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#Yearinreview for 30 Rock’s famous posse "Grizz and Dotcom"

by Ollie's Daughter

Days before the end of the year, we pause to reflect on significant accomplishments of most famous posse "Grizz and Dotcom"!

Jan 22, 2009- Screen Actor’s Award (SAG)-won award for Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.  (30 Rock) #omgFACTS


July 8, 2009- “30 Rock” syndication to start 2011 on Comedy Central  #omgFACTS 


Sept 20, 2009- Emmy Award 2009 Best Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC

30 Rock Cast

Oct 18, 2009 -Most famous posse Grizz and Dotcom walked for the National Kidney Foundation NYC Walk and met Dr. Mehmet Oz.  #omgFACTS


Nov 19, 2009-NBC launched the first episode  on the web. Several clips now available of the series " Livin’XL with Grizz and Dotcom". #omgFACTS 



Nov 30-Dec 4th, 2009 NBC Universal sold to Comcast. #omgFACTS


Dec 15, 2009 – Grizz Chapman and Kevin Brown guests on Dr. Oz  First order is that Grizz must work with team of experts to lose 75 lbs. #omgFACTS


Dec. 17, 2009 –nominated for Outstanding performance for ensemble in a comedy series. (30 Rock)  #omgFACTS



Dec. 18, 2009  #nowplaying ”Did you Hear about the Morgans”? Kevin Brown Dot Com aka Uptown Kevin Brown as US Marshall Henderson starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant.   #omgFACTS


Dec 26, 2009- movie trailer released for Sex in the City Part 2- release date March 25, 2010 . American Actor Kevin Brown aka 30 Rock Dotcom aka Uptown Kevin Brown is in movie.  #omgFACTS



Kevin Brown aka 30 Rock Dotcom 
Comedian and American Actor


Appearances: "Eastville Comedy Club"," Ha!, Comedy Club, New York" and the "Mystery Team". #omgFACTS

#yearinreview Grizz and Dotcom are wowed! The posse will set sights on what is to come.  Fans are cheering you on for another SAG AWARD for Outstanding Performance for ensemble in a comedy series.   Happy New Year 2010!

Facebook fan page Kevin Brown aka Dot Com
Facebook fan page Grizz Chapman aka  Grizz on 30 Rock 

Is it just me or does anyone else think this could be the perfect billboard for South Florida?


I don't know the backstory to this graphic but it must be interesting. I'm going to post it on the side bar of this blog and whenever it needs to be posted as a reminder to this community. 

There has been coverage of local public corruption recently but it is likely only the tip of the iceberg. Who's really kidding who? Some folks have been caught in the web while others are likely still shaking in their boots. 

To the winner of the upcoming City of Miami Commission races for Districts 1 & 5 and to all sitting elected officials and others responsible for allocating and spending public resources, let this commandment reverberate in your conscious in the upcoming year. Forget that classic billboard with the little girl and the dog on the beach in that Coppertone suntan lotion ad.


Graphic courtesy of Don Allen

Michael Baisden brings his vibe to Miami Beach for a New Year's celebration

 Just a reminder it is not to late to get your tickets for The New Year's Celebration in Miami from Dec 29th - Jan 1st 2010. Join Michael and George with special guests that include: Grammy nominated recording artist Eric Roberson, Featuring Laura Izibor, Comedian Tyler Craig, Best Selling Author Mary Honey B Morrison and others! To purchase tickets or for more information use the link below. We'll see you in sunny Florida! Tickets will not be sold at the door!

Michael Baisden's New Year's Celebration
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009 8:00 PM EST - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 2:00 AM EST
at Eden Roc Hotel, A Renaissance Resort & Spa in Miami Beach, FL

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of exclusive events, seminars and partying to bring the New Year in right!

