Current Earthquake Activity and Aftershocks

Earthquake activity continues to accelerate
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December 21 - Winter Solstice
December 21 - Sun in Capricorn
December 22 - Full Moon 0° Cancer
December 25 - Christmas
December 26 - Kwanzaa
December 26 - Boxing Day
December 31 - New Years Eve

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Ellie's World Archives 2018

Ellie's Text and Video Blogs 2018

Sunday December 16, 2018     2:30 PM EDT

Ellie's World Blogs
Christmas and the Children
12/12 in Blue, Ellie in the Great Pyramid, Joie Lights in the Sky, Mother Mary

2019 is the year the Supreme Court will make or break Trump   CNN - December 16, 2018

Climate change: Five things we've learnt from COP24   BBC - December 16, 2018

Katowice: COP24 Climate change deal to bring pact to life   BBC - December 16, 2018

Mulvaney called Trump 'terrible human being' in 2016, video shows   BBC - December 16, 2018

John of God: Brazil 'faith healer' considered fugitive   BBC - December 16, 2018

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 16, 1963

Benjamin Bratt

  Benjamin Bratt Google Videos

Benjamin Bratt is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

As far as I know, you only get one shot at this life.
It only goes round once and time is precious. When I'm not
working, I spend time trying to do something meaningful.

Benjamin Bratt Quotes

December 16, 1981

Krysten Ritter

  Krysten Ritter Google Videos

Krysten Ritter is an award winning American actress
=musician, author and former model. Filmography

I like to be stylish and edgy, but also low maintenance.

Krysten Ritter Quotes

December 16, 1943 - April 1, 2018

Steven Bochco

  Steven Bochco Google Videos

Steven Bochco was an award winning
television producer and writer.

Vivid images are like a beautiful melody
that speaks to you on an emotional level.

It bypasses your logic centers and even your
intellect and goes to a different part of the brain.

Steven Bochco Quotes

December 16, 1961

Jon Tenney

  Jon Tenney Google Videos

Jon Tenney is an American. Filmography -

Good FBI officers are not noticeable.
You would never look at them.

Jon Tenney Quotes

December 16, 1917 - March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke

  Arthur C. Clarke Google Videos

Arthur C. Clarke was a British-Sri Lankan science fiction writer,
futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.
Famous for the novel "2001: A Space Odyssey" written in collaboration
with director Stanley Kubrick, which led to the film of the same name.

UFOs tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in the universe,

but they do prove how rare it is on Earth.

Arthur C. Clarke Quotes 1

Arthur C. Clarke Quotes 2

December 16, 1947

Ben Cross

  Ben Cross Google Videos

Ben Cross is an award winning
British actor. Filmography

I've played different types of characters
most notably Sarek on Star Trek.

Ben Cross Quotes

Saturday December 15, 2018     11:30 AM EDT

Obamacare enrollment continues despite judge striking down the law   CNN - December 15, 2018

His worst nightmare: Trump's life under a legal microscope   CNN - December 15, 2018

How Mueller is closing in on Trump   CNN - December 15, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to leave Trump administration at end of the year   CNN - December 15, 2018

Mueller probe shows parts of Steele dossier true   CNN - December 15, 2018

France's 'yellow vest' protesters hit Paris streets for fifth week   NBC - December 15, 2018

Wisconsin Republicans' corrupt power grab echoes Republican efforts in North Carolina in 2016   NBC - December 15, 2018

Miss USA apologizes to fellow contestants after barrage of criticism   NBC - December 15, 2018

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 15, 1979

Adam Brody

  Adam Brody Google Videos

Adam Brody is an American
actor and musician. Filmography

In the various roles your soul plays in the multiverse,
you will experience all and everything.

Adam Brody Quotes

December 15, 1949

Don Johnson

  Don Johnson Google Videos

Don Johnson is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

Decorate your Christmas tree with things that are tangible and represent your hopes and dreams,
then create another tree for your veiled concepts so that they will one day come to fruition.

Don Johnson Quotes

December 15, 1970

Michael Shanks

  Michael Shanks Google Videos

Michael Shanks is an award winning
Canadian actor. Filmography

It's absolutely true that it's almost impossible to

play a character without having any affection for him.

Michael Shanks Quotes

December 15, 1945

Thaao Penghlis

  Thaao Penghlis Google Videos

Thaao Penghlis is an Australian soap opera actor.

Surrender to the energies and let them guide you.

Thaao Penghlis

December 15, 1977

Geoff Stults

  Geoff Stults Google Videos

Geoff Stults is an American actor. Filmography

Life is filled with unexpected changes.
All you do is your best.

Geoff Stults Quotes

Friday December 14, 2018     6:40 PM EDT

NASA Won't Be Going 'Back' to the Moon - It Wants to Go Beyond It   Smithsonian - December 14, 2018


Data from Kilauea suggests the eruption was unprecedented   PhysOrg - December 14, 2018

Tornadoes Don't Form Like Meteorologists Thought They Did   Live Science - December 14, 2018

From children walking two miles for water to dead livestock rotting on the ground: Heartbreaking images reveal the devastating effects climate change is already having on the planet   Daily Mail - December 14, 2018

The fish that were swept clear across the Pacific by massive 2011 tsunami that struck Japan and are still swimming happily off the Californian coast   Daily Mail - December 14, 2018


50,000-Year-Old Tiara Made from Woolly Mammoth Ivory Found in Denisova Cave   Live Science - December 14, 2018

Two stalagmites found in Chinese cave offer a way to improve accuracy of carbon-14 dating   PhysOrg - December 14, 2018

Archaeologist debunks the myth of "the nearly naked Bushmen"   PhysOrg - December 14, 2018

What Lies Beneath the Transylvanian Castle That Imprisoned 'Dracula'?   Live Science - December 14, 2018

Half-Size, Ruffle-Headed Relative of Triceratops Discovered   Live Science - December 14, 2018

Study 'Proves' Parachutes Don't Save People Who Fall Out of Airplanes   Live Science - December 14, 2018

HIV vaccine protects non-human primates from infection   Science Daily - December 14, 2018

International academic 'Santa survey' shows children stop believing in Father Christmas aged eight   PhysOrg - December 14, 2018


Trump names Mulvaney 'acting' chief of staff   CNN - December 14, 2018

Christie takes himself out of running for White House chief of staff   CNN - December 14, 2018

Strasbourg Christmas market reopens after attack   BBC - December 14, 2018

Senators vote to end US backing for Saudi war on Yemen   BBC - December 14, 2018

Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal   BBC - December 14, 2018

Melania shows she's a Trump through and through   CNN - December 14, 2018


7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion   Washington Post - December 14, 2018

Detained migrant could lose daughter, who's a U.S. citizen   NBC - December 14, 2018


Highest-Paid Models 2018: Kendall Jenner Leads With $22.5 Million   Forbes - December 14, 2018

Ariana Grande Gave Fans a Quick Listen to "Imagine" and It Sounds Like a Breakup Ballad   Cosmopolitan - December 14, 2018

Nancy Wilson, legendary jazz singer, dead at 81   CNN - December 14, 2018

Actress Sondra Locke dies at age 74   BBC - December 14, 2018

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 14, 1503 - July 2, 1566

Nostradamus was a French physician and reputed seer
who published collections of prophecies called Quatrains

Nostradamus Crystalinks

  Nostradamus Google Videos

Whatever human changes may be to come should scandalize delicate ears, the
whole thing is written in nebulous form, rather than as a clear prophecy of any kind.

Nostradamus Quotes 1

Nostradamus Quotes 2

December 14, 1969

Natascha McElhone

  Natascha McElhone Google Videos

Natascha McElhone is an award winning
English-Irish actress. Filmography

I have a massive divide between being a competent human being
and being completely hopeless, when it comes to logic.

