June 27, 2017
You can use WP menu builder to build menus

NFL To Announce Walter Payton Man of the Year During Super Bowl XLIX

Jan 30, 2015 0

Admit the glitz and pageantry of Super Bowl XLIX, we, at the GoodNewsNotebook, would like to recognize the many charitable efforts of top NFL players.  These gentlemen, not only lead on the field of play, but they also lead the league in the game of life.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. The NFL Man of the Year Award is named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, who died in 1999.

walter_paytonThe 2015 Finalists are Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Based on the selected by a distinguished Board which includes Connie Payton, the widow of the late Walter Payton AKA “Sweetness,” the finalists were chosen from among the 32 team nominees for the award, all of whom receive a $5,000 donation from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide to the charity of their choice. The winner will receive a $50,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. The two additional finalists will receive $10,000 donations in their names from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

According to their website, Connie Payton states, “My husband started his foundation, The Walter Payton Foundation, in the hope of providing for the in-need and neglected children within the State of Illinois who found themselves part of the DCFS program. So that we, his family, could continue on with the integrity and dignity of the Payton name in caring for these children, we needed to create; the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. Walter made the Payton name mean something special and we, his family, accept the challenge to make only good things happen in the Payton name.”


ABOUT TEAM SWEETNESS
The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation is about helping abused, neglected & underprivileged children in the State of Illinois. We strive to help boost these children’s self-esteem and give them a reason to believe that tomorrow can be different….. That tomorrow can be better!

In addition to programs already in motion, the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation continue to dream. New programs are being initiated to provide children and Veterans with the tools and the opportunities to live their lives with dignity and pride! The task ahead of us is a great challenge.

LEARN MORE AT www.Payton34.com


QUOTE BY WALTER PAYTON

“Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you can catch them at a young age you can really change a life. There are a lot of studies that show that one act of kindness to these children has a 40% chance of making that child have a completely different outcome in their life. What you hope is that you can get a kid to believe in something and to believe in themselves.”

// Walter Payton #34 //

Read More

Google Fiber Expansion Does A World of Good

Jan 28, 2015 0

For all of our technology enthusiasts, we, at The Good News Notebook, have some exciting news. Google is rolling out its hyper-fast Internet services in the four southeastern cities. Construction in Atlanta and the three other cities named Tuesday will begin in a few months, according to Google.

Can we say, “Yahoo!” Well, that’s a poor choice of words, but considering that Google Fiber is more than 100 times faster that cable and DSL providers like AT&T, Charter, xFinity, and other, you see why our digital staff is elated.

So, why is faster internet speed good? First of all, according to Google Fiber’s website, “A better network enhances opportunities to connect with the things we love.” In addition, you get 100 times more speed at only $70 per month; a rate that is clearly affordable for low income families and businesses on the go. Clearly, Google Fiber is Good News as the firm seeks to expand to over 34 cities in 9 metro areas across the U.S.

For students and schools, this addition of Google Fiber to the newly formed, “one-to-one technology” initiative is a game changer. Now, high definition video broadcasts and even, internet based standardized testing methods can be readily implemented with the concerns for bandwidth or speed.


HOW GOOGLE FIBER DOES GOOD

However, we, at the GoodNewsNotebook.com, love the story of Nick LeGrand. Watch this touching video of how GoogleFiber allowed little Nick achieve a BIG DREAM.

Just like any other 13-year-old baseball fan, Nick had dreams of one day making it to the majors. Being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder put that dream on hold—until, that is, Nick’s family, the baseball community and Google Fiber teamed up and used the power of web to make his dream a reality. With the help of the web, Nick was able to throw out the first pitch at A’s/Yankee’s game at the Oakland Coliseum in California from the Google Fiber Space in Kansas City—more than 1800 miles away.

After months of a worldwide search, Nick found a bone marrow donor. But there are thousands of people like Nick who still need a match. For more information on how to be a match, visit: www.bethematch.org


The announcement marks the latest salvo in a growing battle between Google and more traditional Internet providers for the next generation of Web users. It also comes on the heels of President Obama’s call to promote broadband in cities that are unserved or underserved by large commercial providers. Google Fiber already sells Internet service with download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — roughly 100 times faster than the national average — for $70 a month in other cities, such as Provo, Utah.

Read More

Virgin Hair Maintenance Tips

Jan 28, 2015 0

Get the full benefits of your virgin hair

In order to get the full benefits of your virgin hair maintenance, & care is an important part of maintaining longevity and shine. Keeping your hair extensions in tip top shape can be very tricky! The key to maintaining your investment starts from the day of receiving your hair/bundles.

