As if being raped wasn't bad enough, a shameless aide in Barack Obama's camp searched for a rape victim to appear in a political ad.
According to Politico.com, Kiersten Steward, director of public policy at the Family Violence Prevention Fund, was approached by the campaign staffer to serve as the go between for the campaign and rape victims.
"Obviously, this is a big ask and I haven’t seen a script but presumably it will be a brief 'this is what happened to me, we need someone who will fight for women like me, these are the guys to do it,'" Steward wrote in a Sept. 15 e-mail. "Again, that’s just my assumption, given how these things usually go."
Steward said the Obama campaign would have a crew in Washington and was hoping to film that week.
But one rape victim in Virginia declined to appear in the ad.
Mikele Shelton-Knight said in an interview that she was glad the Obama campaign was seeking to highlight the issue.
"The more discussion about this the better," said Shelton-Knight, a full-time victims advocate in the Richmond area.
While she wasn't told about the specifics of the ad, Shelton-Knight said she thought that the ad might be about an obscure law in Wasilla, Alaska, that charged rape victims for their own exams.
But as Shelton-Knight pointed out, the law was on the books before Sarah Palin became mayor of the small city and the law was voted off the books in 2000.
The ad was never filmed probably because Obama's camp couldn't find a "rape victim" who wanted to go on camera to speak about her harrowing experience to millions of people.
I'm still surprised that anyone in that camp was that insensitive to make such a request of a rape victim especially since many states right here in this country still charge victims for the cost of the rape kit exam.
It wasn't until exhaustive lobbying by Shelton-Knight and others that Virginia localities finally agreed to absorbed the cost of the exams last year. (Source)
In addition to T.I.'s Paper Trail, newly engaged singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut album drops tomorrow. Will you go out and get it? Hudson is in the midst of a tour to promote her new album. This explains why she was snapped around 3 AM this morning at JFK airport before she could put her face on. Note to celebrities: the paparazzi lives at JFK airport. Always have your face on and be "close up" ready!
I'm amazed. Britney Spears looks better than she has in years! Someone at the label must have told her that if she didn't clean up her act, she would be dropped faster than Janet Jackson. Britney's comeback single "Womanizer" was leaked four days before it was to go to radio.
Justin Timberlake must be thinking, 'Can't a man press his girl up against the wall without paparazzi's killing the moment?' Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel are vacationing in Rome.
Despite arm twisting by president George Bush and others, Bush's $700 billion bailout plan went down in flames today.
Senate majority whip (Republican) Eric Cantor blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech for the rejection of the bill. "This is not a partisan crisis, this is an economic crisis," he said in a press conference following the vote.
Cantor noted that 92 Democrats voted against the bill following Pelosi's speech blaming the Bush administration for the current economic crisis and for not protecting the middle class who lost their homes, savings, pensions and their retirement.
Cantor called Pelosi's words "inappropriate". Bush is determined to get the bill passed to rescue his friends and their companies before he leaves office.
Bush claims if the bill doesn't pass, the economy will collapse. But he's not talking about "our" economy, he's referring to "their" economy.
This time "they" will be affected instead of "us" and it feels good.
In truth, the working class won't feel the pinch as much as Bush and his millionaire friends who caused millions of people to lose their homes, pensions, mom and pop stores and savings.
Upon news of the bill rejection, the Dow dropped over 700 points but rebounded 200 points.
No matter where T.I. goes, his woman Tiny is always by his side. In return for her loyalty and love, T.I. rewards his wifey with every designer bag her heart desires. There was even a time when T.I. personally picked out bags at Lenox mall's Louis Vuitton store for Tiny.
No matter the occasion, Tiny is always impeccably and fashionably dressed to impress from head to toe!
Tiny wore this purple and black Herve Leger bandage dress to T.I.'s much-talked-about 'Suited and Booted' birthday bash at the Biltmore hotel on Saturday night. The dress retails for $1,490.00. The silver metallic bag and shoes are by Chanel and the bag alone retails for $3,000.
NBA star Dwyane Wade, 26, has finally spoken out about his impending divorce from wife Siohvaughn, 27.
