Saturday, June 25, 2011

McDonald's Victim of Hoax

An online hoax that falsely suggests McDonald’s discriminates against African-American customers is causing a PR headache for the Golden Arches. Over the weekend, the photograph above circulated widely on the internet. The image shows what looks like an official McDonald’s notice in the window of a restaurant, telling customers that blacks will be charged $1.50 extra ”as an insurance measure due in part to a recent string of robberies.” Many internet users retweeted the photo, using the words “Seriously McDonald’s,” to express their disapproval of the burger chain. In response, McDonald’s sent a tweet of its own on Saturday: “That pic is a senseless & ignorant hoax McD’s values ALL our customers. Diversity runs deep in our culture on both sides of the counter.” But that clearly wasn’t enough to clear things up, because Twitter users continued to send out the picture, with that same message of condemnation: “Seriously McDonald’s.” Indeed, so many people sent “Seriously McDonald’s” Tweets that the phrase became a leading entry on Twitter’s trend list. That led to a second, blunter McTweet, on Sunday: “That Seriously McDonald's picture is a hoax.”

Saggy Pants vs. Man in Panties-You Decide

Let's start with this. US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder said the airline's dress code forbids indecent exposure or inappropriate attire.

Here's the story from the blog politics from the eyes of an ebony mom:
US Airways allowed this man, to ride on of their flights 8 days before they prohibited a University of Mexico football player, Deshon Marmon from flying on one of their planes. they told him his saggy pants were unacceptable, but a man in his panties is free to ride. What’s the difference? May because the football player was black? No that can’t be a factor. We live in a color blind society. Sadly not everyone is blind.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Missy Elliott Fights Grave's Disease

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Missy Elliott has revealed that she's been suffering with Graves disease -- an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid -- as of 2008.
Missy reportedly shared details of the diagnosis with People Magazine, saying that the symptoms -- including mood swings and weight loss --- affected her quickly and unexpectedly.

Tyler Perry Tapped As Alex Cross

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Tyler Perry is full of surprises. In the latest news, Madea has been tapped to succed Morgan Freeman as the new Alex Cross, the central character from the successful James Patterson book series that's resulted in two films Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. Not even Vegas would have placed odds on that. But come this June, it will be "lights, camera, action" in I, Alex Cross, the biggest mainstream film yet for Perry.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Serena Williams Wins Opening Match at Wimbledon!

Serena Williams of the US reacts after defeating France's Aravane Rezai in their first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 Serena Williams, 13-times grand slam winner, suffered potentially fatal blood clots in a lung earlier this year, only returning to action last week after nearly a year on the sidelines due to a combination of health issues and injuries.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Iconic Marilyn Monroe Dress Sells for $4.6 Million

The legendary white dress seen billowing under Marilyn Monroe in an iconic image of 1950s Hollywood has sold at auction for $4.6 million, shattering estimates. The dress, worn by the star in the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch," had been expected to fetch between one and two million dollars.
But the sale Saturday, part of a collection of Hollywood memorabilia held by actress Debbie Reynolds, saw Monroe's "subway" dress -- now cream colored from age -- sold for $4.6 million (or $5,520,000, with added fees).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tupac's Shooter Confesses

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Tupac Shakur was shot five times on November 30, 1994 after a night of recording inside Manhattan's Quad Studios and emerged the very next day in a wheelchair to face sentencing on sexual assault charges. He did eventually die, tragically as the result of a drive-by shooting, less than two years after surviving this initial attack.

On the eve of what would have been Tupac's 40th birthday, a man by the name of Dexter Isaac reached out to and admitted to being the one responsible for the robbery and shooting of Tupac in November 1994.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Newsy Notes: Bristol Palin

Does anyone care that Bristol Palin has rented out her Arizona home for $1400 monthly? Do you care that she's in a new relationship? Does it matter that her mother doesn't approve?

Blast From the Past:Happy Birthday, Judy --Rest in Peace Ella

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The one and only Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm on this day, 89 years ago. (Yes, Judy played Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ in 1939.)

