Friday, July 31, 2009

ESPN Pisses in Starbury Marbury's Cornflakes!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Stephon Marbury has been a walking talking lump of crazy for the past few weeks. Recently, caught up with the disgruntled NBA player for an exclusive & interesting interview, that quickly turned into a full on rant by Marbury, who took direct shots at ESPN.

All I know is...ESPN had better keep his name outta their mouth or he might have to check that chin. Just sayin...

From managed to track down on the most popular athletes in the world right now: Stephon Marbury. The former NBA star has made quite the name for himself in the past week by broadcasting his somewhat crazy life 24-hours a day, 7-days a week on UStream.TV Here's what he said:

“The next time you say my name out of your mouth at ESPN, you better be careful what you ask for. I already let my skeletons out. Yeah, I had sex with another woman, and I was wrong. I asked God for forgiveness and now I’m moving on with my life. They said I couldn’t play no more. They don’t know where I’m going to play – China, Italy, Greece…they (ESPN) said that they didn’t want me because someone from an organization said that I have a bad attitude.

…This is the last thing I’m going to say. ESPN, show an hour highlight. Show all of the good things that I’ve done, because there is more good in me than there is bad. And then it’s over with. But, if not…365 days, 24/7 you will see me.”

Now we're not going to give you the entire interview today, but here's a sample. Check back tomorrow for the entire thing!

Right on...right on!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

INTERCEPTED: Lamar Odom Will Remain a Los Angeles Laker

Thursday, July 30, 2009

*Wondering if there's anyone else out there who is secretly in love with Lamar Odom like I am hmmmm....* Did I just say that out loud? Ooops...LOL!

YES! "Mr. Brown" dressing Lamar Odom...mmm hmmm...that guy!

And YUP this one too! I like my men slightly wacky...LOL!

Well he and the LA Lakers have agreed to contract terms and he will be with the team for what looks like the rest of his career.


Free agent forward Lamar Odom will return to the Los Angeles Lakers, an NBA source said Thursday.

One source close to the process told that Odom will come away with a guaranteed $27 million from the new contract, matching the original value of the three-year, $27 million deal Lakers owner Jerry Buss pulled off the table earlier this month.

It's believed that the structure of the new deal calls for Odom to earn $25 million over the first three seasons, with the Lakers owing him $2 million in the fourth year if they elect not to pick up their team option.

Odom's signing was the most significant free agent move left to play out this summer, as it restores a pivotal piece to the Lakers' championship team. The versatile, 6-foot-9 Odom averaged 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds during the regular season and 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds during the playoffs, despite injuring his back in a fall during the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.

And with that...MY dream team is complete! Let's see...Kobe, Gasol, Odom, ummm... Ron Artest & Andrew Bynum coming into his own. Championship!


Today as I read Pat Kirwan’s article on entitled: “Teams interested in Marshall should proceed with caution”, I couldn’t help but think…here we go.

Brandon Marshall is making his way into the media spotlight and it’s not because of his success on the field. To summarize Mr. Kirwan’s article, he attempts to draw parallels between many of the famous “diva-esque” wide receivers of the past. You know the names, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Keyshawn Johnson etc. He describes Chad as “always looking for attention”, T.O.’s “bouncing around the league” and despite Moss’ success in New England, it’s noted that he is on his “third team.” While it doesn’t appear that the article is geared at making any of the referenced players look bad nor am I implying this. The article does seem to highlight to less appealing aspects of their careers while attempting to make the case that Marshall could potentially be headed down the same path, thus advising future teams interested in Marshall the “buyer beware” caution.

It should be noted that Pat Kirwan isn’t the only journalist with Marshall on his radar, as I’ve read several articles in the past few weeks aimed at him which is more than I can remember reading in his entire career. Writers across the sports industry have been gearing up to slap the “diva” label on Marshall, and with teams like the Baltimore Ravens in desperate need of a #1 wide receiver, this comes at an inconvenient time for him but seemingly less for the media.

So with all of the rumors swirling, the question on everyone’s mind is exactly what Marshall has been up to that would cause so much attention from sports journalist. After doing a little research I found out that Brandon Marshall is entering the 2009 season fresh off of a hip operation he believed was initially misdiagnosed by the Denver Broncos’ team medical staff. Apparently, he’s also unhappy with his contract in Denver and is not happy with things as they stand with his career there. Despite all of this, he has however decided to forgo the $15,888 a day fine for holding out of training camp and reported on Monday for team activities. To be fair he has yet to participate in any of the required practice sessions with the team because he’s listed as injured according to the report, which could be true considering his past injury, but if you know anything about disgruntled players with contract issues, injuries seem to disappear when they get paid. So other than the “injury” issue, this all seems pretty normal to most people.

Unfortunately for Marshall now, unless he accepts an inferior amount of money from the Broncos, sucks it up and doesn’t speak one word of indifference towards the Broncos organization all season, all eyes will be on him. Everything he does from here on out will be picked apart and parsed for additional meaning. Using Pat Kirwan’s own words: “Sooner or later…he is going to be the topic of trade talks in Denver. The new head coach is already in the process of getting Marshall to understand who the boss is and how things are going to work. Marshall had to report to camp with the rookies, four days earlier than the rest of the veterans. That should not sit well with the young man.”

As with his statement above, the same can be said about some of the articles on Marshall that have been written. They don’t sit well with observers who see him as a regular WR being labeled for unnecessary reasons. Yes wide receivers are high maintenance and some do act out but it seems a bit presumptuous of the sporting world to have already dubbed him something that he has yet to become because of the track record of others before him. Only time will tell but I don’t like the direction any of this is going.



From Camp Blog:

Minnesota Vikings:

The Minnesota Vikings wanted Brett Favre to be their quarterback, but the future Hall of Famer decided to stay retired.

Now, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will compete for the starting job. Coach Brad Childress is focused on moving on from the Favre talk and said the team is “more than content” with Jackson and Rosenfels competing for the right to lead the offense.

New England Patriots:

The Patriots open training camp Thursday, and that means one thing: Tom Brady is officially back.

Nearly one year after he had surgery to repair his damaged left knee, the quarterback will receive a dose of full-speed practices as he and the Patriots prepare for their Sept. 14 season opener against the Bills.

Oakland Raiders:

Defensive end Derrick Burgess and rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey were absent as the Raiders opened training camp in Napa, Calif. Wednesday.

Burgess, a two-time Pro Bowler, has not taken part in any offseason activities and he reportedly continues to lobby for a trade. Heyward-Bey, the seventh-overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, has yet to sign a contract, though, head coach Tom Cable expressed optimism that a deal would be reached soon.

There's nothing more annoying than rookies who have NEVER played one NFL game and chose not to report to work when scheduled. I mean seriously...Darrius!

San Francisco 49er's:

Rookie WR Michael Crabtree (pictured above) did not report to 49ers training camp along with the rest of the team’s rookies Tuesday.

Crabtree’s agent, Eugene Parker, and the 49ers are said to be far from a deal. Despite the fact that Crabtree slid to the 10th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, Parker reportedly is seeking a contract that would pay the receiver more than the usual salary for that slot.

Same thing goes for you too Mr. Crabtree.

Cleveland Browns:

The Browns have placed WR Braylon Edwards on the non-football injury list. Edwards missed most of the team’s three-day minicamp in June — spending most of his time on a stationary bike — with an undisclosed injury that coach Eric Mangini described as non-serious.

