45 Year old Jamie Foxx has joined the cast of the Amazing Spider Man 2. He will play "Electro" in which he will take on Electro's alter ego "Maxwell Dillion." Jamie being the great actor, transforms from that smooth cool cat that he is in real life to this nerdy guy. He sports flooding pants, a comb over which does not hide his apparent balding head, and coke bottle glasses. Can't wait to see it. Read more at www.globalgrind.com
Jada Pinkett Smith stopped by Huff Post Live to chat with host Marc Lamont Hill about her latest project “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners.” A documentary about historical political icon African American Professor and Civil Rights Activist Angela Davis.
Jada one of the producers of the movie talked about the work of Angela Davis and others who were actively involved in the struggle for the equality of people not only in America but around the world. Acknowledging that their dedication and determination has shaped the very different world that we now live in, especially in America. When she found out about the documentary, she knew that she had to be involved in any way possible.
The movie directed by Shola Lynch, centers around the trial of Angela Davis, and her connection to the Marin County Courthouse takeover. In August of 1970, 17 year old high school student Jonathan Jackson, an observer of a trial involving three San Quentin inmates pulled out a gun and held up the courtroom. He armed the three inmates then took the Judge, the DA and three female Jurors hostage.
The 17 year old moved the hostages outside where a van was waiting and a sawed off shotgun was taped to the Judge’s chin. Before the men could escape, a gun battle ensued between the four men and the police. By the time it was over, the heads of the judge and two of the inmates had been blown off and two hostages were wounded.
The three men were inmates of Soledad Prison and thus known as the Soledad Brothers. They were on trial in connection with the stabbing of a prison guard which was in retaliation for several African American inmates being killed by another guard. The killings were believed to be a result of the political activism taking place within the prison.
How was Angela Davis connected? She was a supporter of the Soledad Brothers, romantically involved with one of the defendants, and the guns used in the attempted getaway were registered to her. She was charged with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder. After spending months in jail, Davis was acquitted by an all white jury on all charges.
Jada as tiny as she is has an infectious laugh that can start a chain reaction of giggles in a packed room. She is funny, down to earth and can shoot the breeze with anyone. But she can quickly become serious when it comes to her beliefs and values.
She not only spoke about her involvement in the film but she talked about being a public figure and the scrutiny that she and other Hollywood celebrities face by some on a daily basis. Believing that just because an individual is famous, that does not give anyone the right to project their hate and prejudices onto them.
She also talked about women who inspire her. Michelle Obama she calls on when she needs a little encouragement, eluding to the fact that even she needs a little push now and then. Salma Hayek her girlfriend who shares her passion for the arts. And of course her mother who has taught her much.
Finally the question on the minds of many. Marc Lamont asked Jada if the success of her marriage to Will Smith, one of the biggest stars in the world, is due to the fact that they have an open marriage? Jada laughed and said that those rumors were started because of some of the ways that she answered questions about their relationship in the past. She did say that it can be difficult being part of a celebrity couple because people romanticize about celebrity couples. The public tends to believe that they are somehow different from everyone else and that they possess the ideal relationship. Jada scoffed at that notion. That could not be further from the truth. Celebrities have the same challenges and go through the same ups and downs as anyone.
She did say that Will is her best friend and has been supportive of her through many difficult situations in her life.
Jada didn’t really confirm or deny that she and Will Smith have an open marriage, but did say that she has always told Will:
“You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be ok. Because at the end of the day Will is his own man I’m here as his partner but he is his own man and he has to decide who he wants to be. And that’s not for me to do for him, or vice versa.”
You go Jada. I can’t wait to see the film. I will definitely take my family. Angela Davis is a part of American History.
Congratulations to Ms. Janet Jackson. Correction, congratulations to Mrs. Al Mana. That’s right, my girl went and did the damn thing. She got married to that hot rich and yes younger business tycoon Qatari-born retail entrepreneur Wissam Al Mana.
People Magazine reported that the gorgeous couple tied the knot last summer in a private ceremony. The two chose not to exchange wedding gifts, but instead donate to each other’s favorite children’s charities. How beautiful, and of course so appropriate. As rich as they both are, what could they give each other that they don’t already have or haven’t already given?
