Sunday, October 30, 2016
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Stealing from The Building Fund - SMDH
These stories you just can't make up, On the next episode of American Greed, Terry Wayne Millender, senior pastor of Victorious Life Church in Alexandria, Va., and his wife were indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracy. The pastor, his wife and their friend are all being accused of defrauding their congregation out of more than $1 million, Fox5DC reports.
According to the report, charges for Terry, 52, his wife Brenda Millender, 56, and Grenetta Wells, who is affiliated with the church, were unsealed Monday after Wells was arrested, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Charges stem from a company the trio operated called Micro-Enterprise Management Group (MEMG), which allegedly helped poor people in developing countries through the provision of small, short-term loans to start or build up existing businesses by working with a network of established microfinance groups, per Fox5DC. The company was a scam which they used to convince congregations to invest.
Authorities say that the trio underlined their business’ Christian mission and promised guaranteed rates of return. Some investors gave sums ranging from $40,000 to $400,000. However, instead of using the money for its intended mission, the Millenders and Wells invested in risky trading on the foreign-exchange market and funded the Millenders lavish lifestyle. When parishioners began to question when they would get their money back, the defendants blamed delays on the 2008 financial crisis, authorities say.
“It didn’t really come as a shock—it was more of a sigh of relief,” Eric Brown, a former church member told Fox5DC. According to the news station, Brown’s family was one of those who invested in the alleged fraud scheme, although they are not a part of the federal case.
“I asked him like, ‘Hey, that’s a nice car,’” Brown told the station regarding one conversation he said he had with Terry Millender. “He said, ‘Yeah, $100,000 car. If you save up your money, God’s going to bless you.’ Come to find out now, it was actually part of our money.”
Terry and Grenetta were held without bond until another hearing set for Wednesday. Brenda Millender was released after the initial hearing. Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Golden Beauties - Nichelle Nichols and Nancy Wilson two gorgeous trailblazing beauties, who have collectively amassed over 100 years in show-business. These two powerhouses had Televisions shows on in the 60's when Most African Americans, weren't allowed to do so. Back then our Black culture, were referred to as 'Negroes' or 'Colored' or worse. Imagine the testimony of these two women .... STILL STANDING, STILL RISING, STILL TRUE - TRIUMPHANTLY!!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Sunday, October 23, 2016
"When he was 20, Kravitz became aware of some of his father’s secret lives and alerted his mother. "I brought it into the light," he says. "It was quite intense and heartbreaking. But she knew about things all my life that I didn’t know about. She would tell me stories about having me in her arms – it reminds me of the scene in Goodfellas – and she’d go to another woman’s apartment and ring the bell: “Tell him he has to come down. Stuff like that." Soon afterwards, his parents split up.
'My dad was a sergeant, a Green Beret – the most hardcore, above the Marines. He was a very hard man.’ He fought in Korea, as did his younger brother, Leonard. Sy came home alive. Leonard did not. 'He got blamed for that. His parents. Just the fact that his little brother followed him to war.’ That blame hadn’t eased by the time Sy married Lenny’s mother – 'there wasn’t a white person at the wedding,’ Kravitz says. 'And I had a great relationship with my Jewish relatives, and I knew nothing of this until I got older.’BUT THEN LENNY EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HIS DAD WAS ON HIS DEATHBED
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
90 - Happy Birthday Chuck Berry thanks for providing us with magic. You ARE Rock N Roll, long before 'they' studied your every move. Innovators are special gifts, that inspire greatness in others.
Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Charles Edward Anderson Berry. He married Themetta "Toddy" Suggs on October 28, 1948. They have four children.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
True Conviction - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW??? First Amendment rights to free speech, recently was challenged, when SF star STOOD HIS GROUND!!! The 'gray' world that derives of Bigots went Ape Shit ... BUT guess what??? He’s back! 49ers Colin Kaepernick is arguably one of the most controversial players in the NFL right now due to his silent protest against social injustice and police brutality. He launched said silent protest by kneeling during the National Anthem during the pre-season (with several other NFLers and athletes joining the movement). Since the regular season, he has yet to hit the field as the starting quarterback (he did start in previous years), until now.
The activist will be suiting up for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills after the 49ers’ four game losing streak, replacing starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
This news comes on the heels of reports that Colin is re-negotiating his contract with the 49ers.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, “49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick agreed to restructure his contract last week. The change would make it easier for him to play going forward this season. The deal is not yet finalized, but it would void the final four years of his contract and get rid of any injury guarantees for the team. This would allow Kaepernick to be a free agent in 2017.”
