Thursday, July 31, 2014

JESSICA ALBA On GQ: UK!!!

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Actress JESSICA ALBA is having quite the busy summer, covering the August 2014 issue of GQ: UK!!!

Here are some interview highlights:

On her body...

 "I have to enhance what I like about my body and my stomach is good. My legs I'm not as excited about all the time, but I wouldn't cover up my stomach. That's what women do. Enhance what we've got."

On what men should never do in the summer...

 "Wear clothes that are too tight. Bathing suits that are too tight and small T-shirts, and I'm not a fan of studs or tattoo prints on T-shirts or trousers. I like a skinny jean, but I just think tight board shorts are weird."

On her role in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For...

 "There's more of me and I do more than I did in the first one. I have a bit more of a character arc in this one. There's more dancing, but the dancing's really connected to the story. Nancy's a bit of an alcoholic and a bit of a mess and she's depressed and angry. The dances in the movie reflects where she's at."

On learning how to master a lassoo...

 "One of the transport guys was a cowboy and he brought his to work and he showed me how to do it in a parking lot before I went on stage. It's not terribly easy but it's not the hardest thing in the world."
 
 
On how she's changed since the last Sin City film...

 "I feel much more grounded, much more comfortable, much more saucy. Then I was a girl, I was timid, I was afraid, I was so insecure and now I'm a woman and it's different… I'm more uninhibited."

-CCG



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PITTSBURGH STEELERS To RETIRE MEAN JOE GREENE'S #75!!!


ESPN: HEADLINES Host JIM BASQUIL reports that the PITTSBURGH STEELERS are set to retire #75 worn by PRO FOOTBALL HALL Of FAMER/ 4-Time SUPER BOWL CHAMP/ 11-Time PRO BOWLER/ 2-Time DEFENSIVE PLAYER Of The YEAR Defensive Tackle CHARLES EDWARD "MEAN JOE" GREENE!!!

Coach HERM EDWARDS speaks on playing against the STEELERS that featured MEAN JOE GREENE as a part of the legendary STEEL CURTAIN.

-CCG

 

MANOPAUSE on TIME?!?!?

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There is a reasonably new group of drugs that are now available for men who are dealing with LOW SEX DRIVE, ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION, and other medical malfunctions associated with aging!!!

However; have all of these drugs been proven to be safe???

TIME Journalist DAVID Von DREHLE examines the phenomena of MANOPAUSE: AGING, INSECURITY, And The $2 BILLION TESTOSTERONE INDUSTRY.

-CCG

LIL WAYNE On XXL!!!

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NEW ORLEANS-native Rapper/Producer/Skateboarder DWAYNE "WAYNE" "LIL WAYNE" "LIL WEEZY" "WEEZY F. BABY" "LIL TENUCHI" CARTER covers the August/September 2014 issue of XXL!!!

Here are some interview highlights:

ON THA CARTER V:

“I was feeling the success of Tha Carter I. I felt like people wanted to hear me. I was amped to do that, but then Tha Carter III? I don’t know what happened. It was amazing. And then Tha Carter IV was just unexplainable, and now this one here, there’s no words. I just hope everyone likes it.”
“I’m always feeling like I ain’t done shit. I’m still nervous about Tha Carter V… I’m confident about what I do, but I’m still nervous about what people think.

ON AUTHENTCITY IN HIP-HOP:

“I know I’m authentic because I’m 35 million years in the game. I don’t know where the authenticity is in the game anymore. Today everyone sounds alike, they looking alike, they acting alike, they dressing alike. I came out when everybody was super different. You had an ODB. You had a Busta Rhymes and then you had a 2Pac. You had a Biggie. And everybody was different. Biggie was talking about Mob and Mafia shit. 2Pac was wylin’, talking about West Coast this and that. You had niggas like Meth and Red talking about how high they got and making people laugh. And then now, you got them, them. You got the categories and then everyone falls under it.”

ON PRINCE BEING HIS MAJOR MUSICAL INFLUENCE:

“It was the way he pronounced words and the way he used his voice. It was like if he was playing with a baby. You know if he was playing with a kid. [Imitates a baby cooing] It was the way that he was exploring it. He wasn’t doing it because it was funny. He was doing it because he could make it sound good and exceptional. I realized that I could do that too. He wasn’t afraid of how he sounded because he knew what he was saying and how he was saying it would always sound good.”

