September 24, 2009

Live at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh

July 21, 2009

"The sky is no longer the limit ... "

So says California teen Kimberly Anyadike, who made aviation history by becoming the youngest African-American female to fly coast-to-coast. I had to chance to chat with Kimberly and her mom recently; I couldn't help but flashback to the inspiring words of President Obama as he addressed NAACP convention delegates in New York ...

Click on arrow to listen to snippets of my conversation with Kimberly.


June 25, 2009


Shock waves in entertainment today, the man known as the 'King of Pop' dies suddenly of cardiac arrest. I was speechless upon hearing the news earlier this afternoon as were many of my friend and colleagues. No matter what you may think about him and his personal trials and tribulations, there's no denying the legacy he leaves behind in the entertainment industry.

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I never met Michael, but did get to meet his brother Marlon during his visit to KMJQ/Houston in 1986.

Michael Jackson, 50, Is Dead

By The New York Times

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This post is written by Jon Pareles, Ben Sisario and Brian Stelter in New York and Brooks Barnes in Los Angeles.
Michael Jackson, the singer, songwriter and dancer who earned the title “King of Pop” in a career that reached unprecedented peaks of sales and attention, died Thursday, a Los Angeles city official said. He was 50.

Reaction From Around the World Readers across the globe described what he meant to them and how they viewed the legacy of his music and career. Share your comments and photos here.

Michael's death came on the same day as the death of actress Farah Fawcett. Michael's passing, sudden and unexpected; Farah's very sad and much anticipated, as she allowed cameras to document her courageous battle with cancer for months. Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett, both legends in their own right. Both will be missed.

Your thoughts on the passing of two entertainment legends.

May 19, 2009


Angelo Mendoza Jr.

Those words from a 4-year old boy who was found by a neighbor naked, unconscious, and covered in blood on the floor of his home. Police called to the scene discovered that the boy was missing an eye and the other was terribly damaged. Little Angelo Mendoza Jr. told police, "My daddy ate my eyes."

What on earth possesses a man to do this to his beautiful young child?!?!

People like this don't deserve the rights afforded to them by the criminal justice system!

Your thoughts?

May 15, 2009

Good-bye to Jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale

Former OU, NBA great, and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale has died

Wayman, Dave Koz, Me/Philly 2005

Wayman Tisdale was truly one of the nicest, God-fearing men in entertainment. He will be missed!
TULSA -- Tisdale's wife, Regina, confirmed the sad news Friday morning. Wayman, who was just 44-years-old, died at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

Wayman had been battling cancer for the past two years. Last year, he had his right leg amputated below the knee in hopes of stopping the cancer, but his fight had continued.

He was a basketball standout at Booker T. Washington, Class of '82. Then he went on to the University of Oklahoma where he was a three-time First Team All-American.

From there he went to the Olympics in 1984 where he and his team won the gold medal.

He was drafted to the NBA and had a great career there.

Wayman also had a whole second career in the music industry as a jazz bassist, combining, funk, blues, and complex syncopated jazz rhythms to achieve notoriety in that field.

At a Legacy Award dinner last month, friends had noticed that Wayman had lost about 30 pounds.

According to the Tulsa's NewsChannel 8, Wayman was emotional at that April 16th Legacy Award ceremony, explaining how his family had helped him through this tough fight.

"And to my wife... she's been with me through thick and thin. And I know God gave me the right woman..." Wayman said. "Also, to my kids. My son. Come here boy. He had to grow up overnight. And become the man of the house overnight. And, there's not one day that goes by before he goes to bed that he says 'Dad, do you need anything?' And, I love you man."

Please keep the Tisdale family in your prayers.

May 12, 2009


It's a fairytale that's been told in many different versions the world over; a beautiful princess kisses a lowly frog which then magically transforms into a handsome prince. The newest version featuring Disney's first African American princess, has an interesting twist ...

Of course the story doesn't end there, but some are offended that in this version of this classic fairytale about "the most magical kiss the world has ever known", the first black princess becomes a frog.

Your thoughts?


Terrence Howard ... James (voice)

John Goodman ... Eli 'Big Daddy' LaBouff (voice)

Keith David ... Dr. Facilier (voice)

Anika Noni Rose ... Princess Tiana (voice)

Oprah Winfrey ... Eudora (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Ray (voice)

Jenifer Lewis ... Mama Odie (voice)

Bruno Campos ... Prince Naveen (voice)

May 06, 2009


You really don't!

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"An acidic body is a breeding ground for disease, but no disease can exist in an alkaline environment." REPEAT ... A
n acidic body is a breeding ground for disease but NO disease can exist in an alkaline environment.
Dr. Otto Warberg/Wolfe Holistic Health Clinic, British Columbia Canada

Dr. Otto Warberg received the Nobel prize for discovering the cause of cancer - this being lack of oxygen (or low alkaline pH). Scientists have found that healthy people have systems that are alkaline.

