Sunday, October 25, 2009

You Gold Girl!
Fly Lady of the Day Gymnast Kayla Williams Makes History


Gymnast Kayla Williams recently made our country proud winning the world championship title in the vault competition. The 16- year-old athlete from Huntington, West Virginia is the first U.S woman to bring home the gold in the category. She wowed the world with her strong and smooth landing at the competition held in London. Just five months ago Williams competed in the level one notch below the elite level. Williams not only proved she could play with the big dogs, but beat them. Not bad being this was her first international competition. Don't you love a good sports story about trial and triumph? According to the USA Gymnastics website Williams is in the 11th grade and her favorite TV shows are "House of Payne" of "Meet the Browns." I can't wait to see Kayla set it off at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ugly Betty's Future Not Looking Pretty?

I knew something was up when ABC moved Ugly Betty to Friday nights. That's usually not a good sign. Yahoo! TV is speculating the ax may fall on the hit comedy because of lower ratings last season. ABC execs say they still have Betty's back, Yahoo! reports. Rumors about Betty's fate have been floating around for a while. Hopefully, it won't become fact. I admit I didn't watch season 3 much either. However, I watched the reruns over the summer and am back for season 4. The show is funny, and in my opinion, one of the most diverse programs on television. The crazy characters at Mode magazine reflect America: gay, straight, white, black, brown, yellow, sane and loony. Props to Salma Hayek for not being afraid to push the color and gender lines. I love the importance of family on the show and the writing is spunky.

Other shows on the CANCEL list include: CW's The Good Life, ABC's Hank starring Kelsey Grammar and NBC's Parks and Recreation. Go here to see more shows on life support. I want America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams and the cast to keep getting a check so make sure to watch Ugly Betty, Friday nights at 9/8pm central on ABC. If you don't have Tivo catch the new season of Ugly Betty Thursday Nights at7 pm on the TV Guide Channel. I hear TV Guide will air the show in FULL screen. Or when you're bored at work and the boss isn't looking watch it on ABC.com. Not that I ever watched TV online in my office when I had a job. Oh no, not me. Well, I better go now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rihanna Packs Heat and Pain in Her Disturbing New Song

Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" is far from her bubble gum pop hits like "Umbrella" and "Shut Up and Drive." Listen to it here. This mid-tempo ballad is cold, eerie and dark. It's a song I could see Heath Ledger's Joker feeling. Ri Ri sings about playing a game of "Russian Roulette" with a guy. Ne-Yo wrote the haunting lyrics:


Take a breath
Take it deep
Calm yourself
He says to me
If you play, you play for keep
Take the gun and count to three
I’m sweating now
Moving slow
No time to think
My turn to go

Chorus
And you can see my heart beating
You can see it through my chest
Said I’m terrified but I’m not leaving
I know that I must pass this test
So just pull the trigger


Say a prayer to yourself
He says close your eyes
Sometimes it helps
And then I get a scary thought
That he’s here means he’s never lost

Chorus
And you can see my heart beating
You can see it through my chest
Said I’m terrified but I’m not leaving
Know that I must pass this test
So just pull the trigger


As my life flashes before my eyes
I’m wondering will I
Ever see another sun rise
So many won’t get the chance to say goodbye
But it’s too late to think of the value of my life

Chorus
And you can see my heart beating
You can see it through my chest
Said I’m terrified but I’m not leaving
Know that I must pass this test

You can see my heart beating
You can see it through my chest
Said I’m terrified but I’m not leaving
Know that I must pass this test
So just pull the trigger


The song literally ends with a bang. Of course the question remains: is she referring to Chris Brown here? Staying in a violent relationship is playing with your life because you don't know when your abuser will take it one step further and kill. Then there's the line
"And then I get a scary thought. That he’s here means he’s never lost." Which also means the people he plays with lose, their lives. See the single for the cover above? She's bound in barbed wire, hanging on to a chain with an open-patch over her eye. She's in pain, constrained but not blind to what's going on. Which says to me to chose to play this dangerous game, she chose to deal with the pain.

Another interpretation is "Russian Roulette" is publicity bait that we've been sucking on like a good neckbone. The hype will make us listen to the song repeatedly to figure out the meaning behind the lyrics. Then the song will grow on us and we'll buy the album. I'm not crazy about the song because it's so bleak and clearly someone dies at the end. As a writer I like the flow and Ne-Yo's use of storytelling. In light of what happened earlier this year, putting out a dreary and mysterious song was not a bad move. Releasing it near Halloween was also clever. It's definitely not a song for kids. Hopefully, some of these crazy teens don't romanticize the song's story and try to play Russian Roulette. I love the sexy and edgy single cover. It should be the cover for her album "Rated R" which drops Nov. 23rd. Bring the pain RiRi.

Do you like the song?

I'm Ready for the Heene's to Float Away from the Headlines

It's time to burst Richard "Hot Mess on a Platter Father of the Year" Heene's balloon and move on. This story has gotten far too much attention. The world was duped, hoodwinked, bamboozled. We didn't land on the helium balloon, the helium balloon landed on us. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Now I'm over it. I don't want to hear about the 911 calls, their acting school days where they obviously didn't learn jack, weather chasing or "Wife Swap." ENOUGH! There are other pressing things going on in the world besides these fools. Heene and his wife Mayumi need to pay back every tax penny wasted on this hoax. And they should serve jail time for abusing the time of the military, police and rescue workers who were going to risk their lives to save the boy we thought was in the balloon. But the greatest punishment for the attention phene Heene's is to shut the cameras off on them. They don't deserve anymore airtime because is what they wanted in the first place--fame. Just turn the cameras back on when Richard and Mayumi float away to prison in orange jumpsuits. While we're at it, fade to black on the Gosselin's too.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Did Balloon Boy's Parents Hoodwink Us?

This Balloon Boy story is not adding up. I'm happy six-year-old Falcon Heene is safe but where the hell were his parents? Why build some big, weird, potentially dangerous contraption when you have small children? Why wasn't the helium space ship tethered tighter? Why didn't the Heene's check the house more thoroughly? But what really has me scratching my head is Falcon telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer the reason he didn't answer his parents when they called for him was because they were "doing this for a show. " You can see the interview and followup below. Blitzer asked dad Richard Heene to explain Falcon's repsonse in a later interview. Heene sort of went around the question, asked for clarification and got really defensive. Heene was a weatherman and his family were on the reality show "Wife Swap." Am I smelling ham here? IF, and I mean, IF this was a hoax to get attention Mr. and Mrs. Heene should face legal consequences and pay back every dime spent on rescue workers, military assistance, police, etc. I hope we aren't being bamboozled because rescuers were going to risk their lives to save the boy.

I don't buy their story and it's time to turn the cameras off on the Heene's. According to Blitzer police say the ordeal was real. Yeah right and pigs fly. Or should I say kids?




Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Support This Film
Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander in
'La Mission'

This week Cocoa Fly is Switching It Up and covering the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. If you're in the LA area you must stop by and take in the incredible films being shown. Thursday is the LAST day of festival.

Tony Bennet may have left his heart in San Francisco. But, Benjamin Bratt's La Mission will leave your heart and soul stirring. Bratt delivers a stunning performance as Che Rivera, an OG low-rider/ bus driver living in San Francisco's tough Mission District. A single father, Che abandons the thug life and raises his college-bound son. Life is good until he discovers his son Jess (Jeremy Ray Valdez) is gay. His rage and homophobia shatters the relationship between he and his son. Che is one of those brothas on the block you don't mess with and everyone respects. But he wrestles with looking inward to learn about love, acceptance and forgiveness. A budding romance between his pretty neighbor Lena (Erika Alexander, Living Single & Cosby Show) also brings out the tough's guy tender side. Watch the trailer here.

La Mission is so far the best film I've seen this year. It shines light on homophobia in the Latino community and causes us to reflect on prejudices within our own cultures. La Mission steps away from the tired inner-city script centered on gangs and drugs. This story is about community, family, love, tolerance and so much more. Benjamin Bratt's brother Peter directed and wrote the film. The two collaborated back in 1996 for Peter's first feature "Follow Me Home." Bratt says working with his brother Peter was an ideal experience. "He knows what my emotions are, what my strengths are," said Bratt.

Peter masterfully takes heavy subjects and turns them into a raw and beautiful feature.

"The story is about spiritual transformation," Peter said.



