Reverends Al Sharpton and Eugene Rivers are of the same Contradictory Cloth!!

It appears that the Reverends Al Sharpton and Eugene Rivers have a lot in common as they both have  made headlines locally and nationally, respectively.  Unfortunately those headlines have been of a very negative nature for both.  Rev. Sharpton has been exposed as a former FBI informant/snitch, while it seems to appear that Rev. Rivers has been involved in some sort of an extortion scheme. Lets start with Rev. Sharpton and his dilemma.  The news blog “Smoking Gun” recently disclosed in one of   their articles that in the 1980′s, Sharpton was an FBI informant/snitch and spied on the Italian mafia.  I was    surprised at this revelation as although aware of his being a “snitch” in the Black Liberation Struggle trying to help entrap and capture “Sister” Assata Shakur as an example, had no clue about his mafia involvement. apparently Sharpton tried to negotiate a drug deal with what he believed to be a South American drug king pin who was actually an undercover FBI agent.  Rev. Sharpton, in a  state of panic, had no other choice but to be “flipped (snitch)’ or face the possibility of some lengthy prison time.  Sharpton then proceeded to wear a “wire” to gather information to be used against members of the mafia. Now on to Rev. Eugene “riverboat gambler” Rivers.  He has been wheeling and dealing in the City Of Boston for the last few decades.  His name has often popped up in questionable situations and in most instances they revolved around financial transactions that were beneficial to his personal bank account. ... Continue reading →

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD! 54 Reasons Why I Love My Father

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By now, many of you know that I met my father, Chris Truesdale (pictured with me above), on Facebook in 2009 after he responded to an inbox message asking, “Looking for father.” He responded with a “yes” and the rest is history! I had gone 29 years without knowing who my father was so, when he immediately welcomed me into his life, I felt overwhelmed by his dotting care and fatherly affection–something I was not used to.

As men, I don't think we express enough gratitude for the male role models in our lives as we do for the women who have held it down for us–often alone. But when men do step up and do their part, I feel it's imperative that we recognize them for it. If you want to learn about how I met my father on Facebook and how our our relationship developed, you can watch this clip I shot back in 2012:

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And you can read this longer piece. So, here are 54 reasons why I am happy my dad is alive today!

1. When I took to Facebook looking for my father, Chris Truesdale didn't hesitate to respond.

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White House Boasts Positive Affordable Care Act Numbers

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On Thursday, the White House released a series of numbers pointing to the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act as well as projected numbers and a cost analysis for those who joined the Health Insurance Marketplace.

RELATED: President Obama: “8 Million Have Signed Up”

Based on numbers provided by the Congressional Budget Office along with the Joint Committee on Taxation, the charts illustrate that premiums for those who entered the Marketplace will be lower than expected. Emboldened with the social media hashtag #ACAWorks, the message is clear that the administration wants to promote the economic and societal benefits of the sweeping healthcare law.

A sampling of the numbers reveal:

  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in their first year of health reform.
  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents' plan.
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Detroit Bishop Who Resigned Over Same-Sex Marriage Announcement Starts New Church In Maryland

Six months after resigning as pastor of a small church in downtown Detroit over her announcement that she had married a woman in Iowa, Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams has opened a new church in Silver Spring, Md., with the goal of pastoring the kind of ministry she feels God has called on
her to lead.

In October, Abrams said that although no one pressured her into leaving her post at Zion Progress Baptist Church, she felt it was in the best interested of the congregation to move on.

”I could have been like so many people and lied and said it's not true,” Abrams, 43, told NewsOne in October. “But that's not how I was raised, and as a Christian, I was always taught to be a truthful individual. So when it came up I said, ‘OK. I need to be honest with my congregation and
tell them the truth about what was a great event for me.”'

Reactions to her marriage announcement were mixed, with many supporting Abrams and just as many denouncing her ideology that people who are homosexual have a place in the church, let alone as leader of a pulpit. She was disappointed to leave a congregation she had led ...read more

Whoopi Goldberg Writes Denver Post Cannabis Column

DENVER (AP) — Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vaporizing pen.

In her new column for The Denver Post's Cannabist website, the Oscar-winning entertainer writes that her “vape pen” relieves the devastating glaucoma headaches she suffers without overwhelming her with a marijuana high.

