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12
Aug
08

What’s Goin On?

Damn first Bernie and then Isaac Hayes…They say it happens in threes and I don’t even wanna think about who may be next. I did not know that Mac and Isaac had a movie coming out this year with Samuel L called Soul Men. Interesting.

I just spent the past hour looking at different tributes for Bernie Mac on Youtube. That man was really loved by black people and white people alike. Isaac has always been a legend…a living one. Now Bernie Mac is a legend that will never be forgotten. RIP to the both of ya.

I am fed up with them damn sweepstakes lol. I get bored quickly. I don’t know how people do it. It is not fun. It gets tiring after awhile just filling in your information on form after form. I have read on several sweepstakes forums people are entering into over 700+ sweepstakes a day. I had my list of about 100 that took me a couple of hours to do each day (yes and my house was in shambles) so I can imagine how long 700 entries can take.

I started getting mad right after I won that 100 dollar gift card from Sprite because I didn’t win anything else after that lol. Beginners luck I guess. And I guess I should have just been grateful that I got something out of this whole sweepstakes shenanigans but man some people are lucky. I am jealous! Winning shit everyday like Xbox’s, Wii’s, Computers, Money etc. They got the secret and they are not sharing it with me. I am surprised because my timing is pretty good. My bf says that I am very intuitive but I guess It doesn’t count for nothing when money is involved lmao. I was even told the best time to try and win something on one of the instant win games is between 12 am and 4 am. I actually stayed up one night trying to win. I WAAAAAAAANNA WIN!!! Waaaaaaah!!! LOL. Money is my motivation. If I was winning I would be entering. Now I am like I will just enter when I have time. I haven’t entered in about a week now.

Oh well. That shit is for the birds but if I can win you can too. Try the Sprite Bring Home The Green sweepstakes. Register or log in if you already have an account to http://www.mycokerewards.com. That one is really really easy to win on because supposedly they are giving away 1 gift card every 8 minutes so the odds are pretty good that someone(not me) will win. If you decide to register for an account and need to know how to play the sweepstakes game let me know. Almost everyone that has tried on that sweepstakes has won one of the gift cards. You get 10 tries a day. You just have to try at the right time. When I won mine. It was on the second try. Also have a chance to win 2 gift cards but I have not been able to win that second gift card. It keeps eluding me. Fuck! I might keep trying on that one since I won on it before. It doesn’t end until the 22nd.

I got soo caught up in my little winny win. I was going to make a big deal about my 100th post like everyone else does but instead my 100th post was about the 100 dollar gift card I won lol. Oh well. Happy 100 Post to me!!!! This post makes 102.

09
Aug
08

R.I.P. Bernie Mac (1 of the Original Kings Of Comedy)

“The World Just Got A Little Less Funny” – George Clooney, Bernie Mac co-star in Ocean Eleven movie.

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Bernie Mac blended style, authority and a touch of self-aware bluster to make audiences laugh as well as connect with him. For Mac, who died Saturday at age 50, it was a winning mix, delivering him from a poor childhood to stardom as a standup comedian, in films including the casino heist caper “Ocean’s Eleven” and his acclaimed sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show.

Though his comedy drew on tough experiences as a black man, he had mainstream appeal — befitting inspiration he found in a wide range of humorists: Harpo Marx as well as Moms Mabley; squeaky-clean Red Skelton, but also the raw Redd Foxx.

Mac died Saturday morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital, his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles. She said no other details were available.

“The world just got a little less funny,” said “Oceans” co-star George Clooney.

Don Cheadle, another member of the “Oceans” gang, concurred: “This is a very sad day for many of us who knew and loved Bernie. He brought so much joy to so many. He will be missed, but heaven just got funnier.”

Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body’s organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.

Recently, Mac’s brand of comedy caught him flack when he was heckled during a surprise appearance at a July fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate and fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama.

Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine, Mac joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language. Obama took the stage about 15 minutes later, implored Mac to “clean up your act next time,” then let him off the hook, adding: “By the way, I’m just messing with you, man.”

Even so, Obama’s campaign later issued a rebuke, saying the senator “doesn’t condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate.”

But despite controversy or difficulties, in his words, Mac was always a performer.

“Wherever I am, I have to play,” he said in 2002. “I have to put on a good show.”

Mac worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago’s South Side. He began doing standup as a child, telling jokes for spare change on subways, and his film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedyMo’ Money” in 1992. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama “Get on the Bus.”

He was one of “The Original Kings of Comedy” in the 2000 documentary of that title that brought a new generation of black standup comedy stars to a wider audience.

“The majority of his core fan base will remember that when they paid their money to see Bernie Mac … he gave them their money’s worth,” Steve Harvey, one of his co-stars in “Original Kings,” told CNN on Saturday.

Mac went on to star in the hugely popular “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney, playing a gaming-table dealer who was in on the heist. Carl Reiner, who also appeared in the “Ocean’s” films, said Saturday he was “in utter shock” because he thought Mac’s health was improving.

