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Senator Says that “Rape Victims Don’t Get Pregnant.” Is That True?

Missouri Senatorial nominee Todd Akin started a national controversy by making the assertion that women who are raped rarely get pregnant.  He made the remarks in reference to his belief that abortion exceptions for rape victims are unnecessary. “…from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy after rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down,” said Akin. The interesting thing is that this Senator is not a scientist and there are some who might disagree.   Dr.  James Hamblin of “The Atlantic” writes about scientific studies that determine the likelihood of women getting pregnant during rape.   Dr. Hamblin also quotes federal judge Leon Holmes as stating that “Concern for rape victims is a red herring, because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.” Dr. Hamblin cites a 1996 study from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.   The study sampled 4,000 women and found that rape victims have 5 percent chance of becoming pregnant, including those cases where the offender wears a condom.  The study says that the numbers are “significant.”  He also notes that there are roughly 32,000 rape-related pregnancies every year throughout the United States. He also notes that without using a condom, a woman has the following chances of pregnancy, depending on the time of the month one is referring to: 3 days prior to ovulation: 15% chance of pregnancy 1-2 days prior to ovulation: 30% chance of pregnancy Within 24 hours of ovulation: 12% chance of pregnancy 1-2 days after ovulation: Around 0% chance of pregnancy Maybe when Senators speak, they should consult the experts to ensure that they know what they are talking about.  When discussing a topic as sensitive as rape, one has to be extremely careful. Read More »

Just a Figurehead? Jay-Z Only Owns 1/15th of 1% of the Nets

It turns out that while Jay-Z is the most visible owner of the New Jersey Nets (who’ve now been moved to Brooklyn), he’s just a squirrel who doesn’t own any nuts.  According to the New York Times, Jigga owns just one-fifteenth of one percent of the team, with the rich white guys owning the rest.  But while Jay-Z is not going to see a big cut of the cash flow, his value as an urban figurehead has proven tremendous as the owners worked to gain loyalty from black, brown and poor communities of Brooklyn. One of the real bosses is Bruce Ratner, who recruited Jay-Z as a local to win over the community.  As the Nets open up their doors in September, Jay-Z is set to perform in eight sold-out shows to prepare for the opening.   He has also been put to work designing the team logo and convinced the NBA to allow the Nets to have their chosen colors. Jay-Z has been called a “strategic celebrity investor.” He and his wife Beyonce are there to make the arena a cool and happening place to be.   Others have tried it with far less success.  The Cleveland Cavaliers did the same with Usher, Will Smith helped out the Philadelphia 76ers, and J-Lo supported the Miami Dolphins. “He is it,” Ratner said in an interview. “He is us. He is how people are going to see that place.” Another big money investor in the Nets is Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire who owns 80 percent of the team.  In exchange for his efforts, Jay-Z is getting access to one of 11 luxury “Vault” suites, which cost $550,000 per year.  The arena is also going to contain a 40/40 club, which Jay-Z owns. There are also the bragging rights that Jay-Z gets by stating that he is a part-owner of the Nets.  He doesn’t own much, but in rapper tradition, he gets to brag about it on his next album. Read More »

City Mourns the Death of a Philadelphia Police Officer

An off-duty police officer was killed this week while he walked through a neighborhood in North Philadelphia.  Friends and families are shocked and offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the murder of Officer Moses Walker. Walker had just finished working and was shot several times at 6 am.   He was a 19-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department.   Police believe that the officer was the victim of a robbery which led to his death.  Lt. Raymond Evers said that Walker’s gun was found underneath his body, but don’t know if he shot at anyone. Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that Walker’s death is tough to deal with right after the death of another officer, Brian Lorenzo, who was killed just last month in a crash on I-95. “We literally just removed the mourning bands from our badges last week for Officer Lorenzo, and now it appears we may be putting them right back on again, so it’s tough,” Ramsey said. “This department has been through an awful lot,” he said. “In just the 4½ years that I’ve been here, this would be the seventh officer we’ve lost, which is more than some departments get in 20 years.” Read More »

