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Jay Z’s Playlist Ranked – How Would You Rank Them?

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With 225 album tracks included in his catalog, Jay-Z officially has more songs than he has problems. Now that Jigga’s seemingly slowing down on full-time rap responsibilities, and has TOTALLY ABANDONED NEW YORK, Thrill List decided we’d send him off by analyzing and heartlessly ranking every single one.

Thrill list ranks them: http://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/new-york/jay-z-songs-ranked-nyc

How would you rank them?

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams Lose Round One in Lawsuit

I just read this article via the MTV Artists app http://www.mtv.com/news/1982401/robin-thicke-pharrell-williams-blurred-lines-lawsuit/

George Zimmerman Arrested While Visiting Ferguson

Zimmerman,_George_-_Seminole_County_MugFlorida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July of 2013 of all charges related to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested Wednesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri after an altercation outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts, where Zimmerman allegedly aimed a handgun at two black teenagers who confronted him.

Authorities say Zimmerman was exiting the Dunkin’ Donuts at approximately 9:45 am when he encountered the two teenagers, who are identified only as black males ages 16 and 17. In cell phone footage obtained by the police and shown, but not released, to the media, the two teens make every effort to evade Zimmerman, but finally confront him after he followed them for a short distance.

“We just saw George Zimmerman, and he’s in Ferguson,” one of the teens says in the cell phone video. “He’s following us. We’re trying to walk away but he’s following us.” The camera shows Zimmerman, carrying a bag of food and a drink, who yells something illegible at the teens. “We don’t want anything to go down. We’re just minding our own business. We’re minding our business.”

Zimmerman is heard yelling something again, and finally the teens stop. One of the teens rather articulately asks Zimmerman to leave him, his friend, and his town, alone. “Sir, sir, we don’t… we don’t have an issue with you, sir. Please leave us alone,” the younger teenager says in the video, while Zimmerman continues to rant about something in the background. “Mr. Zimmerman, I don’t know why you’re here in Ferguson, but It’s pretty damn insensitive, you showing up here. This town’s been through enough already, we don’t need you here intensifying things, okay? And my friend and I didn’t say anything to you.”

“I have a right to be here. It’s a free country, we’re on a public street,” Zimmerman angrily says to the teens. “Why were you following me? Why were you harassing me?”

“We did no such thing, Mr. Zimmerman. You were leaving the store and we saw you and crossed the street,” the younger teen replies. “You followed us for a whole block. We said nothing to you and we were not following you.”

“Why are you here, George?” the older teen asks. “Ferguson has enough going on without you trying to get in the news again.”

At this point, Zimmerman drops his beverage and reaches into his jacket. The teen holding the cell phone raises it, and then the video abruptly ends. Authorities say a State Police cruiser, which just happened to be driving by at that moment, pulled over, and the officers found Zimmerman aiming a 9mm pistol at the two teens, who had their hands raised above their heads. After drawing their own weapons and ordering Zimmerman to drop his, Zimmerman was taken into custody.

Police found two handguns, a shotgun, and several knives inside Zimmerman’s car at the time of his arrest. It is unclear why Zimmerman was visiting Ferguson, when he arrived, or where in town he was staying. Police say the teens will be allowed to release the full video to the public after their investigation is complete.

– See more at: http://nationalreport.net/george-zimmerman-arrested-visiting-ferguson/#sthash.M785NOba.dpuf

Mo ‘Ne Davis becomes first female pitcher to throw a shutout in Little League World Series

 

 

#Breaking – 13-year-old Mo ‘Ne Davis becomes first female pitcher to throw a shutout in Little League World Series history. 70 mph fastball was dominant. Stat line: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 Ks #LLWS

Lil Wayne Addresses Rumors That He Has Contracted HIV

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ccording to Vlad TV, a story was recently posted by known trolling satire site DailyLeakz.com in which it was reported that Weezy had contracted the deadly disease HIV. The story allegedly spun out of control when the site convinced loads of fans that Lil Wayne was actually ill.

Said DL.com,

“Lil Wayne of Y.M.C.M.B. came out publicly today and revealed that he has contracted H.I.V. However he did give positive words of advice, ‘Sometimes you get caught up with the strippers and groupies…Just wear protection’.”#Prayforweezy.”

The internets heard the call to action and began using the #PrayforWeezy hashtag throughout social media. It got so big that Wayne himself was forced to address the rumors.

Wayne took to Twitter and tweeted:

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Lil Wayne has since deleted the tweet and ignored any further discussions of him having contracted HIV.

Sometimes the joke can go too far and we think this may be one of those times. We send wishes for good health to Wayne and his fans!

Now…Discuss!

Ruby Dee dies at 91- Legend on the Screen and the Stage

 

Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91.

Dee died peacefully Wednesday at her New Rochelle, New York, home, according to her representative, Michael Livingston.

