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Darryll King

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
of Different Drummers on CBS Television Network for 2 and a half years and she hosts her
own television show on Chicago Cable Network Channel 25 entitled The Cutting Edge with
Darryll King since 1998. You may find Darryll hosting numerous events in and around the
Chicago land area. Darryll King is intelligent, hard working and energetic, but most of all, she loves the Lord. 
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Posts from April 2014


#HealthNews: Shocking New Disease That Diabetes May Cause
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According to the American Diabetes Association, there are countless complications that
can occur when you have type 2 diabetes.

Just some of the many conditions include:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Eye problems, including blindness
  • Foot complications
  • HHNS
  • Bacterial infections
Now, a new study published in the journal Radiology suggests that it may actually cause brain
shrinkage and the loss of valuable brain cells.

Researchers looked at brain scans from over 600 people age 55 and older with type 2 diabetes. 
They found that the longer a patient had the disease, the more brain volume loss occurred, particularly
in the gray matter. Gray matter includes areas of the brain involved in muscle control, seeing and hearing,
memory, emotions, speech, decision-making and self-control.

“When you lose brain cells, you lose the capacity for more complex thoughts and
memory,” says Dr. R. Nick Bryan, lead author of the study, as well as chair and
professor emeritus at the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

A loss of brain cells is how diseases like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are defined.
“Diabetes may be a risk factor for things like Alzheimer’s disease,” says Bryan.
"We didn’t prove that, but we suggest that.”
Doctors also suggest that this study may help prove that high levels of insulin and sugar
may be toxic to the brain.

Another story posted on TIME magazine's website is also stating the Diabetes Ages the brain 2 years!
See full research here
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#EntertainmentNews: NeNe Leakes Sent Home from 'Dancing With the Star'
According to People, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star’s 31-point Argentine tango
wasn’t exactly on point with the judges when it came to their execution of the dance’s
technique. In spite of being sent home, the two – especially NeNe – seemed to be in good
spirits after the show.

“I’m so proud of myself and I hope I’ve inspired women all over the world,”
Leakes said.
“I am so proud of myself for standing here competing with Olympians.”


Dovolani joked that Nene had him naked more than anybody else and shared that he now
considerers the reality star a friend.

Watch NeNe’s elimination below.
 
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#HeadlineNews: Girl Killed Over Facebook Drama
As seen on ABC Local News
and Chicago Tribune




I am becoming really tired of seeing our young people waste their lives;
especially over something as small as Facebook!

There has to be more from these parents. I'm taking about more than just
being them whatever they want. I'm talking old school parenting. Looking through
phones, checking rooms you know the good old fashion nosey parents.

The fact that this death happen over social media is killing me and I am just SICK of it!
Read full description of the story here
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#EntertainmentNews: Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole, Le’Andria Johnson and Jessica Reed
Information as viewed on EURWEB

In its seventh year, the event founders, Gerald Footman and Tia Brewer- Footman of Footman-Brewer Enterprises,
seized an opportunity to take the experience to another level. MCS now has evolved from a one-day event to
a multi-day weekend experience during Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10 and 11th.

Kicking-off this year’s event, is a Music Ministry Summit featuring a series of clinics and sessions open to
aspiring musicians seeking to enter the music industry. Sessions will be conducted by internationally acclaimed
gospel artists, singers and songwriters including Kevin LeVar (“A Heart that Forgives”) and Ashaala Shanae
(“Champion,” Shekinah Glory Ministries).

Attendees will learn key insights on the ins and outs of the record industry, and have an opportunity to network
with industry experts from World Music House and Meachum Clarke. Sound engineers, studio experts and
international lighting production firms will also be available.  Fox Music House, Hammond Organs USA and
Yamaha North America have partnered with FB Enterprises to bring this exclusive event to the MCS Weekend.

The Summit will take place on Saturday May 10 at 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $20 (plus a service fee).  Visit www.choirshowcase.com to register and for more information.

The McDonald’s Choir Showcase Weekend Experience is more than just an expansion of faith-based events, but a reflection of my heart’s passion in creating Christian fellowship in a family atmosphere and bringing exceptional gospel music by exceptional artists to the community,” said Gerald. “I realized after seven years, one day wasn’t enough to contain the God-inspired vision. Now communities can enjoy more days of the best in faith-based activity.”

The weekend will culminate with the annual McDonald’s Choir Showcase on Sunday, May 11 at the
North Charleston Performing Arts Center. A pre-show in the lobby will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the debut
of returning sponsor Boeing’s employee-based gospel choir, Elevated Voices, on the main stage at 7:00 p.m. 

The main event will begin at 7:20 p.m. In addition Clark-Cole, Johnson and Reedy, guests will enjoy performances
by the nine finalists representing the Charleston and surrounding communities. Celebrity Brand Strategist and Co-Founder,
Tia Brewer-Footman, will return as host. In addition to the pre-shows and concert, guest will enjoy on-site sponsored-related
activities and giveaways.

Tickets for the7th Annual McDonald’s Choir Showcase are $25 for VIP seating and $10 for general seating
(plus a service fee), and available at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center box office, all Ticketmaster
locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. For up-to-the-minute event details and registration for the
Music Ministry Summit, log onto www.ChoirShowcase.com, or call the Showcase direct phone line at (843) 573-7975.

The 7th Annual McDonald’s Choir Showcase is sponsored by Charleston McDonald’s Owner Operators Association,
African Pride Hair Care, Boeing, Fox Music House, Hammond Organ USA, Yamaha, City of North Charleston,
Summerville Ford, George Sink INJURY LAWYERS, Roper St Francis, BB&T, Smileology, CARTA, Charleston Best
Realty Team, Live 5 News, Voorhees College, Star 99.7 and Southern Waves Studio.


