Monday's intriguing people
November 29th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

The singer, known for his chart-topping song "This is how we do it," is announcing his retirement from the music industry and his plans to become a licensed minister in January.

After New Year's, Jordan intends to serve only one audience, as a worship pastor at Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia.

"It's just been an amazing career. And it has been great," Jordan told WXIA-TV. "But it's a calling that's probably been with me all my life, since I was a child. And I've known it. A lot of people in the business know it and have the same calling, but that leap of faith is difficult."

Pierre Le Guennec

You may never have heard this man's name before. But we bet you've heard of the person he worked for - Pablo Picasso.

And their relationship is getting a lot of attention, now that the retired electrician in southern France claims to have hundreds of previously unknown works done by the famous artist - 271 pieces, he says, including cubist paintings, lithographs, notebooks and a watercolor that were all given as gifts. The Associated Press reports  Picasso's estate estimates the "treasure trove" may be worth 60 million euros, almost $80 million.

Le Guennec is said to have installed burglar alarm systems at several of Picasso's homes in France, and through their friendship, he acquired the works, the BBC reported.

Christian Fraser, reporting for BBC, said a multimillion-dollar legal battle will likely ensue over who is the legal owner of  the paintings.

Hugo Chavez

Venezuela’s president is offering space in his downtown Caracas palace to 25 families left homeless in storms that have been pounding the country.

Quarters for the families will include the kitchen used by Chavez’s security staff and some of the president’s personal space, according to a Reuters report.

"The security personnel have a huge kitchen which about 20 families can use," Chavez said on state TV, according to the Reuters report. "I have three offices; the second one can be turned into three little apartments. They're going to start moving in."

At least seven people have died in the storms, which have caused 45 mudslides in the Caracas area, according to a report in the Latin American Herald Tribune. Some of the more than 500 people left homeless by the weather are also being housed at a military base in the capital.

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Protoman

    That's like Bush Sr. announcing he's retiring from the presidency. Both are irrelevant in their respective careers. I guess Montel realized he can make more money preaching than making music. The way blacks were treated in this country after fighting and dying in wars for a country that hated them is good enough reason for them to get a month. It doesn't bother me as long as I'm not made to feel bad that I'm white. None of my family owned slaves nor do they treat other people with less respect. Every immigrant group tends to stick together understandably. If nobody is hurting you then you shouldn't care.

    November 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kim


    November 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. twf

    A part of black history is the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture from Haiti who fought against the French oppressors and the slave trade. A dramatized clip of his last moments in prison is found here: This is from the film “The Last Days of Toussaint L’Ouverture.”

    November 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
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