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AJ Williams: Web/Social Media Editor/Columnist/Writer for the Michigan Chronicle, FRONTPAGE Detroit and Praise Connect Detroit. She's a local media personality who has worked with Mason Radio on 107.5 FM, host of The MIXX TV Show with UDetroit and producer of the "The LovEXperience Series for ARCH Executives. Under her personal brand "I AM AJ Williams" she provides voiceovers and talk show formats including hosting and interviewing.
Eminem decided to have some fun with college football announcers during halftime of a Michigan vs Notre Dame football game on Saturday. Mathers was on hand to plug his new video “Berzerk” and seemed to space out for a good minute on live air looking like a deer caught in headlights.
When the video was done playing he seemed to awaken from his “trance” and said that “live TV freaks me out.” ESPN’s Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit seemed to take it in stride and the broadcast seem to go off without a hitch from that point forward.
Congratulations to Serena Williams who beat Victoria Azarenka to win her fifth US Open title! Check her out in all of her glory in the ESPN video below!
Hard-core rapper and reality show star The Game (pictured) is calling on all of his fans to boycott Houston’s restaurant of Pasadena, Calif., after he was allegedly denied service because of his extensive bodily tattoos, reports Yahoo!
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The Game, whose actual name is Jayceon Taylor, reportedly visited Houston’s, a pricey eatery with an established reputation for first-class service, for lunch. Sporting a pair of slacks and a tank top, the performer’s tattoos on his face, torso, and arms were reportedly in full view.
According to the 33-year-old rapper, the temperature at the time of the incident was 90 degrees, which was why he reportedly decided to wear a tank top. When the Game tried to get a table at Houston’s, he was allegedly denied service by the restaurant’s manager who then told him that the exposed body ink was a threat to his customers who were dining.
Upset with the snub, the Game took to Twitter to vent to his more than 1 million fans:
Handsome Ass N****Verified account@thegame11 Aug
NEVER eating @ Houston’s restaurants as long as I live ! Denied service in Pasadena by mgr “Vy Diep” because: I have tattoos on my arms ?!?
Handsome Ass N****@thegame11 Aug
RT @VincentHJr@thegame that restaurant needs to be boycotted #DontEatAtHoustonsPasadena RT
According to the Game, he had been racially profiled before at the same eatery chain but at another location.
Houston’s restaurant manager, Marvin Wells, claims, though, that the Game did not have sleeves so he violated their strict dress code.
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Several weeks ago, I saw comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of the FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and he did an entire set on black “homework” movies. He said every few years there’s a black movie that everybody is supposed to see because a bunch of influential black folks are in the movie or political and cultural leaders say it’s important that we support the film. Some black homework movies are actually good, like Fruitvale Station or 42, where you’re entertained and you actually learn something. Sometimes they’re like Red Tails where you realize that just because it’s an historic movie about black people, doesn’t mean the film is actually any good. Fortunately this week Lee Daniels’ The Butler comes out, a movie that is not only worthwhile black homework, but objectively is one of the best movies out of Hollywood in years.
Let me preface by saying I would never have gone to see The Butler based on the trailers for the film. Usually, when Hollywood markets a ‘black film' the trailers are geared towards attracting white audiences since the assumption is that black people will pay to see anything with Oprah in it. The trailers for The Butler make it look like another black ‘struggle’ film about some downtrodden black family that manages to survive by keeping their heads down and accepting racism by being apolitical and staying true to their values. Essentially a big screen version of “Good Times”.
Fortunately The Butler is much more than Momma’s crying and wayward sons. The Butler manages to do something that most 'black homework' movies fail to do, which is actually telling the story of black people. Most black movies are really just the story of how white people’s lives are affected by the black people they know. The Last King of Scotland was supposed to be about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, but the movie focused on a young white doctor and his liberal guilt and jungle fever. As much as I liked 42, the movie spent as much time focused on the white managers, teammates and press covering Jackie Robinson, as it did on the baseball icon himself. The Butler focuses squarely on the family of Cecil Gaines, from the good times and the bad, painting a picture of middle class black life in Washington D.C. something that is rarely if ever seen on film.
