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John Legend braved severe storms to conclude his North American tour in Denver, CO. The storms prompted fears of lightening strikes and heavy rain but Legend took to his twitter page to assure fans that he still planned to perform.
Allegedly, O.J. Simpson is set to convert to Islam. He's been studying the Koran in prison.
Kanye West has revealed that his dad (Ray West) once worked for the paparazzi when he was employed as a photojournalist at the AJC in Atlanta.
Actress Jessica Alba's business "The Honest Company," has grossed almost one billion in two years. The company sells natural, non-toxic items, including: Diapers, household items and vitamins. The majority of the profits come from the company's monthly subscription plans.
"DOUBLE LIFE" (MODEL WAS A POSER DURING THE DAY & PIMP IN THE EVENING)
Sabina Johansson, a attractive 23-year-old Swedish model, has been swept up in the bust of Big Daddy "Lou’s Hot Lap Dance Club," on W. 38th Street in Manhattan where she allegedly worked as a house madam for a prostitution ring.
Prominent attorney Lou ‘Big Daddy’ Posner, was also arrested and charged with promoting prostitution at the club, according to court records.
Johansson, who has appeared in an Avril Lavigne music video and on the Tyra Banks Show, was arrested July 24, the NY Daily News reports. Her arrest raises new concerns over how young fashion models can fall into lines of work that exploit their looks and vulnerability.
On June 28, Russian model Ruslana Korshunova, 20, fell to her death from her Manhattan apartment amid a swirl of rumors that she was involved in a vicious ring that exploited young foreign models. Her death was officially ruled a suicide.
Johansson has denied knowing about the sex-for-sale activities going on in the private rooms of the club, but investigators say she was in on the business.
NYPD vice unit officers posing as patrons claim Johansson greeted them at the club and hinted they could expect sex from lap dancers if the price was right. “Defendant told [the undercover officer] that she was aware prostitution activity was going on at the club in its private rooms,” according to court records.
One undercover officer claimed prostitution was widespread. “On each occasion, he received offers from scantily clad female lap dancers working at the club to engage in sexual conduct, including intercourse, in exchange for money in the private rooms of the club,” court records say.
As the house mom, Johansson allegedly collected nightly fees of up to $80 from the club’s 120 dancers, scheduled shifts and rented out the private rooms and suites, prosecutors claim. Johansson could not be reached for comment.
"BLACK HISTORY" (3 STORIES)
The most successful black Matador in world history was Rafael Santa Cruz.
During his reign in the 1950's, he was extremely popular and an victim of death threats and racial discrimination.
Although he's lost in history, this is his story.
Santa Cruz worked at a slaughter house in Lima, Peru before he achieved fame as a Matador.
Within the next eight years (in the 1950's), Santa Cruz emerged as one of the most promising bull fighters.
Santa Cruz was the son of an American born Negro father. Not much is known about his mother.
He would go on to perform in hundreds of bull rings from Madrid to Mexico City.
He also caught the eye of actress Ava Gardner who had a thing for bull fighters.
Very little is known about their alleged fling.
It's not known if Santa Cruz is still alive, if he is, he would be 88.
In the 1970's, he disappeared without a trace.
George Washington Lee (December 25, 1903 – May 7, 1955) was an African American civil rights leader, minister, and entrepreneur. He was a vice president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership and head of the Belzoni, Mississippi branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was assassinated in 1955.
Lee was typical of an earlier generation of activists who came to civil rights after they had made a success in business. Like so many in this category, he came up the hard way through backbreaking work, thrift, and determination. Born in 1903, Lee grew up in poverty in Edwards, Mississippi. His mother was an illiterate plantation woman who was married to an abusive stepfather. After she died, her sister took him in. Lee was able to graduate from high school, a rarity for blacks living in his circumstances. While eking out a rough living on the banana docks in New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied a correspondence course in typesetting.
During the 1930s, Lee accepted a call to become a preacher in Belzoni, Mississippi in which he led a baptist congregation. The town was located in the heart of the Delta, where most blacks in the state lived, the majority in extreme poverty. Eager to improve himself at every opportunity, Lee rose to the front ranks of local black business and community leaders. He had pastored four churches and had opened a grocery store, these were just few among Lees' accomplishments to advance the African American community. In a back room of his house, he and his wife, Rosebud, set up a small printing business. They did a brisk business giving Lee enough resources to enter the battle for civil rights. As apart of the NAACP Lee worked effortlessly in registering his community members to vote.
