This Week in the News

It’s a gorgeous day in the District!  I may go out, explore the city, take a leisurely stroll, enjoy some ice cream…ok, who am I kidding?  I’ll probably be at work most of the day.  But a girl can dream can’t she??? And speaking of dreaming…

Hopefully this story is not true.  If you’re a fan on Facebook, then you saw me mention this-Carmelo Anthony may have a secret love child.  Yep, I was just as shocked as you when I heard it.  It appears Carmelo’s trade to the Knicks is beneficial for him in more ways than one.  Rumor has it that he has an 11 month old whose mother lives in the NY area.  You all know I don’t normally report too much gossip on this blog, but I couldn’t let this go, what with LaLa Vazquez (Carmelo’s wife) having this show that centered around their wedding and her putting out for the world to see this wonderful relationship they have.  As a couple who lived together and had a baby without being married, I thought it was a little strange that they decided to go ahead and get married. But hey, who am I to say anything?  Besides, I love when people make a lifetime commitment to one another so I was happy.  I’m sure we’ll be keeping our eyes on this one…actually, I won’t be trying that hard as it’s none of my business. 

I don’t curse too much on this blog, but what the hell is going on in this city???  How does a child in elementary school get his or her hands on cocaine??? Yep, you read correctly.  Five students at Thomson Elementary School in Northwest were sent to the hospital after ingesting cocaine.  (Read the story here.)  What is happening in our homes?  What are we teaching our children?  Some parents seem to be upset with the school, but this really isn’t the school’s lacking in any area, IMHO.  The problem lies in the home of this child, who is being charged with possession of a controlled substance,  that brought the drug to school.  And who made the decision to arrest this child?  Or am I being naive because of the age of this student?  I don’t know, something’s just not right with this picture.  Department of Children and Families needs to become involved and visit the home.

As if DC doesn’t have enough issues, the Gray Campaign is being investigated by Congress.  Former city employee Sulaimon Brown, who was a minor mayoral candidate, claims he was asked by the Gray Campaign to attack former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty on the campaign trail.  Once Gray took office, Brown was given a job with the city that paid him over $100k a year.  Upon the discovery of his shady background and run-ins with the law, Brown was terminated.  Bitter and mad, he has come out with these allegations.  All I have to say is, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another…”

I’m not going to spend too much time on this one, but can I say I am shocked and appalled at the Department of Public Works???  DPW, which is responsible for writing and distributing tickets in DC, has racked up over $30,000 worth of parking tickets!!!  Over 90 vehicles have received tickets for various parking infractions.  Yeah, I’m over it. (And if I spoke with you about 2 weeks ago, you know why….)

What’s going on in your worlds?  I specifically didn’t talk about Libya and Japan.  It’s too much, and I’m not touching any of it.  I hope you all have a great weekend!  If you’re in the District, do like me (Idon’t think that’s correct grammar) and get out and enjoy this beautiful weather…because next week it’ll be back in the 50’s!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl..in the city!

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This Week in the News-Happy New Year!

So, it’s a new year, but of course “This Week in the News” isn’t going anywhere!  There have been a lot of things going on with celebrities, politics, and everyone, so let’s get started!

Isn't she fabulous!?!?!

First, if you haven’t seen her in awhile, Raven-Symone’ has lost some weight and looked GREAT at the People’s Choice Awards, but she’s not feeling her new thin self. (Read more here.)  Raven stated that she felt she looked fine at her heavier weight even though others didn’t, and she wears bigger clothes now to hide her thinner physique.  As a “thick girl”, I think I can relate to Raven.  Although I would like to tone a bit, I don’t think I would look good at a size 8;  I think I would look my best at a size 12-14.  But whatever size she is, I think she’s going to look good, because she’s simply a beautiful girl.

