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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Former teen star arrested at airport

LOS ANGELES - Former teen star Mackenzie Phillips has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance after she allegedly was found carrying drugs at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008

C'elle and stem cells

Oldsmar, Fla.– Cryo-Cell International, Inc. one of the largest and most established family cord blood banks in the nation, announced in July the discovery of its breakthrough stem cell technology with the launch of the C’elle Virtual Broadcast Center. C’elle is the world’s first service for women to store their own menstrual stem cells for future use.

The virtual broadcast, produced by OR Live, will showcase Cryo-Cell’s latest scientific findings on how a woman’s menstrual flow— which results from the shedding of the uterine lining (endometrium) during menstruation, contains millions of stem cells that have many properties and characteristics similar to those of both bone marrow and embryonic stem cells. The broadcast will include details about the study, the cell characteristics, information about several preclinical studies currently under way, and an overview of the C’elle service.

Through several independent laboratory research studies, these menstrual stem cells have demonstrated the capability in vitro to differentiate into neural, cardiac, bone, cartilage, and adipose cells and possibly other cell types. Although research is preliminary, given their properties, Cryo-Cell believes that these menstrual cells demonstrate compelling promise to transform regenerative medicine in coming years.

“Stem cells isolated from menstrual blood are multi-potent, highly prolific and readily accessible,” said Julie Allickson, PhD, MS, MT (ASCP) Vice President of Laboratory Operations and Research & Development. “These novel stem cells demonstrate characteristics of both bone marrow mysenchemal stem cells and embryonic stem cell markers that may potentially demonstrate significant promise for future use in clinical regenerative medical therapies.”

On November 1, 2007, Cryo-Cell announced the introduction of C’elle, a service which enables women to collect stem cells found in menstrual fluid, which can be cryogenically preserved in a manner similar to stem cells from umbilical cord blood.
(I found an ad for it on facebook subsequently some press on it.) And like stem cells found in cord blood, these vital cells may one day serve as a potential source for promising regenerative therapies to treat heart disease, diabetes, and neurological disorders like spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, in addition to cosmeceutical applications such as anti-aging therapies.

Preliminary research related to the immunological profile of these unique menstrual stem cells suggests the that in addition to the donor, these stem cells may also potentially be used to benefit other family members who are genetically related to the donor, such as perhaps a parent, sibling or child.

About Cryo-Cell International, Inc.

Based in Oldsmar, Florida, with over 150,000 clients worldwide, Cryo-Cell is one of the largest and most established family cord blood banks. ISO 9001:2000 certified and accredited by the AABB, Cryo-Cell operates in a state-of-the-art Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Tissue Practice (cGMP/cGTP)-compliant facility. Cryo-Cell is a publicly traded company. OTC Bulletin Board Symbol: CCEL. For more information, please call 1-800-STOR-CELL (1-800-786-7235) or visit

23/6: Palin as Spawn

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

West and Foxx perform at DNC convention after-party

DENVER - What Kanye West regretted when Barack Obama became the Democratic party's presidential candidate: That his mother, Donda, hadn't lived to experience it.

"It's an incredible time to be around. I wish my momma could have seen this day," the 31-year-old rapper told a crowd gathered for his performance early Thursday morning.

Jamie Foxx then joined West onstage and delivered what was easily the strangest Obama song dedication at this week's Democratic National Convention.
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Jamie Foxx taking SIRIUS Foxxhole Radio to the DNC

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) announced today that Academy Award(R)-winning actor, American Music Award-winning and Grammy(R)-nominated artist and comedian Jamie Foxx is taking his SIRIUS Foxxhole Radio channel to the Democratic National Convention to broadcast live from Invesco Field, the site where Barack Obama will accept the Democratic party's nomination for president.

This special live DNC edition of Foxx's weekly Foxxhole radio show will air live August 28 leading into Obama's acceptance speech and immediately following it, exclusively on The Foxxhole, SIRIUS channel 106.

Foxx will also deliver reports from every angle of this historic convention, talking to key players from the world of politics, entertainment and beyond. Foxx will share with his SIRIUS audience the energy, color and excitement of this historic event.

The Foxxhole is Jamie Foxx's exclusive 24/7 comedy and entertainment SIRIUS radio channel. Foxx serves as executive producer of the channel and hosts a live, weekly show.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Legendary rap lyricist, Dr Dre, finds son dead

The son of legendary rap producer Dr Dre has been found dead at his home in Woodland Hills on Saturday morning.Andre Young Jr., 20, was unresponsive when his mother went to check on him around 10 A.M., calling 911 to alert paramedics.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Malcolm in the Middle star, Muniz, drives race car, endorsements

CHICAGO--Frankie Muniz, famed actor of Malcolm in the Middle, Agent Cody Banks, Big Fat Liar and My Dog Skip, has been named a Brand Ambassador by global gourmet purveyor Sun-Rich International, to promote their premium line of gourmet products from all over the world.

Currently, Muniz is concluding his sophomore year in the Atlantic Champ Car Series as a full time professional race car driver.
Muniz began professional acting at the tender age of eight, and stepped in the Hollywood spotlight with the debut of Malcolm in the Middle. With Muniz dazzling in the starring role, the sitcom went on to become a seven-time Emmy Award-winning, one-time Grammy-winning and seven-time Golden Globe-nominated hit. Acting as Buddy Holly, Muniz recently made an appearance in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Other Hollywood credits include Punk'd, Racing Stripes, the comedy hit Stuck on You and horror flick Stay Alive.

