U.S. president Barack Obama appeared on 'The View' and promptly stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy when he referred to blacks as "a sort of mongrel people."
For those who aren't familiar with the term: a mongrel is a type of dog that is considered undesirable among breeders because its breed can not easily be determined.
It is highly insulting to refer to human beings as mongrels.
President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”
The president appeared on ABC’s morning talk show “The View” Thursday, where he talked about the forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, his experience with race and his roots.
When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: "We are sort of a mongrel people."
"I mean we're all kinds of mixed up," Obama said. "That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it." Read More...
How can I start this? Let me see. I got it! Here it goes. Last week on the Star & Buc Wild show, Star interviewed Natalie Nunn of the "Bad Girls Club" and comedian, Young Jack Thriller. During the interview Natalie Nunn brings up the topic of comedian Lil Duval. Young Jack Thriller blurts out that he used to write for Lil Duval while Natalie Nunn suggests that Lil Duval is getting it in with T.I.!!!!! You heard right! Natalie Nunn suggests that Lil Duval is getting it in with T.I. Read more...
You know I can't post anything on my blog without people getting extra sensitive. So let me say For the record that I don't believe a word of this. But loyal readers are hitting me up asking about the rumors. So I repeat: I don't believe a word of it!
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).
The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m.
Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.
In a desperate bid to win back some of his lost Kool aid drinkers, Obama will begin running for reelection now rather than wait until later. As of this week, Obama is now back on the campaign trail. One of his first stops will be the set of 'The View' on Thursday where he is in friendly territory.
Expect a lot of kissing up and glad-handing from the mostly partisan co-hosts. There will also be pitchers of free flowing Kool Aid for the audience. Okay, I made up that last part.
I hear the Boy Scouts of America aren't happy that Obama basically dissed them in favor of the ladies on 'The View'. Obama is the honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America. But he plans to skip the historic Boy Scout Jamboree marking the Scouts' 100th anniversary tomorrow in DC.
Both of my brothers were proud members of the Boy Scouts -- and I'm sure that many of Obama's supporters are former Boy Scouts too. But narcissists like Obama usually don't care about such things as honor and integrity or cute photo ops with the scouts.
Even so, 'The View' guarantees Obama will reach a larger audience than the Boy Scouts Jamboree. And right now, a larger audience is what he needs more than ever.
In an interview with CNN shortly after the White House forced her to resign on Monday (July 19), former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod said that a White House liason with the USDA demanded her resignation "because you're going to be on Glenn Beck tonight."
It seems that the White House was more concerned with what Fox News' Glenn Beck would say about a snippet of video that had been edited by a right wing conservative blogger to portray Sherrod as a biased racist.
But as this clip shows, Beck (who had not yet seen the full Sherrod video) came out in support of Sherrod on his show. Beck supported the USDA's former director of rural development in Georgia, even though he did not know that Sherrod did not discriminate against a white farmer.
"I'm puzzled by this," said Beck, "I believe that someone is innocent until proven guilty." Beck went on to accuse the Obama administration and the NAACP of "harassing" Sherrod into resigning - "before I even made it onto the air last night, and I didn't even run the video."
As you watch this video clip from Tuesday's Glenn Beck show, note that Beck made his comments before the NAACP released the full video.
Beck also noted that the NAACP and the Obama administration condemned Mrs. Sherrod before they had even heard her side of the story.
"Hold on just a second... the NAACP didn't even talk to her?" asks Beck incredulously. "The Obama administration does have a history of acting without all the facts," said Beck.
U.S. president Barack Hussein Obama apologized to former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod for abruptly terminating her.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs squirmed and fidgeted as he took questions from the assembled White House press corps about the biggest White House scandal to date.
Gibbs said Obama was briefed on the matter yesterday morning, but we know he's lying unless Obama doesn't watch Fox News, which we know he does -- religiously.
Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, used his Wednesday news briefing to apologize to Sherrod, saying, “Without a doubt, Miss Sherrod is owed an apology. I would do so on behalf of this administration."
