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buzzz worthy. . . By Mona Austin President Obama and Donald Trump met for the first time on Thursday to begin talks about the official...

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Dr. Bobby Jones and Singletons to headline jazz fest in Italy

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On Dec. 28, Bobby Jones will headline the world famous Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.
One of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world, the Umbria Jazz Festival has been held annually in the twin cities of Orvieto and Perugia since 1973 and is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year.

Accompanied by his band & the Singletons family, Bobby Jones has long been a fan favorite of European audiences and the anticipation is an all-time this year with the release of his new CD “Rejoice With Me!” on EchoPark JDI according to label owner James Roberson.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Billboard's best of 2013

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Billboard magazine has announced its best of list for the year 2013.  Based on record sales as determined by Nielsen BDS and chart status Justin Timberlake had the best album of the year.  The magazine named Singer Bruno Mars Billboard's 2013 Artist of the Year.Mars topped eight of Billboard's year-end music chart lists, including the Hot 100 Artists, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Digital Songs, and his 2012 album "Unorthodox Jukebox" has becoming one of this year's bestselling records with more than 1.8 million copies sold in the United States.

The top 10 from the top 200 albums of the year are:

1. 20/20 Experience" - Justin Timberlake
2. "Red" - Taylor Swift
3. "Take Me Home" - One Direction
4. "Unorthodox Jukebox" - Bruno Mars
5. "Babe" - Mumford & Sons
6. "Night Vision" - Imagine Dragons
7. "Here's to the Goodtimes" - Florida Georgia Line
8. "Truth About Love" - Pink
9."Crash My Party" - Luke Ryan
10. "Unapologetic" - Rihanna

Tamela Mann and Antony Brown and Group Therapy were the top gospel acts on the list for best album sales and best song respectively.

The top 10 gospel records of the year are:

  1. "Best Days"~Tamela Mann
  2. "WOW Gospel 2013"~Various
  3. "Grace"~Tasha Cobbs
  4. "Gravity"~Lecrae
  5. "Greater Than"~Tye Tribbett
  6. "Azusa The Next Generation"~Hezekiah Walker
  7. "United Tenors"~Hammond, Hollister, Roberson and Wilson
  8. "Jesus At the Center Live"~Israel & New Breed
  9. "Heroes For Sale"~Andy Mineo
  10. "The Evolution II"~Larry Callahan and Selected of God
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Getty chooses best photos of 2013

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Jonathan Klein, CEO of Getty Images looked to major events to narrow down the best photos of 2013.  The prestigious photo organization chose 44 photographs from around the world. Tragedy was a common vein in the images. President Obama is in 4 of the photos.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Vice President Biden visits hospitalized veterans for Christmas

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Earlier today, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Bidens visited with patients and their families to thank them for their service to and sacrifice for our country.

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Justin Bieber announces retirement

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By Mona Austin

Justin Bieber 's fans don't know what to "Belieb."   The 19-year-old crooner announced his retirement today via  a tweet. "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring," he wrote.

Shortly thereafter he said he would be with his fans "forever."    That does not tell us if he is dropping the mic for good and will remain with his followers "in spirit", or  if the first tweet was just a publicity tease or true.

What we do know is that it's been a rough year for the singer. The "Beleive,"  documentary that chronicles his world tour by the same name just came out.  Many of the moments that gave him a wanna be "bad boy" image are highlighted in the film.   This year Bieber had a few brushes with the law at home and abroad.  In London he fainted on stage and had a run in with a paparazzo.  Plus, his break up with Selen aGomez was public. With the pile up of negative experience in 2013, he could use a break.  But retirement at after less than a decade of professional singing? That would be questionable even if the tweets made sense.

Maybe the Biebster should take an extended vacation to destress and collect himselfand take the advice in one of his hit  songs and "Never Say Never."
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to America's Children on Christmas Eve

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Even thought First Lady Michelle Obama is on a Winter Break in Hawaii with the First Family Mrs. Obama kept the tradition of answering calls from children from across the country seeking Santa's whereabouts.  

Mrs. Obama  spoke to children for nearly half an hour as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). This is the First Lady's fourth year participating in this Christmas Eve tradition.

