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    UPTOWN Magazine X Thailand

    Thailand Bound
    With top-notch customer service, a Premium Economy Class dedicated to long haul comfort and a Business Class celebrated for its award-winning seats and dining options, Cathay Pacific Airlines has long been a favorite carrier of Americans traveling to Asia. However, only first classers can access Cathay’s holy grail of amenities: The Pier Lounge.

    Walk through the doors of The Pier in Hong Kong International Airport (Terminal 1 near gates 61-63) and notes of lavender, bamboo, Green Tea and Jasmine—components of Cathay Pacific’s signature fragrance—fill the senses. The scents celebrate four concepts: contemporary Asian aesthetic; heartfelt warmth; considered simplicity; and the joy of discovery. Each of these lifestyle aspirations are integrated into the design, décor, function and spirit of The Pier.

    Crafted to resemble a luxury apartment, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge—designed by the London-based agency Studioilse— perfectly blends a hushed tone palette with lighting, art, music and food all for the contemporary traveller. While there, revel in a complimentary foot massage; order cocktails at the full service bar; grab a shower in one of the several available; relax in the library and read; and definitely have a sit down meal in the dining room— where all main menu items are made to order by the chef. The lux comfort of The Pier is a nice warm up for what’s to come in Thailand.

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    In the Jungle
    Laos. Burma. Thailand. All three countries meet at one point: The Golden Triangle. In this super remote, bamboo jungle of Northern Thailand sits The Four Seasons Tented Camp, one of the world’s most luxurious hotel properties. Surrounded by mountains, the tony brand’s only all-inclusive in its global collection, offers 3-4 night stays that guests are encouraged to customize. A definite must activity is the Mahout Training Session, which allows special, supervised access for guests to interact with and train with the group of elephants under the care of the property.

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    Mammoth Brekkers
    On the morning of a Mahout Training Session, at exactly 8am, guests look from the remnants of their breakfast at Nong Yao Restaurant, and are in awe as a parade of majestic mammoths appear almost from thin air: this is the Elephant Breakfast, where the animals are fed what seems like an infinite portion of unpeeled bananas. Friendly and slightly playful, the elephants look for guests to feed them (hold the treat in the air so its hose can snatch it and deposit it in its mouth.

    A lesson in elephant commands follows. All participants use the new knowledge to order the animals to knell down (a miraculous sight) in order to hop on to their necks. The Mahouts optimistically teach guests various ways to climb onto the 9-foot tall animals with an average weight of 6,000 pounds. Once safely atop, guests find themselves trekking through the Thai jungle on the backs of their newfound friends.

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    Jungle Love
    Asian elephants still roam the Thai wilderness. These mammoths were once an integral part of the Thai economy: they were used as carriers of timber. With cutbacks in foresting, the animal’s usefulness dissipated, making them a burden. The care and conservation of the elephants is the main mission of the government- funded Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC) and The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle exceeds the regulations for the care and keep of these beautiful creatures. By the end of the day, the power and surprisingly gentle nature of the elephants is indelibly stamped in memory.

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    Tree Top (Muscle) Relief
    After the elephant-fueled workout, head to the resort spa and indulge in the unique Mahout Recovery Treatment (a 90-min service of the guest’s choosing is included in the package). The therapist soothes sore muscles while relaxing in an open-air treatment room lodged atop a tree. No walls. No confinement. Only nature. (Warning: this experience may likely spoil every subsequent spa visit during your lifetime.).

     

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    Not The Temple of Doom
    Each of the 14 tents come with a custom-made wooden hot tub on the deck which features views of the Ruak River, Burma and the striking thread of mountains in Laos. Handmade furnishings are complemented by the exquisite details throughout this Architectural Digest worthy domain. Slightly before dusk, walk over to the Burma Bar and observe the sunset. The old-world cool of the bar can be overwhelming. Gadgets of yesteryear—navigation equipment, antiques, vintage maps, tribal artifacts—surround sumptuous, oversized leather chairs and well-appointed sofas.

    The thoughtful design is the cerebral chic of Hemingway meets the foolhardy seduction of Indiana Jones. “Fortune and glory, kid,” Dr. Jones famously told his pint- sized sidekick. If there is anyplace you can find both, it’s at the Tented Camp Golden Triangle.


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  • 07/13/16--11:10: It’s Better In The Bahamas
  • By Satchel Jester
    UPTOWN X Bahamas

    If you’re planning to embark on a season-inspired jaunt in the next few months, then you’ve probably clicked through search engines tirelessly, scrolled social media incisively and taken recommendations to no avail, all to still feel clueless as to what suits you, your style, squad and savings account best. But, be not dismayed because here’s where a little UPTOWN advice will take you a long way.

    They say when you know better you do better, and one thing I know for sure is that it’s better in the Bahamas, not only because that’s the country’s tourism motto, but because the lush and lively island has something for everyone – from a a getaway with your guys or girls, making memories with your better half or self-centering in a solo sabbatical. So whether it’s the island less traveled or the one most followed, options for a carefully curated jaunt through the Bahamas sing with possibility and where your escape charts is totally up to you.

