DCFS’ Vermont Corridor’s AB12 Unit Presents 2nd Annual: Resource and Job Fair for Transitional Age Youth (16-24)


DCFS’ Vermont Corridor’s AB12 Unit Presents 2nd Annual:
Resource and Job Fair for Transitional Age Youth (16-24)

Come obtain valuable information from vendors in education, health, housing, child care, jobs, and much more!! Everything you need to know to help support your journey to independence.

Lunch will be served!! Prizes!! Give-a-ways!

Tuesday August 15th, 2017
Jesse Owens Park
9651 S Western Avenue
Los Angles, CA. 90047

Contact Caprisha Smyles at 323/965-5111 smylec@dcfs.lacounty.gov for more information.


The Hot Topics Talk Radio Network


The Hot Topics Talk Radio Network
You are invited to listen or call in (646)200-3148. Or listen online and join the chatroom on Blog Talk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/httrnetwork/2017/08/17/httr–who-pays-for-the-date. You may also access the link to listen by going to www.hottopicstalkradio.com/hottopicstalkradio.html.
Hot Topics Talk Radio (The HTTR Network) is sponsored by Shades of Afrika, The Urban Sentinel, SPMG Media and 9th Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas. For information regarding our sponsors, go to www.hottopicstalkradio.com/sponsors.



Happy Birthday to SPMG Media friend, recording and performing artist, Rick Riso!


Rick has been a Recording and Performing Artist for over 3 decades. He has been a Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist and Producer on numerous Jazz, R&B/Pop and Gospel music recording projects.

His specialties: Studio Recording Session Singer & Voice Over Artist… Featured on over 250 Albums, Hundreds of Radio & Television Commercials, ( Levi’s , Albertsons, Ross, Mazda, Etc.), Dozens of Movies, ( Shrek 2, The Lion King, The Preacher’s Wife, Etc.

Rick is currently President/Owner of Riso Enterprises, Inc. a company that provides Corporate Voice-Over Representation, Online Tutorial Narrator, Music Production and Sonic Design, as well as creating musical compositions and vocal artistry for corporate, industrial and commercial usage.

In the video below from 2013, he sits down with Cathy Riso to discuss his history and songwriting process. He also shares suggestions, anecdotes, and observations of the songwriting process and the importance and copyrighting and registration of songs, royalties. Learn and enjoy!
Write up courtesy #SPMGMedia



Facebook Introduces Watch Platform for Original Video Content


Facebook has announced Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook.

Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline. To help you keep up with the shows you follow, Watch has a Watchlist so you never miss out on the latest episodes.

Facebook says Watch will be personalized to help you discover new shows based around what your friends and communities are watching. There will be sections including: Most Talked About, What’s Making People Laugh, and What Friends Are Watching.

As a platform for creators and publishers, Facebook thinks a wide variety of shows can be successful, particularly:
● Shows that engage fans and community. Nas Daily publishes a daily show where he makes videos together with his fans from around the world. The Watchlist makes it easy for fans to catch every day’s new episode.
● Live shows that connect directly with fans. Gabby Bernstein, a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and life coach, uses a combination of recorded and live episodes to connect with her fans and answer questions in real time.
● Shows that follow a narrative arc or have a consistent theme. Tastemade’s Kitchen Little is a funny show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe. Unsurprisingly, the food doesn’t always turn out as expected.
● Live events that bring communities together. Major League Baseball is broadcasting a game a week on Facebook, enabling people to watch live baseball while connecting with friends and fellow fans on the platform.

To provide examples community-oriented and episodic video series, Facebook has funded some shows including ‘Returning the Favor’, a series host by Mike Rowe where he finds people doing something extraordinary for their community and does something extraordinary for them.

Watch is being introduced to a limited group of people in the U.S. and will be expanded to more people soon. Shows will be opened to a limited group of group of creators at first and opened to all in the near future.

Maxine Waters, the rock star, shines at black women’s event

Fiery Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was welcomed like a contemporary rock star when she entered the 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards, as the audience screamed loudly and gave her the night’s rowdiest and wildest applause.

Waters was one of the honorees Saturday at the annual event honoring black women in fields such as entertainment, politics, science and social justice. The 78-year-old matched the energy of the audience at the New Jersey Performing Art Center in Newark with a punchy and moving speech, which featured her catch phrase “reclaiming my time.”

“I want you to know, if it was not for the love and respect shown to me by black women, those right-wing ultra conservatives … they would have me believe I’m too black, I’m too confrontational, I’m too tough, and I’m too disrespectful of them,” she said. “But now I know I’m simply a strong, black woman.”

“I don’t care how big you are, I don’t care how high you are, if you come for me, I’m coming for you,” Waters added, earning more loud applause.

Videos of the California congresswoman, who has been critical of Republican President Donald Trump, have become a viral success on social media, including one where she insisted that she was “reclaiming my time” at a recent congressional hearing. She’s struck a chord with millennials and has even earned the nickname, “Auntie Maxine.”

Waters was joined by a top notch group of honorees at the BET event, including iconic singer Roberta Flack; “Insecure” creator and Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae; Grammy-winning soul singer Solange Knowles; Wall Street powerhouse Suzanne Shank; “black-ish” actress and Harvard student Yara Shahidi; and community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of the Black & Missing Foundation. Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson hosted the multi-hour event.

Flack, known for hit songs like “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” was wheelchair bound but recited a speech from paper that won over the audience.

“Love is a song. Each of you has a song in your heart,” 78-year-old Flack said. “You keep singing that song.”

R&B singers India.Arie and Tyrese smoothly sang Flack and Donny Hathaway’s popular 1970s duet, “Where Is the Love.” Other performers at the show, to air on BET on Aug. 22, included SZA, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton and Tasha Cobb.