• Virgin Hair should be treated as your own hair and cleansed regularly to maintain the health and shine of the hair.

• Once you receive your hair extensions always inspect the hair before installing it. Leave the bundles intact. If there are any issues with the hair you should notice it at this time.

• Always co-wash the hair before you have it installed. This is highly recommended for all 100% virgin hair. This should be done in order to transform the hair from it’s steam-processed state to it’s natural state.

• Do not cut your wefts/tracks. This causes the thread to unravel and create shedding and matting issues. If you must cut your tracks seal the wefts with weft sealer.

• To keep your hair and extensions properly moisturized. You should purchase a good natural oil such as argan oil, to prevent the hair from drying out and also give your hair a nice and healthy glow without weighing your hair down.

• A wide tooth comb and a paddle brush are the best tools to use when detangling your hair. It’s always best to detangle your hair before you wash and/or curl it. Be sure to section your hair off when brushing and detangling.

• Co-washing will add more moisture to your hair. You can co-wash your hair as often as you like. Some shampoos will strip the hair of all it’s moisture and the hair will become dry and tangled. Instead of always shampooing and conditioning, only condition (co-wash) your hair for 15- 30 minutes. The longer you deep condition your hair the softer and luxurious it becomes. Allow your hair to air dry for the best results!

• To avoid frizz never rub your hair with a towel, which can make frizz worse. Instead you should pat your hair dry.

• When coloring your hair extensions, please consult with a licensed professional before any coloring. Some hair colors must be achieved in steps, you may fry your hair extensions if not done properly! Any type of chemical altering strips the cuticle of the hair (at this point your virgin hair is no longer considered virgin hair).

• Heat is your hair biggest enemy. The more you use hot styling tools the shorter the life span of your hair. Use heat in moderation. High temperatures can damage the hair, including permanently altering the hair texture. Always use heat protectant! I highly recommend using flexi rods, perm rollers & steam rollers for curling your hair. Not only will your curls last longer but your hair won’t have any heat damage.

• It is important to manage your hair before you go to bed. Tie your hair up at night with a silk/satin scarf or a silk/satin bonnet. For wavy/curly textures I recommend putting 3-5 large twist or braids in your hair then placing it under a scarf or bonnet. For Straight textures I recommend wrapping your hair then placing it under a silk/satin scarf. Following this nightly routine will make your extensions last longer, look better, and prevent tangling which leads to excessive shedding.

Champion Hair Extensions
Virgin Hair Maintenance Tips
www.ChampionHairExtensions.Mayvenn.com
Instagram: ChampionHairExtensions
Twitter: @C_H_Extensions

Read More

9 Year Old Motivation Speaker Exemplifies Good News

Jan 26, 2015 1

SamGreen-HeadshotRecently, the GoodNewsNotebook.com (GNN) heard of a 9-year old biblical prodigy who is really preaching the Good News.  His name is Samuel Green.  In our interview with young Samuel, we were even more impressed with his achievements.  Here’s why.

On July 6, 2005 in Jackson, Mississippi God blessed the world with Mr. Samuel M. Green. He is 9 years old and handsome son to Louis & Joann Green. Samuel spends time with his older brother Cedric that he loves dearly. Samuel is an active member at Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Jackson, MS which is led by Pastor James Owens.

Samuel is in the 5th grader at College Drive Seventh-Day Adventist Christian School in Pearl, MS. At an early age, Samuel has shown his love and passion for God. Often, you will find him reading his favorite bible story, singing his favorite song, or just lending a helping hand.

We, at GNN, were also excited to learn the Samuel host his on television show, “Samuel Green presents the Simple Truth.” The TV show airs each Sunday on cable channel 18 in Jackson, MS. The show has had great audience appeal and is professional filmed by Phyllis Robinson Productions.

Samuel presents God’s words with clarity and understanding.  Clearly, age is a number with God as he simply tells you, “what thus says the Lord.”  His messages are powerful bible stories that tell how our Lord has our back.  A principle that many young Christian students can understand and hold on to as they face the challenges of school, peer pressure, and even, family life.

Since 2011 Samuel has preached God’s word in over 200 churches in areas, Jackson, Ms, Alabama, Louisiana, and West Frankfurt, Illinois Atlanta, GA   Samuel recently received 2 invitation to Preach in Africa.

