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A 1960 Interview With Malcolm X

Malcolm X was assassinated 45 years ago this weekend. Earlier this year, WNYC Radio released a 1960s interview between the civil rights leader and a reporter named Eleanor Fischer.

Please take time to listen to this interview. Malcolm X speaks a lot of truth about the 60s, but it also remains relative in 2010 in relation to the state of the African American community.

"America is trying to pass laws to force whites to pretend that they want Negros in their schools..."

"The fact that he is the last hired and the first fired is an economical separation"

"The black man should learn how to develop himself..."

The Takeaway is a national morning drive new program, co-produced by WNYC and PRI, in collaboration with the BBC, The New York Times and WGBH Boston. It airs on over 55 stations nationally.


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Pope Benedict XVI approved sainthood for Mother Mary MacKillop on Friday, making the woman known for her work among the needy Australia's first saint. I never really understand everything that goes on with the Catholic Church, but congrats are in order I think!

Thousands of black farmers who were discriminated against by the U.S. Agriculture Department will be eligible to receive $1.25 billion in a settlement. Yes! I am so glad that justice was served. Discrimination should not be tolerated in any form, or pay up!

A car crashed into the NAACP building and the driver then fled the scene. The police say it looks like an accident. Why didn't they call this a terrorist attack? I am sure it was not, but they are calling everything else one.


Lil Wayne is scheduled to shoot 20 to 30 videos before he goes to jail so they can have enough to release while he is away. Looks like when you are a celebrity you win even when you go to jail. You have people on the outside that will keep your money flowing. Not really a punishment to me.

Latrell Peeks, 23, the boyfriend of Reverend Al Sharpton's daughter, Dominique Sharpton, 23, was charged yesterday in New York with punching her in the face and shoving her out of car. I hate hearing about abuse. I never understood how you could watch someone you claim to love hurt at the expense of your own fist.

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Tiger Woods Statement Should Become A Marathon for Haiti

Does the nation care what Tiger Woods has to say on Friday? If they do, why? It is clearly something that he has to do. It is the protocol for every major figure to address the public when he or she does something that society sees as wrong, but what does it actually do? Why is it necessary for Tiger Woods to apologize to the public when the people he actually hurt was his family? He did mess up the perfect image we had of him, and put the brands he represented in jeopardy, but that is already said and done. He cannot take back what he did, and his words won't change much.

It is sad because I believe that people were waiting for him to mess up. That is what our country thrives off of...building people up as gods, and bringing them back down to look lower than dirt. Now you want to watch him stumble over words, maybe shed a tear, and tell us he never meant to hurt his wife? Please!!!!

Stop the Hype! Let this man get his punishment from his wife and let him get back to his job...which is to play golf if anyone forgot. In terms of the image he tarnished, let him serve the punishment of his endorsements being gone, that may or may not come back to him.

We still have people dying and suffering in Haiti; why are they taking up air time to hear this man say a bunch of nothing? Better yet while they televise Woods statement, at the bottom they should ask everybody watching to donate $10 to Haiti.

Do you care what Tiger Woods has to say?


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Tiger Woods has scheduled an appearance Friday morning at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to speak about his future. Early reports indicate Woods will not take questions, only make a statement. I know Woods has to make this statement and apologize to his family and fans, but I think it is a bunch of bs. You are not did it multiple times. You need to be working on your family right now. Maybe you need a break from work.

The Transportation Department plans to open a formal investigation into the 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla over potential problems with the car's power steering. Someone needs to, because what is really going on? All these problems with these cars; are you rushing your work Toyota?

Health insurance premium increases of up to 39 percent are happening across the country due to the economy. What isn't increasing in this country?

The NAACP launched a new Web site Tuesday devoted to black history in honor of Black History Month. The interactive site,, chronicles the civil rights movement and the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. This should be interesting. I am surprised it hasn't always been apart of the site. I encourage everyone to go now!

Livingston, Texas cemetery, a historic black cemetery, was vandalized in a hate-fuelled attack. When I hear about things like this I always have to pinch myself to see if it is really 2010, or am I in a dream about the 50s? This is crazy.

American Airlines has launched a new virtual museum,, exploring the history of African Americans in aviation. Looks like everybody is jumping on board and celebrating Black History Month. I love it!


The 'Harry Potter' author J.K Rowling has been added to the 2004 suit against her British publisher Bloomsbury, which claims Rowling stole the idea for the fourth book in the series -- 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' -- from a 1987 children's novel, 'The Adventures of Willy the Wizard: No. 1 Livid Land,' by Adrian Jacobs. They won't win, but I really hope that they did not steal the idea. The reputation of Harry Potter is still great.

Michael Jordan is likely to become majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. I was just asking when Jordan was going become involved in sports again. I am glad he is taking the owner route. Good for you MJ!

Big Brothers Big Sisters has partnered with popular nationally syndicated urban radio personality Michael Baisden for his One Million Mentors Campaign and Save Our Kids tour. The seven-month, 72-city national bus tour begins in Dallas this week where Baisden's show is headquartered. This a great idea. Great to see someone pushing service to our youth and community. Lord knows they need our help.

Brooklyn MC Shyne has reportedly inked a seven-figure deal with Def Jam Records. He deserves it.

Popular radio and television personality Bo Griffin has died in Greenville, South Carolina at the age of 51. Still so young, may you RIP.

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Sophie Womack "Reflecting On My Memories of You"

There is no way that I can let this day pass without remembering my mother who passed away Feb 17th, 2008. She is the inspiration behind this blog, for she is a lady who represented excellence in every way possible, and made it her duty to help everyone else become better than herself.

Today, I reflect on the memories that we had together, and the memories I wish she could be apart of. I think about my wedding day, the first time I have a baby, holidays to come, and the reality that she will not be there to share those moments with me. I think about my father and sister, and I pray for them to have strength to make it through each day without her. I think about the babies that she cured, and the families that remain thankful. I remember the many people that came to give me a hug at her funeral saying that you will never believe how much your mother changed my life. I can't forget the many organizations that honored her for her dedication to helping the community.

