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Top Album Of The Week

Maya Angelou
Caged Bird Songs
Smooch Music Inc.

Maya Angelou's grandson said that with her dedication to social activism 
she could illuminate the struggles and injustices of the urban experience 
through her prose.  There's a direct correlation to hip hop today.  Maya's 
rebellious, street-wise commentary on inner-city circumstances and her braggadocios 
flair for colloquial slang has been perfectly pared here with modern rap 
beats.  She opens her mouth and sings, you would stand there with your 
mouth open.  Her honey-coated, slightly adenoidal voice was one of the most 

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AC/DC's Angus Young with Shelton
Shelton with Ozzy, seriously

Patti LaBelle and Shelton

Book Review
Apathy for the Devil:
Nick KentDa Capo Press

Chronicling Nick Kent’s up-close , personal, often harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, among scores of others, Apathy for the Devil is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade.
As a college dropout barely out of his teens, Kent’s first five interviews were with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the Grateful Dead, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. But after the excitement and freedom of those early years, his story would come to mirror that of the decade itself, as he slipped into excess and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the Devil is a compelling story of inspiration, success, burn out, and rebirth from a classic wordsmith.

Book Review
College Basic Training:
Susan M. JensenSwan Fitness Publishing

College Basic Training is a be-good-to-your-body guide for young women in college or going off to college. The colorfully whimsical and easy-to-read chapters offer life-changing wellness tips in a lighthearted and casual narrative. Written by a personal trainer and health coach, College Basic Training gets straight to the point when it comes to exercise, nutrition, body image, media distraction, substance abuse, sex, mental health, safety, and more. Included are eye-opening personal stories of trial and tribulation, illustrating the tools needed to avoid or overcome adversity and pressures that come with college life. Sprinkled with humor, this book will easily guide you, your daughter, or your granddaughter toward a healthy lifestyle and a positive future. It might even save a life!

Book Review
Duck Commander Devotions for Kids
Korie RobertsonThomas Nelson; 1St Edition edition

With the Robertson clan’s flair for down-home wisdom and their wholesome family values, this devotional reveals the heart and faith of this much-loved family from A&E’s hit show Duck Dynasty. The more than 6-million moms, dads, and little ones who are loyal fans of the Duck Dynasty family will love this collection of inspirational messages.

Each devotion contains a brief message, an anecdotal story from America’s favorite family, a passage from Scripture, a prayer, and a Duck Commander in Action. Not only are the messages motivational, but they are also mixed with the characters’ trademark wit and revelations from their personal faith journeys. An ideal companion product for Duck Dynasty fans, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who want to grow in their faith, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is certain to inspire little ones in their faith journey.

The Pathology of the Rich White Family

  Portraits of former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush, his father, part of the show “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Diplomacy.” The exhibit of portraits of world leaders by the younger Bush are on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas and runs through June 3. (AP / Benny Snyder)


Read more of this song's lyrics.
I Need to Wake Up
By: Melissa Etheridge

Have I been sleeping?
Ive been so still, afraid of crumbling
Have I been careless?
Dismissing all the distant rumblings

Take me where I am supposed to be
To comprehend the things that I cant see

'Cause I need to move, I need to wake up
I need to change, I need to shake up
I need to speak out, somethings got to break up
Ive been asleep and I need to wake up now

And as a child I danced like it was 1999
And my dreams were wild
The promise of this new world would be mine

Book Recommendation

Marx for Beginners

Author: Michael Rius
Publisher: Pantheon Books

From reform to revolution - Marx's influence is unrivaled, but if you put five people in a room, you'll come up with six different opinions on him.

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