January 03, 2013


Guard your words this week, and let peace and harmony rule where they may. It’s not the time to point out the character flaws of a higher-up. You can make this a very productive week if you apply your industrious spirit to your work.  Soul Affirmation: Facing down challenges makes me feel good about myself.


Make a move towards that someone that you’ve had your eye on!  The timing couldn’t be more perfect!  Go slow and be subtly sweet.  Your ability to charm and attract always works in your favor.  Don’t abuse it!   Show off a new attitude.  Soul Affirmation: I let myself be the cheerful me.


Good deeds are in order this week.   Perform all the random acts of kindness that you can. Everything you do this week is going to come back to you in triplicate, so enjoy storing up some future blessings!  Soul Affirmation: Another week in which to rejoice is upon me. ah-h-h-h-h!


You can help out a friend this week if you plan your schedule so that you’ve got time for kindness built in! Embrace your generous side while getting your own work finished.  You are excellent at multi-tasking! Soul Affirmation: Old love? New love? The most important thing is true love!


You may want to make this week a schmooze-fest! Whether you go out to a party or stay in with a friend, you’ll have a good time if you remember that charm is the only weapon that’ll work for you this week. Soul Affirmation: I work hard to combat envy this week.


People can get on your nerves, can’t they? And this week is one of those weeks. Getting through it will be a test. You can get the highest grade on the test by smiling at the stupidity of those who oppose you. They don’t know any better and this week you can’t teach them. Soul Affirmation: The winner is me. I smile for the cameras.


A secret may be revealed in a casual conversation. Your confidence is valued and appreciated. Take it all in! There’s no returning to what has been once you realize the gift you’ve been given. Soul Affirmation: Freedom of mind is the greatest gift for me this week.


Drive the speed limit in all things this week or you could wind up with a ticket of some kind. Why rush? Serenity is available if you only stop and listen for it inside of you. Discharge your usual obligations with dignity and count your blessings. Soul Affirmation: I obey the rules this week and avoid hassles.


Slow down and relax your brain-energies! The universe knows how to take care of itself and of you. Give it a chance by getting your mental schemes out of the way. Sometimes it is hard but trust! Soul Affirmation: I let my luck work for me.


A friend from the past could suddenly appear in your life. This could be a highly beneficial reunion for both of you. Let bygones be bygones, and renew this friendship. Love isn’t used up just because it’s shared with many. Soul Affirmation: I love many people this week.


Be open to a new friendship that could bring public recognition, a new assignment, or a raise in income. You’ll also be pleased with romantic vibes that come from far away. Call! Someone special is waiting to hear from you. Soul Affirmation: Distant love is sometimes sweeter.


You’ll radiate with confidence and enthusiasm this week. Important people will be impressed. Make sure you spend time in their presence. The week promises success in making new starts with old contacts. Refresh yourself by socializing just for fun.,Soul Affirmation: My spirit makes all things new.

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January 03, 2013

By MESFIN FEKADU  Associated Press


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are feeling lucky about their first child together.

“It’s true,” the 32-year-old reality TV star said in a statement on her site Monday. “Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us.”

Kardashian’s father, Robert Kardashian, died in 2003. West’s mother, Donda West, died in 2007.

Kardashian added in the blog post that she was “looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family.”

The 35-year-old rapper revealed to a crowd of more than 5,000 in song form at a concert Sunday that his girlfriend is pregnant. Kardashian was in the crowd at Revel Resort’s Ovation Hall with her mother, Kris Jenner, and West's mentor and best friend, Jay-Z.

The news instantly went viral online, with thousands posting and commenting on the expecting couple.

Most of the Kardashian clan tweeted about the news, including Kim’s sisters. Kourtney Kardashian wrote: “Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!”

West told concertgoers to congratulate his “baby mom” and that this was the “most amazing thing.”

Representatives for West and Kardashian didn’t immediately respond to emails about the pregnancy.

The rapper and reality TV star went public with their relationship in March.

Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011 and their divorce is not finalized.

West’s Sunday-night show was his third consecutive performance at Revel. He took the stage for nearly two hours, performing hits like “Good Life,” “Jesus Walks” and “Clique” in an all-white ensemble with two bandmates. 

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January 03, 2013

Associated Press

Haiti's singer-turned-president is returning to the international stage.

President Michel Martelly will sing two songs with Spanish singer Julio Iglesias at a benefit concert Friday in the Dominican Republic. Martelly has made several impromptu performances in Haiti since he was elected in May 2011. But the show in Casa de Campo will be his first performance outside Haiti for the artist known as "Sweet Micky."

Concert organizer George Nader says proceeds will go to the Pink and White Foundation, a charity run by Martelly and his wife, Sophia.

