Friday, December 19, 2008

Emmy Nominated Karim Orange Shares "Going Green" Cosmetic Tips!

I believe that in heaven we will be able to go to any cosmetic or makeup counter and not have to worry one bit about all of the additives and ingredients involved. Ingredients that cause us an array of diseases. BUT, we are not in heaven. So how about in a perfect world? Can we find ingredients that won't harm us but still keep us the divas we aspire to be?
Nowadays divas need to be just as concerned with not only what we put on are bodies but what we put in our bodies. And as we know, if it goes on your skin it goes a whole lot deeper.

So lets try and make this Holiday season a green one.

Start with a good foundation. Even if you must apply your current foundation or powder with all of its toxic chemicals, lay down a organic compound first..your skin will love you for it.

My picks:
*For glowing skin try Barleans The Essential Women. This is a supplement you take orally for the skin to make you glow glow glow and it contains omega 3-6 and 9 essential fatty acids.

*Suki pure facial moisture in formula sited for your skin type. It contains ingredients such as jojoba, sunflower, grape seed, rice germ, evening primrose, rose hip seed & carrot seed oils*, 100% natural non-gmo vitamin e, organic apricot kernel oil, calendula, lavender, rose & carrot seed extracts*, aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil) *organic
This lays a good foundation available at Whole Foods Market

*Powder by ZuZu Luxe- they are totally out of this world,very soft blendable. Available at Whole Foods Market

*Foundations in your shade try Nvey- This is one of the only certified organic lines out there available at Macy's

*Blush by Dr Hauschka-in color appropriate for your skin

* Eye shadows try Zuzu for some fun-hip colors try Gabriel Cosmetics for some basics both available at Whole Foods

The rest is all about lips this season...lipstick and its ingredient's are the most important cosmetic product you place on your face since we end up eating most of it....Make it organic..

*Nvey to the rescue great ingredients and color

367 is a wonderful lip color for most shades except the very very fair and the very very dark.Go bold and pucker up by adding gloss in Amour Rose

370 is a wonderful peachy color perfect for blondes everyday, intensify with Fresh gloss

359 is also great for blonds or anyone who desires a bit of pink

351 wonderful on deeper skin tones

356 is a beautiful, beautiful color for deeper skin tones, very rich like velvet, make it pop more by adding coco honey lip-gloss

355 I love, purple is in! red red red

369 is a true orange red, add temptress gloss for evening for deeper skin tones start with lipstick 354 and add temptress gloss to make it a red for your skin tone.

seduce me- is a wonderful everyday gloss with a little color great on someone with natural pink lips

Karim Orange is a nationally known natural cosmetics expert, celebrity make-up artist and two-time Emmy Award nominee whose work graces the faces of countless stars in television, music, movies and the theater. But Karim is a make-up activist as well -- and one of the most respected pioneers out there, leading the charge for more transparency in make-up ingredients and more choices for real women who want to look fantastic without fear of harmful chemicals and additives. By opening Organic Orange Studio, Karim is fulfilling both a professional goal and a lifelong calling: to educate and empower every woman to look like the star in her.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fullback Ovie Mughelli Upclose & Personal

Thanks to Eddie Rhodman his publicist for sending this over. I like Ovie, he is a real sweetheart!


Getting to know Millionaire Fullback Ovie Mughelli
December 16, 2008 by

28 year old Ovie Mughelli is single, handsome, the highest paid fullback in the NFL and one of its hardest working athletes. In an interview with African Vibes Magazine’s Amabel Niba for the Jan/Feb 2009 Issue, Mughelli talks about his experience growing up in the US with Nigerian parents, their cultural differences and some of the challenges he had to overcome to become one of the best fullbacks in the NFL.

The Interview Preview:
Amabel Niba: Did you feel any different from the African American kids?
Ovie Mughelli: I always knew I was different from the African American kids. My mother would usually say “you are not like everyone else. You are an African child”. Some of the things that the other kids could do, I wasn’t allowed to do.
Amabel Niba: You took a tough journey and are now the highest paid Fullback in the NFL. Did you ever doubt yourself?
Ovie Mughelli: I doubted myself in college. Wake Forest was a very distinguished school. I was the only football player there who tried to go Premed. I was taking all the hard classes such as Organic Chemistry, Biology… I even took Anatomy. The students in the class were not athletes so they had twice as much time to study; to prepare and to be involved in the class. Being a student athlete, I didn’t have as much time. I was flying to Texas, New York … all over the place to play games and then I had to practice. It was difficult for me. I would go to class sometimes, tired and sleepy drinking coffee trying to stay awake. I would sit in the class for an hour and have no idea what the teacher was saying yet the test was tomorrow.
There are times when I would say “Am I even good enough to try to be a doctor like my Dad? Am I even good enough to be a Premed student? The stuff is so hard. I can’t even understand it.” Whenever I got into situations like that, I would go back to what my parents taught me as a child. I would look at everyone in the class and say “If these people can do it, I can do it too. I just have to work hard. There is no reason I can’t do it. I just need to calm down, work harder, get more help and properly schedule my time.” Time management is what my parents preach. That’s how they got to where they are today. I had to cut out the partying, cut out hanging out with girls so I could spend more time on my major which was Sports Medicine. If I wanted to be good, I had to work at it.
The same thing goes to football. When I got into the NFL, I doubted myself so much. I thought to myself “I was good in College. I was actually great in college but can I make it in the NFL? The guys are so big and so fast.” You had Guys like Ray Lewis … I could beat linebackers in college but in the NFL, the line backers were monstrous. They were beastly. They had veins popping out of their arms. They were like gladiators with red eyes. That’s how they seemed to me at the time; Like these immortal monsters. I felt like there was no way little old me could block them. I remember going up against Ray Lewis who is a perennial pro baller and one of the best in the league and he knocked me down. I went up again and he knocked me down. I got up again the third time and he knocked me down. It took every bit of courage that I had, to get up again and say you know what? I’m going to keep on coming at this guy full speed until I knock him down. It took me a couple of weeks of getting into the weight room working out and working on my technique but eventually I was able to not get knocked down. Soon I was able to hold my own and push him back.
It’s just about working at it. I would never have gotten to the point where I could knock him down, where I could take on any linebacker and feel like one of the best at what I do if I had given up. It’s all about persistence, sticking to it and not giving up on yourself because if you give up on yourself you will not have a chance to know how good you really are.
Read the entire interview in the upcoming digital and print edition of the African Vibes Magazine coming out January 1st 2009.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Eating Tips

Ok, these tips are just as relevant as the business tips. We need to know these things!!!!

Enjoy & Happy Holidays ~


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or
get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Top 10 Things You Should Know As An Unsigned Artist!

Top 10 Tips Given By "Reality". Check it out, he is droppnig jewels!!!!

