Exclusive Scandal Sneak Peek Returns with 8 Episodes

GET READY! There’s another 8 new episodes of Scandal. the show returns tonight on February 27, 2014. When we last left the ABC prime-time soap, Quinn was changing sides, the vice president had murdered her husband, and Olivia Pope was trying to process the knowledge that her mother was an international terrorist.

In this exclusive clip from Thursday night’s midseason premiere, all those story lines take a back seat to the continuing plot thread of Fitz’s re-election campaign. Mellie wants Olivia back on the team, and she’s contrived a friendly photo op to get what she wants.

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The White House deals with a bombshell announcement from Sally Langston. Meanwhile, Olivia find herself in a challenging new role, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Nicole Wilder) KATE BURTON, PAUL ADELSTEIN (ABC Photo/ Nicole Wilder)

 

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Marlon Wayans Visits Atlanta in Style

Marlon Wayans poses at ATL Press ReceptionVarious celebrities and hair brands descended upon Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual Mid-Winter Bronner Bros. Hair Show. Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, R&B singer Bobby ValentinoSo So Def’s Dondria and singer/”R&B Divas Atlanta” star Latavia Roberson all stopped by the Strength of Nature booth to get a glimpse of their newest product, the Beautiful Textures Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System.

In town promoting his upcoming horror spoof A Haunted House 2Marlon spent the day at the Bronner Hair Show yesterday participating in an autograph-signing, doing interviews at the UPSCALE booth and touring the exhibit hall floor. The writer/producer ended his day at Twelve Atlantic Station at a press reception where over 80 journalists grilled the funnyman on the Oscars, his family legacy and what viewers can expect from A Haunted House 2 (in theaters April 18).

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Marlon Wayans ended his Atlanta press tour yesterday with a visit to Clark-Atlanta University.  The A Haunted House 2 star attended a Meet & Greet and autograph-signing that drew a crowd of over 400 students. The event was hosted by student Ta’Kaiya Jackson, who gave away screening tickets, screened the movie trailer, and led the audience in a Wayans trivia game.

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Upon his arrival, the students went into a social media frenzy. Marlon opened his remarks by letting the students know how honored he was to be in the room, and followed up with a joke about being denied acceptance into the university.  Student comedian Terrance White surprised Marlon with a brief stand-up routine, which was followed by an hour of autographs. Before leaving campus, Marlon conducted interviews with campus media outlets WSTU, WCLK, CAU-TV and the CAU Panther.

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Man live Tweets his Burglary and Gets Arrested(SMH)

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In our Stupid Criminals Gone Wild Moment of the year:….

This foolish man, who like many on social media very desperate for attention aka thirsty for attention, actually was stupid enough to tweet a home break-in, in which he stole an Xbox. It did not turn out good and found himself under arrest.

DAR! REALLY? YOU THINK?? 

Check out the tweets as the man, who goes under the name White N—-, outlines his robbery and subsequent arrest. SMH!

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Angela Stanton asks for Judgement against Phadera Parks

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Its seems that Phadera Parks has become an unwilling victim of her recent publicity success of her husband . The attorney for for author Angela Stanton, has asked a  has asked a Gwinnett County judge to rule in favor of his client in the matter of Phaedra C. Parks vs. Angela Stanton. Radford cites the fact that Parks, an attorney herself, has refused to sit for a deposition to show evidence that Stanton defamed the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member in her book, Lies of a Real Housewife.

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Radford is also asking the court to order Parks to pay Stanton’s attorney’s fees..

From JamesRadford.com:

I have received numerous inquiries about this motion today. Rather than comment on it, I am publishing it here. I’d prefer to let the pleading speak for itself. In sum, we are seeking summary judgment in favor of Angela Stanton, against Phaedra Parks, on defamation claims asserted by Ms. Parks. All the evidence that has been developed in this case points to the truth of Ms. Stanton’s book, Lies of Real Housewife, and Ms. Parks has failed to put on any evidence to support her claims. Ms. Parks has not sat for her own deposition. We are also seeking sanctions in the form of attorneys fees due to what we believe to be frivolous litigation.

 

Pastor Sentenced to 10 years for Spreading HIV

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The Pastor that caused the buzz about the his relationships with two women, while being HIV positive. He was recently sentenced to ten years for his behavior. Pastor Craig Davis was sentenced on Feb. 21

During his trial, Pastor Davis was accused by several different women of exposing them to HIV. Davis denied the allegations and claimed that his crack use was the reason why his HIV test returned with a positive result.

Davis was eventually convicted of having reckless unprotected sex without informing his partners of his status. Shortly before being sentenced, Davis finally admitted to having unprotected sex with the women and asked the court for mercy.

In addition to his ten year sentence, he will be on probation for an additional ten years. Before Davis was sentenced, one of his victims spoke out and said she will have to live with a life sentence of being HIV-positive. – Rolling Out

written by  A.R. Shaw

Alvin Ailey Celebrates Diversity

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The 2014 Alvin Ailey Tour kicked off on February 4, 2014 in Washington D.C., and is currently live on stage throughout the South East region.  In a recent showcase in Atlanta, Georgia, The dance company amazed the audience with new and innovative dances, choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Battle, “who understands the limits of a company’s past, even if that past is still popular beyond belief” (Time Out Chicago),  he is pushing boundaries by presenting new works from leading international choreographers in addition to Company favorites such as “Revelations”.

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The new dance numbers celebrated the life of Mr. Alvin Ailey, with a musical soundtrack to Jazz artist Duke Ellington. This year’s dance ensemble included dancers from various backgrounds and races. The diversity of the dance company, has offered audiences a unique look to various dance forms, shapes, and styles brought to life on stage. It is a great eye popping, and insightful experience for all ages. This year tour celebrates diversity in dance, music, and culture.

During a matinee Q&A segment, the dancers shared inspirational comments and feedback to aspiring young dancers.  The rich history of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company has played a major role in the dancers’ decision in joining the world renowned company. One dancer shared that she would work in the theater in New York as an attendant, to get more familiar with the dance company. This allowed her to study the company’s style , and prepared her for audition, which worked perfectly.

The 2014  Alvin Ailey Dance Company North American Tour is one of the greatest dance experiences that one can view. The diversity of the show, the smooth moves, and the signature choreography is worth it.  You can see the following remaining dates of the 2014 Dance Tour below (It’s a must see!)

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Remaining Tour Dates 

February 24
West Palm Beach, FL
Kravis Center
Programming & TicketsFebruary 25
Jacksonville, FL
Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Programming & TicketsFebruary 28-March 9
Chicago, IL
Auditorium Theater
Programming & Tickets

March 11
Danville, KY
Norton Center, Centre College

Programming & Tickets

March 12
Bloomington, IN
Indiana University Auditorium

March 14-15
Houston, TX
Jones Hall, Houston Society for the Performing Arts

March 18
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Civic Center
March 19
Cedar Rapids, IA
Paramount Theater
March 22-23
Las Vegas, NV
Smith Center

March 27-30
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center
Programming & Tickets

April 1-6
Berkeley, CA
Zellerbach Hall / University of California, Berkeley
April 8-9    
Victoria, BC
Royal Theatre
Programming & TicketsApril 11-13
Seattle, WA
Paramount Theater
Programming & TicketsApril 22-23
Chapel Hill, NC
Memorial Hall / University of North Carolina
Programming & TicketsApril 25-26
St. Louis, MO
Fox Theater
Programming & TicketsApril 27    
Springfield, IL
Sangamon Auditorium
Programming & TicketsApril 29
Utica, NY
Stanley Theater, Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute
Programming & TicketsMay 1-4
Boston, MA
Wang Theater / Citi Performing Arts Center
Programming & TicketsMay 10-11
Newark, NJ
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
June 11-22
New York, NY
Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater
Tickets on-sale April 9th 

 

NAACP Awards Highlights and Winners

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Scandal star Kerry Washington was glowing at the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22 in Pasadena, California. The red carpet included a Whos Who of  Black Star Power. 12 Years a Slave took top honors at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, where Kevin Hart was named entertainer of the year.

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Lupita Nyong’o took home the first honor of the telecast for her work in 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen won top directing honors and John Ridley took home writing honors for the slavery drama. Nyong’o praised Oprah Winfrey, whom she beat out for the supporting actress award, calling it “a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy.”

