Friday, September 30, 2005

Morning Edition - 9/30/05

Bust A Cap Now; Ask Questions Later
The state of Florida approved a new gun law in April that basically gives Floridians who own guns the right to shoot first and ask questions later – all without criminal or civil repercussions. The law, which is supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) was approved by the state legislature. Governor Jeb Bush calls the law “good, commonsense, anti-crime issue.” Before this law took effect gun owners could only fire their weapons if they attempted to withdraw from confrontations and were confronted with a life-threatening emergency or the threat was physically in their home or property. Now, they can fire at will if they “reasonably believe that firing their gun is necessary to prevent a crime or serious injury.” Florida presently enjoys 80 million tourists per year, but now their tourism industry is threatened by notices published in various countries warning that physical injury resulting from arguments or social faux-pas that escalate to a shooting are possible. Pray that New Yorkers don’t ever adopt such a ridiculous piece of legislation.

Y’all Ain’t Comin’ Back Here
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Alphonso R. Jackson told the Houston Chronicle that New Orleans’ pre-Katrina population of 500,000 would not re-establish itself for a long while and when it does, “it's not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again." This prompted some black leaders to respond to the comment, including Maryland’s Elijah E. Cummings who said, “I would beg and hope that the secretary, if that is what he is saying, would re-evaluate the situation.”

Go Topless For Safety
Francois Venter told health officials in Cape Town, South Africa that one of the best available ways to prevent the spread of HIV is circumcision. Venter said his study proved that men who are circumcized were 65% less likely to contract the virus. South Africa has an estimated 6 million folks infected with HIV.

On Blast
You are on a ill-fated plane trip. The captain has informed you that the plane will be crashing down in less than two minutes. The telephones on the seat-backs have been activated to allow you ONE telephone call. Who will you call? What will you say? Please keep the timeframe in mind.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Afternoon Edition - 9/29/05

…And Justice For All
John Roberts was sworn in as the 17th chief justice of the United States. As a Supreme Court Justice, Roberts replaces chief justice William Rehnquist who died earlier this month. Roberts was confirmed by the Senate on a vote 78-22. President Bush is expected to nominate someone to replace outgoing chief justice Sandra Day O’Connor tomorrow.

Now That I’m Better I think I’ll Kill Myself
Some children and adolescents with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are now prescribed Strattera. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now found that the drug may cause suicidal thinking in some youngsters. The FDA will now require that a black-box warning be posted on the drug label here in the U.S. and in some foreign countries. This is the most serious warning that can be placed on a drug.

Wait A Minute Mr. Postman!
Dell Computers is the first test customer using the new U.S. Post Office service - hold for pick-up. Large, valuable or perishable items would be marked “Hold for pick-up” by the shipper and the customer would be delivered a slip asking them to pick up the package when it is available at their post office. If the customer has not picked up the package in three days they would receive a second notice and the package would be returned to the sender if it hadn’t been picked up after 10 days. UPS and Federal Express already offer this service.

Legal Problems No Longer In The Closet
Gutter-mouth and indicted baby screwer, R. Kelly is now being sued by rapper Cam’ron, a.k.a. Cameron Giles who says he co-wrote the Snake Remix on Kelly’s 2003 Chocolate Factory album. The riff stems from a disagreement between Giles and Kelly over Giles co-authoring Snake with the arrangement that Kelly would record a hook and beats for Giles Purple Haze album. That hook never happened.

Long Story Short
Bobby S. is celebrating the big 4-1 on October 4, while Columbus Day will be Cedric P.’s day. Sarah R. completed her studies at NYU – congrats. Celebrations for her accomplishment will be Saturday, October 15. Carlos C. will be released from the hospital tomorrow after being admitted September 9. Carlos celebrates his 32nd birthday on October 13. Speaking of which Ceddy… I’ll need to cancel on that North Carolina weekend. We’ll reschedule so don’t pout. Congrats to my Fluff. His new Chi-town gig at the gallery is going super! New wardrobe this weekend… that’s right, I can’t wear my spandex dress clothes to work anymore.

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Morning Edition - 9/29/05

Yeah, Yeah; Now Get Me My Soda and Nuts
As if rolling a tray down a very narrow isle while catering to impatient customers isn’t enough, now flight attendants are being portrayed as rude, conspiring and potentially even terrorist. Well, that’s what the union that represents nearly 90,000 flight attendants is saying about Jodie Foster’s new blockbuster hit, Flight Plan. Now, they’re asking their members to boycott the film. In the film Foster takes a quick nap and wakes to realize her young daughter is missing. Throughout the film the flight crew is portrayed as bitchy and rude. "This depiction of flight attendants is an outrage," said Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) International President Patricia Friend. "Flight attendants continue to be the first line of defense on an aircraft and put their lives on the line day after day for the safety of passengers." A Disney spokesperson countered, "We are confident the public will be able to discern the difference between fiction and the incredible job real-life flight attendants do on a daily basis.” Right, right… the portrayal of minority groups throughout the years has never skewed the viewing public’s image of any one group. (wink, wink…)

