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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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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Grace VanderWaal wins 'America's Got Talent'

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At only 12 years old, she was the total package.  Singer/songwriter/musician Grace VanderWaal was crowned the season 11 winner of America's Got Talent on Wednesday, September 14. Singing an  original composition she strummed the ukulele she purchased with money from her eleventh birthday.




During the finale performance VanderWaal , sang "Clay" an empowering song she wrote about judgmental people.   The lyrics were both beyond her years and age appropriate at the same time.  "All your jokes and silly games don't work.  They don't hurt.  They  go right through e, they mean nothing to me.  I'm not clay," the well rounded musician sang. 




It was VanderWaal's ability to write, sing and play an instrument  that immediately drew praise from judges and fans at the auditions, where she also performed her own work.  Many people had already begun to notice similarities between Grace and a certain  mega pop star (who she has more common with than a blond bob with bangs) from viewing  her popular YouTube videos. Show judge Simon Cowell  drew the comparison during the young New York native's audition. "I think you are the next Taylor Swift," Cowell said.  




VanderWaal took the victory and the top prize of $1million from nine other finalists.   As a part f the grand prize win she will also headline concerts inside the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Oct. 27-29.


NBC said this season of "America's Got Talent" reached a 6 year ratings high and received the most votes in the history of the show. 
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Trump is sinking

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In an unprecedented move, Pres. Obama said Donald Trump is unfit to be POTUS; he is "woefully unprepared to do this job." In the last 24-48 hours Trump has insulted moms and babies, offended recipients of the purple heart and refused to support top GOP leaders, Paul Ryan and John McCain. Prior to the Republican National Convention Ryan reluctantly pledged his support for Trump to unite the fragmented party. Arizona senator McCain recently denounced Trump over disrespecting the family of a slain Muslim soldier. RNC leader Rance Priebus and others in the upper ranks of the party are nervous that Trump may jump ship. They are reportedly in talks to find a replacement should Trump voluntarily pull out of the race.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

EnVogue sends fans a note of gratitude for being featured in National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Open Letter to Our Fans,
Words can't express how humbled we are to have our red dresses from the "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" video featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) grand opening exhibition on September 24, 2016.
When the four original members of En Vogue - Dawn Robinson, Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones and Cindy Herron - came together 25 years ago, we couldn't imagine that between the intersection of music and style we would create a new sound that would go down in history
Special thanks to our co-founding members Maxine and Dawn and to you our loyal fans for always being there and taking this musical journey with us...we salute you!

Love,

Terry Ellis & Cindy Herron-Braggs

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OP ED: Help American Workers. Pass TPP.

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The following OP ED was printed in the Wall Street Journal today in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade bill introduced by the Obama Administration commonly known as TPP.  Neither major party candidate supports it and Bernie Sanders' supporters adamantly reject it.  Michael R. Bloomberg & Thomas J. Donohue make a case as to why they should be open to the trade pact.


SEP 16, 2016 6:00 AM EDT By Michael R. Bloomberg & Thomas J. Donohue

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both said they will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact between the U.S. and 11 nations negotiated by the Obama administration and signed in February. But their views shouldn’t matter much, because the issue should never get to the next president’s desk. Congressional consideration of the agreement has been delayed long enough. Congress should vote on the bill -- and pass it -- before the year is out.

Anti-trade sentiment has made it fashionable for candidates to oppose TPP. But while a vocal and energized faction of voters on the left and right advocate protectionist measures, most Americans -- including majorities in both parties and among independents -- believe more trade is good for the American economy. So do nearly all economists and a large majority of the business and agriculture communities.

Global trade opens up new markets to American businesses, creating new opportunities to grow. In fact, the U.S. actually runs a cumulative trade surplus in manufactured goods with our 20 trade agreement partners, and we’ve long run global trade surpluses for services and agricultural products. But you wouldn’t know that by listening to the presidential candidates.

