2007-02-26

African Names Like Shaniqua

Me and my husband are friends with a couple. The couple is currently pregnant. Me and said wife of couple were discussing baby names. I told her me and my husband thought about an African name for our child. She asked me was I going to name my child Shaniqua. Shaniqua is not African. It is a made up African American name with no meaning. Let me stress again this is not an African name. Why would she assume this to be an African name? Why is African names limited to Shaniqua. There are names like Asha, Nia, Re, and Imani, but these to her do not pop into her mind as African. I have learned to bite my tongue and that I can't teach people about African American, black, or even African culture because it isn't up to me, it is up to them, but damn it, use damn common sense before you open your damn mouth!!!! I don't want to tell her about herself, but she says ignorant stuff all the time!!! It is so annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2007-02-08

Broken Dreams: The Tragic Death of Anna Nicole

I am going to hell for this, but upon hearing the news that Anna Nicole died, me and my friend emailed each other knowing that there will be a Lifetime/E!/Oxygen made for TV movie about her life in a year. Here is the not quite named Biopic for Anna Nicole:

The Untitled Anna Nicole Biopic:



Starring Tara Reid as skinny skanky Anna Nicole:

tara

Emme, the Plus Sized Supermodel as fat skanky Anna Nicole(we will have to skank her up):
emme

Directed by:

meredith

Produced By:

tori

Lifetime Movie Names:



Daddy, Are You There?.......... The Life and Times of Dani Lynn Hope



Shattered Dreams, Broken Promises: Life With Anna Nicole, A Moment of Truth Movie



Howard K Stern - Life With Anna: A Moment of Truth Movie.



NBC mini-series, Anna Nicole: The Struggle, The Heartache, The Death



E True Hollywood Story-Fall From Grace: The Tragic Life of Anna Nicole



Oxygen Presents.....Scandalous: The Anna Nicole Smith Story



Struggles of The Heart - The Tragic Life of Anna Nicole.



Who's My daddy the life of Dani Lynn hope stearn/birksomething/smith



We also have books


anna
New York Times Bestseller
My Client, My Lover, My Unofficial Wife: Life with and without Anna Nicole
Written By Howard K. Stern



kimmie
New York Times Bestseller
The PA Diaries: Life With The Real Anna Nicole
By: Kimmie that woman that looked like a guy who was a personal assistant to Anna Nicole

2007-02-05

French blacks: J'accuse racism

http://www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20070205-121633-1526r


French blacks: J'accuse racism
By Elizabeth Bryant
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published February 5, 2007
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PARIS -- France's comfortable image of itself as a colorblind society -- already weakened by race riots in 2005 -- received a further blow last week when a new survey found that a majority of French blacks believe they face discrimination in daily life.
Coinciding with a disturbing television documentary about living as a black person in France, the survey by the TNS-Sofres polling agency is the first of its kind and is galvanizing public debate just weeks before presidential election.
"This is going to change things," predicted Patrick Lozes, president of the Representative Council of Black Associations, an advocacy group that commissioned the survey. "Until now, blacks have never been counted in this country. And I have always said that blacks who aren't counted don't count."
There is no legal way to count France's black population. Census-takers and other government statisticians are barred by law from compiling figures based on religion or race. But the poll, which appears lawful, suggests France's cherished values of "egalite" and "fraternite" remain elusive goals for the nation's estimated 5 million blacks.
Of the 13,000 blacks surveyed, 61 percent said they experienced at least one racist incident within the past year. More than one in 10 said they were frequently the target of racism that ranged from verbal aggression to difficulty finding housing or jobs.
"The findings don't surprise me at all," said Mouloud Aounit, president of the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between Peoples, an anti-discrimination group. "Racism exists in our daily life. Look at the Senate, the National Assembly, regional councils. Ethnic representation is totally absent."
"Racism isn't daily, but I face it from time to time," agreed security guard Jacques Bassong, 36, who moved to France from his native Cameroon in 1979. "A little bit at work, at government offices, even in the stores. Some French are more racist than others, but on average, it's bearable."
Until now, much of the hand-wringing about minorities has focused on France's estimated 5 million ethnic Arabs.
The seething anger among young "beurs," French-born children of North African immigrants, grabbed the spotlight in the fall of 2005, when riots spread across France. But it was the accidental deaths of two black African teenagers, reportedly while fleeing police, which sparked the violence in the first place.
Today, only 10 of 577 National Assembly members are black, and all were elected from overseas territories. Blacks remain similarly underrepresented in the private sector, being less likely than whites to find jobs and to be promoted when they do.
Last week, France's Canal+ channel aired a two-part documentary, "In the Skin of a Black," a local spin on the U.S. reality series "Black. White," which aired early last year on the FX cable-TV network.
The French program tracked a series of small and large humiliations faced by members of a white French family that, using heavy makeup, had swapped places with a black family.
"It's important to show to our society what it doesn't see or know," said Mr. Lozes, who wants the government to adopt affirmative-action policies.
French politicians stumping in this year's presidential and legislative races are beginning to grasp the potential power of the minority vote, particularly since a voter-registration drive has been stunningly successful in many low-income areas where minorities live.
Even Jean-Marie Le Pen, whose far-right National Front party opposes most immigration, is reaching out with a poster featuring a black woman making the thumbs-down sign and the slogan: "Left-Right -- They've broken everything."
Mr. Lozes' organization has not ruled out fielding a black presidential candidate for the coming election. But France has no nationally known prospect comparable to Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, on the horizon.
"France is in no way ready to elect a Mohammed ... as president of the Republic, unfortunately," anti-discrimination activist Mr. Aounit said.

