Tuesday, May 31, 2016

INSIDE The MIND Of DONALD TRUMP On ATLANTIC MAG!!!


If you, u, You, U, or, YOU did not believe it before, you certainly now DO believe that REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL Candidate DONALD JOHN TRUMP is REAL, and; he has a very legitimate shot at being elected the 45th PRESIDENT Of The UNITED STATES Of AMERICA!!!

However; have YOU ver wondered what makes Donald Trump so very DONALD TRUMP???

Have you ever wondered what Donald Trump is like during his private time when he is not being DONALD TRUMP for the public???

ATLANTIC Contributor/NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Department of Psychology Chair Dr. DAN P. McADAMS has done the heavy lifting and chiseled away at the heavy matter to take us on a trip inside The MIND Of DONALD TRUMP.

-CCG

I LOVE 2 EAT #114: HOW To GET FREE DONUTS On FRIDAY For NATIONAL DONUT DAY 2016!!!


The  FIRST FRIDAY in the month of JUNE is NATIONAL DONUT DAY, so; this coming FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, is NATIONAL DONUT DAY!!!

Courtesy of the very good folks at TIME Magazine, here is HOW YOU CAN GO GET FREE DONUTS On FRIDAY For NATIONAL DONUT DAY 2016:

Cumberland Farms: Purchase any coffee or fountain drink between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday and take your pick of a free donut.
Duck Donuts: Go to the Facebook page of Duck Donuts—a chain with dozens of East Coast locations stretching from the Jersey Shore to North Carolina—for a coupon valid for a free sugar donut on National Donut Day.
Dunkin Donuts: Get one free donut with the purchase of any beverage.
Entenmann’s: A total of more than 150,000 donuts will be given away in more than a dozen cities around the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Louisville, New Haven, New York City, and San Diego, plus Entenmann’s is hosting a sweepstakes on Facebook with 10 lucky winners getting free donuts for a year.
Giant Eagle: Every Friday, including National Donut Day this Friday, Giant Eagle supermarket locations offer a half-dozen donuts for free when you purchase a half-dozen.
Honey Dew Donuts: Purchase any medium-size beverage and you’ll get a free (Up)Beat Cancer Donut, which is chocolate frosted, has blue and red sprinkles, and was created to raise cancer awareness.
Krispy Kreme: Every customer gets a choice of any free donut on Friday, June 3, no purchase necessary.
Lamar’s Donuts: Follow this Facebook link to get a “golden ticket” for a free donut on Friday, plus a free 16-ounce Lamar’s cup with any purchase.
Randy’s Donuts: Customers get free donut holes at this famous Los Angeles donut shop from 6 a.m. to noon on National Donut Day.
Shipley Do-Nuts: Visit a participating location from 5 a.m. to noon on National Donut Day for a free donut.
-CCG


W. KAMAU BELL On CARSON DALY!!!



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Last week on NBC, Actor/Comedian/Director/Producer has an SHOWTIME Special, SEMI-PROMINENT NEGRO, and a new CNN series, UNITED SHADES Of AMERICA, and last week, he was in HOLLYWOOD for an appearance on LAST CALL With CARSON DALY!!!

-CCG



LEVAR BURTON On AL SHARPTON!!!



40 years ago, 85% of AMERICAN families were glued to their TVs to watch the true-life slavery-based American drama, ROOTS, that was based the best-selling novel of the same name by late Author ALEX HALEY!!!

Actor/Director/Producer LEVAR BURTON was 19-years-old when portrayed thel character of KUNTA KINTE in the original series. He is now one of the executive producers of the 2016 which simultaneously premiered last night on the A+E, HISTORY, and LIFETIME Networks.

Rev. AL SHARPTON had Levar on set of his MSNBC show POLITICS NATION With AL SHARPTON, for a discussion of the significance of the original ROOTS, and the potential impact of the new version.

-CCG






REMEMBERING The DIFFERENCES Between ARMED FORCES DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, & VETERAN'S DAY!!!


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Because of the commitment, dedication, and sacrifice made by those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. MILITARY, we cannot ever do too much celebrating, commemorating, or, honoring of our veterans of the UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES!!!

