Darryll King is the host on two Crawford Broadcasting Stations, WYCA REJOICE 102.3 FM and WSRB SOUL 106.3 FM. The King’s Highway Morning Show
is a four-hour power and praise packed music show with moments of ministry.
The show can be heard on WYCA REJOICE 102.3 FM Monday through Friday
from 6:00am to 10:00am and is one of the most listened-to morning drive
time shows in the Chicagoland area. Sunday Morning Glory is a six-hour live
remote broadcast heard on Soul 106.3 FM Every Sunday from 6am – 12pm
Darryll King and The Soul Patrol Broadcast Live From a different church every Sunday morning.
The shows feature and is hosted by Darryll King. She is one of the most respected
hosts across America as evidenced by her recent accomplishments of
receiving “The Gospel Announcer of the Year” honors from the National Stellar Awards
in 2004. She was also nominated for the Chicago Hip-Hop Announcer of the Year in 2004.
Darryll was also a recipient for the Sisters in the Spirit award in 2005. Darryll was the host
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I love both of these women so as soon as I heard this story I knew it had to be false.
OK, let us stand still for a sec and try to wrap our collective brains around this fantastical lie: Patti LaBelle and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin duking it out in a fist fight This is how it supposedly went down.
Both women were at the March 20 Women of Soul concert at, of all places, The White House. As Aretha was making her way to the stage, Patti LaBelle, along with others standing near the aisle seats, reached to grasp her hand in that kind of "I love you sister girl" way.
Apparently, Aretha wasn't having it, and threw shade at Patti by pushing the hand out of the way in a "Girl stop frontin' you know we don't get down like that" kind of way.
Not a good idea as far as egos go.
Next thing we hear, the tabloids run wild with this claim:
"Onlookers say LaBelle quickly removed her wig and earrings as she approached Franklin. Aretha, knowing that the removal of earrings is a tell-tale sign that a fight is about to ensue, attempted to prepare herself for the confrontation. Franklin was quickly struck with a Mayweather style right and left and stumbled backwards, landing awkwardly. Bystanders subdued LaBelle and escorted her outside of the venue. Franklin suffered only minor injuries."
Well, as rumor would have it: This story is completely bogus. At the bottom of their website, NewsNerd writes: "The stories posted on TheNewsNerd are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical."
Some of their other headlines read: "Noah Screening Cancelled After Movie Theater Floods," and "Leonardo DiCaprio Cast As MLK In New Film, Will Wear Blackface.
*The health information below is based on a study report that was
published in Psychology Today.
In an article for Psychology Today, doctor Pamela Rutledge says that taking selfies can be
detrimental to a person's mental health and that indulging in them is indicative of narcissism,
low self esteem, attention seeking behavior and self-indulgence.
*We all take 'em, and you only need to click on FaceBook to see just how popular taking
a selfie (you taking a photo of yourself) is. Let's face it, we feel beautiful after a facial, new hair style,
successful work out, and we want to share it with the world.
Look at me! I feel gorgeous…
But now experts claim that the trend of taking pictures of yourself could cause narcissism,
addiction, mental illness and even suicide.Yes. This is the claim as suggested by expert opinions
surrounding the phenomenon. And one man diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder says he grew
suicidal due to his selfie addiction.
Danny Bowman says he became so obsessed with trying to take the "right" selfie that he ended up
shooting about 200 pictures a day while trying desperately to capture the perfect image of himself.
When he failed to satisfy himself in this, he attempted suicide by taking an overdose of drugs.
Bowman spent about ten hours every day taking selfies. Dr. David Veal, a physician involved in
caring for Bowman, says selfies can be attributed to mental illness, including body dysmorphic
disorder, which has "an extremely high suicide rate."
Bowman's parents are both mental health professionals, and they say that society has a
"huge lack of understanding" about just how very dangerous electronic gadgets and social media
can be to teens and adults alike. Experts say that while gadgets and social media cause addiction
and other dangers, people are in extreme denial about the level of threat these types of
communications pose, especially to impressionable teens.
Bowman's parents recall his obsession with taking selfies; the amount of time he spent in his
room taking them, his dramatic weight loss, and finally, the suicide attempt. And experts in
psychology as well as medical doctors say this problem is far more widespread than is
Most likely, the news that selfies might possibly cause a variety of troubling mental health
issues is not going to be met with much acceptance by a society obsessed with the self-reflective
nature of electronic gadgets. Some experts and physicians feel that society is collectively engaged
in deep denial about how dangerous it is to interact with screens without setting limits on how much
time is spent doing so.
Doctor Rutledge points out that while selfies raise the risk of narcissism, it may only be because
there is not yet a widespread, well-established context for their use. She says that taking selfies
may indeed be normal and natural, but because society has not yet collectively been able to
contextualize the place selfies are supposed to hold, they have been labeled as being narcissistic
and therefore can cause feelings of narcissism in those who take them.
