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Thursday 17 May 2007

17 year old stoned to death in Iraq

I got this as an email from my friend Chima. Reading this story and seeing the pictures has spoilt my whole day and something tells me it will spoil my whole week. I didn't know whether to share it with y'all, as some of you might find it very offensive, but we all need to know that such a thing happened to such a young beautiful girl. Read the story of what happened to her...It's the saddest thing ever...

A teenage girl lies dead on the ground in a pool of her own blood. Her once groomed hair is cast across her face like a rag doll's, her skirt pulled up to complete her humiliation.

In another image, she is seen lying on her side, her face battered and bloodied, barely recognizable. The concrete block used to smash in her face lies next to her.

Du'a Khalil Aswad was beaten, kicked and stoned for 30 minutes at the hands of a lynch mob before one of her attackers launched a carefully aimed fatal blow. The murder was carried out in public, watched by hundreds of men cheering and yelling.

Du'a's crime? To fall in love with a Sunni boy. Her family practiced the Yezidi religion. The Sunnis and Yezidis hate each other. When Du'a ran away with her Sunni boyfriend, a sentence of death was passed on her. This act of medieval savagery took place last month in a town in northern Iraq, in the fledgling 'democracy' created by Bush and Blair when they invaded the country in 2003 and 'freed' its people.

The sickening scenes, which defy belief in every sense, were captured by some of the observers and participants who thought it would be proper to record these harrowing events as some sort of memento.

Perhaps they thought it would serve as a warning to other young people who dared to follow their hearts - not the strictures of a religion which will not brook dissent - and punishes adolescent impetuosity with the most brutal of public murders.

The killing was filmed on a number of mobile phones. The images were then - all too predictably - posted on the internet. The Mail takes no pleasure in publishing these pictures. But we believe our readers should witness the depths of the depravity still being carried out in the 21st century in the name of 'honour'. Perhaps, then, something can be done to prevent it happening again. Of course, anyone who takes even a passing interest in news is all too aware of the tragedy that has engulfed the people of Iraq: the daily bombings, murders and kidnappings.

The subjugation of its women, however, has been largely ignored. Yet according to cultural observers, the number of so-called 'honour killings' has increased in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Campaigners say there is an 'epidemic' of such killings in the war-torn country. Autopsy reports in Baghdad often conclude with the verdict: "Killed to wash away her disgrace."

The filming of Du'a's death was just one more macabre element of her killing, but it has achieved something those bloodthirsty amateur filmmakers could not have predicted: it has brought such practices into the open and exposed them to the wider world.

It is, of course, too late for Du'a, a strikingly pretty young girl with long auburn hair. The 17-year-old must have hoped that the 'liberation' of her country would afford her opportunities she might otherwise never have had - for her education and a life of happiness free from oppression.

She lived with her family in the town of Bashika, near Mosul. They were neither rich nor poor. It is believed Du'a met her Sunni boyfriend - whose name is not known - several months ago. They had grown up in an environment where hatred against rival factions is the norm.

The Yezidis - a Gnostic sect which combines Islamic teachings with Persian religions - despise the Sunnis; the Sunnis loathe the Yezidis. Du'a and her boyfriend would have been all too aware that theirs was a forbidden love. But like so many teenagers before them, right back to the illicit love of Romeo and Juliet, they couldn't help themselves. For a while, they met in secret. It was during one such highly charged meeting that they came up with a plan to run away together.

It is not clear whether this desperate measure was a result of their having sought and been refused permission to marry, or if they decided to do it knowing that such permission would never be obtained. "Her family would never have agreed to such a marriage," says Diana Nammi, a leading Kurdish women's rights campaigner.

Some Muslim groups have claimed that Du'a converted to Islam shortly before her murder. According to other reports, her boyfriend denies this. They ran away together to an address in Bashika. The girl's family alerted the police and Du'a and her boyfriend were found just a few days later. According to Ms Nammi, who is calling for the girl's killers to be brought to justice, Du'a was arrested and put into prison. A few days later, the police apparently received assurances from the leader of her tribe - who Ms Nammi believes is Du'a's uncle - that the girl would not be harmed.

