Friday, October 30, 2009
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Beanie Sigel is currently at odds with his bandmate "Jay-Z".
Reportedly, Beanie went on Hot97 yesterday to vent out his frustations. In addition, he dropped a track titled, "Average Cat" dissing his labelmate.
He also went on record to share that Jay-Z called the cops on him and that he has information that can affect Beyonce's relationship with Jay-Z.
It is also important to know that, Jay-Z has a history of calling the cops on his competition; T.I and most recently Lil Wayne.
Peep the article here.
Conversation Developing on Twitter:
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 6:42 AM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
...or Moses Michael Leviy has landed in is homeland of Belize.
Shyne's uncle Michael Finnegan current Minister of Housing, told reporters that:
"Shyne is home. He wants to say how happy he is to be home and to be a free man. He would love to have a conversation with the media but because he was legally advised by Professor Ogletree, he must not speak to the media because he doesn't want to prejudice his situation with the US government or with the Belize government. So he asked me to ask you that he does not want to disrespect you the media, but please to understand what is going on. You could see the tears in his eyes as they hugged and the romantic situation in there especially with his Grandmother and with his father, with his younger brother Anwar, they hugged and did not want to let go of each other....His residence at my place is two weeks away from completion so he has rented a complete floor at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. So every room on a floor was taken by him whether he will use it or not. He said that after going through the eight and a half years he has gone through, he needs some privacy, he needs not to be around anybody, he needs just to sit down in isolation and contemplate his life. And I think that we need to respect that. If you notice, he has lost an extreme amount of weight."
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 7:16 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
...Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is expected to arrive in Belize today at around 2:40 pm local time - GMT - 6.
According to several media outlets, Shyne has departed from the New York Immigration Detention facility and has boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Buffalo, New York to Belize.
The Belize Police is scheduled to interview and process Shyne Barrow at the airport.
Following this, Shyne will re-enter his country as a free man.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 5:21 AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
..has admitted to sleeping with her mother's boyfriend at age 16.
Reportedly, the confession will be written into a "unauthorized book" by the author Andrew Morton.
According to the source:
Here's a video of the actor when she was 16 years old:
Angelina Jolie - 16 Year-old Interview - Celebrity bloopers here
Funny - A FRENCH court has convicted the Church of Scientology and one of its leaders of fraud!
The Celebrity Centre and a book shop - the two branches of Scientology's French operations - were ordered to pay a E600,000 ($974,026) fine for preying financially on vulnerable followers.
Scientology's leader in France Alain Rosenberg was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined E30,000 ($48,701) on the same charge.
In related news, the Hollywood director and screenwriter "Paul Haggis" has severed his ties with the Church of Scientology in protest against its position on gays and treatment of members who wish to leave.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 7:38 AM
...The fans of "Public Enemy" has donated $50,000 to fund their next LP.
Many thought it was kinda odd for the group to ask their fans to provide the financial assistance. Originally, Public Enemy called on fans to contribute a total of $250,000 (in $25 donations) to cover recording costs, the fans responded by contributing over $50,000 for their upcoming project.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 6:59 AM
...He has been expelled from the U.S.A and is scheduled to arrive in his homeleand of Belize - via a Continental Airlines flights from Houston - on Wednesday, October 28th.
It's being reported that Jamal's dad "Prime Minister Barrow" and his uncle "Michael Finnegan (born Michael Myvett)" will be on site to receive Shyne at the airport in Belize.
The "One Belize" radio has reported that, "Shyne will..try to utilise his Belize passport to move to a Caribbean country such as Jamaica to use as a base for re-igniting his recording career".
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 5:56 AM
...Album titled "In a Perfect World?" has received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Keri is schedule to present a award during the 37th annual ceremony.
In addition, she's up for Best Female R&B/Soul Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 5:48 AM
Monday, October 26, 2009
Funny - As soon as Matthew Knowles began teaching a course within the School of Communication at Texas Southern University, the reputation of a another "well known" celebrity declines...
According to several websites, a disagreement between broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Texas Southern University ended, when the university's governing board agreed to strip Smiley's name from its communication school.
Reportedly, Tavis had promised to donate $1 million in 2004 and to raise another $1 million for the University. Following Tavis promise, the school created the Tavis Smiley School of Communication in his honor.
Unfortunately, Tavis didn't follow through with his promise and only donated 50,000 in mid-2005 and managed to raise $250,000 with the assistance of three corporate donors.
However, Tavis has stated that he intends to fulfil his personal pledge of $1 million dollars.
Funny - I wonder if Matthew Knowles will come out the pocket to ensure that the school of communication is named after Beyonce Knowles or rather himself...
I remember when Tavis was trying to determine who was the best singer of all genenerations; Aretha Franklin or Beyonce Knowles. Matthew Knowles wasn't thrilled about the comparison...so he headed to Texas Southern Unversity to kick up some dirt and to leave his mark...
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 8:35 AM
Friday, October 23, 2009
Many media outlets are reporting that Jennifer Lopez has named her upcoming album "Lola". Some websites are also stating that "Lola" is defined as Mrs. Lopez's alter ego.
Funny - after watching several clips of Lola Falana, it's becoming quite obvious that the name "Lola" has a deeper meaning as it relates to "Lola Falana".
You see, Lola grew up in New Jersey and spent a lot of play time in New York City - Just like Jennifer Lopez. Due to the increase in Jennifer’s salary, she relocated to New York City.
Unlike like Jennifer Lopez, Lola had a singing voice but she was better known for her "curves". On the flip side, Jennifer Lopez is well known for her rear end – rather than her acting or singing talent.
Throughout Jennifer’s video catalog, there are many dance moves simply borrowed from the Lola Falana era. Beyonce Knowles can be noted as a person who continues to copy dance moves and wardrobe styles from the black cuban, "Lola Falana".
Here's what Lola had to say about growing up in Hollywood:
Mar 19, 1990
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 10:05 AM
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Hip Hop Jewelry Company is planning to release a "replica" of a rare black piece of jewelry, worn by the rappers Jay-Z and Kayne West...
According to Transworldnews:
The infamous Jesus piece has always been a popular piece of hip hop jewelry for decades now. Back in the day, Notorious BIG donned his famous “cuban with the Jesus piece” and even rapped about it. Over a decade later the thick, 3D Jesus face pendant is still hot. Rappers are seen wearing them in platinum, gold and decorated with clear or colored stones. Recently, rappers Jay Z and Kanye west made a rare and custom piece, featuring the classic black Jesus piece in black color with black diamonds. This was matched with a black colored ball chain. The look is distinct and unique, and for a while, no one else had them.
Are these entertainers trying to tell us that they are "Black Cubans"? Kayne West's stripper girlfriend has this piece of jewelry in "red":
Jesus and the victory of God
Volume 2 of Christian origins and the question of God, Nicholas Thomas Wright
Christian Origins...Vol 2
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 8:13 AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
New evidence has surfaced, regarding the death of Steve McNair. CBS News has discovered a possible third party.
According to Mike Florio:
As it turns out, another bit player has assumed a much more central figure.
Kazemi supposedly bought the gun from Adrian Gilliam Jr. in the parking lot of her place of employment. Police and Gilliam have characterized the transaction as a routine thing, with Gilliam now facing federal charges due to the fact that, as a convicted felon, he is not permitted to own a gun.
Keteyian interviewed Gilliam in prison, and the man who was convicted in 1993 on three counts of armed robbery and one count of second-degree murder claimed that he barely knew Kazemi and that he couldn't remember her name or how they met.
Per Keteyian, however, Kazemi's cell phone records demonstrate that she and Gilliam had been in almost daily contact in the weeks preceding Kazemi's death, with more than 200 calls and text messages exchanged between them.
The day before the July 4 shooting, Kazemi and Williams traded 49 calls and text messages.
