Thursday, September 30, 2010

Breaking News - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to Resign on Friday

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to step down tomorrow, and the resignation is expected to be announced by President Barak Obama at a press conference at 11:05 EST.

Emanuel is a longtime friend and supporter of Obama, but has caught a lot of flack because of his caustic nature and snappy way of talking to people. At a closed-door meeting in the White House with liberal activists, he called them "fucking retarded" for planning to run TV ads attacking conservative Democrats who didn't support Obama's health-care overhaul. You want feely-feely? You don't want Emanuel.

But that's not why Rahm is going on his merrily away . . .

As soon as Chicago Mayor Richard Daly III announced he wouldn't be running for re-election, Emanuel has been making google eyes at that position.

It's a known fact that Emanuel -- who had to resign his seat in the U. S. Senate representing the 5th Seat in Illinois -- was reluctanct to taking the White House Chief of Staff position was that he would have to leave his beloved Chicago.

Still no one can deny that Emanuel has done his job effectively, and has become known as one of the most effective White House Chief of Staff's in a decade. He will definitely be missed.

There's still speculation as to who will take Emanuel's place permanently, but it seems that White House Senior Adivsor, Peter Rouse will hold the position until a permanent Chief of Staff can be named.

Rouse was an advisor to former senator Tom Dachle, but when Daschle lost his relection bid, Rouse joined Obama's camp in 2004.

The highly anticipated music video -- Eminen's "No Love - featuring Lil Wayne" will air on MTV tonight.

Yep! Specifically at 7:56 p.m. according to the MTV folks.

The video comes off of Slim Shady's double platinum album Recovery, and it was reported that Enimen started a chant of "Free Little Wayne," at his jam-packed concert in California this past Saturday.

Lil Wayne, you all know, course -- was sentenced to a year in March behind bars at Riker's Island in New York City after pleading guilty in October on gun charges. I mean, you know, leaving a glock 40 on your tour bus where police can find it can do that you.

Lil Weezy's own album "I Am Not A Human Being" dropped earlier this week.

Reportedly Eminen was trying to hold Weezy down, starting chants of "Free Little Wayne" at a concert he did in California this weekend.

So for those of you wanting to drop him Lil Wayne -- aka Dwayne Carter -- a quick note to let him know you miss him, or how much you like the video or album, you can just go ahead and write him Ricker's Island, his inmate number is 02616544L.

See that, folks? I do what I can!

Is It Okay For Us To Like (Love) Michael Vick Yet?

Is It Okay for Us to Like (Love?) Michael Vick Yet?

The Philadelphia Eagles won this Sunday! And they won last Sunday, too! And no one can doubt it's because of Michael Vick! There's even talk about him being named Offensive Player of the Month!!!!

Should I be bothered by the fact I'm now cheering for a man who was convicted for animal cruelty?

As a diehard Philadelphia fan, I unabashedly, and emphatically, answer NO!

As an animal lover, and supporter of PETA, I timidly add . . . “I hope that’s okay.”

Oh gosh, I was so horrified in 2007 when I heard the news; Atlanta Falcons Quarterback, Michael Vick was implicated in a dog fighting ring. And then the news that he not only financed the “Bad Newz Kennels,” but he himself had killed dogs that under performed in the dogfights. I was outraged.

PETA – the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals – went crazy, and I went crazy right along with them. I love all animals, and have had pet dogs – including pitbulls -- most of my life. I sincerely believed that Vick needed to be ousted from the NFL and sent to prison. And he was.

In addition the Falcons made it clear that they wanted nothing more to do with Vick, and said they wanted back $20 million of the $37 million signing bonus they’d given him for his 2004 contract. He lost all of his endorsements, and he had to file for bankruptcy in July 2008 while still in prison. Hmph! I didn’t feel the slightest bit sorry for him.

But when he was released in from prison in 2009 – after serving 23 months at Leavenworth – animal rights activists were still up in arms, saying that NFL Commission Roger Goodell should ban Vick from the NFL for life, I was like . . . “What?”

