Saturday, February 9, 2013

nemo 2xThe Weather Channel has pissed off practically the entire meteorologist community by their decisions to begin to start naming ordinary here-today-gone-tomorrow winter storms like the one that’s presently surging over the northeast side of the country day rather than reserving to tag more severe weather anomalies like the tropical storm Sandy that hit last year. And what’s worse is that the execs at the station made this decision without any confirmation from the rest of the more, shall we say professional, forecasting community. “The idea,” according to Bryan Norcross, senior executive director of weather content for the company, “was to draw more attention to storms and get people to prepare.” But irate meteorologists across the land, who are lamenting publicly on what they think is just a publicity stunt for the station, say that the potential danger of making a big whoopdedoo about every seasonable winter storm could eventually numb the public to responding appropriately to more dangerous weather. Aaah! The old Boy-Who-Cried-Wolf syndrome… 

A spokeswoman for the National Weather Service, which names tropical storms like hurricanes, said the agency has no position on the Weather Channel’s decision to name winter storms. Also no word on which Nemo the brain trust at TWC had in mind when naming this present storm. Was it the  cute little clown fish from the Disney Pixar movie or the ancient mariner, Captain Nemo from the literary works of science fiction writer Jules Verne?…I’m guessing the clown fish.

LITTLE KNOWN FACTNemo also means “The Man” in the African Oromo language, which would also be another silly name for a storm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

OLD SKOOL IS DEADThe Golden Age of Hip-Hop: Radio Station 107.5 WBLS spins “Golden Era Radio” every Friday night from 8pm to 10pm, featuring the best of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s hip-hop music with the legendary MarleyMarl and RoxanneShante. Damn, there are times when living in the past could be a good thing. I would love for these so called present day rap artists to assimilate just one iota of what the old crew used to throw down in the day. You would think that rapping about Bitches, Money & Hoes would have played itself out by now, wouldn’t it?

jada _annieActor Will Smith‘s daughter, Willow, turned turned down the role to play the little orphan girl Annie in her father’s remake of  “Annie”. Will’s production company Overbrook Entertainment recently hired “Easy A” director Will Gluck to guide the production to the big screen, as well as Willow in the lead role. Speaking at Temple University in Philadelphia this week, Smith said that Willow herself ask to not be put in the film:

“Willow was supposed to be doing ‘Annie,’ we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with ‘Whip my Hair’ and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so, I said, ‘Baby, hold up!’ I said, ‘No, no, no, listen; you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.”

How about I just be 12? Whippin’ my hair back n’ forth with mad respect for this little girl : ) 

WILL SMITH AND SON AFTER EARTHAnd take heart–Will and his boychild Jaden Smith will be appearing together again in the scifi thriller “After Earth” directed by that weird guy, M. Night Shyamalan and produced, once again by Overbrook. The plot? After crash landing on a planet abandoned for thousands of years, father and son astronauts are left to explore and survive on the planet. Scheduled film release is June. I’ll be there.

Halle Berry, Lisa Leslie, Bishop T.D. JakesClarence Avant and my Girl Chaka Khan will be honored at the BET Awards televised this coming Monday the 11th. Hosted once again by the beautiful Gabrielle Union the show will celebrate Chaka and her fellow nominees for their outstanding achievements in their respective careers. I’ve been rockin’ with the legendary Ms. Khan from day one of her Rufus days all the way up to the multi-Grammy Award winning solo career she enjoys today. And I’ve prided myself on introducing other fans to some of her least known songs. Ill taking you out with my personal favorite, “Roll Me Through The Rushes”… N’joy!

THANK GOD WE MADE IT THROUGH “NEMO” IN ONE PIECE! (or whatever you wanna call it.)

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Amy Conton is a freelance writer and graphic designer living in New York, USA.


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