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UCLA gymnast’s viral Janet Jackson Floor Event gets praise from Janet Jackson. Margzetta Frazier honored the singing and dancing legend’s moves while she did her tumbled. She received a 9.925 score for her floor routine from superstar Janet Jackson who inspired her.

Thursday, on Twitter, Ms. Jackson tuned in on Twitter after Frazier’s tribute to the pop star went viral. Ms. Frazier woke up screaming in joy at the sight of the pop star tweet. “I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU LIKE IT!!! YOU ARE WHY I LOVE TO DANCE.”

Frazier combined turbocharged tumbling to music with some of the Pop star’s choreography from her iconic videos.

Frazier, a Junior and two–time All-American on the uneven bars, has been sharing the floor exercise spotlight in part with UCLA senior Nia Dennis recently went viral for a routine that honored Black Culture, earning a shoutout from former first lady Michelle Obama,

Jimmy Kimmel Hilariously Explains Why Twitter Doesn’t Need To Fact-Check Trump

“I guess it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump would be in a Twitter feud with Twitter,” Jimmy Kimmel said on his talk show Wednesday

The late-night comedian referred to Trump’s going ballistic after the social media platform added fact-check links to the president’s tweeted (and unsupported) claims that mail-in voting would generate massive fraud. Trump griped that Twitter was stifling free speech, adding, “I, as president, will not allow it to happen!”

While Kimmel wasn’t sympathetic, he did allow that Trump had a point. Kinda.

“Do we really need Twitter to tell us our fake president tweets fake things?” the host cracked.

Watch Kimmel go to work on Trump below. A funny montage of Trump’s adoration of “space” is also worth a look.

Beyoncé To Join The Obamas As Speakers For Virtual Graduation Event

Former President Barack Obama and Ms. Obama will team with singer Beyoncé to celebrate an upcoming virtual graduation event for the graduating class of 2020.
The live-stream event—“Dear Class of 2020” is scheduled to air on YouTube on June 5. The singer will be joined by a list of celebrities lined up for the festivities which include BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Kelly Rowland and Taylor Swift.

Michelle Obama announced the event in an Instagram post on May 5. Ms. Obama, author of “Becoming” said she was collaborating with YouTube Originals to host the event centered on her education-focused Reach Higher initiative. She adds that she wanted all soon-to-be 2020 graduates to get the celebration that they deserve.

Global-based schools have been canceled or postponed in-person graduation commencement exercise due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Whether you’re graduating from high school, college, or any other kind of school—we want you, your family, and all of your loved ones to be a part of this celebration,” the former first lady wrote.

Beyoncé is expected to deliver an “inspirational message to the graduating class of 2020 during the live-stream event according to Associated Press [AP].

Other speakers will be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafza and Barack Obama who took part in a virtual graduation event last Saturday that captured viewers around the globe in which he delivered a commencement address to the 2020 graduating class of historically Black colleges and universities [HBCU].

Later that day, Mr. Obama spoke as part of an online event for high school seniors titled, “Graduate Together: America Honors the the Class of 2020,” hosted by NBA star LeBron James via his family foundation, as well as the Entertainment Industry the Foundation and XQ Institute.
Obama encouraged graduating seniors during his speech, telling them, “If the world’s going to get better, it’s going to be up to you.”

Actress Who Used Billboard To Get a Job with Tyler Perry Lands Role On His New Show

Racquel Bailey, (L) the woman who created a billboard to get Tyler Perry’s (R) attention, landed a role on one of his shows. (Photo: @imracquelbailey Instagram / Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)

Award-winning film director Tyler Perry got a pleasant surprise when he saw his next leading lady Raquel Bailey, a 33 year old wife and mother of 13 month old daughter. Ms. Bailey was inspired by a scene in a 1999 Halle Berry film, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. In the movie, Ms. Dandridge placed a billboard outside the home of the casting director after he said Dandridge was irrelevant if he didn’t walk outside and see billboards of the actress around town Ms. Bailey’s first time was when she brought a billboard for $1,500 in Atlanta which stated, “Attention top film makers of ATL, “Let me be your next leading lady and provided her website address. Unfortunately, she didn’t receive a casting call. The thought of not getting an audition from Tyler Perry made Bailey even more determined as she invested in taking acting classes Fairlough Dickenson University Theater and going to more auditions. In 2016, she appeared in two episode of HBO series, “The Night Of.”

