Saturday, August 27, 2016

MILWAUKEE RIOTS & POC ONLY On LARRY WILMORE!!!




The NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE ended its run on last Thursday, Aughust 18; and on Tuesday, August 16, LARRY hosted Chocolate-Covered Contributors FRANCHESCA CHESCALEIGH RAMSEY, HOLLY WALKER, and QUINTA BRUNSON in a panel discussion on the recent 2016 MILWAUKEE RIOTS, and; a young BLACK WOMAN who is a student at a university in CALIFORNIA advertising that she was seeking NEW ROOMMATES Who Are PEOPLE OF COLOR (POC)!!!

-CCG







2016 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS: FULL LIST Of NOMINEES!!!

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It is officially that time of year... time for the 2016 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (VMA)!!!

BEYONCE' is the leader of the pack in nominations with 11, followed by ADELE with eight.

ARIANA GRANDE and DRAKE both follow with five.

The 2016 MTV VMAs will air Sunday, August 28, at 9:00 PM EST, LIVE on MTB from MADISON SQUARE GARDEN in NEW YORK CITY.

Courtesy of the really good folks at RAP-UP, here is your full list of 2016 MTV VMA NOMINEES:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Kanye West – “Famous”
BEST MALE VIDEO
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Kanye West – “Famous”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chance the Rapper feat. Saba – “Angels”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
BEST POP VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
BEST ROCK VIDEO
All Time Low – “Missing You”
Coldplay – “Adventure of a Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy feat. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
Panic! at the Disco – “Victorious”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”
BEST NEW ARTIST
Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE
BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – “The Girl Is Mine”
Mike Posner – “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”
Afrojack – “SummerThing!”
The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Ariana Grande feat. Lil Wayne – “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”
BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO
Florence + The Machine – “The Odyssey”
Beyoncé – “Lemonade”
Justin Bieber – “PURPOSE: The Movement”
Chris Brown – “Royalty”
Troye Sivan – “Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Adele – “Hello”
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, and Dana Foglia)
Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)” (Hi-Hat)
Beyoncé – “Sorry” (Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, and Beyoncé Knowles Carter)
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X” (FKA Twigs)
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah” (Holly Blakey)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Malik Sayeed)
Adele – “Hello” (André Turpin)
David Bowie – “Lazarus” (Crille Forsberg)
Alesso – “I Wanna Know” (Corey Jennings)
Ariana Grande – “Into You” (Paul Laufer)
BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Melina Matsoukas)
Coldplay – “Up&Up” (Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia)
Adele – “Hello” (Xavier Dolan)
David Bowie – “Lazarus” (Johan Renck)
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better” (Canada)
BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Jeff Selis)
Adele – “Hello” (Xavier Dolan)
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $” (Vinnie Hobbs)
David Bowie – “Lazarus” (Johan Söderberg)
Ariana Grande – “Into You” (Hannah Lux Davis)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up” (Vania Heymann, Gloria FX and VFX House)
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X” (Lewis Saunders and Jihoon Yoo)
Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Sam Sneade)
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” (Brewster Parsons and Bryan Smaller)
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK” (Studio Private, David Smith)
-CCG




MONTELL JORDAN On JAMES CORDEN!!!

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HAPPY 38th BIRTHDAY to The LATE LATE SHOW With JAMES CORDEN Host JAMES CORDEN!!!

JAMES' actual birthday was Monday, August 22, and L.A.-born/ATL-based Singer/Songwriter/Minister MONTELL JORDAN heard that his hit anthem THIS IS HOW WE DO IT was his favorite song.

So on Monday, August 22, MONTELL made a trip to HOLLYWOOD to surprise JAMES for his 38th BIRTHDAY!!!

-CCG


SOUTHSIDE WiITH YOU: OFFICIAL TRAILER!!!

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Unless YOU really have been living under a rock, then you do know that PARKER SAWYER, TIKA SUMPTER, and VANESSA BELL CALLOWAY star as BARACK OBAMA, MICHELLE ROBINSON, and Michelle's mother Mrs. MARIAN ROBINSON in the freshly-released film, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU!!!

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU opened Friday, August 26, and tells the story of the CHICAGO meeting of a young Barack Obama, Michelle Robinson, and the events leading to their first date.

