July 18, 2013

Associated Press

 

Stevie Wonder says he won’t perform in Florida and other states with a “stand your ground” law.

In a video posted on YouTube, the 63-year-old singer said at a concert in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday “that until the ‘stand your ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again.”

Wonder added: “Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”

The “stand your ground” law allows people to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.

George Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a February 2012 confrontation in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense.

A six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges on Saturday.

Wonder’s representative said the singer had no further comment.

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July 18, 2013

 

ARIES

Possibilities of hearing good news about home are greatly expanded. Savor the news rather than thinking about other annoyances. Travel is on the horizon. Plan the trip this week. Soul Affirmation: Jewelry reflects the beauty of my feelings about myself.

 

TAURUS

Feather the nest. Stock up on stuff for the long haul. Cement relationships. A friend needs your support. Enjoy giving it. You will receive good news about a pal. Soul Affirmation: Cheerfully handling what comes at me is the test of who I am.

 

GEMINI

Your mate has a sweet surprise. Open up to receive it. Choose your words carefully around a sensitive pal. Listen for good news about a loan or financial matter.  Soul Affirmation: I let others toot my horn this week.

 

CANCER

Enjoy the great insights you have in the area of career objectives. Take a look at what’s out there! An unanticipated financial matter may arise, find the good in it. Soul Affirmation: A cheerful soul should be wrapped in a cheerful package.

 

LEO

Be cautious and conservative with money. You are extremely witty this week. Allow others to enjoy your good humor. Your leadership skills are very high, and others will follow. Soul Affirmation: Luck is my best friend this week.

 

VIRGO

This is a good time for you to seek agreement on a plan that involves a relative. Take the time to remind your lover how much you care. Get a little sentimental if you have to. Don’t be too critical of that softer side of your personality. Soul Affirmation: Self confidence is the key to my success this week.

 

LIBRA

Push. Now is a good time to push. Your energy is higher than ever. Someone might get offended, but you can’t please everyone. Hire a

pro for something that you planned to do yourself, especially if a expertise is involved. Soul Affirmation: Success is mine because I feel successful.

 

SCORPIO

Review your “to do” list again. You may need to slow down to discover something that you didn’t realize while you were in the flow of events. Your lover is going to be a little difficult to understand. Back off if an argument arises. You’re probably the one who is too busy. Forgiving yourself is often harder than getting someone else to forgive you. Soul Affirmation: Two hats fit well on my big head.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Make a special effort to spend all week with your lover, husband or wife. Your sense of the importance of relationships is keen and this is a good time to strengthen your passionate partnership. Take your lover to a party. Devote attention. Soul Affirmation: Change is my middle name.

 

CAPRICORN

The flock will come to you for direction. Give it gracefully. Know that your insights will help a lot if you deliver them in the right way. If you are a mother, guidance will be the best gift you can give others this week. Soul Affirmation: Knowing I can do it is the biggest preparation for getting it done.

 

AQUARIUS

Most people don’t know how often dreams and reality blend into that practical consciousness of yours. Knowledge comes from a dream you’ve had lately. This week is a good week to get started making that dream a reality. Soul Affirmation: My spirit gives me limitless possibilities.

 

PISCES

Cooperation is key this week in your relationship with your partner. Even if you know you’re right, let your partner have his or her way in the early going. Your staying power will give you influence or control in the late rounds. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit run my life this week.

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July 18, 2013

By Zenitha Prince

Special to the NNPA

from The Afro-American Newspaper

 

In an industry where love and marriage is as inconstant as the latest box office or Billboard ratings, Denzel and Pauletta Washington have defied the odds.

The power couple graces the cover of Ebony magazine’s August issue. And, in a cover story celebrating Black love, the couple discusses the ingredients for their successful marriage: The Washingtons celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 25.

“There’s no magical mystery to [staying together] … We go through up and downs like any couple,” Denzel told Ebony writer Shirley Henderson, as quoted by the Huffington Post.

But persistence is important, Denzel said, the kind of dogged determination he exhibited when he proposed to Pauletta three times.

“We live in a time — and it’s not for me to judge anyone — when people give up too easy,” the revered actor said.

Pauletta, an actress and producer, said the bond has to go beyond lust and passion. What has proven invaluable for them, she added, is maintaining stability amid the often schizophrenic Hollywood scene.

“I live with this man. I see the down part. I see the sad part. I see every part. He has and knows he has that stability in me as his wife. That’s gives him strength, regardless of if he misuses it. I can’t dwell on that. But I do know that gives him a great platform to go and fly,” she said.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey published in the January 2008 issue of O magazine, Denzel praised Pauletta for providing that constancy both for him and their four children.

“When it comes to the kids, I give complete credit to my wife, Pauletta. Early on, we decided that we wouldn’t drag them around to all the places I go. Pauletta was the consistent one who made breakfast every day and took them to school. She taught them their prayers,” he told Oprah.

The couple first met at a hotel restaurant during the filming of Wilma, the 1977 television film biography of track legend Wilma Rudolph. It wasn’t love at first sight, however.

“People who say they knew right away are lying,” he said, laughing. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

The chronicle of the Washington marriage comes amid persistent rumors of a breakup, which both marriage partners deny.

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July 18, 2013

(AP) — Nas has rapped his way to Harvard University.

The Ivy League school announced Tuesday that the 39-year-old rapper is being honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at its W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. It’s a joint venture with Harvard’s Hip-Hop Archive.

The fellowship will assist students who excel in the arts “in connection with hip-hop.”

Nas is one of hip-hop’s most celebrated lyricists, best known for his reflective rhymes and deep storytelling. His 11th album, “Life Is Good,” was released last year. It earned four Grammy nominations. His hits include “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” “Street Dreams” and “I Can.”

The Hip-Hop Archive was established at Harvard in 2002. It supports growing research in hip-hop.

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July 18, 2013

By Walter Greene


Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News

 

Model KIARA KABUKURU, a ninety’s super-model with a Vogue cover, a Cover Girl contract and numerous editorial spreads under her belt is back on the scene shooting for several top photographers and receiving the nod from fashion industry heavyweights including: Tom Ford, Gisele Bundchen and appearing in Carine Roitfield’s new magazine. Now 37 years-old, Kiara was discovered in Los Angeles, when she was 17 years-old. She’d re-located from war torn Uganda with her family to Los Angeles when she was 6 years-old. The petite, chocolate beauty brought her talents as a correspondent on the red carpet for the CFDA Awards last month at Lincoln Center. She’s back in New York from living in South Carolina where she mentors at risk children with `Building Dreams Foundation.’ Kiara recently told style.com “For me, to be able to help other people the way people helped me, it just makes sense.”

MEMORIES


Her comeback has brought her to top photographers Mario Testino and Steven Meisel, the best in the business, both of whom she’s photographed with in the past. She went back to Uganda to start a documentary about her family history a few years ago. “I interviewed all of my grandparents and found out my maternal grandmother wore hides and here I am in New York wearing clothes. Its really a span of these different worlds. As a child I remember bodies and pools of blood and hiding and being protected, but being that young, you don’t understand everything.” noted the model. When she started modeling she was considered too short, standing at 5’7″ tall. “It was pre-Kate Moss,” recalled Kiara. “People would say `You’re really small – maybe television – maybe commercials’ I came to New York and booked a Levis campaign with Albert Watson, a top photographer. I was sent to go-sees (castings) with Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren, they had a great reaction to me and then I got booked for this huge Clinique job with Mario Testino.”

THE GLORY DAYS


Kiara remembered those glory days when money was flowing. “I remember we were flying back and forth on the Concorde just to make jobs on time because we were that busy. I mean there was a time obviously when I was making all the rounds and I finally got my big break through Tom Ford doing his charity show in London, I met Tom backstage at his show and he really embraced me, he is such a warm person. When it hit, it was massive. I was working with everybody and shooting the cover of American Vogue. It was pretty amazing. The season I was in Milan and did not book any shows, then Tom booked me exclusively for Gucci and that was huge, because you know, you’re special.”

HORRIFIC ACCIDENT


Then tragedy struck, Kiara’s world came tumbling down in 2000 when she was hit by a truck and dragged along the street while riding her bicycle on 14th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan. “I was coming from Chelsea Market and had that accident that messed up my face and knocked out my teeth.” Her beautiful face that made her a top model was mangled. They had to re-construct her face and teeth, needless to say, it was very traumatic. “I had moved back to LA and in 2002 I got the Cover Girl contract for five years. It was amazing, I think they were the best people I could have worked with in the state I was in, because I was  studying acting and had a lot of insecurities about my teeth, I was still going through all these reconstructions and I was having dreams where my teeth would fall out on the set. So I was a bit of a spaz with all that was going on.”

THEN AND NOW


Now, Kiara says she’s extremely grateful and sees the modeling industry as totally different form the glorious 90s. “It’s a much bigger business, it’s a lot more serious.” She added, the difference is reflected in areas like backstage when now there is food for the models. She noted that back in her day there was vodka and champagne. What’s next on her agenda? “What I’ve realized is that I love expressing myself in every way; with my clothes with my acting, with my writing. I’m starting to write a book about my childhood, and my family’s story. And I’ll be speaking at Generation Cure, which is the younger part of AmFAR. There’s a lot of anguish and trauma in the world. I think that when things like this happen you can either become a victim and get destroyed or you can say `OK. So what can I do with this that’s going to make the world a better place?”

BACK IN FOCUS


On her journey back on the fashion pages, Kiara again credits Tom Ford who planted the seed, she also got a request from Steven Meisel to see her polaroids. Kiara bumped into Tom Bart from IMG Model Management who suggested that she looked so amazing, she should do Tom Ford. “Also, Gisele who’s one of my best friends said `Whats the deal? You should do this.’ Then she started telling all these people like Carine Rothfield about me. There was all this encouragement, and I was like, I’m owning this, I’m healing and resolving the self esteem issues from the trauma of my childhood and coming into all of it. I decided that I was going to give this 110%.” The results include appearances in Vogue Italia’s Black Book and work with Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior and Gucci.

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