"Sun-Rich International not only has delicious premium products, they also have a positive mission to help the underdeveloped communities that support them. That is something I'm proud to stand behind," he said.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

DST President elected at Florida Convention

WASHINGTON-- Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre was elected by a unanimous vote of over 800 voting delegates as the National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the organization's 49th National Convention in Orlando, Fla. Butler-McIntyre has been a member of the Sorority for 35 years, and has held several local, regional and national offices.

A native of New Orleans, Butler-McIntyre was greatly impacted by Hurricane Katrina, but never stopped serving the Sorority. Butler-McIntyre is a self-proclaimed servant leader and says she serves her sisterhood, "because it is in my heart." Butler-McIntyre was installed into office by civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height. During her acceptance speech she gave credit to Jesus Christ, the leader of her life, and was unapologetic about the role God has played and will continue to play in her life.

Butler-McIntyre received her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and is a 1976 graduate from Dillard University in New Orleans. She earned a Master of Education degree from the University of New Orleans at the age of 20. Butler-McIntyre also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from the Christian Bible College of Louisiana. Presently she is employed as a personnel administrator for all classified employment for the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

Other officers elected during the weeklong convention were Dr. Paulette Walker of Tampa, Fla., as national first vice president; Mia Smith of Miami, Fla., as national second vice president; Beverly Smith of Marietta, Ga., as national secretary; and Carolyn Lewis of New Orleans, La., was re-elected as national treasurer.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University as an organization dedicated to scholarship, sisterhood and public service. Today it has over 200,000 members and over 900 chapters worldwide.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Troubled times for actress, Lisa Raye

As found on, there is trouble in paradise with actress, Lisa Raye and her husband, Premier Michael Misick.

Check out these YouTube videos.

The vast majority of inhabitants of the Turks and Caicos Islands are black and Protestant Christian, according to

The official language of the islands is English and the population also speaks Turks and Caicos Islands Creole[9] which is similar to Bahamian Creole.[10]

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) (pronounced /ˈtɜːks ænd ˈkeɪkəs/) are a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands known for tourism and as an offshore financial centre.

They are located southeast of the Bahamas, north of Hispaniola, and 914 kilometres (494 nautical miles) from Miami in the United States. The islands are geographically contiguous to the Bahamas, but are politically a separate entity, an autonomous part of the British Empire.

The islands have a total population of about 30,000, of whom approximately 22,500 live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands. Cockburn Town, the capital, is situated on Grand Turk Island.
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Too bad things aren't working out--he's cute.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Paris' energy plan rivals McCain's


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Dave Koz greatest hits to be released

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitol Records will release Dave Koz - Greatest Hits on September 16th. It's a fitting time for a career retrospective of the renowned instrumentalist/composer, with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recently announcing that Koz will be honored with a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 2009. Dave has had numerous No. 1 singles and No. 1 albums and been honored with six GRAMMY nominations and an NAACP Image award nod.

Chris Brown's hats

NEW YORK (Billboard) - R&B hitmaker Chris Brown has designed a line of branded caps for headwear and apparel maker New Era Cap, which will pay the singer a royalty for every hat sold, Billboard has learned.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shame, Hillary, and Luda

CNN) – Barack Obama's campaign sharply condemned rapper Ludacris Wednesday over his new song celebrating the Illinois senator's presidential bid while referring to Hillary Clinton by an offensive remark.
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Nelly grabbs spokesmodel for Diddy's Sean John undies

NEW YORK, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sean John Underwear taps internationally renowned recording artist, Nelly, as their new spokesmodel.Nelly follows a long list of past and present celebrity models for the Sean John brand including Dwayne Wade, Nas, Snoop Dog, Lil' Wayne, Penelope Cruz, Cassie, and Lauren London.
The Sean John Underwear, Sleepwear and Loungewear collection includes the core silhouettes as well as signature styles in luxury fabrics and is available at Macy's and better department and specialty stores nationwide.

Sean "Diddy" Combs said, "I have known Nelly for many years and I really admire his work. To me, Nelly is the quintessential definition of the Sean John man. He has the attitude, the swagger, and most of all the physique that our customers can both aspire and relate to. And let's be honest, all of the ladies out there are going to be thanking us for this campaign. The images are so strong; they speak for themselves. We are truly excited to welcome Nelly into the Sean John family."

Nelly said, "I have been a big fan of Diddy and the Sean John clothing line for years. So, when they asked me to work with them, it was a real honor. I hope my fans will enjoy this campaign as much as I did shooting it."

Styles will include briefs, boxer-briefs, boxers, undershirts, pajamas and robes, among others. Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs and made its fashion debut with a men's sportswear collection for the spring 1999 season.

In 2004, Sean "Diddy" Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men's Wear Designer of the Year.

With annual retail sales in the United States of over $525 million, Sean John is sold in better department and specialty stores across the country, as well as select retailers around the world. In 2006 Sean John, in partnership with Estee Lauder Companies, launched its signature men's fragrance, Unforgivable, which remains one of the highest selling men's fragrance in department stores in America. Its feminine counterpart launched in the fall of 2007 and continues to be in the top 20 best selling scents in the category. Sean John returned to the runway during New York City's Fashion Week for the Fall 2008 season.

Sean John Underwear and loungewear is manufactured and distributed under license by Basic Resources.

Monday, July 21, 2008

CBS FCC fine rescinded

PHILADELPHIA - A federal appeals court on Monday threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction."

The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in issuing the fine for the fleeting image of nudity.

The 90 million people watching the Super Bowl, many of them children, heard Justin Timberlake sing, "Gonna have you naked by the end of this song," as he reached for Jackson's bustier.
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K-fed gets custody

Los Angeles (E! Online) - Britney Spears has agreed to hand the parenting reins over to Kevin Federline.

K-Fed's longtime attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, exclusively tells E! News the divorced duo have reached a settlement in their long-gestating custody case.

According to the agreement signed by all parties, Federline gets sole legal and physical custody of sons Sean Preston and Jayden James and Spears will have visitation rights.

"The case has been settled," Kaplan said. "The court still has to approve it. " Both parties are due in court Friday morning.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008


I hadn't heard anything on the Fourth of July holiday and that was strange. I had the urge to call the day before but since I have a history of being pushy, I let it go.

On the fifth, my birthday, it was my obligation to find out what was going on. It wasn't like Bill to not want to light firecrackers with little Billy on the holiday--it was a yearly debate.
I hoped he wasn't in jail. Illness had not crossed my mind. I thought he was the picture of good health but the things we think can be wrong.

Lauren's Birthday party June 14--the last time we were all together.

He was in the hospital.
William James McCloud III died July 15, 11 days after entering the hospital--after telling his wife Jennifer he wasn't feeling well.
Bill left work early that Wednesday, after consuming an energy drink. Apparently he was having a heart attack. His arteries were blocked.
Bill was only 38 years old. His birthday is next month and his mother tells me a big celebration had been planned.
Bill was my husband. He is the father of my two children. Even though we decided to live separate lives, we still cared for each other. We cared enough to let each other live in peace and stop the fighting. We got along because we wanted to.

Now, he is gone and I feel my former better half has left me alone. When in personal crisis, he was my go-to-guy.
Goodbye, Bill you are loved and I will make you proud and bring honor to your good name.
In Love,
Lauren, Billy and Leslie

Monday, July 14, 2008

Death Row Records auctioned for $24 million

Death Row Records auctioned for $24 million

07/14/2008 3:00 PM, AP--found on Yahoo News

Death Row Records, the hip-hop label that released seminal gangster rap albums by Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, has been auctioned for $24 million.

The New York-based Global Music Group Inc. said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that on June 24 it purchased Death Row, including its enviable back catalog and current artist contracts.

The purchase concluded the roller-coaster saga of one of hip-hop's most famous labels. Under owner Marion "Suge" Knight, Death Row sold tens of millions of albums in the heyday of early `90s rap — its artists often flashing the spoils of the high life in music videos — before collapsing in debt and mismanagement.

A former couple, Lydia and Michael Harris, claimed they helped found the label, and won a judgment of $107 million, which they tried to collect in 2006. Unable to pay, Death Row and Knight filed for bankruptcy in April 2006, claiming debts of more than $100 million.
In 2006, a federal judge ordered a bankruptcy trustee takeover of Death Row Records, saying the label had undergone gross mismanagement. Knight's decision to file for bankruptcy protection staved off a move by the court to appoint someone to take control of the record label and his assets.

Global Music Group, an independent label, takes ownership of albums including Dr. Dre's "The Chronic," Shakur's "All Eyez on Me" and Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle."

Other assets are believed to include unreleased material from Shakur that could result in another posthumous release from the rapper.

Knight has a history of legal problems. He was convicted of assault in 1992 and placed on probation, then jailed for five years in 1996 for violating that probation.

He was returned to jail in 2003 for again violating parole, this time by punching a parking attendant at a Hollywood nightclub. He was released the next year.

In 2006 under questioning from his creditors, Knight denied having money tucked away in foreign countries. His bank account then contained just $11.

Global Music CEO Anthony Davi, Jr., said the label planned to get "the best economic results of the catalog and provide long term stewardship of the artists' work." The company plans to later announce details of its plans for Death Row.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Jay-Z saves Brit music festival with boost in tix sales

Jay-Z, flaunted his flag-flying American supremacy in front of an audience of thousands at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival in England.
So this year, when it was announced that American rapper Jay-Z would top the Glasto bill, Oasis's own mouthy mouthpiece Noel Gallagher was none too thrilled. Noel even went so far as to publicly blame Jigga for Glastonbury 2008's unusually low ticket sales.

Glastonbury is Britain's biggest summer rockfest, and it's usually headlined by popular limey rock bands like Coldplay, Muse, Radiohead, and Oasis.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you break it, people ain't gonna go," the famously cantankerous Britpopper complained to the BBC in one of his typically brazen interviews. "I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It's wrong."

