UPDATE: The autopsy conducted on the deceased body of R&B singer, Amy Winehouse, on Sunday, July 24, 2011, revealed that the controversial singer did not die of abusive drug use and there was no evidence of illegal drugs in her system. As of now, according to authorities, can only report that Winehouse died of unknown reasons.
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, Grammy-winning singer, Amy Winehouse, was found dead in her London home. Sky News Home Affairs correspondent Mark White reported that Winehouse “died of a drug overdose”. However, this seems to not be the only affliction the R&B singer suffered from as, in 2008, a spokesperson for Winehouse confirmed that she had “early signs of what could lead to emphysema.” An autopsy was performed on the singer’s body earlier today.
According to the Huffington Post, Winehouse is one of a “curiously high number of prominent artists to pass away at the age of 27.” Other artists who share this tragedy include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
“Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1,” read a statement by the London Metropolitan Police. “On arrival, officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Since having been treated for drug problems since late 2007 – which included admitted heroin use – Winehouse has suffered from her addiction for years and was recently entered back into rehabilitation in May. Earlier that day, Tim Gatt of Sky News tweeted Winehouse’s manager’s statement that canceled all over her upcoming performances. “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances,” read his statement. “Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.” However, Winehouse was never to return to the stage, her last surprise appearance on July 20 at the iTunes Festival and she was wobbly on her feet even then.
Though the world is still in shock at her sudden passing, Amy Winehouse’s mother, Janis Winehouse, believed that her death “seemed only a matter of time.” It sounds like a harsh thing to hear from a mother who had just seen her daughter alive the day before her death but for those who have been 100% in the loop about the singer’s medical condition, Janis’ conclusion is harsh but realistic. “She seemed out of it,” Janis told the Daily Mirror. “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”
It is rumored that Winehouse’s death was specifically from a “bad ecstasy pill” but authorities have not yet released the results of the autopsy. One thing is for sure: no matter how successful one’s career appears to be, no one truly knows what’s going on behind closed doors.
Now I’m a very spiritual person and I take God seriously (even though he tends to have a few jokes of His own he likes to kick out now and then). But this picture that I recieved in a forwarded email from a friend…there’s no way I could pass this up.
Everyone loves cookies, anytime and anyplace. But picture this: You’re a member of the church congregation and you know you’ve got outgoing, adventurous members so you say, “We’re going to have a bake sale!! Everyone buy or bake all the cookies and sweets you can find!” One week later, you’re looking over the bake sale stands and you come across a table that has this:You can’t tell me you wouldn’t be shocked shitless but you’d die laughing before you told them to throw them out. But don’t do it!! *Shrug* Sex sells; what ya gonna do? HAHA!!
No one would deny that African-Americans have come incredibly far in the face of horrible adversity, from surviving years of torturous slavery to fighting the immeasurable psychological effects of racial segregation in America. Now we sit in a place where there are endless opportunities open to us that were denied roughly only 60 years ago. However, some believe that African-Americans were better off in the bondage of slavery. This is apparent conclusion of a conservative Christian group in Iowa, according to thier document entitled “The Marriage Vow”, which claims that African-Americas were better off in society during slavery than being free today.
What makes this scenario even more disturbing is that this “Marriage Vow” was signed by the two leading Republican Presidential candidates, Rick Santorum and Michele Backmann.
The vow states, “Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA first African-American president.”
Even though both ‘leaders’ have apologized for the “negative feelings this has caused and have removed this [statement] from the vow”, one cannot deny that this raises an extremely disturbing thought. There can only be two possible scenarios in the candidate’s situations: (1) Neither candidate read the document before fully reading it; signing the paper without a second thought and/or concern, or (2) Both candidates read the document in-depth and fully agreed with what it stated, never thinking its contents would be leaked to the public. In the first case, would the country want to have potential presidents in office who do not read the crucial papers they sign on a daily basis? And for the second, does the country want candidates who believe that the African-American race in America would be better off as slaves? What does either scenario say for their character (and common sense)?
In response to criticism, Bachmann stated that she only endorsed the “candidate vow” and not the preamble of the document. Bachmann “believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible,” according to her representatives. Santorum claims that he only believes in the portion of the document that is against gay marriage, which compares homosexuality to adultery and polygamy.
Everyone has their choice on who they would choose to lead their country but another freedom available is the choice to research the history of African-Americans and compare it to how the race is viewed today by the public compared to how they were treated in the past. Words say much but actions say all.
When I was younger, because I’m an exceptionally dark-skinned Ebony woman, I had issues with insecurity about my skin color. I would feel separated and singled-out by, not only people outside of my race, but other black people as well as the favoritism of the light-skinned girls over the dark-skinned was on a rampage. Yet, throughout the process of me coming into my own and learning to accept and cherish the sweetness of my dark chocolate, I never once considered the option of bleaching my skin to conform with society’s measure of beauty. Yet, in the media, this seems to be the norm for those who look for increased popularity in the country.