About the McDonald’s Choir Showcase
The McDonald’s Choir Showcase®, co-owned and produced by Footman-Brewer Enterprises, LLC,
is an annual event that unifies the Charleston and surrounding community with inspirational music, song and arts.

The Showcase offers a fully interactive, online selection open to Charleston and surrounding area church choirs,
praise and worship teams and Christian contemporary groups for a chance to be one of the top nine winners
across the three categories to perform live at MCS’ event finale with top gospel artists.

Past MCS events have featured CeCe Winnans, Marvin Sapp, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Tamela Mann,
VaShawn Mitchell, Kevin Levar, Regina Belle, Le’Andre Johnson, Sheri Jones-Moffet and Joshua Rogers.
The event has been produced in key markets in the southeast. For more information, visit www.ChoirShowcase.com.



 
 
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#MotownMusicMondays: Trivia Giveaway Three

Singer, songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson was born William Robinson Jr. on
February 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, Robinson started
out singing in local groups. In the early 1950s, he formed the Matadors, which later became the world-famous group
The Miracles. A chance meeting with record producer Berry Gordy Jr. led to a contract with Motown Records as well as
an important working relationship.

The Miracles scored their first big hit with "Shop Around" (1960) and developed quite a following
with their energetic R&B sound. The group has numerous hits, including "You Really Got a Hold on Me"
(1962) and "I Second That Emotion" (1967). Robinson also worked behind the scenes, composing and
producing for The Miracles and other Motown artists, such as Mary Wells and The Temptations. His work
contributed to the success of Motown Records and helped advance the popularity of soul music.

Solo Career
Robinson went solo in 1972, creating a more mellow sound for himself. Often associated with

romantic soul music, he released such successful albums as A Quiet Storm (1974) and Touch the Sky (1983).
The mid-1980s were a difficult time for him as he battled a drug addiction. Robinson openly discussed his cocaine
problem as well as many other personal topics in his 1989 autobiography, Smokey: Inside My Life. He has credited
his recovery from substance abuse to his religious faith.

Robinson went on to win his first Grammy Award as a solo artist (best R&B vocal performance) in 1987,
for the song "Just To See Her" from the album One Heartbeat. His later solo recordings included
Double Good Everything (1991) and Intimate (1999). He took his work in a new direction in 2004,
releasing a collection of music that reflected his spiritual beliefs entitled Food for the Spirit.

In Recent Years

Still a popular entertainer, Robinson continues to perform live. He also has been busy as a public
speaker, talking to groups about his personal experiences. Exploring new business opportunities,
Robinson formed a food company called Smokey Robinson Foods, which includes a line of ready-to-eat meals.

In 2006, Robinson was selected to be a Kennedy Center Honoree for his contributions to the arts and
American culture and received an honorary degree from Howard University. That year, he also put out a
new album, Timeless Love, which offered Robinson's own take on several classic songs, such as Cole
Porter's "Night and Day" and the Gershwin brothers' "Our Love Is Here to Stay."

A dedicated entertainer, Robinson continues to record new music and maintain a busy tour schedule.
In 2009, he released the studio album Time Flies When You're Having Fun. In 2012, Robinson gave an
impressive performance on the television competition Dancing with the Stars. Around the same time,
The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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#EntertainmentNews: Chicago To Name High School After President Obama
 

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CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama‘s hometown of Chicago plans to name a high school after him.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday announced plans to build Barack Obama College Preparatory High School. The selective enrollment high school will be open for the 2017-2018 school year. Chicago Public Schools says its enrollment will be 1,200 students.

Emanuel and school officials say Chicago needs more competitive selective enrollment schools. They say nearly 16,500 students applied for 3,200 seats this school year. The Obama school will be the 11th selective enrollment high school in Chicago.

School officials say the Obama school will open with a freshman class of 300 students. Subsequent grade levels will be added in following years.

Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school district, with 400,000 students in 658 schools.

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#EntertainmentNews: Tavis Smiley Recieves Hollywood Star
Tavis Smiley‘s influence is undeniable and Hollywood has taken notice.

On April 24, Smiley became the 2,522 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And surrounded by famous friends
and family, Smiley shared details about his path to success.

Variety reports:

“When I was a kid, I hated my name,” says the Midwesterner whose childhood pipedream was to play first base for the Cincinnati Reds. “Tavis Smiley. I got teased so much. It was Travis, Tayvis and Smiley became Smelly and ‘Oh, you’re Tavis Smelly.’ So I hated it as a kid. But, lo and behold, years later you’re a TV guy and it works.”

“1996 was a seminal year in my career,” says Smiley, whose the Smiley Group Inc. headquarters are inconspicuously perched adjacent to a closed-down burger joint in the artsy Leimert Park section of South Central Los Angeles. “Within months of writing my book I was in the White House as a guest of Bill Clinton and then as a regular on Tom Joyner’s radio show on NPR. So now I’m talking to 10 million people every day around the country. A couple of months after that, BET gave me my own latenight show. At that point I realized, well, maybe the political campaign thing of mine is done.”

In 2002 Smiley became the first “person of color” in the history of the United States to have his own daily show on NPR, and then, in 2004, become the first African-American to have his own daily show on PBS. That same year, he became the first and only American — “forget my color,” he notes with a quick flick of the wrist — to host daily talkers on both PBS and NPR.

“The whole thing was always about public service for me, and I saw delivering commentary on issues affecting people as a means to provide that service. My goal has always been to empower people with information that can help them live better lives.”

“There is so much work to be done, and I never lose sight of this,” says the infectiously optimistic media maven. “I say this with humility, that I have quietly become — we have quietly become — the longest-running show in the history of latenight television hosted by a person of color. Arsenio [Hall] lasted five years his first time around. I’m at 11.”

