Archive for September, 2009

QUINCY JONES ON MICHAEL JACKSON’S BLEACHING-“MICHAEL JACKSON BLEACHED HIS SKIN BECAUSE HE “DIDN’T WANT TO BE BLACK”-FROM ENTERTAINMENTWISE.COM,JULY 3,2009

September 29, 2009

FROM entertainmentwise.com

BROTHER QUINCY JONES

BROTHER QUINCY JONES

MICHAEL JACKSON,BLACK AND HANDSOME BUT HIS BLACK FATHER TOLD HIM HE WAS UGLY WITH A VERY UGLY BIG NOSE!BLACK PARENTS STOP THIS ABUSE OF BEAUTIFUL BLACK FEATURES!

MICHAEL JACKSON,BLACK AND HANDSOME BUT HIS BLACK FATHER TOLD HIM HE WAS UGLY WITH A VERY UGLY BIG NOSE!BLACK PARENTS STOP THIS ABUSE OF BEAUTIFUL BLACK FEATURES!

BLEACH AND BE A  MONSTER LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON BECAME!

BLEACH AND BE A MONSTER LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON BECAME!

MJ DOING "WE ARE THE WORLD"

Quincy Jones: Michael Jackson Bleached Skin Because He ‘Didn’t Want To Be Black’
The producer speaks out about his friend’s obsession with his appearance…
Friday 03rd Jul 2009

Thriller producer Quincy Jones says that his pal Michael Jackson bleached his skin because he “didn’t want to be black”.

The singer always claimed that his increasingly pale appearance was the result of Vitiligo, a chronic condition that causes patches of skin to lose pigment.

However, Quincy – who also worked with Michael on Off The Wall and Bad – dismisses this explanation as “bulls**t”.

He says in a candid new interview: “I don’t believe in any of that bulls**t, no. No. Never.

“I’ve been around junkies and stuff all my life. I’ve heard every excuse. It’s like smokers – ‘I only smoke when I drink’ and all that stuff. But it’s bulls**t.

“You’re justifying something that’s destructive to your existence. But when somebody’s hell-bent on it, you can’t stop ’em.

“What his face turned into is ridiculous. Chemical peels and all of it. And I don’t understand it. But he obviously didn’t want to be black. You see his kids?”

Quincy suggests Michael was a hypochondriac, but is unable to explain why his friend had such a problem with the way he looked.

“He’d come up with, ‘Man, I promise you I have this disease,’ and so forth, and ‘I have a blister on my lungs,’ and all that kind of bulls**t,” he tells Details.

“It’s hard, because Michael’s a Virgo, man – he’s very set in his ways. You can’t talk him out of it.

“I’m just a musician and a record producer. I’m not a psychiatrist. I don’t understand all that stuff. We all got problems.”

Black to white: Michael’s changing appearance

After learning of his friend’s death, Quincy praised Michael for his “talent, grace, professionalism and dedication” in an emotional tribute.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958. He was the seventh child of nine children to Joseph and Katherine Jackson and was born into a typical working class family. The city of Gary is 25 miles from downtown Chicago and is famous for its massive steel industry. It took its name from the chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H Gary, and is nicknamed ‘City of Century’ – we’re hoping for ironic reasons. (Image: WENN.com)

8 YEAR OLD BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY WENDY KASUMU MAKES US PROUD WITH HER WORLD BEAUTY TITLE!-FROM THE LONG HARMATTAN SEASON.BLOGSPOT.COM

September 24, 2009

8 Year Old Wendy Makes Nigeria Proud
By Ahaoma Kanu

Six years after the world stood still for Agbani Darego as the winner of the Miss World beauty contest, history was made again this time by an 8 year old Grade 4 Pupil of Taurean Private School, Surulere, Miss Wendy Kasumu in far away Antalya, Turkey when she was crowned Little Miss World Model 2007 recently.

She beat 36 other contestants from different parts of the world to grab the crown at the 7th International Children of Beauty and Talents tagged Little Miss World and described achieving the feat as, “very exciting”

Wearing a charming smile befitting an international beauty queen, Wendy said that her interest in modeling was inspired by her desire to become an ambassador of Nigeria.

“I got interested in modeling because I saw I would have a chance to win one day and make my country proud,” she said.

The sensational and talented Wendy who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State joined Nigerian Kiddies Modelling Club (KMC) two years ago after a visit from the President of the Club to her school.

Seeing the opportunity lying in pageantry, she decided to enlist after she got the nod of her parents and participated in local beauty pageants where she is the reigning Little charming Princess in Nigeria as Best Mini Model and Best Cat Walker 2007 in one year.

