Friday, December 31, 2004
This is when Aaron goes,"Oh, that reminds me of a conversation I had with my maid, Hellen." (65yr old white woman)
Aaron said, "Well, I knew she was a Christian but I have never experienced her go off like this."
**confused look on my face** (what does being a Christian have to do with anything)
Again, I say, "How?"
Aaron,"Well, She said the Tsunamis were Gods way of cleaning up the world."
Me, shocked and pissed off to the highest degree,
"WHAT!!!! HOW THE FUCK DOES SHE FIGURE!!"
Aaron says, "She said that those people were Muslim and that they died because they didn't believe in Jesus."
Me, "!" ***so shocked, and speechless......I couldn't even come up with words!****
Aaron said," I told her that I was Jewish. I believe Jesus was a great man like Dr. Martin Luther King but not my Lord. I asked if she thought I deserved the same faite."
Me,"and what did she say to that?"
Aaron,"She said that because I was a Jew, I was one of God's chosen people and he (God) was letting me slide."
Me, **in just jaw dropping amazement, too shocked for an intelligent response**
"WHAT?!! SLIDE?! WTF!! WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THIS? I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS SHIT!"
Aaron,"I know. I tried to ration with her. I told that there were innocent people that were killed in those Tsunamis............ She's crazy, but she's really a good person inside."
Me, "WHAT! This is the person who would tell you that your being gay is an abomination. So what are you? an exception to the rule? Hell, she hates me because I'm Black! (She thinks that Blacks are descendants Ham so we ARE NOT supposed to be equals. We are cursed.) Good Person? FUCK THAT! She is what's wrong with Christianity."
To me, she's like those that burn down abortion clinics, lynch blacks, beat gays, ridicule feminism, and curses anyone that disagrees. That's not Godly. That's not LOVE. WE ARE ALL SINNERS! So who the hell is she, or anyone else to judge?
I AM A PROUD CHRISTIAN! GOD IS LOVE! I KNOW IT! I KNOW THAT WE ARE 'ALL' GODS CHILDREN. WHETHER YOU CALL HIM ALLAH, JESUS, JEHOVAH, YAHWEH, OR JAH,....HE IS OUR FATHER. ONE ALMIGHTY OMNIPOTENT ENTITY. HE IS KING. HE MADE US ALL. HE LOVES US.
So anyway, I asked Aaron how he ended the conversation with his maid.
Aaron, "Well, she's 65 and she wasn't about to change her mind and she damn sure wasn't changing mine. I decided to let things be. There needed to be some forgiveness in that room and I decided to forgive her for being ignorant."
I said, "How Christian of you." (teehee) That's why I call him, "SUPER JEW!"
I guess I am just as bad as she is (the maid). Here I am, huffing and puffing in the name of all that is FAIR & JUST. I should have just tried to do the whole "WWJD" thing and not let it stress me because I know ignorance is bliss, but........I'M STILL PISSED!
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
ANYWAY, So I am judging this pagent and first was the interview portion. We were asked to only judge the contestants by.... how they presented themselves, projected their voices, and responded to our (judges) questions....NOT on how factual the responses were.
Okay so, I think they thought I would be a biased judge because there was one black girl in the pagent and believe me ya'll,....inside, i was like "go black girl!" but more so than the black girl, I was really routing for the 2 girls that were on the fluffy side. It's crazy, in black culture, you could be a size 14 and if it's all in the right place,...people would swear you were fine. The other judges were treating the "fluffy" girls (really like size 10 and the other maybe 12) like it was blasphemy for them to have even considered entering the pagent (which totally ticked this "full-figured and fab"diva off).
There were 13 contestants. I knew these girls were like 15-17 and they wouldn't be rocket scientists but dayum!!! Alot of them were so dumb and hadn't a clue of worldly issues. At least in the 80's, everyone was about ending aparthied, freeing Nelson Mandela, famine relief, etc. These girls were worse than Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless!" (at least she was knowledgable about fashion).
*On the bio sheet, one contestant said that her favorite sport was football. She was asked, "What's your favorite NFL team?" She replied by boasting proudly, "The GEORGIA BULLDOGS!"
*Another contestant (the black girl), listed Senator Hillary Clinton as someone that was most interesting to her. (I was impressed and a little proud inside that she thought of DIVA Clinton) I asked her simply, "Why?" She said,"because Hillary Clinton was the FIRST female senator!"
*Next contestant (skinny white girl), tries to play on my blackness and lists Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. as her most interesting person. I asked, "Why?" She said, "He's done alot for Blacks."
I said,"Like What?" There was an awkward silence and then she says, "UUhh! I'm not real,
Good thing the answers didn't have to be FACT.
Some of the judges were BRUTAL! This guy (judge) says,... "I'm blind....describe the color YELLOW to me." The poor girl looked like a dear in headlights.
ALL OF THE CONTESTANTS (except the black girl and the "big" girls), it seemed, were asked the party they would have voted for if they could vote. They said,...Republican Party (which is where i began deducting points). Then of course, there were the ones that tried to play on religion..."The Lord Jesus (thick southern accent) is my savior. I volunteer at the church because I luuve tha Lord!" (like with all the crap going on in the world, God would say,..."Focus on the pagent")
Alot of them had no career goals or college choices even though they were competing in the pagent (The "SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM").
And MOST of them, sad to say,...only aspired to be wives and mothers. Is it just me or is it sad that this was their only goal in life?
The talent portion was great. I was proud these Bush supporters did so well considering the fact that funding for enrichment programs and the arts are drastically cut. However, there were 2 contestants that decided to do interpretive dance. OKAY, NEVER EVER DO INTERPRETIVE DANCE IF YOU EVER WANT TO WIN ANYTHING,....EVER! (which had alot to do with the black girl losing)
I learned alot in the 7hour process to pick a winner. ( i was so ready to go)
The girl that won was average and a little short but she blew it out of the box. She was sharp, confident, talented, and very well prepared. The fluffy girl came in second. She kicked butt during her interview, the aerobic portion (she could kick it with the skinnies without breaking a sweat......thank me for bringing that fact to the attention of the evil fat prejudice judges) and she performed a hella monologue/skit. She worked it.
All in all, it was an experience. The girls that tried to pass on looks ALONE got squashed. There had to be substance. My job was done.
Saturday, December 25, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
Vick gets 10-year, $130 million contract
By MATT WINKELJOHN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/23/04
By today, many Falcons fans will have heard the one where Arthur Blank says he wanted to pony up big-time so Michael Vick could handle his holiday shopping.
Obviously, it was a joke, although nobody's laughing about the early Christmas gift Vick got at about 3:27 p.m. Thursday, when the Falcons quarterback signed a contract that guaranteed an NFL-record $37 million or so as part of a deal that could last as long as 10 years and be worth as much as $130 million.
Seriously, though, didn't you wonder . . . why now?
Actually, it was another calendar date -- New Year's Eve -- that prompted president/general manager Rich McKay to get busy with Vick's agent, Joel Segal.
Once Vick achieved certain performance-based incentives in his contract, it triggered a clause stating he could void the final two years of his pact (2005 and '06) unless the Falcons opted to "buy back" those years with a lump-sum payment of about $5 million that would trigger more than $17 million in additional salary and bonuses for Vick in the next two seasons.
And language in that contract stipulated that the Falcons had until the final Friday of the regular season, Dec. 31, to make the decision.
They opted instead to keep Vick, 24, around for much longer, and in the process created about $2 million in salary cap space for '05 and roughly $1 million for '06 vs. the cap charges Vick would have carried in the event of a buyback.
"We knew we had a date of next Friday we were working against," McKay said. "That was the only time barrier that was there."
Negotiations to extend Vick's contract began very informally last summer, and there was never a chance the two sides would wait until after the season to get it done.
"I'll share with you a comment I made to Michael and to his agent over the summer," said Blank, the Falcons owner. "I said, 'Michael, you understand that the only way you'll leave Atlanta will be in a box.' And I said, 'Coming from New York, you understand what I'm talking about.' "
There was, however, serious consideration given to opting for the short-term option, which would carry a smaller long-term financial risk in terms of potential salary cap damage if Vick were to suffer a catastrophic injury.