Background on the NORAD Tracks Santa Program

The NORAD Tracks Santa program began in 1955 after a phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local youngster who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement. The commander on duty who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested - the whereabouts of Santa. This began the tradition of tracking Santa, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958.

The NORAD Tracks Santa program has grown immensely since first presented on the Internet in 1998. The website receives millions of unique visitors from hundreds of countries and territories around the world. In addition, a live Operations Center is occupied for 25 hours with more than 1,200 volunteers each year who receive hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails from families around the world. 
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Monday, December 23, 2013

POTUS is enjoying family and friends on busy vacation in Hawaii

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By Mona Austin

President Obama has escaped to Hawaii for his annual holiday vacay, but he is staying active on the isle of Oahu and keeping an eye on Obamacare progress.    

On Sunday the family attended a college basketball game on the campus of the University of Hawaii. The University of Akron Zips played the Oregon State Beavers, coached by first lady Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson. The game was held on the campus of the University of Hawaii.

After the g

He started the day with a  sunrise workout at the gym on the Marine Corp Base at Kaneohe Bay, which included basketball.  In the afternoon he slowed things down a bit playing 18 holes of golf at Mid-PAC Country Club  at Mid-Pacific Country Club in the neighborhood of Lanikai, an exclusive residential area of Kailua where the President’s vacation rental is located.  Marvin Nicholson, Bobby Titcomb and Eric Whitaker joined him.   Before turning in for the remainder of the day, President Obama spent nearly two hours in the late afternoon at the beach with his girls.  

With the January 1 start of the Affordable Care insurance provision just around the corner, the President is abreast of the once malfunctioning process that offers millions of Americans health insurance options at www.healthcare.gov. 

The President received a detailed update late Sunday from his health care team in Washington about the preparations for the upcoming Affordable Care Act (The Act) deadlines.  He was briefed on the efforts to ensure that the website could handle the large amount of traffic that was predicted and on efforts to ensure a smooth transition on January 1.  The President will receive additional updates in the days ahead about the website's performance and other aspects of ACA implementation that are intended to maximize the benefits for the law for all Americans.

The sign-up deadline for Obamacare was extended by a day to Dec. 24. 

Over the weekend Obama demonstrated his support of the new law by signing up for the Bronze Plan himself. The act of the President signing up for insurance coverage through the DC exchange is symbolic since the President’s health care will continue to be provided by the military, as has been the norm for previous presidents. Prior to leaving for vacation President Obama made several media appearances to promote The Act and to reassure Americans that the kinks were being worked out of the system.

The first family will return to Washington on January 5, just in time for Sasha and Melia to head back to school.  Last year the trip was cut short when Obama returned to Washington mid-trip to offer guidance to lawmakers on preventing the "fiscal cliff" ecomonic failure.
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

SNEAK PEEK: Thicker Than Water Episode 6 airs tonight, Dec. 22

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Dropping the new  "F Bomb" in Church

House or Wedding Dilemma

"Turn to your neighbor and say 'F' you," Ben Tankard instructs  his congregants to forgive in the latest episode of Bravo's "Thicker Than Water." Chaos is in store this week on the original docu-series  as tensions have mounted among family members both inside and outside of the Tankard household and Pastor Ben attempts to reel them in with a pertinent sermon, but not everyone is ready to turn the other cheek.  

Meanwhile, Brooklyn, who thinks she's the "Black Sheep" of the family appears to be on the verge of going  buck wild again.  Ben and Jewel have gotten word that she has been partying and drinking excessively and are considering adopting her 10-year-old daughter.  Meanwhile Benji's grandiose wedding plans hit a road block when costs start to add up.  The chaos continues when Cyrene is the only sister invited to be a bridesmaid, leaving Britney and Brooklyn out of the bridal party.

Catch Thicker Than Water on Sunday, December 22 at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST

About Ben and Jewel Tankard     
Ben and Jewel Tankard

Ben Tankard is an award winning gospel Jazz musician and Jewel is a successful financial planner; together they are self-made millionaires who also run a Christian ministry, Destiny Center. The Tankard children, although grown-up, still live at home and must abide by Ben and Jewel's rules. With faith, family and finance as its core, Thicker Than Water will be the most compelling new docu-series this year because it shows a real family dealing with all of life's ups-and-downs, but loving every minute of it because they are blessed - financially!
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