However, it has been proven by multiple studies that interacting with other types of social media
is definitively linked to narcissism, depression, low self esteem, addiction and a host of other
negative effect. For example, Facebook use has been linked to depression while Twitter use
has been linked to low self esteem and narcissism. If selfies, specifically, are proven in the
future to cause these negative mental health issues, it would most likely come as no surprise to
experts in the fields of psychology and medicine.
Is it possible that taking selfies causes mental illness, addiction, narcissism and suicide?
Many psychologists say yes, and warn parents to pay close attention to what kids are doing online
to avoid any future cases like what happened to Bowman. Thankfully, due to the diligence of his
parents, he is alive today, but had his parents not gotten him help for his addiction to selfies, he
may not have been as lucky.
Back for its eighth year, the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour sets out May 22 and runs through July 25 with Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb serving as hosts.
Also on the roster are three-time 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir, gospel's latest hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, organist Moses Tyson, Jr. and the powerful Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers.
I am so thankful and honored to be chosen not only to host the tour, but to perform alongside other gospel greats," stated Campbell, also one-half of sister duo Mary Mary. "The tour will definitely be filled with uplifting music, laughter and an overall good time for everyone."
The free summer concert series will make stops in 12 markets, including: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Washington, D.C. Scroll down for dates.
McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will again focus on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, the company's Mission Partner.
Gospel music fans can visit www.365Black.com to obtain tickets. Tour dates and locations include:
May 22 – Philadelphia, Mount Airy COGIC
May 23 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church
*June 5 – Charlotte, The Park Church
June 6 – Raleigh, Wake Chapel Church
*June 7 – Greensboro, Mount Zion Baptist Church
June 19 – Jackson, Greater Bethlehem Temple Church
June 20 – Memphis, New Salem Baptist Church
June 27 – Detroit, Greater Grace Temple
June 28 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival – Ellis Park
July 9 – Atlanta, Full Gospel Baptist Conference – Georgia World Congress Center
July 24 – Los Angeles, City of Refuge Church
July 25 – Oakland, Craneway Pavilion - The asterisk (*) indicates that only Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy will perform at that location.
What year did the famous girl group The Primettes change their name
to what is now known as THE SUPREMES.
Growing up in Detroit's Brewster-Douglass Projects, Mary Wilson had enjoyed a passion for singing.
Performing at an elementary school talent showcase, she met soon-to-be long time friend and
future group mate, Florence Ballard. They made a pledge to remember each other if they ever joined a singing group.
Ironically, in 1959, Milton Jenkins, manager of male singing group, the Primes, decided to create a spin-off girls' group.
A friend of the Primes, Betty McGlown, was first asked to join, and then Florence Ballard, who invited Ms. Wilson to join.
At the same time, Ms. Wilson's then neighbor, Diane Ross, was asked by a member of the Primes, and completed
the quartet the Primettes. After performing various gigs around Detroit, covering songs by popular artist, such as
Ray Charles and the Drifters, the Primettes decide to audition for the up and coming Motown record company.
Unfortunately due to their young age, Motown President, Berry Gordy, Jr. turned them down and suggested they
come back after they graduated high school.
Determined to leave an impression on Motown President, Berry Gordy, Jr – the young Primettes thinking
that he didn't like them – and join the stable of rising Motown stars, the Primettes frequented the Hitsville
USA recording studio every day after school. Much to their surprise, 'Prime' members Paul Williams and
Eddie Kendricks joined with Otis Williams & the Distants and formed new male singing group The Temptations.
Eventually, The Primettes themselves convinced Mr. Gordy to sign them to his label. Gordy agreed to sign them
to his label, under the condition that they change their group's name. With a collection of names from friends and
family, Florence had chosen a name and on January 15th 1961 the Primettes officially became The Supremes.
At this time Betty had left the group and was replaced with Barbara Martin.
In the spring of 1962, after recording a few songs for their first album, Barbara Martin left the group to
marry her childhood sweetheart. Now the newly named Supremes: Florence Ballad, Diana Ross and
Mary Wilson became a trio; which to this day remains one of their greatest trademark signatures.
From 1961 to 1963, the Supremes recorded many songs and released eight singles, which did not garner much attention and jokingly earned them the title "no-hit Supremes" at Motown. But their fate changed dramatically in late 1963 when the song "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes," written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, was released and peaked at number 23 on the Billboard pop chart. Although released in June, it was in August of 1964 that their single "Where Did Our Love Go," reached number one on the U.S. pop charts and number three in the United Kingdom. Four more number one hits soon followed, including: "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," "Stop In the Name of Love," and "Back in My Arms Again," making the Supremes the only group to have five consecutive number one hits.
