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Pray For Las Vegas: Lone Gunmen Kills 58 & Injures Hundreds More

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A gunman identified as Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 515 others by firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada towards the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

Authorities said no other shooters were involved and the US Department of Homeland Security added that there was no “specific credible threat involving other public venues.”

The deadliest mass shooting in US history targeted the audience at the festival on an 15-acre lot across Las Vegas Boulevard from the hotel. The death toll surpasses that of the Orlando, Florida shooting at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016, where 49 were killed.
An off-duty police officer attending the concert was among those killed. Authorities have not yet publicly named the other victims, and provided a contact number for family and friends seeking information: 1-866-535-5654. Police confirmed that two officers on duty were injured.

US president Donald Trump addressed the nation after initially tweeting that he sends his “warmest condolences” to victims and their families: “We are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief. It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and the Department of Homeland security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops,” he said.

Trump also thanked local authorities, “the speed with which they acted is miraculous. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something we for which we will always be thankful. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. The families of the victims we are praying for you, we are here for you.”

He did not mention gun control despite the speech being on the deadliest mass shooting in US history. This is especially pertinent as the shooting took place in Nevada, which has some of the laxest laws on guns and ammunition in the US.

Joseph Lombardo, the Las Vegas sheriff, said there was only one shooter—”a lone wolf” named as the 64-year-old Paddock—who was found dead in his hotel room. Police confirmed he was a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, a retirement and golf community of about 20,000 that is 80 miles from Las Vegas. Mesquite police spokesman Quinn Averett said that Paddock had no prior arrests or even a record for a single traffic violation.

Lombardo said there is nothing “derogatory” in the background of the suspect and that “we believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry.” Some 10 guns were found in Paddock’s room, from which he fired multiple rounds.

The police say the investigation will be long and protracted. The Clark County district attorney, Steve Woodson, said that “this was a classic WMD. This was a weapon and a man of mass destruction. This doesn’t involve politics. All of us are Nevadans. We’re working to get through this.”

Paddock’s house was under search by authorities. Meanwhile, the brother of the shooter, Eric Paddock, went on CBS News and described his shock at what transpired. He said he was confused how his brother obtained automatic weapons and that Stephen Paddock was “just a guy that lived in a house in Mesquite,” and who “ate burritos.”

The police said it all started when around 10:08pm local time, the police received calls that multiple shots were being fired at the concert.

The police found out that the shooter was on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel and after a SWAT team used a controlled explosion to breach the room, he was “engaged.” Authorities say he had already been shot by the time authorities entered his room. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the families of the victims involved in this terrible tragedy.

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Houston Relief Efforts Continue With Several Celebrity Donations

Houston is reeling from Hurricane Harvey, and the people across the country have jumped to contribute to recovery efforts — including in Hollywood, where many stars have offered hefty donations.

Kevin Hart publicly called on his famous friends to open their wallets, successfully recruiting a slew of stars to answer his challenge. Others stepped up on their own, including Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio, who’ve made some of the biggest personal donations in the nation.

Miley Cyrus broke down in tears while on “The Ellen Show” while announcing her own massive donation.

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Houston Floods Are Going To Get Worse

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A record 30in of rain (75cm) has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.

But forecasters say the total rainfall could nearly double later this week.

US President Donald Trump has promised swift action to help those affected. He is due to visit Texas on Tuesday.

“Recovery will be a long and difficult road and the federal government stands ready, willing and able to support that effort,” he said.

He said he was dealing with Congress on funding, warning “it’s going to be a very expensive situation”.

President Trump has also approved an emergency declaration for neighbouring Louisiana.

Harvey made landfall as a category-four hurricane late on Friday, bringing flooding described by officials as unprecedented. It was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

More than 3,000 people have been rescued in and around Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US, where about 6.6m people live in the metropolitan area. Helicopters have plucked victims from rooftops.

At least nine people are reported to have died in incidents related to the storm, Texan officials say.

Six members of the same family died trying to flee rising floodwaters, relatives told US media, but the incident has not been confirmed.

Governor Greg Abbott has activated the entire Texas National Guard-about 12,000 so-called “civilian soldiers” – to assist national forces in search and rescue operations.

The area is expected to have received a year’s rainfall within a week.

Officials expect half a million disaster victims to seek assistance in Texas and 30,000 people to be housed in emergency shelters.

“Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue across south-eastern Texas,” the National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

“Additional rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 inches are expected”.

