(Washington, DC -AP) — Tens of millions of Americans will only get about 80 percent of their social security benefits by 2035. The annual trustees report released today projects the program will be spending more than it’s bringing in by 2020 and trust funds will be tapped out by 2035.
Trustees urged Congress to take action to reverse the shortfall and guarantee Americans will get their full benefits. The House has already held hearings on Social Security reform and one bill has gained support from more than 200 lawmakers.
(Spokane, WA) – Former Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is the subject of a new documentary coming to Netflix dealing with her claims that she is black. The video streaming giant released a trailer for the film “The Rachel Divide.”
The trailer features Dolezal talking to her son Franklin, who tells her he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life focusing on her controversy. Dolezal made headlines in 2015 for passing herself off as a black woman despite being born white, saying she identifies as an African American.
“The Rachel Divide” is available to stream on April 27th.
(SL) – Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating. TMZ says all signs point to divorce after the couple issued a statement saying they “made a mutual decision” to split at the end of 2017. It added, they “look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”
Aniston reportedly, showed up solo for Amy Schumer’s wedding on Tuesday and on Valentine’s Day Justin was seen moving out of an apartment the couple shared in New York City. The couple tied the knot in 2015 at a secret wedding at their Bel Air estate.Meanwhile, Amy Schumer married 37-year-old chef Chris Fischer in a surprise wedding in Malibu. The 36-year-old actress had just recently confirmed the relationship, posting a photo to social media of the two at Ellen DeGeneres” 60th birthday party. She posted to Instagram a wedding photo of the two and told fans that she’s not pregnant and to donate to gun safety in lieu of gifts.
(SL) – Hundreds of thousands of women across the country are marking the start of President Trump’s second year with protests. Demonstrators assembled yesterday at major landmarks in cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and New York.
In Los Angeles, an estimated 600-thousand people turned out to protest Trump’s policies. The crowd included celebrities, politicians and activists. Organizers said around 300-thousand people attended the rally in Chicago.
Many marchers wore pink hats while others held up signs expressing their discontent with the current administration.
The events also mark the anniversary of the massive women’s march in DC that sparked a movement across the globe. Demonstrators kept with tradition of the first women’s march by protesting a variety of issues including LBGTQ rights and immigration policies.
“The most beautiful things are not these objects. The most beautiful things are inside. “- Jay Z
(SL)– “I can’t see it coming down my eyes, so I gotta make the song cry.” Hip Hop Mogul Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter says when he wrote that song he was clearly hiding because the strongest thing a man can do is cry.
In his evolution, he now believes that being vulnerable and exposing yourself to the world is real strength; something him and Beyonce both exercised on their latest projects. Jigga says originally it was supposed to be a joint album, but Beyonce was way ahead in her project and ended up dropping Lemonade first. It was Lemonade that finally put the spotlight on what possibly happened when Solange went Bruce Lee in the elevator. But…will he ever tell us who Becky with the good hair is? Not likely.
Beyonce dropped the hints and Jay Z pretty much confirmed the infidelity allegations on his top grammy nominated album 4:44. However, Hov, outside of his lyrics, has never flat out admitted that yes…he did in fact cheat on his wife of nine years, until now.
With no theatrics, no studio, producer or engineer Jay Z sat down with Dean Baquet on September 27th and took us all the way inside the life of music’s next billionaire.
“I’m not black. I’m O.J.” – Orenthal Simpson
“When I was invited to interview Jay-Z, I wanted to talk about his song “The Story of O.J.,” from his most recent album, “4:44,” in which he quotes the legendary, maybe apocryphal, Simpson line “I’m not black, I’m O.J.”
I was less engaged by the rapper’s marital troubles or his infamous, caught-on-video 2014 elevator dust-up with his sister-in-law. But I did want to try to understand how, with an $88 million Bel Air mansion a freeway ride from neighborhoods where black people endure with so little, Jay-Z holds onto his younger self — a black man who grew up in the ’70s in the Marcy projects of Brooklyn. It seemed from his new body of work that examining this high-wire act of straddling two places had been stirring more deeply within him — much the way it stirs in me, a Southern black man who grew up revering O.J. and whose own success is infinitely greater than anyone in my early life would have imagined for me.
What is it about the story of O.J. Simpson that moved us both?
BAQUET The things I want to talk to you about: I want to talk a little bit about race. Your music some, too. I thought the song [“The Story of O.J.,” from the album “4:44,” 2017] was particularly powerful. I took the message as, “You can be rich, you can be poor, you’re still black.” Who were you speaking to? Who did you want to listen to that and be moved by it?
