Friday, July 01, 2005

Morning Edition - 7/1/05

Tyler Perry Has Nothing To Be Mad At
Tyler Perry and his acclaimed black series of plays and recent movie, Diary of A Mad Black Woman, hit another milestone this week selling 2.3 million copies of his DVDs in one day. In addition to Diary, Perry had Madea’s Class Reunion, Madea’s Family Reunion, I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Meet The Browns, officially hit the DVD shelf. Steve Beets, President of Lions Gate Entertainment said, “We’ve got retailers screaming for more product.” Medea’s Family Reunion will be made into a movie with production set to begin on July 11 - the movie will be in theaters February 2006. Perry’s second film, Medea’s Family Reunion, will also mark Perry’s directorial debut.

Deadly Typo Wracks Police Dept. In Seattle
Three hours before fatally shooting Michael Robb with a shotgun, Samson Berhe was questioned by police in an alleged burglary. Officers could not arrest Berhe since he did not have any outstanding warrants – well, none that they knew of. Turns out, Berhe had an outstanding warrant for car theft since 2002. Unfortunately, the warrant had a typo and listed Berhe’s name as “Berne” preventing officers from detaining the assailant. Shortly after being released Robb fell dead at the hands of Berhe leaving a wife and 14-month old baby behind. The Seattle police department says the killing is racially motivated. Now, 18-year old Samson Berhe is being charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Robb. The black teen faced the charge on his birthday.

A Woman Scorned; A Gay Man Bashed
Terry McMillan is now a woman scorned. Her intention to divorce her husband and self-professed gay man, Jonathan Plummer, has made headlines throughout the country. Now Plummer spoke to a Washington Blade reporter claiming McMillan has repeatedly harassed him, even writing a letter to him that said, "The reason you're going to make a good fag is because most of these guys are dogs anyway. All of you guys are fags and you have no power except in your dicks … and your loose assholes." Following that incident Plummer alleges McMillan sent him a bottle of Jamaican hot pepper sauce with the words, "Fag Juice Burn Baby Burn,” written on it. The bottle arrived at Plummer’s dog-grooming business in suburban San Francisco. Plummer told the Washington Blade reporter that, “"She hates my guts, based on the fact that I came out to her. She thinks I deceived her, but that's not the case. I find her attractive; I fell in love with her. As I got older, things changed." Plummer came out to McMillan a year ago. Court papers say Plummer engaged in homosexual affairs during his marriage to McMillan.
Sidebar: Betrayal is bad. Public betrayal – worse!

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