Marvin Gaye Set To Be Honored by His Hometown, Washington DC In June

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The District of Columbia, in recognition of Black Music Month (June), will pay tribute to native son Marvin P. Gaye Jr., with a major musical concert at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, N.W. on June 14, 2014, 7:00 to 10:00 PM, presenting artists who were heavily influenced by Marvin and his music.

The concert line-up will feature performances by Soul on Point, the Marvin Gaye Tribute Band headed by Gordon Banks (Marvin’s former music director), The Sounds of DC and Mama (Sandy) Morgan.

The line-up will also include DC’s own, The Jewels, The Marquees (Marvin’s original singing group) and rising super-star Maimouna Yousef.

The highlight of the evening will be a special performance by the Legendary Funk Brothers, headed by Jack Ashford. The Funk Brothers is the band that backed Marvin on all of his Motown recordings.

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Homeless Man Turns In Lost Cash Found On Street, For The Second Time


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KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a homeless man who last year turned in a lost wallet stuffed with money has done it again.

Police in the city of Kingston in New York’s Hudson Valley say 67-year-old Hassell “Junior” Barberapproached an officer on May 9 and said he wanted to turn in a “wad” of cash he had found on the ground.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that police aren’t saying how much money Barber found.

They’re attempting to locate the owner.

The money was found on the same street where Barber discovered a wallet containing $485 in cash last July.

He turned it in to police, who tracked down the owner.

Kingston police posted that story on the department’s Facebook page, leading to numerous calls from peopleoffering to help Barber. He declined the offers.

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So The President Jonathan Should Resign? by Eta Uso, Jr


So The President Jonathan Should Resign?

by Eta Uso, Jr.


Few days ago, the wife of erstwhile Governor of Lagos State and current Chieftain of the APC, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, called for the resignation of Mr. President, citing the failure to secure the safety of lives and property in the country as the reason for her call.

Before we join or draw daggers at the distinguished Senator for her call, let us take a while and go back memory lane.

In the aftermath of the September, 2001 attacks, which totaled four attacks in a single day, history will recall the resilience of the American citizenry in their stand against their common enemy. History records that America mourned. “Some flew the American flag from their front porches and car antennas. Others pinned it to their lapels or wore it on t-shirts. Sports teams postponed games. Celebrities organized benefit concerts and performances”…

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Chibok Girls: PDP Criticizes Amaechi’s Wife For Indifference

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As the world and Nigeria?s First Ladies mobilize efforts to secure the release of about 200 innocent Nigerian girls abducted by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram some three weeks ago, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter has noted with disdain the failure of the wife…Chibok Girls: PDP Criticizes Amaechi’s Wife For Indifference

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Studio Lighting Practice

Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3)

Hello, all! Long time no see! 😉

It’s time to resume this blog, starting with… studio lighting!

If you recall, that has been one of my PDP objectives. Although I’ve not had any technical training per se, since my last PDP submission, I have tried to go out there and experiment with it.

So when music student Thomas Parry (who I met whilst working on the video assignment, as a potential collaboration for soundtrack) got in touch asking if I could take a couple of photos of him against a white background for a tv extra job application, I said yes! I told him I wasn’t experienced, but would try my best… consequently, I didn’t charge him anything.

Prior to the shoot I spoke to my classmate Patryk, who’s really good with studio lighting, and watched a couple of online tutorials so I had an idea of what to do.

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Further Lighting Practice

Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3)

In addition to photographing Thomas in the studio, a few classmates and I experimented with some portable lighting equipment. I intended to use it as part of my Final Major Project, but was later discouraged as it would add extra pressure, when there was a lot going on already. Prior to giving up on it, I had posted on my class’s Facebook group to check whether anyone would like to join me to test the equipment together.

Gladly, Laura, Rebecca B. and Patryk were up for it.

We had only been briefly introduced to the portable equipment in year one, on a slideshow about what equipment they had, and never saw it since. So it was great to have other people with me so we could try to figure things out collectively.

We got a couple of stands, flash heads, battery packs, reflector dishes, umbrellas and flash triggers and went…

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Assisting other photographers

Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3)

Another thing I intend to do after graduating is to contact photographers and offer to assist them.

The reason for that is because I’d like to:

1) get to know more established photographers locally, which is effectively networking;
2) watch them working and learn by osmosis;
3) try various photographic genres to figure out what I want to specialise in;
4) experience in my CV and hopefully recommendation letters;

I’d be happy to do it free first time, but after that it would be good if they could pay me – after all, I have bills of my own.

In terms of who specifically I’d like to assist, I think right now my top choice would be Layla Sailor, who came in uni as a guest speaker.

