Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ATLANTA PARKS On ATLANTA MAG!!!

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June 2015 encourages us to DISCOVER Our PARKS: BEST PLACES To COOL OFF, SHAPE UP, Or JUST GET LOST via the ATLANTA PARKS GUIDE of ATLANTA Magazine!!!

-CCG

#USWNT DEFEATS GERMANY To WIN 2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL!!!


CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS to Head Coach JILL ELLIS, Captain CHRISTIE RAMPONE and the U. S. SOCCER WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM for tonight's 2 - 0 defeat of GERMANY to win their 2015 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP CANADA SEMI-FINAL!!!

TEAM USA now advances to their second consecutive WOMENS WORLD CUP FINAL, having lost to JAPAN in 2011.

The 2015 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP CANADA FINALS go down Sunday July 5, 2015, 6:00 PM EST, LIVE on FOX.

-CCG

 

TOP 5 LESSONS AMERICA CAN LEARN From BLACK CHURCHES!!!


Saturday, June 27, President BARACK OBAMA was at the COLLEGE Of CHARLESTON to eulogize the Rev. Sen. CLEMENTA PINCKNEY (D: SC), who was the Senior Pastor of the EMANUEL AME CHURCH, a State Senator, and one of nine people slaughtered Wednesday, June 17, at the CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE that took place at the Emanuel AME Church in CHARLESTON, SC!!!

During his impassioned message, President OBAMA used his baritone voice to lead the entire congregation in a soul-stirring rendition of traditional gospel hymn, AMAZING GRACE, and for a brief while it seemed as if The POTUS Took AMERICA BACK To CHURCH.

Of course, Saturday was not the first time that the BLACK CHURCH has felt the collective eyeballs of the nation upon our worship service.

Whenever there is tragedy, death of a leading figure, and certainly whenever there is scandal involving a church pastor, choir director, deacon/ness, usher, or janitor - the voyeuristic nature of citizens who ordinarily would not give a second thought to attending a black church service compels them to turn on their TVs, log online, and/or if residing in the nearby vicinity - actually attend the service.

If we date back to our ancestors who arrived in the NEW WORLD by way of the TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE, then we must acknowledge that in some form or fashion, the BLACK CHURCH has always been the epicenter, the barometer, and the pulse of the BLACK COMMUNITY.

BLACK PEOPLE have ALWAYS known, yet; WHITE PEOPLE have NEVER understood this fact.

The beginnings of the education of Black Children are rooted in the Black Church, as are the foundations of many of our HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). It was and remains where much of the nearby local community receives a breakdown, editorial, and commentary on local, national, and international news events. And of course, the local church was the local Social Center.

Continuing until today, if you need information on or about the happenings in the Black Community, you can easily find it at one of three places - 1. Barber/Beauty Shop, 2. Bar/Lounge/Social Club, and/or 3. Black Church.

Yours Truly CCG was born, baptized, and raised within the irony of a Black Church inside the denomination of the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (UMC).

The term irony would be described as accurate because the UMC has always been a religious affiliation that has a majority WHITE population.

The irony would also be correct because in 47 short years of THIS life, Ya Boy can only ever count attending two or three worship services at UMC Churches that were NOT BLACK.

TIME Journalist ERICA WILLIAMS SIMON self-describes as a pastor's daughter. church leader, lifetime card-carrying, washed in Blood of JESUS (CCG took personal privilege there) member of the BLACK CHURCH, and offers these TOP 5 LESSONS AMERICA CAN LEARN From BLACK CHURCHES:

1. How to build community.

Born at a time where there were few other places for African Americans demonstrate their full humanity with one another, today, the black church is where the hard work of building beloved community never stops. Where people show up for one another and have hard conversations. Where people offer money, food, emotional care, physical presence and touch. In an era when support often means no more than a tweet or a text, the black church is one of the few places where people still regularly come together to nurture one another, grow together and meet each other’s needs. It is where people share stories, wrestle with ideas, fight, forgive, break bread, and, literally and figuratively, wash one another’s feet.  Where tears flow freely and accountability matters. The American community could learn so very much from this model and how wonderful would it be if our human community did the same?

