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Summer In New York

Summer in New York is in full swing. Discover the essential things to do to make your summer unfor gettable, including amazing festivals, outdoor happenings, free culture and more. Get your sunglasses and cool drinks at the ready because those summer days are here again! Start planning for the hot months ahead with our guide to the essential things to do this summer in New York, including the coolest summer concerts, films, art exhibitions and more.

Summer's here! Plan a beach outing with our guide to New York City's 10 Best Beaches

Fort Tilden Beach (FREE)

Beach 169th St,
(at the Atlantic

NYC’s best-kept secret is open again after its year-and-a-half-long rehabilitation following Hurricane Sandy. This lifeguard-free three-mile stretch of clean sand, trees and grassy dunes is so isolated that even on a summer weekend you’ll get a good 50 yards of beach to yourself. Since Fort Tilden Beach is nearly inaccessible via subway or car (unless you have a fancy fishing license), we suggest biking there. Oh, and don’t forget to pack some grub—the area is pretty sparse in terms of eateries and stores.


Surf Ave,
Ocean Pkwy
and W 37th St)

Coney Island is one Brooklyn standby that perfectly juxtaposes old and new. While some might say its peak has come and gone, others would disagree, particularly Dick Zigun, the founder of Coney Island USA, the nonprofit responsible for organizing Coney Island's famed events, including the Mermaid Parade. "The beach is still the main attraction," says Zigun of the shore's three miles of southern exposure. "Some people might prefer the Riviera or Montauk, and maybe our sand isn't as pristine, but we've got half-naked New Yorkers here!"

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach
Ave, (between
Corbin Pl and
Ocean Pkwy)

Brighton Beach is largely Russian, as if its nickname, Little Odessa, weren’t a dead giveaway. Located next to Coney Island, the sandy strip is lined with Russian eateries

Jacob Riis Park
Beach (FREE)

Rockaway Beach
(at Channel Dr)

If you need to escape the city scene, venture to this sandy spot, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. "We're a pretty laid-back beach," one lifeguard tells us. "We have a very eclectic crowd here—all shapes, sizes and ethnicities." One tip: Bring your own food, since the concession stands aren't always open and there aren't restaurants close by.

Jones Beach

1 Ocean Parkway

Jones Beach is one of New York State’s biggest, with 6.5 miles of sand, two swimming pools, a two-mile boardwalk, miniature golf and the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center which offers educational tours. It’s also particularly good for long strolls on the boardwalk with your iPod.

Orchard Beach

Park Dr,
(at Orchard
Beach Rd)

Beach (FREE)

Beach 9th
and Beach
149th Sts)

    Manhattan Beach

    Oriental Ave,
    (at Hastings
    St )

    Midland Beach

    Blvd, Staten

    South Beach

    Blvd &
    Sand Ln,
    Staten Island

    Stand-Up Comedy
    in NYC
    This Summer

    D.L. Hughley

    Carolines on Broadway 

    1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts

    Thu Jul 17 -
    Sun Jul 20

    Always explosive and outspoken, the Original King of Comedy's recent work has proved more thoughtful, tackling immigration, the n-word and more.

    Hannibal Buress

    Knitting Factory

    361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St

    Sun May 25 - Sun Dec 28

    The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress introduces fellow stand-ups

    Night Train
    Wyatt Cenac


    622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves

    Mon May 19 - Mon Dec 29

    This weekly offering, hosted with a cool head and a warm heart by former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, welcomes great young New York comics and noteworthy out-of-towners.




    Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Nathan's Famous 

    1310 Surf Ave, at Stillwell Ave, 11224

    Fri Jul 4

    Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent

    .New York
    City Restaurant
    Summer 2014

    Various locations

    Tue Jul 21 - Sat Aug 15

    Hungry New Yorkers and tourists alike flock to participating restaurants for this food fest, offering more than 20 days of bang-for-your-buck meals. Nearly 300 eateries will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.  Past restaurants have included BenchmarkBoulud Sud, the Cecil and Nobu.

    Come Back
    Into Cool

    Banana Split
    at Empire Diner

    At Food Network star Amanda Freitag’s revved-up greasy spoon, three petite mounds of Il Laboratorio del Gelato—vanilla, dark chocolate and seeded raspberry—are index.html covered in upmarket toppings: wet walnuts (simmered in syrup), salted-walnut caramel sauce and sugared banana halves torched until glassy like crème brûlée. And unlike the drippy behemoths found at the ice cream parlor, Freitag’s split comes crowned with one tasteful quenelle of whipped cream. But some traditions are sacrosanct: The artful update is finished with a bright neon-red maraschino cherry. 

    210 Tenth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (212-596-7523,

    New York City's
    Rooftop Bars

    Ava Lounge

    You’ll need to make yourself presentable to gain entry to the roof terrace of the Dream Hotel—no hats, sneakers or ripped jeans here; you’d only ruin the chic, palm-tree-studded decor. Come for sunset and gaze at the neon dream of Times Square.

     210 W 55th St

    between Broadway and Seventh Ave

    Bar 13

    Above two floors of NYU students boogying to nightly DJs and the occasional live act is a concrete-floored roof deck sprinkled with palm trees. It may sound a bit grim, but the space transforms at night when the light panels in the walls emit a warm orange hue, although they do restrict the view of the surrounding university buildings. Still, you won’t be complaining when you’re three rounds deep into the daily two-for-one happy hour (5–9pm). 

    35 E 13th St at University Pl

    Empire Hotel

    This rooftop lounge features 3,000 square feet of outdoor space and private couch-equipped cabanas. Three separate terraces offer views of Lincoln Center and Central Park, and an appropriately sleek bar—constructed of stacked metal pipes—dispenses specialty cocktails. 

    44 W 63rd St

    between Broadway and Columbus Ave


    Rev up your style with Time Out’s recs for these essential summer shopping happenings

    Hester Street Fair
    Hester St at Essex St

    Sat, Sun 11am-6pm

    Trivia time: This pretty, tree-lined Lower East Side bazaar is located on the grounds of what was NYC's largest pushcart market in the early 1900s. Today, the Hester Street Fair packs in shoppers every weekend with a killer combination of curated vintage wares-retro jewelry, antique decor and old-fashioned hats. Look for surprising booths, like Compass Yoga, where you can get an assessment of your posture.

    Urban Outfitters-Herald Square
    1333 Broadway,

    (between 35th and 36th Sts), 10003

    Opens Jun

    This Herald Square location will be largest Urban Outfitters outpost in the world when it opens in June 2014. The three-story "lifestyle" store will house the usual Urban products, as well as a coffee bar, hair salon and more.

    Williamsburg Flea

    50 Kent Ave

    between North 11th and 12th Sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Sun 10am-5pm

    The popular Williamsburg Flea left East River State Park last year and opened in a new home on Sunday May 4. This location in the 'hood features 150 vendors with a variety of goods that range from deals (vintage locket earrings by Sharon London, $12) to splurges (aprons from Hartford Denim Co., $100).

    What's Happening
    On Long Island
    This Summer

    There's a lot to do on Long Island, so check out all of these great places to visit during the summer!

    Here's what's on our Summer Bucket List for 2014:


    Oyster Bay

    The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay

    45 East Main Street 

    Monday June 30 - Tuesday July 1

    Annual Carnival
    Fireworks Show

    Greenport Fire Department

    236 3rd St.
    Greenport - 11944

    July 1 -4 @ 6:00 PM


    Oceanside Summer Festival

    Schoolhouse Green

    Foxhurst Road & Long Beach Road
    Oceanside - 11572

    July 5 & 6

    11:00 am - 6:00 pm



    8 Bayville Avenue , Bayville 11709

    Bayville Adventure Park sure does live up to its name—adventure is around every corner! Search for treasure on the pirate themed miniature golf course, get lost in Mystery Fun House and Mirror Maze or Lost Temple of the Forgotten Maze. If you find your way out excitement awaits you as you ascend to the tops of the trees on a rope course 30 feet in the air. Do you have what it takes? Find out by planning a visit with friends and family right away.



    Islip Farmers Market

    Islip Town Hall Parking Lot

    655 Main St.
    Islip - 11751

    Tel: 631-323-3653
    Contact Name:

     Ethel Terru

    07:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Every Saturday through November 23

    Cost: Free Event

    Port Jefferson Farmers Market

    Steam Room Parking Lot

    Corner of Route 25A & Route 112
    Port Jefferson - 11777

    Tel: 631-323-3653
    Contact Name: 

    Ethel Terry

    10:00 AM - 04:30 PM 
    Every Thursday through October 17

    Cost: Free Event


    2245 Broad
    Hollow Road , Farmingdale,
    NY 11735

    Fax: 631-694-6816 

    Adventureland, Long Island's Amusement Park since 1962, welcomes you and your family to enjoy a day full of fun, rides and games! Conveniently located on Route 110 in Farmingdale, Adventureland features over 30 rides and attractions, a full service restaurant and a state of the art arcade. A day at Adventureland promises hours of fun for the whole family! Scream on the Hurricane Coaster, splash on the Adventureland Falls Log Fume and fly high on the Wave Swing. Enjoy treats like hot pretzels and funnel cakes and relax in our temperature controlled restaurant and arcade. At Adventureland, we value affordable family fun, so there is no admission fee to enter our park! You can purchase unlimited riding bracelets or single tickets to make the most of your day.