This contract will be insured so Blank could recoup some of his investment in such an event, but there would be no recourse in terms of the cap. Vick will count a minimum of $37 million against future caps even if he never plays another down.
"It became apparent to us that we needed to begin to try to solidify the core of our team, I would say in September or October," McKay said. "The injury factor is one that's talked about a lot, as well it should be, because of the nature of the position and the way Michael plays.
"But we're comfortable with the fact he's going to have a long career. He's going to evolve as a player. His passing yards will continue to go up, his rushing yards will continue to go down."
The idea of securing Vick, whose record as a starter is 24-12-1 counting playoff games, coincided with a push to extend the contract of tight end Alge Crumpler, who like Vick, linebacker Keith Brooking and defensive end Patrick Kerney, was named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday.
All four players are now under contract for at least three more seasons.
In fact, securing Vick, a two-time Pro Bowl player who was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2001 draft, and getting his cap numbers under control for the next few years (before league insiders believe the league's cap allowance may jump precipitously) gives team officials some wiggle room in free agency next spring.
"I think [the timing] was more of, 'Should we do this deal for purposes of being able to try to improve the team?' " McKay said. "We don't want to get ourselves in a position all of sudden we have to have to let guys go [for cap reasons if Vick had been locked up later, at a higher price]. The longer you go, the less . . . control you have over what the contract will look like."
McKay and Segal spent considerable time deciding how the guaranteed money will be paid, chiefly a signing bonus and roster bonuses designed to ensure that Vick, a Virginia native, will spend more of his offseason in Atlanta than in past years.
"I feel very fortunate because there are a lot of guys who come in this league and never have an opportunity to find a home," Vick said, "and I can honestly say that Atlanta will be my home for the next 10 years."
Based on the $37 million in guaranteed money, Michael Vick's contract makes him the highest-paid NFL player. Here's a look at some of the other contracts given to NFL quarterbacks recently.
Player Guaranteed Total Years Avg.
Michael Vick (Signed Dec. 2004) $37 $130 10 $13
Peyton Manning (March 2004) $34.5 $99.2 7 $14.17
Donovan McNabb (Sept. 2002) $20.5 $115 12 $9.58
Brett Favre (March 2001) $10 $100 10 $10
All dollar amounts in millions.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Thursday, December 16, 2004
It was 1986, I was dating a guy named LeRoy (pronounced La-Roi (when he knew it was Lee-roy)). I don't know how long we dated, maybe a month or two, but in high school it was serious. We were in love. I had his jacket and class ring. I was "THIS" close to walking down the aisle. Anyway, we were to exchage gifts for Christmas. I worked at the Mall. In the 80's, Coca Cola Clothes were the BOMB! I purchased a Coca-Cola Jersey for him. I saved all my money just to get that jersey (i wanted it for myself so you know it was flyy). Then, it was time to trade gifts. The man I could invision being married to accepted his jersey with such joy and happiness. I knew, he knew how much I cared. Then it was time for me to see how much he cared for me. He handed me this HUGE box. My eyes lit up because I knew my gift would be just as good. I tore all the paper and broke open the box. My smile quickly turned to a WTF look and what did I see? A thin ass flowered shirt with a f-ing BROACH in the middle! There wasn't even a LIMITED tag on it (and you know, in the 80's, EVERYTHING had to come from The Limited, EXPRESS, Benneton or ESPRIT) WTF! I got you Coca-Cola Clothes and you got me this? (excuse the materialism but i WAS in high school, MAN!) Since then, I vowed to never buy gifts to impress a guy if I was supposed to get one in return.....I ALWAYS GET JIPPED!
**The lesson**Unless you are already married, have kids, best friend or you don't care about the crap you get......DON'T DO IT! Oh yeah, he never got his jacket back. He had to learn. I know I'm wrong, but oh well.
I know it's bad. I can hold a grudge. If I saw him today, I would think,...."Yeah, you are the one that gave me that cheap ass shirt!" He will forever go down in the crappy boyfriend hall of fame with "THE CHEAPNESS!" over his head. Has someone ever burst your bubble with a crappy gift? Do you feel jipped when you have to swap names and you are supposed to spend $10bucks on a gift and you know darn well the person that pulled your name got your gift from the 99cent store? Am I wrong for feeling this way? Truthfully, I have grown from this experience and I am not as bitter. I take pride in the gifts I purchase for people. But thanks to "The Cheapness," I am slightly scarred.
###this just in,....KELLY won on the Apprentice tonight. EVA, Kelly,....do you think we can do 3 out of 3 and Moe is the biggest loser?##########
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
1. 3 PART QUESTIONS,............PRINCE OR MJ? USHER OR JUSTIN?
BABYFACE OR BRIAN MCKNIGHT?
2. 4 PART QUESTIONS,......
LINDSEY LOHANN OR HILLARY DUFF?
DEBBIE GIBSON OR TIFFANY?
BRANDY OR MONICA?
WHITNEY OR MARIAH?
3. SEX & THE CITY OR DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES?
4. WHAT'S THE BEST UPN SHOW?
5. FRIENDS OR WILL & GRACE?
6. WHAT'S THE BEST SPORT? (football, baseball, basketball, hockey,surfing,etc)
7. FAVORITE DESIGNERS? (Mizrahi, D&B, Channel, Sean John, Calvin, Ralph,etc.)
8. NEW BALANCE OR NIKE?
9. BEST HIPHOP CREW? (Dungeon Family, G-Unit, Flip Mode, etc.)
10. BEST CELLULAR COMPANY?
11. BEST CHARACTER/CAST MEMBER OF ALL TIME FROM MTV'S REAL WORLD?
12. DESTINY'S CHILD, EN VOGUE OR XSCAPE?
13. JANET OR J-LO?
14. BRITNEY, JESSICA OR CHRISTINA?
15.TRIBE CALLED QUEST OR THE ROOTS? (I know I am so wrong for even comparing)
16.EMINEM, VANILLA ICE OR BUBBA SPARX?
17.DONNIE HATHAWAY OR OTIS REDDING?
18.MAYA ANGELO, ALICE WALKER, TONI MORRISON OR NIKKI GIOVANNI?
19. EAST COAST OR WEST COAST?
FOR BLACK AMERICANS, ATLANTA OR D.C.?
21.2 PART QUESTIONS.....BEST BOY BANDS......
NEW EDITION, H-TOWN, GUY, TROOP, SHAI, SILK OR BOYS II MEN, ETC?
NSYNC, 98 DEGREES, OAKTOWN, BACKSTREET BOYS, MENUDO, ETC?
22.DENZEL WASHINGTON, BLAIR UNDERWOOD OR LAWRENCE FISHBURN?
23. WILL SMITH, WESLEY SNIPES, TAYE DIGGS, OMAR EPPS OR MORRIS CHESTNUT?
24. NIA LONG, VIVICA FOX, JADA PINKET SMITH GABRIELLE UNION OR SANAA LATHAN?
25. LOVE JONES, HAV PLENTY OR 2 CAN PLAY THAT GAME?
Friday, December 10, 2004
I had to break from the previous blogging to bitch about AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL........
EVA THE DIVA IS THE BOMB! I can not believe her SO-CALLED friends are HATING on her like they are. I see now why she had such a hard exterior. Monique said, "Skinny Bitches Are Evil!" I hope Eva prevails.
*****just had to put in my (like Sivad says) 2 cents********
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
1. Get closer to GOD (shoot for church EVERY Sunday and maybe Bible Study monthly)
2. Eat healthier, exercise more, lose weight
3. Gain control of the finances and start making my money work for me (pay EVERYTHING on time to better
4. Try to think & stategize before speaking (your words may be used against you)
5. Give Back - Voluteer
6. Visit the family in Atlanta at least once a month (family is important,i guess)
7. Take a trip out of the state or country once a year
8. Experience one thing that I would normally be closed to
(a food dish, a bar,a genre of music, hairstyle, event,etc.)
