Aaliyah Haughton: VH1 Takes a Look Behind the Music

Aaliyah Haughton: VH1 Takes a Look Behind the Music

 

 

 

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was a beautiful R&B songstress whose death left a huge void in the music industry.  At a young age, she hit the scene bringing a classic style and elegance that women envied and men was drawn too.  At the age of 22, when she seemingly had it all, she was in an untimely plane crash that took her life in the Bahamas. VH1's behind the music took at in depth look at her life and the events leading up to her death.

 

The episode focused on her funeral, her relationship with Damon Dash, & her role in the movie Romeo Must Die.  They had interviews with the people who were closet to the singer and people who were with Aaliyah right before her untimely death.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Fred Martin Jr. Inglewood California: Father Dies Saved His Son

Fred Martin Jr. Inglewood California: Father Dies Saved His Son

 

 

On the eve of April 3,2012 Fred Martin Jr. was cleaning out the garage of his home in Inglewood,CA.  Inside the garage with him, was his son Fredrick Demetrius Martin III (Tre) and his best friend who is also Tre's Godfather, Joey Hickman.  During the process, gunfire broke out in the 3200 block of West and 109th Street.

 

According to reports, two unknown assailants ran into the garage and opened fire. Martin, jumped to cover and protected his son and was struck twice in the stomach and chest. Martin made it to the hospital but did not survive surgery. Tre was grazed by a bullet but was not seriously injured.

 

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Snow White & The Huntsman Queen Charlize Theron Graces May Vogue UK

Snow White & The Huntsman Queen Charlize Theron Graces May Vogue UK

 

 

Oscar winning actress, Charlize Theron, makes her fabulous premiere on the cover of the May issue of Vogue. In the issue, out Monday April 9,2012, Theron talks about her son, that she recently adopted and revealed the adoption last month.  The actress says baby Jackson is, " the coolest thing ever."  Theron, tells Vogue:

 

"I've always been very honest in saying I wanted a family. I've always know I wanted a family," she tells Vogue, before joking, "I don't think my mom could wait any more!"

 

 

Theron, is also playing Queen Ravenna in the upcoming movie Snow White & The Huntsman. The movie is scheduled to be in theaters June 1, 2012.

 

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Michelle Obama News: MAY EBONY COVER 2012

Michelle Obama MAY ESSENCE COVER 2012

 

 

Michelle Obama covers Ebony Magazine May 2012 Mother's Day Edition.  In the magazine, FLOTUS talks about raising her children, health, and being the First Lady!  The article is entitled "An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama".   The cover was shot by famed photographer Mark Baptiste.  She looks beautiful as she wears a dress blue dress by Tracy Reese

 

On Barack Obama dealing with the pressures of the Presidency:

 


"He functions better every day when he gets his workout in. It clears his mind–it gets him ready. I don't think there's anybody who can imagine just what that man deals with over the course of a 24-hour day.

 

On raising the children:

 

"Barack and I feel that our greatest responsibility is to raise two productive, respectful, kind empathetic young women."
 
 
The issue goes on sale April 17, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

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Making New Friends: Winning Friends & Gaining Respect

Making New Friends: Winning Friends & Gaining Respect

 

 

 

Having friends can you can trust and count on can be a health benefit as well as a social benefit.  Many people don't think of friends like this but if you do, it can help you cherish and make the friendships you already have, even better.  Having someone to call when you need to talk, someone to lean on when you are feeling down, or someone to comfort you in a time of need; that is what a true friend is!  The question, though, is if you don't have those kinds of friends, how do you find them and best of all, how do you know you can trust them once you do.

 

To make friends, there are some things that you can do to make new friends and here are a few tips that will help you do just that:

  

1)  If you are mom, join an organization such as your daughter's girl scout or even a PTA.  This way you can meet with  other mother and get to know people.  You can establish functions, mother days, and quickly learn about other mothers.

