- - Thursday, November 3, 2011

Man surrenders in slaying of ‘Glee’ singer’s father

The suspect in the stabbing death of the father of “Glee” singer Charice Pempengco surrendered Thursday and admitted responsibility for the crime, the Associated Press reports.

Angel Capili Jr. turned himself in to the chief of his village in General Trias township south of Manila, said Gilbert Cruz, police chief of nearby Laguna province.

Police said Miss Pempengco’s estranged 40-year-old father, construction worker Ricky Pempengco, was stabbed with an ice pick by a drunken man Monday after buying cigarettes at a store.

Mr. Cruz said Mr. Capili is also a construction worker but did not know the victim.

Miss Pempengco canceled upcoming concerts and called for justice for her father. She plays a recurring role on “Glee” as exchange student Sunshine Corazon.

Mr. Capili told reporters in Manila that he was conscience-stricken and ready to face the consequences.

‘Real’ housewife: Reality TV spawns culture of bullying

Fans of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” reality franchise often tune in for the catfights and drama, but one Atlanta housewife said the genre may encourage bullying.

“Unfortunately, I do think that reality TV has spawned a whole culture of bullying,” Phaedra Parks said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I believe that the behavior you see on reality TV does not exactly exemplify how adults should be conducting themselves.”

Highlights of the series, which has been replicated in seven cities across the country, include volatile tempers, verbal outbursts, name-calling and allegations of mean tweeting — and who can forget the infamous New Jersey table flip seen ‘round the world?

The last season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” kicked off with a chaotic, physical altercation at a baby christening, while the new season in Beverly Hills, Calif., has focused on veteran castmates ganging up on and ostracizing new housewife Brandi Glanville. They went as far as hiding her crutches while she had a broken foot.

Atlanta housewife and recording artist Kandi Burruss, however, says bullying has been around long before their hit TV franchise.

“A lot of people try to find reasons or ways to blame people or situations for their grief or sadness,” Miss Burruss said. “Personally, I think reality TV is a mimic of what’s happening in real life, not the other way around. People have always had arguments, and there’s always been cliques.”

Miss Parks said she thinks parents need to monitor what their children watch and insists that series like hers are not meant for young viewers. She also said she thinks reality stars should set better examples.

Season four of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on Bravo.

Black Girls Rock Awards to air Sunday on BET

When Beverly Bond started the organization Black Girls Rock, her goal was to empower girls of color and give them better images than the often negative depictions seen in the media.

She made a list of women she believed lived up to the mantra, including Beyonce and civil rights figure Ruby Bridges. Although the world knows Beyonce by one name, Ms. Bridges and other important black women are not as celebrated, and Ms. Bond felt that needed to change.

“We have to show them and expose to them these incredible women, and we also have to honor these women,” she said. “Some don’t get their just due in history and in the world. And more important, our youths don’t know about these women.”

The sixth annual Black Girls Rock Awards show is part of Ms. Bond’s mission to change that. The event, to air Sunday for the second straight year on BET, will pay homage to celebrities such as Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, actress Tatyana Ali and gospel legend Shirley Caesar. It also will honor political activist Angela Davis, WNBA President Laurel J. Richie, and Imani Walker and Malika Saada Saar, the co-founders of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Singer and actress Jill Scott said she was on board with Black Girls Rock from the moment she heard the title.

“We are so valuable to this planet; anytime we can see that and hear that and show that, I’m there,” said Miss Scott, who performed at the ceremony, taped in New York last month. Other performers included Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Melanie Fiona, Mary Mary, Estelle and newcomer Elle Varner.

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