Published on March 5th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This list features The Top 10 News Stories for the week ending Friday, March 5, 2010.  Making the headlines this week includes the return of a well-known actor, a singer who almost did time, exciting news for a former NBA great, and a Hollywood mogul who reaches out in a big way to help those in need.


10. Woman Claiming to be Diddy’s Wife Arrested for Trespassing


*A woman who told police she was the wife of Sean “Diddy” Combs has been arrested after twice trying to visit a Long Island house she erroneously believed was the mogul’s home. Cemelia Green has pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief and trespassing and has been freed on $5,000 bail, reports the Associated Press. Police say the Jacksonville, Florida, woman showed up at a home in East Hampton on Feb. 12, claiming to be Diddy’s wife. A maintenance worker called police, but she fled the property. On Feb. 22, she asked directions to Diddy’s home at the East Hampton police station, but was refused, the AP reported. Shortly after, police arrested Green at the house where she was seen Feb. 12. Diddy, for the record, is not married. Source:


9. Jackson Lawyer Downplays Stun Gun Investigation



A lawyer for Katherine Jackson is denying reports that Jermaine Jackson’s 13-year-old son Jaafar allegedly tried to harm the late King of Pop’s son Blanket with a stun gun. Those rumors were sparked Tuesday with reports of the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services paying a visit to the Jackson family home over the presence of a stun gun that had been delivered to the Encino, Calif. house. “Blanket Jackson never saw or heard the stun gun,” says attorney Adam Streisandin a statement. “Neither did Paris Jackson. Prince saw the stun gun in the possession of security. Streisand says Jaafar, who lives with his mother Alejandra at the home, ordered a stun gun online two weeks ago and opened the package alone in his bathroom and tested it on a piece of paper, reports “Mrs. Jackson and security heard the soundcoming from the second floor of the house,” the lawyer says. “Immediately, security went upstairs and confiscated the stun gun. Source:


8. TV Host Niecy Nash & Chad Ochocinco



*Actress and TV host Niecy Nash will join NFL star Chad Ochocinco in the upcoming cast of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” premiering March 22. Nash, formerly of Comedy Central’s “Reno 911″ and the current host of Style network’s “Clean House” will be up against #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin among others.


7. Smooth & Sexy Sade Covers April Ebony





*Ebony magazine has landed the sizzling hot Sade for April, 2010 cover and feature story.
The reclusive singer who’s topping the charts with her first recording project in 10 years, “Soldier of Love,” gave Ebony a peek at what goes on in her world. Source:


6. The Return of Wesley Snipes



 By Wilson Morales of In what many are hoping is a comeback to the big screen, Wesley Snipes returns to a genre that made him famous. In director Antoine Fuqua‘s (Training Day) ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ the lives of three conflicted New York City police officers (Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, and Ethan Hawke) are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation. For Snipes, who plays a paroled drug dealer named Caz, the role is similar to Nino Brown, the character he famously played in 1991′s ‘New Jack City.’ After battling some legal issues, the Orlando, Fla., native, whose most recent films have gone straight to DVD, is ready to get back in the game.


5. AP Source: Woods back from family counseling


By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson, Ap Golf Writer – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tiger Woods is back on the practice tee and working to get back on the course. Woods has returned home after a week of family counseling in Arizona and is trying to get back into a routine that includes fitness and his first significant practice in 15 weeks, a person with knowledge of his schedule said Tuesday. Woods has not practiced in earnest since winning the Australian Masters in Melbourne on Nov. 15 for his 82nd victory worldwide.


4. LA teachers removed over choice of black heroes 

By CHRISTINA HOAG, Associated Press Writer Christina Hoag, Associated Press Writer – LOS ANGELES – Three Los Angeles elementary school teachers accused of giving children portraits of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul to carry in a Black History Month parade have been removed from their classrooms, a school district spokeswoman said Wednesday. Children from other classes at the school displayed photos of more appropriate black role models, such as Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman and President Barack Obama, Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry said. The incident occurred Friday at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, where the student body is more than 90 percent Latino. District Superintendent Ramon Cortinesplaced the teachers — all white men who teach first, second and fourth grades — on administrative leave on Tuesday while an investigation is conducted, Pollard-Terry said.



