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We Remember: Controversial Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

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*(Via Washington Post) – Marion Barry, the four-term former mayor and current D.C. Council member, who was one of the best known local political figures in Washington history, died around midnight Saturday, a few hours after being released from Howard University Hospital following a brief stay. He was 78.

His death was announced by his family in a statement released through a spokeswoman for Barry.

According to the statement, he died at the United Medical Center in Southeast Washington, after having been released from Howard University Hospital Saturday.

No cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in a statement that he would work with Barry’s family and the D.C. Council to plan ceremonies worthy of a “true statesman of the District of Columbia.”

C. Matthew Hudson, the chairman of the United Medical Center board and a personal pastor to Barry, said he was summoned to Barry’s bedside shortly after he arrived late Saturday night. Already there, he said, were the former Mayor’s wife, Cora Masters Barry, and his son Christopher Barry.

Get the FULL story at Washington Post.

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Al-Shabab Said to be Behind Deadly Bus Ambush in Kenya that Kills 28

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*(Via Newsy) – Gunmen suspected to be part of the Al-Shabab terrorist organization seized a bus in northeastern Kenya early Saturday and killed 28 passengers.

A passenger who escaped told the BBC the 60 passengers on board were separated into two groups, Somalis and non-Somalis. Those who could not cite passages of the Quran were then executed.

The Kenya Red Cross has confirmed the deaths and says they are working on transporting the bodies to the county hospital.

Reports on how many gunman there were vary, with the escaped passenger telling the BBC there were about 10 who boarded the bus and a county commissioner telling the Daily Nation there were about 100.

While not officially confirmed, the BBC says an Al-Shabab-linked website has released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack and saying it was in retaliation for Kenyan mosque raids in the southern port city of Mombasa earlier this week. (Video via YouTube / -{4}- مؤسسة البتار الإعلامية)

Read/learn MORE at Newsy.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Update: Don’t Expect Decision Before Monday

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*(Via Yahoo News) – Nearly a week after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency ahead of a decision in the contentious Ferguson police shooting, reports surfaced Saturday that an announcement may not be imminent.

Local media, quoting unidentified sources, reported that the panel won’t rule before the end of the weekend. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the grand jury is still gathering information.

Downtown STL Inc., a  civic group that promotes St. Louis businesses, told members in an email Saturday that the grand jury will reconvene Monday, the AP reported. The email did not explain how the group knew the information.

This story continues at Yahoo News.

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EUR Film Review ‘The Gambler’ Not Typical Gambling Addiction Flick

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*The movie “The Gambler,” when you first hear the title, seems at first another typical film about the ends and outs of another individual that is obsessed with winning large amounts of money and risking it all.

Well I am here to tell you that Director Rupert Wyatt and Producer Mark Walberg mix your brain with another spin to what it means in risk taking. Walberg also plays Jim Bennett an English professor and a high-stakes gambler who seems to be looking for a way to die at every turn.

You are taken in his world through the inner spaces of Los Angeles that usually not all are privy to or invited as Walberg (Jim Bennett) strives on making deals with loan sharks just for fun. It seems that he has more of a rush getting these powerful and dangerous men to give him money than betting on a winning hand in Black Jack.

This movie takes you on an emotional journey with a man as though you are walking side by side with him into the darkness of his life. He continues to search for what will make him happy spiritually and emotionally trying to fill the void of his desire of wanting simple love. He constantly dives in.

Being the high-stakes gambler that he is, he’s watched closely by a powerful man, Frank (John Goodman), who knows what type of man Bennett is. Bennett approaches Frank asking him to front him money, but Frank wants Bennett to really lower himself and tell him that he is not “a man.” Well, no dice. Bennett takes a walk.

Bennett then meets Neville played by Michael Kenneth Williams known for his role in the “Wire.” Bennett lures Neville into giving him $50,000 dollars and in seconds he loses it slapping Neville in the face. Neville wants his money back, along with the Chinese who lent him money and he’s got seven days to get it.

