Fred Hammond’s Festival of Praise Tour hits the Midwest

For the third year in a row, Fred Hammond has assembled a roster of artists, musicians and comedians to hit the road on his inspirational tour Festival of Praise. This year’s line up is nothing short of star power. Fred enlisted R&B turned Gospel artist Regina Bell, legendary Clark Sister Karen Clark Sheard, Israel Houghton known for his high-octane praise and worship, choir-master Hezekiah Walker, modern worshipper and newcomer Casey J and funny man Comedian Earthquake. The tour is rolling through the Midwest October 20 to 26 bringing a fresh wind of inspiration.

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Should Manning retire after Potus tweet?

The score was relatively close up until the end of the 3rd quarter. It could have been anybody’s game. This is where the separation comes in. Who wants the win more? Apparently, the Denver Broncos did. Peyton Manning with the help of his colleagues took the Championship. Now, will Manning take his final bow after such a glorious season?

The atmosphere was abuzz with the anticipation of a smackdown of a game between the Panthers and the Broncos. There was also the question of Peyton Manning’s retirement hanging from everyone’s lips. Who remains standing at the end of this game will perhaps predict if Manning will hang up his cleats or not.

Capitalizing on Cam Newton’s mistakes, Manning and team breezed passed with the win. Cam_Newton_SB50_quoteThe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presented the Lombardi Trophy to the Broncos, but no real word on Manning’s status. “If this is his last rodeo it’s been a great ride,” Goodell said according to Mike Klis, 9News Reporter. “We thank him for that. It’s been extraordinary performances. What a man. I think he should go out on his own terms. That’s his decision.”

Peyton Manning did not make viewers anymore settled with his response to the Sportcaster’s questioning while accepting the Lombardi Trophy. It seems as if Manning may be leaning towards staying in the league. It is unclear. But after the President of the United States congratulates you in an official tweet, it would make you think that there could be more.

Potus_Tweet_SB50Perhaps, Manning could be questioning himself. If he retires now, what if there are more glory days still left in him? This could be the male psyche playing with his emotions, but whatever it may be that could be keeping him from being forthcoming about his plans has to be something really good.

Well, after the last note of the Star Bangled Banner was sung, the  halftime festivities silenced and the last piece of confetti has been swept from the field, we are still waiting to  hear Peyton Manning’s final decision. It would be great to see a continuation of the 2015-2016 season, but if it must be the end it was great ending to successful season and career. Best wishes to him and his team members.

Check out what fellow colleague DeMarcus Ware had to say…

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Miss Colombia forgives Steve Harvey [video]

One of the worst moments of Steve Harvey’s life has been rectified by Miss Colombia’s forgiveness. What has turned Steve Harvey’s life upside down, over the past few weeks, has finally been put to rest. Death threats, people parking outside his home and all the not-so-funny and funny memes can now cease.

Miss Colombia and Steve Harvey embraced in a consoling hug as both have endured tremendous inner turmoil since the “miss-announcement” of who was to be Miss Universe. Both Ariadna and Steve shed tears of relief and even laughed at their own expense. Miss Colombia broke her silence with forgiveness. If Steve Harvey can man up, own his mistake and make great effort to correct himself; then Miss Colombia show up on Harvey’s show and forgives the man that created a moment in time that could never be erased, why would we continue to drag Steve Harvey through unnecessary issues?

When the President cries: State of the Union

The President’s watery eyes are insight into the souls of American people. The Nation is crying. Violence has ravaged inner-city streets and cracked the foundation of families dismantling the very fiber of American homes. Elitism, regardless of what some may say, has played a huge factor in the sanctioning of tighter gun control. The feud between Republicans and Democrats has invaded President Obama’s tenure. Gridlocked, President Obama exerts executive power. The state of the Union is crisis mode.

One of Obama’s initial Presidential promises was to tighten the sanctions on obtaining guns. The increase in gun related deaths, whether mass shootings, homicides or accidental  child deaths, have risen to a boiling point. Sandy Hook elementary school was one of the worst mass shootings to date.

Doctor Pot

Cannabis, known as the “marijuana plant”, is one of the most controversial topics in the media today. For years, updates on the marijuana policy have stirred several debates and discussions in relation to state budgeting, decriminalization, and tax burdens. Marijuana usage has increased steadily over the past two years throughout the United States. Many state regulators are aware of the effects of marijuana and the various illnesses that can be treated by utilizing the drug. In the past decade, states have decided to pass bills in order to legalize the use of medical marijuana. On November 9, 2015, medical marijuana made its debut in the state of Illinois.

Medical dispensaries began opening for business to sell the product to patients and caregivers all over the Chicagoland area. Patients bought $210,000 of medical marijuana in the first week it was legal. Since the bill was passed in 2013, marijuana has been treatment for medical illnesses such as chronic pain, insomnia, glaucoma, seizure disorders, and many types of cancer. Although the drug has been approved for medical use, many patients were turned away on the first day. This issue left many patients concerned, especially those whom plan to substitute cannabis for other medications.

The permit is given based on the individuals health requirements, in which must be one of listed qualifying conditions. As of September 2015, thirty-nine conditions have been listed in the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Some of these conditions include: Alzheimer ’s disease, Crohn’s Disease, Hepatitis C, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other health related issues. There are regulations that must be followed in order to use medical marijuana in Illinois. Patients must be fingerprinted, undergo a background check, and pay $150 a year for a special photo I.D. This process may sound pretty simple, yet takes time to be registered.

Many groups are opposed to the idea of medical marijuana. Chuck Rosenberg, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, called medical marijuana “a joke”, stating that it has not gone through strict regulatory testing like prescriptions drugs. Many others put marijuana in the category with heroin, including the Federal Law. Hopefully, it is seen more for its positive attributes and brings great relief to those individuals with serious health problems.

Congressman Danny K. Davis addresses the concerns of the community

In the wake of the 2014 Illinois Gubernatorial election, many are concerned with issues that effect their everyday lives. In particular, African Americans want to know what position politicians take on violence, police brutality, healthcare, etc. and their actions toward resolutions. Congressman Danny K. Davis candidly expresses his views on those concerns in an interview Monday, Oct. 27.

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BIBO Tour Chicago 2014: Beauty in action

The Beauty In/Beauty Out (BIBO) Tour Chicago 2014 celebrated and honored some of the most intelligent beautiful women from various backgrounds Saturday, Oct. 11 with a lavished event at Catalyst Ranch, located in the West Loop Downtown area. Traci S. Campbell, Founder of BIBO, has dedicated her life to uplifting and educating young women. In her quest to do so, she has solicited experts, in their own rite, to mentor and highlight their accomplishments to encourage the young women.

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