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[meet & greet Michael and George with performances by:
Grammy Nominee Eric Roberson with band
and Featuring Laura Izibor with band

YACHT PARTY: 2pm-5pm
[open bar, hot & cold Hor's Doeuvres, dance & party with DJ Fingers]

hosted by George "The Stress Reliever" Willborn with:
Comedian Vanessa Fraction &
Featuring Comedian Tyler Craig

[hosted by New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Honey B. Morrison]
* This event is exclusive for attendees with VIP All event Tickets only

* All Seminars are exclusive for attendees with VIP All event Tickets only
10:00am - BellyDance Exotica with Dr. Sunyatta
11:30am - The 3 Step Grown & Sexy Resolution with Dr. Baruch
1:00pm - Love, Lust & the Law with Attorneys Daryl Washington & Nick Pittman

[it's a black tie attire, red carpet, dinner, dancing, balloon drop and champagne
toast at midnight, live entertainment, after party all night long!] Featuring a live performance by Howard Hewett 
- 21 and over only
- Limited space available
- Ticket purchases are Non-Refundable
- Professional cameras and video are not permitted

Just 2 more Days until 2010


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Mayor Regalado questions hiring practices on Marlins Stadium project

Regalado Workers

If you recall all the hoopla about the Marlins Stadium construction, there are concerns about the number of jobs promised from the project. New Mayor Tomas Regalado is calling on the inspector general to investigate. Check this out: 

Miami Today: Mayor Regalado protests what he calls lack of local jobs on Florida Marlins ballpark construction

By Risa Polansky

Proponents pitched constructing a new, retractable-roof Marlins ballpark as a local jobs generator. As the largely publicly funded stadium rises on the site of the old Orange Bowl in Little Havana, Miami's new mayor says he's not seeing it in practice. (Read more...)

FAMU Alumni and Community Builders HDC Kwanzaa Celebration Kick-off in Liberty City [VIDEO]

Kwanzaa Celebration in Miami

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association in partnership with Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation, presented a magnificent celebration at the Blessed Catering Banquet Hall in Liberty City to kick-off The seven-day celebration, Kwanzaa.

This is the 20th year the Miami-Dade Chapter has celebrated Kwanzaa with the Greater Miami community. Understanding the importance of celebrating faith, family and culture, the organization's event has grown from a celebration in a member's home to public venues with feasts of various delicacies.

The event was very relaxed with audience participation from attendees of all ages and various ethnic groups. Thunderous African drums opened the event with the introduction of the Council of Elders and their permission to begin the program. The elders included: Her Royal Grace Iya Orite Olasowo-Adefunmi; Queen Mother Boatenma; William "DC" Clark; The Honorable Alix Desulme; Dr. George and Alvalia Ellis; James and Marge Fayson; Roni Goodrich; Rubye L. Howard; Mary Keller; Delores Lockett; Professor Joseph McNair; David and Edith Payen; Delma J. Rodriguez; Karen Tynes and Dr. Art and Mary Woodard.

The audience was treated to the local inaugural performance of the Osun's Village Cultural Troupe Featuring Prince Emmanuel Abiodun AdereleOsun Village Cultural Troupe: Dancers: Chipo ChemoyaKamili NilataZenziandEngrid Boyd (Guest Dancer) Drummers: Michael WilsonBaba Onayemi OgunkoyeRick PowellSaidou and Robert Parrish. Other performers included soloists: Carolyn Rolle and Zenzi

Other program participants included: Mary Woodard; Vanessa Woodard Byers; Ron Butler; Carisa Berkeley; Natasha Stubbs; Jada Rauls; Anthony Gregory; Althea Sample; Benjamin Dixon; Romania Wilson; Harlan Woodard; Professor Joseph McNair and Woodard Vaught. Chief Nathaniel Styles was  the MC for the event; Vanessa Woodard Byers is president of the Miami-Dade Chapter.

One of the highlights of the evening was the $1,000 pledge to the Miami-Dade Chapter's scholarship fund by Alix Desulme, City Clerk for the City of North Miami. More than 150 people were present but a special shout out goes to Rose Reeder of RJR and Associates; Thomasina Turner-Diggs of the City of Fort Lauderdale CRA; and City of Miami District 5 Commission candidate Georges William. A special thank you to everyone who donated educational toys that will be distributed to children through the Overtown NET office.

