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People of Note: Mary Wilson Pens Coffee-table Book ‘Supreme Glamour’

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Former Supreme Mary Wilson

*Mary Wilson was in Las Vegas when we talked. As a former Supreme, Ms Wilson expressed her love of being a Supreme but assured me she is enjoying her life now as a solo artist. Wilson is performing her own music, stepping out from the background into the forefront as a performer in her own right. She has also assured that artist rights are respected.

When Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues were popular, artist contracts back in the 1950s were horrific. The 1960s brought Motown and contracts improved. Artists in the ’70s and ’80s got paid a little better. Each generation things got better but still horrible. The Music Modernization Act (MMA) was legislation I was part of with other artists, who were also responsible for getting legislation passed on October 11, 2018. The Music Modernization Act assured that artists starting in 1972 who were not paid when their music appeared on radio, Internet, digital, etc., finally got paid. The generation of Gloria Lynne and Ruth Brown never did get paid so their families should look into getting their share,” remarked the activist singer.

Mary was asked by the Humpty Dumpty Institute if she would be interested in carrying on Princess Di’s involvement with unexploded bombs since Di’s death. People are being maimed and blown up still so Mary agreed to continue Lady Di’s efforts to help get the bombs detonated.

“I was also appointed an ambassador by Colin Powell wherein I traveled to various countries doing diplomacy and advocating for America,” explained Mary, who used her celebrity to bring attention to world hunger, HIV/AIDS awareness, encouraging world peace as part of her humanitarian efforts.

This year the Supremes will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary since they began singing in 1959 as the Primettes.

Wilson writes about the beautiful gowns the Supremes wore.

This year also Mary Wilson is introducing her new book entitled “Supreme Glamour,” which is due to be released in the UK sometime in May and in the US in September.

“’Supreme Glamour” will be my 3rd book. My First was “Dream Girls: My Life as a Supreme.” The second was entitled “Supreme State: Someday We’ll Be Together,” the third book was a combination of the first two books with updated chapters. My new book is actually the fourth, although I say my third. “Supreme Glamour” is a coffee table book based on the gowns the Supremes wore. I also discuss the glamorous part of the Supreme’s career,” said Mary, who mentioned the Supremes purchased their own gowns. She continued: “Many of our gowns have been lost. We moved around so stored them in various places, but somehow or another, some of the gowns went missing. Therefore, I ended up buying some of them back via Ebay. Fans have found them for me and gave them back. One woman contacted me stating she was traveling in France and saw a beautiful gown at a yard sale wherein she discovered my name on the label. I am still searching for those missing gowns. Therefore, I dispute when people say they got these gowns via a good source. Well, that source wasn’t from me or Diana Ross!”

Mary is going to be appearing at the Cafe Carlyle in NY for 2 weeks, from May 28-June 8.

“People are used to me being a background singer so they do not know what I really sound like. I used to do ballads on our live shows, so I produced a Jazz American Songbook Show and recorded it in SF. I perform it and people seem to love it. It is like a dream come true performing at Cafe Carlyle where I can finally show off my talents. My dreams are coming true. Some have taken 50 years but now it is all about me as a performer. It is a whole different kind of joy for me,” remarked Wilson excitedly.

At 75 years old, I am not trying to compete with the Mariah Careys or the Mary J Bliges’ who are just wonderful. But as a singer, you get older and maybe I’m not at the top of the charts as when a Supreme, but I am blessed to put music out there and as long as people hear me, I am happy,” stated the former Supreme.

Mary participated on a panel at the LBJ Library Museum in Austin, Tx, where the participants discussed what’s happening in music. She also attended a summit on ‘Race Relations in America.’ The LBJ Library Museum is also showcasing a Motown Exhibit that people may find worth visiting.

“It makes me feel good that little black girls from Detroit, Michigan, entertained and put smiles on peoples faces and after all these years the smiles are still there. We dared to dream and those dreams came true,” remarked Mary, who has done work with the Cancer Society, UNICEF, AIDS and Cystic Fibrosis.