Well, apparently 140,000 or so festivalgoers disagreed with Noel and showed up for the headlining Hova...who kicked off his Glastonbury set in a most cheeky fashion by performing Oasis's "Wonderwall" acoustic, dressed in a Gallagher-esque anorak, while a parody film featuring Noel's nasty comments screened behind him. The crowd exploded, according to The London Times, which reported: "Both audience and artist rose to the occasion and turned in a moment of real, euphoric, pop-culture history."

"[Jay-Z's] performance will go down in Glastonbury history," British paper The Independent also declared, while The Guardian concurred: "It's brilliantly staged, utterly thrilling, and it makes Gallagher look a bit of a berk."
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Monday, June 30, 2008

Nic scores again! New movie with Remington Steele star directed by Roman Polanski


HOLLYWOOD - Pierce Brosnan and Nicolas Cage will star in Roman Polanski’s next project, The Ghost, MTV reports.

The film is an adaptation of Richard Harris’ novel about a ghostwriter hired to write the memoirs of an ex-Prime Minister.
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Also, Nic is in Bangkok Dangerous scheduled to come out in September and Bad Lieutenant--see super sexy poster!

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Easy-E remembered in fight against AIDS

According to the latest numbers, almost half of the people in the United States living with HIV or AIDS are black. June 27 was National HIV testing day.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

DUI arrest for celeb surgeon

The Los Angeles plastic surgeon who operated on rap star Kanye West's mother before she died last year was arrested in Solano County early Thursday on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Facebook founder settles

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of cash and stock to settle a long- running legal battle over whether founder Mark Zuckerberg stole ideas for the site from fellow Harvard students, according to court documents released late on Wednesday.
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Listen to Barack's I Pod--Sort of

In a refreshing sign that math and hope can just get along, Barack Obama predictably sewed up the delegate count on Tuesday night and defeated Hillary Clinton in what turned out to be a long, contested Democratic primary. And now, for the first time ever, a black man is on track to inhabit the White House, fulfilling Parliament-Funkadelic's dream of turning Washington, D.C., into Chocolate City.
(Say What?!)
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

They got Kanye West's blood a-boilin'!

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kanye West defended himself from criticism over his delayed performance at Bonnaroo, saying on his blog that the flak he's taken has left him "the most offended I've ever been."

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Infected Sites in China affect Web

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. June 24-- The majority of the Internet's malware-infected websites are located on Chinese networks, finds a new report released today by, the university-based research initiative aimed at protecting users from dangerous software. The report also identifies the 10 network blocks that contain the largest number of badware sites. Six of the 10 are located in China.

"Sites that infect visiting PCs represent some of the worst of digital pollution," said Jonathan Zittrain, co-director and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. "Malware is a global problem that requires cooperation across industries and across national borders."

As China strives to hone its image in preparation for the Beijing Olympics, 52 percent of the more than 200,000 infected sites analyzed in late May were hosted by Chinese networks. U.S.-based networks accounted for 21 percent of bad sites. The data were provided by Google's Safe Browsing team and are searchable by URL in the Badware Website Clearinghouse.

The analysis also revealed the Internet's 10 most infected network blocks:

Network block name & Country Number of infected sites

No.31, Jin-rong Street China 48,834
China169 Backbone China 17,713
Telecom (Group) China 9,445
CNCNET-CN China Netcom
Corp. China 6,058
GOOGLE - Google Inc. U.S. 4,261
DXTNET Beijing
Dian-Xin-Tong Network
Technologies Co., Ltd. China 3,604
Technologies Inc. U.S. 3,507
Services, Inc. U.S. 3,166
China Telecommunications
Corporation China 2,357

The owners of these network blocks play a variety of roles in the Internet ecosystem. Some directly control the infected servers on their networks, while others lease equipment and/or bandwidth to customers who control their own servers. Google, which is a sponsor of, hosts free blogs on its network through its popular Blogger service. Malicious users sometimes exploit these free blogs as a means to link to or distribute malware. Google disables the blogs as soon as they detect the bad content, but the dead blogs remain in the list of infected sites until Google's automated malware detection system has an opportunity to rescan them.

Maxim Weinstein, manager of, says the country and network data are a helpful step in understanding the distribution of malware, but we should be careful about assigning blame.

"Our goal in releasing this report is not to point fingers or to imply that network owners or governments are at fault for the malware on their networks, but rather to start a conversation. When different links in the Internet chain talk to each other and share information, it leads to solutions that in turn lead to a safer Internet for all of us."

He points, for example, to his team's success last year, when a similar report revealed U.S.-based web hosting company iPowerWeb as home to over ten thousand infected sites, making it the most infected network at the time.

"When we published that report," says Weinstein, "it prompted iPowerWeb to ask for help. With support from and data from Google, the company was able to clean up all those sites and secure its servers against future attacks." Weinstein notes that, based on the latest data, iPowerWeb is hosting so few infected sites that it is not even in the top 250 most infected networks.

On Friday, researchers will present related research at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, hosted by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

To read a full copy of the report, go to: is a partnership among academic institutions, technology industry leaders, and volunteers committed to protecting Internet users from threats to their privacy and security caused by bad software. is led by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute. Consumer Reports WebWatch serves as an unpaid special advisor. The initiative is supported by Google, PayPal, Lenovo, AOL, Trend Micro, and VeriSign. For more information, please visit

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Barack's model behaivor heats up the Versace catwalk

Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful "the man of the moment," Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power."

