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Victoria Horsford
By Victoria Horsford 

WHAT'S GOING ON

The Year in Politics

According to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, recent polls have been encouraging . In Florida, Democrat Bill Nelson is trailing arch conservative Gover nor Rick Scott by two points. In Texas, Democrat US Senatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke is within a margin of error to defeat incumbent Senator Ted Cruz, a recipient of Koch Brother support and ducats. In Arizona Democrat US Senate hopeful Kyrsten Senema is ahead of her GOP rivals.

There is a new sheriff in town and its is a Black woman! London Breed, is the newly- elected mayor of San Francisco, a first for a Black woman in that city. She served as acting mayor after the SF mayor died last year; but she was later ousted, .some say because of racism. San Francisco is the largest American city with a female mayor. Blacks represent less than 5% of the SF population.

Former Nevada Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford, 2013-2015 is back into electoral politics, running for his old seat. He promised to “stand up to the reckless agenda of Donald Trump.”

For those interested in keeping their finger on the pulse of Democratic Party politics, I recommend reading the 6/25 New York magazine cover story, “ Barack Obama , WHERE ARE YOU?” by Gabriel Debenedetti which begs as many questions as it answers. While not engaged in midterm elections yet, Obama is interested in one battle, saving Obamacare. Obama maintains an uncomfortable distance from the Democratic Party, unlike Clinton when he left the White House. These are different times. Essay concludes, “Obama’s relationship with his own party is complicated.” Three Obama friends are considering a 2020 Presidential run, former VP Joe Biden, former Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick, and former US Attorney General Eric Holder. However, the National Redistricting Committee, a Eric Holder creation, is one avenue of Obama engagement with Democrats.

School Days

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!!!!

The Wadleigh Scholars Program, founded by educator Edouard E. Plummer, in 1964 is an after school enrichment program which prepares middle school students in NYC public schools for admission with scholarships to the nation’s top boarding schools and special entrance high schools. The WSP boasts more than 550 African American and Latino alumni. The following lists the WPS 2018 middle school grads and their HS destinations. Deyancy Gaston, St. Jean Baptiste, NY, Miranda McGeary, Miss Hall’s School, MA; Jayden Neptune, Nazareth H.S, Brooklyn, Jalynn Perkins, Westtown School, PA; and Isaiah Schetelick, Brooklyn Friends.

The Wadleigh Scholars who graduated from Prep School include Dallis Alvarez, Westminister School, to UNC/Chapel Hill; Arianel Cazeau, Deerfield Academy to Cornell University; Malay Doris, Christchurch School, to Rutgers University; Kaliyah Mitchell, Grier School to St. Francis College; Britney Peart, Christchurch School to George Washington University; Asher Wen, Stuyvesant HS to SUNY/ Stony Brook; Juwel William, Ethel Walker School, to Thomas Jefferson University.

The WSP alum who graduated from college are Kenmar Darlington, Emory University; Carlos Espinal, Oneonta University; Leslie Laurie, George Washington University; Tiffany Peart, Spelman College; Davendra Sasenarine, SUNY/Binghampton ; and Daniel Zheng, SUNY/Buffalo

Central Harlem gets a new elementary school. Columbia University is leasing space at the former St Aloysius Catholic School, on West 132 Street, which was founded in 1940 and closed in 1910. When it closed, St Aloysius served grades preK to 8. Columbia will house a new affiliate school, grades 1-6 when it opens in September.

Arts & History

According to a Harvard Magazine story, Khalil Muhammad, started working on his second book, tentatively titled ERASURE, The Decriminalization of White America,” which is a sequel to his seminal work, “The Condemnation of Blackneess: Race Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America.” Former Schomburg Center Director, Dr. Muhammad is a History, Race and Public Policy professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School. CONDEMNATION OF BLACKNESS was published in 2010, three months after publication of “THE NEW JIM CROW: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, ” a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil right litigator and Ohio State University law professor. The New Jim Crow, according to Fortune or Forbes, is a must read tome for many Corporate America CEOs. Book argues that Jim Crow was replaced by mass incarceration of American Black and brown people. Professor Alexander joins the NY Times as an op-ed columnist in September.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Sophocles ANTIGONE, at its 6th season of theater classics, in Marcus Garvey Park . The CTH production, directed by Carl Cofield, and adapted by Paul Roche, the play is a re-imagining of the Sophocles tragedy written in 441 BC, an Afropunk inspired work about a defiant woman who challenges patriarchal society. Theater playdates are July 5-29, Tuesday to Sunday. Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater, 18 Mt. Morris Park West at 122 Street. Visit www.cthnyc.org.

Read the 6/19 New York Times item “ Photographing Ordinary Life In Passing,” a photo essay about the works of LeRoy Henderson, Jr. a Brooklyn- based fine arts photographer. Henderson works are part of a current group exhibit, SERENADING SUMMER, Paintings and Photography, at the June Kelly Gallery, located at 166 Mercer Street, Manhattan, through July 31. Visit junekellygallery.com

Anika Noni Rose stars in tile role of “Carmen Jones” at the Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13 Street, Manhattan for a limited engagement from June 30 to July 29. Using the score by George Bizet’s opera CARMEN, this Oscar Hammerstein adaptation resets story about a free- spirited woman and her tempestuous love life, with an entire African American cast, directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Bill T. Jones. This is the play’s first NY revival since its debut on Broadway 75 years ago. For more info call 917.334.6492

SUMMER PLEASURES

The Essence Magazine Festival in New Orleans runs for four days, from July 5-8. The Show of Shows is a marathon celebration of music, culture, empowerment and entertainment. Muck- the- mucks from the entire African Diaspora will be among Festival participants like Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Xscape, Idris Elba, Lester Holt, Dapper Dan, Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressman Maxine Waters, Michael Eric Dyson, Snoop Dogg, Cheryl Wills and more....

The Jazzmobile Summerfest 2018 tentacles are far reaching, arrives in Brooklyn on July 14, A BROOKLYN BLOCK PARTY on July 14 at 4 pm with Antoinette Montague, on MacDonough Street between Ralph and Patchen Avenues. Bronx date Bronx date I July24 at 7 pm at CO-OP CITY, 140 Benchley Place, featuring Bobby Sanabria Multi-Verse Big Band. For JAZZMOBILE 2018 calendar in Harlem, Central Park, Bronx. Visit jazzmobile.org.

Season Three of OWN's Hit Megachurch Drama 'Greenleaf' Releases this Fall Premieres August 28 & 29
OWN's Hit Megachurch Drama
 

Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that the third season of its hit megachurch drama "Greenleaf," from global content leader Lionsgate award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under") and executive producers Clement Virgo ("The Book of Negros"), Kriss Turner Towner ("The Romanoffs," "The Soul Man") and Oprah Winfrey will premiere on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29 at 10 p.m. each night. Last season, "Greenleaf" was Wednesday night's #1 original cable series for African-American women and averaging over 2 million total viewers in Live+3.

The drama-filled season will feature guest stars including multiple Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Grammy Award-winning actor Beau Bridges ("Homeland"), who plays Bob Whitmore, the folksy and charming founder of Harmony of Hope Ministries-a massive denomination with churches all over the world-who will use any unsavory tool at his disposal to win. Iyanla Vanzant, six-time New York Times' best-selling author, acclaimed spiritual life coach and star of OWN's popular "Iyanla: Fix My Life," portrays herself helping Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) finally find her place in the Greenleaf family. Multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actress, and entrepreneur Patti LaBelle ("American Horror Story," "Daytime Divas") guest stars in the recurring role of Maxine Patterson-a famous Christian motivational speaker and the CEO of a global Christian self-help empire; an old friend of Lady Mae's (Lynn Whitfield) from college days, Maxine will be Lady Mae's sounding board and greatest ally as Lady Mae attempts to consolidate her power at Calvary.

The 2018 Ailey Spirit Gala Benefit Raised Over $1 Million for Educational Programs and Scholarships
Jussie Smollett
Honorary Chair Jussie Smollett
Photo courtesy of Ailey_DCP 

Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2018 Lincoln Center engagement continued last night with the star-studded Ailey Spirit Gala. The one-night-only benefit performance and party featured Honorary Chair Jussie Smollett, who stars on Fox’s Empire and recently released his debut album, Sum of My Music. The evening honored Vikas Kapoor and Ailey Trustee Jaishri Kapoor for their remarkable support of the Ailey organization and their dedication to Ailey’s educational initiatives. Gala Co-Chairs were Stephen Meringoff & Kim Charlton, Almaz & Marc S. Strachan, and Daria L. & Eric. J. Wallach; and Vice Chairs were Michele & Timothy Barakett, Robyn & N. Anthony Coles, Leslie & Tom Maheras, and Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer. Over $1 million was raised to support Ailey’s extensive educational and training programs for young people, including AileyCamp and scholarships to The Ailey School.