Natascha McElhone Quotes

December 14, 1988

Vanessa Hudgens

  Vanessa Hudgens Google Videos

Vanessa Hudgens is an award winning
American actress and singer.
Discography -- Filmography

Confidence is key. Sometimes, you need to look
like you're confident even when you're not.

Vanessa Hudgens Quotes

December 14, 1977

KaDee Strickland

  KaDee Strickland Google Videos

KaDee Strickland is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

My preference is to work on material that I love
and will learn something new from.

KaDee Strickland Quotes

December 14, 1946 - March 29, 2016

Patty Duke

  Patty Duke Google Videos

Patty Duke was an award winning American
actress of stage and film. Filmography

Reality is hard. It is no walk in the park, this thing called Life.

Patty Duke Quotes

Thursday December 13, 2018     4:30 PM EDT

Scientists crack the CRISPR code for precise human genome editing   PhysOrg - December 13, 2018


Strasbourg shooting suspect killed by police, Paris authorities say   CNN - December 13, 2018

Bomb threats emailed to multiple locations across the country   CNN - December 13, 2018

Trump confides to friends he's concerned about impeachment   NBC - December 13, 2018

It may seem like just another week in Washington. It's not.   NBC - December 13, 2018

Why the National Enquirer cooperation deal is a very big problem for Donald Trump   CNN - December 13, 2018

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty to engaging in conspiracy against US   CNN - December 13, 2018

Melania Trump's poll numbers plummet   CNN - December 13, 2018


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class announced   CNN - December 13, 2018


Russian cosmonauts use knives and shears to slice into the International Space Station for clues as they hunt for cause of mystery hole 'drilled in deliberate sabotage' in eight hour space walk   Daily Mail - December 13, 2018

'Welcome to space': Virgin Galactic's tourism rocket has reached the edge of space with crew on board for the first time, soaring more than 50 miles above Earth’s surface in milestone flight test   Daily Mail - December 13, 2018

Jupiter like you've never seen it before! Stunning footage captured by NASA's Juno probe is released as it reaches the halfway point of its mission   Daily Mail - December 13, 2018

China's Dark Side Moon Lander Has Just Successfully Entered The Lunar Orbit   Science Alert - December 13, 2018

Hubble finds far-away planet vanishing at record speed   PhysOrg - December 13, 2018

Fireball That Exploded Over Greenland Shook Earth, Triggering Seismic Sensors   Live Science - December 13, 2018

Comet Will Make Closest Approach to Earth This Weekend. And You Can See It Without a Telescope   Live Science - December 13, 2018

The Rubber Ducky Comet Blasted a Magnetic Path Through Space   Live Science - December 13, 2018


The long dry: global water supplies are shrinking   PhysOrg - December 13, 2018

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide   PhysOrg - December 13, 2018

Death near the shoreline, not life on land   PhysOrg - December 13, 2018

'Dead Zones' Already Suffocating Our Oceans Are Now Closer to Humans, Too   Science Alert - December 13, 2018


Forget horsepower, Stonehenge was built with COW-power: Cattle that lived 8,000 years ago were used as 'animal engines' to lug around heavy objects for Neolithic people   Daily Mail - December 13, 2018

Your Neanderthal Genes Could Be Affecting The Shape of Your Brain   Science Alert - December 13, 2018

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 13-14, 2018

Geminid Meteor Showers Peak

  Google Videos

Google Doodle follows Geminid meteor shower to Earth  
c/net - December 13, 2018

The Geminids, 2018's best meteor shower, peak Dec. 13 and 14  
Washington Post - December 11, 2018

How to see the year's best meteor shower over Arizona  
AZ Central - December 6, 2018

December 13, 2018

Hot Cocoa Day

Hot Chocolate   Wikipedia

December 13, 1967

Jamie Foxx

  Jamie Foxx Google Videos

Jamie Foxx is an award winning American actor, singer
songwriter, rapper, stand-up comedian, and talk radio host.
Filmography -- Discography

If you look at how long the Earth has been here,
we're living in the blink of an eye.
So, whatever it is you want to do, you go out and do it.