Okay, as I said, I’m an animal lover, and truly believe that what Vick did was wrong, but I just can’t bring myself to believe that he should be made to suffer for the rest of his life for his indiscretion – as horrific as it might be.

The man admitted his guilt, served his time, and pledged to make substantial donations to animal rights organizations. After his release he voluntarily took a one-day PETA course, Developing Empathy for Animals, and also volunteered to do a public service announcement discussing how wrong it was to participate in dog fighting.

Don’t we send people to prison not only for punishment, but also for rehabilitation? And while it’s been shown that certain criminals – like rapists and pedophiles – have a high rate of recidivism, I’ve never seen a study that says the same for convicted dog fighters.

Yet, when the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a one-year $1.6 million contract in August 2009 – with an option of second year at $5 million – animal activists urged Eagles fans to boycott the games, and threatened to hold protest rallies outside the stadium.

For his part Michael Vick took every opportunity to publicly apologize for his behavior, saying in a 60 Minutes interview that he was sorry for what he’d done, and writing on his personal blog:
We must stop dog fighting, and I will do everything in my power to be a voice of someone who has finally woken up from the numbness, and knows just how bad it really is. My mission now is to be a source of service to save many animals.
I am working very closely with The Humane Society and will be launching a new campaign shortly. If I had one hope in life, it would be that my actions will speak louder than my words.

I myself believe him. I’ve forgiven him. And I’m certainly happy that he’s now the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and is 2-0 in the games he’s started.

And then the NFL season started!!!!!

Kevin Kolb got a concussion in the first game of the season and left the game with us losing 27-10 against Green Bay; Michael came in an got us 20 more points, but it was too little, too late . . . we lost the first game of the season. But what I saw of Vick, I really liked. I kinda started liking Vick.

The Vick started the next game against the Tigers, got the Eagles their first victory of the season. Yeah, I was really liking him.

Then Vick got us our second victory of the season, in a 23-3 romp of the Jacquars. He even ran the ball in for a touchdown himself. There's no doubt about it, I am officially a Michael Vick fan.

While I support and love PETA, I also support and love Michael Vick.

I just hope it’s okay to do both.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Getting To Happy" Book Review

Getting To Happy - Book Review
(published in the Philadelphia Inquirier - Sunday, Sep 26, 2010)

'Exhale' sequel lacks chemistry
We learn what happens to those 4 fascinating friends, but this time they seem less connected.

Getting to Happy
By Terry McMillan
Viking. 375 pp. $27.95

Has it really only been 18 years since Terry McMillan wowed the publishing world with her book Waiting to Exhale? It seems like forever!
How I missed those four friends, Bernadine, Gloria, Robin, and Savannah (missed them in that order, by the way) and wanted to know how they were doing.

Did Bernadine and her new man, James, have a happily forever after? My bet was they did. Bernadine deserved it after the way her ex-hubby did her. Hmph!

And Gloria. Oh, my precious Gloria. The woman with the weight problem - like me - who managed to hit pay dirt with a good man like Marvin. There was no doubt in my mind that she was still in heaven. And I wanted to share the good life right along with her.

Robin - oh, that cute little promiscuous, shopaholic scamp! She was pregnant and still single when I last checked in on her. I didn't know if she had the fortitude to be a single mom, but I just knew she'd get by because of the strength of her friends.

Savannah? Well, to be honest, I never did really cotton to Savannah. But still, I did wonder if Miss Perfectionist had finally met a man who could live up to her expectations. I sincerely wished the best for her.

So when I heard that Terry McMillan was writing a sequel to her 1992 blockbuster, I went wild! Couldn't wait to see how my girls were doing!

Well, you could have blown me away.

Bernadine's second husband was 10 times the jerk her first ever was. And so now she's twice divorced, and hooked on prescription pills.

Gloria's happily ever after comes to a screeching halt in the first of her chapters in this new book, due to a sudden tragedy.

Robin is still addicted to shopping, and still a lonely woman, desperately looking for men in all the wrong places.

Savannah is - well, Savannah is still Savannah. While she was still single in Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy opens with her being married and deciding to divorce her new husband after finding out a rather dirty (but not earth-shattering) secret about him.

As much as I wanted them to be happy, nobody was.

But then, the title of the book should have tipped me off. Getting to Happy implies they haven't made it yet.

Still? Oh no!

Though Waiting to Exhale was McMillan's third book, after Mama and Disappearing Acts, it was the one that brought her worldwide fame, and her first million dollars. Not only did it make the New York Times best seller's list, but it was turned into a movie starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta DeVine, and Lela Richon. The scene in the book - and the movie - in which Bernadine angrily threw all of her husband's belongings into his brand-new BMW and then set the car on fire was burned into everyone's minds. Wow, talk about revenge!

This was just one of the drama-filled scenes in Waiting to Exhale, but sadly, there are no such scenes in McMillan's new book.

Getting to Happy takes us on an exploration of the lives of the four friends, but unlike Waiting to Exhale, the friendship itself doesn't become a fifth character of the book. Instead, it seems that the women are all on their own and only check in on each other every once in a while. Even after Gloria's tragedy, we didn't see the women rally around her the way we saw in Waiting to Exhale.

Which made me realize that I loved the relationship between the four friends even more than I loved the women themselves.

One of the things I've always loved about Terry McMillan books is that her story lines are realistic, and turn out the way things really do turn out in real life: no fairy-tale endings just to make readers happy. And, to be truthful, what happened to each of the women is pretty much how it could have played out in real life.

And maybe the biggest problem I had with the book was that I thought if there was hope for Bernadine, Gloria, Robin, and Savannah, there might be hope for me.

When I first read Waiting to Exhale, I, too, was a single, not-so-young, black woman who would have been happy to have a man in my life. I remember hearing about some study that said, statistically, a woman was more likely to get hit by lightning than marry after the age of 40; but these women - man, these women gave me hope!

I applaud McMillan for "keeping it real," as the young folks say, in Getting to Happy. But, dang, Terry, don't you realize how much I needed everyone to really have gotten to happy by now? Come on, girl, help a sista out.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, donates $100 million to Newark School System

It will be announced today on Oprah that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will donate $100 million to the Newark School System. This though the 26-year-old billionaire has no real ties to Newark! Zuckerberg was born in Westchester, NY and currently lives in California.

Zuckerberg -- who is said to be worth about $2 billion -- met Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker (Dem.) at a conference in July, and Zuckerberg became interested in Booker's stated plans for the school system. The two met a few more times, and an impressed Zuckerberg made the monetary pledge. It's not the first donation that the baby-faced executive has made, but it is his largest. Oprah Winfrey has also been a generous benefactor to the Newark School System in the past.

According to reports, Newark currently spends about $22,000 annually per student, yet only about 1/2 of it's 44,000 pupils graduate -- and only about 1/5 of those go on to college. And about 85 percent of Newark students attending community colleges need remedial math and english.

New Jersey Govenor Chris Christie will appear with Zuckerberg and Booker on Oprah to officially announce the donation.

Katy Perry Too Sexy for Sesame Street!

Singer Katy Perry, the popstar most famous for her song, I Kissed A Girl, will not be appearing on Sesame Street after all. Though her appearance was already taped, and the video released to YouTube, the show has bowed to public pressure and zapped the singer's appearance from their upcoming schedule. (You can see video below!)

In a press release the producers of Sesame Street said:

“In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver. We also value our viewer’s opinions and particularly those of parents.”

Sexy Katy is not the only singer/celeb to be pulled from a Sesame Street schedule. R&B Singer, Chris Brown, who appeared on Sesame Street in 2007 doing a duet with Elmo, was notified that his appearance would no longer be shown on reruns after the flack created around the 2009 Rhianna beating.

Elmo, however, announced on Good Morning America that Katy Perry will be invited back to Sesame Street for a future taping. Um, maybe on where she's wearing a tad more clothes?

Nationwide Concert Dates for Kevin Hart

Super Funnyman, Kevin Hart -- voted top comedian in 2009 -- will soon be at a city near you! Check it out below . . .

And just so you know, Hart -- who originally hails from Philadelphia -- has just announced his new DVD, Seriously Funny, is about to go Double Plantinum! Seriously Funny is his second solo DVD, and was recorded at the Allen Theater in Cleveland, on July 11th. And you know what? It really is Seriously Funny!

Kevin Hart's Concert Dates

Uptown Theater
Kansas City, MO Fri, 09/24/10
07:30 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO Sat, 09/25/10
08:00 PM Find Tickets
on Partner Site

BJCC Concert Hall
Birmingham, AL Fri, 10/01/10
08:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Louisville Palace
Louisville, KY Sat, 10/02/10
08:00 PM

VIP Party Box: Kevin Hart Louisville Palace
Louisville, KY Sat, 10/02/10
08:00 PM

Terry Fator Theatre At Mirage Hotel And Casino
Las Vegas, NV Fri, 10/08/10
10:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Terry Fator Theatre At Mirage Hotel And Casino
Las Vegas, NV Sat, 10/09/10
10:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore, MD Sat, 10/16/10
07:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore, MD Sat, 10/16/10
10:30 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Official Platinum DVD Afterparty BWX Lounge
Hanover, MD Sat, 10/16/10
11:30 PM Find Tickets
on Partner Site

Murphy Fine Arts Center - Morgan State
Baltimore, MD Tue, 10/19/10
08:00 PM More Info

Thalia Mara Hall
Jackson, MS Sat, 10/23/10
08:00 PM More Info
on Ticketmaster
on sale:Fri, 09/24/10
10:00 AM

New York Comedy Festival Presents Kevin Hart - Laugh At My Pain Beacon Theatre
New York, NY Thu, 11/04/10
07:30 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Dar Constitution Hall
Washington, DC Fri, 11/05/10
08:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Dar Constitution Hall
Washington, DC Fri, 11/05/10
10:30 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Kevin Hart Wilbur Theatre
Boston, MA Sat, 11/06/10
07:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Kevin Hart Wilbur Theatre
Boston, MA Sat, 11/06/10
09:45 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Kevin Hart Verizon Wireless Theater
Houston, TX Fri, 11/12/10
08:00 PM

102 JAMZ Comedy Jam: Starring Kevin Hart, Rickey Smiley and more Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Orlando, FL Thu, 11/18/10
08:00 PM Find Tickets
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Fox Theatre Atlanta
Atlanta, GA Fri, 11/19/10
08:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Chrysler Hall
Norfolk, VA Sat, 11/20/10
08:00 PM Find Tickets
on Ticketmaster

Robinson Center Music Hall
Little Rock, AR Fri, 11/26/10
08:00 PM More Info
on Ticketmaster
on sale:Fri, 09/24/10
10:00 AM

Miller Presents: Kevin Hart Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, PA Fri, 12/17/10
08:00 PM More Info
on sale:Fri, 09/24/10
10:00 AM

The Chicago Theatre
Chicago, IL Fri, 12/31/10
07:30 PM

Monday, September 20, 2010

Trey Songz' Philly In-Store Signing Canceled Because of Mob Scene!

Video caught by Black and Nobel Bookstore! (

R&B star Trey Songz made the mistake of tweeting folks that he was going to be doing an in-store signing at FYE in Philadelphia this afternoon.

If Trey didn't know the power of Twitter before, he sure knows it now! Hundreds of fans rushed down to Broad and Chestnut streets to get up and close to their idol. So many that the cops had to be called in because traffic was being blocked during evening rush-hour. By the time Trey pulled up to the front of the store things were so out of control police wouldn't let him out of his car.

