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Ladies and gentleman Sen. Hillary Clinton and President Obama and Michelle Obama said something during the campaign for President that now many are seeing is flat out true. Donald J. Trump is unfit to be President. The most powerful man in the world.
Since he has been President, it is drama after drama after drama when it comes to himself and his administration. It is beyond me how and why Trump became President. It is a nightmare folks. This guy is a businessman not a politician.
Trump is a man who has never held a public office in the United States. He is also a man who likes to grab ladies by the p…y!! But he is the President. This is crazy.
Trump is keeping his word. He is “Making America White Again”. Just look at his cabinet. Full of rich billionaires who are of one color. There is a reason his approval rating is at a VERY low 39%. He is doing a terrible job so far. By the way, President Obama left the White House with a WHOPPING 60% approval rating!! One of the highest ever of a President leaving office after his second term.
Here is another problem. Trump (I will never call him President) for years thought President Obama was born in Kenya. He held one of the shortest press conferences in history to say he now thinks Prez Obama was born in America. THAT IS BS!! Trump STILL believes Prez Obama was born in far away Kenya. You can take that to the bank folks.
Now for some unknown reason, Trump has accused our former President of wiretapping his phone!! Trump has done this off course in a series of early morning tweets. Trump has offered ZERO proof, ZERO evidence of Prez Obama tapping his phone!! NONE!
On one of his crazy tweets Trump said “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” He also said in another tweet “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump is calling Prez Obama…crazy!!
Readers again Trump has provided ZERO evidence of Prez Obama tapping his phone. Trump is just out of his mind!! He is now asking for a probe into the Obama Administration. Also folks this is very very important.
The crazy Trump follows right wing radio Mark Levine and radio and tv host Sean Hannity. And on their radio programs they have been saying OVER THE AIR that President Obama and his folks were tapping Trumps phone. For sure Levine has said this on his radio show. Levine and Trump as well as Hannity need a mental exam as quickly as possible. They are very sick people.
The word is Trump is very very upset with his cabinet that he has so far regarding all the stories about Russia and their involvement in the election and also reports about the possible friendship of Trump and Russian President Putin. One thing for sure, the public has not heard Trump say hardly anything negative about Putin. This is a fact.
This story of Trump blaming Prez Obama for tapping his phone is just plain wrong readers. Some of you reading this may not be a fan of Prez Obama. But one thing is for sure. Prez Obama is a man with dignity and class. Unlike Trump. So far Trump is showing many of us to be a classless man who again is unfit to be the President Of United States.
Donald J. Trump should hold a press conference to say he is sorry to President Obama.
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Ladies and gentlemen I was born here in the Pacific Northwest in beautiful Seattle, Washington. Yes it rains a lot but it is still a beautiful city. When the sun is out you cannot beat our city.
But things are really changing in my city. The traffic is some of the worse in the US. The price of apartments is SKY HIGH!! And I mean SKY HIGH!! A one bedroom averaging around $2,100!! This is crazy but it is real sorry to say.
When the Section 8 program opens up for it’s lottery THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of people apply.
I grew up in the Central Area (or the CD..Central District)) of Seattle. It used to be a African American area. Full of places to have a good soul food dinner. Places like Mrs. Helens, Oscars, Thompson’s, Deano’s. Or a great hamburger and fries at the Doll House or Sammy’s or a little further out at “The Rose Patel” Places to play pool and have a drink and play darts and dance and play dominos among other African Americans. Thank god Ezells is still around!!
We had mom and pops stores like Jordans to buy a pop or chips or Richlens. We also had Joes owned by the late Joe and Mea. Two very nice Asians. There were like family to me just like Mr. and Mrs. Jordan who are still with us in the 90′s. We had IGA Grocery store and Madrona Pharmacy.
I can walk down 23rd and East Union and East Madison and East Jackson and East Yesler and see others who look like me. It was a community. We felt relaxed being among our own. During the summer Madrona Schools basketball courts were full with cats waiting to be on the court to hoop. Even across the street at the full court, it was packed. Just like at the covered court on Yesler. We had the Mardi Gras Parade and had thousands of black folks at Judkins Park for the festival. Their was huge ferris wheels and kids rides etc.
But readers starting about 10 or so year ago things started to change in a very rapid way. What happened was a word called gentrification. Other words property taxes in the Central Area started to jump up very very quickly. To the point where African Americans who have had their homes in the CD for decades could no longer pay their their taxes and other things to help keep their homes. And the make up and diversity of the CD changed. And changed big time.
The diversity of the neighborhood I grew up in was going down the tubes. To me readers it makes me very very sad. What has happened is simple. Whites who could effort to buy houses and pay the sky high rents in the CD moved in, African Americans who sorry to say could not pay to stay in the CD had no choice but to sell their homes and move to Kent or Burien or even Tacoma where rent is much cheaper and property taxes are much lower. And apartment prices were lower too.
The Central Area has turned into “yuppie land”. I work as a Adult School Guard for the Seattle Public Schools for Madrona on 34th and East Union in the CD. I grew up 4 blocks down the street on 30th and East Spring. I went to Madrona School as a kid.
It is tremendously sad that every day when I come home, I have to sit down and decompress because I do not hardly see any black faces in the neighborhood I grew up in…the Madrona area. Basically all I see is white upper middle class white faces. Who have no African American friends and no sense of our culture and no knowledge of the history of the Central Area. They do not realize that the CD in 1970 was over 73% African American. Now it is only 19%. And going down.
Here in Black History Month it is sad to see my neighborhood turn into almost like Beverly Hills. With plenty of expensive Volvos and Mercedes and BMWs and Audi’s etc going up and down the streets of the Central District. Sad.
The changes that has happened to Seattle’s CD has happened in other major cities but that will not stop me for feeling hurt about seeing the area I grew up in completely and utterly change. Folks who work at Amazon and Microsoft at high paying positions have moved into the new apartments and townhomes that have been build in the CD. Soon Red Apple store on East Jackson will be no more. This will hurt me DEEPLY! The place where Richlen’s used to be on 23rd is longer there.
Shout out to Wyking Garrett for trying to keep our culture and businesses in the Central Area. Despite the fact that Wyking does not respect me and my VERY VERY hard work with my media since 1990, I respect his grind to help the African American community. Real talk.
I will be back soon with more thoughts on the gentrification of Seattle’s Central Area.
I have been holding back on this story for awhile now but I can no longer keep this inside of me readers. I am asking the question is their racism going on in red carpet coverage of Los Angeles events such as the Grammys, Clive Davis Pre Grammy Party and more.
Have to ask this question.I started “Music Inner City Television” in 1990. I started applying for red carpet coverage of the Grammys six years later. I got denied again this year for red carpet coverage for the Grammys. This is 20 years in row I have been rejected. The last few years by Roger and Cowans in Los Angeles is the organization that takes care of who is on the carpet.
My program is one of the longest running entertainment/interview program in the industry. On the air for 26 years. In my opinion this should not happen to a program like mine. It should not. But it is happening for my programs and audience on television and worldwide online.
It is very sad that I continue to obtain the same two paragraphs every year in my decline letter. Telling me about they can only place a fraction of the requests on the red carpet for short interviews with entertainers. And the event has a very low amount of space for folks wanting to be on the red carpet. The same two paragraphs EVERY YEAR FOR TWO DECADES!!
Yes I realize that events like the Grammys and AMAs and Clive Davis get applications from the United States, Canada, Mexico from all over the all over the world. I am not stupid. I have been in the entertainment business for 26 years.
It is just my feelings that my programs (Music Inner City TV and Sports Inner City TV) have served it dues, for sure MIC-TV has ladies and gentlemen. The Seattle/Tacoma/Everett area is the 14th largest radio-tv market in the United States. Having said that Comcast-Xfiinity On-Demand and Xfinity X1 has allowed me to air my programs not in just in the Seattle area and Western Washington. But in many other markets.
We also air 24-7 in Eastern Washington that includes Pasco, Kennewick, Yakima, Spokane. Place we broadcast in Portland, Oregon and in the Eugene-Springfield area in Oregon. We also broadcast in Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, the Bay Area of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and Richmond. And into Santa Barbara and Culver City and all cities in between in California, Oregon and Washington State. All west coast markets.
In other words, not trying to brag but my outlets are no joke. But I guess the Grammys etc take me and my audience as a joke. A public access program. We are not a public access program folks. I strongly feel we should be allowed to cover events like the Grammys and Clive Davis.
Finally I have to say this. When I am lucky enough to be on the carpet in L.A./Hollywood at a event, I take a look around and see very few African American ran media on the red carpet. The question is why? Are they being rejected for coverage year after year like yours truly? I would like the answer. I really would.
Feeling very very frustrated? That is me. Angry? That is me. Kind of depressed? That is me. All I can do is apply. Guess their is nothing else I can do. And sit back and continue to get the same two paragraphs year after year rejecting me.
As we all know now, your next President (not mine) will be the bigot and sexiest and racist Donald J. Trump. As a African American I am very sad and depressed that Trump was somehow elected to take over for the first African American President, President Obama in January.
How did this happen? It happened because Trump reached his base. Angry white men and also females. Angry because they were tired of a black man in the White House the last eight years. Pure and simple. Trump slogan was “Let’s make America great again” and “let’s take back our country” and crap!! Code words ladies and gentlemen. Code words for RACISM. He means let’s make America white again.
Trump was supported by a flat out racist in David Duke and supported by white nationalist and white supremacist organizations all over the United States. Why did this happen? Because Trump was talking stuff they wanted to hear in EVERY speech he gave. This is a fact.
Donald Trump knows NOTHING about the African American culture and our problems. He makes crazy comments like “I have support from the blacks” WHAT KIND OF RACIST COMMENT IS THAT? He has discriminated against against African Americans in renting from his apartments in New York. He wants to ban Muslims from coming into our country. He wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out of the U.S. He wants to get rid of Obamacare quickly. These are problems folks. Real problems. BUT angry white folks, the supporters of Trump did not give a damn voted for him to become YOUR next President.
I am watching CNN and their are protests in the streets of New York, Chicago and here in Seattle. People are angry folks. Angry that Trump was elected as President. A racist and sexiest clown was elected as President.
This bigot STILL thinks President Obama was born in Kenya. This is racist to the core. Just like he is. And don’t forget what he said on the Access Hollywood bus in 2005 with Billy Bush. He said made comments about a ladies “p…y” and more!! This is a OUTRAGE that this bigot and sexiest was elected President.
Yes Mrs. Clinton made mistakes in her run for President. She did not go to major parts of the United States to speak and spend campaign money and we are seeing now that was a huge huge mistake.
You have to give it to Trump. He went every to speak. He worked his ass off. I will give him that. He worked very very hard to get elected. And I guess it paid off. Because his angry white base put him in office.
He said over and over and over that the election will be “rigged” Does he think that now since he won? HELL NO!! Folks what the election of Trump has sadly shown us is that racism is ALIVE AND WELL in America and we area DEEPLY divided nation. African Americans/people of color on one side and whites on the other side. This is truly sad.
This dude treats females as sex objects and bimbos. Look at what he said about grabbing females by the p…y! And this fella is your President how can this happen? It is a bad dream for me and millions of other African Americans and people of color AND yes millions of Clinton supporters of all races. This is a divided nation ladies and gentlemen. People are upset and angry that Donald J. Trump will be President. I have not been able to sleep. I get emotional when ever I discuss this bigot being President.
Trump will undo EVERYTHING that President Obama has tried to do the last eight years. Do you think Trump knows ANYTHING about historical black universities that President Obama has tried to help? HELL NO!! Does he care? HELL NO!! This cat TRIED to come into the inner city for a FEW speeches. That was a joke. He had his uncle tom puppets with him when he went to a African American church in Detroit etc.
Also keep in mind readers, Trump said MANY MANY times that we can walk down the streets of any inner city AND GET SHOT!! What kind of ridiculous comment is that? Trump knows NOTHING, let me repeat NOTHING about the inner cities of America.
TRUMP WAS BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN HIS MOUTH!! HE DAD LEFT HIM MILLIONS. He has NEVER had a broke day in his 70 years on this earth. Just like his children. They went to best schools and drove the best cars and had steak for breakfast. Steak for lunch and steak for dinner. Drank the best wine. Never paid for seat on a plane and waited in line at the airport like the rest of us.
President Obama has to meet with Trump in the White House. He has to do it since Trump is the new President. I just think and will always think that Trump should NEVER step foot in the White House. But he won and he will be moving in the White House in January. President Obama has to meet with a man who STILL thinks he was born in Kenya!! These are facts readers. President Obama has to meet with a bigot who STILL thinks he is WAS BORN IN KENYA!!
As I have said, I think as many others think that Trump is a racist and a bigot. He said time and time again “Let’s take our country back” WHAT DID HE MEAN BY THAT FOLKS? He meant he wanted his white angry base to vote for him as President so he and help take the country back into white hands for white people. That is what he meant readers.
There are millions of people who are now very very worried that their families might be deported very very soon when Trump walks into the White House. This is a HUGE HUGE problem ladies and gentlemen.
I will be back soon with more views on the election of Trump as YOUR next President.
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To be truthful with you I really do not watch late night tv talk shows on NBC, ABC and CBS. I really miss “The Arsenio Hall Show”, the 1st one and the second one which by the way one stayed on TV one year. Mainly in my opinion because it was not promoted like Conan and other programs.
Arsenio always gave hip-hop-r&b acts a stage to perform. Like the late 2pac and Public Enemy and the late Eazy E and High 5 and Snoop Dogg and the late Whitney Houston and New Edition and many many more. And gave veteran acts too a stage to perform too like the late Sammy Davis Jr and the late Prince and Patti LeBelle and many others.
The late night talk shows just do not have the African American guests and artists like Arsenio did. But when I am online, I once in awhile read comments that “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has made about race in America. And I liked what he said.
Recently he made some comments about the racial tensions in Charlotte after the killing of Kieth Lamont Scott by cops in the city. He said “The shooting of African Americans by police officers and the community outrage that follows seems to keep happening over and over again, no matter how many times we do nothing”
He went on to say ” I wish there were some kind of respectful, silent civil protest that could engage in that wouldn’t enrage the other side,” And he also Colbert said “In face of continued heartbreaking racial strife, all eyes turn to civil rights icon, the Rev. Dr. Donald J. Trump.” He went on to say more. You can find it on You Tube.
Good thoughts from Colbert about the racial tensions in America ladies and gentlemen. If you did not know, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon caught hell because of his lightweight so called interview with Trump. No tough questions what so ever. He asked to test his hair etc on the show. Give me a break Fallon!!
We need more celebrities like Stephen Colbert to speak out. Bruce Springsteen ALWAYS speaks out about racism in America. That is why I really like the dude. Unlike the clown Kid Rock! Who has constantly blasted President Obama and recently blasted 49er QB Colin Kaepernick.
Shout out to Stephen Colbert. He seems like a great fella who realizes there are great problems right now in America between African Americans and white Americans. It is sad to say but it is a fact.
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About nine years ago I heard about this man named Barack Obama. We was coming to speak at Garfield High School here in Seattle. I heard he was was a dynamic speaker and is making a name for himself in Washington D.C.
To my surprise the Garfield gym was packed to the gills with people. It was a summer day in Seattle. It was so packed, that a few people passed out and had to be helped out. Anyway this guy, Sen. Barack Obama gave a speech that was like a African American preacher in a inner city church. It was great. It was uplifting. It was dynamic. It was Sen. Barack Obama.
Soon after that, Sen. Obama announced that he would run to be the first African American president in U.S. history. Before he announced he was running, I had really never followed politics that much. I did but not like I did when Sen. Obama announced he was running to be President.
When ever he gave a speech out on the campaign road that was on CNN or MSNBC or C-Span I was watching! I did not miss a speech. I just had never thought I would see a African American man doing this well in a run to become President. Of course, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton ran for President but this is not a put down of them but we all knew they could not win.
This time with Sen. Obama, the polls showed that he could become President Of The United States!! The campaign moved on and Sen. Obama got stronger and stronger in the approval ratings. The debates happened and he did great. It was shocking that Sen. Obama would defeat Sen. McCain and become PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!! I would never EVER EVER EVER thought I would see a African American President. It was a unreal folks.
When Sen. Obama became President Obama that election night, I cried ladies and gentlemen. I cried. It was a night I will never forget. A African American President Of The United States in President Barack Obama.
Michelle Obama is first class role model for young African American girls. First Lady Obama is a role model is role model for ALL young girls of any color! She is just great! When the President and Michelle depart the White House both of them are going to do so much. Speaking, writing books and so much more. They will be in high demand and that is for sure.
The speech she gave the other when she put Trump on blast was one the greatest speeches I have ever heard. It was just great. President Obama also knew that speech was great.
I will be typing more stories on my feelings about President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama. One thing I will say right now, I am going to miss both of them as my President and my First Lady.
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I am sure that many many of you will disagree with me and what I am about to say here on my website. If so, I am sorry but it is truly how I feel about 49er QB and former guest on “Music Inner City Television” Colin Kaepernick. (pic with myself and Kaepernick)
First of all I am sure many of you have never met Colin. Well I have met him and interviewed him. He has appeared on “M.I.C-TV” two times. I interviewed him a few years ago in Los Angeles at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party. And he also appeared on our program a few years ago at the Body@ESPYs pre show for the ESPYs also in L.A. Interviewed by Curtis “Boss” Elerson.
Kaepernick is a very intelligent young man. I am hearing and reading a bunch of crap from mostly white folks concerning Colin and his decision not to stand for the national anthem before a 49er per-season game. Ladies and gentlemen I DO NOT have a problem with Kaepernick and his protest.
And if he wants to not stand for the anthem all season, I do not have a problem with that. Colin feels America has not treated African Americans and people of color well and it is the truth. Kaepernick feels America allows racial inequality. Well it is the truth. If you think racism has got better in America because the first African American President..President Barack Obama was elected and re-elected, you are wrong folks.
It does not matter if you have millions like Colin or if you are homeless, a black man experiences racism in one way or another EACH AND EVERY DAY! This is a fact. When Colin says his stance is bigger than football and it would be selfish on his part to look at it any other way. I agree again with Colin. He said that he was not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. He also said there are bodies in the street and people are getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
Yes, many folks think Kaepernick not standing for the anthem is disrespectful to America. People are saying he picked the wrong way of taking a stance. Well who says? In his mind he feels his way was the way to get attention. I do not have a problem with his feelings.
I have just learned that the great Jackie Robinson said in 1972 that he does not stand up and sing the anthem because of what black people experience in America. WOW!! Jackie Robinson said this folks!! A sports icon and legend! Now decades later, Kaepernick is basically saying what the great Jackie Robinson said decades ago. So now are certain people are going to bash Robinson in his grave? Ummm?
Guys like Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman says Colin could have picked another way of speaking up. Well I disagree with Sherman and by the way this is not the first time I have disagreed with Sherman. Real talk. A lot of times I agree with him, a lot of times I do not.
Some say he has basically made his way out of the 49ers camp by taking his stance. He was in a battle for the starting QB position. Head coach Chip Kelly already has a rep for really not getting along with African American players. Would it be a good look for Kelly to cut Colin now? I would say HELL NO!! He would catch hell from the NAACP, the Urban League, Rev Al Sharpton’s National Action League and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. Not a good look.
You know what REALLY REALLY GETS ME PISSED? It is listening to sports radio hosts who let’s keep it real, who are mainly white, TRYING to discuss a issue THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE A CLUE ABOUT!! And that is the topic of RACE AND RACISM.
I just listened sports radio KJR and Dave Mahler on the Kaepernick situation. I listened to a point then I had to turn the radio off with a quickness and that is for sure. Mahler TRIED to give his CLUELESS opinions on race and racism. DAVE MAHLER AND MOST WHITE SPORTS RADIO HOSTS DO NOT HAVE A CLUE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR IN WHITE DOMINATED AMERICA!!!!!
It turned the radio off when Mahler started to take calls from KJR’s target audience….white suburb living, no African American friends or associates, no knowledge of our society or our culture listeners. Who of course would get on the radio and blast Kaepernick. Then Mahler had the nerve to have a African American former Seattle Seahawks player , Bryce Fisher on his show. I did not have to listen to know what Fisher was going to say because the brotha is a former member of the Air Force. You know he was going to disagree with Kaepernick and his protest.
It again shows something I have fought for and spoken out about for years and that is the inclusion, not the exclusion of African Americans as sports jocks on sports radio. Because readers IT IS A FACT, that whites and African Americans think differently on just about EVERYTHING, including the topics of race and racism.
Keep in mind readers that Colin has NOT broken any NFL rules. The 49ers released a statement supporting Kaepernick’s right to choose whether or not to acknowledge the national anthem.
I saw online that some brainless clowns have burned Kaepernick jerseys to protest the national anthem. Give me a break folks. Of course the folks doing this are NOT African Americans. Today thank goodness I have heard the leading scorer of all time in the NBA and now a community activist the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Seahawk player Michael Bennett and other sports stars support Colin and his protest. Including a mannwho is known for his famous protest in the Olympic’s back in the 60′s, Tommy Smith. That makes me very very happy. If you disagree me…sorry.
This young man is joining Lebron, Melo, CP3, D-Wade, WNBA players and more in speaking out in there own ways about police shooting of African Americans. Readers we know it is WRONG for police getting shot and killed. THIS IS A FACT. Also a fact is this. what Colin Kaepernick said is flat out true. And that is in just about EVERY killing of a African American by cops, they have not been charged or on PAID leave!! This hurts me, it hurts Kaepernick, hurts Melo, CP3, Lebron and D-Wade and millions of other folks.
YES, black on black crime is WRONG and it needs to stop. But also the killing of African Americans by police needs to stop. Sports radio hosts like Dave Mahler and others DO NOT spend time around African Americans in our community. They know NOTHING about us. They are guessing. They “wonder” about us. Guys like Dave Mahler on KJR here in Seattle NEED DIVERSITY TRAINING in a worst way!! It stands out like two left shoes the lack of knowledge guys like Mahler and other folks in the media when issues of race and racism like this Kaepernick protest comes up.
So again I am proud of Colin and protest. It makes me proud to see a man who in reality can take his millions and say f..k black folks! And not say anything about race or racism like Tiger Woods. Micheal Jordan in a surprise to everyone, recently donated to African American organizations and even spoke out about black folks getting shot by police as well as police getting shot. Colin can just get his millions, drive his Jag or Benz and be happy. He has decided not to do that!! He cares about the plight of black people.
The NBA and now the NFL. I am waiting on a few African American Major League Baseball players to stand up and speak out. Let’s see if this will ever happen. Until that time, shout out to Colin Kaepernick. A brotha who even with MILLIONS in the bank has not forgot where he has come from. That is a good look!!
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In the entertainment game, it is good to be a triple threat. Singer, dancer and actor. Only a few can do this big time and they are Beyonce, “J-Lo” Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake and Usher Raymond. There are others but the folks I mentioned are doing it on a big scale.
I remember interviewing a very young Usher Raymond when he was a young teenager out on the road with his mom as his manager. He came to Seattle to perform. You could tell when he was a 14 or 15 that this young fella was going places. He could sing and dance and had he knew what he was doing on the stage at a young age. He was trained well.
Usher is 37 years old and born in Dallas, Texas. His mom and former manager is Jonetta Patton and his father is Usher Raymond III. He has two children. He was born in Dallas but was brought up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He and family moved to Atlanta and at 12 his mom started to put a young Usher in singing contests.