I begin to smile as I think about the parties her and my dad put on to help raise money for different causes. I can still hear her voice as she sings in the Gospel choir at church, the sound of cards slamming down on the table during her monthly card games, and her laughter as she plays a practical joke on the family for April Fools day.

The best memories are are seeing her smile the day I graduated from college, pinning her when she become a lovely lady of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., seeing her in the audience as I performed in my first Howard Step Show, but most importantly the final moment my mom walked out of my New York apartment and said you will be alright no matter what. That was the last time I saw her, and I cherish that moment everyday.

Today, I ask that everyone take time to tell someone you love them. Spend a few more minutes more on the phone with a love one. Visit someone you have not seen in awhile. Cherish the moments you have with your love ones, cause the next day is not promised for anyone. I love you mommy!!!!! You mean the world to me.


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In a string of recalls by the automaker Toyota, the company is now considering recalling the Corolla model for problems with power steering. An official decision has not been made but the carmaker has since apologized for its global recall and are taking steps to rebound. As someone who stands by Toyota, this is difficult to see. It makes me question my choice to choose that type of vehicle and whether, despite how great its made, it is really safe.

President Obama revealed $8 billion in loan guarantees yesterday to build a nuclear power plant in Georgia. Obama called for an end to the clash between environmental concerns and the economy, saying that the United States needs new energy jobs such as the ones created by a new nuclear plant. I'm glad to see a President actually trying to do all the things he promised including creating jobs and a greener world. Team Obama all the way!

The new Windows 7 platform was unveiled at the Mobile World conference this week along with the announcement that cell phone carrier AT&T will be Microsoft's "premier partner" in the United States. Additionally, it was revealed that AT&T will continue to carry the iPhone exclusively at least for another year. I've been waiting for the iPhone to be released to other carriers, but it looks like if I want one I'll have to bite the bullet and go AT&T. It remains to be seen why developers choose AT&T over other carriers.

Upon recent research that the world was warming due to human pollution, the United Nations climate panel now faces a new challenge as scientists are doubting if this is even true. They are saying the world may not be warming much at all. The believe temperature change cannot be a considering factor because of inaccuracies of weather stations around the globe. Whatever it is that is causing the world to drastically change like it is, hopefully they will figure it out in time for us to make lifestyle changes and help the Earth sustain our lives here.

A study published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology is reporting that breast cancer patients who are taking aspirin could dramatically lower their risks of dying from the disease. The study, which is still being heavily tested for confirmation, reports that the aspirin helps control inflammation which stops the cancerous cells from growing and invading other tissue. Wouldn't it be something if the cure for cancer was in our medicine cabinets all along? If aspirin can lower the risks for heart attacks, I'm sure it could definitely help to halt cancer. Who knows.

Citing insufficient evidence, federal authorities said Tuesday that they would not bring a civil rights case against the New York City police officers involved in the killing of Sean Bell, a 23-year-old black man who was shot by the police outside a strip club in Queens on his wedding day. This makes me sick to my stomach. I guess I should have seen this one coming. Another black man gone at the hands of the law, and the law gets away with it again.

"Marvelous Color," presented by Somos Arte at the Caribbean Cultural Center in Midtown, is an exhibit celebrating six of of Marvel Comics' most popular superhero characters in honor of Black History Month. That sounds like a pretty cool exhibit. I might need to go check that out!


The Brit Awards 2010 were held last night in the UK with Lady Gaga coming away winning a trio of awards at the pop music industry's flagship ceremony, the first international act to do so for five years. She picked up awards for International Female Solo Artist, International Breakthrough Act and Best International Album for "The Fame," winning every category in which she was nominated. The fascination over Lady Gaga is still one I can't figure out. To me she will always be a weird girl with a decent voice who wears all those outlandish clothing. But hey, clearly somebody is a fan.

Nicole Ritchie and long time boyfriend, Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte recently announced their impending nuptials during a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman. The two already have two children together, their 2-year old daughter Harlow and 5-month old son Sparrow. It's about time these two got married. When you've been together forever it's like really, why not get married? Congrats to the two of them for finally making it official.

Kim Kardashian's line with the clothing label BeBe, named Kardashians by Bebe, hit the runway yesterday for its New York Fashion Week debut. Kim says she was fully involved in the creation of the line and was disappointed that her sisters and co-designers couldn't make it out for the show. After seeing pics of the line from folks who are attending NYFW, I say the line looks pretty good. Not high fashion but definitely pieces that are wearable and fun. Good job to the Kardashians for branding themselves outside of reality show foolishness.

Rapper Drake, who has come to find huge fame even without having released a studio album yet, has told MTV news that he would love to collaborate with Sade on his upcoming album. He notes her dark sexy vibe is just what he's looking to convey on his album. Sade was asked if she would consider, she says no. Ha, for some reason that makes me smile inside. I'm glad to see that Sade wouldn't tarnish her brand or style by collaborating with a rapper. Can Sade stay classic please. K, thanks.

American Idol announced the first of the 24 finalists on the show last nights. As 181 Hollywood hopefuls wound down to the 71 singers who made it to the next round, early favorites made it through to the 'real' show including Casey James, Michael "Big Mike" Lynche (who skipped the birth of his child in favor of a stay at Hollywood Week) and Didi Benami. I'm really not motivated to watch Idol this season besides to see what Ellen has to say. Too many seasons of the same old thing will make one disinterested really quickly. I know I'm not the only one.

Sade's New Album 'Soldier Of Love' To Debut At # 1 This Week With Around 400,000 Copies Sold. Way to go Sade...even though I wasn't surprised! Her music is Loved by many!

