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Oprah Winfrey Brings ‘To Have And To Hold: Charlotte’ To OWN

(Atlanta, GA) – As Oprah Winfrey continues to build her network, the media mogul is bringing another relationship based program to OWN.

Unlike most reality shows that often appear to be scripted or fluffed up to add drama, To Have And To Hold Charlotte needs no help. With an eclectic group of couples putting it all out there for the world to see, viewers will finally get an authentic look at what marriage is really like.

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Some of the cast of To Have And To Hold Charlotte speak to the press in Atlanta about the new show. – Photo Credit: Sytonnia Moore

As castmate Alane states in the first episode, marriage is a whole lot different behind closed doors.  She and her husband Yandrick along with Christine and Daryhl and Ursula and Clinton also known as The Socialites, The Dinks and The Empty Nesters respectively, sat down for a private Q & A to talk about the experience.

Members of the press were given an advantage though with access to the first three episodes and it is definitely a must watch. Five couples, including a gay couple, managing their lives and navigating their way through the ups and downs of married life; what’s refreshing about To Have and To Hold Charlotte is that no one is pretending that he or she has the perfect union.

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Yandrick and Alane Paraison, run right along the heartbeat of the city as the show’s socialites. 

As proclaimed, they run Charlotte and everyone knows who they are. 

The couple, both entrepreneurs at this point, speak candidly about past financial struggles and role reversal when Alane carried the family through a rough patch. 

Yandrick has no problem with crediting his wife for holding their family down financially when those problems arose, but acknowledges that it’s not easy for a man to be in that position.

Married for 15 years with four children, he’s a senior consultant and entrepreneur.

She owns a salon and works long hours as a hair stylist.

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George Lucas Named America’s Wealthiest Celebrity 2018

(AP) – Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas is the wealthiest celebrity in America this year. He tops Forbes’ 2018 list with a net worth of five-point-four billion dollars. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes in second with three-point-seven billion, followed by television producer and former talk show host Oprah Winfrey with two-point-eight billion.

Former NBA player Michael Jordan is fourth with one-point-seven billion, and reality TV star Kylie Jenner and rapper Jay-Z are tied for fifth with 900 million each. The rest of the list includes magician David Copperfield, rapper Diddy, professional golfer Tiger Woods and author James Patterson.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Memoir “Becoming”

(AP) – Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s new memoir “Becoming” hits the shelves today. In the memoir, the former First Lady gives a brutally honest opinion on the current President Donald Trump.

Obama will kick off a 10-city U.S. book tour tonight in Chicago, where she grew up. Philanthropist and television icon Oprah Winfrey sat down with Obama earlier this month for an in-depth conversation that will air tonight.

Winfrey announced yesterday that she has picked “Becoming” as her new Book Club pick.

President Barack Obama And Billionaire Oprah Winfrey Will Campaign For Georgia Governor Candidate Stacey Abrams

(Atlanta, GA) – It’s crunch time.  As the campaign trail heads towards the final stretch, the big wigs are coming out to lend their support to Georgia Governor Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.

If elected, Abrams would be the first black female governor is U.S. history.  Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama want to make sure that happens. Oprah is expected to participate in two town hall meetings with Abrams in Atlanta, GA on November 1st, while Barack Obama will campaign for her in Atlanta on Friday.

The polls show Abrams with a slight lead over Secretary of State Brian Kemp who has come under heavy criticism lately with charges of voter suppression and corruption.  Almost 60 thousand absentee votes have been rejected, 70 percent of which are from African Americans.

The official date for the midterm elections is Nov. 6th.

Royal Wedding: ‘I Will’..Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Tie The Knot

(Windsor Castle, UK) – The eyes of the world watched on as the long-awaited royal wedding took place today.5b004589215de849469c90cdPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel. The 36-year-old Los Angeles-born actress wore a flowing white Givenchy  gown. Thirty-three-year-old Prince Harry and his best man, his brother Prince William, donned their military uniforms. Markle was walked down the aisle by Harry’s father, Prince Charles, as her own father was unable to attend due to health issues.Royal weddingHer mother, however, was on hand for the big day. Harry could be seen wiping away tears as a special message was read during the ceremony by his late mother’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes.

After the ceremony, the couple rode through the streets of Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage as crowds cheered them on. The couple announced their engagement late last year and their wedding today, the second for Markle, makes her just the second American to marry into the British royal family. They will be living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

3e55888cc5c04ead063b4d51722d6b08--prince-of-orange-stillborn*England’s first Black Queen, Sophie Charlotte born, Princess Sophie Charlotte, was born on this date (May 19th) in 1744.

She was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany, Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

Charlotte was married to King George III from 1761-1818.

Queen Elizabeth, Princes Philip and Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched on as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows.

Harry could be seen wiping away tears as a special message was read by his late mother’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes.  The Reverend Michael Curry of Chicago delivered a powerful sermon as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel.

Markle’s veil featured hand-embroidered flowers from all 53 counties that make up the Commonwealth. She also wore a tiara, reportedly picked from Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry vault.

California Lawmaker Maxine Waters Says Between Mueller And Stormy, Trump Will Get His

(SL) – Donald Trump seems to be aiming his attacks at more and more women lately with Rep. Maxine Waters on the receiving end this tim.

Trump attacked Rep. Maxine Waters saying she has a ‘low IQ’ in an off the cuff speech on Saturday night in Pennsylvania which saw him also attack Oprah Winfrey, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Elizabeth Warren.1749985693001_5718862462001_5718860607001-vsNow, Maxine Waters is hitting back saying if Robert Mueller doesn’t get him  porn star Stormy Daniels may do him in.

Trump childishly mocked Waters saying, ”We will impeach him. We will impeach the president. But he hasn’t done anything wrong. It doesn’t matter, we will impeach him.” 

‘She’s a low IQ individual. She can’t help it. She really is. “We will impeach him.” But we have Maxine Waters and plenty of others,’ Trump said at a rally for House candidate Rick Saccone.

Waters responded to Trump on MSNBC Sunday.

 ‘He is expert at name-calling,’ she said, ripping the president as a ‘con man,’ and pointing to his other attacks on Oprah Winfrey, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  ‘It seems that he’s identifying and picking up more and more women that he’s attacking.’

 

Oprah Responds To Trump “60 Minutes” Tweet

(SL) – Oprah Winfrey is responding to President Trump’s tweet ripping her for her segment on CBS’s”60 Minutes” last Sunday. Trump called Winfrey very insecure, said the questions she asked Michigan voters were biased and slanted, and that her facts were incorrect.

Winfrey asked questions of 14 people from Grand Rapids, seven who voted for Trump and seven who voted against him. On yesterday’s “Ellen” show she said, after seeing Trump’s tweet, she reviewed the tapes to make sure there were no biases.

She stressed that she’d made a point of having editors include a pro-Trump Republican’s response to her question about whether voters care how America looks to the rest of the world.

Oprah Caught In Mudslide That’s Killed 16, Has 24 Missing And 300 Trapped

(Montecito, CA) –  Oprah’s home is one of many that was surrounded by the deadly mudslides in Southern California. The Queen of talk posted a video on Instagram last night, which shows her walking through the backyard of her Montecito residence in Santa Barbara County.

Knee deep in mud, she says, “Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern,” Winfrey wrote on her Instagram page today. “My property is fine. Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru.”

In the brief video, Winfrey  further surveys the muddy aftermath near her Montecito home. “Oh god,” she says. “So, there used to be a fence right here. “That’s my neighbor’s house, devastated. And debris is everywhere.”

As the rain moves out of Southern California, the heavy equipment is moving in after deadly mudslides. Bulldozers, tractors and military grade trucks are all being used today to clear the roads to make way for more rescue crews heading to the upscale coastal community of Montecito in Santa Barbara County.

Officials say the tons of trash, trees, rocks and mud that slid off the hillsides and knocked homes off their foundation yesterday has led to the deaths of at least 16 people. Officials believe that number is expected to climb, with dozens of people missing and hundreds still trapped in their homes.

Twenty-five-people were injured and 50 had to be rescued by helicopters when the muddy runoff swept through neighborhoods, knocked homes off foundations and overran the 101-Freeway in some areas. The mudslides were triggered by yesterday’s heavy rainstorm in hillsides left barren by the massive Thomas Fire.

 

The Story Of Recy Taylor And Why You Should Know Her

(SL) – Recy Taylor died December 28th, 2017, 3 days before her 98th birthday but her story will forever live on as a staple example of the sexual abuse, rape and overall injustice that transcends as Oprah Winfrey said, every culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.

In 1944, 24-year-old Recy Taylor and two friends were walking back from a late-night church service in Abbeville, Ala., when seven young white men in a car stopped them and threatened them with a gun. Taylor was abducted, blindfolded forced to enter the car, and the men drove off with her into the woods where they raped on her . They kept her for 4-5 hours and no one knows exactly what all they did to her, but it was horrific.

They warned her that if she said anything about it they would kill her.

“Some white boys took me out there and messed with me,” said Taylor in a 2011 NPR interview with journalist Michel Martin.

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The brutal crime was eventually reported to the civil rights organisation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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Save Us Lady O! Golden Globes Fuel #Oprah2020 Talk

(Beverly Hills, CA) –A powerful speech at last night’s 75th annual Golden Globes is fueling speculation that Oprah Winfrey could make a run for the White House. Social media exploded overnight with speculation after Oprah’s moving speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

She received several standing ovations as she spoke of sexual abuse, racism and freedom of the press. The hashtag Oprah 2020 was trending almost immediately. Her longtime companion Stedman Graham seemed to only fan the flames. He told the “L.A. Times” Oprah would absolutely run for president. He added “it’s up to the people.”