Each of the celebrants were inducted by men, including “black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson, soul singer Maxwell, “Insecure” star Jay Ellis and actor-singer Jussie Smollett.

Knowles — who won her first Grammy Award this year for her critically acclaimed album celebrating black pride, “A Seat at the Table” — called the award “the ultimate honor.”

“Black women make me feel invincible,” she said.

Former slugger, Angels MVP Don Baylor dies at 68

Don Baylor, a feared, plate-crowding slugger who won an MVP Award and a World Series during a long playing career, and then went on to manage for nine years, died Monday after a struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 68.

“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement.

Baylor played for the Orioles, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins and A’s in a 19-year career. He was the first manager of the Rockies, from 1993-98, and skippered the Cubs from 2000-02. He was most recently hitting coach of the Angels.

Baylor spent nearly 50 years in professional baseball after the Orioles selected him in the second round of the 1967 Draft. Mostly a designated hitter who also played outfield and first base, Baylor had his most productive seasons in the late 1970s with the California Angels, and his most consistent years in the early 1980s with the Yankees. He won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in ’79, when he led the Major Leagues with 139 RBIs and 120 runs scored.

Nicknamed “Groove,” he was also an All-Star in ’79, his only All-Star selection in a career that included stints with the Red Sox, Twins and A’s. He hit .385 for Minnesota in its World Series victory in ’87. Baylor won three Silver Slugger Awards, and hit 338 home runs in his career.

His two-run home run for the Red Sox in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series set the scene for Dave Henderson’s go-ahead homer later in the inning, and he scored what proved to be the game-winner after being hit by a pitch in the 11th inning.

Baylor was named National League Manager of the Year in 1995 after leading the Rockies to their first-ever playoff birth in only their third year of existence.

Baylor was known for a relentless toughness on and off the field. He was one of the first children to integrate the public schools of Austin, Texas, in the late 1950s. Baylor turned down a football scholarship from the University of Texas, instead choosing to pursue baseball. Had he accepted, he would have been the first African-American athlete to play football at the university.

On the baseball field, Baylor developed a reputation of rarely backing off the plate, no matter how many pitches buzzed his way. He led his league in hit by pitches nine times and was struck by a pitch 267 times in his career.

In all, Baylor wore the uniforms of 14 Major League teams as either a player, coach or manager.



Serena Williams had a ’50s-inspired baby shower

Williams was joined by her sister, Venus Williams, and closest friends, including Ciara, Kelly Rowland, La La Anthony, Eva Longoria and songwriter Angie Beyince. The ladies were adorably dressed in poodle skirts, bandanas, wearing high ponytails and other 1950s attire.

A handful of the gals took to social media to share sweet and silly moments from the party.

“That’s 1 Fly Mamma 2 Be In The Middle! 🤰🏽#Girls @SerenaWilliams 50’s Baby Shower. #ShakeRattleRoll2017,” Ciara captioned a fabulous group pic


New Orleans flood update: Damages, rainfall, and assistance


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

In a matter of hours, nearly 10 inches of rain hit New Orleans

On Saturday, August 5, between 8 to 10 inches of rain made landfall in New Orleans, flooding entire neighborhoods.

According to the Mayor’s Office, several neighborhoods experienced rainfall amounts in 100-year events, which have a one percent chance of occurring every year. The recorded rainfall topped the highest recording in recent history in many neighborhoods.

City officials released the following information on rainfall during Saturday’s flood:

  • Broadmoor- 5.49 inches
  • Mid City- 9.43 inches
  • St. Bernard- 5.74 inches
  • Gentilly- 3.94 inches
  • Lower Nine- 3.64 inches
  • Lakeview- 4.71 inches
  • City Park- 4.96 inches
  • Lower Coast Algiers- 1.54 inches
  • New Orleans East- 0.74 inches
  • St. Roch- 5.62 inches
  • Hollygrove area- 2.07 inches

On Tuesday, August 8, at 1 p.m., New Orleans City Council will hold a special meeting at City Hall, posing questions to and receiving updates from the Sewage and Water Board and City Officials about Saturday’s flood. The council meeting, held at City Hall, is open to the public.

Neighborhoods such as Gentilly, Lakeview, Mid-City, Treme, and the CBD were hit the hardest.

While the New Orleans Fire Department and Medical Services responded to over 200 emergency calls during Saturday’s flood, no fatalities were reported.

Despite several streets flooding, the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board assured the public that its 24 pumps were operational. At optimal performance, the pumps can displace one inch of rain during the first hour, and 1/2 inch after ever proceeding hour.

The permanent pump stations located at the 17th Street Canal, London Avenue Canal, and Orleans Avenue Canal were not operational, and are reserved for use during tropical storm surges.

TheNational Weather Service expects a number of possible showers and thunderstorms to pass through New Orleans this week. With the city’s green space being saturated from Saturday’s storm, official urge residents to be cautious of water runoff.

For assistance with debris cleanup or reporting flood damage, visit NOLA Ready’s official website.


These Cauliflower Recipes Taste Nothing Like Your Sad Diet Food

Within the past couple of years, cauliflower has gained some culinary appeal. People love it for its healthy qualities and its ability to be extremely versatile in the kitchen ― this cruciferous vegetable can easily be made into a healthy pizza crust alternative, or even a carb-free rice option.


But cauliflower is not just about being healthy, it can also just be straight-up delicious. And those are the kind of cauliflower recipes we have for you right here. We have the recipes that’ll make you think of cauliflower when you want something comforting, something umami-filled and yes, even something a little healthy.


2 Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat


Get the Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat recipe from Pinch of Yum

3 Charred Cauliflower Carbonara


Get the Charred Cauliflower Carbonara recipe from How Sweet It Is

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: