Friday, January 30, 2009

NBA GAME NIGHT FEB 15H

KANYE TOLD DREAM TO GET YA STATUS UP


With The Dream on the way to releasing his new album, Love vs. Money in a little over a month, he also plans to release a second album this year (entitled Love King), and then plans to do a joint album with Kanye West a la Jay-Z and R. Kelly Best of Both Worlds style.

“The fourth album you hear from me will probably be a record that’s done with Kanye,” he told DJ Skee on his HD2 New Music Show.

But before they begin work together, Kanye has asked that The Dream raise his celebrity status a little bit. Even though he’s penned huge hits for Beyonce, Rihanna, J. Holiday and many more, he is still pretty under the radar as far as being an artist. But The Dream assure us that he’s going to get his status up.

“I told Kanye I was gonna lift my profile,” he continued.

This will not be the first time the two collaborate. The Dream and Kanye worked together on Jamie Foxx’s new album, Intuition, and is also set to appear on The Dream’s upcoming album, Love vs. Money.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

BAYARD RUSTIN BLACK HISTORY




BAYARD RUSTIN (1912-1987) was one of the most influential civil rights activists who maintained a low profile, reserving the spotlight for other prominent figures, such as DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. and A. PHILIP RANDOLPH.

Born March 17, 1910, Rustin was one of twelve children raised by his grandparents in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Rustin’s life-long commitment to nonviolence began with his Quaker upbringing and the influence of his grandmother, a member of the Society of Friends and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP). NAACP leaders such as W.E.B. DU BOIS and JAMES WELDON JOHNSON were frequent guests in the Rustin home. With these influences in his early life, Rustin campaigned against racially discriminatory JIM CROW LAWS in his youth.


Rustin graduated from West Chester High School and, in 1932, entered Wilberforce University. He left in 1936 before taking his final exams. He also attended Cheyney State Teachers College and completed an activist training program conducted by the AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE (AFSC). The following year he moved to Harlem and began studying at City College of New York. There he became involved in efforts to free the SCOTTSBORO BOYS – nine young black men who had been accused falsely of raping two white women. He also became a member of the YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE in 1936; soon after coming to New York City, he also became a member of Fifteenth Street Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Rustin organized for the Young Communist League until 1941, when he turned his efforts to the FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION, a nondenominational religious group that sought racial justice, and the CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY (CORE), a nonviolent direct-action organization dedicated to improving race relations and ending racial discrimination in the U.S. That same year, Rustin and Randolph planned a 1941 march on Washington to protest discrimination in the defense industry. The protest was cancelled when President Roosevelt issued an executive order prohibiting such discrimination. Rustin also organized 1947’s JOURNEY OF RECONCILIATION, in which blacks and whites rode together on public transportation. The journey served as a model for the freedom rides of the 1960s. He was imprisoned several times during the 1940s for his activism.

In 1948, Rustin traveled to India to learn nonviolence techniques directly from the leaders of the Gandhian movement at a conference that was organized by Gandhi himself before he died earlier that year. Between 1947 and 1952, Rustin met with leaders of Ghana’s and Nigeria’s independence movements and, in 1951, he formed the Committee to Support South African Resistance, which later became the AMERICAN COMMITTEE ON AFRICA.

In 1953, Rustin was arrested in Pasadena, California; originally charged with vagrancy and lewd conduct, he eventually pleaded guilty to a single, lesser charge of “sex perversion” (as consensual sodomy was officially referred to in California at the time) and served 60 days in jail. This was the first time that his homosexuality had come to public attention, yet he remained candid about his sexuality, which was still criminalized throughout the United States. After his conviction, he was fired from FOR, though he became the executive secretary of the WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE.

Rustin served as an unidentified member of the AFSC’s task force to prepare one of the most influential and widely commented upon pacifist essays ever produced in the United States, “SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER: A QUAKER SEARCH FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO VIOLENCE,” published in 1955. (According to the chairman of the group, Stephen Cary, Rustin’s membership was repressed at his own request because he believed that his known sexual orientation would compromise the 71-page pamphlet once it appeared.) It analyzed the Cold War and the American response to it and recommended non-violent solutions.

