Saturday, May 26, 2018

SLAM MAG 2018 BOYS & GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS!!!



(Top Left - clockwise) RJ BARRETT, ZION WILLIAMSON, BOL BOL, DARIUS GARLAND, CAMERON REDDISH


PLEASE meet the SLAM Magazine 2018 BOYS And GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS!!!

The really great folks over at SLAM Magazine hustled to get all of them together to spend an afternoon for their annual SLAM BOYS And GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS PHOTO SHOOT.

For full coast-to-coast coverage, get the inside story on the SLAM 2018 HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS and SLAM 2018 HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN BOYS in the current issue of SLAM Magazine


(Top Left - clockwise) AQUIRA DeCOSTA, DESTANNI HENDERSON, CHARLI COLLIER, NyLYSSA SMITH, CHRISTYN WILLIAMS


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Friday, May 25, 2018

I LOVE 2 EAT #198 - MELLOW MUSHROOM!!!


Friday, April 27, Yours Truly CCG was on the Megabus to Memphis, TN, to attend a wedding on Saturday, Apirl 28, at Spitfire Acres in the big city of South Haven, MS!!!

Returning via Megabus to The ATL early Sunday evening, April 29, Ya Boy was in need of nourishment.

Sis made this suggestion.

MELLOW MUSHROOM

1477 VIRGINIA AVENUE
COLLEGE PARK, GA 30337
404.748.1844

MONDAY - THURSDAY: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST
FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
SUNDAY: 12 NOON - 9:00 PM

Dad was in town for a brief visit.

So; Dad, Sis, Niecy, and, CCG arrived at the spot at about 7:15 to a house that was buzzing with heavy activity. However; we were seated by a hostess, and our drink orders were taken by our server within five miutes of our entrance into the establishment.

The MELLOW MUSHROOM has its strength rooted in a solid foundation of pizza offerings. The MELLOW MUSHROOM MENU is a definite reflection of that fact, however; they also offer a tasty array of appetizers, pastas, subs, sandwiches, salads, and; a full bar that serves anything that you might require to complement your delicious meal.

Sis kicked things off with a shared order of NAKED WINGS (photo below) that came accompanied by the obligatory celery pieces and Ranch Dipping Sauce. The wings were fried just right, the celery was fresh cool, crisp, and, the ranch was definitely homemade.

NICE!!!


NAKED WINGS With CELERY And RANCH DIPPING SAUCE


AVOCADO HOAGIE With SEA SALT KETTLE POTATO CHIPS



GOOD FOOD, GOOD LOCATION, GOOD CONVERSATION, GOOD SERVICE, GOOD TIMES!!!


-CCG


MODERN ROYAL WEDDING On TIME MAG!!!





Saturday, May 19, right across the pond in WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM, Prince HARRY, DUKE Of SUSSEX and LOS ANGELES, CA native former actress MEGHAN MARKLE were united in Holy Matrimony at SAINT GEORGE'S CHAPEL At WINDSOR CASTLE!!!

Amid the months of anticipation and preparation for the royal hoopla and pomp and circumstance, there of course was the British Backlash, because; the new DUCHESS Of SUSSEX is a WOMAN Of COLOR. She grew up in Los Angeles the daughter of a WHITE Father and BLACK Mother.

In the Politically Correct 2018, Princess MEGHAN is oft-referred to as Bi-r9acial, or; over there,  she is called mixed-race.

BLACK AMERICANS call her BLACK.

Prince HARRY married a BLACK WOMAN.

HARRY married a Black Woman who is three years his senior, and, has previously been married.

So; you can imagine probably why half of Jolly Old England had their royal knickers all twisted up in bunch.

Reverend MICHAEL CURRY  is the first Black Man to serve as Presiding Bishop of  the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Curry delivered a 14-minute sermon during which time he quoted the Rev. Dr.MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.

There was Black Gospel Choir led by Director KAREN GIBSON who performed BEN E. KING hit tune STAND BY ME.

19-year-old Cellist SHEKU KANNEH-MASON played a wonderful solo piece during a wedding ceremony that was a celebration of Marital Love, Black Culture, and; Social Change.

Yours Truly CCG is sending up PRAYERS, LOVE, PEACE, BLESSINGS, HUGS, and; CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS for Prince HARRY and Princess MEGHAN, DUKE and DUCHESS Of SUSSEX

Attorney-Author-Civil Rights Activist AFUA HIRSCH speaks on The MODERN ROYALS - WHY A ROYAL MEGHAN MARKLE MATTERS for the new issue of TIME Magazine.

-CCG













NFL RULES On NFL PLAYER NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS!!!


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This week in ATLANTA, the NFL has been conducting its 2018 NFL SRING LEAGUE MEETING, and just yesterday, reports surfaced that the NFL Owners unanimously approved a new NATIONAL ANTHEM POLICY that requires ALL on-field players to stand for the rendering of the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, but; also allows them the option of remaining in the team locker room until such rendering is completed!!!

