Thursday, March 31, 2016

The UNHAPPIEST STATES Of AMERICA On PLAYBOY!!!

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Not everyone can live in a blissful state, either emotionally or quite literally!!!

PLAYBOY Magazine decided to find out which states are the unhappiest, based on four data categories we can all agree are quite unhappy: 

1. ALCOHOL DEATHS

2. POVERTY RATE

3. SELF-REPORTED OBESITY

4. SUICIDE RATE

Unfortunately, if your state is first on this list, it’s the saddest state in the UNITED STATES.

METHODOLOGY:Ranked each of the 50 states in our four categories of unhappiness: 
CATEGORIES OF UNHAPPINESS
• Alcohol Deaths Per 100,000
• Poverty Rate by Household Income
• Prevalence of Self Reported Obesity
• Suicides per 100,000 (2x weight)
We decided suicide rate should be worth double since it’s such a strong barometer of unhappiness. 
EXAMPLE:
If Montana was first in suicides per 100,000 people, it earned a total of 100 points in that one category. (And this is like golf, points are bad.) At the end, we added up all the totals and the states with the most points are deemed the unhappiest. Here’s a full list, for our non-visual learners:

-CCG



MOST UNHAPPY STATES

1
NEW MEXICO
2
OKLAHOMA
3
MONTANA
4
WEST VIRGINIA
5
ALASKA
6
ARIZONA*
WYOMING*
8
NORTH DAKOTA
9
ARKANSAS*
KENTUCKY*
11
SOUTH DAKOTA
12
NEVADA
13
IDAHO
14
COLORADO
15
LOUISIANA*
SOUTH CAROLINA*
17
TENNESSEE
18
INDIANA
19
ALABAMA
20
KANSAS
21
OREGON*
UTAH*
23
MISSOURI
24
MAINE
25
MISSISSIPPI*
NEW HAMPSHIRE*
27
VERMONT
28
WISCONSIN
29
GEORGIA*
WASHINGTON*
31
IOWA
32
MICHIGAN
33
NORTH CAROLINA
34
DELAWARE*
TEXAS*
36
OHIO
37
NEBRASKA
38
FLORIDA*
PENNSYLVANIA*
40
RHODE ISLAND
41
VIRGINIA
42
ILLINOIS
43
MINNESOTA
44
CALIFORNIA
45
NEW YORK
46
HAWAII
47
MASSACHUSETTS
48
NEW JERSEY
49
CONNECTICUT
50
MARYLAND


-CCG

BEYONCE' On ELLE MAG!!

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Mrs. BEYONCE' GISELLE KNOWLES CARTER gets not one, but TWO covers for the May 2016 issue of ELLE and ELLE: UK Magazines!!!

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K. MICHELLE On THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!



Earlier this week in NYC, Singer/Actress/RealiTV star K. MICHELLE was at the POWER 105.1 studios for an interview with THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

During the session K. and TBC discussed her new album, MORE ISSUES Than VOGUE, rumors of BEYONCE' dropping a new album, people in the industry spreading rumors, K. has some terse words with Co-Host ANGELA YEE that end with #IDFWU, and so Much MORE!!!

-CCG


Why SEX Is GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN On PLAYBOY!!!