    WHAT ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS

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    Grand Bahama Island

    An old adage says, “Travel light, travel far,” but sometimes a bit of extra baggage, often affectionately called “friend”, makes for great memories. After coordinating your looks for beach, brunch and dance floor beat battle breakdowns, hop a direct flight to Grand Bahama Island and check into one of the impressive Lanai Suites at the Grand Lucayan, an energetic resort offering all-inclusive options, sans the off-putting family reunion resort feel. Essentially, crew love will ensue upon experiencing this property and its combination of three levels of lodging ranging from deluxe suites to penthouses, eight restaurants, casino and all that jazz, ultimately fostering a cosmopolitan feel for discerning travelers without the touristy stigma of some others in its class. grandlucayan.com

    EAT: China Beach
    The chic China Beach restaurant offers a culinary tour of the Pacific Rim with an appetizing menu inspired by the exotic flavors of Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. Experience options range from hibachi style to private dining rooms, with standout indulgences including the curry dishes, Otis Roll and Green Tea Cheesecake. Warning: The sake selection could lead you to desire a dip in the restaurant’s centerpiece, a fabulous serpentine shaped swimming pool boasting exotic aquatic specimens from around the world.

    DRINK: All over! Enjoy a Sands beer at the plunge pool or a signature rum punch while watching a movie on the yard. The beauty in all-inclusive means there are no limits to your consumption if you promise to gauge your control. Or, on second thought, throw caution to the wind and fall asleep on the 7.5-acre beach and wake up to the turquoise regalia of the Caribbean Sea.

    DARE: Jeep Safari Tours
    Buckle up and put the pedal to the metal in jewel-colored, open-top 4 x 4 Jeeps. There’ll be nothing but a seatbelt and a few pesky stop signs between you and the crisp air of the island. Led by an experienced navigation guide that also possesses the need for speed, you’ll travel the exciting roads through the pine forest and along scenic coastal roads, ultimately ending up at the Lucayan National Park for a tryst through the history Garden of Graves.

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    BECAUSE OF LOVE

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    Grand Exuma

    Yes, you read it right—this says “Sandals.” Now, we’re normally all about hidden gems, premiere hot-spots and word-of-mouth experiences, but Sandals Emerald Bay is done so well that we can’t shade the franchise. In fact, the resort earned the honor of being
    the anchor of the 2014 UPTOWN Weddings & Travel issue. From your initial greeting with
    a crisp lemongrass scented towel in the VIP lounge to dropping your bags and concocting a white rum tea punch without leaving your room, you and your boo thang will be in for the exact tryst that you imagined when you both agreed to jump in a taxi cab and get away fast. sandals.com

    TOAST: La Parisienne
    When’s the last time you walked through sand en route to experience Paris? At La Parisienne, that’s exactly how you’ll meet your fab. “Ooh La La” will be your sentiment as you lust over a romantic evening including the perfect Bordeaux accompanied by escargots or foie gras aux truffes all served with white gloves underneath sparkling chandeliers. Desert options? That’s personal.

    TRY: Exuma Cays Ocean Safari
    PSA: Swimming with fish is the most humdrum thing you can do on this magical island, no matter how exciting the brochures may paint it to be. Build on the spice that every working relationship needs and sign up to wade with the infamous swimming pigs on the Exuma Cays Ocean Safari. After experiencing beautiful beach vistas and endangered Bahamian rock iguanas on a 35-foot Power Cat, dare to dip into the ocean with a flock of the fastest moving swine you’ve seen since the last brunch buffet in Harlem. Really, I don’t know how else to explain it but don’t knock it until you try it!islandroutes.com

    RENEW: Custom Experience Package
    You only live once, so why not experience
    the best day of your life twice. Work with the award-winning on-site event planners for a quaint recreation of the day you said “I Do.” This time, set the stage in the lush gardens and trade your piano accompanied version of “Here Comes the Bride” for the festive fanfare of a local junkanoo band. Top the evening off with a stay in one of the villas and enjoy dinner on the beach, chased with a chilled bottle of champagne and a DIY moment of removing the garter belt!

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    ME, MYSELF AND I

    (New Hotel we viewed)
    South Bimini

    I must get a bit serious here. Between living, working, loving and learning, as at some point, we all need to re-center, reevaluate and realign ourselves with our own person. In 1968, while preparing himself for what would be one of his most memorable speeches and ultimately his own eulogy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. journeyed to the island of South Bimini to pen the poignant prose of his Sanitation Workers Speech. In the spirit of all that was and is great about that man and the legendary speech, what better place to reconnect with your sole purpose than in the same place that birthed those lines. Now don’t get me wrong, even moments of solace. After feeling qualified and recharged, head back to the land and acquaint yourself with the quaint town of South Bimini and create some memories for you, by you, with you!

    MEDITATE: Boat Ride to the Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Take a ride with Mr. Ansil Saunders, the Bimini-born fisherman who transported Dr. King into the mangroves off of the Carribbean Sea to clear his mind and write the historic speech. A bronzed bust now sits in the exact spot, surrounded by a wooden platform, establishing and monument and creating the ultimate space to aid you in making your mark in history or just to offer a reflective moment of resolve.

    MUST SEE: Ashley Saunder’s Dolphin House in Alice Town Ashley Saunders, a local author, artist, and historian on the island of Bimini has opened his home, the Dolphin House, to visitors who can take in his chaotic mosaics that act as homages to his island’s history. The interior and exterior walls are completely covered in mosaics composed of colorful tiles, shells, bottles, coins, and all manner of other found objects. Saunders warmly invites any and all guests to see his home and learn not only about his unique artistic vision, but also his take on establishing his roots on the land, from the land. The multi-room space amalgamates quirky, creative, edgy and exciting all under one roof and he’s only just begun. Seeing this art exhibit meets interior design experiment is definitely believing!

    SPLURGE: Resort World Casino
    I don’t think this one takes much explanation. There’s a fresh new casino on the block and the odds for winning are great. I know because I hit on the slots during my first attempt, spending only twenty dollars, but winning considerably more! (I’m never one to boast). Go alone, win alone and leave the guilt of sharing at the door!