The Supremes success attracted many promotional opportunities allowing them to become one of the first pop groups of the 1960's to do commercial endorsements, to include Coca-Cola, Arrid deodorant, and even their own "Supreme" white bread and wig brands.
The Temptations and the Supremes taped two of the first TV Specials by any Pop stars. The TCB and GIT Specials were TV trends that are still popular today.
As folks prepare for Easter Sunday, Kenny Lattimore (pictured) will be among those serving
displaced individuals on the day before for the Midnight Mission feet washing.
More than 100 One Church International volunteers are expected to join the singer, actor/realty
TV star Ray J and pastor Toure Roberts as they wash and place adequate shoes and socks
on the feet of hundreds of displaced individuals in the courtyard of The Midnight Mission on
Skid Row in downtown LA.
The event, which will run from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on April 19, is being organized
by the ASHÉ Foundation (http://theashefoundation.org), an organization dedicated
to aiding disadvantaged and underprivileged children of African nations by distributing
shoes, clothing, basic necessities, and services. Although the Foundation was set up
to help the less fortunate of African nations, Los Angeles and its surrounding communities
remained on the mind of founder Dion Fearon as he created the Midnight Mission feet washing
to help support the displaced, disadvantaged, and underprivileged in LA's backyard.
The outpouring of support from church families like One Church International Family, ASHÉ board members and the Los Angeles community has been amazing", Fearon said in a press release.
In addition to the feet washing, the Mission offers counseling, education, training and job
placement for homeless people as well food, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene needs, and medical care.
601 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
April 19, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Current and Previous Celebrity Talent Participation
Kenny Lattimore – R&B Recording Artist
Ray J – American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor
Brandon Fobbs -"The Walking Dead", "The Wire," "Pride" and "This Christmas"
Gifted Nations – American Pop/R&B Female Group
RAZON – Performing Artist
DJ Kiss – Dj/Entertainer
Shane Sparks – Dance Choreographer
Chaz Marcus – Entertainer
Ernest Thomas – Actor
Ananda Lewis – Television personality
Harry Smith – Industry Executive and brother to actor Will Smith
Ray Leonard, Jr. – Son of Boxing Great Sugar Ray Leonard
Jonathan Bennett – "All My Children", Dukes of Hazard (the movie)
Claudia Wells – "Back to the Future"
Essence Atkins – "Dance Flick"
Trenyce – Singer/American Idol
Antonio Cromartie – NFL Cornerback
Derek Strong – Former LA Laker/Clipper and current race-car driver
Erica Hill – (Strong Racing owner)
Los Angeles Police Captain Ann Young
Pastor Charles Humphrey-Hope House Ministries
Rev. John W. Miller-Community Lutheran Church of Los Angeles Media interested in covering this event should contact
The ASHÉ Foundation Publicist Tonya Carmouche' at 562-551-8277 or email@example.com http://theashefoundation.org/
Many may know Pooch Hall as the heartthrob football player Darwin from BET's The Game and
Showtime's Ray Donovan, returning July 13 , but a lot of people are unaware that he is an advocate
for education for people of special needs because his daughter it.
Djanai is "developmentally delayed with cerebral palsy," according to her mom, Linda.
This past March, the actor and his wife Linda hosted a first-of-its-kind Special Needs Family Prom in
North Hollywood, Calif. that doubled as a "Sweet 16" party for their own special needs daughter, Djanai.
The couple's charity organization, Djanai's Angels, threw the event as part of its goal to raise awareness
and enrich the lives of families of children with special needs.
Participants enjoyed red carpet arrivals, a candy cocktail hour, prom photos, a "Sweet 16" birthday cake
for Djanai, an inclusive fashion show and the crowning of Prom King and Queen.
Music was provided by their very own special needs DJ… DJ Kripple King.
The day was designed as an opportunity for supporters and families to mingle with celebs,
learn about Djanai's Angels and raise funds for the inClusion Clubhouse, a planned facility
that would cater to the needs of families with special needs kids.
Pooch told essence.com of their eldest daughter, "She is handicapped, in a wheelchair and
can't walk or talk, but she's still the happiest girl in the world. She doesn't know hate, she doesn't know race,
she doesn't know judgment. She just knows love and fun."
(via Yahoo News)
$17.38 may not sound like a lot to pay for someone stuck at the counter in a grocery store.
But when the EBT machine didn't work, and "Andrea" had no cash on hand, this act of kindness
was on par with handing her a million bucks.
