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Beyoncé- Just Call Her The 50 Million Dollar Woman

In addition to having FABULOUS style Beyoncé has signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi. The agreement includes traditional promotional appearances and a new commercial, but also the beverage company’s investment in a number of the singer’s creative projects. Beyoncé will appear in a new TV spot for Pepsi, a brand she has been involved with since 2002. She’s also performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, which is sponsored by Pepsi. Beyoncé and her hubby, Jay-Z were the highest-paid celebrity couple of the year. Beyoncé earned $40 million to Jay-Z’s $38 million. Beyoncé’s image will also appear on a limited edition run of Pepsi cans. Cha-ching!! Read More »

Thousands Put in the Hospital By Smoking Fake Weed

Synthetic drugs such as K2 and Spice were responsible for putting thousands of people in the hospital back in 2010. These synthetic drugs became popular because they mimic the high that you would get from marijuana. The federal government’s Drug Abuse Warning Network did their first report on these drugs to examine the impact that the synthetics had. It turns out that they were responsible for for sending large numbers of people to the emergency room. The herbal incense was responsible for one-third of the emergency room visits made by youth between the ages of 12 and 17. The research then showed that they were also responsible for putting 35 percent of users between the ages of 18 and 24 in the hospital. It turns out that 59 percent of the patients admitted were admitted due to reactions to this substance alone. Most emergency rooms see larger numbers of people admitted due to pain killer and illicit drug abuse. With 18 million regular users, marijuana is the most illicit drug that there is. Back in 2010, the herb sent over 460,000 people to the hospital. The results of synthetic drug use as gathered in the reports show that synthetic drugs are a threat to public health. Back in 2009, K2 and Spice popped up on the market as legal substances, marketed as incense. The synthetics became popular with teens and college students who could easily buy them online and in stores. Not too long after they went on the market, people were admitted to the hospital more frequently, suffering from a fever and what doctors would refer to as strange behavior.  There are also thousands of deaths related to the product as well. Read More »

Lottery Winners Leave Behind $800 Million Dollars

Most of us dream about winning the lottery.  If that’s the dream, then the greatest nightmare would be to win the lottery and forget to pick up the prize.  Believe it or not, this happens all the time.  Everyone is so focused on getting the big prize that they can sometimes forget about the little ones. It turns out that many lottery winners never go to claim their prizes. Two people may have been the Powerball Jackpot winners on Wednesday, but those who win second prizes of one million dollars may never come to claim their rewards. The U.S. Lottery brought in $40 billion dollars in prizes last year. According to Chuck Scott, the executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, somewhere around $800 million dollars in prizes went unclaimed. “Those 66 millionaire winning tickets were spread across 27 states. But about 2% of those second-prize winners — one or two individuals — will probably never come forward. “It’s important that everyone check their numbers, even if they know they didn’t win the jackpot,” Strutt said. Almost all the lottery jackpots are collected, he said. But dozens of second-prize Powerball tickets will never be cashed in over the course of a year. Illinois has a $1 million winning ticket from March that still hasn’t been claimed. Likewise, many people who win the $250,000 second prize for Mega Millions will fail to come forward. There are a total of 8.9 million winning tickets from Wednesday night’s drawing, although 8.8 million of those won $8 or less. Total prizes for winning tickets, excluding the two jackpot winners, were $131.5 million. Related: Where $65 billion in lottery ticket sales goes “It doesn’t shock me,” said Strutt. “There are significant number of people buying tickets who don’t know there are secondary prizes. And when we get a big prize like $550 milllion, many people buy tickets who haven’t bought before.” In addition to the players who don’t realize that there is more than one prize, many simply lose interest once they hear the winning ticket was bought in another state, or that there was no jackpot winner. Rules differ between states, but winners generally have 6 to 12 months collect their prizes. Prize money that isn’t claimed goes  back to the state governments  that profit off the lottery games, or to fund future prizes.”   For the full story click here.   http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/28/news/economy/unclaimed-lottery-prizes/index.html Read More »

Principal Punishes Boys By Making Them Hold Hands in Public

A principal has had his actions condemned after he punished some of the boys in the school by making them hold hands in front of their classmates.  The boys were in high school and the punishment was due to a fight that occurred between the two. The incident took place at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ.  The students’ names have not been released. Some are praising the tough discipline, while others think that it’s all a bit too much.   The students didn’t actually have to hold hands though.  They also had the option of being suspended from school.  They chose to display “brotherly love” instead. “Kids were laughing at them and calling them names, asking, ‘Are you gay?’” student Brittney Smyers  told ABC affiliate KNXV . Other students took pictures of the boys holding hands and posted them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  The students covered their faces in order to avoid embarrassment. Some have accused the principal of being anti-gay due to his portraying homosexuality as a bad thing.  Some also said that the punishment was wrong because it subjected the boys to additional ridicule from classmates.  But some think that the punishment was right on time, since the boys will probably think twice before fighting ever again. What do you think?   Read More »

Gloria Davy, Prominent African-American Opera Singer, Dies at 81

Gloria Davy, a Brooklyn-born soprano who was the first African-American to sing Aida with the Metropolitan Opera, died on Nov. 28 in Geneva. She was 81. Her death, after a long illness, was confirmed by the soprano Martina Arroyo, a longtime friend. Ms. Davy performed mainly in Europe from the 1960s onward. She was equally, if not better, known as a recitalist. Though she was praised by critics for the beauty of her voice, the sensitivity of her musicianship and the perfection of her pianissimos — the elusive art of attaining maximum audibility at minimum volume — Ms. Davy sang with the Met just 15 times over four seasons, from her debut in the title role of Verdi’s “Aida,” opposite Leonard Warren, in 1958 to her final performance, as Leonora in Verdi’s “Trovatore,” opposite Giulio Gari, in 1961. She graduated from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan and in 1951 and 1952 received the Marian Anderson Award. The prize, for young singers, was established in 1943 by Ms. Anderson, the first black singer to appear at the Met. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1953 from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Belle Julie Soudent, Ms. Davy embarked on a career as a concert singer. Ms. Davy was married several times. Survivors include a son, Jean-Marc Penningsfeld. NaturallyMoi sends our thoughts to his friends, family, and those who were able to work with the gifted singer, mother and friend. Read More »

