Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today.
The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.
Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.
Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.
In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.
The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.
One-on-One with Natasha Leath-Hamilton
Natasha Leath-Hamilton is by all means considered as an “intuitive guru”. With her innate ability to understand people and see what lies beyond the surface, which is widely considered a gift. Her quest is to help people uncover their truths by better understanding their past, present and their future. Prestige sit down Tasha and speak candidly on this gift she possesses, how she is using her gift to help others and so much more.
Sylvia: Hello. How are you?
Natasha: I’m good. How are you?
Sylvia: I’m great.
Natasha: I’m so excited to talk to you tonight.
Sylvia: Yes, ma’am. I as well.
Sylvia: Ms. Tash, we wanted to say thank you so much for joining us tonight. The first question that I have for you is, can you just please give us some information on your background as a young child growing up, just your upbringing? And who is Tash?
Natasha: Sure. My upbringing was pretty interesting. As you know, I’m an intuitive which means that I have the ability to literally read people and read their past and present. As well as the possibility of their future. My family realized when I was 6 years old that I had this gift. It’s very interesting living in my household as a child knowing things about my teachers. Knowing things about my mother’s friends. Children with this gift of knowing a lot more than what lies on the surface. It was so challenging because you knew clearly that I was different from other kids. I knew that I had responsibility and I thought it was okay for me to just tell someone what was going on in their lives. But growing up doing that outside of my house was not okay. Because you never knew how people would receive you knowing something about their lives that they never told you. Especially coming from a child. For many, many years growing up, it was just something that they knew in my household. My mother, my siblings. I would sleepwalk. I would get up in the middle of the night and run to the door. I would sleep talk a lot because I was holding the gift inside and I didn’t have the ability to share it with the world. That was something that was almost too big. You can’t just tell people what’s going on in their lives. I felt like I was dealing with that sleeping at night. Getting up sleep-talking as a child. This happened all the way up until my 20s. Finally, I get this program called Momentum Education, based in New York City about transformational work; owning who you are, living your best by living your life to the fullest. I did the transformational work because for many years I felt lost. I felt like I wasn’t being myself. I was very successful in corporate America as an executive working as a chief of staff, chief of the partnership. I was in my own non-profit organization to help young girls feel secure. Because I knew a lot more about what this situation was and I used my gift to help the girls in my organization. Still, outside of me helping people, I was never fulfilled. Making a lot of money, living well, having a great life, there was something about me that felt it was very much incomplete and I knew that it had all to do with my gift. I knew as long as you are not walking your truth and living the purpose in the gift that God gave you then you are never going to be happy or content with any way that you are working. I recently got married, June of 2019 and when my husband and I went on our honeymoon I came back and I just started to fully build the brand of Talk To Tash. While I was working in corporate America I would come home in the evenings and conduct sessions. I was working during the day and I was speaking with people over the phone intuitively. I realized that that was a strain on me and I had to make a choice. Either it was going to be corporate or me using my gifts to help people. I recently made that choice as of July last year, that I was going to fully give my presence a thousand percent so that I can be fully available to whoever needs to speak to me at any given time. So that’s Tash. Tash is the intuitive that helps people, gives them the insight into what’s going on in their lives without them having to tell me because I’m an intuitive. And giving them the tools and the resources that they need to win in life and to be successful and to propel.
I was with some celebrities in the industry. Some consist of Bryson Tiller, Salt n’ Pepper, Tiki Barber, Dante Hall, several others that I’m not allowed to mix in that have used my intuitive support and getting them to where they need to be in their lives. Mase as well. And many others around the world. I know this is my purpose. I’m grateful that I built this Tash brand and talking to me is like talking to one of your girlfriends. I’m very relatable. I’m a regular human being just like you who just so happens to know all of your business because this is the gift that God gave me. I’m using it to change the world and save lives so that’s it.
Sylvia: Now I know that you said that this was something that happened to you at a very, very young age. Now do you think that there might have been someone that inspired you to bring that gift out at that young age and if so, is that person or persons still a driving force in your life now? Or do you think that it was something that was gifted there and you had to keep it like you said, lying dormant for a little while until you were able to get that out of your system and be able to facilitate the people that need you with this gift that you have?
