Friday, May 18, 2018

MICHAEL B. JORDAN On ESSENCE MAG!!!



June 2018 has Actor MICHAEL B. JORDAN starring in brand-spankin' new HBO film release FAHRENHEIT 451, STILL collecting rave reviews for his role as ERIK KILLMONGER in DISNEY STUDIOS - MARVEL STUDIOS record-breaking blockbuster movie BLACK PANTHER, and; covering THE MEN'S ISSUE of ESSENCE Magazine!!!

A few interview interludes:

On adopting an INCLUSION RIDER for his projects:

"Actions speak louder than words. I want to lead by example. I know I had an opportunity with the shows and projects I had coming up, to put it to work. It's important to have diversity both in front of and behind the camera, and inclusion riders make sure that anyone who does business with my company knows that we expect there to be people of color, women, LGBT folks, and people with disabilities in key positions on our crews and productions staffs."

On being supportive of women:

"I'm raised by strong women. Since the majority of people in power are men, when we speak up it gives them firmer ground to stand on when we support them. I'm not the poster boy for it; I'm not the guy who's trying to get in every cause, but at the same time when they call me for help, I'm there...I'm going to be there to support them." 

On the rumors that in his Personal Life - he has no room for BLACK WOMEN:

"It makes me hesitant about whoever I'm seen with. I'm finally starting to get to a place now where I don't care, but it bothered me for a minute. It made me more conscious of things I say and how I move, and what could happen if I leave a club or a restaurant or the movies. If I leave anywhere, any known place with anybody, there's going to be speculation."

"I’m a universal person. I grew up all over the world. I had the opportunity to share my time and heart with many different races, wonderful people...I’ve been around the world, I love a lot of different people. I love my people. For anybody to question my love for Black women is preposterous."

"Look at what I'm about as a person. Look at my upbringing, my culture, where I come from," the actor told ESSENCE. "How could I not love and appreciate my own race?"


-CCG






















Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 TOP 10 BEST FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCKS!!!



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1. 2018 FORD F-150


Maybe you really do have a lot of stuff total on a fairly regular basis, or; maybe you just want a really big and roomy powerful truck!!!

Whatever your individual, or, your family's wants or needs - you are in the market for a B.A.T. (Big A$$ Truck).

Here are the CCG Full-Size 5 from the CAR And DRIVER - 2018 TOP 10 BEST FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCKS:


2018 FORD F-150

Beloved for its legendary capabilities, the F-150 is the truck we deem worthy of our 10Best award for 2018. Engines include: a 3.3-liter V-6 (265 lb-ft), a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 (400 lb-ft), a Power Stroke diesel 3.0-liter V-6 (440 lb-ft), a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 (470 lb-ft), and a 5.0-liter V-8 (400 lb-ft). All engines save the base V-6 get a 10-speed automatic. A touchscreen infotainment system is optional, as is 4G LTE Wi-Fi, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking.








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2. 2018 FORD F-150 RAPTOR

The F-150 Raptor is the high-flying, high-velocity version of the regular Ford F-150—both 10Best winners. Its 450-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 and paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic can catapult it from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The Raptor also has exclusive off-road equipment as standard, including all-wheel drive, gnarly tires, beefy dampers, and wider body panels. Available as SuperCab and SuperCrew models, the fantastic Ford perfectly combines fun and functional for a full-size pickup






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3. 2018 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY

Brutish power and payload capacity remain key traits of the F-250, while aluminum construction brings it into the 21st century. A 6.2-liter V-8 with 430 lb-ft, a max tow rating of 15,000 lb, and a six-speed automatic are standard; a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 with 925 lb-ft and a max tow rating of 18,000 lb is optional. Configurations include regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab as well as 6.75-ft and 8.0-ft beds. The F-250 boasts a quiet cabin, a compliant ride, and up to six exterior cameras






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4. 2018 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500

Brutish power and payload capacity remain key traits of the F-250, while aluminum construction brings it into the 21st century. A 6.2-liter V-8 with 430 lb-ft, a max tow rating of 15,000 lb, and a six-speed automatic are standard; a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 with 925 lb-ft and a max tow rating of 18,000 lb is optional. Configurations include regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab as well as 6.75-ft and 8.0-ft beds. The F-250 boasts a quiet cabin, a compliant ride, and up to six exterior cameras








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5. 2018 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500HD

Whether at the work site or on the open road, the Silverado 2500HD has the brawn to tackle just about anything. The standard 6.0-liter V-8 makes 380 lb-ft of torque; the optional 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 makes 910 lb-ft and boasts a towing capacity of up to 18,100 pounds. A six-speed automatic is standard. Choose among regular, double, or crew-cab body styles as well as 6.5- or 8.0-foot bed lengths, plus a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive for a bevy of configurations to suit any job.


