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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Star Trek: Discovery” episode 13, “What’s Past is Prologue.” Since his first appearance in the third episode of “Star Trek: Discovery,” Jason Isaacs’ Capt. Gabriel Lorca has been up to something. One doesn’t keep a menageries of deadly aliens, sleep with a superior officer then […]
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Many longtime Star Wars fan will likely concur that The Empire Strikes Back, the second movie of the original trilogy and the fifth episode overall, is the best of the lot. Directed by the late Irvin Kershner, the high octane space opera darkened the tone and divided our heroes as the Empire continually assaulted them. It featured dazzling space battles, imaginative worlds, snappy dialogue, and ended on an indelible, multi-layered cliffhanger.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – George W. Bush famously turned to portrait painting as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, encouraged by the recent sale of his drawing of New York City’s Empire State Building for $ 16,000?
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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Evil Manners,” the Oct. 11 episode of “Empire’s” fourth season. Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) has a lot on her plate these days. Not only is she dealing with the emotional heartbreak over the love of her life and father of her children, Lucious Lyon (Terrence […]
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By now, 25-year-old Katorah Marrero, also known as Young M.A, should be accustomed to industry accolades. In the whirlwind year that's followed the release of her 2016 banger "OOOUUU," the wins have been nonstop: a double-platinum plaque, a headline tour, label offers, multiple Beyoncé cosigns. But she says she's still adjusting to all the attention.
"I didn't know how to react, because
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Inside Brooklyn Rapper Young M.A’s Budding Empire
Kito J. Johnson, broker and CEO of Buy n Sell Inc., is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned investor, and accomplished real estate broker. Johnson has over 1,000 transactions under his belt and has established himself as an educator and mentor to both new and seasoned investors. With a passion for generational wealth, Johnson is also founder and host of The Generational Wealth Summit, which brings entrepreneurs and real estate professionals together from the local market and around the country for an all-day event.
Johnson sat down with Black Enterprise to discuss how he got started, his failed businesses, recovering from the 2008 economic crisis, and becoming a single dad.
(Image: Kito J. Johnson, CEO of Buy N Sell Inc.)
Black Enterprise: How did you get started in entrepreneurship?
“My dad is an entrepreneur and risk taker. He was always involved in some business endeavor. He had a general contracting company, concrete business, and even did residential construction. He was always involved in entrepreneurial pursuits, and from that, I guess I got the gene.
We were always on a roller coaster in my household. He would do well in business, and then he would go downhill and make some bad decisions. When I was 13, my dad was on another great streak in business and doing well. He had a new business partner, and he came home one day nearly in tears because he found out that his business partner had stolen $ 140,000 and disappeared.”
Black Enterprise: How did your family recover from that loss?
“My dad had struggled to recover from that $ 140,000 loss. We decided to fold his company, went bankrupt, and started another company. When I was 20, the company was doing great. We had about 22 people on staff and I had a payroll and managed about $ 20,000 a week. I ended up making some not-so-great decisions, and so we found ourselves heading downhill and ended up folding the company. I started a church and pastored for a while, but in the back of my mind, I was always very interested in real estate and came across Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad Poor Dad.
At 22-years-old, I ended up marrying, and I moved from my parents’ house into a fixer-upper. I didn’t know anything about investing in real estate. I just had an eye for an opportunity. So, I bought the house. I put the house under contract and hoped to buy it before getting married. When I went to get the loan on the house, I found out I couldn’t get a loan, traditional mortgage, because it was in such disrepair that it didn’t qualify for a conventional mortgage. I ended up negotiating a lease purchase. I leased it from the owner for six months. During that six months, I renovated the house, got a mortgage, bought the house, and my wife and I lived there. Every two years we were moving and using the lease purchase strategy—we were buying something, selling something, and leasing something.”
Black Enterprise: Were you affected by the 2008 economic crisis?
“Just before the economic crisis, my wife and I had 17 properties. We were doing pretty well in real estate, and we still had the ministry thing going on the side. In 2008, I lost everything. I lost not only my houses, but I also lost my wife. And so I’m a single dad. My wife passed away in 2008. So, I had all of that hit me at one time.
I suddenly found myself pastoring a struggling church, houses gone, broke, and my wife just passed away and my daughter at the time was 1-years-old. I had to gather myself. For the next two years, I didn’t do anything. And then I decided, “Now, I’m not sure if I want the real estate thing anymore.” I decided to go back to school. I went to Kennesaw State to finish a degree that I never finished, I was 33 at the time; a full-time college student, on campus every day, and a single dad in the afternoon.”
Black Enterprise What helped you reignite your passion for real estate?