-CCG

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WINE And WORDS: 2014 EMERGING WRITER'S CONFERENCE @ HAMMONDS HOUSE MUSEUM!!!


The weekend of Thursday, August 7 - Saturday, August 9, 2014, HAMMONDS HOUSE MUSEUM and WRITTEN Magazine present WINE And WORDS: 2014 EMRGING WRITER'S CONFERENCE - BOOK PUBLISHING, DISTRIBUTION, MARKETING, And SOCIAL MEDIA; taking place at HAMMONDS HOUSE MUSEUM!!!

-CCG

GET ON UP On ROLLING OUT!!!

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Tomorrow, Friday, August 1, the story of soul legend JAMES BROWN is being brought to the big screen in vivid detail and impassioned storytelling via the new movie GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY!!!

The GODFATHER Of SOUL is one of American music’s most revered and influential icons, but beyond his musical legacy; this film tells the story of a conflicted-but-driven man from Augusta, Georgia, fighting to make something of himself and make the world his.

Here are some interview highlights from the new issue of ROLLING OUT:

CHADWICK BOSEMAN says;
“The entire thing was a challenge. When I looked at the role, the reason I was scared of it was [because] there was no part of it that was straightforward or easy or ‘You’ve done that before.’ A lot of people will say ‘You’re from South Carolina,’ but he’s from the low country South Carolina. It’s not the same thing. And I’ve spent quite a bit of time out of South Carolina. We went down to Augusta … and I stayed down there a little bit longer, just driving around and seeing family and soaking up as much as I could before we started. Sixty percent of my fear was the dancing, 40 percent was just the caricatures that have been projected of him and trying to get past what people think they know.”
JILL SCOTT says;
“I’m a voyeur.I really enjoy watching people and getting to know people’s idiosyncrasies and all that. My mother was in an abusive relationship early in our life and she took us away from that. So I understood why to leave; I couldn’t quite understand why to stay. I’ve been able to learn some things about that particular kind of woman — the level of love. Some would easily say it’s foolishness to stay with someone who’s abusive to you, but what I’ve learned about DeeDee is that there is a love that’s greater and wider and more powerful than anything I yet understand in this life. I will always take that with me. Do I want to be in an abusive relationship? Of course not! But do I want to understand better as I go on in this life? Absolutely. And DeeDee still loves James. I think I do, too.”
-CCG
 

JESSICA ALBA On MAXIM!!!

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Actress JESSICA ALBA covers the September 2014 issue of MAXIM!!!

-CCG

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THE SWAGGATORY

JANELLE MONAE; "ELECTRIC LADY"!!!

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JANELLE MONAE has just recently dropped the Official Visuals to single, ELECTRIC LADY; the title track to her current album, THE ELECTRIC LADY!!!

For this visual, JM has created her very own sorority, and gets her "sorors", and gentlemen from a campus "fraternity" to come on over and get down at a good old-fashioned house party.

-CCG
 


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2014 - 2015 HBCU FOOTBALL HOMECOMING SCHEDULE!!!

GOOD THURSDAY to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frienemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fresh Fly Folk who are HBCU Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Supporters of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

We are only a few short weeks away from the start of the Fall 2014 Semester, which means that we are only a few short weeks from the start of the 2014 Football Season, which means we are only about 2 months from the kickoff of   2014 HBCU HOMECOMING SEASON.

PLEASE visit HBCU CONNECT for more information and details on the 2014 HBCU HOMECOMING SCHEDULE

-CCG

Alabama A&M University
Louis Crews Stadium Grambling State University 10/04/2014 2:00 PM

Alabama State University Stillman College 11/22/2014 1:00 PM

Albany State University
Albany Municipal Stadium
Clark Atlanta University 10/25/2014 2:00 PM

Alcorn State University
Spinks-Casem Stadium
Texas Southern University 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Benedict College
Charlie Johnson Stadium
Morehouse College 10/25/2014 2:00 PM

Bethune Cookman University
Memorial Stadium
Howard University 10/11/2014 4:00 PM

Bowie State University
Bulldog Stadium
Virginia State University 10/18/2014 4:00 PM

Central State University
McPherson Memorial Stadium
Concordia College 10/18/2014 1:30 PM

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven 10/18/2014 1:00 PM

Clark Atlanta University
Panther Stadium
Paine College 11/01/2014

Concordia College
Wesley College 10/11/2014 12:00 PM

Delaware State University
North Carolina A&T State University 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Edward Waters College
Newport News Appretice 10/25/2014 3:00 PM