What happened next is the subject of conflicting reports. According to some, the house of the tribal leader was stormed by a mob and Du'a dragged out and killed. Ms Nammi, however, says she was information that it was the tribal leader who betrayed his niece to the mob. In this man's eyes, Du'a had committed an unforgiveable crime, punishable by death. The family's 'honour' had been besmirched. The moment Du'a was placed in his house, her fate was sealed.

On April 7, Du'a was brought out of the house in a headlock to face the lynch mob. Hundreds of men were waiting for her - the excited atmosphere is said to have resembled a large sporting event - but no women. On the video, Du'a's screams can be heard as she is dragged to the ground.

In a further humiliation, her lower body has been stripped. Instinctively, Du'a tries to cover herself; only later was a piece of clothing thrown over her. She is surrounded by an enormous crowd jockeying for a good view of the ritualistic killing. About nine men take part in the attack, including, it is thought, members of the girl's family. To any father of a daughter, that a helpless girl should be set upon with such cowardly savagery is beyond comprehension. One can barely imagine her terror. It is a profoundly disturbing spectacle. One man kicks her hard between the legs as she screams in agony. Du'a tries to lift herself up, but someone hurls a concrete block into her face. Another man stamps on her face. Someone kicks her in the stomach. Police officers stand idly by, some of them apparently enjoying the spectacle as much as anyone else.

Meanwhile, some observers film the execution on their mobile phones - the modern world intruding on a spectacle that belongs more in the Roman arena than in an apparently civilized society. After half an hour of this savagery, Du'a is finally - mercifully, perhaps - dead.

In a final humiliation, a man tries to lift her up, but drops her again, and her bloodied body is rolled face down into a puddle of blood. The family has had its 'honour' restored. According to Ms Nammi, Du'a's parents did not want her to be stoned, though it is not clear whether they might have agreed for her to be killed in some other way.

After her murder, according to Ms Nammi, two men were arrested by Iraqi police, but she has heard they were subsequently released without charge. Reports suggest that two of Du'a's uncles and four other people fled the town as investigators began to search for the culprits. It is thought these included her brother, who appeared in the video of the murder. As for Du'a's boyfriend - who has lost the girl he loved in the most awful circumstances imaginable - he went into hiding for a while, but it is believed that no action has been taken against him.

Du'a was buried in a simple unmarked grave. Later, says Ms Nammi, her body was exhumed by the Kurdish authorities, who have autonomous control of the region, and sent to the Medico-legal Institute in Mosul. There her body was examined to find out whether she had been a virgin or not, before being returned to the Sheikh Shams cemetery.

To our Western eyes, this posthumous assault on Du'a's body is the final insult. But according to Ms Nammi, it did at least establish that she was still a virgin and innocent of the 'crime' of which she had been accused.

However, Ms Nammi believes the mere fact that Du'a had run off with a Sunni boy would have been enough to have her sentenced to death. Meanwhile, the cycle of tit-for-tat murders continues in Iraq.

In this instance, in an apparent act of retaliation for Du'a's murder, 23 Yezidi workers were attacked and killed two weeks later, apparently by members of an armed Sunni group. The men were travelling on a bus between Mosul and Bashika when their vehicle was halted by the gunmen, who made them disembark before killing them.

Tomorrow evening, Ms Nammi, founding member of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization, will lead a group of women meeting in Shoreditch, East London, to remember Du'a Khalil Aswad and give back to her the dignity torn from her by her violent death.

The women are pledged to campaign against the entrenched beliefs which lead to such senseless deaths - and the fact that the people who commit these crimes are not regarded as murderers, but as heroes of the community. According to Ms Nammi, there have been an estimated 10,000 cases of honour killings in the Kurdistan region in the past decade.

