April 24, 2014

 

Aries March 21 - April 19

Are you going on a trip or possibly moving, Aries? Is education involved in some way? Whatever your reasons for going away, you're going to gain whatever you hope for - and more. Writing, teaching, and anything involving communication should go very well right now, including conversations with a romantic partner. Your mind is quick and retentive right now, so make the most of it.

 

Taurus April 20 - May 20

You tend to be intuitive by nature, Taurus, but today you could receive psychic impressions by the dozen. You might even experience visions or hear voices. Don't worry – you aren't going crazy! You do, however, need to pay attention to these messages. They may have immense personal or even planetary significance. If you can't make sense of them, write them down. It should all be clear to you later.

 

Gemini May 21 - June 20

Communication with friends and partners should be clear, open, honest, and supportive today, Gemini. Camaraderie flows freely, and affection is shown without restraint or overkill. If you're presently involved but not yet committed, a declaration of love and an expression of desire to move the relationship to the next level could be in the wind. At the very least, your lover should pay you a compliment or two!

 

Cancer June 21 - July 22

Have you been reading about how a positive mental outlook creates a healthy body and a happy life, Cancer? If so, you might just find that this attitude brings results. You're feeling strong, fit, and mentally sharp. Career interests seem to be looking up for you. A fringe benefit is that you're probably feeling especially intuitive, too. Keep doing whatever you've been doing to bring this all about, because it's working!

 

Leo July 23 - August 22

Research that you've been doing for a particular project may finally be completed, Leo. Now you're ready to finish your work. Your mind is especially sharp right now, so this is a good time to work on any kind of project that involves communication. If you're a writer, your publishing prospects look good. Romance also should be going well. Perhaps you just became aware of a strong psychic bond between you and your beloved. Make the most of it!

 

Virgo August 23 - September 22

Dreams and visions about your family paint a rosy picture of your future, Virgo. These dreams could well be prophetic, but don't jump to that conclusion without first analyzing the symbols and discerning what your dreams are trying to tell you. There could be something that you need to consider before you can move ahead toward the future you want to create. But remember that dreams can be interpreted in more than one way!

 

Libra September 23 - October 22

Tonight you might decide to attend a social gathering held in your community that involves a lot of people who are into psychic or spiritual matters, Libra. This should be an interesting experience for you, because you could not only glean a lot of fascinating information but also make some new friends. Someone could recommend a few intriguing books. Keep your eyes and ears open, and take your address book with you. Have fun!

 

Scorpio October 23 - November 21

You're likely to receive news today that brightens your future outlook, Scorpio. It could be that your boss calls you at home and hints at a pending promotion, or your partner could receive a raise or unusually large bonus. Whatever the news, know that your financial picture will begin to look dramatically better than it has been. Start making plans for how you'll improve your lifestyle. A vacation may just be in order.

 

Sagittarius November 22 - December 21

Love and romance take top priority with you today, Sagittarius. You might be feeling a little insecure about the stability of your current relationship, but you're wasting your energy. For now, at least, things look very promising for you and your current lover. You should be communicating well and getting along great. Use your intuition to tune in to your friend's mind, and you'll probably feel your doubts and uncertainties slip away. Enjoy your day.

 

Capricorn December 22 - January 19

If you play your cards right, Capricorn, you just might be able to turn what you're picking up psychically into an exalted creative effort. The emotions and images flowing into your brain might be obscure, but they're significant in some way. Whether you write, play music, dance, or paint, you could be blown away by your own work. Whatever your materials, get them out and memorialize your inspiration. Tomorrow you'll be glad you did!

 

Aquarius January 20 - February 18

Expect to exchange a lot of phone calls and emails with friends today, Aquarius. Communication with others is your top priority. You have a lot of news to deliver and you'll receive a lot in return. Much of what you hear could be useful for whatever you're involved with now. The only downside is mental overload. You could feel as if your brain has spent the day running a marathon.

 

Pisces February 19 - March 20

Financial good fortune continues, Pisces, although old habits are hard to break and you might have difficulty adjusting to it. You could alternate between wanting to buy out the store and continuing to pinch pennies the way you used to. That's OK. Everybody has to make adjustments in life. Second only to falling in love, this will probably be one of the most pleasant adjustments you'll ever have to make!

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April 24, 2014

LAWT News Service

 

Her father was once the IBF heavyweight champion of the world, giving Mike Tyson one of his toughest fights, her mother was a single-mom who struggled to make a way for her, but today Kahla Tucker has more than a fighting chance to become a major star in the music and entertainment industry.

A singer, songwriter, and all around performer “KAHLA” is a hot up and coming artist from Carson.

Twenty years ago Kimberly Jackson and Former Heavyweight Champion Boxer of the world Tony TNT Tucker welcomed Kahla Michelle Tucker to the world and the rest is history.

