The word came down in a hushed Manhattan courtroom on Friday. At 4:30 p.m. prosecutors announced to the media that a NY grand jury cleared ex-McDonald's cashier Rayon McIntosh of all felony assault charges connected with the savage beating of two female customers that was caught on tape.

"I'm just glad to be home," McIntosh, 31, told DNAinfo after being released from Rikers Island Friday night. "I feel elated, I feel splendid."

The case was a flash point for angry Americans who have grown wary of the national media portraying criminals as victims in cases such as this.

McIntosh, who served 11 years in prison for manslaughter, was fired from his job after the incident took place at a Greenwich Village McDonald's in July. He spent the next seven weeks in a Rikers Island jail cell praying and awaiting his fate.

"We were begging them to get security," McIntosh told DNAinfo.com by phone early Saturday morning. "The McDonald's itself is a problematic store. It has a high, concentrated number of people every day. "In the Village, it's crazy."

The restaurant's owner, Carmen Paulino, told DNAinfo that she hired security to patrol the restaurant every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. After the incident, which occurred early on a Thursday morning, she hired additional security for Wednesday nights as well.

But police sources told DNAinfo after the incident that McDonald's management chose not to hire off-duty NYPD officers to patrol the restaurant because it "wasn't in their financial interest."

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If you watch WE tv's popular reality Tv show 'Braxton Family Values', then you've met Zo, the efficient assistant to superstar Toni Braxton and her sisters Towanda and Trina Braxton.

If you thought Zo was an incompetent assistant who couldn't get anything right, that's what the show's producers wanted you to believe through selective editing. Zo, who won the coveted gig after interviewing with Toni and Towanda last year, was edited out of last season's episodes.

But Zo takes it all in stride as he prepared to fly back to Los Angeles from Atlanta yesterday to assist Braxton, who's launching her own makeup line soon. The 22-year-old college grad will be featured in more scenes this season as the show expands to 25 episodes.

Zo had only a year's experience working as an executive assistant for singer Nivea when he met Braxton in Atlanta.

"I thought the job with Toni would be more progressive for me," said Zo, explaining that Nivea gave him her blessings when he decided to work for Toni. "Nivea is one of my best friends. I thank her because if I didn't work for Nivea I never would have met Toni."

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Yesterday we asked what would become of Penn State receivers coach Mike McQueary who, in 2002, stumbled upon 57-year-old former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in the team shower.

McQueary, who was 28 at the time, immediately fled the area. But instead of calling the cops, he called his daddy. They didn't notify coach Joe Paterno about the incident until the next day.

McQueary, whose father was good friends with Paterno, was named receivers coach for Penn State a short time later -- presumably in return for his silence.

On Wednesday, Joe Paterno, 84, was fired for ignoring his moral obligation to the child, and for assisting in covering up the heinous crime for 9 years.

But McQueary was allowed to keep his job even though he did nothing to stop the attack on the little boy.

Yesterday, Penn State announced McQueary will not be on the sidelines when Penn State takes on Nebraska in its final game on Saturday. School officials cited threats made against McQueary's life as the reason.

According to TMZ, the university released a statement reading:

"Due to multiple threats made against assistant coach Mike McQueary, the university has decided it would be in the best interest of all for assistant coach McQueary not to be in attendance at Saturday's Nebraska game."

But the threats weren't made by angry parents, they were made by the same unruly students who trashed the school hours after Paterno's firing was announced.

Does anyone at Penn State have any morals?

Days after a smoldering child sex scandal exploded onto the front pages of the nation's newspapers, Penn State's legendary football coach Joe Paterno, 84, announced he would retire at the end of the season.

But that wasn't soon enough for outraged parents who believe Paterno turned a blind eye to a culture of rampant child sex abuse that was covered up by university officials for years.

Yesterday, Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier were fired in phone calls by the board of trustees.

Paterno's firing touched off riots on the campus, with angry students overturning a TV satellite truck.

"Right now, I'm not the football coach. And I've got to get used to that. After 61 years, I've got to get used to it," said 84-year-old Paterno, speaking to hundreds of weeping students outside his home in the shadow of the storied university.

