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10 Foods To Boost Male Health

Healthy eating is essential for both men and women. Whereas a woman may turn to consuming a salad, the average African American male would more likely scarf down a burger and fries combo, minus the bacon topping as his way of promoting nutritious eating.  Traditionally, an African diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables.  The native African people generally have a lower risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Today however, the African American diet is much different and tends to include deep fried, fatty and fast foods.

According to Marcellus A. Walker and Kenneth B. Singleton, in their book, “Natural Health for African Americans,” that the typical African American diet can lead to inflammation, poor blood sugar control, cancer and heart disease. There are healthy foods included in the African American diet and eating more of these and less of the unhealthy ones will have benefits for you.  Both men and women generally require the same basic nutrients for optimal health, but there are some nutrients which boost men’s health in particular.

Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, notes that any food that is good for the cardiovascular system is also good for erectile function in men.

“Nutrients that are good for the heart improve circulation to all parts of the body, and these same nutrients provide a layer of protection against cancer and other chronic diseases,” says Gerbstadt, a Florida-based doctor and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Key nutrients are also critical for maintaining immune function, preventing bone loss, muscle loss, and oxidative damage from the environment.  Having a healthy lifestyle, which consists of not smoking and engaging in regular physical activity is pertinent to ones health.

According to WebMD Column Expert, Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, here are The Top 10 Foods that Boost Men’s Health:

 

Food for Men No. 1: Oysters

“Research shows that adequate zinc may protect against cellular damage that leads to prostate cancer,” says Grotto. “Sexual functioning of the male reproductive system, including increased sperm counts, is also enhanced with zinc.”

Take caution when considering eating uncooked oysters. An infection called Vibrio vulnificus is associated with the consumption of raw oysters. People with liver disease, heavy alcohol use, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic renal failure are at increased risk.

You can also get your daily recommended dose of 11 milligrams a day by eating other shellfish, lean beef, lean pork, or legumes.

Food for Men No. 2: Bananas

Bananas are a great portable source of quick energy and are rich in potassium, which is needed to regulate nerves, heartbeat and, especially, blood pressure. Diets rich in potassium and magnesium (which is also found in bananas) can reduce the risk of stroke.

As a super source of vitamin B-6, bananas can also aid your immune system, help form red blood cells, ensure a well-functioning nervous system, and assist protein metabolism. So enjoy a banana each day, at breakfast on your whole grain-cereal or before your workout at the gym.

Not a banana fan? Orange juice, milk, tomato products, and beans are other good sources of dietary potassium.

Food for Men No. 3: Fatty Fish

These polyunsaturated fats are the preferred form of fats in your diet for many reasons. They can benefit the heart, circulation, and immune system and reduce the risk for prostate cancer, among other things.

“Omega-3 fatty acids are potent anti-inflammatory foods that can help lower triglyceride [blood fat] levels, reduce aches and pains in athletes, and offer relief with certain kinds of arthritis,” says Bauer. 

Fatty fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, herring) are the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that everyone eat fish twice weekly.

You can also get omega-3s in plant-based foods, like flaxseed, walnuts, soy, canola oil, and fortified products such as eggs. But there are other good reasons to eat fish. 

“Fatty fish are also a good source of vitamin D, a nutrient that tends to be deficient in our diets and [which] in adequate supply can help prevent cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and bone disease,” says Bauer.

Food for Men No. 4: Broccoli

While virtually all vegetables deserve a place on the super foods list, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are helpful in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. It’s loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and a phytochemical called sulphoraphane, which may have anticancer (prostate and colon) properties. 

A recent Harvard study found that participants who had five servings a week of cruciferious vegetables were half as likely as others to develop bladder cancer, a cancer that affects two to three times as many men as women. This super-nutritious green vegetable may also help lower levels of homocycteine, an amino acid associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Don’t care for broccoli? Go for other cruciferous choices like cabbage, bok choy, shredded broccoli slaw, cabbage, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts. 

And did you ever wonder where the term “cruciferous” originates? “It is not because they are crunchy vegetables, but when the buds from this group of vegetables sprouts, their leaves form a cross like a crucifix,”says Denver dietitian Mary Lee Chin, MS, RD.

Food for Men No. 5: Brazil Nuts

These large nuts from Brazil are packed with magnesium and selenium, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease and cancer and protect prostate health. (Bauer, however, notes that the studies showing reduction in cancer have been primarily in people whose diets were deficient in selenium, not in those who were already getting enough.)

Selenium also helps lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and reduces the incidence of blood clots and heart disease.

Grotto recommends adults get 55 micrograms of selenium daily from Brazil nuts, dry-roasted nuts, turkey, tuna, or shellfish. Indeed, you can get your daily dose of selenium in just one Brazil nut. In fact, Bauer cautions limiting yourself to no more than two Brazil nuts per day because “they are so loaded and concentrated with selenium that you don’t want to overdose.”

Food for Men No. 6: Whole Grains

Most men get enough carbs in their diets, but they tend to be the wrong kind, experts say. 

“A diet rich in whole grains provides fiber, vitamins, minerals – all the co-factors for heart health, building muscles, and keeping waistlines small,” says Gerbstadt.

She suggests trying whole grain pasta or quinoa, a trendy, not-so-whole-grain-tasting grain that’s rich in lutein for prostate health.

Oatmeal and barley are rich in soluble fiber, full of B vitamins that can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and are also good for the prostate. Suzanne Farrell, RD, owner of Cherry Creek Nutrition in Denver, recommends getting 10-25 grams of soluble fiber a day from oatmeal or other sources of soluble fiber such as apples, pears, and beans.

When buying grain products, look for those whose labels say they have at least 3-5 grams of fiber per serving.

To avoid digestive problems, increase your fiber intake gradually, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Food for Men No. 7: Plant Stanols

Stanols are naturally occurring substances in fruits and vegetables that have been shown to lower mildly elevated blood cholesterol levels. Manufacturers are now adding concentrated versions of them to products like margarine, yogurt, orange juice, and granola bars.

“Men should regularly include a total of 2 grams of plant stanols, taken in two doses with meals, to help inhibit absorption of cholesterol in the intestine,” says Farrell.

Plant stanols are added to a variety of products including orange juice, margarine, dark chocolate, granola bars, cheese, bread, soy products, and more. Plant stanols can safely be used with cholesterol-lowering medication.

Food for Men No 8: Soybeans

Soy is rich in isoflavones, which protect prostate health and have been shown to lower prostate cancer risk, says Gerbstadt. The latest research continues to strengthen the fact that isoflavones found in soy foods are beneficial for both the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer in men.

And according to one study, “eating 25 grams or about 1 ounce of soy protein a day can help decrease cholesterol,” Farrell says.

The FDA has approved a health claim for food labels that says having 25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Try to eat a few servings a day of soy products, such as soy nuts, soy milk, soy cheese, veggie burgers, tofu, or edamame.

Food for Men No 9: Berries or Cherries

The violet, blue, and red colors in all kinds of berries and cherries are responsible for the healthy properties of these fruits. These little jewels are chock-full of the health-protecting flavonoid, anthocyanin.   

“Berries contain over 4,000 different compounds that have antioxidant properties beyond vitamin C, so make sure you include these delicious and low-calorie fruits to help meet your 5+ servings of fruits each day,” says Gerbstadt.

Adding berries to the diet may even help slow the decline in brain function that can occur with aging.

“Large studies show the more produce you eat the better, but specifically berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and cherries) can enhance brain function and keep your brain healthy,” says Bauer.

Food for Men No 10: Red-Orange Vegetables

Vitamin C and beta-carotene are antioxidants that help preserve healthy skin cells and prevent oxidation from the sun. 

“Vitamin C is involved in collagen production,” says Bauer. “Beta-carotene converts to the active form of vitamin A, which helps to repair epithelial or skin cells.”

She recommends getting these nutrients from red bell peppers (just one has 300% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C), carrots, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes.

But for that matter, just about any vegetable should be on the list of top foods for men (and women). Dark, leafy greens and any nutrient-rich vegetable can help reduce the risk of enlarged prostates, according to a recent study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Men whose diets are high in nutrients found in vegetables — like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium – were found to be less likely to develop benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate.

 

Written by: Lexine Emille

Source: http://men.webmd.com/features/food-men-10-foods-boost-male-health?page=4

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in BLACK Cuisine, Culture, Education, Health

 

How Does Making Money Affect Relationships?

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Function

Making money is something we all have to do whether we’re in a relationship or not. Whether st for survival purposes, or respect or power, money plays a part in our lives. As far as relationships go, the issue of money has the ability to make or break the relationship bond.

Each partner brings his own rendition of money values to the table. Many couples seldom talk about these values unless a money problem arises. It’s at this point that the effects of money on a relationship are felt.

Features

Money is best known as a means to survival; however, its influence in relationships can reach into other areas, some of which have nothing to do with survival. Power, control, adoration or seduction are all ways that money can be used within the context of a relationship.

When money is valued for what it is–a means to survival–a couple can use it to build a future, or provide for the things that are most important to them. If money is lacking, survival becomes more of a challenge, but the value of the relationship stays the same.

Relationships where money is valued as power or control by one, or both partners, will tend to place blame on the other partner when money problems arise. It’s at this point where the value of the relationship comes into question. Agreeing to not let money become a source of contention at the start of a relationship keeps money issues in their place.

Misconceptions

In spite of the well-known adage, “Money can’t buy happiness,” money is still perceived by many as the answer to life’s problems. And while having an abundant supply can make life more comfortable, relationship needs where money is concerned fall more along the lines of clear communication regarding where each partner’s values lie.

Any form of money management should be handled from a business perspective whether the partners are corporate or conjugal. Mixing business with pleasure has become a common downfall within the context of marriage relationships.

Effects

Marriage statistics show money issues as a leading cause of divorce. Analysts predict that the rise in bankruptcies and foreclosures will see a substantial increase in divorce rates within the coming years. Considering that married couples receive substantial tax benefits, along with the available additional income in the home, one must wonder if money is the true culprit.

If money were the culprit, couples with substantial amounts of money would be blissfully happy. More often than not, money problems are a symptom of deeper problems that haven’t been addressed in the relationship. Issues of power and control can just as easily surface whether an abundance of money is present or not.

Communicating values as they pertain to money is a necessary first step at the start of any relationship.

Credit to: Jacquelyn Jeanty, eHow.com Contributor

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4567744_making-money-affect-relationships.html

 

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President Obama Makes History Again!

Viva Obama!

President Obama has made history again, this time he is the first president to get re-elected during a tough economic time with a high rate of unemployment. Some political experts felt like the state of the economy alone made him an easily beatable candidate. The Republican Party found out that he was not as easy to beat as they thought. At 11:18 on November 6th, 2012, Barack H. Obama was officially declared the winner of the presidential election. The people of the United States granted this historically significant president a second term in the White House. People waited with bated breath for almost two hours to hear the president deliver what would be the final acceptance speech of his political career. The beleaguered president took the stage with his family and one could almost see the relief they had for the end of a hard fought campaign. The votes had long since been counted and the winner declared but President Obama, like the rest of us waited patiently for Mitt Romney to finally give his concession speech. The tradition is that the loser calls the winner to congratulate him first, after which he gives his speech where he will concede the election to the winner, then the winner makes an acceptance speech. Every news organization sat on the edge of their seats as the Romney campaign was “still analyzing the numbers” even though expert analysis had already declared that he lost the election. After what seemed like many hours, but in actuality was just one hour, Mitt Romney delivered his concession speech just after midnight.

We always pay a lot of attention to the top of the ticket, but there were also some other democratic victories and important referendums that night. Victories in the Senate allow the Democrats to retain control of the governing body, while Republicans retain control of the house. Dozens of state-wide ballot questions were posed to voters, and the result of the votes cast can have a resounding effect, even across state lines. Maine and Maryland have added themselves to the list of states that now allow same sex marriage. The struggle for the LBGTQ community to achieve marriage equality has made several more strides toward success. And in an unprecedented move, Colorado and Washington state voters have passed referendums legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The drug is still banned under federal law however. In Massachusetts, voters approved a law to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes, adding itself to the list of 17 other states that allow the use of medicinal marijuana.

After the euphoria of the re-election wears off, there is a lot of work to do. Before he is even sworn in to office for his second term, Obama has to deal with the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, which Republicans want to extend for the wealthiest Americans and Obama wants these tax cuts to only remain for those making less than $250,000 a year. Right after he does that, he has to meet with Congress about increasing the debt ceiling once more, something that proved perilous when he tried to confront it in 2011.

In his acceptance speech, Obama vowed that in his second term, he would continue to listen to people who do not always agree with him and to work together with Republicans and Democrats alike for the good of this nation. He said that he is “more determined and more inspired than ever” about the work that needs to get done for the country.

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R&B singer Natina Reed hit and killed by car in Georgia

Natina Reed

(Reuters) – Natina Reed, a member of the R&B singing trio Blaque, was struck and killed by a car as she walked in a major roadway in Georgia, police said on Saturday.

Reed, who also appeared in the cheerleader movie “Bring It On” in 2000, would have turned 33 on Sunday.

She was struck by a car at about 10:30 p.m. Friday on a state highway just north of the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn, Gwinnett County Police Sergeant Rich Long said.

The car’s driver called 911 and a passenger performed CPR but Reed was pronounced dead at an area medical center, police said. Authorities ruled the driver was not at fault and no charges were expected to be filed, Long said.

Investigators were trying to determine why Reed was in the road, Long said.

As part of Blaque, Reed performed the 1999 hits “Bring It All to Me” and “808” with fellow members Shamari Fears DeVoe and Brandi Williams.

Reed’s fellow group members said in a statement on Saturday that Blaque had recently reunited and the group was working on an album and a reality show.

