If You Don’t Have It, You Need to Just Go Ahead And Get This!!

Posted in Love and Relationships with tags , , , on March 31, 2009 by Noli

steveharvey1

Even if you have a man, you need this book.  Even if you think everything is perfect with your man, you need this book…even if just for entertainment because Steve is CRAZY!  Honestly, he serves up old school rules in a different way…and we need to hear it because we have been ignoring what our Mama’s and Grandmama’s have been saying.  We gotta stop settling for men that don’t really want us or want to use us and wait for the man that will love us unconditionally and treat us with respect.  In order to be able to discern between them, you need Steve’s book!  Let me know what you think about it….

President Obama Appoints First African American to Head the EPA

Posted in Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by Noli

lisapjackson

Lisa P. Jackson is the first African American to be appointed as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  She started working for the EPA in 1986, and eventually joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where she was named Commissioner.  After being appointed by President Obama as the Administrator of the EPA, she was confirmed unanimously in the Senate.  She will be the fourth woman and second person from New Jersey to serve as Administrator.  Sisters are DOING IT! [wikipedia]

Diddy’s Black Self Don’t Like Black Girls?!

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by Noli

Sean Combs and Ciroc

So, last week Imperative Talent Management sent out a casting call for women to appear in a new Ciroc advertisement with Diddy…and they said they only wanted to women of the following races:  “White, Hispanic, or Light Skinned African American.”  Diddy supposedly organized this casting call.  Ciroc released a statement saying that they were not aware of the “inappropriate and offensive casting call” and they in no way condone such practices.  Essentially, they are trying to stay far away from this discriminatory BS cuz they know it’s not cool with a Black woman in the White House.  For real, Diddy, your mama Janice is brown, your baby mama is brown, and you SURELY are brown…so what’s the problem?!  [hello beautiful]

We’re Shrinking

Posted in Fashion and Beauty, Health and Wellness, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2009 by Noli
Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

An economist named John Komlos did a study regarding the correlation between standards of living and body size that will be released by NHANES.  Supposedly, everyone is getting taller…but Black women who are getting SHORTER.  We average 5’4″ now, but in the 1960’s we averaged 5’5″.  Generally, mankind gets taller with each generation unless there is “war or famine.”  White women are getting taller, so why are we shrinking?

Komlos believes it is tied in some way to our high rate of obesity…I think it also may be due to high stress and/or socioeconomic conditions.  Let’s get it together ladies… [washingtonpost.com]

Is America Really Celebrating the Chocolate?

Posted in Fashion and Beauty, Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by Noli

NEWSWEEK DEC. 1 COVER

In a recent Newsweek cover article by Allison Samuels, she said the following about Michelle Obama:

“As my brunch friends and I continued talking about Michelle, our conversation wandered into one area we seldom discuss, even among our families and closest confidantes. Michelle is not only African-American, but brown. Real brown. In an era when beauty is often defined on television, in magazines and in movies as fair or white skin, long straight hair and keen features, Michelle looks nothing like the supermodels who rule the catwalks or the porcelain-faced actresses who hawk must-have cosmetics. Yet now she’s going to grace the March cover of Vogue magazine–the ultimate affirmation of beauty.

 Who and what is beautiful has long been a source of pain, anger and frustration in the African-American community. In too many cases, beauty for black women (and even black men) has meant fair skin, “good hair” and dainty facial features. Over the years, African-American icons like Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Halle Berry and Beyoncé–while beautiful and talented–haven’t exactly represented the diversity of complexions and features of most black women in this country.

 That limited scope has had a profound effect on the self-esteem of many African-American women, including me. “When I see Michelle Obama on the cover of magazines and on TV shows, I think, Wow, look at her and her brown skin,” said Charisse Hollands, a 30-year-old mail carrier from Inglewood, Calif., with flawless ebony skin. “And I don’t mean any disrespect to my sisters who aren’t dark brown, but gee, it’s nice to see a brown girl get some attention and be called beautiful by the world. That just doesn’t happen a lot, and our little girls need to see that–my little girl needs to see it.”

Michelle Obama is truly a representation of all of us.  She’s downhome and regular…she’s educated and sophisticated.  She’s a mother and a wife, a lawyer and an orator.  She’s just as comfortable in a suit as she is in some sweats.  She’s beautiful, she’s brown, and she has a booty (can I get an amen?)  I only have one thing to say…BLACK IS BACK!!!!! [Michael Shaw - Huffington Post]

Black Superwomen More Likely to Have Pre-Term Births

Posted in Community, Health and Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by Noli

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Black women are twice as likely to have babies before the 37th week of their pregnancy…though 38-42 weeks is the norm.  Since we are more likely to give birth early, we are more likely to also have problems with our preganancy or our babies are more likely to have problems.  Supposedly 12% of Black women have a gene defect that causes a decrease in collagen…and collagen is the protein that strengthens the sac that the fetus grows in.  This decrease in collagen increases the chance of pre-term births.  Black women should eat healthy, exercise, take vitamins, stop smoking, and lose weight if they want to decrease their changes of pre-term births. [WJZ-TV 13 Baltimore]

Black Superwoman Mentioned in Obama’s Acceptance Speech

Posted in Civil Rights, Community, Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2008 by Noli

annnixoncooper

During President Elect Obama’s acceptance speech, he mentioned a 106 year old Black Superwoman named Ann Nixon Cooper of Atlanta:

“This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations, but one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing…Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.  She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons…because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.  And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America…the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.”

In the interview on CNN about Ms. Cooper voting early in Atlanta, she said that she didn’t have time to die because she needed to see a Black President.  This victory is for Ms. Cooper and for everyone else that struggled and sacrificed so that Black people and Women could vote and have a voice. [CNN]

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