Simplistic Celebrations for Sweetest Day
Oct20

Simplistic Celebrations for Sweetest Day

For many of us, Sweetest Day is a day to showcase the love and appreciation we have for the special people in our lives. Contrary to what people believe the initial reason for the holiday was to give back in a charitable fashion. In 1922, Herbert Birch Kingston, an employee at a candy company in Ohio decided that he would bring cheer to the sick, bed-ridden and less fortunate by handing out candy favors to ensure that their day was brightened up**.  Over the years, the act of kindness and simplicity has grown into splurging on luxurious gifts without the pure sincerity to go along with it. Sometimes we forget about the simple things. Here are a few ideas for a simpler more meaningful holiday: Indoor Picnic—since the days have gotten cooler an indoor picnic with candlelight is the perfect way to show your romantic side and to save some money. Prepare snacks like chocolate covered fruit and simple sandwiches. Enjoy each other and engage in conversation. (Leave the tech gadgets off for a while.) Go to the movies—an early matinee is a great gift. Go see a romantic comedy or a family movie. Laughter is good for the soul so catch a flick that is sure to be enjoyable. If money is tight rent a movie. Either way quality time is the best time. Cook dinner—nothing shows you care like a home-cooked meal. Fix a favorite dish or dessert that has been missed. It’s sure to be a win-win. Express your true feelings—things are different now due to the rapid advancement of technology. Everything is so short and abbreviated. Take the time to write a heartfelt note, letter or paragraph in a card regarding your love and appreciation for them.   If you want to pay it forward by giving back here are a few alternatives: Volunteer—sign up at a local shelter or soup kitchen. Lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate. Donating your time is a wonderful thing. Visit the children’s hospital—spend some time with the children. Read to them or play games with them for a few hours. I guarantee that you will put a smile on their faces and joy in their hearts. Donate—if you have old or gently worn clothes that you no longer have use for donate them to the Salvation Army or to churches in your area. Rather than throwing away things that someone else might appreciate give them to organizations that can help those in need.   If you choose to give back, here are several places that welcome volunteers:   Bridging Communities (Deliver Sweetest Day to the...

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Web Exclusive – Fall Fashion Throwback
Oct17

Web Exclusive – Fall Fashion Throwback

With Fall in full bloom, ColorBlind thought it would be fun to bring back last years Fall fashion for our “Throwback Thursday!” It is often said that the start of September is the January of the fashion world. Why? Because it’s fall and this season excites fashionistas around the world. Flip flops and shorts are replaced with pumps and sandals; the air has an intoxicating fresh-out-the-box scent of a new pair of boots, and the colors on the leaves aren’t just the only seasonal changes that occur. Tis’ the season for fashion weeks all around the world to showcase the upcoming looks of the spring season. Yes, you read correctly, spring season. While we are still salivating over blazers and cropped pants, the fashion industry is already producing springtime masterpieces. So what are the trends of this season? And how can you incorporate them into your wardrobe? This season there are 3 words that need to be memorized: edgy, tailored, and chic, or in other words “edgy tailored chic”, with a hint of masculine to compliment your feminine. Let’s face it ladies, we all have those days where we just want to be one of the guys. Menswear inspired looks have existed for decades, but this season it is being embraced more than ever. Tuxedo jackets, cropped pants, fedoras, ties, loafers, and suspenders, just to name a few, are just a couple of pieces that will change your look from girlie to boyish. The key word in pulling off this trend is inspired you want to create a look that takes inspiration from men’s apparel but with your own added feminine touch. Military is another gender bending look. The tailored, structured designs of a military jacket along with the strategic placement of the buttons have rocked the runways of Burberry and Victoria Beckham. Decorative fabrics, yes the kind that typically grace the curtains or tablecloths of your grandmother are hotter than ever this fall. Who knew that lace detailing would make such a powerful comeback? The fabrics of brocade, jacquard, baroque, and velvet have solidified themselves as nothing but class and elegance. An age old look that is historically timeless and now is featured in stores the world over. Another oldie but goodie is peplum. Peplum has made a strong return between last season and this one. Even though, it never really went out of style, it is now finally being worn on women of all ages and sizes and it is featured in everything from dresses and skirts to blouses and blazers. But what exactly is peplum? The word peplum is derived from the Greek word peplos (meaning...

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ColorBlind Girl of the Month: Kalynn Willis
Oct15

ColorBlind Girl of the Month: Kalynn Willis

Kalynn Willis, 16 has been selected to be ColorBlind’s Girl of the Month for October! This determined young lady has a lot to offer and she has plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration in college. She is a native of Ypsilanti and is currently in the 11 grade. Her hobbies include dancing and modeling. “Academically, I have always been a very determined and studious individual. I am an ambitious young woman, who has taken the time to think about my future and my goals,” said Willis. Her goals, much like that of ColorBlind’s, is to inspire young women. ” In today’s world of survival of the fittest, one has to be equipped with knowledge, experience, as well as ambition,” she said. “It has been my goal to further my knowledge and ambition through education.” ColorBlind Co-founder Leah Johnson met Kalynn during a scholarship event last year in which Willis was a recipient. “Her bio in the program event booklet stated that she had tragically lost her older brother, which was her best friend, in an accident. Despite this, Kalynn has remained a focused young adult and she became my mentee,” said Johnson. Way to go Kalynn! Keep up the great work!  ...

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Web Exclusive – Editor’s Favorite Spots in Detroit
Oct10

Web Exclusive – Editor’s Favorite Spots in Detroit

Editor’s Pick their favorite spots in Detroit: Every city has its favorite pastimes, right? Well, there are plenty in the Motor City, and you’ll find that it’s much more to Detroit than catching a Tiger’s Game in downtown or going down to the River Front. Those are great activities too, but we at ColorBlind would like you to experience a few hot spots that we frequent from time to time. Avalon International Breads The ColorBlind Magazine team loves sweets (and founder Leah Johnson loves bread as well). That explains why Avalon International Breads is a place she frequents, especially in the fall and winter. Avalon is home to delicious hot chocolate, brownies, and sea-salt chocolate chip cookies. It’s rustic, yet cozy atmosphere draws major crowds, especially during breakfast and lunch. Avalon is frequented by families, “Old-Faithful Detroiters”, college students, executives, and local business owners.Avalon proves that bread and baked goods attracts people. No wonder this business is thriving in Midtown Detroit. www.avalonbreads.net The Inn on Ferry Street Whoever said you can’t take a great vacation right within the city you live in is dead wrong. When there are great places to stay like the Inn on Ferry Street, one does not need to travel far to have a superior travel experience. The Inn makes you feel like you’re right at home and its Victorian style living quarters are a mixture of comfort and sophistication. The Inn is also right within the historic district of Midtown Detroit and is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to check out all of the exciting things that downtown has to offer. The Detroit Institute of Arts and Charles H Wright Museum of African American History are literally five minutes away from the Inn, and just about every other tourist attraction is just a mile away. Just staying one weekend isn’t enough to take in all that the Inn has to offer. The ColorBlind team recommends staying a few extra days or plan to return soon! www.innonferrystreet.com Eastern Market The Eastern Market owns Saturday mornings in the Motor City. Thousands of people from all walks of life travel to the heart of downtown Detroit to shop for locally produced goods, fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and just about every product you can think of. A special highlight of the shopping district is the “Taste of Eastern Market,” which is a cooking demonstration series where chefs prepare homemade recipes for customers to try. Bring a pencil and fork because this is something that you don’t want to miss! Not only is the shopping experience great, but the friendly, outgoing atmosphere of the market is an experience in itself. www.detroiteasternmarket.com 1917 American Bistro  Not...

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Learning How To Forgive When It’s Difficult
Oct08

Learning How To Forgive When It’s Difficult

When I was younger I was hurt by someone very close to me. Our relationship was ruined by their behavior. I had never experienced so much emotional trauma at such a young age. I held a grudge toward them for what felt like a lifetime. I wanted to hold out for the apology I felt I was entitled to, but that time never came. The person ended up in a fatal accident and I never got the chance to say “I forgive you” or even ask for forgiveness for being so stubborn. When we feel betrayed and are fueled by anger we tend to hold grudges and let our pride get in the way. We even try our best to hurt that person as a payback mechanism for what was done to us. Holding on to anger, pain and disappointment only hinders our growth. It is also a lot of energy being expelled. Why not start the healing process by forgiving someone who hurt you or asking for forgiveness in return. Being burdened with ill feelings takes a toll on your mental and physical state. It becomes stressful. It is time to forgive when you can’t move forward without being constantly plagued by anger or are always plotting for revenge. Getting rid of those feelings by either forgiving someone or asking for forgiveness can release you of all the anguish and pain you have held onto for so long. It brings peace, mends your heart and even strengthens your mind. It also helps you to deal with future situations in a different manner. Holding on to negative energy only brings negative energy to you. When asking for someone’s forgiveness or forgiving others keep in mind to: Always be sincere and genuine. Be open-minded and ready to talk about the situation. Explain why you are asking for forgiveness. Acknowledge the person’s pain. If you are interested in mending the relationship show the person you are worthy of being forgiven and work hard to gain their trust. Remain positive and leave the negativity in the past. It may be hard to forgive someone or even ask for forgiveness but it’s worth letting go of the ill feelings. Life is too short to be consumed by negative energy. Let it go and renew your broken spirit.   By Khulela...

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Bullying in the 21st Century – CB Web Exclusive
Oct03

Bullying in the 21st Century – CB Web Exclusive

  The term bullying is commonly referred to as the act of intimidating or badgering someone. However, as the Internet continues to grow and online communication becomes more abundant, bullying has taken on a new form known as “cyberbullying.”   According to Wikipedia, cyberbullying is defined in legal glossaries as: • actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm another or others. • use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person • use of internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person. Seventeen-year-old Cassady Temple is a talented singer & songwriter, which made her an easy target for cyberbullying in high school. “My experiences with cyber bullying consisted of a lot of anonymous messages on Tumblr and “subtweeting” on twitter, plus a lot of statuses and mean comments on Facebook,” said Temple. I would go online and see messages from people telling me to kill myself on almost a daily basis, and tweets and Facebook comments making fun of things I did or said throughout the day, how I was dressed, calling me names… the anonymous messages were the most brutal usually, which I guess makes sense for teenage girls because there’s no “proof” that they did it.” Here lies another issue with cyberbullying; getting the actual proof. It is just as easy to delete a post online as it is to make one. Kids are also making anonymous pages filled with hate content so they are not easily caught. This is why many authorities say to take screen shots of all incidents that occur online, because everything online is not permanent. “It all made me feel really worthless and unwanted. I felt completely outcast and alone for probably half of my junior year. I was always afraid to go into my choir classes or musical rehearsal, which usually had been my favorite parts. I went home from school crying every day and usually left rehearsal in tears too,” said Temple. Temple believes social networking greatly influences cyberbullying. “I have no doubt that social media has made it a lot worse. I think it encourages people to put their negative energy out for everyone to know about just because it’s an easily accessible outlet. I also think that websites [the] with “anonymous” option amplify the problem because people can say terrible things without anyone else really knowing who is doing it. Because of that, they usually don’t have to see...

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