TOUCHING SPEECH TO CHANCE THE RAPPER ON WINNING BET HUMANITARIAN AWARD BY MICHELLE OBAMA

Chance The Rapper not only won Best New Artist at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, he also became the youngest recipient of the network’s Humanitarian Award. However, no one was expecting an even bigger guest as former First Lady Michelle Obama decided to give her own speech to Chance, much to the shock and awe of the crowd.

Here’s a transcript of her speech:

“Thanks so much Debra and hello BET family,” Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person but please know that we are with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you Chance. We’ve known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper. It has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways. In addition to making some really amazing music, Chance has been taking that big bright spotlight that follows him around and is shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago. Time and again he has been standing up, speaking out and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve.

With these passionate efforts, Chance is showing our young people that they matter. That they have something inside of them that is worthy to be expressed and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country. Chance, you are an outstanding role model and an inspiration to all of us who care about our next generation. Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves, fulfilling their God given potential and then reaching back lifting up other people along the way. I can think of no better legacy to leave and I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight and honored to call you my friend. Thank you for everything that you do. Congratulations and God bless.”

10 Effective Snoring Remedies You Need to Know About

10 of hundred people say that snoring has hurt their relationships . Don’t be one of them.


1.Take a hot shower before bed

Snoring occurs when airflow through the throat or nasal passages is constricted in an unnatural way (when awake, your body prevents this from happening). That’s why fast air passing through clogged (read: narrowed) nasal passages often results in snoring. Experts recommend taking a hot shower—and using a saltwater nose rinse while you’re in there—before bed to keep passages clear.

2.Change your sleeping position

According to the National Sleep Foundation , certain sleep positions, such as lying on your back, cause your tongue and soft palate to press against the back of your throat, which leads to snoring. A full-length body pillow can provide support to help you sleep on your side throughout the night.


3.Stay hydrated

When you’re dehydrated, your mouth and nose can become sticky with secretions, leading to more snoring, according to

WebMD . Women should have 11.5 cups of fluids per day , with 20 percent of that coming from what you eat.

4.Banish dust bunnies

Experts at WebMD say allergens lurking in the bedroom (in dusty ceiling fans and old pillows, for example) may lead to snoring.

5.Avoid alcohol at night

Cocktails can help us unwind. Unfortunately, when our throat muscles become too relaxed as a result of imbibing, our body’s natural defense against airway obstruction weakens, according to the Mayo Clinic. The National Sleep Foundation recommends having your last drink no later than four hours before bedtime.


6.Do mouth exercises

Try pushing the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and sliding it backward, or raising the back of the roof of your mouth and uvula (the fleshy part of the soft palate that hangs above the throat) while sounding out the vowel “A.” A recent Brazilian study published in the journal CHEST found that certain mouth exercises exercises significantly reduced snoring in a study group of patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Find more exercises here .

7.Open nasal passages another way

If the aforementioned remedies don’t work, you can try adhesive nasal strips. If the issue is with your nose (and not your soft palate) these strips can help reduce snoring by lifting and opening nasal passages.

8.Try nasal spray

Again, if nasal congestion is the root of your snoring woes, an over-the-counter saline nasal spray may help open up passages. But don’t waste your money on throat sprays—medical professionals say they’re completely useless. Need something stronger? The American Academy of Otolaryngology says prescription nasal-steroid spray may help some patients.


9.Get an anti-snoring mouth guard

Snore guards like this one from the American Sleep Association move the jaw forward, opening the airway to prevent or lessen snoring. One of the more expensive over-the-counter remedies.

10. Get a bedside humidifer

If your bedroom is warm and dry, your nose has to work overtime as you inhale, increasing the risk of congestion, according to John M. Dobrowski, MD, a certified sleep specialist and otolaryngologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Using a bedside humidifier—like the Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier can help..

10 Dream Things Men Wish Women Knew About Sex

​Learn what he really wants in the bedroom and why, with these genius sex tips and advice.

