Reel Q Film Festival Presents: REEL STORIES

Alphabet City (40 W. North Ave)

 

ABOUT REEL STORIES:

 

In 2016, Reel Q Film Festival was looking for a way to screen new, international films for an expanded audience that examine the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community around the world. We reached out to City of Asylum because they provide a sanctuary to artists whose voices will not be silent. Reel Q is an organization who prides itself on being one of the most diverse and inclusive film festivals in Pittsburgh and we knew working with City of Asylum was a natural fit to reach an audience who may not have discovered our festival in October but had an interest in international LGBTQ films. The program began as a three-month series but has been expanded to a six-month program starting March 10 with a festival favorite Ma Vie En Rose.

 

The purpose of this partnership is a common mission shared by both Reel Q Film Festival and City of Asylum: to offer a broad range of programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchanges.

 

Reel Stories is an international film series created by Reel Q Film Festival as a way of introducing new audiences to LGBTQ+ films and stories from around the world. Screenings focus on issues important to our community, such as: youth, gender identity, adoption, international struggles and accomplishments, and hate crimes against our community.

 

Reel Stories has allowed Reel Q Film Festival to work with many fantastic local non-profit organizations, such as: City of Asylum, Café Con Leche, Black Pride, JFILM, The Gay & Lesbian Community Center and Silk Screen Film Festival (to name a few) and tell the stories of artists who are changing their communities through encouraging a greater visibility of diverse populations into the mainstream discourse.

 

Reel Stories starts March 10 through August 2017. Please check out our website at: www.reelq.org/events for more information on movie show times, as well as guest artists and post-screening panel discussions.

 

 

 

 

Schedule

3/10  – “Ma Vie En Rose” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_vie_en_rose)

4/4  – W/JFILM ” Out of the Dark” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_the_Dark_(2014_film)

5/18 – “Kidnapped for Christ” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidnapped_for_Christ)

6/14 – W/ Cafe Con Leche “Gun Hill Run” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Hill_Road_(film)

7/14 – W/ Black Pride “Story of Our Lives” (http://www.thisisthenest.com/sool-film/)

8/18 – W/Silk Screen Film Festival “Circumstance (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumstance_(2011_film)

 

 

 **All screenings take place at Alphabet City (40 W North Ave.) are free and open to the public**

Know the risk factors of heart disease

 

Heart health is important at any age. Heart disease is a term associated with those that are middle-aged or older; rarely is it ever associated with a young person. Many of the risk factors for heart disease are contributors due to an illness or bad habit. They are all preventable. We can avoid each and every one of these if we have the willpower. Here are the most common heart disease risk factors. Use these as fuel to better your health.

First, too little exercise invites heart disease. How often do you exercise? Most doctors will encourage you to exercise at least 30 minutes every day. By no means does this have to include a gym membership. Go outdoors and walk or run. Go for a bike ride, go fishing or go swimming. If you do have a gym membership, make the most of it. Alternate cardio and strength-training. Take advantage of every machine they have in the building. You have to keep your heart strong and healthy. If you need a trainer then get a trainer, but get it done.

An unhealthy diet is also a contributing factor. Think about how much you eat out at restaurants. Now, how much of that is fast food restaurants? Do yourself a favor and cut out fast food altogether. In fact, you need to stop eating a high fat and high sugar diet. Cut out drinking soda and energy drinks. Instead, switch to a high protein diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. It’s going to energize you and give you the ambition to get things done. Start drinking water, tea, and coffee. It’s going to be a game changer for you; you’re going to find that you drop weight and have a positive new outlook on life.

Similarly, being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease. It’s important to realize that not all those individuals who are overweight have poor diets or exercise. Some have medically-related conditions, which in turns makes them gain weight as an effect of the condition. But at the same time, this makes their risk for heart disease much higher. If you’re the latter, it’s important to work with your doctor. Get on a diet and exercise plan that best suits you. You want to make sure your heart is healthy while you have the condition.