Under Iraqi law, the punishment for anyone found guilty of an honour killing is just six months in prison. "Something has to be done to stop this," says Ms Nammi, who came to Britain in 1996. "There is an epidemic of so-called honour killings. It is almost routine and utterly unacceptable. "We would greatly appreciate any contribution from the British Government in preventing these murders of women in Iraq." Ms Nammi has the support of Amnesty International. "This young girl's murder is truly abhorrent and her killers must be brought to justice," says Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK Director. "Unless the authorities respond vigorously to this and other reports of crimes in the name of "honour", we must fear for the future of the women in Iraq." For the sake of 17-year-old Du'a, an innocent girl who simply fell in love with the wrong man, it is all too little, too late.
From the Daily Mail

Here are pictures from her stoning...

May her beautiful soul rest in peace. And may God's vengeance be upon her killers.

Wednesday 16 May 2007

Martin Luther King's Daughter Dies + African Artiste Of The Year

Yolanda King Dies
The first born-child of Rev Martin Luther King, Yolanda King has died. She collapsed and died yesterday May 15th 2007, after making a speech in Santa Monica, California. She was 51, born Nov. 17, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. No cause of death has yet been given for her untimely and unexpected demise, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem.

Yolanda was an actress, author, producer, advocate for peace and nonviolence, who was known and loved for her motivational and inspirational contributions to society. Her death came less than a year and a half after her mother, Coretta Scott King, died in January 2006. May her soul rest in peace

D Banj Named African Artiste of the Year

The Ghana Music Awards which held last week, named Nigerian artiste, D Banj, African Artiste of the Year 2006. The Koko King was at the event to get his award and showed appreciation by performing to the excited crowd that couldn't seem to get enough of him. I totally agree that D' banj was last year's best artiste, but this year's best artiste is most definitely Tuface Idibia. If you haven't listened to his new album 'Grass to Grace', you need to go get yourself a copy. It's off da hook! Congrats to D' banj

Jay Z and his lady love Beyonce in a limo. I'm trying to understand their sitting position. Is B sitting away from J or is she just trying to avoid the paparazzi from taking her pix? What do you guys think?

Naija Entertainment Gists + Nigeria-Ghana Business Summit

Kate Henshaw Nuttall, Modenine join Soundcity TV as presenters: Nollywood top actress Kate Henshaw Nuttall and one of Naija's best rap MC's modenine have joined Naija's only 24 hours Music TV station, Soundcity, as presenters. Kate presents a segment called 'City Of Divas' where they play a variety of music videos from female artistes, while Modenine is getting ready to present a segment called 'Who Gat The Rhymes'

Also rapper 2shot and Rhythm 93.7 radio presenter turned rapper Kemistry, now present MTV Base on STV. I particularly find the duo presenting the one hour programme unnecessary and annoying. STV, you dont need presenters for MTV Base. I hope someone from there reads this...

Charly Boy threatens to sue NMA co-ordinator Tony Okoroji
Former Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) president, Mr Charles Oputa, aka, Charly boy has threatened to sue the man behind the Nigerian Music Awards Tony Okoroji on the ground that the latter has diverted the NMA to his own personal property. Okoroji has since shrugged off the claim insisting that Charly boy and his co-horts are merely trying to divert his attention from the award the whole country is looking forward to. The Nigerian Music Award is scheduled to hold May 19th at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Police stop Nike Osinowo
Rumour has it that last week, policemen manning a checkpoint on the road that leads to the home of one of Nigeria's most celebrated women, Chief Nike Osinowo-Soleye, at Magodo GRA, stopped and searched her black benz jeep. The search of her car was said to have taken some minutes while she stood aside calmly, watching. It was obvious that the policemen didn't know who she was...it must be great being Genevieve Nnaji. No policeman will stop that girl...they'll only wink or ask for an autograph when they see her...

Rugged Man acquires a brand new Nissan Morano jeep.
It seems there's a battle in the entertainment industry in Naija amongst its players as they try to outshine one another in material possessions, especially cars. Rugged man has joined the list of jeep owners. On May 10th 2007, he took delivery of a brand new Nissan Morano jeep. He replaced his Honda IV-Tech for the Morano jeep. The car crase by our Naija entertainers is...fill in the gap!