On winning these crowns, she became a kid celebrity of sort and appeared as guest celebrity at the recently concluded face of Ogun State University and the Nigeria Super Model contests this year.

As the reigning Little Catwalk Queen, she participated in her first International competition and clutched the crown as Little Miss World Model 2007.

According to the National Director of the Little Miss World in Nigeria, Mrs. Frances Oho, Wendy was at her best forum during her talent display, cat walking and was greeted with a standing ovation for her outstanding performance which also made her become a toast of the media in Europe where she graced the covers of international beauty magazines and newspapers as well as many agencies clamouring to sign her immediately but she decided to return home to Nigeria and finish her education.

Wendy described her best moment as the time she was crowned and disclosed her advantage over other contestants who she never regarded as threats.

“My advantage lies in the fact that we Nigerians are always bold and have the ability to make our country proud.” She said adding that having passed through the grooming of model instructor, Modella, she was very confident in herself.

A straight-A pupil, Wendy said she did not find the task of combining both rehearsals and her studies difficult as she is naturally brilliant.

“I was able to cope up with my studies because I am brilliant and very intelligent. I am a straight A Pupil so it wasn’t so difficult for me,” she said.

Natalya Kovalyova, President of the Little Miss World show who presented Wendy with Sashes, her certificate as a queen amidst other gifts said one of the aims of the competition is to bring children from all parts of the world to meet themselves and learn from each other and to this part, Wendy said she made many friends.

“I made many friends,” I met a girl from Georgia, she won Little Miss Georgia and a have a best friend called Christiana from Russia and another Isabella, from Brazil. I also made friends with Eliana from Belanis and another little friend, Helen from Armenia. It was so exciting and I loved every moment I spent with my friends,” she said excitedly.

With a dream of becoming a top model and a medical doctor which will enable her help humanity Wendy said the main focus of her reign as a world queen will lie in helping the less priviledged especially the motherless babies.

“My first task is to become a goodwill ambassador to children and be a role model to them, and also, my pet project will be focused on the motherless babies. I will donate to Orphanages because they always touch my heart whenever I see them which make me want to cry,” she revealed with compassion in her young eyes.

Wendy who was accompanied to Europe alongside her mother, Mrs. Adekubi Kasumu described her family as her greatest asset.

“My father, Mr. Olaiwola Kasumu and my mother encouraged me a lot. My elder brother too, Olamola Jnr. was also one of my greatest influence.”

Her mother, Mrs. Kasumu disclosed that no member of her family had participated in pageantry said that she is happy to have allowed Wendy take up on modeling at a very young age.”

“I allowed her to join the modeling club because I wanted to give her a chance to exploit her talents and today she had made me very proud.”

According to her father who is an artiste as well, he is prepared to support Wendy to actualize whatever dream she aspires to achieve and called on the government and corporate society to support Wendy’s pet project.
Posted by Ahaoma Kanu at 15:31
2 comments:
Anonymous said…
its great to hear of nigeria in the news again for the right reasons.she indeed made nigeria proud.its however a shame that no tv station in nigeria deemed it fit to showcase her achievement or follow her advancement through out the period of the competion.she should be celebrated and recognised by the govt.what she has achieved will go a long way in laundering nigeria’s image abroad.

23 November 2007 12:09
Anonymous said…
I feel very proud because I kno wonder why non of our Tv stations could not beam this type of event. I am not surprised at this young girl grand achievment. The hand of God is upon you, just remember your creator in all your doings that what you do must glorify God alone as you grow to become Miss World/Universe. Congratulations!

25 November 2007 20:36
BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY WENDY KASUMU WINS "LITTLE MISS WORLD MODEL 2007"

“ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND GIANT STONE-AGE AXES IN AFRICA…”-FROM THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER,NIGERIA,SEPT.17,2009

September 18, 2009

from ngrguardiannews.com

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Archaeologists find giant Stone-Age axes in African lake basin

A GIANT African lake basin is providing information about possible migration routes and hunting practices of early humans in the middle and late Stone Age periods between 150,000 and 10,000 years ago.

Oxford University researchers have unearthed new evidence from the lake basin in Botswana that suggests that the region was once much drier at certain times and wetter at other times than it is today.

They have documented thousands of stone tools on the lake bed, which sheds new light on how humans in Africa adapted to several substantial climate change events during the period that coincided with the last Ice Age in Europe.

Researchers from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford are surveying the now-dry basin of Lake Makgadikgadi in the Kalahari Desert, which at 66,000 square kilometres is about the same size of present day Lake Victoria.