Smiley tweeted the following to his Twitter followers:

 

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#HeadlineNews: Malaysian Flight Search Suspended
As viewed on ABC NEWS After 47 days, the passengers of Flight 370 have yet to be found and no evidence of
reckage has been seen. However a recent search may have brought detectives close.

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#HeadlineNews: Chicago Activist Fatally Shot After Leaving Anti-Violence Fundrai
As you may know my husband and I run a nonprofit organization called the 'No Dope Express'
where we fight against substance abuse, drugs and gangs in the Chicagoland area; so when I
read this story the first thing I thought was 'This could have been me'.

Like many, Leonore Draper was fighting a hard fight to change Chicago's youth and keep them away
from the streets. On this past Friday, God decided see has fought a God fight and called her home.

Here is the story as seen on NewsOne and in the Chicago Sun Times

Thirty-two-year-old Leonore Draper was shot in the arm and chest inside a car in the West Pullman
neighborhood this past Friday night after leaving a fundraiser for an anit-violence organization.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says she died after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical
Center in Oak Lawn. Friends and relatives said she had just attended a fundraiser for a youth anti-violence
organization called Project Orange Tree.

Draper was one of at least three people killed in Chicago since Friday evening. More than two dozen other
people were wounded in shootings across the city.

Family members on Saturday said they were in shock and confirmed Draper had just attended
A Charitable Confection, a fundraiser on the Near South Side to raise money for teen anti-violence group Project Orange Tree.
The group was formed by King College Prep students after the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton last year.
Draper’s brother Adrian Murrow called his sister extremely “outgoing” and “easy to get along.”

“She wasn’t the type of person that would ever try to mess you up ever. She was always trying to put a smile on your face,” Murrow said from his home in Houston.

Murrow said his sister often came to visit him, but he never had a chance to visit her Chicago home in West Pullman.
He said she had lived in the neighborhood for a short time. Draper was on the committee that organized Friday’s
anti-violence event, according to Jocelyn Delk Adams, a friend and fellow organizer of the event.

She was also an employee of the Chicago Public Schools, serving as a budget analyst, CPS spokesman
Joel Hood said. On her Facebook page Friday, Draper reminded friends and family of the charitable event.
She was also active with a charity raising awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS on women.
Draper was also active in raising funds for multiple sclerosis in large part because her husband, Jason Draper,
lives with the illness.
 
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#HeadlineNews: Donald Sterling Comments lead to Clippers Protest

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In case you missed the drama this weekend, this year's NBA Playoffs having taken a turn down civil rights road.

The LA Clippers organization and its owner, Donald Sterling, are now on notice that the purported 
recording of him making racist comments to his mixed-race girlfriend, V. Stiviano, are in fact legitimate
and roughly one hour in length. This info comes from the attorneys for Stiviano.

Mac E. Nehoray — of the Nehoray Legal Group — has issued a statement saying:

“My firm represents Ms. V Stiviano who is a named defendant in a civil action brought by Rochelle H. Sterling
in the Central Civil Superior Court, County of Los Angeles.”


“This office understands that the currently released audio tape of approximately 15 minutes is a portion of approximately one
(1) hour of overall audio recording of Mr. Donald T. Sterling and Ms. Stiviano, and is in fact legitimate.”

“Ms. Stiviano did not release the tape(s) to any news media.”

“Due to the present litigation and its absurd allegations, which Ms. Stiviano vehemently denies, Ms.
Stiviano and this office have no comments at this time.”


The Clippers gathered at center court before a 118-97 Game 4 loss in their first-round series against
the Golden State Warriors and took off their Clippers warm-up shirts and left them there. They then warmed
up wearing inside-out red shooting shirts that did not display the Clippers name or logo. During the game, players
wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks.

River said he wasn't on-board with the black socks protest, but said he was aware of it and was fine with his
players taking the stand.

"I knew about it. I didn't voice my opinion," Rivers said after the game. "I wasn't thrilled about it, to be honest.But if that's what they want to do, that's what they want to do."


During a 45-minute team meeting on Saturday, Clippers player voiced their anger about the tape and
discussed various options of protest, including boycotting the game.

"[We] talked as a team about everything," Chris Paul told ESPN. "Tried to keep internal, everything we decided to do
has been together as a team."

In the Clippers' locker room before the game, "We are one" was written on the dry-erase board, which
was the message players and coaches talked about before taking the court.

"We're going to be one, everything we do, we do it together," Paul said. "Stay together, play ball, we worked hard
to be where we are, can't imagine going through this with anyone leading us other than Doc."
 
Check out what Magic Johnson has to say about the comments:
 
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#Entertainment News: A' Len Productions 'Mama's Place'


A'Len Productions a subsidiary of Lena' Productions
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM (CDT)
Harvey, IL
 
You can purchase tickets HERE
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#Headline News: Boy Sings 'Every Praise' & Frees Himself From Kidnapper


You can not tell me what the power of God can do!
It was reported on  USA TODAY Myrick was abducted from his Atlanta, Georgia driveway while he played with
his pet Chihuahua on his lawn.

A stranger pulled up, lured him to his car with an offer of money, then grabbed the boy when he got close enough
and sped off, according to police. But young Willie made it clear from the get-go… He wasn’t going out like that.

He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn’t want to hear a word from me,”
Myrick told WSB-TV. “He said if I told anyone, he would hurt me, like in a bad way.”
 

But it was the indirect assistance from Grammy-award winner, Hezekiah Walker, that helped his young
fan escape his captor. For THREE straight hours young Willie sang, “Every Praise,” the artists popular gospel song.
Willie did not let the constant threats from the kidnapper daunt him in any way. He just kept on singing.