The only remaining question is what will become of Mike McQueary, the former quarterback for the Penn State Nittany Lions, and now the recruiting coordinator and receivers coach for Penn State. (He is pictured at right with Paterno.)

On March 1, 2002, McQueary, then a 28-year-old graduate assistant for Joe Paterno, walked into the team showers and witnessed a horrific scene that would shake Penn State to its core nine years later.

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One of the women who accused presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s now works for U.S. President Obama.

You scoffed when I mentioned in this post, dated Oct. 31, that Obama was behind these scandalous allegations.

"Obama???? what makes you think its not his own party???" wrote loyal reader Carmez79 in the comment section. Another loyal reader, Jessie, commented, "I don’t believe for one minute that this revelation came from the Obama camp."

According to the NY Post, Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old former journalist who currently works for the Obama administration, was outed yesterday as one of the three women who had filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain.

But wait it gets better.

According to the AP, after she settled her claim against Cain for $35K, Kraushaar then moved on to her next job where she promptly filed yet another complaint with the help of the same lawyer!

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Sharon Bialek's story is unraveling faster than Beyonce's baby bump hoax!

According to the Chicago Sun Times, GOP candidate Herman Cain's most recent accuser, Sharon Bialek, acted like a groupie when Cain attended a tea party meeting at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Chicago in late September.

According to WIND radio co-host Amy Jacobson, "They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.

She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.

She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh. Uh, huh."

As you know, Bialek, 50, hired infamous attorney Gloria Allred this week and accused Cain of sexually harassing her when she applied for a job in the 1990s.

But her story is being shot full of holes by friends and associates who say the woman is a gold digger.

According to Jacobson, AM 560 WIND radio sponsored a TeaCon meeting in Schaumburg Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

She said: “I had turned on [the] TV to find out who was Cain’s accuser, and I almost fell over when I saw it was Sharon Bialek accusing Cain of groping her genitals.”

“I was waiting for Herman Cain’s ‘Accuser No. 4’ to surface — and up pops Sharon!”

“I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.”

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Another woman has come forward with scandalous allegations of sexual harassment against GOP candidate Herman Cain. But her own friends are calling the woman a gold digger who is only out for money.

Though her lawyer Gloria Allred painted a respectable and prestigious education and employment history for Sharon Bialek, 50, just a day later it has been revealed that she has not held a job for more than two years and has filed for bankruptcy twice.

A friend of Ms Bialek, from Chicago, told the New York Post: "She has a very infectious personality. It’s easy to see how she won [Cain] over. But the reality of her situation is -- she’s a complete gold digger. It’s all about the money."

Bialek's fiancé, Mark Harwood, who has been dating Bialek for several years, said he was "shocked" when Ms Bialek told him on Friday about the allegations. It seemed strange that Bialek never mentioned the allegations to her boyfriend of three years. But Harwood said he is supporting her.

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Sensing that her days as a reality TV fraud might be drawing to an end, 'Basketball Wives' cast member, Evelyn Lozada, suckered Lil Wayne into signing her to a six-figure book and film deal.

Never mind that Lozada has no prior experience writing books or developing films (we're talking about syrup-swigging Lil Wayne here).

According to Sports Super Groupie, Stiletto Jill,

First up for release, The Wives Association. This is the book Evelyn mentioned she was working on a few months ago. The plan is to release the book and then develop it for the “Big Screen”.

The book series to be co-authored by novelist and former Law & Order: Criminal Intent writer Courtney Parker. The books will be loosely based on Lozada’s life, using the alter ego Eve Inez-Landon to fictionalize the true stories she has learned from years of dating professional athletes. “The stories that you hear—what goes on in these relationships, and just being in that circle—I decided to let everyone experience a piece of it for themselves by writing this series of juicy novels,” Lozada said.

“By partnering with Baby and Cash Money Content, we have the potential to turn these ‘novels’ into a full-fledged brand,” Lozada explains. “Everything Baby and CMC touches turns to gold, and our brands together will be magical.”

Maybe I can meet with Lil Wayne over a bottle of coke and syrup and convince him to sign me to his label as A&R?

