J-Lo Under Fire For Performing For Oppressive Dictator– Jennifer Lopez has been getting heat for performing in Turkmenistan and singing happy birthday to it’s leader, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. According to representatives for J-lo she wasn’t aware of the human rites issues in the country and she never would have performed if she had been aware. They say that she was asked to perform by the China National Petroleum Corporation that hosted the event where she sang.
Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Arrangements Revealed– They guy hasn’t even passed away yet and his family have already planned his funeral. I know he’s been in “critical” condition, but damn. It has been revealed by his family that his funeral will take place only 12 days after he passes away because of the enormous organizational difficulties involved. The detailed plans include a massive memorial service in the 94,000 seat football stadium which hosted the 2010 World Cup Final.
Obama Visits Mandela’ Cell And Launches Power Africa– While in South Africa, President Obama and his 2 daughters stopped by South Africa’s Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years behind bars for his anti-apartheid views. In the visitor’s log Obama wrote, “On behalf of our family we’re deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield. The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit.” Obama also announced his new Power Africa program. So far Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania will participate in the program that will give those countries electricity. Obama pledged $7 Billion Dollars to double the region’s access to electricity over the next five years. Private companies also committed $9 billion to this effort so far.
Kids Bowling For Free All Summer Long– Schools and bowling alleys around the country are participating in a new program called Kids Bowl Free. As a part of the program kids get to bowl two games for FREE. The program is a way for the alleys to give back to the communities and give kids a safe space to spend their time. Kids can register online and find out what the locations are here –> Kidsbowlfree.com
Oregon Granny Robbed– An Oregon woman, who lives in an assisted-living facility, says that $17,000 is missing from her drawer. 84-year-old Frances McComb said she withdrew the money on June 17th to buy a mobile home and pay some bills. Four days later, she noticed the money was missing. Police can’t tell whether damage to the drawer is related to the theft or if it was already there. Police have dusted for fingerprints and are hoping to narrow down the list of suspects from the 100 visitors that entered the facility.
Meek Mill Ordered Etiquette Classes– A Philadelphia judge has ordered Meek Mill to take etiquette classes as a requirement of his probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction. The classes were chosen because Meek’s social media use has gotten a little out of hand- causing his fans to threaten his probation officer. The judge wants to help the rapper improve his social media use and “properly explain his nature of business to the court”. He will have to complete his classes by August 4th, before any of his shows and he has to tell his PO where he travels to.
Lil Snupe Laid To Rest– Hundreds of people gathered in Louisiana at the Jonesboro-Hodge High School to pay respects to Lil Snupe. Meek Mill was there and said, “I saw something in him. His demo tape spoke to me. I saw myself in him.”
Philly On America’s Snobbiest Cities List– According to a list put together by Travel & Leisure, Philly has made it onto the list of America’s snobbiest cities. The cities were ranked based on a reputation for “smarty-pants” residents, high end shopping, high brow culture like classical music and theater, tech-saviness, eco-consciousness and artsy coffee shops. San Francisco was #1, New York #2 and Boston #3. Philly was #14. Full List HERE.
Septa Fares Increase Today – Starting today the new Septa price increase will go into effect. A cash trip will now cost $2.25 instead of $2 and single token prices rose .25 to $1.80. The changes were approved back in May and are expected to bring in about $25 million. SEPTA says it will use the new money to introduce new technology for tokens, tickets, paper transfers and smart-card technology. This is the first rate hike in 4 years.