 

2)   If you are more of the clubbing type, go to a local bar or club.  This will not be the easiest group to just meet as a friend, but if you try to meet others like-minded, it could happen.  You should probably look for other that you feel you could relate to and doesn't seem to apprehensive.  If you don't get the vibe the first time someone is susceptible, then you may have to try again.

 

3)  Volunteer.  There is no one program short of volunteers. If you volunteer, you will surely meet other who volunteer and you will all have the same common goal.  That is something to build off of.  The more you see the same people when you volunteer the more communication you share and the more chances you can figure out times to get together and hang out.  

 

4)   This may seems clique, but having a job exposes you to friends.  You are going to see the same people at work. Develop a working relationship with your co-workers.  She can get the vibe of who will mix well with you and who you should keep your distance from.  You don't need and don't want the drama at work, so use you logic.  People always want someone to talk to about something at work so this would be a great place find friends.

 

5)  Form a group such as a sport craft or art group.  Groups with common interest are always a great way to find relatable people as the common interest makes it easy to start conversations.

 

In any situation of trying to make friends, it is important to take little steps in doing so.  You do want to see over-bearing.  Start conversations with something you are interested in or something you know they are interested in.  From there, communication can go forward naturally.  If you start to get nervous, it of course, will get  awkward so just be yourself and be natural.  Find out what the person likes and tell them what you like.  Compliment them about something you like that they may have on.  Ask them about where they grew up or What do they do?  After you ask more question, they will lead you to more and more conversation.  Be sure to always smile and its great to add humor.  Well this was just a few tips to get you started into making friends.  Hope it can help you on your road to finding your own best friend.

 

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A Grand Jury Convenes in Kenneth Chamberlain Case

A Grand Jury Convenes in Kenneth Chamberlain Case

 

 

 

On November 19, 2011, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was tazered by White Plains Police Officers.  Chamberlain was 68 and had a heart condition and had a medic alert bracelet that alerted for help if he needed it.  The police claimed he attached them with a hatchet and a knife and had to use deadly force.  Now four month after the incident, new and alarming information has arisen about what really happen that night and calls into questions some of the decisions that the police made.

 

The new information may suggest that the police use racial slurs against Chamberlain.  The evidence may also suggest that they forced their way in after Kenneth insisted he was fine.  They went into the apartment say him in his boxers, hand to his side.  They reportedly didn't give him any commands; they just began tasing him.  He already had heart problems.  The case is being sent to a grand junior.  This case has been receiving more and more media attention following the case of Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed and shot dead by George Zimmerman, who has claimed self defense.  

 

The New York Times described it as begining by Huffingtonpost:

 

The string of events that night sounds prosaic, a who-cares accumulation of little mistakes and misapprehensions. Cumulatively, though, it is like tumbling down the stairs. Somehow the uncle, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a former Marine who had heart problems and wheezed if he walked more than 40 feet, triggered his medical alert system pendant. The system operator came on the loudspeaker in his one-bedroom apartment, asking: “Mr. Chamberlain, are you O.K.?” All of this is recorded.
Mr. Chamberlain didn’t respond. So the operator signaled for an ambulance. Police patrol cars fell in behind — standard operating procedure in towns across America. Except an hour later, even as Mr. Chamberlain insisted he was in good health, the police had snapped the locks on the apartment door.
 

Mr. Chamberlain didn’t respond. So the operator signaled for an ambulance. Police patrol cars fell in behind — standard operating procedure in towns across America. Except an hour later, even as Mr. Chamberlain insisted he was in good health, the police had snapped the locks on the apartment door.

Cops say they heard loud noises inside Chamberlain's apartment, in the Winbrook Public Housing project, and needed to go inside to make sure he wasn't hurting anyone. One cop reportedly screamed out, "I need to use your bathroom to pee!" while others taunted him for his military service. Someone else allegedly yelled, "I don't give a f–k, n—-r, open the door!"

 

 

Chamberlain, according to cops, put a hatchet through a gap in the door while cops were trying to pry it open. When they entered his apartment, in the Winbrook Public Housing building, they Tasered Chamberlain and shot him with beanbag guns. Cop then claim he grabbed a knife, at which point they shot him twice in the chest. Chamberlain died at White Plains Hospital two hours later.