Bennett takes beating after beating and endures constant torture not caring if he dies with no fear.

In all of his aloofness of not caring, he somehow falls in love with Brie Larson (Amy Philips), one of his students. He battles within himself if he should partake in a relationship or not. She is the one person who will change his life. Now the sharks have something to barter with and they use it to the fullest.

Threating him with the loss of his new found desire that he has been searching for all his life, Bennett doesn’t go down without a fight. He loses his car and career to betting one more time. He returns to Frank asking him for more money and Frank makes it quite clear that he will wipe out his entire bloodline if he fails to pay it back.

This movie is a winner in every aspect. It grabs you from the start and rings you around with sharpness at every corner. You are continuously aware in every scene by the music, the rain and the dance in the world of Jim Bennett. Your eyes will not leave the screen in anticipation of what will happen next.

Everyone who watches this movie will leave with a personal lesson of their own. Each character in this film is all about truth which is very rare in this day and age to find. They all live life in a different way than most but they live by taking risk without regretting any decision that they have made. To live free is what we all strive for. However, in obtaining freedom one is entangled with the battle within one’s self on what real freedom is; sometimes it is not giving any doubt to what you want to inherit in life.

“The Gambler” leaves you with many things to think about. It leaves you with thoughts of change, self-enlightenment and the potential that one possesses to obtain complete happiness. This is an award winning cast and if this movie does not at least get nominated with an Oscar for best picture, I will truly be disappointed.

You must see “The Gambler” for yourself … it is brilliant.

Watch the red band trailer for “The Gambler”:

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Look: Serena Williams and Her Cleavage Visit Paris

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We thought you might like an update on Serena Williams.

On Thursday the 33-year-old Compton native took her charms to Paris, the City of Light where she took the opportunity to show her fans a peek-a-boo shot of her cleavage.

Williams, who was voted WTA player of the year for the sixth time earlier this week, decided to take some time off after recently winning her 18th Grand Slam title.

Williams’ Eiffel Tower cleavage picture is a reminder that earlier this month she signed to become the face of Australian bra company, Berlei,.

She seems to be in a great space in her life. Williams recently told Australia’s Daily Telegraph:

“I’m a normal woman – I can get self-conscious. But I think that is just natural for women to feel that way. I have learned to be proud of my curves and to embrace them. It’s important to love who you are and realize that you’re beautiful, no matter what society says.”

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Cosby Finally Speaks on His Situation After Standing Os Friday Night

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Bill Cosby perfoms to sold-out audience in Melbourne, FL

*The Bill Cosby saga continues.

On the heels of yet another accuser, a woman named Joyce Emmons, who says Cosby slipped a Quaalude into her drink and hours later she was in bed with one of his buddies, the embattled entertainer found himself in front as a very friendly audience Friday night in Melbourne, Florida.

In fact, while the funnyman’s tour overall is falling apart with cancellations, he joked about his usual subjects of family, wives and childhood Friday to a cheering audience that greeted him with a standing ovation when he took the stage and another when he finished.

The standing ovations come as a surprise to observers in light of the announcements that Cosby shows in Oklahoma, Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State, were called off as more women came forward and accused entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago.

The bottom line is that Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations. And surprisingly Cosby finally spoke about his situation to Florida Today.

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby told the newspaper after the show. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

Tom Werner, who co-founded the Carsey-Werner Company which produced “The Cosby Show,” defended Cosby in a statement to the Boston Globe.

“The Bill we knew was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television,” Werner and partner Marcy Carsey said in the statement. “These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”

Despite everything swirling around the 77-year-old longtime entertainer, fans filled a sold-out theater in Melbourne, Florida.

At least twice, someone shouted, “We love you, Bill Cosby.”

You can get MORE of this AP story at Huffington Post.

Watch the video of Cosby Friday night (11-21-14), sharing a hilarious story about his very brief time as a fifth-grade track star: