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Saturday, May 29, 2010

This Week - Loss of TV/Movie Stars

Gary Coleman of Different Strokes and Dennis Hopper of Easy Rider, etc. They'll both be missed!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Lights Out for 24"

Monday, May 24, 2010 marked the official ending of 24, a heart thumping series on Fox which premiered in November 2001 starring Kiefer Sutherland as Federal Agent/CTU Jack Bauer. I've been a fan since day 1 and have truly enjoyed each and every season.

So needless to say I was totally glued to my TV to watch the last two hours as the lights went out on my favorite show. I wasn't disappointed and was glad that Jack survived although the Russians and the US will be after him for his crimes.

While the series finale was bitter sweet, I can't wait to see Jack yet again in action on the big screen!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dinner & A Movie ("Just Wright")

Last night a friend and I hung out at Houlihan's for dinner and drinks. The place was hopping with folks laughing, eating and having a great time. Our waitress was a pleasant 17 yr old who was very attentive in taking our order. While we were waiting we observed a young couple at the end of their meal, drinking champagne and laughing. A few minutes later, the woman got up and left. Her date looked around and then followed her out the door. Within minutes their waitress (the same one handling our table) picked up the tab and realized that the couple skipped out on paying her. She frantically ran out the door but this couple disappeared.

My friend looked at me and then remarked, "Who does that? If you can't afford to dine out, don't go and then skip out on paying the bill." The waitress was completely frazzled and ran to get the manager to discuss what just happened. When the waitress came back to our table we learned that the couple racked up a bill of $75.00 before running out. Needless to say, we gave her a good tip and hoped that the couples' tab didn't get deducted from her paycheck. This was simply trifling!

On a lighter note, my friend then suggested going to the movie to see "Just Wright," starring Queen Latifah, Common and Paula Patton. This movie was a modern-day Cinderella tale where Queen Latifah plays the role of a physical therapist, Leslie Wright, who falls in love with a basketball player, Scott McKnight (played by Common) while helping him to recover from injury. However, her godsister/gold digger, Morgan (played by Paula Patton) upstages her at every angle including getting engaged to Scott McKnight until he gets injured and he's no longer viable to her. In the end, Leslie gets her man.

I enjoyed the movie but there were moments where the comedy slowed and it went flat. But it was great seeing Phylicia Rashad and Pam Grier on the big screen. All in all, it wasn't a bad choice for a Friday night!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Tribute to Lena Horne"

A friend of mine sent me this link which paid tribute to the late and great Lena Horne. I'd just like to share it with you.

Visit her Tribute Site

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Oprah Winfrey Show - "Surviving the Unthinkable"

I'm not an avid watcher of the Oprah Winfrey Show but when I saw the show on May 6, 2010 - "Surviving The Unthinkable," my heart broke. This show was about the horrific tale of four brothers who were adopted and starved by their foster parents.

On October 19, 2003, a man called 911 at 2:30 a.m. to report a small child was digging through the trash in search of food . "He had to be under 10," the man said in the 911 call. "He's very little, a very young kid."

That child was actually 19-year-old Bruce Jackson. Bruce and his three younger brothers were nearly being starved to death by their adoptive parents, Raymond and Vanessa Jackson. At 19, Bruce weighed only 45 pounds. Fourteen-year-old TreShawn weighed 40 pounds—a typical 14-year-old weighs 115 pounds. Ten-year-old Terrell weighed 28 pounds, when he should have weighed 70 pounds. Nine-year-old Michael weighed 23 pounds instead of the 60 pounds an average child his age should weigh. At the average weight of an 18-month-old toddler, Michael wore baby clothes.

When police arrived at the home, they found a lock on the refrigerator and an alarm on the kitchen door. The Jacksons claimed their four sons were so small because they suffered from eating disorders. The boys told police they were given only raw oatmeal and pancake batter to eat. One boy told authorities he chewed on window sills and wall plaster because he was so hungry, and bite marks were discovered around the house to prove it.

When authorities removed the boys from the home, they were filthy, had rotted teeth and itched from head lice. "This is by far the most horrific case of child abuse and child neglect that we have seen over the years," county prosecutor Vincent Sarubbi said. (www.oprah.com)

Although the Jacksons were charged with twenty-eight counts of aggravated assault and child endangerment, Mr. Jackson died of a stroke during the investigation and Mrs. Jackson plead guilty to one count of child endangerment in exchange for a reduced sentence. HUH? Too bad I wasn't presiding over that case because she would definitely have gotten more than the seven year prison term. I was truly appalled at the outcome and to think the Jacksons had the nerve to hide behind religion being a churchgoing couple. Furthermore, shame on Mrs. Jackson for denying ever abusing or mistreating these boys.

BUT, despite the failings of the legal system and social services, I'm thankful that decent folks like James and Amber Parrish stepped up to the plate, adopted the boys and treated them like family. They are happy now and only good things can happen going forward!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Today, I was a co-facilitator for an "Etiquette" seminar for the mentoring program. It was a joint session for both the boys and girls. It was very interesting when we gave them an Etiquette quiz to see how they would answer certain questions regarding how the sexes would act in certain situations.

One question that was not on the list which was asked by a male mentor was "How do you feel about a guy opening the door for you?" Personally, I think it's a great gesture because it shows that the guy has respect for women. However, some of the female mentees stated that it didn't really matter because they could open the door themselves. Another male mentee in the background kept saying that it's 2010 and I guess that means chivalry is dead and women should just do whatever they feel like.

At the end of the seminar we were able to show them that there are certain things that are deemed appropriate for both males and females and that etiquette and having social graces go a long way.