We have three holidays that honor our veterans; ARMED FORCES DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, and VETERAN'S DAY.

Here is a little reminder of the differences between the three holidays.

Also; PLEASE Keep in Mind that these NATIONAL HOLIDAYS are more than just about celebrating a 3-day weekend.

PEACE, LOVE, And BLESSINGS;

-CCG

WARRIORS WIN 2016 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!


CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Head Coach STEVE KERR, STEPHEN CURRY, KLAY THOMPSON, DRAYMOND GREEN, and the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS for their defeat last night of the OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 96 - 88, to win Game #7 of the 2016 NBA WEST FINALS and become the 2016 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS!!!

The WARRIORS came back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the next three consecutive games and defeat the THUNDER, 4 games to 3. They now advance to face the 2016 NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE Champion CLEVELAND CAVALIERS  in the NBA FINALS.

2016 marks the second consecutive year that the CAVALIERS and WARRIORS have gone to battle for the NBA Tiltle.

-CCG

Monday, May 30, 2016

ESPN: A SALUTE To PRO ATHLETES WHO SERVED!!!

On this MEMORIAL DAY 2016, In Honor and Memory of Those Who Served, the really good people at ESPN present A SALUTE To PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES Who SERVED in The UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES!!!

GOD BLESS ALL of Our U. S. FALLEN SOLDIERS And Their FAMILIES.

PEACE, LOVE, And MEMORIAL MONDAY BLESSINGS;

-CCG

President OBAMA & Prime Minister ABE At HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL (FULL TEXT & VIDEO)!!!




August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on the city of HIROSHIMA, JAPAN, killing over 140,000 people!!!

Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on NAGASAKI, JAPAN, and within a few weeks, Japan surrendered, thus ending the PACIFIC THEATER WAR.

71 years later, on last week, President BARACK OBAMA became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima since that last fateful day.

He and JAPAN Prime Minister SHINZO ABE both participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL in HIROSHIMA, JAPAN.

Courtesy of the really good folks at The WHITE HOUSE, here is the full text of remarks by USA President BARACK OBAMA and JAPAN Prime Minister SHINZO ABE At HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL In HIROSHIMA, JAPAN:

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.  A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.  

Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima?  We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not so distant past.  We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 in Japanese men, women and children; thousands of Koreans; a dozen Americans held prisoner.  Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become. 

It is not the fact of war that sets Hiroshima apart. Artifacts tell us that violent conflict appeared with the very first man.  Our early ancestors, having learned to make blades from flint and spears from wood, used these tools not just for hunting, but against their own kind.  On every continent, the history of civilization is filled with war, whether driven by scarcity of grain or hunger for gold; compelled by nationalist fervor or religious zeal.  Empires have risen and fallen. Peoples have been subjugated and liberated.  And at each juncture, innocents have suffered, a countless toll, their names forgotten by time. 

The World War that reached its brutal end in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fought among the wealthiest and most powerful of nations.  Their civilizations had given the world great cities and magnificent art.  Their thinkers had advanced ideas of justice and harmony and truth.  And yet, the war grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes; an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints.  In the span of a few years, some 60 million people would die -- men, women, children no different than us, shot, beaten, marched, bombed, jailed, starved, gassed to death. 

There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war -- memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism; graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity.  Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction; how the very spark that marks us as a species -- our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our tool-making, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will -- those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction. 

How often does material advancement or social innovation blind us to this truth.  How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause.  Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill.  Nations arise, telling a story that binds people together in sacrifice and cooperation, allowing for remarkable feats, but those same stories have so often been used to oppress and dehumanize those who are different. 

Science allows us to communicate across the seas and fly above the clouds; to cure disease and understand the cosmos.  But those same discoveries can be turned into ever-more efficient killing machines. 

The wars of the modern age teach this truth.  Hiroshima teaches this truth.  Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us.  The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well. 

That is why we come to this place.  We stand here, in the middle of this city, and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell.  We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see.  We listen to a silent cry.  We remember all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war, and the wars that came before, and the wars that would follow.

Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering, but we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.  Someday the voices of the hibakusha will no longer be with us to bear witness.  But the memory of the morning of August 6th, 1945 must never fade.  That memory allows us to fight complacency.  It fuels our moral imagination.  It allows us to change. 

And since that fateful day, we have made choices that give us hope.  The United States and Japan forged not only an alliance, but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war.  The nations of Europe built a Union that replaced battlefields with bonds of commerce and democracy.  Oppressed peoples and nations won liberation.  An international community established institutions and treaties that worked to avoid war and aspire to restrict and roll back, and ultimately eliminate the existence of nuclear weapons. 

Still, every act of aggression between nations; every act of terror and corruption and cruelty and oppression that we see around the world shows our work is never done. We may not be able to eliminate man’s capacity to do evil, so nations –- and the alliances that we’ve formed -– must possess the means to defend ourselves.  But among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear, and pursue a world without them. 

We may not realize this goal in my lifetime.  But persistent effort can roll back the possibility of catastrophe.  We can chart a course that leads to the destruction of these stockpiles.  We can stop the spread to new nations, and secure deadly materials from fanatics. 

And yet that is not enough.  For we see around the world today how even the crudest rifles and barrel bombs can serve up violence on a terrible scale.  We must change our mindset about war itself –- to prevent conflict through diplomacy, and strive to end conflicts after they’ve begun; to see our growing interdependence as a cause for peaceful cooperation and not violent competition; to define our nations not by our capacity to destroy, but by what we build. 

And perhaps above all, we must reimagine our connection to one another as members of one human race.  For this, too, is what makes our species unique.  We’re not bound by genetic code to repeat the mistakes of the past.  We can learn.  We can choose. We can tell our children a different story –- one that describes a common humanity; one that makes war less likely and cruelty less easily accepted. 

We see these stories in the hibakusha –- the woman who forgave a pilot who flew the plane that dropped the atomic bomb, because she recognized that what she really hated was war itself; the man who sought out families of Americans killed here, because he believed their loss was equal to his own. 

My own nation’s story began with simple words:  All men are created equal, and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Realizing that ideal has never been easy, even within our own borders, even among our own citizens.

But staying true to that story is worth the effort. It is an ideal to be strived for; an ideal that extends across continents, and across oceans.  The irreducible worth of every person, the insistence that every life is precious; the radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family -– that is the story that we all must tell. 

That is why we come to Hiroshima.  So that we might think of people we love -- the first smile from our children in the morning; the gentle touch from a spouse over the kitchen table; the comforting embrace of a parent –- we can think of those things and know that those same precious moments took place here seventy-one years ago.  Those who died -– they are like us.  Ordinary people understand this, I think. They do not want more war. They would rather that the wonders of science be focused on improving life, and not eliminating it.  

When the choices made by nations, when the choices made by leaders reflect this simple wisdom, then the lesson of Hiroshima is done. 

The world was forever changed here.  But today, the children of this city will go through their day in peace.  What a precious thing that is.  It is worth protecting, and then extending to every child.  That is the future we can choose -– a future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare, but as the start of our own moral awakening.  (Applause.) 

PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As translated.)  Last year, at the 70th anniversary of the end of war, I visited the United States and made a speech as Prime Minister of Japan at a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.  That war deprived many American youngsters of their dreams and futures.  Reflecting upon such harsh history, I offered my eternal condolences to all the American souls that were lost during World War II.  I expressed gratitude and respect for all the people in both Japan and the United States who have been committed to reconciliation for the past 70 years.  

Seventy years later, enemies who fought each other so fiercely have become friends, bonded in spirit, and have become allies, bound in trust and friendship, deep between us.  The Japan-U.S. alliance, which came into the world this way, has to be an alliance of hope for the world.  

So I appealed in the speech.  One year has passed since then.  This time, President Obama, for the first time as leader of the United States, paid a visit to Hiroshima, the city which suffered the atomic bombing.  U.S. President witnessing the reality of atomic bombings and renewing his determination for a world free of nuclear weapons -- this gives great hope to people all around the world who have never given up their hope for a world without nuclear weapons.  

