By Kevin Gray
Instagram: @kgthemovie Recently, President Trump released his new budget plan. In the plan, he calls for a $17.2 Billion cut to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by 2019. In addition to the cuts, Trump is proposing that we replace monthly cash benefits with a food box delivery program, according to reports.
The report of this plan is being met with a lot of questions and some outrage. People are wondering why the government, and especially our president, wants to get involved in deciding what people eat everyday. Many have pointed out that Trump himself has a poor diet and should not be in control of what a family can and can't eat with nutrition assistance funds.
As for the way the propose program would work, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney compared the program to Blue Apron, an ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service. The Chicago Tribune notes SNAP provides roughly $125 per month to 42.2 million Americans, and the Agriculture Department would use part of those benefits to buy and deliver boxes of “homegrown” food. It’s called “America’s Harvest Box.”
The Harvest Box would contain things like shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. Since the boxes are valued at half of SNAP recipients monthly benefit, the remainder of their benefits would be put on electronic benefit cards, CNN Money reports.
Trump's administration says that implementing this change would save over $130 Billion over the next 10 years, although many consumer groups don't see that as being true.
With the announcement of this plan, the hashtag #BlueApronStyle has been trending on twitter. Many people point out that the government can't handle simple tasks so how can they handle a food delivery service. Others have pointed out that can fruits, vegetables and meats are not exactly "homegrown" fresh foods and would be worse nutritionally.
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed Black Panther continues its historic run-up into theaters, outpacing all previous movies released in the first quarter in terms of advance ticket sales on market leader Fandango.
Fandango reported Wednesday that at the same point in the sales cycle, Black Panther is on track to pass 2012’s The Hunger Games and 2017’s Beauty And The Beast. The tentpole, starring Chadwick Boseman, is also pacing to be Fandango’s top preseller among all superhero titles. It hits theaters on Feb. 16.
By Bobbee Denise
Loretta Mary Aiken, known by her stage name Jackie "Moms" Mabley, was an American standup comedian. A pioneer of stand-up comedy. She was an influence on Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Whoopi Goldberg who profiled her in a 2013 documentary. Her career lasted for over 5 decades.
At a very young age she lost her father to a fire and just months later her mother was killed being hit by a car. She was raped twice before the age of 15, pregnant twice but was forced to give both of her children away. She ran away from home, moved to Cleveland where she was discovered by a traveling vaudeville group. She performed on the "Chitlin Circuit" which is where black performers displayed their talents during the Jim Crow Era. She modeled her stage character after her great-grandmother and her voice made any line funny, during her raunchy humor.
She became the first female comedian to appear at the Apollo. She would later go on to earn up to $10,000 a week at the height of her career." 'Ain't nothin' an old man can do for me but bring me a message from a young man" - Moms Mabley's signature line.
By Bobbee Denise
The first licensed African American Female pilot was named Bessie Coleman. Bessie Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892. At the age of 23, she moved to Chicago seeking opportunity and fortune to escape her world of harsh poverty, discrimination, and segregation. Hearing stories from soldiers who flew in WWI, she was inspired to take up aviation. Unfortunately, being black and a woman it was not looking good for her.
In 1920 she decided to grab all her savings, received help from Robert Abbot, one of the first African American millionaires, and traveled to France to learn to be a pilot and study French. In June of 1921, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale awarded her an international pilot's license. When Bessie Coleman returned to the United States, she was greeted by reporters from all over.
By Bobbee Denise
Max Fleischer, the cartoonist and creator of Betty Boop, introduced the character to the world in 1930, after being inspired by the jazz age flapper Esther Jones.
Esther went by the name "Baby Esther" and performed at the Cotton Club in the 1920's. Baby Esther’s trademark vocal style of using “boops” and other childlike scat sounds attracted the attention of actress Helen Kane during a performance in the late 1920s. Eventually, Helen would go on to adopt Esther's singing and performing style.
When Betty Boop was introduced to the world, Kane would try to sue Max Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation stating he was using her image. It was later revealed via video evidence of Baby Esther performing dated prior to Kane, that Jones was the real Betty Boop. Today Betty Boop may be a young white woman on TV, but the real Betty Boop is all #BlackGirlMagic.
When it comes to the Super Bowl, winning and losing is not exclusive to the on field action. Every year, companies big and small take huge chances while spending big dollars all in an effort to expose their brand to hundreds of millions of people watching. The ads can be funny or serious or just down right outrageous, but if people remember it the next day, it could mean more business for your brand.
That's where Pras comes in, the hip-hop star is banking on the success of his ads for Blackture, a new media platform that looks to help 'push black culture forward.'
Pras, a former member of the group Fugees, bought a 30-second spot to announce the launch of Blacture, a “platform for black culture in America.” The ad, which airs during the third quarter of Sunday’s game, positions Blacture as a place where everyone can “come and see the story” about the state of black America today.
