Week of March 25 - 31, 2012

1) Updates on the Trayvon Martin Case

There are virtually daily updates on this story as the week progresses.  More and more people become aware of what is going on in Florida and it's put a grand magnifying glass on the issues there surrounding the murder of Trayvon Martin.  Here are links to bring you up to speed:

Surveillance Tapes of Zimmerman being brought in by the police released - The Daily What

Zimmerman's "friend" exposed as not being that close to him - NewsOne

NBC Makes error in editing and making 911 call sound more "racial" than it was - Huffington Post

More to come soon...  Hopefully justice as well.


2) Mega Millions Jackpot

A historic $540 million jackpot is up for grabs Friday as the Mega Millions lottery is living up to its name, according to CNN.com. “The jackpot, which lottery officials are calling "the largest lottery jackpot in world history," has captivated the nation, caused long lines at convenience stores and has many dreaming of creative ways to quit their jobs if they were to get the lucky numbers. "Friday night's Mega Millions drawing will truly be a spectacular event in lottery history and provides an unprecedented opportunity for players to take a chance on a half-billion dollar dream for just the $1 price of a ticket," said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery and lead director for the Mega Millions group.”


3) Transgender Miss Universe??

"I regard myself as a woman with a history" say 23 year old beauty queen Jenna Talackova.

Talackova has all the qualities to become Miss Universe Canada, but Miss Universe Canada pageant officials have disqualified the beauty queen from the competition because she is transgender. Although she checked off female on her registration form, Talackova is unable to compete because was born a male.

Despite the fact she has been identified as a female since the age of 4 and began taking hormone therapy at the age of 14 then finalizing the process at age 19 with gender surgery the committee questioned her "sex" and ultimately disqualified her from the competition.

The Donald Trump- owned beauty pageant released a statement saying "She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form. We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best,".

Talackova isn't letting the disqualification slow her down she recently tweeted to her fans. I'm disqualified, however I'm not giving up. I'm not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination" .


4) Tami Roman has a heart attack

The 41 year-old reality star of MTV’s: The Real World and Basketball Wives, Tami Roman was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Cen after suffering from a mild heart attack Monday night, March 26, 2012.  Tami tweeted to her fans and thank them for “get well” wishes.  One of her tweets read “Never thought I’d have a mild heart attack at 41. God has a way of bringing things into perspective.” Roman also reported that she would be off her Twitter account for now, taking this time to relax and recover from her mild heart attack. Tami will be back on her grind soon enough with her spicy attitude the fans can’t get enough of.


5) Jaleel White - Beating and Cheating??

Two sides of a story is always better than one, but Family Matter’s and Dancing With The Stars’s, actor Jaleel White’s ex-girlfriend reveal to the world that she was in a physically and mentally abusive relationship with White. Bridget Hardy, who has a 2-year –old daughter with Jaleel told Radar Online, that the actor blew up after she found evidence of him cheating on his phone in 2010. Allegedly White became violent punching Bridget in the chest and throw her up against the toilet in their home. According to Radar Online, Bridget told the media that Jaleel had offered her $200,000 to leave his daughter with him and to go start her own family. Hardy claimed she was protecting Jaleel White image as a celebrity and that’s why she kept quiet about the situation.


6) Regina Hall gets Hot and Bothered

Steve Harvey's book adapted movie "Think Like A Man" is set to hit theaters April 20th,  but at a recent press junket for the movie actress Regina Hall gets a little hot and bothered with her male cast mates Kevin Hart, Terrance J, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara. Hall gets playfully seductive with the fellas as they try to answer questions. Check her out getting freaky with her male co stars!!


7) Magic buys the Dodgers

According to ESPN.com, “A group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten agreed Tuesday night to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a record $2 billion.

The price would shatter the mark for a sports franchise. Stephen Ross paid $1.1billion for the NFL's Miami Dolphins in 2009, and in England, Malcolm Glazer and his family took over the Manchester United soccer club in 2005 in a deal then valued at $1.47 billion.

"I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles," Johnson said in a statement Tuesday.”


8) Bobby Brown Arrested

“Bobby Brown was arrested on suspicion of DUI just after noon Monday in the San Fernando Valley,” reported LATimes.com. “Officers pulled over Whitney Houston's ex-husband in Reseda for talking on his cellphone, then administered a field sobriety test, a California Highway Patrol spokesman told L.A. Now. Brown allegedly blew more than the 0.8 legal limit on a Breathalyzer test and wastaken to the Van Nuys jail, TMZ reported. He has a DUI on his record from Georgia in 1996. The arrest comes just days after coroner's officials revealed a cause of death for Houston: accidental drowning, with cocaine use exacerbating a heart condition.”


9) Bobby Womack Diagnosed with Colon Cancer

From The Urban Daily:

Soul music legend Bobby Womack has been stricken with colon cancer. The announcement came from Womack’s good friend, Bootsy Collins via Collins’ Facebook page.

Collins posted a message saying Bobby Womack wanted to thank his fans for their love and support and is in high spirits concerning his diagnosis.

“JUST SPOKE TO OUR FRIEND BOBBY WOMACK. He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers. Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One!”


10) Tyson and his "Creation"

Some times, beautiful men make it evident that they're to be looked at and not heard from.  Tyson Beckford was an amazing example of this this past week.  When speaking to London's Evening Standard the subject to the fickleness of the fashion / modeling industry that he's been a part of for so long.  Tyson had this to say:

“It’s all BS,” he says. “You have to recognise the fashion industry can be ugly, mean and shallow. One day you’re invisible, the next you’re fabulous.”

“When I found her she was a regular girl. I helped place her with the right people, get her teeth cleaned, her body toned up,” he told the interviewer. “Everything changed and now everyone wants a piece of her. I hear people say, ‘You can do better than Tyson.’ I’m like, ‘Really? Really?! I created her!’”

Well, then, Tyson... is that so?  And even if you went so far as to get her a start in the industry... is it right to ever claim to have "created" someone?  So... what do you think of his "creation"?

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