Veteran R&B crooner Lionel Richie is singing a different tune on his upcoming album âTuskegee,â a collection of songs named after his Alabama birthplace.
Due out in March 2012, âTuskegeeâ features 13 duets of his biggest hits, including âMy Loveâ with Kenny Chesney, âEasyâ with Willie Nelson and âHelloâ with Jennifer Nettles.
Richie said the album was a return to his country roots.
âI was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. I am a country boy and proud of it. To do this project just felt natural,â the singer-songwriter said in a statement.
Fans can get a sample of the album when Richie, 62, performs some of the duets at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards next month, organizers said Wednesday. Among them, a country version of his hit song âDancing on the Ceilingâ with Rascal Flatts at the annual televised show on Nov. 9.
I got to witness first hand the Occupy Wall Street movement, and it inspired me to see so many people gathered in a city as big as New York and the spirit was as peaceful as Sunday morning church in NC! It also reminded me that real change begins with each individual, i.e. me and you. Each individual gathered in that park made a conscious decision to be a part of the "change" that is sweeping our world. Are you? Occupy your mind. Take up residence in your mind with new thoughts, new ideas and a new way of living. It's time to change! It's inevitable so you may as well jump on the bandwagon and take this ride with the rest of us. OCCUPY YOUR MIND!
As the past owner of the Apple IIe, several iPods, the iPad2, Mac, MacBook Pro and every iPhone that has been released, I offer my condolences to the family of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. I am inspired by his inventive spirit and inspiring words. When delivering the commencement address to Stanford University, he said "Death is the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new." Rest in peace....
Taraji P. Henson is outraged because the magazine will feature the cast of her new CBS series, âPerson of Interestâ on its over, without â¦ Taraji P Henson, itâs leading lady!
She took to her Facebook to share her anger about the issue.
âWOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast memebers [sic]â¦â¦..I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and Iâm not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the s**t I have to deal with in this businessâ¦..I cram to understand!!!!â
She posted on Twitter saying she couldnât believe the boldness of TV Guide.
âWOW @ TVGuide!!!!! Being a member of 2 academys I honestly have no words!!!!!â
Henson stars as Detective Carter alongside Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, and Kevin Chapman in the crime drama.
And what does TV Guide have to say about the glaring, beyond obvious omission? As of this posting, nothing.
*The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) group sounded the alarm Thursday about new media outlets such as Facebook, Google and Apple, which they say have written policies that violate the fundamental rules of free expression, particularly concerning religious free speech, says the Christian Post.
The NRB released a report at the National Press Club Thursday analyzing the various content policies of social networking websites. What they found was disturbing: new media platforms Facebook, Apple, Comcast, AT&T and Google have adopted policies to censor lawful viewpoints expressing Christian views or controversial ideas on âhot button issues.â Some platforms, such as Appleâs iTunes App Store and Googleâs search engine, have already started to use those policies to remove orthodox Christian viewpoints considered âoffensiveâ or too controversial.
*Poet and author Maya Angelou is not happy with a paraphrased quote from Martin Luther King Jr. inscribed in his new memorial in Washington, saying the shortened version makes him sound like an âarrogant twitâ because itâs out of context, reports the Washington Post.
The words were from a sermon King delivered Feb. 4, 1968, at Atlantaâs Ebenezer Baptist Church, two months before he was assassinated, about a eulogy that could be given when he died.
King said, âYes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.â
On Tuesday, Angelou, who consulted on the memorial, told The Post King would have never said of himself that he was a drum major, Angelou said, but rather that others might say that of him.
âHe had a humility that comes from deep inside,â Angelou told newspaper. âThe âifâ clause that is left out is salient. Leaving it out changes the meaning completely.â
You Canât Be Black and Cherokee Anymore: Tribe Expels Slave Descendants
August 25, 2011 at 07:55 am from EUR Web
*In an unexpected turn of events in history the Supreme Court ruled in the favor of a 2007 tribal decision to kick Black folks out of the Cherokee tribe, reports Reuters.
The nationâs second-largest Indian tribe formally booted from membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners.