    Open weekend and holidays throughout the spring and fall. Opened daily through summer.


    Fire Island is a 22.5 square mile barrier island off the South Shore of Long Island.  Portions of the towns of Islip, Babylon and Brookhaven are located on Fire Island, which is in Suffolk County.  The population of Fire Island varies with the season, with a permanent resident base of just under 300 and a summer population measured in the hundreds of thousands with tourists and summer residents returning to bask in the sun along one of the east coast’s more beautiful shorefronts.

    To the south of Fire Island is the expansive Atlantic Ocean, and along the north coast lie a series of interconnected bays beginning with theGreat South Bay to the west, followed by Patchogue Bay, Bellport Bay, Narrow Bay and Moriches Bay.  The Robert Moses Parkway and the William Floyd Parkway provide access for motor vehicles entering and leaving Fire Island.  Otherwise, the island is accessible by ferries, boats and seaplanes.

    Houston, TX
    News You Can Use

    Top 10 Summer Activities in Houston

    Quillian Center Noah’s Ark and Pool

    10570 Westpark Drive
    Houston TX 77042
    713. 781. 9195

    Voted Best Pool by Great Day Houston, Noah’s Ark offers a large selection of toddler friendly slides and waterfalls to escape the heat. The Quillian Center also includes two full-sized swimming pools, an indoor climbing wall and a basketball pavilion.

    Schlitterbahn Waterpark

    2026 Lockheed Road
    Galveston, TX 77554

    Listed as one of the top waterparks in the country, Schlitterbahn on Galveston Island features more than 70 acres of water rides, amusement park rides, restaurants and evening entertainment


    Space Center Houston

    1601 Nasa Parkway
    Houston TX 77058
    281. 244. 2100

    Space Center Houston offers an insiders’ view into the life of an astronaut. Space suits, zero-gravity rooms, shower facilities and eating quarters are some of the many sites that visitors will see during this fascinating tour

    Downtown Aquarium

    410 Bagby Street
    Houston TX
    713. 223. 3474

    The Downtown Aquaruim allows the whole family to explore life beneath the sea. The facility features a 500,000-gallon aquarium and an entertainment complex with a built-in Ferris wheel. And kids can even touch horseshoe crabs and stingrays at one of the many exhibits.


    Kemah Boardwalk

    215 Kipp Avenue
    Kemah, TX 77565


    The 40-acre entertainment complex known as the Kemah Boardwalk features shops, restaurants, amusement rides and the famous Boardwalk Bullet roller coaster. You can also take a tour of the waterfront by train or ferry.

    Bolivar Ferry

    1000 Ferry Road,
    Galveston, TX 77554

    This ferry takes approximately 18 minutes to cross one of the busiest waterways in the world. Each boat can carry approximately 70 vehicles and 500 passengers. For a unique view of Galveston Bay and a fun boat trip, take advantage of this free ferry service. It’s the only way motorists can cross the waterway from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula, then on to Crystal Beach.

    Houston Zoo

    6200 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston TX 77030

    Tourists and visitors, as well as Texas natives, have got to experience the majestic allure of the Houston Zoo. which located on 55 acres in Hermann Park and is home to more than 4,500 animals.

    Moody Gardens

    One Hope Boulevard
    Galveston, TX 77554


    Galveston’s Moody Gardens includes white sand beaches with waterslides, themed pyramids, an aquarium, the MG 3D movie theater, a snack bar,  casual restaurants and more formal dining.

    Art Car Museum

    140 Heights Boulevard
    Houston TX 77007
    713. 861. 5526


    The Art Car Museum is a unique Houston attraction that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. The museum displays cars covered in beads, colorful mosaics, toys, beach balls and other odd objects. The vehicles were designed by automobile enthusiasts and street artists alike.

    Sam Houston Race Park

    7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West
    Houston, TX 77064
    281. 807. 8700

    Sam Houston Race Park hosts both thoroughbred races and American Quarter Horse races, with a one-mile track & 7-furlong turf course where the horses run. The race park also includes eight bars, two restaurants and luxury suites where you can watch the races in style.


    House of Blues
    Gospel Brunch



    1204 Caroline Street


    Join us for our new Gospel Brunch experience which includes local talent performing both traditional and contemporary Gospel songs personally selected by legendary gospel producer and artist, Kirk Franklin. Before and during the show treat yourself to an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites plus tender carving stations, southern specialties and mouth-watering desserts. Don't miss our signature chicken and waffles! And if you're in the mood you just might end up on stage waiving a napkin and dancing off some of that delicious cuisine! This is a great event for large parties and for the entire family.

    Jay-Z & Beyonce
     in Houston

    Minute Maid Park, Houston

    Fri, Jul 18, 7:00 PM

    Houston Arena Theatre

    August 15

    House of Blues, Houston, Tx

    Friday August 15

    8:00 pm

    To the McLaurin - Sydnor Family Website

    The purpose for this site is as follows:

    • Share family information of the McLaurin and Sydnor families
    • View family events past and present
    • Share family photos
    • Get family contact information
    • Learn about our family's history
    • And much much more!

    McLaurin/Sydnor Family

    August/September 2015

    Inside this UPDATE
    Table Of Contents for August/September 2015:
    Website matters - website update schedule and more
    Message from your webmaster
    Surviving the Dog Days Of Summer - 6 Tips To Stay Motivated
    Weather updates
    Family News
    Sports - Serena Williams/Richard Williams
    Black America News
    Little Known Black History Fact - Fritz Pollard
    Jokes - Adult and Kiddie Humor
    Some Food For Thought - Is Donald Trump (The Donald) Out Of Control
    Birthdays - August/September
    Get Well -family and friends on the mend
    American Health Month
    MCSYD Computer Tidbits
    Taste Of Soul - some more things to try
    Brain Training Games
    MCSYD Family Veteran's
    First Baptist Church Of South Euclid, Ohio

    Website matters

    This website, "MCSYD.COM" has been up and running for eight (8) years. Most of you who do take the time to view and read the articles posted here every month possibly have no idea how much time and resources it takes to do this. I've been doing this task all by myself and the time has come for me to slow down some and enjoy other things also in my life. A lot of you young people enjoy using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc., but those also come at a price. Our family site is totally discreet and kept relatively clean of garbage etc. so that the older viewers can enjoy not having to bog down their experience reading about family with the worry of malcontent content. I will continue to post on our site every two months. If you have website building and maintenance experience and would like to volunteer some of your time toward our site, please send me an email.

    NOTE: The sidebar on the leftside of this page has been updated with summertime happenings in New York, Long Island, and Houston. If you would like to add some information about happenings in your neck of the woods, please email them to

    Are You Planning A Vacation/Week-End-GetawayThe Near Future?

    Our site will be looking to hear from you about your excursion when you get back. Of course any photos and stories you wish to share will be greatly appreciated.


    Mr. James K. McLaurin

    It's been eight months or more since our last site update. A lot has happened since that time and I am going to try and catch us all up on the ongoings of the MCSYD.COM family members and friends and America/Black America. Of course your input is very welcome as well as your stories, pictures, video, etc. It's been EIGHT YEARS since the conception of MCSYD.COM. Recently it has come to my attention that our website is viewed World Wide. Memories of the past have been renewed for some. I encourage all of you out there to think that one day a memory of the past may bring joy to your heart. So, take some time and send in those precious moments to

    Surviving the Dog Days of Summer: 6 Tips to Stay Motivated
    by Diane Passage - Life Coach & Empowerment Coach

    Well MCSYD.COM family and friends, the Dog Days Of Summer are in full motion. I don't know about the temps where you currently are, but here in Houston, Texas we're having 3 digit days. Hot! Damn HOT! All of our summer activities are basically early in the morning or late evening. It's 7:00 AM and I'm on my way to my morning walk. I'm doing 2 a days because I was embarrassed looking at my gut during my vacation this summer and DA GUT HAS TO GO.

    Below Diane Passage has six tips to stay motivated during these dog days of summer.

    Taking action toward accomplishing a task or making strides toward completing a project can be very rewarding. Either you are experiencing success by finishing a job, which improves motivation; and/or you are relieving some stress by tackling a chore you weren't excited to do. When you have zero enthusiasm, taking a first step is daunting, but you must take that step. Action -- even minimal action -- is always a good thing!

    No excuses!
    My big excuse lately is that it's too hot to run errands or begin an endeavor. I said that for a couple of days and then I remembered that in February my excuse is that it's too cold to run errands or start an endeavor. I finally realized that I've lived in the northeast for at least a decade and it's time to adjust my attitude to withstand the weather. So, my best advice for beating the dog days is to pay attention to your excuses and shoot 'em down if they're bullsh*t, or make a plan to work with and/or around them if they are legit reasons. Make "no excuses" one of your go-to mantras!