Trey was U-Streaming the whole time, and letting the folks know what was going on. He even relayed exactly what the police told him . . . if he got out of the car he would be arrested for creating a disturbance. Trey said over and over, he wanted to go in the store and do the signing, but the police wouldn't let him.

Then things went from bad to worse as many in the crowd started getting angry and taunting police. It got so bad that the police threatened to use tear gas to clear the streets.

Finally, FYE management came out of the store and told the crowd that the in-store signing was canceled until further notice. They also said that the future date would be promoted in advance, and people would have to come in beforehand to get wristbands if they wanted their CD's signed. I knew Trey was big . . . but, to be honest . . . I didn't know he was that big!

Trey's new CD, Passion, Pain & Pleasure was released this week, and he's scheduled to come back to Philadelphia on Dec. 16 for the OMG tour with Usher according to They will be appearing together at the Wells Fargo Center -- and tickets are still available.

Although judging by the love Philly fans showed this afternoon, perhaps not for long!

Trey Songz is trying to get into the FYE store in Philly, but Police are stopping him!

Police won't let Trey Songz in the store-- He's in his truck outside the store right now trying to negotiate his way into the store but police won't let him in because of the crowds. He's there to promote his latest album, Passion, Pain, and Pleasure.

Police are now threatening to use gas to disperse the crowds of hundreds in the street waiting to see their idol up and close and personal.

He's ustreaming right now . . . hear him live!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Talk About Haters! J.Lo’s Ex-Hubby to Audition for American Idol

Ojani Noa seems to have made it his life goal to bring Jenny from the Block down to the gutter in any way he can!

Ojani Noa

Less than a week after it was announced that Lopez signed a $12 million contract to be a judge on American Idol, Noa announced he plans to try out for the show.

Noa was Jennifer’s first husband whom she married in 1997 – she met him when he was a waiter at a Miami restaurant – and divorced in 1998.

In 2002, when she was engaged to movie star Ben Affleck, Noa intimated that he might write a Tell-All book about their relationship. Lopez put a stop to it by giving him a job as manager of her Pasadena restaurant, Madre’s.

Well, that didn’t work out any better than their marriage, and he was fired just a few months later. So then he sued her over the firing. Jenny’s lawyers then negotiated an agreement, we’ll give you some money – just go the hell away. They also added a confidentiality clause to the settlement. They thought that would be the end of it. Boy, were they wrong!

In 2006, when Lopez married singer Marc Antony, Noa again started talking about a writing a Tell-All, and actually started shopping it around to publishers. When Lopez found out she sued him for breach of the confidentiality agreement, and the book scam fell apart. Lopez was awarded a permanent injunction against Noa, and a $450,000 cash settlement for the breach.

But Noa didn’t stop there! In 2009 Lopez had to again go to court to stop him from producing a film about their brief marriage, How I Married Jennifer Lopez. And also to stop him from distributing a “sex-tape.” Well, Lopez’s lawyers said it wasn’t really a sex-tape, but some footage of some of the then-couple’s private moments. Whatever. Bottom line is they stopped him once again.

So, now Noa’s plan is to once again cash in J.Lo’s fame. Less than a week after it was announced that she American Idol is paying her $12 million to judge the show for one season, Noa has decided he’s always wanted to be a singer. So, he says, he’ll stand on line with the rest of the contestant hopefuls to get an audition in front of his ex-wife and the other two judges.

Damn, Noa! Did she really hurt you that bad? Give it up, bro! Get your own life and stop trying to cash in on J.Lo’s!

Want tickets to a taping of the Wendy Williams Show?

Well, not only are the free, but there are spots available for September and October. The taping is in NYC, and you have to agree to have your image captured on video, so if you're cool with that!

Click here to go to website to get the tickets!

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T.I. and Tiny Were Sipping on Codeine, According Court Docs!