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    Tatyana Ali and Dr. Vaughn Rasberry tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in Beverly Hills Sunday.

    Ali said the daytime wedding had an “upscale Caribbean vibe,” reports People. “It’s just a little over a hundred people,” she said to the magazine. “It’s our closest friends and family and that obviously includes a lot of people that I worked with over the years.”

    The 37-year-old actress who is pregnant with their first child wore an off-white, fitted, silk Amsale gown and carried white peonies and cream garden roses in her bouquet. The bridesmaids wore raspberry-colored, tea length Amsale dresses.

    The couple wrote their own vows to express their mutual love in their own words.

    The wedding cake was two tiers: chocolate, which is Ali’s favorite, and vanilla, which is Rasberry’s favorite.

    The happy couple and guests danced to a mixture of “tropical house music, hip-hop, and afropunk,” according to People.

    Back in March, the couple, who met about two years ago on eHarmony, announced they were engaged and expecting a baby. After tying the knot, they’re looking forward to meeting their little bundle of joy.

    “I just want to see my baby,” Ali said to the magazine. “I can’t wait to smell the baby! That’s what I think about.”

    RELATED: The Wedding Album 2016

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    The Knowles-Carters added a New Orleans property to their luxury real estate collection this year.

    The three-story dwelling was originally built as a Presbyterian church in 1925. It later became a ballet studio. Now, it’s Beyoncé And Jay Z‘s New Orleans mansion.

    The couple purchased the Garden District palace fully-furnished. It boasts seven bedrooms, each decorated in a different theme and color scheme. Other features of the home include vaulted ceilings, expansive windows, hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and spacious living areas. The kitchen is outfitted with rustic wood cabinetry, and at least one bathroom contains a claw-foot tub.

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    The best feature of Beyoncé And Jay Z’s New Orleans mansion, however, is the rooftop garden, which is reportedly the city’s largest.

    Bey and Jay also own luxurious in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and the Hamptons. However, it comes as no surprise that they’d make a home in NOLA also, since her sister Solange also calls the city her part-time home.

    Let’s go inside their New Orleans palace …

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    RELATED: Go Inside Solange’s 30th Birthday Vacation [PHOTOS]


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    Montrell Jackson and his infant son

    “I’m tired physically and emotionally. Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same. Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me or my wife it was needed and appreciated. I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core. When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR. Finally I personally want to send prayers out to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”

    — Montrell Jackson, a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department, reflected on the appalling attack in Dallas that left five police officers dead and explained the turmoil he faced as a man in uniform, in a July 8th Facebook post. The 32 year old was one of the police officers killed during the shooting Sunday in Baton Rouge, which has shaken the nation once again. Jackson had welcomed a son into his family just four months ago. Friends and family say Jackson, who was once injured rescuing a toddler from a burning building, loved his job. “It motivated him to go out and change people’s lives. He was on [the force] to help people, to make you have a better day,” said Darnell Murdock, Jackson’s friend, to The Advocate. “He was humble, kind and sweet … He wasn’t on there to write tickets. I don’t understand how this could happen to someone like him.”

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    (Hollywood, CA) Black Hollywood Live Network (BHL) and UPTOWN Magazine partnered to create a multilevel platform that will include: video content, podcasts, events, network programing, and social media campaigns to reach the African-American audience.

    BHL delivers informative interviews and insightful commentary with top celebrities and industry influencers. Some of past guests on the network include: Spike Lee, Oprah, Steve Harvey, Mara Brock Akil, Terrence Howard, Mel B, Jamie Foxx, Donald Trump, Will Packer, Kym Whitley, Nia Long, Iyanla Vanzant, Taraji P. Henson, Beverly Johnson, Shemar Moore, Wayne Brady, and Rick Fox.

    BHL’s current roster includes 20 shows covering a variety of topics affecting the African-American community including: pop culture, politics, sports, fashion, music, and philanthropy. BHL is part of the AfterBuzz TV Group (owned by E! network’s Maria Menounos) and features post-show coverage for top television programs.

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    Angela Bassett & BHL President Derrial Christon

    When asked about the partnership, BHL President Derrial Christon said, “I am extremely excited to work with UPTOWN Co-Founder Len Burnett and his team. Len is very knowledgeable about building a solid publication and brand. BHL is one of the top places for African Americans to receive great digital content. By partnering with UPTOWN, it completes our overall objective to deliver strong content across all levels of media.”

    BHL Co-Founder Keven Undergaro also expressed his excitement about the partnership, “We love what Len and his team have done with UPTOWN. Uniting BHL to the UPTOWN brand is such a natural fit.”

    UPTOWN is one of the leading lifestyle brands in entertainment featuring some of today’s most recognized talents on its cover.

    “We’re extremely excited about our partnership with BHL. Entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle has always been a key editorial focus for our brand. This partnership provides us with access to more timely and insightful information on what’s happening in Hollywood, and the latest with entertainment influencers and tastemakers,” said Burnett. “The partnership will also provide us with the opportunity to further deliver on our ability to provide our advertising partners with even bigger and more integrated multi-channel programs. In addition to delivering more impressions, we now can provide richer and more engaging video content for our partners to integrate their brands.”