Denver Broncos':

Broncos WR Brandon Marshall missed Tuesday’s morning practice with “soreness,” which was a precautionary measure, according to coach Josh McDaniels. Marshall missed the club’s organized team activities following hip surgery, though it wasn’t confirmed if it was his hip that was giving him problems this week.

Marshall is still upset about his contract situation in Denver, but he made good on his promise to report to the team’s training camp in time.

It should be noted that the Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in taking disgruntled WR Brandon Marshall off of Denver's hands. Good luck with that!

Philadelphia Eagles:

The Eagles will have a lot of new faces surrounding QB Donovan McNabb this season.

With RB Brian Westbrook on the mend following ankle surgery, RB LeSean McCoy will receive a bulk of the carries. The team also drafted WR Jeremy Maclin, but he has yet to sign a contract.

McNabb is excited about the new talent, but he realizes that the young guns have a lot to prove.

Baltimore Ravens:

The Ravens started training camp Monday without their star wide receiver and their first-round draft pick.

Two-time Pro Bowl WR Derrick Mason is still contemplating whether to follow through on his plans to retire, and rookie OT Michael Oher has yet to agree to terms on his first NFL contract. WR Drew Bennett also abruptly retired Sunday because of recurring knee trouble. (MORE)

San Diego Chargers:

Chargers LB Shawne Merriman reported to training camp Monday, along with quarterbacks, rookies and other players coming off injuries. The Chargers officially open camp Thursday, with a full-team workout Friday. The team’s medical staff kept Merriman out of team drills.

Merriman sat out nearly the entire 2008 season, except for the opener against the Oakland Raiders, after injuring his left knee.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers and coach Norv Turner had glowing reports about Merriman’s return. (MORE)

The Washington Redskins & New England Patriots report for fans of those teams. I will have updates for you. Especially you Skins fans! :)

If you want more information about your favorite team or they're not being featured in my updates. Send me an email at or message me on username XIKhai.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

**MORE Michael Jackson Updates**

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
**Dr. Conrad Murray confessed to drugging Michael Jackson.**

No sooner than I post a positive story about Michael Jackson, I receive shocking and devastating word regarding his personal doctor, Conrad Murray. Apparently, he has allegedly confessed to administering the drug Propofol to the King of Pop which may have resulted in his death, authorities are saying. Although we all have speculated this to be true, this is the first time police are corroborating what we all thought.

From via

Multiple law enforcement sources tell that Dr. Murray told LAPD detectives two days after his death that he administered Propofol to the singer hours before he died. Police suspect Dr. Murray simply wasn't paying attention when Jackson's heart stopped beating. Authorities also say that Dr. Murray may have actually fallen asleep during the time the drug was administered and may have awakened to find the singer already dead from heart failure.

The medical community considers it reckless to administer an IV drip of Propofol without an EKG on hand to monitor the patient. The EKG sounds an alarm when the patient's pulse drops too low. There was no EKG found in Jackson's rented mansion.

Dr. Murray is currently being investigated on manslaughter charges.

XIKhai and I are outraged and stunned by this new development. This is all too crazy! I’m at a lost…wow…Now, everyone is speculating whether it was done intentionally with (Kevorkian-style) or without MJ’s consent or was it completely accidental. All I know is he had better watch his back, because if this rings true and he is charged, some crazy MJ fans will have his head (literally). Regardless, Murray was wrong for administering an anesthetic drug without proper medical equipment and should definitely be brought to justice in the role he played in MJ’s death.

**Statement from Katherine Jackson regarding her son's will.**

Also being reported: received the following statement directly from the publicist for Katherine Jackson's attorney L. Londell McMillan:

Mrs. Jackson continues to serve as her son's most trusted and loyal advocate even in death. In an effort to gain more facts concerning a suspicious circle of relationships, unnotarized will and an undisclosed trust, both drafted in 2002, which grant the executors and trustees thereunder very broad powers, Mrs. Jackson has sought formal discovery of the temporary special administrators of her son's estate. The Court has made clear that it will consider Mrs. Jackson's demand for expedited discovery, and all other serious issues relating to the estate, on August 3rd. We are confident that at that time the court will allow Mrs Jackson full discovery.

To be clear, neither Mrs. Jackson nor her representatives seek to re-write her son's will. Her concerns are and remain the welfare of her son's surviving children, the preservation of his legacy and the protection of his estate. No one should deny Mrs. Jackson the right to help preserve and administer Michael's legacy especially those whom had almost no contact with Michael for numerous years prior to his death.

Through all of this, she is the only one who has her son's BEST interest at heart! GO Mama Jackson!

INTERCEPTED: Plaxco Burress Testifies

ProFootball Talk is reporting that Plaxico has in fact testified in front of a grand jury today and afterwards spoke to the media about some of what was said in the court room.

Plaxico Burress testified in front of a grand jury in New York City Wednesday for two and a half hours.

Once he was done, he surprisingly spoke to the media about it.

"I was truthful. I was honest," Burress said. "I'm truly remorseful what I've done and what happened and what I did. I just want to thank everybody - family, friends, fans - for their prayers and support."

Burress' lawyer Benjamin Brafman said it took a "big man" to acknowledge his responsibility and testify Wednesday. (It's true: Brafman's head appears to be level with Plax's chest, like mine would.)

Brafman said that Burress pointed out many "mitigating circumstances" including that he had no criminal intent and that Burress was the only victim in this case.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio pointed out that Burress appears to be mounting a P.R. case in addition to the one they presented in court.

It's unclear when we'll know if an indictment is handed down.

Again, Florio is the legal expert around here. But it seems odd that Burress was asked questions for 150 minutes Wednesday when the case appears so cut and dry.

In his own words, Brafman reportedly wanted to "humanize" Burress to the jury. The lanky Giants receiver appeared to be fighting back emotions after he spoke to the press.

I think this has put me over the edge with black athletes in and out of trouble for the week. I've had enough for a lifetime. This man fell too fast and too hard for me to be able to comprehend.

INTERCEPTED: Braylon Edwards Placed on Injury List?

This is certainly curious...

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have placed wide receiver Braylon Edwards on the non-football injury list with an unspecified injury.

The team didn't give any details in making the announcement about its top offensive playmaker Tuesday. A message seeking comment was left with Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis.

Edwards is the only established receiver on Cleveland's roster, and he was mostly a spectator during the team's three-day camp in June because of an undisclosed injury. At the time, Edwards and first-year Browns coach Eric Mangini said the injury wasn't serious, and Mangini added that the receiver was expected to fully participate in the team's training camp, which begins Saturday.

Edwards had 55 receptions and three touchdowns last season, a dramatic drop from the 80 catches and 16 TDs he had as a Pro Bowler in 2007. The former No. 3 overall draft pick was plagued by dropped passes in 2008, and his season got off to a rocky start when he suffered a serious injury to his heel during training camp when he was stepped on while running post-practice sprints in his socks.

The Browns announced Edwards' status in a press release on the signing of second-round pick Mohamed Massaquoi. With Massaquoi, the 50th overall selection in the NFL draft in camp, Cleveland's only unsigned draft choice is wide receiver Brian Robiskie.

The team was hoping that Edwards could serve as a mentor to Robiskie, who played at Ohio State and once served as a Browns ballboy. Robiskie and Massaquoi will compete for the No. 2 receiver job behind Edwards.

Cleveland's depth at wide receiver has been thinned with the retirement of Joe Jurevicius because of injury and Donte Stallworth's indefinite suspension for DUI manslaughter.

Hope all is well with him...might have to...(lemme shut up!)

