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‘Love & Hop Hop: Atlanta’ donate money to high school seniors [Photos]

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 13: Rasheeda, Mimi Faust, Egypt, Mama Dee, K.Michelle, Erica Dixon, Karlie Redd, Joseline Hernandez and Mona Scott attends the VH1 “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” premiere party at Frank Ski’s Restaurant on June 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic) TMZ reported that the cast of ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ decided to help high school seniors from Columbia High School in Decatur, Georgia by paying for their graduation tabs. More on the story on New episodes of ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ Mondays + 8/7c on VH1

New study says country music mentions drugs more than any other genre

According to a recent study by, country music mentions drugs more than any other musical genre, with the most-referenced drug being marijuana.

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Those results may come as a shock to some listeners who assumed that rap or hip-hop music might reference drugs more, but 1.6 percent of all country music surveyed by’s Song Meanings Application Programming Interface (API) references drugs on average, compared to less than 1.3 percent on average in hip-hop music.

Jazz music came in second place, although the study does not disclose the average percentage.

But what constitutes a drug reference? And what counts as “country” music for For starters, alcoholic beverages are not classified as drugs in the study (or else, country music would win this by a landslide). According to the methodology of the study, “scraped song lyrics from Song Meanings API and analyzed drug mentions, what drugs were involved, and how it changed over time, and grouped drug slang words together in their respected drug categories.”

After going over the data from songs from country, rock, jazz, rap/hip-hop, pop, folk and electronic genres from 1933 until now, the drug references were grouped into seven categories: 

Pills (which includes all Opiates except Heroin, Benzodiazepines, Sleep medication, and ADHD medication), Heroin, Marijuana, LSD, Cocaine (which includes both crack cocaine and cocaine), Ecstasy (This includes MDMA and molly), and Meth.

After all that, country music came out on top, with 1.6 percent of all songs studied since 1933 referencing some sort of drug. According to the study, the top three drugs referenced in country music were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

It should be noted that most country songs decry drug consumption (with the exception of alcohol, and, very recently, marijuana). No country artists were mentioned in the study, but artists like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, John Prine and many others have referenced marijuana, pills, cocaine or heroin in their songs as hazardous and not recreational.

However, once the study results are broken down into the musicians that reference drugs the most, country artists don’t even crack the Top 10. That honor goes to all hip-hop artists, most notably Kottonmouth Kings, Eminem, The Game, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z.

If you want to see just how many country music songs reference drugs, take a listen to the playlist below (though we would never condone the use of recreational drugs).

Glenn Jacobs, WWE star 'Kane,' officially announces his bid for mayor

When Glenn Jacobs' treasurer filed the necessary paperwork for a potential political campaign last month, it became national news that the World Wrestling Entertainment star known as “Kane” might run for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

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On Tuesday, Jacobs made it official. Speaking to a crowd at Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House, the pro wrestler announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for mayor.

>> RELATED: Libertarian Republican Eric Brakey, “Maine’s 28-year-old political wunderkind” announces U.S. Senate run

“As Knox County mayor I promise to keep taxes low and make Knox County a place everyone can be proud of,” Jacobs promised. “I see my role as that of a facilitator among the different communities in our area. And also I think that Mayor (Tim) Burchett has done a very good job with transparency in government and I would continue along those lines.”

The 2018 election for Knox County mayor will be for an open seat to replace Burchett.

Jacobs focused on the themes of jobs, education and smaller government, repeating a version of Ronald Reagan’s conservative mantra that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Glenn Jacobs announcing his bid for mayor

The WWE star told Rare on Tuesday that his belief in free markets and individual liberty were part of what interested him in becoming involved in politics, and he saw his Republican brand as being similar to that of libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul, Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, and also his own congressman, Rep. Jimmy Duncan.

Jacobs has lived in Knox County for over two decades, roughly the same amount of time his “Kane” character has endured as one of the top stars in the pro wrestling industry.

“For the past 22 years I’ve had the pleasure of living here in East Tennessee,” Jacobs said Tuesday. “Because my career with the WWE has taken me all around the world on a weekly basis, me family and I could live pretty much anywhere in the U.S.”

“We live here because we want to,” Jacobs said to applause. “We live here because we love it here.”

Jacobs and his wife Crystal own an insurance agency in the Knoxville area.

>> RELATED: WWE superstar puts libertarian charity first in dancing appearance back home

At least two other challengers for mayor are expected to run, including County Commissioner Bob Thomas, who has already announced, and Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones.

Though Jacobs wrestled under other monikers prior for a number of years, his “Kane” character was introduced to WWE fans in 1997.

Disclosure: Glenn Jacobs is a Rare contributor.