Press PLAY and ENJOY!!!

-CCG





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ASHTON EATON WINS OLYMPIC DECATHLON GOLD - STILL The WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE!!!

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CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to PORTLAND, OR-native TEAM USA Decathlete ASHTON EATON who for the second consecutive time has been named the WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE by winning the GOLD MEDAL for the MEN'S DECATHLON at the RIO 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS!!!

ASHTON retains his tile as World's Greatest Athlete because he also won the GOLD for the Men's Decathlon at the LONDON 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS.

-CCG


United States' Ashton Eaton celebrates after winning the gold medal in the decathlon, during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: TIKA SUMPTER On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!

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Chocolate-Covered mommy-to-Be Actress TIKA SUMPTER portrays CANDACE on OWN Network series The HAVES And The HAVE NOTS, portrays a young MICHELLE OBAMA in the freshly-released film, SOUTHSIDE With YOU, and now covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

On becoming involved with SOUTHSIDE With YOU:

“I was given the synopsis to this movie. It wasn’t written. The script wasn’t written, but I loved the perspective it came from and I loved, first of all, that we’ve never seen them on screen at 25, 28 years old and the origin story of their relationship. So when the screenwriter wrote the movie, I was blown away by it and said, ‘We have to get this made. It was nice to see us on screen falling in love and having a strong woman who is actually the prize in a film,” 
On her role as Candace in The HAVES And HAVE NOTS:
“It’s always fun to play something that you’re not usually offered. I thought people were going to hate me because I was like, ‘She is nuts, this girl,’ But the crazy thing is the opposite happened and everybody loved her. Whether you love to hate her or whatever or you just love her, whatever side that you love, [the fans] have taken Candace, embraced her and hugged her up. They just love her.”
On how she has ALWAYS wanted to be an actress:
“I just wanted it. I wanted it really bad. It made me happy to act. It made me happy to be in another place and to do the arts and what it does for other people. It makes you feel something. It makes other people feel something. So I really wanted to be a part of that.”
On an upbringing filled with love and positive reinforcement:
“I never walked into this world thinking somebody is going to judge me for my skin tone. I think the only time that happens is when other people bring it up. For me, I was so naïve thinking, ‘Well, of course, they would want me, so I’m going to go to this audition.’ Kids think they’re great until a few adults tell them, ‘Oh [they’re] not.’ They walk into a room with confidence until somebody says something negative and I just didn’t grow up like that so I didn’t think negatively about myself. I never thought my skin tone was a problem. You know I liked myself. I love myself,” she says with passion.
“When I do hear of colorism, I try to help women to see that their beauty is inside themselves. That’s why it’s important for images to be out there that are positive. If I don’t see an image of myself in a magazine constantly, I don’t buy it. I don’t feed into what somebody else thinks is beautiful because, if you constantly just see that and you don’t see yourself in any of the pages, then, of course, you’re going to start thinking, ‘Well, what’s wrong with me?’ Images are important, but, also, it starts in the household.”
On becoming a mother to a black girl and wanting to present and promote positive images for daughter:
“It’s actually inspiring. I hope one day my daughter looks at this and says, ‘Mommy you promoted this film with me inside of you and you were as strong as the person you played.’ I took a lot away from Michelle Robinson and Michelle Obama so I hope every little girl and more ladies will be at this film and gain strength from it because I definitely have.”
 “I just want her to see images of strength out there and of women who are doing something with themselves. I want to be able to dictate something about the images that my daughter will see and also [for her to] look up to me as a great mom and a great woman that she would want to one day hopefully be like."
-CCG

I LOVE 2 EAT #124: THE MUNCH FACTORY!!!




Saturday, August 6, was the last for Yours Truly CCG to spend at home in his beloved CRESCENT CITY!!!

It was also an opportunity to get together for a light evening dinner with his BFF of nearly 25 years, Mrs. LMMA (photo bottom).

The MUNCH FACTORY

6325 ELYSIAN FIELDS AVENUE
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70122
504.324.5372

TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM CST
SATURDAY: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SUNDAY - MONDAY: CLOSED

She is a very busy lady, so The MUNCH FACTORY  was actually her suggestion, as it is close to my father's home, and afterwards; she was off to another social affair.