This new policy gives the league the authority to fine the teams for any players, or, any team personnel for sitting, kneeling, or, engaging in any behavior that is considered to be disrespectful of the national anthem, or, the American Flag. The policy also allows the teams to fine players and personnel for such activities.

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL said that the owners unanimously voted in favor of the rule change. However; SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Owner JED YORK stated that he abstained from the vote.

ROGER GOODELL stated;
"We want people to be respectful of the national anthem," commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We want people to stand -- that's all personnel -- and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That's something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices."

CLEVELAND BROWNS Quarterback TYROD TAYLOR said;
"To make a decision that strong, you would hope that the players have input on it," Cleveland Brownsquarterback Tyrod Taylor said. "But obviously not. So we have to deal with it as players, for good or a bad thing.
"I think the main thing out of all of it is that each ballclub is having open communication with the players and ownership about the issues that are going on in the community and trying to change it."
NFL PA Executive Director DeMARICE SMITH expressed his displeasure;
"History has taught us that both patriotism and protest are like water; if the force is strong enough it cannot be suppressed. Today, the CEO's of the NFL created a rule that people who hate autocracies should reject," Smith tweeted.
"Management has chosen to quash the same freedom of speech that protects someone who wants to salute the flag in an effort to prevent someone who does not wish to do so. The sad irony of this rule is that anyone who wants to express their patriotism is subject to the whim of a person who calls himself an "Owner." I know that not all of the NFL CEO's are for this and I know that true American patriots are not cheering today."
During the 2026 NFL Season, when then SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK began protesting during the rendering of the national anthem and presentation of the flag, the league had no such policy REQUIRING players to stand. The general rule of thumb was that they should stand.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Safety MALCOLM JENKINS said;
"I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting," he said. "This has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism, but doing what we can to effect real change for real people."
EAGLES Defensive End CHRIS LONG said;
the new league policy represents "fear of a diminished bottom line." 
"It's also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don't get it confused. These owners don't love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve. It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands."
NEW YORK JETS CEO/President CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON has stated that he will NOT prohibit players from kneeling.

CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON said through a statement;
"As I have in the past, I will support our players wherever we land as a team. Our focus is not on imposing any club rules, fines or restrictions."
"If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."
"We will continue to work closely with our players to constructively advance social justice issues that are important to us. I remain extremely proud of how we demonstrated unity last season as well as our players' commitment to strengthening our communities."


-CCG




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#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - ANGELA BASSETT & THANDIE NEWTON At 2018 DRAMA ACTRESS ROUNDTABLE For 2018 EMMY SEASON on The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER MAG!!!





We are officially now into 2018 EMMY AWARDS SEASON, and, Actresses ANGELA BASSETT and THANE NEWTON are joined by CLAIRE FOY, ELIZABETH MOSS, MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, and, SANDRA OH at The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - 2018 DRAMA ACTRESS ROUNDTABLE  for the 2018 EMMY AWARDS SEASON PREVIEW Issue of The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Magazine!!!


Here are a few interview interludes:

For those of you who are producers, do you feel compelled or empowered to start having those conversations and speaking up about pay on your shows now? 
ANGELA BASSETT I'm probably feeling a little bit more empowered to do so, but for so long it's just been about wanting to work. And wanting to be paid fairly, sure, and not having a frame of reference of what someone else is getting or the fear of, if you over-reach you're going to lose the job.
NEWTON And that's used against us all the time.
BASSETT You hear, "We're gonna move on if you say no."
NEWTON But then you say no, and suddenly they say, "Oh, actually would you reconsider?" That's a tactic I've used.
BASSETT Good for you. (Clapping.)
ELISABETH MOSS When you're leading the show and you're the face of the show and a lot of people are making a lot of money off of that face and your work, it does put you in an empowered position. It's not just financial, it's about other ways of having control and a say, which frankly no one is used to. You start asking for something, and they're like, "Oh right, I guess you could have that. No one has ever asked."
FOY I can't imagine being an executive producer on a show and me saying something and them not just going, "But you're just an actor."
When you're considering roles, you're all at a point in your careers where you can afford to be picky. How do you decide what's a yes versus a no? 
OH It takes a while to get to a point in your career where you can actually make a choice. And after a decade of my life on a show [Grey's Anatomy], I had enough economic power to be able to say no. Those four years were like active waiting. I was not not working really in here (motions to her gut) to be able to figure out what the right thing is and what it is to say no and what it is to say yes. It's like falling in love. Now, what I realize is I have a little bit more awareness, a little more consciousness, I want this out of a relationship and I'm just going to wait until they show up because I feel like they'll show up.
So that was your big yes. For the rest of you, are there types of roles that you just say, "Mmm, not gonna do that"?
NEWTON Oh my God, yeah. Ninety-five percent [of them].
What's an easy no?
NEWTON Well, for a start, it's how a character is described in a script. For years, I'd be called up and they'd say, "Thandie, they want to go exotic with the role, so get excited." (Laughter.) Or they want to go "ethnic" with the role. And I would just have to brace myself because it was so deeply offensive, but I wanted to work. And then I'd read the script and I'd transform it out of this bizarre objectification. I'd think, like, "How can I help make this more progressive?" I'd spend a lot of time trying to give more dimension to these women's roles. And oftentimes — well, always — they would be written by men, and I'd find myself desperately trying to stop these characters from being demonized, and that happens [because] you don't have enough lines or screen time to actually try and humanize these characters. So, I've found I've had to rise above the initial hurt that I feel that a man has written a role that is objectifying this person, whether it's their ethnicity or [a description like], "She turns up, she's beautiful, she's sexy without giving too much away …"
FOY Oh God, that's an awful description. (Laughter.)
NEWTON Or you turn up at a photo shoot, and it'll say, "The idea behind this shoot is strong, powerful, sexy." And as soon as I read sexy, I'm like, "Really? Do we have to be sexy in order to be powerful?" Let's start looking at the way things are described because they have ramifications. I have daughters. I don't want her thinking you have to be sexy to be powerful.
BASSETT Well, at least you stay in the conversation. If I look at something and I feel that way about it, or offended, then it's like, "Well, it's not for me, but it's for someone else, perhaps."
NEWTON But we have influence and we can help them because very often people have no idea that they've done it. I've heard unbelievable statistics about how many men are writing our roles, and of course they're going to get it wrong. How can they be in our shoes? How can they really understand how we feel? We have to correct that. And we have the opportunity

