Thursday, March 26, 2015

STARBUCKS #RACETOGETHER On LARRY WILMORE!!!

Monday night, THE NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE Host LARRY WILMORE started the conversation, #AWKWARDTOGETHER, to dissect STARBUCKS COFFEE and their already defunct initiative, #RACE TOGETHER, that the company had started to begin a nationwide conversation - THE NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE: STARBUCKS #RACETOGETHER CAMPAIGN!!!
 
To further punctuate #RACETOGETHER, Larry has a panel featuring Designer KENNETH COLE, PHOEBE ROBINSON, Actress ROSIE PEREZ, and Rapper 2 CHAINZ during which they use RACE to talk about COFFEE - #COFFEETOGETHER, and Yours Truly CCG's favorite LARRY WILMORE segment, KEEP It 100: TRUE, FALSE, KINDA.
 
-CCG 
 


TARAJI P. HENSON On CS: MODERN LUXURY MAG!!!

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FOX drama, EMPIRE star TARAJI P. HENSON is making her rounds on the magazine covers, including the March 2015 issue of CS: MODERN LUXURY!!!

-CCG



EXCLUSIVE: One-on-One with Empire’s Taraji P. Henson from Modern Luxury on Vimeo.





 

EXTRA POINT CHANGES For 2015 NFL SEASON!!!


In the NFL, there currently are two options available for scoring the extra point after a touchdown!!!

There is the Extra Point Kick, and the Two-Point Conversion.

ESPN is ate 2015 OWNERS MEETING in PHOENIX, AZ, and SPORTSCENTER Co-Host TREY WINGO speaks with Co-Host/Analyst ADAM SCHEFTER, and former NFL Executive BILL POLIAN and Coach HERM EDWARDS to get their perspectives on possible changes to the NFL Extra Point for the 2015 NFL Season.

-CCG

CHRISTINA MILIAN On LATINA MAG!!!

Stunningly sexy: Christina Milian is featured in the May issue of Latina magazine and she talked about her 'very special relationship' with Lil Wayne, saying he's her 'man crush' 
Born in  JERSEY CITY, NJ, of CUBAN parents, Singer/Songwriter/Actress CHRISTINA MILIAN covers the May 2015 issue of LATINA!!!
 
Here are some interview highlights:
 
On learning from her mistakes:  
 
“I’m not afraid to blame myself for any of my own faults or just to analyze things in a different way, but I don’t overanalyze either.  I still gotta live life, but being able to look at myself and recognize my own faults makes me the more mature Christina that I am today.”
 
On her relationship with Lil Wayne: 

“The deal is he’s my man...crush.  I think he’s awesome. He and I have a very special relationship and I think I’ve always been very careful with it publicly because when you have something special it’s like everybody picks apart words. They’ll pick apart a moment in a picture and take something that’s special and trash it.”

On being a single mom to daughter Violet Madison: 

“I’m doing everything in my power to be a great mother.  I wish I could be with her throughout the day, because I’m always working, but I make sure that whether it’s the morning or nighttime, I make it extra special.”

On instilling a healthy body image in her daughter: 
 
“I want Violet to be proud of every little thing that is her—her hair, her body. We’re all different and from early on I’ve always said she has a very confident personality and I want her to maintain that. I don’t want her to be stuck thinking about the scale or thinking, ‘I gotta have straight hair’ and all of this.”
 
On her critics: 

“I’m just in a new place. I’m a grown woman. The haters are definitely wrong if they think I care. I can’t figure you people out. I just want to do me.”

-CCG




AMANDA KNOX On NEWSWEEK!!!

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In 2009, two years after murdered UK student MEREDITH KERCHER was found half-naked, her throat slashed, and following a year-long trial, a Perugia judge and jury convicted AMANDA KNOX, and RAFFAELE SOLLECITO and RUDY GUEDE of MURDER At MEZZANOTE—(MURDER At MIDNIGHT)!!!
 
With a cold fog snaking over the cobbled piazza, they rendered their verdict in a medieval courtroom while seated beneath a peeling fresco of the Madonna, which may explain why all the lawyers in the room made appeals to God in their final arguments. Italian, British and American TV reported the denouement in breaking-news alerts, while outside, a mob shouted, “ASSASSINA AMERICANA" (AMERICAN ASSASSIN)!!! and surged toward the doors of the courthouse, lacking only torches and pitchforks to make it a clip worthy of a Boris Karloff movie.
 
AMANDA KNOX languished in an Italian prison for four years before a judge overturned her conviction. When she was released, she immediately fled back to her hometown of SEATTLE, WA, where her family lives and where she resides today.
 
