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Well, were any of you able to buy anything from Oprah’s epic yard sale? If you tried and you didn’t get anything, don’t feel bad: the prices even shocked Oprah.
According to The Los Angeles Times, winning bids for Oprah’s former possessions sold for a total of more than $600,000. People were so excited to buy something that belonged top Oprah – the items came from her homes in Hawaii, California, and Indiana – that the prices for some of the simplest things were through the roof. TMZ noted that Oprah said during the auction, “You’re paying too much!”
While that may have been true, Oprah certainly didn’t ask them to start over with lower bids. The Times reported the following winning bids on some items:
- $60,000 for a set of six 18th century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details
- $4,100 and $6,000 for canvas banners promoting Oprah in The Color Purple
- $3,000 for TV Guide cover
- $1,400 for a dog portrait
- $1,000 for a chair painted by a fan (estimated to be worth no more than $200)
- $1,000 for a teapot (worth less than $100)
- $4,000 and $4,750 for two sofas
If Oprah were doing this for herself, that would have been a nice bit of pocket change. But, the proceeds from Oprah’s epic yard sale will go to her all girls leadership academy in South Africa.
Congratulations to all the people who got a “piece of Oprah.” I mean, I guess (forgive me, no shade, I’m just surprised by some of these prices).
California’s oldest university just named its first black homecoming king and queen.
Seniors Daniel Harris-Lucas and Diana Busaka were crowned Thursday night at San Jose State University, beating out 22 other applicants who all submitted a nomination, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resumé and newsclips about them.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Harris-Lucas told NBC Bay Area. “But it’s probably overdue. I’m glad to be part of history. But this probably should have happened years ago.”
SJSU first caught national attention at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, when two of its students, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, placed in the 200 meter race and raised their black-gloved fists in the iconic black pride salute. A statue of them stands on the SJSU campus today.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
10-Year-Old Shot In The Buttocks And Parents Waited To Call For Help Because They Thought She Started Her Period
I’m sure I’m not the only person who grew up in a family where what you thought might be a serious pain or problem was met with a less than worried response such as, “Lay on your stomach.” However, the idea of a gunshot wound being mistaken for one having their menstrual cycle is on a whole other level. But that’s what happened to a 10-year-old in Hayward, Calif.
According to a local CBS affiliate, the young girl was sleeping in her bed when a stray bullet from a nearby shooting hit her in the buttocks. When she woke up early in the morning and complained of pelvic pain, she told her family, and her mother and sister initially thought that she might have started her period. According to her father, though the front of the house had some broken glass and there were stray bullet holes in their vehicle, they checked the children’s room and didn’t see any damage. Because of this, they assumed it was the beginning of her menstrual cycle. They took her to the bathroom, didn’t see the wound, and gave her a pad. She went back to sleep.
When she woke up for school and still complained of pain, the family wound up looking in her bed and found a bullet hole. According to the CBS affiliate, police say the wound was very small and it could have “easily” been overlooked if the parents thought she was having her period. The father (who didn’t want to be named) later spoke to reporters after the family called the ambulance and had the 10-year-old taken to the hospital. When asked why they waited to call, he said that they didn’t think she had been shot or that they needed to call police because in their gang-ridden neighborhood, sadly, hearing gunshots and damage from them is normal:
“We don’t call the cops when you hear shots on the streets. I didn’t know it was in front of my house and I didn’t know my daughter was shot.
I told them to check her and they said she was on her first period. She’s 10 years old.”
When neighbors were spoken to by the CBS affiliate, many of them, including a woman named Miriam said that she didn’t want to get involved and that people don’t usually call police after shootings or think much of them. But a local pastor, Chuck Horner of Calvary Baptist Church, said that’s exactly the problem when it comes to violence in the neighborhood.
“That’s why it happens. Nobody deals with it. And we need to stand up to this. Otherwise it’s only going to get worse.”
As for the 10-year-old girl, she is doing better and recovering after having surgery late last week. Thankfully, her injuries were “non-life threatening.”
Back To Court: Royce Reed Says Dwight Howard Has Taken Their Son…And She Doesn’t Know Where They Are
Well, it was only a matter of time before these two were back in the media for more antics.
According to TMZ, former “Basketball Wife” Royce Reed has gone to what we assume is a Florida court to ask for an emergency hearing to find her son, Braylon. Braylon is the son she shares with basketball star Dwight Howard. Royce claims Braylon went to California to visit Dwight but she hasn’t heard from them since he’s been there.
Royce also says Braylon has a medical condition and is out of medicine. According to her, Dwight hasn’t bothered to refill Braylon’s prescription.
In her alleged filing for this hearing, Royce says Dwight’s parents called her at some point to let her know Dwight and Braylon were in Colorado. Royce is asking that the court order Dwight to refill the prescription so their son’s health won’t be in danger. Further, she wants to know exactly where their son and how she can get in touch with him.
