A night with Alpha Tau

71 women joined the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority , Incorporated on Thursday April 24. Their New Initiate Presentation was hosted at Southern University’s the F.G. Clark Activity Center in front of more than three-thousand supporters. I got to spend the evening capturing some of the moments ,check out the photos below:IMG_0950IMG_0841IMG_0404IMG_0390IMG_0424IMG_0396IMG_0393IMG_0477IMG_0415IMG_0425IMG_0433IMG_0730IMG_0430IMG_0427IMG_0435IMG_0485IMG_0496IMG_0622IMG_0858IMG_0714IMG_0852IMG_0802IMG_0863IMG_0897IMG_0841

Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK speech Today we honor a leader whose dream opened the door for many to pursue theirs. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. Did you know he skipped grades? Find out that information and more in the  I’ve put together of uncommon facts  about one of America’s greatest heros.

1. His name was originally Michael, not Martin.

His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr.  However, after a trip to Germany in 1931, Michael King Sr. changed his own name in homage to historic German theologian Martin Luther.  Michael King Jr. was two years old at the time and King Sr. made the decision to change his son’s name to Martin Luther as well.Mlk College

2. King wasn’t the only one to die at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. 

After he was killed, one of the hotel workers, Lorraine Bailey (who was also the wife of the motel owner and who it was named after), upon seeing King get shot, had a heart attack and later died from this.

3. King Jr. skipped two grades in high school.

He skipped 9th and 11th, and entered college (Morehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944.  By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

 4. He and wife Coretta honeymooned at funeral parlor.mlk wedding

His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor… not because someone died, simply because a friend owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon.

5. The famous words “I have a dream” were never actually included in the original text of his speech.

He revived this phrase from a previous speech that he had given, which had never resonated with his audience. Talk about a serious ad-lib.

Grambling Player: No Regrets About Boycott

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GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Naquan Smith and his Grambling football teammates have no regrets about a nearly weeklong boycott that forced the university to forfeit its game against Jackson State on Saturday.

Grambling players stood behind Smith Monday during a press conference outside of the Eddie Robinson Museum on campus. Smith said the entire team was present and that the vote to return to the field was “100 percent.”

“The football team took a stance on what we thought was right,” Smith said. “We did not quit on our university. There are many problems that exist and if no one says anything, nothing will become of our institution. We hope coach Eddie Robinson and his legendary players appreciate we took a stand and thought we were right.”

Smith said players decided end the boycott after reaching out to several Grambling greats, including former coach Doug Williams, who advised them to…

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Too Short to Headline Next Installment of Way Back Wednesday Concert Series

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I remember when Affilliate Nation’s C.E.O told me they  would bring events to Baton Rouge that would be orginal and fun and  the “Way Back Wednesday” concert series is exactly that.

Rapper Too Short will headline the third installment of  series on Wednesday September 18th at The Varsity Theater.  Comedian Bigg Sexxy will still serve as host of the event and keep the crowd laughing during performances.

The “Way Back Wednesday” concert series has hosted legendary rappers such as Mystical and Master P, which have both sold out, and not only gave fans a good time but reminder of why they’re still in the game.

The third installment definitely won’t be  the last and the series is expected to bring rap legends such as Nelly, LL Cool J, and 50 cent to Baton Rouge.

In case you missed out on the last installment headlined Mystical; check out how epic it was thanks to I.D.D.O. Productions.

Visit the varsitytheatre.com to buy tickets before they’re gone.  Text anation to 99000 for a chance to win all access passes. To find out more about Affiliate Nation’s “Throwback Thursday” concert series visit theafilliatenation.com

Janelle Monae Host Listening Party in Baton Rouge

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Janelle Monae fans in Baton Rouge were treated to a listening party with the Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter at the Varsity Theater.
Monae toured Louisiana Radio stations to promote her album ,The Electric Lady’s upcoming release, but only hosted listening parties in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The event was hosted by radio stations Max 94.1 and Q 106.5.

“Janelle Monae is an awesome artist who puts on great live show, an intimate setting like this one is a perfect way to listen.” said 94.1 personality DJ Eagle Eye.
Monae said she collaborated with artist such as Erykah Badu, Prince, and Miguel. She focused on creating album that would cross generations and give a positive message and most importantly put listeners in a good mood.

Janelle Monae poses with fan Dasjean Jordan after presenting the singer with  a portrait
Janelle Monae poses with fan Dasjean Jordan after presenting the singer with a portrait

“I want this album to motivate you, inspire you, and make you all feel good. I put a lot of myself in this project and this will be an album you can have forever” Monae said to the excited crowd.
Not only did Monae listen and dance to tracks with fans; she also stayed after to take pictures with contest winners.
“Opportunities like this don’t happen here often and I hope more do. Shes an artist who I feel that I have a connection with; her music really helped me through difficult times and reminds me to keep and open mind and keep dreaming” , said fan Dasjean Jordan
Monae previewed four tracks from her highly anticipated album at the Varsity Theater. She played Q.U.E.E.N. , her popular single with Erykah Badu, and for the first time three additional tracks: Electric Lady, Victory and duet with Miguel Primetime. Monae’s album The Electric Lady will be in stores September 10th.

Janelle Monae with Cumulus Media Baton Rouge staff and radio personalities.
Janelle Monae with Cumulus Media Baton Rouge staff and radio personalities.

Mo’Nique brings Laughter & Friends to Baton Rouge.

Mo'Nique at Max 94.1 Studios in Baton Rouge.
Mo’Nique at Max 94.1 Studios in Baton Rouge.

Good Life Productions brought comedian and Academy Award winning actress Mo’Nique to Baton Rouge for the first time and Good Life gave myself and I.D.D.O. Productions exclusive access to the event.

While in the Capitol city the “Queen of Comedy” visited radio station Max 94.1; where she ,and comedian Tone X ,caught up with Kool DJ Supa Mike live on air.

 

The comedian then took the stage at the Baton Rouge river center to headline the Mo’Nique & Friends Comedy Show. The audience was not only entertained by the queen herself, but also with performances comedians from Tone X and David Arnold.

Toddler Purchases Car with Father’s Phone

14 month-old Sorella Stoute playing with her fathers phone.
14 month-old Sorella Stoute playing with her fathers phone.

Sometimes parents look at me like I told their child “Santa doesn’t exist “when I tell their children “No you can’t play with Uncle Cam’s phone”. The  next time I get that “look” or anyone goes to give a fussy toddler their phone I’ll be sure to tell them Paul Stoute’s story.

The Portland father got the shock of his life after discovering his one-year-old daughter had bought him a car on eBay.

Stoute told Portland’s KPTV that he received a notice from eBay congratulating him on his purchase of a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite for $225.

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Sorella stands by her next to her first Ebay Purchase.
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After verifying the purchase, Stoute realized that his young daughter, who really enjoys playing with daddy’s smartphone, had logged into the eBay app which can be used to instantly make a purchase.

“I contacted the seller right away to [see] if he could contact the previous bidder to see if he would take it,” he said to ABC news

But all’s well that ends well, Paul and his wife Christina said that they’re going to turn Sorella’s mistake into the best present ever.

Stoute says he plans on keeping the car – which was listed as a “fixer upper” – and fix it up in time for her 16th birthday or graduation.

Mo’Nique to Headline First Show in Baton Rouge

This afternoon when I heard Mo’Nique would be making an appearance in the Capitol city ,and Good Life Production would be  responsible for bringing the Queen to her subjects in Baton Rouge I had to call them to the official details.

Here they are:

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Academy Award-winning actress a.k.a. the Queen of Comedy ,Mo’Nique will make her Baton Rouge debut when she headlines Monique and Friends at the River Center on Saturday, August 17th.

“There have been a lot large scale concerts this summer ,but we haven’t had events for mature crowds to come out relax and enjoy themselves and this show provide them that experience” said Quincy Q Quiett , CEO of Good life productions.

