Coleman Young was Detroit’s first black mayor, and its longest running, serving from 1974 to 1994. He was a hero in metro Detroit’s African American community when I was growing up there. Young was renowned — or infamous, depending on who described him — for not shying away from public debates, be it on the air with prominent television news anchors like the late Bill Bonds, or at town halls with prominent Republican politicians from neighboring counties, like L. Brooks Patterson.
Boy, we could use a “Coleman Young” on the national stage right now, huh?
*A ‘difficult’ split from Brad Pitt doesn’t seem to have dampened Angelina Jolie’s sense of adventure. Recently she was captured in Cambodia with her children enjoying the delicacies of outdoor life by way of insects.
Yes. She actually gave her children lessons in the fine art of frying and then eating spiders and scorpions. If that has your mouth agape, listen to this: They seemed to really enjoy the taste. Continue reading →
Remember it? That horse changed into several bright colors during that segment, and has prompted smiles for generations of movie lovers.
Well, THAT was a horse…in a movie.I wouldn’t have been smiling at the sight of this: a 4- to 5-foot orange alligator. He or she — you can’t blame anyone for not wanting to get close enough to discern the beast’s gender! — turned heads earlier this week near a pond just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Residents have begun joking that it should be called a “Trumpagator.” Continue reading →
*The Wheeling, Illinois-based Evanger’s Pet Food Company is devastated and have recalled one lot of the dog food that they learned has made several dogs ill and fatally wounded another.
This is the first time something like this has happened in the company’s 82-year history.
The company found that the dogs had began getting ill on New Year’s Eve, and started a four-week investigation, sending samples of the food they had eaten to an independent lab “to test for any toxin or bacteria we could possibly imagine. All of those tests came back negative,” they said.
It wasn’t until the end of January that the company heard the term, ‘pentobarbital.’ The drug is used to anesthetize and euthanize (mercy kill) animals.
Membership in both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts is now based on the gender indicated on an application, NOT on the gender listed on an applicant’s birth certificate.
They’ve FINALLY come to the conclusion that relying on an individual’s birth certificate “…is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state,” a BSA spokesperson said in a statement Monday.
In other words, the Boy Scouts of America has joined the 21st century, and I extend a hearty “Welcome aboard!”
*President Barack Obama, during his farewell speech, said “If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere.”
Detroit’s Myya D. Jones, 22, has taken the president’s sage advice to heart. She’s running for the mayor of her hometown.
“I have always been interested in civil engagement,” Jones told Detroit’s Metro Times. “But I was turned off from doing politics because we had such a negative stigma around politics in Detroit.”
Now, she hopes to change that narrative, while she changes things in the city she calls home. Continue reading →
*Let’s start your week off with a feel-good video. Aww, c’mon, I know you’ve probably just finished lunch and have to go back to the office, but don’t hate, congratulate! This is one very happy doggie.
Actually, on your next break, take a look at the video and play a little game with me called, “I wonder what this doggie would say if he could talk?”