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weekend and this past week we all were saddened, delighted and
distressed, by all that have taken place in the news.
50 year old legend Bernie Mac
“Bernard Jeffery McCullogh” moved on to another place over
this past weekend, he succumbed to his battle with
pneumonia, (actually they are reporting sarcoidosis - a
chronic tissue inflammatory disease). Bernie Mac was a true pioneer in the comedy industry and of
course an extremely talented comedian.
He was an excellent actor, as well as a dedicated and
loving husband, father and grand-father.
Bernie Mac was indeed one of the preeminent comedians of our
generation, who was very funny and was “on top of his game.”
The "Original Kings of Comedy” feature film and
tour he starred and headlined in was the first of its kind and
really opened up a lot of doors for comedians. We will never forget his weekly Emmy and Golden Globe Award
nominated TV comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show” which
featured him raising his ever loving
“TV nephew and nieces” especially the many issues he
had with his oldest niece Vanessa (Nessa as he called her –
played by Camille Winbush). We sat in our living rooms and many of us were able to relate
to numerous issues his series dealt with, and laughed all the
way through the 1/2 hour show that ran for 4 season until 2006. Check your local listing for re-runs.
dear, his movies…his many, many movies!
To me he was excellent in every one of them -
“Ocean’s 11” and its sequels; “Charlie’s Angels”,
“Full Truttle”, “Mr. 3000”, “Guess Who”,
“Transformers”, and many, many more.
Look out for his most recent movie “Soul Men” which
is in post production and is scheduled to be released in the
We will certainly miss this excellent comedian and actor, and our
thoughts and sincere condolences go out his family (wife of 30
years Rhonda, daughter Je'Niece and Grand daughter).
Bernie Mac’s funeral has been scheduled for Friday,
August 16, 2008
with the shock of losing Bernie, we get news of another legend
who “passed on” this weekend, and ironically both of these
gentleman will be appearing in an up-coming movie together
“Soul Men” (scheduled to be released in November).
tell me how many of you remember growing up and wanting to be
Shaft “that bad mother %&*#&!%” (Shut your mouth)?
I’m sure many of you do.
This past weekend we lost the person behind this popular
phrase, legend Soul singer, musician, and producer Isaac Lee
This dark handsome man who mesmerized me and many of you
with his relaxing, sultry, and very sexy voice on albums such as
“Hot Buttered Soul”, Black Moses” and “Shaft”.
The Oscar and Grammy winner will be remembered best for
his classic and irresistible theme from “Shaft” (which won the
Academy Award in 1971) and for
the voice of the Chef on the animated TV show "South Park."
Additionally, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 2002.
65 year old was found unresponsive at his home in Tennessee near
a treadmill, and on Wednesday (8/13/08) it was reported he died of a stroke.
Visit Isaac Hayes, Jr.
Official site by CLICKING HERE!
received a nice message from Isaac Hayes, III aka "Ike
Dirty" about how he is dealing with the loss of his Father
'Remembering My Father Isaac Hayes". CLICK
HERE to read his message, and to leave your thoughts.
2 gentlemen were phenomenal in their crafts, they were excellent
entertainers, good men, and their passing leaves a void in the
Entertainment industry. Both will surly be missed dearly
by many!!! Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out
their families and friends.
out the following tribute to the entertainers (See below.)
|"You Will Be Remembered" by: Slapp
Yo Selph Films (1:52). Powered by You Tube.
Click on the picture below to launch the video.
||Check out CNN's
Larry King tribute to Bernie Mac, which was done earlier
this week. Click on the below picture to view.
Summer Olympics began in Beijing, China, and the games are well
on its way. Sad news though from China - an American
couple were attacked.