“I met a guy by the name of Mark Spain; he came across my résumé. Mark Spain is a well-known broker in Atlanta and wanted me to work on his team, with investors. Mark knew that I worked with investors in the past. When May rolled around, I graduated from Kennesaw State and joined his team, and all of my passion for real estate came back. Working with him for about a year, I sold 98 houses, about $ 14 million worth of real estate. I found my place again.”
Black Enterprise: Do you have any advice for those interested in real estate investing?
“It is possible to start wherever you are. Real estate investing starts very much so with one’s mind set and the first thing any individual has to know is that there’s opportunity available to them. And then you begin to build or discover a strategy around where you are. A lot of people fail with real estate investing because they don’t know where they stand. They hear that somebody is wholesaling and they say, “OK, that’s what I need to do.” Or they turn on HGTV, and they think that investing is buying a house and putting money in it and flipping it. Those are just one or two or three of many, many, many strategies. And the way you determine which strategy is best for you is, you first have to sit down and evaluate where you are time, money, and credit-wise.”
You can learn more about Johnson by visiting his website at kitojjohnson.com and following him on social media @kitojjohnson.
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Ron Howard has shared another image from the set of the solo Han Solo movie. And this one might be the closest we'll get to a confirmation that Darth Vader is involved in the spin-off prequel.
Rumors have been circulating lately that the Star Wars villain will make an appearance, but the reason for speculation — that actor Spencer Wilding, who portrayed the Sith Lord in Rogue One, was joining the movie — has been shot down. Of course, this wouldn't be the…
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Empire’s list of A-list talent has just added another name: Forest Whitaker.
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Empire actor Morocco Omari was arrested this week in Chicago and accused of misdemeanor domestic battery after his girlfriend claimed he shoved her to the ground, police tell PEOPLE.
Omari’s publicist dismissed the allegation as “blatantly false” and said he was “extremely confident” that the actor “will be completely vindicated in this matter.”
Chicago police say they responded to a call about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, where Omari’s 24-year-old girlfriend told officers he had allegedly pushed her down to the ground multiple times during a verbal argument.
The girlfriend said she suffered scratches to her chest and neck, according to police.
Omari, 46, was arrested that same day and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, police said.
Police said he was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, but his publicist tells PEOPLE that Omari has not appeared before a judge to enter a plea.
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In a statement, Omari’s publicist said the actor “would like to thank his fans for their support,” adding, “ was brought up by his mother and grandmother and is the proud father of two minor daughters. He has long been an advocate of anti-violence against women.”
“He has never displayed any hint of violence toward women and never will,” the publicist continued. “Violence against women simply isn’t in Omari’s DNA.”
Omari plays Empire‘s Tariq Cousins, an FBI agent and the half-brother of Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon.
He has previously appeared on Homeland and Person of Interest, among other series.
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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.
The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.
Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.
The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.
American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.
American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.
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THE REDEFINITION OF PERFORMANCE AND STYLE The Giro Empire ACC Road Cycling Shoe for men continues to redefine high-performance cycling shoes. A classic laced closure offers 7 points of fit adjustment and complements the breathable Evofiber(tm) synthetic upper for superb fit and comfort. A revamped Easton EC90(tm) ACC full carbon sole offers the stiffness needed for everything from Grand Tours to gran fondos, with ultra-low 6.5mm stack height for a direct connection to the pedals. The adjustable Super Natural Fit footbed lets you fine-tune the fit and arch support, for an unmatched blend of performance and style. Super Natural Fit Easton Carbon Fiber X-Static Anti-Microbial Precision Fit Last Upper : One-piece upper design; Premium Evofiber(tm) breathable microfiber; Laced closure Outsole : Easton EC90 ACC unidirectional carbon fiber; Replaceable heel pad Footbed : Super Natural Fit Kit with adjustable arch support; X-Static anti-microbial fiber Weight : 215 grams (size 42.5) *Please Note : Cleats are not included. Compatible cleats may be purchased separately here. Size 47 Color White/Black
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You’re off to the gym for a workout, but it is slightly chilly outside, or perhaps you have to take the kids to school and you want something you can just slip on to keep you warm. Wear this Carhartt Women’s Empire Blue 100705 981 Clarksburg Quarter-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt and keep yourself warm on those chilly days. And you won’t just stay warm, you will look good while your doing it.When it starts to get cold outside, but isn’t quite cold enough to bring out that winter jacket, this Carhartt sweatshirt is perfect. It is made from an 80% cotton/20% polyester fabric and is super soft to the touch. To make it even softer, this empire blue sweatshirt has been garment washed. Once you put it on, you might not ever want to take off this women’s sweatshirt.Not only is this Clarksburg sweatshirt warm, but it is also super stylish. The empire blue color is perfect to put you in a good mood and when your in a good mood your day will go by more smoothly. There is also Carhartt script embroidered across the front of this hooded sweatshirt to give it a little more flare. The hood is a three piece hood and is made for your comfort and to keep your ears and head protected from the cold.This Clarksburg sweatshirt has triple stitched seams, so it is durable and will last a long time. The front has two pouch pockets that you can stick your cellphone or media device in and listen to your music while you workout, or put your hands in the pockets to keep them warm. This women’s sweatshirt also has a quarter zipper on it, so when it starts to get a little warm, you can unzip it and cool off a bit.Don’t leave the house when it’s chilly without your Carhartt Women’s Empire Blue 100705 981 Clarksburg Quarter-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt. You won’t just keep yourself warm, but you will look great too!Manufactured sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL
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La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, features 90 holes of some of the country’s best golf, including the famous Stadium Golf Course at PGA West and the picturesque Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort.Named as one of the World’s Best Golf Resorts by Travel & Leisure Magazine as well as one of America’s Top 10 Winter Golf Resorts by Forbes Traveler Magazine, it’s no surprise that the Stadium Course at PGA West is host to several PGA Tour events such as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Diners Club Matches, PGA Grand Slam and The PGA Skins Game.Indulge in a round of golf at it’s finest and take your shot at mastering these championship courses!