3. Anita Baker Nearly Jailed Over Divorce Settlement


 Anita Baker managed to avoid jail time in Detroit today by reaching a last minute agreement with her ex-husband’s attorney regarding the couple’s divorce settlement. The 52-year-old songstress andher attorneys were able to create a process that eventually will decide how much her former husband Walter Bridgforth is owed in music royalties as part of the couple’s split. ”Baker, best-known for hits such as “Giving You the Best That I Got,” faced a deadline of this past Wednesday to sign documents to empower court-appointed music contract expert Howard Hertz to seek information from the record companies on the amount owed to Bridgforth. But when that deadline passed and Baker again didn’t sign Thursday, Wayne County Chief Family Court Judge Lita Masini Popke ordered the singer back to court Friday to sign or be jailed. Source:


2. Michael Jordan reaches deal to buy NBA’S Bobcat’s


(CNN)– Retired basketball icon Michael Jordan bought a majority share of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, officials said Saturday. Jordan, who was already a minority owner of the team, headed a group that bought a majority share of the team from businessman Robert Johnson, Johnson said in a statement. Johnson said he has signed a “definitive agreement” to sell majority interest of Bobcats Sports and Entertainment to Michael Jordan and MJ Basketball Holdings, LLC. The deal is subject to NBA approval. Details on the purchase price were not available.


 1.Tyler Perry donates $1,000,000

Top Black movie and television sit-com producer Tyler Perry last week donated another $1 million to a worthy cause. ‘
This time his money went to the relief effort to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Perry issued a statement saying, in part:
“I have raised my personal donation from $250,000 to $1 million. I did this realizing that after the next big story comes along, the news media will pack up and leave the people of Haiti to fend for themselves.”
Estimates of deaths from the devastating Haitian earthquake now stand at close to 300,000. (source: Taylor Media Services)

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9 Responses to “Top 10 News Stories”

  1. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Great news stories! I had not heard most of them. The story regarding the three teachers that gave students the three pictures of RuPaul, Dennis Rodman and OJ Simpson are warped. It is ashamed that they would do such a thing as to look at these three as people to be proud of and to aspire to be like. They are still being paid while they are off work. Are they African American?

  2. Shack Says:

    Story 8 The craziness continues for the Jackson Family – You should do a top ten of the craziest Jackson’s Jermaine would head the list, followed closely by LaToya and so on. The most normal/sane seem to be Mama Katherine,Rebe, Tito & Jackie. Everyone else (except Randy) have issues!

    Story 3 – Sad story..thought they were happy

    Story 1 – Although not a TP fan, he is to be commeded for such a donation – hope its not wasted!

  3. Leon Says:

    No, the teachers are three white males.

  4. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    I figured as much. Unfortunately, they most likely have an issue with Black History Month.

  5. Trisha Says:

    WEll….The stupidity in the teacher story is obvious when you mentioned they were white. They should have admited their lack of knowledge on the subject of Black History and asked for some help. Or at least come to this site and read a few TopTens.
    …..I was going to debate putting Tiger Woods at the #1 spot until I read the Haiti/TP story, reality check. I am glad Tiger is back and Leon,I expect you to have him at #1 new story when he wins his next title, and he will win again.

  6. Leon Says:

    Trisha, I’m looking forward to putting in the #1 spot.

  7. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Shack…Jermaine would definitely top the list. I think Marlon would be off the list. Randy had a few issues with domestic violence several years back, but has stayed out of the news since then. :-)

  8. Joi :-) Says:

    Hey All! :-) Leon, GREAT LIST!!!