I would like to give a whole-hearted welcome to this historic visit, which had been awaited not only by the people of Hiroshima, but also by all the Japanese people.  I express my sincere respect to the decision and courage of President Obama.  With his decision and courage, we are opening a new chapter to the reconciliation of Japan and the United States, and in our history of trust and friendship. 

A few minutes ago, together, I and President Obama offered our deepest condolences for all those who lost their lives during World War II and also by the atomic bombings.  Seventy-one years ago in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki, a great number of innocent citizens’ lives were cost by a single atomic bomb without mercy.  Many children and many citizens perished.  Each one of them had his or her life dream and beloved family.  When I reflect on this sheer fact, I cannot help but feel painful grief.  

Even today, there are victims who are still suffering unbearably from the bombings.  Feeling of those who went through unimaginable tragic experiences, indeed, in this city 71 years ago -- it is unspeakable.  In their minds, various feelings must have come and gone -- that of those, this must be in common:  That any place in the world this tragedy must not be repeated again.

It is the responsibility of us who live in the present to firmly inherit these deep feelings.  We are determined to realize a world free of nuclear weapons.  No matter how long and how difficult the road will be, it is the responsibility of us who live in the present to continue to make efforts.  

Children who were born on that unforgettable day lit the light believing in permanent peace.  To make every effort for the peace and prosperity in the world, vowing for this light -- this is the responsibility of us all who live in the present.  We will definitely fulfill our responsibility.  Together, Japan and the United States will become a light for hope, for the people in the world.  Standing in this city, I am firmly determined, together with President Obama.  This is the only way to respond to the feelings of the countless spirits -- victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I am convinced of this.  (Applause.)

END                                     
6:05 P.M. JST

-CCG



HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY 2016!!!



Yours Truly CCG would like to say thank you, THANK You, Thank YOU, THANK YOU, and HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY 2016 to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frenemies, and Fantabulicioustical Funky Fresh Folk of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Favors, Persuasions, and Denominations who have given their lives in service to our country, and; to ALL who have family members who have given their lives In SERVICE!!!

GOD BLESS YOU and Your FAMILIES.

PEACE, LOVE, And MEMORIAL MONDAY BLESSINGS;

-CCG

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The EAST LA OVARIAN PSYCOS On LOS ANGELES MAG!!!

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Meet the EAST LOS ANGELES-based OVARIAN PSYCOS BICYCLE BRIGADE, on whose website claims; "OVARIES So BIG, WE Don't NEED No F*CK*NG B*LLS"!!!

They are the subject of documentary film OVARIAN PSYCOS that rides along with the ladies as they nocturnally  patrol the streets of their beloved EAST LOS ANGELES, CA.

Their Mission Statement sayss;
"We are an all womxn of color bicycling brigade cycling for the purpose of healing our communities physically, emotionally and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues. We envision a world where women are change agents who create and maintain holistic health in themselves and their respective communities for present and future generations."

Courtesy of the really good folks at LOS ANGELES Magazine, here are 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW about The OVARIAN PSYCOS BICYCLE BRIGADE Of EAST LOS ANGELES:

1. The Ovas came into being as a result of daily street harassment.

Says de la X: “I was tired of the unsolicited harassment and catcalls during Critical Mass Rides, or while I was simply riding my bicycle to work; the ridiculous entitlement of most men to comment on my body, commanding me to smile, to think they can dictate how I move, or limit the spaces I move in, with this sometimes unspoken but very real threat of harm. In short, I was tired of the constant, abrasive and unchecked misogyny so pervasive in every aspect of our lives.” 

2. The Ovas aren’t only fighting back against the treatment of women, but the treatment of anyone who doesn’t fit society’s norms. 

“We’re all targets, all of us who don’t fit within this white, cis, heteronormative construct. Even more so we are targets when we refuse to accept these passively submissive and docile roles imposed upon us.” 