Ms. Bailey determination to establish an acting career drove her to buy another billboard. This time placing the billboard near Terry Perry Atlanta Studio. She consulted with a billboard company and told the company she wanted a billboard where Mr. Perry will see when going and coming from work. In May the billboard was erected near Terry Perry Studio in Atlanta. Having gotten better at marketing skills, Bailey featured a new head shot, her website address, and Instagram account with a catchy message,:

“Attention Mr. Perry: Raquel Bailey is your next leading lady.” Mr. Perry responded on Instagram page that is Ms. Bailey “if you are looking for a role in one of my shows, this is not the way to get my attention.” Being ahead of the game, Mr. Perry told her that he had seen her perform a role in two HBO episode, “The Night Of,”

Raquel message to others who hope to pursue an acting career, “Trust God. Take a leap of faith. Go for more,” she said.

“In the beginning, I knew there were sacrifices that had to be made. If I were going to own, the budgets could not be over a certain amount. Now that I’m at this place, I can give greater production values.”

PHOTOGRAPHED DURING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AT THE 2019 BET AWARDS, THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR REVEALED THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LAND TYLER PERRY STUDIOS WAS BUILT ON IN ATLANTA.

Tyler Perry: A Man who proved that you too can achieve your dream!

Indeed, that he knew and act on it moving forward by faith. Tyler Perry was born in New Orleans, As a child, he was marked by poverty and scarred by household abuse. Tyler at a young age he begin to write down his thoughts and experiences through a series of soul-searching letters to himself. And was very graceful about the advice which he took from Oprah Winfrey who believed in him which inspired him to pursue his “dream.” Characterized by strength, faith, and determination during a turbulent adolescent the letters provided him the endurance and inspiration to writing his first play “ I know I’ve Been Changed” in 1992. Despite of saving his money to produce and stage is first play that resulted in an empty house, He endured the disappointment of not having a packed audience. However, he was determined to keep the faith that one day this will all change and six years later he play produced a sold- out crowd that forced him to move his production to Fox Theater in Atlanta and hi infamous character which he performed in “Madea On The Run” would be a sold out in theaters nationwide.
It was because of his conviction in faith and fortitude that carried him along the journey as a writer, producer, actor, and director in the competitive world of theater and entrainment industry With 13 plays [13-year span] included “Women Thou Art Loose,” and I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and the infamous character “Madea.”a character known for being God-fearing, gun-toting grandma. In 2005, Tyler made a fearless step in films in which he produced, acted, and directed “Dairy of a Mad Black Women.” This film production went on to become No.1 in the U.S. Countless other hits followed such as Why did I get Married?, “Meet the Browns, “and “the Family that Preys,” The publication of his first book (2006) publication made New York Best-Seller: “Don’t Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings: Madea’s inhibited Commentaries and Life and Love made the list for eight straight weeks. Tyler went on to claim the Quill Book Awards for both Humor and book of the year. Tyler Perry is known for his unique brand of inspirational entertainment to audiences everywhere. Tyler Perry infamous character “Madea.”

Art and Fashion Designer Gloria Vanderbilt dies at age 95

Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning in her home as reported by her son CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Gloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt was born in New York in 1924. Her father financier Reginal Vanderbilt heir a railroad fortune. At an early age, Ms. Vanderbilt was the focus of attention of the media during a custody battle between her mother and father’s wealthy sister Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. As a teenager, Gloria during her teenage years tried to avoid being in the public due to media coverage during the custody battle. She was always followed by cameramen who wanted to photograph her. She wanted to make a life for herself—to find the love she desperately needed. At age 17, Gloria met Hollywood agent Pat DiCicco and they married. At age 21, she inherited $4.3 million trust fund after the death of her father. Two months later, she divorced DicCicco and remarried— this time to conductor Leopold Stokowski whom two sons were born Leopold Stokowski in 1950 and Christopher Stokowski in 1952. Gloria begin to pursue her passions that included her artwork and stage debut in the “Swan” a romantic drama in Pocono Playhouse in 1954 in Mountainhome Pa. She divorced Stokowski. Later,she met Hollywood Director and Producer Sidney Lumet– continued her acting career, and was nominated for multiple Academy awards for her role in “12 Angry Men,” “Dogs Day Afternoon.. Gloria and Sidney married in 1956 and divorced that in 1963. In that year on Christmas Eve day, she married Wyatt Cooper, a writer W In this union, two sons were born Carter Cooper 1965 and Anderson Cooper 1967. While pursuing art as pastime, Gloria decided to try her hand in fashion and textile design in which she gained notoriety for her jeans under the brand label GV Ltd. Bearing her trademark swan logo.

