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Words to the Wise and Affirmation; “I seek first to understand rather than to be understood.”

Wine Train CEO Apologizes: ‘We Were 100 Percent Wrong’

Ferguson Judge Tosses All Arrest Warrants Before 2015

This Week Marks 10th Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina

Funeral For Congressman Louis Stokes Today

MTV To Give Kanye West Video Vanguard Award

Straight Outta Compton” has now earned a spot on Billboard’s Hot 100

Empire” is being hit with another lawsuit


Words to the Wise and Affirmation; “I schedule Time for My Inner Work.”


Terrence Howard Wins Divorce Settlement


T.I. Says He’s Working To Resolve $4.5 Million Dollar Tax Debt


Were 11 Black Women Thrown Off Napa Wine Train For Being Too Loud Or Too Black?


Target will be paying out nearly three million dollars to previous job applicants who were reportedly discriminated against

Today’s Words to the Wise and Affirmation; “I find my freedom in being bold.”

Tracy Morgan Marries Longtime Fiancée Megan Wollover


Get Ready For The Weeknd – He’s Touring This Fall


Nelson Mandela’s Grandson Appears in Court on Rape Charges


Florida Woman Says She Secretly Recorded Jared Fogle


Straight Outta Compton Tops at the Box Office

Here are some of the Stories we’re talking about today.


Barber Rewards Children Who Read To Him With Free Haircuts.

A man is dead after a roller coaster hit him at an Ohio amusement park.

Vice President Al Gore making another run for the White House.

Beyonce will grace the cover of “Vogue’s” September issue this year.

Azealia Banks has a thing or two to say about Nicki Minaj’s new wax figure.

Rihanna has joined the upcoming ninth season of “The Voice.”

Sheree Whitfield Getting $250,000 for ‘RHOA’ Return.

“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”  — a reboot is coming soon.

New Cosby Accusers Push List Near 50

Three more women are accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.  They include two actresses and a flight attendant.  This pushes the number of women who claim the legendary comedian assaulted them to 49.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Attorney Gloria Allred introduced former actresses Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer and Eden Tirl, and former flight attendant Colleen Hughes, at a press conference in her Los Angeles office yesterday.  Cosby continues to deny the women’s claims.

Freddie Bell Emcees Volunteer/Caregiver Event

I was at the Heritage Park Service Center last night as several people were honored for their service to caregivers and to the community.

KFC Introducing Pink, Black Sandwiches KFC in China is stepping out of the box to up its sales — by introducing its new pink and black sandwiches.  This week, the fast-food chain released its new “Rose Cheese Chicken Leg Burger,” featuring a rose pink bun.  If that isn’t appetizing enough, they also released its “Black Diamond Bacon Spicy Chicken Leg Burger” with yes, a pitch-black bun.  The restaurant says the move is meant to improve business with the promotion, since their sales in China have fallen ten-percent within the last quarter.

Two Sections of First Avenue Ceiling Collapses

Several people are recovering after part of the ceiling collapsed at legendary Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue. Fire officials say the collapse happened last night during a Theory of a Deadman concert. Three people were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The National Association of Black Journalists were at that facilities for parties just last week.

A Passing

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is mourning the loss of his father. Bill Zimmer died Tuesday in Florida. He was a long time football and wrestling coach in Lockport. Zimmer left training camp last week to visit his father who was in poor health.

President Carter Has Cancer

Former President Jimmy Carter is being treated for cancer. In a statement yesterday, Carter said recent liver surgery revealed that he has cancer, and that it has spread. He said more information will be released when more facts are known, possibly by next week. Carter is 90 years old.

Major Explosion in China

The death toll is climbing after two huge explosions at a Chinese warehouse.  The state-run news agency says 44 people are dead, including a dozen firefighters, and hundreds are injured.  The explosions are in the northeast China city of Tianjin, one of the world’s busiest ports.


In a move sure to delight their fans, BET has announced they will be doing a miniseries on the group New Edition. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Ralph, Mike and Johnny will be profiled in a deal announced this week.

Members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant will co-produce the untitled miniseries along with the band’s longtime manager Brooke Payne; founding member Bobby Brown was not named as a producer in the press release. The group, famous for songs such as “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now,” formed in the late 70s and rose to fame as a quintet in the 80s. Brown left the group in the mid-80s to pursue a solo career and the band has broken up and reunited multiple times, but is currently back together.