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I Love Love, I Love You

“You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.”
Julie de Lespinasse quotes

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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”

The Battle For Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg launched an online empire from his dorm room at Harvard. Now four fellow students say he stole their idea
CLAIRE HOFFMAN Posted Jun 26, 2008 2:25 PM

Tomorrow night, there will be a party to celebrate Facebook's four-year anniversary. But in a nearby building — one of four sleek offices that the social-networking Website runs not far from the campus of Stanford University — the company's founder is oblivious to the preparations. Mark Zuckerberg, the head of the Facebook empire, sits inside the safety of a small, glass-walled office, hunched over a Styrofoam box of take-out.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Remember When?

You've come a long way, baby!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Michelle is the new fashion

Editor's Note: I thought this post was cute and true. More women are being seen wearing large pearls, little black sweaters and that gorgeous black belt Michelle has worn. It helps that she could easily walk the runway at 5'11". Fabulous!

"The Wall Street Journal finally discovered our fashion crush on Michelle Obama. And clearly we have plenty of company. Following her appearance on The View (another secret love) women across the nation are flocking to White House/Black Market to buy the $148 dress Michelle wore on the show."

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Thanks to Miss 604 (yes… THANKS) I took the opportunity to attend the sneak preview of Mike Myers’ upcoming flick “The Love Guru” - which co-stars Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lil' Wayne, Cash Money Records, riding high on record sales

NEW YORK - Lil Wayne now has official numbers to back up his bragging — the rapper's new CD has sold a spectacular 1 million copies its first week.
"Tha Carter III" is easily the best selling first week of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Even Kanye West's "The Graduation" didn't eclipse that mark in its first week last year (though it was only about 50,000 copies short).

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Monday, June 16, 2008

On top of the World! Sen. Obama gives his Best Speech Ever!

Sen. Barack Obama gave one of his most powerful speeches ever on Monday night in front of about 22,000 people at a rally in Detroit Michigan.
Al Gore gave a rousing endorsement that lead into a speech that ensured Americans that their futures are solid in his hands.
The crowd was almost uncontainable with breakthroughs of "Yes We Can" and the sincere smiles of hope-filled hearts as he exited the stadium after his speech.
Watch the speech here.
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Tiger Wins!

Golf superstar Tiger Woods overcomes a surprising challenge from unheralded Rocco Mediate, winning the U.S. Open on an extra playoff hole. It's the 14th major championship title for Woods, 32.
On the 91st hole at Torrey Pines, Woods stood strong on his wobbly left knee in putting away a determined Rocco Mediate in sudden death to win his 14th major title.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Austrailian interview with Nicolas Cage and Knowing

Nicolas Cage exclusive
Nicolas Cage exclusive

Kelly aquitted on charges, out of the closet

A Chicago jury has acquitted R. Kelly on all counts at his child pornography trial.
R. Kelly is accused of making a home sex video with an underage girl at his child pornography trial.
One of two The verdict came six years after the R&B superstar was first charged with videotaping himself having sex with a young girl. Prosecutors had said she was as young as 13 at the time.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ungrateful Actress?

Katherine Heigl, known as an actress who plays a doctor, on Grey's Anatomy and sometimes film actress (Knocked Up) said she doesn't want to be nominated for an Emmy because of bad "material."
It must be so nice to ride on a horse so high up in the air.
What is wrong with this woman? Is this a publicity stunt? Is it a swipe at her boss?
I would fire her if I were her boss.
The oh-so-high-on-her-horse actress said she also didn't want to stand in the way of anyone who got to act on a show with better "material." Whahh Whahh.
Grey's Anatomy is a highly rated show and a pretty good watch.
Creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes should fire her ass for biting the hand that feeds her. She can be replaced. There are thousands of talented actresses who would love to stand in Heigl's shoes. Ingrate.

Forbes Most Powerful Celeb is Oprah (duh)

Are you on the list? The annual list also included two couples among its top 10. Actress Angelina Jolie came in at No. 3 and her partner Brad Pitt nabbed No. 10, while music mogul newlyweds, Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z were fourth and seventh.Golfer Tiger Woods remained No. 2 and soccer player David Beckham was No. 5, while actor Johnny Depp took sixth.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Really Handsome, Sexy Men

Really Handsome, Sexy Men

Barack Obama
Don Lemon
Nicholas Cage
Kanye West
Jamie Foxx
Tony Harris
Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks
Micheal Baisden
David Axelrod

Recent writer's strike costly

Reuters - The recent Hollywood writers'
strike tipped California into a recession, resulting in a loss
of $2.1 billion to the state economy and costing 37,700 jobs,
the Milken Institute said in a research report.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

What did Eddie Winslow do to Superhead?!

In June of 2008, Karrine Steffans reportedly sent a text message to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton that stated she had been choked and threatened by her reputed lover Darius McCrary, according to

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sen. Obama won the Democratic nomination!

Sen. Clinton will conceed the race tonight.

Monday, June 02, 2008

National Treasure III: Go Nic, go!

There is no escape. It's Hollywood. There will be a National Treasure 3 sequel, according to producer- director Jon Turteltaub.
"We're trying," Turteltaub says in an on-line interview set up to promote the current DVD release of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.

