Thursday, September 21, 2017

MITCH LANDRIEU On CBS THIS MORNING!!!


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NEW ORLEANS Mayor MITCH LAUNDRIEU performs double-duty, as he is also president of the national organization, The UNITED STATES CONFERENCE Of MAYORS!!!

Last year, Mayor LAUNDRIEU authorized the removal of four CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS (photo above) to CONFEDERATE General P.G.T. BEAUREGARD, the RECONSTRUCTION LIBERTY MONUMENT, Gen. ROBERT E; LEE, and President JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Earlier this week, he appeared on CBS THIS MORNING to discuss removal of the monuments, President DONALD TRUMP, and more.

-CCG



MOVIE TRAILER - The PRODUCTS Of The AMERICAN GHETTO (NSFW)!!!



















The PRODUCTS Of The AMERICAN GHETTO  is a new film that was shot in ATLANTA, and is based on the novel of the same name by Author TIERRE F. FORD!!!

During the 1980s, BRIAN is an 8-year-old growing up in the TECHWOOD urban housing area of ATLANTA!!!

Normal for him is to awaken by the sound of his mom selling her body to keep the lights on, but one night the screams of his 15 year old sister, TASHA, awaken him. He vows to take care of the women in his life and get them out the lifestyle.

The only window out is through drugs.

BRIAN wants out but the only images of success that he see’s are the drug dealers around him.He knows about doctors and lawyers. however; he is taught that those are not optionsthat are easily attainable. 

He’s told by teachers that he can’t go to college, He’s told my adults that,“where you are is where you will beand its your place.” 

Brian results to joining the drug game to stop his mom from prostituting herself to take care of him and his siblings.

POTAG Cast:

Darrin Dewitt Henson
Robin Givens
Rodney Perry
Shamea Morton
Tobias Truvillion
Keith Robinson
Tasia Grant
Coletrane Williams
Messiah Harris
Loren Lott
Yung Joc
Nadej Bailey
Mamma Dee
Wingo
Cranston Johnson


Check for the locations and dates of The PRODUCTS Of The AMERICAN GHETTO TOUR.

Will YOU be going to see The PRODUCTS Of The AMERICAN GHETTO???

TWITTER SOUNDS OFF - #IfRAPWasHIGHSCHOOL!!!




How did Yours Truly CCG miss THIS???

On occasion, cream does rise to the top of The TWITTERSPHERE. In this particular case, It was the creator(s) of the hashtag, #IfRAPWasHIGHSCHOOL.

ENJOY The HILARITY!!!


-CCG






























































ROLLING OUT

20 HIDDEN iOS 11 FEATURES That YOU Did NOT KNOW!!!


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Earlier this week, APPLE dropped their eagerly awaited APPLE: iOS 11!!!

What this means is that literally millions of people will standing in endless lines to update their devices.

While every iOS update brings about a plethora of change, there also will be a few hidden treasures available to you to help you un-complicate your life.

-CCG





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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WHY HAS The 2017 MLB HOME RUN PACE SKYROCKETED???


With the catapulting numbers of home runs that have been slammed during the he 20217 MLB REGULAR SEASON, this year has been dubbed The YEAR Of The HOME RUN!!!

The 2017 season has seen a grand total of 5,694 homers.

ESPN MLB Analyst MARK TEIXIRA chops it up and breaks it down.

-CCG

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - REALITY TV TRAILER: MARRIED TO MEDICINE - SEASON 5!!!



Are YOU ready for the widely-awaited ATLANTA-based RealiTV series, MARRIED To MEDICINE - SEASON 5???

THIS season, very successful Dr. CONTESSA METCALFE is a wife/mother/business owner who is the new addition to the group. Dr. HEAVENLY has expanded her dentistry practice. Dr. JACKIE has a top medical practice, a new look, and; has comes to terms that her boyfriend is cheating. Dr. SIMONE is still bi-coastal, but has it put a strain on her family life?  QUAD is still a doctor's wife, but; is not feeling the love from her husband. TOYA is in a different emotional place, which places her at odds with EUGENE.

