There's a lot going on in the news lately. Death, childbirth, rumors and criminal charges. Some of it has my head spinning and some of it has my stomach churning. But all of it is being talked about, so I'm going to toss in my two cents.
In no particular order, here are my Top Ten Random Thoughts for this week:
More Top Ten Random Thoughts:
1. I was sad indeed to hear about the passing of my fraternity brother, best-selling author E. Lynn Harris.
Harris paved the way for self-publishing authors to be taken seriously and to bridge themselves to the next phase of their career. As for his talent, I didn't particularly care for the subject matter he wrote about most, but was still strongly drawn to his writing style and read his work anyway. I wanted him to write mysteries, because I love that genre and loved his writing style. He was too young a talent to leave so soon.
2. I'm about sick of losers talking about Michael Jackson.
I didn't want to say too much while people were still mourning, but many of the so-called "fans" were the same people who had written him off as a child molester and claimed that his career was over. Now, after crying their eyes out, they are all proclaiming themselves his number one fan.
3. How crazy is it that Nas has to shell out more than half a million dollars per year to his estranged wife Kelis?
$55,000 per month is an awful lot of money for one woman and one child. Of course he should support her and the baby, especially if she isn't working and he has been the breadwinner. I haven't heard anything from Kelis since "Milkshake." But why does the settlement have to come in like a lottery ticket just because he has it?
4. I need some of these goofy Black people to decide what they want from President Obama.
Let's be clear: Barack Obama is the president of the United States, not the president of Black people. And since there is no general consensus from Black people in terms of what we expect from him, how about we just let him do his damned job and focus on trying to fix the nation's economic nightmare?
5. If the bonehead gay people who responded to my piece on gay racism ("Gay Racism Must End") are the best the gay community has, they are in some serious trouble.
A bunch of rotten brained gay "activists" decided to email me and post to message boards to tell me I am wrong about gays being silly to blame Blacks for the gay marriage initiative failing. Okay, let's get this straight-I don't have a problem with you doing your thing, but I don't owe you anything to help you get it. And just because you say I'm homophobic doesn't mean I have any fear. How about either using critical reasoning to make a convincing argument or focus on getting more gay people to support your cause? We don't call on you for support and you need to not harass us. Some Blacks are gay and some gays are Black-we know that, now move on.
6. How sad is it that Vernon Forrest lost his life after giving money to a person he thought was in need?
I'm a huge advocate of providing spare change for people in need, but I have to admit, I won't be doling out cash at the gas station anytime soon. Forrest was only 38 years old. He was approached by a man asking for money and his act of kindness went insanely and tragically awry.
7. If the stupid cops who arrested Henry Gates weren't acting stupidly, the president wouldn't have said they were acting stupidly.
I'm not mad at the cops for coming to the scene. It's happened to me before. But once you show that you are the person who lives in the house, they need to move on to the next donut shop. There was obviously something else going on and since this tree didn't fall in the forest, many of us hear it loud and clear.
8. Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray may soon be running a jailhouse clinic.
C'mon dude-you're living in the house with Jackson and you give him a powerful drug and then leave the room? What did you think? The horrible possibilities were endless and as a doctor, you should have known better. I think this guy was just so happy to be Michael Jackson's doctor that he would have done anything the singer told him to do. That's just sad.
9. What a surprise that Michael Vick was reinstated by the NFL commissioner and may actually play as early as October.
America loves its dogs (sometimes more than people), so his reinstatement was quite a shocker. However, there is no shock to learn that both the NY Giants and the NY Jets have expressed a lack of interest in Vick.
10. Who the hell was surprised that Sarah Palin was embroiled in an ethics scandal that forced her to leave the Alaska governor's mansion?
The woman was a fluke to begin with. I never thought she was the sharpest pencil in the box and I was less than impressed with the beauty people kept referring to. What I am impressed with is the fact that we may finally be hearing the last from this foolish woman who helped the Republican Party make a foolish mess of itself.
As random as they are, those are my top ten thoughts for this week. Please feel free to add your own.