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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Virginia, the Democratic party is releasing the 'Donald Ducks' on Donald Trump today

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First naked Trump statues that were created by a former Trmp supporter invade the U.S., now this. . .

In response to Donald Trump’s constant ducking on his taxes, Democrats are unveiling Donald Ducks.

TODAY, August 20 at 2:30 PM
Outside of Trump’s rally at Fredericksburg Expo Center
2371 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA

Ducking has been Trump’s preferred response to the bi-partisan requests for him to release his tax returns to the American people.

Releasing his tax returns? Donald ducks.
Questions about his charitable giving? Donald ducks.
Want to know his tax rate? Donald ducks.
Inquiries about foreign investments that could compromise national security? Donald ducks.

Donald Trump is the only major party nominee in the last 40 years to duck releasing his tax returns. So our friend Donald Ducks will be following the Republican standard-bearer – and his running mate – around the country until he does. 

(Source: The Democratic Party of Virginia)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Trump campaign adviser Manafort resigns

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Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort has resigned from the campaign. Just days ago as the upper ranks of the campaign staff underwent a major overhaul Manafort vowed he would stay. Manafort's resignation followed two days after Trump brought Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager and Steve Bannon as his campaign's CEO. Meanwhile his name has come up in an investigation involving a money scandal with the Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities looking at whether he and others received millions in illegal payments from Ukraine's former pro-Russian ruling party according to CNN.
 
Trump said in a statement, “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign.  I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”

Trump has gone through 3 campign mangers since the start of his run for president.
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THE GAME & DAUGHTER CALI HOST "KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS" SCREENING IN LA; YANDY SMITH HOSTS IN NYC

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(LOS ANGELES) - August 19, 2016 - This week, rapper The Game and his 5-year-old daughter Cali hosted the Los Angeles screening of the new film Kubo And The Two Strings for 200 guests at AMC Century City. Attendees included Flex Alexander and Shanice Wilson (OWN's "Flex & Shanice"); Torrei Hart (VH1's "Atlanta Exes"); "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" cast members Moniece Slaughter, Nia Riley and Milan Christopher; Travis Winfrey (VH1's "Single Ladies"); Nicki Micheaux (ABC Familly's "Lincoln Heights"); recording artist MAJORChef Ameera and more. 
 
On Tuesday in New York, "Love & Hip Hop" star Yandy Smith-Harris hosted a Kubo And The Two Strings screening at AMC 19th Street. Guests included tv producer/artist manager Mona Scott-Young, tv host Shannon Lanier and writer Miles Marshall Lewis.
 
Kubo And The Two Strings opens nationwide TODAY!
 
Visit www.kubothemovie.com for more information. Join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #kubomovie and following @kubothemovie.         
 
Hendrix Hart, Cali and Heaven Hart

left: Travis Winfrey; right: Milan Christopher
Shanice Wilson, Flex Alexander, Ruba Wilson with family
Moniece Slaughter and son
 
Monique Jackson, Kita Williams and Torrei Hart with their kids

Recording artist MAJOR

Actress Nicki Micheaux and kids

Chef Ameera and daughter

The Game and Cali intro the film

A packed house in Los Angeles

Selfie with friends!


EARLIER IN NEW YORK...

Yandy with son Omere and mom
 
Shannon Lanier and Mona Scott-Young

Hanif Sumner and guest
 
Miles Marshall Lewis and sons

Yandy welcomed the guests and intro'd the film



WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on World Humanitarian Day

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On World Humanitarian Day, we honor humanitarians across the globe for their compassion and their courage.  We remember the 22 UN and relief agency staff who died in a Baghdad bombing on this day 13 years ago as well as the nearly 4,000 other aid workers who have been killed, wounded, or kidnapped in the past two decades.  Humanitarians deserve our support, respect, and praise not just for their work, but for what they represent: our capacity to help those who are suffering, regardless of where they come from, what language they speak, or how they worship. 
 
Humanitarian crises are not distant tragedies.  Today, there are a record 65 million people displaced inside their own countries, living as refugees or seeking asylum. More than 130 million people across 40 countries are in need of humanitarian aid. The scourges that many flee - political repression, chronic violence, and natural disasters - cannot be defeated by building barriers but only by building hope and compassion. These are global challenges that demand collective action. 
 
