Cooler than Me: What it means to be a “Hipster”
Aug28

Cooler than Me: What it means to be a “Hipster”

Have you ever thought about what it means to be “hip,” or more importantly, why it’s so important? The hipster lifestyle, or rather, the secret society, (because you can’t admit that you are one) is one full underground music, indie films, vintage shopping, vinyls, and a lot of judgment. Why is it considered “cool” for someone to listen to a band barely anyone knows, but completely “lame” if someone likes One Direction? People are so obsessed with maintaining a certain image that they won’t even admit a top forty song could be catchy, (and please, it’s practically physically challenging to stop yourself from singing along to Call Me Maybe.) It’s a bigger problem than most people think because people don’t realize that what they are doing is music shaming. People implying that you can only like what’s considered “good music” and not “popular music” as well. It’s Capulet and Montague with music taste, and apparently you’ve got to pick a side. But why does it matter? Why can’t you have your own favorite bands, but still admit that Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” is catchy? Sometimes you’ve got to blast T-Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” in the car and not care about what anyone says. And it’s not just music. People shame others for everything such as going green or becoming vegan or gluten free. How about girls who don’t do things  like get hair extensions or wear acrylic nails because they might be judged for not being “natural enough.” Being yourself and doing what you love are becoming foreign concepts amongst too many young people these days. And It doesn’t have to be this way. Most of the time those who dare to be themselves shine brighter because of their confidence. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is a great example. The devoted animal print lover and former Jersey Shore-er has only focused on self improvement since her MTV years, but has still always managed to remain true to herself. Outspoken as ever before, Snooki still rocks her animal print while telling off all her haters on Twitter. No one is cooler than you for liking something you don’t like, in the same sense that you aren’t cooler than them. Being yourself, and having the confidence to admit it is the most admirable quality a person can have. Put an end to all the judgment. Hipsta, please. By Nadine Zebib...

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Think before you drink: The dangers of consuming energy drinks
Aug26

Think before you drink: The dangers of consuming energy drinks

All of our lives are filled with numerous tasks. We have errands to run, a job we spend countless hours at, friends to hang out with, homework to finish and family to see. It’s no wonder that a large amount of people need “pick me ups” throughout the day to give us a  little extra energy to finish what needs to be done. According to Wiki Answers “over 100,000,000 people drink energy drinks a year and a majority of those people are teenagers.” But what may seem to be giving you a boost of energy could do more harm than good. All energy drinks are filled with massive amounts of caffeine, large amounts of sugar and herbal stimulants. Small amounts of caffeine in moderation is okay, but if you are an every day energy drinker, then you must be careful. Filling your body with unnecessary amounts of caffeine can be dangerous and cause  health issues. According to FOX News, studies have shown that children who consume moderate amounts of caffeine before physical activity can have elevated blood pressure. This can be a very serious issue for people who already have weaker hearts. Caffeine, the biggest ingredient of energy drinks, is also a diuretic. So if you start filling your body with it, you can easily become dehydrated. Energy drinks are also very easy to become addicted to. As you your body gets used to digesting energy drinks regularly, you will also begin to have withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking them. The symptoms could range from numerous amounts of things, but the most common symptoms are getting headaches and migraines. The purpose of energy drinks is to get more energy or to simply stay awake long. However, consuming too many energy drinks can cause a reverse effect of  insomnia. When energy drinks are abused, it can make you skip sleep all together. This creates a vicious cycle, because now that you are exhausted from no sleep, you will turn back to the energy drink. Energy drinks are known for causing compromised functioning. Not only can they physically cause harm, but they can also damage emotions. Studies show that these drinks can cause people to get the “jitters” and feel very nervous. Overall energy drinks are not a healthy choice to give you the boost that a lot of us seem to need. There are many other ways to gain energy from natural drinks and activities. So the next time you go to pick up that Monster or Red Bull, think twice. CLICK HERE for a list of healthy, natural ways to gain energy.  By Jade...

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7 Safety tips that can potentially save your life
Aug23