9.Try to divert drama and negative energy
(not letting the drama of others affect me)
10.Do something for self AT LEAST once a week
(buy something new (clothes, cds,etc.), read a book and learn something
about self, culture or heritage, go out to a lavish dinner with a friend,
new hair-do, a movie, massage, spa treatment, etc)
I guess it's that whole,..."Today is the first day of the rest of your life" kinda thing.
So,...what are your goals for the new year?
****by the way,...consider this my list for 2006*****
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
If the hiphop station that I was to be thrown on played artists like Kanye, Mos Def, etc. (conscious, positive, of some usefull substance, etc.) I would have been cool with it.
So,...big shots out to creativity and positivity. Congrats Kanye!
*****since this post,....some interesting things have come to light. Sorry for that guys. jazz
Monday, December 06, 2004
Anyway, the new job has been FINANCIALLY rewarding and emotionally stressfull. You see, I was initally a part-time employee. This was my second job. Now, I am the boss/director. Of course, I have my own bosses but the people that trained me (some still are) are now having to answer to me and it's not going over too well. Wanna know the sad thing about it all,...I get more sh*t from my black employees than the white ones. (i still have eyes in the back of my head,...don't get it twisted) In particular this guy that showed me the ropes when I started has been trying to treat me like I work for him. (some people say it's his Napoleon complex) Thing is,...although he showed me the ropes,...I had education, the experience and the RIGHT people recommending me. I'm trying not to go off.
Thank God for School Systems. Apparently the campus closes down on the 20th and will not re-open till January. HOORAY!!! I don't get a month like Will but I still get off. I can't wait!
Friday, December 03, 2004
Anyway, so I am reading WILL's blog and for some strange ass reason,...I start singing the dam HONEYCOMB cereal song,...AT MY DESK! (of the NEW job) So, I'm all like....Honeycombs BIG,..yeah yeah yeah! BIG BIG taste with the BIG BIG bite!
then for some reason,....another commercial pops into my head and I say, "HEY KOOL-AID! OOH YEAH!"
just as my NEW boss turns the corner. ****i could have sh*t bricks****
I think she thinks this job is really too much for me now.
So anyway,...the whole cereal thing got me thinking about cartoons. JEM was my favorite. Remember the song,....JEM she's truely amazing, truely truely truely outrageous! This was my favorite cartoon back in the 80's. Not 70's, because hands down would be FAT ALBERT. Do you remember "Oh Mighty ISIS" or "SHAZAM!" or those commercials for saturday like,...."THEY CALL ME YUCK MOUTH! CAUSE I DON'T BRUSH!?"
Ahhh! 80's Nostalgia! Why oh why do I retain such useless information like this ......and I can't remember when to pay a dam bill?
Thursday, December 02, 2004
ps. This is the best way to describe my first day, thus far
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
1st off,....I have another job that I start as soon as I have finished working through my notice. It pay a whole lot more and I am the director. (much more prestiege) I will get to work on the masters,...for free. (ps. can you believe HATER SUPERVISOR had the audacity to come at me all concerned after the resignation like, "what are you gonna do? how will you survive?" (trying to get all up in my business)I told him, GOD takes care of his kids and I will be just fine! I will be better than fine because, little does he know,...I now make way more money than he does. HOW YA LIKE ME NOW,...BI-YATCH!?
2ndly,...My dog KAS is doing much better. Didn't think he would make it for a while there. His health is bad and he is old and I am not ready to let go.
3rd,...My sister is pregnant with the familys' first and only baby. (you know, I AM NOT THE ONE!)So I will have a hand at influencing a baby diva.
4th,...GOD HAS BEEN TAKING CARE OF THIS BLACK CHILE! (this should have been first but I didn't want to retype, so please forgive and don't trip,....Mandy. =)
5th,....FINALLY GOT A NEW RIDE. NOW PEOPLE CAN STOP PICKIN' AT ME.
6th and final,....My mom died in 94. Yall, it has taken me 10yrs to finally try to pull a semi-MAMA STYLE THANKSGIVING! I haven't wanted any parts of sould food because I would immediately think of her and become miserable. I'd find myself envious of anyone that still had their mom. I would even get pissed at those that would invite me over. I felt it was like rubbing it in my face. (eventhough I knew it wasn't the intention) But now my friends, I think I am ready to try. Of course there is that 'CAN'T COOK' thing. But NO FRIENDS! I refuse to let that stop me. I designed this table setting. I made the name holders, made the glasses to match the plates and the menu board. I am pretty proud of it. I even ordered a Turkey from MEAT SLANGERS. I am starting to get excited. This is my first real THANKSGIVING since my mom's death and instead of sadness,...I AM FEELING PRETTY GREAT & FULL!
Friday, November 19, 2004
So the BIG & SEMI BOSSES are freaking out and wanting to schedule an emergency meeting. They asked if I was leaving because they wanted to throw me on the HipHop Station. I said, "Well, that got the ball rolling." They were like, WHY? I had to break it down like this,.....
First off, I don't want to offend anyone but there are too many negative images affiliated with that industry. I have worked too hard to make a difference and work towards the positive, to contribute to the positive. I could understand if it was like an old school show and I got to play nothing but conscious stuff but we are in a different time. I mean, HELLO! people can't even give Quincy Jones a freaking award at HIS own magazine without folks showing their asses. It's ignorant. I don't want any part of that. I AM HERE TO REPRESENT!
So, I told them that my solution would make everyone happy. They said, "NO, because now we have 2 problems. We'd have an opening on your station and the HipHop station"
They said that they thought I had great talent and fed me that, you could bring positivity to HipHop crap. Still ya'll, IT AIN'T ME. I'm a 35yr old, educated Black woman with no children....IT AIN'T ME! When I listen to HipHop, It's that old PE, that old Beastie (yall know yall loved BRASS MONKEY) and it was Tribe/Jungle/DeLa. The Stuff today is CRAP! Alot of it is derogatory and disrespectful. I'm with Ice T when he says REAL GANGSTAS don't rap/dance/entertain. It's total B.S.
Okay so ANYWAZ, they asked if they could sit on my resignation. I was curious as to why. The other dj's would resent me because they'd think the company payed me extra to stay. HATER Supervisor would make my life HELL, and even on the Urban end, the HipHop audience could spot an imposter. They said they still wanted to fix things.
Meanwhile, Hater Supervisor sends me an email with this question,....
serious or just a strategy?
I WANTED TO CUSS THAT MUTHA FREAKER OUT!!! But, I maintained my composure and sent back a happy face with devil eyes ******insert menacing Vincent Price laugh******
13 more days, to stay strong......
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I had to suck it up and continue working there. They even had me training my replacement. I began to plot my escape. I got a part-time job a Blockbuster Music.(remember those stores which were born from TURTLES and before RECORD BAR?) Fell in love with the record store. I loved interacting with the public and learning about new music, genres, etc. I was finally ready to quit. BUT WAIT!!! One beautiful day when I was opening the record store, This guy walks in and asks if I am Jazzmine Phoenixx and I say yes. He then says, "BOY HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU!!" I say, "Do tell!" He offers me a job with the company I am employed by now. They thought so much of me that they wanted me to be the first person they hired. I jumped at the chance.(while still doing double duty, working for the radio station (evil empire) and blockbuster music) I quit the evil empire and began learning about this new station with this new format. THE EVIL EMPIRE STRIKES BACK AND SUES ME FOR MOVING TO THE COMPETITOR. It was bad. But like I said, "GOD TAKES CARE OF HIS KIDS!"
Six months later, I was allowed on the air. I was definitely seeking vengance and I WON. The EVIL EMPIRE was destroyed and sold their stations. Six years later, I am being faced with a similar situation. After winning awards and bringing the ratings FUNK,...My company want to try me out on the HipHop Station. No offense guys, IT AIN'T ME!! TOO GHETTO! CAN'T TAKE IT!!! So my friends,...If you know me,...you know,....I must learn from situations. About six months ago, I got a pt job at the University then I purchased a car while my job was still my credit. I was offered a full time position with the University and today,...I shall turn in my notice. WISH ME LUCK!