A young Usher grabbed the attention of a person who worked for LaFace Records. And in the summer of 1994 Usher released his first album called by the way “Usher”. Singles from that album included “Can U Get Wit Me” and “Think Of You”.
Raymond really blew up in the late 1990s with his second album called “My Way” which came out in 1997. The album produced his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1 single called “Nice & Slow”. That album has went six times platinum by the Recording Industry Of America. Usher album “My Way” won him his first Grammy nomination in 1998 for the single “You Make Me Wanna”.
That song also went to #1 in the UK singles chart and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. In 2001, Usher’s 8701 album produced Billboard Hot 100 #1 single with the song “U Remind Me” and also “U Got It Bad”. That single won him his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002. The song “U Don’t Have To Call” won him a second Grammy in 2003. That song is my favorite song by Usher.
His 2004 album “Confessions” made him one of the best selling artists of the 2000s decades. “Confessions” sold over a whopping 20 million copies worldwide. And the album had FOUR singles IN A ROW on the Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles with “Burn”, “Yeah”, “Confessions Part II” and “My Boo”. “Confessions” obtained three Grammy Awards in 2005.
“Here I Stand” in 2008 and “Raymond v. Raymond” in 2010 debuted on the top of Billboard 200. Other hits by Usher include “DJ Got Us Fallin In Love” (great song) and “Scream”, also “There Goes My Baby”, also “Climax”.
Check this out. The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best selling artists in American music history!! This is big. He has sold over 23 million albums and 38 million digital songs in the US alone. His worldwide sales are over 43 million albums and 75 million records overall. He also has won many other awards including 18 Billboard Music Awards and 8 Grammy Awards.
In 2009, Billboard named Raymond the #1 Hot 100 artist of the decade. For sure Usher at age 37 has had a great career and he is still young readers. He has so many mountains to climb in his career. Usher has a big movie coming out in which he plays the great boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in a movie about another great boxer Roberto Duran called “Hands Of Stone”. It is suppose to be great movie.
More big things are in store for Usher. Remember he is only 37. His talent will continue to grow.
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This is a really sad story if you are a fan of the late great Prince. Just like “The King Of Pop” Michael Jackson. A really sad sad story of a man who died too young of using drugs.
A story has come out that mislabeled pills were seized at the home of Prince after he died. Of course he died of a overdose of the very powerful drug called Fentanyl. Prince died on April 21 at his studio/home right outside of Minneapolis.
Right from the jump myself and many others said drugs was the problem of his death. Of course we were right.
I have not even heard of Fentanyl. But the drug is 50 TIMES STRONGER THAN HEROIN! And it is often sold illegally. So I hate to say this but did the late singer get the drug illegally? If so, this is very very sad readers.
When I had my right lung removed in 2010 due to a rare form of pneumonia called Pseudomonas, when I came home I was given a lot of pills to bring home for pain. One of which is Hydrocodone. Another drug that is very powerful. Not as powerful as Fentanyl but powerful.
But thank god I did not get hooked to the drugs. And when I recovered, I did not take the drugs anymore. But some people get hooked sorry to say and many times it ends up in death.
More information will continue to come out regarding the death of Prince who was 57 at the time of his passing. Family is fighting over his estate which is valued at around $500 million. We will keep you informed when more news come out on the death of “The Purple One”, the great Prince. Gordon Curvey
Cathy Hughes is a African American entrepreneur, radio and TV personality and business executive. Hughes founded the media company called Radio One and started TV One.
The company went public in 1998, making Cathy the first and only African American woman to head a publicity traded corporation at the time. She is for sure a trailblazer who has helped put African American owned media on the map.
In the 70′s, Hughes created the urban radio format called “The Quiet Storm” on Howard University’s radio station WHUR, with it’s very first DJ she decided on the late Melvin Lindsey. Before radio, Hughes worked for a African American newspaper called “The Omaha Star” Hughes started her career in 1969 at KOWH in Omaha, but then left for job in Washington D.C.
In 1973, Hughes became the General Sales Manager of Howard University’s radio station WHUR-FM and helped to increase station revenue from $250,000 to $3 million in it’s first year!!
Soon in 1975, Cathy became the first woman Vice President and GM of a station in the nation’s capital. In 1980, Hughes founded Radio One, and with former husband Dewey Hughes, bought WOL-AM 1450 in D.C. After the previous employees had destroyed the facility, she faced financial problems and soon lost her home and moved with her young son to live at the station.
Cathy Hughes fortunes started to change when revamped the r&b station to a 24-7 talk radio format with the theme “Information Is Power” Hughes served as the stations morning show host for 11 years. WOL is still the most listed to talk radio station in D.C.
Radio One went on to own 70 radio stations in nine major markets in the U.S. As of 2007, Hughes son Alfred Liggins serves as CEO and president of Radio One and Hughes as chairperson.
In January 2004, Cathy started TV One, a national cable and satellite TV network which bills itself as the “lifestyle and entertainment network for African American adults”. Both Cathy and her son have been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the company Ernst & Young. In 2015, a local business organization unofficially named the corner of 4th Street and H Street NE in Washington D.C. “Cathy Hughes Corner”
I have a lot of respect for Cathy Hughes. She is a strong lady in a man dominated field. She is bringing to the table something that is needed in media and that is diversity. Diversity is badly needed in radio and tv. For instance here in Seattle, there is ONE African American true news reporter in our area in Essix Porter on KIRO-TV. On radio in a market where Ms. Hughes does not have a station, there is barely a regular African American voice on radio.
One of my favorite programs is a program called “Unsung” on TV One. I never miss it. “Unsung” and “Shark Tank” (not on TV One) are my favorite programs on TV. So I hope Ms Hughes and TV One would open a new radio station here in Seattle with a strong signal. That would be great. I hope you will support TV One and Radio One. A TRUE African American owned and operated media company.
To many times we hear about hip-hop/rap artists maybe getting in trouble or going to jail for one reason or another. The media will jump right on it when a hip-hop/rap artists is in trouble. This is for sure.
But check this out readers. How about when these artists do things on the positive tip? Do we hear about it like we hear about when these artists get in trouble? The answer is no. I have saw articles where artists buy Xmas gifts for the needy. Buy turkeys and Thanksgiving dinners for the needy and even buy a car for someone who needs a car to go to work. And much more.
Problem is you have to search for the story. This is unfair ladies and gentlemen. Rapper and actor T.I. is doing something real positive for the youth we need to know about this readers.
He recently announced a partnership with music streaming service Tidal to launch the “Money Talk With Tip For Education” program. Now though June 15th participants can sign up to raise funding for their projects on spreading education awareness via Crowdrise. Then they can be able to post their Crowdrise projects via social media channels using the hashtag #TIDALXMONEYTALK in order to be considered eligible for the education challenge. This is great what T.I. is doing.
The top five finalists will have the chance to get the amount they raised matched by T.I. and Tidal. Enriching the lives of today’s youth is something the Atlanta native knows all too well. The father of seven says his involvement in the education challenge is an natural extension of his own daily duties at home.
On June 15 Tidal will reveal the five finalists who have raised the most funding on its site. Then on June 22, T.I.and Tidal will announce and will match the donations of the official winner by up to a whopping $250,000 which will be used towards launching the winner’s proposed project.
T.I. does more than this folks. He is making his name known not for not just being a great rapper and being a actor in movies and on t.v. but he is making his name known as a person who cares about inner city youth not just in the ATL but everywhere. This is a good look for T.I.
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Rap legend and icon Slick Rick has finally become a U.S. citizen. Marking the end of his long battle against deportation. Good news for “The Ruler”
Slick Rick became famous when he joined another legend, Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew, had fought really hard to become a citizen of the United States and he has finally obtained his wish.
Immigration officials has tried for years to kick him out of the U.S. after he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder in 1991 and because of that he spent five years locked up.
“The Ruler” whose real name is Ricky Walters, has recorded big hits that became classics like “Mona Lisa” and “Children’s Story” and “Teenage Love”. He has his own style and when you hear him on the radio or where ever you know it is Slick Rick if you know about the history of rap music.
He was sworn in as a citizen recently at a official cermony in New York alongside dozens of other new citizens.
S.L. said “I am so proud of this moment and so honored to finally become an American citizen. This has been a long time coming for me and I am relieved to finally put this long chapter behind me. I want to thank everyone, my family, friends and fans who have supported me and stuck by me over these 23 years.
Congrats to the legend Slick Rick from “Music Inner City”
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I am always looking for stories for my websites and I saw this story to write about here on “Music Inner City News Magazine” It is a rumor that Beyonce and Rihanna are having a so called “beef”
Word is Beyonce was due to drop her new song song “Formation”, days before Rihanna’s new release “ANTI”, but Rihanna dropped her new release like it was due to be dropped. So there is word out and about that Beyonce has tried to outshine Rihanna.
Recently Rihanna did a interview with Vogue and she addressed the ongoing talk about her rivalry with Beyonce. She said “Here’s the deal, people just get excited to feast on something that’s negative. Something that’s competitive. Something that’s, you know, a rivalry. And that’s just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that.”
I agree with Rihanna. The media is looking for a beef. Just because Ri is signed to Beyonce’s husband, Jay Z’s label and this release stuff happened the media saying wow what is really going on. When in reality most likely nothing is going on.
As a fan of good music, I do not give a damn who release was out first or not. Who gives a damn ladies and gentlemen? Both of ladies are very very talented as we all know. At times I really worry about Rihanna. It seems she is confused. At times she seems to be really out there mentally with some of stuff she says and some of outfits she wears. Just like Miley Cyrus.
And word is her career is suffering right now. Because it is a fact, her sales of her music is down. Unlike Adele or Taylor Swift. People are asking what is wrong with Rihanna. Well let’s see what the future holds. Ri is younger than B. I will be listening and watching what is really going on with Rihanna. Because I am not worried about Beyonce. She will always stand above the rest in book.
I have learned to respect singer John Legend. We all know he is a great singer and songwriter. A Grammy and Oscar winner.
But I am also learning to respect Legend not only for his singing, but because he is a community activist. John is using his platform as a performer to help change a way of thinking about problems in the inner cities of America.
Legend is a member of President Obama’s “Brother’s Keepers” organization to help young African American boys in America. The group also has former guest on “Music Inner City TV” Tyrese Gibson and others in the group.
John Legend was born in 1978 in Xenia, Ohio. He is one of four children of Phyllis Elaine and Ronald Lamar Stephens. In his childhood, Legend was homeschooled on and off by his mom. Like many other African American singers, he started singing in church. I hear this from guests all the time.
He started playing the piano at age seven. At age 12, Legend attended North High School. He attended the University Of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African American literature.
In college, John served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop froup called Counterparts. His lead vocals on the group’s recording of Joan Osborne’s “One Of Us” received critical acclaim landing the song on the track of the 1998 “Best Of Collegiate a Cappella compilation” CD.
And I guess the rest is history. He has went on to become a superstar. But like I said I am respecting Legend more because of his speaking out on issues in the African American community.
Most performers sit back and count their money and buy cars and boats and expensive stuff. Which Legend may also do. But unlike others, he has also decided to use his name to speak out on issues. Like for instance he and Donald Trump Jr. recently had a Twitter battle about Trump Sr.
Big shout out to John Legend. A man I have learned to respect on stage and off and you should too!!
First of all I want to thank you for your support in coming here to “M.I.C News Magazine”. If you know me I am not afraid to voice my views on certain topics that bother me. Others are scared. I am not ladies and gentlemen.
One of the things I want to voice my concerns about is the Oscars. For two years in a row the Oscars has a grand total of zero African American nominees. Let me repeat. Zero nominees. How on earth can this happen two years in row? What is Hollywood thinking?
This is a severe problem that needs to be changed right now. Not next week or next month. Now.
I truly think Chris Rock should have stepped down and not host the Oscars this years. He should have taken a strong stand to tell the Oscars he would not be used. Many others asked Rock to step down but he did not.