Heart Disease: It’s All About Women

The startling figures could make your heart stop.  More women die from heart disease than men.  Every minute a woman in the U.S. dies from cardiovascular disease.  And while breast cancer is a killer, heart disease kills more women than all the cancers combined. February is Heart Month. Women and the people who love them need to pay attention and  become educated about heart disease that can start in childhood.  It is an equal opportunity killer.  To learn about risk factors and prevention go to Everyone in this picture has been affected by heart disease?  But can you pick the one who has heart disease and was saved by a device she wears constantly? From the right:  Dr. Tara Hrobowski, Monica Pearson, Joy Holmes, Diane Gatchalian, Marie Marsden. To get involved in the movement, wear red on National Wear Red Day on February 3;  go to Macy’s and buy a red dress pin and receive a discount from February 1-6; visit Haverty’s near Perimeter Mall anytime between February 2-9 (I’ll be there on the 7th at 2 p.m.) and take a picture on the Red Couch and share on social media; attend or sponsor a table at the Atlanta Go Red for Women Luncheon and Wellness Expo February 10 at the Georgia Aquarium, where there will be free health screenings.  All the money raised from the luncheon goes to research and programs that prevent and treat heart disease in Atlanta.  Women have very different symptoms from men when it comes to cardiovascular disease. Now to answer the question;  which woman in the picture has heart disease? It is Mrs. Marsden, far left in the picture.  She was diagnosed with post-partum dilated cardiomyopathy, induced by pregnancy, four months after the birth of her son, 14 years ago.  She wears an implantable defibrillator and was saved by something else she wears, called a LVAD, when driving her son to school on I-75 last year.  Hear her amazing story by listening to the podcast of my show on heart disease.  It will be up Tuesday at          

Getting and Staying Fit in 2017

We all want to look and feel good, that’s why getting fit is the number one resolution every New Year.  But how to go about it past January?  Kimberly Alexander provides answers on my show Sunday, January 8, 2017 from noon-3 p.m..  She knows what she’s talking about as a licensed professional counselor, a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. Here is an email she shared with me that could be a big help to you.  And it is a preview of my program. “Let’s be deliberate about your goals for not only this year but for life! Incremental steps coupled with accountability and persistence are what will help you cross things off your to do list and walk into your destiny. Here is the assignment I gave my children to complete and return to me in 10 days. I invite you to do the same! Timeliness is of the essence! ******** Welcome to 2017. In the next 10 days reply to the following regarding establishing your goals for this year. Include at least 1-2 goals for each category: **Spiritual goal Include things like beginning a plan to read/study the Bible daily, daily prayer with a prayer partner, join a church, attend a spiritual retreat. **Community/External impact goal Select a charity organization to support financially AND with your time, volunteer as a tutor or mentor in an area where you are skilled, identify a cause and develop a plan to provide support. **Health/Wellness goal Set a goal for lifestyle changes including joining a fitness challenge or gym, work with a trainer or nutritionist and learn wellness skills, identify a weight goal. Include self care tasks such as set a goal for nightly sleep and learn/implement mental health related coping skills. Try a new fitness format of interest. **Financial goal Set an amount to save in liquid funds and a plan to do so. Identify a personal debt to resolve. Develop an idea to generate residual income. Don’t forget that GIVING is an integral component of financial success. **Career/Education goal Create a plan to achieve your next desired goal at work or in school. This may mean start to work in your true field of interest. Apply.   Do self help tasks such as read a book on a topic of career interest or self improvement. **Stretch goal Identify a goal that is completely outside of your comfort zone and that requires preparation, implementation and support from another. This may include running a marathon or a 5K or 10K, climbing Stone Mountain, or taking a public speaking class. It should be personal and require a concerted effort – one you’re not certain you can complete. **Purge goal Identify 2-3 things you need to shed or modify in your life. These things have a pattern of hindering, delaying, or sabotaging your progress. It may be an alcohol or other substance addiction, a negative spirit, unforgiveness towards another, or other distracting, poor habits (excessive gaming, gambling, etc.) THIS IS INTERNALLY FOCUSED and should not be directed towards the others. For example, ending a relationship with a toxic friend would not be considered a purge goal. While you may think it hinders you, it doesn’t actually change anything in you. The goal here is to shed or modify YOU. Every company takes an inventory and sets goals for the year and you are the CEO of your life and should do the very same. “—Kimberly Alexander

Christmas Angels

  There are angels watching over me, I truly believe.  At Christmas time my collection of black angels are on display, just like my black Santas.  At least now, they aren’t as difficult to find as they used to be.  Between the angels and the nativity scene, I am reminded Jesus is the reason for the season.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Merry Christmas!!

Christmas with Monica and John

Love this time of year and wanted to show you how it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house.  Merry Christmas!!!
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