The Celebrity President


Reality check: Oprah Winfrey is not a qualified 2020 candidate

At this year’s Golden Globe awards, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe bestowed annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” She is the first African American woman — and only the fourth African American in the award’s 66-year history — to receive this award.

Winfrey gave an acceptance speech that quickly went viral; in it, she recounted watching Sidney Poitier become the first African American to win the Best Actor Academy Award in 1964 and touched briefly on her mother’s struggles as a domestic worker. But the crux of her speech — the part that brought the audience to its feet and many to tears — was her rousing oratory against sexual harassment and abuse and her call to arms for “leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” She told the shamefully little-known story of Recy Taylor and reminded watchers that Rosa Parks was an NAACP investigator and an activist who led a nationwide crusade against the sexual assault of black women before she was the lady on the bus.

In Winfrey’s words: “We all have lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. […] I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!”

Her speech was bold and stirring, suited to the social and political moment, a manifesto for the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp.

More than a few Americans thought it sounded presidential.

More than a few Americans need to think again.

One of the more persistent myths of American politics is that there’s really not that much to elected office — a lot of shaking hands and giving speeches. This is the side of politics that voters see, and we’ve come to believe that the part we can see is the only part that exists. Most if not all of us have forgotten that politics is — or should be — primarily about policy. This means that politicians need to understand law, policy, political theory and governance first and charm the vox populi second. If you cannot explain, in detail, the limitations of counterinsurgency doctrine in Afghanistan, or the ramifications of expanding drone programs to the CIA or make a coherent fiscal argument about health care policy, you have no business being commander-in-chief.

Responding to the presidency of a crass, racist reality-television star with the candidacy of a big-hearted, loveable daytime-television star is a half-hearted response to the problem of woefully unqualified celebrity candidates. It’s perfectly possible to like someone — to find them thoughtful, kind, well-intentioned — while recognizing that they would not make a good president.

All lack of political experience aside, there are other reasons to be concerned about the possibility of President Winfrey. She has a long history of enabling and promoting all manner of cranks, hucksters and quacks. Her promotion of anti-vax proponents and The Secret are troublesome for an electorate that already struggles with even the most rudimentary fact-checking and is easily taken in by even the most improbable of fish stories. (See, for example, the fact that 40 percent of Americans believe “somewhat” or “completely” in conspiracy theories about chemtrails, or the 2013 Public Policy Polling survey that found 15 percent of respondents believe that secret mind-control signals are added to broadcast television.)

The Editorial Board begs the electorate to get its head on straight and find a real candidate for 2020.

Written by: The Editorial Board

Live Videos | Muñoz Discusses His Running for RI Governor on GoLocal LIVE

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz

Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz spoke to his run for Rhode Island Governor in 2018 as an independent — and why he decided to enter the race — on GoLocal LIVE.

Muñoz, who graduated from Central Falls High School, attended Rhode Island College before getting his doctorate and entering the tech world in health care, spoke to his interest in addressing the education — and technological challenges — facing Rhode Island. 

He has flagged issues such as “healthcare costs [which] poses great risks to all Rhode Island families. Our healthcare systems are complex, fragmented, and in many cases, inefficient. The payers within this system displace their own risks to patients and providers. We must protect patients and healthcare workers and challenge the intermediary institutions that contribute to rising costs.”

Political Mix

Muñoz further complicates a very crowded field. On the Democratic side Gina Raimondo and environmental activist Paul Roselli have declared on the Democratic side.  On the GOP side Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan have declared.

Former Republican House member Joe Trillo announced that he will run as an independent.

Many are waiting to see if former RI Governor Lincoln Chafee will make a bid in the Democratic primary.


Sponsor: GoLocalProv

Sample: N=403

Rhode Island General Election Voters Margin of Error: +/- 4.9% at 95% Confidence Level

Interviewing Period: October 9-11, 2017

Mode: Landline (61%) and Mobile (39%)

Telephone Directed by: John Della Volpe, SocialSphere, Inc.


Are you registered to vote at this address?

Yes: 100%


When it comes to voting, do you consider yourself to be affiliated with the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, Moderate, or Unaffiliated with a major party?

Unaffiliated: 49%

Democrat: 32%

Republican: 15%

Moderate: .4%


Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?

Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50…

Definitely be voting: 78%

Probably be voting: 13%

50-50: 9%


In general, would you say things in Rhode Island are headed in the right direction or are they off on the wrong track?

Right track: 39%

Wrong track: 45%

Mixed: 10%

Don’t know/Refused: .6%


What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?

Jobs and economy:  21%

Education: 12%

Taxes: 12%

Roads: 12%

State budget: 9%

Corruption/Public integrity: .8%

Healthcare: 3%

Governor: 3%

Homelessness: 2%

Immigration: 2%

Other: 7%

Don’t know: .9%


Over the past three years or so, would you say the economy in Rhode Island has improved, gotten worse, or not changed at all?

Changed for the better: 35%

Changed for the worse: 16%

Not changed at all: 43%

Don’t know/Refused: 5%


Over the same time, has your family’s financial situation improved, gotten worse, or not changed at all?

Changed for the better: 26%

Changed for the worse: 19%

Not changed at all: 54%

Don’t know/Refused: 1%


Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?

Net: Approve: 28%

Definitely approve: 15%

Probably approve: 14%

Net: Reject: 67%

Probably reject: 19%

Definitely reject: 48%

Don’t know: 4%


Could you please tell me your age?

18-24: 7%

25-34: 15%

35-44: 15%

45-54: 20%

55-64: 17%

65+: 25%

Don’t know/refused: 1%


What was the last grade you completed in school?

0-11: 2%

High school grad: 16%

Technical/Vocational school: 1%

Some college: 23%

College grad: 34%

Graduate degree: 24%

Don’t know/refused: 1%


The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).

$50,000 or less: 27%

More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%

More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%

More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%

$150,000 or more: 13%

Don’t know/refused: 17%


What particular ethnic group or nationality – such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth – do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?

American/None: 21%

English: 13%

Italian: 13%

Irish: 12%

Black or African American: 6%

Latino/Hispanic: 6%

French: 6%

Portuguese: 3%

Jewish: 3%

German: 1%


Would you say that Donald Trump has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as President?

Excellent: 13%
Good: 12%
Fair: 14%
Poor: 57%
Never heard of:  0%
Cannot rate: 3%


Would you say that Jack Reed has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a United States Senator?

Excellent: 22%
Good: 29%
Fair: 23%
Poor: 15%
Never heard of: 6%
Cannot rate: 6%


Would you say that Sheldon Whitehouse has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a United States Senator?

Excellent: 17%
Good: 22%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 28%
Never heard of: 6%
Cannot rate: 7%


Would you say that David Cicilline has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a Member of Congress?

Excellent: 9%
Good: 29%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 27%
Never heard of: 6%
Cannot rate:  8%


Would you say that James Langevin has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a Member of Congress?

Excellent: 7%
Good: 30%
Fair: 20%
Poor: 18%
Never heard of: 13%
Cannot rate: 11%


Would you say that Gina Raimondo has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Governor?

Excellent: 6%
Good: 28%
Fair: 30%
Poor: 31%
Never heard of: 1%
Cannot rate: 3%


Would you say that Daniel McKee has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Lieutenant Governor?

Excellent: 3%
Good: 16%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 8%
Never heard of: 26%
Cannot rate: 25%


Would you say that Peter Kilmartin has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Attorney General?

Excellent: 3%
Good: 20%
Fair: 28%
Poor: 17%
Never heard of: 13%
Cannot rate: 19%


Would you say that Seth Magaziner has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as General Treasurer?

Excellent: 4%
Good: 18%
Fair: 24%
Poor: 13%
Never heard of: 21%
Cannot rate: 21%


Would you say that Nellie Gorbea has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Secretary of State?

Excellent: 5%
Good: 21%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 10%
Never heard of: 20%
Cannot rate: 23%


Would you say that Jorge Elorza has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Mayor of Providence?

Excellent: 4%
Good: 24%
Fair: 24%
Poor: 22%
Never heard of: 9%
Cannot rate: 15%

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Psychic to the Stars Rose Stuart Offers Healing Crystals

Psychic to the Stars Rose Stuart Offers Healing Crystals in Montana and by Mail Order

You tell her nothing – She tells you all”

— Psychic to the Stars Rose Stuart

MALIBU, CALFORNIA, USA, January 17, 2018 / — Energy Healing Crystals Now Offered by Rose Stuart

Psychic to the stars Rose Stuart announces that she now carries and is offering in her shop and by mail order, Energy Healing Crystals.

Rose Stuart is an internationally known psychic medium, who has been in business for over 30 years. Her psychic abilities go back nine generations on her mother’s side. As young as 4 years old, she has had visions and premonitions. She believes her abilities are a gift from God and, as such, should only be utilized for good to help others. Rose is honest, sincere and direct, and takes her work very seriously. Rose states that she began her metaphysical work as a young child, giving readings for adults who were shocked at the young girl’s uncanny ability to tell them things about their past and future that were true.

Her life’s work is focused on benefiting others. A licensed marriage counselor, ordained minister, and life coach, Rose specializes in helping to re-unite lovers and loved ones. She reports that she can also assist in removing negative energy, casting out evil spirits and conducting exorcisms (as does the Catholic Church), reading one’s aura (energy field) and giving astrology, tarot card readings, palm readings, and past life regressions, among more. She is also skilled in Reiki healing and holistic healing, in addition to other modalities. Rose adds that she has helped many with depression and other personal issues, which she finds very rewarding.

Missing Children

Rose has donated her services to successfully help find missing children, and solve cold case murders, among more. She reminds that scientifically, we are all comprised of quantum energy, on a subatomic level. She says that she merely taps in to the life force energies, sprits, energy, and angels that are all around us, with a special gift in accurately doing so.

The Animal Whisperer

Rose is also an animal whisperer, helping dog and cat pet owners, owners of reptiles, and horse breeders and farmers with better communication with their pets, breed, and cattle. Rose states that she loves working with animals, and finds this particularly rewarding, and has great success in this area which pet owners and farmers are greatly happy about.

Metaphysical Boutique & Gift Shop

Rose’s new store The Rose Boutique, Etc. #3, offers a place to buy many unique new products including; special crystals, incense, special hand made jewelry, and even special healing stones.

Energy Healing Crystals

Psychic to the stars Rose Stuart announces that she now carries and is offering in her shop and by mail order, Energy Healing Crystals. The crystals, Rose explains, are a variety; ranging from small ones, running up to almost five hundred pounds. Prices range from just 25 dollars for the small crystal up to 69,000 dollars for the very large ones. “Some of the crystals are from Jerusalem, some are from Brazil, and some are from Spain,” Rose explains. “They are for people from all walks of life,” Rose states, “We purchase high-quality items for our store, and for our clients. We stock unique products, especially for cleansing and healing.

Psychic to the stars Rose Stuart also announces that she now carries and is offering in her shop and by mail order, Energy Balancing Wands. The special wands in store are $275, with custom order ones ranging in different sizes from $1900 and up.

Rose gives many unique and highly sought after services including; aura readings, palm readings, tarot readings, Reiki sessions, life coaching, and more. She states that there are actually Energy Vortexes around her New Boutique #3, which are dynamic areas where the Earth’s natural electromagnetic fields are more powerful. Rose also performs weddings, and birth ceremonies for her best clients.

Her Motto: “Tell her Nothing – She Tells You All”

Rose states that she truly loves helping people, and her specialty is reuniting lovers. More of her other services include; reading palms, tarot, astrology charts, love charts, energy work, spirit guide and ancestor work, chakra balancing, Reiki, relationship counseling, and much more. Rose offers many other holistic & metaphysical needs including oils, incense, candles, jewelry, statues, imports, artwork & prints, Bohemian packages, crystals, aroma therapy packages, Talismans, Personalized numerology & Astrology charts, and more.

Enjoy a Session with Rose

For a personal reading with Rose, which also makes a perfect gift for friends or loved ones for the holidays; clients may visit her store, or call her at her numbers below. Rose states that “Just as a cell phone reception can travel around the world through waves with satellites, so too travel the energy vibrations, and spirit energy of a human being, making her intuitive, quantum level type of work successful from near – or far.”

The reportedly Best Reviewed Psychic in America today; Psychic to the Stars Rose Stuart, was flooded with positive reviews and praise from around the world, thanks to the success of her readings, and her care and attention paid to her clients. She even recently appeared on Radio KOFI 94.3, The Lake, in Montana, due to her accuracy, and growing respect from clients and fans from around the country and world.

Visit Rose Stuart at:

The Rose Boutique, Etc.
1201 10th Av, South, Suite 102 A
Great Falls, Montana, 59405
Tel: 406-866-0733

Also Visit Rose Stuart at:

The Rose Boutique, Etc. #2
906 9th St. W.
Columbia Falls, Montana, 59912
Tel: 406-788-5348

And Visit:

The Rose Boutique Etc. #3
1117 S. Main Street
Kalispell, Montana, 59901

Call Rose from anywhere in the world at:

Tel: 406-866-0733 and also Tel: 406-788-5348

Email Rose directly at:

Bruce Edwin
Hollywood Sentinel PR
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The good, bad and ugly in Trump’s first year

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The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has upset conventional wisdom about the attributes and behaviour regarding the occupant of the Oval Office.

Decorum has often given way to boorishness from Mr Trump in ways that mystify even his most ardent supporters.

In looking to assess the president’s first year in office, I am reminded of a favourite western movie I watched time and again as a boy starring Clint Eastwood called “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.”