Elizabeth City State University
Roebuck Stadium
Chowan University 10/25/2014 1:30 PM

Fayetteville State University
Nick Jeralds Stadium
Livingstone College 11/01/2014 2:00 PM

Florida A&M University
Bragg Stadium
Norfolk State University 11/01/2014 3:00 PM

Florida Memorial University
Florida Memorial University
College of the Bahamas 02/08/2014 6:30 PM

Fort Valley State University
Paine College 10/25/2014 2:00 PM

Grambling State University
Eddie Robinson Stadium
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Hampton University
Morgan State University 11/01/2014 2:00 PM

Howard University
Greene Stadium
Florida A&M University 10/18/2014 1:00 PM

Jackson State University
Veterans Memorial
Mississippi Valley State University 10/11/2014 2:00 PM

Johnson C. Smith University
Irwin Belk Complex
Saint Augustine's College 11/01/2014 1:00 PM

Kentucky State University
Miles College 10/18/2014 1:30 PM

Lane College
Miles College 10/25/2014 2:00 PM

Langston University
Weyland Baptist University 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Lincoln University -Missouri
Dwight Reed Stadium
Texas College 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Lincoln University -Pennsylvania
LU Football Stadium
Elizabeth City State University 10/18/2014 1:00 PM

Livingstone College
Alumni Memorial Stadium
Saint Augustine's College 10/11/2014

Miles College
Albert Sloan Stadium
Central State University 10/11/2014 4:00 PM

Mississippi Valley State University
Prairie View A&M University 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Morehouse College 
BT Harvey Stadium Albany State University 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Morgan State University 
Hughes Stadium North Carolina Central University 10/18/2014 1:00 PM

Norfolk State University
Dick Price Stadium
Delaware State University 10/11/2014 2:00 PM

North Carolina A&T State University
Aggie Stadium
Florida A&M University 10/25/2014 1:00 PM

North Carolina Central University
Hampton University 11/08/2014 2:00 PM

Oakwood University
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Paine College
Lucy C Laney Stadium
Edward Waters College 10/18/2014 2:00 PM

Prairie View A&M University
Blackshear Stadium
Alabama State University 10/11/2014 2:00 PM

Saint Augustine's University
George Williams Athletic Complex
Fayetteville State University 10/25/2014 2:00 pm

Savannah State University
Ted Wright Stadium
Norfolk State University 10/04/2014

Shaw University
Durham County Stadium
Johnson C. Smith University 10/25/2014 1:00 PM

South Carolina State University
Oliver Dawson Stadium
Savannah State University 11/01/2014 1:30 PM

Southern University and A&M College
AW Mumford Stadium
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 10/04/2014 5:30 PM

Stillman College
Stillman Stadium
Clark Atlanta University 11/08/2014 1:00 PM

Tennessee State University
LP Field
Florida A&M University 09/27/2014 6:00 PM

Texas College
Rose Stadium
Wayland Baptist 11/01/2014 2:00 PM

Texas Southern University
BBVA Compass Stadium
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 10/25/2014 2:00 PM

Tuskegee University
Cleve L Abbott Stadium
Kentucky State University 10/25/2014 1:00 PM

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Golden Lions Stadium
Prairie View A&M University 11/08/2014 2:30 PM

Virginia State University
Rogers Stadium
Lincoln University -Pennsylvania 10/25/2014 2:00 PM

Virginia Union University
Hovey Field
Lincoln University -Pennsylvania 10/11/2014 1:00 PM

Virginia University of Lynchburg
Wesley College 10/25/2014 1:00 PM

West Virginia State University
Lakin Field
WV Wesleyn 10/11/2014 1:30 PM

Winston-Salem State University
Bowman Gray Stadium
Saint Augustine's College 10/18/2014 1:30 PM

BRONNER BROS. MID-SUMMER INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW 2014!!!


It is once again that time of the year, when during the month of August, everybody who is anybody in the hair, health, fashion, and beauty industries makes their way here to The ATL for the BRONNER BROS. MID-SUMMER INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW 2014, taking place this weekend, SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 - TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014, at the GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER (GWCC) (GWCC)!!!

Each year, BRONNER BROS. expands the show, and this year is sure to not be an exception to their rule of an exceptional presentation of COMPETITIONS, WORKSHOPS, and SPECIAL EVENTS.