Hold up! PLEASE don’t believe the reports that multi-platinum artist T.I. and his wife Tiny were in their $400,000 Maybach just popping Ecstasy pills.

How lame!

They were in there popping pills, smoking blunts, and sipping syrup.

This power couple was multi-tasking! Hmmm . . . multi-doping? (Shrug)

Clifford Harris, aka T.I. -- who was released from prison in March after serving ten months on a a 2007 gun charge -- and his wife Tameka Cottle, aka Tiny, were arrested on Sept. 1 in Los Angeles, CA, after police officers observed them making an illegal U-turn on Sunset Blvd. in their $400,00 Maybach.

When officers pulled them over they said they smelled a strong aroma of marijuana coming from the car.

pic courtesy of TMZ

The couple were arrested, and later released after posting $10,000 bail. T.I. and Tiny have been together since 2001, but were just married this year. They are the parents of two young children.

According to court documents, when police searched the car they found ecstasy pills, marijuana, and four Styrofoam cups with codeine syrup. (No word on what mixer was used with the syrup, but since T.I. is from Atlanta I’m betting on coke. Coca-Cola, that is!)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wendy Williams Gunning for LeAnn Rimes

Well, it all started like this. Country singer LeAnn Rimes – whom for some reason was considered American’s sweetheart – met this guy and started getting it in on their Life Time movie set doing the bump and grind with him.

Eddie Cibrian

Problem was she was married. And so was he. Oh, and he was married with kids. Tsk, tsk, LeAnn.

So, Ms. LeAnn eventually dumps hubby, and Eddie Cibrian dumps wifey, and he and LeAnn hookup for real.

And for some really strange reason, everyone cares. There was a firestorm in the media about the whole affair, so much so that LeAnn felt the need to issue a statement saying that she and her husband had married too young, and they’d grown apart.

So okay, Wendy Williams talked about the affair on her show, and said that LeAnn was wrong for stepping out on her marriage; and that if the marriage was falling apart, she should have gone on and divorced hubby instead of cheating.

She also took issue with LeAnn referring to the new guys kids as her own.

Well! Ms. LeAnn didn’t like that. And tweeted about the fact that she didn’t like that, saying that Wendy was just being mean. (Wendy Williams? Mean? Nooooo! LOL)

For some reason Wendy took those as fighting words, and she’s tweeting for people to tune into her show on Monday, because she has some choice words for Ms. LeAnn.

LeAnn Rimes, really? You didn’t know better than to get into a war of words with Wendy Williams?

Can anyone say, Whitney Houston?

"Crack is whack!"

Nuff said!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Michelle Obama denies saying being First Lady is Hell.

A new biography on French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, says that during a visit to the White House earlier this year she asked Michelle Obama how she liked being the First Lady of the United States, and Obama replied: "Don’t ask! It’s hell. I can’t stand it!"

The book, Carla and the Ambitious (Carla et les ambitieux), was written by journalists Michael Darmon and Yves Derai, supposedly in collaboration with Bruni-Sarkozy. A former supermodel, actress, and singer, Bruni-Sarkozy -- an italian heiress -- was known for her romances with Rock icons such as Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton before marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in her modeling days

The book was released on Thursday, causing a round of denials from both the U. S. and French governments.

The White House sent out a press release strongly denying the quote attributed to Michelle Obama early Thursday morning, and the French Embassy in the United States also told the press that the quotes were fabricated.

"Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy distances herself completely from the content of the book," Embassy spokesman Emmanuel Lenain, told U. S. television reporters. "The words attributed to the First Lady of the United States were never said."

When confronted with the denial, co-author Derai said he stands by the sources who gave him the information, adding that the conversation took place between a private talk between the two First Ladys in March. This would, of course, imply that the source was Bruni-Sarkozy herself, but Derai said he would not reveal his source.

co-author Yves Derai

And while he backed off earlier claims that Bruni-Sarkozy collaborated on the book, Derai states he used 50 different sources for the book; and that the French First Lady granted the co-authors about 10 hours of interviews over a course of several sessions.

