Disco Diva Donna Summer Dies at 63 After Battling Lung Cancer

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Disco Diva Donna Summer Dies at 63 After Battling Cancer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Disco diva Donna Summer dies at 63 after battling lung cancer. TMZ is reporting that Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, was in Florida, at the time of her death.  Summer, a five-time Grammy Award winner, changed the music world in the 1970s and 80s with hits like “Bad Girl,” “On the Radio,” “Last Dance,” “She Works Hard for the Money” and many others.

TMZ:  Donna died from lung cancer.  Several sources are telling us Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City.

Donna Summer, whose real name is LaDonna Gaines, is survived by her three children and her husband, singer Bruce Sudano.

Wow, we have lost some great singers in the last year — Vesta Williams, Teena Maria, Whitney Houston, Chuck Brown and now Donna Summer. RIP Donna Summer!

Reaction from Twitter:

Republicans to Resurrect Jeremiah Wright Attacks, Cast Obama As “Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln”

Republicans plan to resurrect Jeremiah Wright attacks and argue President Obama is “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.” Um, one word of caution, the Republicans had better watch how they invoke race in their discourse. It will backfire. Jeremiah Wright is so 2008, but Sean Hannity and others are running with it. On second thought, please GOP, base your entire campaign on Jeremiah Wright. Please. A Super PAC led by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade and whose family owns the Chicago Cub, plans to resurrect Jeremiah Wright and “swift boat” Obama:

“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” says the proposal obtained by the Times.

The proposal, which the Times says was obtained by a person not connected to plan but alarmed by its tone, is titled, The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good.”

The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.” Source: USA Today

If the Republicans engage in race-baiting, it will backfire and they will be left with egg all over their face and a sure loss for Mitt Romney on election day.

It should also be noted that Mitt Romney doesn’t rule out invoking the name of Jeremiah Wright on the campaign trail. Still think he knows the meaning of the phrase, “take the high road?” Glenn Beck sent tweet saying he offered Jeremiah Wright $150,000 for truth about Obama:

Jeremiah Wright is trending on Twitter this morning and it’s not a surprise. Here are some tweets:

Jamaican Dancehall Star Beenie Man Has An Epiphany, Begs Gay Community Forgiveness for Homophobia

Jamaican Dancehall Star Beenie Man Gets An Epiphany, Begs Gay Community Forgiveness for Homophobia (Jamaica Observer)

Beenie Man, Jamaican dance hall star, is begging for the forgiveness of the gay community for his homophobic lyrics. Um, that is all about money and his career. Nothing more, nothing less. Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis,  apologized for his gay-bashing lyrics in a YouTube video, capping a 10-year acrimonious battle with gay rights groups. Sorry, Beenie Man didn’t have an epiphany and realized the error of his ways. It’s all about his upcoming performance in Spain at the Rototom Sunsplash.

Jamaicans have historically been conservative in many of their views, particularly where the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is concerned. As I have always maintained, I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to stop two people of the same sex who loved each other from spending the rest of their lives together. What I find interesting is how the tables have turned and people are clamoring to get in the “good graces” of the LGBT community.

“Please I am begging you do not have me up for some songs I wrote a long time ago. I love each and every one and am just begging each and everyone to do the same,” he said.

Beenie Man also expressed his respect for every human being “regardless of which race or creed, regardless of religious belief, regardless of which sexual preference you have including gay and lesbian.” Source

Beenie Man looks ridiculous and like a wuss coming out at this juncture and begging for forgiveness. We all know he didn’t write his “speech.” Hah. Don’t be fooled. His mea culpa is motivated by MONEY. You see, homosexuality isn’t frowned upon in Europe and he would have certainly been boycotted and heckled over his homophobia. He now joins Buju Banton, who is in prison on drug charges, and Capleton, in signing the Reggae Compassionate Act., which was drafted by the organizers of Rototom to appease the gay community. The above cartoon, which  appeared in Thursday’s Jamaica Observer, is priceless and hysterically funny. LMAO!

Watch YouTube video of Beenie Man begging and pleading with the gay community:

Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown Dies at Age 75 After Battling Pneumonia

Godfather of Go-Go music  Chuck Brown dies after battling with pneumonia. He was 75 years old.  My first experience with the Chuck Brown style came during my undergraduate years at Ohio University. My roommate, Sybil Felton, during my sophomore year was from Washington D.C. and boy did she rock to Chuck Brown and the Go-Go sound. I fell in love with the beat from that point onward. Rest in peace Chuck Brown — your music will live on!

Two More Polls Show Presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney Leading President Obama Nationally

Trouble for Obama? Two more polls show presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney with a slight lead over President Obama.

Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll finds Mitt Romney edging President Obama nationally, 44% to 43%. The key finding from this poll is that  “Obama is doing fine in most categories except young voters,  those under 30, with whom he only has a five percentage-point advantage over Mr. Romney.”

YouGov/Economist poll finds Romney ahead 46% to 42%. The poll shows most people are concerned about the economy, healthcare and taxes, not about same-sex marriage.

While I think it’s too early in the game to put stock in the polls, it’s interesting to note that neither candidate is ideal in the eyes of most Americans. It’s also ironic that the Washington Times polls finds Obama trailing Mitt Romney.

Census Bureau: White Births No Longer Majority in U.S., Fall to 49.6 Percent of All Births

White births are no longer a majority in the U.S., according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities — including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history.

Such a turn has been long expected, but no one was certain when the moment would arrive — signaling a milestone for a nation whose government was founded by white Europeans and has wrestled mightily with issues of race, from the days of slavery, through a civil war, bitter civil rights battles and, most recently, highly charged debates over efforts to restrict immigration. Source

Here is right wing evangelical Bryan Fischer’s tweet about the changing demographics: