Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie, “Princess of R&B” was a colossal disappointment

The actors who portrayed Aaliyah and Damon Dash bore little resemblance to the actual couple.

The actors who portrayed Aaliyah and Damon Dash bore little resemblance to the actual couple.

By Carmen Glover

After enjoying the thoughtful, well-delivered film “Beyond the Lights” at the movie theater on Saturday, November 15, my husband and I ordered in and tuned in to Lifetime’s much-hyped biopic “Aaliyah: Princess of R& B.” It was an exercise in futility, a colossal disappointment on every level imaginable. And irate Aaliyah fans let loose on Twitter, unleashing their wrath as the scenes unfolded to reveal a combination of inferior acting, incomprehensible casting choices and what seemed more like an ode to R. Kelly’s predatory, pedophile-like history, instead of the promised tribute to the beautiful, talented entertainer who died much too soon.

The late Aaliyah and the real Damon Dash.

The late Aaliyah and the real Damon Dash, co-founder with Jay-Z of Rockefella Records and Rockawear clothing.

While Alexandra Shipp did her best dressing like Aaliyah and performing “Let Me Know,” it was impossible for her to fully channel the tragic entertainer. For instance, Shipp covered one eye with her hair a total of one time throughout the two-hour movie, even though that was the way Aaliyah was usually seen in public. Also, as the film began and for close to an hour, the focus was on Aaliyah’s involvement with R. Kelly, who married her secretly at the age of 15, when he was 26.

Aaliyah and Jet Li in "Romeo Must Die." Jet Li was ignored in the Lifetime film.

Aaliyah and Jet Li in “Romeo Must Die.” Jet Li was ignored in the Lifetime film.

Across the US, it is considered statutory rape for anyone to have sexual contact with a child, under the age of 18. Yet the film seemed hell-bent on trying to romanticize what was a predatory relationship, regardless of what spin Lifetime’s and the movie’s executives desperately tried to pretty it up. Kelly’s exploits with under-aged girls are well-known and he has the many court charges and appearances to prove it. Nevertheless, Lifetime, Wendy Williams, Debra Martin Chase and all the other persons associated with this disgraceful material felt comfortable framing half of a so-called Aaliyah movie in the context of a “relationship” with Kelly.

Aaliyah in "Queen of the Damned." which was ignored in the Lifetime movie.

Aaliyah in “Queen of the Damned.” which was ignored in the Lifetime movie.

Then there was the casting, which defied logic entirely. While Shipp is stunningly beautiful and has modest talent as a singer, she was unable to accurately convey Aaliyah’s range, dexterity and passion as a singer, dancer and actress, but she did the best she could. Who thought is was a good idea to cast a Derek Luke look-alike as Aaliyah’s uncle, a Drake look-alike as her brother Rashad, a Joe look-alike as Kelly, a hybrid of a skinny basketball player and a light-skinned person as the much darker, shorter, rounder Damon Dash, a light-skinned, skinny Missy Elliot and a thin, curly-haired Timbaland who looked like a school boy? Who signed off on such an atrocity?  Taking to Instagram, Timbaland dismissed the movie and urged people not to watch it, which was a silly move. How else will you know what it is like unless you watch it to the end?

Light-skinned, slender actors portrayed the dark-skinned, rounder Timbaland and Missy Elliot (inset) in the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Light-skinned, slender actors portrayed the dark-skinned, rounder Timbaland and Missy Elliot (inset) in the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Williams promoted the film relentlessly on her show and urged her viewers to watch the film. She should be ashamed of herself for having her name associated with this epic failure. So should Martin Chase. The fact that they lacked the family’s approval to play Aaliyah’s music does not mean that they could not have produced a movie that told her story with respect, addressed the Kelly debacle in ten minutes or so, showed her acting in “Romeo Must Die,” and “Queen of the Damned,” devoted appropriate time, care and attention to her successful alliance with Timbaland and Elliot as well as her relationship with Dash.