"To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store," posted on March 19, was republished
by the Huffington Post on Thursday. In it, the woman, who identifies herself only as Andrea,
thanks an unknown fellow shopper for paying for her groceries, which totaled just $17.38,
after being faced with an out-of-service EBT machine and an empty wallet. Her tale has
captured public empathy, with many readers commenting with supportive sentiments and
even job offers. "I am overwhelmed. I am humbled. I am awed," she tells Yahoo Shine about
the positive response. "I am also amazed. I am honored that people trust me with their stories.
I am pleased that the vast majority are taking this as it is intended: to be blessed and to bless."
In her post, which is composed like a letter, she writes, "Dear woman behind me in line at
the grocery store. You don't know me. You have no clue what my life has been like since
October 1, 2013. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have
no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You have no clue we have been humiliated,
humbled, destitute." But, she continues, "You didn't judge me. You didn't snarl, 'Maybe you
should have less kids.' You didn't say, 'Well, get a job and learn to support yourself.'
You didn't look away in embarrassment or shame for me. You didn't make any assumptions at all."
"What you did," she continued, "was you paid that $17.38 grocery bill for us. You gave my kids
bananas, yogurt, apple juice, cheese sticks, and a peach ice tea for me; a rare treat and splurge.
You let me hug you and promise through my tears that I WILL pay this forward. I WILL pay someone's
grocery bill for them. That $17.38 may not have been a lot for you, but it was priceless to us."
Through her blog, "True Stories of a Midwest Yankee," Andrea documents "life unfolding," through family
tales about moving from the East Coast to the Midwest, with her many kids — one of whom has special
needs and another with "9, yes N-I-N-E" food allergies, and all of whom are home-schooled. In her grocery
store post, she notes she's both "grateful and embarrassed" that her family has been on the government's
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since her husband was laid off after 17 years with his
former company, and that her family had, for a time, been homeless.
"You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and
generous to someone you have never met," Andrea writes to the stranger, whom she adds
her family has dubbed their "angel in disguise." She continues, "You have no idea the impact
you had on my kids. You have no idea how incredibly thankful I am for you. Your action may
have been small, but to us it was monumental. Thank you."
Comments on her blog post have been clearly touched by the story. "What town are y'all in?"
wrote one man. "Not sure if it would work out like this but I'm in Atlanta and will need to hire
on some people pretty soon. You can email me."
Other offers came from readers in both Detroit and Kansas City. Andrea acknowledges
the outpouring generosity on her blog's Facebook page, writing, "I am so humbled that people are
offering to help us. I do not want people to think I expect anything because I don't. So if you offered
to help and I declined I apologize. I need to realize I struggle with pride. Please be patient with me.
I am so thankful for all of you." Photos courtesy of Andrea's blog
The study also showed people who are widowed have a 3 percent higher chance of getting
any vascular disease and for divorced people, a 5 percent higher chance. (Via New York University)
And apparently, marriage was most beneficial to those younger than 50. The study says married
people in that age group had a 12 percent lower risk of heart problems.
INDIANA, (WZZM) - The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department is reporting that a
fisherman found a female body in Lake Charles in Porter Indiana.
WZZM spoke with Teleka's family who say while they are still awaiting an official identification,
they are in mourning assuming the body may be that of Teleka.
Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 7:10 a.m., this Sunday, April 06, 2014,
a local fisherman called Porter, Indiana Police to report something suspicious floating in the water of Lake Charles.
Indiana State Police and members of our SCUBA team as well as members of Porter Fire and Rescue
team responded to the scene. A female body dressed in dark clothing was recovered from the water.
An autopsy will be scheduled for sometime this week to positively identify the body.
Lake Charles is near the area where missing Doctor Teleka Patrick's car was found last December.
What if you were in touch and your bishop starting talking about
'hoes' and no I am not talking about the tool I use to plant my
According to pastor Andy Thompson, we'd have to step back and recognize his intent.
The pastor of the World Overcomers Christian Church in Durham, North Carolina, finds
himself in hot water over something he recently posted on Twitter. He reportedly told women that
if they did not want their man or husband to look at other women, they should shine more
and not let the "hoes" or whores beat them to their man.
Thompson placed the tactless tweet on April fools day this year and while some were
caught up in the "April Fool's" spirit and believe he was too, as for others...Not so much.
Like writer, speaker, activist and poet Taurean Brown, who edits the blog blacksankofa.
Brown wrote that Thompson should never have used the word "hoes," not even if he was
referring to those women who make a living selling their bodies for sexual purposes. He
added that it was a very derogatory term to be used for any woman.
Brown says that this pastor of a church with 10,000 members should humble himself, own
up to his blunder and immediately apologize to women.
And apparently the pastor did just that (though no one but the pastor knows if the move
was initiated on his own or because of Brown).
The pastor posted a video on YouTube, and he also deleted his twitter post that same day.
The video is no longer available to be viewed.