Kahla lived in three different states within her life including California, Las Vegas, and Grapid Rapids. Kahla spent a lot of her toddler years traveling around the world, in and out of hotels, and surrounded by adults a majority of the time due to the fast life of her father’s career.

During this period music became the only consistent thing in her life. Her mother played a lot of Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gay, and the Temptations , while her father played a lot of Tupac, NWA, UGK, and B.I.G. Growing up with a mixture of two different styles of music Kahla inevitably grew up with a hunger to mix both R&B and HIPHOP music together to create something beautiful in which she brings to her music today.

Kahla has been performing since the tender age of four where she performed her first song at her kindergarten graduation in Grand Rapids Michigan. After she was bit by the love bug of performing she continued performing all the time.

She performed at graduation ceremonies at the Carson Com­munity Center put together by her local daycare “Tweets Childcare” and briefly danced at birthday parties with a dance group put on by a Popular hip hop clown “Tommy The Clown.” 

By age six she joined a neighborhood cheer and football organization the “Carson Colts” in which she believes molded her into the performer she is today.

The Colts performed all around Southern California and other states including Las Vegas, Nevada at huge arenas such as the Aladdin and the Orleans. She cheered with the Carson Colts consecutively all up until she was a freshman in high school and cheered for Long Beach Millikan where she attended, while briefly cheering with an all star team as well. During the conclusion of her junior year of high school she decided to quit cheerleading and take her dream seriously.

She attended the Wendy Raquel Robinson’s Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC) of singing, dancing, and acting in Los Angeles where she won an auditioned and fell in love with the stage all over again.

Following her Senior year in High School she left the sunny skies and palm trees of Southern California to continue her dream at Columbia College Chicago, majoring in musical theatre and minoring in dance.  Kahla spent her freshman and sophomore year studying music including watching videos of her music idols Michael Jackson and Beyoncé for countless amount of hours. It wasn't until the summer before starting her junior year in college that she decided to come out with a project of her own motivated by a relationship breakup.

“I felt that it wasn’t a more appropriate time then now to release my own music. My friends and family knew that I sang but I had nothing to show for it other than taped performances. I had a lot to say. I’d seen enough and gone through enough whether it be relationship wise, emotionally, whatever to where I felt I had a voice...or a story in which everyone, but specifically women could relate to. I think the best part of my music is that it’s relatable and it’s honest. That’s important to me because music is the one thing that brings people together. So I got my pen and paper, teamed up with some producers from New York called TheNiteShift and basically a year later here we are.”

This is just the beginning for this rising artist. The journey officially begins...

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April 17, 2014

By Walter Greene

Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News

 

Actress Lupita Nyong’o, who rose to fame after winning the Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in the award winning “12 Years a Slave” has also risen to the top of the fashion ladder, as she has in the world of film. The much sought after actress was just named the new Face of Lancome Cosmetics, joining a select group of major stars like Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet, who are both Lancome Faces/Spokespersons.

NEW FASHION DARLING Lupita, whose new movie “Non Stop” also stars Liam Neilson and Julianna Moore, was recently selected as the new campaign model for Miu Miu. This is the secondary line from Italian designer Miucha Prada. Lupita first gained the nod of the fashion illumaniti when she appeared on the Red Carpet at the Golden Globe Awards, wearing a dazzling red jersey gown and cape by designer Tom Ford.

Soon after, she stunned onlookers at the Academy Awards ceremony, wearing a sensational Nairobi Blue, flowing chiffon custom made gown by Prada. That was the night she won her first Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress. During New York Fashion Week, Lupita was spotted at the Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2014 show, sitting on the front row next to Vogue Magazine’s Anna Wintour.

BEAUTY SECRET The 30 year-old Kenya born beauty had just graduated from the prestigious Yale School of Drama when she auditioned for “12 Years a Slave.” Director Steve McQueen reportedly saw 1000 actresses from all over the world, before casting Lupita for the role. Lupita recently revealed the secret to her flawless skin and undeniable beauty: “I moisturize with argan oil, pomegranate oil and Kukui oil from Hawaii, plus I remove my make-up with avocado oil. My mother always instilled in me that ‘Nature knows best.’”

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April 17, 2014

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News

 

Almost 20 years after the New York City-based, dark, underground hip-hop duo Mobb Deep released their sophomore full-length album, “The Infamous,” the group is taking a full circle approach to their 2014 album, “The Infamous Mobb Deep.”

Although Mobb Deep did not receive as much mainstream attention as Nas, the gritty, poetic nature of “The Infamous” is considered to be a classic by true hip-hop enthusiasts. Hailing from Queens, N.Y., Prodigy and Havoc rhymed about the struggles and the bleak reality of growing up in the Queensbridge Houses.

Their third album, “Hell on Earth,” hit No. 6 on the Billboard charts, the duo finally receiving the industry and mainstream acclaim they sought. Nonetheless, over the years, Mobb Deep has been through ups and downs, including a less-than-desirable term on G-Unit Records, Prodigy’s incarceration and a brief split between the two members.

The release of Mobb Deep’s eighth album is being marketed as a time of triumph and rebirth for Havoc and Prodigy, as it should be. Their debut album, “Juvenile Hall,” was released in 1993, making them hip-hop veterans and survivors.

The reflective approach to the new record, which was released earlier this week, shows that hip-hop is now creating seasoned and historical figures who come from an era that is still relevant but still create from a current and wise perspective.

 

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April 17, 2014

 

Aries March 21 - April 19

If you've been thinking about making a career change, Aries, today is a good day to do some research on professions that interest you. It may be that you're ready to take the leap and start a business of your own. Ideally, you'd have an able partner to help with the planning and execution. Get out your address book and college directory. It's likely that you already know the perfect person for the job.

 

Taurus April 20 - May 20

Technology is going to play a big role in your life today and in the immediate future, Taurus. It could be that your office is upgrading its systems and you're in charge of getting everyone up to speed on the new equipment. Or it's possible that you'll decide to take a class to increase your technical knowledge. One thing is clear - you're likely to achieve extraordinary success through the use of technology.

 

Gemini May 21 - June 20

You might find yourself unexpectedly busy today, Gemini. It could be that you'd planned to spend the day tidying up and reorganizing your home. A change of plans could mean you spend most of the day at the office handling one crisis after another. Perhaps a friend calls in need of your help. You could find it difficult to switch gears, but by the end of the day you'll be happy that you could help.

 

Cancer June 21 - July 22

It's hard to imagine a world without computers, Cancer. Technology has been key to your professional life, and it's likely to be even more important in the future. Expect your income to increase dramatically this year as a result of a technological innovation. You could play a part in developing it, or more likely, find a creative use for it. Eat well and rest up, because you'll need a lot of energy soon.

 

Leo July 23 - August 22

You might want to straighten up the house this morning, Leo. Some unexpected visitors could drop by. With no warning, you could be serving lunch or dinner to a group of ten! Don't panic. Take-out was created for just such an occasion. Pull out the linens from the back of the closet, make a few calls to your favorite bakery or restaurant, and voilà! The meal is served.

 

Virgo August 23 - September 22

Friends or work colleagues could introduce you to a field of study that captures your interest, Virgo. You're ready for something new in your life, and the lecture series that has been suggested to you could turn out to provide just the stimulation that you need. Your creative juices are flowing and you'll want to make good use of them. Writing, painting, and photography are all good choices for today.

 

Libra September 23 - October 22

Travel is in store today, Libra. It could be a spur-of-the-moment trip with a friend. More likely, it will be a series of short trips closer to home. You could visit friends or take advantage of sales and do some shopping. Your active mind will pick up on all sorts of ideas for improving your home. Once the errands are done, go home and look at your space with a fresh eye. There is a lot you can do to improve it.

 

Scorpio October 23 - November 21

You're likely to receive news today that brightens your future outlook, Scorpio. It could be that your boss calls you at home and hints at a pending promotion, or your partner could receive a raise or unusually large bonus. Whatever the news, know that your financial picture will begin to look dramatically better than it has been. Start making plans for how you'll improve your lifestyle. A vacation may just be in order.

 

Sagittarius November 22 - December 21

You can expect your life to change in a fairly dramatic way today, Sagittarius. The change could be subtle at first, but with time and distance you're likely to look back on this day as pivotal. You could receive an intriguing piece of news that sets your head spinning with ideas. Perhaps you've been thinking of starting your own business, and today you have an idea. Maybe you meet someone who helps your career. Keep your mind open to the possibilities.

 

Capricorn December 22 - January 19

Today could have you itching for a change, Capricorn. The difficulty is figuring out what you really want to do with your life. A good first step would be to talk to people. Find out what they do and don't like about their careers. Use the library and the Internet. Take a profile test, such as Myers-Briggs, to see what types of careers mesh with your personality. Once you've done this, you're bound to have a clearer vision of where you want to go.

 

Aquarius January 20 - February 18

You're going to be busy but happy today, Aquarius. It's likely that a project you've been working on for a long time suddenly yields positive results. You can't help but be delighted, as this achievement comes at a time when you've been questioning your abilities. Question no more. It's clear that you're right for this particular job. Social activities are also highlighted, so treat your team to lunch to celebrate.

 

Pisces February 19 - March 20

You could be invited on a last-minute adventure today, Pisces. By all means, seize the chance! You're certainly ready for a change, and this opportunity could turn out to be just what you've been hoping for. Adventure calls, and whether it's a journey or a lecture, you'll find it enlarges your world in just the way you'd hoped. Today promises to be stimulating as well as fun. Enjoy it!

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