After all, the template for the film was provided by the book,”Aaliyah: More than a Woman,” written by a respected journalist, Christopher John Farley, a Jamaica-born industry veteran who worked at Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal and has been interviewed often on television about music matters. The Lifetime movie did not provide solid information for fans who were not born when Aaliyah was alive. Lifetime, Williams and Martin Chase have crossed the line and caused more harm than they could have imagined with this awful movie that elicited enormous feelings of anger, disappointment and shock. Shame on Lifetime! Shame on Wendy Williams! Shame on Debra Martin Chase!–OnPointPress.net.

Two films depict the darker side of musical stardom this weekend

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“Aaliyah: The Princess of R& B” airs on Lifetime, Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m.

By Carmen Glover

Whether you choose to stay home and view what cable television has to offer or venture out to the movie theaters and enjoy what they have to offer, one theme is front and center for movie lovers this weekend: The challenges faced by young talent as they deal with fame in the music industry.

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Nate  Parker and  Gugu Mbatha-Raw in scene from “Beyond the Lights,” which opens in theaters this weekend.

Opening in theaters on Friday is “Beyond the Lights,” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni, a young singer, overwhelmed by the trappings of fame and smothered by an overpowering, demanding mother/manager, aptly portrayed by Minnie Driver.  Fed up with her life, despite the veneer of success, Raw tries to take her own life, only to be rescued by Nate Parker (Kaz), a police officer, who later becomes her romantic interest. Speaking on TVOne’s News One Now earlier this week  writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”) said “It took four years” for the movie to be made.

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Alexander Shipp takes on the role of a lifetime in portraying tragic music darling, Aaliyah.

Lifetime Network, which has been showcasing exceptional films starring extraordinary Black stars, will air “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Alexander Shipp of “Drumline” stars as the beautiful Aaliyah who was taken from her fans much too soon. While the singer’s family did not endorse the project in the belief that her life story deserves to be told on the big screen, executive producer Wendy Williams said “they will ‘be pleased’ with the finished result. The film is produced by Debra Martin Chase and is based on the book “Aaliyah: More than a Woman” by Jamaica-born journalist Christopher John Farley.

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Aaliyah movie trailer showing the music princess who died too soon.

Williams said the movie does not include Aaliyah’s untimely demise but it delves into her triple-threat skills as a singer, actor and dancer as well as her shocking marriage, at the tender age of 15, to R. Kelly, whose penchant for under-age girls led him to fight off numerous court charges. Whether you choose to see one or both movies, expect to be entertained as you are treated to different perspectives of the Black experience in the entertainment industry. –OnPointPress.net.

Jamaican diplomat to chair UN Security Council reform committee

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Ambassador Courtenay Rattray, Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will chair the UN Inter-governmental Negotiations on Security Reform.

Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Courtenay Rattray, has been appointed chair of the UN Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council reform. His appointment was announced on Monday, November 10) by H.E. Sam Kutesa, president of the 69th Session of the General Assembly, in a letter to all Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York.

Reform of the fifteen-member Security Council has been high on the agenda of the wider UN membership for over 20 years. The impetus behind the reform process gained added political momentum at the 2005 World Summit when world leaders unanimously called for “early reforms” of the Security Council. An aspect of reform that has received much attention surrounds the question of the size of the permanent membership of the Council, which currently stands at five (US, UK, Russian Federation, France and China). Also on the reform agenda are issues relating to the categories of membership and the question of the veto power accorded to the permanent members.

The Security has only been reformed once since 1945, when it expanded the number of non-permanent members from six to ten. Jamaica has been actively engaged in efforts in the reform process and the appointment of its Permanent Representative will give greater prominence to Jamaica’s role and contribution at the United Nations.-OnPointPress.net.

Veteran’s Day holds a special place in the annals of NBA history for centers

(l - r) Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Patrick Ewing all reached NBA milestones on November 11.

(l – r) Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Patrick Ewing all reached NBA milestones on November 11.

By Charles Glover, Jr

On November 11, when Veteran’s Day is celebrated, three of the NBA’s best centers reached noticeable milestones. Shaquille O’Neal, Patrick Ewing, and Hakeem Olajuwon all had key accomplishments on that date in NBA history.

