Friday, 10 May 2013 16:01
First Lady Michelle Obama said her heart "swells up with relief" to hear about the freed kidnap victims in Cleveland. In an exclusive interview with the 'Today Show,' the mother of two said:"My heart just ... swells up with relief, because just imagine first losing a child and not knowing whether they're alive or dead or in harm's way," she said in the interview that aired on NBC's "Today" show. "And to be holding out hope for a decade and to finally have those prayers answered is just probably the best Mother's Day gift ... that these families will receive."Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed Monday from a home in Cleveland where they were held captive for roughly a decade. A 6-year-old girl believed to be Berry's daughter was also rescued.Neighbors reported seeing naked women crawling on leashes, a woman with a baby pounding on a window for help, but cops walked away 3 times. video link below: http://www.today.com/news/michelle-obama-cleveland-kidnap-victims-parents-worst-nightmare-1C9840291
Friday, 10 May 2013 15:38
As the class-action lawsuit known as Floyd v. New York begins to wind down after more than 30 days of testimony, citizens throughout New York City are waiting with baited breath for the outcome. It has attracted far fewer headlines in Detroit, but the final outcome of the case could affect the way police do business in every city in the country, particularly in communities of color where departments could assert the right to search African American and Latino youth simply for being African American and Latino youth. The plaintiffs in Floyd, known by most as simply the "Stop and Frisk trial," argue that the NYPD's policy of stopping people on the street and searching them is nothing more than racial profiling and the raw data behind the case is almost impossible to argue. Of the 530,000 people stopped and searched in New York in 2012, only 10 percent were white, and 89 percent of the stops did not lead to an arrest or even a citation, according to the police department's own data. The New York Civil Liberties Union studied the data and found that African American and Latino men between the ages of 14 and 24 make up…
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:58
Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes. Even though she paid off her $900,000 debt on Monday, the singer still has to do jail time reports the NY Daily News.Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.It's not clear when or where she'd report to prison.
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:47
Newly out NBA baller Jason Collins sat down for a 90-minute interview on Sunday night's episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter." Collins said he's proud to be the first active male athlete in a major U.S. sport to come out as gay, but he still wants to keep his private life, well, private."I'm making a big declaration, but also trying to remain as private in my private life as possible," he said, after revealing that he decided to wait until the end of the season to disclose the news. "I think you more than most can attest to, 'Yes, you're a public figure, but we have private lives."When Oprah asked how he plans to "first step out with a partner" with his "7-foot self," he said "I'm going to try.""But now, I know, I don't have to worry when I do step out. I won't be outed. I've already raised my hand in the classroom and said yes," he said.The 34-year-old athlete went on to say that he was in "so much angst" about "making a decision like this." But, he is extremely grateful to have a supportive family.Collins' parents Paul and Portia also spoke to Oprah. They admitted they were…
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:38
Lil Kim has been hit with a big, fat lawsuit.Her former business manager is suing for a whopping $15 million, in response to the $1 million lawsuit she filed last month.According to TMZ, Andrew Ro claims their company, International Rock Star Corp, lost millions of dollars due to Kim's diva-like behavior which prevented him from making lucrative endorsement deals. In his complaint, he says the rap songstress failed to promote products, stopped taking his phone calls and refused to come to product meetings without extra pay for her time."She didn't do what her shareholder agreement obligated her to do," Ro's attorney, Teresa Daley, said in an interview with E! News.Ro and Kim entered into a licensing deal in August 2012 for products such as a perfume line, clothing line, vodka drink, energy drink, Steve Madden shoe line and a honey maker. When she cut the contract, Ro shot back with a cease and desist letter.The 38-year-old is the founder and CEO of International Rock Star Corp. Ro owns 22 percent of the company.A ruling has yet to be made.
Friday, 03 May 2013 17:54
Under pressure from the family of Emmett Till, and facing the possibility of being Rick Rossed by PepsiCo's Mountain Dew, Lil' Wayne, the New Orleans rapper whose career is based on finding snappy ways to include (red) b*tches, h*es, murder and money in metaphorical lyrics, has finally acknowledged that he was wrong to equate the slain teen to a murdered vagina. One would think that would be a no-brainer — but with "mollies," "purp" and "sizzurp" involved, Wayne's ability to form a coherent sentence is something that can not be counted on. Read his publicist's letter below: Dear Till Family: As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists. It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist's song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys. Moving forward, I will…
Friday, 03 May 2013 17:44
On December 6, 2004, an alleged interview appeared involving tennis mega-superstar Serena Williams (pictured) that mysteriously flooded e-mail inboxes everywhere. The question and answer printed dialogue depicted Williams as a self-hating individual who put Black men down by making explosive statements about them such as, "They [Black men] will be obsolete in 10 years...once artificial insemination has become as common and accessible as the flu shot." But the comment that picked up the most steam was her allegedly saying, "A White man is the only choice for a successful Black female." Almost immediately, the e-mail became viral, but did the interview actually take place or was it the stuff of urban legends? The mysterious Williams' interview prompted radio call-ins, debates, e-mails, letters, and news reports, with people being up-in-arms as to why Williams would make such inflammatory statements about men of her own race. But there was more. The following statement was attached to the tennis dynamo as well: I dated Black men. I loved many of them but they were not suitable for marriage. Many of them were raised by women with warped mentalities. So I had to date outside my race. ... The secret organization of women is…
Friday, 03 May 2013 17:33
NBA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant (pictured) is reportedly battling his mother, Pamela, in a court of law to prevent her from auctioning off cherished basketball keepsakes from his high school playing days and early NBA career, reports TMZ. A New Jersey-based auction house, Goldin Auctions, is suing the 34-year-old "Black Mamba" for the right to sell the memorabilia, after the player's legal team contacted the firm to inform them that they could not do so. It is being alleged that Pamela made a deal with Goldin Auctions to sell off many of Kobe's basketball momentos, such as his 2000 All-Star game signed ball, high school varsity letters, and game and practice jerseys. TMZ states that according to the filed lawsuit, Goldin Auctions allegedly forked over an advance of $450,000 to Pamela, which she plans on using to purchase a home. The lawsuit also states that Bryant willingly handed over the mementos to his mother about five years ago. Bryant argues that the keepsakes are his possessions and no one has the right to auction them off, so that is why he trying to block the process. Meanwhile, the case is still awaiting a judge's decision.
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:06
Hip-hop star Lil Wayne’s (pictured) endorsement deal with “Mountain Dew” could be jeopardized, after he refused to apologize to the family of slain civil rights symbol Emmett Till, MTV News reports. The family was offended after the rapper made a lewd reference to Till in a lyric during his cameo on Future’s “Karate Chop” (Remix). Incensed, Some of Till’s family members enlisted the help of Rev. Jesse Jackson whose help forced Epic Records to remove the offensive lyric. The record company also apologized. Lil Wayne, however, has remained unapologetic to the Till family. His failure to do so has prompted the family to take up their gripe with Mountain Dew, hoping it will force an apology. The controversial line goes, “Beat the pu**y up like Emmett Till.” Till was a 14-years-old when he was killed in a small, Mississippi town for whistling at a White woman. Earlier this month, Till family members and the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation released a YouTube video that criticized the controversial lyric and expressed their opposition to Wayne’s endorsement deal with Mountain Dew. “We also support blocking and banning the endorsements. I’ve maintained through February, ‘Don’t do the Dew.’ His biggest endorsement is through Pepsi’s Mountain Dew. Stop buying it, stop lining his pockets. People are outraged because…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:54
The mayor and I are looking forward to the May 18 Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure at Comerica Park. Since Detroit's first Race for the Cure in 1992, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has been the local presenting sponsor. Over the years, the event has raised more than $23 million for the fight against breast cancer with some remarkable results. Dave and I join fellow Honorary Co- Chairs Governor Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder (a breast cancer survivor), Senator Carl and Barbara Levin, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman John and Debbie Dingell, Congressman John Conyers, and Congressman Gary and Colleen Peters in lending both our names and our commitment to this fight. Breast cancer touches all of us in some way.My friend and colleague, Sue Ray, who has been with Dave and me for 26 years, is a breast cancer survivor. My late twin sister, Yvonne, had breast cancer. I know many other women who are courageously fighting now and, sadly, too many who have lost their battle. Most of us know that all women are at risk for developing breast cancer, and that men can develop it too. We've certainly heard that early detection really…
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:32
When hosting a party, the excitement is often about the guest list, invitations and the menu, but what about the amount of trash that comes out of gathering with family and friends? In the spirit of Earth Day, we teamed up with Tatiana Grant, president of Infused PR and Events, to share innovative and eco-friendly party planning ideas, so you can increase the fun, while decreasing your waste. Below are a few tips Grant suggests for keeping waste to a minimum at parties: • Reduce — Think about future dinners when preparing your party menu. Serve items that will freeze well. If you have leftovers, this will reduce food waste and give you a head start on dinner the following week. Also, companies like eVite allow you to send free virtual invitations instead of sending paper versions, which are harmful to the environment. If you do need to print something, only use recycled paper. • Reuse — If you entertain frequently, invest in the real stuff – china, flatware, glassware and napkins. Accumulate them slowly by shopping at thrift stores and the sales at your favorite stores. Select a solid color and stick to that color to build a collection…
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:24
The five original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will descend on Detroit this summer, performing together for their 20 year anniversary reunion. But it won't be at a standard arena: the group will be performing '90s hits like "Ghetto Cowboy" at Oakaloosa, a brand-new, all-day music festival that happens to be held at an 1840s-era army fort on the Detroit River. Click Here For The Full Story.
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:40
It's official! His Royal Airness, Michael Jordan, 50, married his model girlfriend Yvette Prieto, 35, in a star-studded Florida wedding that included such guests as Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen and Tiger Woods, reports Hollywood Life. Over 500 guests gathered at Bethesda-by-the Sea, an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, to see Jordan wed his long-time love. And after the nuptials, a lavish reception for over 2,000 guests took place at the Bears Club, a Jack Nicklaus designed golf community in Jupiter, Florida, where the basketball legend just build a 38,000 square foot home. As previously reported by NewsOne, Jordan, met Prieto at a Miami nightclub in 2008 and proposed during the Christmas holiday in 2011. The couple applied for a marriage license last month. This is the first marriage for Prieto and the second for Jordan, who was married to Juanita Vanoy for 17 years before divorcing amid rumored infidelities in 2006. They have three children. Even though the wedding went off without a hitch, there was plenty drama before the couple made it down the aisle.As previously reported by NewsOne, Pamela Smith, Jordan's '90s ex-fling and allegedly the mother of his child, was suing for child support. She claimed that…