The Cherokee nation voted after the Civil War to admit the slave descendants to the tribe.
But on Monday, the Cherokee nation Supreme Court ruled that a 2007 tribal decision to kick the so-called âFreedmenâ out of the tribe was proper.
The controversy stems from a footnote in the brutal history of U.S. treatment of Native Americans. When many Indians were forced to move to what later became Oklahoma from the eastern U.S. in 1838, some who had owned plantations in the South brought along their slaves.
Some 4,000 Indians died during the forced march, which became known as the âTrail of Tears.â
âAnd our ancestors carried the baggage,â said Marilyn Vann, the Freedman leader who is a plaintiff in the legal battle.
Officially, there are about 2,800 Freedmen, but another 3,500 have tribal membership applications pending, and there could be as many as 25,000 eligible to enter the tribe, according to Vann.
The tribal court decision was announced one day before absentee ballots were to be mailed in the election of the Cherokee Principal Chief.
âThis is racism and apartheid in the 21st Century,â said Vann, an engineer who lives in Oklahoma City.
Spokesmen for the tribe did not respond when asked to comment.
The move to exclude the Freedmen has rankled some African American members of Congress, which has jurisdiction over all Native American tribes in the country.
A lawsuit challenging the Freedmanâs removal from the tribe has been pending in federal court in Washington, for about six years.
As a sovereign nation, Cherokee Nation officials maintain that the tribe has the right to amend its constitutional membership requirements.
Removal from the membership rolls means the Freedmen will no longer be eligible for free health care and other benefits such as education concessions.
It is too obvious why an earthquake shook up the east coast, some 80 miles from the nations' capitol! Think about it...we got stubborn politicians who can't come together to agree on anything (except how to get Obama out of office). Political differences and party lines are drawn in the sand by people we elected and trust to have our best interest at heart to build a better America. So God has drawn HIS line in the EARTH, to remind them and us who is really in charge. Oh, and that was just a small reminder. Just my personal opinion. Pray for the USA!
Yea, ok it's hotter than July. I'm as guilty of trashing this heat as you are, but we seem to forget that we are blessed with air conditioning! Why complain when you know your car is gonna cool you off. When you get home, your place is ready to keep you cool. If we don't work outside all day, we don't get to complain,ok?
Summer 2011 is officially here, and it's gonna be a HOT one in more ways than one! No HOT job prospects out there, just HOT, flaring tempers because of the lack of work. Any HOT ideas about what to do with the kids this summer? With new seasons comes newbeginning, and it is my prayer that this summer season will begin and remain peacefully COOL. AC Yaaa!
Did Patti Labelle order her bodyguards to beatdown a West Point Cadet at a Houston airport? Watch the video and draw your own conclusion. I do find it interesting that at the end of the video, Houston police are seen posing for photos with Patti!
I HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT IN THE YEAR 2012.
HERE IS MY PLATFORM:
(1). Any use of the phrase: 'Press 1 for English' is immediately BANNED!!! English is the official language; speak it or wait outside of our borders until you can.
(2). We will immediately go into a two year isolationist attitude in order to straighten out the greedy big business posture in this country. America will allow NO imports, and we'll do no exports. We will use the 'Wal-Mart 's policy,
'If we ain't got it, you don't need it.' We'll make it here and sell it here!
(3). When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it coming in here.
(4). All retired military personnel will be required to man one of the many observation towers located on the southern border of the United States (six month tour). They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTH BOUND aliens.
(5). Social Security will immediately return to its original state. If you didn't put nuttin in, you AIN'T getting nuttin out. Neither the President nor any other politician will be able to touch it.
(6). Welfare. -- Checks will be handed out on Fridays, at the end of the 40 hour school week, the successful completion of a urinalysis test for drugs, and passing grades.
(7). Professional Athletes -- Steroids? The FIRST time you check positive you're banned from sports ... for life.
(8). Crime -- We will adopt the Turkish method, i.e., the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more 'life sentences'. If convicted of murder, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for the victim you killed: gun, knife, strangulation, etc.
