Maurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown Shares New Soul-Infused Single “Destination Hope” [Listen]

first_imgGrammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the entire 11-piece horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 album Revelator (which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012), and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, The Mood due out March 2017, Brown has released his latest single “Destination Hope,” featuring singer Chris Turner and spoken word poet J. IVY. It’s a jazzy, soul-infused number with straight hip-hop beats that will keep your head swaying even after the track ends.Brown tells us about the track: “Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”Take a listen below:last_img read more

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Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, Has Passed Away

first_imgThe 76-year-old legend performed her last public performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August of 2017, and her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York in November of the same year.Few souls will ever be as long-lasting as Aretha Franklin. The world will miss her greatly.Aretha Franklin – “I Say A Little Prayer”,In 2010, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with cancer. The “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think” singer/songwriter continued to work through it as much as she could, before officially announcing her retirement in February of 2017. In an interview with Detroit WDIV Local 4, when she announced her retirement, she expressed: “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now… I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”,The 76-year-old legend performed her last public performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August of 2017, and her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York in November of the same year.Few souls will ever be as long-lasting as Aretha Franklin. The world will miss her greatly.Aretha Franklin – “I Say A Little Prayer” Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. According to Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, the “Queen of Soul” died Thursday morning at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. In the Associated Press, the statement confirms: “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute.”The family responded: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”They continued, “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”On Monday of this week, reports began to spread that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” in hospice care, surrounded by family and friends who were asking for prayers and privacy in Detroit.In 2010, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with cancer. The “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think” singer/songwriter continued to work through it as much as she could, before officially announcing her retirement in February of 2017. In an interview with Detroit WDIV Local 4, when she announced her retirement, she expressed: “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now… I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”last_img read more

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Bourbon Rhode Death Toll Rises

first_imgFrench offshore vessel owner Bourbon confirmed that the death of the fourth crew member following the sinking of the AHTS Bourbon Rhode in the Atlantic Ocean on September 26.The body of the seafarer was discovered on October 1 and transferred on the French Navy’s Ventôse frigate.“On behalf of BOURBON, I would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased seafarer. We are at their side to accompany them through this terrible ordeal,” Cyrille Le Bris, BOURBON Crisis Cell Director, said.Over the past 7 days, an extensive search operation has been implemented by the CROSS French West Indies-Guyana and the French Navy, under the authority of the Prefect representing the State’s maritime authority, with the support of the American authorities.Significant maritime and air resources continue their search for the remaining seven missing seafarers.Bourbon Rhode sank after it was hit by a category four hurricane. Mobilized rescue teams earlier recovered a lifeboat with 3 crew members inside.At the time of the incident there were a total of 14 seafarers aboard Bourbon Rhode.last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic Sparks Man Utd to Victory, Everton Sinks Foxes

first_imgPREMIERSHIPEvergreen Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic yesterday likened himself to film character Benjamin Button after inspiring his team to a 3-­0 victory at Premier League basement club SunderlandIbrahimovic, 35, opened the scoring with his 28th goal of the season and after Seb Larsson had been sent off for Sunderland, goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford completed victory.“I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old and will die young,” Ibrahimovic said, citing the 2008 Brad Pitt film about a man who ages in reverse.In the day’s other game, league top scorer Romelu Lukaku took his tally to 23 goals with a brace as Everton ended Leicester City’s six­-game winning run with an entertaining 4­-2 victory.United extended their unbeaten record to 21 league games and climbed to fifth place in the table, four points below fourth­-place Manchester City, who have played a game more.“The result was good,” said United manager Jose Mourinho, whose side will return to sixth place if Arsenal wins at Crystal Palace this evening.“We resisted the results of yesterday when Manchester City and Liverpool won. They left us in a position of ‘yes or no?’ It was ‘yes’.”United was without goalkeeper David de Gea due to a minor hip injury, with Sergio Romero deputising, but Mourinho expects the Spaniard to be fit for the visit of leaders Chelsea next Sunday.Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock on the half ­hour at the Stadium of Light, fending off Billy Jones and whipping a low shot past Jordan Pickford from 20 yards for his 18th goal of the league campaign.Sunderland then lost Larsson to a furiously contested straight red card after referee Craig Pawson decided the Swede’s challenge on Ander Herrera had been unduly reckless.The hosts’ hopes of a comeback evaporated within 46 seconds of kick-­off in the second half as Luke Shaw fed Mkhitaryan to drill a low, angled shot beyond Pickford’s dive. ­Substitute Rashford completed the scoring late on, exchanging passes with Ibrahimovic and arrowing a low drive into the bottom ­left corner.United plays Anderlecht in Brussels on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League quarter­final.Sunderland has lost six and drawn one of the last seven games and now lies 10 points adrift of safety, relegation to the Championship looming closer with each passing week.“Today the result was helped by the referee,” said Sunderland manager David Moyes, the former United boss.“Manchester United played well, but the red card was a decision that went against us.“We keep going. We have another home game next Saturday (against West Ham United) and we have to try and win it.”Everton drew level with sixth­-place Arsenal, having played three more games, after thwarting Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare’s quest for a sixth successive league win and seventh in total.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Revived PMU posts back-to-back racing growth

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit France’s Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) details confidence in its ‘revitalisation programme’ reporting consecutive growth quarters for its racing vertical.Updating PMU stakeholders this week, Chief Executive Cyril Linette revealed that French racing wagers during Q2 and Q3 trading had consecutively grown by 0.5% to €1.9 billion, an outcome that the PMU last witnessed in 2011.Despite a tough opening to 2019 racing (-3.4%), with the PMU reducing its race schedule and revamping its ‘Quinte+ pronostic’ product, PMU governance estimates that French racing will be delivered at -1% wagering for 2019 trading.“This is proof that the strategy put in place is bearing fruit despite a reduction in supply (-20% of races), even if we do not end the year in growth, for six months we have shown real growth, which is of great satisfaction” Linette detailed to PMU stakeholders.Under Linette’s guidance, at the start of 2019, the PMU launched its ‘revitalisation programme’ approved by the operator’s core shareholders of France Gallop and Le Trot Francais.Fighting year-on-year declines for French racing, Linette has chosen to refocus the PMU as a French betting enterprise, disposing of its international racing assets and ending further diversification activities.Q3 saw PMU launch its nationwide advertising campaign, promoting its revamped Quinte+ pronostic pool betting system to the wider French public, a key directive outlined by Linette at the start of the year.In its latest update, PMU governance details that it anticipates delivering €55 million in cost savings during 2019.Closing his statement,  Linette detailed that PMU governance was reviewing France’s  2020 racing schedule, seeking to reintroduce 4% of races which had been postponed this year. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

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Happy birthday, Dad. Here’s a gift from when the Jets didn’t totally suck

first_imgSo, happy birthday, Dad. Now that you and the rest of those miserable Jets fans out there survived the Josh McCown era, let’s see how the Adam Gase era goes.And with that, the case of Joe Namath vs. Johnny Unitas and their 10,000 yard, 250 touchdown game has been closed.Next up, the “Alligator.” But knowing my father — who once went on a day-long journey to buy a nonexistent cell phone he swore was called the “Alligator,” “Crocodile,” or some sort of reptile — I figured this game probably didn’t even exist. And even if it did, it would probably be nothing more than an exaggeration — a peek at the past through rose- (and green-) colored lenses.As a Jets fan, he hasn’t had much to look forward to over the past 40 years or so (and probably not for the next 40, if we’re being honest). Well, aside from Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez leading the team to two miraculous AFC Championship Game berths in 2009 and 2010, just before the same old Jets jetted away into extreme Jetsness once again.So, seeing his face light up when talking about the legendary “Broadway” Joe throwing for like, 1,000 yards and 80 touchdowns in an epic duel vs. “The Golden Arm” made searching for the game too good to pass up. And, after all, I am kind of a decent son at times.I did a bit of digging about the matchup, and guess what? The game actually happened, and it actually was a pretty damn good one at that. How about that — it wasn’t just some old guy mis-remembering it over a Budweiser while reliving Namath’s glory days in his head during birthday dinner in a New York bar.Sure, Namath’s career numbers don’t really hold up to today’s pass-happy NFL. He has more interceptions in his career (220) than he does touchdowns (173). He ranks 60th on the NFL’s career passing leaders list. But for one game in 1972, he had everything working, and the game itself was unlike anything you’d see in the ’70s.Furthermore, NFL defenses in the ’70s allowed only 156.4 yards per game through the air on average. In 1972 specifically, defenses only gave up 152.1 passing yards per game.But in this game, the Jets and the Colts battled to the tune of a 44-34 Jets victory in a gunslinger’s high-noon showdown. A fourth-quarter, Namath-to-Rich Caster touchdown opened up the lead for good and gave New York the W. Namath threw for 496 yards and six touchdowns while Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas threw for 376 and two scores.What?As a matter of fact, Namath’s performance was one of only five 400-plus yard passing games in the 1970s, and the only one with more than 450 yards in the decade. It’s one of eight games in NFL history that saw a quarterback throw for 450-plus yards and six scores in a game.Today’s NFL is significantly different, in both offense and defense. Consider this: Of the 66 times quarterbacks have thrown for 450 yards or more in a game, 42 times have come since the 2000 season. Thirteen of the NFL’s 20 500-yard passing games have come since 2000. The NFL might as well outlaw defenses now, with the way things are shifting.Some context for comparison:Namath went 15 for 28, completing touchdown passes of 65, 67, 28, 10, 79 and 80 yards. He’s the only player in NFL history to complete just 15 passes for 450 yards or more, and one of only two quarterbacks to complete 15 passes for 400 yards or more. The other is Sonny Jurgensen, who did it a decade earlier for the Philadelphia Eagles, before the AFL and NFL officially merged.Namath was injury-riddled between 1970-73, playing in just 28 of a possible 58 games. In 1972, Namath led the AFC with 2,816 yards. In 2016, Jets legend Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 2,710 in 14 games (11 starts). Namath threw 19 touchdowns that year, also leading the AFC. In 2016, 21 quarterbacks threw for 19 or more.MORE: The Jets’ worst first-round picksAs for Johnny Unitas, his game vs. New York would be his last hurrah as Baltimore’s quarterback. It was the last time in his career he would throw for more than 300 yards, and it was the first time he had passed for at least 300 yards since a 1969 game vs. the 49ers. In 208 games, Unitas threw for 300 or more yards 26 times. With Baltimore faltering in 1972, the 39-year-old Unitas would be benched midway through the season and played in just six more games through the end of the season, thus ending his historic career with a fizzle.Unitas was “bested” by Namath in terms of yardage in their only matchup prior to 1972. In 1970, Namath threw the ball 62 times for 397 yards and a touchdown vs. the Colts. Oh, and he threw six picks in that game, too. Unitas and the Colts came away with a 29-22 victory over the Jets, a game where Johnny U threw for 207 yards, a touchdown and an interception.The two also met in Super Bowl III in 1969, and, well, we know how that one turned out.It’s pretty bonkers to see a game like this, a complete aberration, take place in the ’70s. Sometimes the best games are the ones you aren’t even sure actually exist. You probably won’t find it on many “best of” DVDs.  Today’s my dad’s birthday, and much like most Jets fans, sometimes he can be a bit stuck in the past.A few years ago as a gift, he asked for a tape from a 1970s Jets-Colts game. He claimed it was a game where Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas threw for a combined 2,000 yards and 120 touchdowns in a Jets victory. OK, maybe that’s a bit hyperbolic. last_img read more

