Wednesday, September 29, 2010
1. You were a smiley student
Adults with the biggest grins in their college yearbook pictures were up to 5 times less likely to be divorced decades later than those who looked less happy
2.You have a sister
People with at least one female sibling report better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities, according to a study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference. Sisters appear to encourage communication and cohesion in families.
3.You're not glued to the TV
The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube, according to a University of Maryland study that analyzed 34 years of data from more than 45,000 Americans. They’re more likely to spend time socializing, reading, or attending religious services—habits that are linked to better moods and health.
4.You keep souvenirs on display
People who use mementos or photos to remind themselves of good times better appreciate their lives and are happier, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside. Good memories remind you of your “happiness potential” and promise that soon you can reach it again.
5.You make exercise a priority
People who exercise more are less likely to be stressed and more likely to be satisfied with life, according to Danish researchers. Compared with sedentary people, joggers are 70% less likely to have high stress levels and life dissatisfaction, the study found. Couch potatoes who start moderate exercise—the equivalent of 17 to 34 minutes a day—experience the greatest happiness lift.
6.You have a healthy love life
Married people report 30% more sex than singles, which may be one reason they also report being happier.
7.You hang out with happy people
Socializing with a cheerful person in your neighborhood increases the likelihood that you’ll be happy too, according to a new study. How often you get together matters most, say the researchers: People who live within half a mile of a buoyant buddy increase their odds of being happy by 42%. If the friend lives farther away (within a 2-mile radius), the chances drop to 22%—probably due to fewer get-togethers.
8.You stay warm with hot cocoa
Clutching a steaming beverage—coffee and tea also do the trick—can elicit a flood of positive feelings, according to a Yale University study. This may be because people associate physical warmth with emotional warmth, say the researchers. Study subjects held cups of either hot or iced coffee; those gripping warm mugs were more appreciative of friendliness in others and also felt more generous and trusting themselves.
9.You have two best friends
Among 654 married adults, those who said they had at least two “best friends” (not necessarily including one’s spouse) were likelier to have better mental well-being, says a study. But additional friends didn’t lead to any more happiness than just a pair.
What do you think? I find the hot coco whack since i don't like chocolate and the having a sister business real shifty. Hell, she stresses me out! To read more of the article click here
I just came across these AMAZING leaf cut out illustrations by Nature’s Art via Koi Koi Koi.
This takes some serious patience and care because according to the site the artist has to manually cut and removal of a leaf’s surface to produce art work on a leaf.
1.) How this person is building their brand 2.) The steps they take to create a branded project
To check out the collection click HERE
To check out check out the blog click HERE
The Mahogany Tasters presents Artist Talk with Actress and Photographer Chenoa Maxwell
Actress and photographer Chenoa Maxwell will meet and greet while showcasing her photographs
Detroit, MI – September 27, 2010 – Located in the heart of Detroit's historical Avenue of Fashion District sits 1917 American Bistro, the location of one the most anticipated art showcases of the fall. Artist Talk: Meet and Greet with Chenoa Maxwell will be the place to be on Friday October 8, 2010 at 8:00pm. The event is brought to you by wine & spirit lifestyle marketing organization The Mahogany Tasters.
Chenoa Maxwell is best known for her leading roles in the movies G and Hav Plenty. Some of her notable photographic works were captured through her travels in countries like Uganda and India and she has also snapped portraits of popular entertainers including but not limited to Shaquille O’Neal, Talib Kweli, Gabrielle Union, and Grammy award winner Brandy.
The event will include complementary wine tasting and cheese while guest engage in art and conversation with Chenoa Maxwell. “Photography is an art form that rarely receives the praise that is due. Hopefully, this is the first of many exhibition events that will showcase the power of photos on those who view them. “ Said Chuck Jackson, Procurement & Education Director of The Mahogany Tasters. With tickets modestly priced at $10.00, a portion of this event proceeds will be donated to IN-Accord a non-profit who promotes youth music students through mentoring and support. Clear your schedule and save the date for wine, cheese, art, and “artist talk” with Chenoa Maxwell.
What: Artist Talk Meet and Greet with Chenoa Maxwell
When: Friday, October 8, 2010 – 8:00pm -10:00pm (Please RSVP by: Wednesday October 6, 2010)
Where: 1917 American Bistro
Detroit, MI 48221
Advance Tickets: Here
About The Mahogany Tasters
The Mahogany Tasters are a wine & spirit lifestyle marketing organization with the focus of exposing patrons to new beverages. They strive to promote the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages, organize wine & spirit tasting events, winery tours and create wine and spirit themed gift baskets.
About 1917 American Bistro
1917 American Bistro is a family-owned restaurant owned by Don and Katrina Studvent who serve American food with a soul food foundation at moderate prices; well-prepared dishes such as grilled shrimp and blackened catfish are among a smorgasbord of delectable options.
IN-Accord is a non-profit 501c (3) organization, which promotes youth music students through mentoring and support. The mission of In-Accord is to educate, enlighten, and support young music students within the metropolitan Detroit communities by promoting appropriate music activities and programs to develop students’ knowledge, appreciation and advancement of their musical talents. Please visit In-accord.org for more info.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Melyssa : "Right now Essence has on the cover, three of the most gorgeous black men ever created on the face of this fucking Earth. They have Blair Underwood who has always done it for me, Boris Kodjoe whose definition in the dictionary is fine, and then they got Lance Gross—chocolatey loveliness. And you know what they fucking have the nerve to have as the fucking title of the cover story? “How To Keep Black Men Happy and Faithful.” And faithful! How dare you?! It makes me fucking sick. [It’s like saying] ‘Women take note—how to keep your black men healthy and keep from straying from you ‘cause it’s your fault.’ And black women wrote this to their fucking counterparts. As if to say, ‘If he strays, it’s your fucking fault. You didn’t cook enough. You didn’t blow him enough. You didn’t fuck him enough. You didn’t do enough to keep your fucking man healthy or faithful.’ O-M-fucking-G! "
Melyssa: "There are times where I’m surprised at the audacity that they fucking have to put something like that on the cover, but they’re regarded as the soul sista’s bible. They accept a fucking elitist attitude on who they’ll have on the cover and who they won’t? Please. Who was on the cover last month? They were toasting to women above the age of 40, and how beautiful they look, but Naomi’s on the cover? Okay, yes. Granted, Miss Naomi walks a catwalk, and she’s still killing 16-year-old and 20-year-old girls. Yes, but she has serious anger management issues and an overwhelming sense of entitlement, and she is engaged in fucking illegal activity that’s directly related to the blood diamond industry in Africa. And you’re putting her on a pedestal? Is that what you’re doing? But you won’t cover somebody like me because I based the earlier part of my career on my sexuality? My moral compass hasn’t been shifted off too much. My values are pretty good considering the causes that I believe in and places I’ve volunteered my time and given my money to, but you don’t feel the need to ever cover any single part of my career. You don’t even acknowledge that I even fucking exist. But this is what you cover and this is the thing you say? I think it’s hypocrisy."
***Honestly whether or not she's on the cover as a "morally" right thing to do is neither here nor there. Because i'm humored that she'd think she was even a cover option especially with all the cursing. I do agree with some of her points. The same eight to ten faces grace Essence every year, the articles are usually recycled and there is always at least one subliminally written article from a woman telling "Women" (not just black women read Essence) where we're messing up at as girlfriends and wives and what we need to do to fix it. 9 outta 10 times the reason are so common sense, generalized or based on minimum hard research. Most of the readers in essence are mature I'd say 30ish and above. Many of which are single career women or married and living the lifestyle that Essence magazine perpetuates. Now at the same time, i also understand that Essence fell off years ago. I don't know if that has anything to do with the magazine NOT being black owned but now a product of Time Inc. All i know is she's not the only one feeling funny.
You can read the full interview with Vibe by clicking here
Monday, September 27, 2010
Abruptly, the girl stopped the man dead in his tracks. 'I really should have mentioned this earlier, but I'm actually a hooker and I charge $20 for sex.'
The man reluctantly paid her, and they did their thing. After the obligatory cigarette, the man sat in the driver's seat, staring out the window.
'Why aren't we going anywhere?' asked the girl.
'Well, I should have mentioned this before, but I'm actually a taxi driver, and the fare back to town is $25" (via email)
Always ask questions and be honest up front, otherwise you get what you give!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Friday, September 17, 2010
I love Kid Cudi, for many reason i'm really unsure besides i find his talent to be very intriguing, forward moving and because i love people who just straight out say how they feel...This morning as i browsed the web, i came across a recent interview in Complex Magazine. Lets justsay Cudi is Pissed at Wale, he's making a cocaine confession and more.