Shaquille O'Neal had a good start to his NBA career with a victory and a double-double.

Shaquille O’Neal had a good start to his NBA career with a victory and a double-double.

In 1992 on November 11, Shaquille O’Neal made his NBA debut for the Orlando Magic. In what would become an eventual Hall of Fame career, O’Neal would score 12 points to go along with 18 rebounds and three blocks in his first NBA action. The upstart Magic would go on to defeat the Miami Heat 110 to 100.

Hakeem Olajuwon was at the top of his game in 1995 when he reached a career milestone.

Hakeem Olajuwon was at the top of his game in 1995 when he reached a career milestone.

In 1995, Hakeem Olajuwon with help the Houston Rockets defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 119 297. Olajuwon what’s scored 21 points in the game, making him the ninth player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and have 10,000 rebounds in an NBA career.

Patrick Ewing was doing his best to keep the Knicks as a title contender when he reached his career milestone in 1996.

Patrick Ewing was doing his best to keep the Knicks as a title contender when he reached his career milestone in 1996.

In 1996, Patrick Ewing would help leave the New York Knicks to a 92 288 victory over the Orlando Magic. Patrick Ewing which score 24 points in that game. He would become the 23rd player in NBA history to score over 20,000 points in an NBA career in that game.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover Jr is a sports aficionado and a management and employee consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646) 309-1938.

Loretta Lynch is President Obama’s pick to succeed Eric Holder as AG

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York's Eastern District is President Barack Obama's pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder. President Obama made the announcement at the White House on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

By Carmen Glover

BREAKING:  President Barack Obama announced on Saturday, November 8, from the White House that Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is his nominee to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. The President was flanked by both Holder and Lynch as he made the announcement. If she is confirmed, Lynch will make history as the first African-American female to hold the position. Janet Reno was the only female to have held the position in the past.

“In a country that is built on the rule of honor, there’s no office more important than the Attorney General. The Attorney General is the chief legal officer,” President Obama said, in making the announcement. “I’m enormously grateful to Eric Holder for his service. Thanks to Eric our nation is safer and freer. I couldn’t be prouder today to nominate someone who shares those principles, U.S Attorney Loretta Lynch.” President Obama described lynch as a “charming people person,” who is “not about flash, she’s about substance.”  Thanking Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judicial Committee, for being present at the nomination on a Saturday morning, President Obama said “It is my hope that the Senate will confirm her without delay.”

“Thank you for your faith in me for asking me to succeed an Attorney General that I admire and serving an office that I love,” said Lynch as she addressed the gathering, amid a phalanx of cameras going off in quick succession. If confirmed, she vowed to wake up each day with “nothing but the protection of the people,” as her main priority. “The Department of Justice is the only Cabinet named for an ideal,” she said, describing herself as “thrilled and humbled,” for the nomination.

Lynch, 55, was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Obama in May 2010. She was previously appointed to the office in June 1999 by former President Bill Clinton and held the office until May 2001. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. In her role, Lynch overseas federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. While earning a reputation as being low-key, she has prosecuted some very high-profile cases, including the civil rights case against police officers who assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.  Most recently, she met with the family of Eric Garner, who was killed when police officers placed him in an illegal chokehold as he struggled to breathe.–OnPointPress.net.

 

The power of social media, public, victim’s fierce struggle, in saving her life

Carletha Freeland-Gather's relieved mother, Keisha Gaither, hugs and thanks detective who promised her that he would bring her daughter home.

Carletha Freeland-Gather’s relieved mother, Keisha Gaither, hugs and thanks detective who promised her that he would bring her daughter home. Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey (far right) applauds and smiles.

During a press conference on Thursday, November 6, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey lauded the power of social media in aiding police work. “As soon as we had an image we posted it to YouTube,” he said of the kidnapping of 22-year-old nursing student Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. Ramsey said that “a vicious predator is off the streets and will be locked away for a very long time,” as he spoke about abductor Delven Barnes, 37, who kidnapped Freeland-Gaither.

