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In The News / Mike Evans
« on: December 23, 2006, 07:53:40 am »
Mike Evans, 57; Lionel in 'Jeffersons' created 'Good Times'
From Times Staff and Wire Reports
December 22, 2006

Mike Evans, 57, an actor best known for his role as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died of throat cancer Dec. 14 at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, his niece Dr. Chrystal Evans said.

With writing partner Eric Monte, Evans went on to create and write for "Good Times," one of the first TV sitcoms that featured a primarily African American cast.

Michael Jonas Evans was born Nov. 3, 1949, in Salisbury, N.C., to a dentist father, Theodore Evans Sr., and his schoolteacher wife, Annie Sue Evans.

The family moved to Los Angeles when Mike was a child. He graduated from Los Angeles High School and studied acting at Los Angeles City College before landing the role of Lionel Jefferson in Norman Lear's iconic 1970s situation comedy "All in the Family."

Evans kept the role of Lionel when "The Jeffersons" was launched in 1975 as a spinoff featuring bigoted Archie Bunker's black neighbors in Queens who "move on up to the East Side" of Manhattan and an upscale life.

Evans was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for four years, then he returned to the series from 1979 to 1981.

He also acted in the 1976 TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" and made guest appearances on the TV series "Love, American Style" and "The Streets of San Francisco." His last role was in a 2000 episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger."

In recent years he had invested in real estate in the Inland Empire.,1,3625449.story

In The News / Diddy Pimps Dogs!!!
« on: December 23, 2006, 07:46:59 am »
Macy's pulls Sean John hooded jackets
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writer
Fri Dec 22, 6:24 PM ET

Macy's has pulled from its shelves and its Web site two styles of Sean John hooded jackets, originally advertised as featuring faux fur, after an investigation by the nation's largest animal protection organization concluded that the garments were actually made from a certain species of dog called "raccoon dog."

"First these jackets were falsely advertised as faux fur, and then it turned out that the fur came from a type of dog," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

Pacelle added that the issue is an "industry-wide problem" and its investigation demonstrated that retailers and designers "aren't paying close enough attention to the fur trim they are selling." He added that the issue is especially problematic when "the fur is sourced from China where domestic dogs and cats and raccoon dogs are killed in gruesome ways."

Raccoon dogs — which are not domestic animals — are indigenous to Asia, including eastern Siberia and Japan, and have been raised in large numbers because their fur closely resembles raccoon, Pacelle said.

Orlando Veras, a spokesman at Macy's, a division of Federated Department Stores Inc., confirmed Friday that the retailer had removed the jackets, releasing a statement saying that it has a "long-standing policy against the selling of any dog or cat fur." He continued, "This policy is clearly communicated to all suppliers."

The Sean John jackets — one a snorkel style, the other a classic version — had been labeled "raccoon fur," but were advertised as faux fur, Pacelle said.

In a statement by Sean "Diddy" Combs released by his publicist Hampton Carney, the designer said: "I was completely unaware of the nature of this material, but as soon as we were alerted, the garments were pulled off the Macy's floor and Web site. I have instructed our outerwear licensee to cease the production of any garments using this material immediately."

Macy's removal of the coats comes on the heels of other tests conducted by the Humane Society of the United States on a range of fur-trimmed jackets from retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory, Bloomingdale's, J.C. Penney and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as from designers and clothing lines such as Baby Phat, Andrew Marc, MaxMara and Calvin Klein. Those tests revealed that most of the jackets labeled as "raccoon" or coyote" from China in fact contained fur from raccoon dogs.

Of the 10 garments tested by the Humane Society, nine tested positive as raccoon dog fur and were mislabeled, a violation of federal law.

The Humane Society is also calling upon Congress to amend the Dog and Cat Protection Act — which bans the sale of dog or cat fur in the United States — to include raccoon dog, since the organization says these dogs are so "inhumanely" killed and their species are similar to domesticated dogs.

Hard Choices / Re: HARD CHOICES: Mayo vs. Miracle Whip
« on: December 22, 2006, 12:00:03 am »

Let me get this straight.  You're asking our preference between the real and the fake?

As with all things, I prefer the real deal.

In The News / Re: BET President Joins UCLA School Board Of Arts
« on: December 21, 2006, 08:25:35 am »

Go Reggie!  My HERO!!!  :)

In The News / Re: Sorry Virginia, There Is NO Santa Claus!!!
« on: December 20, 2006, 07:52:09 pm »

Santa is NOT dead  :'(

He has elves, thousands of pretend Santas, Mrs Claus and parents that help him complete his mission.

