Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Today In Black History


1843*
Blacks participated in a national political convention for the first time at Liberty party convention in Buffalo. Samuel R. Ward led the convention in prayer; Henry Highland Garnet was a member of the nominating committee; and Charles R. Ray was one of the convention secretaries.


1854*

John C. Fremont issued proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels. Lincoln revoked the proclamation.


1881*
Campbell, W. S. Self-setting animal trap Aug. 30, 1881 Patent No. 246,369


1901*

Second Executive Director of the NAACP, Roy Wilkins was born on this day.


1931*

Carrie Saxton Perry was born this day in Hartford, Connecticut. Perry was elected mayor of Hartford Connecticut in 1987.


1966*

Constance Baker Motley confirmed as U.S. district judge and became the first Black woman on the federal bench.


1966*
Race riot, Benton Harbor, Michigan. National Guard mobilized.


1969*
National Guard mobilized to put down racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


1983*

Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr. The first Black US astronaut enters space, 1983










9 Things Guys Say Should NEVER Be Fake About You



By: LaDawn Black


Guys want genuine women in their lives. They want to know who you are and what you’re about right from the start. Women don’t want their guy to change mid-relationship, and guys want the same thing from a partner. Knowing this, I’ve compiled a list of the top nine things that my male listeners and readers feel should never, ever be fake about you: 

1. Sharing your man’s interests
Often, women will feign interest in activities that they would never normally do in order to get to the first date with a man and to keep things moving along once they’re seeing each other. Don’t go crazy for his favorite football team, develop a love of white water rafting or suddenly crave Ethiopian food if those things simply are not true to your character. He will eventually see through it or be greatly disappointed when he didn’t get the outdoorsy woman that he always dreamed of once you grow tired of it. A man would rather you admit early on that you’d try something new just for his sake than to act like you absolutely love something that you have totally hated all your life.


2. Friendships with other men
Do not act like your guy friends are purely platonic when you’ve actually dated (or hooked up) in the past with some of them. Guys understand that you can be friends after the romance ends, but they really want to know whether or not Bill, who you have lunch with every day, is simply a work buddy or a former flame. Your boyfriend doesn’t want another guy knowing intimate details about you without his knowledge. Being honest about this area of your life is key in how he chooses to interact with them and whether or not he’ll accept your friendships with these men. 

3. What you want out of the relationship
Be clear about what you want out of love. Do not tell him that you want something casual when you know that you have already planned the wedding out in your head. Don’t say you want to settle down when you are juggling 10 other guys on the side. He wants to know what the goal is in your dating game so that he can decide whether or not to continue playing along. Also, easing into a relationship doesn’t guarantee that you will be able get something deeper going down the road with him if you change your mind. 

4. Your opinion on his circle of friends
Do not act as though you like his friends and family when you really don’t. Men have been caught in this trap many times by believing their woman was comfortable around — and even enjoyed spending time with — their inner circle, only to find out months later that she was actually miserable. He would much prefer that you were honest about which people you enjoy being around and which ones you don’t care for. Many relationships are lost when an annoying friend or family member is always around. Let him know your true feelings about his circle so that he can make adjustments to make you more comfortable. 

5. Your overall look
Men love a beautiful woman, whether she’s all natural or full-on glam. However, most feel that you should be just as stunning at 6 a.m. as you were the previous night out at dinner. Men get the magic of makeup, heels and even Spanx — but they want the “natural” you to be just as captivating. Plus, they want you to be just as confident and sexy without all those props as you are with them. 

6. What goals you’d like to achieve in the future
Don’t approach him as a high-powered career girl and then, once you move in together or get married, decide to quit working to stay home all the time. Men like to feel that they know what type of partner you will be down the road, and if you are secretly hiding a passion to work abroad, become a soccer mom, or dig into a few more degrees, he needs to know this so that he can make a more informed decision about your overall relationship compatibility. The truth is, he has a picture of the “ideal” family life in his mind — just like you do. 

