Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 HONDA BATTLE Of The BANDS (#HBOB) @ The GEORGIA DOME!!!


Today in The ATL, the 2015 HONDA BATTLE Of The BANDS (#HBOB) goes down at the GEORGIA DOME!!!

Founded in 2002, the HONDA BATTLE Of The BANDS was created to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of BLACK COLLEGE MARCHING BANDS and the unique academic experience offered by HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES And UNIVERSITIES (HBCUs).
 
Each year they begin with an initial pool of 38 HBCU MARCHING BANDS. The list is then pared down to the FINAL 8 that are selected to compete at the invitational #HBOB.
 
The 2015 FINAL 8 are ALABAMA A&M UNIVERITY, BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY, HOWARD UNIVERSITY, JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTH CAROLINA A&T UNIVERSITY, SOUTHEN UNIVERSITY & A&M COLLEGE, TALLADEGA COLLEGE, and TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY.
 
For TICKETS, please visit 2015 HONDA BATTLE Of The BANDS TICKETS.
 
-CCG
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

KEY & PEELE PICK SUPER BOWL XLIX!!!

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KEY & PEELE have an unmatched gift for lampooning all things related to football!!!

They’ve become quite famous for their annual ‘East-West Bowl’ sketch in which they point out how absurd the names of football players have become, but in the past few weeks they’ve changed their step and taken on the NFL.

What’s so brilliant about these NFL Analyst sketches is they really aren’t that far off from reality. Watching this sketch any person who’s ever watched a FOX Pregame show can easily see this being a normal conversation that would take place.

-CCG

 


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NFL CONDUCTS 40 DEFLATEGATE INTERVIEWS!!!


ESPN TODAY has ESPN NFL FRONT OFFICE Insider LOUIS RIDDICK and ESPN NFL Insider ADAM CAPLAN to react to the ongoing NFL NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DEFLATEGATE INVESTIGATION, which so far, includes 40 interviews!!!

-CCG

SINBAD On THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

This week in NYC, Comedian/Actor/Producer SINBAD was at the POWER 105.1 studios for an interview with THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

-CCG
 

ATLANTA POLICE UPSET With Mayor KASIM REED Over "HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT" PHOTO!!!

An ATLANTA POLICE UNION is upset with ATLANTA Mayor KASIM REED over a photo that they say perpetuates fear of law enforcement!!!
 
AJC reports the issue is a photo of Mayor REED and celebrities including Actor/Comedian CHRIS TUCKER, as well as rappers YOUNG JEEZY and LUDACRIS, with their arms raised in a gesture that is commonly known as “HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT.”
 
The gesture has come to symbolize tension between law enforcement and minority communities following the POLICE SHOOTING DEATH of unarmed 18-year-old FERGUSON, MO resident MICHAEL BROWN Jr.
 
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD Of POLICE OFFICERS LOCAL 623 President KEN ALLEN said he heard from many officers who believe the photo sends a troubling message. Allen leads a union of roughly 1,200 lawmen.
 
KEN ALLEN said;
“It’s sending a message to the community that contradicts what I think we do in Atlanta. I think the message tells the public that there is an issue (here).”
Spokeswoman ANN TORRES said his participation in the photo, which was taken at an event last month, was a reaction to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer over Brown’s death.
The mayor spoke publicly about his disappointment in the Ferguson decision last fall and called for peaceful protests.
 
ANN TORRES also defended the mayor’s support of the ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT, which has grown to 2,000 officers, has received pay raises under Reed and has received new high-tech policing equipment.
 
ANN TORRES said;
“Since Michael Brown’s shooting in August, Mayor Reed has been asked to comment on community policing on multiple occasions both nationally and locally. In every instance, he has consistently expressed his appreciation of the fine work of the men and women of the Atlanta Police Department.”
 
Just months after the Ferguson decision, a NEW YORK grand jury deciding against charging an officer involved in the POLICE CHOKING DEATH of unarmed 34-year-old STATEN ISLAND, NY-resident ERC GARNER, who died after police put him in a choke-hold.
 
Weeks later, two NYPD officers were gunned down by a man who reportedly claimed that he planned to attack cops in retaliation for the deaths of BROWN and GARNER.
 
The controversy has led to highly publicized tension between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio, with some criticizing the mayor for what they say is a lack of support for the force.
 
Noting demonstrations in Atlanta earlier this week, in which protesters interrupted and blocked the 2015 MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. MARCH, President KEN ALLEN said;
“Why would they not think the mayor supports that, because of the message that photo sends?”
EMORY UNIVERSITY Political Scientist MICHAEL LEO OWENS thinks the mayor’s participation in the photo is politically less damaging in Atlanta, which has a majority black police force and is led by an African-American chief.
 
“If we had these sort of cases in Atlanta that we see elsewhere, it would be a very different story. And if we had those sorts of cases, the mayor might not have used what we assume is this symbol.”
-CCG

BRISK BETTING ACTION For SUPER BOWL XLIV!!!


Sunday, February 1, 2015, the 2015 AFC Champion NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS face-off against the 2015 NFC Champion SEATTLE SEAHAWKS for SUPER BOWL XLIV in GLENDALE, AZ!!!

ESPN SPORTSCENTER Anchor DOUG KEZIRIAN has SOUTH POINT HOTL & CASINO Oddsmaker JIMMY VACCARO to chop up the current betting action in LAS VEGAS.

-CCG

DEMETRIA McKINNEY On RYAN CAMERON MORNING SHOW!!!


Earlier this week in The ATL, Actress/Singer/Songwriter/REAL HOUSEWIVES Of ATLANTA (RHOA) star DEMETRIA McKINNEY was at the V-103 studios for an interview with WANDA SMITH and RYAN CAMERON for the RYAN CAMERON MORNING SHOW With WANDA SMITH!!!

During the interview, DEMETRIA discussed her relationship with Producer ROGER BOBB, RHOA, her other forthcoming professional endeavors, and so Much MORE.

-CCG

 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

NBA ANNOUNCES 2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS!!!


The NBA has announced the starters for both the Eastern and Western Conferences for the 2015 NBA ALL-STAR GAME!!!

ESPN HEADLINES Host TODD GRISHAM has ESPN NBA FRONT OFFICE Insider AMIN ELHASSAN to chop it up.

-CCG

SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW On SPORTS ILLUSTRATED!!!


Sunday, February 1, 2015, Head Coach BILL BELICHICK, Quarterback #12 TOM BRADY and the 5-time SUPER BOWL/2015 AFC Champion NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS face-off against Head Coach PETE CARROLL, Quarterback #3 RUSSWLL WILSON, and the returning SUPER BOWL XLVIII/2015 NFC Champion SEATTLE SEAHAWKS for SUPER BOWL XLIV (49)!!!

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has everything that you want to know about everything that you want to know about SUPER BOWL XLIX in their SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW ISSUE.

-CCG

 

GLAM UNIVERSITY: GIRLPOWER SLEEPOVER!!!

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GLAM UNIVERSITY presents the first ever GIRLPOWER SLEEPOVER!!!

Check out the details below:

GIRLPOWER SLEEPOVER takes place SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 - SUNDAY, JNUARY 25, 2015; 12 NOON EST.

Glam University Winter 2015 Speakers:
 
Dawn Dickson CEO OF FLAT OUT HEELS as seen on MSNBC & The Profit
 
Stormy Wellington MLM Strategist & Millionaire Business Coach
 
Candice Haywood CEO of My Fair Sweets
 
Miasha Coleman Simon & Shuster Author & Owner of Rich Boys Clothing Line
 
Kachelle Kelly Author & Self Publishing Guru of series “Boss Women Pray”
 
Ericka Dotson CEO of Indique Hair Inc Mags Fasting Growing Co
 
Nicole Garner CEO of the Garner Circle PR & EntrepreneursIvyLeague.com
 
Jana Hicks Director of Sprite Pour & Digital Branding Expert
 
Lisa Cunningham CEO of Atlanta Film Partners
 
Shyneka Richardson 107.9 radio veteran & founder of WORD ON THE STREETS.com
 
Jasmine Crowe CEO of Black Celeb Giving & Non Profit Guru
 
Nikki Taylor CEO of Taylor Management & Management & Mother of Teyana Taylor
 
Karli Harvery
 
Christine White, Law Firm Partner
 
Ebonie Ward, owner of  FlyChix
 
Brittni Mealy, owner of Pop Of Junk Boutique
 
Chanita Foster, CEO of Kandi Burress Cares Foundation and Be
yond The Game
 
Randy Thompson, Celebrity Realtor (Realtors of Atlanta)
 
Miss Conceited, Conceited Inc Lashes
Pam Hogan, The Hogan Beauty Institute
 
The winter edition of Glam University’s “GirlPower SleepOver” is powered by Upscale Magazine and Beautiful Textures Hair Care. Guests will be privy to a wealth of knowledge in a setting that calls for pajamas, journals, goal-setting, accountability and tons of girl power. Highlights of the event include an A-Z business bootcamp led by Glam University founder, Sabrina Peterson, a vision board party led by Ladies Who Brunch and a unique one-on-one experiential learning workshop with the Top Twenty Five Glam University experts.

Recently featured in the February 2015 edition of Upscale Magazine, currently on stands now, the “GirlPower Sleep Over” is an essential investment in delving into one’s entrepreneurship goals whether an individual is brand new to business or established and ready to grow.  The “GirlPower Sleep Over” will challenge attendees to execute at their highest level and is designed to turn business ideas into a force for good that fuels higher profits and ones higher purpose. Registration for the Glam University “GirlPower Sleep Over” includes not only attendance to this glamafied event but a year’s worth of business coaching from Sabrina Peterson and a personal accountability partner. Attendees can view the training videos, connect with others, and compare notes with other attendees through the Glam University business app that will be launched at this event as well.

For Inquiry, Information, Registration, RSVP, or TICKETS, please visit GLAM UNIVERSITY.

-CCG

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SILVER BULLETS: 7 PROBLEMS 7 SOLUTIONS On NEWSWEEK!!!