Truth be told, I am not surprised that Janet got married without public knowledge of the nuptials. In spite of her being recognizable all over the world, she has been able to keep some aspects of her life private. Her two previous marriages were done quietly. She kept them a secret for quite some time.
Janet eloped in 1984 when she wed her first husband, 1980’s R&B singing group and family member James DeBarge. No one knew of the marriage until there were reports about the marriage being annulled. I am huge Janet Jackson fan. Back then I liked to keep up with what she was doing. I heard about the marriage and the annulment at the same time. I remember thinking Annulment? Really? Who knew she was even married?
By the time the media found out about their union, Janet and James had been married for about a year. The two divorced shortly after their marriage went public amongst reports that her family was not happy, and insisted that she end the marriage. Rumors were flying around that James DeBarge was knocking her around.
In 1991 Janet did it again. She married her backup dancer Rene Elizondo. The public didn’t find out about that marriage until almost 10 years later when Rene filed for divorce. Why he divorced her isn’t clear. But what is clear is that Janet upgraded Rene Elizondo for sure. He went from a backup dancer to being the husband of one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She gave him songwriting credit on almost all of her albums during the time that they were married. That credit translated into big bucks for Rene. Word is that that he cheated on her repeatedly.
This time Janet decided to step up above her multi-million pay grade. Her new husband Wissam is a 37 year old Middle Eastern business tycoon worth only about $1 billion dollars. He is one of the richest luxury retail investors in the Middle East. He along with his 3 brothers own the Al Mana Retail Luxury Company. The company represents some of the hottest designer fashion around the world. Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli to name a few. He owns stock in Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait. He also owns an Armani Exchange flagship store in Qatar.
During an interview with VMAN Magazine In November 2011 when asked if the two were dating, Al Mana said "I don't date Janet Jackson. She is my girlfriend; there is a difference. She is a very special and talented woman who never ceases to amaze me. When asked if he is with his dream? “I think a man's dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I'm fortunate to be dating my dream woman now.”
I am happy for her. Janet loves hot men. I mean she is successful and rich so she doesn’t need to marry for money. If only marrying someone gorgeous could guarantee her a happy marriage. Her two ex-husbands were good looking as well. But Wissam doesn’t only have good looks, he is fine and wealthy.
We will all have to see what the future holds for Janet Jackson. But if it ends up that she has to again live in a dog house, it might as well be the glorious one Wissam Al Mana owns. Too Cynical. What can I say, I am getting older. LOL
April 5, 2013. I came across photos of tennis superstar Serena Williams and her unconfirmed boyfriend on the internet. Unconfirmed meaning that Serena says that the two are just friends. A couple of things prompted me to comment on the two of them. First, I was taken aback by some of the negative comments that were made in reference to the two of them dating.
Now we all know that the internet can be good and bad. Good in that it’s an invaluable resource of information. Bad in that anyone can anonymously comment on any post. Needless to say the internet attracts an endless amount of faceless haters who drink a never ending supply of hateraid. There were so many people hiding behind their keyboard hating on Serena with respect to her white male friend. Everything from attacking her as a black women, to calling her a sellout to the black race. As if that wasn’t bad enough some went as far as to attack her appearance. I am sure Serena being the superstar that she is didn’t care, but I was outdone.
This was surprising to me because similarly when there is an article or a picture of a black man dating a white female, most of the comments are positive even describing the two as “so cute together.” Why the double standard? More importantly why in the year 2013 does it matter?
I live in California where it is commonplace to see interracial couples daily. Albeit it is mostly black men with white women or black men with women of all races for that matter. But you do see your share of black women dating white men. No one seems to care or be put off by it. However the negative and foul remarks directed at Serena got me to thinking. In American today, do we care about people dating out of their race? Do black women care if black men date white women? Do white women care if white men date black women? Do white men care if white women date black men? Do black men care if black women date white men?
Before I was married to a black man I did date white men. I have been married for several years, so that was some time ago. But even back then, except for a few double takes it did not seem to bother anyone I came in contact with. Maybe the double takes were because we looked good together? But seriously, do most people feel that everyone should stick with their own race?
I did ask a black man who has dated white women how he feels about black men dating white men. He said that he cannot explain why, but that black men can date whomever they want no matter what race, but a black women should stick with black men. Though he could not tell me a specific reason why he felt that way. He said “that’s just the way it is.”
