Now That Basketball Season Is Over…

What are we supposed to do?  I can’t even look forward to football in 2 months because we’re still in the midst of an NFL Lockout.  Yes, the players are staying in shape and practicing, but with the way things are going, we may not have a 2011 NFL Season, and this saddens me. 

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks on their victory last night.  (I was cheering for you!)  But what sports do we have during the summer?  Baseball?  I’m not a big baseball fan.  I’ll go to a game, but watching baseball on tv is not an option; I actually find it boring.  

So what is a girl supposed to do?  I don’t do Nascar (and yes, I’m really from the South) and I don’t like watching track and field.  Quietly, I used to watch the cheerleading competitions on television growing up.  But that’s not an option since school’s out. 

I would love to hear your suggestions on what sports to watch this summer.  Or maybe I should go out and play a sport.  I should really join a kickball league.  I always enjoyed kickball as a kid.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

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This Week in the News

Happy Friday!  First, let me thank everyone that came out to Jin last night to help me celebrate my one year blogoversary!!!  I appreciate all of you, and your support is so overwhelming!  For those of you that missed it, my big announcement was that I have officially opened my doors for business!  Elle Speaks PR and Communications was officially launched last night, and I have my first client.  I’m currently working on securing two more, so please keep me in your prayers.  Yes, I know I’m a busy bee, but my goal is to eventually work for myself. 

Some more great news to share-David Bruton, a safety for the Denver Broncos, isn’t just sitting on his tail during the NFL lockout.  He’s substitute teaching at his high school alma mater.  I think this is SO commendable!  Instead of just sitting on his keister, he’s giving back to his community.  And I’m glad that he graduated with his degree so he was able to do something constructive.  His actions definitely deserve to be recognized. 

The preview for “Dark Girls”, a documentary done by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, focuses on the issues still surrounding color in the Black community.  It’s amazing to me that color is still an issue in 2011.  The women and girls featured tell their stories of feeling un-pretty or “less than” just because of their complexion.  I couldn’t watch the entire thing.  I became thoroughly disgusted when a guy said he doesn’t date dark-skinned women and his reasoning as to why he doesn’t.  I know we all have preferences in what we like, whether it’s height, education background, etc., but this guy was a complete jerk.  In any event, I’ll let you guys take a look at the clip yourselves and come to your own conclusions.

One thing that seems to be on minds and in the mouths of many is that Oprah has completed her “Farewell” season.  After being a staple on afternoon television for the last 25 years, Oprah Winfrey has completed her talk show.  Honestly, I’ve never been a huge Oprah fan.  I felt that most of her shows were not geared towards my demographic.  There were a few episodes that she did that I watched-for example, when she had the cast of “Crash”, Tyler Perry, and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.  But most of the other topics-I could do without.  This is definitely the end of an era, but I’m sure we will still Oprah on the OWN network.  I can say that watching her on “Masters Class” this past Wednesday made me want to watch “The Color Purple”. 

My girl Kim Kardashian is engaged!!!  After only dating six months, Kris Humphries, a forward for the New Jersey Nets, proposed to Kim on May 18 in her home.  Yes, while I think it’s rather quick, we all know Kim is ecstatic.  She’s wanted to be married for some time.  I wish them nothing but a lifetime of happiness.

The trial of Casey Anthony started this week.  Some shocking news has come out during the trial, such as the defense claiming little 2 year old Caylee Anthony drowned in the pool, and Casey and her dad tried to cover it up.  (Uh, who saw THAT one coming???)  I just feel really bad for this little girl who was never allowed to grow up.  If Casey is guilty, I hope she is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Bishop Eddie Long settled with his four accusers out of court.  I’m glad this has been resolved.  I doubt that any amount of money will take away the pain and shame that these young men felt.  It will be interesting to see how Bishop Long bounces back now that this is settled, and he can move on.  It is surprising that he didn’t go to trial so he could clear his name, but just as Tulane professor Shayne Lee stated, “When you settle outside of court, it implies that there’s some guilt involved.”

Whew! It’s been a busy week!  I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!  I plan to go to the beach and get some sun!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Witty Wednesday-Is Reading Fundamental?

Thanks to the homey @MsRasberry I came across this article.  If you don’t want to read it (or haven’t read it), it’s regarding University of Connecticut basketball player Kemba Walker, who read a book for the first time, cover to cover, just a few weeks ago at the age of 20.  Yes, you read correctly.  I don’t know if that includes children’s books, but regardless, this isn’t necessarily something of which to be proud.  Oh, did you get the title of the book?  It’s Forty-Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of a Black Athlete  by William C. Rhoden.  Ironic, isn’t it???

So let’s discuss-This young man, who is graduating college a year early to enter the 2011 NBA draft, has gone through 12+ years of school without reading a book.  Even after reading the book, Walker still wants to enter the draft.  Walker attends a higher institution of learning and was admitted into this college without having read a book.  I’m not sure about you guys, but I don’t know how many book reports I had to do growing up, but I read every book (well, except that one time when I got Cliff’s Notes…)  In any event, this is disturbing on so many levels!  What most are wondering is did Kemba choose not read or can he not read?  I would like to say maybe he didn’t choose to read since he was able to get through Rhoden’s book. 