Finally, having had enough, the kidnapper let him out of the car at East Point.

“He opened the door and threw me out,” the 10-year-old said. “He told me not to tell anyone.”
When word of young Myrick’s survival got out, his church celebrated the victory on his 10th birthday.
Even Hezekiah Walker, who heard about the incident, showed up; flying in from New York to Atlanta to celebrate
with the child in the church’s crowded sanctuary.

“It’s just emotional to me because you never know who you’re going to touch,” Walker told ABC News.
“I just wanted to hug him and tell him I love him. I really believe God spoke through me to save that young man’s life.”

Here are the song’s lyrics:
Every praise is to our God.
Every word of worship with one accord Every praise every praise is to our God.
Sing hallelujah to our God Glory hallelujah is due our God Every praise every praise is to our God.
God my Savior God my Healer God my Deliverer Yes He is, yes He is

 

"I really believe that God spoke through me to save that young man's life," Walker said.

The man who abducted Willie is still on the loose. Police have released a sketch and are asking anyone with any information to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

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#HealthNews: Study Shows Wine Can Help Kidney Health
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According to the National Kidney Disease Education Program a new research study states that a glass
of wine may actually help promote kidney health.

From heart attacks to cancer to diabetes, proven studies about the health benefits of wine are some of
the most happily-received pieces of health news out there. Now, a new study is suggesting that there’s yet
another reason to the health wonders of wine.

Those [with healthy kidneys] who drank less than one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent lower risk of having chronic kidney disease than those who drank no wine,” said study author Dr. Tapan Mehta, a renal fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, in Aurora.

We witnessed in the book of John Chapter 2 Verses1-11, Jesus turns water to wine. However this was a celebration;
a wedding to be exact. So saints, drinking is okay and can improve your health in fact.

But like with all things, you just have to do it consciously. When you do things in moderation it is not a sin.
But when you do things in excess, that is when the sin occurs.

As it states in the good book of  Ephesians 5:18 "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be
filled with the Spirit"


According to the NIH, there are seven additional steps you can take every day to help maintain
the health of your kidneys:
  • Get your blood pressure checked at least once a year and follow the advice of your doctor to keep that number healthy
  • If you have diabetes, control your blood glucose level
  • Maintain a health cholesterol level
  • Aim for less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day
  • Eat heart-healthy foods
  • Exercise regularly
  • If you smoke, quit
 

“Those with chronic kidney disease who drank less than one glass a day had a 29 percent lower risk
of cardiovascular events [than those who drank no wine],” he added.

Exactly why wine might do that is not known for sure, Mehta said. Drinking moderate amounts is linked with
lower levels of protein in the urine. In those who have kidney disease, higher protein levels in the urine are
linked with an increased risk of progression of kidney disease.

While the study suggests wine is protective against kidney disease and, in those with kidney disease,
heart disease, ”we cannot make any firm cause and effect conclusion,” Mehta said. While the study found
an association, it was not designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

According to experts, these new findings are consistent with previous research.

Red Or White?

The benefits of red wine tend to be more regularly discussed, as opposed to its white counterpart.
However, Mehta couldn’t say from the study if red wine is better than white, as those who responded
did not say which type they drank, just if they drank wine and how much they drank.

He suspects, however, that red would most likely be better, as it has been linked previously to being
heart-protective.

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New Music: The Walls Group - Love On The Radio
The Walls Group are four siblings signed to Kirk Franklin‘s Fo Yo Soul record label, and
after the success of their song “Perfect People,” they simultaneously released new songs
“Satisfied” and “Love On The Radio.”

 Their EP Love On The Radio will be available on iTunes on June 17th, and their full album is titled
Fast Forward and will be in stores on September 2nd.

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#HeadlineNews: Boston Marathon One Year Later
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  (CNN) -- The first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 crossed the finish line Monday, triumphant in a storied race that has become a national symbol of resiliency and determination. Meb Keflezighi, 38, won the men's division with an official time of 2:08:37, according to the Boston Marathon's Facebook page. The women's elite group began the 26.2-mile journey around 9:30 a.m. ET, and the elite men's group at 10. Waves of other runners started after them. For Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, 33, it was a second consecutive victory. She again won the women's division with an unofficial -- and course record -- time of 2:18:57, according to the event's official Twitter account. After a tragedy, preserving the love Photos: 2014 Boston Marathon Photos: 2014 Boston Marathon But for most of the 36,000 runners, the race had nothing to do with competition. The 2013 race was marred by bombings near the end of the course that killed three people and wounded more than 260. At the start Monday, as competitors stood shoulder to shoulder, the race announcer shouted to them, "Take back that finish line!" Lee Ann Yanni told CNN before the race that she planned to run wearing a necklace with a silver stingray charm that her father gave her before he died of cancer. The force of the blasts as she ran in 2013 along Boylston Street failed to tear the memento from her body. She would not be stopped then, and she wouldn't be stopped Monday, she vowed. Unable to walk for five and a half weeks, she eventually got back to training and finished the Chicago Marathon in October in 5 hours and 44 minutes. "I'm running for those who can't," she told CNN. "I don't run very pretty ... but at the finish line, everybody is going to be represented." Krystle Campbell, 29; Lu Lingzi, 23; and grade-schooler Martin Richard, 8, were killed in the 2013 bombing. Some of the wounded lost limbs. J.P. Norden and his brother Paul recently recounted the confusion and horror of April 15, 2013, with CNN at the Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street. "Where we are right now where we got hurt, lost ... (it) changed our lives but, I don't know. ..." J.P. said, struggling to find the words. Each brother had his right leg amputated, and they now walk on prosthetic legs. "It was such a tough journey and stuff," J.P. said, "but we got so much help from everyone that it's weird, it seems like so long away and ago and quick at the same time." A year later, survivors are defiant and resilient Another survivor, Marc Fucarile, also lost his right leg. He's undergone numerous surgeries, but shrapnel is still lodged in the inner wall of his heart. If it moves, he could die. Recently, the 35-year-old went to a court hearing for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who allegedly, along with his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were responsible for the bombing. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police; Dzhokhar is facing numerous charges and could be sentenced to death. His trial is set to begin in November, and he has pleaded not guilty. "Whatever he gets," Fucarile told CNN, "he deserves." Dzhokhar Tsarnaev awaits trial On Tuesday, April 15, a moment of silence was observed at the finish line on the one-year anniversary of the bombings. Church bells rang and a flag was raised as a steady rain fell. The mantra "Boston Strong" was heard loud and clear. On race day, a tweet apparently from President Barack Obama appeared @WhiteHouse. "Congrats to @runmeb and @ShalaneFlanagan for making America proud! All of today's runners showed the world the meaning of #BostonStrong. -bo." Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan was leading the pack of female runners for part of the race. According to the Boston Athletic Association's web site, she finished seventh among the women with a time of 2:22:02. This year's race has 9,000 more runners than last year's, and an unprecedented crowd was expected to gather, officials have said. CNN affiliate WBZ in Boston showed images on its website of the race as it unfolded. Security was expected to be very tight. Backpacks were not allowed on the course this year, said Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Costumes that cover the face, containers with more than 1 liter of liquid and bulky clothes such as vests with pockets were also prohibited. The course this year would be "very safe," Gov. Deval Patrick told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, adding, "Somebody said it may be the safest place in America."
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#EntertainmentNews: Usher Reveals Son Has Diabetes
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The Voice host Carson Daly interviewed the show’s judges Adam Levine, Usher Raymond,
Blake Shelton, and Shakira for the “Today” show this morning, and Usher got personal, saying this past year has
been a particularly rough.

