Happy New Year

Friends,

2010 was full of ups and some downs.. right and some wrong. However, we kept moving forward one step at a time despite the situations around us. For 2011 I look forward to a year full of passion, love, new friendships, and new relationships. I look forward to my journey with my daughter, family, friends, career and my passion. I look forward to seeing those dreams from my childhood and teenage years come to fruition with the hard work I intend to put in this year. I have no resolutions but “Decrees”, which will not be satisfied until I see them come to pass. I hope you do the same and continue to love those around you no matter how they respond to you.

“Stay Thirsty My Friends” Dos XX’s guy… you know I love old men…

Love always,

Lotten B

Its about time we came together

FINALLY African countries are seeing that there is strength in numbers. This damn president needs to leave and go find somewhere..West African nations are finally coming together to force out President Laurent after he lost the election in Abidjan.


ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — West African leaders who delivered an ultimatum to Laurent Gbagbo to step down or face a military ouster left Ivory Coast late Tuesday without taking him into exile a month after the U.N. said he lost the disputed election.

Ivory Coast, President Laurent Gbagbo, Smile during an exclusive interview at his residence, in Abidjan, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. West African leaders are giving the man who refuses to leave Ivory Coast’s presidency a final chance to hand over power and are threatening to remove him by force if needed, though doubts exist about whether the operation could be carried out. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Ivory Coast, President Laurent Gbagbo, Speak during an exclusive interview at his residence, in Abidjan, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. West African leaders are giving the man who refuses to leave Ivory Coast’s presidency a final chance to hand over power and are threatening to remove him by force if needed, though doubts exist about whether the operation could be carried out. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Members of the Women’s Christian Association pray for peace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Fears of a regional military intervention grew Monday in Ivory Coast following a threat from West African neighbors to force out incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo if he does not soon heed international calls to step down from power. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cape Verde President Pedro Pires arrives at the airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. A delegation of West African leaders went to Ivory Coast on Tuesday to confront Laurent Gbagbo and demand that he step down from the presidency or face a possible regional military intervention. The presidents of Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde arrived in Abidjan, and are due to meet with Gbagbo at the presidential palace after first speaking with the top U.N. envoy in Ivory Coast. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
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In a sign of escalating tensions in the country, the U.N. mission said that one of its peacekeepers had been wounded with a machete when a large crowd in a pro-Gbagbo neighborhood encircled a convoy and set one of its three vehicles on fire.

The regional delegation led by presidents from Sierra Leone, Cape Verde and Benin held meetings with both Gbagbo and internationally recognized winner Alassane Ouattara, then returned to meet with Gbagbo a second time late Tuesday before leaving the country.

Gbagbo, the incumbent leader who has been in power for a decade in Ivory Coast, has shown no interest in stepping aside despite the international calls for him to go. While Ouattara has been endorsed by most of the world, Gbagbo still maintains control of Ivory Coast’s military and security forces.

Weeks of postelection violence have left at least 173 people dead, according to the United Nations. The toll is believed to be much higher: The U.N. said it has been unable to investigate reports of a mass grave because of restrictions on U.N. personnel movements.

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Nigerian on Million Dollar Money Drop…


‘Million Dollar Money Drop’ Contestants Get Penalized for a ‘Wrong’ Answer That Turned out to Be Right

In the “Drop” premiere episode Monday night, contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany May decided to try their luck in the category “Inventions.” Host Kevin Pollak asked them which product was first sold: the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman, or 3M’s Post-It Notes. Okoye was confident that the answer was Post-Its

According to the answer supplied to Pollak, Okoye was wrong (as, by extension, was the much more hesitant May). But late yesterday afternoon, Richard Lawson of Gawker.com expressed his doubts. Post-Its first started trickling into the marketplace as early as 1977 — so, earlier than the Sony Walkman, which debuted in 1979 (and not, as Okoye guesses on the show, in “the ’90s”).

Lawson has updated his original post with comment from personnel attached to the show: An unnamed rep for Fox says that producers contacted 3M to fact-check the question, and were told that Post-Its date from 1980, when they were first sold nationally. The phrasing of the question did not make the distinction of how widely available the products were, and it’s reasonable for the show’s producers to write their questions based on information supplied by the Post-It manufacturer.

UPDATE 12/23: Yesterday, “Money Drop” Executive Producer Jeff Apploff issued a statement to Gawker indicating that the show’s producers were standing by the Post-It timeline. However, earlier this evening he sent me a new statement, via Chantelle Siegel, Vice President of Publicity at Endemol, the production company that produces the show. The statement is as follows:

“Unfortunately, the information our research department originally obtained from 3M regarding when Post-it notes were first sold was incomplete. As a result of new information we have received from 3M, we feel it is only fair to give our contestants, Gabe and Brittany, another shot to play ‘Million Dollar Money Drop’ even though this question was not the deciding question in their game. The revised information regarding the Post-it is as follows: the product was originally tested for sale in four cities under the name ‘Press ‘N Peel’ in 1977, sold as ‘Post-its’ in 1979 when the rollout introduction began and sold nationwide in 1980. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the viewers who brought this to our attention, and we’re thrilled to give Gabe and Brittany the opportunity to return to play the game.”

Just give them the money for your mistake, if i made a mistake as a producer on my first show.. i think i would save face and admit it..

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Christmas here but Worry over there :(

While many of us were eating, laughing and opening up presents families with loved ones in Ivory Coast woke up to worry and concern about their loved ones. Some of you may know that my family was Liberia during the war and the hardest thing is not hearing from them for days upon days. Just wanted to send out prays for those in Ivory Coast this morning.

France will recognise envoy of Ivory Coast’s internationally-accepted president
France has stepped up pressure on Ivory Coast’s president to leave, signalling it will recognise the envoy of his internationally-accepted successor as ambassador in Paris.
Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French foreign ministry, said Paris had “taken note of” the decision to nominate an ambassador by Alassane Ouattara, who is recognised widely as the winner of a recent election over Laurent Gbagbo. A police source was reported to have said the new envoy had “peacefully” taken over control of the embassy.
The ambassador’s post, in the capital of Ivory Coast’s former colonial power, is seen as head of one of the most important diplomatic missions. The French statement comes just a day after French authorities grounded a plane belonging to Mr Gbagbo at a French airport following a request by Mr Ouattara. France still has significant business interests in the West African nation.

Three West African heads of state are due to arrive in Ivory Coast on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to persuade Mr Gbagbo to relinquish power. If he does not, the African regional body Ecowas has said it will consider taking military action to remove him.
Mr Gbagbo took to the airwaves over the weekend to denounce what he called a French-US “plot” against him. He says the election was stolen by his opponents and has refused to quit office. Amid outbreaks of violence, there are fears of civil war.
Mr Gbagbo said of his detractors: “Maybe they do not want me, I admit it, but I am not looking to be loved by them. I respect and abide by the Ivorians’ vote.”

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Midweek pick me up!!

Some of my favorite songs in the past 4 years..

Magic system is group out of Abidjan Ivory coast who have been together for ten years now without a single change of line-up. They got a new album titled Ki dit mié, which means to be a bit cheeky. They got some hits on this album but I am posting my favorites from before.

Gaou…. this one had me sweating on the dance floor everything it came on, I’m talking ol school. lol!!

113 &Magic System Un gaou Oran