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Happy birthday Jay Z who is 44 today and Tyra Banks who is 40.
Baracks Won't Let Sasha On Facebook- President Obama and first lady Michelle sat down with Barbara Walters on 20/20 for an interview where they discussed many things including their daughters’ access to Facbeook. They revealed that oldest daughter, 15 year old Malia, has limited access to the social media site and is in fact allowed to date. They didn’t reveal whether there’s anyone serious in her life.But 12 year old Sasha is not allowed to be on facebook. Mrs. Obama said, “I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people ... particularly for them, because they're in the public eye. Some of it's stuff they don't need to see and be a part of ... So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice.”
Eminem’s Charity - Eminem and his organization, The Marshall Mathers Foundation, are doing their part for this year’s ‘Giving Tuesday’. The foundation announced that it will match all donations- up to $100K- made to ‘Wolverine Human Services’ in Detroit (a charity which helps young people who are dealing with substance abuse and treatment.) So far Em and the team have raised $11,000 and those who donate are eligible to win autographed prizes from Slim Shady himself.For more information and to donate visit Crowdrise.com/wolverinehs.
Food Strikes - About a year ago 58 cities saw their first major fast food strikes and on Thursday the movement will be refueling on a much larger scale.The Service Employees International Union is organizing the strikes with the goal of getting workers in fast food restaurants a $15 an hour wage and union access without threats/ retaliation.The strikes will take place in 100 cities across the United States and 100 more cities worldwide.The National Restaurant Association has responded to the strikes by arguing that raising the wage of restaurant workers to $15 (more than 2 times the national minimum wage rate) would decrease hiring dramatically.
Jay and Beyonce Go Vegan! - Going vegan is a lifestyle increasing in popularity and Jay Z and Beyonce may be joining the bandwagon. According Jay’s website the power couple are on a three week “spiritual and physical cleanse” where they plan to cut out meat and foods that come from animals and follow a plant based diet. Oh Man! Jay wrote yesterday “one day shy of my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Day challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant based!” The number 22 was picked because his favorite trainer Marco Borges said that 22 is the magic number to make or break a habit and that it just so happens to be before Christmas. Jay also said, “I will post my progress…any professional vegans out there that have an great food spots please help out! Please…I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We’ll see.” Damn Jay.. Your giving up chicken and cheese. I wouldn’t be able to!
Desean Jackson Does A Good Deed - Desean Jackson along with several of his teammates gave back to the community in a big way last night with their ‘Shop With A Jock’ event. They took 50 kids from Philly- 40 from social services and 10 others from needy families in the area- on a $100 shopping spree at the Walmart on South Columbus Blvd. About the event Jackson said, “Right now’s a crucial time for a lot of kids and families who are not able to go out and treat themselves to some goods, so I really just wanted to be a help to the local community.” Some of the other players involved wereMichael Vick, Kurt Coleman, John Dorenbos and rookie Zach Ertz. One of the lucky kids was so excited about the trip and said that his favorite part was shopping for his “Lego Teenate Mutant Ninja Turtle.” The store manager said that the event was a huge success and they look forward to hosting is again next year.
New Strain Of HIV - Swedish scientists have discovered a new strain of HIV- titled A3/02- which they believe, is a combination of two other strands and that progresses much faster than most previous variations of the virus. The researchers say that the strain evolves from HIV to full blown AIDS in about 5 years, which is almost 2.5 years faster than other strains. So far the strain seems to be confined in West Africa but scientists are worried about recombinants showing up all around the world, spreading and developing even further.
Sharkeisha Update - This is the girl that punched her ex friend in the face in a video that went viral. Well now there’s a song. Watch HERE.
Kanye Adidas Deal Confirmed - A few days ago Kanye West prematurely announced that he would be partnering with Adidas due to the royalty issues in his partnership with Nike. After letting it slip Kanye tried to cover his tracks by not saying whether anything was official or not.Well, yesterday Adidas confirmed the deal by releasing the following statement: “For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter.”Other artists who have teamed up with Adidas in the past include Snoop Doogy Dogg/ Dog/ Lion and Run DMC.
Fast and Furious Filming Halted -The death of actor Paul Walker has put a halt on the production of the 7th installment in the Fast and Furious series. The movie studio behind the film has decided to stop work while the investigation is underway. Dental records have been provided by both families and autopsies are underway to determine who was in fact driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. They are also still trying to determine what caused the crash – speeding or a fluid leak. Now they gotta decide how to proceed with the scenes he’s already shot and how to modify the movie. The movie was set to hit theaters in July 11th but Universal has not yet revealed how they plan to change that release schedule or how they will handle Walkers unfinished performance. In other related Wheel Of Fortune Episode that has ‘Fast And Furious’ as answer and people were upset.
MCW’s Fund - Cuse guy and Sixers rookie Michael Carter Williams will not be one of those new NBA players who blows through his money and ends up broke. Carter-Williams mother has made sure of this by putting the $4.5 million he is guaranteed through his new contract with the Sixers into a trust fund that he cannot touch for the next three years. That value could be as much as $10 million if the team decides to follow through with the last two seasons of the contract. While his money is locked away Williams will be living off of Nike and Panini trading cards endorsement deals. Smart guy. That’s that cuse education.
Katherine Jackson Is Not Done - She is planning on another lawsuit against AEG. This is all still related to Michael Jacksons 2009 death where Katherine says they should have investigated Conrad Murray before allowing him to give MJ drugs. Her lawyer said there was jury misconduct and there is new evidence in this case.
Penis Size By State - Condom seller Condomania ranked all 50 states based on the average size of the condoms bought in the state. #1 state North Dakota, #2 Phone Island, #South Dakota! What? New York is #9, New Jersey #14, Pennsylvania #20, Delaware #34 .. Damn!
Say it ain't so! Reports claim that it may be over for the R&B group, TGT. The group isn't feeling Tyrese or his new cocky attitude right now. Apparently, Tyrese has made a number of conceited comments including that he doesn't need Tank or Ginuwine to eat. Things are so bad that r&b singer, Joe, had to step in and take his spot during their tour.
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Looks like Momma Joyce's words of wisdom have finally sunk in. Kandi Burruss confirmed that her and her fiancee,Todd, would be definitely getting a prenup. This agreement could be following the drama that unfolded on last week's episode when Ms. Joyce accused Todd of being an opportunist and of not providing for his bride to be.
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Ashanti is finally breaking her silence on how her split fro Murder inc went down. Although her and Irv Gotti did initially have beef, she says that they are now good but addressed his accusations of her disloyalty. She felt that Irv left out key details on their disagreement and left it very one-sided. Check out more she had to say here.
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Happy birthday to Trina the baddest B who is 35 today and Trina Braxton, sister of Toni Braxton, who is 39 today.
Obamacare Is Improving - The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that many of the bugs and problems affecting the Obamacare website have been fixed. Healthcare.gov was dealing with problems including software malfunctions, insufficient equipment, not being able to handle high volumes of people and inadequate management but contractors, both federal and private, have been working on it. One DHHS representative said, “The bottom line - HealthCare.gov on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st.” At this point, more than 50K people will be able to log in at one time and more than 800K people will be able to shop each day- which is a great improvement from two months ago. The White House says there are still some issues that need to be worked out including companion sites for small businesses and Spanish speakers as well as security related stuff.
Beyonce Most Searched - Microsoft has revealed their list of the top searches for 2013 and it comes to no surprise that Queen Bey led the pack and came out on top. The top five most searched people of the year were Beyonce (#1), Kim Kardashian (#2), Rihanna (#3), Taylor Swift (#4) and Madonna (#5). Also making the top ten were Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Amanda Bynes and Miley Cyrus. In addition to pop culture Bing also released the top searched news stories which included the birth of the royal baby and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Amazon Stepping It Up - The CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, revealed some revolutionary delivery methods that the company has in mind. Bezos described how machines similar to drones called ‘octocopters’ would report to Amazon fulfillment centers and pick up packages once a customer hit ‘Buy’ on the website. The package would then be delivered straight through the air and to their door. The new goal is to get packages into a customers hands within 30 minutes of their online purchase. Drones have been traditionally used by the US Military to shoot missiles at enemies. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) currently has restrictions on how drones can be used in the US so Amazon would not be able to implement this technology right now but they do have hope for it within the next few years. The company said, “One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today. We'll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place…Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.” This new technique would be a huge threat to Amazon’s current delivery partners- FedEx and UPS.
Fatal Paul Walker Crash Maybe Due to Fluid Leak? - Investigators are still looking into what caused the crash that led to the death of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who was a world class race car driver and financial partner to Paul. Originally, it was speculated that speed was a factor and that still might be the case but now there is suspicion that the car may have had a malfunction. Sources from Always Evolving- the auto shop where the vehicle was stored and picked up by the two- say that they saw evidence of a steering fluid bust and leakage trail right before the skid marks at the accident scene. They think that the driver didn’t have steering control because of the facts that the skid marks appear just before impact. They say that if he had lost control before there would have been additional skid marks to show the swerving of the vehicle. Additionally proving their theory is the fire growing so quickly at the front of the car. The representatives say that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which is worth $500K, was rarely driven so that any defects had to have come from the factory. Meanwhile a memo Porche issued to dealers back in 2004 before the car was released has surfaced on the internet. The memo warns that the car is ridiculously powerful and that drivers needs to be hyper sensitive to road conditions. It also says this is the closest thing to a race car that you could buy and also has all the disadvantages of a racecar. I was watching E! last night and they said that the area where they were is a high race area and that they were going 45mph in a 15mph zone.
Tyrese Breaks Down At Crash Site - The spot where Paul Walker and his friend passes away after crashing in that tree is now memorial spot where fans and friends such as Tyrese Gibson have gathered to mourn the actor's passing. Photos of the singer/actor breaking down at the crash site are all over the internet. Meanwhile, the crash site has also become a sort of danger zone thanks to some fans who are paying tribute by driving up and performing burn-outs, donuts, and other high speed stunts in the area. The local police are supposedly on a mission to put a stop to this reckless behavior.
Philly Man Gunned Down Over Headphones - A 21 year old in Philly had just bought a new pair of Beats By Dre on Black Friday for about $300 when an armed man tried to rob him. The armed man demanded his headphones and when he refused and tried to run. The suspect shot 5 rounds and left the kid dead with the headphones near his body.
The Feds Is Watching - According to reports the National Security Agency has been monitoring the pornography activity of individuals who they believe are trying to radicalize people through speeches. The documents released by Edward Snowden (the NSA Snitch) suggest that the people they were monitoring have been Muslim radicalists with ranging views like: “non muslims are a threat to Islam”, “the US perpetrated the 9/11 attacks”, and “The US brought the 9/11 attacks on itself.” It’s believed that these individuals are trying to implement a radicalism and extremist view into individuals who watch their Youtube and social media channels. So the NSA hopes that by revealing the damaging information- including the porn activity- will discredit the individuals and their “devotion to the some of the religious causes.” The director of Public Affairs for National Intelligence made a statement saying “Without discussing specific individuals, it should not be surprising that the US Government uses all of the lawful tools at our disposal to impede the efforts of valid terrorist targets who seek to harm the nation and radicalize others to violence.” Despite their claims, there are those who believe that this type of activity is being monitored and collected for more than just suspected terrorists and that everyone is at risk. One critic said that these tactics could be used by the President to discredit opponents and “The NSA has used its power that way in the past and it would be naïve to think it couldn't use its power that way in the future.” The feds are watching our tweets, emails, cell phone activity and you can rest assured they are probably watching your porn activity.
Chris Brown Covers Urban Ink - For their 34th issue Urban Ink magazine tapped Chris Brown for the cover. Brown is featured in a 6 page spread in the magazine that’s described as “the tattoo magazine for people of color.” The spread includes photos from one of his graffiti sessions that the magazine photographers had exclusive access to before Brown posed for some shots. It includes an in depth look at his artistry and his evolving tattoo collection. The issue hits stands today.
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Republicans Offensive Tweet - The Republican National Committee got itself into a big mess with a tweet that was supposed to be celebrating Rosa Parks. The tweet was supposed to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Parks being arrested on a Montgomery, Alabama bus for not giving up her seat and said “Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in ending racism” and included a picture of Parks with this quote “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” Their implying that racism was over started uproar on Twitter. Many responded negatively to the Republicans with messages like “bunch of white dudes say racism is over.” A follow up tweet was sent out to correct the message saying, “Previous tweet should have read "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.” As further damage control, the RNC Chairman issued a statement via CNN which read “We remember and honor Rosa Parks today for the role she played in fighting racism and ending segregation. At the same time we rededicate ourselves to the causes of justice and equal opportunity.” Well I guess the GOP thinks racism is over.
Record Online Cyber Monday Sales – I told you guys about the disappointing sales over the Thanksgiving-Black Friday weekend yesterday, and that’s because Americans were going online and buying on Cyber Monday yesterday. So Cyber Monday posted record sale numbers yesterday. The National Retail Federation said that online sales this holiday season are projected to increase as much as 15 percent, more than three times faster than total retail growth of 3.9 percent. Online sales make up about 10 percent of total holiday spending.
Trina Braxton wants out of her marriage and fast, but her husband is not having it. Trina filed for a divorce from Gabriel Adrian-Sollis but he refuses to comply to the filing. He claims that they are still very much in love and that their problems can be worked out.
So sources claim that Nas has been spending a lot of time getting cozy with singer Melanie Fiona. They were caught kissing hugging most of the night. The two also stopped to take pics together.
Conrad Murray better tred lightly after getting acquitted in the wrongful death trial of MJ. Now the estate of Michael Jackson is telling Murray to cease and Desist. This probably in response to the odd interview Conrad did where he revealed that he held Jackson's privates for him at night for medical reasons, giving them a closer bond.
Uh Oh! Lil Wayne jut can't keep his fingers out the cookie jar. Word around the block is Weezy is cheating on his fiancee with a Stripper who goes by “The Waterworld”. She could not hold water and aired out their secret relationship all over Twitter claiming that they've messing around for years and love each other.