Tyler Perry Reveals History of Childhood Abuse, Molestation
Filmmaker Tyler Perry, who is promoting a new movie about an abused teenager, has gone public with brutal memories of his own childhood beatings and molestation. In an email to fans that has Perry’s admirers buzzing, he recounts various examples of terrible childhood mistreatment – from his father beating him senseless to a neighbor woman molesting him at age 10. Even his grandmother, the mother of his hated father, became a threat when she objected to his weekly allergy shot, he recalls. “Ain’t nothing wrong with that damn boy – he just got germs on him. Stop wasting all that money,” she said, he recalled. “She came and got me out of the living room leaving my Matchbox cars on the floor. She said she was going to kill these germs on me once and for all. She gave me a bath in ammonia.” (Continue Reading…)

BET founder mimics Va. gov candidate’s speech
The billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television apologized Monday for pretending to stutter at a campaign event as she mimicked the Democratic candidate for governor. BET co-founder Sheila Johnson, for years a major donor to President Barack Obama, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and other Democrats, stunned Virginia political observers in July by endorsing Republican Bob McDonnell in the governor’s race. He is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds to replace Kaine, who is barred by state law from running for a second straight term. Virginia and New Jersey are the only states electing governors this fall, making the races an early barometer for next year’s congressional contests. (Continue Reading…)

GOP Leaders to Michael Steele: Back Off
GOP leaders, in a private meeting last month, delivered a blunt and at times heated message to RNC Chairman Michael Steele: quit meddling in policy. The plea was made during what was supposed to be a routine discussion about polling matters and other priorities in House Minority Leader John Boehner’s office. But the session devolved into a heated discussion about the roles of congressional leadership and Steele, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting. The congressional leaders were particularly miffed that Steele had in late August unveiled a seniors’ “health care bill of rights” without consulting with them. The statement of health care principles, outlined in a Washington Post op-ed, began with a robust defense of Medicare that puzzled some in a party not known for its attachment to entitlements. (GOP leaders, in a private meeting last month, delivered a blunt and at times heated message to RNC Chairman Michael Steele: quit meddling in policy. (Continue Reading…)

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