So, it appears that Tiny got caught giving her man, T.I., a hand-job when she was visiting him in prison…do I really need to say more on this?  Probably not, so moving on…

It looks like Toni Braxton is considering posing in “Playboy”.  The singer stated she will only do partial nudity.  I guess filing for bankruptcy for the 2nd time since 1998 has Ms. Braxton on hard times and looking to make some cash to pay off her debt.  But isn’t somebody going to counsel Toni and figure out HOW she ended up with this much debt (reportedly between $10 and $50 million) and help her so she doesn’t do this again?  I mean, come on, son!  I know I’m not the best at handling finances (I can admit my shortcomings and I’m working in doing better…actually I AM doing better.), but if I have to declare bankruptcy, you can bet your last dollar that I don’t do it again.  In any event, I’m sure the spread will be hot.  And I’m trying to decide if I’ll watch her upcoming show “Braxton Family Values” on WE TV, which debuts in April. 

Mayor Gray

Next up, DC has a new mayor!!! Vince Gray was sworn in as mayor of the District of Columbia this past Sunday.  I was able to watch it on TV.  And I had an opportunity to go to the Inaugural Ball…but did I go?? No. *deep sigh*  I thought because I was under the weather and had no voice, it would be in my best interest (and the citizens of DC) that I keep with my original plans.  But I did like seeing everyone’s pictures.

Of course I didn’t mention Elizabeth Edwards leaving her husband, John, out of her will, Ted Williams’ newfound celebrity, Khloe Kardashian’s new red hair (which I love), these birds that keep dying (it’s a sign of the end!) or the case I was on this week.  (I was the alternate juror in this case and was dismissed before deliberations began.)  What do you guys think?  Does Raven look better as a “Skinny Minnie” or as a “Thick Ums”?  Should Toni really pose in “Playboy”?  Did you attend the gala for Mayor Gray (who happens to be my neighbor, and I’m mighty perturbed I’m gonna miss him at our community association meeiting tomorrow)?   Feel free to comment on the other things I mentioned or failed to mention.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Last Week in the News

The first week of November was pretty busy.  And I couldn’t just very well let it pass without saying ANYTHING…so here goes.

First, mid-term elections.  DC has a new mayor (Congrats, to Vincent Gray), my home state of South Carolina elected it’s first female governor Nikki Haley, Lil’ Wayne got out of jail, and Marques Houston FINALLY responded to these allegations of sexual abuse by former B2K member Raz B

I guess I’ll start with the elections.  No big surprises in the city of Washington, DC.  But of course, there’s been a shift in the power on Capitol Hill.  I certainly hope Congress and the White House can work together before the 2012 election.  If not, America can get ready for a stalemate, gridlock, and NO CHANGE coming from our government.  As I like to stay optimistic, I’ll pray that our country starts making positive changes, addresses unemployment, healthcare, and education. 

Speaking of elections, despite lies, controversy, and being the underdog, Tea Partier Nikki Haley won the governor seat of the great state of South Carolina.   It’s funny because when I was home for my high school reunion in September, I saw her commercials all over Southern Mom’s tv screen.  When I asked who the Democratic candidate was, she couldn’t tell me.   I just truly hope that this does not mean SC will start turning back to the days of old.  Black people in SC have enough to deal with, so I hope it doesn’t get worse.  “YAY” to South Carolina electing a woman governor, but “BOO” to her being part of the Tea Party. 

Finally somebody is responding to these accusations.  For the past few weeks, Raz B has been accusing (again) former B2K manager Chris Stokes and singer Marques Houston of sexual abuse and misconduct during the heydey of the boy band.  A few years back, Raz made similar accusations, but recanted.  Now, he’s making videos and going on satellite radio drumming up allegations again.  Just last week, Marques Houston was granted a restraining order against his “You Got Served” castmate.   If these allegations are true, I do hope these men are brought to justice.  I really don’t want to talk about this too much because this is such a sensitive subject.  I will say I keep these people in my prayers, especially Raz B.  He needs to be able and available to raise his son. 

