Harlem's Representative-4-Life Charlie Rangel has announced he will run again for his seat in Congress. Last year Rangel was embroiled in an ethics scandal that pretty much did nothing to stop him from being reelected in November. While some might argue that Charlie is too old, too entrenched and it's time for him to step aside, Rangel would argue that this is a Democracy and he can very well keep running until Harlem either A) stops electing him or B) he dies in office, Robert Byrd-style. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- if you want Rangel gone, you better beat him. He's not "giving up" anything. There's no posh retirement home or cush lobbying job for old Civil Rights guard members who become politicians. If you knew this was as good as it gets would you give it up? Think of the health care. Congress people get ahhh-maaazing health care. I'd put up a Gandalf stand for that alone.
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is the latest Congressional Black Caucus member to find themselves in the crossfire of the House' Ethics Committee. She's facing accusations of helping an African American-owned bank that had ties to her husband. Since the committee already came for Harlem-based Rep. Charlie Rangel, stripping him from his leadership positions, Waters is preparing for the fight by threatening to put the ethics committee itself on notice.
CNN is reporting that Harlem-based Rep. Charlie Rangel was found guilty of multiple ethics violations by an eight-member House committee. Rangel tried to postpone the hearing Monday, claiming that he needed more time to secure new legal counsel, but was greeted with a warm response of "nobody cares."
Primary dates are going down in seven states today and the city of Washington, D.C.'s Democratic primary for mayor (which pretty much decides who's mayor) is happening today in the District. It's judgment day for embattled Mayor Adrian Fenty, who is trialing his rival, D.C. City Council member Vince Gray. Fenty donned a Redskins' No. 5, Donovan McNabb, jersey (with his name on it, of course, not Donovan's) to get some last minute goodwill on Monday, while politicking at an intersection in the city's northwest quadrant. Never mind. My friend Savvy Broad still plans on putting on her prettiest dress when she marches to the polls today to throw some shade on Fenty supporters as she casts her vote for Gray out of pure spite and hatred.
Were you surprised by all the stories involving CBC members and corruption? I wasn't. Maybe you didn't notice, but ... errr ... these people are politicians and what's a little bribery among friends? You had to know when you sent your favorite former Civil Rights champions, homeboys and girls who grew up to do good to Washington some of them wouldn't come back as sweet and innocent as the day you sent them there. Hell, some of them weren't that sweet or innocent BEFORE you sent them there. I think Madonna and Michael Jackson wrote songs about it and it's called "human nature."
You may say "Why? Why" but they're "not sorry." (No matter what their press flack says.)
It's the fourth annual Apollo Hall of Fame Awards where "Actors-with-a-capital-A," Denzel and Pauletta Washington were honored and Smokey Robinson was inducted. Let us all take a break for the kids, the Rhianna's and Nick Cannon's and see how the older cats do it when they step out.
*Warning. I hate almost everything they're wearing.
We all know that Denzel is an incredibly handsome man. I've gotten used to him dressing like crap all the time, but he managed to half pull himself together to receive his award. And while I love his wife Pauletta that dress is looks like a Hefty, Hefty Cinch Sack. And her handbag looks like a carpet sample. Cute shoes though.
Top: Music Exec. Cathy Hughes and activist/talking head Rev. Al Sharpton. Below: Rep. Charlie Rangel and his wife.
Ruby Dee: I can only hope to be this "Eartha Kitt" hot when I hit 83. The sunglasses? Awesome. They're both fashionable and "I'm an older lady who doesn't care what you think anymore." And she is cool from her short silver 'do to her glistening blue ensemble.
Oprah's BFF Gail King always looks bad to me, but she keeps trying and that's half the battle. That wig isn't working for me and she probably shouldn't rock a sleeveless look, but hey, I've seen her in worse. Cute shoes though.
India.Arie ... I hate what you're wearing. I don't know how to do justice to how ugly this dress is. Maybe it's the mix of patterns, the gold appliqué circles sewn on, the fact that it is a mini dress or the split sleeves. Or maybe it's because she doesn't look elegant or ethereal or glamorous. She looks like she got her hair done a week ago, rolled out of bed and grabbed the only thing that fit in her closet and wore it to the show. Cute shoes though ... even if they look like they're strangling your feet.
Tamara Tunie: Hmmm ... Tamara is an attractive woman and I guess this outfit is OK, but ... I don't know. Maybe it's the skirt. I'm just not feeling it.
Smokey and Frances Robinson: Smokey looks great as always. Once again, what is up with every woman not India.Arie dressing in shiny garbage bags? Are clothes two sizes to big for you, cinched with a belt what's hot right now with the grown n' sexy set? Despite the fact she looks like she's wearing a fluffy, metallic trench coat, Frances does look pretty.
Top: S. Epatha Merkerson looking like an 8th grade English teacher; Wanda Sykes looking kind of awesome in animal print; Earth, Wind & Fire looking a hot mess as always with the perm and the leather and the sunglasses; and Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, prolific songwriters who gave me "Solid," solid as a rock, and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." That's almost enough to make me forgive Nick's perm. Although, to keep it real, his perm looks almost as good as mine did in college.
And now for some pics from the show ...
It's all about control and she has a lot of it in her leather Rhythm Nation/Matrix jacket and really modular silver ring.
And of course, Mr. Baby Wipes himself, Terrence Howard, forever sexy and still looking like he ain't worth a damn. I mean, seriously? Who could trust a man with such a high degree of cool? He's rocking a hat for Lord's sake. A hat! He makes me want pull a Tyrone Davis and cha-aaaange my mind.