Watch Lady Day Star Audra McDonald Open Up About Her Troubled Past

first_img View Comments Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Related Shows Star Files It looks like someone needs to put a quarter in the swear jar over at Eggfartopia. In an interview with ABC News’ Popcorn with Peter Travers, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald revealed that she’s begun to pick up some of Billie Holiday’s habits after appearing as the legendary jazz singer in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill on Broadway. No, not the drugs and alcohol. “My language started to get bad at home because Billie had a very salty mouth,” McDonald admitted. In the interview, she also opened up about her own troubled past, including a life-threatening case of depression she battled while at Juilliard.  Check out the video below and catch McDonald in her history-making performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at the Circle in the Square Theatre through September 21. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Audra McDonaldlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: First Photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet & More

first_imgDid Penn & Teller’s Teller Just Talk on Air?The single-named Teller, one half of legendary magical duo Penn & Teller, is notorious for not speaking during their act or in TV interviews, leaving it all to his partner Penn Jillette. But during a recent appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, we’re sure we heard Teller talk at 8:05…! Take a look at the video below to assess whether you agree with us, and then see what the pair are conjuring up at the Marquis Theatre in Penn & Teller on Broadway through August 16! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. First Photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as HamletDeep breaths everyone, we’ve only been waiting months, nay years, for this. We have our first photo of Olivier winner and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet. Admittedly, he’s just in a striped rehearsal t-shirt and could be doing yoga, but the Sherlock star is also looking very sweet and prince like, no? Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Cumberbatch will begin performances in the Bard’s classic at London’s Barbican Theatre on August 5. Opening night is set for August 25. A member of the team may or not be counting down the hours before seeing the production.Watch Brandy’s Wiz AuditionIt would seem that Brandy Norwood, currently the name on everybody’s lips in Broadway’s Chicago, has her eye on her next role. On a recent subway ride, the Grammy-winning singer conducted a veritable audition for The Wiz, which will soon be telecast on NBC before heading to the Great White Way. We think Brandy’s rendition of “Home” should secure her the part, although her fellow subway riders didn’t seem so sure. Check out the fun video below. View Commentslast_img read more

Top of wallet means something different now

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: Details Top of wallet is a commonly used phrase understood to mean your card is the first to be reached for when a wallet is opened. However, with less wallets being opened and more online purchases being made, the techniques to stay top of wallet have to change as well.The advancements in mobile banking, digital payments and mobile wallets have developed a desire within consumers to want a perfect blend of traditional and digital service. Mobile wallets are gaining more and more traction on a monthly basis with tech savvy members, which can be either a blessing or a curse. While of course having your own digital wallet would be ideal, right now the fight is to be the funding account behind them, and the first task being sure that your card is supported in the types of applications.Apple, Android, and Samsung Pay all have options to put in a credit or debit card at the first launch of the wallets and the ability to add additional card. Just like with a physical wallet however, there is the ability to choose a default card, with varying difficulties of using any other card.Keep in mind that not all purchases even give the consumer the chance to choose a payment option. Putting aside cards that aren’t accepted with certain services, some payments happen without user authorization. Take Uber for example. They have changed the game when it comes to member experiences with payments, but in a way they may hurt any financial institution not fortunate enough to be assigned the sought after primary card position within the app as most transactions take place in the background whenever they take a ride.There are countless instances in which consumers input a card to make a payment one time and either the service assigns it as default, or they never put in another option. So really, instead of competing to be top of wallet, really credit unions are competing to be the only card in wallet. Makes the thought of having to open a wallet to find a card and having to consciously choose to flip past it to find another seem like a dream to some.Traditionally the fight for top of wallet took place on the battlefield of perks, cash back and rewards. Which of course it still is, but is also taking place on another front which may or may not be more difficult; making members aware of what digital services your branch has and supports.New payment options and mobile banking through advances are both good things, providing more ways to engage with members. But that is the bottom line, staying relevant in the digital shift really falls on credit unions’ ability to understand and participate in these new technologies.last_img read more

Severn heaven

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Lady Cards Prevail Over Lady Trojans In Finale

first_imgThe St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took to the floor Thursday night against the St. Nicholas Trojans to close their season.  The team had fun and played hard to the end winning 16 to 10.  They finished the season with a 7-4 record.  Scoring for the Cardinals were Lucy Abplanalp and Maria Voegle with 2 points and Veronica King with 12 points.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Rob King.The 6th Grade Lady Cardinals closed out a very successful season on Thursday evening getting their 10th win over the St Nicholas Trojans.  The Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 14 – 5 lead at the half and despite a 3rd quarter push by St Nicholas the Cardinals finished with a strong 4th quarter and a final score of 33 – 17.  The Cardinals end the year with a 10-1 record and won their final 8 games of the season.The team would like to thank their parents and all of the fans who supported them this season.  Go Cardinals!!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Andy Saner.last_img read more

