GOODBYE 2013

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We are now in the final wrapping stages of 2013… And wow what a year it was…
There was the Boston Bombings, we had the Snowden Leaks, and we can’t forget the Government Shutdown, and then after years… of political fighting- the Affordable Health Care Act went into effect.
Though there were many, many other stories during the year (both good and bad), we have gotten this close to another year.
I want to personally take the time to thank the readers of this blog for continuing to come here. I hope to inspire you, to educate you, and to entertain you. And in order to do that, I need to hear from you. If there are issues that you want me to cover, please make sure that I know. If there is a story that you want me to post or elaborate on, let me know that as well.
We are rapidly approaching the 1 year mark for studiotj, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your life in this way. Be on the lookout for some great things in the coming year.
May you have a safe and prosperous NEW YEAR!!!

SHANI DAVIS WINS 1000M AT OLYMPIC TRIALS

I’ve always liked this speed skater. Of course I had to post this article. I found it over at eurweb.com
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Speedskater Shani Davis Wins 1000M at Olympic Trials; Claims Spot in 500M

December 30, 2013
Shani Davis celebrates on the medals podium after winning the men’s 1,000 meter during the U.S. Speed Skating Long Track Olympic Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on December 29, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Shani Davis celebrates on the medals podium after winning the men’s 1,000 meter during the U.S. Speed Skating Long Track Olympic Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on December 29, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah

*Speedskater Shani Davis, who won a gold medal in the 1,000 meters at the last two Olympics, will have a shot to make history at the Sochi Olympics after capturing another title at the U.S. speedskating trials Sunday.

No male skater has ever won the same event at three straight Winter Games.

Davis edged Brian Hansen by a hundredth of a second in Sunday’s 1,000 meters, one of his signature events.

“Any time I step out on the ice and I put my hood on, I have something to prove,” said Davis, who at 31 is preparing for what will likely be his final Olympics. “I’ve been doing it for 25 years. I just love being the position I’m in now. Years ago, I never would’ve thought I would be as good as I am now. I’m just so thankful that I’m here.”

Davis has locked up at least two events in Sochi, also claiming a spot in the 500, and is favored in the still-to-come 1,500, in which he won silver medals at the last two Olympics. In addition, there’s a chance he’ll take part in the team pursuit, a race he passed on at previous Olympics because he didn’t want to affect preparations for his individual events.

Monday is an off day at the trials. The competition resumes Tuesday at the Utah Olympic Oval with the 1,500s, before wrapping up Wednesday with the women’s 5,000 and men’s 10,000.

UNSUNG HEROES

This is the companion post to “Where Is Kunte Kinte… This has also been a much requested post of mine for the year.

Okay finally I’ve been able to get a picture to appear. This is one of many pictures that I promised that my brother took on his visit to the potential resting place of Kunta Kinte. I will post more images later.

SLAVE GRAVESITE

ROBIN SAYS: IT IS WHAT IT IS…

ABC News Special - The Year

Renae sent me this article: For all of those who wanted to know,
GMA’s Robin Roberts Acknowledges Same-Sex Relationship In New Disclosure
Variety
By Brian Steinberg

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts has acknowledged publicly for the first time a longstanding relationship with a woman, marking another bout of personal disclosure for the popular newswoman whose 2012 fight with myleodysplastic syndrome corresponded with a surge in the ratings for the ABC morning show.

In a post made Sunday on Facebook, Roberts said she was mulling her state a year earlier, in 2012, when she reached an important 100 day-milestone after undergoing a blood marrow transplant.

“At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health,” she wrote. “I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. 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. I return every one of them to you 100 fold. On this last Sunday of 2013 I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too.”
An ABC News spokeswoman said Roberts has been in a ten-year relationship with a woman named Amber Laign, a massage therapist in private practice originally from the Bay Area, and noted that the two had met through mutual friends. Laign specializes in helping people recovering from injuries, the spokeswoman said.

Roberts’ personal life has become intertwined with her professional one since the revelation of her disease in 2012 and the on-air updates that followed regarding her status. ABC wrung much from her absence, giving viewers regular reports and letting them visit with Roberts via video or a short visit she made to the set during her recovery period.

While Roberts was gone, ABC’s “Good Morning America” extended the number of weeks it trumped NBC’s “Today” for the viewers advertisers covet. These days, “GMA” is firmly in the lead, while executives at NBC News have made changes, including the addition of Carson Daly to the morning broadcast, aimed at bringing viewers back to its fold. “Today” had dominated the morning talk-show realm for 16 years until hitting a snag in 2012 during an awkward transition between co-host Ann Curry and her replacement, Savannah Guthrie.

ABC News has under the aegis of its president, Ben Sherwood, continued to focus on the personal lives of its on-air correspondents. In recent weeks, reporter Amy Robach has generated publicity by telling the story in November of her discovery of having breast cancer after receiving a mammogram on television a month earlier. The correspondent subsequently underwent a double mastectomy and returned to ABC’s air in December.

In October, “20/20″ anchor Elizabeth Vargas disclosed she was entering a program for treatment of alcohol dependency. She has since confirmed she’s completed treatment, but a definitive return to the air has not been disclosed.

