Six people have been charged in connection to the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl on a northern California high school campus. I see that the police are making progress in this case, and according to a recent report released by the White House, supposedly the stimulus plan has made some progress with jobs. The largest stimulus program in the nation's history has created or saved at least 650,000 state and local jobs. I am glad to see the stimulus plan is doing some good. "Golden Girls" star Bea Arthur's has passed away, but is still doing good. The actress, who died in April, included a $300,000 donation to New York's Ali Forney Center, an organization supporting homeless LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) youth.
The battle over health care reform reached another milestone Thursday as top House Democrats unveiled the health care bill. Speaking of bills, President Obama on Wednesday signed a law that makes it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. I am glad that bill has been signed, and glad that this project in this next story can begin. Construction can finally begin on the long-delayed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial slated for the National Mall after the National Park Service issued building permits Thursday for the project.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is electing a new president, and for the third time in the organization's history, a member of the King family could lead the civil rights group, as Rev. Bernice King becomes one of the top finalist for the job. This should create a lot of press for the organization, if nothing else. Who knew that "America's Next Top Model" would create such a stir? Tyra Banks turned her remaining 6 models bi-racial for a shoot, and has people asking why does she think blackface is okay? More on good news, Mary J. Blige opens up her new center, FFAWN (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now), which will soon become a haven for women and young girls, offering them different programs for education, life skills, self-empowerment and much more if Blige has her way. Congrats Mary!
Most of you got a live blog about the Howard University Step Show via my Tweets on Twitter, but for those of you who didn't...here goes a recap of all of the teams and their shows.
The name of this years step show was: Stepping Through Time...
The host of the show was Terrance from BET's 106 & Park, who for a second turned the show into a segment of just that. If it wasn't for the hundreds of Greeks surrounding the stage, judges up top, and steppers in the back, you would have thought it was the Terrence show.
1st up: Phi Beta Sigma
There was a break in the show, and Terrance took time to introduce the judges and Columbus Short, who was the guest judge.
They had a "West Side Story" theme. This was not a HU chapter, and it was really hard to hear their performance. They left me yearning for the HU team to appear out of nowhere and take the stage. (Who would have thought I would wish that?)
3rd: Iota Phi Theta
They had a Jazz and Blues theme. They went far with their theme, making sure to incorporate real instruments. Despite the musical breaks, I have seen better Iota shows.
There was another break in the show, where Terrance & Co-host played 90s sitcom themes.
Lance Gross, from House of Payne, took a moment to say hello to his Howard University family.
They had the 90s, and had a "Million Man March" theme going on. They wore all black military gear, with bullets going across their chest. The Que's surprised the audience with an actual theme because they were use to the usual "yard" show the Que's put on. The best part about the Que show was their stunt where they tossed two of their team members.
The winners of this year Homecoming Step Show were:
Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha.
Congrats to all of the teams for wonderful shows. As a past stepper, I understand the time and energy it takes to put on a show during an HU step show. Congrats to the winners...and may next year be bigger and better.
President Barack Obama honored fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base this week, a week where 18 Americans were killed. My heart goes out to the fallen soldiers. This is a sad moment for the U.S., but will Pelosi bring a smile to the faces of some Americans across the country? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is prepared to unveil a retooled health care overhaul plan next week, intended to bridge differences among Democrats and open a history-making floor debate on extending health insurance to nearly all Americans. The next story has less debating and more shooting. Abdullah, a leader of a radical U.S. Sunni Islam group, was killed Wednesday at a warehouse in Dearborn, where agents were attempting to arrest him on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms; he also repeatedly told followers that the government was the enemy and they must be willing to take on the FBI.
The friend of the gang rape victim speaks out against her school, saying that they didn't do enough to protect her school or her friend. She said that people had seen about 15 guys hanging around the school, but no one bothered to check their ids. This was a crazy situation, and call the economy crazy, it is finally on a rise. The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5% annual rate in the third quarter. More good news; US President Barack Obama paid tribute on Wednesday to fellow political trailblazer Edward Brooke, who in 1966 became the first African-American elected to the Senate by popular vote.