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Angela Bassett took outstanding motion picture actress for Black Nativity, and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for Lee Daniels’ The Butler

On the television side, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC’sScandal, which also took outstanding drama series. BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood won outstanding comedy series, with the show’s Kevin Hart winning acting honors.

Winfrey delivered a heartfelt tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela midway through the ceremony.

Source Hollywood Reporter 

The Winners are listed below…

Kevin D. Johnson (Johnson Media Inc.)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers” – Frank X Walker (University of Georgia Press) (WINNER)
“Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” – Nikki Giovanni (HarperCollins, William Morrow)
“Hum” – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
“The Cineaste: Poems” – A. Van Jordan (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
“The Collected Poems of Ai” – Ai (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Nelson Mandela” – Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine TegenBooks) (WINNER)
“I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!” – Betty K. Bynum (Author), Claire Armstrong-Parod (Illustrator) (Dream Title Publishing)
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me” – Daniel Beaty (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!” – Jonah Winter (Author), Terry Widener (Illustrator) (RH Childrens Books; Schwartz & Wade)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers” – Tanya Lee
Stone (Candlewick Press) (WINNER)

“God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens” – Romal Tune (Judson Press)
“Invasion” – Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)
“Raising the Bar” – Gabrielle Douglas (Zondervan)
“Serafina’s Promise: A Novel In Verse” – Ann E. Burg (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)

DOCUMENTARIES

Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical)

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate) (WINNER)
“20 Feet from Stardom” (Tremolo & Gil Friesen Productions)
“Call Me Kuchu” (Lindy Hop Pictures LLC)
“Girl Rising” (The Documentary Group)
“The New Black” (Promised Land Film)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

“Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic ” (Showtime) (WINNER)
“Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream” (HBO)
“Dark Girls” (OWN)
“Venus Vs.” (ESPN)
“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” (HBO)

 

Bieber Move to Atlanta’s Buckhead Sparks Protest

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Justin Bieber has been rumored to be returning back to Atlanta, permanently..  However, a  new “Protest Justin Bieber Moving to Buckhead” Facebook page has been started by the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition.

Justin Bieber has been getting extra attention from the police while renting out an Atlanta mansion resembling a spaceship.

The 19-year-old Canadian pop star recently started renting the futuristic-looking four-bedroom, 5,500-square-feet house owned by Atlanta producer Dallas Austin.

Extra officers from the Sandy Springs Police Department that patrols the area where Bieber is living have been driving past the home multiple times to prevent loitering and trespassing.

“As a community here in Buckhead, we have worked hard to achieve our goals and get to where we are,” its mission statement says. “- Coalition statement

Justin Bieber’s relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community. Some can’t even let their children play in the driveway without fear; he has raced vehicles under the influence before. What’s to say he won’t do it again?

As a homeowner down the street from this residence, one can assume many people will be contacting real estate agents soon enough. Please do not allow a child to ruin what we have worked so hard to obtain. Thanks for the support!”

MADD FACTOR: Is the Buckhead collation acting like snubs? 

 

Female Juror#8 in the Michael Dunn Speaks Out

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It seems that the verdict of the recent Michael Dunn trial didn’t sit well for some of the jurors. One of the 2 black female jurors on the Michael Dunn jury has spoken out on whether racism was a factor in the jury deliberations.

Dunn, 47, was convicted on 4 of 5 counts against him in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis following an argument over loud rap music.

Juror #8 said race was not a factor in convicting Dunn on 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted murder and 1 count of throwing a missile.

 “I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy.’ Because that was – that wasn’t the case,” juror number 8, aged 21, told CNN reporter Alina Machado.

“So, for people who say, you know, here’s another white guy who got away with shooting and killing a black kid, what would you tell them?” Machado asked.

“I would tell them that they really should knowledge themselves on the law,” Miles replied.

“If this case wasn’t about race for you, what was it about?” the CNN reporter followed up.

“It was about justice,” juror number 8 responded.

Dunn faces a minimum of 60 years in prison when he is sentenced in late March.

MADD FACTOR: HOW DID THIS WOMAN(?) GET ON JURY??

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Is Florida”Stand Your Ground Law” Fair?… and Is it Working?