3. When Sokolowski and Trumbull-LaValle first approached her to be the subject of their doc, de la X told them “no.”

“I was completely distrustful and apprehensive; I had no problem saying ‘no, and no, because you’re white.’ White folx have an extensive history of exploiting other peoples, their cultures, their land, their resources dating as far back as 1492. Let’s be real — and the shit hasn’t changed. Look at Echo Park, Highland Park…So, the fact that they wanted to do this documentary was for me, at first, suspect. They’re not doing us any favors. In fact, we feared they’d exploit our work, come and take this story and bank off of it.”

4. Trumbull-LaValle’s Mexican heritage wound up saving them.

“The fact that Kate’s mom is Mexican — having grown up in the border town of Tijuana — coupled with the fact that Kate was also in the process of working on this film, No Mas Bebes, about the coercive sterilization practices suffered by brown, mostly immigrant, mostly Spanish speaking womxn from our very barrios in Boyle Heights/East L.A., was really their saving grace. Their intentions spoke through this work specifically, and so we began to trust them, but still in increments.”

5. De la X agreed to the film in part because she hoped it would inspire others. 

“Ideally, the film should serve as a blueprint of sorts, a very raw model for other folx hanging from the margins that also refuse to just surrender. Ideally, the film will incite others to start organizing in their own communities around these same issues detrimentally affecting people of color throughout the world. For the folx that already organize, the film hopefully will be a testament or a reminder that our stories are important and need to be shared, and definitely need to be documented by us and for us.”

-CCG




The Ovarian Psycos


The Ovarian Psycos


CELEBRITY BABY BUMPING BEAUTIES 2016!!!


ANGELA SIMMONS


HAPPY Belated MOTHER'S DAY and MOTHERS-To-BE DAY 2016 to ALL of My Coffee, Chocolate, Caramel, Cinnamon, Creamy, and Caucasian CRAZY COOL GROOVY Mommies and Mommies-to-Be of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

Some of these ladies have recently given birth, however; here are a few of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Celeb Cuties who dared bare their beautiful baby bumps for the camera from within the past year or so.

-CCG

ANGELA 2


BLAC CHYNA


CRYSTAL RENAE


DRAYA 



EUDOXIE BRIDGES


KELLY KHUMALO


LEELAH JAMES


TAMEKA TINY HARRIS


TANIA OMOTAYO

MANUEL NEUER On ESPN MAG!!!


GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY-native BAYERN MUNICH/TEAM GERMANY Goalkeeper #1 MANUEL NEUER is considered the best in the world at what he does, and; he is the cover story for the new issue of ESPN The MAGAZINE!!!

-CCG



Saturday, May 28, 2016

LOOKING BACK At ROOTS On LARRY WILMORE!!!



In wake of the airing of upcoming mini-series, ROOTS, which will air MEMORIAL MONDAY, 30, simultaneously on A+E, HISTORY, and LIFETIME; The NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE Host LARRY WILMORE moderated a Panel Discussion between HOLLY WALKER, JORDAN CARLOS, and ROOTS Executive Producer LEVAR BURTON on the impact of the original 1977 series and the impending impact of the 2016 version.

-CCG

ALEXANDRA SHIPP On CARSON DALY @ The SURLY GOAT!!!






Actress ALEXANDRA SHIPP portrays character STORM in new film, X-MEN:APOCALYPSE, and on Monday, May 23, she was at The SURLY GOAT in WEST HOLLYWOOD for an appearance on LAST CALL With CARSON DALY!!!

-CCG

CAST Of ROOTS On THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER!!!


The A+E NETWORK re-imagining of 1977 mini-series ROOTS simultaneously premieres on the A+E, HISTORY, and LIFETIME Networks on  MEMORIAL MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016!!!

In the 1977 version, Actor/Director/Producer LEVAR BURTON starred as young KUNTA KINTE, however; he is now Executive Producer of the 2016 version, and; has passed the torch of portraying KUNTA to MALACHI KIRBY, an actor from the UK whose grandparents are from JAMAICA.

LEVAR BURTON, ANNA NAQUIN, MALACHI KIRBY, FOREST WHITAKER, and ANIKA NONI ROSE speak on re-imaging ROOTS, and they cover the new issue of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

-CCG

























COULD The U.S. OPEN Be The RETURN For TIGER WOODS???