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#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - AMARA LA NEGRA On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!




Chocolate-Covered AFRO LATINA Entertainer AMARA LA NEGRA is a first-generation American descendant from the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, stars on VH1 Reality show LOVE & HIP HOP: MIAMI, and, is the cover story for the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!


Here are a few interview interludes:

Who is Amara Le Negra?
Amara Le Negra is an artist. She is slightly rebellious, but she has a big, happy, bubbly personality. She sings, acts, dances … she does a little bit of everything. She’s working to cross over into the American market now. When she was 7 years old, what was she doing? In school, I was always in singing or acting, for the most part. My favorite classes were those and science. Even though I have this big, happy, bubbly personality, I can be very socially awkward. I would do kids’ homework for money. I sold erasers and pencils. For the most part, my activities were singing, acting, dancing … anything that had to do with the entertainment industry. 
What has changed about your life?
I’m definitely busier now. I’m working and promoting more in the American market. I was always touring to Honduras, Guatemala, Chile, Dominican Republic and in Europe. I still have my fan base there. Just being able to now have a new fan base [in America] feels really nice. But I still live in the same place. I still drive the same car. I still shop in the thrift store, in clearance and sale sections. I’m still regular. I’m still me and I’d never want to change that.

You’ve been very vocal about colorism. Is there a difference with this issue in the States vs. abroad?
I feel like there are colorism issues all over the world. I just think people focus on what personally affects them and it usually is caused by what surrounds you. I believe — from my perspective and being able to see it from both aspects as an Afro-Latina being born in the United States — here people feel that their struggle is more with the Caucasians. It’s Black against White for the most part. But, when it comes to the Latino community, we can be very racist amongst each other. I never like to generalize, but there is a good amount of people in the Latino community that are racist. I’ve lived it through my own people.
When did you first have this experience?
I always recall being 6 years old working on this TV show while getting my hair done backstage. The hairstylist told my mom, “You need to do something with her hair because her hair is unmanageable and we don’t have time for this.” The other girls’ hair texture was different. I remember looking at my mom’s face and that look that she gave me. I will always carry it with me because that was the day that I understood that I was different. My mother always told me, because you’re Black you’re going to have to work twice as hard to be recognized for your work.
What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
I got my boobs done and I regret it a little bit. I am transparent like that so I’ll say it. I was naturally born with a big butt, with hips. with thighs. I did feel a little less confident because certain clothes you couldn’t wear. I was in an awful relationship and my ex used to make me feel bad about it and it did make me feel insecure like my song ["Insecure”]. I always said I wanted to get my boobs done and I did and now I have boobs. Great. Sometimes, to be honest, they are in the way and they’re heavy. … I don’t oppose you changing your hair, surgeries, whatever makes you happy, do it, not because you feel pressured.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - RED CARPET: 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS!!!





2018 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

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Sunday evening in SIN CITY, the 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS took place at the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA in LAS VEAGS, NV!!!

Legendary Singer-Dancer-Actress JANET JACKSON was honored with the 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC  AWARDS: ICON AWARD.

Rap Group SALT-N-PEPA was honored for being the FIRST FEMALE RAPPERS To ACHIEVE BILLBOARD 100 STATUS.

Feast, Salivate, and; Lick Your Lips over some of our favorite CCG Jazzy Jewels who carried their candy cakes down the 2018 Billboard Music Award Red Carpet.

-CCG


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TYRA BANKS

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CIARA

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