Saturday, September 4, 2010

Home to Home

Eminem recently made it back to the music scene with latest album "Recovery," and his pop hit "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna. I had always been a die-hard Eminem fan so when I heard he was coming back to Detroit for a concert I knew I had to be there. He collabed with other rap star Jay-Z to perform a concert of a life time for both their home towns. They were in Detroit Sep 2 and 3rd at Tiger Stadium (Comerica Park) and will be at Yankee Stadium Sep 13 and 14. I was at Friday night's show and could truly feel how special the night was and what history was being made. There was around 45,000 people in attendance including Lady Gaga and Beyonce (HAPPY BDAY) who were said to be in the crowd! The night began with singer B.O.B who performed all his hits. Jay-Z came on next with an 80 minute show and "wowed" the crowd from the start. People around us said that him only would have been concert of the year. He did melodies in tribute to Biggie Smalls, Michael Jackson, Proof, and Tupac. Everyone went crazy when he performed "Empire State of Mind", and "Hard Knock Life". He was also accomponied by rapper Young Jeezy. Eminem came out a little later and began with hits off Recovery but also did many of his old songs. 50 Cent came out next but probably the loudest roars came when famous producer Dr. Dre performed. D-12 was also out for a while and did hit, "My Band" with Eminem. At the end Eminem came back out for an encore with "Not Afraid". The night was truly epic and the concert of a life time. It also did wonders for Detroit as it brought in tourism all the way from Virginia. Detroit busses were busy for the first time I've seen and restaurants had lines out the door. I'm glad Eminem choose to put on this show for his hometown and I'm sure the New York show will be just as amazing. (All pics I took)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 28th

    On August 28, 1963, nearly 47 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I analyzed the speech this year in an AP english class and was truly inspired at not only his rhetoric, but at his determination and will to stand for something that a majority of the country didn't agree with. Check the entire speech here. Today, conservative right-wing psycho Glenn Beck decided to host a "Restoring Honor Rally," at the Lincoln Memorial today, August 28, 2010. Guests like Sarah Palin made short speeches, but a majority of the rally was preaching of "Christian values." "It has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with God. Everything [with] turning our face back to the values and the principles that made us great.", Glenn Beck. The rally was sponsored by FOX News and consisted of mainly Tea Party members. I guess the purpose was to honor those who died for our country but it seemed more like a right-wing tactic to promote their twisted views. A twitter tweeted it best, "Glenn Beck & Sarah Palin hosting a "restoring honor" rally is like Paris Hilton & Lindsey Lohan hosting a "healthy lifestyles" seminar. Very true.
     Also, Reverend Al Sharpton had a similar march at Washington's Dunbar High School. "Just because you got the spot doesn't mean you're standing up for the dream," he commented, regarding Beck's rally. His march was called "Reclaiming the Dream" and aimed to commemerate King's speech. "They want to disgrace this day and we're not giving them this day. This is our day and we ain't giving it away," Sharpton claimed. Although, Glenn Beck said the date of his rally was purely coincidental. Either way, it is not a 'black day' or a 'white day'! It's our country's day; and a day to celebrate great Americans such as Martin Luther King Jr and Abraham Lincoln. While the rallys, marches, and theatrics are entertaining, they merely break our country apart even further. Let's just focus on moving forward, leaving the two sided political fights behind us like yesterday's paper.
And since this post went over, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL JACKSON<3

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

On Hiatus

Happy Birthday President Obama! Today he turns 49! Also, over the weekend former President Bill Clinton's walked his daughter Chelsea down the aisle to marry the 'love of her life' Marc Mezvinsky.
^(due to college apps.) I will be back soon. ^

Friday, July 30, 2010


     I know i'm late on this but rumors are surrounding singer, Wycef Jean, and his possible run for Presidency of his hometown country of Haiti. Jean was born in Haiti and probably the most visible contributor to the Haiti relief fund. He was also a tremendous supporter of his country years before the 2009 earthquake. Jean also established the Yele Haiti Foundation in 2005. He has until August 7th to announce his candidacy! I think he would make a great President if he can truely commit all his time and energy. Although, it is clear that Haiti has remained a high priority throughout his life. Elections are Novemeber 28th. Wishing him the best.      
      Shirley Sherrod, as mentioned in a previous post, still remains a headline topic. Just recently she decided to file suit against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. Speaking Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention she exclaimed, "I have not recieved an apology from Breitbart and no longer want one." She also announced that she would be suing him for the video he posted of her on his blog, where he portrayed her as racist towards Whites. Will she win in court? What is the precedent she is basing the suit on? There are countless questions swarming her decision. I personally think she has every right to sue him, and hope she wins. However the biggest question may be whether it was his freedom of speech to post the video in any form, edited or not. He is a "journalist" after all. Her stance is that he published the video with "actual malice" and targeted her specifically; leading to her ultimately being fired from her job. I do not believe her lawsuit is specifically attempting to dismiss the First Amendement, as Breitbart is using to his defense. We'll see what happens within the upcoming weeks.
      (Sorry I haven't posted lately I've been in DC, and no wifi >:[ )

Monday, July 26, 2010

Americans with Disabilities Act

  Today, July 26 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Disabilities Act signed by President George H. Bush in 1990. The Act prohibits discrimination based on disability, addresses access to the workplace, and requires instructions to Federal agencies that enforce the law. The Act prohibits any employer from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities along with providing equal opportunity in public accomodations and transportation. However, like every piece of legislation, there is an opposition with some critical reviews. Some believe that the ADA does not consider groups of individuals disabled until a case is brought to court, or that big companies still don't comply with federal regulations. Well, I believe the Act has done a lot of good for millions of people. Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa saluted the people who helped bring the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, "Twenty years ago, we heard testimony from Americans who had to crawl on their hands and knees to go up a flight of stairs; who couldn't ride on a bus because there wasn't a lift; who couldn't even cross the street in their wheelchairs because there were no curb cuts." Harkin was an original sponsor of the legislation and added, "The ADA has broken down barriers, created opportunities and transformed lives." With regards to employment, Obama explained, "We’re going to boost recruitment, we’re going to boost training, we’re going to boost retention." He went on to say, “We’ll better train hiring managers. Each agency will have a senior official who’s accountable for achieving the goals we’ve set. And I expect regular reports."

Americans with Disabilities Facts:
  • According to the 2010 Census Bureau, 54 million Americans have a disability. (1 in 5 people)
  • More than three million people, 15 yrs +, use a wheelchair.
  • Michigan was among the first states to to have laws protecting disabled people.
  • 21% of disabled working-age Americans had a job in the past year, versus 59% for those without disabilities.
  • Disabled people does not only apply to the physically impaired, but the deaf, blind, those unable to function independently, the crippled, and those mentally/cognitively impaired.
Although the statistics towards the Act are not always looking upwards, the real impact is that the youth truely embrace the law, and the acceptance of disabled people is far greater than in past decades.

"Equal access. Equal opportunity. The freedom to make our lives what we will. These aren’t principles that belong to any one group or any one political party. They are common principles. They are American principles." -Barack Obama