The husband Todd Bachman
by a knife-wielding stranger, who stabbed him numerous times,
and his wife Barbara was severely injured from the knife attack
as well. Mrs. Bachman (pictured
is currently in stable condition
after undergoing 8 hours of surgery for life-threatening
multiple lacerations and stab wounds, she is finally able to
speak with relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Bachman are parents of
former women's volleyball Olympian Elisabeth Bachman who is
married to Hugh McCutchean, the coach of the U.S. men's
volleyball team. The attacker leapt out of window to his
death. No funeral arrangements have been made for Mr.
these attacks and fatality shocked the athletic community and
completely embarrassed Chinese leaders. However, Chinese
officials still insists the security is tight and they intent to
strengthen their security measures substantially.
United States of America has been doing excellent as they compete in the various
categories at the Beijing Summer Olympics. Actually, they
are currently in the lead with the amount of medals won: 14 gold,
12 silver, and 17 bronze - totaling 43 medals. China is
close behind with: 22 gold,
8 silver and 6 bronze - totaling 36 medals; and next is Australia
with: 5 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze - totaling 19; and Korea is
close behind with 6 gold,
7 silver and 3 bronze - totaling 16.
Baltimore Maryland's own 23 year old Swimmer Michael Phelps is
shooting to break the record for the most decorated gold medal
winner. So far he has won 6 gold medals (straight) within
record times, and He intends to break the world record of the
most gold medal wins by a single athlete "the winningest
Olympian in history". The record is 7 gold medals
currently held by Mark Spitz - who holds seven gold medals in
one Olympic, so Michael continues on with his quest for an
unprecedented eight gold medal at a single Olympics. We
wish him all the best with obtaining his goal of 8 gold medal
wins. (Picture courtesy of AFP Image).
30 athletes from Trinidad and Tobago will be competing in the
Olympic games: 25 track and field representatives, 3 swimmers, 1
competing in shooting and 1 competing in table tennis.
Actually, Roger Daniel competed in the men's 10 meter air pistol
competition some days ago and shot a total of 571 points
finishing 37th out of 48 competitors. CLICK HERE TO
READ and learn more about the Trinidad and Tobago 2008 Olympic
Games Team. Find out their names and the sport category
they will be competing in at the Beijing China Summer Olympics
HERE to log on and launch the Beijing 2008 Official Olympic Games
Website, you will find lots of information there, as well as the
By now many
of you must have heard that Senator Hillary Clinton stated she
is looking for a strategy for her delegates to have their voices
heard and respected at the Democratic National Convention at the
end of the month, and she did not rule out the possibility of
having her name placed into nomination for President of the
United States at the Convention alongside Senator Barack Obama's
I'm not surprised; only a little concerned. My husband
Todd and I had an opportunity to discuss this with some of our
friends over this past weekend, and the outcome of our
discussions were a bit distressing. The gentlemen we spoke
with felt Hillary Clinton will cause major havoc at this
convention (to put it lightly). The many descriptions we
received about what will take place regarding Hillary's fight to
be nominated as President was scary. Tell me what you
out the article courtesy of ABC News by CLICKING HERE!
Click the picture below to launch a video of Senator Clinton
addressing some of her supporters on this issue.
today (8/14/08) CNN has been reporting that Senator Clinton's
camp and Senator Obama's camp have released a joint statement
informing the world that Senator Clinton's name will indeed be
placed into nomination for President at the Convention. Hum....it
seems Senator Obama has completely lost his mind, why would he
agree to this...to any distraction that would impede his strong possibility
of becoming President of the United States????
Hilary Clinton Addressing her supporters at a Fundraiser
Click on the
picture to launch video (Powered by You Tube)
August 17th is the birth date of Marcus "Mossiah"
Garvey and all around the globe many are celebrating Mr.
Garvey's birthday, with celebrations filled with lectures,
poetry and music. Many of us are
unfamiliar with Mr. Garvey and his works, therefore I have
briefly described some important facts about Mr. Garvey and
about his works via an article I wrote last year CLICK
HERE TO READ!!! This article was published in
"Caribbean-American Weekly" Paper in New York in 2007.
You can also scroll down to "This Week in History" to
learn more about Marcus Garvey.
"10,000 Back-To-School Book Bag
Giveaways" will take place this Saturday, August 16,
2008. This special program is
sponsored by Jay Cameron of Urban Change and actor/author Hill
Harper. This program recognizes every year,
thousands of children start a new school year without the proper
tools for success. At-Rick children of all races and
ethnic backgrounds face a variety of challenges that are often
ignored and misunderstood. Therefore, this program helps
these kids by giving back in an extraordinary way, they are
giving out 10,000 book bags to school kids. Join them this
Saturday August 16, 2008, in the Washington and Maryland areas
at "Life Day" (a community outreach event sponsored by
Urban Change) as they distribute these book bags.
"Life Day" is an event full of activities and
performances for the kids with special guest celebrities.
The location of "Life Day" is 5610 Linda Lane in
Camp Springs, Maryland at the Life Center Church. The
event will last all day - from 10:00 a. m to 4:00 pm.
Another located that is set up for distribution of the book bags
on the same day is at the DC Armory, 200 East Capital Street,
Washington DC from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. To learn more
about this program and to see the list of things that is being
asked for donation to place in these book bags, log onto www.10000bookbags.com
Don't forget "Read Across
Jamaica Literacy Project" will be accepting
donations of Children's books and school supplies at an event
being held at The Mayorga Coffee Factory in Silver Spring
Maryland this Friday, August 15th,
2008, entitled "A Tribute to the Honorable Marcus Garvey".
Kindly bring your books and school supplies between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm
to Mayorga Coffee Factory. Please note: the dress is
business casual, and you are allowed to bring your kids along
for this educational and uplifting event. "There is
culture and knowledge everywhere". Click onto the below flyer to find other
Drop-Off Locations in the Washington and Maryland areas, as well
as at an upcoming event in Philadelphia. For more details
log on to the Read Across Jamaica Foundation, Inc at www.readacrossja.com.
I believe this event has a small entrance fee, but double check
with Read Across Jamaica for all the details.
week in History - August 14th-August 20th:
Knowledge is power!!! Notice below I have listed several interesting
facts and historic issues that took place during
this week during the period of the 1800s through the 1900s. Please take the time to read and
become educated, because education is the key to pretty
much everything in life, and surly what is needed to fulfill
your purpose. Remember knowledge is power!!! Click on to the titles
(underlined) listed below to learn
everything about these important issues and check out the
additional information on each issue.
- August 11th: Frederick
Douglass gave his 1st speech against slavery in Nantucket, MA.
Frederick Douglass delivered a riveting, heartfelt
anti-slavery speech in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he
spoke out on the issue of violence against slaves CLICK
HERE TO READ! For more on Frederick
Douglass CLICK HERE to read about his life!
1887 - August 17th:
Mossiah Garvey, Jr. was born! Marcus Garvey
HERE TO READ! For more on Marcus
Garvey CLICK HERE to log on to his official site!
- August 14th-19th: The Race Riot in Springfield, Illinois. (Courtesy of
Illinois State Library for the Illinois Periodicals Online (IPO
) The Illinois Race Riots arose when white mobs
demanded that police release to them a recently arrested suspect from the city jail,
so that they would kill the suspect - due to reports that the suspect (a black man) had
sexually assaulted a white woman. CLICK
HERE FOR DETAILS !
August 20th: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Economic
Opportunity Act, initiating the federally sponsored War on
HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT THIS WAR ON POVERTY.