Fingers Crossed That Students Are Negative
West Virginia University has joined the ranks of schools of higher learning that now offer a little more in knowledge to students. They now provide an orally administered HIV test, which means students can now know their HIV status. The test is done by having a cotton swab placed in the mouth between a student’s gum and inside cheek. Five minutes later – presto!; we have results. The results aren’t actually given to the students for up to two weeks after the exam. The FDA backs the test and says it is 99% accurate.

The Fugees Are Back; Take It Easy

For most of us, we first heard the soul wrenching voice of Lauryn Hill while watching Sister Act 2, the musical comedy that brought us Whoopi Goldberg as the wayward lounge singer turned choir director nun. Hill, who along with Wyclef Jean and Pras formed the group The Fugees recorded the number one hip-hop album ever with The Score – selling 13,600,000 copies worldwide. Now after nearly 10 years apart, The Fugees have emerged from a New York studio with a single, Take It Easy. The single will be included in the Fugees upcoming reunion album due to drop in early 2006. The Fugees were the unannounced opening act for the 2005 BET Awards ceremony.

On Blast
Taking the bull by the horns… The years appear to be flying by us and the toddlers of yester-year are now the teens putting dents in your new ride. Each year many of us make new year’s resolutions to do or change something about our lives. Rather than wait until the end of the year, what one thing can/will you commit to changing? What effect do you believe this will have on your life going forward? If the results aren’t what you expect, what measures are you willing to take to achieve the results you’re seeking?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Morning Edition - 9/28/05

Sometimes Funny; 2005 BET Comedy Awards
Last night, BET aired the 2005 BET Comedy Awards with host Steve Harvey at the helm. It appears this comedy award show will always resort to inappropriate and mean-spirited humor to gain its laughs - the opening act was no exception. Mocking a roman-era king, Harvey sentences a President Bush look-alike to a whipping for his handling of the hurricane Katrina disaster, but not before his loyal subjects shout how they feel the offending Bush should be punished. The blurts included, “Crush his nuts!” Granted, a disclaimer stating that some language on the show would be inappropriate for children appeared before the show and before returning from each commercial break, but the show’s language and attempts at humor, were inappropriate to virtually everyone watching – including its host. Harvey returned from some interval comedy skits with a look of disgust. The lowest point of the evening was the “Nigga Wake Up Call Award,” handed-out by the infamous Paul Mooney. Mooney, a controversial comic who stirred-up last year’s award show with the “Coon” award, chose to highlight Diana Ross as one of the nominees for the Nigga Wake Up Call Award. This wouldn’t be so bad, except his dry humor was lost on the audience – including Ross daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, who received an award earlier in the evening for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series. Harvey later berated Mooney and even had the crowd give Ellis Ross a standing ovation. He mentioned that had it been him in her shoes the show would’ve turned into the Source Awards with gunshots fired at Mooney. As usual, the caddy awards show should have encore performances in the near future. For photos of the stars at the awards show go to

This Is Serious! Do Something!
Over 70 black leaders met with high-level officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after a study released in June estimated that over half of all black men who have sex with other men are HIV positive. The study’s test group included men in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and San Francisco. Since then, black leaders have asked the CDC to step up to the plate and address the issue, but the federal agency has simply dropped the ball on an “entire segment of the population.” In an open letter, chief executive officer of the Black Aids Institute in Los Angeles, Phill Wilson said the statistics showed the disease is nothing short of “genocide” for black men. When black leaders asked CDC director Julie Gerberding would she make a commitment to respond to their recommendations and give them a time frame on a response, Gerberding said, “Where’s the urgency?” Ultimately, the end of the open letter summed it up best, “we must be willing to hold ourselves accountable and responsible for our own survival.” To date, more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. have been infected with HIV since the first cases were reported in June 1981.

Don’t Believe The Hype; Pepsi Hasn’t Dropped Kanye
Shondell Town, a “boycott organizer” e-mailed a group of California professionals saying Pepsi should be boycotted for their release of rapper turned activist Kanye West. Turns out West wasn’t dropped by Pepsi. The e-mail from Town was unfounded – though widely circulated. Per Nicole Bradley, Public Relations Manager for Pepsi North America, West still has his endorsement deal and Pepsi has no plans to drop the artist. She added, “His [Kanye’s] Pepsi commercial is scheduled to air several times this week.”