2. How to honor the young and the old.
 
This one seems oddly specific, I know, but in a society that often patronizes the young and isolates the old, the church is one of the few spaces that brings both together and holds each up on a pedestal of preciousness. How many other public spaces in America would have found a 26 year old out with his 87 year old aunt on a Wednesday night as was the case with Charleston victims Tywanza Sanders and Susie Jackson? Where else in America facilitates regular intergenerational dialogue and lift up the voices of both in the process? In the black church, each generation is appreciated for its unique wisdom and insight. Both the very young and the very old typically have seats reserved for them, are encouraged to take on roles of leadership and esteem. And most importantly, their happiness and engagement are seen as key measurements for the health of the community as a whole. Would that society at large operate the same way.
3. How to survive.
 
This one speaks for itself. In the face of bombings, fires, shootings and attacks of all kinds, the people remain. Many black churches, still today meet in basements, movie theaters, schools, warehouses and storefronts. They push through obstacles and hardships to come together and commit to never letting go of their faith, their community, and most importantly, the act of living. This doesn’t just “happen”. It isn’t some superhuman, magical force that allows black churches to bounce back and hold on. They practice the deliberate, strategic art of survival every single day.
 
4. The nobility of faithfulness.
 
How easy it is for us to abandon the hard things today. Work, relationships, causes that don’t yield immediate results – all can be discarded and replaced with the click of an email. But from the black church we learn the importance of commitment and faithfulness. The practice of showing up Sunday after Sunday, Wednesday after Wednesday, week after week and year after year, come rain or come shine builds the character necessary to stick with the fights that our livelihood and democracy depend on.
 
5. How to fight a righteous fight.
 
I am not sure when or where the narrative of the “prayerful and passive” church mother came from, but I’m convinced it was created by the same kind of people who created the pernicious welfare queen stereotype (Don’t quote me on that. It’s my own personal conspiracy theory.) The idea of the black church only bowing on our knees in times of hardship, is not only a historical and theologically inaccurate, but it flies in the face of those who, like Rev. Clementa Pinckney did, work every day to combat injustice armed with faith and sharp, strategic action. From time immemorial, the black church has known how to fight and has been inherently activist and political, even in its very formation. It is that same history that has always made the church such a beacon for those who have wanted to engage large swaths of black America in campaigns – and also for those who want to stop it’s powerful civic organizing through efforts as subtle as voting rights restrictions and as extreme as shocking acts of violence. It is this history that makes me hopeful about those within the church who lift up their voices against sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression that still exist.
 
These lessons are certainly not unique to the black church or to religious institutions in general for that matter. But they are central to the identity of a place that is often only acknowledged for it’s music and jubilee with no regard for the experiences and practices that root said joy.

ERICA WILLIAMS SIMON has the full 4-1-1 for you at TIME.
 
-CCG




Sunday, June 28: CCG on Greeter/Usher Duty
 

MELISSA FUMERO & STEPHANIE BEATRIZ On #THECOMEDYISSUE Of LATINA MAG!!!


Actress STEPHANIE BEATRIZ (left) was born in ARGENTINA to a COLOMBIAN father and BOLIVIA mother, and Actress MELISSA FUMERO (right) was born in NEW JERSEY to CUBAN parents!!!

They portray Detective ROSA DIAZ and AMY SANTIAGO on FOX comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and August 2015 has them covering THE COMEDY ISSUE of LATINA Magazine.

-CCG



 

BREE NEWSOME REMOVES CONFEDERATE FLAG From SOUTH CAROLINA STATEHOUSE!!!

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Saturday, June 27, Filmmaker/Singer/Songwriter/Activist BREE NEWSOME climbed a flagpole and removed the CONFEDERATE FLAG from the SOUTH CAROLINA STATEHOUSE!!!
 
Once she returned to land, BREE NEWSOME was arrested.
 
The flag was then again raised less than an jour later.
 
She scaled the 30-foot pole using a harness just after dawn as officers yelled for her to come down on the Columbia grounds. 
 
NORTH CAROLINA-native BREE NEWSOME shouted from the top of the flagpole;
“You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come to do this in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”
Taking her time to climb down the pole, she recited portions of PSALM 23 and other verses from the HOLY BIBLE. When she reached the bottom, State Police took the flag out of her hands and arrested her. Another activist, James Tyson, spotted Newsome at the bottom of the pole to make sure she didn’t fall.
 
He was arrested alongside Newsome as a group of onlookers cheered off camera. Newsome, who is black, and Tyson, who is white, are part of a group of about 10 activists who orchestrated the flag’s removal after nine people were slaughtered during the Wednesday, June 17 CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE at EMANUEL AME CHURCH in CHARLESTON, SC.
 
