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. You can connect with Darryll King on Facebook! Become a fan:
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
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,”
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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:
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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.
(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."
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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
here: Hope On Wheels
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.
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.
Rapper/actor Commonis 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.
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
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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.”