Despite suspensions, hazing persisted at FAMU

Julian White, former director of Florida A&M University's famed Marching 100 band, speaks with his wife Dennine at his side during a news conference Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Tallahassee, Fla. White, who was fired by the college following the death of drum major Robert Champion, said he feels he was unfairly dismissed. Police suspect hazing contributed to Champion's death, but have not released any more details. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

MIAMI (AP) — Two decades ago, the now-ousted director of the Florida A&M band warned in a letter about the dangers of hazing among the famed “Marching 100″ ensemble, saying “it would be very difficult for the university and the band should someone become killed or hurt.”

In the following years, however, hazing seemed to become a bigger — if not more public — problem. Police investigated several serious cases and students were arrested. Anti-hazing workshops were held. Dozens of band members were suspended. University officials and the marching band community were keenly aware of the persistent hazing, yet it continued and is believed to have played a role in the death this month of a 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion.

Champion’s death started a blame game of sorts, with the historically black college in Tallahassee firing its band director,Julian White, accusing him of “misconduct and/or incompetence.” In turn, White released more than 150 pages of documents showing that he warned the university for years about what was going on. Alumni are also taking heat.

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Despite suspensions, hazing persisted at FAMU

Julian White, former director of Florida A&M University's famed Marching 100 band, speaks with his wife Dennine at his side during a news conference Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Tallahassee, Fla. White, who was fired by the college following the death of drum major Robert Champion, said he feels he was unfairly dismissed. Police suspect hazing contributed to Champion's death, but have not released any more details. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

MIAMI (AP) — Two decades ago, the now-ousted director of the Florida A&M band warned in a letter about the dangers of hazing among the famed “Marching 100″ ensemble, saying “it would be very difficult for the university and the band should someone become killed or hurt.”

In the following years, however, hazing seemed to become a bigger — if not more public — problem. Police investigated several serious cases and students were arrested. Anti-hazing workshops were held. Dozens of band members were suspended. University officials and the marching band community were keenly aware of the persistent hazing, yet it continued and is believed to have played a role in the death this month of a 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion.

Champion’s death started a blame game of sorts, with the historically black college in Tallahassee firing its band director,Julian White, accusing him of “misconduct and/or incompetence.” In turn, White released more than 150 pages of documents showing that he warned the university for years about what was going on. Alumni are also taking heat.

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Patrice O’Neal dead at 41; comic had suffered a stroke in October

Patrice O'Neal is dead      

Comedian Patrice O’Neal died Tuesday morning from complications of a stroke he suffered on Oct. 19. “Many of us have lost a close and loved friend,” his rep said in confirming the news. “All of us have lost a true comic genius.”

The veteran New York-based stand-up comic was 41.

O’Neal was a familiar face on Comedy Central — getting a lot of attention during his ribald turn(that means watch out for the cuss words if you click) on “The Roast of Charlie Sheen” in September — as well as a frequent guest on the “Opie & Anthony” radio show.

The radio show broke the news in late October that O’Neal, a diabetic, had suffered a stroke the previous week.

“One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing,” tweeted Colin Quinn, host of Comedy Central’s defunct “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” which had regularly featured O’Neal.

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Patrice O’Neal dead at 41; comic had suffered a stroke in October

Patrice O'Neal is dead      

Comedian Patrice O’Neal died Tuesday morning from complications of a stroke he suffered on Oct. 19. “Many of us have lost a close and loved friend,” his rep said in confirming the news. “All of us have lost a true comic genius.”

The veteran New York-based stand-up comic was 41.

O’Neal was a familiar face on Comedy Central — getting a lot of attention during his ribald turn(that means watch out for the cuss words if you click) on “The Roast of Charlie Sheen” in September — as well as a frequent guest on the “Opie & Anthony” radio show.

The radio show broke the news in late October that O’Neal, a diabetic, had suffered a stroke the previous week.

“One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing,” tweeted Colin Quinn, host of Comedy Central’s defunct “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” which had regularly featured O’Neal.

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TYLER PERRY IS CLEARING THE AIR ABOUT WHY HE CHOSE KIM KARDASHIAN TO PLAY IN HIS NEW MOVIE

