Will and Jaden Pinkett Smith have another singer in the family. Jaden Smith releases new video, “Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me)”
The latest Newsweek magazine cover is a bit much, but then again, they will do anything to sell more magazines. The cover below is deliberately sexually suggestive of oral sex. Sorry, but this is no longer journalism and Newsweek magazine needs to die a slow death.
Black Enterprise magazine interviewed President Obama recently and addressed the issue of him not doing enough for black businesses, saying he is the president of the entire United States of America, not Black America. This can’t possibly resonate well with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. We know Al Sharpton won’t knock heads with President Obama on any thing. I know Maxine Waters must be foaming at the mouth. Um, I wonder what Jesse Jackson has to say about that statement?
The unemployment rate in the black community is hovering around 14.4 percent, far worse than any other group. I agree that he can’t show preferential treatment to any one group, but he was willing to stick his neck out for the gay community by endorsing same sex marriage and dropping an executive order for a watered-down version of the Dream Act to some illegal immigrants.
Politico: How do you respond to criticism that your administration hasn’t done enough to support black businesses?
My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that I want all businesses to succeed. I want all Americans to have opportunity. I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America, but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody. So, I’ll put my track record up against anybody in terms of us putting in place broad-based programs that ultimately had a huge benefit for African American businesses.
The resurrected financial services industry hasn’t stepped up in terms of providing adequate capital to small- and minority-owned businesses.
There is no doubt that American taxpayers stepped in and pulled the banking industry out of the fire. It was controversial. It was messy. Ultimately it was the right thing to do for the economy. But it is true that once banks got back on their feet they haven’t been as aggressive in lending to small and medium-sized businesses as we would like. And I’ve had conversations with the major banks about this issue. What they will say is that some of the additional regulations have impeded some of their capacity to lend. We don’t see major evidence of that.
Separately, the latest Obama campaign contest, the Obama Classic, offers supporters an opportunity to attend an event with basketball stars Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, and Michael Jordan.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former Atlanta Hawks All-Star Dan Roundfield who drowned off the coast of Aruba yesterday, awe24.com reports. His wife had reportedly become distressed while swimming at Baby Beach and Roundfield tried to assist her. His body was found an hour later.
The Aruba Herald reported that witnesses saw the woman return to shore but that Roundfield was taken out to sea and his body was found under some rocks. The couple had reportedly been vacationing at the Renaissance Resort.
Dan Roundfield, 59, played six seasons for the Hawks from 1978-79 to 1983-84. He was named to All-Star teams in 1980, ‘81 and ‘82 and was second-team All-NBA in 1979-80.
Gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas let loose on her father, Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, slamming him as a ‘deadbeat dad’ after he left her mother with a mountain of bills. Douglas, who failed in her final bid to win another medal after falling off the balance beam, said her father, who served in the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, abandoned her and her three older siblings years ago and rarely paid child support. He enlisted in the military and left her mother, Natalie Hawkins, struggling to provide for Gabby, who was nine at the time, and her siblings, often getting her so down, she considered quitting her Olympics aspirations. It seems pretty clear that Gabby Douglas could be harboring some resentment for her dad, who is in London for the Olympics but did not see her compete because she did not get him or her grandparents tickets, MailOnline reports. Well, that’s if she deliberately decided not to get him tickets. If it was beyond her control, then that’s not on her.
“It was really hard for us growing up — my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore,” Douglas, 16, said yesterday.
“So my mom had to front all these bills. My dad didn’t really pay the child support. He was short [on money]. It was definitely hard on her part, and she had to take care of me and the rest of my siblings.’’ Source
Gabby Douglas said even after winning two gold medals she still hadn’t spoken to her father. Timothy Douglas reminds me a lot of Shaquille O’Neal’s father, who was largely absent until he was drafted in the NBA and then he showed up. So, while the media tries to start a fire over Natalie Hawkins filing for bankruptcy, she didn’t walk away from her obligations, but fought the good fight. She didn’t opt for a fresh start. She opted for a payment plan to pay back her creditors over time on an amount.
I certainly hate when people air their dirty laundry in public, but some good may come out of Gabby Douglas’ candor. Not to bash Sgt. Timothy Douglas, but I would hope he will try to find a way to mend fences with his children. Life is too short and too precious for one to wear the deadbeat dad label proudly. He should be ashamed of himself for shirking his responsibilities as a parent, only showing up to take the victory lap after Natalie Hawkins scrapped to get by. We have many more deadbeat dads roaming around, of all races. I wonder what the Air Force has to say about Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas’ deadbeat dad label?
Predominantly white Winchester CT accused of deliberately keeping non-white residents out, according to a lawsuit. Winchester, which has a population of 11,000, contains no black families. The lawsuit, which was filed last week, alleges town officials directed housing subsidies to white families to avoid an influx of ethnic minorities.
Courthouse News Service : Its estimated median household income of $56,260 is 16 percent below the state median of $67,036, according to city-data.
The Winchester Housing Authority is in charge of the Section 8 housing voucher program for Winchester and 16 neighboring communities in a “Rental Assistance Alliance.”
The federal complaint claims that “according to the 2010 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 94.5 percent of housing units in Winchester are occupied by white, non-Hispanic households, while only 4.5 percent are Hispanic. The number of housing units occupied by African-American households is so low that it does not register above 0 percent.”
The Drudge Report is starting some mess today, saying a “source” said President Obama believes Mitt Romney wants Gen. David Petraeus as his running mate.
Drudge Report: President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!
“The president wasn’t joking,” the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT.
A Petraeus drama has been quietly building behind the scenes.
Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.
The pick could be a shrewd Romney choice. A cross-party pull. The Obama administration hailed Petraeus as one of history’s greatest military strategists. Petraeus was unanimously confirmed as the Director of the CIA by the US Senate 94-0.
But Petraeus has categorically asserted that he has NO political ambitions. And Team Obama stands prepared to tie one of their own to “Bush wars.” A Petraeus pick could been seen as simply shuffling the decks of power in DC.
“He’s a serious man, for seriously dangerous times,” notes a top Republican.
Didn’t the Drudge Report also claim former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was on the short list for VP? Only for Ms. Rice to come out and say she’s not interested in the position?
The White House’s response — “Be mindful of your sources.”
BBC AFRICA: Seven Cameroonian athletes have absconded while in Britain for the Olympics, officials say. The seven, including five boxers, are suspected of having decided to stay in Europe for economic reasons, Reuters news agency reports.
A reserve goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, Drusille Ngako, was the first to disappear, the agency quoted Cameroon’s Olympic mission as saying. In June, an Ethiopian torchbearer, Natnael Yemane, 15, also disappeared.
He went missing from a hotel in Nottingham. Ngako was the first to disappear while her teammates left for Coventry for their last preparatory encounter against New Zealand, he said. Her disappearance was followed by that of swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and five boxers eliminated from the games.
Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, disappeared on Sunday from the Olympic village.
Obama guts welfare reform: The Romney campaign is trying its best to get back on track with a concerted new attack on President Obama in new 30-second advertisement, “Right Choice,” that says, “Obama guts welfare reform.” That would work except Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts is just as questionable. Um, I can see the “Food Stamp President” label coming back. Now who will be the first to drop that?
Mitt Romney’s campaign is launching a new offensive on Tuesday accusing President Obama of “unilaterally dismantling” the 1990s bipartisan welfare reform.
On the campaign trail beginning Tuesday in Illinois and in a new television advertisement, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee plans to argue that the Obama administration is turning the federal welfare program into “just a handout” with last month’s decision to allow waivers to states from welfare work requirements.
This is Romney’s latest attempt to cast Obama as a big-government liberal and to drive a wedge between the president and the popular legacy of one of his Democratic predecessors, President Clinton.
“President Obama is unilaterally dismantling President Clinton’s welfare reforms,” Romney campaign spokesman Andrea Saul said in a statement. “Instead of tough work requirements, the president’s policies could change welfare to work into old-fashioned welfare. As president, Mitt Romney will restore the bipartisan work requirement in welfare so that workers have the dignity of a job and not just a handout.”
The Obama campaign responded by noting that in 2005, then-Massachusetts governor Romney and most other Republican governors requested state waivers similar to those the Obama administration began allowing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ July 12 announcement.
“Under the President’s policy, states can build the welfare to work program that is best for them, and can apply for waivers from federal requirements that get in their way,” according to an Obama campaign statement. “This new policy cannot be used to weaken welfare reform.”
Romney plans to make his case in campaign appearances starting Tuesday, Saul said, and his message will be amplified by a new 30-second television advertisement, “Right Choice,” that says, “Obama guts welfare reform.” Source: Washington Post
Well, welfare is a dirty little word for the Republicans and it will rally the base, but what of Romney’s record? Personally, I don’t believe in accepting hand-outs from the government and I absolutely despise those people who have made it their civic duty to live on welfare, rather than use it as a temporary fix when they are between jobs with little money saved. I believe that the Obama administration could have done a lot more to help the economy improve, particularly when the Democrats had a majority in the House and Senate. I know some of my readers hate when I invoke the name of George W. Bush, but it is a fact that the country sank to its lowest levels under his watch and I don’t believe any president, Republican or Democrat, could have dug us out of this mess in four years.
Here’s an interesting take from First Read:
“These new attacks might seem scattershot to some, maybe to buy time before this month’s VP pick. But they also seem like an attempt to try to knock the Obama campaign off message and drive the daily news cycle instead of being on the receiving end.”
Still, no matter how many times Mitt Romney slams his opponent, the Obama campaign just reaches into his scanty experience pool and comes up with something matching whatever he’s attacking them on. Whatever it’s worth, the Romney campaign wants to get off the tax return squabble and focus on the economy. Obama guts welfare reform is the new code word for Food Stamp president. If Mitt Romney could show me that he’s a better alternative to Obama, on all fronts, then maybe he would be the lesser of two evils for me, but he seems like Romneyhood, who will take from the poor and give to the rich.
Rodney King film coming. Fast Five director Justin Lin is in talks with Universal Pictures to direct L.A. Riots for Imagine Entertainment principals Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Rodney King, who died this summer, was viciously beaten by four LAPD officers 20 years ago, touching off riots that killed 53 people, injured 2,000 and caused millions in property damage.
Lin is currently in the middle of shooting a sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise (scheduled for release on May 24, 2013), and clearly, Universal is seeking to keep him happy by allowing him to tackle a topic that’s quite a bit more serious. Still, it will be interesting to see what kind of film (and what size) Universal will allow Lin to make, for as one talent agent observed, “They didn’t want to make this movie for $35 million with Spike [Lee] four years ago, and with the way the business has changed, I can’t imagine they’re going to spend even $20 million to make it now.” (Or, as Lee told MTV News in 2009, “We didn’t get the money that we needed to make the movie I wanted to make. How can you scale back the LA riots?!”) Source