Roberts’ disclosure comes just days after a furor over anti-gay remarks made by Phil Robertson, head of the clan featured in A&E’s reality series “Duck Dynasty.” During an interview with GQ magazine, Robertson cast aspersions on people in same-sex relationships and African-Americans, prompting a suspension by the cabler’s parent, A+E Networks, and a quick reversal of the decision – drawing anger from supporters of both Robertson and the groups he offended. As co-host of what is arguably the nation’s favorite morning program, Roberts may help fuel more discussion and debate in this latest clash of cultural values.

SOMETIMES… TEACHERS NEED TO BE TAUGHT

This teacher had the nerve to tell a student who expressed a desire to one day become President that: “we don’t need another black president.” Okay, before I become insensitive, I’m just going to let you read the article for yourself.

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By Eric Robinette

Cox Media Group Ohio
FAIRFIELD, Ohio —
A teacher in Ohio was suspended without pay for allegedly making racially insensitive remarks.

The Fairfield City Schools Board of Education suspended Gil Voigt, who has been a teacher at Fairfield Freshman School for 13 years, said Board President Dan Murray. It is the first step in the process of terminating the teacher, he said.

Superintendent Paul Otten said the incident took place earlier this month when an African-American student expressed an ambition to be president. Voigt allegedly replied, “We don’t need another black president.”

“He was talking to some students and said some things that were racially insensitive. We take diversity in our school district very seriously with tolerance of people who are different. We just felt this teacher had crossed the line,” Murray said.

Otten said Voigt had been reprimanded for racially insensitive remarks in the past. A report prepared by Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin lists four instances of discipline: A verbal warning in April 2008 for an “inappropriate racial comment,” another in November 2008 for “improper use of school technology” and a third in December 2013 for “inappropriate comments to students.” He also received a written warning last month for “failure to use adopted curriculum.”

The report also notes “All evaluations have been satisfactory.”

“Obviously we’re very disheartened to have this situation with any of our staff members,” Otten said. “It’s not something we’re proud of, and it’s something we must not tolerate.”

Voigt taught seven years in North Carolina, two years in Florida and six years at Cincinnati public before joining Fairfield. He received a continuing contract in 2002, and his 2013-2014 contract stipulated a $73,566 salary. He could not be reached for comment.

Voigt has the right to appeal the decision before the school board within 10 days of notification, Otten said. Treasurer Nancy Lane and the district’s Law Director John Clemmons are drafting an official notification to the teacher.

THE CONTROVERSIAL “PREACHERS OF LA”… MY SHOW

And I can’t even think about closing out this year without mentioning my favorite reality TV shows, “The Preachers of LA. This show, in my opinion, ministered to a lot of people. I did hear some negative comments about the show but those comments mostly came from people who did not watch it. People please listen to me: If you are going to make a judgment, please make an informed one. ‘Nuf said.

WHERE IS KUNTA KINTE?

I had to repost this. This is one of the most viewed posts on my blog this year. I can’t believe that I first posted it on February 21, 2013. There is a 2nd part to this post that I post later. Don’t rush me… Time flies by too fast already.

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I got a phone call last night from my very excited baby brother. Well, he’s not really a baby any more but my baby brother nonetheless. He was extending an invitation to me, to come to visit him in Fredericksburg, Va. so that we could go out to find Kunta Kinte. Yes, that Kunta Kinte.
Alex Haley first introduced us to his great, great, great grandfather many years ago in the made for television mini-series, Roots. There are some who think that Kunta Kinte is a fictional character, yet Kunta Kinte was real.
Kunta Kinte’s grave is located at what is now Loriella Park in Spotsylvania Virginia. In the back of the park there is a frisbee golf course, and off in the woods by the second hole there is an old slave cemetery. It is not specifically marked as the grave of Kunta Kinte…but it is widely regarded by…

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BEYONCE’… ENUF SAID.

I found this article on http://www.eurweb.com
This is about the Queen B…… Beyoncé.

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Queen Bey posted the uber chic ensemble on Istagram captioned, “I don’t pop Molly…” A lyric from her baby daddy’s song, “Tom Ford.”

During the private screening for her platinum disc “Beyonce,” Mrs. Carter answered fans’ questions via Instagram.

“It’s amazing how motherhood changes you. I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all of my fears and everything I’ve learned over the 17 years and I applied it into this project. More than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman,” was Bey’s response about how motherhood has inspired her mindset. “It’s about loving your imperfections and the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to let anyone put me in a box.”

The fashionista wanted to shake up the boring music industry.

“Honestly I was at a point where I felt like, you know, everything feels the same … that’s how I felt and if I could not challenge that, then maybe it’s time for me to do something else or develop more artists, which is something I want to do,” Bee said. “I just hope that I continue to move forward and challenge myself, and I think now that I’ve become a mother, I just want my legacy to inspire people.”

Beyonce Tom Ford DressThe The icon said the goal of the album was to create her own lane, not to produce No. 1 hits and to be a surprise gift to her fans.

“The biggest goal is having happiness…when people come to my shows, I want them to leave there feeling like there is hope,” Yonce said. “I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. And show other women when you get to this point in your career, you don’t have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself.”

FOR THE GOOD OF THEM…

The poker player who left $300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi made good on his promise and gave the cabbie $10,000…
The cab company also decided to step up to the plate. They honored the driver’s good deed by naming him employee of the year and awarding him $1,000 and giving him a gift certificate to a Las Vegas steakhouse.