    ABOUT UPTOWN VENTURES GROUP:
    Founded in 2004, Uptown Ventures Group is the only luxury lifestyle company that targets the Affluent African American (AAA) Market. With a cross platform reach of over 1 million, UPTOWN links our advertising partners with the broadest access to the highly-sought AAA audience. UPTOWN offers cutting edge and innovative strategies, including digital, social, branded content, print and UPTOWN’s signature events: Uptown Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, Uptown Vineyard, and the Uptown Short Film Festival. For information about Uptown, check out UPTOWNMagazine.com.

    ABOUT BLACK HOLLYWOOD LIVE:
    Black Hollywood Live is the first online broadcast network dedicated to African Americans in entertainment. For more information about Black Hollywood Live, check out BlackHollywoodLive.com, or reach BHL President Derrial Christon directly at derrial.christon@blackhollywoodlive.com.


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    By now, you’ve probably heard that Donald Trump‘s wife Melania has been accused of plagiarizing her keynote speech at the Republican National Convention from Michelle Obama‘s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. Once journalist Jarrett Hill pointed out the vast similarities between Melania’s speech and Obama’s, Jesse Williams created the #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, which as you probably guessed attributes very well-known and historical quotes to the first lady hopeful. Two of his most hilarious tweets call on the wise words of Maya Angelou and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Let’s take a look at tweets that have kept #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes trending since Melania delivered her speech Monday night.

    After awhile, others began using the hashtag to shame Melania for allegedly plagiarizing the current FLOTUS.


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    trivago teamed up with celebrity chef and media personality Travis London to show you a side of the City of Lights beyond the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre — the Paris that only real Parisians get to experience. Learn more at Room5.trivago.com.

    RELATED: Travis London’s Summer Recipes, Low-Cal Cocktails & Entertaining Tips


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    UPTOWN_cooley_high_movie_posterCommon and DeVon Franklin have announced plans to produce a remake of Cooley High, a 1975 coming-of-age film.

    The original film was set in Chicago and focused on the lives of two teenage friends played by Glynn Turman (Preach) and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Cochise).

    Few details of the Cooley High remake have been released, but it will be interesting how screenwriter Seth Rosenfeld and the rest of production will handle the story in present day. Will the setting remain 1970s Chicago? Will a film that was popular during the blaxploitation era resonate in the 2010s?

    We’ll reserve judgment until more details on cast and plot are released.

    Do you think Cooley High needs to be remade?

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    L to R: Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley & Dawn-Lyen Gardner

    OWN released today an extended trailer for its highly-anticipated drama Queen Sugar.

    The two-minute trailer provides a deeper glimpse into the TV series created by award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, and based on the books by Natalie Baszile.

    OWN describes the plot of Queen Sugar:

    “The contemporary drama Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.”

    In similar fashion to how the network debuted Greenleaf, Queen Sugar will premiere as a two-night event on September 6th and September 7th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, with the remaining 11 episodes airing regularly on Wednesday at 10 p.m.

    DuVernay directed the first two episodes, and all the episodes in the debut season are directed by women. The executive producers are DuVernay, Winfrey, and Melissa Carter.

    Take a look at the Queen Sugar extended trailer and don’t forget to set your DVR …

    RELATED: ‘Queen Sugar’ Cocktail Reception

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    North Miami police shot an unarmed Black man as he held his hands in the air Monday.

    Charles Kinsey is a caregiver at an assisted living facility. He was trying to retrieve a young autistic man who had wandered away and was blocking traffic, when a North Miami police officer shot him.

    In a cellphone video that began circling Wednesday, Kinsey can be seen lying on the ground with his hands up, trying to calm the autistic man (who Kinsey calls Rinaldo in the footage) and defuse the situation.

    “All he has is a toy truck in his hand,” Kinsey can be heard saying in the video, as police officers aimed their assault rifles at the pair from about 30 feet away.

    “That’s all it is,” Kinsey says. “There is no need for guns.”

    Seconds later, one of the officers fired his weapon three times, off camera.

    A bullet ripped through Kinsey’s right leg. Fortunately, the wound wasn’t fatal.

    Kinsey said he was stunned by the shooting, especially because his hands were visible.

    “I was thinking as long as I have my hands up … they’re not going to shoot me,” he said to WSVN, a local TV station, from his hospital bed.

    “Wow, was I wrong.”

    Kinsey also said he asked the officer why he shot him, and he says the officer replied, “I don’t know.”

    Kinsey said he was even more stunned that the police left him handcuffed, face-down on the ground, and bleeding for about 20 minutes as they waited for a medical unit.

    Kinsey’s lawyer Hilton Napoleon is calling for the police department to fire the officer.

    The North Miami Police Department hasn’t identified the officer or his race. The department is investigating the incident, which reportedly began when the police responded to a 911 call of “an armed male suspect threatening suicide.”

    “Arriving officers attempted to negotiate with two men on the scene, one of whom was later identified as suffering from Autism,” police said in a statement Tuesday, reports The Washington Post. “At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking the employee of the [assisted living facility].”

    According to their statement, the officer who shot Kinsey has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard policy in police-involved shootings.


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    For his latest “Carpool Karaoke,” The Late Late Show host James Corden tapped First Lady Michelle Obama and added a special guest for their finale.

    First, Obama offered Corden a tour of the White House from his vehicle, which afforded Obama the opportunity to rock out to a few of her favorite songs. She admitted that listening to music in the car has been a rarity the seven and half years she’s been first lady.

    Their first song selection was Stevie Wonder’s classic “Sign, Sealed, Delivered.” It turns out Wonder is Obama’s “favorite.”

    Beyoncé‘s “Single Ladies” came second. And Obama and Corden didn’t hesitate to bust a move from their seats. They were definitely making honey in the “Beyhive” to put in their “lemonade.”

    The conversation took a deeper turn when Corden asked Obama about why she joined SnapChat. She explained that she wanted to document her trip earlier this month to Spain, Liberia, and Morocco in conjunction with her “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

    “So much could be corrected in the world if girls were educated and had power over their lives,” Obama explained. “My message to kids here is don’t take your education for granted because there are girls around the world who would die to get the education we have.”

    Of course, the next song was “This is For My Girls,” the inspirational “Let Girls Learn” anthem … but they needed a backup singer for this one.

    Enter Missy Elliott.

    To close out the latest edition of “Carpool Karaoke,” Corden took it old school, throwing on Missy’s “Get Ur Freak On.”

    Obama rapped along with the track so well that Corden asked, “Can we just talk about the rhymes in the first lady’s locker?”

    This is why we love the Obamas and are going to miss them in the White House.


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    By Kimatni D. Rawlins

    Welcome to Seattle where the land is lush, the people are active, and the food is healthful. It was an ideal setting for Infiniti to introduce its new five-door, entry-level utility vehicle dubbed the QX30 to compete in the C-segment crossover market. Slated for continuous and tremendous growth, this sector presents an opportune time for the Japanese automaker to access and gain ground.

    First conceptualized as the Etherea Concept, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 is the manifestation of the Renault-Nissan alliance and Daimler AG partnership created in 2011 to jointly share components, engines, and factories. This model in particular is built at the Nissan plant in Sunderland, England, the second plant outside of Japan that manufactures Infiniti vehicles. The QX30 is reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

    Experiencing the QX30 was fun and engaging. After running 3.5-miles along the Seattle Waterfront and simultaneously taking note of the plethora of bicycles roaming around town, it is easy to understand why Infiniti has planned the vehicle for young families looking for more than a sedan, but also clamoring for utility and compact, sporty performance. These customers may be new to the brand, but they certainly won’t be disappointed. If a larger crossover is desired, then the QX50 is next in line. The rookie QX30 is the eighth Infiniti model and the fifth utility on the roster that ends with the home run-slugging QX80.

    With a lot of pep in its step, the FWD QX30 is powered by a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine co-shared with Daimler. Through 208-horsepower and 258 lbs-ft of torque between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm, the vehicle had no problem accelerating in traffic or up hilly Washington roads. It was actually pleasurable, partly as a result of the pairing of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters and three drive modes — economy, sport, and manual. The steering wheel is thick like I like it and features thumb indentations for sporty performance. Infiniti optimized the compliant electric power-steering and tuned the transmission for city stop-and-go traffic. Manual mode was my choice and allowed control of the gears precisely how I needed them. The QX30 also represents the first vehicle to offer Infiniti Stop-Start for better fuel economy. However, I’m not a fan of the engine shutting down at stoplights.

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    There are three unique models with specified characteristic traits for active lifestyle consumers to choose from. The QX30 starts at $29,950 and leaves training camp with a 6.7″ ride height, 18″ alloy wheels with all-season tires (19s optional), a Rear View Monitor and LED running lights. It can be had as a Base, Luxury or Premium trim. My favorite, the QX30 AWD kicks off at $34,400 with 18″ Continental all-season tires, front and rear skid plates, roof rails, a 1.2” higher ride height and rugged side sills and overfenders. The AWD aka Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is FWD biased and comes as either a Premium or Luxury iteration. The QX30 Sport commencing at $38,500 (roughly $42,000 as tested) is built in one grade with exclusive 19″ alloy rims, Goodyear 235/45 R19 summer run-flat tires, dual dark chrome exhaust tips, .6″ lower ride height, sport seats (pretty narrow for my build) and a flat-bottom steering wheel with aluminum pedals. With various mannerisms of each model Infiniti made certain to tune the rides so collectively the steering and suspension setups match. More importantly, I didn’t notice any FWD torque steer during my daylong assessment through the busy city streets, along the outskirts of the Hood Canal shoreline in Union, nor at any of the immaculate Washington islands.

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    Despite the deeply sculpted body lines and curvi-linear silhouette, double-arch grille, signature daytime running lights, nine exterior hues, tailgate spoiler and LED signature lamps, much emphasis was put into the QX30’s interior. For example, the Spinal Support Seats focus on neutral body posture and evenly distributes forces on the lower back by reducing the downward pressure on the pelvis and torso. Infiniti InTouch 7 infotainment is the center of the vehicle’s attention and operates navigation, music options, apps and much more. Though, it will take some time to become acquainted with the system. An array of packages and options will help define your QX30 as well as increase total sales price. A Bose 10-speaker surround system is always a positive plus and the available panoramic moon roof, Nappa leather and true genuine wood elevates the little guy’s stature. The rear seating is more for children than adults so keep that in mind when carpooling.

    Infiniti has always been a progressive and forward-thinking when it comes to automotive safety and intelligent engineering. Specific technologies include Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist, Intelligent Park Assist, and Around View Monitor with a 360-degree view from four cameras (one on each side mirror, one in front, and one in the rear).

    “The all-new QX30 is an exciting addition to the line-up for 2017, expanding the Infiniti brand to a wider range of customers,” said Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “It offers truly standout styling, a level of refinement usually reserved for more expensive luxury segments and the agile, exhilarating dynamic performance that has been an Infiniti trademark for more than 25 years.” We shall see how the trio of QX30s fare in the marketplace. With room for expansion in the C-segment they have a pretty good chance of fitting in just fine.


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    The Cove aims for luxury at Atlantis. Does it hit the mark?

