Racist VW Super Bowl ad

I had to ask because some people are crying racism after viewing this Volkswagen Super Bowl ad. The ad features a Caucasian office worker from Minnesota who is so happy with his new Volkswagen that he spreads joy to his co-workers by speaking with a Jamaican accent.

The first person who came to mind when I watched the ad was native New Yorker Bobby McFerrin, who sang his saccharine 80s hit song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, with a Jamaican accent.

The only people who take offense at this commercial are the ones who don’t know that Caucasian Jamaicans exist, or miserable people who are constantly on the lookout for an axe to grind. Such as New York Times writer Charles Blow who calls the ad “blackface with voices.” Come on, lighten up Mr. Blow.

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Ciara and Future TI and Tiny

Atlanta superstars TI, Tiny, Ciara and Future were seen leaving Crustacean’s restaurant in Beverly Hills today (Jan. 28). T.I. and Tiny are already filming season 3 of T.I. and Tiny: The family Hustle. VH1’s hit family oriented show returns in March. Ciara is reportedly dating Future, whose anemic song with Rihanna, titled “Love”, is in heavy rotation on the radio. Ciara and one of Future’s baby mamas have been been at war with each other for at least a week on social networking websites.
Photos: VLNY / Zodiac / Splash News

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    Kwame Harris mugshot

    Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris was arrested and charged with assaulting his ex-boyfriend at a San Mateo restaurant. According to the lawsuit obtained by The San Mateo Daily Journal, the two men argued over soy sauce and underwear during the August 21 incident.

    Police say Harris and his former lover, Dimitri Geier, met at Su Hong restaurant in Menlo Park to exchange personal belongings. Harris agreed to drive Geier to San Francisco International Airport, but instead became upset when he poured soy sauce on a plate of rice, according to a copy of the lawsuit which was obtained by The San Mateo Daily Journal. An argument ensued “for approximately seven minutes” and Harris said he would not take Geier to the airport.

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    Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson, LaTocha Scott, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels

    R&B Divas cast members Monifah Carter (far left), Syleena Johnson, and Nicci Gilbert-Daniels (far right) joined former Xscape member LaTocha Scott, 2nd from left, on the carpet at the Trumpet Awards in Atlanta over the weekend.

    As you know, R&B Divas was given the green light by TV One for a 2nd season. Faith Evans and Keke Wyatt round out the cast of R&B singers working on a comeback of sorts. Powerhouse singers Angie Stone and Sunshine Anderson were rumored to join the cast of season 2.
    Photos: Talkingwithtami.com

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    Fantasia wearing Ralph Lauren

    Singer Fantasia stunned on the red carpet at the Trumpet Awards in Atlanta. She wore a full length white gown designed by Ralph Lauren! It was a family affair as Fantasia shared the festive evening with her daughter Zion and her dad. Unlike most red carpet fashions, Fantasia’s dress is affordable. The dress retails for $160, and you can order it by clicking here.
    Photos: Talkingwithtami.com

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    Jaden Smith partying with a posse at the Mandarin Hotel

    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s 14-year-old son Jaden was spotted partying in Miami with two bare-chested boys yesterday (Jan. 27). X17online.com published photos of Jaden relaxing with his friends on a balcony at the Mandarin Hotel overlooking the ocean. A gaggle of teenage girls was seen speaking to one the boys from the adjoining balcony. Eventually, the other boy joined the girls on their balcony, but Jaden stayed put.
    Photos: X17online.com

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    Serena Williams Patrick Mouratoglou

    Tennis superstar Serena Williams, 31, and her boyfriend/coach Patrick Mouratoglou, 42, went on a shopping spree in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. Despite being spotted kissing and canoodling recently, Williams denies having a romantic interest in her coach of 7 months.

    Williams and her rumored boyfriend were spotted shopping in Melbourne days after she was ousted from the quarter finals of the Australian Open by a young upstart named Sloane Stephens, 19.

    Williams suffered back spasms and a sprained right ankle during her crushing defeat after dropping 2 sets: 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to the no-name tennis player. Stephens went on to lose in straight sets 1-6, 4-6 to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

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    Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner dies

    Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, the lead singer of 70s Funk and Soul band The Ohio Players, died of heart failure Sunday at his home, according to a statement from his family.

    In the 1970s, real musicians such as The Ohio Players, The Commodores, and Earth, Wind & Fire dominated the charts with music that infused funk, jazz and soul. The Ohio Players were known for their chart topping hits such as “Heaven Must Be Like This”, “Love Rollercoaster,” “Fire,” “Skin Tight” and “Funky Worm.” This is the music your parents used to boogie to at basements parties on hot, steamy nights.

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