Natasha: One of the ways that we discovered that I had the gift was I told my mother something about her friend from a perspective that no one knew. I remember speaking to her about things that I was saying to her friend and I came to find out that, that’s what happened. My mother realized then that I had a gift. When I explained to her that I know things about people, this is what my life was like, she ended up taking me to a therapist. And I remember reading the therapist and speaking to her intuitively and her realizing that I had a gift. And speaking to my mother, explaining to her that I was very special and that I had a gift and I really helped her and this was something that was really special to me. This is something that has always stuck with me. Me having that experience of my mother knowing, going to this therapist so I knew eventually I had to use the gift to help people. But it’s something that I grew up into, it’s not something that I made publicly until my mid-20s with Momentum Education, the transformational workshop.
Sylvia: With that and some of your experience, how do you feel that those experiences have helped others and what is some of the highlights of you being able to help others, especially with those who may have a quest they don’t understand and maybe they are just in a place where they are standoffish about what you do and not really understanding what you’re doing. What are the processes that you use to get them to be comfortable with what you’re doing and how you’re teaching and how you’re educating and bringing things to light for them for a better life for themselves?
Natasha: Absolutely. The first thing that I always tell my clients when I start my session is I inform them that my gift comes from God. I’m not a psychic. I do not label myself as a psychic at all. I don’t use tarot cards, I don’t use candles, any of that. My gift is 100% natural. I pray and go to church. I have to let them know first and foremost where it comes from because that supports them at the level of comfort. To say, “Okay, I’m not doing anything wrong”. I’m essentially a prophet. I believe I’m a prophet, I know that because my gift comes from God. But I use the word intuitive ability because I feel like if I say prophet everyone is going to want to keep me in church. So that allows me to have a broad audience that puts me in a box. I can help people in the church. I want to help everyone, as many people that I can impact because of the information that I have. I also explain to my clients that speaking to me is going to be literally like talking to a sponge because that is the experience. Literally, you talk to someone who you’ve known for a while, that’s usually their experience, that just so happens to know a little more that will help you and guide you and knows the things that are currently happening in your life right now. That’s the majority of my sessions. Me speaking to them about their current experience of what they are going through. I speak into that intuitively without them telling me and then I give them advice about what I know spiritually that will work for them. Now I clearly can’t make this up, they can’t make this up because I’m telling them things that they didn’t makeup, they didn’t open up their mouths yet before they even started speaking to me. So they’re already shocked with the fact that I knew exactly what the situation in their lives was ranging from career, to health, to love, to finances, to whatever is going on. I usually pinpoint exactly what the focus needs to be and so with that, they express that they are comfortable and then we start having a dialogue. It’s mostly me speaking. By the time I’m done speaking usually I answer mostly everything that they wanted to know anyway. At this point, they’re just asking me questions and we’re having a dialogue. It’s a really transformational experience of giving them confirmation that they need, the comfort, the advice, and the motivation to keep going and knowing that whatever you’re doing with your life you can do it. It’s pretty much me giving them the road map to get around things and make it a lot easier.
Sylvia: Tash, with your sessions I know you said you do these sessions one-on-one. You do group sessions as well as other events where you are having more than one person there that you’re educating, that you’re helping with your intuitive guru style. Sometimes expecting this prophet, some people feel that prophet coming in to speak and they’re doing harm and I’m speaking from, not from my experience, but from some friends that have felt that the prophets have really said things in front of the crowd that was extremely embarrassing. But I’m getting through you that what you’re doing is exactly helping them and giving them comfort in knowing that you are like that friend or that girlfriend that’s going to be there to try and make sure that you’re motivating them. You’re inspiring them. You’re pushing them out of their comfort zone and into the things that should be and could be for them. Have you ever had a client or anyone that you’ve spoken intuitively to that was difficult to deal with and how did you handle that?
Natasha: Yes, you always have the strategy, always have the people who have to show up. That comes uncomfortably with any job that you do. Yes, I’m one of the people who would have experience and I understand again, I’m the intuitive type. I understand where the issue is coming from so it’s usually a wall that’s up in their lives that keeps them closed and because I have this gift from God I can tap into that, which makes it my first focus. Because I want to break them down so that they can be open to receive the information that I have for them to help them. Because I can’t help them if they are guarded up. Usually, when that’s the case it’s because something personal has happened in their lives that’s making them have this guard and it’s coming from somewhere.
I want to try to get that first and speak about that so that they can calm down and understand, “Wow, she really knows what’s going on with me. Let me allow her to help me more”. Because I have to get to the root of this and usually I start-up with that. Sometimes the root of it is rough. Sometimes the root of it can be molestation or abuse or neglect from a parent when they were a child. It’s a tough topic.
But they come to me for help and guidance. It’s my responsibility to be as authentic with them as possible because they came to me for the truth. Because they want to know, want help, and want to live the best life. If I have to do whatever I need to do to get there. I’m very delicate with my words. I’m very mindful of delivery. I can say it aggressively or I can say in a calm loving way to support them.
I have to really be mindful of the way that I’m doing it because it’s usually such a sensitive topic. From examples of my own life, I have no problem with sharing.
I just really need to break them down. Really help them understand where it’s coming from. They devote a level of comfort with me that’s out of this world. They have the mind to understand someone that gets it. Someone that can really support them. That’s where it starts.
Sylvia: Now Tash, I know that you said that you had to leave corporate America in order to really be what you were called to be by God as far as your intuitive spiritual guru-ism is concerned. Are there any other endeavors that you’re going to be pursuing or any other prospects that you’re going to be pursuing that you’d like to share with the Prestige Celebrity Magazine family and the readers as well?
Natasha: Absolutely. Currently, I’m a regular on Let’s Talk Live Show with Salmonique Sadiva in the DC area. I’m new to it. I’m physically there in the studio every other week and I connect with the audience. They call me and I speak with them and I connect with them. I’m as well really diving into radio. I have a couple of television projects in the pipeline that I’ve been working on. I’m not allowed to really discuss the detail of it, but there are T.V. projects that are coming. A book is something that I’m looking to work on as well. I can support people with what they are getting into with their true sense of accountability and really inspiring them from a spiritual place. That’s something I would like to work on. And I’m looking to also have more live meeting groups between the DC area and New York, so that’s something I’m working on as well.
Sylvia: We know that you’re living a really exciting life right now. This is what you really want to do. What kind of advice would you give those to also share this same type of gift that you have? What kind of advice would you give to them as far as being able to step out of their comfort zone and to really pursue that career path?
Natasha: You have to be authentic and caring to people. Some people have the ability and a gift but they’re not using it for the right reason. In order to really be successful in this gift, you have to be compassionate. You have to be understanding. You have to be willing to hear what the other person has to say because they’re coming to you because there’s an issue usually. They want some guidance and they want to understand. You have to do it with a very kind and gentle heart. If you’re willing to use your gift in a way where you can help people, then all for it. However, it is a huge responsibility and I think for those people who are out there that do have this amazing gift. They have to use it in a responsible way because you’re impacting people’s lives. People are depending on you. They want the right answers. They are looking for guidance. So help them. You have to be authentic with your help. You have to be compassionate and you have to be willing to deal with the responsibility that comes behind having the skills.
Sylvia: How can the readers keep up with you and what projects you’re working on?
Natasha: I have my website which is talktotash.com. I also have my social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. That is talktotash922. That is my social media, Facebook and Twitter and Instagram so that people can comment. I Instagram live on a weekly or biweekly basis where I’m literally waiting for people to be on Instagram. I can also read pictures as well. If you show me a picture of someone I can literally look at the picture and tell you everything about them. I have this thing where I do Instagram live, usually, it averages a decent amount of followers that come in and ask me questions and I’ll pull you in and read your lives on Instagram. It’s really fun, it’s entertaining. I mean, I think it’s something I think people look forward to.
Sylvia: Tash I know that you said that you’re in the New York, DC area right now. Of course, you do your lives and everything. Are you planning on branching out? To go and do things other than just in the New York and DC area?
