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Clive Davis has penned the book, Soundtrack of My Life, in the book he details how superstar Michael Jackson plotted to end the careers of all of his siblings in show business. He details how he systematically went after Jermaine. Davis knows true Michael fans will not like this information but he is sharing his truth. the sad thing is Michael is not here to refute the allegations and that is simply not fair. Read the linked story and share your thoughts. http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/02/19/clive-davis-confirms-michael-jackson-plotted-to-end-brother-jermaines-career
Rapper Lil Wayne has pulled his remix of Karate Chop to remove an offensive reference to Emmett Till. Till was a 14 year old Chicago boy who was beaten to death while on a summer trip to Mississippi. Till had the audacity to whisle at a white women and for that he was brutally and savagely murdered. His mother Mary Mobley wanted the world to see what had been done to her child so she had an open casket ceremony at Roberts Temple COGIC. This move was a major milestone in the civil rights movement. So why would a rapper demean this civil rights event by writing the following “beat that p***y like Emmett Till.” This line is offensive on so many levels. It demeans Till, but it also demeans women. What woman would find a this kind of act pleasureable? It is also offensive that a record label would actually allow these lyrics to actually leave the meeting room. Maybe we need Black history Month to introduce to some what incidents needed to be revered and not used as fodder for salacious rap ballards. Lil Wayne might not have understood the gravity of this breech, but the record executives should have known better.
I guess it depends who you ask. We live in a country divided. It is a political divide that even the most experienced seamstress can not repair, but the reality is there has got to be a solution. The president spent his first term working toward getting a second one, and the Republicans put their energy in trying to deny him one, but now we enter the second one and America can not waste another 4 years. The president laid out an admirable and ambitious roadmap, but it takes money to make things happen and according to the opposition we have none. The president has his sacred cows and the GOP have there’s, but if the country is going to move forwad we are going to have a barbque and both sides are going to have to sacrifice. Last night I watched Speaker Boehner and he looked like a man who was next in line for a root canal that was being done without medication. he simply did not look like a man in a mood for compromise, and in fairness to the Speaker the president must also be willing to seperate what is nice to do versus what is necessary. There did seem to be some agreement on immigration reform and there did seem to be some room for discussion on some forms of gun control, but we know the union will survive, but it can only thrive if and when the parties recognize that in the real world there is compromise, and that has to cease to be a dirty word in DC. Compromise is the key to our survival, and as Gloria Gaynor said during the height of the disco era “I Will Survive”, and we will too.
Yesterday I watched the inauguration and I just did not feel the same way I felt the first time. In 2009 I was a true believer in the Hope and Change mantra that the President championed throughout the campaign, but over this past 4 years those high expectations have been replaced with a reality that is grounded both figuratively and physically. I am still a supporter of the President, but I learned that change can only really happen when people are willing to change. The president tried to reach out to Congress but his efforts were often rebuffed. We also saw that the growth of the Tea party helped tilt the balance in the 2010 election and the House of Representatives and make them even stronger in their resolve to stop the president’s agenda. I was disappointed that the president did not spend his initial political capital on addressing the nation’s unemployment. I believe that you can support the president and still question what he does. Too often people on the right take shots at obama supporters and say that we idolize him and he can do no wrong. On the flip side some people on the left believe that any criticism is almost akin to heresy. We have a duty to question our government officials, and we have a right and a duty to hold all government officials accountable. Remember we pay their salaries.
