Monday, May 24, 2010

Three Black College Students Shot Execution Style Three Yrs Ago - Killer Sentenced

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, The Institute for Black Public Policy

Nearly three years ago, two black college students and a friend were murdered in a schoolyard in Newark, NJ. Monday, a jury returned guilty verdicts for three of the murders and one attempted murder after deliberating for less than a day.
Rodolfo Godinez, a 26-year old gang member and native of Nicaragua, was convicted of all charges against him, including multiple counts of robbery, weapons possession and conspiracy. He can get up to 30 years to life for each murder count, and the sentences can be given out consecutively.
"This man will never see the light of day," said Robert D. Laurino, the acting Essex County prosecutor.
Sentencing for Godinez is set for July 8. His lawyer, Roy Greenman, said,"Obviously, there will be an appeal on a number of grounds," but he declined to state the grounds on which he'd be filing.
The prosecution did not assert that Godinez was the one who hacked at the victims with a machete or shot each of them execution-style, in the back of the head. He was argued, however, to be the one who summoned the other gang members to the schoolyard on the night when the murders took place. The murders were particularly chilling because all four of the victims were "good kids" with no criminal history and educational plans for the future.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

What? Did Matt Lauer Have an Affair with Whitney Houston's Sister?

Matt Lauer cheats on wife with whiney houston's half-sister alexis

Popular 'Today' show host Matt Lauer and his wife of 12 years, Annette, have split. Word on the street is that when Lauer was in Vancouver covering the Winter Olympics, he allegedly "bumped Uggs" with Whitney Houston's half-sister, Alexis Houston.

Houston, who also dabbles in music as a singer/songwriter/producer, met Lauer on the set of his show back in 2007. She accompanied Dionne Warwick, who had sung one of her hits for a segment on marriage. Reportedly, Warwick and the show's producers had some friction before the segment aired, and Houston squashed it. Lauer was apparently impressed with how Houston handled her cousin, sources toldHollyscoop.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Why LeBron will Leave Cleveland

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I love the city of Cleveland. I also feel bad for the city, since there isn't much to cheer for in this economically-depressed town. The one thing they have is LeBron James, and now even that's in jeopardy. Ending with an embarrassing loss to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs, the Cavs are finding themselves shuffling to keep "the chosen one" in the place he started his career.

LeBron has had a good run with the Cavs, and he's proven himself beyond any reasonable doubt. But the truth is that all good things must come to an end, and it's time for LeBron to have a different experience.

I believe that LeBron wants to be in the thick of it all. He wants to be in New York or New Jersey, where the lights are brighter, the media hype is hyper, and the action never stops. He wants to be in the mecca of entertainment, media and sports, where he can build a legacy that will be remembered for the next 100 years. He wants to play for a team with a bottomless pit of money that comes from a market where the fans will pay any amount to see a champion at his best. That place would be either LA or New York, and he's not going to play next to Kobe.


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