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Nevada Press Association honors Sun, GMG publications and journalists


The Las Vegas Sun won top place in the 2018 Nevada Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for Best Page One Style.

The Sunday stopped publication in January; its content combined with Las Vegas Weekly.

“We aim all year to bring the most credible, informative and pertinent news and info to Southern Nevada readers. To see our personnel rewarded with this award for quality in their craft is heartfelt and much appreciated,” said Brian Greenspun, owner, editor and publisher of the Sun.

GMG had 2 sweepstakes winners for the statewide awards: Elizabeth Brown, editor and imaginative director, as outstanding visual reporter for her design of Las Vegas Weekly; Ricardo Torres-Cortez as reporter of merit of city weeklies for his work in The Sunday magazine. Elizabeth Brown Of Brown’s work, which also included first place for total design of The Sunday in the urban weeklies category, judges stated,”Effective images. Remarkable eye for presentation.”Torres-Cortez’s profile on summer season crime for The Sunday was chosen as the best news feature for urban weeklies. He also won first place in the exact same class for social work, a story he wrote with associate April Corbin on the worth of employing veterans.

“Not only were these stories well written, but they were well crafted,” a judge said of Torres-Cortez. “I didn’t seem like I had actually checked out pieces about evolving senseless gang violence or a mass shooting– however rather was taken on a psychological experience. This work is extraordinary in every way.”

Other GMG winners consist of:

Urban daily

(All awards for Las Vegas Sun)

First place: finest editorial page, Brian Greenspun, Ric Anderson and Mike Smith; best page one design, Sun personnel;

finest sports newspaper article, Mike Grimala Second place: basic excellence, staff; best sports newspaper article, Ray Brewer; finest overall design, Sun staff; best

explanatory journalism, Kim Palchikoff Third location: best explanatory journalism, Yvonne Gonzalez; best sports column, Ray Maker; best editorial cartoon, Mike Smith; finest function picture, Steve Marcus

Urban weeklies

(All awards for Las Vegas Weekly)

First place: finest entertainment writing, Brock Radke; finest local column, Brock Radke; finest picture, Wade Vandervort; finest graphic designer, Ian Racoma; best numerous image essay, Wade Vandervort; best explanatory journalism, Chris Kudialis, C. Moon Reed and Geoff Carter; best feature photo, Wade Vandervort

Second place: best digital news function storytelling, Mikayla Whitmore and C. Moon Reed; best marketing development, personnel; best investigative story, staff; finest local column, Mike Prevatt; general excellence, personnel; finest specific niche publication, staff; best portrait, Wade Vandervort; best graphic designer, Corlene Byrd; best special section, personnel; best nonstaff story, Danielle Kelly; advertising general excellence, personnel; best breaking news reporting, C. Moon Reed; finest business spot news story, C. Moon Reed; finest function photo, Wade Vandervort; finest detailed photo, Christopher DeVargas

3rd place: finest overall design, personnel; finest niche publication, staff; best several photo essay, Mikayla Whitmore; finest page one style, staff; finest critical writing, C. Moon Reed; best feature writing, C. Moon Reed; social work, personnel; finest business function, Mike Prevatt; best function photo, Wade Vandervort

Urban weeklies

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Greenspun Media Group’s Elizabeth Brown was awarded Impressive Visual Journalist in the 2018 Nevada Press Association’s Better Paper Contest. Her collection of her work is revealed here.

(All awards for The Sunday)

Top place: best editorial page, Ric Anderson and Mike Smith; best editorial writing, Ric Anderson; finest print ad, Dany Haniff ; finest unique section, personnel; best sports include writing, Ray Brewer; finest nonstaff story, Rob Miech; best editorial cartoon, Mike Smith; finest in-house promo, Dany Haniff; community service, Ricardo Torres-Cortez and April Corbin; best organisation area news feature, Mick Akers; finest illustrated photo, Elizabeth Brown and Christopher DeVargas Second location: best print advertisement, Dany Haniff; finest ad series, Elizabeth Brown and Emma Cauthorn; best editorial writing, Ric Anderson; finest general design, Elizabeth Brown; best numerous image essay, Mikayla Whitmore; best sports include writing, Ray Maker; finest editorial animation, Mike Smith; social work, staff; finest explanatory journalism, Adam Candee; finest news function story, April Corbin

Third location: best print advertisement, Dany Haniff; finest ad series, Elizabeth Brown, Emma Cauthorn and Sean Rademacher; basic quality, staff; best graphic designer, Elizabeth Brown; best sports feature writing, Jesse Granger; marketing basic quality, personnel; best news function story, personnel


(All awards for Las Vegas Publication)

2nd place: advertising general excellence, staff

Third place: finest page one design, personnel; best portrait, Christopher DeVargas; general online quality, personnel.

Julia Kid Structure honors Border Grill chefs Feniger, Milliken


Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau Mary Sue

Millikan and Susan Feniger appear on the red carpet throughout the 11th annual Vegas Uncork ‘d by Bon Appetit “Grand Tasting” Friday, April 28, 2017, at Caesars Palace.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018|2 a.m.

. In 1995 Julia Child produced a foundation to bestow grants in the culinary field, and in 2015 the Julia Child Structure for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts began providing awards to those who have actually made a difference in the American food scene. This year’s winners, who will get $50,000 for a charity of their choosing, are Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill, who have been a restaurant group for more than 35 years, running two Border Grill places on the Las Vegas Strip. Jacques Pépin, Rick Bayless and Danny Meyer are previous winners.

” It’s an obvious time to acknowledge females,” said Eric Spivey, the chairman of the foundation. “Susan and Mary Sue have actually empowered ladies throughout their professions.”

The 2 chef-restaurateurs had a close relationship with Child over the years. “We were surprised and honored to be the very first females to get the award,” Milliken said.

Both Midwesterners, they initially satisfied in 1978 at Le Perroquet in Chicago, where they were the only women in the kitchen. “We bonded immediately,” Milliken said. “Females had difficulty going up in the ’70s and ’80s so we opened our own location,” Feniger said. Journeys in France, Thailand, India and Mexico contributed global tastes to their food at City Café then City Dining Establishment in Southern California, long prior to they were the norm. Those dining establishments put them on the map. A Mexican spot followed.

” We served food that we ate at personnel meals,” Feniger said. They showcased their Mexican flair in books and on the Food Network, and their empire grew to consist of more Border Grills, spinoff trucks and other outlets. Ciudad opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1990 and is now a Border Grill. They have just opened a Mexican barbecue kiosk, BARBEQUE Mexicana, in Las Vegas, and have an all-day Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., in the works.

In short, they have actually persevered as service and cooking area partners; and now in their 60s, they show no indications of slowing down. Both chefs are active in charitable companies, particularly those supporting the food community, consisting of Chefs Collaborative, Women Chefs & & Restaurateurs and SOS. “We have actually led by example,” Milliken stated. “We have actually never ever stated no to anyone; we feel we’ve unlocked for people to learn how to love tough food.”

The Julia Kid Award will be offered to the chefs at a gala on Nov. 1 in Washington.

Kelly Clarkson honors school victims at Signboard Awards in Las Vegas


Assocaited Press Host Kelly Clarkson appears on stage at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Sunday, May 20, 2018|7:07 p.m.

. An emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Signboard Music Awards in tribute to the current school children and teachers who died in Texas, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from taking place.

Clarkson, who is hosting the show, stated she was asked to hold a moment of silence for the 10 victims who passed away Friday, but picked rather to require “a minute of action.”

” Once once again we’re grieving for more kids that have actually died … I’m so sick of moment of silences … it’s not working,” she said Sunday, practically in tears. “Mommies and daddies must be able to send their kids to school.”

The Texan and mom of four added, “I cannot think of getting that telephone call or knock on the door.”

Friday’s attack at Santa Fe High School outside Houston left eight students and 2 teachers dead.

The mood ultimately changed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as entertainers like Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes hit the stage, while Taylor Swift and Khalid won awards.

Swift, who is presently on a sold-out tour, won top female artist. She thanked “all the woman artists who led the way” and also dedicated the award “to the future woman artists who just got a guitar.”

Luis Fonsi was passionate when he got leading Hot 100 tune for “Despacito,” the greatest hit of the in 2015 which also included Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.

