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MY LOVE FOR YOU When I lay down at night, I can only think of you. All the good times, being shared between two. When I awake, I burst with joy. To know that I have just slept with the most beautiful person that I have ever saw. I marvel at your goodness, you ness, your treats. A woman like you will make any man's heart skip a beat. For I am a lucky one, this is true and for sure. If I met you a thousand times over, I could never love you more. By Saadiq Busby
THE REASON I LIVE You are the key to my heart, no one can take you away. You are the reason I rise, the reason I cherish each and every day. I could not think of life, without you in my arms, singing, dancing, playing all night long. Cuddling, laughing, making our own personal songs. Girl you are a blessing, a real dream come true. And I thank God everyday, that he allowed me to spend my life with you. By Saadiq Busby
HIGH LIFE THIEVES By Lucky ShakesSpear A former Tiffany & Co. (TIF) executive who stole jewelry including diamond rings and bracelets worth $2.1 million over eight of her almost 25 years at the luxury retailer was sentenced to a year and a day in prison by a federal judge who called her crime “inexplicable.” The sentence was less than a third of the term sought by federal prosecutors for Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 47, who was a vice president of product development and design. “I can’t express my remorse enough,” Lederhaas-Okun, weeping, told U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe today in Manhattan. Lederhaas-Okun pleaded guilty in July to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, admitting that she stole at least 165 pieces of jewelry, including diamond rings, bracelets and diamond earrings, and sold them to a jewelry reseller. Gardephe rejected prosecutors’ request that Lederhaas-Okun be given a term within sentencing guidelines, which called for 37 months to 46 months in prison. Lederhaas-Okun’s lawyer, Sabrina Shroff of the Federal Defenders of New York, asked Gardephe to give her client six months, citing her history of depression, aggravated by work disappointments and an inability to conceive a child. Arbitration Award The sentencing comes as Tiffany learned it must pay an arbitration award of about 402 million Swiss francs ($449 million) to Swatch Group (UHR) AG after the timepiece maker claimed a breach of contract at their joint venture. Swatch and Tiffany became embroiled in a legal battle in 2011 after the biggest maker of Swiss timepieces alleged the U.S. jeweler blocked development of their partnership. Tiffany said it honored obligations under the terms of the alliance the two companies had begun almost four years earlier, when they agreed to develop and sell watches under the Tiffany brand and share the profit. Last month, Tiffany posted third-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates and boosted its annual earnings forecast, helped in part by higher prices and falling precious metal costs. The $449-million award doesn’t affect the company’s prospects, according to two analysts. Lederhaas-Okun’s job gave her authority to check out jewelry for work-related purposes. She was fired in February “as part of an overall downsizing” at the company, according to the criminal complaint filed against her. After Firing After she was fired, Lederhaas-Okun gave false explanations for what had happened to the missing jewelry, including that she had left it in her office and that it was lost or damaged. She later admitted that she first stole a pendant from Tiffany in 2005. Over the next eight years, she stole jewelry items, sold them and kept the money. “Instead of confronting the problem and her growing depression, she bottled up every last feeling that was eating away at her; whenever she felt down or depressed, she stole,” Shroff said in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court. Three weeks after her arrest, Lederhaas-Okun’s husband said he was seeking a divorce, Shroff said. In addition to the prison term, Gardephe ordered Lederhaas-Okun to serve a year of supervised release. She also must forfeit $2.1 million and pay $2.2 million in restitution. Lederhaas is turning all her assets over to the government, including her share of the equity in a $4.4 million house in Darien, Connecticut, that she had shared with her ex-husband, her bank accounts and retirement savings, Shroff said. Gardephe agreed to a defense request that Lederhaas-Okun serve her sentence in the minimumsecurity prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia. Prisoners at the camp have included Martha Stewart, the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (MSO) founder jailed for lying about a stock sale, and Danielle Chiesi, a former securities analyst who pleaded guilty to insider trading. Some time the good life, is not as good as it seems. We should all want the best, but we should all appreciate what we have, not what we don't.
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Suge Knight is offended when people call him African American, because he's NOT African. On the other hand, he doesn't have a problem with the word, "Ni**a." Suge says it's offensive to label all Black people African American. And he goes further ... he thinks it's ridiculous that only rappers can use the word, "Ni**a." He thinks if it can be used by some, it should be used by all. While Suge doesn't think that he is African, and some people in Africa don't tghink that he is African, his DNA says he is. For him to disrepect those who died for him to make that statement, shows he has no knowledge of self. As the world gets smaller, for Suge to make this statement is rediculous. This is the same as using the N word. While it doesn't have the same sting as it once did. You have to give respect to tose who lost their lives to remove the hate behind the word. Even though we are a more collective society, we must not allow the seeds of hate to stick around, waiting to once again cause havoc on our families and friends. No one has said that Suge is the smartest person in the world, but if he would have been living in the days of pre-slavery we are sure he would have helped the slave buyers. So I'm not surprised by the opinons of Suge Knight, I just hope we help others to see the danger of his thoughts to our collective survival;. By Saadiq Busby
Bacon $142 Million Triptych Beats Warhol: Top 2013 Auction Sales By Katya Kazakina and Scott Reyburn Dec 24, 2013 12:00 AM ET 5 Comments Email Print The priciest segment of the art market surged to record highs in 2013 amid demand from established collectors and wealthy new buyers from emerging-market economies. The top 10 auction lots of 2013 raised $752.2 million, a 27 percent increase from 2012 and an 82 percent jump from 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Every item in the group fetched more than $45 million. In November, Christie’s International Plc sold $692 million of art in less than three hours, the highest auction tally ever. “The top end of the market used to be $10 million; now it’s $50 million,” said Philip Hoffman, chief executive of the London-based Fine Art Fund. “The auction houses are getting new super-rich clients from China, Russia and the Middle East. These are very wealthy families and they want something amazing.” Collectors are bidding up art prices as easy-money policies among central banks and rising global stock markets boost the fortunes of the world’s richest people. The combined wealth of the top 200 billionaires has surged by $422.2 billion this year through Dec. 20, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol took the top two spots in 2013, and Jeff Koons created an auction record for a living artist. The list was dominated by post-1950 works. Evening sales of Impressionist, modern, postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in London and New York rose to $3.9 billion, compared with $3.8 billion last year. Postwar and contemporary art sales were $2.3 billion, unchanged from the year ago, according to Bloomberg calculations. “A few of these groundbreaking records can skew overall auction results and create artificially rosy picture for the broader market which may be softer than these sales otherwise suggest,” said Noah Horowitz, author of “Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market” and executive director of the Armory Show. Here are the top 10 lots of the year. 1. Bacon’s 1969 “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction when it fetched $142.4 million at Christie’s in New York on Nov. 12. The price beat the previous record of $119.9 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” at Sotheby’s in May 2012. Formerly owned by Francesco De Simone Niquesa, a Rome-based lawyer who advised the movie star Sophia Loren, the trio of portraits of Bacon’s painter friend was bought by the New York-based Acquavella Galleries Inc. for
an undisclosed client. The work went on display at Portlan Art Museum on Dec. 21. 2.Warhol’s silk-screen painting “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” sold for a record $105.4 million at Sotheby’s in New York on Nov. 13. The double-panel work was won by phone client of Charles Moffett, vice chairman of Sotheby’ Americas, who vied with at least two other telephone bidders. Warhol’s previous auction record was set in 2007 at Christie’s when a single-panel car-crash painting, “Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)” sold for $71.7 million. 3. Isaac Wolf, a New York-based diamond cutter, paid $83. million for a 59.6-carat pink diamond at Sotheby’s in Geneva on Nov. 13. The price was a record for any gemstone at auction. The oval-cut stone, known as the “Pink Star,” was the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamon ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America. Wolf renamed his trophy “The Pink Dream.” Colored stones, which account for about 0.01 percent of mined production, are prized for their rarity and comman the highest price per carat. Pink is the most desirable color They have now set all three of the highest auction prices fo gemstones. 4. Koons, 58, became the priciest living artist at auction when his sculpture “Balloon Dog (Orange)” sold for $58.4 million at Christie’s in New York on Nov. 12. Estimated at $35 million to $55 million, the 10-foot-tall stainless-steel pooch was consigned by newsprint magnate Peter Brant. The result dethroned German artist Gerhard Richter, 81, whose 1968 painting, “Domplatz, Mailand,” sold for $37.1 million at Sotheby’s in May. 5. Jackson Pollock’s 1948 drip painting, “Number 19,” sold for $58.36 million at Christie’s on May 15, surpassing its $2 million to $35 million estimate range. The price set an auc tion record for the Abstract Expressionist painter. 6. Warhol’s 1962 painting of an oversized Coca-Cola bottle fetched $57.3 million at Christie’s in New York on Nov. 12. The result fell short of the lot’s high estimate of $60 million Unlike Warhol’s later silkscreens, he painted “Coca-Cola (3)” by hand, depicting a stark, black bottle on a white 6-foot-tall canvas. The work was consigned by the New York-based Mugrabi family. 7. While Picasso didn’t make the list this year, the Spanish artist did inspire Roy Lichtenstein’s 1963 painting, “Woma with Flowered Hat,” which sold for $56.1 million at Christie’s in New York on May 15. It was bought in the salesroom by the London-based jeweler Laurence Graff, who said the work was a birthday gift to himself. 8. Alberto Giacometti bronze bust of his brother, “Grande tete mince (Grande tete de Diego),” conceived in 1954 and cast in bronze in an edition of six in 1955, was bought by
