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Random Acts of Flowers!

Have you ever attended an event, like a wedding or funeral, and wondered what happens to all those flowers after everyone goes home?  What about flowers in grocery stores and flower shops, that are not longer fresh enough to sell?  In what may be the ultimate in recycling, “Random Acts of Flowers” takes those flowers and repurposes them into something beautiful and inspiring!

Think about the joy you experience when you give or receive flowers.  That’s the joy that volunteers with “Random Acts of Flowers” get to experience regularly.  

The non-profit began in 2007, in Tennessee, by Larsen Jay.  After a near fatal accident Jay credited the daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements he received as being a crucial element to his recovery.  Once able to leave his room, Jay noticed many other patients sitting alone, in rooms devoid of flowers.  He began going around the hospital gifting some of his floral arrangements to other patients and was struck by the effect it had on them  That’s when the seed for “Random Acts of Flowers” was sewn.

 

Today this wonderful non-profit has expanded and now has five branches around the country, including Evanston, Illinois.  Teams of volunteers do everything from refreshing the flowers that have been donated, then creating them into beautiful bouquets and arrangements and finally bringing them to patients.  Nurses and caregivers in healthcare facilities and nursing homes identify patients who seem in need of an extra emotional boost.

And science bears them out.  Research shows that patients who receive flowers recover more quickly and require less post-operative pain medication.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-augustin/health-benefits-flowers_b_2992014.html

As we head into the holiday season WCRX FM is once again “Committing To Our Community”.  If you’d like more information you can check out http://randomactsofflowers.org

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Big Up’s for Big Mouth

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Netflix’s new show is dirty, raunchy, but most of all hilarious.

We got another binger from Netflix, so clear out your Saturday because Big Mouth is taking you back to that awkward stage we all had growing up. It’s centered around two teens named Nick (Nick Kroll) and Andrew (John Mulaney) dealing with puberty, girls, and everything we remember from middle school.

Big Mouth came from the beautiful mind of Nick Kroll. The first episode is called “Ejaculation” so you can obviously see what your in for. Once you get used to Nick Kroll’s comedy, the show really brings back a lot of the nostalgia and innocence of growing up. It’s hard for kids out there. I remember the crappy stuff like getting bullied and picked on. But I also remember the good stuff like my first true love and my first kiss. They covered all that in just ten episodes. It had me laughing and remembering the good old days of being a kid. Nick and his pals captured so many moments of growing up and I can’t wait for season 2!

Big Mouth was released on September 29, 2017, so if you haven’t checked it out yet add it to the watch list and remember what it’s like growing up.

 

5 Internet Sensations Turned Rap Stars

by Da’Nelle Grier

If you were an aspiring recording artist back in the day, you either had to perform at multiple talent shows or hope your demo landed in the right hands at a record label. These days, the internet just has to like you. Here’s a list of 5 of the most popular internet sensations that took the rap world by storm in very unique ways.

1. Danielle Bregoli

Popularly known for disrespecting her mother on Dr. Phil and encouraging the audience members who were laughing at her to “cash [her] ousside,” Danielle Bregoli’s aggressive attitude caught the media’s attention almost instantly. The “cash me ousside” phrase was remixed numerous times over the internet, making Bregoli the center of attention over all social media platforms. This newfound fame soon led to the release of her very first single, “These Heaux,” with the music video racking up to about 21 million views. On Friday, Sept. 15th, it was announced that Bregoli, whose stage name is now Bhad Bhabie, inked a multi-million dollar recording contract with Atlantic Records — just one year after her television debut. From being a hard-headed teenager who thrived off of violence and vulgarity to becoming the youngest female rapper to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 at #77, Bhad Bhabie proves that it doesn’t take much “talent” to make it in this industry.