Of course some will not attend the Oscar ceremony because of the total lack of diversity. People like Jada and Will Smith, director Spike Lee and others will stay home. I do not think they will even watch just like I refuse to do. I think African Americans just not watch the Oscars on TV to take a strong stand. Also do not support businesses who runs advertisements on the telecast.
Rock has called Hollywood “a white industry” in 2014. And he is telling the truth. I do not care how many African American presenters will be handing out Oscars because none of people obtaining Oscars will be African American. Give me a break readers.
I watched local TV outlet KOMO last night, a outlet that broadcasts the Oscars, and the news hosts say they could not wait for the Oscars well that’s their feelings because it is not mine and many others who feel the lack of African American nominees for two years in a row is a flat out severe problem. How can they say that readers?
Myself and many others will not be watching the Oscars. I am going to watch the red carpet interviews on E Online with Ryan Seacrest to see how many African Americans Ryan will interview. Then I will watch what Rock will say about the huge diversity problem at the start of the program then I am getting my remote and turn the Oscars off. If you feel the way I do, I hope you why not or did not watch the Oscars. It is time for Hollywood to wake up!!
Ladies and gentlemen it is time I do a story on the very talented but confused Kanye West here on “Music Inner City News Magazine”.
I try not to bash African Americans on my sites but in this case I have to get it in. Not bashing West just giving my views.
Guess people really started to wonder what is really going on with West when he jumped on stage and surprised everyone including Taylor Swift a few years ago and took the microphone and said Beyonce should have won a award and not Taylor. That was just flat out wrong for Kanye to do that to Taylor. Ever since then I have grown to like Swift. Not really her music, just how she handled that event.
Since then West has continued to say and do things that make me and others wonder what is wrong with this dude. It is obvious something is wrong mentally with Kanye. It just is. So a question has to be asked. Does Kanye West need a doctor. Does he need therapy? I say yes.
Is it a mental problem or is it a emotional problem or is it a financial problem with him? For goodness sake, he has came out and said Bill Cosby is innocent. He has said he is the best artist in music history. He blasts his ex lady Amber Rose and so on. For sure West is a rapper who is one of if not the best rapper in the history of hip-hop/rap music. This is for sure.
But something is very wrong with the brotha. Recently he tweeted he is $53 million in personal debt. He went on to say…are you ready for this ladies and gentlemen, that instead of opening a school in Africa, “fellow rich people should support him!! He was directing this to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who West begged him to give him $1 BILLION!! SAY WHAT????
He also said he would take support from Google co-founder Larry Page or from other Sillicon Valley rich folks. This shows that Kanye has a very serious problem. Or is it just a act for publicity? I think he needs therapy. And needs it now. This is my opinion.
He is a father of two little kids with Kim Kardashian. He should get the help now before his children realize something is wrong with daddy. Do it before it is to late. I just mentioned only a few of his outburts over the years. On social media and in interviews. He will go off like a fire cracker at any time during a interview. The person doing the interview has to be ready for anything when they deal with West.
Rap artist Rhymefest who has worked with Kanye a lot of songs has recently pulled away from working with him. He said “my brother needs help, in the form of counseling. Spiritual & mental. He should step away from the public and heal”. Real talk!!
I agree with Rhymefest. West should get help now. Hell recently he went off on Taylor Swift AGAIN saying “Hell I made the bitch” WHY would he say that about Taylor? What in the hell has Taylor Swift done to him? Is West a HATER against Swift because she has obtained hella Grammys and American Music Awards etc? I say yes!! He is a hater against West. That is stupid and crazy.
So in ending, I am tired of Kanye West going off on people. Some say he has not got over the passing of his mom who died a few years ago during a simple breast procedure. He and his mom were very very tight. But what ever the reason is, I join others who are starting to say it is not publicity when it comes to West and his outburst. This very talented fella should check himself in and get badly needed therapy immediately.
February is Black History Month if you did not know. A month we African Americans celebrate our history in America.
There are so many historical African Americans to write about here in entertainment, politics or sports. Here on “M.I.C News Magazine” I want to give props to what some people say the best actor alive today, Denzel Washington.
Washington has received three Golden Globes, two Tony Awards, and two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor.
Truth be told he should have won a freakin Oscar and Golden Globe Award for Malcolm X in 1992. Anyone who saw that movie should know I am telling the truth. I have watched that movie maybe twenty times over the years. He nailed Malcolm X. It was unreal that he did not win a Oscar and some say it was because of the person he played in the movie and the Academy did not want to “glorify” a person certain folks did not like.
Denzel is a role model all young people should look up to and for sure young African American kids. He is one of only a few African American leading men in Hollywood sorry to say. Himself, Will Smith and a few others.
He also does work in the theater from time to time. In 2014 Washington played the leading role in a Broadway play of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin In The Sun”. The play won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. He has shown all though his career that he can handle any kind of role that he decides to do. He is just a great great actor. Pure and simple.
Also Denzel gives back by being a national spokesperson for “Boys & Girls Clubs Of America” since 1993 and is a board member for the organization since 1995. I am sure you have seen Washington and public service commercials he does for the Boys and Girls Club on TV.
Be sure to read the full bio of Denzel on the link above. A Black History Month salute from “Music Inner City News Magazine” to Denzel Washington. Gordon Curvey
I cannot put into words how I feel about what the Grammys did or should I say not do for the late great Natalie Cole. Truly truly sad.
Ms. Cole died in January due to complications from health issues she had. She was 65 years old. Natalie fought drug issues for a long time and also fought hepatitis that led to her having a kidney transplant in 2009.
The Grammys did not have a tribute to Natalie during their telecast BUT had tributes to David Bowie and Glenn Frey who also recently passed.
So how did this mis-treatment of Ms. Cole take place? This is crazy. This is a outrage ladies and gentlemen. Natalie is a nine time Grammy winner plus she was nominated 21 times!! But others were given tributes who came nowhere near Ms. Cole as far as Grammy wins and nominations!!
Robert Adam Yancy, Natalie’s son said “Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys. She deserves more than a minute and a half tribute. It was shameless the way they minimized her legacy. We will find solace in her legacy as well as her endless fans around the world.”
“Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister,” Cole’s sisters Timolin and Casey said.
Cole’s image was included in an “In Memoriam” video with other artists who passed recently. That ain’t enough to a STAR like Natalie Cole!! This treatment of the late great Natalie was tremendously wrong by the Grammys.
The last few months things have been falling in place for hopefully to finally make some good money with my media business. God willing that is.
First of all being allowed to cover the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on the red carpet was a major move. Then I find out that their are people really watching “Music Inner City TV” and soon hopefully “Sports Inner City TV” on Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand. And a few other things have fell in place too like having my sports program expanding from online to television!! Another dream come true. But a few days ago I obtained some HUGE HUGE news while discussing my yearly contract with Comcast.
Because of my viewership I was asked if I would like to expand my programs into all of Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand West Coast area!! I said HELL YES!! Keep in mind, since I started “Music Inner City TV” my program was aired just in Western Washington state from Bellingham to the Kels0-Longview area, Centralia, Washington area and over to the coast of Washington. But in a few weeks THAT IS ABOUT TO CHANGE!!
Now “Music Inner City TV” and “Sports Inner City TV” will be on Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand in of course Western Washington state, but now we will be seen in Spokane, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Eugene-Springfield, Oregon, Chico-Redding, California, Sacramento, Martinez, the Bay Area that includes San Fransisco, Oakland and San Jose, Salinas, Fresno, Roseville, Stockton and Santa Barbara all of course in California!! Plus Culver City, Nevada. THIS IS HUGE NEWS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!
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I am very very happy about this move to Spokane and into Oregon and California. So now I have work to do. I have to promote “M.I.C-TV/S.I.C-TV” in new television markets we will be broadcasting in. I have a good friend in the Bay Area who is willing to join my team to help promote in San Fransisco/Oakland/San Jose area. Starting as soon as my obtain a date we will start and where viewers can find our programs in the new markets, I will be making calls to promote in the new markets. Plus of course using social media and ways to get the word out.
Here is the thing readers. Do you know what has made my program popular over years? It is we provide entertainment via music videos and exclusive interviews that is hard to find on You Tube, VH1, Revolt, Fuse and more. Plus when it comes to sports we touch a niche that is NEEDED VERY BADLY. And that is covering African Americans and people of color in the sports world. Bringing issue to the table that the “majority” media ie sports radio, ESPN, Fox Sports etc are afraid or will not touch. These are facts. For my 25 years of broadcasting I have always mixed music and sports.
So starting soon we will have to not just cover our Seahawks and Mariners and UW etc and other Seattle area sports but we have to throw in coverage of the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trailblazers, San Jose Sharks, SF 49ers, Oakland Raiders (if they do not move to L.A) and other sports teams.
As always all ALL “M.I.C-TV-S.I.C-TV” programs will be streamed online for those you who do not have Comcast-Xfinity On Demand and who stay outside of the Comcast west coast coverage area. Plus we can run more advertising ie commercials on our online webcasts. And don’t forget we also broadcast “Music Inner City Radio” podcasts at “Music Inner City News Magazine” www.musicinnercity.com where we can run MANY MORE ADVERTISING COMMERCIALS. Plus we will have “Sports Inner City Radio” podcasts that will air on our sports ONLY website “Sports Inner City Online” at www.sportsinnercity.com Covering people of color in the sports world PLUS playing classic soul/hip-hop music.
Oh yeah on our new “Sports Inner City TV” programs, we will also play hip-hop and r&b and pop music videos just like we have done on “M.I.C-TV” for 25 years!! So their is one thing that is very very important. We are the ONLY locally produced African American owned business of it’s type running on Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand on the west coast. THE ONLY ONE!!
Hopefully it is time for artists, promoters and business owners to come to our table to do business. Get your brand or what you do seen not only in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett and Western Washington area but now in the Spokane area plus Oregon and California markets!! Plus worldwide via the internet on our websites where we get a lot of traffic from all over the world!!
I will back here on “M.I.C News Magazine” for a starting date for our programs starting in our new markets very soon. A big THANK YOU to Comcast-Xfinity for allowing this big move to happen. Call us now at 206-445-3989 or email us at email@example.com to start promoting on our platforms. We can also be reached on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gordon.curvey or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/gcurvey
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Music Inner City News Magazine BREAKING NEWS: Will Smith has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in the new movie “Concussion”. GREAT NEWS!!
When this fella first come on the scene as rapper some said the music he made with DJ Jazzy Jeff was should I say “corny”. One of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s big early hits was “Parents Just Don’t Understand” for goodness sake.
But that song really put Will Smith on the map. And he has not looked back. You could see how talented the dude was in the early music videos of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. You could tell then bigger things was in store for Will. And man bigger things did happen. With his TV show called “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” in 1990 he was on his way to super stardom and that was a fact.
“Fresh Prince” was a big hit from 1990 to 1996. Will started to branch off from the TV show starting a year or so before “Fresh Prince” ended in 1996. By the way reruns of the “Fresh Prince” are running everywhere and every day. Keeping money in the pockets of the other performers on the show for sure.
Smith is one only a few “marketable” African American male actors in Hollywood along with Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker and a few others. Most of Smith’s movies make big money but of course a few of them did not do well in the theaters. But that’s Hollywood. Every once in awhile a movie with high expectations will not do well money wise.
But Smith’s new movie called “Concussion” has a lot of people saying “Oscar” when it comes to Will Smith. That would be great to see Will finally getting a Oscar. Because he is a very good actor. Of course their are problems in Hollywood when it comes to African Americans not getting nominated of Oscars and Golden Globes and Emmys and SAG Awards. Don’t believe me? Well look at the nomination list for the SAG Awards that are coming up soon and the Golden Globes.
So ladies and gentlemen do not be surprised if Will does not get a Oscar nomination. Because it is Hollywood and it has a history of looking over powerful performances by black actors in movies. Sorry to say this but it is very true. Gordon Curvey
As many of you already know, many of the stories I do here on “M.I.C News Magazine” are stories the mainstream media mainly does not touch when it come to African Americans and people of color.
But let a African American entertainer of sports star get in trouble with the law and it is headline news everywhere. This is a fact readers. Here is a very positive story regarding rapper 2 Chainz. He has started a foundation called T.R.U Foundation and it is doing great things for people in the inner city of the U.S. Things you did not know about.
Recently 2 Chainz and his foundation provided rent for a entire year plus furniture for a disabled veteran’s home. Deirdre Plater is a single mom who like many has had a hard time making ends meet. Plus she cannot find a good job.
2 Chainz found out about Plater not having any furniture in her house and he contacted her about helping her out. After meeting Plater 2 Chainz went on Instagram and said he remembered what it was like to have nothing. And he also said he felt it was important to give back. And 2 Chainz did just that.
What the brotha did for this lady is just GREAT. And truth be told, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBC should have done a story on what 2 Chainz did for this lady. I truly think the majority media does NOT want to tell POSITIVE stories when it comes to African American males.
This is going on because in the news rooms of America the people who are in charge to decide what will be on the news on a daily basis are one color sorry to say and that is white. This is just a fact readers. Here in Seattle that is true at KOMO TV, KING-TV, KIRO-TV and KCPQ TV and the Seattle Times and not only that, their is only ONE African American news reporter on TV in Seattle. ONE!! And on sports radio only ONE on the air on a regular basis Gee Scott on 710 ESPN and on sports radio KJR their are ZERO African Americans on the air on a regular basis with his or hers program. This is a huge huge problem.
So again, I think what 2 Chainz did for the lady is a great thing!! The media may not care but we here at “M.I.C News Magazine” care. Gordon Curvey
The other day I watched the Soul Train Awards on BET. I was saying to myself DAMN this is a really good program this year. A lot of good performances and a real good host this year too.
I think singer Eryah Budu did a real good job as the host. She was very witty and she let her personality shine during the show. I enjoyed the R&B cypher with the legend Eddie Levert and Ki-Ci Hailey and others. That was great. I also enjoyed the tribute to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds with various performers singing some his hit songs he wrote. Singers like Fantasia and others including Bobby Brown sang their hit song the was written by Babyface Edmonds. Real good segment.
My girl Budu event did a piece on Iggy Azalea basically saying she is not a rapper! Wow!! That was deep readers. But then later in the program Budu lost me and many others I see online when she was introducing singer R.Kelly.
Erykah went on to say “I know they said no red cups y’all, but this man has done more for blacks than anyone” SAY WHAT???? I KNOW SHE DID NOT SAY THAT!!! But she did. Kelly then came out singing in a crowd of folks dancing like it was at a outdoor party. He say while holding a big cigar and he sang many of his hits. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Guess the crowd have forgot that Kelly’s history of having sex with young girls. Basically raping young girls. Kelly given had a shame marriage to 15 year old the late Aaliyah a former guest on “Music Inner City TV”
There was tape that millions of people watched online that leaked showing R. Kelly having sex with a young girl some say was as young as 14 or 15. Kelly said that was not him. The brotha LIED!!! THAT WAS HIM IN THE TAPE. In many peoples opinion R. Kelly is a sick puppy who prays on young girls instead of ladies his own age.
So why did the Soul Train audience give Kelly a freakin standing ovation? I am at a complete loss on this readers. Guess the audience does not give a damn or did not want to think about R. Kelly messing around with girls 14 and 15 and 16 years old. What a damn shame!! I wonder who picked R. Kelly to perform on a national stage on the Soul Train Awards. Did they even think of Kelly’s dirty history? I guess not!!
One of the reasons I started my website years ago was to bring more positive information to my readers and “Music Inner City TV” fans about African Americans and people of color.
Why you ask? Because the “majority” media does a great job in NOT telling you the stories I try to bring to our readers. To many times we hear and read about African Americans and people of color when they do NEGATIVE NOT POSITIVE. This is a fact. So I do my best to bring positive stories to everyone but of course I have to bring a few negative stories to our site too. That is just the way it is sorry to say.
But here is a positive story about rap icon Nas. He recently received the W.E.B. DuBois Medel from Harvard University. Keep in mind also Harvard established the “Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship” in honor of the rapper.
This great award is the highest honor given out by Harvard’s African and African American studies department. And the medal goes to Black people who have had an influence on the world.
Others who have won the award include the legendary Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali and former Attorney General Eric Holder and other Black scholars. So this is a great award given to Nas. And one reason he is one of my favorite all time rappers is because this brothas tells a story in his music. It ain’t about f..king females and smoking weed and his videos are not full of brothas driving around in Bentley’s and big Mercedes and Ferrari’s they cannot afford!! If you do not understand this go look at some Nas videos.
I truly think that young rappers of today need to study a artist like Nas. A true hip-hop/rap artist. It ain’t about the big cars and the females almost naked in the music videos etc. It is about songs and videos that make you think and learn. A lot of artists today make songs that make you think about firing one up or other negative crap.
But Nas ain’t about that. That is why he is a legend and a icon. Shout out to the brotha for keeping it real for over 20 years. And I hope he continues to bring us knowledge behind the mic.
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As some of you may know I am a tremendous basketball fan and a NBA junky. As a sports fan one of the worst days as a sports fan was when our NBA the Seattle Sonics left town in 2008 for the dust town OKC.
Many of you also know that the NBA is around 80% African American and the sports media in Seattle likes to put African Americans on full blast any chance they get. For sure on sports radio like 710 ESPN and sportsradio KJR. Mainly KJR.
And also the Seattle Times and the Seattle PI (online). It is a severe problem in my opinion. When brothas do wrong it is all over the radio and TV and newspapers.
But when brothas do right we hardly here anything and this is real. Or when a brotha is found innocent of charges put against them. Like what happened recently to NBA player Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks. Did not hear anything on radio about this.
A New York jury recently found Thabo innocent on three misdemeanor charges. In April, Sefolosha said police caused his season ending leg injury after he left a nightclub in NY. Sefolosha suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage when he and a teammate were arrested near the scene of the stabbing of another NBA player Indiana Pacer forward Chris Copeland.
After the incident, TMZ Sports released video that shows a group of police arresting the 6-7 Sefolosha and taking him to the ground. But as I said a NY jury found Sefolosha innocent of all charges on him. This is great news. The brotha should NOT have been arrested at all. Again mistreatment of a African American/black man by the police.
Also recently former tennis pro James Blake met with NY Mayor Bill de Blasio and police commissioner William Bratton. This happened because of Blake being taken to the ground AGAIN by NY police after Blake was thought to be a suspect in another crime. Again this incident was flat out wrong on the part of the NY police. These type of incidents are happening all over America.
Finally let me say this. I am very happy justice happened for Sefolosha and Blake. But I also think pro sports stars should stay away from nightclubs because terrible things seem to happen time and time again. We do not hear about Lebron James or Carmelo Anthony or Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul or Russell Wilson or Richard Sherman hanging out a nightclub. Brothas should do the right thing and have a good time at home!!
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I do not know how you feel about talk show host Wendy Williams but I have some strong opinions. I first heard about Wendy when she and the late great icon Whitney Houston had a tremendous fall out over the air on the radio in New York where Williams was a huge radio dj. That is how she made her name. Blasting folks over the air on NY radio.
You can You Tube the fight between Williams and Whitney. It got real deep. Because Whitney had “the street” in her and truth be told it never left her all the way to her untimely death. So Whitney stood up to Wendy. She was not having it at all. That is for sure.
So if you watch Wendy’s show on TV you know she does not have a problem of going in on folks. I am very surprised no one has confronted Wendy more often over the years like the late great Whitney did. I am shocked. I mean Williams calls folks names and every thing. From Chris Brown to Donald Trump or from 50 Cent to Taylor Swift or Kanye West. It does not matter to her.
Now her latest blast is against actor Terrence Howard who is currently starring in the hit TV show “Empire” which I refuse to support by viewing it because it is on Fox owned by Rupert Murdoch who allows Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly and others put President Obama on full blast EVERYDAY since the President has been in office. This is real talk. I refuse to give Fox my support.
But guess what folks? When it comes to Terrence Howard I agree with Wendy. Please read the article above and for more information on Howard attacking ladies please Google it and a lot of information will pop up. Readers I DO NOT AGREE WITH A MAN HITTING A LADY FOR ANY REASON!! And Howard has admitted hitting females.
THIS IS WRONG WRONG WRONG and I agree with Williams and maybe Terrence should not be employed on the hit program “Empire” and should enter a program to help him with his temper. Until he does that, he should not be employed on any TV show or any movie role!!!
I think EVERYONE should do what I am doing and not watch “Empire”because you are supporting a business that is owned by a person who has a entire TV network that has been against President Obama in every way possible for seven years let by Hannity and O’Reilly. It has happened on a every day basis. Please try to understand what I am saying readers. Thanks.
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Readers one thing I am TIRED of hearing is how certain people do not like me as a person. I have heard this over and over and over. So I said I am going to find out some info on this topic on African Americans hating on each other.
Above is one of the best information I found on this issue. This brotha threw down on the topic. In Seattle there seems to be very little unity among African Americans. Unlike Asians and East Africans and Hispanics. It seems we as black folks seem to be full of hate and jealous feelings against one another.
Heck their is a female having a event that gives out awards in November and in the media section yours truly is not nominated for two years in row!! How can that be readers?
Not only that, their are four radio talk shows in the Seattle area ran basically by African American hosts and yours tuly has not been invited on to be a guest to discuss my long history of broadcasting. All of them have had every Tom, Dick and Harry as guests except for yours truly.
One hosted by my childhood friend Mr. Eddie Rye, one hosted by a person I respect as a broadcaster Mr. Frank P. Barrow, one hosted by Mr. James Gore and one hosted by Mr. J Moore. The question is why? Is it hate? I say yes ladies and gentlemen. BUT I can be a guest on a well known sports program on a “big” local station basically at any time!!
The person having this event I have known since she was young. There are outlets that are nominated in the media section that cannot hold my jock. Real talk folks. I am just keepin it real. The problem is the “Stockholm Syndrome” Pure hate against yours truly folks. And jealous feelings towards ya boy too!!
The article above breaks down in his opinion why we hate on each other. One of the reasons is called the “Stockholm Syndrome” which is a mental illness folks. Yes it is. It started in the 16th century after slavery became legal in the U.S. Read the article to find out more on the “Stockholm Syndrome”
I mean I have a friend who (i think) is part of the “Music Inner City TV” team. I have known this person for years. This person has told me she has tried to sell a few ads for my TV program and people will not do business with my program because they do not like me as a person. Otherwords they let their personal feelings towards me get in the way of business. The “Stockholm Syndrome”.
This is CRAZY. The “Stockholm Syndrome” in full effect baby!! This is one of the reasons why in a small way American black folks cannot build wealth like Asains and now East Africans and of course the Hispanics.
People who talk negative about me DO NOT KNOW ME!! They hear crap about me. It also seems rich NBA players have no desire to be in a position to help other African Americans. I know this for sure. Because I reached out to a prominent very rich NBA player from Seattle who I have known since he was a teenager. I got nothing. Not one red cent. One of the reasons is others who want possible help from this NBA player might have said to him do not help him….help me with my business. So I end up at the bottom of the totem pole sort of speak.
Please read this article folks and LEARN something from it. Because I learned a lot. Real talk. Like I said I am flat out TIRED of hearing people tell me they hate me. Truth be told readers IT HURTS ME VERY VERY BADLY. I mean I am only human. I try to understand why folks do not like me. When all I try to do is provide some entertainment and education that no one in the Northwest is bringing to the table.
