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Saturday, March 21, 2015

WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON, GARY DOURDAN STAR IN 'MYSTERIOUS WAYS'



The day a hit and run driver took the life of her little boy, Marilyn (Wendy Raquel Robinson) died inside. Not even the passing of time, the love of a good man or a job as choir director at her church could bring her peace. But a chance encounter with a mysterious homeless man, who calls himself Mozart (Gary Dourdan), will change Marilyn's world and let her see that there are no accidents, and true healing starts with forgiveness. Directed by Dan GarciaMysterious Ways also starTelma Hopkins and Erica Atkins Campbell.


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Schock to resign over abuse of funds scandal

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Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Sckock is facing the same demons Jesse Jackson, Jr. encountered over a year ago.  On Tuesday, March 17 amid accusations of misusing campaign and congressional funds, Schock announced he will be resigning from the House effective March 31.


Records reveal Schock billed $170 thousand to a government card that only had a credit limit of  $80 thousand.

"I do this with a heavy heart," reads the statement to Politico. "Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years. I have traveled to all corners of the District to meet with the people I’ve been fortunate to be able to call my friends and neighbors."

Schock has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over his alleged abuse of taxpayer funds for lavish trips, events and a controversial lush office redecoration in "Downtown Abbey" style.  Photos on his Facebook page depict a politician who was accustomed to the good life.  


House Speaker John Boehner reacted to the ordeal in a statement: “With this decision, Rep. Schock has put the best interests of his constituents and the House first. I appreciate Aaron’s years of service, and I wish him well in the future.”

This matter is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The OCE is an outside panel that reviews ethics complaints against House members and makes recommendations to the House Ethics Committee.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

IRONIC: Group pushes to get woman's face on 20 dollar bill

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By Mona Austin

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage (or the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote) an activist group has launched a campaign to replace Andrew Jackson's face on the 20 dollar bill with the face of a  woman by 2020. 

The group has recommended 15 women in history as possible candidates like slave emancipator Harriett Tubman, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Founder of the Red Cross Clara Barton, and abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Susan B. Anthony was on American one dollar gold coin so long ago that most people forgot. That coin went out of production.

Their goal is to get President Obama's attention. The campaign has gone viral with 80,000 signatures.  If they reach 100,000 signatures the White House must respond.    

Why do they want to use the $20 bill as opposed to the $100 bill?  Because it is the  most commonly used bill. The second and more pronounced reason the $20 is the target of the change is due to the man whose portrait currently occupies it.  Many find it ironic that Jackson was ever printed on a bill  because he was opposed to paper currency and the central banking system.

The greater irony is that this effort comes at the height of American womens' fight for wage equality.   Women's  concern is to get more money in their pockets for performing the same amount of work as men for less pay.  Although the W20 campaign is a strong symbolic gesture, the movement for fair wages takes precedent to it.  Besides, society is headed in a paperless direction as more and more people make purchases electronically.  It might be more practical to get the faces of all 15 women on a credit/debit card.

Bottomline: Women want the government to show them the money before they show their faces on the money.

Click here to meet all of the candidates in the 20/20 campaign.
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Acclaimed Actress Addresses Recent Hollywood Controversy, Talks Wage Inequality and Reveals Next Creative Steps in News One Now First-Ever Primetime Special

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Roland Martin with Mo'Nique
Photo Credit Lindsey Wright / TV One and The FrontPage Firm




Silver Spring, MD  - TV One has announced that News One Now - the first morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective - will air its first-ever primetime special with the Oscar® winning actress Mo'Nique on Sunday, March 22nd at 10PM/EDT. Recently recorded in Atlanta, Host and Managing Editor Roland Martin sat down for a one-on-one interview to discuss the recent controversy surrounding reports that Mo'Nique experienced backlash following her groundbreaking role in Precious. Mo'Nique also opened up about wage inequality in Hollywood, her current approach to sustaining a career in the entertainment industry and her role in the upcoming independent film Blackbird"NewsOneNow has featured some of today's top Blacks in Hollywood, whether its Eddie Murphy, Tyler Perry, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington or directors Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay and Gina Prince-Bythewood. But we don't just focus on their latest project; we also offer them a platform to speak about the business of Hollywood, and the political issues and challenges they face as African Americans," said Martin. "We are pleased to extend and deepen the discussion in our first primetime special with the multi-talented and award-winning  Mo'Nique, who offered our audience never-before-revealed information, as well as her focus on charting her own path to success in the entertainment industry."