As a teenager, Leah Holder discovered her God-given gifts of public
speaking and writing.
Since then, she has shared those gifts with countless people. In 2012, Leah founded Going Higher
Ministries and wrote her first sexual purity book, No Trespassing: I'm God's Property.
Going Higher Ministries was formed out of God's tugging and encouragement for Leah
to maximize her gifts for His glory. The purpose of Going Higher Ministries is to either introduce
individuals to Christ or help them grow in Christ via motivational speaking, writing, and serving.
It is Leah's hope that countless people, young and old, will meet and mature in Christ by way of this ministry.
If you haven't read the book, here are a few testimonials:
"Where was this book when I was a teenager? Leah communicates encouraging,
straight-forward truths about sex and relationships at a time when our culture
desperately needs to hear it. This is a must-read for every teen girl and young
woman, as well as single adult ladies. The truths in this book not only have
the power to change lives but to transform our society."
"This book is absolutely wonderful! I want every girl to read it and be
blessed by it. Leah Holder does such a great job of lovingly connecting
truth about sexual purity into modern teenage vernacular. She provides
sound logic and strong Biblical application. She goes to the heart of sexual
purity issues with such stark honesty and clarity that every teenager and
adult can relate to and be benefited by this book. No Trespassing: I'm God's
Property is a must-read for teenagers and young adult women!"
– Dr. Mark Hartman, Lead Pastor
Sugar Creek Baptist Church
"From reading No Trespassing: I'm God's Property, I learned how much control
I have over sexual temptation and my sexual purity. Leah Holder's advice is very
practical and not 'preachy.' This is a spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional
handbook, and I highly recommend it to all young ladies!"
This past Sunday BET shined again by bringing the best in gospel music
together with the Celebration of Gospel 2014: Forward in Faith. Hosted by Taraj P. Henson
Just in case you missed it, here's a brief recap of some of the highlights.
The full ENCORE will air on BET Thursday April 10th, 7pm CT.
Charlie Wilson tore the house down! In his typical "outstanding" fashion, he brought the crowd to their feet with an epic performance of "If I Believe." (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET) My First Celebration of Gospel – Jonathan McReynolds
Check out the performances
Deitrick Haddon's Electrifying Show Opener Deitrick Haddon
and LXW perform his energetic number "Great God."
An energetic Tye Tribbett and Donnie McClurkin perform "We Are Victorious" and "He Turned It."
Chanté Moore performs "Jesus, I Want You" and then joins Vashawn Mitchell
for an electric performance of "Chasing After You."
Inspiring us all, Tamela Mann soars performing "I Can Only Imagine."
Jonathan McReynolds and India.Arie serenade us with their strumming guitars and pitch-perfect vocals.
Yolanda Adams, Maurette Brown Clark, Candice Glover, JJ Hairston,
Tasha Page Lockhart and Donnie McClurkin honor Richard Smallwood, performing all of his greatest hits.
Lalah Hathaway and Zacardi Cortez bless the stage with a performance of "Every Promise
R&B legend Eddie Levert teams up with Kem and Le'Andria Johnson to perform "Jesus."
SWV joins The Rance Allen Group on stage to perform "At Your Feet" and "Got Me Dancin.".
Erica Campbell performs first single lifted off her debut solo album
Equipped with an illuminated piano, pitch-perfect choir and a whole lot of spirit,
Charlie Wilson takes us to church performing "If I Believe"!
The wife of a prominent Chicago pastor says she was robbed by a man impersonating a utility worker.
It happened at about 6:40 a.m. in front of their West Side home on Midway Park.
Priscilla Hatch, wife of Pastor Marshall Hatch of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist
Church in Austin, says she was walking to work when a man came from behind a bush and walked toward her.
Hatch says she didn't think to be wary because the man was wearing a hoodie, camouflage
pants and a fluorescent orange and yellow safety vest that made him look like a utility worker
or a CPS safety passage worker.
She says the man held a gun to her nose and demanded her purse, so she handed it over
and began screaming when he fled.
A neighbor rushed to her aid and sent his dog to chase the suspect. They eventually cornered
the man, but backed away when he threatened them with his gun.
The purse was later recovered in a nearby alley.
According to a church statement, it's the third robbery at gunpoint in the past three weeks
on the same block, all by individuals impersonating utility workers.
A community meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church to discuss
the crimes and ways to combat them.
Former Gang Member Now Saving At-Risk Kids
Patrick Sabaitis was a street gang recruiter for the Latin Kings in Northwest Indiana. He has dramatically
turned his life around and is now Making A Difference by saving at-risk teens from following the path that he took.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on
Tuesday night, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire
Pacific coast. Officials reported two deaths and several serious injuries, but the area apparently
escaped major damage as landslides blocked roads, power failed for thousands, an airport was
damaged and several businesses caught fire.