    Hmmmmm…. where do I start? Let’s start with the 3 White Teachers, giving the mostly Latino students a picture of O.J., RuPaul and Dennis Rodman. I’m going to need ya’ll to take a breath, cuz we r going under! Then I will bring u back to the top! lol. :-) Ready??? :-)

    CONSIDER THIS!!! If it WAS A JOKE, WHO IS LAUGHING NOW? BUT that would be too easy! First of all, with Leon putting the story out there, THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES!!! THAT IS THE WAY GOD/The Universe WORKS. Externally it may result in a firing or disciplinary action. But what does it do for his soul? that is not for us to know. :-) Now, on to something else to CONSIDER! Keep in mind… Well first let’s go here… We do not know what kind of conversation was going on in those classrooms. These are 1st, 2nd, and 4th Grader’s, WHAT DO THEY KNOW ABOUT Nelson Mandela, and whoever else the “politically correct” people (in SOME opinions) are? What do those Teachers know? Latino kids have Latino parents. What do they know about us? Besides, that’s what made school boring, because, we didnt learn about what I AS A CHILD WAS INTERESTED IN! Kids that little go by what they “see”. What if a child saw RuPaul, D.R. or O.J., on tv before going to school that day. Today just happened to be the day that that is what my “little” mind is curious at 5-9ish years old. What if my dad is a single parent and He LOVE’S O.J. FOR WHAT HE DID ON THE FIELD??? O.J., the baller was different than the O.J. the man. WE DO NOT KNOW! ITS EASY FOR US TO PASS JUDGEMENT. How many of us are going to write a letter to the teacher(s) saying, “man, I love u, because we have the “same Father, now let me show/expose u to us/me”, so that u can NOW come from a place of “wisdom combined with knowledge?” What if the Teacher’s said, “we will let the kids pick the people that they carry”? Now KEEP CONSIDERING!!! If there were any Black Teachers at the school, should they too not be held accountable for NOT SHOWING OR HELPING THE white Teachers? They could SEE that they are white. they cannot see their understandings, and their points of views. it is a circle. we give what we know how to give until we know or somebody shows us better. actually, I’m going to start a new post. its too long!!!! :-) brb…

  9. Joi :-) Says:

    I’m baaaackkkkk!!!! :-) Okay, now… WHAT’S WRONG WITH RuPaul? HE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE US?? He was recently on a talk show, and talked about his new book, and some of his points of views. They are similiar to mine. I love that he is “free/confident” enough in himself to do what he wants, and be WHO he WANTS to be. If it makes him happy, it should make us happy. NO MATTER HOW IT LOOKS! How would u feel if he saw u on the street and he didn’t want to talk to u, because U LOOKED THE SAME AS THE CHICK/DUDE THAT JUST WALKED BY? He COULD figure “that chick/dude didn’t have anything meaningful to say, so “visually” I SEE, the same thing, so “I’ll pass”…??? That is not right. We miss “blessings”, because they don’t always resemble what WE FEEL/DEEM appropriate and/or EXPECT them to look like. It’s not about the “packaging”, its about the “package”. I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE EMBRACE THEMSELVES, THAT MEANS THEY CAN EMBRACE ALL OF ME!!! that’s true freedom! That’s love at its purest form! I can also say that I have met D.R., he was very sweet and respectful! I love that if he wants to dye his hair blue, pierce his lip, and or tattoo his whatever, HE DOES IT! THAT is beautiful to me. It’s an expression of him. Of Him/God. I have felt like dying my hair blue, or doing something that others would see as “not right” at one time or another, i just didnt because I WAS AFRAID OF WHAT OTHER’S MIGHT THINK! HE IS NOT!!! (what if me dying my hair blue, reminded me of God’s love for me or served as a “message” for me to continue reaching for the sky?) FOR THAT HE IS A ROLE MODEL. He is also a role model for playing basketball at the highest level, and whatever else he did on the court, during his career. When someone looks at someone as a “role model”, they should consider all of that person, and do/take “what is right for them”. i.e. would we remember D.R. if it werent for his wild style? that’s what seperates him from the rest of the b.ballers that have played before, with and after him. We will know his name forever! :-) Plus, at the end of the day, is it O.J.’s, R.P.’s or D.R. responsibility to be our kids role models? I want him to jump high, and play b.ball (if he chooses), and have freedom of expression like D.R. I also want him to run faster, play harder, and give his heart to the game (if he chooses). Like O.J. did. and I want him to LOVE EVERYONE like RuPaul does. So, yeah, they are role models. Now, with that being said, I also I want him to know what unconditional love looks and feels like. He cannot get that from D.R., O.J. and R.P., cuz they aint in their lives! I am!!! and that starts with his parents/and or family. :-) Peace!!! :-)