 “My world as I know it has forever changed,” DeVoe said on Twitter on Saturday. “Until we meet again, may you find comfort in the arms of an angel. I love you Natina.”

 

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Bill Trott)

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2012 in BLACK Events, Culture, Entertaiment

 

BLACK Cuisine: Restaurant Secrets Putting Your Health at Risk

When you’re dining out, the last thing on your mind is the safety of your food. But after learning these industry secrets, it might become the first thing you consider. Learn what you can do to ensure that your dining experience is just as safe as it is delicious.

 

Secret: You’re More at Risk for Food Poisoning After 8 p.m.

Although it can feel sophisticated to dine out later, the closer you get to closing time, the more likely you are to get a compromised meal because the ingredients were prepped hours before, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply. Additionally, the kitchen may not be in ideal condition as your meal is prepared. The fryers have accumulated the build-up of an entire night’s service, plus the oil isn’t fresh anymore. Instead of making your food crispy, the grease just soaks into your food. Plus, the kitchen is in cleanup mode, so your dish could be being prepared next to a station that’s getting cleaned, risking contamination from the spray solution.

Solution:
If you’re going to dine late, try to order something that’s grilled, broiled or boiled. You want to get something that’s cooked (as opposed to something served raw, like salad) so there’s a greater chance of killing off any dangerous bacteria.

Secret: Menus Can Be Dirtier Than Toilet Seats

Menus are rarely properly cleaned, and every person who comes through a restaurant touches them. A recent test by The Dr. Oz Show uncovered 7 out of 7 sample menus from restaurants in the New York City area were covered in bacteria, including fecal bacteria like E.coli and pneumonia-causing streptococcus.

Solution:
Grip the menu by the top corners instead of holding it by the bottom. Most people hold the menu by the lower half, so you’ll be minimizing your exposure to bacteria.

Secret: If the Music Is Loud, You’re Going to Overeat

The louder the tunes, the more energy you’ll feel—meaning you’ll eat and leave quicker, resulting in a higher profit for the restaurant. The problem is that because you’re eating so quickly, you don’t have time to realize you’re full. Often, this results in over-ordering and overeating.

Solution:
Don’t give your full order up front; instead, order each course separately. When you control the experience, you’ll eat slower and eat less.

Secret: Always Pack the Leftovers Yourself

When you give your half-finished dinner to your server to have it boxed up, remember, there’s no special “leftover boxing-up station.” Your plate is left in the kitchen next to dirty dishes and garbage. Your roll could land on the floor and then could be put back on your plate. Additionally, you have no idea how your food will get into your leftover container; it could be with someone’s bare hands that have just wiped down a table.

Solution:
Always ask for the to-go container yourself and pack your leftovers at the table.

Courtesy of www.oprah.com

 
 

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Black Hair Styles

Natural Hair

While some stylists use the term natural hair to refer only to Afros, others use the term for any hair style without chemical treatment, including Afros, updos and all types of braids. Since the chemicals used to straighten and relax black hair can be damaging to the locks as well as to the scalp, many people prefer a natural approach. It allows the hair to grow longer since it is undamaged and can also be combined with hair extensions.

Straw Set

If you are transitioning to a natural hair style from a chemical treated look, consider a straw set. In a straw set, you use drinking straws or small perm rollers to wrap your hair in ringlets.

1.Once you have shampooed and conditioned your hair, wrap small sections around the straws and secure it with hair pins.

2.Dry your hair under low heat with a bonnet hair dryer, or with very low, diffused heat with a hand dryer.

Roller Wrap Set

Roller wrap sets are a great way to get large, loose curls without damaging the hair with heat styling. This is a very popular styling method for many African American women as black hair tends to be very fragile. For large curls or waves, use large rollers to roll your clean, damp, conditioned hair. Dry your hair under low heat with a hooded dryer. When it is completely dry, you can remove the rollers and brush the hair into smooth waves.

You may find these smooth natural black hair styles easier if you use one of the “natural” relaxers available on the market such as Naturalaxer.

                  

Double Strand Twist

Double strand twists are one of the most popular types of natural black hairstyles. This style can also give hair a break from everyday styling damage, as the twists are typically left in for a few days or weeks. Double twisting the hair is simple.

1.Part the hair into small sections all over the head, approximately one inch in size.

2.Place a small amount of oil on the hair and separate in half.

3.Cross the two pieces of hair over each other and pull tightly. Continue this process until the entire length of hair has been twisted.

4.Secure the end of the twist with a hair tie. Repeat this process until the entire head has been twisted.

Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks are popular hairstyles for many African American men and women. Dreadlocks are created when wet hair and a small amount of natural products are twisted together multiple times until the hair naturally stays in a locked form. When dreadlocks are put in the hair it will become matted and the locks will stay in place for a long time. The only drawback with this hairstyle is that they are nearly impossible to remove and usually need to be cut out.