Also, as a mother and grandmother, she loves working on behalf of children.

“Any time I have an opportunity to help children, I do. I became involved with a Figure skating project in Harlem, which has since moved to Detroit. They teach young girls how to figure skate. They also mentor them.

People need to believe in themselves and stand up for things we think aren’t right. Fame prevented me from attending college but I realize education is important. It’s sad to see that the things I learned in school are no longer taught today. Some of those courses need to be reinstated. Americans need to get behind the system of education so our children are guaranteed a future,” expressed Mary with great passion.

Please come out and see my show at Cafe Carlyle (May 28-June 8). I really enjoy sharing the love.”

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Making People Laugh About the Hardships of Teaching Keeps Eddie B. Going (EUR Exclusive!)

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Eddie B.

*Eddie B. hit the mark when his “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” in 2017 played to sold-out audiences. His later show “I’m Already Professionally Developed Tour” was also a huge success.

With funny and telling commentary about what teachers really think has made Eddie B. a hit with educators and comedy fans around the world. While the former teacher is excited about his success, he takes it all in stride.

“People ask me why am I so humble and I don’t know how to answer that,” Eddie B. told the EUR in a recent phone interview. “The only answer I came up with one time is that the more thankful you are you have no choice but to display humbleness. You have to be thankful for what you have. So being humble and thankful go hand in hand.”

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With COVID-19 rendering comedy-tours practically non-existent, the Houston native keeps the jokes coming and his routines fresh by crashing virtual conferences held by, of course, teachers.

“I’m doing a lot of Zooms,” Eddie B. said. “I’m doing everybody’s meetings and convocations. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Thank God.”

The consummate “class clown,” he was always the funny one in the room and began making serious moves as a comedian while attending Texas A&M University (Kingsville).

Although he was earning a local name for himself, Eddie B. was not making the kind of money he had hoped. Continuing the comedy club circuit after graduation and taking odd jobs, he began teaching because it was steady pay. He remained a teacher for 13 years while still doing comedy.

“A lot of teachers say, ‘I’ve been wanting to teach my whole life. I was born this way.’ No, you weren’t.” the single father laughed. “I’m a tell you right now 70% of all teachers didn’t want to teach. I guarantee you that. Teaching is a profession you get stuck in. The only reason you get stuck is because of the kids. You know the money’s not keeping us. It’s our relationships with the kids and other teachers too – the camaraderie of it all.”

Eddie B. retired from teaching for a short while during his tenure but soon had to return to pay the bills.

“I’m hearing Steve Harvey and ‘em say, ‘You gotta jump. Take the leap,’ That’s cute,” he added. “But what the hell do you do when you take the jump and you get pulled back? I jumped as high as I could and got snatched back down, which led me to believe that it’s got more to do with timing then jumping.”

Down but not out, Eddie B., who showed off his craft on YouTube, said a voice inside his head told him, “’Hey, why don’t you do a video about (teaching)?’ So, I shot it before the kids got in my (school) room and put it out by lunch time. But I was like I don’t even have teaching in my comedy.”

“A couple of days later on my Instagram I got about 100,000 views,” he continued. “I thought something was wrong. I thought it was a glitch. It was just teachers bouncing it off and that was the magic of it. It kept growing and growing. Millions of views and the video was only sixty seconds. It was called ‘What Teachers Really Want to Say’ and I was like man if they like this I’ve got 13 years of this.”

Now that he was getting traction, he had to figure out a way to keep the momentum going with the newer audience.

“What they (the teachers who liked his videos) didn’t know was that I’m a comedian,” Eddie B. said. “They just thought I’m a funny teacher. I had to take what I knew about teaching and put it in a (comedy) set now.”

But could he do that without alienating those who had supported his regular comedy for so long?