For Inquiry, Information, RSVP, and TICKETS, please visit BRONNERBROS.com.

-CCG








Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I LOVE 2 EAT #52: CARRABBA'S CELEBRATES NATIONAL LASAGNE DAY 2014!!!


HAPPY HUMP DAY to ALL of My Lasagna-Loving CRAZY COOL GROOVY Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frienemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fresh Fly Folk of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

Yesterday, Tuesday, July 29, was NATIONAL LASAGNE DAY, and in commemoration, the very good people at CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL are having a weeklong celebration, and are passing on the savings directly to you, u, You, U, YOU, and Yours Truly CCG in the form of a coupon that encourages you to ENJOY $5 OFF The PURCHASE Of ANY DINNER ENTREE.

CARRABB'AS weeklong celebration of NATIONAL LASAGNE DAY runs NOW through SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014, and the coupon is valid until SUNDAY, AUGUST 3.

Go print your CARRABBA'S: ENJOY $5 OFF The PURCAHSE Of ANY DINNER ENTREE COUPON, and then go to CARRABBA'S.

PEACE, LOVE, And LASAGNE HUMP DAY BLESSINGS;

-CCG

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SET SIGHTS On SUPER 2014 SEASON!!!


HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

The 2014-2015 NFL TRAINING CAMP SEASON is now officially underway.

Since by now, ALL Of Y'ALL know that Yours Truly CCG is a Ride or Die NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FAN, here is the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 2014-2015 SCHEDULE.

 ESPN Reporter BRITT McHENRY has ESPN: NFL Nation NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Reporter MIKE TRIPLETT to discuss recent developments within the SAINTS Camp.

-CCG

 

KEYSHIA COLE On THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!


Singer/Songwriter/Musician/RealiTV Star KEYSHIA COLE was recently in NEW YORK CITY to appear at the POWER 105.1 studios for an interview with THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

-CCG
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2014 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL - ATLANTA!!!


The weekend of Thursday, August 7 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 you are enthusiastically invited to partake of as many activities as possible that make up the grand event known as the 2014 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (PAFF)!!!

Established in 1992 by Actors/Directors/Producers Ja'NET DuBOIS, DANNY GLOVER, and Executive Director AYUKO BABU, the PAFF is a non-profit 501(c)(b) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent.

PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

Every year since 1992, PAFF-LA showcases over one hundred fifty (150) quality new films and over one hundred (100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

For the past 16 years PAFF - ATL has put on a summer festival formerly presented by the National Black Arts Festival, exhibiting the best films from PAFF-LA supplemented by Atlanta submissions catering to the Atlanta audience. Both festivals feature special red carpet screenings and receptions as well as a variety of other special events including panels & workshops headed by industry professionals on various topics surrounding acting, directing and other film industry related topics.

What: 
55 New Black Films from the World Over
Industry Panels & Workshops lead by Industry Professionals

When: 
Thursday, August 7 – Sunday, August 10, 2014

Where: 
Films:       Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Panels & Workshops:   TBA

For Inquiry, Info, RSVP, and TICKETS, please visit 2014 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL - ATLANTA (2014 PAFF - ATL)

-CCG

I LOVE 2 EAT #51: THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY CELEBRATES NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY 2014!!!

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HAPPY CHEESECAKE TUESDAY to ALL of My Cheesecake-Loving CRAZY COOL GROOVY Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frienemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fly, fresh folk of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

Tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, is NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY, and the very good people at THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY will be celebrating for TWO days -  WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 - THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014.

On Wednesday, Jul 30 and Thursday, July 31, The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY by offering ANY SLICE, HALF PRICE, i.e., you can go into any of their locations and purchase a slice of any of their delicious varieties of cheesecake... at HALF-PRICE.

Additionally, for a chance to win CASH and PRIZES, you can enter their SAY CHEESECAKE CONTEST.

Register to WIN at #SAYCHESSECAKECONTEST.

PEACE, LOVE, And CHEESECAKE TUESDAY BLESSINGS;

-CCG

 

WIN FREE "GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY" SOUNDTRACK CD!!!

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Long-awaited biopic film, GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY, opens this coming Friday, August 1, 2014, and the very good people at SOULTRACKS are offering 5 lucky people the chance to win the SOUNDTRACK CD!!!