Jada Pinkett Smith Talks False Sense of Relationship Between Men and Women

Jada Pinkett Smith took to Facebook to address the deep rooted brainwashed nature of men and women, when it comes to relationships. Pinkett Smith who has never been one to mince words, told her readers about the warped image of love that most women and men try to live up to. Both men and women are finding themselves catering to society’s commercialized ideal of what it means to love a man or a woman and the things and features you have to possess in order to do so. Let’s call it the all beauty and no brains syndrome. She says, “How is man to recognize his full self, his full power through the eye’s of an incomplete woman? The woman who has been stripped of Goddess recognition and diminished to a big a**and full breast for physical comfort only. The woman who has been silenced so she may forget her spiritual essence because her words stir too much thought outside of the pleasure space. The woman who has been diminished to covering all that rots inside of her with weaves and red bottom shoes.”  She also addresses the fact that men are stretching to maintain a certain status to be recognized by women, allowing themselves to be used. She says that, “even men would render themselves empty and longing for meaning, depth and connection. There is a deep sadness when I witness a man that can’t recognize the emptiness he feels when he objectifies himself as a bank and truly believes he can buy love with things and status. It is painful to witness the betrayal when a woman takes him up on that offer. He doesn’t recognize that the create of a half woman has contributed to his repressed anger and frustration of feeling he is not enough. He then may love no woman or keep many half women as his prize.”           Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City. Follow @asalovechild www.facebook.com/asaentertainmentgroup www.asalovechildworld.com         Read More »

Study Reveals Racism of D.C Cab Drivers Against Black Passengers

Is anyone really surprised to hear that racism is still out there? Probably not.  Now a study, by CBS’ Washington, D.C., local station, proves something that many people have believed to be true for a long time. The study shows that African-Americans might have a more difficult time catching a cab than their white counterparts. 9News Now sent in an undercover African-American investigator to try to hail a cab in the city. This experiment took place in Washington D.C.. So here is how this experiment worked;  the Black agent told the cab driver where he wanted to go. If he was refused then a white agent tried to take the same cab to a location close to where the black agent asked to go. There were 40 cab drivers involved in this investigation. One of the cab drivers who they caught on video refused the black customer and took the white customer to a location very close to where the black customer had wanted to go. The cab drivers in the study had no idea that they were being videotaped, but those who refused service to a passenger because of their race knew that they were being unjust. Refusing to pick up the black agent only to then take the white agent to just about the same location shows that the black agent’s request was not inconvenient, only his skin color was. A cab driver cannot legally refuse service once you’ve entered the car, so, if you a black man who wants a cab ride, from now on, hop in before he can say anything about it. Read More »

Mystery Illness Causes Teenager to Lose Both Legs

Doctors in Portland are trying to figure out what caused an illness that a young woman is currently battling with. Whatever illness the 18-year-old is battling with has resulted in the amputation of both of her legs and may even claim her life if they cannot get to the bottom of it. Tabitha Schulke reported that she was experiencing flu-like symptoms on Thanksgiving morning. The illness began to progress shortly after. Not too long after the initial feeling of being ill Tabitha began to develop gangrene on her feet. According to her aunt, her feet turned black as if she had been in the snow. Tabitha is in critical condition at the Portland Hospital. Not sure if they could save her or not, the doctors began to prepare her family for the worst. They told them that they were not sure if they could save her, so they should go and say their goodbyes. Amazingly, a Legacy Emmanuel (hospital) specialized emergency team was able to stabilize the teen. The technology they used supports patients who’s heart and lungs cannot function on their own after serious damage. Using “extracorporeal membrane oxygenation” they were able to buy her some more time. After the gangrene continued to spread, the doctors decided to amputate both of her legs at the knee. The doctors now believe that she is suffering from Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). TSS is a disease caused by staph infections. Those who suffer from it have a 50 percent chance of survival. Infected wounds can trigger the illness. Women who use barrier contraceptives or are menstruating are more likely to experience TSS. Read More »

The (Ree)lationship Guide: Ladies, Scientists Say Withholding S*x Will Get You a Man

by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” Men around the world are probably going to be extremely disappointed after reading this information. A study reported in the European Journal of Personality, researched the impact of “playing hard to get” tactics on 1,500 men and women to see which ones work best. Some of the tactics tested were flirting with others and diverting ... Read More »

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Converts from Republican, to Independent, to Democrat

Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida’s political world expects him to seek his old seat. “I will consider it, and I will think about it,” Crist said by phone while boating off of Miami and before a planned dinner with former Democratic governor and Sen. Bob Graham. Crist revealed his long-anticipated conversion Friday that after more than two years as an independent. He made the announcement on Twitter and included a photo of his new voter registration form that he filled out at the White House. Earlier Saturday, Republicans gathered for a meeting and said they will be extra motivated to re-elect Gov. Rick Scott if his opponent is Crist, who left the GOP during his 2010 run for Senate. “Bring it on,” Peter Feaman, the party’s national committeeman, told a room of Republican activists. “That man sat at my house, in my kitchen, at my breakfast table and told me he was a Ronald Reagan Republican. OK, I’m putting my boots on, because guess what? You lied to me.” READ MORE Read More »

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