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NBA Playoffs Update!

The Western Conference Finals:

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers

After losing 2 games on the road and Damian Lillard suffering an injury of separated ribs, the Portland Trail Blazers’ season seems to almost be over after their 110-99 loss on Saturday night to go down 3-0. No team has ever come back from that. They fight to stay alive for 1 more game tonight.

The Eastern Conference Finals:

Bucks vs. Raptors

After the Bucks routed the Raptors on Friday night to go up 2-0 in the series, the Raptors returned to homecourt fighting. After 2 OTs and a lot of bumps and bruising, Kawhi Leonard (36 points) took over with Siakam (25 points) and Gasol (16 points) to keep their series alive with a 118-112 win.

Giannis of the Bucks did not show up last night with only 12 points, despite the effort by his teammates. He will make Shaqtin’ a Fool this week with his airball free throw and Drake trolling him. More is also needed from Middleton and Bledsoe. Props to George Hill (24 points) and Brogdon (20 points) who showed up for the Bucks.

The Bucks showed their weaknesses last night in a game they could have won to sink the Raptors. The Raptors will be sure to review the tape and return to Game 4 with homecourt advantage and a chance to level up!

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Photo: Bleacher Report

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Shrimp & Grits from a Southern Restaurant in A-Town!

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Shrimp and Grits – $17USD (red mule grits, shrimp bordelaise, pan fried croutons) from JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Suga Taster, Randy Burgess’s Ratings for JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Date and time of visit: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

No. of diners: 2 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★☆☆

Plating: ★★★☆☆

Value for $: ★★★☆☆

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Photo: @jctkitchenandbar

JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Location: 1198 Howell Mill Rd #18, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA

Ph: 404-355-2252

Instagram: jctkitchenandbar

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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We are READY for the Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs!

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The Eastern and Western Conference Finals are set and begin tomorrow with Wariors vs Trail Blazers!

How did we get here?

Bucks vs Celtics – Game 5

Giannis and the Bucks took care of the Celtics easily, 116-91 to reach their 1st Eastern Conference Finals since 2001.

Warriors vs Rockets – Game 6

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Photo: Bleacher Report

The Warriors took care of the Rockets without KD (injury) on Friday night. They won 118-113. Steph Curry was scoreless in the 1st half, scored 10 in the 3rd, then 23 in the 4th Quarter! Klay Thompson also facilitated crucial plays and scored 3-pointers when it mattered. Kevon Looney was sensational off the bench with 14.

KD was diagnosed with a mild calf strain since he left Game 5 last Wednesday in the 3rd quarter. A calf strain takes 7-10 days to heal, but he should be re-evaluated this week.

Two Thrilling Game 7s!

Nuggets vs Trail Blazers

The Nuggets had as much as a 17-point lead. The Trail Blazers broke a Game 7 Playoffs record for biggest comeback. The 4th quarter was all CJ McCollum with shots and blocks, scoring 37 points and leading his team to the Western Conference Finals to meet the Warriors.

Seth and Steph Curry will meet. This is the first time that 2 brothers will meet in the Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs.

Raptors vs 76ers

This game was close from start to finish, but the end is what will be remembered in NBA Playoffs history and by the Raptors forever.

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Kawhi Leonard (41 points) hit an epic dagger at the buzzer! He threw an over 18ft high bouncer that bounced off the rim 4 times before falling in to give the Raptors a 92-90 victory and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.

If you missed the moment, or just would like to see it again, check it out here!

Watch “Kawhi Leonard Sends Philadelphia 76ers Home With Buzzer-Beating Game 7 Game Winner” on YouTube here:

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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A Fusion of Mexican and Korean Street Eats in A-Town!

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Suga Taster, Randy Burgess’s Ratings for Takorea Asian Fusion Restaurant

Date and time of visit: Thursday, May 2, 2019

No. of diners: 4 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★☆☆☆☆

Ambience: ★★★☆☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★★

Appetizers/Sides

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(Furthest to closest): Korean Fried rice with Chicken ($11USD); Gogi Nachos ($8.50USD) with Jack cheese, jalapeno, tako salad and red sauce; Sticky Chicky ($6USD) – Crispy Chicken bits apricot glazed and tossed with red onions and jalepeno.

Entree

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Original Bop ($10USD) – Beef, sesame, spinach, mushrooms, mung beans and marinated zucchini

Takorea Asian Fusion Restaurant

Location: 818 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA

Ph: 404-532-1944

Menu: http://www.mytakorea.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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GW Art is in the Vitamin M December box in the USA!

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Kerryanne Croft of the Vitamin M box says trying to fit in is boring, create the change you want to see.

What’s the Vitamin M box?

Based in New Jersey, Kerryanne saw a lack of support and love for Black owned businesses. She wanted to change that, so The Vitamin M Subscription Box was born. M is for Melanin, the dark brown to black pigment occurring in our skin.

Vitamin M isn’t just a subscription box. It is a movement to not only support these substantial businesses, but to help build their communities and share their stories. The Vitamin M box delivers brands in the form of beauty, fashion, books, home and lifestyle produced by people of colour to your doorstep.

Every 3rd month, Kerryanne donates 10% of the proceeds to a charity/non-profit in the Black and Brown community.

Kerry believes we need to continue to highlight these entrepreneurs over businesses that don’t see or respect their shine.

GW Art is a part of the Vitamin M box for December and the boxes are sold out!

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The Vitamin M Box for December includes great stocking stuffers for skincare and more.
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Kerryanne Croft of the Vitamin M box celebrates for the December box being sold out.

What’s in it from GW Art?

It’s Always Wine o’clock Post-its! Just in time for your New Year’s affirmations.

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Subscribe to the Vitamin M box for the New Year!

Visit:

http://www.thevitaminmbox.com/subscribe-2/

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Rotary District 7020 sends 100,000 meals across the globe!

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Two weekends ago, the non-profit organization, Rotary District 7020 hosted its Rotary Leadership Summit in Norfolk, Virginia.

During the Summit, 500 Rotarians and Rotaractors (members of the youth arm, Rotaract) were put to work. They packaged 100,000 meals to send across the globe to combat world hunger. Kudos to Rotary District 7020 for executing this initiative.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo and French Quarter Tour, New Orleans. Is the Voodoo real?

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(L-R) Stephaney Farquharson, Racquell Brown, Gabrielle Burgess, Taraja Richards, Anya Pennycooke, Songe Sandcroft and Glennette Sinclair in front of St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, LA.

Flingback Friday to the 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo & French Quarter Tour ($13 by Groupon (or $25) + $1 entry to cemetery; 28 persons per tour) that I took in New Orleans in October!

The tour lasted over 2 hours, but with our experienced and exciting Tour Guide, ‘Stormy’, it was worth it. It provides you with a chance to enter one of the world-renown cemeteries, St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, while also visiting popular landmarks in the French Quarter. A bit of Voodoo culture and history was also included, as this adventure combined 3 tours in 1.

The French Quarter/Cemetery/Voodoo tour meets at the corner of Royal and Conti Street. Persons are to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time to check in.

You can learn how and why people are buried above ground and how the “Vault” works! The grave of the famous Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau is also there.

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Inside of St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans

I saw a lot of negative reviews of persons spending most of the time in the cemetery and it being too crowded. I would note that the key is to leave on an early tour and request Stormy.

Upon arrival, we were one of probably 3 other tour groups in the cemetery. Stormy was very considerate of other groups’ space, so we would stop and talk before a group left a particular landmark. I can’t say the same about other tour guides though. Close to the end of our Cemetery tour, many tour groups arrived and interrupted our stops or paths, but thankfully we didn’t have much time left in there.

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The Louis Armstrong Park

As the tour moved to the Louis Armstrong Park, we could see more and more that Tour guide, Stormy was experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and talented. He even sang for us where the Congo tribes would sing and dance in different groups in an area called Congo Square. This historical landmark is the foundation of New Orleans’ Musical traditions, including Jazz.

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The tour went over the 2 hours, but Stormy didn’t give any place more attention than the other. Everywhere was explained in full detail in a captivating way and he was able to answer all of our questions. Two thumbs up! #SugaEndorsed

To book your 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo and French Quarter Tour (New Orleans  LA), go to:

https://www.tripshock.com/3-in-1-Cemetery,-Voodoo-&-French-Quarter-Tour/details/1452/

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Tour Guide, Stormy with his Jamaican girls, (L-R) Gabrielle Burgess, Songe Sandcroft, Glennette Sinclair, Anya Pennycooke, Stephaney Farquharson, Racquell Brown and Taraja Richards after a fantastic 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo and French Quarter Tour.

If you think you will never get to visit New Orleans or you don’t mind a few spoilers, here you go!

Why are tombs in the New Orleans’ Cemeteries called Vaults?

They house thousands of persons. Once all the remains of someone have decomposed leaving the bones, the bones are collected, put in a bag and labeled. They are placed in the same tomb in an underground section or section below the tomb, called a vault.

Nicolas Cage and Brad Pitt in New Orleans

Nicolas Cage fell in love with New Orleans when he visited. He bought properties there including a Haunted House that he ended up having to resell, losing a lot of money. A story was told that Brad Pitt ran out of that alleged ‘Haunted House’ and had to arrange for his belongings to be sent to him.

Tomb Space in the St. Louis Cemetery #1

Though limited and extremely expensive, you can purchase your tomb space and place a tomb in the renowned St. Louis Cemetery where you wish to be laid to rest.

Nicolas Cage (still alive) has his Tomb in the St. Louis Cemetery

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Nicolas Cage’s tomb for him to be laid to rest when he dies.

You can make a wish by Marie Laveau’s tomb

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Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau’s tomb

It is believed that if you knock on Marie Laveau’s tomb to wake up her spirit, then make a wish and mark three x-s on her tomb, that your wish will come true. She was especially known for granting love wishes. If you have the chance to revisit her tomb, you are to out a circle around those x-s to show that your wish has come true.

Note that persons are discouraged from marking any of the tombs. A woman was locked up in jail for painting Marie Laveau’s tomb pink. The tomb was white so if painted over, the paint would bleed through. They had some costly reconstructing to do.

Persons currently reside at Marie Laveau’s home

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Tour Guide, Stormy showing us Marie Laveau’s home.

● Why was Marie Laveau called the Queen of Voodoo?

It was believed Marie Laveau knew everything about everybody, that she could be in more than one place at a time and that she could make things happen to people. For instance, she would know a husband was cheating on his wife before the wife knew, then notify her. However, this was because she was a hairdresser by profession, so knew everyone’s business.

She had two daughters that looked and dressed just like her, who she also taught to tie their head wrap, called a tignon, just like her. Tignon is the French New Orleans version of African head wrap. Nobody else in New Orleans wrapped their head in that style. So when all three were seen in different places at the same time, it was believed she could be in three places at once.

In terms of voodoo, if a man was harassing a woman and the woman went to Marie about it, Marie would approach the man with a warning to leave the woman alone. Since she had the reputation of being the Queen of Voodoo, the man would instantly leave the woman alone and perhaps look the other way if he saw the woman ever again. She would be paid for these requests and this is how she gained wealth.

Pioneer of Jazz, Louis Armstrong used to dig through garbage to provide food for his family.

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Louis Armstrong’s statue in Louis Armstrong Park

● The late legendary soul singer, Aretha Franklin was inspired by Mahalia Jackson, who was the 1st black woman to start singing in the church. A performing Arts Theatre is now in Mahalia Jackson’s name.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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