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Will Smith:Ibiza!

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3-story leap into the Mediterranean Sea. I love Ibiza! Thanx, Eyhab.

Shaun Robinson & Dad

 

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Bonjour Paris! #BirthdayVacation!!!

Jamie Foxx: International Player!

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When in Rome ultimate tourist for a day. Trevi fountain, the Colosseum and of course, gelato.

The First Lady & Family!

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See First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters kick off a visit to China. http://ow.ly/uNyiK

 

Ike & Tina: International Stars!

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Vintage Frames: February 17th-19th

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It’s been a journey, I only cherish the heartache. The labor of love was to create, product was the satisfaction. I’m was once told a debt collector couldn’t design ‪#‎sunglassses‬, behold Vintage Frames, I guess they were wrong. Overcoming all odds is possible, all it takes is the determination to survive.
Mountains can be climbed, slopes become easier on the knees after you journey for a while. We are what we make ourselves be, nobody was born with their profession. If you …have a disadvantage, all the more reason to work harder. Price your own worth, find someone that values it enough to pay it. Realize your destiny, most importantly that it is in your hands. If you are at the mercy of others, it’s time to switch games. Your present is a result of progress, your future is the result of determination.
Last time I was told I couldn’t I turned it into my future. On February 17th, I am proud to unveil Vintage Frames. It’s ‪#‎Thursday‬ pay homage to what inspired you even if it was fucking negative. Next week we show the world we could, more importantly that we did! With the unveiling of the Vintage Frames By Corey Shapiro line I have most importantly shown myself it could be done. The future has been in your hands this whole time, it’s time you realize what you have been holding all along. ‪#‎morninginspiration‬ ‪#‎vintageframes‬

IDLEWILD: THE BLACK EDEN OF MICHIGAN

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Some of the venues on the Chitlin’ Circuit were the Cotton Club  and Apollo Theaters in New York City, Regal Theatre in Chicago, Howard  Theatre in Washington, D.C., Fox Theater in Detroit and the Uptown  Theatre in Philadelphia, and a bunch of 1 night stand places in the  middle. A lot of these acts played Idlewild to incorporate some  relaxation along with work. Many of these fabulously talented artists started on the  chitlin’ circuit, including Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella  Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Dorothy  Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, .

The Supremes, Moms Mabley, Ike and Tina Turner ,George Benson, B.B. King, Richard Pryor, Muddy Waters, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Redd Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Jimi Hendrix, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The  Temptations, John Lee Hooker, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, The Isley  Brothers, and The Four Tops.

( The dancers were love with Otis) And a Motortown Revue Dancer named Donna Dixon….I met Donna on the phone as she called into me for tech support a few years ago. It was just before the holidays and we struck up a long conversation as I fixed her computer problems. Donna was a backup dancer for the Funk Brother’s band.

They were the massively talented studio musicians that created the “Motown Sound” See a bit of their movie:Standing in the Shadows of Motown The touring company of acts from Motown were called the Motor Town Revue.

Idlewild became known as the “Black Eden of Michigan”. As this new black intelligentsia began to settle in the community, some relocated as activists and members of Marcus Mosiah Garvey‘s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), some as followers of Du Bois’ National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), others as believers of the late Booker T. Washington‘s political machine, and others as potential investors. For the majority of these professionals who brought their families, the idea of land ownership conveyed black social status and membership in this community.

Idlewild gained national stature among African Americans during the period between the World Wars. For example, the Idlewild Land Owners Association had members from over thirty-four states in the country. In addition, the Purple Palace, Paradise Clubhouse, Idlewild Clubhouse, Rosanna Tavern, and Pearl’s Bar provided summer entertainment for tourists and employment opportunities for seasonal and year-round residents in the community. The Pere Marquette Railroad built a branch line to the area by 1923. A post office opened that same year. The Idlewild Fire Department was established, and a host of new entrepreneurs began entering the community. Paradise Palace became McKnight’s Convalescent Home.

Following World War II, Idlewild attracted what some sociologists have labeled the new African American “working” middle class. With the construction of a few paved roads in Idlewild, a reinvestment in the township’s only post office, and greater availability of electricity, a new generation of entrepreneurs began to invest in Idlewild. Phil Giles, Arthur “Big Daddy” Braggs, and a host of other African American businessmen and women took advantage of the market by purchasing property on Williams Island and Paradise Gardens, and began developing these areas into an elaborate nightspot and business center. The cottage started by Albert Cleage in the 1940s was expanded by his sons Louis, Hugh, and Henry.