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Tatum O'Neal arrested for buying crack, police report

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O'Neal was arrested Sunday for buying crack cocaine in New York, police said.
Tatum O'Neal was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance Sunday.
The 44-year-old actress, who penned a 2004 memoir about her long road to sobriety, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan after she was seen making a purchase from a drug dealer, police said.

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Fashion is Dead

PARIS - Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most influential and enduring designers of the 20th century, will be remembered for empowering women through his fashion, a longtime friend and associate said.
Saint Laurent died Sunday at his Paris home after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, said Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent's business partner for four decades. He was 71.

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sex in the City (lives on in all of us women)

A comment made on the NPR site got me to thinking about my life. I said I had failed while reaching for the Sex in the City lifestyle. Actually, I met the same fate as the show and the women in Sex in the City: My activities were halted. Our society doesn't want women purposely behaving like Carrie, Sam, Charlotte and Miranda

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Fire suspicious but Rapper 50 Cent doesn't live there

DIX HILLS (WABC) -- Six people are hospitalized after a fire, described as "suspicious," burned down a multimillion-dollar Long Island home owned by Grammy-nominated rapper 50 Cent.

Harvey Korman, a Carol Burnett Show mainstay, dies at 81

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in "Blazing Saddles," died Thursday. He was 81.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Nic & Weston's "Voodoo Child"

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No Blacks Allowed?

Has Black Become Unfashionable?: BET News Explores the Decline of African American Models in the Fashion Industry in 'FASHION BLACKOUT' Premiering Thursday May 29 at 8:30 PM
Has Black Become Unfashionable?: BET News Explores the Decline of African American Models in the Fashion Industry in 'FASHION BLACKOUT' Premiering Thursday May 29 at 8:30 PM
for more on modeling click here...
Top Black Industry Insiders, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison, Tyson Beckford, Tracy Reese, Andre Leon Talley And Many Others Sound Off About The Sharp Decline In African American Images In The Fashion Industry

NEW YORK, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- According to, Black women in the United States spend more than $20 billion on apparel each year. Unfortunately the runways, magazine spreads and the image/beauty industry at large are increasingly ignoring their buying power and their existence by choosing instead to market an Eastern-European form of beauty as the standard. This global decrease in the use of African Americans models in top campaigns and in major fashion shows has sparked the question: has Black become unfashionable? On Thursday May 29 at 8:30 PM, BET News goes behind the scenes of New York's Fashion Week to find the answer in a half hour special, FASHION BLACKOUT. Top Black industry insiders, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison, Tyson Beckford, Tracy Reese, Andre Leon Talley and many others sound off about the sharp decline in African American images in the fashion industry, the blatant racism and their plans on how to keep the Black model from becoming extinct.

At New York's September 2007 Fashion Week the runways were dominated by white faces. In fact, Black faces were more absent from the runways than some fashion insiders have seen since the '60s. Of the 101 runway shows, more than 1/3 employed no Black models; most of the others used just one or two. Blacks fared no better overseas: When the fashion caravan moved to London, Paris and Milan, the most influential shows -- from Prada to Jil Sander to Balenciaga to Chloe and Chanel -- made it appear as if someone had hung a sign reading: No Blacks Need Apply. So is the fashion industry racist or are Blacks simply not in season? FASHION BLACKOUT will explore the issues and how the exclusion of an entire race has a negative effect on Black women and their sense of self-worth.

For more on FASHION BLACKOUT viewers can go online to

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households according to Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions:, a leading internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which offers ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sydney Pollock Dead at age 73

Director and actor Sydney Pollack has died. He was 73. Pollack's agent, Leslee Dart, said Pollack died of cancer Monday afternoon at his home while surrounded by family.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

The sunset is beautiful wherever you are...

Beauty is where you find it or Beauty is everywhere or the sunset is beautiful wherever you watch it.
Now try to guess where I shot these photos! (place your guess in comments)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Obama '08: Sen. Barack Obama comes to Gary--the series

Those who chose to, wore or bought Obama shirts of all styles--from the official blue or white ones sold at campaign headquarters to those airbrushed in an array of colors with Obama's face and signature look emblazoned upon them.

Joy and confidence shined on the faces of each ticket holder who emerged from campaign headquarters victoriously. Take a peek.

Find out why the people love and support Barack Obama. More of these videos may be found on my You Tube page. Click on the My Videos link to the right in the links column.


Watch entire speech of Dem. presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama at Roosevelt H.S. in Gary, Thursday.

Listen to "Reclaiming the American Dream" on my blogtalkradio show:

I promised a series and here it is:

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Nicholas Cage in Bangkok Dangerous

Bangkok Dangerous opens to theaters on August 22nd.
Go see it!


These guys are adorable. I look forward to each episode. Please increase the frequency, Adam and Derrick!

Thursday, March 27, 2008


André Lauren Benjamin (byname André 3000; b. May 27, 1975Atlanta, Ga., U.S.) and Antwan André Patton (byname Big Boi; b. Feb. 1, 1975Savannah, Ga.,...
Andre Benjamin (b. May 27, 1975, Atlanta) and Antwan Patton (b. Feb. 1, 1975, Savannah, Ga.) joined forces at a performing arts high school in Atlanta. Discovering their mutual admiration for hip-hop and the funk musicians that became their stylistic touchstones (Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, and Prince), they formed a rap group,

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stand Up for Your Rights as an American Worker!

