Let’s talk about this Pepsi ad Ft. Kendall Jenner (now pulled after negative reaction) because the folks who conceptualized this tone-death visual fuckery had no idea it would make people upset…and rightfully so.

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So, here we have a Kardashian who “brings people together” by ending a protest with a beverage……..

This has to be the lowest of the low for any marketing team trying to sell a product. The Pepsi brand should be ashamed for mocking the movement and using that girl to do it. Sooo, no one in the marketing department mentioned that the ad was a bad idea???

I don’t blame Kendall. She obviously saw dollar signs when she signed that contract and didn’t think twice about how the ad would affect people. You can’t expect someone in their early twenties and haven’t experienced much life to understand.

Pepsi basically undermined the works and dedication of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the seriousness of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter in under two minutes. We’ve heard the term, “don’t shoot the messenger.” Well, poor Kendall was the messenger who was caught in the crossfire.

 

Now, let’s talk about how Bernice King, daughter of Martin, GATHERED Pepsi with just one tweet….

 

 

Nothing about this ad was cute and for Pepsi to trivialize the protests of police brutality, killings, and racism for a product sale shows how disingenuous the brand truly is of the movement.

With the endless amount of hair inspiration for black women all over the internet and magazines, it was only a matter of time before an app would be a part of the equation. It took three brilliant women to come together with the unique idea to create an app for hair inspiration for black women. Whether you’re relaxed, natural, long, short, or loc’d, the app, ‘Tress’, has all the ideas and tips provided by the app’s members that you could use.

Via The Root:

Three black software engineers and entrepreneurs—Cassandra Sarfo, Esther Olatunde and Priscilla Hazel—have created ‘Tress’, an app they hope will become the one-stop shop for all your black hair needs, inspirations and appointments.

“We do this all the time: We see a hairstyle that we like. We stop people on the street just to ask them where they did their hair, how much it cost them, or ask them for their stylist’s number,” Hazel told The Root. “And my mom, she takes pictures of her TV screen and [messages] me and asks me where she can have it done. It’s a habit that we have that we do all the time.”

So the women put their heads together to come up with a solution for what they saw as an obvious demand, and the app Tress was born. The long-term goal is to make Tress a one-stop shop for all things hair, and for the platform to be a seamless integration between someone seeing a hairstyle and knowing all the products and procedures (and even people!) used to create it.

Currently on the app, women can find hair inspo and filter hairstyles by the type they’re looking for, or even by cost. Women can also upload and share photos of their own hairstyle, adding whatever information is necessary, and contribute to community discussions about best hair-care practices and other tips. You can see what’s trending, and even bookmark hairstyles for later viewing.

The women behind the app hope that within the next six to eight months, users will be able to purchase products through the app directly. A little further into the future, the next priority will be enabling women to book hairstylists. 

Read full article here

 

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Social media allows us to share many things…to a fault.

Sometimes, we can abuse our social media, subjecting our followers to pointless stuff from endless selfies that all look alike to videos of humans having sex with animals.

It’s all enough to make us want to drop off the face of the earth. The job of social media is to provide convenience through digital/virtual assessibility, escapism from the real world while socializing with other folks from all over, and its purpose is to make our lives easier. With what we see daily on our timelines, some folks don’t need to have social media.

As a result, I feel compelled to share the 8 ways we can utilize our social media better.

Be resourceful– We love information that we could use for our benefit. From a link to an informative article to a special recipe, being resourceful for your followers/friends is a helpful way to utilize your social media. Your friends may not say it, but they appreciate information like that.

Be encouraging– You’ll never know what a daily motivational quote or your positive status updates can do for a person feeling discouraged. Your motivating post might be the match to light their fire.

Share events– For some odd reason, promotion teams  sucks when it comes to promoting upcoming concerts/shows/plays/etc. and has for the last few years. Someone who could be a fan of an artist will appreciate your generous sharing of website links for tickets. The last three concerts I attended I found out through social media.