Gilliam also called Kazemi at 12:02 a.m. on July 4, only a couple of hours before she died.
So while none of this means that Kazemi didn't pull the trigger on McNair and then herself, the fact that a convicted murderer is lying about his relationship with Kazemi is something that authorities who might prefer an open-and-shut case cannot in good conscience ignore.
Text Message Excerpts Between McNair & Kazemi on July 3 & 4
Note: The below information was sourced from information provided by McNair’s cellular carrier, Sprint-Nextel, pursuant to subpoena. The text detail provided by Sprint-Nextel used the Eastern time zone (EDT). The times have been converted to the Central time zone (CDT) in this summary.
July 3, 2:03 a.m.
Kazemi: u love me
July 3, 2:04 a.m.
McNair: I love u baby
July 3, 2:09 a.m.
Kazemi: Im gonna have all of u soon
July 3, 2:24 a.m.
McNair: Yes u will
July 3, 8:14 a.m.
McNair: Hey are u up
Kazemi: hi baby
McNair: Where are you
McNair: Why your phone been off
Kazemi: Im at the store tryin to fix it
McNair: Did u stay at the condo because I came by there this morning
Kazemi: yes but I have people comin to look at the furniture 2day
Kazemi: Baby I might have a break down im so stressed
McNair: Everything gonna be ok
Kazemi: baby I need to pay the cell phone bills n the hospital.can u transfer 2000 to my acc
Kazemi: baby I might need to go to the hospital.baby whats wrong w me i can hardly breath
McNair: Where are u
Kazemi: just got home
McNair: Set down baby and rest for a minute. Drink some water.
Kazemi: im tryin I just want this pain in my chest to go away
McNair: You want me to come see about u
Kazemi: im gonna try to sleep. If it dnt go away im goin to the hospital.
McNair: Ok please let me know. I’m here if u need me
McNair: Are u feeling better baby
Kazemi: baby I wanna pay some of my bills b4 I go to wrk. All this bills n everythin else is stressin me out
Kazemi: baby what are u doing
McNair: At the pool with the kids. I got the guy transferring the money
Kazemi: do u have my acc number
McNair: Yes darling
Kazemi: baby I have to be w u 2nite. I dnt care where
Kazemi: tell me u gonna be w me
Kazemi: baby where u gonna be at when i get off
McNair: I’m at home now baby what time u get off
Kazemi: round 11
Kazemi: Where u gonna be at baby
McNair: at home til the kids fall asleep
9:18 p.m. 12
Kazemi: k ill call u when I get off
Kazemi: do u wanna get out n drink
McNair: Probably not baby having trouble with the kids getting to sleep
Kazemi: k im going to the condo in a min
Kazemi: they asleep babe
McNair: they are on the way
July 4, 12:38 a.m.
McNair: On my way
Kazemi: u want me to open the gate
McNair: No open the front door
(repeat) McNair: No open the front door
Kazemi: its open
July 4, 2:23 a.m.*
Kazemi: im going to the store
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 10:01 AM
..."stiffed" a law firm in Atlanta for legal fees and expenses.
According to Courthouse News Service:
Carlton Fields P.A. sued the Atlanta-based rapper and his Ludacris Foundation for $61,820 in Fulton County Superior Court. The firm says it defended the rapper, whose given name is Christopher Bridges, in a 2007 complaint for personal injuries and negligence: Lawrence A. Hyde v. Roberta J. Shields, Christopher B. Bridges and Ludacris Foundation.
Carlton Fields claims it also advanced the defendants out-of-pocket expenses. The law firm says it began representing Ludacris in March 2008 but stopped providing legal services in April 2009 as it had not received the outstanding balance of $61,860.20. It wants the money, plus court costs.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 7:19 AM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
...recently revealed that in 2006, she created a new identity and managed to "secretly" enroll in a History Course at the University of California.
