LAWRENCE: I HAVEN’T HEARD FROM ANYONE WHO SAYS THERE IS A RACISM PROBLEM!

MAYBE SHE’S BEEN ABSENT FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS!

I was shocked while watching the news Wednesday night. Houston City Council Member Toni Lawrence, who’s usually very reasonable and on top of the news of the day, was approached by local reporters. They interviewed her about the latest alleged racial problem at the Houston Fire Department. She was asked if she was concerned about the allegations of racism coming out of HFD. Her response is what surprised me. Lawrence said quote, “I have not talked to a fire department person who says there is a problem.” I just wanted to make sure Lawrence was present at the numerous council meetings where Captain Otis Jordan appeared before Houston City Council. During those appearances Jordan said there were serious racial problems at the department. Then there was the little incident on Tuesday where two female firefighters claimed they were the victims of RACISM and SEXISM with death threats. Then there was the alleged racism where a cadet last year was fired for displaying a noose, there was also a report where a HFD captain had another noose in his locker. I’m not done just yet…there was the incident several weeks ago where the firefighters were caught on the department’s two way radio system complaining about minorities. But then again Lawrence may have just been sleep for the last two years. Who knows. I’m just saying!

ARE THEY FOCUSED ON THE WRONG THING AT HFD?

WHO GAVE THIS PHOTO TO THE INSITE?

It was just Tuesday when two Houston female firefighters discovered racist and sexist graffiti in the women’s dorm at station 54. Fire Chief Phil Boriskie promised a swift investigation into who committed what he called a hate crime. That was Tuesday. By Wednesday, I received an anonymous email attacking the personal life and credibility of one of the females. From the details of the letter it obviously came from a firefighter. The suspected firefighter’s actions could further victimize one of the two females involved in the firehouse incident. But it doesn’t end there. Now, I hear from reliable sources that staffers at HFD are trying to find out how the media got those photos of the defiled lockers you first saw here on The Insite. They also want to know if city computers were used to email some of the photos showing Die Bitch scrawled on the walls and lockers at station 54. My source tells me it’s as if some in the department are still looking for ways to punish the females who were already allegedly victimized by the graffiti they found in their dorm on Tuesday morning. Do you think the department is handling this probe properly or are they doing more damaged to those who say they’ve been tormented enough already? The Insite would love to hear your opinion on this issue!

RACISM FLOWS OVER THE AIRWAVES AT HFD!

MORE ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT!

Houston’s city inspector general is launching an investigation into the source of a racist message carried on a radio channel used by the city’s firefighters.

Fire spokeswoman Alicia White says firefighters heard the message on the Houston Fire Department’s Trac 2 channel about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Fire Capt. Otis Jordan is president of the city’s black firefighters association. He tells the Houston Chronicle that the broadcast contained a vulgar message aimed at black firefighters.

The broadcast comes the day after racist and sexist graffiti was found scrawled on the women’s quarters at the fire station at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Fire Chief Phil Boriskie says the acts are “a terminating offense and, frankly, a criminal offense.”

THE LATEST ON THE STEVE MCNAIR SHOOTING!

HE WAS SLEEP WHEN THE TRIGGER WAS PULLED!

Former NFL star Steve McNair was shot dead in his sleep last week by a 20-year-old girlfriend distraught about mounting financial problems and her belief that he was seeing someone else, police said Wednesday.

Investigators may never know why Kazemi shot McNair four times as he dozed on a sofa early Saturday before turning the gun on herself, Police Chief Ronal Serpas said.

But interviews with friends revealed that she was making payments on two cars, her rent was doubling and she suspected the married McNair was having a second affair with another young woman.

She told a friend on Friday that “My life is a ball of s— and I should end it,” Serpas said.

Police earlier had labeled McNair’s death a homicide, but waited for further tests and the revelations about Kazemi’s personal problems before concluding that she pulled the trigger in a
condominium McNair rented with a friend.