“My comedy wasn’t always clean. I used to curse with every other word. I’m from the neighborhood and a large percent of my audience is Caucasian (white women teachers). They don’t want to hear that language. But I’ve been on tour for almost 4 years now and I’ve toned it down. I had to grow with it and learn on the job. It was like teaching.”

For more on Eddie B., and to find out where he may be next virtually and otherwise, go to his official website here.

You can also buy his book, “I’m Already Professionally Developed: Straight from the Teacher’s Desk,” released last year.

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Eddie B. (Courtesy of Eddie B.)

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JeffCars.com’s Review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Highlight:  This year’s model includes a solar control fixed glass roof.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $37,070 (Base Model: $28,725)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; side airbags; ABS; a radar activated cruise control system; a blindspot collision avoidance assist system; a rear cross traffic alert system; a forward collision alert system; a high beam assist system;  tire pressure monitoring system; a traction control system; a stability control system; a tire repair kit; and a rearview camera

Standard Equipment (Blue): 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive; LED headlights; LED Daytime Running Lights; LED taillamps; a push button ignition starter; a keyless lock/unlock system; a hands free trunk; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; dual power folding mirrors; a solar control glass a chrome tip single exhaust; cloth seats; manual control front seats; rear split folding seat with a center armrest; a push button gear control system; an automatic climate control system; steering wheel mounted paddle shifters; and an 8-inch infotainment screen

Standard Equipment (Limited): 17-inch wheels; full LED taillamps; side mirror LED turn signal indicators; dual power heated folding mirrors;  heated body color side mirrors; a rear bumper with parking sensors; laminated front glass; solar glass roof panel; leather seats; power front seats; heated and ventilated front seats; a wireless device charging system; dual charging USB ports; front console mounted rear vents; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a heated steering wheel; a 10-inch infotainment screen; a 12-speaker Bose audio system; a heads up display (HUD); a highway driving assist system; a Hyundai digital key; an electronic automatic rearview mirror; a 360-degree camera; an electronic blindspot monitor; ambient lighting; and front and rear parking sensors.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: None

Other Trim Levels:

SEL (hybrid)

non hybrid trims

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM

Apple CarPlay/Android: Yes

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes                

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Hybrid System Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Hybrid Battery Warranty: Lifetime

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder/192-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 45-city/51-hwy

What’s New: The eighth-generation Sonata has evolved from a vanilla looking ugly duckling to more like a swan, taking more styling cues from the sixth- generation breakout design, which was a game changer for both the midsize car market as well as the Korean brand.

To continue reading the review, click here.

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(Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

About The Reviewer: Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard on your mobile and stationary audio devices, clicking here.

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Richard Sherman Tackles ‘Adulting’ The Right Way In New Digital Series / EUR Exclusive – WATCH

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*Known for being frugal, NFL star Richard Sherman is handing out financial advice to young people in a new digital series.

Launched in August 2020, “Adulting With Richard Sherman” is a 12-part digital show produced by Million Stories Media. The new media company, a project from the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship, offers programming focusing on career, money, and budgeting matters for millennials and young families.

“Richard Sherman is the perfect choice to headline ‘Adulting,’” said Shelley Miles, CEO of the Singleton Foundation, in a press release. “His personality, personal story and likability will draw in viewers and his passion for financial matters will help get young people interested in their own financial futures. He connects with our foundation mission on so many levels and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”

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Richard Sherman is #25 for the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo: 49ers.com)

Available at no-cost on millionstories.com, viewers can expect no-nonsense talk from the San Francisco 49ers cornerback, who reportedly drove a $30,000 Dodge Challenger until as late as 2018. Topics include handling student loans and staying away from payday loans (see episode here).

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Additionally, Sherman tackles other topics such as building credit and having an emergency fund, which is great advice especially during the pandemic. (See episode here.)

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Richard Sherman in scene from “Having an Emergency Fund” episode. (Photo: Million Stories)

“Adulting With Richard Sherman” is now streaming on millionstories.com. New episodes are expected to launch soon. For more on Sherman, go here. For more on the Singleton Foundation, go here.

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