13. Well, for starters, information written in listicle form. Admit it. We’ve either hit rock bottom or are grabbing internet culture right by its horns. Say what you will, but chances are… you were not expecting this.

12. But let’s talk talent. And when we say talent, there are only three words that come to mind: Mary, J. and Blige. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce that the one and only Mary J. Blige will be performing live at the American Music Awards. Ms. Blige is on the verge of releasing her 13th studio album “The London Sessions,” this December, and will bring her one of a kind vocals to our stage to remind the world that she’s considered the most successful woman in R&B for the last 25 years. (No word yet on whether or not Lebron James will arrive unannounced to duet with her, but we can only hope.)

11. Now seems like a good time to remind you that the AMAs are completely voted on by the fans. Yes, you. The fans. Quite literally “rocking the vote” via our Coca-Cola AMA voting site, AMAvote.com, as well as on Twitter by including the nominee’s name, category name and #AMAs within a tweet. And remember what your mother used to say: You’re never too old to publicly vote for 5 Seconds Of Summer. (No? Just our moms? #coolmom)

10. And speaking of 5SOS, you’ll be quietly whispering 5SO-YES when you find out that the band is now officially part of the AMAs performance roster. *we’ll wait while you quietly shriek into your office cardigan* 5 Seconds of Summer is responsible for this year’s hit “She Looks So Perfect” (whose music video has raked in a mere 88 million views…) and are currently on tour with that other young group of misfits One Direction. (Just imagine all the backstage hijinx those boys are getting into.) And the best news? It’s totally OK to have weird feelings for them since as they are all 18. Bet you weren’t expecting that.

9. But don’t feel too left out, fellas. Iggy Azalea is up for six awards—more than any other nominee. She’s so fancy, but you already know. So why are we still rambling on about it? Good point, Fancy Drew.

8. Hot off the heels of Iggy’s “Fancy” and her hit “Boom Clap,” Charli XCX, the 22 year old British phenom, is also scheduled to perform. Or, as the Romans call her, Charli 100. (Less catchy, but still chock full of talent.)

7. Our host, Pitbull, will refuse to answer to Mr. Worldwide backstage. He will only answer to Pit, Mr. Bull, Pitbull, Mr. 305, Armando, Mr. Perez, and the King of Crunk.

6. Number 7 isn’t true.

5. Alright, so far we’ve got a stellar line-up featuring Mary J. Blige, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX and Pitbull. A legendary assembly of talent. But you know what this list is missing? The voice of a human angel. Thankfully, we’ve taken care of that. Because joining us at the AMAs is a man who can only be described as the breakout star of 2014, Sam Smith. When he opens his mouth to sing, the heavens descend upon us mortals. His single “Stay With Me” hit Number 1 on the Billboard Charts. And on Sunday, November 23, he will take to the stage live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE between 8:00 and 11:00p.m. ET/PT on ABC and give us a little bit of heaven on Earth.

4. We have six…. SIX… various forms of social media with which to join in on the AMAs conversation. Sure, you could probably guess all of these, but for the sake of perfection, here they are, in all of their bold-faced glory: “Wow. We’re really doing it guys.” - - The 21st Century

Twitter: @TheAMAs
Facebook: Facebook.com/AMAs
Instagram: @TheAMAs
Snapchat: TheAMAs
Vine: TheAMAs

3. Did we mention that the show will air live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC? What’s that? We just did? Just making sure.

2. Here’s a fun thing: Right before the ABC broadcast, viewers can fire up their WIFI and watch the Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! Pre-show, which will be live-stream all of our fabulous celebrity guests and their respective AMA red carpet journeys starting at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT on November 23rd at Yahoo Live, the official digital distributor of the AMA Experience this year. You can also watch the livestream at TheAMAs.com and ABC.com. Look how many options there are! You have no excuse for missing this livestream. (I said no excuse.)

1. There are plenty more surprise reveals left for the 2014 AMAs… this is only the beginning. Follow us on Twitter @TheAMAs and maybe we’ll DM you some other surprises! (No, not pics. Relax.)

Tickets are now on sale at www.axs.com

About the American Music Awards

The American Music Awards features performances from today’s hottest artists and presents fan-voted awards in the categories of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM, Soundtrack, Single of The Year, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s, and Artist of the Year.  The American Music Awards pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists.  The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.theamas.com, www.dickclark.com or abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.



It’s one of a kid’s favorite parts of Halloween. There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open his or her door so you can scream the words “Trick or treat!” But why do we say it? What does it actually mean? The practice of donning a costume and asking for treats from your neighbors dates back to the Middle Ages, but back then it wasn’t a game.

During the medieval practice of souling, poor people would make the rounds begging for food. In return, they offered prayers for the dead on All Souls Day. (What does the “een” in “Halloween” mean exactly? The answer lies here.)

Modern trick or treating is a custom borrowed from guising, which children still do in some parts of Scotland. Guising involves dressing in costume and singing a rhyme, doing a card trick, or telling a story in exchange for a sweet. The Scottish and Irish brought the custom to America in the 19th century.READ MORE HERE



The Six of Wands card suggests that my power today lies in validation. I rise to the occasion and am motivated or made confident to take it to the next level by the recognition, admiration, praise, or accolades put on my achievements or personal success. I am newly aware of and proud of my sense of empowerment and I transform through acceptance.

The Six of Wands is all about success, victory and public recognition. Not only have you succeeded in achieving your goals, you are now being publicly acknowledged for your efforts and your results. You may have recently received an award, public acclaim or acknowledgement from your peers for the work that you have done. It may even be just a pat on the back or getting praise or recognition for your work. This instils a high level of confidence within yourself and gives you the strength to continue your efforts.

This card indicates that you have harnessed your strengths and talents in order to bring about a successful outcome in your endeavours. You have managed to get through the confusion of the Five of Wands, minimising your distractions, focusing on the task at hand. You have overcome the challenges along the way, and now you are focusing your energies on the one goal that will lead to your success. This is your time to shine and to come out on top.




In the past few months I have noticed this incredibly cool Detroit jeweler/artist posting his work. He creates these amazing D(Detroit)Rings.. These rings are individual pieces of art. Made completely by hand by Maui Rick.

The Start of my D

Then one day Maui posted a photo of D Pendants and Charms!! I had to have one!! So I found his store phone number and called Maui...

We hit it off like dynamite and a fuse. We agreed that I needed to have the big pendant and he created one for me! I got it today and LOVE IT...To my readers that love Detroit...Rick's jewelry is the GENUINE ARTICLE...be the coolest person in your neighborhood and sport one of these!

Here is Maui Rick with my D Pendant

Detroit....my hometown. I'm Maui Rick, and I've been a jeweler since 1972. For the last 10 years or so, I've been custom making tons of pieces of jewelry using the Old English D. I'm sure you've seen it, it's all over , on Hats, Tee shirts, on he back windows of half the cars in and around Detroit. It's been in Movies, TV shows, worn by movie stars and low life's alike. I don't think there's another single letter that's as instantly recognizable , as the D. 

To me ,this single letter symbolizes what I've experienced in life. Music, great sports teams, and the feeling I get hangin In Downtown Detroit. Whether it's a sporting event, concert venue, the Casinos, The Auto show or the Bitchin Detroit Autorama! 

I love Detroit ! And there's plenty of others whom agree whole heartedly with me! Bob Seger called it "The Home of Rock and Roll" Kiss dubbed it " Rock City" and Kid Rock, well , he can't say enough good things about the City he Loves. All this, along with everyone else who loves The D , has driven me to try and make the Coolest jewelry that represents Detroit. 

I started with rings, then pendants. Soon I was doing earrings, bracelets, vest pins, guitar plaques, motorcycle saddlebags pins,whatever. They've been in magazines and on TV shows( no lie) and even grace the hands of some celebs . Rings continue to be the best seller. We have 16 different styles, with more to come. 

Currently I'm doing some limited editions . And I can also do custom styles to suit ones individual tastes . You know you want one, it will be the coolest piece of jewelry you'll ever own. You can check them out at www.thedring.com or on Facebook The"D" Maui Rick

Hahaha Rick shipping my D bling to me here at
Rancho Kimmer Deluxe

Different phases of Rick's casting process

 Have questions for Maui Rick? 

 To see more of Rick's gorgeous work...click HERE


Classic Old English D designs in Sterling Silver
 they can customize your order in gold or with stones...



Now here is an outdoor advertising innovation that makes sense! Zeusvision reached out to me to partner in promoting their new Campaign which launches October 27!

I really like their concept and it breathes new life and innovation into outdoor advertising...technology meets the billboard! I really like this!

It is AFFORDABLE for small business!

Zeusvision grew out of the idea that the average person or business owner should be able to get their message out, on the most desirable platforms, to the most influential groups of people, in the most sought after locations.

Their exciting new platform allows the average person or business owner to get their message out to the public in outdoor spaces generally reserved for large wealthy companies! Imagine your business displayed on this amazing double decker bus!

I really love the black bus too! Check this one out....

Zeusvision is engineered to work the way you want...



 The Kingpin's Kid Radio Show

Finally someone who knows the game!! Courtney R. Brown Jr. the author and producer of Motown Mafia and the Upcoming Gittin Off Zero Book and Documentary bring you conversations from the street corner to Wall Street.

The show airs Wednesdays 9pm Eastern time.

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It is the eve of the Darcys' annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley estate. Darcy and Elizabeth, now six years married, are relaxing with their guests after supper when the festivities are brought to an abrupt halt.

A scream calls them to the window and a hysterical Lydia Wickham tumbles out of a carriage shrieking, "Murder!" What follows is the somber discovery of a dead man in Pemberley woods, a brother accused of murder, and the beginning of a nightmare that will threaten to engulf Pemberley and all the Darcys hold dear.

Adapted from P.D. James' clever whodunit, this delicious homage to Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice stars Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who). Elizabeth and Darcy never knew marriage would be like this!