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Fizzle, Crash and Burn - Who once appeared to be a FAST BURNER ... is mere ashes in a ashtray. I don't agree with NBC's decision, over the "Today Show" co-anchor Billy Bush who is negotiating his exit from NBC News, four days after his fortunes at the network were destroyed by the revelation of his vulgar hot-mic conversation with Donald Trump in 2005.
NBC News sources acknowledged Tuesday that talks were underway for Bush to leave the network. A source close to Bush said negotiations to settle his contract were ongoing, but not expected to be completed until later this week, given that Wednesday is the Yom Kippur holiday. The decision for Bush to leave marks a lightning-speed downfall for an anchor who was seen as being groomed for a bigger role on “Today” down the road.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Say What - Dr. Dre please leave it alone before EVERYTHING gets exposed about you. Michel'le went easy on you. With less than five days before the premiere of Michel’le’s LIFETIME biopic, her ex Dr. Dre is issuing threats to keep the movie from seeing the light of day.
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le is the TV film that will take viewers inside the life of R&B singer/former reality star Michel’le. She has always been vocal about her ex/son’s father Dr. Dre being abusive towards her in the past. And the movie will share all the grimy details. In the movie, Dre is a monster, punching Michel’le in the face and even pulling a gun out on her.
But, Dre isn’t having it. Dre’s legal team fired off a cease and desist letter to Sony demanding they pull the film. And if they decide to show it anyway, Dre is taking them to court. And we all know he will follow through on that ish.
In the letter, Dre reportedly DENIES ever abusing Michel’le when they dated 30 years ago. He said she never hinted at abuse or violent behavior from him, she never sought medical attention from the abuse and she never filed a police report. So basically, he’s saying it her word against his.
Last year, after much backlash for how Straight Outta Compton left out Dre's reported abusive behavior, he issued an apology to "all the women he hurt."
Dre’s legal team also issued a warning to Michel’le as well. But we doubt the singer is scared. She did an interview on "Wendy Williams" not too long ago and she said if Dre were to try to sue her, she would welcome it. She said depositions would have to be made (by her, him and friends) and that’s when the truth would come out.
This could get ugly. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le will premiere Saturday, October 15th at 8pm EST on LIFETIME so SET YOUR DVR's!!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
'Always and Forever' each moment with You, We're riding on the 'Grooveline Tonight, Life ain't so bad at all if you live it 'Off The Wall', Just 'Give Me The Night' the masterful mind of Rod Temperton is now writing for the Heavens. Rest In Peace.
Rodney Lynn "Rod" Temperton was born 9 October 1947. He was an English songwriter, record producer, and musician from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England. He initially made his mark as the keyboardist and main songwriter for the R&B funk/disco band Heatwave before writing several internationally known songs performed by Michael Jackson, including mega-hit "Thriller" as well as "Off the Wall", "Rock with You," and numerous others. His death from cancer was reported by his publisher on 5 October 2016. He was 66.
Temperton, died last week at the age of 66 in London following a brief aggressive battle with cancer," Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt wrote in a statement (via BBC News).
"His funeral was private," Platt added. "He was often referred to as 'The Invisible Man.' He was the sole writer of multiple successful songs such as 'Thriller,' 'Off The Wall,' 'Rock With You,' [George Benson's] 'Give Me The Night,' [Michael McDonald's] 'Sweet Freedom,' [Heatwave's] 'Always & Forever' and 'Boogie Nights' to name just a few. His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times."
Before linking up with the King of Pop, Temperton first served as keyboardist and primary songwriter for the disco-funk outfit Heatwave, including that group's smash singles "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever." After two albums as a performer with Heatwave – 1976's Too Hot to Handle and 1978's Central Heating – Temperton segued into a full-time songwriter role.
In 1979, Quincy Jones sought out Temperton as the producer began work on what would become Michael Jackson's first solo album in four years, Off the Wall. For the LP, Temperton contributed three tracks: "Off the Wall," "Rock With You" and the closer "Burn This Disco Out", which was in my opinion the ultimate BANGER!!
Three years later, Jones and Temperton would reconnect for Jackson's Thriller, with the songwriter concocting both the album title and its world-changing title track.
"Originally, when I did my demo, I called it 'Starlight,' Quincy said to me, 'Well, you came up with the title of the last album, see what you can do for this album.' I said, 'Great,'" Temperton said of "Thriller" in a BBC Radio 2 interview. "I went back to the hotel, I wrote two or three hundred titles for this song. Then I came up with the title 'Midnight,' [Jones] said that's a little bit more mystery, more where you should be heading … The next morning I woke up and I just said this word.
"Something in my head just said 'This is the title.' You could visualize it on top of the Billboard charts. You could see the merchandizing of this one word; it jumped off the page at you. So I knew I had to write it as 'Thriller,' and I wrote all the words very quickly, then went to the studio and we did it."