Register to WIN at CDGiveaway@soultracks.com.

-CCG

 

ADRIENNE BAILON On LATINA!!!


Actress/Singer/Dancer/Model/TV Host ADRIENNE BAILON covers the September 2014 issue of LATINA!!!

Here are some interview highlights:

On the aftermath of Keeping Up With the Kardashians:

“To be stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career.  I probably realized that too late—not that it would’ve affected my decisions in terms of who I dated, but it would’ve affected my decision to appear on the show. At the time,  I didn’t think anyone would even care. To this day, people will still say, ‘You ruined Rob’s life!’ and I’ll think, Damn, I was still playing with Barbie dolls when I met him.”

On why she won’t bring her boyfriend on a reality show:

“When I was doing the reality show [Empire Girls] with Julissa [Bermudez], the producers wanted me to show my relationship with Lenny, but I didn’t want to do that; I didn’t want a repeat of what happened with Rob.”

On suffering Rob Kardashian’s infidelity in the public eye:

“It’s common knowledge that he cheated on me, and it always bothered me that people were like, ‘Pero, why couldn’t you forgive him?’ Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, ‘You’re disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you.’ But women, we’re supposed to be like, ‘He messed up. He made a mistake.’ And, in my situation, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh my God! I made a mistake!’ He strategically planned things out so that he could cheat on me, and that to me was so disloyal.”

On going public with her new love, Def Jam Records exec Lenny Santiago:

“I wanted to let people know that we’re not a secret—we’re just private. Secret relationships are shady, and it’s never been that. Five years into our relationship, we’re no longer at the beginning—we’re established now. We’re in a great, strong place where any negativity cast our way won’t affect us. It was a big birthday for him—he turned 40—and I felt like, ‘I want people to know that I love you, and I think you’re freakin’ amazing.’”

-CCG


 

MICHELE ROBERTS FIRST WOMAN ELECTED HEAD Of NBPA!!!


Meet WASHINGTON, DC Trial Attorney MICHELE ROBERTS!!!

CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to MICHELE A. ROBERTS, who has made BLACK, WOMEN'S, SPORTS, and AMERICAN HISTORY by having just been elected Executive Director of the NBA Players Union - the NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (NBPA), making her not only the first BLACK WOMAN, but; also the FIRST WOMAN To LEAD A MAJOR SPORTS PLAYERS UNION!!!

-CCG







 

NCAA SETS HUGE PRECEDENT With LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT!!!


The NCAA has decided to establish a $70 million fund to cover the diagnosis of CONCUSSION in current and former NCAA ATHLETES!!!

ESPN: HEADLINES Host PRIM SIRIPIPAT has ESPN Legal Analyst LESTER MUNSON to explain the significance of this action taken by the NCAA, that will literally affect thousands of past, current, and former college athletes..

-CCG

TIAAN; "DIVE DEEP"!!!


AUSTRALIAN-born/LOS ANGELES-based Singer/Songwriter/Musician TIAAN has just recently released video of a LIVE in-studio performance of her single, DIVE DEEP!!!

-CCG

 


ROLLING OUT

LENNY KRAVITZ; "SEX"!!!


ROCK & ROLL Supernova LENNY KRAVITZ has just recently dropped a new track, SEX, from his forthcoming 10th studio album, STRUT!!!

-CCG




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JESSIE J, ft ARIANA GRANDE & NICKI MINAJ; "BANG BANG"!!!


UK POP Singer/Songwriter JESSIE J has recruited fellow POP Sensation ARIANA GRANDE and HIP HOP Superstar Rapper/Singer/Actress/Model NICKI MINAJ to create estrogen-fueled, bounce-heavy, radio-friendly, club banger, BANG BANG!!!

-CCG




Jessie J, Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj Announce New Track 'Bang Bang'

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Monday, July 28, 2014

WHITE WOMAN TIRED Of SEEING WHITE PEOPLE On BIG SCREEN!!!


Poet/Author/Activist/Journalist OLIVIA A. COLE is a WHITE WOMAN who spends a lot of time and money going to the movies, and she is fed up with seeing WHITE PEOPLE in the movies!!!

Meaning,  she is tired of generally inaccurate depictions of  BLACK PEOPLE in Movie and TV media, but, more specifically - the characterizations of WOMEN Of COLOR.

To illustrate her concerns, OLIVIA A. COLE calls out the filmmakers responsible for new film, LUCY, and aired then out for HUFFINGTON POST: BLACK VOICES:

"I'm tired of seeing white people on the silver screen.
First, let me note that I am white. I am a white woman who goes to the theater to see probably a dozen films (if not more) in a given year, a white woman who readily consumes TV shows and series and often blogs/tweets about them. I love film. I love what Hollywood could be, but I must say that I don't love what it is, and that is a machine generating story after story in which the audience is asked to root for a white (usually male) hero over and over and over (and over) again. I'm tired. I'm tired of directors pretending that white actors are the default and that people of color are a distraction when it comes to filmmaking. I'm tired of black women in Hollywood being relegated to roles of slaves and "the help" over and over again. I'm tired of films convincing themselves that they are taking on something fresh and new, the likes of which the world has never seen, but in actuality adhering to tired tropes and stereotypes.
One example that comes to mind is Avatar, a "groundbreaking" film about aliens and humanity, which, underneath it all, is the same old White Savior story. But more recently is Lucy, the film starring Scarlett Johansson in which a woman named Lucy evolves and is able to use 100 percent of her brain's capacity after she unwittingly ingests a massive amount of drugs.
Lucy is about what humankind could be -- it's about possibilities. As Lucy's brainpower grows stronger and the volume of knowledge she is able to access increases, she delivers monologues about how little humans understand about death, existence, and the universe, mediating on time and history. The film likes to think of itself as reimagining everything that we think we know about humanity, and presents to us their vision of what the most evolved woman on earth looks like:
A blonde white woman.
See, I just can't get right with that.
You see, I was an anthropology major in high school and by the time I was 16 I'd learned all about Lucy (Australopithecus), the collection of bones found in Hadar and thought to have lived 3.2 million years ago, one of the oldest hominids we know of. Lucy the film doesn't try to hide how cute they thought they were being by naming the supreme evolved being in their film "Lucy" -- they show an ape-like creature crouched by a stream to illustrate just how far human beings have come, and say as much in the opening lines, depicting vast cities built up to show our progress. The original Lucy was not really an ape, though. She had small skull capacity like apes, but her skeleton shows she was bipedal and walked upright like humans. Hadar, by the way, is in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia.
So I guess what's sticking in my craw is the assertion that while human life originated in Africa -- a detail the film neatly skims over, placing the ape-like Lucy that Johansson sees in North America -- somehow the way we imagine the most evolved human being is blonde and white. Even more, when Lucy gets surges of knowledge in the film, her eyes flash brightly blue. Because blue eyes, we all know, are the universal symbol of superiority, right?
How is it that in a film whose premise rests on the idea of reimagining the past, present and future, we still end up with a blonde white woman with flashing blue eyes as the stand-in for what personifies evolution and supremely fulfilled human potential? At one point the Ape-like Lucy and Evolved Lucy meet face-to-face as Evolved Lucy does a bit of time-traveling. Their fingers touch, and we see them deliberately posed to mimic the famous Creation of Adam painting, and in that moment I saw what I suppose we were supposed to see: humanity at its beginning, and then humanity at its end, at its most perfect. Blonde, white and blue-eyed.
I can't accept that. I can't accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can't accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy's roommate says, "I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don't speak Chinese!" I can't accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can't accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can't accept that the "primitive tribe" in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can't accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can't accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can't accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can't accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.
I can't accept that. And I can't accept that when we think about the potential of humankind and what our brains are capable of doing and thinking and feeling, that people of color would be absent from that imagining. I can't accept that. And I won't. I'm tired of seeing people that look like me crowding screens both big and small: I am not what the world looks like. Hollywood, stop whitewashing characters. Give us more films like this year's Annie. I'm no Lucy -- like everyone else I'm only using a tiny amount of my brain's capacity. But you don't need to be a superhuman logic-machine to see that Hollywood has a major problem with depicting people of color, and it's time to actually reimagine what the world can and should be."
TRUTH.

-CCG
 

MICHAEL STRAHAN On EBONY!!!


August 2014 has SUPER BOWL XLII Champions NEW YORK GIANTS Defensive End/TV Host MICHAEL STRAHAN to cover THE 2014 BLACK WEALTH ISSUE of EBONY!!!

-CCG

 

DJ RAHDU; "THE DIAMOND SOUL XXXPERIENCE SHOW 016"!!!