“I lost my grandmother, my son was diagnosed as being a type one diabetic. It has definitely been a difficult one for me, man,” he said.

The singer has not revealed which of his two boys is suffering from the blood sugar disease. 
He is father to six-year-old Usher Raymond V and five-year-old Naviyd, from his marriage to stylist Tameka Foster.

Raymond said he spends a lot of his spare time reading up on his son’s dietary requirements to ensure he is staying healthy,
even when he’s on the set of “The Voice.”

“Sometimes you’re looking at me and we’re off camera, and I’m online looking at numbers, trying to make
sure he’s eating properly. It’s crazy,” he said.

What a great dad.
'The Voice' airs Mondays & Tuesdays on NBC

Check out the video below on the judges discussing how they prepare for the show


 
 

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#EntertainmentNews: Keke Palmer Youngest Host
 
A few years ago, Keke Palmer was the fourth highest paid child star on television, and now she’s making
even more waves in the industry! Earlier today, it was announced that the 20-year-old media maven recently
linked up with BET and Telepictures  for a new show. And this time, she won’t be acting.

In the new series, tentatively titled The Keke Palmer Project, Keke will be following in the footsteps of
Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, and Queen Latifah with her very own talk show aimed at young adults.

She revealed in a statement:

I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling.  If I am dealing with confusion, I will read
quotes about clarity and peace of mind as they are very uplifting to me. I started posting these
quotes on my twitter pageand the fans responded so positively! I realized that many of them were
dealing with similar issues and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.


After her followers started saying that she should have her own show, Judge Mathis’ company, Mathis Productions,
reached out to make it happen.

On her desire to be a talk show host, Keke revealed:

I come from a very small, poor town just outside of the Chicago area and I know what
it’s like to dream and accomplish some of your goals, but I would never want to do a show
where I am preaching to anyone because I do not like being preached at.  I want to learn
right along with my audience and every show will be a collaborative effort.  I am so thankful 
to Debra Lee and everyone at the BET Network for providing me with this unique opportunity
and platform.


This is amazing! We need more positive young females on television that young women can look
up to. I still miss Teen Summit from back in the day!

When the show premieres in July, Keke will become the youngest talk show host in history. The title
is currently held by Ricki Lake, who was 25 when she began her show.

Check out this throwback photo Keke recently posted on Instagram of her with Queen Latifah back in the day!

Keke Palmer is an actress and singer who made her first splash in Barbershop 2: Back in Business,
later starring in Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Famed actress and singer Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer on August 26, 1993,
in Harvey, Illinois. Palmer began performing at the age of 5, wowing audiences at her church in
her hometown of Robbins, Illinois
 
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#HeadlineNews: Mayor Rahm Emanuel Addresses Weekend Violence
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#MotownMusicMondays: Trivia Giveaway Two





When Motown was housed in its famed Hitsville U.S.A. offices at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit,
it was not just a location; history would be made there. In fact, Berry Gordy created a 24-hour hit-making and
artist development factory, nurturing the artistic talent of the singers, writers, producers, as well as corporate
executives.

Today, Motown is not only the greatest pop music hit factory ever heard, but an institution, a state of mind,
a way of life, a style, the “Sound of Young America.” The distinctive, upbeat and uplifting music brought
together pop and soul, white and black, old and young, like never before and continues to this day.
Regardless of race or social background, teenage girls admired Diana Ross and teenage boys
pretended to be Smokey Robinson. Motown became the heartbeat of American pop music.
With multi-platinum artists ranging from the Miracles, Temptations, Four Tops and Supremes to
Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Jackson 5, the House That Gordy Built had and has no rival.

Because Detroit had long been known as the “Motor City,” Gordy, in tribute to what he felt was the
down-home quality of the warm, soulful people he grew up around, used “town” in place of “city,” which
gave him the contraction “Motor Town” and the perfect name for his company and new label—Motown.