Lil’ Wayne was released from jail last Thursday!  I’m sure the hip hop world is excited, especially Young Money group member Nicki Minaj.  And there’s something about that little man that one of my linesister’s and I like.  And I’m sure at his welcome home party last week he got some girl preggers and a new little Carter will greet the world in 9 months. 

 I know there was TONS of other stuff that happened last week, and I could be here all day.  But I like you guys and want to ensure I hold your attention, so I’m out.  But please feel free to share your thoughts, especially on the elections and how they affected your city/state.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

This Week in the News

Hello, world!  This has been a CRAZY week!  Reggie Bush gave back his Heisman, Ines Sainz got sexually harassed, Vince Gray won the democratic nomination for DC Mayor, and the trailer for “For Colored Girls” was released.  So, maybe crazy is not an accurate word; let’s just say it’s busy…

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are TONS of events going on this weekend in DC.  And I’m missing all of them.  Most important, my alma mater, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will be playing Howard University this weekend.   For FAMUans, there is a hosptilaty suite tonight and the game and an after-party are happening tomorrow.   It’s also Congressional Black Caucus week.  There have been tons of events going on this week, everything from sessions to luncheons to parties.  I won’t be disappointed because I know I can attend all of the CBC events next year, and I know the Rattlers will beat up on the Bison on the football field!

On Wednesday, I was able to catch a sneak peek of the new Ben Affleck movie, “The Town”.   I must say I was thoroughly impressed.  The movie, also directed by Affleck, was very authentic and real.  Accents were so thick I could barely understand the actors.   Some people might get me, but I think this was better than “Takers”….But I urge you all to go see it when it’s released and see for yourself.

The DC/Baltimore area has seen so much tragedy over the last few weeks.  The man who held hostages and then was killed at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, the three men who were killed early Thursday morning in a Forestville, MD crash, and the unfortunate shooting that occured at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.  A man shot and injured a doctor and killed his mother before turning the gun on himself.   For those of you that pray, please keep these families and all those affected in your prayers. 

Lastly, I can say that I believe the city of Washington, DC may be shook up after Council Chairman Vince Gray beat current mayor Adrian Fenty.  With talks to Michelle Rhee, DC Public Schools Chancellor, leaving, I’m interested to find out what things will occur in my city once, and if, Vince Gray is officially voted in as mayor in November.

I can say I think it was whack that Reggie gave back the Heisman, I’m tired of hearing about Ines whatever her name is, and I’m wondering who takes a gun into a hospital…What’s on your mind folks?  What’s going on your worlds?  Please believe I will share some highlights from my reunion weekend with you guys next week.  Enjoy yourselves and if you’re in DC, party it up for me and cheer for FAMU!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

This Week in the News

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?!?  I know I am.  And it looks like the New Orleans Saints are, too, after their win last night against the Minnesota Vikings.  This Sunday, I will be travelling to Capital City Brewing Company to watch my Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Denver Broncos.  And one of my favorite guys is coming to watch the game with me!   Hopefully, the Jags can pull a W this week and have a great season.

I was so hyped about being able to vote early in DC, and procrastinator that I am, I have still not voted.  So I will be out with the masses on Tuesday casting my vote in the DC primaries.  And to add insult to injury, I STILL don’t know who’s getting my vote.  I can say that Vincent Gray is calling for an FBI and Metro Police Investigation into claims that a “Re-Elect Fenty” worker promised 4 district residents jobs if they voted for the Mayor.  Mayor Fenty denies these claims and  is asking that the focus be on the issues.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this turns out. 

Willow Smith being grown

If you didn’t know, Willow Smith, the 9 year old daughter of Will and Jada, has been signed to Roc Nation, the record label owned by Jay-Z.  While I admit her song “Whip My Hair” is catchy, I feel that it’s a little too grown for someone so young.  And her look is too much.  I feel like she’s a little outrageous for a child.  And Jay-Z had the nerve to call her the “next Michael Jackson“. Ummm, we’ll see, but I doubt it.  There’s only one MJ.

