Category Archives: What’s Up

What’s Your ‘Real Name’? Say ‘Hello’ to Celebrities Who Changed Their Name

Photo credit: Kai-Z-Feng
Photo credit: Kai-Z-Feng

*I must admit, I have always had a problem with people who change their birth name. I mean, that’s your whole identity. I’ve always thought maybe these folks were going through some kind of identity crisis. How does a name like “Shelton Jackson” become Spike Lee… Or “Steveland Morris” become Stevie Wonder… Or someone once known as Eileen Regina Edwards is now called Shania Twain?

These are not just “revisions” to an existing name like Kevin becomes Kevyn…They are totally NEW names.

But I guess if I am going to be OK with anyone doing it (not that these folks have one f**k to give whether I do or not) it does sit better with me if you’re a celebrity. Hey, in this case, your name is your brand, so it should have a good ring to it right?

Let’s be real, would we have given “Peter Gene Hernandez” a good listen had he not been introduced to us as Bruno Mars?

Hi, when I grown up I'm gonna change my name to BRUNO MARS!
Hi, when I grown up I’m gonna change my name to BRUNO MARS!

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Hey Peanuts Fans! Check Out The Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center

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*I’d been in Santa Rosa the night before for Johnny Mathis’ show, and couldn’t resist checking out the Charles M Schulz Museum & Research Center before heading home. Fans of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, or any of the Peanuts gang will love the center, while learning something they didn’t know about the revered comic strip.

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“It Was A Dark And Stormy Night” is the name of the Center’s newest exhibit, outlining the history behind Snoopy’s hysterical writing career.  Other attractions included Snoopy’s presentation of famous United States presidential pets — did you know that long before we met the Obama’s dogs, a pet alligator lived in the White House?? — and an exhibit that details the Peanuts gang’s devotion to health and fitness (Peppermint Patty was ahead of her time in trying to eat a healthy lunch). Continue reading

Coleman Young II Wants To Follow In Legendary Father’s Footsteps, Announces Bid For Mayor of Detroit

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*A term-limited Michigan state senator says he wants to become the next mayor of the city of Detroit, following in his legendary father’s footsteps.

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? 

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Glad You Threw that Bacon Away? Why it’s Important to Adhere to ‘Use By this Date’ Warnings

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*As hungry as I was, am, I just threw out a few slices of bacon that had a use by date of a week ago. So glad I paid attention this time. I generally stick with my Lowfat Berry Cereal in the red box — which I get from Trader Joe’s; but I was out and was about to opt for my second standby: turkey bacon. As good as those remaining two pieces looked (well, how good could they look raw, but still, I was hungry so I imagined them cooked…something told me, throw it away!).

Here’s why…

  • Harvard University scientists have found mice fed older meat had a 13% shorter lifespan than those fed younger meat
  • They claim it is because the set-in damage of the meat damaged the mice’s cells
  • Cellular damage is the reason we age, become weary and eventually die 

You might want to pay attention to this new study done by researchers at Harvard University. It sounds overly dramatic, but that doesn’t make their findings any less true. According to a Daily Mail article, their study shows there is no question that old ingredients could shorten our lifespan, and that old food is one of the factors contributing to this. Continue reading

Got $1250… Why Not Send Your Child on this Incredible Tour? (Historical Sites and Colleges)

Students from On A Mission Inc. Los Angeles (Facebook)

Students from On A Mission Inc. Los Angeles (Facebook)

*Here is an amazing, yet final opportunity to send your child on a tour to visit some of the nation’s best historical landmarks and  Universities!

But hurry…There are only a few spaces left!

The tour is facilitated by On A Mission, Inc.  and is designed to show local children historical places outside of California, and introduce them to a few colleges. The lucky tourists will get to visit some amazing places (scroll down) they may have only heard about.

A meeting to discuss the particulars will be held THIS SATURDAY, February 25th at, now don’t let this deter you PLEASE: Southwest Police Station, 1546 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90062 at 9:00am  Continue reading

Elvis Presley’s Daughter, Lisa Marie, Claims She is Broke as Hell! (Watch)

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*DaYUM! How does one go through $300 million dollars in one lifetime? I guess we will have to ask one Lisa Marie Presley, who as the sole heir of her father, Elvis Presley’s estate, estimated at the hefty amount, doesn’t appear to have a pot of her own to piss in today.

Can I repeat, daYUM!!!

Hey, it’s not like I went looking for this info. I actually stumbled across it and nearly caught a bug in my mouth because it stayed open for so long.

Presley actually laid the situation out in court papers because she is seeking a divorce from her FOURTH husband. Seems she went through several more after the short-lived marriage to Michael Jackson and then to Nicolas Cage.

But her dire financial straights is just one of the shocking items in the court documents. Equally shocking is the REASON Presley is seeking divorce from her musician husband, Michael Lockwood. According to the still aspiring singer, she found “inappropriate photos of children” on his computer.

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What…Police Find LIVE Elderly Woman ‘Molded to Chair’ She Sat in for a Year?

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*This unbelievable truth is especially hard for me to swallow on a day where I just attended the most beautiful memorial services for a woman to lived to be 103 and transitioned with a smile on her face. She was so loved! Now I hear the story of an elderly woman who apparently had NO ONE to care for her in a loving way, and although she is alive, the condition paramedics found her in is nothing short of unfathomable.

Reports say that paramedics were called to the home of a 75-year-old Ohio woman by a church volunteer who had been delivering food to her for the past decade. The man told paramedics that he had not seen the woman outside of her chair since July 2016.

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Charles Wright, Funk & R&B Legend, at South Pasadena Library this Thursday! (Free)

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Charles Wright

*A very special Author and Music Night in honor of Black History Month brings Charles Wright, legendary L.A. musician and bestselling author of “Up From Where We’ve Come: An Eventful Journey” to the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.  The event will also feature Petrella, “The First Lady of Country Soul” and her band, Mixed Influence. The event is free and will be presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, with special thanks to 210 eastsound!

Charles Wright is the founder of the pioneering funk and R&B band of the 60s and early 70s, The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band, known for the hits “Do Your Thing”, “Till You Get Enough”, and “Love Land”. Their biggest and most enduring hit “Express Yourself” is among the most sampled tracks by rap and hip hop groups. Continue reading