JAY-Z It’s a nuanced song, you know. It’s like, I’m specifically speaking to us. And about who we are and how do you maintain the sense of self while pushing it forward and holding us to have a responsibility for our actions. Because in America, it is what it is. And there’s a solution for us: If we had a power base together, it would be a much different conversation than me having a conversation by myself and trying to change America by myself. If I come with 40 million people, there’s a different conversation, right? It’s just how it works. I can effect change and get whomever in office because this many people, we’re all on the same page. Right? So the conversation is, like, “I’m not rich, I’m O.J.” For us to get in that space and then disconnect from the culture. That’s how it starts. This is what happens. And then you know what happens? You’re on your own, and you see how that turned out.
BAQUET Was it a reminder, too, that the thing O.J. forgot, maybe, was that as rich as he was, as entitled as his life was, he was reminded very forcefully when he became a subject of racial debate that he was also a black man, whether he accepted that or not?
(SL) – Scandalous! Of course we love the babies but….my goodness..what are they eating white truffles and caviar?? MSN reports, After the toughest on-field season of his career, star Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is in more hot water.
The burly slugger is facing legal trouble after failing to pay child support for two children he allegedly fathered to Belkis Rodriguez. Rodriguez alleges that Cabrera fathered her children in 2013 and 2015.
That’s, of course, at least two separate visits to Rodriguez, meaning Cabrera certainly considered this a relationship of sorts or he was just incredibly careless.
Cabrera was paying Rodriguez child support until he bought her a house, at which time Cabrera started decreasing the amount of money he was paying out to raise these children. However, the tone has changed lately; Cabrera claims that Rodriguez is extorting him, and he recently demanded a paternity test.
Cabrera’s side has tried to get the case thrown out, but he is scheduled to appear in Miami for a deposition later this week.
The allegations are contained in court records obtained by The Detroit News that chronicle a public fight over money and offer insight into the personal life of a married, intensely private, baseball player who has three children with his wife of 15 years, Rosangel.
Belkis Mariela Rodriguez, 35, of Orlando, sued Cabrera in Florida in August after the Tigers first baseman allegedly slashed child-support payments, a move that coincided with the Tigers veteran helping her buy a nearly $1 million home earlier this year.
Cabrera is one of the world’s wealthiest athletes, earning more than $30 million a year, but is fighting over how much money the children should receive.
Cabrera, 34, wants paternity tests conducted on the children, born in 2013 and 2015, and has accused Rodriguez of extorting him, according to court records. It’s unclear if those tests have been administered. Cabrera currently is paying her more than $6,200 a month.
Rodriguez, a florist, has custody of both children, though Cabrera has visitation rights and a say in all “major” decisions involving the children, per court documents. Cabrera is named as the father on both birth certificates, Rodriguez says in the court documents.
Cabrera’s legal team has accused Rodriguez of “embarking on a mission to extort additional moneys to be used for her benefit under the guise of child support,” according to court records filed in Orange County, Florida.
Cabrera is scheduled to be questioned under oath by the woman’s lawyers during a videotaped deposition Thursday in Orlando. Rodriguez was scheduled to begin her deposition Friday.
A message left Friday night with Rodriguez wasn’t immediately returned. Cabrera’s lead attorney, Benjamin Hodas, didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday. The Tigers didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
A lawyer for Rodriguez, who owns Lake Eola Florist in Orlando, declined comment.
“For professional reasons and in order to protect the privacy of the affected persons, it is our general policy and practice not to comment on ongoing matters,” her lawyer, Terry Young, wrote in an email to The News on Thursday.
(Washington, DC) – While most people were glued to their televisions and social media sites following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction on Texas, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is the former Arizona Sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants landed him with a criminal conviction.
Mr. Arpaio had touted himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” making inmates wear pink underwear and serving jail food that at least some prisoners called inedible. He was also at the forefront of the so-called birther movement that aimed to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally and turning them over to the immigration authorities.
In 2011, a federal district judge hearing the case ordered Mr. Arpaio to stop detaining people based solely on suspicion of their immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. But the sheriff insisted that his tactics were legal and that he would continue employing them.
(SL)– The winning ticket was sold in Chicopee Mass. The numbers — 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, with a Powerball of 4.
Almost 10 million more players won prizes totaling more than $135 million, it said. More than 30 of those being million dollar tickets.
The payout, which can be taken in a lump sum or in 29 yearly payments, is estimated to be around $443 Million depending on state taxes. The owner of the store that sold the winning ticket will receive $50,000.
Six tickets — sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands — won $2 million each.