Philly Friends, please donate today any new or gently worn sneakers for the less fortunate. On Thursday, March 20th, alongside many volunteers It’s From the Sole will be giving shoes, sweaters and socks away to the less fortunate at Love Park from 5p-7p! #itsfromthesole For more information please email Info@itsfromthesole.org
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One day until the OFFICIAL release of “B-Sides, Features & Heartaches“. Check out the special inside video of “Anymore” for you. The video was shot and edited by Pixtions (www.pixtions.com) #SupportHonestMusic
Artist Aaron Camper discussing collaboration with Eric Roberson for song “Far Away Girl” off of Roberson’s upcoming project “B-Sides, Features & Heartaches” to be released Tuesday, February 4th, 2014.
Check a listen to the entire song after the video below.
The first single released off B-Sides, Features & Heartaches entitled “Anymore” was produced by Brett “Bdubb” Baker. Baker produced Roberson’s two GRAMMY-Nominated songs “A Tale of Two” and “Still” from the Music Fan First album.
Zo! drops the official video for “We Are On The Move” from the ManMade LP, directed by Kenneth Price. The clip is a moving tribute to The Whispers‘ video for “Keep On Lovin’ Me” from their 1983 Love For Love LP. The footage finds Zo! flanked by his friends as they serve up a stellar performance of the track; upon closer inspection you will notice that Zo!’s production was also inspired by the aforementioned recording from The Whispers, making this even more hilarious. Purchase the ManMade LP viaiTunes.
Marcus and Jean have performed with artists of the highest caliber including Yellowjackets, Kenny Garrett, and Buster Williams, among others. With “The BaylorProject”, this remarkable duo forges a distinct path. They make their own imprint. This album pays homage to a wide range of their musical influences spanning Jazz, Blues, Soul and Gospel creating an eclectic sound of feel good music. But make no mistake: it is their distinct sound that makes it “The Baylor Project.” Soulful. Melodic. Creative Improvisation. Authentic. Jazz Music.
by Jasmine Berry
Since the glamour of black and white TV, fashion on-screen has always been a major visual element for viewers, sometimes with audiences tuning in just to see the clothes. Whether you love the fashion, the characters, or both, you are not alone. Not wanting to spoil the entire list for anyone, here are a few of the most fashionable black women to ever grace the small screen — and a few non-brown honorable mentions.
Ahhh Olivia Pope! She always has on a immaculate suit, simple accessories and a coat you just want to snatch off her back through the TV! Olivia makes the most basic palette of white, gray and brown look amazing every Thursday night.
From “Sex and the City” to Joan Clayton from “Girlfriends,” this show had black women across America tuning in every week not just for the story line, but to see what Joan was going to wear. It also helps that in real life actress Tracee Ellis Ross is effortlessly fly.
Known as the southern belle of the show, Whitley often wore tailored suits, couture gowns and the most expensive jewelry and designer bags her daddy’s money could buy– until he cut her off.
Over the years, Steve Harvey’s empire has grown to include comedy, radio, movies, game show hosting and daytime TV. And as the comedian continues to make strides in his career, he says he doesn’t plan on let anything stop him — not even “racist Hollywood.”
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, “The Steve Harvey Show” host said he’s learned through the nearly 20 years of his career that “Hollywood is very racist.”
“Hollywood is more racist than America is. They put things on TV that they think the masses will like,” he said. “Well, the masses have changed. The election of President Obama should prove that. And television should look entirely different. Kerry Washington should not be the first African American female to head up a drama series in 40 years. In 40 years! That’s crazy.”
With his experience in the industry, Harvey said he’s learned to navigate Hollywood by creating multidimensional projects that don’t focus on race, or particularly African Americans.
Judging by his longevity, looks like his plan has been successful.
What do you think of Steve Harvey’s statement? Do you think Hollywood is racist?