A “Celebrating Revelations” participatory workshop on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza got things started with the public dancing Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece taught by Nasha Thomas, National Director of AileyCamp and former Company dancer. This special event coincided with NYC Pride and launched Ailey’s celebration of NYC Dance Week, a citywide festival from June 14-23, with over 30 free classes offered at Ailey Extension for first-time students.

Afterwards, guests enjoyed performances by all parts of the Ailey organization, including AileyCamp in a work by instructor Jonathan Lee and Ailey II’s Marcus Williams, dedicated to hip-hop legend Prodigy of Mobb Deep and in honor of the program’s 30th year; gifted young dancers from The Ailey School showcasing their talents in Robert Battle’s Battlefield; rising stars of Ailey II in an excerpt of Juel D. Lane’s Touch & Agree; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in an excerpt of Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary and a memorable finale of Revelations.

Gala Co-Chairs
Gala Co-Chairs Stephen Meringoff and Kim Charlton, Riya Kapoor,
Honorees Vikas Kapoor and Jaishri Kapoor,
Art. Dir. Robert Battle, and Gala Co-Chairs Almaz & Marc S. Strachan.
Photo by Donna Ward

Prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy, and politics attended the gala, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, choreographer Jessica Lang, Kennedy Center honoree Carmen de Lavallade, Ailey Board President and former Chairman and CEO of BET Networks Debra L. Lee, CNN anchor Don Lemon, model Damaris Lewis, fashion designer and stylist B Michael, New York State Council on the Arts chair Katherine Nicholls, film legend Cicely Tyson, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, The Breakfast Club host Angela Yee, and Urban Bush Woman founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. After the performance, Ailey’s Board of Trustees and more than 800 guests joined for a soiree on the promenade with musical stylings from deejay to the stars DJ M.O.S.

Ailey’s Lincoln Center engagement continues with three special programs, including a Saturday Family Matinee featuring a free Q&A with Ailey dancers and culminating with two performances on Father’s Day.

Jussie Smollett
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Glenn Allen Sims,
Linda Celeste Sims, Jamar Roberts, Akua Noni Parker,
Vernard J. Gilmore, and Hope Boykin
Photo by DCP 
Hollywood Plans Bob Marley Biopic
Bob Marley

Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, who in his short life globalized reggae music will be the subject of a Hollywood biopic.

A representative for Paramount Pictures recently confirmed that the studio was working on a film chronicling the life of Bob Marley and the impact his music had on the world. Paramount did not offer specific details but news site Deadline Hollywood reported that, Bob’s son, Ziggy Marley was head the production plans.

Bob Marley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994; in December 1999, his 1977 album “Exodus” was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine and his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC. Since its release in 1984, Marley’s “Legend” compilation has annually sold over 250,000 copies according to Nielsen Sound Scan, and it is only the 17th album to exceed sales of 10 million copies since SoundScan began its tabulations in 1991.

Bob Marley’s music was never recognized with a Grammy nomination but in 2001 he was bestowed The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor given by the Recording Academy to “performers who during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” That same year, a feature length documentary about Bob Marley’s life, Rebel Music, directed by Jeremy Marre, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video documentary. In 2001 Bob Marley was accorded the 2171st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, in Hollywood, California. As a recipient of this distinction, Bob Marley joined musical legends including Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces winners of Essentially Ellington Competition 2018
Reggae Gold

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the three top-placing high school jazz bands in the nation that took the highest honors at the prestigious 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The first-place winner is Dillard Center for the Arts from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The second-place winner is Newark Academy from Livingston, NJ and third-place winner is Tucson Jazz Institute from Tucson, AZ. Honorable Mention is Beloit Memorial High School from Beloit, WI and Roosevelt High School from Seattle, WA.

Beginning on May 10, the top 15 high school jazz bands in the country participated in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival and were immersed in three days of mentoring, jam sessions, and workshops. The competition culminated in tonight’s concert wherein each top-placing band performed with their choice Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member as a soloist. The final concert also featured the world-renowned *Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis*– whose members served as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the week – performing repertoire made famous by Duke Ellington.

Each finalist band was chosen by a panel of judges comprised of distinguished jazz musicians and historians: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis; composer, arranger, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap; big band leader, drummer and Grammy-nominated recording artist Jeff Hamilton; acclaimed musician and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Todd Williams and renowned flautist, saxophonist, composer, educator, and EE Alum Erica von Kleist.