I hope the movie is as good as the book

There is a release date for Tyler Perry‘s new film “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Isn’t Enuf”.  The film is set to be released November 5 and has some heavy Hollywood hitters-Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Divine, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose, my personal fave Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Michael Ealy, Khalil Kain, and Richard Lawson.  While I wasn’t so geeked about Tyler doing the movie I hope these stars are able to create a masterpiece on the big screen.  I’ll probably read the book before the movie comes out…

So what’s going on in your world?  Who are you pulling for during Week 1?  And even though Governor Schwarzenegger signed “Chelsea’s Law”, I still haven’t heard anything new about Mitrice Richardson; yes, I will continue to bring her name up so we don’t forget about her or other African-Americans who go missing and no one seems to be doing anything to find them. (I purposefully did not discuss the pastor-I use that term loosely-in Gainesville, FL who has expressed an interest in burning the Qu’ran tomorrow to “commemorate” the 9/11 attacks.   If he wants to recognize that day burning someone’s Holy book is NOT the way to do it.) Have a great weekend, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

This Week in the News- DC Edition

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It’s FRIDAY!!! I hope you all had a great week!  Another work week is under our belts.  This is going to be a busy weekend for your girl. On Saturday, I have a barbecue and a birthday party to attend, and on Sunday, I have brunch (unlimited mimosas!), a meeting, AND a conference call! Whew, I’m tired just thinking about it!  In any event, let’s get this show on the road.  I decided to do a DC highlight of the news this week as a lot has happened, and I’ve had a chance to attend some great events and there has been some tragedies. 

First, sadly, another one of our young men has been murdered.  Sixteen year old Anthony Barnes was struck by a single bullet early Wednesday morning in Southeast DC.  The Maryland teen was visiting his brother, and the two decided to go to a local gas station to get a snack.  An older man approached the teen, and as he tried to flee, he was shot.  The reason for the attack is still unknown, and no arrests have been made.  Anthony was your typical teenager-he liked sports, music, and girls.  This death is a mystery to his family, and I’m sure the rest of the community.  I hope justice is served swiftly, and I wish his family peace while dealing with this tragedy.

On Tuesday, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the DC Mayoral Forum at the NCNW (National Council of Negro Women) Building.  As I was heavily involved with the political process when I lived in Florida, I was very happy to have this opportunity to attend this forum.   This will be my first time voting in the Nation’s capital, and I want to make sure I vote for the man who I think will do the best job.  First, Mayor Adrian Fenty.  He spoke about what he has done in his current administration, which is a lot, but I wish he would have spoken more on what he plans to do if re-elected.  Next, Council Chairman Vince Gray.  He had an answer for everything.  He had some great ideas as they pertained to Education and HIV/AIDS, but the thing that concerned me was he didn’t stand behind his vote for current DC Attorney General Peter Nickles.  Even if someone made a “bad” decision, you should stand behind it, because if you make “bad” decisions, are you going to apologize for them in the future???  Lastly, we have former newscaster Leo Alexander.  This man should be a comedian, seriously.  He made the audience laugh, and of course made shots at his two opponents.  He had some wonderful ideas; my only concern is are they realistic?  When I left on Tuesday, I said that I had made a decision-now I’m not sure.  I will definitely continue to do my research on all three candidates.

Last night, Anthony David came back to DC.  The opening act was a band called Ndelible.  They were really good, and the lead singer sounds very much like John Legend, whom I absolutely LOVE!  After about an hour, Anthony FINALLY made his way to the stage.  (You may have seen my tweets of aggravation.) Needless to say, my linesister and I, and probably everyone else, were tired and slightly agitated.  Turns out the drummer was late. (My linesister found out after talking to someone at the bar.)  I almost left, but I really wanted to see him, so we persevered and stayed.  And I’m glad we did.  The show was great, even though I didn’t get the opportunity to talk to him afterwards.  It was almost midnight, and I do have a job…The one thing I didn’t like is that there was no official announcement made regarding the delay of the show-the host didn’t say anything, nor the club personnel.  So if anyone from Liv comes across this post, or you know someone from Liv, please pass the message along-If there is an unforeseen delay in a performance, it’s customary practice to let the audience know what’s going on.  Thanks!)