A Maryland chapter of the NAACP is drawing criticism for selecting Rev. Wright to speak at the awards dinner, because of all of the controversy during President Barack Obama's campaign. Speaking of controversy, in light of a recent publication that strongly indicates that slaves helped to built the University of Maryland, College Park, without any type of acknowledgement, some Black students have called for President C. Dan Mote, to issue a formal apology for the institution's use of slave labor. I wonder if they will issue an official apology? Well, rapper Shyne has officially been deported to to Belize, after recently being released from Prison. I wish Shyne luck in whatever he does. Oprah gave Cookie Johnson, Magics wife, all the luck she needs. Oprah has discovered a new brand of premium denim that champions the curvacious -- Cj by Cookie Johnson jeans. I think I will go get me a pair.
“I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone." -Michael Jackson
The most exciting part about seeing this movie, was seeing MJ at the age of 50 and more on point than his 20-year-old counterparts. I was impressed on how in shape he was and how he never missed a beat. It was also interesting hearing how he got his shows to the level of perfection we expected as fans. My favorite line was when someone said it's almost there, and he responded "Get it there". He also said that he wanted the song played like he wrote it. MJ didn't take bullshit and let it be known when it was. I loved him more and more as the movie went on.
Anyone that sees this movie, and doesn't leave inspired, I am not sure if you can be inspired by anything. MJ showed us innovative set designs, stunts that haven't been used before, new dance moves, and still gave us the MJ that we use to love. MJ has inspired my new theme for 2010...Just be Great! Go see this movie now.
Here are a few ways that you can become a happier a person... taken from the people of Denmark who were rated the happiest people in the world.
1. Eat right! Limit the amount of fatty foods you eat, and make sure you maintain a healthy balanced diet.
2. Surround yourself with your friends and family on a regular basis.
3. Exercise on a regular
4. Focus more on family time than work.
5. Keep a clean home....(I mean they keep their homes spotless)
6. Have nice things, but shopping and consuming should not be a top priority.
7. Choose a career based on interest not pay
8. Belong to some type of social club
Here is how the governement helps them:
In Denmark they get:
1. Free Healthcare
2. Free Education- and get paid a stipend to go to school.
3. The Government pays up to 90% of your salary for four years if you become unemployed.
4. They trust their government...
The most shocking thing about the Danes:
1. They pay up to 50% to 60% of their income to taxes, but they don't mind because they say they see many benefits.
2. In Denmark, you can see trust in action all around you. Vegetable stands run on the honor system, mothers leave babies unattended in strollers outside cafés, and most bicycles are left unlocked.
3. Perhaps the bicycle is the best symbol of Danish happiness. Danes can all afford cars, but they choose bikes.
The Danes look at life in a different way than we do in the states. They believe that it is their responsibility to take care of their people. They pride themselves off of taking special care of the elderly and the sick. They believe everyone should be healthy and educated. They focus on less material things, and more on their family. It seems to me that they spend more time enjoying life, than chasing money. The U.S. appears so selfish compared to this place. We need to Keep Up! I hope you can take some of their tips and apply it to your life. I hope the government finally wakes up.
How do you feel about how the people of Denmark live?
How would you feel about paying 50% of your income to taxes?
It is amazing when Malia and Sasha can become role models for the youth. I remember looking at childhood stars and using them as an example in so many ways. It is great that our youth now can look up to girls that are not just playing a television character. Although, no child is focused on being a role model at their age, I think it is a wonderful opportunity for the country to be able to watch these girls grow up and become successful. Who knows, there could be a child who is inspired to succeed just because of Malia and Sasha.
It is stories like this that bring me to tears as I imagine myself in her place. Recently, a six year old girl wrote a letter to Malia and Sasha, with the help of her dad, asking them if they could ask their daddy to help her and her dad.
"Hi Malia and Sasha," Bianca Perez wrote in her letter to President Obama's 11- and eight-year-old girls. "Two years ago, I lost my mommy. She was killed by a bad man in front of me. ...
"I'm writing this letter to see if you can ask your daddy to help me and my daddy," Bianca wrote in pencil above a drawing of Obama and his girls.
Bianca watched her mother get shot in the back by her then boyfriend. She now lives with her father who is struggling to keep a roof on their head. He also doesn't have insurance to pay for Bianca to go to her therapist or dentist. Bianca needs both badly...she says she still has nightmares about her mom being shot.
This hurts my soul, as I wonder if Bianca could end up on the streets. I can't imagine being six, seeing my mom shot, and then ending up in a homeless shelter. It is a lot for Malia and Sasha to handle, but I hope this wakes up our government when it comes to simple things as health care and government support. I wish it was something that I could do to help this little girl.