Did Walker get pushed through school for his athletic prowess and not because he did well in his classes?  It’s so disheartening to see another young Black athlete get treated this way.  And it’s like this situation is a double-edged sword.  While he’s graduating a year early, he obviously can’t be a dummy because he’s getting his degree, right?  Or is this just another example of some young kid wanting to play professionally a little too quickly?  Who’s to stop this vicious cycle?  Or will it go on forever, as long as their are sports fans with the means and money to continue to see these young Black bucks playing for dollars?  Are we teaching our children that as long as you are a star on the baseball diamond, basketball court, or football field, you don’t need to read-just do well playing your game and you’ll get a free ride to play college ball then move on to play in the big leagues.  If this is what we’re teaching, we need to come up with a new lesson plan.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

This Week in the News

Happy Friday!  This week has been a pretty interesting week.  I am truly sad about the earthquake and tsunami that has hit Japan. I will pray for everyone affected by these events, and I hope you will do the same. 

Earlier this week, twin sisters Chardee and Charron Hampton gave birth to baby girls on the same day…in the same hospital…across the hall from each other…2 hours apart.  Congrats to the new babies and their family!  Both sisters are engaged and are contemplating a double wedding. 

It appears there’s about to a lockout of NFL players.  The players union and the owners have until 11:59 pm tonight to come up with a compromise.  From reading some of the comments on CNN.com, I have to say I’m in agreement with some of the people.  First off, these owners are greedy MFers…You want to DOUBLE the amount you take off top, but want your players to get paid the same thing?!?!   Honestly, the people who are really losing out are the fans, and quietly they’ve been losing out.  The NFL is a $9 BILLION industry.  Most of the true fans who want to attend games and support their favorite team can’t because tickets are so darn expensive.   This is just a case of people being greedy and looking out for self, but isn’t that America anyway?  What needs to be done is these owners need to donate some of this money to these victims in Japan.  But that’s another story for another day…

Felecia Pearson, better known as “Snoop” from “The Wire”, was arrested in a raid in Balitmore conducted by DEA agents and the Baltimore PD yesterday.   Apparently Snoop is no stranger to not abiding by the law, as she was charged with second-degree murder as a teenager and was also arrested in 2008.  In America, everyone is (supposed to be) presumed innocent until found guilty, so we’ll just end this story here.

Other minor events that happened this week include the break-up of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Charlie Sheen’s home got invaded, and Gabrielle Union went in on why she’ll never be a reality star Basketball Wife.   I hope you all have a great weekend!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

The Things Celebrities Do…

Happy Friday, folks!  Let’s get right to the news because we have no time to waste!

First, can we talk about Kim Kardashian freezing on stage with Prince?!?!?  Ya’ll know I heart Kim K., but she embarassed me (well…really herself) when she got invited to dance with Prince ONSTAGE and froze!!!  Even if I didn’t have any rhythm, I would have faked it.  I mean, how many people can say they danced with PRINCE-ONSTAGE?!?!  But Kimmy redeemed herself when 2 hours later Prince invited her back.  This time she was able to dance.  And I should hope so.  She moves everywhere else.  And speaking of Kim K., can I just mention that I hated her Super Bowl Skechers commercial and the fact she was whining about her nipple showing in “W” magazine?  Yeah, whack commercial and whining for no reason.  Pressing on…

I am SO disappointed with Mark Sanchez’s “alleged” relationship with this 17 year old.  But I feel more for this girl, not because I think she’s innocent or anything of the sort, but because she can’t make up her mind if she wants the world to know she banged an NFL quarterback or if she wants to keep him her secret.   Mark should have known that it was not in his best interest to mess with some kid…and that’s exactly what she is.  I’m really torn on this situation because I feel like they were both in the wrong.  But I have to think if I had the opportunity to be with a multi-million dollar athlete at 17 would I do it?  Probably not.  I actually came across a professional athlete while a Junior in high school, and I let him pass me by…but that’s another story for another day.

So, Rihanna is lessening some of the stipulations on her restraining order on Chris Brown so they can have contact?  I won’t comment but you guys can…

Another thing I’m not touching?  The whole fiasco with former N.Y. Congressman Chris Lee.  But you guys can.

In case you missed the FLOTUS on the “Today Show” this past Wednesday, take a looksie here!  #WeLovetheFirstLady

Ok, I’m finished!   What do you guys think about this week’s news?  What did I forget to mention?  Enjoy your weekend, be safe, and I’ll be back on Monday! Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Today’s Black History Month fact is about my alma mater, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University!  (The # 1 HBCU on the HIGHEST of 7 hills!)  FAMU was founded on October 3, 1887 as the State Normal College for Colored Students.   Florida A&M is currently the only publicly funded historically black college or university in the state of Florida.   FAMU has such a rich history and continues to be one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the US to grant undergraduate degrees to African-American students.

