Saturday, November 16, 2013

Working Her Way Back: Paula Deen's Redemption

The last I heard on celebrity "chef" Paula Deen was the termination of various television and endorsement deals in the wake of her inappropriate comments which some considered racist. The race and gender based discrimination lawsuit got lots of media coverage and Paula lots big bucks in the wake of all the negative publicity. When I thought about Paula Deen after the fallout, I felt bad for her and wondered how things could go so terribly wrong in such a short time.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Harvard Honors Du Bois Medal Winners

Sometimes honors are bestowed amid lots of fanfare and publicity, i.e. the Oscars, the Emmy and the Tony Awards. Everybody know about the winners and the nominees. But, many worthwhile honors are bestowed on worthy recipients with little to no bluster and media coverage. Harvard's Du Bois Medals are worthwhile, but not widely covered. The awards have been given since 2000 and many have never even heard of them nor of its winners. This year's awards mark the launch of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

This year, Harvard's Du Bois Medal were awarded to six luminaries Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Director Steven Spielberg, and Georgia Civil Rights Activist and U. S. Rep. John Lewis. The Medal is awarded to those whose work contributed to African and African American culture. It is the highest honor in African and African American Studies.Other honorees were Sr. Presidential Adviser Valerie Jarrett, playwright (Lincoln) Tony Kushner, and NBA Commissioner David Stern. Congressman Lewis and Valerie Jarrett could not attend the ceremony, staying in Washington to address the government shutdown.

Justice Sotomayor, the first Latina Justice, was honored for inspiring children by telling stories of her upbringing, while Spielberg was honored, not only for his film making, but also for establishing a foundation to record oral histories of survivors of the holocaust and other genocides.

In 1890 Harvard awarded W. E. B. Du Bois, the first Ph. D. granted to an African American. Today, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of African and African American Research.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

More "Star Wars"-The Force Welcomes Lucas-Hobson Baby

The Huffington Post announced exclusively that on Friday, August 9, "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Ariel Investments president Mellody Hobson, welcomed a daughter into the world.
Everest Hobson Lucas is the first biological child for both parents, but she's far from an only child. The newborn, who was delivered via surrogate, is a little sister to Lucas' adopted children, Amanda, 32; Katie, 25; and Jett, 20.

Lucas and Hobson were married on June 22 at Skywalker Ranch, in Marin County, California. Journalist Bill Moyers officiated the ceremony, and director Steven Spielberg toasted the groom.
In addition to serving as president of Ariel Investments, Hobson, 44, is chairman of Dreamworks Animation and a financial contributor with CBS.

 Lucas, 69, sold his production company, Lucasfilm Ltd., to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion in October 2012. "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams has since signed on to direct the first in a series of planned "Star Wars" sequels, set to begin filming early next year.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Five Shocking Retirement Facts

Retirement is an opportunity to enjoy the things that make you happy. You need a solid strategy to help ensure you'll have enough income to live comfortably after you stop working. There are several retirement savings and planning strategies for you to consider.

Despite the Dow hitting all-time highs, millions of Americans still have a dismal outlook when it comes to their own ability to retire.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

That Fabulous 1%: Richest Women in the U. S.

Each year Forbes Magazine releases its lists of the world's richest men and women. In the case of the women, much remained the same as the 2011 list including the fact that most of the women are not self-made, but instead inherited their money. Many of the richest women in the world are American.
Here's a list of the five richest women in the U.S.

Christy Walton-age 57 ($29.9 billion)

Christy Walton is the sixth richest person in the U. S. and the tenth richest person in the world. She is the widow of John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. After John Walton died in a plane crash in 2006, Christy inherited his fortune including enough stock to make more than $220 million in dividends in just six months. With the recent price appreciation of Wal-Mart's stock, the Walton family's wealth has continued to grow.

 Alice Walton- age 63 ($27.1 billion)
Alice Walton is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and heiress to a portion of the Walton fortune. She recently opened an art museum with art being displayed from the Walton estate. Although she is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations, her reputation has been clouded by a series of DUI arrests.