CHARLOTTE, NC, Youth Educator/Organizer TAMEKA LEWIS said;
“We didn’t see it fit to have the flag stand erect while the people who were massacred were laid to rest under it.” 
The group planned to keep the flag in a box without defacing it as the funerals for the victims are held this week. But State Police confiscated the flag immediately, and workers put it back up before 8 a.m. — plenty of time before a planned rally by Confederate flag supporters, including members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Activists knew the stunt was “high risk” and could lead to arrests and feel that re-erecting the flag is a “blatant slap in the face” and shows “disregard for human lives” as the flag is a symbol of white supremacy, Lewis said. “It’s really hurtful and a bit disgraceful,” Lewis said of re-raising the “incredibly offensive” flag. State Police did not immediately respond to the Daily News’ request for comment, and it was not immediately clear on what charges Newsome and Tyson were arrested.
 
The flag is protected under state law, and numerous activists and politicans have called for it to be taken down, including SOUTH CAROLINA Gov. NIKKI HALEY.

Thursday, June 25, the Jefferson Davis memorial in Richmond, Va., was spray-painted with “Black Lives Matter” before a rally by heat-packing Confederate flag supporters was held at the Confederate leader’s monument.

Gov. HALEY called for the removal of the flag, and the state House of Representatives agreed to debate the issue.
 
Friday, June 26, President BARACK OBAMA was at the COLLEGE Of CHARLESTON to eulogize one of the victims of the  Charleston Church Massacre, the Rev. Sen. CLEMENTA PINCKNEY (D: SC), who was the Senior Pastor of Emanuel AME Church and a SC State Senator.
 
During his speech, President OBAMA called for the removal of Confederate flags as symbols of honor.
 
President OBAMA said;
“For many — black and white — that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. We see that now.”
The activist group FERGUSON ACTION, which calls on its supporters to “take action,” was formed following the killing last August of an unarmed 18-year-old Black FERGUSON, MO-resident MICHAEL BROWN Jr. by FERGUSON POLICE Officer DARREN WILSON.

-CCG


2015 BET AWARDS: COMPLETE LIST Of WINNERS!!!


CRAY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of the 2015 BET AWARDS WINNERS!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Awardee WILLIAM "SMOKEY" ROBINSON, ULTIMATE ICON Awardee JANET JACKSON, and HUMANITARIAN Awardee TOM JOYNER!!!

Sunday, June 28, the 2015 BET AWARDS went down at the MICROSOFT THEATER in LOS ANGELES.

Here is the complete list of 2015 BET AWARDS WINNERS:

Ultimate Icon, Music Dance Visual Award: Janet Jackson
Humanitarian Award: Tom Joyner
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Chris Brown
Best International Act UK: Stormzy
Best International Act Africa: Stonebwoy
Best Group: Rae Sremmurd
Best Collaboration: Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor: Terrence Howard
Youngstars Award: Mo'ne Davis
Best Movie: Selma
Best Gospel Artist: Lecrae
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, "7/11"
Video Director of the Year: Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award: Nicki Minaj f/ Drake, Lil' Wayne & Chris Brown, "Only"
Centric Award: The Weeknd, "Earned It"
Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award: Smokey Robinson

-CCG




REVOLT
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

I LOVE 2 EAT #91: #HOWISUMMER On FOOD & WINE!!!



Food & Wine Magazine, June 2015
June 2015 has the really good people at FOOD & WINE breaking down GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS With 9-SPICE DRY RUB, GRILLED VEGETABLES And SUMMER GREENS With SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE RECIPE, GRILLED RED SNAPPER With GRILLED RADICCHIO SALAD, and so Much MORE to help us develop our individual styles of #HOWISUMMER!!!

-CCG
 

GEORGIA PARADE Of TRUCKS FLYING CONFEDERATE FLAGS (NSFW)!!!

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During this past weekend in what is believed to be the town of DALTON, GA, a parade of more than 35 pickup trucks were spotted cruising through town flying CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAGS!!!

The event was recorded on a cell phone camera and posted online. But it’s what happened partway through the video that has the video going viral.

The shocked videographer and his associate could not believe what they were seeing.

In certain disbelief, the videographer repeatedly made statements;
“Man, look at this sh*t…They got a g*td*mn day for Confederate f*ck*ng flags. This is some b*llsh*t.”
The trucks went by a gas station and were continuing through an intersection without stopping, thanks to the assistance from the local police who were blocking off the intersection.

The man narrating the video said;
“They got the roads blocked off for these f*ck*ng flags.”
Shortly after noticing the police were assisting the pickup parade, the astute videographer also predicted the trucks were about to crash. He pivoted and turned his camera just in time to see his premonition come true.

