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Awesome Love Song for The Obamas

 

This just about made me cry. Enjoy and tell us what you think!

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This guy is REALLY singing the Brady Bunch theme

Good Lord! Somebody say CHURCH!!! I think Craig Lewis myspace.com/craiglewisband1 would tear a church house down with that voice. That’s right…follow your dreams son. I like this a little more than the Jamie Foxx verison.

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Black Pastors protest Planned Parenthood

EURweb.com – A group of black pastors, pro-life activists and a Republican congressman demonstrated at Planned Parenthood offices in the nation’s capital (1108 16th Street, Washington, DC) to protest an alleged pattern of racist practices by the abortion provider.

ArticlesofInformation.com also reports that the protesters are demanding Congress stop funding Planned Parenthood, which received more than $336 million in government grants and contracts in the most recent fiscal year, according to the organization’s annual report.

The protesters presented documentation of an undercover investigation, which included a conversation between an actor and a Planned Parenthood representation on tape, reported by WND, in which a pro-life student magazine, at UCLA, found Planned Parenthood staffers in seven states were willing to accept a financial donation “targeting” the abortion of unborn black babies.

For more info, check out…Planned Parenthood Puts A Hit Out On Black Children – By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

“What made us as black leaders decide to address the issue at this point in time? I cannot speak for all the other ministers, but I believe that my concerns are shared by many of them. The simple answer is that so many reports about Planned Parenthood’s blatant disrespect for the law have recently surfaced that it required response immediately. I believe that before these court cases and accusations become old news, people of conscience of all races must stand up and be counted.”

“Known as a eugenicist who spoke of sterilizing those she designated as “unfit,” founder Margaret Sanger had no love in her heart for blacks. Today scholars have discovered the following statement written by Sanger, “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” As a result the black community is disproportionately affected by the posture, placement, and philosophy of this organization. Over 1,200 black babies are aborted every day in America which amounts to over 35% of the total number of babies aborted in the nation. This genocide teamed with the rise of HIV/AIDS deaths and murders may lead to negative population growth.”

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Star Jones files for Divorce

NEW YORK (From the Associated Press) — Three years after tying the knot in a spectacular, over-the-top affair that caused some backlash, Star Jones has decided to end her marriage to banker Al Reynolds.

The 46-year-old TV personality quietly filed divorce papers March 26 in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan. The records are sealed, syndicated entertainment show “Entertainment Tonight” reported Wednesday.

But a representative for SHADOW PR, which represents Jones, confirmed to The Associated Press that she is seeking to end the union.

In a statement to “Entertainment Tonight,” Jones said: “Several years ago I made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life. A month ago I filed for divorce.

“The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life that requires privacy with one’s thoughts. I have committed myself to handling this situation with dignity and grace and look forward to emerging from this period as a stronger and wiser woman.”

It’s not the approach Jones took when she threw her uber-lavish, Park Avenue wedding to Reynolds in November 2004. She received criticism for endlessly discussing the wedding — and plugging its sponsors — as a co-host on ABC’s “The View.” The negative reaction to the affair, which was attended by guests ranging from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Spike Lee, was cited by Barbara Walters as a reason why Jones’ contract wasn’t renewed by ABC’s “The View” in 2006.

The former prosecutor recently hosted a talk show on truTV.

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Katrina Film Faces Racism at Sundance Film Festival

The Defamer is reporting that racism has reared it’s head at Sundance. This year’s award-winning (but undistributed) documentary Trouble the Water — about the odyssey of African-American survivors of Hurricane Katrina — might be off buyers’ radar because its “too black”. In the film an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, armed with a video camera, show what survival is all about when they are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, and seize a chance for a new beginning.

Eugene Hernandez (indieWIRE) relays an anecdote

“”Why aren’t more white people in the film?,” an exec apparently asked back in Park City. I’ve heard similar versions of this story from a few different people connected to the movie.”

“But, those involved with the film have hesitated to say much more about the film’s distribution prospects. After Sunday’s New Directors/New Films screening [in New York], filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal told me that they are hoping for a late summer release of their film, while another insider specified that an August opening is to be expected.”