(9). One export of ours will be allowed: wheat; because the world needs to eat. However, a bushel of wheat will be the EXACT price of a barrel of oil.
(10). All foreign aid, using American taxpayer money, will immediately cease and the saved money will help to pay off the national debt and, ultimately, lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we'll ask The American People if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision as to whether, or not, it's a worthy cause.
(11). The Pledge of Allegiance will be said EVERY day at school and every day in CONGRESS.
(12). The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.
My apology is offered if I've stepped on anyone's toes .... nevertheless.....
The family of man has lost many members. The death toll in Japan is well over 18,000 and still rising. It's impossible to fully understand the scope of this tragedy, but if you understand the power of prayer KEEP PRAYING. May God bless the people of Japan.
Now that all the parties are officially over, can we congratulate the real "SU." Your CIAA Men and Women's Champions are the Shaw University Bears, a great HBCU and my alma mater! Now that's deserving of a party!
Our history as a people goes much further than we could ever imagine! We are the decendents of kings and queens, a proud people who survived the brutal treatment of slavery and prejudice to represent the world in the most important office of the world, the President of the United States. Be proud of your history Black people as we continue to make history for generations to come!
This is The Day Of Democracy, as shown by the people (not the politicians) of Egypt. And the cry for freedom is ringing all across the Middle East. Freedom always finds a way to free itself from the bongdage of slavery (hello America)? And the cry for freedom throughout the world is also a clarion call for prayer. Remember our brothers and sisters in the Middle East in your prayers. We Are One....
The Super Bowl was a great game, and the best team that day won the big prize! Congrats to the fans of the Packers and The Steelers. Now, think about all the anticipation you went through before the game, and all your emotions afterwards. As big as the weekend was, this time next week it'll be just another Sunday. Time to get "Back To Life."
The people of Egypt needs your prayers as the situation continues to get worse. I've always believed in the power of prayer, and I believe that when we pray for those we don't even know, God hears those prayers too. No fancy, biblical, scripture laced words needed. Just talk to Him like you would your best friend. Go ahead and take a moment now while you're thinking about it. Thanks and God bless!
I started a new part-time job on December 6th, and I hate it! I only "work" 1 hour a day, 5 days a week but it's early in the morning and it's extremely taxing on my body. I'm running, pressing, crunching and sweating for nearly the entire hour I'm there! This new job of mine is a real "workout," but I must admit that I do feel better when I'm done. And the pay is pretty good too: more energy, better health, and less weight. This new job even has me eating healthier! But I still hate it, 5 days a week. Can't afford to quit though cause I need the "benefits." If you're looking for this type of "work," there are plenty of openings available. Call me if you need an application.
I invite you to get your early morning praise on with a Daily Word. Each morning at 5:40am inside of Today's Praise, I bring you an uplifting and inspiring Daily Word, courtesy of Unity Magazine. Get inspired before your day begins. Today's Praise, 5 til6am on QMG!
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and retailers are desperate to get their hands on your money. So much so, that they're having "Pre-Black Friday Sales!" What? A BIG SALE before the BIG SALE? And too many of us are more than willing to take them up on their offers to save money. But when you're spending money you're spending money, no matter if you're spending a few pennies less. And you'll even be giving retailers those pennies before Christmas gets here. All I'm saying is don't spend it all in one place. Save your tithes for God, and save yourself some January stress. Don't spend it all!
Hey, I decided that if 69 year old Ron Isley could tweet, so could I! Now I'm still getting used to getting around on Twitter, but follow me and I'll follow you @acstone1. Also, I just upgraded to the new iPhone 4 and I'm loving it! Technology's gone MAD!!!
Voter fatigue is here again! "If I get another email from President Obama....." That's how I'm feeling right now along with NOT feeling all the negative ads clogging up all my favorite channels. And quit clogging my Facebook page telling me to vote early! I'm sick of the whole process. It's all a game and we the people are the pawns, so why vote? That's how I feel, but I'm not taking my "feelings" to the poll. I'm taking my right as a citizen of these United States. And I am one of the citizens whose vote help elect our first African-American President. Too many of our ancestors died to give me this right and priviledge. I WILL NOT LET THEIR DYING BE IN VAIN! Why Vote? That's why!
