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The World Will Miss another Music Legend

posted by Corine Gatti

 

The music world lost another legend in 2016. Maurice White, the co-founder of EarthWind & Fire, died in his sleep on Feb 4th at his home in Los Angeles from Parkinson’s disease. He was 74. White was the main song writer of the nine-piece group who brought a unique jazz fusion to the stage starting with the album, “That’s The Way of The World.” We can remember disco hits like “September,” “Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland,” selling over 80 million copies of their albums.  White named the band after the three elements in his astrological chart and launched it in 1969.

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Verdine White, a bassist with the group, shared about his brother on Facebook.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and fans can still hear their songs playing dance clubs and weddings today.

So in honor of White, boggie down to some of the best music to come from the ’70s.

 

 

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Iconic Super Bowl Commercials

posted by mbailey

The Super Bowl is watched throughout American for the halftime show, the football game and most importantly, the commercials.

In 2015 a record 114.5 million people tuned in, or roughly a third of the US population, making it an advertisers dream platform. This year, $5 million will only buy 30-seconds of airtime.

Throughout the years, many commercials from the Super Bowl have become more than just ads. Some of the commercials will make viewers laugh, while others can leave you feeling horribly sad. The E-Trade’s talking baby ads, which debuted in 2007, was hilarious and partially creepy. While the Volkswagen’s Darth Vader ad from 2011 left us cheering.

Take a look back at some of the most iconic commercials from the Super Bowl.

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This year, top contenders Super Bowl 50 included Amazon’s commercial starring Alec Baldwin and T-Mobile’s ad featuring Drake’s Hotline Bling video.

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Turkish Airlines aired several ads welcoming visitors to the fictitious Gotham and Metropolis – these commercials starred Ben Affleck as the infamous Bruce Wayne and Jesse Eisenberg as the evil Lex Luther.  Other celebs to join in on this year’s hilarious commercials included Kevin Hart as an overprotective father who allowed his daughter to borrow his Hyundai, Marilyn Monroe “hangry” and in need of a Snickers, Lil Wayne, George Washington and Jeff Goldblum as an unexpected grouping of football fans for Apartments.com and Arnold Schwarzenegger putting on his stealth action hero moves for Mobile Strike. And then of course Doritos kept us all laughing with their baby on an ultrasound machine chasing a chip.

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NFL Commissioner: ‘Progress is being made’ for Women

posted by Corine Gatti

There is more good news for females looking to make a career in the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the organization’s Women’s Summit a “Rooney Rule” for women, to encourage them to apply for more executive jobs in the league.  The news comes on the heels of the Buffalo Bills becoming the first team in NFL history to hire a female coach. Kathryn Smith was hired as special teams quality coach in January. This made Smith the first full-time assistant coach in the league, and could set a new standard for other women, ending stereotypes in all sports. Sarah Thomas also became the NFL’s first female official last season.

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Goodell applauded the NFL’s progress.
You can see that progress is being made,” Goodell stated. “And our commitment is we have something called the Rooney Rule, which requires us to make sure when we have an opening that on the team or the league level, that we are going to interview a diverse slate of candidates. Well, we’re going to make that commitment and we’re going to formalize that we, as a league, are going to do that with women as well in all of our executive positions. Again, we’re going to keep making progress here and make a difference.”

The Oakland Raiders’ hired Amy Trask as the league’s first NFL’s first female CEO in 1997. She left the team in 2013.

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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Tweety Dies

posted by Angela Guzman

YouTube Preview ImageJoe Alaskey, best known for voicing iconic Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and Marvin the Martian died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Alaskey was 63.

The actor’s spokesperson K.P. Lynne shared the news on Facebook writing, “Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you. Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to his heart and life.”

In 2004, Alaskey won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on the animated program Duck Dodgers, where he voiced the heroic character. Outside of the Looney Tunes realm, Alaskey also lent his voice to other animated films and television franchises, including Rugrats, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Capser, Hey Arnold!, Samurai Jack, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Alaskey was one the most loved voice artists.

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The World Will Miss another Music Legend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ter0p_iyIxk   The music world lost another legend in 2016. Maurice White, the co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died in his sleep on Feb 4th at his home in Los Angeles from Parkinson's disease. ...

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NFL Commissioner: 'Progress is being made' for Women
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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Tweety Dies
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmasSF-pz6o[/youtube]Joe Alaskey, best known for voicing iconic Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and Marvin the Martian died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Alaskey ...

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