1.) Network - Networking is one of the major keys to success if you’re an unsigned artist. "Your Net Work often determines your Net Worth." Find out who some of the major players are in your area and start establishing relationships that can help you on your road to success.

2.) Unique Material - Often times artists try and make music that sounds like or similar to a record that is currently successful. This has had a major effect on the creativity in music. If you create your own unique material, and make it quality it will be a whole lot easier for you to stand out of the thousands of artists that are out there.

3.) Work Ethic - You must have a tenacious work ethic, if you want totake your career to the next level. If that means you have to work a 9-5 job during the day and work on your career immediately after, then so be it. I always say if you work 8 hours for someone else, you should work at least 8 hours if not more for your own dream. This not only will help you make progress in your career, it will also be motivation to those on your team.

4.) New Media - The internet has caused a revolution in the way we operate. It is one of the best ways to market yourself for the least amount of money. You can create a movement online that can span around the globe. Make sure you develop your website as well as sites like, Myspace, Facebook and work the internet like it is the streets.

5.) Teamwork - Team work is one of the main keys to success. Many great artists have had teams that believed in them and supported them before anyone else. Make sure you have a strong support system that will help, motivate, and support you through out your road to success. It is tough to be every where and do every thing by yourself. Work smarter not harder and team work is the smartest way to work.

6.) Be able to take Criticism - If you are an artist you have to have thick skin. You will constantly face criticism and rejection on your road to success. Once you make it and become successful you will face twice as much criticism. Therefore, be open to helpful criticism that can help you grow as an artist. The flip side to that is to not feed too much into constant negative criticism from people who don't see your vision. Those people might not see what you see yet.

7.) Performing - Artists performance skills often dictates the growth of his or her movement. Remember people want to see someone on stage do what the average person in the audience can't do. If you are a great performer you will help create fans. Fans often results in sales and so forth.

8.) Marketing - Artist should market themselves in a way that is believable and genuine. If you are an artist from the suburbs but you try to come off as an artist from the hood, people will eventually see through your image. You want to market yourself as much as possible. However, make sure it is unique and authentic. Stay true to yourself.

9.) Learn The Language - Unsigned artist should understand the terms that are beneficial to them. Artist or management should understand common terms such as BDS, Sound scan, Media base, and etc. A lot of artists even neglect setting up publishing with ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. They are critical and beneficial to them receiving royalties for your music. Understand the language and use it to your advantage.

10.) Never Give Up - If it is your dream to be in the music business then you have to be committed to achieving your dream. Like the legend Bob Marley said "When one door is closed, another is open." Don't give up if you get rejected, focus on your dream and push forward.

Jamaal "Reality" Meeks is currently an A&R for SRC/ Universal Records.He is also Co-CEO of All Is One Entertainment that puts on monthly showcases called Faces In The Crowd for the unsigned community. So far they have helped 4 artist get major label deals in the last couple years. One artist we have helped get signed threw our showcase is "Chrisette Michelle" She is currently featured on Jay-Z new single "Lost Ones" This is the premiere showcase in NYC. Jamaal is also a talented producer and has produced music for many of the shows you see on MTV and VH1 (TRL, Direct Effect, Cribs, Real World, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, Made, Sweet 16, 50 cent House Party, Shady National Convention, to name a few. I have also produced and worked with the likes of Bishop Lamont (Aftermath Records), Camp Lo (SRC/ Universal Motown Records), Majic Massey (SRC? Universal Motown Records), Posta Boy, Prodigy (Mobb Deep), Taje (Thug Life), Yung RZ, Killa Mike (Purple Ribbon Records), D-Lou, Big Tuck (Universal Records), Tyree (MTC/ Universal New Zealand), and Flashy (Ruff Ryders/ Interscope Records) Jamaal Meeks is also CEO of Future History LLC which is an umbrella company for a management company, production company and clothing line.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Barack Obama: 50 Facts You Might Not Know.

Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama
By Jon Swaine
Last Updated: 3:40PM GMT 11 Nov 2008

• He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
• He was known as " O'Bomber" at high school for his skill at basketball
• His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili
• His favourite meal is wife Michelle's shrimp linguini
• He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father
• He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed
• He has read every Harry Potter book
• He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali
• He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice cream
• His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars
• He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia
• He can speak Spanish
• While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on instead
• His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea
• He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president – he didn't
• He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia
• He can bench press an impressive 200lbs
• He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full name
• His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
• He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister's fiancé, but left when a stripper arrived
• His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy
• He and Michelle made $4.2 million (£2.7 million) last year, with much coming from sales of his books
• His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
• He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck
• He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.
• His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees
• He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date
• He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
• He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol
• He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician
• As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine
• His daughters' ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)
• He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside
• He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal
• His house in Chicago has four fire places
• Daughter Malia's godmother is Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita
• He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry
• He uses an Apple Mac laptop
• He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300
• He wears $1,500 (£952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits
• He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes
• He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (£13)
• His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire
• He was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service handlers
• He was nicknamed "Bar"by his late grandmother
• He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds
• His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso
• His speciality as a cook is chilli
• He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were "street urchins"
• He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life
• His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's The Holidays Ya'll!

Happy Holidays!!!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Thursday, November 13, 2008

If I Had My Life To Live Over

Erma Bombeck wrote the following before she passed from cancer. I felt compelled to share this because we are often preoccupied with things that are so insignificant. We are attached to what things look like, we make up stories about people that are just that....made up! We inject our "stuff" into the air that others breath and it is stifling! And of course, a conversation could clear the air but it seems easier to breath the pollution. We talk ourselves into feeling better to go to jobs that we hate and we are not patient with one another.

She is right, how much time do we spend trying to figure out why this person doesn't like us, or what did we say to make this person stop talking to us, or what did they mean by that email. It goes on and on....

When I read this it was like a breath of fresh air! And as usual, Erma Bombeck has a point.. it doesn't really matter. Live life!




by Erma Bombeck

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.'

There would have been more 'I love you's' More 'I'm sorry's.'

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute. look at it and really see it . . live it and never give it back.

STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!! Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

If you don't mind, send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends. Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Barack Obama Becomes The 44th President In Historic Election

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.
Mr. Obama's election amounted to a national catharsis -- a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Mr. Obama's call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country. But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation's fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago.

Mr. Obama, 47, a first-term Democratic senator from Illinois, defeated Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, a former prisoner of war who was making his second bid for the presidency.

Mr. McCain offered a gracious concession speech at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix shortly after 11:15 p.m. Eastern time, quieting his booing supporters more than once when he mentioned Mr. Obama's name. "Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself, and for his country," he said, adding that he was sorry that Mr. Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise him during his teenage years, had not lived to see the day; she died on Sunday.

"These are difficult times for our country, and I pledged to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face," Mr. McCain said. "I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together."

