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Michael Jackson is ‘resurrected’ for the Billboard Music Awards

jackson 600A hologram of Michael Jackson performed during last night's Billboard Music Awards. Welcome to the future of posthumous music.

In a similar style to Tupac Shakur's performance at Coachella in 2012, the King of Pop's hologram definitely bore an uncanny resemblance to the singer, but it didn't look like the Michael Jackson from five years ago. Jackson-Gram hologram performed the new hit "Slave to the Rhythm" off of Jackson's posthumous album "Xscape" – which debuted last week at No. 1 in 50 countries.

Jackson's hologram was dressed in red pants and a gold jacket with military-like designs on the shoulders. During the performance the hologram hit several of Jackson's signature moves as it was flanked by dancers and special effects.

 

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Annual rabies vaccination drive to be held in June

rabies vaccination_600The annual Rabies Drive sponsored by the Shelby County Health Department's (SCHD) Vector Control Program will be held Saturday, June 7, and Saturday, June 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring their dogs and cats to either location listed below to receive rabies vaccinations:

* 9774 (Fire Station #65), Lakeland
* 5469 Raleigh Millington (Fire Station #66), Millington

"The Rabies Vaccination Drive is an excellent time to safely vaccinate your pets without paying additional administrative costs," said Daniel Sprenger, Ph.D., manager of the SCHD Vector Control Program. "The vaccination will protect your pet from an avoidable illness, as well as your family."

 

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Kevin Durant: ‘MVP’ Son

durantmvp 600Donald Sterling's racist rant about blacks last month put a huge amount of focus on professional athletes. Many sports writers and fans have labeled today's athletes as spoiled, ungrateful, prima donnas who have no appreciation for those who came before them.

You can count me in this group. But, if what I have been seeing over the past two weeks continue, I may become a believer in the fledgling view that some athletes are beginning to "get it."

First, NBA players made it clear to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that they would boycott playoff games if Sterling was not banned from the game. The players won. Sterling was not only permanently banned from the NBA, but the league is in the process of forcing him to sell his NBA franchise.

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Is the #BringBackOurGirls movement a failure?

Demetria Irwin_600Thus far the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has failed its primary mission. Aside from 53 girls who managed to escape in the early portion of the April 14, 2014 attack, not one of the over 200 remaining Nigerian school girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorists has returned home. Does that mean that hashtag activism is a pointless concept or that affecting real change via social media is impossible? Absolutely not.

Successes and failures of #BringBackOurGirls

Created by Nigerian lawyer Ibrahim M. Abullahi, the hashtag has been tweeted over one million times. People all over the world, celebrities and even First Lady Michelle Obama have participated in the campaign. Though a handful of American media outlets reported on the mass abduction in the first week of the crime, updates on the South Korean ferry disaster and the missing Malaysian plane still dominated the international news headlines.

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The difficult math of inequality

minimumwagemcdonalds 600Thousands of fast food workers took to the streets last week, staging strikes in protest over their low pay. In states where the minimum wage has not been raised above the federal level, if a worker could put together a full-time, full-year schedule, she would earn just $15,080 a year.

Some people scoff at raising the minimum wage for these workers, on the basis that "they only flip burgers." By that logic, what should you get paid if you are the chief burger flipper? Not much, right? Well, the CEOs of fast food restaurants average $11,884,000 in pay annually. That's a lot of hamburgers to flip.

Here is where the math of inequality comes into play. We haven't given minimum wage workers a raise in more than five years, yet inflation has continued. So minimum wage workers' purchasing power has been falling. In 2009, $15,080 a year would place a single mother with a child above the poverty threshold. Today, she and her child would be living in poverty.

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