On Wale taking a shot at him in a freestyle “Throwin’ ’round wallets like the dude that Kid Cudi hit”
It wasn’t a shot, it’s just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper. You can’t let that sh*t faze you. That’s one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor? Everybody think they Hov. N*ggas ain’t got the magic like they think they do; there’s only a couple of wizards in this game. I’m a wizard and I know it.
....More on Wale and his rap peers
The last album, I let people diss me, throw out those jabs in their verses and have their little slick remarks. This time around, I’m not f*cking around. I have no time to think about other n*ggas. These other motherfuckers like feeding off another n*gga’s energy, so they mention their name. You hear me talk about n*ggas? I don’t even talk about Kanye, and that’s my homeboy! They talk about Kanye like they’re bosom buddies with this n*gga. Talking about “I be in Hawaii”—man, sh*t the f*ck up, why you got to tell everybody everything? Then people like Wale get mad that ‘Ye ain’t give him no beats—’Ye ain’t give you no beats because we ain’t f*cking with your raps. It’s not a conspiracy theory. We don’t f*ck with you musically, so we’re not going to provide music for you. The shit is a service, it’s a quality of a certain standard. N*ggas are just so thirsty it’s ridiculous. I’ve been eating humble pie forever, and people still call me an asshole. These people don’t know my fucking life—now I’m going to give them something to talk about.
To read the FULL interview check out COMPLEX Magazine's Website
WITH THAT SAID IF you are in the ATLanta area tomorrow and you need something to get into. Make sure you go over to The Loft (1374 West Peachtree St) to check out a live show from Big Sean, Donnis, Pill, SIMP, Hollyweerd, Plane Jane and others.
If you love Hip Hop i know your going to have a good time. The show is Tomorrow September 18th at 9pm.. You can buy your tickets by clicking HERE
Thursday, September 16, 2010
This Fashion Week marks powerful firsts.
The presence of a range of black beauty on the covers of Elle and Vogue. The image of blackness flourishes, but how is the presence of diversity in the publishing world? We take the pulse of the industry. We ask which magazines have hired, who have they hired and what does that reveal about diversity in post racial USA? Black women may adorn mainstream magazine covers, but, there are no black people holding the top position of Fashion Director at any major magazine. What do you say that means for the fashion, beauty, lifestyle media in post-racial America?
Join us for this critical, community conversation.
This is about your voice.
Come. Be Heard.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Friday, September 03, 2010
There is a lot to be said about people who can't see how the smallest of conversation equals to the largest of problems or circumstances. Life has proven to me to be tricky yet easily controlled.That's if you want it to be. Through the years Ive come in contact with so many people who claim to want better, but dwell in their circumstances so often that it becomes a way of life. There are many reasons why but a lot of it has to do with our conversations with other people. More than often our conversations with these people reflect how we feel about ourselves subconsciously.
Personally gossiping isn't something that i par take in. Simply because its not of any concern of mine who has what, who's laying with who, or whatever else. Gossiping to me is a group of small minded competitors, in a rat race going nowhere. Not saying small minds can't be accomplished people. I'm just saying, smalls minds miss blessings because their focused on their current situations, other peoples faults and every thing but the right thing a little to often. By the favor of God I haven't ever felt competition from anyone but myself, so to have a conversation about things that are really miniature to life is a bore for me. Especially when it comes to knocking down other people, when i have zero knowledge or understanding of their circumstances. However, I do have and had people in my life that enjoy it very much so. With that said, Ive also realize that those same people and myself don't really share the same interest. We're more connect through experiences and personality rather than character. Don't worry, I'm working on removing those people out of my life. Not because "I'm to good" in anyway. But their not helpful for my spiritual feeding.
Which brings me to this. As people (not talking ethnicity) we need to observe how we're portraying ourselves and other people because at the end of the day, everything we do or say not only affects us. It has an effect on others. More importantly it affects our circumstances, our blessings and at times hinders our growth. In more than one way!! Successful people don't sit around and discuss other successful people. They don't sit around and discuss the events that have nothing to do with the process of progress. They discuss ideas, ways to make themselves and the people around them better. Its not just a woman thing, its a human thing. Because men talk too. Just know that everything we do has a consequence good or bad. It's your CHOICE to walk in the lifestyle your living and a lot of it stems from your thoughts (good or bad), your conversations (good or bad) and sometimes your deep resentment for who you are, who you are not and who you want to appear to be.
Be blessed and talk wisely!