” Thank you, men, a lot for accepting a mainly Spanish tune,” he stated. “This heads out to my Latino bros, the immigrants … to all of those when they say ‘Speak English,’ this heads out to you.”

Prior to providing the award to Fonsi, the Chainsmokers and Halsey kept in mind Avicii, the DJ-producer who passed away last month at age 28. The Chainsmokers likewise paid tribute to Avicii when the duo won leading dance/electronic artist.

” We want to devote this award to Avicii,” said Andrew Taggart, including that the Swedish artist “influenced everyone, affected our music.”

” He will be missed,” Taggart said. “I hope you discovered peace.”

Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran connected for the most nominations with 15 each. They are up for the night’s biggest award– top artist– in addition to Swift and Drake. Lamar won 6 awards early Sunday, including leading rap artist and top 200 Billboard album for “DAMN,” which won him the Pulitzer Prize for music earlier this year.

Regardless of all the contemporary star power in the room, the night belongs to Janet Jackson.

After commemorating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her innovative “janet.” album, Jackson will be topping off an epic week with her very first televised efficiency in 9 years at the program, where she will also get the Icon Award.

Others set to take the stage consist of Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Macklemore, Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Zedd, Maren Morris and K-pop group BTS, who made a rousing and screeching applause from fans each time the camera panned to them.

Swift and Cabello withstood sing along as Mendes sang and strummed his guitar to “In My Blood”; Normani of Fifth Harmony was strong as she performed “Love Lies” together with Khalid; Grande followed Clarkson’s psychological words with an energetic efficiency of “No Tears Delegated Cry”; and John Legend’s efficiency ended with an image of his new baby kid showed on the big screens at the arena.

Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato showcased a sense of sisterhood when they sang a duet onstage, ending the efficiency with foreheads touching.

Clarkson, who has ended up being a fan favorite as a judge on “The Voice,” informed jokes that won over the audience and sang an assortment of hit songs, consisting of Swift’s “Look Exactly what You Made Me Do,” Think of Dragons’ “Thunder” and Lamar’s “Simple.”

Deana Martin Celebrity Roast honors star Joe Mantegna at the South Point


Deana Martin By Brock Radke( contact)

Monday, April 9, 2018|2 a.m.

Deana Martin is a well-known singer and performer who’s released five albums and played phases across the nation for many years. Now she’s following in well-known father Dean Martin’s footsteps in another method.

The 2nd Deana Martin Celebrity Roast at the South Point Showroom is set for April 15. Patterned after the recurring NBC TV special “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast” that ran from 1974 to 1984– and was filmed at the New york city Friars’ Club including stars like Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Rich Little, Redd Foxx, Kirk Douglas and Don Rickles– the upcoming Vegas occasion will honor actor Joe Mantegna, understood from movies like “The Godfather Part III” and “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and TELEVISION programs including “Criminal Minds” and “The Simpsons.”

“Everyone loves Joe. He’s just an amazing human being,” states Martin, who fulfilled Mantegna before the actor portrayed Dean Martin in the HBO movie “The Rat Load” in 1999. Mantegna got a Golden Globes nomination for Best Supporting Actor for that role. “I was really introduced to him by Dennis Farina and all of us went to supper, and for many years he’s concerned a great deal of my shows. Once I got him to get up and sing backup for me. I love him.”

Martin does not always adore the different stage and screen portrayals of her daddy, an icon with a long-lasting Las Vegas legacy who died in 1995. “All of it depends on who the star is and how they’re doing it. Joe was respectful and is an exceptional actor, but he just got him,” Martin states. “There’s an It aspect and Joe got that. When I see impersonators in some cases it actually upsets me because a lot of them play my papa intoxicated and if the audience does not know a lot about Dean Martin, I do not desire them to have that in their mind, this slurring drunk dropping onstage. He was an amazing and essential actor and singer, so amusing and dazzling at what he did, which legacy is important to me.”

Martin’s first roast in Las Vegas last year honored Dennis Bono, performer and host of his own syndicated talk program also produced at the South Point. “I enjoy to do it there because they really do it right. It looks much like the old Dean Martin Star Roast with the dais and the podium,” Martin says. “My partner and I utilized to come home from visiting and enjoy the old roasts when they came on and we constantly believed they were so amusing, and then we believed, I should do that. Last year was hysterical and we had numerous excellent guests– Rich Little, Robert Davi, Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton.”

This year’s roast lineup is stacked with Mantegna’s pals and co-stars, consisting of comic Joe Piscopo, Lou Martini Jr. from “The Sopranos,” Clifton Collins from “Westworld,” Kirsten Vangsness and Matthew Gray Gubler from “Lawbreaker Minds,” Gail O’Grady from “NYPD Blue” and comedians Mike Marino and Tom Dreesen.

Martin, who’s dealing with a follow-up album to 2016’s “Swing Street,” expects the roast to end up being a yearly event at the South Point. While she resides in California and spends a lot of time on both coasts, she values a little time in Las Vegas, especially when it connects her to her father’s tradition.

“The South Point wishes to bring it back all the time however it is difficult to obtain all the right people together,” she states. “It’s an event that’s hard to prepare ahead however the people in the entertainment biz understand that. We are going to do lots of roasts due to the fact that there are many people who wish to be roasted. It’s a great deal of work however it’s so much fun.”

The Deana Martin Star Roast honoring Joe Mantegna will exist at 6 p.m. April 15 at the South Point Showroom (9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-796-7111) and more information can be found at southpointcasino.com.

GMG publications, reporters make statewide honors


Las Vegas Sun Liz Brown, associate innovative direction, who was named Finest Graphic Designer for her work on The Sunday. By Sun Staff( contact )Published Saturday

, Sept. 30, 2017|9 p.m.

Updated Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017|9:53 p.m.

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Benefit in the Urban Weekly category. That award goes to one journalist in each of the contest’s 4 classes. Las Vegas Sun Mike Smith, editorial cartoonist, who received both the very first -and third-place awards for Best Editorial Animations in the contest’s all-class sweepstakes awards. Smith also won Best Editorial Cartoon in the Urban Weekly class. Led by a best-in-class 28 awards for its weekly news publication, The Sunday, Greenspun Media Group received 76 total honors Saturday night in

the Nevada Press Association’s yearly Better Newspaper Contest. The Sunday earned the General Excellence award in the Urban Weekly class, racking up 14 first-place awards and an overall of 14 2nd- and third-place awards. GMG’s Las Vegas Weekly pulled in an additional 22 awards in the Urban Weekly class during the discussion Saturday night in Carson City.

Combined with awards for the Las Vegas Sun and VEGAS INC, GMG earned more total honors than any other Nevada media company across the extremely competitive Urban Daily and Urban Weekly categories, followed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its publications in the Urban Weekly classification. Adding in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s small-town papers competing in the Intermediate and Community categories, the R-J took home the most awards in all classes combined, with 102.

The awards received by GMG were highlighted by Chris Kudialis, who was called Journalist of Benefit in the Urban Weekly category, and Camalot Todd, who got first place for Social work and Finest Investigative Story for her The Sunday cover story about foster care, “Kid on the Cusp.”

For 2018, GMG is requesting the NPA to allow The Sunday to contend in the Urban Dailies category.

“For more than 60 years, the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group have actually set the bar for journalism in Nevada and made sure the civic discussion is robust and multifaceted,” said Brian Greenspun, the Sun’s owner, publisher and editor. “We’re proud to continue serving our community with innovative items like The Sunday and Las Vegas Weekly, which are absolutely should reads for the local audience, and Las Vegas Publication, the definitive weekly guide for travelers.”

GMG’s leading private winners include Chris Kudialis, who was called Journalist of Benefit in the Urban Weekly category. That award goes to one reporter in each of the contest’s four classes.

“The most polished of the entries in this classifications,” read the judge’s comment.

Other first-place winners were:

Camalot Todd, whose March 12 cover story for The Sunday on foster care, “Children on the Cusp,” was called Best Investigative Story. Todd likewise won first place for Community Service for the story.

Liz Brown, associate creative instructions, who was called Best Graphic Designer for her deal with The Sunday.

Mike Smith, editorial cartoonist, who got both the very first- and third-place awards for Finest Editorial Cartoons in the contest’s all-class sweepstakes awards. Smith also won Best Editorial Animation in the Urban Weekly class.