Trade also lowers the cost of goods for U.S. consumers. Without trade, everything we buy -- from food to clothing to electronics -- would be dramatically more expensive. When was the last time you heard a candidate say you ought to pay more for groceries and underwear?

The U.S. will never again be the global capital for low-skill manufacturing, and attempting to reclaim that title by turning away from trade and erecting protectionist measures would be a fool’s errand. The 1950s-era economy is gone and never coming back -- more as a result of technology than trade.

Most of the manufacturing jobs lost over the past two decades have been automated out of existence, not lost to trade. As goods and services are increasingly purchased online, greater access to foreign markets is essential to American businesses, including our manufacturers, which increasingly depend on foreign markets to support jobs here at home. For instance, U.S. auto exports more than doubled between 2009 and 2014, topping 2 million cars and trucks for the first time in 2014. Shipments of “made in the USA” cars to China rose tenfold in that period. And without the growth in trade that the U.S. has experienced during that time, many more Americans -- in manufacturing and other industries -- would be out of work.

The challenge we face today is finding ways to create more high-wage jobs and to ensure that more Americans have the skills and education they need to qualify for them. Such jobs tend to be dependent on foreign markets for materials, labor and customers. Breaking down barriers to those markets, which TPP will do, is essential to America’s future in the global economy.

Of course, the overall benefits of trade are small comfort to those who feel the immediate pain of losing their jobs when a factory moves its operations overseas. There is more that elected officials can and should do to help such workers, but opposing TPP is not one of them. In fact, politicians who blame trade for sluggish economic growth are merely diverting attention from their own failure to deal with critical issues that are holding back businesses, including addressing the country’s antiquated infrastructure.

It’s imperative that the strong majority of voters who support expanded trade urge members of Congress to pass TPP this year -- and hold them accountable for the lost jobs that will result if they fail to do so. Walking away from TPP would give other nations -- particularly China -- a leg up in the competition for trade and the jobs it creates. In fact, despite what we hear from the campaign trail, it would be a huge gift to China that would cost American taxpayers in lost jobs, lost income and lost opportunity for many years to come. It would also weaken America’s ability to exert influence on matters of national security and geopolitics.

America has always been strongest when we drive global change, rather than shrink from it, and seize opportunities to extend our economic reach. TPP presents an important test of whether that era of American leadership will continue.

Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP and three-term mayor of New York City. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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WATCH THE VIDEO: Ted Winn's "Grateful"

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Shanachie Entertainment has partnered with gospel artist Ted Winn's Teddy's Jamz label to release Ted's new single "Grateful," a moving gospel ballad, which is at once an expression of appreciation for life's blessings and a posthumous collaboration and salute to Ted's friend and musical influence, the Bishop Walter Hawkins. "The Song pays tribute to Hawkins' classic song "Grateful" led by Lynette Hawkins Stephens. With the single already warmly received by gospel radio, Shanachie will mark the partnership with the release of the single and accompanying video on September 16th. Promoting the single to radio is SRT Entertainment, continuing its partnership with Shanachie that began with the new single and album by Luther Barnes. The release of the new album (as yet untitled) is projected for early 2017 and will enhance Shanachie's growing involvement with gospel music, having had success with Kim Burrell, Vicki Yohe, Ann Nesby, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Take 6, LaShun Pace and currently with the new Luther Barnes single. Indeed, Shanachie has previously had Top 10 success at gospel radio, releasing two singles from Ted Winn's debut solo album -"The Lifter" and "God Believes In You."

As a singer, songwriter and publisher, Ted Winn has carved out a unique niche in the world of gospel music, coming on to the scene as one-half of the Stellar Award-winning/Dove award-winning duo Ted and Shari.  The duo scored a recording contract with Neily Dickerson's Church Howse Music label, scoring success with the hit "Come Ye Disconsolate," which garnered them two Stellar Awards. Moving on to Word Records, they scored another Top 5 gospel radio hit with "Celebrate."  The duo parted ways in order for both to pursue solo careers. Ted signed with Shanachie Entertainment and scored hits with "The Lifter" and "God Believes In You."  The new album will be Ted's first since his 2009 debut Shanachie release, Balance.
 