Monday, November 15, 2004
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard Dies
Sources close to ODB said he had been complaining of chest pains earlier in the day.
by Corey Moss, with additional reporting by Shaheem Reid and Joseph Patel
Ol' Dirty Bastard (file) (Photo: MTV News)
Ol' Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan and one of the most eccentric personalities in hip-hop, died of unknown causes on Saturday in New York. He would have turned 36 on Monday.
The rapper, whose real name was Russell Tyrone
Jones, was having difficulty breathing and complained of chest pains earlier in the day, according to his spokesperson.
Dirty was at Wu-Tang's studio, 36 Records LLC on West 34th Street, when he collapsed in the lounge at approximately 4:35 p.m. on Saturday. EMS workers rushed to the scene but were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at 5:04 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the city medical examiner's office.
An autopsy conducted Sunday morning revealed no conclusive results. Toxicology and tissue tests will be administered and the cause of death is expected to be known within 10 days.
Jarred Weisfeld, ODB's manager, said that the rapper was entirely drug free and that he was committed to getting his life back on track. "He was the complete opposite of what people made him out to be. He was a teddy bear," Weisfeld told MTV News.
ODB, who arrived in the New York area on a flight from Denver at 10:30 p.m. Friday, had been scheduled to perform with the Wu-Tang Clan in New Jersey that night, but missed the show.
Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon were among those seen outside the studio Saturday consoling ODB fans.
Cherry Jones, ODB's mother, was informed shortly after his death and called the phone call "every mother's worst dream." "My son, Russell Jones, passed away," she said in a statement. "To the public, he was known as Ol' Dirty Bastard, but to me, he was known as Rusty, the kindest, most generous soul on earth. I appreciate all the support and prayers that I have received. Russell was more than a rapper, he was a loving father, brother, uncle, and most of all, son."
Damon Dash, who signed ODB to Roc-A-Fella Records in the spring of 2003, also released a statement. "All of us in the Roc-A-Fella family are shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic death or our brother and friend," Dash said. "Russell inspired all of us with his spirit, wit and tremendous heart. He will be missed dearly, and our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to his wonderful family. The world has lost a great talent, but we mourn the loss of our friend."
Before he was known more for his rap sheet than his rapping, Dirty was the most outrageous member of the Wu-Tang Clan, nine New York rappers who fashioned themselves as ghetto superheroes with magic rapping powers. As an MC, ODB was instantly recognizable with his garbled, manic and nonsensical style. His half-rapped, half-sung free-association growl was a key element in several of the Clan's most memorable tracks, as well as hits from Mariah Carey ("Fantasy") and Pras ("Ghetto Supastar").
Russell Jones was born in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, New York, and was raised on public assistance. His cousins, known now as RZA and GZA, introduced him to hip-hop and by the early '90s they had formed the Wu-Tang Clan. Jones took on the name Ol' Dirty Bastard because there was no "father" to his unique style, although he would assume numerous monikers over the years, including Osirus, Joe Bannanas [sic], Dirt Dog, Unique Ason, Big Baby Jesus and Dirt McGirt.
After the massive success of the Wu's debut, 1993's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the members began launching solo careers, first with Method Man and second with ODB's 1995 release, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, which featured "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."
His second album, 1999's N---a Please, featured his biggest hit, the Neptunes-produced "Got Your Money" (which introduced Kelis to the world), but by then his music played second fiddle to his odd behavior and trouble with the law.
Dirty's best-known antic came at the 1998 Grammy Awards, when he took the stage and interrupted Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech to complain that the Wu-Tang Clan had lost to P. Diddy in a different category (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Tells Why He Stormed Grammy Stage"). Along with being awkwardly timed, the moment will be forever remembered because of Dirty's peculiar declaration: "Wu-Tang are for the children!"
And back in 1994, ODB invited MTV News to spend an afternoon with him. On camera, he loaded several of his kids (he was said to have more than a dozen, by numerous mothers) into a limousine and proceeded to drive to a welfare office to collect food stamps.
While ODB was talked about for engineering comical moments, for a time his frequent arrests overshadowed anything else he did.
Although he was convicted of second-degree assault in New York in 1993 (the only violent offense ever proven against him) and was shot in the stomach by another rapper in Brooklyn in 1994, ODB's real tussles with the law started in 1997, when he was arrested for failing to pay nearly a year's worth of child support for three children he had with his wife, Icelene Jones.
In 1998, he pleaded guilty to attempted assault on Icelene and two months later was shot in the back during what he said was a robbery of his Brooklyn home (he walked out of the hospital, disobeying doctor's orders).
Later in 1998, he was arrested for shoplifting a pair of $50 sneakers in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and accosted a security guard at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and was charged with making "terrorist threats," charges he again faced only months later after he threatened to kill an ex-girlfriend.
In early 1999, ODB was pulled over in New York for a traffic violation and was accused of firing a gun at officers, although those charges were later dismissed when the police failed to prove their claims. A few months later, while being cited for a parking violation in Los Angeles, he became one of the first citizens arrested under a new California law that made wearing a bulletproof vest illegal for convicted felons (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Arrested For Wearing Bulletproof Vest"). Two months later, he was picked up in Queens, New York, for running a red light and was arrested when police found crack in his Mercedes-Benz (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Arrested; Police Claim To Have Found Crack In Rapper's Car").
After two more arrests for traffic violations, including another one where he was found with crack, Dirty was sentenced to three years' probation and one year in a residential drug-rehab facility in Pasadena, California. (During court proceedings, he was scolded by the judge for falling asleep and calling a female attorney a "sperm donor.") Ten months later, after a disagreement with the staff, he walked out of the court-mandated rehab and became a fugitive.
A month later, two days after appearing onstage with the Wu-Tang Clan in New York (see "Performance By Fugitive ODB Stuns Wu-Tang Clan Crowd"), he was arrested in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Philadelphia by an officer who recognized him because her son was a fan.
ODB was then sentenced to two years behind bars (see "ODB Gets Two Years For Fleeing Rehab, Violating Probation"). He spent most of that time at Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York (where Tupac Shakur once served). While in prison, reports surfaced that ODB was suffering mental illness and was suicidal, although his reps denied them.
When he was released from prison and psychiatric care in the spring of 2003, Dirty quickly signed with the Roc and began recording as Dirt McGirt (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Hits Campaign Trail With New Album").
"I just want to get back out there and do it again," he told MTV News. "You know, how Mike Tyson came back, I wanna come back the same way. I want to hit 'em hard."
Dirty logged studio time Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Pharrell (see "Ol' Dirty Lays Down Track With Pharrell Before Turning Into A Pumpkin"), and most recently collaborated with Macy Gray (see "ODB Duets With Macy Gray On 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' ").
The rapper's manager said that several projects that Dirty was involved with will move forward, including an album recorded with his friends, Brooklyn Zoo, a DVD and a reality show that was completed for Spike TV.
Before Friday's concert, the Wu-Tang Clan had reunited this summer, at a concert in California. A recording of the show, titled Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1, was released in September.
"Through Wu-Tang and his own solo career as an artist, songwriter and producer, ODB came to not only define a generation, but a musical movement that continues today," Steve Rifkind, who signed Wu-Tang to Loud Records, said in a statement. "We will miss him."
[This story was updated on 11.14.04 at 1:18 p.m. ET.]
Friday, November 12, 2004
Our program directors father was ill so she went out of town to see about him for a week. There were only 3 people on-air at the station and with her gone,...working as a TEAM and being completely naive. Me and the night guy worked double shifts FOR FREE! (you know, to show that we were A TEAM). ME, the employee/girlfriend,....all eager to please, asked BOSSMAN if I was doing a good job. I asked if he thought I could improve in anyway? He said, "Jazz, you are doing a GREAT JOB! You know what? I'm gonna help you guys out. You shouldn't be pulling doubles. I will bring in someone to help you guys. A friend of mine is in town visiting and he has tons of experience. I will get him to help you out."
I thought, COOL! I have the best boss in the world! Who takes his employees in consideration like that? So,...within hours of our conversation,...HELP arrives. His name is DOCK BROCK. He was an older guy that talked alot like Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cinncinati. You know, like the Jocks of the 70's on Coke. I was asked to show him around and show him the ropes. Then I told him which shift he was to take (program directors air shift which was from 10-3).
