After all the crap that’s happened this week, we need a little positivity. Thankfully, we’ve got a double dose for you! First, there’s the story of radio personality Tom Joyner. He’d been impressed with the way witness Rachel Jeantel comported herself throughout the Trayvon Martin trial. On Wednesday, he invited Jeantel to his morning show, where he offered her a full college scholarship.
“Here’s my offer to you, if you want to graduate from high school and go to a HBCU [historically black college or university], even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters, Bethune Cookman or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that. I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like.”
Jeantel, who’s endured public scorn and criticism for everything from the way she talks (her first language is Creole) to the way she looks, hopes to one day pursue a career in law enforcement. Joyner will fund the scholarship via his Tom Joyner Foundation, and also funds several other ventures, including REACH Media and BlackAmericaWeb.com. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
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Tennessee’s got a modern Bonnie and Clyde on their hands! At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, in Crossville, Tennessee, a man and women approached the 52-year-old man outside his home; soon after, the woman asked her accomplice to fetch her cigarettes from their own house nearby. The male accomplice pretended to leave the premises while the woman asked the homeowner if she could take a nude dip in his backyard pool. Obviously, he granted her request. After swimming naked for 20 minutes (the homeowner watching her poolside the whole time), the woman hopped out and the homeowner gallantly handed her a towel. What a good neighbor! The only thing is, after she got dressed and left, the homeowner walked back inside to find he’d been robbed. Okay, so he’s missing $1,195 worth of jewelry, medications and a handgun. But he did get a free show. And some people would say that is priceless. [CNHI News Service] [Image of nude woman via Shuttershock]
I’m almost positive I’ve seen at least one episode of “CSI: Miami” that goes exactly as follows: A few women team up to seduce some unsuspecting men in sleazy clubs. The men are incapacitated in some way and then robbed. Oddly enough, this is actually happening in real life.
That is, of course, if you consider what goes on in southern Florida to be real life. Keep reading »
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Lisa Vanderpump and her constant four-legged companion, Gigolo, were robbed while staying at the Soho Grand Hotel in Manhattan. Here’s what Lisa had to say about the violation:
“I had four purses valued at just over $8,000 including two Christian Louboutins, one Louis Vuitton and one Chanel. Those were my signature bags. Boy do I feel violated. They told me I should have put my purses in the room’s safe. Come on, the safe wasn’t big enough to fit a wallet inside. The room is suppose to be safe.”
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Where is Batman when you need him? Because New York City has a Catwoman on its hands. This past week, a Manhattan shoe store reported a midday robbery after being held up by a woman wearing a feline mask. A security camera in the store shows that a woman came into the store sans disguise, waiting until later to pounce on the clerk. According to a source, the robber put on her mask and then passed a note to one of the workers demanding, “Give me the money. I have a gun.” The employee complied, giving the woman $83 dollars. Which—lame! But it seems that a feline is not this thief’s only disguise. Police believe the same woman robbed a Body Shop in Queens the following day, this time wearing a large burqa. This theatrical thief has yet to be found, which is understandable when all cops have is a wanted poster that looks like it was drawn up at a costume party. I wonder what costume she will wear next? [Fark.com]
Robbery aside, what disguise would you don if you wanted to do something naughty without getting caught? Keep reading »
I’ve heard of pulling pigtails before, but Stephfon Bennett of Columbus, Ohio, had a whole new idea on how to get a girl. Diana Martinez was sitting in her car outside her apartment building with a friend, when three guys surrounded them, one holding a gun to her head through the window. They demanded all her money before she opened the door, knocking one of them over and getting away. She called the police and after filing her report, went inside her apartment. An hour later, she opened her front door. And Stephfon, whom she identified as one of the robbers, was standing there. Her cousin frantically called the police, scared that Stephfon would do something violent. Instead, he shyly asked Diana if she had a boyfriend and would like to go on a date. Too bad the police quickly arrived and arrested him—from his mug shot he actually looks kind of cute. Note to all the dudes out there: armed robbery is hardly the way to a girl’s heart. Who said chivalry was dead? [WBNS 10 TV] Keep reading »
You may think your mother is bad, but this mama takes the cake. No really, she probably took it. Arizona mother Cynthia Robertson has been charged with masterminding 20 cases of armed robbery and aggravated assault in Phoenix, Arizona. How did mama Robertson do it? She used her bad financial situation and unemployment to guilt her two young sons, ages 12 and 14, and their friends into robbing people. Seriously, I know the economy sucks, but geez. Keep reading »
Fabulous clothes are as ubiquitous in Hollywood as headbands are on Blair Waldorf’s head. But Rachel Bilson has serious style — a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ above the norm. That’s why we’re bummed to hear that a robber broke into her L.A. home while she was on vacation and swiped a whole bunch of her jewelry and designer clothing, “including a trove of vintage shoes and her Chanel collection.”
Our condolences to Rachel, but how do we say this? This robber is after our own hearts. We would never go as far as breaking and entering, but we’ve definitely lusted after some of her recent drool-worthy outfits, like that teal dress. Here’s what we would have ganked had we been this thief. Keep reading »