Some Hunger Game Fans wished the film was “Whites Only”

I enjoyed Hunger Games and since I didn’t read the book at the beginning of the film I hoped that I could find a few people that looked like me in this imagined future. I was pleased to find that some of the films key actors were black and the film was more diverse than I initially expected. I guess some people didn’t get the same joy out of that diversity.

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Bullying 5th Grade Girl Commits Suicide

Yesterday in Ridge Farm, Illinois 300 of the towns 900 residents paid their respects to Ashlynn Conner, a 5th grader who committed suicide after constant bullying.

Her mother, Stacy Conner appeared on the Today Show on NBC this morning and explained that her daughter had recently requested to be home-schooled and that as early as the 3rd grade students were taunting her, calling her a slut. Stacy Connor said that at the time she felt her daughter was too young to even understand what a slut was but that she tried to help her understand how to deal with bullying and that in the beginning the school had been helpful as well.  However, more recently the Ashlynn was told that needed to “sit down and stop tattling,” when she complained of bullying.

How do you help build your child’s self esteem against bullying?

Source: Chicago Tribune


OCCUPY CHICAGO: Blocks Lasalle Street Bridge

Occupy Chicago and  Stand Up! Chicago united Thursday for an international “Jobs Not Cuts” Day of Action, blocking the Lasalle Street Bridge and causing a massive traffic jam. Last month, Occupy Chicago was the first to make official demands, which included overturning a 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows corporations “to contribute unlimited amounts of money to campaigns.”. Click here to see all 12 demands.

Source: Chicago Tribune

It’s Over! Demi Divorces Ashton

After weeks of news stories regarding the couples despondent tweets, Demi Moore has confirmed that she is ending her 6 year marriage with Ashton Kutcher. In September a 22-year-old woman named Sara Leal claimed to have sex with Ashton and although Demi is not being specific it appears that cheating is the reason for the break up.

Demi says, “as a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”

Ashton tweeted:  “I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail.”

What’s more important in marriage trust or love?




Secret Service Agent assigned to Herman Cain















Yesterday, Herman Cain began receiving Secret Service Protection. According to an official who has asked not to be identified, this protection was spurred on because Cain was receiving death threats. The nature of the threats was unclear. Spokesman of the Secret Service, Ed Donovan, would not confirm the death threats.


Source: Huffington Post,   ABCNews

[Video] Sandusky Speaks: “I have horsed around with kids”

“I have showered after work-outs,” admits Sandusky, who claims to be innocent of the 40 count child abuse indictment. Adults should understand that showering with children is inappropriate and why didn’t Sandusky  learn this lesson after he was called out for showering with the first victim. While his lawyer complains that in the public eye is Guilty even before his trail, Sandusky’s own words and those of his accusers speak to his guilt.

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Source: NYTimes, The Daily Beast

Herman Cain Trips-Up on Libya

“I got all this stuff twirling around in my head,” says Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain after repeatedly pausing and looking to the sky for answers when asked if he agrees with President Obama’s stance on Libya. Maybe he was expecting another question regarding inappropriate sexual advances instead.



Celebrity Cabbage Patch Kids!

The Cabbage Patch Kids have gone Hollywood. Steven Tyler, Katherine Heigl and Kristin Chenoweth, Al Roker, and Raven Symone have been transformed into Cabbage Patch Kids that are being auctioned on Proceeds go to Children’s Action Network (CAN), an adoption awareness organization “dedicated to finding homes for children in the U.S. who are in foster care.”


Joe Paterno Morally Guilty!

We all know the saying “When you see something, say something,” but it seems that Penn State’s legendary head coach Joe Paterno did not say enough regarding Jerry Sandusky’s alleged child abuse scandal. Although Paterno reported Sandusky to athletic director Tim Curley, it seems that his efforts stopped there. On Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly pointed out that the “officials and administrators to whom it was reported did not report the incident to law enforcement or to any child protection agency. Their inaction, likely, allowed a child predator to continue to victimize children for many, many years.”

In the state capital of Harrisburg, The Patriot-News ran a full front-page editorial calling for the end of Paterno’s time at Penn State.


[video] Fourth Woman Accuses Cain: “He reached for my genitals”

It looks like Cain can’t sweep this under the rug as quickly as he would like. Chicago woman, Sharon Bialek is the fourth woman to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment. When making his advances, Bialek claims that Cain stated “You want a job?” Though he argues that the media and his opponents are out to bury him, it is hard to believe that Cain’s inconsistent story will continue stand up against woman that are deciding to come forward with their story.

Video Source: PBSNewsHour

Smokin’ Joe Fraizer Dies at 67

If you know anything about boxing then you are more than familiar with the former Undisputed World Heavy Weight Champion, Smokin’ Joe Fraizer. In 1971, Frazier defeated Muhammed Ali on all points in the “Fight of the Century,”in front of a world wide audience at Madison Square Garden.

