Friday, February 25, 2011

*ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood*

Yesterday in Hollywood at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel. .
ESSSENCE Magazine hosted it's 4th Annual *Black Women In Hollywood" Luncheon honoring Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, and Loretta Divine.







A Few of our other Favs were in attendance for the festivities. 

Kerry Washington

Tia and Tamera Mowry

Niecy Nash


Gabrielle Union

Garcelle Beauvais


Jenifer Lewis

Anika Noni Rose

Brandy

Tatyana Ali

Lynn Whitfield


10 Things You Didn't Know About Kissing

Ladies get your Pen and Pad out. .and Get ready to take Notes.
Here are the "10 Things You Didn't Know About Kissing". .


1. There are tons of nerve endings. .in your lips (100 times more than in your fingertips!) that stimulate desire. That's why smooching before, during, and after sex can be extremely arousing and satisfying.



2. Forty Percent of men say that. .a really long, steamy kiss will get them immediately ready for sex. 


3. Pay attention to those "See Ya Later" pecks. If your guy routinely only gives you a quick kiss on the cheek when saying good-bye, it could be that he's guarded and doesn't emote easily. If this is a more recent development, it's a warning sign; he may be feeling ambivalent about the relationship.


4. Instantly turn up the kissing intimacy by. .closing the "A-frame": a smooching stance in which you and your guy are in the middle of a smooch but your hips are a mile apart. By pressing your hips together, the degree of desire quickly rises.


5. The Best way to kiss a guy's ear? Kiss and suck on his earlobe for a moment and then trace the outline of his ear with the tip of your tongue. (Bonus points if you whisper something naughty to him.)


6. Men initiate "Open-Mouth Kissing" to transfer libido-boosting testosterone to their partner. So when he's getting a little more aggressive, it's not just about his desire — he wants you to be a bit more amorous too.


7. Men are more than twice as likely. .to have sex with a bad kisser than are women.


8. When coy kisses Aren't Going To Cut It. .here's why you should let loose: Passionate kisses elevate your blood pressure and cause your heart to beat faster, getting you more excited, and making it easier for you to reach orgasm.


9. Fifty-Four Percent of women. .between the ages of 18 and 24 say they've kissed another girl. That number drops to 43 percent for those between 25 and 34.


10. During the middle ages people signed legal contracts. .by making an "X" on the document and then kissing it to pledge their honor. That's how XX became shorthand for a smooch.








OPI Texas Collections: "Guys Meet GALveston"

Earlier this month we introduce the "Texas Collection" from OPI. The Spring/Summer 2011 Colors.
We would be providing a review on our FAV colors. The first to be tried out is "Guys Meet GALveston".

This is a beautiful sheer sorbet coral. 

To achieve the desired shade seen in the bottle we ask that you start out with using  a base coats. Preferably OPI Natural Nail Base Coat ( or if you wear Acrylic Nail Base Coat). 


After applying 1 coat of your choice of base coat. .Apply 2 coats (and maybe 3. .and this is based on the intensity of the color after the second coat) of the "Guys Meet GALveston".
Once your nails are completely dry apply the OPI Top Coat for a beautiful shine and finish.

This will be a HOT color that will go with anything in your wardrobe for the Spring/Summer 2011.  No complaints here SophistiKATS.

For more info on "Guys Meet GALveston". .The Texas Collection. .and OPI. .visit http://www.opi.com/

Today in Black History

1870

Hirman R. Revels of Mississippi sworn in as first Black U.S. senator and first Black representative in Congress.



1928
"One-Man Show of Art by Negro, First of Kind Here, Opens Today," read the headline of a front-page article in 'The New York Times' on this day. The article announced the opening of Archibald J. Motley, Jr's show at the New Gallery on Madison Avenue. This was the first time in History that an artist had made the front page of 'The New York Times' and it was the second one-person show by an African-American artist (the first being Henry O. Tanner). African scenes, voodoo dances, and African-Americans at leisure were themes presented by the artist.

 (Cocktails)

1948 
Martin Luther King ordained as a Baptist minister

1964
Nat King Cole, the singer with the "Golden Voice", dies.


1964 
Cassius Clay becomes world heavyweight boxing champion.


1975 
Death of Elijah Muhammad (77), leader of the Nation of Islam, in Chicago. He was succeeded by his son, Wallace D. Muhammad.


1978 
On this day Daniel "Chappie" James, first African American four-star general, dies in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1980 
Robert E. Hayden, poet and poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, dies


1991 
Adrienne Mitchell, first African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War is killed in her military barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia


1998 
R. Kelly's hit single "I Believe I Can Fly" win Best Male R&B Vocal, Best Song Written for TV or a Movie and Best R&B Song Grammy Awards.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Let's Move!" with First Lady Obama

Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative to prevent childhood obesity. 


The First Lady has kicked off her initiative by addressing governors, mayors,  doctors and community leaders and thanking them for their efforts to educate and encourage citizens to get moving.


"We cannot solve this prob by signing a few bills or holding a few press conferences in Washington. We need to address this issue at the grassroots level," said Mrs. Obama.



Here are 10 Steps to Getting started. .Let's Get Healthy. .Let's MOVE!!


1. Make exercise fun.
You don't have to spend hours slaving away at the gym to get in shape. Instead, dedicate as little as 30 minutes a day to shooting hopes, swimming, bike riding or playing touch football in the backyard. "We also know just how hard it is to pull these kids away from the TV, the computer, the video games and that's why we worked so hard to reignite the magic of play for these kids," said Mrs. Obama. 

2. Get more out of your daily routine. 
Instead of driving or taking public transportation, walk or bike to school or work. The average adult needs at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week, and this is an easy way to meet that quota. Get more information from Let's Move's Safe Routes to School program.

3. Candy, cookies, and pizza are okay in moderation. 
Mrs. Obama said she allows her daughters to enjoy junk food every now and then, especially during special occasions like last week's Super Bowl. "I like to talk about my obsession with French fries because I don't want people to think that Let's Move is about complete, utter deprivation. It is about moderation and real life changes and ideas that really work for families, today's families too," said Mrs. Obama.

4. You don't have to spend a lot of money to eat well. 
You can find quality groceries at an affordable price at discount centers like Walmart, which recently created a Nutrition Charter to bring healthy food to its customers.

5. Challenge yourself!
Sign up for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) on letsmove.org. You can earn a PALA by getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day, at least five days a week, for six out of eight weeks. The First Lady hopes to get one million Americans to sign up by September 11. 

6. Get your community involved. 
Five hundred cities have signed up for the Let's Move Cities and Towns program that encourages entire communities to join the fight against obesity. Reach out to an elected official in your town and ask him or her to choose a significant action that your town will incorporate for the next year. Urge local businesses to sponsor a rec team or ask organizations to provide transportation to outdoor events.

7. Read the fine print. 
The average soda contains 110 calories, yet many people drink one or more a day. In an effort to make parents more aware of these calories, the American Beverage Association promised to put calorie labels on the front of its cans, bottles, vending and fountain machines. You can start by replacing some of the sugary drinks in your fridge with water. 

8. Step off the scale. 
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more about incorporating positive food and exercise choices into your everyday life than a number on a scale. "It's not about weight ... it's about fitness and it's about overall nutrition," Mrs. Obama said last year in a "Larry King Live" interview. 

9. Get regular checkups. 
Keep track of your BMI (Body mass index) by getting regular screenings. Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans are required to cover screening and counseling for childhood obesity. 

10. Get schools involved. 
Students often consume half of their daily calories while at school. Begin the discussion with your child's administration to make sure it is committed to providing healthy options during lunchtime.




Today in Black History


1841
Grafton Tyler Brown
Lithographer and Painter, born



1888 
In West Chester, Pennsylvania, African American painter Horace Pippin was born. Pippin is considered one of the major American painters of his period. One of his more significant works, "John Brown Going to His Hanging," is owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.