On Blast
Take responsibility…. We’ve all encountered very difficult situations in life. From the loss of a loved one to the crumbling of a relationship, life has moments when speaking to someone – whether therapist or friend – is beneficial. Getting varied perspectives is important and therapeutic in asserting a positive outlook (perspective) on life. At what point do you feel speaking about an issue is pointless and personal responsibility kicks-in? When should an individual accept reality and be responsible for taking steps to moving on with life? Can a person become stuck in a time-warp of unrealistic helplessness?

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Morning Edition - 9/26/05

Fifteen Years Is Not That Long; Is It?
Ashton Kutcher, 27, and Demi Moore, 42, got married this weekend. The two have been dating since 2003. This is the first marriage for Kutcher and the third for Moore. This summer Moore reportedly told a magazine they planned to expand their family, but did not mention marriage. Granted, Moore looks superb for her age and Kutcher started as a model, making this a super HOT couple, but the underlying age issue has always prevailed. Many females love the thought of the roles being reversed, with an older woman dating a younger man, while some feel the age difference and lack of mutual references will prove fatal for the relationship.

Oops! Did I Do That?!
Yesterday’s Hispanic Community Parade in Jackson Heights, Queens (NYC) was interrupted by tragedy when an unidentified SUV driver plowed down five beauty pageant contestants marching in the parade. The driver meant to step on the brake and mistakenly hit the gas, dragging three of the beauties before onlookers lifted the SUV from the Miss Taxi International bombshells. The driver, who was not charged, was said to be crying profusely.

Raped Sex Slave or Willing Participant?
Roderick Johnson, 37, was serving time at the Allred Unit, a prison a few miles outside of Witchita Falls, Texas. It was there that Mr. Johnson alleges he was raped and sold or rented as property by a gang called the Gangster Disciples. Johnson and corroborators, who appeared at his lawsuit against the state, allege Johnson was sold for as little as $3 to $7 per session, several times a day. The state alleges Johnson is a “free-world” homosexual who willingly participated in sex with prisoners. The state has letters from Johnson to several prisoners that appear to be love notes. In fairness, the state also has letters from Johnson begging to be removed from his unit and put into safekeeping – a unit reserved for at risk known homosexuals, convicted police officers and informants. The ACLU has taken-up Johnson’s case. The state officials who have testified say Johnson should have attempted to fight away his alleged attackers and that most prison rape victims show physical signs of abuse, including broken bones and bruises.

On Blast
The previous story about the alleged rape of Roderick Johnson begs the questions: Why are we closed minded or unable to accept a “free-world” gay man being raped? Can it be equated with saying that you can’t really rape a woman since she enjoyed sleeping with men anyway? Is it possible that Johnson refused to be beaten to a pulp only to be raped anyway? Why has the state (and some of the media) turned this into a case of “you can’t rape the willing?” Can someone tell me what the difference is between a “free-world” gay man and a “locked-down” gay man – since gay would indicate a man who willingly chooses to sleep with men?

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Morning Edition - 9/23/05

When It’s Your Time
When it’s time for you to clock out there’s really no amount of money or resources that will save you. Such is the case for up to twenty folks who boarded a bus evacuating Dallas in preparation for the arrival of hurricane Rita. Authorities say the bus was engulfed in flames killing at least twenty of the 45 occupants and injuring 12 others.

In The Holy Name of Jesus; We Cast You Out
Shay Clark is a 14-year old girl who until recently attended Ontario Christian School in California. On Thursday she was expelled for having lesbian parents. Leonard Stob, the school’s superintendent wrote Shay directly saying, “Your family does not meet the policies of admission,” and went on to say that the school policy clearly states that at least one parent may not engage in practices that are immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian lifestyle. Cohabitating outside of marriage and homosexual parenting were precisely what Stob feels the policy describes. Tina Clark, Shay’s biological mother, says she will not fight the ruling. Tina Clark and her partner of 22 years, have two other children ages 9 and 19. Sidebar: How is excluding a 14-year old girl from school because of the “sins” of her parents, positive Christian behavior?

And Another Thing, Y’all Are Triflin’
Alright, that’s not exactly what 78-year old crooner, Harry Belafonte said, but it pretty much sums it up. Wednesday night attending the Congressional Black Caucus at the Washington Convention Center in DC, Belafonte sat wedged between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. When given an opportunity to speak, Belafonte got up and said, “I am looking at the ravages of the Democratic Party and I am trying to decide: Is there anything worth salvaging?" Belafonte was not interrupted and was only given attentive looks and nods from “congressfolk” Obama and Clinton. Belafonte was referring primarily to the response to the Katrina devastation.

On Blast
Is there any truth to the saying, “Better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.” or is this a cop-out statement made by someone not likely to find a new love interest?

