February 06, 2014



Be especially sensitive to your spirit and your intuition this week.  They are your sixth sense that will alarm you of a situation that you should avoid. You’ll also be alerted to meet a new person who will be important to your personal life in the near future. Expect the unexpected from your lover. Soul Affirmation: New intuitions create new plans and a new cast of characters. Lucky Numbers: 4 12, 17



Do not feel alone in facing your tumultuous circumstances this week.  Call upon your support system and do not be afraid to ask for help.  Your ability to reach out will be a strong sign of courage.  The people closest to you will feel a new respect for you. Soul Affirmation: When I reach out in love someone is always there. Lucky Numbers: 8, 24, 32



Do not narrow your options by accepting any offer that is put on the table this week.  Internalize the situation and discover how resourceful you are and capitalize on your own strengths and ability make things happen.  Don’t underestimate yourself, especially this week! Soul Affirmation: The wisdom of the ages is revealed as my spirit. Lucky Numbers: 12, 32, 48



Love, joy and hope fill the air around you this week.  Three of the greatest intangible assets that one can experience will be given to you in abundance this week. Use them to overcome the bad vibes being given out by a co-worker this week. Soul Affirmation: Hope is future’s way of shining on me this week. Lucky Numbers: 1, 23, 42



Live this week especially in a celebratory mode and count your blessings for you are wealthy in ways that are above materialistic levels.  Do not dwell on the financial situation in which you find yourself this week. Be ecstatic about the little pleasures that bring you laughter and gladness in your life! Soul Affirmation: When I give thanks for what I have, I lose all sense of what is missing. Lucky Numbers: 7, 28, 31



Take the time this week for self-reflection. There is something about yourself that you are not seeing clearly. Remember now and whenever you examine your inner self to celebrate your strengths, for you have so many, and to accept your weaknesses as necessary, you are rewarded. Soul Affirmation: When I am clear about who I am, the world becomes clearer. Lucky Numbers: 6: 8, 47



This week your honest acceptance of yourself will give you a power of both grandeur and humility. People will approach you for advice. You are capable of seeing clearly what it is that troubles them. This week be a counselor. In that you will find your prize. Soul Affirmation: I rejoice because of who I know myself to be. Lucky Numbers: 34, 51, 52



This week others might mistake your gift for something else. They may not be able to see it but your inner strength is very available to you this week. Fill the workplace with warmth as soon as you enter.  Let peace radiate from your inner glow. Soul Affirmation: Love is the greatest gift I can give. Lucky Numbers: 7, 16, 33



Someone influential is watching you at work this week. Get your work done as you think about celebrating your harmonious vibrations in the evenings in secluded time with your lover. Think about being uninhibited in your celebration and you will radiate joy in you work place and no one will know the reason. Soul Affirmation: My focus is good for making those decisions important to my career. Lucky Numbers: 14, 16, 19



Emotional well being is as important to happiness as physical health. Cool it this week. Give yourself a break. Problems are learning experiences. Make sure you keep that in mind as you face a challenge in the financial area of your life this week.   Know that highs and lows bring balance to life and balance signifies well being. Soul Affirmation: Money is my good friend this week. Lucky Numbers: 4, 21, 55



This week is your week to shine!  Let nothing get in the way of your light.  You have an energy inside of you that can light the path at work. Now is the time to let your inner glow radiate out to co-workers. Others are in need of your inner strength. Let love dominate your week. Soul Affirmation: I move ahead joyfully in practical matters. Lucky Numbers: 3, 46, 47



Everyone wants joy in their lives but few people are ready to commit to truly joy filled ideals.  The ideal you need to cultivate this week is forgiveness. You’re holding on to something needlessly. Even if you get even you won’t feel any better. Let it go. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy letting my conservative side shine through. Lucky Numbers: 22, 37, 50




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February 06, 2014

Jenna Fryer

AP Auto Racing Writer


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rapper 50 Cent is bringing his headphones and audio line into NASCAR via a partnership with Swan Racing.

The rapper — born Curtis Jackson — will have branding for his SMS Audio line on both of Swan Racing's cars. The logos will also be on the uniforms for Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt, and the drivers will be featured on Swan-branded SMS Audio headphones.

The partnership also calls for 50 Cent to make appearances at races throughout the 2014 season, although the rapper is no stranger to the Daytona 500. He made headlines when he awkwardly attempted to kiss Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews on the starting grid for the Daytona 500.

But NASCAR seems to be a fit for Jackson, particularly this partnership with Swan Racing, which is owned by Brandon Davis, the CEO of independent oil and gas company Swan Energy.

Jackson is an admitted former crack dealer turned rapper who has built an empire beyond entertainment. He invested early in Vitamin Water and has expanded his business interests into clothing and now audio equipment.

