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Love-packing Optimist still serving youth at 100

Love-packing Optimist still serving youth at 100

At 100 years old, retired teacher and former Sunday school teacher Etha Wiggins has had plenty of time to become passionate about helping young people, and she believes that it is exactly what God called her to do.

"I just love children. I love working with them and teaching them. I give God the credit," Wiggins said. "He just called me to be with the kids."

Wiggins is a member of the Curve Optimist Club, the motto of which is "bringing out the best in kids." She says, "We do different things for them. We teach them positive thinking, good behavior, and academic achievement."

 

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  • Written by Brittney Gathen/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

A ‘star spangled’ search for a music career

A ‘star spangled’ search for a music career

Hitting all the right notes to the "Star Spangled Banner" may be a little difficult for some singers, especially if it's a capella, but not for 14-year-old Serenity Holloway. The gifted singer, songwriter and keyboardist hopes the Memphis Grizzlies will select her to sing the country's national anthem before the tip-off of one of its basketball games.

Performing the patriotic song before thousands is a cinch for Serenity, and practicing the song will only make her better, said Rena Clay, Serenity's mother, during a recent recording session at Hot City Entertainment in Millington.

Clay has been working with Serenity to make sure that her "gift" is polished and that she puts her best foot forward while singing a song – like annunciating her words, getting the pitch and timing correct, and remembering the lyrics.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

Daytime soap ‘All My Children’ canceled again, actress tweets

Daytime soap ‘All My Children’ canceled again, actress tweets

LOS ANGELES – Daytime soap "All My Children" may have finally reached the end of its run, according to an actress on the show.

The iconic drama, which moved from television to the Internet after ABC canceled it, will not return for a second online season, Debbi Morgan tweeted this week.

Morgan, who played Dr. Angie Hubbard, revealed the news when a fan asked her via Twitter if rumors of the show's demise were true. "So sorry to say, Kristin...but yes it is," Morgan responded.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN

Justin Timberlake: I’m not cool

Justin Timberlake: I’m not cool



Justin Timberlake and Kanye West may not always see eye-to-eye, but they have at least one trait in common: the inability to be cool.

As Timberlake explains in the December issue of GQ, "being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady," rather than being passionate.

Similar to Yeezus, Timberlake isn't the type of guy who can restrain himself from displaying passion, whether he's passionately in love with something or passionately in disagreement -- particularly when he's in disagreement with his critics.

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

Morris Chestnut: “The Best Man Holiday” interview

Morris Chestnut: “The Best Man Holiday” interview

Morris Chestnut was born on New Year's Day 1969 in Cerritos, Calif., where he was a student-athlete in high school, en route to majoring in finance and drama at California State University. He made his big screen debut opposite Ice Cube in John Singleton's "Boyz n the Hood," and subsequently enjoyed his breakout role as the groom-to-be in Malcolm Lee's "The Best Man."

The handsome heartthrob has been a much-in-demand leading man ever since, starring in hits like "The Call," "Think Like a Man," "Identity Thief," "The Brothers," "Not Easily Broken," "Kick Ass 2," "Two Can Play That Game," "Breakin' All the Rules," "The Perfect Holiday," "Half Past Dead," "Like Mike," "Ladder 94" and "The Game Plan." A dedicated family man away from work, Morris and his wife, Pam, live in suburban L.A. with their son, Grant, and daughter, Paige.

Here, he talks about reprising the memorable role of Lance Sullivan in the eagerly-anticipated sequel, "The Best Man Holiday."

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Meet the ‘Africapitalist’ who wants to power Africa

Meet the ‘Africapitalist’ who wants to power Africa

You've probably heard by now about the Afropolitans and the Afropreneurs – but what about the Africapitalists?

It's the term created by Nigerian entrepreneur Tony Elumelu, one of Africa's most successful businessmen, to describe what he believes holds the key to the continent's future well-being.

According to Elumelu, Africapitalism is the economic philosophy "that the African private sector has the power to transform the continent through long-term investments, creating both economic prosperity and social wealth."

 

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  • Written by Earl Nurse and Jill Dougherty/CNN

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