*When a close friend asked me recently if I thought Barack Obama would respond if she wrote him a letter, I told her, “It would have to be pretty special.” Not to deter her from writing the leader of the free world, but its probably pretty hard to get the guy’s attention – what with all he has to contend with.
But 13-year-old Malik Bryant wasn’t even trying to get Mr. Obama’s attention, and got a letter from the president anyway.
It seems what he wanted for Christmas – safety – struck a chord with Mr. President.
Malik lives in Chicago’s high-poverty, high-crime Englewood neighborhood. And he only asked Santa for one thing this Christmas. In a letter collected through nonprofit group Direct Effect Charities’ annual Letters to Santa program, he said, “I just wanna be safe.”
*Can you imagine how many gifts the wife of the leader of the free world must get? And for all kinds of reasons; from all kinds of people. State leaders, dignitaries from around the globe, entertainment people – not to mention family and friends.
But did you know that they can’t even keep the gifts given exclusively to them? For example, in 2013 the Queen of Brunei gave Mrs. Obama a pair of flower-shaped white gold earrings, with a ring and necklace of diamonds and yellow sapphires.
The gift was valued at $71,468; and as grateful as Mrs. Obama was to receive it, she knew that she couldn’t keep it. Continue reading →
*Wow, talk about a role reversal. New York congressman Charles Rangel claims he thought the term “White Cracker” was one of endearment. At least this is how he justified using it, in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill on Monday.
One has to wonder if the congressman was being facetious, seeing as his interview last year with The Daily Beast had him using the term as he compared the Tea Party with “the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police” in the Jim Crow era.
But time has passed since the ire-irking incident, and the 84-year-old veteran politician is now just shrugging it off.Continue reading →
*Much to the chagrin of the more “straight-laced” community, those who may not be in sync with a lot of things going on in Berkeley anyway, a new benefit is being given to medicinal cardholders who live in the Northern California city once overrun by hippies and the ultra bohemian. The city council is making sure the low-income residents of the city get their medicine without having to concern themselves with money. According to the Huffington Post, starting next summer, Berkeley residents who earn less than $32,000 per year (or $46,000 per family) and have a prescription for medical marijuana will be able to get it for free from one of the dispensaries operating within the city.
Due to the unanimous passing of a recent law by the Berkeley City Council, dispensaries must set aside 2 percent of their pot for distribution to the poor.
Though the action comes with many supporters, there are still those who are not on board with the plan – not that their arguments don’t make sense. Continue reading →
*Amidst a very public request to the Ferguson community for peace by the family of Michael Brown the day before laying their son to rest, was the underlying realization that all is far from calm. According to the Los Angeles Times, thousands gathered at the funeral service of the slain teen; which was held in St. Louis at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday, August 25, with well known activists, politicians and celebrities in the pews. But according to a recently released poll by CBS News/New York Times, a lot of them are far from satisfied with how president Obama is handling the situation in Ferguson, and they are making their feelings known with mixed reviews. Continue reading →
The U. S. Military has decided to chill out on the restrictions it once had on hairstyles worn generally by African American female soldiers. According to Chuck Hagel, the Secretary of Defense, styles such as the once-banned “two-strand twists” are now acceptable in the Army, Air Force and Navy.
The announcement follows months of fierce backlash.
A letter sent to Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, by Hagel said the military had spent the past three months reviewing the definition of acceptable styles. This led a charge against the military’s decision to ban natural hairstyles like dreadlocks and twists. Continue reading →
*Let’s be real. There is some information we need to know, and some information we are just nosy for and want to know. We’re going to admit to the second option here, we WANT to know how First Lady, Michelle Obama, keeps her hair looking so healthy and natural.
And who better to tell us the real deal, than her personal hairstylist.
It can’t be easy having to remain tight-lipped about styling such a VIP, but its par for the course. Now Johnny Wright – who came onboard as official hairstylist for Michelle Obama in 2009 – is opening up about what it’s really like to style the first lady. Continue reading →
*Of all the trespassers that could’ve ended up on the White House lawn, and cause the U. S. Secret Service drama, a toddler was apprehended, after a quick get-away from mom and dad. Apparently the little adventurer had squeezed through the gate, according to NBC News. Continue reading →