 Jacqueline Mars-age 73  ($20.1 billion)
Jacqueline Mars made her money from M&Ms, Snickers, Dog Food and many of the other products we use every day. The Mars Company currently has revenue of $30 billion annually and is the world's largest confectionary company. Jacqueline Mars is the third generation of the Mars family after her grandfather, Frank Mars, founded the company in 1911.


Anne Cox Chambers-age 93 ($12.5 billion)

Anne Cox is the daughter of James Cox, the founder of Cox Enterprises. James Cox worked as a school teacher until buying a local newspaper in 1898 which sparked a media business that includes 17 newspapers, 15 TV stations and 86 radio stations.

Abigail Johnson-51 yrs. old ($12 billion)

Abigail Johnson's father, Edward Crosby "Ned" Johnson, controls Fidelity Investments which is the largest mutual fund company in the United States. Already one of the top executives at the firm, she was recently appointed President of the company which confirms the rumored succession plan. Abigail Johnson began working at Fidelity in 1988 as an analyst and she holds a Master's in Business Administration from Harvard University.
The richest women in the United States all have interesting backgrounds. Some are part of a long line of wealthy business owners and have had wealth passed on to them from generation to generation. Others inherited the money from their late husbands. Many of these women have chosen to do noble things with their money, like give to charity. Some of these women have seen their fortunes dwindle because of the decrease in value of their companies, or fighting with relatives over inheritances.
Source: Forbes; Investopedia; Wikipedia

Passing the U. K. Bar at 18: Gabrielle Turnquest

Florida has been in the news quite a bit lately and none of the reports were positive. Restrictive voting decisions, the Trayvon Martin murder trial, and failure to expand health care for citizens through Obamacare make the state seem unresponsive to those in need of assistance. But if you look over the pond to the United Kingdom, one Florida woman has made history.

Gabrielle Turnquest, from Windermere, FL, has become the youngest person to qualify as a barrister in the U. K. Demonstrating her superior academic prowess, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales after passing her exams with flying colors at just age 18. What makes this achievement extraordinary is that the average lawyer undertakes the rigorous Bar Professional Training Course when they are 27, according to University of Law records.  Gabrielle took the course , along with her older sister Kandi, who passed the exams at the age of 22.

"It is even more significant that she's (Gabrielle) is a person of color", says  Dr. Peter Herbert O.B.E., chair of Society of Black Lawyers, the oldest organization of minority lawyers in the U. K.  About 14 percent of African-Caribbeans and Asians qualifying as barristers. It is traditionally been one of the most segregated professions in the country. The Society of Black Lawyers was set up some 40 years ago because of "de facto apartheid in the legal system where the majority of minorities couldn't get a pupillage, the final stage of training to be a practicing barrister. If Gabrielle wants to pursue a career as a barrister in the U. K., she will still have to carry out a pupillage at chambers for at least a year and then be granted a tenancy.

Gabrielle's parents hail from the Bahamas which enabled her to take the British exam. She eventually hopes to work in the Bahamas as a fashion law specialist. She plans to qualify as a lawyer in the U. S. In the U. K. there are two types of lawyers: barristers who stand before a judge and represent clients in courts, and solicitors who put cases together working out of a law firm.

Courtenay Griffiths QC, a prominent, Jamaican-born, London-based British barrister was called to the Bar in 1980. He tells us that despite increases in women and minorities being called to the Bar, they tend to be concentrated in publicly funded work. Privately funded portfolios, Griffiths says, tend to be skewed toward "Public school educated or Oxbridge graduates" and "black faces there are still very much scarce."

"The nearer you get to the power and money the fewer of us (minorities) you'll see. So commercial law, for instance, is particularly restricted," said Dr. Peter Herbert.

Best of luck to Gabrielle and her sister Kandi in their chosen endeavors.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Las Vegas Twin Valedictorians Head to Stanford

 Marcus and Malcolm Allen were busy signing autographs to middle schoolers on Friday morning. The Centennial High School graduates and 18 year-old twins are anything but average.

