Bishop Eddie Long, the embattled pastor of New Birth Missionary Church, wasted no time responding to two of his accusers yesterday. Jamal Parris, 24, and Spencer Legrande, 23, are speaking out about their experiences with Long, despite signing a confidentiality agreement.
Apparently, they aren’t happy with the terms of the structured settlement they agreed upon earlier this year. They thought their $2 million settlements spread out over 20 years was a generous amount — until they started spending the cash and discovered that $100,000 doesn’t go a long way when you’re greedy and have extravagant tastes.
We have a long history of dutifully serving those in need in the local and global communities and we will continue to do so. We are committed to the calling of a strong, viable and relevant ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, we are in the media again and people are wondering what I am going to say. All I have to say is what we stated earlier. All parties involved decided to resolve the civil cases out of court. The decision was made to bring closure to this matter and allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry.
I will continue to honor and abide by my commitment of confidentiality and restraint as it relates to the resolution of the civil litigation and will not be diverted from the important work of the ministry.
The much anticipated Sony Pictures action movie Colombiana opens in theaters everywhere today. Colombiana stars actress Zoe Saldana, 33, in the leading role as a beautiful trained assassin, who, as a child, witnessed the murder of her parents.
The trailer for Colombiana is a tour de force of revenge, retaliation and butt kicking action. I’m sure Colombiana will have the same empowering effect on your little girls as the films Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones had on my friends and me in the 70s.
Pam Grier starred in 1974’s Foxy Brown, as a gorgeous, big breasted, vigilante killing machine. And at 6 ft 1 in, Tamara Dobson was every black girl’s heroine in 1973 as Cleopatra Jones.
Unlike Colombiana, who has an arsenal of high powered weapons at her disposal, Cleopatra Jones and Foxy Brown used their hands and feet to karate chop their attackers (mostly men) down to size.
As much as black girls were inspired and empowered by the sight of these powerful black women kicking butt on the big screen in the 70s, the NAACP informed us we were being exploited.
Actress Vivica A. Fox, 47, helped uber publicist BJ Coleman celebrate his 49th birthday at The Polar Lounge in NYC yesterday. Aunt Viv looks better than most chicks who have never visited a plastic surgeon’s office! Also attending the bash was Vivica’s hunky fiance, Omar “Slimm” White. Omar doesn’t call my phone or text me any more. People sure do change when they get a little fame, don’t they? Publicist BJ Coleman isn’t really 49. He just turned 31. No, really…
Sisters Venus and Serena Williams attended the celebration of the new issue of Hamptons Magazine at RDV in NYC yesterday. The ladies grace the cover of the publication’s 1st issue. The celebration was presented by Grey Goose Vodka. Drink responsibly, kids.
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Hi Sandra, I’m a follower of your site for some time now. (Scorpio). I wanted to send these photos from Oakland, CA. Today, 8/25/11, [was] Keyshia Cole Day. Keyshia came out to inspire the youth. Please do not publish my name or email information. Keyshia gave words of encouragement and she performed several songs. I am not in any of the photos.
Proving that she is not an appropriate role model for young girls today, troubled singer Rihanna released her music video for her alcoholic anthem “Cheers (I’ll Drink To That)”. “Cheers” was released yesterday within hours of the release of Beyonce’s “1+1” music video.
Like Bey’s video, Rihanna’s “Cheers” is low budget and devoid of any actual directing or artistry. The mishmash of vacation shots interspersed with concert footage was filmed mostly during her recent return to her hometown of Barbados. If you’re not an alcoholic, weedhead, or hardcore Rihanna Stan, this video will bore you to tears.
Beyonce’s low budget music video for her single “1+1” off her album ‘4’ debuted earlier today. In the opening scene, Beyonce appears in close up as her skin shimmers under the hot lights, giving the illusion that she’s covered in bacon grease.
Bey’s normally coifed lacefront is damp and lays matted on her face. The overdone visuals are redundant rather than sensual and seductive as intended. The entire video treads a fine line between campy and cheesy as the director borrows heavily from Bey’s previous videos.
There’s the obligatory lacefront caught in the wind tunnel scene.
We know from that classic sex tape with her e-boyfriend Ray J that Kim Kardashian can easily handle a man of any size. But this photo of newlyweds Kris and Kim Kardashian dry humping near the pool of their hotel in Italy is totally confusing. Where are her legs?
As you know, Kim and Kris tied the knot on Saturday in an over-the-top wedding that was extravagant even by Hollywood standards. The lovebirds will wrap up their honeymoon this weekend and fly back to New York where they plan to attend another wedding reception for themselves thrown by a friend.
Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, 32, is a rapper now. If you believe the rumors, she dumped Safaree as her road manager so he might be hurting for cash. Samuels, whose rap handle is SB (short for Scaffbeezy), just dropped his first track entitled “My Watch” featuring Gucci Mane.
The track’s chorus line goes: “Watch on my wrist cost more than a mansion.” You can always tell when an uneducated thug isn’t used to having anything.
I didn’t listen to the track all the way through. But it’s obvious who writes Nicki’s boring lyrics.
I’m in the strip club with the big meat salami
And I don’t make it rain/It’s a SB Tsunami
I’m at the top/Never gone fall off
Handcuff a man cause they know a ni**a ball hard
Remember we told you that Bishop Eddie Long’s accusers agreed to a structured settlement worth around $2 million each, to be paid in installments every year over the next 20 years? Well, two of Long’s accusers have now decided the cash annuities are not sufficient for their needs.
In other words, the men have burned through their cash annuity for this year. And rather than wait until 2012 for their next cash payout, they want it all right now.
The lack of funds even forced one of Long’s accusers into a life of crime to support his lifestyle.
In June, Jamal Parris, 24, was arrested by Miami Dade police during a traffic stop. Police searched Parris’ car and found 181 grams of marijuana, plastic baggies and a semiautomatic handgun. He was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
Incredibly, Parris blamed his drug arrest on “childhood sexual abuse” suffered at the hands of Eddie Long!
Now Parris and another accuser, Spencer Legrande, are speaking out about their experiences with Long — despite signing confidentiality agreements when they accepted their settlements.
Against their attorney’s advice, Jamal and Spencer spoke with WSB-TV here in Atlanta, which aired a clip of the interview last night.
Both men say they never sued for money, even though the money (or the lack of it) seems to be the motivating factor for the interview.
Remember when BART shut down cell phone service in its Bay area train stations to prevent protestors from hooking up?
BART is the acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transmit system. Last week,BART spokesman Linton Johnson ordered all the cell phone towers at the BART train stations turned off so protestors couldn’t use their cell phones to organize inside the stations. They were protesting the shooting death of a homeless man by a BART officer.
Well, the notorious hacking group “Anonymous” hacked into BART spokesman Linton Johnson’s cell phone and posted 14 NSFW pics of the appropriately named Johnson cavorting with his lover at a party.
One of the pics shows Johnson displaying his manhood to the camera while his Caucasian husband looks on proudly.
Under the pic Anoymous wrote: “If you are going to be a dick to the public, then Im sure you don’t mind showing your dick to the public. Umad Bro?”