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Robin Roberts thanks longtime girlfriend on Facebook

robin 600Robin Roberts spent the last Sunday of the year reflecting on how far she has come and revealing to the rest of us something her friends and family have known for sometime: that Roberts is gay.

"I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery.we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together," the co-host of "Good Morning America," who has publicly faced several health scares, wrote on her Facebook page.

Roberts posted a photo of her and her dog KJ sharing a loving moment when she reached a milestone in her recovery after receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), CNN reports.


Which gifting consumer were you this year?

cherylp mcneil-160We know that African-Americans are powerful consumers; and, that consumers across-the-board fall into very specific categories. Even though we may not have consciously thought about it while making our lists and checking them twice in the stores or online, chances are we automatically classified our gift recipients into consumer groups, as was encouraged by consumer insights from research for Nielsen.

Now, this might seem a little "after the fact," but, these insights are not only fun, but studying our trends as consumers helps businesses craft the messages and outreach strategies to engage us and better meet our needs (and their bottom line) down the road. This year's gift guide survey, focused on five consumer categories: working moms, sports fans, arts enthusiasts, connected consumers and status seekers.

According to the survey, the working moms in your life typically buy and appreciate anything that helps to keep their lives organized and moving forward. For instance, working moms are more likely to thrive on all varieties of coffee, and enjoy specialty coffee packages. Working moms are 23 percent more likely than other consumer groups to visit the local pizza place, so it makes sense that a pizza stone and ingredients would have been a good gift. Other great presents would have been a tablet PC or any kind of home décor or decorative storage pieces.


Nico Anderson: ‘I am a movement’

freshfruit 600(Fresh Fruit is Kelvin Cowans' periodic look at upcoming and rising talent from Memphis and the surrounding areas.)

I caught up with Memphis Music Producer Nico Anderson while he was doing a little Christmas shopping so we could talk a little music. The Oak Court Mall was packed beyond parking room and inside the people were elbow to elbow frantically shopping for deals. Nonetheless, Nico – aka Trackstar – was mellow and, as he put it, always ready to talk about music.

Kelvin Cowans: When did you start producing music?
Nico Anderson: Let me see, I graduated Trezevant High School in 2005, so it had to be right around 2007 that I started getting serious about music. I had always loved it but it was then that I really started moving in a professional manner about it.


The 10 Best Black Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)

book 6001. "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race"
Edited by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. with photography by Noelle Theard

2. "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities"
by Craig Steven Wilder

AfricanAmericans51Xr5tDorfL3. "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants"
by Malcolm Gladwell


‘The Young and Restless’ Angell

angell 600Angell Conwell was born in Orangeburg, S. Car. on August 2, 1983, but raised in nearby Columbia. At 17, she made her big screen debut in the gritty, John Singleton drama "Baby Boy" opposite Tyrese, Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg.

She followed that outing with well-received supporting roles in such feature films as "The Wash," "Soul Plane" and "24 Hour Love." More recently, Angell enjoyed a starring role on the TV-One hit series "Family Time" with Omar Gooding, as well as a recurring role as Kevin Hart's ex-wife on the hit BET series "Real Husbands of Hollywood."

Her TV credits include guest starring roles on such shows as "NYPD Blue," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Moesha," "That's So Raven" and "3rd Rock from the Sun." She has also appeared in the music videos "Batter Up" and "Ride Wit Me" and Usher's "Confessions."



anchorman2 600For movies opening Dec. 20, 2013


"American Hustle" (R for sexuality, pervasive profanity and brief violence) David O. Russell wrote and directed this crime drama about a couple of con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) forced by an overzealous FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to infiltrate a New Jersey underworld inhabited by mobsters protected by a crooked, big city mayor (Jeremy Renner). Support cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. and Michael Pena.


‘Beyoncé sho knows how to make news, don’t she?’

beyonce 600Out of nowhere I started hearing about this new self-titled Beyoncé album. Everyone kept asking me, "Myron Have you heard it?"

I dashed to my computer to see if any of it was on YouTube. I had to see what the hoopla was all about. I stumbled across a video for one of the new songs, "Drunk in Love" featuring her husband Jay-Z.

I also discover that although the album is in stores this week, she released it online last week and it moved a staggering 80,000 copies in 3 hours...yes, 3 hours. As I type these very words, it has already sold over 500,000 copies and has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.


This week’s DVD releases

downtown 600Top Ten DVD List for Dec. 17, 2013.

"Downton Abbey: Seasons 1, 2, & 3 with Season 4 Sneak Peek"


"Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis: Pilot through Series Six"

"One Direction: This Is Us"



Michael Jackson death trial jurors: ‘Stunned’ ... ‘cheated’ by verdict process

jackson 600LOS ANGELES – Four jurors in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial said they feel cheated by the outcome, which they blame on a misleading verdict form.

The six-month-long trial ended in October with a victory for AEG Live, the concert promoter Jackson's mother and children had claimed was liable for his death because it hired, retained or supervised the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death.

The jurors, whose sworn statements were attached to a motion for a new trial filed Thursday by Katherine Jackson's lawyers, said most of the jury wanted to find concert promoter AEG Live liable in Jackson's 2009 death.


Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun


"American Hustle" (R for sexuality, pervasive profanity and brief violence) David O. Russell wrote and directed this crime drama about a couple of con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) forced by an overzealous FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to infiltrate a New Jersey underworld inhabited by mobsters protected by a crooked, big city mayor (Jeremy Renner). Support cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. and Michael Pena.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (PG-13 for intense violence and frightening images) Second installment of the fantasy trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien classic finds Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and company continuing their epic journey to Lonely Mountain for a showdown with a fearsome dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). Cast includes Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Stephen Fry.

"A Madea Christmas" (PG-13 for profanity, crude humor and sexual references) Tyler Perry's back in drag in this adaptation of his holiday-themed play, set in a small Southern town, as a moralizing, motor-mouthed granny straightening out sinners while spreading Christmas cheer. Ensemble includes Tika Sumpter, Larry the Cable Guy, Anna Maria Horsford, Kathy Najimy and Chad Michael Murray.


Rashida Jones calls out female pop stars for thongs

rhianna 600Rihanna's jeans shorts thong featured in her video for "Pour it Up" made culture watchers wonder whether this "good girl gone bad" has gone too far.

The Bajan performer is part of a trend among female pop stars towards baring their booties to sell songs.

Feminist web site Jezebel.com published an essay in response to ladies such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus frequently appearing in videos scantily clad (and bent over). Fashion blog The Cut also offered its analysis, "Pop Stars Only Wear Thongs Now; Going Pantsless Is Not Enough."


This week’s DVD releases

fast and_furious_6-wide_600Top Ten DVD List for December 10, 2013

"The Hunt"

"Fast & Furious 6"

"Despicable Me 2"