Category: People You Should Know


Police superintendent Jody Weis has recently caught flack for meeting w/ refuted Westside gang leaders in an attempt to reduce the violence on the streets.  The move, or threat as some view it is part of Chicago’s Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.  During the meeting, Weis warned gang leaders like Labar “Bro Man” Spann, an alleged Four Corner Hustlers leader and Jettie “Bo Diddley” Williams, the 50-year-old reputed leader of the Traveling Vice Lords to stop the killings or life for them would become miserable.

To carry out his threat, Weis told the gang leaders to remember the word RICO, and how homes, cars and other assets would be seized while conspiracy cases were brought upon gang leaders.  Many of the gang leaders in attendance said there’s no way I can be held responsible for what someone else does, and even hinted at the fact that they can’t control the young gang members.  After keeping up w/ this story, it’s interesting that gang leaders have really shown their true colors as being powerless (food for thought).

So is group responsibility a good way to quell the violence amongst rival gang members, senseless crimes, and other horrible behavior?

Should gang leaders be held responsible for the actions of the members below them & could this method work?

Share your thoughts…

-Ron

On April 19, 2010 Hip-Hop pioneer Guru joined Tupac, Biggie, Jam Master J and a host of others as fallen marters in Rap Music. At the age of 43 he passed away from complications due to cancer. Guru had been hospitalized several times in the past year for various health problems including a heart attack that left him restricted to Good Samaritan Hospital until his death.

Guru is most known for being 1/2 of the group Gang Starr founded in the late 80’s, including himself and the World renowned Producer DJ Premiere aka “Premo”. But the group had many shaky times leading to its eventual public split in 2004. Controversy began to emerge as fans and family became suspicious of new-found ally DJ Solar, suspecting him of controlling Guru’s visitations preceding his death. The drama peeked after Solar released a statement claiming that Guru wanted nothing to do with DJ Premier even after his death. The letter, supposedly in the words of Guru read…

“I do not wish my ex-DJ [DJ Premier] to have anything to do with my name likeness, events, tributes etc. Connected in any way to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well-informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ.”

Whether or not Guru was actually behind the letter or not it definitely will leave a bad taste in the mouths of many Gang Starr fans in a genre where beefs and grudges thrive many times until death. Nevertheless Guru is a Rap pioneer often pushing the limits of social awareness and history. Guru’s solo career produced a Hip-Hop and Jazz fusion series entitled “Jazzmatazz” collaborating with legends such as Roy Ayers and Donald Byrd. Guru’s impact and legacy will live on for generations, inspiring and strong, he will be remembered as a legend.

"Guru" 1967-2010

-Erik

Well it looks like everyone has their own tv show and I do mean everyone.  The latest notable figure to step into the television lane is none other than Miss Alaska, Sarah Palin.  According to a report from PEOPLE Magazine, Sarah Palin has inked a deal w/ the Discovery Channel worth 1 million dollars per episode.  The show will be called “Sarah Palin Alaska” and will focus on interesting traditions, characters, and things to do in Alaska.

Wow, she goes from Alaskan governor, to Alaskan television star.  The checks don’t stop coming in for her lol

-Ron

Anybody who watches late night television or has been keeping up w/ the the Blagoevich Saga probably cam across Blagoevich on Letterman last night.  For those that didn’t know, Blagoevich (aka “Blago”) is the former Illinois Senator who was ousted after being charged w/ trying to sell the Senate Seat held by now President Barack Obama.  Since being arrested, he’s been on a media circus blitz and is scheduled to appear on Donald’s Trump “Apprentice” show soon.  Here’s Blago introducing the Top Ten on Letterman.

-Ron

MLK

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. “

“Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. “

 

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. “

 

If you’re shocked after reading that headline, don’t worry you’re not the only one.  When I first read about Blagoevich’s latest media rant, I was shocked but in the end thought, “is there anything this man will not do.”  For those that don’t know Rod Blagojevich was the former governor for Chicago, IL until Barack Obama won the Presidential election and left his seat as U.S. Senator.  Blagojevich being the smart man that he is (sense the sarcasm) decided to sale the Senate seat to the highest bidder, all while being investigated and taped by the FEDS. Talk about one smart cookie LOL.

When he was in and out of court and under heavy media scrutiny, instead of keeping a low profile he tried to convince a judge to let him take part on a reality tv show in Costa Rica.  Next he went on a whirlwind of tv appearances such as The View, Good Morning America, and radio shows.  But his latest actions take the cake.  In his latest stint in the media, the former governor told Esquire Magazine that “he’s blacker than Barack Obama”.  He goes on to say that “he grew up in a 5-bedroom, shined-shoes, & his father had a laundromat in a black neighborhood.”  WOW  Since when does hardship & struggle define you as being black?  Not just that, but Blagojevich is an older Caucasian male, & no matter what he’s been through, he is still a Caucasian.

So weigh in folks….Does hardships and struggle growing up define your blackness?

-Ron

 

First it was the attention hungry couple Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who got into the Presidential Dinner without being on the guest list. Now a third person is said to have attended the dinner without being on the list.  This time, the univited guest didn’t get close to the President or the First Lady, according to the Secret Service.  The uninvited guest traveled from a hotel where Indian delegation was staying but didn’t pass through the pre-screening tests prior to the event, which means he should not have been permitted to attend.  However, he did go through metal detectors.  I wonder if this is a historic high for the amount of security breaches to occur for one President?  

Three uninvited guests were able to get through secret service checkpoints and could have caused bodily harm to the President if they wanted.  I know many questions are lingering through the Oval Office these days but after this incident, I think we all know the answer to one question. 

Should the 3 univited guest to the White House state dinner for India’s prime minister face criminal charges and/or jail time? 

-Ron

On Friday, the talk show queen Oprah Winfrey made the announcement that in September 2011 her show will end.  “After much prayer and careful thought, I decided that next season, season 25 will be the last season,” Winfrey told audience members. “I love this show. … This show has been my life and I love it enough to know when it’s time to say goodbye.”  She made sure to thank all her loyal viewers for their support over the years before the end of Friday’s show.  And don’t worry, this isn’t the last we’ll see of Oprah.  She plans to start a cable channel called O.W.N. or the Oprah Winfrey Network and its a joint venture w/ Discovery.  She’s done alot for different organizations, the City of Chicago, needy families and children, teachers and more.  She’ll truly be missed but never forgotten as the talk show queen!!!