Smoking is also a high-risk factor for heart disease. More than two million people die each year in the United States due to heart disease deaths impacted by smoking. When you’re a smoker, fat builds up quicker around the heart’s arteries which make it more likely for a heart attack. It also affects every organ within the body. It also makes you more likely to experience blood clots. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes makes your blood sticky. It makes it more of a challenge to move throughout the blood vessels.

Finally, an individual is more at risk if heart disease is in their family. There are two ways this could happen. You could have a history of early heart disease throughout your family line, anything from heart attacks or coronary heart disease. Or, you could have a history or preeclampsia during pregnancy. This is where the mother-to-be’s blood pressure spikes prior to delivering her baby. Both of these are risk factors for heart disease and make your risk of encountering it much higher. Do your best to stay away from these risk factors and keep your heart healthy; it’s worth it. editor@urbanmediatoday.com

 

Six Panthers Ready for 2017 NFL Scouting Combine

The Panthers rank tied for sixth among all schools with six Combine participants.

 

PITTSBURGH—The National Football League’s version of a job fair, the annual Scouting Combine, begins today in Indianapolis and six Pitt players will be participating.

 

Offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, running back James Conner, offensive guard Dorian Johnson, tight end Scott Orndoff, quarterback Nathan Peterman and defensive end Ejuan Price will join more than 300 of the nation’s top college players at the combine for evaluation by executives, coaches, player personnel departments and medical staffs from all 32 NFL teams.

 

The Panthers’ six Combine invitees are the sixth most (tied) among all schools. The ACC ranks second among all conferences with 60 players at the Combine, trailing only the SEC (66).

 

The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine runs from February 28 through March 6. Live television coverage of the on-field workouts will be provided by the NFL Network from March 3-6.

 

Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) was a first team All-ACC selection by league coaches as a junior and senior. A fixture on the Panthers’ offensive front, he made 43 starts during his career. In addition to his playing accolades, Bisnowaty was a four-time member of the All-ACC Academic Football Team.

 

Conner (Erie, Pa./McDowell) established himself as one of the greatest backs in school history, a contention that is reinforced by his impressive career production. Conner finished second at Pitt in all-time rushing yards (3,733), total touchdowns (56) and rushing touchdowns (52)—trailing only the legendary Tony Dorsett. He is the ACC’s career leader in both rushing and total TDs.

 

Perhaps no other player took a more remarkable path to the Scouting Combine. Over the past year, Conner overcame both Hodgkin lymphoma and a knee injury to return to the football field. He was a two-time first-team All-ACC performer and the 2014 ACC Player of the Year.

 

Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon Area) was a first team All-American as a senior, becoming the first Pitt offensive lineman to earn that status since 1994. He additionally was a first team All-ACC selection by the coaches and media. Johnson made 40 consecutive starts to finish his Pitt career (42 total).

 

Orndoff (Waynesburg, Pa./Seton-LaSalle) enjoyed one of the most productive seasons ever by a Pitt tight end, compiling 35 catches for 579 yards (16.5 avg.) and five touchdowns in 2016. Orndoff additionally was named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team for the third time.

 

Peterman (Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail) was at the helm of the highest scoring offense in Pitt history (40.92 ppg.) as a senior. The ACC’s pass efficiency leader (163.4 rating), he completed 60.5% of his passes for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Peterman’s 27 TD passes were the most by a Pitt quarterback since 2003 and rank fourth on the school single-season list. He was a 2016 All-ACC Academic Football Team honoree.

 

A two-time first-team All-ACC honoree, Price (Rankin, Pa./Woodland Hills) was one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the nation. More than half of his total tackles in 2016 were behind the line of scrimmage.

 

Price led the ACC and ranked second nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game. On the year he totaled 45 tackles, 23 TFLs, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles, a blocked PAT and a tackle for a safety. He finished his career with 29.5 sacks, tied for fourth all-time at Pitt (with Aaron Donald, 2010-13).