My Super Bowl XLV Recap

So I can admit defeat…and admit when I am wrong. I predicted the Steelers would be victorious in Super Bowl XLV…but alas, I was wrong. Congrats to the Packers. I guess since football season is officially over, I have to give all of my attention to the NBA (Go Celtics!). Due to the fact I have a great post for you tomorrow and I don’t want to inter-mingle football with my commentary, I’m giving you my recap of my night (and the game).

First, I mentioned to you guys that I was going someplace that I was really excited about going. That place was Liv, and the guest of honor, in town celebrating his 40th birthday, was Questlove of The Roots. He and I have some witty banter on Twitter (well, he responded to me once…maybe twice), so I was all set to introduce myself, have him put a face with the Twitter handle, and take some photos. But due to unforeseen circumstances (my two sorors and I were on different pages today-hey, it happens), I didn’t go, and instead went to another party outside of the District. Now, while I ate exceptionally well at my Plan B location (kudos to my friend L-Boogie), the satellite was not working, so we missed almost the 1st half of the game. Our party travelled to a friend’s house and watched the rest of the game. I was excited to see the Black Eyed Peas, as they were the first pop group to perform after the Justin/Janet issue in 2004. They performed a few of my fave songs, and because I was in mixed company and I’m darn near 30 years old, I had to refrain from singing out loud. :). I was equally excited to see my early high school crush Usher but was thoroughly disappointed because he didn’t actually sing. (But he danced his butt off!!!)

Now, for the 2nd half of this game. I’m glad the Steelers found some life in the locker room, but it was too little too late. In that sense they reminded me of my Jaguars-slow start and get some fire during half-time, but it’s still not enough. The good thing was that most everyone I was with was hoping the Steelers would win so no one felt left out. Big Ben made some stupid mistakes; all 3 of his turnovers resulted in TDs for Green Bay. It almost seemed at one point the Steelers were gonna give it away! But in any event, I’m glad I was able to actually watch a competition.

I have no clue what I’m gonna do until September. Maybe I’ll join a touch co-ed football league in the DMV-wait, does that even exist??? And who am I kidding? I wouldn’t play! What did you guys think of the game and the half-time performance? Oh, and we missed the National Anthem, but I heard Christina (Aguilera) forgot a verse; can somebody elaborate? Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

P.S. I forgot to talk about the commercials!  Apparently, I missed some of the best ones!  I LOVED the Chrysler commercial, the Mercedes was ok (how did they pick Diddy?!), and I love Kim K. but that Skechers commercial was whack.

Super Bowl Friday!

Happy Friday, folks!  I am in a GREAT mood! So much so I’m dancing, singing, and probably having my co-workers give me the #side-eye…but I’m ok with that.  Since we’re gearing up for the Super Bowl, today’s Black History Month fact relates to-you guessed it-football!

Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, was the first Black head coach of an NFL team to win the Super Bowl when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears during Super Bowl XLI. 

Since we’re all expecting to party this Sunday (I’m going for the Steelers, despite my feelings about Ben Roethlisberger), today’s “This Week in the News” post will highlight those who probably stopped partying a while ago…

First up, looks like Halle Berry is having a nasty custody battle with hunky ex-model Gabriel Aubry over their 2 year old daughter, Nahla.  Now, of course their friends are taking sides, with Halle’s friends claiming Gabriel is a racist jerk and Gabriel’s friends accusing Halle of sending expletive filled texts.   Why is it when the love is gone adults get stupid and start acting like children instead of PROTECTING their children???  If their main concern is the well-being of Nahla, shouldn’t they work out their differences (in private) and do what is best for the child?  And I will never understand why people have offspring with people they don’t like.  But that’s another post for another day…Oh, and if Gabriel really called Halle the “N” word, he needs to get dealt with.

We won’t talk about this long, but why are journalists surprised their getting attacked in Egypt?  I love Anderson Cooper, but just because you’re loved in the U.S. doesn’t mean people overseas love you.   People are upset, there’s social unrest, and people are behaving irrationally.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m staying as far away from Egypt as possible. 

It appears people are a little suspicious of Chelsea Clinton’s husband, Marc Mezvinksy.  The former Wall Street broker left his cushy job at G3 Capital Management to start hitting the slopes in Wyoming.  I think something fishy’s going on, but others (i.e. my “auntie” Madeline) thinks Marc was over the pressure of worker as a broker and wanted a more relaxed life.  Well, I hope he didn’t jump on the Clinton train thinking he was gonna coast through the rest of his life.

Super Bowl XLV– I think the Steelers are going to win.  And I’m excited about the Super Bowl I’m going to.  I’m not telling where I’m going only because I don’t want it to be any more saturated with folk that it already probably will be.  I can say it will be hosted by the drummer of a band I LOVE!!!  If you follow me on Twitter I may let it slip on Sunday! 😉

What’s going on in your worlds?  Anything happening in the news I didn’t touch on that you want to discuss?  If you plan on drinking this Sunday, please make sure you drink and drive responsibly.  We don’t need any senseless accidents, and I don’t want any of you to get in trouble with the law!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!