"I'm an entrepreneur, 50's an entrepreneur and it's a good fit for both of us," Swan Racing team owner Brandon Davis said Tuesday. "This partnership broadens our reach and gets us into a whole new market and I believe that holds true for them, as well. If we both do this correctly, it should be a mutually beneficial relationship."

The deal is the latest for Davis, who is transforming the organization he purchased in late 2012. A former start-and-park team, he set a goal of racing in every event. Then he signed Bill Romanowski as an investor, and most recently added Iowa businessman Anthony Marlowe as a minority owner.

Davis has also expanded to two cars for the 2014 season and hired a pair of young drivers in Whitt and Kligerman.

The relationship with SMS Audio was put together by Illinois-based Pegasus Marketing Group, which works with the race team and 50 Cent's company. Davis has yet to meet the rapper — their discussions have on the telephone because of scheduling conflicts — but Jackson said in a statement he's excited about the venture.

"Swan Racing and its up-and-coming drivers are the perfect match for SMS Audio," the rapper said. "They are as passionate for the sport of racing as we are for our audio products, and we're confident that the music-loving NASCAR fan base is going to enjoy our headphones."

Davis hopes Swan's partnership with the prolific rapper can bring attention to his fledgling race team. Davis said he spent "10 times the amount of money I planned" on his inaugural NASCAR season, and has been trying different avenues to bring in more marketing opportunities for his team.

"We did everything we said we were going to do, and paid all our bills. It was just more difficult than I expected," Davis said. "NASCAR is an entrepreneur's dream. It's a good platform because you can be creative with the way you bring money into your team and work partnerships. The structure opens the door for entrepreneurs to come in and use this platform for different kinds of marketing opportunities, and this is one of them."

Swan Racing was a one-car team last season, primarily with David Stremme. The team had five top-20 finishes. Expanding to two teams has required doubling the team personnel, and a larger investment, which Davis is still doing without steady sponsorship.

"It's been a lot of fun for me, a lot of pleasure, but from a marketing standpoint it has been very hard," he said. "I would grade my experience as an A, but my performance as a D and we are working hard to improve that. The hope is that in partnerships with Anthony Marlowe and SMS Audio, we are doing a better job and making some inroads."


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February 06, 2014

LAWT Wire Services


12 Years a Slave’ Director Steve McQueen has joined forces with the world’s oldest human rights organization.

The filmmaker will act as an ambassador for Anti-Slavery International, a committee set up in 1839 to lobby against slavery and related abuses.

He met with officials at the group’s headquarters in London on Monday (Feb. 3) and declared his intention to highlight the importance of working against modern-day slavery across the globe.

Referring to the hero of his Oscar-nominated movie, Solomon Northup, the free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, he said, “Right now, there are Solomon Northups in every region of the world who have been taken away from their families and placed in slavery.

“I hope that, 150 years from now, a film will not be made about our ambivalence to slavery. We have to do something about it.”

He also hosted a private viewing of the movie for Members of Parliament, and urged politicians to add Northup’s book about his horrific experiences to the curriculum in England’s schools.

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February 06, 2014

LAWT Wire Services


“American Masters – Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” which traces the author’s personal and professional journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Ga., premieres nationally Friday, February 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her seminal novel The Color Purple (1982), for which she won the National Book Award.

Presented on PBS in honor of Walker’s 70th birthday and Black History Month, filmmakerPratibha Parmar’s new documentary tells Walker’s dramatic life story with poetry and lyricism, and features new interviews with Walker, Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover,Quincy Jones, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and the late Howard Zinn in one of his final interviews.

“As a filmmaker, one of the deepest desires is to engage the audience in the conversation unfolding on screen. I am thrilled to offer this in ‘Beauty In Truth,’ where Alice’s openness, warmth and on-screen intimacy reflects our long history of kinship,” said Parmar. “Making ‘Beauty In Truth’ has been an adventure of discovery and sheer inspiration. I’m so pleased it will have a national audience on American Masters.”

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February 06, 2014

LAWT Wire Services


Erica Campbell will exclusively debut her new music video “Help,” this Monday on VH1 Soul and VH1.com.

The video, created by legendary and iconic director Bille Woodruff, will premiere at 6:00am EST on VH1 Soul and will run every hour (on the hour) all day.

The video will also be available on line exclusively on VH1.com.

Shot in HD, Campbell looked absolutely stunning in the Woodruff led video that features breakthrough rapper Lecrae and her daughter Krista Campbell. As always Erica stays relevant in her delivery with this right-on-time ballad that is coupled with Lecrae’s poignant rap and Woodruff’s beautiful aesthetic shines. The collaboration is memorable and a sure fire hit for both in Gospel and urban platforms.

Campbell continues to travel the country promoting the release of her upcoming solo album, HELP, which hits stores March 25th as well as the start of the third season of her hit WEtv show “Mary Mary” on February 27th. Erica will also be hitting the road this spring with a series of solo performances in Washington DC, New York and Atlanta.

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