Network- What’s social networking when you don’t network? When it comes to socializing on social media, there’s nothing better than connecting with like-minded people. This will also help you gain more attraction for your business or brand.

Promote your brand/business– Promoting your brand/business on social media will really boost its popularity. Because social media gives you broader access to social media users all over the world, you’ll have a greater chance at profiting.

 

Stay in touch with family & friends– Social media is great, especially for staying connected with family and friends, particularly those who are out-of-town.

 

Create a forum/Group with a meaningful purpose– A positive public forum that is dedicated to having discussions on topics involving awareness, solutions, bettering communication, and bridging the gap is a great way to socialize.

 

Stay interactive– From experience with my social media, I can tell you that no one likes a “wallflower”. Someone can tell when you’re not active when they view your conversations on your profile or lack thereof. If your social media profile shows your last status update/picture/tweet was posted months ago or all we see are game updates, then maybe you don’t need a “friend list”.  Otherwise, be interactive. Let your friends/followers know that you’re there to socialize and network and not just taking up space on their list.

 

 

 

Can you imagine logging on to Facebook and catching someone’s video of them killing themselves?

That’s apparently what happened to Jay Bowdy’s Facebook friends, as the actor reportedly live streamed his suicide. According to Black America Web, there’s no word on what actually pushed the 33-year-old to take his own life a week ago. However, according to The Los Angeles Times, the aspiring actor reportedly killed himself in North Hollywood, just days after he was arrested on a sexual assault suspicion in Santa Clara, although formal charges had not been filed against him.

Just me being me and staying ready for all the challenges. #ActorsLife #NotOffDay #hustler #EatorGetAte

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Bowdy reportedly encouraged his followers to watch him as he streamed himself inside of a car. An out-of-state family member was watching and immediately called the Los Angeles Police Department, but by the time authorities arrived, it was too late. They found Bowdy in his car near Cumpston Street and Fulcher Avenue, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

 

Authorities took the live stream down after learning of the incident. The actor left behind a wife and six children.

So unfortunate

 

Source: Naked Departure

 

Singer/actress, Letoya Luckett, is back on the music scene with brand new music and a brand new look to match!

The former member of Destiny Child, who rocked a shoulder-length wrap with a bang for many years, is now rocking a cute pixie cut and showing it off in her newest visual.

“Bak 2 Life” is the latest single from the forthcoming album,  ‘Until Then’. The Michael Vaughn Hernandez-directed visual to Luckett’s hot new single is an 8-minute movie that tells the story of a couple at odds. In one scene, Letoya’s character meets Cynthia, her man’s “best friend”, for the first time. The meeting turns into an uneasy moment for Letoya, as she watches the two inappropriately embrace. The plot thickens when Letoya suspects that her man is a little too friendly with his female best friend. The video ends with a heated argument between LeToya and her man, resulting in her leaving the relationship.

The scene with the girlfriend meeting the best friend has circulated throughout the internet, having fans asking themselves what they would do if they were in that situation.  The treatment conceptualized behind this thought-provoking visual provides a cautionary tale for those who are dealing with someone who has a best friend of the opposite sex.

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What would YOU do if you were Letoya’s character?

Sad news…

World Star Hip Hop founder, Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat hs died at the age of 43-years-old.

Via NY Daily News:

Known simply as “Q” by his friends and followers, the media mogul and father of three passed away unexpectedly from a suspected heart attack, a well-placed source told the Daily News.

“We know he had a health issue with his heart,” the source said. “It’s a shame. He was a very young man.”

Celebrity news website TMZ.com first reported the news Tuesday morning, saying O’Denat died overnight.

Originally from Hollis, Queens, he was living in the Rancho Santa Fe section of San Diego County with his school-age kids.

The creator and face of the Worldstar brand was a larger-than-life digital pioneer, famous for his big smile, unabashed sense of humor and uncanny ability to find and promote viral videos.

“Q was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hip hop website in the world,” his company said in a Tuesday statement confirming his death. Read more here

 

A popular Youtuber, Landon Moss, is touching souls all over the internet with his Sergio Valencia-directed video titled ‘Cherish Every Moment’.

It took me a moment to catch on at the end until I realized the unexpected.

Just like real life…we come across situations unexpected. That’s why it’s important to cherish every moment with the people you love. Don’t take anything and anyone for granted, because one day, an unexpected situation may take place and change everything….forever!

A popular Youtuber is also an Instagram sensation, thanks to her youthful beauty and the flawless beauty of her  daughters. Visiting Kienya Booker’s Instagram for the first time, you’ll wonder who’s the mom!

Peep a few of their photos below!

 

#meandmygirls #mysquad ❤️️❤️️💕#motherdaughter @kaay.s_ @koliieya.s

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In case you’re wondering who the mom is…

In love with this #kinkyhair ❤️ @kinkistryhair

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For some time now, we have been witnessing this “beef” between two dynamic artists who should be embracing each other, instead of “throwing shade”.

We’re talking about Brandy and Monica

Both are singing sensations who were brought up in an era when R&B was dominated by male groups. Despite the popularity of groups like Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, and Jodeci, these two women proved to the industry that being young and female doesn’t suppress their ability to shine bright like a diamond!

As a fan of both and as a black woman, I’m disappointed about this feud that’s started in the late 90s but resurfaced and escalated in recent months. That’s why I feel compelled to write this open letter in hopes that it will reach them and share my thoughts on something so trivial, yet, powerful enough to feed into the perception that black women do not get along.

 

Dear Brandy and Monica,

Although I’m a few years older than both of you, I looked up to you ladies and still do. Growing into adulthood in the nineties, your music was the soundtrack of my life. I’m sure it was the same for many of your fans and that’s why you both are legends in my eyes. I’ve been observing this feud and despite the “entertainment” it provides for your fans, social media followers, and blog readers, I can’t help but feel like I’m witnessing the downfall of a sisterhood that should be stronger than this guy’s jacket!

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Now, we all know that media can exaggerate things and make situations seem bigger than what it is. As a result, fans and critics alike will add their two cents, adding more fuel to the fire. The media and the fans will become problematic because their two cents will cause more division between two talented queens who should be celebrating one another. It gets worse when the both of you publicly responds to one another (although, it seems one of you is taking a higher road). That’s what the world need to see more of—black women lifting each other up, especially when they share a bond.

What is the bond you both share? Quite a few…

You both started in the industry as teenagers…

You both snatch souls with your voices…

You both suffered a traumatic experience…

You both have grown into beautiful women with beautiful families and are definitely women our little girls can look up to.

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I don’t care who’s right or wrong…I don’t care to debate with other fans about who’s throwing more shade than whom…I don’t care to debate about who has the most hits, who sings “better”, who dresses better and all the other fuckery your fans are beefing about on social media. 

What I do care to see are two talented beauties coming together and squash whatever beef they have, because society needs to see that women can support one another…particularly black women.

A feud between Brandy and Monica is like watching a feud between Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni! Or Whitney and Mariah! None of this  doesn’t make any sense!

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I hope that whatever has transpired offline between the two of you can be resolved in a more mature fashion. We have to inspire, motivate and uplift one another because we are a part of a society that tells us that we don’t. We (black women) are generally perceived as bitches/angry women with bad attitudes. There is also the perception that we don’t get along, and unfortunately, we have enough reality shows that feeds into that perception.

Ask yourselves how would the late great Whitney  feel if she was alive to see the division between her two sweethearts.

At some point, you’ll have to realize that this feud is definitely not worth losing a friendship over. As women, that whole competitive mentality we have divides us when it doesn’t have to be that way. We all go through similar life experiences but through different chapters in our lives.

You both are blessed beyond measure with a talent given by God. Let it all go and start supporting one another on your achievements as an artist, a mother, and gems who changed the game in R&B. Great things really do happen when we support one another. 

Sincerely,

Lakia

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Two non-black women decided to log onto Instagram and target black beauty vlogger, Jennifer Olaleye, with comments asserting that her confidence as a darker-skinned woman is contrived.