 

This year’s NFL Draft will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Tarik Cohen wins the “Heisman of Black College Football”

“The Deacon Jones Trophy ” will be presented each year by the Black College Football Hall of Fame in honor of the late David “Deacon” Jones an NFL Hall of Fame legend who is part of the BCFHOF inaugural class (2010). Jones played his college football at South Carolina State and Mississippi Valley State before becoming a legend in the NFL.  Deacon had won unanimous All-NFL honors from 1965 through 1970 and was selected to eight Pro Bowls during his career.

 

Saturday evening in Atlanta, Georgia at the Black College Football Hall of  Fame Induction Ceremony. North Carolina A&T State University Running Back Tarik Cohen was awarded the Inaugural “Deacon Jones  Trophy.” Emcee Steve Wyche stated during the presentation that it is the hope of the Black College Hall of Fame that the “Decon Jones Trophy” will be black college football version of the Heisman Trophy.

 

The presentation of the  “Decon Jones Trophy”  was part of the induction ceremony for the  Black College Football Hall of Fame class of 2017. The event held at the college football hall of fame honored the newest members to enter the hall. Isaiah Roberson, Parnell ” Pay Dirt” Dickinson, Robert Porcher, Harold Jackson, Gary ” Big Hands ” Johnson and the second winningest coach in black college football history  Billy Joe.

 

Cohen a 5′ 6″ running back from Bunn North Carolina dazzled Aggie faithful for four years and concluded his college career rushing for over 1,588 ( MEAC record) yards in his senior season.  The Three-time SBN Black College All-American was one of four finalists for the prestigious award; he was joined by three other finalists including  North Carolina Central Quarterback Malcolm Bell, Southern University Running Back Lenard Tillery and Grambling State QB Devante Kincade.

 

The Aggie running back got the nod above the other finalist after completing a senior season that included rushing for over 200 yards in four games. The young star made his way to the endzone 19 times and garnered 1,927 All-Purpose yards. North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway who coached Cohen the entire four years the  All-American was at A&T  says “Tarik Cohen is not just a special athlete, he is a special person.”The Dynamo from A&T has his sights set on pursuing a career in the NFL and is expected to participate in the NFL’s Pre-Draft combine that starts this week.

 

Many may look at the stature of this young man and make a quick decision that at only 5’6” and weighing in at only 179lbs  that he may not make it to the next level. But one cannot ignore that he has already made history becoming the all-time leading rusher in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference history. One also cannot measure one’s heart and desire based on appearance alone. Tarik has already left his mark winning the Inaugural “Deacon Jones Trophy” (the Heisman Trophy of Black College football). I would not bet against seeing Tarik playing on Sunday.

 

Trevin A Jones

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UNC Unkind to Pitt on Senior Day in a 85-67 Defeat

Pitt’s Senior Day had the whole agenda: Honor Seniors Mike Young, Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones in front of a full house at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers decided to wear their retro uniforms at home for their second straight week, and all they wanted or needed was a victory vs. 8th ranked North Carolina to cap the day.

 

Well, as the Rolling Stones once sang “You can’t always get what you want.” and yes, I know about the second part of that chorus, but the Panthers surely didn’t try and ‘get what they need’ as they fell hard to the Tar Heels 85-67. And in my opinion, this loss will end any hope or speculation on their chances for the NCAA Tournament, unless they win the ACC Tournament and get the automatic bid, which as I stated many times before, would take a USA over USSR Olympic Hockey miracle.

 

Seriously, even though the Panthers Rating Percentage Index (RPI) still gives them at least a conversation as a possible bubble-team but folks, it’s about common sense. If the Panthers with a 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference record (15-14 overall) gets to the Big Dance over several small conference Division 1 teams who have a much-better record than Pitt, then that would truly be a crime because, to be honest, Pitt doesn’t deserve to get their ticket punched for that tournament.

 

And don’t think the Panthers are a shoo-in for the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) either, but I will put a dollar on the table nearest me and bet you that they will still get a home game for that tournament. Because they thrive on any star power that’s left out of the NCAA Tournament. And that’s the truth, Ruth.