The MUNCH FACTORY is founded/owned/operated by Mr. and Mrs. JORDAN and ALEXIS RUIZ, and they are conveniently located in the spot that was formerly occupied by the famous mouth-watering burger spot, BUD'S BROILER, is directly across the street from The BUTTERMILK DROP BAKERY, and only three short blocks from the UNIVERSITY Of NEW ORLEANS, on the side of Elysian Fields Avenue that will take you towards our historical LAKE PONTCHATRAIN.

The place is intimately-designed/illuminated, and; appears to provide comfortably-spaced table/booth seating for about 50 - 55 patrons.

Arriving at about 7:15 pm, LMMA and CCG found themselves inside a spot that was about two-thirds full to capacity, and buzzing with activity.

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The MUNCH FACTORY describes itself as "not Fine Dining, but; FUN DINING...!!!" and The MUNCH FACTORY MENU reflects their take on CONTEMPORARY CUISINE With a TOUCH of NEW ORLEANS.

L was on her way to another function, so she was eating light and decided to go with the MUNCHIN' WINGS (6-piece).

CRAWFISH And CORN CHOWDER (photo above) was the Soup of the Day, so; for an appetizer, CCG went with a small cup of soup. For an entree, the BUFFALO OYSTER SALAD (photo below), and Sweet Tea to drink.

The Crawfish and Corn Chowder was a fresh-out-the-pot warm, thick and creamy, deep gold-colored roux filled with tender chunks of fresh crawfish and fresh corn kernels, and; accented with traditional seasonings of onion, pepper, garlic, and shallots (green onion), to give it a good old-fashioned Creole New Orleans spicy kick.

The Buffalo Oyster Salad was a crispy-cool bed of fresh mixed greens, topped with fresh tomatoes and tender-crunchy cooked bacon, and topped with large crispy-tender freshly-fried oysters. The salad is the drizzled with a mild Buffalo Sauce and Ranch Salad Dressing.

Their website sates;
"... Every dish and every sauce is made in house, daily. Each dish is made to order, and each salad tossed one at a time..."
That statement was proven to be VERY True by way of the aromas, textures, flavors, and aesthetic freshness of appearance and taste of each element of the evening's meal.

L said that she was most satisfied with her wings

CCG was also VERY satisfied with the wings as he got an order to go to bring home to Dad.

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

-CCG







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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WOMAN KNOW THYSELF: BENEFITS Of GOING COMMANDO!!!


HAPPY TUESDAY NNIGHT To ALL of My CRAZY COOL Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frenemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky, Fresh, Fly Folk of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

This is a re-post. This is a RE-POST. THIS is a RE-POST.

Yours Truly CCG had been thinking that he had not put up aWOMAN KNOW THYSELF post in quite some time, so; going through the CRAZY COOL GROOVY!!! archives, found this one from SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013; 11:55 PM EST.

CCG was born and raised in NEW ORLEANS, and;  since evacuating New Orleans due to the coming onslaught of HURRICANE KATRINA, now resides in ATLNTA.

The bottom line to that is that the summertime heat in both cities is most UNFORGIVING, and the month of AUGUST really is the HOTTEST MONTH Of The YEAR.

LADIES;

Give yourselves a break!!!

You need to BREATHE. YOU need to let your body breathe, because; Your BODY  needs to BREATHE. Your VAGINA needs to BREATHE.

So without further ado; from 08-31-13 at 11:55 PM; here are some the BENEFITS Of GOING COMMANDO:

HAPPY SATURDAY NIGHT to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY Luscious Life-Loving Ladies of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

LADIES;

To WEAR panties, or; to NOT WEAR panties; that is the question.

How do YOU feel about going sans underwear while in public???

Do you EVER dare to go bare down there, OR; do must you ALWAYS have your privates covered???

Singer CHRISTINA AGUILERA said;
Going pantyless is "empowering,I like to be as free as possible at all times."
During a recent appearance on E! show, FASHION POLICE, Supermodel CHRISSY TEIGEN stated that she never wears underwear.

CHRISSY TEIGEN said;"
I just don't like it, I don't like it.".  
Domestic Goddess NIGELLA claims that she generally doesn't wear underthings.

