Robin Thicke's latest single "Sweetest Love" continues his track record as one of the best balladeers in R&B music. A great song.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
NOLA.com is reporting that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal plans to tour flood-damaged eastern Iowa and speak to an influential group of Christian conservatives this weekend in his maiden visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state that some observers view as sowing the seeds of a future presidential race.
The Republican party is looking for a fresh face to capture the imagination of the American people in light of President-elect Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency in such a short period of time. Jindal may be that face. He has the same qualities that Obama possesses, and he's a minority at a time when our country is becoming more and more diverse.
"If we don't act swiftly and boldly, most experts now believe that we could lose millions of jobs next year." "We now risk falling into a deflationary spiral that could increase our massive debt even further."
Obama, who named Timothy Geithner as his nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, is at least being honest amidst all the doom and gloom of the economic markets, high unemployment, and general uneasiness of the American people.
I found this video of a Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Morris Day interview supplied by MinnPost.com, in which the three now "middle aged" men discuss "The Time" reunion. Young black men, please notice how meticulously dressed, and articulate the 3 men are while being interviewed.
Another day, another tragedy at an inner city school. The Baltimore Sun reports that a 15 year old male student was killed, and found outside of the William H. Lemmel Middle School suffering from multiple stab wounds. A 14 or 14 year old boy has turned himself into police in connection with the stabbing.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that Vick put family pets in the ring with pit bulls. This information is part of a 17 page report that was filed this past August containing a version of events from an unidentified witness. I have never condoned Vick's actions, and he's pretty much lost everything as a result of making very poor decisions. I am, however, hoping that when Vick, who will be 29, is released from prison that he will be able to make a successful comeback as an NFL quarterback. Has he made very poor decision? Yes he has, but we have CEO's ruining companies every day and receiving multi million dollar salaries, while watching the lives of their employees that they employ potentially go into ruin, because of poor decision making.
It seems that the while the mainstream media is having a field day with Michael Vick's demise, I'm hoping that the has a roaring return to football, and reclaims his place as the most exciting player in the NFL. As Don King would say, "Only In America."
Friday, November 21, 2008
Hopefully after the Kwame Kilpatrick debacle the city of Detroit is in a healing mode. A February 24th special primary will be held to determine which two candidates will move forward to the May 5th general election, and serve out the remainder of the term.
Where is all of this anger coming from young people.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that 3 students attacked a teacher at a local high school, and even more disturbing is a Philadelphia Daily News report that a 12 year old boy attempted to rape a teacher at a local Middle School. These stories keep me grounded, and let me know that all is not well with our future generation.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
With each passing day, it seems like the chances of Sen. Hillary Clinton becoming Secretary of State diminish, if the news coming out of her camp yesterday that she is seriously thinking of not accepting the position, fearing her loss if independence. The New York Daily News reports that Team Obama thinks that Hillary's camp is leaking information to the media, which isn't helping in the vetting process. It seems that every Obama cabinet position selection is going smoothly except Mrs. Clinton's. Perhaps selecting her to be the Secretary of State wouldn't be such a good idea after all.
Former NFL player Travis Henry was in a DeKalb County Superior Court Wednesday trying to get his monthly child support payment reduced for one of his children, claiming that he no longer has income. Henry, who is facing drug charges in an alleged cocaine deal, has 9 children by 9 different women. He also has received $3 million in salary this year from his former team, the Denver Broncos. Thanks to the Atlanta Journal Constitution for the update. I guess Henry has never heard that a vasectomy is a very good birth control method for men.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is the reason in my mind that black people went out in droves and voted for Obama. If our urban areas can't be reinvigorated over time under Obama, it'll never happen. Our future generations are already on life support, if something isn't done soon, the present downward spiral could become maddening in terms of continued crime and substandard educational systems in our cities.
Although I'm a big fan of the Bravo reality show "Real Housewives of Atlanta," I really haven't commented on it, because it's just interesting to see black people go "over the top" when they apparently have struck it rich. I must say that like Anderson Cooper, Nene is my favorite character, because with her "what you see is what you get" and she doesn't appear to be pretentious. One of Nene's nemesis' on the show, however, Sheree Whitfield is getting some national publicity for her upcoming She by Sheree fashion line according to the New York Daily News. Reportedly She by Sheree was one of the top ten items Googled last week.
The Bravo show, which concluded last night has been the highest rated of the "Housewives" series, so it's pretty much guaranteed a second season. Congrats to Sheree for the good publicity, and I hope she eventually launches her fashion line.
The Obama team is presenting vetting Holder, and they'll make sure that he can get through the nomination process before formally making an announcement.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
While The Guardian is reporting that Sen. Hillary Clinton will be accepting President-elect Barack Obama's offer to become Secretary of State, the New York Daily News is reporting that former president Bill Clinton must first be willing to open up on his fundraising and money that's been earned to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Bill Clinton's foundation has reportedly received millions of dollars from foreign sources and he's commanded as much as $300,000 per speech that he's given through his world travels.
Ultimately Bill will not want to be the barrier that prevents Hillary from becoming Secretary of State, so I'm sure he'll open up his financial books as much as he needs to so that Hillary can be properly vetted. He owes her that much.
Comedian Katt William, who has been displaying some very erratic behavior lately, has been hospitalized in in South Carolina according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Williams opted out of the BET Hip-Hop Awards last month, which immediately began the rumor mill going about what's up with him. His people are citing fatigue as the reason that police were summoned to the a local hotel where Williams was allegedly displaying "suspicious behavior."
Hopefully Katt will get the help he needs if indeed he's having issues.
The new album is sure to fly off the shelves, and having taken a listen to it, the best songs have yet to hit radio. "Sweet Dreams" and "Disappear" are the two cuts to pay close attention to over the coming months.
Monday, November 17, 2008
A good article in which Lupica speaks to Kennedy's daughter Kerry, about the renaming of the Triborough Bridge in her father's honor.
While Obama was noncommittal about the appointment of Sen. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the New York Post reports that George Stephanopoulos, a former top aide to President Bill Clinton who now hosts ABC News' "This Week," yesterday wrote that sources told him that "Obama wants Hillary Clinton to be his secretary of state and that Clinton wants the job, too." "But there's one significant complication: how to make sure that former President Clinton's foreign speeches, business dealings and foundation work don't present conflicts of interest," wrote Stephanopoulos, adding that the "Clinton Team" now is working on that issue.
If Obama truly wants Clinton as his Secretary of State, and she indeed wants the job, I'm sure that they'll find a way to make it happen.