Among those expected to attend are Henry Kissinger and designers Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta.

Martelly was known for often bawdy performances before he was elected president of a country struggling to recover from a January 2010 earthquake.

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January 03, 2013

Associated Press


Katt Williams, the comedian who has repeatedly found himself on the wrong side of the law, is out on bail after being arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of a stolen gun.

Police Officer Norma Eisenman says Williams was taken into custody last Friday after the LA County Department of Children and Family Services did a welfare check at his home. Authorities found more than one firearm, one of which had been reported stolen.

Eisenman says the DCFS did not specify how many children lived at the home or whether they were removed.

The 41-year-old was arrested this month on a felony warrant related to a police chase. In November, he was accused of hitting a man on the head with a bottle during a fight.

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December 27, 2012

By Kam Williams


Best Big Budget Black Films


1. “Think Like a Man”

2. “Sparkle”

3. “Good Deeds”

4. “Flight”

5. “Won’t Back Down”

6. “Men in Black III” 

7. “Safe House”

8. “Madea’s Witness Protection”

9. “Red Tails”

10. “Red Hook Summer”   


Best Independent Films


1. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

2. “Middle of Nowhere”

3. “Restless City”

4. “Changing the Game”

5. “Yelling to the Sky”

6. “Unconditional”

7. “We the Party”       

8. “The Intouchables”

9. “Christmas in Compton”

10. “A Beautiful Soul”


Best Documentaries


1. “The Central Park Five”

2. “The Loving Story”

3. “Hoodwinked”

4. “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story”

5. “Soul Food Junkies”

6. “Marley”

7. “Brooklyn Castle”

8. “Dark Girls”

9. “Bad 25”

10. “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”


Best Actor (Lead Role)


1. Michael Ealy (“Think Like a Man/Unconditional”)

2. Denzel Washington (“Safe House,” “Flight”)

3. Will Smith (“Men in Black III”)

4. Tyler Perry (“Good Deeds,” “Madea’s Witness Protection”)      

5. Alassane Sy (“Restless City”)

6. Sean Riggs (“Changing the Game”)

7. Nate Parker (“Red Tails”)

8. Mandela Van Peebles (“We the Party”)

9. Kirk Ponton (“Velvet Elvis”)

10. Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”)






Best Actor (Supporting Role)


1. Dwight Henry (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)

2. Kevin Hart (“Think Like a Man”)

3. David Oyelowo (“Middle of Nowhere”)

4. Derek Luke (“Sparkle”)

5. Ice Cube (“21 Jump Street”)

6. Mike Epps (“Sparkle”)

7. Don Cheadle (“Flight”)

8. Keith David (“Christmas in Compton”)

9. Chris Tucker (“Silver Linings Playbook”)

10. Cuba Gooding, Jr. (“Red Tails”)


Best Actress (Lead Role)


1. Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) 

2. Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Middle of Nowhere”)        

3. Thandie Newton (“Good Deeds”)       

4. Queen Latifah (“Joyful Noise”)

5. Viola Davis (“Won’t Back Down”)

6. Zoe Kravitz (“Yelling to the Sky”)

7. Gabrielle Union (“Good Deeds”)

8. Jordin Sparks (“Sparkle”)

9. Halle Berry (“Cloud Atlas”)

10. Zoe Saldana (“The Words”)


Best Actress (Supporting Role)


1. Carmen Ejogo (“Sparkle”)

2. Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”)

3. Whitney Houston (“Sparkle”)     

4. Meagan Good (“Think Like a Man”)   

5. Irma P. Hall (“Changing the Game”)

6. Keke Palmer (“Joyful Noise”)

7. Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”)

8. Jasmine Guy (“October Baby”)

9. Gloria Reuben (“Lincoln”)

10. Gabrielle Union (“Think Like a Man”)


Best Director (Feature Film)


1. Tim Story (“Think Like a Man”)

2. Salim Akil (“Sparkle”)

3. Tyler Perry (“Good Deeds”)

4. Peter Ramsey (“Rise of the Guardians”)

5. Anthony Hemingway (“Red Tails”)


Best Director (Independent Film)


1. Ava DuVernay (“Middle of Nowhere”)

2. Andrew Dosunmu (“Restless City”)

3. Rel Dowdell (“Changing the Game”)

4. Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”)

5. Mario Van Peebles (“We the Party”)


Best Director (Documentary)


1. Janks Morton (“Hoodwinked”)

2. Spike Lee (“Bad 25”)

3. Soul Food Junkies (“Byron Hunt”)

4. D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke (“Dark Girls”)

5. Ice-T (“Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”)










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