Whitney Houston cancelled her upcoming New Zealand Performance!!!The R&B diva was scheduled to perform at the Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth on March 6 as part of her Nothing But Love tour. Due to disagreements with he venue, the show is now off! Come on Whitney, you were off to a great start, please act altercations and cancellations please.

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"Nigger: An Autobiography by Dick Gregory" Book Review

Written by Shyah Shaday

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Comedian and Social Activist, Dick Gregory


"Nigger: An Autobiography by Dick Gregory" takes you through the life of Dick Gregory. Born in 1932 he grew up in St. Louis to a family he considered "Not Poor, Just Broke". His mother traveled across town to take care of white children while his Dad was overall a no-show. The eldest of his siblings Dick Gregory started to shine shoes to make extra money for his family.

The color line was thick in the South as Dick Gregory was growing up and he experienced it first hand. He had the choice to defeat or be defeated and in every situation he chose to defeat. From getting kicked in the mouth by a white man who didn’t want "no color boy shining his shoes" to being teased in school and chastised for his skin color, Dick Gregory always managed to turn a negative to a positive.

To ease the pain he would make jokes on himself and his family before giving anyone else the satisfaction, before long he was getting paid to stand on stages across America and make people laugh.


In honor of Black History Month and during a time where the usage of the "N-word "is so highly debated this book is a must-read. While Dick Gregory’s story isn’t as widely popular as Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X, he too was on the battlefield fighting for equality. He spent time in Birmingham Jails, Marched with Medgar Evers and helped pave the way for African-Americans today. Written during the American Civil Rights Movement, Gregory worked hard to drain all of the hatred and negativity out of the word "Nigger" that was used to defame and demoralize our people.

"Dear Momma- Wherever you are, if ever you hear the word "nigger" again, remember they are advertising my book" –Dick Gregory

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A nasal spray containing a hormone that is known to make women more maternal and men less shy apparently can help those with autism make eye contact and interact better with others, according to a study released this week. More research is needed to confirm and explore the findings but the results are the latest in a growing body of evidence indicating that the hormone could them function better. The marvels of modern medicine never cease to amaze me.

Automakers prepare to introduce the first mass-market electric cars late this year, which will begin around December, when Nissan introduces the Leaf, a five-passenger electric car that will have a range of 100 miles on a fully charged battery and be priced for middle-class families. Cell phones won't be the only thing we charge up at night -- you'll soon need to plug up your car too. This is going to be really Jetson-like. I can't wait to see them.

A University of Alabama - Huntsville professor has been charged with murdering three of her colleagues (two of them black) during a science department meeting last week. Reasons for the crime remain unknown but include insanity, disappointment over being denied tenure and the list goes on. This is indeed a sad occurrence. Very sad. There are definitely some things we can learn from this.

New studies show that insomnia can shrink areas of your brain. Researchers are saying that the more sleep you lose, the more gray matter in the brain that is lost which leads to a decrease in the ability to make decisions and to rest properly. If you've ever had insomnia you know that it is the pits. Hopefully, these studies will give physicians new ways to treat it and give people the ability to sleep again.

Senator Chris Buttars is proposing that schools in Utah make senior year of high school optional for students who finish their credits early. The proposed plan would take off a whopping $60 million off of the states growing $700 million budget shortfall. This could be a good idea for those who have finished credits early, but many teenagers need that extra year to mature, catch up on grades and the like.

A controversial bronze statue of President Barack Obama as a 10-year-old boy has been removed from an Indonesian park and moved to a nearby elementary school that Obama once attended. It was removed after 57,000 people joined a Facebook page calling for it to be removed and replaced by a memorial to an Indonesian. I guess I can dig it. You want someone that represents your own country to be honored.Sorry Barack, I guess your world peace prize doesn't earn you a statue everywhere in the world.


R&B singer Brandy just celebrated her 31st birthday and will soon be starring in a new reality show with brother Ray-J titled 'Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business.' The show plans to offer a deeper "unscripted" peek into the duo's personal and professional lives, perhaps in ways we've never before seen. I could really do without one more reality show. Especially one starring Ray-J. Hopefully they'll be no foolery on this show.

Adult film star and alleged Tiger Wood mistress claims the former golfer got her pregnant twice in the past. Since those reports, sources close to the woman say she has a history of lying. Tiger has not released a statement about the allegations as of yet. Since all Tiger's shady business hit the light, he can expect plenty more drama where this scandal is concerned. But, truth be told, I'm so over it. He cheated, he's being punished...lets move on.

Financial experts are saying now is the time for the cast of the popular MTV show 'Jersey Shore' to capitalize on their recognition by venturing out into other business arenas. Mike Sorrentino is hoping to get a cologne on the market that will smell like money while cast mate, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, is also planning a product launch -- a clothing line. There's something that gets under my skin from folks who rise to success from reality shows. Now folks are egging them on and giving them more reasons to stay in our stream of consciousness. Womp.

Rapper Jay - Z is reportedly a little upset over the remake of Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie's hit 'We Are The World'. He told MTV news that We Are The World was like Thriller to him -- untouchable. The rapper says although the effort was valiant some things should just remain untouched. Initially I was all for this remake, but after hearing Auto-Tune on it, I might have to agree with Jay on this one.

Usually when celebs do stupid things, they go on Oprah's show to beg the general public for forgiveness. But John Mayer will not be welcomed to share the couch with Oprah after his controversial Playboy interview. Oprah is refusing to have the musician on her show because she is dear friends with Mayer's ex Jennifer Aniston. I think it's amazing that every time something happens, folks run to Oprah for forgiveness. She's taking a good position by not getting involved though. If she did, it would definitely tarnish her credibility a bit.

Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur of France on Monday became the first black couple to compete in Olympic pairs skating. It has to be an amazing site to see. Black is so beautiful and probably so graceful together on ice.