7. Your desires in the bedroom
Some women pull out all of the “big guns” in the bedroom early in the relationship only to cool things down once a man’s hooked. Men feel that the way a relationship starts out sexually is where it should stay, and if you are playing around and pretending to be something you’re really not in order to get a ring, he will be devastated. Be your true self in the bedroom and you’ll have a better chance of building a sustainable relationship. 

8. What you find attractive about him
Why are you interested? Why are you there? If you’re interested in him only because he is a fabulous lover, tell him that. If you are only interested in him because he is powerful and successful, be honest about that, too. Most men (like women) know their strong points and their weaknesses. He’ll know what really see in him and will be greatly surprised if your actions and words line up with his thoughts. Bottom line, he wants to know what attracted you in the first place so that he can maintain it and keep you interested over time. 

9. Your romantic history
Be clear about your past relationships and love history. He wants to know who he should be on the lookout for, who hurt you the most, which one is “the one that got away” and who you still have to deal with regularly because of things like kids, a job or a family member. Men do not want to be surprised by your past lovers, and they also want to try to avoid doing the things that let you down or hurt you in the past with other men. 

LaDawn Black is a relationship expert, radio personality and the author of "TEASE: Steamy Short Stories". Learn more about her at http://www.ladawnblack.com 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Today In Black History

1755*
Jean Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy, distinguished French geographer, is born.


1786*
Jean-Baptiste Lislet-Geoffrey was the first Black correspondent of the French Academy of Sciences.


1826*


John Brown Russwurm is considered to be the first Black in America to graduate college. Two years after entering Bowdoin College, he received his baccalaureate degree on September 6,1826. A lesser known Black student, Edward Jones graduated just two weeks before on August 23,1826 from Amherst College. Both men received their Masters, John in 1829 and Edward in 1830.


1861*

James Stone, a light skinned fugitive slave passing for white, enlisted in the First Fight Artillery of Ohio. His racial identity would not be known until his death nearly a year later.



1900*

National Negro Business League founded. At the organizing meeting in Boston, Booker T. Washington was elected president.


1908*
52 nurses lead by Martha M. Franklin form the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, to improve the status of African American nurses


1917*
Race riot, Houston, between soldiers of Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment and white citizens. Two Blacks and eleven whites killed. Martial law declared.


1954*

Inventor Philip Emeagwali was born in Akure, Nigeria










9 Types of Sex Every Woman SHOULD Have


There are a million different ways to twist the sheets. Just check the Kama Sutra, but no one can try them all. That said, there are a few types of sex every woman should experience at least once. Ladies, LISTEN UP, because if you haven’t done the deed these nine ways, you’re totally missing out!!




I’m Sorry Sex*

Otherwise known as make up sex. It’s what happens when that thin line between anger and passion is crossed and the result is most often spontaneous and mind blowing.


Vacation Sex*

It’s not for everyone, but we’re here to tell you, sex in paradise with a gorgeous man you just met can often be the most thrilling kind. (As long as it’s safe sex, of course.) He’s mysterious and gorgeous and he makes you feel sexy – a recipe for vacation bliss.


We Might Get Caught Sex*

You know that moment when the sparks are flying between you but you just can’t sneak away. Toss those inhibitions and do it anyway. Go find your own little corner of heaven and steal a moment all your own. Sure, you might get caught, but that’s really the fun of it, after all.


You’re Gonna Miss Me Sex*

Sometimes the sex can be good even when the relationship is not. If you’re parting ways with an ex for good, makes your last time the very best time. Give him all you’ve got as a friendly reminder of what he’ll soon be missing. (Wink!)


Beach Sex*

There’s something about the sound of the ocean waves rolling back and forth against the sand that really set the mood – and the pace – when it comes to outdoor love making; and there’s nothing like the feeling of a cool summer breeze against your hot and sweaty skin. The moment is a must, ladies. Just don’t forge the blanket.