When you finish reading this article I posted, think about it. WHY DO BLACK FOLKS HATE EACH OTHER? It is a question that needs to be answered. If not we will NEVER EVER EVER prosper like the Asains and East Africans and Hispanics. If you have a comment on this article and what I am saying also holla back 206-445-3989 or email@example.com or www.facebook.com/gordon.curvey or www.twitter.com/gcurvey
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If you are a fan of “Music Inner City News Magazine” and “Sports Inner City TV/Online” you know I am a tremendous fan of Lebron James. What James does on the court as we all know is great but what he does off the court to me is even greater!!
James announced a few ago that his Lebron James Foundation is going to help 1,000 kids get a college education as long as they get good grades and graduate in his home city of Akron, Ohio. Now he is taking his help even further.
James “I Promise” program will help parents obtain their General Education Development (GED) The program will pay for testing fees, laptops, bus passes and hand out prizes for good work. Also parents who have children in the Lebron James Family Foundation and wish to obtain their GED are automatically welcome. Readers this is great!! It really is.
Lebron’s program will also ensure parents are prepared to enter the workforce. James has partnered with adult education organization “Project Learn Of Summit County” which will also cover costs for the newly launched program.
Ladies and gentlemen what Lebron James is doing, EVERY ONE should do. James is from the hood or the inner city. He has got filthy rich BUT the inner city has not left James. He cares about kids. He cares about kids and now parents in getting a education and then obtaining a job or even starting their own business like for instance the Asians and now the East Africans.
In ending readers. Here is a big problem. A huge problem. The sports radio business in Seattle (KJR and 710 ESPN) and the U.S. and sports media in general do not want to discuss this issue. They do NOT want to discuss when African American brothas and sistas do great things like what James is doing. Like what NFL legend Dion Sanders is doing opening a school, what former NBA star and now NBA commentator Jalen Rose in also opening a school for kids.
The media do not want to discuss this positive stuff. But let Sanders and Rose and James and other brothas allegedly hit his lady or get caught with drugs and other stuff and it is headlines. YOU KNOW I AM RIGHT!! Shout out to Lebron and Rose and Sanders and other African Americans who are showing concern for inner city kids!!!!
I am here in my home town of Seattle, Washington. I have been in or near the Central Area my entire time on this earth. The Central Area used to be the African American community. But sorry to say not anymore. It is not the same Central Area anymore.
This word..gentrification has hit my town just like it has hit other major cities. Whites have moved in and African Americans have moved out.
To me it is truly sad and depressing. The area I grew up in is no longer the same. When I came into the Central Area I see plenty of white folks walking their dogs. Some two to three dogs at a time.
African American owned businesses like Mrs. Helen’s, Thompson’s Point Of View, Oscars, Deano’s, Sammy’s, Jordan’s and more are gone.
No place in the Central Area for black folks to hang out and play pool and have a drink and watch the fight or dance etc. Things are much much different.
Some say the gentrification of the Central Area here in Seattle was planned. Bring up property taxes to the point where many African Americans cannot pay the taxes and there goes their homes and white folks move in. Now big townhouses and apartments are being built in the Central Area where only a person working at Microsoft can afford to stay their!! The rent will be SKY HIGH!!
Folks another thing is going on here in Seattle and in the US. There is another side to the financial situation. And that is African Americans have a 1 TRILLION dollars of buying power. Yes many of us cannot afford to pay our taxes etc. But then again it seems we want to invest the money we do make in new cars we cannot afford. Expensive Jordan’s sneakers, extensions and other new things.
BUT it seems Vietnamese and now East Africans are opening up new businesses in the Central Area selling EVERYTHING!! And African Americans seem to open up another church or bar be cue place or beauty shop. We seem not to want to open a variety of places like the Asians and now East Africans. I wonder like others where does our 1 trillion dollars of black power is going?
Here in Seattle, on MLK Way South and also Rainier Ave South in the Rainier Valley you can start on East Jackson St. and drive to South Henderson and see very few African American owned businesses. You will see mall after mall after mall full of Asian and now East African owned businesses and ZERO malls full of African American owned businesses. It is just amazing folks.
And the few African American owned businesses we have in the area it seems African Americans do not support them as we should. Ladies and gentleman this is a HUGE problem in my opinion and many others.
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In case you have been under a rock somewhere or maybe on the moon or Mars you know a new movie recently opened about the legendary rap group NWA. Commercials were EVERYWHERE on TV. I mean EVERYWHERE!!
Of course the movie is named “Straight Outta Compton”. About the rise of Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dr. Dre, the late Eazy E and Yella. Who started in the hood of Compton as kids and they became rich and famous and for sure trend setters. The group was known for their violent street lyrics on their songs as well as violent music videos with gun play all over the videos.
I started my program in December 1990 when NWA was still very very hot and I ain’t gonna lie I played their videos because they were so hot. Ice Cube had just left the group. I caught heat from folks for sure for playing their music. Believe me I did readers.
Of course Cube left the group in 1989 to be solo artist and soon a movie actor and writer and producer. Eazy died in 1992 of AIDS. And the group was history including Dre becoming a billioniare. But their music kept on selling to this day. But there have been a lot of rumors about relationships that went sour a few of the group and that is mainly Dr. Dre.
Back in the day cats knew about the Dr. Dre’s stormy relationship with entertainer Miche’le. Word is Dre beat her up a few times. And so it was no surprise that Dr. Dre and Miche’le relationship was left out of “Straight Outta Compton”
Miche’le was recently on Vlad TV and said “Why would Dre put me in it. I mean cause if they start from where they start from I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to shut up”
But she said said she would go and watch the movie but she said that she has her reservations on how the group may be portrayed. By the way Dre and Miche’le have a son who is now 24. Very interesting comments from her and her relationship with Dre. A relationship that she stayed in despite rumors of abuse by Dre.
Oh yeah, the movie opened up making a whopping $56 million in it’s weekend opening!!! The largest opening EVER for a music biopic in the U.S. Projections had the film grossing only around $25 million!!! In second place for the weekend openings was “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” which took in only $13 million.
Check this out finally readers. The NWA movie had a budget of $29 million to make compared to “U.N.C.L.E” which cost around $80 million to make. WOW!!! I have a 70 in TV with a home theater system. I am going to wait for the movie to come on Comcast On-Demand. It will hopefully be on real soon.
As a sports fan you have to see great sports stars hang around way past their prime. It hurts to see this happen and you should too. Muhammad Ali stayed around to long. Willie Mays stayed around to long. Micheal Jordan stayed around to long. Ken Griffey Jr stayed around too long. Bernard Hopkins stayed around fighting to the age of 49!!
Many others stayed around because their mind says they could still do things they could do when they were younger and their body says another thing because father time waits for no one folks. I will catch up to everyone. So when I see a great fighter in Oscar De La Hoya thinking about coming back to fight again I ask…why Oscar?
De La Hoya is 42 years old. And his promotions company Golden BoyPromotions is doing very well promoting big fights. It makes no sense why Oscar wants to come back. Maybe he notices the huge paychecks Floyd “Money” Mayweather is getting these days. In his last fight with pay per view numbers added on, Floyd made around $200 million. So I guess Oscar says he wants a piece of the pie.
De La Hoya says if he comes back he wants to fight Mayweather or Gennady Golovkin. What I am reading I wonder if Oscar wants to have a couple of warm up fights before he fights huge talents in Floyd or Gennady. I would think so,
So as a sports fan I hope and pray that Oscar De La Hoya will not be given a license to fight again. It will be truly sad to see him get his ass beat at 42 years old. Oscar should just concentrate on his Golden Boy Promotions and leave the fighting to younger fighters. Please do not come back Oscar. It will be a huge mistake if you decide to come back!!
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This story is one of the worst stories ever in entertainment history. This is a fact. As we all know Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late great Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown recently passed away at the too young age of 22.
She died in hospice care July 26 hear Atlanta six months after Brown was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan 31. Her mom was found almost in the same way when she died in Los Angeles more than three years ago. By the way I was in L.A. with Tammy Jackson-Cloy when Houston died. It was a day I will NEVER EVER forget.
Now Whitney’s daughter has died. Truly sad. And many think this dude Nick Gordon is the reason Bobbi Kristina is no longer here. Bobbi Kristina and Gordon say they were married. Some say including the Houston family say they were not married. And some say that Gordon fed Brown a lot of drugs including drugs that killed her. And that he spent a lot of Bobbi Kristina’s money that her mom left her in her will. So now we have big news.
The administrator of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate has filed a wrongful death count to a lawsuit against Nick Gordon. This is only to get more nasty ladies and gentleman. One reason is this. Whitney left about $21 million for her daughter that the bulk of it she was going to obtain by age 30. Many of us have saw in social media and elsewhere that the Houston family may be in a battle over the money with Bobby Brown. Who will control the cash? Guess we will see.
Again readers this is a very very sad situation. Bobbi Kristina just could not handle the passing of her mom. She just never got over it. Whitney and her daughter were very very tight. Brown is having a rough time right now dealing with the passing of his daughter. We will keep you informed on the latest news here on our site.
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The video “Red Hot Remix” released by Tyrone by Jahdan Blakkamoore is from Babylon’s Nightmare album. The song talks about the ills of growing up in the ghetto and how poverty affects children.
Jahdan Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist-both nationally and internationally. Jahdan’s sense of melody, superb song writing skills and ability to effortlessly cross genres has solidified his status as a relevant artist in the music industry.
The video depicts the life of three ghetto or inner city youths as they travel though the projects and contemplate their fate.
The cinematography drives home the point as Tyrone produces the background music on his “sound system”; blending the accapella of Jahdan’s vocals with a menacing beat and bass line. The Tyrone directed video provides the perfect visual of the soundtrack. Visit www.tyronesmusic.com to download this song and others!!
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Readers at first when it came to William H. Cosby Jr aka Bill Cosby, I was riding the fence when it came to all these ladies coming out against Mr. Cosby. Most after 30 to 45 years of saying nothing.
I was saying why did these females say nothing for decades and then all of a sudden when a basically unknown comic made a comment or joke during his stage act regarding Cosby and past stories about rape charges against him, lady after lady came out the woodwork saying Cosby raped them after he allegedly give them a pill. From former supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickerson to many others.
Some famous people like Whoopi Goldberg and former guest on my program “Music Inner City TV” singer Jill Scott stood behind and supported Mr. Cosby until recently when new information has been released to the public by first the NY Times and now CNN. The news is flat out devastating against Cosby.
It shows and tells us that Bill Cosby lied to us. He had us fooled. We loved Fat Albert and loved the movies he made with the legendary Sidney Poitier and his various TV shows like “I Spy” for which he won a Emmy and of course..”Cosby” Where he played “America’s dad” Cliff Huxtable for years on TV. He had all of us fooled readers. And I am upset at Bill Cosby for fooling me and millions of others who looked up to him.
Bill Cosby was having sex or near sex with plenty of ladies behind his lady Camille Cosby’s back. But then again Mrs. Cosby may have known about her husbands cheating ways and STILL stayed with him. Well readers maybe we know why. MONEY MONEY MONEY for which Bill Cosby has plenty of. Mr. Cosby is worth a reported $400 to $500 million.
Because I think most females would have left a man who was cheating all over the damn place. Did Mrs. Cosby see $$ signs? But wait a minute. If she left Bill Cosby she would have got millions and millions from her husband in a divorce settlement. This is a fact!!
A few weeks ago I hear a comedy routine from a young Bill Cosby in which he told a so called joke about giving a pill to a lady and then the lady was ready to get busy if you know what I mean. Then I also saw a interview with Cosby from the early 90′s in which he ADMITTED to a affair with a lady behind Camille’s back. BUT Mrs. Cosby STILL stayed with him. The question is why?
This story has got real real ugly for Bill Cosby at age 78. Concerts have been cancelled, “Cosby” reruns have been removed from TV and his great reputation he earned since the 60′s has gone completely downhill. This is sad. But I have to say this.