"We are very pleased to be able to continue our work with Ted," says Shanachie General Manager Randall Grass, "Aside from being an excellent singer, he is an exceptional songwriter. The quality of songs he delivers will be greatly appreciated in the gospel world."

"Grateful is a song I penned as I thought about the significance 
of my mom, my grandmother and great-grandmother 
in my life," notes Ted Winn. "My dad wasn't present but God 
orchestrated it so that these powerful women were. 
So I realized you can cry over who left or celebrate 
who stayed. I chose to be grateful."- TED WINN



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Miss Arkansas wins the 2017 Miss America title

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Photo: Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian


Atlantic City, NJ – Miss Arkansas, Savvy Janine Shields, was crowned Miss America 2017 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 96th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Returning for his 8th time as host, Chris Harrison was joined by co-host Sage Steele and celebrity judges Ciara, Mark Cuban, Gabby Douglas, Sara Foster, Laura Marano, Cole Swindell and Miss America 1985 Sharlene Wells Hawkes. The evening included a 9/11 tribute in honor of the 15th anniversary.
Shields’ acceptance of the highly-coveted crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2017. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Eat Better, Live Better and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for its 170 member hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.
Shields is a student at the University of Arkansas. During her year as Miss America she will serve as a spokesperson for Eat Better, Live Better. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2017, Shields won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Shields performed a jazz dance to “They Just Keep Moving The Line” from the American drama series Smash.
The first runner-up in the competition was Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was dance and her personal platform is Autism Speaks. The second runner-up is Miss New York Camille Sims and received a $20,000 scholarship.  Her talent was jazz vocal, and her personal platform is Encouraging Wellness and Fostering Food Justice. Third runner-up Miss Washington Alicia Nicole Cooper received a $15,000 scholarship. Her talent was tap dance and her platform is Live on Purpose: Defining Your Legacy. Fourth runner up Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis was awarded a $10,000. Her talent was vocal and her platform is Mentoring Matters.
The 52 contestants, who represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week. Miss Kentucky Laura Katherine Jones was the winner of “America’s Choice,” an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant entirely on social media. The winner of “America’s Choice” advanced to the Top 15 in the competition.
Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss America Organization and its 52 state organizations award millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. The Miss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

2016 Emmy Award Nominees List


It's Emmy Week!  It was announced on Thursday, the People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has received a whopping 22, 2016 Prime Time Emmy nominations, leading all nominations.  Also among those receiving multiple nominations are The Americans, Game of Thrones and Bloodline to name a few.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the show that recognizes the best in television on Sunday.  "I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again," Kimmel said in a statement. "I have a feeling I'm going to be great." The award 68th annual Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 18, live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, with red carpet coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

The nominees in all categories follow:

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Americans (FX)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Homeland (Showtime)


Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
black-ish (ABC)


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)
Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On (HBO)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)


Outstanding Limited Series
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Fargo (FX)
American Crime (ABC)
Roots (History)
The Night Manager (AMC)


Outstanding Television Movie
All the Way (HBO)
Confirmation (HBO)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Luther (BBC One)
A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (HBO)
Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)


Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
Portlandia (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Documentary Now! (IFC)


Outstanding Variety Special
Lemonade (HBO)
Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special (CBS)
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (HBO)
Adele Live in New York City (NBC)


Outstanding Reality Competition Series
The Amazing Race (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Top Chef (Bravo)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC/Esquire)
Project Runway (Lifetime)



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FOOD TRUCK REVIEW: All hail New York's Halal Guys food truck

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#TheHalalGuys food truck in New York offers some of the best eats arguably on any street corner anywhere. There are two located outside of the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan and there is always a long line. I first noticed the massive interest in the street corner cuisine while on Autumn vacation several years ago. "What's all the excitement about?," I asked one loyal patron who said they stood in the line almost daily. "This stuff is so good and they give you a lot for $6." The price was more than right for chopped chicken or lamb, rice and salad and the amount of people who started grubbing before they walked away was confirmation that it was worth the wait. 

I was a food truck skeptic who had to have tons of questions answered before I was totally sold on buying street food. My top question was how sanitary is it? The cooks told me the meats were prepared at a facility and reheated on their grill for a fresh taste, which made me a bit more comfortable. Then I saw a company van deliver the meats and that was finally enough assurance that the food was safe to eat. Now when I visit the city, a stop at Halal Guys, which has evolved into a global brand, is always on my agenda. 

The spices on the shaved meats perfectly marry with the special white sauce (not to be confused with tatzitki, cucumber sauce) they squirt on top of the entire meal. Combo plates are my favorite, but Gyro sandwiches are a popular menu item as well. #firstfoodtrcuklove

For thse who may have questions about the food being prepared by Muslims -- yes, the food does orginate from the Middle East and is prepared by Muslims, but diners are genuinely more concerned about the delicious taste than any religious or political implications.  Food has always had a way of uniting people of different cultures and this is no exception.

Interest in halal food is on the rise nationally.  According toBloomberg," Overall, from restaurants to supermarkets, halal sales are projected at $20 billion this year, up by one-third since 2010, according to the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, which certifies halal food and promotes education on the topic.

Wanna try the Halal Guys?  Keep in mind all Halal trucks are not created eqaul.  As with any good thing there are impersonators of the original. Look for the read and yellow unbrellas with the words "Halal Guys" written on them and you'll have the right ones.  The are locations spread throughout the city.  Specifically, this review is based on  the locations near the  Hilton where the taste is consistent.

HALAL GUYS RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
REVIEWER: Mona Austin
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Dems schedule protest in front of Trump Hotel on 9/16 to demand release of tax returns and 'meaningful' health records



WASHINGTON – Donald Trump, the least transparent candidate in modern history, will deliver remarks from his hotel in Washington D.C. tomorrow morning.

Democrats and labor leaders will hold a press conference before Trump’s speech calling on him to finally disclose his tax returns, his foreign investments, his charitable giving, and meaningful health records – all of which he has largely concealed from public view.                                       

Americans for Tax Fairness, a group that advocates for a tax system that works for everyone – not just those at the top – will be delivering a petition bearing the names of 450,000 Americans demanding that Donald Trump release his taxes.

Instead of grading Donald Trump on a curve – he should be held to the same standard as every past nominee in the modern era. Trump should immediately release his tax returns and disclose other critical information that other candidates have disclosed in the past.

WHO:
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Carlos Jimenez, Executive Director, Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
Frank Clemente, President, Americans for Tax Fairness

WHERE:
In front of Trump International Hotel, on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street, NW

WHEN:

 9:00 a.m., September 16, 2016

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THE NIELSEN COMPANY ADDS FIRST GOSPEL INTERNET STATION, SOAR RADIO TO OFFICIAL BILLBOARD GOSPEL NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL

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Justin Djuane Francis by Jason McCoy


SOAR Is The First Gospel Internet Station To Be Monitored By Nielsen BDS
                             
ROCKFORD, IL-  SOAR Radio made history this week when The Nielsen Company  officially added it as the first gospel internet radio station on the official Billboard Gospel National Airplay  panel. “We are all excited at the credibility this classification brings our station,” says CEO/Founder Justin Djuane Francis. “We’ve been working on this for a while so I’m really excited that it has now come to fruition.” The Nielsen Broadcast Data System (BDS) monitors airplay detections of songs and provides the data that Billboard Magazine uses for its various charts.

“We are so thrilled to welcome SOAR Radio into the Nielsen home. It will be the first to set the tone for many gospel internet radio stations to come,” says Andrew Forsyth, Nielsen Operations Consultant. SOAR Radio is only the sixteenth internet radio station that Nielsen monitors in the entire world.

SOAR Radio was established on August 1, 2014 in Rockford, IL. The 24/7 station is the leading source of inspirational and gospel music in the Rockford area and the MidWest region. SOAR Radio has hosted more than twenty talk shows and music programs. Currently, SOAR Radio is the home of the “JD Morning Show,” which highlights news topics, inspirational dialogue, new gospel music and hot topics of the hour. It is hosted by Justin Djuane Francis and area personalities. “Happy Times” and “Reach out and Touch the Hem of His Garment,” as well as “Radiant Life” have been fan favorites since the station’s beginnings. More recently, SOAR has added new shows, such as “Dr. Williams Live,” “W.I.N.” and a daytime show live from New York hosted by Bro. Ron called “Kingdom Fly Radio.” On Saturdays, SOAR Radio highlights the best in Soul and R&B with DJ Rated AG. “Justin is a trailblazer and has shown that persistence and hard work pays off,” says Bill Carpenter, CEO of Capital Entertainment, a company that has provided public relations consultation to Tyscot Records, Time Life Music, Warner Bros. Records, Sony Legacy and the Capitol Christian Music Group.

Justin Djaune Francis has been active in the gospel arena since the age of thirteen. At the age of 18, he wrote and placed his first commercial recording with New Haven Records artist Joshua’s Troop. It led to a five-song publishing deal with SONY BMG. Since then, Justin has written songs for a variety of gospel artists such as Virtue, Darwin Hobbs, Amber Bullock, Damita Haddon, Lowell Pye, and L. Spenser Smith. SOAR Radio can be heard across the internet directly at soarradio.com or by downloading the Soar Radio app from mobile devices.
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Sheryl Lee Ralph to receive Muhammad Ali Award

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) - September 15, 2016 - On September 17th  "An Evening to Celebrate Greatness" at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky, actress and honored AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph will receive the prestigious Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for her dedicated commitment to raising HIV/AIDS awareness and erasing the hate and stigma still connected to the disease.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were created in 2013 as a way to publicly recognize and celebrate the greatness of people from around the world. This annual fundraising gala honors people who are making significant contributions toward securing peace, social justice, human rights, and/or social capital in their communities and on a global basis.

Each year, the Ali Center pays tribute to a number of high profile "seasoned humanitarians" who are named as Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees. Keeping good company, Miss Ralph will join past award honorees Geena Davis, Harry Belafonte, Matt Lauer and Susan Sarandon to name a few.

For 26 years, Sheryl Lee Ralph has simply dared to care for others using her voice to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.  In 1991 she founded The DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation 501(C)3  in memory of the many friends she  lost to HIV/AIDS as an original company member of the groundbreaking  Broadway musical, DreamGirls.  Believing in artistic activism, she created the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and healing that after twenty six years, is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country.

Sheryl Lee Ralph, is a formidable force to be reckoned with who has advocated for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS here in the United States and the African diaspora. When others were frightened and turned their backs, she went to the front line and stayed there. She has impacted the lives of thousands on college campuses, churches, community organizations, and AIDS organizations around the world. She has done so much for so many and her work is not done.

Ralph is currently on location shooting a film in Villa Capri with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee JonesTickets to the fourth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are available for purchase now.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Master Illusionist Ivan Amodei Does The Unthinkable and Crosses All Fifty States in an Attempt to Fool Penn & Teller

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Does Ivan Amodei have super powers? The captivating illusionist has left audience members seriously contemplating that question by his appearance on the world famous duos third season finale of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, whichairs on the CW Network on Friday, September 16. (Check local listings in your area).