I have a friend named Tracy who is a black, female and divorced. She and I were having lunch together one day when 2 different interracial couples came through the restaurant. All black men with white women. She asked me if I had ever dated outside of my race. You see she and I met after I was married. So she did not know me during my wild single years. I told her that I had. Her response was “really?” I then asked her if she had dated anyone outside of her race. She said no. But not because she is not open to it, but because she has never been asked out by anyone other than black men. I asked Tracy the reason for her question? She replied that because there so many black men dating and marrying white women, her options are dwindling. Feeling that in some ways that white women are taking something that black women are running short on. Tracy also said that she does not like it when black men dating white women bash black women in the process. Stating “black men dating white women should not be about what black women lack.” I agree with her on that.
One thing I don’t understand is when black men date white women, why do they feel that they have to be so rude to black women? Are they dating white women because they find them attractive and because they have something in common with them? Or are they punishing black women for some reason? Maybe it’s a defense mechanism. Being that they feel that black women are angry with them for dating out of their race. I am here to tell you that is a stereotypical myth. Largely black women don’t really care who black men date. One thing is for sure. Black women dating out of their race is not about being disappointed or angry with or giving up on black men. Real talk.
But back to Serena and her white boyfriend. I feel that in 2013 everyone should feel free to date whom they want no matter what race. But I don’t think that it should be exclusive. Maybe one day you wake up you want black coffee. Maybe one day you wake up you want milk in your coffee. Maybe one day you wake up you just want a cup of milk. And if you are the person who likes black coffee only or no coffee at all but milk only. Do your thing. But let everyone live their lives without judgment.
Snoop Lion formerly know as Snoop Dog, teams up with music artist Drake and his daughter Cori B., in his latest video "No Guns Allowed."
The track is taken from the rappers upcoming album "Reincarnated" which is slated to be released later this month. Snoop says that he has been reborn and is straying away from the messages of old. He has grown up and is now interested in spreading a message of peace.
The star says that No Guns Allowed "is a powerful song and we hope to spread a powerful message. We've seen too much bloodshed involving guns and we want to prevent the next incident from happening. "
"That’s what it’s all about, trying to bring awareness and push love and peace." The lyrics are on top of reggae beats "No guns allowed in here tonight, we're gonna have a free-for-all, no fight." No guns."
Katherine Jackson, mother of King of Pop Michael Jackson, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoters AEG for the death of the superstar.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of “acute proposal intoxication.” According to court documents, Mrs. Jackson and each of Michael Jackson’s three children, are seeking over 50 million dollars in general damages. They are also seeking an additional 10 million in special damages, including loss of potential earnings by Michael Jackson.
The Jackson family believes that AEG is responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to supervise Michael Jackson’s medical care. Dr. Murray is not named in the lawsuit, although he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and is presently serving a four year prison sentence for illegally administering the anesthetic Propofol to the star.
The Jackson family contends that that the media giant was only concerned with the millions of dollars they stood to make from the “This is it” concert tour. They ignored numerous red flags concerning the care that Dr. Murray was giving to Mr. Jackson.
In a statement to CNN, AEG says that they were not involved in the daily care that Dr. Murray was giving to Michael Jackson because of doctor patient confidentiality. They state that Dr. Conrad Murray was not an employee of AEG, but was chosen by Michael Jackson to be the icon’s personal physician. They intend to prove that Michael Jackson was addicted to drugs and ultimately responsible for his own death.
April 2, 2013. Back on January 24, 2013, Manti Te’o a Linebacker for the University of Notre Dame and candidate for the Heisman trophy, told Katy Couric that he was the victim of a hoax. In an appearance on her daytime talk show, he stated that he was manipulated into believing that a girl that he met on facebook and fell in love with, was Polynesian and Samoan like him. For two years he shared a pen and phone relationship with what he thought was a beautiful dark haired girl named Lennay Kekua. She was real and he had pictures that she had sent to him to prove it. They started out as friends during his freshman year, but things got serious when he became a junior. They talked on the phone for hours. Too bad Lennay Kekua did not exist. It was all a terrible lie.
