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Monday, March 22, 2010

What's wrong with the world today?

Latia Winchester didn't have to die.
The 25-year-old daycare worker from Charlotte was killed instantly Saturday night after the N.C. Highway Patrol decided to chase someone who didn't want to go through a checkpoint in North Charlotte.
Here's what happened according to the Charlotte Observer:
But shortly after 10:15 p.m. Saturday, passing through the intersection at North Davidson Street and Parkwood Avenue, Winchester's maroon Chevrolet Impala was broadsided by a car being chased by an N.C. Highway Patrol cruiser, authorities said.
Winchester, 25, died immediately. Witnesses said she wasn't wearing a seat belt and apparently was thrown from her car, which slammed into the side of a house at 1617 North Davidson.
The chase began after a silver Cadillac driven by Eddie Bernard Ellison, 41, had stopped, U-turned and sped away from a routine highway patrol checkpoint at 30th Street and The Plaza, patrol spokesman Sgt. J.E. Brewer said Sunday.
The Highway Patrol said the chase lasted 30 seconds.
30 seconds.
A life gone.
Because of a suspended license?
It's easy to blame Ellison. The man shouldn't have been driving, however, what was the purpose of the chase.
30 seconds. Miss Tia is gone.
30 seconds. Miss Tia will never have the children she wanted.
30 seconds. Miss Tia's family will never be the same.
And why?
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, The NC Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies play fast and loose with the rules of the road and innocent people keep dying. But no one in a blue uniform is ever charged.
North Carolina needs a uniformed chase policy that all 100 counties follow. If a person didn't just commit murder, has a weapon or is causing some sort of danger; why chase?
How many more Miss Tia's do we have to lose before someone wakes up?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bob Johnson, you ass!

Waking up Sunday morning, I logged on to my computer to check out the morning's headlines with a cup of strong coffee.
I nearly choked on my java when I read the headline on the Charlotte Observer's web site.
Ex-Bobcats owner blasts Charlotte.
Days after selling the Charlotte Bobcats, Bob Johnson called Charlotte's business community "arrogant" and "incestuous" and said the city doesn't do enough for existing and potential minority-owned business.
While there is truth to Johnson's statement, he has the market cornered on arrogance. First of all, Charlotte is a small city and people like to support local businesses. They also want the owners of said businesses to have a connection with the city.
When Bob owned the Bobcats, he was rarely seen in town. He spent his time in DC. Maybe he should've purchased the Wizards. The teams that Johnson put on the floor during his ownership were horrible. Charlotte isn't a city that supports losers. Sorry, Bob.
You ran the team cheaply and expected people to spend their hard earned money to see a laughing stock? No freaking way.

Keep in mind, by the time the Bobcats came to Charlotte, people were mad. We'd lost the Hornets because the city's residents hadn't wanted to pay for an Uptown (downtown for anyone not familiar with Charlotte) arena. City Council shoved it down our throats and taxpayers are still pissed.
Is Charlotte minority business friendly?
Not really, but neither is Johnson. Are we supposed to forget how he dissed then Senator Barack Obama as he ran for president? Now, you want to play the black card? Excuse my French, but Nigga please.

Johnson has criticized Charlotte's business community before. Two years ago, in an interview with the Observer, he said Charlotte's business community wasn't doing enough to support the expansion team.
"I am absolutely concerned," Johnson told the Observer in April 2008. "I am doing everything I can to make this team work, including writing a lot of checks."
This is starting to sound like sour grapes. Here's the thing, Bobby, you can't run every business like BET and expect it to succeed. And you can't expect a city to support you when you didn't do a damned thing to support it.
I clearly remember Johnson being the graduation speaker at Johnson C. Smith University a few years back. He spoke and dipped without donating a dime to the school. That same weekend, his ex wife, Sheila, spoke at Bennett College. She gave that school a $1 million donation. Talk about minority support.
Here's hope that the Bobcats will fare better under the Michael Jordan regime, but if you like basketball you will go to the games, if not then you will stay home.
Either way, Bob Johnson is just mad that Charlotte, North Carolina didn't kiss his ass. Goodbye and don't let the doorknob hit you on your way out.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sorry, Mike Baisden sexism is not funny

By now you've heard about Natalie Randolph
Kudos, sister! I'm proud of her and her team hasn't even played one down of football yet.
But today as I was driving and listening to the Michael Baisden show, I was disgusted as he and co-host George Wilborn implied that Ms. Randolph wasn't up for the job. Was this supposed to be a joke? If so, it isn't funny.
George and Michael are in the middle of this one million mentors drive, which I would've lauded if not for today's exchange.
I don't want either of these sexist men mentoring my son or daughter.
Is your message to little girls that you have to have a woman's job? (Which they talked about and even questioned if a woman can be a program director for radio.)
If I have a daughter who wants to coach football, will you and your mentors discourage her?

Every week, Baisden does a battle of the sexes. I guess it's supposed to be a fun part of his show. But why in the hell does he keep pitting men and women against each other.
Then he has the gall to expect Ms. Randolph to call in to his show? WTF! If she listens to his nonsense, she'd be smart not to call in. Who wants to listen to some bitter man try and berate her about a job that she hasn't even started yet?
For whatever reason, women love Michael Baisden's show. I don't and I'm starting my own movement -- away from the station that carries him.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Calling Bullsh** on BET

Long ago, I gave up on BET and this was before Nelly's credit card swipe.

I had such hate for this network that as a teenager I watched everyday, that when Bob Johnson bought the Charlotte Bobcats, I was so disappointed. And I live in Charlotte and enjoyed the Hornets.
As I grew up, I saw that BET was not for me. Black women on this network were portrayed as objects. Big booty girls, breasts and thighs.

I was more than that. My friends were more than that. And I had a young niece that needed to grow up knowing she was more than that. So, I said f**k BET. That's not my black. That's not entertaining either. Teen Summit had disappeared, BET News was gone and then they fired Tavis Smiley.

Bob Johnson sold BET for $3 billion and Viacom didn't come in and overhaul things. The network simply got worse. Even with a woman at the top. Deborah Lee didn't do anything to change BET. Now she's hosting black women leadership talks? Bullshit.
The network has long come under fire for its music videos that critics say perpetuate racial stereotypes of African Americans and demean women. In 2008, a group called "Enough Is Enough" protested outside of Lee's home for more than five months.
"I just still feel like, as much as we've tried, it's still a heavily male dominated music genre," Lee said, describing her feeling after the 2009 awards show.
She said her thoughts turned from the show to the scene in Washington, where Lee has mingled with first lady Michelle Obama, presidential senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, domestic policy chief Melody Barnes and other African American women at the center of power. Then, Lee said, she took out her Rolodex of successful black women and phoned Essence's Beauty and Cover Director Mikki Taylor, political commentator Donna Brazile, journalist and author Gwen Ifill, actresses Tatyana Ali and Tasha Smith, and others.
This is like the Klu Klux Klan hosting a forum on race relations. For damned near 20 years, BET has fed society the worse images of black women. Now, you want to talk about what's wrong? Too little, too late.
The network's most vociferous detractors, such as lawyer and blogger Gina McCauley, found the entire thing ironic, and called it a PR stunt. "What are they leading? Black girls to a life of objectification?" asked McCauley, who was not at the event.

Nothing more needs to be said. BET, give it up. No one is falling for this. Obviously, your ad revenue is the only thing that's falling.