Hugh Hefner the creator of Playboy Magazine has died at his home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. He was 91 years old. Hefner sold the infamous Playboy Mansion last year to 34 year old business owner Darren Metropoulos for $110 million. Hefner made a deal with Metropoulos last year that he would live in the mansion until his death. Metropoulos is the co-owner of Hostess Brands.
The first issue of Playboy Magazine was published in 1953, when Hefner was 27 years old. Over the years many famous, and women who have went on to be famous after making an appearance in the magazine include: Shannen Doherty (1994), Lindsay Lohan (2012), Drew Barrymore (1995), Vanity (Prince protege and singer, 1985 & 1988), Farrah Fawcett (1995 & 1997), Madonna (1995), Aubrey O’day (2009), Sharon Stone (1990 & 1992), Garcelle Beauvais (2007), Naomi Campbell (1999), Carmen Electra (2003 & 2009), Robin Givens (1994), Brooke Burke (2001 & 2004), Jenny Mccarthy (94′, 96′, 97′, 05′ & 2012), Kim Kardashian (2007), Stacey Dash (2006), Ursula Andress (1965 & 1981), Pamela Anderson( too many times to list), Jayne Mansfield (1955 & 1963), Kim Basinger (1983), Bo Derek (80′, 81′, 84′ & 1994), Cindy Crawford (88′, 96′ & 1998)
Hugh Hefner & Playboy Magazine managed to change the world’s opinion of naked women. Where it was once looked at as trashy, Hefner managed to transform the general public’s opinion into seeing naked women in public as something not to be ashamed of, but something to be proud of and proud to put on display. It might not sound like much today, but people were a lot more uptight in the 50’s & 60’s during the magazine’s rise to stardom. Playboy transformed into “the classy nudity magazine.” It was this reputation that separated Playboy from other nudie magazines like Hustler & Penthouse. It was also this reputation that attracted star quality women to the magazine. Playboy done away with the nudity in 2016 when they released their first non-nude issue in March of that year. Hefner’s son, and heir to the Playboy throne, Cooper, brought the nudity back about a year later in the magazines March/April 2017 issue. Hugh Hefner was many things, but one thing that can’t be argued is that he was a visionary. The little magazine that started in 1953 is a multi million dollar business today. Playboy Enterprises is reportedly worth north of $200 million today. That my friend, is what you call a legacy! #RIPHEF
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has canceled its September 30th Adventure Of The Seas Trip so it can send the ship to Puerto Rico to help it’s residents in the relief efforts. The Adventure Of The Seas ship will be sent to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies. The ship will also transport Puerto Rico’s evacuees to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The ship will then make another trip back to the Island next week. The cruise ship holds 3800 people. They plan to bring aid to San Juan, St. Croix, and St. Thomas. The Adventure ship arrived in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan on Wednesday. A huge population of Puerto Rico is still without power and drinking water. Royal Caribbean is donating water, medical supplies, and more. The company has helped to transport more than 1700 people thus far. Royal Caribbean also plans to donate over $1 million to help with hurricane relief.
It would be wrong to just mention Royal Caribbean’s contributions and not the contributions of other cruise lines.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has donated over $600,000 to hurricane relief and will donate another $1.25 million to All Hands & Happy Heart Fund’s efforts.
Carnival Cruise Lines has used 11 of their ships to bring supplies to the Caribbean.
It’s good to see that so many companies have took it upon themselves to help those in need. Hopefully more big companies will follow suit in the wake of these recent hurricanes.
Having been born and raised in Philadelphia, I sometimes forget that the City is in Pennsylvania. Well, not really. But I do sometimes forget about the majority of the population of the state, as I’m sure most people who live in the city do from time to time. Philadelphia is a predominantly black, latino, and white city that is located in a predominantly white state. Philadelphia is a mostly Democratic city, that happens to be located in a mostly Republican state. A large portion of Pennsylvania’s residents are not liberal white folks, or even the type of white folks who believe in equality. When you get out there in those mountains and surrounding suburban areas, you have a huge red-neck, “this is our Country, everybody bow down to us or leave” population. That’s probably the reason that a huge amount of prisons in Pennsylvania are located in those areas, and staffed by mostly those type of local folks. Taking this into consideration, you would think that a story like this one wouldn’t surprise me anymore, but ….it still does.
Cecil Township Fire Chief Paul Smith took to Facebook to voice his displeasure after the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay in the locker room during the singing of the National Anthem on Sunday before their game against the Chicago Bears. Smith wrote on his Facebook page:
“Tomlin just added himself to the list of no good n*ggers.” Smith backed up his statement posting “Yes, I said it.”
Afterward, (most likely when it was revealed that his job and livelihood were in jeopardy) Smith apologized(?) and blamed the media for the whole thing.
“I regret what I said deeply and I am not the racist the media portrays me as.” Smith said in a prepared statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Smith also added “What I said was wrong and posted in anger.”
A few things: Number -1, Smith said what he meant and meant what he said. Clearly. As confirmed by his words after the statement “yeah, I said it.” Number -2 If there was no backlash, including jeopardizing his livelihood, the likeliness that Smith would’ve apologized is little to none. Number-3 This is not the first and only time Smith has referred to a black person as a n*gger. That much is confirmed by his post “added to my list.” Number – 4, and this is the one I really take issue with. Smith is a public servant. A public servant whose job description may make him responsible for a life. Would Smith be willing to put his life on the line for one of those n*ggers on his list? That is part of being a fire fighter right? Putting your life on the line to save someone in danger. Kind of makes you wonder how many Paul Smith’s out there are employed as police officers, judges, EMT’s, doctors etc. etc. etc. All who have your life in their hands at any given moment.
Smith submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning. Not before criticizing his own actions and releasing another apology(?):
“I am embarrassed at this. I want to apologize. I was frustrated and angry at the Steelers not standing for the Anthem. My Fire Department had absolutely nothing to do with this. I am deeply regretful at what I posted.”
Ay yes, the good ol’ racism because of Patriotism excuse. Therefore, everything should be forgiven and forgotten. I’ve heard that one many times, spoken in the exact same way. I wonder if this strategy is in the “white privilege” handbook?
Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea took it upon himself to personally lend aid to Puerto Rico’s residents in the aftermath of the storm. The point guard who’s usually dishing out assist, received one this time. From Billionaire, and Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban. Cuban lent Barea the team’s private jet in an effort to assist in transporting supplies to the Island and U.S. territory. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle excused Barea from the team’s first practice of training camp so the point guard could partake in the humanitarian effort. Barea flew to Puerto Rico on Monday evening, when travel to the island was permissible. Coach Carlisle said Barea would be back in the US by Tuesday night and he was expected to be back at the Mavs training facility for practice on Wednesday morning. Barea raised nearly $150,000 in aid for Puerto Rico. He packed the Mavs plane with water, generators, food, and other badly needed supplies. Huge portions of the Island are still without power and clean water. On Rachel Maddow’s show last night, San Juan’s mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said “FEMA has boots on the ground and willing aid workers here, but their relief efforts are being blocked by officials who claim to be working on a relief plan.” She called the situation “frustrating.” Barea spoke to an MSNBC reporter when he landed in San Juan saying:
“Nothing in the world was going to stop me from being here. This is my home, everything to me. Puerto Rico has given me everything in life. For me to have the contacts and good friends in Dallas and Marc Cuban gave the team plane and we’re trying to bring another one if it all goes good.”
Barea is expected to bring his mother and grandmother back to the United States when he returns. He says he has not spoken to either since the storm hit the Island.
Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino told members of his coaching staff in a meeting this morning that he expects to be fired as soon as today. This comes on the heels of multiple arrest yesterday in a wide-ranging federal investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball recruiting.
The FBI probe focused on coaches being paid tens of thousands of dollars to point recruits in the direction of sports agents, financial advisers, and apparel companies, including Adidas. Pitino claimed no knowledge of the scandal, but the FEDS announced yesterday that the probe was wide ranging. Yesterday the FEDS arrested and announced corruption charges against four assistant coaches: Auburn’s Chuck Person, Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson, and USC’s Tony Bland. The FEDS hinted that there was a school in Kentucky in their sights, but didn’t specifically mention Louisville by name. Federal prosecutors also said that they have wiretaps, plants, and other sources of information. The Louisville men’s basketball team is currently on probation and Pitino is facing suspension stemming from a sex scandal investigation.
Just days after Dwayne Wade and the Chicago Bulls agreed to a buyout, Wade has reportedly signed a one year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavs. Wade will rejoin his friend, and former Miami Heat teammate Lebron James down in Cleveland. The 35 year old Wade will also share the court with newly signed Isiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, also Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, and Kevin Love. The Cavs look pretty good on paper. How that transfers to the court could be a whole other thing. With three new pieces to the puzzle, it will surely take the Cavs a little time before the chemistry takes form. Who will have the ball in their hands to take the final shot with the clock running down? Who will be willing to sacrifice being the star player on the team, and possibly playing time, for the sake of the team’s chemistry? That’s if it needs to come to that. Would Wade be willing to come off of the bench and lead the second unit, or will that be JR Smith’s new role? Don’t forget. The Miami Heat did not win the championship the first year they put the super team of Wade, Bosh, and Lebron James together. If my memory serves me correctly, they lost a lot of games they should’ve won that year around the time that they were still trying to figure out what the chemistry of the team was. Maybe this will be different. Maybe these players will mesh and gel right away. I don’t know. The one thing I do know is, whatever this team is going to do, it has to do it now. I doubt if you will see these same players back with the Cavs next season. Isiah-maybe, Love-50/50, Thompson-maybe, Smith-50/50, Wade & James-highly doubt it.