UK soul veteran Omar Lye-Fook preps his first new release in 7 years, with the announcement that his forthcoming The Man LP and title track will be dropping soon. Following a new deal with Freestyle Records and a recent video for the track, the singer assured fans that the album would arrive sometime this spring. The album’s title track and first single is scheduled to drop May 6th via an EP featuring remixes of Omar’s material from Shafiq Husayn, Scratch Professor and Maddslinsky. The release will also include a revamped take on the Omar classic “There’s Nothing Like This” featuring Pino Palladino of Soultronics fame. The project also features a duet with Caron Wheeler and a bit of help from Jamiroquai‘s Stuart Zender. Check the tracklist below. Scroll down to check out the snippets from the EP. The LP is coming. Listen to album snippets here.
Omar The Man tracklist:
2. The Man
3. Come On Speak To Me
4. I Can Listen
5. Bully feat. The Scratch Professor
6. Treat You feat. Caron Wheeler
7. Fuck War, Make Love
8. High Heels feat. Hidden Jazz Quartet
9. I Love Being With You
10. There’s Nothing Like This feat. Pino Palladino
11. Eeni Meeni Myni Mo
12. When You Touch We Touch
13. Ordinary Day feat. Stuart Zender
Whenever anyone talks about wanting to lose weight, what’s the first thing that happens?
Someone mentions a diet.
Oh, you know you’ve heard it before. Where someone eats only mashed potatoes for breakfast, lunch and a snack, or only eats grapefruit for breakfast and lunch, or only sips some weird cayenne pepper kool aid concoction for three weeks straight and before you know it, you’ll be fierce! Fit! Flawless!
You know why diets feel like the best way to accomplish your weight loss goal? They’re easy. Do X, get Y in response. If you’re given a regimen, it’s that easy to follow, and it promises to give you the results you want, why on Earth would you pass it up? And, if you’re limiting yourself to only eating a food that you actually enjoy? There’s no reason in the world for you to turn your back on that.
What we never do, though, is delve into the realities of dieting and why it works. If weight loss is simply about calories in and calories out, then dieting is simply a quicker way of limiting your calories in with less planning. It’s glorified auto-pilot eating. You don’t have to learn about what part of your habits caused you to gain weight. You don’t have to learn how to eat for your body and your activity levels. You don’t even have to learn how to cook the foods you like differently. You cheat the system; you limit yourself to a handful of foods, inadvertently cut calories, and boom. Weight loss.
Except…without fail, the weight almost always comes back.
Because you didn’t learn which foods were causing your weight gain, because you didn’t learn which habits were causing you to pack on the pounds, because you didn’t learn how to eat for your activity levels… you’ll inevitably put the weight back on. Because you restricted yourself to a handful of foods for an extended period of time, you’ll put the pounds back on as soon as you hop off your diet.
And, because you probably restricted your caloric intake far beyond reasonable levels, you also probably lost the invaluable muscle that burns almost three times as many calories per hour as fat, which means you’ve damaged your metabolism, which means you’ve negatively affected your ability to successfully keep the weight off.
This is why diets are ridiculous: they are plans for losing weight, that have no forethought into how a dieter should keep the weight off. Anyone can lose, but how you lose that weight should be directly tied into how you keep it off. Are you going to only eat grapefruit and mashed potatoes for breakfast? Or are you going to learn how to eat a breakfast that is not only tasty, but nutritious and within your allotted calories? Are you going to sip cayenne pepper cocktails forever, or are you going to figure out that you shouldn’t be packing away an entire sleeve of cookies in a day? Are you going to find ways to enjoy what you eat and still eat nutritiously in a way that preserves your figure?
If so, then your best bet is to skip the “diet.” Learn what your body likes. Understand what it needs. And, rest assured, your body will thank you for it!
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The backseat of my car is an Elephant Graveyard made of very expensive, very beautiful shoes. In the recessed space directly behind the driver’s seat you will find the discarded remains of shoes of every stripe – heels, flats, peep toes and tennis – and it’s getting kind of ridiculous. Every time I change from work shoes to riding boots, or from my Tom’s to club shoes, the pair that I had on first gets chucked behind me in the car. If I have to take them into the office with me they usually get wrapped up in a Target bag. My friends know what a mess I am, especially when it comes to shoes so most of the time they roll their eyes at me. Sometimes they ask though, “Why don’t you just put them where they belong?”
Because, ain’t nobody got time fuh that!