Shower Sex*

Cranking up the hot water knob isn’t the only way to steam up your bathroom mirrors. If you haven’t had a round of who-cares about my hair, I want you so bad, lets stay until the water gets cold shower sex yet, you’re seriously missing out


Role-Play Sex*

Grab your leading man and act out your wildest sexual fantasy. Don’t skimp on this production. Script it out, buy costumes, bring props – whatever it takes to make your debut role truly authentic. Lights, camera, action!


Airplane Sex*

It’s never too late to gain membership into the infamous “mile high club”. The next time you and your boo are jet setting across the skies try your hand at making your own turbulence. Just be sure to fly below the flight attendant’s radar.


The Quickie*

The next time you want to sneak off for a little bad behavior when it’s really not a good time, make some. So you only have five minutes? That’s enough time to squeeze in some fun. Go for it!!

This Article brought to you by Charli Penn written for Essence.com http://www.essence.com










Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Today In Black History


1890*
Alexander Clark a Journalist and Lawyer is named minister to Liberia.


1922*

Author, Louis Lomax was Born

1938*


Robert L. Johnson, blues singer, dies mysteriously


1958*

Angela Bassett, Actress  was born in New York, New York . Angela has starred in the following films: The Jacksons: An American Dream Malcolm X What's Love Got To Do With It? (received Oscar nomination) Strange Days Vampire in Brooklyn, Waiting to Exhale, and most recently Jumping The Broom.


1963*

On sale this day was a stamp designed to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was designed by George Olden which made him the first Black to design a U.S. postage stamp.


1970*

Activist, Angela Davis was named in a federal warrant issued in connected with George Jackson's attempted escape from San Quentin prison, 1970


1972*

Rev. Philip A. Potter, a Black Methodist minister from Dominica, named general secretary of the World Council of Churches, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.


1987*



Noted historian Charles Harris Wesley dies. Wesley was born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 2, 1891, and attended local schools as a boy. He graduated from Fisk University in 1911 and, in 1913, earned a Master’s degree from Yale University. In 1925, Wesley became the third African American to receive a doctorate degree from Harvard University, and acted as the Dean of Liberal Arts and Graduate School until 1942.  He served as the 14th General President and National Historian for seven decades of the African American fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha and wrote "The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development in College Life" first published in 1929. 


Wesley was also a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the oldest African American Greek Letter Fraternity, a Prince Hall Freemason, a Sovereign Grand Inspector General (33rd Degree) of the United Supreme Council (Southern Jurisdiction, Prince Hall) and a member of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Prince Hall Shriner's)



Wesley, who in 1930 became one of the first African Americans to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, wrote twenty four books between 1927 and 1984 describing an array of subjects including African American labor, blacks in the Civil War, the Prince Hall Masons, the Fifteenth Amendment, and black college life. Wesley's works were meticulously researched and buttressed by extensive documentation. His first book, Negro Labor in the United States 1850-1925 (1927), for example, was written to challenge an array of false charges by earlier scholars that black workers had limited abilities and aspirations.  Wesley's scholarship in this monograph and the others he wrote drew upon the best existing methods of survey research and historical documentation.  

Charles H. Wesley was also a successful college administrator.  He served Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School at Howard from 1940 to 1942 and as President of Wilberforce University in Ohio, between 1942 and 1946.  In 1947 he became the first President of newly formed Central State College, Ohio, in 1947.  He remained in that position until his retirement in 1965.

Wesley later collaborated with Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard.  Woodson was the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), the largest organization of historians of African America and the first editor of its Journal of Negro History.  Wesley became Woodson’s assistant in the 1940s and co-edited the JNH during this period.   He also was listed as co-author of updated editions of Woodson's earlier works such as Negro Makers of History, The Story of the Negro Retold, and The Negro In Our History.  These and other volumes carried the names of Woodson and Wesley as joint authors.  After Woodson's death in 1950, Wesley assumed the leadership of the Association and became the editor of its journal, positions he held until 1965.  

