You’re FIRED… that goes for the Seattle Seahawks and Real Housewife turned Celebrity Apprentice Kenya Moore. The Super Bowl brought highs and lows, and most importantly Missy Elliot. I wasn’t sure who was headlining, but one thing’s for sure I lost my mind when the ‘Super Duper Fly’ rapper came to the stage—it almost made that astoundingly BAD call by the Seahawks coach bearable. Now, that the ‘freakin’ weekend’ is almost here, lets get to the week’s ups, downs and turnarounds.
Pop off of the Week: “Not until hell freezes over.” That was the phrase uttered at the end of a heated exchange between Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) at the House Rules Committee on yet another bill to repeal on Obamacare. Congressman Hastings went IN on Congressman Burgess for living in a “crazy state” that refused to work with the President in creating a statewide healthcare exchange. Oh, and btw, he wouldn't live in Texas "for all the tea in China."
(Scroll 2:30 in for the state smackdown exchange, it's worth it.)
Trend of the Week: #SuperBowl2015. Was it the “Deflategate” story lead-in into the Super Bowl? The dancing sharks, Nationwide’s depressing commercial or Missy Elliot? Who knows, but over 114 million people tuned into watch, tweet, share and ‘gram all things Super Bowl on Sunday.
While I thought the half-time show—excluding the fabulous Missy Misdemeanor and sexy-as-all-get-out Lenny Kravitz— was lackluster, the game itself kept me and millions others on the edge of our seats.
There was however one person who didn’t seem remotely impressed…
Poliwood Round-Up: Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Blaming victims of rape is never a good idea especially when your last movie called named "Clueless." Stacey Dash, the actress-turned-conservative-pundit, caught a lot of heat this week after comments she made on Fox New’s “Outnumbered” show regarding University of Virginia’s ban on sororities attending frat parties as a way to keep women safe from rape.
Stacy said, “I just think it's ridiculous, and I think it's a good thing for the good girls... women to be told, 'Stay home. Be safe,'" Dash said. "The other bad girls -- bad women -- or the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt," she said.
Really? Dash later apologized via Facebook.
TWO: ‘BEY Flawless, BEY Vegan’
The Queen Bey is launching an exciting new venture. Beyoncé has partnered with her trainer Marco Borges to launch a new vegan delivery service called 22 Days Nutrition. Why? Because the estimated amount of time it takes to change a habit is 21 days, so Bey is adding an extra day just to make sure your health is on the point. The meals will be 100 percent plant-based and delivered weekly.
In a press release Beyoncé said, “All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can.” Um, there is A LOT that Beyoncé can do that the rest of us can’t, but hey if veganism can have us glowing and rocking bodysuits then why not.
ONE: 21 Miles
That is the number of miles James Robertson, a Detroit factory worker walked each way to his $10.55 per hour job. Due to high rates of car insurance and Detroit’s spotty bus system, Robertson received only two hours of sleep a night in order to make his arduous journey to work.
Since his story has gone national thanks to a college students GoFundMe page and a story in the Detroit Press, Robertson has page has raised over $200K blowing away the initial goal of just $5000. While Robertson’s story has a happy ending I can’t help but think about the thousands of Robertson’s whose daily struggle goes unnoticed and whose good fortune may never arrive. As Damon Young wrote on his site Very Smart Brothas, “walking 21 miles to work is a human triumph and an f’ing travesty.”