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Dorothy Height styling in a purple dress and royal purple hat

Dorothy Height Sent Off in Style by President Obama

On April 20, at the age of 98, Civil rights activist and educator, Dorothy Height left this (partially) green globe. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. I will not pretend to know the details of her impact in the civil rights movement, but those who fought for our rights as equal citizens of this country deserve to be acknowledged and thanked for their efforts.

It’s nearly impossible for anyone of the hip-hop generation - not to mention internet babies - to imagine the life of African-Americans during 1937. That’s when Dorothy Height was 25 years old and just beginning her life as a civil rights activist. Martin Luther King Jr., sparked by Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat, which sparked the Montgomery bus boycott and put the civil rights movement into full gear, wouldn’t happen until, a rounded, 20 years later.

On Thursday, President Obama delivered Dorothy Height’s eulogy. Surprisingly, even he said he didn’t know Dorothy Height well, but in the early days of his campaign he got to know her very well, especially after he was elected..

“In the White House, she was a regular.  She came by not once, not twice—21 times she stopped by the White House.. We came to love her stories.  And we loved her smile.  And we loved those hats—(laughter)—that she wore like a crown—regal.”

This is good stuff and a great send off. Dorothy Height ~ resting in peace.

Guru - Rest in Peace

Guru Succumbs to Cancer, but Gangstarr [should] Never Die

On Tuesday morning I heard about Guru losing his fight against cancer, put a quick R.I.P. on Twitter and mumbled Gangstarr lyrics throughout the day. Man, we lost another one.

In 1989, Guru and DJ Premier formed Gangstarr and from 1990 to 1998, Guru’s monotone flow and DJ Premier’s hard edge jazz/funk/where’d he get that samples blessed hip-hop fan’s ears with music comparable to none - then or now. As a team, they spoke for the art of music, the intention to contribute a unique, honest expression of the streets to the hip-hop archives. Step in the Arena, Daily Operation, Hard to Earn, the singles, “Words I Manifest” and You Know My Steez. That is Gangstarr as I will forever remember them - and how I will forever remember Guru.

Gangstarr

It’s too bad, in his final days (really, over the last seven years,) Guru didn’t feel that same bond with DJ Premier. Before he passed away, Guru wrote a ‘final letter’ to friends and fans, which basically dismissed everything he and DJ Premier worked on, saying “I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death.”

You can read the full letter on the fan run DJ Premier blog “Guru Passed Away After Hard Battle With Cancer, R.I.P.”

I’m not sure what could make a person so upset they’d curse another as they’re headed to the afterlife. Seriously, isn’t that when all long lost connections are mended?

As of this time, there’s no news that DJ Premier has responded to Guru’s statement/letter. I hope he doesn’t, and instead waits until they meet at that lounge just past the pearly gates. Yeah, the one Big and Pac hang out at all the time.

R.I.P. Guru [One of the best, you know the rest]

Nicki Minaj waveing to the haters

Nicki Minaj - Haters Are Unhappy.. With Themselves *Smile*

Another day morning, another Nicki Minaj mention. Let’s face it, it’s impossible to have a legitimate conversation about who’s hot in rap - male or female -  without Nicki Minaj in the mix. While the industry’s eyes were closed, Nicki went from nothing to someone all those industry types now want a piece of. Her army of fans/barbies are passionately in love with her, it should be all good, but some people aren’t thrilled with all the attention Nicki Minaj’s getting.

Radio Raheem had it right, on one hand is love, and the other… hate.

Vibe caught up with Nicki Minaj, asked her what she’s up to musically, and of course, touched on those haters. Her response was, [right hand].. lovely.

“When people see there is one person getting a lot of shine or notoriety or whatever, it makes them feel unhappy with themselves; the small minded people feel unhappy with themselves. The intelligent girls just take the things that they like from me and my journey and they apply it to their journey.

If I had it my way that’s what they’d all do. Everyone is not going to like Nicki Minaj. Everyone’s not going to like the way I look or what I do but I think if you’re smart you’d take from me and figure out why everyone is talking about me. That would be the smart thing to do, but I don’t think they know how to express that, so they express it with anger, jealousy, and hatred.”

 

Jennifer Hudson's presents her new slim look for Weight Watchers

Jennifer Hudson Presents her New Slim Look for Weight Watchers

On Thursday, Jennifer Hudson was the center of attention at a press event at The Glass Houses in New York. For a good reason, she shocked everyone in room with her new slim look.

Seven months ago Jennifer Hudson gave birth to her first child, David. Some women hold on to their pregnancy weight after giving birth, Jennifer Hudson dropped back to her normal weight and dropped some more. What’s her secret? Weight Watchers. At the press conference she was introduced as their newest spokesperson.

Jennifer Hudson's presents her new slim look for Weight Watchers

“I am enjoying the weight loss because I’m doing it the right way. I feel empowered with what I’ve learned, everything from portion control to what foods will help keep me satisfied. It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet,” Jennifer said.

On Good Morning America, she said her friends have been mistaking her for someone else. “No one recognizes me any more,” Jennifer said. “After I had the baby, I made up my mind that I wanted to go in a different direction and find a better lifestyle. So I set my mind to this challenge and I went after it.. I feel like I’ve conquered the world!”

Here’s one of Jennifer Hudson’s new Weight Watchers commercials..