Serial predator Delven Barnes, 37, faces the death penalty in kidnapping case involving a brutal attack against a 16-year-old Virginia girl in October 2013.

Serial predator Delven Barnes, 37, faces the death penalty in kidnapping case involving a brutal attack against a 16-year-old Virginia girl in October 2013.

While walking home from a party for her godson shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, Freeland-Gaither was violently abducted  by serial predator Barnes from the street in Germantown, Philadelphia, a few blocks from the apartment that she reportedly shared with her boyfriend. Freeland-Gaither informed law enforcement officials that she used a hammer that was on the back seat of the abductor’s car to knock out the rear window, hit the kidnapper in the head and throw her mobile phone out the window. Dwayne Fletcher, who witnessed the kidnapping, called 911 twice to make the report. He also picked up her telephone, which had useful clues. Those swift actions made a huge difference in putting the word out.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeman Gaither being adducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeland- Gaither being abducted by serial predator Delven Barnes on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014 in Germantown, Philadelphia. Social media, a GPS monitor attached to his car, involved public and a solid multi-state law enforcement team which included the FBI, lead to Freeland-Gaither’s safe rescue.

Because Barnes had shaky credit, a GPS was placed on his car by the dealership where he purchased the vehicle. Contacted by a coordinated team of law enforcement officials which included the FBI, Philadelphia, Maryland and other officials, the dealership activated the GPS monitor and located the car in a parking lot. Freeland-Gaither was rescued, Barnes was arrested and charged. He faces the death penalty for  a slew of charges including attempted capital murder for kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old Virginia girl in October 2014 as well as throwing acid on her face and otherwise subjecting her to torture.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither used her wits to leave clues which helped law enforcement officials find her safely.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither used her wits to leave clues which helped law enforcement officials find her safely. She was examined at a local hospital and is home ‘resting,’ said her relieved family.

Freeland-Gaither also informed law enforcement officials that she shared her pin number with Barnes, hoping that it would help track him down: It did!. This brave survivor put up a fierce struggle and left important clues to ensure her save rescue. But the role of social media, law enforcement cooperation, feedback from the public and the power of the media were all instrumental in achieving the positive outcome. While it is also important for females to avoid waking alone at night and to be alert at all times, the fact that so much effort was invested in searching of and rescuing an African-American female is rare and satisfying at the same time. Welcome home Carlesha, black lives matter!-OnPointPress.net.

 

She’s alive! Kidnapped Philadelphia woman rescued, abductor arrested

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Carlesha Freeland Gaither has been rescued in Jessup, Maryland,  by the FBI and her abductor arrested. He is being held on attempted capital murder in a prior case.

By Carmen Glover

Breaking News: Various news outlets reported that Carlesha Freeland Gaither, the 22-year-old Philadelphia female who was abducted on Sunday night as she walked home at 9:40 p.m., has been rescued by the FBI in Jessup, Maryland, and her abductor has been arrested.

According to Special Agent Ed Henkel, Delven Barnes, 37, was arrested and is in custody for attempted capital murder in a prior case.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeman Gaither being adducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeman Gaither being abducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Freeland Gaither was snatched off the streets as she walked home alone on Sunday night. Her bank card was later used at a PNC back in Maryland and her abductor was seen on video as he made the monetary transaction. The suspect’s car was kept under surveillance, ultimately leading to his arrest and his victim’s rescue.

“He was approached and that’s when Ms. Freeland Gaither was rescued,” said Henkel, who added that the victim is “in good shape.”

Freeland Gaither reportedly sustained injuries in the harrowing kidnapping. Undoubtedly, her anxious family will sleep better knowing that she is alive. Check back with OnPointPress.net for more updates on this very serious story–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

FBI joins search for kidnapped African-American female in Philadelphia

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Carlesha Freeland Gaither was abducted on Sunday night as she walked alone down a street in, Germantown, Philadelphia.

By Carnen Glover

Carlesha Freeland Gaither, a 22-year-old African-American female, was brutally abducted in Germantown, Philadelphia on Sunday, November 2, at 9;30 p.m., as she walked home alone from a party for her godson.

