Category: Relationships Written by Shanon A. Stanislaus
Married for over a decade, Brian K. and Nene Marks are a symbol of the 1 in 9 mixed-race marriages in the USA today. Brooklyn-born Brian and Nene, a native of Liberia, Africa, met at an industry function many years ago. Brian, who has spent 30 years creating ethnic hair care brands such as African Pride and Dr. Miracle's, worked with Nene to create her own hair care line, Nene's Secret. Nene came to the USA at age 17 speaking very little English, and developed a successful acting and modeling career. The couple, who have worked on the Nene's Secret brand over the last 2 years, also have 4 children.
"We've been blessed to have never experienced direct racism in relation to our relationship and marriage. Though our marriage surprised both sets of our parents, for sure, their eventual love and support was deeply appreciated," Nene said. "To my knowledge, we're the first mixed-race couple to market an ethnic hair care product. With Brian's background, my experience as a model, and knowledge of the natural ingredients from my rich homeland in Africa, creating a great product that all consumers can enjoy is what Nene's Secret is all about." With their successful marriage and great working relationship, they hope to be an inspiration.
"Negativity and chaos have always been a part of the world," says Nene, "but there are millions of happy mixed-race couples and marriages, and we all need to highlight and celebrate them."
Comments are gladly welcome at www.NenesSecret.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 12:02
Category: Relationships Written by Media Relations
A recent CNN article talks about the far-reaching effects of student loans and how student debts are causing students to delay spending, saving - and marriage. The majority of borrowers said they had not anticipated having such a difficult time repaying their loans and 60% feel some amount of regret
about the decision to fund their education using loans. Kerrigan is a college graduate who has not even bothered to look for a girlfriend though being married has been his dream. During the economic
downturn, he found a job as a security guard.
"I am absolutely sure that no girl would look at what I do and consider me a prospect for marriage." Said Kerrigan. "Making money is all I care for - and I see that as the only way I will attract a girl."
His story is among the many singles who postponed marriage because of having 'not made it' yet in their career. Some couples who are considering forming a family are holding back as they could not even meet the basic financial requirements to be independent -- staying at home with their parents, carpooling to work etc.
Marriage expert and bestselling author Hellen Chen, whose marital advice has been showcased in over 200 publications, radio and TV interviews in 18 countries worldwide, has a unique viewpoint from her experience as an unorthodox matchmaker. She has helped over 100 men and women to get
married regardless of their background. Chen said, "In generations before us, we do not hear of such reasoning that a guy or a girl needs to have financial achievements in order to marry. Yet, in modern society, 'no money' has been one of the top reasons why someone has delayed marriage. "
Chen observed that career has come before marriage instead of the healthier way of having career and marriage at the same time -- forming a family while striving for success in a career.
Chen sees this as a dangerous trend that is eroding the basic building blocks of society. When the idea of forming a family is suppressed by 'lack of money,' men and women have already lost their dream of having a family. "All my attention was on making money - nothing else." said Kerrigan,
who then attended one of Chen's Love Workshop last year. At Chen's matchmaking effort, he married his current wife Amy and Amy is now 6 months pregnant. "I have no idea that a married life would bring so much to my life." said Kerrigan. "I have never felt that life could be so complete with
someone by my side. And with our baby who is arriving, it gave me more motivation to strive harder. My wife and I are working together to overcome any financial difficulties. I could not ask for more!"
"There is no rule in marriage." said Chen, who has worked with many singles and couples personally, and some of them for many years to help them through various difficulties of keeping a relationship.
Chen documented these real-life stories in her book "The Matchmaker of the Century." This book subsequently became the Number One bestselling relationship and marriage book on Barnes and Noble. "All these 'rules' and 'conditions' about having to have money first before getting married are laid in for the sake of having security. But if having money is a security in marriage, why are we seeing divorces affecting well-to-do people anyways?" said Chen. "You can have love and money. Being married does not rob a person of career opportunities. But getting married will help a person mature faster and become more able to accomplish more in his or her career."
Chen added. For young adults, Chen advised them to work hard and have their own career paths but never delay marriage because of money. "You are only 20 years old or 27 years old once. You want to be able to do everything together - work, marry and raise children. Waiting drains
your energy. But having a family energize you and strengthen your base." Chen said. To help working professionals to learn how to step into marriage and balance marriage and career, Chen has started a series of Love Seminars around the world. She has also launched a "Love You Forever" campaign and will personally married off at least 60 singles this year. For more information about Chen's familial philosophies, visit http://MatchmakerOfTheCentury.com
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:56
Category: LifeStyle Written by Black Doctor
How to read sunscreen labels...it's a question that not enough people ask, particularly African Americans, who often incorrectly believe that because of darker complexions, they are naturally protected from sun dangers.
