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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Footwear concepts of Andreia Chaves text by Stephanie Nahas for Yatzer

This is Art at it's peek... This Is The New Fall Collection

What If Melanie Fiona Was Your Girlfriend? - Roc4Life

Make sure you pick up a copy January 20th 2010 nation wide and in New York January 12th 2010!!!

The Source Magazine's "Mind Squad" enlisted celebrity stylist Misa Hylton to style Grammy-award nominated R&B siren, Melanie Fiona for a six-page fashion spread entitled: "If I Was Your Girlfriend". Check out the spread below:

What If Melanie Fiona Was Your Girlfriend? - Roc4Life

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Keyshia Cole Split From???

Keyshia Cole released a statement about her split from Frankie and Neffe.

"To all my friends and fans – It’s time that I clear the air. It’s not a secret that I haven’t been in contact with my mother Frankie, and my sisters Neffe and Elite and I never wanted to air out our differences to the public. While I won’t go into detail here I find it necessary to let you guys know I decided to stop communication with them because I was at a point in my life where I needed serenity and peace to move forward. Please know I love my family very much but it was time to let it go. You guys are a witness to a lot of what was happening from watching on air and online. Now that I am becoming a mom my passion for having a loving and peaceful home for my child is my #1 priority. It’s very important to both Daniel and I. My plate is very full; I have a new baby coming, we are planning our wedding and I am working in the studio on a new album that I am close to completing. The stress that my family is giving me with their constant false reports is not healthy and it’s not what I need at this time in my life. Please understand that there are only a few people that can officially confirm or deny anything that’s happening in my life and that’s me, Daniel, and my publicist, Tresa Sanders. And my girl Monica never lies."
Love Your Girl, KC

Nicki Minaj's High School Picture

Friday, January 8, 2010

Gabrielle Union Tells Her Story

If you ask my parents they would say I was a perfect child, a model child, because I did everything that was asked of me. I got great grades, I was a great athlete, I was a student leader, the police were never called, there were never any major scandals on our cul-de-sac…but what was going on inside, and what I was dealing with individually and as a group of girls, was absolute turmoil. Emotionally, physically, spiritually, we were forced to deal with a lot of adult issues and situations as a collective, and often times we wouldn’t turn to each other, we would internalize everything, we didn’t have an outlet. So, I was going through MAJOR low self esteem. I was a black girl in an all white school in an all white community, never feeling good enough, but always being encouraged by my parents to be bigger, badder and better. And perfect is the standard. That’s an immense amount of pressure to put on a child. Then I’m starting to like guys. And in my own town, with me being THE black girl, the white guys weren’t really checking for me in that way. When I got to go to basketball camp and I got be around black boys, I was like cool…until I got dumped…for a light skinned girl. And then that whole thing started. My hair isn’t straight enough. My nose isn’t pointy enough. My lips are too big. My boobs aren’t big enough. And you start going through all of that. And I realize as I’ve gotten older a lot of issues that I was dealing with at 15, I am still dealing with today.

My niece is a teenager and is dealing with her skin, she’s dealing with her hair, she’s dealing with what clothes to wear, the music she listens to…I would love to say a lot has changed, but I certainly believe that there is a lot more work to do be done.

In the business that I am in now, it is incredibly tough, and to be honest, sometimes it is is hard to keep my head above the water, sometimes I feel like I’m drowning. I’m just really fortunate to have people, friends I can call on at any hour. You don’t get a job, and you immediately want to blame it on, if my hair was different, or maybe if my nose…or they just want to go with light-skin girls, and you start to doubt yourself, and the self-doubts and the low self-esteem starts to creep in. When that happens I know that I can call on a good friend. One day, he made me do this exercise, which I thought was ridiculous at first, standing in the mirror and finding things about my face that I loved, whether it be the freckles or my eyebrows, and just concentrating on all of the positive things…and I thought it was a load…and then, I found myself doing it one day and I found myself feeling a little bit better. So I texted him and I was like, “it worked.” But what I found is that it’s great that I have a group of girlfriends that I can rely on, but it can’t just be this one-way street of women validating women. There’s something about a platonic, non-sexual male voice in your life, ideally your parent, your father, relative or brother, which should be a steady, consistent source of nothing but positivity. And having this friend inspired me to reach out to my own dad and tell him that he’s got to tell my niece everyday that she is a beautiful princess. I can tell her that she has a lovely jump shot, or she does well in school, but what she’s gonna start looking out for from other people, from other men, is to tell her how beautiful she is, and she’s gonna find validation in all the wrong ways. So, it is important to be that mentor, to be that guiding figure in her life, so she doesn’t accept validation from the wrong places.

We don’t generally share these stories. These are things that you generally take to the grave with you. You don’t want people to know that I hate my nose. You don’t want people to know that I have this fear a light-skinned woman walking into the room, ya’ know, you don’t want people to know that, so you take that your grave. So, I write this to let you all know that I’m still in it, but it’s getting better and there is light at the end of the tunnel. And when a young person has a mentor, it only makes the light seem that much more real.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Do You Ever Feel Like...