To the very end, Mr. McCain's campaign was eclipsed by an opponent who was nothing short of a phenomenon, drawing huge crowds epitomized by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to hear Mr. Obama's victory speech in Grant Park in Chicago.
Mr. McCain also fought the headwinds of a relentlessly hostile political environment, weighted down with the baggage left to him by President Bush and an economic collapse that took place in the middle of the general election campaign.

The day shimmered with history as voters began lining up before dark hours before polls opened to take part in the culmination of a campaign that, over the course of two years, commanded an extraordinary amount of attention from the American public.
As the returns became known, and Mr. Obama passed milestone after milestone, winning Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa and New Mexico many Americans rolled into the streets to celebrate what many described, with perhaps overstated if understandable exhilaration, a new era in a country where just 143 years ago, Mr. Obama, as a black man, could have been owned as a slave.
For Republicans, especially the conservatives who have dominated the party for nearly three decades, the night represented a bitter setback and left them contemplating where they now stand in American politics.

Mr. Obama led his party in a decisive sweep of Congress, putting Democrats in control of both the House and the Senate by overwhelming numbers and the White House for the first time since 1995, when Bill Clinton was president. The president-elect and his expanded Democratic majority now faces the task of governing the country through a difficult period: the likelihood of a deep and prolonged recession.
The roster of defeated Republicans included some notable party moderates including Senator John Sununu of New Hampshire and Rep. Chris Shays of Connecticut signaling that the Republican conference that convenes in Washington next January will not only be smaller, but more conservative.

Mr. Obama will come into office after an election in which he laid out a number of clear promises: to cut taxes for most Americans, to get the United States out of Iraq in a fast ifand orderly fashion, and to expand health care. In a recognition of the difficult transition he faces, given the economic crisis, Mr. Obama is expected to begin filling White House jobs as early as this week.
The Democratic sweep took down some well-known Republican senators, including Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and John E. Sununu of New Hampshire. But Democrats failed to achieve the 60-seat majority required to prevent Republican filibusters.

Mr. Obama defeated Mr. McCain in Ohio, a central battleground in American politics, despite a huge effort that brought Mr. McCain and his running-mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, back there repeatedly. Ohio was a state Mr. Obama lost decisively to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York in the Democratic primary.
Mr. McCain failed to take from Mr. Obama the two Democratic states that were at the top of his target list: New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. And in addition to Ohio, Democrats captured two other Republican states, Iowa and New Mexico.

Mr. Obama comes into office with Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware, his vice-presidential running mate. Even before the final results were called, there were indications that Mr. McCain's advisers were in fact unhappy with their vice-presidential candidate, Ms. Palin, who was announced by Mr. McCain to an explosion of enthusiasm and interest by conservatives and since caused a series of embarrassments for Mr. McCain.
Mr. McCain's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, demurred when asked whether he thought in was happy with Ms. Palin's performance. "I'm not going to go there," Mr. Schmidt said. "There'll be time for the post-mortems in the race."

Initial signs were that Mr. Obama benefited from a huge turnout of voters, but particularly among blacks. That group of voters made up 13 percent of the electorate on Tuesday, according to surveys of people leaving the polls, compared with 11 percent in 2006. In North Carolina, Republicans said that the huge surge of African-Americans was one of the big factors that lead to Mrs. Dole's loss.

Mr. Obama also did strikingly well among Hispanic voters, beating Mr. McCain did far less better among those voters than Mr. Bush did in 2004, suggesting the damage the Republican Party has suffered among those voters over four years in which Republicans have been at the forefront on the effort to crack down on illegal immigrants.

As thousands of people gathered in downtown Chicago to celebrate their hometown candidate, the audience erupted in bursts of applause each time a state was called for Mr. Obama. The party took on the air of a drive-in movie theater, with his supporters remaining eerily quiet until a new development flashed across giant television screens. A thundering roar sounded when the roll call of projected Democratic victories suddenly included Ohio.

Senator Barack Obama stood on the brink of an historic victory Tuesday after he appeared to have won enough electoral votes to defeat Senator John McCain for president and to become the first African-American to serve as the nation's chief executive.

Mr. Obama won Ohio, a key battleground in American presidential politics, and held off assaults by Mr. McCain in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, the top two states that Democrats won in 2004 that Mr. McCain had fought to take back.
The exit polls found that a broad majority of voters considered the economy to be the most important issue facing the nation. And Mr. Obama was viewed as much more qualified than Mr.McCain to deal with that issue.

Blacks made up 13 percent of the total electorate, up from 11 percent last time, the polls showed. More than 95 percent of them said they had voted for Mr. Obama, an African-American. Mr. Obama was also winning overwhelmingly among Latino voters. Mr. McCain was faring much poorer among those voters compared with how President Bush performed in 2004, suggesting a long-term problem for the Republican Party with a rapidly growing demographic group.
Mr. Obama held on to the two top Democratic states that Mr. McCain had targeted to win back, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain were in their home states late Tuesday, awaiting final results. Tens of thousands of Mr. Obama's supporters gathered in Grant Park in his hometown, Chicago, to greet him. Mr. McCain was planning to address supporters at a ballroom in the elegant Biltmore Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Phoenix.

In what was shaping up as a good night for the Democratic Party, its candidates knocked off Republican senators in New Hampshire and North Carolina, while picking up an open Senate seat in Virginia with the victory of Mark R. Warner, a former governor, to succeed John W. Warner, a Republican who is retiring.

Senator John E. Sununu of New Hampshire was ousted by former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, while Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina was beaten by a Democratic state lawmaker, Kay R. Hagan.
Reflecting Mr. Obama's ability to draw new voters to his side, 70 percent of people voting for the first time said they had backed him. A similar percentage of voters under 30 years old also supported him.

The only age group that went for Mr. McCain, who is 72, were voters 65 and older, according to the exit polls conducted by Edison/Mitofsky.
One in eight respondents said that age was an important factor in their vote; of those, three quarters voted for Mr. Obama.

The election ended what by any definition was one of the most remarkable contests in American political history, drawing what was by every appearance unparalleled public interest. Throughout the day, people lined up at the polls for hours ? some showing up before dawn ? to cast their votes. Aides to both campaigns said that anecdotal evidence suggested record-high voter turnout.

Reflecting the intensity of the two candidates, Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama took a page from what Mr. Bushfull first reference to President Bush did in 2004 and continued to campaign after the polls opened.
Mr. McCain left his home in Arizona after voting early Tuesday to fly to Colorado and New Mexico, two states where Mr. Bush won four years ago but where Mr. Obama waged a spirited battle. These were symbolically appropriate final campaign stops for Mr. McCain, reflecting the imperative he felt of trying to defend Republican states against a challenge from Mr. Obama.
"Get out there and vote," Mr. McCain said in Grand Junction, Colo. "I need your help. Volunteer, knock on doors, get your neighbors to the polls, drag ?em there if you need to."

By contrast, Mr. Obama flew from his home in Chicago to Indiana, a state that in many ways came to epitomize the audacity of his effort this year. Indiana for a Democrat since President Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory in 1964, and Mr. Obama made an intense bid for support there. He later returned home to Chicago play basketball, his election-day ritual.

Mr. Obama cast his ballot at 7:36 a.m., Central time, at the Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School in Chicago, accompanied by his wife, Michelle. "I noticed that Michelle took a long time though," he said afterwards. "I had to check to see who she was voting for."

Mr. McCain voted later, at 9:08 a.m., Mountain time, at the Albright United Methodist Church in Phoenix. He and his wife, Cindy, were greeted there by supporters with cheers of "Senator McCain" and "Thank you, senator."

The nation's faltering economy seemed to weigh in voters' minds: A survey of voters leaving polling places found that 6 in 10 said this was their dominant concern, a reflection of the economic collapse that provided the backdrop for the general election contest.
Six in 10 voters said the economy was their top concern. In a sign of how much the terrain of this election changed since Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain started campaigning in their party caucuses and primaries more than a year ago, only 1 in 10 cited the war in Iraq.

The first exit polls suggested a spike in voting among blacks that had been a source of concern among Republicans: 13 percent of the electorate, compared with 11 percent in 2004.

Across the country in Florida, Georgia, New York and North Carolina, to name a few places polling stations reported overflow crowds, with long waits and packed parking lots. Mr. McCain's advisers had predicted that 130 million people would vote, compared with 123.5 million who cast ballots four years ago, reflecting the intense interest in the race.

Mr. Obama waged in many ways an improbable campaign. He is a first-term United States senator from Illinois who just five years ago was serving as a state senator. It was because of that rumor that his main opponent in the battle for the Democratic nomination, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, thought that he would not last.
But Mr. Obama proved to be a phenomenal campaigner, drawing huge and excited crowds and defeating Mrs. Clinton in Iowa, an overwhelmingly white state. That outcome, more than any other single vote, signaled to Democratic leaders the potency of the Obama appeal. But the two candidates battled through the very last primary battle in June before Mrs. Clinton, bowing to the inevitable, pulled out of the race.

Mr. McCain also won his party's nomination improbably after he had, a year ago, appeared doomed when his campaign ran out of money. He persevered through a combination of scrappiness and a field of primary opponents who each had problems with the fractured Republican electorate.

In his campaign, Mr. Obama offered some fairly ambitious promises, including tax cuts for most Americans, a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and an expansion of health care coverage. Mr. McCain pledged not to leave Iraq without a victory and promised to continue Mr. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy.
Early exit polls suggested that Mr. Obama was receiving the support of half of men. If that continued, he would be the first Democratic candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976 to do so. Seven in 10 voters under 30 backed Mr. Obama, and voters over 65 supported Mr. McCain.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Insight To Music Labels

My girl Lesvia posted this on her Facebook! (Thanks mama)

I thought it was worthy of sharing. For all of you independent artists out there trying to find your way, do some research. There is nothing more frustrating then answering questions about the state of the business and then they decide they want to buck the system...FROM THE OUTSIDE!!!

Get in first, learn the game, do the research understand that when you pick up the phone to dial my # you are getting a professional opinion, it's not personal! Whew.....just had to get that out. :-)


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Some Of McCain's Black Relatives Support Obama

In the rural Teoc community of Carroll County, Miss., where the ancestors of Sen. John McCain owned enslaved Africans on a plantation, black, white and mixed-race family members unite every two years for their Coming Home Reunion, on the land where the plantation operated.
Some of McCain’s black family members say they are not sure exactly where they fall on the family tree, but they do know this: They are either descendants of the McCain family slaves, or of children the McCains fathered with their slaves.
White and black members of the McCain family have met on the plantation several times over the last 15 years, but one invited guest has been conspicuously absent: Sen. John Sidney McCain.
“Why he hasn’t come is anybody’s guess,” said Charles McCain Jr., 60, a distant cousin of John McCain who is black. “I think the best I can come up with, is that he doesn’t have time, or he has just distanced himself, or it doesn’t mean that much to him.”
Other relatives are not as generous.
Lillie McCain, 56, another distant cousin of John McCain who is black, said the Republican presidential nominee is trying to hide his past, and refuses to accept the family’s history.
“After hearing him in 2000 claim his family never owned slaves, I sent him an email,” she recalled. “I told him no matter how much he denies it, it will not make it untrue, and he should accept this and embrace it.”
She said the senator never responded to her email.
Although Charles is uncertain who will get his vote for president, several of John McCain’s black and white relatives are supporting his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama.
“I am absolutely supporting Obama, and it’s not because he’s black. It’s because he is the best person at this time in our history,” said Lillie McCain, a professor of psychology at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan.
“We simply need to look at the economy, and McCain’s campaign does not take us there,” said Joyce McCain, Lillie’s sister, a retired engineering manager with General Motors who lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan. “He is my cousin, but we are in dire times right now and people are hurting. Sen. Obama is clearly the best choice to be president.
’’Charles McCain and his wife, Theresa, who still live in Teoc, started the reunions over a decade ago. Charles is the deacon of Mitchell Springs Baptist Church, the only black house of worship in the area.
When Theresa McCain started the family reunions in the late 1980s or early ‘90s (neither he nor his wife is sure of the exact starting date), only black family members attended. But as word spread about the gatherings, white members of the McCain family got involved. Today, the reunion has expanded to the point where it is becoming a community event.
The reunion’s website,, has pictures, postings and other information about the family gatherings. While Sen. McCain’s brother, Joe, and many of his other white relatives attend the reunions, family members say Sen. McCain has never acknowledged them, or even responded to their invitations.
“Well, a lot of the people who had moved away and were living up north, would send money to help us maintain the church,” said Theresa McCain, 62. “Myself and others began inviting them back home for picnics, just to show our appreciation.
”The McCain campaign did not respond to repeated questions about John McCain’s black relatives, or about his relatives of both races who support Obama. Pablo Carrillo, a media liaison with the McCain campaign, said the senator was aware of his African-American relatives, but asked the reporter to put his questions into writing, and that someone would get back to him.
After the reporter sent questions in writing, and made repeated follow-up phone calls, neither Sen. McCain nor anyone else from the campaign responded.
Based on information obtained by the South Florida Times, the senator has numerous black and mixed-raced relatives who were born on, or in, the area of the McCain plantation. The mixed races in the family can be traced back to the rural Teoc community of Carroll County, Miss., where his family owned slaves.
Sen. John McCain’s great, great grandfather, William Alexander McCain (1812-1863), fought for the Confederacy and owned a 2,000-acre plantation named Waverly in Teoc. The family dealt in the slave trade, and, according to official records, held at least 52 slaves on the family’s plantation. The enslaved Africans were likely used as servants, for labor, and for breeding more slaves.William McCain’s son, and Sen. John McCain’s great grandfather, John Sidney McCain (1851-1934), eventually assumed the duty of running the family’s plantation.
W.A. “Bill” McCain IV, a white McCain cousin, and his wife Edwina, are the current owners of the land. Both told the South Florida Times that they attend the reunions. They also said the McCain campaign had asked them not to speak to the media about the reunions, or about why the senator has never acknowledged the family gatherings.
In addition to distancing himself from his black family members, John McCain has taken several positions on issues that have put him at odds with members of the larger black community.
While running for the Republican Party nomination in 2000, he sided with protesters who were calling for the rebel battle flag to be removed from the South Carolina statehouse, only to alter that position later.
"Some view it as a symbol of slavery. Others view it as a symbol of heritage,” John McCain said of the flag. "Personally, I see the battle flag as a symbol of heritage. I have ancestors who have fought for the Confederacy, none of whom owned slaves. I believe they fought honorably.
’’Novelist Elizabeth Spencer, another white cousin of John McCain, noted the slaves the family owned in the family’s memoirs, Landscapes of the Heart. Sen. McCain has acknowledged reading the book, but claims to have only glossed over entries about their slaves.
“That’s crazy,” said Spencer, who also attends the reunions in Teoc. “No one had to tell us, because we all knew about the slaves. I may not vote, because I don’t want anyone to think that I have an issue with John, but I don’t want to see him become president because I think Obama is entirely adequate, and it’s time for a Democrat.
’’Spencer acknowledged donating money to the Obama campaign and to what she called “Democratic causes.”Sen. John McCain was born in 1936 at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station, a segregated military installation in the Panama Canal, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Navy. His family returned to the states shortly after his birth; where he went on to attend segregated schools in the Teoc community and elsewhere around the country.
He served in the Navy, where he was a prisoner of war during Vietnam, before being released and eventually running for Congress.
After he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, McCain voted against the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday in 1983. When he arrived in the U.S. Senate in 1986, he joined North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms in opposing the holiday again, and voted in 1994 to cut funding to the commission that marketed it.
John McCain also aligned himself with former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham.
Mecham was the governor in McCain’s home state of Arizona from January 1987 to April 1988, when he was impeached and removed from office for campaign finance violations. As a state senator and governor, Mecham publicly used racial slurs against black people and other minorities. He was also a member of the John Birch Society, which opposes civil rights legislation.
In 1986, Mecham campaigned for governor on a promise to rescind the state’s recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which he did in 1987.
Earlier this year, during the 40th anniversary recognition of King’s assassination, McCain, by this time a presidential candidate, said he was wrong for opposing the national King holiday.
Politics in America has long been steeped in the dynamics of the country’s myriad cultures, diverse ethnicities, and varying religious beliefs. Several of Sen. McCain’s black relatives say Obama’s candidacy represents progress.
“He is denying his black and white relatives in Teoc,” said Joyce McCain, 54. “I think he may not want the country to know his family’s full history, but times have changed and we need to move on, and that’s why I’m supporting Obama.”