Michael Jackson's "Moonwalk" Memoir Re-Release

As details of Michael Jackson’s untimely death unfolds as well as his family’s battle over his children and estate, the life of Michael Jackson and everything he offered to us will be immortalized through various tributes to him. And we here at XI want to make sure his memory continues to live on in a positive light amidst of all the negativity. Well, with all that being said comes news from the Associated Press that Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography, "Moonwalk," will be re-released this October. As some may see this as another opportunity for others to cash in on MJ’s death (Have you all seen the infomercials for commemorative wall hanging blankets with his picture on them?! *blank stare*), I see it as a very intimate look inside of who MJ really was: a gracious, sensitive, vulnerable, often tormented (by his past & the media), remarkably talented, extraordinary individual.

"Moonwalk" was initially released in 1988, one year after the release of his 7th album, Bad. The book was named after MJ’s most memorable signature dance move of the same name, which has become the most recognizable and well-known dance move around the world. In his autobiography, MJ discusses his show business friends, girlfriends, appearance over the years, his thoughts on plastic surgery, his upbringing, and his ultimate rise to fame. "Moonwalk" written by MJ himself with help from original editor, Shaye Areheart who worked closely with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was published in secret by Doubleday due to MJ’s overwhelming demand and public interest. Kennedy who also served as editor at Doubleday wrote the book’s introduction. After "Moonwalk’s" debut, it shot to #1 on the Los Angeles Times and New York Times best seller’s lists, and selling approximately 500,000 copies in 14 countries within only a few months of it’s release.

Ken Tucker, of The New York Times, stated that if the book had been written by anyone else, it would be dismissed as "an assiduously unrevealing, frequently tedious document." However, he adds that "these are precisely the qualities that make it fascinating." (via Wikipedia)

It seems plans for the reissue of MJ’s memoir came days after his death. As reported by the AP:

Within days, (MJ's literary agent) Joy Harris had forwarded the e-mails (from publishers) to Jackson's attorneys and soon the real discussions began. "Moonwalk," originally acquired by then-Doubleday editor Jackie Kennedy and published in 1988, will be reissued in October by Random House Inc. with a first printing of 100,000 copies and a new introduction from a Jackson friend who has not been identified. The book is also coming out in Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Jackson's representatives wanted to act quickly. On July 23, executors of the singer's estate filed papers in a Los Angeles court stating that book deals should be reached "as soon as possible" in order to capitalize on "the notoriety surrounding Michael Jackson's unexpected death" and ensure that "profits for the Estate will be maximized."

According to Harris, several U.S. publishers were interested in the memoir but — assuming the price was right — both Harris and the lawyers who had handled Jackson's book wanted to stay with his original editor, Shaye Areheart. Her Harmony imprint at Random House will handle the release.

"She was professional with Michael and she was respectful," Harris, who declined to offer financial details for the new edition, said of Areheart. "She had worked for Jackie a long time and she was comfortable around celebrity."

I will be copping a reprinted copy to add to my collection the DAY of its release. (Actually, I wonder if Barnes & Noble is accepting reservations now? *ahem* Great birthday gift idea for I AM XI *ahem*) Since it was released when I was much younger and I wasn’t aware of any autobiography he had written at the time, I am extremely interested in getting insight of who MJ really was through his own words. And I would love to see this promotional spot as a tribute to MJ for his memoir re-release, since this was what he wanted originally.

Jacqueline Deval, then the book's publicist and now publisher of Hearst Books, said she had just one conversation with Jackson (about the book). She could not persuade him to give interviews, but he was very eager to discuss a possible promotional spot.

"He had this fabulous idea for a TV commercial for the book," she said. There would be music playing and a camera would show his feet, his steps moving to the beat. And then a major celebrity friend, such as Elizabeth Taylor, would say something about Michael Jackson. Then the camera would pan up to his knees, and there would be another celebrity talking about him. And so on, until we finally see his face. I think it would have been fabulous, but it was way beyond the budget of any book publisher."

Yeah, I can definitely picture that! And maybe the mystery celeb writing the current introduction will be featured in this spot as well! Got my fingers crossed… Here's ALSO hoping they will put my all-time fav Moonwalker on DVD and re-release it! (Do you know how difficult it is to transfer an old beat-up VHS to DVD? I'd rather buy a new one! And preserve my VHS in it's original box in my collection.)

Lastly, although the financial details have not been released, proceeds from the book will go to the Michael Jackson Family Trust, and to various charities supported by the singer. This is touching... I'm happy to see that the reprint of his memoir is not just for profit.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Quarterback Brett Favre has decided to stay retired and not join the Minnesota Vikings this season, he told NFL Network's Rich Eisen in a text message.
Brett Favre, QB

Career Statistics
Seasons: 18
Passing Yards: 65,127
TDs/INTs: 464/310
Passer Rating: 85.4

Vikings coach Brad Childress told The Star Tribune in Minneapolis that Favre didn't want to put himself through the grind of a 19th NFL season.

"I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division (with the Green Bay Packers)," Childress told The Star Tribune. "He knows our system inside out … This doesn't change anything about how I feel about our football team."

Favre retired for a second time after playing for the New York Jets last season. He had surgery in May to alleviate a torn biceps tendon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Considering ALL of the crap he pulled during the off season...just to remain retired after all. WTF FAVRE?! Chyle boo!

And in other NFL News sadly Jim Johnson The Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator has passed away. After a long battle with cancer.

From ABC News Action News 6 in Philadelphia:

PHILADELPHIA - July 28, 2009 - (WPVI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has died after a battle with cancer.

Johnson, who turned 68 on May 26, first was diagnosed with cancer in 2001.

The 68-year-old took an indefinite leave of absence in May to continue treatment for a cancerous tumor on his spine.

The team disclosed the recurrence in January, nearly two weeks after it lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship.

Johnson was widely regarded as one of the top defensive masterminds in the game. He was known for his aggressive, attacking style and his defenses have played a major role in the team's success over the last decade.

INTERCEPTED: NYC'S Going to Make an Example of Plaxico Burress

It was reported yesterday the former NY Giants WR Plaxico Burress

Now there are rumblings of possibly having Antonio Pierce face a few charges for his "role" in the "incident"

(Yes I'm STILL raw about this entire situation!)

And it seems Giants team President John Mara thinks that the DA is a worthless piece of sh^t as well for trying to DRAG not only this case on but to attempt and bring Antonio Pierce down with it. (I could so say more...but my mother reads this site...)

Meanwhile on twitter Mike Garafolo of the New Jersey dot come is reporting that:

"Plaxico Burress' lawyer confirmed via email mins ago his client will testify before the grand jury tomorrow morning in Manhattan."

Article here

Really wish this dude would just stop prolonging this ish and take whatever punishment they have for him and get it over with! I LOVE Plax but this is making me nuts!

Macchiato's & Afternoon Papers

POW! Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 13-6 vote. Ladies & Gentle Justice Sonia Sotomayor...OW!

The Associated Press is reporting that Senators are near a bipartisan bill on health care. Impressive! Congress getting ish done for a change!

Don't you LOVE IT! From HP:
This morning on Fox and Friends, Fox host Glenn Beck accused President Obama of being "a racist."

Daily Show bids Sarah Palin Farewell...*snickers*

Monday, July 27, 2009

INTERCEPTED: Why Players are Pissed about Vick & the Media Doesn't Get It!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Today as news broke about Roger Goodell’s decision to “conditionally” reinstate Michael Vick reactions from the media and NFL players couldn’t be anymore different.