Their research was prompted by the discovery of the first of what are believed to be the world’s largest stone tools on the bed of the lake. Although the first find was made in the 1990s, the discovery of four giant axes has not been scientifically reported until now. Four giant stone hand axes, measuring over 30 cm long and of uncertain age, were recovered from the lake basin.

Equally remarkable is that the dry lake floor where they were found is also littered with tens of thousands of other smaller stone-age tools and flakes, the researchers report.

Professor David Thomas, Head of the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Many of the tools were found on the dry lake floor, not around its edge, which challenges the view that big lakes were only attractive to humans when they were full of water.

‘As water levels in the lake went down, or during times when they fluctuated seasonally, wild animals would have congregated round the resulting watering holes on the lake bed. It’s likely that early human populations would have seen this area as a prolific hunting ground when food resources in the region were more concentrated than at times when the regional climate was wetter and food was more plentiful and the lake was full of water.’

This work is part of an ongoing project investigating the complex history of major changes in climate in Africa. Co-researcher Dr Sallie Burrough has dated the sediment and shorelines of the lake basin, which has shown that the mega lake was filled with water on multiple occasions in the last 250,000 years. The research team has also investigated islands on the floor of the lake – remnants of former sand dunes – which suggest the region’s climate has also been both windier and markedly drier than it is today.

Thomas said: ‘The interior of southern Africa has usually been seen as being devoid of significant archaeology. Surprisingly, we have found and logged incredibly extensive Middle Stone Age artefacts spread over a vast area of the lake basin.

‘The record the basin is revealing is one of marked human adaptation in the past. Early humans saw the opportunity to use the lake basin when it was not full of water, but at least seasonally dry. It shows that humans have adapted to climate change and variability in a sustained way.’

Many archaeologists believe that equivalent lakes in the North African Sahara desert played an important part in the ‘Out of Africa’ human expansion theory, as the ancestors of all modern humans would have chosen a wet route out of Africa. The new research is the first time that this giant Botswanan lake basin in southern Africa has been the focus of scientific research, and these findings could provide new evidence to support the theory about a hominid migration through and expansion from Africa.

Thomas and Burrough are planning further research into how the lake was formed and how it came and went. They say that the most likely explanation is that sustained periods of greater rainfall in the Angolan Highlands resulted in much greater flow in the Zambezi River, with the water being diverted into the lake basin due to a quirk of geology.

New research, beginning in 2010 and funded by the Leverhulme Trust, will investigate possible links between the lake basin and the Zambezi River, while initial discussions are in hand for setting up a major international geo-archaeologist programme to further unravel the complexities of human-climate-environment interactions in this important and under-researched region.

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SAVE YORUBA LANGUAGE!-IT IS DYING FAST!-LAGOS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY HAS MADE IT AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE TO BE USED ALONG WITH ENGLISH-FROM ALLAFRICA.COM

September 10, 2009

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Nigeria: Lawmakers Applauded Over Use of Yoruba Language for Plenary
Akinwunmi King
9 February 2009

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Lagoos — Lagos State lawmakers have been lauded for adopting the use of Yoruba language as an alternative means of conducting legislative business on the floor of the House.

Speaking to Daily Independent on the development, National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams described the development as the revival of a lost heritage. “What the Lagos State House of Assembly has done today is the reclamation of what the entire Yoruba race has lost. The cooperation of Yoruba that has been lost, has now been recovered by the Lagos House. What the House did today, will in a way promote our own activities as a socio-cultural group. They have been able to liberate the cause of the Yoruba race,” Adams said.

He noted that any race that looses touch of its language is at the verge of extinction.

According to him, language can help someone to where he is coming from and where he is going, “if you don’t attach importance to your language, there is no way you can know where you are coming from and if you don’t know where you are coming from, there is no way you can know where you are going. Language can be used to achieve a lot of things. “For instance, China, which is one of the fastest developing countries in the world, make do with their language and that is why they are where they are today,” he added.

Ambassador Segun Olusola also maintained that Yoruba have in the past lost their cultural heritage.

According to him, “the House has actually decided to use our language every Thursday and I believe that very soon, they would probably make it twice in a week. I really want to commend them for this.”

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Harrison Adeniyi, a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, Lagos State University, also expressed delight with the way the day’s plenary session went. Adeniyi, who was one of the teachers that taught the lawmakers the rudiments of Yoruba language during the 2-day workshop, explained that the lawmakers were very quick in grasping all they were taught. “They applied most of the things that we taught them during the workshop and this really gladdened by heart. So, I would want other Houses of Assembly that are yet to emulate this development to know that as long as we major on the use of English language, we are still under the yoke of imperialism.

