First Lady Michelle Obama is now a world record holder. She announced in an email Monday morning that her effort back in October to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period has succeeded.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Legendary Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora, nicknamed the “barefoot diva”, died Saturday in a hospital at the age of 70, three months after retiring due to ill health. The singing star, who won international acclaim with her sultry voice and melancholy ballads of lost love, died on her native island of Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Culture Minister Mario Lucio Sousa announced. In September, her record label Lusafrica said Evora had decided to end her career due to health problems. She underwent open heart surgery in May 2010. “I have no strength, no energy. I want you to say to my fans: forgive me, but now I need to rest,” Evora told French newspaper Le Monde at the time. “I infinitely regret having to stop because of illness, I would have wanted to give more pleasure to those who have followed me for so long,” she said. Evora has sung the blues-influenced “saudade” of her native Cape Verde since her 20s, but came to world fame late in life in 1992 after decades singing in the bars of Mindello, on Sao Vicente. Her third album Miss Perfumado, which came out that year, was a worldwide hit with more than 300,000 copies sold to date. In all she has produced 10 studio albums and an anthology of historic radio recordings while touring far from her Atlantic Island home. - AFP
If there’s a “best-of” list for music this year, it’s a safe bet to put Adele on top. Billboard has declared her the No. 1 artist of 2011. Rihanna was No. 2, followed by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. The list takes into account album sales, charting singles, touring revenue and radio airplay. Adele’s album, 21, was the best-selling of the year with 4.8 million sold. She also had the most popular song with Rolling in the Deep. LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock was No. 2. Katy Perry’s Firework was No. 3, her E.T. with Kanye West was No. 4 and Pitbull’s Give Me Everything featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer was No. 5.
#MYOL News: Patriots Rob Gronkowski Sets Tight End Record For Most Touchdowns In A Season (December 11th-17th)
Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots set the record for most touchdown catches in a season by a tight end, raising his total to 15 with two Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The previous mark of 13 TD catches by a tight end originally was set by Antonio Gates in 2004, then matched by Vernon Davis in 2009. Gronkowski's record-breaking 14th score came on an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady with 5:49 left in the first quarter. That capped a two-play, 60-yard drive; the other play of the series was a 49-yard catch-and-run by Gronkowski. Following the play, Gronkowski emphatically spiked the ball into the end zone at FedEx Field. Almost immediately, as if realizing his mistake, Gronkowski played the role of outfielder, searching for the football as it rebounded off the turf. "I got the ball back and everything, so it was cool," Gronkowski said, later joking he'd use the record-setting ball to practice his spikes in the offseason. "It was cool to get a record and everything, but that really doesn't matter. We got the team victory." - ESPN
Thursday, December 15, 2011
“We wanted the site to be educational, fun and full of music that all kids will enjoy, but we also wanted it to teach kids more than just academics. The site touches on subjects like, the rewards of hard work and importance of learning manners as well as the idea that doing good deeds for others will bring good into your life – which is the meaning of the word Karma. The music and lyrics, games and stories on the site are all original and were created by me, my daughter and my creative team.” - Ludacris
Cam Newton insists his success isn’t coming easily. All he’s doing is whatever he can to help the Carolina Panthers win. On Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that was just about everything.
The rookie ran for three more touchdowns to set the NFL single-season record for TDs rushing by a quarterback, pacing a 38-19 rout of the struggling Buccaneers with a dominating performance that revealed something else he’s capable of doing: catching passes. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner scored the 11th, 12th and 13th TDs of his career on a trio of 1-yard runs. He also had his first reception as a pro to set up Jonathan Stewart’s first-quarter TD, then threw a 19-yard TD pass to Legedu Naanee to finish one of Carolina’s three scoring drives of 80-plus yards. “I wouldn’t say it’s easier each week. It’s a challenge each and every week,” Newton said after Carolina (4-8) won its second straight to double the team’s victory total for last season.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
The Renaissance man himself, Lionel Ritchie, will be honored by Harvard University on Monday. The pop singer-songwriter is set to receive the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, an annual prize for philanthropic work bestowed by the Harvard Foundation. Ritchie will be recognized for co-writing “We Are the World,” his 1985 benefit song for hunger victims in Africa and rerecorded in 2010 for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, as well as for his longtime advocacy of breast cancer research.
