If You ‘Loved Lucy’ Here’s Some Never Heard Before Fun Facts You’ll Adore!

I Love Lucy stars Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball

*I Love Lucy was one of the funniest TV shows ever. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957 on CBS and it was the first scripted television show shot on 35mm film before a live studio audience. The show garnered five Emmys.

According to FilmMakerIQ.com each show included 300 viewers from the first shoot until the last, and there were many “one take” scenes.

Later, Desi Arnaz, the real life husband of Lucille Ball, revealed the comedic actress works better when real people are watching her performance. 

Everyone watched I Love Lucy — no matter what race or culture — we loved the shenanigans of that crazy redhead and the frustrations and gentle reprimands of her handsome, Latin musician-husband, Ricky Ricardo.

But did you know that ‘Ricky Ricardo’ was not the original name the network came up with for Lucy’s hubby?

Uh-uh. They had something else in mind.

Do you think we would’ve felt the same about this Latin lover if his character was named Larry Lopez?

Let me get that for you…

Heck no!

Here’s some more never heard before FUN FACTS about ‘I Love Lucy’ and its incredible cast! Continue reading

Family Burying Patriarch Horrified When They Spot A ‘Decaying Foot’ in the Ground

*Ah damn. What a deal breaker. Wait! This is one deal you can’t break. Grandpa has got to be buried; and at this point its gotta be down there. But who in the world can explain why, as the casket is being lowered into the ground, this grieving family had to see someone’s decaying foot sticking out of the dirt?

…and here’s one for ya, why wasn’t the foot in a coffin?

Oh! The questions this situation brings to mind are endless. But here’s the story.

Mr. Cleveland Butler had suffered a fatal stroke in the Brooklyn nursing home where he resided. A a brief Celebration of Life ceremony had taken place at the Robeson and Brown Funeral Home in Bed-Stuy. But when the family of the 85-year-old decedent was completing the burial process in New Jersey at Mount Holiness Memorial Park, no one could have warned them about what was about to happen. 

The horrifying body part was discovered as the beautifully flowered blue casket was being lowered. Sandra Butler, daughter of the patriarch, spoke to the Daily News.

“This was a very traumatizing situation, first dealing with losing my father and then this,” she said.

“I couldn’t even look at it. It was too much and no one said anything to us. It was like business as usual for them. They just dumped the dirt in the plot like it was normal, like it’s nothing to them.”

Dang! You mean they see this stuff EVERY DAY??? Continue reading

What!? I Can Get Rid of This ‘Tire Around My Tummy’ Without Exercise or Diet? (Watch)

*Hear ye! Hear ye! There is a woman who was once skeptical about body contouring; but now, after getting it done first hand, swears by it. No more tire around the tummy. No more arms that wave when you do. No more bulk on the thighs.

And because of BET FB Live, well, a recording of it, we can watch the whole procedure.

Sculpt away, I say!

So this woman, what’s her name again? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter, got to ask Dr.  Arash Akhavan at the Dermatology & Laser Group, and a leader in his field, many of the questions we have wondered about when it comes to this new type of non-invasive surgery. With that, she offers “Everything you need to know about body sculpting.”

According to Dr. Akhavan, who is based in New York City: 

“Basically everything over the last, I would say, five years, has been moving toward non-invasive stuff such as body contouring and away from liposuction. With liposuction you’re taking weeks off, and it’s taking months to see any sort of benefits, and then there’s the risk of surgery, scarring and all of that. With the non-invasive things, you do the procedure, there’s no anesthesia, there’s no cuts on your skin and the results usually come in within a couple of months,” Dr. Akhavan said. 

So in the video we see him applying the laser to the “problem area” the woman has designated for target. He has already explained to her that she won’t feel any “excruciating pain” but she will have, throughout the 25-minute-procedure, warm sensations that may be a bit uncomfortable; followed by a cooling sensation. Continue reading

‘Please Don’t Die Today, I’m Too Busy!’ (How Did This Happen?)

*Yeah. I thought that headline might get your attention. After all, with our busy schedules, I’d bet money the thought has crossed your mind.

It’s OK. You’re only human.

In fact, it was my own thoughts on the topic, uh, issue, er, incident that motivated this article. I was rushing around doing daily life stuff. You know, doing household chores while doing one of my TWO paying jobs; when I paused to write a quick group message to two people in the event they wanted to hook up because they were now in the same state and city (at least for a few days). But I also realized since they are both SO busy, all the time, they probably wouldn’t have time.

Then my mind did what everyone’s mind has the capacity to do on occasion…

Travel to that dark place.

Not that the two individuals receiving the message had anything to do with it. I mean, its not like they know each other that well. They were just the springboard to a thought.

I got to thinking about all the times we, people in general, have jumped through all kinds of hoops to make sure we get to that final celebration — the funeral of a dear friend or family member who we didn’t make time to see while they were here. While we could both appreciate it.

I thought… if I, or someone I cared dearly about, died today, would the death fit into busy schedules?  Continue reading

Google Salutes Birth of Hip Hop With Interactive Doodle

Cey Adams with his Doodle sketch. Credit: Google

*Can you believe its been 44-years since the birth of Hip Hop? Well, for those of us who would know; those who recall the first utterance of the new age form of music, it wasn’t actually called hip hop. 