Excerpts from the interview below:

On wage inequality in Hollywood:
"When you hear our sisters Patricia Arquette and Gwyneth Paltrow, who our are White sisters in this business, and they're saying we want wage equality, we want to be treated equal, well if they're saying it, what do you think we're (actresses of color) getting?"

On reputation of being demanding:
"When I watch Mr. Daniels make statements like I was demanding, and I was difficult, Mr. Daniels knows that is not true because he and I have never had an issue at all. If I were that person, why ever would you offer me the role of 'Gloria' in The Butler, why ever would you offer me the role of 'Cookie' in Empire?"  

On the personal toll endured by pursing fame:
"This is my third marriage. (With) the first two marriages, I was chasing (fame) and really didn't understand what it is to be a wife... Now that my son is 25, we have a very strained relationship because during that time when he was a little boy I was out chasing, so my prayer was 'please give me another chance'."



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Is mandatory voting in America's future?

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Would you be in favor of MANDATORY voting?  Mandatory anything seems foreign in America, the land of the free. Rights are  at the foundation of our democracy has allowed fr voitng as a "right".

In a speech in Ohio on Wednesday, President Obama broached the idea of having mandatory voting, a method that is currently practiced in Australia. “It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything,” Obama said.

By inserting money Obama is referring the large amounts of it that are needed to run for political office and the scrutiny that often comes with how campaign funds are utilized.

The president continued, “The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily toward immigrant groups and minorities… There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls.”

The president was speaking in the context of money being a major part of politics. There was no indication that Obama plans to push mandatory voting.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SAE fraternity's racist video causes major fall out

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The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity  (SAE) at the University of Oklahoma at Norman has been disbanded after its members were seen and heard  chanting racial slurs in a video that went viral.  The chant is an SAE tradition that speaks of lynching "n*Gg*s" and keeping them from joining the Greek organization.  Black spray painted letters on the side of their frat house  screamed, "TEAR IT DOWN!" The U of O President David Boren responded with swift discipline, shutting down the  house and expelling the two students seen as the ring leaders in the video. The frat brothers had until midnight a day after the fall out to be completely moved out of the house. 

In the aftermath of this incident  just goes to show just how far the damage of ignorant behavior can reach.  The frat brothers not only hurt themselves, but the African American cook who provided their meals appeared on CBS News with complaint of losing his job and house.  He worked in the frat house for 15 years and told CBS news he is out of the best job he has ever held.

A video from two years earlier of the house mother using the n-word in a rap song repeatedly.  She released a statement saying she is not a racist, but sees how it may appear in the wake of the chant controversy.

But the fall out doesn't stop there. The video has harmed the OU reputation to the point that a football recruit has de-committed.

A former African American member who pledged the fraternity in 2001 has denounced the organization also.

When questioned by local press as they were packing their cars, most SAE members said they were embarrassed about the video.  As they prepared to leave a the three letters that signified their brotherhood were being removed.  SAE is no more at OU.  Nationally, all chapters of the fraternity are now under investigation.



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WATCH: Jill Scott does a passionate blues ballad in new video

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In the video for her latest single, Jill Scott takes a sip of honey-colored courage and proceeds to a microphone in a dark, dusty room.  It appears that there is just Scott, with Qwsest Love on the drums beside her and a group of fellas singing BGVs.  When she opens her mouth another presence fills the room. . .her blues.  Scott just joined Instagram and shortly after she dropped the video for "You Don't Know," a LorraineEllison‬ re-make.  It's the first time I' recall hearing her sing a blues number and boy can she sing the blues. Scott has worn her feelings on her proverbial sleeves in previous ballads, but the rendering of this cut is sees the Philly girl on another plane of vulnerability.

Youtube viewers are loving the song and excited for the full album.  "You Don't Know" will appear on Scott's long-awaited fifth album, the follow-up to 2011's The Light of the Sun.

 Watch the video here:


 
One can't help but feel the passionate force of her voice as she sings every emotionally-drunken bar. 

She'll gain some new followers with this one.  Welcome to Instagram, Jil.
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Host, performers and new location announced for 2015 UNCF Evening of Stars

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*LOS ANGELES, CA  – Black-ish executive producer and star Anthony Anderson will return to host UNCF An Evening of Stars® for the third consecutive year. K. Michelle, Yolanda Adams, Estelle and Jussie Smollett will perform. Estelle and Smollett will perform the special duet version of her single “Conqueror,” as seen on the hit FOX series Empire. UNCF An Evening of Stars®, which has been the hallmark of African American superstars supporting minority education for 36 years, will tape in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Civic Center on April 12, 2015 and air nationally on BET, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 10p/9c. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. Tickets to the show’s taping can be purchased at www.UNCF.org/AEOStickets.