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Khodorkovsky Pardon Signals Putin Rift With Russia Oil Czar By Irina Reznik and Henry Meyer Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon, describes what his life was like in prison, reacts to comments made by Igor Sechin, the CEO of OAO Rosneft, and discusses Rosneft's $55 billion takeover of BP Plc’s Russian joint venture, TNKBP. He spoke in an interview with Bloomberg's Ryan Chilcote following his release from 10 years in prison on a surprise pardon from President Vladimir Putin. (Source: Bloomberg) Mikhail Khodorkovsky, newly released from Russian prison, is casually dressed and looking relaxed as he fields questions in a $1,400 Berlin hotel suite. He has some startling things to say. One: for a man once considered to be worth $15 billion, he is now relying upon his lawyer to pay his immediate bills. Two: he’s not going into exile (probably in Switzerland) quietly. He says Vladimir Putin pardoned him over the objections of Igor Sechin -- the man Putin entrusted with constructing the dominant state oil company. The assertion, if it bears out, signals a rift within the nation’s elite since Sechin, head of OAO Rosneft, now the world’s biggest publicly traded producer of oil, and Putin go back to when the two worked in the St. Petersburg mayor’s office in the 1990s. Khodorkovsky has long contended that Sechin helped orchestrate the demise of his company, Yukos Oil Co. Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 for tax evasion and fraud and Yukos was subsequently dismantled and auctioned off to pay for billions of dollars in back taxes. Most of its assets were eventually transferred to Rosneft, which produces about 40 percent of Russian oil. Khodorkovsky and his supporters have proclaimed his innocence, and his imprisonment was seen as a milestone in the Russian state wrestling back control of the oil industry, which underpins Putin’s power. Now, if Putin has resisted Sechin’s efforts to keep Khodorkovsky in prison, he “is showing how he is distancing himself from his entourage as he once did with the oligarchs,” Gleb Pavlovsky, a former Kremlin adviser, said by phone from Moscow. “He wants to guarantee his central role and not allow any groups to become a threat to him.” Rosneft declined to comment, according to a press official who asked not to be identified, citing company policy. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also declined to comment. Sechin said after Khodorkovsky’s release that he wasn’t concerned that the former Yukos owner will seek to regain former assets and would even consider a job application from him, adding that all top management slots at Rosneft are filled. Khodorkovsky, during the wide-ranging interview, painted Sechin as the mastermind behind Russia’s turn toward a growing role of state ownership, who also bred inefficiency at the company he built on the ruins of Yukos. ‘Real Oligarch’ Sechin “is a real oligarch,” said Khodorkovsky, 50, wearing jeans and a sweater on his fourth day of freedom from a decade in Russian prison camps. “He convinced Putin that state capitalism is right. I know that right up to the very end he was trying to convince the country’s leadership not to free me only because he’s personally afraid of something.” While Khodorkovsky spent what he says were “4,000 difficult days” in prison,
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proceeds from the sale of the oil producer’s non-Russian assets. Khodorkovsky, due to be joined in Berlin by his wife, Inna, and their three children flying in from Moscow, said he’d “most likely” settle in Switzerland. He also ruled out a return to Russia for fear of not being allowed to leave again. He has already ruled out financing opposition parties because it would be “dangerous” for them, and said that he doesn’t plan to spend any money on supporting non-government organizations. Instead, he will focus on fund-raising for any projects he gets involved in. Before his 2003 arrest, the magnate sponsored opposition parties and a foundation that promoted civil society. ‘Losing Time’ Germany played a pivotal role in his release. Khodorkovsky traveled to the German capital with the support of Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who arranged for him to fly on a private jet to Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport. He said yesterday he has a yearlong German visa. “The most unpleasant part of prison was the feeling of losing time senselessly,” said Khodorkovsky, who was once stabbed in the face while in jail. “The food, the clothes, even being in an enclosed space -- those are things you can get used to if you have a little self-discipline.” Khodorkovsky’s imprisonment was a symbol of selective justice as Putin took on the country's most powerful businessmen. While incarcerated, he became a reminder of the lack of rule of law under the Russian leader, who came to power in 1999. He was potentially facing another seven years of jail on new $10 billion money-laundering charges, according to law enforcement officials. Soviet Dissidents The abrupt release and departure from Russia reminded Khodorkovsky of how dissidents were whisked out of the Soviet Union. “They must have the protocol from back in the day,” he said. “They just opened up the book to step number 18 in the instructions and followed the plan. It was very funny.” His release does not appear to damp Rosneft’s appetite for continued expansion. On the Dec. 20, the day he was let out of prison, Morgan Stanley announced it agreed to sell its global oil merchanting business to the state-owned company. “Sechin was one of the people who were behind this case and he didn’t have any reasons to want his freedom,” Pavlovsky, the former Kremlin adviser, said. “No one considers Sechin as a humanist or supporter of Khodorkovsky’s release.”
