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Monthly Archives July 2009

Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54

e-lynn-harris-2 Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has died at the age of 54 during a West Coast book tour. Harris, an openly gay writer, self-published his first novel "Invisible Life" in 1991, selling copies from the trunk of his car. He became known for his novels about young, urban professionals and the portrayal of black men living as closeted gay men or on the "down low". A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Harris was the school's first black male cheerleader and the first black yearbook editor. The Doubleday writer was promoting his eleventh novel, "Basketball Jones," a story about a gay love affair with an NBA player. All of Harris' previous novels including "Just As I Am" (1995), "And This Too Shall Pass" (1996), and "I Say a Little Prayer" (2006) have made it onto the New York Times bestseller list
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Is Omer Bhatti Michael Jackson’s Secret Lovechild?

7611109 Photo by: Frode Hansen/VG/SCANPIX/Scanpix/PA Images Omer Bhatti, nicknamed O-Bee, dresses like, dances like, and some say looks like Michael Jackson. He even sat front row with the Jackson family at the King of Pop's memorial. So, is Bhatti in fact the biological child of Michael Jackson? Jackson's brother Jermaine told the Daily Mail, "If Omer's his son, he's his son. We won't deny it. We are going to give him the same love and care that we give Prince and Paris and Blanket. I can't clearly say if he is Michael's but I saw this kid around him." Michael Jackson had reportedly told friends that Bhatti, who is from Norway, was born after a one-night stand in 1984. The two first met in 1996 in Tunisia, when Bhatti was 12 years old. According to Stacy Brown, a Jackson biographer, Bhatti's mother Pia previously worked as a nanny for Jackson. Pia's Pakistani husband Riz, was reportedly one of Jackson's drivers. So if Bhatti isn't Michael Jackson's son, is his mother Pia at least the biological mother of Blanket? Check out the resemblance between Blanket and Bhatti as a child. Maybe the two boys are actually related to each other if not to Jackson. Bhatti is reportedlty seeking a DNA test to prove his famous lineage. omer-bhatti-childblanket-michael jackson-son-2 L to R: Omer Bhatti and Blanket
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Obama Comments On Gates’ Arrest: ‘The Cambridge Police Acted Stupidly’

President Obama commented on the recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates at his Boston, Massachusetts home at a press conference on Wednesday saying if he himself tried to "jigger" his way into the White House he'd "get shot" -which got a big laugh from the roomful of reporters. The President went on to say, "I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that, but I think it's fair to say, number one: any of us would be pretty angry; number two: that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and number three: what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately -that's just a fact."
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Foul Play: New Yorker Editor Says Henry Louis Gates Jr. ‘Arrested For Being Black at Home’

henrylouisgates.jpg Last week, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, was arrested by Cambridge police officers investigating a reported break-in. But the house he was accused of breaking into was his own. Today, New Yorker editor David Remnick has published an editorial on the arrest, calling foul play, echoing Gates' sentiments that no matter how accomplished, “This is what happens to black men in America.” "Gates was arrested for being black while at home," Remnick writes. The Washington Post also has an exclusive with Gates, where he says, "I studied the history of racism. I know every incident in the history of racism from slavery to Jim Crow segregation. I haven't even come close to being arrested. I would have said it was impossible."
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VIDEO: Chris Brown Finally Apologizes, Saying He’s ‘Truly, Truly Sorry’

Nearly five months after being arrested on domestic felony charges for battery to a female, Chris Brown finally releases a video in which he apologizes for his actions. Below is a transcript of Brown's apology:
Hi, I'm Chris Brown. Since February, my attorney has advised me not to speak out even though ever since the incident I wanted to publicly express my deepest regret and accept full responsibly. Although I would do some interviews and answer some questions in the future I felt it was time that you heard directly from me that I am sorry. I have tried to live my life in a way which can make those around me proud of me and until recently I think I was doing a pretty good job. I wish I had trhe chance to live those few moments again, but unfortunately I can't. I cannot go into what happened and most importantly I'm not gonna sit here and make any excuses. I take great pride in me being able to exercise self-control and what I did was inexecusable. I am very sad and very ashamed for what I've done. My mother and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that. I have told Rihanna countless times and I'm telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry, that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better. I recognize that I've truly been blessed -I've been blessed with a wonderful family, wonderful friends and fans. God has been generous in giving me the ability which has brought me fame and fortune. I have done a lot of soul searching and over the past several months I've talked with my minister and my mother and I spent a lot of time trying to understand what happened and why. I have let a lot of people done, and I realize that and no one is more dissapointed in me than I am. As many of you know, I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence and I saw firsthand what uncrotrlled rage can do. I have sought and I'm continuing to seek help to insure that what occurred in February can never happen again. And as I sit here today I can tell you that I will do everything in my power to make sure that it never happens again, and I promise that. What I did was unnacceptable, one hundred percent. I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please. I hope that others learn from my mistake. I intend to live my life so I am truly worthy for the term role model. Thank you.