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Clarification: Lights-Out E-Mail Is A Hoax (See Comments for complete background)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Afternoon Edition - 9/22/05

Katrina Exits; Rita On Her Way
With winds said to be over 165 mph, hurricane Rita is said to be a category 5 storm with the power to cause equal devastation as her predecessor, Katrina. The Gulf Coast has 1,036 people reported dead from Katrina; the house-to-house search after Katrina has not been completed. The search for bodies will continue another four to six weeks. Rita is expected to make landfall tomorrow morning with a disaster path that is said to rip Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma a new one. Presently, 1.3 million Texas and Louisiana residents have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

Nasty; Men Worse Than Women
Microbiologists have made a crappy discovery – folks don’t really like washing their hands after using the bathroom. After a careful national bathroom habits observation, it was found that 75% men wash their hands after using the T-room, while 82% of women took soap and water to their hands after doing the do in the ladies room. Remarkably a telephone survey showed that 91% of folks allege to wash their hands every time they use the bathroom. Want to know the nastiest of them all? That would be male sports fans who were observed washing their hands only 26% of the time after using the lavatory. San Francisco was found to be the cleanest city with 88% of the folks observed washing their hands after leaving the bathroom.

What’s Do The Numbers Say About Affairs?
It is estimated that 25-33% of all men AND women have affairs. When affairs are discovered, statistics show that 65% of marriages end; choosing not to work it out. Only 3% of folks in affairs choose to marry – of those 75% end in divorce. Surveys have also shown that only 5% of men will admit to cheating, while females admit to their straying ways 15% of the time. It was also found that 1 in 3 married men take off their wedding rings when they go out without their wives. Are you wondering how many of those cheating men got caught? Try 80%. The single biggest breach of trust reported was when the cheating spouse / partner became emotionally involved, as opposed to (or in addition to) physically involved.

On Blast
The Mega Million lottery was recently $250 million dollars. Many dreamed of winning the pot and living a new luxurious life. If you were the winner, what is the FIRST thing you would buy? Why?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Afternoon Edition - 9/20/05

I’m Hungry and You’re Going To Pay
National retailer, Wal-Mart is facing a class-action law suit in California for denying workers lunch breaks. The lawsuit charges that Wal-Mart knowingly violated a state law that stipulates employees working over six hours must be granted a 30-minute unpaid lunch or be paid an additional hour of work. Fred Furth who is representing the employees said, "I will prove the reason they did this was for the God Almighty dollar.” This isn’t the first lawsuit Wal-Mart has faced for this alleged infraction. Wal-Mart settled a lawsuit with Colorado litigants for a reported $50 million. The workers are seeking more than $66 million plus interest. Wal-Mart earned $10 billion dollars last year.

Your Hormones Are Giving You The Finger
Between 8 and 14 weeks after conception the fetus (the baby, if you’re a devout Christian) begins developing his/her own hormones. These hormones affect everything from brain development to the length of the fingers. Women typically have either same length ring and index fingers or index fingers that are slightly longer than their ring fingers, while men tend to have a ring finger that is longer that their index finger. It is believed that this is the first sign of hormone development in babies. Boys who have longer index fingers (like their female counterparts) tend to be more emotional and sensitive and girls with longer ring fingers (ala Xena) tend to show signs of hyperactivity. This initial sign is also being explored as an indicator for signs of homosexuality – since the length of the digits would indicate exposure to higher levels of either testosterone or estrogen. Outside of genitalia, digit length (index finger to ring finger) is the only gender identifier until puberty, when hips, breasts and other traits appear.

Their Cup Runneth Over
The Starbucks Coffee at Baylor University is caught between a coffee bean and a grinder after a cup emblazoned with a gay poem sparked an e-mail condemning the display as inappropriate for a Baptist University. Aramark, a food distributor running the Starbucks contacted the Starbucks regional office and the cup was pulled. The decision to remove the cup is said to have been made by Baylor dining services staff. Larry Brumley, a spokesperson at Baylor said, "I think they were trying to be sensitive. Obviously, Baylor is a Baptist-affiliated institution, and Baptists as a denomination have been pretty outspoken on the record about the denomination's views about the homosexual lifestyle." Now the Concerned Women for America (a national Christian women’s organization) is saying Starbucks is promoting a homosexual agenda. The cups were imprinted with a poem by novelist Armistead Maupin. It reads, “My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."

Long Story Short
Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight! R&B, Hip-Hop and thug-style partying for the open-minded. Keep in mind, Lenox doesn’t start pumpin’ until after midnight, so be ready to call-in late to the office tomorrow. America’s Next Top Model – The season of Bling has its 2-hour season premiere this Wednesday on UPN – I’m there! I want to talk about it, so please be sure to watch. Friday, October 7, marks the release date of The Gospel with Boris Kodjoe. The handsome Soul Food television series actor will play the prodigal son who leaves home to a mediocre life, only to return home and be accepted by his dad causing a rift with his loyal brother. The gospel world meets young and beautiful celebrities as Keish Knight-Pulliam of the Cosby show, Nona Gaye (Marvin’s daughter), Omar Gooding, first season American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray, Yolanda Adams and even Donnie McClurkin make up just some of the cast members to grace this flick. The film hasn’t received the mainstream plugs afforded big budget films, but the Black press has given it wonderful reviews.