“From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like the Temptations and the Jackson 5, we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here,” the group said in a statement.

Halle Berry Says Lost Wedding Ring Not Sign of Divorce

Ah yes – the ol’ “I lost my ring” confession is usually followed by a divorce announcement, and while Halle Berry may be pretending that she remains blissfully in love with her faithful husband, rumors continue to swirl that their marriage is on the rocks due to infidelity issues on both sides.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Now with Halle’s revelation that she lost her wedding band, stay tuned for what tricks she may pull out of the martial bag of woes in the forthcoming weeks, as we’re not buying that all is well in the Berry-Martinez household.

Nicki Minaj Preggers?

It looks like Nicki Minaj is not expecting a child with boyfriend Meek Mill.  The Internet had been buzzing about the possibility ever since the “Anaconda” rapper called Meek her “baby father” on stage during a Saturday night stop on her Pinkprint Tour.  But TMZ is now citing sources close to Nicki that say she was just using the phrase as a term of endearment.  In the past she’s also called Lil Wayne her baby daddy.  Nicki has also stated before that she’s going to be married before she has a baby. The star-studded lineup is set for this year’s BET’s Music Matters Tour.  The fifth anniversary of the event will feature Kevin Ross, Adrian Marcel, Avery Wilson and Rotimi.  The show is kicking off today at Chicago’s Double Door and will run through Saturday, making stops at New York City’s SOB’s, Washington D.C.’s Smith Public Trust, among others.


‘LOL’ Isn’t The Most Funny Expression Anymore Facebook is giving us all a lesson in laughter.  Users were analyzed to figure how we transmit our laughs onto our keyboards.  Trends in internet giggles were heavily influenced by age.  Younger people were more likely to use emoji, a face portraying particular emotions.  More than half of all users typed “haha” or “hehe” to show humor.  The report also confirmed “LOL” is no longer popular among kids.  Only one-point-nine-percent of users are using “LOL” to let others know they’re laughing out loud.

Man Buys Milk, Wins Millions In Lottery

A Milwaukee man can thank his wife for asking him to go on a life-changing errand.  John Rumpel claimed the largest jackpot ever in the Wisconsin Lottery, winning 22-million dollars in the May 30th drawing.  Rumpel says his wife sent him to the store for milk and he decided to buy a ticket while there. 

Trump Sandwich Served At DC Diner

The “Trump Sandwich” is on the menu at a Washington, DC diner.  On the marquee outside the American City Diner, the new sandwich is promoted as “full of bologna.”  It’s an obvious reference to outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.  The price of the sandwich sharing the name of the real estate billionaire is six-95.


Neighbors-Everyone Welcome as We Talk about…

Aging In Place

Emceed by KMOJ Morning Host, Freddie Bell 

Pre-registration is required by August 5, 2015, Call now at 612-344-2221

Free Dinner, Caregiving tips and Alzheimer’s disease information

See “Caring for Mom and Dad’ documentary

Meet caregivers as they are honored with the “Voice for Caring Award.” Learn tips and tools to help you give the best care.

It’s Wednesday August 12th, 5-8pm at Augustana Open Circle of Heritage Park, 1015 4th Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN.
Dinner starts at 5pm!
See you There!! I’d love to meet you.

Listen to the story of a real Hero in Mr. Donnell Gibson of St. Paul.



The 67th Emmy Awards are just a couple months away and now we have a full list of this year’s nominees. The nominations were announced earlier yesterday by Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance. Here are some of the nominees that caught my eye.



Regina King, “American Crime”

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Freak Show

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

Mo’Nique, “Bessie”

Zoe Kazan, “Olive Kitteridge”



Michael Kenneth Williams, “Bessie”



Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”



Khandi Alexander, “Scandal”



Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”



“Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case”




“Key & Peele”



Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”



Queen Latifah, “Bessie”



Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

This Veteran’s Career Fair features more than 125 of Minnesota’s top employers with current job openings. If you’re a former or current member of the United States  military this event is for you and there is no cost to attend.

It takes place Wednesday, July 15th from 10a to 3pm at the Earle Brown Heritage Center at 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN

There will be employers who can talk with you about their openings;

Workshops on Job Search Techniques and Starting Your Own business;

There’s a Resource Area staffed by HR Professionals to help with resumes;

College Representatives will be on hand to help with education and training concerns.

Hennepin County, US Bank, the State of Minnesota and 3M are among the employers staffing the event.

For more information go to

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