McNair, 36, a quarterback for the Tennessee Titans most of his career, met Kazemi six months ago at a restaurant where she was a waitress and his family often ate. She seemed happy and eager to build a life with him, but something went wrong.

JACKSON’S SECOND WEEK OF ALBUM SALES SINCE DEATH DOUBLES FROM THE PREVIOUS!

STORES ARE SELLING OUT AROUND THE COUNTRY!

Nielsen SoundScan says 800,000 copies of Michael Jackson albums were bought in the U.S. last week — nearly double his sales from the previous week.

Jackson is claiming the entire Top 10 roster on the Top Catalog Album chart this week. His “Number Ones” collection is the top seller, followed by “Thriller.” Solo albums occupy every position but No. 7, where the Jackson 5’s “Ultimate Collection” album resides.

Data from the week ending Sunday — the first full week since Jackson’s June 25 death — shows physical albums accounted for 80 percent of his sales.

On Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, Jackson holds five out of the top 10 slots, with “Man in the Mirror” leading as his top-selling digital download song of the week.

Four Jackson CDs also are in the top 10 albums sold on iTunes, and five of the top 10 singles for the week ending Monday.

IS IT TIME TO SAY GOOD BYE TO THE FIRE CHIEF?

JORDAN: HIS POOR LEADERSHIP LEAD TO ALL OF THESE RACIAL PROBLEMS!

There have been a series of racially motivated incidents to plague the Houston Fire Department as of late. Early Wednesday (today) morning a person believed to be a Houston fire (update – someone may have hacked into the system) fighter apparently used the word nigger on the dispatch radio system. Tuesday two female firefighters found racist and sexist graffiti in their dormitory at fire station 54. Those incidents along with the noose found hanging in a captain’s locker several months ago has prompted the President of the Houston Black Fire Fighters to take action. Captain Otis Jordan is asking HFD Chief Phil Boriskie step down. Jordan describes Boriskie as a chief who lacks backbone and leadership. He says the chief has not been forceful enough to address the racial issues that are becoming common place in the fire department. Jordan says lack of action has allowed racism to fester and become acceptable in the department. What is Boriskie saying about these allegations? I’ve placed a call to him and I’m waiting to hear his response if he decides to make a comment!

RESHONDA TATE’S NEW BOOK IS BEING RELEASED!

Hello Houston Friends!

Please join me for a booksigning for my new release The Devil is a Lie.

Here’s a synopsis….

When Nina Lawson wins $16 million in the Texas Lottery, the real estate executive and her fiancé, ecstatically begin planning their future. But when Nina goes to claim her winnings, she gets an astounding twist of fate: her ex-husband, Todd, shows up to inform her that he isn’t her ex-anything -since the paperwork for their divorce was never officially filed. Now Todd and his money-hungry girlfriend, Pam – the woman he left Nina for – want half!
MORE MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS
Besides her divorce drama, Nina also has to deal with relatives coming out of the woodwork to seek a payday for themselves and she must soon ask herself if scoring a fortune in cash comes with too high a price tag. When all is said and done, Nina will discern the real wealth in her heart, not just her bank account, to find out what matters the most.

I’ll be signing the book, talking about the upcoming movie (Let the Church Say Amen, directed by Regina King), and answering your questions.

Houston Public Library – Downtown
Thurs., July 9, 7 pm
500 McKinney

or

Borders – Meyerland
Sat., July 11 – 2 pm-4pm

Hope to see you there! If you can’t make it out, I still hope you’ll pick up the book soon!

Many Blessings,
ReShonda Tate Billingsley

MAN ADMITS TO THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE!


From The Harris County Sheriff’s Office: On Monday, 07.07.2009, at approximately 2145 Hrs, Noah Collins called 911 and advised that he had killed his wife. Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Collins’ residence, located at 13211 Cliff Dr., in the community of Barrett Station. Upon arrival deputies detained Noah Collins without incident. Deputies searched the residence and located the body of Goerta Collins in a bedroom closet. Goerta Collins appeared to have been shot multiple times. A handgun and a small amount of narcotics were recovered at the scene. Noah Collins provided investigators with a statement, admitting to shooting his wife. Noah Collins was placed in the Harris County Jail. Murder charges are pending.

