We now know that the man who quit his job in order defend George Zimmerman to the national news media barely knows him.
Joe Oliver, a former CNN anchor, has been making the rounds of cable news and TV talk programs defending Zimmerman, the man who gunned down unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.
it is not uncommon for former or current professional talking heads to offer their "services" to victim's families as "family friends" whenever a major news story explodes into the national conscience the way Trayvon's shooting has.
You would think that the media would be more forthcoming about the fact that they are interviewing one of their own. But they often don't because they don't want to jeopardize their access to the victim's family.
On Tuesday night, 'Last Word,' with host Lawrence O'Donell and his guests The New York Times' Charles Blow and The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, ripped the lid off of Oliver's claims that he was a "close friend" of Zimmerman's.
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More details are emerging about the hours and days following the tragic shooting death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.
According to Good Morning America, the lead investigator in the case didn't believe George Zimmerman's claims of self defense.
The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting.
But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.
Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman's attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman's claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.
Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.
Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot Martin, 17, in self defense.
There is also word that Zimmerman's father is a retired magistrate judge who may have used his influence to get criminal cases against his son dropped.
...Rihanna was really pregnant with Chris Brown's baby? We know from a very good source that Rihanna and her abusive former boyfriend have been hooking up in recent weeks. But wouldn't it be funny if she forget to use protection?
Beyonce, 30, and her 2-month-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter were spotted running errands in NYC today. Beyonce is cradling BIC in a fur baby swing carrier. Will someone please tell Bey that babies don't like it when you cover their faces. The babies are terrified because they think they are all alone. Beyonce would have known that if she took a parenting class. All new or expecting mothers with borderline IQs should be required to take a parenting class.
Beyonce, who wore a grey sweater and jeans, went into a few office buildings in NYC on Tuesday afternoon. At each stop, her faithful bodyguard, Julius, helped her in and out of her custom coach. Beyonce and Blue Ivy were also accompanied by Blue Ivy's grandmother, Tina Knowles, who still looks worried. As you know, Bey is rumored to be having a difficult time adjusting to motherhood.
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Much is being made of President Obama hawking "hoodies" on his campaign website. The hooded sweatshirts, along with other clothing emblazoned with the Obama name and logo, are being sold at BarackObama.com.
But conservative bloggers wonder if the sales of the hoodies are an attempt by Obama's camp to capitalize off of the headlines surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a grey hoodie when he was gunned down.
Martin's killer George Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot the 17-year-old Miami high school student in self defense on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida.
Obama, who said "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," sent out a tweet on his Twitter.com account announcing the sale of the hoodies on Monday.
"Is the President trying to capitalize off the death of Martin?," wrote conservative blogger Allah Pundit.
Our president couldn’t possibly be so odious as to try and cash in on the case, could he?, wrote another conservative blogger, who accused Obama of "pimping hoodies".
He added: "How long until Obama’s showing up in public wearing one?"
Actress Alicia Silverstone has the Internet buzzing about the method she uses to feed her 11-month-old son, Bear Blu. Alicia chews her baby's food before spitting it into his mouth.
According to celebrity blog TMZ.com, Alicia posted a video of herself feeding her son on her popular health food website over the weekend.
“I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup from my mouth to his,” Silverstone wrote on her blog. “He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating.... Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!”
Before you gag, you should know that the animal kingdom also pre-digests animal fodder by swallowing it and regurgitating the stomach contents to feed their young.
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According to celebrity blogger Rhymeswithsnitch, "Revealing her secret 3-year love affair with actor Adam Rodriguez and talking about Blue Ivy wasn't enough to save Melanie Fiona from weak record sales..."
Apparently, neither was promoting her album on her Twitter.com account. I have said so many times in the past that promoting an album on Twitter.com is no substitute for a well-organized promotional campaign. Just because you have 100K followers on Twitter does not translate to record sales.
Melanie's second album 'The MF Life" is only expected move between 27 and 30k units in it's first week.
But Melanie's not alone.
Ruben Studdards' 'Letters from Birmingham' is projected to sell only 4k copies and Diggy Simmons debut album Unexpected Arrival between 20 and 23K. Source
One day they'll learn...
Rap newcomer Iggy Azalea is featured in a Complex magazine interview and photo layout. The XXL Freshman class standout was signed by Interscope Records after she caught the eye (and ear) of Grand Hustle founder T.I.
Yesterday, Grand Hustle released the first single off Iggy's debut album, The New Classic, due out this Summer. The single is titled "Murda Bizness". T.I. hopes you will embrace his artist as a white female rapper with faux urban roots. The single features Iggy's mentor and is produced by Bei Maejor. Listen to "Murda Bizness" after the break.
The 21-year-old Australian rapper's first track "PU$$Y" went viral on YouTube last year. But even though she's being promoted as an over-sexualized rapper, she says that's not really her.
COMPLEX: You’ve been criticized for being overly sexual
IGGY AZALEA: "To a lot of people, a powerful, sexy woman is vulgar. When I first came out people said, she only raps about her vagina. I’m not a vagina rapper! [Laughs.] I talk about many other things."
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A high ranking member of the controversial New Black Panther militant group was jailed yesterday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
...or so says his jail paperwork.
The real reason that Hashim Nzinga, 49, sits behind bars is that $10,000 "bounty" that the Black Panthers announced for the capture of George Zimmerman, the man who gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
The media is making a mockery of this shocking case of racial profiling gone wrong.
In a shameless rush to blame the victim, the national media is portraying the middle class Miami teenager as a gold teeth wearing thug who was suspended for 10 days for having weed residue in his book bag.
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As predicted, Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games' broke box office records when it was released over the weekend. The Hunger Games grossed $155 million, more than double what the film 'Twilight' raked in during its opening weekend in 2008 ($69.9 million).
But one thing movie critics didn't predict was the racial tensions that would overshadow the film's opening weekend and evoke hateful social commentary from passionate fans of the book on which the film was based.
Taking a page out of today's cultural obsession with reality TV, The Hunger Games pits young television contestants against each other in a brutal, real-life battle to the death.
But fans of the book are outraged at the film's writers for taking artistic liberties with the book's big screen adaptation (two of the book's principal characters are played by black actors).
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