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There has been some discussion around the slurs used on “Empire.” At a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Saturday, the TV drama’s co-creator Danny Strong talked about forbidden language on network TV, explaining why writers avoided a racial epithet for black people but used one for gay men.
Terrence Howard, the show’s star, had come out saying using the former is needed to make the show more authentic. “I’m mad that we don’t say n– in the show,” he told Entertainment Weekly in February. “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n– every day. It’s become part of a conversation—why aren’t we using it in the show?”
Strong insisted that was not necessary. “It’s not a documentary about hip-hop,” he said Saturday, addressing Howard’s comments. “It’s a soap opera that takes place in the hip-hop world.”
Toward the end of the panel, an audience member asked Strong why he felt comfortable using a particular gay slur, if the N-word was off-limits in the writer’s room. In the scene in question, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) shouts at Lucious (Terrence Howard). “I want to show you a f– really can run this company,” she says, referencing their gay son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) taking control of the company.
“That was really important to [co-creator] Lee [Daniels], in particular, who is gay,” Strong said. “The idea is that she is throwing his homophobia back in his face… So to use one of the most offensive slurs is a powerful way to do that.”
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Lee Daniels’s blockbuster Empire, an over-the-top soap opera featuring a prominent African American family in the rap world, has tackled a variety of subjects that most mainstream black shows fear to tread — such as homophobia and psychiatric illness.
Yet Cookie Lyon, the mother and ex-wife of the record label’s founder, sheds a rare light on black female incarceration and the challenges of prisoner reentry. Played by Taraji P. Henson, Cookie, is an old gangster with a heart of gold. She helped support her husband’s rap career and financed his fledging record label with $ 400,000 of drug money. When Cookie is arrested and goes down for seventeen years, her backstory shows that visits with her kids are infrequent and her old man just stops showing up.
True to Cookie’s storyline, in 2000, black women were incarcerated in federal and state prisons at a rate six times that of white women — with the War on Drugs responsible for a significant number of those arrests. Of course, contrary to Cookie the overwhelming majority were low-level addicts and drug mules. Roughly a decade later that rate has been cut by nearly 50 percent.
Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.
Unlike Cookie’s character, because many of the black women in prison were single mothers at the time of their arrest, their children were displaced. Paralleling the prison system, in 2000, black children represented the largest group in foster care, despite being only 15 percent of children in the US. Because of mandatory parental termination laws after 15 months in care, a number of black mothers lost and remain at risk for losing their parent rights.
Still Cookie’s character also helps focus on another area of concern, namely the difficulties of prisoner reentry. The dysfunction in her relationship with Hakeem Lyon was both heartbreaking and hilarious — the scene where she beats him down with a broomstick for calling her a bitch comes to mind.
African American female prisoners face unique challenges trying to reintegrate into society and reconnect with their families. For starters, not only were roughly 60 percent of the women using drugs prior to their arrest, but 44 percent reported being physically or sexually abused and nearly 70 percent reported having been abused before the age of 18. Substance abuse issues and the fallout from emotional trauma are key factors, but also the women battle stiff employment obstacles, laws that make them ineligible for public assistance, a lack of healthcare and housing discrimination.
Currently, the recidivism rate for female offenders averages 45 percent. Lack of support and inadequate reentry programs are a huge factor, but so too is the intensifying parole regime, which has shifted from a rehabilitative model to one more closely aligned with law enforcement. In 1985, 70 percent of parolees successfully completed supervision, by 1997, that rate dropped to 44 percent.
Cookie Lyon’s character aside, we need to help more black women successfully reenter society. In order to do that reentry programs must tackle the social and economic challenges that this population faces and successful prisoner reentry has to become a much larger focus in the ongoing effort to arrest mass-incarceration.
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