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Fast Food Workers Ready to Take Campaign for Higher Wages to Next Level

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*It looks like somebody is reaching the end of their rope.

We’re talking about fast food workers who say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

About 1,300 workers will attend sessions Friday and Saturday at an expo center in Villa Park, Illinois, where they’ll be asked to do “whatever it takes” to win $15-an-hour wages and a union, said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the national effort and a representative of the Service Employees International Union.

The union has been providing financial and organizational support to the fast-food protests that began in late 2012 in New York City and have included daylong strikes and a protest outside this year’s McDonald’s Corp. shareholder meeting that resulted in more than 130 arrests.

“We want to talk about building leadership, power and doing whatever it takes depending on what city they’re in and what the moment calls for,” said Fells, adding that the ramped-up actions will be “more high profile” and could include everything from civil disobedience to intensified efforts to organize workers.

“I personally think we need to get more workers involved and shut these businesses down until they listen to us,” perhaps even by occupying the restaurants, said Cherri Delisline, a 27-year-old single mother from Charleston, South Carolina, who has worked at McDonald’s for 10 years and makes $7.35 an hour.

Delisline said she and her four girls live with her mother, but the family still has difficulty paying utilities and the mortgage while providing for her children. She said she has not been to a doctor in two years and does not get paid if she stays home sick.

You can get the rest of this story at JetMag.com.

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Donald Sterling Loses Court Case: Clippers to be Sold to Ex Microsoft CEO

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Ding Dong, the witch is dead. Ding dong the wicked witch is dead…

*The AP is reporting that a judge has ruled against LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and has Ok’d the sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Here’s what the LA Times is reporting:

Judge Michael Levanas allowed the sale of the Clippers to go forward Monday afternoon, ruling in favor of Shelly Sterling on all three counts in a probate court trial against Donald Sterling.

The ruling in Los Angeles Superior Court included an extraordinary order that essentially renders any appellate court intervention meaningless.

Levanas made the announcement after almost two hours of closing arguments between lawyers for Donald Sterling and Shelly Sterling.

Shelly Sterling was successful in having the judge uphold the removal of her husband as trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers, on grounds of mental incapacitation. The ruling clears the way to implement her May agreement to sell the franchise to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Get the rest of this story at LA Times.

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EUR Gets the Scoop on Lifetime’s ‘Bring It!’ (Watch)

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*Coach Dianna “Miss D” Williams, had a major presence with her “Bring It” majorettes on the red carpet at the 20th Annual Essence Festival.

Based in Jackson, Mississippi, the Dancing Dolls troupe made up mostly of young girls age ten to seventeen, has won over fifteen Grand Championship titles and more than one hundred trophies.

EURweb’s Lee Bailey caught up Williams and her young dancers to talk about their Lifetime competition series and how they keep in step!

Watch:

“Bring It” airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on Lifetime. For MORE, including latest episodes,go HERE.

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Read Joe Jackson’s Open Letter to Daughter Janet: ‘I’m Proud of You’

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*Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the world famous Jackson entertainment family isn’t exactly known for being a softy. We all know how his relationship with son Michael turned out.

However, it looks like he’s finally gotten around to mellowing out. After all, on Saturday, he celebrated his 86th birthday. In fact, in a series of posts on his blog, Jackson lets us in on his private thoughts about his family. Among other things, he’s written about his estranged wife Katherine Jackson, and his most recent post, about his “girl,” Janet:

Janet, the youngest in the family is very, very smart. She was more like a tough kid. She was real rough. I mean she was rough. What do they call them… yes … tomboy. She was a tomboy. She could whop all the girls. Really rough and really, really smart. She is really easy nowadays. She has mellowed. She is now married and living a good life with her husband.

When I suffered 4 strokes last year, and was in the hospital recovering, only two people in my family traveled all the way to see in the hospital. My granddaughter Brandi (Jackie’s daughter and my baby girl Janet. She sat right next to me as I lay in bed, spent time with me, talking about a lot together. It meant a lot to me. I lay there listening to her as she talked about how she was going to get married. I am happy for her and wish her nothing but the best ! I never tell you this, but I am proud of you Janet.

Read the more of what Joe Jackson has to say about his “girl” Janet by clicking over to his blog.

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Nicki Minaj Shows it from the Front this Time (Look!)

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*My my, my. Nicki Minaj is bustin’ out again.

As you no doubt recall, she set off alarms last week with the release of cover art for “Anaconda,” her new single … a photo of herself from the back, squatting in a hit pink thong bikini.

Yes, as some would say she’s lookin’ supa fine from behind. But that was last week. Cut to today. OK, actually yesterday, Sunday, and she released another photo of herself in the pink barely-there outfit. But with one big difference as you can see. It’s a front view.

So what’s the point of the new pic? It’s her way of telling fans the release of “Anaconda” will be a week late

“My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of ‘Anaconda’ to next week, Monday 8/4,” she  captioned her Instagram photo.

‘I promise you will understand why before the week is out.’

The new shot shows her standing on a pink yoga mat in a matching pink bikini. Off to one side is a large pink exercise ball, on the other, what appears to be a pair of five-pound pink dumbbells.

Just like in the other pic featuring her ample bottom, Nicki is wearing those high top blue trainers.

Speaking of her booty, the pic that was all about her big ol’ butt, was the source of a lot of flack for her. Something we don’t think she saw coming for some reason.

But she tried to justify it by reminding naysayers that her “assets” are no more “unacceptable” than similar images of white models.

We can only wonder what Stephen A. Smith would say.  :)

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Obama Accused of Being too Aloof by Both Democratic and Republican Lawmakers

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*Is President Obama too much of a loner for legislators in Washington? Well, if you believe a new report from the AP that’s exactly the case.

They point to the situation where Obama is requesting billions to deal with migrant children streaming across the border, but lawmakers – both Republicans and Democrats – complain that after six years in being in power, the White House is clueless when comes to working with Congress.

Top GOP leaders got no notice of the $3.7 billion emergency request. The administration sent contradictory messages about what it wanted to deal with the border crisis. And as the proposal drew fierce criticism, the White House made few overtures to lawmakers in either party to rally support.

House and Senate lawmakers in both parties plus several senior congressional aides said this past week that the handling of the proposal by Obama and the White House is emblematic of the administration’s rocky relationship with Congress: an ad hoc approach that shuns appeals to opponents and doesn’t reward allies.

Combined with a divided Congress — GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate — and election-year maneuvering, neither basic nor crisis-driven legislation is getting done.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the lack of communication between the White House and Congress as “stunning.” He said he first learned many details of Obama’s border request from news reports.

You can get the rest of this AP report at MSN News.