NIGELLA says;
"I don't need to because I always wear a long skirt." 
Stepping out sans panties is becoming such a fashion move that more and more ladies are daring to give themselves a little air down there.

It is also not just a fashion statement. There are some legitimate healthful benefits that are associated with leaving your undies at home.

BUTT; it is NOT exactly a new trend.

For centuries, women around the world have been bold and breezy enough to go au naturel beneath their clothing.

If you are thinking about joining the COMMANDO CLUB, check out this coverage from COSMOPOLITAN:
COMMANDO PERKS:
Skipping your undies has practical advantages. First, you eliminate that dreaded wardrobe woe, visible panty lines. Second, you’ll never do an emergency load of laundry because you’ve run out of clean underwear.
But it’s also about reveling in your sexy side.

Clinical Sexologist Dr AVA CADELL says;
“Not wearing panties is risqué; you get a naughty rush knowing you’re so exposed. Removing the barrier that shields your intimate anatomy makes you more in touch with your innate sensuality. 
Another benefit to being bare: how it affects your man. Whisper that you’re pantyless and his lust level will instantly soar. Even if you don’t clue him in, he’ll still be burning with desire.

Dr. CADELL says;
“Without underwear blocking your body, a man has an easier time picking up on your pheromones, which are natural chemicals you emit below the belt that make you attractive to guys.” 

GLAMOUR goes in on the Commando Community:

You've heard the whole "let it air out" argument, right???

So should you kick off your undies before bed, or; leave them on???

Blogger LESLIE GOLDMAN says;
"Go commando. Underwear can trap moisture ... and encourage yeast to multiply."
Scientists are finding that bacteria are becoming smarter and more resistant to certain medicines. Thus, more women are having more episodes of YEAST INFECTIONS that are now increasingly more severe.

And, with all the talk about SUPER YEAST, this information should be all that you need to know when you are deciding whether or not to toss your knickers at night.

However, if  even at night you need to be covered; COTTON-crotch underwear are best.

BLACK WOMEN and women of other ethnicities who yearn to be panty-free, but; are BLESSED with a Bountiful Backside, or; women whose vaginas freely lubricate without provocation, or; BOTH, can easily relate to RENAY ALIZE who just wants to LET HER BREATHE.

BARE-DOWN-THERE DRAWBACKS:
Ditching your undies has a few small pitfalls. One minor risk is a rash that can result from the delicate skin down below chafing against your pants. Another is pubic lice, aka crabs — parasites that are usually transmitted via sex but can live on towels and other surfaces.
Going panty-free during your period makes you more vulnerable to infections.

CEDARS-SINAI HOSPIATL OB/GYN Dr. LISA MASTERSON says;
“Anytime you use a tampon, your vaginal opening is more exposed, allowing bacteria to enter and trigger bacterial vaginosis or a urinary tract infection”

What about ordinarry daily discharge?

Dr. MASTERSON says;
Without panties, the inside of your clothes may end up with a slight trace. But it’s not a health risk. “As long as you wash your private parts daily, you won’t increase your odds of developing an infection.”
LADIES;

The evidence seems to point towards at least going panty-free when you go to sleep at night.

So, here you see that it is all at once COMFORTABLE, SEXY, and HEALTHY.

Ultimately though, it is all about personal preference..You can choose to go without underwear as often, or; as seldom as you choose.

The BEST part is - NOBODY HAS TO KNOW... unless you choose to SHARE.

HAPPY WOMAN KNOW THYSELF - TAKE OFF YOUR PANTIES Have A COMFORTABLE, SEXY, And HEALTHY  SATURDAY NIGHT!!!

PEACE, LOVE, And BLESSINGS;

-CCG

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I LOVE 2 EAT #123: TIGER'S CREOLE CUISINE!!!



While STILL visiting home folks in The CRESCENT CITY, on Friday, August 5, Yours Truly CCG decided to try another New Orleans-family-owned-and-operated restaurant located relatively close to Dad's house!!!


TIGER'S CREOLE CUISINE

1612 BASIN STREET
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116
504.939.0744

MONDAY - SATURDAY: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM CST

TIGER'S CREOLE CUISINE is conveniently located in the 1600 block of Basin Street, which is one block past the intersection of Basin Street and N. Claiborne Avenue, and; directly next door and to the right of the PRINCE HALL MASONIC TEMPLE, The sign hangs out and over the front door area, so; you will not miss the the sign. However, the front door sits back from the sidewalk, so; you might miss the front door; just like CCG.