Wesley became a Professor of History at Howard University in 1965 and served as Director of the Afro-American Historical & Cultural Museum in Philadelphia in 1976.  Despite his busy professional life he was also an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  









SophistiKat "Dessert of the Month"

As our Summer comes to a close we wanted to bring you something Smooth. .Lite. .and of course DELICIOUS to ease away the final days of summer blues. .
You know we LOVE are southern roots and desserts but this one is a little West Coast. 
Inspired by one of our favorite drinks "The Pina Colada" but with a twist. .

Our August "Dessert of the Month"

The Bacardi Pina Colada Cake




Ingredients:
Cake
1/3 cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof)
1 package (4 serving size) Coconut Cream or vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 package white cake mix, (2 layer size)
4 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup oil
1 cup flaked coconut (see note)


Frosting
1 can (8 ounce size) crushed pineapples (in juice)
1 package (4 serving size) coconut cream or vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1/3 cup Bacardi dark rum
1 container (9 ounce size) Frozen Whipped Cream (thawed)


Preparation:
Blend all ingredients except coconut in large mixer bowl. 
Beat 4 minutes at medium speed with electric mixer. 
Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch layer pans. 
Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 - 30 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly pressed. 
Do NOT under bake. 

Cool in pan 15 minutes; Remove and cool on racks. 

Fill and frost; sprinkle with coconut. Chill. Refrigerate leftover cake. 

Frosting Combine crushed pineapple, pudding mix and rum in bowl. 
Beat until well blended. 
Fold in frozen whipped topping. 





Sunday, August 14, 2011

SophistiKat's "Soul Sunday" Artist SpotLIGHT


We're back for our 2nd "Soul Sunday" Artist Spotlight.

ZO (aka Lorenzo Ferguson) featuring incomparable SOUL artist Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington, and rapper Big Pooh with this hit single "This Could Be The Night".

We are committed to keeping you up to date on some of the HOTTest music out.

For more information on Zo visit his Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/zo

Enjoy this dose of Soul for your Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SophistiKat's "Dose of Soul"


Here is a Dose of Soul for your Tuesday afternoon. .
"Forever" by The Floacist feat Musiq Soulchild

5 "Basketball Wives" Friendship Fouls to Avoid




1. Never mess with a friend’s ex without a heads up!

When Royce took a business meeting with Jen’s soon-to-be ex husband Eric Williams and didn’t mention it she crossed a line. Whether Jen was happy about the news or not, she still deserved a heads up from her supposed friend. Speak up about things before they become awkward.


2. Stay out of the middle lane.

Suzie wants to please everyone in her circle and avoid the drama at all costs. To keep everyone happy she often plays both sides of an argument hoping not to get caught in the middle. By passing messages between Meeka and Tami instead of encouraging them to sit down and talk it out amongst themselves Suzie only made matters worse. If she’s not careful she’ll be known as a trader and a loud mouth – neither of which quality make her a trustworthy friend.


3. Behave like ladies in public.

While on vacation in Italy Meeka and Tami fought every chance they got. This meant participating in screaming matches in the middle of ritzy five star restaurants and having an all out brawl – complete with accidental indecent exposure and weave pulling — inside an Italian bar while onlookers watched in horror. There’s nothing ladylike about airing your dirty laundry for all to see. It’s mortifying and you’re far more likely to not want to forgive the other for what was said or done.


4. Don't talk trash about her guy.

If you have something to say about a good friend’s guy, say it to her face not behind her back. When Jen went on the radio and bad-mouthed Evelyn’s fiancé during an interview she wasn’t thinking about how much it might hurt or embarrass her best friend. She was so distracted by her own feelings about Chad that she completely forgot to consider what Evelyn might be feeling and it almost cost them their friendship.