Little did I know.....THIS WAS ALL A PLOY TO REPLACE ME AND HAVE ME TRAIN MY REPLACEMENT.
So he says,"I don't know about you sweetheart, but I'm going on at 3."
Me,..."Nah, you see,...that's my shift. You are helping out and you are to cover Program Directors shift."
He said in a very pompus tone while inhaling a cigarette like Andrew Dice Clay, "WHATEVER SWEETHEART! YOU NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH BOSSMAN."
****insert me with the most confused and betrayed look on my face********
I immediately went to BOSSMAN and asked him to set this DOCK guy straight.
BOSSMAN...."Sorry Jazz, this guy has 25yrs experience and you are still just a baby in the industry."
ME....***eyes watering and FIGHTING tears******But just yesterday, YOU said I was doing a great job. YOU said that there was no need to change a thing.
BOSSMAN....Jazz, come on. I wanna go up against the rock station and I can't do that with a baby. (black girl) I need a veteran.(rock n roll white guy)
ME.... Why didn't you say something sooner? You pulled me off the Urban (Radio term for BLACK) Station because you thought I wasn't Urban(BLACK/ETHNIC) enough and brought me here. You told me this was perfect. Now that I have excelled and fallen in love with this format, YOU want to can me? AFTER EVERYTHING!?
BOSSMAN....Jazz, WE think you are a great talent and we have no intentions of "CANNING" you. WE are keeping you on. WE are looking into buying new stations and you would be perfect for them. We are gonna just have you do odd jobs around here until the aquisition of the stations then ......YOU ARE BACK.
ME.....****How could I believe anything this man said? How could I have allowed him to basically "F*CK ME AND WALK AWAY!" (IT'S AN EXPRESSION!, don't get it twisted. I don't roll like that.) I felt like the biggest IDIOT ever. I let my guards down. I sat there riddled with so much anger and developing HATE! I could have gone postal that day. I was only seeing RED! BETRAYAL!!!!! Tears started to roll down my face, which pissed me off MORE. I can be such a F*CKING PUNK sometimes. (that was all I was thinking) I kept telling myself, "DON'T LET THIS MUTHAF*CKA SEE YOUR TEARS!!!!" I tried to channel the strength of my dead mother who would NEVER let her enemies see her sweat. I felt like she would have slapped the shit out of me if she had seen my tears in the presence of those that hurt me. I tried to BUCK UP! But the anger and feeling of betrayal was just too strong.
BOSSMAN continued to FEED ME SHIT, WHILE TELLING ME IT'S CHOCOLATE.
I sat there thinking, "DAMMIT! I hadn't planned my escape! I wasn't prepared. I was caught off gaurd. I had no back-up plan. NO ESCAPE ROUTE FOR THE "JUST IN CASE SH*T HAPPENS" EMERGENCY!!!
i know you guys are on pins and needles to see what happens next but i have to jet to job #2......to be continued.......
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Here's the thing,...I HAVE HAD IT UP TO HERE WITH JOB/BOYFRIEND!! I'M DONE. I am so JADED when it comes to MEN/JOBS. I enter BOTH relationships with my eye on the exit door for the quickest escape route. I know it's bad,....but hey,...GOTTA SAVE FACE, GOTTA SAVE ASS!
So, here's the DEALIO with the Jobby Job.
Don't know if you have noticed the job security rumblings or not but... SH*T HAS HIT THE FAN! AGAIN!
So I can't tell this story without starting from the beginning. I got my degree from ASU in Music. Tried to perform on stage, couldn't deal with the stage fright. I tried teaching,...NO PATIENCE! I was about to go postal on those kids, parents were worse. I tried working for a now defunct record label,...6 BUCKS AN HOUR FOR 3 HOURS, 2 DAYS A WEEK!!!! yeah, they were trippin'.
So then I got a hook up at a radio station. In my mind, I was thinking,...with a degree, i could get a job at a station as Music Director,...JUST LIKE THAT! I made it to the interview, dressed to the 9's and OWNED IT! The future DIVA BOSS "THE DUTCHESS"(her dj name) looked at me and said,...YOU GOT A JOB! You wanna sell or work on air? I was like,"O-KAY, I was thinking Music Director, not on air!" She repeats herself and says, "So do you wanna sell or work on air?" So I said, "On air, I guess." I was SCARED to death. But the DUTCHESS took me under her wings, became my mentor and showed me the "technical" ropes. She was the best. Then she got a better offer and moved to (Black Folks Love Bush) OHIO. Exit DREAM BOSS, enter HATER BI-YATCH FROM HELL. Guess there couldn't be TWO cute females on ONE station in this town. This "I HATE YOU AND I WILL DO WHATEVER I NEED TO DO TO TAKE YOU DOWN BOSS" was the PERFECT FRIEND BOSS...IN DISGUISE!! She tried like HELL, on the sly, to get me fired,...to no avail. (GOD TAKES CARE OF HIS KIDS) Then the owner of the station sold it to a GROUP. (Corporate Radio begins)
This was BIG TIME to me at the time. With the aquisition of my station, this company now owned 5 stations. I was in a comfort zone with my show and very insecure. I tried to take in the advice of all the vets around me and apply it to my show. One day, the big boss (mista cha-ly white guy) calls me into his office and says basically that I WASN'T ETHNIC ENOUGH FOR A BLACK STATION. "ME?...NOT ETHNIC!" and like the movie CB4, I felt like Lance (sharmaines man from the cosby show) when he was like, "UM BLACK AN UM BLACK AN UM BLACK YALL! AN UM BLACK! BLACKA DEN BLACK YALL!" ...WTF! How was I, "ME," the one that's straight from Atlanta(not a suburb like Decatur or Marietta, but the SWATS, the dirty south), born and raised in the home of Dr. Martin Luther King (BLACKNESS HEADQUARTERS) not ethnic enough? I was pissed, still very insecure and...there was that thing where I didn't want to lose my job. So, I asked what he wanted me to do about getting in touch with my BLACKNESS! He said, "I wouldn't change a thing! I think you'd be better suited for our pop station. We are gonna have to change your name. D-Love sounds WAY TOO ethnic. " I'm thinking,...WHAT? too ETHNIC? this is about some BULLSh*t!! So I come up with the name Jazzmine,...spelled like Jazz-mine out of sheer rebellion because I didn't want to leave my station. I didn't want to give up the Jazz show, it was MINE. Hence the name Jazzmine. Found a Jazz station in Phoenix Arizona, put a spin on that whole Phoenix rising thing and VOILA! A STAR IS BORN!
My first night on the station, some chick calls in on the request line and says,..." I WILL NEVER LISTEN TO YOUR STATION AGAIN, AS LONG AS YOU HAVE ***insert serious HICK accent*** THAT NIGGER BITCH ON!" My mouth dropped. Guess I wasn't BLACK enough because instead of CUSSIN' DA BITCH OUT,...like a PUNK,...I CRIED! ***getting teary eyed typing this*** Growing up in Atlanta (a very Black city), I had never experience racism. EVERYBODY was BLACK! So the "N" word was only something I only heard on documentaries on the Civil Rights Movement (or rap songs). How could someone that didn't know me hate me? I went to BOSS MAN and begged him to "LET US FREE! Pleeze put me back on my Urban Blackness station? LET ME GO HOME!!!" In a self assured manner, he said "JAZZ, I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING! YOU ARE STAYING PUT. Believe me when I tell you that you are talented and you can do this. I know it!" He was so confident. So I figured I would do it but he would soon realize that he was making a HUGE mistake and he would EAT those words. One week later, little boy Billie and his mom (white) came to the station looking for me. He was like 8 or something and had made a Christmas card for me and his mom baked peanut brittle for me. He didn't care that I was Black. I was so touched....like A PUNK,..I CRIED! Since then, there has been nothing but LOVE from the listening public.....good times.
After pushing me and being so supportive, BOSS MAN flips. He decides to go totally ROCK! Then suddenly, I'M TOO BLACK for ROCK!
gotta go to work, this story is definitely.....TO BE CONTINUED!!!!