The reason for that is because not only she can she use studio lighting, but I really like her use of colours, props…

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3 JTF Operatives Die, As Jigawa Records 1st Bomb Blast

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Barely two  weeks after the signing of a peace agreement between community and religious leaders at the palace of the chairman, Taraba State Council of Chiefs, the Aku Uka, fresh crisis yesterday erupted in Kungana village in  Bali local government area of the state, leaving seven people dead.
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2015 Presidency: Arewa PDP Supporters Back Lamido

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Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State
Arewa PDP Supporters Network has endorsed governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections.
The PDP supporters who are aggrieved over President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal  to quit in 2015 to al…

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Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3)

I’ve revisited my PDP, as we’re about to graduate and circumstances have changed. The first one is still valid, but this is “What NOW?”.

Of course, at this stage there isn’t much the course can offer anymore, although they can still do loads for the years below us.

As I’ve suggested in a Student Rep + Staff meeting, it would be great if alumni could have access to the studios for a symbolic fee, when they’re not in use. Studio and equipment hire can be quite pricey, and this may put us off using them, when we’ll be having a hard time trying to survive before anything else 😛

I would still find it extremely useful if maybe John could give us some studio lighting training before we graduate for good. As I’ve previously stated, a small group of us are planning to go in to practice anyway, but to…

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PDP Will Not Apologise To Buhari, APC Over Terrorism Support Accusation



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not going to retract its earlier statement that the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) aided insurgency in Nigeria.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh said this on Tuesday in Abuja.

Metuh also said that in its pursuit of power shift the opposition party was heating up the polity by distracting President Goodluck Jonathan from his transformation agenda.

Immediately after a bomb exploded at the Nyanya bus park killing more than 75 people on April 14, Metuh issued a statement in which the ruling party alleged that the attack was politically motivated and could be traced to the words of some of the APC politicians who wanted to make Nigeria ungovernable

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Reps To Vote On Extension Of State Of Emergency In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

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The House of Representatives will on Thursday, vote on the extension of state of emergency in Adamawa , Borno and Yobe states.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a letter to the House on May 13, requested for the extension of the state of emergency in the three states for another six months.

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Nigerian soldiers open fire on their own army commander in Maiduguri — They say they lack the firepower to tackle insurgents

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Members of Nigeria's security forces in Borno state - April 2013
Soldiers say they lack the firepower to tackle insurgents

Soldiers in Nigeria have opened fire on their commander in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses say.

Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed escaped unhurt after soldiers shot at his car at the Maimalari barracks, the sources said.

The soldiers blamed him for the killing of their colleagues in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants.

Nigeria abductions

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s president has ruled out freeing Boko Haram prisoners in exchange for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

A government minister had earlier said authorities were ready to negotiate with Boko Haram, but President Goodluck Jonathan insisted on Wednesday that this was out of the question.

“He made it very clear that there will be no negotiation with Boko Haram that involves a swap of abducted schoolgirls for prisoners,” said British Africa…

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GE and Dangote Foundation launch manufacturing GE garages


dangote renewnaija GE renewnaija As part of efforts to support commercial growth in Nigeria, global infrastructure leader, GE and Dangote Foundation have officially announced a plan to launch a manufacturing GE garages program to help build a skilled workforce and drive entrepreneurial development in Nigeria.

The program is in development with the Dangote Foundation. The proposed Garages training facility will be based in Lagos, Nigeria and support hands-on skills training, work placement and leadership development and is designed to graduate students into the growing manufacturing and service sectors. The space will also support free classes, and workshops, for entrepreneurs to learn more about advanced technologies, software programming and business planning to support business growth in Lagos.

Speaking at a media event to announce the initiative, Adhiambo Odaga, Managing Director of Dangote Foundation said they pleased to be partnering with GE to set up an innovative learning environment, According to her, “this innovative program will…

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Nigeria: Vigilantes kill Islamic militants

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Protesters in Lagos defy weather to march for abducted girls
Dozens of protesters brave heavy rains in Nigeria’s most populous city to mark one month since more than 200 girls in war-ravaged northeast Nigeria were kidnapped from their school.

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — The villagers knew an attack was coming, so they used the dark of night to ambush the suspected Boko Haram militants, killing scores and arresting at least 10 in a move to deter the extremists and make future attacks “impossible.”

Vigilante groups have been springing up in north Nigeria over the past year amid accusations the military is not acting…

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Chibok: US Won’t Share Intelligence With Nigeria —Pentagon


The United States of America (USA) military had conducted several surveillance flights over north-eastern Nigeria in an effort to find school girls held by a terrorist group, but it would not share the intelligence gathered with the Nigerian government, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday.

According to, Army General David Rodriguez, Head of the Africa Command, was in Abuja, to work out “protocols” for sharing the information from the high-resolution cameras carried by the surveillance aircraft, the officials said.

“At this point, we are not sharing raw intelligence data,” said Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

Warren declined to give reasons for holding back the information, but Africa specialists have warned of corruption in the Nigerian military and fears that the Boko Haram terror group holding the girls has penetrated the security services.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan “himself has said that high levels of the security apparatus and the…

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