June 20, 2013

 

ARIES

Anybody may occasionally have a week when their energy feels low. Your natural good health will see you through a possible down time if you just go with the flow and let yourself relax. Rest if you have the chance and you’ll feel like your wonderful self in no time flat!  Soul Affirmation: I calm my emotions by forgetting about the past.

 

TAURUS

You are the center of attention this week and while you’ll be very busy you’ll love every moment. Enjoy your time in the spotlight! You may want to indulge yourself with some emotional theatrics this week. Add up the costs and benefits before acting out. If you can afford it go for it! If not count to ten and smile, smile smile! Soul Affirmation: All vibes are good, and good for me this week!

 

GEMINI

Stay flexible this week especially where a partner is concerned. While they may be moody there’s no need for you to join them in their attitude unless you really, really want to! Stay positive and go with the good vibrations that surround you. Soul Affirmation: I exercise to lower tension this week.

 

CANCER

Ding-dong! Destiny is at the door. Let it in and enjoy the change of pace. You’ll be happy to make a few adjustments for this most welcome guest. Follow through on instincts and hunches! Soul Affirmation: My spirit makes all things new.

 

LEO

Stay on course with your current decisions and dreams . You may doubt your progress this week but you really are moving toward a better tomorrow with your determined attitude. Soul Affirmation: I enlarge my happiness by forgetting about myself this week.

 

VIRGO

You feel great ! Your shining spirit attracts many seekers this week so let your best wisest self answer questions that are put to you by those who want advice. You’ll smooth over a sticky situation at work with ease.  Soul Affirmation: Distant love is sometimes sweeter.

 

LIBRA

Busy week. You’ll want to get up with the birdies and you may even want to whistle a happy little tune. You’ll be very much in demand for your expertise and positive attitude. Way to go!  Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the act of adoring.

 

SCORPIO

Happiness arrives and sits on your shoulder like a bright butterfly this week. A relationship can make significant progress if you stay open to love. Keep your evening free for romance in a social setting.  Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for who I am this week.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Take charge of a project at work and get it finished up. It’s been languishing on someone else’s shoulders and desk for way too long. A sensible outlook will get you far this week.  Soul Affirmation: My hunches work well for me this week.

 

CAPRICORN

You may find yourself faced with many distractions this week but you’ll sail through and accomplish much if you stay focused on each task and take them one at a time. You know you can do it this evening.  Soul Affirmation: Money opens doors for friendship to enter.

 

AQUARIUS

Creativity is favored and yours is especially favored with some project that you’ve been working especially hard on. For the next few days watch for a romance that will bring special gifts.  Soul Affirmation: I care deeply about the feelings of others.

 

PISCES

Your new ideas combine well with your will and skill. You get a lot done at work this week. Be soft and forceful. Make time for family life tonight. Your rewards come from those who are related to you by blood.  Soul Affirmation: I let positive emotions carry me through the week.

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June 20, 2013

Shannen Hill

LAWT Intern 

 

Black Entertainment Television (BET) is partnering with Bakewell Media’s ‘Taste of Soul’ franchise to bring the biggest weekend in live entertainment to downtown Los Angeles on June 28-29.

BET will be hosting their first ever BET Experience at L.A. Live to precede the annual BET Awards show on June 30. Now the event is more than an awards show, it’s an experience.

The BET Experience is about connecting with the fans, so they have created BET Fan Fest, a festival full of free daytime activities on Friday and Saturday. Some of the best entertainers in the music industry will be at the festival, which will start at 10a.m. – 7p.m. While activities are free and open to the public, online registration is required.

Taste of Soul, which will continue to host its annual Family Festival on Crenshaw Blvd. on Oct. 19th has attracted nearly a million patrons in less than a decade. Presented by Bakewell Media, A Taste of ‘Taste of Soul’ will bring local food vendors with the best flavors to the BET Experience.

‘Taste of Soul’ is the largest food festival in Los Angeles, bringing the community’s favorite food vendors to one place.

Introducing ‘Taste of Soul’ in a limited form at the BET Experience with a taste of ‘Taste of Soul’ for the weekend, bringing L.A.’s favorite food vendors and community performances out to L.A. Live.