With an $800 loan from his family, Berry Gordy Jr. established Motown Records in January 1959.
Within a few years, this Detroit-based outfit was selling more singles and releasing more hits than any
other record company. Today, the label is part of the Universal Music Group, with its classic recorded
music catalog managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). The timeless songs from Motown between
1959 and 1985 are represented by EMI Music Publishing.


 
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#HeadlineNews: Record Deaths in Chicago Easter Weekend
Will it ever end? Will Chicagioans ever have a warm day where they can
actually go outside and enjoy the warm weather.
Violence has always been an issue but now that the state of Illinois has accepted the
'Concel and Carry' law, I wonder if this was the cause in such a high shooting rate this past weekend?
What are your thoughts?? Here is the story according to the Tribune if you missed it.

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A South Side shooting left four girls and a boy hurt, and on the Northwest Side a 15-year-old girl was shot while riding in a vehicle as shootings across the city Sunday night added to the toll of a violent holiday weekend.

The weekend toll for gun violence in the city includes at least nine people dead and at least 36 wounded. Two of the deaths came Sunday morning when a Cook County sheriff's office correctional officer apparently shot to death his wife, a Chicago police officer, inside their Southwest Side home before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

Five of the children shot Sunday night, who range in age from 11 to 15, were shot by someone who fired from a car shortly after 7:30 p.m. on the 6600 block of South Michigan Avenue, police said.
The children had been playing at a park next to a nearby elementary school and were walking home when a car pulled up and someone asked if they were in a particular gang, family members and police said.
It was not immediately clear whether the group had time to respond. One relative said they had said they were not in the gang; another said shots rang out before they could answer. In any case, someone inside the car opened fire, hitting four girls and a boy.

Authorities said the youngest of the injured, an 11-year-old girl, was the most seriously wounded and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in critical condition.
The girl, a 5th grader who just hours earlier had returned from church and shared an Easter dinner with relatives, was struck by two bullets, one that hit her chin and one that punctured a lung and broke her collarbone, her parents said.
Despite her injuries, Tymisha Washington was talking with her parents from her bed in the intensive care unit this morning.
"She says she's ready to go home," said her father, 29-year-old Cory Lesser, standing outside Stroger's emergency room about 3 a.m. with Washington's mother. "She's tired of the doctors poking her with needles."
Also at Stroger was a 15-year-old girl shot in the arm. Police said her condition was stabilized.

Two 14-year-olds, a girl and a boy, were taken to Comer Children's Hospital after the shooting. The girl, who was shot in the abdomen, was in serious condition, police said. The boy was shot in leg, and police said his condition was stabilized.

A fifth victim, a 14-year-old girl grazed in the buttocks, was taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center after the shooting. Because the girl was not taken by ambulance, officials did not initially include her in the number of people shot.

Early Sunday afternoon, two people died from their injuries in a shooting about 1 p.m. on the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue in the West Side's Little Village neighborhood.

A 33-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner's office said it was notified of a death at that location.

Another man, 19, suffered a wound to his chest and was taken to an area hospital in serious condition, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. He later died from his injuries, Officer Veejay Zala said.

According to a police source, the two men who were killed were traveling in a vehicle with two other adults and two children, ages three and seven. The men were shot on Sawyer Avenue, but after the shooting someone drove them to the 2400 block of South Kedzie Avenue, the source said.

According to the source, police believe the victims were shot by an occupant of an orange or yellow Hummer that fled the scene after the shooting. There was a later report that a car matching the Hummer's description was on fire in an alley on the 3200 block of West 37th Place, about a mile south of where the shootings occurred, but that has not been confirmed by the office of News Affairs.

The Hummer is believed to belong to one of the shooting victims' relatives and it is not clear if there was a confrontation before the shooting. It's also not clear if the Hummer was reported stolen prior to the shooting, according to the source.

Estrada said the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting were not immediately available.

Earlier Sunday, there were two other shootings in Little Village, each with gang overtones. A 25-year-old man was shot in the abdomen about 1:30 a.m. on Hamlin Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets and a 35-year-old man was shot about an hour later at 27th Street and Kildare Avenue. In both instances, gang slogans were shouted by the attackers.

In other shootings Sunday afternoon:
• About 12:20 a.m. a 23-year-old man was shot in the 9500 block of South Loomis Street, police said. The man was sitting inside a vehicle when he was shot in the arm, according to police. He was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
• About 9:50 p.m., a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were shot while walking on the sidewalk in the 8200 block of South Avalon Avenue, police said. Two or three people stepped out of a gangway and at least one of them opened fire, striking the 17-year-old in the calf and the 18-year-old in the arm.
The boy was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, and the 18-year-old was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, police said. Their conditions were stablized.

• About 9:40 p.m., a 15-year-old passenger was shot inside a vehicle stopped at a traffic light in the 1700 block of North Pulaski Road. Three people crossing the street flashed gang signs and at least one of them opened fire at the vehicle, police said.

The girl was struck in the back and the driver took her to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.

• Also about 9:40 p.m., a 35-year-old man was shot while standing on the sidewalk in the 900 block of West 19th Street. Someone in a dark-colored SUV fired shots, grazing the man in the neck and striking him in the buttocks. He was in serious condition at Stroger.

• Two men, ages 25 and 20, were shot about 3:28 p.m. Sunday on the 6800 block of South Laflin Street in the city's Englewood neighborhood. The 25-year-old was shot in his shoulder and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The 20-year-old was shot twice in his face and was self transported to Holy Cross Hospital before being taken by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Mount Sinai Hospital. His condition was not immediately available, police said.