    By Isoul Harris

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    Upon arrival at Atlantis, a longtime favorite destination in Nassau, I immediately look up and notice the red clay-colored Royal Towers, which have now become the global symbol for the brand (which also has a property in Dubai). Since its inception, Atlantis has become a legendary vacation spot synonymous with over-the-top family fare such as themed water activities (Aquaventure, Snorkel The Ruins), and a plethora of other activities to keep every member of the clan tasked for days. However, for travelers also looking for high-level restaurants and accommodations, Atlantis—consisting mostly of value to moderately ranged rooms and villas—did not offer a pure luxury option in its towers.

    With well-heeled couples and affluent singles in mind, the property opened The Cove, a decidedly more upscale and aspirational experience. The sleek, open-air lobby, with a view leading to the promise of an ocean paradise, is the first indication of its elevation. Each of the four room options are suites: ranging from the top-floor positioned Azure Suites (with gorgeous views of Atlantis and Paradise Island) and the expanded living room areas of the Sapphire Suites to the heightened comfort of the two top-floor Presidential Suites and the single-story enclaves of the Penthouse Suites. The culinary options are definitely aimed for the sophisticated foodie versus the food court connoisseur. 77 West offers an inviting menu that includes Caribbean-tinged, American favorites, including a deliciously well-grilled mahi-mahi for the health-conscious and a filet mignon sure to satisfy the carnivore. Also, the world-famous Nobu awaits just off the casino floor. But, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese gourmet fare is no gamble: it’s a surefire win for any night on property. And as a guest at The Cove, you are entitled to amenities such as exclusive access to the grown-folks only The Cain at The Cove. Two full bars, 25 private cabanas (available by reservation at extra charge) and a live DJ delivering hip-hop, reggae, EDM and pop hits basically insures that The Cain reigns as party central at Atlantis. A day party beats a water park any day, right?


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    The North Miami police officer who shot Charles Kinsey in the leg, as the behavioral health care worker attempted to help an autistic patient, was reportedly aiming at the man with autism, says the head of a local police union.

    John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, says the officer was actually fearing for Kinsey’s life. “Fearing for Mr. Kinsey’s life, the officer discharged his firearm, trying to save Mr. Kinsey’s life,” said Rivera at a news conference, reports NPR. “And he missed, and accidentally struck Mr. Kinsey.”

    “Folks, this is not what the rest of the nation is going through,” Rivera opined, referring to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. “This is not a case of a rogue cop; this is not a case of police abuse.”

    The officer who discharged his weapon hasn’t been identified. He was one of several who responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun who was threatening suicide.

    “It appeared to the officers that the white male was trying to do harm to Mr. Kinsey,” said Rivera in regards to the man’s motions towards Kinsey before the officer opened fire.

    Rivera said the officers didn’t realize the man has autism and wasn’t holding a gun until much later.

    UPTOWN_north_miami_police_shootingHowever in the cellphone video of the incident, Kinsey says his patient has autism and was playing with a toy. “All he has is a toy truck in his hand,” Kinsey can be heard saying in the video, while officers aimed their rifles at the pair. “That’s all it is. There is no need for guns.”

    Rivera says the widely circulated video, which shows Kinsey lying on the ground with his hands visible while trying to defuse the situation, has been incorrectly perceived. He says the video was recorded at a vantage point that was closer than that of the officers on the scene.

    Rivera didn’t dispute Kinsey’s account and says he acted correctly. “Listen, Mr. Kinsey did everything right,” Rivera said. “Let’s be clear about that. Mr. Kinsey did everything right.”

    The union head said the entire incident was an accident caused by the officers being unsure of the patient’s intentions.

    Kinsey told Channel 7 WSVN: “I just got shot! And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me, he said, ‘I don’t know.'”

    The officers on the scene left Kinsey handcuffed face-down on the ground for about 20 minutes as he was bleeding, says Kinsey.

    During the conference, Rivera read a statement from the officer who shot Kinsey: “I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that, and I hate to hear others paint me as something I am not.”

    The shooting has sparked protests outside the North Miami Police Department.


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    By Kimatni D. Rawlins

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    There are not many machines that can emulate euphoric hyper-speeds besides jets, sportbikes, and supercars. With the ability to fly from 0 mph to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds or 0 mph to 124 mph in 9.5 seconds, the McLaren 570S is simply amazing. Loaned to Automotive Rhythms for a full five days of testing and showcasing at a few key events, our 2017 Ventura Orange McLaren 570S stole the hearts of fans, aficionados, professional athletes, and of course my neighbors during the time-span.

    My introduction to the 570S, McLaren’s first Sports Series model, took place last summer while vacationing with family and friends in London. We were graciously invited to enjoy a factory tour of the state-of-the-art McLaren Production Center in Woking, England. Our tour was guided by none other than Amanda McLaren, founder Bruce McLaren’s daughter. The Earth-friendly facilities and campus are astounding. The grounds for example are lush with two lakes, birds, foxes, rabbits, and other natural elements. In fact, company officials planted 100,000 trees, shrubs, and plants to ensure the entire facility would be as sustainable as possible. Witnessing the Sport Series come to life was fulfilling gratification.

    When the $221,850 ($184,900 MSRP) 570S arrived at Automotive Rhythms headquarters on a Thursday afternoon I let it sit for 24 hours to meditate on the vehicle’s defining sculpture, study its framework, admire the F1-themed componentry and artfully-crafted carbon fiber enhancements, and gaze at the light, aluminum upward-opening swan (dihedral) doors. I also needed time to respect the prodigious power from the British supercar’s rear, mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that emits 570-horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque.