Jamie Foxx Quotes

December 13, 1989

Taylor Swift

  Taylor Swift Google Videos

Taylor Swift is an award winning American
country singer-songwriter and actress.
Filmography -- Discography

I've never thought about songwriting as a weapon. I've only thought about it as a way
to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up.

Taylor Swift Quotes

December 13, 1957

Steve Buscemi

  Steve Buscemi Google Videos

Steve Buscemi is an award winning
American actor, writer, and director. Filmography

Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable.
I let the story write itself through the characters.

Steve Buscemi Quotes

December 13, 1950

Wendie Malick

  Wendie Malick Google Videos

Wendie Malick is an award winning
American model. Filmography

Every time you get something, give something away.

Wendie Malick Quotes

December 13, 1929

Christopher Plummer

  Christopher Plummer Google Videos

Christopher Plummer is an award winning Canadian
theatre, film and television actor. Filmography

I'm too old-fashioned to use a computer.

I'm too old-fashioned to use a quill.

Christopher Plummer Quotes

December 13, 1925

Dick Van Dyke

  Dick Van Dyke Google Videos

Dick Van Dyke is an award winning American actor,
comedian, writer, and producer. Filmography

Women will never be as successful as men

because they have no wives to advise them.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dick Van Dyke Quotes

December 13, 1805 - August 6, 1879

Johann von Lamont

  Earth's Magnetic Field Google Videos

Johann von Lamont was a German astronomer and physicist.
His most important work was on the magnetism of the Earth.

Magneticosphere - Earth's Magnetic Field

One of the most fascinating natural phenomena on Earth
is the flipping of its magnetic field, which

has occurred hundreds of times in the last 160 million years.

Johann von Lamont

Wednesday December 12, 2018     6:00 PM EDT

Beware the New Madrid Fault Zone
2 earthquakes shake Southeastern US   CNN - December 12, 2018

He flipped like a pancake. With good behavior he'll be out in "no time".
Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison   CNN - December 12, 2018

The Year of the Woman just roared in Trump's Oval Office   CNN - December 12, 2018

SAG Awards 2019: See if your faves got nominated   CNN - December 12, 2018

Mystery man pays off all layaway items at a Walmart in Vermont   - December 12, 2018


Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home   BBC - December 12, 2018

Astronomers find that dark matter dominates across cosmic time   PhysOrg - December 12, 2018

The epoch of planet formation, times twenty   PhysOrg - December 12, 2018

Rosetta witnesses birth of baby bow shock around comet   PhysOrg - December 12, 2018

The epoch of planet formation, times twenty   Science Daily - December 12, 2018


All About Apples: Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts and History   Live Science - December 12, 2018

First-ever look at complete skeleton of Thylacoleo, Australia's extinct 'marsupial lion'   PhysOrg - December 12, 2018

Fossils key to fulfilling Darwin's 160-year-old prediction   PhysOrg - December 12, 2018

8,300-Year-Old Stone Snake Heads Reveal Stone Age Ritual Ceremonies   Live Science - December 12, 2018

How This Supercolony of 1.5 Million Penguins Stayed Hidden for Nearly 3,000 Years   Live Science - December 12, 2018

The Arctic Is Not Doing Well (at All)   Live Science - December 12, 2018

Study suggests shamans acted as the first professional class in human society   PhysOrg - December 12, 2018

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 12, 1970

Jennifer Connelly

  Jennifer Connelly Google Videos

Jennifer Connelly is an award winning American
film actress and former child model. Filmography

You don't want to get rid of your experiences,
because they're your experiences - good or bad.

Jennifer Connelly Quotes

December 12, 1975

Mayim Bialik

  Mayim Bialik Google Videos

Mayim Bialik is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

Do as much learning and living outside of your industry as possible.
Help those in need and volunteer when you can.
Studying something of value can also be very empowering and helpful.

