Archive for April 2011

Erykah Badu Rocks 'The Venue'

By Jeremiah D. Brown The ever evolving Erykah Badu graced the stage at Hammond, Indiana’s Horseshoe Casinos’ The Venue last Friday night for a soul stirring set. The performance made it one of the best live shows I’ve seen from her so far. The trance- inducing Badu hit the stage, about a half hour behind... Read more »

Empire Carpet Man' Elmer Lynn Hauldren dead at age 89

As soon as I heard about this, that annoying jingle rang in my head. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Elmer Lynn Hauldren, known to millions as the voice for the Empire Man character, has died at age 89, the company announced Wednesday. Hauldren was the central character of Empire Today’s advertising since the 1970s, providing... Read more »

Should news anchors be transparent about their sexuality?

Well, apparently MSNBC Rachel Maddow thinks so. The “out” lesbian news anchor said in an interview with the Guardian that closeted gay anchors should come out. And, she said in a later interview that she’s not referring to a certain CNN anchor. “I’m sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they’re doing... Read more »

McDonald's beating video: Transgender Woman Attacked By Two Women

The victim of a vicious beating at a Maryland McDonald’s is a transgendered woman, according to a LGBT advocacy group that’s calling for authorities to investigate the case as a hate crime. The shocking video shows the transgender woman being kicked in the head by two African American girls at the Rosedale fast food chain... Read more »

Two NBA Raptors Players Holding Hands...Sportmanship? Or.....?

When I first saw this photo in Chicago’s “Rolling Out,” it immediately made me say ‘awwwwwww!” Leandro Barbosa of the Toronto Raptors grabbed teammate Reggie Evans’ hand as they were leaving the court on Sunday night after their 102-98 win over the Magic, inspiring hundreds of homophobic comments on a brief YouTube clip of the... Read more »

Why I'm Not Upset By Kobe Bryant's Gay Slur...

Kobe Bryant’s homophobic slur towards an NBA referee during a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game recently was all caught on tape…but, I wasn’t offended by it. The now, $100,000 slur happened during the 3rd quarter after Kobe got hit with a technical foul. The NBA star was clearly upset screams for the ref (Bennie Adams)... Read more »

Chicago's Shoeshine King

It’s been awhile since I’ve put on my broadcast hat – formerly done some on-air work back in East Lansing – but it was quite refreshing. I really miss doing broadcast! But this was such a great story!  Providing employment for young men, James Cole’s west side shoeshine shop has been a positive force in... Read more »