Category: Fashion Written by Steve Holsey
If there is a category in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest dreadlocks, the acknowledgement would likely go to Damian Marley, son of the late, legendary — and still king of reggae — Bob Marley. His hair comes within a few inches of touching the ground!
It is easy to understand why Marley would quip, “We grow our hair because of our faith, but it’s getting heavy!”
Marley has won three Grammy Awards and one of his albums, “Welcome to Jamrock,” was certified Gold when it reached the 500,000 sales mark. His mother, who is White, is a musician and in 1976 was Miss World.
Of Bob Marley’s 11 children, three were with his wife, Rita (including Ziggy Marley), two adopted from Rita’s previous relationships, plus six others with various women.
Among Bob Marley’s best known songs is “Lively Up Yourself.” Evidently he did a lot of “lively-ing up.”
TAMAR BRAXTON, one of the four sisters of Toni Braxton, has been signed by Epic Records and plans to have something out soon. Because they never had a smash, most people are unaware that the Braxtons recorded two albums as a group, “Good Life” and “So Many Ways.” Toni was only on the first one.
It’s interesting that Toni is so much shorter than Tamar, Traci, Trina and Towanda.
Here is an interesting quote from Samuel L. Jackson who, by the way, has been in nearly 150 movies: “We’ve come a long way in our thinking but also in our moral decay. I can’t imagine Dr. Martin Luther King watching ‘Real Housewives’ or ‘Jersey Shore.’”
Soul crooner Will Downing’s just-released CD, “Silver,” is not just another album. It represents the acknowledgement of this being his 25th year in the business.
FANTASIA has made it clear that reading is not one of the things she does best, but for the sake of career sustainment and self-preservation there are times when what one “likes” to do is of little importance.
“I hate to read,” said Fantasia bluntly. “But one thing I do read are my contracts because I will not allow anybody to mess me up.”
In a recent column I wrote about a hair designer from Detroit, from “Hair Wars,” who calls herself “Katrina the Glam Tech,” winning the big Bronner Bros. hair show competition in Atlanta in the Fantasy category. Well, the person in the picture was actually one of Katrina’s models. So this week we are printing another picture.
On June 13, Berry Gordy will receive the Pioneer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York. Gordy wrote songs such as “Lonely Teardrops” (Jackie Wilson), “Do You Love Me?” (the Contours), “You Got What It Takes” (Marv Johnson), “Try It Baby” (Marvin Gaye) and was part of the team that wrote most of the early Jackson 5 hits.
Gordy joked that he thought he was pretty good until Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie emerged as songwriters. “Then,” said Gordy, “I went into free fall.”
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW...that in the summer of 1964 Motown released an album titled “Stevie at the Beach,” featuring mostly “beach themed” songs.
MEMORIES: “Caught Up in the Rapture” (Anita Baker), “Knock on Wood” (Eddie Floyd), “Get on the Dance Floor” (Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock), “Haven’t You Heard?” (Patrice Rushen), “Cool Jerk” (the Capitols), “Stop Your Weeping (the Dramatics), “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” (the Honey Cone), “Leaving Me” (the Independents), “Another One Bites the Dust” (Queen), “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” (Nina Simone), “Spirit of the Boogie” (Kool & the Gang).
BLESSINGS to Keith Owens, Pam Owens, Joan Rogers, Clyde Brooks, Michael Winans, Regina Winans, Theresa Hill, Anthony Neely, Marcus Amick, Terry Cabell,
Melody Moore and Eric Merchant.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Patti LaBelle: “Life doesn’t come with a rewind button. If you want to live genuinely, you have to free yourself from the opinions, beliefs, attitudes and judgements of others.”
Let the music play!
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 14:21
Category: Fashion Written by RJ Barnhill
Forget clothes. The trend that is popping up everywhere is bangs. After First Lady Michelle Obama stepped out with her blunt cut face-framing fringe, many celebrities seemed to take their style cues from our fashionable FLOTUS. From retro cuts to side bangs to full-on, blunt fringes, it is clear bangs are having a moment. The best part about this trend is bangs are an easy and inexpensive way to update your look. But which style will best suit you? Worry not, we’ve hand-picked five of the best celebrity fringe hairstyles to inspire your next salon trip.
The most popular and flattering style for any face shape is wearing a fuller, long bang with any length hair. This style brings out the eyes because the length of the bang ends exactly where your eye starts. It is a youthful look because the thickness of the bang hides any lines on the forehead. This style is best for straight hair as the bangs need to fall flat on the forehead. Michigan humidity can curl any type of hair so the use of a flat iron to keep hair straightened is suggested.
Kerry Washington’s bangs are cut in a horseshoe shape around the face, with the longest pieces falling below her cheek bones. This keeps her face open. The contrast of soft layered curls and pin straight face framing bangs also makes Kerry Washington’s shoulder-length style feel feminine and relaxed.