BAMALOVESOUL Mixologist DJ RAHDU just dropped off the Sweet 16th episode, BAMALOVESOUL Presents: DJ RAHDU - THE DIAMOND SOUL XXXPERIENCE SHOW 016!!!

-CCG



The Pharcyde – 4 Better or 4 Worse (The Deli Remix)
Melodiesinfonie – Galactic Wellness
Furns – Keeper
Elle Winston – Downtown
Mos Def – 24 Hour Karate School
Alice Russell – Seven Nation Army (Grant Phabao 45 Edit)
INI- Grown Man Sport
Common – City to City
Gilles Peterson Havana Cultura Band – Think Twice feat Danay & Carina (Marc Mac Remix)
Jill Scott – Golden (Mark de Clive Lowe Remix)
Dwele – Lady (Wantigga Flip)
Maxwell – Ascension (aywy. & Sh?m Edit)
Moka Only – Ask Me
Jazzanova – L.O.V.E. You & I
India.Arie – Get it Together
Myles Sanko – My Inspiration
Malia – Satisfaction
Jesse Boykins III – Mine | Cat Rider
Electric Wire Hustle (Anthony Valadez Remix)
FloFilz – JazzChains
GoldLink – On & On
ThatManMonkz – Remember (Glen Astro’s Reminisce)
Byron the Aquarius – Prelude of 808′s
CCCO – Power Trip
Submotion Orchestra – Time Will Wait
Liquid Crystal Project – jazz Bobby
Afta-1 – NightLight
Onra – Oper8tor
Steve Arrington – Without Your Love
DJ Day – Funky Drummer (DJ Day Cut Out the Lights Mix)

La TOYA JACKSON; "FEELS LIKE LOVE"!!!

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Singer/Dancer/Actress/RealiTV star LaTOYA JACKSON has released the Official Visuals to her new single, FEELS LIKE LOVE!!!

-CCG






FREDDYO

RED CARPET @ GET ON UP PREMIERE In ATLANTA!!!









































DEIDRE "DEE DEE" JENKINS; second wife to Godfather of Soul JAMES BROWN


This past weekend, the REGAL CINEMAS: ATLANTIC STATION was the scene of the ATLANTA premiere for biopic film, GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY to benefit the JAMES BROWN FAMILY CHILDREN FOUNDATION!!!

Salivate and Lick Your Lips over some of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Gorgeous Gems who carried their Candy Cakes down the catwalk for the GET ON UP ATLANTA RED CARPET.

-CCG

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CHANDRA CURRELLEY-YOUNG



EGYPT SHERROD


Brown's wife
JACINTE BLANKENSHIP


JASMINE GUY


JENNIFER HOLIDAY




KANDI BURRUSS



OCTAVIA SPENCER


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YAMMA BROWN


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CAROLYN TAYLOR


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FREDDYO

 

COMMON On THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!




























CHICAGO-native Rapper/Poet/Actor/Philanthropist COMMON was recently in NEW YORK CITY to stop by the POWER 105.1 studios for an interview the THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

-CCG
 

BORDER CRISIS In SOUTH TEXAS On NEWSWEEK!!!

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SOUTH TEXAS Rancher MICHAEL VICKERS owns a property located 70 miles north of the U.S.-MEXICO Border in BROOKS COUNTY, TX!!!

His ranch is near a UNITED STATES CUSTOMS And BORDER PROTECTION (USCBP) (U.S. BORDER PATROL) checkpoint.

Undocumented migrants trek through harsh brushland onto his property to avoid capture. A 220-volt electric fence encloses the nearly 1,000 acres.

MICHAEL VICKERS says;
“it won’t kill them, but it will make them wet their pants.”
Before taking a reporter on a tour of his ranch, he pulls out a dozen blown-up photographs of migrants who died or have been apprehended on his property. In one, the body of a shirtless man sits slumped against a tree, his head lying limply on one shoulder. The man’s eyes are gone, trickles of blood running down from the sockets.
 
Leafing through a bird identification book, he stops at a page showing the crested caracara.
 
M. VICKERS says;
“This is the bird that ate his eyes, probably while he was still alive,” he says, staring at the illustration of the yellow-faced, sharp-beaked bird.
In 2006, Mr. and Mrs. MICHAEL and LINDA VICKERS founded the TEXAS BORDER VOLUNTEERS (TBV).

