Friday, February 27, 2009

Bishop T.D. Jakes' Son Charged with Indecent Exposure

After years of rumors it is finally confirmed. The son of prominent, anti-gay black televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure. To complicate matters, authorities say Jermaine Jakes exposed himself to two male undercover vice detectives.

2009_02_12_JAKES The arrest happened when Jakes was trolling Keist Park, a popular cruising spot in Dallas. CBS 11 reports, "The affidavit says Jakes walked up to one of the detectives at the park with his pants unzipped. Jakes then began to masturbate while making eye contact with the detective. The detectives arrested Jakes on a charge of indecent exposure."

The details are available in a graphically detailed arrest warrant presented by the Dallas Police Department. The narrative includes which hand the younger Jakes used to "gratify himself"—he's a lefty—and several mentions of Jakes' "fully erect poenis." The only details missing are size and distinguishing marks.

The January 3rd arrest only comes to light today. That might have something to do with the fact Jakes missed his court date, a warrant was issued and he turned himself into police this morning.

Bishop T.D. Jakes is pastor of the 30,000 member Potter's House in Dallas. The mega-church pastor has lead national prayer services after Hurricane Katrina with former President George W. Bush. Jakes was one of several prominent mega-church pastors and evangelicals who met with then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in a June closed door meeting to discuss his positions on "gay rights, abortion and other issues." Jakes reportedly has had cordial meetings with Soulforce, the gay youth activists, but does not have an inclusive ministry. Jakes is opposed to same sex marriage, expanding hate crime protection to gays, calls homosexuality a "brokenness", and, says he would not hire a sexually active gay person. Presumably there will be no job offers for his own son.

Jermaine Jakes' sexuality and after dark activities have long been rumored among black gay men across the South. Unfortunately it's another case of raising a gay man to be self-hating and seeking gratification in all the wrong places. (See Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, et al.) If more of our families, especially black religious families, didn't force their sons to stay in the closet they wouldn't feel pressured to go parks and cruise for trade. The hypocrisy is delicious: Jakes' son stands by and does nothing while his father speaks against gays. T.D. Jakes knows his son is gay but continues to oppose laws that would protect his gay son. Luckily these were two undercover officers who arrested Jermaine Jakes. Not gay bashers who may beat him or possibly worse.

Pray The Devil Back To Hell Screening & Panel Discussion

Date: March 5, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Occurence: Mar 5, 2009
Contact: Prof. Amina Mama and Michelle Morales
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Location: Music Building Concert Hall
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613

Description: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Welcome and opening remarks by Mills College President Janet Holmgren and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

A panel discussion will follow immediately after the film. Panelists include:

Gini Ritecker - Director, Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Abigail Disney - Producer, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Global Fund for Women Board Member.

Yasmin Jusu-Sheriff – Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s rights activist from Freetown, National Executive Director of Global Fund Grantee - the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET).

Rose Mensah Kutin - West African Regional Director ABANTU for Development, Accra, Ghana.

Please RSVP by noon, Wed March 4th to

Both the film screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flashback Thursday-American Idol Has Officially "Jumped The Shark"

I was such a fan of American Idol for the first few seasons. My fascination began to fade after about the 4th Cycle.

Last nights show proved that they officially have, "jumped the shark".

That phrase was created after Fonzie jumped over a shark on a cliffhanger episode of "Happy Days" to try and improve ratings. It's applied to any show that does things to try and make a show that has slipped in popularity more relevant.

For me the declarations of, "best group of singers ever" this season just has not panned out. The singers are not picking good songs and the comments from the judges don't make it any better.

Last night "Norman Gentle" did a terrible version of "And I Am Telling You". I get that it's meant to be comedy and the first couple of times I saw his shtick I enjoyed it. Last night I thought, "I can't believe the producers manipulated this situation for him to make the Top 36"

It made me long for some of the performances that blew me away in this round of competition of Idol seasons past,

Fantasia singing "Something To Talk About"

I fell for her instantly and knew she was destined to make it. I actually haven't enjoyed her music as much as I did her performances back then.

Anwar Robinson singing, "What A Wonderful World" was also another highlight

I loved her and I loved her performance. Tamyra Gray was my favorite the first season of Idol. This performance for me was great because it was hers and not Luther's version since she got to work with Burt Bacharach.

I thought Latoya London looked and sounded so beautiful with this performance. I hadn't noticed her before this. I am not sure if it was because they hadn't featured her or because I was taken by Fantasia by this point but this performance definitely put her on the map for me. Remember this was the "3 Divas" season. LaToya, Fantasia, and Jennifer Hudson...

Loved Loved Loved Kelly with this performance!!! The note she hits on "alive"...WHEW!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Flashback Thursday-"The Family Edition"

I have been thinking about the woman who recently had 8 children and the controversy surrounding it. I come from a large family. I am the youngest of 10. I can't imagine my life any differently. It wasn't always easy for my mother with so many children but we made it and I had a great time growing up. I've had two siblings that have made transition and occasionally it feels like there is a hole because we are no longer technically, "Mom's Magnificent 10". Of course emotionally and spiritually we always will be...

When I hear people passing judgment and hear of death threats it really troubles me. I know people didn't always have the kindest things to say about my mother and having to occasionally use public assistance to raise us but like I said we were happy and I wouldn't trade the experiences I had for the world. I can't even imagine what it would have been like to be separated from my family.

My prayers are with her.

Anyway here are some entertaining large families from the music world...

The Sylvers...


The Jacksons...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Flashback Thursday-Another Triple Play!!!

I am not sure how these three videos work together except to say that I found the people on these to be extremely attractive. Pants were SUPERTIGHT!! in the 70's....

Chic- Le Freak Live!!!

These Are Hot!!-Pants Were SUPERTIGHT!! in the 70's

This song I just really really liked