HUNDREDS TURNOUT FOR THE VENUE THAT BRINGS YOU THE ARTS!
Congratulations to all of the winners Friday night. The actors and actresses were presented with awards for their work in the entertainment field. They were all honored at the Ensemble Theatre annual gala held at the Hilton in downtown Houston. The Insite and Melinda Spaulding served as the emcees of the event. Hundreds of people showed up for the event that helps to fund the theatre that has served as a spring board for dozens of nationally recognized thespians. The Gala chairs were Hasting Stewart and Argentina James. Some of the sponsors were Target, FOX 26 and Shell Oil company. The Insite would also like The Ensemble staff and Robert Ross for inviting me back a second year in a row to participate in the gala. Some of the people attending were Mayor Bill White and Andrea White, William and Audrey Lawson, Melanie Lawson, Jolanda Jones, Felix Chevalier, Lalou Davis, Tiesha Beal and a host of others!
Album sales, a movie deal and other projects could boost Michael Jackson’s estate by $200 million before the end of this year, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.
And the “King of Pop’s” estate is expected to generate at least $50 million in annual revenue, John Branca, one of the executors of Jackson’s estate and his former lawyer, told the newspaper in an interview.
Jackson’s album sales have surged following his death in June and the singer has dozens of unreleased songs, some of which executors believe could be released in album form.
Branca said record sales and other revenue could generate $100 million for the estate by the end of 2009. A movie based on the singer’s last rehearsals, which is expected to be released in October, and other business deals will generate another $100 million in the same timeframe, Branca said.
Jackson left about $400 million in debts when he died of cardiac arrest on June 25, the newspaper said. But his assets, including partial ownership of the Sony/ATV music catalog and many songs by The Beatles, outweigh his debts by at least $200 million.
Branca also told the Times the family is definitely not selling Jackson’s music holdings which include music by the Beatles and Sly and the Family Stone!
ADVERTISERS ARE PULLING OUT OF HIS NATIONAL TV SHOW!
Some of the nation’s biggest advertisers are distancing themselves from Fox News host Glenn Beck after he called President Obama a racist during a July 28 broadcast.
Geico has pulled its ads from Fox News Channel’s “The Glenn Beck Program.” Lawyers.com, which is owned by LexisNexis, also has vowed not to advertise during the program, according to Color of Change, an African-American online political organization that has been urging advertisers to stop supporting the show.
Additionally, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson all said their ad placements during the broadcast were made in error and that they would correct the mistake.
The controversy stems from Beck’s comment that President Obama is a “racist” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people.”
Geico spent more than a half-billion dollars on ads last year, according to the Nielsen Co. It spent more than a quarter-billion dollars in the first half of 2009.
A Fox representative noted that Geico is dropping its ads from the show but was quick to note that it was shifting dollars to other programs. “The advertisers referenced have all moved their spots from Beck to other programs on the network, so there has been no revenue lost,” the rep said.
Beck’s show pulled in an average of slightly more than 2 million viewers for each of its 19 telecasts in July, according to Nielsen.
Progressive Insurance representative Cristy Cote said that there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the company’s involvement with the program. “We had not bought advertising on the show in the first place,” she said, “so when we learned that our advertising had appeared on the show by mistake, we contacted the network to correct the error.”
She said Progressive tries to “avoid programing that we believe our customers and potential customers might find extremely offensive.”
A Procter & Gamble representative echoed that sentiment: “At times our ads are run by mistake on shows that they were not meant to … Any of our ads that ran did so by mistake, and we’ll try to make sure that doesn’t happen in the future.”
Michael Vick is back in the NFL — and the Philadelphia Eagles have him. His agent is confirming that Vick has signed on with the Eagles on a reported two-year deal. Vick has not played in the NFL since 2006. The former Atlanta Falcons star was convicted in August, 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation. He was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) conditionally lifted Vick’s suspension last month, allowing him to sign with a team. Since then, Vick has been exploring his options.
THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOT RELEASING WHAT HAPPENED AT STATION 54!
It was nearly a month ago when I made a simple request to the Houston Fire Department. I wanted to know if there were widespread problems at station 54. It’s where two female fire fighters say they found racist grafitti scrawled on the walls. I sent a letter (open records request) to Fire Chief Phil Boriskie, Assistant Chief Rick Flanagan, and communications specialist Alicia White asking for any incident reports or documented investigations at the facility. Nearly a month later I got a letter from the City Attorney’s office saying they don’t want to release anything that happened at station 54. Essentially, they want to keep it a secret. The question is why? This comes after several Houston fire fighters have come forward in recent days to say they did not witness any racial or sexist incidents in the department. The release of all investigatory reports from station 54 would only give credibility to their claims if records show nothing happened. But for some reason those in charge at the fire department don’t believe reporters or the public should have access to what has transpired in the past at station 54. My question is why? Is there a pattern of incidents that give credibility to the female fire fighters? If not we can at least insure the public these are isolated incidents and the department is on top of it!
ATTORNEY: THEY’RE TRYING TO PIN THIS ON MY CLIENT!
Houston investigators will essentially ask one of the alleged victims of racism and sexism to prove she didn’t do it today. Jane Draycott is scheduled to take a handwriting analysis with the Office of Inspector General according to her attorney. The investigators are trying to determine if she wrote the word ‘die bitch’ and ‘nigger lover’ in the female dorm at station 54 back on July 7th. Draycott and Paula Keyes, both female fire fighters at the Houston Fire Department, say they discovered the graffiti when they arrived at the station that morning. Draycott has long been the focus of the probe because she arrived at work early that day. However, her attorney Joseph Ahmad says his client has passed an independent polygraph and she is totally Innocent. Ahmad says this is the department and others attempting to frame her for her own alleged victimization!