Bougie News Round-Up

Bougie News Round-Up: Get your life, boo...

I used to do these Bougie News Round-Ups where I'd get us all caught up on the news of the week and then we could discuss. Well, here you go. Enjoy...

1. Sergio Garcia makes a joke about Tiger Woods and fried chicken. Really Sergio? It's been done (thanks Fuzzy) and it's stale. 2013 man. For the last mickey-frickey time, jokes about fried chicken, watermelon, malt liquor, hangings and slavery - never a good idea with people of any form of African descent raised in these here United States. Get your life, Sergio. (And watch out for that water hazard at 17... oh, too late.) May I leave the following right here:

Nuff said.
2. GOP still trying to turn Benghazi into Watergate. while it's certainly tragic and regrettable that 4 Americans lost their lives that day, after 9 (yes NINE) congressional hearings, no one can tie the security failure to the White House. In fact, the more we look at it, the more we see that Congress is holding up the dollars to increase security at a number of embassies and consulates worldwide. Add in the fact that under ye olde Bush regime, 42 Americans died at embassies and consulates - where were the investigations for that? McCain, get yo' life, boo. You lost. You're old and you're on the wrong side of history. Move on.

3. Idiot fake-ass "relationship expert" CheyB explodes his mentions on Twitter by telling women that they are sluts if they carry condoms and even police officers know this. Why? Because women don't have penises. "The best way to have safe sex is to get married and be loyal." O__o Get yo' life, Chey - making a living denigrating women shows such a moral abyss... I just can't.

4. Billboard Music Awards - I can't. This was the year I turned the corner and officially became my father. Sitting on the couch frowning at the TV muttering, "You call that music? Back in MY day..." Yeah and this happened:
Get yo' life, Miggy. Practice the stunts first so you don't land on girls'  heads. SMH

5. Best of the rest: Anthony Weiner (of tweeting his weiner fame) is running for Mayor of New York. You know what? Do you, boo. Mark "Latin Lover" Sanford is in Congress. I got nothing. Do the Obamas talk differently to black people? Yes, they do. Next. Dr. Dre wants to give millions to a non-HBCU college. It's his money, let him live. Feminists fighting over feminism? We'll talk more on that later this week.

On the flip of all of that, Pharrell has previewed a tune for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack entitled "Happy" and it is. I do love some feel good music. Enjoy.

Any news you want to talk about today? Thoughts, comments, insights?

This week's pet peeves - Political Ads, Clarence Thomas' wife and James Harrison

I might have been a little rant-y this week but we lived and learned, right? We can all join hands and hum This Little Light of Mine... right after I vent a little...

1. Politics as usual. Jesus be Election Day already. Seems to me the ads are just a little more vicious these days. Maybe not but it certainly feels that way. Rick Perry and his crew have just gone all in on the anti-Obama and Pelosi ads. I've started taking notes. Every single candidate who bashes Obama (including the idiot who wants to get elected so he can repeal Obama's healthcare plan here in Texas), I most assuredly won't be voting for any of them. I really dislike the negative slash-n-burn ads, they tick me off. I wonder what will happen to some of these candidates who get elected and then need the backing of the President? How's that gonna work out? Umm-hmm. Good luck with that. Some burned bridges never get re-built. 

2. What in the pure-D hell was Virginia Thomas thinking? Old girl (Crazy Clarence's wife) called up Anita Hill's office and said "Hey, let's let bygones be bygones. But before we do that, how about you apologize?" Here's her quote:

“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”

Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”

Say WHAT now? First of all, I'm still waiting on Clarence to apologize for playing Anita dirty all those years ago. I was always #TeamAnita and 100% sure that Clarence tried to get the hot chocolate, Anita said hell naw and he acted a fool. I'm just saying. Look at Clarence, look at Anita. Nuff said. Secondly, what exactly does Gin-Gin think went down between those two? And lastly, why is she worried about it all these years later? Clarence - get yo' girl some meds and take away the phone.

3. James Harrison is an idiot. So perennial poster-boy for failing Anger Management 101, James Harrison, is a defensive player for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last weekend he made catastrophic hits (including one blatant helmet to helmet hit) on (not one but two) Cleveland Browns receivers. Since it's not his first time unloading questionable hits, the NFL fined him $75,000. He dropped a few brilliant quotes like: "I don't want to see anyone injured," Harrison said, "but I'm not opposed to hurting anyone." Yo no comprendo.