Freud called female sexuality “the dark continent”; if that’s true, male sexuality could qualify as the dark planet. But when it comes to sex, guys are simple, right? Not true. The bedroom is one of the great stages of male performance, and as such, what you see and hear is typically the role, not the reality. It’s no wonder, in trying to please the actor, a woman loses sight of a guy’s true identity. Here are 10 “unmasking” facts you may want to know:

1. We Respond to Praise

It’s believed that men are so consumed by our libido that we have no self-consciousness surrounding sex. But men are no different from women when it comes to compliments as catalysts for sexual confidence. This praise can be delivered before reaching the bedroom (give us the once-over and tell us how buff we look), and after (give us the once-over and tell us how buff we look naked). Along those lines, men worry about the size of their guts (and other measurable organs), their hair (or lack thereof) and other attributes. Try to be extra affirming about those sensitivities.

2. We Fear Intimacy…

…but not for the reason you think! Studies have shown that boys are more affectionate, even more expressive, than girls until they reach school age. At that time, social repression begins—of words, thoughts, feelings—and our desire for human connection goes underground. So taboo is this desire for intimacy that its possibility can terrify men—not because it’s smothering, but because we realize how desperate we are for it. What’s a woman to do? First, understand that your guy’s hasty retreat post-sex may be about his own shock at how much he craves a connection with you (and how much he’s denied it in life). Then, retreat a little yourself. This gives him time to see that his boyhood habits are, in fact, perfectly manly.

3. We Appreciate Sex for Sex’s Sake

Having said that about intimacy, sometimes a little “throw-me-down sex” is the right medicine. According to Joe Kort, PhD, a psychotherapist and sexologist, “Men want their wives to enjoy raw sex, not just endure it or take it personally. For men, it’s not about dominating a woman, but ravishing her.” On occasion, try letting him ravish you.

4. We Are Not Just Our…

The penis gets all the press, but men have “many erogenous zones,” says psychologist Melodie Schaefer, PsyD. “Men tend not to correct women because they’re afraid women will shut down and not touch them at all. But there are many places a woman should touch.” Like the chest, the inner thighs and face. Two other key areas: Gently gripping a man’s testicles can be a real turn-on, as it blends control with release. Also, stimulating the perineum, the area between the scrotum and anus, will heighten pleasure during oral sex.

5. We Encourage Fantasies

“Men want to share their fantasies but worry their wives will shame or judge them,” says Dr. Kort. Similarly, Dr. Schaefer reports that men wish women would reveal their imaginings. Want to open yourself to these possibilities? Try making a game of it . First, and most important, promise not to judge the other; then, privately write out scenarios that have tantalized you and place them in a box. When you are next intimate, pull one out. If you’re both comfortable, give it a shot. If not, Dr. Kort recommends asking the author a key question: What about this fantasy do you like? Sometimes, its themes can be addressed in different, more comfortable scenarios.

6. We Like It When You Talk

Talking during sex stimulates more than our ears. What kind of talk? Dirty, praising and instructive are great starts. As amusing as it may sound, a woman’s words can make a guy feel as potent and virile as a Roman gladiator, even if he’s a suburban banker.

7. We Need Your Honesty

Sex can solve the stresses of a relationship, but it’s often where the stresses show up. If we complain about a lack of sex (or your doing certain things only on our birthday), we may be overlooking serious issues that underpin such withholding. We need you to enlighten us. The male ego is often tied to sex, so it’s easy for us to dismiss bedroom problems as female disinterest rather than issues we have a part in. Avoiding these problems, however, only perpetuates your feeling unseen and our frustration.

8. We Enjoy the Dance

Men like a good quest; unfortunately, these days, there are so few. But romance earns that distinction. Allow us to court you; make us deserve your desire. Dr. Kort makes an additional point: “Emotional intimacy is about closeness, but sustaining sexual desire demands a certain amount of distance.” How do couples strike this tricky balance? By allowing each partner to have what he calls “separate sexuality”: a sexual life that doesn’t include, but doesn’t betray, the other. “For him, that might mean allowing his wife to use toys or letting other men look at her; for her, it might be permitting him to watch pornography in order to experience a fantasy.” Such indulgences help maintain the balance of desire and devotion for both parties.

9. We Can Explain Pornography

Finding a spouse using pornography is a top reason couples seek counsel, says Dr. Kort, but it shouldn’t be overreacted to or pathologized. A few things to clear up: 1. Sex addicts represent only 4 percent of the population, so it’s unlikely your man is one. 2. Because childhood experiences influence sexuality as an adult, people are very idiosyncratic about what turns them on. In other words, says Dr. Kort, “no woman can, nor should she, be everything to a man.” Still, the question remains: How does a woman not take pornography personally? First, determine if your mate is compulsive, or can only have sex, with pornography. If so, you may want to seek counseling. If not, Dr. Kort recommends taking the secrecy out of pornography by discussing it. Use the lens of “what about it turns him on versus what turns you off.” That way, a dialogue is created that allows for honesty, dignity and closeness.

10. We Always Need It, But Not for the Reason You Think

Men are accused of being sexually insatiable, but women should rethink this. “Men see sex as a celebration,” says Dr. Schaefer. “They wish women would take more of a ‘carpe diem’ approach to it. We move through life at the speed of sound, with multiplying challenges and pressures. It’s easy to allow demands on our time and energy to rob us of the joy, pleasure and opportunity that sex affords us. On the long list of priorities, it should not be on the bottom rung.” If that doesn’t make you want to “seize the day” (or something else), consider the health benefits: Orgasms release oxytocin, which has been called the “bonding hormone,” bringing couples closer together while it alleviates anxiety and stress, reduces blood pressure and promotes healing.

‘Hart needs to be dropped’ – Former England captain Butcher calls for Butland over Man City reject

joe-hart-england_du3dxq1m1vwr1bbuh609y9i3d.jpgGareth Southgate has kept faith with a man frozen out by Pep Guardiola, but calls for him to be dropped have grown in intensity after Scotland draw

Manchester City reject Joe Hart should be dropped by England and replaced by Jack Butland, says former captain Terry Butcher.

The 30-year-old has been first-choice for his country for a number of years, with regular game time in the Premier League aiding his cause.

Hart was, however, deemed surplus to requirements at City shortly after Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium and spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Serie A side Torino.

That move came on the back of a forgettable showing at Euro 2016 and, after conceding two free-kicks to Scotland in England’s latest 2018 World Cup qualifier, Butcher believes Gareth Southgate needs to make a change.

He told the BBC: “There is a case, and a very strong case, to give Jack Butland a chance now because he was in pole position before he got injured.”

Pressed on whether Hart should be dropped, the former defender said: “Yes. I was very disappointed with the goals [against Scotland]. Joe is a big guy, his positioning, neither shot was particularly close to the post and it’s disappointing that he did not even get a glove on it.”

Hart was not the only player to disappoint Butcher against Scotland, though, with there little evidence in an end-of-season encounter that England had been buoyed by a boot camp with the Royal Marines.

Instead, they required a stoppage-time leveller from Tottenham striker Harry Kane to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw.

Butcher added: “I like the idea [of the boot camp], but I didn’t see much evidence of it.

“England deserve full praise for at least coming back. It had a real feel of beach football rather than grass football, didn’t it?”

Despite being held by their arch-rivals at Hampden Park, England remain top of Group F and are well on course to book their place at next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Rafael Nadal wins historic TENTH French Open after crushing Wawrinka

635972811133219711-1269629425_PS-Nadal.jpgRafael Nadal has made history after becoming the first player in the Open Era to win 10 Grand Slam titles after a one-sided French Open final victory against Stan Wawrinka.

