Inspiration Of A Loving Meal

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RIP Lee Thompson Young


Lee Thompson Young, who played Boston police detective Barry Frost on the TNT police drama “Rizzoli & Isles,” was found dead Monday morning.

Young’s manager has confirmed to TheWrap that the actor killed himself.

“It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” said longtime manager Jonathan Baruch. “Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this difficult time.”

According to a Los Angeles Police spokeswoman, officers arrived at Young’s apartment after 8 a.m. Monday morning and found him dead.

Young, a South Carolina native, developed an affinity for acting at age 10 and two years later had secured representation. He rose to fame in 1998 when he starred in the Disney Channel show “The Famous Jett Jackson.” On the program, which ran for three years, the actor played a teenage celebrity trying to live a normal life as a high school student.

The actor went on to attend USC, where he was a recognizable presence on campus, often dressing in all-white ensembles. He attended the School of Cinematic Arts on a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 2005.

Following graduation, he booked guest-starring roles on various television programs. His next big break came in 2010, when he was cast on TNT’s popular police drama “Rizzoli & Isles.” As Det. Barry Frost, Young played the affable partner to Jane Rizzoli, played by Angie Harmon.

Production has been shut down for “Rizzoli & Isles” following the news of Young’s death. No word on when filming will begin again.

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Inspirational Women Of Detroit


Tonya McNeal-Weary

Tonya McNeal-Weary is an accomplished entrepreneur, having started several successful companies throughout Michigan.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs, an awarding-winning non-profit organization committed to supporting and promoting the economic growth and advancement of women in Southeast Michigan.  In 2004, she founded the Young Entrepreneurs Series (YES) program to provide entrepreneurship and leadership development training to Detroit-area high school girls.

Mrs. McNeal-Weary is actively involved in the community and volunteers for non-profit organizations locally and around the world.  She is a member of The International Alliance for Women where she serves as the Director of the Daughters Program, an e-mentoring program for young women and girls that promote education and economic empowerment.  She also serves as a media and publicity advocate for a non-profit organization based in Ghana that provides programs and resources to foster leadership among women in Africa.

Mrs. McNeal-Weary has earned numerous awards including, the Entrepreneurs of Distinction Award, Women Making a Powerful Difference Award, and AXA Achievement Award, to name a few.  She is an active resource partner for CEED’s Michigan Women’s Marketplace playing a key role referring new resource partners and providing information to women business owners.

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A Message From Kim

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Women’s News: Creating My Anti-Bucket List


Rachel Weight

The idea of a bucket list has gone viral in the last few years. I’m sure you’re familiar with the concept — the list of goals or dreams, serious or frivolous, you wish to accomplish before you “kick the bucket.” There are websites, movies, and books dedicated to helping you carpe every diem. In that spirit, four years ago I made a “thirtyx30″ list of things I’d like to do before turning 30 this year, and have been steadily working my way through it.

However, this weekend, I went to coffee with a dear friend who revealed she had an “Anti-Bucket List.”

“A what?!” I said.

“A list of things I will never do,” she replied.

“That’s brilliant. Give me an example.”

“Well… I will never go on a cruise. Don’t put me on a boat with 2,000 strangers and call it a ‘vacation.'”

Wow. A list of things that I just never have to do. The problem is, people don’t judge you for your mostly unoriginal bucket lists (mine includes be in a flashmob, wine tasting, make lasagna from scratch, (cough) boring!), but when I started forming my Anti-Bucket List, I realized some of these might require a little explanation, or I might sound like a bad person.

So here we go.

My Anti-Bucket List

    • I will never own a bird or date someone who owns birds. There is no traumatic story from my childhood behind this, but I just hate birds. I think they are Satan’s messengers.


    • I will never go skydiving. Why anyone would pay to practice dying by plane is beyond me.



    • I will never run a marathon. My body was not designed to do it — I’m built for comfort, not for speed. But I’m also not sure why our society suddenly thinks that people are heroes if they run a marathon. That those with “26.2” stickers on the backs of cars are somehow better people, more charitable, and know the true meaning of life. I can be great at life from my couch.



    • I will never donate blood. I have an unfortunate fear of needles, and for the sake of the people working those donation stations, I just can’t do it. And this doesn’t make me a selfish person (as some have told me!).



    • I will never live in a land-locked state. Living in California has probably spoiled me for life, and I can’t imagine living out of driving distance of the ocean.



    • I will never pay money to see a scary movie. As I get older, I’ve gotten pickier about what I will read and watch. I don’t see the sense in willingly participating in something designed to give me nightmares, when I’m naturally a person who can’t sleep if she thinks she saw a spider somewhere in the house.



  • I will never run for political office. I’ve got lots of ideals, hopes and dreams, but I had way too much fun in college to ever make it past preliminaries, and I don’t need anyone combing through Facebook photos to prove that to my constituents.

Let the record state — this list doesn’t mean I think ornithologists who run for office, donate blood, and sky-dive way to scary movies in Kansas theaters are bad people. They’re just not me. I’m all for adventure, going out of my comfort zone, and pushing limits, but I also feel freedom in declaring things I don’t want to do and will not be pressured into doing. I don’t need to run long distances or jump from a plane to be a whole person, and neither do you.

So, what about you? What’s on your Anti-Bucket List?

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