The NRA Foundation awards $1,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The NRA Foundation recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant to be used to serve Indiana residents. These funds will help Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry pay processing fees for large game and livestock donations within Indiana. The processed meat will then be given to area hunger-relief agencies.Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry asks area hunters and farmers to take their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor where the donation is processed, packaged and frozen at no cost (plus, farmers may write off the fair market value on their taxes). Local hunger-relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. “We are very excited about our “Meat” the Need program,” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “We’re pleased that the NRA Foundation is continually willing to make an investment in the community.”Lack of food does not only affect the homeless or unemployed. The economy may be showing signs of improvement but many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck, regularly having to choose between paying bills, obtaining medicine or buying groceries. In these homes, an unexpected bill of any sort (like a major car repair or medical bill) can throw an already tight budget into a downward spiral. According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, 31% of working Indiana residents who are food insecure do not qualify for food-assistance programs. These residents have to turn to charitable food assistance networks such as food banks, pantries, hunger ministries, etc… And the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain? Protein, a nutrient that is part of every cell in your body and vital to brain/body development.More than 300,000 Indiana children have no idea where their next meal is coming from…“The grant provided by this store will pay to process about 750 pounds of donated large game and livestock, which will then be distributed to area hunger-relief agencies – providing almost 3,000 meals to residents in need within our communities,” said Treesh. In the last seven years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute approximately 1.2 million pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing over 5 million meals to Hoosiers in need. “To date, we have 83 participating meat processors working within 85 counties in Indiana to aid us in our mission and to ensure residents in need are served,” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.On average, the cost of this donated meat is about $1.30 per pound, which is less than $.30 per meal!Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context.  More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online here.last_img read more

I.S.P. Versailles Post to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

first_imgDecatur County, IN—  Troopers from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Decatur County on March 13-14.  Those drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol or drug-impaired and pose a danger to all who use the roadways.  Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.   To help to ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips: Plan ahead and always use a designated driver. Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages. Call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride. If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night. Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.If you see a vehicle exhibiting erratic driving behavior, call 911 and give a complete description of the vehicle, its location, and the direction of travel.  These reports can be made anonymously.last_img read more

FAU, N. Texas meet in CUSA quarters

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, SENIOR STUDS: North Texas has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Javion Hamlet, Umoja Gibson, Zachary Simmons and Deng Geu have collectively accounted for 64 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 72 percent of all Mean Green points over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Hamlet has either made or assisted on 50 percent of all North Texas field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 34 field goals and 25 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: The Mean Green are 9-0 when they record eight or more steals and 11-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Owls are 5-0 when they make 12 or more 3-pointers and 12-15 when the team hits fewer than 12 from long range.ASSIST RATIOS: The Mean Green have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Owls. North Texas has an assist on 35 of 70 field goals (50 percent) across its past three outings while Florida Atlantic has assists on 38 of 86 field goals (44.2 percent) during its past three games.STIFLING DEFENSE: North Texas has held opposing teams to 63.3 points per game, the lowest figure among all CUSA teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed Florida Atlantic (17-15, 9-10) vs. No. 1 seed North Texas (20-11, 14-4)Conference USA Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas; Thursday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the CUSA semifinals is on the line as Florida Atlantic and North Texas match up. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 11, when the Mean Green shot 57.1 percent from the field while holding Florida Atlantic to just 38.6 percent en route to an 81-58 victory. Associated Press center_img FAU, N. Texas meet in CUSA quarters March 12, 2020last_img read more

Allicock among big names expected for Terrence Alli National Open

first_imgGUYANA’S Pan American Games representative Keevin ‘Lightning’ Allicock will be amongst the big names expected for next weekend’s Terrence Alli National Open, which is billed for the National Gymnasium. The Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) aims to send a large team to the Caribbean Boxing Championships this year and will use the November 1-3 event to select the team.Normally this event is held later in November, but according to GBA president Steve Ninvalle the team will have a lengthy encampment before travelling for the December 4-9 regional competition, which is scheduled for Trinidad.Guyana will expect stiff opposition this year since the regional body decided to invite four Latin American nations, including powerhouse Cuba, who have produced several world and Olympic champions. Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are also expected to field boxers for the event. Ninvalle said that next weekend’s competition would see over 50 boxers in action and it will be the first time since February (when he roughed up his T&T opponent at the Patrick Ford Memorial) that the 20-year-old Caribbean bantamweight champion Allicock would fight at home.It might take some time again for the ace boxer to fight on local soil, since according to Ninvalle, plans are being worked out to have him travel overseas for specialised training. In addition to Allicock, Caribbean champions middleweight ‘Dynamite’ Desmond Amsterdam and lightweight Jamal Eastman, known as ‘The Beast from Berbice’ will be on show. Eastman won the Caribbean title with a single punch that dropped his Trinidadian opponent last year in Guyana.An added attraction to next week’s competition is former Caribbean Champion light welterweight Colin ‘Superman’ Lewis who is likely to compete.The Guyana Defence Force boxers are the reigning champions of the National Open.Action punches off nightly at 19:00hrs. Entrance fee is $500 for stands and $1 000 for ringside.last_img read more

Sydney O’Hara blasts NCAA-record 4 home runs; Syracuse splits doubleheader at North Carolina State

first_imgSydney O’Hara’s four home runs led Syracuse (13-7, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) to an 11-5 win over North Carolina State (7-16, 1-1) in the second game of a doubleheader Friday afternoon in Raleigh. SU lost the first game, 3-0.O’Hara, out of the three-hole, blasted four home runs for eight RBIs, accounting for more than two-thirds of Syracuse runs. O’Hara is the first player in Syracuse history with four home runs in a single game, bumping her season total to five and her RBI total to 24.O’Hara is the only player in the NCAA this season with four home runs, tying an NCAA record. The four hits push O’Hara into first place on the team with a batting average of .484 and second in the ACC in home runs (five).N.C. State shut out the Orange in game one of the doubleheader. Alexa Romero took her third loss of the season, giving up two home runs to the Wolfpack. Syracuse managed only five hits in this game. Peyton Silverman struck out three in the complete game shutout.SU continues its first series of ACC play on Saturday afternoon against N.C. State. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edulast_img read more