In this prism, I will do my best to assess the past 365 days of the Trump presidency.

The good

Since Trump’s inauguration the American economy has roared back to life.

Nearly 2.1 million jobs have been created in this time and unemployment remains at 4.1% – a 17-year low here in the States.

African-American unemployment is presently at 6.8% – the lowest since statistics have been gathered for 45 years.

Astonishingly, black unemployment has never dropped below 7% in American history.

Additionally, consumer and business confidence is up, illegal immigration is down and prospects for continued 3% GDP (gross domestic product) growth find America’s economic prospects quite strong.

And yet, Mr Trump and his Grand Old Party (GOP) find themselves heading into a mid-term election in which one or both houses of Congress could switch control to the Democrats.

How is this possible given such good economic news?

The bad

Republicans in Washington DC control either end of Pennsylvania Avenue with the White House on one end and Capitol Hill on the other.

The level of control is so dominant, in fact, that Republicans have not a governing majority this large since 1929.

In this context, one would assume the GOP wish-list of repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes and rolling back regulations would have been relatively easy. One would be wrong.

President Trump’s largely hands-off approach to the legislative process has allowed factions of GOP lawmakers to bicker and openly fight with one another regarding the direction the party should travel.

Trump’s power vacuum led to Republicans being unable to repeal President Obama’s signature health care law.

And it also meant they passed a tax cut which allows Democrats to portray the Republicans as stooges for the rich – many believe that had Trump asserted himself more aggressively into negotiations, a more equitable bill would have passed.

Democrats need only 24 seats to flip control of the House of Representatives and 38 GOP lawmakers have already announced their retirement ahead of the election this November.

Should Republicans lose control of the House, talk of impeachment to remove President Trump from office goes from far-fetched, watercooler conversation to a very real and dangerous possibility.

Read more on Trump’s first year

The ugly

While President Trump likes to portray himself as the victim of “fake news” at the hands of a biased media, the reality is that he is often his own worst enemy.

His constant use of Twitter to belittle real and perceived political opponents is beneath the dignity of his office.

World leaders remain perplexed if not angered by his behaviour and talk of Trump’s mental fitness is so commonplace that it almost feels normal. Which it is not.

President Trump has been dogged by allegations of racism and his disparaging comments regarding Haiti and poor countries in Africa last week has even the president’s closest allies shaking their heads.

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Whether he realises it or not, having the American press corps question whether our president is racist at an event honouring the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King is a sad, embarrassing commentary.

Trump supporters maintain his tough talk and social media use allow him to connect directly with his supporters.

But this premise is flawed – Trump was elected to represent all 300+ million Americans. All of us. That includes those who are black, brown, gay, Muslim and transgender.

One cannot aim to please white, middle-class men at the expense of the rest of the American population and successfully govern our country.

Our diversity is our strength and our strength in America is our diversity. Does Mr Trump realise this?

The future

The next 365 days are entirely and exclusively in the hands of the president.

If the American economy remains strong and foreign conflicts abroad remain contained, he should be in a good position heading into a 2020 re-election bid.

Should the bad and ugly impulses remain – belittling people at home and abroad, coupled by an inability to work with lawmakers to address real problems facing the American people – Trump’s tenure in the White House will be an isolated one, with members of his own party as well as the Democrats seeking to depose him in 2020.

As an American, I want my president to be successful.

Can Mr Trump – will Mr Trump – realise the gravity and responsibility he holds? Only time will tell.

Ron Christie served as special assistant to President George W Bush and deputy assistant to Vice-President Dick Cheney. A BBC political analyst, he is the author of three books discussing the intersection of race and politics.

Roll Out Live Show with Speedy N Friends Takes Over Tommy T’s in Pleasanton for Three Nights and Five Shows

Roll Out Live Takes Over the Bay Area for Three Nights at Tommy T’s in Pleasanton, CA. The shows will be taped live.

Host Comedian Speedy Brings Nine Comics for a Live Taping During the Weekend of January 19

My vision is to have content from shows like, “Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends” played 24 hours a day on all digital platforms.”

— Speedy who has toured and hosted for more than 20 years.

PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 17, 2018 / — Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends Comedy takes its second comedy series on the road to Tommy T’s Comedy and Steakhouse at 5104 Hopyard Road in Pleasanton, California 94566. The three-night, five-show takeover will be taped live. Dates and times are Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Saturday, January 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; and Sunday, January 21 at 7 p.m. This is a media-friendly, red carpet event. To RSVP and get more details about the live taping, go to RSVP is recommended.

“Opening Roll Out Studios has been a dream come true. My vision is to have content played 24 hours a day on all digital platforms,” said Speedy who has been in the comedy game for more than 20 years. “Partnering with great people who believe in my vision makes this journey exciting and fun. Having Jovan Dawkins of HMG come on board to support my vision in launching my comedy series “Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends” couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The popular Los Angeles-based internet radio show, Roll Out Show with Speedy N Friends, produced and taped its first comedy series, “Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends,” in North Hollywood, California on November 29, 2017. The series is executive produced by three-time Grammy nominated Jovan Dawkins of Heritage Music Group and produced by Speedy, Pam Baker, Michelle Holden-Caldwell and Marie Lemelle.

“I have known Speedy for years. He is the dopiest comedian, friend, and homie. We have been at this [comedy] for a long time. Get ready, we are going back out on the road and do our thing,” said Jamie Foxx, veteran stand-up comedian and award-winning actor/entertainer.

The Roll Out Live Comedian Line-Up for the five shows in three nights are:

Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Jay Rich
Brooklyn Mike

Saturday, January 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Kente Scott
Kelly Kellz
Drew Frasier

Sunday, January 21 at 7 p.m.
Kirk McHenry
AG White
Kool Bubba Ice

“The opportunity to be around fantastic comedians daily has expanded my knowledge about the art of comedy,” said Pam “Nikki” Baker, a regular host on the Roll Out Show. “Our “live chat” no-holds-bar audience keeps me on my toes and working with Speedy makes me a better host.”

The Roll Out Show, hosted by Executive Producers Speedy and Pam “Nikki” Baker, is home to a revolving door of guest co-hosts such as, Actress Tangie Ambrose, Missterray from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Engineers and co-hosts Sky Holsey and Nic Caldwell, DJ Ron C, Mark Howard, Blu Mitchell, TDP, Jay Alexander, Audra Lachelle, Comedy Writer Johnny Mack, and JT Turner who collectively adds to the fun and joins in on reporting about hot topics, sports, politics, gossip, and more. Over the years, Speedy has paved the way for some of the younger comics in the LA area and around the world.

In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, as a writer, Speedy’s script was adapted to a comedy feature film, “All-Star Weekend,” directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx with award-winning actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Gerard Butler, and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The movie will be released in 2018. Speedy is the executive producer.