• Two men, ages 27 and 30, were shot about 9 a.m. on the 8300 block of South Ada Street in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, Estrada said. Both suffered gunshot wounds to their backs and were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition. The circumstances leading up to the shooting were not immediately available.
 

 
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#HealthNews: Fat Foods that are GOOD for you
It's GOOD FRIDAY so why not have some good health facts for you.
“Your body needs fat in order to function,” says Barbara Roberts, MD, director of the Women’s Cardiac
Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence and author of How to Keep from Breaking Your Heart.

“Fats help you absorb vitamins A, D, and E, and they are vital for your nervous system.”


According to a study, people who follow a Mediterranean diet, which consists of eating a variety of
healthy foods that include whole grains, vegetables, protein and healthy monounsaturated and omega-3 fats,
may lower their heart disease risk of heart disease by nearly 30 percent. Healthy fats can also help you manage your weight.

In fact, did you know that 25 to 30 percent of your total daily calories should come from fat?
The issue is whether you’re eating good fats or bad fats.

Good Fats…
Monounsaturated Fats
Also known as MUFAs, monounsaturated fats raise good HDL cholesterol, lower bad LDL
cholesterol, and protect against the buildup of plaque in your arteries. They also help prevent belly fat,
according to research.

Foods that are rich in monounsaturated fats include olive oil and olives, almonds, peanuts and avocados.
“Just two to three tablespoons of olive oil a day can raise HDL levels and protect against
heart disease,” says Dr. Roberts.

Polyunsaturated Fats
Polyunsaturated fats not only lower your LDL, they also contain essential omega-3 fatty acids,
which boost brain function and may help strengthen your immune system, and omega-6 fatty acids,
which help keep skin and eyes healthy.
Polyunsaturated-rich foods include salmon, canola oil, safflower oil, flaxseeds, walnuts and grass-fed
chicken and beef.

Bad Fats…
Saturated Fats
Why are saturated fats bad for you? They can raise your cholesterol level, which can raise your
heart disease risk. Which is why you should limit foods like red meat, cream, butter, coconut oil
and palm oil, and make sure that saturated fats make up no more than 10 percent of your total daily calories.
Trans Fats
By now, you’ve definitely heard about it, but what exactly is trans fat? Basically, trans fat is made
from unsaturated fat that’s been chemically altered. What makes this fat so dangerous is that it can
simultaneously raise bad LDL and lower good HDL. Trans fat is very good friends with heart disease.
According to most experts, your body has absolutely no use for this type of fat, which can be found in
shortening, margarine, doughnuts, french fries, and processed foods such as crackers, cookies, chips and cakes.
An important note: The FDA allows food manufacturers to claim that a product contains “zero trans fats” if one
serving of it has 0.5 grams of trans fats or less. So check product labels for “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,”
which is another name that trans fats often go by.
Foods With The Healthiest Fats
So, now that you know about healthy fat vs. not-so-healthy fat, what are some healthy fat foods that you
should be focusing on eating more of?
Olive Oil
Cooking with olive oil can help make any meal healthier. But, it is an oil, and too many calories, even if
they’re good oil calories, can hurt your waistline. So, be sure to measure your oil.
Eggs
Not only are eggs are a great source of  protein, they also contain healthy fats. Some eggs are even
enriched with extra omega-3.
Seeds & Nuts
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds can be tremendously good for you, as can
nuts such as almonds, walnuts and peanuts. Just watch those servings sizes!
Fish
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna are good sources of
omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association suggests eating two 3-ounce servings of fatty fish a week.
Avocado
Did you know that when you eat healthy fat-rich avocado with other foods, it helps your body better
absorb their nutrients?
 


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#HeadlineNews: Obama Signs Executive Order to Improve Women Wages
Barack Obama, Lilly Ledbetter
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Continuing on his bold push for economic fairness, President Barack Obama signed a pair
of executive orders on April 8th. One order was specifically aimed at bolstering the right to equal pay for women,
while the other mandates that federal contractors are barred from retaliating against employees who wish to
discuss their pay at the workplace and with their supervisors.

That order also allows employers to not have to display pay rates although the order is aimed to
encourage transparency. Since coming to office, the president has been firm on the issue of women
obtaining fair and equal pay after signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. The timeliness of the
executive order is linked to the Paycheck Fairness Act, another law being considered this week by the Senate.

This also adds to the president’s efforts on increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contractors.
Obama has asked Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help women across the nation stand
against pay discrimination.

The second of the orders is directly focused on the discussing of compensation between employers
and federal contractors. While there exists a legal barrier between employer and employee regarding
the discussion of pay in the workplace, it is part of a larger plan to help inspire fair and equal pay across all demographics.

Obama will ask that the U.S. Secretary of Labor to put in place rules that will require federal contractors
to submit to the government summary data on employee compensation which also shares details
on sex and race. The Labor Department would use the collected data to encourage voluntary compliance
with equal pay laws.

Obama, as he stated at this year’s State Of The Union address, has made economic equality a hallmark
of his presidency. Bypassing Congress, which has deadlocked on many of his proposed measures, the
president is using the Executive Orders to get many of his plans in motion.
 

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Michelle Williams Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer

Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams has partnered with car maker Hyundai for
their “Hope On Wheels campaign to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Listen to her full interview
as she discusses her involvement in the initiative.

Hope on Wheels  is a the united effort of 800+ Hyundai dealers across the United States to raise awareness
about childhood cancer.

In 1998, Hyundai and a group of New England-area dealers committed to the fight against pediatric cancer
by launching a local initiative to support the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This activity grew
to become Hope On Wheels, a program that has been transforming the lives of children across the nation.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels, a national independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is committed to finding
a cure for childhood cancer. Hyundai Motor America and its more than 820 U.S. Hyundai dealers and customers
proudly provide their support.