About 300 inmates escaped from a women's prison in the city of Iquique, and officials said
Chile's military was sending a planeload of special forces to guard against looting.
In the city of Arica, 86 miles (139 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter, hospitals were
treating minor injuries, and some homes made of adobe were destroyed and 90 percent of
customers were without power, authorities said.
The quake also shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz.
Iquique Gov. Gonzalo Prieto told Radio Cooperativa that two people were known to have died after
the quake hit at 8:46 p.m. and several others had serious injuries. The mayor of Tarapaca attributed
the deaths to heart attacks.
Hours later, tsunami warnings or watches remained in effect for the coasts of Peru and Chile,
the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Shortly before midnight, Chile's Emergency Office
said its tsunami watch would remain in effect for six more hours, meaning hundreds of thousands
of people along the coast would not sleep in their beds. Authorities in the U.S. state of Hawaii were
on alert, but no tsunami watch was issued.
The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at 8.0, but later upgraded the magnitude.
It said the quake struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, hitting a region that has
been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.
Psychiatrist Ricardo Yevenes said he was with a patient in Arica when the quake hit.
"It quickly began to move the entire office, things were falling," he told local television.
"Almost the whole city is in darkness."
The quake was so strong that the shaking experienced in Bolivia's capital about
290 miles (470 kilometers) away was the equivalent of a 4.5-magnitude tremor, authorities there said.
More than 10 strong aftershocks followed in the first few hours, including a 6.2 tremor.
More aftershocks and even a larger quake could not be ruled out, said seismologist Mario Pardo
at the University of Chile.
Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said President Michelle Bachelet was closely watching
the situation and was ready to take "any measures" to ensure people's safety. Hundreds of soldiers
were being deployed in the quake zone, and a flight would be leaving soon with 100 special forces
on board, he added.
"We have taken action to ensure public order in the case of Iquique, where we've had a massive
escape of more than 300 female prisoners from the Iquique jail, so that the armed forces and
police can coordinate and provide tranquility and security to the residents," he said.
Some roads in northern Chile were blocked by landslides, causing traffic jams among people
leaving the coast. But coastal residents remained calm as they head inland while waves measuring
almost 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) struck their cities.
Evacuations also were ordered in Peru, where waves 2 meters above normal forced about 200
people to leave the seaside town of Boca del Rio. But there were no injuries or major damage, said Col.
Enrique Blanco, the regional police chief in Tacna, a Peruvian city of 300,000 near the Chilean border.
"The lights went out briefly, but were re-established," Blanco said.
Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries because just off the coast,
the Nazca tectonic plate plunges beneath the South American plate, pushing the towering
Andes cordillera to ever-higher altitudes.
The latest activity began with a strong magnitude-6.7 quake on March 16 that caused more
than 100,000 people to briefly evacuate low-lying areas. Hundreds of smaller quakes
followed in the weeks since, keeping people on edge as scientists said there was no way
to tell if the unusual string of tremors was a harbinger of an impending disaster.
The last recorded big quake to hit far northern Chile around Iquique was a devastating
magnitude-8.3 in 1877. It unleashed a 24-meter-high (nearly 80-foot-high) tsunami, causing
major damage along the Chile-Peru coast and fatalities as far away as Hawaii and Japan.
A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile in 2010 killed more than
500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.
That quake released so much energy, it actually it shortened the Earth's day by a fraction of a
second by changing the planet's rotation.
The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth also happened in Chile –
a magnitude-9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.
Chile is the world's leading copper producing nation, and most of its mining
industry is in the northern regions. Top mining companies said there was no serious damage
to their operations so far.
(Houston, TX) – Music World Gospel has released Le'Andria Johnson from her recording contract.
Effective, April 1, 2014, Johnson was signed to RCA Inspiration Music Group.
Mathew Knowles, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment was instrumental in
helping Johnson land the new label deal.
"As Music World Gospel continues to move forward, I wanted to ensure that Le'Andria would have the very best opportunity to match her successes and further her talents and gifts as recording artist," says Knowles. "I am happy that she is with one of the leading companies in the gospel industry. RCA Inspiration Music Group is part of the Sony family of labels, a company that Music World Entertainment has worked successfully with for 20 years. I am also proud of the work we achieved at Music World Gospel and I wish her the very best in all her future endeavors."
Well, it is good to know that the split was done peacefully with no bad blood left.
Music World Gospel's representative Beverly states, "It was personally important to Mr. Knowles that Le'Andria Johnson was placed in a thriving environment to give her an opportunity to compete among the very best."
Brown, who represents Johnson, adds, "Le'Andria is grateful for her early successes with Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel. She was able to make a great impact in the gospel industry and build a solid platform that will take her to the next level."