See, this interesting because after a quick search, this popped up on Royce’s Twitter timeline:
So, how can it be that she’s saying she hasn’t heard from him since he got to California when she tweeted that he’d been there for a month and she, in fact, went to visit? The only possible explanations are: (1) there’s no truth to this filing or (2) maybe the details are a little incorrect.
Many of us who’ve seen Royce on Basketball Wives know she can be a bit dramatic but I don’t think she’d be dumb enough to file a claim like this when there’s evidence on the internet to dispute it. Not that Dwight couldn’t or shouldn’t refill the child’s medicine but if she was out there, she could have done it too.
A judge has yet to rule on whether or not a hearing is necessary.
Things that make you go hmmmm…
I really want somebody to come get Amanda Bynes. And I’m not even trying to be funny. I want someone to come and give her the treatment she needs before it’s too late. While fellow child star Lindsay Lohan’s issues seem to be drug related, Amanda Bynes’ recent run ins with the law have me believing that she’s suffering from a mental issue. And apparently the Thousand Oaks, California police department agrees.
According to TMZ, Bynes was arrested this morning under a 5150 hold for setting a fire in her neighbor’s driveway. A 5150 hold is an involuntary hospitalization that allows authorities to evaluate Amanda’s mental state. They can hold her for a maximum of three days if necessary.
Law enforcement were called to Bynes’ neighbor’s house this morning when someone noticed a small fire in the driveway. Amanda was seen standing near the fire. When deputies arrived they asked Bynes what she was doing there and why. Based on her answers, they determined that she needed to be hospitalized.
The woman whose driveway Amanda set on fire says that she had no idea what was happening outside until police knocked on her door. The police asked her if she knew Bynes and the elderly woman said no. Police informed the woman that Amanda was carrying a little red gas tank and had burned a part of the woman’s clothing in the process.
Hopefully, something good will come of this hospitalization.
During the years of 2006-2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized about 150 women without receiving approval from the state. The sterilization process is also known as tubal ligation; the doctors who performed this procedure were contracted by the CDCR. The doctors were funded through state funds to perform the procedure, with expenses totaling up to $147,460.
The state of California made the practice of forced sterilization on prison inmates (especially those who classify as ‘mentally ill’ and poor) illegal since 1979. Also, it is illegal for prisons to use federal funds to cover the costs of sterilization. Prisons are able to find a loop-hole in this law by allowing doctors to visit inmates. These visitations give doctors the opportunity to seek approval from inmates, even when they are in labor.
A former inmate, Christina Nguyen who worked at Valley State Prison overheard medical staff persuading inmates who had several prison terms to become sterilized: “I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not right,’ ” said Nguyen, 28. “Do they think they’re animals, and they don’t want them to breed anymore?”
Inmates told The Sacramento Bee:
Michelle Anderson, who gave birth in December 2006 while at Valley State, said she’d had one prior C-section. Anderson, 44, repeatedly was asked to agree to be sterilized, she said, and was not told what risk factors led to the requests. She refused.
Nikki Montano also had had one C-section before she landed at Valley State in 2008, pregnant and battling drug addiction.
Montano, 42, was serving time after pleading guilty to burglary, forgery and receiving stolen property. The mother of seven children, she said neither Heinrich nor the medical staff told her why she needed a tubal ligation.
“I figured that’s just what happens in prison – that that’s the best kind of doctor you’re going get,” Montano said. “He never told me nothing about nothing.”
Although prison and medical staff members told female inmates the sterilization would benefit them health wise, the underlying tone and purpose of the procedure is being used against women who would be labeled as second-class citizens. According to OB-GYN Dr. James Heinrich:
”I provided an important service to poor women who faced health risks in future pregnancies because of past Caesarean sections. Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”
Sterilization goes beyond medical procedures; it becomes a race and economic issue between the upper/lower class. During the mid-twentieth century, sterilization was tested upon African –American and Latino women. The women who were a part of these tests were not told the precautions of sterilization. At the time most civil-rights leaders claimed sterilization and even birth control was used to regulate or reduce the number of births by women of color.
With all the advancements in family planning and contraception, do you think the medical procedure of sterilization should be obsolete?
Today, in two historic decisions the Supreme Court advanced LGBTQ rights. The first decision struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
The law barred recognition of same sex marriages by the Federal government when it came to issues of Social Security survivors’ benefits, insurance benefits, immigration and tax filing. In other words, legally married to someone of the same sex meant you weren’t entitled to any legal benefits.
The original law defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman as a husband and wife. The provision had been struck down by eight courts before the Supreme Court did the same today in the case United States vs. Windsor.
Now, couples who are married in one of the 12 states that allow same-sex marriage will not be denied rights on the federal level. If couples are married in a state that doesn’t allow same sex marriage, they’ll be able to bring their grievances to the Supreme Court. This decision, many believe, will open up the door way to allow same sex rights or marriage in all 50 states.
The majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy who was appointed Ronald Reagan in 1988.
Shortly after this decision came down the Supreme Court also ruled on California’s controversial Prop 8 law. The law essentially reversed the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing same-sex marriage. The court ruled that the activists who put Prop 8 on California ballots in 2008 did not have the constitutional authority to do so. The ruling essentially bans Prop 8 and allows gay couples to marry in the state of California but will not have an impact on other states across the nation.
A great, historic step toward equality for the country.
Usually, when we do a “black and missing” story, it doesn’t have a happy ending. Families and communities live without knowing the whereabouts of their loved ones for years on end. But fortunately, in this case, the story ends quite nicely.
4 year old Amieya Renee Stewart went missing during a family gathering in California. Police and relatives searched for the girl in the home and the surrounding neighborhood until midnight. They stopped at midnight because that’s when the little girl was found sleeping underneath her grandmother’s bed.
The girl had gone undetected by both family, police and police dogs because she had surrounded hereof with other items.
When Amieya’s mother, Christina Nance, spoke to the NBC Bay Area cameras she had this to say:
“I just want to tell everybody thank you. She means a lot to me. I’m sorry that she was in here. I feel like we looked for her really, really good and they had the dogs come in and everything. I’m sorry to put everybody through this, but I’m so happy she’s ok and that nothing bad happened to her.”
As Nance was interviewed, Amieya buried her bead in the crook of her mother’s neck. Later, camera crews recorded the reaction of Amieya’s family members learning that she had been found.
Amieya’s grandmother said knowing her granddaughter, she suspected that she was playing hide and seek all along. The police told her that they doubted that she’d be able to hide that long.
They were wrong but we’re certainly glad they devoted their full attention to help find this little one.
This whole story reminds me of what my sister, friends and I used to do when we weren’t ready to leave somebody’s house. We knew not to take it this far though. While Amieya just might have a promising career in espionage, we’re certainly hoping her mother takes this time to let her know the importance of coming when you’re called, even if you’ve found the best hiding place in the house.
Watch the family react to news that their family member had been found in the video on the next page.
Another day, another tax lien, right?
Today, Faith Evans is the one letting her fiscal irresponsibility show, as according to TMZ she has a pretty hefty debt she’s refused to pay since 2011. The site claims the singer and widow of the Notorious B.I.G, has been hit with a tax lien by the state of California to the tune of $29,535.48.
The unpaid tax debt apparently stems back to 2011, which, in retrospect to what Faith has going on now, makes sense. In 2011, Faith Evans was virtually invisible on the national scale. There was no music, she may have done a tribute on an award show or two somewhere, but we wouldn’t be thoroughly surprised to find her money was funny at that time. In May of 2011, Faith and her husband, record company executive Todd Russaw, whom she began dating after she separated from Biggie in 1997, also announced they were filing for divorce a year after she had been arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. So yeah, there was a lot going on then. Now today, knowing that she’s the co-executive producer of the hit reality show “R&B Divas,” I’m saying, just pay the money, Faith!
Since the “Divas” franchise just kicked off last year, and there was no telling how much of a hit it would be, I imagine Faith is just now getting her ducks — and by ducks I mean money — in a row and plans to take care of this debt pronto. We’d hate to see her end up in jail like some of her industry cohorts.
When a song can make you want to shed a tear, the artist has done his job. Simply put, Gregory Porter is my new obsession.
A few months ago, I was sitting around watching videos when I saw a video for a song called “Be Good (Lion’s Song)” by Gregory Porter. He had a great voice but I kept thinking that a voice like that doesn’t seem like it would come from a man who likes like a football player (silly me, I know, but oh well). I never thought to look up his music until late last week.
I. Have. Been Sleeping.
Gregory Porter is a gem of an artist. He’s a jazz singer, and that’s pretty clear when listening to his latest album Be Good, but that’s not all he is. Porter mixes jazz, R&B, soul and gospel into his sound that gives him such a rich tone that all you can find yourself doing is closing your eyes and zoning out.
Be Good is one of those albums that you can play from start to finish without stopping it. Even if you’re not a jazz fan, you will likely find something to enjoy about the album if you open your mind a bit.
It is amazing that he’s been out since 2010 (when his first album, Water, debuted) and is just beginning to get a little more mainstream notice. His song, “Real Good Hands” was nominated for best R&B traditional performance at the 55th Grammy Awards.
Here’s the bottom line, because I could go on and on: You really need to check out his music. If you love him like I do, you’ll see if he’s coming to your city soon. Here’s the thing: Porter is booked straight through February 2014. That’s what happens when you do something organic and real and people appreciate it. But don’t let that stop you from looking to see if you can get some tickets anyway!
Check out “Real Good Hands” and you’ll hear why I got my tickets as soon as I saw he was coming to my city!