TGIF...Thank God it's Friday is the rallying cry of the 9 to 5 set who have weekend off for meaningful R & R. However, there are those who still must toil during the weekends, night shifts and those during double duty with two jobs that I want to give a shout out to, as well as, a way up high five. Making a living in times like these can be awfully demanding and sometimes a total frustration when it seems that you can't get a freeking break. Yet, as the Christmas season rolls upon us, I've come to the realization that I have much to be thankful for despite all of the trials and tribulations that beset me daily. Especially, juxtaposed to the realities of others who are living perilously in places of conflict or mayhem. Therefore, I'm challenging each of you dear readers to join me in performing a random act of kindness through December 2007 and then feel free to share your action with me. I've already started and will be looking forward to hearing from you. Until then, let's lighten up by talking out loud some more....
The Dueling Stellas: They're back, you know those two, "McMillan and Wife," no not the 70's TV throwback, but best selling author Terry McMillian and former husband, Jonathan Plummer. This time it's Mr. Plummers' first co-written book with Karen Hunter," Balancing Act," that's caught the ire of Ms. McMillian who is simply trashing the novel by describing it as apart of the new "ghetto/ urban genre." Meanwhile, Plummer who has been on a troublesome publicity jaunt of some sort is trying to stay civil about the matter by stating that “ ‘People realize that she wrote her story, and now this is a way of showing an alternative side of my story.’ “ He's referring to Ms. McMillian's tome, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back", in which she illuminates the main character's "May to December" romance with a young Jamican man. Balancing Act is set in the high fashion world with main character Justin Blakeman and his "Ugly Betty -Whilemina" in the guise of Tasha Reynolds who has more than just modeling assignments on her mind. The book's promotional material from Hunter's publishing house and Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, details the romantic entanglement of the characters including "Justin's hunger for a male model." Now with all that said, this complex literary drama gets fueled further by McMillians' online UNEQ magazine interview in which she want to set the record straight by saying, "I am not doing this to literally demonize Jonathan Plummer, but he is an evil person to have done the things he has taken pains to achieve. I loved him for years and did everything I could to help him evolve. The reason I told UNEQ Magazine so many of these previously undisclosed details is because he needs to be exposed to the community he is also pimping. He forgets that gay men have sisters and mothers. And it is because he doesn't care, just like he doesn't care if he ever goes back to Jamaica. It is the main reason he went on television to announce his homosexuality. " I know it's almost too much, isn't it? I've actually read some excerpt from this book and it's not on my preferred reading list, if you know what I mean. I don't think it will make the Oprah book club cut. I''ve also seen the online interview and McMillian does make enrodes to explain a vartiety of matters including why she appears to be "homophobic." She is firm that's she's not and that this perception has been a product of Mr. Plummers lawyers and others who have tried to defame her. Futhermore, She gives some pithy details about the realtionship and it's affect on her prior to that notorious Oprah interview. Well, If you are so inclined you can see the video from the website: http://www.uneqmagazine/ The books is probably available from Amazon and if there's more fallout we'll bring it to you.
OH GW: It's become apparrent that the leader of the free world just can't get a break either. President Bush who often mangels the english language, yesterday flubbed the contact number for his mortage bailout program in lieu of the sub-prime mess. Mr. Bush somehow, subbed "1-800," when it should've been "1-888." I understand that the decider is busy with world affairs and nuclear stuff, but can't he get at least a phone number correct for once. Call me skeptical, but I'm not exactly sure if this "bailout" package is really going to take care matters or make them worst. I just keep thinking about all those Katrina vouchers, cash cards and trailers that were in the mix to make a difference. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Not ready to make nice: The gloves are off! Hillary Clinton and Barrak Obama are ready to call each other out on the "experience" question and those many postion papers that are flying off the press almost hourly. Mrs. Clinton is not missing a beat by issuing positions on the mortage situation, that recent NIE (national intelligence estimate) and has alluded to character issues concerning an Obama "slush" fund for candidates who will endorse his candidacy. As I mentioned before, Mr. O has new website (http://hillaryattacksbarackobama.com/ ) primed to list the "Hill bombs" and his rebuttle to them. Those poltical junkies say that people don't like negative politics, but they never seem to fail us each political cycle.
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