He announced that this was way unfair (boo to the hoo) and said he was gonna retire. Deuces, dude. Then I remembered that this is the SAME ninja who declined to go to the White House to meet President Obama after the Steelers won the SuperBowl in 2009. For real though? Now he's decided he'll probably stick around. Oh? Mayhaps you figured out that your fall back job isn't going to net you millions of dollars a year to smack people all day? Yeah, I respectfully request that you GO. SIT. DOWN.

That's all I've got. I feel better now. What are your thoughts on the ugly slant political ads are taking? What in the world was Ginny thinking (or drinking)? Can we collectively tell James that no one likes him? Any other peeves of the week you want to share? The floor is yours...

Stuff I refused to blog about this week

Okay, I have work, work, deadlines and a plane to catch. So here's a Bougie News Round Up. Discuss among yourselves:

1. Jesse Jackson Jr - caught cheating. With blonde chick. He apologizes. Some folks seem to think it's "not as bad" because "at least the side piece is hot." Is it just too trite to say "like father, like son"? How do you think this will affect his run for re-election?

2. Bishop Eddie Long - accused of sexting boys. Pastor of megachurch sends not so holy pics of himself to members of the congregation. I don't know what's true, but I know it doesn't look good. The current debate seems to be whether it's worse that he was cheating or cheating with men?

3. Kenny McKinley - young Denver WR commits suicide. Mental health issues have got to be addressed in the African American community. Time has come for us to stop saying "he just needs some Jesus" and look seriously at the problem. Depression is no joke. Why do you think we're so reluctant to address mental health?

4. Lyfe Jennings - "reformed" rapper/singer going back to jail. Quits Twitter. Retiring from sportlight. Says he hopes he's had a positive impact. Does this put a new spin on his song Statistics?

5. Sarah Palin - says she'll run if no one else steps up. Thanks Sarah for guaranteeing another four years of Obama. The best thing that could happen to progressives is if Sarah decides to run. I can't wait for the first debate. Will she draw a cheat sheet on her hand again?

What else is hot in the streetz? Thoughts or comments on these stories?

The Bron-Bron Re-Cap, Oscar Grant, Lohan and other news

For those of you living under a rock, LeBron James took all the airtime in the world Thursday night to announce that he is joining D.Wade and Bosh in Miami to play for the Heat. Robin Roberts scored the first one-on-one interview, it will air today (Friday) during Good Morning America on ABC. Enjoy the media frenzy. Here's my at-a-glance at who's happy and who's not after the announcement:

Happy J– Miami, they do love the blingswagger and no one brings it like LeBron (usually).

UnHappy L – The fourteen designers who begged him to wear their suits which he apparently declined, looking like a buppie lumberjack with a Rick Ross beard for some reason. Obama in the White House, wear a suit for primetime television youngster.

Happy J– Hoochies and Hos. Like I said last night on Twitter, the clatter of clear heels heading to Miami is deafening right now. The ranks of the Miami Chapter of Sports Groupies has just been multiplied by 100.

UnHappy L– Jordan… where was his primetime special? C'mon on, you know he's thinking it? Jordan stays tart nowadays.

Happy J– Tiger Woods! Finally sports folks can talk about somebody else. 

UnHappy L– Savannah (LeBron's girlfriend), he's not gonna put a ring on it in South Beach, honey. There's a whole saying about taking sand to the beach.

Happy J– Gloria Allred, Savannah is already calling about the palimony suit.

UnHappy L– Cleveland. They kinda got hosed. But that was no cause to set the man's jersey aflame. Oh, and the owner Dan Gilbert sent out a letter to fans saying: "I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled former ‘king’ wins one" <~~Keeping it classy. No wonder he raised up.

Happy J– Laker fans, they'll take any excuse to bring up Sir Kobe and his rings.

UnHappy L– NFL Network, they are not going to be able to get Brett "I'm just as arrogant as LeBron" Favre to do a half-hour special. Cuts into his Barcalounger/BenGay time.

Happy J– ME! Because we can finally start talking about football now! Please!

In other news, that Oscar Grant verdict is a freaking travesty of justice. How a man shoots another one in the back, kills him and it's involuntary manslaughter is beyond me. Shout out to the East Bay for not setting the courthouse aflame... I know it was tempting. 

In further news, were ya'll aware of this Tylenol/Motrin recall? This is the third one this year?!

In case you weren't aware. It's HOT. Everywhere. Welcome to climate change.