TIGER'S is owned and operated by Mr. RENE TIGER WATSON, and has been at that location for the past 11 years. TIGER opened his place right before the onslaught of HURRICANE KATRINA, but; he fought back, and gradually returned to normal operations.

The Dining Room appears to have comfortably spacious table seating for about 35 - 40 patrons, and; upon arrival, each table was covered with a crispy clean white table linen.

Ya Boy arrived at about 4:00 PM to a house that was not very busy with seated patrons, but; Tiger's appears to have a very brisk Carry-Out patronage. From CCG's arrival to departure, the Carry-Out customers kept on coming.


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TIGER'S CREOLE CUISINE MENU is a mouth-watering listing of good old-fashioned Creole/Cajun/Southern GOODNESS.

CCG decided to go with a small cup-size of GUMBO (photo above) as an appetizer, the CATFISH REAGAN (Photo below) as an entree, and; drank Sweet Tea.



The GUMBO starts with deep brown roux that gives you a memorable spicy kick. It is full of traditional Creole seasoning elements such as onion, celery, parsley, oregano, and shallots (green onion). It was meaty, containing well-cooked tender bits bits of beef, sausage, shrimp, and; an actual crab leg.

The CATFISH REAGAN was a tender-flaky Golden Brown fried fillet of catfish covered by a mouth-warming creole-cajun Crawfish Reagan Cream sauce, and resting atop a just-right bed of Al Dente FETTUCCINE PASTA and sliced Garlic Toast.

Catfish Reagan is accompanied by sides of a bowl of Green Peas, and a scoop of chunky-creamy (just the right balance) Potato Salad.

SWEET!!!

CCG has been hearing of TIGER'S CREOLE CUISINE for some time, but; had never seemed to make it there. It was well-worth the trip!!!

Guess what??? Best thing about the experience... CCG was served by Mr. TIGER, himself!!!

GOOD FOOD, GOOD LOCATION, GOOD SERVICE,  GOOD ACCOMMODATIONS, GOOD TIMES!!!

-CCG


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KIDNAP: OFFICIAL TRAILER!!!



ACADEMY AWARD Winner HALLE BERRY stars in forthcoming film KIDNAP, in which she stars as a mother who will stop at absolutely nothing to rescue her kidnapped young son after he is abducted from a playground!!!

KIDNAP is scheduled for release December 2, 2016.

-CCG





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TEAM USA MEN RUN AWAY With 4 x 400 METER RELAY OLYMPIC GOLD!!!



CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the TEAM USA MEN'S 4 x 400 METER Relay Team of LaSHAWN MERRITT, GIL ROBERTS, TONY McQUAY and ARMAN HALL, for on Saturday, August 20, 2016, bringing home the GOLD MEDAL for the MEN'S 4 x 400 METER RELAY FINAL at the RIO 2016 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES!!!

TEAM JAMAICA came in 2nd to take home the SILVER MEDAL, and; TEAM BAHAMAS finished 3rd for the BRONZE.

-CCG




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FALL MOVIE PREVIEW On ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY!!!

Get the 4-1-1 on J.K. FOWLING'S FANTASTIC BEASTS and104 other films scheduled for releaseinn2016 in the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: FALL 2016 MOVIE PREVIEW ISSUE!!!

-CCG



FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION CRACKING DOWN On DEEZ NUTS, CAPTAIN CRUNCH, & OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES!!!




The Federal Election Commission is making it harder for you to pull the lever for "Deez Nutz."
The FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION (FEC) has recentlynannounced a crackdown on "fake" PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES such as 15-year-old DEEZ NUTSCAPTAIN CRUNCHDIS P*$$Y, and others!!!


The Commission has authorized staff to send verification letters to filers listing fictional characters, obscene language, sexual references, celebrities (where there is no indication that the named celebrity submitted the filing), animals, or similarly implausible entries as the name or contact information of the candidate or committee.
Here's a list of others we expect will soon RIP (Rest in Prankdom):
  • Dat Phat A$$
  • Queen Elsa Ice
  • Beast Mode
  • Butt Stuff 
  • Master Alexander Soy Sauce and Taters Gordh First
  • Limberbutt McCubbins
  • Joe Biden from Trap Queen Avenue
  • Doge Wow
  • Tyrone Longdick

SIMONE BILES On SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAG!!!