As seen in the South Florida Times:

Photo: Lillie McCain, left, and her husband, Jack Vickers, right, pose with Joe McCain, center, during this year’s family reunion.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NAMD New York Chapter Update

What is NAMD?

The National Alliance of Market Developers is an organization of professionals engaged in marketing, sales, sales promotion, advertising and public relations who are focused on the delivery of goods and services to the minority and urban consumer markets.

Established in 1953 as black marketing specialists networked to search out new ways to cope with the challenges in cultivating the "Black Market," the National Alliance of Market Developers is committed to being a catalyst for positive and progressive change for African-Americans.

To accomplish our goals we create local networking opportunities, provide professional development and form alliances within strategic market segments and the general market. NAMD also provides research data that helps educate consumers and marketers, allowing both audiences to make better market decisions.

Market development is essential and the NAMD represents one of the nation's finest marketing and networking organizations. We assist our members in capitalizing on the inherent opportunities and successfully addressing the challenges of navigating this market.

Check out the website and make sure that you stop by our member of the month Rochelle Hill. Here is what she has to say about NAMD.

"Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I want to encourage my smart, gifted, intelligent mover/shaker friends and colleagues who live and/or work, in the NY area, to join the National Alliance of Market Developers.....

If you are in the marketing communications field from 9a to 5p, or after 5p and on the weekends as a good hustle, you should join. If you are not in the marketing communications field but marketers use your products or services then, you should join. This is a chance to be associated with the some of the best movers of the marketing industry and an opportunity to further hone your craft within the strategic planning, public speaking, event planning/marketing, sponsorships, public relations, and strategic alliances disciplines (just to name a few) by joining, as there are committees being formed as we speak--to work on some fantastic projects!"

"The NYC chapter is poised to be the strongest chapter in the nation and I know you are like me--you want to be ahead of the curve and up on what is next--well, this is it."

"I forwarded the first fall NAMD-NYC chapter Marketing Mondays information to you and if you did not attend well, you definitely missed out. For only $10., the panel of experts shared a plethora of information on financing your business, what not to put in a marketing plan, how your web site can bring money to you, and other tools beneficial for starting a new business or to make you shine in your current job. A few of the panelists, even agreed to accept emails form those in the audience who wanted to forward their business plan for free feedback. But, you will never get that information now because you did not attend. Oh yeah, and there were great snacks, as well! So, again, do not miss out on your next opportunity to participate.
Be sure to check out this link for the upcoming events in November. Thanks and let me know if you would like to chat and learn more or ask any questions. I look forward to seeing you as a MEMBER, at our next event. Thanks in advance.
Rochelle Hill"

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Song For "Misses Palin".

These two "Russian guys" have created the best tribute to Palin that I have seen to date. It's all about the dance at the end! Absolutely hilarious!!!!


Beyonce Changes Her Name To Sasha Fierce.


Just like the Seinfeld episode where George wanted everyone to call him T-Bone, Beyonce Knowles would like to be known by a bold new name. The R&B singer has christened herself Sasha Fierce for her new double album, I Am ... Sasha Fierce, due in US stores on November 18, and has released a lengthy justification for the comical moniker.
She insists Sasha Fierce is who she really is, and is more fun, sensual, aggressive, outspoken and glamorous.

Beyonce has forged a hugely successful solo singing career after the girl group Destiny's Child (which she headlined) parted ways and has also had small roles in feature films, most notably as Foxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers Goldmember.
She married hip hop producer Jay-Z in a private ceremony in New York this year after dating for several years.
Singers have in the past changed their name after enjoying great success, most famously of course is Prince, who became an unpronounceable symbol and Puff Daddy, who became P Diddy.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pay It Forward

Daily LaunchTip
From Ladies Who Launch
This launch tip comes form Gail Goodman, founder of Constant Contact. I can not agree with this more. I am so thankful for those that did it and continue to do it for me! :-)

"Many accomplished entrepreneurs gave generously of their time and wisdom when I was just starting out. I could never have gotten where I am today without them. That’s why I help other entrepreneurs when ever I can. I pay it forward, giving my time and advice. Once you’re successful it’s all too easy to forget those uncertain early days and the people who helped you through them. Don’t fall into this trap. What goes around comes around."

Gail Goodman, Constant Contact.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Start Your Monday With Creme In Your Blog!

When you start drifting today, as we all do on Mondays, take a second to check the Creme Magazine Blog. Lots of cool stuff there and some great editorial by my girl Dominga.


The Birth of Barack
By Dominga Martin

What an amazing time in this country! I step into my Brooklyn neighborhood and feel the buzz all around me. People wave and say “hi” that never have before. The tide is shifting and there’s a sense of power and spirituality resonating in the city…in your city…in the world.

On November 4th, Barack will do more than “Make History” he will give birth to a million more Baracks. As I reflect on the monumental leaps in this election, it made me think about a documentary I just produced called “fiche di identite” a term which means “request for ID” used in by police officers in France when people seem suspicious. The doc is a story of 7 friends from Paris and Africa. One of the main characters (Olivia Senghor) is the granddaughter of the First President of Senegal (Leopold Sedhar Senghor); another Mariama, the daughter of a former New Guinea Governor.

Although they are royalty in their own country, they come here to fight for the rights we all should have. Rights black men and women fought for, not so long ago. Mariama said something so profound when we were filming; “We are not criminals, we come here to build the economy, why make us go through so much for a piece of paper?” Isn’t that ironic? How everything boils down to a piece of green paper; whether money or a validation card?

I supported Olivia and her friend’s story because I also come from a long legacy of artists and activists. My family has a 120 year old family collection opening at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in a few years; consisting of an uncle who was the founder of Boston’s First Victorian Orchestra, who traveled from Paris to France in the late 1800’s to encourage race relations in music. A cousin who trained to be a Tuskegee Airman and an Uncle who’s a WWI Hero–and no he wasn’t captured! He blocked a fellow soldier, taking 11 bullets and survived. He received a Purple Heart and later went to work for President Franklin Roosevelt.

I grew up with a mother who’s the recipient of the Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Award; yet, lost a lot of male friends due to the injustices of this country and gang violence.

I often wondered when black men would get their hour…well, their hour is now! We have to support Barack and the future Baracks and stand beside our men. Support their dreams. Root for Michelle who represents the essence of a woman. We have to support the First Family that represents all of our families. We have to support each other. All of us who stand in the reflection of our fathers.

I encourage all of you to do your part in this election process no matter what happens on November 4th. We must stay active and continue to make our voices heard, because from November 5th on…life will be different!

Please pick up the current issue of Black Enterprise YES WE MUST! The Presidential Election Special. On Stands now!!!

Special THANKS to George Alexander (Editor-At-Large) for including me in the feature “What this Election Means to America.”

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Daily Tips from

This email was so timely this morning. Often when doing business especially with one another (women), we have to be mindful of our intent and purposes. I think that these 3 tips are a great way assure that we are really just about our business and are not allowing other non relevant feelings and emotions to interfere.


Daily LaunchTip
From Victoria Colligan, Founder, Ladies Who Launch.

"Whenever I draft email communication I find that checking myself for any passive aggressive indications is essential to maintaining and building solid business relationships."

Here are three easy that I use to check myself:

1. Read each sentence and ask yourself: Am I saying exactly what I mean or am I intending for someone to figure out an alternative meaning that I have not explicitly stated here?

2. Is any part of my communication being driven by emotions that are outside of the scope of this business relationship. Try to develop an awareness of your emotions in every situation.

3. Is this communication better done in person or by phone even though I might feel uncomfortable? If the answer is yes, pick up the phone. Email often distorts meaning and can work against you in getting to your goal.

Ladies Who Launch is the first new media company to provide resources and connections for women entrepreneurs. Women are launching businesses at twice the rate of men, and they are doing it primarily for lifestyle reasons–they want more freedom, flexibility, and creativity in their lives. The Ladies Who Launch mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to any woman with a project, dream or aspiration to start her own business and be successful. We have found a definitive link between launching a business and higher self-esteem and happiness; it is our hope that women will come to Ladies Who Launch and take advantage of our trusted community, tools, resources and success stories and live their dreams.

Friday, October 3, 2008

October Is Breast Cancer Month

October is Breast Cancer Month!!
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This doesn't cost you a thing. Corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate a mammogram in exchange for advertising. Spread the word, tell ten friends to tell ten more friends today.

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Please pass it along to 10 people you know or more Thank you!!!

***Stay Tuned For Bowling For Breast Cancer Details: Sat., October 25th, Harlem Lanes 6PM*****

Friday Morning Debate Reaction!!

Thanks for the email Donna. This sums it all up. :-)

Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 02:08:05 AM PDT

The reviews are in! The media consensus seems to be that Palin survived - exceeding her incredibly low expectations - but that Biden won by illustrating his superior command of the issues and relentlessly going after John McCain. Definitely not a game changer by any means, and any day that maintains the status quo is a bad day for McCain.
The even worse news for McCain? Today the economy is going to be front and center again, as the House votes on the bailout bill and the September unemployment numbers are announced, after the government announced yesterday that jobless claims are at a 7-year high.
Kula2316's diary :: ::
Before we get to the debate reaction, I wanted to point out this quote from John McCain yesterday - given all the discussion recently about his anger problems. Heck,
even Krauthammer today is saying that Obama has the superior temperament to be President.
Now this presents a real problem for McCain. He feels that in order to win this election he has to bring Obama down and the only way to do that is to attack him. But, attacking - especially in McCain's way - makes him look angry and he therefore reinforces the whole temperament issue. McCain has already said that he plans to go on the attack on Tuesday, reported by CBS News'
John Bentley:
"When are you going to take the gloves off and just go at him?" a woman asked, to loud cheering from the audience.
"How about Tuesday night?" McCain answered to more applause, referring to his second debate between Obama next week.
But how does he do that without reinforcing this gathering perception that he is angry, hot-tempered, irritable, sarcastic, etc.?
On to the good stuff! The New York Times editorial board agrees that Palin was too reliant on her prepared talking points:
But Ms. Palin never really got beyond her talking points in 90 minutes, mostly repeating clichés and tired attack lines and energetically refusing to answer far too many questions.
Senator Biden did well, avoiding one of his own infamous gaffes, while showing a clear grasp of the big picture and the details. He left Ms. Palin way behind on most issues, especially foreign policy and national security, where she just seemed lost. It was in those moments that her lack of experience — two terms as mayor of a tiny Anchorage suburb and less than two years as governor — was most painfully evident.
She is not a person of thought but of action. Interviews are about thinking, about reflecting, marshaling data and integrating it into an answer. Debates are more active, more propelled—they are thrust and parry.
Not a person of thought. Hmmm. Using Noonan's logic, Palin does badly in interviews because they are "about thinking." I don't know about you, but I think that is a pretty important quality in the potential President of the United States.
She hailed Israel as an important ally, but didn't get much beyond calling for a two-state solution with Palestine. She called for cutting taxes to create jobs, but failed to counter Biden's outlining Obama's tax cuts for the middle class.
Bottom line: Palin's biggest task is convincing undecided voters that she could lead should she have to, and it's hard to see whether her performance, as clean as it was, held enough substance to sway them.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial calls it a draw:
In this debate, Biden clearly had a better grasp of the issues. Palin skillfully sidestepped questions she didn't want to answer from moderator Gwen Ifill and, in so doing, did manage to sidestep that media filter she talked about.

But if the gauge is whether Palin could go toe-to-toe and present herself as genuine and an alternative, she clearly did her ticket a favor in this debate.
Diane Francis, one of our neighbors up North at the National Post is spot on:
She wasn't present. She wasn't real. She was Sally Sound-byte. (hilarious)
This debate was more revealing than the Presidential one last week because it became very clear that she simply doesn't have the substance to be VP much less President which reflects badly on John McCain's judgment. Obama will crush McCain. Said that months ago. Truer than ever.
Headline of the morning: Sarah Palin ignores questions she doesn't like in debate (NY Daily News)
Best quote of the morning (Douglass Burns, Iowa Independent):
For her part, GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin – speaking with the programmed cadence of a GPS navigation system — used forced folksiness to deliver crammed material in the manner of a high schooler looking to score a good grade on a Spanish test. The kid may escape with a B-minus, but he wouldn't be able to order a cup of coffee in Spain a week later.
She might have undone whatever good will she earned with her "aw, shucks" Wasilla hockey mom ways, though, when she utterly failed to react after Biden choked up while discussing the death of his first wife and their daughter.
Palin's response was ice cold: "People aren't looking for more of the same. They are looking for change. And John McCain has been the consummate maverick in the Senate over all these years."
It was at this moment in the debate when Biden showed real authenticity and Palin showed just how programmed she was. She clearly did not know how to react - because she hadn't prepared for it - so she launched back into the talking points.
John F. Harris and Mike Allen of Politico declare Biden the clear winner:
To the contrary, it is hard to count any objective measures by which Biden did not clearly win the encounter. She looked like she trying to get people to take her seriously. He looked like he was running for vice president. His answers were more responsive to the questions, far more detailed and less rhetorical.
On at least ten occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney's vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.
Scot Lehigh of the Boston Globe,
Biden's ready for the job
You can say this about Sarah Palin: She did better debating Joe Biden than she did being interviewed by Katie Couric.
But that sets the bar very low indeed. So let's pay Palin the respect of treating her exactly as a male candidate would be treated. And that means saying this: She was simply nowhere near as good as Joe Biden
So what did you think? I have to admit I was disappointed that Ifill did not follow up on any of her questions that went unanswered by Sarah Palin. Maybe that was part of the debate negotiation, but Palin clearly avoided probably about half of the debate's questions and I thought that deserved some attention.
Also, I think we could get a much better understanding of the candidates if we spiced up the questions a bit. I mean, we all know the topics - Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia, the bailout, taxes, health care, etc. I want to see some questions that they obviously haven't prepped for as extensively... how about asking what their plan is for fixing our nation's crumbling infrastructure? Or how they would engage with China in their administration? Or their opinion on the India-US nuclear treaty? That's why Couric's Supreme Court question was so illuminating - it showed that on answers that aren't prepared in advance, Palin is out of her league and Biden is thoughtful and knowledgeable. I'd like to see more of that.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Men's Grooming Tips From Celebrity Barber "Marv The Barb".

It's something about a well groomed brotha! Preach Marv!!!!


As seen on Head Bussa

This is Marv the Barb with your first of many grooming tips for today’s multi-dimensional man. Too many times we as men will pick up a razor and start hacking away at our face with what result? Intense razor burn and a shoddy shave that has the 5 o’clock shadow creeping faster than an Anderson Silva strike. Today’s edition will focus on the fundamental part of being a man, SHAVING.
This is the right way to shave and can be applied to all men regardless of skin type:

Shaving Face

1. Wash your face with a facial cleanser.

2. Massage the face with pre-shaving oil. This will relax and protect your skin from the razor

3. Apply a hot towel to the face to relax the bearded areas

4. Apply warm shaving cream to the face. Optional: Shaving Brush (badger brush)

5. Apply a hot steamed towel to the face to relax the hair bristles, for an easier shave

6. Apply razor to the face, stroke with the grain of the hair growth.
If necessary, re-lather the face for a complete shave.Optional: straight razor or disposable razor

7. After hair has been shaved, use a cool towel to remove any hair and shaving cream residue

8. Apply an after shave lotion or balm to the cleaned shaved areas.

Recommended Products: Art of Shaving, Clubman, Gentlemen’s Refinery, Woodys.

Marv the Barb is a celebrity barber stylist based in the District of Columbia. Working just minutes from the White House, Marv has styled everyone from Secret Service Agents to Stevie Wonder. He travels to the West Coast frequently to style celebrities on sets, magazine photo shoots and annual events such as ESPN’s ESPY Awards. For more info go to

Monday, September 29, 2008

Coach 2008 Winter Collection

Coach 08!

Between the grey sueade cape and the winter green patent leather bag I would have to agree that they are doing it big for Winter 08. Thanks Briana for the link! (Clink the link below the pics for more of the collection)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pastor Jamal Bryant on Sarah Palin

Pastor Jamal Bryant of Baltimore, Maryland speaks..I mean preaches on Sarah Palin. :-)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Daily Dandy

Hey guys,
Check out my friends new blog. Now...I have to admit that he blogs waaaaay more than I do and has some really neat stuff on his spot but I am willing to share my readership with him! :-)
I have taken the liberty of posting one of his latest....enjoy.

Benjamin Andre, on half of the the downsouth rap group Outkast has launched his clothing line Benjamin Bixby. I know what you are thinking, WTF!!! Didn't he already have a clothing line. The answer is yes and no.
The Outkast line with the big "O" on the front was kinda weird and I remember seeing this homeless guy with one of the hoodies on recently. Mr. 3000 has redeemed himself with his latest entry into the fashion world.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Can You Handle Your Haters?

Happy Monday!!! This was sent to me by one of my blog readers. He felt like it was one of those things that should "absolutely be posted". :-) Thanks MW.....
by Maya Angelou

A Hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time, trying to make you look small so they can look tall. They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever good enough!

When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters...That's why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can't handle seeing you blessed... It's dangerous to be like somebody else...If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what he gave them!right?

You never know what people have gone through to get what they have...The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story... If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!

We've all got some haters among us! People envy you because you can: Have a relationship with God. Light up a room when you walk in. Start your own business. Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn't about the right thing). Raise your children without both parents being in the home.

Haters can't stand to see you happy;Haters will never want to see you succeed;Haters never want you to get the victory, most of our haters are people who are supposed to be on our side?
How do you handle your undercover haters?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Eusonia Records & Painting It Red Presents....

TONIGHT , September 11th, 2008

Eusonia Records and Painting it Red present:

This Much is True the official album release after party Starring:Maiysha
France Origine 71 Spring St.
(between Crosby and Lafayette)
doors open at 10pm

Hosted by
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Music by: Beverly Bond & DJ Toni K

Open Bar sponsored by Seraphin Cognac

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Monday, August 25, 2008

THE BLACK MALE HANDBOOK: A Blueprint for Life -- Edited by Kevin Powell


Edited by Kevin Powell

Available in Stores September 9th

From Writer, Activist, and 2008 Democratic Congressional Candidate KEVIN POWELL comes a "Must-Read" Guide and Call-to-Action for Black Boys and Men to Redefine Their Manhood for the Greater Good of Themselves, Their Communities and the World
Bad news surrounding the fate of Black boys and men is frequently reported in the media. They're not graduating from high school. The numbers of Black men dying as a result of violence perpetuated by another Black male continues to increase in alarming numbers. The consistently growing numbers of Black children being born to single mother households is at a crisis level in the Black community. Everyone is offering the reports, but no one seems to be offering any answers or, more importantly, guidance and solutions. THE BLACK MALE HANDBOOK offers a collection of intimate, deeply personal and prescriptive essays by influential Black men on surviving, living and winning.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Presents TRACE Black Girls Rule Launch Party

TRACE Black Girls Rule Launch Party
Guest editor Spike Lee Attended and a Blazing Blue Carpet
Featured Keri Hilson

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE spotlighted TRACE Black Girls Rule Launch Party on Tuesday, Aug. 19 in the meatpacking district. This annual issue featured guest editor Spike Lee, who showed up at this blazing blue carpet event. Singer/song writer Keri Hilson graces the cover that is proclaiming and reclaiming what those in the industry have come to realize—black girls truly do rule.

Throngs of paparazzi and glamour seekers showed up to the soiree to see and be seen. Those who were on the elite guest list, entertained those who were not, by stopping by the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE blue carpet and giving the fans the wave or the smile they were seeking.

TRACE’s editor, Claude Grunitzy, was the “proud papa” of another successful cover party celebration and he definitely enjoyed himself with guests Homeschool/Atlantic Records UK recording artist, Estelle, celebrity spinner, DJ Saigon, Mark Baptiste and throngs of models and New York City style divas. The models were not the only style icons that made an appearance. The venue was styled out with BOMBAY blue, and a VIP pour played with the guests’ pallets as they sipped on complimentary beverages such as the Sapphire Collins and the Sapphire Madras, all made with the premium gin--an alternative to the old vodka standards.
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE was proud to honor the accomplishments of TRACE magazine and its daring, true approach to beauty.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is the best selling super premium gin in the United States. The combination of its ten unique botanicals, vapour infusion process and authentic British heritage secure BOMBAY SAPPHIRE as a leader among gins, as well as a symbol of style and sophistication. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE strongly supports inspired adult individuals who create passionate work in design, film and other artistic arenas. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE & Rick Ross Partner For Charity.

Kudos to Rick Ross for his charity work. The sad part is that if you were to Google this even you would only see the negative. This event was peaceful and everyone had a great time!
Thanks to Rochelle Hill, Precision Plus communications for sending this info over for me! Ya'll know that SheNotes LOVES the kids! :-)

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Hosted Rick Ross Charities Party at B.E.D.
The Benefit Supports the Distribution of Free Backpacks for Students and
Complimentary Health Screenings for Families

Miami Beach, Fl. - BOMBAY SAPPHIRE spotlights Rick Ross, Slip N Slide Records recording artist, for his support of the communities in need. Through its sponsorship of the benefit party, which took place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, more families will be able to receive free health screenings and more children will receive backpacks and school supplies to kick off the school year. Rick Ross Charities was able to serve over 2,000 children and families as a result of this year's efforts. That night, Rick Ross gave an impromptu, 45-minute performance (after jumping up onto the highest bed) of mostly all of his songs, which the fans loved him for. The crowd joined in and sang along in the background. Of course, he came with celebrity friends, including Webbie, Mass Pike Myles (of Ross' own label Mayback Music), Torch and recording artist Brisco of Poe Boy Entertainment. Even White Boy from VH1's " I Love New York 2," was in the house.
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE rewarded Ross' hard work and quenched his thirst and those of the fans with a VIP cocktail hour presentation featuring specialty drinks, such as the " Miami Breeze" and the " Sapphire Collins." But more importantly, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE supported positivity and Rick Ross' community service efforts and was honored to highlight his accomplishments by sponsoring the good ol' fashioned, fundraising, fun jam with MCs on the mike. Awareness and support of this nature, from hip-hop and rap fans, is greatly needed.

About Rick Ross Charities, Inc.
Rick Ross Charities, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), founded by Rick Ross in 2006. Rick Ross Charities' mission is to strengthen the lives of today's at-risk youth from all backgrounds and create diversity by providing solid resources through education advocacy, mentoring programs and financial resources to deserving students. Rick Ross is committed to having Rick Ross Charities, Inc. serve as a catalyst to inspire positive change by creating and supporting programs that uplift the well being of todays youth. Rick Ross Charities provides community support through various programs and projects such as the annual " Rick Ross Be Out Day", Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, holiday gift giveaways, a college scholarship fund financial seminars and a host of others.
About B.E.D.
B.E.D. has attracted South Beach's creme de la creme as well as leading celebrities from Paris Hilton, Simon Rex, Shaquille O'Neal, Jamie Foxx, Wilmer Valderrama, Lennox Lewis, John Mayer, Scott Storch, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Will Smith, Larry Johnson, Timbaland, Johnny Knoxvillle and Gwen Stephanie. The new and improved B.E.D. is proud to show off its enhanced look and boasts all that South Beach has been craving in the social and gastronomic scene. For more information, please call 305.532.9070 or visit
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is the best selling super premium gin in the United States. The combination of its ten unique botanicals, vapour infusion process, and authentic British heritage secure BOMBAY SAPPHIRE as a leader among gins, as well as a symbol of style and sophistication. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE strongly supports inspired adult individuals who create passionate work in design, film, and other artistic areas. For more information, please visit