5. Never mix oil and water.

Although Meeka and Tami clearly could not get along, Shaunie still insisted on inviting them both on their big trip to Italy. Disaster was imminent. Meeka and Tami were forced to be around each other during moments they’d normally not have been and the tension between them kept brewing. If two people are better off kept apart, don’t try to mix them. Sometimes a little space is best for everyone.

Written By: Charli Penn for http://www.essence.com




Today In Black History



1905*

Robert N.C. Nix, first African American representative from Pennsylvania and 11 term congressman, born


1936*

Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics, 1936



1960*
Race riot, Jacksonville, Fla., after ten days of sit-in demonstrations. Fifty reported injured.

1961*

James B. Parsons became first Black appointed to Federal District Court in continental United States.





1963*

Whitney Houston Actress & Singer born on this day 


1975*

Death of Julian ("Cannonball") Adderly (46), saxophonist and bandleader, in Gary, Indiana.






1987*

Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis. It is the largest business acquisition ever by an African American.


1995*
August 9th declared International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 1995

Monday, August 8, 2011

Today In Black History


1796*
Boston African Society was established with forty-four members.


1805*
The African Baptist Church is organized in Boston, Mass.


1865*

Explorer and first to reach the North Pole, Matthew A Henson, born, 1865


1885*
African-American inventor, William C. Carter, patented an umbrella stand (U.S. patent#323,397).


1907 *

Benny Carter, saxophonist, born

1934*

Julian Dixon, elected to Congress representing California's 28th District in 1978, born

1968*
Riot, Miami, Florida. National Guard mobilized to put down rioting which erupted while Republicans were holding national convention in Miami Beach.

1989*

Congressman George Thomas "Mickey" Leland, members of his congressional staff, and State Department officials die in a plane crash near Gambela, Ethiopia.




Stacey Dash leaving "Single Ladies"?

The Buzz for the last 24hours has been about the possible departure of one of our favorite characters on the new VH1 hit series Single Ladies. 



Stacey Dash (character"Val" Stokes) is said to have had an altercation with her cast mate Lisa Raye McCoy (character Keisha Greene). During a taping for an episode the ladies were in cocktail attire and out of no where Stacey lashed out at Lisa. Before she stormed off the set she stated "No, I ain’t coming back unless that b*tch gets her as* kicked!” Sources say that Lisa Raye did or said nothing to provoke Stacey's behavior. VH1 has yet to make a comment on the matter or if there will be any cast changes for the upcoming Season 2.

We hope there won't be any changes. This cast seems to have a great chemistry and the show is definitely a hit. Work IT out Ladies!! We shall keep you posted. .

5 Common Mistakes Women Make Verbally That Scare Men Off




It’s common knowledge that our non-verbal communication says a whole lot more than our verbal. But when you stay sitting pretty, have trouble sustaining a relationship, a look at the way you are presenting yourself verbally may be necessary.

I’ve got it all, I have a great career, I’m attractive, intelligent, with a kind heart where is he at? Better yet, with all I have to offer why doesn’t he stick around?

Reasons Women Should Slow Down When Dating

One minute you may hit it off with someone and in the end you’re left wondering what you may have done to scare them off. It messes with your mind and by the time you’re ready to receive the feedback they are no longer in the picture so the pattern is recycled.

5 Most Predictable Moments From The “Single Ladies” Premiere [VIDEO]

Well I did some groundwork, interrogated (with love of course) a few of my closest male friends and came up with five common verbal communication mistakes women make that may be scaring men off. And no, this is not an attempt to change who you are, however it will hopefully make you more aware of things you may wish to work on:

Hogging the mic: A date isn’t your local open mic night, learn the art of passing the microphone along. Testing, testing, one two, one two! A soliloquy of your senior year in college, a list of childhood friends you still keep in touch with and drama with your cousin can be saved for another day. Believe me, he wants to know all about you but not all at once…baby spoons, ladies baby spoons.

