Evelyn Lozada Files for Divorce from Chad Johnson After Head-Butting Incident Lands Him Behind Bars

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Evelyn Lozada Files for Divorce from Chad Johnson After Head-Butting Incident Lands Him Behind Bars (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

MARRIAGE OVER:  Evelyn Lozada files for divorce from Chad Johnson Tuesday. Lozada filed for divorce from former NFL player Chad Johnson after he allegedly head-butted her in a domestic violence incident Saturday night. She filed legal documents to end their union saying the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

TMZ reports that divorce paperwork indicate the couple has a prenuptial agreement. Um, that won’t matter since the Miami Dolphins kicked Chad Johnson to the curb and their reality show has been cancelled.  Above all, they were only married for a little over a month. The couple wed July 4 in St. Maarten.  Dang, she beat Kim Kardashian for shortest marriage.

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Hip-Hop Pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa Named Visiting Scholar at Cornell University

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Hip-Hop Pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa Named Visiting Scholar at Cornell University

AP:  “Hip hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa (bam-BAH’-tah) has been appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University.The appointment announced Tuesday was made by Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection in conjunction with the Ivy League school’s music department.Bambaataa will visit Cornell’s upstate New York campus several days each year to talk to classes, meet with student and community groups, and perform the music he helped create and expand.”

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Romney Campaign Cries Like a Baby Over VP Joe Biden ‘Chains’ Remark, Calls it “New Low”

Joe Biden: Romney’s Wall Street will ‘put y’all back in chains’

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Romney Campaign Cries Like a Baby Over VP Joe Biden ‘Chains’ Remark, Calls it “New Low”

The Hill:  “Mitt Romney’s campaign issued a scathing statement Tuesday, blasting the Obama campaign for hitting a “new low” after Vice President Biden’s suggestion to voters that the Republican ticket’s economic policies would “put y’all back in chains.”

Yawn….

The Romney campaign also hit a new low when they told a bare-face lie about Obama gutting the welfare reforms Bill Clinton put in place with a second ad. You can’t have it both ways. Let’s see, did Mitt Romney renounce surrogate John Sununu’s remark that Obama needs to learn to be an American? I think not. Mitt Romney and his team are a bunch of wusses!

The Obama campaign refuses to denounce Joe Biden’s comments:

‘We have no problem with those comments,” said Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

Pressed on whether President Obama himself agrees with those comments, Cutter said the full context of the remarks was important.

“[Obama] probably agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments,” Cutter said. “He’s using a metaphor to talk about what’s going to happen.”
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“I appreciate the faux outrage from the Romney campaign. But if you want to talk about the use of words, then take a look at MR’s stump speech where he basically calls the president ‘un-American,’” Cutter added.

Senior strategist David Axelrod also denounced the controversy, tweeting: “Enough phony outrage from Team Mitt, while they pour millions into ads that blatantly, brazenly lie aboutPOTUS record on welfare to work.” Source

Here’s an interesting nugget from the Daily Kos:

While team Romney is accusing Biden of using a racial “code word“, here’s Mitt Romney himself, in his USA Today editorial from last December, demanding that we “remove the shackles of government.

Jamaican Sprinting ‘Legend’ Usain Bolt Refuses to Run in UK Unless Tax Laws Changed

Jamaican sprinting “legend” Usain Bolt refuses to run in United Kingdom, unless tax laws are changed.

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Jamaican Sprinting ‘Legend’ Usain Bolt Refuses to Run in UK Unless Tax Laws Changed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UK Telegraph:  “The sprinter, who won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Games in London, objects to a law that sees him taxed on global sponsorship and endorsement earnings as well as any appearance fee – levied at the 50pc higher earning rate – when he competes in Britain.

And despite setting a new world record during the Olympics, the 25 year-old, who earns an estimated $20m (£12.7m) a year, says his UK-based fans won’t see him compete until the tax laws are loosened.

“As soon as the law changes I’ll be here all the time,” Bolt said. “I love being here, I have so many Jamaican fans here and it’s wonderful.”

Glyn Bunting, a partner at Deloitte, told Radio 4 that HMRC would not only want a slice of Bolt’s winnings in the UK but also his £12.5m sponsorship deal with Puma.

“Usain Bolt will be paid a considerable amount of money to wear a particular brand of clothing or a particular type of racing shoe and HMRC wants its share of that income,” Mr Bunting said.”

Constable Brian Bachmann, Civilian Killed in Shooting Rampage by Thomas Caffall Near Texas A&M

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Constable Brian Bachmann, Civilian Killed in Shooting Rampage by Thomas Caffall Near Texas A&M

The gunman in the shooting rampage that left College Station Constable Brian Bachmann and a civilian dead, several others wounded, has been identified as Thomas Caffall, described as a “ticking timebomb” by neighbors. Thomas Caffall opened fire on Constable Brian Bachmann when he tried to served an eviction notice. Caffall was killed in the shooting rampage near the campus of Texas A&M University Monday.

According to Houston News:

Caffall opened fire in the 200 block of Fidelity in College Station shortly before 12:30 p.m., just as Brazos County Precinct 1 Constable Brian Bachmann was serving an eviction notice.

After Bachmann was shot, College Station police officers responded to the scene and one of them was shot.

Two other officers were hurt while responding to the scene, but they were not shot, police said.

Two civilians were also shot. One of them, 43-year-old Chris Northcliff, was killed.