When you finally feel like your almost at the top, something comes up and it pulls you right back down. Well don't think you are the only person going through this, it happens to the best of us. One thing that I learned from my past experiences is to try and stay calm through the storm. Patience is truly the key to our success. I found that out the hard way, I almost drove myself crazy because I wanted to get ahead, but what I didn't realize is that God has everything planned, so when we find things going slow or we feel that things aren't going as smoothly as they should it's because this is what God has planned for you and I, and in the end it makes us stronger. Take a moment out of your day and just take a breath and continue with your day or a positive note. Imagine that you are already there.

-Raquel Jennings

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lil Wayne "On Fire"

There is no such thing as luck...

Melanie Fiona

Well, now that we're in to 2010, I can really look back and reflect on the amaaaazing year that was 2009. I started out strong. My first single "Give it To Me Right" was released and getting a lot of buzz in the industry. But I couldn't have been prepared, even if someone warned me, for what it really takes for a new artist to break.

Hard Work and No Sleep would be an understatement.

I lived on the road, out of my suitcase and literally was rarely in one city for more than 2 days. Radio promo is way serious!!! By that point, my health was suffering and my stress levels at their highest... And all I can do is wait for THE MOMENT! The moment when you feel like your hard work is paying off, even slightly. Who knew that by the end of 2009, I would be celebrating the US release of my debut album, The Bridge, my first Grammy Nomination and a #1 record at Billboard for my second single "It Kills Me".

Dreams Do Come True!!! In one short year - I have traveled the world, done some amazing things, met the most incredible people, and surpassed my own expectations. My motto to share with anyone who's working towards something is "start strong, finish stronger". Surround yourself with good people who have your best at heart, and want to see you win. The road is always gonna be filled with bumps, but believe in yourself and stay focused on the goal.

There is no such thing as luck...Only the point where hard work and opportunity meet.

Will you be ready at the crossroads?

Here's to the journey of 2010!!

Much Love and Thanks for the Support



Follow me on twitter @melaniefiona

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Billionaire Boys Club

This is SO HOT!!!! This is one guy that has talent, His creativity is very impressive.

Ice Cream Waffle Messenger Bag

Pharrell Williams x Atelier WM Candles

The Positive Influence Of A Mentor...

It was growing up that I experienced the positive influence a mentor can have on someone's life. Someone you can trust, who will support you and give you advice that is in your best interest.

Having a parent that was addicted to drugs was especially challenging for me. There were times she was unable to be there for me due to her illness which is why having a growing support system was so critical. My mentors were family members, friends and teachers that I felt comfortable sharing all aspects of my life with.

In my life, mentors played a large role.

Growing up my Grandmother, Mr. Price (my Music teacher) and my Pastor’s son kept me on the right path when the wrong path was so easily accessible.

The importance of giving back and caring for those who are most in need of help is why I often lend my time to different charities and why I started my own foundation - MARIO’s DO RIGHT FOUNDATION

I encourage you to find a mentor and make that person an important part of your life.


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Monday, January 4, 2010

Bow Wow Showing Love

Bow Wow Goes For 1 Million Downloads

Congratulations to Bow Wow reaching 1 million downloads of his highly anticipated mixtape G2... Ya Boy Bow Wow got skills

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This Is One Hot Bag!!!

The Sickest Headphones Ever!!!

RiRi and Her New Boo Matt Kemp

Holiday Special

LA Dodger Matt Kemp and RiRi getting pretty close over the holidays while vacationing in Mexico together this past weekend. They do make a cute couple, I hope they stay young and happy.

DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar Present Bow Wow - G2

Go ahead and support Bow Wow, download his highly anticipated mixtape G2. The 1st sequel was bananas!!! Now support your man by downloading the 2nd one.

1. Bow Wow - G2 Intro (0:48)
2. Bow Wow - I Do Dis (3:06)
3. Bow Wow - All Talk (3:33)
4. Bow Wow - I Wanna Rock feat Short Dawg (2:23)
5. Bow Wow - Boyfriend for the Night (2:37)
6. Bow Wow - I'm Gon' Make It feat Pleasure P (2:34)
7. Bow Wow - December 4th Freestyle (2:09)
8. Bow Wow - Every Other Prod by Cool N Dre (3:33)
9. Bow Wow - Say Something (YOUSO Remix) feat Lupe Fiasco & Drake (5:13)
10. Bow Wow - The Game Speaks (Kobe LeBron) (0:34)
11. Bow Wow - Mo Milly Freestyle (2:16)
12. Bow Wow - Dangerous (3:53)
13. Bow Wow - Come Smoke With Me Part 2 (3:11)
14. Bow Wow - Patna Dem Freestyle (2:56)
15. Bow Wow - Put In Work (Bow Speaks) (0:11)
16. Bow Wow - Shine (2:52)
17. Bow Wow - Big Everything (2:08)
18. Bow Wow - Slow It Down (Interlude) (0:17)
19. Bow Wow - Addicted to Women (1:58)
20. Bow Wow - Come Over feat Pleasure P (3:11)
21. Bow Wow - Blonde Or Brunette (2:56)

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Let's Mayor Cory A. Booker Break The Cycle Of Re-Arrest And Re-Imprisonment

Amidst the partisan rancor focused on by our national media, New Jersey has an opportunity to demonstrate substantive and even transformational bipartisanship. Newark, New Jersey, leads the nation in reducing gun violence with a 50% decrease in shootings over the last three years. This has come about by bringing together policy institutes, political leaders, activists and philanthropists from both sides of the political aisle. It has come about because we focused on data not rhetoric, pragmatism not politics. This coalition in Newark has included both Chris Christie in his position as US Attorney and Jon Corzine as our Governor. I believe we can now create a greater statewide coalition that can both reduce crime and the burden on taxpayers.

New Jersey is being crushed under the cost of capturing, adjudicating and imprisoning the same criminals again and again - a large portion of which are non-violent drug offenders. In towns, it is no different: the largest expenditure of Newark’s budget is for public safety. Over the last ten years, the Department of Corrections budget has increased by 36% to a staggering $1.2 billion (this does not include the increased expenditures in city and county jails). It costs $48,000 per inmate per year and when we release them 62% of inmates become repeat offenders within three years. As we confront the state budget crisis, we must fix a system otherwise doomed to spiral out of control, with taxpayers spending billions to fund the cycle of re-arrest and re-imprisonment.

In Newark we realized that we could not address crime's many costs to society with improved policing alone. We had to stop this vicious cycle. The most effective way to do this was to help ex-offenders so that they could reenter society with hope and pathways to productivity.

To achieve this we formed a significant right-left coalition of groups -- from the Manhattan Institute to the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, from the Nicholson Foundation to Public/Private Ventures -- to launch the Newark Prisoner Reentry Initiative, an unprecedented, federal Labor Department-funded effort to address reentry on a citywide scale.

NPRI participants are assisted in their job search and provided with mentoring and training by community organizations. So far, NPRI has served more than 600 formerly incarcerated individuals and pushed participants' one-year recidivism rate below 10%. Our reentry efforts serve hundreds more with our partners across the community. Essex County College hosts the innovative Opportunity Reconnect network of services. ReLeSe, a pro bono corps of lawyers dedicated to assisting individuals with criminal records, developed an innovative driver’s license restoration program. And the Fatherhood Center helps formerly incarcerated fathers become stronger parents and engaged citizens. Our program is early in its development. Yet it’s already clear that reductions in the recidivism rate will result in millions of dollars in savings to New Jersey taxpayers.

The package of prisoner reentry bills currently pending in the legislature provides a path toward similar solutions statewide and will greatly strengthen our on the ground efforts in Newark. These bills, introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson-Coleman, contain an array of measures proven to reduce recidivism, including provisions to eliminate barriers to employment for people with criminal records, establish a high school equivalency program for inmates, and provide inmates with necessary documentation (such as ID) to facilitate a successful transition back into the community. The bills are driven by evidence of what works and reflect the growing bipartisan understanding of how we can lower costs and help reclaim lives.

Some are quick to point out that certain provisions of the state bills would cost money at a time of tremendous fiscal strain – adding millions to the state budget in the near term. Many of these people are using this understandable concern to reflexively oppose this legislation.

However, the cost of doing nothing simply leaves the tremendous expense of arrest, adjudication and incarceration to fester and grow larger and more burdensome in coming years. We cannot be penny-wise and pound-foolish. The time to act is now. If implemented effectively, the bills not only have the ability to pay for themselves but can provide significant savings to taxpayers in future budget years. This is not fantasy or fiction; the proof can be seen in the active bipartisan success so evident in Newark right now.

-Mayor Cory A. Booker

Mayor Cory A Booker is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

His Name Fred Couch, Derrion Albert Classmate

Derrion Albert Classmate Gunned Down. After being struck in the back by a bullet the video shows Fred trying to get back up, but can’t manage to get up. Reports say three hours later Fred Couch was reported dead.

According to updated information, police said that Fred Couch was shot three times. He was struck twice in the back and once in the chest

We have to stop the violence!!! Another young black man dead behind foolishness, this is senseless and the vicious acts of crime amongst each other must stop. Stand up for change people. Pray for the family of Fred Couch

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jermaine Dupri latest watch line nupop movement inspired by pop art.
One Word HOT!!!!

Tough Times

What do we do when we begin to have tough times?

As we begin to get older things happen, things that we sometimes can't control. Things like frustration, aggavation and fear. I can honestly say that fear is the number one threat to the youth. Fear is still something that I battle with everyday and it does not get any better. Something new comes my way everyday and I sometimes can't handle it and the next thing I know I'm making myself sick and depress by worrying myself crazy. Instead of just sitting back and taking a deep breath. One thing that I learned over the years is to just be patient and let God do his work. We must not give up on hope and instead of saying It's too hard or I will never be able to get there say to yourself " I can get there, and one day I will have it in time." Pray young people... Pray!!! God hears you.