Chocolate-Covered COLUMBUS, OH-native RIO 2016 OLYMPICS Record-Setting Multi-GOLD MEDAL-Winning Gymnast SIMONE BILES shares the spotlight with GOLD MEDAL Record-Setting OLYMPIAN Swimmers KATIE LEDECKY and MICHAEL PHELPS for the cover of SP\ORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine: RIO 2016 OLYMPICS - The GREATEST!!!

-CCG




Monday, August 22, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA On VARIETY MAG!!!

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First Lady #44 MICHELLE OBAMA is the #1 STUNNER in Black and White as she covers the new issue of VARIETY Magazine!!!

-CCG







#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: AVA DuVERNAY & OPRAH WINFREY On THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER!!!


The really good folks over at THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Magazine managed to get an interview with both Filmmaker ANA DuVERNAY and Media Mogul OPRAH WINFREY to discuss their project, QUEEN SUGAR, their push for INCLUSION (NOT Diversity), dealing with BLACK LIVES MATTER beyond the hashtag, #BLACKLIVESMATTER, and so Much MORE!!!

Here are some interview interludes from THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: AVA DuVERNAY & OPRAH WINFREY:

Oprah, was it always your plan following Selma to lure Ava to OWN? 
WINFREY I never, capital N-E-two-Vs-A-H, ask anybody for anything. The price you have to pay in return is never what I want to do. So it was really difficult for me to say, "Would you do this for me and for OWN?"
DUVERNAY I made it known in the industry that I wanted to do a show and was being approached by some of the notables that most people would want to do a show with, but when your friend owns a network, you know, it might be good to just go over there. (Laughter.)
Ava, you've expressed strong distaste for the term "diversity," but Oprah has made use of it. How do you both characterize the concept now in terms of the overall conversation in the industry?
DUVERNAY We aren't sitting around talking about diversity, just like we aren't sitting around talking about being black or being women. We're just being that.
WINFREY I will say that I stand corrected. I used to use the word "diversity" all the time. "We want more diverse stories, more diverse characters …" Now I really eliminated it from my vocabulary because I've learned from her that the word that most articulates what we're looking for is what we want to be: included. It's to have a seat at the table where the decisions are being made.
DUVERNAY That was your take on it.
WINFREY When Sidney Poitier came to my school [in South Africa], he gave a gift of 550 movies to the girls. He thought if you watch these 550 movies, they'll be your education for life. He wrote to the girls that his dream for them was to be able to sit at the table of the future where the world's decisions would be made. I realize now that what he was saying is to be included, to be valued as a person who has something to contribute.
As black artists, what responsibility do you feel to include the challenges facing the black community in your storytelling?
DUVERNAY You see integration of Black Lives Matter from the beginning of [Queen Sugar] because it is literally black lives having meaning and mattering in the everyday. With the Black Lives Matter movement, a lot of the focus is on the protest and dissent. I'm hoping to dismantle the public notion — for folks outside of the community — of what Black Lives Matter means. It's really about saying that black lives matter, that humanity is the same when you go inside people's homes.
It is presented in policing and imprisonment, too. 
DUVERNAY There are integrations in terms of the police aggression, echoes of prison and the formerly incarcerated. That is also part of the movement that we try to handle in a way that feels elegant and not hitting you over the head like, "Let's do the rally scene!"
WINFREY Everybody gets caught up in the slogan and the hashtag and the protest. What we're trying to do is get you to feel it. You get to feel it when Ralph Angel [Kofi Siriboe] is putting his son to bed, laying with him and reading a story. Intimacy and connection between a father and son? We've just not seen it [with black characters on series TV].
Can black stories accurately be told by people who aren't black?
DUVERNAY Artists should be free to create what we want. I believe there's a special value in work that is a reflection of oneself as opposed to interpretation. When I see a film or a TV show about black people not written by someone who's black, it's an interpretation of that life.
WINFREY I think it depends upon your level of experience.




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