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
I WAS REALLY BOTHERED BY THE AMOUNT OF IGNORANT PEOPLE THERE WERE THAT VOTED FOR BUSH SOLELY BECAUSE HE IS PROLIFE BECAUSE HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE THOUSANDS THAT ARE BEING KILLED IN IRAQ. I JUST HAVE TO PRAY THAT HE DOESN'T MAKE THINGS WORSE THAN THEY ARE AND THAT HIS SUPPORTERS SEE HIM FOR WHO AND WHAT HE IS.
ON A BRIGHT NOTE,...MY ALMA MATER, ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY COMPLETED THIS SEASON WITH A PERFECT 10-0 RECORD. THEY WERE VICTORIOUS WITH THEIR LAST 8 GAMES OF THE PAST SEASON. AN 18 GAME WINNING STREAK WHICH PUT THEM IN THE HISTORY BOOKS. THEY ARE RANKED 4TH IN THE NATION AND #1 IN THE DIVISION. I JUST HAD TO BRAG A LITTLE. IT'S SOMETHING GOOD TO LOOK FORWARD TO,....FOOTBALL SEASON WILL LIVE ON FOR AWHILE FOR THE PLAYOFFS. LIKE OUR BOY "G," I'LL KEEP YA POSTED.
PS.ALMOST GOT THAT VOODOO HEX POTION DOWN (SMILE)
Thursday, November 04, 2004
IF I WEREN'T SUCH A LADY, I'D SPIT ON YOU! YOU SUCK!!
LORD KNOWS WHAT THE HUMANITY CRITIC IS GOING THROUGH.
********ROLLING MY EYES,....STOMPING AWAY******
i am bitter. forgive me,...everyone ELSE!
Monday, November 01, 2004
2. WHY IS IT THAT WE DON'T LEARN THE LESSONS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM BAD RELATIONSHIPS THE FIRST TIME AND THEREFORE RE-LIVING THE SAME BULLSHIT, DIFFERENT LOVER,....OVER AND OVER AGAIN?
3. WHY IS THAT WE COULDN'T ALL BE BORN RICH, FIT, FUN AND FABULOUS?
4. WHAT'S UP WITH THE FASCINATION WITH PARIS HILTON? WHAT TALENT DOES SHE POSSESS? (AH DAM, THAT'S 2 QUESTIONS)
5. WHAT WAS SO BAD THAT PHYLISS HYMAN and DONNIE HATHAWAY FELT COMPELLED TO TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES?
6. ON VH-1'S SURREAL LIFE, WHY IS RYAN "THE ONLY NON-STARR" SUCH A BE-YACH TO FLAVA FLAV?
7. WHY DOES THE ARAB WORLD, WELL MOST OF THE WORLD "NOW" HATE AMERICANS, WHEN THEY SHOULD ALL JUST HATE BUSH?
8. WHY IS R.KELLY SHOWIN' HIS ASS LIKE THE CRAZY ARROGANT EGOMANIAC THAT HE IS AND SUING JAY-Z FOR $75MILLION DOLLARS? (LOVE THEIR MUSIC BUT MR.R NEEDS JESUS)
9. THE MINUTE THAT YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP,... WHY IS IT THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO "HOLLA?"
10. WHY IS IT SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE (NOT BY ME) TO USE THE "N" WORD AS A TERM OF ENDEARMENT?
11. SINCE WHEN WAS POPPIN' OUT A CRAP LOAD OF KIDS, THE "NEW BLACK"?
12. WHY IS IT THAT SOME WOMEN ARE SO DESPARATE TO GET A MAN, THAT THEY SUPPRESS WHO THEY ARE, IGNORE THE REALITY, BECOME ALL PASSIVE AND SUBMISSIVE,...JUST TO BE MISTREATED ON A REGULAR?
("BUT I LOVE HE!" BULLSHIT! WHAT ABOUT "SELF"?)
13. WHY IS THAT THE FOODS THAT ARE "BAD FOR YOU" COST LESS AND TASTE BETTER THAT THE FOODS THAT ARE "GOOD FOR YOU?"
14. WHY IS THE GHETTO FABULOUS?
15. WHEN WAS IT EVER OK TO DECLARE YOURSELF TO BE OR THINK ITS OK TO BE ATTRACTED TO "A THUG?"
16. WHY DO PEOPLE DENY THEIR HERITAGE? (INSERT: "TIGER WOODS, YALL! TIGER WOODS!")
17. WHY IS IT THAT SOME PEOPLE DISS OPRAH? (HATERS!) SHE'S SMART, INSIGHTFUL, INSPIRATIONAL, POSITIVE AND HAS MORE MONEY THAN YOU. THIS MEANS, YOU COULD LEARN 'SOMETHING' FROM HER.
18. WHY IS IT THAT, IF YOU AREN'T MARRIED, YOU HAVE NO KIDS, YOU ARE NOT ON SOME GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND WORK 2 JOBS,....YOU ARE PENALIZED AND GET JACKED BY THE GOVERNMENT?
19. WHY DID THE MUSIC INDUSTRY LOSE INTEGRITY AND GO COMMERCIAL? (OKAY, I KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT ONE,... "C.R.E.A.M.")
20. WHY IS IT THAT ARRISA FROM THE REAL WORLD LAS VEGAS FEELS THE NEED TO BE A RAPPER?
21. WHY DON'T WE ACKNOWLEDGE GOD THE WAY WE SHOULD?
22. WHY CAN'T COCKTAILS BE FAT FREE?
23. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WANTING TO BE STYLISH, YET SOPHISTICATED? (LADIES-Diahann Carroll, Audrey Hepburn, Lena Horne, Doris Day,etc. GUYS- HELLO!DENZEL!)
24. I BET YOU KNOW AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE (WHO AREN'T THAT TALENTED) TRYING TO GET INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS. WHY ARE THEY ALL TRYING TO BE RAPPERS OR PRODUCERS? (I AM SO SICK OF IT)
25.WHY ARE WE SO ADDICTED TO BLOGGING? (I TRY TO STAY AWAY, ...THEN COMES THE JONESING,...."IT KEEPS CALLIN' ME!")
26. WHY HAS COLIN POWELL MYSERIOUSLY DISSAPPEARED FROM THE BUSH POSSE?
27. WHY CAN'T I HAVE THAT DREAM THAT REVEALS THE WINNING LOTTERY NUMBERS?
28. IF JEHOVAHS WITNESS' BELIEVE THAT ONLY 144,000 WILL BE ADMITTED INTO GODS KINGDOM, WHY GO DOOR TO DOOR TO SPREAD THE WORD? WOULDN'T YOU BE AFRAID SOMEONE WOULD STEAL YOUR SEAT? I KNOW I WOULD.
29. WHY IS IT THAT COMEDIANS WERE FUNNIER WHEN THEY HAD NO FAME AND FORTUNE? (EDDIE, MARTIN, DAVE, CHRIS T., THE SO-CALLED KINGS, THE QUEENS,ETC) NOONE'S FUNNY ANYMORE,...OKAY EXCEPT CHRIS ROCK AND WHAT HAS HE DONE LATELY?
30.WHY IS IT THAT WE CAN'T COME TOGETHER AS A PEOPLE?
This week has been HELL-A-CIOUS! I've got HATERS in the work place, Psycho-nut friends making dumb ass decisions, they tell me what they did and get pissed with me for commenting about it (so why even bring it up?), my dog (my kid) KAS is in the hospital, my sister is pregnant with her first child and she's driving me nuts (love you Kimmie) and lastly,... I have done no artwork because I am always looking for the bed when I come home, the creativity level sucks. What do you do when there are no cocktails?
All this and what I wanted to say was, "I'm at work and a little stressed, so I will post back later.
Monday, October 25, 2004
ASHLEY SIMPSON ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WAS F-ING HILARIOUS!!!! So me and cb (cuddle bunny) were lounging and channel surfing. CB wanted to watch SNL because he thought that somebody from the week before would be on Saturday Night.
Anywayz,....we got a laugh and a half but not from the SNL cast.
So, check it,...ASHLEY SIMPSON GOT BUSTED LIP SYNCING on Saturday Night LIVE!
Y'all, it was funny as hell. Here is the breakdown,....
NEVER did I think we'd see what we saw.
Jude Law (host of the night) introduces ASHLEE SIMPSON!
The music starts and the perfect vocal begans to play "pieces of me" (the song she "lip synced" in the first segment) Instead of a new song, the old tape started rolling. Her band played it cool by going along with the song. She looked surprised. Then she started doing some crazy dance then she gave up and just WALKED OFF STAGE.
We were shocked at first. I thought it was all apart of the show and then it dawned on us that this was really happening. It was so embarrasing. We sat up and just BURST OUT LAUGHING. It was the funniest thing all night. The band continued to play then there was a cut to a still of Jude Laws face then straight to commerical. After the quick break they went right into a skit on return.
Of course that meant we were staying up to see what else was gonna happen.
I can't believe she put it on the band. The band had the balls to stay on the stage and continue to play.
Can you believe the t-shirts are out, already?
FOX NEWS EVEN COVERED THE STORY,...CHECK IT OUT.
That was some funny Milli Vanilli kinda stuff! Lots of us were guilty of loving "Pieces of Me," we were totally conned. Like Brother Malcolm says,...."You've been had. You've been took. You've been hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amok."
Makes you question everyone else that consider themselves "ARTISTS", hunh?
**********THIS JUST IN******************
Friday, October 22, 2004
Monday, October 18, 2004
I'm frustrated now, because I have a whop-sided ass blog. I know this will keep me up all night.
there is NOTHING LIKE BILLIE HOLLIDAY
AHH,..MILES,...NEED I SAY MORE?
i was worried about her after the success of Baduizm and the DRE aftermath but this cd is DA BOMB!
DWELE, TO ME,..IS THE MALE ERYKAH BADU.
I SPENT TOO MUCH MONEY ON THIS CD BUT I HAVEN'T TAKEN IT OUT OF THE CD PLAYER. IT'S GROWN AND SEXY.
I LOVE MOS DEF. THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOS DEF SONG.
LES NUBIANS,...YOU WOULD BE AMAZED. MOST OF THE ALBUM IS IN FRENCH BUT IT'S FUNKY. YOU FIND YOURSELF SINGING WITH THEM EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. I SAY,...CHECK OUT CDUNIVERSE AND VIEW THE SNIPPETS.
EVERYONE KNOWS,...PRINCE IS THE MAN! I GO NO WHERE WITHOUT PRINCE!
the acoustic cd is mellow & relaxing. this band has lots of soul. they are amazing.
JILL IS THE GIRL! THE CD IS "ALL THAT" AND THE BEST INVESTMENT I EVER MADE.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
WELL GUYS,...THEY DID IT,..AGAIN!!! FOR ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY RAMS HOMECOMING,...THE RAMS FOOTBALL TEAM PUT THE SMACK DOWN ON CLARK ATLANTA 58-0. THESE "RINKY DINK" COUNTRY BOYS CAN DEFINITELY SHOW THE CITY BOYS (AS MUCH AS I LOVE EM') HOW FOOTBALL IS DONE. CHECK OUT THE STATS,.....HBCU RANKINGS & SCORES! THEY ARE 7-O,...WITH 3 MORE TO GO. GO RAMS!!! (HAD TO GIVE PROPS TO THE ALMA MATER)
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
WHAT DOES SHE SAY FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE NEW SEASON OF MTV'S REAL WORLD/ROAD RULES BATTLE OF THE SEXES II?
"I WANNA CUSS SOME BITCHES OUT!"
SHE'S FAB! YOU GOTTA LOVE HER!
IS IT SO BAD THAT I SO WANT HER TO BEAT A COUPLE OF EM' DOWN, FOR REAL?
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Insert, NEW CAR. I think I kinda got taken but it sure feels good to hit the road in a more reliable vehicle. Some people say,"Girl, You bought that ugly Car?" Others say, "It's You!" (what the HELL does that mean anyway?) but most people think that it's odd and funky and that's why I LOVE IT! (still not as much as the DIVA MOBILE) So,...here's the thing. Before the DIVA MOBILE, there was an 86 Ford T-Bird that had lost it's thunder so we named it, "THE THUNDER BUZZARD!" since it clearly wasn't a beautiful bird anymore. What should this one be called? (be nice)
Sunday, October 03, 2004
YOU DO DIRT, YOU GET DIRT!
Came across this article and thought the Apprentice fans would be interested to know,....
STACIE J IS PISSED OFF!
check this out as well,....
Oprah's car giveaway not totally 'free'
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-oprah22.html September 22, 2004
BY LUCIO GUERRERO Staff Reporter
Oprah called the show part of her “wildest dreams” season.
But for many of the 276 recipients of the new Pontiac cars that the talk-show queen gave away last week, there was a bit of reality to come with that dream—they are going to have to fork over thousands of dollars in taxes.
It turns out that free car wasn’t so free.
That’s because while Pontiac agreed to pay for most of the local charges—things like state sales tax and licensing fees—the recipients have to report the cars as income once tax time comes.
By adding $28,500 to someone’s income, it can push them into a higher tax bracket—which means they will have to pay about 25 percent or more of the car’s value in taxes. And for a nearly $30,000 car, that probably means, for most of the recipients, shelling out $7,125 for the “free car.”
And if you live in Illinois, you can expect to tack on another 3 percent or so in state income taxes.
“It’s not really a free car, it’s more of a 75 percent off car,” said Susan Nelson, who was one of three Wheaton College public relations staffers at the show. “Of course, that’s still not such a bad deal.”
Some of the winners, contacted by the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday, said they were thinking about the taxes as soon as the announcement came that they would be getting the new cars.
“Some of the people who knew me, my smile looked a little bit forced when I was up there [on the show],” said William Toebe, a suburban Green Bay resident who was at the taping. “That’s because paying the taxes was the first thing that popped into my head.”
“As I was standing up there, the responsible portion of me said, ‘This is very nice, but where am I going to get the money for the taxes.’”
Toebe, who runs a farm, is already thinking of getting rid of the car, though he has yet to pick it up.
Luckily, the recipients weren’t given the car on the spot so they can at least start to save now. Although Oprah seemed to have the winners choose their cars from an enormous lot filled with Pontiac G6 sedans, the cars will actually be delivered to a dealer near each winner’s home.
Some recipients are going to wait a few months before actually picking up their cars so they can figure out how to pay for the taxes.
“We have to pick the car up between Oct. 1, 2004, and Feb. 28, 2005,” said Nelson. “We’ve decided that we are going to wait until the first of the year so we can have all of 2005 and the first four months of 2006 to figure out how to pay for this.”
Heather Lundeen, a physical therapist in Bismarck, N.D., said she has looked into getting a car loan to pay off the taxes.
The tax shock is not much different from the bill that comes to many game show winners. The Internal Revenue Service requires game shows—and every other large gift giver and casino—to report winners to the federal government. It is then the responsibility of the winner to fess up on their tax forms.
But most of the winners still think they got a pretty sweet deal.
“Whenever I get something for free, I always think ‘What’s the catch?’,” said Tiffany Self, one of the three Wheaton College co-workers who went to the show. “It’s actually a blessing. I mean how often will you get a brand new car for $7,000?”
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Sunday, September 26, 2004
He begins to tell me about his recent trip to Tallahasse to hang out with some of our friends that attend FSU. The story had me on the floor so I had to share.
So anyway,...they are ALL (aaron and our friends) in the car to paint the town, with cocktails, music and dancing.
Sam (the driver) is singing,..... "this girl, she really wants,.....to be in love with a man."
Sean is on the passenger side with a very annoyed look on his face, saying nothing.
'Unidentified Guy,' who has never heard this song before and is totally enjoying it, popping fingers and all.
Aaron(best friend) in the back, enjoying the song but is starting to get suspicious.
Unidentified Guy says, "oooo, I love this song! IT'S AWESOME!,...Who Is It?"
Sean, looking even more annoyed,...continues to say nothing.
Sam goes, "I don't know,....I haven't a clue,....... but I LOVE THIS SONG! and it IS AWESOME!"
