Friday, January 1, 2016

Natalie Cole, American Singer, Songwriter, Dies at 65

Natalie Cole, the American singer who overcame battles with substance abuse and the long shadow of her famous father to earn worldwide success of her own, has died. She was 65.
Cole died Thursday night at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles "due to complications from ongoing health issues," according to a statement from her family.
"It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister's passing. Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived ... with dignity, strength and honor," her sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole, and son, Robert Yancy, said in the statement. "Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever."
The daughter of Nat "King" Cole built a chart-topping career with hits such as "This Will Be", "Inseparable" and "Our Love." She fought health problems for years and received a kidney transplant in 2009 after developing hepatitis.
Cole recently had to cancel planned tour stops, including one in Louisville and one in New York due to illness, according to multiple reports.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

R.I.P Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies of cancer at age 60

Flip Saunders, who tallied more than 1,000 victories over a 35-year coaching career that included successful stops with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons, died Sunday of cancer at age 60.
He also coached the Washington Wizards during a career that spanned 17 seasons as an NBA head coach and included 654 victories.
Saunders announced in August that he was being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Doctors considered it "very treatable and curable," and Saunders at the time said he planned to remain the Timberwolves' head coach and president of basketball operations. However, he was hospitalized following a setback in September, and it was announced Friday that Saunders would miss the entire 2015-16 season.

Saunders first became an NBA coach in 1996 with the Timberwolves and eventually led the team to eight straight playoff appearances. A standout offensive coach, Saunders specialized in coaching point guards. But perhaps the player he had the greatest impact on was a big man, a wiry kid who came straight from high school in 1995 named Kevin Garnett. Under Saunders' tutelage, Garnett developed into one of the best players in the NBA and eventually an MVP.
After being fired by Minnesota in 2005, Saunders was hired by the Pistons the next season and took Detroit to the conference finals for all three seasons he was on the sideline.
Saunders, after a three-year stint with the Wizards, returned to the Wolves in 2013 after eight years away as team president and part owner. In 2014 he took over again as coach. He was in the process of a major rebuilding effort following the trade of Kevin Love that included the acquisition of Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, engineering the return of Garnett to mentor young players, the construction of a new downtown practice facility and a renovation of the Target Center.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

How the Kardashians exploit and destroy for reality ratings

 As former NBA star Lamar Odom clings to life in a Las Vegas hospital, his soon-to-be ex-wife Khloe Kardashian and her clan have done what they do best: make the story all about them.
Before the Kardashians even made it to the hospital, there was no dignity here. Odom was found on Tuesday unconscious and face down in a Nevada brothel, choking on his own mucus, damage to his lungs from crack cocaine and track marks on his arms. He’d spent four days and $75,000 there, in a grim whorehouse that most closely resembles a Marriott.
By all accounts, Odom was extremely depressed and out of it, gorging on KFC and T-bone steaks, three at a time. He had to be transported to the nearest hospital by ambulance; he was too large to be airlifted.
Within hours of Odom’s hospitalization, Khloe, Kris and 7-months-pregnant Kim had hopped on a private plane. According to Radar Online, they had a camera crew in tow. (The 11th season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” filming now, premieres next month.) Caitlyn Jenner was en route.
By early Wednesday morning, media outlets such as TMZ, Radar, People, Us Weekly, E! (home of their reality show) and “Entertainment Tonight” suddenly had real-time updates and unobstructed views of matriarch Kris and her daughters outside the hospital, dressed in designer black dresses as if they were all widowed first ladies, straining to show distress on perfectly made-up, Botoxed faces.


This December, look who’s headed to the most explosive season of Marriage Boot Camp ever! Brace yourself for a bachelor breakdown, a dirty divorcee disaster, one bad blowout, a ticking hip hop time bomb, and the couple so controversial our legal team won’t allow us to reveal their names…yet! Get to know these four couples a little better.

 Sean and Catherine Lowe – “The Bachelor”
With their love developing on national television, it’s hard to determine whether these two are in fact a perfect match. Will boot camp bring their issues to the surface?