-CCG







#BLACKWOMANMAGIC: SALT-N-PEPA HUIGE ANNOUNCEMENT on The REAL!!!




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Yesterday on daytime talkfest The REAL, iconic Hip Hop duo SALT-N-PEPA made two major announcements!!!

They announced that sometime around LABOR DAY 2018, they will begin a Las Vegas residency at an establishment along the LAS VEGAS STRIP.

Additionally; they perform Sunday night at the 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, and; be honored as the FIRST FEMALE RAPPERS TO ACHIEVE BILLBOARD HOT 100 STATUS. 

The 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS take place this coming Sunday, May 20, 8:00 PM EST, at the MGM GRAND GARDEN in LAS VEGAS, and; will be broadcast LIVE on NBC.

-CCG













#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - MOVIE TRAILER: OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY TRAILER - WHITNEY!!!


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Director KEVIN MacDONALD delves into the life, loves, and; legacy of late Singer-Songwriter WHITNEY HOUSTON in his forthcoming documentary film WHITNEY!!!

WHITNEY explores how Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, she was the only artist to chart seven consecutive U.S. No. 1 singles. She also starred in several blockbuster movies before her brilliant career gave way to erratic behavior, scandals and death at age 48. The documentary feature Whitney is an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston's life. Using never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives and original interviews with the people who knew her best, Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald unravels the mystery behind "The Voice," who thrilled millions even as she struggled to make peace with her own troubled past

WHITNEY opens Friday, July 6, 2018.

Will YOU be going to see WHITNEY???

Press PLAY for WHITNEY.

-CCG








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#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - JANET JACKSON On BILLBOARD MAG!!!





Sunday, May 20 legendary GARY, IN (remember GARY?) native Singer-Dancer-Actress JANET JACKSON will perform and receive the 2018 BILLBOARD ICON AWARD at the 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, and; she is the cover story for BILLBOARD Magazine - 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Issue!!!


Here are a few interview interludes:

Let’s go back to the very beginning, when your first two records -- 1982’s Janet Jackson and 1984’s Dream Street -- were released.
Excitement was in the air. Music was always my heart, and now I was getting to sing my heart out. The songs were good, but they weren’t me. [She only began co-writing most of her songs on Control.] That was a little confusing. I knew I had something to say, I knew I had to assert myself. I also knew I had to go through the painful process of what my brothers had gone through. I had to thank my father for his help and then move on. I had to assert myself.

The general notion is that as Marvin Gaye went from What’s Going On to Let’s Get It On, you went from Rhythm Nation to 1993’s janet.
janet. had a deeply sensual edge because that’s what I was going through in my life. I was discovering freedom in physical pleasure and loved writing about sexuality. I tried to do it subtly and tastefully, but I also wanted to push the boundaries a bit.

Tell me about singing with Luther Vandross. Your duet, “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” was included in your retrospective album Design of a Decade: 1986-1996.
Total treat. Luther’s place in the pantheon of soul crooners is secure. You have to go back to Sam Cooke to find a singer with Luther’s sensitivity and finesse. I adore his voice. Such flexibility. Perfect pitch. Perfect enunciation. A singer’s singer. I was also glad to do a dance song, and Luther was gracious enough to adapt to my rhythmic style. Because of his genius, it came off perfectly. Trends will come and go, but Luther’s artistry will endure forever.

