Congrats to Hillary for Winning Joker of the Week!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Hillary was initially nominated for 10 straight losses since super Tuesday, loaning her campaign money, going negative in her attacks, and dissension among her advisers. But I think she sealed her fate with her flat SNL joke and the reject vs. denounce dust up during the debate on Tuesday. Let's pray she wins again next week for losing TEXAS!

We shall overcome (and denounce and reject if necessary)!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Can you feel, it? (Play the Jackson 5 song) Can you feel it? I can! And that feeling has been the drug that had me talking out the Ohio debate for almost 5 hours out of the working day. Luckily, I can conduct document review and talk at the same time. In response to the debate here's what I've said more than once in those 5 hours:

He did great on the Farrakan question. The fact that the most militant black man in the country who's all about black power, to the derogation of others, supports Obama unfortunately means something, that white people don't want to accept which is the potential for black empowerment. The fact is that to some black people who may disagree with his views, Farrakan's support makes you take even more notice of Obama who some of us viewed as not black enough.

Clinton has the luxury of deciding who she'll accept support from for the simple fact that she's privileged and white. She can do as she pleases and still get support. When you are black, everything you do you have to think (doubly consciously to quote W.E.B. DuBois) how will other black people view me and how will white people view me? If Obama said F you Farrakan, many of us would have said he's not black enough even if the reason was because of Farrakan's views. So Obama said it right - I reject and denounce Farrakan's views but I'm not going to reject and denounce him for saying i'm a good guy. And to Tavis Smiley who sees himself as the barometer for blackness, I say take that.

Clinton totally demeaned herself complaining that she goes first all the time and then bringing up SNL. If you're so freggin experienced you shouldn't be bothered that you go first all the time and not be concerned that your competitor may copy you. You should be used to it! How can someone so experienced be such a victim. Message to Hillary, if you aren't ready for SNL snipes now, then are you going to cry every Saturday Night when Amy Poler does more impresssions of you on SNL? Never expected to say this, but take a lesson from George Bush.

It's better to denounce - "denounce" means to condemn or censure openly or publicly and "reject" means to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc. Clinton would prefer to refuse to recognize, essentially ignore (as been her strategy with the states she's losing) and not accept a certain type of support. Obama would rather condemn openly that support (He's all about openness by the way). One word produces the image of looking right past or around you and ignoring you; the other produces the image of looking at you directly, calling you out and burning you at the stake. Surprsingly, the way Clinton looked at Obama last night, i'd think she'd favor the word denounce.

SO GUESS WHAT THE FEELING IS - that's right it's HOPE -- feeling like we (who stand against the establishment and want to open our eyes to our government and are tired of our votes and support being taken for granted) will overcome despite the unapproving eyes of those who feel they are better and deserve better than you and who have rejected and denounced you!!! CAN YOU FEEL IT?

Tracey Bites Back!

The Murphy, Edmonds, Gill saga continues. According to, Johnny Gill made some catty remarks about the conduct of Tracey Edmonds' family during the "wedding." In response, Tracey called into the Doug Banks' radio show and said, "I was very shocked and disappointed to hear of Johnny Gill's false spin on the chain of events surrounding our wedding. His outrageous lies were clearly a very desperate and pathetic attempt to clean up his reputation at my expense. I would appreciate it if Mr. Gill would refrain from continuing to spread false gossip and lies to the public, and allow everyone involved to move on with their lives. We all know the real truth."

Whoops! She might as well have said Johnny broke up her and Eddie. Johnny, I do think you need to sit down in a corner somewhere. IMO, it's looking real suspect...
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Barack is Hot!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Barack Obama is HOT! I don't just mean his 11-0 winning streak in the Democratic Primary. Oh no friends, I mean he is smokin' hot! This may not be politically correct, but he is one attractive brother. Tilshop has long been a stalker (excuse me) admirer of Senator Obama. But I really didn't take that much notice of him until recently. Sure, I was excited when he spoke at the DNC in 2004 and excited when he became a senator. But, I really had not "looked at him looked at him" until recently, and now, I'm mesmerized. I mean his intelligence, wit, charm and that deep voice have made me lose my train of thought at times during these debates. Add to that, he appears to be a dedicated husband and loving father? Barack is the total package. Collective sigh ladies!