“I don’t know where dark skinned girls are getting this confidence from”, one troll commented.

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Of course, Jennifer didn’t back down! She replied to both with a clapback that was so classy, yet, beautifully synoptic with chosen words, reppin’ Black Girl Magic! Her response almost made me give her a standing ovation!

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Many of Jennifer’s supporters came through with mad love for her.

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My thoughts:

I am baffled that some women on this earth still feels the need to tear another woman down. Another thing I’m baffled about is the fact that non-black women spend thousands on skin-tanning (among other things) to look like women they put down.

As a darker-skinned woman, I’m offended that some people believe women who look like me aren’t supposed to exude confidence. I’m sorry that my melanin makes you feel some type of way. What I won’t apologize for is finding my confidence after years as a young girl looking for it. What I won’t apologize for is being able to finally wrap my all of my confidence around me like my favorite blankie.

If you can’t get with that, then that’s your issue.

Kudos to Jennifer for putting those trolls in their places so effortlessly.

What are your thoughts on this?

 

Since 2004, changing our relationship status on Facebook has somehow become more meaningful to us. We can share the news of our newly committed relationship to our family and friends, but oddly enough, letting Facebook know is the highest level of confirmation for them…and for the person who changes it.

It’s a beautiful thing when you both mutually decide to inform Facebook because you both are in love.

But what if you are the only one who thought you were in a committed relationship?

It could be extremely humiliating to later discover that you’ve acted prematurely on the assumption that you’re in a committed relationship.

So, after months of dating, this guy has totally swept you off of your feet. He does and says all the right things and even show signs of wanting something more with you. The truth is…we are never sure what HE wants until he expresses wanting a commitment So, why are we changing our FB status, only to be humiliated for all to witness?

Like I’ve said in this blog piece, we don’t often see how huge a mistake it is until you realize you and him/her wasn’t meant to be.

That’s why it’s important to “test the waters” for a while before changing your relationship status. Here are 4 main reasons why you should.

You should take the time to build a foundation– Take time to evaluate the relationship without sex. Would the relationship survive without sexual intercourse? Can you both find other ways to be intimate? Can you reach each other on a deeper level? These are questions you should ask yourself before telling yourself he’s “the one”.

Make sure you both are on the same page-  Knowing you both share similar ideas about the relationship definitely helps. Don’t jump in too fast because of how he makes you feel. You have to make sure he feels the same way, obviously. Even if he does, you have to make sure he’s ready for a committed relationship, as well.

Take time to strengthen your relationship before making it public– Time is a gift and when we use it wisely getting to know your significant other, we receive the biggest of blessings. Building a solid relationship with genuine love and respect takes time. Use the time to invest in each other, mind, body, and soul. Get the full scope of their being and find ways to mesh theirs with your being.

Learn to not use Facebook as motivation– When you’re in love, you want the whole world to know! As a result, you anticipate the day you can change our FB status. Nothing is wrong with that because that’s the thing to do in the age of social media; upgrade your “single” status to “in a relationship”. If it’s something you both want, great! However, the one thing I’d encourage is to not let social media, particularly Facebook, be your main source of motivation to prove how much in love you are. You’re simply trying to impress folks who don’t matter if you do. Again…for those who act too prematurely, we’re not even sure if you and your significant other are on the same page yet.

The First Lady of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar, recently visited ‘The Wendy Williams’ show to discuss becoming a viral sensation from one of her popular Gospel songs. The song, which includes a verse naming certain comfort foods, has been remixed endlessly and dubbed the #UNameItChallenge.

All over the net, fans and celebs have recorded themselves  and/or compiled random clips of folks booty-poppin’, gyrating, break-dancing and some more stuff to this historic gospel song…LOL.

All in fun, though…and watching Mama Shirley during this interview, she appears to have no problem with it all.

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Mama Shirley wasn’t playin’ about those coins! She now has #UNameIt merchandise for sale!
Check out her website!

Ever wondered about the full version of Pastor Caesar’s video?

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