And as world leaders gather at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, President Obama will convene a Leaders' Summit on Refugees, highlighting the United States' continued leadership on humanitarian assistance.  The Summit aims to significantly increase humanitarian funding, to double the number of refugees who benefit from resettlement or other humanitarian admissions programs, and to help empower refugees in countries of asylum - building on our commitment for a stronger, more accountable international humanitarian system capable of meeting today's unprecedented needs.
 
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Donald J. Trump Announces Major Campaign Hires

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Mr. Trump Appoints Stephen K. Bannon To Campaign CEO; Kellyanne Conway Promoted To Campaign Manager

(New York, NY) August 17th, 2016 Donald J. Trump today announced that Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon has been appointed CEO, temporarily stepping down from his role with Breitbart News to work full-time on Mr. Trump’s campaign in a new position designed to bolster the business-like approach of Mr. Trump’s campaign. In addition, nationally respected pollster and Republican campaign strategist Kellyanne Conway, Founder and President of The Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend, a privately held, woman-owned corporation, has been promoted to Campaign Manager. Paul Manafort will remain as Campaign Chairman and Chief Strategist.

“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” said Mr. Trump. “I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security.”

These announcements come at a time of significant growth for Mr. Trump’s campaign, with the first major TV ad buy of the general election slated to start later this week and with additional top-flight operatives joining the movement on a near-daily basis.

Mr. Bannon, once recognized by Bloomberg Politics as the “most dangerous political operative in America,” will oversee the campaign staff and operations in addition to strategic oversight of major campaign initiatives in addition to working with Mr. Manafort. Mr. Bannon, who goes by Steve, holds a Masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Breitbart News, Mr. Bannon was an Officer in the U.S. Navy and also owned an investment bank that he sold to Societe Generale.

Ms. Conway, a highly sought-after pollster, will work on messaging and travel frequently with Mr. Trump, while working closely with Mr. Bannon and Mr. Manafort on all aspects of the campaign moving forward.

Paul Manafort, Campaign Chairman added, “It is imperative we continue to expand our team with top-tier talent. Steve and Kellyanne are respected professionals who believe in Mr. Trump and his message and will undoubtedly help take the campaign to new levels of success.”

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UPDATE ON WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO LOUISIANA FLOOD DISASTER, PLUS WHERE TO GET HELP

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While President Obama is still on vacation getting plenty of golfing in, he is on top of the flooding situation in Southeast Louisiana.  This morning he spoke to state officials and continues to receive updates. Obama has ordered carte blanch support for the over 40 thousand homes impacted by the flood

A state of emergency was declared in 20 parishes that were left under water from a sever storm that struck on FEMA is managing recovery efforts to including contacting families, insurance, and taking applications for assistance here. Individual parishes are also providing alerts and updates on their respective Facebook pages.

Deputy Press Secretary Jen Friedman provided the following update today.

From Deputy Press Secretary Jen Friedman

This morning, the President spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who traveled 
to Louisiana yesterday, to receive an update on the response to ongoing flooding in 
the state.  In the latest of a series of updates the President has been receiving 
since the weekend, Administrator Fugate briefed the President on the resources that 
have been provided to support the response and recovery, including federal assistance available 
to individuals who have been impacted and FEMA Corps volunteers.  The President directed Administrator 
Fugate to utilize all resources available to assist in the response and recovery and asked to be regularly 
briefed on the ongoing response.  In addition, DHS Secretary Johnson will visit the impacted region on Thursday 
to review the ongoing response.

Earlier this week, the President spoke with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to 
let him know that he had approved a Major Disaster Declaration for affected parishes 
in Louisiana.  FEMA has been on the ground in the region since before the flooding 
began and continues to mobilize across the state to respond to emergency needs and 
to assist with recovery including getting people into temporary housing.  Already 
more than 70,000 people have registered for individual assistance under the federal 
disaster declaration and over 9,000 have filed flood insurance claims.
 
The previous disaster relief response is below: 

President Obama Signs Louisiana Emergency Declaration

                                                                                                                                                           

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by flooding during the period of December 28, 2015 to February 1, 2016. 



The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Concordia, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and West Feliciana.



Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. 



W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Gerard M. Stolar as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. 
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TRAILER: 'Hidden Figures' celebrates the genius of unknown Black women mathemeticians in NASA



Margot Lee, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn are names you may not be familiar with yet, but will be soon.  They were a trio of  black women working at NASA who coded for the space program in the 1960's, a team whose history-making skills  helped  the first American astronaut, John Glenn orbit the moon.  Oscar winner Taraji P. Henson (Johnson) is joined by fellow Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Vaughn) and singer, Janelle Monet (Lee) in leading roles.

