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This Week

Oprah Accused

Of Stealing

“Greenleaf”

by Sierra Silverspoon

Oprah Accused Of Stealing “Greenleaf.”  Oprah Winfrey is being sued.  Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie filed a lawsuit this week in federal court claiming that Greenleaf is actually just a rip-off of a show they’d pitched to the network in 2014 called Justice & Glory.  The writing team say that after pitching to the network they were given feedback, but eventually told their idea had been rejected. Later, the suit claims the duo was shocked to see their work on TV, and that they even “used the same character names, and copied verbatim unique and novel story lines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show.”  Wynn and Barrie are allegedly seeking “hundreds of thousands” in the lawsuit. Greenleaf has been one of the OWN network’s most successful shows and will debut its third season this summer. Oprah has yet to comment.

The Starbucks Men Speak Out:  In the week since their arrest, the men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, have met with Starbucks’ apologetic CEO and have started pushing for lasting change at the coffee-shop chain, including new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.  “We do want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anybody again,” Robinson said. “What if it wasn’t us sitting there? What if it was the kid that didn’t know somebody that knew somebody? Do they make it to jail? Do they die? What happens?”  This week, they also got an apology from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, a black man who at first staunchly defended his officers’ handling of the incident.  “I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law, and not that they didn’t do anything wrong,” Ross said. “Words are very important.”  At a news conference, a somber Ross said he “failed miserably” in addressing the arrests. He said that the issue of race is not lost on him and that he shouldn’t be the person making things worse. “Shame on me if, in any way, I’ve done that,” he said.  He also said the police department did not have a policy for dealing for such situations but does now, and it will be released soon. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized for the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia store after employees said they were trespassing. He met with city officials, pledging to learn from the incident.  These guys are also about to get paid.

Kanye West Being Put On Blast For Not Paying Musician:  One of the main rappers featured on the track, All Day, Allan Kingdom, just blasted Yeezy for never paying him for performing and writing on the track.  The cut went Gold in the United States and received nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.   No comment from Kanye.

Jackson Family Worried About Paris Jackson:  When Paris Jackson posted an Instagram video of herself in March walking along the ledge of a skyscraper, it gave her family flashbacks.  One relative compared it to the infamous 2002 incident in which Paris’ father, Michael, dangled his then-infant son, Blanket, over a fourth-floor balcony of the Hotel Adlon in Berlin.  “But this is worse because Michael had control of Blanket and they weren’t nearly as high up as Paris is in this video,” the relative told Page Six. “She’s lost it. She really has.”  In the clip, the wild-child 20-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson can be seen hanging out with her rumored girlfriend, model-actress Cara Delevingne, 25, and some friends at a restaurant. The video shows Paris and Delevingne talking loudly to one another, failing to complete sentences and staggering about. It then cuts to Paris walking on a ledge as vehicles and pedestrians could barely be seen seemingly dozens of stories below.   She momentarily loses her balance, before slipping back into Delevingne’s arms.  “I almost died!” Paris captioned the video.  The source says the family fears she is headed for a meltdown.

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SingleScenes

I’ve been asked to marry a man who has children, but I don’t want to raise his kids.

by Sarah Smart

Q.  Against my better judgment, I am dating a guy with two children.  The problem is that I don’t like his kids.  They are spoiled and disrespectful.  He has asked me to marry him, and I suspect he’s also looking for a mother for his kids because he has custody.  I love him, but I don’t want to raise his kids.  I can’t make up my mind.  My family says I shouldn’t and my friends say I’m being selfish.  What do you say?

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The Dating Chronicles

At Last!

Barbara listened quietly as Scott explained why he couldn’t come over. He claimed that he’d had an accident and that he was in the hospital. She had painstakingly cooked a lovely meal in anticipation of his visit. She had spent money she didn’t have on an elaborate table, complete with expensive champagne, sirloin steaks and crystal wine goblets. All to impress him. She had been waiting since seven o’clock that evening for the doorbell to ring and it was nine thirty before he had finally called. As he explained what happened, she knew he was lying.  With tears running down her cheeks, she asked if he wanted her to come to the hospital, and he quickly said no.

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Features

10 Ways

To Live

Your Best Life!

by M.K. Allison

Recently, I came across some great life tips by the motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins, which offered a new perspective on living that I found life-changing.  Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.  Last year, at Christmas time, when I pulled the name of a longtime enemy out of the grab bag at work, I decided to exceed the $15.00 gift rule, and gave her a $25 cash card.  When she opened the card, and came over and hugged me, I knew our feuding days were over, and I felt wonderful.   Later, she became my best ally at work.  MORE


Dating Data

The Top

8 Dating

Don’t’s

The Experts Say…

  • Be careful who you sleep with.  A smart woman treats her body like a sacred temple or an encrusted jewel box with precious gems inside.  In other words, she holds it in the highest regard, realizing that her womanhood is the doorway to her soul.  She knows that sex cannot get a man or keep him and that the real way to his heart is the seduction of his mind, which is totally governed by what intrigues him.    MORE

Lifestyles

Bad Boy

Training Tips

by Carla Santise

Speak Up…Speak Out…Speak Firmly. Too much can never be said on this subject. We must teach people how to treat us, especially those who have the potential to hold our hearts in their hands.    Example:  Donna met Doug at a conference.  Doug was handsome, cocky and a confirmed bachelor, who often bragged about never marrying. The romance bloomed fast with Doug in hot pursuit. But Doug had many bad habits that he had been carrying around carefully from relationship to relationship and for various reasons, had never been motivated to discard any of them.

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Overheard:

  • “I can always tell when I take a woman out and she’s a “scoper.”  Though she’s with me, I can tell by the way she eyes other men, that she’s open for something else.  The look in her eyes says loudly, though I’m with this guy, he’s no one special and I AM available.’  When I recognize that look,    I end the evening quickly.”

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Video of the Week

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