So, that’s this week in news, DC edition!  What are your plans for the weekend? If you’re in the DMV, I’m sure you’ll be at FedEx Field for the Beltway Battle (Redskins vs. Ravens).  What are some things that happened in your city this week?  And feel free to comment on any topic that I’ve discussed.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

This Week in the News

Thank God it’s Friday!!!! This has been such a long week, and I am so glad it’s a long weekend.  No surprise, so much has happened this week.  I could comment on so much, but for the sake of time , I’ll just pick 3 or 4.

First, my condolences to the family of Sen. Robert Byrd.  The longest-serving Senator passed this Monday at age 92.  His burial will be Tuesday after a ceremony in Arlington, VA. 

This is just tragic.  Two brothers, Danny and Thomas Arnold, were arrested for molesting and impregnating a 10 year old girl…yep, unfortunately you didn’t read incorrectly.  Apparently this abuse has been going on for years, and thanks to an investigation by the Department of Family and Children Services, these men were arrested.  But that’s not the end of this sick story.  During the investigation, it was discovered that the two men were also having an incestous relationship with their 28 year-old aunt, Lisa Arnold.  This whole story is just REALLY disturbing.   Thankfully all 3 adults have been arrested, but I feel so bad for this little girl.  I believe her pregnancy was terminated, but it will take a long time for her to get over this, if she ever does.  There are some sick people in this world.  I just pray for this little girl and her family, and hope she seeks the solace she needs and can go back to being a child.  (Click here to read the story.)

Taking a page out of Jeremy London’s book, if you don’t want your family to talk about you in public, just file a restraining order against them.  That’s right, to stop his family from commenting on his recent abduction, Jeremy London filed a restraining order against his mother Deborah Nielson and his twin brother Jason.  It’s so sad when family members don’t get along, but it’s another thing when the law gets involved.  Hopefully, Jeremy will get the “alleged” help he needs and the family can recover from this turmoil, especially since Jeremy is requesting his mom and bro cover his attorney fees…

I must have been living under a rock in 2006, because I had NO idea that former VP Al Gore was under investigation for sexual assault.  Or this was kept very hush hush…In any event, Portland, OR authorities have reopened a case against Mr. Gore where a massage therapist alleges that he groped her in 2006.  When the allegations were first made, the therapist’s attorney set up interviews with authorities, but each one was cancelled by the lawyer.  Last January, police were able to sit down with the plaintiff, and based on the interview, decided to reopen the case.  I truly hope that this isn’t something that has any validity to it.  This would be just awful for Mr. Gore, especially as he proceeds with his divorce.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist or anything, but how coincidental is it that just last month the Gores decided to divorce, and now this comes up?  Could Tipper have known this was going to come out in the media and wanted to begin distancing herself from her husband??? Things that make you go, “Hmmmm…”

Apparently, DC Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee is a fan of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty…so much so that Rhee stated if Fenty is not re-elected this Fall, she may not stay on as Chancellor. Saying that DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray does not support education reform like the current mayor, and if he is elected, Gray may not be able to make the difficult decisions that need to be made.  Well, tell us how you really feel Chancellor Rhee.  While some people are happy with the changes that Rhee has made since she has been in office, she is said not to have that many supporters east of the Anacostia River, where students seem to be suffering.   This election gets more interesting by the day.

So I know today’s news seems a little dreary, but this is all I got.  I know you guys have some more, especially happy news-someone got married, someone won the lotto, someone got a promotion…something!   Please share!  Enjoy your holiday weekend!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!