A 55-year-old woman, who sources identified as Barbara Holdsworth, was in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

Thomas Caffall reportedly quit his job nine months ago and said he would never work for anyone again.  His Facebook page shows his fixation on guns and rifles. Rep. Joe Walsh said Muslims are harming Americans everyday. Um, no, domestic terrorists are doing that. We have had three white guys — James Holmes, Wade Michael Page and Thomas Caffall — in less than two months going on shooting rampages.

Wild Animals Aren’t All Romney’s ‘Bold’ Veep Pick Paul Ryan Likes to Slay, Medicaid and Medicare Too

I guess wild animals aren’t all Mitt Romney’s ‘bold’ veep pick likes to slay. Add Medicaid and Medicare to the mix as well.

The Yosemite Sam impression didn’t go over well with voters and Romney wisely stayed away from varmint talk this election cycle. Instead of trying to impress the NRA with his minimal hunting exploits, Romney filled out his ticket with the manliest animal murderer he could find. That man is Paul Ryan and he’s a serious hunter. He doesn’t shoot “varmints.” He shoots deer and turkeys and sometimes even his office wall. He hunts with guns and he hunts with bows. And after he kills animals he poses for pictures with them.  Source

Here are a few pictures from his hunting trips (H/T New York Magazine):

Remember Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin with her dead caribous? Um, the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket was DOA at the general election in 2008. Paul Ryan is about to slay Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations. That’s if the Democrats are successful at defining him as a “Throw Momma from the Train” type vice presidential candidate who is only looking out for the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Poll: Romney Veep Pick Paul Ryan Among the Least Positive Historically, a Little Better Than Sarah Palin

The Obama campaign “Dream Team” — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — least positive historically, according to Gallup.

 

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Poll:  Romney Veep Pick Paul Ryan Among the Least Positive Historically, a Little Better Than Sarah Palin(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Gallup:  Four in 10 Americans rate Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate as either “excellent” or “pretty good,” while 42% call the choice “only fair” or “poor.” This even division is among the least positive reactions to a vice presidential choice Gallup has recorded in recent elections. Only George H.W. Bush’s selection of Dan Quayle in 1988 generated a higher negative response, although it also generated higher positives.

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I guess Paul Ryan shouldn’t feel so bad, since 34% of Republicans called Sarah Palin an excellent choice. Um, but looked where the “pitbull in lipstick” got John McCain? Nowhere. Wasn’t such a bold pick after all, was it?

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‘The Blind Side’ Actress Maria Howell to Play Seeder in Upcoming “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Movie

Maria Howell the Blind Side actress to play Seeder in new Hunger Games movie

‘The Blind Side’ Actress Maria Howell to Play Seeder in Upcoming “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Movie (Photo Credit: Who Got the Role)

Congratulations to Atlanta-based actress Maria Howell on being entrusted with the role of Seeder in the upcoming “Hunger Games:  Catching Fire,” based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novel “Catching Fire.” Seeder, a former winner from District 11, she will compete in the 75th Annual Hunger Games.

Howell is known for her voice, singing scores for the movie The Color Purple and also appearing on TV shows including Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, The Vampire Diaries, Meet the Browns, House of Payne and in the football film The Blind Side.

Francis Lawrence is at the helm and the film will be produced by Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik and shot primarily in Atlanta. Lionsgate is set to release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013. Source

Barbados to Host African Diaspora Conference “Our Freedom, Our Identity: Uncover, Recover, Discover”

Barbados to host African Diaspora conference

Barbados to Host African Diaspora Conference “Our Freedom, Our Identity: Uncover, Recover, Discover”

Antigua Observer– Barbados will host the 8th Annual African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) conference here next month.

The September 17-19 conference, expected to be attended by approximately 400 members of the African Diaspora will be held under the theme “Our Freedom, Our Identity: Uncover, Recover, Discover”.

The organisers said the primary goal is to establish heritage trails which link the Diaspora traditions in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South America and Europe.

Related tourism aims include the pinpointing of authentic local culture dating back to African slavery; the publishing of a tourism management guide geared for the expanding cultural heritage market and the development of a network of partners dedicated to providing all the necessary skills and resources for furthering cultural heritage destinations.

“Barbados, in particular, should benefit tremendously from hosting this conference.  Apart from providing hospitality for around 400 extra people on the land, the islanders will also receive aid in developing a strong cultural heritage component for its tourism, aimed especially at attracting visitors from within the Diaspora. This could in turn result in mutually beneficial business relationships,” said Valerie Marshall, Product Integration Manager with the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA).

The keynote speaker at the ADHT conference is Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Demar Perry Kills Ex-Girlfriend Nakisha Jackson, Daughter Kammia Perry in Double Murder-Suicide in Cleveland

CLEVELAND DOUBLE MURDER-SUICIDE: Demar Perry killed ex-girlfriend Nakisha Jackson  and six year old daughter Kammia Perry before taking his life in an apparent double murder-suicide in the 1700 block of Hillview Road in east Cleveland Monday night.

Morris said officers were called to a home on reports of shots fired. When they arrived, they found 24-year-old Demar Perry, 22-year-old Nakisha Jackson and 6-year-old Kammia Perry dead. Investigators believe Perry forced Jackson and Kammia outside the home where he shot them, then turned the gun on himself. Police say there were three other people in the home at the time of the shooting. They were not hurt.

According to Morris, the man is the ex-boyfriend of the victim and the father of the little girl. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the victims’ names. Source

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved. The actions of Demar Perry were reprehensible and disturbing on so many levels. This woman and her daughter didn’t deserve this.