On Blast
Is it acceptable for certain groups to appropriate words, using them as positive, loving or comical terms with each other, but becoming very offended when members outside their racial/social groups use them? For example: The use of the word “nigger” by African Americans; the use of “faggot,” by gay men etc. Should society accept that certain words can/should only be used by certain groups or should we discontinue all use of words that have an established negative connotation?

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Morning Edition - 9/19/05

Bill Puts Bush on Front Street
Former President Bill Clinton appeared on ABCs This Week program and did what most former presidents have chosen to stay away from – publicly criticize the sitting president. During his hour-long interview Clinton expressed his view on the war, specifically the fact that the U.S. went, “virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction." He added that our growing deficit has us (the world’s supposed richest country) borrowing money every single day to finance the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and the aftermath of Katrina. On Katrina, Clinton basically said that the outcome would have been quite different if he had been in office, since he, and his then FEMA head James Lee Witt, were always handling impending disasters early. “But both of us came out of environments with a disproportionate number of poor people,” Clinton said.

Dr. Maria Siemionow is in the final stages of choosing the first live patient in the U.S. to undergo a complete face transplant. In what many consider a scene directly out of the movies, Siemionow is interviewing patients and telling them key aspects of the surgery – well, what is actually known now
. The surgery should last 8-10 hours and the patient would need to stay in the hospital for 10-14 days. In addition, your body may reject the face turning your new face black – oh, the horror (just joking about the horror part). A lifetime of drugs to prevent rejection should be expected and these drugs may damage your liver or give you cancer. That said, persons disfigured in accidents, burns, etc. will have an opportunity to live a life with a fairly normal face. Siemionow warns that although the patient will be wearing the donors face, they will not necessarily look like the donor; since facial muscle and bone structure play a huge role in how your face is shaped. We don’t need to remind anyone that the donor would need to have a closed-casket funeral since they will no longer have a face.

Long Story Short
Caspar picks up keys on Tuesday for her new palace in the Boogie Down. Melissa M. celebrates a birthday tomorrow. Carlos C. had his chest tube removed early. The prognosis is good and we’re keeping tabs on any remaining fluid in the lung. We’ve reconnected! My pal from VH1s Best Week Ever and I had a wonderful Saturday on the town; we weren’t too thuggish; were we?! Well, I’ll put it out there – I love that “fatty” boy. Mommy Millie thinking of hitting NYC on her own? Uh, mom… I love you, but if you think you’re spending two more weeks at my pad I have a little something for you. Monica, Jayda, Treavor – It was super seeing you ladies! Sorry it sometimes takes a tragedy to come together. J’Moo… married life is making you boring and detached. Who are you anyway?!

On Blast
Menstruation still remains a taboo subject that some women rather not talk about. Some folks feel it’s dirty, while others know it’s a natural part of life for women. Today we ask: Is it okay to engage in sexual intercourse while menstruating? If so, what tips can you give to make the act more pleasurable and less of a clean-up? If you’re dead-set against it, give reasons why.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Afternoon Edition - 9/16/05

Mortality Revisited
As I watched my brother Carlos laying in his hospital bed last night, a large tube imbedded into his left lung, I realized how vivid the issue of our own mortality is. Carlos turns 32 next month and the ravages of illness have made him take a look at the reality that tomorrow is not promised. Thank you to Caspar and J’Moo for stopping by the hospital last night. Carlos felt supported, loved and remembered to have us all there. The tube is expected to remain in his lung for approximately 4-7 days in the hopes of removing all fluid from the area.

Shaq Attack on Gay Bashers
Shaquille O’Neal has completed training to become a Miami Beach reserve police officer. Insiders say O’Neal plans to become a Sheriff following his NBA career. His training paid-off BIG time on September 11, when Michael Gonzalez, 18 and his friend Frank Ortiz, 20, were driving down Washington Avenue in South Beach and noticed two gay men walking hand-in-hand. Gonzalez called out “You fucking faggots” from the car window, as he and Ortiz drove by. Ortiz then stopped the car allowing Gonzalez to get out and throw a bottle at the two gay men, hitting one in the back. One of the gay men chased the car and took down a tag number, but O’Neal happened to witness the incident and followed the Honda to Palm Island where he radioed for help. An off-duty officer was assisted by an on-duty officer and Gonzalez and Ortiz were arrested. The two were charged with aggravated battery, assault and a hate crime. The hate crime factor will play in attaining a stiffer sentence. This is a slam-dunk for O’Neal who, through his publicist, said he wishes to not comment on his police work at this time.