“He was just so alive,” Reiner said. “I can’t believe he’s gone.”

Mac and Ashton Kutcher topped the box office in 2005’s “Guess Who,” a comedy remake of the classic Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn drama “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Mac played the dad who’s shocked that his daughter is marrying a white man.

Mac also had starring roles in “Bad Santa,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Transformers.”

But his career and comic identity were forged in television.

In the late 1990s, he had a recurring role in “Moesha,” the UPN network comedy starring pop star Brandy. The critical and popular acclaim came after he landed his own Fox television series “The Bernie Mac Show,” about a child-averse couple who suddenly are saddled with three children.

Mac mined laughs from the universal frustrations of parenting, often breaking the “fourth wall” to address the camera throughout the series that aired from 2001 to 2006. “C’mon, America,” implored Mac, in character as the put-upon dad. “When I say I wanna kill those kids, YOU know what I mean.”

The series won a Peabody Award in 2002, and Mac was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy. In real life, he was “the king of his household” — very much like his character on that series, his daughter, Je’niece Childress, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

“But television handcuffs you, man,” he said in a 2001 Associated Press interview before the show had premiered. “Now everyone telling me what I CAN’T do, what I CAN say, what I SHOULD do, and asking, `Are blacks gonna be mad at you? Are whites gonna accept you?'”

He also was nominated for a Grammy award for best comedy album in 2001 along with his “The Original Kings of Comedy” co-stars Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer.

Chicago music producer Carolyn Albritton said she was Bernie Mac‘s first manager, having met him in 1991 at Chicago’s Cotton Club where she hosted an open-mike night. He was an immediate hit, Albritton said Saturday, and he asked her to help guide his career.

“From very early on I thought he was destined for success,” Albritton said. “He never lost track of where he came from, and he’d often use real life experiences, his family, his friends, in his routine. After he made it, he stayed a very humble man. His family was the most important thing in the world to him.”

In 2007, Mac told David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show” that he planned to retire soon.

“I’m going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit,” Mac told Letterman. “I missed a lot of things, you know. I was a street performer for two years. I went into clubs in 1977.”

Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on Oct. 5, 1957, in Chicago. He grew up on the city’s South Side, living with his mother and grandparents. His grandfather was the deacon of a Baptist church.

In his 2004 memoir, “Maybe You Never Cry Again,” Mac wrote about having a poor childhood — eating bologna for dinner — and a strict, no-nonsense upbringing.

“I came from a place where there wasn’t a lot of joy,” Mac told the AP in 2001. “I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn’t a lot of things to laugh about.”

Mac’s mother died of cancer when he was 16. In his book, Mac said she was a support for him and told him he would surprise everyone when he grew up.

“Woman believed in me,” he wrote. “She believed in me long before I believed.”

Mac’s death Saturday coincided with the annual Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago, a major event in the predominantly black South Side that the comedian had previously attended.

“It’s truly the passing of one of our favorite sons,” said Paula Robinson, president of the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area. “He was extremely innovative in putting his life experiences in comedic form and doing it without vulgarity.

“He was an ambassador of Chicago’s black community, and the national black community at large.”

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Associated Press writers F.N. D’Alessio, Daniel J. Yovich, Caryn Rousseau and Carla K. Johnson in Chicago contributed to this report.

11
Feb
07

RIP Anna Nicole Smith (Nov 28, 1967 – Feb 8, 2007)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Nicole_Smith
Vickie Lynn Marshall, better known by her stage name Anna Nicole Smith, was an American model, actress and celebrity who first gained popularity as Playboy’s 1993 Playmate of the Year.

She was mostly known by her highly publicized marriage to oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who was 63 years her senior, resulted in considerable speculation that she married the octogenarian merely for his money, which she denied. Following his death, she began a lengthy and ongoing legal battle over a share of his estate.

While growing up, Vickie told others she wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe. She failed her freshman year at Mexia High School in Mexia, Texas, dropped out of her sophomore year, and never progressed past an eighth grade education.While working as a waitress at Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, she met Billy Wayne Smith, who was the cook at the restaurant. The couple married April 4, 1985. She was then age 17 and he was 16. The next year, she gave birth to their son, Daniel Wayne Smith (January 22, 1986–September 10, 2006). She and Billy separated in 1987 and she moved to Houston with one-year-old Daniel. Initially, she found employment at Wal-Mart and later as a waitress at Red Lobster. She then became a stripper at a nightclub in Houston.

Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, was born September 7, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas. The Bahamian birth certificate records the father as Howard K. Stern and that paternity is still in question as 2 more men have come forward to state they are the father.

Anna Nicole’s death comes just 5 months after the death of her son, age 20. Daniel died from a lethal combination of Zoloft, Lexapro and methado.

The medical examiner has reported that the official cause of her death is still unknown. The police chief has said that there is no indication that a crime has occurred in Smith’s death. There were no illegal drugs found in the hotel room, only prescription drugs. Preliminary results of the autopsy found no drugs in Smith’s stomach.




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