Chamberlain's family, however, claims video and audio from the incident shows that he was unarmed when police shot and killed him. "We believe that the grand jury should be able to fairly come to a conclusion that this is a homicide,” Bartlett told The Daily White Plains. “I would like for the grand jury to be able to consider any and all possible charges that could be found as a result of the conduct of the police."

Meanwhile, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach officially offered his condolences to the family without commenting on the details of the case.

 

 

An online petition to bring justice for Kenneth Chamberlain is online and has over 200,000 signatures.  The online petition describes the case as follows:

 

On November 19, 2011, at approximately 5 a.m., my father, 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., was at his home located at 135 S. Lexington Avenue in White Plains, New York. 
 
He was a 20-year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections, and he proudly served the United States of America as a Marine, receiving an honorable discharge. He stood about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and he suffered from a heart condition. 
 
 
His medical alert device sent an alert to his service provider, which placed a call to the City of White Plains Department of Public Safety. In response to the call, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians went to my father’s home. Once at his house, the police knocked on my father’s door and were verbally greeted by him. He told them that he did not need assistance and that there was no medical emergency. He told them that he did not call them. 
 
 
Despite being told that there was no need for their services, the police refused to leave and insisted that my father let them into his home. 
 
 
My father had not committed any crime, and he declined to let them into his home. My father communicated with police at length, and his medical alert service provider advised the White Plains Police Department that they wanted to withdraw their request for medical assistance because there was no emergency. Despite this information, the police continued to insist that they gain an entry to my father’s apartment. 
 
 
 
During the incident, the police banged on my father’s door over and over again, causing him to fear for his life. In fact, my father contacted his medical alert service provider while the police were banging on his door and asked them for help. He told them that the White Plains Police employees were outside his door and were going to kill him. The medical alert service provider recorded the communications between the police and my father. During the incident, the police were disrespectful to my father and threatened him as he stood in his apartment and told them that he just wanted to be left alone. 
 
 
The police continued to bang on my father’s door for approximately an hour. During that time they taunted my father, cursed at him, and called him a "nigger." They ultimately broke through his apartment door and forced their way into his apartment, all without his consent. Upon entering his home, and without warning or prior verbal warnings or orders, police immediately used a Taser weapon against my father and attempted to shock him with the Taser’s electricity. My father was standing approximately six to eight feet away from the officers, and he was wearing nothing but boxer shorts when the police began their assault against him. 
 
After using the Taser against my father, everything else is questionable except for the fact that two 40 caliber rounds were fired into my father which resulted in his death. In my opinion my father was murdered! 
 
We are asking the Westchester County D.A. to bring a criminal indictment, and we call on the United States Department of Justice or the New York State Attorney General to prosecute this as a hate crime, since it appears that his killing was motivated by hate.
 

 

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Kim Kardashian MAY COSMO UK

Kim Kardashian MAY COSMO UK

 

 

Kim Kardashian covers Cosmopolitan May 2012.  In the magazine she talks about her public very public divorce, life in the spot-light, and dating.  Kim tells the magazine:

 

Of her break-up:

 

 "I don't think I would stop [doing the reality shows] — I love doing it — but I wouldn't have another relationship shown on the show."  She added, ""That might be too personal, especially when you're just meeting someone. It's taught me to be more private."

 

Her marriage to Kris Humphries lasted for 72-days.  Their wedding was aired on the E network.

 

On dating she says:

 

"[I'm] not even close [to dating again]! And it's just ridiculous when I'm linked to people I've never met or heard of … I've learned to not care."

"I think you have different soul mates throughout your life; that your soul needs different things at different times."   She continued, "I'm sure my soul will meet a mate one day in the future. I do believe in love, I will always believe in love, but my idea has changed from what I've always thought … I just don't believe in one soulmate now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
She also tweeted days ago, her daily fix of photos pix and said she liked the new pic apps, while having fans seeing double!
 
 

 

 

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