Speedy is also a producer and comedy writer on the hit TV game show “Beat Shazam,” hosted by Foxx, now in Season 2.

For information about press credentials, sponsorship or vendor opportunities or appear on the radio show, please contact Publicist and Talent Booker Marie Lemelle at (213) 276-7827 or email and

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About Comedian Speedy:

Veteran Radio Host Comedian Speedy began his radio adventure in 2007 on Foxxhole Radio Sirius XM doing his infamous show “Speedy’s Comedy Corner.” Speedy’s show was known as the best comedy podcast on radio and paved the way for others. In 2011, he moved and took the funny to internet radio at “LA Talk Live” launching “Reach Around Radio.” The show relocated to Roscoe’s Media to continue their legacy antics until 2013. In 2014, Speedy returned to satellite radio on the Foxxhole on Sirius XM with his legendary show “Speedy’s Comedy Corner” bringing together some great fresh talent.

In 2017, Speedy embarked on a new adventure and opens his own studio with help from former host and friend Nikki Pam aka “Scrambled Eggs & Pam.” The Roll Out Show launched a weekly on air live podcast and is available on YouTube. The show features a revolving door of former hosts and comedians that have graced Speedy’s shows in the past and will also highlight the journey of Speedy’s career. Speedy has paved the way for some of the younger comics in the LA area and around the world. He continues to be the best radio host and his platform and radio model is now being used by other comics that were guests on his past shows.

Speedy wears many hats and brings his brand of funny to TV and Film with several hilarious screenplays written by Speedy. His script was adapted to a comedy feature film, “All-Star Weekend,” directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx with award-winning actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Gerard Butler and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The movie will be released during NBA all star weekend in 2018. Speedy is also a producer and writer for the hit TV game show, “Beat Shazam.”

About the Roll Out Show with Speedy N Friends:

Comedian Speedy teamed up with veteran radio host, professional musician, and friend Nikki Pam Baker aka “Scrambled Eggs & Pam” to launch The Roll Out Show as a daily podcast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in their own studio in the San Fernando Valley. Speedy and Industry Insider Pam are the executive producers and regular hosts of the “on-the-air live” show the features comedians that have graced Speedy’s shows in the past, highlights the journey of Speedy’s career and how he paved the way for comics locally and around the world. Michelle Holden-Caldwell is the Producer of the Roll Out Show and the Roll Out Studio Manager. Marie Lemelle is the show’s publicist and talent booker. The show guests include actors, entertainers, celebrities, book authors, business owners and more.

Roll Out Show is home to a revolving door of guest co-hosts such as, Actress Tangie Ambrose, Missterray from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Engineers and Co-hosts Sky Holsey and Nic Caldwell, DJ Ron C, Mark Howard, Blu Mitchell, TDP, Jay Alexander, Audra Lachelle, Comedy Writer Johnny Mack, JT Turner who adds to the fun and joins in on reporting about hot topics, sports, politics, gossip, and more. Speedy and Pam’s impressive history of shows at the Foxxhole, Sirius XM, Reach Around Radio and now The Roll Out Show is sure to take the internet radio network to another level as the #1 visual radio network on air.

About Heritage Music Group

Jovan Dawkins, a producer, songwriter, score producer, music supervisor and marketing director, is also the founder of Heritage Music Group.

Dawkins is one third of the song-writer-production team – The Co-Captains, which is comprised of Dawkins, Jevon “Duval” Hills and Stanley Green, Jr. Together, they have worked on projects for Curtis Fields; Travis Barker; Mario; the latest single for Ciara featuring Nicki Minaj, alongside Terry “Madd Scientist” Thomas; and pop star Hunter O’Neal.

About Platinum Star PR

Platinum Star Public Relations, a certified Women and Minority Business Enterprise, is a full-service award-winning public relations consulting agency founded by Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA.

The company is experienced in reaching the general market, and specializes in engaging multicultural, urban, rural, and under-served markets through a multi-disciplined 360-degree approach.

Marie Lemelle
Platinum Star PR
(213) 276-7827
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Comedian Speedy is calling all comedy lovers for the 3-night Roll Out Live Takeover at Tommy T’s

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Victory Gardens Theater announces 2018 Next Generation Fellows

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces Jess McLeod and Aaron Todd Douglas as the 2018 Next Generation Fellows. Beginning in February 2018, the Next Generation Fellowship will provide comprehensive mentorship, requisite training, and experience for these future leaders of color, preparing them to helm arts institutions or departments on the national and local level. The program is made possible by a generous grant fromThe Field Foundation of Illinois.

“Victory Gardens’ Next Generation Fellowship furthers our institutional commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. It is imperative that we as a theater community invest in future theater leaders that represent our audiences, communities, and stories told on our stages. We are thrilled to have Jess McLeod and Aaron Todd Douglas as our first Next Generation Fellows,” said Artistic Director Chay Yew. “Victory Gardens is extremely grateful to The Field Foundation for their generous support to make this a reality.”

“The Field Foundation is interested in compelling art, levers of justice, and furthering Chicagoans to create the city of tomorrow,” said Angelique Power, President of The Field Foundation of Illinois. “Because of this we are thrilled to support Victory Gardens Theater’s exploration of how this theater can be a critical catalyst in propelling brilliant leaders of color forward in their careers. Keep an eye on these Fellows!”

The Victory Gardens Theater’s Next Generation Fellowship is a new professional development program for mid-career persons of color that will prepare and groom underrepresented theatre professionals for leadership positions in the American Theatre. Through hands-on experience, mentorship, and career-guidance, Fellows will be given tools to become the next generation of arts leaders. Thanks to the generous grant from The Field Foundation, fellows will be fully integrated into the Victory Gardens Theater staff and compensated for their time.

For more information about the program visit .

About the 2018 Next Generation Fellows

Jess McLeod ( Samuel G. Roberson Artistic Fellow ) is the Resident Director of Hamilton ( Broadway in Chicago ), a Resident Director at Victory Gardens Theater and was the Goodman Theatre’s 2017 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow. Chicago credits include Short Shakes! A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Chicago Shakespeare Theater ), 2.5 seasons with Chicago Voices ( Lyric Unlimited/Lyric Opera of Chicago ), a revamped Marry Me A Little ( Porchlight Music Theatre ), Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On ( Haven Theatre Chicago ), Lauren Yee’s in a word ( Strawdog Theatre Company ), Shawn Pfautch’s Season on the Line ( The House Theatre of Chicago ); poet Kevin Coval’s one-man show L-vis Live! ( Victory Gardens Theater ); Venus( Steppenwolf Next Up! ); Bathsheba Doran’s Kin ( Griffin Theatre ); Jenni Lamb’s Suicide Kills ( American Theater Company ); Babes In Arms ( Porchlight Revisits ); and Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen’s Fugitive Songs, Zanna, Don’t, and The Pajama Game ( The Music Theatre Company ). She has directed workshops of new plays or musicals for the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, American Theater Company, Steep Theatre and The American Music Theatre Project, and served as Labrunner for Timber Lake Playhouse’s Summer Playwrights Lab ( 2011-12 ). Upcoming shows include Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour’s Hang Man ( The Gift Theatre ); projects in the pipeline include Mill Girls ( Book by Samantha Beach, Music & Lyrics by Diana Lawrence ) and Ellen Bond, Union Spy ( Written by Jenni Lamb, Music & Movement by Tanji Harper & Blu Rhythm Collective ).