Enduring race and gender politics during the Civil Rights Era, this team  of women inspired others to believe intelligence has no bounds. On January 13, 2017, the untold story of  "Hidden Figures" will take audiences out of this world in a major motion picture release.   Buzz and excitement has already begun building since the trailer aired during the Olympics.

Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, and Aldis Hodge round out the cast of the Theodore Melf directed  film.

Click on the official trailer to watch the introduction to this incredible story.

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The Recording Academy® Statement Regrding the death of James Woolley

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Aug 17, 2016

We are saddened to learn of the death of former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley. A Best Metal Performance GRAMMY® winner with NIN for his work on the live performance track “Happiness In Slavery” for 1995, James was an active creative collaborator, having worked with other bands such as Die Warzau, Sister Machine Gun, 2wo, and V.O.I.D. We offer our deepest condolences to James’ family, friends, and all those who had the privilege and honor of working with him.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

 
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jesse Jackson: 'Injustice worse in modern Milwaukee than segregated Birmingham'

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The shame of Milkwaukee
BY JESSE JACKSON
August 16, 2016

Now it is Milwaukee. On Saturday, a car with two African-American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver, reportedly armed, was shot and killed.
And Milwaukee exploded. Angry crowds confronted police, set fires, threw rocks. At least half-dozen businesses — including a grocery store, a gas station and an auto parts shop — were robbed or destroyed. The Saturday shooting was part of a weekend filled with violence in Milwaukee. Five people were shot and killed overnight Friday.

Milwaukee law mandates an investigation of any police shooting. Immediately, focus goes to the harsh relations between police and the community. But to understand the reaction to the shooting, it is necessary to go much deeper.

This city is “a powder keg,” Ald. Khalif Rainey told The Washington Post. “This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wis., has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country. Now this is a warning cry. … Do we continue — continue with the inequities, the injustice, the unemployment, the undereducation…? The black people of Milwaukee are tired. They’re tired of living under this oppression. This is their existence. This is their life. This is the life of their children.”

An exaggeration? An excuse for rioters? Inflated rhetoric? Consider Milwaukee’s stark realities.
Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the United States. Black household income is the third lowest in the U.S. Its black poverty rate is the highest in the U.S.

These are figures presented in a haunting and damning 2015 report, “The Shame of Milwaukee: Race, Segregation and Inequality,” by Marc V. Levine of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The data show a black population segregated into neighborhoods of concentrated poverty with declining prospects. Real black household income in 1979 was $39,105; in 2013 it was $27,438, a foul decline of nearly 30 percent. Household income for all races in Milwaukee has declined over the course of this century, but far worse for blacks and Hispanics than whites.

Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans are in poverty, up from 27 percent in 1969. Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans in the core working age (25-54) are unemployed. This is in stunning contrast to the 15.2 percent black unemployment rate in 1970. For males aged 20-24, the beginning of a work life, over two-thirds of blacks are unemployed — 68.4 percent — a staggering increase from 25.3 percent in 1970.

Schools are doubly segregated by race and by poverty. Seventy-one percent of black students attend “hyper-segregated schools” — those in which at least 9 of 10 students are minority. Nearly half of all black students go to schools with 90 percent poverty rates.

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King launched the modern civil rights movement in Birmingham, Ala., saying, “Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.”
Well, the injustice is worse in modern Milwaukee than it was in segregated Birmingham. Black poverty, unemployment and impoverished neighborhoods are all worse. The percentage of blacks attending hyper-segregated schools in today’s Milwaukee is far worse than the Jim Crow schools of Birmingham (71 percent to 56 percent).

This is, as Ald. Rainey stated, a powder keg. Police are tasked with “keeping order.” That is like trying to stop a seething volcano from exploding by suppressing the gases coming out the top. Even doing that skillfully won’t work.

Milwaukee is not the worst. Black income has plummeted more in Cleveland and Detroit. School segregation is worse in New York and Chicago. Violence stalks the mean streets of impoverished urban neighborhoods across the country.

And this obscene injustice gets worse with no action and little notice. The poor, the New York Times reports, are barely mentioned by either presidential candidate. And they are largely ignored by the media. On Saturday and Sunday, riots occurred in Milwaukee, a major American city. That didn’t make front page of the Monday New York Times, which led with stories above the fold about a Trump adviser, liberal worries about Hillary Clinton and malaria in Venezuela.