He then, however, went on to stress that the book was my no means, "an official biography."

Ironically, another biography of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was also released this week. Carla: A Secret Life was penned by French journalist Besma Lahouri, who asserts that Bruni-Sarkozy considers Michelle Obama a rival. According to the book, she sees Michelle Obama the only one able "to challenge her for the title of the world's sexiest and most glamorous first lady."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Acid Attack Self-Inflicted? (Updated 9/17)


Police are investigating whether a 28-year-old Washington state woman splashed acid on her own face in an attempt to get intention!

Bethany Storro had told police that an unknown woman walked up to her on a city street and said, "Hey, pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" and then threw a cup of acid in her face.

Storro described the woman as being "black with a slicked-back ponytail," and a police subsequently released a composite sketch of the alleged attacker based on her description.

"It was the most painful thing ever," Storro told the AP. "My heart stopped. It ripped through my clothing the instant it touched my shirt; I could feel it burning through my second layer of skin."

But now there are some who are questioning her account. For one, people say, Storro is deaf. How could she have heard what the woman said?

Also, Storro's eyes were not splashed because she was wearing sunglasses. But, some are asking, why was she wearing sunglasses when the alleged attack took place after sunset.

And a group of homeless people, said that there was no one in the vicinity when Storro fell to the ground writhing, and screaming that she's been attacked.

Storro was supposed to appear on Oprah, but canceled the appearance after doubts were raised about the attack.

Police will be holding a press conference at 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST) to talk about the case.

UPDATE: Police officials reveal in a late Thursday afternoon press conference that Bethany Storro has admitted that she lied, and that she acid attack was self-inflicted.

Storro had received an outpouring of both sympathy and money after leading the police -- and the nation -- that a black woman with a slicked-back ponytail walked up to her in the street and threw a cup of acid in her face. Storro said she'd never seen the woman before, but told police that the woman had "this weirdness about her," and said she thought the woman might have felt jealousy or rage for some reason.

"It was the most painful thing ever," she said from her hospital bed. "My heart stopped. It ripped through my clothing the instant it touched my shirt; I could feel it burning through my second layer of skin."

In a press conference about a week after being released from the hospital, Storro said she wanted her assailant found, but she planned to forgive her so that she herself could move on.

Storro's parents released a statement Friday morning, saying that they did not know why their daughter would manufacture such a hoax, and apologized to the nation for her behavior.

They also said all the monetary donations sent to Storro would be returned.

Mom Teaches 2-year-old Daughter to Smoke Pot

This is just sad. The 21-year-old Ohio mother actually used her cell phone to tape this, then sent it to a friend. The friend was justifiably (in my opinon!) mortified, and sent the video to Child Protection Services.

Mother was arrested and the daughter was removed from the home.

Gabby's Skin Lightened for Fashion Mag Cover?
Gabourey Sidibey
Look at the pictures yourself, and you decide!
Elle Magazine has released statement that there was no more retouching of Oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibey's cover pic than any other cover pics they feature.
I don't know . . . things that make you go . . . hmmm!
At the same time, I do think it's great that Elle is featuring Gabby, who became an overnight success after making her acting debut in the movie, Precious, which also starred Monique.
And do keep in mind, funny things can happen to a person's complexion when you consider photo lighting and makeup.
Okay, so I don't know how I feel about it. What say you?

Shaquille O'Neal Accused of Trying To Plant Kiddy Porn on Employee's Computer

Shaquille O'Neal Accused of Trying to Plant Kiddy Porn.

It was revealed yesterday that a bizarre lawsuit was filed in Miami, stating that basketball superstar -- Shaquille O'Neal -- tried to plant child pornography on an ex-employee's computer in attempt to prevent him from spilling the beans about O'Neal's extra-marital affairs.

Shaq, however, says Shawn Darling -- who filed the suit -- is an extortionist who tried to get $12 million from him.

