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Rihanna resurfaces in Mexico & Barbados newspaper runs editorial expressing “outrage” at Chris Brown

In Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Politics, Relationships, Trinidad on February 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

The People Empowerment Party has emerged from its cubbyhole with an editorial on the Rihanna/Chris Brown fiasco. 

…We believe we need to publicly express the deep, collective sense of outrage that we feel about the terrible injustice that was inflicted on her. When we see Rihanna, we see our own daughters, sisters, nieces, girlfriends, cousins and grand-daughters, and we are profoundly angry that one of our womenfolk should be treated in such a disrespectful and brutish manner. Rihanna’s hurt is therefore our hurt as well, and we must do something about it.

…In our own nation of Barbados, male violence against women is so traditional and so widespread that it has come to be regarded as simply part and parcel of the fabric of day-to-day life. The sad reality is that Barbadian women are raped in their own homes by male family members and friends; females are raped on dates; and the spouse who does not prepare the meal on time or who is suspected of having another man, is far too often subjected to the wrath and blows of the physically stronger male.

The editorial from PEP closes with this: 

The PEP is now therefore publicly urging such organisations as the National Organisation of Women, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Young Women’s Christian Association, Barbados Christian Council, Barbados Bar Association, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Barbados Association of Office Professionals and the Barbados Association of Retired Persons, to come together in a mighty alliance and to launch a major multifacted, national programme aimed at tackling all aspects of the syndrome of violence against women. The PEP would be delighted to join or to collaborate with such an initiative.

I’m underwhelmed and on the brink of stoicism over the whole ordeal. It’s like I’m totally opposed to domestic violence but this incident is suffering from pontification overload. Everybody has something to say and no one except for Rihanna and Chris knows what fully transpired. 

Then there’s the whole Caribbean massive, let’s band arms and support Rihanna song-and-dance. Meanwhile West Indian countries like Barbados doesn’t hold itself accountable for the pervasive sexual innuendos in music that degrades women.

Among those not minding their own are former drug dealer Jay-Z, the Senegalese pedophile Akon who had dry sex with a 15-year-old at a concert, and Donald Trump who dropped Ivana for a younger woman. *See comment below*

“From what I understand about abusers, they never change. Now, that’s a pretty sad comment, but they never change. I would tell her [Rihanna] to get the hell out of there.”

Platitudes. Platitudes. Platitudes galore! Sounds similar to what’s said about womanizers, Trumpster. Please, STFU. 

And the tabloids are gobbling it all up. 

I’m getting a bite to eat. Jerked chicken sounds good right about now. – MJ

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The chimp and the news cycle.

In African American interest, Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Politics, President Barack Obama, Trinidad on February 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

A couple of thoughts bout the dead ape: 

The New York Post cartoon by Sean Delonas was very racist! EXTREMELY. Why? Cuz historically black people have been called monkeys, apes, coons, spades, etcetera. Therefore drawing a cartoon based on Monday’s Connecticut chimp shooting that shows slain chimp and two hovering white police officers saying, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” brings to mind President Barack Obama who is black and author of said stimulus bill and that makes it racial.

The chimp, in case you haven’t heard, once starred in an Old Navy commercial with actress Morgan Fairchild. Known as Travis, the chimp mauled a woman on Monday, ripped her face off before police shot it to death.

The cartoon sadly gives this story, though riveting in a wholly craps, a-chimp-mauls suburbanite-woman-kind-of-way, more traction. 

I wonder what’s up with New York Post editors? Freedom of speech aside, it’s their job to control (and yes, they typically do control) news stories and editorial cartoons presented in the paper before it goes to print. The cartoon was racist, insensitive, sad, unfunny, and a complete disregard for Post readership, many of whom are minorities (and in NYC the term minority is an oxymoron). 

So what happens when a racist cartoon hits newsstands? There’s an uproar and protest ensues. Then the paper rebuts with a flimsy excuse: 

Col Allan, editor-in-chief of the Post, defended the work. “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut,” Allan said in a statement. “It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy…”

Then Washington, DC, reporters are told  to get a quote from the White House.

They do:

Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, declined comment. “I have not seen the cartoon,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One as Mr Obama returned to Washington. “But I don’t think it’s altogether newsworthy reading the New York Post.”

Then Eric Holder, the country’s first black general attorney, says we remain “essentially a nation of cowards.” 

Then New York Daily News columnist Michael Daly sides with the Rev. Al Sharpton because he can’t find the humor in the cartoon either and surmises it’s racist. 

Then things really get weird when the turn of events are discussed on ABC’s “The View”.  Jezebel reports that Sherri Shepherd twice had to correct the award-winning veteran reporter Barbara Walters who was confused about the monkey’s color in the cartoon. 

Then I say let’s put this thing to rest: Stop reading that rag. – MJ

Don’t know much about baseball but here’s what I think: Don’t blame A-Rod, at least not solely.