The TBV now has some 300 recruits who dress in fatigues and patrol private ranches in South Texas. They often use night-vision goggles and thermal imaging to track people in the dark. When they spot migrants, they say, they alert Border Patrol. Written instructions for volunteers instruct them not to get closer than 30 feet of a suspected migrant except in cases of “extreme” emergency.

TBV Chief of Staff  LINDA VICKERS spends most of her time at home and says she frequently sees undocumented migrants near the house. Her dogs, whom she speaks to lovingly in basic German, alert her to them, she says. But she is not afraid.
 
LINDA VICKERS says;
“You gotta put your big girl panties on.” 
She is always armed with a .45 LONG COLT—the kind of gun used to shoot ducks, her husband says. Her job brings her enormous satisfaction.

L. VICKERS says;
“It makes you feel good when Border Patrol loads up a group that you’ve reported,”
53-year-old B.J. manages several large ranches in BROOKS COUNTY.

B.J. says;
"I will do everything in my power to send them back.”
B.J. keeps pair of handcuffs hung next to a fireplace near a wooden table next to the main house. Behind her were two dozen half-empty bottles of alcohol and a sign.

The sign reads;
“When life gives you lemons…break out the Tequila and salt.”
Ranchers like B.J. see themselves as the first line of defense against migrants. Before calling “the boys,” as she refers to the Border Patrol agents who make up the vast majority of her social circle, B.J. says she likes to on a “manhunt.”
 
B.J. says;
“It’s a cat-and-mouse game.”
As B.J. drives through ranch trails, HECKLER & KOCH P2000 pistol rests in the cup holder next to her right knee. She starts by looking for footprints—they are most noticeable on the sand tracks she has set up next to the trails that she smooths by dragging tires. When she sees a fresh set, she speeds through the trails, finds the migrants, chases after them until they tire out, corners them and then yells, “Pa’bajo!”—Spanish for down.

B.J says;
“You can’t tell me this isn’t fun. More fun than shopping and looking at sights.”
NEWSWEEK Journalist KARLA ZABLUDOVSKY put on her big girl panties and went down to SOUTH TEXAS for a first-hand experience with the BORDER CRISIS to report on HUNTING HUMANS: The AMERICANS TAKING IMMIGRATION Into THEIR OWN HANDS.

-CCG
 

MATH PROBLEMS On NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE!!!


NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Journalist ELIZABETH GREEN has travelled to back-and-forth from NYC to TOKYO, JAPAN to attempt to answer the question, "WHY DO AMERICANS STINK At MATH???"

-CCG

WIN FREE MOVIE PASSES For "GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY"!!!


Biopic film, GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY, opens this coming Friday, August 1, 2014, and some lucky folk in select cities will win 2 FREE MOVIE PASSES courtesy of  DJ ROMEO INTERNATIONAL!!!

Also known as DJ ROMEO ATLS FINEST, this well-travelled entertainer is randomly selecting people in ATLANTA, DALLAS, HOUSTON, and NEW ORLEANS to 2 receive 2 FREE MOVIE PASSES to an advance screening that will take place in their city Tuesday, June 29.

Register to WIN at DJ ROMEO ATLS FINEST.

-CCG

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

WIN FREE MOVIE PASSES For "HERCULES"!!!


Yesterday, Friday, July 25, action-adventure blockbuster film, HERCULES, had their nationwide release, and ROLLING OUT Magazine has selected locations several cities across the USA at which to they are offering you, u, You, U, and YOU a chance to win 2 FREE PASSES to a screening!!!

Register to win at ROLLING OUT.

-CCG

 

NOT TOP 10 PLAYS Of The WEEK!!!


Since yesterday was Friday, here we go with the ESPN: SPORTSCENTER NOT TOP 10 PLAYS Of The WEEK!!!

-CCG

DOES The NCAA DO A SUFFICIENT JOB At DISCIPLINING PLAYERS Who GET ARRESTED For VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN???


Meet CHARLIE STRONG, Head Football Coach of the UNIVERSITY Of TEXAS LONGHORNS!!!

Since his arrival earlier this year on the campus of UNIVERSITY Of TEXAS as head Coach, CHARLIE STRONG has dismissed at least 6 players from the LONGHORNS Football Team.

Yesterday, the team at ESPN: COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE discussed how the NCAA deals with NCAA Institutions/Head Coaches and disciplinary actions towards players, with particular respect to players arrested for violence against women.

-CCG

 

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