Sheree Whitfield is a handful.
The woman resisted Iyanla Vanzant’s life advice and questioned her motives, offered a few tips to former fellow reality star NeNe Leakes, and updated viewers on Chateau Sheree during a recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen.
It was an interesting conversation.
She totally dismissed Iyanla as a life coach, saying the whole thing was a set up. Does this sound familiar?
“I really didn’t learn anything from Iyanla; it actually went in a whole different direction than what I was told,” she said. “I was really misled.”
Sheree and her ex-husband Bob Whitfield, were set to get some advice and reconciliation tools during their session with the OWN life coach. But not much really came of the meeting.
“What I did take out of it… just me growing and that I can’t control other people’s actions. I can only react, and I choose to do my thing,” said Sheree.
And as far as her dream home, it’s a work in progress not to rush.
“Chateau Sheree needs its own show,” joked Sheree. “I’m still working on it. It takes time. It takes time. I’m not rushing. It’s going to be right.”
It’s been two years since Sheree first started the project and it’s still not complete. “Married to Medicine” star, Toya Bush-Harris offered to purchase the spot, but Sheree is relentless and wants that house built.
As far as her relationship with NeNe, don’t expect that to be better any time soon.
It seems these TV divas won’t be friends… ever! However Sheree doesn’t plan to get involved with NeNe’s negativity.
“I don’t understand why you feel the need to continue to talk about me because I’m not talking about you,” she said. “I don’t think about you.”
Written by: Gregory Gay
America’s Choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir takes their 25th Anniversary Praise Celebration on the road this weekend. On Friday, MMC will join the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP along with Dr. Myrlie Evers Williams and Julian Bond in celebration of the life and work of the late Medgar Evers in Jackson before heading to Houston for the official kick off of the year long celebration. Soulfruit, Willie Taylor and Friends and J Shep and Standard will take part in the Houston celebration and hosting duties will be handled by Marcus D. Wiley
On May 16, 1980, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson steps in for injured center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scores 42 points, leading the Lakers to a four games-to-two series win over the Philadelphia 76ers for their first championship since 1972.
In 1979, Magic had led Michigan State to the NCAA title over Larry Bird’s Indiana State in the most-watched college final ever. That fall, he was drafted by the Lakers as the first overall pick. In 1980, his rookie season, the Lakers went 60-22, a 13-game improvement from their 47-35 mark the year before. That year, Abdul-Jabbar averaged 24.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and was named Most Valuable Player of the regular season.
In the playoffs, the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns four games to one to advance to the Western Conference finals against the defending champion Seattle Supersonics. After losing a close first game, the Lakers went up 3-1 in the series. At halftime of the deciding fifth game, the normally silent Abdul-Jabbar gave an angry pep talk, urging his team to pick up their play and finish off the Sonics. Abdul-Jabbar finished that game with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocked shots while Magic Johnson, playing with a 101-degree fever, racked up a triple-double. The 111-105 victory catapulted the Lakers into the NBA finals.
In the finals, the Lakers met the Philadelphia 76ers, led by forwards Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Darryl Dawkins, defensive specialist Bobby Jones and guards Maurice Cheeks and Doug Collins. Abdul-Jabbar dominated the first five games of the finals, averaging 31 points and 12 rebounds per game, as the Lakers went up 3-2 in the series. When he twisted an ankle in Game 5, even the Lakers front office assumed that the team would travel without their star center to Philadelphia and lose Game 6, a fact made evident by the team’s decision not to take their celebratory champagne with them to Philly.
No one expected that Magic, at 6 feet 9 inches the tallest point guard in league history, would so easily make the transition to center. Magic rang up 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Lakers to victory and was named Most Valuable Player of the finals, the first of three such awards in his career. The Lakers went on to dominate the NBA, winning a total of five championships in the 1980s.
Written by: Gregory Gay
The nominations were announced for the 2013 BET Awards taking place on June 30th. In the Gospel category, Mary Mary, Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Lecrae and Deitrick Haddon received nominations. Mary Mary also received an additional nomination in the Best Group Category. The 2013 BET Awards will be hosted this year by comedian Chris Tucker and the winners will be announced during the live show held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30th.
On May 15, 1973, California Angel Nolan Ryan strikes out 12 Kansas City Royals and walks three to pitch the first no-hitter of his career. The game was played under protest, as Royals Manager Jack McKeon complained that Ryan wasn’t maintaining contact with the pitching rubber while throwing.
Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. was born January 31, 1947, in Refugio, Texas and raised in Alvin, 12 miles southeast of Houston. As a high school sophomore, he was scouted by Red Murff of the New York Mets. Ryan’s coach told Murff of the young pitcher’s intimidating fastballs, so powerful they had broken catchers’ bones. Murff was impressed--his report said Ryan had the "best arm I’ve ever seen in my life."
Nolan joined the Mets in 1968, and was soon a highly regarded fireballer. In what is often pointed to as one of the most short-sighted moves in baseball history, the Mets traded Ryan to the Angels for third baseman Jim Fregosi after the 1971 season. Ryan went 19-16 in 1972, striking out 328 batters. Fregosi hit a disappointing .232 in 1972 then was sold to the Texas Rangers in early July 1973. Meanwhile, Ryan pitched his first no-no on this day in 1973, and then followed it up with a second on July 15 versus the Detroit Tigers in Tiger Stadium. Ryan struck out a total of 383 batters in 1973, setting a new major league record. He went on to throw five more no-hitters in his career, with the last coming on May 1, 1991, when he was 44 years old.
Ryan’s work ethic was the secret to his success. A believer in the theory that pitching power comes from the legs and not the arms, Ryan ran every day and chalked up his consistency and endurance to his strong legs. In 1983, Ryan broke the legendary Walter Johnson’s career strikeout record. He pitched for 27 years in the big leagues, with the Mets, Angels, Astros and Rangers. He struck out 5,714 batters in his career, breaking his own record 2,206 times. He was 324-292 for his career, with a 3.19 career ERA.
Nolan Ryan was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor’s recommendation.
A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn’t specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.
Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she’ll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.
On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. In an afternoon ceremony at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Ben-Gurion pronounced the words "We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel," prompting applause and tears from the crowd gathered at the museum. Ben-Gurion became Israel's first premier.
In the distance, the rumble of guns could be heard from fighting that broke out between Jews and Arabs immediately following the British army withdrawal earlier that day. Egypt launched an air assault against Israel that evening. Despite a blackout in Tel Aviv--and the expected Arab invasion--Jews joyously celebrated the birth of their new nation, especially after word was received that the United States had recognized the Jewish state. At midnight, the State of Israel officially came into being upon termination of the British mandate in Palestine.
Modern Israel has its origins in the Zionism movement, established in the late 19th century by Jews in the Russian Empire who called for the establishment of a territorial Jewish state after enduring persecution. In 1896, Jewish-Austrian journalist Theodor Herzl published an influential political pamphlet called The Jewish State, which argued that the establishment of a Jewish state was the only way of protecting Jews from anti-Semitism. Herzl became the leader of Zionism, convening the first Zionist Congress in Switzerland in 1897. Ottoman-controlled Palestine, the original home of the Jews, was chosen as the most desirable location for a Jewish state, and Herzl unsuccessfully petitioned the Ottoman government for a charter.
After the failed Russian Revolution of 1905, growing numbers of Eastern European and Russian Jews began to immigrate to Palestine, joining the few thousand Jews who had arrived earlier. The Jewish settlers insisted on the use of Hebrew as their spoken language. With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Britain took over Palestine. In 1917, Britain issued the "Balfour Declaration," which declared its intent to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Although protested by the Arab states, the Balfour Declaration was included in the British mandate over Palestine, which was authorized by the League of Nations in 1922. Because of Arab opposition to the establishment of any Jewish state in Palestine, British rule continued throughout the 1920s and '30s.
Beginning in 1929, Arabs and Jews openly fought in Palestine, and Britain attempted to limit Jewish immigration as a means of appeasing the Arabs. As a result of the Holocaust in Europe, many Jews illegally entered Palestine during World War II. Radical Jewish groups employed terrorism against British forces in Palestine, which they thought had betrayed the Zionist cause. At the end of World War II, in 1945, the United States took up the Zionist cause. Britain, unable to find a practical solution, referred the problem to the United Nations, which in November 1947 voted to partition Palestine.
The Jews were to possess more than half of Palestine, although they made up less than half of Palestine's population. The Palestinian Arabs, aided by volunteers from other countries, fought the Zionist forces, but by May 14, 1948, the Jews had secured full control of their U.N.-allocated share of Palestine and also some Arab territory. On May 14, Britain withdrew with the expiration of its mandate, and the State of Israel was proclaimed. The next day, forces from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded.
The Israelis, though less well equipped, managed to fight off the Arabs and then seize key territory, such as Galilee, the Palestinian coast, and a strip of territory connecting the coastal region to the western section of Jerusalem. In 1949, U.N.-brokered cease-fires left the State of Israel in permanent control of this conquered territory. The departure of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from Israel during the war left the country with a substantial Jewish majority.
During the third Arab-Israeli conflict--the Six-Day War of 1967--Israel again greatly increased its borders, capturing from Jordan, Egypt, and Syria the Old City of Jerusalem, the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. In 1979, Israel and Egypt signed an historic peace agreement in which Israel returned the Sinai in exchange for Egyptian recognition and peace. Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) signed a major peace accord in 1993, which envisioned the gradual implementation of Palestinian self-government in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli-Palestinian peace process moved slowly, however, and in 2000 major fighting between Israelis and Palestinians resumed in Israel and the occupied territories.
Someone should have told Moses Tyson Jr. early on that he was meant to be a gospel organist. Music 2: Re-Mastered and Sacred Organ proves that.
It's hard to imagine that his first interest was the guitar; Tyson soon switched to the organ at age ten when he came to the realization that "the girls took a special liking to the organ player."
Some many years later, he has found himself with great music and even greater memories, and from that comes the basis of Music 2 (read the review of Tyson's Music from 2000, here).
There is a plethora of music here (some he terms sacred, although I wouldn't be to ready to call the rest 'secular').
You will find his signature calling card on "Near the Cross". There is a joyous tribute to Al Bell (whom Tyson got a chance to work with in the 90's at Bellmark Records) with a cover of The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There". There is also a wonderful rendition of Luther Barnes' "The Other Shore" featuring his late brother Kenny Tyson, and a very bluesy interpretation of Dorothy Love Coates' "You Brought Me (From A Mighty Long Way)".
Tyson pulls on his roots in the sanctified church (where his Dad was the pastor) for a hand-clapping, foot-stomping version of "My Soul Says Yes" and its "organ shout" reprise.
But the gravy here is in the hymns. Moses Tyson opens the great hymnbook and presents the classics; "Down at the Cross", "Sweet Jesus" and a medley of "I Am Healed By the Wounds In His Side/He Touched Me". The sacred hymns of the church are presented as poignant and touching songs of faith and will touch the listener as Tyson plays with the anointing of a prophetic minstrel.
Music 2: Re-Mastered and Sacred Organ is music that both saints and sinners can both appreciate. One listen, and you too will be converted.
ATLANTA, GA Bounce TV (www.BounceTV.com), the nation’s first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans, will premiere its first original non-scripted series, Forever Jones is presented by Walmart on Wednesday, June 5th at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Coming on the heels of Bounce TV’s successful original special, A Forever Jones Holiday, the new reality series will delve deeper into the daily lives and challenges of the close-knit, faith-based family and gospel group foreverJONES. The series, set in the family’s hometown of Shreveport, LA, will run original episodes Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. over a six-week period.
The kids in the band are led by Dominique “Doe” Jones, the co-writer, vocalist, and acoustic guitarist and plays keyboards for the band. “Doe” is also the youth worship leader at their church and feels like she carries the responsibility for the entire band’s success on her shoulders. D’Jeniele’, the eldest of the five siblings, is married with two kids and working on managing her own family along with trying to manage the demands of being in a band. Dewitt Jones IV is the oldest son, simply trying to find his place in the world. Judah, the drummer, is not only branching out for the first time vocally, he is also preparing to depart for college and must decide whether to continue with the band or pursue his athletic dreams. Mya, the youngest, has pure excitement, love and passion for worship and singing. She joyfully sings background and is learning to play the guitar.
“Every family faces challenges, but Forever Jones spotlights a dynamic, highly relatable, loving and positive-energy family, who also happen to be a well-known band striving for success,” said Billy Hall, EVP of Programming and Production for Bounce TV. “This series will provide real-world positive role models that our viewers hunger for, and is a perfect fit for our brand.”