What are the words you need to focus on when choosing the best sunscreen for yourself and your family? The Food and Drug Administration has recently established new sunscreen labeling requirements in an effort to help people better understanding the products they're using.
Some of the changes are: Sunscreens under SPF 15 must carry a warning saying they protect against sunburn but not skin cancer or skin aging.
The "water resistant" label on sunscreens only applies for 40 to 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.
"Broad spectrum" on a label means it protects against both UV-A and B rays.
No sunscreen can claim to be waterproof or sweat-proof.
Dermatologists say that these changes will help consumers use sunscreen products more effectively.
Another doctor tip: The common rule of thumb is that you should apply a shot glass size amount of sunscreen to cover the whole body, and that amount should be reapplied every two hours.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:45
Category: LifeStyle Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
What are the best vitamins for beautiful skin? You already know that a well-balanced diet is important for good health. Considering that your skin is your body's largest organ, it makes sense that certain nutrients are essential for preventing and reversing many signs of skin aging, as well as maintaining supple and glowing skin.
That said, experts note that the body delivers only a certain percentage of vitamins to your skin, no matter how much you ingest. Which is why applying key vitamins topically can help deliver maximum benefits, including improving your skin's texture and making your complexion more even-toned.
Here are the top vitamins to put on your skin:
Vitamin A (retinoid)
What it does: Fades brown spots and smooths roughness.
Where to find it: Lotion, treatment creams and night creams (vitamin A derivatives are known as retinoids), and prescription products.
How to use it: Apply retinoids only at night, since sunlight inactivates most forms of vitamin A. Prescription retinoids work fastest, within four to eight weeks.
Note: Some retinoids can cause redness, scaling, and flaking. If you're new to retinoid use, start by applying every second or third night for the first two weeks, and build up to nightly use. Apply sparingly; a pea-size amount is enough to cover your entire face.
Vitamin B3 (niamcinamide)
What it does: Helps increase skin hydration, makes skin less irritable and reduces dark spots.
Where to find it: Lotions, creams and serums.
How to use it: For maximum results, apply B3 vitamins twice a day. To reduce irritation from your retinoid, use it in conjunction with niacinamide by mixing them together in the palm of your hand before applying.
What it does: Helps smooth the skin and fades dark spots. It also destroys the free radicals that trigger sagging and other aging changes.
Where to find it: Serums and moisturizers. Look for C near the middle of the ingredients panel to help ensure the 5% or higher concentration.
How to use it: Apply vitamin C in the morning before applying sunscreen.
What it does: Prevents dryness by helping skin retain its natural moisture, neutralizes damaging free radicals, and boosts the skins's UV defenses.
Where to find it: Serums, moisturizers and sunscreens and after-sun products. The best anti-aging products contain at least 1% vitamin E.
How to use it: Follow the instructions for the particular product you're using, and be sure to apply before sun exposure.
What it does: Reduces dark circles under eyes
Where to find it: Eye creams.
How to use it: Apply at night.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:45
Category: Food Written by Food Doctor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to set a new, and stricter, limit on the permissible amount of arsenic allowed in apple juice, following a year of pressure from consumer groups regarding the dangers of children drinking the juice over long periods of time.
Here are the safety facts that you need to know...
Studies have shown that the juice contains very low levels of arsenic, a cancer-causing agent found in everything from water to soil to pesticides. While the FDA has previously claimed that the arsenic levels are not dangerous to consumers, they've decided to limit the permissible amount to the same level currently permitted in drinking water.
Under the new regulation, apple juice containing more than 10 parts per billion could be removed from the market and companies could face legal action. Agency officials stressed that the vast majority of juices on the market are already below the threshold.
"Overall the supply of apple juice is very safe and does not represent a threat to public health," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, in an interview with The Associated Press. "We decided to put forward this proposed action level to give guidance to industry and to assure ongoing safety and quality."
Many experts – including the government and consumer advocates – agree that drinking small amounts of apple juice isn't harmful. The concern involves the effects of drinking large amounts of juice over long periods of time.
Another point of agreement is that children under 6 shouldn't be drinking much juice anyway, because it's high in calories. Health experts say children under 6 shouldn't drink any more than 6 ounces of juice a day – about the size of a juice box. Infants under 6 months shouldn't drink juice at all.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said Friday children should be encouraged to eat whole fruit.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:19
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