Category Archives: Business

‘Picture’ President Obama…on Your Bottled Water (It’s Happening!)


*Well, we know folks are having a hard time letting go when it comes to President Obama. We’ve got, let’s see, today is the 13th…that’s makes 23 more days before we vote for a new POTUS. To say a lot of us will be participating in “the ugly cry” while bidding a fond adieu to the finest First Family we have ever known is an understatement.

Thanks to a company called Moreno BHLV, at least we won’t have to be thirsty while the salty tears flow. The beverage company has produced something we can remember America’s first Black President by…

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L’Oréal Faces Class Action Lawsuit by Black Women, Perm Product ‘Made Us Bald!’


*Uh oh. It’s stories like this that makes me celebrate the fact that I went au natural nearly a decade ago. For the life of me though, with several proven Black hair care companies and products by them out there, I don’t even know why folks would trust a company like L’Oréal when trying to perm Black hair.

But oh well. I guess it’s a personal thing, and so is the lesson learned.

Softsheen-Carson Optimum Amla Legend No-Mix, No-Lye Relaxer is what the highly recognized French cosmetics company touted — and apparently used a wealth of celebrities (even insinuating Michelle Obama was one of ’em) to encourage folks to use the product. At least according to what TMZ claims was the motivation behind a new, class action lawsuit by some angry consumers.

Those same consumers are say they are now BALD after using the product!

And guess who they got to represent them? Famed attorney Mark Geragos, who made a name for himself representing celebrities like Michael Jackson. Continue reading

Batman’s Bike Is For Sale


*I’ve always been on #TeamSuperman, but ever since Adam West jumped in the 1960s-era Batmobile and said “Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed!” followed by Burt Ward’s “Roger!  Ready to move out!” I’ve wanted one of Batman’s vehicles.

Hell, I won’t front:  I’d have jumped on Batgirl’s cycle if given half a chance.  

Now I can have one of those Bat-toys!  

The Batpod was the only thing left from the destroyed Batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and one of the bikes used in that flick and the follow-up The Dark Knight Rises is up for auction.  

The bike features fiberglass body panels, a custom-made chassis, 31-inch Hoosier tires, and a Honda 750 engine.  It also features a laser-targeting unit and (sadly) non-functioning cannons. Continue reading

Would You Trust a ‘Robot’ to Drive You Around…Uber is Counting on It!

Uber's first self-driving car
Uber’s first self-driving car

*While many people are just now beginning to even trust riding in a car driven by a stranger, and are now getting pulled in by the convenience of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, something new and different is now being thrown in the mix.

The rideshare service with NO ONE in the driver’s seat!

You heard it right, our dear friends at Uber have decided to kick it up a notch and introduce its first self-driving automobile to pick you up and take you on your way.

Hey, Uber is a business. And what do businesses do? Businesses focus on the bottom line and try to eliminate expenses and make profits.

So although Uber has more than a gaZILLION drivers on the road, bringing their 2016 cash revenue — as in “how much do you have in the bank, homie?” to a staggering $4.1 BILLION according to Business Insider, it appears the company is now working towards eliminating the expense called human drivers.

First stop to test this innovative move: Pittsburgh! Continue reading

Olympians Have To Pay Federal Taxes On Their Medals

Olympian Simone Biles, earning her 4th gold medal this week in Rio.
Olympian Simone Biles, earning her 4th gold medal this week in Rio.

*Simone Biles is bringing home mucho oro from the Olympics in Rio…

(that’s “a lot of gold”…thank you, Rosetta Stone!)

…but Uncle Sam will be expecting his cut after she gets back.

I guess I should have known. Lottery winners often pay hefty taxes on cash prizes. But I guess I figured that after athletes like Biles gave their blood, sweat and tears to beat out every other athlete in the world in their sport of choice, the US government could give them a break on the tax bill.


It seems that in addition to the gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded to Olympians, cash awards are also dispensed. Big ones: $25,000 for gold medals, $15,000 for silvers, and $10,000 for bronze ones.