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We Are The World 25 For Haiti Video and Lyrics

Here the lyrics:

And here are the lyrics:
[Justin Bieber]
There comes a time
When we head a certain call
[Nicole Scherzinger & Jennifer Hudson]
When the world must come together as one
[Jennifer Hudson]
There are people dying
[Jennifer Nettles]
And it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
[Josh Groban]
We can’t go onPretending day by day
[Tony Bennet]
that someone, some
how will soon make a change
[Mary J Blige]
We are all a part of
God’s great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need
[Michael Jackson]
We are the world
We are the children
[Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
[Barbra Streisand]
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Miley Cyrus]
Send them your heart
So they’ll know that someone cares
[Enrique Iglesias]
so there cries for help
will not be in vein
[Nicole Scherzinger]
We can’t let them suffer
no we cannot turn away
[Jamie Foxx]
Right now they need a helping hand
[Wyclef Jean]
Nou se mond la
We are the Children
[Adam Levine]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
so lets start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
[BeBe Winans]
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Michael Jackson]
When you’re down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we can fall
[Celine Dion]
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change can only come
When we stand together as one
[Chorus - All]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
[Nick Jonas]
Got to start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
[Toni Braxton]
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Mary Mary]
We are the world
We are the children
[Tony Bennet]
Its for the children
[Isaac Slade]We are the ones who make a brighter day
[Toni Braxton]
So lets start giving
[Lil Wayne]
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Chorus - All]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we make a better day
Just you and me
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
[Jamie Foxx imitating Ray Charles]
Choice were making
saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Rap - LL Cool J, Will-I-Am, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz]
We all need somebody that we can lean on
when you wake up look around and see that your dreams gone
when the earth quakes we’ll help you make it through the storm
when the floor breaks a magic carpet to stand on
we are the World united by love so strong
when the radio isn’t on you can hear the songs
a guided light on the dark road your walking on
a sign post to find the dreams you thought was gone
someone to help you move the obstacles you stumbled on
someone to help you rebuild after the rubble’s gone
we are the World connected by a common bond
Love the whole planet sing it along
[Chorus - All]
[Kanye West]
Everyday citizens
everybody pitching in
[Singing - Children & Wyclef Jean]
Nou se mond lanou se timoun yo
[Will-I-Am]You and IYou and I
[Kanye West]
Uh, 12 days no waterwishing will to live
we amplified the love we watching multiply
[Kanye West]
Feeling like the Worlds end
we can make the World win
Like Katrina, Africa, Indonesiaand now Haiti needs us, the need us, they need us
[Chorus - All]
[Wyclef Jean]
Haiti, Haiti, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, haHaiti, Haiti, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, haHaiti, Haiti, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, ha


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Belgian officials say at least 25 people have been killed in a collision between two commuter trains outside Brussels. The crash took place in a suburb of Brussels, when two morning commuter trains collided outside the station. That is incredibly sad. There have been a lot of train accidents lately. Maybe they'll do better testing to ensure that people stay safe while traveling.

Twenty-four of the world's biggest mobile operators have teamed up to take on Apple's domination of the mobile applications market after forming an alliance to establish an open platform for developers to reach some 3 billion customers. I think this initiative is a good idea but they will have to match or beat the kinds of applications that Apple offers for this to be the least bit effective.

If you still haven't gotten your swine flu vaccine yet, don't worry there are plenty left. In a frenzy to produce a vaccination to fight the pandemic that is all but over now, government officials are now fearing the 3 billion dollar push for medication will end up as medical waste. It's a shame that when people wanted it, they couldn't produce it and now they're stuck with it. On another note, I'm glad the pandemic is just about over.

After public outcry of how bad Google Buzz is, developers say they are working to revamp the social networking application to combat privacy issues and to allow users to shut the service off if they so choose. I'm extremely happy with these changes. I tried buzz, didn't like it and couldn't get rid of it. Hopefully, Google will take this a message to come on with the come on next time around.

A 15-year-old girl was beaten and robbed in a Seattle Bus tunnel as three unarmed security guards watched it happen. The guards simply called police and watched the girl get beaten and kicked in the head several times. The thieves stole the girl's purse, phone and iPod. What happened to all that 'to protect and to serve' business? These kinds of stories infuriate me and hopefully something can be done to make sure law officials protect the rights of citizens.

President Barack Obama Friday signed into law a bill allowing the United States to borrow another 1.9 trillion dollars, and offsetting the cost of new programs with spending cuts or tax rises. Obama signed the measure, raising the US debt ceiling to 14.3 trillion dollars. How long does it take to pay such a huge debt back? In a minute the rest of the world will own the U.S. just because of what it owes other countries.


Despite the awards Monique has already received for her gripping role in Lee Daniels' film Precious, she says she is ready to take a break from her critically praised talk show and headline the 'Spread the Love' comedy tour. She wants to go back to her roots and connect with her fans on a personal level. I think it's important as you get successful to go back to that place that brought you the success. It keeps you grounded. Besides, Monique is hella funny live.

Fox could be heading to Sarah Palin's doghouse after the animated show "Family Guy" appeared to mock her son's Down syndrome on Sunday night. One of the shows characters dates a woman who apparently suffers from Down syndrome. The woman makes comparisons to Palin's 22-month-old son, Trig. We all have our feelings about Sarah Palin, but to mock an innocent child is just not right.

The remake of the Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie hit "We Are The World" made its debut over the weekend during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games. It features over 80 artists and you guessed it, a rap verse where some of the artists use Auto-Tune. I think the cause that this song was remade for is remarkable, but to put auto-tune on there is just taking it too far.

Rihanna has reportedly landed a raunchy role for her latest movie performance - playing a dominatrix in a remake of kung-fu cult classic The Last Dragon. Okay, I know its about Rihanna right now, but I absolutely LOVE this movie. It was such a hip/pop kung-fu classic, and I'm estatic that there's a remake! :)

Rumors are going around that Beyonce concert in Brazil ended in terror when gunmen opened fire on fans outside the venue. However, Beyonce's rep tells that gunfire didn't break out at her Friday concert in Brazil, despite a false Internet report.There you have it folks, the shoot story is all false! Can't lie, that was a little scary though.

