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Celebrity of the Week: Michael B. Jordan

Born in Santa Ana, California, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Michael B. Jordan had a rough start. Growing up around friends that sold drugs and stole cars, it was hard for him to stay on the straight and narrow path. 

Before he became famous, he was modeling for brands like Toy “R” Us. HIs first acting role came at the age of 12 years old with a small role in “The Sopranos”. A few years later, he landed another guest appearance alongside Bill Cosby in the show “Cosby”.

Over the years he continued to land small roles. His big break came in 2011 when he landed a recurring role as Wallace in an HBO show called “The Wire”. This show helped him earn critical acclaim and made him as a rising young talent to watch.

In 2015, Michael B. Jordan landed a star role in the movie “Creed.” This helped him make a statement saying he meant business. This movie created a spotlight around him known as “Baby Creed”, the son of Apollo Creed.
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Celebrity of the Week: Jennifer Lawrence 

Jennifer Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky to Karen and Gary Lawrence. Early in her life, Jennifer was involved in cheerleading, field hockey, softball, and modeling. At the age of 14 her acting career began when she traveled to Manhattan. After conducting her first cold read, agent spoke with her mother saying that “it was the best cold read by a 14-year-old they had ever heard”. 
When she left the agency, and agent shooting an H&M ad spotted her and asked to take a picture. Following that, the agents invited her to do another cold read audition.

Once again the agents were very impressed. They strongly urged Jennifer’s mother to let her spend the summer in New York City. After a lot of persuading, her mother allowed her to spend the summer.
This led to her appearing in commercials such as MTV’s “My super sweet 16,” and playing a role in the movie, “The Devil you Know”. Shortly after that her career began, her family to move to Los Angeles. The majority of her fame came from her Academy award-winning role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.

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The Crusaders Return

On December 10, 2015. The Escalade crusader just started the 2015-16 basketball season with a bang. Holding trivium to one point in the first quarter, the level of energy coming from our players was through the roof.After coming off of a losing season last year, the Crusaders gave every ounce of energy so they would be able to take the win. The Crusaders came out and played as a team, making a statement by taking the first win.The final score of the game was Crusaders 57-36. After the game, in the locker room, the Crusaders applauded the things that they did right, but also acknowledged the things they did wrong. Thanking God for the win, decreasing your celebrated with family and friends.
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Celebrity of The Week: Johnny Depp

The life of the famous Johnny Depp began on June 9, 1963. He was son of a city engineer named John Christopher Depp, and a waitress/homemaker Betty Sue Palmer. After the death of his grandfather, Johnny Depp was relocated to Florida. At 16 years old, following the divorce of his parents, Depp dropped out of Loft Studio School, with the dream of becoming a rock musician.

 While trying to follow his dream, Depp toured a Florida nightclub, with his band called The Flame. Dubbing themselves “Kids”, and with the dream of becoming famous, they decided to move to Los Angeles, California, where Depp took a job selling ballpoint pens over the phone to support himself. The band didn’t last as each of them decided to go on their separate ways.

 A short while later, Depp married the makeup artist, Lori Allison, on December 20, 1983. The marriage didn’t last that long. Two years later they split. Some good came out of it because Lori Allison was the one that introduced him to Nicolas Cage, who saw potential in Depp. With a role in a popular horror series ” A Nightmare on Elm Street”, Depp received a lot of fame. 

His acting career began to take off in 1987 when Depp replaced Jeff Yagher in the role of an undercover cop, Tommy Hanson, in the Canadian-filmed TV series 21 Jump Street. Johnny Depp is recognized for his ability to adapt to any role of acting that asked to play.

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Mistletoe Tradition

The name mistletoe comes from two Anglo Saxon words ‘Mistel’ which means dung and ‘Tan’ which means stick. The translation of Mistletoe means ‘Poo on a stick’. Disregarding the meaning, people still hang mistletoe to show signs of love to their significant other.

The tradition of hanging Mistletoe in the house goes back to ancient times of Druids. It was said to possess mystical powers which bring good luck to the household and ward off evil spirits. In Norse mythology it was used as a sign of love and friendship, – that’s where the custom of kissing under mistletoe originates.

Because of the arrival of Christians in Western Europe, some people tried to ban it’s use as decoration in churches but many still continued to use it. The way Mistletoe was used is that people could pick a berry, then be kissed. Once all the berries had gone, there could be no more kissing.

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