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Apple CEO Tim Cook officially comes out as gay saying that his sexuality is one of the ‘greatest gifts God has given me’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as being gay for the first time saying his sexual orientation is one of the ‘greatest gifts God has given me’.

Mr Cook, 53, said For years he had been open with many people about his sexuality, including his colleagues who realized for creativity to flourish people’s differences needed to be embraced.

He said while he had never denied his sexuality, he hadn’t publicly acknowledged it either – until now – saying his desire for privacy had been ‘holding me back’. The declaration makes Mr Cook the highest-profile business CEO to have come out as being gay.

You would think that this sort of news would show people that gays are just as normal humans as the rest of us. I just cannot get who died and made anyone god to say what sexuality, race, gender, religion etc. should be the right one. Proud of him for coming out, now he can live a free life.

My Interview With Real Housewives Of Atlanta Star, Phaedra Parks

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I first saw Phaedra on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. You know that show with a couple of Black women in Atlanta that was supposedly always full of drama? Yes that show- still is by the way.
I always thought she was beautiful and smart. Once viewers learned she had a law degree? I was in!
I had the opportunity to speak with Phaedra who was in Dallas over the weekend for her book signing. She would be signing in three locations throughout the metropolis. I chose the Plano location for our little rendezvous. Continue reading

Famed Designer Michael Costello To Host “The Crowned Brunch” In Dallas

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You may not know his face or name, but I guarantee you that you know his designs and you are probably in love with them as much as I am. Designer to the stars including Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Tamar Braxton, Lily Ghalichi only to mention a few. Michael rose to automatic stardom after he appeared on “project runway”. Clearly he had been designing some amazing stuff prior but this was where a lot of us got introduced to his talent and awesomeness. I am still anticipating my pass for the event, but whether or not that happens, I would like all you fashion lovers to make plans to attend. I would be doing you guys a disservice if I didn’t mention this amazing event. By the way, “The Crowned Brunch” usually hosts classy, magical events.

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Costello is headed to Dallas on September 28, 2014 to host an exclusive afternoon tea and champagne event for The Crowned Brunch entitled “Deeper than the Dress: An Intimate Conversation with Michael Costello” at the historical Dallas Adolphus Hotel. The Adolphus is one of the finest restaurants in the entire Dallas Metroplex, located on Commerce Road in downtown Dallas, I first visited this hotel when Nigerian delegates, including Governors, Senators and Ministers came to Dallas for a function. That just tells you the caliber of where this event is being held. I can categorically tell you that I am hyper ventilating as I type this message.

The event gives guests the chance to interact with the designer, sharing his insights, inspiration and journey thus far. It’s the first time “The Crowned Brunch” has brought this event to Dallas and it promises to be unique. This event normally holds in Houston, TX and has featured Massy “Mankofit” Arias and digital marketing manager for Beats by Dre, Karen Civil as hosts in the past.

The brunch will be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and tickets are available to purchase at www.thecrownedbrunch.com. For more information, visit the site. and purchase tickets http://www.eventbrite.com/e/deeper-than-the-dress-an-intimate-conversation-with-michael-costello-tickets-12487222619

This is the event you want to attend!

Death toll passes 1,550 as Ebola outbreak accelerates, officials say

This is no joke. I have family in West Africa. Besides my family, people are out there for goodness sakes. I pray they manage this sucker soon so people can handle their biz freely. Here’s what CNN is reporting on the matter.
The Ebola outbreak “continues to accelerate” in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people so far, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The total number of cases stands at 3,069, with 40% occurring in the past three weeks. “However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,” the WHO said.

The outbreak, the deadliest ever, has been centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a handful of cases in Nigeria. The overall fatality rate is 52%, the WHO said, ranging from 42% in Sierra Leone to 66% in Guinea.

The WHO issued a “road map” Thursday that “responds to the urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response” in light of the acceleration of new cases, it said.
It aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months and prevent its spread internationally.

The road map prioritizes the setting up of treatment centers, community mobilization and safe burials.

It will also try to overcome bottlenecks in vital supplies such as personal protective equipment, disinfectants and body bags.

The road map is based on an assumption that “in many areas of intense transmission the actual number of cases may be 2-4 fold higher than that currently reported,” the document states.
It also acknowledges that the total number of cases “could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency.

An Ebola vaccine being developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and GlaxoSmithKline will be fast-tracked for human trials, the international consortium behind the effort said Thursday.

The experimental vaccine could be given to healthy volunteers in Britain, Gambia and Mali as early as September, according to a statement from the consortium, which provided funding.

The vaccine, which does not contain infectious virus material, has shown promise in early tests on primates to protect them from Ebola without significant adverse effects, the statement said.

The human trials will begin as soon as ethical and regulatory approvals are granted.

Health workers are paying a heavy price as they care for those struck down by the virus.
Health workers are paying a heavy price as they care for those struck down by the virus.

The WHO said Monday that 120 health care workers have died in the Ebola outbreak, and twice that number have been infected.

Public health experts say several factors are to blame, including a shortage of protective gear and improper use of the gear the workers do have.

“It’s even worse than I’d feared,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the crisis. “Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country.

