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Friday, June 16, 2006

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), Big Ben Roethlisberger, George W. Bush, The "N" Word

    The Pittsburgh quarter back who was injured in a motorcycle crash while not wearing a helmet Ben Roethlisberger, announced he will wear a helmet when riding his bike. We were hoping he'd promise not to pursue such a dangerous hobby until his days as QB in professional football are over.
    President George W. Bush is getting a lot of mileage from his recent late night trip surprise to Iraq. The Commander in Chief's impersonation of the "Midnight Rambler" was full of secret planning. News reports reveal Vice President Dick Cheney was about the only one among a Camp David after-dinner gathering that included several members of the Bush administration, the nation's top intelligence officials and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who knew about the super secret/surprise trip to Iraq.

    Hip-hop mogul, Shawn Carter, known as Jay-Z and boyfriend of the lovely Beyonce Knowles has issued a statement regarding comments attributed to managing director for Louis Roederer, the company that produces Cristal champagne in The Economist magazine. Frederic Rouzaud said the company viewed the affection for his company’s champagne from rappers and their fans with "curiosity and serenity."

    Asked by the magazine if the association between Cristal and the "bling lifestyle" could be detrimental, Rouzaud replied:
    "That’s a good question, but what can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business."
    Carter who is currently president and chief executive officer of Def Jam Records, and a multi-platinum rapper, has decided to boycott his once-beloved bubbly. In his statement Carter said:
    "It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal, Frederic Rouzaud views the ‘hip-hop’ culture as ‘unwelcome attention,’. I view his comments as racist and will no longer support any of his products through any of my various brands including the 40/40 Club nor in my personal life."
    Carter plans to replace Cristal — which a club spokesman said it could never stock enough of — with Krug and Dom Perignon at the Manhattan and Atlantic City locations of his 40/40 Club where bottles of Cristal sell for $450 and $600. (There are plans for clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to the club’s Web site.)
    Finally, if you want to know why you should eliminate the "N" word from your vocabulary and daily conversation some people in Brooklyn, New York have started a campaign to do just that.
    "The dependency of this word as a greeting, to complete sentences and start conversations is a total disregard for every movement that gave us the many freedoms we enjoy today. This site is our answer to a call to duty. We now challenge you to make a personal commitment and join us in the movement to abolish the “N” word."
    Check out the campaign, "Abolish the 'N" Word" and the site abolishthenword.com

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Anonymous Bliss said...

Go on Shawn! Move those dollars somewhere else. Taste another champagne and expose others to something else. Influence all your friends. Cristal wasn't the first, won't be the last. You can't just take the dollars and say any ole thing about the ones putting money in your pocket. LOTS of money in your pockets.

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