Relaxed or Straightened Black Hair Styles

The chemical processes used to relax hair can make for beautiful sleek tresses, but they can also cause dryness, thinning and breakage. If you have your hair chemically relaxed, make sure you discuss the best shampoos and conditioners for your situation with your stylist; some leading black hair stylists recommend Nexxus hair products as well as the Dudley product line.

If you desire long and lustrous straight black hair styles, remember that there is no miracle pill for hair growth and that every process to which you subject your hair has an impact on it. Relaxers, hot curlers, hot combs, and color can all damage your hair and using more than one of these can make the problems exponentially worse. If you are planning to color and perm, you should always do your perm first or the color is likely to change dramatically.

Since straightening your hair removes elasticity from the hair shafts, the straighter your hair is, the more fragile it will become. If you want it bone straight, you will have the best success with very short styles. On the other hand, if you are relaxing but leaving a fair amount of curl in place, you can successfully have a longer hair style.

Braids

The different types of braided black hair styles available are nearly limitless. However, there are a few more popular braid options for African American hair.

•Cornrows: Cornrows are small, tight plaits, close to the scalp that are popular on both men and women. Cornrows are typically left in the hair for weeks or months at a time.

•Micro Braids: Micro braids are very tiny braids that are done to either just the root of the hair, or all of the hair. In many cases micro braids are so small, they are not noticed by the naked eye. These braids can be left in the hair for months.

•Tree Braids: Tree Braids are slightly larger than micro braids. They are small, noticeable, three strand braids that are done to the hair in small sections. These braids should only be left in the hair for a few weeks at most.

A lubricant, such as Aveda Humectant Pomade, is usually used for the twist. Of course, braiding is an art and it takes a substantial amount of time. Make sure you find someone you trust and that they understand the style you are going for. If often helps to look at pictures to indicate the style you are seeking before your stylist starts. When you wash your braids, make a diluted shampoo and water solution and work it gently into your braids. Then, use your shower to work it first through, then out of your hair. Repeat the same technique with your conditioner.

Keep in mind that braids can stress your hair; if they are put in too tightly, the hair is constantly pulled at the roots and this can result in breakage.

Extensions

Extensions are popular hair choices for many African American women, mainly because growing out black hair can be very difficult due to its naturally dry and brittle nature. Extensions can be added to black hair in a number of ways.

Micro Braiding Extensions

Micro braiding is a very popular method of adding extensions to black hair. In this process, natural hair is partially micro braided and then extensions are added to the braid. Extensions can be left unbraided, or be completely braided, depending on the preference of the individual.

Fusion

Fusion hair extensions are less popular with African American hair, but this method can be used on black hair if necessary. With this method, hair extensions are fused to natural hair with protein bonds. This is generally not recommended for women with extra brittle hair.

Weaving

Hair weaving is possibly the most popular for African American women. In this process, a corn row or track is created around the head, right on the scalp. The extensions are then sewn onto the tracks. Then the real hair covers the track where the extensions are sewn in. Essence magazine has a gallery on African American hair weaves for pictures on how natural hair weaves can look.

 

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Jay-Z Christens Barclays Center With Brooklyn Love

Rapper Jay-Z performs the inaugural concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday Sept. 28, 2012 in New York. / Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

NEW YORK– The newly built Barclays Center is the home of the Brooklyn Nets, and Jay-Z, an investor in the team, christened the venue Friday night in uniform, sporting a Nets hat and jersey as he rapped two dozen jams onstage in front of thousands.

Jay-Z performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four. It was his first of eight shows at the venue.

As he emerged onstage, a video highlighting some of Brooklyn’s historical moments — like when it was named an official borough of New York City — played in the background. There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in Brooklyn, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z opened the show with the hometown anthems “Where I’m From,” a song about his upbringing in Brooklyn’s Marcy projects complex, and “Brooklyn Go Hard.” He followed that with a tribute to one of Brooklyn’s icons: the late Notorious B.I.G. He performed some of the rap vet’s hit “Juicy” as the crowd joined in.

“Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven,” said Jay-Z, who also held a moment of silence for the rapper, who was shot to death in 1997.

Another Brooklynite — Big Daddy Kane — made an appearance, performing songs like “Ain’t No Half Steppin”‘ and “Warm It Up, Kane.” He received a roaring cheer from the crowd when performing old-school dance moves with two dancers in all white.

Jay-Z said Friday’s concert was incomparable to most of his other top-level performances, including the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella.

“Nothing feels like tonight,” he told the crowd multiple times.

The audience was excited and wild, cheering on Jay-Z as blue laser lights beamed across the venue. A seven-piece band was placed a level above Jay-Z, who paced from left to right while performing jams like “Empire State of Mind,” “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me),” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “99 Problems” and many others. Videos played on screens behind and above Jay-Z, while screens for fans in the higher sections — though not large enough — showed the rapper’s performance on the left and right sides of the stage.

“I want to thank you, Brooklyn, New York City, for making me the man I am today,” he said. “Like I said, everybody’s from Brooklyn tonight.”

A fan in the front section held up Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers jersey, immediately grabbing Jay-Z’s attention. He asked the fan for it and said: “I promise I’ll give it back.”

“Brooklyn had their heart broken,” he said as he held up the jersey and referred to the Dodgers leaving for Los Angeles after the 1957 baseball season. “We cried for so many years. …Look how far we’ve come.”

Jay-Z will perform at Barclays through Oct. 6 with the exception of Oct. 2.

 

 

Credit to CBS news:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57523009/jay-z-christens-barclays-center-with-brooklyn-love/

© 2012 The Associated Press

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in BLACK Events, Culture, Entertaiment

 

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Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston

After more than seven months since Whitney Houston’s untimely death, the music industry is determined to keep her legacy alive. “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston” will air on Friday, November 16th on CBS. Usher, Celine Dion and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers that will be paying homage to the six-time Grammy winner. Never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and highlights of Houston’s career, including Grammy and other performances will also be featured.

According to her former record label, a Greatest Hits album is also scheduled to be released in November called ‘I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston, which will include never before released songs. A reality TV series is also set to air soon called ‘The Houstons: On Our Own’, showing the lives of her family members as they struggle to come to terms with losing Whitney.

Houston died at age 48 in February. Authorities called her death an accidental drowning, complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.

Written by: Lexine Emille

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Mara – The Hip-Hop Socialite

 

Former Intellectual Property attorney, sometime model, current celebrity journalist/blogger and urban media personality. You can find Mara’s work in Parle Magazine, and on websites such as YoRaps.com, HHLO.net, RollingOut.com, and DrJays.com (Live). The Wilmington, NC native has interviewed and written stories on what reads like a “who’s who” of R&B, hip-hop and urban entertainment, including Jadakiss, Maino, Grandmaster Caz, style icon June Ambrose, Kalenna Harper (Diddy Dirty Money), Tami Roman, Olivia, and Kandi Burruss.

In early 2009, Mara joined Street Disciplez Radio as co-host, joining the show’s creator and host, former hip-hop emcee turned media personality, Ei8ht. Street Disciplez Radio has generated headlines on many media outlets, including HipHopWired.com, MediaTakeOut.com, AllHipHop.com, SOHH.com, BET.com, XXLMag.com, TheYBF.com, Bossip.com, VIBE.com, NecoleBitchie.com, OzoneMag.com, and many, many more. Past guests of Street Disciplez Radio include Meagan Good, Natalie Nunn, Bobby Brown, Scarface, Def Jam executive Sha Money XL, actor Ving Rhames, Tashera Simmons, Felicia “Snoop” Pearson (“The Wire”), French Montana, Capone and Noreaga, Consequence, west coast hip-hop legend Too $hort, and many more. Currently syndicated on the web, Street Disciplez Radio airs on multiple sites every Monday and Wednesday night from 8:30pm to 10:30pm.

In the summer of 2011, Mara was selected to serve as Managing Editor of popular lifestyle/entertainment webzine, CherryOnTop.com (the brainchild of NYC radio personality, Cherry Martinez of Power 105.1 FM). With Mara at the helm, CherryOnTop.com has generated headlines on TheYBF.com, SOHH.com, Bossip.com, VIBE.com,TheHuffingtonPost.com, VIBEVixen.com and on many other popular media outlets.

The Renaissance woman also pens a column, “The Adventures of the Hip-Hop Socialite…”, for One-Ten Magazine, which is scheduled for relaunch in the summer of 2012.. Earlier this year marked another milestone in Mara’s career, as she began hosting the “60-Second Scoop” on North Carolina’s Coast 97.3 FM (Cumulus Media), Michigan’s WHPR FM 88.1, and NYC’s DaMatrixStudios.com.

Mara has also hosted her own internet series, “Scene & Heard TV”, which generated the kind of headlines that many have come to expect of the proud southern belle.  As an urban media personality, Mara has been featured in RollingOut.com, ForbezDVD.com, GGurls.com, Femmixx.com, and other outlets.

Q & A with Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite:

BS: What made you leave your profession as an attorney to pursue a career in media?

Shamara McKoy: To be perfectly honest with you, I never pictured myself practicing law for the rest of my life. I’ve always been passionate about writing, but I knew I probably would not make much money from it. Nevertheless, when I relocated to NYC after graduating from the law school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, I decided to make a go of it after working as a lawyer for almost 2 years. I’ve always been obsessed with pop culture, so working in the media world made perfect sense. It merges two of the things I love: writing and pop culture.

BS: How would you describe your work style?    

Shamara McKoy: Organized chaos. I can be all over the place, but I manage to always get things done.

BS: Tell me about your proudest achievement.  What inspires you?

Shamara McKoy: Although I’m no longer in the law field, earning my law degree is my proudest achievement.

I’m inspired by my nieces. With all the foolishness that’s going on on TV and just everywhere, it’s important to me that I model the behavior, morals, work ethic, and beliefs that I want them to possess. It inspires me to go hard and always carry myself in a way that influences them in a positive way.

BS: What do you ultimately want to become? 

Shamara McKoy: Eventually, I want to be a radio personality that’s recognized on a national level. I want to get the book I’m working on published at some point, and I although I’m already a pop culture commentator, I would like to take it to the next level by landing television appearances to provide commentary on everything pop culture!

BS: Who has impacted you most in your career and how? 

Shamara McKoy: Wow, there are quite a few people who have impacted my career. I can’t name one without naming them all, so I’ll leave it at that.

BS: What’s the most important thing you learned about yourself so far?  What is your personal mission statement?   

Shamara McKoy: Relocating to NYC and managing to make a life for myself here has taught me just how strong I am. It wasn’t easy by far.

I don’t have a personal mission statement per se, I just believe that hard work and faith (in God) will get you everywhere.

BS: Who are your role models and why?

Shamara McKoy: My mom and my dad (of course). Their work ethic is something like I’ve never seen! My dad worked 30+ years for a particular company, and he rarely missed a day. He actually retired in 2001, but he grew tired of sitting at home, and got another job working for a school. My mom is the same way. They’re just hard workers, and succeeded in giving my siblings and I the kind of childhood any kid would hope for. They’ve worked very hard on their marriage as well – in July, they celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary! They’re both very happy!

When it comes to this industry, I adore Cathy Hughes. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her, but her career in media (particularly radio) is a major motivator for me.

BS: What techniques and tools do you use to develop yourself?   

Shamara McKoy: I’m an avid reader, and one of the things I do while I’m reading is write down words that I stumble across that I don’t often use. I then write down their definitions (if I don’t know it already) and incorporate those words into my own writing.

I’m hoping to participate in more writing workshops. I’m always trying to improve my skills as a writer, and participating in whatever workshops I come across is a big part of that.

BS: What projects are you a part of now?  What can we expect from you in the near future?

Shamara McKoy: Right now, I’m focused on my radio bit, “The 60 Second Scoop with the Hip-Hop Socialite”. It’s 60 seconds of the latest celebrity interviews, gossip, and/or details on the hottest events. The “Scoop” was launched earlier this year, and it’s featured interviews with everyone from rapper Ca$h Out, to Tami Roman (“Basketball Wives”), to Momma Dee (“Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta”). It’s done quite well in the radio markets that air it down south, and I recently landed a sponsor (t-shirt company Optic Verbiage, http://www.OpticVerbiage.com). The “Scoop” has already made headlines everywhere from The Urban Daily to Bossip. It’s something I created, with my name on it, produced by my production team, Da Matrix Studios in NYC. I’m quite proud of it. I’m looking forward to additional radio stations picking it up and adding it to their programming. I’m extremely grateful to my family at Coast 97.3 FM in North Carolina because they were the first station to give the “Scoop” a chance.

I also pen a column called “The Adventures of the Hip-Hop Socialite” for One Ten Magazine. It will be re-launched in December in the winter issue of One Ten.  And of course, I’m still Managing Editor of CherryOnTop.com, a lifestyle/entertainment webzine that’s the brainchild of Power 105.1 FM radio personality, Cherry Martinez.

 

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“If I Had A Father”- The Importance Of Fathers in Children’s Lives

If I Had A Father

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

A new school year has started and the process of education is important once again in this nations schools. The educational system of this country is at a cross roads between continuing to be re-actional to the changes in society or proactive to saving youth from lives of poverty, unemployment and the media expectations of youth dropping out of school and becoming a part of a criminal justice system. What can be done to change the direction potential educational failures and societal rebellion of youth?

If I Had A Father; represents a dynamic of the involvement of fathers in children lives. This is not a specific cultural challenge it is a national goal to have fathers involved in their children’s education. History and society judges fathers by the behavior of their children, the choices children make in life and the outcomes. A father posses historical significance and importance in the shaping and molding of young minds, guiding emotions and influencing generational success, struggles, failures and even death. What could be worse than a physical death? The emotional death of children that a father does not care, does not understand and witnessing a father disrespect the mother that brought them into the world. Fathers must establish a foundation for a relationship with their children- An understanding with fathers for interaction that grows from love, discipline, consistent involvement and respect.

