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Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura 2 U) Guest Stars on Y&R for 11,000th Episode Celebration!

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*May the force be with you. Those words, and the familiar parted, four-finger signal that accompanies it, is forever etched in the minds of those familiar with the original Star Trek. I am so proud to say that I was one of those who sat around the TV set with my family as the U.S.S Starship Enterprise headed by handsome “Captain James T. Kirk” (William Shatner). Yes youngins, he did significant work prior to those Priceline commercials!, along with the half-human-half-vulcan Science Officer, “Spock” (played by the late, great Leonard Nimoy) and of course, the beautiful, leggy, Communications Officer “Lieutenant Uhura” (Nichelle Nichols) — among others. At 83-years old, Nichols is still going strong and we will be able to watch her perform  a special 2-day guest starring role on the #1 Daytime television series, “The Young & The Restless” as the program celebrates its 11,000th episode.

Everything is hush-hush on what Nichols will actually do, but sources say that the character the legendary actress will play is named “Lucinda,” and they hint that she has some kind of “emotional connection” to a beloved Genoa City resident.

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Online Date Ends Up Being ‘The Last’ for This Single Dad (Video)

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*A single father who was looking for love on the online dating site, Plenty of Fish, was found dead on his kitchen floor after he went out on a date with an 18-year-old girl who it was later learned, had set him up for a robbery.

His murder may have been a last minute decision.

27-year-old Adam Hilarie met 18-year-old Hailey Bustos via Plenty of Fish, an online dating site. The two went bowling on their first date. After the date the pair went back to Hilarie’s house, and upon parting, Bustos texted: “I had a good time and would like to see you again.”

The agreement turned out to be a grave mistake.

They set up a meet at Hilarie’s place for the next night. But instead of arriving alone, the girl brought three friends with her.

According to a report on the Miami Herald:

Cops said 18-year-old Hailey Bustos had been paid $50 to arrange the theft of Hilarie’s TVs, Xbox and iPhone, and returned hours later for the robbery with the three men.

The incident escalated.

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Gender is ‘Out’ — You’re Either ‘Student’ or ‘Scholar’ at Charlotte Schools

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*…unless you’re Transgender, that is.

Shakespeare once asked, what’s in a name? Well today’s unedited response might be, a whole helluva lot if it determines your sex! However, staff at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have been told to no longer refer to students as “boys” or “girls.” Instead they must be addressed as “students” or “scholars.”

Well, I guess I get how this can now be so problematic. But I am sure these staffers are gonna need some time to acclimate to the new rule so I hope they won’t be tapped too badly if they slip up.

The new instruct, targeted to school principals and counselors, is actually to offer more support for transgender students, who, by the way, are to be addressed by their new, chosen gender.

Focus is also to be more directly placed on supporting these students; who may become the target of bullying due to their chosen role. And to this end, the staff has been provided training via a presentation entitled “Supporting Transgender Students.”

LifeSite refers to an opinion piece article by the Independent Journal Review (IJR) that says under the new guidelines a boy who dresses like a girl may go on all-girl overnight trips, literally sleeping with a girls team while “no one outside of those on a ‘need to know’ basis will know,” and “any school administrator who alerts the other girls without the consent of the student will presumably be disciplined.”

In other words, a student’s privacy usurps even a parent’s need to know; as included in the new list of guidelines is…

“A student’s transgender status is confidential.”

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Good Samaritan Allegedly Killed By Two Men He Helped (Video)

Deon Antonio and Michael Dupree-Tyler
Deon Antonio and Michael Dupree-Tyler

*Who’da ever thunk it? Here you are being a good samaritan, and though you don’t expect any awards or rewards, you also don’t expect to be killed as a result of your good deed. Yet, Chadwick Garrett is dead today. And North Charleston police spokesperson Spencer Pryor alleges his killers are Deon Antonio, 17, and Michael Odell Anthony Dupree-Tyler, 19. He had helped the two fellas haul their Dodge Durango out of a ditch.

They had the audacity to rob him first.

Garrett, who died around 11:35 p.m. at the scene near Durant Avenue and North Jimtown Drive, was identified by a Charleston County Coroner’s Officer.

The two men have since been arrested in Charleston, NC.

Rest assured, “Karma” is real and it will be served in due time.

And we wonder why people hesitate to help. The past year has served up too many examples of innocent people who, with outstretched arms, met their untimely death. Continue reading

Respected Italian Chef Feeds Olympians Leftovers to Rio’s Poor

Kitchen backstage; International Gourmet Festival 2012; Tribute to Claudia 2012; Day 11 - January 22nd; Massimo Bottura

*As the world rests its eyes on the Games of the XXXI Olympiad  in Rio de Janeiro this year, a group of about 70 homeless men are being treated to a three-course meal of Ossobuco with buttery baroa potatoes topped off with a gelato dessert.