Two approaches exist today as to the best way to prevent or alleviate disease conditions:

* One wants to add toxins (poisons/prescription drugs) to a sick body, the idea is that the toxins will "fight" the illness. In other words, just give the patient toxic drugs and you sometimes get an immediate improvement; that is, if treatment is effective, no more disease symptoms.

** The other wants to remove toxins from a sick body, this is also called detox, the idea is that the toxins cause the disease. Detox removes the toxins and allows the body to heal itself ... REPEAT ... Detox removes the toxins and allows the body to heal itself.

The latter works!

It is possible to 'eat yourself well'!!
Eating more fruits and raw vegetables will help alkalize your body; remember disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment.

Transitioning to a more alkaline diet-- more raw veggies and fruits-- can go a long way towards improving your overall health. It requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle and discipline to stick with it.

I've evolved to a more vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, and yes sometimes I fall off the wagon, but the amazing thing about it is when I do, my body lets me know ... "girlfriend get back on!!"
I feel so much better inside and out. And being an avid cook, it's been a challenge but also fun learning new healthier ways to cook old favorites.

Multi-award winning artist Kirk Franklin teams with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about about heart disease and stroke which are by-products of a poor non-alkaline diet.

Kirk Franklin
"Fight of Our HEALTH" Tour



May 01, 2009


Having my way with veggies and a crock pot...
Homemade vegetable soup
Zucchini, summer squash, carrot, red and green peppers onions, broccoli, tomatoes, celery, green beans, basil, oregano ...

Add water to crock pot and cook slow

Add chicken (optional)

Pasta and veggie stuffed roasted peppers ...!

Brown rice pasta, green/yellow zucchini, red onions, roasted peppers, spinach, garlic and other spices, roasted tomatoes... delish!    Lots of nutritious veggies, and the bran in brown rice pasta contains lots of dietary fiber and the germ contains many vitamins and minerals... much better than white pastas.

Red quinoa (like rice but packed with protien) with veggies... For the health conscious!

Carrots, peas, spinach, and bean spouts ... !

Quinoa is billed as a grain, but it’s actually a high-protein, super-nutritious seed that is as tasty and versatile as it is healthy.

April 28, 2009


The Chevy Vega-GM/Lordstown, OH (1970's)

My first car was a Vega, a white one with maroon interior, purchased in 1980!

My dad--a former auto worker--worked faithfully at an Ohio General Motors plant for decades, first as an hourly employee, later as a foreman, and before his retirement, the parts manager;  his duties at one time included ordering parts from various suppliers around the country.

I remember vividly, the day he came home talking about how he was asked to order this one particular part from Mexico. He said, "I refused to do it". Of course you have to have known my dad to know what that actually meant. If he he didn't agree with something, he'd let you know in no UNCERTAIN terms FOR SURE! Anyone whoever has been on the receiving end knows what I'mtalkin'bout! (smile).   I was very young and didn't quite know what all of the fuss was about at the time.

Anyway, as the child of a GM worker. I benefited from all of my dad's benefits. My siblings and I had a good life, oooh and we always had the latest 'rides'--GM models of course! My favorite was that maroon Pontiac Grand Prix, by then I was a high schooler WITH a driver's license! HOT DOG!! You couldn't tell me nuttin'!

So now, over 30 years later, GM is on the verge of collapse and planning to phase out the storied Pontiac brand. I--as do many others--watch in disbelief as the company frantically works to stay afloat.

Will it survive?
Dad is in heaven now, I wonder, 'What he's thinking?'

                            Dad and mom back in the day ...

Your thoughts on the auto crisis? Cast your vote in the poll.

April 24, 2009


She doesn't get much, but the the First Lady of the United States need a little 'ME TIME' too!! Entertaining a group of youngsters at the White House for 'Take Your Kids to Work Day' the First lady said she likes to wander away from the White House every now and then. She told the kids she and her crew once got to go to the Five Guys hamburger chain ``and nobody knew it.' By 'nobody' she meant the reporters who are assigned to track her every move. She doesn't go anywhere outside the grounds without her Secret Service security detail.


April 21, 2009


Associated Press photo

The lone surviving Somali pirate from this month's high seas hostage drama arrived in the U.S. last night. Seen in photos handcuffed and shackled, 16-year old Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse SMILED for the throngs of reporters outside a federal jail.
Does he realize what's happening to him?

According to reports he told his captors "We're just hungry and poor, please don't kill me."
Muse was reportedly outside his home in a small town in Somalia when armed pirates came and got him.

Do you have sympathy for this for young Somali pirate?

Complete story:

April 20, 2009


Obama impersonator ... funny and ON POINT!!!

MTV News sat down with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama back in November. Interviewer Sway asked several question from MTV viewers including one about ... SAGGING PANTS!

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Complete interview here>>>>

April 19, 2009

~'Tweens' ... crazy for Obama girls ...


Two young black girls who are NOT gyrating their hips ... NOR shaking their butts ... NOR showing off most of their body parts ... are the latest craze!!