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Trump in Palm Beach: VIPs flock to New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago

The stars were out in full force Sunday night as President Donald Trump threw a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach.

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Trump, who spent the afternoon golfing, tweeted out New Year’s wishes and predicted a “fantastic 2018.”

Hundreds of people attended the pricey bash, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former baseball star Keith Hernandez and Donald Trump’s three oldest children. 

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve gala went for $600 for club members and $750 for guests, Politico reported.

First lady Melania Trump wore an Erdem’s Emery floral sequined midi dress. Originally priced at $5,500, the dress can be found online for $2,500.

The menu for the guests was typically lavish, with lobster ravioli, tenderloin, sea bass and the traditional New Year’s Eve baked Alaska.

Party on the Moon returned to provide the musical entertainment. The band has played at Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve galas since 2009. The band posted a photo of the Mar-a-Lago ballroom on its Instagram account. 

Tom Baker to make cameo appearance in lost 'Doctor Who' episode

Tom Baker, who starred in “Doctor Who” from 1974 to 1981, is returning to the BBC’s cult television series in a cameo role in a completed version of an episode that was never finished, the New Musical Express reported.

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Baker, 83, will appear in “Shada,” an episode that was left unfinished 38 years ago. Baker starred as the fourth Doctor in the long-running series.

Baker said the Doctor character “probably never left me.”

“That’s why I can’t say away from it, it was a lovely time of my life,” he told the BBC.

“Shada” is available to buy as a digital download and is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 4, the New Musical Express reported.

Greenleaf’s Keith David, Yolanda Adams to perform at Joseph Lowery party

Gospel artist Yolanda Adams and “Greenleaf” actor Keith David are set to perform at the 96th birthday celebration of civil rights veteran the Rev. Joseph Lowery on Oct. 4 at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University.

The event, hosted by the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights, will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the celebration at 7 p.m. It’s theme is “Grounded in History: Soaring Towards the Future.”

Among those being honored during the birthday fete are “Think Like A Man” producer, Will Packer; pastor and activist, the Rev. William Barber; and attorney Angela Rye.

Lowery is known as one of the deans of the U.S. civil rights movement, a minister and social activist. At 95, Lowery is still keenly interested in the social and political goings-on across the nation, especially rising racial divisiveness.

He recently endorsed Stacey Abrams in the race for Georgia governor and also Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell for mayor, both hotly contested elections.


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Adams is a five-time gospel Grammy winner and David, an Emmy winner, plays Bishop James Greenleaf on OWN’s popular series, “Greenleaf.”

The musical tribute, produced by Kenneth Green, will highlight milestones in Lowery’s lifelong commitment to the nonviolent fight for voting rights, economic equality and social justice. Nearly 100 of the Lowery Institute’s change agents will take part in the program. Change agents are college students trained at the Lowery Institute then assigned to elementary, middle and high schools to teach the principles of nonviolence coupled with conflict management and social and self-awareness.

Barber is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, N.C. and leader of the Forward Together Moral Movement that launched the Moral Monday protests.

Angela Rye will receive the Social Justice Award. The CNN political commentator and NPR analyst is the CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement.

Will Packer will recieve the Servant Leadership award, Will Packer. The Emmy-nominated producer’s most recent film, “Girls Trip”, is the first entirely black-led movie to make more than $130 million. Packer also served as executive producer of “Roots,” a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time.

The birthday celebration raises funds to support the work of the Lowery Institute, a nonprofit established to ensure the continuity of the advocacy of Lowery and his wife, the late Evelyn Gibson Lowery.

For tickets call 404-524-8406 or online at the Rialto or the Lowery Institute.

Nicki Minaj, Nas fuel dating rumors at rapper’s birthday party

Are Nicki Minaj and Nas an item? It certainly looked that way Thursday night when the two were photographed with their arms around each other during Nas’ 44th birthday party, People reported.

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Nas celebrated his birthday during a private dinner at The Pool Lounge in New York. Minaj, 34, posted a picture of her and Nas on her Instagram account. She has her arm around Nas while they stand next to Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, People reported.

In a video from the event, a man Minaj identified as “Nasir” was spotted creeping up behind Minaj and kissing her on the cheek. Many fans have speculated the man was indeed Nas, whose given name is Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones.

The Shade Room also posted a video of Minaj and Nas together that night. In the video, Nas had his arm wrapped around Minaj’s shoulder as Minaj had her hand placed on his chest while the rapper was presented with his birthday cake.

Rumors of the pair dating began to circulate when Manaj posted a picture of them cuddling to her Instagram account.

Then in May, Minaj told television host Ellen DeGeneres that she had plenty of respect for the rapper.

“He is the king of Queens, and I like to think I’m the queen of Queens,” Minaj said. “He’s a rap legend. Let’s just say that I have a lot of respect for him, and you know, he’s kind of cute, too.”

But Minaj stressed that the relationship with Nas was not intimate, People reported.

“I’m just chillin’ right now. I’m celibate. I wanted to go a year without dating any men. I hate men,” Minaj told DeGeneres. “I might make an exception to the rule for him, because he’s so dope.”

Limbaugh: ‘Wimpism’ has taken over Washington establishment

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh criticized what he called “wimpism” on the part of the Washington, D.C. establishment for asking President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric on North Korea.

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Speaking on his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh said there is no reason to be afraid of North Korea, describing Kim Jong Un’s regime as a “zit on the butt of a pig,” Fox News reported.

Limbaugh slammed congressmen from both parties who have warned that Trump’s tough talk could inflame tensions with North Korea and perhaps trigger a war.

“What does this mean?” Limbaugh said. "It means that 'wimpism' has taken over the Washington establishment, that 'wussism' and 'wimpism' and 'pajama boyism' has taken over."

Limbaugh said North Korea may have nuclear weapons, but they "can’t hit the side of a barn" with them, Fox News reported.

"What are we supposed to do, just sit here and wait until the real one is airborne and hope that being gentle and compassionate and unprovocative will stop this lunatic from doing what he’s doing? Is that what we’re to believe here?" Limbaugh asked.

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the United States military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea decided to take military action.

Politics: Tearing Down to Build Up?

Tonight this election will end weeks of hateful ads.  I’m glad this election is over between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel to represent the 6th District of Georgia.  I do not live in the 6th District but I do live in the state of Georgia and I am embarrassed by the constant TV and radio ads of people spewing negative statements, name calling, theatrics; all to get someone elected. This expensive race has made national news, including the horrible campaign ads. The rhetoric in the ads, mainly paid for by outsiders, PACS, on both sides,  paints one candidate as a loser and the other as a liar.  What I wanted to hear about was where they stood on the issues and not their perceived alliances with Nancy Pelosi or President Donald Trump.  At least Ossoff pointed people to his webpage for voters to get what he supported and his plans. I also was happy to see Jon Ossoff treat Karen Handel respectfully in one of the ads where he spoke on camera.  He didn’t talk about the number of times she ran for office, the Lexus, the chairs etc.,  fodder used in campaign ads paid for by other people and not approved by him.  I was disappointed when Karen Handel spoke on camera and chose to repeat what was in her ads, paid for by others; Ossoff doesn’t live here, (allowed by law) and he’s a liberal, Pelosi pawn. She looked uncomfortable. Again, I don’t have a horse in this race, but I don’t like the tenor of this campaign.  Why do you have to tear somebody down to build up yourself?  Why can’t issues be the most important element?  And how do we heal after such a hateful, expensive and ugly campaign? How do we unite to work for the good of the district and the State of Georgia.  You can’t take back the ugly images and statements that were damning, not just to the candidate but to the people who said them. Politics truly is ugly and needs a major face lift.
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