    Maximize your energy!
    Heat makes you tired so you may have to adjust how you take care of yourself during the hot summer days. Some suggestions are to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, 3 liters of water per day, some fresh air, breathe deep, eat clean and exercise at least 25 minutes per day!

    Beware of the downward spiral!
    We all need breaks once in a while; however, don't stand still for too long because dormant energy is a huge obstruction to progress. Neuroscientists have found that when someone experiences periods of low motivation, their ambition can significantly spiral downward when faced with difficult tasks. So, vacations and breaks: YES! Inactivity: NO! If you're faced with an overwhelming or unpleasant responsibility this August, break it down into simple steps if you need to just to keep the energy moving.

    Get off the social networks!
    University of Michigan study shows that greater usage of Facebook resulted in a larger drop in mood. If you're already feeling a bit duller than usual, then perusing the Jones' fabulous vacation photos might not be the best mood-lifter. In addition, the U of M study warns of damaging self-esteem. In case you need an additional reason, social networks can be addictive and you may find yourself wasting valuable time when you could be doing something more beneficial for yourself.

    Rock that playlist!
    Science has shown that music and mood are naturally linked and you can access a mood or mindset simply by the music you choose. "Eye of the Tiger," "I Will Survive," "Don't Stop Believin...'" I know you have at least one of those in a playlist already. Put together some tunes that work for you and rock out. Bonus points if you dance (endorphin releaser)!

    The weather update is new. It might be interesting to compare the weather where some of us live.
    The Fall is definitely in the air everywhere here in the U.S. In some cases Winter has arrived early. A Nor Easterner is supposed to be heading toward the East Coast. You guys probably need to start winterizing. Here in the deep southwest it has been cool at nights, but the days have been absolutely gorgeous. Sixties and seventies during the day with clear blue Texas skies.

    Bay Shore, New York - August 10,2015
    Houston, Texas - August 10, 2015
    Cleveland, Ohio - August 10, 2015
    Las Vegas, Nevada - August 10, 2015

    Your Webmasters' Summer Vacation Trek 2015


    James and Cindy start their summer vacation in New York visiting the "One World Observertory" formally the "Twin Towers"

    New York - Was the first stop on a multiple destination vacation. We flew out of Houston Intercontinental Airport aboard a new Airbus. It was nice, very nice. All the leg room you needed and space horizontally too. The electronics at each seat was state-of-the-art. I was able to watch a moving map of every move the airplane made. Unfortunately we transferred at Dallas-Fort Worth to a normal 737 to New York.

    Cindy and I stayed with my sister Yvonne (Punkin) out in Manorville on Long Island and found ourselves body deep in food, literaly from sun up until sun down for five days.

    For those of you who don't know, she can cook! Enough said.

    My older brother Donald (Peanie) was already there coming from Richmond, Virginia. The time spent catching up with my brother and sister was full of laughter and history.

    Everything was at our finger tips, giant pool, workout room which I just l ooked at, Cindy used it, and of course all of the water surrounding the island.

    My Brother towed his boat from Virginia and took family and friends fishing.

    I always visit the Marina in Bay Shore. It was gorgeous.

    Of course we made a stop to the Peter Pan diner and took home some tasty deserts for all. Cheesecake, carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, black and white cookies and more.

    I got a chance to visit with the oldest surviving male McLaurin at his home in Medford. That would be the "Geech". He's doing fine and was happy to see us.

    I had a very nice visit with my oldest daughter Shamara, Cory Sr., and my grandson Cory Jr. We had them all over to my sister's house for a big dinner before we left New York. Dinner of course was very good and everyone enjoyed everyone.

    Our Visit to the "One World Obervatory"

    We spent one day downtown in Manhattan to visit the "One World Observatory", formally the "Twin Towers" and just take in the sights and sounds of the bustling city scene.

    Cindy being a native Texan got plenty of chances to ride the subway and L.I.R.R. train. I love the underground everything at Penn Station. The food was everywhere and there's nothing like New York Pizza.

    The tower is truly something to see. Because of the history at this location, I think every American at some time in their life should go and see this fascinating structure and the history told within its walls. The technology is state-of-the-art and will take you on a journey you've never been before. Absolutely stunning!

    Bay Shore High School Combined Class Reunion

    The reunion was a weekend affair starting with a dinner dance on Friday night, and a beach party on Saturday afternoon/evening, and a brunch on Sunday at the Hilton.

    On Friday night, July 31, 2015, Bay Shore High School had a combined class reunion at the Huntington Hilton Hotel in Melville. Classes represented were 65-71. We had a blast! The venue was lovely, the buffet was off the charts, coctails were plentiful, and most of all the classmates were ready to have a good time and a good time was had.

    My sister's retirement community in Manorville, Long Island, NY


    James waiting for the GRUB!

    Sunday Dinner At Punkin's

    Left: Cory Jr., Shamara, Sharon, Cindy, James, Tina, and Punkin

    Catching up with my oldest brother Peanie

    Left: Cory Sanders Sr., Sharon McLaurin, Shamara Baldwin, James K.McLaurin and Tina Watkins

    Grandson Cory Jr.
    16 yrs. 6'2"

    One World Observatory (Trade Center)

    James and Cindy on the Subway at the 4th Street Stop

    Bay Shore High School Class Reunion 2015

    Eartha Lewis and Jackie Webb

    James K. McLaurin and Linda Hall Martin

    Marsha Renee Griffin

    Cleveland, Ohio home of the Republican National Convention 2016


    Cindy looking good as usual. She enjoyed the Cleveland trees.

    Cleveland, Ohio - Our next stop on our three city vacation trek was Cleveland, Ohio.

    For those of you who have traveled in and out of New York City La Guardia airport, you know what a time consuming mess it can be.

    After getting the rental car back on time and reaching the departure gate in plenty of time with the expectation that our flight was on time on a Monday morning, we spent four hours at the gate on a beautiful morning. What went wrong? We still do not know but my best guess is that the infrastructure of American Airlines and the merge to U.S. Airways was the problem not only for us traveling to Cleveland, but for everyone traveling anywhere out of LaGuardia that Monday morining. My advice to anyone thinking of traveling anytime soon through New York by way of American Airlines, DON'T DO IT!

    James enjoying Cleveland's cooler air

    You might be asking why would you spent some of your vacation time going to Cleveland, Ohio? I went to see my Aunt. She has been a significant person in my life and I have always enjoyed her company. She's a very intelligent funny lady and happens to be the last surviving Aunt from the original McLaurin Clan of New York. Her son Pastor Bruce McLaurin remained in Cleveland after his college days and wanted her nearby.

    My Aunt Bambi (Dora McLaurin) is a real New Yorker inside out, but the time came when making this move from Deer Park, N.Y. was in her best interest. At eighty-four (84) years young, she is enjoying her life. She can get around with the best of them, and her health regiment has put me to shame to the tune of getting myself back on track.

    She opened up her beautiful home to Cindy and I and we enjoyed every moment with her. Once again here comes the food. Unlike my cooking over the top sister in New York, Bambi's time is not entirely spent in the kitchen which was fine with us at this stage of our journey. We got the chance to taste some Cleveland's fine cusine.

    Everyone is friendly and speaks if you speak to them. The chinese man at the chinese restaurant very close to her home is a piece of work. Nice man though he really enjoys to his customers about his fishing exploits.


    Our Visit to the "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame"

    We didn't know that the Republican Party had scheduled a major debate in Cleveland at this time and were preparing for it.

    However, we didn't have much trouble finding and getting to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in downtown Cleeveland.

    If you are a music affecionado, then visiting the "Rock And Roll Music Hall Of Fame" is a must item on your bucket list. It is absolutely stunning from the front entrance to top floor in this futuristic designed building on Lake Erie. It took us literally four hours to see everything inside and outside of this venue. I could talk about it that long, but take a look at all the pictures in our photogallery 2. Make sure you bring a good camera, flashing is not permitted inside.

    After spending four hours there we drove around the corner to take a look inside the downtown "Horseshoe" Casino.

    "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" Continued

    The memorabilia inside of this place is off the charts. Whatever kind of music you enjoy, the history, and the current status is showned in detail at the museum.

    You will journey down the historical beginnings of Rock and Roll from the late 1800's to current day. The video productions of onstage concerts is a must see. Hanging out over the lake is a theatre on the 3rd Floor. Just wait to you see it.

    Do you want to buy stuff before you leave? Wait to you see the spread they have in their gift shop. Bring some real money if you want some very cool stuff to show your friends when you get back home.

    The cost of the museum was about $23.00 buck or just $18.00 if you are active duty or veteran's of the armed services.