In African American interest, Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Dominican Republic, Entertainment, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Politics, Sports, Trinidad on February 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm

In all honesty, I can’t stand baseball. 

Actually, no, that’s not it. I can’t take watching baseball on the telly. My dad is a major baseball fan. He loves New York baseball whether it’s the Bronx Bombers or the Flushing, Queens crew, the Mets sluggers. He totally revels in the game in the comfort of his living room and I suppose having a cold brewski in hand makes his at-home spectating that much more fun.

But MJ has to be in the stadium cuz that’s the only way I’ll get it –  America’s fascination with the game that is and trust that I have. 

So even I can understand fans’ disappointment that A-Rod with aid from his phantom cousin did the steroid okie pokey. Bummer for the Bronx Bomber. Bummer for his fans.

Gotta say that I’m not surprised that A-Rod’s name has been added to that roguish roster marked ANABOLIC STEROID USERS: NO HALL OF FAME FOR YOU! This is baseball after all where contract dollars are as high as you can dream and drug oversight as far as the eye can see. Like you gotta squint to see it in spite of all the loose paper stamped Mitchell Report falling from the blue skies.  


But I gotta admit even MJ felt a little soft for the Yankee metrosexual slugger as he teared up during his press conference in Tampa on Monday or Tuesday (cuz like I said I really need to be at the actual baseball event for these sort of details to stick). 

Howeverrrr, I wasn’t buying his hackneyed excuse of I-was-young-and-stupid-and-didn’t- know- that -sticking-myself-with-needles-with-help-from-my-cousin-who-I-ain’t-naming act. It doesn’t wash. Tell me you had a fill-in-the-blank energy drink, not realizing that fill-in-the-blank energy drink was laced with fizzy anabolic steroid ingredient. Don’t tell me that you were bending down while your cousin poked you with a needle and alarm bells even at the not-so-tender age of 25 didn’t go off. 

All in all, I found A-Rod’s press conference, which I watched about half-way through the media Q&A part, bewildering. Yet, I gotta agree with A-Rod on one front: baseball is bigger than Rodriguez – like a gazillion baseball diamonds way bigger. 

I’m not saying brush this aside or hurry up and move forward. Steroid use in the MLB and beyond is a big, major deal and it creates physical disadvantages among players, is unsportsmanlike, among many other reasons I’m too lazy to lay out that makes it bad, bad, bad. 

But brouhaha over one player – no matter how major of a star he is – with little attention to the club as a whole including managers, etcetera, does nothing to correct the problem or alleviate pressures (and greed) these athletes feel that drives them to furtively go druggy.

Whatever became of that Mitchell Report any way and the subsequent stringent regulations it was suppose to usher in?  Never mind. I’m going shopping. What do I know about baseball? Nada, that’s what! – MJ

Jamaica PM wants to remix Reggae

In Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Entertainment, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Politics, Trinidad on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 am

Jamaica wants to go straitlaced with its reggae tunes. Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who reportedly has some trust issues with the masses and narrowly got elected to the post bout’ two years ago, is leading the charge. He wants to ban lewd lyrics from reggae and soca music, Jamaican Information Service reports.

The government will be taking a tough stance on lewd and violent music, and will put in place the resources needed to effect and enforce the necessary changes, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has said.

“We are going to find a way to deal with the nastiness that is out there. And if it is some law that needs to be changed, let us prepare the legislation and go to Parliament and change it. If it is some resources that we have to find then, as tough as things are, make us find it, because we cannot afford to allow this assault not only on our music, but on our psyche and our identity as a people, to continue,” Mr. Golding stated.

Love that quote: “We are going to find a way to deal with the nastiness that is out there.”

Can’t say that I blame old Golding. For starters, Jamaica has been pegged as one of the most murderous countries in the effing world. Out-of-control gays are to blame, says one eccentric politician. 

OK, I’m done laughing.

Now where was I? Ah, yes. Murder in Jamaica…

Being described as a murderous locale is just uncool, not to mention a black eye to the country’s tourism industry.

I’m all for freedom of speech and an artist’s liberty to be an artist but even my liberal self has to admit that the lyrics are out of control and pervasive. I can certainly use some variety when in the mood for some reggae tunes. It’s part of the reason why nowadays, I’m just not listening to much of it. Enough with sexual and violent lyrics all day, every day. And to top it off, the lyrics aren’t even clever. Rubbish! Somebody press pause or better yet, turn that ish off. You’re riling up a sistah and making people from the West Indies look like sex-crazed, gun toting imbeciles.

Golding will have one heck of a challenging trying to right this ship. But something – anything – gotta be done. 

I’m a big believer that when a society has gone berserk, you don’t fuel the fire by unleasing more crass music onto the frenzied crowd. The fact that many in the crowd are having dry sex on the dance floor – some in inverted positions while simultaneously eyeing the nearest exit in case of a shooting- should be another telltale sign that it’s time to end the party.