Blacture looks to be the go-to destination for unique content from prominent artists and influencers, a place where stories that are untold or underreported in mass media can find a home. Pras believes the now is the time to put black culture center stage. “He wants black Americans to recognize and embrace the opportunity he believes is right in front of them,” the campaign press release reads.
As for the Super Bowl Ad, it is a collaboration between Pras, director Antoine Fuqua of Training Day and Southpaw fame, creative agency McKinney and purpose-driven marketing shop Leijas of New York.
As for Blacture, interested parties will have to wait until the platform launches next month.
When you hear the slogan, “We got the streets, Y'all can have the rest”, you think of none other than the Blok Club DJs. From breaking artists records to educating members about the music business, the Blok Club DJs are a force to be reckoned with. On Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Blok Club DJs are thrilled to announce their 8th annual Meet & Greet and 10th-year-anniversary event at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill located at 431 W. Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL. The event will be hosted by the Blok Club DJs and Power 92’s own Raw TV Radio will be in the building broadcasting live.
Blok Club DJs is an alliance of the hottest DJs from around the country whose passion and appreciation for the true artistry of DJ’ing have led them to join forces in order to reach their goals in a more unified and efficient manner. Blok Club DJs core principles include: breaking artists records, educating members about the music business, industry networking, providing professional development and training, helping up-and-coming DJs hone their craft and providing aspiring artists with an outlet to effectively promote their music.
Along with live performances and panel discussions, you are bound to run into every who’s who in the music industry at one of Blok Club DJs meet and greets. Managers, Producers, Engineers, Entertainment Lawyers, Graphic Designers, PR Agents, A & R Reps, Promoters and some of Chicago’s hottest Rappers, Singers and Poets are known to be in the building. If you are looking for an opportunity to build your network, attending a Blok Club DJ meet and greet is the way to go. Bring your flyers, business cards, and open mind and be prepared to learn from some of the best the industry has to offer. For more information or if you are interested in performing or being a sponsor please contact email@example.com.
The 2018 NFL Hall of Fame class was officially announced tonight (Feb. 3) and eight new names will forever be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. The 2018 class includes five modern era players (Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Terrell Owens, and Brian Dawkins), two senior inductees (Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile), and one contributor (Bobby Beathard).
In his first year of eligibility, legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lewis spent his entire 17-year career with the Ravens before retiring in 2012. The Miami (Fla.) alum was a 13-time Pro Bowler, seven-time First Team All-Pro, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Super Bowl champion and one-time Super Bowl MVP.
Wide receiver Randy Moss—one of the most explosive playmakers in NFL history—was named to the Pro Football Hall in his first year of eligibility. In 14 seasons, Moss played for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. Moss was named to the Pro Bowl on six occasions and made the All-Pro First Team four times in addition to winning the 1998 Offensive Rookie of the Year. While Moss never won a Super Bowl, he played in the big game twice during his career.
It took three tries, but controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens will take his place among football's immortals.T.O. enjoyed a 15-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. The 1996 third-round pick out of Tennessee-Chattanooga was a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time First Team All-Pro. While Owens is best remembered by some for his antics, his on-field production was undeniable. Owens ranks eighth all-time in receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,934) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (156).
After 13 seasons at linebacker for the Chicago Bears, Brian Urlacher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Urlacher made the Pro Bowl eight times and was a four-time First Team All-Pro in addition to being the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.The 2000 first-round pick out of New Mexico appeared in 182 games, all of which came as a member of the Bears. He finished with 1,354 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. Urlacher played in one Super Bowl, which was a 29-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
On the heels of a productive, 16-year NFL career, safety Brian Dawkins was chosen as a Pro Football Hall of Famer in his second year of eligibility. Dawkins spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles before closing it out with three years as a member of the Denver Broncos. A nine-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro, Dawkins stands as one of the best all-around safeties to ever play. His hard-hitting style is evidenced by his 1,131 career tackles, but he also contributed in other areas with 37 interceptions, 26 sacks, 36 forced fumbles and 19 fumble recoveries in 224 games.
As one of the two nominees by the seniors committee, linebacker Robert Brazile was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his 29th year of eligibility. This year marked the first time Brazile had ever been named a HOF finalist. He spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Houston Oilers, during which he was a seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro. While tackles weren't tracked during his career and sacks didn't become an official stat until 1982, Brazile passed the eye test in terms of the massive impact he had on games from 1975 through 1984.