Adam Schefter tweeted to Terrell Owens:

“Me thinks commissioner did right thing. He always can reinstate Vick earlier if
conditions warrant. This was safe and smart.”

Then while writing what we can only assume he felt was quote worthy Schefter said:

@Adam_Schefter Goodell to Vick: "Playing in the NFL is a privilege. It is not an

Interesting…because I’m sure all of the hard work and effort he gave while he was in the league was a testament to his lack of “entitlement syndrome”. The media cracks me up thinking that these athletes treat this like it’s a walk in the park. And for a guy whom I’m sure has been to many practices and training camps I’m surprised either one would make such a statement.

Rich Eisen had this to say to both fans and players on the situation:

@terrellowens81 There isn't a
4-game suspension. Vick will be paid once he signs. Commish can reinstate him to
play before Week 6, too.

@spoon1993 Not true. Suspended
players can not work out w/team, be at team facility and don't get paid.

And when he finally rendered an opinion of his own this is garbage spewed out:

@RichEisen Interesting how many folks think 6-game wait is punishment, rather
than people perhaps assessing what's necessary for success in this case.

Necessary for success you say Mr. Eisen. Interesting maybe you should buddy up with Roger Goodell on that field trip to jail as Terrell Owens suggested a few days ago. There is no more case…except for the one the NFL is insisting on inflicting on Vick no matter what the cost. On the flip side initial player reactions were something totally different.

Chris Johnson was not too happy at all with the Commissioners decision:


Never one to shy away from the microphone Terrell Owens questioned whether a suspension was imposed and had this to say to Adam Schefter when he found out:

@terrellowens81: There shouldn't be any gray area w/this situation. i'm still not satisfied. my problem is w/the 4-gm suspension!!

Takeo Spikes had this to say:

@TakeoSpikes51: Vick has served a severe punishment from the judicial system.Im
disappointed in the decison for a conditional reinstatement.I feel like this decision was made to appease PETA.

Needless to say the line in the sand has been drawn and it seems that the Michael Vick situation is shedding light on the interesting divide facing players and the league with the media backing them up. I’m not knocking anyone’s hustle BUT it should be noted from my article earlier…that on this issue there were two clear sides. Either you’re for further punishment or you feel enough has been done to Vick and he should be allowed back into the league with time served.

Something tells me Roger Goodell and the league made this choice to try and appease BOTH sides. There are only 16 games in a season and while he didn’t suspend Vick for 8 of them he came close to half…but he didn’t go for the full season either.

Right now it seems to be an US (players) against THEM (NFL & the media) situation and I’m TEAM “US” all the way!

INTERCEPTED: NFL Reinstates Michael Vick "Conditionally"

According to & The Washington Post:

The NFL has reinstated quarterback Michael Vick on a conditional basis, the league has announced.Vick is permitted to sign with a team and participate in training camp, according to the league.

He is eligible to play in his team's final two preseason games and will be considered for full reinstatement by Week 6 of the regular season, according to the announcement.According to the NFL, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy has agreed to work with Vick as an advisor.The announcement comes a week after Vick was released from federal custody. The quarterback has missed the last two NFL seasons while serving his federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia.He had been on indefinite suspension by the NFL.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision after meeting with Vick on Wednesday at a security firm in New Jersey.

Vick, 29, is a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons during the offseason.It's not clear which NFL teams, if any, are interested in signing him."This step-by-step approach is not meant to be a further punishment and should not be viewed as such," Goodell wrote in a letter to Vick, according to the NFL's announcement. "Instead, it is intended to maximize the prospect that you can successfully resume your career and your life. I believe that a transitional approach with a strong network of support will give you the best opportunity to manage effectively the various issues and pressures that you will inevitably face in the coming weeks and months and earn your full reinstatement."

The NFL just got a lot more interesting in my opinion...I want the Michael Vick Experience BACK! Throwback for true football fans ;)


Devin Thomas WR Washington Redskins

So my alter ego compels me to obsess over men and their bodies, particularly athletes and SPECIFICALLY NFL athletes (everyone has their issues and that's mine...MEN and their BODIES!) I love my obsession too!

As most of you know from reading this site *wink* VIBE Magazine closed its doors this month and their last issue went out with a bang.


Vibe Magazine went out with a sizzle...the fashion spread of the publications last issue on stands now paired six of the hottest NFL Players with five of R&B's sexiest female artists. Check out Darren Sharper, Melanie Fiona, Devin Thomas, Dwight Freeney, Teairra Mari, Kerry Rhodes, Adrienne Bailon, Osi Umenyiora, Chrisette Michelle, Will Demps and Letoya Luckett.

So ladies let the church say Amen, pass the peas, and from my girl G. Stone...this message is brought to you by our non-paying sponsors Hallelujah Holla BACK!



Dwight Freeney DE Indianapolis Colts with Teairra Marie

Darren Sharper S New Orleans Saints with Melanie Fiona

Kerry Rhodes S New York Jets & Devin Thomas WR Washington Redskins with Adrienne Bailon

Osi Umenyiora DE New York *mumbles* "my future husband" with Chrisette Michelle (lucky heffa!)

Will Demps S Free Agent with Letoya Luckett (together again, lol Ms. Luckett has been up on Mr. Demps since 2006 with her "Torn" video)

MICHAEL VICK: They Can't Take it Away from You...Can They?

Everyone has weighed in on the Michael Vick situation it seems. I’ve read almost every article since Vick’s release from Federal custody. Many have taken one of the following two sides. Some feel that Vick has already been punished enough after spending 23 months in jail and two on house arrest and believe that the NFL and Roger Goodell should reinstate him immediately allowing him to finish out what’s left of what used to be a promising career. However, it seems that many more would like to see him further punished; and while he has in fact satisfied his criminal punishment, he should now have to face the second phase of his punishment by fulfilling whatever suspension the NFL & Roger Goodell sets in place for him.

As for me, my opinion varies day to day, but honestly I think the entire Michael Vick story has gone far beyond what a reasonable punishment for the crime he committed into what the actual punishment for a person in his position should be which is reflective of the crime but of the person. Now let me be clear I don’t condone his behavior in any way, as a dog owner myself, I think his crimes were horrendous and he deserved to be punished for his role in what happened. However, somewhere along the way the conversation changed from what he actually did into who he is and why people like him in his position have to be made an example of. What’s lost on this argument however on both sides is an idea that is an age old.

Has anyone ever told you that as long as you work hard and attain certain things in life, no one could ever take it away from you as long as they were achieved honorably? It’s something that I’ve heard my entire life and something and I’ve never forgotten. Not many can argue that Michael Vick worked for every aspect of success he that he came to achieve. While playing for Virginia Tech, he broke many records as an all-star quarterback, going on to become the first round number one draft pick in 2001 in the NFL. During his short NFL career Vick secured endorsement contracts from companies that included Nike, EA Sports Coca-Cola, PowerAde, Kraft & Air Tran to name a few. That along with his contract with the Falcons placed him at 33 on the Forbes Top 100 Celebrities in 2005. Arthur Bell and the Atlanta Falcons organization struck gold when they signed Vick making him one of the most popular and recognizable players in the NFL. In return Vick was named an MVP candidate in 2002 after only his second year in the league and was voted to his first Pro Bowl in that same season, in 2003 he led the Falcons to the NFC Championship game, where they would lose to the Philadelphia Eagles, but it was their first appearance since the 1998-1999 seasons. Vick’s work was far from over however, in 2004 & 2005 he was named to both his second and third Pro Bowls for the Falcons and in 2006 Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards during the regular season. In six years Michael Vick had created a lucrative financial payoff to the Falcons organization for their investment in him and was on his way into football allure.
However, in 2007 not much of that meant anything to the Falcons organization once Vick was charged and later convicted in conjunction with an ongoing federal dog fighting investigation. In an instant all of it was gone because he had allowed “them” to take it away from him; and with it all of the God-given ability and hard work was now a thing of the past.