Ray Brewer, assistant handling editor/digital and sports, who won for Best Sports Feature in the Urban Weekly class and Best Sports Column in the Urban Daily class.

Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly associate editor, who won Finest Local Column and Best Home entertainment Composing first-place honors.

Mikayla Whitmore, personnel photographer, for Finest News Photo Coverage and Finest Several Photo Essay in Las Vegas Weekly.

In addition, The Sunday won for Best Editorial Page, Finest Advertising Development, Best Advertisement Series and Finest Overall Style, among other classifications.

“Our goal now and always is to offer our audiences with a varied selection of top quality items and engaging content,” said Ric Anderson, editorial page editor for the Sun and The Sunday, who was called president of the NPA board on Saturday. “It’s really pleasing to see our work recognized by our peers, and we could not be more proud of our staff for its award-winning work.”

GMG’s awards


(all classes)

Finest Editorial Animation: Mike Smith, first place and third place

Urban Daily

(All awards for Las Vegas Sun)

First place

Finest Sports Column: Ray Brewer

Finest News Function Story: “‘The hurricane is about to hit,'” by April Corbin, Mick Akers, Chris Kudialis, Camalot Todd, Ricardo Torres-Cortez and Ian Whitaker

Best General Style: Personnel

Second place

Finest Web Site: Staff

Finest Editorial Writing: Ric Anderson

Best Online Advertisement: Dany Haniff

Best Breaking News Reporting: Ricardo Torres-Cortez

Finest Sports Area News Story: Jesse Granger

Finest Business Spot News Story: Adam Candee

Best Page One Style: LeeAnn Elias

Finest Sports Picture: L.E. Baskow

Finest Editorial Page: Staff

3rd location

Best Graphic Designer: LeeAnn Elias

General Quality: Personnel

Best Editorial Cartoon: Mike Smith

Urban Weekly

Journalist of Merit: Chris Kudialis, The Sunday

First place

General Excellence: The Sunday

Social work: Camalot Todd, The Sunday

Finest Function Writing: J.D. Morris, The Sunday

Best Organisation Spot News Story: Adam Candee, VEGAS INC

Finest News Feature Story: Eli Segall, The Sunday

Finest Investigative Story: Camalot Todd, The Sunday

Finest Regional Column: Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Sports Function Writing: Ray Maker, The Sunday

Finest Home entertainment Composing: Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest Editorial Page: Staff, The Sunday

Best Editorial Animation: Mike Smith, The Sunday

Best Overall Design: Liz Brown, LeeAnn Elias, The Sunday art staff

Best Page One Style: Las Vegas Weekly design personnel

Best Graphic Designer: Liz Brown, The Sunday

Finest News Picture Coverage: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest Feature Picture: Yasmina Chavez, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest Multiple Picture Essay: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Illustrated Image: Liz Brown, Mikayla Whitmore, The Sunday

Finest Print Ad: Dany Haniff, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Advertising Development: Emma Cauthorn, Liz Brown, Sean Rademacher, The Sunday

Finest Advertisement Series: Emma Cauthorn, Liz Brown, Sean Rademacher, The Sunday

Finest In-House Promotion: Dany Haniff, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest Niche Magazine: Las Vegas Weekly

Advertising General Quality: Las Vegas Weekly

Best Web Site: Las Vegas Weekly

2nd place

Best Function Writing: Daniel Rothberg, The Sunday

Finest Company Function: Geoff Carter, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Explanatory Journalism: Valerie Miller, The Sunday

Best News Function Story: Ricardo Torres-Cortez, The Sunday

Finest Investigative Story: Megan Messerly, The Sunday

Finest Editorial Composing: Ric Anderson, The Sunday

Best News Image Protection: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest Function Picture: Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Sports Image: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest Special Area (Editorial): Giving Guide 2017, VEGAS INC

Finest Internal Promo: Dany Haniff, The Sunday

Finest Specific niche Magazine: Top Doctors 2016, VEGAS INC

Advertising General Excellence: The Sunday

Third place

Finest Feature Writing: Daniel Rothberg, The Sunday

Finest Organisation Function: Jackie Valley, VEGAS INC

Best Explanatory Journalism: J.D. Morris, The Sunday

Finest News Feature Story: April Corbin, The Sunday

Best Regional Column: Brock Radke, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest Staff Non-Local Column: Stacy Willis, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Critical Composing: Leslie Ventura, Las Vegas Weekly