But how long she’ll be able to stay there, or even whether she’ll be able to marry her fiancĂ©, is suddenly up in the air. With an appeal hearing set for March 25, Italian judges are expected to issue a final ruling on whether Knox murdered her roommate in Perugia almost eight years ago. The ruling might baffle those who thought the tabloid-soaked case was resolved, but the palazzo of Italian justice has many rooms, and the CORTE SUPREMA Di CAZZAZIONE (SUPREME COURT Of CASSATION)—Italy’s highest court—is expected to reinstate the conviction and make Knox a fugitive from justice.
 
In 2009, NEWSWEEK Journalist NINA BURLEIGH went to Italy to cover the case, and returns to bring us additional insight into MURDER & JUSTICE: The NEW TRIALS Of AMANDA KNOX.
 
-CCG

EMPIRE CAST On ROLLING OUT!!!

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ROLLING OUT Magazine has artistic renderings of EMPIRE RECORDS and THE LUCIOUS LYONS SOUND CEO and Founder LUCIOUS LYONS TTERRENCE HOWARD flanked by the two women in his life, ex-wife COOKIE LYONS (TARAJI P. HENSON, left), and vengeful former fiancĂ© ANIKA "BOO BOO KITTY" CALHOUN (GRACE GEALY, right) to illustrate the cover story which features and focuses on blockbuster Wednesday night FOX drama, EMPIRE - RACE, REALITY, And RESPECTABILITY: The RISE Of An EMPIRE!!!

-CCG
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Character names: JAMAL LYONS, HAKEEM LYONS, ANDRE LYONS, COOKIE, LUCIOUS, ANIKA

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

INDIANS, MARINERS, NATIONALS, & ROYALS On SPORTS ILLUSTRATED!!!


Picking no one particular favorite for the 2015 MLB Season, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED calls it a toss-up, stating, "It's Anybody's Year," as they have chosen CLEVELAND INDIANS, KANSAS CITY ROYALS, SEATTLE MARINERS, and WASHINGTON NATIONALS to cover their 2015 MLB PREVIEW ISSUE!!!

-CCG

I LOVE 2 EAT #79: NACHOS On A STICK At MILLER PARK!!!


ESPN HEADLINES Host PRIM SIRIPIPAT reports that for the 2015 MLB season, when MILWAUKEE BREWERS fans attend home games at MILLER PARK, they will have a new food option... DEEP-FRIED NACHOS On A STICK!!!

ESPN Sports Business Reporter DARREN ROVELL eats it up.

-CCG

 

CHARLOTTE RITZ-CARLTON INVESTIGATION Over CIAA FEE - NO SUCH NCAA FEE!!!

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For the second time in less than a month, CHARLOTTE, NC, is hosting a major college basketball event, but this time there was no surcharge on receipts from The RITZ-CARLTON, CHARLOTTE!!!

WBTV 3 CHARLOTTE reports The RITZ-CARLTON, CHARLOTTE said;
NCAA tournament historically “has not drawn large crowds to the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and has not required any expansion of our Lobby Lounge facilities or departure from the normal service provided by our staff.”

Patrons of the Ritz Carlton that weekend were angry after learning the hotel passed on a CIAA surcharge to hotels bar checks. Many CIAA fans felt violated.

This weekend when we looked at a bill from the hotel lounge, there was no surcharge or even a mention of the tournament on the bill.

Rick McCLANAHAN said;
“It was a little strange when I first heard it,” he said. “I can understand everybody raising their prices across the board for an event that’s happening in Charlotte. It seems that they were picking on them a little bit.”
The hotel said in a statement to WBTV that was not the case. They said the surcharge was there because of the large CIAA crowds,
“In the past, the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has imposed a mandatory service charge in the Lobby Lounge to be distributed to the employees for events that require an expansion of the facilities to accommodate unusually large crowds or a departure from the normal Lobby Lounge service provided by our staff, such as our Holiday Afternoon Tea in December and the weekend of the CIAA Basketball Tournament.”
Jeff Williams plays his guitar outside the Ritz Carlton at the corner of College and Trade on most weekends when there are big turnouts.

JEFF WILLIAMS said;
“It should be fair across the board. Everybody should operate as normal and appreciate the business that’s coming through.”
NORTH CAROLINA Attorney General ROY COOPER has announced that he would launch an investigation into complaints over a the CIAA surcharge.


CRVA Chief Executive TOM MURRAY said he spoke with several other hotel general managers about the surcharge. None of them imposed a CIAA surcharge.

-CCG


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HUMP DAY FUNK: BAMALOVESOUL - DJ RAHDU: COVERS 5!!!

BamaLoveSoul.com presents Covers 5
HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

DJ RAHDU of BAMALOVESOUL has once again dug deep into his crates of magical musical tricks to bring us the latest edition from the series, COVERS, with COVERS 5.

COVERS 5 is especially jazzy, featuring some jazz versions of some of your favorite tunes.

