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!

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This Week in the News

It’s Friday.  A lot has happened this week, so let’s get right into it.

First, condolences go out to the family of Elizabeth Edwards.  The estranged wife of John Edwards died this past Tuesday due to breast cancer.  After being diagnosed, Edwards because an advocate for universal health care and for cancer patients.  Mrs. Edwards defintely made her mark on the American people and will be missed.

The day after Edwards passed, it was reported and later confirmed that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Her family has asked the public and fans for their prayers for the singer. 

Looks like President Obama’s party is going against him.  House Democrats voted down the president’s proposal on the extension of Bush tax cuts.  It seems that most caucus members are upset they were not consulted with the changes and feel like it’s too generous to the wealthy.  I wonder if this is a case of our politicians working for their constituents or a low blow to some egos…

Make sure you pay your taxes, people, because if you don’t, you could end up like Wesley Snipes.  As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the “Blade” and “To Wong Foo” star is going to federal prison for three years for tax evasion.  If you have an accountant, you better make sure they’re doing their job, because saying “I didn’t know” may not fly in front of the judge. 

Last night, Barbara Walters interviewed Oprah Winfrey.  And ya’ll know Ms. Winfrey doesn’t do interviews all willy-nilly.  I missed most of it, but the part I did see was pretty good.  Oprah wants God to use her until her uses her up (words inspired by the Bill Withers song). That’s pretty much what I got from the last 5 minutes I saw, which I think is pretty significant.  I’ll never take away from the success and great things that Oprah has accomplished, I just don’t think she makes her shows for me.  And I’ll leave it at that…

Alright folks, that’s all I’ve got.  Feel free to mention anything I missed and/or comment on anything I shared.  Enjoy your weekend, and stay warm.  Appartently it’s cold EVERYWHERE!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

P.S. I COMPLETELY forgot to mention that the love of my life, Prince Rogers Nelson (ya’ll might know him simply as Prince) made a surprise appearance on “The View” yesterday.  Although brief, his visit sure stirred up the audience…and Sherri.  He gave all the ladies tickets and looked like he was about to get comfortable until Sherri Shepard said she always wanted to sleep with him.  Prince hopped up like he was on fire and ran from the set!