In Birmingham, Dr. King’s cry against the injustice of segregation touched the conscience of concerned citizens across the country. Will anyone hear the cry of the north side of Milwaukee, or the south side of Chicago? Or will our cities have to explode before action replaces neglect?
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CoCo Brother to release new album, "#America" on 9/9

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CORY “COCO BROTHER” CONDREY
SET TO RELEASE #AMERICA ALBUM ON 9/9
The Project Serves As Soundtrack To #TheStandCampaign Urging Christians To Take A Stand For America
STAND Rally Scheduled for 9/11 @2:30 PM in New York’s Herald Square Plaza
 
America is at a spiritual and social crossroads as racism, police brutality and the unsettling political climate now dominate the evening news. However, syndicated radio personality Cory “Coco Brother” Condrey believes Jesus Christ is the answer to America’s various challenges. Performing under the banner of The Stand Campaign, Condrey has assembled a team of gifted artists to create the #America (Tyscot Records, LLC) album that serves as the musical soundtrack to Condrey’s STAND movement that urges Christians to radically stand against racism, police brutality and the revenge killing of law enforcement officials, with a message of love and hope. The album hits brick-and-mortar retailers and digital music platforms everywhere on September 9th.
 
“This isn’t the America your parents grew up in,” Condrey says on the opening track. “America’s not what it used to be and we can’t argue about is it greater or is it not but America will be what we make it.” He cites the social stands that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Billy Graham took for racial equality back in the sixties and asks the question, “what are we going to do today in America?”
 
The songs graphically lay out the issues of today’s world on #America and then the hard-hitting declaration “We Declare War,” featuring Joann Rosario-Condrey and Da’ T.R.U.T.H., incites  “the real Christians” to stand up and address the issues of the day. After the battle’s been fought, there’s a sincere belief that Christians can “Change The World” on the danceable track of the same name and “shine a light in the darkness. We will overcome. We will be the ones to change the world.”
 
The Stand Campaign is headed to New York City with new, lit music to bring hope and to inspire Americans to stand for America. The event will take place on Sunday, September 11 @2:30 PM in Herald Square Plaza in front of Macy’s at the intersection of Broadway, Sixth Avenue and 34th Street. Condrey has hosted STAND rallies – drawing thousands of participants of all ethnic and age groups – around the country for the last seven years. The 9/11 NYC rally will kick-off a national campaign that will carry the STAND Movement into key U.S. cities into 2017.
 
Condrey says that the core message of #TheStandCampaign is Love, Unity & Hope. He encourages likeminded people to start a #StandCampaign in their city by signing up and logging onto www.thestandcampaign.com
 
Cory Condrey is a veteran radio personality who has worked for a number of mainstream and inspirational radio stations. In 2014, Condrey created Radio Condrey, a radio network that syndicates his weekend program “The Weekend” that has 25+ affiliates in the USA and Canada. He also presides over the Condrey Evangelistic Association in Atlanta, GA.
 
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10 Phone Etiquette Tips for the 21st Century

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Considering the smart phone is like a phone on steroids, it might be easy to forget what it was primarily designed to do. Phones are still intended to facilitate two way communication where people actually hear each others' voices as opposed to only talking by text. While the handy features of a smart phone have almost encouraged minimal use of spoken words, some people hold open conversations in public places where anyone within ear shot can hear. Talking on the phone is a dying art among users under the age of 30, but still a necessary part of everyday life.
Here Joel Schwartz, of Parlor.me is offering much needed phone etiquette intervention:

