Friday, August 28, 2009

29 year old man has 21 children... yes 21!

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The accused, Mr. Desmond Hatchette, 29 years old, the father of 21 children

I saw this a while back, but I am finally able to post it.

Listen (read) to this craziness:

As if Octomom wasn’t bad enough, a Tennessee man, 29 year old Desmond Hatchett has now fathered at least 21 children he can’t support. Hatchett was in child support court again last week. His name appeared on the dockett 11 times in one day, representing 15 of his children.

Hatchett says he wasn’t out to set a record. He says he never intended to have this many children, “It just happened.” He fathered the children by at least 11 different women and he claims all of the mothers knew about his large family. The children range in age from newborn to 11 years old.

The question Knox County officials now face is how to support all these children. Hatchett works a minimum wage job and by law the state can only take 50% of his paycheck for child support. By the time that money is split 21 ways, some of the mothers get less than $2 per month. That leaves the taxpayers footing a large portion of the bill for these children.

Even though Hatchett can’t support the children he has, there is nothing the state can do to prevent him from having more. Hatchett reports that he had 4 children in one year, twice. He says he’s done having children now, but only time will tell. He does say that he’s a good father and knows the names, ages, and birthdates of all of his children.

All of the blame can’t be placed on Hatchett in this case. One has to wonder about the women who chose to have his children. In the end, the children and the taxpayers of Tennessee will pay for their choices for years to come.

That is the craziest mess I've read in a long time. 21 kids! I have so many follow up questions, first, what were the women thinking?! Seriously, this guy is extremely potent, if he looks at you, you're probably instantly pregnant. Second, what about condoms? Aren't people still afraid of diseases? Ugh. This is just crazy.

What do you think?

Source [Bossip - SMH: Forget Octomom, Desmond "Drop a Seed" Hatchet is 29 Years Old With 21 Kids]

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Black Women and their Hair...

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Eyes are covered to protect the innocent (me)... here I go with curly hair (I was at some party).

Black women and their hair.

Sigh.

First I should say, I'm just one of those chicks who doesn't have the patience or the girly sensibilities to care a great deal about my hair. But I do make attempts to look presentable (most days).

Here I am with braids (also known as extensions). I will never get braids again, they took 9 hours to finish (I was in Maui in this photo btw)!

Second. I don't think people who are not black understand the task that is black hair. And yes, it's a task, at least it feels that way to me. But I will not attempt to speak for all black women, I can only share my own experiences.

I have permed hair. That means, every 4-6 weeks I HAVE to go to the hair salon and get my hair "touched-up" (permed again). Then you have to get your hair styled (which most people do every other week in-between perms) and of course, you can't let your styled hair get "messed up" so you have to sleep with a scarf or if you REALLY want the style to stay, you sleep in mildly precarious ways as to not let your head touch the pillow and ruin your hair. Ugh.

Here I am with my "regular" hair style... not fancy and rather rough looking (I certainly need a perm in this photo)...

But I gotta say, it's all worth it (most of the time).

So you don't believe me about black hair? Well read this wonderful article about a white couple, who adopted an African daughter. And well, they had to get a crash course in styling black hair and are doing a fabulous job (article has more lovely photos)!

Father, Clifton Green doing his daughter's hair (read full article here).

Anyway... Chris Rock has a new docu-movie coming out called Good Hair. Watch the trailer below:



When Chris Rocks daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair? the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl’s head! Director Jeff Stilsons camera followed the funnyman, and the result is Good Hair, a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of black people. Celebrities such as Ice-T, Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughters question. What he discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesn't always benefit the black community and little Lolas question might well be bigger than his ability to convince her that the stuff on top of her head is nowhere near as important as what is inside.
First I'm sure it will be funny (it's Chris Rock!) and I'm sure it will be insightful to see how other black women view their hair.

Have any hair stories to share? I'm listening...

Another Reason to Love Alexander Skarsgard

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I don't have to say much. You just have to watch the video below and imagine YOU as Sookie (at least that's what I do).

Enough said?


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Left Hander Day Weirdos

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Today is apparently a day to celebrate the oddity that is left handedness

Yeah, I said it.

Left handed people (not to mention ginger people and twins - I actually think I would faint if I saw a pair of red headed left-handed twins) freak me out. I don't know what it is about people who use the wrong hand to do stuff, but it gives me the creeps.

It took me a couple years, but I realize all the myths I've had about left handed people are wrong, such as:
  • They are not to be trusted
  • Their hands are always dirty
  • They run in packs
  • They tend to be mouth breathers
  • You can't lock eyes with them
  • They rule the night
Yes, I now know the error of my ways. Left handed people are just like us. 

Anyway, I will let you have your silly day, because we own the rest of the year. 

Yes, President Barack Obama is one of them - LEFT HANDED!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bobby McFerrin & the Pentatonic Scale

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This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. 

This video happened at the 2009 World Science Festival. Yeah, just like you, I've NEVER heard of the World Science Festival, but just checking out their 2009 festival participants I'm very intrigued.

Also, for those who don't know, the pentatonic scale is just a musical scale. But YOU must watch the video below, it's pretty cool for music, science and human behavior lovers. 

Friday, August 7, 2009

RIP John Hughes

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I am a fan of John Hughes' teen movies from the 80's. Even though I couldn't relate to most of the teen angst of his protagonists (I was a bit too young and I lived in the inner city).


But his films, introduced me to the world where the kids were cool (even the geeks in my opinion), have large bedrooms, big homes and drove to school - yes this was my introduction to suburbia.


Even though I know I could never live in the suburbs (I'm 110% city girl) I was rather taken with the suburbs of Chicago (the setting of all of his films)! When I was a kid, I just knew I was going to marry Tevin Campbell (don't hold that against me) and we would live happily-ever-after in the tree lined neighborhoods of Chicago.

Anyway, Mr. Hughes' movies will continue to entertain and help angsty teens for years to come.

My Hughes' filmography/screenwriting recommendations:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I've been meaning to update but...

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I know it's been a while since I updated this blog and I am rattled with guilt because there are many things I wish to post, but just don't have the time to do it.

Well that's not entirely true.

I do have the time, but right now I'm dealing with an addiction to fan fiction (and yes, I am slightly embarrassed stating this). But these fan written stories about Harry Potter are quite good and there are over a million of them on the interwebs, that I just can't stop myself.

Anyway, I plan to tear myself away from my kindle (yes you can download the stories to your kindle - wonderful ain't it!) and update soon.

For now, ladies and gentlemen...Mr Conway Twitty:



PS. If you really want to know what's going on with me, you should sign up for a twitter account and follow me (@camillereads). For some reason I always have time for 140 characters.

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