1) TRAYVON MARTIN
Unfortunately, this isn't a story that is rare to come by in this day and age... A young Black man, Trayvon Martin, on the way to the 7-11 during the All Star Games last month to pick up some Iced Tea and Skittles candy was profiled by a self proclaimed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, as being a threat and intruder in the neighborhood. Colored by a number of factors, one of which was the alleged upsurgance of robberies in the complex over the past 15 months, Zimmerman took it upon himself to track and follow this young man and as a result, fatally shot him. The law in Florida has it so that he is currently protected by the "stand your ground" law which states that he acted in self defense (despite the 911 dispatcher telling him NOT to pursue him and to await the police's arrival on the scene. Zimmerman has not been arrested and new information surfaced this week that his girlfriend was with him on the phone while Martin was being followed. While on the phone, he expressed that he was afraid and his girlfriend encouraged him to run. He was unarmed and harmless but was gunned down in cold blood.
There's no way for us to write this from a position of non bias. He could have been one of our sons, cousins, brothers or friends. Justice is being sought by throngs of African American communities everywhere. In New York on March 21st from 6 - 9 PM, people rallied for the "Million Hoodie March" crying out for justice for Trayvon Martin. His parents were present at the rally and Martin's Mother, Sybrina Fulton spoke to the crowd and said "My heart is in pain, but to see the support of all of you really makes a difference." Other shows of protest have included folks changing threir social networking pictures to be ones of them wearing their hoodes sweatshirts up and also mailing Skittles (full or empty) packets to the chief of police in Sanford, Bill Lee, who has since "temporarily" stepped down citing that his is a "distraciton to the case".
Then on March 23, 2012, Geraldo Rivera went on record with his thoughts on the the whole situation by stating that he fels that the hoodie Martin wore that night was just as responsible for Martin's profiling as Zimmerman was for his actions that evening.
On the same day, the President of the United States, Barack Obama made a statement speaking to the tragedy, carefully and sincerely.
Please help us get justice for this young man. Please sign this petition at Change.org
2) Fantasia Back in the studio
After dealing with family issues, baby daddy issues and rejection, Fantasia Barrino everyday lifestyle was receiving more publicity than her music. Now, Ms Barrino is back in the recording studio working on her new album. Get this, Fantasia hooked up with Kandi Burruss: the American R&B singer/songwriter, actress and record producer, is helping the former American Idol winner on her new album. Welcome back Fantasia, we are all waiting for what you have in stored for us.
<span style="display: none;"> </span><span style="color:#a52a2a;">3) Hunger Games Mania</span></h3>
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It's like Harry Potter and/or Twilight all over again. Out of seemingly nowhere, a new book turned movie is a sweeping sensation at the box office prompting not only ticket sales but book sales for the uninitiated to get up to speed with what the whole world is talking about. The book, written by Suzanne Collins in the famous money-making "trilogy" format depicts a futuristic view of North America where teens and tweens are forced to participate in the Hunger Games - a brutal and terrifying fight to the death, televised for all of Panem (North America) to see.<br />
Already posting an opening weekend profit of $152.2 Million dollars, it is the third highest domestic opening ever. It shattered a number of records and is the highest opening ever for a non sequel or fil m debuting outside of summer (the previous record holder was Alice in Wonderland which debuted to $116 Million in March 2010).<br />
Have you seen the movie? Have you read the book? What are your thoughts<br />
4) El Debarge back on Drugs
The “Rhythm of the Night” singer El Debarge, was arrested for drug possession in LA. on March 20th, 2012. Debarge was caught on the 101 Freeway preparing to held a drug deal in broad daylight. El was seized by local official and arrested the singer for possession and the intent to sell. This will be Debarge’s 3rd arrest for drug possession since 2001, according to TMZ. El Debarge was booked and could not be released without a $30k bail. Later we found all charges and claims against El has been dismissed due to insufficient evidence. El Debarge and his family reported that he was wrongly accused and he is no drug dealer.
5) New Videos - Trey Songz / John Legend / Jada Pinket Smith
Jada… Let it Burn!
Trey Songz – Sex Ain’t Better Than Love. Trey set the message right for this song!
John Legend's Tonight
6) R Kelly trapped in the closet... Again
R&B singer R. Kelly gained hundreds of hip-hopera fans when he released a five-video series to accompany the melodramatic segment of songs on his “TP.3 Reloaded” album in 2005. Due to fan demand the controversial Grammy-winner plans to create more episodes to the 22 chapter “Trapped in the Closet” saga by working with IFC to premiere the latest installments.
7) KONY 2012 Leader gone Cuckoo
According to HuffingtonPOst.com, “Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, the advocacy group behind the "Kony 2012" viral video, was detained and taken by police to a medical facility for evaluation on Thursday morning after he was reported to be in his underwear, yelling incoherently and disrupting traffic in a San Diego neighborhood.
Law enforcement officials say there are no charges pending againstRussell.
Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Department told The Huffington Post that a 33-year-old white male was not arrested but "transported to a local medical facility for evaluation and treatment." She would not confirm the identity of the man involved in the incident, but various media outlets report that it was the 33-year-old Russell.
In a statement posted online, Ben Keesey, the CEO of Invisible Children, also confirmed that Russell had been involved in an incident: "The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday. Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue."
8) Beyonce Breastfeeding In Public is News... but why?
From Time's Health Land
When Beyoncé breast-fed Blue Ivy at a restaurant, was she intentionally making a statement about a woman's right to nurse in public?
OMG! The biggest news in the world of breast-feeding over the past week: Beyoncé reportedly breast-fed baby Blue Ivy in public.
Even for an A-lister, the buzz over her breasts has got to be a bit daunting. Beyoncé was sighted apparently breast-feeding 7-week-old Blue Ivy as they both lunched with Daddy, Jay-Z, at New York City’s Sant Ambroeus restaurant during the last weekend of February. According to Us Weekly magazine:
Beyoncé nursed her little girl at the table, an observer tells Us Weekly. Two additional sources confirm to Us that the first-time mom has been breast-feeding her daughter.
Is this stop-the-presses kind of news? Is Beyoncé truly the breast-feeding crusader that lactivists are making her out to be, or is she just another mom with a hungry baby in tow? And does it really matter?
Read the full story on Time's Healthland
Chime in and tell us what you think!
9) Dancing With The Stars recap this week
From Huffington Post:
Sometimes on "Dancing With the Stars," things just don't go the way you want them to. As much as I love Gladys Knight -- and Tristan MacManus -- I know that they're ultimately in jeopardy of going home after tonight's less-than-stellar performance.
Meanwhile, fan favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy could also be in danger of exiting the ballroom earlier due to his partner Melissa Gilbert's nerves. The same could also be said for nice guy Toni Dovolani and his celebrity partner Martina Navratilova, who just can't seem to remember her steps.
Read the full recap at Huffington Post
10) Fashion Star
NBC’s new reality Show premiered two weeks ago and has been all the talk in the fashion world. Hosted by Elle Macpherson, this show is an opportunity for up-incoming designers to show their talent and potentially have their designs bought byhuge retailers including Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. The young designers compete against each other for a spot in one of these stores and have Nicole Richie, John Varvatos and Jessica Simpson has mentors to help them get that spot.
According to IBTimes.com, "Fashion Star is one of the biggest and most-commercially backed reality competitions yet. The ultimate "Fashion Star" designer will take home a $6 million collection to be launched in Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. That is surely a prize worth fighting for.”