Lee proved just as determined to succeed in that arena as he had in business and religion. He was the first black in memory to register to vote in Humphreys County, Mississippi (where blacks were a majority of the population). In 1953, Lee and Gus Courts, another black grocer, co-founded the Belzoni branch of the NAACP. When the sheriff refused to accept their poll taxes, they took him to court. Between them, Lee and Courts registered nearly all of the county’s ninety black voters in 1955. Still enraged by the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, however, members of the White Citizens Councils were aggressively purging blacks from the voting rolls through intimidation and economic pressure. While many backed down, Lee and Courts stood firm.
Lee was a vice president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, a leading black organization in the state. The Council weaved together a message of self-help, business, and civil rights. It pressed for voting rights and organized a successful boycott of gas stations that refused to install restrooms for blacks. The head of the Council was Dr. T.R.M. Howard, one of the wealthiest blacks in the state. Medgar Evers worked as an organizer.
In April, Lee was one of the speakers at the Council’s annual meeting, which drew a crowd of more than 7000 to the all-black town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Simeon Booker of Jet (magazine), observed how Lee’s "down-home dialogue and his sense of political timing" had "electrified" the crowd. "Pray not for your mom and pop," Lee suggested. "They've gone to heaven. Pray you can make it through this hell."
Less than a month after this speech, a convertible pulled alongside Lee's car just before midnight. An unidentified assailant fired three shot-gun blasts, shattering his jaw and driving him off the road. Lee died before he could make it to the hospital. The attack came days after he had received a threatening note demanding that he drop his name from the voting rolls. An autopsy extracted lead pellets from his face that were consistent with buckshot. The sheriff, Ike Shelton, who wanted to call it a traffic accident and close the case, claimed that they were dental fillings torn loose by the impact of the crash.
A few years earlier, these events might have ended then and there, but Howard, Evers, and others had different ideas. They demanded a thorough investigation. The sheriff and governor spurned them but the U.S. Attorney General ordered the Justice Department to look into the matter.
Lee's funeral in Belzoni was a media event for black newspapers. A key factor in building interest was the decision of his wife, Rosebud, to hold an open-coffin ceremony (thus anticipating a similar decision by Emmett Till's mother). Readers of the Chicago Defender could share her outrage by viewing a photo of her husband’s mutilated corpse. A subsequent NAACP-organized memorial service in Belzoni drew more than one thousand. This was a revolutionary event for the small rural Delta town, where whites had traditionally expected, and generally received, strict deference from the black majority. Howard and Roy Wilkins, the president of the National NAACP, shared the speakers' platform. Howard said that some blacks "would sell their grandmas for half a dollar, but Reverend Lee was not one of them."
Civil rights activists searched the Delta looking for evidence to find the killers. Medgar Evers, as someone later said, "cut his teeth" on the Lee case. He continually fed information to the press. Despite this, interest began to wane and the FBI investigation ran out of steam. In the meantime, agents had identified credible white suspects, and agents had opined that potential witnesses were afraid to talk. No charges were ever brought.
While the death of George W. Lee never generated the same outrage as the murder of Emmett Till in August 1955, the consequences were genuinely important. The effect was not only to expose a national audience to the oppressive nature of Mississippi Jim Crow but to give much-needed momentum to the civil rights movement. Lee deserves to be remembered for other reasons as well. He exemplified an earlier generation of activists who used business success into a launching pad into civil rights. Lee paved the way for great leaders to be born out of the African American community, he provided them with an opportunity that was second to none, because of his passion to have African Americans voice their opinion through the voting process. Lee will forever be a Civil Rights hero.
During the Jim Crow era, Southern Blacks were banned from eating Vanilla ice cream, except on the 4th of July.
Last weekend, another pilot and I flew over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere South of the Russian Peninsula Kamchatka. I experienced the creepiest thing so far in my flying career.
After 5 hours in flight, we left Japan and were cruising at a comfortable 34,000 feet.
Via the radio, we heard about the San Francisco earthquake.
Then, in the distance, ahead of us, just over the horizon an intense light flash shot up from the ground (pictured above). It looked like a lightning bolt, but it was way more intense and directed vertically up in the air. I have never seen anything like this, and there were no flashes before or after this single explosion of light.
Since there were no thunderstorms on our route or weather-radar, we kept a close lookout for possible storms.
About 20 minutes later, I noticed a deep red/orange glow appearing ahead of us, and this was a bit strange since there was supposed to be nothing but endless ocean below us for hundreds of miles around us.
The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow.
We reported our observations to Air Traffic Control and an investigation is underway.
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