Here’s the conclusion I’ve come to, successful black athletes, often male, (see Marion Jones for the exception) seems to forget that no matter how far you go, how high you reach in status or how great you become, you will NEVER win over everyone. After one mistake as quickly as you attained success someone will be there waiting to take away what you’ve acquired and worked so hard for. Success is a lot of things but one thing it isn’t is accidental, it’s one of the most deliberate and intentional acts a person seeks out. Take for example an individual who possess formal education; if someone were to take away their physical degree, while the idea may upset them, it’s not the piece of paper that gives them the education. The education is what’s absorbed during the process, the effort given to retain the information and the knowledge gained along the way. The same idea holds true for athletes…today or tomorrow you can take away the training facilities, the stadiums, the endorsement deals and the team affiliation but what’s given by the creator can ONLY be taken by the creator. The training techniques, the natural ability and extraordinary talent will remain intact as long as their will to play exists. Which is exactly where Vick finds himself…and where the dilemma of his situation begins. His skills I’m sure have not diminished over the past 25 months and I’m sure he’s still able to play the position of quarterback today, but he’s no longer in control of when he’ll be able to do so ever again. Now he’s faced with the reality of wondering just how much more they’re going to take from him in continuing to punish him. From my observation I think the NFL is prolonging his comeback by making him wait. Time right now is not on Vick’s side and by increasing the length of time he waits to be reinstated doesn’t help his future in football. The justice system has already taken 25 months from his career, and now the NFL & Roger Goodell have to be aware that with training camp opening for many teams who NEED QB’s time is the ONLY punishment for someone with Vick’s talent and ability. If the NFL is so cruel as to add a yearlong suspension to Vick’s situation that puts him two full years out of the NFL system, and with him knocking on 30 which in football years equals 60 he’ll be at an even greater disadvantage than any other player looking to make a comeback. With the loss of time goes his potential of making millions with other teams, along with the celebrity status and fame he once enjoyed.

This is what happens when we forget just how valuable our talents are and become so naïve as to think that others don’t want to see us fail. Last week we witnessed first-hand both sides of a very familiar coin. On one side we watched as ESPN and the media nearly blanketed the Ben Roethlisberger story which involved sexual misconduct and civil misbehavior; but in that very same week the nation was baffled as one of the best known African American intellectual scholars Henry Louis Gates, Jr, was escorted from his home in handcuffs after being accused of breaking into his own home and charged with disorderly conduct for good measure. Don’t think for one minute that Mr. Gates arrest had anything to do with him being a threat in any way to anyone. The Cambridge Police Department tried taking something away from this highly successful Harvard professor by embarrassing his name and somehow tainting his image with this ridiculous arrest. The double standard couldn’t be any clearer between the two, but the facts are what they are and so we move forward. But moving forward has to be done with a clear direction for the successful men and women we are and stand to become.

No matter what you do big or small never allow someone the power of taking away from you what you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Holding ourselves to that higher standard that says I’m going to be accountable for my actions because I know that not everyone is happy about the success I’ve achieved is key. You will be tested…no matter who you are, if success is in your future there is almost a 100% chance that something will come your way that will threaten to interfere with the path that you’re on, but if you don’t give anyone anything to go off of no one will ever be able to walk away with what you’ve earned. Michael Vick earned every dollar he was given, every endorsement deal, the franchise tag because of the athleticism he possessed & star power he brought to the NFL. All of this was given to him because of his performance well before he entered into the NFL. And after one mistake that he has paid for many times over already, his future is no longer in his hands because they figured out a way to take it away from him.

Thoughts, comments & questions are welcomed!

My HairStory - "Good Hair vs. Bad Hair"

My Hairitage

Long, thick, dark brown
Naturally wavy, relaxing straightens
My hair has taken on many hairdos over time
And throughout my life, people have always ask me about my ethnicity
My heritage…
I was five when my hair started to grow down my back
Busted down the middle, two braids, one on each side
Strangers asked: “Are you part Indian?”
I’d shyly respond: “No…I’m Black.”
As a teen, sporting a swinging ponytail, friends boldly stated:
“You gotta be mixed!”
I’d respond assertively: “No. I’m Black.”
During the summers, my hair takes on a curly-Q coiffure
Some inquired: “Are you Hispanic?”
Puzzled, I’d respond: “Uh, no…I’m Black.”
Even when it’s hanging straight down from a tight wrap and grease
I’ve been questioned: “You got some Asian in you?”
Baffled, I’d defiantly respond: “NO. I’M BLACK!”
From my strong roots to my highlighted tips,
I’ve always been aware and proud of my hairitage.

I entered this poem in a contest for Soft Sheen-Carson in 2006. Although I didn’t win, I did however receive an honorable mention for my effort. But, it wasn’t the contest prizes that prompted me to enter; it was the contest’s campaign to share our hair stories that resonated with me. The poem above is my story and may not be shared with everyone reading this. However, this discussion about our hair is LONG overdue and I hope that I am one of the few voices in changing our attitudes and views towards our hair.

I felt compelled to write this post after hearing about Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair which is schedule to be released in theaters this October by HBO Films. Rock produced Good Hair shortly after his then 5-year-old daughter, Lola, came to him crying and asked “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” Rock committed himself and set out to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black hair culture to find out who put that question in his child’s head. However, it’s much more to this documentary than Rock’s comedic one-liners and wisecracks. He is serious about getting to the root (pun intended) of how we view our hair and the effect it has on our activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem. I am glad that this documentary is exploring our hair culture; however, I’m heartbroken that it had to come to pass because a 5-year-old child was inflicted with some angst over her hair.

Like I stated before, we all have our stories and our likes and/or dislikes about our hair. For those who are not African-American and who is reading this, please understand that this is a deep-rooted issue in the black community. It stems so far back to slavery days that this single post alone would become a dissertation if I tried to cover everything concerning black hair culture. But, I won’t (well, not all in this post). I will however discuss my thoughts on this controversial topic and my opinion of how we can stop passing on our hatred for our hair to our children.

For me, I've heard that I have pretty or "good hair" my entire life. BUT this compliment never came from those in my family, but mainly from those outside of my family. There were no differences made between other members in my family or me when it came to our hair. When I was younger, I never felt that having thick, long, naturally wavy hair was a positive or a negative either way, because everyone in my family has various grades and lengths of hair. One person's hair was never considered better than another family member's hair. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I began to fully understand what "good hair" meant when it was directed toward me and its connotation.

When people would tell me that I had "good hair," often times, it was said in a negative way, usually with an eye roll. I didn’t understand why girls wanted to cut my hair in grade school. I never understood why people would say to me: “You think you’re better than everyone else” just because of my hair. It was all very baffling to me, because I didn't think of my hair as "good" or "bad" either way. I really didn't and still don’t think much about it to be truthfully honest with you, because my hair just exists. It is what it is! I don’t like or dislike my hair, OVERALL, I am happy with it because it's all mine! (And yes, my hair is all REAL! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that, but I digress…) My hair does not make me who I am, I was born with it and I cannot change it anymore than I can naturally change my skin complexion, eye color, facial features, etc. And the same goes for everyone else in our culture, no matter how hard we try. I live with who I was born as everyday of my life because I embrace my characteristics, I don’t flaunt it in a superficial way nor should I feel less confident about what God gave me because of other's insecurities about themselves.

