*This is their third year, and the festival that brings Black girls, women and even some boys together from around the globe to celebrate their curly hair was on and crackin’ in Brooklyn over the past weekend.
“It’s like Black girl heaven to me. We’re loving ourselves in the sunlight. We’re dressing up, we’re wearing our hair out and happy,” says Michaela Angela Davis — who has a huge blonde fro to die for.”
Another attendee exudes, “I feel like I just dropped into a bouquet of like beautiful black flowers and they’re just all different and I’m just like ‘yaay!'”
A sista wearing long blue curls says, “We’ve all just been fighting what our hair naturally wants to do for so long [that] to just like let it go is the most freeing feeling ever! Continue reading →
*LOS ANGELES, CA (July 14, 2017) – ChamberSoul cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker returns to The World Stage in historic Leimert Park Village on Friday, July 21, 2017 with her newest project, “Women’s Work: A SisterCentric Musical Collective”. The ensemble will also feature Steph Johnson (guitar/vocals), Shirazette Tinnin (drums), Melonie Grinnell (piano), and Rob Thorsen (bass).
Women’s Work empowers audiences and communities through lyrical storytelling. “We seek to share stories about life, love and the human condition…in an empowering way, from a woman’s perspective, but also specifically as female artists thriving in this male-dominated music industry,” says Tucker of the anticipated program. “Each musician contributes a unique voice to the program of original compositions and arrangements with influences spanning jazz, soul, R&B, and acoustic pop genres.”
Tucker first appeared at The World Stage in October 2016 with jazz saxophonist/composer, Bennie Maupin and his ensemble. Her debut CD, “SHiNE” was released in 2015 (Jazz Urbane Records).Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as a jazz talent “…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible…” Shana’s style and sound has been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity reminiscent of Bill Withers. Continue reading →
*Sia! What the hell do you look like under that wig? It’s a brilliant strategy to spark curiosity (telling us we can’t see something, just makes us want to all the more); kind of reminiscent of Michael Jackson making his kids wear masks. ‘Chandelier,’ from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, took over the radio airwaves when it debuted as the album’s lead single in March 2014. But the song has become the backdrop of many a workout regimen — including this writer’s. Sia also stands out because not only is she one helluva vocalist, but unlike most of today’s hot-to-trot singers, the singer/songwriter born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler in Austrailia is older than most of her colleagues. At 41-years-old, she is sought after by some of today’s hottest producers. In fact, she has written hits for numerous recording artists, and is featured on records by Eminem, Kendrick Lamarr, Flo Rider, Pusher T and Kanye West.
*You can count this as one of the most bizarre things you will EVER read on this site. And as you know, we’ve had some real doozies. But as we always ask, does that make it any less true? A medical journal in Britain recently released news on a case study where a woman went in for a simple eye surgery, to remove cataracts, and the operating doctor found something she and her team were definitely NOT looking for: contact lenses.
Wait…not “On my goodness, you forgot to remove your contact lenses today” contact lenses…But wait! You have one. Two. Three. Four….17 contact lenses on one eyeball.
No. I’m not done. Here’s 10 more.
The “surgery” hadn’t even began before the doctor, Rupal Morjaria, had extracted a total of 27 single contact lenses from one of the patients eyes.
*Good lord! Oh wait, that’s the wrong terminology to use here. Heavens to Betsy. Wait. Still wrong. Ah hell. Definitely wrong! But that last one might be more apropos when it comes to how one Christian mother of 10 feels about the LGBTQ community, Planned Parenthood’s support of abortion rights, and Teen Vogue.
Screeching car sound.
Yes. Teen Vogue. Apparently, the latter has gotten on her last nerve. They had the unmitigated gall, in her opinion, to publish an article on anal sex! No big deal to many, but it certainly was to Elizabeth Johnston, the self-claimed “Activist Mommy.”
While none of us want to even believe our teen children are having sex, the growing rate of teen moms and the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases makes it a fact that’s hard to ignore.
Of course Teen Vogue makes an attempt to justify their stance on the topic. The article, entitled: Anal Sex: What You Need To Know (How To Do It the Right Way) opens with …
*Social media gets a lot of bad rap. We did this. What with the Live broadcast of suicides, cyber-bullying, and being privy to the mood swings of everyday folk and their bouts with TMI, many of us only jump on long enough to post content that directly applies to our business. But one thing that makes the format valuable; something you can’t deny, is that social media is the equivalent of beast mode when it comes to putting stuff on blast. Whether that “stuff” brings to light what rogue law enforcement officers are made of, or calls out businesses with unsavory practices and poor professional acumen. There is no more effective way to promote them than on social media.
Case in point…
…a Philadelphia beauty salon called L Amour Nails. The salon hee’d and hawed when Johnetta Hopkins, an attractive African American preschool teacher, walked in to get a mani-pedi. She did the norm, wrote down her name and went to pick a color. But somewhere along the way, she noticed that she no one was welcoming her. You know, the whole “someone will be with you in a minute.” Heck, no one had even acknowledged her presence with a hello.Continue reading →
*Well double dang! The new law making recreational weed legal in Nevada hasn’t even settled in good and already its experiencing issues. On July 1st a law passed that allowed people over the age of 21 to just roll on up to their neighborhood dispensary and buy a joint, $10 bag or even as much as an ounce. But now the long lines have threatened the entire weed supply, leaving the industry in dire straits.
“We didn’t know the demand would be this intense,” Al Fasano, co-founder of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said on Tuesday. “All of a sudden you have like a thousand people at the door.…We have to tell people we’re limited in our products.”
I doubt he’s exaggerating.
EAT. SLEEP. SMOKE. REPEAT.
Limited? Not the response “veteran smokers” — OK, potheads from way back, want to hear.
Of course, this probably wouldn’t be getting the attention its getting if the state wasn’t addicted to the tax revenue they expect the pot to bring in. Its anticipated that a 10% tax on sales of recreational pot and a 15% tax on growers will generate tens of millions of dollars a year for schools and the state’s “general fund” reserves.
What’s the general fund money used for again?
This little ditty makes the pending empty shelves a real issue to interested parties even beyond the average weed consumers.