VIBE magazine's ex-president Keith Clinkscales is being sued by a former ESPN colleague who claims he pleasured himself while sitting next to her on a plane. And here I thought Keith was gay all these years.

A former ESPN executive is suing a one-time colleague over allegations he fondled himself underneath an iPad while sitting next to sportscaster Erin Andrews on a flight.

Keith Clinkscales claims the suggestion he masturbated in front of the ESPN and Good Morning America reporter is a 'flat-out lie' spread by Joan Lynch, an executive producer he fired.

The 47-year-old ex-Vibe magazine president filed a defamation lawsuit in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday, which accused Mrs Lynch, 36, of having a partly racial motive for the accusation.

Mr Clinkscales, who left his role as ESPN's head of content development when it was announced last month that the group was disbanding, also claims Mrs Lynch was annoyed because he was promoted over her.

Once dubbed 'the boy wonder of black magazine publishing' by The Washington Post, Mr Clinkscales became chief operating officer of the hip-hop bible Vibe aged 29 before becoming a senior vice president at ESPN in 2007.

In her executive producer role, Mrs Lynch most notably headed the development of the Emmy-nominated documentary series '30 for 30'.

One of the two women accusing GOP frontrunner Herman Cain of sexual harassment 19 years ago was paid $34,000 -- the equivalent of one year's salary -- in a severance pay settlement, according to the New York Times.

The 2nd female accuser reportedly received 2 to 3 months severance pay in a settlement with the National Restaurant Association in 1992.

Last night, the woman's attorney, Joel P. Bennett, told Anderson Cooper that his unidentified accuser plans to petition the restaurant association to rescind the portion of her agreement pertaining to confidentiality. Bennett, a Washington lawyer, who has not met with his client in years, said the woman wishes to come forward to tell her story now that Cain is making her out to be a liar.

Bennett also indicated that the source who leaked the story to Politico.com was involved in some capacity with the National Restaurant Association which settled with the two female employees who complained about sexually inappropriate behaviour while working for Mr Cain.

To understand why the restaurant trade group settled with the two accusers, it is important to note the political climate of the times in the 1990s. Claims of sexual harassment in the workplace skyrocketed in the 1990s once the national media turned a spotlight on the phenomenon.

6100 sexual harassment cases were filed in 1990 alone. Most of those cases were settled out of court -- and almost all of the cases filed involved Caucasian women.

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U.S. President Barack Obama sure knows how to play dirty. Now that political frontrunner Herman Cain has positioned himself as Obama's direct competition for the White House in 2012, Obama's camp comes out swinging with false allegations against the GOP candidate.

According to POLITICO.com, two women have come forward to complain of sexual misconduct by Mr. Cain during his tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Supposedly, the two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain. The women ultimately left their jobs at the trade group after quietly resolving the matter, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association.

The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

Yet, they are violating their agreements by talking to the media? Why is it news if it happened in the 1990s? If they thought they had a case, why didn't they sue? My guess is the women have demanded more hush money from Mr. Cain, who rightfully refused.

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A grassroots campaign prompted by outraged Americans on Facebook and other social media has failed to secure the release of former McDonald's cashier, Rayon McIntosh, from Rikers Island.

McIntosh, 31, was arrested On October 12, 2011, after a wild fight with two female customers at the Greenwich Village McDonald's where he worked.

The fracas was caught on camera by a McDonald's customer who uploaded the video to YouTube. McIntosh was charged with two counts of felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, while his attackers, Denise Darbeau and Rachel Edwards, both 24, were charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Darbeau suffered a fractured skull and broken arm. She is permanently brain damaged, according to her mother.

Rayon's mother, Maureen Lucas, RN, a registered nurse, described McIntosh, who emigrated from Jamaica when he was a boy, as "a loving father who has an excellent relationship" with his 11-year-old daughter and the girl's mother.

She thanked her son's thousands of supporters on the family's official website, http://www.helpfreerayonmcintosh.org.

"Not one of my son’s fellow employees or a manager stepped in to stop Rachel Edwards from attacking my son," wrote Lucas, who added that Rayon subdued his attackers with "a small cooking utensil."

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The former McDonald's cashier who was arrested for assaulting two female customers with a metal rod is claiming self-defense.

Rayon McIntosh, 31, was still wearing his McDonald's uniform when he was arraigned in court last week. McIntosh is being held at Rikers Island on $40,000 bond.

In a jailhouse interview with the NY Daily News on Friday, McIntosh said his shift at the Greenwich Village restaurant on Oct. 13 was uneventful until Denise Darbeau and Rachel Edwards, both 24, came in and paid their check with a $50 bill.

One of the women became outraged when McIntosh checked to see if the bill was genuine, as required by store policy.

"She started saying nasty things to me," said McIntosh, speaking in a thick Jamaican accent.

"She said, 'Oh, you think my s--t is fake?' ... She started saying, 'Suck my d--k.' She called my mother a whore."

The women, particularly the Dom/stud Darbeau, became increasingly hostile, spitting on McIntosh and threatening to "cut me up," he said. "Then she came over the counter and slaps me."

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A McDonald's cashier is in hot water after beating two unruly female customers with a metal rod, according to DNAinfo.com.

The two women, one a Stud and the other a femme, were seriously injured following a physical altercation with cashier Rayon McIntosh, 31, at the West 3rd Street restaurant in Greenwich Village, NY early Thursday.

The video, shot by a customer, shows Denise Darbeau, 24, of Queens, and her friend, Rachel Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn -- arguing loudly with McIntosh after he told them he had to authenticate their $50 bill. Darbeau and Edwards reached over the counter and slapped McIntosh, who shoved them back.

Both women then leapt over the counter and approached McIntosh who took them both out with a metal rod.

A customer can be heard screaming "STOOOOP!" "CALL THE POLICE!" as McIntosh (pictured above in blue cap) continued to beat the women who lay wounded on the floor of the restaurant. Darbeau (the Stud) got the worst of it. McIntosh beat her so badly she suffered a cracked skull and a broken arm.

The beating ended when a male co-worker wrestled the metal rod out of McIntosh's hands.

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Since being elected president, Barack Obama's policies have been compared to those of crazed German dictator Adolf Hitler by quite a few conservative radio talk show hosts. But when country singer Hank Williams Jr. compared Obama to Hitler on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" show Monday morning, he was promptly fired for his impetuosity.

ESPN made it clear that Williams was never a full-time employee of the sports network. But they acknowledged that "he is closely linked" to the company for 20 years through Monday Night Football's catchy opening song, "Are you ready for some football?"

ESPN, in a statement, said:

"While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

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When Barack Obama was sworn in as America's 44th president in 2009 he began earnestly pushing his green jobs and clean energy agenda.

In a speech at George Mason University in Virginia President Obama promised to "modernize 75 percent of federal buildings" and "improve the energy efficiency of two million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills.”

Obama pledged strong backing for clean energy and the development of renewable energy technology -- bankrolled by taxpayer funded loans to the tune of billions of dollars.

In 2009 the Energy department -- with the blessings of President Obama -- doled out truckloads of cash to unproven and untested renewable energy companies such as Solyndra.

An early beneficiary of President Obama's clean energy initiative was George Kaiser, already one of the richest men in the country. Kaiser ran the now bankrupt solar-panel company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan from the Obama administration in 2009.

It took a little more than a year for Solyndra to burn through $500 million with nothing to show for it.

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At 7 p.m. tonight, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled his $447 billion jobs creation plan in a speech to a joint session of Congress.

"I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act," said Obama. "Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.

A breakdown of the jobs package sounds similar to the $300 billion pork-filled stimulus package that Obama signed right after taking office in 2009. According to CBS, more than $100 billion will go towards infrastructure and a similar amount will be comprised of money to states to hire more teachers and first-responders and tax breaks for small businesses.

There was no mention of tax hikes to help pay for the jobs package, but we know that's coming. Still, economists see no Hope or Change in Obama's latest money wasting proposal.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney thinks the time is right for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run against U.S. President Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama's approval numbers have tanked to the lowest level of his presidency amid reports that he plans to sink another $300 billion into a flawed jobs package that will send the national debt soaring even higher.

