5. DEAR MAMA…
Sad news this week as REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA star Kandi Burruss-Tucker’s husband Todd Tucker’s mom died of an apparent stroke this week in New York. Miss Sharon, who appeared on their wedding special earlier this year died suddenly. She was feisty and a strong influence on the show and we can gather she was the same in Todd’s life for that matter. The Tucker family is in our prayers as they go through their tough time.
In other unhappy news, Kelly Rowland, of DESTINY’S CHILD fame, has lost her mother. 66 year old Doris Rowland Garrison lost her life to unknown illness earlier this week. What makes the news even more sad is the fact that the songstress had just started a family of her very own, getting married earlier this year, and having her son TITAN on November 5th. Our prayers go out to the Rowland family in their time of grief.
4. IT’S SCIENCE FICTION…
Geeks and Super Geeks alike hit the roof last week when the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer was released. Were they made at the lack of info being made public? Were the mad at the graphics? Were they made at the shape of the light saber (Well yes, they were!)? But what their main cause of disappointment were the amount of “black people” in the trailer. Some even stated that in the far-far-far future that “Blacks” wouldn’t be a part of the society…RUDE…This incensed outrage’s genesis came from the opening seconds and the vision of a black man as STORM TROOPER costume who is off to tell of his conquest. This made the GEEKS go crazy. To this I say, there is plenty of room for all of us in the world, even in the made up universe of GEORGE LUCAS and his multiple dimensions of characters. Don’t worry about the skin color of the characters, hell many of them are purple, green, and Blue, worry about the story and we hope that we don’t get a horrid retelling of sorry stories as we did with EPISODES 1-3.
In other science fiction news, Tyler Perry’s girlfriend gave birth to his son Aman…BLOOOP!!!!
3. URSULA GET ARIEL’S VOICE STAT!!!!
Mariah Carey took the stage Wednesday night’s ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY to do her now famous ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, which has become a Christmas staple since its release over twenty years ago. And the diva who originated the song thought it her right and privilege to sing her song on the televised program. But the DIVA didn’t come prepared. After missing a rehearsal or a few, as we could tell, the DIVA thought it wise to sing the song LIVE. Ain’t nothing wrong with a recorded track or cancelling the event all together if you’re not prepared, but the DIVA decided to go forth, tight red velvet dress and all, and tried her best to belt out the Christmas classic. What resulted is an EPIC FAIL. The songstress barely hit any of the notes; she was pitchy and girlfriend was more stilted than she has ever been. I get when having children, the elements or dealing with a divorce, any and everything can throw off a performance, but Miss Carey you are the penultimate and who little divas like Arianna Grande look up to, so, please DIVA get it together for the next time you perform because we want you to succeed.
2. THE NUMBER ONE DIVA IN THE GAME FOR A MINUTE
Who knew Dolly Parton was the most GRAMMY NOMINATED artist of all time? I didn’t until her record was busted by the current reigning blond bombshell Miss YONCE, SASHA FIERCE, BEYONCÉ Knowles herself. She garnered many nominations including Album of the year for her self-titled LP BEYONCÉ. Right behind her in the nominees were Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and Pharrell who all are going for gold during the telecast in early 2015. The most awards ever won in one night was Michael Jackson, with 12. Let’s see if Queen B can tie or even break this record as she hopefully will saunter down the aisle on the telecast.
1. I CAN’T BREATH…
New York and the nation let out a collective breath of disappointment as the officer who allegedly put Eric Garner in a choke hold would not get an indictment for said act. The grand jury found that the officer didn’t do anything wrong, even though clearly the Medical Examiner said that Mr. Garner was indeed a victim of homicide. What’s even more disparaging is that the NYPD tried to paint Mr. Garner as a petty criminal who was always up to no good. And the NYPD was even more disappointed that their mayor di Blasio didn’t come out in support of them, but the lives of “black lives”, which his bi racial son is a part of. With a pledge budget from President Obama to outfit police officer’s with body cameras and the NYC di Blasio mayor calling for re-training of the thousands officers in the area. These are just the first steps in a direction that they hope will change the perception of law enforcement around the country. If this case and the Mike Brown case has taught us anything as a country is that we are to be ever vigilant and always aware of the world and what’s around us. It has also taught us that there are always bad seeds even in the best of situations. Let’s not cast the proverbial hyperbolic blanket of “always” “all” and “they” and look at situations individually. We all are here to co-exist with each other. We may not like it, and we may not ever accept it, but it’s the truth and we can’t escape it. I’m glad we have a focus and a glue that will hold us together, but once this too passes, what will keep our focus and keep us going: HUMANITY. We all have the same blood color for a reason. At the core race, religion, sex or status means nothing. We are all born the same way. We all are going to die the same way ALONE.
That’s it for this week. Keep yourselves safe and think happy thoughts. It’s a marathon, this thing called life. Not a sprint.
V.A. Patrick Slade