In October of 2011. Samuel and his parents traveled to West Frankfort, IL where he delivered his sermon about “Jonah” for divine service that was broadcasted worldwide on 3ABN’s “Kid’s sharing” ministering to millions. Recently in March of 2012, Samuel was featured on Jackson, Mississippi’s NBC affiliate WLBT 3 weekly segment “Look around Mississippi and Fox 40 morning show twice. Fox 6 Birmingham, Al. His most recent appearance was on CCN show entitled “Faces of Faith, He has been featured on NBC Today’s show and was interview by Kathy Lee Gilford and Hoda Kotb.

You can also view Samuel’s messages and even, request a media appearance on his website at www.SamuelMGreen.com.

Read More

The Wonders of Warm Water

Jan 22, 2015 0

Forget Energy Drinks.  Leave the Fad Diets in the dust.  The greatest wonder to our body is just a spigot away!  Water is your body’s natural fuel. Most of us start our mornings with a fresh, hot cup of coffee or tea to warm our bodies after getting out of bed. When we drink water, we tend to prefer it cold, but according to Ayurvedic medicine, we have it all wrong. Regularly drinking very warm water, especially in the morning, can heal our bodies, providing digestive power and reducing metabolic waste that could have built up in our immune system.

While drinking warm water may not suit your taste buds, it may be beneficial to put the caffeine and tea aside for your health’s sake. Our Editor, Connie Alsobrook, gives us the following reasons why:

1. Cleanses Digestion
A very warm cup of water in the morning can help cleanse your body by flushing out toxins. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep the digestive system on track. Warm water will help break down these foods even faster, making them easier for you to digest. Drinking cold water during or after a meal can actually harden the oil in consumed foods and therefore create a fat deposit in the intestine. Adding ice to processed cold water will strip it of natural-containing minerals as these minerals are essential to keeping the digestive tract healthy. Luckily, you can replace a glass of cold water with a warm one to aid digestion, especially after eating a meal.

2. Aids Constipation
At one point or another, many of us are plagued by this common stomach problem where we have little to no bowel movement. The strain felt during elimination, accompanied by bloating, is brought on by a lack of water in the body. Drinking very warm water in the morning on an empty stomach can help improve bowel movements and aid constipation while breaking down foods as they smoothly pass through the intestines. Stimulating the bowels will help return your body back to normal functioning.

3. Alleviates Pain
Warm water, considered to be nature’s most powerful home remedy, can help alleviate pain from menstruation to headaches. The heat from warm water is known to have a calming and soothing effect on the abdominal muscles, which can help provide instant relief for cramps and muscle spasms. According to Healthline.com, warm or hot water is usually better for cramps, as hot liquids increase blood flow to the skin and help relax the cramped muscles.

4. Sheds Those Extra Pounds
If you’re on a diet, chances are you’ve heard drinking a glass of warm water first thing in the morning can help with weight loss. Warm water increases body temperature, which therefore increases the metabolic rate. An increase in metabolic rate allows the body to burn more calories throughout the rate. It can also help the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys to function even better.

Physicians recommend drinking warm water in the morning, usually, with a polyphenol-rich lemon immersion, or with a tea shown to decrease free radical activity in the body. Drinking a glass of warm water and a lemon will help break down the adipose tissue, or body fat, in your body, and also control food craving due to lemon’s pectin fiber.

5. Improves Blood Circulation
The fat deposits in the body are eliminated along with accumulating deposits in the nervous system when you drink a glass of warm water. This flushes out the toxins that are circulating throughout the body and then enhances blood circulation. Making sure the muscles are relaxed will eliminate poor circulation and blood flow.

6. Prevents Premature Aging
Premature aging is a woman’s worst nightmare, but luckily, this can be prevented by drinking warm water. The presence of toxins in the body can lead to aging faster, but warm water can help cleanse the body from those toxins, while repairing skin cells to increase elasticity.

So, next time, ask for a glass of water with lemon… HOLD THE ICE, PLEASE!

Read More

Foods That Keep You Warm

Jan 12, 2015 0

Cinnamon
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is a member of the Lauraceae (Laurel) Family. This spice helps dry dampness in the body and warms individuals that are always cold and suffering from poor circulation in the body. Use cinnamon sticks in warm beverages such tea, coffee and warm lemon water.

For those who suffer from winter’s aches and pains, cinnamon combined with honey have been found to relieve arthritis pain.


Ginger
Hot ginger teaGinger (Zingiber officinale) warms the body naturally by getting the blood in your blood flowing.  As you eat or drink some of this spicy root, there’s a feeling of having more energy, and can help you with any feelings of sluggishness or fatigue. It’s a great thing to drink if you live in a cold climate, because it will provide the sort of warmth you’re really after, the kind that comes from the inside and radiates out. This is because it is opening your pores and getting your overall circulation functioning better.