Who is surprised that Lindsay Lohan is going to jail? Oh and her defense attorney quit after Lindsay came to court with F*** Off written on her fingernails. Keep it pimpin' Linds.
BP says they'll have this "leak" stopped by July 27… they mean it this time. Anybody willing to take that bet?

And that's all the news you can use this fine Friday. Any to share? Thoughts, comments, insights? Feel free to share…
p.s.  So some browsers are showing J's and L's instead of smiley-faces and frownie-faces in the happy/not happy section above. Life is too short for me to figure out that programming glitch. 

More Sunday Good News: T-shirt Vendor saves Times Square

Imagine this: you're in Times Square on a Saturday night getting your T-shirt hustle on. You see a Nissan Pathfinder with smoke coming out the windows. What do you do?

Well, if you are Vietnam vet Lance Orton, you flag down a cop and say, "Something ain't right." (Okay, I paraphrased). The mounted officer detected the smell of gunpowder and Times Square was evacuated. Investigators removed three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Whoever put it together was NOT PLAYING. Let's face it, that could've serious jacked up some stuff.

Mr. Orton finds himself a reluctant hero, he wants no publicity: (From NY Times)

"I'm not going to say nothing, I'm not going to say nothing," he said when first approached by a gaggle of reporters. As he walked down the street, employees from Junior's restaurant stood outside applauding him. He briefly entered the restaurant before heading toward 44th Street.

He walked with a limp, had a cane, wore a white fedora and had a hoop earring in his right ear. When asked if he was proud of his actions, he said: "Of course, man. I'm a veteran. What do you think?"

The vendor said that he had served during the Vietnam War and had been selling wares on the street for about 20 years.

"I don't have too much of a choice, nobody's giving me a job," he said.

He said that he was reluctant to speak with members of the media because they had twisted his words when they interviewed him in recent years.

He got into the back seat of the taxi, took off his hat and used it to fan his face.

Before he left, he was asked what he had to say to New Yorkers.

"See something, say something," he said.

There's a deeper lesson here if anyone is looking for it. Dude serves his country, comes home and has to sell T-shirts on the street to make a living. Without even hesitating, he serves his country again. Amen, Mr. Orton. Hey Bloomberg, cut the brother a check... seriously. He's earned a little "thank you" from the city of New York.

Under the Covers: The Tiger/Reggie Bush Haterade Flows

The picture on the left is Le Tigre with knit cap and weights on the cover of Vanity Fair (picture was taken prior to MistressGate). The picture on the left is of oiled up, platinum dog tag-wearing football player Reggie Bush on the cover of Essence. Both men are black athletes. And both covers have drawn the ire of many. Let's talk about it for a minute.

Personally, I'm not feeling Tiger. He's never been sexy to me. Nothing about him oozed cocoa-sexy. And that was before he white-washed his public persona to the least common dominator, colored himself Caublanasian (or whatever) and married the whitest woman on the plant and then cheated repetitively on her. Good for him. What I admired about Tiger was his mind and his game. And now that I know his mind can't wrap around simple concepts like not announcing yourself on your jump-off's cell phone or sending traceable text messages, I just admire his golf game. Wildly interested to know what that will look like when he returns. That about it.

Reggie Bush I never thought a lot about one way or the other except to gloat when my Longhorns beat his team in the Rose Bowl in 2006. Or where he impacted my fantasy football team. For as long as I've heard of him, he's dated the pseudo-celebrity Kim Kardashian who is about as deep as a saucer of milk and just as interesting. Good for him. I gave him credit for assisting (sporadically) the New Orleans Saints in their past few winning seasons and wearing the all-black uniform quite well. But that about it.

Then within the span of 24 hours, I was assailed with multiple tweets and emails about these two magazine covers. Let me start by saying I haven't read either article. They could be great insightful exposés, I just don't know. For now, let's talk about these covers. I didn't care for Tiger's cover at all. First of all, I'm so tired of Tiger. But Vanity Fair could not resist in cashing in. Good for them. Secondly, he's still not coming with the sexy. The cap, the pouty expression, the sloopy-hairy nipples and not quite a six-pack just weren't working for me. I don't know whether Tiger was trying to look "urban" or "edgy" or what – none of it worked. The majority of folks on Twitter and the Blogosphere agreed. Some thought he was going Hammer (referring to when clean-cut rapper MC Hammer tried to go all hoody street with the infamous 'Pumps and a Bump' song and video), I don't know. I just wasn't feeling it. A lot of the sisters will never forgive Eldrick for not checking for Shaquanda so they took the opportunity to pile on about just how "unsexy" Tiger's picture was. Never in the history of Pro Sports have more women felt less enthusiastic about a half-naked billionaire. Right about now, you put Tiger and Bill Gates in a room with 2 sisters – Bill's getting lucky. Tiger's getting knocked the eff out… just on GP.