According to Shakira:
"I needed a break from me. The universe is so broad, I cannot be at the centre of it. So I decided to go to the university and study history for a summer course, just to kind of switch gears, taste the student life...I used to wear a cap and a big backpack, I looked like a boy. I didn't get recognised. Some people looked at me very suspiciously, a few people asked me, but I told them my name was Isabelle. I would go to university over and over again if I could. I should care less. It has been 20 years, but I still care about my career. I care about the music. I'm not normal,".
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 4:47 PM
..The Jamaican rapper was pulled over by police officers in New Kingston over the weekend. These police officers revealed that a small bag of marijuana was found on the entertainer and that he has been charged with a possession of marijuana.
The rapper who was born as Rodney Price is already on probabtion, following previous charges.
Bounty Killer is schedule to address this issue in court come November.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 4:27 PM
Friday, October 16, 2009
About a month ago, the cast members sat down to interview with Ryan Seacrest. During this interview, Kim accused NeNe of choking her and NeNe lash out at Kim for slandering her character...
Kim actually reveals that she has no plans to press charges against NeNe. However, she continues to share, the so-called facts that surrounds this "assault" with other media outlets...
Here's the actual video:
Kim actually reveals that she has no plans to press charges against NeNe. However, she continues to share, the so-called facts that surrounds this "assault" with other media outlets...
Here's the actual video:
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 4:52 PM
..want you to know that her annoying voice will echo out of the character "Shine" on the animated DVD for "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubb Idol".
According to several websites, Shine is the leader of the Wubb Girlz and when Wubbzy appears on the "Wuzzleburg Idol", Wubbzy has hopes of performing with the Wubb Girlz.
Wait, that sounds like Solange's life...
Think - When DestinyChild was performing and Beyonce was the leader of this girl group. Solange wanted to ______________ with the girls from DestinyChild. Instead of becoming a member, Solange performed as a back up dancer.
Now she's a solo-ist...
It is also important to note that, Beyonce went on record to state that she wrote the song she sung titled, "Sing-a-Song".
Word around the net...is that...Beyonce don't write her own music.
How ironic, if you're not busy, read through these books and you will find the already written children song titled "Sing-a-Song":
Standard catalog series
Authors H.W. Wilson Company, Barbara E. Dill
Publisher H. W. Wilson Co., 1976
Original from the University of Michigan
Digitized Aug 31, 2009
ISBN 0824206010, 9780824206017
Length 1408 pages
The musical times, Volume 38
Author JSTOR (Organization)
Publisher Novello, 1897
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Oct 19, 2007
The Recording locator: (formerly titled MusiCatalog).
Publisher Resource Publications, 1986
Original from the University of California
Digitized Sep 11, 2009
Length 858 pages
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 12:47 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
..is preparing to release a new album and a book.
In 1998, Trick Daddy was diagnosed with lupus and within his new book, he opens up about his struggles within the inner city and having to live with lupus.
According to Trick Daddy:
“I went to the doctor, like, 12 years ago. She took all kinds of test, because I was trying to get rid of what we call dry skin; she did biopsies and blood tests and swab tests. She told me I have lupus”.
“I am allergic highly to the sun, that’s my worst enemy. It’s like an AK-47 (gun) with a double clip on it, …a lot of people try to cover it up with regular make-up. It makes your skin pigmented. You can go from dark to light and not light to dark. You have to cover it up and conceal it. My mana had 11 children from 10 different men. If she can live with that, I know I can live with this”.
Trick Daddy, you are not alone. Michael Jackson had lupus but his doctor told him that it was...something else. His father had ________ amount of children and it seems as if his sister LeToya is the other child who suffers from Lupus.
Magic City: Trials of a Native Son
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 12:25 PM
Are you gay?
..if so, the queen of lesbianism is looking for five ladies to accompany her on tour.
These ladies will star in a few of her opening acts as she promotes her new album "Persona".
The ladies that are selected will appear in the print ad for the Covergirl Queen collection.
If you are over the age of 13, click here and don't forget to upload a one-minute video of yourself rapping and singing.
