10 Things We're Talking About This Week: 6/9/12

10 Things We're Talking About This Week: 6/9/12
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 08, 2012

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I hope you were among the millions who watched the hilarious video of a ‘zombie’ chasing after people in the ‘hood. It proved three things: 1) Most people do not carry guns; 2) If they do carry them, they, thankfully, don’t want to use them; and 3) Eventually, you roll up on the wrong person.

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I loved Kool-Aid back in the day, but it never got this serious. Two Detroit teens were shot — shot! — after two grown men — GROWN MEN — got into an argument over who made the best Kool-Aid. Two men, perhaps drunk on red flavor, opened fire, missed their targets and hit the teens. The teens were OK, but one of the shooters fled in an Impala that was, naturally, purple.

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Crazy Twitter question: Someone asked Levar Burton if he ever grew his foot back. Huh? Sure, it was Kunta Kinte who got half his foot cut off in Roots, but James Evans, I mean John Amos, had taken over the roll by then.

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Michael Jackson

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President Obama raised $60 million in May for his campaign. A nice haul, but Mitt Romney snagged even more. He took in nearly $77 big ones. The Republicans are serious about taking back the White House.

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With six tax deductions, I mean children, you’d think Lauryn Hill would look forward to a big tax refund every April 15. But federal prosecutors have charged her with willfully failing to file her taxes over a three-year period. Yikes.

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What makes a great comedian? Perfect timing and no fear of ‘going there.’ Exhibit A: Chris Rock. When Matt Lauer mentioned on Today that he hoped the same great weather “hits us tomorrow when we’ve got Chris Brown out on the plaza,” Rock immediately quipped “Did you say you hope the same weather HITS you? I hope some weather doesn’t SMACK us upside the head.”

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I confess I wasn’t interested in Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, but when someone mentioned the words “Grace Jones” and “hula hoop,” I had to see what they were talking about. She kept those hips moving for the entire performance of Slave to the Rhythm. Ms. Jones is 64, y’all.

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It must be a great time to be ears. Emeli Sandé dropped her debut album, “Our Version of Events,” this week and seriously, it is the best piece of musical art since Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Check it out if you haven’t already. Your ears will thank you.

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A teacher in Lily White Livonia, Michigan, decided to teach about slavery. Yeah, you know this won’t end pretty. She had students in one class create Slave Wanted posters. In another, pupils created life-size poster board cutouts of slaves picking cotton, then she hung them in the hallway.


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