She was violently grabbed from the street, according to a videotape capturing the abduction. She fought for her life, kicking out the abductor’s car window, and screamed for help, losing her cellphone and eye-glasses in the process.

Carl Freeland, father of Carlesha Gaither of Germantown holds a flyer with information on his missing daughter allegedly abducted from W. Coulter St at Greene St. on Sunday, November 2, 2014. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

Carl Freeland, father of Carlesha Gaither of Germantown holds a flyer with information on his missing daughter allegedly abducted from W. Coulter St at Greene St. on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

ABC News reported that witnesses have come forward to say they heard her screaming for help and a new photograph shows a male using her ATM card at a PNC bank in Maryland.

The Philadelphia Police Department has offered almost $50,000 reward for information leading to her return. Meanwhile, her father, Carl Freeland hanging up flyers, sobbed as he said: “I just want her to come back home safe.” “Bring her back,” sobbed her mother, Keisha Gaither at a press conference l

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeman Gaither being adducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeland Gaither being abducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Police are reportedly looking for a gray or silver Ford Taurus with broken rear windows.

“You can see she is putting up a struggle. This is a joint effort and we are doing everything we possibly can to find this young lady,” said Lt. John Standford, spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department.

If you have any information, please call Detective Sloan at 215-686-3353.–OnPointPress.net.

Fickle Democrats shun President Obama, expect defeat in Senate, key races

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race.

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race, such as Senator Cory Booker in New Jersey.

By Carmen Glover

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., American citizens go to the polls to determine the balance of power in the midterm elections. At stake is the makeup of the US Senate, where the Democrats have a tenuous lead, entering the election, with six seats up for grabs. If political pundits and polls are to be believed, the Democrats are in for a bloodbath of loses in the Senate, House of Representatives and in local races across the land. This is expected generate more gridlock in Congress as the Republicans continue to stymie the President’s efforts to continue steering the country on the path of economic recovery.

President Obama has released campaign videos supporting Senator Cory Booker's re-election bid. Booker holds a commanding lead against his opponent entering the midterm elections .

President Obama has released campaign videos supporting Senator Cory Booker’s re-election bid. Booker holds a commanding lead against his opponent entering the midterm elections .

In the months leading up to Election Day there has been a very curious phenomenon: With very few exceptions, Democrats have shunned President Barack Obama, refusing to be seen with him as they run briskly from him, his record and his oft-described “low approval rating.'” In fact, Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took almost two minutes to deliver a convoluted non-answer in a recent debate, when she was asked by the moderator if she had voted for President Obama. Citing her role as the Secretary of State, she described her job to ‘protect privacy’ at the ballot.

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic canidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes addresses the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes snubbed President Barack Obama repeatedly, refusing to utter his name, and going through verbal contortions when asked by a moderator if she had voted for the President. She is expected to be trounced decisively by Senator Mitch McConnell, who said his “number one priority is to make Barack Obama an one-term president.”

She then spoke about her right to privacy before providing more details in her painful, meandering response.  At no point did it appear to occur to her to keep it simple with a firm: “Yes, no, no comment, or I choose not to disclose.” For her efforts, rightly or wrongly, she is trailing Mitch McConnell, who famously announced in 2008 that his number one priority in the Senate is to “make Barack Obama a one-term president,” a goal that he failed to achieve. In her advertisement she fires a shotgun then faces the screen and declares dramatically: “I am not Barack Obama.”

Emboldened by Lundergan Grimes’ abysmal performances and rigid determination to run from President Obama and his record of achievements, McConnell is expected to win his seat handily, with numbers-crunching guru Nate Silver predicting on November 2, that McConnell’s path to victory is 97 percent assured.

President Obama campaigns with Governor Dan Malloy in Connecticut on Sunday, November 2, in an effort to ensure that Malloy keeps his gubernatorial seat.

President Obama campaigns with Governor Dan Malloy in Connecticut on Sunday, November 2, in an effort to ensure that Malloy keeps his gubernatorial seat.

Lundergan Grimes’ antics makes it necessary to illustrate exactly which record she and other Democrats are trying hard to ignore. Among the incredibly successful record that President Obama has racked up in the face of Republican obstructionism and downright hatred due to his ethnicity are the following: Taking the country from recession and alarmingly high unemployment rates to presiding over continuous job growth and an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent versus the 7.3 percent rate he inherited from George W. Bush; passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called ‘Obamacare’ which ensures medical coverage at affordable rates to citizens, signing an executive order in the early days of his presidency championing equal pay for women and rescuing the automobile industry in Detroit, Michigan, when pundits urged him to walk away.

President Obama campaigns in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Nov 1 with, from right , Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate

President Obama campaigns in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Nov 1 with, from right , Senate candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Other victories achieved by the President include improving the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); presiding over declining gasoline prices which are now below $3 nationally; boldly speaking up in support of gun control in the midst of weekly murders of innocent children across the country; ridding the world of master terrorist Osama Bin Laden; fighting back against ISIS with airstrikes while holding firm in refusing to commit boots on the ground; keeping his word by pulling troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) appearing with President Obama.

Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) appearing with President Obama, while cautioning that because of his ethnicity, he might not be warmly welcomed in the south.

Also, President Obama has been specific in addressing the plight of Black and Latino males with his ‘My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative; restoring global respect for the country by embracing cooperation with foreign policy leaders and last but not least, conducting himself like a respectful, cooperative leader who tried more often than he should to reach across the aisle and foster cooperation with the Republicans who have been blinded by their racism and hatred to the point that they shut down the government a year ago rather than do their jobs because they feared handing the President a victory.

At least Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), has been honest in stating what many of her peers are thinking: because of his ethnicity, the President might not be treated as warmly in southern states such as her home state. Ironically, as the Democrats flee the President and his record of achievements, they are desperately trying to woo Black and Latino voters, who support the President in large numbers. If the Democrats lose as colossally as predicted, do they have anyone to blame but themselves for running from a record and a President that common sense indicates they should be proud to embrace?-OnPointPress.net.

Prince rocks Saturday Night Live while Chris Rock delivers comedically

Prince rocked Saturday Night Live (SNL) to usher in the month of November and Daylight Savings Time.

Prince rocked Saturday Night Live (SNL) to usher in the month of November and Daylight Saving Time.

By Carmen Glover

Musical icon Prince treated his fans to an electric 8-minute set on Saturday Night Live (SNL) on November 1, ushering Daylight Saving Time with a cool, hip jam session that has no equal.

Taking the stage initially on the keyboard, Prince performed four songs from his new albums “Art Official Age,” and “Plectrumelectrum” with 3rdeyegirl, creating history at SNL, where singers usually perform a two-song set only. At 56, Prince delivered a set that was smooth, effortless, entertaining and sheer fun. And yes, his fans wanted more! although they were just happy to see him in any venue, at any time, for as long as he cares to perform.

Chris Rock hosted SNL, while Keenan Thompson had various skits and Prince performed an 8-minute set that was too short for his fans.

On Nov. 1, Chris Rock hosted SNL, while Keenan Thompson had various skits and Prince performed an 8-minute set that was too short for his fans.

After headlining the EssenceFest in New Orleans this past July for the Independence Weekend, Prince epitomized perfection, longevity and superior talent as he belted out songs while doing double duty on the keyboard and then his trademark guitar. His smooth delivery is hard to emulate but is exemplary for anyone who desires to enjoy a rich, successful and relevant career in the music industry.

Chris Rock got off to a slow start but got some laughs with comedic material that was a bit mundane for his reputation. Nevertheless, it seemed as if Lorne Michaels, SNL’s longtime producer, found every black entertainer who serves SNL in one capacity or another, to showcase on the episode. Who can recall another episode of SNL that featured six black entertainers, including four black men, on one episode? It seems as if having The Purple one as the headliner resulted in riches far beyond the scope of his musical repertoire–OnPointPress.net.