In 1955 Bettie Page’s iconic raven fringe, worn curled under and slightly shorter on the sides, was more naughty than nice. Here, Nicole Scherzinger continues to rock the vampy pinup-inspired hairstyle. Scherzinger paired the short bangs with victory rolls and long tendrils gracing her shoulders. With the bangs cut shorter on the sides, the fringe appears to arc towards her hairline making her cat like eyes more noticeable yet mysterious.
Rihanna is a hair chameleon and never sticks with one cut or color for long. But now she’s rocking curly, blonde locks with wispy bangs, and it is a nice departure from her edgier cuts. If you have a diamond-shaped face or an angular jaw, wispy fringe can balance your look. This style is also has effortless summer appeal. To achieve the wind blown beachy look be sure to cut into the bangs vertically to eliminate bulk on the ends.
Hide and Peek
In the early 1940s, screen siren Veronica Lake popularized a longer, textured “peekaboo bang.” Side-parted over one eye and worn with a wave, the sexy style has recently made its way onto Kelly Rowland’s glossy mane. This look really works for Kelly because it helps to draw attention away from her more prominent chin and instead draws attention to her framed peepers.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 14:22
Category: Parenting Written by Amber L. Bogins
It’s only officially winter for three months, but it can feel like forever. It’s barely winter when Christmas happens and you’re dreaming of a white Christmas. After that, it’s just Jack Frost nipping nose at your nose and freezing the locks on your car door. The bitter cold, the lack of sunshine…the snow, can make it very hard to stay bubbly until spring. Here are six easy tips to get through the winter blues:
1. Turn the lights on in the morning when you wake up. Otherwise, you’ll only want to go back to sleep.
2. Keep the house to a toasty temperature (think 72) the morning. Cold air makes you want to snuggle deeper into the covers.
3. Do something fun once a week. Meet your friends for happy hour or catch a new movie. Theaters charge matinee prices during the week.
4. Take vitamins, specifically vitamin D to make up for the lack of sunshine and enhance your mood.
5. Brighten up your house. Add a splash of color with throw pillows, a new painting, flowers, or if you’re feeling very industrious, paint or reupholster your furniture.
6. Bundle up and play outside. Yeah, it’s cold outside, but there a ton of fun things to do in the snow. Skiing, sledding, ice skating, snow ball fights…don’t let winter make you a hermit.
Follow Amber L. Bogins on Twitter @AmberLaShaii
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 14:22
Category: Relationships Written by NewsOne
Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, is being sued for child support by a woman he allegedly had an affair with in 1995,while he was still married to ex-wife Juanita. The mother wants full custody and support. Plus, she wants the boy, Taj, to have Jordan’s last name.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 14:20
Category: Parenting Written by WDIV
Whether you are looking forward to or dreading the first day of preschool for your child, no parent can deny that sending a child off to preschool for the first time can be an emotional roller-coaster. Excited for the next step in your child's life, yet still wanting them to remain your baby, you often have a difficult time as you make the transition to being a parent of school-age children. If you find yourself an emotional wreck on the first day of preschool, you'll want to contain your emotions to help your child make the transition as smoothly as possible.
Start With What You Can Control
One way to contain your emotions on the first day of preschool is to focus on the things that you do have control over. For example, WebMD notes the importance of a well-balanced diet for preschool-age children -- don't let your little one head out the door without a balanced breakfast. Similarly, help your child get a good night's rest. You'll both benefit. By taking control of the factors in your child's life that you can control, you'll feel more in charge and less like your child is growing up and slipping away.
Though this might be your first child, chances are that the preschool has seen hundreds or thousands of children through their first day of school. If they have guidelines in place for dropping children off at the door or at the curb, or recommend what parents should do on the first day of school, take their advice to heart. These rules aren't in place to make the day harder for you or your child. Rather, preschools know how to help everyone, parents included, survive the first day of school. Listen to your child's teachers and program directors. Most recommend giving your child hugs and kisses, and then not lingering by the door. It might seem heartless at first, but it's for the best for the children, and for moms and dads.
Remind Yourself Of The Benefits Of Preschool
Instead of focusing on the sadness you feel at this separation from your child, focus on the benefits your child will receive from attending a preschool program. WebMD mentions the importance of preschools and playgroups as a part of a child's development, and a way to help them grow and learn to interact with other children. By focusing on the great things ahead for your child, instead of how hard the changes might be for you, you'd better be able to cope with your emotions when they creep up on you on those early school days.
Help Your Child Make The Transition To Preschool As Smooth As Possible
By managing your own emotions during this sometimes difficult adjustment period, you can help your child feel secure as he or she heads into the next step of life.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 14:23
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