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Trading Places...Make Valentine's Day About Your Man

Men often complain that Valentine's Day is all about us females... So ladies I challenge you to "flip the script" and make this V-Day all about your man...

Females often ponder the question "What can I give him to show my appreciation?" My response is give him something he can appreciate, "a little bit of this & a little bit of that." Your valentine's day surprise should include these 3 key factors:

The WOW Factor...

Do the one thing that your expecting him to do for you and make sure you do it first... YES send an edible arrangement to his job. Why I select fruit over flowers is because most men just don't know what to do with flowers, but the fruit he can actually snack on all day while at work.

The Something to Talk about Factor...

Ladies we all know that men are worse than females at times. They love to brag and boast to their friends about how great their girl is, so give him something to talk about. Find out your mans favorite NBA team. Go to and find a pair of reasonable tickets to the game. Sit court side! TRUST ME STUBHUB.COM has great deals.

The Something to Think About Factor...

While men are willing to share with their peers how great their lady is there are just some details they'll rather keep to themselves. So on this special night pull no stops, cater to your man, cook up his favorite meal, set the mood in the house, have dinner, shower with him, massage him with oils and make the rest a night to remember.

Happy Valentines Day...


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Google launched its new service to bring social updates such as photos and Web links into Gmail and some Google mobile products. Google Buzz, the service allows users to post and browse content from people they regularly communicate with over Gmail in a new stream-like interface. I'm really disappointed in Buzz. It's like a watered down version of Twitter and offers nothing new in the realm of social media developments. Do better Google.

Yesterday former President Bill Clinton underwent surgery to unblock one of the bypass channels leading to his heart. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery six years ago and doctors say had they not performed the procedure yesterday, he probably would have suffered a heart attack at some point. Friends say his health habits have changed some, but he still takes risks. I hope Clinton takes this as a sign to take much better care of himself. A bad heart is definitely nothing to sneeze at. Get better Bill!

The South braces itself for a rare snow storm that is expected to dump inches of snow on regions who haven't experienced a snowfall in upwards of ten years. Dallas, TX was blanketed with 9 inches yesterday with Atlanta due to get 5 inches and other areas like Mobile, Alabama and parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi predicted to get up to 8 inches of snow. This snow could be crippling to these areas since they aren't used to getting this kind of winter weather. Hopefully this will be the last of the winter weather. Ugh, is spring here yet?

A new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine say that obesity in children may pave the way to an early grave, well before the age of 55. Childhood obesity is a risk factor for long-term complications, though that is something experts have suspected for years and can only now prove. This is why it is imperative to get our children moving and tell them to put down the video games and play outside. It could be the difference between life and an early death.

President Barack Obama will be the commencement speaker at Hampton University in May. This should encourage any student to get on track for graduation if they weren't headed there already. This is truly an honor. I remember Oprah speaking at my graduation and it making me even more proud to be graduating.

Thousands of Haitians crowded churches in the capital Friday for a national day of mourning a month after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake killed more than 200,000 and left this Caribbean country struggling for survival. The entire world should have went into a day of mourning. My heart still goes out to these people. I couldn't imagine ever being strong enough to go through such a devastating event.


Iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead yesterday after an apparent suicide. The designer, 40, was on the brink of presenting his new spring line at Paris Fashion Week and was undoubtedly at the height of his career. New developments report his mother passed away just days before his death. This is really sad news. He was such an inspired designer and fashion visionary. It just goes to show you that money, power and fame can't always buy happiness.

Rapper Dr. Dre dropped a lawsuit claim yesterday suing the label Death Row Records, citing failure to pay royalties due and for releasing a new version of his iconic album The Chronic without his permission. The suit was filed in a Los Angeles Court and claims Dre hasn't been paid royalties since the initial album dropped in 1996. If this claim is indeed true, Dre should definitely be given what's rightfully his.

Owen Van Natta, the chief executive of News Corp.'s troubled social network MySpace, has quit after only 10 months on the job. In the midst of the company's recently unsuccessful revitalization efforts, Van Natta was apparently clashing with Chief Executive John Miller who has since replaced him with two upper level executives who are close to him. Sounds like a conspiracy to me but good thing Van Natta got off that sinking ship before it really hits an iceberg and sinks indefinitely.

Naomi Campbell has become the talk of New York's Fashion Week already for her Fashion for Relief benefit. The planned all-star fashion event taking place. Proceeds from the show go to help build up the health care system in Haiti for suffering mothers and children. The show will be streamed live on I love to see celebrities coming together to use their status and influence for a good cause. Besides, with Naomi heading up the show, I'm sure it's going to be all kinds of fierce!

Gabourey Sidibe is featured in the February 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.The Precious actress talked about her confidence and her Hollywood crush. Her confidence is something that every little girl should pick up. She amazes me more and more each day.

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My Daddy is My Valentine....

A lot of dads today don't understand how important a father/daughter bond actually is. We as females tend to hold on to the precious moments with our fathers. Remember in Beyonces song titled Daddy when she stated, "I remember when you used to take me on a bike ride every day on the bayou, I remember that we were inseparable"...

I have fond memories of every Valentines Day rolling around and my father leaving a gift for his ladies on the kitchen table. Mom would have a huge bouquet of white roses, chocolates and a nice jewelry box. My sisters and I would have a little box of chocolates, a rose, card, and a small jewelry box. We would all anxiously open our gift boxes to see who got what. This always made my Valentines Day super special. Whether I had a valentine or not, I knew that there was one man in my life who truly loved me unconditionally. That man didn't have to wait for one special day to show me his love, he gave it to me all year round. So with that I say, "Thank You Daddy." Fathers show your little girl that she is special and that she doesn't have to wait on a man to show her love, because the love you have for her is already stong.

Happy Valentines Day...

Leah Janell


It seems the economy brings more bad news each day, but it brings pain to my heart when it starts effecting the children of our community, and the history of our country. My hometown and the high school I hold dear to my heart, are no exception to those effected by financial issues.

Marc W. Haas, Orchestra Conductor and Music teacher at Detroit's Cass Technical High School, writes a letter expressing his regrets about the historical Cass Tech orchestra program coming to an end.

Excerpts] “Dear Orchestra Students and Parents, It is with profound regret that I have to inform all of you that I am scheduled to be laid off as of Sunday, March 7, 2010. My teaching assignment is 'not currently designated as a critical shortage area,' therefore, after history of some 90 years, the Cass Tech orchestra program finally comes to an end. It is of absolutely vital importance that the students continue to work hard--indeed, now, harder than ever--as these layoffs are sometimes rescinded at the last moment. Now, more than ever, the students have to 'show out'--if the excellence of our program counts for anything, NOW is when we have to show that excellence.

Aja Burrell Wood, PhD Candidate at The University of Michigan in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and former student of Cass Technical High School, writes about the scheduled layoff of Marc W. Haas.

“More than 25 music and art teachers are threatened with Feb. 28 or March 7, 2010 layoffs. In my view, the arts programs in Detroit are one of the things that have been working for decades within the Detroit Public School system despite its troubles in other areas. Losing arts teachers and programs would only serve to put Detroit's youth in further peril."

The program has produced such great musical talent and would be a disservice not to continue such a great program. Below are some notable CT alum from the arts programs:

Diana Ross, ‘62, Musician

David Alan Grier, ‘73, actor and comedian

Tracy Reese, fashion designer

Edward “Ed” Gordon, news anchor (BET)

Joseph Striplin, musician (violin) - 1st Af. Am. member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Charles Burrell, musician (contra bass) - one of the first Af. Am. members of the Denver Symphony Orchestra.

Ali Jackson, ‘93, musician (drums, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra...plays for Wynton Marsalis)

Lily Tomlin, ‘57, Actress (Oscar-nominated)

Muriel Costa-Greenspon, musician (New York City Opera)

And many more...

The students, the teachers, and the program needs your support.

When writing letters of support for the continuation of Cass Tech's orchestra and Mr. Haas's job, and for music and fine arts overall in the Detroit Public Schools system, here is a a complete list of the emails for DPS administrative staff and board members:

Please include and so the responses can be tracked.

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If we don't stand up for what we think is important...who will?


Twitter Question of the Day: Black Women Would You Date Outside of Your Race?

Take a look at what black women and other minorities had to say about dating outside of their race. Below respond to one of the comments or leave your own answer to the question.

@Imkeepingup I'd date other minorities, prolly not n e thing too serious tho

@Imkeepingup no, I'm not attracted to men of other races.

@Imkeepingup girl hell yes I don't have time to discriminate against fine, it comes n every shade

@Imkeepingup I prefer not to.

@Imkeepingup i think more women without brothers are open to dating outside of their race.

@Imkeepingup: I would, love knows no color in my opinion.

@Imkeepingup yes i would date outside my race! JESUS didnt see color!

@Imkeepingup I would

@Imkeepingup: heck yeah. Preference is blk men but dated others. It's 2010.

@Imkeepingup yea I is color blind & at this point its one of the most important things for me

@Imkeepingup absolutely not

@Imkeepingup whatabout puerto ricans/dominicans? cuz if ur from NYC, a black+ a rican or dominican ain't interracial lol

@Imkeepingup yeah otherwise i wudnt be here! but i do have preference to my own...

@Imkeepingup I dnt think the issue is so much as "would" u. I think it's "who" would u. I'm open, but I never seem to be attracted to them.

I am not going to limit myself to great opportunities just b/c the men aren't of my color of choice. @Imkeepingup

@Imkeepingup I def. would... But I feel like only blk men really understand me. But love is love!

@Imkeepingup I'd go on a date, no harm in that. However, idk how serious it could get...but I'm open to the possibilities.

@Imkeepingup: probably not

@Imkeepingup To answer your question, I have and would...But it's not my preference

@Imkeepingup I don't think I could. Not to say I haven't been attracted to non-Black men, I just wouldn't think we'd have much in common.

@Imkeepingup honestly, i think marriage is the tricky thing ... but id date someone, sure

@Imkeepingup its always more important for me to be someone that understands culture than race.

@Imkeepingup As much as I love Black men, I'm starting to realize the one God made for me may be a different shade. Open to possibilities.

@Imkeepingup been there, done that, not interested in doing it again...

@Imkeepingup I wouldn't date outside my race. Not because I'm against but because I'm not attracted to "others" to that extent.

@Imkeepingup Im not fundamental against it but I dont see it my future

@Imkeepingup sure why never know

@Imkeepingup no. Its just that simple.

Yes! My dad would hate it tho!

@Imkeepingup I tried to but things just got weird so we ended it. He was Asian.


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About 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade in Ohio every year and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited and pushed into sweatshop-type jobs, a new report on human trafficking in the state said. Canada is the main contributor, as Ohio sits at one of it's borders. You never think something could be in your own backyard. You hear of so much child sex trade going on in other countries, but I am so surprised that such a big trade is going on in Ohio. Anything that harms or exploits children makes me sick to my stomach. The people that run these type of trades should be locked up and the key should be thrown away.

Congressional Oversight Panel projects that commercial real estate losses threaten nearly 3,000 mid-sized and small banks and may severely compromise their ability to make loans. There has been so many issues with big banks and small banks it makes me wonder if my money would be safer somewhere else. I just don't think they are managing these banks correctly. It is a bunch of greedy people at the top who are taking all of the money.

