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Stop Blaming Bobby…What About Ray J, Clive and the Industry?

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By Miguel Lloyd

It has been often chronicled that Ray J is battling substance abuse as well

Over the course of the last week and a half, the media has gravitated to the easy answer to why Whitney Houston is now deceased. All roads point to her history of substance abuse and her ex-husband, Bobby Brown. Well, lets keep in mind that the autopsy has not been released, so we still don’t know her cause of death. Also, according to industry veteran Jennifer Holliday, Whitney was introduced to illicit narcotics long before she met the New Edition veteran front man.

Well lets fast forward to 2012. Whitney and Bobby were divorced for 5+ years, Bobby has moved on and seems to be focusing on his fiancée, new baby, his other children, all while he is rekindling is music career with New Edition. He seems to have pulled his life together. In a media world that seemed to know “everything” about what Whitney was doing, they never seemed to be able up to drum up any stories of Whitney and Bobby doing any “partying” together since the demise of their nuptials. So we are to assume that it didn’t happen. So then, what is Ray J’s role in this?

For some who don’t know Ray J is an on again off again music artist, reality TV star and actor. At one time, he was more popular for simply being musical artist, Brandy’s brother. At this point with the popularity of Kim Kardashian, he is better known as the guy in the explicit video that raised her to prominence, through that “private” tape being leaked to the public. The bottom line is, he is more popular for who he is associated with, than what he has accomplished personally.

Even following, the long relationship with Bobby Brown, the community still seemed a bit surprised when news surfaced that Whitney and Ray were in an on again off again relationship. Despite the fact that he was 17 years younger than her, he wasn’t the “A-lister”, that people wanted to associate her with. Clive Davis and his team did such a great job at creating Whitney’s persona, that, her public never wanted to accept her Newark, NJ, roots which included her attraction to men who hail from places like Newark or Compton or the rough streets of Boston. Well, if we didn’t learn anything from Whitney, it was she was going to do what she wanted to do and live with the results of the choices she made. Her choice after Bobby, was Ray J.

Here is the most disturbing revelation. Beyond, Ray J being a bad clone of Bobby Brown’s bad boy image of 20 years ago, it has been long speculated and chronicled that Ray J, at minimum is a drug user, quite possibly a drug abuser. In September of last year, in an incident that occurred between him and Rapper Fabolous, many in the industry, including Fab himself, believes that Ray J was under the influence of more than a couple of bottles of Cristal at the bar, when the argument occurred.

So why was Whitney, someone who was a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser, associating herself with someone who was battling similar demons? I’m sure there are some in her inner circle that will help answer that question in the years to come.

Just as people are addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, women, men, money, etc, quite simple addiction is addiction. It is something that is stronger than the people it afflicts.

Whitney seemed to never get over her addiction to the lifestyle she was introduced to by her "Industry" Godfather, Clive Davis

Whitney was not stronger than her addictions. Her addictions to the lifestyle, that included the adoration of her many fans, the ability to provide for the many that depended on her and on the people that she gave her heart to. People like Ray J. People that despite the common knowledge that Whitney was addicted to substances, was quick to turn a blind eye to her constant self-destruction and probably contributed to it.

Well let’s look at the Clive Davis and her staff. Why would Whitney be advised to come to Hollywood the entire week leading up to the Grammy’s? She wasn’t the type of person who could control herself, so God help the people who were trying to control her. Her own brother-in-law/bodyguard spoke during her funeral of his concern with how mad she would be if he entered her hotel room, even though he knew something wasn’t right. Only to soon find her lifeless body.

Even though, she was working on a comeback through her movie projects, Sparkle and the sequel to Waiting To Exhale, let us not forget that she lost relevance not as much as a due to her lack of talent. I am sure despite her struggles with her voice, people would still file into many venues to see her, even if she had to resort to lip syncing and other creative means of production. No, her biggest problem was the lifestyle. In order to save her, she should have only been in that environment when she was “needed”, not when she “wanted” to be there.

When they “needed” her to sell to the public she was back, she could have accomplished that by simply sitting in a seat a the Grammy’s. Possibly giving out an award. I’m sure she “wanted” to be there for all the partying. Somehow, someone should have kept her out of Hollywood as much as they could. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.

So unfortunately, like some of the other “greatest” of all time, her body and soul are now gone. We won’t have those pictures of a gracefully aging Whitney. What we will have are images of the youthful, beautiful smile that was the gate to that amazing voice. I think eventually we’ll learn to appreciate that. The same way we appreciate the many like, Tammi Terrell, Tupac, Minnie Ripperton, Aaliyah, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and many others who died to young.

However, in addition to our wonderful memories of her, what else remains is her catalog of music. But of course her handlers know that.

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

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This week on Life Full Circle Radio, show host Miguel Lloyd, expressed his disdain for the Nicki Minaj’s performance on the Grammy’s. Teaser: It’s not be just for her disrespect of Catholics. Click to hear the explosive segment.

The Catholic League took issue with this performance by Nicki Minaj at this years Grammys

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

Where Did The True “Swag” Go?

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This week on Life Full Circle Radio we are asking the question, what happened to true swag?

