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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Sunday, September 13, 2015

R.I.P NBA legend Moses Malone dies at age 60

Moses Malone died in his sleep early this morning in Norfolk, VA. He was 60.
Malone was among the first players to go from high school straight to the pros. He was drafted by the Utah Stars and signed a seven-year, $3 million contract (with most of the money being deferred) in 1974. However, Malone would only play in the ABA for two years before the 1976 NBA-ABA merger.
At the time of the merger, Malone’s rights were held by the New Orleans Jazz, who gave them up in exchange for their 1977 first round pick. (This is criminal in retrospect. Jazz at the time were trying to surround Pete Maravich with more talent, and 1976-77 was the Pistol’s best season—he averaged 31.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists—before his rapid descent into injury the following year under a heavy workload.) Without his rights tied up by an NBA team, Malone entered the special draft for ABA players, where he was taken by Portland. But the Blazers had also acquired Maurice Lucas, and traded Malone to the Buffalo Braves for a first round pick. The team had a young Bob McAdoo and a 20-year-old Adrian Dantley, but instead of letting that core grow with Moses, the Braves (AKA, the Clippers) traded him after two games for two future firsts. At the end of his gauntlet with the cursed and the stupid, Malone wound up in Houston.
Within three seasons, in 1979, Malone won his first MVP. Two years later, he carried the Rockets to the 1981 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Celtics. The following year, he won another MVP before being traded to Philadelphia. That first season, his Fo Fo Fo Sixers won the title, dropping just one game in the postseason. Imagine this happening today. A sitting MVP, one year removed from a Finals appearance, is traded in his prime, wins another MVP, and thenguarantees his new team will go undefeated to the ‘chip. It’s unthinkable. Fo Fo Fo is the greatest NBA prediction.
Moses also tackled the shit out of Larry Bird in Bird’s famous “fight” with Dr. J:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan had dinner with Eminem in his Detroit hotel room

The meeting was shrouded in mystery, but it happened. Minister Louis Farrakhan and Eminem finally met over dinner in Detroit last night.
The affair yielded no real details, but Hasaun Muhammad of the Nation of Islam commented on his Instagram.
All pictures have a story attached to it. This picture is over ten years in the making. So much happens behind the scenes that I don’t post or talk about, but this one I absolutely had to. Truly epic that the two of them had dinner last night in Detroit. See you in D.C. 10.10.15 #Unity @LouisFarrakhan @Eminem #PaulRosenberg
On the official #JusticeOrElse Twitter, the commentary said, “#Farrakhan dialogued with Hip Hop artist Marshall Mathers aka @Eminem at his dinner table on #JusticeOrElse.”
Little more is known.
What is known is that the Minister has met with a who’s who of Hip-Hop this year for all to convene on Washington D.C. for the 20th year anniversary of the Million Man March, deemed Justice Or Else....

Thursday, September 3, 2015



These '100 Black Men' Are Changing Their Community For The Better

100 Black Men of New Jersey is a group of black male volunteers dedicated to "improving the quality of life" of black members of their local community through a variety of services.
The organization is a chapter of 100 Black Men of America, a national organization with 120 chapters and more than 10,000 members. The group is dedicated to promoting mentorship, education, health and economic opportunities within the black community.
This September, the N.J. group will team up with the New Jersey Chapter of Links, a non-profit committed to improving the health of black communities, to sponsor a community Walk-a-Thon in conjunction with the state's recognition of September as Minority and Multicultural Health Month.


James Bond' Author Apologizes For Idris Elba 'Too Street' Comment

 James Bond author Anthony Horowitz recently spoke with The Daily Mail to promote his latest novel for the series, “Trigger Mortis.” As part of the discussion, Horowitz shared his thoughts about whether Idris Elba would make a good Bond -- a topic of much discussion of late.  

“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he told the paper, before naming British actor Adrian Lester as his selection. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
The author's comments didn't sit too well with the public. Many fans shared their disagreement with Horowitz on social media, leaving some to deem his commentary as racist. On Tuesday, Horowitz issued the following apology via his Twitter account:


Roland Martin: Bill O’Reilly Should 'Shut The Hell Up' About #BlackLivesMatter

  Fox News has been branding the Black Lives Matter movement as a "hate group" and a "murder movement" -- and TV One's Roland Martin isn't having it.


The host lashed out at Bill O'Reilly, who on Monday called the Black Lives Matter movement a hate group and promised to put them "out of business."
"I don’t recall you, Bill O’Reilly, ever saying that you’re going to take out police brutality … but all of a sudden you want to take out the Black Lives Matter movement because you don’t like the fact that they’re out there protesting,” Martin said Wednesday on TV One.
He went on to say he'd be happy to debate O'Reilly or Fox News host Megyn Kelly on their respective shows, and concluded that O'Reilly should "shut the hell up!"


The One Thing Patti LaBelle Refuses To Do On 'Empire'

 Patti LaBelle’s guest appearance on the season one finale of “Empire” wasn't a one-time hit. Fans will be happy to know that the music icon is returning to the show and will be featured in its upcoming season!

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, LaBelle recalled a conversation she had with co-creator, Lee Daniels, who wants the legendary singer to try something “daring” on camera for her season two appearance.
“We talked about it about three months ago. He said ‘LaLa,’ -- he calls me ‘LaLa’ -- ‘would you take your wig off?’ I said, ‘Hell no,’" LaBelle explained, laughing. “So he’s trying to do something daring with me, but I ain’t going out like that. I love you Lee, but no, no. Viola Davis did it well on ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ but not Ms. Patti. I can’t do it.”






Russell Simmons Gets BET Rap Awards Date Moved In Honor Of Million Man March

For many who may not have known is that the BET RAP AWARDS was scheduled for October 10th 2015, but word got out to those people at Viacom that this is not going to work since it was the 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILLION MAN MARCH which is scheduled for October 10th 2015.