The Spaniard achieved the coveted la decima in ruthless fashion from start to finish at Roland Garros, not dropping a set as he destroyed everyone in his path.03-09-2013-rafael-nadal-3_4_r536_c534.jpg

In doing so, he not only returned to world No. 2 for the first time since 2014 but he became the outright second most successful male in the game – having won 15 Grand Slams – while also surpassing Martina Navratilova’s Open Era record of winning nine titles at one major (at Wimbledon).

The indisputable king of clay now only has to catch Margaret Court, whose 11 Australian Open wins (pre-Open Era) still stand alone in the history books.

Three-time winner Gustavo Kuerten claimed Nadal could go on to win 15 French Open titles and on this evidence it’s hard to see him not surpassing Court’s record.

For Wawrinka, it was the end of his 100% Grand Slam final record, with Nadal’s unbeaten record in French Open finals standing far stronger on the day as he won 6-2 6-3 6-1

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The first set felt vitally important. The winner of each of their last 18 meetings had won the opener and Nadal was the man who came out on top as he had done in each of his previous six matches at Roland Garros.

Both had chances to snatch a lead in the opening four games of the match, with Nadal saving one break point and Wawrinka holding firm amid four chances for the Spaniard – all of which were in one game.

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It was just not a good day for the Swiss

But it was the world No. 4 who did eventually wrestle control of the first – breaking Wawrinka for a 4-2 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Swiss as Nadal broke again to take it with ease.

The 4:17 winners to unforced errors ratio was doing his chances no favours and the relentless pressing of Nadal saw him continue his 100% set record at Roland Garros.

Nadal’s ruthless streak continued at the start of the second set, winning his seventh game in a row to take a 3-0 lead, despite receiving a time violation warning from umpire Pascal Maria.

The new world No. 2 was showcasing his very best shots, with his spectacular running down the line forehand winner making an appearance as they continued to hold but with Nadal in complete control.

‘Toni SHOULD HANG UP HIS BOOTS NOW!’ – HEYNCKES JOKES KROOS SHOULD RETIRE AFTER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WIN

The Real Madrid and Germany midfielder has now lifted the European Cup three times, as well as the World Cup once with Germany, at the age of 27

Former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has jokingly told Toni Kroos he might as well retire now after winning the Champions League for the third time in his career.

The Germany international was part of the Bayern team that won the treble under Heynckes in 2012-13, but whereas the Allianz Arena side have since failed to add another European title to their trophy cabinet, Kroos has lifted the trophy on another two occasions with Real Madrid.

Having also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, Heynckes thinks it will not get much better for his former pupil and has suggested he might as well call it a day now.

“Toni is 27 and has won the Champions League three times, won the treble with Bayern and lifted the World Cup with Germany,” Heynckes was quoted as saying by Sport Bild .

“He should just hang up his boots now…

“Toni is a strategist. He has developed into an even better player at Madrid. He plays like any coach wants his players to play.”

Kroos, however, remains hungry for success and has no intention of waving farewell to the game.

“I cannot retire now just because I have won it all,” he stressed.

“You always have new goals at Real Madrid and with the German national team.

“I want to win it all.”

Barcelona shirts BANNED in Saudi Arabia with possible £120,000 fine and 15-year prison sentence

Wearing a Barcelona shirt in Saudi Arabia could land you with a fine of up to £120,000 and a 15-year prison sentence, due to the club’s continued ties with Qatar Airways.

Tensions in the Gulf region have seen countries such as Saudi Arabia boycott Qatari entities – and their measures could impact football fans who wish to wear Neymar and Lionel Messi replica shirts.

Qatar’s Arab neighbours have blacklisted entities such as Qatar Airways over their alleged extremist connection, with Barca shirts sporting the airline’s logo said to be outlawed. Qatar have rejected the claims.

According to Sky Italy, supporters caught donning shirts with the Qatar Airways logo now face €135,000 fines (around £120,000) and up to 15 years in jail. 

The ban comes amid a diplomatic row as Saudi Arabia blacklisted entities and individuals that they perceive as connecting Qatar to extremist groups, with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain included.