Santa is REAL  :)

Hard Choices / Re: Hard Choices: Hang nail or Paper Cut
« on: December 20, 2006, 04:46:30 pm »

I'd rather endure the papercut.  Besides my fingernails and toenails are way too pampered to ever get a hangnail

In The News / Sorry Virginia, There Is NO Santa Claus!!!
« on: December 20, 2006, 03:25:55 pm »
Do y'all remember how you felt when you realized there was no real Santa.  I was so traumatized.
I think I'm still suffering the PTSD right now  :'(

Anyways, enough about moi.  Somewhere in Britain, the land of cruel and heartless evil grinches,
sweet little innocent girl's and boy's hopes have been dashed  -->

'Santa Claus does not exist' school tells stunned kids

A primary school has been accused of spoiling Christmas for pupils after a lesson telling them that Santa Claus does not exist.

Children as young as nine were told that only 'small children believe in Father Christmas'.

And yesterday their parents criticised teachers for taking the 'magic' out of the festive period.

The blunder came after the Year 5 pupils were given seasonal worksheets containing various festive classroom exercises.

One began by informing the children that 'many small children believe in Father Christmas'.

It then went on to explain that thousands of letters sent by these children to Santa every year are actually answered by the Post Office.

The youngsters were then asked to write a pretend letter from the Post Office to a child explaining why their requests for presents had been refused.

Now Ladysmith Junior School in Exeter, Devon, is accused of taking a decision that should have been made by the parents themselves.

One father-of-two, who asked not to be named, said: "My wife and I make a special effort to keep the belief in Santa in our daughter's mind as we believe it adds to the magic of Christmas for her and her four-year-old brother.

"We even recall her shaking with excitement some years ago when sat at the bottom of our bed rummaging through her stocking.

"What gives the school the right to decide when children should know the truth about such a harmless matter when knowing the truth does take away that little bit of magic?"

"She'll probably figure it out soon enough anyway, but we might have had one last Christmas without her knowing if it hadn't been for the school."

Yesterday the headmistress of the 460-pupil school said she had written to families to apologise and assured them the lesson will not be taught again.

Jackie Jackson said: "Having three children myself, I understand how parents feel.

"The last thing we wanted to do was take away the positive and magical side of Christmas and I have wished all the families a happy time."

She continued: "We can't go back and undo this but I have written to all the families to apologise. It was very unfortunate and a bad mistake. We are not in the business of shattering children's dreams."

Yesterday a spokesman for the Royal Mail confirmed it receives around 750,000 letters for Father Christmas from children around the UK every year.

He said: "They are all forwarded to Santa and we also send a special reply."

The worksheet was taken from the Internet and created by educational charity, the Hamilton Trust.

Yesterday the trust's director Ruth Merttens, defended the content.

She said: "I feel sorry for the teacher concerned.

"But we produce the worksheets and it is up to teachers how they use them in class."

She added: "I don't want to upset anybody but I would say by the age of ten it seems unlikely that a child wouldn't be aware of Santa's imaginary nature."

Last week a primary school teacher was sacked for telling her young class that Santa does not exist.

The supply teacher apparently decided the pupils - some as young as nine - were too old to believe in Father Christmas.

The teacher, who has not been named, is believed to have told the class at Boldmere Junior School, in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands: "All of you are old enough to know there is no Father Christmas or fairies.

If you ask your parents to tell you they will say there is no such thing.

Amanda Piovesana, whose daughter is in Year 5, said: "I am upset because it has taken away a magical part of Christmas for my daughter and a teacher should not have the right to do that. My little girl was very upset."

At yet another school, pupils went home in tears after being told Father Christmas does not exist by a teacher who was telling a class of nine-year-olds how Christmas is celebrated across the world.

Angry parents at Calcot Junior School in Berkshire said the teacher had 'ruined' Christmas for their children.

Mel Barefield, whose son was in the lesson, said: 'The teacher had said to them that Father Christmas wasn't real, Rudolph was a cartoon character and that Christmas trees come from Germany.'

A governor said: 'It's not just Father Christmas that's the problem. We also have issues with things like the Tooth Fairy.

'From now on when a child asks if Father Christmas exists the teacher should say, "I'm not sure. Go home and ask your parents"'.

Rachel McGauley, 29, whose eight-year-old daughter Shannon is in Year 4 at the school, said: "It is very bad.

"As parents it is for us to decide when we tell our children and some of the parents in that class could have got away with it for another year and now they can't.

"I just hope my little girl does not twig because she is in the year below."

Sam Horne, whose children Keiron, eight, and six-year-old Charlotte attend the school,said: "Mine still believe in Father Christmas, and when I was a kid I did not find out until I was about eleven.