 

As for the game itself, it was no different than any of the blow-outs that Pitt suffered this year. Not only was the opposing team much better on the court, but the Panthers weren’t at their best. This wasn’t the team that beat nationally-ranked Virginia, Syracuse, Florida State, and even the team that lost to North Carolina when they played at Chapel Hill January 31st in which that they gave the Tar Heels a scare in an 80-78 loss.

 

No, this Panthers team was more like the ones who lost to Duke, Miami, Clemson and Louisville, the team that looked totally out of it when they needed to focus and fell flat on their faces vs. the 2016 NCAA National Championship Runner-Up. This was a game that would’ve kept the Tournament Committee curious about Pitt, but not anymore. (again, in my opinion)

 

But to be fair, the Panthers did keep the Tar Heels closed early in the first half and looked very much like the team that almost pulled off the upset in Chapel Hill. They took an early 9-8 lead thanks to a 3-pointer from G Cameron Johnson and eventually had a 17-11lead when Artis also hit a 3. At that point, the team was operating on all cylinders, and it had the makings of a Pitt victory.

 

But unfortunately, that momentum didn’t last long as the Tar Heels reminded everyone why they’re the 8th ranked team in the county as they stormed back and eventually took a 19-17 lead when G Joel Berry hit a timely 3-pointer. And even though the Panthers would tie the game at 19, the Tar Heels never trailed again as they eventually went on a run that had them leading 28-25 with over 4 minutes left in the first half. The Panthers tried to hang with the Tar Heels then snatched the carpet from below them and went on a 12-3 run to close out the first half with a 40-28 lead.

If you thought Pitt would get it together in the second half, then you can put those hopes up there with their NCAA Tournament chances. The Panthers heart went south as they could only get as close as 42-34 when Johnson was able to steal the ball and score on back-to-back dunks but it was pretty much over for them as the Tar Heels ran away from them the rest of the half. They led 81-61 when the some of the home crowd started heading out of the arena. Pitt HC Kevin Stallings eventually took his Seniors out of the game (Jeter removed himself courtesy of a foul-out) and Carolina finally sealed the 85-67 win to improve to 25-5, and 13-3 in the ACC.

 

Young and Artis had ‘OK’ games as they both lead Pitt with 17 points, apiece. Young also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds with Big Man Rozelle Nix, who looked very impressive in the paint as he also had 3 points. Jones rebounded from his struggles vs. Wake Forest and added 10 points, and Johnson had 9. Jeter had 7 points before his foul-out.

 

For the Tar Heels, F Justin Jackson led all scorers with 23 points, and fellow forward Kennedy Meeks led with ten rebounds. I honestly think this team can contend for another National Championship this season as well.

 

“It’s disappointing.” Said Stallings.  “I wish we had a better result for our seniors today.” I totally agree. It would’ve been a great send-off, but unfortunately, when a team struggles like Pitt did today, that’s not going to happen.

 

Pitt now has two road games left as they face Georgia Tech February 28th and then close out their regular season vs. Virginia March 4th.

 

Artis had this to say about Pitt’s renaming games: “Finish out strong. We still have a lot of confidence in ourselves; we need to play hard still.” Hopefully, that confidence will translate into wins for the Panthers.

 

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Urban Media Today Salute 2017 Seniors

Chris Jones

Jamil Artis

Michael Young

Sheldon Jeter

 