The Kwanzaa Celebration Committee was comprised of Miami-Dade Chapter members and volunteers from the general public including: Keenan Austin; Carisa Berkeley; Frederick Bryant; Ron Butler; Denetra Collins; Gail Covington; Amy Dawkins; Benjamin Dixon; Anthony Gregory; Austin Monroe; Naha Nixon; Natacha Payen; Jada Rauls; Althea Sample; Natasha Stubbs; Nathaniel Styles, Jr.; Leon Ward; Jalesia Willis; Romania Wilson; Ronnie Wilson; Dr. Art E. Woodard; Harlan E. Woodard and Sterling Youmas.

Denise Ross-Layton, owner of Blessed Catering, has a gem of a business in the heart of Liberty City. She offers any catering, party planning and business meeting needs you desire. Check her out and practice the Kwanzaa principle Ujamaa [OO-JAH-MAH] (Cooperative Economics) by patronizing her business. Harambee'!


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Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture


Starting yesterday and over seven days, many people throughout the world will celebrate Kwanzaa. Based on seven principles, the Nguzo Saba, Kwanzaa is designed to strengthen the black family, thus strengthening the community.


Kwanzaa is a unique African-American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and despite some misconceptions, is not a substitute for Christmas. It is simply a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors and culture. Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language Kiswahili, has gained tremendous acceptance. Since its founding in 1966, Kwanzaa has come to be observed by more than18 million people worldwide, as reported by the New York Times.

There are seven candles in the kinara: 3 red, 1 black and 3 green. Starting with the black candle in the center and alternating red and green, each day, starting on December 26, a candle is lit and at a gathering of family and friends, a principle is discussed.

(The Seven Principles)

Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia (Purpose)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kuumba (Creativity)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Kwanzaa is not just a seven-day celebration but a way of life. Life and practice the seven principles throughout the year to strengthen ourselves, our family and our community. Harambee'!

Related Links:

The Official Kwanzaa Website

Kwanzaa Information Center

Everything About Kwanzaa

City commission vote in best interest of the people?

African square park 

Check out this Miami New Times article on the City of Miami Commission's vote to use vacant land on 61st street and NW 14th avenue for residential units in rejection of the planning board's recommendation of expansion of African Square Park: New Miami City Commission Fails First Green Test.

This vote is a perfect example of why that district needs effective representation and not someone beholden to developers.

In a city where there are already far too many vacant residential units, building more is questionable at best. District 5 residents need to be vigilant and express their opinion about their area or they will awake one day to find it's no longer theirs.

Development should also be a question asked of the latest crop of candidates seeking the District 5 seat on the City Commission.



UPDATE: 17 year-old arrested in assault of 9 year-old boy at Sunview Park

Rumaldo Frometa The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested 17-year-old Rumaldo Frometa in the sexual assault of the 9 year-old boy at Sunview Park in fort Lauderdale. Frometa raped the boy in a portable bathroom while the boy's 7 year-old sister waited outside.

Frometa gained the children's trust by impersonating a police officer. Other neighborhood children helped police in apprehending him. He will be charged with capital sexual battery, kidnapping and falsely impersonating a police officer.

Prayerfully, the boy and his family will recive counseling to help them deal with this horrific situation. It's been reported that Frometa committed a similar crime last year. He needs help too.

Although Frometa is a juvenile, he could be tried as an adult. Stay tuned.

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Politics gets nasty between Diaz de la Portilla brothers and Robaina

Posted on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009

Political flap, investigation over Renier Diaz de la Portilla mailer


Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla is under investigation for allegedly skirting bidding rules to pay for a mailer that could help his brother in a political campaign to succeed their other sibling as state senator.

Renier Diaz de la Portilla said the mailer, approved by a School Board lawyer, was legitimate and that the investigation launched by the county's inspector general was ``politically motivated.'' It stemmed from a complaint made by Miguel Diaz de la Portilla's campaign opponent, Julio Robaina.

Robaina, a Republican like the three brothers and currently a state representative, says the mailer was akin to a taxpayer-funded campaign piece because it targeted reliable Republican voters in the senate district.