Sexed Up Senator: Scott Brown’s 1982 Centerfold Good for the GOP?

via Cosmo

I’ve been hearing a lot of hullabaloo about Senator Scott Brown’s nude photo lately and had yet to see it until recently [Read more…]

Follow-up on Post-911 Racist America: My Name is Khan trailer released

My Name is Khan movie post: Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol

“More Than Just a Name.”

In August 2009, I blogged about Bollywood super legend Shah Rukh Khan being wrongfully detained in Newark Airport on the heels of filming My Name is Khan:-

Ironically, “My Name is Khan” is the name of an upcoming Shah Rukh Khan film that tells the story of an innocent Muslim’s experience being mistakenly identified as a terrorist in the United States in the wake of 9/11. Khan will play a man with Asperger syndrome, which makes his behavior erratic. The fictional Khan of the film, sets out on a trip to find President Obama to persuade him that he is not a terrorist. The film has been picked up by American film company Fox Searchlight for international distribution after its release in 2010.

Detained by ignorance and a large set of misgivings it was a diplomacy and public relations nightmare.

But, less than six months later, Fox Searchlight released the trailer and you can see it below [Read more…]

Sex, Murder and Drugs: the Amanda Knox Media Circus

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Did Amanda Knox kill her roommate? I have no idea, but I do know that there has been a media circus surrounding the trial since day one.

Besides for Knox’s guilty verdict and 26-year sentence in Italy, the biggest issue [Read more…]

Open Letter to Miami-Dade Police Department: This is UNACCEPTABLE!

Image via Flickr user code20photog.

*** Author’s Note: Hi everyone, I have a little story to share with you. It’s about something that happened to me and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it or prolong it into an event of any kind. But I felt the need to share it with you and educate you about why harassment is NOT okay. You can find suggestions/links/resources towards the end of this post.

I hope you find this post educational and do not take it as a form of “cop bashing,” for I assure you it is anything but that.***

On Saturday night, I was driving home by myself after I had spent the afternoon and early evening down the street watching the Florida Gators game with a few friends.

Traveling in the slow/right lane, I went under the overpass of the 826 highway and I passed a shopping plaza on the right hand side of 67th Avenue that contained a Marathon Gas Station.

The light was green and it was just another semi-busy evening in my neighbourhood [Read more…]

Sick PR: Balloon Boy, “You Guys Said We Did This For the Show”

I fell for it.

You fell for it.

We all fell down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass for it.

On Thursday October 15, 2009 we all watched as a little 6-year old boy named Falcon was supposedly drifting across the state of Colorado after climbing into his parents homemade hot air balloon. [Read more…]

Remembering the Lion: Communications Lessons from a Kennedy

The Kennedy Brothers (L-R): John, Robert & Ted

For some people, Sen. Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy will always be remembered as a tarnished aristocratic drunk who drove off of the Chappaquidick Bridge. For others, he will be remembered as the baby brother of Jack and Bobby. While, he never followed their direct footsteps, he still did very great things — as great men do. This is how I will remember him. There is so much he can teach us, love him or hate him he did have a special spark to share with the world. [Read more…]

Booze, Barack Obama and Social Media

Photo-illustration by James Porto (Photo: From left to right: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP; Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP; Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa Press; Lawrence Jackson/Landov; Joshua Roberts/UPI/Landov; Courtesy of the White House; Lauren Victoria Burke/Courtesy of ABC News)

This week, I read two very different, but two very fascinating, articles that have more in common than you would think: engagement.

No, not the type with rings and vows-to-come, but engagement: the relationship between messengers and receivers.

The first article, from the Miami Herald, interviewed local bartenders here in South Florida about people going out during a recession and how to be a good customer.

The second article, by US News and World Report, was about “Brand Obama.” Basically, what did David Plouffe create (even though they didn’t use his name, we all know who the “brand” stemmed from) that made it so successful? [Read more…]

Yes, we still live in a post-911 racist America

My Name is Khan movie post: Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol

I saw the news and I had flashbacks to hearing Rizwan Ahmed aka Riz MC dropping beats at the London Mela in 2006 and rapping to his latest track: the satire and controversial infested “9-11 Blues.”

So with hate groups on the rise and President Obama being forced to drive The Beast, we haven’t really moved past the post-9/11 state of racism in this country, have we? Furthermore, our President is the most protected President in American history and I know some people who are more concerned about his safety than whether he’ll do his job.

If he’s assassinated, like John F. Kennedy, he can’t do what we want, now can he?

So this brings me full circle to the issue of Bollywood super legend Shah Rukh Khan being detained Saturday at the airport in Newark, New Jersey.

In a state where the vast majority of the minority are South Asian people, where people from India and Pakistan were vouching for the man, a man that some worship as a God, you mean to tell me, Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration had NO idea what was going on? [Read more…]

War of the Words: President Clinton v. Kim Jong Il

Bill Clinton & Kim Jong Il - Image via Sky News UK

Is it just me? It can’t just be me, who REALLY wants to know what President Clinton said to Kim Jong Il to be granted a “special pardon” for the two American journalists held prisoner in North Korea. [Read more…]

Sarah Palin You Make Me Wonder Pt. Deux

Photo By: The Associated Press

Nothing special, nothing major – this is just a reiteration of my belief that our American educational system is in dire need of saving.