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Willow Smith Wrote a Letter to Tupac?

The older she gets, the more people become intrigued with little Willow Smith.  She has a lot more flare and spunk than most kids her age, and is clearly the product of a Hollywood lifestyle.  First, there was the incident with Willow coming out with the alleged tongue-piercing that she later said was fake (of course it was). Now, there’s this.  It is being reported that Willow wrote a letter to Tupac as a child.  We don’t have any reason to believe that the letter’s not real, but it’s interesting that she would write a letter to one of her mother’s old friends.  Jada and Pac were pretty close back in the day in what Jada describes as a “platonic relationship.”   “Pac and I were never in a romance but I feel as though we had those feelings. It was more of a “platonic romance” between each other. We knew us being together in a romantic way would destroy everything because we were both fire. We would burn everything up! So we knew in order to preserve our relationship there was no way we could ever add romance to it cause we probably would’ve killed each other!” Well, we don’t know what Willow’s dad would think about his daughter’s letter, but it’s here if you want to take a look. Read More »

Mitt Romney Says He’s Paid at Least 13% in Taxes Over the Past Decade

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney swears to the public that he has paid at least 13% of his income in taxes over the last 10 years. He made the announcement to debunk the rumor circulated by Senator Harry Reid that he hasn’t paid any taxes over the last decade. Mitt’s wife Ann, adding fuel to the rumor that the two have something to hide, says that they are not going to discuss the tax issue any further in public. President Obama has consistently attacked Romney on the tax issue, noting that he only paid 14% in taxes on the $20 million he earned in 2010, reminding many Americans that this is part of the reason that the US government has trouble paying its bills.  President Obama and the Democrats are asking wealthy Americans to pay a larger share of taxes so that they can manage the growing federal debt.  Republicans are instead asking for spending cuts. Romney was asked about the tax issue again at a recent press conference, and here is what he had to say: “I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces — 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty — the fascination with taxes I paid I find to be very small-minded,” he said. “Over the past 10 years, I never paid less than 13%,” he said. “I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that.” Read More »

Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson Loses Another Endorsement After Fight with Evelyn

Chad Johnson, the estranged husband of Basketball Wife Evelyn Lozada, has reportedly lost an endorsement as a result of a domestic violence incident that took place earlier this week. ESPN has reported that Chad was dumped by the coconut water company Zico as a result of the negative publicity he received after being accused of head-butting his wife during a fight.   The deal was just announced on July 25, but the company has cut Chad faster than he was cut by his wife and the Dolphins. “The Zico brand is about supporting naturally powered athletes,” the company said in a statement. “We partnered with Chad Johnson because of our great respect for what he has achieved on the playing field. “However, in light of recent events involving Mr. Johnson, we have decided to terminate our relationship. The values we espouse, through our employees, our customers and our brand, are central to our mission. We have taken this proactive step to demonstrate just how important those values are.” Making matters even more humiliating, the firing of Chad from the Dolphins was featured as part of the video for the show, “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins.”  In the video, Johnson is seen begging for his job and being told that the organization has no place for him. “Where we are as a program, and where you are, and where we’re headed, I don’t see the mesh right now,” said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. “I wish it was different. I wish I could tell you something more encouraging. I think it’s just best for both of us that we part ways at this point in time.” Read More »

Nike’s “Gold Digging” T-Shirt Causes Controversy

Nike has caused controversy by putting out t-shirts that remind you of the kinds of women who most men don’t want to have anything to do with.  Remember the gold diggers?  Nike is taking advantage of the label with new t-shirts that they claim are designed to support the women’s Olympians who went out and conquered in London this summer. The new “Gold Digging” t-shirt is only available in women’s sizes, but is getting some oversized controversy.  The company says that it’s not trying to disrespect women, but rather, it’s attempting to celebrate the 46 gold medals won by the US women’s Olympic team. “When nothing less than the best will do, the Nike ‘Gold Digging’ Women’s T-Shirt is up to the challenge with a bold design that’s a treat on the eyes in a slim, comfortable fit,” the company wrote on its website. But some women are calling out Nike for calling women gold diggers, as if they can be nothing more. “What’s wrong? Well, lots of things, actually,” wrote Styleite. “For instance, does this shirt come in men’s sizes? Nope. Because gold digging is just for the ladies, of course! Come on, Nike.” Nike is holding firm, stating that it’s not trying to disrespect anyone with the new t-shirts. “Nike has consistently supported female athletes and the position they enjoy as positive role models,” Nike said in a statement. “The t-shirt uses a phrase in an ironic way that is relevant given it was released just as the world focused on the success of female athletes.” Read More »

Ask a Black Man: 8 Mistakes that Black Women Make to Ruin their Chances for True Love

Looking for love?  Then why are you always finding the opposite?  Stop blaming the world and listen to me.  Here are the mistakes that many black women make when trying to find true love.  Pay attention, it might change your life. 1)      Keeping a list of rules:  Do you bring a set of rules and lists with you into every relationship?  If so, just know right now that every man you meet is probably going to come up short.  The new guy always seems nice and shiny, but if you’re seeking perfection, you’ll never find it.   2)      Being a bag lady:  If the last dog you dealt with defines how you’re going to deal with the next man, then just know that by preparing for dogs, you’re probably attracting them.   3)      Not knowing how to love a decent man when you meet one:  If you come into a relationship prepared to play stupid games, this probably means that you’ll run off any decent guy who comes into your life.   4)      Feeling pressured to hit certain benchmarks before a certain date:  You are not worse off than your friends because they’re all 27 with kids and a husband and you don’t have either.  The truth is that many of them aren’t happy anyway, and a lot of them have settled with bad men in order to fill their quota.  Just give it five years and you’ll see many of them in divorce court.   5)      Forgetting about the art of being nice:  A lot of black women teach each other to be mean.  Feminists teach you that being kind and sweet to a man means giving in to him and makes you weak.  Here’s a news flash:  If you’re in love, you’re SUPPOSED to give in to one another.  Men like women who are nice.  Being evil is not sexy, even when you think you have a good reason.   6)      Going to flash over depth and substance:  He’s tall, handsome with a nice job.  So what.  Does he love you?  Is he a good person?  Does he have good values?  That’s what’ll make him your husband and not just another guy trying to get into your pants.   7)      No capacity to forgive:  If you allow one little thing to anger you to the point of being unable to forgive and move on, you’re basically killing everything that makes you beautiful.  Don’t do that. Read More »

Chad Johnson is About to be Homeless

Isn’t it strange that we’re all talking about Chad Johnson this week?  You have to wonder if all of his business would be out in the street if he hadn’t been fighting with his wife.  Really, we don’t even know what happened, but everyone is talking about Chad. First, Chad lost his job with the Miami Dolphins after being arrested for Domestic violence.   The firing was even caught on video, making it that much more humiliating.  Then, Chad and Evelyn both lose their new VH1 reality show, cutting into their slush fund.  Finally, Chad was just dropped from an endorsement deal with a company that makes coconut water (Do you know what that is?  Me neither). Last, but not least, there are now reports that Chad is going to lose his home in Miami.  Reports are that his condo has a maintenance fee of $863 per month, and Chad isn’t paying.  The company has reached out to Chad to let him know that if he doesn’t pay the $31,000 he owes, he’s going to be out on his butt. This is a tough week for Chad and a tough year for tall, dark, famous wide receivers with a bunch of kids.  Terrell Owens, you hear that? The post Chad Johnson is About to be Homeless appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Lawsuit Filed After Teen Dies in Georgia Jail Because Officials Thought He Was Faking Symptoms

In a heartbreaking story, 17 year old Georgia teen Fabian Avery III died after officials in a local jail ignored his deteriorating health. The teen was in solitary confinement in a Pelham, Georgia jail when he began complaining of symptoms that should have prompted medical attention. Instead, his symptoms were largely ignored, and now Avery’s mother is suing the the city and its police department. The  Atlanta Journal Constitution   reports: Fabian Avery III weighed 153 pounds when he was transferred from the Fulton County jail in late February 2011 to alleviate overcrowding. The 17-year-old was found dead nearly a month later in an isolation cell at the Mize Street Municipal jail in the south Georgia town of Pelham, his 6-foot-1-inch frame shriveled to 108 pounds, according to reports… Avery died of appendicitis and complications from a bowel obstruction, according to investigative documents compiled by the GBI [Georgia Bureau of Investigation]. …. The complaint claims that Avery first reported being ill on Feb. 24, 2011 and was given minimal attention. While he complained of nausea, stomach pains, vomiting and lower back pains, as well as frequently vomiting and defecating on himself, the lawsuit claims jail staff did little to help get Avery the necessary care… Avery had complained of defecating on himself, nausea, and stomach pains, but was only given minimal care. He was found dead on a mattress on the floor on the morning of March 18. The  Atlanta Journal Constitution  reports that   the GBI’s investigation found that the teen had been placed  in a hole after he began defecating on himself.  The jail’s nurse reportedly “suggested that Avery might have been faking some of his symptoms,” despite the fact that he was rapidly losing weight. The attorney for the city describes the situation as “unfortunate”.   Read More »

“Who’s Your Daddy” Truck Rolls Thru NYC Offering DNA Tests

There’s probably not a more parasitic and stereotypical television show than  The Maury Povich Show.   Povich is a parasite because he doesn’t offer any breadth or depth into who black people actually are. No, that’s not what he’s about. He’s about making money, and he’s found that the best way to do that is to invite black women on with their potential “baby daddies”, then conduct  DNA tests. The show usually begins with accusations and tawdry tales, and ends with some black guy dejectedly walking off stage, slowly, under the weight of fatherhood, or jumping for joy at the thought of not having to be a responsible human being. It’s trash TV at its worst, and, for the most part, that’s all his shows are about. You can get a free DNA test on Maury’s show if you’re willing to embarrass yourself on television.Well, this NYC bus isn’t offering a free DNA test – they’re $300 to $600 – but they are offering rolling DNA tests all the same. The “Who’s Your Daddy” bus is marketing its tests to men who have suspicions that that they may not be the father of their children. CBS New York reports  that business for the bus has been good: “They flag us down, they pull us over, they talk to us,” owner and operator Jared Rosenthal said Wednesday. “Sometimes, because of the nature of the services, they want to be a little more discreet about it, but they do come or they’ll call the number.”   Rosenthal also says that men are walking up to his bus with babies, and some people are stealing DNA samples from their spouse so they can test in secret. According to Rosenthal, it’s always drama, but business is booming. “There’s a lot of difficult situations and tough moments and heartbreak,” Rosenthal said. “There’s a lot of good news that we’re able to deliver and there’s a lot of happy moments” he added. As far as Rosenthal is concerned, he is provided an essential community service.   Read More »

Dr. Boyce Spotlight: The West End School in Louisville Seeks to Protect Black Boys

1) What is your name and what do you do? My name is Benjamin Payne.  My wife, 15-month-old daughter and I live in the dormitory.  My wife is the school nurse.  I teach, coach, and handle whatever administrative tasks the heads of the school send my way, from community outreach to admissions; recruiting employees and volunteers to monitoring study hall.  We all take on many roles to keep the school running. 2) What led you to create the West End School, and what needs are being met by the school’s existence? Statistically, African-American male students in Jefferson County are more likely to end up in prison than to graduate high school.  West End School serves to fight such a trend by offering a safe, structured school environment with high expectations.  Some students enter the school two to three grade levels behind in Reading, Writing and Math.  All of our graduates have placed at or above grade level in all categories.  Our eleven graduates have received more than $2 million in scholarship offers from some of the state’s top private schools. The school’s unofficial motto is, “To Be A Man Is To Be Responsible.”  Our primary focus is to teach our students to be men of strong character.  By teaching a young man integrity and accountability, he then has the tools to succeed in the classroom and in life. Robert & Debbie Blair started the school in 2004 with a mission to provide a top education to students who would otherwise not be able to afford one.  After a long career in traditional private & boarding schools and observing Louisville’s socio-economic landscape, the Blairs decided to establish West End School with just three-students, two classrooms in a former elementary school and a small house as residence.  In its eighth year, West End School now has more than 50 students operating in the better part of the 74,000 square-foot building that formerly housed the Virginia Avenue Colored School (est. 1923) and Carter Elementary School (Schools that produced the likes of Muhammad Ali, Darrell Griffith, and many other prominent Louisvillians). 3) How long has your school been in existence and how have things been going so far? West End School is in its eighth year.  We could not be happier, or feel more blessed, to be in our current situation.  We are on pace to have nearly 150 students in six years.  Each year we are involving the community more, improving our methods, recruiting exceptional faculty members and providing a better educational experience for the young men we serve. 4) What are some of the challenges you’ve encountered to this point? We do not have enough staff to properly promote the school.  Despite coverage on TV and in newspapers, the distribution of fliers and radio advertising, much of our community still does not know about the School.  We have begun working with local community organizations to spread the word and hope to be a well-known entity in our own community soon. 5) What are the goals for the future of the West End School? Our primary goal is to provide each West End School student with all the tools necessary to achieve in life. To that end, we plan on building a new gymnasium on campus, expand our dormitory and provide a boarding house for our alumni to support them through high school.  We also hope to represent a small portion of the abundant excellence in our community which is continually overlooked and obscured by the media’s coverage of the isolated instances of violence that plague our streets. 6) Is there anything else you’d like for us to know? West End School welcomes anyone interested to call or email to schedule a visit to the school.  The students enrolled carry tremendous responsibility on their shoulders, and have more required of them than most of their peers, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.  They not only accept these burdens, but they embrace them in order to better themselves and give their families better futures.  As a community, we must encourage our young men to excel, nurture strong character, be examples of integrity, and support them in becoming responsible agents of change. West End School 3628 Virginia Avenue Louisville, KY 40211 502-776-5236 info@westendschool.org Read More »

Dallas Mayor Declares State of Emergency Over West Nile Virus Outbreak

The mayor of Dallas admitted that the city is searching for quick solutions to a recent outbreak of the West Nile Virus that has the city in a panic.  A state of emergency has been declared, and officials are taking the matter very seriously. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that more cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported this year than any year since the disease was discovered. Nearly half of the 693 cases this year have been in Texas, and 14 of the 26 deaths have been confirmed by the federal government. Mayor Mike Rawlings and his state of emergency declaration are clearing the path for more decisive action by city officials.  A pesticide spraying is set to begin next week.  There are also sprayings taking place in New York City, Sacramento and other cities across the country. “We are on track to have the worst year ever for West Nile virus in Texas,” said Christine Mann, a spokeswoman for the Texas health department. Experts are saying that the warm climate in Texas may play a role in why the number of cases is so high this year.  The disease is passed via mosquito bites. Read More »