Le'Andria Johnson experienced a tremendous amount of success during her tenure at Music World Gospel.
The GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist and two-time Stellar Gospel Music Award winner, took the
gospel music scene by storm after winning the third season of BET's gospel music competition, Sunday Best, and was Billboard magazine's #1 Female Gospel Albums Artist of 2012.
Her groundbreaking and chart-topping debut CD, The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson,
entered at #1 on multiple music charts, including the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and
the Top Christian/Gospel Albums charts. The CD also debuted at #1 on the Christian Music
Trade Association's Current Gospel Overall chart. The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson spent
seven weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart, and remained in the Top 10 for
over 20 weeks. In 2011, Le'Andria received her first GRAMMY® Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary
Christian Music performance for her debut single, "Jesus." Le'Andria's subsequent critically-acclaimed
releases, The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe Edition, The Evolution of Le'Andria Johnson,
Christmas Best and her new project, Le'Andria Johnson The Experience, have all landed atop the Billboard charts. Le'Andria Johnson The Experience debuted in the Top 5 and has remained in the
Top 10 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart since its release in September 2012.
That same year, Le'Andria received three Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominations and won two
awards for New Artist of the Year, and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year. She also received
her first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary).
In Billboard magazine's year-end issue, Le'Andria was named the overall #3 Gospel Albums Artists of 2012.
She also had three albums that charted in Billboard's Top 50, including her debut project, The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson at #8, The Evolution of Le'Andria Johnson at #18
and Le'Andria Johnson The Experience at #49.
It's an overwhelming responsibility for the small staff, which is also collecting donations
to help victims' families with funeral costs, said office manager Carrie Stucky.
"We've had to recruit other funeral directors to help with it all," Stucky told NBC News.
"We'll likely see more [funerals] over the next couple of weeks, but it all depends on how soon people are identified."
Twenty-two of the 28 victims received by the medical examiner's office have been positively
identified so far. Twenty people remain missing, officials said.
The first service is scheduled for 69-year-old retired librarian Linda McPherson at 1 p.m.
Saturday at the Darrington Community Center.
Another memorial service is planned for one of the youngest victims, 5-year-old Kaylee
Spillers, at 11 a.m. Monday at Smokey Point Community Church in Arlington.
Kaylee's 4-year-old brother, Jacob, survived the disaster, while her mother wasn't home at the time.
Presumed dead in the disaster are Kaylee's dad, Billy Spillers, her 2-year-old sister,
Brooke Spillers, and her 13-year-old stepbrother Jovon Mangual. All are among the missing.
The Weller Funeral Home is currently overseeing burials for at least 10 other victims:
Christina Jefferds, 45, and her 4-month-old granddaughter, Sonoah Huestis; Summer
Raffo, 36; William Welsh, 66; Joseph Miller, 47; couple Lewis and JuDee Vandenburg,
71 and 64, respectively; Shane Ruthven, 41, and son Hunter, 6; and Julie Farnes, 59.
Another facility, the Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home in Marysville, is handling the
cremation of Alan Bejvl, 21. Service information was still pending Tuesday.
The unexpected costs of burials are a burden for a number of the families in Oso, forcing
some of them to turn to raising funds online.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sent out a letter Monday to the federal government asking for
a major disaster declaration, which would help families apply for federal aid for housing,
unemployment insurance and psychological counseling. Aid could also cover funeral costs
"for up to 48 people," Inslee said.
The state Department of Enterprise Services also has $250,000 available through
the state's excess insurance policy that can be used during a state-declared emergency,
such as the Oso mudslide, said department spokesman Curt Hart.
So far, one claim has been made for $1,800 to cover a victim's funeral expenses, he added.
The local Catholic Community Services wants to pay for funeral and burial costs for all
of the victims, no matter their religious beliefs. Families of nine victims have inquired about
assistance, said the Rev. Tim Sauer, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Arlington.
"We're talking about a considerable amount of money total, but we're confident with the
contacts we have and the donations so far," Sauer told NBC News.
"Quite frankly, if we need more, we'll put the message out," he added. "We trust that God
will help make it happen."
This man is more than a label to me. When I move to Chicago, Frankie Warren Knuckles, Jr
also known to the world as Frankie Knuckles was one of the first to embrace me in the radio industry.
At the tender age of 59, The producer's longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson,
confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that he had "died unexpectedly" on Monday afternoon
(31 March) at his home, reportedly due to complications
related to his diabetes.
Here is a little history on Knuckles according to the tribune
In Chicago, Frankie Knuckles was called the "godfather," not because of any
underworld connections, but because he helped build house – a style of Chicago dance
music that revolutionized club culture in the '70s and '80s and still resonates around the world today.