Both have been named class valedictorians, graduating with 4.8 grade point averages. In the fall, they'll be heading to Stanford University with basketball scholarships in hand.

"It's been a very long road, academically and athletically," Marcus tells Action News. However, they both agree it's been well worth the effort.

In a talk Friday morning with middle schoolers at Del Sol High School, the twins pushed the importance of working hard to achieve success.

Mother Trina Wiggins graduated from Stanford University several years ago. "You have to have a plan. You can't just go day to day and think this is going to miraculously happen," she tells us.

She helped the two put their future plans into place when they were only seventh graders. Both started taking SAT prep classes in middle school.

"It all pays off and I feel like the earlier you start, the better you'll end up," adds Malcolm.

The two are excited to play basketball for the Stanford Cardinals. In the future, they hope to play in the NBA for the Lakers.

Obama's Disability Liaison: Meet Claudia Gordon

Last week, Claudia Gordon began her new role in the White House Office of Public Engagement as the Public Engagement Advisor to the Disability Community.  Her title is Associate Director. Gordon will be a liaison between the disability community and the Obama Administration, a role which was previously filled by Kareem Dale.
Previously, Gordon worked at the U.S. Department of Labor where she focused on improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She has held leadership positions at the National Council for Disability, American Association of People with Disabilities, and the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center. She also worked for the U. S. Dept. of Homeland Security.


Gordon, who suddenly lost her hearing at age eight, hails from Jamaica and came to the United States when she was eleven.  She graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 2000, the first deaf student to accomplish that feat.
Congratulations to Claudia Gordon on her new position and we look forward to seeing her make a difference on issues impacting children and youth with disabilities and the professionals who work on their behalf.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Man Executed for Killing 2 Neices and 2 Nephews

Henry 'Curtis' Jackson, Jr.
A Mississippi man convicted of killing four young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage was executed Tuesday, despite pleas from his two sisters to spare the brother who killed their children.

Henry “Curtis” Jackson Jr. was pronounced dead after receiving an injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, officials said.

Jackson’s sister, Glenda Kuyoro, stifled a sob when she walked into the witness room earlier and saw her brother on the gurney. Jackson’s eyes were closed when the witnesses arrived and he never looked in the direction of his family.

Earlier, the 47-year-old inmate had spent the day receiving relatives, including one of the sisters whose two children were slain and who survived the stabbing attack. The slain children ranged from 2 to 5 and were killed as Jackson reportedly was trying to steal his mother’s safe while she was away at church, court records showed.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant declined to stop the execution though he said he was “deeply touched” by requests for clemency from the sisters and his brother-in-law.
“There is no question that Mr. Jackson committed these heinous crimes, and there is no clear and convincing evidence that compels me to grant clemency,” Bryant said.

The attack took place Nov. 1, 1990, at Jackson’s mother’s home in the Delta region.
The mother was at church that day, and Regina Jackson was there with her two daughters and four nieces and nephews. She was stabbed five times and survived the attack.  Her two daughters and two nephews were stabbed to death, records showed. Another niece was so severely injured that she was a paraplegic until her recent death.

Jackson has said he doesn’t remember stabbing the children.

Source: The Grio

Friday, July 19, 2013

Communicating with the Class of 2016

It's been said that the Class of 2016 entering college this year measures their fundamental particles of life in bits, bytes, and bauds. They have less faith in government, worry about mounting student loans and getting a job after college, and question the value of a college degree. Those born in 1994 worry about high unemployment and the difficult economic situation.  The big question for seniors like me is how to communicate with this new generation.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Super Heroes Turn 50

Fifty years ago American crusaders had a banner year. "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book first hit the newsstands in the spring, and the X Men and the Avengers debuted that autumn. It's hard to imagine these classic heroes with memberships in AARP.

Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man earned his own comic book in 1963, a year after his creation. Peter Parker, a teen bookworm, aka Spider-Man, got his signature abilities when he was bitten by a radioactive arachnid. First featured in "Amazing Fantasy" No. 15, Spidey as he is affectionately called, was a huge hit and graced the Marvel A-list ever since.