Two plus Decades of History in the making of Hip-Hop Jay-Z as the First Billionaire

Recording Hip-Hop Artist Jay-Z Photographed at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Most admired people are those individuals who project confidence, love, humility. empathy and positive — like a beam of light when [s]he enters a room—their presence seems to affect everyone around them. Such individuals show qualities wherever they go and whomever they are with. While some have personality traits that others admire making them attractive and likable, make them stand out from the crowd.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are named as the two most admired people [male and female] in the America and around the world, joined by Bill Gates and Melinda Gates—Bill Gates Foundation, Oprah Winfrey— talk show host, writer and producer, Sec of State Hillary Clinton and Senior Senator Elizabeth Warren. Although these individuals are named among the Top Ten Most Admired People in America and the World, CEO Warren Buffet is included on the list as well.

Warren Buffet was born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 30, 1930. He is considered as the third wealthiest person in the world. An American business mogul, investor, philanthropist, who serves as chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, he is worth US$84.9 billion. Warren’s accreditation includes University of Nebraska, Columbia Business School, and the New York Institute of Finance] with a focus on business economics. While studying business economics at the NYIF, Buffet admired Benjamin Graham in that he helped to mold Warren’s investment philosophy and enhanced his economic background that led in developing business partnerships with Graham and his own firm: The Buffet Partnership. The firm later acquired textile manufacturing firm and named it Berkshire Hathaway to create a diversified holding company.
Although Buffet is known around the world by several nicknames: “Wizard” “Oracle” and “Sage” by international media stage, Buffet has a frugal and humble personality despite of being the third wealthiest person in the world and one of most admired.

Viewpoint: How did America Got Talent become an instant success?

America Got Talent has captured notoriety as the no 1 reality/entertainment show around the global. Other countries have followed suit such as Brittan Got Talent produced by Simon Cowell. Since TV reality have shaped the entertainment industry. It could be due to the 2008 economic crisis, which impacted the entire nation —entertainment and film industry—the decline of DVD rental and sales, While the housing and auto making industry fail, the financial institutions, and Wall Street was under scrutiny due to a corruptive trading and loans system.

The Actors Guild, the Oscars and Academy Award Associations were impacted the most as high paid actors were supported by movie-goers and ticket sales which started to decline as they begin to focus more on day-to-day necessities and less on leisure time events. In response to this shift, key players of the entertainment community begin to search for undiscovered talent (those who hope to become stars and were willing to take the risk for less) to perform on TV reality shows. Each year many people came to perform and and votes were cast in favor of the top 10, top 5 and top 3 positions. This year three finalist are Courtney Hadwin Simon Cowell pick, Micheal Ketterer Howie Mandrel pick, and Zarcuroh Tyra Banks pick,

Regina King Wins Big for Her Role as Best Supporting Actress in If Beal Street Could Talk

Regina King being her acting career in the family sitcom 227. Ms.King received an Oscar as best supporting actress for her role in “ If Beale street could talk.” She accredited to her mom who supported her with love and encouragement as a young actress up to this moment of triumph. The audience was moved by Ms. King’s acceptance speech as her mother was teary-eyed while receiving a standing ovation during her speech. The actress has acting 25 years long-awaiting moment at last.

The 91st Oscar Awards – Ruth E. Carter (Costume Designer) Standing Proudly With Her Oscar.

After Regina King acceptance speech. Ruth Carter become the first Black African American women to receive an Oscar for her costume design in the movie “Black Panther” Ms. Carter said, “I dreamed of this night and I prayed for this night honestly…what it would mean not just for me but for young people coming behind me,”

Billionaire pays $34 million to settle Morehouse student loan debt for class of 2019

Robert F. Smith Guest Speaker to Graduation Class of 2019 at Morehouse College Commencement

Billionaire Robert F. Smith the founder, Chairman/ Chief of Office at Vista Equity Partners and family has donated $34 billion to new Morehouse College Student Success Program to pay off loans of 400 graduate and parents of class 2019 as reported the school to fund Morehouse education. In May, Mr. Roberts announced after Commencement Speech to graduates that he will pay off as much as $40 million to cover the class of 2019 student debt at one of the most historically prestigious university—Morehouse College was the chosen recipient. Robert Smith said, “You great Morehouse men are bound by only the conviction and creativity in a surprise announcement during his commencement address at the men’s liberal art college in Atlanta. Among colleges and universities, the nation’s student loan crisis is $1.6 trillion in the red for which nation’s debt is is disproportionately impact people of color—aspirant from low-income backgrounds and students of for-profit higher learning institutions.