Knuckles died Monday at the age of 59, as confirmed by his longtime business partner,
Frederick Dunson. More details would be forthcoming Tuesday, Dunson said, who said in an
email that Knuckles "died unexpectedly this afternoon at home." In addition to developing the
sound and culture of house music, Knuckles would go on to mix records by major artists
such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.
Knuckles learned his craft as a club DJ in New York City, then moved to Chicago in the
late '70s and developed a reputation as one of the city's most influential dance-music
tastemakers. He arrived in Chicago just as disco was losing steam. For many, disco
literally went up in flames between games of a Chicago White Sox double header at
Comiskey Park, when radio deejay Steve Dahl blew up hundreds of disco albums.
"I witnessed that caper that Steve Dahl pulled at Disco Demolition Night and it didn't
mean a thing to me or my crowd," Knuckles told the Tribune. "But it scared the record
companies, so they stopped signing disco artists and making disco records. So we
created our own thing in Chicago to fill the gap."
Knuckles was mentored by the renowned DJ Larry Levan in the early '70s while in
New York. "We would spend entire afternoons working up ideas on how to present
a record so that people would hear it in a new way and fall in love with it," Knuckles said.
"To us it was an art form."
He brought that knowledge west with him to Chicago, where he became known as
"the godfather of Chicago house music" at the Warehouse and later the Power Plant.
He would extend mixes of soul and R&B records and turn them into dance tracks,
introduce new singles being produced by fledgling house artists and incorporate
drum machines to emphasize the beat. In addition to building dynamic ebb-and-flow
sets that would keep his dancefloor filled from midnight to noon on weekends, he would
create theater-of-the-mind scenarios with inventive sound and lighting. "Sometimes I'd shut
down all the lights and set up a record where it would sound like a speeding train was about
to crash into the club. People would lose their minds."
Knuckles was primarily known as a DJ, but he also played a key role as a tastemaker,
de facto talent scout and producer. Knuckles bought his first drum machine from a young
Derrick May, one of the founders of techno music, who regularly made the trip from Detroit
to see Knuckles at the Warehouse. Knuckles also had a musical partnership with Chicago
artist Jamie Principle, and helped put "Your Love" and "Baby Wants to Ride" out on vinyl
after these tunes had been regulars on his reel-to-reel player at the Warehouse. He also
produced the house classic "Tears" with Robert Owens (of Fingers, Inc.).
House was initially cruder and less polished than disco, a reflection of its blue-collar origins.
Knuckles was hardly the only innovator in the scene, as Marshall Jefferson, Ron Hardy,
Steve "Silk" Hurley, Farley "Jackmaster" Funk and dozens more also played key roles.
By the late '80s, Knuckles and many of his peers were stars in Europe's emerging rave scene.
Knuckles would often joke that he could walk down the middle of the street in Chicago
and not be recognized, yet would be greeted by cheering fans when he would arrive
at European airports for overseas DJ gigs.
"I wasn't frustrated by that, not at all," he said. "I'm not the kind of person that
lives for fame and glory. If I've got a nice, clean home and can put a meal on my
table and can entertain my friends, I'm fine. I don't need to see my face plastered everywhere."
Yet he took pride in Chicago's growing recognition over the years as the home of
contemporary dance music, celebrated by such mainstream hitmakers as Daft Punk and Paul Oakenfold.
"The people I meet all around the world look at Chicago and the house scene with
a new romanticism," he said. "They recognize more than ever that Chicago is
the core of where it all began."
In 2004, Chicago named a street after Knuckles where the old Warehouse once
stood, on Jefferson Street between Jackson Boulevard and Madison Street. It was
a little slice of legitimacy for a style of music that often didn't get much love from the
city, which became notorious in the dance community around the world for passing
the so-called "anti-rave ordinance" in 2000 that made property owners, promoters
and deejays subject to $10,000 fines for being involved in an unlicensed dance party.
Knuckles once reflected on house music's reputation as a soundtrack for hedonism,
though much of the dance music he loved had a melancholy flavor, a yearning that
evoked gospel and soul. He championed house music that wasn't just about rhythm,
but that embraced humanism and dignified struggle. It was in keeping with his belief
that the dancefloor was a safe haven for the gay, African-American and Hispanic
communities that first embraced him.
"God has a place on the dancefloor," he once told the Tribune. "We wouldn't have all
the things we have if it wasn't for God. We wouldn't have the one thing that keeps
us sane – music. It's the one thing that calms people down.
"Even when they're hopping up and down in a frenzy on the dancefloor, it still has
their spirits calm because they're concentrating on having a good time, loving the
music, as opposed to thinking about something negative. I think dancing is one of
the best things anyone can do for themselves. And it doesn't cost anything."