Obama's prospects in 2012 don't look good. Even Obama's fellow Democrats are sprinting away from him as the chorus of "Run, Hillary, run!" grows ever louder.

Cheney stopped short of endorsing Hillary Clinton for president during an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl yesterday. “I think she’s probably the most competent person they’ve got in their -– in their cabinet," he said. "And -– frankly, I thought she was gonna win the nomination last time around," he added.

“Maybe if -– the Obama record is bad enough -– and these days it’s not very good, given the shape of the economy maybe there will be enough ferment -– in the Democratic Party so that there will be a primary on their side.”

If Hillary decided to run in 2012 she would certainly have the support of the rabidly leftist media on her side -- especially now that they've put down their cups of Kool aid.

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You can't tell by looking at her, but singer/songwriter Keri Hilson is as ghetto as they come. The gorgeous "Pretty Girl" singer may look demure and timid on the outside, but get her mad and she will snatch a wig back quick!

According to the NY Post's Page Six gossip column, Keri, who's on tour with Lil Wayne, learned the hard way that good help is hard to find.

The 28-year-old beauty wasn't having it when a hapless assistant forgot to remove a department store tag from her black harem pants before her performance at Haze inside the Aria Resort and Casino in Vegas on Saturday.

A source tells Page Six that the "Knock You Down" singer came charging off the stage and made a beeline for the unlucky assistant. “Hilson lost it,” the source said. "She was screaming at her assistant for 'not being able to do anything right.' [She] railed that the assistant also forgot to 'pack her eye drops and throat spray.' "

The unidentified assistant must have known that that was her last day on the tour because she started windmilling at Hilson like they were both in the projects, saying, “Oh, hell no, heiffer!”.

Hilson's burly security and her manager stepped between the two scrapping women to separate them before wigs got thrown. At some point, Hilson, who got the best of the exchange, stormed off cursing.

Hilson’s rep told Page Six, “Keri did ask her assistant to bring her eyedrops/throat spray as she was feeling under the weather, but there was no altercation. Keri has had the same road staff, from assistant to security, for a few years now.”

Here is more proof that Chris Brown's career is officially over.

According to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, a viewer kicked up a fuss over a seemingly innocent photo attached to the bio of a newly hired television reporter.

The reporter, clean cut Evrod Cassimy, who used to work at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando, is now an anchor at CBS4 in Denver.

Westword, the alternative paper in Denver, reports that CBS4 innocently posted a photo of Cassimy -- a self-described Chris Brown fan -- posing with Brown, whom the paper referred to as a “singer/felon.”

CBS4's viewers didn't waste any time protesting the tv station's choice of photos on its website.

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In 1983, Steve Jobs, a 27-year-old multimillionaire, introduced the world's first personal home computer with a mouse driven gui, called the Apple Lisa.

According to TMZ.com, this photo of the Apple co-founder and former CEO was taken today -- two days after he resigned as the head honcho of Apple.

The post title refers to a Mark Twain quote that Jobs recited at a Apple keynote meeting after a media outlet mistakenly published his obituary in 2008.

In 2004, Jobs announced that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas -- one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

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Well, the "officer" was actually an off-duty Memphis security guard who was still in uniform when he decided to serve up his own brand of bare knuckle street justice. Pay attention kids: this is how REAL men settle their differences -- with their fists instead of guns and knives.

The street thug, Morgan Andrew, said the security officer approached him and accused him of harassing a woman.

The two men exchanged words and then came to blows before Memphis police arrived on the scene and broke up the fight. Mr. Andrew was briefly detained by police while the unidentified security guard beat a hasty retreat from the scene.

The security guard's supervisor confirmed he was off-duty at the time of the fisticuffs. But his behavior was certainly unbecoming of an officer in full uniform.

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Keyshia Cole's former manager Manny Halley has lost another R&B client, according to my well-placed industry source.

Singer Tank, whose last album was 2010's Now Or Never, fired Halley and Imani Entertainment citing "creative differences" with the way his career was being handled.

