That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
LMAOOOOoooooo. OMG. I don’t know where we are politically when official White House press conferences are taking the time to address new Jay-Z lyrics, but this is where we are, America. Yesterday, Jay-Z released a new song titled Open Letter in which he addressed (among other things) his recent trip to Cuba with Beyoncé. Please, please, please watch this video and listen to this reporter quote the lyrics (OMG, some people should never be allowed to quote Jay-Z lyrics in a public forum), and ask White House press secretary Jay Carney whether or not it was true that President Obama gave Jigga permission to go to Cuba. I just can’t with this, ya’ll. I can’t! Is she serious? Jay-Z is such a big deal now, and people are so impressed with his relationship with the President that anything he says about Obama in a song is, from this point on, taken seriously? That is awesome; at least for Jay-Z. For our political state of affairs, it’s kinda sad that these are the things they’re talking about. Madness.
Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul
Justin Timberlake, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Sam Moore and Ben Harper were guests of First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House yesterday where the musicians were praised for their participation in a workshop titled Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul. At the White House, there was a lot of talk about what these artists do. Last night, President Obama hosted a concert that featured performances by these amazing folks. Click below to see some photos from yesterday’s event at the White House, watch a video clip from last night’s concert and find out how YOU can watch the entire concert performance in full. More »
The Former Prime Minister Suffered Another Stroke
It feels a little strange to write about a political figure of whom I know very little, but I thought it important to pass along this news today. Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain, passed away today at age 87. If you’re like me, and not quite in the loop with British political history, you may know most of what you know about the political icon through Meryl Streep‘s portrayal of her in 2011′s The Iron Lady. Streep delivered an unforgettable performance (for which she won her third Academy Award), and through the performance I became a great fan of Thatcher‘s very particular approach to the male-dominated world of politics. I’m sure many today are mourning her passing. Click inside to learn more.
Posted under: Margaret Thatcher
Coincidence or ...
So, there’s a new series on The History Channel that takes stories from the Bible and dramatizes them for entertainment … the show is aptly titled The Bible. For the past few weeks, The Bible has managed to drum up big ratings for the network … but last night, it drummed up a bit of controversy as well. Last night’s episode of The Bible featured the introduction of Satan on the show and many people believe the character was made to look like President Barack Obama. Representatives from The History Channel deny that they intentionally attempted to make the Devil look like President Obama but … well, take a look at a side-by-side comparison and see what you think. More »
Posted under: Barack Obama, The Bible
I'm just as confused as you are
So, um, outlandish basketball star Dennis Rodman made his way to North Korea for a little visit and he ended up meeting and becoming bromance BFFs with the country’s undisputed and all-powerful leader Kim Jong-Un. Now, I’ve read the reports a few times to try and understand better how all of this happened and … I’m still confused. Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un are bros now … like, for serious. Click below to see the photos and read the report from ESPN to see if you can understand any of this confusing madness. More »
Oh Yes, They Did!
So, remember how First Lady Michelle Obama was the surprise Best Picture presenter at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night? Remember how her appearance on the show live via satellite from the White House caused a media sensation around the world? The story was so big that the Iranian news agency Fars even reported on her Oscars appearance … but in order to report her appearance in a way that they would deem unoffensive, they Photoshopped her dress to cover her up more. Click below to see what they did to her dress. More »
IL Hopes to Become the 10th US State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
The State of Illinois took a huge step forward today in becoming the next US State to legalize same-sex marriage. By a vote of 34-21, the Illinois Senate approved a bill that would make their State the 10th in the US to enjoy marriage equality. There is still a big hurdle to overcome before the marriage equality bill can become law. Even tho IL governor Pat Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law, it must next be ratified by the Illinois House of Representatives … where its passage is not assured. BUT, the GOOD NEWS today on this Valentine’s Day is that the Illinois Senate has voted in favor of marriage equality … which is a BIG win for love! More »
Posted under: Same-Sex Marriage
STRIKE, RISE, and DANCE To End Violence Against Women And Girls
Towards the end of last year Anne Hathaway covered Glamour magazine and she was interviewed by Eve Ensler, feminist, activist and author of Vagina Monologues. I nearly lost my mind when I saw the cover story, because I could lit’rally perform certain parts of Vagina Monologues in my sleep, and Eve Ensler has always been a celebrity of sorts to me. Anne and Eve spoke about One Billion Rising, a worldwide event (founded by Ensler) that Anne wanted everyone to know about. PITNBr E. Lee also commented about V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women, which Eve Ensler also founded (and which now works in conjunction with One Billion Rising). Today, Anne, Eve, and women and men the world over are asking people to strike, rise, or dance in support of a world free of violence against women. Click inside to learn more about how you can join me, and celebrate V-Day!
Now that Hillary Clinton is no longer our nation’s Secretary of State, many folks are wondering if she is planning a bid for the office of President of the United States when the next election is held in 2016. President Barack Obama will not be able to run for president again after he finishes out his second term so the field is wide open for an ambitious Democrat to lead the party (er, sorry Joe Biden). Thus far, Hillary has made it clear that she has made no decision to run for President … but yesterday, she launched a new official website that has some folks speculating the site is her first step towards a presidential run. HMMM. More »
I Don't Know What To Do With This Information
So, it’s official. Reality television has taken over the entire world… and I’m kinda glad my mother isn’t here to see this, LOL. For the record, my parents took me to South Africa and Zimbabwe when I was eight because they were doing research. Both were professors in African and African-American history and I was raised to believe a lot of things– one being that Nelson Mandela is basically a deity. So when I learned that his granddaughter’s were getting a reality show, I couldn’t help but wonder what my Mom would think. But it’s happening. And I need to mentally prepare, so click inside for more!
Posted under: 'Being Mandela'