Rappers Bow Wow and Soldier Boy are a long way from the fashion statements of the 50s

By Miguel Lloyd

One of our panelists will be Damon from VerySmartbrothas.com

At the risk of sounding like a real ol’ head and borderline curmudgeon, when I saw this picture that is circling around the internet, I was immediately floored. Pictured above are two young dudes, one with his jeans on his hips, the other with his jeans unbuttoned and below his….package…taking a picture like they are the most suave dudes on the planet. Well for some of y’all reading this who’ve been stuck in a cubicle ignoring BET, YouTube and your kids for the last 15 years, that is Bow Wow (formerly Lil Bow Wow) and Soldier Boy. Two very popular rappers and sometimes actors in the game. The way they and many of their colleagues in the entertainment industry are dressing are the source of your discontent with your sons, nephews and neighbors fashion choices.

Fashion Designer Niiamar Felder will also be our guest tonight

Now for some who know me personally, you know that I went through, just like many of us, phases in fashion that we will never understand. The Kwame polka dots, house music rayon shirts and those silver toe shoes many of us wore, we will never live down. However, I am proud to say that I never owned a pair of hammer pants. They were just whack!

I am not trying to dump on youthful exuberance or their form of self-expression. What concerns me and many like me is many of the choices that being made show very little vision and are irreversible. It goes well beyond skinny jeans that will go out of style like the Jerri curl. Face and neck tattoos are becoming as important to your outfit as, a Gucci belt or a pair of Jordans. All while black unemployment is double the average of the rest of America. For some of the younger fashionistas reading this and wondering what one has to do with the other. Well if you have black or brown skin and you have tattoos that are in places that cannot be covered up by a polo shot, you’ve made a decision that may influence people who may not employ you. Unless you want to work at McDonalds, wash cars or cut grass.

Many of us ol heads who have tats or black greek brands, have them in places you might see on our follow through during a round of golf, or during a pick up game of hoops, not when we are simply walking around in the mall. When we chose to make those personal expressions, we did it in a way that if we were a Kappa or we wanted to honor the memory of Tupac or another “dead homie”, it was on a “need to know” basis, not for mass consumption. Thats not the mind-set of many anymore.

Gucci Mane may never need a 9-5, but his tat and many others are making many of their fans unemployable

Young men and women are not leaving much to the imagination in the choices they are making in their way of expression. They are wearing them for all to see, whether we want to see them or not.

On this weeks show, we will ask the question, Where did the “Swag” go? Are these young people making mistakes or is it much adieu about nothing.

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

Health Vs. Hair: The Battle Between The Perm and the “Firm”

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By Miguel Lloyd

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This week on Life Full Circle Radio we are going to talk about Black women, fitness and hair.

Going back to the days of middle and high school, one of the common occurrences was to see the boys playing basketball, kickball and  dodgeball during gym while, the girls sat on the side with their noses turned up looking at the boys and all their developing testosterone getting funky right before science class. Well just a couple of years earlier when those same girls were in pigtails and the class was called “recess” and not gym, they were out there right with the boys playing tag, hoop and soccer. Something happened right around the time that puberty set in for the girls. They started to listen to their moms, sisters and aunties when they told them how much their roots were tightening up because of sweat and activity. In there lies the beginning of the black woman’s dilemma. Whats more important, my perm or my “firm?”

Just added to the show is Fitness Expert, Melinda Henry

If you look around, you see black women daily with everything from short dos to long dos, weaves to grown out, dreaded to fros, rocking what they feel is there best self-expression. Than when you pan down to the rest of them the story often takes a “wider” lens. Uh oh… “Oh No he didn’t!” Yes I did. 

Now before you get your unmentionables in a bunch, this (and most of my blogs and radio shows for that matter) are about self-evaluation. I am a long way from my basketball playing weight and have to sometimes drag myself to the gym to workout. With that being said, ladies its time to take a good long look in the mirror. Do you really believe that you can eat what you want, live a sedentary lifestyle that goes from the bed, to a car that drives you to work, to a desk that you sit at all day, and back home, yet keep up that body that got you all that attention in high school and college? Really? Evidently you do, and the cure-all is a new weave or perm to work out the kinks. This just in, when I do make it to the gym, there are a lot more white women running that track or on those ellipticals than sisters (now you can officially take off your earrings and hit the roof!)

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder will give us an sociological position on this issue

Maybe its time to take a bit more inspiration from our first lady than her fashion sense. Even with all her money and access to the best hairdressers that money can buy, her arms look much better then her do.

Now that, you are mad at me (when you should be made with Ronald McDonald, Wendy and The Burger King), I encourage you to comment below and join us this week, on Life Full Circle Radio as we will dig into this subject. I promise you, we will all be better for it.

Editors note: This is a follow to the story that was posted last week about the surgeons generals study on black women sacrificing health over hair . 

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur.  He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

With us talking about black women and your hair next week, I thought this blog was timely. Enjoy and get ready for our show next week on the sacrifices black women have to make to have “beautiful” hair.

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After taking out my extensions, I ended up with something like that!

 

It wasn’t a 100% natural because I relax my hair every 4/5 months. Imagine if I had not relaxed. It would be a nightmare. However, I decided to stay with my hair for a while and not relax it straight away (I know I should not relax it straight away in the first place). But having my natural hair was just not working out. It was a total mess and as long as I was dying to go to the hairdresser, the freezing weather outside got the best of me and ended up just staying home. The big problem is, what do you do with this nappy not-so-healthy-with-split-ends hair when you need to go out and have fun around town? Well, that was my dilemma so I had to improvise and ended up with an improvised high…

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