Benzino and Althea Heart – “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”
Their relationship may have started on Twitter, but it blossomed on their reality series. Will Jim and Elizabeth be able to tame their explosive tempers?
 Sundy Carter and Cedric – “Basketball Wives: LA”
Even though this couple has already said “I Do” once before, they are trying to make their relationship work. Are they soulmates?
 Sarah Oliver and Jimmy “Inkman” Coney – “Bad Girls Club” 
This bad girl and her well-known tattoo artist have difficulty staying faithful to one another. Can boot camp give them the confidence they need to stay committed?
 The can’t miss season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars ignites December 4th at 9/8c on WE tv.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


On Saturday, October 3, 2014 in a private location VH1’s Christina Johnson will be presenting an AMAZING ME, AMAZING LIFE overnight retreat along with powerful industry speakers to enlighten and inspire your world.

Christina has made it through her own personal storm and will show you amazing techniques and information that will help you through your storms.

“It’s my passion and calling to do this,” says Christina.  “I’m going to have a monthly calls, I’m going to teach on gratitude, authenticity as well as one-on-one.  This is my life and I’m excited.”

Reserve your space to reveal your amazing life now at  Stay tuned for our full interview with Christina only at

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bar-Kays founder Ben Cauley has died

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis has lost another music legend.
The original founder of the Bar-Kays, Ben Cauley, has died.Cauley’s daughter told WREG he died Monday. He was a trumpet player and the sole survivor of the 1967 plane crash that claimed the lives of soul singer Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays. Cauley reformed the Bar-Kays with James Alexander and the band recorded with Stax artists.In 1989, Cauley suffered a stroke, but later made a full recovery.The Cause of Cauley’s death, he was 67, has not been disclosed.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Exclusive Interview with AVA CAPRA America’s Next Top Model Eliminee – Cycle 22

The 80’s Mullet Kills Ford Model
By Belinda Trotter James

Believe it or not before top model this 5’5” beauty from Los Angeles California was a professional model.  “I was signed to Ford when I was 15 and from there I evolved and grew into modeling,” reveals Ava.  “I did print, commercials, music videos and my brother is an actor.”  Of course bells went off in my head trying to figure out how did she go from being a Ford model to appearing on ANTM only to be the 4th eliminated contestant to leave the competition? Ava explains, “I got my Tyover… the Tyra Mullet kind of weighed down on my confidence a bit.  Although I was trying to act as professional as possible I did not really feel the same.  I mean…. It’s all good.  It’s hair and it will grow back,” she laughs.

Ava’s imagination was not playing tricks on her hair.  When Ava appeared at panel Tyra wasn’t feeling the mullet at all as well.  She told Ava she looked like a housewife.  She did look like a throwback to the 80’s and not in a good way.  It should have been an updated mullet instead of a throwback never to comeback mullet.  At that point I thought Tyra would re-do the cut, but it did not happen. 

Modeling is almost like acting and when you find yourself wearing something hideous or having a horrible makeover, you need to turn yourself into a different character.  Some may say that they did not feel like themselves and they would be partially right.  The half you don’t like isn’t you.  It’s your alter-ego… playing a role just like an actor would in a film.

Thank goodness Ava did not keep the unattractive mullet once she left the competition.  “I came back home and chopped it into a pixie”, says Ava.  “My mom actually did it and I dyed it platinum.  It’s the Marilyn Monroe affect.”  You can see her new cute cut courtesy of her mom coming to the rescue on all her social media pages. 

Ava reveals that she was eliminated because her model mullet did not suit her or fit her personality.  “It was very hard to move forward after I got my hair chopped off and also there is a lot of drama in the house,” says Ava.  “It just got to the point where I just did not fit in.  I was just fed up with the drama.  I didn’t want to go home, but it was really intense.”