Best General Design: Las Vegas Weekly

Best Page One Design: The Sunday

Best Graphic Designer: Corlene Byrd, Las Vegas Weekly

Finest News Photo Coverage: Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Weekly

Best Feature Picture: L.E. Baskow, The Sunday

Finest Several Picture Essay: Mikayla Whitmore, The Sunday

Best Print Advertisement: Dany Haniff, The Sunday

Finest Specific niche Magazine: Market Weekly, Las Vegas Weekly


(All awards for Las Vegas Magazine)

Second place

Marketing General Excellence: Staff

Best Web Site: Staff

Best Page One Style: Wesley Gatbonton, Marvin Lucas, Joshua Nelson, Christopher DeVargas

Finest Several Image Essay: Christopher DeVargas

Best Entertainment Composing: Kiko Miyasato

Third location

Finest picture: Christopher DeVargas

Best Feature Picture: Christopher DeVargas

Sculpture honors 1957 desegregation at Arkansas school


AP In this Sept. 26, 1957, file image, members of the 101st Airborne Division use up positions outside Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. The cannon fodders were on responsibility to implement combination at the school.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017|3:36 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– A sculpture showing the incomplete progress in the push for instructional equality will go on screen next month outside Little Rock Central High School to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its historical desegregation, authorities revealed Wednesday.

The statue, titled “United,” includes two people raising their arms and holding 2 large rings that do not quite interlock. Authorities state the image shows the work still to be done towards guaranteeing instructional rights for students of varied backgrounds.

Nine students, called the “Little Rock 9,” were accompanied into the previously all-white school by 101st Airborne Division soldiers on Sept. 25, 1957, after Gov. Orval Faubus had actually utilized the National Guard to keep the trainees out.

The school’s desegregation occurred three years after a U.S. Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education choice that declared school racial partition as unconstitutional.

Park Ranger Jodi Morris informed The Associated Press that the 8 members of the Little Rock 9 who are still alive have actually been a part of the preparation procedure.

“They have actually been spoken with from the extremely beginning about the celebration, and we’ve constantly been getting their feedback,” Morris stated.

Morris said authorities are enthusiastic the civil rights pioneers will have the ability to participate in the ceremony and other occasions under the style of ‘Reflections of Progress.’

Officials likewise revealed a commemoration ceremony, interfaith event and fundraising concert and unveiled a 60th anniversary logo design– created by current students– featuring the school’s facade.

Information of the celebration ceremony haven’t been released. Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the 50th anniversary ceremony.

Morris stated the school is a reflection of a more varied Little Rock, however there is still work to be done when it pertains to developing a more equivalent society.

“When you’re talking about things like integration and equality and justice and freedom, or like protecting a historical structure, the work is never done,” Morris stated.

A scheduled panel discussion featuring the children of the Little Rock 9 and an education online forum are aimed at continuing the preservation of Central High’s history.

Regardless of the work that’s left to be done, Central High senior Breyona Butler said the school is doing a great job of keeping its tradition alive making certain it’s is a part of day-to-day student life.

“I understand for a reality that every trainee understands the history we have,” Butler said. “We go to the visitor center across the street, we have civics and we speak about it every day.”

McDonald'' s honors starlet, Olympian, others at yearly awards

Sunday, July 2, 2017|4 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS– McDonald’s 365Black Awards reveal, held annually at the Essence Festival, honored starlet Tichina Arnold and Olympic gold-medalist Sanya Richards-Ross to name a few on Sunday as part of a program that each year salutes people committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American neighborhood.

This year’s program was scaled back and is not being revealed on national cable network Black Home entertainment Television as has happened in previous years. The event and luncheon was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans and consisted of performances by vocalists Kelly Rate and Jekalyn Carr.

This year’s honorees likewise included Valeisha Butterfield Jones, head of black community engagement for Google and the co-founder and CEO of the Ladies in Home entertainment Empowerment Network, and Margaret “Marty” Gillis, an operator/owner of numerous McDonald’s franchises in New Jersey.

In addition, the corporation bestowed its Community Option Youth Award to Chasity Hale, an author, poet and community leader who served an ambassadorial year as a Southeastern National Student Poet under the Obama administration.

Arnold, known for her function of Pam on the hit show “Martin,” stated she was thrilled to get the recognition for her work as an advocate for Lupus survivors.

“It’s good to be recognized for your contributions to society, not simply show service. God has actually blessed me to have a lorry to operate in that I like and that’s home entertainment. I’ve been doing this considering that age 11 and I just turned 48 three days ago. Still having the ability to contribute is fantastic,” she told The Associated Press.

She stated the recognition is essential however secondary in her life.

“Although I’m lively and loud, I do not like compliments. They make me very uneasy. I want to do what I do in silence,” she stated.

Still, she notes, she’s grateful for the opportunity to stand on a platform where she can promote her We Win Structure, which was founded in 2013 with her sister/manager Zenay Arnold, a Lupus survivor. The foundation was formed to help individuals, their households and caregivers who support those experiencing Lupus and other related autoimmune diseases.

“I don’t search for recognition for exactly what we’re doing however desire it so everyone can help us do what we need to do,” she said.

On a lighter note, Arnold said she’s having a grand time working with Vanessa Williams on her latest task, “Daytime Divas,” which looks into the goings-on at a daytime talk show.

“I’m having a lot enjoyable,” Arnold stated. “It’s just a lot of goodness to be a part of another excellent group of people and another cool program. I like doing it since it’s far gotten rid of from my ‘Survivor’s Regret’ character and I get to do devilish things. I really enjoy that. I’m living vicariously through Mo.”

She also stated she has strategies to showcase her singing voice.

“I have music ready to go,” she stated. “I simply need to find out how to package it and how I can fit it in with the times we’re currently in. I’m going to launch a single before the year is out.”

Bruno Mars, nominated for 5 honors, to open BET Awards


Matt Sayles/ Invision/ AP Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for Classy Funk at the 58th yearly Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles.

Sunday, June 25, 2017|6:06 a.m.

. The “B”in BET Awards could stand for Beyonce or Bruno Mars. Both pop stars are the top nominees at Sunday’s show, where they will contend in four of the very same categories, including video of the year. …

Both pop stars are the top candidates at Sunday’s program, where they will contend in four of the exact same classifications, including video of the year.

Beyonce, who controlled last year’s show with several wins and a show-stopping efficiency, is up for 7 honors. Mars, who will open the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, is chosen for five awards.

Beyonce’s “Sorry” and Mars’ “24K Magic” are nominated for video of the year in addition to Solange’s “Cranes In the Sky,” Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” and Huge Sean’s “Bounce Back.”

Mars and Beyonce will likewise compete for album of the year, video director of the year and the audience’s choice award.

Mars has been on an R&B experience with his newest album, “24K Magic,” which was inspired by ’90s R&B. The album’s second single, “That’s Exactly what I Like,” reached No. 1 on the R&B and pop charts, while “24K Magic” ended up being a Top 5 struck on both genre charts.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter-producer is likewise chosen for finest male R&B/ pop artist, taking on Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Usher and Trey Songz.

Beyonce, who supposedly had her twins earlier this month though she hasn’t commented on the topic, is likewise chosen for finest female R&B/ pop artist, pitting her versus her sibling Solange, Mary J. Blige and Kehlani.

Other strong competition Sunday consist of best female hip hop artist, where rivals Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma will go head-to-head. Minaj has won the honor consecutively because 2010. Other candidates consist of Missy Elliott, Young Ma and Cardi B.

Nominees for finest male hip hop artist are Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Opportunity the Rapper, Future and Big Sean.

Comedian-actress Leslie Jones of “Saturday Night Live” will host the show, which is set to include performances by Blige, Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Maxwell, New Edition, Future, Xscape, A$ AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Hair and El DeBarge.

Presenters consist of Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Trevor Noah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi. New Edition, who had success with their BET biopic this year, will receive the life time accomplishment award, while Chance the Rap artist will earn the humanitarian award.

The show will air reside on BET.