Bad mouthing others: Watch a man’s face or anyone’s face the next time you get started on why you didn’t like the new Rihanna video, straight bored. Yes, you may be witty and absolutely right when you give your two cents, but save it for Youtube girl. Wear your Sunday’s best inside and out.

Thug life: I know it may be in some of our make ups to be a little more aggressive than your average female, but you don’t have to “throw up gang signs” in a man’s face. Like Queen Latifah once said, “real bad girls are the silent type”. Pick and choose your battles; a date shouldn’t be one of them!

Talking about what you don’t want: The number one communicative turn off is when a woman starts listing what she doesn’t want from a man in front of the man she wants. Nobody wants to know that you don’t want a man who plays mind games, lies, cheats, or has no money, that’s a give in. Instead focus on communicating what you truly want out of a relationship and do this consistently. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.

Say what you feel: Ladies sometimes we hold in too much, and we wonder why our men withhold their true feelings and desires. Lead by example, if you’re angry let him know, if you’re not ready to tell him why, let him know you need time to think. Conversely if he did something you like, make it your responsibility to uplift him with praise and recognition. Don’t worry about an overblown ego, we all deserve to know when we are doing right or wrong and the more we give the more you’ll receive.

I pass this list on to my love warriors, ladies who have the courage to fall down and get right back up. The key focus when communicating is to keep as positive as possible, whether you’re angry as hell or bursting with joy. It’s not about changing who you are; it’s about enhancing the best of you.


Brought to you via HELLO Beautiful http://hellobeautiful.com/
Written By: Telisha Ng (Freelance writer and author of the Goddess Intellect blog from Toronto, Canada.)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Today In Black History

1893*

One hundred and eighteen Blacks were reported lynched in 1893.



1904*

Born in this year and the First Black winner of Nobel Peace Prize was Ralph J Bunche, Diplomat


1930*

James Cameron Founder/Director America's Black Holocaust Museum, Inc. Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 7, 1930. The night James Cameron's life changed forever. A day before, he and two other young Black men were arrested for the robbery, rape and assault of a White couple in Marion, Indiana. James is in a cell in the Grant County Jail. There is a lynch mob outside numbering into the thousands. James is sixteen years old. The mob comes into the jail and grabs one of men accused, with James, of the crime. He is beaten unconscious, dragged outside and lynched. The second man is then given the same treatment. The bodies of these two men, Tom Shipp, 18, and Abraham Smith, 19, hanging from a tree is depicted in a famous and disturbing photograph. The mob now comes for James. He is beaten and dragged out to the tree where his friends now hang and the rope is placed around his neck. It is at this moment that James remembers hearing what he describes as an angelic voice above the crowd say "Take this boy back, he had nothing to do with any killing or rape." Suddenly the hands that were beating him are now helping him. The rope is taken from around his neck and the crowd clears a path for him to walk back to the jail. In interviews he later conducted with people who were in the crowd, no one remembers hearing any voice. Their reason for why the crowd did not lynch James: "You were lucky that night." Though James never admitted any guilt in the assault (he admits that he was there), he served 4 years in prison. The female victim later changed her story and confirmed that James had no part in the assault. After he was paroled, James Cameron moved to Milwaukee. During his career, he held several jobs including table waiter, laborer, construction worker, laundry worker, salesman, janitor, ditch digger, record shop owner, theater custodian, junk man, newspaper reporter, shoeshine boy and cardboard-box factory worker. 


He also organized the Madison County Branch of the NAACP in Madison and other chapters in Muncie and South Bend, Indiana. Upon retirement, he opened a rug and upholstery cleaning business. In 1983, after not being able to find a publisher for the book he started writing in prison, Cameron took out a second mortgage on his home to publish A Time of Terror, his autobiographical account of what happened that night in 1930. The following year, after hearing of plans to build a Jewish Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., James Cameron decided that a Black Holocaust Museum was needed. "It seems that every group of people have a chance to erect museums and memorials and statues in our country so the that the world can never forget." In 1988, he founded America's Black Holocaust Museum, Inc., a non-profit museum devoted to preserving the history of lynching in the United States and the struggle of Black people for equality


1932*

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, winner of the 1960 Olympic marathon (running barefoot), is born.