You were recording at Rodney Jerkins’ studio in L.A. -- a year after your brother had passed [in 2009] -- and you happened to glance at a magazine with a picture of Michael and said, “I still can’t believe it.”
That brings up a precious memory. It happened in the early ’80s. I was 16 and in between my first two records. Michael was recording [1982’s] Thriller. He invited me to the studio where he was about to sing “P.Y.T.” and asked me to help out on background vocals. Since we had been singing together forever, I knew it’d be easy. I jumped at the chance. I loved being one of the P.Y.T.’s and was especially proud -- I hope this doesn’t sound like bragging -- that when the record was mixed, my single background voice was the one featured. I can’t tell you how good that made me feel

So much of your music over these past four decades has been about putting out positive messages, whether personal or societal. Given today’s state of the nation, are you discouraged?
No. I’m anxious. I’m angry. I’m certainly concerned, but when I hear new artists finding their voices, just as I found mine, I’m optimistic. Young artists are exhibiting more courage than ever. Music is more alive than ever. And more relevant. We women artists -- and women in general -- are saying we will not be controlled, manipulated or abused. We’re determined not to fall back to those days of emotional and even physical enslavement. It’s a blessing to be alive today and join in the fight for equality among all human beings.


You mentioned younger artists. Which ones impress you the most?
Daniel Caesar is proving that romantic R&B is alive and well. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are proving that brilliantly original storytelling is one of hip-hop’s great gifts to world culture. SZA is proving that young women still possess extraordinary vocal skills and style.
I also have a special place in my heart for Bruno Mars. Bruno was really the first music my son responded to. 
The 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS will be hosted by AMERICAN IDOL - SEASON 1 Winner KELLY CLARKSON, and takes place Sunday, May 20; at the MGM GRAND GARDEN in LAS VEGAS, NV, airing LIVE on NBC.


-CCG


Jackson wears a Haider Ackermann tank, pants, jacket and boots, and Le Vian and Borgioni bangles. 






Janet Jackson photographed on May 9, 2018 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. 











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SUNS WIN 2018 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY!!!



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CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Owner ROBERT SARVER, General Manager RYAN McDONOUGH, Head Coach IGOR KOKOSKOV, and, the PHOENIX SUNS, fr Tuesday night winning the 2018 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY!!!

The 2018 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY took place at the PALMER HOUSE HILTON in CHICAGO.

The SACRAMENTO KINGS placed second, and, the ATLANTA HAWKS can in third.

2018 is the first year in team history that the SUNS have won the NBA DRFAT LOTTERY, and, this means that they will have the first selection during Rounds #1 and #2 during the upcoming 2018 NBA DRAFT.

Here are the 2018 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY TOP 10 from the 2018 DRAFT LOTTERY COMPLETE RESULTS:

1. Phoenix 
2. Sacramento 
3. Atlanta
4. Memphis 
5. Dallas
6. Orlando 
7. Chicago 
8. Cleveland  (from Brooklyn via Boston)
9. New York 
10. Philadelphia  (from Los Angeles Lakers via Phoenix)


The 2018 NBA DRAFT takes place Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the BARCLAYS CENTER in BROOKLYN, NY.


-CCG






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21 SAVAGE On XXL MAG!!!



ATLANTA Rapper 21 SAVAGE says, The STREETS MADE ME, and; is the cover story for the SPRING 2018 Issue of XXL Magazine!!!


-CCG




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - JENIFER LEWIS On THE BREAKFAST CLUB (NSFW)!!!


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ABC sitcoms BLACK-ISH and GROWN-ISH star JENNIFER LEWIS  has published a book JENIFER LEWIS - The MOTHER Of BLACK HOLLYWOOD: A MEMOIR, and, earlier this week in NYC, she was at the POWER 105.1 studio for an interview with ANGELA YEE, CHARLAMAGNE Tha GOD, and; DJ ENVY, for  THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

JENIFER and TBC Crew discussed myriad of topics including:

- Almost retiring before getting on Blackish
- All players should kneel
- Conversation with Baron Davis
- What made you write this book
- Bi-polar disorder
The Dick Diva
- Never married but been engaged 4 times
- Did anyone suspect you were suffering from mental illness back then
- Who had your back?
Mother of Black Hollywood
- Kanye West comments
- Donald Trump has mental illness
- Do you think Black people talk too much in public
- Self-awareness
- Miguel
- Stop beating your kids
- Why did they call you a “killa” in high school
- They called you Majestic
- 48:13 con artist name
- Molested by pastor
- Bill Cosby

WARNING!!! NSFW!!! HARSH LANGUAGE!!! WARNING!!! NSFW!!! HARSH LANGUAGE!!!