What ever happened to one love? Who spiked the sorrel with the Appleton Estate?

Wonder what Alton Ellis would say? 

And with that, here’s the news report in its entirety. – MJ

Much to do about the dress

In Fashion, Michelle Obama, Politics on January 21, 2009 at 1:59 am

Hmm…what would I wear if my hubby were being sworn in as president of the most powerful country in the world. Dunno. Which is why I could care less that Michelle’s Isabel Toledo number received mixed reviews. Some have said that the gems were a bit much and the dress – tres Jackie O, methinks – is overdone as well. As I said, dunno what I’d don if I or my hubby were being sworn in as the 44th president but whatever I chose to wear, best believe it’d be over the top, overdone, sparkly, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I mean given the historic/memorable factor thingy, could you blame me? 

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And then there was this number for the inaugural ball or balls, 10 in total. Here’s a pic of the Obamas during their first dance. I’m on the prowl for more pictures, preferably of Michelle and her much-anticipated ball gown designed by 26-year-old Jason Wu, a former student of Project Runway fashion guru, Tim Gunn.

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The Inauguration Report from BK

In Humor, Personal, Politics on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm
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10:07 am

Wow. It’s exactly 10:07 a.m. Crazy. In a little less than two hours Barack Obama will be sworn as the 44th president of the United States of America . My palms are sweaty. I’m emotional. One of my closest friends called me a short while ago. She was in tears. She couldn’t believe that she was at work while this historical event is unfolding. I’m in my mother’s bedroom, taking it all in on television, I told her. I suppose it’s not about the what ifs, or should of, or could of. I suppose it’s about taking it all in no matter where you are. It’s about recognizing that something awesome is happening. What. A. Feeling.

10:12 a.m

Watching the Today Show. Caribbean folks always have to represent and of course in Chocolate City, they are representing strong. Saw a Haitian flag (go Haiti!) in the crowd. Not sure who the reporter was but this reporter was interviewing a person of West Indian descent, who was talking a mixed CD he made with lots of Bob Marley tunes. He said something positive the inauguration though I can’t recall what exactly that was. I was too fixated on the Haitian flag fluttering in the background.

10:20

No disrespect. I collect shot glasses. I need to buy a shot glass with Barack Obama’s face emblazoned on it. Random thought for sure.

10: 21

This sucks. Why am I not in D.C.? I had lodging options and also a free magazine party to attend on Sunday. Sigh. WTF? My D.C. pals will never let me forget this major faux pas. I mean I’m broke but even that’s no excuse. I read reports of unemployed people with mouths to feed who have traveled from as far as Texas to D.C. to experience this once in a lifetime moment. Be back in a few. Going to dunk my head in the toilet cause I’m feeling like an ass right now.

12:44 p.m.

Wow. Shivers. Great speech. I never sang the national anthem with so much passion. Loved the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery’s benediction. Goose bumps. Hair standing. Wow!

1:00 p.m.

Preparing to head out. Need a celebratory lunch. Feeling very festive. Feeling proud to be an American. Woo hoo! Throwing one of my several Obama tees. Palm still sweating. What a feeling. Wow! 

1:19 p.m.

Let’s get involved. President Barack Obama has called on all of us to do our part. We have to our part and choose hope over fear. Ready to do your part? Go here to learn more.

6:02 p.m.

Watching the inauguration parade on CNN. Can’t wait to see what Michelle O wears to the inaugural ball.

10:01 p.m. Decided that I like Michelle’s dress. It’s fresh, flirty and young but not in a weird way that plays against her age. Mm…Barack sure can move those hips. Oh, but wait…where was I?

12 a.m. The Barack fest has come to an end. I literally watched on MSNBC this beautiful couple attend 6 balls. I’m fatigued. Heading to bed. Gotta wake up bright and fresh for a new day under a new president. What. A. Feeling.- MJ

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President Barack H. Obama’s inauguration speech.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Inauguration Live On Hulu

In Politics on January 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm

We figured you’d appreciate not having to miss one second of the 44th presidential inauguration while you check in to the read the latest Labay post. Courtesy of Hulu.com, here’s a live steam of the ceremony.

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A Glorious American Day!!!

In Politics on November 5, 2008 at 4:42 am

LaBay congratulates Barack Obama, the United States of America’s 44th president-elect, on a superbly-ran campaign. Yes, we did!!!

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Whassup? Obama

In Entertainment, Politics on October 29, 2008 at 6:30 am

Remember those guys from Anheuser-Busch “Whassup” commercials? Well, check out their independent pitch for Obama. 

Zoe Kravitz on Obama

In Entertainment, Politics on October 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

This is pretty cool. Check out Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s all-grown up daughter, Zoe, sharing her thoughts about Barack Obama. – MJ