Click on the video tower to the right or go to my YouTube page to post your video response.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Posted in: Entertainment — PR-inside Entertainment News @ 3:31 pWINEHOUSE’S HUSBAND ‘BEGS FOR DRUG MONEY’m
AMY WINEHOUSE’s incarcerated husband has been reportedly begging her to secretly fund his drug habit.
Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, is currently behind bars in London’s Pentonville Prison but is still tying to smuggle heroin into the establishment, reports British newspaper The Sun.
According to the publication, Fielder-Civil has asked the singer to make payments to another prisoner in a bid to fund his habit.
And Pentonville’s head of security Andy Watts is already suspicious of the plot.
He has written to Fielder-Civil’s solicitors, warning, "There is a strong and supported intelligence he is involved in attempting to smuggle drugs into the prison." Fielder-Civil has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and will stand trial in June (08).
The 25-year-old is accused of attempting to fix the outcome of a previous trial for grievous bodily harm.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Road to the White House/WLTH voter registration/Response to attacks on Barack Obama

Where are the African American strategists now? How does Barack climb out of this one? African Americans who have been raised around other African Americans are probably just as surprised as I am at the violent reaction to Rev. Wright's sermons by certain members of the media.
It's as if they don't know any Blacks intimately. I remember as a cub reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago, having to cover a newsstory at Trinity once and I think the news bureau editor expected me to come out of the church shocked and amazed at what I heard but I wasn't. It didn't help that I left out after getting quotes--it was a debate.
He probably thought I didn't hear it or stuck around long enough to hear it and that is why I wasn't alarmed. My co-worker wanted to know why I wasn't alarmed but we were so busy complaining about other stuff, that we drowned each other out. Now that I think about it, they probably figured my silence as agreement. Hmmmm.
Blacks everywhere are used to these remarks. Malcolm X said it. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it to a degree--all of our (African American) leaders have touched on Rev. Wright's race-based subject matter in question. So What? Outside of the ridiculous ideas on 911 and AIDS and the government, the race-based sermons are reflective of the lives we (African American) live.
We live with terrible injustices and we mostly don't say or do anything so it feels good to have someone who understands our pain, like Rev. Wright. A lot of what was shown on TV was overboard. Many sermons are at least 45 minutes--anyone can drift in attention during that time. However, the points made on race are indicative of what most blacks encounter daily. Just think about what Rev. Wright encountered being older during the times of outright racism. It's too bad you non-blacks can't ask some of your black co-workers. (oh, I forgot--you don't have any IN THE EDITORIAL ROOM. WHERE ARE YOUR BLACK GATEKEEPERS?)
Even if you could find one and ask, he or she wouldn't be honest and tell you about it. You'd get upset--like many of you are now.
Blacks and Whites have a severely dysfunctional, abusive relationship where Whites seek to constantly dominate Blacks and other races by hook or crook. After a while, it's easier to get along and don't say anything and let people who aren't a minority think what they whilst. What I found is when I get past White anger (because they think I'm angry) we all get along swimmingly. So maybe it is the anger and hate that is the problem (Satan) and not race. Who can help what race they are? Anyways, put some African Americans in your NEWSROOM/EDITORIAL DEPT. (not the receptionist area) and watch how they cover news, who and what they are drawn to and how they characterize certain situations. Then, when something like this Rev. Wright situation comes up, you won't be surprised and angry. You'll already know.
(Because I'm getting tired of the coverage--it's lame--there is only one point of view mostly)

BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces the Top 25 Moneymakers in Hollywood

Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Will Smith, and Denzel Washington Top Publication's Ranking of the Most Bankable Blacks in Film & Television

NEW YORK, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Money is at the heart of show business.
The recent Oscar ceremony lauded the ultimate in cinematic excellence, but the true barometer is a good opening weekend at the box office -- the first indicator that a motion picture will be a hit. It is box office gross -- not the Academy Award -- that is the make or break factor for actors, directors, and producers seeking influence. In television, success is measured by a program's ratings, which in turn determines advertising rates.

Today, a core group of black superstars has seized upon their creative talents to take control, both in front of and behind the cameras. In the March cover feature "The Top 25 Moneymakers in Hollywood," BE unveils its most comprehensive and qualitative measurement of black clout in entertainment. In developing its Bankability Index, the publication evaluated box office revenues, television ads, estimated salaries, name recognition, and major award wins and nominations. The result, reports BE Editorial Director Alan Hughes, "demonstrates that money is the key determinant when it comes to who gets to make plays and who's forced to sit on the sidelines in Tinseltown."

Coming in at No. 1 is media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey, who is widely acknowledged as one of the world's most influential moguls. The Oprah Winfrey Show continues to reign as the highest-rated talk show in daytime television history. Winfrey, whose show has won more than 40 Emmys, recently struck a deal with Discovery Communications to launch OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, in 2009. The network will be the most recent addition to a media empire that includes a satellite radio network channel and a magazine. One of a handful of black billionaires and CEO of a leading BE 100s company, Winfrey is also a powerful television and film producer.

Creating one of the highest-rated shows on television has made Shonda Rhimes worth more than her weight in gold with studio execs. It has also secured her the No. 2 spot on BE's Top Moneymakers list. Rhimes may not have the name or face recognition enjoyed by other powerhouses, but the buzz and the advertising dollars Grey's Anatomy has generated for ABC Network and its parent company, Walt Disney Co., powered her to the upper echelons of the ranking.

Earning a reported $20 million, plus a percentage of the box office gross, for each big-budget film he appears in, Will Smith landed the No. 3 spot. To date, his films have generated a staggering $4.9 billion worldwide, placing him at the top of Hollywood's elite.

Denzel Washington continued his box office reign with two highly acclaimed films, American Gangster and The Great Debaters. His venerable Hollywood track record earns him the No. 4 spot. Gangster generated some $223 million worldwide, proving that the iconic actor's drawing power is among the strongest in the business.

Halle Berry's strong performances in Paramount's Things We Lost in the Fire and Sony's Perfect Stranger demonstrate why she commands top dollar. Although Berry reportedly is not making the $14 million salary she earned during her Catwoman days, she still receives about $10 million per flick, putting her at No. 5.

Rounding out the list's top 10 are Jamie Foxx (No. 6); The Wayans Family (No. 7); Martin Lawrence (No. 8); Dana "Queen Latifah" Owens (No. 9); and Laurence Fishburne (No. 10).

The entire Top 25 Moneymakers in Hollywood list is available in the March issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE, on newsstands now.

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans since 1970.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Usher has No. 1 Song: "Love in this Club"

NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans of LaFace/Zomba recording artist Usher are embracing the multi-talented superstar's newest song, "Love In This Club." It is the No. 1 song in the country making an astonishing leap from #51* to the No. 1* position on Billboard's "Hot 100 Singles" chart. "Love In This Club" also claims the No. 1 spot on SoundScan's digital tracks and iTunes tracks charts during the first week of its release. This accomplishment marks Usher's eighth No. 1 single in the United States.

"Love In This Club," featuring Young Jeezy, co-written by Usher and produced by Polow Da Don is also being well-received by music critics; Entertainment Weekly calls it a "Must" listen, proclaiming that Usher "returns with his magnetic club groove."

"Love In This Club" is the first single from his eagerly-awaited fifth studio album titled Here I Stand, slated for worldwide release this June. Here I Stand is Usher's follow-up to his history-making, 9x platinum-selling Confessions.

The multi-talented, five-time Grammy-winner, musician and actor has sold nearly 14 million copies of Confessions worldwide and it earned a multitude of honors including MTV, BET, and People's Choice awards.

Over the span of his 14-year career, Usher has sold close to 26 million albums worldwide and combining all of his single, album and DVD sales, he's sold in excess of 36 million units globally. The Tennessee-born, Atlanta raised performer, songwriter, producer, dancer, actor started his multi-faceted career at the age of 15-years old.

Usher Raymond IV has achieved what few other contemporary entertainers have ever accomplished. He most recently launched a successful line of signature fragrances, actively heads up his own charity, New Look Foundation, a camp for teens that teaches them about the entertainment business, and he is part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

He is currently gearing up to promote his forthcoming album. SOURCE LaFace/Zomba

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Barack Obama momentum touches all of us!

This just in...

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(I asked, so I have permission)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Listen to WAR

Slippin' Into Darkness with Hillary Clinton & Robert Novak

[via FoxyTunes / War]

Saturday, December 15, 2007

This is me on Blogsvertise

The Foxxhole on Sirius Radio

J--I know this is old but I just heard it today. What is up with the Foxxhole? It is off the chain!
Listen to Jamie's show
That woman is off the chain!
Listening to it is like having your eardrums ravaged. It's like wild sex for your ear.
I could only provide a link.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I Won Something!

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Vote for my video advertising the Pentel-EnerGel Delux pen--great for left handed writers--on!
I won something! I won something! I won something! I won something!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

It's About Ye

Ye MTV interview

Ye MTV rehearsal

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Featuring: the Teletubbies!

I'm Bringing Sexy Back

This is Why I'm Hot

Snap Ya Fingaz

Aren't they just adorable?!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

What kind of trouble can you get in for speaking up for your religion

This is my editorial response to this emerging debacle:

Why in the world would anyone censor these fine people for explaining Who gets them through their day? What happened to freedom of speech? These interviews were obviously taped while most--if not all of them were at work. They were supposed to be in uniform. Oh, so since the paper bills we use have "In God We Trust" on them, only Christians should use it? I think not. There are other things to attend to besides who worships and where and if they are representing the Government. Cut some slack, dudes.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Independent Filmmaker Rob Irving presents...

QUE 2 Rob Independent Filmmaker, Robert Irving

Damn! is the must see Independent film of the year.

However, you will have to wait to feel the fear, the intense horror of "Damn!" Midwestern filmmaker, Rob Irving said, "Damn! is the must see Independent film of the year."

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Watch Me Discuss Soapy Goodness - Made with Coconut Oil

Feel the Soapy Goodness on your skin

Feel the Soapy Goodness on your skin
Lathery, Creamy, Soapy Goodness - Made with Coconut Oil!