    Best Money You Can Spend For Hours OF GOOD ENTERTAINMENT

    Cindy out front of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Summer 2015

    James out front of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Summer 2015

    James posing with the INK SPOTS

    Cindy enjoying her lunch at the museum

    Cindy and James on the 9th Street Pier, Cleveland, Ohio

    James talking to a tourist on the 9th Street Pier, Cleveland, Ohio

    Bambi, James, and Cindy at the Hard Rock Rockcino casino, Cleveland, Ohio

    Our Visit to ROCKCINO

    Cleveland has two or three casinos that are world class and my aunt from time to time enjoys visiting them with her friends. She's not alone with this one. Cindy is also a casino fan and loves this activity as well. So off we go to the "Rockcino' casino about 20 minutes in the suburbs of Cleveland. The casino had a Vegas kind of feel but only offered slot machines which was fine with me because I don't do slots that much and kept my money in my pocket. For a week day afternoon there were plenty of takers in the casino.

    Cleveland Browns ex-quarterback Bernie Kosar had one of his restaurants at the casino and folks gave it some nice reviews. Believe you me, I have been eating since we landed in New York and food was the last thing on my mind.

    Although we only spent three days and nights in Cleveland, it was a vacation in itself and both I and Cindy enjoyed our stay.

    Bambi and Cindy ahead at the Rockcino casino in Cleveland, OH

    The Rockcino casino in Cleveland, OH

    Bambi doing her thing!

    Cindy doing her thang! Cindy is from Texas, she does her THANG!

    The new "Golden Nugget

    Lake Charles, Louisiana - Before we took off for our third and final stop of this summer trek, we rested for one day in Houston and then drove the two hours down I-10 to Lake Charles, Louisiana, home of L'auberge Hotel Casino and Resort, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel, and the new Golden Nugget Hotel Casino and resort. From Houston the ride isn't bad at all. The Golden Nugget and the L'auberge sit right next to each other and you can walk between the buildings.

    Lake Charles, LA

    Golden Nugget, Lake Charles, LA

    L'auberge Casino and Hotel - This casino is right next door to the Golden Nugget and we parked our vehicle in the parking lot between the two casinos. I like this one simply because the last time I went in there "Ooops $3000.00" hit on a slot machine and the Alaskan King Crabs are to die for at the buffet. This casino has the feel of a Las Vegas Casino with all the amenties for the entire family.

    Broke even on this trip inside. Now it was time to see the new "Golden Nugget" next door. The walk between the casinos is doable for anyone who can walk. Probably about five minutes and you get to enjoy the view of the lake and the amenities at both casinos. I would recommend this trip to Lake Charles for anyone who likes gambling somewhat and all the rest, including the buffets.

    L'auberge Casino and Hotel

    Left: L'auberge Casino Hotel
    Right: Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino

    James and Lucinda's March 2015 Vacation To Las Vegas


    James and Cindy on a Spring Break in Las Vegas visiting daughter and Aunt.

    Some Vegas Pics March 2015

    Cindy wishing for a miracle at the Stratosphere/Las Vegas 2015

    James 1,000' up in the tower at the Stratosphere watching people spend $120 to jump off the building. CRAZY!!!

    Stratosphere 2015

    James, daughter Ayesha, grandaughters, Brooke, and Anaiya at the MGM 2015

    Grandaughters Anaiya, Brooke, and Grandfather James

    Grandaughter Brooke on her way in to school

    Cindy and daughter Ayesha dropping Brooke off at school

    Daughter Ayesha's neighborhood in South Vegas
    Ayesha is currently stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas

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    Grandaughters eating ice-cream at the MGM Grand

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    Ayesha, Cindy, Anaiya, and Brooke walking through the MGM Grand

    Ruby Washington Turns 92 In September

    click on Ruby's pic to see a message from her

    Cindy, Ayesha, Brooke, and I went to visit Aunt Ruby at her home in Las Vegas during our March 2015 visit.

    Above invitation I'm sure is opened to any relative of Ruby's who will be in Vegas during this time. She loves to see family from New York

    This is a young Ruby back in her days of the Armed Forces. She was a nurse. Who do we know that looks like the photo above?

    During our spring break visit to Las Vegas, myself, Cindy, my daughter Ayesha, and her daughter Brooke went to visit with Aunt Ruby at her home in Las Vegas. She was thrilled to see us and it was very simple to understand what a visit to an elder member of your family means not only to them, but of course to you too.

    Ruby has always been a short person, however we do know age tends to shorten our statue even more. I actually felt like Wilt Chamberlain standing next to her when we entered her door.

    For those of you who haven't seen her in awhile since she left New York, she is still getting around pretty quickly. Her hearing isn't what it used to be, but what 91 year old do you know has pefect hearing.

    Her mind is pretty active and her memory is fine. I bought my tablet with me and was able to connect to the family site and show her pictures that she had not seen of people she knew and some she didn't even know existed.

    She will be celebrating her 92nd birthday in September as the invitation above states. If you happen to be in Vegas at that time, give her a call, I sure she will be very excited to see you too.

    Don't forget to ask her to show you her picture with Michael Jackson. Then you decide if it's the real Michael or the one's they have in Vegas. Either way, she's sure he's the real McCoy.

    It’s a little past midnight at HSN headquarters, and Serena Williams is nine minutes into a disquisition on a piece of fabric she’s called “Convertible A-line Top With Scarf,” available to you, the home shopper, for $39.95 or three “flexpays” of $13.32. “It’s like one huge circle that has a lot of style in it,” she says, not without conviction, fiddling with the bottom of the one she is wearing (“This is, um, mustard”), flapping it like a fan, rubbing one hand on her arm, and smoothing her hair. She forgets the names of colors, misstates a price. There with the right number and the right name is HSN savant Bobbi Ray Carter, sheathed in a hot-pink Convertible A-line Top With Scarf and raccooned in black eyeliner, filling in her co-host’s “ums” with the deft patter of a sales professional: “Amazingly transitional, think-fall-think-summer-think-winter-summer-into-fall versatility, quality, surprise scarf.” Bobbi Ray Carter knows how to touch a piece of fabric: She gives it a crisp snap between her fingers, smartly smooths the drape, all the while growing progressively more tense as Serena fumbles some hangers and launches, at 56 minutes, into a long anecdote about packing jeans for Wimbledon. “Mmmm,” says Bobbi Ray Carter, tight-lipped and possibly not breathing, awaiting the arc of Serena’s story to make its mumbly descent — “I felt good packing my own jeans, I had a moment there” — so she can finally change the subject — “And it’s our customer pick!” — and steer us back to the safe harbor of Denim Moto Legging color choices. 

    A little background on HSN’s least comfortable saleswoman: Serena Williams is the best women’s tennis player in the world, breezing through one of the best seasons of her life. Should she win the U.S. Open next month, she will have swept all four grand slams in a calendar year, cementing her reputation as the greatest women’s player of all time and making her a serious contender for the greatest athlete of her generation.

    She is a 33-year-old woman who won her first major at the tail end of the previous century, a simpler era you will recall for its consequenceless Napster-facilitated intellectual-property theft and the looming threat of Y2K. By now, her shoulder should be shredded, her elbow a constant wail of hurt. Instead, she spends her days bageling 20-something moppets who have never known the game without her. The last time a man as geriatric as Serena won a grand slam was 1972. She has won three in the past six months. Her 16-year run is, in the words of Sports Illustrated, “one of the most sustained careers of excellence in the history of athletics.”

    “I didn’t think it would last this long,” says Serena, on break from the HSN grind.

    “Not to suggest that your career is over — ”

    “But even if it was over,” she interrupts, “it’s a really long career.”

    Serena Williams travels with her teacup Yorkie, Chip, and dreamboat assistant, Grant, who went to Haverford and plays lacrosse. She is here hawking “Serena’s Signature Statement Collection,” because her career will one day end and she wants there to be something beyond nostalgia on the other side of it. Williams isn’t much for nostalgia. “I have lots of trophies, and I’m just — I’m not that person that needs to see all these trophies,” she says, under a blanket in the greenroom with Chip on her lap. “I have some in my house here, some in my house there, some I don’t know what happened to ’em. I have my grand-slam trophies … somewhere.”

    A flippant past-tenseness has crept into her language. “We were so fast,” she says of herself and her sister Venus as children. “We are. We were. Gosh, is this over?” She laughs. There’s a weird anxiety in her stilted professional bio: Serena “continues to also pursue her other interests and has set herself up for a career after tennis.”

    Serena is the daughter of one Richard Williams, the perfect embodiment of his perfectly executed, perfectly bonkers plan. You may have heard that Richard was watching TV when he saw a Romanian player win $40,000, at which point he decided to learn a game he knew nothing about, teach this “sissy sport” to his athletic wife, Oracene, and conceive two children whom the Williamses would together turn into champions. You may have heard about the used tennis balls he cadged from country clubs, the 78-page typewritten document in which he detailed his training regime, the broken glass on the Compton courts. But the story is a good deal crazier than you’ve heard, because the facts don’t conform to the tennis-as-ticket-out-of-the-ghetto song-and-dance the networks used to play before a match. Richard Williams was not a poor black man living in the hood. He was the comfortable — very comfortable, according to his autobiography — owner of a security company who lived in Long Beach with his wife and five daughters. He moved his family to Compton, where Venus and Serena served to the sound of gunfire and his stepdaughter was later shot to death, because he thought it would “make them tough, give them a fighter’s mentality.” Oracene Price was against this plan then; one can only imagine what she thinks of it now. 