HAPPY JAZZY COVERS HUMP DAY FUNK DAY!!!

PEACE, LOVE, And HUMP DAY FUNKY BLESSINGS;

-CCG



 
Butcher Brown – Telephone
Re/ly – Hold On, We’re Going Home
Platinum Pied Pipers – Open Your Eyes feat Dwele (Braeden Bailey Remix)
Cecilia Stalin x Khari Simmons x Daz-I-Kue – Norwegian Wood
Yuna – Broke Her
Esperanza Spalding – I Can’t Help It
The Fascinations – Quiet City Blues
Raquel Rodriguez – Betray My Heart
Quadron – Baby Be Mine (Bayacou Guine Remix)
DJM Trio – Let’s Grow

The MOST POPULAR THROWBACK JERSEYS In EACH STATE!!!

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In most cities, it’s pretty obvious what professional sports team is KING Of The CITY!!!

Here in The ATL it is the ATLANTA FALCONS. In Yours Truly CCG's hometown of NEW ORLEANS, it is the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, and so on for each Pro Sports City.

The LAKERS run LOS ANGELES and the COWBOYS run the entire state of TEXAS.

But; what about the good folks in SOUTH DAKOTA, which team do they support???

Clothing Company MITCHELL & NESS assembled a map showing what retro sports jersey is most popular in every state. It’s pretty interesting to see what people in states without pro teams buy:

Just IMAGINE:

 - Kobe Bryant is super popular all around the country but not California?
- No Michael Jordan anywhere?
- Those Vince Carter Toronto Raptors jerseys are pretty tight.
- Why is Joe Namath so popular in Iowa? He has exactly zero ties to the state.

Courtesy of the really good folks at PLAYBOY, here are THE MOST POPULAR THROWBACK JERSEYS In EACH STATE.

MITCHELL & NESS has the full  STATE-By-STATE LIST Of MOST POPULAR THROWBACK JERSYS In EACH STATE

-CCG


 

TYRESE On VIBE MAG!!!


Star of forthcoming film, FURIOUS 7, Actor/Singer/Rapper/Model TYRESE GIBSON covers the new issue of VIBE!!!

Here are some interview highlights:

VIBE: The Fast and The Furious script was inspired by an article on street racing that was first published in VIBE Magazine. Did you ever think it’d blow up into a billion-dollar franchise?

Tyrese: Clearly the story was an influential one, because a lot of people have showed up to support and experience this franchise domestically and internationally. I didn’t know what I was signing up for. I thought I was going to be in [2 Fast 2 Furious] and it would be over after that. But the fans around the world continue to show up. I was in Germany and [people] walked up and didn’t know a lick of English, but knew Roman Pierce and my name because of this franchise. That’s a big deal. The one and only franchise that’s this successful that’s not a comic book or a TV show. For us to be at Furious 7, it’s a real blessing.

Furious 7 is the most ambitious of the series. Is there pressure to top the previous film?

 With the success comes a lot of pressure. How will we make it bigger, better [and] more interesting? How do we have a moment where you’re crying, emotional, [and] on the edge of your seat? How do we take it up a notch? We just hope that we never let the fans down. The overall magnitude of [Furious 7] is bigger. And very emotional for all the obvious reasons—our brother Paul Walker. So we’re trying to find a happy medium. You don’t want to come off too happy, too excited because we know what happened to our brother. But at the same time you are excited because the overall movie in itself—including Paul—is the best one of the series. We had to rise the occasion, become each other’s positive reinforcement and help us to get through making this movie, and we did. And we brought our brother with us. We’re excited. We believe that this is going to be the most successful one of all of them.

It has to be an extremely bittersweet project for you.

Way more bitter than sweet, trust me. This was supposed to be a worldwide press event, hit seven or eight countries. We narrowed it down to just L.A. It’s just too much emotionally. [Paul] was literally an angel. A good person, always smiling, always happy—just a great soul. We had a lot of opinions and ideas flying around. We made sure that everything about his moves and the moves that were going to be made were protected.

Production was halted for four months after Paul Walker’s death. What was it like on that first day back of filming?

 The first day was very challenging because we started back in Atlanta, and that’s where I had last seen Paul. And the base camp where all the trailers were set up at was the same base camp. Imagine working on a movie on behalf of someone that was there, who is no longer there but they’re there in spirit. Imagine the first day of filming coming back to the set and experiencing that. Imagine putting that level of professional hat on. It was a lot. We had to pick up the pieces and recover, get closure, compartmentalize our emotions and move forward.

Ludacris has said he'd like to see Tom Cruise join the franchise, and Michelle Rodriguez is campaigning for Rihanna. If you could draft anyone onto the Furious cast, who would it be?