Hey Madam Prezident,
“I think many of you know that this is a very difficult time of year for me, so what I try to do is make sure that I’m working during this time. All I wanted to do was shoot a great film and try to keep my mind off the holiday grief that I have been experiencing for the past two years. I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian. I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!! …LOL. Now, may I say something? Can a brother get a word in?….LOL. Y’all gave me a new movie title, Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.”…LOL.  Some of my ladies are upset. Ok, all jokes aside, can I have my say? Will you at least here me out?
I was in a Mexican restaurant and the cutest little old woman stopped me and said, “I want to talk to you about KAR-DAT- CHA-NEM.” I said, “Ma’am?” She said, “What is wrong with you putting her in the lead role of your movie?” By the time I explained to her that she was not in the lead role and why I thought she should be in “The Marriage Counselor”, she said, “Oh, I see your point and I can’t wait to see the movie.” So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share with you what I said to her then maybe you’ll see why I wanted her in the film.
This movie is about a young lady named Judith (Jurnee Smolett), who grew up in the countryside of Virginia in a trailer park. She was raised in the church by her mother Sarah (Ella Joyce). Judith married her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) and had the perfect life until she graduated college and went to work in the big city.  After college, all she wanted to do was be a marriage counselor, but the only job she could find was working for a matchmaker named Janice (Vanessa Williams). Janice has several employees that work for her, including a woman named Ava (Kim Kardashian). Ava is constantly trying to influence Judith on everything from her shoes to her hair. Judith meets a man at work named Harley (Robbie Jones). Harley challenges everything in her life from her marriage to her husband to her faith. Meanwhile, Brice (Lance Gross), Judith’s husband works at a pharmacy owned by Mrs. Waco (Renee Taylor). Brice has just hired a coworker named Melinda (Brandy), who has some major demons that she is running from. In the end, the choices that both of these young women have made come crashing down on them and their lives will never be the same.  I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.
After I finished writing this movie, I sat back and re-read it. Half way through my read, the gravity of what I had written hit me. I knew that this message was not only for my age group, but for all audiences, especially the youth.  ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH!!  YOUNG FOLKS NEED TO SEE THIS!!!   And not just the young people that follow me, but the young people that are following other young people, as well.  I wanted a younger cast, that’s why I put Jurnee in the lead and invited Lance Gross, Robbie Jones and Brandy.  About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim’s marriage or divorce, I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store. They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do!
And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God?  What is wrong with that??”
Tyler 

TYLER PERRY IS CLEARING THE AIR ABOUT WHY HE CHOSE KIM KARDASHIAN TO PLAY IN HIS NEW MOVIE

Hey Madam Prezident,
“I think many of you know that this is a very difficult time of year for me, so what I try to do is make sure that I’m working during this time. All I wanted to do was shoot a great film and try to keep my mind off the holiday grief that I have been experiencing for the past two years. I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian. I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!! …LOL. Now, may I say something? Can a brother get a word in?….LOL. Y’all gave me a new movie title, Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.”…LOL.  Some of my ladies are upset. Ok, all jokes aside, can I have my say? Will you at least here me out?
I was in a Mexican restaurant and the cutest little old woman stopped me and said, “I want to talk to you about KAR-DAT- CHA-NEM.” I said, “Ma’am?” She said, “What is wrong with you putting her in the lead role of your movie?” By the time I explained to her that she was not in the lead role and why I thought she should be in “The Marriage Counselor”, she said, “Oh, I see your point and I can’t wait to see the movie.” So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share with you what I said to her then maybe you’ll see why I wanted her in the film.
This movie is about a young lady named Judith (Jurnee Smolett), who grew up in the countryside of Virginia in a trailer park. She was raised in the church by her mother Sarah (Ella Joyce). Judith married her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) and had the perfect life until she graduated college and went to work in the big city.  After college, all she wanted to do was be a marriage counselor, but the only job she could find was working for a matchmaker named Janice (Vanessa Williams). Janice has several employees that work for her, including a woman named Ava (Kim Kardashian). Ava is constantly trying to influence Judith on everything from her shoes to her hair. Judith meets a man at work named Harley (Robbie Jones). Harley challenges everything in her life from her marriage to her husband to her faith. Meanwhile, Brice (Lance Gross), Judith’s husband works at a pharmacy owned by Mrs. Waco (Renee Taylor). Brice has just hired a coworker named Melinda (Brandy), who has some major demons that she is running from. In the end, the choices that both of these young women have made come crashing down on them and their lives will never be the same.  I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.
After I finished writing this movie, I sat back and re-read it. Half way through my read, the gravity of what I had written hit me. I knew that this message was not only for my age group, but for all audiences, especially the youth.  ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH!!  YOUNG FOLKS NEED TO SEE THIS!!!   And not just the young people that follow me, but the young people that are following other young people, as well.  I wanted a younger cast, that’s why I put Jurnee in the lead and invited Lance Gross, Robbie Jones and Brandy.  About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim’s marriage or divorce, I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store. They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do!
And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God?  What is wrong with that??”
Tyler 

JHUD STEPPING OUT IN THE LEOPARD PRINT

Jennifer Hudson Tokyo Fashion …

JHUD STEPPING OUT IN THE LEOPARD PRINT

Jennifer Hudson Tokyo Fashion …

Stephon Marbury Calls Jordan a “Sellout” During Lockout Negotiations

 

A few days after tweeting that “hardline” Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan “has never been with the real,” Stephon Marbury(notes) (currently playing in China) continued with the attacks on the NBA legend from half a world away via his preferred brand of social media. By the looks of the picture above, maybe it was because M.J. stiffed him on a hug a decade ago?

via Stephon Marbury lays into Michael Jordan once again, calling him a ‘sellout’ – Ball Don’t Lie – NBA Blog – Yahoo! Sports.

Stephon Marbury Calls Jordan a “Sellout” During Lockout Negotiations

 

A few days after tweeting that “hardline” Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan “has never been with the real,” Stephon Marbury(notes) (currently playing in China) continued with the attacks on the NBA legend from half a world away via his preferred brand of social media. By the looks of the picture above, maybe it was because M.J. stiffed him on a hug a decade ago?

via Stephon Marbury lays into Michael Jordan once again, calling him a ‘sellout’ – Ball Don’t Lie – NBA Blog – Yahoo! Sports.