The original band of diverse heroes, "The Avengers" No. 1 appeared in 1963. The team convened at the cry "Avengers assemble" to stamp threats not even the mightiest warrior can conquer alone. This stellar group included Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor and Iron Man.

Marvel's band of mutant crime fighters  appeared in" The X-Men" No. 1 in 1963. The original six members of the group were Marvel Girl, Angel, Professor Xavier, Beast, Cyclops, and Iceman. The X-Men have grown to legions since the original six and have taken on current issues through the years. last year openly gay X-Man Northstar married his longtime beau becoming the first same-sex marriage in comics and also the first mutant-human union.

Veteran heroes are well beyond their 50th year: Superman (1938), Batman (1939), Wonder Woman (1941), and Captain America (1941).

These heroes, each with their own personalities and unique skills, continue to fire up audiences at the box office, raking in billions with each offering. Future scheduled movie releases include The Avengers (Untitled) on May 1, 2015, The Amazing Spider-Man #2 on May 2, 2014, and The S-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2015. These Superheroes have listened to Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame when he says "Live long and prosper".

Happy 50th, Superheroes!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Best Man" Holiday Sequel

After fourteen years on the shelf, look for a holiday sequel to "Best Man" in November. Stars Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall, picks up when the group of friends reunite over the Christmas holidays.

The original film grossed over $35 million at the box office. Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote, directed and co-produced the original, will resume all three roles for the sequel.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Meet A Real Hero: Michael Patterson

In order to make the media notice you today, you have to do or say something outrageous, offensive, and over the top. If you do, you can be assured of at least three day of media attention. It's a sad state of affairs and tends to make me wonder where are the real people in this country. I often wonder where are the people that work hard, stay out of trouble, and live by "the good book". That's why I want you to meet Michael Patterson, a common man and a real hero.

Michael Patterson is the 43-year-old Georgia man who dived into a creek to save a 4-year-old girl from drowning. Because of his act of bravery, Javeah Jones was able to be resuscitated.

Patterson's dive was not the first time that he had demonstrated his bravery. A week before, he and another man had pulled a truck driver from his cab after the truck caught fire. His mother told WSB-TV that her son didn't see what the big deal was about his part in rescuing the man from the truck fire.
"He said he did what he thought, what he hoped anyone else would have done for him. That's not a very common thing anymore, for anyone to care about someone they don't know," she told the press.
Patterson's bravery was commended across the Web. Comments on the Yahoo News story after his injury reflected the immense respect people had for his actions. One commenter wrote, "there really are no words to express the character of this man." Another wrote, "now this is what a hero looks like."
"He jumped in head first and after I grabbed her, I looked back and he was floating on top of the water," Carlissa Jones told Michael's son was at the scene that day.
During the dive, Patterson hit his head, broke his neck and severed his spinal cord and became paralyzed from the chest down during the rescue. He also developed respiratory acidosis, pneumonia and a bacterial infection after the injury. Michael Patterson died after spending three weeks in a hospital. The medical problems that came after the broken neck contributed to his death, Polk County Coroner Trey Litesey told news outlets.
The Patterson family shared the news on Facebook

Mike’s spirit and selfless actions inspired tens of thousands who sent cards, letters and emails and engaged in posts at the Friends of Mike Patterson Facebook page ( His life and the lives of others are forever changed by his courageous, split-second decision to save another’s life. Mike’s tragic story made news headlines around the globe. His heroic act stirred an outpouring of emotion and a desire to help Mike in his time of need. His caring nature will forever be honored.
At this time, funeral or any other arrangements are not known. The Friends of Mike Patterson Trust will post additional information as it becomes available. Please keep Mike's family and friends in your prayers.

My heart goes out to Michael's family. He was a true hero and I'm glad he passed this way.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Star Wars Creator Jumps The Broom

People magazine reports Star Wars Creator George Lucas (69) jumped the broom with fiancee Mellody Hobson (44) this past weekend. The couple announced their engagement in January after dating for seven years. The pair tied the knot  at an intimate gathering in Marin, California, the same location as Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. The bride was given away by former U. S. Senator  and NY Knicks star Bill Bradley.