MARRIED To MEDICINE: SEASON 5 premieres Sunday, November 5, 2017; 9:00 PM EST.

-CCG






#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - REALITY TV TRAILER: REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA - SEASON 10!!!

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Are YOU ready for SEASON 10 of ATLANTA-based blockbuster RealiTV series The REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA (RHOA)???

THIS season, CYNTHIA BAILEY is FREE from her marriage to PETER THOMAS. KANDI BURRUSS is juggling operating her new restaurant, OLD LADY GANG, and planning the upcoming reunion with her bandmates from XSCAPE. KENYA MOORE has married the man of her dreams, and is working on growing her beauty empire. After 5 seasons away, KIM ZOLCIAK is BACK. NENE LEAKES has also returned. PORSHA WILLIAMS is back from performing in her one-woman comedy show and is now embracing a vegan lifestyle.

REAL HOUSEWIVESOF ATLANTA - SEASON 10 premieres Sunday, November 5, 2017; 8:00 PMEST on BRAVO.

Are YOU ready for some HOUSEWIVES???

-CCG







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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - RIHANNA On ELLE MAG!!!

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In celebration of her sixth cover of ELLE and the global release of her brand-spankin' new beauty line, FENTY BEAUTY By RHINNA, the BARBADOS Beauty RIHANNA covers the ELLE PERSONAL STYLE AWARDS 2017 Issue of ELLE Magazine!!!

-CCG





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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The MADNESS Of DONALD TRUMP On ROLLING STONE MAG!!!

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Evening, August 22nd, 2017, at a convention center in PHOENIX was the DONALD JOHN TRUMP COMING-OUT-As-INSANE PARTY!!!

It looks like the same old Trump up there on the stage: same boxy blue suit, same obligatory flag pin and tangerine combover, same too-long reddish power tie swinging below his belt line like a locker-room abomination. Earlier this year there were efforts to make Trump stop wearing his suit jackets open – designer Joseph Abboud said buttoning up was a "very visible way of showing he knows how serious the job is" – but Donald Trump doesn't take advice, not even the gently benign kind.


He said monstrous things and lied with stunning disinhibition, and when the civilized world recoiled in horror, he seemed to take sadistic pleasure in every minute – win or lose, the run was pure glory for him, a Sherman's March of taboo politics and testosterone fury that would leave a mark on America forever. 
There was one more thing. Candidate Trump may have been crazy, but it was craziness that on some level was working. Even at his lowest and most irrational moments – like his lunatic assault on the family of fallen soldier Humayun Khan, in which he raved to the grieving Gold Star parents about how it was he, Trump, who had "made a lot of sacrifices" – you could argue, if you squinted really hard, that it was strategy, a kick to the base.
Or even if he wasn't doing these things on purpose, he must have been able to feel their impact, as the revolutionary force of his campaign demolished the 160-year-old Republican Party and barreled toward the gates of Barack Obama's White House. 
Now, it's different. Now, he just seems crazy. And it's his own administration that is crumbling, not any system. 
After a disastrous and terrifying August, which among other things saw him defend the "very fine people" among neo-Nazi protesters in a Charlottesville, Virginia, march, it's Trump's mental state – not his alleged Russia ties, nor his failure to staff the government or pass any major legislation – that has become the central problem of his presidency. 
Is this man losing his mind? And if so, what can be done about it? We've had some real zeros in the White House before, but we've never had a chief executive who barked at the moon or saw ghosts – at least, not one who was so public about it.

