Actress Shannon Richardson, who has appeared on “The Walking Dead” and “Vampire Diaries,” was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The clock is a symbol of the threat of humanity’s imminent destruction from nuclear or biological weapons, climate change and other human-caused disasters.
The hands of the infamous “Doomsday Clock” will remain firmly in their place at five minutes to midnight — symbolizing humans’ destruction.
In 2010, the Bulletin found some hope in arms reduction treaties and international climate talks and bumped the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock back to six minutes from midnight from its previous post at five to midnight. But by 2012, the clock was pushed forward another minute. According to, Yahoo News.
According to Yahoo News, Florida pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer lifted President Barack Obama a solid foot off the ground in a bear hug during an unscripted stop at his Fort Pierce, Fla., store. Literally.
Media Credit: Photo (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP/ Video (YouTube Jpusbr)
Posted: Tuesday May 15, 2012 @10:45 p.m. PST
According to USA Today, Gay icon Ricky Martin paid tribute today to President Obama for his recent shift on gay marriage.
The actor and singer — along with LGBT Leadership Council and Futuro Fund — hosted a fundraiser in New York for Obama this afternoon, just days after Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. Martin, once a member of the boy band Menudo and perhaps best known for his hit Livin’ la Vida Loca, is now on Broadway performing in Evita.
Martin announced his plans to hold the fundraiser — which drew 200 who paid at least $5,000 each — long before Obama announced his shift in position on gay marriage.
Interestingly, Martin was previously a George W. Bush supporter, and even performed at his inauguration in 2001. Martin later soured on Bush over the Iraq War. During Monday’s fundraiser for Obama, Martin noted that he respected how Obama has conducted himself on foreign policy.
“We admire his courage, like the courage he showed last week in affirming his belief in marriage equality,” Martin said. “That is the kind of courage we expect from our president and that is why we support him. He knows we’re in this together and that together we’re stronger than divided. We elected the right president at the right time.”
In his remarks, Obama said that gay marriage “strengthens families.”
The president also paid tribute to Martin and suggested his supporters catch Evita.
“Those of you who haven’t caught Evita yet, go out there,” Obama said. “I’m sure there are tickets still available. So grateful for him stepping out and being able to support me in this way.”
In his first interview since about reunited with his father in 2009 after a five-year international dispute, Sean Goldman remembered being confused and having mixed feelings about returning to the United States.
Goldman, now 11, was abducted in 2004 when his Brazilian-born mother took him from their New Jersey home on what was supposed to be a two-week vacation to her native country. She abruptly cut ties with his biological father, David Goldman, divorcing him and marrying a lawyer from a prominent Brazilian family while keeping Sean in Brazil.
When Sean was 8, his mother died from complications after childbirth, and his Brazilian stepfather moved to adopt him. David Goldman fought for the return of his son, triggering an international case that made headlines and lasted until Sean was reunited with him on Christmas Eve in 2009. Sean spent half of his life in Brazil before rejoining his father to live at his home in Tinton Falls, N.J.
Sean spoke with NBC’s Meredith Vieira about his feelings during the ordeal and its aftermath in an interview that will air on Dateline’ on Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
“I wasn’t angry, but I was confused,’’ he said. “Because where’s my dad?’’
While David was working tirelessly to bring his son home, Sean had no idea how badly his father wanted him back. He never questioned his mother or grandmother about why his biological father was no longer in their lives and why they never returned to America.
“I was scared to ask,’’ he said.
While trying to make sense of the custody battle at such a young age, Goldman buried his emotions.
“I didn’t want to be like a loner, so I had to kind of tuck the feelings away and try to live with the…situation,’’ he said.
It took President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton getting involved to move the case to Brazilian federal court from the local courts. The higher court ultimately awarded his biological father custody after years of legal wrangling in which his Brazilian family fought international treaties and court rulings in United States courts that upheld David’s rights to his biological son.
On Christmas Eve in 2009, Sean left Rio de Janeiro to board a plane chartered by NBC to Orlando with his father. As they made their way to the plane, the 8-year-old was besieged by cameras from all angles as he cried in the street. His Brazilian family deliberately paraded him in front of the media in protest of the court order that returned him to David Goldman’s custody.
“(I remember) getting dragged through streets full of cameramen — a lot of people pushing,” he told Vieira. “And hearing a lot of yelling and people calling my name. I just wanted to shoot through everybody.’’
He admitted having “mixed feelings’’ about wanting to leave Brazil, but once he boarded the plane, he just wanted it all to be over.
Sean’s Brazilian grandmother is still fighting to see him and claims that David Goldman is denying her access to Sean and therefore violating his human rights. But David Goldman says she can see her grandson anytime she wants if she will agree to a few basic conditions, including dropping her lawsuits in Brazil that are still appealing the decision to send Sean home.
“I remember going into the plane and my dad was looking around and waving,’’ Sean said. “I just told him to hurry up because I wanted to get in the plane and just…come back to America.’’
The bond with his father has come a long way since he first returned to the United States. He initially would not call his father “Dad,’’ but in the two-plus years since the two were reunited, they have forged a true father-son relationship. He agreed that his father is now his “best buddy.’’