Many African American entertainers of the period performed in Idlewild. Della Reese, Al Hibbler, Bill Doggett, Jackie Wilson, T-Bone Walker, George Kirby, The Four Tops, Roy Hamilton, Brook Benton, Choker Campbell, Lottie “the Body” Graves, the Rhythm Kings, Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Fats Waller, and Billy Eckstein, and many other performers, entertained both Idlewilders and white citizens in neighboring Lake County townships throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.

Arthur Braggs produced singers, dancers, showgirls, and entertainers, which helped Idlewild to become the “Summer Apollo of Michigan”. Braggs produced the famous “Arthur Braggs Idlewild Revue” which not only performed in Idlewild but was also taken on the road to Montreal, Boston, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, and other cities. Braggs’ show helped Idlewild become a major entertainment center and contributed to the financial prosperity of the area

Donna told me all the gossip “on the road”with the famous groups.She also sadly told me then how Levi Stubbs had just had a large stroke and was wheel chair bound. He would never perform again. Donna suggested I read a book that mentioned her and Donna’s picture is in it twice! The book was written by Dr. Ronald J Stephens an acclaimed expert on African American History at several large universities. It was a fascinating hour long conversation with a woman thathas lived a fascinating life in Detroit. She is still as as sparkling as her costumes were back then

Floyd Mayweather:International player!

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Up early eating breakfast on the balcony of my Presidential Suite in Hawaii. Just enjoying life!  www.themoneyteam.com

Beyonce:Sydney- Halloween Edition ;-)

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Long & Lanthan: Black Girls Travel!

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Sheneka Adams: Tell All Book?

Whatever happened to Video Vixen Sheneka Adams tell-all book deal?

 

Groupie/jumpoff/video vixen Sheneka Adams is writing about her EXPLOITS with a bunch of famous men – including married NBA BALLER Carmelo Anthony. Yeah, LaLa’s husband.

Here’s is an excerpt (note – its not clear whether he was actually MARRIED to LaLa when this happened. But they were DEF together)
I wasn’t gonna come out that night for several reasons. For one I had just got my hair done and that ish was sooooo tight, but I sucked it up and went out anyway. I normally don’t go to clubs by myself, but tonight I was going to support my homies Furious ENT…they do this sexy ass party at Opera night club on Thursdays. Well anyway I got there and I was by myself so I stuck by the homies side all night because I wasn’t about to walk around all my lonsome looking crazy lol. I think there was a casting going on that night for this reality show but I wasn’t in no mood to be auditioning for anything so I threw back a couple of sex on the beache’s which is my favorite drink, and played the mood real close.

I was getting tired of following him so I told him that I was about to leave, but he insited that I come upstairs to where the real party was at…Mind you I was there alone but me being the fiesty VIRGO that I am I made party buddies quick. As I was dancing I saw him looking at me. I’m not gonna disclose his name for the sake of what I do with a certain person is not for the world to know WHO that person is but what was done lol. Well he kept eyeing me and at first I’m like what the fuck this lame ass ***** looking at? After looking at me for about 10 mins he asked me to walk over and talk to him. I did because I didn’t want to be a bitch. When I got over there he bent down and said, “Your name is Sheneka Adams right?” I was shocked as to how he knew that, considering the fact I didn’t even know who he was, until he told me that he played basketball and insisted that I guess who he was.

Me being me I don’t like to play games so I asked this chick who was standing around who this person was and when she told me, I almost spit my drink out. This guy is one of the top players in the NBA, well respected, and he knows my name. I was impressed then, but I wasn’t going to give him the pleasure. So we danced and drank and took a few pictures and all around me I could feel the envious eyes and hatred stares of the women wising they was in my place at the moment. “You wanna go hang out at my room?” he asked….”It’s to crazy in here.”

Madonna and Lourdas: 55th Birthday Celebration In Paris France!

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The Cheesecake Factory: Michigan’s First!

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The Cheesecake Factory is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at its first  Michigan store on Friday. The official grand opening of the restaurant will be on August 13 at Twelve  Oaks Mall in Novi. The restaurant’s dining room will seat about 225 customers. So far The Cheesecake Factory has brought more than 280 new jobs to the  Detroit area.

 

Detroit Jazz Festival: 34 years Of Excellents!