“Now that the full video is out there and Sherrod's version of events is vindicated, Obama looks foolish, impulsive and reactive,” said Jane Hamsher, a prominent liberal blogger and frequent Obama critics. “And he has only empowered Breitbart, who will continue to employ the same tactics until someone stands up to him. You would hope the President of the United States could manage that.” Read More...
In case you missed it. The 31-year-old crooner, whose 6th studio effort Raymond vs Raymond has breathed new life into his career, discusses the sexual influence that mentor Sean "Puffy" Combs had on his teen years and his music; cheating on longtime girlfriend Chilli, and his divorce from ex-wife Tameka Foster.
Remember little Charice Pempengco, the Filipino girl who thrilled American audiences with her superb voice when she appeared on Ellen Degeneres and Oprah? Well, that little girl is 18 now and she is set to make her debut on the wildly popular TV show 'Glee'.
Now that Charice has become Americanized, she has fallen victim to the music industry's stereotypical image standard for young, female singers.
According to online reports, Charice, at the tender age of 18, underwent plastic surgery to reshape her face. She also got her skin lightened and botox treatments -- all in an effort to "look fresh on camera."
Wow. If Charice thinks she looks old and decrepit at 18, I wonder what she's going to think when she's 35? What sort of message does this send to other teenage girls?
The 18-year-old Charice, whose singing career rocketed after appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' and Oprah Winfrey's talk shows, underwent a 30-minute Thermage skin-tightening procedure and Botox to make her "naturally round face" more narrow, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo told ABS-CBN television.
Charice, in the same interview, said last week's face makeover was part of her big preparations for her appearance on the hit show's second season. She starts filming at the end of this month. Read More...
In case you missed Frank Ski’s EXCLUSIVE interview with Ms. Lucille Flenory, mother of BMF’s Big Meech, check it out now.
Ms. Lucille speaks about Rick Ross’ song, B.M.F., Juice, coping with the situation and so much more. As you know, Meech is locked up for life in a federal penitentiary for drug trafficking, murder and other assorted charges.
In the meantime, Meech has become something of a legend in the streets. Rappers like Rick Ross, who isn't very smart, has adopted his image and glorified Big Meech's drug lifestyle in a song titled "B.M.F." The track is horrible but it has become the official street anthem of the Summer (whatever that means). I guess that explains why Hip Hop is dead?
NFL star Chad Ochocinco was grilled by talk diva Wendy Williams on her show yesterday. She told Chad she watched a DVD of his dating show last weekend and she was "insulted and offended!" at the shortage of sistas on the show.
Ochocinco immediately jumped on the defensive, saying: "It's a funny issue for people to even question what I like." Ochocinco's narcissism reared its head when he said basically, damn what you like, it's my show and I'm going to appease ME! Well, good luck to Ochocinco because his show is garbage and I'm sure it will be cancelled soon.
By the way, a little birdie told me that Chad reached out to one of Twitter's rising stars last night. Word is Ochocinco got in contact with stripper-turned-blogger, Zeralyn Ford. I don't know what they chatted about because their conversation was private. But it's interesting to me that when men find out a woman is bisexual, they pursue her even more!
Chad isn't the only star taking an interest in our Zeralyn: 'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd started following Zee on Twitter.com out of the blue last week. Does that mean Zeralyn will soon be a guest on 'The View'?
Whoopi Goldberg, has come under fire for rushing to the defense of besieged actor Mel Gibson whose racist audio rants have made headlines.
"Being a black woman, you'd think you would give me a little bit of leeway to have some feelings if I was around a racist," said Whoopi on 'The View' yesterday.
But Whoopi suffers from that same social disorder that affected Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson: self hate.
Once certain black folk achieve a measure of success in the white man's world, they suddenly forget they are black.
Whoopi has a history of dating only white men, so why should we believe a word she says?
"There has been a lot of hassle ... in the media recently about moi because I had the audacity to say that I had some personal time with Mel that goes over years and years and said that I did not think of him as a racist," Whoopi began on 'The View' today.