Do you think Malia and Sasha serve as role models to the youth?
Do you think stories like this will push the health care bill to be passed?
Hwang Woo-suk, cloning expert, who falsely claimed major breakthroughs in stem cell research was convicted Monday for embezzling research funds and illegally buying human eggs for his research, but he will not serve time in prison. It looks like this next guy won't serve time or be able to pay all the people back that he stole money from. Jeffry Picower, accused of profiting more than $7 billion from the investment schemes of his longtime friend Bernard Madoff, was found dead at the bottom of his pool. This next story had a scheme in it that caused some major reactions. A fictitious article that claimed President Barack Obama slammed the Constitution in his college thesis had conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh fooled into thinking it was the real thing, and reported it on his show. But after he found out it was fake, he did not apologize to the president.
President Obama has declared a national emergency to deal with the "rapid increase in illness" from the H1N1 influenza virus. Speaking of emergency, it sure was one in the next story. Six people, scientists and students at Harvard, fell ill on Aug. 26 after consuming a potentially lethal chemical that was present in their coffee, and investigators are trying to determine if they were intentionally poisoned. I guess investigators will need to determine if race is an issue in this next case. Students from Washington University say a Chicago, Illinois, nightclub barred six African-American members from their senior class trip celebration while admitting nearly 200 white classmates.
French-Senegalese writer Marie NDiaye, is the first black woman writer to be a front runner France's top literary prize; it will be announced next week. What a great accomplishment, and I am sure there are a lot of accomplished people in this next story. The National Black MBA Association holds a regional conference in Cleveland.
"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." -Bill Cosby
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." -Bill Cosby
“40 Years of Success…Here’s to 40 More: The 40th Anniversary of the African American Cultural House at Yale.”Posted by The Socialite Labels: Socialite on the Scene
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." -Oprah Winfrey
"I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life." -Oprah Winfrey
Today's Quotes are from filmmaker Spike Lee...
"It comes down to this: black people were stripped of our identities when we were brought here, and it's been a quest since then to define who we are."
"There's an unwritten law that you cannot have a Jewish character in a film who isn't 100 percent perfect, or you're labeled anti-Semitic."
"I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting than people who are perfect."
"A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there."
Ex-Wife of D.C. Sniper Speaks Out...and A Few Warning Signs That You Might Be In An Abusive Relationship.Posted by The Socialite Labels: Keeping UP Tip, Let's talk about it
Recently, Mildred Muhammad, ex-wife of the D.C. Sniper, finally spoke out to Essence Magazine on her feelings of her ex-husbands 2002 killing spree. The part of the interview that stood out to me was the following:
ESSENCE.COM: You knew John could kill, but never thought he was the D.C. sniper. When did you realize the man you once loved was a murderer?
MILDRED MUHAMMAD: John was totally different and was no longer affectionate when he got back from the Gulf War. After he kidnapped our children and I got them back, I knew he was going to eventually find and kill me. But I never thought he would kill innocent people. I moved from Washington state to the D.C. area to get away from him and didn't tell anyone. So when the D.C. community was told to look for a box car and two Caucasians, I was on the lookout for both them and John. Even one of his friends called the sniper task force to let them know it could be John trying to kill me. It wasn't until the authorities said they were going to name my ex-husband as the sniper did I realize he was killing innocent people to cover up my upcoming murder.
It was shocking that a man would go as far as killing innocent people just to kill his ex-wife. It reminded me of all of the abusive relationships going on in this world, and how most people let it get as far as murder because of fear. I am sure it would be much easier for people if they were able to recognize signs earlier on in their relationships before there becomes physical damage or any long term attachment that could prevent someone from leaving. Below are a few signs that you could be in an abusive relationship:
1. Partner becomes jealous over your family, friends, and co-workers
2. Partner tries to isolate you from others
3. Partner is controlling-controls finances, the car, and activities
4. Verbal abuse- calls you names "stupid" "bitch"
5. Partner's mood switches from aggressive and abusive to apologetic and loving after the abuse
6. Disrespects women in general. Shows no respect for females close to him or in the street
7. Has a history of abusing women
8. Partner constantly checks up on you by calling, driving by, or getting someone else to
9. Partner hits walls, drives dangerously, or does other things to scare you
10. Partner drinks and uses drugs often
11. Partner goes through your personal items
12. Partner threatens to kill you or himself if you leave
13. Partner acts one way in front of other people and another way when you are alone
These signs go for male and female partners. Women might not be able to hurt you with a punch, but that doesn't mean there are not other options to hurt you. Everyone please pay attention to signs, protect yourself and those around you.