Throughout Ava’s high school years she was home schooled because of bullying in the earlier grades.  It’s horrible when a child cannot enjoy their childhood or get a good education and have wonderful memories because of other unhappy children who thrive on making life hell for everyone around them.  Bullying doesn’t stop in the schools; it also takes place in the workplace.  Our family and school situations prepares us for the world which contains evil, good, happy, dark and peaceful experiences.  With each experience is a lesson which contains answers on how to resolve social situations.

“It may have seemed like I lived in a bubble [being home schooled] but I did have a life,” begins Ava.   “I just didn’t have roommates and that kind of contact with my peers was just a little different for me,” explains Ava.  I guess adapting to the actual pressures of living with 13 personalities for the first time can send shock waves to the brain.  Seeing ANTM on television in the comfort of your own home each week and actually living it every day for 14 weeks is two totally different experiences.  We can scream at the television or write our comments on social media however, Ava and the gang had to stay in place 24/7.  “Yeah, it’s pretty different,” says Ava.  “From watching it to actually living it is definitely different.”

For those watching the contestants on television it is a little hard to comprehend the stress levels in the house and seeing the total breakdowns when contestants get a chance to speak to loved ones.  One would think they were captured and thrown in a hell hole prison camp.  They are young adults having a total stress meltdown because of a reality show.  Why are they so stressed????  It ends in 14 weeks.  It’s not hard core military boot camp.  This is something contestants have been dreaming of their entire young life and now that it’s here a meltdown starts to eat away at the dream.  Is it really that bad?  “Yes”, says Ava.   “It’s a lot of things going on in the house like drinking alcohol.  I did not have any connection to the outside world for two months.  It was really tough and what I realize is that it’s not like this in the real modeling world.  I learned from it and definitely learned new social skills.”

In life we sometimes wish for a do-over.  Ava reveals her do-over plan.  “I think I would’ve started focusing more on myself.  I was quick to defend people all the time and I only did that because of my background.  I was abused by my father and I also was affected by bullying so that’s why I feel like I had to defend others, but at the end of the day it is a reality TV show and if you’re not there for drama or there to hook up, then you get sent home.”  We both laughed and I said, “People don’t get sent home for that; it’s good TV but, they get sent home for not getting a good score from the judges.” 

I deliberately did not ask her any questions about her abusive father; that is the past.  We must learn to let go of the past in order to move forward.  We are beautiful spirits having a human experience.  Ava’s past will now allow her to be the brave protective soul who will defend and share her experiences and words of wisdom with those who may have a similar experience and may not be strong enough to move forward.  It is said, “What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.”

Even though Ava experienced challenges growing up she managed to get signed by one of the top modeling agencies in the world and make it on the number one modeling reality show competition in the top 14 on America’s Next Top Model. That’s a big deal!  Behind the fashion industry curtains there will be a lot of negative energy however, there will also be an overwhelming amount of positive energy.  Ava’s past made sure she will have the strength to deal with it all.  She will have to keep reminding herself that she is worthy of all good things.

In the show she did slip and say some things that would make you want to say, “Huh?”  She is only 5’5” and for a moment doubted her height against every one in the competition because they were taller.  How quickly she forgot that she was chosen by the Ford modeling agency.  “I said certain things that I honestly don’t remember,” remembers Ava.  I don’t remember half of the things that went down because it was so out of my realm.  It was months ago and I did say things I should not have said about myself.”

Many contestants who were eliminated from ANTM have gone on to do great things in their career.  Ava is well on her way with a mountain of wonderful gigs. “I have a lot of things coming up.  I have New York Fashion week gigs and being 5’ 5” that’s a huge accomplishment so I’m excited about that and I also sing.  I just released a new song and I’m working on a reality show.      So it looks like it’s endless for me.  I’m so excited for the future.”

Ava’s advice to youth trying to find themselves is to love themselves first.  We hear that so many times from many different people; it must work if so many testify to this key of life.  “You can never give up on yourself,” advises Ava.  “That’s a huge thing.   When I was in the competition there were many times when I felt like a failure and discouraged, but I’ve always learned to get back up after I fall down.  So I think that’s what it’s all about.  Learn to love yourself and find the courage to move forward.
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