Survey Says
The National Center for Health Statistics released their survey data relating to sex and sexuality for American folks 18-44 years of age. The survey showed that 12% of male teens and 10% of female teens, 15-19 years old, had had heterosexual oral sex, but not vaginal intercourse. Although you get a load of boasting from people, the truth is that males 30-44 years old reported an average of 6-8 female partners in their lifetimes, while women in the same age bracket reported four partners. Only three percent of males reported having any same sex activity, while four percent of females reported having participated in “rug munching.” Ultimately 6% of the men and 11% of the females surveyed admitted to having a same sex encounter in their lifetime – remarkable since only 2.3% of the men survey said they were homosexual. On a similar page, 92% of heterosexual men said they were attracted to “only females,” while 86% of the heterosexual women said they were attracted to “only males.” A wake up call to the heterosexual population was the stat that showed only 14% of men who identified as straight was tested for HIV, while 29% of men who had any male-on-male encounters was tested. Worst even, stats showed that heterosexual men only used condoms 36% of the time, while their gay counterparts used condoms 91% of the time.

On Blast
Should a man, who is in a committed relationship but engages in an affair, be trusted to be honest with the woman he is cheating with? What message can be gathered by the affair? Can there be a future with a man you met through an affair?

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Afternoon Edition - 9/15/05

Digits-Robbing Teen Gets 11-Months
An unidentified 17-year old Massachusetts teen will be serving 11 months at a juvenile facility for hacking-in to a T-Mobile server and stealing the address book of Paris Hilton. The well-publicized story showed that the teen was able to access the numbers for several celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Eminem, Vin Diesel, Christina Aguilera and Ashlee Simpson. This was not the alleged perpetrators first foray into the computer crimes realm; he was also charged with sending hoax bomb-threat e-mails to schools in Florida and Massachusetts.

Boo, You’re the President; You Don’t Have To Raise Your Hand
President George W. Bush wrote a note to Condoleezza Rice yesterday while attending the Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit at the United Nations in NYC. The note read, “I think I may need a bathroom break.” For the record Mr. President, you don’t have to ask the Secretary of State for permission to pee-pee. Reuters, a wire news service zoomed-in and capture a picture of the note which they ran for all to see.

Long Story Short
Carlos C. had a second procedure to drain fluid and clots from one of his lungs. The ailing brother of yours truly has been battling a serious condition that causes his blood to clot. He will have a tube in his lung for the next week-or-so until it is clear that there are no clots left in his lung. Michael Jackson is said to be back in the states and rumor has it he’s in NYC – staying at the Palace Hotel, just a couple of blocks from my office. If I see an emaciated white man running through midtown, I’ll let you guys know. Congrats to Freaking Rican who landed another lucrative position with US Trust. J’Moo is burying his aunt today. Verline (sp) died earlier in the week. J’Moo’s parents are said to be in NYC until the end of the week to attend the services.

On Blast
There’s always someone to say something mean-spirited or negative (sometimes it’s even me!) Can you remember something negative or mean someone said to you that made you look at yourself in a different light? Do you still question whether their comments were warranted?

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Morning Edition - 9/13/05

Oh Katrina; You Bad-Bad Girl
Add another 40 bodies to the mounting Katrina death toll. Officials found the bodies at the New Orleans hospital. Some insiders say that some of those bodies were already in the hospital morgue – dead days before the storm - but workers who were at the site say temperatures in the power-deprived hospital reached a whopping 106 degrees. Over 200,000 survivors will be provided temporary housing using trailer homes in Louisiana for the next five years. These homes are expected to create temporary cities. Sidebar: Does anyone see a potential for another deprived slum area?

DC Down Low; Well, The Straight Version
Washington DC has long been known for its fleet of government workers. Most DC residents don’t really know what their neighbors even do for a living. Now CBS plans to create a program around the private lives of DC folks who work in classified and covert operations. Elwood Reid is in the midst of writing the script and he will co-executive produce with Larry Sanitsky.

The Ski Trip; Thanks Logo
Logo, a new gay channel that had its debut after many missed deadlines this past June, finally gave me some cream-puff programming last night as it aired a not-so-new, but definitely funny movie, The Ski Trip. The movie follows a group of NYC gay friends – minorities, mind you – as one friend in the group turns 30 and comes to terms with not having done much with is life. Without giving away any of the plot details, the movie has plenty of stereotypical and campy moments, but admittedly, it always makes you laugh. Most important, I could not only see myself in several of the characters, I wanted to be friends with most of them. Ultimately the movie finally shoots for the predictable ending, although my sentimental ass still had tears and a smile as the credits rolled. Logo, like many of the other sister cable channels, runs their movies several times in a month, so please be sure to stop by the new, open-minded station and catch this gem.