Actress and singer. Born on Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy Garland, the star of many classic musical films, was known for her tremendous talent and troubled life. She started out in show business at an early age. The daughter of vaudeville professionals, she started her stage career as a child.

Arnold's Mistress Breaks Silence

In an interview with Hello! Magazine, Baena finally reveals the name of the 13-year-old love-child -- Joseph -- and says when he found out Arnold was his father, his reaction was, "Cool!"

During the interview, Mildred says Maria sensed "something was up" after hearing "whispers" in the household about Joseph's resemblance to Arnold.

Mildred explained, "[Maria] would say things like, 'I’m here if you need to talk.' I sensed something was up. I have so much love and respect for Maria."

Shaq Involved in Kidnapping, Robbery and Sex

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Shaquille O'Neal is embroiled in a criminal case in which 7 gang members allegedly kidnapped, beat up and robbed a man who claimed to have a tape showing Shaq having sex with other women while he was married to Shaunie.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Ladell Rowles -- a member of the Main Street Mafia Crip Gang in L.A. who is friends with Shaq -- along with 6 other members went on a search and destroy mission in L.A. on February 11, 2008. They believed a man named Robert Ross had the sex tape and they tried getting it back with the help of a gun or two.

Monday, June 13, 2011

"The Book of Morman" Big Tony Awards Winner

“The Book of Mormon” inscribed its own chapter of Broadway history Sunday night, winning the Tony Award for best musical as well as eight others — a formidable harvest for the irreverent songfest by “South Park’s” Matt Stone and Trey Parker and “Avenue Q’s” Robert Lopez.

“Mormon’s” bounty of nine trophies made it the top Tony-earner at the ceremony for the 65th annual awards, telecast from the Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. Alongside “Mormon,” the Tony voters named the British import “War Horse” — a story told with life-size equine puppets — the best new play of the 2010-11 season.

Although “The Book of Mormon” fell short of the record 12 Tonys collected in 2001 by “The Producers,” it proved to be the evening’s juggernaut, snagging statuettes for original score, book, orchestrations, set design, sound design, lighting, direction and featured actress (Nikki M. James).

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Michael Vick Gives Commence Address and Scholarships

After asking a question ninth grader Timajah Johnson, right, hands Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a microphone at Martin Luther King High School, Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In the minutes before giving his first commencement speech, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick professed to be more nervous than before a football game.

He had nothing to worry about. A lovingly raucous crowd of several hundred cheered Vick throughout his remarks Friday to graduates of the alternative Camelot high schools at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The fact that he surprised a pair of students with $5,000 college scholarships didn't hurt either. The theme of redemption proved to be the heart of the connection between the ex-con NFL superstar and the 450 graduates. Camelot's six campuses in Philadelphia serve about 1,800 students with emotional, disciplinary or academic problems.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tyson, Stallone and Chavez Inducted to Int"l Boxing Hall of Fame

Actor Sylvester Stallone, left, and boxer Mike Tyson clasp hands after Stallone's induction speech at the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., on Sunday, June 12, 2011. Tyson and Stallone were inducted into the hall.
CANASTOTA, NY - On December 7, 2010, the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico), junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu (Russia / Australia), heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (USA), trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain (Mexico), referee Joe Cortez (USA) and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone (USA).

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2011 and very much looking forward to honoring the 22nd class of inductees,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

The 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 9-12th in Canastota, NY. Over 20 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, parade and autograph card show, are planned. An impressive celebrity lineup of boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this year’s Induction Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Official Enshrinement Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 12th to welcome the newest members.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: bantamweight Memphis Pal Moore, light heavyweight champion Jack Root and welterweight and middleweight Dave Shade in the Old-Timer Category; promoter A.F. Bettinson in the Non Participant Category; broadcaster Harry Carpenter in the Observer Category; and John Gully in the Pioneer Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

After his induction, Mike Tyson broke down in tears and cut short his speech while Sylvester Stallone proclaimed "Yo, Adrian, I did it!" as the two stars from different fields were inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Tyson tried to honor the late trainer Cus D'Amato, who became his legal guardian after Tyson's mother died and taught him the sweet science. But his eyes welled with tears and he apologized and walked away from the dais after only a moment or two.

The "Rocky" movie series, which began in 1976, made Stallone what he is today and also captured boxing's heart for decades. The actor wrote the script about an underdog boxer from Philadelphia named Rocky Balboa and then played the part in the movies.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Learning About the American Flag

We laugh and shake our hands in shame when politicans make mistakes about American history. But, what do we know and what are we doing to learn?

The annual American Flag Day is coming up and it’s a great time for a quiz. Test your knowledge of the rules for displaying the Stars and Strikes. Most people don’t even know some of these protocols (I didn’t and it can be a learning experience for you too).

The American flag can be displayed in one of two directions, with the stars at the top of the flag on the observer’s left.

It should be placed on a certain side of a speaker or staging area. Other flags should be placed on the opposite side.

The Stars and Stripes bear an unmistakable resemblance to the flag of a West African country.

There’s an important rule it is flown with other national flags. There are also rules about the staffs on which they to be displayed. And during peacetime, international law forbids any flag from being flown in a certain way when grouped with those of other nations.

Any old red, white and blue won’t cut it. The colors are strictly defined.

A prominent spot is reserved for the American flag when it’s flown in a group of states, localities or societies. It might surprise you to find out the proper way to dispose of it. You have to burn it.

When a flag is suspended across a street, it should hang in a certain way with the stars pointing in one of two directions.

There are so many other protocols and a reason for each one. The list goes on and on. However, it’s important for every American to learn the history.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Don King $15.9 Million Deal

Boxing promoter Don King has unloaded his palatial, two-home Manalapan estate for a whopping $15.9 million.

The two adjacent homes, which boast over 24,000 square feet and contain 13 bedrooms and 17 and a half baths, had been listed for $19.995 million.

The property also has 300 feet of space directly on the ocean and two docks on the Intracoastal waterway, according to Engel & Volkers agent Jack Elkins, who handled the sale.

Elkins didn't say who bought the property, but said it sold in less than 45 days and was one of the highest prices paid for an oceanfront property in the past three years.

King, 79, bought both houses separately in 1999 with his wife, Henrietta, paying $7.8 million and $6.5 million.

Henrietta King died in December at age 87.
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Happy Birthday, Sasha Obama

The youngest Obama daughter is celebrating her 10th birthday on June 10. Natasha, better known as Sasha, was first photographed at the tender age of 3, when her father was elected as U.S. Senator for the state of Illinois. She went on to win Americans' hearts when she said "Hi Daddy," to then presidential hopeful Barak Obama, via satellite, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

AFI Life Achievement Award to Morgan Freeman

Standing on the soundstage where Fred Astaire once danced and Dorothy skipped down the yellow brick road, Morgan Freeman accepted the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Helen Mirren, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Robbins and Forest Whitaker were among the stars who feted Freeman during a ceremony Thursday at Sony Studios, former home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The storied Stage 15 -- which AFI Chair Sir Howard Stringer said was once graced by Astaire and Judy Garland in film -- was transformed into an elegant ballroom, its walls draped in red and gold and dotted with giant framed photos of Freeman, whom Poitier introduced as "a prince of the craft of acting."

In a room filled with hundreds of his colleagues and friends, Freeman listened to star after star share what they admire about him and his work. The 74-year-old Oscar winner sat at the head table near the center of the room, beaming.

Jackson told the actor he was inspired by both Freeman's work and his words.

"In a world of too much cubic zirconium, you are the real thing," he said.

Whitaker called Freeman an "adviser, a beacon, a confidant, a shoulder to lean on, protector, and friend," both in real life and in the characters he has played on film.

Freeman blew Robbins a kiss when "The Shawshank Redemption" star said, "It was an honor being locked up with you, Morgan."

The three-and-a-half-hour celebration included clips of Freeman's legendary films and early performances -- including him singing and dancing on TV's "The Electric Company" in the early 1970s -- interspersed with recorded segments of Freeman and other actors and filmmakers reflecting on his career.

There were clips of Freeman the soldier, as in 1989's "Glory"; Freeman the detective, as in "Se7en"; Freeman the loyal friend, as in "Driving Miss Daisy"; and Freeman as God, as in "Bruce Almighty" and "Evan Almighty."

"I should be ashamed to say that sooner or later, I knew that someone was going to call on me to play God," Freeman said. "I just had to be sure that when I said OK, that it was a comedy."

There were also musical tributes: Garth Brooks and a chorus performed "Lean on Me," Betty White changed the words from "Hello, Dolly" to "Hello, Morgan," and Rita Moreno performed her own unique song that she said she'd written just for the occasion.

Eastwood presented Freeman with the star-shaped AFI award, calling him "the greatest actor."

"He is the most effortless person to be around and to act," Eastwood said. "I don't know if it's proper to love another man, but this is as close as I'm going to get to it."

Freeman appeared truly humbled.

"This is easy to take but hard to believe. Where I come from in Mississippi, they call this walking in high cotton," he said. "For me, heaven has always been about acting in the movies.

"I'm proud to be an actor, although for this one night, you've made me feel like a star."

Freeman is the 39th recipient of the AFI honor, which recognizes those whose talent helps advance the art of film. Previous honorees include Poitier, Eastwood, Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock.

The AFI ceremony will air as a special on TV Land on June 19.

Source-Associated Press

Malcolm X Daughter Pleads Guilty to Theft

A youngest daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X has pleaded guilty to stealing the identity of an elderly family friend to run up more than $55,000 in credit card bills.

Malikah Shabazz was freed from jail Thursday after entering the plea at a courthouse in New York City. She had been in custody since her Feb. 18 arrest in North Carolina.

Her deal with prosecutors calls for her to pay back the money and be on probation for five years.

Queens prosecutors say the 46-year-old used the name of a 70-year-old woman whose late husband was one of Malcolm X's bodyguards to acquire credit cards that Shabazz used to run up big debts.

Malikah Shabazz will be sentenced to five years probation next month as long as she pays back the $55,000 owed to various credit card companies, Queens prosecutors said. If not, she could be locked away for seven years.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal Retires

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After 19 years, Shaquille O'Neal retired from the NBA in a video posted on Twitter. At 39 years old, O'Neal was the oldest active player in the league. See the details and more information in the Related Articles below.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Idris Elba on the Move

"My assistant was shrieking so loud I had to clean my ears out before I could understand what she was saying," says Idris Elba, calling from the London set of the BBC America drama Luther. Elba was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie; U.S audiences may know him best for his roles as Michael Scott's boss in The Office and his stint as Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire.

"I'm flabbergasted and in shock," the East London native told USA TODAY's Marco R. della Cava this morning. "But at least I'm on set and I can channel that emotion back into my work."

Elba was particularly stunned by the company he's keeping in this Globe category, which includes nominations for Al Pacino (the Emmy-winning You Don't Know Jack) and Dennis Quaid (as President Clinton in The Special Relationship).

Source: The Grio; USA Today

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Psychologist Fired For "Why Black women Are Less Attractive"

A psychologist has been fired from his blogger post at Psychology Today and had his profile page deleted by the company's website after posting a "study" blog stating "Why All Black Women Are Less Attractive."

Satoshi Kanazawa, also employed by the London School of Economics, recent posting of an unfounded blog stating, "black women are rated less attractive than other women," received disdain from hoards of angry people, not just black women.

His "scientific analysis" of black women's inferior beauty is based on the opinions of unidentified "interviewers" and their entirely subjective standards of beauty.

Having some men in white coats rate the attractiveness of a handful of women on a scale of 1-5 resembles a glorified version of the game "hot or not", not some serious attempt at engaging the scientific method.

My question is How was Kanazawa allowed to spew his hateful message about "racial inferiority". Psychology Today's attempt to generate attention and profit backfired resulting in a so called "apology". Never mind the fact that the publication damaged its credibility.

Source: The Grio Blog, Lori Adelman

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