Morehouse President David A. Thomas says, “this liberation gift from Robert Smith, first of its kind to be announced at a graduation in higher learning education will be life-changing for our new Morehouse Men and their families.” In addition, Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of SavingForCollege.com says, “this gift is well-targeted at the need, since Morehouse College student are forced to borrow and above average “amount of debt.” Undoubtedly, this kind of generosity is extraordinary, but is not a long-term solution to student debt crisis, and is meant to stifle dreams of obtaining an advanced degree—creating a drag on the economy, but shine a ray of light for students and their parents in lending a helping hand to help student avoid default on their student loan debt. According to a 2018 study by Brookings institutions, it is predicted that nearly 40% of student loan borrowers could default by 2023.

Morehouse’s calculation of student debt average between $35,000 to $40,000 which is more than the average student at historically black colleges and universities can carry by commencement day. Sandy Baun, senior fellow for the Center on Education Data and Policy at Urban Institute informs that student debt crisis needs to have a collective—selective response that target students who most the help. “We don’t actually need to forgive debt for those who can afford it,” she said. “ We need to think about how to carefully design policies that are targeted at the people at the bottom, not people who will do quite well in the long run.”
Perhaps Sara Goldrick-Rab professor of higher education policy at Temple University in PA may have the best solution to student debt crisis that it is in the hands of the voters. Students need philanthropy, they need policy change, and they need people to show up and vote next fall [2020] she said in an email. “if you think college costs too much and student debt is doing harm, then your single most effective action is to vote”…

Two recipients photographed here received Dave Schroeder Scholarship to pay for their college tuition

An Ordinary Carpenter becomes extraordinary by providing college tuition for 33 recipients

While racism has become a national conversation that is shared by the media- commentators, political figures, celebrities and ordinary Americans, we need to turn our attention to other ordinary Americans. who do not have notoriety as those that previously mentioned. Nevertheless, there are [some] ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things. There are [some] Americans whose focus is on helping others rather than themselves] while some tends to focus on power and manipulation of others; spending much time and effort on their agenda[s]. While every American has freedom and opportunity to shape their own future, there is a need to help and support others who are less fortunate.

In his will, Iowa carpenter Dale Schroeder stipulated that his nearly $3 million in savings be used to send underprivileged youth to college.

Dale Schroeder, 67 years old who worked all of this life as a carpenter at his same business in Des Moines, Iowa, died in 2005. Dale was a frugal man who saved almost $3 million in his life. He had only two pairs of jeans, one for work and one for church. Steve Nielsen, his lawyer and friend told KCCI that Schroeder never married and had no living descendants. One day, Schroeder did decided to do something extraordinary. He walked into Nielsen’s office and told him that he wanted to start a scholarship fund as he never had the chance to go to college, but wanted others to be able to get an education. Nielsen described his friend as an ordinary blue-collar—lunch -pail kind of guy. Since Dale Schroeder’s death, 33 recipients college tuition has been paid through Mr. Schroeder’s Scholarship.

A dinner was celebrated in Dale Schroeder’s honor on Saturday evening as the 33 college recipients gathered together. each sharing success story and honoring the man who made their dream possible. They sat around the carpenter’s lunch pail many who are now doctors, teachers and therapists. Kira Conrad is a therapist who received one of Schroeder’s
scholarships. Conrad said, “For a man that would never meet me give me basically a full ride to college, that’ incredible, that doesn’t happen”

Schroeder’ legacy lives on as 33 recipients [Dales’ kids] are making their mark on the world. Indeed, this is the kinds of extraordinary things each American should do., that is leave a legacy to pass on from generations to generation. Like Nielsen said, “All we ask is that you pay it forward …you can remember him , and you can emulate him, “he told the 33 recipients Perhaps this will be a reminder for every American to emulate to leave a legacy ; to make a mark in [OUR] American History.

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