Ray Jr. on Sports

  1. NBA Trade Deadline passes: Well, well. It’s my favorite time of year for sports who have this official deadline: When contenders add talent from non-contenders who wish to unload salary in exchange for less salary and draft picks. And this time it’s the NBA’s turn to do so as they made several moves before the clock struck 3 pm.
  2. The biggest trade of the day went to the OKC Thunder who sentCameron PayneJoffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to the Chicago Bulls for Doug McDermottTaj Gibson and a 2018 second-round pick. They’re doing what contenders do when they need help, and to be honest, All-Star G Russell Westbrook needs all the help he can get, because he’s just one person and I think he’ll burn out by playoff time if he didn’t get any help.
  3. Apparently, the Thunder hasn’t forgotten how they faded against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Final last year. They were up 3-1, and eventually, the Warriors came back & won the series 4-3, so they’re doing all they can for a possible rematch. Time will tell.
  4. The other major deal of the day went to the Dallas Mavericks who added C Marlens Noel from the Sixers for F Andrew Bogut. And then the Sixers plan to buy out Bogut because apparently, he doesn’t fit into their plans, whatever they are these days.
  5. The Biggest deals of the past week went to the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets who traded for F DeMarcus Cousins and Lou Williams, respectively. The Rockets have the 3rd-best record in the NBA, but the Pelicans have an outside shot at the 8th playoff spot in the West, but I can’t see that happening. They’re apparently looking at next season.
  6. Now the moves that didn’t happen: Indiana Pacers G Paul George and the Bulls Jimmy Butler who were rumored to be traded, but remain with their teams. Espn.com reported that George was possibly headed to the Denver Nuggets in a monster deal, but talks fizzled or the Pacers turned chicken. The Celtics were reportedly interested in George as well, but talk is cheap to come trade deadline time.
  7. Defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers also stood pat at the deadline, which was a bit surprising to me because they need help after losing All-Star F Kevin Love for up to 8 weeks due to injury, and of course, I wanted them to get NY Knicks F Carmelo Anthony, but not so.
  8. The Cavs apparently feel they don’t need any more star power, but they still need gaps to fill, and after trading Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen last week to create a roster spot, you’d figure they would fill a spot, but they’re looking at picking up a player from the waiver wire.
  9. Reportedly the Cavs could be looking at G Deron Williams who was released by the Utah Jazz, former Milwaukee F Larry Sanders or Bogut after he gets bought out. I figure Williams and one of those big men will do, but I’d take Bogut over Sanders because Bogut has played this season.
  10. Also, congrats to Magic Johnson who was hired by his LA Lakers as the President of Basketball Operations, replacing longtime GM Mitch Kupchak and Executive VP of Basketball Operations Jim (Son of Jerry) Buss. I think Magic will instill life into this once proud franchise, but it will take some time.
  11. Magic has proven that he’s just as useful in the front office like he was on the court, something that Michael Jordan just doesn’t have, and it’s OK. But Jordan seems to be just fine as the Charlotte Hornets majority owner, but when he was a GM, he was not. Just think about Kwame Brown, and you’ll see my point.
  12. Now onto College basketball, as we talk about the Pitt Panthers and another disheartening loss, this time to Wake Forest in a 63-59 letdown. What’s even worse is the fact that Pitt led by 19 to begin the first half. This is their response after their impressive win vs. Florida State?
  13. So what happened this time? Well, it wasn’t F Mike Young, who did all he could with his 24-point night. Apparently, my theory about Young has been proven wrong yet again: (As Mike Young goes, so does the Panthers)Yes, Young ‘went’ but the rest of the Panthers did not.
  14. The next leading scorer was Jamel Artis with only 11 points. I mean kid, what happened to you after that 43-point outburst a month ago?? Oh, it gets worse. Cam Johnson and Sheldon Jeter combined for only 18 points and then there’s Chris Jones, who couldn’t buy a free throw after making all of them vs. Florida St. He finished with 3 points.
  15. The bottom line is this: Pitt is 15-13 and 5-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) They may have had a flicker of a chance at the NCAA Tournament a week ago, but not now. It’s over. And yes, they can still win the ACC Tournament, but I could also play point guard for them as well, and you know that’s not happening.
  16. Dig the buzzer-beater that Syracuse had against Duke on Wednesday. That was pretty impressive. Now the Orange is a team that deserves to get to the Big Dance, and that win vs. Duke might’ve punched their ticket.
  17. As for Pitt football, RB James Conner who missed most of 2015 with Hodgkin lymphoma, received a clean scan and will be ready for the NFL Combine. Good for him. He’s a true warrior and inspiration. I think he’ll be a late first-round/early second-round pick.
  18. QB Nate Peterman also grabbed some headlines as he will be part of Gruden’s Camp hosted by former NFL Coach and current ESPN Commentator and QB guru Jon Gruden. That’s good news for Peterman, who continues to make impressions with his offseason workouts. It says a lot if he’s caught the attention of Gruden.
  19. As for the Steelers, they made a small move as they’ve signed TE Ryan Malleck to a future’s contract. What does that mean? More roster spots. Free Agency hasn’t even begun yet so that signing isn’t that significant. But they also signed TE Xavier Grimble to a 1-year deal too. I like that dude, and he did a good job in 2016. His skill-set reminds me a little bit of Shannon Sharpe.
  20. Baseball is truly in the air as the Pirates will begin their exhibition schedule Saturday vs. Tampa Bay. I may have my concerns about the Pirates and my issues with their front office, but I am curious to see how this team will be this season.

 

 

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Players from HBCUs’ Players can be Hidden Gems

The NFL Draft is fast approaching, and the Combines start in less than a week. That’s right many college players are already preparing to take their game to the next level, and for many players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the start of the NFL Draft on April 27th will determine if they continue to pursue a dream or give up on a dream.

For those of you who have been paying attention, you already know that players from HBCUs’ have a tougher time getting the attention of the NFL scouts who spend most of their time looking at players from schools like Alabama, Clemson, and USC. I must say that as recent as last year and the year before a couple of NFL teams have been happy that they did not ignore the talent coming out of Black College Football.

Two years ago the Arizona Cardinals selected a 6’5″ 305-pound Defensive lineman out of Delaware state by the name of Rodney Gunter in the fourth round. Gunter started in 11 games in only his second year I the league and looked to be a lock to Start next season.

Just a year ago, The Pittsburgh Steelers Drafted Javon Hargrave out of South Carolina State in the third round.The 6’1″ 305-pound Defensive tackle made an immediate impact starting in 13 games his rookie year, racking up 27 tackles.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected defensive Back Ryan Smith out of North Carolina Central in the fourth round, and the Los Angeles ( St Louis ) Rams picked up Tight end Tamarack Hemingway in the sixth round. That means that in 2016 only three players from a Historically Black College or University were selected in the three-day event.

So what does that mean for this season? First of all many of the players from predominately black colleges and universities who are on NFL teams today signed as undrafted free agents and worked their way through training camp to make the team. Things may not be any different for this year’s crop of young talent looking for a future in the league.

But, there are some gems available, and they only need an opportunity. For example, Tarik Cohen from North Carolina A&T and Lenard Tillery from Southern University were both the all-time leading rushers in their respective conferences. Both running backs rushed for over 1,500 yards last season, but they are small (Cohen stands only 5’6″ weighs in at 179 -Pounds and Tillery are 5’10” weighing 200-Pounds). Both talents were major players at the running back position, but NFL teams may see them as special teams players. I think Cohen and Tillery can make an impact at their natural positions on Sundays.

Grambling State receiver Chad Williams had a 1,000-yard season while hauling in 90 receptions and scoring 11 touchdowns. He could be a late (5th through 7th round) draft pick. There has been some chatter amongst NFL Scouts about Williams after his performance in the Reeses’ Senior Bowl. Tennessee State Offensive Guard Jessamen Dunker also participated in the Reeses’ Senior Bowl and at 6-4 300 pounds plus he could be selected in the 5th or 6th round. Meanwhile, Dunkers teammate Defensive back Ezra Robinson could also be selected in the late rounds.

Speaking of Offensive lineman, Javarius Leamon from South Carolina State could be selected in the fifth through seventh round of the Draft. Leamon stands 6’7″ tall and weighs in at 328 -pounds, and he could play tackle at the next level.