Shade Okoya falls ill, postpones birthday party
Softsell magazines in Nigeria are reporting that Shade Okoya, the young and beautiful wife of Eleganza boss Chief Rasaq Okoya has fallen ill and has been flown abroad to receive treatment thus postponing the superlative birthday party her billionaire husband was preparing for her. The preparation for the event had reached a feverish pitch as invitation cards had been sent out to virtually all the notable society personalities in Naija. The party was scheduled to take place on Saturday April 8th at the Okoya family home in Ajah. But a few days to the party, it was cancelled. Rasaq Okoya is said to have accompanied his young wife abroad to receive medical treatment and are both expected to be back by the end of the month if her condition improves. Get well soon Shade!
Also, handsome L'uomo and Waka Restaurant boss Kennedy Alogaga is getting ready to marry his Kaduna born model girlfriend Bikuro Dennis. Their wedding is on Saturday May 26th 2007 in the bride's home of Kaduna. Ken's bachelor's eve is slated for the 19th of May at his Waka Restaurant and Bar on Victoria Island.
To other news, President Obasanjo is said to be getting ready to hand over to Yar'adua come May 29th. It's being speculated that the president has bought over 50 Peugeot 607 cars worth almost a billion Naira to hand over to Nigeria's next president. The cars are said to be in the presidential car pool waiting...
Nigeria-Ghana Investment Business Summit
The first ever Nigeria-Ghana Investment Business Summit has been slated for Accra later in the month. The purpose of the summit is to increase business relations between the two countries.
Target Participants
*Manufacturers in Nigeria and Ghana
*Existing and potential investors
*Industries with exportable Goods and Services
*Chambers of Commerce and Industry
*Bans and other financial institutions
*Franchise owners and other interested bodies/persons
Objectives of the summit
*To facilitate and promote trade between Nigeria and Ghana
*To boost interest and explore investment opportunities
*Networking between investors and business persons
*To provide support platform for businesses
*To support the on-going Inter-Government efforts at Socio-economic integration.
Participation fees
VIP: N200, 000
Category A: N150, 000
Category B: N120, 000
Michael Ajayi
Vintage Visions GH Ltd
Tel: o24-4317450, 027-5191919, 020-8131772
So if you're interested, get in touch with them.
Don't forget to show some love by sending in your comments.

Tuesday 15 May 2007

Shan George + Idol WA Jerrilyn quote

Nollywood actress Shan George quote

On growing up and marrying young.
"I grew up in the village. Had both my primary and secondary school education there. I got married young. Normally in my village, it's a normal thing to get married at a very young age, 15, 16. I got married at 17. I am a very ambitious person. I have always wanted to be something to my society, so I opted to go to school instead and along the line I left the marriage."

On dealing with scandals

"I have a policy that everybody is entitled to their own opinion. And I always do what makes me happy. I believe that when you die, you die. You are going to face God one on one, so just do the right thing. What you feel is right in your own mind and heart because people will always criticise, no matter what you do, so why don't you feel free, be yourself and try to please God. Any other thing, dont bother about it."

On dealing with the issue of dating a younger man

"I have never been the kind of person who bothers with side talks. So, for one I'm not interested in listening. I am an advocate for happiness. Please if you're not happy where you are, get out of the place. If you bother about what people will say in anything you are doing, you will end up a very sad and lonely person. You will die just like that: Sad and lonely". I agree with you Shan!

Idol WA contestant Jerrilyn

On being evicted.
"I was expecting it. If Jodie could be evicted, who am I? I escaped eviction so many times. I don't feel bad to be out now because I gave the competition my best. Some people tried to damage my morale by saying I'm the worst performer in the house. The judges long running negative comments also further dampened my self-esteem."

On being a single mother
"My daughter is three years old. Her father is Nigerian, I'm not married to him. The challenges of a single mother are enormous. You have to tend to your child's every need. I really want to work hard in my music career so that I can be a role model to my daughter."

What's next for Jerrilyn?
"I will like to go back to school in Liberia.. I dropped out of school because of the civil war in Liberia. I also want to do humanitarian services and help other African youths living in deprivation. I hope my project gets financial support so that my dreams can come true."