From 2005-08, McLeod served as Director of Programming for The New York Musical Theatre Festival, where she oversaw all curating and directed pop/musical theatre fusion concerts such as The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds. New York directing credits include Joyce Carol Oates’ The Corn Maiden, Harrison David Rivers’ Fell, Rachel Axler’s Kitchen Sink ( Cherry Lane Studio ), Joe Keenan and Brad Ross’ The Times ( Sonnet Repertory Theatre ), and The Last Five Years ( Arthur Seelen Theatre ). McLeod holds an M.F.A in Directing from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Williams College, and has taught or lectured at both, as well as at NYU, Yale University, NSLC, and The Calhoun School in New York.

An avid teaching artist and believer in youth and community engagement, McLeod has also served as Festival Coordinator for Young Chicago Authors’ Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festival ( the world’s largest youth poetry festival ) and worked as a Teaching Artist for Storycatchers Theatre.

Aaron Todd Douglas ( Marcelle McVay Management Fellow ) is a theatre artist who acts, directs, writes and teaches. He is a member of the Acting Faculty at Northwestern University, a member in good standing of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, and a former NEA Art Works Panelist. He is a founding ensemble member and a Playwright in Residence of Congo Square Theatre Company. He received an International Ibsen Scholarship from The Norwegian Ministry of Culture in cooperation with Teater Ibsen for his play, The Master Comic. Aaron Todd is thrilled at the World Premiere of his playwrighting debut: Upstate, produced by MPAACT Theatre. Recent projects include directing the World Premiere of Kia Corthron’s play, Megastasis,at Eclipse Theatre, and acting in Writers Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Directing projects include: Ruined ( Eclipse Theatre, Jeff Award Nomination- Best Ensemble, Best Production ), Radio Golf ( Raven Theatre, African American Arts Alliance-Special Recognition for Direction ), The Nativity ( Congo Square/The Goodman ), 12 Angry Men ( Raven Theatre, Jeff Award Winner Best Ensemble, Nomination Best Director ), Smash Hit by Steve Broadnax ( Cultural Conversations Festival ), Pill Hill ( Black Theatre Alliance Award—Best Director, Best Production ETA Creative Arts ), Talented Tenth ( Black Theatre Alliance Award—Best Production ), African Company Presents Richard III ( Congo Square Theatre Company ).

A Chicago stage veteran, Aaron Todd has acted and directed at many of Chicago’s finest theatre companies including The Goodman, ETA Creative Arts, Chicago Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Raven Theatre, The Court and Steppenwolf. He was recently commissioned to pen an original work by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

Congo Square Theatre Company acting credits include the multiple Jeff Award winning production of Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Before it Hits Home, Spunk, and Ali. He originated the role of Flip in the world premiere of Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond ( the play was later produced on Broadway ) and performed in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at The Goodman Theatre commemorating the Goodman’s historic completion of Wilson’s Century Cycle.

Other acting credits include: Tree and Wheatley ( Victory Gardens Theater ), Wait Until Dark ( Court Theatre ), Journal of Ordinary Thought ( Chicago Theater Company ), Iphigenia 2.0 ( Next Theatre ), Fortunes of the Moor ( ETA Creative Arts ), The State of Mississippi v. Emmet Till ( Pegasus Players ),Julius Caesar ( Chicago Shakespeare ), Perfect Mendacity ( Steppenwolf ), and Measure for Measure ( Goodman Theatre ).

On Camera acting credits include: Resurrecting McGinn( s ) ( Gaffney Films- Best Drama at the Amsterdam Film Festival, The One Film Festival ), He Sends Rain ( Silverwave Entertainment LLC ), Breathing Room ( FFB/Driven Entertainment- New Harvest Festival/ San Diego Film Festival ), The Porter( 99Film Collective Productions- Winner-HBO/Kodak Chase Legacy Film Festival ), Ernie the Clown ( Maddhouse Productions ), Season 2 of the acclaimed web series You’re So Talented, and Chicago PD.

About The Field Foundation

Founded in 1940 by Marshall Field III, the Field Foundation is a private, independent foundation that has been dedicated to the promise of Chicago for over 80 years. The Field Foundation aims its grant-making toward the goal of community empowerment through funding nonprofits working in Justice, Art and Leadership Investment.

We seek to invest in organizations working to address systemic issues in divested communities. At the center of the Field Foundation’s work is the idea of community empowerment. We want to clarify that we do not claim to “empower” the “powerless,” rather we see many of Chicago’s community-based organizations as immense sources of power that need support. We envision these “local power grids” as organizations, networks, alliances and seek to learn more about them for potential investment of our limited dollars. Community empowerment is also our personal north star. A way of asking the sector to hold us accountable for our work, and to ensure that our dollars are spent on powering specific communities.

About Victory Gardens Theater

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, Victory Gardens is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays and musicals. Victory Gardens Theater is committed to the development, production and support of new plays that has been the mission of the theater since its founding, set forth by Dennis ZaÄek, Marcelle McVay, and the original founders of Victory Gardens Theater.

Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theater work and cultivating an inclusive Chicago theater community. Victory Gardens’ core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city’s and nation’s culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing art and culture to our city’s active student population.

Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater includes the ZaÄek-McVay Theater, a state-of-the-art 259-seat mainstage and the 109-seat studio theater on the second floor, named the Richard Christiansen Theater.

Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwrights include Luis Alfaro, Philip Dawkins, Marcus Gardley, Ike Holter, Samuel D. Hunter, Naomi Iizuka, Tanya Saracho and Laura Schellhardt. Each playwright has a seven-year residency at Victory Gardens Theater.

