Saturday, December 20, 2014

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 9:54 AM
Meek Mill performs during the Power 99 Powerhouse 2013 concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, October 25, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

In Monday’s column on Meek Mill in which I interviewed three local men who had reached out to him while he was in jail, I mentioned that the home-grown hip hop star was interested in building a prison. Some Daily News readers were shocked by that, given Mill’s troubles with the legal system and heightened awareness about problems associated with mass incarceration.

Since that column appeared in the Daily News and on Philly.com, I have heard from two of the men who had mentored Mill who explained that the entertainer isn’t looking at building a prison as a way to enrich himself but out of a deep desire to improve conditions for inmates. I should have made that more clear in my original column. If Mill would like to elaborate even more, I’d love to chat with him.

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:18 AM
The group Brotherly Love serenade President Barack Obama on Sunday, Nov. 2 at Temple University's Liacouras Center.

Watch the video of a singing group called Brotherly Love as they serenade President Obama backstage at the Liacouras Center on Sunday.

Charlie Mack Alston discovered the South Philly group two years ago at a teen talent search.

The group sang five songs during the rally for Democratic Party nominee for Governor of PA, Tom Wolf.



POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:38 PM

Note to men: Leave female passersby alone.

Don’t holler at them. Don’t smack your lips at them or try to restrain them as they’re walking past you on the sidewalk. Don’t announce to strange women what you think of her appearance. Don’t holler out, “Can I go?” And never slow down your car to try and get a woman on the sidewalk to talk to you.

Chances are, that same woman has been approached dozens of times that day already and you are just the latest one. So, please do her a favor and leave her alone.



POSTED: Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:10 PM

Relive our Sexy Singles celebration by checking out this video!



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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:16 AM

We're now just a week away from unveiling our 2014 Sexy Singles!

Here's a look at some of this year's Sexy Singles.



POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:42 PM
FILE - This Feb. 17, 1998 file photo shows Dr. Laura Schlessinger posing during her morning talk show in her Los Angeles studio. Schlessinger is (AP)

More women are staying home these days to care for their kids. According to research released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, the number of stay-at-home mothers has jumped to 29 percent in 2012. That’s a 7 percent increase since 1999 when the number of moms making that choice was at a modern-day low.

But it’s not exactly time for conservative radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger, author of “In Praise of Stay-At- Home Moms,”  to pull out a champagne bottle and pop the cork just yet.  

What’s driving the trend are all the frustrated moms who either can’t find jobs or else who don’t earn enough to justify paying for daycare. In Pennsylvania, the average cost of daycare for an infant in 2012 was a whopping $10,319 and $5,520 for a school-age child, according to ChildCare Aware of America.  And that’s just for a single child.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:51 PM
Female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.

Uncle Sam wants you - but maybe not your hairdo.

The U.S. Army has angered some African-American female service members by issuing new regulations clarifying certain black-oriented hairstyles such as dreadlocks and two-strand twists. Army officials go into detail and the exact specifications put a crimp into some hairstyles worn by African-American women who opt to keep their hair in its natural state. For instance, female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.  That means no elaborate goddess styles.

As soon as the new regulations came out on Monday, female soldiers started agitating and rightly so. One of the last things a service member wants to worry about when she’s serving her country is the size of her hair braids.  Having curly hair braided or getting locks, are logical solutions for black women with natural hair especially when a service member is facing deployment to a war zone.

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POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:02 PM
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Warning:  Don’t read another word of this blog post if you have a problem with gross over generalizing and racial stereotyping. In Nazaree Hines-Starr’s new book, “Why Every Black Woman Should Marry a Jewish Man,” she does an awful lot of that. It’s offensive.  It’s off putting. It’s insulting to African American and other non-Jewish men. I can see why she had to publish it herself. Yet, when I left it sitting in a pile on my desk, I couldn’t help but notice how many of my friends picked it up however briefly. “It is time for African American women to consider all of their options,” Hines-Starr writes. “Women in general should expand their horizons and stop listening to their single girlfriends. Forget about the often hypocritical brothers calling them sellouts, because in the final analysis, their opinions don’t count. Get over those old images of slavery and stop blaming every white man for sins perpetrated by others.”

Here are some of the points Hines-Starr, a black woman married to a Jewish guy, goes on to make:

*Jewish men at least attempt to marry before making babies.

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What’s up, everyone? Welcome. Let's discuss whatever's on our minds - pop culture, relationships, politics, even the latest fashion trend. If you read my Daily News column, you know I like to mix it up: One day, it's the state of hip hop and the next, the latest political race. Also, it's always fun to try to figure out the opposite sex and check the latest trends. It’s all about learning from each other, exchanging ideas and hopefully making some changes for the better. Nothing is off limits - just keep it clean and civil.


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