By the way, I don't live with a man. If I gave that impression, didn't mean to. I will never live with someone who wasn't my husband. I'm so totally against that. What I do most times is Friday night, Saturday morning/afternoon I must be home or my mum will do...what mums do.

So any comment on Shan and Jerrilyn? Send it in.

Monday 14 May 2007

The duties of a GIRLFRIEND!

The-man-who-loves-me and I had a small arguement this past weekend. Why did we argue? He went for his regular morning exercise...came back 2 hours later, checked around his house and there was no food to eat. He quietly went to his kitchen and made himself something (while I was on the net lol...not funny!).

I didn't know he was a little peeved until the smell of food drew my attention and I went into the kitchen to get some. He did give me food...but not after telling me he expected to come back and find food ready...I should be serving him and not the other way round. (He's always cooking for me lol...not funny!)

This got me thinking really hard. Those of us who aren't married but are in serious relationships, what exactly are our DUTIES to our BOYFRIENDS? I mean I know what a WIFE'S duties are and God knows I plan to be the best wife in the world (or in Lagos lol), but what are my duties as a girlfriend?

Is it our duty to cook, clean, and take care of our boyfriends every need? I mean it's good enough that they get free sex right? Wrong?

I'm thinking if a man wants a woman who will cook his meals, wash his clothes, clean his house, and generally clean after him, he should get himself a wife right? That's not a girlfriends duty is it?

There have been several cases where a woman will slave for a man, do all the wifely duties and the bloody man ends up marrying another woman. Wetin you suffer for?

Make a honest woman of me and get angry when I dont cook or clean for you right?

I know they say the easiest way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but has anyone ever considered the easiest way to woman's heart?...Get her a maid! lol.

But seriously shouldn't we draw the line with boyfriends and reserve our ALL for our husbands?

Maybe I'm getting this wrong...what do you think?

Meanwhile here's a wife's duty joke
A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor's office. After his checkup , the doctor called the wife into his office alone.
He told her, "Your husband is suffering from a very severe disease, combined with horrible stress . If you don't do the following , your husband will surely die...
Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant , and make sure he is in a good mood .
For lunch make him a nutritious meal.
For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him.
Don't burden him with chores , as he probably had a hard day.
Don't discuss your problems with him, it will only make his stress worse .
And most importantly, make love with your husband several times a week and satisfy his every whim .
If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely."
On the way home, the husband asked his wife. "What did the doctor say?"
She replied, "You're going to die"!

LM fine AO!

Right and Wrong Reasons To get Married + Linda Ikeji LOL poem.

Someone I know got married this past weekend...to a footballer based in Holland. When I saw the husband and looked at the girl, I knew the union was not about love on the girl's part. She confirmed it later when she said, 'He's rich! What else am I looking for?"

So I started thinking of the many reasons people get married now adays and came up with a list of right and wrong reasons...

Here they are...

Right Reasons to get married...
You love each other sincerely and deeply.
A strong desire to share your life with one another
To have a reliable, lifetime companion.
Realistic expectations.
To bring Children into the world
A deep willingness to fulfill each other's needs and desires

Wrong reasons to get married...
For money.
Want to be free from parents.
Loneliness and desperation
To be happy.
To be an adult.
To avoid growing up
Because of a pregnancy.
He or she loves you.
For immigration/passport/visa purposes.

What other right and wrong reasons can you give?

Here is a poem I wrote...

Lord, give me a man
At 18, I started asking God for a man
At 19, I asked for a tall, strong man
At 20, I wanted him lean and well built
At 21, I wanted a handsome, model-looking man
At 22, I wanted a romantic man
At 23, I wanted a rich executive
At 24, I wanted an intelligent man with a great mind
At 25, I got heartbroken, now I want a man who will be kind to me
At 26, I met a kind man, but he bored me, so I asked for an exciting man
At 27, I was tired of excitement and wanted a more mature, responsible man
At 28, I met a responsible man but he was too young
At 29, I wanted to settle down, looked around...no man!
Now I'm 30 lord, just send me a man...any man, no conditions...ANY MAN!

