (think the old school way of house breaking a dog), and say, look what you did!!! Bad Bob, Bad Bob!!! The real problem I have with it is that they are billing it the "Hip Hop Awards." Ask yourself, does hip hop exist anymore? I personally think that there are very few artist who can still consider themselves hip hop artists. Think about it. When hip hop was originated, it had a message, it was the voice of suffering people in the inner cities. Think Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five here. Then it evolved into being fun. It was about having a good time. This is where you insert Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick. Now, critics and consumers alike are using the term loosely and interchangeably with manufactured rap artists. Think that G-Unit and all those 'Young' people, Joc and Dro and all of 'em. This stuff ain't fun and it ain't got a message. What it is, is manufactured, dry shells of what used to be good music. When I hear hip hop being used to describe today's music, I get so irritated because this mess these kids are listening to today is not hip hop. I haven't named it yet, but I will. You know I will.
Wow is all I have to say about U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays comments about Freaky Foley. In case you haven't heard, Shays, most definitely a Republican, basically said 'nobody died' in this scandal. And apparently, he's serious. If this does not motivate folks to get out and vote, I don't know what will. What I am trying to figure out is why Shays deemed it necessary to recall an incident that is nearly 30 years old to take up for his counterparts. Guess what man, this has nothing to do with what happened in 1969. It is 2006 and your boy is still a pedophile. I guess in the eyes of Shays and all of his counterparts covering up for Foley, it's OK because no one was hurt. I say, bull crap. Who says no one has been hurt? What about the kids who were on the receiving end of those e-mails and IMs? I say they lock the freak and his buddies in a room with these kids parents and see what happens. I'll bet somebody will be hurt then. And why do we care that Madonna has adopted a Malawian kid? Every time I turn around, some celebrity is adopting some underprivileged, foreign kid. I certainly don't have anything against adoption, but what's the matter with the underprivileged American kids? I think that foreign orphans are the new fashion accessory for celebrities. I think it is high time somebody in the foster care/adoption system speaks out about this. I am pretty sure some of the kids caught up in the system would appreciate having wealthy parents. And before I go, I have to say something about that bug-eyed "Runaway Bride." That heifer should have just kept running. Someone please explain to me why this chick has the man she jilted in court. And she's suing for a gold couch? Who buys a gold couch? The judge should laugh her up out of the courtroom for that reason alone. Other stuff listed in the suit is a new vacuum cleaner, a ladder and wedding shower gifts that she shouldn't have kept anyway. This is the most frivolous law suit ever. If you ask me, everybody who gave them wedding shower gifts should be in the courtroom after that stuff is divided to sue for their toasters and towels and whatever else people give for wedding showers.
It's been a minute but don't think it is because I ran out of opinions. First off, let’s go ahead and get the obvious stuff out of the way. For the lack of a better term, what the freak is up with T.O.? I mean really, the man has a $25 million contract and all of a sudden he wants to commit suicide, write children's books and drop everything he's thrown all in the same week? Come on man! Now, I'm a T.O. fan, always have been, but dude, it's time for you to stop playing, get to the business of catching the football and get you some Jesus! But not in that order. And while we're discussing this, why is he making $25 million to catch a freakin' football anyway? Can we please stop throwing money at these spoiled athletes and start throwing money at our teachers and military personnel!!! I mean really. Secondly, what is going on in Washington? D.C., I mean. What is up with Freaky Foley? Are you trying to tell me that there were not enough gay guys in D.C. for him to get with that he had to start making passes at pages? I don't buy it. The last time I checked, D.C. was one of the gayest cities in America and I'm sure it hasn't changed since the last Capital Pride in June. From what my sources (my gay friends) tell me, D.C. is still as gay as it ever was. So I am trying to find out why it is Foley had a hard time getting some. Honestly, I think he is calling himself a gay drunk so that he doesn't have to face the fact that he is a drunken, disgusting pedophile. I know plenty of gay guys, and most of them drink, but that has never led a single one to the playground to pick up dates. But I digress. Anyway, I hope everyone realizes that this whole Foley thing is a WMD (weapon of mass distraction) from what is really going on in the Middle East. While we're over here talking about Freaky Foley, somebody's son or daughter is over there dying for nothing more than Bush's ego. That is the main reason that the N. Korean president decided to launch these nuclear weapons underground. Mr. Kim has crossed the proverbial line in the sand and now it is up to Hang 'Em High Bush to push him back. I tell you people, I am afraid. Not of the nuclear weapons, afraid of how far Bush is going to take this. I hope ya'll realize that he doesn't have to leave the White House just because his term is up in 2008. That jackass can declare war in any of the countries that hate us and be there forever. Jesus keep me near the cross!
Well I guess it's official, it seems that Whitney Houston has finally come to her senses and is divorcing her husband, at least that's what the Associated Press is reporting. I have read the 12-steps that addicts follow when they are ready to rid themselves of their addiction and I would say that Ms. Houston's file for divorce may be what she needs to come out of her addiction. I find it to be amusing that the singer has just now realized that she can do and had done better without her husband. Hopefully she and he will come out of this on top and making some decent music because Lord knows we're in need.
What's up people? I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everybody to my little corner of cyber space. Just to let you guys in on a little bit of information about me, I am a 24-year-old black woman trying to find my place in the world, much like my counterparts. But there is a difference between me and them. What, you may ask. I'll make a deal with you, when I find out, you'll be the first to know! :-) Until then, sit back, relax and enjoy the world through my eyes and who knows, maybe you too will come away with a difference of opinion.