Nick Kangadis
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Nick Kangadis is an alumnus of Ashford University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Journalism & Mass Communications and minored in Political Science. He is currently the Assistant Managing Editor for MRCTV and MRC Culture.

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Behind the scenes at tapings of the game show Family Feud, host Steve Harvey will talk to the audience. Sometimes he'll have conversations. Sometimes he'll do a little stand-up comedy.

On this occassion, however, Harvey decided to give the audience some advice that they might not ever forget.

In the six-and-a-half minute video, Harvey talks to the crowd, who are hanging on his every word, about life and how sometimes you just need to "jump." When he uses the word "jump," he means that you need to take risks in life. If you don't, in his words, "you are just existing." 

Harvey talks about finding your personal gift that was given to you by God and using it to its maximum potential.

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Harvey, who was in the news recently for his huge flub at the Miss Universe pageant, might just redeem himself with this life advice that anyone could use.

Click on the video below to see what else Harvey had to say:

 

 

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British Actor Alan Rickman died today at the age of 69. Rickman, who is best known for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passed away from his struggle with cancer. 

According to the BBC, a family statement was released: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."

Tributes to Rickman have been pouring in as the minutes following his passing roll on:

 

 

 

 

 

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In an exclusive with Fox News on Wednesday, Duck Commander Phil Robertson said that he and his family are endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz in the upcoming presidential election. Cruz filmed a video with Robertson on Monday to make the Wednesday announcement official. 

As part of the one-minute video posted on Cruz's YouTube page, Robertson, the star of the A&E show "Duck Dynasty," gave his list of qualifications for his vote and said Cruz is the man for the job.

“My qualifications for president of the United States are rather narrow: Is he or she godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally, would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo?” Robertson said. “Cruz fits the bill.”

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Cruz responded to the endorsement by saying, “I am thrilled to have Phil’s support for our campaign. The Robertsons are a strong family of great Christian faith and conservative values.”

Cruz continued, “Phil’s story of starting off with something small and working hard to achieve the American dream is inspiring. Much like my parents and many other Americans who started a small business and worked hard to provide for our family.”

Robertson's endorsement could be a boon to Cruz's chances as some polls show fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump increasing his lead.

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Oil prices have been in freefall for the last year and a half.

As of today, crude oil is trading at $30.38 a barrel. But just eighteen short months ago, that price was set at $106 a barrel -- 71.3 percent higher. If the same thing happened to our stock market, it would be the biggest sustained loss since The Great Depression, when the market dropped 89 percent in a thirty-month span.

The Telegraph reported Tuesday that major banks such as Standard Chartered, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and RBS are predicting oil price projections at $10 a barrel by the end of the year. A huge oil surplus and falling demand are pushing analysts to predict the lowest gas prices since 2009.

Standard Chartered weighed in on the subject:

"Given that no fundamental relationship is currently driving the oil market towards any equilibrium, prices are being moved almost entirely by financial flows caused by fluctuations in other asset prices, including the dollar and equity markets.”

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Despite requests from multiple members, Opec stated that they would not hold any emergency meetings.

As Mehreen Khan of The Telegraph noted, “Opec meets twice a year, but its latest gathering in December ended in a fractious stalemate over production targets, as Saudi Arabia and Iran struggle for dominance of the world's market share.”

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The world is coming to an end!

Our planet is warming or cooling, depending on who you ask, at an alarming rate. "The Pause" is legitimate, and when the Earth presses play it’s really going to hit the fan. The Earth is cracking like…something that is utterly riddled with cracks. Although, the Earth could also be flooding like the second coming of Noah.

Think "rock people."

At least, this is what one new documentary will have you believe. Released on DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday, This Changes Everything tells the story of how evil the civilized world is, and explains what everyone can do to combat it.

The trailer for the film paints a portrait of how “climate change” is not only 100% real, but it is also an opportunity for business to innovate and create a new world.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

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Back in October, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the people of St. Cloud at a “Community Conversation” on the state's refugee resettlement program. The event was hosted by the Central Minnesota NAACP.

Apparently, the governor did not like the questions.

In a video obtained by WJON AM radio, Dayton said this to some Somalian refugees in the crowd who claimed that they have faced discrimination in the community:

“This is Minnesota and you have every right to be here and anybody who can’t accept your right to be here should find another state, they really should go somewhere else.”

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To date, the video has only received about 24,000 views on YouTube.

Some asked the governor about tax money being spent on refugees coming into Minnesota and the inevitability of them taking jobs away from native Minnesotans. The Governor said that there were 97,000 jobs available in the state, so the refugees would help fill the void of the vacancies. However, Dayton did not respond to the portion of the question about spending the people’s tax money on the refugees.

When asked about Minnesota’s growing achievement gap by former school board candidate Hassan Yussef, Dayton had this to say:

“The Minnesota achievement gap is a disgrace and unacceptable. Part of it is because we have an influx of people from other states and countries who don’t have the same educational background and only one percent of our teachers are African American, which is unacceptable.”

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2016 Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s loss appears to be Sen. Ted Cruz’s gain. Five paid staffers in New Hampshire that worked for Carson’s super PAC quit this past Sunday in order to “get behind a conservative who can win.”

Jerry Sickles, the spokesman for the departed staff, talked to WMUR.com in Manchester, N.H. to explain why he and his staff decided to make the jump to the Cruz camp.

“We hold Dr. Carson in the highest regard,” Sickles said. “This is a man we revere, but we think it is important that our party nominate a conservative and get behind a single conservative who can win, and we strongly believe that candidate is Ted Cruz.”

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Sickles continued, "The Paris and the San Bernardino attacks changed everything. I believe Republicans are looking for a voice that is more emphatic and has dealt with issues of national security. We believe that Ted Cruz is a conservative Republican in the mold of Ronald Reagan and understands Reagan’s three-legged stool of social conservatism, economic conservatism and strength on national security.”

“We haven’t been fired,” Sickles concluded. “We just decided as a staff that this was the thing we should do at this point. It’s something we’ve been talking about among ourselves and we just decided that the timing is right to do this."

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Entertainment Weekly recently confirmed that Academy Award winning actress, Sandra Bullock, will lead an all-female cast in a reboot of the classic film Ocean’s Eleven. The rest of cast is yet to be determined as the film is in the development stage.

Hunger Games director Gary Ross is set to take the helm of this production as its director. He will be taking over the franchise from Steven Soderbergh who directed the Ocean’s reboot trilogy of the late 90s and early 2000s.

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This film follows the lead in the entertainment industry of pushing its politically correct agenda of trying to make the public change into a live action Care Bears movie.

Here is a list of other pop-culture staples that the entertainment industry “redesigned” in order to make themselves seem more tolerant:

1. Ghostbusters (2016)


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Annie (2014)


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The Karate Kid (2010)