Reggie's picture stirred up a controversy I did not see coming. I looked at and appreciated the cocoa-sexy and the 6-7-8-pack he had going on. Made a snarky remark that Tiger needed to see what a cover shot looked like. Immediately, I was pounced upon by the sisterhood. Was I not insulted that Essence, a magazine geared for Black Women would feature a man who (as far as we know) had no time for Shaquanda and Ne-Ne? Didn't I think that putting Reggie on the cover of Essence was like putting Robin Thicke on the cover of Cosmo? {which I thought was a hilarious analogy}. Especially since this was the Black Love issue!? Okay true, target audience may be a little off but ur, uh – I was just saying old boy was fine. I didn't realize it was a social commentary. Furthermore, if we stopped putting Black Celebs/Athletes who don't date Black Women on the cover of magazines, aren't there only 3 or 4 folks left to photograph? [sorry, couldn't resist]

So I turn this over to you, BougieLand. Both the fellas and the ladies. What do you think about these cover photos? Which picture do you prefer? Would you buy either magazine of read either article? Do share.

Thursday Politics Soapbox : Obama’s Peace Prize, Climate Change and Rush

As you may have noticed, I've taken a break from the political chatter/current events news here in BougieLand. Quite frankly, I was weary but today I am reinvigorated and have just a few things to discuss. Going in…

  • Dear haters, my President remains the cool kid in the room. He is attempting to bring healthcare to every citizen in the nation while fighting two wars and attempted to repair the economic bag of crapola he inherited. He is a double-degreed rock star currently running the world's greatest superpower and collecting prizes only allotted to three other sitting Presidents in history. What have you done for me lately?

    President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today with class, grace and a speech that even his critics refer to as "motivating." The newest Nobel Laureate acknowledged his humility at being chosen while delivering a conciset defense of war and promising to use the prize to "reach for the world that ought to be." Regardless of what you think of his job as President, you have to acknowledge the brilliance, the talent and the charisma. Here's a clip from NBC:

  • Dear Conspiracy theorists (and Sarah Palin), before you come at me with some "climate change is a hustle" nonsense, I invite to you come down to Dallas where with the wind chill it was 18° this morning. In Texas, today. It snowed twice last week. In Dallas. Okay? Granted, I don't know all I could about greenhouse gasses and CO2 emissions, but even I know that Minnesota weather should not migrate to Texas for more than 2 days in the middle of January. Nor should we have had 18 straights days of temperatures over 100° this summer.

    Apparently there were some e-mails disclosed from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia basically claiming that data from the Institute had been manipulated to further the global warming agenda. Of course, now it's revealed that the emails were over 10 years old and several other data-gathering institutions (including NASA) corroborate the overall theory that the earth's core is heating up and providing us with crazy-ass weather phenomenon. Al Gore addresses all of this in an interview with Slate Magazine.

  • Dear Rush Limbaugh, I don't hate people but you are tempting me to start. You are not allowed to speak for black people. Actually, in my world, you would not be allowed to speak TO black people. Truthfully, in my world you would never speak at all... about anything... ever. But I invite you to venture down any Martin Luther King Boulevard in the nation right around midnight to catch the beatdown you've got coming to you. Here's the latest in a long line of quotes earning you a "Needs a FITA (foot in the ass) Award" from BougieLand:

    I got two more stories in the stack today about how black unemployment is through the roof. Black unemployment is terrible. The black frame of mind is terrible, they're depressed, they're down -- Obama's not doing anything for 'em. How is that hoax and change workin' for ya? They're all livid. I mean, they thought there were gonna be an exact 180-degree economic reversal and it's done nothing but get bad for everybody, but they're especially upset about it because they look at him as one of them, and now they feel abandoned. And I'm sure Tiger Woods' choice of females not helping 'em out with their attitudes there either.

  • Okay, one other quick thing. I know I said I wasn't going to mention Tiger Woods any more but some trifling strumpet (who sold his voicemails and text messages) went on TV yesterday to say she didn't know Tiger was married because he never mentioned a wife. o__O Um… I'm going to have to set aside the mantle of sisterhood here and say – Heffa, I call BULLSHIGGITTY. He's Tiger MF-ing Woods. Are you SERIOUSLY trying to act like you didn't know who he was? Come on, now. Barack doesn't run around SAYING he's the President but I bet you know he is. GTFOH with all that.