Lucas sold his "Star Wars" empire to Disney last year. his estimated net worth is about $7.3 billion. He was previously married to Marcia Lucas from 1969 to 1983.

With a Bachelor's degree from Princeton University, it seems that George Lucas isn't the only genius of the duo. Hobson earned her degree in 1991 from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This power couple is certainly an intellectual "force" to be reckoned with.

The new Mrs. Lucas probably makes a grand total of just under $ 1 million per year, so her net worth is probably several million dollars. According to Forbes, the bride serves as the President of Ariel Investments (Chicago-based investment management firm and adviser to the mutual funds offered by the Ariel Investment Trust) since 2000, and as President and Director of its governing member, Ariel Capital Management Holdings, Inc. She also serves as President (since 2002) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees (Chairman since 2006, trustee since 1993) of the Ariel Investment Trust (registered investment company). Ms. Hobson has served as a director of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. since 2004 (Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Nominating and Governance Committee), Starbucks Corporation since 2005 (Vice-Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee) and Groupon, Inc. since 2011. She also works with a variety of civic and professional institutions, including serving as board member of the Field Museum, the Chicago Public Education Fund and the Sundance Institute. 
Congratulations to the happy couple.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Alex: The New Guy on Sesame Street

For more than 40 years, “Sesame Street” has been helping kids tackle tough topics like death and divorce. With one in 28 kids having a parent behind bars, the show will now be tackling the topic of understanding jail time. NBC’s Erika Hill reports.

The Sesame Workshop says it created the “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” initiative, an online tool kit intended to help kids with a parent in prison find support and comfort, and provide families with strategies and tips to talk to their children about incarceration.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Travel Agents-Pros and Cons

That time of year has come for my honey and me to take our much loved vacation to Jamaica. We stopped by our local travel agency, expecting to make our travel arrangements through Donna, our reliable long term agent.  Much to our surprise, we were told that Donna no longer worked for the agency. We left the office, totally stunned and faced with the decision-travel agent or the DYI approach.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mr. ZIP

Fifty years ago, the Post Office was in trouble due to an overwhelming increase in business mail. Luckily, Mr. ZIP came to the rescue.

In 1963, the agency rolled out the Zone Improvement Plan, a five-digit code that helped the mail sorting process for delivery to specific locations. The Post Office introduced "Mr. ZIP", who disguised as a caricature of a friendly postal worker helped deliver the message to the public: Remember your ZIP!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Omar Sy-New X-Man: Days of Future Past

Director Bryan Singer added some international flavor to the cast of X-Men: Days Of Future Past with the addition of French thespian Omar Sy into the family of mutants. So why the excitement and who is Omar Sy?

Comedian Omar Sy co-starred in the feel-good box-office blockbluster The Intouchables. Over the past ten years theaters in foreign markets have experienced a massive expansion. The film was a huge hit overseas, raking in over $400 million. An American remake is in the works. Most importantly, Omar Sy won the Best Actor Cesar du Cinema, the French equivalent of the American Oscars. He is the first Black man to achieve this victory.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is in pre-production and is set to start filming next month. This will be Omar Sy's first English-language role, however who he will be playing in the film has not been released at this time.

Congrats on the Cesar victory, Omar and best of luck for the future.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lauryn Hill Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. The Grammy-winning singer stood in federal court Monday for sentencing. Monday's sentencing took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought Hill’s total earnings to about $2.3 million.

Despite having paid more than $900,000 in the past several days, Hill still owes interest and penalties, the U.S. attorney's office said. U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo sentenced her to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bobby Deen is Getting Married!

Of all the members of the Paula Deen family, her youngest son, Bobby, is my favorite. I was pleased to learn that he's found someone to share his life and successes.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Michael Jordan Gets Married

Michael Jordan got married over the weekend in front of a few hundred of his family and closest friends. The Charlotte Bobcats owner exchanged vows with 35-year-old former model Yvette Prieto on Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla. The six-time NBA champion and Prieto met five years ago and were engaged last December.

Michael Jordan danced with his bride during their wedding reception at the Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla., a luxurious private golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus. Jordan, 50, owns a home near the course. The wedding took place at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea with more than 300 guests in attendance, including Tiger Woods, Patrick Ewing and Ahmad Rashad, Jordan’s manager Estee Portnoy.

In lieu of wedding gifts, donations were made to the James R. Jordan Foundation. The wedding flowers were donated to the Jupiter Medical Center.

The entertainment included DJ MC Lyte, singers K’Jon, Robin Thicke and Grammy-Award winner Usher and The Source, an 18-piece band.

The guests were served an all-white, seven-layer white rum wedding cake that was covered in white fondant and sugar crystals, and adorned with crystal brooches and the couples’ monogram on the top layer.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Making Cash-More Kings of Hip Hop

Hip Hop is big business and its stars are raking in mega bucks. Forbes just announced its list of the 50 richest rappers, which offers a few surprises. I posted the top ten rappers on the list in a post on The Emerald Quill blog, but I know some of your favorite rappers didn't get top billing. I thought we might explore those who fell in spots number 11 through 20 and catch a few well know hip hop favorites. Let's take a look see:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Stars We Love To Hate-Kris, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney

Some celebrities seem to have a love-hate relationship with their fans. They teeter on both ends of the spectrum, balancing as much adoration as mounting disgust.  Maybe we secretly resent the fact that they are highly privileged, "blessed" far more than the masses and continue to get richer and more famous every day.

The Kardashian Girls, with a combined net worth of $75 million dollars, and their mother Kris Jenner are among the top female contenders for stars we love to hate:

Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Son Commits Suicide

In an emotional letter, Pastor Rick Warren of Lake Forest, Calif.-based Saddleback Church told his 20,000-strong congregation that his youngest son, Matthew, committed suicide on Friday.  Warren said that his son "suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts".

“In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.”

Pastor Rick Warren said today he and his wife, Kay, are "overwhelmed" by the support they have received.

"Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words. You are all encouraging our #brokenhearts," Warren tweeted today to his almost 1 million followers.

Warren is the popular author of The Purpose Driven Life. According to the Saddleback website, "The Purpose Driven Life" is the best-selling non-fiction hardback book in history. The book begins with a simple premise: It's not about you. It was a hit -- and has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold tens of millions of copies.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Trayvon Martin's Parents Settle with HOA

USA Today reports that the parents of a teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer last year have settled a wrongful-death claim against the homeowners association of the Florida subdivision where their son was killed.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Friday that an attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents — Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin — filed that paperwork in Seminole County and that portions of it were made available for public review Friday.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Georgetown Ex-Coach Saves D. C. Boys & Girls Club

Former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson stepped in to save a D.C. Boys & Girls Club scheduled to close Friday.

The Bill Butler-Julius Wyatt Clubhouse, which opened in 1972, has a $250,000 deficit and needed $42,500 this week to stay open for another three months, said Paul Alagero, the Boys & Girls Club’s local chief development officer.

Thompson’s grandson saw News4′s report Wednesday night and the legendary coach put up the money to keep the clubhouse open for the next three months.

“I have a foundation that I put together for that purpose,” Thompson said. “Most of the time we try to remain anonymous in the things that we try to get done, but I think it’s significant with this to try to get other people to try to help.”

Real estate developer and Boys & Girls Club board member Eddie Kaplan heard about Thompson’s donation and will match it, the Boys & Girls Club said.

“I think it’s important that the club stays open," says Thompson. 

Thompson's son John Thompson III is the current Georgetown coach.

I'm proud of my family's contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs. There may be something that you can do to make a contribution to children in need. Consider volunteering and see what you can do to help. You'll find a great reward in making a positive contribution. Be a part of the solution!

"Docket From Hell": Judge Beds Plaintiff in Courthouse

A Wayne County judge has admitted he had sex with a woman in his chambers while her case was pending in his court.

Judge McCree says that he was just trying to flatter his mistress when he referred to his courtroom as “tatted up, overweight, half-ass English speaking, gap tooth skank hoes.”