ighly Humble designs are truly one of a kind. This designer is not only sharp, but one of the most humble people that I have met. He had a showing at one of Serinity Night's shows and I must say that I was blown away by his designs. This is truly a designer on the rise!!!
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Diddy begins his all-music network Revolt By Associated Press Sean “Diddy” Combs’ new Revolt channel launched with a nod to big dreams and its founder’s musical past, bringing a new outlet for music to television. Diddy goes to 'Downton Abbey'... in Funny or Die short -VIDEO Sean 'Diddy' Combs tops Forbes' list of wealthiest hip-hop artists Diddy in 'Get Him to the Greek': This guy deserves his own movie Despite some technical glitches in its opening Monday, Combs aspires to nothing less than making Revolt the ESPN of music, with well-curated playlists and a strong focus on industry news. “I want to know, who is Taylor Swift?” Combs said. “Why is Miley Cyrus twerking? Why did Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake go on tour? Why did Kanye West call his daughter ‘North’? The industry of music is just as important, or more important, as the industry of sports. Sports are covered in a serious manner and we want to follow in those footsteps.” Most fans watch videos online or on demand these days, despite the existence of MTV’s networks, Fuse, and BET. The struggling music industry doesn’t spend as much producing flashy videos as it did in MTV’s heyday. Networks that have started out primarily with videos moved on, primarily because the format is unattractive to advertisers. “We’re just going to do it better,” said Val Boreland, Revolt’s chief programming executive. Combs said he wants a network where people program from the gut instead of sales charts, citing legendary DJ Frankie Crocker and Soul Train. His executive team is heavy on industry experience, with former ESPN executive and Vibe magazine president Keith Clinkscales, former Warner Bros. and MTV executive Andy Schuon, and Boreland, who worked at Comedy Central. Boreland said Revolt will stay in contact with viewers through social media and said Fuse, for example, does not have a strong connection with fans. A Fuse spokeswoman declined to make an executive available to talk about Revolt, or the difficulties of beginning a new network. At its start, Revolt is available only on Time Warner and some Comcast cable outlets. The channel’s website is livestreaming the first three days. Combs is encouraging fans to contact cable and satellite operators to urge them to begin airing Revolt.
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Berry Gordy, Jr. (born November 28, 1929) is an American record producer, and the founder of the Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries. Berry Gordy, Jr. (born in Detroit, Michigan) was the seventh of eight children (Fuller, Esther, Anna, Loucye, George, Gwen, Berry and Robert), born to the middle-class family of Berry Gordy II (a.k.a. Berry Gordy, Sr.) and Bertha Fuller Gordy (1899â€“ 1975), who had relocated to Detroit from Milledgeville, Georgia, in 1922. Gordy was brought up in a tight-knit family with strong morals. Berry Gordy II (1888â€“1978) was the son of Berry Gordy I and a woman named Lucy Hellum. Berry Gordy I was the son of James Thomas Gordy, a white plantation owner in Georgia, and his female slave Esther Johnson. Berry Gordy, Jr. is distantly related to former president Jimmy Carter through Carter's mother, Bessie Lillian Gordy. Berry Gordy II was lured to Detroit by the many job opportunities for black people offered by booming automotive businesses. Berry Gordy, Jr's older siblings were all prominent black citizens of Detroit. Berry, however, dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade to become a professional boxer in hopes of becoming rich quick, a career he followed until 1950 when he was drafted by the United States Army for the Korean War. After his return from Korea in 1953, he married Thelma Coleman. He developed his interest in music by writing songs and opening the 3-D Record Mart, a record store featuring jazz music. The store was unsuccessful and Gordy sought work at the [Lincoln-Mercury] plant, but his family connections put him in touch with Al Green (not the singer), owner of the Flame Show Bar talent club, where he met singer, Jackie Wilson. In 1957 Wilson recorded "Reet Petite", a song Gordy had co-written with his sister Gwen and writer-producer, Billy Davis. It became a modest hit, but had more success internationally, especially in the UK where it reached the Top 10 and even later topped the
