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Oscar Grant’s Mother: ‘We Have to Be Relentless in the Vindication of Our Slain Sons’




Michael Brown Sr, yells out as his son’s casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter’s Cemetery in St. Louis on Aug. 25, 2014.

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To the Brown Family:

I give you my heartfelt condolences for your immeasurable loss as you bury and bid farewell to your son.

No words can ever assuage the pain we feel as parents when our precious children are taken away from us in such a violent, senseless manner. For 18 years, your son Michael has helped define the meaning and quality of your life, providing moments of joy and laughter, which are truly priceless. Those never having the opportunity to meet Michael could never appreciate his value the way you do.

Your son, like mine, was unarmed at the time he was killed by a law enforcement officer. My son, Oscar Grant, was being restrained by an officer and lying face down on a platform at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, Calif., when a second officer named Johannes Mehserle approached and shot him in the back. At trial…

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PLUS+ ANNUAL SUMMIT 2014 was Engaging, Empowering and Outstanding. Media Recap


The Boutique Style Ambiance of the Artmore Hotel Was the Perfect Setting for the 2014 PLUS+ Annual Summit Themed “Presenting our Best Selves”. The Non-Profit Organization PLUS Positive (PLUS+) Successfully launched a Bulls Eye Event By Empowering the Plus Size Community and Focusing On Size Diversity In the Media.

Atlanta, GA August 19th, 2014 – There was a hussle and bussle, chitter and chatter, hugs and hellos, smiles and small talk as the 2014 PLUS+ Annual Summit kicked off its collection of small session workshops and events.  Patrons from all over the country gathered at the Artmore Hotel in Midtown Atlanta to take part in the weekend activities. Launching the Summit was the Friday night “Treasure Trade Shop & Swap” which featured the “crème de la crème” of fine Atlanta vendors and offered an indulging shopping experience.  Saturday morning the PLUS+ Annual Summit guests were greeted with a complimentary breakfast which led straight into the first workshops. Respectfully, the morning events catered to men and woman alike, touching on life-enhancing topics such as; eating organic food, snappy “how-to” make-up tips, soul-searching talks on being that renaissance man as well as entrepreneurial thought-provoking insights.  All of the speakers and workshop leaders were genuine experts in their field, and not one session as able to end on time due to the intense Q&A which followed each assembly.

Coming back to the grand meeting room of the hotel around noon, the catering sponsor Mozen Organics provided an organically balanced dining experience for the Empowerment Luncheon. The delicious meal and the interlude by spoken word Duo “Purpose” set the tone for the distinguished panel to discuss; what it means to “Present Our Best Selves”. KeKe Simpson aka Mrs Chubb Rock alongside R&B singer Dave Tolliver, Fashion Designer & Head Sponsor Mrs La Krisha Baker, CEO of Lavender´s Jungle, and Miss Debbie Shannon, Lifetime Queen and Miss Plus America picked up on hot topics such as; how to respond to a situation instead of reacting to it, or what impact body language can have in our day to day interactions.

After retreating to their rooms for the afternoon, the Summit guests had a chance to refresh and glamorize themselves for the evening parquet at the Red Carpet Film & Fashion Gala. The program was hosted by comedian Star Wilson, who, with her nonchalant and capturing humor, quickly made the whole room feel comfortable and filled with air with laughter. The PLUS+ guests enjoyed the flow of evening the singing by the talent search winners Tyrha Cheris and BRE as well as the magnificent cast of the PLUS+ Sitcom. The selected cast of fine actors performed an amuse-bouche of lively comedy sketches featuring Mike Bend, Tisa Glover, Shantia Howard, Tee Stokes, Bertina Bailey, Kimmie Braxton and Chris Mason. The fashion presentations were smoothly integrated into the performances and the designers received raving reviews. Fabulous collections from Ashley Stewart, Curve Appeal, VDINX and DIVA by Tameka clothed the beautiful curvaceous models and performers. Interludes of spoken word by Norahs Khan and musical performances by Dave Tolliver and Eliah Soul rounded of the gala event with charm, cheers and elegance.

Singer Eliah Soul stated: “Being a part of this awesome event was so enriching to me as human first. Having the opportunity to share my passion of music with the participants of the PLUS+ Annual Summit was an added bonus. Everyone was so positive and engaging. The activities and the workshops were insightful and very helpful. I´m sincerely looking forward to being a part of future PLUS+ events.

The 2014 PLUS+ Annual Summit has set the foundation for many more summits to follow in its footsteps. As the community grows, a clear size diversity movement can be felt which will lift this strong organization to new heights and will always receive it with welcoming arms. Nicki Lynch, CEO of PLUS+, thanks her team and all the volunteers as well as the Sponsors: Lavender’s Jungle, Distinctive Designs By Norah, Dilworth Public Relations, The Trinity Awards Foundation, Righteous Entertainment, Mozen Organics, and their Media Sponsor and Media Partner POSE Magazine.

About the Companies:                                                     PLUS Positive (PLUS+) Is a nonprofit organization based out of Atlanta with locations in New Jersey, Birmingham, Chicago and more.  PLUS+ is on a mission to spread “PLUS Positivity™” by empowering plus size men and women globally, advocating for size diversity in the media, and encouraging volunteerism to impact their local communities. They focus specifically in the areas of personal & professional development, community service, fashion and entertainment. They have defined the phrase “PLUS Positivity™” as a mindset that inspires plus sized people to conduct themselves in a manner that is CONFIDENT, CARING, ADMIRABLE, and


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Tia Green came from Kalamazoo, a small town in Michigan. From the time she was a child, Tia had known exactly what she wanted out of life and had already dreamed about how to get it a thousand times over. Tia had always planned on attending the University of Michigan with her childhood friend where they both wanted to become nurses. She worked hard in high school and made sure she got good grades. Eventually, That hard work paid off, She was admitted early to U of M with a full scholarship. After going on the college tour, life changed for her in ways she would have never believed…
Ace was the guy that everybody dreamed they had. He was smart, sexy, and athletic, not to mention, the star of University of Michigan’s football team. See, Ace turned heads wherever he went, and people were always striving for his attention, but Ace could care less. He was a player who didn’t believe in giving his heart away to any female due to his childhood, but that all changed when he met Tia. She was everything he had ever wanted, and most importantly, she reminded him of his late mother whom he lost at a young age. Ace thought Tia was perfect for him. He thought he would finally get the family he had always wanted. He never imagined she’d betray him, especially not with the only other person he loved…
Tia and Ace started with a fairytale romance, truly in love. As true colors bleed out from the cracks of their exteriors, the couple discovered that their fairytale romance was turning into a painful nightmare and the dream filled partnership was on its way to ruins.

Plus Positive Annual Summit in Atlanta August 15-17, 2014


From the 15th – 17th of August, the Artmore Hotel in midtown Atlanta will be buzzing with a slew of empowering events.

Under the theme,Presenting Our Best Selves”, all events, workshops and presentations are focused on educating, empowering, and engaging the plus size community.


The non- profit organization PLUS+ has a clear mission of empowering plus size men and women globally, advocating for size diversity in the media, and encouraging volunteerism to impact their local communities. They focus specifically in the areas of personal & professional development, community service, fashion and entertainment. They have defined the phrase “PLUS Positivity™” as a mindset that inspires plus sized people to conduct themselves in a manner that is CONFIDENT, CARING, ADMIRABLE, and AMBITIOUS.


The PLUS+ Annual Summit is the highlight of the year for plus size men and women and their families. You can find more information and details about the Summit at .


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Blood Ties by Star



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Santiago is a twenty-four-year-old mother of two, who struggles to leave her past behind her, and find happiness. She was once a humble young girl, born and raised in Baltimore City. However, being raised in the states does not override her Cuban DNA. Santiago becomes very hostile after a spiral of tragic episodes occurs in her life.

In recent years her misplaced anger shows up in her sex life, confusing lust for love. While growing up, her father is one of the biggest drug smugglers in Baltimore from Cuba, Valdez Santiago, AKA Whip. Ultimately, She is use to the lavish lifestyle that daddy provides. Sadly at the age of nine, her life take a turn for the worse when her mother dies. She passively deals with feelings of being unloved and unwanted when her father turn to alcohol and abandon her. Simultaneously her four year old brother is taken away. For years she will hate Whip! That is until she needs him.

After trial and error, she will eventually grab a hold on life, and not willing to give up, she moves away to start over. She realizes that she too must carry a cross in life, and no matter where she go, the truth tends to follow her. She is faced with yet another test; this time it will be physically challenging. Santiago will vanquish many obstacles. With brains, beauty and a body to die for, she leaves herself vulnerable for the untimely setup. The setup that will not only place her in grave danger, but will get revenge on her estranged father’s life.



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4 Days of international music, food, sports, shopping & more Chicago Marriott @Medical District/UIC Official Festival Hotel

CHICAGO (June 12, 2014) –  Live international music on three stages, a 3v3 Soccer competition, a food court with an international flavor and a marketplace filled with cultural items are some of what you can expect at the 2014 International Festival of Life.  Returning to Union Park for the July 4th weekend, the 4-day festival will showcase the cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico.  

You’ll need a passport for this musical journey.  Headlining opening day Thursday, July 3rd, is Latin Mambo king Tito Puente, Jr., the Brazilian carnival sounds of Chicago Samba and the Mexican band, Forever Musical.  R&B legends The Manhattans and Reggae Ambassadors Third World featuring A.J. Brown rock it out on the 4th of July.  Also on Independence Day, a procession of the independent nations of the Caribbean, Africa, Central and South America, and Mexico promenade in their colors in order of independence.  World music reigns on Saturday, July 5th with St. Vincent’s own Calypso star Kevin Lyttle, Haitian artist T-Mickey, Belize puntarama from Supa-G, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, Zvuloon Dub System, and the music of Ethiopia and Brazil.  Closing it out on Sunday, July 6 are Reggae superstars Luciano and Romain Virgo and R&B crooner Glenn Jones.  For a complete schedule of performers, go to

For the first time, sports will be a part of the family-focused event.  There will be a four day 3v3 Soccer tournament with teams competing for the Festival of Life Cup, and a cash prize.  Congo drumming, cultural dances, domino games, a hot El Salvadorian swimwear fashion show, talent contests for all ages and more will be featured.

The Festival of Life takes place from 4 to 10 pm Thursday, July 3 and from 12 pm – 10 pm Friday thru Sunday, July 4 -6 in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.  in Chicago’s trendy West Loop. Get tickets now at
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 Participating sponsors are NBC5 Chicago, The Chicago Park District, American Family Insurance, Bellaforma Wine, A.I.K. Solar, Rogers Park Fruit Market, LaFruteria, Inc, Rasta Love Punch, Republic of Haiti, and CCHHS County Care, African Spectrum, Urban Grind TV, WSRB FM/Soul 106.3 FM, WVON AM and Breezy Radio. The Chicago Marriott @Medical District/UIC is the official hotel of the Festival of Life.

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