Aaron, now slightly pissed says,....IT'S SHEILA FUCKING E. ! YOU NEVER HEARD OF 'GLAMOUROUS LIFE!?' I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD THIS SONG! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Sean, still annoyed and saying nothing.
'Unidentified Guy' and Sam were like,..NO, BUT IT'S AWE-SUUM. WE LIKE THAT SONG. WE LOVE THAT SONG.
This prompts 'Unidentified Guy' to turn to Aaron and say, "Hey, how'd you know that song? How old are you anyway?"
Aaron says, 33.
Then there's silence. Everyone else, except Sean (who is unimpressed and still annoyed with everyone) drops their jaws in AWE and AMAZEMENT. Then all together, but not in unison, there was a slew of "OH WOWs," and "OMIGODS!" We know people in their 30's!
Imagine the look on Aarons face. So he could not wait to tell me (fellow thirty something) the story, which totally had me giggling my ass off. We began to reminisce about all that was 80's! We came up with this top 100. I used it to write my article for the Albany Journal. I just had to share.
THE TOP 100 SONGS & ARTISTS OF THE 80’S
It pained me to pick an artist worthy of the eighties kick off. So, I decided to start with the artist that sold more copies and the artist that acquired the most weeks on the Billboard Charts. These singles and artists aren’t in any particular order and you may juggle as you wish and give feedback…
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller (the album charted the longest and sold more copies)
2. Prince – When Doves Cry (the first Prince single/video released before Purple Rain
3. Madonna – Get Into the Groove
4. U2 – With or Without You / New Years Day (sometimes you gotta have two)
5. Van Halen - Panama
6. Whitney Houston –Greatest Love of All
7. Duran Duran –Planet Earth
8. The Police – Roxanne (to many hits to single out)
9. Hall & Oats – Say It Isn’t So
10. Huey Lewis & the News – I Want A New Drug
11. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
12. Eurhythmics – Sweet Dreams
13. Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
14. Tears for Fears – SHOUT
15. Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
16. The Go-Go’s – Head Over Heals
17. WHAM – Careless Whisper
18. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
19. Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
20. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
21. Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
22. Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
23. Blondie – Call Me
24. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
25. INXS – I Need You Tonight
26. Run DMC – King Of Rock
27. Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle
28. Pat Benetar – Love Is A Battlefield
29. The Cure – Fascination Street
30. ABC – The Look Of Love
31. Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
32. John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack and Diane
33. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams
34. Level 42 – Something About You
35. Salt N Pepa – Push It
36. The Tubes- She’s A Beauty
37. The Clash – Rock the Casbah
38. Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
39. Rick Springfield – Jesse’s Girl
40. Steve Winwood – Higher Love
41. Berlin – Metro
42. Robert Palmer – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
43. Sheila E. – Glamorous Life
44. Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
45. Madness – Our House
46. The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
47. B-52’s – Give Back My Man
48. OMD – If You Leave
49. Poison – Talk Dirty To Me
50. Human League - Fascination
51. Tommy Tutone – Jenny (867-5309)
52. Toto – Rosanna
53. The Art of Noise – Beat Box
54. Dead or Alive – You Spin Me
55. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
56. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
57. Stacey Q – Two of Hearts
58. J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame
59. The Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep
60. Samantha Fox – Naughty Girls (Need Love To)
61. Chaka Kahn – Ain’t Nobody (from the movie ‘Breakin’)
62. Eddie Grant – Electric Avenue
63. Heart – These Dreams
64. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
65. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home
66. Devo – Whip It
67. Missing Persons – Noticeable Ones
68. Motley Crue – Looks That Kill
69. Jody Watley – Looking For A New Love
70. Depeche Mode – People Are People
71. Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
72. Sade – Sweetest Tabu
73. Def Leppard – Photograph
74. Ratt – Round and Round
75. Paula Abdul – Knocked Out
76. Bangles – Hero Takes A Fall
77. Talking Heads – Burning Down The House
78. Cinderella – Nobody’s Fool
79. Doug E Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew – The Show
80. Vanity 6 – Nasty Girl
81. Modern English – Melt With You
82. The Motels – Only The Lonely
83. Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
84. The Cars – Drive
85. Rod Stewart – Young Turks
86. Starship – Sara
87. Terrence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
88. Billy Joel – Tell Her About It
89. Lionel Richie – Running With The Night
90. Pebbles – Mercedes Boy
91. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
92. George Clinton – Atomic Dog
93. Chicago – Will You Still Love Me
94. Warrant – Cherry Pie
95. Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
96. Adam & the Ants – Goody Two Shoes
97. Til' Tuesday - Voices Carry
98. New Edition – A Little Bit Of Love
99. KLYMAXX – The Men All Pause
100. Anita Baker – Sweet Love
Friday, September 24, 2004
I have been alot CRAZY PARANOID, alot of BETRAYED, and most of all alot BLUE.
I even tried to drink my troubles away and ya'll, ...it's a bad time when you are too Dam BLUE for BOOZE. I didn't even have the appetite for it.
I remembered a conversation I had with a fellow dj diva, Ce-Ce. She's one of those people that always seems to have it together. She's always positive and always encouraging positivity. A while back when I felt this way, I told her how bummed out I was. She listened to my troubles and dismissed them (i thought) by saying,..."yeah,...yeah,(nodding her head) you are have troubles with your faith in God."
cut to me with the most confused face you would ever see, saying,..."No Ce-Ce! You aren't listening to me! "
She said, "I heard you. You are just having faith issues with God."
I admit, I started to get a little pissed. Just as I was about to say,...you know what? you have totally misunderstood me and everything i told you.... (eurika!) suddenly,...it dawned on me,...if you believe in God, there should be no fear of the unknown or stress because you are supposed to have FAITH that GOD takes care of his children! With that realization in mind, I had to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to Ce-Ce. I know that FEAR, WORRY, PARANOIA, JEALOUSY, DECEPTION & SECRECY, ANGER, STRESS, HATERS, AND ALL ALIKE.... ARE ALL OF THE DEVIL!
It's hard to deal with that when you are one that tries to be good to everyone even when you don't want to. Especially in a world, and industry filled with lies, egos and deceit. It's easy to get caugt up and consumed. Just being reminded that GOD LOVES! It all helps to carry me though. Everytime I get upset I have to think back on that day with Ce-Ce. I don't even think she realizes what she did for me that day. But I gotta say THANKS CE-CE!
THANKS AGAIN, cyber brothers and sisters.
and you know I have to give thanks to MY FATHER, Our Father,...everyday. Thank you GOD!
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Sunday, September 19, 2004
I know, alot of people could care less if it has nothing to do with Georgia, Georgia Tech, Falcons or other teams,... but people let me tell you....I am a PROUD graduate of an HBCU school (Historically Black Colleges & Universities), ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY and that football team kicks MAJOR ASS! Check out the stats...
ranking and game scores
Can't tell me these coutry boys don't throw down!
gotta give em' props! GO RAMS!
Friday, September 17, 2004
I made a vow to myself to never watch 'The Apprentice' ever again. I watched the first season because I thought I would learn a little something about running a business. I WAS CONNED! (cut to this season) Strategically NBC conspired with the other networks, leaving us nothing to watch,...except,...yep, The Apprentice, season 2. So, here it is, another season and another batch of knuckle-heads. It kills me, most of these people are already successful. Why do they subject themselves to so much B.S.? I mean,...look at Oprah. She is filthy stinking rich and she chooses to give to be happy. She makes others happy. Hell, you are rewarded for sitting in an audience or sending in a letter,...whatever. Trump,... what does he do? He creates situations in which smart people (that we would, under any other circumstance admire) look like idiots, backstabbers, childish, off center and unproffessional. In the end, one person gets the prize of WORKING for him, as if they have won some prize.
HEY GUYS, SEE WHY WOMEN LOVE OPRAH!?
Brad believed he did such a great job, he was willing to give up a free ride. Trump admitted he (Brad), did a great job but because he was willing to risk it all (by giving up his free ride),..he was fired. That was some BullS*@t! BRAD WAS ROBBED!
So now I know that it's all rigged for DRAMA's SAKE. I'm done. I am switching back to CBS for re-runs of "CSI" and "Without A Trace."