 Matt Damon. That’s what I want. That’s my invite. Matt Damon, join us.

Let’s talk about your upcoming album, Black Rose.

 My first single is called, Dumb Sh*t, featuring Snoop. The second single is called “Shame.” I be doing dumb shit, so I’m ashamed of it. Everyone of my singles are intertwined. It’s going to tell a story. When has anyone ever released a double album, one hip-hop [disc], one R&B [disc]? [There’s also] a documentary, book, and a movie.

-CCG

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DOMINIQUE CHINN & MS. CAT On SMOOTH MAG!!!


SMOOTH  chooses Video Vixens/Models/Media Personalities CATYA "MS. CAT" WASHINGTON and DOMINIQUE CHINN to grace the double-cover of ISSUE #66 of SMOOTH Magazine!!!

-CCG

Instagram media by mscat215 - #SMOOTH Magazine #66 featuring covergirls @dominiquechinn and @MSCAT215, plus Rap's New Freshman Class @snootiewild, @otgenasis, @chinxmusic, @__king_louie__ Along with #SMOOTHGirls @LatoyaAllure and @BlackGabby_Doll and much much more is on newsstands now! Pick up your copy today at smoothmag.com!


 

RACE, GENDER, & SUPERHEROES On LARRY WILMORE!!!

Thursday, March 19, LARRY WILMORE, host of THE NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE, has JEAN GRAE, MIKE YARD, PHIL JIMENEZ, and SANA AMANAT to tackle the tough topic of homogenous vs. culturally diverse superheroes with a spirited discussion of RACE, GENDER, And SUPERHEROES!!!
 
For the full story, watch the full episode of THE NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE: RACE, GENDER, & SUPERHEROES.
 
-CCG

MLB Makes MAJOR CHANGE To CLOSING DAY Of REGULAR SEASON!!!


MLB Commissioner ROBERT MANFRED and the MLB Owners have made a major change to the closing day of the regular season!!!

Beginning with the coming 2015-16 season, all games on the last day of the season will start at the exact same time.

ESPN HEADLINE Host PRIM SIRIPIPAT has ESPN SWEET SPOT Blogger DAVID SCHOEFIELD to elaborate.

-CCG

WHO Is The NBA MVP RIGHT NOW???


Chocolate-Covered ESPN FIRST TAKE Host CARI CHAMPION has Analysts STEPHEN A. SMITH and SKIP BAYLESS to debate which NBA Player they feel is currently the NBA MVP!!!

How do YOU feel... who do YOU feel is currently the NBA MVP???

HOLLA!!!

-CCG 

NFL OWNERS APPROVE NEW MEDICAL SAFETY RULE!!!


At the 2015 NFL OWNERS MEETING that is currently taking place in PHOENIX, AZ, the owners have a approved a new rule that will allow a Certified Athletic Trainer at each game to call a medical Timeout if an NFL Player appears disoriented!!!

DAN GRAZIANO and KEVIN SEIFERT chop it up from Phoenix.

-CCG

CCG SHOOTS: ASANTE CHILDREN'S CHOIR @ CENTRAL UMC ATL!!!

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The ASANTE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S CHOIR (ASANTE CHILDREN'S CHOIR) of RWANDA, EAST AFRICA are currently on a world tour, and on the evening of Wednesday, March 18, they BLESSED us at CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (CENTRAL UMC ATL) with a Holy Spirit-moving performance of Song, Dance, and Drumming!!!

-CCG

 


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WIN A FREE DVD Of ADDICTED!!!

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ADDICTED is the film based on the blockbuster novel by Author ZANE that stars BODIS KODJOE, KAT GRAHAM, SHARON LEAL, TASHA SMITH, and TYSON BECKFORD!!!

The good folk at ROLLING OUT Magazine are offering YOU an opportunity to win a FREE DVD COPY of ADDICTED.

Register for YOUR chance to win a free DVD of Addicted at ROLLING OUT: FREE ADDICTED DVD GIVEAWAY

-CCG

 

WIN FREE MOVIE PASSES To FURIOUS 7!!!

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VIN DIESEL, PAUL WALKER, and DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON lead the returning cast of FURIOUS 7!!!

JAMES WAN directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites CHRIS "LUDACRIS" BRIDGES, JORDANA BREWSTER, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, and TYRESES GIBSON.

They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. 

Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

The really good folks at ROLLING OUT are offering YOU an opportunity to win 2 FREE MOVIES PASSES to see FURIOUS 7.

This exclusive giveaway offer is restricted to residents of ATLANTA, CHICAGO, DALLAS, HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS, and NEW YORK.

Register for YOUR chance to win your 2 free movie passes at ROLLING OUT: FURIOUS 7 FREE MOVIE PASSES GIVEAWAY

-CCG

 

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