Tank, whose real name is Durrell Babbs, is telling friends that Manny (pictured at right with former client Keyshia) was a bit too disorganized for him. But the 35-year-old hasn't had a top ten hit since forever.

This has not been Halley's year since losing Keyshia Cole as a client and then seeing his LA Phillipe Chow restaurant franchise finances go into the red.

But Cole's journey through managers hasn't been an easy one either.

The "Calling All Hearts" singer hired industry veteran Ashley Fox of Ashley Fox Management to guide her through the separation from Imani Entertainment last year. Next, Keyshia dumped Ashley Fox for Über manager Chris Lighty. But that union only lasted for a month.

Then last week, Keyshia announced on her Twitter page that she was being managed by Kevin Liles, the former president of Def Jam, who also manages singer Trey Songz.

Manny is a friend to the blog. So we wish him well, and we know he will keep doing big things.

According to In Touch Weekly (the TV show, not the blog), actress Stacey Dash was fired from VH1's popular scripted hit show, "Single Ladies." According to Jawn Murray, a search has been underway for Dash's replacement for weeks.

He tweeted that Dash clashed with co-star LisaRaye and other cast members of Single Ladies, which led to her dismissal from the show.

This is shocking news to "Single Ladies" diehard fans who tune into the hourly show each week to see Stacey's adorable walk and what she's wearing.

Murray tweeted that Inside Weekly is "recasting" for Stacey's part. It seems strange that it would take so long to find her replacement. It's also odd that Stacey tweeted this message to her 146,000 followers earlier today.

She hardly seems upset if she was fired.

Publicity stunt much?

Episode 10 airs tonight on VH1 at 9 p.m. EST.

Ethiopia Habtemariam's dizzying climb up the ladder of success began when she was an intern at LaFace Records back in the early 90s. She stood out even as an intern because she was one of the kindest, sweetest people you could ever meet in the music industry. One of Ethiopia's strong points is her ability to connect with people from all walks of life and to make a difference in their lives.

So it is no surprise to hear that Universal Music Group has named Ethiopia Habtemariam as the new head of Motown label! In addition to taking over Sylvia Rhone's former job, Ethiopia is also Sr. Vice President of Creative for Universal Music Publishing, where she was instrumental in signing such artists as Justin Beiber, Ciara, Polow Da Don, Chris Brown and Ludacris to publishing deals!

And in her spare time, Ethiopia also manages singer/songwriter Keri Hilson!

Ethiopia has been with Universal Music Group since 2003. Last year, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and Head of Urban Music, according to The Wrap.

Ethiopia is a bright, shining example of what you can achieve when you work hard and you are kind to others.

Here's what a friend had to say about Ethiopia:
"She's so incredible at her job that it was time for them to give her that position! She's just incredible!"

The Atlanta public schools cheating scandal has rocked the community and made headlines around the country. Atlanta's public school system has consistently ranked at the bottom of national scholastic achievement tests. It's not that the students are dumb -- it's that their (mostly black) teachers are corrupt and just plain lazy.

I remember the day when a local hospital (which shall not be named) ordered testing for its entire staff of licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The action was taken in response to complaints from patients and RNs.

A shocking number of (mostly black) LPNs failed the tests -- and were fired.

Many of them were distraught after working at the hospital for decades. But the hospital is responsible for ensuring that the medical staff is competent and capable of doing their jobs. In national rankings, this particular hospital consistently ranks near the top among its national peers.

The same cannot be said for the Atlanta Public School system.

Students in the Atlanta Public Schools are angry, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They feel betrayed -- cheated, in fact -- after learning last week that nearly 180 educators in 44 schools changed students' answers on standardized tests in order to artificially inflate APS test scores and avoid losing its accreditation.

It was all about greed -- "to make sure the money is there," said Tucker, 18, a student at Carver school of the arts.

"They're supposed to be helping us, not cheating," said a student who was among more than a dozen students interviewed by the AJC.

"I think they're really taking education away from us," said another student.

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Just 3 years ago, black Americans danced in the streets as they celebrated the election of the first black man as president of these United States.