I love the change of the season from summer to fall. My youngest son will tell you he loves it too cause he don't have to worry about cutting grass anymore til late spring! There's something special about fall, and it ain't just because it's "football weather." There's a change in our spiritual mindset as we (or at least I) tend to reflect and meditate on my life, my current state of being and what the immediate future holds in store. Life tends to slow down just long enough for me to get a full grasp on it; long enough for God to get my full attention. Slow down, and enjoy the season......
Bernando La Pallo just celebrated his 109th birthday! He's writing another book, wants to open a restaurant and still drives and walks a mile each morning! After I saw this story, I decided to change my lifestyle! I don't know about you, but I want to live long and prosper!
I'm looking for a hit man to carry out a hit! I want the N-word killed! I heard audio from Dr. Laura Schlessinger's radio show. She's was talking race with an African-American woman and used the N-word 11 timesÂ (and she didn'tÂ sayÂ "n-word" either).Â It wasn't directed at the worman, just her way of making a point. She later apologized on her website saying it was wrong. Thank you for the apology Laura, but why let that word come out on the air in the first place? Her point was thatÂ Black men and Black comedians use it all the time, and you always hear it on HBO! She's right, but she's still wrong for using it and not because she's not Black but because it's a negative term of endearment in our communityÂ that needs to die! We're 10 years into the new millenium! We have a Black President! How long are we gonna be held back by this one word? Can we kill it already?
Another 125,000 jobs eliminated in just one month! When does it all end? And how are you being affected by this, even if you are employed? The Recession that began in 2007 is still in full effect in 2010 1/2, and there appears to be no end in sight. If you're blessed enough to be gainfully employed, be grateful and say a prayer for those still looking for employment in these difficult times. I'm sure you know someone.
It's summertime and the living ain't easy, that's fo' sho'! Double digit unemployment, and very high among African-American teens. How do they get through the summer broke, busted and disgusted? Some will just choose to chill in the AC , play video games, watch tv and rob the refrigerator at will. Others may look for work and some might even find some. It is my prayer and wish that this summer, none of us fall victim of the realities of our economy. There are many ways to entertain each other and involve our children that don't cost a lot of money. This summer, maybe you don't get that vacation you want, but you can still vacate the premises (whatever happened to Sunday drives)? There's always a close or distant relative to visit or a grandma to check up on. Hard times are supposed to bring families closer, so let's do this. Get close to your loved ones this summer. Don't cost you much, and the rewards can be even greater!
To all dads here and gone on to glory, I'd like to wish you a very Happy Father's Day. I am so blessed to have my life influenced by Rev. Donald Stowe (R.I.P.). The spiritual values he instilled in all his children has helped us become better fathers andmothers to our children. Out of all the men of our generation that I could point to as a hero, my father was mine. I miss ya dad, and I know you're up there preaching to Jesus (uhh, he's Jesus. You don't have to preach to him)!
I'm Carolina born and bred, so my support is always with the home team. I'm a Charlotte Bobcats fan (and I hope MJ changes the name of the team). But that being said, we got the classic NBA finalsÂ going on, and for whatever reason, I want the L.A. Lakers to take the trophy! I just like Coby's work ethics and determination. It rubs off on ya! Are you with me, or the Celtics?
When you think about the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, do you think "man, I'm glad I don't live in that area?" Sorry folks, but this one affects us all, from the gas pump to the seafood we love. It may soon even affect the water we drink. There's tons of oil about to be swept into the eastern seaboard (uh, that includes the Carolina coastline). And the question remains, what's the best way to clean up this mess? Sure, BP will toss millions at the clean up effort, but how long will it take? And howÂ will we be affected by this disaster. The bigger question is how do we cleanÂ up our unquenchable thirst and dependency on oil, both foreign and domestic?Â Maybe it's time toÂ start drilling the great minds in this country to find new alternative energy sources that won't continue to destroy mother earth. Afterall, it's the only one we got, and it's pretty dirty right now.
Did you enjoy the church service Sunday?Â Did the preacher "tear the house up?" Yea? Ok, what did he preach about? Or did you just join the others who got caught up in the "emotion" of theÂ sermon at the hoop. God speaks through His man servant, but how often do we really hear what God is saying? It's so easy to get caught up in the "feeling" of church and come away with nothing but a temporary emotional high. Blessings to all pastors who focus their ministry on preaching and teaching the Word. We hear ya speaking Lord!
My new life schedule has me waking up and working Saturday mornings from 9am til 2pm here on QMG. And it got me to thinking about all the things that Saturday morning meant to me as a child growing up in Winston-Salem. I had a great time last Saturday reminicing old school Saturday morning cartoons with our listeners. Whatever happened to those classic cartoons? And whatever happened to shooting marbles? Hopscotch and double dutch? Whatever happened to making the kids play outside all day til the street lights came on? Mom's Sunday dinner after church? What you got? Give me your "Whatever happened to..."
I'm still transitioning my move from Charlotte back to the triad these days. I tell everybody I'm a vagabond, living out of hotels, family and friends places. In the midst of all this, I'm trying my best to eat right and healthy, but what's good? When you have to go the fast food route, it's difficult to get 3 good healthy meals in each day. And I'm toldÂ you need plenty of fruits and veggies throughout the day as well. I'm good with fruit, but vegetables? I like them cooked at K&W, but what are they cooked in? Here's a reality to consider. It's easier and cheaper to eat bad than it is to eat healthy, and that's not good. But it's all good cause I'll be all the way back home real soon!
Does it still go without saying that Winston-Salem will come to Greensboro but Greensboro won't come to Winston-Salem? That's how it was when I was growing up in Winston. Greensboro was the cool city, and all Winston had going for it was R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Well, I haven't been to downtown Greensboro since I've been back, but downtown Winston-Salem is looking pretty cool these days. Listen, I firmly believe we are living in the best region in America, and it'll only become better in our individual communities when we quit claiming turf that we don't own anyway. The world has become so much smaller in the past 20 years that we can't afford to cast a negative lightÂ on our neighborhood cities next door. We are The Triad, High Point and Kernersville included. Quit trippin'....we're all in this together!
Ok, The Masters is history and while Tiger Woods did not win it, did he manage to win over lost fans? Can he now focus on what he really loves most, the game of golf? Tiger hasÂ given the media great conversation and coverage over the past 5 months with the scandal, but the time has really come to put it all in perspective and let it go. Everything he's done and been accused of doing has all led up to his return to the game of golf, which by the way spiked The Masters tv ratings over 50%! The reception over his return was cordial as expected and then he went about the business of trying to win another green jacket. He didn't. The Masters is over, the scandal is over, move on. He has, and even though you can see in his face that he'll never be the Tiger he once was, it's probably the best thing that could happen to him. I say all of this, and I'm not a golf fan. I'm just a man andÂ in case you forgot, so is Tiger Woods.
When all the world is still, it is only then that we see and hear through God's eye and God's ear. A world serene, where peace, hope and love rule supreme. Quiet your world, let your mind be still. Seek spiritual thoughts, and you too will feel that radiating thought from a voice deep within. Some call it conscience, but it's really a friend. A friend who makes life easy when we make it hard. Be still and see, hear and feel the presence of GOD.
CHANGEÂ is an inevitable factor of everyday life. Your breathing changes from one breath to the next. Each step you take is aÂ CHANGE from the step before. Well,Â CHANGE has come to 97.1QMG and I am blessed to be part of that CHANGE. Radio and music has paid the bills for all of my adult life, and to be able to still do what I love doing is a real blessing. I have experienced a storm of changes over the past year, from losing my job, my father and 3 of my best "radio friends. And nowÂ CHANGE has brought me back to the place where I enjoyed my best radio days. As I thanked God for the wonderful opportunity to come back home to work among family and friends, I asked Him for even better days ahead. With all the changes life has allowed me to experience, I'm gonna enjoy this one most. There's no place like home.