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    The next day, I finally squatted low to enter the black/orange leather cockpit. Its 7-speed dual clutch Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) with three powertrain and transmission modes (normal, sport, and track) and large butterfly shifters created one of my most invigorating drive experiences to date. This is coming from a guy who has taken the wheel of Bugattis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. The system also incorporates winter, normal, sport, and track stability control modes. The 
McLaren Adaptive Damping Suspension can also be set in normal, sport, and track mode. Another essential is Vehicle Lift, a mechanism to manually raise and lower the front-end for speed bumps or steep driveways. It will lower automatically when the vehicle hits 40 mph. Vehicle Lift was especially necessary in Georgetown where I faced an extremely high speed bump in a VIP cobblestone driveway.

    Bred for the track, McLaren’s 50 years of Formula 1 expertise has spearheaded a campaign that combines racing prowess with daily on-road mannerisms. Furthermore, they have instilled elevated automotive know-how into the high-performance sports car by way of technology partners such as AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli, and SAP. Dubbed the most attainable McLaren road car project yet, the 570S is able to top out at a blistering 204 mph. Welcome to the Major League, ladies and gentlemen!

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    “As we move forward as a business we take learnings (sic) from previous projects and current products, and now moving into the sports car sector, the program has become the most challenging to date as we push the bar of quality and performance even higher,” stated Andreas Bareis, executive director of McLaren Automotive. “The relentless drive for continuously improving quality within all business areas, with a focus on the pre-production phase, enables us to achieve a significant milestone which was set as a key target at the beginning of the program.”

    The power and finesse of this RWD British soldier makes it one of the most exciting rides on the road. A carbon fiber chassis reduces mass to 2,895 pounds while a 42/58 weight distribution sets the tone for ultimate performance. Acceleration is jointly ignited through staggered Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires (285/35 ZR 20 rear and 225/35 R19 front) that help the vehicle burn way to blitzing top speeds. In unison, gorgeous 5-spoke (spider) lightweight, forged alloy rims, which are paired with manhole-sized carbon ceramic rotors and McLaren Orange brake calipers (6-piston front, 4-piston rear). The summer tires grip asphalt like grapples to decelerate your starship. It’s as if the 570S sees a wall before halting abruptly on the drop of a dime.

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    Aesthetically the supercar put smiles of amazement on everyone’s faces. Whether parked or sailing by, I felt like I made their day. Captivation begins with the carbon fiber rear diffuser
 and integrated spoiler that provide performance stability, carbon fiber splitter, and carbon fiber side skirts which integrate with the articulate doors designed to channel airflow into the large air intakes. The trunk is located under the front hood and provides enough space for a few bags. Two large exhaust tips sit atop the diffuser and reverberate the lion’s roar when acceleration is enacted. More importantly, the Ventura Orange hue was a magnet for attention from auto enthusiasts at Katie’s Cars and Coffee in Potomac, MD, to executives at Under Armour’s Performance Center in Baltimore, to NFL athletes including the Broncos’ Phil Taylor and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington, during a pit stop at their All-Pro Football Camp.

    McLaren Orange originally became the brand’s choice during its heyday of racing when teams represented their nation through a specific color. Company officials aspired towards a hue that was bold and unique as well as one that was vibrant on the circuit and on television screens. Silver didn’t show up well on TV, for example. I believe it’s the perfect tone for McLaren.

    Recalling my factory visit shed light on why McLaren build processes are so precise and calculated. Amanda McLaren reiterated that each vehicle is produced and painted by hand, and there is no automation or conveyor belt involved here. The environment is quiet and focused with only one robot on deck to measure the exact points on each model. Fifty percent of vehicle parts are sourced from the U.K., with Europe providing the rest.

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    Inside the cockpit the 570S is comfortable and convenient when it needs to be. The racing chairs are not too stiff, the cabin doesn’t cause claustrophobia, and the touchscreen tablet houses your infotainment, navigation, Bluetooth, HVAC, and the rearview camera which reduces anxiety enormously. A 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system replaces the exhaust notes when you are ready for melodious tunes. Cruise Control was very helpful since the McLaren’s computer indicates the speed limit of each particular road segment. More often than not the 570S would easily surpass my speed intentions.

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    With McLaren producing roughly 1,500 cars annually, the Sports Series will more than double that volume while they continue to introduce at least one new vehicle per year. Bruce McLaren would be proud of the company’s evolution since the M12GT, the first McLaren road car. With fervor still running strong I’m now ready for the 675LT. Bring it on!


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    “Thank you all.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be President.  (Applause.)  Remember how I told you about his character and conviction, his decency and his grace -– the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House.

    I also told you about our daughters –- how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world.  And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women -– a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington, when they set off for their first day at their new school.

    I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just seven and ten years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.  (Laughter.)  And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, “What have we done?”  (Laughter.)  See, because at that moment, I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become, and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them.

    That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight — how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.  (Applause.)  How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.  (Applause.)  How we explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level -– no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.  (Applause.)

    With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.  We as parents are their most important role models.  And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as President and First Lady, because we know that our words and actions matter not just to our girls, but to children across this country –- kids who tell us, “I saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.”  Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, “Is my hair like yours?”  (Applause.)

    And make no mistake about it, this November, when we go to the polls, that is what we’re deciding -– not Democrat or Republican, not left or right.  No, this election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.  (Applause.)  And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.  (Applause.)

    See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children –- not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection –- (applause) — but every child who needs a champion:  Kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs.  Kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college.  Kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English but dream of a better life.  Kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.

