Tell Us Why You Mad, Son-The Conclusion

This has been a week full of ups and downs.  Some things have happened that have made me smile while some things have pissed me off.  Some highlights of my week were that I finally sent in my dues for my 10 year reunion, I was able to connect with some old friends, and the creation of this series.  My last official assignment with the 31 Day Blogging for Branding challenge was creating a series.  I hope you all found the “Tell Us Why You Mad, Son” posts to be interesting and informative.  I did enjoy writing it.  And with it’s success, along with my “Relationship Week” series, I’m sure this won’t be the last one you see on this here blog!  So, to end out the week with some things that have made me mad.

First, who has the #1 movie in the country and gets arrested on drug possession charges??? Clifford Harris, aka T.I.  Can I just say that I am SO disappointed with him and his wife, Tameka Cottle, aka Tiny? And they have children to think about.  And what adds insult to injury is the fact that T.I. has been going to schools and speaking to children about how he’s changed his ways and from now on he’ll make better decisions.  The rumor is that Tiny is going to take the rap for her man.  Please believe I’ll be keeping my eye on this story.

Next, I’m not on Foursquare, but this week they launched an STD badge in connection with MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation.  For the new Get Yourself Tested campaign, this badge is to encourage sexual health responsibility with young people.  Now, I appreciate the awareness that is being put on getting tested.  I just really feel some type of way about an STD badge on Foursquare.  If I were to become involved with a dude, I’m not gonna say, “What does your Foursquare badge say?”  I’m going to ask him to see his papers.  But to each his own.  I’m hoping this has the predicted outcome that these organizations want.

I think we are all sick and tired of hearing about oil spills and explosions and the like.  But within the last 48 hours, an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana.  I just hope this oil nonsense comes to an end…quickly.

Lastly, I’m still pissed about Mitrice Richardson.  A few weeks ago, I wrote a post regarding her disappearance and the subsequent search that led to her remains.  One week after the disovery of her body, Rev. Al Sharpton asked for a federal investigation into her death.  The sad thing is that her story has fallen off of the radar.  After last week’s article, I haven’t seen or heard anything new about Mitrice; there hasn’t even been an official report on the cause of death, if there are any suspects, or what may have happened.  But we’re still talking about Casey Anthony and Elizabeth Smart.  I truly hope that Mitrice gets justice.

What made you mad this week?  What are your thoughts on the things I’ve shared today?  I hope you all have a safe, happy holiday weekend, and we’ll chat again next week! Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

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This Week in the News

Happy Friday, folks!  If you’re like me, you’re ready for the weekend! (But I guess I shouldn’t rush my life away!)  In any event, I’ve become privy to some pertinent and interesting information that I’ll share with you guys!

We all remember Jennifer Nicole Freeman aka Claire Kyle from “My Wife and Kids” (still mad ABC cancelled that show), the cute, ditzy, clumsy older daughter of Michael and Jay.  Well, Jennifer is all grown up and married to NBA point guard Earl Watson.  They are the proud parents of a 10 month old baby girl, and earlier this week, Earl filed for divorce claiming that Jennifer attacked him.  According to reports, after Jennifer received a late night text message at 11 pm on August 1, Earl took the phone, which resulted in Jennifer brazenly attacking him.  She hit and bit him.  Biting him resulted in blood being drawn.  She also attempted to throw an iron at him, but he stopped her.  Just this week, Earl decided to withdraw his petition for divorce, and the two have reconciled.  I hope Earl knows what he’s doing.  In most situations, abuse and violence only gets worse.  And society always has a tendency to empathize with a female victim of abuse and tell her not to go back.  I have the same advice for Earl;  if he does go back, Jennifer definitely needs to take anger management or some type of class to diminish these violent outbursts.

I won’t spend too much time on this, but radio talk show host Dr. Laura (Schelessinger) found herself in some hot water this week.  When a black woman called in to her show Tuesday to complain about her white husband’s friends using the “N” word around her, Dr. Laura went on a rant saying it’s confusing when black people say the word to each other as a term of endearment, but when other races say it, it’s offensive.   She then went on to use the word REPEATEDLY (read and listen to part of the conversation here).  In case any of you were wondering, it is NEVER ok to use derogatory names about ANY race.  I had a friend my freshman year of high school who was my buddy, and my friends and I nicknamed her “Black Girl”.  One day, she used the “N” word in front of me, after never hearing me say the word.  I kindly told her, “That’s not cool. Don’t say that around me anymore.”  She understood, never used the word again, and we continued to be friends until we graduated. (Haven’t talked to her in forever, but I do hope she comes to our 10 year reunion next month…oh, sorry, I’m getting off track.)  Moving on…

I know I’m a little late, but I didn’t congratulate the new married couples: T.I. and Tiny, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, Martin Lawrence and Shamicka Gibbs, Carmelo Anthony and LaLa, Brian Austin Greene and Megan Fox, and a host of others.   I heart love, and no matter their journey to the altar, I love when couples get married. (If you thought that was a jab at a certain pair, it was.  You get one chance to guess who…)

I know there’s some news I didn’t touch on, like the death of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, the confirmed death of former beauty queen Mitrice Richardson, and the baby girl born on 8/9/10 at 11:12 pm.  So feel free to share on any news that I’ve missed.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!