1936*

Roland Kirk, blind  Tenor Saxophonist was born in  this year


1948*

Alice Coachman, becomes the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the high jump during the Summer Games in London


1954*
Confirmed by the Senate, Charles H. Mahoney became the first Black permanent member of the delegations to the United Nations.


1960*
Black and white students staged kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches.







SophistiKat's "Soul Sunday" Artist SpotLIGHT


Here is some SOULmusic for your Sunday afternoon.

One of the hottest Soul Music groups out, The Foreign Exchange with "Take Off The Blues". .
The smooth Harmony, Trumpet, and beat lined with just enough bass puts you at ease and relaxes your mind.


The Foreign Exchange

Consisting of rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online hip-hop community Okayplayer.com in 2002. After trading files through Instant Messenger for over a year, Nicolay (living in his native Holland at the time) and Phonte (a Raleigh, NC resident) completed their debut album before they ever met each other in person. The album, "Connected," was released in 2004 to positive reviews, and was praised by legendary DJ's such as Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B, and electronica.

Their sophomore album, "Leave It All Behind" (2008) found The Foreign Exchange much closer in geography (Nicolay becoming a resident of Wilmington, NC), but located much further from their hip-hop origins. On the strength of their exhilarating live show and several nationally programmed music videos, "Leave It All Behind" became the group's most successful album to date, culminating in a Grammy-nomination for the album's first single, "Daykeeper".

"Authenticity," released on October 12, 2010 on +FE Music, is The Foreign Exchange’s third album.

Visit their website http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/fe/ and follow them on Twitter @FEofficial

Saturday, August 6, 2011

New York Times Bestseller



Congrats to one of our favorite "SophistiKat's" New York Times Bestseller Toya Carter-Wright.
We kept you up to date on the NOW #14 Bestseller "Priceless Inspirations". 
Thanks to all of her fans and readers she has reached a new milestones and another one of her many dreams is now a reality. 




"Priceless" is a collection of intimate journal entries that Toya kept over the years during her journey as a teenage mom. Support this sister and the message that her book is delivering. It has already changed many lives and helping to inspire our young ladies to stay the course to achieving their dreams, No matter what!!

SophistiKat's "Drink of the Month"


The Summer has been Hot and most definitely Steamy!! This month we wanted to share with a refreshing drink from one of our FAVorite artist live radio show. 
It was his "Drink of the Week" but we want to have a touch of the R&B Neo Soul Hippie RockSTAR. .none other than MR. Raheem DeVaughn ALL month long. 
Here is the video with all instructions for creating your own "XoXo Summer Cooler". Enjoy!!

Today In Black History

1795*

Absalom Jones ordained a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church.


1861*
The congressional confiscation bill freed slaves who were forced to fight against the United States government, or to work in support of the rebellion.


1870 *
White conservatives suppressed Black vote and captured Tennessee legislative in election marred by assassinations and widespread violence. Campaign effectively ended Radical Reconstruction in North Carolina. The conservative legislature impeached Governor Holden on December 14.


1941*
Black private and white military policeman shot to death on bus in North Carolina during fight between Black and white soldiers. This was the first of a series of serious racial incidents (between Black and white soldiers and Black soldiers and white civilians) which continued throughout the war.


1962*

Jamaica proclaimed independent.


1965*

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Voting Rights Bill which authorized the suspension of literacy tests and the sending of federal examiners into South.


1967* 

Sir Alexander Bustamante, Jamaica's first prime minister dies.


1989*

Congressman George Thomas "Mickey" Leland, members of his congressional staff, and State Department officials die in a plane crash near Gambela, Ethiopia.