The former Siohvaughn Funches was Wade's high school sweetheart and the only serious girlfriend he ever had -- until now. Wade and Siohvaughn have two sons: Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade, 6, and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, 1.
Siohvaughn found out the hard way that it's hard for a brotha to stay faithful to his wife while on the road with so many groupies lurking in the cut waiting for that team bus to pull up to the hotel.
Since divorce proceedings were filed last year, Wade has been linked to tennis star Serena Williams, reality show star Vanessa Simmons and (who else?) Gabrielle Union:
"I keep my personal life my personal life. You try to keep it as private as you can. When things leak out, it’s not always the truth. Some is. All you can do is continue being who you are. A lot of things have come out about me, and people are going to think what they want to think. But at the end of the day, no one knows what’s happened in my life to get to the point where me and my wife, our family, not being together.
When the time comes, I will make one statement and that’s it. Like anyone else, I want my privacy respected. Let people say what they want to say about me. I hear it. I get mad about it. But it doesn’t get me down. It adds fuel to the fire." (Source)
Just a few days ago an industry friend asked whatever happened to Dondria, aka Phatffft, the gifted young singer JD found on YouTube.
I knew my industry friend was joking since we both know what happened to Dondria. Poor Dondria suffered the same fate as other new singers who don't fill a particular niche.
Her first single didn't make an impact on iTunes, and the industry buzz that's so necessary for new artists just wasn't there.
So JD shelved the young singer's debut album and moved on. Hey, he has problems of his own what with his wifey Janet being let go from his own label -- and rumors floating around that he's next and all.
So Dondria has returned to doing what she does best: singing in her bedroom, with her talented friend Broadway, making YouTube videos and hoping that JD realizes she's still waiting.
Poor Dondria sounds so despondent as she pours her heart out to JD begging him not to forsake her:
I'm sitting in my room making YouTube videos
and I am waiting on a deal
yes I am
from JD -- Jermaine Dupi
and I call him Chi Chi
and I m waiting, waiting, waiting, WAITING
to do something else with my life
other than working in the day care
The First Lady of Turks and Caicos, LisaRaye held her birthday celebration at Club Area in LA last night. The evening was also a benefit to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Ike on Grand Turk island. But according to some, LisaRaye's celebrity friends didn't come through with the cash as hoped.
...almost none of the invited celebrity guests showed up except for MC Lyte and Spinderella, who shared dj-ing duties, and John Salley and Kim Porter. Sanaa Lathan, Vivica Fox, Elise Neal, Malik Yoba, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tamala Jones and the rest of the advertised celeb guests bailed on her. And to add insult to injury, on top of the $20.00 entry fee, LisaRaye passed around a bucket to drum up more cash and only came up with $300.00 more dollars. (Source)
I love this picture of Paula J. White, who also attended the party last night. I especially LOVE that outfit, those sandals, the clutch, the way she's holding her stomach protectively. Only thing missing is her man. Hopefully she has one.
This Judy Winslow chick on the right could pass for Amy Winehouse's kin. We know what Amy's problem is, but what's up with Judy? She needs to make EATING her top priority -- the parties can wait. What's the use in paying $300 for a party dress that looks better on the mannequin than it does on you? Was that harsh? They used to call it tough love.
Kim Porter attended LisaRaye's party looking stunning as usual. She'll be in Atlanta this weekend to attend a friend's baby shower. I'm thinking about crashing the baby shower just for old times sake.
In addition to being a superstar producer/rapper and head of urban music at Island Records, Jermaine Dupri is also a talented DJ. But JD seemed to be having a little problem with his Macbook Pro laptop while spinning at The Underground in Chicago last night. I also bought a MacBook Pro recently and I'm still trying to figure the damn thing out. Apple over charges for their laptops and you still have to pay them to teach you how to use it!
I swear Apple is nothing but a cult! The sales people at the Apple store walk around smiling like robots. They try their best to talk you into switching from Windows to Mac -- just like a cult. Anyway, JD was in Chi town to continue his 36th birthday celebration tour (that's the big thing now: multi-city birthday celebrations).