With maximum taxes that look like this…

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Arianna Huffington Set to Leave Her Huffington Post for New Venture

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington

*The publication she co-founded in 2005 has become one of the most widely read and respected news outlets in the world, and now, after 11 years, Arianna Huffington is stepping down from her role as editor-in-chief at The Huffington Post to pursue another dream.

I remember being quite taken with Arianna Huffington when I met her nearly a decade ago in Bel Air. She sat next to me in the audience, in the huge backyard of a wealthy businessman who had brought my friend, the late Eddie Fisher, in from New York to speak to a group of wealthy entrepreneurs (mainly Caucasian) on the topic of recidivism.

Though I had heard of Huffington previously, her Huffington Post was still new and not as well-known as it has now become. I knew enough to understand that she, along with most of the folks in the audience, were leaders in their respective fields. Still, I recall she had the most beautiful red hair at the time; a lovely and sincere spirit as we chatted openly, and a slight accent that I later learned was Greek.

At an announcement from her New York office on Thursday, Huffington said she will step down from Huffington Post, a Verizon company, to build a lifestyle, health and wellness site called Thrive Global.   Continue reading

Sesame Street Legends May Not Be Leaving The Show After All (And There’s More…)


Publish AFTER 2 p.m. Friday *Sometimes, I’m reminded that a voice — or chorus of voices — can make a difference.  And it’s times like that — like today — that I love my job.

Last week, I reported on the firing of three veteran Sesame Street cast members:  Roscoe Orman, who had played “Gordon” since 1974, along with actors who played “Bob” and “Luis”.  Bob had been on the show since its premiere in 1969.

Roscoe Orman, 72, who'd played "Gordon" on Sesame Street since 1974.
Roscoe Orman, 72, who’d played “Gordon” on Sesame Street since 1974.

The show’s producers said the terminations were part of an ongoing retooling of the show and its curriculum.  I (and dozens of other journalists) thought otherwise, particularly as everyone fired from the show was over 70.

A couple of days ago, I heard from Orman.  It seems that, in the wake of the extremely critical media coverage about the firings, the producers of Sesame Street are rethinking their decision and extending an olive branch to the legendary actors. Continue reading

Harry Potter Mania Is Back — New Book Draws Crowds, Breaks Records (Photos!)


*Some of my fondest memories of my eldest daughter growing up are the times we shared with Harry Potter. And it wasn’t just Harry: Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Draco, Snape, and of course Volde…oops…HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED were all a part of a wonderful shared reading experience between the two of us.

I remember rushing to get caught up on the first couple of novels early one summer, as Janet anxiously awaited the publication of the new one, The Goblet of Fire I believe. Yes, we enjoyed the movies, too, but it was really all about the books for the two of us.

And it wasn’t just us. JK Rowling’s wizard world created a publishing phenomenon that we hadn’t seen in generations. Pre-orders for the novels broke records worldwide. I remember waiting for a plane at the airport one day immediately after one of the book’s release. Almost everyone at my gate was reading a copy of the almost 900 page hardback.

Back in the day, people lined up by the thousands at bookstores to count down to a midnight release of each novel. Many of those fans dressed up as their favorite characters for the events, and I will admit to attending one or two of them myself. (No, I didn’t dress up…but I wanted to.)

My daughter’s all grown up now (sniff), but I felt a tinge of excitement last spring when I read that an eighth tale in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was on the way. I wondered whether the fervor would continue, almost 10 years after the publication of the last novel. Also, this 8th installment was to be a “script book”, not a traditional novel, and it wouldn’t be written by Rowling. I wondered whether kids (of all ages) would still have a hunger for Harry.

I hadn’t pre-ordered a copy, but as last Saturday’s sun set, I couldn’t resist heading over to my local Barnes & Noble. Simply put, the store was a glorious, packed to the gills madhouse. I’d say Harry’s back, but I’m not sure he ever left. Continue reading