One truck is seen rear-ending another as the unmistakable sound of one car bumper hitting another is heard.

Video man exclaimed;
”Boom! Boom! I got that!” He later added, ”God don’t like ugly. God don't like ugly.”
WARNING!!! NSFW!!! VIDEO CONTAINS HARSH LANGUAGE!!!

-CCG




ANS

MAYWEATHER & PACQUIAO TOP ANNUAL LIST Of HIGHEST PAID CELEBS!!!


Earlier today on MIKE & MIKE, GREENBERG and GOLIC revealed that in the past fiscal year, WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION Boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER Jr. earned about $300 MILLION to put him at the top of the list of the HIGHEST PAID CELEBRITIES.

Boxer/Senator MANNY PACQUIAO comes in at #2, earning about $160 million.

Here are the TOP 10:

1.) FLOYD MAYWEATHER
2.) MANNY PACQUIAO
3.) KATY PERRY
4.) ONE DIRECTION
5.) HOWARD STERN
6.) GARTH BROOKS
7.) JAMES PATTERSON
8.) ROBERT DOWNEY Jr. (Tie) 8.) TAYLOR SWIFT
10.) CRISTIANO RONALDO

-CCG

 

FOX NEWS & CONFEDERATE FLAG HISTORY On LARRY WILMORE!!!


In the aftermath of the CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE at the EMANUEL AME CHURCH in CHARLESTON, SC, the fiery debate over the CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG has been re-ignited!!!

Tuesday, June 29, LARRY WILMORE devoted an entire episode to ALL-THINGS Confederate Battle Flag, including FOX NEWS Host BILL O'REILLY hosting an ALL-WHITE Panel Discussion on RACE - The NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE: FOX NEWS & CONFEDERATE FLAG HISTORY.

LARRY also checks for the recent FOX NEWS AX-THROWING DEBACLE and moderates a panel discussion between Comedian/Axtress BONNIE McFARLANE, Actor/Comedian DAVID ALAN GRIER, and Rapper/Activist TALIB KWELI on the HISTORY Of The CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG.

-CCG




HEAD TRIPS: MENTAL HEALTH On NEW YORK TIMES MAG!!!

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NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Journalist JAIME LOWE authored the book, DIGGING For DIRT: The LIFE And DEATH Of ODB, and is a 20-year survivor of BIPOLAR DISORDER who for THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE, chronicles her struggles, triumphs, and journey for us with the declaration, I DON'T BELIEVE In GOD, But I BELIEVE In LITHIUM!!!

-CCG

RED CARPET @ 2015 BET AWARDS!!!

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Last night, the stars came out to shine at the MICROSOFT THEATER in LOS ANGELES for the 2015 BET AWARDS!!!

Salivate and Feast on some of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Gorgeous Gems who carried their Candy Cakes down the 2015 BET AWARDS RED CARPET.

-CCG


Celebs Arrive at the 2015 BET Awards
ANDRA DAY


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BLAC CHYNA & AMBER ROSE


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BRANDY


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CHRISTINA MILIAN


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CIARA


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Sisters CRYSTAL, INDIA, & MORGAN WESTBROOKS


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BET CEO & Chairman DEBRA LEE


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DEJ LOAF



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DEMETRIA LUCAS D'OYLEY


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DRAYA MICHELE


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ELLE VARNER


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EVA MARCILLE


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ESSENCE ATKINS


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GABRIELLE UNION


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JANELLE MONAE


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JAZMINE SULLIVAN


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JOSELINE HERNANDEZ



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JUSTINE SKYE


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KAITLYN SIMONE


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KARREUCHE TRAN


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KELLY ROWLAND


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LA LA ANTHONY

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LATARSHA ROSE




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LETOYA LUCKETT

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LIL MAMA


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LiasRaye McCOY


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MONICA



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MC LYTE


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MARGARET AVERY



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MICHELLE WILLIAMS


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MILA J

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MIMI FAUST

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MONA SCOTT-YOUNG


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NATALIE LaROSE


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NATURI NAUGHTON


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NICKI MINAJ


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NICOLE ARI PARKER


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RAVEN GOODWIN


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SALLI RICHARDSON-WHITFIELD


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SANAA LATHAN


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SEVYN STREETER

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DJ SOUPAMODEL


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SHAUN ROBINSON


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TINASHE


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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS


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ZENDAYA COLEMAN


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