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Kanye Ain’t Crazy for Swayze

Inappropriate? Perhaps. But hey, he means no disrespect…

And I guess the word is out now that President Obama called Kanye a jackass.  Ohhh sigh. Gotta love that Obama’s almighty presidential opinion on Kanye has spread fast and far while meanwhile his remarks on and plans for universal healthcare have been closed out by folks everywhere. Way to go, America. Priorities.

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Moonwalk Your Way to the Big Guy, Michael

And so the world has lost the King of Pop. Wow, I’m really blown away by this one. Michael Jackson was a true artistic genius, and despite his many oddities, this is how we will remember him. He found tremendous success early on in his career with the Jackson 5 and then moving on to make arguably the best pop album of all time, Thriller. 7/9 tracks made the Top 10, and Jackson was officially a superstar.

Michael could dance, he could sing and he could certainly keep us intrigued. I remember loving his songs as a child, and being troubled by the the allegations made against the ever-whitening star in his later years. I remember him holding “Blanket” out over a balcony, and I can picture the leagues of fans that stayed outside of the court each day of his 2004 trial. There was one woman in particular who released a dove with each charge that was dropped. To these fans, he could do no wrong.

Meanwhile, this is a man who has twice been accused of being a sex offender, but he will be remembered for The Moonwalk, for asking, “Annie, are you okay?” and for “Beat It.” It is our ability to overlook his faults, outlandishness and severe errors in judgment that made him all the more a star. He had an unquestionable impact on music and helped shape what music videos would become. His inventive choreography, rhinestone glove and infectious beats will overpower the memories of his troubling plastic surgeries, short and ever so puzzling marriage to Lisa Marie Presley and the Jesus Juice he allegedly served to minors.

According to Jackson’s record label, SONY, 5 of his solo albums (Off the Wall, “Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory) are among the top-sellers of all time. Over the course of his monumental career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. This unreal talent earned Jackson 13 Grammy Awards and the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.

For nearly 40 years, he intrigued us, in good times and in bad. We enjoyed his glorious highs, and we witnessed his terrible lows. Whether you endlessly love him or will be forever creeped out by him, all of these details are what made Michael the undeniable artistic genius he came to be. RIP Michael.

You will be missed.

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Thank You For Being A Friend, Bea

Golden Girl Bea Arthur left us today for the Golden Gates. Sigh!

Most of us think of the Golden Girls when we hear the name Bea Arthur, but this woman brought so much talent and raw gutsiness to the stage and screen. With her deep voice & dead pan delivery, Bea was known as a wonderfully witty comedienne.

Bea was a stage actress for yeaaars until she broke into TV. As a guest star on the smash 70s sitcom, “All in the Family,” she played one no nonsense broad, Maude. The appearance was so successful that the then middle aged Bea got her own series. As Maude, Bea challenged stereotypes and took on the traditional. Her TV husband battled with alcoholism, and in a special two-part episode in 1972, Maude had an abortion– an episode that aired months before Roe v. Wade had been decided.

May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009

May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009

Bea wasn’t afraid to be unliked, and she even embraced her typecasting as an acerbic sasspot. “Look — I’m 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice and I have a way with a line,” she once told an interviewer. “What can I do about it? I can’t stay home waiting for something different. I think it’s a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting.”

Bea’s Emmy Award winning career spanned over seven decades. She made us laugh with her deep stern voice and unbelieviable timing, and she was a show stealer with her incredible ability to crack up an audience with one icy gaze. You will be missed, Bea, and we certainly thank you for being our friend.

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Walmart Worker Trampled in Black Friday Stampede

This is beyond awful.

The NY Daily News reports that an overnight maintenance worker was trampled while trying to hold back Black Friday crowds early this morning.

At the same store, a pregnant woman was knocked over and apparently had a miscarriage as a result. So many people, so little compassion…

Let’s keep in mind what really matters this holiday season. Our humanity is far more important than sales.

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