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Woodson Named ‘Young People’s Literature’ Ambassador

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Jacqueline Woodson, the country’s next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, originally had someone else in mind for the job. “It’s funny, because I called him (current ambassador Gene Luen Yang) awhile back to suggest another person,” the award-winning author told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. “And he told me, ‘Thanks, we already have a person we want.’ I had no idea it was me.” The Library of Congress, which along with the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced Woodson’s appointment Thursday, will hold a formal ceremony next week to begin her...

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Real Weather Term ‘Bomb’ Blows Up On Social Media

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to weather, it’s hard to sound scarier than “bomb cyclone.” It’s a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds. Meteorologists have used the term “bomb” for storms for decades, based on a strict definition, said University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Jason Furtado. After it showed it showed up in a Washington Post story on Tuesday, the weather...

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Little Known Black History Fact: Ruth Cave Flowers

[ad_1] In the annals of Black history in the state of Colorado, late Boulder native Dr. Ruth Cave Flowers commands a lofty space. She was the one of the first African-American women to graduate from the University of Colorado. CU’s first Black female graduate was Lucile Berkeley Buchanan, a fact revealed in the early 90’s. Ruth Cave, born in 1902 and raised until the age of 15 in Colorado Springs, followed in Buchanan’s footsteps ultimately enjoying a celebrated career in education. After losing her mother at 11, Cave was raised by her grandmother and eventually relocated to Boulder. Despite graduating from Boulder High...

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Angela Bassett On Hubby: ‘It Wasn’t Love At First Sight’

[ad_1] Angela Bassett opens up on her 20-year marriage to actor Courtney B. Vance. When asked by the hosts of CBS’ The Talk if it was love at first sight for the couple, she admits: “No. I mean, admiration, he was awfully cute, we were in drama school together, and I was a little ahead of him in drama school, and he came with a girlfriend, so no…” She also shares that the couple decided to be celibate for the year before their wedding: “It went pretty well. It worked out… I do find that it’s easier to get to know the person, them to get...

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Mary J. Blige Among Actresses Joining Golden Globes Protest

[ad_1] PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Gal Gadot, Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige and Allison Janney will be dressed in black at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards as part of a planned anti-harassment protest, and all four voiced their support for a new initiative, Time’s Up, that’s aimed at supporting women who bring complaints. “I am one of those women, so, you know, I don’t want to go into detail about that and I haven’t, but I am, and I stand with those women. I champion them,” Blige said Tuesday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards. Blige, who earned a Globe...

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The Top 10 Fitness Trends Of 2018

[ad_1] 2017 went by in a flash. The one remaining constant in 2018 is that social media is here to stay. How we connect, function, move, interact and socialize is dominated by our cell phones. My epiphany last year is that social media had me craving more real-life social settings. Now that 2017 is behind us, the Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2018 are here. In reviewing the Top Fitness trends on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and some of my favorite motivational speakers here’s what I found. Number 1: Wearable technology to help you achieve more individual results. Number 2: One of my favorite ways to work with multiple...

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Did Bad Restaurant Reviews Cause A Couple To Kill?

[ad_1] MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A restaurant manager and his girlfriend have been charged in the fatal shooting of a cook following negative online reviews of the fried chicken restaurant where they all worked. Recent negative reviews of Bonchon Chicken on Yelp, a crowd-sourced review website, “could have been a culminating factor” in the case, Manchester police Capt. Christopher Davis told the Hartford Courant on Wednesday. The manager, James Goolsby, was arrested Tuesday and was charged with the murder of Norris Jackson, a Hartford native and father of seven who was shot four times inside the restaurant in Manchester around lunchtime Saturday. Goolsby’s...

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Iran protests: Supreme Leader blames nation’s ‘enemies’

[ad_1] "The enemy is waiting for an opportunity, for a flaw, through which they can enter. Look at these events over the last few days. All those who are against the Islamic Republic -- those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence -- they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution," he said, without naming any particular country. The US ambassador to the United Nations said any assertions that the protests are designed by Iran's enemies are "complete...

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Morning Slay: Ciara Goes Au Naturals For Instagram [PHOTOS]

[ad_1] Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / GettyCiara wanted to let all of social media know that she doesn’t need to glam up to slay!We’re used to Ciara serving us all types of visual excellence. From hair and makeup to her outfits and down to her shoes, Ciara knows how to throw a look together. She let her husband, Russell Wilson, pick up a camera to show everyone that she can also work it right after sliding out of bed. As if there were any doubt that she was a natural beauty!Opting to skip any makeup, Ciara needed nothing more than a white...

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Kerry Washington, Viola Davis Teaming Up For Crossover Episode?

[ad_1] Source: Jason LaVeris / Getty If you thought TGI Thursdays were lit before, you’ll love what Shonda Rhimes has in store for us—allegedly. Earlier today, Jan. 3, Kerry Washington sent social media into a frenzy when she posted from the set of How To Get Away With Murder as Olivia Pope. “Hey Ms @violadavis check it out. This spot look familiar?! Where are you?,” she captioned the photo. Soon after, Viola Davis posted a photo from the set of Scandal, in character as Annalise Keating. Deadline reports there is a crossover in the works, though there has been no confirmation just yet. We didn’t...

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