Daily Archive: September 9, 2011

Entertainment

New Trinidadian rapper makes bold fashion statement

by Walter Greene (NNPA—The international music arena is abuzz with the sounds and persona of the new kid on the block “The Ophilus London.” A Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-raised rapper who is taking his music to levels only reached so far by the major players like Jay Z and Kanye West. OPHILUS LONDON With the release of his debut album entitled “Times Are Weird These Days,” London has caught the attention of the fashion sect. Over the past weeks he’s been seen perched front row at the men’s wear shows in Paris. He’s also been seen hobnobbing with the glitterati in Cannes, posed in an advertising campaign wearing Lanvin, struck a deal with Cole Haan Shoes to design a special ‘blue shoe’ and is gearing up to launch his own fashion line with the European powerhouse LVRS who owns the major French fashion brands.

Entertainment

Soul singer claims Jay-Z, Kanye West illegally sampled track

(NNPA)—As Jay-Z and Kanye West celebrate the recent success of their album, “Watch the Throne,” the rappers may face a lawsuit from a Chicago soul singer who claims the pair illegally sampled one of his songs from the 1960s. According to the music, film and photography preservation company, The Numero Uno Group, singer Syl Johnson said the hip-hop duo illegally sampled his 1967 track “Different Strokes” for their song “The Joy.” KANYE WEST The latter track was originally intended to appear on the deluxe edition of West’s 2010 album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” but was used instead as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of “Watch The Throne.” West is credited as the producer of the track, though it was in fact produced by Pete Rock.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Just Wanna Testify’

Throughout your life, you’ve done some regretful things. Riding your bike downhill with iffy brakes, that was one of them. Cutting your own hair. Sassing your grandma while she was standing close. And then there was that time you ate something somebody said “tastes good.” You can attribute that to being young and dumb, but there’s no excuse when you’re grown. Dating the wrong person, going clubbing in some hideous outfit, that email to the boss: all impulsive, all regretful. So could five 18-year-olds be forgiven for bartering their futures? Blue Hamilton thought so, but in the new novel “Just Wanna Testify” by Pearl Cleage, compassion nearly cost Blue his life. Regina Hamilton was blessed.

Entertainment

I fell in love with a tramp!

Dear Gwendolyn: (NNPA)—I am 48 years old and recently got a divorce from a young lady age 22. We were only married for one year. During that time we had a baby, being that she was six months pregnant when we got married. Immediately after the marriage, she appeared not to have any affection for me. In fact, she told me that the baby is not my baby. I am paying child support. I know I can fight the issue, but I love her and do not wish to abandon the baby. This was my first marriage, but I have many children by many different women. Sometimes I wonder if I am being punished because I mistreated those women. You see…when younger I was quite handsome and I took advantage of my looks. It seems I mistreated the good women who crossed my path and sadly married a tramp.

Business

A grown folks tale

(NNPA)—I’d like to share a love story with you. It’s probably not the kind you’d expect. The characters in this story are not sultry women and manly men. They are tablets, like iPads, eReaders (electronic devices that allow you to digitally read books, magazines, etc.), and other mobile connected devices. But, I promise I’ll make it interesting. Once upon a time, oh, way back a year ago (which is, in fact, a long time as technology seems to evolve at warp speed), Nielsen’s quarterly survey of smartphones, tablets and eReaders reported that men and younger folks dominated the tablet and eReader ownership market. The survey showed that 62 percent of tablet owners were 34 and younger, and that those in the 55-plus crowd made up only 10 percent. But, old man time came along, and showed what a difference a year makes! By the second quarter of 2011, the percentage of users over 55 jumped to 19 percent; while the number of young’uns who owned tablets dropped to 46 percent, according to Nielsen data. While men (still by far) prefer tablets more than women, 61 percent of women have taken an affinity to eReaders, up from just 46 percent this time last year.

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Business

In case of emergency, break glass

When defining a banker Mark Twain said, “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.” New Edition posed a thought provoking question in one of their hit records “Sunny days—everybody loves them but can you stand the rain?” An emergency savings is known by many names—emergency fund, god only knows fund, hard times fund, in case something happens fund. The most popular name used to describe emergency savings is a raining day fund. An emergency savings is money set aside to help cover you and your family during unexpected events that result in a reduction or loss of income such as unemployment, disability, death, or divorce. An emergency savings can also be used to pay for unexpected expenses such as home and car repairs, legal fees and medical bills. When things happen that affects your money that are unplanned and unexpected it feels as if its raining on your parade. An emergency savings or raining day fund will serve as your umbrella shielding you from the rain.

Sports

OVERTIME

BILL NEAL :10 Yo Johnny, wake my man up. Tell him its past 2:30…time to go. Hey Moammar…Moammar…Gahdafi…wake up man time to go. Huh what time is it? It’s almost 3:00 a.m. man way past closing time! I got nowhere to go, the rebels ran me out my crib…I got no one to turn to. Alright my man let me help you here. No. 1 you should have read the Saddam book, especially the last Chapter. No. 2 turn your butt to the door that’s where you turn. And No. 3 you already know this from the parties you gave at the compound…you ain’t gotta go home but you gotta get the hell outta here…and leave that $37.50 for the wings and beer!!! (I tried to tell Moammar what was up last week when he was here. My cousin is in the National Guard he told me what was coming down, but dude is hard headed).

Sports

Monroeville native Scott hired as assistant coach at LaSalle

by Malik Vincent Former Pitt forward Shayla Scott achieved a variety of accomplishments both on and off the court during her tenure as a four-year starter for the Panthers—now comes the next challenge. On Aug. 31, Scott, 22, was named as an assistant women’s basketball coach at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. There, she is reunited with Jeff Williams who took over at the Atlantic-10 school last season after being a part of Pitt’s staff for seven seasons as the assistant head coach. SHAYLA SCOTT “This experience will be very rewarding and I’m looking forward to getting started,” Scott said. “I’m just a few months removed from being one of the athletes. So I’m still very familiar with the academics and the conditioning and everything that comes with playing on the division-I level.”

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Lifestyle

Tipped off

Let me begin by saying that I don’t mind leaving a tip for good service but I am sick of the tip jars. I spotted one recently at an outdoor beverage stand; the person behind the stand was only pouring the lemonade not making it, what would motivate me to tip her? And may I add she wasn’t doing anything special, she wasn’t even friendly. A tip should be left for good service not because you rang up a bag of potato chips. I wonder how a tip jar would work on my desk at work (my day job)? I think I will try it, I’ll place the washed out pickle jar on the edge of my desk and as I answer questions that I would typically answer during the course of a day, I will give a sideways glare towards the jar and see if anyone puts something in. At the end of day I would count up the money and go home.

Lifestyle

Summer Breeze

The Delta’s and the Kappa’s did it again, the second successful Peppermint Soiree was held Aug. 27 at the Marriott City Center. The crowd began to gather at 7 p.m. for a night of pure fun. There was one room dedicated to vendors with jewelry, handbags, shoes and of course everything a Kappa and Delta could dream of in the way of tee shirts, caps and Greek accessories. In the main lobby there was a photographer and wine tasting. AND THE WINNER IS—Aisha Gunter interviewed by Ted Duncan. Carving stations were throughout the lobby and foyer and the smooth jazz sounds of Dwayne Dolphin flowed out of the Marquis Ballroom. There was no dating game this year, but there was a well-crafted Greek Parade fashion show that featured all of the sororities and fraternities instead. Everyone got an equal opportunity to strut their colors.