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Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

Dec 20, 2010


There are songs that remind you of certain people, like your first boyfriend.  Or your last boyfriend, whom you now hate.  Or your classmates you parted ways with at your graduation ceremony to some sad and memorable tune appropriate for such a turning point in one’s life.  Then there are songs that remind you of people whose own actions have made them infamous, like Carl Greene.  The disgraced former Executive Director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority has been in the Philadelphia Inquirer so often for his alleged misdeeds that I almost feel like I’ve known him my whole life.  Unfortunately.
Former Mayor John Street dubbed Greene “the Tiger Woods of Public Housing.”  The comparison to Tiger Woods was okay, but I was thinking more along the lines of Bobby Brown.  Golf isn’t equated with the fast life, but partying is.  Belly dancers at a party - now that’s a Bobby Brown maneuver.  Bobby is so good at being bad.  Tiger isn't.  And it seems to me a guy like Carl Greene who enjoys parties so much would be into music more than golf.  In an photo of him in an article entitled, Merry Christmas, from the Philadelphia Housing Authority by Aaron Proctor, Greene looks like he’s having so much fun it’s almost a shame to wipe that winning smile off his face. 
So, if Carl Greene’s life was set to music, here are some of the songs that would play.
Party All the Time by the Black-Eyed Peas
Carle Greene thought he’d have the easy life and for a while, he did.  Party on dude, while you can!
You Can’t Touch This, by MC Hammer
Oops, had to settle out of court with women who accused him of sexual harassment!
It wasn’t Me, by Shaggy
Greene develops a reputation for allegedly hanging around beautiful women and being a player. 
It’s My Prerogative, by Bobbie Brown
Greene suffers stress from everybody talking all this stuff about him and not letting him live, so he files a lawsuit against the Philadelphia Housing Authority Board and former Mayor Street.
I’m not saying Greene is copping an attitude, but draw your own conclusions.

Written by founder and editor, Rosemary Reeves

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