Am I a poet or what? You like or you like? LOL

BTW, Naija gists and gossip coming soon!

African Magazines.

There are a thousand and one magazines in Africa, some published here, some published abroad. The main focus is always to educate, inform, entertain and celebrate people.
Here are some African Mags and their websites...
Ovation Magazine focuses mostly on celebrating African achievers. Full of colourful, exciting pictures. For more info go to www.ovationinternational.com

Essence Magazine is a bridal, Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine.

FHM (For Him Magazine) has a South African version

Rootz Magazine deals on African music and culture

African Soccer Magazine, strictly about sports in Africa

New African Magazine
New African, a monthly Mag, which covers exclusively the affairs of the continent and the African Diaspora. Its purpose is to serve the interests of Africa and it is dedicated to the progress and unity of Africa. You can check it out at: http://www.africasia.com/newafrican/

Mimi Magazine is a fashion and lifestyle Magazine published in South Africa. The website is www.mimimagazine.com

Djembe Magazine has been published in Denmark since the Images of Africa festival in 1992. The magazine is the main source for information for those who want to know the goings-on in the African community. (In Denmark)

True Love Magazine is a lifestyle magazine that has a South and West African editions. The Magazine is probably Africa's version of Cosmopolitan Magazine.

A monthly large-format photo journal for Africans in Europe to see what's going on in the African communities in Europe. Colourful and with focus on lots of photos. Website: http://www.colouredpictures.com/

African Courier is a bimonthly magazine published in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland Denmark and Sweden. The Mag serves as a vehicle of information and communication for the community of Africans and Europeans who have an interest in the African continent, its peoples and cultures

The AFRican is a bi-monthly publication primarily serving Africans from the Diaspora as well as non-Africans who have an interest in aspects of African life. Website is: http://www.africanmag.com/

Mano Vision is for Africans and friends of Africa everywhere. The magazine is designed to attract a readership among the diaspora of West Africa, in particular that of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia and Guinea. The Mission: To promote regional unity among Africans that transcends national boundaries. To report and analyse African affairs from an African perspective. Read more: http://www.manovision.com/

A German language magazine with a positive angle on the African continent. The magazine has existed since 1999 and covers politics, culture, sport, tourism, fashion and music. More here: http://www.africa-positive.de/

BHF Magazine focuses on Fashion in African and is published in the US

Genevieve Magazine, arguably Nigeria's best lifestyle Magazine is published monthly. Website: www.Genevievemag.com
There are also...
ModeMen - Nigeria
Bizu - Tanzania
Wedding Planner Nigeria
Heat Magazine - South Africa
FM&B - Nigeria
Stuff - South Africa
Kenyan Voice - Kenya
People - South Africa
Exquisite - Nigeria

I know there are several Magazines in Africa that is not on this list...so please do send in their names and websites if possible.

Sunday 13 May 2007

Personality: Ghanian actor, Van Vicker.

I don't watch Naija home videos...but any movie that features this guy who I consider the finest actor in Africa, Van Vicker?...I'm sitting my ass down to watch it. His acting ain't all that really, but his looks compensate for that. Last night, I couldn't believe I sat down to watch the part 1 & 2 of 'Beyonce' (Yeah the title right?), a movie he featured in...ask me what the movie was about? Can't tell you. Ask me his height, skin colour, the way he smiles, walks, talks, gesticulates? I'll tell you. lol. The guy is so cute it's stupid.

Van in the middle

Van with Ghanaian actress Nadie Bouari

Here are some of his movies...
Divine Love
Darkness of Sorrow
Keeping the Promise
Beyoncé, The President's Daughter
Mummy's Daughter
Slave to lust

In 2003, Vicker appeared in the Ghanaian television series, Suncity, which portrayed university life. He played the character of LeRoy King, Jr., a fine arts student born in the U.S. who arrives at Suncity to complete his education. The series ran for a total of 10 episodes.

Van in keeping the promise.

On February 17th, Van won Best Male Actor in a Movie role in Ghana Actor's Guild Award. He's had other nominations.

