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Recently I’ve seen a few things that were a little strange, and begged the question, is it just me or is this just all kinds of wrong? 

  1. Too old for tank tops – I saw an older woman with gray hair wearing a midriff top.  Now, she wasn’t that much bigger than this girl in the pic to the right, but still, it was wrong. She was old enough to be somebody’s grandma (or great grandma in these days). Soo, how old is too old to wear a midriff top? 18? 21? Or just when it should be obvious that you shouldn’t be walking out of the house looking like that?
  2. Questionable parenting – Over the weekend I saw a couple come in the restaurant I was at and while they were figuring out where to sit, placed their baby (who was still in his/her car seat) on the floor of the restaurant. Now, I don’t even have kids, but if I did, I sure wouldn’t be putting them on the floor at a FRIDAYS restaurant. No telling what was on that floor… Is it just me? Is it ever OK to put your baby on the floor of a public place/restaurant?  
  3. Auto tune in Gospel music – I feel some type of way about this. I caught Marvin Winans Jr.’s video recently for “Never Let Me Down.” It took me a minute to realize it was a gospel song even though it was on BET on a Sunday. It was the same reaction I had to “The God In Me,” by Mary Mary (which I like). At first, I was like, who is this? What are they saying? And then finally realizing it was gospel. I remember when I was younger and Kirk Franklin was getting big that there was this controversy with older folks saying his music was too secular sounding. I was a big Kirk Franklin fan (still am) and couldn’t see what the issue was. I don’t know though… I still feel some type of way about gospel songs in auto tune. If you listen to gospel, do you see an issue with it, or is it just like with Kirk Franklin in the ‘90s — the artists are trying to stay current to reach young people?

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And I told myself I was going to keep it light this week on the blog. Had to break the promise. I will probably come back to this topic in a more in-depth form later.

Suspected gunman James W. von Brunn

Suspected gunman James W. von Brunn

A rifle-wielding white supremacist entered Washington’s Holocaust museum on Wednesday afternoon, fatally shooting a security guard before being wounded himself by return fire from other guards, authorities said.

 Stephen Tyrone Johns, a six-year veteran of the museum’s security staff, later “died heroically in the line of duty,” said Sara Bloomfield, museum director.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as James W. von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist from Maryland. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which focuses on human rights, said Brunn has “an extremely long history with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”

“I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,” said President Obama, who just days earlier had spoken emotionally about the Holocaust when he visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp with Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.CNN

Holocaust museum guard Stephen T. Johns

Holocaust museum guard Stephen T. Johns

I still don’t understand how people can have that much hatred toward others. After watching the news and then going to work yesterday afternoon, I was saddened as well. But strangely I wasn’t really shocked by the news. And that’s actually what made me do some thinking.

I wasn’t shocked because there’s so much hatred festering in the country right now. Just last weekend I wrote about the suspect in the assassination of the abortion doctor who called the media to warn that more violence will occur.

The Homeland Department of Security issued a report in April that signs of extremism are on the rise.

The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment. DHS


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Whaaat?! A black preacher in Cali comes out publically in support of gay marriage. The Rev. Art Cribbs says he won’t do any more weddings that discriminate against others. OMG, I never thought I’d see this type of story. “Do we want to say to someone, we don’t know who you are, but we don’t want you loving someone else?” he asked on CNN Wednesday. He refuses to perform ceremonies in his church that hurt other people who can’t marry.

Campbell Brown: If Your Show Was Better When You Were Gone, Should You Really Still Have a Job?

Soledad O’Brien previews Black In America 2 during the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage 2009. Sigh. Why does Soledad have the African-American beat? The first Black In America made me want to slit my wrists halfway through. My fellow broadcast J school grads did much deeper stuff than this for their documentary course.


Maxwell and Nas party it up. Really Maxwell? That’s how it’s going down? (more…)

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I was listening to Kanye’s first album this week thinking, what happened to this Kanye?  The one before the unnecessary auto tune album and the statements about being a proud non-reader of books as he promotes a new book? I just don’t understand this current version…

So when I found this online, I thought, this song so should have been a single. Spaceship was one of my favorites from “College Dropout.”

Here’s a clip of the video that was never released. Originally posted up by GLC on his blog.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on influenza A vaccines estimated that if the current outbreak turns into a full-fledged global pandemic, 4.9 billion doses of a vaccine would be needed.

Under this initiative, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan sponsored an agreement with executives from 30 pharmaceutical companies for the production of a vaccine against the H1N1 influenza virus, popularly known as swine flu.

But only three or four laboratories are in a position to develop and produce a vaccine, because the pharmaceutical industry is one of the most highly-concentrated in the world, even more than the oil industry, the head of the Butantan Foundation of Brazil, Isaías Raw, who took part in the meeting between Ban, Chan and drug industry CEOs from around the world, told reporters in Geneva.

“The common seasonal flu is much more aggressive, strong and mortal than the one we are seeing now, swine flu,” a scientific source told IPS.
“In the case of this new flu, which up to now has been milder, are we going to produce a vaccine for the entire population of a country?” the source wondered. For three or four pharmaceutical giants, “this is the business opportunity of a century.” IPS

Business opportunity of the century indeed.

Well, of course the pharmaceutical giants are going to profit from the swine flu. They make money when people get sick. This is why the healthcare industry is so messed up. They don’t make drugs for you to get better, they make drugs to placate the symptoms (or cause other symptoms) so you stay sick. They don’t want people to be healthy because where’s the profit in that?

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Is it just me, or does it feel like T.I. has been talking about going to prison forever? Well, he finally goes to prison for a year and a day today. I generally like T.I., but I am glad the go away parties/concerts have finally come to a close.

I mean if he wasn’t a celeb with money, would he have had a year of go away activities before heading to prison? No. He’d be doing concerts for free with his prison mates. And he’d already be in prison.

I like that T.I. is using his personal life to mentor to the youth for his community service, but at some point, his Countdown to Lockdown tour began to promote the lifestyle that he’s trying to advise others from participating in.

And although he told CNN in March, “People should not idolize him for what he’s gone through, but should take note of the fact that he has taken responsibility for his actions,” he’ll still probably be even more popular after going to prison than he was before.

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