TIGER WOODS has NOT played in a PGA TOUR Event since August 2015, when he competed for the the 2015 WYNDAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

He will NOT compete this weekend at the 2016 MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP, but; could the 2016 U. S. OPEN signal the return of one of the greatest golfers of all-time???

ESPN: SPORTSCENTER Host HANNAH STORM and ESPN Golf Analyst ANDY NORTH chop it up.

-CCG

CAVALIERS WIN 2016 NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Head Coach TYRONN LUE, LeBRON JAMES, KYRIE IRVING, and the CLEVELAND CAVALIERS for last night defeating the TORONTO RAPTORS 113 - 87 in TORONTO to win the 2016 NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP, 4 games to 2!!!

The CAVALIERS now advance and await the winners of the WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS to determine who will be their opponents for the 2016 NBA FINALS.

-CCG

FLEUR EAST Performs SAX On JAMES CORDEN!!!



Singer/Songwriter/Dancer FLEUR EAST was born in the UK to a GHANIAN Mother and BRITISH Father, and Thursday night, she and her group were in HOLLYWOOD for an appearance of The LATE LATE SHOW With JAMES CORDEN to perform her new hit single SAX!!!

-CCG


LaROYCE HAWKINS On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!

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CHICAGO-native Actor LaROYCE HAWKINS portrays Officer KEVIN ATWATER on NBC Wednesday night police drama CHICAGO PD, and he covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

As an actor from Chicago, was it a struggle landing gigs before getting the role on “Chicago P.D.”?
Before I got the opportunity, it was definitely a struggle. I used to get behind on bills a lot, but I never got behind on my dream. I never got behind on the gift, and I think that’s why I was always excited, even within the struggle. It never felt like a struggle. I just understand it as a struggle now because I’m in a different situation. I live downtown now on Lake Shore Drive.
When you decide you want to be an artist and when you allow your gift to provide for you and feed you, you find yourself in positions where you have to sacrifice. It’s been a struggle and I had to borrow a lot of money from my family members. It’s been real, but I think they always knew that it would come back around. Now I’m in a position to give back everything that was given to me, and it feels amazing.
When you got your first “Chicago P.D.” check, what was it like?
I remember being excited for transfers that I was making from one account to the next. I never had that much [money] to play around with and compartmentalize. I’m a kid from Harvey. I have a little brother in college and a little sister who just had a kid. I got to give back. … It’s kind of weird to talk about money, but at the same time, it made me a bigger giver. I’ve always been giving, even when I didn’t have it. I think my heart has always been in the right place, even when I didn’t know where to put it. It’s more than the money — it means that things can be taken care of.
What is it like playing an officer? 
We have some of the best stunt coordinators, in my humble opinion. When we’re not shooting, the guns on our hips are fake. But when we do have gun battles, we pull out the real demonstrations. When you’re in the battle shooting things, it gets [the] adrenaline pumping.
What kind of physical shape do you have to be in for this? I know you work out a lot. I see you on Instagram pumping weight. Is there a goal you’re trying to reach right now?
Yes. I saw myself on season one, and I thought I was a little round in the face. It looked like the vest was a little too small, and I wanted to start working on that. Fitness for me is more a lifestyle than anything. As I started to make life goals, career goals just started falling into place. I think last season I was around 250 [pounds], and I’m in the 240s now. But on camera, that’s a big difference.
Who are the people you look up to?
Idris Elba is one that I admire. He’s my mom’s favorite actor. She was very honest with me and told me I’m her close second to him. Understandably, the big homie is definitely doing great things. I look up to Jamie Foxx. When I first started doing comedy, my advice was to look up to comedians that have a style you can build on. Jamie and Steve Harvey were my favorite comedians when I first started thinking about doing stand-up. I thought they had a style that was very much like mine. Steve is one of the greatest conversationalists in comedy. I really appreciate how Jamie incorporated music in his comedy.
What are your career goals?
I can see myself going toward the comedy route. I started off in stand-up. People always say “say something funny,” and I still haven’t come up with a joke yet. I need a standard joke. I would love to do some comedy stuff and some real character-driven work. One of my favorite movies is Ray, so if there’s a role out there where I can emulate a powerful cat in history, somebody who had a dope impact on the world, I would be down for anything. I like to host — I can even see myself with a Nick Cannon type of vibe, like hosting a powerful show.
-CCG

Friday, May 27, 2016

BRYSON TILLER Performs EXCHANGE On SETH MEYERS!!!