Rustin took leave from the War Resisters League in 1956 to advise Martin Luther King Jr., on Gandhian tactics as King organized the public transportation boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, known as the MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT. The following year, Rustin and King began organizing the SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (SCLC). Many black leaders were concerned that Rustin’s sexual orientation and Communist past would undermine support for the civil rights movement. U.S. Representative ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, JR. forced Rustin’s resignation from the SCLC in 1960 by threatening to discuss Rustin’s morals charge in Congress. Although Rustin was open about his sexual orientation and his conviction was a matter of public record, it had not been discussed widely outside the civil rights leadership.

In 1963, Rustin and Randolph began organizing the MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM. Senator Strom Thurmond railed against Rustin as a “Communist, draft-dodger, and homosexual” and produced an FBI photograph of Rustin talking to King while King was bathing, to imply that there was a same-sex relationship between the two. Both men denied the allegation of an affair, but, despite support from King and Randolph, NAACP chairman ROY WILKINS did not allow Rustin to receive any public recognition for his role in planning the march. As a compromise, Randolph was chosen as the march’s official director, and he in turn appointed Rustin his working deputy. In less than sixty days, Rustin guided the organization of an event that would bring over 200,000 participants to the nation’s capital.

After passage of the 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT and 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT, Rustin advocated closer ties between the civil rights movement and the Democratic Party and its labor activist base. Rustin was an early supporter of President Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam policy, but as the war escalated and began to supersede Democratic programs for racial reconciliation and labor reform, Rustin returned to his pacifist roots. Still, he was seen as a “sell-out” by the burgeoning BLACK POWER movement, whose identity politics he rejected.

From 1963 until 1979, Rustin served as president and later as co-chair of the A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE, an organization of black trade unionists. From this position, Rustin promoted his view that future progress for blacks rested on alliances between blacks, liberals, labor and religious groups. Rustin opposed activities that he thought would undermine this coalition strategy, including King’s POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN.

Before his death in 1987, Rustin worked as a human rights and election monitor for FREEDOM HOUSE. He also testified on behalf of New York State’s Gay Rights Bill and, in 1986, claimed that the gay and lesbian community had become the “barometer” of human rights because it is “the community which is most easily mistreated.” He also urged gay and lesbian organizations to stand up for all minorities. LOGO will be airing BROTHER OUTSIDER: THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN Saturday, Feb. 7 at 01:30 PM.

JAZMINE SULLIVAN - LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS

Jazmine Sullivan - Lions, Tigers & Bears

THERE ABOUT 2 GET MARRIED

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

KANYE WEST DEBUTS LV SNEAKERS DURING PARIS FASHION WEEK


Kanye West and designer Marc Jacobs pose for a photo backstage at the Louis Vuitton fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday in France.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

BIG DAY 4 DA BILLION DOLLAR COUPLE/ CUZIN E & JAY @ LUV


HISTORY

Everyone is probably talking about the gaffe made yesterday morning regarding the Presidential Oath of Office. It seems Chief Justice John Roberts decided to try it without any text and made a mess of it while President Barack Obama tripped all over his lines.

This is how the oath is supposed to read:

I (name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

MY ANSWER

its all good the whole 2yrs he didn't slip up until than... pimp its all good u the man......


JAY-Z HISTORY 4 OBAMA

THE 1ST DANCE.....






Monday, January 19, 2009

JAY-Z MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK REMIX LIVE


Jay-Z My President is black Remix LIVE 1-18-09 from pleasedontstare on Vimeo.

Nia Long @ sun dance PRETTTTTTY SMILE

AWARENESS: REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.




On the third Monday of January, schools, federal offices and the like across America remain closed as we celebrate the birth, life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought; a time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality and dignity of all races and peoples; a time to remember the message of change through nonviolence. Although many people see this as “a day without work” or “a day away from school,” it is so much more than that; it is the celebration of equality, the celebration of freedom and the celebration of a truly inspiring individual.

Below is the full version of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered at the Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.) on Aug. 28, 1963.


President elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama HISTORY




Friday, January 9, 2009

The man who smacked Kat Williams speaks out THIS IS A BIDD



So I walked over there and asked [Katt], ‘So what you say? I don’t play that joke shit.’ So he was like, ‘And what?’ He didn’t even admit what he said when I asked him.” The man said he proceeded to pimp slap the pint-sized star of “The Pimp Chronicles.”

After I slapped him, he jumped back and he was still talking and it was some girls holding him back. It was actually some girls in the club grabbing bottles like they wanted to do something to me too, like trying to protect him.

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Woman finds 139-year-old baseball card in box of antiques


The strange story goes like this: Last summer, Bernice Gallego pulled an old baseball card from a box of antiques. She figured it might be worth something to someone, so she listed it on eBay.
The starting bid was $10.
But after getting a flurry of inquiries about whether the card was authentic or not, Gallego started to suspect she was holding something a little more valuable and immediately ended the auction.
Turns out her hunch was correct. She did have something more valuable. The card she found was made in 1869 and featured the "Red Stocking B.B. Club of Cincinnati," the sport's first professional team. It's considered one of the first baseball cards ever produced and its actual value could be worth more than $100,000 when she puts it back on eBay (with a higher starting price, of course).
Of course, the news that she had found a rare piece of early baseball history came as a shock to the 72-year-old Fresno, Calif., resident who said she's never been to a baseball game. Her tale, from unwitting discovery to learning about the card's history, is wonderfully captured by our old pal Mike Osegueda of the Fresno Bee. Gallego said she doesn't know exactly where the box of antiques came from since she and her husband are collectors and frequently buy lots from different estates around California. She does have a history of being lucky, though, having once won $250,000 on a slot machine.
(And with that, I'm off to see what I can find in my basement.)

CHAMPS... GATORS...


MIAMI (AP)—Tim Tebow gave Florida the jolt it needed to become a national champion.

But all his efforts in a sloppy, choppy BCS championship game likely did little to quiet fans of Utah, Southern California and Texas, all of whom already claimed the top spot.

“I’ll tell you, we’re going to enjoy a big win, we’re going to enjoy the national championship,” coach Urban Meyer said after the Gators beat No. 2 Oklahoma 24-14 on Thursday night. “Let someone else worry about that. Gators are No. 1.”

The high-scoring shootout between Heisman Trophy winners Sam Bradford and Tebow never materialized.

Tebow, however, shook off a career-high two interceptions to rescue the top-ranked Gators (13-1). He drove them to the clinching score—he took two hard steps toward the line, jumped and zipped a 4-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson with 3:07 left to make it 24-14.

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Percy Harvin returned from an ankle injury and dashed for 122 yards on only nine carries for the Gators. His 52-yard gallop set up Jonathan Phillips’ 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter for a 17-14 lead.

Tebow added to the title he helped the Gators win in 2006 with a rout of Ohio State and, one season after winning the Heisman, brought home another trophy.

“Tebow, just call him Superman,” Harvin said.

National chomps, indeed!

The Associated Press will release its final poll early Friday morning.

Tebow was picked the game’s most outstanding player, running for 109 yards. His passing wasn’t so precise—18-for-30—yet it was his sheer will that kept the Gators going.

“I was already motivated for a national championship game. But you know, there was some trash talking going on, and it just gets me going during the game,” Tebow said.

It was Florida’s third national title overall, and the third straight for a team from the Southeastern Conference, and it was the Sooners’ fifth straight loss in a BCS game. Oklahoma (12-2) set a modern record for scoring with 702 points this season and put up at least 60 points in its last five games, yet never found its rhythm.

“In the end, I’ll be glad to try again next year,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “If that’s the biggest burden I have to bear in my life, I’m a pretty lucky guy.”

Bradford, who beat out Tebow for the Heisman, was a disappointing 26-for-41 with two interceptions. Like Tebow, he’s going to explore his potential for the NFL draft—not exactly the performance he wanted.

“Obviously, they’re a great defense. I think just a couple times we got ourselves in trouble,” Bradford said.

These teams totaled an average of 99 points per game, but wound up with a scoreless first quarter. In the second quarter, Florida’s defense made a pair of goal line stands that left it 7-all at halftime.

By then, college football fans around the country were certainly wondering whether these were indeed the two best teams. And it surely gave steam to the suggestion by President-elect Barack Obama and others that a playoff system is needed.

Cheered on by a flock of rooters who made the five-hour drive from The Swamp in Gainesville, the Gators became the second team in the 11-year history of the BCS to win two titles.

Nicknamed “Big Game Bob” for his early success, Stoops lost for the third time with a national championship on the line. This was the first time Florida and Oklahoma played—Stoops was the Gators’ defensive coordinator when Steve Spurrier led them to the 1996 title.

Tebow struggled throughout the first half, his lone highlight a 20-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy for a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Bradford came right back with a swift 65-yard drive, capped by his 6-yard TD toss to Jermaine Gresham.

Florida’s defense, rather than Tebow, Harvin and its speedsters on the other side of the ball, kept the Gators close.

Poised to break the tie midway through the second quarter, Oklahoma owned a first-and-goal at the 9. Chris Brown carried four straight times and the Gators stood up the 1,100-yard rusher, twice stuffing him from the 1.

Rarely turned back in the red zone this season, the Sooners let it happen to them again in the final minute before halftime.

There were 10 seconds left and Oklahoma was out of timeouts when Bradford dropped back from the 6. He tried to hit Manuel Johnson at the goal line, but the pass deflected off him and the Gators ran a perfect tip drill, with three defenders touching the ball before Major Wright had the interception.

Tebow, meanwhile, kept stopping the Gators.

The interceptions were bad picks, too—Tebow telegraphed a long, cross-field throw that Nic Harris easily grabbed and later made a short flip over the middle right to Gerald McCoy.

Were the Gators out of whack? Hard to tell, though offensive coordinator Dan Mullen certainly had a lot to think about. Hired recently by Mississippi State, he becomes the Bulldogs’ full-time head coach Friday.

Both teams seemed to have trouble with the game officials. The crew kept interrupting play for various reasons, and the result was a sloppy, scoreless first quarter.

Stoops and Meyer took turns hollering at ACC referee Ron Cherry, as if to tell him “Let ‘em play!”

Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes was equally vocal. A few days after calling Big 12 defenses “a joke,” he got into a couple of early shouting and shoving skirmishes with the Sooners. It was even a bit edgy before the game— warming up in the end zone, an Oklahoma kicker rolled his eyes when two Gators leaned against the goal post right behind him.

Tebow, naturally, came out charged up.

He got off the team bus, walked over to a clutch of Florida fans, waved his arms and then ripped off his tie and threw it into a bunch of tailgaters— tail-Gators, in this case.

By the time Tebow trotted out for warmups, most of the Gators were already kneeling along the goal line to stretch. Tebow walked up and down the line, slapping hands and backsides of all 90-some players.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

OAKLAND BART POLICE OFFICER KILLS YOUNG MAN




Oscar J. Grant III, 22, was shot in the back and killed by 27-year-old Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle early on New Year’s Day.

John L. Burris, long-time civil rights attorney who is representing Grant’s family, called the death “the worst I’ve ever seen in a shooting case” and said that it “cries out for criminal prosecution.” The family filed a $25-million wrongful death claim against the agency Tuesday.

Graphic video of Grant’s death shows MEHSERLE SHOOTING THE UNARMED GRANT in the back as he lay face down while other officers restrained him.

HBO lands rights to inaugural ceremony

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – HBO will kick off coverage of Inauguration Week with an exclusive Sunday, January 18, telecast of the star-studded opening ceremony, two days before the saturation coverage of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration begins in earnest.
In 1993, HBO paid $1.5 million to the Presidential Inaugural Committee to televise Bill Clinton's kickoff from the Lincoln Memorial, something that annoyed non-HBO subscribers who weren't able to watch the concert by Bob Dylan and Diana Ross.
This time around, HBO -- which has been awarded the rights for an undisclosed sum -- is planning to offer the event free to cable and satellite subscribers, regardless of whether they have the pay channel. The entertainment lineup for the event, which may also be streamed, hasn't yet been announced, but both Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are scheduled to attend.
"(HBO's) proven track record as a leader in television will help ensure an event that reflects President-elect Obama's commitment to holding an inauguration that is open, accessible and reflects America's spirit of unity," inaugural committee executive director Emmett S. Beliveau said.
Meanwhile, while they won't be televising that Sunday afternoon event live, the other networks -- including all the broadcast and cable news channels as well as TV One -- are rolling out extensive coverage of the January 20 inauguration and the events preceding it. Plans that will include a full-court press of the top anchors and correspondents, Web streaming of events and, in some cases, extensive radio. All three broadcast nets will feature an hour of primetime as well, capping several days of heavy coverage.
"It's more of an inaugural week than Inauguration Day," ABC News chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos said Tuesday.
In primetime, CBS anchor Katie Couric will anchor a one-hour special at 9 p.m. ET about the first hours of the Obama administration. NBC and ABC will have their own hourlong specials at 10 p.m. ET. For its part, NBC hasn't aired an hourlong inauguration special since 1993 when Clinton was inaugurated.
That's one of the last times in recent memory that there has been such a changing of the guard at the White House. In 1997 and 2005, it was the beginning of the second term of a sitting president. In 2000, because of the lengthy court battle over the results, there wasn't as much time to plan the pomp and circumstance.
"It's going to be an incredibly historic day in our country's history," CBS News president Sean McManus said.
The networks saw intense interest in the presidential campaign and election that has, for the most part, carried through to the transition. CBS, for instance, logged its highest ratings in two decades for its "60 Minutes" sitdown with the President-elect and Michelle Obama.
Stephanopoulos, who will co-anchor along with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer -- the same ABC team that anchored throughout the primaries, convention and election night -- said this inauguration is unusual in many respects.
"Here you've got the drama of the changing of the guard combined with a barrier-breaking president and the biggest challenge the country has ever faced probably since FDR was inaugurated," Stephanopoulos said.
The day will begin for the networks between 5-7 a.m. ET, when the morning shows set up the event at Capitol Hill. Many of the anchor platforms will be set up around the Mall in Washington, with CNN and ABC at the Newseum and MSNBC on the mall itself. Major coverage will take place beginning at about 10:30 a.m., when the Obamas visit the White House for the traditional tea before the president and president-elect take the motorcade the short distance to Capitol Hill where the swearing in will take place. There are other events throughout the day, including a long parade that will be televised by all the major networks.
CBS' initial plan was to televise the Obama and Bush motorcade to Capitol Hill as well as Obama's swearing in and part of the parade. But McManus said Tuesday that many affiliates were interested in having even more than the planned 2 p.m. ET cut off, so CBS News is offering a telecast of the parade until 5 p.m. ET. The other networks are staying on the air until local newscasts kick in near the end of the parade.
ABC's coverage will include a three-hour edition of "Good Morning America," which will feature all four of its anchors at the Library of Congress. Gibson, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will take the baton at 10 a.m. and remain on air until the late afternoon and again for the 10 p.m. primetime special.
CNN's coverage includes Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchoring from the Newseum, while others from CNN's team will make appearances throughout the day. In the evening, Campbell Brown will have a two-hour live special beginning after "The Situation Room" at 7 p.m. and then three hours of "AC 360" with Cooper. The night will close with a special midnight ET "Larry King Live" from Washington, D.C.
Brown's and Cooper's shows will include full coverage of the many official balls that will be going on.
NBC will begin the day with the "Today" crew in Washington, giving way at 10:30 a.m. to Brian Williams and others until at least 4 p.m. A network special will be anchored by Williams and others at 10 p.m.
MSNBC's coverage will be hosted by Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, all at an outdoor set on the Mall. The early coverage will come from "Morning Joe," which will originate from a diner in Washington, D.C. MSNBC's live coverage will go until at least midnight ET.
Another big feature will be extended online coverage. CBS, for instance, will have an exclusive, expanded inauguration site. And as she has done throughout the political season, Couric will anchor a Webcast beginning at about 10 p.m. ET.
McManus said that, for the first time, there will be a sponsor for it but he declined to name the company.
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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