I love being black because I believe our features are so broad and arguably more wide-ranging then other ethnicities around the world. But, when we should be embracing our culture and our looks, we are pitted against one another by our pasts, society & media standards, and sadly, each other. We all have seemingly fed into it at one point or another, knowingly or unknowingly. But, in my opinion, hair seems to be the scapegoat in addressing much deeper issues: as a culture, our “light skin/dark skin” complex and one’s individual insecurities about their own looks. This is what I have a problem with, because in my experiences the “good hair” comment towards me was almost never about me. It was never about who I AM XI is on the inside. NO! People would look at me and “perceive” me to be a certain way because of my fairer complexion and long hair.

I’ve heard it my entire life! Well into my adult years, I still hear the same negative connotations reverberate as I did in my youth. Most recently, a friend once said to me that she couldn’t have children with her boyfriend because he “had nappy nigga hair” and her family would frown upon it. She went on further saying that she and her mom were the darkest in complexion in their family, and that there were definite differences made between them and those other family members with lighter complexions. This is part of her story that obviously affected her negatively and I’m sure many others out there as well. So, I completely understand that our stories differ in that respect.

However, I would love for us to all get pass what we know of our past (I hold no ill will or grudges toward those girls who cut my hair in school) and what we see in movies and on TV. I want us as a whole to look pass what long, straight hair is compared to what shorter, coarse hair is... or to some what "good hair" and "bad hair," respectively, is perceived as. Let’s stop feeding into this babble! I know I for one completely despise it. I despise it because we are continually perpetuating it and we are passing our issues onto our children, the future generation. Now, I do not have children of my own, but I see it playing out once again through my 8-year-old cousin who is being teased right now in school because of her long ponytails. My Mom and aunt wanted me to talk to her, but I struggled the same way Chris Rock did when Lola came to him. How do you explain to them why they are being teased for being the beautiful little girls they are? How do you tell them to rise above it, and that others are “just jealous” of them? What do you tell them…and how do you stop it?

Well, in order for us to stop it, I would like for all of us to check ourselves first. Take stock within yourself. Think about what you are saying and doing and how it continues to perpetuate these stereotypes. Next, I would LOVE for all Xfactors to strike “good hair” and “bad hair” from our vocabulary. Let's just stop saying it altogether! We HAVE to move on from the negative connotation of what "good hair" and "bad hair" is. Most of us ALL have hair atop our heads and it’s either healthy (good) or damaged (bad). End of story! Because if you ask the cancer patient who is completely bald what he or she believes is "good" or "bad" hair, I'm pretty confident that he or she will say HAVING hair is "good hair."

I’ll stop here for now as I leave you with that last thought…But, this is an issue that is very near and dear to me for many reasons. However, there is SO much to cover because I've just skimmed the surface. I’d like to revisit this topic over time as the movie premiere nears and once I’ve actually viewed the documentary myself. So, this post just may become a dissertation as I explore various facets of this topic in the future (such as styling – natural vs. processed).
Stay tuned!

Now that I’ve shared me stories and experiences with you, I’d like for you to share your “Hairstory” with me! Be it positive or negative. Let’s have a very honest and open discussion and dialogue about this very controversial topic.

Also, check out the Good Hair trailer coming to a theater near you!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Evolution of Perry

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Being the movie buff that I am, I was web surfing for new movie trailers and I stumbled across the latest one from African-American uber producer, Tyler Perry. The film adaptation of I Can Do Bad All By Myself debuts this fall and, based on the preview, seems to represent Perry's move toward more serious fare. While it still features the matriarch icon Madea, Bad focuses on the story of a young woman who has loses her will to love and, in turn, poisons those around her to do the same. It's the same story we've seen in the film (and stage) versions Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, and Meet The Browns. Despite that, it seems like Perry is embracing a more mainstream approach to his films now....he seems duly ready to officially crossover into popular culture, meaning the multiplexes will now look even more diverse when the new film hits.

Tyler Perry has been revered as the leader of the pack in African American entertainment. He has forgone the serious, hard-hitting conceptual movies a la Spike Lee and John Singleton and instead embraced family fare, riddled with drama and interlaced with comedy. He's been criticized for setting black cinema back decades....with many saying his films (and his signature role, Madea) are a throwback to the "chuckin and jivin" era of blaxploitation films. However, everyone must note that Perry has slowly but surely established himself as a major force in the motion picture business. While he is not necessarily reserving his invitation to the splashy Academy Awards, he is wowing pundits when his movies regularly open at number one, each one breaking its predecessors astonishing opening weekend numbers. He is commanding major talent from all genres, from Academy Award winners like Kathy Bates (The Family That Preys) and Louis Gossett, Jr. (Daddy's Little Girls) to fresh, new faces like Taraji P. Henson (Family That Preys, Bad) and Idris Elba (Girls). He's giving screentime to seasoned vets like Cicely Tyson and Alfre Woodard while also drawing in the likes of music senstaions like Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight (both co-star in Bad), Jill Scott and Janet Jackson (both in Why Did I Get Married?). His films are starting to seem a tad bit more heavyweight, still focusing on relationships and family but now interspersing them with drug abuse, alcoholism, prejudice and financial woes. He is a writer, director and executive producer and everyone has to admit he is his own best collaborator.

I'm sure that I Can Do Bad All By Myself will get the biggest promotional push thus far of any of his films and rightfully so. It's Blige's first movie role in ages and Henson is currently on the A-list, thanks to her Academy-Award nominated turn in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Coming soon from the extraordinnaire: a sequel to Why Did I Get Married (my favorite of his films) and Madea's Class Reunion. My one gripe is that I'm a bit exhausted from the women done wrong stories....a refreshing love story without all the angst, baby mama drama and scars should definitely be in the cards soon. And the fact that top talent like Angela Bassett are actually hunting HIM down for roles could actually lead to such a great story.

Combined with his ratings-rich television hits House of Payne and Meet The Browns, Perry has gradually risen to the top of his class. Did anyone even notice Spike Lee's film last year, the quite good Miracle at St. Anna? Not really....but the theaters were packed for Madea Goes To Jail. He's in a class of his own and surely enjoying the ride. My hope is that his films continue to evolve into thought-provoking, entertaining works of art that will allow us as a people to unashamedly say that our stories have a place on the big screen as well. And maybe, just maybe, he'll be at the a nominee.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Chris Brown Faces The Music....

Saturday, July 25, 2009
This time last year, pop sensation Chris Brown was on top of the world. His sophomore album Exclusive was still garnering airplay on every single radio station, he was readying his third album and he was embroiled in a mouth-watering, tongue-wagging relationship with fellow pop superstar Rihanna. He was every young girl's fantasy and the envy of every young man around. Combining slick dance moves, a high-pitched voice and a fashion-forward wardrobe, he was the new successor to the throne left vacant by once teen king Usher.