Thursday marked the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, while thousands blanketed a Tehran square to hear their president announce the expansion of Iran's nuclear program. I thought the world leaders had a discussion where Iran agreed not to introduce the nuclear program? I could be wrong...

The United States is likely to average $95,000 jobs each month this year according to a White House report released. I will believe it when I see it!

While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in January for whites and Hispanics, it went up three-tenths of a percentage point for blacks. The jobless rate for black men 20 and older rose a full percentage point to 17.6 percent. That rate is closer to the level of Americans who were unemployed at the height of the Great Depression (24.9 percent), than to the percentage of white men (9.1 percent) out of work in January. Surprise surprise. Of course the jobless rate rose for blacks. Lord please have mercy on my people. I hope this changes face.

Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African American to walk in space, and ExxonMobil announced today that more than 1,500 middle school students will participate in free science camps this summer. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps will be hosted in 30 universities across the country. This is wonderful! Anytime someone offers opportunities to kids, we are one step closer to shaping a better future generation.

An acclaimed drama from London about Martin Luther King Jr. is set to open on Broadway this fall. "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall re-imagines the events that take place the night before King's assassination in Memphis in 1968. I cannot wait to this play comes to Broadway. I am so glad that his story will be told in this form. I think that it will bring out audiences of all kinds.

Thousands of people are expected to gather near Cape Town in South Africa today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release. And what a celebration that will be...


Singer Alicia Keys is seen during the recording of her music video along with Beyonce for the song "Put It In a Love Song". The Grammy Award-winning Ladies are filming in the same Rio de Janeiro slum made famous by a Michael Jackson video for "They Don't Care About Us." I hear Brazilian local media are saying Beyonce has a 'special' role in the the video. Not sure why her role is special, considering this is A. Key's song. They both should have special roles I say, (hmm, maybe she's dancing, and what if directors have Keys looking like Beyonce?). Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Actor Louis Gossett Jr, best known for his Oscar-winning role in "An Officer and a Gentleman", said he was fighting prostate cancer. Gossett, 73, said his cancer was in its early stages and that he encourages his African-Americans (whom are victims of prostate cancer) to seek early examinations and treatment for the disease. Often times we recognize that men rarely go to the Doctor, so I respect Lou Gossett for going public to encourage our brothers to start seeking early examinations. Praying for you Lou! He also has three movies coming up including Tyler Perry's April comedy release "Why Did I Get Married Too."

Samsung is pushing out the commemorative “This Is It” hard drive. The hard drive is a Samsung 500GB S2 Portable. The MJ version of the hard drive is decked out in a gold shell with the emblem from the movie on the front. It also comes preloaded with the documentary “This Is It” for your viewing pleasure. The best part probably is the fact that it is preloaded with the documentary....other than that I think it is extra.

John Mayer calls his penis a "white supremacist" in a playboy interview when asked how he feels about so many black women liking him. It had people in an uproar, especially on Twitter. I don't have a problem with him not wanting to have sex with black women. I personally prefer black men and do not want to have sex with white men. No harm, just preference.

Next month, Monique, the Academy Award nominated actress, will headline the 'Spread the Love' comedy tour. Joining Mo'Nique on the 20-city trek will be her BET late night talk show counterpart Rodney Perry, comedian Tone-X, who will serve as the tour's resident Man on the Street, and DJ Ant. Taking a break from her talk show already? Well, I hope she visits New York. I might have to catch one of those shows.

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Young and Keeping Up...Fashion Designer Henry Spencer "Golden Hanger"

I love when the brands and people featured on this site continue to produce greatness. Golden Hanger, a clothing line, was featured awhile back on Keeping Up, and now is back with more unique pieces to share.

Golden Hanger is a brand that provides dresses, tops, leggings, and other made-to-order custom pieces.

The Socialite took a few minutes to ask Henry Spencer, creator of Golden Hanger, how the line is currently doing right now.

The Socialite: What is the inspiration behind your line? What makes Golder Hanger unique and why should people buy it?

Henry Spencer: For 2010, I wanted to go in a different direction with my line. I decided to tone down the "pretty"and give a funky rock attitude to the clothes. Your going to see a lot of leather, zippers, and studs incorporated in the designs.

I love fashion because inspiration can come from anywhere. There was a time time when I saw a roll of black duct tape and immediately thought of a outfit that could be created from using it. A few of my favorite designers are Zac Posen, Valentino, and Viktor & Rolf. Mariel Haan is a genius! She's Rihanna stylist, so that explains enough itself.

The Socialite: Who is Golder Hanger's customer?

Henry Spencer: Majority of my customers are college students/18-24 year old women in the Detroit area. Most of the time my customer contacts me with a theme or idea, and together we brain storm to polish it. My designs are always sexy & chic.

The Socialite: What recent projects are you working on or have you recently completed?

Henry Spencer: This past weekend I hosted a private fashion show preview to show case my 2010 collection. The event was held at Downtown Detroit at Photographer- Dante Marshall's Studio Loft ( show was invite only & catered to local business owners, young professionals, and socialites of Detroit. I wanted to give guests a sneak peek of my line before beginning my yearly college fashion show tour. The feedback I've received has been amazing, which makes me work even harder!

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Polygamy...Can the United States Handle This?

There has been so much talk recently about if polygamy should become legal in the United States. I have had many recent debates and I can't seemed to be convinced on how this could possibly work in our country. For those of you that are not familiar with what polygamy is, it is the practice of multiple marriage. This could be practiced where a man has many wives, and where a woman has many husbands. The more common practiced way is where men have many wives.

In the United States we think that monogamy is the norm, but you might be surprised to know that cultures that practice polygamy out number us greatly. That doesn't really surprise me, because the rest of the world still operates a little different than the Unites States.