This pictures don't do him any justice whatsoever. Anyone know where I can get a good Van Vicker picture?

Entertainment News.

Fifteen year old R&B crooner Chris Brown just turned 18...he had his eighteenth birthday party at a New York club last week...so Chris is now officially an adult. I hope he looses that baby voice now that he ain't no baby anymore.
He's probably one of the finest black guys in the world. He's a famous model/actor, he's loaded, in his late 30's, still Tyson Beckford doesn't have a girlfriend, fuelling rumours that he's gay. If this is confirmed, it will surely break my heart. Does anyone know if this guy is gay?

Rumor has it that fitty, 31, is hitting dating actress Victoria Rowell, 46. What's with all this mama's getting all the young, hot guys? What's wrong with the young sexy chicks in the US? First Ashton, Usher, now 50cent? Pls girls wake up! lol

This unremorsely 15 year old who put Akon in trouble now has a page in MySpace where she claims to be nineteen and also has compromising pictures of herself. She's a preacher's daughter? This girl needs to be tamed.

Akon has publicly apologised about his stint on stage with her...hear him...
"First, and most important to me, I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me on-stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert in Port of Spain on April 12th. It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met. Again, I apologize to those concerned and to all my fans and I pledge to all that we will strive to make sure this type of incident does not happen again."
Do you blame Akon?
Ain't it great to have a famous son? Kanye's mum just launched a book she titled 'Raising Kanye'. Knowing oyinbo's, they'll buy the book. Imagine the fame and money that will come from this...Good for her!

The Game was again arrested in Los Angeles on Friday May 11th over suspicion of making criminal threats. What's with rappers and jail? He's since been released.

Usher has fired his mom as his manager. Rumor has it that Usher's other mama fiance Tameka Foster had a hand in Jonetta's firing. I believe them. Something tells me he won't marry Tameka eventually...amen!

Bobby Brown is suing ex-wife Whitney Houston in a California court, seeking spousal support and changes to the one-sided custody arrangement for their daughter, claiming financial and emotional problems prevented him from responding to Houston’s divorce petition.
Due to his failure to answer Whitney’s petition, Bobby lost all custody rights to their daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Ms Berry spotted recently looking pregnant. At 40? I hope she is.
Have anything to say? Holla!

Wise Sayings.

I've been going through alot of blogs lately, some I leave comments, some I don't, but one thing I observed in most blogs is that alot of our bloggers have so many issues in their lives that they wish to talk about and use their blogs to reach out to others around the world, seeking advise, opinions, prayers but mostly friendship.

I felt alot of loneliness in a particular blog I went to, her posts were just so heart breaking...I wanted to leave a comment but didnt know what to say to her, so I typed on google for wise words and came across some of this words. I'd like to share them with you all.

If you are down, feeling lost, worthless, little or feeling like a failure, I hope this words give you strenght.

Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
~Janis Joplin

The best way to predict your future is to create it.
~Peter Drucker

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
~Thomas à Kempis

You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
~Steven D.Woodhull

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
~David Lloyd George

Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns! ~Allison Gappa Bottke

Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning?
~Coleman Cox

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.
~Author Unknown

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.

Nature gave men two ends - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.
~George R. Kirkpatrick

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
~Leo Aikman

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
~Jimmy Johnson

Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.
~Chinese Proverb

Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way.
~Colonel Potter

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. ~Betty Smith

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. ~Henry Miller

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway.
~Elbert Hubbard

When "Why not do it?" barely outweights "Why do it?" - don't do it.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.
~Author Unknown

Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business.
~Ann Landers

The essential question is not, "How busy are you?" but "What are you busy at?" ~Oprah Winfrey

Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
~G.C. Lichtenberg

We must have passed through life unobservantly, if we have never perceived that a man is very much himself what he thinks of others.
~Frederick W. Faber

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.
~Swedish Proverb

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
~Thomas Edison

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. ~Malcolm S. Forbes

I used to believe that anything was better than nothing. Now I know that sometimes nothing is better.
~Glenda Jackson

God be with us all.

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