1898 
Black postmaster lynched and his wife and three daughters shot and maimed for life in Lake City, S.C.



1911
On this day, the "Bronze Muse" died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote more than a dozen books, including 'Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects'(1854); 'Moses, a Story of the Nile'(1869);and 'Sketches of Southern Life'(1872). Harper was the most famous female poet of her day and the most famous African-American poet of the 19th century. Also a well-known orator, she spoke frequently in public(sometimes twice in one day)promoting equal rights for women and African-Americans. She was a worker for the Underground Railroad, and in 1896 she helped establish the National Association of Colored Women.



1938 
Ishmael Reed, poet, born



1950 
Julius Winfield( "Dr.J") Erving, 49, former basketball player, born Roosevelt, NY, Feb 22, 1950


1967

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr  (activist and chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor) denied his congressional seat 


1979
St. Lucia celebrates its Independence




1989 
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand."



2008
Johnnie Rebecca Carr dies at age 97 (from a stroke). She formed the Montgomery Improvement Association after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to forfeit a bus seat to a white man.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 ESSENCE Music Festival Line Up

The 2011 Essence Music Festival  line up has been announced.

"The Roots of R&B" 
is the theme for this years 3 day event July 1-3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Headliners for this year are Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Trey Songz 


 The headliners will be supported on the main stage and in the super lounges by Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Stephanie Mills, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle, Mint Condition, Kelly Price, M.C. Lyte and New Orleans talent including Irma Thomas, Kourtney Heart, Rebirth Brass Band, Charmaine Neville Band, and TBC Brass Band.

For more information on this event visit http://www.essencemusicfestival.com/index.html

Today in Black History

1870 

Congress passed resolution readmitting Mississippi on condition that it would never change its constitution to disenfranchise Blacks.

1891 
A. C. Richardson, a black inventor, invented the churn, patent #466,470

1902 

Opera singer Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson was entered in the New York Philharmonic Competition at age 17 by her music teacher, and placed first over 299 other singers. Awarded a Rosenwald Fellowship in 1930, Anderson went to Europe for a year of study. She returned briefly to the United States but went back to Europe in 1933 to debut in Berlin and again, in 1935, in Austria. In 1933, Anderson performed 142 concerts in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. On Easter Sunday in 1939, Anderson performed an open air recital at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The performance was scheduled for the concert hall controlled by the Daughters of the American Revolution but was cancelled when the DAR refeused to allow Anderson to sing there. In 1955, Anderson signed with New York's Metropolitan Opera Company.



1936 

James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA

1942

Huey Newton taught himself how to read before attending Merritt College in Oakland and the San Francisco School of Law, where he met Seale. In Oakland in 1966 they formed the Black Panther group in response to incidents of police brutality and racism and as an illustration of the need for black self-reliance. At the hieght of its popularity during the late 1960s, the party had 2,000 members in chapters in several cities.



In 1967 Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of a police officer, but his conviction was overturned 22 months later, and he was released from prison. In 1971 he announced that the party would adopt a nonviolent manifesto and dedicate itself to providing social services to the black community. In 1974 he was accused of another murder and fled to Cuba for three years before returning to face charges; two trials resulted in hung juries.


Newton received a Ph.D in social philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1980); his dissertation, "War Against the Panthers" was subtitled "A Study of Repression in America." Succumbing to factionalism and pressure from government agencies, the party disbanded in 1982. In March 1989 Newton was sentenced to a six-month jail term for misappropriating public funds intended for a Panther-founded Oakland school. In August of that year he was found shot dead on a street in Oakland.

1963

Michael Jeffrey Jordon, 36, Basketball player, former minor league baseball player, Born New York, New York, February 17, 1963

1967 

Ronald De Voe, Singer of Bell Biv DeVoe Born Boston, MA, February 17, 1967.



1973 

The Navy frigate USS Jesse L. Brown was commissioned. The ship was named for Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African American naval aviator killed in combat over Korea.

1982

Jazz Pianist Thelonious Monk dies.


1997  

Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, "Carry me back to old virginia" , a tune which glorified slavery.