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Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin murdered in Florida

Over the past two years, Florida has been in the spot light for it’s shocking verdicts on “Stand Your Ground Law”. Many states have implemented this law, however Florida is the stand out state for its apparent unfair rulings, and jury verdicts on  judicial decisions

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Michael Dunn convicted for 3 counts of attempted murder

The Michael Dunn verdict on Saturday – where the white, 47-year-old software engineer was found guilty on attempted murder charges, but not on a first-degree murder charge for killing a 17-year-old black youth, Jordan Davis of Atlanta – has once again put the issue of armed self-defense firmly in society’s crosshairs.

The hung jury on the main murder charge came seven months after George Zimmerman, a half-Caucasian, half-Hispanic neighborhood watch captain was found not guilty in a murder trial for killing Trayvon Martin, another black 17-year-old who, like, Jordan Davis, was not armed. Social media was outraged with the recent verdict, as a second African american male was not given justice. A recent interview on CNN Anchor Don Lemon with Holly Hughes  shed some light on the comparison in the law…

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In both the Dunn and Zimmerman trial, their  defense lawyers did not invoke Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in their criminal trials, but his “justifiable use” of deadly force, as defined by state courts,  which likely played a role in the jurors’ decision not to convict on the specific murder charges presented by the prosecution.

This same defense has been utilized in African Americans, which often result in a 25 year sentence. A former U.S. airman is currently sitting in a Florida prison for what his supporters argue was a simple act of self-defense.

In the spring of 2010, 26-year-old Michael Giles was on active duty with the Unites States Air Force and stationed in Tampa. The married father of three had recently finished two tours in the Middle East and was looking forward to a career in the military, says his family. One night in February, a friend invited Giles to party at a Tallahassee nightclub. Shorty after arriving, a fight broke out among members of fraternities from nearby Florida A&M University.

According to court documents, an argument quickly escalated into a brawl involving 30 to 40 young men.

Giles reportedly was not involved in the melee but, separated from his friends, went outside to the car where he had a gun, for which he had a concealed carry permit. Giles put the weapon in his pants pocket and searched the crowd for his friends. Suddenly, he says, someone from the crowd punched him. Knocked to the ground and in fear for his life, Giles says he pulled out the gun and fired one shot into the leg of his alleged attacker.

Three men were injured, wounded by bullet fragments. Giles was immediately arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder.

IS THE LAW WORKING? 

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Florida Rep.Matt Gaez – Republican

Raw story reported:Republican Florida state Rep. Matt Gaetz told CNN on Monday that his state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law was working for African-Americans even though he thought it had been wrongly used to find Michael Dunn not guilty of murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

“I don’t think anyone is going to nominate George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn for person of the year,” Gaetz explained to CNN host Carol Costello. “But I think, overall, the Stand Your Ground law has worked for the state of Florida. If you look at the five years preceding Stand Your Ground’s passage, the murder rate was on the rise Florida every year. Since we passed Stand Your Ground, the murder rate had declined every year.”-

Are there other states that have the “Stand the Ground Law”? 

The Huffington Post recently reported about the growing number of states which have implemented the “Stand Your Ground Law”. The law is growing as violence, and home invasion have increased over the past decade.

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Jason Derulo is in love with Jordin Sparks

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Valentines Day was taken to another level by  2 celebrities who went overboard in expressing their Love for their women on Valentine’s Day. Kanye West  lavished his baby mama, Kim Kardashian, with 1,000 roses for Valentine’s Day.

However, pop singer Jason Derulo  is in real love with Jordin sparks, and adversely put Kanye to shame by ordering 10,000 roses for his fiancée, singer Jordin Sparks.

Sparks, a former American Idol winner, received the truckloads of roses at herThat suite at Hollywood’s Redbury Hotel on Friday.

“I only wish I could have fit 10,000 more in here. Valentine’s everyday!,”Jason Tweeted.

That’s a major out shine for Kanye west! Jason Derulo is clearly not holding back from his love and devotion towards his fiancee.

 

Sports Illustrated 50th Issue features a Caribbean Native (USVI)

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This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has featured diversity in this 50th annual issue. Hannah Davis from the USVI, is one of the four models, featured in the popular magazine. Davis grew up in Saint Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She stated that the best part of growing up there was “the friendly people, great weather and waking up to the sound of the waves on the beach.