At the ceremony, Wynton Marsalis presented awards to each of the 15 finalist high school jazz bands. Dillard Center for the Arts accepted the first place trophy and an award of $5,000. Newark Academy accepted the second place trophy and an award of $2,500. Tucson Jazz Institute accepted the third place trophy with an award of $1,000. Roosevelt High School and Beloit Memorial High School received honorable mention with an award of $750. The remaining ten bands were each awarded cash awards of $500. All monetary awards are to be used for improving the jazz education programs of each respective high school.

25TH Anniversary of Reggae Gold 2018 out July 27th
Reggae Gold

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic compilation series Reggae Gold. Now available for pre-orders and out July 27th everywhere, this milestone will be celebrated with a throwback mixtape by the legendary RoryStoneLove, featuring classic reggae jams from the likes of Maxi Priest, Capleton, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and more from Reggae Gold albums in the 90’s. 1993 marked the first year in the series and it has since solidified its place of importance in the culture, being the premier compilation album for the latest and best in reggae and dancehall each year.

Reggae Gold 2018’s exclusive lead track and instant-grat is “Easy to Love You Remix” by VP Records newly signed artist Culan featuring Konshens. The UK born dancehall artist Culan was discovered off the pace of his hit “Easy to Love You”, originally featured on last year’s Strictly the Best Vol 57. Released on June 1st, “Easy to Love You Remix” has all the right ingredients to become a notable Summer 2018 jam. Other exclusive include “Better”, a new smooth rhythmic single by singer Estelle, following her 2017 Reggae Gold debut with “Love Like Ours” featuring Tarrus Riley and Jahmiel’s flirty single “U”.

Another lead track is Jah Cure’s melodic “Risk it All” featuring Phyllisia Ross. Other standouts include Beres Hammond’s new single “I’m Alive”, Romain Virgo’s “Still”, Christopher Martin’s “Come Back” and Jah9’s “Love Has Found I”, all of whom have current or upcoming projects this year on VP Records.

There is no shortage of crowd pleasers and popular hits from the past year on “Reggae Gold 2018”. Hood Celebrity’s massive hit “Walking Trophy” has established itself as a 2018 ladies anthem. Amindi K. Fro$t, Tessellated, Valleyz’s “Pine and Ginger” has also made waves on urban radio with its tropical and laidback vibe. Ding Dong’s popular “Dweet (Genna Bounce)” has the energy that fans of his expect and anticipate. This year’s compilation also includes hits “Raggamuffin” by Koffee, “Stay So” by Busy Signal, “Ghetto Paradise” by Chronixx and much more.

The innovative and iconic covers have become an integral aspect of the Reggae Gold brand. Many concepts, colors and themes have been explored over the last 25 years, but 2018’s cover pays homage to the humble beginnings by showcasing the raw energy and fashion of the 90s, one of the most influential eras of pop culture.

Shot at the House of Dancehall in Jamaica, models Abonique Coley, Rayana Campbell, Shacqueal Witter, Kimiko Miller, Maleik Lamont and Hakeem Notice posed in an array of 90s fashions styled and photographed by Savanna Baker and contributing photographer Keanu Gordon. “Being this was the 25th anniversary, the concept was to embrace the aesthetics of the 90s which led to shooting a group of dancers candidly, pulling inspiration from the first years of the Reggae Gold brand,” said creative director for VP Records Stephanie Chin. “Savannah Baker was the ideal photographer to portray the dynamic unfiltered energy of the 1990’s while Director Rogen ‘Ruption’ Walker (RD Studios) was able to capture the rawness of the era,” she concluded. “Having experienced a part of the 90’s made this project more special to me. Being able to capture something from my childhood memory and bringing it to present day was amazing! Bless up VP records,” Ruption stated.

The album’s photo shoot will be used to anchor a limited-edition print and online zine curated by Richard “Treats” Dryden. The piece will include unique features and interviews with reggae artists and cultural influencers across the reggae scene.

“Reggae Gold continues to be the marker for the hottest tracks in the genre every year,” said Christopher Chin, President of VP Records. “As we approach the 25th year of this brand, we are happy to offer the best current and past music to honor the legacy and look forward to the future.”

Beyonce Homecoming Scholars Award Program
Beyonce

Following the initial announcement of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, Beyoncé through her BeyGOOD initiative has partnered with Google to announce more scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Google.org will match her original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including, Texas Southern University located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Texas, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is her father's alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the previously announced Universities: Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce, Tuskegee, and Bethune-Cookman.

One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.

The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced this summer.