    Entire childhoods were devoted to slapping serves over the net and running the court in the California heat, the mundane and lactic-acid-inducing specifics of a 78-page training regime. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is an incantation Richard imposed on his daughters, who were made to keep journals about their goals and how best to achieve them. Serena’s onboard-ness, her total and unquestioning obedience to her father’s vision, is best illustrated by an anecdote she tells in her autobiography, On the Linein which her father walks around the corner to get sports drinks mid-practice, leaving the girls alone with a basket full of tennis balls and a sack of oranges for a snack. Nine-year-old Serena impishly tosses up some oranges and serves them over the net, to her father’s consternation. End of story. “I’ve got no justification or explanation for my behavior,” she writes. “It was just that devil streak spilling forth … I just went a little crazy.” This is the sum total of what Serena Williams has to say about youthful rebellion, and she still thinks it’s pretty outrageous.  

    Serena wanted not just to design clothes but to design wedding dresses. “That was my first real love,” she says, “but then I was like, Listen. I’m playing professional tennis. I’ll just do athleticwear.” In her sartorial interests, as in all things, she followed Venus, who encouraged her to take some college design classes. Together, they brought to the game black lace, flesh-colored underwear, and knee-high sneaker boots. Today, Venus has her own line, EleVen — “Ten is just another number, but EleVen is a lifestyle” — an affordable athleticwear line far tamer than much of what Serena and Venus wear on the court. “We brought fashion back to tennis,” Serena says. “It was great when Chris Evert was around. Tracy Austin had some great designs. But the ’90s was not a good time.”

    Inevitably, the sisters’ on-court style was described as “confrontational.” One sensed in early accounts of the Williams sisters’ dominance, and senses even now, a certain tightening of the available vocabulary in describing a muscular black woman on the court. Doubles-sideline-to-doubles-sideline-in-three-strides is an act of avian grace, and yet Serena is perpetually “crushing” and “slamming” and “rolling over,” as if the entire sports commentariat picked up English at a construction site. It’s instructive here to spend a few minutes googling “Roger Federer,” two words that inspire sportswriters to pseudo-spiritual cant: Federer crushes and slams but also “lifts” and “lobs” and “taps,” his stroke “liquid,” his forehand a humanity-saving treatise on the seraphic potential of the fallen human form, his feminine delicacy evidence that he exists on a higher spiritual plane. When Serena and Venus are called “masculine,” when they are accused of having been born male, when the head of the Russian Tennis Federation calls them “the Williams brothers,” it is not meant as a compliment. This impulse may also explain why Serena Williams, who has prevailed over Maria Sharapova 18 times and fallen to her only twice, makes less in endorsements than her blonde Russian counterpart, and why last month political pundit David Frum, whom no one has ever accused of being excessively masculine, publicly speculated that Serena was on steroids, whereas Venus had stopped juicing in order to get pregnant.

    Serena and Venus can never simply be Serena and Venus. They are inevitably spectacle, fodder for abstractions both crude and lyrical. They have inspired not just racist commentary but also celebrated works of poetry. “Some tough little European blonde / pitted against that big black girl from Alabama / cornrowed hair and Zulu bangles on her arms / some outrageous name like Vondella Aphrodite,” wrote white poet Tony Hoagland, whom many confused for the racist speaker of his poem. “And you loved her complicated hair / and her to-hell-with-everybody stare.” Their losses could not simply be their losses. “Every look, every comment, every bad call blossoms out of history, through her, onto you,” writes black poet Claudia Rankine, of Serena, in her book Citizen, which was nominated for a National Book Award. These are works in which the sisters stand for the Sweep of History or the Black Body, and they do little to prepare one for meeting a five-nine, selfie-obsessed, hyperfeminine phenom under a blanket and a Yorkie.

    Serena has been ascendant for so long now that it’s easy to forget how highly anticipated were her matches with her sister. (Venus Williams, at 35, suffering from an immune disease known as Sjögren’s syndrome, is currently ranked a more than respectable 15th.) It was a Serena-Venus match in 2001 that precipitated the infamous Indian Wells incident, in which the crowd grew enraged after an injured Venus withdrew. This was a time when Richard was often accused, in the absence of any corroborating evidence, of fixing matches such that he decided which daughter would win a tournament. With her sister out of sight, the crowd turned its ire on Serena, slinging slurs from high arena seats down to the 19-year-old woman standing alone between bright white lines. Her father turned toward the hecklers, fist raised in a black-power salute. “I will not play there again,” Serena says of Indian Wells in On the Line. “I won’t go back. I will not give these people the validation. I will not stand down.”

    One can only speculate about whether the Williamses would have been better received had they been more willing to conform, to pretend to care about tennis tradition, to hop on Nick ­Bollettieri’s tennis-star assembly line. They never nailed the rehearsed humility, never mastered the stone-faced just-want-to-do-my-best-so-grateful-for-the-opportunity-thanks-to-all-my-amazing-fans act calibrated to negate the possibility of an athlete’s interiority. Serena answers most questions with mischievous half-statements, eyebrows raised over a good-natured ironic side-eye. On her eventual retirement: “I will finally be able to make some Miami Dolphin games,” she says, laughing, “and make some, uh, better decisions down there with the players.” On the way she has changed the game: “My dad taught us to have early preparation. I notice the other girls have similar preparations to mine, and I’m like, ‘Hmmm … well, you don’t want to admit where you got that from, right?’ ”

    Richard Williams is a man who says what he thinks. Serena Williams is a woman who says what she thinks and follows it up with a winking retraction. On Indian Wells: “All I could see was a sea of rich people — mostly older, mostly white — standing and booing lustily, like some kind of genteel lynch mob.” Then, “I don’t mean to use such inflammatory language,” though she evidently did not not mean it enough to delete it from her autobiography. There was her 2011 attack on an umpire after a bad call, about which Serena seems less outraged than genuinely hurt: “You’re nobody,” she said, “you’re ugly on the inside.” Asked about this later, Williams was mostly concerned with the indisputable lameness of her trash-talking: “What a nerd!” And then there is 2009 — the “I’ll fucking take this ball and shove it down your fucking throat” incident, for which she was fined $82,500. “She topped me that one time,” John McEnroe said. Of the outraged reaction to her outrage, Williams tells me, “I just think it was weird. I just really thought that was strange. You have people who made a career out of yelling at line judges. And a woman does it, and it’s like a big problem. But you know, hey.”

    But You Know, Hey could be the title of a second Williams autobiography, subtitle The Mellowing. This spring, after a 14-year boycott, she returned to Indian Wells, writing in Time that she wanted “a different ending” to an ugly episode, though she assures me she will still engage in something she calls “being myself.”

    “If someone has a bad call, I’m really forthcoming. I’ll look you in the eye and say, ‘Are you sure?’ I’m okay with confrontation. I’ve just” — eyebrow raise — “changed the way I state certain things.”

    Richard Williams’s autobiography is called Black and White and barely even approaches the subject of tennis until 150 pages in. Up until that point, it is an account of his family’s treatment at the hands of white people and a memoir of his own “acts of defiance against white people.” Christmas to the child Richard was “a holiday created by and for white people.” His daughters would have to “run even harder, just like I did when I was fleeing white people in the South.” He wondered: “Would the entrance of strong, fast, ghetto-bred black people into the game change it as dramatically as it had all other sports? … My plan was simple: to bring two children out of the ghetto to the forefront of a white-dominated game.”

    Until I read Black and White, I had assumed Serena’s swagger to be a result of her talent, intertwined with but ultimately exogenous to that 78-page plan. But Richard was grooming his girls for a takeover, bestowing upon them a carapace strong enough to withstand the doubt, discomfort, and contempt of an entire culture. Winning depended on self-belief so impenetrable that a genteel lynch mob could not slice through. This was all part of the vision: a “fighter’s mentality”; a lacrosse-playing, Haverford-attending yes-man; that to-hell-with-everybody stare.

    Serena hadn’t been aware of Rankine’s Citizen. I read some to her while, in the background, a redheaded HSN sales professional moves some units of Serena’s Wide Leg Knit Jumper. I ask what it is like to bear the weight of representing people of color, women, 33-year-olds who want to believe in the imagined possibility of their athletic dominance.

    “I don’t think about it,” she says. “I don’t dwell in the past. If I do, I’ll be swallowed up by negativity. As Mandela once said, ‘I will be in a mental prison.’ ”

    It’s a ballsy thing to do, quoting Nelson Mandela in your explanation for why you’re not going to think about race right now. But Serena is not yours or mine, and she is less and less her father’s daughter. There can be no further distance from Compton-tough than the spectacle unfolding before Grant, Chip, and me, as Serena steps back on set. “Do you like French terry?” asks the saleswoman. “Who doesn’t?” replies Serena. Richard Williams raised her to go to war with the world. Post-tennis, she plans to live in it.