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NEWSWEEK Journalists ZOE SCHLANGER and ELIJAH WOLFSON examine the worldwide problems of COLLEGE EDUCATION, ENERGY, FOOD SECURITY, INFECTIOUS DISEASE, OVERPOPULATION, POVERTY, TRASH and offer these SILVER BULLETS: 7 SOLUTIONS For 7 PROBLEMS!!!

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ALL 5 DELTA CAST MEMBERS Of SORORITY SISTERS EXPELLED From DST!!!

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On the heels of AKA Suspending 2 SORORITY SISTERS CAST MEMBERS Unitl 2016, our nation's second-oldest BLACK GREEK-LETTER SORORITY has followed suit with full expulsions of their five sorors who were members of the VH1 RealiTV show cast.

On their 102nd FOUDER'S DAY of January 13, 2015,  DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, Inc. (DST) permanently expelled all 5 of their members who were cast members of the controversial VH1 RealiTV series, SORORITY SISTERS.

ADRENE ASHFORD, LYDIA MITCHELL, MeTOYA MONROE, PRIYANKA BANKS, and SHANNA McCormick have all officially been permanently expelled from the organization.

This means that these five ladies are no longer members, and, are no longer recognized by DELTA SIGMA THETA.

DELTA SIGMA THETA defines expulsion:

"All rights and privileges as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. are rescinded for all individuals listed in this section of the website.”
What does that mean?
“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Marks are the exclusive property of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The rights to wear, use, or display any items or merchandise with any Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Marks (“paraphernalia”) is granted to those in good standing only.
Therefore, all individuals listed in this section must refrain from wearing any paraphernalia or using any merchandise that includes references to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., its symbols or logos. Wearing or using Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. paraphernalia is knowingly engaging in fraudulent misrepresentation and impersonation, i.e., conveying that you are a member of the organization.
Furthermore, attending “Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Only” activities or otherwise engaging in any conduct or activities that indicate membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is prohibited. Should any individual fail to abide by the aforementioned guidelines and/or fraudulently misrepresent her status as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., you will be subject to legal action taken against her by the organization.”
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, Inc. was founded January 13, 1913, on the campus of HOWARD UNIVERSITY in our nation's capitol of WASHINGTON, D.C.

-CCG

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ROLLING OUT

HILL HARPER On ROLLING OUT!!!

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Actor/Director/Author/Activist HILL HARPER covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT!!!

Here are some interview highlights:

Let’s start off by discussing The Boy Next Door. How were you introduced to this film?

 Rob Cohen directed me in a movie called The Skull years ago. He’s a great director. He also did the first Fast and Furious film and he’s also done Triple X. He called and said, “there is a role in this movie with Jennifer Lopez. We’re shooting this movie quick. Do you want to come down and knock it out?” I was like, “absolutely.” It’s a fun movie and it’s great to be back on the big screen.

How was it working with Jennifer Lopez?

 It was wonderful working with Jennifer. She’s a professional. I think she’s super talented. Obviously, she’s beautiful. I think people are really going to enjoy this film. You get to see her in a light that maybe you haven’t seen in a while. She takes some risks and I think it’s going to be pretty special.

Along with promoting your books, you have been active with the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation. What are some of the issues that your organization is tackling?

 Manifest Your Destiny is my foundation that I founded after my first book, Letters to a Young Brother. I [named] it after the subtitle of that book. We have a summer empowerment academy that we’ve been working on in Los Angeles for the past six years. Now, we’re finally expanding it nationally. We’re going to also bring it to D.C., then we hope to scale it out as we build capacity in Chicago, Charlotte, [North Carolina], and other cities. We’re happy to be of service. We really want to deal with the drop out crisis. There’s an inextricable link between dropout rates and incarceration rates. We want kids to stay in school. We want to encourage them and give them the tools to do that. So many people say “stay in school,” but no one ever tells the young person why. Our program is the why. We talk about the reasons they should stay in school and the benefits for staying in school. Not only staying in school, but excelling in school.

What inspired you to write your latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother?

 When my first book, Letters to a Young Brother, was released, a lot of juvenile judges were assigning my book to inmates and having them write book reports. The judges began to send me the reports and I began receiving letters from young inmates. When I dug deeper, I realized how much incarceration is affecting our community. If you come out of jail with a felony on your record, it’s almost impossible to get a job. There are so many hurdles. I felt this was an area where we can have an impact. It’s the most important book that I have written to date.

What do you tell the young person who is struggling in school or if they are looking for motivation for the future?

 I’ve recently been talking about C words. Words that begin with C. Character is number one. If you live your life with a measure of character, you can almost think about every decision you make. “What would a high character person do?” So if you model your life after that, it becomes a huge deal. The other C that I’ve been talking about is creativity. We live in a world today that if you want to be dynamic and want to make a difference, you have to be creative. That means having a creative use of technology; creative use of ideas or design; a creative use of putting together different ideas. Being creative and bringing something new to the table is critical. Then the third C word is courage. It’s one of my favorite words. The etymology or the root of that word is coeur. In French, that means heart. The idea is to bring your heart to the table, bring your courage to the table.

-CCG
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