Archive for February, 2007


February 12, 2007

Eddie Murphy had enough star power at his recent LA Premiere, for his hit new hit movie “Norbit”, that could have satisfied every media outlet on the planet. Bow Wow, Gabrielle Union, Chris Rock, Marlon Waynas, Kat Williams, Tyrese Gibson and others were all in tow to support Black Hollywood’s “golden child”.

But with his guest list being as impressive as it was. One particular attendee seems to still be churning the gay rumor pot more and more. After all these years of speculation over Johnny Gill and Eddie Murphy’s alleged how you doing relationship, could there have been a recent confession by Mr. Gill himself?

In this exclusive video sent to me by the people over at, Johnny is caught on video pleading for people to go out and support Eddie’s film so that it can bring in more money for he and Best Supporting Actor Nominee, Eddie Murphy.

What’s incredible about Gill’s surprising revelation is that if you watch the clip below (at the 4:52 second point) then you will witness Johnny’s sly confession, that he in fact does have a-more then friends-relationship with Eddie. If you understand sideways talk, which I’m very fluent in, then you can immediately pick up on what Johnny is exactly trying to say.

In my opinion , the court is adjourned on this one people. They’re as how you doing as Christmas!

::50 cent on the Angie Martinez Show::

February 12, 2007

This interview took place on the Angie Martinez show on Hot 97 on the 1st of February. Camron interrupts the interview and dishes out some home truths about 50 and his G Unit artists. Check it out, it gets really heated towards the end….

.:GOP warns not to tamper with minimum wage bill:.

February 12, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are warning Democrats not to tamper with Senate-passed minimum wage legislation, saying the bill’s mix of $8.3 billion in tax breaks and a $2.10 an hour wage hike offers the right economic and political balance.
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The Senate, in a 94-3 vote Thursday, passed an increase in the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years. The bill also would extend small business tax cuts, close off some corporate tax loopholes and rein in executive compensation.

Labor leaders and many Democrats, however, would like to strip the tax provisions from the bill and only send the minimum wage increase to President Bush for his signature. A House version, passed last month, contains no tax measures.

“I strongly encourage the House to support this combined minimum wage increase and small business tax relief,” Bush said in a statement following the Senate vote.

Democrats and Republicans already were blaming each other for any obstacles to reconciling the House and Senate bills.

“Republicans are demanding billions in corporate tax breaks in exchange for a $2 bump in the minimum wage,” said Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “As they play their political games, low-income workers continue to wait for their first raise in a decade.”

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the overwhelming vote in favor of the Senate bill was a clear signal that the minimum wage and tax breaks must be linked. He scolded House Democrats for insisting that the tax provisions be removed.

“No one should be mistaken,” Grassley said. “It is House Democrats, not Senate Republicans, who are delaying passage of the minimum wage.”

In a common Democratic refrain, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, criticized the tax breaks attached to the bill. “It should not be loaded up, it should not be complicated,” he said. “The notion that we are still using this as a bargaining chip, dickering for various other tax breaks I think makes no sense. It’s time to get this done.” (Watch what “clear message” Senate Democrats say the bill sends )

Complicating the House-Senate negotiations are constitutional precedents that require tax legislation to originate in the House. The House could draft a small business tax bill and send it to the Senate where it would dovetail with the Senate minimum wage bill. House and Senate negotiators could also meet in a joint conference committee to reconcile the two bills.

Grassley said he was wary of a conference committee because he feared House and Senate Democrats would conspire to strip out the tax breaks.

The legislation would raise the minimum wage in three steps. It would go to $5.85 an hour upon taking effect 60 days after the president signs it into law, then to $6.55 an hour a year later, and to $7.25 an hour a year after that.

Besides increasing the minimum wage, the bill would extend for five years a tax credit for businesses that hire the disadvantaged and would provide expensing and depreciation advantages to small companies, including retailers that own their own stores. The tax breaks would be paid for by closing loopholes on offshore tax shelters, by capping deferred compensation payments to corporate executives and by removing the deductibility of punitive damage payments and fines.

“This bill is particularly important for small, Main Street retailers who have been in business for generations and are more likely to own their stores than national competitors leasing space at the mall,” said Steve Pfister of the National Retail Federation.

Senators also adopted an amendment that would bar companies that hire illegal immigrants from obtaining federal contracts for up to 10 years. That measure was designed to encourage companies to participate in an employee identification program that can weed out undocumented workers.