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The models Ariel Meredith, Hannah Davis, Jessica Gomes and Chrissy Teigen, also celebrates Sport Illustrated’s 50th swimsuit issue.

At 14 years old, Davis was discovered by family friend and model scout Ginny Edwards Maxwell, of Ginny Edwards Development, who signed her toIMG Models in New York and is still her mother agent.

Recently, she was linked to womanizer, and soon to be retired baseball player Derek Jeter, who reportedly has dumped model Hannah Davis, according to the New York Post.  Jeter is 39 and Davis, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, is 23, and have a blossoming career.

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THE COVER

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There are three models on this year’s Anniversary cover instead of just a single bikini clad model. The 2014 Annual Swimsuit issue features former SI swimsuit models Chrissy Teigen (John Legend wife) and Nina Agdal, and newcomer Lily Aldridge — all wearing just their bikini bottoms. The ladies were announced on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night. This issue also featured an African American model, Ariel Meredith .

The models did a promotion for air New Zealand, who is know for its creative safety videos. Air New Zealand is known for its quirky safety videos. In October it released one called “Safety Old School Style” with Betty White. Another featured a plane full of hobbits and other creatures from Middle Earth. The models were tastefuly featured throughout the video. Below is the video..

 

 

Jamaica Male Sex Workers Speak Out in Documentary (Video)

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Jamaica is known throughout the world for it’s intolerance towards the LGBT community.  A recently released documentary has provided a platform for numerous homosexual sex workers in Jamaica to speak about their lifestyle. In 2013, Dwayne Jones a gay teen, was brutally murdered by an angry mob, after he attended a party dressed as a woman, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

FOR SOME strange reason we have concluded that retaining the buggery law can prevent people from being born homosexual. On top of that, we want nothing to do with homosexuality but talk about it, usually expressing disparage, at every waking moment in songs, political speeches, and sermons.-Jaevion Nelson- Jamaica Gleaner

Nelson also shared in Jamaica, your (gay or lesbian) sexual orientation is an axis on which grave discrimination and even violence occurs but the common place homophobia is often denied. There are many prominent homosexuals in key positions in Jamaica. The contributions of the LGBT community on Jamaica is over looked, and may set Jamaica back by decades.

“We must commit to rebuild this great nation on the principle of understanding ourselves and fellow men and women. Each of us should invest in promoting equality … Gay or straight, Christian or non-Christian, JLP or PNP, let us use our talents and resources for the betterment of our country.”-JFLAG

The apathy towards homosexual people in Jamaica, is often the blunt of many jokes, and serious discussions with international media. This discussion about Jamaican’s  behavior has been in the spotlight including the BBC and Oprah Winfrey show.

In the recent documentary, the many  homosexuals they highlight why they made some of their life choices and share frightening experiences they have had in the past.

It is a taboo to be gay and living in Jamaica. Gay persons in particular  face legal and social issues not experienced by heterosexuals.

Sexual acts between men are punishable with up to ten years imprisonment.

 

MADD FACTOR: The following information are laws on homosexual conduct in Jamaica;

he Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) provides as follows:

Section 76. Unnatural crime. Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery … shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.

Section 77. Attempt. Whosoever shall attempt to commit the said abominable crime, or shall be guilty of any assault with intent to commit the same, or of any indecent assault upon any male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof, shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.

Section 79. Outrages on decency. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.

 

Oscar Nominees Night Hosted by Bing and Hollywood Reporter

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The 2014 Award Season is in full swing in Hollywood. On Monday night Bing partnered with The Hollywood Reporter to celebrate this year’s Oscar nominees at their annual Nominees Night event held at Spago in LA.

Leonardo DiCaprio and David O. Russell attend The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night at Spago in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages)
Leonardo DiCaprio and David O. Russell attend The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night at Spago in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages)

Guests at this special night included Leonardo DiCaprioLupita N’yongo, Jared Leto, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Steve CooganBarkhad AbdiCloris LeachmanHarvey WeinsteinPiers MorganRoss MatthewsEllen Page andSpike Jonze along with a performance from Cee-Lo Green. 

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The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night at Spago in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

 The Oscar Nominees Have Spoken- Wolf Of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cate Blanchett were the front runners amongst the talent walking the red carpet to win Best Movie, Best Actor, and Best Actress respectively.

  • Life Imitating Art? – Philomena Lee whose life was made into the Oscar nominated Philomena, showed her support for the movie by choosing Philomena as Best Movie and Judi Dench as Best Actress.
  • Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke arrived together with Ethan’s daughter Maya. When Julie went to choose the winner for Best Actor she was stumped saying  “everybody was too good this year!”
  • Jared Leto came in support of his movie Dallas Buyers Club wearing a cowboy hat which he took off like a true gentleman when he went inside. When it came time to choose who he thought would win Best Movie, he supported his film.
  • Director David O. Russell showed overwhelming support of his film as he stayed at the voting booth for a few minutes and kept picking American HustleAmy Adams, and Christian Bale making sure every vote was counted.
 Credit Sunshine Sachs|Hollywood Reporter|Bing

Rihanna was Bankrupt Due to Accountant

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Rihanna says her accountant made so many boneheaded decisions that he blew her fortune and she was “effectively bankrupt” by the end of 2009.

The singer claims in new legal docs she had $11 MILLION in cash at the beginning of 2009.  Rihanna says the accountant was not on the ball and she was horrified to learn at the end of the year she had $2 million left. To make matters worse, her expenses doubled, which left her on a financial cliff.

As for how Rihanna blew through $9 million in one year … she says her accountant gave her the green light to buy a house priced between $7 and 7 1/2 million. So she took his advice. She ultimately sold the house for a $2 million LOSS.

She also claims her 2009 tour — Last Girl on Earth Tour — was losing money but the accountant never gave her the heads up.

The legal docs were filed in connection with a lawsuit Rihanna filed against her accountant, claiming gross mismanagement.

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Selena Gomez talks about Rehab

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Justin Bieber ex girl friend Selena Gomez has finally broken her silence following a shocking revelation that she had completed a two-week rehab program earlier this year.

Latina Magazine reports: The 21-year-old addressed the revelation for the first time on her Instagram, posting a picture holding a red drink, smiling, and enjoying herself on a boat ride in pristine blue waters.

“I’ve done everything I could to the best of my ability,” she wrote. “Thank you for the unconditional love and cyber hugs. You inspire me.”

The actress and singer was admitted to Arizona’s Dawn of the Meadows on Jan. 5. According to E! Online, the singer then flew to Utah to promote her flick Rudderless at Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20.

Gomez’s longtime best friend Demi Lovato, 21, has also battled substance abuse and eating disorders in the past. The singer spoke out in support of her bestie during a recent E! News interview. “I’ve known her for 14 years, and we’ve been best friends. That’s all of her business, and I just want to let her do her thing. And yeah, she’s amazing. I love her.”

We’re glad to see Selena looking so healthy! Stay strong, chica!

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About Last Night Out Valentines Day

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Will Packer Producer of the “About Last Night”, while at an advanced screening in Atlanta, discuss that the original  movie script was not targeted to  an African American cast. This is the biggest spin on the 1986 film, opening on February 14, 2014.

Kevin Hart star of the latest block buster Ride Along, says that the racial switch “Changes Nothing”. The movie sure does not disappoint, no matter your race or creed, the movie’s  universal message of love is conveyed throughout the film.

“We’re still telling a universal story about the ups and downs of dating,” Hart says — though the 21st century version updates romance to include modern staples like sexting, hookup apps and friends with benefits.- Kevin Hart

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Michael Ealy as Danny and Joy Bryant as Debbie (the roles originally played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) in the remake of “About Last Night.”

Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant are a dynamic duo on camera, anyone can easily connect with the couple, hard working guy, and a professional woman seeking the same thing. Love! The movie is not only romantic but also very funny. This is a date night, me time, make you want to relax type film. This can be a second blockbuster for Kevin Hart and Producer Will Packer in less than a month!  This is an adult film with some funny, but PG needed throughout, it’s great for the love of your life.

