Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Will Smith Gets His Star; DrumRoll SWD Recap PLUS MORE!!!!!!!

Last night I had the opportunity to catch Drumroll: SWD. Let me tell you how exciting this show is. I really wish it would've been picked up and aired nationally because it really shows these kids working hard and leading their band to success. I really appreciated how they looked at other high school bands in the area. The news focuses on how "bad" and "unruly" our teenagers are but it fails to focus on the good the majority is doing.

I also love the way it shows upper middle class black families. One of the students had an elevator in her home. It's not for luxury either. Her brother is a special needs child so the elevator is used to transport him from upstairs to downstairs. I'm excited to see additional episodes of this show and follow these kids throughout their entire season. This show is excutive produced by James DuBose, who also happens to be a producer on Keyshia Cole's hit BET Reality show, "The Way It Is". Drumroll: SWD is by far the BEST reality show I have ever seen and that is simply because it focuses on the positivity of our future generation and not the negativity of this world!!!!!! Hopefully someone will put the episodes on youtube so EVERYONE has a chance to catch this great new show!!!!!

Congrats to rapper turned super actor Will Smith. He will be receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, December 10th at 11:30am. He is definitely well deserving of his star.

Kanye West has settled a lawsuit with former stuntman Evel Knievel. Kanye and Knievel have amicably resolved and settled a lawsuit in which Knievel claimed that Kanye's depiciton of him as a character called "Evel Kanyevel" in his 2006 "Touch the Sky" video damaged his reputation. After meeting with West, Knievel changed his mind and said that Kanye was "a wonderful guy and quite a gentleman". The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

Last night, Creflo Dollar appeared on Larry King Live to discuss the recent allegations against him and other churches for misappropriating their donor funds. Creflo has opted to not disclose his church's financial records to the requesting senator from Iowa saying "No, we have not given him the information that he has requested, simply because we don't believe we are under any legal obligations to have to do it when the IRS has already been given the authority to act as a tax examiner and not a Committee". Here is what else Dollar had to say to Larry King:

KING: Give us a sense of your lifestyle, doctor. You -- it's reported you have a mansion in Atlanta, a multi-million dollar apartment in New York, a private jet.Why would a minister -- a guy speaking the word, anyone speaking the word of the Lord -- need that?

DOLLAR: Well, first of all, the private jet is owned by the church. I don't own it personally. And I see that jet as necessary -- a necessary tool in order to accomplish the mission of our ministry. I preach all over the world. We have offices all over the world. I pastor a church in New York and Atlanta. We're setting up hundreds of satellite churches around the country. So my board of directors and the constituents that support our ministry saw it as a necessary tool in order for me to accomplish the mission.As far as the apartment in New York, I've been working for years, and if you manage your money properly and if you work and, you know, own businesses and do what you're supposed to do, then you can afford to buy those with your own money.

I think there's a miscalculated assumption that whenever a minister owns anything that he had to use the church's money to purchase it. But there are ministers, like myself, who -- we own our own businesses. We're intelligent enough to invest and to save and to manage our money properly. And so if we choose to purchase what we want to purchase with our money, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

To read the entire transcript from the show, click HERE

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