Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Flavor Flav celebrates Black Music Month on air with Lisa Tolliver and pays final respects to Ray's father, Charles Douglas Aydelott, Sr.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - I'm operating on C.P. Time by posting today this roundup of the June 14 SCORE Radio and Lisa Tolliver Show broadcasts. That's ironic, since Ray Aydelott's and my celebrity guest was the clock-wearing multimedia star, Flavor Flav, and his manager, Greg J. On the other hand, their appearance was right on time to celebrate Black Music Month and at least one month before Flav's new projects will premier later this summer.

Flav's new projects include season 2 of the record-breaking VH1 hit reality series, The Flavor of Love; a new CD entitled Flavor Flav: Rise, Fall, Rise, and the go-live date for However, as we discussed on air, Ray's father - Charles Douglas Aydelott, Sr. - had died two days before (from complications associated wtih a brain aneurysm that burst) and since then, I have been attending to matters related to the Aydelott family as well as honoring the memories of my Aunt Frances and father - Robert Shaw Tolliver, Sr. - who died less than a year ago.

Flav (who Ray and I called Rico when we all lived in Freeport), was a good friend of Ray and his family, and was clearly touched by the news of Mr. Aydelott's demise. As Flav said, the show was like a family reunion. He expressed his heartfelt condolences on air and Ray played excerpts from that portion of the show during his father's homegoing services.

Flav and Greg phoned in from LA, announcing their presence with Flav'strademark greeting, customized for the show: Liiiiiisaaaaa Liiiiis! Flav shared some little known facts about his career, fielded audience questions and seemed genuinely pleased to hear from another old friend who phoned in (Darius Myers, CEO of Sports Cart Media and friend of the Lisa Tolliver Show).

A great sport, Flav participated in the final 15 minutes of the Lisa Tolliver Show, when Jeff Reilly and Marianne Partridge of the Westchester Emergency Volunteer Reserves - Medical Reserve Corps celebrated National Safety Month. Flav and I shared our humorous, but true-life earthquake survival stories and Marianne dispensed some earthquake preparedness & safety tips. Details are documented in "Flavor Flav Celebrates National Safety Month" at and in "Lisa Tolliver Show guests Flavor Flav and WEVR-MRC celebrate National Safety Month and serve up 'Flavorful' tips for emergency preparedness & safety" at Emergency Preparedness & Safety Tips.

The following excerpts from those articles are updates on participants in The Flavor of Love .

What's on Flavor's Plate and how might WEVR-MRC come to the rescue?
Flav's new affiliation with WEVR-MRC could come in handy when Flav is pitted against rapper Lil' Jon on VH1's Celebrity Showdown 2 on June 22 and when the fur begins flying on season 2 of VH1's hit reality show, The Flavor of Love. Viewers of Flavor of Love 1 saw their share of catfights among some of the 20 women who vied for a custom dental grille and the affections of the Public Enemy hype man/comic foil. Witness the photos, videos and articles on the VH1 Shows: Flavor of Love Website. (Flav starred with some drama mamas in two other VH1 hit specials, as well: The Surreal Life 3 and Strange Love.)

Skeptics of how serious crossing a drama queen, er, reality TV contestant, can become should heed what happened yesterday with Flavor of Love 1 winner, Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander. According to reports, she was arrested in Dearborn, Michigan for allegedly assaulting a police officer who was investigating a noise complaint at her home. Three cops were required to cuff her.

Nicole said she was being unfairly harassed by neighbors, who she claims have fetched the fuzz to her house six times because her family and house guests are "mostly black." In her statement (excerpts in "Reality TV Star Arrested in Dearborn"), she describes herself as being victimized when an officer grabbed her as she was voicing her own complaints about feeling harassed. She said:

He walked up, took the door, opened the door back up. Grabbed me by me [sic] neck and I just remember flying down these steps. While I’m falling, I gripped [sic] on to him and we fall. Now we wrestling [sic] and two more cop guys come and jump on me.

More information about Flav:
In today's show (and other media coverage), Flav has had only generous, gallant words about Hoopz. He is positive, upbeat, and clearly focused on what's up and coming (pun intended). That is why Flavor's stellar re-ascendancy outshines his past legal scrapes, leaving them light years in the past, where they belong. That permits him, critics and fans to focus on several exciting projects Flav is launching this summer on multiple frontiers. You can catch the star on VH1's Flavor of Love 2 (beginning in early August), on the CD entitled, Flavor Flav: Rise, Fall, Rise (release date to be determined), and online at, where the current welcome page will be replaced by a full-featured Website with e-commerce capabilities (some time later this summer). You can also track these and other developments in Mr. F.'s orbit now at "The official Flavor! Flav!! myspace!!" and at VH1 Artists A-Z: Flavor Flav.

You can click the following links to read more about my coverage of Flavor Flav at Lisa Tolliver On Air & Online and other media outlets that carry and cite those feeds. ###