“Other dads might just be a dad, but he’s more than a dad,’’ he said.
Meredith Vieira’s interview with Sean Goldman on Dateline airs at 10 p.m. ET Friday on NBC, and tune in to TODAY Friday morning for a live interview with Sean Goldman’s father, David Goldman.
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Posted: Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 11:55 a.m. PST
Loyal fans of Maxwell are in for a treat. The R&B/soul singer will embark on a six-day tour, this summer, to perform his discography in its entirety.
For two nights in three cities (Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Jersey), Maxwell, backed by his 11-piece band, will perform his four albums in full, such as “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” (1996), “Embrya” (1998), “Now” (2001) and “BLACKsummers’night'” (2009).
The singer will perform his first two albums on the first night in each city and his other two albums on the second night.
Oh, you’re also a supporter of President Obama? You’re in luck because “custom Obama-Biden 2012” merchandise will be available for purchase at select stops of Maxwell’s tour. All proceeds will go towards Obama’s re-election campaign. If interested to help register voters in battleground states, Obama for America will be in attendance to sign up volunteers.
Check out the tour dates below:
6/20 – Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center (“Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” and “Embrya”)
6/21 – Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center (“Now” and “BLACKsummers’night”)
7/27 – Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena (“Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” and “Embrya”)
7/28 – Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena (“Now” and “BLACKsummers’night”)
8/03 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center (“Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” and “Embrya”)
8/04 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center (“Now” and “BLACKsummers’night”)
Kanye West is talented, and not many will dispute that. But he’s also a raging ego-maniac, and not many will dispute that, either.
West is notorious for comments he’s made about himself over the years, including but not limited to comparing himself to Michael Jordan.
“I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice,” he said in an interview on Wednesday. “It’s me settling into that position of just really accepting that it’s one thing to say you want to do it and it’s another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan.”
He’s also made some arguable claims about others in the industry:
“The greatest, biggest pop-cultural figure of all time, arguably bigger than Jesus Christ, is Michael Jackson.”
West made headlines in 2009 when he interrupted young country star Taylor Swift–who was onstage to receive her award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Awards–to grab the mic from her hand and declare that while her video was good, Beyonce had one of “the best videos of all time”. Beyonce was one of Swift’s fellow nominees in the category.
He’s shocked audiences for years with his absurd rants and high opinion of himself, and now it seems the general public isn’t alone in recognizing his jackassery. The prez himself says that while he thinks Kanye is talented, he prefers Jay-Z, and said so to David Samuels of The Atlantic.
“Although I like Kanye,” Obama continues, with an easy smile. “He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.” He is displaying his larger awareness of the question, looking relaxed, cerebral but friendly, alive to the moment, waiting for me to get to the heart of the matter.
“Even though you called him a jackass?,” I ask.
“He is a jackass,” Obama says, in his likable and perfectly balanced modern-professorial voice. “But he’s talented.”
Obama first mentioned his feelings towards the rapper back in 2009, right after the Taylor Swift incident.
“The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She’s getting her award. What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass,”
When President Obama announced to the world Bin Laden was dead it was tears of joy for us here in the United States, when 911 hit 1o years ago the United States froze in disbelief and heartaches that will never heal, for the first time in a long time the United States came together and cried together.
Bin Laden was the master-mind monster behind the attack in New York City and caused people to lose their Children, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Friends and the list goes on and on.
For those of us who did not know the families who lost their love one, it felt as we did because we could feel their pain. Now that Bin Laden is gone, his nut azz followers will try to become the number 1 man and hit the US again.
I would love to have seen them bring Bin Laden’s azz to the United States where the Twin Towers use to stand, call the families of that attack and let them beat his AZZ, then let the rest of the US get him and if anything was left, then kill his azz. What can I say, I am an OUTSPOKEN Libra!
We must once again watch, be careful, band together as ONE let’s stop talking about race, skin color, how large a person is, how poor that person is, etc and be what we are and that’s UNITED as in United STATES. I know I am a Celebrity Blogger and not a Political Blogger however this need to be said. Now Donald Trump can ask for Bin Laden Death certificate.
NOTE: MY LOVE, HEART, AND PRAYERS WILL FOREVER GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS OF 911 AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Several Celebrities has come to President Obama’s defense regarding his birth certificate. A short list includes Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Tracy Morgan, to name a few, De De Tillman can be added to the list at anytime.
There is talk that Donald Trump might make a statement after the Celebrity Apprentice that he will run for President and everyone know Sarah Palin is itching to get into the White House, I wish them the best of luck and if the day comes where either one of them become President, I will relocate to another country… I have nothing negative to say, I will just move and become a citizen elsewhere, I can do bad somewhere else….
De De Tillman Actress/ Scriptwriter/Celebrity Blogger
President Obama is a celebrity in his own right, I am a celebrity blogger and I do stay away from politics, however Mr. President is seen on TV more than the average Actor. The is blog is a QUESTION blog, who do you blame for the bad economy we are in? Do you thing President Obama stand another chance at re-election? Do you think he’s doing a good job? If not, who do you think would do better?
Donald Trump said Sarah Palin would make a much better President than Mr. Obama. What are your views? How can we get back on the right track, stop losing our home, jobs etc?