A guy name Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was behind it all. He is the one that established a relationship with Manti for the last two years. But how could this be? Not only did Manti have pictures of Lennay, but he talked to her on the phone. They became even closer when she told him that her father died, and then later said that she was diagnosed with Leukemia, which he mentioned in an interview with ESPN on June of 2012. Who and where is that girl?
No one knows who or where that girl is. But the girl in the pictures for sure is not Lennay Kekua. It’s a girl named Diane O’Meara. In an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper, Diane said that she knew nothing of this mess until two days before the story broke publicly. That’s when Ronaiah Tuiasosop a former classmate of Diane O’Meara called her to confess that he had been stalking her facebook page and downloading her pictures, so that she could be the face of a fake identity that he created to deceive Manti Te’o. Wait there is more.
In April 2012 the fake Lennay’s brother called Manti to say that Lennay had been in a car accident. However, months later she supposedly recovered and Lennay and Manti’s romance continued.
The stuff hit the fan on September 12, 2012 when Manti Te’o’s grandmother died. Hours later the fake Lennay’s brother called Manti extremely upset, shouting that Lennay had died of leukemia. Of course Manti was distraught over the two losses. He later lost it in the locker room, knocking and kicking over things. He was inconsolable. Unfortunately Manti’s coaches talked about his drama during a news conference, and the story went viral. In December Manti gets a text message along with photo stating that Lennay was in fact still alive.
Katie asked Manti why he continued to lie to the press about Lennay dying even though he knew she supposedly did not die. Manti told Katy whom he shares a publicist with, that he found out that he had been duped a couple of days before the Heisman Trophy Ceremony. He said that when questioned by the press regarding his loss, he continued to perpetuate the story by dedicating the season to his dead girlfriend and grandmother, because he was too embarrassed to tell the truth, and was “overwhelmed” and angry, and didn’t know what else to do.
What a story. This drama happens all too frequently. People creating fake profiles and putting them on social media. Today people meet on twitter, facebook and various dating sights. It’s easy to see how someone could be fooled. And what’s up with the guy Ronaiah who made up this craziness. Is he gay? Does or did he have intimate feelings for Manti? Did he come up with this elaborate scheme to trick Manti into falling for him later to let himself be known, hoping Manti would be so drawn to him that it would not matter that he was a man and not a women? Did he hope to ultimately gain something else from Manti? Maybe money? Drama. That’s another story for sure. By the way, Manti did confirm to Katie that he is not gay.
Men definitely can loose their head over a beautiful women, even if it’s a picture. That’s why books like King, XXL, Playboy and Hustler are so popular. But some question how this social media romance could go on so long without Manti demanding to meet this girl in person?
According to Manti, he did attempt to meet with her, but something always got in the way. Really Manti? For two years? Even when she was supposedly in the hospital in Los Angeles dying of leukemia where he was at the same time, he did not visit her. He said that it was because he was in between flights and ran out of time. He did not fit into his schedule time to visit his terminally ill girlfriend, someone he previously said was the most beautiful girl that he had ever seen.
Maybe he was just too busy being a star college athlete. Plenty of perks go along with that, including many other beautiful healthy women. I guess he wasn’t so in love with Lennay after all. I mean he is in his early twenties and wisdom is definitely not a virtue at that age. But being gullible and naïve can be used to describe most twenty something year olds. Most of us have done stupid things and made bad decisions when we were that young.
Some question whether or not Manti may have been a part of the hoax himself. I don’t see how that would benefit him. Although the story made him a household name, it surely would not help him win the Heisman Trophy or land him a spot on a professional football team. Me thinks that the world should go back to a simpler time when people socialized not by social media or text messages, but met up and interacted face to face.
Shain Gandee star of MTV's funny and entertaining hit reality series "Buckwild was was found dead.
As reported by the West Virginia Daily Mail, Kent Carper, President of the Kanawha County Commission, stated that the body of Shane, the body of his 48 year old uncle David Gandee, and the third body of 27 year old Donald Robert Myers was found dead at the end of a muddy dirt road inside of a Ford Bronco. The three died of carbon monoxide poisoning,
Shane and his uncle had been missing since Sunday, but were last seen at a bar in Sissonville at approximately 3:00 a.m.
MTV said in a statement to Fox411 “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.”