Click here to read more of what Mildred had to say...
“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.” -Will Smith
Robert Thomas, an associate of the father accused of carrying out the now-infamous balloon boy ordeal to promote a reality TV show, is being brought in for questioning after emails surfaced showing the two had discussed a similar stunt months later. Everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame, but this one could cost them to pay a large fine or possibly jail time. With a new policy being unveiled by Feds, a lot of people may be off the hook and exempt from jail time. In the new policy Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, but will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law. Marijuana laws isn't the only thing that the Obama administration is addressing. Obama advisers say FOX News isn't really news, and is more of the communications arms of the Republican party. FOX News executive responds with excusing the White House of continuing to "declare war on a news organization" rather than focusing on issues such as jobs and health care.
Three runners die in the 32nd Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon, all collapsing at different times. Autopsies are planned for Monday. This next death is tragic also. UConn Cornerback Jasper Howard was stabbed to death after a sponsored dance on campus, with investigators saying a fight broke out shortly after the dance ended. I hate waking up to so many deaths, but 7 people were killed in a Puerto Rican shooting outside of a bar that could be drug related. Amongst the 7 killed, people were also wounded, such as a 9 year old girl, and woman who lost 8-month-old fetus. In this next story a third person has died in a sauna like "sweatbox" retreat, after spending hours in this hot structure, while participating in program led by guru James Arthur Ray. Police are conducting a homicide investigation. That is shocking, but so will health care cost be in 2010. Starting in 2010, your employer is making sure that you share the burden of cost when it comes to paying for your health care; that could mean higher employee contributions and/or higher deductibles.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is planning to sue Rush Limbaugh for writing that the civil rights leader played a role in two New York race riots. Limbaugh wrote that Sharpton played "a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot" and the "1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot." While Sharpton is mixed up in a legal case, Bill Cosby is apparently mixing up a CD. "Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency" is a socially conscious hip-hop CD that focuses on the critical issues affecting young people. The independent project will launch Monday October 19th. Basketball player Carmelo Anthony appears to have a project of his own. Carmelo Anthony recently launched a new Web site, ThisisMelo.com, which will apparently provide an inside look into his life off the court.
1. Look forward to the release of Michael Jackson's new album that will be released on October 28, 2009. For now check out his pre-released track on michaeljackson.com
2. Drake ft. Birdman- More Milli
Stockings with shorts has caught my eye this fall and I think I'm loving it! Try jean shorts with colorful stockings or all black.
"The Life & Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger" by Cecil Brown
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Released Week of Oct 12:
The Killing Room
Where the Wild Things Are
New York, I love You
Law Abiding Citizen
The Little Traitor
All the Best: Fun Begins
A new vaccine for swine flu has been released. People in their 20s are said to be the one's that can be most affected by the swine flu. I encourage you to do research on the new vaccine and please schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor to see if they recommend you take the shot.
Recent reports have shown that social networks have provided an open door for spammers, criminals, and companies to see into your life and obtain your personal information. Here are a few tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of privacy invasion.
1. Be careful of the pictures that you are posting.
2. When writing, make sure you go in with the mindset that everything you write is permanent. (Even if you delete it)
3. Do not put phone numbers or your address up on these websites.
4. No social network should ask for your social security number
5. Watch closely who is following and requesting to become your friend.
6. Use the networks for fun and networking, watch how much personal information you share with the public.
If you are ever in New York, hands down you need to visit Fatty Crab, Malaysian inspired cuisine. Visit http://www.fattycrab.com/ to find out more information about this restaurant.
Honesty is most important in a relationship. The scary thing is, that everything that goes on in the dark, comes to light. I rather get it out in the beginning, than later on. You can clear yourself by telling the truth. If they get mad then, it is better than them getting mad at you for not only what you did, but the fact that you lied. Who wants to get in double the trouble? I know this is easier said than done...but try it! Also, it is so stressful on a relationship once someone starts lying, because then trust issues begin.
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This weekend try calling up a few family members that you haven't talked to in awhile. This will not only make them smile, but it will make you feel good about keeping in touch with your family members.
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"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." -Rosa Parks
"Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again." -Rosa Parks