Friday, May 7, 2010

Lawrence Taylor Can't Fight His Demons!

NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was arrested at a New Jersey Holiday Inn yesterday accused of raping a 16 year-old girl who was being used as a prostitute and apparently forced to have sex with Taylor by her pimp. The whole story is so sordid and deplorable that commentary on it is really beyond words. Of course all of the accusations against Taylor are alleged at this point, but Taylor, who is 51, allegedly had sex with someone who could be his daughter's age which just makes no sense.

We see instances of athletes wasting fame and fortune everyday, and Taylor admittedly has battled drug abuse in addition to fighting other demons. It's a shame that L.T. couldn't fight the demons off, and whether these allegations prove to be true or not, they will always be linked to him.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Illinois Rejects School Vouchers!

The Chicago Sun-Times reports on the fact that the state of Illinois rejected Sen. James Meeks' legislation to enact a school voucher system in the state of Illinois. The Chicago Teachers Union opposed the legislation and contributed to the defeat. Approval of the legislation would've given up to 30,000 students from low performing schools the opportunity to use vouchers to attend private schools in the area.

While I'm a supporter of the public school system, the system is broken and continues to falter leaving thousands of students without the opportunity to gain a first rate education at better quality schools. A voucher system would at least give students with potential the chance to go against the best and brightest and probably excel. While it's not impossible for a student from an inner city public school system to have academic success, the obstacles in the way make it more of a challenge.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Toni Braxton Has A New Album!

I always find it interesting when artists keep releasing music after they're no longer relevant as big selling artists. Toni Braxton released her first album in 5 years titled "Pulse" yesterday. The problem with the release is that Braxton doesn't have a single on the charts or receiving airplay. She's essentially fighting a losing battle without any type of radio airplay and relevant music. I'm wishing the best for Braxton's latest offering, but the prospects don't look promising.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Charlotte Area Ministers Convicted of Fraud!

Anthony and Harriet Jinwright were the co-pastors of Greater Salem City of God church in the Charlotte area for over 20 years. Yesterday Anthony Jinwright was convicted of multiple counts of filing false tax returns and tax evasion. A sentence that carries a maximum sentence of 53 years in prison. His wife Harriet, who is able to remain free unlike her husband, faces charges carrying a sentence of up to 20 years according to the Charlotte Observer. Federal prosecutors report that between 2002 and 2007 that the Jinwright's failed to report $2.3 million in income and paying $700,000 in taxes. While the Jinwright's were living the high life, the church was reportedly bouncing checks.

Good article that hopefully let's parishioners know that there has to be checks and balances even for ministers.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Floyd Dominates!

Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominated Shane Mosley on Saturday night winning a unanimous decision over the aging fighter. Mayweather Jr. reportedly pocketed upwards of $40 million for his nights work. If and when he fights Manny Pacquiao the money made by both fighters will be ridiculous. Mayweather Jr. is the ultimate pay-per-view fighter, and he's leaving his audience wanting more and more.