    Bill Cosby: Actress Who Appeared on ‘Cosby Show’ Is New Accuser (Report)

    A former actress who appeared on The Cosby Show, has stepped forward with rape claims leveled against Bill Cosby. reports:

    Lili Bernard was mentored by the comedian, USA Today reported, and made an appearance on the show in 1992 as Mrs. Minifield in the episode “Bring Me the Lip Gloss of Deirdre Arpelle.” The former actress is one of two women that made public claims at a New York press conference on Friday (May 1) alleging that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in the 1990s.

    According to the newspaper’s report, another accuser, Sammie Mays, also appeared at the press conference and said she met Cosby in the late 1980s while covering a convention in New Orleans. She claims she was sexually assaulted during an interview in his hotel room after he gave her a drink and she lost consciousness, USA Today reported.

    Gloria Allred represented the women at the press conference.

    “Unlike most other states, New Jersey has no statue of limitations for rape, which means that law enforcement is not prevented from prosecuting a case because of an arbitrary time period set by law,” Allred said, as quoted by the newspaper.

    Black Twitter and Activist DeRay McKesson Make Feds Watch List

    Black Twitter is known for making folks aware of the issues facing Black America, but apparently it and civil rights activist DeRay McKesson are attracting attention outside its intended audience.

    Vice notes that McKessson in particular is being monitored by the Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Vice acknowledged emails sent by the feds that described the activist as a “professional protestor” who was “known to law enforcement.”

    With more than 200,000 Twitter followers, McKesson has become force for good while using social media to keep people aware of what’s happening in social justice.

    “Mckesson’s Twitter and other social media accounts were being monitored by DHS last May during the height of the protests in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray,” reported Vice.
    In addition, another probe under the FOIA request found that protest locations across New York City, Ferguson, and Baltimore were being monitored by law enforcement, in addition to peaceful silent vigils.

    Mckesson’s actions noticeably put a spotlight on the situation in Ferguson, as evidenced by him receiving the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership by Teach for America, which acknowledged his “deft use of social media provided Ferguson citizens with a viral voice.”
    As a result of his influence and power on social media, McKesson could easily make the feds One to Watch list. Despite what it may look like, monitoring by the feds is legal.

    “Apologists for this kind of chilling, wasteful government spying would likely say that Deray McKesson’s tweets are public, and therefore he has no right to privacy in them. But just because police can do something doesn’t mean they should,” ACLU magazine’s Kade Crockford told Vice.

    So with all of this, what say you? Do you think the feds are overstepping their bounds with monitoring activists on social media or are they within their legal right to do so?

    ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life’ Follows Coming Out Stories of Two Gay Pastors

    (Los Angeles) – An all-new season of OWN’s award-winning self-help series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,“ begins with an emotional three-part, multi-week episode focusing on the coming out stories of two gay pastors.

    With the help of spiritual life coach, Iyanla Vanzant, both men take bold steps towards confessing their truth after years of keeping their sexuality a secret from those closest to them.

    “Iyanla: Fix My Life” returns on Saturday, September 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

    In eight one-hour new episodes of her popular OWN series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Iyanla continues her work with those who are facing life’s most difficult struggles-guiding them toward a new way of living and encouraging them to do the work necessary for real change.

    In this season’s groundbreaking three-part season premiere, Iyanla travels to Louisville, Kentucky to help two pastors whose true identities as gay men have been shrouded by years of lies, secrets and deception.

    The time has come for both to be true to themselves, while taking the very difficult step of coming out to those closest to them, including their families, a wife in denial and even an entire congregation.

    Pastor Derek confides that he has spent years hiding his identity as a gay man. His family has shown open hostility toward gay people and he lives in fear of what would happen if his true identify was revealed to his family and his parishioners.

    Iyanla works to help Derek understand that his pain will continue to devour him until he faces his greatest fears and helps him prepare him for the huge step of coming out to his family and church. Iyanla also helps Pastor Mitchell, who realized his same-sex attraction early, but buried those feelings after being told his desires were wrong.

    Fear and guilt drove Mitchell into the church where he spent years preaching against homosexuality. After marrying and fathering children, he began a string of affairs with other men-eventually telling his wife that he needed to embrace his gay identity, but never confessing his numerous infidelities.

    Iyanla’s real challenge is to help Mitchell understand that the only way to move forward and to undo the pain is to make a full confession and to live his life honestly from now on.

    Later in the season, Iyanla meets a model who turned to excessive, dangerous industrial-grade silicone butt injections in the name of beauty, but at the expense of her health and relationships with others.

    Iyanla also works with two co-dependent sisters whose relationship is being destroyed by addiction; a grandmother who’s raising her grandson because of her daughter’s irresponsibility; and a family struggling with a three generation history of violence toward women, by women.

    In an unforgettable season finale, Iyanla goes one-on-one with Olympic figure skater, Debi Thomas, to talk about her colossal fall from grace. Debi was the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics and after achieving the heights of fame and success, is now broke, jobless and living in a crowded, bug-infested trailer with her boyfriend, who admits he drinks too much.

    “Iyanla: Fix My Life” is produced by Harpo Studios with executive producers Jill Van Lokeren, Jon Sinclair and Iyanla Vanzant.

    Little Known Black History Fact: Fritz Pollard

    Fritz Pollard was an early pioneer of professional football and was one of the first two Black players in the NFL. Among Pollard’s achievements, his most notable is the distinction he owns as the league’s first Black coach.

    Born Fredrick Douglass Pollard on January 27, 1894 in Chicago, Ill., Pollard grew up in the German-Immigrant neighborhood of Rogers Park. One account says that Pollard earned the nickname “Fritz” from people in his neighborhood.

    As one of the few Black families in Rogers Park, Pollard combated racism but excelled as a multi-sport athlete in high school at Lane Tech High.

    Pollard won a Rockefeller Scholarship to the Ivy League institution, Brown University as a chemistry major. Starring for the university’s football squad, Pollard became the first Black player to star in the Rose Bowl after it was selected at the end of the 1915 season.

    After leaving Brown, Pollard considered a career in dentistry before joining the military and working with the Army’s YMCA. Lincoln University named him a head coach, but he was later recruited by the Akron Pros professional football team out of Ohio. The Pros merged with the American Professional Football Association in 1920, making Pollard and Bobby Marshall the league’s first two Black players. The APFA later became the NFL.

    Pollard, reported to be a punishing half-back despite being just 5-foot-9 and under 200 pounds, helped lead the team to the league’s first championship title. The Pros named Pollard a co-coach and player the following year and he performed that dual role for three other teams. Pollard also played in the grueling Pennsylvania “Coal League” as well.

    In 1928, Pollard organized the Chicago Black Hawks, which was an all-Black professional independent professional team. The squad played white teams in and around Chicago but also became a popular exhibition team that toured throughout the West Coast before folding in 1932. In 1933, the NFL banned further signings of Black players.
    Pollard organized and served as coach for another prominent all-Black football team, the Bronx Bombers, but folded the operations in 1938.

    Pollard maintained a series of business ventures during and after his playing days, including founding the  F.D. Pollard and Co. investment firm in 1922. In 1935, Pollard founded the first Black tabloid, the New York Independent News. Pollard also worked in the film and music industry, and also served as a tax consultant.

    Pollard passed in 1986. He was posthumously inducted into the NFL Hall Of Fame in 2005. Two years earlier, the Fritz Pollard Alliance was established to promote the hiring of minorities in the NFL.

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    December Jokes For You Featuring Boudreaux The Cajun

    Boudreaux's Wife In Labor

    Boudreaux calls the doctor and says, "Doc, doc, my wife Marie is in labor and da contractions are only two minutes apart!" The doctor asked, "Is this her first child?" Boudreaux shouts, "No, you idiot, this is her husband!" 

    Boudreaux Hunts For Bears -

    Boudreaux at the hunting camp with 3 buddies, drinking beer and playing bouree. We'll call them: Thibodeaux, Gauthreaux, and Fontenot. "Boudreaux ", says Fontenot, "You coming hunt them bear with us in the morn?" Boudreaux , the excellent hunter that he is, says," Non, I think I'll go alone; I hunt better that way". So, in the morning when everyone else woke to go on the hunt, there was ole Boudreaux , returning from his hunt with a big black bear. There was only ONE bullet hole on the bear, right between the eyes. "Damn, you are a good shot", says Thibodeaux, who is leaving to go hunting. "Yep, one shot - that's all it took"says Boudreaux ,"I told you!" Well, they came back later that day without a single bear. That night, the same routine; beer and bouree. Thibodeaux asks Boudreaux if he'll go on the hunt with them in the morn. Again, Boudreaux says "No, I hunt better alone." So, in the morn all 3 guys are leaving for the hunt when Boudreaux is returning with a bear. Again, only ONE bullet hole between the eyes. Gauthreaux, not believing what he's seeing, exclaims "Boudreaux , how you do it with one shot? You can't be that good, huh?" Well, the same thing happens later that day; they return without a single bear. The next morning Boudreaux returns with a bear as the other 3 are leaving for their hunt. But, this time, there were 3 bullet holes on the bear; one in between the eyes, one in the left paw, and one in the right paw. Gauthreaux , seeing the three bullet holes,exclaims, "Uh huh, I knew you couldn't do it three times in a row with one bullet; I knew you wasn't that good!!" Boudreaux , remaining calm, says "No man, all it took was one shot - that's it!! You see, it was pretty dark when I shot him. I put my flashlight up like that and shined it at his eyes. When he saw the light , he put both his hands over his eyes to cover them, and that's when I shot.

    Thibodeaux's Fishing Pole

    Boudreaux is walking down the road when he's approached by his friend, Thibodeaux, who is carrying a very long bamboo fishing pole, and a yardstick. They stop and talk awhile, when Thibodeaux stands the pole straight up in the air, and attempts to reach the very top with the yardstick. Seeing it won't work, ole Boudreaux yanks the pole from Thibodeaux's hands , lays it on the sidewalk and measures it. "There you go; it's 12 feet long", says Boudreaux . Thibodeaux, upset and very irritated, grabs the yardstick and yells to Boudreaux ," You fool!! I don't want to know how long it is!! I want to know how high it is!

    Circle of Life 

    Boudreaux is driving down the big road in Houston, Texas, when all of a sudden this big ole Texan cuts him off and forces Boudreaux to the shoulder where Boudreaux immediately gets out his Country Cadillac (pick-up truck) and walks up to the Texan and begans screaming at the guy. The Texan, remaining calm, politely goes to his trunk, and pulls out a tire tool. He bends over and draws a circle in the concrete on the shoulder of the Interstate and tells Boudreaux to get in the circle and DON'T get out. Well, the Texan walks over to Boudreaux's pick-up truck and bashes in his tail lights. Looking at Boudreaux , the Texan sees him laughing hard. Getting even more frustated, the Texan bashes in the back glass. Looking over at Boudreaux again, he sees him lying on the ground, rolling from laughing so hard. This really gets the Texan upset, so he bashes in the front windshield, the headlights, and the mirrors. Walking over to where Boudreaux was at, in the circle, he still sees ole Boudreaux on the ground, laughing so hard that he's turning blue in the face. Not understanding why, the Texan says to Boudreaux , " Man, I bash in your windows, and you laugh; I bash in your tail lights, and you laugh; I bash in your windshield, mirrors and headlights, and you can barely breathe because you're laughing so hard. What the hell is wrong with you?" Finally catching his breath, Boudreaux says, "You fool; you Texans think you're so much better than us; you know what? When you wasn't looking, I got out that circle three times!

    Boudreaux and Thibodeaux Go Fishing

    Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were going fishing. Boudreaux wanted to check the boat trailer lights. So he told Thibodeaux to go in the back and check the lights. Thibodeaux said press the brakes, both lights came on and he said, "It works". Boudreaux put on the right signal and Thibodeaux said, "It works, it don't, it works, it don't, it works, it don't".

    Boudreaux Dies

    Mrs. Boudreaux went to the local newspaper and said she wanted to put in the Obituary Column that Boudreaux died. They told her it would be $1.00 per word. She said, "Here's $2.00 - put in dere tat BOUDREAUX DIED. They said, Mrs. Boudreaux, surely you want more dan dat." She said, Mais, no, just Boudreaux died. The editor said, "Well, you're a little upset. Bring yourself back tomorrow and you will probably tink of somethin else. She came back the next day, and said, "Yeh, I taught of somethin else, "BOAT FOR SALE".

    Boudreaux At The Gates Of Heaven

    Poor ole Boudreaux up and died one day. Upon arriving at the gates of Heaven, St. Peter greeted him, "Welcome to Heaven, dere Boudreaux!" Boudreaux exclaimed "Mai, tank ya, cher!" St. Peter explained to ole Boudreaux that there was one stipulation before he was allowed through the gates of Heaven....he had to answer one question and get it right. Boudreaux scratched his head and said, "Mai, ok, cher. What dat be?" St. Peter says "What is God's first name?" Boudreaux answers, "Mai, cher, dat be easy, it's Howard." St. Peter (laughing himself silly) "HOWARD? May I ask you, Boudreaux, how'd you come up with that name?" Boudreaux, smiling proudly, says "Mai cher, dat be an easy one.....Our Fadda who art in Heavin, HOWARD be dy name." St. Peter, still chuckling, says "I can't argue with that one, Boudreaux! Come on in!" 

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    Is Donald Trump (The Donald) Out Of Control?

    To answer the question above, as webmaster and editor of our family website, I guess I can have an opinion like everyone else and this is my opinion and opinion only.

    No, he is not out of control. He is being who he is and he's certainly not a politician But what he is doing is shaking up our political system here in America by stating some, and I must say this again, some truths about the system and it just so happens that he has targeted some of the politicians that make up the system today.

    He's telling the American people what the system has been doing behind the doors, and probably will continue unless something changes.

    He has radically upset the GOP. He is raking havoc on the GOP and I think its good to shake not only the GOP up, but the D-party too.

    Is he in it to win it. I honestly don't know. He might just have and underlying motive that will empower his finances in some way, or he just might simply be pissed off at American politics.

    Any which way you see it, it has been entertaining and somewhat informative.

    America is in a mess right now and no matter what political party you adhere to, we are not that far off from acting totally like a "Third World Nation" politically.

    How Donald Trump could sink the Republicans

    Donald Trump has suggested, in an interview with The Hill, that if the Republican Party doesn't treat him right, he might run as a third-party candidate. Republicans should be worried.

    If Trump takes this step, he would add a serious element of uncertainty into an already unwieldy process. Trump can bring his demagoguery and willingness to say anything approach to the general election, when the outcome in a handful of states will determine the next president.

    Should he run as an independent, Trump would be following in the footsteps of Ross Perot. In the 1992 presidential election, Perot caused immense trouble for Republican President George H.W. Bush in his campaign against Bill Clinton by entering the race as a self-financed third-party candidate. Like Trump, Perot had the money and media savvy to command national attention even without a formal party apparatus behind him.

    Can Donald Trump do the same as Ross Perot in 2016?

    As a third-party candidate — with the money that he has to spend and the media attention he can command — Trump can have a bigger impact. As Trump has shown in his initial attacks, he holds a grudge. If he feels like he was squeezed from the GOP it is likely he would direct his venom toward them in a third-party campaign of retribution.

    Trump can cause some pretty big problems for the Republicans. In his most recent incarnation, Trump, as an article in Talking Points Memo points out, is even more conservative than Perot was in 1992. If the real estate mogul continues along the current path, he could rally hard-line elements of the GOP, such as the warriors who are fighting against immigration, siphoning off right wing voters and activists.

    For a number of Republicans, such as Jeb Bush, who are already struggling to prove to their conservative base that they are strong and ideologically pure candidates, this will be a problem.

    While all economic indicators suggest growth will continue to accelerate, in contrast to the recessionary months of Perot's campaign in 1992, Trump can still appeal to frustrated voters because is there is huge unrest within an electorate struggling with the new normal of ongoing insecurity for the middle class and growing divisions between the rich and poor. The combination of demagogic populist appeals and the lure of his claim that somehow a business person would instinctively do a better job running the government will have appeal to some on the right.

    To Republican candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin who are depending on support from the base, a Trump third-party candidacy would force them to compete for the loyalty of voters who otherwise would have been eager to mobilize in the Republican tent.

    At the same time, Trump could easily turn his attention back to more business-friendly elements of conservatism, such as fighting against tax increases and regulation, which could attract wealthier suburban voters and business leaders who are uncomfortable with the social and cultural conservatism of a Ted Cruz.

    Trump can also hurt the ability of Republicans to build a broader electoral base by continuing to convey the association of "conservatism" with the more radical elements of the political electorate, as he has done recently with his statements about immigration and in previous years with his support for the "birther" issue. While he wouldn't be running as a Republican, he would bring down the brand name of the ideology the party sells.

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    Another problem has to do with the media. Whoever runs for the GOP will need as much media attention as they can get. For all her flaws, Hillary Clinton commands an overwhelming position in the public imagination. She is a known commodity and she is someone who has been a prominent figure in national politics for decades. To the extent that Trump takes away airtime, Republicans, who are less known in the electorate, might find themselves struggling to gain traction on television and online.

    Of course, a third-party run by Trump could also cause problems for Hillary Clinton. He wouldn't hold his punches against her and he could land some blows. But the weight of such a candidacy would likely fall on Republicans.

    Nor is the comparison to Perot's overall impact a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination. The electorate is more culturally and socially diverse than it was 25 years ago, and Trump's harsh language on immigration could end up turning off more voters than Perot's economic agenda did in 1992.

    Trump's history as a reality television star, which is currently helping him, will also raise the bar for voters to take him seriously as the caucus and primary campaigns really get underway.

    His record is filled with so many shifts in position that he could bring new meaning to the term "flip-flop."

    While the leading Republican candidates probably don't have to worry too much about Trump surging ahead in their own party contests once the caucuses and primaries start, they should be really worried about him becoming a third-party candidate. A 2016 version of Ross Perot could cause a lot of trouble for the GOP at the exact moment it is trying to take the White House back after eight years in exile.

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    What Happened in Ferguson?

    Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson,
    Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. The shooting prompted protests that roiled the area for weeks. A St. Louis County grand jury
    announced Nov. 24 that it was not indicting Mr. Wilson. Too many young black men are being killed by white police
    officers all over are country and black folks are fed up with it and are protesting for change.

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon credited the National Guard with helping to prevent a replay on Tuesday night of the widespread mayhem, looting and arson that occurred on the streets here after the announcement on Monday that a grand jury had not indicted a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

    “The ramped up presence and action of the Missouri National Guard has been helpful,” Mr. Nixon said Wednesday in a statement.

    Though relative calm returned to the region on Tuesday night, the situation remained tense. Protesters staged a mock trial for the officer, Darren Wilson, on Wednesday morning, declaring him guilty, and then marched through downtown St. Louis.

    As the National Guard bolstered its presence here and the police became more assertive with protesters and provocateurs on the streets, law enforcement officials effectively squashed much of the chaos from a night earlier. On Monday, fires burned, gunshots rang out and businesses were looted.

    Still, a few flare-ups occurred on the second night, including the shattering of the Ferguson City Hall’s windows and the flipping and wrecking of a police vehicle parked outside. The authorities said they had made 45 arrests overnight, including seven for felonies. They used tear gas once — to stop the ruckus in front of City Hall. Only a few gunshots were fired, the police said, and two fires were reported: one at a Walgreens and the other a car set ablaze near the memorial in Ferguson for Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot.

    The 14 Teens Killed b
    y Cops Since Michael Brown

    Since Ferguson, police have killed more than a dozen teenagers, half of them black. Some did nothing more than carry a BB gun.

    Michael Brown’s death on August 9 was a nationwide wake-up call to the death-by-cop of young minority men at the hands of law enforcement. According todata stretching from 1999 to 2011, African Americans have comprised 26 percent of all police-shooting victims. Overall, young African Americans are killed by cops 4.5 times more often than people of other races and ages.

    Since Brown’s death, at least 14 other teenagers—at least six of them African-American—have been killed by law enforcement in a variety of circumstances.

    Tamir Rice

    Tamir Rice wasn’t yet a teenager when he was killed on November 22 in a Cleveland, Ohio park. The 12-year-old boy was shot by a police officer after brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun. A call made to police beforehand described Rice as “a guy with a pistol” on a swing set, but said it was “probably fake.” When officers arrived at the scene, they say Rice reached for his toy, though did not point it at them, prompting a first-year policeman to fire two shots at Rice from a short distance.

    On Monday night, as the Brown indictment verdict was announced, a local councilor summed these up without getting tangled in blame and legalities:

    "Perhaps, after our analysis, we learn that the police officer really did fear for his life and did everything right under the circumstances,” City Councilman Jeffrey Johnson said at a meeting. “But there is something fundamentally broken in our system when a young man can have a legal BB gun, and by the end of that day be killed by a Cleveland police officer.”

    Cameron Tillman

    On the evening of September 21, police were called to check on reports of trespassers with weapons going into an abandoned home in Terrebonne, Louisiana. Cameron Tillman, a 14-year-old boy was shot dead on the scene by a sheriff’s deputy. His brother, who was there, said he was shot opening the door and was unarmed, but the police said he was armed and that a gun was recovered near his body. It was later reported that the weapon was a BB gun that appeared to be a .45-caliber pistol. The cop was not named, but was identified as an African-American veteran of the division with no prior infractions.

    VonDerrit Myers Jr.

    VonDerrit Myers Jr. was shot in the head in early October not far from where Michael Brown died two months earlier. The 18-year-old was shot six or seven times in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis after an off-duty police officer fired at him 17 times. Police say Myers charged at the policeman, they wrestled, and then he shot at least three bullets before his gun jammed. Myers had been out on bail in a gun case, but his family claimed he was unarmed and holding only a sandwich in his hand. That night, a crowd of 300 gathered at the scene, and violence broke out: gunshots echoed and police vehicles were damaged. The officer who shot Myers was identified as Jason Flanery, a 32-year-old white patrolman.

    Laquan McDonald

    After a tire-puncturing spree in late October, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald wasshot dead by a police officer in Chicago. Officers reported to a call about someone breaking into cars in the Archer Heights neighborhood. The teen refused to drop his knife, according to officers, fixed them with “a 100-yard stare,” and walked toward them. That’s when a cop fired at McDonald, killing him.

    Carey Smith-Viramontes

    Few details have been revealed about the shooting of an 18-year-old girl in Long Beach, California last week. Officers were responding to a report of a missing juvenile girl, and found her in the house of Carey Smith-Viramontes. According to police, Smith-Viramontes was armed with a knife and was shot dead by an officer on the scene.

    Jeffrey Holden

    An 18-year-old was killed by police officers after opening fire on a cop with two guns in Kansas City in late October. Jeffrey Holden had reportedly been shooting at houses and passersby before the authorities arrived at the scene. he was listed as a missing person and had two outstanding warrants.

    Qusean Whitten

    Two armed robbers were killed after holding up a Dollar General Store in Columbus, Ohio in October. Eighteen-year-old Qusean Whitten had jumped from the car he was using to flee the scene and started running when police opened fire.

    Miguel Benton

    In early October, 19-year-old Miguel Benton managed to steal an officer’s gun and shoot him twice. Two cops were transporting Benton and another inmate to jail on drug and robbery charges in Georgia when the incident occurred. Another officer shot and killed Benton.

    Dillon McGee

    Eighteen-year-old Dillon McGee of Jackson, Tennessee, died after being shot by police officers who claim he was attempting to run them over in a car. On September 26, officers were targeted after approaching a car, driven by McGee, and fired at the driver. McGee was the father of a one-month-old son.

    Levi Weaver

    A man welding a baseball bat and a kitchen knife lunged at police officers in his home in Georgia, and was fatally shot in late September. According to the sheriff, 18-year-old Levi Weaver begged the officer to shoot him, and then leapt at him. The officer shot Weaver twice.

    Karen Cifuentes

    A 19-year-old woman was killed in September after an undercover police watched a drug deal go down in Oklahoma City. One of the suspects got in a car driven by Karen Cifuentes and took off, apparently hitting one of the officers who fired then opened fire and killed her.

    Sergio Ramos

    In August, an 18-year-old was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer after a car crash in a parking lot near a Walmart store. According to police, Sergio Ramos had just robbed a killed an associate when he was confronted by an off-duty cop, reached for the gun in his shorts, and was shot multiple times.

    Roshad McIntosh

    Some 500 anti-police protesters took to Chicago’s streets after a 19-year-old man’s death at the hands of police. On August 24, Roshad McIntosh was being questioned by cops when he began running. Police say he pulled a gun on them, but his family claimed that McIntosh was kneeling on the ground with his hands in the air. Nearly a month later, his mother brought another protest to city hall, demanding answers in her son’s killing.

    Diana Showman

    A mentally ill woman brandishing a power drill was shot dead by an officer after she called 911 and told San Jose dispatchers she had an Uzi. Diana Showman, 19, had come out of her house, ignored demands to put down the weapon, and was shot once. Showman’s parents criticized the officer’s response, saying that the police needed to be better equip to handle mental health issues.

    Is Black On Black Crime Worst Than White On Black Crime?

    Former mayor of New York City Rudy Guiliani says black people need to be worried about the 93 percent rate of black on black crime in America. He also said if the number wasn't that hight, white officers wouldn't be sent into black neighborhoods. These statements got Rudy in a lot of mess. As long as blacks are killing blacks the tension between the races are null. In fact I'm sure there are white folks just loving these facts. I think the issue going on in America today is not only are white officers of the law killing black young men, I believe they believe the system will clear them of any wrong doing. Black America is not buying this form of execution to their young black men. Most of these black men killed were unarmed. Highly trained professional officers should know how to diffuse situations among the races when theire are no weapons involved.

    To answer the title of this segment, "NO". When blacks kill other blacks, towns, neighborhoods do not get destroyed. Riots do not take place. The national guard is not called out. Large numbers of people do not get hurt. Most of all racism in America is not affected by black on black crime. However, quitely as it is kept, racism in America is Alive and Well. We have had too many incidents that make that statement true. Black men get killed by white whatever too many times without the system working on behalf of black people.

    It needs to stop.

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    John W. McLaurin, my father, (We Daddy) as known by his three children, follow his father to New York also in the late 1940's. His brothers and sisters referred to him as the "Rock" of the McLaurin family. He passed away at an early age of 41 from complications from a accident involving a drunk driver in 1964.

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    Wilbur (Hooks) McLaurin also followed his father to New York in the late 1940's. He graduated from Bay Shore H.S. as an outstanding athlete. Known for his many stories, and tremendous gift of gab, he was well known and well loved in his community. Wilbur passed in 2008.

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