Survey: Black youth feel alienated

I am not really surprised by the findings.


http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl?document_id=2003550493&zsection_id=2002107549&slug=black01&date=20070201

Survey: Black youth feel alienated, yet think they can make a difference

By E.A. Torriero
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Many young black people remain alienated and pessimistic about their place in society, with a majority saying immigrants to the United States receive better treatment than they do, according to a new survey.

Yet the University of Chicago study, to be released today, shows an overwhelming majority of those young people think they can make a difference by participating in politics.

High numbers of young black people listen to rap music every day. But most think it is too violent, offensive to black women and not political enough.

The survey, which tracks the attitudes of nearly 1,600 young people of all races nationwide, ages 15-25, is one of the most comprehensive ever to focus on young African Americans.

"We've heard a lot about what politicians and others think about this demographic group but we wanted to give young people a chance to speak for themselves," said Cathy Cohen, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago who led the Black Youth Project.

The survey shows young African Americans are more conservative than their white counterparts when it comes to same-sex marriage and abortion.

Among other findings: More than two-thirds of young black people think AIDS would be cured faster if more white people had the disease. More black teens report using condoms or other birth control while engaging in sex than young whites or Hispanics.

Geared toward black attitudes, the survey nonetheless used a random sample of young people of various backgrounds: 635 blacks, 567 whites, 314 Hispanics and 74 of other races.

The interviews were conducted in summer and fall 2005. Some 40 participants were interviewed at length in 2006.

In many ways, the attitudes of young black people reflect previous generations.

Most doubt the nation's leaders care about them. They have little faith racism will end in their lifetime and think it hinders their advancement. They see police as biased against blacks.

They're also using their spending power through "buycotts," buying products because they like a company's social or political values.

A quarter of young blacks said they had participated in a buycott in the past 12 months, while 23 percent of white youth and 20 percent of Hispanic youth said the same.

Cohen said several of the respondents mentioned the Motorola (RED) campaign, aimed at helping fund the fight against AIDS in Africa.

"You're hearing a lot of the same themes that troubled people for a long time," he said.

In the in-depth interviews, questioners sought to understand seemingly contradictory responses from young African Americans.

While opposed to the war, many said they would willingly serve in the armed forces. While expressing dissatisfaction with the political process, they think they can make a difference politically.

Young black people were more likely to decry abortion but most did not support making it illegal.

And while responding to many questions with pessimism, they nonetheless remain optimistic their lives can make a difference.

"They really want to contribute," said Laurence Ralph, a graduate student at the University of Chicago who helped conduct in-depth interviews. "But they feel blocked from the process on many levels."

Those interviewed were especially searing on education, health care and a lack of good jobs for blacks, researchers said.

About half the blacks characterized their schooling as poorer than whites.

A majority of them reported receiving health care from public clinics rather than private doctors.

As for sex education, high-school students across racial lines found classes on the subject inadequate. They asked for more comprehensive sex training beyond abstinence, and most wanted condoms distributed in schools.

The Ford Foundation paid for the survey.

Material from The Associated Press is included in this report.

The job to leave or not to leave

I started back in october with a company I thought was great. I was working as an Account Manager, trying to do a good job and for the first two months loved it. I then got out of training and things went downhill. While I was in a training a girl quit and they was a need for an Account Manager there. I understand there was a need, but a more experienced Account Manager who had worked on the account (i.e. the other Account Managers assigned to the client) should have kept it. I come out to the floor and I am informed I get this client. Mind you the girl's desk has not been touched, she was behind on things going back to August, I was given the client in November. That was scary enough of how I am going to get caught up and learn about this client without screwing up too bad. That was red flag number one. Number two, I got virtually no support from the other two Account Managers assigned to the client, and I am told in December I am handling the client all by myself. A client that had three people, now has one, and that person is inexperienced and not familiar with basic Account Management, much less the client. Why would that make sense to do that to anyone? How and why would it be rationale to leave me out on my own, when most Account Managers with experience are own teams working with one client with multiple people? Number 3 The client is crazy, within one week of getting the client, I have been yelled at, been told wrong information over and over, and they are just high maintenance and sensitive, not a good "starter" client. Besides again let me emphasize the two people working the account gave me virtually no help. One was just downright shady. He would tell me one thing to do with an issue, then go behind my back, tell the client another thing, and then pretend he didn't know about our conversations. I was thrown under the bus way too many times with these people. I finally got pissed off enough that I was on monster.com in no time.

Well I went on one itnerview with one company, and I got the position. More money, closer to home (I am driving 40 miles to work everyday, and riding the tollway the whole way, very expensive). The company is smaller, but honestly, I don't care about that, it doesn't seem so bad to work for a smaller company with not so many people, and just not have to deal with all the current nonsense I am dealing with. I have another interview today after work with another company. Right down the street from where I work, but I know they will offer me more money than either job I am at now. The downside is I would have to go back to Disability claims, which is a beat down within it self, but still not as evil as what I am doing now. Which job should I take, should I stick it out. My husband says run for the hills, I say I feel bad, my manager was really nice, but being set up for failure doesn't sit well for me. You would rather take them off a difficult account because they don't like it, and leave me ass out to deal with the craziness.

Who knows what I will do, right now it appears I will not be rolling into that office for much longer.

I hope my manager understands.

2007-02-03

I have gotten my career aspirations picked out :)

Your Career Personality: Independent, Down-to-Earth, and Hard Working

Your Ideal Careers:

Business executive
Computer programmer
Financial analyst
Geologist
Hedge fund manager
Lawyer
Pharmacist
Real estate agent
Stockbroker
Technical writer

2007-02-01

What the hell is going on in Texarkana?

Not one, but two stories of gross men sexually assaulting minors.

http://www.texarkanagazette.com/articles/2007/01/31/local_news/news/news01.prt

Man faces sexual assault charge: Suspect allegedly molested a 14-year-old male, exposing him to HIV

Editor’s note: The following story contains sensitive details regarding an alleged sexual assault victim.

By Lynn LaRowe
Texarkana Gazette

A Texarkana, Ark., man is facing two criminal charges that stem from the same incident in which a 14-year-old boy was allegedly molested.

A charge of exposing another person to the potentially deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been added to a charge of sexual assault already pending against the man.

Jerry Gray, 22, pleaded not guilty Tuesday at his arraignment before Miller County Circuit Judge Joe Griffin. A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12, said Carlton Jones, deputy prosecutor for Miller County.

According to court documents, the teenage victim told members of the Texarkana, Ark., Police Department he went to the suspect’s apartment in October with a male cousin and the cousin’s girlfriend.

The suspect is also accused of giving the victim alcohol and having oral sex with him. Authorities say the suspect is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Because the suspect allegedly did not use a condom during oral sex, the victim may have been exposed.

Court records also show that later the same evening, the victim was watching television in the suspect’s bedroom when the suspect tried to convince him to engage in anal sex with him.

The victim told police he first turned down Gray’s advances. Gray is alleged by the victim and the victim’s cousin, who also spoke with police, to have asked the cousin for a condom.

According to court documents, the cousin did not provide Gray with a condom, though one was located and used by the suspect and the victim during anal sex. The victim told police he consented to Gray’s continued requests for sex because he was still under the influence of the beer Gray had given him to drink. Gray was identified from photo lineups by both the victim and the victim’s cousin. If convicted, Gray faces six to 30 years in prison for the HIV exposure charges and a fine of up to $15,000, said Jones. The sexual assault charges being levied against Gray carry a penalty range of up to six years and a fine not to exceed $10,000, Jones said.


http://www.texarkanagazette.com/articles/2007/01/31/local_news/news/news02.prt

Grandfather gets 25 years for three counts of rape: Man pleads guilty to raping granddaughters, ages 9, 8 and 7

By JIM WILLIAMSON
Texarkana Gazette

ASHDOWN, Ark.—A 59-year-old grandfather pleaded guilty Tuesday in Little River County Circuit Court to three counts of rape of his granddaughters, ages 9, 8 and 7.

Ninth Circuit Court Judge Ted Capeheart sentenced Wayne Yandell of Ashdown to 25 years for the three rapes and Yandell will be required to serve 70 percent of the sentence or at least 17 1/2 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction before he is eligible for parole.

The charges carried a penalty range of 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

“We worked out a plea today. This keeps the children from having to testify and the children did not want to testify,” said Ninth Judicial District Prosecutor Tom Cooper. Yandell was scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Feb. 13 and a trial on Feb. 27.

The children and their parents were living with Yandell in Ashdown at the time of the crimes.

Yandell will be placed on the waiting list to be transferred to the Arkansas Department of Correction. He remains in the Little River County Jail in Ashdown.

Ashdown attorney Thad Bishop served as the public defender representing Yandell.

Yandell pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of receiving visual depiction of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes in the Western District of Arkansas.

The federal charges developed after about 2,000 pornographic images of children were found by authorities when a repair technician alerted them after working on the hard drive of Yandell’s computer, said U.S. Attorney Claude Hawkins.

A presentence investigation will be completed by federal probation officials and will include information regarding Yandell’s prior record, life history, employment history, other relevant information and a recommendation for punishment.

He is expected to return to Barnes’ court in about six weeks for sentencing. Yandell faces five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.

An investigation conducted jointly by the Ashdown Police Department and the FBI resulted in the federal charges, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.