Steps for Opening a Business with your Spouse/Significant Other

Monday, February 25, 2008

Thinking of going into business with your significant other? Read these tips from Debra Neiman before taking the next step!!!!

Give yourselves a timetable to startup. You might be tempted to give notice tomorrow morning, but it's much wiser to lay out a timetable over the coming months with specific tasks, goals and objectives.

Study the viability of your business model. Talk about worst-case scenarios. Bring in trusted advisors to ask tough questions about what you're planning to do and the viability of your idea. Convincing each other you'll make it work isn't enough. You need to understand the marketplace you're walking into and the roles each of you will fill. Perhaps you will notice gaps in skill sets that will necessitate additional staff.

Draft a business plan. Even if you don't anticipate the need to seek outside financing, it is always a good idea to formalize your ideas with a business plan. Include profit and loss projections, so that you have a benchmark for evaluating your progress at a given point in time. Factor in both best- and worst-case scenarios, which could help with decisions down the road.

Determine which business structure makes sense. Depending on the nature of the business, you may wish to incorporate. However, incorporating is a bit more complicated than running a business as a sole proprietorship. Consult with an accountant and attorney who specialize in business startups to determine which structure makes sense for you. Your financial planner can help here as well.

Understand how your tax situation will change. Depending on which business structure you choose, you may need to plan for income taxes, self-employment taxes and payroll taxes. You want to make sure you have reserves set aside for these liabilities. Again, your tax professional can help you get a handle on this.

Set a spending plan for your business and personal life. A financial planner can help you establish a spending plan for supporting your business as well as your life at home. Since startups have unpredictable cash inflows, you will want to establish adequate emergency funds--both business and personal--to carry you through the startup phase.

Make sure your legal documents are in order. If you haven't had your estate planning documents updated in a while or don't have them at all, this is a great time to have them drafted. Don't forget to tell your attorney about your new business venture, which should be factored into the equation.

Plan for your kids in the business. There may be good opportunities to employ children for work commensurate with their skills.

Get your insurance in order. Before leaving your current employer, figure out the cost of insurance you'll need to incur for the entire family, including health, life, home, business, disability and, if you're over 50, long-term care coverage. These expenses may be enough to encourage one of you to stay at your old job, at least for a while to keep those benefits going while the other devotes more time to the startup.

Have an exit plan if you break up. It may be hard to imagine now, but a breakup of your relationship with no financial plan for the business can be devastating. Whether you're married or living together, a successful business is an important source of wealth. So you should have a contingency plan in the event that one of you potentially wants to buy the business or be bought out. This legal agreement would include provisions to safeguard capital investments and non-cash contributions.

Set boundaries. Couples who live and work together need to assess whether they want to keep their work and personal lives separate. Some people are comfortable discussing their personal lives at work, while others make it clear that during working hours, they are at work and won't discuss personal matters. While there is no right or wrong here, you have to do what's right for you.

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Fashion at the Oscars

Red Carpet Glamour

Russell, Cotillard and Diaz wow in Nina Ricci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dior.

Garner, Cruz and Swank are fab in Oscar de la Renta, Chanel Couture and Versace.

Hathaway and Klum rule in Marchesa and Dior.

And for the new couple moment? There's always one........Sean Penn & Petra Nemcova--

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Ummmm, What? (Ho Humm News Day Edition)

Friday, February 22, 2008

I don't expect much from T-Pain. After all, he burst on to the scene with an ode to strippers climbin' a pole. But how do you put on this multi-colored Dr. Suess hat and matching vest, look in the mirror, think you look good and then come out in public and strike a pose on the red carpet? HOW? I am genuinely perplexed. This look would have even been questionable in the 80s!

AMENDMENT - Just when I thought it couldn't get worse than T-Pain, I saw this. Imagine this joker trying to buy you a drank.

Ten Low-Cost Ways to Market Your Business

Joanna L. Krotz presents 10 low-cost ways to market your biz.

1. Take steps to make customers feel special. Customers respond to being recognized, especially in these rush-rush, get-the-lowest-price times. "Even with a Web-based business, good customer service is possible," says Denise McMillan, co-owner of Plush Creations (, an online retailer of handcrafted travel bags. McMillan encloses a small, rose-scented sachet in every jewelry and lingerie bag she sells and also sends a handwritten thank-you note. "The sachet and note cost pennies but add something special to the purchase," she says.

2. Create business cards that prospects keep. Most business cards are tossed within hours of a meeting. Instead of having your card tossed, create one that recipients actually will use — say, a good-looking notepad with your contact info and tagline on every page. "The business card notepad is referred to almost daily, kept for 30 days or so and carries a high remembrance factor," says Elliott Black, a Northbrook, Ill., marketing consultant who specializes in small businesses.

3. Stop servicing break-even customers. If this idea makes you gasp, think harder. You're falling for the fallacy of increasing sales instead of boosting profits. If you stop marketing to unprofitable customers, you have more time and resources for customers who actually grow your business. "More than likely, 20% of your customer base is contributing 150% to 200% of total annualized profit (TAP); 70% is breaking even; and 10% is costing you 50% to 100% of TAP," says Atlanta marketing consultant Michael King. Take a detailed look at your customer profitability data and then direct premium services and marketing to customers who count. (Microsoft Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager can help you analyze customer histories.)

4. Develop an electronic mailing list and send old-fashioned letters. Most businesses have harnessed the power of e-newsletters — and you definitely should be sending out one, too. It's very cost-effective. (See Microsoft List Builder for more). But exactly because e-mail marketing is now nearly ubiquitous, you can quickly stand out by occasionally sending personal, surface mail letters to customers and prospects.Just make sure the letter delivers something customers want to read, whether an analysis of recent events in your field, premium offers or a sweetener personalized for the recipient (a discount on his next purchase of whatever he last purchased, for instance). "This mailing has to have value to those that read it, so it reflects the value of what you offer," says Leslie Ungar, an executive coach in Akron, Ohio. "Remember, the best way to sell is to tell."The process is simplified by creating a letter template and envelope or customer label mailing list in Microsoft Office Word, which you can print out. The mailing list is easily created in Excel and then imported into Word (learn more by reading this article).

5. Boost your profile at trade shows and conferences. You can quickly create signage, glossy postcards with your contact information, product news inserts or an event mini Web site — all with Microsoft Office Publisher. Check out its versatile features.

6. Combine business with pleasure — and charity. Spearhead an event, party or conference for a cause you care about. That puts you in the position of getting to know lots of people, and shows off your leadership skills. "I host an annual baseball game where I take hundreds of clients to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field," says Kate Koziol, who owns a public relations agency in Chicago. "Last year, I took 300 people and we raised $10,000 for a local children's hospital. Few people turn down a game and it's a great networking opportunity for guests. It lets me reconnect with current clients and impress potential clients."

7. Create a destination. Bookstore chain Barnes & Noble has its coffee bars. Furnishings giant Ikea offers child-care centers and cafeterias. Why? So customers gravitate to the stores to enjoy an experience, to hang out for a while. Sunday morning at Barnes & Noble becomes a pleasant weekend routine, rather than a shopping errand. Steal this idea.This tip isn't limited to offline destinations, either. Using pay-per-click advertising, you can cheaply drive traffic to a one-time news event or specialty offerings, points out Jay Lipe, a small-business marketing consultant based in Minneapolis. Lipe recently set up a Web site for Games by James (, a retailer of board games, and quickly attracted customers via pay-per-click ads. "The effect was overnight," says Lipe. "Traditionally in the marketing world, it takes weeks or even months to generate acceptable awareness and traffic. Here we saw traffic spike overnight." (For more about pay-per-click marketing, see this article.)Other tips to become a destination:

8. Become an online expert. This is the "free sample" approach to bringing in business. Research active e-mail discussion lists and online bulletin boards that are relevant to your business and audience. Join several and start posting expert advice to solve problems or answer questions. You may need to keep this up for a bit. But the rewards come back in paying clients and referrals. "E-mail discussion lists have been my single largest source of clients over the last eight years," says Shel Horowitz, a small-business marketing consultant based in Northampton, Mass.

9. Court local media. Editorial features convey more credibility with prospective clients than paid advertising does. To get coverage from the local media, whether from the town newspaper, from TV or radio stations, or from trade journals, you need a fresh, timely story. It's usually worthwhile to hire an experienced publicist to position the stories, target appropriate media representative and write and send press releases. Usually, you can work on a short-term or contingency basis.

10. Finally, don't let customers simply slip away. Make an effort to reel them back in. It costs a lot less to retain a disgruntled or inactive customer than to acquire a new one. If you haven't heard from a customer in awhile, send a personalized e-mail (you can automate this process), inquiring whether all is well. For a customer who suffered a bad experience, pick up the phone, acknowledging the unpleasantness and ask if there's anything you can do. A discount can't hurt either.Being kind to customers is the smartest low-cost marketing you can do.

Excerpted from Small Business Resources. Joanna L. Krotz writes about small-business marketing and management issues. She is the co-author of the "Microsoft Small Business Kit" and runs Muse2Muse Productions, a New York City-based custom publisher.

Fierce Friday!!! Random Friday!!! Kelly Rowland at Brit Awards; McDreamy at Versace Show; JLo Gives Birth to Twins; Will and Jada; Tom and Katie

I actually LOVE this look!!! What do you think of Kelly Rowland's outfit?

Cute Couples of the Week!!! - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith & Tom and Katie Cruise at the First Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

McDreamy and Mrs McDreamy at the Versace Fashion Show in Milan.

Congratulations!!!!! JLo and Marc Anthony Welcomed their twin bundles of joy this morning.

The babies were born early Friday in Long Island, N.Y. The girl was born at 12:12 a.m. and weighed 5 lbs. 7 oz., and the boy followed at 12:23 a.m., weighing 6 lbs.

Cute Family Photo - Demi, Ashton and Rumer attend the First Hollywood Domino Tournament.

David Beckham and his team lost lost 1-0 in the Pan Pacific Championship ......

And then, there's LiL Kim...........who is rapidly morphing into a tiger, courtesy of her plastic surgeon... Self-hatred sucks!!!

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McCain's Type...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I don't know if Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain had any romantic connection with Vicki Iseman or gave her political favors, but she certainly looks like his type (See e.g. pic of current wife). I'm just saying....

Joker of the WEEK Nominations

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Congrats to Nas, Kelis and their entourage for an overwhelming Joker of the Week victory last week for their "N" word fashion sense. Who can dethrone them? Here are the nominees....

  • Hillary Clinton - For 10 straight losses since super Tuesday, loaning her campaign money, going negative in her attacks, and dissension among her advisors....She better generate some tears quick, fast and in a hurry!

  • Britney Spears - For having the audacity to make snarky remarks about Beyonce's dancing and Amy Winehouse being high on the Grammy's. Brit reportedly told a "source." "[Beyonce] sure knows how to toss her hair. Too bad she can't dance as good as Tina -- who's old enough to be her grandmother!" She also commented on Winehouse, "Look at her! Look how stoned she is! She is so obviously stoned!" (insert blank stare). Was Brit Brit high when she made the statements or does she not remember the VMAs in 2007 or the last 2 years of her life?

  • Britney Spears' "source" - For repeating Britney's comments to the press. Not cool.