On Blast
Outside of any immediate family, what person has had the greatest impact on your life? Why / How?
** Please note that the impact may be positive or negative. **

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Monday, September 12, 2005

Afternoon Edition - 9/12/05

Bicycular Homicide?
Okay, maybe I’m just using a play on words, but the actual story is not a laughing matter. Jean Calder, 71, was plowed-down by bicyclist Christopher Lightning, 51. Captain Ron Noble who arrested Lightning says, “A car and a bicycle are both vehicles and if they are operated in a way that could be criminal, then charges are filed equally in both situations.” Lightning is being charged with manslaughter and reckless driving after running through a stop sign and mowing down granny Calder. Bail has been set at $57,500.

Want a Lesbian? Consume Nicotine
Dick Swaab, a neurobiologist and brain researcher wrote about a controversial new theory in De Telegraaf, a University of Amsterdam magazine, detailing how smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of having a lesbian daughter. His study details how the hypothalamus is influenced by various substances, including nicotine. Swaab believes a person’s sexual preference is determined in this part of the brain.

So Amazing; Luther Remembered
On Tuesday, September 20, J Records will drop So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. Alicia Keys, Elton John, Celine Dion, Jamie Fox, Aretha Franklin and Mary J Blige are among the artists who recorded songs either made by or made famous by Vandross. Blige will cover Vandross’ first hit, Never Too Much. Blige told the folks at Billboard, “No one heard anyone that brought that much soul.”

Ah those Brits
UK gays are celebrating yet another victory after not only having the Civil Partnership Act pass, but it will make all “gay marriages” legal as of December 5, of this year. Now, married gay servicemen will be extended the same benefits as their straight counterparts including on-base married living quarters. The ban on homosexuality was lifted from the UK army four years ago.

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Morning Edition - 9/12/05

West In Left Field?
Kanye West has gone from renowned new rap artist to outspoken activist in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. After going off script at a hurricane relief telethon and alleging President Bush was a racist, West appeared on TV show Ellen on Friday and said, "They have been trying to sweep us (African-Americans) under the kitchen sink and it was so in people's faces and so on TV... that they couldn't even hide it any more.” Many community leaders have agreed that West is voicing frustrations felt by a large number of African Americans today, but most failed to whole-heartedly stand behind West’s statements. Most important, although West is flexing his celebrity to get points across, many African American community leaders wonder why the media is focusing on a rappers statements when there are African American senators who have very eloquently mentioned how economic disparity helped to shape the Katrina disaster. West, who toured with singer Usher Raymond, may have been shocked to hear that Raymond felt it was wrong for West to point fingers and assign blame at George Bush. "I wasn't mad at Kanye's statement - that's his opinion - but it's obviously not the opportunity or the time to poke fun or appoint blame,” Raymond said.

Evil Will See Itself; Emotional Rollercoaster
This weekend brought about mixed emotions as I quietly watched from the sidelines a friend leave town for a new city, while a youngster reminded me of myself – well, personality wise – and how I may have looked to others 10 years ago. All this to say, that sometimes it takes several simultaneous events to show you the many changes that you’re undergoing on your road to realizing you. First, I find I’m much more reclusive and introverted and am often reminded by close friends that I’m not sharing everything that’s going on in my life – a habit I considered a no-no several years ago. Second, I resent having to share in long goodbyes and will avoid them; even if it means I don’t see you off. Third, try as I may to go against the prevailing NYC attitude, it turns out it really “is what it is.” All said, I’m coming in to myself and the realization that I love life, even if that means I live a somewhat detached one. As I watched this youngster – through a looking glass at my prior self - and interacted with him, he mentioned that he can see how he will be just like me when he gets older. I was flattered, but also wondered whether he was seeing the me that is sometimes a front for others. I’ve come to realize that others sometimes perceive me as the sharp-tongued entertainment or comic relief when in fact I am much more sensitive and private than I give way to. I don’t think I have the answers to everything, but it felt good knowing that we have an impact on others and that regardless of how hot-headed, selfish or self-assured I may appear, I’m still learning me. The journey is still as interesting as it was 10 years ago.

On Blast
What is your greatest personality asset? If you thought it wouldn’t compromise how folks perceive you, what would you want them to know about the real you?

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Afternoon Edition - 9/9/05

Yeah, I Killed Him
Joseph Druce quickly blurted, “I killed the child molester,” when correction officers apprehended him in John Geoghan’s cell. Geoghan was serving 8-10 years for molesting a 10-year old boy while a priest in Boston. Last week Druce’s attorney said he wanted his client’s signed confession banned from the trial and went on to say that Druce alleges corrections officers allowed him into Geoghan’s cell to kill him.

