August 21, 2014

 

City News Service

 

 

 

Entertainer Ray J, who was arrested in May for allegedly groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar then spitting at a police officer, pleaded not guilty August 20 to four misdemeanor charges. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter and actor, whose real name is William Ray Norwood, remains free on bail. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28.

 

He is facing misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer and resisting/delaying a peace officer, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Norwood was arrested at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. According to police, officers responded to a call about a sexual battery with Norwood alleged to have grabbed the buttocks of a female patron of the bar.

 

Police said Norwood agreed to leave the hotel bar, but then became belligerent with staff in the valet area of the hotel. Norwood was taken into custody and placed in the back seat of a patrol car, and he kicked out a side window of the vehicle, police said. He also allegedly spat in the face of an officer.

 

If convicted of all charges, he faces up to four years in jail, prosecutors said. Ray J is the brother of singer/actress Brandy Norwood, and he appeared on her television show “Moesha,” which ended its run in 2001.

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August 21, 2014

 

Aries March 21 – April 19

 

Courage and vitality are strong, so put your energy to good use and reap the results. The accent on leisure and pleasure continues, when the chance to goof off and do things you enjoy can help recharge your batteries. However, go easy if you need to sign an agreement or have detailed work to do, as there is potential for mistakes unless you take extra care. The Sun's move into Virgo on Friday ushers in a time of year when the focus turns to health and lifestyle issues.

 

 

 

Taurus April 20 – May 20

 

Certain people may seem more opinionated than usual, and perhaps given to extremes of behavior. It might help to calm a tricky situation by talking things through before they come to a head. The accent on home and family matters brings relaxation and relief, though it pays not to upset the apple cart. Go easy when it comes to romance, as someone may not be as they seem. There are attractive options, but remember that all that glitters is not necessarily gold.

 

 

 

Gemini May 21 – June 21

 

You may feel somewhat stressed if too many demands are made on your time and energy. This week's alignment suggests this could be the case unless you take steps to delegate work and ease the pressure. Plus, if you face delays, it might be easier to go with the flow than try and force the pace. On a positive note, friends and family have your best interests at heart and will want to step in with bright suggestions if they suspect you're feeling overwhelmed.

 

 

 

Cancer June 22 – July 22

 

There's too much positive potential showing up around you to let negative thinking win out this week. If someone insists on talking about their problems and it's getting to you, you may need to have a word. You're in your element when it comes to financial matters. Confidence and ease could be the catalysts for ideas that bring in extra cash. The more creative you can be with your money, the more money you'll have to enjoy.

 

 

 

Leo July 23 – August 22

 

You may feel like strutting your stuff and sharing your natural genius with the world, but you could be stopped in your tracks by issues at home, where there could be a setback. However, it won't help to vent or dramatize the situation. Insight and understanding could help you get to the bottom of things if all else fails. In addition, asking for help may be necessary if you've come to the end of your tether. Later, cast a glance at your finances, as doing so could save you money.

 

 

 

Virgo August 23 – September 22

 

If you've been caught up in dreams and fantasies, the week ahead brings an opportunity to restore them to life. While there's still a focus on your spiritual sector, the days ahead spotlight a shift as the Sun moves into your sign. Pick one goal that appeals to you and start some serious planning. On another note, you may hit a brick wall in your interaction with a certain person. Resist the urge to keep trying, as things will likely sort themselves out.

 

 

 

 Libra September 23 – October 22

 

Social pursuits bring the most pleasure over the week ahead. If it's a lighthearted social buzz you want, you can have that and a lot more besides. Dating and romance may figure strongly in your plans, with opportunities to rekindle the bond in a long-term partnership or spice up your options concerning a new love affair. You could be strapped for cash over the weekend due to no fault of your own, so keep some money in reserve for everyday bits and pieces.

 

 

 

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

 

Be as cooperative as you can, but don't let others distract you from achieving your objectives. Keep your priorities in front of you and try to stick to them. This sounds easy in principle, but in practice you may find that obstacles and delays prevent you from moving ahead. Try not to let this get to you, as with just a little patience things may be quickly resolved. In addition, your social life perks up pleasantly, giving you an outlet for restless energy.

 

 

 

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

 

With the current alignment giving you a craving for action, you have an abundance of energy for activities that are strictly fun, exciting, and adventurous. However, as the Sun joins Mercury in Virgo and your career sector, you may be drawn back down to earth and to more mundane activities. Focusing on your job and business and career issues could be very profitable if you're willing to make a plan and see it through to the end. On a spiritual note, meditation may enhance relaxation when you most need it.