Today we pay our respects to Fraizer, who lost his battle to liver cancer on Monday while in hospice in the Philadelphia area. Rest in Peace.

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From Baby Preacher to Pint-Size Phenomenon

Kanon Tipton started preaching at two years old at his family’s Mississippi church as shown in the video linked from his uncle’s youtube page below. The video made Kanon an internet phenomenon and two-years later the 4 year old is the youngest of National Geographic’s “Pint Sized Preachers.” Read more at

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Video Source: Youtube via devonntipton


Hosted by DJ Skee,  The Game’s Hood Morning (No Typo): Candy Coronas, has a little something for everyone. Although I get tired of people rapping about their gang affiliations and bad bitches, I will say that The Game continues to prove that he is a Hip Hop professional. With songs like Monster, The Game, Out of Towner, Grave Yard and Rough you get the storytelling and soulful side of The Game. Then there are songs like Infrared, which does nothing or me at all but download it and judge for yourself.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Bradley Cooper says Doors are Opening

“I would not have had the opportunity for Relativity, I think, to take the chance on allowing me to carry the burden of a story on my own if I hadn’t been in The Hang Over,”  shared Bradley Cooper in his recent interview with BBC radio. Cooper, who is working on his next film Place Beyond the Pine, where he plays a cop that is “finding his way,”  appears to be enjoying his successes with Limitless and The Hang Over 2 and making new roads for the future. It also seems that Cooper would welcome The Hang Over 3, if asked by Todd Philips, who he believes to be the best filmmaker in comedy.  Click here Listen to the interview at

Hideki Irabu Dead: Suicide Suspected

This is another unfortunate story that broke yesterday. Hideki Irabu, former New York Yankees pitcher was found dead in his California home on July 27 at age 42. According to NBC Sports, Irabu had a tumultuous career after his 1998 and 1999 World Series wins with the Yankees, where he was labeled a fat toad by former owner George Steinbrenner  after failing to meet expectations. After being traded to the Expos and then the Rangers, Irabu retired in 2002. Irabu was arrested in 2010 for drunk driving and in 2008 for assaulting a bar manager after “allegedly consuming 20 glasses of beer.” via NBCSports

Stories like these force us to look in the mirror and ask what is the source of our joy. Life is not perfect and it never will be but our lives revolve around our careers, people or status, we will never be fulfilled. I am not privy to know the details of Hideki Irabu’s life, however, it is clear that at some point he lost hope along with a sense of purpose in this life. Take time to love yourself today.



Video: Bjork releases “Crystalline” and the Biophillia App Grows.

Directed by Michel Gondry,”Crystalline” is the first song released on Biophillia. It is also the first of 10 in-app experiences within Bjork’s 3-D galaxy Biophillia app, which some are calling the “mother app.” The app gradually makes songs available within the as they are released along with interactive art, games, essays, animations karaoke and lyrics. It is the combination of “Nature, Music and Technology,” according to the app’s introduction by one of Britian’s most well-known natural history broadcasters, David Attenborough. Whether you are a fan of Bjork or not, you have to her creative mind and the way she pulls listeners into an experience that reaches beyond the music. Check it out below. Read more at

AMC pitches “The Pitch”

After the success of scripted shows Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Killing and The Walking Dead, AMC is heading for the real world.  The network is pitching the reality show “The Pitch,” to advertising agencies. Each episode will be a 1 hour stand alone show that features two to three agencies competing for the business of a real client. The producers for “The Pitch” reality TV professionals with CEO Steven Lambert creating “Wife Swap,” “Faking It” and “Undercover Boss,” and Eli Holzman being the former head and co-founder of Miramax Television, and creator of “Project Runway.”

While marketers Yahoo and Kodak have jumped on-board, advertising agencies seem to be on the fence regarding the show. Several agencies are in talks with AMC but remain undecided, including Interpublic’s Deutsch, the Martin Agency and McCann; Publicis’ Kaplan Thaler Group, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis and Leo Burnett. Other major agencies have completely declined including BBDO, BBH and Deustch.


“We looked at the format and felt it was very misaligned with the way that we work with clients,” said Doug Scott, president of Ogilvy Entertainment. “We didn’t feel that the pitch was staying true to the process in which our [industry] works. What we were presented format-wise felt forced to be a dramatic competition, in a soft-scripted manner, vs. a more natural way that agencies work with clients and how a campaign is born.”


Anderson Cooper talks “Anderson”

CNN news anchor takes a leap into daytime television. We all know Anderson Cooper for breaking hard-news stories in Egypt and saving children during the earthquake in Haiti but now he is ready to offer his personal perspective. Set to air September 12, Cooper doesn’t promise his new show will change lives. However, based on his previous work, I am looking forward to what he has to offer. I am sure it is a great alternative to Maury.