Why Sex is Good for Your Brain: © ALFRED PASIEKA/Science Photo Library/Corbis
Sex is indeed good for our health in many ways—and we now have the science to back it up from the really good people at PLAYBOY Magazine !!!
For one thing, it’s a decent form of exercise. In fact, research suggests that a 20-something man will burn 101 calories on average during a typical sexual encounter, whereas similarly-aged women will burn about 69.
That’s no excuse to cancel your gym membership, but it’s something—and those numbers can really add up if you’re getting it on with any regularity.
Beyond exercise, research has found that sex is also a great stress-reliever
One additional and arguably even more important health benefit of sex is that it’s good for the brain. A series of studies published over the past few years suggests that sexual activity just might help to keep our brains in good shape for the long haul.
First, let’s consider a 2010 study of male rats that were either deprived of sex or not for a period of two weeks. Specifically, half of the rats were only able to have sex once over the course of the entire study, whereas the other half were allowed to do it every single day.
At the end of the study, scientists found that the most sexually active rats experienced the most neuron growth and generation—changes that are likely to help maintain and perhaps even improve brain functioning over time.
Incidentally, those rats that had daily sex also had lower levels of stress hormones in their systems, providing further support for the aforementioned “sexual healing” idea.
No parallel study yet exists on humans, but there is some evidence to suggest that sex is also good for the human brain. 
For example, research has found that among people who have recently fallen in love, their blood tests reveal heightened levels of nerve growth factor. This is a protein that helps your nerve cells to grow and survive.
Levels of this protein were higher for lovebirds compared to single folks, as well as people who were in long-term relationships. To the extent that sex really is good for the brain, this pattern of results makes sense, given that sexual activity tends to be highest when we’re in the throes of passion, like we tend to be when we’ve recently fallen in love.
One additional piece of evidence supporting the idea that sex is good for the human brain comes from a brand new studyfinding that sexual activity among older adults is linked to maintaining better cognitive functioning later in life. 
In this study, researchers examined how the sexual practices of 6,833 English adults aged 50-89 related to two measures of mental functioning: a number sequencing task (to measure executive functions like problem-solving) and a word recall task (to measure memory ability).
Engaging in any form of sexual activity over the past year was linked to better scores on the word recall test for both men and women. Additionally, for men (but not women), being sexually active was linked to better scores on the number sequencing task.
We can’t say exactly what accounts for the results in this study of older adults, though. Is it that sex is causing neuron generation or growth, as we might expect based on the rat and romantic love studies? 
Or might it have something to do with how the continued release of neurotransmitters and hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin affect the brain?
We certainly still have more to learn in this area, but this set of studies suggests that sex might very well do the brain a lot of good, and that there may be important psychological benefits to maintaining an active sex life, regardless of age.
Not that you, u, You, U, or Any of YOU needed another excuse to have more sex.
-CCG

SAN FRAN MAN PAYS $400/Month To LIVE In 8 x 3.5 Ft BOX!!!


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SAN FRANCISCO resident PETER BERKOWITZ is my new favorite guy!!!
 The 25-year-old illustrator recently moved to San Francisco and instead of settling for some landlord’s price-gouging, he found some other cool kids who let him build a box in their living room. Peter’s rent is just $400 a month.
GIZMODO reports the median rent for a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco is a stunning $3,670 a month, and a bedroom in a shared apartment will set you back at least $1,500 for a decent location on the peninsula. And if you have to battle it out with all of the other recent college graduates from Craigslist for that room, you’re probably going to need to bribe somebody, too. I’ve heard it’s pretty standard to bring a gift like wine or envelopes full of cash when you show up to check out a room. Sometimes the resident roommates invite all of the prospective roommates for a demented party to see who they like.
 You’re lucky to have any space at all to yourself in San Francisco’s housing shortage, but it’s damn near impossible to find such a cozy little sleep pod like this. Peter built the thing with his bare hands for only $1,300 and even included a little window and some fairy lights so that it feels less like coffin and more like a magical escape from the dystopia that is the city by the bay. It’s eight feet by 3.5 feet (a little longer and wider than a coffin). The real perk though is that it’s 4.5 feet tall (much taller than a coffin). And look, there’s a cute little shelf for his MacBook.
In all seriousness, it’s absurd that Frisco living has come to this. It’s bad for everyone who’s not some overpaid Facebook employee, and it’s bad for America. The housing crisis also isn’t entirely the tech companies’ fault, although they could be doing a lot more to fix it. Take a hint from Peter. He seems like a real get-up-and-go guy. Well, more like get-up-slightly-hunched-over-and-crawl-out-of-your-box-and-into-a-living-room kind of guy. I like this guy.
How do YOU feel... do you think YOU could pay such an amount to live in such a space???
-CCG


HUSKIES DEFEAT LONGHORNS To REACH 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!!

The UCONN HUSKIES (1) defeated the TEXAS LONGHORNS (2) 86 -65 at the ELITE EIGHT to win the BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL and advance to the 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!!

2016 will mark the NINTH CONSECUTIVE appearance at the FINAL FOUR for the HUSKIES.

The 2016 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP will take place SUNDAY, APRIL 3 - TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, at the BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE in INDIANAPOLIS, IN.

-CCG

BEAVERS DEFEAT BEARS To REACH 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!!


The OREGON STATE BEAVERS (2) defeated the BYLOR BEARS (1) 60 - 57 at the ELITE EIGHT to win the DALLAS REGIONAL and advance to the 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!!

This will be the first appearance at the FINAL FOUR for the BEAVERS.

The 2016 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP will take place SUNDAY, APRIL 3 - TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, at BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE in INDIANAPOLIS, IN.

-CCG

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

KYLE LOWRY, DRAKE, and DeMAR DeROZAN On SLAM MAG!!!