The Bratt brothers grew up near the Mission and it's evident in the film. I'm a Bay Area girl and the movie's portrayal of the Mission is authentic. The slang, clothing, accents were on point. Tricked out low rider cars and the array of music added to the film's vividness. I even heard a little William De Vaughn and E-40. The diversity and images of characters were absolutely refreshing--Latinos, blacks, whites, Asians, Native Americans, gay and straight. Now that is real San Francisco.

Jeremy Ray Valdez's portrayal of the closeted son is amazing. Valdez was ready to take on the serious subjects when he learned about the project.
"I was overjoyed because as actors it's seldom that we get to tackle subject matters that are important and well written."

The casting was right on also. Erika Alexander is delightful and moving as Che's granola, hipster neighbor. Playing Benjamin Bratt's love interest must be difficult...not. One of the many things I like about the film is the brotherly interaction between black and brown characters. Black and Latino tensions are always in the news. Rarely we hear about the communities getting along. I asked Alexander if the film creators were looking specifically for a black woman to play her character Lena. She said, "I think they were open to any woman. The Bratt brothers aren't racially biased. They were just open to whomever fit the role."

That's what I'm talking about.

La Mission is not available to a larger audience yet, because the producers are looking for a distributor. Check their Facebook page to find out where the Bratt brothers will be traveling next to show the film. Spread the word. We need more films like this. Peter Bratt is an amazing talent who isn't afraid to take on controversial subjects.

By the way, one of the perks to Switching It Up is standing a few feet away from Benjamin Bratt.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blackface is the New Black in French Vogue

Here we go again. We're just moving on from Henry Connick Jr. speaking out against those Australian doctors by day, fools by night. Or better known as the Jackson Jive. Then I stumbled upon this mess pictured on the left today....

Supermodel Lara Stone got in Jazz Singer mode and posed in blackface for this month's French Vogue magazine. Excuse me, this is actually referred to as "contemporary blackface." That's according to the blog for fashion agency Confidence Models Management. When did racism go chic? In case you're wondering Stone is Dutch. Vogue should have gone all the ways and included a DVD insert in the magazine where Stone is tap dancing and singing "Mammmmieeeeee!" If Vogue's photographers wanted a dark- skinned woman wouldn't it make more sense to hire a woman of color? Of course not! Hiring a model of color wouldn't sell magazines. Offending people is where the money's at. Like I always say there's one color that trumps black, white, brown and yellow--green as in $$$. In this case we're talking Euros so add pink, gray and orange.

At this time that I'm blogging I have yet to find a statement from Vogue. If any of their reps say they were unaware the photos would offend readers or the pictures are art, I'm not buying it. I believe many of these magazines, shows and movies are featuring black face characters because they know controversy generates attention. French Vogue has my attention. I buy international magazines but I'll be passing up this one on the stands.

As for supermodel Lara Stone, smearing on burnt cork or whatever makeup used for "contemporary blackface" was a super ignorant move. Did even question this might be offensive? There are so many models of color who can't get work because of race discrimination within the fashion industry. Yet, French Vogue would rather paint a white model black than hire a real sista. Wow.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Switch It Up!
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

"Switch It Up" is a Cocoa Fly series encouraging women to step out of the box, break it down and put it in the recycle bin. It's time to have fun and live it up!


This week I'll be covering the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival for Cocoa Fly. Yay! The festival runs from Oct 11-Oct 16 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. Steven Spielberg and Quentin Teratino aren't the only people out there making good films. This week Switch It Up and look at movies from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, etc. I've said this before, ladies there's a whole world out there. Step out of your comfort zone and explore it. Going to a film festival is a small step that can be a lot of fun. For more info click here. Adios.

Box Office or Bootleg
GOOD HAIR

I often hear people say Chris Rock is a master in stand up comedy but when it comes to his movies they'll pass. I personally like Chris Rock's films. Come on, Pootie Tang wasn't that bad. Sa da tay on da tippee tow? Anyway, Rock's documentary Good Hair is a must see. I give it 5 human hair tracks. In case you don't know the story, Rock's daughter inspired him to research black hair when his daughter asked him why she doesn't have "good hair." Just the words make my stomach twist. Good Hair. "Good hair" in the black community is the long, wavy, straight hair that you can swing and shake. You know, non-water resistant locks you can come through easily when wet. "Good hair" is a no-kink zone.

Rock takes his film crew to beauty salons, hair shows, even India. That's where 100% Indian hair comes from. And he journeys to a science lab to show how damaging chemicals in hair relaxers (hair straightening creams) can be to the skin and lungs over time. I was shocked when I learned some mother's relax their daughters hair as early as 3 years old. The film is funny, educational but a bit sad. Sistas, we spend billions of dollars on our hair and other's people hair we sew into our hair. But the black community reaps little of it. Most hair production companies are run by Koreans. They run the full mane of the billion dollar black hair biz and we only get a few clipped ends. See Aron Ranen's documentary for more. But this is an issue of beauty and being accepted in the mainstream culture. And what's considered beautiful: the closer to white, the more it's right. Think about it. How many black women with a natural or locs report the news on TV? At the moment the only person I can think of is Michele Martin, formally of ABC News now on NPR. How many black women with braids, aside from the singer Brandy, made it big in Hollywood? Have you ever seen a lawyer or woman in corporate America with locs, braids or a 'fro? No, because she won't be taken seriously so she has to assimilate her beauty to climb to the top

On the flip side the great thing about black hair is it's versatility. We can rock straightened hair, weaves, braids, locs, twists, wigs etc. I think women should wear their hair however they feel. But, why is Tasha, who makes $8/hr at Best Buy paying hundreds up to $1K for a weave?

A couple of things were missing in film. Where was Malaak Compton-Rock, Chris' wife? She wears hair pieces. I want to know her opinion about the subject and what she's teaching her daughters about black beauty and hair. The film lacked in telling the experiences of sistas who wear their natural hair. India Arie, Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Fields, Meshell Ingeocellio would've been great.

As for me, I straighten my hair with a pressing comb. For my non-black readers, it's a metal comb you heat and carefully comb through the hair. I've had a weave before and didn't spend nearly as much as some women. At the time I was full-time news producer so $200, including hair, didn't hurt me. Plus I kept it in for about 2-3 months. I tried the weave just for the heck of it. I don't like relaxers because they do burn and like Rock shows in the film, those relaxers should be a health care. I don't know what they're putting in that sh*t so I'll just stick to heat.

And contrary to what some said in the film about black women not allowing men to touch their hair, that's true for SOME. I don't care. If my man wants to run his fingers through my head, it's cool. That's what a brush is for.

Don't give your money to the bootlegger at your local hair salon. Good Hair is worth going to the theater. And speaking of hair....

Cocoa Fly Hair Journey


Here I am unbeWEAVEable. The process took about 4 hours and $200 bucks TOTAL. That's including hair. You don't have to spend $1,000 on your hair to look good. That $1,000 some of you are spending on your weave could be used to pay for your kid to go private school or a 401K or a down payment on a house.








Look at me rocking the cornrows with extensions. One of my sorority sisters braided my hair. It cost me $40 and about 3 hours of sitting. Time flies when you're gossiping and watching Oprah while getting your hair braided. Doesn't that mojito look good?








I'll always be a press, curl and flat iron girl. Two hours, once a month $50. Normally sistas go every 2 weeks to "get their hair did." I go every 3 weeks because of the recession.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Fly Ladies of the Day
Nobel Prize Winners Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider

Ladies, we can bring home the bacon, fry it and some of us can even break down piggy DNA. Scientists Elizabeth Blackburn (left) and Carol Greider (right) were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize earlier this week. ABC News reports Blackburn, Greider along with their colleague Jack W. Szostak (that's not him in the middle) earned the honor for "discovering a key mechanism in the genetic operations of cells, an insight that has inspired new lines of research into cancer...The trio solved the mystery of how chromosomes, the rod-like structures that carry DNA, protect themselves from degrading when cells divide. "

All three winners are Americans. Yay! This was the first time two women won the prize in the medicine category.

I am excited about their win because their research may save lives. Also, we need American scientists. American students have lost an interest in science. We need home-grown, U.S. scientists to develop technology so we can compete in the global economy. Of course women making an impact in underrepresented fields always gets the thumbs up from Cocoa Fly. Ladies, tell your little girls about these women and teach them girls can kick butt in science too. Shout out to all my Cocoa Fly readers making moves in math, science, medicine, engineering, etc.

And who said science wasn't for girls?

Way To Go or Way Too Early?
Pres. Obama Awarded Nobel Peace Prize


Pres. Obama definitely can't blow up stuff now. I was surprised, like many of you, by the big news from Norway. Pres. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Sometimes it seems like our president gets more love overseas than here in the U.S. People are either thinking "Way to go Mr. Prez" or "Way too early Mr. Prez." Usually presidents are awarded the prize after their time in office. Maybe the Norwegian Nobel Committee is happy Pres. O hasn't started any wars early in his term like his predecessor Pres. Chaney, I mean...you know what I mean.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a released statement:
"Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts."

Okay, true, true. Still, that's a lot of pressure on Pres. Obama especially as he ponders over how to handle the war in Afghanistan. I think this a great honor, but the timing of this award is too early. No, I didn't put any Haterade in my tea this morning. The president hasn't been in office long enough to have earned it. That is not to say he isn't working hard and won't prove he deserves it at the the end of his presidency. On the other hand, maybe the world is beginning to love the U.S. again. Rush and Glenn Beck must be elated because this gives them something else to complain about.

What do you think about the president's win? Too early or right on time?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

If He Only Had a Brain...


Picture it...Thursday night at the W Hotel. My friend and I are at a party for a guy launching his campaign for Congress. It's Buppie central. Suits and cocktail dresses are on and business cards are out. The dj is spinning old-school Michael Jackson slow jams and I'm feeling real good with my glass of Chardonnay. Don't worry I'm not driving. A few guys walk over to our sofa and chat with us. Minutes later, their friend who's been looking for them comes over. Oh, the friend. He was 5'9, muscular, bald with bright ivory teeth and dark-chocolate skin. Godiva couldn't make candy taste look that good. He shook my hand and gave me an enchanting smile.
Don't break the spell. I smiled back and we started chatting. The energy between us was crazy. CRAZY. In the midst of our conversation we locked eyes and stopped talking. "Down Girl," I told myself. Once I snapped out of my lustful trance we continued to talk. I liked what I heard--single, no kids, working, in the military. He seemed like a nice guy. Then the topic of college came up. Chocolate Drop graduated from a Cal State with a pre-med degree. I told him I'm an UC and USC alum. My Cocoa Dream instantly replied I was smart and pretty. Okay, he's saying the right things. He mentioned the prestige of my alma maters then told me he wasn't smart. If I were on a TV show you would hear the record scratch and come to a halt. Huh? Maybe he's joking. We talked about politics, geography and life. Then he said it again, "I'm not smart." What the heck? He also added he doesn't make good decisions, is a follower and not a leader. We went from Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" to "Scream." I dried up like the Mojave after hearing that. Well, not quite like the Mojave because the physical attraction was so strong I gave him my number anyway. Can't see the wording? I wrote "Igavehimmynmuberanyway." He looked so yummy. I know that's not a good reason but, ahhh, I did. My Dark Knight went to the restroom and my friend recognized someone she knew. This guy was decked out like Fonzworth Bentley: v-neck sweater, tie, peter pan collar shirt and slacks. My Muscular Milk Dud, sporting a button-up shirt and jeans saw us chatting and later on asked me about "the nerd" I was speaking with. Oh no. Someone has insecurities with their intelligence. When Chocolate Drop called me the next day, I didn't pick up.

Confidence and intelligence are HUGE turn-ons for me. Chocolate Drop turned me off when he appeared intimidated by my credentials. He seemed like a nice guy but I felt he was trying to lower my expectations of him. Why would a man tell a woman he's not a leader, not smart and makes bad decisions? That's sad and UN-sexy. I definitely don't want a man who feels inferior to me because of my credentials. Some men have told me I'm single because guys find my educational background intimidating. Well, I don't want those guys. I'm proud of my education and if a guy can't appreciate my success, he's not the one for me. Even if his body is chiseled from a Hershey's bar. Yep, life is like a box of chocolates....

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Deadly Price for Being a Gentleman

Michael Bailey, 26 from Louisiana was visiting family in San Francisco. Like many young folks do on vacation, he hit up the club. After the club closed, Bailey and his friends headed to their car. A woman said she needed a ride home to Hunter's Point. The gave her a ride and she directed them to the projects. When they arrived police say a man was there with a gun. I won't tell how this story ends because you probably already know. Bailey was an engineer major at Baton Rouge's Southern University, married father of two and employee of Delta Airlines. The woman who allegedly lured Bailey and his friends was released because police say there's not enough evidence to charge her. They're still looking for the gunman and his accomplices. You can watch the story here. Somebody left two kids fatherless and for what? A few bucks, a rental car, a cellphone maybe? And some believed things would change because Pres. Obama could be a role model to thugs. Ha.

Grateful, Giving and
BeBe and CeCe Winans' 'Grace'

Happy Monday! I know Monday's aren't usually happy days but we all have something to be grateful for. I bet the woman pictured is extra grateful. Rescue workers saved the Indonesian woman after being trapped under building rubble for two days. If I survived a 7.6 earthquake and being trapped under a building I'd have a big smile on my face too.
If you do have the Monday blues be grateful for your job because a lot of us are standing in the unemployment line while you're sitting at your desk. Still not feeling grateful? Remember, you're still breathing. Family and friends buried 16-year-old Derrion Albert in Chicago over the weekend. He was the honor roll student who died after being beat in the head with a plank by thugs. Also the ex-fiance of Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta lost his life in a fight from a deadly blow this weekend. Two people who lost their lives over foolishness. And hundreds of people in Indonesia, the Philippines and Samoa are gone from earthquakes, tsunamis and violent storms this past week. So, be grateful.

People throughout the world are giving their time and money to help victims of the atrocities. Drop by the Red Cross website to see how you can help. CBS News also has a list of places around the country who could use a hand. Click here.


BeBe and CeCe Winans fans are probably thankful for the gospel duo's highly anticipated album. The brother and sister team haven't recorded an album together in 15 years. You can pick up their album Still on October 6th. I caught BeBe and CeCe performing their new song, "Grace" on TavisSmiley's PBS show . Bebe and CeCe sound great. Listen to the song below. Some of you should be grateful for YouTube helping you to keep a job. I've heard stories of people wanting to go off on their co-workers but they snuck onto YouTube and watched a Yolanda Adams or Donny McClucrkin video to calm them down. LOL!

Enjoy BeBe and CeCe Winans "Grace."

Friday, October 2, 2009

Awww Dave, You Too?

What is up with these men who can't keep their pants on? Now Dave can join Bill Clinton, Gavin Newsom, Jude Law, Brad Pitt, Kobe Bryant and countless others in the Naughty Boy Club. Unless you've been living on an island from Survivor, I'm sure you know about David Letterman confessing on his show last night that he's in the middle of a sex scandal and extortion case. I never thought I would be typing "David Letterman" and "sex scandal" in the same sentence. CBS News producer Robert Halderman allegedly tried to blackmail the Late Night host into giving him $2 million or he'd write a book and screenplay about Letterman's affairs with his female co-workers. Now there's a trial and the producer faces up 16 years in prison.

The whole situation is a mess. I'm talking hot-mess-on-a-platter drama. According to Time and the Wall Street Journal Letterman reportedly was messing around with his former assistant Stephanie Birkitt. TMZ reports the affair ended in 2003. But Letterman dated his current wife for more than 20 years before putting a ring on it this March. It gets stickier. Recently, Birkitt became Halderman's live-in girlfriend. He allegedly got hold of her diary and pictures and used it to frame Letterman. Now this fool Halderman will possibly be out of a job and in a prison jumpsuit for a while. Two million dollars isn't worth my freedom.

Here are my thoughts on the situation:

--Women need to stop messing with men who are taken. One reason why men cheat is because they know they'll find a woman who will give it up knowing he's married or in a relationship. Hello Steve McNair.

--I feel bad for Letterman's wife because I imagine she's embarrassed and angry. As she should be.

--The way Letterman delivered the news to his audience was brilliant. He softened the blow by mildly joking about it in his quirky and corny way. Then took the story down a serious route. By then the audience had compassion for Dave. At the end of the explanation, he man-ups and straightforwardly said he had "sex" with his female co-workers.

--David Letterman, who always jokes no woman wants him, had sex?

--Letterman can't call the kettle black anymore and joke about public figures who cheat.

--Although this is delicious gossip, the scandal won't stop me from watching. Dave's drama doesn't take away from his talent. I hope he and his wife can work things out. Now Dave, keep making America laugh and just hire men from now on.

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