Judging by Dr. Carl Hart's background, it's a little surprising he ever made it out of the "hood, let alone became one of the nation's leading neuroscientists. After all, he grew up in a rough area of Miami, Fla., where as a teenager he roamed the streets as a gun-toting, drug dealer.
Only after entering the military did he come to appreciate the value of an education, and eventually earn his BS, MS and PhD degrees. Today, he teaches at Columbia University where his work in pharmacology has uncovered some rather startling statistics, such as "85% of drug users aren't addicted," "the War on Drugs has "had no effect on daily use of marijuana, heroin or any type of cocaine," and "around half of all people with drug addictions are employed full-time and many never commit crimes..."
Getting news that you've been diagnosed with a terminal disease is something we all hope we never have to face. But, as some say, we can't always choose our circumstances.
But we can always choose how we react, no matter how negative the news is.
Sam Simon, who made his fortune developing shows such as "The Simpsons" and "The George Carlin Show," has decided to react to a terminal cancer diagnosis the way he always has to everything else: by giving.
When Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer and given a few months to live, he announced in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he would donate his fortune to various charities. And how much is it worth? Simon confesses that's he not sure, but an appropriate description would probably be "a lot."
WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON? If you're willing to take a short road trip down Highway 61 this weekend, you might find it worth your while. Morris Day and The Time – one of the greatest party bands – will be in concert at the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula, Miss. on this Saturday night.
If you haven't gone to a party and danced off of either "The Bird" or "Jungle Love" you have been attending the wrong functions. These guys have always been at the center of popular party music...and it never gets old.
Also, aren't these guys the reason why you can never watch "Purple Rain" too many times?
(CNN) – One of the three women held captive for nearly a decade in a Cleveland, Ohio, home, made a public appearance Saturday at a concert.
Amanda Berry, along with members of her family, got onstage, surprising concertgoers at the daylong music festival Roverfest. Berry didn't speak onstage, but she smiled and waved to the crowd.
"I told her she had a little bit of time to make up on the partying and you guys would help her out tonight," radio personality Shane "Roker" French told concertgoers.
Kanye West is arguably the biggest music star to have ever come out of Chicago, but sometimes people forget about his roots in the Second City. West himself has made it no easier for fans to remember, rapping almost exclusively about trips to Paris and other worldwide travels, but recently he made a grand gesture toward his hometown, reminding all of us he hasn't forgotten where he comes from.
According to VIBE, West has started a music program called Got Bars. The program will be launched through West's nonprofit organization Donda House and teach music writing and production.
("As the only film opening in wide release, James Mangold's dark take on the clawed mutant opened strong and walked away with about $21 million on Friday, which includes the $4 million it made in theaters that began showing the movie at 10 p.m. on Thursday night." EW.com via CNN)
Logan, aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), is a mutant with retractable claws and a self-healing, metal skeleton. As a member of Marvel Comics' X-Men, he has appeared in all five of the franchise's prior screen adaptations, most notably, the eponymous installment exploring his origin.
At this episode's point of departure, we find him in Alaska and awaking from the clever cinematic contrivance of a nightmare within a nightmare. In the haunting dream, he'd been confronted by Jean Grey, aka Phoenix (Famke Janssen), the lover/colleague gone bad he'd been forced to stab to death in "X-Men: The Last Stand."