For more information about Victory Gardens, visit . Follow us on Facebook at, Twitter @VictoryGardens and Instagram at

Victory Gardens Theater receives sustaining support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Joyce Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The REAM Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation, and Wallace Foundation. It receives major funding from Crown Family Philanthropies, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, and Polk Bros. Foundation. Major funders also include: Allstate Insurance, Alphawood Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Family Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, Exelon, Field Foundation of Illinois, Illinois Arts Council Agency, David Rockefeller Fund, Bill and Orli Staley Foundation, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Time Warner Foundation Inc., Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional funding this season is provided by: Alliance Bernstein, Charles H. and Bertha L. Boothroyd Foundation, Capital Group Private Client Services, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Chicago Foundation for Women, ComEd, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Golden Country Oriental Foods, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, ITW, JCCC Foundation, Mayer Brown LLP, The McVay Foundation, Metropolitan Capital Bank & Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Negaunee Foundation, Roberta Olshansky Charitable Fund, Origin Ventures, Pauls Foundation, PNC Financial Services Group, Prince Charitable Trusts, Seabury Foundation, Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Wrightwood Neighbors Association. In-kind support is provided by: Dimo’s Pizza, Fiesta Mexicana, Italian Village Restaurants, Southwest Airlines, Suite Home Chicago and Whole Foods Market.This project is partially supported by an Incent Ovate Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

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How the Warriors’ David West became a self-taught expert in African American history

CHICAGO — David West was 9 years old when Phillip Pannell — an African American teenager in his Teaneck, N.J., neighborhood — was shot in the back and killed by a white police officer, triggering a night of racially charged violence in the streets near West’s house.

As the story became a fixture on the national news, West struggled to reconcile the friendly 16-year-old who had waved to him while walking by West’s house a couple of times a week with the neighborhood ruffian being portrayed on his TV screen. Even today, nearly three decades after an all-white jury acquitted the officer, Gary Spath, of manslaughter, West — a reserve big man for the Warriors — finds himself thinking often of Pannell.

“It’s whenever I try to figure out where I got started,” West said. “Like, ‘Damn, when did all this stuff start to consume you?’ I always go back to him.”

When Warriors fans look at West, they see a center who excels as the fulcrum for head coach Steve Kerr’s movement-heavy system. They see a 37-year-old who plays with a fervor that belies his age, and averages seven points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks in 13.3 minutes per game.

What they don’t see is the deep-thinking introvert who, midway through his 15th NBA season, is a self-taught expert on African American history.

Teammates invite him to dinner to pepper him with questions about President Trump, police brutality and the deeper reasons behind today’s racial tensions. On team charter flights, while many players play cards, West reads books by James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Over the past three years, West has become borderline obsessed with studying the African diaspora.

“I like to look at some of the tribes in the African groups of the diaspora that are stranded in parts of India, and just try to connect those different dots,” West said. “How did they get there? What is their connection to this other group of people? That’s really been what I’ve been on the last few years, just trying to connect a lot of dots, connect the diaspora to one another.”

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04: David West #3 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on December 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Photo: Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images / 2017 Jonathan Bachman

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – DECEMBER 04: David West #3 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on December 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

West’s goal is self-education. But when he sees politicians try to pass off misinformation as fact, he sometimes feels compelled to respond.

Last week, after reports surfaced that President Trump had demanded to know at a White House meeting why the U.S. should accept immigrants from “shithole” countries like Haiti and some nations in Africa, West pulled out his copy of “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies,” which details how third-world countries became impoverished through colonization. Underneath the excerpt of which he posted a picture to Twitter was the caption, “How they became ‘Shit Holes.’” Golden State forward Andre Iguodala quickly retweeted it with a single word of support: “Preach.”

“David knows what’s happening in the world way beyond who’s winning the Nuggets-Mavs game,” said Kerr, one of the most socially conscious coaches in sports. “He’s informed, well-read. He’s got his opinions, and he’s fearless when it comes to his take on society. I admire him for speaking out.”

It wasn’t until he was a freshman or sophomore in high school, more than a half-decade after Spath shot Pannell in the back, that West realized the depth of the racial tensions in Teaneck. The summer before West’s junior year, his father retired from the postal service and the family moved to Garner, N.C., a suburb of Raleigh.

West, who had grown up in a predominantly black section of Teaneck, was suddenly one of the few African American kids in his apartment complex. It struck him that some of his best friends went home to houses with a confederate flag hanging off the front porch.

After learning in one of his first classes at Xavier University how to research books, West began to spend much of his free time reading African American history. His head coach his first two seasons with the Musketeers, Skip Prosser, gathered the team before each practice to discuss matters bigger than basketball: racial oppression, philosophy, current events.

Before transitioning to basketball activities, Prosser, who died from a heart attack while with Wake Forest in 2007, told his players, “carpe diem,” Latin for “seize the day.” Those words are tattooed on the back of West’s calves, “carpe” on the left and “diem” on the right, as a daily reminder to live in the spirit of his former coach’s teachings.

West has many outside interests. He sponsors a summer AAU program in Garner. His charity, the West Group, has raised college scholarships for more than 400 low-income students in North Carolina. West is on the advisory board for Zoetic Global, a renewable-energy company.

His Twitter timeline is filled with highlights of young players with whom he has worked, news articles highlighting the shortcomings of President Trump’s administration and inspirational quotes from black leaders. Last summer, West ran a basketball clinic at the University of Ghana.

Long before former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality against African Americans, West started standing about 2 feet behind his teammates during the national anthem to protest systematic oppression against blacks, a practice he still employs today.

“He understands that it’s about life, not just basketball,” Warriors center Zaza Pachulia said. “It’s so interesting to have that kind of personality in the locker room, where you can talk to him about anything.”

These days, West is reading a book called “Stamped from the Beginning” that provides a comprehensive history of racism against blacks.

“When Phillip (Pannell) was killed, that was the first time I think I was really forced to feel the impact of racism,” West said. “But the truth is, it’s been going on as long as human beings have existed.”

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @Con_Chron

New Nationwide Survey on Gout Finds Patients with Gout and Chronic Kidney Disease are Sub-Optimally Treated

( – NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2018 — A new online survey was conducted by National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to determine what patients and health care professionals (HCP) know, or think they know, about gout; how professionals approach gout co-occurring with chronic kidney disease (CKD); and what barriers exist to diagnosing and treating gout once a patient is diagnosed with CKD.  In the United States alone, gout affects over 8 million adults and CKD affects 30 million. The survey found that patients with gout and CKD are sub-optimally treated, resulting in recurring painful attacks and possible long-term consequences. The survey polled 713 patients and health care professionals (HCP); 302 were medical professionals who provide primary or nephrology care to adults with CKD; and 411 were adults with CKD, gout/hyperuricemia, or both.

“The new survey on gout shows some important findings that can help guide conversations between patients and their health care professionals.  The survey shows that kidney patients want more information about gout and how to best treat it, but most are turning to the internet instead of their doctors for advice.  The survey also shows a need for professional education on the interrelationships between CKD and gout,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NKF.

Of the 302 medical professionals surveyed who provide primary or nephrology care to adults with CKD the survey found:

  • Two-thirds of healthcare professionals (HCP) recognize that gout is closely related to CKD, which is much less than their recognition of the connection of CKD with hypertension and diabetes. More HCPs recognize the association of heart disease and lupus with CKD more than that between gout and CKD.
  • Only three-quarters of nephrologists surveyed are aware that gout has a bidirectional relationship with CKD.
  • Only 37% of HCPs strongly agree that CKD can make gout treatment more difficult.
  • Only 21% of HCPs strongly agree that CKD patients often require different gout treatment.
  • HCPs who are more knowledgeable about gout report screening approximately 10% more patients with CKD for gout and vice versa.