Whole Grains
Whole grains, such as oatmeal (Avena sativa) and brown rice (Oryza sativa), give immediate warmth to your body.  In additon, they naturally provide needed complex carbohydrates to fuel the body’s engine.

“Anything with a lot of complex carbohydrates and processed foods like rice and cereal products can be more warming than cooling,” says Barry Swanson, a professor and food scientist at Washington State University


Peanuts
Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) are a good source of Coenzyme Q10, which protects the heart during the period of lack of oxygen during winter seasons. Since they are obtained from the ground, they are also sometimes called as groundnuts. They are easily available round the year.

Peanuts are also taken as snacks in many households especially in India. In reality, peanuts are actually legumes, or beans. However, since they have a lot of properties similar to nuts, peanuts are included in the nut family.


Millet Grains
Millet (Pennisetum glaucum),is often associated as the main ingredient in bird seed, however it is not just “for the birds.” We can benefit from this versatile food which naturally warms the body and is best served during cold and rainy weather. When cooked, it can be creamy like mashed potatoes or fluffy like rice.  Millet is a delicious grain that can accompany many types of food. Millet is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains.

 

 

Read More

Usher Donates 100,000 New Children’s Books

Jan 5, 2015 0

Atlanta native and R&B Mogul, Usher, is known for his on-stage showmanship. But, recently, the GoodNews Notebook was captivated with his tremendous act of charity and service to the community. In conjunction with publisher Scholastic, Usher and the school publication magnate recently announced that a donation of 100,000 usher-scholastic-kids
new children’s books from The Scholastic Possible Fund will be donated to children in need this holiday season through three non-profit organizations that work to improve global literacy: Save the Children,Toys for Tots and Room to Read. The donation was made together with Usher and his New Look Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops youth from underserved communities into global leaders. Usher recently joined with Scholastic to launch the new “Open a World of Possible” initiative, designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading for all children.

On November 6th 2014, eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist Usher hosted a live classroom webcast, viewed by close to 3 million students and their teachers, where he talked about the ways children can get involved in spreading the joy of reading. For their first call to action, students were asked to learn about three leading non-profit organizations and vote for the organization(s) they’d like to receive a donation of books. Each organization is receiving a portion of the donation from The Scholastic Possible Fund based on the students’ votes.
“We know from research that when children discover a book they love, they are motivated to read more, understand more, and learn more. When that happens, everything is possible,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic. “We applaud all the work that Toys for Tots, Save the Children and Room to Read do to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for children in the U.S. and around the world by giving them wonderful new books and stories to experience, enjoy, and own.”


SOURCE: Black Celebrity Giving.com | http://www.blackcelebritygiving.com/2014/12/usher-new-look-foundation-scholastic-possible-fund-donate-100000-new-childrens-books/

Read More

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies At Age 49

Jan 4, 2015 0

After a long battle with cancer, The GoodNews Notebook extends its sympathy to the family of Stuart Scott, veteran ESPN Anchor. Stuart Scott, affectionately known as “Stu,” who passed away this Sunday morning at the age of 49. This vibrant TV personality that coined the term, BOO-YOW, stole our hearts in last year’s ESPY Award as he stated, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

We, at GNN, would like to capture the elements of his GoodLife that propelled him to success both on and off the set. We remember Stuart Scott as…

The African-American. ESPN knew enough to have sportscasters who represented 45 million Americans, not to mention 80 percent of the players in the NBA and 70 percent of those in the NFL. What we didn’t know, until Stuart got here, was how important it was to have someone who could relate to them.

“He was a trailblazer,” says ESPN anchor Stan Verrett, “not only because he was black — obviously black — but because of his style, his demeanor, his presentation. He did not shy away from the fact that he was a black man, and that allowed the rest of us who came along to just be ourselves.”

“Yes, he brought hip-hop into the conversation,” says Harris, “but I would go further than that. He brought in the barber shop, the church, R&B, soul music. Soul, period.”

Some of his best moments on the air came when he adopted the persona of a preacher: “Can I get a witness from the congregation?!” And one of his best moments off the air came when a producer suggested he change a reference on his NBA show from Omega Psi Phi, the fraternity of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal, to something more universal, like Animal House.

“I have friends who have no idea what that movie is about,” Stuart told him. “That movie was made two decades ago, and black fraternities have been around since 1906.”

The Poet. “Listen to his lead-ins,” says Buccigross. “They’re thoughtful and precise, really well-constructed lead-ins to a news story or big game or moment.”