Dee — often with her late husband, Ossie Davis — was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. The couple were master and mistress of ceremonies at the 1963 March on Washingon, and she was friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Dee received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the New York Urban League.

As an actress, her film credits included “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950), “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), “Buck and the Preacher” (1972), “Do the Right Thing” (1989) and “American Gangster” (2007).

Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “Gangster.” She also won an Emmy and Grammy for other work.

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Broadway star Audra McDonald paid tribute to Dee when she accepted a Tony Award on Sunday, crediting Dee, Maya Angelou, Diahann Carroll and Billie Holiday for making her career possible. McDonald won a best actress Tony in 2004 for playing the same role Dee created on Broadway in 1959 and in the 1961 film version of “Raisin.”

In a statement, Gil Robertson IV of the African American Film Critics Association praised Dee’s contributions.

“The members of the African American Film Critics Association are deeply saddened at the loss of actress and humanitarian Ruby Dee,” said Robertson. “Throughout her seven-decade career, Ms. Dee embraced different creative platforms with her various interpretations of black womanhood and also used her gifts to champion for Human Rights. Her strength, courage and beauty will be greatly missed.”

Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1922, and moved to New York’s Harlem as a child. She took the surname Dee after marrying blues singer Frankie Dee two decades later. She divorced Dee after a short marriage and was wedded to Davis in 1948. Davis preceded his wife in death in 2005.

‘With Ossie and Ruby’

Her acting career started in New York in the 1940s, first appearing onscreen in the 1946 musical “That Man of Mine.” A role in “The Jackie Robinson Story” brought her national attention.

Dee became known to a younger generation with roles in two Spike Lee films. She co-starred with Davis in Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and in his 1991 film “Jungle Fever.”

Her television work included 20 episodes of “Peyton Place” in 1969 and the role of Queen Haley in the 1979 miniseries “Roots: The Next Generation.”

‘The finest performance I have ever seen’

She was regularly praised for her acting.

In the 1961 film version of “Raisin,” Lorraine Hansberry’s play about a working-class black family trying to move up in the world, she played Ruth Younger, the wife of Sidney Poitier’s striving Walter.

“Miss Dee is quietly magnificent as the angry young man’s hard-working wife,” wrote Bosley Crowther in The New York Times.

Her stage work was equally lauded.

“Ruby Dee as Lena is giving the finest performance I have ever seen,” wrote The New York Times’ Clive Barnes in 1970 of Dee in Athol Fugard’s play “Boesman and Lena.” “Never for a moment do you think she is acting.”

She won an Obie for that performance in 1971.

Other awards included a 1972 Drama Desk award for “Wedding Band,” a 1991 Emmy for “Decoration Day,” a 2007 Grammy for spoken-word album and a Golden Globe for “American Gangster.”

Always an activist

Dee and Davis — the two, who were married 56 years, always seemed connected — were an odd couple in some ways: She from New York, he from Waycross, Georgia. She was small and stylish, he was big and bluff. But their beliefs were often as one, and they practiced what they preached.

“We shared a great deal in common; we didn’t have any distractions as to where we stood in society. We were black activists. We had a common understanding,” she told Ebony in 1988.

Dee and Davis met while acting in the 1945 Broadway play “Jeb” in 1945. He proposed three years later with a telegram he sent from Chicago, where he was touring in a play, according to their joint autobiography “With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together,” published near their 50th anniversary. The telegram to his girlfriend said he “might as well marry” her. Dee wrote back, “Don’t do me any favors.”

Their book revealed the challenges of their long marriage, including a phase in the 1960s in which they agreed they could sleep with others when work separated them. The arrangement lasted only a short time, they said. “We ultimately decided that what we had chosen as a possibility didn’t really work for us,” Davis said in 1999.

“You have to learn how to be married,” Dee said. “You have to learn to love somebody.”

There was no television in their home for years, The New York Times observed in a 1995 profile, because “television represented an industry that refused to hire black people in significant numbers or in anything other than stereotypical roles.”

They appeared at protest rallies and took their children with them. She admitted to a fiery temperament: In a famous “American Gangster” scene, she slaps star Denzel Washington across the face, noting she put everything into the motion.

“It’s not far from my nature to whack,” she told USA Today. “There’s a streak in me.”

Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis arrested at protest

Dee and Davis were arrested in 1999 while protesting outside New York City police headquarters against the police shooting of an unarmed African immigrant, Amadou Diallo. Dee told reporters the shooting “reminds me of when there were lynchings all over the country.”

“We’ve got to start saying ‘No further. This must stop,’ ” Dee said.

Even before the appearances in Spike Lee movies made them famous faces again, Dee and Davis were always working, always pushing, whether it was producing a 1986 PBS special on King or creating a two-person show drawing on the work of African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston.

The two also shared a lot of laughter.

“The life is the fun,” she told the Times in 1995.

“We walk in the middle of humor every day, and we laugh,” Davis responded.

“And we fight, too,” Dee replied. “Yeah. I win.”

