Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Essay 1776

What Can Brown Do For A MultiCultClassics Monologue…

• Foxy Brown charges she was dragged off the toilet by a Florida beauty shop owner and picked on by police in her latest legal drama (see Essay 1720). “I was exposed from the waist down on the toilet. … I had to get dressed in front of a total stranger,” said Brown. “The only crime I’m guilty of is being a young black woman.” Um, Foxy is on probation for past offenses.

• Bobby Brown was ordered to stay in jail until he coughs up $19,000 in delinquent child support and court fees. “Although this agreement was put in place when he was Bobby Brown the star, this agreement is being enforced when he is not always able to find work,” said Brown’s lawyer, seeking to explain why the star has been unable to meet his financial obligations. “He hasn’t made an album in quite some years.” It’s tough being Bobby Brown.

• The New York City Council, seeking to draft a measure to discourage the use of the N-word, wound up using the slur about 50 times in the session. “If I had been the chair, I would have asked them not to use the word,” said the measure’s chief sponsor. “I was not pleased.” Before this is all over, Michael Richards may run for councilman.

• The New York Times reported that the demand for English tutoring far outweighs the supply. In large cities like New York, folks can wait for months — and even years — to get into government-backed classes. Maybe they should attend New York City Council sessions for practice. Click on the essay title above to read the NY Times story.

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