CCG








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2018 BET AWARDS - COMPLETE LIST Of NOMINEES!!!



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The 2018 BET AWARDS takes place Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the MICROSOFT THEATERin LOS ANGELES, CA!!!

Courtesy of the wonderful folks at BILLBOARD Magazine, here is your official 2018 BET AWARDS - COMPLETE LIST Of NOMINEES:

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
Beyonce
SZA
H.E.R.
Rihanna
Kehlani
                             
Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Khalid
Daniel Caesar
                             
Best Group Award
Migos
A Tribe Called Quest
N.E.R.D.
Rae Sremmurd
Chloe X Halle
              
Best Collaboration Award
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts 
DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce - Top Off    
Cardi B feat. 21 Savage - Bartier Cardi 
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable 
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna - LOYALTY.
                             
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
J. Cole

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
DeJ Loaf
Rapsody
                             
Video of the Year Award
Drake - God's Plan 
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow 
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)  
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts 
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk It 
              
Video Director of the Year Award
Benny Boom
Director X
Ava Duvernay
Chris Brown
Dave Meyers

Best New Artist Award
SZA
H.E.R.
Daniel Caesar
GOLDLINK
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly - I'll Find You
Snoop Dogg feat. B. Slade - Words Are Few
Ledisi & Kirk Franklin - If You Don't Mind
Marvin Sapp - Close
Tasha Cobbs Leonard feat. Nicki Minaj - I'm Getting Ready

The Best International Act Award
Booba (France)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Dadju (France)
Davido (Nigeria)​
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Fally Ipupa (Dr. Congo)
J Hus (UK)
Niska (France)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Stefflon Don (UK)
Stormzy (UK)
Best Actress Award
Tiffany Haddish
Lupita Nyong'o
Issa Rae
Angela Bassett
Letitia Wright
Taraji P. Henson   

Best Actor Award           
Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Donald Glover
Sterling K. Brown
Denzel Washington
Daniel Kaluuya

Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi
Ashton Tyler
Caleb McLaughlin
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown

Best Movie Award
Black Panther
Girls Trip
A Wrinkle in Time
Detroit
Mudboung

Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Candace Parker
Elana Meyers Taylor
Sportsman of the Year Award    
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Kevin Durant 
Dwayne Wade
Odell Beckham Jr.

Album of the Year Award
DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar  
CTRL - SZA
4:44 - Jay-Z
Culture II - Migos
Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists
Grateful - DJ Khaled 

BET Her Award
Janelle Monae - Django Jane
Lizzo - Water Me
Mary J. Blige - Strength of a Woman
Remy Ma feat. Chris Brown - Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)    
Chloe X Halle - The Kids Are Alright
Leikeli47 - 2nd Fiddle

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Drake - God's Plan 
Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj - Motor Sport  
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts 
-CCG

2018 NBA PLAYOFFS - CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE!!!



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MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY 2018 we arrived at the 2018 NBA CONFERENCE FINALS!!!

From the the NBA Western Conference, we have the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS versus the HOUSTON ROCKETS, and; from the NBA Eastern Conference, the BOSTON CELTICS versus CLEVELAND CAVALIERS.

Sunday afternoon, the CELTICS defeated the CAVALIERS, and; then again defeated them on Tuesday night to take a 2 - 0 lead for the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Monday night, the WARRIORS defeated the ROCKETS to lead the series, 1 - 0.

Tonight is Game #2 of the 2018 NBA Western Conference Finals.

Courtesy of the really wonderful people over at the NBA, here is the remainder of your official 2018 NBA PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE

-CCG



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SOUTH AFRICAN PASTOR Asks CONGREGANTS To REMOVE Their UNDERWEAR And CLUTCH Their GENITALS During CHRUCH SERVICE!!!

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SOUTH AFRICAN Televangelist Prophet PFP MOTSOENENG a.k.a. Prophet MBORO is the senior pastor of INCREDIBLE HAPPENING MINISTRY that is based in GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA!!!

Video reveals that during a recent worship experience, Prophet MBORO requested for congregants to remove their undergarments, wave them in the air, and; clutch their genitals so that he might pray for them... In theName of JESUS.


-CCG







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