Texas Southern Kicker Eric Medina could get a  look, he is projected as the 11th best kicker in the draft, but his chances of making an NFL roster most likely will come as a free agent. The same may be expected for Hampton Punter Christian Faber-Kinney.

Other players from HBCU’s who may get drafted are Albany State Defensive Lineman Grover Stewart and Jackson State Outside Linebacker Javancy Jones.Jones is listed as one of the top twenty best players available at his position.

For the past two seasons at least one player from a Historically Black College and University has been selected in the fourth round. Last year Hargrave was selected in the third. Maybe this year someone will be selected in the second round and shock the so-called football experts. But I doubt it; I will be happy whenever a young man from an HBCU is selected and gets an opportunity to shine at the next level.

Trevin A Jones
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Signs of a heart attack in women

Heart attacks are the number one killer of people in the United States. High blood pressure, lack of exercise and age are often all contributing factors. But it’s important to realize that men and women are different in this scenario. Neither gender has the same symptoms. This article only pertains to those symptoms of women. While heart attacks are never pleasant, it’s good to be prepared. Learn how to spot an attack when it comes on.

First, there is heavy discomfort in the chest. It feels like the chest is squeezing. For women this may appear all throughout the chest; for men, it most commonly occurs on the left side. It feels as if the chest is getting tighter and more compact. This may be lead to a shortness of breath. You find yourself gasping for air, particularly since you lie down on a bed or the floor. Cold sweats may break out as you come over with a clammy feeling.

Another symptom may be a pain the neck, jaw or back. It’s important to note that women can have pain in either arm, whereas men have pain only in their left arm. When a woman has severe back pain related to a heart attack, it spreads to the arms. This pain can often be so severe that it awakens you from a restful sleep. It could appear in your neck or jaw as well, but don’t overlook it. It’s not because you slept on your pillow wrong or you didn’t floss the night before. This pain is real, and you need to call 911.

Unusual fatigue is another common symptom. Many women have a busy routine. They hustle their children to school and activities, hold down a job and take care of the house. But suddenly you feel like a two-ton truck ran over you—and backed over you again. This heavy fatigue could be a sign of a heart attack. Unusual fatigue comes on when tasks like making the bed make you tired. While you aren’t overexerting yourself, even the lightest of activities is too much. If you feel chest pains, sit down. Take a breath and relax. If they get severe, call an ambulance.

Pain may also occur in (or around) your stomach. When women have heart attacks, it’s common to have nausea and vomiting. There may also be a pain in the belly or above the belly button. This pain is not related to indigestion and should not be overlooked. Instead, it is a pain that has spread from your chest. Your body is trying to warn you that you are in danger of having a heart attack. Likewise, this will not be an isolated pain. At this point, you most likely have pain somewhere else in your body.

Finally—and this shouldn’t be a surprise—you have anxiety. You’re scared or nervous about what may happen. Maybe you’re alone, or your spouse isn’t home yet. Your phone may be in another room. There are all kinds of scenarios at which a heart attack could claim a life, but don’t allow it to claim yours. Your life is worth living. Do whatever you have to do to get help. Use your voice. If you have strength, bang or beat on something. Get into the ambulance and get to the hospital. Heart attacks are surprised killers, but you don’t have to be its next victim.

The NBA Break is the Calm before the Storm In New Orleans

The NBA All-Star weekend is over and now the players are taking advantage of some much-needed rest as most enjoy a week off. The participants in the All-Star game enjoy a little less time off. In case you missed it  New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis dropped in 52 points breaking Wilt Chamberlains’ All-Star game scoring record (42 points) which was 54 years old.