It was just plain rap.

Suffice it to say that it will bring joy to your heart to know that the giant known as Google is paying homage to this music genre with a commemorative doodle. 

The artist behind the image is none other than Cey Adams — a visual artist and founding creative director of Def Jam records.

The folks at Google actually sat down with the players that came up with the whole idea to pay tribute to Hip Hop in this way.

I recall the early days of rap (Hip Hop’s predecessor). I was living in the Bronx, New York, and my homies and I got down with rap forefathers Run-D.M.C., Whodini, Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow and The Sugarhill Gang. Little did we know that one day the music coming out of our little neighborhood would be — what’s the word?

Iconic.

Judging from what “The Keyword Team” of Google learned, what had happened was… Continue reading

Take a Look! O, The Oprah Magazine ‘Share the Adventure’ Cruise Was Awesome! (Photos)

A VIEW FROM THE TOP. Sailing from Seattle on Share the Adventure Cruise, ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

*For those of us who didn’t get the memo, from the looks of things Oprah and guests who did had an O-mazing time on the ‘Share the Adventure’ cruise that brought together some of the world’s foremost visionaries for an entire week as they set sail from Seattle to Alaska. 

It was a week chock full of talks and activities aboard “ms Eurodam” and along with partners at the Holland America Line, O, The Oprah Magazine, is now sharing the adventure with the rest of us in an array of exclusive photos and video.

Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line welcome guests to ms Eurodam for Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

 Throughout the week guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and explored eating well with Impatient Foodie founder Elettra Wiedemann. 

Morning Yoga! Photo courtesy HAL.
Elettra Wiedemann, author of the new Impatient Foodie cookbook and blog leads a session of Let’s Eat! during Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

O, The Oprah Magazine editor in chief Lucy Kaylin and editor at large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, explaining how they bring the pages to life.

Doesn’t Oprah’s BFF and O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large, Gayle King, look great? Photo courtesy HAL.

Kaylin and books editor Leigh Haber each led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O’s Reading Room.

Author Elizabeth Strout signs copies of her book for excited guests. Photo courtesy HAL.

After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam’s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah.  Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed ‘Year of Adventure’ and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board.

Photo courtesy HAL.

“We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that’s what travel does,” explained Winfrey.

“I want it to be more than just a trip.  I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide,” she added

Gayle King (left) Editor at Large, O, The Oprah Magazine, chats with SuperSoul 100 and fitness evangelist Angela Davis and answers questions from fans. Photo courtesy HAL.
India.Arie performed. Here she engages with the crowd. Photo courtesy HAL.
Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford (left) and O, The Oprah Magazine Editor at Large Gayle King (right), lead teams at the Game Night competition. Photo courtesy HAL.

“The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous; the energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.

“The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.”

International fitness evangelist Angela Davis motivates guests aboard ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:

• November 29, 2017 – 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Koningsdam.
• March 3, 2018 – 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
• August 11, 2018 – 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms Eurodam.
• October 28, 2018 – 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

 
In addition, more than 300 Holland America Line cruises sailing from North America from August 2017 through 2018 will offer a variety of engaging activities developed with the magazine’s editors and designed to nourish body and soul.

Watch: Video Shows Teen Babysitters Put Infant in Refrigerator…And Laugh

One of the teens taped while the other put the baby girl in the refrigerator

*On Monday, a woman trusted her niece and the girls’ friend to babysit her seven month old daughter while she took a shower. Little did she know she shouldn’t have.

Apparently they thought it would be funny to put the crying infant in the refrigerator; after all, they were laughing as they did it. As one girl held the crying baby, put her inside the refrigerator and closed the door; the other videotaped it.

Then they had the gall to post the video on Snapchat.

That’s where the police caught wind of it. And as you may have guessed, they’re not laughing.

Danvers (Massachusetts ) police Chief Patrick Ambrose said, “We were notified by Swampscott (police) of video involving an infant child.”

On the video the girls laugh as they close the door of the refrigerator while the baby is heard screaming. One girl even says “bye” as she slams the refrigerator door. Moments later, they open the refrigerator door and remove the baby. Continue reading

Watch: Family of Little Boy Who Died in Hot Daycare Van at ‘Little Miracles’ Demands Answers

Myles Hill’s mother and a man leaves roses for the 3-year-old child at the Little Miracles Academy on Gore Street and Plymouth Avenue on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

*We’re still reeling from the death of little Myles Hill, who we reported yesterday had been found dead after being left in a van; where temperatures rose to the mid-90’s — for a reported 11-hours. 

We can’t even wrap our brains around how his mother must be feeling; not to mention his entire family and community. 

A vigil was held last night on the family’s behalf, and to say it was “emotional” would not begin to adequately describe what transpired.

Hundreds gathered at a nearby park to pay tribute to the toddler and at the beginning of the video below a woman, reportedly an aunt to the boy, screams out, “Why? What happened?”

The child’s mother speaks through tears to the media at the vigil saying, “He’s three, he’s going to be four at the end of this month and he’s not even going to have a birthday.”

The crowd chanted “Justice for Myles!”

Meanwhile, Audrey Thornton, the owner of Little Miracles Academy, spoke to the press as well. Continue reading

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