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The 34th Annual DETROIT JAZZ FEST  Schedule HERE! >>  www.detroitjazzfest.com

 

 

 

 

 

Dookie Chase: Famous Fried Chicken!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 3-pound fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • oil for frying

Instructions:

Season chicken well with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Mix eggs, milk, and water. Pour mixture over chicken. Let sit for 5 minutes. In a heavy paper bag, mix flour, paprika, ground thyme, and granulated garlic. Place chicken in bag with flour mixture. Shake until chicken is well coated.

Heat the oil in to 350°F Dutch oven or Magnalite fryer. Place the chicken in hot oil and fry, turning as it browns. Heavy parts such as breast, thighs, and legs will take 15 to 20 minutes, wings about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain chicken on paper towels.

New Orleans: The Best Of The City!

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Fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House (2401 At. Ann Street, Seventh Ward, New Orleans, 504/822-9503). Not close to anything, tucked away in a suburb, but well worth the 10 minute cab ride or 30 minute walk from the French Quarter.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the original Cafe du Monde (800 Decatur Street, French Quarter, New Orleans, 504/525-4544) in the French Quarter for a morning or afternoon cafe au lait and beignets.

In the jackets-preferred Commander’s Palace (1403 Washington Avenue, Garden District, New Orleans, 504/899-8221), Antoine’s Restaurant  (713 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans 504/581-4422) and Galatoire’s Restaurant (209 Bourbon Street, French Quarter, New Orleans, 504/525-2021) for an upscale version of Creole, Cajun and New Orleans cooking.

A New Orleans staple Dooky Chase Restaurant the dinner menu changes weekly, though it always features Creole dishes from the Chase family canon. Look for Creole chicken, paneed veal with jambalaya and stuffed pork chops with candied yams, in addition to grilled seafood and other lighter dishes and some vegetarian options.    2301 Orleans Ave  New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 821-0600 Hours are limited to Friday evenings for now, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the restaurant still serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3

 

A New Orleans legend, Acme Oyster House has shucked millions of delicious oysters to the delight of locals and visitors from all over the world. Acme’s easy ambiance invites you in, offering icy beer, fresh oysters, and a chance to get to know the restaurant’s personable lightning-fast shuckers. For over one hundred years, Acme has offered fresh Louisiana seafood in a fun, casual location on Royal and Bourbon Streets. A long line at lunch may dismay some diners, but don’t be deterred; the line moves quickly, and Acme’s oyster dishes are worth it.

Address: 724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Phone:(504) 522-5973 Friday hours 11:00 am–11:00 pm

 

The Gumbo Shop a New Orleans is a Mecca of culinary temptations and as a native I wouldn’t want it any other way. Temptation and atonement are part of our culture. With religious roots that are primarily Catholic, thanks to our French founders, the church affects our calendar in a rather unique way: we celebrate Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the final day of feasting before 40 days of Lent.
French Quarter Restaurant 630 Saint Peter Street (504)-525-1486 Fax: (504)-524-0747 Clarke Street Office: 504-262-0412   Call (504)-899-2362 for a complete local Catering Menu  restaurant@gumboshop.com

 


Renaissance Hotels: The Perfect Escape!

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On the 27th floor of our Barcelona Fira Hotel you’ll discover a rooftop pool, a stunning sun-drenched lounge bar and endless views of this amazing Catalonian city around you on all sides: http://renho.tl/RenBarcaFira

 

 

 

Latoya Luckette: The List!

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The brand new season of “CultureList” kicks off TONIGHT with new host, two-time Grammy© Award-winning R&B singer and actress LeToya Luckett. Each week Letoya will bring a new spin to the best and hottest trends in fashion, fitness, music, food and technology with special insight from experts and celebrities.
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HERVE LEGER: Eating In Style!

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Located inside The Met Hotel in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, lies one of the
worlds most beautiful restaurants. Chan offers Asian inspired culinary innovations, created by British food critique and entrepreneur Oliver Peyton and the interior was designed by London based architect Andy Martin & Associates.
 
Intricately crafted and luxurious semi-private seating makes Chan cosy and intimate. The seating booths cater for two or for larger groups.
 
There lies a dramatic sense of layering within the space from the graphically lit wall panels, open grid ceilings, to the engraved detailing on the tables. It opened to acclaim for it’s dazzling interior and unique cuisine, Chan is the “destination.” — Chan Restaurant

The First Family: Back To Their Roots!

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look out from the Door of No Return while touring the House of Slaves, or Maison des Esclaves, at Goree Island off the coast of Dakar on June 27, 2013. Obama and his family toured the museum at the site where Africans were held before going through the door and being shipped off the cntinent as slaves.

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