We Got This
President Bush said, "Our people have the spirit, the resources and the determination to overcome any challenge," this after the tally of damage caused by Katrina has been estimated at over $125 billion. Yesterday an Associated Press poll showed that 54% of people surveyed didn’t think New Orleans – 10 feet below sea level – should be rebuilt. Meanwhile, Congress has approved over $65 Billion in aid to the ravaged Gulf Coast area.

What’s the Story?
This segment is dedicated to finding out the truth… Former first lady Barbara Bush made disparaging remarks while touring the Gulf Coast area alleging that most of the displaced folks are better off now than they originally were. Is this for real? Would a former first lady make such a gaffe? E-mails circulating that former R&B crooner and cutie, Christopher Williams passed away in Atlanta at the age of 38. Does anyone have a confirmed report of this? In what I’m calling a “fart” or gas-out, a day where folks are encouraged to abstain from purchasing gas was announced. Is this true? What’s the day?

Long Story Short
Resident blogger J’Moo lost his aunt yesterday. The deceased is the twin of J’Moo’s mom…our condolences. Philippe finally bidding NYC farewell. The artist formerly known as Raven will be making Chi-town his home tomorrow. My plates arrived! Now simply “KM 4 ME” you still get the drift. Right…right? J-J is celebrating his (clear my throat) forty-something birthday this weekend. The 9-toe hooker will have a celebration thrown by friend and fellow bottom-feeder, Slugger this Sunday.

On Blast
Lady Long Legs asks:
What if a tragedy like this [Hurricane Katrina] happened to you? Would you be able to evacuate and start over or are you living paycheck to paycheck?

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Morning Edition - 9/6/05

Too Little; Too Late
No one can disagree with or overlook the facts – FEMA and other government agencies dropped the ball when it came to Katrina. Many would argue that the complete lack of timely response was due to the enormous black population affected by the crisis. In truth, it was more a class issue than a race issue. Those with the resources to leave town left, while those that had no mode of transportation or funds to purchase a ticket out of town waited for, the worst hurricane to hit Louisiana and Mississippi – ever! Big question: if authorities knew how severe the storm would be and a mandatory evacuation was already declared for the area, why didn’t they provide transportation to those who did not have any of their own? I guess that question and countless others are moot since casualty estimates have now toppled 10,000 folks – that’s more than the September 11 terrorist attack on NYC and DC and the 60s storm that hit Louisiana combined. So far 9,788 patients consisting of seriously ill and elderly people have been evacuated from New Orleans. The pictures have been extremely graphic – bloated dead bodies floating around the Big Easy like gondolas in Venice, newborn children dying of dehydration while delirious moms plead for their lives and frightened and starving heads of households break store front windows to loot any edible substances that will sustain their families. It’s tragic, but worse even, it is intolerable for the richest country in the world to have had the paralyzing week that brought about this devastation. Natural disasters are a nightmare, but when you know that most of the human toll was preventable you should be enraged to action. "Bureaucracy is not going to stand in the way of getting the job done for the people," the president said after a meeting at the White House with his Cabinet on storm recovery efforts. I think he’s too late for the cock-and-bull save-face grandstand.

US Open in NYC; Cocoa Cheers On Blake
James Blake a wildcard entry to the US Open in NYC is taking the tennis world by storm. The half-black, half-white New York born Blake now resides in Tampa, Florida. J’Moo and I had courtside seats last Thursday and watched Blake in action. He later took on Rafael Nadal of Spain. Now Blake is set to meet legendary Andre Agassi in a Quarterfinal match that will define the beautiful Blake. On the Thursday when I watched him live, Blake appeared stout, athletic, cat-quick and on his game. "I don't think I'll be nervous because I know I've got nothing to lose," Blake said. "Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open - I'm sure as heck not going to go home and say I had a bad tournament (if I lose). ... I'm going to go down swinging, giving 100 percent.” Speaking of swinging… uh, forget I said that…

Hands Across America – TV Style
Next Friday at 8 p.m. the six major broadcast networks will present a live hour-long Hurricane Katrina relief special titled “Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast. It will feature many celebrity appearances and be on tape delay for the west coast. Presently, ABC, CBS, NBC, UPN and the WB will air the affair ala – Presidential address – live and on all channels.

On Blast
In light of the fact that we can’t fix the past, we can only work on the present – what efforts should be taken to quickly alleviate the enormous distress to the Gulf Coast region? Should cities like New York be afraid of what recovery plans are in place if a large-scale terrorist attack were to occur here. Is it true, as one friend of mine pointed-out, that a rich, business-center-type city like New York would never be allowed to wallow in pitiful distress for any extended period of time?

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