Now those same supporters -- mainly among the black bourgeoisie class -- are ready to impeach U.S. President Barack Obama, who came into office with generous handouts for the rich bankers who caused the mortgage crisis.

In a Sun Times article about the disappearing black middle class, Princeton Professor Cornel West accused Obama of selling out the poor to become “a black mascot of Wall Street [bankers] and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats."

West told truthdig.com:

“I thought Barack Obama could have provided some way out. But he lacks backbone... I don’t think in good conscience I could tell anybody to vote for Obama.”

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The federal housing administration (FHA), under an initiative from the White House, will extend the time period when banks can foreclose on homes, according to AJC.com.

This comes as great news for the chronically unemployed whose homes are seized by banks after missing just a few mortgage payments.

Now unemployed homeowners can miss 12 payments instead of 4 before their homes are foreclosed upon.

“The current unemployment forbearance programs have mandatory periods that are inadequate for the majority of unemployed borrowers,” U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.

“Today, 60 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for more than three months and 45 percent have been out of work for more than six. Providing the option for a year of forbearance will give struggling homeowners a substantially greater chance of finding employment before they lose their home,” Donovan said.

All FHA-approved banks must participate, according to a Housing and Urban Development press release.

NBA star Kobe Bryant is no different than any other powerful, wealthy man who desires a little variety to spice up his sex life. Luckily, he's married to a submissive Latina woman who understands that her place is in the home raising their two daughters. Besides, there's nothing he can do to her that a $4 million, 10-carat ring won't fix.

You recall that sexual assault case in 2008 when a hotel desk clerk complained that Kobe brutally sodomized her? It turned out she was lying -- the sex was consensual. Kobe supposedly learned his lesson and started treating his extramarital sexcapades as business transactions. But now a hooker has come forward to say that Kobe didn't put a ring on it like he promised:

Selina Miller, an Ohio prostitute (as listed on her resume) filed a lawsuit last week in Orange County Superior Court. Selina is claiming that Kobe gave her a “completed and signed agreement” to provide her with a ring. Of course the promise always came during their sexual liaison. “He likes playing games with women more than people know,” she said. “I’m upset because he promised me a ring [during one visit], and then some other people influenced him, and I didn’t get it. He thinks he can stop by my house any time he wants to. There are other women, too. One of them got a ring.” Kobe’s infidelities have already cost him a multi-million dollar ring. I guess any woman would be mad to know that she gave him this negro some head and tail and didn’t get the ring but other whores did.

At least she didn't accuse him of raping her.

Source: DD

Acccording to the NY Post, the chambermaid who accused Dominique Strauss-Khan of sexually assaulting her in a swanky hotel suite in May, was, in fact, a hooker who provided sexual services in addition to her housekeeping duties.

Strauss-Kahn, 63, was dragged off a commercial jet at Kennedy airport on May 15, and arrested for allegedly raping a hotel maid. A Manhattan judge set Strauss-Kahn's bail at $6 million -- $1 million of that in cash. After spending a week in jail on suicide watch, he was subsequently released to home confinement at considerable expense to his long suffering wife, who traveled from her home in France to bail him out.

But the maid, 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo, has since been outed by defense attorneys, and the NY Post, as a hooker who lied on her application for asylum in the U.S. Diallo allegedly lied about being gang raped in Guinea.

Strauss-Khan was set free on his own recognizance yesterday. The smear campaign against Diallo got off to a running start almost immediately after Strauss-Khan was arrested.

In short order we learned that Diallo was probably HIV+ because she lived in a flop house specifically for HIV+ residents.

According to the Post, Diallo was "collecting cash on the side from male guests" at the luxury Sofitel hotel in NYC where she worked. "There is information . . . of her getting extraordinary tips" from hotel guests, according to the Post.

"When you're a chambermaid at Local 6, when you first get to the US, you start at the motels at JFK [Airport]. You don't start at the Sofitel," a source told the Post. "There's a whole squad of people who saw her as an earner."

The woman also had "a lot of her expenses -- hair braiding, salon expenses -- paid for by men not related to her," the source said.

Diallo made a decent living on wages and tips -- over $100,000 -- that she deposited into her bank account, according to the NY Post.

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