Of the 411 adult patients with CKD surveyed, the findings report:

  • Two-thirds of patients say that gout affects their daily lives; one-third of patients say that gout greatly impacts their lives, and another third say it impacts their lives a fair amount. Almost half of the patients surveyed have had three or more gout flares in the past year, including 15% who have had five or more.
  • Patient actions and physician recommendations regarding gout treatment are not always aligned. Three-quarters of patients say they take an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that was not recommended to them, and one-third of patients do not take the recommended prescription or OTC medications for gout.
  • Patients are not getting complete information about gout and hyperuricemia from HCPs. Typically, 1 in 3 patients are given information specific to gout, other than the cause, which is only 51%.
  • Three-quarters of patients are interested in seeing scientific details and references in health information, but over half want it in easier to understand, non-scientific language.
  • Two-thirds of patients are turning to the internet for health information instead of their doctor.

“Kidney patients are at an increased risk for experiencing gout.  If left untreated gout can lead to permanent joint damage and increase the risk for kidney stones, which can cause kidney damage,” added Dr. Vassalotti.  “The survey results bring attention to the impact of CKD and gout, two diseases that continue to increase in prevalence, exacting both a human and financial toll on society and our healthcare system.”

About the Survey
The online clinician survey was conducted among 302 medical professionals who provide primary or nephrology care in the United Statesto adults with CKD.  The survey was focused on exploring their opinions and practices in testing and treating these patients for gout/hyperuricemia.  The online patient survey was conducted among 411 adults with chronic kidney disease, gout/hyperuricemia, or both.  The survey focused on exploring their awareness and experience related to gout and CKD.  The survey was made possible through an educational grant from Takeda.

About Gout
Gout is a painful disease that occurs when uric acid, a normal waste product, builds up in the blood and forms crystals in the joints and/or kidneys. Uric acid normally dissolves in the blood, is excreted by the kidney, and leaves the body in the urine. If the body makes extra uric acid, or if the kidneys cannot clear enough of it, then uric acid levels in the blood will become too high, a condition known as hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is not a disease and may not cause problems, but if it continues for a long time and conditions in the body are right, crystals may form and cause gout.  For people with gout most experts recommend that uric acid levels stay below 6.0 mg/dL in order to prevent gout joint attacks. Foods and drinks that contribute most to hyperuricemia and gout include: red meat, organ meat, seafood, beer, liquor, and sugar-sweetened items, especially with high fructose corn syrup. Health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol may also lead to increased uric acid and the development of gout. Other causes of hyperuricemia and gout include kidney disease, exposure to lead, hypothyroidism, severe illness or stress, and extreme physical exertion. Some people with gout do not have high uric acid levels, so it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter the level. Do not smoke, follow a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise. More information is available including videos, infographic, quick-facts, professional resources to educate patients, and an updated patient mobile app designed to help control gout and protect kidney function.

Kidney Disease Facts
30 million American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it.  1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history of kidney failure.  People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.  African Americans are 3 times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.  For more information about NKF visit

DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win NAACP Image Awards

DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win NAACP Image Awards

Los Angeles — A jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at an NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community’s power to create change.

DuVernay lauded other black artists from the stage as she accepted her award Monday night, naming writers and directors such as Shonda Rhimes, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kenya Barris and “Black Panther” Ryan Coogler.

“This is our time,” DuVernay said. “We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it — that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: Live the dream. We’re the dream.”

Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday. While his politically tinged monologue poked fun at the presidential administration and Omarosa Manigault, others used their time onstage to encourage more civic involvement and the fight for social justice.

Producer Will Packer took a dig at President Donald Trump’s recent comments about immigration as the producer accepted an award for “Girls Trip,” which won for outstanding film.

“Sisters, especially the ones from Haiti and Africa, we love you as your brothers,” he said.

Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Lena Waithe and Angela Robinson set the tone for the evening when they emerged onstage holding hands to dramatically issue a get-out-the-vote call.

The six women declared support for the Time’s Up initiative to stop sexual harassment and gender discrimination and urged viewers to speak up at the polls as well.

“The midterms are a perfect moment for us to use our voices,” Robinson said. “If we can take back a senate seat in Alabama…”

“Then we have the ability to shift the imbalance of power,” Smollet-Bell said.

Barris’ show “black-ish” was the night’s big winner. The ABC hit was named best comedy series and took acting honors for stars Ross and Anderson.

“It’s an extraordinary thing to be able to show what a beautiful black family looks like on television,” Ross said as the cast accepted the comedy series honor.

“Power” was named best drama series, and star Omari Hardwick won for dramatic actor.

Other winners included “Gifted” actress Octavia Spencer and “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, who were both absent, and Daniel Kaluuya, who won for his leading role in “Get Out.”

The British actor was clearly delighted at his victory.

“I don’t think you’re allowed to beat Denzel Washington in acting competitions,” said Kaluuya, who bested Washington for the prize. The 28-year-old actor thanked his mom and “Get Out” writer-director Jordan Peele.

“So many people didn’t believe in me, and you did, and you made all of us feel included,” Kaluuya said. “Thank you so much for letting us be seen.”

NAACP president Derrik Johnson asked viewers to text in their pledge to vote in 2018 before presenting the President’s Award to Danny Glover.

Glover was recognized for his professional and philanthropic contributions, particularly his work with the United Nations and his advocacy for labor unions.

Glover spoke specifically of a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, where 80 percent of employees are black, that has yet to organize.

“Civil rights and labor rights have always been one and the same,” he said.

The special awards provided some of the night’s most poignant moments.

Halle Berry talked about the significance of presenting the NAACP Image Awards on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

“We need to take heed to his eloquent words: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter,’” she said. “Today is an affirmation that we will never ever, ever, ever be silent again.”

She presented the Music Makes a Difference award to Charlie Wilson, who talked about his road from addiction and homelessness to musical success and philanthropy.

He said he prayed and promised that if he could survive the streets, he would return to serve others. Wilson said Monday that he has been sober for 22 years and is focused on helping homeless addicts.

Labor organizer William Lucy received the Chairman’s Award for his more than 40 years of service. Beyond his union leadership, Lucy was also an activist who fought apartheid in South Africa.

He dedicated his award to the Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968, several of whom were in the audience at the Image Awards. King spoke to the striking employees the night before he was assassinated.

Another arresting moment in the show came during singer Andra Day’s chilling performance of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit.” Rapper Common joined her for their song “Stand Up for Something,” and the whole audience rose to its feet.

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Oil paintings by Birger Sandzen (1871-1946) and wonderful art glass pieces will come up for bid Feb. 24 at Woody Auction

One of four paintings in the auction by Swedish-born American artist Birger Sandzen.