While the tax breaks have won the support of small business groups as well as retailers and restaurant owners, they have drawn opposition from larger businesses that would bear the brunt of the revenue provisions. Several business groups also opposed the immigration measure.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

::C-Span airs “State Of Black America::

February 12, 2007

Leaders in education, public policy, religion, and black communities discussed the future impact of African Americans on Western culture, the country’s global image, and the social, political, and economic future. They talked about the newly released book The Covenant in Action, published by Smiley Books. The book, a follow-up to The Covenant with Black America, demonstrated how ordinary people were finding solutions to the problems still facing blacks in America 400 years later.
The State of the Black Union 2007: Jamestown, America’s 400th Anniversary, was titled “The African American Imprint on America” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of America at Jamestown, Virginia. The event took place in the Convocation Center of Hampton University
Leaders in education, public policy, religion, and black communities discussed the future impact of African Americans on Western culture, the country’s global image, and the social, political, and economic future. They talked about the newly released book The Covenant in Action, published by Smiley Books. The book, a follow-up to The Covenant with Black America, demonstrated how ordinary people were finding solutions to the problems still facing blacks in America 400 years later.
The State of the Black Union 2007: Jamestown, America’s 400th Anniversary, was titled “The African American Imprint on America” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of America at Jamestown, Virginia. The event took place in the Convocation Center of Hampton University

:: Love Triangle-Lisa Nowack::

February 12, 2007

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingORLANDO, Florida (CNN) — A NASA astronaut was arrested Monday on battery and attempted kidnapping charges after allegedly trying to subdue a romantic rival with pepper spray and abduct her from a parking lot at Orlando International Airport, police said.

Navy Capt. Lisa Marie Nowak, who was a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery in July, and Colleen Shipman were both reported to be “in a relationship” with astronaut Bill Oefelein, a Navy commander, according to a police report of the incident.

Nowak, 43, has been charged with battery, attempted kidnapping, attempted burglary to a vehicle and destruction of evidence. Police have recommended Nowak be held without bond.

According to the report, she told police that her relationship with Oefelein was “more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship.”

Nowak drove from Houston, Texas, to Orlando to meet Shipman, who was flying the same route, to talk with the woman about her alleged relationship with Oefelein, the report said.

Shipman is an engineer assigned to the 45th Launch Support Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, near the Kennedy Space Center.

Police: Woman feared for safety
Shipman told police that she arrived at the airport at about 1 a.m. but had to wait two hours for her luggage to arrive.

Once she retrieved her bags, she said she took a bus to the lot where her car was parked, noticing a woman wearing a trench coat who appeared to be following her.

Fearing for her safety, Shipman quickly stepped into her car, the police report said, adding that she reported hearing “running footsteps” behind her.

Shipman closed and locked her car door as Nowak slapped the window of the car and tried to open the car door, the report said.

Nowak told Shipman her ride had not arrived and asked for help, but Shipman refused, saying she would send help instead. When Nowak complained she couldn’t hear Shipman and started to cry, Shipman opened her car window “about 2 inches” — and Nowak sprayed pepper spray into the car, police said.

Diapers for long car trip
Shipman, her eyes burning, drove to a toll booth in the lot to summon police. An officer went to the bus stop and found Nowak, who was wearing a different coat, the report said. Approaching the stop, the officer observed Nowak put some items into a trash can, the report said.

Those items included a wig and a plastic bag containing a carbon dioxide-powered BB pistol, the report said.

Inside a bag Nowak was carrying, the officer found a tan trench coat, a new steel mallet, a new folding knife with a 4-inch blade, 3 to 4 feet of rubber tubing, large plastic garbage bags and about $600 in cash, the report said.

Nowak admitted the details of Shipman’s allegations, according to the police report, and permitted a search of her car.

Inside the car, police found an a half-dozen latex gloves, MapQuest directions from Houston to Orlando International Airport, e-mails from Shipman to Oefelein, diapers that Nowak said she used to eliminate stops along the highway, a letter indicating how much she loved Oefelein and directions to Shipman’s home address in Florida, the report said.

Asked about the BB pistol, Nowak told police it “was going to be used to entice Ms. Shipman to talk with her,” the report said.

“Mrs. Nowak stated that she was not trying to cause any bodily harm to Ms. Shipman and that she only wanted to scare Ms. Shipman into talking with her,” the police report said.

Nowak, who is married with three children and has been an astronaut since 1996, flew her first shuttle mission in July as a mission specialist aboard Discovery.