“As it always has, UNCF is answering the call to make a difference in the lives of minority youth and the community at large. In the spirit of ‘Black Lives Matter,’ UNCF is redoubling its efforts and joining with other influential voices to ensure ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Through partnerships with Target, Usher’s New Look Foundation and other important partner foundations, we are making a difference,” said UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax. “I want to personally thank Anthony for his continued support and shepherding of UNCF An Evening of Stars®. He brings comedy, experience, heart and resources to this important endeavor and inspires us all to invest in better futures for young people across the country.”

“Atlanta is proud to be the home of UNCF An Evening of Stars®,” said Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta. “Through the work of UNCF and countless supporters, thousands of our young people are receiving educational opportunities and resources to complete their education and continue along the road to achieving their dreams. I applaud this year’s performers and sponsors for their unwavering commitment to invest in future generations by ensuring they have access to a high-quality education.”
This year’s show is made possible by national sponsors McDonald’s and Wells Fargo. Target, is an official sponsor and also serves as a “Rising Stars” scholarship sponsor. Buick is a major sponsor. The City of Atlanta, iHeartMedia and BET Networks serve as the city and media partners, respectively. The Walton Family Foundation is a philanthropic partner. UNCF An Evening of Stars® will also air in syndication on April 25 and 26 (check local listings for dates and times).

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, returns to produce UNCF An Evening of Stars for the third year. Collins has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable performances in the music entertainment arena. Formerly executive producer and executive vice president of Cossette Productions, he has produced award-winning television programming including the GRAMMY® Awards, the BET Awards, BET Honors and the BET Hip Hop Awards. He has worked with superstar talent including BeyoncĂ©, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Kid Rock. Collins is also executive producer of the BET hit series The Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, which won an NAACP Image Award® for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2015/03/k-michelle-yolanda-adams-estelle-and-jussie-smollett-to-perform-on-uncf-an-evening-of-stars/#TL9miEYW6ga8HqdL.99


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Joanne Cash Continues the Cash Family Legacy with Release of Star-Studded Duets Album on April 1st

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Legendary Gospel artist Joanne Cash, the little sister of Johnny Cash, duets with some of her famous friends on new album, Breaking Down the Barriers


(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Gospel music legend Joanne Cash, sister of country music icon Johnny Cash, will release her latest album, Breaking Down the Barriers, on April 1st. The star-studded duets album from Nashville-based indie label Proverbial Excellence will be available in stores and at all digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon, distributed by Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

On Breaking Down the Barriers, Joanne teamed up with many of her famous friends for a collection of 14 duets that are firmly planted in Gospel. Fans of the Cash family will be thrilled to find duets with Rosanne Cash and Tommy Cash, in addition to contributions from iconic country artists Larry Gatlin, T. Graham Brown, The Fox Brothers, Razzy Bailey, George Hamilton IV and Riders in the Skys Ranger Doug and Christian rockers Kevin Max (dcTalk, Audio Adrenaline), Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay), Rick Florian (Whiteheart) and John Schlitt (Petra).

Country music fans will take particular interest in two tracks on the new album, due to their historical significance. The lyrics for the Tommy Cash duet, My Lord Has Gone, were written by Joanne and Tommys brother Johnny Cash, who passed away before he had the chance to record it. On the song On The Rock Where Moses Stood, Joanne duets with legendary country artist George Hamilton IV, in what turned out to be his final recording. Hamilton died unexpectedly in September.

"These sessions, often done in Joanne's home, pair Joanne with artists from all walks of life and genres, says producer Chad Randall Crow. "Each of these songs was hand-picked for this inspirational work. Like her brother's American Recordings sessions, these performances will stand the test of time."

As the younger sister of Johnny Cash, Joanne Cash has certainly made her way in the music industry. With 30 albums, the 2013 docufilm, Joanne Cash: I Do Believe, her acclaimed autobiography, My Fears Are Gone, and continuous concert appearances, the singer/songwriter is driven by a deeper sense of eternal purpose. Says Joanne, Im amazed that at my age I still want to sing, but its like therapy for me. Johnny always helped me remember that and he was constantly encouraging. But there was one short phrase from Johnny thats always stuck with me and its one Ill continue for as long as Im here, Baby, just keep on singing!

Joanne grew up in Dyess, Arkansas, where some of her earliest Cash family memories include singing spiritual standards in the cotton fields and laying on the living room floor listening to gospel and country music - scenes that would eventually be played out in the box office smash, I Walk the Line. Joanne found a musical calling in the 1970s while working at House of Cash, Johnny's famed recording studio, office space and musical museum. She sang at the Grand Ole Opry from 1972-1976 with Jimmy Rodgers Snow's Grand Ole Gospel Time. During that era, Joanne met her husband Dr. Harry Yates, and the couple soon dedicated themselves to full time music ministry, traveling the country for fifteen years of full time preaching and singing the gospel. When they came off the road in 1990, the couple founded Nashville Cowboy Church, where Joanne continues to sing every Sunday. In addition, Joanne continues to tour worldwide, and hosts a Tuesday night residency at the Wyndham Vacation Resort in Nashville, where she shares a variety of original and gospel/country covers, plus tidbits of the Cash family testimony.

For more information on Joanne Cash, please visit the official website at www.JoanneCash.com.

Track Listing for Breaking Down the Barriers:
1. Time Of Your Life (with Rick Florian)
2. My Lord Has Gone (with Tommy Cash)
3. The Touch Of God's Hand (with Ranger Doug)
4. Dust In The Wind (with John Schlitt)
5. Fair Weather Friends (with Razzy Bailey)
6. The Good Earth (with Larry Gatlin)
7. God's Gonna Cut You Down (with T Graham Brown)
8. Love Rescue Me (with Kevin Max)
9. My Ship Will Sail (with The Fox Brothers)
10. On The Rock Where Moses Stood (with George Hamilton IV)
11. Anchored In Love (with Rosanne Cash)
12. All My Tears (with Dan Haseltine)
13. Breaking Down The Barriers
14. My Lord Has Gone (Proverbial Remix)


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"Fashion Police" goes on hiatus

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The late Joan Rivers' shoes are apparently hard to fill.  "Fashion Police" is going on hiatus until September of this year, following negative press and a shake up among its hosts.  The show has been going down hill since the comedian passed away in September 2014 and could not seem to keep its footing without her.

Comedian Kathy Griffin quit after 7 episodes saying the show was just not for her.  Kelly Osbourne also left after Guiliana Rancc insulted Zendaya's dreads, although she was reportedly having issues with the way the show was being produced.

Guiliana and Brad will be back  when the show returns to E!.

"Fashion Police" is executive produced by Melissa Rivers.
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Matt Maher releases his fifth album, 'Saints and Sinners'

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Multi-GRAMMY® nominee and acclaimed songwriter Matt Maher released his fifth studio album, with Essential Records/Provident Label Group, Saints And Sinners. Also available today is a digital-only deluxe edition that features five bonus tracks, two additional live cuts and an exclusive unplugged version of “Because He Lives (Amen).” The album’s first single, “Because He Lives (Amen),” is in the Top 5 at radio, currently sitting at No. 4 on the National Christian Audience Chart and No. 6 on the AC Monitored Chart.
 
The songs for Saints And Sinners organically began to develop as Maher experienced a time of personal transition and went in search of inspiration. “I found myself in a real place of unknowing,” he shares. “So I naturally started gravitating toward writings and quotes from people having experienced the tension between certainty and mystery.”
 
Inspired by leaders of faith who left profound marks on Christianity, Saints And Sinners boasts a collection of cuts highlighting influencers such as Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa. “All the songs on the record are based on quotes, prayers, scriptures and characters throughout the history of the church that have been a prophetic voice,” the artist explains. “It’s good to look at their lives in the context of our own, because it gives us permission to ask questions along our journey.”
 
Co-produced by Maher and longtime friend and collaborator Paul Moak (Third Day, Mat Kearney), Maher also brought together a host of talented songwriters among who were Thad Cockrell (Leagues), Jon foreman (Switchfoot), Bo and Bear Rinehart (NEEDTOBREATHE), Jason Ingram and several others for Saints And Sinners.
 
Maher is currently performing on the Rock & Worship Roadshow, also featuring MercyMe, Crowder, Jamie Grace and more. This spring he will headline a tour in support of Saints And Sinners with special guests and label mates I Am They and Jon Guerra.
 
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WELCOME ROYALS: Prince Charles and Camilla have arrived

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Prince Charles and Camilla, the Dutchess of Cornwall are visiting the nation's capital to commemorate the150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  Last night they attended a reception.   A visit to the Lincoln Memorial, MLK Memorial and Mount Vernon are on their agenda today.  Later today, The Prince of Wales will speak while his companion spends time at the Shakespeare Theatre.  Tomorrow they will meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden. 
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Trader Joe's recalls walnuts and cinnamon almonds

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The following  recall was announced on March 12:

Trader Joe’s Company is recalling all lot codes of its 16 ounce packages of Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Almonds because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Almonds were distributed nationwide in Trader Joe’s retail stores. The product comes in a 16 ounce, clear plastic package marked with UPC # 00761437 on the back of the package.

The recall was initiated after peanuts were discovered in packages of Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Almonds. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the supplier’s production and packaging processes. All product has been removed from store shelves. Sale of this product has been suspended.

To date, Trader Joe’s has received one report of an allergic reaction potentially linked to this product.
Customers who have purchased 16 ounce packages of Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Almonds and have a sensitivity to peanuts are urged to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at 626-599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00AM to 6:00 PM PST].
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Raven Symone defends reporter's 'ape' comment and use of 'n-word' on 'The View'

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By Mona Austin


 Should Raven Symone's "Black card" be revoked?  The actress/singer has made public statements recently that give the impression she is disloyal to African Americans and she may be taking objectivity/open mindedness too far.

Yesterday as a guest co-host on "The View,"  Symone shared views that were quite controversial.

Symone defended  the Univision reporter who was fired last week for comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to an ape.

"Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don't fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals," she said explaining people were too sensitive about the reporter's comment, which she did not deem racist.  

Co-host Rosie Perez argued that the statement was  racist and was disrespectful to the First Lady, but Symone continued to justify her comment. "I look like a bird, so can I be mad if somebody calls me Toucan Sam?," she asked.

In a discussion about Terrence Howard's push to use the "n-word" on "Empire" Symone also said the use of the "n" word is the same as using the "b" word and that her generation wants to move on and not be reminded of the past Civil Rights struggles. 

Perez also took Ms. Symone to task over this remark adding that Latinos do not tolerate use of racial slurs.

Recognizing the negative impression she left, the Empire actress took to Twitter after the show to clarify her  opinion. "My opinion/comments aren't based off race, that doesn't mean I'm trying to be a different race all together," the post read. "I love OUR history, family...."

Controversy surrounded the actress last year following  an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.  Symone, who is an African American  in a lesbian relationship, said she does not want to be called "gay" or "Black." She said she does not like labels, but if they must be used she prefers to be called "human" and "American."


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Kraft recalls 242,000 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese

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Kraft Foods has voluntarily recalled 242,000 cases of macaroni and cheese due to possible metal contamination. The recalled mac and cheese was the original flavor variety, sold in 7.25 oz. boxes. In a press release Kraft said the boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The affected recalled boxes of product were shipped  nationwide in the U.S., Puerto Rico, some  Caribbean and South American countries several other countries, but not Canada.

The boxes in question have a "best when used by" date of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015. A  "C2" code, referring to the production line, is listed directly below the date on each individual box. Consumers who purchased the affected product should not eat it.

The following is being recalled:

Product Size
Name of Product
Sell Unit 
Best When Used By Code Date &
Mfr. Code
Individual Box
Best When Used By Code Date & Mfr. Code

Individual
Box UPC


Multi-Pack Unit
UPC
7.25 oz. each
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
NA

18 SEP 2015  C2
through
11 OCT 2015 C2
0 21000 65883 1
NA
3-Pack Box
(Three 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 21.75 oz.
3-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
09 SEP 2015 XDG
27 SEP 2015 XDG
01 OCT 2015 XDG
02 OCT 2015 XDG
03 OCT 2015 XDG
20 NOV 2015 XDG
18 SEP 2015  C2
through
11 OCT 2015 C2
0 21000 65883 1
0 21000 05076 5
4-Pack
Shrink–wrap
(Four 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 29 oz.
4-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
18 SEP 2015 C2
19 SEP 2015 C2
08 OCT 2015 C2
18 SEP 2015  C2
through
11 OCT 2015 C2
0 21000 65883 1
0 21000 72540 3

5-Pack
Shrink-wrap
(Five 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 36.25 oz.
5-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
18 SEP 2015
through
11 OCT 2015
  XAR or C2
18 SEP 2015  C2
through
11 OCT 2015 C2
0 21000 65883 1
0 21000 77436 4

The affected products were packaged in the following configuration:

7.25 oz. individual box, Original flavor

3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

4-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

For a full list of affected products, click here.

"The safety and quality of our products is our highest priority," Kraft said in a statement. "We work every day to exceed your expectations and we sincerely apologize for this situation."

Kraft noted no other sizes, varieties or pasta shapes and no other packaging configurations are included in this recall.  And no products with manufacturing codes other than "C2" below the code date on the individual box are included in this recall. 

Kraft has received eight consumer contacts about this product from the impacted line within this range of code dates and no injuries have been reported. 

"We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed," lamented the food production giant.

Consumers who purchased an affected box of macaroni and cheese should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET for a full refund.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Season 2 of 'Married At First Sight' premieres tonight

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Catch the season 2 of premiere of the FYI Network's "Married At First Sight" tonight as perfect strangers say "I do," entrusting their future to  scientific matchmaking. The couples are required to remain legally married for one month before deciding if they want to divorce. In season one, 2 out of the 3 couples stayed married, beating the national average.  Couples who participate in the experiment say they take a chance with this non-traditional approach because they believe in love and marriage, but have not been able to find it on their own.
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'Leverage failure, not fear' for success in work and life pastor advises

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4 Ways to Foil Your Fear of Risk
How, and why, to get out of your comfort zone and take those barrier-busting leaps of faith
 
All of us have fears—especially when it comes to taking risks in our professional and personal lives. In fact, it’s been said that FEAR stands for “Forget Everything And Run,” which is a logical reaction given that, by definition, risk is “the possibility of suffering harm or loss,” and involves “uncertain danger.” But, amid the vast upside possibilities, I prefer to reject the negative connotations associated with risk and the debilitating aversion to “learning the hard way.” People actually learn best by feeling the result of their actions, whether that result is positive or negative. Indeed, our most powerful knowledge base comes from taking small and large risks in life, and experiencing the consequences—the good, the bad and the ugly.

So many are understandably fearful of getting out of their comfort zone and taking those barrier-busting leaps of faith. However, for me, the word “risk” evokes a sense of excitement. Of limitless possibility. It reminds me of the famously insightful notion to “go out on a limb, because that’s where the fruit is." Truer words cannot be spoken as risk is the preeminent propelling force that helps companies and individuals, alike, accelerate and achieve key success benchmarks.

Here are 4 pieces of wisdom to help you foil your fear of risk and supercharge positive change in your life:

1. Define and debunk your fears.   Acting upon something with an unknown result can be an uneasy feeling, especially if something of value is at stake. But, what exactly are you afraid of? The amount of work involved for you? The potential financial loss if it doesn’t work out? The possibility of being perceived as a failure? Start by defining your fears with specificity, either in your mind or, better, by writing them down. During this process, be sure you conceive what you believe to be the “worst case scenario” and the probability of that coming to fruition. The worst case scenario rarely plays out, so you can rest easier on that front. Once all of your fears are itemized, for each and every one detail how you would move past it if it were to materialize. Determining the likelihood of each feared event and how each would be dealt with can give you an invigorating sense of reassurance.

2. Embrace fear.
Many people are deterred from taking risks because of the fear of failure, disappointment and others’ perception of the failure. However, while failure is not something that anyone wants to experience, it statistically increases your chances of success. Did you know 9 out of 10 startup companies fail, and that the average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times? So, statistically speaking, some would say that the more times you fail the higher chance you have of succeeding the next time. With fear, the key is to not only identify it, but actually take control and use it to drive you towards that which you covet from afar, stagnated by inaction.   And, most importantly, never make a decision based on fear. I actually assert that you should appreciate fear as, without it, your achievement or success wouldn’t be so rewarding if fear wasn’t there to serve as a barometer and provide perspective on what was attained. Moreover, how boring life would be without fear. The process of understanding your fears, taking calculated risks, and achieving the success or parlaying the failure into something positive is a far more rewarding journey than a life lived without any risk-taking, regardless of the outcome.

3. Know when to put fear aside and take a risk.
Don’t quit your job or end an important relationship on a whim! All justifiable risks have a time and a place---and that’s certainly not all day, every day. Ideal situations for risk taking are those where you have the time and/or resources needed to “rescue” yourself should your pre-determined worst case scenario present. The risks with the most at stake are also best taken when time is on your side and you can put contingency efforts—Plan B, C, and D—in place if needed. It’s also better to take a big risk when you are stable, such as when finances and life circumstances are on your side—optimally when you have a support system should things take a turn for the worse.   All of that said, there is another ideal circumstance for a big risk that’s actually quite the opposite: when your back is against the wall, and you don’t have that much to lose. When your only way out is up, it’s time to take that leap of faith.

4. Leverage
failure, don’t fear it. Focusing on the positive is where your mindset should be, however, should you fail, you do need to deal with that reality in a constructive way. The most important aspect of leveraging failure is knowing exactly why you failed. Dissect the situation and identify all possible and real causes of the breakdown. It can also be helpful to enlist the help of a third party, such as a friend, family member, colleague or a consultant or life coach, who can lend objective outside perspective and provide neutral insight. Sometimes it’s difficult to “see the forest through the trees.” Only from a comprehensive understanding of what went wrong can you move forward with the same confidence with which you started. The second most important part is not losing hope. Don’t let failure consume you, but rather use it as a learning tool and a resource that will help you attain your next goal.

Before you embark upon an anxiety-provoking or downright frightening journey rife with risks, measure your resolve by first asking yourself if you are willing to go through four defeats to achieve the fifth win that makes you a success?  Remember: “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." No guts, no glory!

Andy Thompson is an international faith leader, life coach, cultural commentator and pastor of one of America’s 50 largest congregations.  As a highly regarded speaker, Thompson shares his inspirational message for realizing personal and professional success through conferences, books and through media outlets worldwide. He may be reached at www.AndyThompson.tv or via Twitter @PastorAndyWOCC. 
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BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON LEADS AN UNFORGETTABLE LIVE RECORDING THIS SUMMER FOR FINAL ALBUM

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Tickets Available Now; Morton Performs with the Greater Change Mass Choir and Special Guests for Live Recording in New Orleans on July 13, 2015
 
Nashville, TN  – Esteemed worship leader, author and recording artist Bishop Paul S. Morton has an inspiring musical extravaganza in store when he hosts a live recording this summer, to create his final full record.  Performing live with the Greater Change Mass Choir, the award-winning artist will also welcome a host of guest stars to the stage, as they come together on this special concert celebration that caps his prolific career in ministry and over 30 years as a gospel recording artist.  Taking place on Monday, July 13, 2015 in New Orleans at the Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, tickets for Bishop Morton’s live recording are available for purchase now online, ranging from $10 - $30, and will also be available on-site.   
 
As he prepares to retire from an historic career in international ministry as the founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International (FGBCFI), the outgoing presiding bishop’s global influence on gospel will be recognized with several milestones this year, including Bishop Morton being honored as the 2015 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on March 28, and as an honoree by the Gospel Music Association’s upcoming GMA Honors 2015 on May 5. 
 
Produced by Trent Phillips, known for his award-winning work with Bishop Morton and Donnie McClurkin, special guest artists who will join Bishop Morton’s live recording include PJ Morton, gospel legends Pastor Shirley Caesar and Rance Allen, Zacardi Cortez, Tasha Cobbs, and Le’Andria Johnson, with producer/songwriter Ay’Ron Lewis as Musical Director. 
 
Filling the evening with invigorating ministry and powerful music, Bishop Morton’s live recording will be backed by the incredible sound of the Greater Change Mass Choir – a 100 person choir bringing together the acclaimed Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir and the Changing A Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir – for a culmination of the faith-infused vital ministry and musical talents that have fueled the Grammy®, Stellar and Dove nominated/winning artist’s ongoing growth and success.  Bishop Morton’s live recording will kick off a full week of celebration of Bishop Morton’s career, including a special white tie gala honoring Bishop Morton presented by the FGBCFI, and this year’s Full Gospel Conference 2015.
 
Since its inception by Bishop Paul S. Morton, the FGBCFI has grown nationally and internationally, celebrating over 20 years of change and impactful ministry in 2014, with thousands of locations.  In addition to his roles as a bishop, recording artist, and author, Bishop Morton also created the record label Tehillah Music Group, helming the label as CEO. 
 
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SXSW kicks off enormous entertainment line up today in Texas

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The South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) kicks off today and runs through Sunday, March 22 in Texas. Be sure to listen to many of the SXSW 2015 artists by tuning in on your mobile device or desktop to SXSWfm. at [http://www.sxsw.com/fm].
SXSW 2015, the world's leading music industry event, continues to present the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,000 regional, national and international acts at the nighttime music festival as well as exploring the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo, and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. For more information on every aspect of SXSW, please go to http://www.sxsw.com.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham Hosts Crazy Horse Grand Opening Party March 21 in Pompano Beach

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla.-- Farrah Abraham's return to the "Teen Mom" series has fans waiting to watch the new season premiere on MTV this March. Pompano Beach Florida has a new adult entertainment venue opening that promises to be an experience like you have never seen before in its area. Crazy Horse opened March 5th with its grand opening & Inance brand lingerie party, hosted by Farrah on March 21st. The director of public relations and marketing for Crazy Horse said, "We want to create a totally different kind of club experience in Pompano Beach. Although we are an adult entertainment venue, we want to have a good mix of a regular nightclub experience fused with an adult flair. Crazy Horse will be completely unique and we are bringing in national celebrities and features for VIP meet & greet events you won't want to miss. We are so happy to have Farrah kick off our grand opening party and her fans will be ecstatic to be able to meet her in person at our new venue."