Fatherhood does not automatically mean that a man is going to be a responsible parent. A man has to want to be a responsible father, there is more to child rearing than creating a child, impregnating a woman or being a sperm donor.

“…parents must keep reminding their children about how important they are.”

-Archie Talley

Educational Needs

Fathers set the foundation for excellence, raise the expectations that children are smart, intelligent and worth educating. Teach children that success is not always making big sums of money, driving fancy cars or wearing expensive clothes. Success also means obtaining a quality education to provide for self and one day family. Education is the key to continued self growth and reliability on skills/talents and not dependent on the government to provide. The Bible says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Fathers guard your children away from negativity and ignorance and guided them to knowledge of their individual talents, skills and abilities. Malcolm X stated as it applies to the 21st century, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Fathers remember your children will not stay children forever so fathers/daddies must help prepare their children for the Boardrooms, Courtrooms, Classrooms, Conference rooms, Presidential rooms, Mayoral rooms, Senatorial rooms and Surgical rooms of this country and world. In these economic turbulent times stated by Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, “The best economic stimulus package is a diploma,” fathers make a difference in the direction their children will take in school.

If I had A Father has become both an excuse and reason for failure for children. The lack of a father is more of a death sentence for fathers that are not involved because their children will execute them from their lives emotionally, psychologically and socially. A father that does not value his children is a man that creates damnation on his family history and heritage. Children are incarcerated mentally, jailed socially and emotionally blaming their life circumstances on “If I Had A Father.” The darkest depths of loneliness in a child’s heart because their father was not there for them. Having experienced this myself, the only way I survived this emotional death, this potential inner self destruction was to build myself up to try and be a good father for my children. Even though divorced, I did not divorce my children; I did not divorce my responsibilities to my son and daughter I did not commit fathercide to my children by leaving them.

Fathers Impact of Involvement

Fathers, Daddies, Stepfathers need to be involved in their children’s lives, spending more time with children will help keep children from dropping out of school, engaging in multiple sex partners and experimenting with drugs. Research from the University of Maryland (2000) indicates that, “children who have fathers or father figures in their lives learn better, have higher self-esteem and show fewer signs of depression”.

Fathers affect discipline, academic achievement, and social relationships in a child’s educational environment. “…children who identified a father or father figure scored higher on basic learning skill tests and had a stronger sense of competence and social acceptance compared to children without fathers” (University of Maryland Medical News, 2000). Culturally ALL races are equally affected by the presence and absence of fathers in children’s lives. This is not just a Black, Hispanic or other cultural issue.

JCCI Study and E3 Forums

JCCI (Jacksonville Community Council Inc.) study shows the affects of absence fathers in children’s lives and it’s impact on infant mortality, educational success and poverty levels of children. The statistical evidence that the absence of responsible and mature fathers contributes to continued poverty of children, increase involvement of juveniles in criminal behavior, increased dropout rates among school age youth and infant mortality rates similar to that of third world nations JCCI – http://www.jcci.org/

The recent E3 Business Group Infant Mortality Making It Real and discussions about the fathers responsibility. These dialogues play an important part of the openness and honesty that needs to be displayed. http://www.youtube.com/user/e3businessgroup-Listen to the discussions from community members about fathers.

History and Heritage

Fathers your history, your heritage and your future presence either positive or negative rests within your commitment to be a real father. No one can make you do what you should do as a father. It is a responsibility that is only accountable through the efforts that you make. Fathers, consider if your children can afford for you not to be involved, will their potential be missed, the course of their destinies missed because they were without your guidance and wisdom?

“A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on Him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom; and that it is by God’s power that he is upheld and provided for, and that he needs God’s wisdom to lead and guide him, and His might to enable him to do what he ought to do for Him.”

-Edwards, Jonathan

Million Father March

A great quote by Dr. Eugene White, Superintendent over the Indianapolis Public School District stated, ”Fathers, take your children to school on the first day and don’t stop there. Become active in the education of your children all year long.’ Fathers across the country read these words, “All men, regardless of the skin you might be in, but especially Black men, can improve low-performing schools, increase graduations rated, lower jail sentences by getting involved in the education of their children.” If I Had A Father should not come out of the mouths of any child, they should not feel lost, forsaken or alone. Fathers, get involved, get active and get where you belong, with your children.

Written by:

William Jackson, M.Ed.

My Quest To Teach

Educator with Duval County Public Schools and Edward Waters College

 
 
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