"It is like a loss of innocence. Children should have the right to stay innocent for as long as possible."

In a statement issued through the local Education Authority, Devon County Council, head Mrs Jackie Jackson added: "The choice of this worksheet was a genuine mistake by a teacher which we are all very sad about.

"As a school we delight in the magic of childhood and believe that Christmas is a very special time.

"In the last week the children have been enjoying carol singing and a Christmas fair and, in the true spirit of the season, raising money for children at the Ugandan school which we support.

I have apologised to the parents and this worksheet will never be used in the school again."

In The News / Neville Willoughby
« on: December 20, 2006, 02:55:28 pm »
Neville Willoughby, Broadcaster, Dies

By Associated Press
December 20, 2006, 2:55 PM EST

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Neville Willoughby, a respected Jamaican radio broadcaster known for his interviews with reggae legend Bob Marley, has died. He was 69.

Willoughby died at the University of the West Indies Hospital from injuries sustained in a car accident Tuesday night in the capital of Kingston, said Gary Allen, managing director at Radio Jamaica.

Willoughby had worked at the station since 1969.

He was a prominent figure in Jamaica's music scene and recorded a reggae Christmas song, "Christmas J.A." He is best known for a lengthy 1973 interview with Marley that has been released as a separate recording and is considered one of the most in-depth discussions with the star.

Willoughby is survived by two daughters.

Hard Choices / Re: HARD CHOICES: A-1 or 57
« on: December 20, 2006, 06:58:19 am »
Maybe. Or maybe you require Caribbeanisation. ;)
Or we could met somewhere in the middle (Mexico?)

I have some scotch bonnet sauce in the fridge actually.  That's American for refrigerator, otherwise known as an ice box.   :)

Feel The Funk / Re: All Time Best Prince Album
« on: December 20, 2006, 06:45:02 am »
My game plan is to get his first album up to Parade, and then pick and choose after Parade. :) So far, all I have is Purple Rain, Graffitti Bridge, Batman, The Hits/B-Sides, and Crystal Ball. I would have loved to have had The Gold Experience, but its out of print. I could probably find it used, though.

I've tried to keep up with my Prince collection, but it's difficult.  I have about fifteen of his
albums.  The one I'm listening to currently (not currently as in right now this moment but
it's in the system) is the Girl 6 soundtrack.  Love that CD!!!  Except everytime I play it no
work gets done cuz all I do is dance around  :D

Hard Choices / Re: HARD CHOICES: A-1 or 57
« on: December 20, 2006, 06:39:50 am »
Are we talking about chilli sauces? If so, I go with Scotch Bonnet Caribbean sauce.

You require Americanization, don't you?  :)

Race is social - no one thinks that White people with blonde hair are a different race to White people with brown hair, but it's probably as much difference as ther is between, say, a Korean and a Botswanan. As Redjack said many times in the past, there really isn't any ratioanl basis for discussions on race - it simply doesn't exist, except as a social construct.

Although, obviously Kami's right about us mixies being superior, although I told you kami, it's "Wise Son's People" now. ;)

I beg to differ.  Mr. Hitler thought blondes and brunettes were different races. 
He wanted all "his" Germans to be blue eyed blondes.  How soon we forget.

Anyway, bow down to the mixies all you subordinate inferior races!!!

Mixies RULE!!!  :D

Hudlin TV / Re: Truly the end of an era-Joseph Barbera passes
« on: December 19, 2006, 11:41:33 pm »
I remember the Globetrotters,Kami...and it's sad that he's gone from us now...

All world problems would be resolved if everyone grew up watching the HB cartoons.
And it's not too late, we could still watch the cartoons, and all world problems would
come to an abrupt halt  :)

Feel The Funk / Re: All Time Best Prince Album
« on: December 19, 2006, 11:04:58 pm »
I want to say Purple Rain, since its one of the few albums I can listen to without skipping a single song...but then I've never heard the 1999 album, just songs from it, so...can't vote properly. :( I'll have to get that album at some point.

No 1999!!!  How can you live without that - it's essential Prince!!! :(
In the meanwhile until you get it, you can listen to snippets of all
the recordings over at Amazon.

Feel The Funk / Re: All Time Best Prince Album
« on: December 19, 2006, 02:56:28 pm »
Sign of the Times because it was during the period when he was working at his zenith artistically and doing a lot of work under other people's names...he also did the infamous "Black album" after this which had some great cuts on it too.  Most of the songs here were just funky beyond compare, wild, eclectic and smooth r&b contributions.

Have I told you that I love you today?   :-*

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