Leap Of Faith

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I don’t do this often but I wanted to share a piece of my journey with all of you.  It’s great to have faith in GOD and see the things that he provides. Getting ready to direct my next movie and I’m having a blast.  If you don’t already take a moment to thank GOD for everything you have.  Peace!!!!

Thomas Mikal Ford Dies At 52 From A Ruptured Aneurysm

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Actor Thomas Mikal Ford has died after being placed on life support for a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen.

The TV star — who portrayed Tommy Strawn on the 1990s sitcom “Martin” — died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital, his rep confirmed.

“To all family and friends of Tommy Ford. We would like to inform everyone that our brother passed away today October 12, 2016 surrounded by his loving family,” his family posted on Instagram. “Please keep his family in your prayers as they go through this challenging time. He was so dearly loved by so many and for that lets all be grateful for a life well served.”

Ford, 52, was taken to the hospital on Sunday and his condition worsened after his arrival.

Ford earned a considerable following for his performance as the sensible best friend of the main character Martin, played by Martin Lawrence, on the beloved sitcom.

He also starred on other popular programs including “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “New York Undercover” and has written a series of children’s books endorsing the importance of avoiding drugs and violence.

“Empire” actor Malik Yoba, “227” starJackée Harry and other celebrities reached out to express their condolences.

Happy New Year From Chris Stokes

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Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!! Be strong, confident and faithful in 2016. Pursue you dreams and work hard to attain them. Have a great year!! 🙂

Kanye West Learns How To Shut Up

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After joining the club of celebrity husband’s and dad’s, Kanye West has certainly learned a few things.

Kanye appeared on today’s birthday episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and said that he’s changed since starting his new family.

“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more,” he told DeGeneres with a laugh.

“Which is something you have to understand when you partner with people in business.”

“I’ve learned how to shut up more,” West, 37, quipped.

“I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter. And I always have someone to think about going home to.

“There are things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people or for culture in a way so now I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect too.”

DeGeneres complimented the outspoken rapper for being calmer as of late.

“You don’t seem angry,” the comedian said.

“I don’t know if it was even anger, but it was just a way that you were getting all of your emotions out. Now I think your emotions are grounded in a way that they come out in protection and love and their channeled in a different way.

“I think I was going through my version of my terrible twos. My daughter she wants to express herself and she just doesn’t have the words for it,” West said comparing himself to 1-year-old North West.

“For me there was so many things I wanted to do with film and clothing and I just didn’t have the words or the resources or the backing or the perception that I could do it being that I was a rapper.”

Speaking of his adorable little girl, West gave all of the viewers a first look at his music video for his new song, “Only One” which was first released earlier this month in collaboration with Paul McCartney.

Oklahoma Execution Procedure Under Review By Supreme Court

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Earlier today the US Supreme Court announced that it would be reviewing the execution procedure used by Oklahoma. This announcement came after the state used a controversial lethal injection cocktail to put an inmate to death earlier this month.

A lawsuit was filed by three death row inmates claiming that the state’s lethal injection “cocktail” vAccording to the lawsuit filed by three death row inmates, Oklahoma’s lethal injection combination violates the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects Americans from cruel and unusual punishment. The inmates argue that the sedative midazolam, which is used by Oklahoma during executions, is not strong enough to knock inmates completely unconscious and protect them from pain, Reuters reported.

Additionally, the lawsuit states that since midazolam is not considered effective enough to use in surgery, it should not be used for lethal injections.

READ MORE: ‘My body is on fire’: Oklahoma proceeds with executions using controversial method

As the Supreme Court reviews the case, it will decide whether the state’s lethal injection procedure does indeed violate inmates’ constitutional rights.

“We are pleased that the court is going to review this case,” said the inmates’ attorney, Dale Baich, to the Guardian. “There has been a dramatic shift in how the states carry out lethal injections since the last time the court looked at this issue.”

All three inmates are scheduled to die before the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case, and Baich said he would seek stays of execution until a verdict is rendered.

The lawsuit was originally filed by four inmates, but one of the men – Charles Warner – was executed on January 15 after the justices voted 5-4 to allow the lethal injection to proceed.

New Music Saturday – Immature “Can’t Wait”

We don’t normally premiere new music on a Saturday but for this song we had to make an exception. After a 15 year hiatus the dynamic R&B trio Immature is back! They have a new album and tour scheduled for later this year! Here’s their new song that they just released today, “Can’t Wait”. Check it out below!

Queen Latifah Show Cancelled: Daytime Talk Show Ending After Two Seasons

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The Queen has been dethroned. After two seasons, The Queen Latifah Show is not returning, Sony Pictures confirmed on Friday, Nov. 21.
The syndicated daytime talk show starring the actress and musician made its debut in September 2013, and kicked off its second season this past September. Born Dana Owens, the host is expected to finish out her current run of episodes through 2015.

“We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of,” Sony said in a statement. “Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”
During its short run, The Queen Latifah Show won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Hairstyling, and was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series.

Latifah, 44, commented on the cancellation on Facebook. She penned a note to herself and reflected on her time on the show.
“Dear Dana,” she began, addressing herself. “Just a little note to say Thank You… Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running. Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed ‘True Grit!’ Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same.”

“You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show,” the Oscar nominee continued. “We truly changed people’s lives for the better. So… STAY POSITIVE, STAY STRONG, and most importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store! Lovingly, You!”

She went on to address her colleagues and collaborators, writing, “P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome… believe in yourself and continue to fly.”

Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/queen-latifah-show-cancelled-daytime-talk-show-ends-after-two-seasons-20142111#ixzz3JkCafuyz
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