Woody Auction will celebrate the grand opening of its new Douglass gallery with a major antique and fine art auction on Saturday, Feb. 24, in Douglass, Kansas.

The February 24th grand opening will be the first of many auctions to be showcased in our new facility. Like in all our past auctions, everything will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.”

— Jason Woody

DOUGLASS, KS, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2018 / — DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction will celebrate the grand opening of its new Douglass gallery with a major antique and fine art auction on Saturday, February 24th, one that will be highlighted by several original artworks by the renowned Swedish-born Kansas painter Birger Sandzén (1871-1946), plus outstanding collections of Royal Bayreuth, Daum, Galle, Tiffany, Pairpoint, pattern glass, and furniture.

The new showroom is located at 130 East Third Street in Douglass, located just south and east of Wichita, not far from Interstate 35 and Hwy. 5/Kellogg Rd. “The February 24th grand opening will be the first of many quality auctions to be showcased in our new facility,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “Like in all our past auctions, everything will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.”

All four of the original Sandzén paintings are fresh to the market, not offered to the public in over 50 years. The McCaslin Royal Bayreuth collection of 132 items out of Indiana features many of the rarest animal forms available. A private collection from Illinois will present a great selection of Daum, Galle, Tiffany, Pairpoint, pattern glass and additional quality art glass. The period furniture collection features Meeks, Wooton, Hunzinger and more. Also sold will be bronze statues, lovely brides baskets, and more.

Birger Sandzén was born in Blidsberg, Sweden, in 1871. He studied art in Stockholm and Paris early on, before coming to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1894, to teach languages and assist in the art and vocal music departments. He remained at Bethany for the remainder of his career, becoming the principal art instructor in 1899 and retiring in 1946. He painted right up until his death, in 1954.
During his lifetime Sandzén completed more than 2,600 oil paintings and 500 watercolors. He created 207 lithographs, 94 block prints and 27 drypoints which, when the editions are totaled, amount to over 33,000 prints. He was also a skilled draftsman, filling over 80 sketchbooks. He exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Sweden and today his works are found in many museums worldwide.

The centerpiece artwork in the group of four Sandzén paintings in the sale is Cedars and Rocks, a vivid and colorful oil on canvas landscape rendering of Manitou Springs, Colo., dated 1922. The 36 inch by 48 inch painting was professionally cleaned by WCCFA in Denver in 2015 and is housed in its original frame. “It’s also the finest artwork we’ve ever had the privilege to bring to auction,” Mr. Woody said.

The other paintings are Lake in the Rockies, a 26 inch by 22 inch oil on canvas using very thick paint with high ridges (the meringue technique), in the original frame, dated 1921; Horses in Wyoming, a 20 inch by 24 inch oil on board, a subject for another painting, circa 1930; and an untitled oil on board (various references have indicated Glimpse of Mountain Lake), 36 inches by 48 inches, circa 1938.

Collectors of Royal Bayreuth are in for a treat. Lots will include a 6 ¼ inch tall unmarked candlestick holder depicting a full figure fox in a colorful dinner jacket; a 4 ¾ inch tall turtle lemonade pitcher with blue mark; a 7 ¼ inch tall Santa Claus lemonade pitcher with blue mark; a 6 ½ inch tall snake water pitcher of excellent quality, rare with a blue mark; and an unmarked 8 ¼ inch tall squirrel water pitcher.

Lamps and lighting will feature a rare and beautiful Jefferson banquet lamp, electrified, displaying a scene of a warrior riding a white stallion while holding a lance and sword, set against an elaborate mosaic style background; and a must-see Galle signed figural table lamp with a French cameo art glass shade having a carved pink and green floral design with elaborate interior floral carved highlights, set on a fine bronze base showing a woman standing and feeding three rabbits, artist signed “F. Gopnik”.

Tiffany Studios will be represented in the sale, including an all original desk lamp with signed “L.C.T. Favrile” decorated art glass shade, signed “Tiffany Studios 417” on a weighted base; and a 5 ½ inch tall Cypriot art glass vase, very rare, exhibiting beautiful colors and signed “L.C. Tiffany Favrile 8324J”.

Daum Nancy will feature a French cameo art glass vase, 4 ¾ inches tall, signed, with gorgeous colors and a fall season décor; and a 28 inch tall signed French cameo art glass vase having a pale lavender background with cameo carved white leaf and blossom overlay. Also sold will be a Wavecrest plaque with 10-inch round portrait of Queen Louisa, with green, cream and pink tones, in a gilt metal frame.

Brides baskets are a huge hit with collectors. One lot certain to get paddles wagging is the 14 ½ inch by 12 inch signed Crown Milano triangular-shaped ruffled bowl with pansy and circular designs, set on an elaborate Barbour #272 figural silverplate stand and featuring three winged cherubs – a beautiful piece.

Bronzes will showcase an original statue, 39 inches tall by 16 inches wide, titled Cerberus, artist signed “Raoul Verlet” (Fr., 1857-1923), from the Ferdinand Barbeditenne foundry in Paris, with great detail and patina; and a 24-inch-tall statue, signed by Edmond Louis Charles Tassel (Fr., 1870-1900), of a young maiden carefully crossing a stream, on a marble base, titled Passage du Ruisseau, dated 1890.

The furniture category will include a pair of original, marked Hunzinger Renaissance Revival chairs with carved female heads, curved wooden sides and ebony highlights and dated 1869, upholstered with tufted pale green floral fabric; and a two-piece Meeks rococo-style parlor set, with a laminated rosewood couch and matching chair in the Stanton Hall pattern, both with red velvet upholstery.

Also sold will be an American Renaissance Revival two-hinge, standard grade patent desk made circa 1874 by Wooton Desk Company (Indianapolis, Ind.), walnut with burl walnut and birds-eye maple highlights; and a late 19th or early 20th century hand-carved Black Forest wooden male dog, 4 ½ inches tall, showing a finely detailed male St. Bernard at rest, attributed to the Swiss carver Walter Mader.

Online bidding will be available around Friday, January 19th, by going to Internet bidders are encouraged to register at least 48 hours in advance of the auction. Absentee bids should be submitted with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid. All absentee bids must be received no later than Thursday, Feb. 22nd. Bids may be fax’d to 316-746-2145, or e-mailed to

As for lodging, there are three hotels in the area. The Comfort Inn, new to Augusta, KS (316-260-3006); the Holiday Inn Express, in Andover, KS (316-733-8833); and the Hampton Inn, in Derby, KS (316-425-7900) are all within a 15-20 minute drive from the Woody auction facility. Moving forward, Woody Auction will conduct regular auction events in the Douglass location and occasionally at other venues.

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate, or a collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694; or you can e-mail them at To learn more about Woody Auction and the February 24th auction, please visit

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Jason Woody
Woody Auction
(316) 747-2694
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