7 Safety tips that can potentially save your life

As quickly as things can happen, it is imperative that safety is a main priority. Here are seven helpful tips to assist you if you are ever in a potentially life threatening situation.  Awareness is key. Always be aware of your surroundings.  If something seems suspicious or out of place remove yourself from the area immediately.  Always trust your instincts. Go with your first mind. If you have an eerie feeling about something or someone never shrug it off because it could help you escape a scary situation.  Never walk alone. Even if you have to blend in with a crowd to feel a sense of security do so. A sole person is less threatening to approach than an entire group.  Refrain from talking on the phone or having earphones in because it is distracting. It limits your attention from being focused on your surroundings.  Maintain confidence. Stand tall, have a stern voice and say what you mean. If you appear vulnerable by allowing a person into your personal space assailants will make it a point to attack. Sometimes our sympathetic nature can be our downfall. In case of an emergency have your phone preset to call 911. Always inform someone close to you about your whereabouts so they can pinpoint if something is possibly wrong. If your assailant is armed always cooperate. Do what is asked of you. Being cooperative can be helpful and may leave you unharmed. However, if you see an escape route, fight. Hit sensitive areas like the groin, face and throat. Even bite if you can. Other precautionary tips to consider: Always be aware of what is going on around you. Try taking a self-defense class because it is a great safety mechanism. Carry pepper spray that can be attached to your keys or that can[LJ1]  fit into your pocket. Never be so oblivious and think that bad things can’t happen to you. Be prepared for those what-ifs in life because anything is possible. Do whatever is necessary to maintain your safety. To learn more on safety mechanisms and for information on safety courses visit: http://www.self-defense-mind-body-spirit.com/basicsafety.html www.reasonableforce.com   By Khulela Byrd Photo courtesy of...

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Check out the Top 25 Scholarships for women
Aug22

Check out the Top 25 Scholarships for women

BLACK NEWS.COM – Billions of dollars in scholarships are available every year to women, and one web site, ScholarshipsOnline.org, is helping women apply for these financial aid opportunities. The web site has recently published the top 25 scholarships available for women and girls in 2013-2014.  Scholarships are monetary gifts awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic or athletic ability. Because of increasing expenses for tuition, boarding and books, more and more organizations and corporations are giving away scholarships as a part of their public or community affairs programs. Federal government agencies, local government agencies, and educational institutions themselves are also giving away millions of dollars in scholarships every year. In total, it is estimated that more than $5 billion in scholarships will be given away this year, and perhaps even more next year. To view the Top 25 Scholarships Available For Women in 2013-2014, CLICK HERE. To search hundreds of other 2013-2014 scholarships, CLICK HERE....

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The Pretty Brown Girl Movement is Going Global
Aug20

The Pretty Brown Girl Movement is Going Global

CEO and Founder of Pretty Brown Girl, LLC, Sheri Crawley, recently announced the Pretty Brown Girl (PBG) Clubs for girls across the globe. Launched only two years ago Pretty Brown Girl, LLC was created to encourage girls to celebrate the shades of brown skin and inspire positive self-esteem through a unique product line. Now Pretty Brown Girl offers a much needed common core curriculum model with interactive engagement and solutions to this very critical topic. Higgins-Lewis K-8 school in the Boston School district will begin a PBG After-School Program in the fall. Lena Reddick, the Director of Community and Partnership is very excited to have curriculum based workshops to help her students of varying ethnicities deal with self-confidence and skin-tone issues. With an emphasis on parent and community engagement most schools will also involve parents to help with Pretty Brown Girl Clubs. The goal is to have partnerships with elementary, middle and high schools across the country to address the very important yet neglected subject matter of skin tone and self-esteem. The Pretty Brown Girl curriculum based workshops guide girls through a self-discovery journey that inspires confidence, self-love and a passion to pursue their dreams. Pretty Brown Girl Programs foster partnership through which existing organizations can implement a reputable platform and join a conversation that touches so many girls in this country. A celebratory spirit is the essence of the Pretty Brown Girl brand. The PBG Curriculum seeks to acknowledge what it is like to be a brown girl in America and address the fact the skin tone is still a point of contention, while celebrating girls in a way that is both constructive and fun. The Pretty Brown Girl program honors girls in different ages and stages in life by allowing them a safe space to have their voices heard. Each module has a segment dedicated to engaging girls in rich dialogue and reflective journaling to enhance each participant’s experience. To solidify the collaboration within the educational community Pretty Brown Girl is now offering national positions of Educational Liaisons to ensure the integrity of the learning outcomes. These positions are open to those individuals with backgrounds in education who want to work with coordinating Pretty Brown Girl programming with schools across the country. To solidify the collaboration within the educational community Pretty Brown Girl is now offering national positions of Educational Liaisons to ensure the integrity of the learning outcomes. These positions are open to those individuals with backgrounds in education who want to work with coordinating Pretty Brown Girl programming with schools across the country. To find out more about PBG programs for schools or to inquire...

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Web Exclusive: Nail Art Trends
Aug19

Web Exclusive: Nail Art Trends

Aside from shoes and handbags, nothing completes the perfect outfit like a fresh coat of nail polish and eye-catching nail art to go with it. Nail art has become increasingly popular over the last few years and shows no signs of going away. What’s so cool about it is that it’s another way to express your style and you can do it yourself. There are plenty of tools to help create the look you want and the designs are limitless. Here are some of the hottest nail art we can’t get enough of this summer. Tribal Print Nails This nail design will take a lot of patience as creating designs can be tedious. To create this look , you need three colors of your choice, black acrylic paint, nail art brush and a dotting tool. While this design may seem hard, once you apply the colors you want, just draw lines, dots or any pattern that you like. Bright colors work best with this design since its great for summer and really shows off your funky personality. Stripes Stripes are an easy nail design that transforms ordinary nails into something sassy. Strips of tape make this design manageable and help you keep the nail art neat. There are two ways that you can achieve this look. Apply two coats of polish to a piece of scotch tape in the color you want the stripes. Once the polish is dry, cut small, even strips and place them on your painted nails in the design that you desire. You can remove the tape with nail polish remover. Another way to create stripes is to use a nail striping brush.  The brush may be more difficult for some, but after using the brush a few times, you’ll get the hang of it. Party Nail If you’re a bit more conservative or you work in an environment where fancy nail designs are prohibited, the party nail is perfect for you. The party nail is one or two nails that are different from the rest. You can use glitter, prints or simply use another color to create your party nail. While the party nail is the modest of the nail art trend, it’s a classic that you will always be able to pull off. Studs Studs have not only become increasingly popular on footwear and apparel, it’s a huge trend in nail art. The more studs you use, the edgier look you will have. Studs can easily be applied with nail glue or clear nail polish. The only downside to studs is that you have to be careful with them because they can come...

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ColorBlind Girl of the month: Brittany Powell
Aug15

ColorBlind Girl of the month: Brittany Powell

Brittany Powell, 24, has been selected to be ColorBlind Magazine’s first Girl of the Month! This ambitious mother of two and Detroit native started her  own clothing business called ‘Powell Couture Boutique.’ She originally was dual majoring at Michigan State University in Human Biology and Mechanical Engineering with a Pre-Medical track but soon found out that wasn’t her passion. Powell had a love for Media and Fashion and ended up getting her Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts from the MSU. Powell was always interested in fashion and in her spare time she would sketch gowns. “One day, I randomly decided to go to Jo-Ann Fabrics, bought a sewing machine, fabric, and all of the tools I thought I would possibly need,” said Powell. “I went back to my dorm, cut out a pattern, and made a gown in two days. Everyone seemed so impressed with the piece, especially with it being my very first design that I actually executed. I could see my imperfections and I’ve been motivated to better my craft ever since.” Starting her own business has come with many ups and downs. “As a mother of two, a full-time worker with another company, and working to get my business off the ground, it becomes hectic and pretty difficult to manage my time properly. One thing I am realizing is that I must make time to invest into my business. Without that investment, progress will not occur,” said Powell. Powell is a huge admirer of Oprah Winfrey and  it was one video entitled  “Note To Self” that changed her outlook on starting her own business. “This video made me look at things differently. She made me realize that I must not allow my past circumstances hinder me or cause fear and to just relax because God will take care of everything.” Powell’s future plans for her business include getting her business off the ground and becoming more involved in the community. “I have always been involved in the community in some type of way. It makes me happy to see that I can make someone’s day or even put a smile on their face.” Powell is currently planning some events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. One event will be “Ballroom for Breast Cancer Charity Ball” and the other event is “Powell Couture Presents: Creative Mindz Go Pink! Fashion Show.” Powell’s words of advice for women: “Never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone in order to make your dreams a reality!” To contact Brittany Powell: Email powellcoutureboutique@gmail.com Company phone number is (586) 943-6952 Also you can see her website for her clothing...

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Why is It So Hard To Get Away From Facebook?
Aug10

Why is It So Hard To Get Away From Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg really did a number on the world when he decided to create “The Facebook” for his fellow Harvard classmates in 2004, the new age social networking site that spread like wildfire in the world of social media. Fast forward to 2013: Facebook has over 1 billion users worldwide. Profiles upon profiles of dedicated users who update on their daily lives in the form of statuses and photo albums. Once you’ve started, It is common to feel like it’s too difficult to stop, or to even want to. But for those who do want to, why is it so hard to tear away? For many people, Facebook is too distracting in their everyday lives. There are even some websites that can be used to block Facebook temporarily in order to get studying done. Some feel that Facebook has too much drama, and others feel that the over influx of information can make them downright miserable. It is the amount of detail on the site that can sometimes lead to something you may not want or didn’t need to know. Your status update can be as lengthy as a short novel. People have the ability to post their comments or opinions, and they’re all formed together in a way that is inviting for more opinions and comments. And in some ways, that can be great. Facebook played a big role in the revolution in Egypt because of its ability to shove information in your face. The bloodied, lifeless face of Khaled Mohamed Said on the newsfeed of Google Marketing executive Wael Ghonim, which led him to create the Facebook page “Kullena Khaled Said” — “We Are All Khaled Said,” (nytimes.com) is one of many examples of how Facebook fueled the fires for the beginning of the Egyptian revolution. But to some, this can be miserable. Facebook can mean drama. Facebook wars. Too. Much. Information. And sure, there are solutions. Cut down on your friends list — do you really need to know about 915 people’s detailed lives? But it’s cutting the cord completely for good that has become a rare quality seen in few amongst people these days. There are plenty of reasons. For one, it’s especially hard to get away when every other web site you go on wants you to sign up through Facebook. You don’t have to, but it is an appealing choice compared to filling out all of your information, questionnaires, giving up your social security number, your first unborn child… What about Group Events? Without Facebook, you might end up with some serious FOMO when you inevitably miss out on experiences because someone didn’t...

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Top Museums To Visit in Metro Detroit
Aug08

Top Museums To Visit in Metro Detroit

  Detroit is a city full of historic landmarks. At every corner there is a story to be told and there are countless museums to share those stories. Learn about the vast history of Detroit and other great places all over the world at these remarkable museums located in Metro Detroit.     Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 313-833-7900 http://www.dia.org/ The Detroit Institute of Arts is known as one of the top museums in the United States.  Founded in 1885, this 658,000 square feet museum includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The DIA is most known for its diversity, having African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.     Motown Historical Museum 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208 313-875-2264 http://www.motownmuseum.org/ This museum was once the headquarters of Motown Records and Tamla Records during the prime of the Motown Music in the 1960s. Some famous names that have recorded in this very location are Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, and Smokey Robinson. There are a lot of original pieces still standing in this museum such as the original recording equipment.     Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201 313-494-5800 http://thewright.org/ With over 30,000 artifacts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the past of African Americans. There are numerous programs and events at this museum for people of all ages to enjoy. There is also a store within the museum that sells authentic African and African American art, books and merchandise.     Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 313-833-1805 http://detroithistorical.org/ The Detroit Historical Museum is dedicated to telling Detroit’s history. Five new exhibitions have been added to the Detroit Historical Museum in 2012 such as the Kid Rock Music Lab. The Detroit Historical Society has received hundreds of donations each year, adding to the 250,000 artifacts already in the collection. This is a great spot to learn more about the amazing city of Detroit.     Dossin Great Lakes Museum 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207 313-852-4051 http://detroithistorical.org/main/dossin/ The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is an historical maritime museum located on the beautiful island of Belle Isle. This museum shows its visitors how Detroiters have used the Detroit River and lakes around us to build our industries over the years. With educational and interactive showcases, this exhibition traces hundreds of years of Great Lakes maritime history.     Model T Automotive Heritage Complex 461 Piquette Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 313-872-8759 http://www.tplex.org/ The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex is located at the former Ford Piquette Avenue...

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The Importance of Young People Voting
Aug06

The Importance of Young People Voting

Everyone eagerly awaits the day they turn 18. However becoming an adult means more than freedom and fun. There are duties and responsibilities as well, that have become easily overlooked. One of those responsibilities is the act of voting, and that means taking the initiative to come up with your own opinion — which may or not be consistent with that of your family. Detroit’s primary mayoral election will take place on August 6th, with the general election to take place on November 5th. How many young people do you know who are planning to vote? It’s no secret that getting the youth to vote has always been a struggle, but why is that? Some people feel that they are too ill-informed to vote, and some feel that they don’t want to rely solely on their parents’ judgement, or that they do not have the time to get the information themselves. An endless number of excuses are at hand for those who simply don’t want to do it, but these excuses are being used too frequently as crutches for the youth to bypass their right and duty as citizens of a democracy to vote. According to the Young Democrats of America, voters ages 18-29 comprised 21% of eligible voters in 2012 presidential election. Twenty-one percent is enough to make a serious difference. Think of it like this: If everyone in that 21% thought their vote wouldn’t count and chose not to vote for that reason, it would be enough to sway an election. The same goes for choosing to vote, and letting your voice be heard. Deciding to be one more person who will strengthen the youths’ vote does make a difference. There is strength in numbers, so choosing to be one more is important. So where do you start? Get informed. In the United States, it has become too widely acceptable a feeling that getting informed and voting is too much to ask. What we often do not realize as a society is that we are asking for answers to our problems, but when we have a chance to elect those who seek to provide answers to these issues, we choose to ignore it. There are even organizations out there to help the youth get both informed and involved, such as “The Can Kicks Back” (http://www.thecankicksback.org.) Forming your own opinions rather than simply relying on others (such as your parents) to make the decision for you is important because oftentime older generations view issues differently than the younger generations do. A few examples of issues where the divide between generations is extremely evident are gay rights and current...

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