Earlier this week in NYC, LOUISVILLE, KY-native Singer/Songwriter/Rapper BRYSON TILLER was at 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA to make his late night network TV debut on LATE NIGHT With SETH MEYERS and perform his single, EXCHANGE, from his certified platinum debut album, T R A P S O U L!!!

-CCG


ANDERSON.PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS Ft T.I. Perform COME DOWN On JIMMY FALLON!!!



Wednesday< May 25, in NYC, ANDERSON.PAAK And THE FREE NATIONALS were joined by Rapper T.I. at 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA for an appearance on The TONIGHT SHOW Starring JIMMY FALLON to perform single, COME DOWN, from Anderson.Paak album, MALIBU!!!



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Min. LOUIS FARRAKHAN On THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!



Earlier this week in NYC, the Hon. Min. LOUIS FARRAKHAN was at the POWER 105.1 studios for an interview with THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

During the session, Min. FARRAKHAN and TBC discussed 10.15.15: The 20th ANNIVERSARY Of The MILLION MAN MARCH, the 2016 Presidential Election, Women Respecting Themselves, Black Lives Matter Movement, and so Much MORE.

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JAIRAM HATHWAR & NIHAR JANGA Are 2016 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE CO-CHAMPS!!!

NIHAR JANGA & JAIRAM HATHWAR


CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to 13-year-old PAINTED POST, NY-native JAIRAM HATHWAR and 11-year-old AUSTIN, TX-native NIHAR JANGA who on yesterday, Thursday, May 27, were named 2016 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE CO-CHAMPIUONS!!!

ESPN  reports 13-year-old JAIRAM is the younger brother of 2014 Co-Champion SRIRAM HATHAWAY, and; at age 11, NIHAR is the youngest Spelling Champion to date.

They each received a trophy and $45,000 in cash and prizes.

2016 marks the third consecutive year that the competition has ended in a tie.

Nihar's and Jairam's parents are immigrants from south India, continuing a remarkable run of success for Indian American spellers that began in 1999 with Nupur Lala's victory, which was later featured in the documentary "Spellbound." The bee has produced Indian American champions for nine straight years and 14 out of the past 19.
Before 2014, the bee hadn't declared co-champions in more than 50 years, but now, it seems little can be done to avoid it. The competition concluded shortly before 11 p.m. ET, with the winners having spent seven hours on stage, and bee executive director Paige Kimble has said she wouldn't consider forcing the final spellers to keep going indefinitely.
Even the WORLD Of SPORTS TOOK To SOCIAL MEDIA to express their reactions to The BEE.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

BHP PROJECT KOENIGSEGG ONE:1 HITS 240 MPH On PLAYBOY MAG!!!



The SWEDISH Automobile Manufacturer KOENIGSEGG may not inspire the same thirst as, say, Lamborghini or Bugatti, but; true car guys who appreciate veryfast automobiles know: the Swedish automaker makes supercars in extremely limited numbers (just enough to qualify as a production car) with the express purpose of going ridiculously quick!!!
PLAYBOY Magazine reports at the recent VMax200 event in the U.K., a KOENIGSEGG ONE: 1 owned by BHP Project and driven by Oliver Webb set the event record three times, throwing down the final gauntlet at 240 miles per hour.
Racing down an airplane runway in Bruntingthorpe, the One:1 first hit 230 mph, barely eclipsing the 2013 record of 229, set by a tuned Porsche 911. That mark didn’t last long, as another 911 hit 231 shortly afterward. That’s when Webb got serious and laid down a 235 mph and the final 240 mph pass on the 1.4-mile track.
What’s remarkable about the video of the feat is how chill it all seems. You’d think that a car going that fast would be incredibly loud. But Webb just looks like he’s cruising at 65. He does everything but hold the wheel with one hand and throw his other arm over the passenger seat.
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