This dude who played Cosby’s son in law on “Cosby” His name is Joseph C. Phillips.(pic) He has turned into a conservative motor mouth. I have seen him on Hannity’s show on Fox News putting down President Barack Obama. He has recently come out and said “Cosby should go away” and more. THIS DUDE HAS HIS FREAKIN NERVE!! Not trying to take up for the cheating monster Bill Cosby..BUT I am supporting Mr. Cosby on this point when it comes to Mr. Phillips.
Yo Phillips Mr. Cosby hired your ass and you made thousands and thousand of $$ for your part on “Cosby” He may have “fooled” you like he has fooled us but I strongly feel you should have kept your feelings to yourself instead of blasting a man who paid you big time and put your name in the public eye. This is real talk. Some of you may disagree. This is how I feel folks.
Finally I think the elegant and beautiful Mrs. Camille Cosby should leave the cheatin ass Bill Cosby!! He has played SERIOUS games for decades behind her back. Mrs. Cosby has come out recently and said these ladies who have came out against her husband knew what was going on and played along with Cosby. Wow Camille!! Come on now.
Quaaludes was the pill Cosby ADMITTED in 2005 he gave to females to have sexual relations. That ALONE is reason enough for the dignified Mrs. Camille Cosby to pack up and leave Bill Cosby. This is my opinion. More to come right here on “Music Inner City News Magazine”
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As always since the start of the Black Entertainment Television event “The BET Awards” I applied to cover the event for our fans and followers of “Music Inner City TV” and “Music Inner City News Magazine” For the first years we were allowed on the red carpet and I made my way to L.A. happy as hell to obtain interviews with the entertainers on the carpet.
But for the last seven years for some unknown reason my program has been refused coverage on the BET Awards red carpet and of course yours truly is very sad about this but hey what can I do? Nothing. Just try to cover the “BET Experience” and be happy with a second prize.
So as millions of others I watched the red carpet coverage and the main show. And as far as the main show was concerned in my opinion it was one the best BET Awards in YEARS. The almost four hour event was very very entertaining and that is real talk readers. For those of you who do not know it was the 15th anniversary of the BET Awards.
The program started with a powerful performance by Kendrick Lamar standing on top of a police car. In a short speech by actor Micheal B. Jordan, he dedicated it to the”BlackLivesMatter” movement and he spoke about the terrible terrible savage killings of 9 African Americans at the historic Emanual A.M.E. church in Charleston, S.C. and Jordan spoke on the police shooting Ferguson, Mo and also brotha Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore. Of course it was very timely. And I enjoyed the Bad Boy 20th year performances by Diddy, Mase, 112, Lil Kim and Faith Evans and of course Biggie from heaven.
All night it was one great performance after another. And the program was hosted by “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross and they did a real good job in my strong opinion. Much better than recent hosts of the event.
The legendary Smokey Robinson was honored with a award and he spoke to the audience in a deep way. Asking young stars who “think” they are a huge stars to slow their roll and “Don’t get full of yourself” The crowd stood up and gave the Smokey a standing ovation. Then Smokey sang a few of his of course MANY MANY MANY hits he has wrote for himself and MANY others. In the audience was his lady and also his best friend, another flat out legend Barry Gordy the founder of Motown. By the way I had to meet Smokey in L.A. And asked him a quick question.
Also it was great to see Janet Jackson (pic of yours truly hangin with Janet here in Seattle a few years ago) who has been away for awhile out of the public eye for the most part. BET honored Janet with the Ultimate Icon Award and for sure she is a icon. Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe danced to the music of some of Janet’s big hits. Ciara did a great job! You know they had to be nervous performing in front of there idol.
The BET Awards was a great and very entertaining program, it really was. Wish I was in L.A. to cover it for “Music Inner City TV”. Gordon Curvey
To many times we read about the negative things black people are doing or have done. Not enough is said about the positive things black people are here in the U.S. and in the world. I find this to be a huge huge problem.
Hell if you watch “The Insider” or “Access Hollywood” or “Extra” or “OK TV” you would think black folks are not around making movies or making good music. If you do not understand what I am saying then watch the programs readers it will prove my point. But let Chris Brown or Lil Wayne etc do something wrong and BAM!! HEADLINES BABY!!!
But here is a singer/songwriter who is doing things that NEED TO BE DISCUSSED AND TALKED ABOUT!! His name is Akon (pic of Akon on “M.I.C-TV” in L.A.) The Senegalese-American entertainer is doing something that is off the hook for sure. He started “Akon Lighting Initiative” in 2014 with Thione Niang and Samba Bathily to help 600 million Africans who still don’t have electricity.
Akon’s website at akonlightingafrica.com said without power more than 3.5 million Africans die every from harmful pollutants or fores in the home produced by costly and toxic solid fuels. So Akon and his crew has a goal to develop and innovative solar powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity.
Thione Niang said “Africa, with its 320 days of sunshine a year is suited to the development of solar power, particularly since 622 million Africans still do not have access to electricity”
Check this out readers. 70% of Africa population under 35, Africa is the country with the youngest population today in the world. One of the challenges it faces is trying to train and create sustain employment. “We expect the Africans who get trained from the center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang. “With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further”
So again big shout to Akon and his crew. What is doing for the people of Africa is just great. And as I said this kind of story needs to be talked about on all the gossip programs. But let Akon beat his lady or get caught speeding and is given a DUI, it is all over the place in the media and this is just plan wrong.
By the way a few years ago Akon came to Seattle and appeared for my TV program at Rainier Community Center and did a interview and signed pictures and take pics with his fans. Akon is a good dude!!
I was born and brought up here in Seattle’s Central Area or Central District or what a lot of us call the CD. My mother still has a house on 30th and East Spring St. My mom bought the house in 1957. It was bought for around $7,000 and now it is worth more than $800,000. Amazing right?
If you know me I speak up on issues that others are afraid or just refuses to touch. The changing of the CD here in Seattle bothers the hell out of me. I really does readers. And others it seems have picked up on this issue too. Because their has been numerous articles lately on the topic of how African Americans have been forced out of the Central District.
The latest article on the changing CD is in the Seattle Times and it is a good article. To be truthful readers all the articles about how whites have taken over the community I grew up in really bothers me. I am a school crossing guard on 34th and East Union here in Seattle and it is truly sad that I hardly see any African Americans when I am on my shift. Very few.
This is in a community keep in mind that was 70% African American just a few years ago. Because of HUGE property tax increases in the Central District African Americans have been forced out of the community and whites saw the opportunity to pack up from their homes in Ballard and Mercer Island and elsewhere and move to homes they can pay for in the community I grew up in…the CD.
In the Seattle Times article the long time CD resident said that white folks have moved in the Central District and do not speak to African Americans etc. Basically they hang to themselves. That is TRUE. BUT readers check this out as a school crossing guard on 34th and East Union, I catch it from BOTH ANGLES.
The angles are this. A lot of white folks pass right by me and have a mean look on their face. So I do not say anything to them like ‘Good morning” Then sometimes I will go out my way and speak to them…then they will speak. Most of the time just barely. On the other side of the coin. A lot of African Americans do not speak too!! And they have a angry and mean look on their face too. Here is a question. Why is this? You see I am a nice person. When I walk out my door I leave all my so called problems at home and put a smile on my face.
So in Seattle’s CD, there is unfriendly white folks AND the few African Americans I a lot of them look angry and unfriendly. Things was just NOT this way in the CD a few years ago. People were more friendly and we spoke to one another. There was places African Americans can go hang out and have a beer or play some pool or dominos like Thompson’s and Oscars and Deano’s and have great soul food with Mrs. Helens and a great hamburger and fries at Sammy’s and The Doll House. Or go buy a sports book or the latest Ebony Mag or get your medicine at Jordan’s.
Things ain’t the same anymore. The CD has turned into yuppie land with white folks walking there dogs all over the cd the area and folks driving very expensive Volvo’s and Mercedes and Audi’s and etc up and down the streets of the Central District. It is just very very strange readers to a fella who grew up on 30th and East Spring St. When you pass by Powell Barnett Park you mostly see white parents and their kids playing.
I have had white folks sit and stare at me while they are sitting on a bench on 34th and East Union. Like they are looking at a alien from Mars or Jupiter instead of a black man doing his freakin job!! It is just amazing readers. Like the lady said in the Times article “The Central District is not the same” It makes her sad and me too.
As a person who loves music. All types of music, though the years of producing “Music Inner City Television” I have seen artists come and I have seen them go after one hit. One hit wonders as they say.
But young artists come along when they are teenagers and keep growing as a artist and they prove they will not be one hit wonders. Artists like Usher, Beyonce, Lil Wayne and others including a artist that started out singing country type music and I have to say I love music but I am not a big fan of country music. I just have to tell the truth.
This artist I am talking about is Taylor Swift. I have a new found respect for Taylor. She has shown me and the most important point her fans that she is here to stay. Taylor is just producing hit cd after hit cd. She can go country if she wants or go pop if she wants like she has done lately. It does not matter. Swift produces hits for her millions of fans all over the world. Even if you are not a fan of her music, you have to respect Taylor Swift.
And she also seems to be a very down to earth young lady and it seems her great success has not gone to her head and it seems she really cares about her fans. This past week Taylor packed in more awards at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. And her new music video was shown that features rapper Kendrick Lamar. The song is off the chain. Another hit for sure by Taylor Swift.
David Letterman Reires: As I type this article it is the day talk show legend David Letterman is having his last program of ”Late Night With David Letterman” He is retiring after 33 years behind the microphone.
Letterman is the best late night talk show host in my opinion. Some say he is better than Johnny Carson. But one thing for sure Letterman retires as a entertainment legend.
Dave also gave a lot of hip-hop and r&b artists a national stage to peform in front of millions of people, Letterman had every genre of music artists on his program through the years. Country, pop, hip-hop, rap, r&b, classic soul artist and on and on. Every big comic has appeared on Letterman. Of course big Hollywood stars got interviewed by Dave as well as Presidents like President Clinton and President George W. Bush and of course President Obama.
We do not know what Letterman will do in retirement. Will he just go fishing and enjoy his millions or will he make a appearence on TV once in awhile. I know he has a NASCAR team too. Wish the best to David Letterman and thanks for all the entertainment you brought to us for 33 years.
Here is a short interview “Music Inner City TV” did with David Letterman’s band leader Paul Shaffer a few years ago in Los Angeles.
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In some circles hip-hop/rap takes a huge hit. Like making artists the reason for violence in the community and so on. But one thing for sure hip-hop music makes a whole lot of money for a whole lot of people. For some they are very very very rich because of hip-hop and their side ventures that have started.
Recently Forbes released its annual Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest list and the lists says that Sean “Diddy” Combs is the number one artist thanks to his many businesses he is running. That includes Ciroc vodka, Sean John apparel and the recently started Revolt Television. And the list says all the before mentioned businesses has earned Diddy $735 million. Diddy was #1 on Forbes list in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Combs said recently “I did the research and did the work to make sure that I was a master in whatever category I went into, too” during a 2013 interview with the Huffington Post. He went on to say “If I went into apparel, I wanted to know everything about that. I went into spirits, so I knew everything about that. I’m starting Revolt, and I’m still learning on that one.
Also Combs is busy promoting a new business and that is Sean John unisex fragrance called 3AM which was recently put in stores. Diddy beat out Dr. Dre for #1 artist making $700 million.
#3 is Jay Z at $500 million and #4 is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson at $155 million. At #5 is Birdman of Cash Money at $150 million. Cats making a lot of money for sure!
Of course the guys are not just making money from their music. They have spread their wings to start other businesses. Of course they have started businesses that have flopped. That happens all the time. Bill Gates and and others have experienced disappointments in business ventures. But that did not stop these fellas for their dreams to make money.