Yes, he would reference Tupac, but he also would quote Shakespeare: “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

And occasionally, he would bust out his own poetry, as he did for this jam on Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday on Feb. 17, 2013:

the best ever … a CLEVER phrase we OVERuse …
when mere greatness becomes our MUSE …
or artistic inspiration … but the real celebration
of “best ever” is an ENDEAVOR
into MORE than GREAT! WAIT …
didn’t you see the tongue wagging …shorts baggy …
practically DRAGGING teammates to 1-nc2a … 2-gold …
brotha I was sold when he won 6-NBA rings …
but the THING that makes “best ever” SING …
not scoring titles and-MVPs,
the double nickel that sliced the knicks at their knees …
the 63 he put on Bird … Larry Legend sayin’ PLEASE …
is that GOD?

The Father. “His girls mean everything to him,” says Harris. “I mean his girls mean everything to him. He would easily take Stuart Scott, dad, over Stuart Scott, ‘SportsCenter’ anchor.”

“He’s a great, great dad,” says Ramsey. “He just takes so much pride in the girls, and you can’t see him without him taking out his phone and showing you a video of Taelor or Sydni singing or dancing or playing soccer.”

Occasionally, Stuart would give a shout-out to Sydni’s soccer team, but that was easy compared to another commitment he made to his daughters. “His daughters and my daughters danced at the same studio,” says Anderson. “One year we went to their performance of ‘The Nutcracker.’ And here comes Uncle Drosselmeyer, and I thought, ‘That man looks a lot like Stuart Scott,’ and it was — he was there for his girls. I’ll never forget him coming out in this big cape, swooping in with his nutcracker, and he was great. I’m not sure the dance steps were up to Baryshnikov, but certainly the intentions were.”

Again, we honor the GoodLife and legacy of Stuart Scott. He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15.

Rest In Peace. Boo-Yow!


SOURCE: ESPN. http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/12118296/stuart-scott-espn-anchor-dies-age-49

Read More

One More One Less

Jan 2, 2015 0

The One More One Less (O.M.O.L.) mentoring program was started and founded by Ron Beazer.  This non-profit mentoring program, in Baltimore City, serves those in the surrounding areas.  The mission of the O.M.O.L program is to provide mentors who can train young boys on both individual and group levels to achieve positive growth in the young men.  After working in the public schools of Baltimore City for 18 years, Ron Beazer noted that there were few positive role models for young men.  This lack of positive influence led to many young men turning to drugs, bullying, and gang violence.  Overall, the negative impact on the boy’s academic performance in school resulted in an increase level of  high school drop outs.  These factors gave Beazer the idea of starting an organization that will change the lives of these young men, O.M.O.L.

O.M.O.L. is currently training young men aged between 8 and 18 years. There are many youths who are undergoing a lot of challenges in this community, and are in desperate need of guidance from mentors.  The mentoring group attends sessions twice a month on Saturdays to discuss issues including bullying, respect for others, how to solve conflicts, and self respect are addressed.  The young men tackle lessons on being healthy, maintaining a positive self image, obtaining a good education, and setting up achievable short term and long term goals.  The mentoring group has the opportunity to interact and learn from guest speakers who are always invited to the sessions.

Guest speaker share their real life stories, give advice, encourage vision, and create goals.  In addition, the young men are given a chance to attend civic and community activities which educates them on the richness of their heritage and learn about their community’s history.  All this exposure ensures the young men develop a sense of self-pride and respect and assist with making good decisions when it comes to life experiences. Community involvement keeps them aware of the importance of giving back hence; learn how to manage their lives in a positive way.

O.M.O.L. reaches out to other people who are not registered in the program through a radio broadcast called “The One More One Less Radio Show”. The show airs on Radio One Network every Sunday evening at 6pm and aims at educating those who are not in the program. The radio network reaches over 20,000 listeners each week and also streams live on the internet at www.wolbbaltimore.com. The O.M.O.L. Radio Show addresses the challenges that young men face each day, and give information to empower listeners. The show has individual sponsors and generous mentors who cover the costs incurred by the One More One Less Mentoring program which includes uniforms, trips, transport costs, supplies, sports equipment and many other costs incurred as a result of this good cause. O.M.O.L. also gets support from generous community partners.

O.M.O.L. does not benefit from running the One More One Less Mentoring program since it is a volunteering program. It only aims at changing the mindset and thinking of young men. Everything received goes back to the program to continue to help change the lives of young men for the better.

Read More
%d bloggers like this: