Friday, September 18, 2009

Baby Left In Storm Drain By Teenage Parents Dies Near Atlanta!

There's always signs that things are headed towards crazy in our country. This story makes me wonder what people really are thinking as a teenage couple in the Atlanta area left an infant baby to die in a storm drain. Sinead A. Harrison, 18, and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Landis Bernard Stewart-Moore, face child cruelty charges after leaving their infant son to die in the drain. Harrison went to the hospital after giving birth to the baby and told authorities that the baby was left in a trash bin. Unable to locate the baby they questioned the father who informed them where the baby was located. The Atlanta Journal Constitution provides additional details on teenagers simply not caring about a child for which they were responsible.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chris Brown Doing Community Service!

The New York Daily News reports that singer Chris Brown began serving his 180 days of community service yesterday in his home state of Virginia. Brown's location was supposed to be a secret, however he kept everyone abreast of his whereabouts via Twitter. While it's debatable whether Brown will be able to reclaim his crown as the heir to the Usher's of the world, I'm sure he'll be glad when he serves his penalty for his altercation with Rihanna, and can get back to making his fans happy with his music and dance moves.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Is The Obama Backlash Racist?

President Barack Obama's election last November as the first African American President became the true litmus test in our country concerning how far we've come in terms of race relations. Opposition to Obama views seems to have become extremely passionate as the health care reform debate has gained momentum on both sides. Opposition to reform in Town Hall Meetings has become increasingly rowdy, and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during the President's speech to Congress was especially disturbing.

Former President Jimmy Carter has stated that Wilson's outburst is tied to racism. It's obvious that the racial divide in our country has not diminished with the election of Barack Obama, however a faltering economy may have as much to do with the opposition's passion as much as anything. The reality is that President Obama was elected during one of the worst economic downturns in our country's history. His success ultimately will be determined based on his ability to impact change as he promised. So far the jury is still out on whether he can deliver on his promises, and that will ultimately drive public perception of Barack Obama, not the color of his skin.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Is Kanye West Really This Important?

Kanye West set the whole country into a frenzy when he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech Sunday night at the VMA's. Everyone it seems, including President Barack Obama has an opinion on Mr. West's outburst. The President reportedly called West a "jacksass" in an off the record remark. Perhaps President Obama has forgotten that his responsibility is to run the country instead of commenting on a rapper/producer who is obviously dealing with a few demons.

West made an appearance on Jay Leno's show last night and was clearly uncomfortable and at times incoherent in his responses. He appeared to be sincerely sorry for the outburst, and appeared to be calling out for help, stating that since the passing of his mother he hasn't had a break and that he plans to take some time off. It's amazing with all of the problems that we're having in this country that our president has time to worry about Kanye West. While Kanye may not be perfect, he has done a lot of work to uplift young people through his foundation. At the end of the day, he's still a talented multi millionaire, and flawed like the rest of us (I even think that knowing that he was going to be on Leno that West possibly orchestrated his outburst). In the big picture of all of our problems, while it's interesting to psychoanalyze Mr. West, he's really not that important.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kanye Upstages Swift's Award Win At VMA's!

Kanye West continued his sometimes bizarre behavior last night after singer Taylor Swift won Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards show last night. Swift's win in the female video category apparently didn't sit well with West who ran onstage proclaiming "Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!" "One of the best videos of all time!" Boos began ringing through Radio Music Hall, with Swift unable to finish her acceptance speech. Swift later reclaimed a sense of normalcy when Beyonce asked her to come back on stage after winning her own award for Video of the Year.

Kanye West is obviously a musical talent, but he has to realize that his relevancy can be taken away from him if the public decides that they've had enough of his behavior. While Kanye did later apologize via his blog, If Kanye wants to "blame it on the alcohol" that excuse may not be acceptable after last night.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tyler Perry Still #1!

Tyler Perry continues his hot streak, as his latest movie "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" made $24 million over the weekend making it the #1 movie. The movie starring Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson proves that Perry is one of the top brands in the movie business, and his movies rarely disappoint.

Mom Doesn't Defend Serena's Meltdown!

Serena Williams had a major melt down last night during her semifinal match against Kim Clijsters, when a line judge apparently made a wrong foot fault call. Serena started dropping the f-bomb, yelling to the judge "I swear to God, I'll f --- take this ball and shove it down your f -- - throat. " This tirade resulted in Serena receiving a code violation (her second violation during the match), causing her to lose the point and subsequently the match. Serena's mother, Oracene, did not defend her daughter's behavior, stating that "She should've kept her cool."

Serena did not want to discuss what she said during her press conference, and was so cool she could've frozen water. She'll learn from this episode, but her image may take a short term hit. The outburst does show the fire that burns within Serena, next time she just has to allow it to ignite after the match. It will be interesting to see how the mainstream media slants this episode. Yes, Serena was clearly out of line, but the call apparently was a bad call. Referee's in any sport should not determine the outcome. Thanks to the New York Daily News for the link.