    You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives — (applause) — advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer.  Fighting for children’s health care as First Lady and for quality child care in the Senate.  And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.  (Applause.)  Hillary did not pack up and go home.  Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.  (Applause.)  So she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as Secretary of State, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe.

    And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs.  But here’s the thing — what I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure.  (Applause.)  She never takes the easy way out.  And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.  (Applause.)

    And when I think about the kind of President that I want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I want.  I want someone with the proven strength to persevere.  Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously.  Someone who understands that the issues a President faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.  (Applause.)  Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions.  You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well-informed.  (Applause.)

    I want a President with a record of public service, someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed — (applause) — and we give back, even when we’re struggling ourselves, because we know that there is always someone worse off, and there but for the grace of God go I.  (Applause.)

    I want a President who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters –- a President who truly believes in the vision that our founders put forth all those years ago:  That we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.  (Applause.)  And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other -– no, we listen to each other.  We lean on each other.  Because we are always stronger together.  (Applause.)

    And I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be.  And that’s why, in this election, I’m with her.  (Applause.)

    You see, Hillary understands that the President is about one thing and one thing only -– it’s about leaving something better for our kids.  That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward –- by all of us coming together on behalf of our children — folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class because they know it takes a village.  Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty.

    Police officers and protestors in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.  (Applause.)  People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.  (Applause.)  Leaders like Tim Kaine — (applause) — who show our kids what decency and devotion look like.  Leaders like Hillary Clinton, who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.  (Applause.)

    That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves — (applause) — and I watch my daughters –- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women –- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.  (Applause.)  And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters –- and all our sons and daughters -– now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.  (Applause.)

    So don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again.  Because this, right now, is the greatest country on earth.  (Applause.)  And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.

    So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best.  We cannot afford to be tired, or frustrated, or cynical.  No, hear me — between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago:  We need to knock on every door.  We need to get out every vote.  We need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as President of the United States of America.”

    —First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last night. Obama broke down the presidential race as a battle between a positive role model for the youth — Hillary Clinton — and a negative and damaging one — Donald Trump. She never mentioned the Republican candidate by name, however. She fired shots at his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan by discussing how she’s raised daughters Malia and Sasha in The White House, which was built by slaves. “Don’t let anyone tell you that this country isn’t great. This right now is the greatest country on earth,” the first lady said.

    Watch Michelle Obama’s DNC speech below:

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    Summer doesn’t have to end just because Labor Day has come and gone. The Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort in Sagres, Portugal is offering deals on luxury accommodations from Sept. 3rd through Oct. 31st.

    The summer season lasts through October in Sagres, so you and your family can enjoy the sun, beach, and water away from the July and August crowds, which can put stress on babies, toddlers, and young children.

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    The five-star, luxury resort is offering packages for four and seven nights from 131 Euros (about $144) per night/per adult in Martinhal Hotel and 163 Euros (about $179) per night/per adult in Martinhal Villages, which features one-, two-, and three-bedroom houses. Each package includes daily buffet breakfast, either a three-course lunch or dinner per day, use of all four pool areas, participation in certain free children activities (family football, movies, etc.), and WI-FI is complimentary throughout the resort.

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    Visit Martinhal.com for more information and view the Extended Summer deals PDF here.


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    When you’re a Super Bowl champion, flying commercial just won’t do, especially if you’re flying some of your closest friends, colleagues, and fans to your charity weekend. So it should come as no surprise that NFL star Reggie Bush tapped Victor, a private jet charter service, to zip him and his companions from San Diego to Los Angeles, on July 15th, for a weekend of sun and fun games for a good cause, Bush’s 619 Charitable Fund supporting children.

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    NFL players Joique Bell, Bruce Miller, Pierre Thomas, Kendall Gaskins, and Golden Tate III joined Bush to experience Victor’s seamless private jet charter on a G4 jet. Winners of a recent CharityBuzz auction also hopped on-board for the flight to the Annual Reggie Bush Charity Weekend in L.A. The excited fans and athletes posed for photos and talked about the upcoming events during the flight, reports a press release.

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    On Friday, July 15th, the football players abandoned the gridiron for the sand as they competed in a celebrity volleyball tournament at the Manhattan Beach Open.

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    On Saturday, Calvin Johnson Jr., Lance Moore, Nate Burleson, Brittany Mai, Kyle Roig, Stephen Tulloch, Ronnie Lott, and Marcus Allen joined in the competitive spirit of the weekend by participating in an 18-hole golf game at the Del Mar Country Club. They were joined by Bush, Bell, Miller, Thomas, and Tate.

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    Victor treated its members and winners of the CharityBuzz auction to exclusive access to the key events of the weekend.

    The Annual Reggie Bush Charity Weekend raised $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Birthday Project through Bush’s 619 Charitable Fund.

    Keep clicking for more images from the charity weekend …

    [Images: Ian Bailey]

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    Iconic TV psychic Miss Cleo has passed away at age 53.

    A representative for Miss Cleo, whose real name is Youree Dell Harris, confirmed that she died this morning in Palm Beach County, FL.

    Miss Cleo was reportedly battling colon cancer that had spread to her liver and lungs. A hospital discharged her to a hospice last week.

    She was surrounded by friends and family at the time of her death.

    Los Angeles-native Miss Cleo was often seen in commercials delivering her “CALL ME, NOW” catchphrase in an inauthentic Jamaican accent during the late-1990s.

    After the Psychic Readers Network shuttered, Miss Cleo took on a variety of jobs including voicing a character in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City video game, and appearing as herself in the documentary Hotline and the film Becoming Psychic.

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