Taylor Swift Speaks Apple Listens

The music industry has changed significantly when it comes to album sales and for any artist in general making money off of their music isn’t what it used to be.

Album sales continue to decline so new artist find themselves questioning whether or not to continue on. Add another obstacle to that equation – online streaming.

It seems as if all odds are against any up and coming artist but no fear Taylor Swift is here!

Taylor Swift is one of the few artist who understands what it takes to be successful and knows how to use her power of influence to make a difference.

She recently took to tumblr to express her concerns with Apple and them not paying artist royalties for three months via it’s online streaming services.

Within 24 hours Apple agreed to change their policy.

To read in depth click here: www.eonline.com




SPLC tracks 44 organized hate groups across New York state

Van White was the attorney for a high profile civil rights case in 2006, when he received an anonymous letter in the mail that included the following message:

“We the members of the Ku Klux Klan are sick and tired of these jungle monkeys getting positions, like they are better than us…”

White believes the letter was written in retaliation for his pursuit of the case.  He reported the letter to authorities, who he says investigated the penmanship but could not track it back to an author.

“I’ve got to tell you I’m a civil rights lawyer when I’m not doing my school district stuff and this is not unusual,” says White, who also serves as president of the Rochester City School District’s School Board, although he notes he’s never received threats related to his position on the board.

In 2013, there were more than seven thousand reported victims of hate crimes in the United States.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 784 active and organized hate groups across the country- 44 of them are right here in New York State. SPLC says they target groups by religion, sexual orientation, race and a host of other factors, and fall into various categories that include: black separatists, Neo-Nazi, Anti-Muslim and Anti-LGBT.

In the wake of the shooting in Charleston, many wonder what would drive someone to commit a hate crime and whether these groups have influence.

“People who have grown up in a condition of privilege and feel that slipping away, they’re the most likely recruits for hate groups,” says Professor Thomas Gibson, a professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester, who has studied hate groups abroad and in the United States.

Gibson says groups find more recruits by spreading ideas online but also find peers who think alike.

“In a way the rise of social media and the way people’s extreme views can get reinforced by someone just sitting alone in a basement, I think is a cause for more concern perhaps than the organized groups,” he says.

Gibson says the patches seen in a photo of the Charleston shooting suspect, represent the past racial apartheid in South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and a connection to supremacist ideologies that could easily be bolstered online.

“People who might for whatever personal reasons nurture certain grudges can now find like-minded individuals all over the country or even all over the world,” says Gibson.

Van White says although the authors of the hate-filled letter to him were never identified, he doesn’t fear them.  With the Charleston tragedy in view, he is optimistic that the country can come together to send back their own message.

“We are a country that has faults but we are bar none the best country in identifying those faults and rectifying them,” says White.  “Does that mean we don’t have work to do?  Absolutely not, we have much work to do.”

The Department of Justice is investigating the massacre in Charleston as a hate crime.


written by: Natasha Alford

Suspect Dylan Storm Roof In Custody Charged With 9 Counts Of Murder

Charleston, S.C. – Dylan Storm Roof the 21- year-old gunman has been captured by authorities and charged with 9 counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 9 victims at bible study in the historic Emanuel AME Church.

Roof has confessed to killing nine people to authorities and expressed his strong racist views during the confession. He also said he wanted his actions to be known.

Governor Nikki Haley said on NBC’s Today show “We will absolutely will want him to have the death penalty.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the nine people who tragically lost their lives at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Read more here: Washington Post

Shooting In Charleston, South Carolina 9 Killed Suspected Gunman Photos Released

South Carolina – According to ABC News police and federal law enforcement agencies are still searching for the man who killed 9 people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The suspect has yet to be identified, police have released photos of the suspected gunman.

Suspected Gunman in Charleston, South Carolina  shooting
Suspected Gunman in Charleston, South Carolina shooting

Read more click here: ABC News

Rochester 1st Annual Jerk Festival

Where: Brown Square Park – 251 Verona St.
When: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time: Noon – 10 PM

Performances By:

Third World
Ignite Band
Noble Vibes Band
Da Union ENT.
And many more…

Ticket Price: $25 until July 15th, $30 after July 15th
Ticket Locations:
Jerk Hut Express – 665 Culver Rd or 975 Chili ave.
Mad Favors – 185 Lyell Ave
Peppa Pot Restaurant –  133 Gregory St
Livies Import Market – 375 Chili Ave

Guns on College Campuses

There are currently eight states who allow students to possess concealed weapons on campus. Texas is predicted to be the ninth state to allow them.
We all know of the unfortunate popular school shootings like, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Columbine, and many more. So why is it important now, to carry concealed weapons? These school shootings have been going on for quiet some time and now some states are deciding to finally do something.
If you analyze this decision with deep thought, you may question whether or not it’s going to make campuses safer or more dangerous.
With allowing concealed weapons on campus, it is allowing students who voluntarily use their weapon to plead self defense in every case. Right or wrong?
Allowing concealed weapons on campus gives students who are irresponsible and a danger to others, easy access to deadly weapons.
Do we really need students carrying concealed weapons? In unfortunate cases of school shootings, will it cause more harm or will it remain the same?
Is putting a weapon in the hands of a typical drunk student saving a life or is it threatening another?
Students quickly ran to Facebook to express their opinion on this controversial topic. One grad student Steve Hall said, “The issue is that concealed-carry permits are not issued only to college men and women who are sober and responsible. It is not enough that they do the right thing most of the time; it is important that they do the right thing all the time if they are carrying. And this age group is not well known for that. I shoot, and I am a grad student. I think allowing guns on a college campus is a terrible, terrible idea.”
Would you feel safe if your children went to school on a campus in which allowed concealed weapons? What’s your opinion on this new raging topic?

