Flip the calendar back on the year we call 2011 and a lot of notable happenings tumble out. Collectively they add up to a big year – way too big to detail in this end-of-the-year reflection.
So, let’s go for the highlights.
Two years after the stunning death of the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson’s doctor – Dr. Conrad Murray – was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison. He may actually get out in two, which, in my opinion, akin to a crime. Four years is nothing for the death of another human being.
The NBA Lockout put a lot of professional basketball players out of work for much of the year and caused the NBA season to start considerably late. It also had many of us wondering if there would be a season at all. Then at what was considered the 11th hour, the two sides came to an agreement. I’m sure that there are a lot of basketball wives and baby mamas happy about that news...oh yeah, I’m sure there’s a lot of happy basketball fans as well. LOL
In 2011, we were introduced to a former pizza CEO named Herman Cain. I actually almost thought that there would be two African-American men going head to head for the office of President of the United States, one Democrat and one Republican. However, Cain’s checkered past surfaced and slapped that possibility sideways. Cain reportedly failed to take into consideration that he has had countless sexual harassment cases against him, as well as a number of affairs. Funny thing, he doesn’t even realize that his run is over.
Rapper T.I. came home again after having to return to prison for violating the terms of his parole following an incident where he and his wife were traveling in Los Angeles with a few illegal items inside of their car. His new reality show, “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” also debuted on VH1 this year with 2.8 million viewers.
After reportedly hurling a chair through an office window after an appearance on “Good Morning America,” singer Chris Brown went on BET’S “106th and Park” to apologize for the incident. Thankfully for him, he was able to recover from that and move on with his career.
Black America’s favorite couple, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett, experienced marital problems, as reports of her cheating with singer Marc Anthony surfaced. Proof? None to date, as Smith & Pinkett apparently still are together. Meanwhile, Anthony and his wife, Jennifer Lopez, did split this year.
Wasn’t it cool how Beyoncé made her baby announcement on the VMAs? She performed and rubbed her torso and stole the show. Although she is still keeping the baby’s gender under wraps, we will find out soon!
We lost quite a few of our favorite entertainers in 2011. Nate Dogg, who is probably the greatest hook singer who ever laced a rap song, died earlier this year of complications from multiple strokes. He was 41. Nick Ashford, half of the R&B performing and songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson, passed away after a battle with throat cancer. He was 69. We also lost rapper Heavy D at the young age of 44.
Jazz poet and musician Gil Scott Heron passed away this year as well. He was known for his 1974 album, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” He was 62 years old. Boxing great “Smokin” Joe Frazier died at the age of 67 after a short bout with liver cancer.
Well, that’s it for 2011. I am so looking forward to what the New Year has in store. I can hardly wait. Until then, that’s what happened. Happy New Year!