The smells of Harold and Belle’s, Chef Marilyn’s Soul Food Express and Cobbler King will fill the air along with 25 other Los Angeles vendors. Some of the performers that will grace the BET & Taste of Soul Community Stage, include Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy, the Crenshaw Elite Choir and Jada Grace, one of Berry Gordy’s latest music acts. ‘Taste of Soul’ is showcasing to BET and the people flying in from across the country the local Los Angeles community has to offer.

While ‘Taste of Soul’ highlights community acts, the BET Music Matters stage will present artists such as Marsha Ambrosius and Big K.R.I.T. along with some up-and-coming artists that are taking the music industry by storm. 106 & Park will also be broadcasting live from the festival and there will be celebrities throughout L.A. Live all day.

For the people who are into being part of the show, instead of watching, Sprite is having a Sports Court where there will be a dance-a-thon with the one and only Chris Brown. The Sprite Court will also have other activities including a slam-dunk competition, celebrity basketball game and high school drum line competition with celebrity judges.

Throughout Fan Fest, there will also be a free film festival and celebrity panel discussions. The panel discussion speakers will include Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, MC Lyte, Laila Ali and many others. They will be discussing topics such as sports, gun violence, finances and marriage. For more of a BET Connection, the Grammy Museum will have an exhibit of all of the winners of BET’s Lifetime Achievement Awards throughout the years.

BET Fan Fest activities are completely free and open to the public, but participants are required to register online at bet.com. There will be on-site registration at the L.A. Convention Center as well, but BET highly recommends registering online because space is limited.

Aside from the free, daytime activities, there will also be concerts of big name celebrities, which require a ticket purchase. Some performers include Beyoncé, Miguel, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Other artists that can take you back to the old school will have concerts as well, including New Edition, The Roots and the Jacksons. Sunday’s Best Live, hosted by Kirk Franklin, will also be broadcasted during the BET Experience at L.A. Live. Along with musical concerts, funny men Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer will have comedy shows. To purchase tickets for these concerts and find out more information about who’s performing, go to bet.com.

Not only will there be daytime and evening activities. The BET Experience at L.A. Live is partying with us in Los Angeles. There will be exclusive after-parties at the Conga Room in Downtown Los Angeles, in which a Diamond VIP Package must be purchased.

The BET Experience at L.A. Live will provide an experience like no other award show. There will be free events and concerts all weekend leading up to the 2013 BET Awards show on Sunday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m., hosted by comedian Chris Tucker. Some of the performers will include Chris Brown, R. Kelly and honoree Charlie Wilson. For more information, visit bet.com

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June 20, 2013

Former head of Capitol Records claims concert promoter shouldn’t have negotiated directly without notifying Michael Jackson’s representatives

Associated Press

 

The promoter of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated series of comeback shows created a conflict of interest with the singer’s physician when it negotiated terms of his deal, an expert testifying for the superstar’s mother told a jury on Monday.

David Berman told jurors hearing a negligent hiring lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live LLC that the company should not have negotiated with Jackson’s physician without notifying the singer’s representatives of the discussion.

The former head of Capitol Records and high-level positions at several other record companies is being paid to testify for Katherine Jackson in her lawsuit against the concert company.

Asked whether it was appropriate for AEG Live to attempt to hire a doctor on Jackson’s behalf, Berman responded, “I believe that it’s highly inappropriate. It is highly unusual.”

A more appropriate relationship would have been for Jackson to hire cardiologist Conrad Murray without any involvement from AEG Live, Berman said. Based on draft contracts and emails between company executives, Berman said he believed AEG Live thought it controlled the physician.

Berman retired from the music industry in 2001 to become an expert witness for music industry-related lawsuits. He said he had never heard of a situation in which a tour promoter hired a doctor on behalf of an artist. He began working in the music business in 1969 as a transactional attorney before making the leap to record executive, working with acts such as The Eagles, Van Halen, The Beach Boys, The Doors and numerous other big-name acts.