You may be shocked to discover that less than 4% of federal research funding for cancer is designated for
pediatrics. Without necessary funding, these young patients are left without a voice. Hyundai Hope On Wheels
was established to fill that void.


Every time a new Hyundai vehicle is sold in the U.S., Hyundai customers join Hyundai and its dealers in
our cause. By the end of our 16th year, we will have donated more than $86 million to pediatric cancer research
in the United States.


For more information on how to support the campaign, check out the official website
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#HeadlineNews: Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads


The tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps promise a gentle scrubbing and
luxuriously smooth skin.

But those little beads of grit are also piling up in waterways, where they can suck up toxins and harm
wildlife, environmentalists say. Because of those concerns, Illinois is one of several states considering
legislation to force manufacturers to drop products that use the particles, called microbeads.

A measure advancing through the General Assembly in Springfield this spring would phase out the
sale of microbeads by the end of 2018. Major soap manufacturers, some of which already have plans
to stop using microbeads, support the legislation. An environmental group working to reduce plastic
pollution says, however, that the state’s timetable is too lax.

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#HeadlineNews: State Bill on School Disciplinary Action
As seen on Chicago Breaking News
via Chicago Tribune

In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom,
legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put
an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in the state General Assembly.

The bills, which would limit out-of-school suspensions to no more than three days for infractions that do not
threaten the safety or disrupt the education of other students, have the support of a group of student activists
in Chicago who gathered for a rally downtown on Wednesday.

“We’re not asking for no discipline; we’re asking for common sense discipline,” Mariama Bangura, 16, a junior
at Roosevelt High School in Albany Park, said at a news conference at Chicago Public Schools headquarters.

CPS and some of its privately run charter schools have come under scrutiny for strict discipline policies
of the sort that some education advocates say create a “school to prison pipeline” by pushing kids out of
school for minor violations.

Charter schools especially have drawn fire after state and district data was released showing those schools
have far higher expulsion and suspension rates than district run-schools.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools, which has been criticized for collecting hundreds of
thousands of dollars in fines associated with discipline, said Friday they would be dropping the $5 fine
issued against students facing detention.

The student group VOYCE along with the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance helped draft the bills under
consideration in Springfield, according to Shawn Brown, a campaign director for VOYCE. Similar efforts by
student and civil rights groups in Maryland, Texas, California and Colorado have been successful, he said.
CPS is not backing the bill, which spokesman Joel Hood said goes too far.

“While CPS and VOYCE are aligned in their efforts to reduce suspensions and keep students in school,
(the bill), as drafted, places strict limitations on administrators' ability to manage school safety and could
potentially interfere with law enforcement's jurisdiction and ability to enforce safety on school grounds or
at school-sponsored events,” Hood said in an email.

Supporters of the bills under consideration say there is too much disparity over how discipline is enforced
across the state, and even within a district, and the legislation is a step toward a set of common standards.
 


 
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Community News: Rapper Common Creates Festival to Give Jobs to Youth
Rapper/actor Common is doing his part to help youth in Chicago with the launch of AAHH! Fest.

The first annual event will be held Sept. 20-21, 2014 and feature an all-star line-up of performers from
across the country. In addition, AAHH! Fest will include a job-shadowing program that will allow youth to learn
about the many operations associated with producing high-level outdoor events.

AAHH! Fest is one of two projects organized by Common’s Common Ground Foundation, Donda’s House, Inc.
and the Chicago Urban League. Others involved in the effort include Alternative Schools Network (ASN),
Centers for New Horizons, and the Chicago Jobs Council.

Common, along with fellow rapper Rhymefest, who serves as the creative director for Donda’s House,
and the Urban League’s CEO Andrea Zopp was on hand Thursday to announce the launch of the AAHH! Festival
and Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. Both projects are dedicated to supporting Chicago youth and
organizing resources to secure year-round jobs for young people ages 16 to 24.

For Common, the chance to obtain a job is something that’s priceless in laying the foundation
for a worthwhile future.

I am very proud to be where we are,” the rapper said during a press conference at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. “I know what a job can do for a human being. It takes up your time for something productive. If we get these kids jobs, I guarantee: we’ll see less crime in the streets. But we have to be the change.”

“Our goal is to give youth the platform they need to express themselves, said Donda’s House executive
director Donnie Smith said about AAHH! Fest. “This festival allows us to shine a light on the talent that exists
and to push back against the negative narrative about our city’s youth.

News of the festival comes amid troubling times for youth in Chicago. A University of Chicago study found that
over half of the victims of gunfire in Chicago are between the ages of 10 and 25. The report further noted that young
minority males are vastly over-represented as both victims and offenders of gun violence. Some of the factors that
result in the gun violence poverty and mental health problems.

The other project that Common and Rhymefest have aligned with is the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative.
The venture, which is set to launch in the fall, seeks to provide jobs to a minimum of 1,000 young people with
plans to increase that number each year over the next four years. Overall, The Collaborative hopes to positively
impact 15,000 young people over the next five years.

“In addition to providing financial resources and a strong work ethic, jobs keep youth out of harm’s
way,” stated Zopp. “We issue a call to action to the public, private and non-profit sectors. Summer jobs provide
tremendous opportunities, but we often hear strong pleas from young people for year-round jobs.”

Proceeds from the AAHH! Fest will support the Common Ground Foundation, Donda’s House, Inc.,
arts education programs in Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative.

For more information about the AAHH! FEST, click here.
More details about the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative can be found here.

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Entertainment News: Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin fight?


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.

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Health News: 'SELFIES' Can Cause Mental Illness?
*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
generally understood.

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.

 
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Erica Campbell to host McDonalds
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.


SOURCE
2014 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Official Site
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