FROM 45’S TO CONCERT PROGRAMS: THE INSITE’S MICHAEL JACKSON STUFF!

WHAT’S IN YOUR MICHAEL JACKSON COLLECTION?


When I told you I was a big fan of Michael Jackson I wasn’t kidding around. I did a search of my house and found some of my memorabilia. It’s some of the Michael Jackson stuff I have collected over the years. Keep in mind this is actually only a third of what I have. I couldn’t find the rest which will likely be in the attic. But here’s a look at actual 45 records from the Bad and Say Say Say era. I also have a concert booklet from the Dangerous tour, I have the plaque commemorating the multi-platinum sales of Bad. I’ll have to go searching for the rest and post it when I can!

THIS EVENT IS 100 TIMES BIGGER THAN ANYTHING LOS ANGELES HAS EVER SEEN!

MICHAEL JACKSON GIVES LA AN ECONOMIC BOOST!

Los Angeles may be experiencing an economic slump, but the Michael Jackson memorial has already sparked an increase in business for hotels, restaurants, airlines and tourist attractions.

The Los Angeles Times reports that hotels around Staples Center, the site of Tuesday’s memorial service, were booked to capacity shortly after last Thursday’s announcement of the event.

“The magnitude of this event is 10 to 100 times of any other event we’ve had,” said John Kelly, general manager of the Holiday Inn across from Staples. Similarly the Hilton Checkers hotel nearby reported over 80 percent occupancy.

On Tuesday restaurants are also preparing for a large influx of crowds.

“We don’t really know what to expect,” said Jenny Nikoletich, a manager at the Yard House, a restaurant in L.A. Live, which is next to Staples Center. “We are preparing like we did for the Laker parade,” which took place last month.

Fox News reported that Virgin Atlantic sold out on all flights over the weekend. British Airways also said it has seen a huge jump in bookings since Friday, a day after the memorial service details were released.

Even though the local economy is seeing a jump in business, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking fans for donations to help defray the $4 million it is costing the city to host the funeral and memorial service, according to TMZ.com .

Live feed of Services: http://www.myfoxhoustonlive.com/

ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM JUST WON’T STOP SPILLING OUT OF THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT!

FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS ARE SHOCKED AT THE RACISM THEY FOUND IN THEIR STATION!


The Insite has learned there are more allegations of racism in the Houston fire department. This time two female firefighters showed up at work at Fire Station #54 only to find graffitti in the facility. Sources tell the Insite scrawled on the walls of the women’s dormitory and on a bed was written the words: Nigger Lover, Die Bitch, and Die Nigger. One of the firefighters said I have never seen anything like this before. The racially destructive words were also written on the portrait of a little girl. That girl died and is the daughter of one of the female firefighters who found the racist graffitti early Tuesday morning. The suspect or suspects wrote on that deceased girl’s picture die bitch die. Keep in mind the little girl is already dead. Sources tell me the female firefighters are destraught and blocking the room so no one came come in and erase the graffitti. We’ve also learned Houston Executive assistant chief Rick Flanagan has already started looking into the matter. In fact, he confirmed in a phone call early Tuesday morning he wanted to get to the bottom of the alleged racism. Stay tuned to the Insite and FOX 26 news for more details!

More about Station #54: Firehouse #54 was originally located at Tierwester and Lydia in 1960. When Intercontinental Airport was a dream of some land developers in 1965, and then became a reality. #54’s was located in temporary wooden quarters while Intercontinental Airport was being built. Upon completion of the airport in 1969, #54’s station moved into a super station on the Intercontinental Airport property. In 2003, Station 54 once again moved into a six-bay super station on the extreme northern section of the Intercontinental Airport property.