Tavis Smiley used to be a contributor on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Twice a week he would offer his opinion on all things black related. He was an oracle in the community until he took on Barack Obama. Smiley said he wanted to hold candidate Obama accountable and that would have been fair until Smiley crossed into Obama bashing. he left the show but his assualt against the president has been ongoing. Sunday Smiley wrote an editorial below where he laid out his contention that the president is not the MLK embodiment of the dream. That’s fair, but Smiley is not either. Tom Joyner reently said “What do many Republicans, the spokesmen for NRA and Tavis Smiley have in common? Once they start down a road, no matter how dangerous or ridiculously wrong it is, they won’t turn back.” Joyner went on to say “I believe that Tavis is the one fascinated with Dr. King’s legacy, but more importantly Tavis is fascinated with his own legacy, and that’s not good. He wants more than anything to be remembered the way Dr. King was, and to some how make that kind of mark on the world. Dr. King wasn’t concerned about how he would be remembered, he was concerned with doing good and doing right. In the end, that made him great. Tavis has done a lot of good things but his obsession with becoming great is destroying him. The whole issue with the inscription on the King Memorial illustrates the differences between Tavis and Dr. King. Days before he was killed, believing that death was imminent, Dr. King dealt with it publicly in his Drum Major speech. Dr. King knew good things would be said about him in death and he was humbled at the idea of it. Tavis is afraid of what will be said about him and it’s driving him crazy. He points out on the day of President Obama’s swearing in that the President is not the fulfillment of Dr.King’s dream, but maybe a good down payment. I wonder what that makes Tavis, and sadly, does he.” So is this just the latest scuffle between Tom and Tavis? Below you will find the complete text of the Tavis Smiley essay. Read it and share your thoughts.
Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as president tomorrow for a second term, on the holiday honoring the person I have long regarded as the greatest American this nation has ever produced. Obama will be in the foreground, but Martin Luther King, Jr. is the backdrop. I’ve heard people exclaim that President Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream. Well, not exactly. Obama might be a good down payment, but he is not the fulfillment of King’s dream. We’re still a long way away from that. The interrelated triple threat of poverty, militarism and racism that King talked about still looms large in a yet-deeply-divided America. In the spirit of MLK, it’s time for President Obama to deliver a major policy speech on the eradication of poverty in America. He ought to tell us how the richest nation in the history of the world is going to confront the scourge of poverty. In the spirit of MLK, President Obama should rethink the random use of his favorite weapon – the unmanned aerial vehicle, better known as “drones,” which have killed too many innocent women and children. In the spirit of MLK, President Obama should not continue to feel boxed in by his blackness, but feel liberated in a second term to find ways to push back on the most intractable issue in America — racism. The president wants to channel King so badly that he’s decided to use Dr. King’s Bible at the inauguration ceremony tomorrow. Obama is a politician, and a pretty good one, but King was a prophet. And while I can appreciate the president’s fascination with King’s legacy of unarmed truth and unconditional love, I’m feeling some sort of way about King being used symbolically for public pomp and circumstance, but disregarded substantively when it comes to public policy. Our future as a nation depends on how seriously we take the legacy of Dr. King: Justice for all, service to others, and a love that liberates people. For all the dysfunction that our country is exhibiting at the moment, Dr. King reminds us that the time is always ripe to do right. We should never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
This is a movie with a powerful message. Directed by Sheldon Candis’s LUV starring COMMON, Michael Rainey Jr., Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and Lonette McKee hits select theathers today. “It’s a mentor-child relationship, with a mentor who is desperate and can teach the child only how to be as desperate as he is. It’s Fagin and Oliver Twist, bleaker than Dickens could have imagined. I’ll stop now. I won’t reveal any more of the plot as the film descends into despair,” says Roger Ebert, chicago Sun-times.
Stacey Dash has become the poster child for conservative black women. She tweeted her support for Mitt Romney and people responded in a very vile and vicious way. The conservative media claim the responses are from Obama supporters, but they don’t know who the responders are. Anyway Dash has gotten more publicity from this tweet than she has gotten since the 90s, but the bigger discussion is do people attack these women for simply being Republicans or are the attacks base on the GOP policies they support, and tell me why to black GOP feel the need to refer to black Demorats as inhabitants of the Democratic plantation, and they are the free blacks. Could this kind of language be a catalyst for attack? Share your thoughts.