"If you had actually watched the show, you would have heard us say, and you would have heard me specifically say, 'I don't condone this. I don't think this is right, I don't think this is smart. But here's the piece of information that I have. My experience tells me that this is not a racist,'" she continued.
"Being a black woman, you'd think you would give me a little bit of leeway to have some feelings if I was around a racist." Read More...
Meanwhile, Gibson, whose racist audio rants against his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva were caught on tape, continues to find work in Hollywood despite the claims that his career is over.
He's currently working on a Jodie Foster-directed film that is still in post-production even after the audio tapes began leaking. "Mel was in complete shock," an inside source tells the NY Post, who calls Foster a friend of Gibson's. "Everyone was walking on eggshells around him. It was the weirdest set ever."
According to a report on CNN.com, a solution has been found for the millions of sheeple consumers experiencing reception problems with their iPhone 4s: duct tape.
A damning Consumer Reports test found that touching the iPhone 4 with your finger or hand on the phone's left side "can significantly degrade" the signal enough "to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal."
"Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."
The Consumer Reports conclusion sent shock waves through the industry as sheeple Apple owners everywhere worried that their precious iPhone 4s might be recalled.
The most talked-about phone in the U.S. -- Apple's iPhone 4 -- has a design flaw that's best fixed with a sliver of duct tape, according to Consumer Reports.
"It may not be pretty, but it works," writes Mike Gikas on that nonprofit consumer group's electronics blog.
The patch -- which sounds like it'd be more appropriate for kitchen plumbing than for a phone that retails for $200 to $300, plus an AT&T contract -- is supposed to correct an apparent problem with the iPhone 4's metal antenna.
...if you slap a piece of duct tape over that antenna connection, the reception problems go away, the group says. READ MORE...
Dallas stripper-turned-blogger, Zeralyn is back with a new blog post. This time she covers attention whore Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, whose horrible reality TV dating show premiered on VH1 last night:
Unless you were in rehab or under a rock, you might have noticed that NFL star Chad “child please” Johnson had a dating show air on VH1 last night. To my surprise in the beginning of the show there were 85 girls. You ask what my surprise is, it’s the fact that these are women. Thats neither here nor there, because I'm more concerned with the fact that out of these 85 women, there were 17 women chosen -- 15 of which were either white or spanish.
The remaining two girls were of Negro descent, one of whom had remnants of a micro braid lace front…(ewwww).
Now my inside sources have revealed to me that one of the girls who was cut was none other than porn star Kapri Styles. Who I was also told was offered $$$$ by Mr.Johnson to sleep with him during the casting. Whether she did or did not we would have to ask her or Mr.Johnson. Now if you remember a few months ago Chad was running around bouncing checks to groupies across the US.
Now I asked him on twitter what the deal was and basically his answer was that he put a stop payment on the check. I guess my problem isn’t with him having buyer's remorse lol but, anyone accepting a check as a form of payment for “services” rendered. READ MORE...
A loyal reader, who asked to remain anonymous, sent in this tid bit about a well-known local ex-stripper/author turned radio show host, who spoke about her satisfying "lengthy, casual sex relationship" with an unidentified pro athlete whom she slept with on the first date.
Well she was dating Don Cannon but that's been over for a while. She's dating Damien Wilkins! Yes, Domnique's Nephew. That's whom she refers to as her SP *silent partner [aka, sponsor]! She is also dating a few local guys! But Damien Flips all her bills and bought her the baby benz she drives! c230! Oh and Damien was still with his child's mother until recent months, she whom also was a stripper, he and ***** have been together well over a yr, he also dated one of her girlfriends before they started dating.
I'm so tired of all this LeBron James speculation about where he will end up playing. Who cares outside of Cleveland, NY or Chicago?
LeBron James is a big cry baby who shows poor sportsmanship whenever he loses. Too bad he's not going to the Leakers to join that other cry baby: Kobe Bryant.
Word is that Cleveland's front office is ready to offer Lebron the moon, plus a historic $1 billion contract, to stay put.
Anyway, the speculation and rampant rumors will end after tomorrow (July 8) when LeBron makes his announcement that he's staying in Cleveland. I can't wait until tomorrow! Then we can all get on with our lives.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have committed to Miami, two league sources confirmed, which leaves LeBron James and Carlos Boozer as the last two big-money free agents on the board.
James plans to announce his decision Thursday night during a one-hour special on ESPN -- commercial proceeds to go to the Boys And Girls Clubs of America -- with the setting of the announcement suggesting in and of itself that he will re-sign with Cleveland.
James grew up in Akron within an hour's drive of Cleveland, he has never lived outside the Cleveland area, and his potential departure has been awaited with tremendous apprehension by his native region. If James is planning to leave his hometown, one of the cruelest ways to break the news would be via a one-hour TV special to celebrate his exit. Read More...
Rapper T.I. has been doing a lot of interviews lately. He already made the rounds of all the media outlets since being released from prison last December. And now he's making the rounds again.
T.I. visited FUSE TV's set again and opens up about the usual stuff; his imprisonment on gun charges, his album King Uncaged, that was pushed back to September, and his upcoming movie 'Takers'.
I like Nicki Minaj's catchy tune "Your Love", but I have no interest in watching her music video that she's currently shooting for the track. MTV was on the set of her video and spoke to the walking cartoon character.
Word is that Evelyn Lozada, star of VH1's popular Basketball Wives, is currently dating NFL player Chad Ochocinco. This is disturbing news because Evelyn seems like an intelligent woman who wouldn't be interested in a known dog like Chad.
Chad is typical of self-hating brothas who dated sistas until he became well known, and now only LSLH chicks are good enough for him.
At first I wasn't going to run this story, until I reached out to one of the show's producers who told me that "it's pretty much definitive" that Chad will be "Evelyn's love interest" on the upcoming season VH1 The Basketball Wives. Consider this a scoop and remember where you read it first.
I reached out to Evelyn's rep last night who told me, "as a policy we don't comment on who our clients may or may not be dating." -- which is double speak for, yes, they're dating but you know I can't confirm it.
I'm told that Chad has been in Miami for the past two weeks courting Evelyn heavily. He starts training camp at the end of the month so he had to work quickly.
According to my source, who is very credible, Chad began sending Evelyn DM's on Twitter.com a month ago. The tweets gradually became "sexually suggestive," which alarmed the mother of one. Chad, who has four children by two baby mamas, followed up his tweets with expensive gifts to Evelyn.
According to LA Fox News affiliate, Fox 11 News, the fake Rick Ross is ready to settle with the former crack dealer whose name and image he hijacked for his own financial gain.
"Freeway" Ricky Ross says the former corrections officer, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts, has made millions exploiting his name and image.
In an interview two years ago, after he finally came clean about his former life as a prison guard, Roberts denied ever knowing who Ricky Ross was when he assumed the name of the former crack dealer.
Now that the real Ross has filed a $10 million lawsuit against him, Roberts quickly changed his name to "Ricky Rozay" and he's anxious to ante up some cash to settle the suit.
But Ross wants the lawsuit to proceed through the courts. He told Fox 11 that the fake Ross has made millions using his name and it's "too late in the game" to settle now. He also wants 50% of Robert's royalties.
As you know, Chris Brown received a ton of positive press following his tear soaked performance during the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday.
While many in the audience were moved, I wasn't because I knew his crocodile tears were not genuine.
Yesterday, I fielded calls from quite a few industry insiders who all believed in their hearts that Chris Brown's tears were genuine and that he was suddenly overcome with grief and emotion because he was given the chance to perform the MJ tribute on BET.
Isn't it funny how blind our people can be sometimes?
I guess you have to be a celebrity blogger to recognize bullsh*t when it's being played out right in front of you. Everyone who praised Brown's tearful antics on the show should be insulted now that they know the entire scene was staged.
In a post-awards interview with RapUp TV, singer Lloyd said that prior to Brown's performance, he met with Brown backstage and encouraged him to cry on cue in order to garner sympathy from the masses who were tuned in to watch the MJ tribute on BET.
"I told him, man, you gotta go up there, you gotta cry. You gotta really, um, show your heart to the world, and, um, they'll understand. I think time heals all wounds."
That's when Brown took to the stage and turned on the waterworks, complete with arms flailing and chest thumping. It was quite the performance, and the audience ate it up.
The fact that Brown's tears were disingenuous and contrived is more evidence that Brown is a major manipulator -- just like I told all those industry insiders who called me yesterday.
Earlier today, BET aired footage of actress Vivica A. Fox critiquing the fashions displayed by celebrities on the red carpet at the 2010 BET Awards last night.
Vivica wasn't very flattering when it came to her assessment of Monica's avant garde gown. Mo responded to the perceived insult by taking to her Twitter page this evening, and ever so politely, slammed Vivica's age and fashion sense.
I reached out to Vivica for her response to Mo's diss, but she is on a flight to Atlanta at this moment. Vivica will be landing at Hartsfield airport shortly. As soon as she lands, I hope to bring you her response to Monica's diss exclusively!
Pop singer John Legend felt some kinda way about his hairline trending on Twitter following his appearance on the BET Awards last night.
As Legend points out in a series of tweets on his Twitter page today: his hairline has always been crooked. Really? I never noticed :
No one in the industry attracts more hate for being human than former Xscape member Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. Tiny can't even change the color of her hair without people getting in her business. Never mind that her hair is growing out of her scalp and not from the back of a horse like most of her haters hair. It isn't easy being a superstar, but Tameka (as her close friends and family call her) handles the negativity very well.
I was so happy to read on my Twitter timeline that legendary female emcee Queen Latifah finally came stumbling out of the closet in her own inimitable way! Too bad I missed that epic milestone moment in her life. And how precious was it that she referred to her longtime companion, Jeanette Jenkins, as "fine"?
Everyone and their grandmother complained about Nicki Minaj lip syncing during both of her performances last night. But those same people had nothing but good things to say about Chris Brown, who did the same thing!
Once again, I slept through the BET Awards -- or as my loyal readers call it: the EBT Awards.
I swear I had every intention of watching this year's show, especially since the good folks at BET always take such care to send me a credential request form every year, even though I never request one. One year they even filled out the form for me and sent me the credentials with a little note saying "your credential request has been approved," lol.
The BET Awards is the singular urban spectacle of the year that manages to bring together such diverse artists as Nicki Minaj (who has zero talent), El DeBarge, Kirk Franklin and Tyrese, and make it all work.
Judging from the tweets in my timeline from last night, the 2010 BET Awards was the best in years. Since I didn't get a chance to watch the show, the only Ugly moment for me was Chris Brown's fake tears. So I'm posting some of the highlights of the #BETAwards tweets from Twitter.com instead:
The BAD: I searched but I couldn't find a single tweet on my timeline about pseudo-singer Ciara's awful black and gold Balmain frock paired with ankle booties. Why did she even show up when BET dissed her azz by banning her "Ride" video?
This morning, I awoke to find all the urban blogs raving about convicted woman beater, Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute last night. Black folk are an oddly forgiving bunch when it comes to our criminals.
A grown man can urinate on a 13-year-old girl -- or use a young woman's face as a punching bag. But if he can sing or dance, he's redeemed in our eyes! It's a good thing black folks don't control the criminal justice system or our celebrities would never be charged with any crimes!
Chris Brown's performance was at once the most horrendous tribute I have ever seen on live television! Did he even practice his routine at all? He came out lip syncing to Michael Jackson's vocals. Didn't he have the time to re-record the lyrics?
And although Brown's choreography was noteworthy, the fact is, any Michael Jackson impersonator from the youngest to the oldest would have put Brown's dance routine to shame last night. I was not impressed.
Then, in what can only be described as one of the most shameless, calculated publicity stunts ever in BET's history, Brown begins to perform Jackson's classic, "Man in the Mirror," only to break down in tears as if on cue!
Only the #teambreezy d*ckriders fell for his crocodile tears. Though, to be honest, I've never seen a man that despondent over the loss of his career and livelihood (that's what he was really crying about). His Oscar winning performance begs the question: why didn't he do this last year? Maybe he canceled last year's MJ tribute because he couldn't cry on cue?
Last night, ESPN's "30 for 30" aired one of the most anticipated documentaries in its critically acclaimed series of 30 sports-themed documentaries set to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the network.
The Tale of Two Escobars chronicled the lives and deaths of two men from Medellin, Columbia who didn't know each other, but whose lives were intertwined by violence and their passion for soccer.
Pablo Escobar was a ruthless Columbian drug lord who oversaw the multi-million dollar a day cocaine enterprise, the Medellin drug cartel. At the time of his death he was worth an estimated $9 billion. It is said that Pablo ordered the murders of 5,500 people in Bogota, Columbia -- mostly innocent bystanders, police and political figures who got in the way of his goal to control the government of Bogota.
The Medellin cartel was responsible for supplying the majority of the cocaine sold on US streets from the 1970s to the 1990s. Pablo Escobar was killed in a hail of bullets in 1993 after George Bush, the U.S. president at the time, put a hit out on him. He was the first of the two Escobars to die
The second was Andrés Escobar, who died a year later at age 27 when he had the misfortune to score a goal in his own net during the 1994 World Cup. The Columbians are fanatical supporters of the sport of futbol. Rival drug Lords who ran three of the biggest drug cartels in Columbia had bet millions in drug profits on the outcome of the 1994 match.
There are reports that individual team members of the Columbian Atlético Nacional team received death threats and the 2-year-old son of one of the players was kidnapped before the match.
So it was under this extreme pressure that the players took to the field in the Rose Bowl on June 22, to play a first round match against the United States in the 1994 world Cup.
I guess NBA bench warmer Matt Barnes felt some kind of way about how his manhood was crushed on the Basketball Wives Reunion last night. In case you aren't familiar with him, Barnes is engaged to BW cast member Gloria Govan, who, according to Hello Beautiful, continuously brags about their "perfect" union.
My regular readers know that when a woman brags too much about her perfect man, she's actually trying to convince herself because she knows the truth is the exact opposite of her life. Remember that insecure women are attracted to insecure men because they think they can change him.
In the video below, at 3:09, Gloria says, “I just want women to know that you can respect yourself and be in a healthy relationship at the same time. And you don’t have to put up with infidelity.”
In case you missed the Basketball Wives Reunion on VH1 last night, Suzie Ketcham threw a bowl of water on NBA groupie Sandra and then ran backstage like a coward. I don't condone violence, but I kind of wish that Suzie had stayed put and gone toe to toe with Sandra.
An argument could be made that the show's producers knew what Suzie was up to -- and they probably provided the bowl and the water to get spark drama during the rather boring reunion?
Last night's episode of Adult Swim's The Boondocks cartoon subliminally outed director/playwright Tyler Perry and his fetish for casting light skinned pretty boy actors in his movies and plays.
Despite the fact that Perry's sexuality is no secret, the episode titled 'Pause' triggered a storm of tweets on the popular social networking website Twitter.com. The comic's creator, Aaron McGruder, became the #1 trending topic as a result.
A study done by me shows that the majority of sistas still refuse to believe Tyler Perry is gay. It's amazing to me how blind some black women are to the obvious sexual preferences of 68% of black men in our community.
The Boondocks follows the comical attempts of two brothers, Huey and Riley, to assimilate following a move from Chicago to the boonies.
Perry, a classic narcissist who can't tolerate the slightest criticism, will no doubt react publicly to McGruder's outing of him. And when he does, I will post it!