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!!!

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