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Sen. Kamala Harris Laughs after Constituent Called Trump’s Actions “Mentally Retarded”

first_imgDemocrat presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris is apologizing for telling a man “well said” when he called President Trump’s actions “mentally retarded.” The California senator said now that she did not hear the man use the word “retarded” even though she responded, “well said.”Harris says that word is never acceptable. Meanwhile, it is back to work for Congress today after a long late summer recess. Democrats are expected to work on gun control, election security and of course impeachment of President Trump.last_img

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New bill would require FL couples to read marriage guide before wedding

first_imgNew proposed legislation would require Florida couples to read a marriage guide before tying the knot.Republican Senator Dennis Baxley, of District 12 filed the proposed S.B. 682 legislation on Oct. 28 in an effort “to combat the rising cost of divorce to Florida’s citizens.”The bill would create a Marriage Education Committee within the Department of Children and Families.The committee would then publish the ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage,’ a book covering marriage topics such as communication skills, parenting, conflict management, financial issues, and domestic violence.Under the bill, couples would have to sign an affidavit under oath, saying they’ve read it.“The facts are mounting, and the high cost of divorce impacting Florida’s Families in human and public costs must be addressed,” Sen. Baxley said in a statement. “This marriage handbook can help Florida Families build healthy families, giving them a guide to building a strong foundation.”The ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage’ would fall under the current ‘Florida Family Law Handbook.’ State law requires couples to read that handbook or other marriage-related information before receiving a marriage license.The Marriage Education Committee would consist of six marriage education and family advocates.Furthermore, the ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage’ would be paid for through funding from private sources, not taxpayer money.The funds would cover the costs of creating the book, as well as printing and distributing copies.If passed by the Florida Legislature, the law would go into effect on July 1, 2020.last_img read more

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Florida woman charged with murder after suffocating baby with pillow

first_imgA 24-year-old mother has been charged with murder after authorities say she confessed to suffocating her 10-month-old son with a pillow while he laid in his crib.Victoria Jackson of Clearwater, Florida was arrested Friday after a person she confided in came forward to report that Jackson admitted to killing her son and to lying to medical staff and police about the incident.According to the report, Jackson called authorities on May 24th to report that she found her son, Malachi Jackson, unresponsive in his crib. Malachi  was rushed to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.While the details of Jackson’s story were not available in the report, authorities say they were in the process of investigating Jackson’s story when they were contacted by the 3rd party.Investigators then brought Jackson in for an additional interview where she confessed to killing her son.Jackson has since been booked into the Pinellas County jail and is now facing a first-degree murder charge.last_img read more

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