Gaines' (who is played by Forest Whitaker) life story is based on a Washington Post interview with Eugene Allen, a black man that served as a butler to eight presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan over the course of 34 years. While liberties were taken with Allen’s life, the historic interactions he has with presidents in the film are amazing, humorous and validating. The war planning, treaties and policy decision that he was witness to make this movie a kind of black Forrest Gump, where a common man with a sincere heart finds himself in the middle of dozens of history altering moments just by the nature of showing up to work every day for 34 years.
The movie doesn’t cheat the audience, all racists don’t get their comeuppance, everyone doesn’t live happily ever after and some victories in the film are small and only shared by a precious few. However the movie never wallows in struggle-porn either, extolling the values of survival over living during the American apartheid. This film shows the totality of African American life, happy families, house parties in the 70’s and moments that are laugh out loud funny.
The main reason the story of Cecil Gaines is so moving is because every single actor in the film is amazingly spot on. Within five minutes you forget you’re watching Oprah as she transforms into Cecil Gaines' loving and often troubled wife. David Olewayo, one of my favorite actors from the BBC spy show "MI-5" chews up every scene as Gaines' son, and delivers his own personal story arc that is inspiring and motivating as opposed to stereotypical narrative of the prodigal son. There are so many stars and guest appearances in this film that you can clearly tell that everyone involved knew that cinematic history was being made.
You shouldn’t just go out and see The Butler this weekend because Oprah is in it, or because a lot of smart and important black people say it’s “good” for us to see the film. You should see it, because the movie is well acted, painful, exciting, and historic and sometimes laugh out loud funny. See it because movies like this don’t get made often enough, and this is one homework assignment that you’ll be glad you took the time to finish.
Downtown Detroit Days, which is inspired by the original shopping event that began in the 1950s, is returning for a second year. Woodward Avenue’s 511 Building will be reactivated and transformed into a lively marketplace highlighting some of Detroit's best brands, artisans and food vendors.
The popular pop-up biergarten, TASHMOO, will also be featured this year, bringing a one-of-a-kind experience.
Vendors & Product Include:
Simply Suzanne Natural Foods/Cerealfly Handmade Soap/Beau Bien Fine Foods/The Detroit Wood Type Co./Common Threads Clothing/JKM Soy Candles/McClure's Pickles/Joseph Wesley Black Tea/Goods T-Shirt Bakery/Germack/The Peacock Room/Good People Popcorn/Simplified Clothing/Well-Wrought Leather Goods/313 Energy/Jones Soda Co. Michigan Made Collection/City Directory Direct/Brys & Edgewood Cake Co./The Detroit Spice Co./The Detroit Shoppe/And More!
Food provided by:
El Guapo Taco/Peoples Pierogi Collective/Detroit Mini-Donut & Lemonade/Treat Dreams Ice Cream/Houndstooth Craft Hot Dog Co.
For more information visit: http://downtowndetroitdays.com/
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I think it’s time for Suge Knight to give it up and invest in a driver. Suge Knight has not one, but two arrest warrants issued for his arrest. This is a result of Knight driving around Los Angeles with a suspended license.
Marion “Suge” Knight had previously had arrest warrants stemming from two separate driving with a suspended license cases. The first case was from 2011 and the second was a case that happened in 2012. Knight failed to appear in court for either date and warrants were issued for $20,000 each.
This is the second time these warrants have come to bite Suge Knight. Back in February, warrants had been issued for Knight’s arrest for blowing off court dates. However, before things got too out of hand, he resolved those failed court appearance issues.
No one from Suge Knight’s camp has made any comment about the new arrest warrants.
Wow! Kenya Moore was on BET’s red carpet last night and refused to speak to the correspondent from Bossip because according to Kenya,
“Y’all don’t say nothin nice”
Oh man! Kenya, the correspondent was trying to make nice with you publicly. You may feel like you won that victory last night but we ask you this, did you win the war? Because if you think Bossip embarrassed you before what in the world do you think is going to happen now? Let’s put it this way, they are the ones who posted the video of you refusing to speak to them.
Girl, we say just send an edible fruit basket…who can stay mad with pineapples that look like Hello Kitty? Good luck!