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Occupy the Hood Boston

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I’m a big supporter of people taking action.  The recent Occupy Wall Street protests taking place all over the country puts a little smile on my face.  FINALLY people not just talking and finally doing something.  Will I be at … Continue reading

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Bernie Madoff auction last week doesn’t even scratch the surface

The Talented Mr. Madoff made off with $50,000,000,000 (yes, all those zeros) in the biggest Ponzi scheme in history.  Not sure how much has been recovered but an auction last week at a Sheraton Hotel in New York made off with $2.6 million in sales.  Below are just a few of the items that walked away with the biggest price tags.  They even sold Bernie’s underoos.. smh.

Bulgari cuff bracelet – $3750

Pre-Victorian diamond earrings – $70,000

Cartier Cougar wristwatch, Mens – $3500

18k Cartier Cougar – $8500

Vintage Roley Oyster – $32,000

Alixandre mink – $1600

For you big boys here’s a Audemars Piguet Huitieme (automatic baby) $15,000

Hofstra college ring – $6,000

And for you BIG BIG girls here’s a 10.5 karat diamond engagement ring – $550,000 (imagine what the original price was)

I ain’t saying she’s a gold digger…

Today on the Michael Baisden show a caller made the statement that women who date for money are prostitutes.   When Mr. Baisden posted this caller’s statement on Facebook, naturally a storm brewed.  The responses were surprisingly mixed.  I knew most, if not all the men would agree to the statement but there were a few ladies who also agreed.  The rest of the ladies flat-out disagreed.  This caller’s statement and the replies from Mr. Baisden’s post made one thing very clear: there’s a double standard when women “date for money”.

Since the dawn of time women have been told that the man is the provider, the bread-winner.  That he’s supposed to “take care of us” and he “brings home the bacon”.  Mothers AND fathers have been telling their baby girls “you better not bring no broke fool home”.  How many times have we heard of parents, family members and friends make disparaging remarks when a loved one  introduced their mechanic boyfriends?  We see it time after time in every book or movie or household of people we know of how proud parents are when Suzie brings home a doctor or lawyer with their own flourishing practice but lack luster emotion when Suzie brings home a man just making 35k a year.  In almost every outlet and every aspect of our lives society is telling women to date for money.  Especially in every media outlet.  Most movies are about some chick getting swept away by a rich Prince Charming.  On TV most if not all of the women of any of the Real Housewives reality series, married  a rich or wealthy man.  And in music, that message telling women to go with the rich guy is even more apparent.  I can name a list of R&B and/or Hip Hop songs that reference the male artist spending exuberant amounts of money on women.. women they just met in a club at that.

I’m going to spend a stack on her; Throw it in the bag for her; Drop a couple grand on her; Took her on expensive trips and bought her expensive gifts; Gucci this, Louis that, Christian Louboutin this, Guisseppie that; I love this stripper so much I’m going to take her out of this club and make her mine by spending all these stacks on her.

I can keep going and going and going.

Men, too, are the culprits in this as well.  I’ve seen men wearing their cash on them like a badge.  I’ve seen men flash their money around women.  I’ve seen men who have done some of the things I mentioned above that’s in almost all of the songs being played on any urban radio station.  I had a man who cussed me out after I refused to accept a gift that I thought was inappropriate because it was way to expensive.  I knew him less than 2 weeks and had only went out to dinner with him and on the 2nd date he presents a diamond bracelet.   Alot of men endorse this behavior.  Some of it I understand because society is telling them that they’re SUPPOSED to give their women whatever she wants.  But does that make him a John?

Does wanting a man who is financially stable mean “you’re dating for money”?   Is it wrong for a woman who makes 200k to ask for a man who matches that?  Or is it only wrong when the woman makes only 40k to want a man to make six figures?  Is it wrong for a woman to want her man or husband to be able to provide a financially secure household, to be able to give her gifts and take her on trips?

What surprised me were the responses on Michael Baisden’s page from women who flat-out said “if you want to deal with me then you gotta pay.”   And I think that’s where the double standard comes in.  Society and this “unwritten rule” can say the man is supposed to take care of us and be the financial provider but the woman can’t say it.  It sounds bad when a woman says it.  Or is it all about semantics?  Is the wording wrong?  I do think of shallowness when I hear a woman say “I only date men with money.”  There will never be a day when women go around saying “I only date men with no jobs and no money” ?   That will never happen.

Disclaimer:  I do not date for money just so we’re clear lol

Billionaires Boys AND Girls Club of America

william-gatesIf you’re like me, you look foward to Forbes Magazine annual list of ‘Worlds Richest People.’  I read their names and their net worth and pretend it’s me.  Yeah, I know.  I’m corny.

Last year, the world had 1,125 billionaires.  This year, we’re down to 793.  The Billionaires Boys and Girls Club (BBGC), lost 1.4 trillion in net worth but who’s counting?  You know how you feel when you realized you lost a 5 dollar bill.  You shrug it off and thank God it wasn’t a 20.  That’s probably how they felt. It’s pocket change to them. 

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I took the time to generate a list of the top 20 U.S. billionaires.  As I was going through this list, it dawned on me that their net worth is over 300 billion smack-a-roos.  Can you imagine if they all got together and said, “Let’s donate 2% of our total net worth to the U.S. education system.”  

*Shaking head* Silly me!  What was I thinking? 

So here goes.  Here are our richest residents of these here fine United States.   Sidenote: Tell the Walton’s they know they should be treating their employees better!

  1. William Gates               40 Billion
  2. Warren Buffett             37 Billion
  3. Lawrence Ellison        22.5 Billion
  4. Jim Walton                    17.8 Billion
  5. Alice Walton                 17.6 Billion
  6. Christy Walton             17.6 Billion
  7. S Robson Walton         17.6 Billion
  8. Michael Bloomberg    16 Billion
  9. Charles Koch                 14 Billion
  10. David Koch                    14 Billion
  11. Michael Dell                   12.3 Billion
  12. Donald Bren                   12 Billion
  13. Sergey Bren                    12 Billion
  14. Larry Page                      12 Billion
  15. Steven Ballmer             11 Billion
  16. George Soros                 11 Billion
  17. Paul Allen                       10.5 Billion
  18. Abigail Johnson           10 Billion
  19. Ronald Perelman         10 Billion
  20. Jack Taylor                     9.5 Billion

OH and 21.  Me     8……..dollars!