Sources close to Water tell The Defamer that a primary sticking point for buyers is the producers’ grassroots marketing plan, which, like Wedding‘s, could take months to build in African-American communities across the country. (It’s worth noting that this is proven experience they have as former associates of Michael Moore.)

If we African-Americans can get behind Tyler Perry and some of the neo “shucking and jiving” we’ve seen on big and small screen lately, we can support this film too.

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Tavis Smiley Quits The Tom Joyner Morning Show

You know, as much as it may irritate me that it appears that Tavis is throwing a temper tantrum, I am consoled in that there tends to be understanding and overwhelming, unconditional love (unless your Clarence Thomas…there’s hope…I digress) in our community. Tom Joyner is putting out there that the “hate” that Tavis has been experiencing as a result of his gripes against Barack Obama has caused him to quit the show. He is apparently not speaking to black folk for a time like he stopped speaking to his mom (for 2 years) when she made him step down as class president. Tavis didn’t cite this, but this is my interpretation. Some people can only receive compliments and crumble if you criticize them. It seems that he doesn’t get that just like he is respected even though he disagrees with mainstream opinions at times, we still respect him even though he doesn’t agree with a large portion of black folks this time. We still love you Tavis! No one’s asking you to change, but to take some criticism, backed in love. We can certainly disagree lovingly. Don’t take your ball and go home…

By: Tom Joyner

Well, you did it. This isn’t the way you wanted it to happen but it happened anyway. Just like I knew it would.

I got a call from Tavis on yesterday. And he told me he was quitting the show. He told me the reason was that he was tired and has a lot of things going on, and he feels that now is a good time to leave the show.

We all know that isn’ t the real reason he’s leaving the show. The real reason is that he can’t take the hate he’s been getting regarding the Barrack issue—hate from the black people that he loves so much. He needed to feel the love. We all do, whether it’s from our radio audience or from people we know personally. He wasn’t feeling any love so he quit.

A while back he told us that I don’t speak for him. But this morning, since he isn’t here to speak for himself I think it’s my job as a colleague and a friend. And maybe this time, you’ll really listen to me.

Tavis truly loves black people. I tried to tell you that. The hate he’s been getting hurts. He’ll never admit that but it’s true.

And here’s something you may not want to admit. Black people need Tavis. You may not agree with what he has said, but he said it because he has love for black people. I’ll admit that sometimes listening to him was like trying to figure out the Davinci Codes. I’ll also admit that I wanted to Tavis to show a little more love to Barrack Obama and that I was frustrated over his failure to do so. But what Tavis was saying made us think. It had us talking, it has listening to a different point of view, and it was damn good radio. Continue reading

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Are black people between the ages of 28-45 getting married?

Readers, I need you to think…dig deep for me.  LOL!  How many of the 28-45 year old, single African American you know have gotten married in the last…let’s say 5 years.

I KTruth and I live in DC, and we were going around looking at condo open houses this weekend.  It occurred to us that one of the reasons we always see a lot of single black females between 28-45 house shopping alone or with their bffs is that they are just that…single.  Thus, their options for finding housing are limited to what one can afford in the District of Columbia on one income.  That isn’t always pretty.  There are areas of the city (rough areas…you know where DC folk) that real estate professionals know the main market will be single, professional, black women.  They price the properties for this market and advertise to them.  The conversation also made me ponder how many of my peers or friends of friends have gotten hitched in recent years (male and female).   The number isn’t a cold hearted zero…but it’s not like I’m looking for dates to take to weddings every other weekend in June.  It made me think of the good ole days, when my parent’s generation was buying homes after marriage (2 income house-hold) like a right of passage.

Ummm….I wonder.   We talk about the plight and impact of the high number of single African American mothers run households in our communities.  What about the childless African American brothers and sister with good jobs who are single?  How does this impact our communities financially when it comes to owning homes and sharing resources? It seems like my generation is waiting longer and longer to marry.  Are they more concerned with career and personal goals?  Have they been scared away from commitment as witnesses of divorce and failed marriages?  What do you think?

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