Goldberg's debut column appeared Thursday.

She writes that marijuana eases the pressure, pain and stress of glaucoma, and her vaporizing pen allows her to get the right amount in small sips.

Goldberg says she's discreet about using the pen if she's in jurisdictions where medical marijuana is illegal.

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Suspect Arrested In Kansas City Highway Shootings

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.

Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that the suspect is male and lives in Grandview, a suburb south of the city that is home to the Grandview Triangle, where several highways intersect and where at least six of the reported shootings happened.

Forte didn't release the name or age of the suspect, saying he hoped to be able to discuss the case in further detail at a news conference Friday.

“We're here now to basically let people know someone has been apprehended,” an upbeat Forte told reporters at an impromptu news conference about 50 yards from a house where the suspect was taken into custody earlier in the day. “I wanted to make sure the residents and those who travel through Kansas City know they're safe. They've been safe the whole time.”

Investigators could be seen searching the single-story four-plex Thursday night, and a tow truck hauled away a green Dodge Neon that was parked behind house, which is about two blocks from U.S. 49 and south ...read more

First Lady Michelle Obama To Address HBCU Commencement Speech

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the 2014 commencement speech at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA on May 10th.

The University is supporting the First Lady's higher education initiative and doing their part to answer the President's call to ensure that by the year 2020, America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

If you're asking why Dillard? It's a private four-year liberal arts historically black university with a history dating back to 1869. Academically, Dillard is listed on: Forbes' 2013 list of Top Colleges and Universities in the U.S., top 60 liberal arts institutions by the Washington Monthly (2013), and is consistently one of U.S News and World Report's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Ole Miss Shuts Down Fraternity After Noose Tying

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

The university announced Thursday that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon, based in Richmond, Va., had closed its Ole Miss chapter.

Besides the noose, someone draped a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design on the face of the James Meredith statue in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 16. Meredith's enrollment in 1962 set off a violent attack by anti-integration protesters on federal authorities, leaving two people dead and scores injured.

The names of the three students from Georgia haven't been released. They were kicked out of the chapter, which itself had been suspended pending the review.

Ole Miss spokesman Tom Eppes said university disciplinary proceedings against the three students are ongoing. He also said the FBI is still investigating.

The Lafayette County district attorney has said state charges won't be brought because no state laws were broken. Mississippi's hate crime law requires an underlying crime for those additional charges. Because the ...read more

Man Avoids $525 Fine For Refill At SC Hospital

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket. Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink before without paying.

VA spokeswoman Tonya C. Lobbestael said after reviewing what happened at the Ralph C. Johnson Center in Charleston, officials decided a warning was sufficient.

Lobbestael says the cafeteria at the center has signs posted in the drink machines indicating the cost of refills. Failing to pay for the refills is considered shoplifting.

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Ex-Quarterback McNabb Spends Day In Arizona Jail

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

McNabb, 37, was arrested Dec. 15 in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix, according to court records.

A copy of the citation shows McNabb was stopped on the Loop 101 freeway just after 3 a.m. and radar clocked his Range Rover at 81 mph in a 65-mph zone. He also was cited for DUI, but no information about blood-alcohol level was on the citation.

McNabb pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended.

Court documents show McNabb was ordered to pay a nearly $1,500 fine and enter an outpatient treatment program in Scottsdale from April 10 to July 8.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released McNabb's mug shot Thursday morning, starting a media frenzy about his arrest, which hadn't been previously reported.

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Elderly Criminal Prefers Life In Jail

CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

Telling Walter Unbehaun he frightened a teller by showing her a revolver tucked in his pants during the 2013 heist, a federal judge imposed a 3 1/2 year prison sentence, citing the man's lengthy rap sheet that includes crimes from home invasion to kidnapping.

“This is not the first time you've inspired fear,” Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said, repeatedly scolding the high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman.

As he had on the day he robbed the bank, Unbehaun gripped a cane as he hobbled to the podium to make a brief statement. He didn't withdraw his wish to go to prison, though he said, “I don't want to die in prison.”

“My crime is bad, there ain't no doubt,” he said in a strong voice. “I just wanna be like everybody else.”

Boredom and loneliness, defense filings said, had partly led Unbehaun to conclude that a life on the inside was preferable to struggling to cope on the outside.

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