Dee is survived by three children, Guy Davis, Hasna Muhammad Davis and Nora Day Davis.

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CHARLOTTE HORNETS, FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS/SPORTSOUTH AND LOWE’S DONATE $250,000 TO CMS TEACHER INNOVATION FUND

June 9, 2014 – The Charlotte Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s made a $250,000 donation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Foundation earlier today at Hornets Nest Elementary School as part of the first community service initiative since the Hornets name returned to Charlotte. The donation was specifically earmarked for the Teacher Innovation Fund, a new fund established by the Hornets that empowers teachers to successfully implement strategies to educate and prepare every child to graduate.

 

In addition to the donation, the three organizations surprised Hornets Nest Elementary School third- grade teacher Michelle Fox-Massey and first-grade teacher Sarah Norris with $5,000 grants from the Teacher Innovation Fund. Volunteers from the Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s worked on various beautification and refurbishment projects at the school throughout the day, while also delivering Thank You kits to all 9,600 teachers at all 160 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

 

The Hornets also announced today the re-brand of the team’s charitable foundation as the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. The Charlotte Hornets Foundation will continue to focus on three pillars within the community: Education, Hunger and Wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please visit http://www.hornets.com.   

 

Including today’s donation, the Hornets and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth have now contributed nearly $1 million to Charlotte-Mecklenburg communities since 2010. In 2010, the two organizations gave $250,000 to CMS to help fund middle school sports.  In 2012, they partnered to donate a 26-foot, 14,000-pound refrigerated mobile pantry to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina that was funded by a $250,000 cash donation. In 2013, they made a $200,000 contribution toward the sponsorship of Y Achievers, a YMCA of Greater Charlotte program that operates in partnership with CMS.

 

The Hornets and Lowe’s continue to partner around the importance of education in the Charlotte community. Today the re-branded Book Bus, a full-service literacy bus that the two organizations launched last season, was unveiled. The Book Bus travels year-round throughout Charlotte to encourage reading and distributes books to area youth. In its first year, the Book Bus made more than 100 visits, distributed nearly 4,000 books and drove 2,200 miles. The Hornets and Lowe’s also partner in providing $50,000 in educational grants annually to local non-profit organizations.  

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Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan places his handprints in cement at Hornets Nest Elementary School as part of the first community initiative of the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. Jordan, along with executives and staff from the Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s, participated in various beautification and refurbishment projects as part of the Day of Service event.

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Loss Of Unemployment Benefits Has Now Cost Almost $5 Billion As Congress Dithers

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The Senate took a small step toward passing a short-term restoration of lapsed unemployment benefits on Thursday night as six Republicans crossed the aisle to help Democrats break a filibuster of the package. The narrow procedural vote underscores how slowly Congress has responded to this self-inflicted economic wound, as states have now lost out on almost $5 billion in economic activity since the federal safety net for the long-term jobless evaporated in December.
Thursday’s vote was the third time that Republicans have attempted to filibuster the measure. With that blockade broken, the bill is expected to pass the upper chamber on Monday. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seems poised to kill the package, which he calls “unworkable.” Yet the bill does as little as possible from the perspective of those who rely upon federal assistance as their job hunts stretch out longer beyond the six months of coverage that state unemployment insurance offers.
In mid March, with 10 weeks’ worth of jobless aid checks already missing for more than 2 million job seekers, senators announced a compromise to reinstate the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for just five months. The deal was retroactive to December 28, when the program expired. While retroactive payments could be priceless for beneficiaries, the short-term nature of the deal means that the program will lapse all over again at the end of May. Given that the compromise has taken more than two weeks to clear filibuster hurdles, and that the House appears ready to slow it down even further, it seems as though legislators will end up resolving this self-made problem for just a few weeks before the extension itself ends.
There are nearly 2.3 million people who would be receiving EUC checks if the program hadn’t lapsed. That number grows by 72,000 each week as people max out their state-level benefits and turn to the feds for further help. In addition to the millions of direct recipients, there are at least 2.3 million children who depend upon parents who rely on EUC. The failure to restore the program therefore harms over 4.5 million people’s wellbeing directly, and many more indirectly through reduced economic activity due to EUC recipients having less money to spend.
Those economic losses total $4.7 billion nationwide, according to a report this week from the Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee. The EUC program has one of the better economic multiplier effects of any federal program, generating over $1.50 in economic activity for every dollar the government spends.
Depriving these people of their safety net does nothing to improve their job prospects. For one thing, there are about 2.5 people job hunting for every job opening available. That makes for stiff competition for even those who are just a few weeks out of work, let alone those who have been unemployed for far longer. Hiring managers typically view long stints of joblessness as disqualifying, and the longer a person is out of a job the harder it is to get an interview for a new position. Those problems don’t go away just because Congress shrinks a job-seeker’s food and rent budget, and making it harder for those people to keep their phone and internet bills current only makes it harder to hunt for jobs.

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