In addition, Latifah has requested that you provide a 250 word essay describing the reasons why you want to "Ignite Your Persona".
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 12:02 PM
Janet Jackson is preparing to release a greatest hits album titled, "Number Ones". Many websites are reporting that this album will hit the stores within the U.S.A on November 17th.
The album will consist of a 33 old tracks and 1 new track titled, "Make Me".
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 6:48 AM
Wait - The so-called "celebrity" of, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" has revealed to USWeekly that she's no longer "engaged" to big papa.
Funny - during that episode, Khandi stated that Big Papa showed her a ring that he bought from Kim. Khandi didn't state that, Big Papa shared that he was going to propose to Kim. Clearly, Kim jumped the gun on this one - so to speak.
She also informed that she's no longer friends with cast mate "Nene".
According to Kim:
"I'm not engaged anymore...Big Papa and I ended it. At the end of the day, he will always be the love of my life, but it's time for me to move on..."
In regards to Nene:
"She did strangle me. So that breaks a friendship, right? …I've just moved past it with Nene, and I think her true colors have really surfaced, and they will continue to do so. I wish her the best."
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 6:38 AM
The rapper has confirmed to BBC's Tim Westwood that he's expecting a son with R&B singer (and The Dream's ex-wife) Nivea.
This will become Wayne's fourth child with his fourth baby mother.
Last Year, Lil Wayne's first son Dwayne Carter Jr.'s was born in Cincinnati.
Last month, actress Lauren London welcomed his second son.
Sometime this month, Nivea's baby boy will be born.
Lil Wayne ex-wife Antonia "Toya" Carter is the mother of his only daughter.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 6:29 AM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tameka 'TINY' Cottle has re-recorded a song titled, "Superwoman" for Khandi Burruss's upcoming album.
According to Khandi:
"I got Tiny (on the album)... We have this song called Superwoman that we wrote a while back. We just revamped it a little bit. It's talking about single mums that are doing their thing for their children."
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 7:40 AM
..has entered the genre of Rap music. It's being reported that the comedian has released a rap album titled, "Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency". On the CD, Cosby is listed as executive producer, who is credited for developing the "concepts" for each musical track.
According to Bill Cosby:
"I don't like referring to the music as clean...What I like is what you're not going to do. You're not going to curse. You're not going to put women down. You're not going to put the glory of the gun somewhere. And you're not going to put a whole lot of violence up front like that's the thing that will cleanse you and make you feel better."
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 5:20 AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Funny - Tristan Wilds's wikipedia page has stated that his acting career begun at the tender age of seven. However, it failed to list his middle school acting roles. Well, allow me to reveal the fact that Tristan grew up on the PBS hit show, "The Electric Company".
Funny - the boy use to freestyle for grammar prior to his gangsta role of the HBO series, "The Wire".
Youtube has a ton of videos from this PBS special, which features the young "Tristan" freestyling, solving puzzles and learning how to comprehend.
Hurry - before his team yank these off of the video stream.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 5:05 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Following a two year hiatus, the Soul Train Awards will return to give recognition to those who help shape the sounds of R&B Music.
Many websites are reporting that Actors Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will co-host this award celebration.
The "Soul Train" series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer, and aired from 1971 to 2006, with reruns continuing until 2008.
Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Chaka Khan and Charlie Wilson will be honored during a two-hour music special that will be taped in Atlanta, Georgia and aired on Onv. 29 on Centric - a new channel jointly operated by the BET and MTV Networks divisions of Viacom.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 4:11 PM
Saturday, October 10, 2009
It's being reported that Shyne's father wrote a letter to New York's Governor David Paterson to seek a pardon for his son, that will prevent a deportation to his native country of Belize.
According to sixshot news:
Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the father of former Bad Boy rapper Shyne, has reportedly written to New York Governor David Paterson asking him to pardon his son so that he is not deported back to the Belize - the country of his birth.