Get Ready for the Thrill! LG Launches 3D Thrill 4G.

For you 3D junkies and gaming addicts, here is another gadget to indulge your techie cravings. LG kicks off it’s campaign for the Thrill 4G today with a concert by Jane’s Addiction in New York City at 9 p.m. at Terminal 5 on the Far West Side. LG is asking concert attendees to take part in the “world’s first 3-D generated concert,” where approximately 200 fans will us the Thrill 4G to capture the action in 3D. The official pre-sale of the Thrill 4G begins on Aug. 7. The LG campaign will also include a 3D-Game tournament in San Francisco.



OFFICIAL TRAILER: Paranormal Activity 3

If you know me then you know I love horror movies so I had to put up the official trailer to Paranormal Activity 3. The film is set to premiere October 21st. I’m sure the studio are looking forward to big profits with Paranormal Activity 3 since it’s predecessors generated $370 million worldwide on a combined budget of less than $4 million.


Kanye West and Jay-Z Release “OTIS”

Kanye West and Jay-Z show love to music legend Otis Redding with their new release “OTIS,” which Hot 97 DJ FunkMaster Flex premiered yesterday. The song samples Reddings 1966 classic “Try a Little Tenderness.” I give it a thumbs up. You really can’t go wrong with this on the production side and this lyrically it’s got H.A.M faded. But don’t take my opinion, judge for yourself.

Otis Cover, Jay-Z and Kanye

Is this Farewell to Google Labs?

Today, on it’s official blog Google announced that it will start to scale back Google Labs. While it would mean terminating Labs experiments, Google plans to make these products available on the Android Market.

“While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.”

via, via Google Blog

Review: MisFits on Hulu – Mature Audience

While watching Combat Hospital on Hulu, I spotted a commercial for the show MisFits. The top-rated sci-fi series in the UK was made available for the first time in the US via Hulu in June. As a first time viewer, I must say I am enjoying MisFits as it balances crazy sci-fi concepts with sexy banter and comic relief. If you are one of the folks who was up in arms over the Glee Gone Wild photos in GQ, steer clear of MisFits. While Americans are unaccustomed to the racy TNA that these teenagers flaunt, some feel that it is a more realistic representation to teenage behavior. Without getting into a back and forth on ethics, I think that this show is intriguing but judge for yourself.

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Japanese Mothers Exposed to Radiation

The Earth Quake has passed but now mothers face rising radiation exposure.

Current radiation release figures from TEPCO, the power company that operates and manages the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant now reveals that larger than originally reported releases of radiation at 770,000 terabecquerels did happen, a level that may hold much more significance as the disabled plant is expected to continue to release radioactive isotopes over an extended period of time.

“The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains very serious,” said the IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency in a recent March 26, 2011 report.

SOURCE:  Women’s News Network

We Make Us Better… Spread Love, It’s the Brooklyn Way.


On yesterday, the NY Daily News featured the men of We Make Us Better, a campaign started in Bed-Stuy to actively support, unite and empower the Black community.  I first heard about We Make Us Better from Richard Beavers, owner of the House of Art gallery on Lewis & Macon in Bed-Stuy.  Check out the article below.  For more information on We Make Us Better email:

Group of Bed-Stuy men, We Make Us Better, escorts pedestrians in wake of robberies (NY Daily News)

After a spate of recent muggings and robberies, a group of 20 Bedford-Stuyvesant men started escorting people home as they got off the train and are walking through the neighborhood reaching out to young men.

“We’re not the Guardian Angels, we’re not armed,” said Kareem Varlack, 35, a field technician for Verizon and a founding member of the group We Make Us Better.

“We’re about encouraging males to be involved, because you don’t see men in their 20s, 30s and 40s involved in the community anymore, so we’re trying to bridge that gap.”

Once a week – on random evenings – the men walk subway riders home from the Utica Ave. train station. They also sponsored a neighborhood outreach walk earlier this month, stopping to talk to young men hanging out on the corners.

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Murder Investigation: Chicago Robbed of Community Hero, Melvin Burnside

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Today, I watched my father shed a tear for the loss of his friend, Melvin Burnside as his photos, family and supporters flashed across Chicago news shows.  53, Melvin was murdered in his Riverdale home and was rushed to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey where he was soon after reported dead.

Growing up, my dad told me countless stories about Melvin and his favorite southside spot, Reese’s.  Earlier this year, finally old enough to get in, I went with my family to Reese’s for drinks and Steppin’.  Like a scene from Cheers, Melvin knew my dad’s favorite drink and greeted our family with warm smiles and laughter.

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