HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO NELSON MANDELA

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Today is Nelson Mandela’s Birthday. The great African leader is celebrating 94 years of life and 67 years of service to the world and specifically to his battered continent. In fact, today is also MANDELA DAY-which is a project spearheaded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. On Mandela Day, we are encouraged to celebrate the great leader’s birthday by dedicating 67 minutes to community service. The 67 minutes are in honor of Mandela’s 67 years of service.

In honor of MANDELA DAY-Worthy Readers-commit to some form of community service!

THE NAACP BOOS MITT ROMNEY: Why They Were Wrong!

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Yesterday, Mitt Romney spoke to the NAACP. Unfortunately, there were a few uncomfortable moments when Mitt Romney, a Presidential Candidate was booed! While I am personally averse to virtually everything Mr. Romney stands for, I also believe that our community is better than that. We are more civil then that. It would reflect well on the NAACP if they were to apologize for those brief moments of rudeness, in an otherwise respectful reception.

But the booing was more then rude, it was a strategic blunder. What the NAACP members missed is that they were playing right into Mitt Romney’s hands. If one listens to his speech, it becomes obvious that Romney didn’t come to the NAACP to win voters over, or even make the most persuasive speech he could.  He did everything he could to court the response he received. WHY?

Mitt Romney has bowed, so many times, to public pressure that his own party considers him to be an unprincipled, panderer. So what was Mitt Romney to do?

Political observers will remember Newt Gingrich’s, promise to right wing voters that he would go to the black community and tell us to stop demanding food stamps and tell us to start demanding jobs. Mitt Romney, has just made good on Newt Gingrich’s promise. In the world of right wing politics, this was an act of boldness. He went before an all black audience and essentially told them off. He faced them down, told them how badly their community was doing (btw: using entirely true facts. I’m not opposed to the truth) and then stood in the torrential winds of their wrath. By booing, the NAACP gave Mitt Romney extra war wounds to brag about. And the right is loving him, as they have never loved Mitt Romney before.

During the primary, Mitt Romney’s other opponent, Rick Santorum, boasted that he didn’t want to make “black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money”. He was echoing a common GOP refrain; the notion that black people want handouts and in particular we maliciously want those handouts given to us, on the backs of white laborers. Mitt Romney has now embraced both of these arguments. By booing him, the NAACP gave him a strategic weapon, with which to court his base of voters. Romney jogged straight from the NAACP convention to a room full of donors, where he regaled them with his recent display of heroism (staring down that room full of black voters) and when speaking of those that booed him, he said: “if they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget, nothing is really free”. ——-“HE IS SUCH A BADASS!”—-

The lesson here is that when the Republican comes to the NAACP, DON’T BOO. It only fuels negative perceptions about the black community. It proves the false claims that we are politically intolerant, uncivil and rude. But even worse, it plays right into the hands of those that hate us most.

TARGET BANS FRANK OCEAN ALBUM: & Early iTunes Sales Numbers

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While Target sells music from numerous gay artists, it won’t be selling Frank Ocean’s new Channel Orange. But the move has little to do with Frank’s recent revelations about his sexuality and more to do with the sales impact of his decision to release the album early on ITUNES. Target has decided that it won’t carry the album because debuting Channel Orange on ITUNES conflicts with their emphasis on the sale of physical CD’S. Frank Ocean’s representatives however, were livid. Ocean’s manager, Christian Clancy tweeted: “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations”. He was correct. Target indeed has a history of donating to far right wing causes and politicians. However, Target also carries the work of a number of gay musicians, sells gay pride t-shirts and very likely made it’s decision based on potential sales as opposed to prejudice. After considering the evidence, Ocean’s manager, tweeted: ” Note to self: Take your own advice. Emotional knee-jerk reacting isn’t the move”.

The album will still be on sale at Best Buy and of course, ITUNES! Before the confessions of Mr. Ocean, his album was projected to sell approximately 40-50,000 copies. The increase in publicity however, now has Channel Orange, projected to sell between 100-120,000 copies, which will put him on pace to challenge Chris Brown for the top spot. This is a feat no one would have predicted for Mr. Ocean or his Odd Future comrades prior to the his recent announcement.

K MICHELLE RELEASES MIX TAPE: Love and Hip Hop Star

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K Michelle has the honor of being the first Love and Hip Hop star to drop a mix-tape. The recently released, 0 F***S Given, boasts 24 tracks and covers more familiar samples from Meek Mill’s and Frank Ocean. Fans of the show might be interested to know that K Michelle goes in on Joseline Hernandez and Karlie Redd. K Michelle isn’t holding anything back. She even sports her naked torso on the cover, for her fan’s enjoyment (of course).

Fans can download the Mixtape at www.datpiff.com

 

SOFIA VERGARA ENGAGED

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The stunningly gorgeous, Sofia Vergara, star of Modern Family is officially engaged to her off and on again, boyfriend Nick Loeb. Nick is the son of a former Reagan administration ambassador. The pair became engaged while visiting the Ruins of Chichen Itza, in Mexico. At 40, Sofia Vergara is still considered to be one of Hollywoods most attractive and recognizable figures.

We wish Mrs. Vergara-soon to be-Loeb a wonderful future with her husband to be.

FRANK OCEAN RELEASES ALBUM EARLY: Rave Reviews

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Frank Ocean has released his new album, Channel Orange, early on ITUNES and the project has been met with rave reviews. It remains to be seen if the revelations about his sexuality will effect album sales but reviews of his album are no less than stellar. Critics seem to be in awe of his lyrical skill, and they have offered Ocean rare and effusive praise. The Washington Post says the album offers a “somber self-awareness rarely expressed so profoundly in song“. Frank Ocean, they argue is “Re­imagining the melodic sensibilities of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and the evaporated song structures of D’Angelo, Maxwell and Erykah Badu, he’s forging his own brand of neo-neo-soul“. In there most meaningful praise, they suggest that “Channel Orange is an album best experienced with your eyes closed. Listen carefully and the plot will unfold on your eyelids”.

Global Grind calls Channel Orange, the most important album since the Miseducation of Lauren Hill; they add that its “Unlike anything music’s ever heard, unlike any cable channel we’ve ever watched – Channel Orange is a channel no cable company can provide.

If the early reviews are any indication, Channel Orange and Frank Ocean are definitely “WORTHY” of your time. But until you purchase it on iTunes, enjoy his performance on the Jimmy Fallon Show.

SCARLETT JOHANSON’S BIG PAY DAY: Breaks Record

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Is Scarlett Johanson worth more than Angelina Jolie, or Kirsten Stewart? Apparently the creators of the Avenger’s franchise think so. Scarlett has just signed a record smashing 20 million dollar deal to reprise her role as “Black Widow” in the upcoming Avengers sequal. Johanson certainly made an impression with her portrayal of the comic book heroin. Fans were thoroughly impressed by her and their praise has earned her the title of Highest paid actress in Hollywood. The new pay day means that she is more bankable, in the eyes of Hollywood, then Angelina Jolie.

 

TOM CRUISE & KATIE: Divorce Final

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One week after Katie Holmes filed for divorce, Tom Cruise and the starlet have finalized the terms of their separation. In a Hollywood culture notorious for ugly and protracted post marital litigations, the Holmes/Cruise divorce is remarkably civil and brief. Initially Katie demanded sole custody, which led some to believe that public turmoil was soon to follow. Instead, it seems that Suri-the couple’s daughter will reside with Katie in New York and Tom will get extensive visitation rights.

PRAYERS FOR USHER’S FAMILY: Son is Brain-dead After Accident

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Tragedy has struck the family of pop Star Usher Raymond. His 11 year old son, is brain-dead after a tragic accident occurred while the youngster was water skiing with friends. Kyle Glover has shown no brain activity since he was admitted to the hospital on Friday. He was struck in the head by the jet ski of a 38 year old male. He us still on life-support as Tameka Foster-Usher’s ex wife, currently sits vigil over her young son in the hospital. Kyle is not Usher’s son, by birth. He is the product of Tameka’s previous relationship with Atlanta clothier-Ryan Glover.

Usher has been embroiled in an unfortunately ugly divorce with his former wife, Tameka Foster. Despite the ugliness of the divorce, in which Usher is suing for custody of their mutual newborn, Usher chartered a plane for Tameka to rush to the bedside of his stepson.

WORTHY PRAYERS for the Raymond Family. Let’s Pray for a miracle.