#ConversationStarter: Hoopin’ with the FLOTUS.

Check this out:

The Miami Heat and First Lady Michelle Obama team up for a new Let’s Move PSA. Her reaction at the end makes me chuckle; I can’t picture another FLOTUS doing this PSA. Can you? If so who?

Also since it’s a health related  PSA, what gets you moving?  How do you stay health and fit?

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#ConversationStarter: Did This Bus Driver Do All He Could?

Bus driver, John Moody, is under fire for what occurred in the video above.

A 13-year-old boy has two black eyes and broken arm and a bus driver is under fire after three 15-year-olds attacked the teen.

The trio says they went after the 13-year-old because he told administrators they tried to sell him drugs.

As the assault takes place the 64-year-old bus driver pleads with the boys to stop but does not physically step in to stop the altercation.

From CNN.com

As the boy is pummeled, the bus driver John Moody yells at the assailants to leave the boy alone.

He also asks dispatchers to send help.

“You gotta get somebody here quick, quick, quick, quick,” he says. “They’re about to beat this boy to death over here.”

“Please get somebody here quick. There’s still doing it,” he adds. “There’s nothing I can do.”

Moody, 64, says he was too afraid to step in.

“The three boys just jumped on him and started pounding on him. And I did all can,” he told CNN affiliate WFLA. “I was looking. It was like I was in shock. I was petrified.

Now some say the Florida bus driver’s pleas were not enough and that he should have stepped in.

Chime in: Do you think he should have stepped in?

Or considering his age and fear for his own safety it was okay for him not to intervene?

What can be done to ensure violence like this doesn’t happen on school buses?

Ev Opens Up To Nightline.

“You have to walk away because I have to protect myself.”

–Evelyn Lozada

Evelyn Lozada the star of Basketball Wives, who recently filed for divorce from her husband of six-weeks Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson, is opening up for the first time to ABC’s Nightline about the domestic violence incident that changed her life.

Watch the video below.

Lozada and Johnson met on Twitter and their world-wind romance was told in front of the cameras on the VH1 series Basketball Wives.

Now the couple’s divorce comes after the former player for the Dolphins allegedly headbutted her.

Ochocinco & Evelyn Lozada.

From ABCNews:

On Aug. 11, Lozada was taking groceries out of a car that Johnson used to drive to football practice when she said she found a bag in the backseat with a toothbrush holder and a Walgreens receipt for a box of condoms inside. The receipt was dated July 20, she said, three weeks after they were married.

When Johnson came home later that evening, Lozada said she got into his car to confront him about the receipt and threatened to leave him.

“And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me,” Lozada said. “I felt blood coming down my face… and I looked at him and I said, ‘You just head-butted me?’ And it just — everything just felt if it was in slow motion.”

Read More at ABCNews.com

Johnson has refuted the incident.

In fact he says that he never headbutted Lozada rather she headbutted him.

The New York native and shoe boutique owner said she still loves Chad but he needs help and that they will never get back together.

“I don’t think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband.”

After the incident Ochocinco lost his job with the Dolphins and the former couple’s reality series ‘Ev & Ocho’ slated to premiere on September 3rd was canned by VH1.

(Also: Take a look at this TMZ reports Johnson recently got a tattoo of his soon to be ex-wife’s face on his leg.)

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Chime in.

Why do you think so many reality television relationships end so badly?

Fans of Johnson or Lozada, do you view them in a different light now?

Do you think Johnson’s career can recover from this incident?

Should either one of them be focused on career right now?

#ConversationStarter: Men Suffering For Fashion?

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Marc Jacobs once wore women’s high heels to see how women suffer for fashion but that saying may no longer be exclusive to women.

A new study reveals men’s skinny jeans are costing a pretty penny and not just from the department store.

The study looked at two-thousand British men and found one out of every ten men received side effects from donning skinny jeans.

From that ten-percent, half said they had groin discomfort, over a quarter had bladder issues and one in five suffered with twisted testicles, which could require immediate surgery.

”Please don’t put style before health,” Dr. Hilary Jones told The Daily Telegraph.

Jones is working with TENA to showcase the dangers of the fashion trend

Other issues found were urinary tract infections, low sperm counts and fungal irritations.

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Chime in. Men if you wear skinny jeans, will this new study change your mind?

#ConversationStarter: Soulful Crispy Chicken Snack Wraps. Offensive or Not?

Watch the Burger King advertisement above.

The advertisement is one in a series of celebrity-centered Burger King commercials.

The others feature David Beckham and Jay Leno.

Some people have shown outrage on Twitter over Blige singing about crispy chicken and fresh lettuce feeling the ad harks back to a time when African-Americans were portrayed in a stereotypical light.

However others in the social media universe compare it to similar commercials featuring African-American actors—like Popeye’s Annie.

It was later revealed the clip seen on YouTube was an abbreviated version.

Blige released the following statement:

“I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip,” Blige told the website. “I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out.”

via MTV.com

According to BK spokesman Miguel Piedra, the ad has been temporarily pulled from BK’s official YouTube channel due to a licensing issue.

The company has also apologized to Blige and her fans for releasing controversial advert:

“We would like to apologize to Mary J. and all of her fans for airing an ad that was not final. We know how important Mary J. is to her fans, and we are currently in the process of finalizing the commercial. We hope to have the final ad on the air soon.”

via WSJ.com

Chime in. Is the ad offensive or not?

#ConversationStarter: Reunited Musically.

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Rihanna & Chris Brown

Music sensations Rihanna and Chris Brown collaborated on a couple of songs recently and the Barbadian singer’s mentor Sean Carter (Jay-Z ) is not too pleased.

According to RadarOnline, Carter is not thrilled that Rihanna is spending time with the man who beat her following a 2009 pre-Grammys party.

Brown was arrested and later charged with assault.

Now with three years behind the incident, RadarOnline reports the duo has been secretly getting together and Carter does not understand how the two could reunite.

From Radar Online

Rihanna & Jay-Z

Brown and RiRi have released two songs, which features both of them — her song Birthday Cake and his Turn Up the Music.

Brown’s first line in Birthday Cake?

Watch Wendy's Take on The Collab. (Chris & Wendy 2009 Interview)

“Girl I wanna f*** you right now. Been a long time, I’ve been missing your body,” the R&B hit-maker sings.

Now that Jay-Z is a proud daddy to daughter, Blue Ivy, with wife Beyoncé, “he is even more protective of the women in his life. Jay has told Rihanna he will never give his blessing for what she is doing with Chris. He has told her, this isn’t going to end well, it never does. In Jay’s opinion, Chris has rage issues that he doesn’t think have been dealt with,” the insider says.

Read more here.

So with the recent collaboration on two songs Wendy Williams’ take & RadarOnline spark some questions for conversation.

Can one separate the artist from the music?

What kind of message, if any, does this send to Rihanna’s young fans?

Can Chris Brown be redeemed or will he & his career always be associated with abuse?

Comment Below.

#ConversationStarter: Fat Kid? Unhappy Childhood.

From Children’s Healthcare Atlanta & Strong4Life.com

If you are fat your childhood is no fun says one Georgia organization.

In an attempt to curb childhood obesity the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is currently running a “straight-to-the-point” ad campaign correlating obesity to children being deprived of a happy and carefree childhood.

Georgia has the second highest obesity rate in the nation and according to an executive for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this new campaign has the ability to save lives.

HLN reports:

The ads are part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s “Strong4Life” campaign. They feature children and family members speaking frankly about being fat.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution says Children’s Healthcare wanted to create a no-nonsense approach after their research found that 50 percent of people surveyed didn’t recognize childhood obesity as a problem and 75 percent of parents with overweight or obese kids did not see their children as having a weight issue.

Read the full article here.

The ads range from telling kids quote: “Being fat takes the fun out of being a kid” and “it’s hard to be a little girl if you’re not.”

According to HLN, parents are all but too happy about this approach to getting children to live healthier lifestyles.

Watch several other ads below.

See more ads and find out more about the campaign at Strong4Life.com

So let’s start a conversation:

Do these ads take childhood obesity and becoming healthy too far?

Or is the new approach necessary?

Comment below.