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January 2008

Of Bob Johnson, BET and Political Fallout

My schedule is tight today but I MUST get this off my chest and out of my brain….

As you may know by now, BET founder, Bob Johnson went plumb crazy and dissed Barack Obama. It wasn't just a regular diss; he insinuated that Barack Obama was a druggie, said he was insulted that Obama compared himself to Martin Luther King and even threw in a slam using Sidney Poitier in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

After the furor that erupted over Johnson's comments, he 'apologized' for his statements. You call that an apology?

What I'd like to know is when is Bob Johnson going to apologize to Black America for the programming at BET? Based on the comment below, it will never happen.

Here's Johnson's quote from USA Today, April 12, 2006:

…Johnson, who goes by Bob, says he never started BET to be anything more than a money-making entertainment channel. "I never really embraced that notion that BET was an heirloom that belonged to the greater black society," Johnson says. "BET was a business that had a great impact on African-American society, but it didn't belong to it. And so, my thing is that we want to contribute, we want to add value. But we have to operate according to the philosophy that you have to exist in a world where business decisions have to be made based on business, not on political notions or social agendas."

So there, black people. Those statements are par for the course for a 'Democrat' identified as a Bush/GOP operative. Having Bob Johnson as a supporter along with Johnson's known ties to Bush are enough reasons for me to support anybody but Hillary.

Take my cat, please…

I was totally bummed out yesterday because my cat was missing. Well, it's more like one of my cats was missing; there are eight in total. This is a picture of the vagabond, Xena (pronounced ZEE-NAH), yeah like the warrior princess. When she was only a few months old, she used to stand on her hind legs like a kangaroo and try to punch the other cats; that was a weird sight.

Anyhoo, as I was leaving my office to go home for the evening, I saw that my Dad and my brother had called. Of course, the first thing that pops in my mind is that something may have happened to my Mom. Well, to make a long story short, they had been looking for Xena since my mom returned from her dialysis appointment earlier in the day.

There was no sign of Xena and they had looked in the house and throughout the neighborhood. My Dad said that my Mom was very upset and they wanted to know if I'd seen Xena. I started to feel nauseous and it seemed as if I'd never get home.

When I got home, my Mom's eyes were so swollen from crying that she looked like she had an allergic reaction. It was bad. To make matters worse, she started going on and on about Xena and how she prayed to God and my deceased daughter, Jamila, for Xena to return.

If you've been reading this blog, you already know my daughter's story. Well, Xena was her cat and is likely the closest I'll come to a grandchild. I wouldn't want to lose her but I'm not going to spaz out either. I checked the neighborhood again and then made plans to go to the animal shelter in the morning, distribute flyers and offer a reward. What more could I do?

My mom said the guy that tried stealing the newspaper on Sunday had taken Xena and had done who knows what to her. I couldn't convince her otherwise. I tried to concentrate on my tasks for the evening and periodically checked outside to see if Xena had returned.

At about 1 AM, after hours of my Mom's kvetching, I convinced her to go to bed. She went to the front door, opened it and Xena was there. Oh…my…God… she screamed – no, more like wailed, thanked God and really carried on. Xena sashayed in the house as if nothing was wrong.

Needless to say, Xena will not be allowed out of the house anymore unless she's on a leash. I teased my Mom about how she reacted yesterday. Of course she denies most of it but rest of the family knows better. Perhaps I can get a good night's sleep and no more cat drama.

Man arrested for murder of Stepha Henry

It has been far too long since we've heard anything about Stepha Henry and her missing person case. Today's Miami Herald reports that Kendrick Lincoln Williams, 32 has been arrested in New York for her murder and will be extradited to Miami. Thank you to law enforcement for continuing to pursue the case.

It seems that a large amount of Stepha's blood was found in Williams' car. Police investigators doubt that Stepha survived the blood loss and her body has not been found. The blood evidence overwhelmingly precludes that Williams is guilty or at least knows something about this missing persons case.

Law enforcement must now prepare to present its case. Please check the link below and make sure you watch the press conference video.


Web Extra: Details on Arrest in Stepha Henry Case

Police: Henry's blood found in suspect's car




TODAY is Martin Luther King’s Birthday

The language is dated but here is the biography of Martlin Luther King, Jr., recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

From the official website of the Nobel Peace Prize,

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family.

In 1954, Martin Luther King accepted the pastorale of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank.

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Happy Sunday, I’m stealing your newspaper!

I woke up this morning to my Dad yelling at a guy who was stealing the newspaper from the front lawn. Huh? What is this neighborhood coming to? The guy put the newspaper back and continued walking west on the sidewalk. I didn't see his face but my Dad said he is a neighbor. Happy Sunday!

I didn't go down to the guy's house, although I wanted to. I wanted to yell and scream and shout and call a neighborhood meeting on the spot. I didn't do it; but I sure wanted to. That's not the first time the newspaper has been missing but we thought the delivery guy was slacking.

The Sunday Miami Herald costs what? A dollar?

I don't know anything about the guy other than my Dad says he's Haitian and lives in the pink house about three houses away. The family that owns the place is very nice and they have been good neighbors. I don't know if the guy is their relative or not and I really don't care. Supposedly, he passes our house frequently. My Dad thinks he will apologize but I don't. He had the walk of a seasoned thief. You know, he was caught in the act and he didn't run or even walk fast. Even if he does apologize, I won't believe him.

Short of going to law enforcement, I'd like to not just let the issue go. The big 'but' to this situation is that I didn't actually see the guy, my Dad did and he doesn't want to pursue the issue. Maybe it's a guy thing. The newspaper thief will surely pass that way again and he'll not walk by without me saying something to him.

To me, it's a matter of stealing a newspaper escalating to stealing one of our vehicles or burglarizing our homes or someone losing their life. I'm a firm believer of nipping things in the bud. If you don't I think that leads some folks to believe they have permission to try you again.

In the meantime, I am also reminded that 'fences make good neighbors."

What would you do?

Glen Rice arrested on felony battery of man ‘Trapped in the Closet’?

Retired professional basketball player Glen Rice must have felt as though he was filming chapter 23 of R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' when he went to his estranged wife's home on Friday morning. Published reports indicate that Rice confronted Christina Fernandez Rice about other men and went to the master bedroom to find Alberto Perez crouched in the closet.

After pummeling Perez and shouting obscenities, Rice ejected him from the bedroom; Perez ran from the house and called police. Rice, who retired from basketball in 2004, turned himself in law enforcement and later bonded out. Perez required nine stitches for a cut to his forehead.

Rice played on several teams including the Miami HEAT, Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks and LA Lakers.

Glen and Christina Rice in happier times

Another taser victim dies in Miami

Xavier Jones, 29, died after a Coral Gables police officer Tasered him on Friday morning at University Inn Condominium, 1280 S. Alahambra Cir., near the University of Miami.


Miami-Dade Detective Carlos Maura said the man had been disruptive at a party and resisted arrest. Police officers responded to a call about a scuffle about 2 a.m.


After Jones became disruptive inside one of the apartments, a security guard attempted to remove him from the property and the confrontation spilled outside. Maura said the man was belligerent, so a police officer used a Taser stun gun to restrain him prior to arrest.


There needs to be an immediate investigation into the use of Tasers. It seems that law enforcement has lost their minds. Aren't Tasers supposed to stun, not kill? But if pregnant women are being Tasered, the rest of us should surely be on guard.


Pregnant women tasered:

Malaika Brooks, Seattle, WA

Leslie Donaldson, Alachua County (FL)

Valreca Redden, Trotwood, OH



Stunning Revelations: The untold story of Taser-related deaths

O.J. Simpson: Some people just can’t get out of their own way

``Hey, Miguel, it's me. I just want, want C.J. to know that the whole thing all the time he was telling me that s--, you know, I hope he was telling me the truth. Don't be trying to change the mother f-- s-- now, mother f-- a--. I'm tired of this s--. Fed up with mother f-- changing what they told me. All right?''


That's the voicemail message allegedly left by Simpson left for a bail bondsman to give to armed robbery co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart. Can you say "witness tampering"? Now, Simpson will be held in a Las Vegas jail until Wednesday when a decision is made on his possible bond violation.

When I read that message, I thought about Chris Rock on Oprah a few years back. It seems that Rock got a phone call from Simpson about the joke about him being guilty of murdering Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The joke was hilarious but Simpson didn't think so.


Related links:

O.J. Simpson Held on Bail Violation

O.J. jail bound over alleged bond violation (includes links to bail documents)


White House for Sale

Hillary Clinton and John McCain kicked butt in New Hampshire. Bill Richardson has dropped out and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be jumping in the presidential campaign. This election is shaping up to be quite exciting and hopefully it won't become a circus or soap opera. Surely, whoever is elected will be an improvement but is anyone in this crop of presidential candidates actually the best person for the job?

Have you seen the amount of money required to run an effective presidential campaign? It's downright sinful. As of October 16, almost $420 million was reported as received by the presidential candidates. Click here for amounts raised by Democrats and Republicans. When so many people are in need in this country, there's definitely something wrong with that amount of money raised for an election.

How many intelligent, capable Americans are excluded from serving this country because they can't raise that kind of money? It's not just the presidential election; take a look at your local and state elections. There are decent, honest, capable people who are excellent leaders but if they can't raise the funds for a campaign, they're out of the game. No wonder there's so much corruption in government. Now is the time for some serious campaign finance reform.

This is one of my favorite scenes from the movie 'Bulworth'. It was made in 1998; not much has changed since then. There are other poignant scenes in the movie; you really must see it if you haven't already.

***WARNING: Explicit Language***

Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman apologizes for ‘lynch Tiger’ remark

Surely she regretted the words after they came from her mouth but it was too late; the damage was already done. Kelly Tilghman said that that today's young players should "lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley." Surely she wishes she could reverse time and not make such a statement but she can't.

Tilghman apologized for the statement. There were a few complaints but I guess blacks don't watch the Golf Channel in large numbers. Anyhoo, the word is out and some folks want Tilghman fired.

What say you?