Phones! What would we do without them? Our entire life seems to be run by our smart phones-texts, social media, calendars and appointments, games, apps, to do lists, are all housed on these handy devices. Interestingly, the younger generation today haven’t been raised using phones as, well… telephones-a device you actually speak into!
Smartphones are training all of us to use alternative forms of communication, to the point where a ringing phone is a cause for concern. From 140 character tweets, emails, text messages, SnapChats, WhatsApp, and so on. And while those over the age of thirty are in fact ‘training’ in this brave new world, the twenty-somethings and younger have been brought on up on these tools of communication; the art of talking on the telephone, not unlike the art of letter writing, has gone the way of the dodo bird. Yet, we are finding that when it comes to communicating clearly and succinctly, avoiding miscommunication and building relationships, there is very much still a place and need for the phone call. So brushing up on our phone etiquette and skills is not such a bad idea.
Here are a few tips to remember before you pick up that phone and dial:
  1. When answering a call, be sure to speak clearly and enunciate: you don’t know how well the person on the other end hears and it’s nothing less than frustrating to have to ask the person who answered to repeat themselves. Twice.
  2. The same rule goes if you are calling someone: be clear in stating who you are and whom you wish to speak with. How can you be clear? Pronounce your words clearly and don’t speak too quickly. This will allow the person on the other end to understand you easily.
  3. Watch your volume: gone are the days when one had to speak loudly on the telephone, particularly for long distance calls, in order to be heard. In fact, a higher volume can make it harder for the caller to understand you.
  4. One person at a time: if you’re talking on the telephone, give that person your full attention and don’t respond to a person standing in front of you. The person on the phone can’t see you and won’t know whom you are addressing. If you MUST address the person in front of you, ask your caller if you can place them on hold or if you can call them back. Parents are particularly prone to ignoring a caller in favor of a child who has arrived to interrupt, without saying a word to the person on the other end of the line. Don’t do that: it’s rude!
  5. Having your child answer the phone: Since Grandma is probably the only person who enjoys having her calls answered by three year old Johnny, it’s best to put rules in place early about answering a ringing phone: when to do it, when not to and what to say if they do.
  6. Sharing your conversation: Speakerphones have their place. An office conference room for a teleconference call, for example. In the middle of a busy restaurant? Not so much. Beyond that, the sound quality is often a lot less with a speakerphone and your caller may not be able to hear you very well. TIP? If you’re using a smartphone and want to be hands free while you talk, use a headphone with a mic on it. The sound will be much clearer for both of you!
  7. Hands free doesn’t necessarily mean you should have busy hands: One of the worst things while on the phone with someone is listening to them doing something while they are talking to you. It gives the impression that the importance of the call is secondary and not worth their full attention. Typing, moving papers around, watching television, making lunch. Worse yet, eating lunch: listening to people chew over the phone is unpleasant at best, disgusting at worst. And … dare I mention one last ‘don’t do while you’re on the phone’? No going to the bathroom. If that has never happened to you, you’re lucky. Trust us on this.
  8. Leave a message even if it’s just to say ‘hi’: Even if all you did was call someone to say hello, leave a message saying as much. It’s annoying for the person to come, see your number on call display but no message: they’re left wondering if they should call back or if something important has happened. This can be tricky however: millennials would rather you hung up and sent a text. A Gen-Y would prefer you left a message. Consider whom you are calling when you decide what to do about messages.
  9. For the business caller: if you’re on a conference call, and you need to step away or speak with someone else, make sure to mute yourself so that your background noise doesn’t interrupt the call for everyone else. While it’s hard sometimes do know when to go ahead and speak during a group call, be sure to let others finish a complete thought before jumping in, or you could drown out the rest of their statement.
  10. Dont interrupt: Allow the person speaking to finish her or her thought or idea prior to jumping in with your point of view. A phone conversation is all about give and take. One person should not dominate the conversation unless you’re on a business call and someone is giving a verbal presentation. Allow room for discussion and exchange of ideas.
Some of these tips might seem obvious but the key to etiquette is to remember that perception is reality: if someone perceives that you are being rude, you are being rude, whether you think you are or not. If you’re not sure how to behave, simply imagine the roles reversed. Would you want someone snapping gum in your ear while you were on the line? We think not:)

Joel Schwartz is the founder of Parlor.me—the first and only Social Talking Network that will soon release it's revolutionary 4.0 update. Parlor connects people that share the same interests, want to talk about the same topic, and do so in a one-on-one private conversation.  It’s a great place to connect with friends and make new ones!  Popular discussion topics include politics, sports, advice, religion, music, games, celebrities, and much more.  Parlor offers users the ability to connect on a deeper, more personal level than other digital social networks.  
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MINNEAPOLIS-BASED RECORDING ARTIST JOVONTA PATTON DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD TOP GOSPEL ALBUMS CHART

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JOVONTA DECLARES THAT HE’S “FINALLY LIVING” AS HE TRAILBLAZES TO THE TOP
 
Minneapolis, MN:  Singer/songwriter Jovonta Patton makes his national debut this week as his third album “Finally Living” (Jovonta Patton Ministries)  trailblazes its way onto three coveted Billboard Magazine charts  - without the assistance of radio airplay and no established sales history for the artist - for the week ending August 6th. The project opens at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums sales chart, No. 12 on the Billboard Christian & Gospel Albums sales chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Independent Albums sales chart.
 
"We count it an honor to be able to introduce the next generation of artists to the world,” says MBE Enterprises CEO Marquis Boone who manages the careers of Millennial megastars Casey J and Briana “Bri” Babineaux. “Jovonta is a great talent. We are excited that he hired our firm to assist him in introducing his music to the world. I think Jovonta has a long, wondrous career ahead of him."
 
Some of the eleven-track set of R&B-flavored worships songs was produced by drummer Varo Johnson and the remainder was produced by keyboardist Daniel Weatherspoon, a longtime collaborator with Patton’s musical hero, Donald Lawrence. “I used to read album credits and I’d see Daniel’s name and I wanted to work with him some day,” Patton says. “I love Donald Lawrence’s music because he writes from the Scriptures and through his music, he teaches me the Bible.”
 
Taking a note from Donald Lawrence, “Finally Living” is also rooted in scripture. “It’s based on John 10:10,” Patton says. “That’s where the Bible says Jesus has come that we have life and have it more abundantly. This project is a journal of where I am in life. I’m married. I have a one year-old baby and one more on the way. A lot of financial commitment and other responsibilities come with that but with God there is no worry. There’s a song on the album, `Nothing To Worry About.’ Now, I’m no longer existing; now I’m living because I know Jesus. It was therapeutic.”
 
A part of his personal therapy is working as a social activist in the crime-infested North Minneapolis neighborhood he calls home. “I’ve seen so many friends and family die because of gang violence and drugs,” Patton adds. “Philando Castile was killed just three miles away from where I live. I went to school with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds so my connection to all of this is direct and I want my music to help build a bridge to encourage people to come out of the street and come into the church.”
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FX TO PREMIERE NEW ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES "ATLANTA" SEPTEMBER 6 AT 10/9C

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In "Atlanta," two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Donald Glover serves as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle. Atlanta is produced by FX Productions.

 
 
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Worship Leader Drew Baxter Reveals The Answer To Today’s Problems With His New CD, The World Needs You

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(Orlando, FL) – August 15, 2016 – Worship Leader Drew Baxter has a passion to inspire and uplift believers with the sound of praise. He’s done just that with his brand new release, The World Needs You. The 12-track project finds the passionate worshipper stepping to the stage as a solo artist with a sound that’s already changing lives. The highly skilled psalmist, songwriter, producer, and musician, who has played for artists such as his uncle Douglas Miller, William Murphy, Martha Munizzi, Beverly Crawford, The Anointed Pace Sisters and the late Daryl Coley, has delivered a collection of music filled with new anthems of praise and fresh songs of worship. Understanding that God is the answer to all of society’s ills, Drew provides a musical response with The World Needs You. Released on July 23, 2016, The World Needs You is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers.
 
The World Needs You was six years in the making. Interestingly enough, the title track wasn’t even supposed to make it on the album, but later on Drew felt led to include it. Little did he know it would become the title of the CD. Although the project was just released, it’s making an impact already. Drew shares an amazing testimony from a person who purchased the new CD. He says, “A lady’s husband came to me one day and said that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer. He shared with me that the Holy Spirit told him that he should play The World Needs You every day for a week. Miraculously, after hearing the CD, the woman was healed from cancer.” It’s these kind of stories that reassure Drew that God has blessed the project.
 
One of the songs that has been getting great feedback is the CD’s lead single, “Holy Is Your Name”.  A reverent and moving track, the song is pure worship. Drew’s heartfelt lead vocals and the soothing background vocals set the atmosphere for intimacy with the Lord. The track holds a special place in Drew’s heart. The lyrics came to him during a very challenging time in his life. “Last year my wife was pregnant with our second child,” he recounts, “and there were some complications. I heard God say, ‘I am a holy God; know that I am holy. Know that your second born child will be fine’”.  As Drew expected, everything turned out fine.
 
Songs like the up-tempo “Awesome”, the touching “Where You Are” and the surrendering “Lord I Say Yes” are just a few of the musical jewels on the worship leader’s new release. Other memorable songs include “He’s Alive”, a celebratory track, “Reigns”, a reminder of the sovereignty of God, and the title tune, “The World Needs You”, a piano-driven plea to the Lord. Produced by the worshipper with songs penned by his wife Joanne and himself, The World Needs You was arranged by Drew and he played all the instruments as well.
 