Most days I carry two or three bags (purse, lunch, laptop bag) to the office. Usually I’m scrambling to get out of the house in the morning, so everything is tossed into my ‘bags’ as I jet out the door to keep from missing a morning meeting. Needless to say a lot of times I feel like a bag lady, word to Badu. So when I was asked to check the ShoeAlong, a fancy footwear carrier that slips over your purse, my first thought was ‘yeah right.’ For one thing, I’m the type of girl who’d rather throw shoes into one of those huge plastic Sterilite bins than install a California Closet. For another, I’m super hard on my stuff.
I was low-key high-key impressed with the ShoeAlong. It’s made of neoprene (the fabric used for lunch bags and water bottle covers), so it was incredibly lightweight but sturdy. The one I got was black, with a pretty lavender lining on the inside. This is important because I love pastels, but I am also messy and having a black outside means it won’t get dirty quickly. I slipped some of my ‘lightly broken in’ busted downwork flats to give it a whirl. Luckily it was big enough to fit my shoes, and there were cool little snaps that kept each shoe in its own compartment that kept them from jostling around.
So here’s how it works: there is a band that slips the ShoeAlong over your purse handle. So easy and quick. It’s pretty sleek too, and the neoprene fabric helped shoe smells inside the bag, instead of wafting out into the open. It was nice to have an actual space to put my shoes and I didn’t get the sideways glances that usually accompanied my grocery bag shoe carriers. And after using it for a few days, the pile of shoes behind my driver’s seat slowly began to deplete because I was actually taking my shoes inside instead of letting the chill in my car. Definitely an improvement.
So what do you think? Would you give the ShoeAlong a shot?
Though we may like to suspend belief, headlines continue to shed light on some of the serious health dangers of fast food.
Some of the recurring problems at franchises such as McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and Burger King were rodent droppings, insects, food borne illnesses, debris and grime on counters and in prep areas, and poor employee sanitation. Given that about 25% of Americans eat fast food everyday, that’s millions of opportunities to be exposed to something nasty, or worse, a pathogen that could make you sick.
Diseases from fast food…
The high levels of calories, fat and sodium in most fast food can eventually lead to other health problems. For example, a study published in the “Journal of the American Heart Association” found that eating significant amounts of fast food can contribute to atherosclerosis, another term for clogged arteries, which can increase your risk of conditions like heart attack and stroke. Fast food can also contribute to an increased risk of arthritis, sleep apnea, some kinds of cancer, diabetes and liver disease.
Speaking of diabetes & obesity & high blood pressure…
All three of these diseases rank shockingly high in the Black community, and fast food is not helping the situation.
For example, one popular fast food hamburger contains about 540 calories and 29 g of fat. It contains 10 g of saturated fat and 1.5 g of trans fat. The sodium content is 1,040 g. Eating meals like this force your body to pay a very high price in negative dietary elements, like calories, fat and sodium, for relatively small amounts of nutritional value, such as protein.
What about how that burger is packaged?
Many wrappers and packaging materials used to contain fast food are coated with perfluoroalkyls. Perfluoroalkyls are a type of chemical that can repel both oil and water, preventing grease from the food from soaking through the packaging. However, these chemicals are actually toxic to humans, and prolonged exposure can lead to increased risk of cancer, tumors, infertility and other health conditions.
What is the best ab exercise? What’s the best way to tone every angle of your stomach, including your obliques?
It’s called…a plank. What is a plank? Quite simply, it’s an isometric exercise for the abs (where you perform one action, holding still for the entire duration of the move). You may be learning the plank exercise for the first time or you may already use it regularly in your workouts. But guess what? Most trainers consider the plank to be one of the most effective abs exercises.
Not only does it strengthen and firm your abs, but also works all the core muscles — the back, hips, etc.
Body Parts: Core
Reps: 1 Minute
How To Perform The Move
Place hands on the floor, wrists or elbows aligned under shoulders, and extend legs back so your body is straight from head to heels. Another version of this is a side plank (shown in photo), where the right hand is on the floor, aligned under shoulders, while the left arm rests on the thigh, the body is lifted off the floor, and the legs are stacked one on top of the other. Hold your position for 30 seconds to 1 minute. If performing the side plank, hold the position for 30 seconds, then switch to the other side (with the left hand on the floor, and the right arm resting on the thigh).