Polygamy is usually practiced by the wealthy and the well-off. This is because it usually takes a lot of money to support such a large family of multiple wives and ultimately a lot of children. A man would take on multiple wives only if he could support them and treat them all equally.

Those that practice believe the pros to practicing polygamy are:

1. It is a deterrent to infidelity.
2. Extra hands to help care for children.


1. Jealousy between wives
2. The economics can be hard as well. There is often not enough money to support the wives.
3. Crushes female independence.

Ok let me address the pros.

1. It is a deterrent to infidelity. So basically you are saying that men naturally are going to cheat and that we need to make it easier for them by allowing them multiple wives? I say learn how to commit and stay true to the promise you made to your wife.

2. Extra hands to help care for the children. This one is okay by me. I think it could be nice to have extra motherly figures around to help care for your children. And you will never need a babysitter!

Addressing the cons:

1. Jealousy between wives. This was the first thing that came to my mind when someone brought up that we should practice polygamy in the US. Although there is the theory the man is suppose to treat all his wives equally, I think this can be a difficult thing to do. I am sure a wife might think that one wife is getting more attention, or her children aren't loved as much by the husband. With women in the United States, I am sure this could get ugly.

2. Economics. We are having a hard time right now supporting families of four, and now you are asking a man to support multiple families? I am not clear on how that would work. I know that in today's society women work also, so if everyone in the house were working it could bring more income into the house. However, I think in order for polygamy to truly work, the man would have to be the provider. I say that because it would eliminate the wives being concerned with which woman is contributing the most financially, which probably leads to more jealousy and fighting. So if you eliminate the women working, it takes us back to man being the sole provider.

3. Crushes female independence: The fact that we would have to go back to depending on a man to support us takes us back a few decades to the time when women didn't work. You are surely taking away something that women have worked years for.

I think that for some people polygamy could work. I just think that it takes a completely different mindset that I am not confident that the people in the United States have. I know that we live in a society where cheating is high, so basically women are sharing men anyways. But polygamy is another ball game. It is one thing to learn to deal with one other person in a relationship, but now you are asking us to learn how to deal with multiple personalities. This can be a challenge all around.

And all the men that are asking for this to happen...can you really afford this? Look, if you Bill Gate rich I might consider ;)

What is your position on polygamy?


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A small 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattled people awake early this morning 50 miles outside of Chicago. The quake occurred at 3.59am and officials are saying no one is reported to be hurt nor does there appear to be any significant property damage. Wow! Who ever heard of an earthquake in Illinois?

Nearly every public school district along the Eastern Seaboard from Maryland up to Boston and Philadelphia closed schools today in anticipation of the blizzard conditions threatening the area tonight and as a precaution from the second dose of snow poured on the D.C area. This snowstorm is pure craziness. I know people in that area can't wait until the first signs of spring shines through.

The space shuttle endeavor lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Monday and arrived safely to the International Space Station early this morning. Their mission includes delivery of a new room and observation deck, which will bring the structure that sits 200 miles above our planet very close to completion. Once this space station is completed, who knows the type of things we will be able to do with the other intelligence around the world.

First lady Michelle Obama kicked off her "Let's Move" drive on Tuesday, an agenda of nutrition and exercise programs designed to eliminate "the epidemic of childhood obesity" in a generation. I think what Mrs. O is doing is great. This is an issue that is long overdue and its definitely time someone took the initiative to do something about it.

Reports came out today stating that being bored could potentially be bad for your health. The report, which will come out in April, states that the actual boredom won't hurt you, but could lead to other potentially fatal problems like drinking, smoking, over-eating or even psychological problems. This is actually quite interesting and very true that an idle mind will lead one to mischief. We'll definitely have to wait and see what comes from this.

The president is scheduled to meet with black leaders in the Oval Office to talk about the economy and jobs. Among those expected to attend are Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP, Marc Morial of the National Urban League, the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and Dr. Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women. I love to see our black leaders coming together. I hope they can put their heads together and come up with some effective ways Obama can take care of this economy, because clearly the government isn't helping him.

The Haiti death toll has reached 230,000 people. Blessed the souls of Haiti. This is becoming worse by the day.

An all-star lineup including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Mellencamp, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and others performed some of the best-known numbers from what Obama called the "soundtrack" of the civil rights movement. The energy in the White House has surely changed now that the Obama's are in. The house definitely has flavor now!


Ellen Degeneres made her American Idol debut last night at the start of 'Hollywood Week'. She was the same Ellen we know and love, snarky and funny without being over the top. Her reception to the show was warm with Ellen commenting that Simon was 'meaner' than she thought. I have to admit I was a little skeptical of her addition, but Ellen is quite funny. I'm sure she'll add that extra something the show seems to always be lacking.

Lil Wayne reportedly shot nine music videos last weekend before he is due to head off to jail this week. Only his arrival to jail will be postponed due to sore teeth, resulting in the rapper needing dental work. There's so much to say about this and so little time. But really, I hope he doesn't think he's getting out of not going. No no buddy!

After Dr. Conrad Murray's official charge of involuntary manslaughter came down yesterday, L.A county coroner's have released the official autopsy stating Jackson's death was indeed a homicide. The report states that the drug Murray says he used to help Jackson sleep, is generally used to treat insomnia. I have a feeling this is going to get really ugly. There are going to be a lot of things uncovered in the coming months. I just know it.

Tom Cruise has signed on to make a 'Mission Impossible 4'. After the success of the famous movie trilogy, Cruise will return to the big screen sometime around Memorial Day 2011. I love the Mission Impossible films. It's great to see him going back to the type of films that made him a household name in the first place.

Rapper Drake will headline "The Away From Home Tour," his first North American solo trek, which runs from Apr. 6 through May 8. Drake has "greened" his tour with the use of biodiesel fuel and biodegradable and recyclable products on the bus and backstage. His desire to make his tour 'green' is admirable, but since when do you go on tour when you haven't released an album yet?

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