Friday, July 17, 2009

Mr. President Can We Hear Something New!

President Barack Obama spoke at a NAACP dinner last night to help the organization celebrate 100 years of service. I didn't hear the speech, but from I've read our president is saying the same things about education is the key to success, etc.. Nothing new to report on that front I see from our first black president. I guess President Obama hasn't realized that the plight of black people hasn't really changed a whole lot since the death of Martin Luther King Jr.. While we have more of us ascending into the middle class, we still have a huge underclass of our people that are simply struggling to make it on a day to day basis.

It's interesting to follow Roland Martin and Al Sharpton on Twitter and hear them tweet about the millionaire that they just happened to see, and how cool it is. Now, I've never knocked any one's hustle, and I absolutely respect Martin and Sharpton, but I wonder if any of the money raised last night will ever make it to the "hood" of New York. Bottom line, when in the last few years and months we've had Michael Jackson, Steve McNair, Michael Vick, Donte Stallworth an Antoine Walker, all millionaires squander lives and careers due to lack of personal responsibility, people just lose their minds for whatever reason.

If our president would make all schools equal, our black kids in impoverished areas, may have a shot. However, I know that having Universal Health Care is much more important than black people having access to an equal education.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Michael Jackson Ha Sold 9 Million Records Since His Death!

Michael Jackson had sold 9 million records since his death according to the Los Angeles Times. This is a fitting tribute to the greatness of Jackson. His music will always be timeless.

Steve McNair Left No Will!

The Tennessean reports that recently slain ex-football star Steve McNair did not leave a will, and his widow Mechelle has filed an emergency petition in a Nashville court declaring that he left no will and asking that she be allowed to oversee his estate. The judge granted the request, and Mrs. McNair has 60 days to file an inventory of McNair's estate. She listed herself and her 2 sons as heirs, however McNair has 2 sons from a previous relationship. Without a will the settlement of McNair's estate could get interesting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Is Antoine Walker's $100 Million Missing!

Antoine Walker made nearly $100 million during his NBA career, but now he finds himself facing an arrest warrant in Las Vegas for writing bad checks to casinos in the city. Walker is on the hook for $822,500 plus $82,550 in fines to 3 casinos. Walker wrote 10 checks totaling $1 million from an account with insufficient funds to the casinos.

The Boston Globe reports on Walker's woes. I guess Walker didn't check the account balances that day, because how do you write $1 million in checks knowing the money isn't in the account. Sounds like Gamblers Anonymous needs to be called.

Lamar Odom Playing Poker With Jerry Buss!

The Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss instructed the team to withdraw their $9 million a year offer to Lamar Odom because Odom and his agent never responded to the offer according to the Los Angeles Times. Odom has been seeking a deal at $10 million a year for 5 years, and the Lakers has been offering a deal maxing out at 4 years. Buss has now instructed the team that any future offers to Odom will be at a lower amount.

Hopefully Odom is saving his money well. With revenues shrinking, teams are offering lower dollars, and playing hardball with fringe players such as Odom, who plays when he wants to play.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Michael Jackson The Cash Cow!

Just as he was probably used for money as he was living, people associated with Michael Jackson are making the rounds cashing in on his death. The New York Post reports that Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson's 2 older children has agreed to give up parental rights for $4 million. In addition, the 5 remaining brothers had an agreement with A&E in which they would have pocketed between $200,000 and $300,000 prior to Jackson's death for a reality show promoting a reunion tour. With Jackson now deceased, that figure has grown to $10 million and $20 million.

I wouldn't call any of this blood money, but I can understand why if true, Jackson was so untrusting. He obviously lived a very lonely life at times, knowing that people only had an interest in him for his money. Money truly doesn't buy happiness.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Jackson 3?

Joe Jackson is reportedly trying to scheme his way to putting Michael Jackson's 3 children together as the "Jackson 3" and putting them on tour according to FoxNews. Joe needs to head back to Las Vegas and sit down. He's now bordering on the ridiculous.

Gun Battle Erupts Outside Baby Shower For Wife of "The Wire" Actor

The New York Daily News reports that gun fire erupted outside of a baby shower for the wife of actor Jamie Hector who played the notorious Marlo Stanfield on the HBO series "The Wire". Nearly 50 bullets were unloaded, with one teen killed and 2 people wounded. Hector was inside the building at the time. It's very scary when are starts imitating life for anyone.