This video doesn't contain images of nudity, violence, hood rat beat downs or Kat Stacks, so you probably won't watch it. And those of you who say I never post positive things on my blog will probably ignore this post like you do all my other positive posts.
But I'm posting this anyway in the hopes that at least one parent or teacher will watch it and use the message to empower their youth.
Loyal reader Jarrett Mathis writes:
Dear Sandra Rose,
My name is Jarrett Mathis and I am a recent graduate of Dartmouth College. I am a Government Major. Also, I am a big fan of your blog!
Over the last 5 years, I have worked diligently to craft an interactive workshop that will help to empower black youth and reduce violence in the inner-city. I decided to create a workshop in order to get young people to think seriously about the importance of respect for self and others. I recently transformed this workshop into a documentary, which you can view on my website www.EmpoweringOurselvesNow.com.
I am a young brother who cares deeply about the black community. I think this website/film can have a very positive impact in our community. But, I do not have money for advertising. I would really appreciate it if you could post this information on your blog.
"NASA ... represents the best of America. Its purpose is not to inspire Muslims or any other cultural entity," Michael Griffin, who served as NASA administrator during the latter half of the Bush administration, told FoxNews.com. [link]
Griffin also said that while collaboration with other nations is welcome, Muslim-nation cooperation is not vital for U.S. advancements in space exploration.
"There is no technology they have that we need," Griffin said.
Charles Bolden, the current Administrator, recently came under heavy scrutiny when he told Al Jazeera in an interview last month that Obama's "foremost" directive was for him to reach out to Muslims and make them feel good about their contributions to math and science.
Griffin, the former administrator, stressed that any criticism should be directed at Obama, not Bolden, since NASA merely carries out policy.
Officials from the White House and NASA confirmed the claim that NASA's mission is to reach out to Muslims, but, according to FOX News, NASA backed off the assertion that international diplomacy was its "foremost" responsibility.
Bob Jacobs, NASA's assistant administrator for public affairs, said that Bolden, the current administrator, misspoke.
He said NASA's "core mission" is exploration and that it was "unfortunate" that Bolden's comments are now being viewed through a "partisan prism."
Judge Marsha Revel today sentenced troubled actress Lindsay Lohan to 90 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation. Prosecutor Danette Meyers called witnesses from the Right On Drug & Alcohol Rehab to show that Lohan was not in compliance when she failed to attend 9 alcohol education classes in direct violation of Judge Revel's orders.
Meyers was ruthless when grilling Rehab co-owner Cheryl Marshall, who confirmed that she did not report any of Lohan's absences to the court. Meyers testified that she did not believe it was her responsibility to report Lohan's absences. Meyers said she worried that she would be held liable for violating Lohan's rights.
Lohan was also ordered to wear a SCRAM alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet. The monitoring agency reported a violation to the court during the MTV awards last month. A subsequent blood test was negative for alcohol.
Lohan was ordered to enroll in alcohol education classes in 2007 after being charged with a DUI. The judge pointed out that it took Lohan 3 years to complete a 1½-year program. Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, argued that while Lohan was not in compliance by missing 9 education classes, she would have completed the program on time this month.
A tearful Lohan addressed the judge, saying she didn't realize she was out of compliance and she did everything she was supposed to do. "I'm not taking this as a joke. It's my life and my career. I thought it was OK that I missed those classes."
The University of Georgia's athletic director Damon Evans has tendered his resignation after reaching a separation settlement with the university.
According to the police report obtained by the AJC, Evans, 40, was "smiling and laughing" when his BMW 750i was pulled over on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead late Wednesday night.
Evans refused to take a breathalyzer test and he was transported to Fulton county jail where he spent the night. Evans obviously thought Bulldog nation extended to Buckhead from Athens where his name carries a little more weight:
"I am not trying to bribe you but I'm the athletic director of the University of Georgia," he said. Later, he made another attempt, saying: "I don't want you to use who I am but I would just ask that you take me to a motel." [link]
When the cop asked Evans why he had a pair of red panties between his legs, he responded, "She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home."
Hey Sandra, how are you? I visit your site everyday!! I see people always hating on Allen Iverson. He doesn't bother no one. You never hear about him fighting or going back and forth with no one. Besides that incident with his wife. I am a die hard Allen Iverson fan and I love him as a individual. We are all humans and we all make mistakes!! With that being said, no one says the good things that he does such as scholarships for kids to go to college, basketball and football camps for kids, celebrity events every year and etc etc. Here is a few pics of him taking his sister [Ieisha] to [her] prom Saturday. Plz post on your site.
I didn't know AI had a little sister. So I Googled Ieisha Iverson and I found this from the book Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson.
GIVING BACK IS SO SEXY
Over the weekend Young Jeezy's Street Dreamz Foundation and LightHouse handed out gifts to school children who passed the CRCT standard tests with flying colors. Street Dreamz also Printed up T-Shirts proclaiming "The CRCT Cant Stop me!" Jeezy rented out the Metrolanes Skate & Bowling Center to treat the kids not only to fun and games but to show them that hard work pays off. The kids weren't the only recipients of Jeezy's love. He surprised a few of their parents with cash to help them pay their bills! That's more than Barack Obama has done for our people!
A Houston teacher has been fired from her position at a school for special education students after she was caught on video viciously beating a 13-year-old student.
Sherri Davis, 40, was terminated after school officials viewed the cell phone video of the assault which took place at Jamie's House Charter School in Houston.
The boy, who has a history of disciplinary problems, had allegedly punched a female student in the class. Other teachers stood by and watched while Davis dished out punishment to the teenager by slapping, punching, kicking and slamming his head against a wall.
But there's a fine line between discipline and an all out assault, and this teacher should have known better.
So yesterday I met up with an old friend who brought along her Louis Vuitton messenger bag to our lunch date. Inside the bag was her brand new iPad.
She happily told me she wasn't following the crowd because she had resisted the initial onslaught of overhyped iPad ads for at least a month before she finally gave in after reading on my blog that her favorite singer Monica had an iPad. She said she loves it.
Me, on the other hand, I still have no use for an iPad. I already have a MacBook Pro (which I'm typing this post on) and a HTC smart phone, which I hate, but it serves my purposes when I want to browse the Internet while out & about.
I simply can't see myself dragging that monster iPad out of a bag just to check the sports scores -- unless I just want the people around me to see that I have an iPad -- and I am not that vain.
US president Barack Obama probably feels the same way. He doesn't own an iPad either.
Obama told the graduating class of Hampton University today (April 9) that the iPad is just another useless invention that will only lead them to distraction as they try to find work in a dismal job market.
Last week Apple CEO Steve Jobs bragged that his iPad sold over 1 million units. With over 300 million people in the US, I am not impressed.
Besides, that figure doesn't include all the replacement iPads exchanged by clumsy owners who dropped and broke their first units.