The All-Star game MVP led the West Stars to a 192-182 victory scoring 20 of his 52 points in the fourth quarter which is impressive in itself. I thought Russell Westbrook was going to be the MVP for a third straight year, I was off but not by much. Westbrook actually finished with 41 points and the West All-Star coach  Steve Kerr had Westbrook take a seat in the latter part of the game. But the Oklahoma City Guard being the team player that he is was happy to see the young Davis win the honors while playing in front of Pelicans fans.
Speaking of the Pelicans they are sitting two and a half games behind the eighth-place Denver Nuggets in the Western division (The last qualifying spot for the postseason). It looks like New Orleans is focusing on making a playoff run with 25 games left in the season. New Orleans completed a trade that will bring Sacramento Kings’ Big Man  DeMarcus Cousins and Forward Omri Casspi to the Pelicans. The Kings who are only a game and a half behind Denver will get Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and two draft picks this summer. I think the advantage in this transaction belongs to New Orleans.The six foot eleven inch tall Cousins is averaging 27 points a game and pulling down 10 rebounds. Casspi is a six foot nine inch forward who shoots nearly forty percent from beyond the arc.He can get hot from outside the three point line but so far this season he is only averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds per game.
The impact of the addition of “Boogie” Cousins to the Pelicans frontcourt will be huge when you add his numbers to Davis’  27 points and 11 rebounds per game. If the two former Kentucky Wildcats can gel together New Orleans could take flight and make the playoffs. But, The success of this combination will weigh heavily on Cousins who leads the NBA with 17 technical fouls and whose intensity on the court is only outmatched by his ferociousness under the basket grabbing rebounds. I Think that: “Boogie” who was drafted by Sacramento in 2010  was tired of losing and thus the reason behind his being  “T” d up on the regular.The Kings drafted him in 2010  and have not won more than 33 games in a season since he has been in Sacramento.
So, I think a storm is brewing in The Bayou and Thursday night we will see what direction the winds will blow. Cousins and  Davis will team up against James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the duo’s first test. The Rockets are third in the Western Conference and playing well, So if “Boogie” and “AD”  can take away the frustration of losing it could be the perfect storm for New Orleans fans and a terrible experience for the Rockets and future Pelicans opponents.
NOTE: Los Angeles Lakers fire GM Mitch Kupchak, name Magic Johnson president of basketball operations nba.com
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Do and Don’ts of Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom is not just a room for getting clean; it is a sanctuary where you lock yourself up and spend time grooming and cleaning up. The intimacy of the bathroom is unrivaled, within a home. Did you know that 30% of people dislike having any conversation when in the bathroom? Or that 60% of your friends will judge the cleanliness of your house based on the state of your bathroom? Away from the trivia, bathroom lighting is one of the ways through which to set the ambiance for the spot. Read on as we discuss some dos and don’ts of bathroom lighting.

 

Utility Lighting

 

Utility lighting ensures that there is enough light for you to see whatever you are doing. It is intended to help you avoid bathroom accidents. Utility lights are mostly placed around the bathroom mirror because this is what you use to see yourself. The best utility lights are on a fogless bathroom mirror which is set at eye level. Note that you should avoid installing utility lights on the ceiling because that will shine on your hair and forehead, causing shadows below your eyes and chin. You will not be able to see your face clearly when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth.

 

Dimmer Lights

 

The bathroom lights should be darker than the lights in the rest of the house, especially the bedroom. If you’re like millions of other people in the world, the bathroom is among the last rooms you visit before bed and the first one you get into after waking up. Dim light makes it easy for your eyes to transition into sleep mode or into waking up mode. Dim bathroom lighting also reduces the loss of sleep after mid-sleep bathroom trips.

 

Ambient Lighting

 

These lights set the overall mood for the bathroom. The choice of ambient lighting depends on the architecture of the bathroom. If your bathroom has tall ceilings, ambient lights should be installed along the perimeter. That makes it look like the light is glowing from the perimeter. Ambient lighting depends on your color preferences. Where the ceilings are low, and there are no covers to hide lights behind, you can use a hanging pendant for creating ambiance. Feel free to choose colors that represent who you are, as long as you keep them soft.

 

Lighting in your bathroom, unlike other features, is not permanent. You can play around with the designs until you find one that works for you, as long as you observe the basics.  Jess Walters FreeLance Writer