In a response to a formal complaint, Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree admitted that to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission that he may have sent a text message to his mistress, saying, “C’mon, U’r talking about the ‘docket from hell,’ filled w/tatted up, overweight, half-ass English speaking, gap tooth skank hoes … and then you walk in.”

In a 38-page response to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission’s complaint that was filed against him, Wade McCree writes he started to be sexually involved with Geniene La’Shay Mott in June 2012. His response also states he would occasionally bring Mott into the courthouse through the building’s back entrance, which was reserved for judges and courthouse staff. But, McCree said, Mott never had “uninhabited access to the courthouse and that the courthouse was never in any danger because Mott was there.

Mott has said she regularly had sex with McCree in his office and eventually became pregnant. She met the judge while he was handling a child support case involving her child and another man.
Robert King of Macomb County’s Clinton Township has sued McCree and Mott over the situation on grounds his civil rights were violated.

King says the judge last summer ordered him to wear an electronic tether until he paid child support.
McCree said his relationship with Mott didn’t influence his judicial conduct or judgment regarding the King case, but that he “likely violated” a conduct code by not removing himself from the case.
McCree also said he is the victim of “stalking and extortion” by Mott.

In October, the state Supreme Court reprimanded McCree for sending a shirtless photo of himself to a court employee.

Sources: The Grio; Huffington Post; The Raw Story

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Coming Ins and Outs at Downton Abbey Season Four

Downton Abbey's last season ended with some surprises farewells to much loved characters and life altering changes for the entire brood at the historic castle.
Jessica Brown Findlay

We said good bye to Lady Sybil shortly after she gave birth to her daughter. Jessica Brown Findley who played lady Sybil leaves the series to pursue other opportunities. We watched the Protestant family attend the baby's baptism in the Catholic Church, in respect to their late daughter's probable wishes. Sybil's husband, Tom, formerly the family's chauffeur, faced the challenge of his change in status as he moved from the downstairs servants group to becoming a member of the upstairs family unit.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wanted For Hire: Black Male for Downton Abbey

Mary and Matthew Crawley-Downton Abbey
The early 20th century British period drama Downton Abbey is expected introduce its first African-American character this coming season. The award-winning television show, from writer and creator Julian Fellowes, centers around the wealthy Crawley family.
According to The Sun, casting notes were sent to agents, seeking a black actor to play the role of musician Jack Ross.
Women of Downton Abbey
The role as Ross was described as, “Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s.  He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.” In addition, the actor to play Ross “should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.”

Filming for the fourth season is set to start on March 23, with a fall 2013 premiere date in the UK and a winter 2014 premiere date in the U.S.

Do you have someone in mind...Share your thoughts.

Source: The Grio, Carrie Healey

Janet Jackson Ties the Knot

Janet Jackson
The cat’s out of the bag.. Last year in a quiet, private and “beautiful” ceremony, Jackson wed Wissam Al Mana, billionaire retail investor.
It's marriage number 3 for the pop singer/actress/entertainer extraordinaire. When Jackson was 18, she united in marriage with James DeBarge of the Motown family group DeBarge. Pressures from a number of different directions intervened- her record company, the demands of her schedule, her youth.  The marriage was annulled after 3 months. DeBarge’s drug habit was cited as the reason. In 1991, Jackson secretly married longtime friend Rene Elizondo, Jr. They separated in 1999.

Wissam Al Mana and Janet Jackson
Jackson (46) and her new husband (37) issued a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight confirming their union during last year. The couple has been dating since 2010.
As of 2012, Al Mana’s net worth was said to be an estimated at $1 billion. This makes him one of the richest retail investors in the Middle East.

Running the family business with his two brothers, Al Mana has made his fortune as the managing director of Middle-East-based Al Mana Retail Group, which represents Armani Exchange stores and other high-end retailers such as Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Balenciaga, and Roberto Cavalli.

Al Mana also owns stakes in the Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Dubai, Bahrain, and Kuwait, and is opening the flagship A/X Exchange in a Qatar shopping mall.
Best of luck to the happy couple.