Let’s continue to #prayforhouston

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New Music Friday: Marques Houston “Together”

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Cover Art for Marques Houston “Together” from the ‘Til Death Do Us Part soundtrack

Marques Houston made his return to the music industry today with the release of his first song in a year called “Together”! The song is featured on the 9 song soundtrack for the movie “Til Death Do Us Part” starring Taye Diggs, which Houston also wrote and produced. When asked why he chose to make his return to music on this particular soundtrack, it surprisingly wasn’t the answer that we expected. Houston felt compelled to give his addition to the soundtrack because the movie’s message and purpose is to bring awareness to the growing domestic violence problem in America. “I don’t condone any kind of domestic violence….and people so easily overlook it. Hopefully this film and the soundtrack will bring attention to this problem and help to solve it.”, says Houston. The soundtrack features a few other artists including Mila J and J-Boog formerly of B2K and will be available on September 22. “Til Death Do Us Part” releases in theaters nationwide on September 29.

‘TIL DEATH DO US PART, starring Taye Diggs, Annie Ilonzeh and Stephen Bishop, is a suspenseful thriller about a young woman’s struggle to escape a violent marriage. The film is directed by Chris Stokes, and written by Marques Houston and Stokes.

TIL DEATH DO US PART TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjp1Kn_xy0M

‘TIL DEATH DO US PART soundtrack track listing includes:

1. Together – Marques Houston
2. Touch Me – Mila J
3. Your Love – J-Boog formerly of B2K
4. Enough – IRich
5. Let Me Know – J-Boog formerly of B2K
6. See You Again – Marques Houston
7. Palm Tree – JACOB
8. Leave – Chrissy
9. Just Chill – Smooth

Listen to some of “Together” below.

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Chris Stokes Directs New Taye Diggs Thriller

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You Got Served writer and director Chris Stokes just finished directing his latest project “Til Death Do Us Part”.  The thriller stars Taye Diggs (Empire) and Annie Ilonzeh (All Eyez On Me). It’s about a wife in an abusive relationship who gathers up the courage to leave her abusive husband and start a new life. The action packed thriller is full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. The movie will be opening wide on September 29,2017. Make sure you go check it out!

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Charlie Murphy Loses Battle With Lukemia

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Comedian Charlie Murphy died at 57 after losing his battle with leukemia, TMZ reported.

Murphy died in a New York City hospital on Wednesday morning, according to TMZ. Murphy co-starred on the “Chappelle’s Show” and is the older brother of Eddie Murphy.

Murphy was credited in a number of different movies and TV shows, including roles on “Night at the Museum” and “Norbit” along with TV series “Black Jesus” and “Power.”

In addition to playing several acting roles and serving as a comedian, Murphy also got several writing credits, according to IMDB.com.

As news of Murphy’s death broke on Tuesday, fellow comedians and others in show business took to Twitter to mourn the loss of their colleague and friend.

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Time To Work



Moving in the direction of positivity is the only way to move!  I’m on a missions to find more positive people and energy to work with me in the movie business.  If you have any talents in the film and television industry and are interested, read the information below –

Chris Stokes (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chris-stokes-mn0000779891) is looking to give job opportunities to work in the film industry. (https://www.discogs.com/artist/64073-Chris-Stokes) If you have any experience in the field of feature films assisting, acting, grippping, electric, camera, editing or any other film prodcution skills please submit your resume right away to http://chrisstokesent.com/contact

For additional information go to – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0831321/bio & http://rollingout.com/2017/02/02/director-chris-stokes-joins-cause-filmtelevision-industry-change/

Looking forward to all submissions!

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It’s Go Time!



It’s go time people!!  I’m ready to give you guys the possibility of a huge opportunity.  I want to hire talented actors, production people and others to work in the film & tv business.  If you feel that you are qualified,  send your info to http://chrisstokesent.com/contact and as always if you want more information about me go to the following links.





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Ready To Work?



Calling all of my talented men and women out there.  Are you driven, inspired and  ready to work?  If so I might have a job opportunity for you.  I’m looking for professionals in the film and television industry that are hungry and ready to work.  If you feel that’s you then submit your info to me at http://chrisstokesent.com/contact.

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Looking For New Talent



Are you a talented individual?  If you feel that you are I may have a big opportunity for you.  If you over the age of 18 and interested in the movie business you can apply.  Send your info to http://chrisstokesent.com/contact and as always if you want more information about me go to the following links.






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