“The sooner the world comes together to help Liberia and West Africans, the safer we will all be.”

Frieden spoke to CNN’s Nima Elbagir in Monrovia, Liberia, where fear and anger over the largest Ebola outbreak on record has grown as health officials put up quarantines around some of the capital city’s poorest areas.

A separate Ebola outbreak, unrelated to the one in West Africa, was reported Sunday by the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Are myths making the Ebola outbreak worse?

CNN’s Miriam Falco, Carol Jordan and Nana Karikari-apau contributed to this report.

The Future Awards 2014 Nominees Revealed

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I just wanted to thank everyone that nominated me for the Future Africa Awards this year. I didn’t make it to the top five shortlisted (those that will fight for the winner title) nevertheless, just wanted to tell you all thanks for taking the time to email, post, tweet etc. about my nomination and encouraging your friends to do the same. Everyone shortlisted under each category is beyond amazing. Some of them I met during my visit to Nigeria this year, others I have read about. I am so proud of them. Africans under 30 making such a huge difference the world over. So proud to be African right now. See the list of the shortlisted nominees below and make sure you support them. Thanks again guys *hugs Continue reading

Attorney: Michael Brown was shot at least 6 times

I personally did not want to post about this matter because first, I wanted to gather some facts and do a little bit more research on the matter, second, I was so emotionally trained from Trayvon Martin that I didn’t even know if I wanted to. The fact remains that a young BLACK man once again has been shot and killed by a WHITE police officer. America still has a long way to go. Longer than many of us even realize. See the latest on the matter in video above and write up below courtesy CNN. Continue reading

Spanish priest struck with Ebola becomes the first person brought to Europe for treatment as shocking pictures reveal how more bodies are being left in African streets

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Miguel Parajes, 75 (bottom right) was repatriated on a military plane to Madrid from Liberia and carried by a convoy of medics in protective suits into the city’s Carlos III hospital (top right) after he tested positive for the virus. His condition reportedly deteriorated overnight, when he was flown in an isolation chamber from Monrovia, Liberia, on a military plane, and he is now said to be unable to walk unaided. It comes as more distressing photos showed a man collapsed in a Guinea street surrounded by police (left), who fearing he had the deadly virus, did not touch or move him for hours. Continue reading

Jennifer Mairo Akporehe On The Edak Willie Show

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Hi guys, forgive me. I have received every single email from you guys and I am flattered and beyond happy that you guys missed me. You almost don’t know how many readers visit your blog until you are absent for a while. I was in Nigeria visiting my family, most of you already know this based on my posts, tweets etc. However I had no luck with internet out there. I mean there was internet connection but it was almost like I was jinxed. From my laptop to phones and even my charger got misplaced. I decided to let it be.
I have so much to tell you guys about my trip but I will make posts at intervals to do so. In this post I am highlighting my amazing interview with the gorgeous Edak Willie. I talked about everything from The Pamela Erere Foundation (PEF), my career as an author, my blog and everything else. She is an amazing interviewer. Everyone on set was amazing and beyond gracious. The Edak Willie show airs on Silverbird Television every Wednesday at 11am. I will let you guys know exactly when my particular episode airs. My African peeps, make sure you tune in to the show , you’ll love it. A picture of me and the host below Continue reading

FIFA World Cup Round of 16: Nigeria Out, United States Still In

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The Nigerian squad was eliminated from the World Cup Round of 16 in their match against France today. There were high hopes for the Super Eagles to expose some recent French defensive breakdowns, however in the end, France was able to slip behind the Nigerians on poorly defended set pieces. With Nigeria out of the tournament, France will advance to the quarter-finals against the winner of today’s match between Algeria and Germany. Following the loss, Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi expressed uncertainty regarding his future with the national team.
As you all know, I represent two countries, and why I didn’t watch the match since I was working, I know that Nigeria is out, but good news, The U.S is still in the running. I had such high hopes for Nigeria though. It is what it is. What do you guys think about Nigeria being out already? And do you think they could have done better? Tweet me @jennifermairo

The Moment Nancy Grace Tells Dad Missing Son Found Alive

By now you have already heard this story, or maybe not. In any case you have the chance to hear it here. Nancy Grace is amazing at what she does but she is just a little too krunk for me. Insinuating that the man knew exactly where his son was so rude and tacky especially with no evidence. Her job is to ask the right questions and not suggest or interrogate an interviewee.
No one knows the status of anything and she is not the police. The FBI and Detroit Police has searched the house, unless he removed the boy from the house, let them search and then went back to hide the boy behind those boxes as you will find out in the video, then there is no proof. The part that broke my heart was when the father began to cry because he still hadn’t seen his son and was overwhelmed. Felt for him so. Watch and tell me what you think.

60 Females, 31 Boys Abducted in Northeast Nigeria

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Are you guys even remotely serious about these abductions in Nigeria? Where is the military? Where is the Nigerian government? What the heck is going on? Up the ante President Jonathan. It’s not for wimps- you know? the process of running a country? Yeah. Make something happen. Soon investors and tourists will be scared of Nigeria. I for one have first hand experience as my business partner won’t come to Nigeria with me this summer. Details on the new adbuction as Time reports it on their website Continue reading

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