Well all the hype is over readers. For a long time as a sports fan we waited and waited for this fight. And it finally happened in the MGM in Las Vegas with Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao meeting Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
As a sports fan I have waiting for this fight and I was happy as hell all day long knowing the fight was finally going to happen. So as many expected, it turned into a complete boxing lesson from a master boxer in Mayweather. Basically he just played with Manny and did what ever he wanted all 12 rounds of the fights. It was another day in the office for Floyd.
Yes Manny scored with a big punch now and then but it did not bother Money. He just stuck to his game plan made by himself and his dad Floyd Mayweather Sr. During the fight Mayweather Sr was pushing his son to do more. But his son kept to what he wanted to do and that is stick and move, stick and move. And after 12 when it went to the scorecards it was 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 all in favor of Money Mayweather. Some say the fight was boring. Not to me. I was watching a great boxer in action.
Pacman said after the fight in the press conference he had a injury to his shoulder that flared up early in fight. Yeah right Manny!! Give me a break. Give us a better excuse than that. Floyd did not fall for the excuse by Manny. He said after the fight that he was fighting hurt too.
Mayweather is a master boxer pure and simple. His record is now 48-0 and he said he will fight one more time in September. He also said he will give up his many belts he holds before September. So younger guys can have a chance to hold a title.
Someone got PAID a whopping $100 million after the fight and it was Floyd. Might of fact he was flashing to the media his huge pay check so they can see the many zeros on his check. Heck before the fight Money was already worth a half a BILLION dollars. Of course he has many big and expensive cars, houses in many cities, a new jet and many many other things a man with that much money can get.
So let’s see what happens next for Floyd and also Manny. Will there be a rematch? Who knows. We will see. Gordon Curvey
I have not wrote my opinions on this topic but enough is enough readers. I have been watching CNN and MSNBC this week and coverage of the African American who died in the jail after being arrested for who knows what.
Word is he had a legal knife on him but the public is still wondering why he was stopped by police in Baltimore. It appears the black fella had problems with his breathing while police was taking him in there van. While in the van it seems something very very wrong may have happened.
Because the fella died with a broken neck!!! Something went very very wrong it seems in the hands of Baltimore police and citizens in Baltimore are very upset. They are marching and saying “black lives matter” and another black man is dead in the hands of the police. And I agree readers. SOMETHING IS VERY VERY WRONG!! To many black men are dying in the hands of the police all over the US.
But readers something else is VERY VERY wrong. And that is black on black crime. That means blacks killing other blacks in the African American communities of the United States. And readers I am sorry, I do not see the outrage and where are the marches in the community about blacks killing other blacks????
I want to see the outrage when a black person kills another black person, young or old just like when a white police officer kills a black man in New York, South Carolina or anywhere!! Where is the marching when this happens?
I do not see or hear the outrage about “black on black” crime in the communities of the United States. The question is why readers? The last few days I called into a local African American radio station called the Ztwins about the topic of black on black crime here in the Seattle area and something VERY interesting happened.
And that is regular callers who call in EVERY DAY on every other topic did NOT call in on the topic of “black on black” crime BUT let a situation come up that a black man is shot or killed by a white police etc…the phones at the station are RINGING OFF THE HOOK!!! This is VERY VERY STRANGE! Again the question is why readers?
In my strong opinion, Rev Jesse Jackson, Rev Al Sharpton, Dr. Micheal Eric Dyson, Cornell West, Tavis Smiley and yes our President..President Obama and you and myself should care more about blacks killing other blacks in the ” hood” or community. This is “One Man’s Opinion”
Well I guess it was going to happen sooner or later right? Though his career Nelly has basically stayed out of trouble and out of negative headlines but now it has finally happened readers.
Nelly was arrested recently in Nashville after police pulled the tour bus over he was riding in for not having proper tabs or display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.
The arrest was made of Nelly because troopers allegedly found five rocks was said to be meth and also they found some weed. Nelly who is 40 years old and whose real name is Cornell Haynes was released the other day after posting a $10,000 bond. If this story is true, it is truly sad and I hope he was not involved in using meth etc. Because he should be a role model for his kids.
Again if true this will be a sad story to follow for his kids who I have seen on his reality program. If true how will Nelly explain this to his children readers? This is the major question. Too many times folks are in the limelight seem to forget they are in the limelight and do stupid things and things that is not role model like for their kids. This is wrong and in my opinion should never ever happen.
Of course Nelly will plead not guilty to the charges against him. We will see if his “star” status will stop him from getting a few days in jail or a heavy fine. And what will this negative story do his career? Time will tell.
Of course this is not good when a lot of citizens think rappers/hip-hop artists are full of thugs and people who do not follow the law. In my opinion if you are going to be in the public you CANNOT be at clubs at 2 or 3am and getting in fights and and other thinks. It just should not happen. In a small way, I cannot hang up at a club and getting drink after drink etc
I hate to see this arrest happen to Nelly. We will keep you informed on this case against one the favorites in hip-hop music. Gordon Curvey
I first interviewed this r&b singer and actor when he was about 13 or 14 years old when his career first got off the ground here in Seattle. You could tell at that very young age that Usher would be a star in the music industry.
A lot of young talented people come and then they go but not Usher Raymond. He has followed up one hit with another hit and then another hit and so with that when Usher does a concert he has a concert if you know what I mean. He FOR SURE ain’t no one hit wonder. He has a catalog of hits to play at his concerts. And of course Usher has fans in every part of the world so he can have concerts in every part of the world.
Of course he is not the late “King Of Pop” Micheal Jackson (who is) but in my opinion he has been the nearest thing to MJ. And yes of course MJ is a idol of Usher and if you go to a concert by Usher you will see the dancing by Raymond that can remind you of MJ. The same goes for Chris Brown.
Yes Usher has had some controversy in his life but that happens to high profile entertainers from time to time. So it happened to Usher with problems with his former lady and his kid he had with her. It got real deep and it was covered by the media big time but that case was settled and Raymond has moved on with his career. Which for him is a good thing.
And Usher is still a young man even though it seems he has been around for decades. When you are as talented as Usher is his career can continue until he is a old man or should I say older like Sammy Davis Jr. or Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly did. Because like the folks I just mentioned, Usher not only can sing and dance but he can act too. And he is a good actor too. He is a triple threat in entertainment. Like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez.
Please read the bio link above and learn more about Usher and stay tuned for the next move by this talented fella. By the way, “Music Inner City Television is featuring Usher and the making of one of latest music videos “Good Kisser” on Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand/24-7/Western Washington state/go to “get local” and then “around the sound” and online soon too right here!! Gordon Curvey
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Some FYI for our readers. I am a tremendous sports fan and their are many issues that local sports radio here in Seattle are not touching or seems to be afraid to discuss over the air. Why I do not know.
And if you know the history of “Music Inner City Entertainment” I have ALWAYS mixed music and sports since we started in late 1990. I covered our dearly departed Seattle Sonics for over 15 years at morning shootarounds and was lucky enough to conduct interviews with Charles Barkley, Chris Webber, Shaq, Isiah Thomas (the Hall of Fame member), Phil Jackson, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Coach George Karl, Rip Hamilton, Coach Doc Rivers and many many more at Key Arena.
I have also covered our Seattle Mariners over the last six or seven years at afternoon batting practice at Safeco Field and have been lucky enough to interview the legend Reggie Jackson (two times), another legend in Derek Jeter (two times), CeCe Sabathia, Torri Hunter, Dave Henderson, Andrew McCutchen, Mariner broadcasters Dave Sims and Rick Rizzs and many many more over the years. And we have covered our Seattle Seahawks the last three years at training camp and we hopefully can start covering games during the season at Century Link.
Readers what do Dr. J, Barkley, Damian Lillard, JJ Watt, Payton Manning, CP3, Blake Griffin, LeBron, Curry, Shaq, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Reggie Miller, Steve Smith, Kenny Smith, Brett Farve, Aaron Rodgers, our own Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson plus NASCAR’s Dale Jr and more have in common? I will tell you want they have in common.
They are are doing national marketing of products on TV and online and radio. BUT for some reason, Major League Baseball players ARE NOT DOING NATIONAL MARKETING OF PRODUCTSAND THE QUESTION IS WHY?
It seems ONLY L.A. Angel star young Mike Trout and even retired star and the all time hits
I am a person brought up on 30th and Union in Seattle, Washington’s Central Area. Until recently it was known as the African American community. With plenty of African American businesses and a few white and Asian owned businesses in the area.
There was Sammy’s for a great hamburger and fries, Oscars and Deanos to go and hang out and have drink or play some pool and even watch a great boxing match. There was Mrs. Helen’s, Thompson’s, Pal’s Tavern, Little Record Mart, Doll House, Jordan’s Drug and Grocery, Singletary’s Gas Station, Joe’s Grocery with Joe and May (pic of Joes Grocery ORIGINAL SIGN hanging in a Madrona area restaurant/bar on 34th and Union right here) IGA Grocery Store, Madrona Pharmacy, Erma and Daye’s Barber Shops, Richlens, Catfish Corner and more. It was a great community to be in.
I remember the Mardi Gras Festival at Garfield Playfield and Powell Barnett Park with big ferris wheels and a big and huge sound stage and speaks and thousands of folks in attendance. Had plenty of rides for the kids, cotton candy and every thing a festival should have including a big parade with Seafair floats and a nationally known star riding in the parade every year.
I remember shootin hoops every summer at Madrona School and the park across the street from Madrona School. It was ALWAYS full of cats shootin hoops on a spring or summer day in the CD.
I can name many more businesses but here is where I am going in this article readers. My community is not my community anymore AND IT HURTS ME BIG TIME!! The Central Area here in Seattle has turned into a majority white community because of the word GENSTRAFATION.
Whites have taken over the African American community. When I come into the CD every morning to conduct my Seattle Public Schools Adult School Crossing job on 30th and Union, I basically see nothing but white folks walking their dogs all over the place. I think I have seen EVERY BREED OF DOG on god’s green earth since I started this employment. No joke!
I see white folks hanging with white folks. The parks in the CD is full of white families and there dogs of course. Because of gentriafication of the Central Area, it is to the point that when I see African Americans hanging out walking etc, I am HAPPY!! I really am!! It is JOY AND HAPPINESS as Rev Al Green sang. I will even stop and tell folks I am happy to see them. And I tell them why.
What has happened is this. When former Mayor Norm Rice was the Mayor of Seattle, all of a sudden property taxes started to go sky high in the Central Area because the CD is near downtown, near Safeco Field, Century Link Field, near Pike Place Market and the waterfront etc. So because of this situation, it pushed African American families out to the surburbs and whites moved in because sorry to say whites income level is triple that of African Americans. Readers that is just the way it is. Check the stats.
My mom has been on 30th and Spring St. since 1957. She is 90 years old. My mom bought her house for about $7,000. Now in 2015 it is worth around $800,000! And like I said her property taxes have jacked up big time. She is lucky enough where she can afford to pay it. But many African Americans cannot. So as I said, whites have moved in so now my African American is no more and it makes me mad.
My good friend Charlie James said on Facebook the gentrification of Seattle’s African American community happened because of one word and that one word is RACISM. James and many many others INCLUDING MYSELF thinks it was all a plan that started even before Mayor Rice became Mayor. The plan was to price African Americans out of the CD so whites can move in. Like Charlie, I truly believe this is what happened.
Readers the other day I was on my job and a few white folks was sitting on a bench basically looking at me for 20 min like “Who is this black guy in my community” So when they crossed the street I asked them why was they looking at me for almost a half hour. Of course they told me they was not looking at me. But that was a lie!! I told them this. “This is MY community where I grew up..the Madrona area, and you are not going to intimidate me and you can move back to Ballard or the Roosevelt area where you came from!!”
So readers I am not happy with the genstrification of the Central Area of Seattle. It has turned into yuppie land. But the CD will STILL be MY COMMUNITY and I REFUSE to let white folks intimidate me in MY COMMUNITY!! REAL TALK!!! Comments? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-445-3989 or www.facebook.com/gordon.curvey or www.twitter.com/gcurvey
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