Monthly Archives: April 2013

Michael Jordan Adds Another Wedding Band to Ring Collection

NBA legend and former Chicago Bulls guard, Michael Jordan is headed for marriage again, but this time he has a pre-nuptial agreement and a wedding ring for his new bride. Jordan, 50, and Yvette Prieto, 33, have dated five years and are scheduled to wed on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. A reception for over 2000 guests will be held at the couple’s 37,000 square feet home in Jupiter Bear Club. I wish Michael and Yvette all of life’s happiness and as a show of my support I will pause during work for a moment of silence, as I mourn the marriage of my secret crush.

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Queen Bey Reigns!

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Okay look, It’s no secret that I am a bonafide Beyonce Knowles-Carter fan. And just like my own two daughters, Na’Imah and Na’Tifah Williams, I think she is a pretty, talented and smart young woman. Forbes Magazine says that she is mega-rich and I like that, too. Other than the music that she releases, the videos and performances I’ve seen, her recent documentaries and Oprah interviews I’ve watched, and the media stories I’ve read, I do not know her and haven’t met her. In fact, i don’t have any friends or family who have told me they know her personally. Do I think she is an angel–no I do not and I don’t think my daughters are either. Which brings me to this point:

Why the hoopla over her most recent release, ‘Bow Down’? I am about as over this song as I was an equally silly song she recorded back in the day with Destiny’s Child called, ‘Bootylicious’. Is ‘Bow Down’ more stupid than than the other one?  And what about the fact that America’s darling Beyonce, married America’s bad boy of hip hop, Jay Z? How many other celebrity women marry bad boys?  I’d say just as many as us regular women who prefer bad boys.  My point is that we shouldn’t be shocked at what an artist says or does while performing their craft. We don’t know them as people, only celebrities. Right now we’re shocked at hip hop artists, but does anybody remember the kinds of stuff that Prince, Rick James, Barry White and Marvin Gaye used to sing about doing to women?

Just because we happen to be fans of a celebrity does not mean we know them as private   people. Hear me when I say that celebrities have both a public brand and a private persona. They are usually very different and reserved for their close friends and family circle. Fans tend to be so star struck that even when celebrities tell us who they are, we won’t believe them. Prime example–“Jenny from the Block,” a song released by singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, explaining how we should not be fooled by the material things she has, that she is the same person. There are a lot of “Jennys from the block, including Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, comedian Mo’Nique and the late Whitney Houston, to name a few. Evangelist Juanita Bynam, Evangelist Denise Matthews  (Vanity), and Minister Helen Baylor are prime examples of women with upstanding public images with testimonies of redemption from past ways.

Beyonce is doing her own thing right now and not taking ‘Sasha Fierce’ too seriously, all the while staying in the media and running all the way to the bank.  At the moment she is the most successful female recording artist, live performer and actress– Let her reign in peace.

 

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Now its Time to Say Goodbye: Annette Funicello

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On Monday, April 8, 2013, Annette Funicello died at age 70, after a long bout with the debilitating disease, Multiple Sclerosis. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but in my heart and mind she was simply Annette–my favorite Disney Mouseketeer.

Although she would go on to become a singer and actress, starring in beach movies with Frankie Avalon, it was her appearance between ages 12 to 16 years on the Mickey Mouse Club TV show that stands out in my mind. And the famous anthem the Mouseketeers all sang at the end of each broadcast seems so appropriate in the wake of her death.

“Now it’s time to say goodbye to all your company. M-I-C-“See ya real soon!”  K-E-Y “Why? because we love you!” M-O-U-S-E. Rest in Peace, Ms Annette Funicello.

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US Navy Blue Angels Grounded for 2013

ImageThe US Navy Blue Angels squadron won’t be a part of the Virginia Beach air show in September 2013. In fact, they won’t be appearing in any air shows this year as all scheduled appearances have been canceled due to Government budget cuts. The US Navy announced yesterday that it was cancelling all air shows it had scheduled for the rest of the year. There were 32 performances remaining. At a cost of over $100K per air show event hosted by a Navy base, current defense policies cannot support the expense. Out reach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government.This is terrible news. i am disappointed to learn that they will not perform for the remainder of this year.

The Blue Angels are the most exciting flying squadron I have ever seen. I first became a fan while living in Chicago and attending the annual summer Air and Water Show held at the Oak Street Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Last year I saw them perform at the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their precision flying is so awesome. In fact, they flew so low in tandem over the tree tops, until I could see the pilots. It was a most thrilling spectacle. I suggest that Congress and the President return to the drawing board and figure out how to keep the Blue Angels flying. This current development is politikking me off!

 

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General Colin L. Powell Celebrates 76 years of a Great Life

Image General Colin Luther Powell, retired U.S. 4-star general and diplomat celebrates his 76th birthday on April 5, 2013.  Born in Harlem, New York, he was the first Black American appointed as U.S. Secretary of State and the only Black American to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The post is the highest military position in the Department of Defense.

I became aware of General Powell during the Desert Storm operations in Iraq. I was very proud to see a Black American in military leadership and as a 4-Star general, especially in lieu of my many relatives who have served in the military as career soldiers and enlisted men.

In 2000, President George W. Bush appointed General Powell as US Secretary of State and at that time this was the highest rank in civilian government ever held by a Black American. Prior to that appointment, General Powell served as National Security Adviser in the Reagan Administration.

General Powell, a conservative Republican, was encouraged by Republican Party leaders to run for President of the United States. I was excited by this idea as he has led an exemplary, scandal-free life and possessed the leadership experience. He declined to run for personal reasons and in 2008, he endorsed a Democrat,  Senator Barack Obama as President.

Happy Birthday, General Powell.   You are a living, military and world history icon and one day I hope to interview you for a feature story in person.

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