“We must go back to the root because majority of the people we are legislating for don’t even understand our usual medium of communication. The reason why lawmakers are deliberating is for the interest of the grassroots, and there is no way their yearnings can be met if we continue at all times to deliberate in a language they don’t understand, so the earlier the better for us,” said Adeniyi.

ASA HILL-7 YEAR OLD BLACK BOY DID NOT DIE IN VAIN!-HIS BLACK PARENTS MARRY RIGHT AFTER HIS FUNERAL BECAUSE ASA ALWAYS WANTED THEM TO!-FROM CNN.COM

September 9, 2009

from cnn.com

ASA HILL-7 YEAR OLD'S DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN-HIS PARENTS MARRIED AFTERWARDS BECAUSE HE WANTED THEM TO!

ASA HILL-7 YEAR OLD'S DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN-HIS PARENTS MARRIED AFTERWARDS BECAUSE HE WANTED THEM TO!


BLACK LOVE WINS OUT-BLACK MAN FINALLY MARRIES THE MOTHER OF HIS BLACK CHILD!

BLACK LOVE WINS OUT-BLACK MAN FINALLY MARRIES THE MOTHER OF HIS BLACK CHILD!

Parents honor dead son’s wish, wed at end of his funeral

* Story Highlights
* 7-year-old Asa Hill had asked his parents over and over to get married
* The boy died last week after being injured in traffic accident
* As parents dealt with his death, they decided to marry at the end of his funeral
* Wedding came as a joyous surprise to mourners who filled the church

September 8, 2009 — Updated 1757 GMT (0157 HKT)

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NEW YORK (CNN) — Asa Hill was 7 years old when he died. Although the boy was pulled out of a burning car alive in a horrific accident on the Niagara Thruway on Thursday, his injuries proved critical, and he passed away the following night.
Amilcar Hill and Rahwa Ghirmatzion hug at their son’s funeral, which ended with their wedding.

Amilcar Hill and Rahwa Ghirmatzion hug at their son’s funeral, which ended with their wedding.

The Buffalo, New York, community, shaken, turned out in large numbers at his funeral Monday to support his parents, Amilcar Hill and Rahwa Ghirmatzion, and were pleasantly surprised when the couple ended the service with a wedding ceremony, a fulfillment of their son’s wish.

The Rev. Joel Miller of The Unitarian Universalist Church of Elmwood, where the service was held, was unsure at first when the idea of a wedding was proposed by the couple and their family.

“I asked twice, ‘We’re doing a wedding?’ This was new for me. I never did a funeral service and a wedding ceremony at the same time, and normally wouldn’t, but they have known each other since they were teens,” Miller said. “And they had been providing for Asa, and they made a home together for all of Asa’s life. … It was clear they were following through on something they had been talking about for some time.” Video Watch the funeral and wedding ceremony »

Hill and Ghirmatzion have been best friends since they were 15 and have been together for almost half of their lives. After Asa was born, marriage had always been something that they considered but, according to Hill, both felt that a wedding was “superficial and not necessary.”

Asa, however, was insistent that they make their union official.

“Asa really wanted us to do it, and every time he would ask us we would say, ‘Yes, we’ll get married,’ ” said Hill.

But the couple never did get around to figuring out the logistics for a ceremony.

While holding his lifeless son in his arms at the hospital, Hill was moved to finally officially propose to his lifelong partner.

“Rahwa was overwhelmed at that moment and just looked at me. When the family sat down to plan the funeral service, she said ‘Let’s get married.’ And everyone broke down at the table,” he said.

The marriage took place after a service filled with African drums, dancing, sermons and family and friends sharing memories of Asa, all in celebration of his life.

Miller said about 1,100 people attended the service, with hundreds overflowing onto the church lawn, where sound systems were set up so they could hear the service. When the wedding was announced, there were shocked cheers and applause from those in the church pews.

“We wanted it to be a surprise,” Hill said. “We knew it would be a joyous moment. You could see how it lifted them, and we figured, why not make it a surprise at the end.”

The Unitarian Universalist Church was chosen because its non-denominational tradition would welcome all the diverse groups of the Elmwood community, Hill said. The family has strong ties to the community and, according to Miller, who had known Asa since he was 5, Asa embodied this.

“He was a powerful presence: direct, smart, and had a way of bringing people together,” Miller said. “When you met him, you knew you met someone. We all didn’t know each other, but we knew Asa and his family.”


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