And I'm off the soapbox. Anything you all would like to share on Thursday Share-A-Rant day?

Bougie News Round Up: Heroes, Weis, Fat Students and Fines

It's that time again… a quick look at what's been going on in the world for the past week or so. And yes, I'm starting on an up note for a change:

CNN Heroes: Thursday night while many of us were sleeping off the turkey watching football or Beyonce, CNN showed their 2009 Hero of the Year Award show. Efren Peñaflorida, a 28-year old man from the Philippines, won for his work educating youth as an alternative to gang life. Efren rolls pushcarts through the most unsavory neighborhoods teaching children to read and write. His unconventional business called Dynamic Teen Company sets up classrooms in the middle of the street, in a cemetery or by the municipal dump. His incredible story is worth a read and a great reminder that you don't need to have a lot to give a lot.

Charlie Weis gets the kick: Two questions only… what took so long and does Ty Willingham get an apology? For those not in the know, Charlie Weis, best known as offensive guru for SuperBowl winning teams of the New England Patriots, was hired to be the Great White Hope at Notre Dame after they summarily dismissed Ty Willingham before the paint could dry in his office. It took five seasons and a 35-27 win-loss record for Charlie to be shown the door. Word is he already has two NFL Offensive Coordinator offers pending. And where is Ty Willingham? Nuff said.

Failing Fitness: Students at Lincoln University (a historically black college) in Pennsylvania with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30 are required to take a fitness class and must pass in order to graduate from the university. The Hell You Say? My first question is – what ya'll need to know my BMI for? That kind of personal information stays between me, my physician, my trainer and my damn Wii Fit. Can you say, prejudicial much? The story came to light when Tiana Lawson, age 21 wrote an article for the school newspaper. The school administration says they feel it's their duty "to be honest with students." While I appreciate the sentiment (obesity in America is at epidemic levels), I don't think it's a secondary educational institution's role to moderate health. We have a hard enough time getting folks educated without this sort of stipulation.

Serena Williams smacked: The women's tennis number one player in the world was slapped with a $191,000 fine and two years of probation for her outburst at this year's US Open. If she stays on "good behavior", her fine will be halved to $82,500. Yeah, um – calling BULLSHIGGITY. John McEnroe's total lifetime fines were under $5,000. Now even rounding up for inflation… that's complete and utter crap. Let's just put the cards on the table, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) doesn't care for those Williams sisters because they play by their own rules, do not kiss ass and can beat down any Russian Starlet on any given day of the week all while remaining chocolatey brown. This fine is not about her outburst, it's about her.

What am I NOT discussing?

The Tiger Woods incident. No one but Tiger and Elin know what really happened but all of a sudden, everybody has an opinion and a law degree. TMZ has ruined real news (which already sucked). SO until I hear something fact-based from the Woods camp, I'm just glad he's okay.

The so-called party crashers that bust all up into the White House State dinner the other night. They aren't party crashers, they are terrorist insurgents and need to be made an example of… post haste. I guarantee if their names were Malika and TayShawn Samuels instead of Michaele and Tareq Salahi they would be under the downtown DC jailhouse with indictments galore pending.

Thoughts? Comments? News to share?

Bougie News Round Up: Freaking Palin, Weaping Ryan, Bows and Onesies

It's that time again… here for your reading pleasure, a quick look at what's going on in the world this week:

The Alaskan Hustle: Say-Pay is back. Not much has changed. She's still talking out of both sides of her hindparts and it's still all about her. Oprah did a relatively fluffy piece with her which apparently everybody in the free world watched. She has a book to sell and an agenda to pursue and heaven forbid she lets the truth interferein all of that. I've made very clear my feelings about this woman and it irritates me that I'm forced to treat her as someone with true national impact. As a writer, I can't even tell you how insulted I am that her book is on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Basically, I stand by my earlier plea: will she ever just go away? P.S. No, I don't care about her daughter's baby daddy nekkid PlayGirl spread either!

No Crying in Football: For goodness' sake! After losing five of their last six games, the coach of the New York Jets broke down in a players meeting. Apparently, Rex went all emo in front of his team Monday because he's being true to himself. I'm sorry… I can't. You cry in football when you are wheeled off on a stretcher, you cry in football when you win the SuperBowl… beyond that – there's NO crying in football. As a matter of fact, there should be no crying in the workplace… period. What kind of motivational tool is that? Not a good one since his act made some players uncomfortable. Can't say as I blame them. Tears are not the first thing one things of in a fearless leader directing the battle plan.

It's called PROTOCOL, people: On President Obama's recent trip to the Pacific Rim, he bowed in a sign of respect to Emperor Akihito. The wingnuts went all crazy as evidenced by the fact that Dick Cheney waded in with his unwanted opinion (aligning for 2012 much?). No one of reasonable sensibilities thought he weakened the U.S. position in East with a quick and humble bow to the Emperor. I don't supposed it has occurred to any of you wingnuts that if we (Americans) showed a little more respect and quit "ackin' all extra" folks would be less incline to plot our demise? What the heck is wrong with being likable and respectful? How about we try that for a minute. By the way, if you really want to see left-wingers and independents mobilize, please trot out Cheney for the 2012 nomination. We need another old guard, shady, shift, gun-toting Thuglican like we need another Chernobyl incident. So to all of those who are just looking for ANYTHING to whine and complain about regarding BHO, I would ask… respectfully that they STFU. Please and thank you.

Why, why, WHY?: No less than sixteen people sent me the link to this video. Problem is , I don't love the song and I'm not a Lady Gaga fan so getting an exclusive peek at Beyonce and Lady Gaga swishing around to this song, Video Phone did nothing for me. Well, let me take that back, it did elicit some sympathy for Gaga who just looks completely overmatched by Beyonce. Love Bey or hate her, she looks good. Side eye to the outfits. I really don't know why she's abandoned pants.

Any insights, thoughts or opinions into these stories to share? Any other news?

Bougie News Round Up: Snipers, Katt-Burglars, Sosa and Lou

This week was chock full of interesting new stories. I'll take just a few minutes to review a few of the most popular items. Here's what's going on in the world this week…

The DC Sniper is put to death: Umm, buh-bye now. I know a lot of people wanted to turn this into a debate on the death penalty. I know some folks are mad that Charles Manson still lives and breathes and this guy is dead and gone. I couldn't summon up the passion for a spirited debate on this one. All I've got for John Allen Muhammad? Save the bunk next to you in Hell for that Anthony Sowell dude who buried 11 (as of right now) women in his house in Cleveland. Crazy bastards. Peace out.

Sammy Sosa WTF: Please do not come at us with a "skin rejuvenation" excuse. "Softening facial" my ass. I have had all manner of spa and facial peels, scrubs, lotions and treatments and I'm the same caramel-latte color I always was. What kind of new-fangled skin treatment also conks your hair and turns your eyes light green? Now he’s saying there was “a bit of a bleaching agent” in his skin softening cream. SaSo – you trying to tell us some moisturizer did that to every section of your face and neck? And no, I don't wanna hear any "MJ did it" nonsense. We knew Mike had issues (rest in peace, we love you!). This right here is some perverse self-hatred that I can't even wrap my mind around. I was never a big Sosa fan. To me he always seemed fake and eager to play the victim card. But young boys of color do look up to this dude, what does this tell them about accepting themselves as they are? "Color" me confused.

Katt Williams arrest: I REALLY don't understand this story. SO Katt was staying in someone's house as a guest outside of Atlanta but know he is accused of breaking and entering into the guest home with a crowbar. Um, huh? He allegedly pilfered $3,500 in jewelry from the owner. Why is he cheesing in the mugshot? Why was his bail set at $40,000 more than 10 times what he allegedly stole? Isn't this like his third or fourth arrest in as many years? He came out of prison Wednesday proclaiming his innocence and calling it all a setup. I'm sure this story will unfold some more (regrettably) but in the meantime I really one have one thing to say: Katt, my man: Just say No.

Lou Dobbs leaves CNN: Finally and Deuces! Bye now, Lou. Don’t let the doorknob hit you on the way out. I expect FoxNews will be announcing your show any minute now? Just once, instead of giving us McCorporate speak: “winds of change are blowing”; wouldn't if been great id he sat there glaring at the screen with Chamillionaire’s Ridin’ Dirty playing in the background. “Ya’ll want me out so bad, I’m gone… I’ll be back… b*tch-ass Media Matters… I see you!” By the way, Media Matters for the win! What did it take? About six months of pressuring advertisers and sending petition after before CNN pulled the trigger! Ah, democracy at work. Now if we could just get rid of Rush Limbaugh?!

Any insights, thoughts or opinions into these stories to share?