Natasha: Absolutely. I would love, love, love to do something in Atlanta. I have a ton of clients in Los Angeles. Miami is also a place where I would like to do something as well. I’m definitely looking to branch out and take on some kind of tour. That is my big vision. I would also like to do something with Oprah Winfrey that’s something I’ve always felt like would happen, maybe something like the Super Bowl Sunday. I can envision myself sitting down with Oprah and giving her information about how to make an impact and how to change the world intuitively. Jokingly, a lot of people call me Oprah on steroids. That’s a joke. Because I have a way with people where I can sit down and literally speak with them about what’s happening in their lives. Give them a solution without them having to tell me. It’s a healing experience. I think that she and I meeting would be amazing.
Sylvia: Is there a motto that you have?
Natasha: Oh yes. So I am the girlfriend with the gift of girlfriends, the girlfriend with the gift. Because I ‘m a girlfriend. I’m a friend and I’ll just have to be sensitive and that’s what people say. They say, “We want to talk to Tash”. They’re not trying to brand my name because when people started referring me my business was solely devoted for referrals and people would simply say, “You need to book a session and talk to Tash”. I’ve made a brand out of it. They are like, “She’s literally like a girlfriend with a gift”. So that’s my motto. A girlfriend with a gift.
Sylvia: Are there any last words that you would like to leave with the fans, the readers Prestige?
Natasha: Absolutely. I am grateful that I’m out here with these guests. I definitely see big things happening in terms of me making a large impact and really being influential in the world. That is my goal. One person at a time. The reason for me wanting to get into the entertainment world such as television and radio is so that I can make the biggest impact as possible because I feel like everyone wants to know something. Everyone wants answers. Everyone wants confirmation and talking to someone who is relatable and understanding usually helps access the situation. I just want people to know that I am here to help. I might go and make this brand as big as possible and make the biggest impact that I can possibly make.
Sylvia: Can you repeat for us once more your social media sites as well as your websites?
Natasha: Sure. My social media is talktotash922 and that’s spelled out. My website is talktotash.com.
Sylvia: Thank you so much. I just want to say thank you so much for taking out of your business schedule to come and just sit down and talk with me today and give a picture on your journey of what you’re doing and what you’ve been doing and what you plan on doing in the future. We want to say thank you so very much for helping others. We just want to say that we really are just very excited to be able to talk with you and I wish you just many blessings and express with all endeavors that you’ll be taking on in the future as well as now.
Natasha: Thank you. You are so kind and I have to say that I absolutely love your energy. I felt it immediately when I spoke with you over the phone. I would definitely let you know that this is your passion for what you are doing. You are good at it and I felt very comfortable speaking with you.
Sylvia: Thank you so very much.
Natasha: Yeah. You’re very kind. Your spirit is amazing. I think that you should know that. You are right where you are supposed to be. I just want to give you that message for yourself.
Coronavirus confirmed in all U.S. states as world faces long-term turmoil
On the surface, West Virginia might have seemed immune to coronavirus.
While the other 49 states had reported more than 5,000 cases combined, West Virginia didn’t report its first case until Tuesday afternoon, when Gov. Jim Justice announced an infection in the state’s eastern panhandle.
But that doesn’t mean the deadly virus hadn’t earlier reached the state, where coal miners and elderly residents can be especially vulnerable.
West Virginia’s lag might be due to a lack of testing, said a federal lawmaker and a sick nurse who’s been rejected repeatedly for testing.
“We’ve only had 84 tests in my state” as of Monday, said Joe Manchin, the state’s senior US senator.
“I have over 720,000 elderly. I’ve got over 220,000 that are critically ill under 60 years of age,” Manchin said. “If you put all this together, of the 1,800,000 people (living in West Virginia), I have over a million that could be absolutely, totally devastated by this virus if it hits.”
He said he’s extremely worried about those with respiratory illnesses.
“If we don’t even have the tests to identify who is ill, who needs treatment … what do we do?” he said. “I don’t have the ventilators. I don’t have the respirators. I don’t have anything available to that many people that are that vulnerable.”
Manchin said he’s asked Vice President Mike Pence, who’s leading the Trump administration’s response to the outbreak, and others to increase testing capabilities in West Virginia.
In the meantime, some sick residents are left to worry and wait.
‘We have been unable to get permission’
One nurse in West Virginia said she’s been very sick for more than a week but has been unable to get a coronavirus test despite repeated requests by her and her doctors.
The nurse, who asked not to be identified for fear that she will lose her job, told CNN that she first developed a fever of between 100 and 103 degrees and an “unrelenting cough” that won’t let up.
The nurse said she was tested for two strains of the flu, and both came back negative. But when she asked to be tested for the coronavirus she was declined repeatedly.
“I have had several doctors ask for me to be tested, but we have been unable to get permission for me to be tested,” she said.
The nurse said she and her doctors have repeatedly contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the West Virginia health department.
She said her requests were declined because she has not been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive.
Now, other members of her family have also fallen sick. When they tried to get tested for coronavirus, they were also declined, the nurse said.
“At this point I’m so angry and outraged at the way this is being handled,” she said.
Why testing in West Virginia is scarce
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said testing supplies “are not unlimited.”
“Currently, COVID-19 testing is used in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” the health department said in a statement Monday.
Confusion over the availability and criteria for coronavirus testing leaves sick people in limbo
It said two groups of people have been prioritized for testing since early March. They include:
— Seriously ill people who are hospitalized or otherwise are at high risk of complications — for example, people with coronavirus symptoms who are elderly or have serious underlying chronic illnesses. “No history of potential exposure is needed for these patients,” the health department said.
— People who are at medium to high risk of having been infected. “This includes any individual with symptoms of lower respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) AND a history of likely exposure to COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset (e.g., close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 or recent travel history from or living in areas with widespread community transmission) AND do not have another identified cause for their illness (e.g., flu, or other respiratory viruses),” the health department’s statement said.
“These are slight modifications of CDC Guidelines, focusing on those most ill in criteria one above, given that supplies are limited, and some products remain on backorder in West Virginia and nationally. They are subject to change.”
What West Virginia did proactively
Even before its first confirmed case, the state rolled out a series of precautions aimed at staving off coronavirus.
On Friday, Gov. Justice announced all schools will be closed to students through at least March 27.
On Tuesday, Justice ordered the closure of bars, casinos, and restaurants to seating customers.
Earlier, Justice had asked all nursing homes to restrict visitors, with exceptions for serious cases such as end-of-life situations. The governor also banned out-of-state and international travel for state employees on official business.
But even the governor knew coronavirus in West Virginia was inevitable.
“Even though we still don’t have a confirmed case at this time, in talking to our great medical professionals we know that eventually that will no longer be the case,” Justice said last week.
“So we’re continuing to do everything in our power to be prepared, but we also have to be proactive to make sure all West Virginians are as safe as possible.”
Study: Coronavirus can persist in air for hours and on surfaces for days
The highly contagious novel coronavirus that has exploded into a global pandemic can remain viable and infectious in droplets in the air for hours and on surfaces up to days, according to a new study that should offer guidance to help people avoid contracting the respiratory illness called COVID-19.
Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, attempted to mimic the virus deposited from an infected person onto everyday surfaces in a household or hospital setting, such as through coughing or touching objects.
They used a device to dispense an aerosol that duplicated the microscopic droplets created in a cough or a sneeze.
The scientists then investigated how long the virus remained infectious on these surfaces, according to the study that appeared online in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday – a day in which U.S. COVID-19 cases surged past 5,200 and deaths approached 100.
The tests show that when the virus is carried by the droplets released when someone coughs or sneezes, it remains viable, or able to still infect people, in aerosols for at least three hours.
On plastic and stainless steel, viable virus could be detected after three days. On cardboard, the virus was not viable after 24 hours. On copper, it took 4 hours for the virus to become inactivated.
In terms of half-life, the research team found that it takes about 66 minutes for half the virus particles to lose function if they are in an aerosol droplet.
That means that after another hour and six minutes, three quarters of the virus particles will be essentially inactivated but 25% will still be viable.
The amount of viable virus at the end of the third hour will be down to 12.5%, according to the research led by Neeltje van Doremalen of the NIAID’s Montana facility at Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
On stainless steel, it takes 5 hours 38 minutes for half of the virus particles to become inactive. On plastic, the half-life is 6 hours 49 minutes, researchers found.
On cardboard, the half-life was about three and a half hours, but the researchers said there was a lot of variability in those results “so we advise caution” interpreting that number.
The shortest survival time was on copper, where half the virus became inactivated within 46 minutes.
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