CANADIAN-born Rapper DRAKE is a Global Ambassador for the TORONTO RAPTORS, and he and RAPTORS Point Guard #7 KYLE LOWRY and Shooting Guard #10 DeMAR DeROZAN cover SLAM #198!!!

-CCG





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SERAYAH On ROLLING OUT MAG!!


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Singer?Actress/Model SERAPH portrays TIANA BROWN on FOX drama, EMPIRE, and she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

What was life like before the show?
Life was really hard. It was a struggle. To be honest, I didn’t even have a place to stay when I was auditioning for “Empire.” Literally, after we shot the first couple of episodes, I took my first check, and finally was able to rent an apartment. But that was my journey. I was going to school, and I was working at H&M, and it was a grind. But I truly feel that when you’re at your lowest, that’s when God can truly come in and bless you.
How did you tell your job that you were quitting to work on a TV show?
I wish I had that humility, but to be honest, I just never went back. After I got called back for that second audition, I said to myself that I was just going to step out on faith, and I didn’t go back to work.
Now you mentioned how you got an apartment with your first check. What else was on that initial list of things that you had to buy?
Well, maybe a couple checks later is when I got a car, but that’s about it. I’ve really been focused on saving. I haven’t been making big purchases like that, and I still shop at H&M.

With all this celebrity happening so fast, what are some of the things that you have been guarding against?
As it relates to fame coming fast, I think one of the things that I am the most mindful of is paying attention to my money, and the people that I have around me. That affects a lot. 
There ís always a party, always an event, and always somewhere that people want you to be to hang out. Is it hard to stay focused on the craft with all of these cool things that are now at your disposal?
You know, it’s not that hard for me because I’m a homebody. I’d much rather be at home, or doing something chill with my friends than being at a party. But I think that the balance comes from me just reminding myself to stay on my daily goals. And also, my mom does a great job at keeping me focused on the big picture. 
How important is it for people to be able to distinguish the difference between Serayah and Tiana Brown?
That’s like one of the most important things to me, as it relates to me and my character. When the show first came out, people would see me and say, “Oh my God, it’s Tiana.” But now it’s changed as they come up and say, “Aren’t you Serayah?” You don’t understand how much that means to me, because I want my music to be taken seriously as Serayah … and I want other projects to be taken seriously as Serayah. I know that Tiana is such a big character to me because it’s my first, but I also want them to see that there’s so much more to me other than this character.

-CCG





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ORANGE DEFEAT VOLUNTEERS To REACH 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!!

SYRACUSE ORANGE have defeated the TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS at the ELITE EIGHT to win the SIOUX FALLS REGIONAL and advance to the 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!!

2016 will be the first appearance at the FINAL FOUR for the ORANGE.

The 2016 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP will take place SUNDAY, APRIL 3 - TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016 at BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE in INDIANAPOLIS, IN.

-CCG

HUSKIES DEFEAT CARDINALS To REACH 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!!




Sunday, March 27, the WASHINGTON HUSKIES defeated the STANFORD CARDINALS 85 - 76 in the ELITE EIGHT to win the LEXINGTON REGIONAL FINAL and advance to the 2016 WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR!!! 

 2016 will be the first trip to the FINAL FOUR for the HUSKIES. 

 'The 2016 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL FOUR will take place SUNDAY, APRIL 3 - TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, at BANKERS LIFE FIELD HOUSE in INDIANAPOLIS, IN. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

BERT Ft ERNIE: REGULATE!!!

STOP EVERYTHING that you are doing RIGHT NOW!!!

Courtesy of the really good folks at PLAYBOY Magazine, watch PBS series SESAME STREET stars ERNIE & BERT rap and sing REGULATE, the iconic HIP HOP hit by WARREN G Ft. NATE DOGG.

R.I.P. Bro. NATE DOGG.

Press PLAY and ENJOY!!!

-CCG

LIL WAYNE REALLY LOVES POURING EXPENSIVE CHAMPAGNE OVER His SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE PHONE!!!



Rapper LIL WAYNE now has three, count 'em... 3 commercials during which he pours HIGH END CHAMPAGNE over his SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE PHONE!!!

The most recent of the three was just released last week, and shows him shopping for High-End CHAMPAGNE in a spot titled, CHAMPAGNE SHOPPING.

Press PLAY and ENJOY.

WARNING!!! CAUTION!!! If YOU do NOT have the SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 or S7 EDGE, do NOT pout champagne, or any other liquids over YOUR phone!!!

-CCG









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