 

 

 

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

 

Your social life could disappoint if you allow a certain person to get you down. You might need to firm up your boundaries and tell them in no uncertain terms that the behavior won't be tolerated. You can go on to enjoy yourself once you get this out of the way. In addition, finances continue to look good and could get even better if you're willing to use your creative abilities to earn extra cash. Plus, travel and adventure may appeal, particularly if you're in need of a vacation.

 

 

 

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

 

A misunderstanding or skewed judgment is a real possibility, so don't take anything at face value, especially regarding financial matters. If you need to sign anything, double-check to make sure it's OK. In addition, participation in a social or group-sponsored event can have many benefits for an important relationship. It's worth your while to get busy planning your social calendar for the weeks ahead. Regarding a career matter, delays may work in your favor if you can avoid impatience.

 

 

 

Pisces February 19 – March 20

 

There may be a restless energy present that if channeled constructively could result in a golden opportunity. Rather than indulge a desire to enjoy yourself, put some effort into work or career goals. It could pay big dividends. Later, the focus shifts to your relationship sector as the Sun joins Mercury in Virgo. Over the coming weeks you may benefit from the practical advice of a friend, partner, or co-worker, especially if you act on it. However, delays around travel plans could cause frustration.

 

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August 14, 2014

 

Aries March 21 – April 19

 

As Venus sashays into Leo, your hopes increase for finding the love of your life. In fact, you may be tempted to take a gamble on love or business. If you're the entrepreneurial type, this could be an excellent time to explore ideas that have the potential to give a good return on your investment. However, you're no pushover. You have a real determination to conquer problems that may have held you back recently. Sunday is supremely perfect for a special celebration or romantic evening out.

 

 

 

Taurus April 20 – May 20

 

Home, sweet home is where you belong this week as the focus on domestic matters becomes even more creative, positive, and upbeat. If you've been thinking about enhancing your property, the influence of Venus might encourage you to go ahead. In addition, a very powerful transit on Friday might coincide with a decision that could change your life for the better. As Mercury eases into Virgo, your arts-and-crafts side may come out into the open, encouraging you to get busy. The weekend bodes well for a small windfall.

 

 

 

Gemini May 21 – June 21

 

You have bold, creative, inspiring, and impulsive ideas that can spur you on to greater success. The pleasures of romance, play, and creativity flow effortlessly your way, bringing congenial relationships and fun opportunities for you to enjoy. Mercury's move into Virgo puts the spotlight on home and family matters, enticing you to come to grips with household projects, removing clutter, and redecorating. You'll find it easier to think when you have more space around you. Sunday should be reserved for pure indulgence.

 

 

 

Cancer June 22 – July 22

 

An upbeat, positive frame of mind regarding finances gives you an advantage, as it allows you to see solutions that are beyond the grasp of others. An inventive and creative approach to money matters and accounting could give you more to spend on shopping and generally enjoying life. In addition, a budding relationship could heat up, showing signs of fiery passion and intense feeling. If tempted, you'll need to listen to your gut, as making the wrong decision could cost you dearly.

 

 

 

Leo July 23 – August 22

 

You may have an impulsive urge to express your opinions. If your ideas are challenged, agree to disagree in order to avoid upset. Plus, as Venus moves into your sign, you're at a peak regarding creativity, expression, and opportunities for growth and expansion. Dive in! Times like these don't come around very often. Later, as Mercury glides into Virgo, this is your chance to get down to the nitty-gritty regarding your accounts and finances. A practical approach to budgeting could save you money in the long run.

 

 

 

Virgo August 23 – September 22

 

Creative ideas have moneymaking potential, but you may find that you're at your most brilliant when you're meditating, relaxing, and reflecting on life. Take time out this week to harness your imagination for fun, pleasure, and profit. Guided meditation or visualization may help you to connect with feelings of abundance, success, motivation, and enjoyment. Your inner world could be a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Mercury edges into your sign on Friday to encourage you to get on with projects that have been on the backburner.

 

 

 

Libra September 23 – October 22

 

As Venus, your personal planet, dances into Leo and your social sector, you'll be even more popular than you already are. There could be some fantastic opportunities waiting for you when you accept invitations, attend events, and generally make yourself available. A deeper motivation might incline you to sort out a financial bugaboo once and for all. Nothing can stop you if you put your mind to it. The weekend is promising for romance and fun, encouraging you to indulge to your heart's content.

 

 

 

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

 

If a problem has been eating away at you for some time, you'll find the resolve and determination to overcome it once and for all. At the same time, a focus on your career sector reveals that success may not be too far away. In order to enjoy it you'll need to showcase your abilities on a regular basis. In addition, mixing with the right people will put you in touch with folks who can use your skills and pay you well for them, too..

 

 

 

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

 

You'll feel revitalized on all levels, so take the initiative to get what you want, and use the power of Mars in Scorpio to release old problems. The more willing you can be to drop hurt and resentment, the more you can focus on all the dynamic opportunities awaiting you just ahead. This week's alignment in Leo and your adventure sector may motivate you to explore the many sizzling options available. In addition, you'll want to prioritize your goals and make a plan that can help you achieve them.

 

 

 

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

 

You may want to indulge yourself, as this week's lineup entices you to dive in and have fun. When it comes to mixing and mingling, the presence of Mars in Scorpio linked with Pluto in your sign urges you to connect with people who have the same desires and ambitions as you. On the subject of money, the urge to enjoy an extravagant shopping spree may be too much to resist. However, Sunday is the day when you'll want to splurge even if it isn't justified.

 

 

 

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

 

You have everything going for you, making this week a particularly enjoyable one. The focus on Leo suggests that your social life and love life positively sizzle. There's so much going on for you that you could be spoiled for choice. Whether you're looking for love or in a long-term relationship, laughter and companionship will light up your days. In addition, you're forging ahead in your career with goals and ambitions, and you may be passionate in the extreme when it comes to finding success.

 

 

 

Pisces February 19 – March 20

The focus on lifestyle, health, and work amps up still further as Venus moves into Leo. Regarding diet and exercise, although you might have an eye on your figure, you'll likely find it hard to keep on the straight and narrow. Parties, get-togethers, and office lunches can all take their toll, and you may be hard-pressed to refuse a tasty treat. However, as Mercury edges into Virgo, a friend or sweetheart may attempt to reason with you so you don't undo all your hard work.

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August 14, 2014

 

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.

Associated Press

Pharrell is teaming up with the world's best-selling basketball video game franchise as a music curator.

 

2K Sports announced on August 12 that the Grammy-winning performer chose 27 tracks for the soundtrack of the upcoming “NBA 2K15.” He’s the second music performer to select songs for the popular video game, following Jay Z who served as executive producer in 2012.

 

LeBron James picked out songs for last year’s installment that sold 7 million copies.

 

Pharrell said in a statement to The Associated Press that he wanted to create an “eclectic mix” of songs. Three of his songs are featured on the soundtrack including “Hunter,” “Can I Have It Like That” and “How Does It Feel?”

 

Another song Pharrell will be featured on is Major Lazer’s “Aerosol Can.” The soundtrack will also include songs from Lauryn Hill, One Republic, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Junior, Basement Jaxx, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Clipse, Death from Above 1979, No Doubt, Public Enemy, Ratatat, Santigold, The Black Keys, The Rapture, The Strokes, Strafe, Depeche Mode and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

“It was fun to include songs that I have always loved, like Strafe’s ‘Set it Off’ or Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Scenario,’” he said. “The eclectic mix makes for a really cool vibe.”

 

It’s not the first time Pharrell has shown his talents within the NBA realm. He performed at this year’s NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, bringing out Nelly, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Snoop Dogg.

 

That performance was one of the reasons 2K selected Pharrell as curator.

 

“Pharrell’s creative energy and background with the NBA — his performance at the All-Star game for example — was part of our decision in partnering with him to shape a new entertainment experience in this year’s title,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for the video game.

 

The game is expected to go on sale Oct. 7.

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Category: Arts & Culture

August 14, 2014

 

LAWT News Service

  

Koffeehouse Music and Vitello’s restaurant are teaming up to present a weekly music series and competition starting Wednes­day, September 3, officials recently announced   The competition is now accepting online submissions from all singer/songwriters at www.koffeehouse.com, they said.

 

“Koffeehouse Music is known for showcasing Los Angeles’ most talented singer/songwriters and new bands, and over the years, has worked with nearly 1,000 musicians,” said a spokesperson for the event. 

 

The upcoming music series and competition, titled “A Showcase of Talent: L.A.’s Best Singer/Songwriters Compete,” will feature 25-40 singer/songwriters during the 12 week competition.  Cash prizes and in-kind products will be awarded to the winners. 

 

“With so much talent in the greater Los Angeles area, we wanted to create a competition where anyone could hear great music live in a competition format, outside of television,” states Koffeehouse’s founder Jeremy Koff.  “Vitello’s has always been one of my favorite restaurants and places to listen to music.”

 

“We’re very excited to partner with Koffeehouse Music and to bring to the Valley this great community of musicians,” says Brad Roen, VP/General Manager of Vitello’s Restaurant.

 

The competition is open to the public.  Initial submissions will be submitted online to www.koffeehouse.com.  A panel of music experts will select the top choices for the live competition from the many hundreds of entries expected.  The selected artists will be featured in a 3 month competition, leading to a grand finale on the last night.  Additional information and contest rules can be found at www.koffeehouse.com.

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