“The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are pleased to present the 2011 Humanitarian Award to Mr. Lionel Richie in memory of the late Reverend Peter J. Gomes,” said Dr. S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, in a statement. “Richie is one of our nation’s most creative musical artists who has inspired many through his artistic and philanthropic endeavors.” Ritchie joins the ranks of past Gomes Award winners Chesley Sullenberger, Sharon Stone and James Earl Jones. - Rolling Stone
Michael Eric Dyson parses Jay-Z’s lyrics as if analyzing fine literature. The rapper’s riffs on luxury cars and tailored clothes and boasts of being the “Mike Jordan of recording” may make for catchy rhymes, but to Dyson, they also reflect incisive social commentary.
Dyson, a professor, author, radio host and television personality, has offered at Georgetown University this semester a popular – if unusual – class dedicated to Jay-Z and his career. The course, “Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z,” may seem an unlikely offering at a Jesuit, majority-white school that counts former President Bill Clinton among its alumni. But Dyson insists that his class confronts topics present in any sociology course: racial and gender identity, sexuality, capitalism and economic inequality.
“It just happens to have an interesting object of engagement in Jay-Z – and what better way to meet people where they are?” Dyson said. “It’s like Jesus talking to the woman at the well. You ask for a drink of water, then you get into some theological discussions.”
Classes centered on pop culture superstars like Bruce Springsteen have sprouted on college campuses in recent years; Dyson himself says he’s previously taught classes on Tupac Shakur and Marvin Gaye at the University of Pennsylvania. He says Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is a worthy subject because of his diversity of business interests – a clothing entrepreneur, he’s also a part owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets (soon to move to his native New York borough of Brooklyn) – as well as his immense cross-cultural appeal and “lyrical prowess” in articulating contemporary black culture and his place in it. “I think he’s an icon of American excellence,” Dyson said.
Though hardly as rigorous as organic chemistry, the course does have midterm and final examinations and required readings, including from Jay-Z’s book, “Decoded.” The 75-minute classes – the final one is Wednesday – focus more on African-American culture and business than on the particulars of the rapper’s biography, which include millions in record sales, Grammy Awards, a marriage to Beyonce with a baby on the way and tours with Kanye West and Eminem.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
NBA Post Lockout/Pre Season: ‘Derrick Rose Rule’ In Proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement (Nov 28th-Dec 3rd)
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose was surprised there’s a provision in the NBA’s pending new CBA that’s being called “The Derrick Rose Rule” and rewards players of his caliber.The rule allows a player finishing his rookie contract to make 30 percent of a team’s salary cap — up from 25 percent — if he’s twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA or won an MVP award. Rose, 23, is the reigning MVP.“It’s unbelievable,” Rose told CSNChicago.com. “But the rule, I guess, it fits me for what I’ve achieved at a young age and hopefully there will be a couple more people like me.”Rose is eager to return to practice at the Berto Center once the CBA is ratified.
“I’ve really been lost without going up to the Berto,” Rose told CSNChicago.com. “That’s been the biggest thing. We’re a family. It’s kind of hard when you take a couple of months without talking to the people that (you’re) with so long, every single day, every practice. “I know when we come back, there are going to be laughs, jokes and all that, but still we still have to take care of business.”The Bulls won 62 games in the regular season, earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs but lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.Rose doesn’t believe it will take players long to shake off the rust that accumulated during the lockout.
“I think it should be fine knowing that since the lockout the people in the league have really good mentors telling them to keep working out, people that’s behind them, people with their team that’s always keeping them in shape,” Rose said. “I think that people should knock off the rust within a couple of games and then we’ll be back at it.”
The Bulls are expected to be part of an opening-day tripleheader on Christmas, when they’ll face the Lakers in Los Angeles. “Showtime,” Rose told CSNChicago.com. “I hope it’s exciting. I know (coach Tom Thibodeau) and the rest of the people are getting ready to coach us and we’re prepared for it.” Rose kept his goals simple. “Just to be the best,” he said. “To be the best at my position. To be the best while I’m on the court and to continue to go out there and play hard.
“I know last year is the past. This year is a whole (other) year. I know Thibs, and like I said, the coaching staff, is going to really coach us this year and we’re just trying to get further than last year. That’s the goal.” - ESPN
Monday, November 28, 2011
Drake's 2nd album“Take Care” debuted at number one on the charts, selling 631,000 copies first week!