2. Cardi B

The funny thing about Cardi B. is that she’s probably the first member from VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop, whose music was actually distributed off of ProTools and onto the airwaves. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take this time to name at least one other artist featured on that show whose career didn’t begin and end in the studio (excluding the has-been cast of Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood) — I’ll wait. Anywho, although Cardi B. was first introduced to the public eye as a reality tv star, this Bronx native is not new to the rap game. Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Trinidadian mother and Dominican father, Cardi B.’s musical resume reaches all the way back to 2015 when she was featured on Shaggy’s remix to Jamaican dancehall singer, Popcaan’s single, “Boom Boom.” On March 7, 2016, Cardi released her first mixtape titled Gangsta B*tch Music, Vol. 1, and the second volume on January 20, 2017. However, it wasn’t until after she signed a deal with Atlantic Records in February 2017 that she truly found success in the music industry.

On June 16th, Cardi B. unleashed a party anthem known as “Bodak Yellow” that will rule over parties and nightclubs for centuries to come (trust me, I’m a scientist). The infectious single skyrocketed this former stripper to the top, as it climbed to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 just three months after its release. Other accolades for “Bodak Yellow” include (but are not limited to): reaching #1 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart for the first time with 40.8 million streams, #1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and certified gold after 500,000 sales. “Bodak Yellow” is the highest-charting song by a solo, female rapper since Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” and Cardi B. is now the highest-charting favorite on my morning playlist.

UPDATE: As of three days ago, “Bodak Yellow” has now taken the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, making Cardi B. the first female rapper to top the charts without any features in 19 years! #winning

3. Lil Terrio

Although I wouldn’t consider Lil Terrio a “rap star” of today’s time, he did have lots of star-power four years ago. Way back when Vine was alive and well in the summer of 2013, one could not log onto the app without witnessing a then 6-year-old Terrio Hardshaw on their timeline. Dancing to the sounds of his neighbor Maleek shouting “Oooo kill ‘em!,” the six-second video skyrocketed into mainstream pop culture. By May 2014, Terrio had reached maximum fame with a record deal and a new music video surrounding the “Oooo kill ‘em!” phrase on his VEVO account, reaching over 1.7 million views. With Vine being long gone (R.I.P.) and Lil Terrio’s relevance having drifted off into the abyss, only one thing still remains — his impact.

4. KreayshawnRelated image

Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada. Basic b*tches wear that sh*t so I don’t even ‘bothaaa!

…chants every 16-year-old girl to ever exist in 2011. Not only could this have been the first time four of the top luxury brands in fashion were considered basic, but this song could also signify the quickest rise and fall of anyone’s career. Before she disappeared from the spotlight, Kreayshawn, whose name is a rather interesting variation of the word “creation,” was the talk of the town with the release of her “Gucci Gucci” music video. Upon its debut, I think the world was just stunned at the presence of a Caucasian woman, who presented herself with such a dedicated hood persona (this is pre-Iggy Azealea, of course. *side eyes*). Other than that, the song itself was pretty simplistic, yet it quickly rose to the top of YouTube’s charts with over 59 million views. Where she is now? I don’t know, but wherever she is, I’m sure she’s “kreay-ting” something unique.

5. Bobby Shmurda

Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. Now that I think of it, THIS is the artist whose career had the quickest rise and fall of anyone to date. Like Lil Terrio, Bobby Shmurda’s instant fame can be linked back to Vine, YouTube, and the general public. His song, “Hot N*gga,” accompanied by the Shmoney Dance, set the millennium ablaze in every way possible, and a then 22-year-old Shmurda was pop culture’s newest and biggest influence. Having inked a deal with Epic Records and shmoneying his way all the way to the bank, everyone seemed to be in pure hip-hop bliss — UNTIL HE GOT HIT WITH A SHMURDA CHARGE *dun dun DUUUUNNNN!* Long story short, homie’s been locked up ever since and will be for the next six years. Clearly, all the shmoney in the world couldn’t get him out of this mess!

 

Keep up with Da’Nelle via her Instagram: @nelliethesupastah, Twitter: @NellieGOnTheMic, and her website: danellelynise.com. Also, tune into her radio show, “The Night Cap w/ Nellie G. & Friends” every Wednesday night from 7-9 PM on WCRX 88.1 FM (@webenightcappin)!