chart on re-issue in 1986. Wilson recorded six more songs co-written by Gordy over the next two years, including "Lonely Teardrops", which topped the R & B charts and got to number 7 in the pop chart. Berry and Gwen Gordy also wrote "All I Could Do Was Cry" for Etta James at Chess Records. Motown Record Corporation Gordy reinvested the profits from his songwriting success into producing. In 1957, he discovered The Miracles (originally known as The Matadors) and began building a portfolio of successful artists. In 1959, at Miracles leader Smokey Robinson's encouragement, Gordy borrowed $800 from his family to create R&B label Tamla Records. On January 21, 1959, "Come To Me" by Marv Johnson was issued as Tamla 101. United Artists Records picked up "Come To Me" for national distribution, as well as Johnson's more successful followup records (such as "You Got What It Takes", co-produced and co-written by Gordy). Berry's next release was the only 45 ever issued on his Rayber label, and it featured Wade Jones with an unnamed female back-up group. The record did not sell well and is now one of the rarest issues from the Motown stable. Berry's third release was "Bad Girl" by The Miracles, and was the first-ever release for the Motown record label. "Bad Girl" was a solid hit in 1959 after Chess Records picked it up. Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" initially appearing on Tamla and then charted on Gordy's sister's label, Anna Records, in February 1960. The Miracles' hit "Shop Around" peaked at No. 1 on the national R&B charts in late 1960 and at No. 2 on the Billboard pop charts on January 16, 1961 (#1 Pop, Cash Box), which established Motown as an independent company worthy of notice. Later in 1961, The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" made it to the top of both charts. In 1960, Gordy signed an unknown named Mary Wells who became the fledgling label's first star, with Smokey Robinson penning her hits "You Beat Me to the Punch", "Two Lovers", and "My Guy". The Tamla and Motown labels were then merged into a
new compan ration, whi April 14, 1960 Berry Gord town Mans Edison Hist Gordy's gif bringing to along with of his artis town initia then intern the next de ists as The S Temptation tours, The F & the Pips, T Velvelettes las, Stevie W Gordy was n ing white a were signed Jaguars, Mik Clark, Rare bie Dean an Berry produ Penny Label cords) in th ing a white "Bryan Bren had hoped ten by hims be the hit s nity", wri came the su unpreceden Detroit are and The Cu Sales late-n Mickey Scho TV show, as tion-spons as Tommy Cl Guard Armo stricted to also perfor Queen" from ular weeken Brent and T the securit enjoy the su missing not books, "For as a doo-wo Europe. Berry produ artist Tom record was
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label called Chant. It is not currently known if Berry owned Chant records, but the 45 is recognized by many collectors to be one of the rarest of all Gordy singles. Tom Clay became a DJ in LA, and recorded again for Gordy on his MoWest label in the 1970s. Kiki Dee became the first white female British singer to be signed to the Motown label. Gordy also employed many white workers and managers at the company's headquarters, named Hitsville U.S.A., on Detroit's West Grand Boulevard. He largely promoted African-American artists but carefully controlled their public image, dress, manners and choreography for across-the-board appeal. In 1972, Gordy attended FIDM in Los Angeles, where he produced the commercially successful Billie Holiday biography Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross (who was nominated for an Academy Award) and Richard Pryor, and introducing Billy Dee Williams (cast in a role originally for Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops). Initially the studio, over Gordy's objections, rejected Williams after several screen tests. However, Gordy, known for his tenacity, eventually prevailed and the film established Williams as a major movie star. Berry Gordy soon after produced and directed Mahogany, also starring Ross and Williams. In 1985, he produced the cult martial arts film The Last Dragon, which starred martial artist Taimak and one of Prince's proteges, Vanity. Although Motown continued to produce major hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s by artists including the Jacksons, Rick James, Lionel Richie and long-term signings, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, the record company was no longer the major force it had been previously. Gordy sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures on June 28, 1988 for $61 million. He later sold most of his interests in Jobete publishing to EMI Publishing. Gordy has written or co-written 240 songs for Motown's Jobete music catalogue, consisting of approximately 15,000 uced a record for white songs. Clay some time in 1959. The Gordy published an autobiography, s released on a tiny Detroit To Be Loved, in 1994.
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