We deserve Trump, though. God, do we deserve him. We Americans have some good qualities, too, don't get me wrong. But we're also a bloodthirsty Mr. Hyde nation that subsists on massacres and slave labor and leaves victims half-alive and crawling over deserts and jungles, while we sit stuffing ourselves on couches and blathering about our "American exceptionalism." We dumped 20 million gallons of toxic herbicide on Vietnam from the air, just to make the shooting easier without all those trees, an insane plan to win "hearts and minds" that has left about a million still disabled from defects and disease – including about 100,000 children, even decades later, little kids with misshapen heads, webbed hands and fused eyelids writhing on cots, our real American legacy, well out of view, of course. 
Nowadays we use flying robots and missiles to kill so many civilians and women and children in places like Mosul and Raqqa and Damadola, Pakistan, in our countless ongoing undeclared wars that the incidents scarcely make the news anymore. Our next innovation is "automation," AI-powered drones that can identify and shoot targets, so human beings don't have to pull triggers and feel bad anymore. If you want to look in our rearview, it's lynchings and race war and genocide all the way back, from Hispaniola to Jolo Island in the Philippines to Mendocino County, California, where we nearly wiped out the Yuki people once upon a time.
Trump wasn't always crazy. He wasn't even always obnoxious. Many Americans don't remember, but the Donald Trump who appeared on TV regularly in the Eighties and Nineties was often engaging, self-deprecating, spoke in complete sentences and (verbally, anyway) usually lived up to his expensive schooling. He'd say things like, "These are the only casinos in the United States that are so rated," and use words and phrases like "a somewhat impersonal life" and "money isn't a totally essential ingredient." 
The difference today is striking. Trump has not only completely lost his sense of humor, particularly about himself, but he's a lingual mess. In his current dread of polysyllables – his favorite words include "I," "Trump," "very," "money" and "China" – he makes George W. Bush sound like Vladimir Nabokov. On the page, transcripts of his speaking appearances often look like complete gibberish.  
The difference even since last year is hard to miss, and why not? The presidency severely ages and stresses even healthy people. From Obama to Bush to Jimmy Carter, presidents on their last day of office often look like med-school cadavers. President Trump already looks older, has a lower frustration threshold and seems only to have two moods, rage and sullen resignation (a.k.a. pre-rage). 
This is the paradox of Trump. He is damaged, unwell and delusional, but at critical moments he's able to approximate a functioning human being just long enough to survive. He is the worst-case scenario: embarrassing, mentally disorganized and completely inappropriate, but perhaps not all the way insane. Maybe crimes will soon be discovered and he'll be impeached, or maybe he'll run naked down Pennsylvania Avenue this fall, or nuke someone, and be declared unfit. Until then, he's just the president we deserve, dragging our name down where it belongs. He is miserable, so are we, and we're stuck with each other. 
KARMA really IS a B8TCH. 
Buckle up for the ride with ROLLING STONE Journalist MATT TAIBBI for a glimpse into the ongoing American train wreck that is the resulting collateral damage from The MADNESS Of DONALD TRUMP.
-CCG



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KENDRICK LAMAR & ANTHONY TIFFITH On BILLBOARD MAG!!!

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WATTS, LOS ANGELES, CA native TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT CEO/Founder ANTHONY TOP DAWG TIFFITH and his star client COMPTON native Rapper KENDRICK LAMAR discuss how they built TDE into the greatest indie  label i all of HIP HOP for the new issue of BILLBOARD Magazine!!!


Here are some interview interludes:

Top, how did you encourage creativity in your artists early on?
Anthony Tiffith: Growing up in the era of the gangsta sh*t, a lot of my friends were getting killed, a lot of friends were in the pen, I got shot. When I got with the [TDE artists], it was up to me to show them something different -- to lock them in my studio and make them build a bond as brothers, and struggle a little bit. I had the money to do whatever I wanted, but they weren’t going to appreciate shit if I just handed it off to them. So they were rushing to McDonald’s to look at what’s on the dollar menu, or going to get a River Boat special from Louisiana Fried Chicken. But I was showing them family life because my family lives in this house, too.
What made you trust these kids?
Tiffith: Me being in the streets all my life, I judge people pretty good. Jay Rock is from my hood, Nickerson Gardens. I was chasing him around, and he hides, thinking I’m trying to discipline him about some b*llsh*t. I finally catch him while he was getting a haircut: “Yo, you rap. I’m trying to do this sh*t. Let’s go.” Dave [Free] was a computer dude, he came to f*ck with my computer and played [Lamar’s] music.
How hungry were you, Kendrick?
Kendrick Lamar:
 I was too hungry, man. The summer I came over there, everyone was getting murdered and sh*t. There was a real war with my section and, like, two neighborhoods down the block. Compton [Calif.] is small, so n---as be warring on corners. By the grace of God, we found the studio.
And Top’s studio was free.
Lamar: You hear about homies going to studios and they’ve got to rush their verses, hurry up before somebody else comes in. I got to actually do a verse, scrap it, do it over and just perfect my whole shit. And that gave me the upper hand among other artists. All of us at TDE, that gave us an upper hand. Everybody [else] was just trying to get a hit record.
What do you miss about the early days?
Tiffith: I miss the grind. That uncertainty about everything, but knowing that I got some talented m*therf*ckers that can actually take over this game. Then, the bullsh*t happened at Warner Bros. [TDE’s deal with the label soured after a restructuring there.] So now, we have to regroup. I sit down with everybody and say, “Yo, it’s time to go hard. F*ck chasing these labels. We’re going to make these labels chase us.” Going with Dr. Dre [at Aftermath/Interscope] was a plus because we all love Dre. Kendrick remembers Dre from when he was hanging on his daddy’s neck. He come from what we come from. To be able to walk out in his backyard and see the whole f*cking world, point to your neighborhood -- that’s inspiration, bro. And he’s like, “Top, y’all can have all this.” He never tried to interfere with what we do. Like, “Y’all came in winning. Do what y’all do.”
Kendrick, how have your relationships with the other TDE artists changed?
Lamar: Being a fan of groups and labels, you hear stories of m*therf*ckers fighting, this one jealous of the other. Those cats never had brotherhood from the jump. I still can look in [ScHoolboy] Q’s eyes, and he can still look in my eyes, like, “N---a, I know.” Or Rock. I know what we did to get here. No matter how far we get, we’ll always have that bond, period.
How would you two define your relationship?
Tiffith: I trust his judgment, he trusts mine. Some sh*t I’m tripping on, he might call me and change my whole mind about it.
Lamar: You don’t get too many people like him this side of the neighborhood. A lot of m*therf*ckers want you to see them down just like them. Or don’t want you to come up like them. If it weren't for him, I’d probably be sitting around with this m*therf*cking money and face and platform and not doing sh*t because I didn't have the proper guidance to know exactly what to do and how to inspire the next kid.
-CCG






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HOW MUCH The TOP NBA STARS ACTUALLY EARN POST-DEDUCTIONS!!!


Have YOU ever wondered how much some of the top NBA stars actually earn, meaning; how much of their contract money actually shows up on your paycheck???

This season ESPN partnered with PKF O'CONNOR DAVIES Director of Sports and Entertainment SPORTS TAX Expert ROBERT RAIOLA to analyze the salaries of the league's highest paid players. We crunched their paychecks to come up with our best estimates of what they walk away with after deductions, as outlined to us by representatives of the players union.

You'll notice that deductions from gross salary include federal, state and city taxes (and in Kyle Lowry's case, Canadian taxes), agent fees (assumed at 3 percent) and a maximum 401K contribution of $18,000. In the case of players who live in a no-income-tax state, you'll see that they are paying taxes -- so-called "Jock Taxes" from playing in other states.
You'll also see that players get back the 10 percent of their salary that was held in escrow from last season, after it is taxed. And they lose 10 percent to escrow for this year, which will be given back as long as the owners pay the players the agreed upon 51 percent of Basketball Related Income (BRI). You'll also notice a surplus that players will get this year. Every player receives $355,449 (before taxes) because after the 10 percent escrow was given back, there was additional money, a shortfall of $163.5 million in total, that needed to be given back to reach the agreed upon percentage.
Note that only paychecks were analyzed here and not any additional revenue the players take in, such as endorsement income.
Hit the link to get two full pockets of HOW MUCH The TOP NBA STARS ACTUALLY EARN.
-CCG



























I LOVE 2 EAT #171 - PANERA BREAD!!!

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Yours Truly CCG offers sincere apologies for being  hella late with this post, but; while still at home in NEW ORLEANS, on the evening of Saturday, August 12, Dad and Ya Boy went out for a light dinner meal.

PANERA BREAD

MID-CITY NEW ORLEANS

309 N. CARROLLTON AVENUE
SUITE #3
NEW ORLEANS, LA
504.648.2736

MODAY - THURSDAY: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM CST
FRIDAY: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
SATURDAY: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
SUNDAY: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

This particular location is situated within the MID-CITY MARKET that is located at 309 N. Carrollton Ave. in Downtown Mid-City NEW ORLEANS.

Arriving at about 7:00 PM, the house was buzzing with a line of 3 -4 patrons ahead of us. However; we were at the ordering station within five minutes.

PANERA BREAD  is a highly successful chain of bakery-cafes that operates throughout the U.S. and CANADA that specializes in the tradition of freshly baked artisan bread for their sandwiches, meal options, and; pastries.

CCG decided on the WATERMELON FETA SALAD, NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER SOUP, BAGUETTE, and; SWEET TEA (photo below).

WATERMELON FETA SALAD, NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER, BAGUETTE, SWEET TEA


The Watermelon Feta Salad was a limited summer option, so it is no longer listed on the PANERA BREAD SALAD MENU.

That salad was positively pure FRESHNESS!!!

It was a bed of richly-green arugula leaves supporting chunks of sweet watermelon, topped with feta cheese crumbles and sliced almonds.

The New England Clam Chowder was a bowl of rich and warm of clam chowder goodness. Tender bits of chopped sea clams and sliced potatoes, complimented with onions, celery, and other traditional clam chowder seasonings and brewed into a comforting creamy broth.

The Baguette was their warm-out-the-oven French Baguette t evening was Ya Boy's maiden voyage to Panera Bread, and; it shall not be his last.

GOODFOOD, GOOD CONVERSATION, GOOD LOCATION, GOOD SERVICE, GOOD TIMES!!! 

-CCG


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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TOP 100 NBA PLAYERS For 2018!!!

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100. D'ANGELO RUSSEL - BROOKLYN NETS


Who are the 100 best currently active players in the NBA???

Is LeBRON still the BEST???

After crunching the numbers, the really good folks at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine have presented their annual listing, and; Yours Truly CCG is giving you the Bottom 10 and TOP 10 from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED - The CROSSOVER: TOP100 NBA PLAYERS Of 2018.

-CCG



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99. KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE -  LOS ANGELES LAKERS





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98. PATRICK PATTERSON - OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER






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97. RYAN ANDERSON - HOUSTON ROCKETS





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96. ELFRID PAYTON - ORLANDO MAGIC






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95. TAJ GIBSON MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES






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94.JULIUS RANDLE - LA LAKERS





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93. LOU WILLIAMS - LA CLIPPERS





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92. PATTY MILLS - SAN ANTONIO SPURS







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91. JAMES JOHNSON - MIAMI HEAT




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10. DRAYMOND GREEN - GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS





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9. GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO - MILWAUKEE BUCKS




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8. ANTHONY DAVIS - NEW ORLEANS PELICANS




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6. RUSSELL WESTBROOK - OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER




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5. JAMES HARDEN - HOUSTON ROCKETS






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4. KAWHI LEONARD - SPURS





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3. STEPHEN CURRY - WARRIORS





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2. KEVIN DURANT






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1. LEBRON JAMES - CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
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