Elder Abuse

There comes a point in time when your loved ones reach an age that disables them from doing things on their own. But who would think that their own family would take advantage of them?
Well it’s not typical you hear this type of abuse in the news, right? But why is that? Are elders not as important as teenagers and adults?
Almost 400 cases of elder abuse are reported to  Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention program each year.
On June 15th in 2006 this unrecognized abuse strived to take a stand. They launched World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) to raise awareness towards this cause. This year will mark its tenth anniversary.
Abuse is a vague term when referred to any individual, but with elders it includes neglect, physical or sexual abuse, psychological abuse and financial exploration.
An example of mistreatment was found in Rochester by a women Catherine: Catherine lives in an assisted living community in suburban Rochester. Her grandson visits her almost daily and takes advantage of her memory lapses by driving her to multiple ATM machines to withdraw hundreds to thousands of dollars to support his drug habit.
Is it safe to say that nursing homes are better for the old? No! As much as people love having their loved ones in a “safe” environment, in essence it is not always safe. In nursing homes the old are assisted by workers who at first are strangers to them. In all, not every employee has the best interest in your loved ones.
There are many cases in society linking mistreatment of elders by employees.
You can join the commitment by contacting Lifespan through its Eldersource/ NY Connects program at (585) 325-2800 if you have concerns about an older adult who is being abused.
Paul L. Caccamise is vice president for Program at Lifespan. Co-author Art Mason is director of Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program.

Bye Bye Trans Fat… FDA To Ban Bad Fat In U.S. Food Supply

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is making a big move to promote healthier living by banning all trans fat from the food supply in the U.S. over the next three years.

So instead of hydrogenated oil in foods, food suppliers will use palm oil or coconut oil. According to the FDA hydrogenated oil is not safe for human consumption and poses health risk.


To read in depth click here:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-ban-on-harmful-trans-fats-expected-soon/

New Festival Coming to Rochester

The East End Festival is now in the past and a new festivity joining us this year will light up our night time sky.
A Street Light Festival will make its debut in time to celebrate the International Year of Light of 2015. The festival will be held on July 17 and 18 and will promote interactive light art.
The art theme is not new but has yet to hit popular in Rochester up until this year. The light show has been featured in cities such as Toronto, New York and Singapore.
Artists will be responsible for their own funding with a chance to win prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500.
The event is free to the public. It begins at 10 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. both nights.
The festival will be held on the grounds of Village Gate, 274 N. Goodman St. The action will be in the main parking lot in back of the building, off Anderson Avenue and the Village Gate courtyard.
If you are an artist and want to submit your work to be in the festival, here is what you need to know:

• Funding is not provided

• You are eligible for a cash prize of $500 to 1,500

• Power sources and consultants are provided by Cheshire AV, a partner of the festival

• Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. July 1

• There are no size restrictions, but displays must be able to withstand interaction with the public for two to three days.

 For more information visit here

Health Beats: Men’s Health


Nurse Bowick Label

Hello Rochester, this is Nurse Bowick. Have we got something to talk about? Oh Yeah! The month of June provides an opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month. Many of the Men’s Health promotions with www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/men-s-health.html center on high blood pressure screenings and prostate health. We often neglect to discuss, “Rich Man’s Disease” one of the most painful conditions that men suffer with daily.

Let me ask you this, does your Father wake up in the middle of the night, with the sensation that his big toe is on fire? Is his big toe is hot, swollen and so tender that he doesn’t even want the bed sheets touch it.

Perhaps, dear old Dad could be suffering from a bout with gout. Well, he is not alone. No longer reserved for the rich, Gout is a complex form of Arthritis that affects approximately six million men of all socioeconomic status.

Gout occurs when uric acid builds up, forming sharp, needle-like urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that cause intense pain, redness, inflammation and swelling. It typically affects the large joint of your big toe, but it can occur in your fingers, hands, wrist, feet, ankles and knees.  Foods that contribute to uric acid build up include steak, organ meats, seafood, alcoholic beverages especially beer, and drinks sweetened with fruit sugar (fructose).

In addition to medication management, lifestyle modifications that include limiting alcohol consumption, reducing intake of foods that contribute to uric acid buildup, increasing physical activity and weight loss efforts, have you heard a few cherries a day keeps Gout away?

Tune in Tuesday at 7:15am, because we’re gonna talk it, on “Health Beats” with the wake up club on 103.9 WDKX.

Theresa Lou Bowick BSN, RN

Registered Professional Nurse

Doctor of Nursing Practice Student