Quiett said after bringing sought after musicians like Gucci Mane ,Rick Ross and Trina and controversial reality tv personalities such as Josline Hernandez and Stevie J during the summer there also need showcase diversity among the city’s nightlife.

It’s been 2 years BET cancelled her late night talk show and 4 years since her Oscar-winning performance in Lee Daniels’ Precious.

“We haven’t seen much of over the past couple of years but when you’ve built such great reputation and brand like Monquie’s you can take break your fans will anxiously await your return” said Quiett

Although the mother of three has been on a hiatus that doesn’t mean the queen has been lounging on her throne. This year Mo’Nique changed her diet , began exercising regularly and those changes yielded your highness an astonishing 82 lbs weight loss.

Although comedian’s waistline has gotten smaller she is still working on providing fans with big laughs. She currently touring and in the process of developing a new show with BET Networks.

“People can expect from this show what they will get every Good Life event not just a high quality show , but instead a high quality experience.”, said Quiett

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I did my best to get all the details on the “friends” that will be joining Mo’Nique on stage ,but Q told me some thing’s are better left a surprise and we won’t be disappointed.

Tickets can purchased from now until the date of the show from any Ticketmaster, Wal-Mart or the River Center box office.

You’re welcome for the heads up.

Dynasty XXIILIX Host First Annual The One Fashion Show.

Last year Dynasty 2259 was  founded with goal of  offering fresh pieces of clothing for our closets, but also to introduce us to the  up and coming designers who create them.  After losing her father to cancer  Dynasyt’s Founder Manuela Gomez said it was his death that  inspired her to go after her dream of fashion and build a company that  inspires others to follow their dreams too. Dynasty refers to  building a legacy that will last forever and  2259 refers to Gomez’s father’s birthday, which marks the beginning of the Dynasty.

Pictured left to right , Dynasty Musician :Youth Soul Love, Dynasty Owner: Manuela Gomez and Dynasty Graphic Designer: Yobi
Pictured left to right , Dynasty Musician :Youth Soul Love, Dynasty Owner: Manuela Gomez and Dynasty Graphic Designer: Yobi

After spending a year turning her  dream into a reality , along with partners Yobi and musician Youth Soul Love, and building the Dynasty brand the group commemorated their anniversary with The One Fashion Show.

Dynasty's collection kept it simple for guys up top but showed us how to have fun with printed bottoms. When it comes to ladies as you can see "X" marks the spot.
Dynasty’s collection kept it simple for guys up top but showed us how to have fun with printed bottoms. When it comes to ladies as you can see “X” marks the spot.

Dynasty chose the Galleria Mall in Houston as  the backdrop for the brand to introduce us to their collection and collections from Liv Culture, IVSL and Dinero’s Closet. Although the event was  gave us a peek at we need in our closets this summer ; it was also a chance to give back with proceeds from the show  donated to The American Cancer Society.

Loved watching Dinero's Closet give ladies a modern take on the classic LBD. Take note  ladies this summer  it doesn't have have to be all black.
Loved watching Dinero’s Closet give ladies a modern take on the classic LBD. Take note ladies this summer it doesn’t have have to be all black.

The first  annual One Fashion Show hosted by Dynasty was a  stunning runway presentation of designers who were able to build a bridge between :popular styles of  today and vintage looks from the past. I can’t wait to attend next year.  For more information on Dynasty XXIILIX visit xxiilix.com . You’re welcome for the heads up!

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follow @XIILIX on twitter, instagram, facebook and check out their youtube channel.

State Police review security procedures after incident at State Capitol

A Greenwell Springs man upset about losing his job allegedly told law enforcement officers Thursday that God told him to bring a BB gun to the State Capitol.

Russell W. Vaughn faces charges of resisting an officer and disturbing the peace after creating concern about security measures at the State Capitol and annoying his neighbors.

State Police said they believe Vaughn is the man who carried a BB gun up the front steps of the State Capitol and pointed it at the building’s windows.

Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, said he is uncertain whether it is even a crime to have a BB gun on the State Capitol grounds. He said his security team saw the man climbing the Capitol steps and intervened even though they were not armed.

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