Source Says Nicki Minaj is the Next Judge for American Idol

The search for the next American Idol judge continues and rumor has it that Nikki Minaj is very close to signing on as the next American Idol judge, according to an insider close to the Hip-Hop icon. Some sources are even saying that the deal is 100% sealed. If Minaj signs the deal, she would be joining pop diva Mariah Carey, along with mainstay Randy Jackson. Minaj and Fox reps have not stated whether this information, leaked to the press, is indeed valid. Minaj definitely has the credentials that would make her a qualified candidate to steer a young Idol’s career in the right direction. Who better than a quadruple platinum artist with chart topping hits in several countries leading the pack? Minaj is 29-years old and is already a legendary hip hop artist.  She sets a new standard for women in terms of record sales and opportunities.   But some critics warn that she furthers the expectation that female hip-hop artists are expected to use their sexuality in order to get attention from the industry.  Nicki’s move to pop recently appears to be working, since she is now signing big checks and has sales that are out of this world.  Her mix of urban and pop appeal has made her into an instant icon. If she does join the ranks, it will be a domination of girl power! Can we say butterflies and pink wigs running wild? Minaj may be what they need to bring the ratings back up to standard for the show.  Have to wonder if she will bring Roman along for the ride.   Asa Lovechild is an actress/writer /singer in the New York City area with a love for all things entertainment. For more follow her in twitter @asalovechild Like her fan page https://www.facebook.com/asaentertainmentgroup Buy her album  Asa Lovechild: Love’s Experience at CDBABY.com   Read More »

If You Want To Increase Your S*x Drive Just Have More S*x

Photography by NHOPHOTOS; Chicago, IL Sometimes stress and fatigue acquired from work and family can cause you to completely lose interest in sex- even if you want to do it. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), 40 million adults in relationships are not having sex at all, and a third of all women report a lack of interest in sex. It’s important to remember that finances and infidelity are interchangeably the primary reasons for divorce. Although most people don’t commit to a relationship solely for sex, it does create problems in a relationship, especially when it is non-exsitent. The easiest way to increase your libido is to have sex, according to the Chinese medicine philosophy. The philosophy claims that having sex creates connection, moves stagnant energy and restores balance — both within you, and between partners. Balance, connection, and flowing energy are what you need to feel your sexual desire. In other words, having sex makes you want more sex. Jill Blakeway, acupuncturist/herbalist/author, says her clients have been very pleased with the results of the Chinese medicine philosophy. “ My single best piece of advice to anyone who wants to want to have sex, but hasn’t really been feeling it, is to go ahead and do it anyway ,” she said. “… and I know it seems easier said than done. But there’s real Chinese medicine behind the advice — and a proven track record amongst my patients that it works .” Blakeway also encourages her patients to perform a process named The Loop, in which regulated breathing and imagination allow you to get back in the groove. “ My patients who have learned The Loop almost always love it. They happily report that their experience with The Loop helps them to feel more balanced and connected and, not coincidentally, more like having sex, ” Blakeway said. The process for The Loop can be found here  (at the end of the article).   Read More »

Asa Lovechild: Beyonce Says “Take THAT Harry Belafonte”

What diva do you know has the power to hold the world stage like Beyoncé? If you missed it, Beyoncé’s video, I Am Here, was shot on the floor of the United Nations assembly and the star took to twitter to announce that August 19 th was “ World Humanitarian Day” . Since the announcement, four days ago, Bieber , GaGa, and Rihanna, to name a select prominent few, all supported the campaign of sharing messages of hope and serving others. Some people are going to question whether this was already put in place as a genuine humanitarian effort or is this just to show Harry Belafonte that the celebrities of today do have a heart? If you remember, Harry had a lot to say in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about black celebrities and their lackluster effort with social responsibility. Like it or not, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are at the top of the African American celebrity A-List. Like E.F. Hutton, if they aren’t doing or saying anything, in the way of social responsibility, then the Hip-Hop community will not listen. Good or bad, Beyoncé has made it very clear with this campaign that she does care about someone other than herself or her A-list friends. Now let’s wait and see if Mr. Belafonte has anything else to say or will he move on to a new victim?   Follow @asalovechild www.facebook.com/asaentertainmentgroup GET YOUR DOWNLOAD  of  Asa Lovechild: Love’s Experience at CDBaby.com for $5 (offer expires 8/31/12)   Read More »

Kids Know Best? Website Allows Kids To Find Love For Parents

Photography by NHOPHOTOS; Chicago, IL Usually parents are the source of approval (and criticism) for their children’s choice in a significant other, but not anymore! A new website in Britain has placed children in control of finding a mate for  their single parents. The website, myLovelyParent, is a new online dating website for people 50 and older. The website was developed by two brothers who are seeking “handsome chaps” for their “very lovely single mum in her 60s” for friendship or companionship. The brothers took to their blog to further explain the purpose of the website: “ …we’re trying to open up the world of online dating to our parents’ generation. They’re a generation who, on the whole, are less digitally proficient, less accepting of social networking (in its most literal sense) and who are incredibly discrete when it comes to matters of the heart. …There are plenty of people out there who don’t want to be alone. And we believe, through digital, we can bring them together .” Here’s how the website works: Sons and daughters sign up their single parents and create an online profile for them. They can then search the site for people who they think would be perfect for their parent and “recommend” standout profiles to their parents, in which automatic emails with their kid’s suggestions are sent to the parents. Finally, the parent can choose to engage in interaction with the recommended profiles selected by their children. The website is slated to launch in September. Do your children play an active role in your dating life? Read More »

BlackLifeCoaches.net: 3 Truths About Maximizing Your Life

As a woman, I find the amount of television commercials pertaining to our health fascinating. If you do a simple survey, you will find that medically-based commercials rival the traditional automotive and retail placements and appear just as often. What recently caught my attention was the beginning of an osteoporosis commercial in which the announcer Read More »

Pregnant Teen Dies from Leukemia Due to Ban on Abortions

A pregnant teenager died this week, and her mother is blaming abortion laws for killing her child.  The 16-year old girl had leukemia and her chemotherapy had been delayed because of anti-abortion laws in the Dominican Republic.  This led to the girl dying as she waited for her treatment. Doctors didn’t give the girl treatment because it could end up killing the baby.  The Dominican constitution bans abortion explicitly and the girl didn’t get her treatment until 20 days after she entered the hospital. Rosa Hernandez, the girl’s mother, said that she is angry with the doctors for not putting the health of her daughter first. “My daughter’s life is first. I know that (abortion) is a sin and that it goes against the law … but my daughter’s health is first,” Hernandez said. Dr. Antonio Cabrera, the legal representative for the hospital, said that the girl died from complications from her leukemia. “They have killed me, I’m dead, dead. I’m nothing,” her mother said. ” She was the reason for my existence. I no longer live. Rosa has died. Let the world know that Rosa is dead.” The girl, who was 13- weeks pregnant, had a miscarriage, followed by cardiac arrest.  Representatives from the Dominican Ministry of Health met with the hospital and the girl’s family and spoke for days before engaging in decisive action.   The case is leading to some legislators demanding that the ban on abortion be lifted. The Dominican constitution says, “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death.” Read More »

Naomi Campbell Competing Head-to-Head with Tyra Banks

It seems that Naomi Campbell is pushing to up the ante in her on-going competition with Tyra Banks and other super models who are trying to find life after the runway. Campbell has signed up Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha to work with her to evaluate possible talent on a new Oxygen show called “The Face.” “The Face” is a reality TV show that focuses on finding the next top model….oops, did we say that? The supermodels will work with their teams and try to recruit young models from around the globe.  So, maybe we can call the show “The World’s Next Top Model.”  They are going to coach the young women through photo shoots, casting calls and all the other things that models do to compete with one another. Designers Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen are also rumored to be involved with the show, giving the ladies a chance to work with the best in the industry.  The winner gets a chance to represent a national brand in a broad-based promotional campaign.  The show is going to be hosted by Nigel Barker, formerly from “America’s Next Top Model.”   Read More »