Shaggy and Sting Come together with Album 44/876
Shaggy and Sting on stage

Shaggy and Sting performed at Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday party in London on April 21st at Royal Albert Hall; the announcement left a lot of people scratching their heads. What in the world? You see Sting and Shaggy collaborated on a reggae album recently called 44/876 , the unusual pairing is making quite a stir in the music world.

On April 20, Sting & Shaggy released their new collaborative, island-inspired album, entitled 44/876, on A&M/Interscope Records. Featuring various album formats (see below for track listing & configurations), fans “Morning Is Coming” - a brassy reggae track fueled by sultry horns - as well as the current, Caribbean-flavored single “Don’t Make Me Wait.”.

Sting, who wove Jamaican rhythms into his early work with The Police as well as his solo repertoire, and Shaggy, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and cutting his musical teeth in the dance hall clubs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, initially joined creative forces to record “Don’t Make Me Wait” as a tribute to the Caribbean sounds that influenced them both - and ended up recording an entire album full of joy, melody and uplifting music.

“Don’t Make Me Wait” was released on January 25 and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s digital reggae single sales chart. The release was followed by a performance on the 60th Annual Grammy Awards as well as the NFL’s Super Bowl Tailgate event that aired on NBC Super Bowl Sunday.

Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, the video for “Don’t Make Me Wait” was directed by Gil Green (Nicki Minaj, Drake) and celebrates the duo’s mutual love of the country. Sting & Shaggy also added Brazilian flair with a new Tropkillaz remix of “Don’t Make Me Wait” released February 23 worldwide. “Don’t Make Me Wait” (Dave Audé Rhythmic Radio Remix) and “Don’t Make Me Wait” (iLL Wayno Remix) bring additional dance floor and dance hall treatments to the infectious song.

Sting and Shaggy

Sting & Shaggy will also be extending their collaboration to the road this summer when the two Grammy-award winning artists embark on a European tour of various historic venues, performing their most celebrated hits as well as selections off their forthcoming album.

44/876 was recorded in Jamaica and New York with Sting & Shaggy being joined by various musicians and writers including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, Morgan Heritage, Branford Marsalis, Agent Sasco and Sting’s longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller as well as writers Taranchyla, Dwayne “iLL Wayno” Shippy, Shane Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk and Patexx.

Raging Fyah Releases New Single “REBEL”- Embarks on their Second Tour of the Year
Raging Fyah

Off the heels of a Winter tour with Rebelution, Raging Fyah is releasing their brand-new single “Rebel” out this Friday on Dub Rockers/ VP Records. The single is the first since their Grammy nominated album “Everlasting” in 2016.

Produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown and written by Raging Fyah, the energetic reggae track features the band’s signature sound with new subtle alternative instrumentation, taking their music to new heights.

Along with new music and a new album in the works, the band will also be embarking on “The Marching Orders” Spring Tour with Hawaiian roots reggae band The Green and Iya Terra. Commencing in Austin TX, stops along the west coast will also include Corpus Christi, Tucson, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Ventura and Berkeley, closing at the Cali Roots Festival in Monterey California on May 27th.


Soul Vibrations Corner

YOUR ASTROLOGICAL FORECAST

ARIES: March 21 - April 20

Sometimes you may feel as if you can conquer anything and maybe you can,but remember to thank those who have helped you on your way. They need to feel your respect & your love. They'll feel it best if you show it through your actions, not just your words. Make sure to keep your positive flow going. Others may require your attention & understanding in a domestic situation. Be careful not to say something that you'll be sorry for later. Lucky Numbers: 9, 18, 23, 26, 44, 46

TAURUS: April 21 - May 20

Listen to others with expertise to overcome distance & language problems. Your ability to communicate on many levels will help others to understand your motivations. Be sensitive to those who are affected by your acts. Let your flair for communications guide you through important negotiations & decisions. If you play your cards right, you could really become the talk of the town. Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 21, 22, 45, 86

GEMINI: May 22 - June 21

There are no restrictions for you, this week. You may just find the answer to your personal & professional problems. Take your direction from the simple things in life. Your cycle will move up & you'll be able to rediscover yourself & what you need to feel happy. You need to work hard to achieve your immediate goals. People admire you for your determination. Sometimes you need to reward yourself for a job well done. This may also be a good time to add to your art collection, as your keen sense of valuables might just find a real treasure. Lucky Numbers: 11, 15, 28, 33, 34, 40

CANCER: June 22 - July 23

Bring people together by showing them interesting new lifestyle or way to work. Personal relationships will feel more positive than ever. Invest time with family members & you'll be creating great memories for everbody. Express your ideas with passion & you'll learn new ways to impress your style. Once you do, you'll be able to feel more confident in who you are. New friends can lead you to new avenues of social exposure. Be yourself & you'll be accepted & loved. Focus on a close relationship that could lead to love and marriage. Encourage others to enjoy themselves. Lucky Numbers: 1, 10, 20, 21, 41, 42

LEO: July 24 - Aug 22

Once you feel confident in yourself, you will be able to influence others. Peers may try to question your authority, reply with positive financial feedback. Collect & study facts & faces, you may be tested to remember, later. You are due to receive a gift or a bonus. Perform your heart out, enjoy the limelight. Offers you receive may be exciting, but you will need time to digest all of the information you have received. Family members, co-workers will vie for your attention. Listen to them, but try not to get overwhelmed by the requests you receive. Lucky Numbers: 29, 38,39, 43, 44, 49

VIRGO: Aug 23- Sept 22

You'll meet opposition if you try to push your ideas too much. Be observant and save your comments for a better time. You need to focus on your career. You'll accomplish the most if you travel for business. If you have an idea, present it. Don't take on too strenuous a task. Minor injury or exhaustion will result if you do. Make changes at home that will add to your comfort. It's time to pamper yourself for a change. Lucky Numbers: 12, 18, 20, 24, 40, 41

LIBRA: Sept 23 - Oct 22

Doors will open professionally if you send out your resume and go for interviews. Don't allow children or entertainment to cost too much or you'll have financial problems. Self-improvement projects are your best outlet. You need an outlet. You'll be sensitive to the comments made by loved ones. Try not to jump to conclusions. You'll be so wrapped up in your own problems that you are likely to take loved ones for granted. Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 20, 25, 45, 47

SCORPIO: Oct 23 - Nov 22

Your efforts will not go unnoticed and someone could make you an offer in the near future because of your actions now. Celebrate with loved ones. Other's energies support your efforts at making changes, especially those that will help you to let go of an unhealthy habit. You have the inner resources to go it alone if necessary, but someone close to you could benefit from your example and encouragement. The buddy system could strengthen your own resolve to conquer this habit and give your ideas about replacement activities. Take it one day at a time. Lucky Numbers: 22, 25, 28, 29, 40, 45

SAGITTARIUS: Nov 23 - Dec 22

Use your skills to get things accomplished. You may not please everyone, but that's to be expected. Don't take others for granted or promise more than you can deliver. Love will beckon you if you join in a group that helps you to develop your creative talents. Channel your energy into your hobbies and personal interests. Do things that make you happy. Be direct in your conversations. You will have to learn to say no if you don't want to be taken for granted. If you don't, you will find yourself in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Lucky Numbers: 6, 14, 30, 33, 40, 49

CAPRICORN: Dec 23 - Jan 20

Don't go looking for anything in particular but something will certainly present itself to you. Express your appreciation to those who have helped you, on your way. Learn to try to let things come to you, rather than chasing rainbows. If you find something that tickles your fancy, discuss it with your mate & their perspective may just give you the spark you need. Verify your information by obtaining written reference material. Don't jump to any conclusions, allow time to soften your overall perspective of things. Make time to enjoy some peace & quiet. You'll need time to digest your thoughts & feelings. Patience with others will be needed in order to understand their perspective of things. Lucky Numbers: 31, 34, 40, 42, 45, 46

AQUARIUS: Jan 21 - Feb 19

Try to get you priorities straight. Once you realize that everything going on lately is temporary, you'll be able to oversome your emotional feelings. Your mind is very active & needs some stimulation, too. Try to combine your ingenuity & creativity in new directions of stress release. Invite others to spend time with you. Perhaps taking up gardening, model making or some other craft will help you to put things into a better perspective. Positive force will allow you to reach a new level & to get past the present. Lucky Numbers: 15, 18, 24, 25, 42, 48

PISCES: Feb 20 - March 20

Gather together with others who share your passion to succeed. Your ability to encourage others will pay off. Pay attention to your inner feelings. If you listen to your intuition, you may be able to feel your way through a really stressful week. Take the time you need now, to be able to look at things from a different perspective. Family members & co-workers will try to help you through your emotional difficulties. Allow them to show you new ways to lift your spirits. Time together will help you to deal with emotional hurts. Try to plan a week-end getaway with family & friends. You'll be glad you did. Lucky Numbers: 9, 18, 23, 26, 44, 46