Mayim Bialik Quotes

December 12, 1970

Regina Hall

  Regina Hall Google Videos

Regina Hall is an award winning American
actress and comedian. Filmography

Sometimes I make myself laugh, but that's
because I appreciate my sense of humor.

Regina Hall Quotes

December 12, 1968

Rory Kennedy

  Rory Kennedy Google Videos

Rory Kennedy is an award winning documentary filmmaker and producer.
Youngest of the eleven children of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Having grown up in the country's most scrutinized and documented family,
early on I learned that I could turn the lens outward to affect social change.

Rory Kennedy Quotes

December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Google Videos

Francis Sinatra was an award winning
American singer and film actor.
Discography -- Filmography

Cock your hat ... Angles are attitudes.

I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats.
I'm not looking for the secret to life.
I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.

I'm gonna live till I die.

Frank Sinatra Quotes 1

Frank Sinatra Quotes 2

December 12, 1927 - June 3, 1990

Robert Noyce nicknamed the "Mayor of Silicon Valley" co-founded
Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968.

  Robert Noyce Google Videos

I was trying to solve a production problem.
I wasn't trying to make an integrated circuit.

Robert Noyce

Tuesday December 11, 2018     7:14 PM EDT

Physicists Keep Trying - and Failing - to Find Dark Matter in Dark Places - December 11, 2018

Russian cosmonauts venture outside the International Space Station in 'unprecedented' six-hour spacewalk to investigate mystery hole in Soyuz   Daily Mail - December 11, 2018

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station   PhysOrg - December 11, 2018

Hypnotizing footage from NASA's InSight rover: Martian soil is revealed in incredible detail as robotic explorer flexes its arm before starting work   Daily Mail - December 11, 2018

Did supernovae kill off large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene?   Science Daily - December 11, 2018

Water found on asteroid, confirming Bennu as excellent mission target   Science Daily - December 11, 2018

Evidence for carbon-rich surface on Ceres   Science Daily - December 11, 2018


Strasbourg shooting: Two dead, 10 wounded and gunman at large   BBC - December 11, 2018

TIME magazine has chosen "The Guardians and the War on Truth," a group of journalists who have been in the news in 2018, as its "Person of the Year"   CNN - December 11, 2018

Trump bickers with top Democrats over border wall funding   BBC - December 11, 2018

Trump clashes with Pelosi, Schumer on border security in explosive Oval Office meeting   FOX - December 11, 2018

Texas Woman Celebrates Her Divorce By Blowing Up Her Wedding Dress   TIME - December 11, 2018

Volcanic lightning can help warn of dangerous eruptions   National Geographic - December 11, 2018

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 11, 1996

Hailee Steinfeld

  Hailee Steinfeld Google Videos

Hailee Steinfeld is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

My mom taught me to live by the three p's:
to always be passionate, persistent, and prepared.

Hailee Steinfeld Quotes

December 11, 1967


  Mo'Nique Google Videos

Mo'Nique is an award winning American
comedienne and actress. Filmography

In nature, as in life, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and still be beautiful.

Mo'Nique Quotes

December 11, 1931

Rita Moreno

  Rita Moreno Google Videos

Rita Moreno is a award winning Puerto Rican
singer, dancer and actress. Filmography

Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life.

Rita Moreno Quotes

December 11, 1962

Ben Browder

  Ben Browder Google Videos

Ben Browder is an award winning
American actor and writer. Filmography

Stargate SG1 was a consciousness portal that
merged, science, science fiction, and mythology.

Ben Browder Quotes

December 11, 1958

Nikki Sixx

  Nikki Sixx Google Videos

Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, author,
fashion designer, radio host, and photographer. Discography

I forgive my mom for being a psycho
and my dad for being a loser. Peace !

Nikki Sixx Quotes

December 11, 1918 - August 3, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Google Videos

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was an award winning
Russian novelist, dramatist and historian.

The Universe has as many different centers as there are living beings in it.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes 1

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes 2

December 11, 1882 - January 5, 1970

Max Born

  Max Born Google Videos

Max Born was an award winning German physicist and mathematician
who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics.

I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.

Max Born Quotes

December 11, 1863 - April 13, 1941

Annie Jump Cannon

  Annie Jump Cannon Google Videos

Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloguing work
was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification.

Teaching man his relatively small sphere in creation,

encourages him by its lessons of the unity of Nature

and shows him that his power of comprehension allies him

with the great intelligence over-reaching all.

Annie Jump Cannon Quotes

Monday December 10, 2018     5:00 PM EDT

'Miracle' Excavation of 'Little Foot' Skeleton Reveals Mysterious Human Relative   Live Science - December 10, 2018

Researchers suggest 'Little Foot' is an entirely new species of early human   PhysOrg - December 10, 2018


How Rising Temperatures Suffocated 96 Percent of Sea Life in Earth's Biggest Extinction   Live Science - December 10, 2018

Earth's Mysterious 'Deep Biosphere' Is Home to Millions of Undiscovered Species, Scientists Say   Live Science - December 10, 2018

US snowstorm kills three in North Carolina   BBC - December 10, 2018

Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24   BBC - December 10, 2018


16 of the Most Interesting Ancient Board and Dice Games   Live Science - December 10, 2018

4,000-Year-Old Game Board Carved into the Earth Shows How Nomads Had Fun   Live Science - December 10, 2018



Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creatively   PhysOrg - December 10, 2018

Dopamine's yin-yang personality: It's an upper and a downer   PhysOrg - December 10, 2018

Some brain tumors may respond to immunotherapy, new study suggests   PhysOrg - December 10, 2018

Sprayable gel could help the body fight off cancer after surgery   PhysOrg - December 10, 2018


Can humans have babies on Mars? It may be harder than you think   National Geographic - December 10, 2018

Historic moment NASA announces its Voyager 2 probe has become the second man-made object to enter interstellar space   Daily Mail - December 10, 2018
The announcement came six years after its twin spacecraft, Voyager 1, broke the outer boundary of the heliopause, where the hot solar wind meets the cold, dense space between stars, known as the interstellar medium

Nasa's Voyager 2 probe 'leaves the Solar System'   BBC - December 10, 2018


Kavanaugh Sided With The Liberal Wing Of The Supreme Court In Declining To Hear Planned Parenthood Cases   - December 10, 2018

Trump's next chief of staff may be walking into a nightmare   CNN - December 10, 2018

Anti-Semitism pervades European life, says EU report   BBC - December 10, 2018

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 10, 2018

Green Monday is an online retail industry term similar to Cyber Monday

December 10, 1960

Kenneth Branagh

  Kenneth Branagh Google Videos

Kenneth Branagh is an award winning British actor,
director, producer, and screenwriter. Filmography

My definition of success is control.

Kenneth Branagh with Patrick Flueger Chicago PD

Kenneth Branagh Quotes

December 10, 1983

Patrick Flueger

  Patrick Flueger Google Videos

Patrick Flueger is an American actor. Filmography

Stay focused. Don't lose your sense of direction.

Patrick Flueger

December 10, 1983

Xavier Samuel

  Xavier Samuel Google Videos

Xavier Samuel is an award winning
Australian actor. Filmography

If you can't make a decision, do nothing.
The answer will come.

Xavier Samuel Quotes

December 10, 1977

Emmanuelle Chriqui

  Emmanuelle Chriqui Google Videos

Emmanuelle Chriqui is an award winning
Canadian actress. Filmography

I have to be honest, I am a true jeans and t-shirt girl.

Emmanuelle Chriqui Quotes

December 10, 1985


  Raven-Symone Google Videos

Raven-Symone is an award winning American actress, singer,
songwriter, comedienne, dancer, television producer, and model.
Filmography -- Discography

Losing weight made me feel so much better and healthier.

Raven Symone Quotes