The premise of the show is that Penn & Teller sit in the audience and watch as magicians try to fool them with a trick that the famous illusionists are unable to re-engineer. Amodei, with the accompaniment of his elegant cellist Irina Chirkova and her transcendental sounds, stumped the audience and its hosts with his "State of Mind" original illusion. Using 1,800 audience members, Ivan was able to leave the hulking Penn and his quirky non-verbal partner Teller shaking their heads.

"Ivan is a top-flight illusionist, but he's also a consummate entertainer," said an audience member who participated in the illusion.
Currently in his seventh year of residency with his Intimate Illusions stage show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, he is also currently embarking on a critically acclaimed national tour that has been selling out at record speed.
From humble beginnings in Cosmo, Sicily, to his formative years in Brooklyn, New York, and finally to his spellbinding career as one of the world's most revered illusionists, Ivan Amodei (pronounced e-von ah-moe-day) continues to amaze audiences everywhere with his one-of-a-kind approach to the art of illusion. By mixing thought provoking storyline and meaning into each custom demonstration of the human experience, he has proven time and time again that he carries a show that is not to be missed.
The illusion that he performed for Fool Us demonstrates the ability that we have as people to focus on what is important in making your intuition materialize into action, meaning that by ignoring the preponderance of thoughts in our heads we are able to focus on the ones that give us the answers that we need.

"Penn & Teller are the best in the business. Combined, they have over 80 years of experience in magic, and fooling them would be equal to showing Einstein an equation that he has never seen before and was impressed by. I was honored to be on the show," says Ivan.

The following are current 2016 tour dates where you can catch Ivan's stellar Intimate Illusions show.
Please visit www.ivanamodei.com for hotels and times.
The Beverly Wilshire - ON GOING RESIDENCY
October 15th - Westlake Village CA
October 21st and 22nd- Seattle WA
October 23rd - Portland OR
November 12th and 13th - E. Palo Alto CA
November 25th and 26th - Chicago IL
December 28th and 29th - Boston MA
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HILLARY'S HEALTH: Clinton doctor says she has pneumonia, candidate alters campaign schedule

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By Mona Austin

SHOULD HILLARY DROP OUT OF THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT?


The grueling presidential campaign schedule has taken a toll on democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

An early exit from a 9/11 event that was attended by her opponent, Donald Trump, has placed Hillary Clinton's health at the center of political news.  Staffers said she complained of feeling over-heated and opted to leave the ceremony in New York.

According to a statement her doctor released Clinton, who had been seen having coughing fits at various events, was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia on Friday.
 
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” wrote Dr. Lisa R. Bardack. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

At the 9/11 event yesterday, she appeared to be collapsing as staff and Secret Service members assisted her into a vehicle. Two hours later she walked out of her daughter Chelsea's New York home alone. Clinton is taking the doctor's advice to get some rest and has cancelled several West Coast appearances. 

This episode of illness has some wondering if she is fit to be president. Sadly, some have made jokes online about it. Trump previously alluded to Clinton not being able to run due to a lack of "stamina." 

In 2013 while serving as Secretary of State, Clinton was diagnosed with blood clots resulting from a concussion she sustained from a fainting spell in her Washington, DC home. At the time, the State Department said the fainting was caused by dehydration, brought on by a stomach virus.  With the symptoms being similar and the the general secrecy around the Clinton family, may are speculating about the accuracy of the reported diagnosis.

Ultimately, this episode begs the question, is it fair for a candidate to be disqualified from running for office due to having a curable illness?
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Upholding the Legacy of Those We Lost on September 11th

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, President Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders, and those who have served our country. The President said that although a lot has changed over the past  15 years, the core values that define us as Americans have remained the same. As Americans we are resilient, we will never give into fear, and we will always look out for one another. Our strength is in our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, and our fair treatment of everyone – no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith. The President said that’s part of what makes our country great – and if we uphold those values, we will carry on the legacy of those we lost and keep our nation strong and free.  
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