  • Singer Mario - For becoming a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. How can you stay current if you're competing against Steve Guttenberg? Police Academy's Steve Guttenberg? Come on Mario.

  • Steve Guttenberg - On GP.

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Tips for Creating a Fabulous Business Logo

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Your business logo is an extension of your business - your ideas, your business dreams and your brand. Below are a few tips by John Williams - Excerpted from

1. Your branding efforts not only start with your logo but are dictated by it. Your logo appears on all your sales tools, from your business cards and stationary to your website. As a result, your logo design influences the design of all your sales tools--for better or worse. A professional-looking logo can be leveraged to create professional-looking materials. A poorly designed logo can't. In other words, you need a "brandable" logo--one you can make use of when designing other materials to brand your company.

Brandable logos are scalable, memorable and meaningful. If people can't remember what your logo looks like, they won't remember your brand. Think of the logos of some of the popular brands today. Do you think of M-shaped arches, a shell or a swoosh? All are simple concepts, effectively employed by McDonalds, Shell and Nike. How can you tell if a logo's going to be memorable? If you can't look at a logo for fewer than 10 seconds and re-draw it with decent accuracy, it's probably too complex to be easily remembered. (Besides being difficult to remember, most complex logos can't effectively be reduced in size or rendered in black and white, making them useless for such elements as fax cover sheets and other business forms.)

2. Your logo is a quick visual cue that conveys the essence of your brand in an age when image is everything and time is short. Perhaps you've heard the writer's lament that "nobody reads anymore." In today's markets, not only do you face ever-increasing competition, you also face an audience accustomed to visually stimulating media, convenience and instant gratification. Sure, a few people may read your entire ad, more may read some of it--but everyone will SEE it. The overwhelming amount of choices faced by time-crunched consumers forces them to identify shortcuts. Your logo is such a shortcut: it instantly conveys your brand message and emotional appeal.

3. Awareness and familiarity are keys to growing your business, and your logo is instrumental in both areas. Your logo is your brand's most basic graphic element. It ties together all your sales materials--in fact, your logo may be the only visual element your materials have in common. The right logo helps solidify customer loyalty while differentiating you from the competition.

4. Your logo may be the only thing by which a potential customer can judge your business. Think of small newspaper or Yellow Pages ads. Often all that fits in these small spaces is your contact information and your logo. If your logo projects the right image, it may be the sole reason someone decides to try your company. Conversely, if it looks unprofessional or unclear, it alone may be the reason they choose to look somewhere else.

5. Your logo affords a unique opportunity for you to look like a bigger (that is, more established) business than what you are. With the right logo, you can look like a larger company that's been around for awhile even if you have only one employee and just opened your doors last month. People who see it will associate the positive attributes of big companies--like security and financial stability--with your company. And you can still deliver the entrepreneurial qualities--like personal attention and superior customer service--that you're known for.

Building a solid brand identity is pivotal to success in business today. Lay the right foundation with a professional, brandable logo.

John Williams is's "Image & Branding" columnist and the founder and president of, the world's first do-it-yourself logo design website. During John's 25 years in advertising, he's created brand standards for Fortune 100 companies like Mitsubishi and won numerous awards for his design work.

Tips for Turning Shoppers into Buyers

Brad Sugars' 6 Tips for Turning Shoppers into Buyers - Excerpted from

There's nothing more painful for a new business owner than seeing a shopper walk in the door and walk out empty-handed.

1. Stress your unique selling proposition. Figure out what makes you different from the competition and deliver that message loud and clear. For example, one wedding/event facility touted the credentials of a new head chef they had hired from the best restaurant in town, pushing its conversion rate from 60 to 73 percent.

2. Identify bottlenecks in your sales process. Analyze the steps required to get customers to buy from you and determine your weak spots. Let's say you're in the deck building business. To make a sale, you need to schedule an appointment, show photos of your work, take measurements, propose a design, price the job, provide references and so on. Do you need new photos for your portfolio? Does your proposal package need sprucing up? Are you failing to make follow-up phone calls? Fix the flaws, and sales will follow.

3. Use the magic question for telephone inquiries. Never let a caller get away with simply asking for price information. Train your staff to say, "Thanks for your call. So that I can be of the biggest help to you, can I ask you a couple of questions?" This opens the door to engaging the customer. One tire retailer I know doubled his business by adopting this technique and coaching salespeople to ask about callers' driving patterns, typical number of passengers and preference for low-priced versus longer-lasting tires.

4. Outlaw "Can I help you?" on the retail floor. Inevitably, the customer will answer "No thanks, I'm just looking" and end the conversation. Instead, instruct salespeople to ask, "Hi, have you been in our store before?" If they say no, the answer should be "Let me show you around." If they say yes, the response should be, "Welcome back, let me show you a couple of new things we just got in." That way, you don't give them an opportunity to say they want to be left alone.

5. Rewrite your sales script. A lot of what goes wrong in selling can be traced to sending the wrong message. Consider the home security firm whose telemarketers introduced themselves by saying, "We heard there have been break-ins in your neighborhood, and we'd like to talk to you about installing a security system." After a business coach determined that approach was a turnoff and changed the script, the firm's conversion rates doubled overall and quadrupled for the strongest team members.

6. Adjust your sales pitch to the customer. It sounds basic, but most people don't do it. Train your sales team to ask questions to flesh out the customer's needs and to cater to different buying styles. One method called DISC divides the public into dominant, influencer, stability and compliance buyers. This applies to sales scripts as well as face-to-face selling. One jewelry store boosted its conversion rate from 26 to 65 percent by using role-playing and other training methods to help the staff adapt to different customer scenarios.

Remember, marketing can help make the phone ring or bring people in the door, but you can't win the war unless you turn a high percentage of your "live" prospects into paying customers. Give your sales team the right tools, and you'll have a lot fewer shoppers getting away.

Brad Sugars is's Startup Basics columnist and the writer of 14 business books including The Business Coach, Instant Cashflow, Successful Franchising and Billionaire in Training.

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Tavis Smiley vs. Barack Obama

Friday, February 15, 2008

I have long since stopped listening to Tavis Smiley. I respect some of what he does, but I find him arrogant and overbearing. I tolerated him on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, up until he went on a rampage against Carol Moseley Braun because she announced that she was quitting the presidential race in 2004 on another network instead of when she was on his show; and Tavis said that just proved the old saying that "n*ggas ain't sh**." That was more than I could stomach from Mr. Uplifting Black people.

Now, Barack Obama is his new target because Obama declined an invitation to attend the State of the Black Union forum this year due to his schedule on the campaign trail. Senator Clinton will be in attendance (likely because she has seen her support in the black community plummet after her campaign's race baiting tactics). Tavis has been on a tirade the last couple of weeks because presidential candidates would dare decline his invitation. Tavis even pulled out his "Covenant with Black America" and started reading from it as if it were the Constitution for African Americans. He's so friggin' arrogant! Tavis is not my elected leader and he does not speak for me!

I believe Obama has to address African American issues, as we comprise a significant part of his base. But he also has to address issues applicable to all Americans. So the fact that he's not making a Tavis' sponsored event does not make me believe Obama is turning his back on "us." Tavis needs to get off that particular soapbox. Thoughts?

TGIF - Happy President's Day Weekend!

My job has actually been making me earn my keep this week--just call me Kizzy. That is why my blogging has been limited. The funny thing is, blogging is so addictive that I keep checking this blog like something will have changed. HAAAAA!

So happy 3 day weekend folks, I know I need it!

Joker of the WEEK Nominations

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

  • Nas, Kelis and their entourage - For rocking "N*gger" jackets to the Grammy's. Way to make our ancestors proud during Black History Month. (Sassy also would like to nominate them for Joker of the Month. HAAAA!)