Long considered one of the best players to never make the Hall of Fame, guard Jerry Kramer has to wait no longer. After 45 years of eligibility, Kramer is finally a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a seniors committee nominee. Kramer was a finalist at various times in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Kramer spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, primarily as a right guard, although he also played a few seasons as Green Bay's kicker in addition to his offensive line duties. In 1962, he even led the NFL with a field-goal percentage of 81.8 percent. Kramer was a three-time Pro Bowler, as well as a five-time First Team All-Pro. He was an NFL champion on five occasions, and he went on to win both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II with the Packers in 1967 and 1968.
Longtime NFL general manager Bobby Beathard was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a nominee by the contributor committee. Beathard is best known for his time as the Miami Dolphins' director of player personnel and the Washington Redskins' GM. After stints as a scout with the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, Beathard took over as Miami's director of player personnel in 1972, which is the same season it became the first and only team to finish with a perfect record. Beathard won two Super Bowls in Miami before becoming the Redskins' general manager in 1978. He stayed in that role until 1989, winning two more Super Bowls. He then became the San Diego Chargers' GM in 1990, which is a job he kept until 2000. In 1992, Beathard led the Bolts to their first playoff appearance since 1982, and he constructed a roster that reached the Super Bowl in 1994.
Jim Thome is about to be enshrined in the Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame, and he's very deserving too. The Slugger will go in as a member of the Cleveland Indians, one of seven teams he played for. Thome is proud to go in as a member of the Indians, but he isn't proud of one thing that has been associated with the team for years. He doesn't want the Chief Wahoo logo on his HOF Plaque.
Thome, whose HOF worthy stats include 621 HR, 1699 RBI and 5 All-Star appearances, has recently come out against using the logo.
“I know my decision would be to wear the ‘C’ because I think it’s the right thing to do,” Thome said. “I think I need to have a conversation with the Hall of Fame because of all the history and everything involved. I just think that’s the right thing to do.”
While HOF inductee's do get to voice their preference on team and style of their plaque, the decision is ultimately up to the HOF committee. For what it’s worth, the Indians wore Chief Wahoo caps for most of Thome’s career. From 1991 through 2002, Wahoo was the primary cap for Thome’s Indians, with an “Script-I” cap serving as an occasional alternate. In his second, brief stint with the Indians in 2011, the club did wear a block-C alternate cap.
The Indians themselves have announce earlier in the week that they will no longer use the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms starting in 2019. They will, however, continue selling fan merchandise with the iconic, yet to some offensive, Wahoo logo.
The first month of 2018 sped by but it's all good because if this list is any indication February should be a very entertaining month. The new additions to the Netflix streaming library are here and some big time favorites are back on the virtual shelf.
The biggest thing coming to the streaming service this month (in my humble opinion) has to be Quentin Tarantino's thrillers Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2. If Uma Thurman slicing up the bad guys while rocking Bruce Lee's Round 5 jumpsuit doesn't do it for you, have no fear. This month is adding many other titles such as The Hurt Locker, Goodfellas, The American Pie Series (minus American Wedding for some reason), Oceans 11,12 & 13, a Marlon Wayans Stand-Up Special and more.
Here's the full list of what Netflix is adding this month:
3000 Miles to Graceland
American Pie 2
American Pie Presents: Band Camp
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
How the Beatles Changed the World
John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Parents
Men in Black
National Parks Adventure
Paint It Black
The Hurt Locker
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Z Nation: Season 4
Altered Carbon: Season 1 (Netflix original)
Coach Snoop: Season 1 (Netflix original)
Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down! (Netflix original)
Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia: Season 1 (Netflix original)
On Body and Soul (Netflix original)
Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers (Netflix original)
Valor: Season 1
Imposters: Season 1
Queer Eye: Season 1(Netflix original)
The Emoji Movie
Fate/Apocrypha: Part 2 (Netflix original)
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: George Clooney (Netflix original)
Seeing Allred (Netflix original)
The Ritual (Netflix original)
The Trader (Sovdagari) (Netflix original)
When We First Met (Netflix original)
Greenhouse Academy: Season 2 (Netflix original)
Love Per Square Foot (Netflix original)
Deep Undercover Collection: Collection 2
Re:Mind: Season 1 (Netflix original)
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 6 (Netflix original)
Everything Sucks! (Netflix original)
Irreplaceable You (Netflix original)
First Team: Juventus: Season 1 (Netflix original)
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale (Netflix original)
FullMetal Alchemist (Netflix original)
Bates Motel: Season 5
The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 1 and Season 2 (Netflix original)
Forgotten (Netflix original)
Atomic Puppet: Season 1
Marseille: Season 2 (Netflix original)
Mute (Netflix original)
Seven Seconds: Season 1 (Netflix original)
Ugly Delicious: Season 1 (Netflix original)
Jeepers Creepers 3
El Vato: Season 2
Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards
People You May Know
Sin Senos sí Hay Paraíso: Season 2
Derren Brown: The Push (Netflix original)
Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish (Netflix original)