Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BRONCOS, CARDINALS, PANTHERS, & STEELERS On SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAG!!!

 DENVER BRONCOS Linebacker #58 VON MILLER, ARIZONA CARDINALS Wide Receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, CAROLINA PANTHERS Quarterback #1 CAM NEWTON, and PITTSBURGH STEELERS Wide Receiver ANTONIO BROWN are the four cover stars for the NFL PREVIEW ISSUE 2016 of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine!!!

-CCG






HUMP DAY FUNK: J2 ft StarGzrLily & ANJOLEE The FREE: THE BOY IS MINE!!!



HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

UK Composer/Producer JAY J2 SINGH has re-imagined the 1990's BRANDY and MONICA hit track, The BOY Is MINE, and drafted Vocalists StarGzrLily and ANJOLEE The FREE to masterfully manipulate the lyrics into a slowed-down dark and sultry version of its predecessor!!!

THIS version of The BOY Is MINE is featured in the forthcoming MORRIS CHESTNUT, REGINA HALL, JAZ SINCLAIR film, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS.

Press PLAY and ENJOY!!!

HAPPY HUMP DAY FUNK DAY!!!

-CCG





#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - TEAM USA WOMEN SCORE OLYMPIC 100 METER HURDLES GOLD, SILVER, & BRONZE!!!

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CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Chocolate-Covered TEAM USA Hurdlers BRIANNA ROLLINS, NIA ALI, and KRISTI CASTLIN, who on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, made BLACK/WOMEN'S/OLYMPIC HISTORY by coming in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, to win the GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE MEDALS for the WOMEN'S 100 METER HURDLES FINAL at the RIO 2016 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES!!!

-CCG



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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CONTRIBUTORS REFLECTIONS On LARRY WILMORE!!!

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COMEDY CENTRAL late night talkfest The NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE ended its run last Thursday, August 18, 2016, and one of the segments from that evening had host LARRY WILMORE to have his contributors to give some of their recollections and reflections from their time with the show!!!

Check out (left to right) FRANCHESCA CCESCALEIGH RAMSEY, HOLLY WALKER, RORY ALBANESE, ROBIN THEDE, JORDAN CARLOS, and GRACE PARRA giving their take on some of the incidents surrounding The NIGHTLY SHOW.

-CCG


KASIM REED On AL SHARPTON!!!

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DONALD TRUMP is FADING in MICHIGAN, and; HILLARY CLINTON is RISING in GEORGIA, so; POLITICS NATION With AL SHARPTON host Rev. AL SHARPTON hosted MICHIGAN Gov. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D) and ATLANTA Mayor KASIM REED (D) to discuss the bombast and outrage of DONALD TRUMP, and; the possibility of HRC winning the state of GEORGIA!!!

-CCG



#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: NAOMI CAMPBELL On PAPER MAG!!!


Legendary Chocolate-Covered UK Supermodel NAOMI CAMPBELL is one of five covers for the September 2016 1000 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Issue of PAPER Magazine!!!

BLAC CHYNA, CHLOE & HALLE, FERGIE, & DJ KHALED  star on the four other covers.

-CCG

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: BLAC CHYNA On PAPER MAG!!!


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Exotic Dancer-turned RealiTV Mommy-to-Be BLAC CHYNA goes as bare as she dares, and is one of five covers for the September 2016 1000 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Issue of PAPER Magazine!!!

CHLOE & HALLE, FERGIE, NAOMI CAMPBELL, & DJ KHALED  star on the four other covers.
-CCG

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Monday, August 29, 2016

JOSH NORMAN On ESPN MAG!!!




WASHINGTON REDSKINS Cornerback #24 JOSH NORMAN says, "I'm the BEST CORNERBACK On EARTH," as he covers the 2016 NFL PREVIEW ISSUE of ESPN The MAGAZINE!!!

-CCG

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - WHITE CARPET @ 2016 MTV VMA!!!

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Earlier tonight, #BLACKGIRLMAGIC cast its spell over the City of GOTHAM as the 2016 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (VMA) went down at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN in NYC!!!

Watch #BLACKGIRLSROCK as some of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Gorgeous Gems carry their Candy Cakes down the catwalk for the 2016 MTV VMA WHITE CARPET.

-CCG


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

MILWAUKEE RIOTS & POC ONLY On LARRY WILMORE!!!




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

-CCG







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

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

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

ARIANA GRANDE and DRAKE both follow with five.

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

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

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




MONTELL JORDAN On JAMES CORDEN!!!

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

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

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

-CCG


SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU: OFFICIAL TRAILER!!!

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

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

Press PLAY and ENJOY!!!

-CCG





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

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

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

-CCG


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

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

Here are some interview interludes:

On becoming involved with SOUTHSIDE With YOU:

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

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




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

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

The MUNCH FACTORY

6325 ELYSIAN FIELDS AVENUE
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70122
504.324.5372

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

L said that she was most satisfied with her wings

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

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

-CCG







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