Dean Barrow revealed to The Belizean yesterday (October 9) that he sought help from Charles Ogletree - Harvard law professor and a member of President Barack Obama's inner circle to assist Shyne in resisting deportation to Belize.
The prime minister told reporters he wrote the letter to the New York governor at the request of Professor Ogletree.
"I have not had a response," Barrow told reporters. “I have spoken to people close to the governor and I have been assured that the letter has been received and that it is under active consideration. But I can't say that I am able to call in any favors such that would guarantee that he is able to remain in the States."
Barrow also revealed for the first time Friday that shortly after Shyne was sentenced to prison, he had written a letter to the then governor of New York.
In that letter Mr. Barrow said he asked that his son be repatriated to Belize to serve his sentence as that was what Shyne wanted at the time. "That never went anywhere. Just as well as it is now clear that he wants to remain in the U.S.A. to continue his career," stated the Prime Minister.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 9:46 AM
During a recent interview with "Clay Cane", Nia Long spoke openly about a possible sequel to the movie "Love Jones":
I have to ask you about “Love Jones.” Are you surprised how people are obsessed with that movie even to this day?
Making the movie, it was just so close to what I know as being Black - Black love. It’s the closest that you were going to ever get in my opinion - that film is timeless. For years, they’ve been saying, “Let’s do a sequel.” I heard that it’s possible there might be a sequel in the works that’s going straight to video with two other actors because I would never do that and Larenz [Tate] wouldn’t either. I think that’s going to be the biggest mistake they could ever make. It’s a cult classic and people love that movie. If you try to serve that up with different actors and a sequel straight to video, you’re going to piss a lot of people off.
I need Nina Mosley! [Laughs]
Right! It’s not even about my own ego, it’s just I do understand what it means to us. I do understand what people expect. Larenz and I made a pact, I haven’t talked to him in years, we would never do it unless it was done properly. There is no reason to touch something that was done so beautifully. Not even us as actors but just the story, the visuals, the dialogue and the music. It was rich with textures.
Imagine that, a sequel to Love Jones without the original "Nina and Darius". I am sure Nia Long and Larenz Tate and the producers can work something out.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 9:22 AM
Friday, October 9, 2009
Our Commander In Chief has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rightfully so, President Barack Obama stepped gracefully into the "selected" position of Presidency and managed to unite all races. After spending nine months as President of The United States, he has pushed America forward and his critics aside.
Upon hearing that he has won the Nobel Peace Prize, our Commander In Chief made the following statement:
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 10:42 AM
..want you to know that it is very important to file your taxes!
According to Method Man:
"When you don't file, that's what happens. I'm learning my lesson...You've got to file. You can't be waiting for the last minute. And I hadn't spoken to my CPA in three or four years. I don't like things being blown out of proportion. Let's be clear. I didn't get arrested for not paying them. I got arrested for not filing. It's not a money thing, because I paid it."
The time has come for these so-called celebrities to handle their own affairs, especially if - not handling them - can lead to serving time in a jail.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 9:26 AM
....has revealed that he'll star in a remake of "Jekyll And Hyde" along with the rapper / actor 50 Cent.
The project will be based on, "a modern adaptation of the 1886 novel The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde".
According to Forest:
...has confirmed that she will perform live in the UK, on the hit show, X Factor.
Whitney's performance will be televised "live" on October 18th. This will be her first time performing in the UK in over 12 years.
According to Ms. Houston:
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 9:08 AM
After entertaining the world for over 40 years, Motown unlocked the vault to previously recorded tracks by “The Jackson Five”.
In celebration of the Jackson’s contribution to music, two new albums will be released within the next five weeks.
The single, "That's How Love Is" was released this week and it's already available through Itunes. This will be the first single off the “I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters,” album. The tracks featured on this album were recorded between 1969 through 1974.
To include, the Jackson's will release a second album titled, “Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas” on November 10th, to kick off the Holiday Season.
Posted by Tarrese Thompkins at 8:34 AM