The project is just a reflection of the music that’s been inside of Drew his entire life. He believes his musical start happened in the womb of his mother, Pastor Grace N. Baxter, as she listened to music. As a child, he took to the drums and wrote his first song at the age of 5. Soon after, he became proficient with the keyboard and the organ. By age ten, he was on the road full-time traveling with and playing for his father, Bishop Robert S. Baxter Sr., and his uncle, the legendary Gospel Singer Douglas Miller. His uncle groomed him and mentors him to this day. “It’s a blessing to have someone in your bloodline who has been out there for decades and knows the industry,” shares Drew. “It’s been great to be on the road with him and learn from him. I am thrilled that he recently celebrated 55 years in ministry.”
 
His first singing aggregation was Drew Baxter & New Inspiration of Praise (NIP) and the group caught the attention of the Gospel industry with their release, I Surrender. Since that time, Drew has been led to move further into music ministry as a solo artist and dropped his solo record, Just Drew, in 2013. Hot on the heels of the new project, The World Needs You, he will be releasing a Christian love album for married couples entitled Secrets Of Love in late October 2016. For more information on Drew Baxter, connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

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ACDC's Phil Rudd to relase CD this September

buzzz worthy. . .

Described by Malcolm Young, co-founder of AC/DC, as "the real deal", PHIL RUDD the band's long term drummer, played in several Melbourne bands such as Buster Brown and The Coloured Balls before joining up with the rock giants in 1975.

Rudd powered the band to superstardom with his dogged consistency and unshakeable backbeat on classics like 'It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)' 'TNT" and 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', becoming an indelible part of AC/DC history.

To the untrained ear, Phil Rudd’s drumming may seem rudimentary, but his style and groove have earned him the adoration of generations of his peers. Rammstein’s Christoph Schneider said in the October 2010's Modern Drummer, “AC/DC were my absolute heroes because they are simple and easy to copy, though soon you find they are not so easy to copy.” The magazine’s May 2010 issue also honoured the rocker with the feature '50 Reasons To Love Phil Rudd'.
Rudd has appeared on all but three of AC/DC’s 18 studio albums, which have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. When the blockbusting album 'Highway to Hell' went multi-platinum worldwide, Rudd said he ‘‘went straight down the road to buy my first Ferrari’’ sparking a lifelong love of luxury cars. Rudd showcased eleven of his luxury cars in Christchurch, New Zealand as part of an earthquake appeal fundraiser, his current collection includes a rare 1991 Ferrari F40, a brand new Ferrari 599, two Lamborghinis, a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2011 Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley super sport, Audi R8 V10, a 2011 Aston Martin DBS and 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG. The cars have a combined worth of approximately $3m. Rudd’s airport hangar is also home to his MD 520N helicopter.

With the lavish rock star lifestyle firmly in place, Phil Rudd recorded and released his first debut album 'Head Job' with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin in 2014. The album was released via Universal Music Group in Australia & New Zealand but further promotional plans were scuppered by well publicised legal problems in New Zealand.

Rudd served an eight month home detention sentence which thwarted the 2014 release of 'Head Job' but 2016 sees him determined to leave his problems in the past. He has embraced a more positive lifestyle and says his "hell raising days are over...  I see a psychiatrist once a week and I'm closer than ever to my children. I still have all my flash cars but now I want to grow chillies".
Phil Rudd has turned a corner, completely dedicating his life to the most important things in his life; family, friends and music. He will be visiting the UK and Europe at the end of September to promote the re-release of 'Head Job' and will be available for press, radio and television interviews.


"The very definition of rock drumming"
Modern Drummer 

"The rock drummer”
Kenny Aronoff

"the heart and soul of AC/DC”
Eric Singer

"You couldn't find a more solid person or drummer than Phil Rudd"
Ex lead AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson


YouTube Links:
YT Brian Johnson on Phil Ruddhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gOdUmVy3S0
YT Phil Rudd lyric video of Repro Man : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kA53ELQIGM
YT Phil Rudd in NZ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVjIPWpXv1E
YT  Phil Rudd's Interview with NZTV : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHMBNSEyZOw&list=RD9i1mt5nDaoA

 Website:                        
www.philruddmusic.com

 
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