Oefelein, 41, was the pilot of the last shuttle mission, also aboard Discovery, which flew in December.

Johnson Space Center spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said that Oefelein would not make any comments through NASA at this time. To her knowledge, no one from NASA had spoken with Nowak yet, she said.

Two astronauts, Navy Capt. Chris Ferguson and retired Air Force Col. Steve Lindsey, have gone to Florida to establish contact with Nowak, Hawley said, adding that her status as an active-duty astronaut remains unchanged.

Lindsey, the chief astronaut, was the commander of Nowak’s shuttle flight.

::Undoing Obama: Inside the Coming Effort to Dismantle A Candidate ::

February 12, 2007

Undoing Obama: Inside the Coming Effort to Dismantle A Candidate
By: Mike Allen
February 10, 2007 11:27 AM EST

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Barack Obama’s free ride is ending.
The charismatic Illinois senator has enjoyed a lifetime of hagiography, starting with an 800-word story in The New York Times the day after his election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
Now, Obama’s about to endure a going-over that would make a proctologist blush. Why has he sometimes said his first name is Arabic, and other times Swahili? Why did he make up names in his first book, as the introduction acknowledges? Why did he say two years ago that he would “absolutely” serve out his Senate term, which ends in 2011, and that the idea of him running for president this cycle was “silly” and hype “that’s been a little overblown”?
In interviews, strategists in both parties pointed to four big vulnerabilities: Obama’s inexperience, the thinness of his policy record, his frank liberalism in a time when the party needs centrist voters and the wealth of targets that are provided by the personal recollections in his first book, from past drug use to conversations that cannot be documented.
Beginning with his announcement for president on Saturday, the long knives will be out for Obama from three directions: Reporters, perpetuating the boom and bust cycle of a ravenous media culture, will try to make up for fawning coverage of the past. Democratic rivals want to get him out of the way. And some top Republicans think the party would have a better chance with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., as the nominee, since she is a known quantity while Obama can try to define himself as anything he wants.
Officials at the top of both parties calculate that Obama has risen too fast to sustain his popularity in the cauldron of a presidential campaign. Democrats talk of “vapid platitudes” that could produce a “soufflé effect” – an implosion as journalists and activists begin probing for substance behind Obama’s appealing promise of “a different kind of politics” and “a new kind of politics.”
“With a couple of pinpricks here and there, the whole thing could fall apart,” said a Democratic strategist familiar with the plans of Obama’s rival campaigns.
Says another top Democrat: “Once the shooting war starts, he’s not going to be able to get away with these grand pronouncements.”
Obama’s friend Donna Brazile, who has known him since 2002 because of their work together on children’s issues, is staying neutral in the Democratic contest but says he’s ready for the onslaught, contending that his press has already become more mixed. “He’s laying a foundation and a framework,” she said. “People are responding to his message and are tuning out all the polarization.”
Even his name offers fodder for the critics. When he was growing up, his family, friends and teachers called him “Barry.” Then as a young man, he started insisting on “Barack,” explaining in a memoir published in 1995 that his grandfather was a Muslim and that it means “blessed” in Arabic. His dad, who was Kenyan, had gone by “Barry” — probably trying to fit in when he came to the States, his son figured. On the campaign trail during his 2004 Senate race, Obama told reporters that “Barack” was Swahili for “blessed by God.”
Whatever its origins, the exotic, multicultural name – so open to interpretation that some Irish folks he ran into assumed “O’Bama” must be one of theirs – is just one of the tools Obama has used to create a captivating narrative about himself as a post-partisan messiah for a nation weary of Potomac combat. The idea of Obama has created dizzying expectations for a senator who draws the largest spontaneous crowds of any American public figure since Colin Powell went on book tour. A cartoon doctor in The New Yorker even diagnoses a patient with “Obamania.”
Obama was the crowd favorite at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington last weekend, offering remarks so lofty that most of them could have come from either party. “Our rivals won’t be one another,” Obama said as part of the parade of presidential hopefuls who spoke to the crowd. “And I would assert it won’t even be the other party. It’s going to be cynicism that we’re fighting against.”
But that is surely wishful thinking, because his rivals are getting ready to dig into him at public debates and forums, beginning with a labor-sponsored session in Carson City, Nev., on Feb. 21. Obama has said he’ll leave Nevada three days before the event.
Obama, whose two massive books (both New York Times bestsellers) make it clear he is wise beyond his 45 years, knows what’s coming. He writes presciently in the one published last year, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream”: “Precisely because I’ve watched the press cast me in a light that can be hard to live up to, I am mindful of how rapidly that process can work in reverse.” He recalls President Bush warning him privately during their first meeting in the White House: “When you get a lot of attention like you’ve been getting, people start gunnin’ for ya.”
Here’s a capsulized look at the opponents’ plans for undoing Obama:
1. Inexperience