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VIDEO: Lil’ Kim Sings (Not Raps!) ‘Time After Time’ with Cyndi Lauper At Mandela’s 91st Birthday Bash

Lil Kim' showed off her softer, folksy side at Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday celebration at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday. The Brooklyn rapper donned a pretty pink frock and accompanied Cyndi Lauper in a duet of the hit song "Time After Time." Kim sang sweetly and managed to hold her own with Lauper, even though the slow song was a great departure from Kim's usual high energy rap songs. Blindie loves how Kim managed to merge her own song "Put Your Lighters Up" with Lauper's timeless hit!
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Monthly Archives July 2009

Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54

e-lynn-harris-2 Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has died at the age of 54 during a West Coast book tour. Harris, an openly gay writer, self-published his first novel "Invisible Life" in 1991, selling copies from the trunk of his car. He became known for his novels about young, urban professionals and the portrayal of black men living as closeted gay men or on the "down low". A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Harris was the school's first black male cheerleader and the first black yearbook editor. The Doubleday writer was promoting his eleventh novel, "Basketball Jones," a story about a gay love affair with an NBA player. All of Harris' previous novels including "Just As I Am" (1995), "And This Too Shall Pass" (1996), and "I Say a Little Prayer" (2006) have made it onto the New York Times bestseller list
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Is Omer Bhatti Michael Jackson’s Secret Lovechild?

7611109 Photo by: Frode Hansen/VG/SCANPIX/Scanpix/PA Images Omer Bhatti, nicknamed O-Bee, dresses like, dances like, and some say looks like Michael Jackson. He even sat front row with the Jackson family at the King of Pop's memorial. So, is Bhatti in fact the biological child of Michael Jackson? Jackson's brother Jermaine told the Daily Mail, "If Omer's his son, he's his son. We won't deny it. We are going to give him the same love and care that we give Prince and Paris and Blanket. I can't clearly say if he is Michael's but I saw this kid around him." Michael Jackson had reportedly told friends that Bhatti, who is from Norway, was born after a one-night stand in 1984. The two first met in 1996 in Tunisia, when Bhatti was 12 years old. According to Stacy Brown, a Jackson biographer, Bhatti's mother Pia previously worked as a nanny for Jackson. Pia's Pakistani husband Riz, was reportedly one of Jackson's drivers. So if Bhatti isn't Michael Jackson's son, is his mother Pia at least the biological mother of Blanket? Check out the resemblance between Blanket and Bhatti as a child. Maybe the two boys are actually related to each other if not to Jackson. Bhatti is reportedlty seeking a DNA test to prove his famous lineage. omer-bhatti-childblanket-michael jackson-son-2 L to R: Omer Bhatti and Blanket
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Obama Comments On Gates’ Arrest: ‘The Cambridge Police Acted Stupidly’

President Obama commented on the recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates at his Boston, Massachusetts home at a press conference on Wednesday saying if he himself tried to "jigger" his way into the White House he'd "get shot" -which got a big laugh from the roomful of reporters. The President went on to say, "I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that, but I think it's fair to say, number one: any of us would be pretty angry; number two: that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and number three: what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately -that's just a fact."
Read More

Foul Play: New Yorker Editor Says Henry Louis Gates Jr. ‘Arrested For Being Black at Home’

henrylouisgates.jpg Last week, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, was arrested by Cambridge police officers investigating a reported break-in. But the house he was accused of breaking into was his own. Today, New Yorker editor David Remnick has published an editorial on the arrest, calling foul play, echoing Gates' sentiments that no matter how accomplished, “This is what happens to black men in America.” "Gates was arrested for being black while at home," Remnick writes. The Washington Post also has an exclusive with Gates, where he says, "I studied the history of racism. I know every incident in the history of racism from slavery to Jim Crow segregation. I haven't even come close to being arrested. I would have said it was impossible."
Read More

VIDEO: Chris Brown Finally Apologizes, Saying He’s ‘Truly, Truly Sorry’

Nearly five months after being arrested on domestic felony charges for battery to a female, Chris Brown finally releases a video in which he apologizes for his actions. Below is a transcript of Brown's apology:
Hi, I'm Chris Brown. Since February, my attorney has advised me not to speak out even though ever since the incident I wanted to publicly express my deepest regret and accept full responsibly. Although I would do some interviews and answer some questions in the future I felt it was time that you heard directly from me that I am sorry. I have tried to live my life in a way which can make those around me proud of me and until recently I think I was doing a pretty good job. I wish I had trhe chance to live those few moments again, but unfortunately I can't. I cannot go into what happened and most importantly I'm not gonna sit here and make any excuses. I take great pride in me being able to exercise self-control and what I did was inexecusable. I am very sad and very ashamed for what I've done. My mother and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that. I have told Rihanna countless times and I'm telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry, that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better. I recognize that I've truly been blessed -I've been blessed with a wonderful family, wonderful friends and fans. God has been generous in giving me the ability which has brought me fame and fortune. I have done a lot of soul searching and over the past several months I've talked with my minister and my mother and I spent a lot of time trying to understand what happened and why. I have let a lot of people done, and I realize that and no one is more dissapointed in me than I am. As many of you know, I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence and I saw firsthand what uncrotrlled rage can do. I have sought and I'm continuing to seek help to insure that what occurred in February can never happen again. And as I sit here today I can tell you that I will do everything in my power to make sure that it never happens again, and I promise that. What I did was unnacceptable, one hundred percent. I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please. I hope that others learn from my mistake. I intend to live my life so I am truly worthy for the term role model. Thank you.

Read More

VIDEO: Lil’ Kim Sings (Not Raps!) ‘Time After Time’ with Cyndi Lauper At Mandela’s 91st Birthday Bash

Lil Kim' showed off her softer, folksy side at Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday celebration at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday. The Brooklyn rapper donned a pretty pink frock and accompanied Cyndi Lauper in a duet of the hit song "Time After Time." Kim sang sweetly and managed to hold her own with Lauper, even though the slow song was a great departure from Kim's usual high energy rap songs. Blindie loves how Kim managed to merge her own song "Put Your Lighters Up" with Lauper's timeless hit!
Read More