Berman said he believed that music companies owe a higher obligation to artists than to music buyers or concert goers and, in this instance, AEG failed Jackson.

He was shown emails in which a tour accountant traded emails with Murray without including any of the singer’s representatives.

To prepare for his testimony, Berman said he had reviewed numerous documents, including 26 depositions and testimony from AEG executives during the trial, which is now in its eighth week. He said he is being $500 an hour for his work on the case.

Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011, was never paid his $150,000 per month fee for working with Jackson. The superstar died from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol before signing Murray’s contract.

AEG denies it hired Murray. The company’s executives and lawyers have said the company was merely advancing Jackson the money to pay Murray, and a valid contract never existed. Its executives also have stated that it agreed to pay Murray’s salary only because Jackson insisted on him coming on tour.

The company’s lawyers have yet to question Berman but already have objected to his expertise. An AEG Live defense attorney has noted that Berman was never a tour producer or promoter — functions that AEG Live was serving as during preparations for Jackson’s comeback shows.

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos reminded jurors on Monday that they will ultimately decide whether AEG Live hired Murray.

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June 20, 2013

(AP) — Lil Wayne says he wasn’t intentionally stepping on the American flag when shooting his latest video.

Video of the rapper from his music video shoot for the song “God Bless Amerika” hit the Web on Monday. In it, he appears to be stepping on top of the American flag. But he said in a Facebook post Tuesday the flag on the ground will not appear in the clip.

He writes it was never his intention “to desecrate the flag of the United States of America.”

He says the flag will reveal a group of people behind him in the video.

The New Orleans-based rapper says in the statement his environment helped shape the way he views America and his song and video represent the people he grew up with.

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June 20, 2013

By Terri Schlichenmeyer


Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

 

You need a vacation.

Just a little getaway, that’s all. A few days outside, sand and sun, drinks with umbrellas served by someone in a uniform. Luxurious accommodations, rich food – yeah, you could see that kind of life becoming more than just a vacation.

But would you move, permanently? In the new book “Unsinkable” by Nicole Bradshaw, the LaRoche family decided to return to Canada and leave France behind forever. But they would actually leave behind much, much more.

The night started so well, and ended so badly.

Fifteen-year-old Corrine LaRoche snuck out of the house to see her boyfriend, but then she caught him cheating. When she returned home in tears, she found the police in her house – and one of them had his foot on her father’s neck.

That kind of harassment didn’t happen often, but it happened enough. Corrine’s father was a Negro man; her mother was white. Years ago, they’d left Canada to move to Cherbourg, France, hoping to make a good life for their family overseas. Now it was time to go back home.

With plans for his wife to join them later, Corrine’s father booked second-class tickets for himself and his daughters on the Titanic.

Though her sister was less than awed, Corrine was amazed by the size of the great ship. She could hardly believe that something so big could float on water. The Titanic was nearly as big as Cherbourg itself! There was music on-deck, tables with umbrellas, and lots and lots of people.

But the one person who caught Corrine’s eye was a handsomely-uniformed young white seaman who seemed quite attracted to her. His name was Christopher and his uncle was the captain of the Titanic. So when he invited Corrine to have dinner with him in the first-class dining room, she naturally accepted – although no one else was happy about their budding romance.

Christopher’s mother had hoped he would marry a girl from his social class, and not a common Negro girl. Corrine’s father distrusted white people, too. But for Corrine and Christopher, nothing would stop their growing love.

Nothing, of course, except an iceberg…

I was so excited about this book. It had such promise: a novel loosely based on a true story of the only black family on the Titanic.

I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, I should’ve …

When I say that author Nicole Bradshaw “loosely” based “Unsinkable” on truth, I mean very, very loosely. The setting of the book is 100 years old but its language is modern, which ruined the story for me right there. There are some obvious historical details that are wrong here, and we’re expected to accept several big stretches of imagination on top of that. Yes, this is fiction, but it could’ve been much better fiction had it not been modernized, altered, or contrived.

To say that this book was a disappointment to me is an understatement of Titanic proportions and for that, I can’t recommend it. Overall, my opinion of “Unsinkable” is that it just tanks.

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