It was only about two years ago, during a meeting with reporters at his Illinois campaign headquarters after his election to the U.S. Senate, that he ridiculed as “a silly question” whether he would run for president or vice president before his term ends in 2011. “I’ve never worked in Washington,” he said. “I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years, and my entire focus is making sure that I’m the best possible senator on behalf of the people of Illinois.”
As he told NBC’s Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” after his election in 2004, “I don’t know where the restrooms are in the Senate.” Then last October, on the same show, he backed away from the pledge, saying it reflected his “thinking at the time” but that he had not thought about the idea “with the seriousness and depth that I think it required.”
Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” last month if his lack of foreign policy experience would hurt him in his White House bid, Obama replied: “My experience in foreign policy is probably more diverse than most others in the field. I mean, I’m somebody who has actually lived overseas, somebody who has studied overseas. You know, I majored in international relations.”
Jim Wallis, the progressive theologian who founded Sojourners/Call to Renewal, says the senator has “a different kind of experience” than a typical candidate and said he has listened to Obama talk knowledgably and passionately about youth, the arts, politics, religion and business in small-group settings since he was an Illinois state senator and few people knew who he was. “There’s an intellectual depth and personal depth and moral depth,” Wallis said. “He’s didn’t say, ‘Let me try these ideas.’ He’s been talking about them since he was the least famous person in the room.”
2. Anemic Policy Record
At the DNC meeting, Obama surprised some in the audience by seeming to scoff at the intricacy of public policy. “There are those who don’t believe in talking about hope,” he said. “They say, well, we want specifics, we want details, we want white papers, we want plans. We’ve had a lot of plans, Democrats. What we’ve had is a shortage of hope.”
A former Democratic official in close touch with several of the campaigns said: “Downplaying the importance of specific plans and ideas seems like a really strange strategy from somebody who is clearly very smart, policy-wise, but hasn’t established that with the broader public yet.”
Aides to Obama say that his weekend’s three-day announcement tour in Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire – including town-hall meetings, rallies and a house party – will focus on the broad, uplifting themes that were a hit at the DNC meeting.
He has said the nation must have “the will to pass health care for all by the end of the first term of the very next president of the United States,” and that is likely to be among his early proposals. “Audacity of Hope,” named for a sermon Obama heard back when he owned only one suit, sketches a possible health care overhaul designed to save money through lower administrative and malpractice costs so that a subsidy could be offered to low-income families. Immediate coverage would be mandated for uninsured children. The senator has also talked about an energy plan to “wean ourselves off Middle Eastern oil,” which could be an early proposal.
3. Liberalism
The senator is unabashedly more liberal than the centrist path charted by President Bill Clinton. Back in 1996, a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter wrote that Obama – then the Democratic nominee from his state Senate district – sighed when asked about the fall election. “Bill Clinton?” Obama was quoted as asking. “Well, his campaign’s fascinating to a student of politics. It’s disturbing to someone who cares about certain issues. But politically, it seems to be working.”
“Audacity of Hope” advocates civil unions for gay people (a position held by most national democratics), declaring tartly that Obama is not “willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.” He says he doesn’t “believe we strengthen the family by bullying or coercing people into the relationships we think are best for them – or by punishing those who fail to meet our standards of sexual propriety.”
He writes that Bill Clinton and conservatives turned out to be “right about welfare as it was previously structured.” He adds, “But we also need to admit that work alone does not ensure that people can rise out of poverty.”
4. Disclosures in His Books
A little-noticed disclaimer at the front of his 442-page memoir of his youth, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” says: “For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people that I’ve known, and some events appear out of precise chronology. With the exception of my family and a handful of public figures, the names of most characters have been changed for the sake of their privacy.”
The disclosure calls into question the pages and pages of years-old dialogue that Obama recalled when he was writing the book, a frank and searching account of his effort to come to terms with issues of race in America, at age 33. Lynn Sweet, the dogged Washington reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, spotted the disclaimer in 2004 and wrote one of the few critical stories every printed about Obama. “I say in the book it is my remembrances of what happened,” he told her in an interview. “I don’t set it out as reportage … read the book for what it is worth.”
It is immensely valuable as a Rosetta stone to a man who wants to lead the free world and who wrote rawly about his shame when he had referred to a Beaver Cleaver-like, argyle-sweater-wearing black friend as an Uncle Tom in order to try to ingratiate himself to more radical friends. But Obama, who would start his career in politics as a community organizer in Chicago, wrote that he also found solace in the autobiography of Malcolm X, with his “unadorned insistence on respect.”
The book also contains the admission about his youth: “Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.” He also uses a slang term to refer to casual sex, and quotes a vulgar term from a bull session about Malcolm X. His campaign says voters will appreciate the honesty and support him. The challenge for Obama will be to survive long enough for voters to have that chance.

::Obama Announces his official announcement in Illinois::

February 12, 2007

The Audacity of Barack Obama

By: Roger Simon
February 11, 2007 10:09 PM EST

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – – The very audacity of it, the very unlikelihood of a black man becoming president of the United States is now the driving force of Barack Obama’s campaign.

In an announcement speech Saturday of soaring rhetoric, on a bitterly cold day, to a large and shivering crowd, Barack Obama called what he was doing an “improbable quest.”

“If you will join me in this improbable quest, if you feel destiny calling, and see as I see, a future of endless possibility stretching before us; if you sense, as I sense, that the time is now to shake off our slumber, and slough off our fear, and make good on the debt we owe past and future generations, then I’m ready to take up the cause, and march with you, and work with you,” he said.

“Together, starting today, let us finish the work that needs to be done, and usher in a new birth of freedom on this Earth.”

Which is pretty audacious talk. But it was also pretty audacious to announce in Springfield, home of Abraham Lincoln, and in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln gave his “House Divided” speech in opposition to slavery.

Obama addressed it directly, again stressing the difficulty of what he was attempting:

“For that is our unyielding faith — that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it. That’s what Abraham Lincoln understood,” Obama said.

And what will it take for Obama actually to be elected?

Decency, he said. The decency that is America.

“It was here, in Springfield, where North, South, East and West come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people, where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America,” he said. “And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”

Announcement speeches are designed not just to generate support, not just to allow the candidate to slap himself on the back with both hands but also to address critics.

Think Obama has not had enough national experience? Try this:

“I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness — a certain audacity — to this announcement,” Obama said. “I know I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.”

Take that, Hillary Clinton! Take that, John Edwards! And Chris Dodd! And Joe Biden!

And to those who are spreading rumors that because his middle name is Hussein he is a Muslim, Obama carefully pointed out that when working in the poor neighborhoods of Chicago, “I learned the true meaning of my Christian faith.”

The press came in for its comeuppance, too. Obama criticized “the smallness of our politics — the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial.”

In his interview with me on Wednesday, Obama said the media’s obsession with the trivial is one of his problems. People say he does not give specifics? he said. That is because the press does not concentrate on his specifics.

“We’ve given major speeches on just about every issue,” he said. “So the key for us, I think, is just making sure that we are getting the press to focus attention on that agenda as opposed to, you know, obsessing on how I look in my swimming trunks.”

::Check Out the Hightlights from the 49th Grammy’s::

February 12, 2007

::DUPRI CROWNED PRESIDENT OF ISLAND URBAN MUSIC: Deal puts JD under same umbrella as Jay-Z.::

February 11, 2007

After leaving his previous gig at Virgin Records last year in the wake of girlfriend Janet Jackson’s disappointing album sales, Jermaine Dupri has bounced back and into a plush executive chair at Island Def Jam Records (IDJ).

The producer has been appointed president of Island Records Urban Music, a new division of the IDJ Music Group, it was announced Wednesday by Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid. Under the deal, Dupri will oversee Island’s entire urban music operation, as well as produce artists on the rosters of both IDJ and the entire Universal Music Group family of labels.

Dupri will report directly to Reid, and Island Records President Steve Bartels on operational matters.

“I’m so excited to be reunited with L.A. Reid because most of my biggest hits were when he and I worked together,” said Dupri in a statement. “And then to be working side by side with Steve Bartels — I don’t think there’s a better team because he’s by far the best in the game. I can’t wait for us to start stuntin’ on y’all.”

Dupri is no stranger to the Island roster, having co-written and produced Mariah Carey’s No. 1 hits “We Belong Together,” “Shake It Off” and “Don’t Forget About Us.” He’s also collaborated with IDJ artists Jay-Z, Ludacris, and Lionel Richie.

COme Party

February 11, 2007