Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
My horoscope for this week by Rob Brezsny:
Are you ready to leave the past behind, drop all your assumptions, welcome the return of your innocence, adopt a beginner's mind and start fresh everywhere? I hope so, because that's what the universe will be nudging you to do. Here are some words of wisdom to incite you and arouse you. 1) "You don't know what you can get away with until you try."- Colin Powell 2) "Never underestimate the power to change yourself."-H. Jackson Brown Jr. 3) "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."-friend Lucy Spinner. 4) "God calls you to a place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."-Frederick Buechner.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
HANAHAN, South Carolina (AP) -- Sametta Heyward was in a bind. The single mother was scheduled to start a double shift at 3 p.m., and her baby sitter had just canceled.
Attorney Andy Savage talks with Sametta Heyward before her bail hearing Tuesday in Hanahan, South Carolina.
1 of 2 "She was either told to come to work or be fired, or she was afraid to call in sick -- one of those things," said police Lt. Michael Fowler.
She made it to her job at a county-run group home July 29, a typically warm summer day. After eight hours, she called a supervisor and said she had to leave because of child-care issues.
According to her employer, she didn't tell the supervisor or a co-worker that for all that time, she had left her 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son in her Chevy Cavalier hatchback, parked on a residential street.
She had left Triniti and Shawn with battery-powered fans, food and drinks, but it was not nearly enough to combat the sweltering conditions inside. She later told relatives that when she got to the car at 11:30 p.m., the children were unconscious and had weak pulses.
A day later, police found her at her apartment wailing, "Oh, my babies!"
Officers said in a police report that she tried to kick and bite them and asked them to kill her. The bodies of the children, bathed and dressed, were found wrapped in trash bags and stuffed under the sink.
Heyward, 27, was charged with two counts of homicide by child abuse. A funeral for the children was held Saturday.
Lab tests are pending that could help determine whether the children died in the stifling car or sometime after their mother rushed their limp bodies back to their tiny apartment.
A host of other questions remain unanswered: Why didn't she take the children inside the group home? Did she ever check on them? Why didn't she tell her supervisor that the baby sitter had canceled? If the children were alive when she got to them, why didn't she seek medical help?
People who know her say they considered her a loving mother, despite a life that turned tough long before she moved into the 252-square-foot efficiency apartment.
"She and her kids were always happy, smiling and joking," said Tony Smith, who lived a few doors down and often shared meals with the family.
Smith's wife, Sheryce Robertson, would sometimes baby-sit, but Robertson was sick when Heyward asked her to care for the kids that Sunday.
It was an average summer day by South Carolina standards: 88 degrees. But the inside of the car would have been like an oven, according to experts, who say the children may not have had much of a chance even if the windows were cracked.
"If it's in direct sunlight, you can easily get temperatures of 130 or 140 degrees in a car in 10 or 15 minutes," said Dr. Keith Borg, an emergency room physician at the Medical University of South Carolina. "At that kind of temperature, it could kill an infant or a small child in minutes."
Her friends and her bosses -- and even the officers who arrested her -- say Heyward had been trying her best: working long hours and providing for her children.
In May, she and her children had moved into the $185-a-week apartment in Hanahan, a bedroom community of about 14,000 people some 15 miles from Charleston. She told the apartment complex manager they wouldn't be there long, that she was already looking for another place.
She had been arrested twice in the past three years, but she was not prosecuted on a charge of hindering an officer and was found not guilty of first-degree criminal domestic violence in February 2006.
A few months before the move, she put a newborn up for adoption. A 12-year-old son lives with his father in Maryland.
If those things affected her, it didn't show on the job. In a recent statement, the Disabilities Board of Charleston County said Heyward "was a valued employee who received good evaluations of her work" and was well-regarded by staff and clients.
Her lawyer, Andy Savage, said he hopes a mental evaluation will shed light on what happened.
"Neighbors see her as a great mother. This isn't a woman who beat her kids," he said. "Suppose she went to work that night and left them at home. Would that have been better?"
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Esther Kamatari grew up in Burundi as a member of the royal family. Following independence in 1962, the king was overthrown in a military coup d'etat, and the monarchy abolished in 1966. Kamatari fled the country in 1964 after her father's assassination and settled in Paris, where she became a model. An attempt to re-establish the kingdom ended with the murder of King Ntare V in 1972.
Pierre Nkurunziza, leader of the former rebel group CNDD-FDD, has been elected unopposed as President of Burundi by the country's Senate and National Assembly. The CNDD-FDD had won landslide victories in communal and national elections earlier this year, the first since the 1993 assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye plunged Burundi into more than a decade of ethnically-charged civil war. Nkurunziza replaces Domitien Ndayizeye, who had served as head of a transitional government since 2003.
Because Madam Princess is so beautiful, I have added the following beauty interview below:
The shower. I do not like the baths. The idea to soak in its own dirtiness displeases to me.
Which are your products fetishes?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Just for the bling factor! Caviar:
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
In 2004, PETA named Andre "Sexiest Vegetarian of the Year", Andre has been a vegan counting 8 years. Sexy indeed! In 2007, he was named fourth out of the top 10 Hottest MCs In The Game by MTV. He has been in a number of movies and high profile relationships. But my focus here is on his lyrical ability, artistic development, and overall je ne sais quoi factor.
I could not find an interview or Q & A session on the web that asks the questions I would like to ask him. So, if I ever run into Andre' in the metro Atlanta area, I will do my best to get a few questions answered. He is currently working on 2 films and album in addition to his cartoon series. One of the films is a basketball comedy, and in the other he is slated to play Sammy Davis Jr. in his biographical film. He has also been recording cameos in a few popular songs and is reported to be recording a remix to Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls".
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
The first story is of a man who killed his employees in Atlanta over asking for a pay increase:
The second story is another unnecessary murder. Some fools killed a watermelon street vendor while attempting to rob the poor guy:
The last story is this family who just welcomed their 17th kid. I thought I was liberal, but maybe we need to rethink forced sterilization. Geesh!
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
But I wake up thinking about a clip I saw awhile back; Paris is hurling racial slurs in a drunken stupor. In case you haven't seen this, here it is below. Also, why does Nicole have on an Afro wig? Why does Paris have this paint on a few shades darker than Lindsay Lohan's last tan?