November 07, 2013
By Cory Alexander Haywood
Complain, protest, boycott all you want, the ever-controversial rapper Kanye West only hears the beat of his own drum.
West’s most recent stunt for public attention is wearing the confederate flag on the sleeves of a green bomber jacket, photographed recently.
Last month, the “New Slaves” multi-platinum selling recording artist announced plans to feature the racially-charged image on merchandise for his nationwide “Yeezus Tour.” Apparently, he wasn’t bluffing. During an interview with Los Angeles radio station 97.1 AMP, explained the reasoning behind using the flag – which was adopted by the Southern states during the American Civil War but has come to represent a symbol of racism and hate to many.
“React how you want,” he said. “Any energy is good energy. You know the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way – that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag. Now what are you going to do?”
Never one to display humility, West often makes a point of boasting about his “genius-like” creative music abilities. Granted, his album sales and multiple trips to the Grammy’s offer validation for such thinking, but even Kayne’s fans have grown tired of all the bravado (warranted or otherwise).
No matter your sentiments about the Chicago-bred lyricist, it’s hard to deny his talent, which played an integral role in the development of hip-hop mogul Jay Z’s critically acclaimed, 2001 classic opus “The Blueprint.”
Shortly thereafter, MTV tapped West as an emerging artist in 2002 during a segment of “You Hear It First.”
By Blair Adams
Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper
Rumors are flying around the entertainment industry that Kerry Washington, star of the hit ABC series “Scandal,” is pregnant with her first child.
Sources told E News, US Weekly and People that they thought Washington was pregnant at the Emmys in September, when she wore an empire-waisted gown that “hid her tiny figure.”
“She’s about four months along,” a source told US Weekly.
This will be the first child for Washington and her husband, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who were wed in June after dating for one year.
But “Scandal” fans are wondering how Washington’s real-life pregnancy will affect her onscreen character, Olivia Pope?
Washington could not be reached for comment and her reps have declined to comment on the star’s personal matters. In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, Washington said she preferred to stay silent about her personal life.
“I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me,” she said. “I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, ‘I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.’ So I just thought, ‘Okay, no more.’”
You feel centered this week and full of efficient energy. Use this week to accomplish tasks, make plans, and finalize arrangements that need to be made. Face into personal responsibilities with love and pleasure now.
You can build a bridge with your imagination to reach the person you want to meet. Build the very best bridge your imagination can afford. Your soulmate will then cross over to you. Your intentions are warm and sincere.
While those around you may seem disagreeable, mind your own business and don’t take anything personally. Focus your mind on the project you most want to work on this week and put your beautiful energy into that with love.
A happy week is in store for sociable you. Lots of friends and a party or two or three will keep your energy bright. Use caution while driving and watch for a pleasant surprise or two this week.
Lots of creative energy available this week, and you can use this in many creative ways. Whatever your heart tells you to focus on, focus on that. Maintain emotional balance by taking periodic breaks from your work.
Your sense of self is feeling unusually well-defined. And it’s causing you to look confident. People will notice your regal bearing and noble outlook this week.
The week may start off cloudy but will soon turn bright if you keep your outlook positive and your thoughts on higher, more optimistic ideas. Be thankful for your wise and generous heart. You have a shining spirit.
Who is your spiritual family? Celebrate your life with these people this week. Offer praise and grace-filled vibrations, and share your blessings. Things on the mundane level are clearing up and working out perfectly.
You've been having these crazy dreams lately, and they're all you can think about Monday. What could they possibly mean? Are they just bizarre and absurd or is there something to them? (And anyway, your normal life has been feeling a bit absurd lately.) People like hearing about your dreams, and Wednesday and Thursday, someone you know might be in the mood to be entertained by one of your wild stories. This weekend, you and your friends have so much fun just sitting around and talking, who needs to spend money
There's a chance you may need to call on someone for help, but everyone always calls on you for help, so there's no need to feel guilty. There is a lot you want to get done by midweek, and some of it is going to seem impossible. Rest assured, it's not. When you and your best pals put your heads together, there's really not very much you can't do. Persevere and you will prevail. Even this weekend, an unexpected (and positive) outcome is going to prove that the world is aligned in your favor
You were all gung-ho about your career just a couple days ago, but at the start of the week, you're not so sure. The thing is, you haven't really figured out what you want yet, so it's hard to know if you like what you have. You're in a good place, but could you be in a better place? Hard to say. Midweek, it's worth asking a friend you respect (and who is in love with their career) for some advice. On Friday and over the weekend, plan to spend some time with people who have nothing to do with your professional life whatsoever. Take your mind off things. Have some fun.
You're happy to help people out on Monday, but you're not exactly thrilled about your suspicion that people are perhaps taking advantage of you. Is that what's happening? Or are you just being over-sensitive? Friends -- they can be so confusing. Just keep your wits about you, and the moment you feel like someone might be taking you for a ride, call them on it, especially Wednesday. (Nothing commands more respect than just being upfront with people.) On Friday or possibly over the weekend, someone you adore is going to ask you for some help, and you're going to be perfectly happy to do whatever they need.
It’s no secret that a large sector of the Christian community doesn’t approve of Oxygen’s new, controversial reality show, “Preachers of LA.” Like moths to a flame, scores of viewers tuned in to watch the highly-anticipated season opener.
With critics up in arms behind the show’s premise, a group of flashy clergyman shoving their congregation-driven wealth in the faces of America, Bishop Noel Jones, who appears regularly on the documentary series, recently addressed his City of Refuge congregation, defending his decision to participate.
Despite faltering health and a recent hospital stay for heart issues, Jones — a pastor in Gardena, C.A. – has managed to keep his ministry in tact, keeping him busy and financially empowered. During his message to the church, he mentioned owning a Porsche and insisted that his detractors, including fellow preachers, would receive only love in return for their criticism. Jones admitted on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” that like everyone else, he has flaws. Sybil Wilkes, co-host of the radio show, fired back at Jones, saying:
“You have a lot of great, fancy words but what you see in this, is men of God who are preaching the word, who are now seen as just regular guys but it is in such a disturbing way.”
To that Jones defended himself by telling Wilkes that every preacher he knows is flawed in some way and that they are just messengers of God and not the message itself.
Earlier Tuesday, it was being reported that comedian/actor Brandon T. Jackson had been being unfairly treated by a US Airways attendant named “Dee” per his tweets.
Jackson even claimed “Dee” even hurled a racial slur at him during the incident on a flight to Phoenix on Monday. Seemingly it all started when “Dee” allegedly told Jackson to take his seat. From there, the two engaged an argument. Jackson claims “Dee” said to him, “I don’t care if your Obama's son get in your seat!” He also says she called him the n-word.
Jackson, who was continuing on to Los Angeles, was then escorted off the plane and questioned by Phoenix police. He was eventually released but wasn’t allowed to board another (US Airways) flight, he says.
“This was the most racist thing that ever happened to me even the white people on the plane was like that [was] racist,” he tweeted.
OK, that’s Brandon’s side of the story. US Airways says the “Tropic of Thunder” actor was an obnoxious, drunken a-hole during a flight Monday and that’s why he was booted from his plane.
“The disruptive behavior started with loud music being played by Mr. Jackson at his seat,” a rep told TMZ. “He was asked several times to turn down the music. Additional erratic behavior was observed and that is when the crew made the decision to stop serving [alcohol to Brandon].”
Crew members adamantly deny using the N-word during the inflight altercation with the actor, despite Jackson’s allegations.
US Airways says it stands behind the crew and says they handled the situation appropriately.
As of this posting, Jackson has not responded to US Airways’ comments.
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