Then came the Grammys 2009. Rumors surfaced that him and Rihanna had been involved in an accident hours prior to the big ceremony, where both ingenues were slated to perform. The red carpet was abuzz with gossip as to what truly transpired and just hours later, the ugly truth surfaced....Rihanna had apparently been Chris Brown. Mouths dropped, eyes rolled and almost everyone took notice. Domestic violence is not just a music issue - it's an INTERNATIONAL issue. As questions swirled everywhere and anywhere, the public waited for official statements...but NO ONE was prepared for the pictures distributed by TMZ that showed Rihanna looking like she had been mauled for a horrible assailant. Not Chris! It couldn't be! The guy who seemed like the perfect gentleman - respectful, soft spoken and successful. Not Chris! The guy who every girl wanted to be with. Not Chris! The guy who didn't even kiss a girl in his first couple of videos because his mother wouldn't allow it. Indeed it was Chris, and everyone from your mother to Oprah chimed on what had to be done. The music world now seemed divided into pro-Chris and pro-Rihanna sections. Rihanna retreated to Barbados to avoid the paparazzi (come on...they're everywhere RiRi!) and Chris retreated to his home in Virginia. As more and more details were leaked, the situation continued to make Chris look like a monster with an incontrollable temper. He was now a villain in the entertainment business, cast with the likes of OJ Simpson and Ike Turner. As the court case date neared, everyone wondered if Rihanna would stick with Chris.

Hence the entertainment spin started. How could these two budding icons emerge from this mess unscathed? How could they both return to their multi-platinum careers without the issue of violence hanging over their heads? Rihanna has slowly come back to the world. Appearing in Kanye West's video for "Paranoid" was definitely a good look and she is once again popping up at the major glitzy events where fashion designers are awestruck by our awesome body and ever changing hair styles (now she's rocking a traditional mohawk...hmmm).

As for Chris? Well beside his YouTube post with Bow Wow, he's been silent...until now. He's released a new video where he officially apologizes to Rihanna and all the people he let down. The video has been scrutinized, dissected and criticized since it was he genuine? Is he doing this to win female fans back? Is his career really over? Will he do it again? The answer to all of these questions is quite simple: "We don't know."

While I am not one to condone violence against anyone (and I will not get into my beliefs on the whole situation), I have been thinking of ways that Chris could jumpstart his career again. We, as a people, need to stop acting like we haven't embraced celebrities who have made questionable decisions before. Heck, who made Monica Lewinsky's book a best-seller? Who forgave Whitney Houston for her drug-addled years? Who made Elizabeth Taylor an icon, despite her very obvious plays for married men? We, the public, did! So what makes Chris any different? I don't model myself after any entertainers...I enjoy their craft and I admit I am a Chris Brown fan...I have all of his albums and the stuff is good. Yes, he's young...and he made a mistake. But it's not THE biggest mistake. And it is so ironic that his situation is being juxtaposed with Michael Jackson's legacy battle...the King of Pop was ACCUSED of several indiscretions but guess what? We still appreciated his music. Forget his personal life? The man made us JAM!

If I were Chris Brown's people, here's what I would do....
*sit down with Oprah or Barbra Walters - getting grilled by a respected newswoman will definitely allow us to really see how he feels about the whole thing
*come back slow - maybe feature on someone else's record...his stint on David Banner's "Stuntin Is A Habit" thrilled everyone...a similar move could definitely help
*after the interview, let this mess go. Don't discuss it. It's over. Judgements have been made. You were wrong. Move on.

Some people may say become the spokesman for domestic abuse...uhhh...that might be a tad bit too much. He doesn't want to be labelled the "Rihanna beater" for the rest of his life.

I say give the guy a chance! I may be in the minority...which I doubt because I've spoken to a TON of people who are not necessarily 100% siding with Rihanna, but I still think his best years are ahead of him. He may never reach MJ status (and the guy was definitely mapping out a career to be our next big King of Pop) but he can definitely continue to battle the likes of Usher, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo and all of the other R&B/pop princes.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pastor Kerney Thomas...Seriously WHHHHHHHHHHHHHY?!

Friday, July 24, 2009

I'm bizack! For those who missed IamXI, I apologize for being away for so long and neglecting you. But, I'd like to personally thank XIKhai for holding it down and updating the site with such intriguing articles daily as well as all our contributors who posted in my absence. I truly love my XI family!

With that being said, I want to hit you all with something this Friday morning that is so hilariously funny that I HAD to share! This definitely brought a smile, grin, chuckle, giggle, and belly-aching laugh to my face...

Last night, after an intense aquatics workout class and dinner with my Mom, I came home to relax and wind down. Of course that included some television and falling fast asleep on my couch. Well, I was awaken this AM by Pastor Kerney Thomas. Oh, and if you haven't heard of him then this post is for you, and as you continue reading you'll know why I was awaken out of my slumber.

I first heard of Pastor Kerney on the Rickey Smiley show one morning a few months ago as I drove into work. Smiley was saying the same thing pretty much that I mentioned in the previous paragraph (TV on, waking up in the middle of the night, flipping channels or something to that effect). Unfortunately, I wasn't in the car long enough to hear the actual audio of Pastor Kerney, so I really didn't have ANY clue as to why Smiley was cutting up on this man so tough. But oh, now I know!

Just some insight into who Pastor Kerney is... His website bio states, Pastor Kerney Thomas was his parents' "second born child and while they were using birth control, determined not to have any more children at that time, God had a greater purpose." Pastor Kerney has ministered full time since 1981 all over the world and is currently serving as Senior Pastor of the ABUNDANT LIFE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST. He has traveled, preached, and conducted Miracle Crusades throughout the US...

Alright that's enough of the BS, this is my account of what I know of Pastor Kerney... Apparently, Pastor Kerney is a full fledged TV evangelist. And I mean, he is typical of EVERY stereotype that you've ever seen and heard of when it comes to black pastors (Tyler Perry's 'Mr. Brown' and Coming To America's 'Reverend Brown' comes to mind). He screams and yells, prays and shouts, shucks and jives all for the 'Lawd' while hawking free "personal prayer packages" and a "Red Blood of Jesus Prayer Hankerchief." Yep! A plain ole red piece of cloth dubbed the "Prayer Hanky" will bring miracles to you in your life. Although his "products" are free by way of the Miracle Prayer Line, don't fret, you can also donate or "sow a seed by check or credit card" because "this is not a debt you owe but a seed you sow and when you sow it God will grow it!" And even though Pastor Kerney can barely speak proper English himself, he speaks in tongues too... Or rather, he recites MJ's infamous "mamasay mamasa mumakusa," but that is NO comparison to the foolishness of Pastor Kerney's "GAAAAAAAAAAAWD." Yes, he literally screams this out whenever he says "God." Needless to say, you know how I woke up at 4 o'clock this morning to compose this post.

Now, IamXI is not trying to offend anyone or have you thinking that I don't believe in a higher power or that I'm poking and making fun of religion, faith and whatnot. But, THIS is some foolywangness if I've ever seen have to admit it...Check out this 'Best Of' for yourself:

Oh and BTW, I found this priceless gem on the only place where you can see Pastor Kerney Thomas daily, 4-5am Eastern Time... None other than, good ole Black Entertainment Television. Yup! B.E.T...

Pastor Kerney Thomas...Seriously WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHY?! The devil's a lie!

For those of you who are interested in more information on Pastor Kerney Thomas for whatever reason, you can visit his website: (And yes, that is Furonda from America's Next Top Model in the picture for "Prayer Request" on the homepage. Mmm, I guess her modeling career hasn't gone very far.)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON UPDATES: Omer Bhatti, Dr. Conrad & More...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So according to MSN, Huffington Post and other news organization. Here's Huff Po's story on it:

UPDATE BELOW: Jermaine Jackson speaks out about welcoming Omer into the family.