MADD FACTOR: This is a must see film, which is far from the regular mundane Hollywood film.  The tradition casting for this would have been missed  or over looked by an entire generation, which is now diverse, especially with their relationships. It’s a great remake, and just a great fun!  

 

 

Black History: Rosa Parks is 101 Years Old

Rosa Park turns 101
Rosa Park turns 101

ROSA PARKS: ANGRY, NOT TIRED; SHE’D BE 101 TODAY

 Jam Rock Magazine reports: The way we learn history shapes how we think about the present and the future. Consider what most Americans know about Rosa Parks, who was born 101 years ago, on February 4, 1913.

In the popular legend, Parks is portrayed as a tired middle-aged seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, who, at the spur of the moment after a hard day at work, decided to resist the city’s segregation law by refusing to move to the back of the bus on December 1, 1955. She is typically revered as a selfless individual who, with one spontaneous act of courage, triggered the bus boycott and became, as she is often called, “the mother of the civil rights movement.”

That popular legend is misleading. Parks’ defiance of Montgomery’s segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow. She was a veteran activist and part of a local movement whose leaders had been waiting for the right moment to launch a campaign against bus segregation.

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President Obama sits on the bus of Rosa Park

In hindsight, it may appear that the boycott’s success was inevitable. In fact, its effectiveness was the result of the Montgomery leaders’ decisions about tactics and strategies and their capacity to mobilize thousands of ordinary people in a complex, year-long grassroots challenge to the city’s political and economic establishment.

Parks’ fierce determination to challenge racism was part of her upbringing. She recalled, “I had almost a life history of being rebellious against being mistreated because of my color.” Discussing her grandfather, Sylvester Edwards, she wrote, “I remember that sometimes he would call white men by their first names, or their whole names, and not say, ‘Mister.’ How he survived doing all those kinds of things, and being so outspoken, talking that big talk, I don’t know, unless it was because he was so white and so close to being one of them.”

In the 1930s, she and her husband, Raymond Parks, a barber, raised money for the defense of the Scottsboro Boys, nine young, black men falsely accused of raping two white women. Involvement in this controversial cause was extremely dangerous for southern blacks. In 1943, Parks became one of the first women to join the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In the 1940s and 1950s, the NAACP was considered a radical organization by most southern whites, especially politicians and police officials. Joining the NAACP put its members at risk of losing jobs and being subject to vigilante violence.

In 1943, Parks made her first attempt to register to vote. Twice she was told she didn’t pass the literacy test, which was a Jim Crow invention to keep blacks from voting. In 1945, she passed the test and became one of the few blacks able to exercise the “right” to vote. She served for many years as the NAACP chapter secretary and director of its youth group. As NAACP youth director, Parks helped black teenagers organize protests at the city’s segregated main public library because the library for blacks had fewer (and more outdated) books, but blacks were not allowed to study at the main branch or browse through its stacks.

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Apollo Nida Denies Allegations But Sources Say Different

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The Drama unfolds .. A defiant Apollo Nida has been spotted around town still balling out of control.  A source at a popular down south eatery, shared with me that Apollo Nida has not only been in contact with the woman that have been accusing him of fraud, but have met with her multiple times in the past, although he denies even knowing her.

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The shocker is that Apollo Nida is a Baller indeed, with a private condo in Midtown Atlanta, far from his home with Phadera Parks and two kids. The Juice gets Sweeter….

It seems that Apollo states that the whole investigation and story, is just to boost ratings for the Bravo show Real Housewives of Atlanta. Another major rumor of additional RHOA cast members are also involved in the elaborate scam .  

 

Santana Moss Shares NiteCap with Peter Bailey

Santana Moss talks RGIII

Santana Moss talks RGIII

Peter Bailey shares a NiteCap with Redskins star wide receiver at his annual Dare 2 Dream weekend where the veteran wide out discussed the pressures facing RGIII, Super Bowl champion.

Santana Moss  recently sat down with journalist Peter Bailey to discuss RGIII and black quarter backs.  Nite Cap with Peter Bailey is described by the show’s site as a “hub for insight into what truly matters in our society by offering soulful and introspective reportage that redefines who we are by humanizing today’s stories and news makers.” Much of the conversation was about the future of black youth athletes, but the host did ask Moss why Robert Griffin III was under so much pressure this past season.

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