- August 11th-16th: The Watts Uprising/Rebellion or referred
to as The Watts Riots. (Courtesy of Black Past.org
Remembered and Reclaimed). A Five-day
disturbance in the South Central section of Los Angeles was
the first of several eruptions in American cities in the
1960s. The conflict was between local police and an
African-American motorist that escalated from an altercation
involving police reinforcements and members of the black
community. The day was fueled by anger at police abuses,
frustration and disgust with discrimination and
poverty. Approx. 10,000 took to the streets, and
property damage were in the millions. Approx. 34 people
were killed, 1000 injured and 4000 arrested. There
is a very detailed piece on the riots for it's 40th
Anniversary in 2005 - CLICK HERE TO READ! (Courtesy
of The Socialism and Liberation Magazine)
- August 15th:-18th: Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur's
Farm at Bethel, New York. A three-day concert which
featured 24 bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young
people. This event came to symbolized the counter-culture
movement of the 60's. (Courtesy History.com).
One of my on-line family sent me an
interesting article last week which was published in the New
York Times on August 6, 2008. It is entitled "Is
Obama The End of Black Politics?" Very interesting it
was indeed!! CLICK
HERE to check it out, and send me your thoughts.
Senator John Edwards admitted to ABC News that
he has had an extramarital affair with a campaign
employee. He really "screwed" up with his sexual
affair. If by chance you were not able to view his
interview with "Nightline" entitled "Edwards
Admits Sexual Affair; Lied as Presidential Candidate, Click
HERE to read, and/or to view the Nightline interview, click
onto the below picture to launch the video (courtesy ABC News).
Admits Sexual Affair" on Nightline!
& 25 sec.)
Reverend Rick Warren, the Pastor of Saddleback
Church in Lake Forest, California interviews Senator Barack
Obama and Senator McCain on Saturday, August 16,
2008. The leadership
and compassion forum will be live
for 2 hours on CNN "Bringing Candidates Together" .
Check your local listing to see exactly what time this forum
begins on the 16th
Keep in mind
that the National Democratic Convention begins on August 25th
and ends on August 28th, 2008. This is when the Democratic
Party officially nominates its candidates for President and Vice
President of the United States. Senator Obama (who is the
winner of the primary elections and of the delegates and super delegates) will officially accept the Democratic Nomination
for President of the United States. This year though, the
traditional acceptance will be broken, and what normally takes
place at the convention, will be done differently. Senator
Obama will accept and address the American people at Denver's
INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver Colorado (a field that can
accommodate more than 75,000 people.)
General Elections are just a few months away - approximately 96 days
from today, so to make sure
your voice is heard and to be a part of the nations most
exciting elections, you must register to vote NOW. Log
on HERE to see the voter registration date deadline for each
state, and proceed
with registering to vote by logging on HERE, and filling out the registration
form at "Rock The Vote.com". (To
access the form, click the "Register To Vote" Button
from the menu at the top of the page)
to the many who have sent me e-mails in
response to my past E-Newsletters and lots of important
information to use for our future E-Newsletters. Most importantly, I thank you for your
encouraging words! So until next week... please enjoy this
Weekend and the upcoming week!!
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our on-line family, thanks for reading, sharing your thoughts
and comments with us, and for always supporting
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year, thousands of children start
a new school year without the
proper tools for success. At-Risk
children of all races and ethnic
backgrounds face a variety of
challenges that are often ignored
and misunderstood. On Saturday,
August 16, 2008, The Urban Change
Movement gives back to these
children and the greater
Washington, DC community in an
extraordinary way by sponsoring “The
10,000 Back-To-School Book Bag
Giveaways”. This major
contribution to the community is a
part of “Life Day”, a
community outreach event sponsored
by Urban Change. Life Day will
include activities for the entire
family along with attendance by
Special Guest Celebrities. Join
Jay Cameron of
Urban Change and actor and author,
Hill Harper for
“10,000 at Life Day!
5610 Linda Lane in Camp Springs,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Pick Up Locations: Pick up
Locations (1) Life Center Church,
5610 Linda Lane in Camp Springs,
Md. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
(2) DC Armory, 2001 East Capital
St Washington D.C. 20003.
Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
taking place at
Baltimore Central Church
of God, 4820