  • Barron Hilton (Paris and Nicki's little brother) - For being arrested for a DUI. Aren't they rich enough to have drivers when they are going to get drunk? I mean really.

  • David Shuster (MSNBC correspondent) - For being suspended for saying Hillary Clinton "pimped out" her daughter Chelsea during the campaign by having her call superdelegates and celebrities for support. (Funny comment, until he got slammed).

  • Flavor Flavor and Flavor of Love 3 Contestants - No explanation necessary.

  • Mitt Romney (former Republican Presidential candidate) - For dropping out of the race so that democrats won't win and the country won't surrender to terrorism. Yeah right--I'm sure the 30 or so million dollars of his own money that he spent on the campaign and his sluggish delegate count had nothing to do with his decision to quit.
Happy Voting!

The Potomac, Chesapeake, Capital Beltway, DMV Primary Is Today!

FINALLY! Maryland, D.C. and Virginia vote today. WOOHOO! I took a great deal of pleasure in voting this morning. And unlike previous years, our primary votes actually matter!
Hopefully pledge delegates (the people) will actually decide this election and not superdelegates, but it's not looking good. The superdelegates idea does not seem very democratic to me, especially coming from the "democratic" party. My understanding is that the superdelegates are basically there as a check to make sure the "people" elect the right person to represent the democrats in the general election. The people know who they want to vote for and they should not be overriden by superdelegates.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Rehab was very good to Amy Winehouse. Her performance last night on the Grammy's (via satelite from London since USCIS denied her visa because she hadn't done enough rehab and you can't just roll up in the US all drug addicted and think US tax dollars will pay for it - check the INS code) WAS EXCELLENT - no stumbling, no falling. She was coherent. A very spirited peformance indeed! You see what happens when you say YES YES YES TO REHAB! Nice shot out to momes who had to drag you to rehab too. Good jolly job Ames!! Right O! (And shout out to the fine back up singer on the left he was working it).

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Grammy Winners and Losers

1. Winner - Carrie Underwood - she was my least favorite idol winner--too dull. But I thoroughly enjoyed the vocals and attitude in her rendition of "Before he cheats."

2. Loser - Aretha Franklin's arms in that spaghetti strap dress....

3. Winner - A. Keys - she looked and sounded great! And the addition of John Mayer during her performance of "No One" = the hotness.

4. Loser - Tina Turner. I know I may be booed on this one. And I enjoyed her overall performance, but I think Tina's age is finally starting to show. When she was 62, she was still shaking it with the best of them. But now, pushing 70, she didn't have the same moves and while enthused, didn't seem quite to know the dance steps. I love you Ida Mae, but not the performance. Beyonce, on the other hand, seemed to respect that Tina was long in the tooth, and bey substantially tamped down her energy. Nice show of respect.

5. Winner - Rihanna's stylist. Her blue Zac Posen dress on the red carpet and her dress while she performed with the Time--on point!!!!!!!!!! Say what you will about her vocals, but girlfriend can dress.

6. Loser - Bebe Winan's stylist. What in the sam hell kind of jacket was he wearing? I couldn't decide whether I was angrier at him for the jacket or ReRe for wearing spaghetti straps during the gospel duet...

7. Winner - The gospel medley--The Clark Sisters, Israel and New Breed and Trinity 5:7. Good stuff.

8. Loser - Amy Winehouse's crack knees. I'm sorry, she should not have worn that dress when she knew she had skinny crack legs. NOOOOOO!

9. Herbie Hancock - Not only for winning album of the year, but for wailing on the piano during the rendition of a George Gershwin classic. Go Herbie!

10. Loser - Beyonce - for having to sit there while Jay won that award with Rih Rih and watch their playful banter.

P.S. Chris Brown's red and white suit - also makes him a loser.

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Nas & Kellis decide to Rock the Grammys

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Pubilicity Stunt or plain Stupidity? During Black History Month?

Fantasia and Beyonce both brought their new hair - what do you think?? Let's just leave Beyonce's outfit for another post........

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