The suit filed by Darling, who worked as a computer consultant for the basketball superstar, says that O'Neal first engaged him in 2007 to erase the basketball player's computer of any information -- including emails -- that showed evidence of a slew of affairs, including ones with rap singer Alexis Miller -- who later accused O'Neal of stalking and sexual harrassment.

Alexis Miller

In the suit, Darling also says that O'Neal's computer also had details about his affair with Swedish model Dominica Westling.

Dominca Westling

After the computer wipe, a relieved Shaquille then threw Darling's computer into a lake behind his house, and gave him money to buy a replacement I-MAC. He later fired Darling.

O'Neal was married at the times of the alleged affairs.

According to legal documents obtained by, Vanessa Lopez -- identified as another one of Shaquille's mistresses who accused him of harrassment --was then contacted by Darling, who told her that O'Neal was trying to hack into her email account and voice mail to erase any info about an affair.

Shaquille O'Neal and Vanessa Lopez

When Shaq found out about the contact, he became afraid of possible blackmail by Darling. He then fired the IT expert and -- according to Darling -- hired a former Arizona detective to hack into Darling's computer and plant the kiddy porn. The thought being, if Darling revealed Shaq's indiscrepancies that they could contact the authorities and accuse him of being a child pornographer.

According to the lawsuit, when the former detective notified him that the dirty deed was done, Shaq then wrote back in an email: "ok but in the meantime o boy needs to be put in jail, we have way too many law enforcement connections to let a criminal try to get over on mine o mine, we don't need any distractions as we deal with Harvard guy, shoe line guy, restaurant guy, real estate guy and everything we are planning to do after basketball life..."

In the suit filed in Miami, Darling states he is in fear for his life as O'Neal is a powerful person with close friends in law enforcement.

But there are two sides to every story. Yesterday O'Neal released a statement saying:

"Shawn Darling, a computer consultant engaged by basketball star Shaquille O'Neal to install and service a home theater and then service personal computer equipment, copied without permission thousands of emails and communications from Mr. O'Neal," reads the statement.

"Darling, an ex-convict with a long criminal record that he failed to disclose and hid from Mr. O'Neal, has demanded $12 million in exchange for not releasing Mr. O'Neal's personal and confidential emails and communications. When Mr. O'Neal refused to be extorted, Darling filed a lawsuit claiming 'invasion of privacy and emotional distress.'"

New Movie on Mumia Abu-Jamal premiering on Sept 21 in Philly

A movie featuring the case of one of deathrow's most famous inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal, will be shown on Tuesday, September 21st at 8 p.m. at the Constitution Center located in Independence Mall.

"Justice on Trial" The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal," details all the alleged injustices which took place at Mumia's trial for killing police officer, Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

You can watch a trailer for the film below.

JUSTICE ON TRIAL - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal from bignoisetactical on Vimeo.

Calling All Gold Diggers - New Reality Show is Looking For You!

You know who you are . . . to paraphrase Kanye: "I'm not saying you're a gold digger, but you're never messing with no broke n**** . . . " Well, there's a nationwide casting call for women who admittedly look for rich men instead of jobs.

The show is called Sugar Babies (uh huh! you know what that means!) and is being produced by

Carmen Ayo-Davies

President of 3BG Marketing Solutions

and Kijafa Frink --

fiancee of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick (as an aside . . . Vick will be starting in the Eagles game against this Sunday!!)

-- and hopes are that it will premiere on a television network (I'm still trying to find out which one!!!) sometime early next year, according to 3BG spokesperson, Hanae Mason.

"We're looking for women who don't mind dating older men, and don't mind someone taking care of them," Mason said with a little laugh.

If you're interested in auditioning for the reality show, Sugar Babies, and you're between 21 and 35, just send and email to . And stay tuned to this blog for more information as it comes in.

And if you haven't read Daaimah S. Poole's two novels about gold diggers, this might be a good time -- check out "A Rich Man's Baby," and "Somebody Else's Man."