Joy is a obtainable. You can have joy. There is a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is based on circumstances but joy is based on the Lord.
Have your morning cup of coffee in sight of the sunrise, or make it a point to see the sunset. Nature brims with the miracle of life — get outside and soak it in. Walk through a park listening for birds, watch clouds in a robin’s-egg-blue sky, go barefoot in lush grass, skip stones. Stop to smell those roses, and while you’re at it, buy some fresh flowers for the house
Don’t allow anger and rage to rule your life. Misdirected anger isn’t healthy. Consciously replace churning emotions with serene thoughts. Think of a particularly tranquil time at the ocean, or imagine yourself in a favorite soothing place. Find healthy ways to let off steam: exercise, make music, garden, paint, write out your thoughts in a journal. If you continue to feel overwhelmed or undermined, you can turn to prayer or professional assistance for help in handling upsetting feelings.
Before you get out of bed in the morning, think of something that makes you smile. Before you even brush your teeth, get your mental and visual focus on something that will warm your heart. Try putting a favorite picture — hospital photos of your newborns, the brand-new kitten, a perfect moment on a family vacation — on your bedside table. Look at it first thing in the morning. Starting off your day in a positive frame of mind will set your spiritual metabolism for the rest of the day. Smiles not only exercise muscles that fight frown lines, they actually boost your immune system.
Be forgiving. Forgiveness is an act of the will, an action you can take even when your heart and feelings seem to be lagging behind in bitterness. It might be impossible to forgive actual perpetrators, but you can hope and pray for transformation in them. In your own life, give up grudges and let go of old toxic memories. Reconcile with estranged friends and family members if you can, and commit yourself to giving others the measure of forgiveness you would like extended to you. Don’t sweat small grievances.
Nurture your family spirit. We live in a different world now, a world that needs love more than ever. Show your commitment to those you love in word and deed. “I love you” means a lot, and so do the actions that make the words more than greeting-card sentiment. So say it, show it, and hug a lot. Strengthening family ties cultivates stability in your home. See and call out-of-town family and nearby relatives more often. That family feeling can grow well beyond your natural kin.
When I think of my favorite shows growing up — the shows that really understood me, made me laugh and taught me something along the way — I think of BET’s old lineup. It definitely feels nostalgic now, but once upon a time BET was my go-to network for all of my entertainment needs.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s still some shows I enjoy today like Real Husbands of Hollywood and The Game, but there’s just something about old-school ComicView and Free and AJ that I can’t let go of.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane of 5 BET shows that we miss, and a few that deserve a second chance.
1. Rap City: Tha Basement
Rap City: Tha Basement was more than just a freestyle rap show. It brought hip-hop and urban culture from around the country into our homes everyday. Whether you were a mainstream or underground artist, from the West Coast or East Coast, male or female, Rap City was diverse and it gave talent it’s time to shine. With its two-hour time slot, Rap City was proof that BET once focused its programming on authentic, musical-based content.
2. 106 & Park: BET Top 10 Live
No offense to the new 106 & Park hosts but no one can replace Free and AJ. When they hosted the top 10 countdown show it was new, fresh and full of energy. 106 and Park was our equalivant to MTV’s Total Request Live; it pushed our culture and style and presented our stars in a positive light. From video premieres to live performances and sit-down interviews to celebrity guest hosts, 106 & Park will always have a soft spot in the hearts of millennial musical lovers.
3. College Hill
College Hill did for reality TV what A Different World did for scripted television. It showed young African Americans in a collegiate setting and strayed away from stereotypical story lines. Although the show did receive criticism for it’s footage of college parties and fights, it represented young black students of all socioeconomic statuses as more that one-dimensional characters.
4. Teen Summit
Every Saturday, Teen Summit spoke to the black youth about the issues that affected us most. Whether it was bullying, gang violence or domestic abuse, we could always count on Teen Summit to keep it real — and positive.
5. Comic View
For all things funny, BET’s ComicView was a hilarious hit. Before black comedians were booking major movie and TV-show deals, their home was on BET every weeknight at 10 p.m. This stand-up show gave our comedians a platform to present their material and reach their core audiences.
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