No its not a typo. It’s actually a very noble gesture.

The food comes courtesy of one of the world’s renowned chefs, Massimo Bottura, who had the beautifully humanistic idea to feed the poverty-stricken towns’ homeless and hungry the leftover food from the athletes.

The food would have otherwise been thrown away.

And let’s get an idea of what that would look like.

In excess of 230 tons of food is supplied daily to prepare 60,000 meals for athletes, coach and staff.

Bottura, 53, decided to use his heart, head and skillset to make a statement saying, “This is a cultural project, not a charity. We want to rebuild the dignity of the people.”

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Massimo Bottura

The cost of presenting the first ever Olympics in South America is a staggering $12 million dollars.

Bottura says he was inspired by the advocacy for the poor displayed by Pope Francis, and wanted to utilize the ingredients that were used by the Olympics caterers and local partners to create “Refettorio Gastromotiva,” a gourmet soup kitchen, that has been feeding the less fortunate in the Brazilian city for the past week.

Cooks prepare a dinner for gourmet soup kitchen, Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro
Cooks prepare a dinner for gourmet soup kitchen, Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro

One of the benefactors, Fagner dos Santos, a 33-year-old homeless man who has been battling drug addiction since living on the streets is elated at not only the food, but the presentation.

“Who would’ve thought food made for the cream of society would be served to a group of homeless men?” dos Santos said, as he admired the spacious, art-filled dining room and waiters wearing smart orange aprons.

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Here the chef prepares one of his custom meals.

As we stay glued to the beauty of the games themselves, or sound bites and updates on the athletes’ performances, some social media posts have also referred to the Rio that WON’T be shown on TV. Such as the one in this VOX video that provides a 3D tour of the city’s Favelas — built by slaves in the 1800s and by appearance, are communities where the houses look as if they are stacked on top of each other.

Favelas were created with no input from public authority; so there is no zoning, building codes or public services. They are, as the narrator of the video states, home to some of the most vicious drug dealers as well as some of the most creative people in Rio. The narrator shows how the haves people of the asphalt and have nots people of the hill (the favelas) live different lives.

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Favelas

As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times article, for the Olympics launch, Bottura assembled a tour de force of local and international celebrity chefs. Once the games are over, the project will morph into a lunchtime restaurant, proceeds of which will fund evening meals for the homeless.

Kudos to you, Chef Bottura!

Watch: Kidnappers Grabbing Babies Right from Mothers’ Arms in Glendale CA.

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*Police in Glendale finally have something to do. Keep reading, I’ll explain that statement later. They believe two separate kidnap attempts that happened within 20 minutes of each other, are somehow connected and parents in the mainly Armenian California city are on alert!

According to authorities, the first kidnap attempt happened around 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday  at the intersection of Chevy Chase Drive and Adams Street. A mother was pushing her 14-month-old child in a stroller when a suspect approached her and SNATCHED THE BABY!!!

Thankfully, the mother’s valiant fight for her child was successful, and the suspect ran, according to officials.

An ABC7 News report says police described the suspect as a woman with short black hair wearing heavy-winter style clothing. Officials said the suspect jumped into the driver seat of a small white or silver compact car and fled the scene.

The car’s first three license plate characters were possibly 7HY or 7YH, police said. Continue reading

Hmmm…Do You Contribute Anything or Do You Just React?

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She had been quiet the whole time, until somebody said something she didn’t like. 

We all know a lot of really intelligent people who certainly have a lot on their mind and the passion to get things started. But…and there’s that word, they seem to exist in a “reaction only” mode.

It takes courage to make a stand. And a level of stick-to-it-ness to not be swayed by the opinions of others. Let’s face it, some folks we know may not have what it takes to stand up on their own, but they won’t hesitate to try and knock you down.

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Phylicia Rashad Directs ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ at CTG/Mark Taper Forum

Director Phylicia Rashad on the first day of rehearsal for August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Director Phylicia Rashad on the first day of rehearsal for August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

*Rehearsals have begun for August Wilson’s blazing masterpiece “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” which begins previews September 1, opens September 11 and continues through October 16, 2016, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

Phylicia Rashad, who directed Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Taper in 2013, directs this groundbreaking play which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry through a 1927 recording session in Chicago with a legendary blues singer. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey.

The cast features, in alphabetical order, Greg Bryan, Keith David, Jason Dirden, Damon Gupton, Matthew Henerson, Nija Okoro, Lamar Richardson, Ed Swidey, Glynn Turman and Lillias White.

Scenic design is by John Iacovelli, costume design is by Emilio Sosa, lighting design is by Elizabeth Harper, sound design is by Dan Moses

“Extraordinary! Ma Rainey rides on the exultant notes of the blues!” – Jack Kroll, Newsweek Continue reading