About Crazy Horse Pompano Beach:  The new Crazy Horse world class entertainment venue opened on March 5, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. This 11,000 square foot venue is the only place to be in Pompano Beach. They offer a new era of sophistication & elegance, yet you will leave saying you had the time of your life! Crazy Horse is the ultimate clash of Fun, World Class Entertainment, Beautiful Ladies, Celebrity Events, Amazing VIP Rooms, Bottle Service, Skyboxes and featuring "the PIT" VIP area. They offer shuttle service, Valet Parking, and FREE LUNCH DAILY with a full gourmet menu made from the highest quality ingredients. Visit their High-End Lingerie and Club Wear Boutique located inside the club. Their Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties are a one of a kind experience you don't want to miss. Open every day from 11:30am-2:00am.
1820 NW 21st Street Pompano Beach, FL 33069
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

VIDEO: BRAVO MEDIA TAKES OVER THE EMPIRE STATE WHEN SEASON TWO OF "BLOOD, SWEAT & HEELS" PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AT 9PM ET/PT

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Arzo Anwar and Chantelle Fraser Join The Cast 

NEW YORK  - Bravo Media's "Blood, Sweat & Heels" welcomes back New York's feistiest self-made go-getters when season two premieres on Sunday, March 29 at 9pm ET/PT. The show's premiere was Bravo's highest rated non-Housewives or Housewives spinoff series premiere ever among all key demos, earning over 2.6 million total viewers, 1.6 million P25-54 and 1.5 million P18-49, according to Nielsen (1/5/14). These up-and-coming movers and shakers in New York's elite circles of real estate, fashion and media are back for a new season to tackle the city that never sleeps. Continuing to go big or go home are returning cast members Melyssa Ford, Mica Hughes, Daisy Lewellyn, Demetria Lucas D'Oyley and Geneva S. Thomas. Joining the group are celebrity stylist Arzo Anwar and entertainment entrepreneur Chantelle Fraser.

This season, the women will work to balance their work hard, play hard lifestyles as their careers take them to the next level. Fresh off a rocky break-up, Mica struggles to take her business ventures to new heights as things heat up between herself and an unlikely suitor. Recently diagnosed with a life-threatening medical crisis, Daisy faces more obstacles than ever that could potentially interfere with her career goals. Always on the go, Geneva strives to make a name for herself as a journalist, but her friendships are put to the test. Working to reinvent herself and start a new chapter, Melyssa Ford delves into producing a semi-autobiographical musical while Demetria juggles the release of her second book, pending nuptials and the fairytale wedding she will always remember. Fashion maven and self-proclaimed hustler Arzo works to build her fashion brand through her multi-line showroom and is good friends with Melyssa Ford who enjoys having such an entertaining friend around. As the CEO and founder of a premiere talent and entertainment booking company, Chantelle is living the American dream while also managing her busy social calendar. For a sneak peek at the sizzling season two, visit http://www.bravotv.com/blood-sweat-and-heels/season-2/videos/this-season-on-blood-sweat-and-heels

Meet the new ladies:

Arzo Anwar
Celebrity stylist and native of Kabul, Afghanistan, Arzo Anwar fled to the United States with her family at a young age and spent most of her childhood in Northern California. Although her family hoped that Arzo would become a lawyer, Arzo knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue her fashion dreams in New York City. Fearless and driven, Arzo arrived in New York at the age of 21 with two suitcases and hustled her way to the top of the fashion industry with hard work, integrity and perseverance. In 2005, Arzo opened Blend Showroom, a contemporary women's multi-line showroom located in the heart of Manhattan's Garment District. Initially working solely as a sales showroom that helped emerging designers launch their lines, the illustrious Blend has now evolved into a sales, styling, PR, fashion show production and a consulting business. As her career in fashion continues to soar, Arzo also juggles planning a future with her boyfriend, Brandon (a.k.a. Yestirday), a pop/R&B music artist who is a client and nine years her junior.

Chantelle Fraser
Born in the UK to Jamaican parents, Chantelle Fraser is an entrepreneur and graduate from the London School of Economics. In 2006, Chantelle founded Flawless NYC, a successful promotional company that is the go-to agency for booking entertainment and talent for high-end events and prestigious brands. Chantelle is a fashion lover who enjoys the finer things in life and prides herself on being completely self-sufficient. A proud practicing vegan, Chantelle is passionate about healthy living and fitness, a lover of animals (especially her Westie, Milkshake) and an avid supporter in the anti-fur movement.
"Blood, Sweat & Heels" is produced by Leftfield Pictures, an ITV Studios company. Brent Montgomery, David George, Jordana Hochman, Caroline Self, Dave Rupel & Jackie Stemple produce the series.


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