There is a lot of speculation surrounding the young man in dark shades sitting with the Jackson family at Michael Jackson's memorial service. Omer Bhattiv sat between Rebbie Jackson, the eldest Jackson sibling, and Prince Michael II. He's 25, a Norwegian rapper and rumored to be Michael Jackson's secret son.

Michael reportedly told close friends several years ago that Omer was the result of a one-night stand he had with a Norwegian fan, Pia Bhatti, in 1984.

"He was the King of Pop," Pia told The Sun after the singer's death. "But for us he was so much more."

Her Pakistani husband Riz said, "Make what you like. I don't want to discuss anything."

Omer met Michael in 1996 during the HIStory tour, when he impressed the King of Pop with his dance moves. He later spent some time at Neverland, performed with Michael and took his MJ tribute act around the world.

UPDATE: Jermaine Jackson tells the Daily Mail that if a DNA test proves Omer is Michael's son, the Jackson family will welcome him in.

'If Omer's his son, he's his son,' Jermaine declared yesterday. 'We won't deny it. We are going to give him the same love and care that we give Prince and Paris and Blanket. I can't clearly say if he is Michael's but I saw this kid around him

UPDATE BELOW: Jermaine Jackson speaks out about welcoming Omer into the family.

There is a lot of speculation surrounding the young man in dark shades sitting with the Jackson family at Michael Jackson's memorial service. Omer Bhattiv sat between Rebbie Jackson, the eldest Jackson sibling, and Prince Michael II. He's 25, a Norwegian rapper and rumored to be Michael Jackson's secret son.

Michael reportedly told close friends several years ago that Omer was the result of a one-night stand he had with a Norwegian fan, Pia Bhatti, in 1984.

"He was the King of Pop," Pia told The Sun after the singer's death. "But for us he was so much more."

Her Pakistani husband Riz said, "Make what you like. I don't want to discuss anything."

Omer met Michael in 1996 during the HIStory tour, when he impressed the King of Pop with his dance moves. He later spent some time at Neverland, performed with Michael and took his MJ tribute act around the world.

UPDATE: Jermaine Jackson tells the Daily Mail that if a DNA test proves Omer is Michael's son, the Jackson family will welcome him in.

'If Omer's his son, he's his son,' Jermaine declared yesterday. 'We won't deny it. We are going to give him the same love and care that we give Prince and Paris and Blanket. I can't clearly say if he is Michael's but I saw this kid around him
More pictures below:

Side eying the tangalicousness of Mr. Bhatti...I mean he DOES kinda look like Michael but that's not the real Michael that's the plastic surgery one so I can't really tell. What do you think?

The Houston office of Dr. Conrad Murray was raided last night by DEA agents. I fear for this mans life if he's charged with manslaughter. Seriously dude run and hide!

Katherine Jackson apparently wants a say in guiding Jackson's estate. Which should really get interesting for her.

And to set the record straight on all of the RUMORS about autopsy reports on MJ. As of right now only the "preliminary report" is out...the official autopsy result could take another two more weeks before they're released.

Macchiato's & Afternoon Papers

We heart First Granny Marian Robinson...we truly do. She's so cute! Marian discusses like in the White House on the Today Show!

Jon Stewart is America's Most Trusted News Man according to a new Time Magazine poll.

Katie Couric: 7%
Charlie Gibson: 19%
Jon Stewart: 44%
Brian Williams: 29%

If you don't watch the Daily Show...kill yourself. Seriously, LOL! (Twitter reference for anyone who thinks I'm advocating suicide)

Alice in Wonderland! Alice in Wonderland! ALICE IN WONDERLAND! Ok so if you haven't noticed I LOVE Alice in Wonderland. I've ben trying to celebrate my "unbirthday" for years So for those of you who may not know...from Huffington Post:

PREVIOUSLY: A few weeks after the first official stills came out comes the teaser trailer for the Tim Burton version of "Alice in Wonderland."

Out in March 2010, the movie stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, as well as 19-year-old unknown Mia Wasikowska as Alice and it's in 3-D.

Characters are a little creepy but HOTNESS and EXCITEMENT none-the-less if you like Alice in Wonderland!

Well there was a trailer but the studio has since taken it down. Booo!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

INTERCEPTED: The Ben Roethlisberger Sexual Assault Situation

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

So it's now been two days since news broke that Ben Roethlisberger was named in a sexual assault civil lawsuit. For some reason, I'm wondering where's the 24 hour scandal cycle that commences anytime any "other" athlete is accused of anything big or small?

According to the suit Roethlisberger was named along with 9 other defendant's for sexually assaulting an employee at Harrah's hotel in Lake Tahoe back in July of 2008.

According to the New York Times:

Roethlisberger was in Lake Tahoe last July for a celebrity golf tournament. The woman said she was working on the penthouse floor at Harrah’s where Roethlisberger was staying when he assaulted her in his hotel room. She also asserts that she was hospitalized and suffered from depression.

Now I'm not saying that this woman isn't capable of lying or that her story isn't completely true, because I have no idea. My beef is what has happened in the interim while the facts play out and the proverbial "HUSH" that has fallen over networks who in the past have made their careers on stories like this one. In 2003 Kobe Bryant was arrested and charged with raping a woman who worked at a hotel in Eagle, Colorado where Bryant was staying. At the time the charges were in fact criminal and Bryant was facing jail time based on those charges. However, from the very beginning it was clear that this woman's story barely passed the smell test and her case along with her credibility quickly went down the drain. On the way down though her lawyers advised her on filing a CIVIL suit, which eventually settled for an undisclosed amount of money and went away. Not surprisingly, throughout the entire ordeal ESPN and other networks took what facts they deemed credible and worked to tarnish the reputation of a man guilty of infidelity NOT rape.

Just recently ESPN again placed on it's front page the story of Shannon Brown's sexual assault charge filed against him which was again criminal but they were quick to make headlines from it. has dug deep into the policies and positions that ESPN has regarding lawsuits that not accompanied by criminal charges. Apparently, unless there is a "crime" behind the suit they more or less steer clear of the reporting on it, which I'm sure is true but it's also very interesting. While speaking with the Wall Street Journal ESPN vice president and director of news Vince Doria, said:
Those are the things (civil lawsuits) that I think are damaging to reputations, and I think you need to know more about them before you report them," Doria said. "As it stands right now, today, we don't think it meets our standard of reporting."
Fascinating! ESPN believes that reporting on civil lawsuits causes damage to athletes reputations and require further analysis before they report on them. Who can argue with that level of journalistic integrity? Yet, I can't seem to pick my mouth up off the floor...because while I fully understand that protecting players should be a number priority, when facts aren't clear, ESPN doesn't always adhere to their own policies regarding reports on "civil suits." notes:
Did ESPN feel the same way when Mike Fish recently reported the dismissal of a civil lawsuit alleging that Roberto Alomar gave his girlfriend AIDS? Speaking of Fish, did ESPN consider whether it was "damaging . . . reputations" when Bristol went bonkos for the unsubstantiated (and ultimately retracted) allegation that the Patriots had cheated the Rams out of a Super Bowl win?
I mean for people who follow sports this claim of following "policy" doesn't pass the laugh test. Sadly, this is NO laughing matter. And while, I'm not in the business of trashing any ones character or reputation for ESPN to skirt a serious issue and hide behind some BS policy rarely exercised is both embarrassing and wreaks of "special treatment."

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