Thursday, May 31, 2012

Role Models


This is the June/July 2012 cover of Vibe magazine. I'm not going to bash these Women because that happens everyday, on all kinds of different blogs. But I did want to write something about the headline on the cover, "Meet Your New Role Models." I do watch all the reality shows that each of these women are on and I take the shows as entertainment for the hour and then I move on with my life. But that is me speaking as a 29 year old woman, without any children.

But this magazine cover made me think, if I had a little girl how would I feel about her looking at these ladies behavior every week on television? Would my daughter understand the difference between entertainment and real life? Would my daughter think the way they handle certain situations is how she should?


Monday, May 28, 2012

Be Healthy: Almonds



Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts around. Almonds are high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

When it comes to snack foods, the health benefits of almonds secure top honors for the nut. The health benefits are wide and varied. Here are some amazing health benefits that almonds have:
  1. Keeps the Heart healthy: A study showed those who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in risk of heart attack. Huge amounts of vitamin E found in these nuts acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Almonds also help reduce C-reactive protein (CRP) which causes artery-damaging inflammation.
  2. Reduces bad cholesterol: Almonds are a good source of monounsaturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats which help to lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol). A handful of almonds every day can lower your bad cholesterol level by 8 to 12 percent.
  3. Improves blood circulation: Almonds are high in potassium and low in sodium, both are factors that regulate blood pressure. The high level of magnesium in almonds has a very positive effect on our arteries and veins and helps to improve the overall flow of nutrients through our bodies. It also contains iron, which helps carry oxygen to all of the body's cells and organs.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Race & The White House


A few weeks ago one of my favorite blog sites "Madame Noire" posted an article titled: "Would Barack Obama have been elected president if he were married to a white woman?" I thought this was such a good topic of conversation that I had to share my thoughts about it.

I personally have never been one to care about who a black man chooses to date, as their choice does not pay my rent on the 1st, nor put gas in my car. But I do know plenty of black women that do not like to see black men with women of other races. And to some degree I can understand their point of view.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Did You Know?

THE ORIGINAL STATUE OF LIBERTY
WAS A BLACK WOMAN



Dr. Jack Felder, a biochemist, educator, author and historian, asked this startling question in a New York newspaper, the Daily Challenge (July 16, 1990):
Did you know that the original Statue of Liberty was to have been a Black woman being liberated from slavery with broken chains in her hands and at her feet and that she also had a dark Negroid face?

Felder continues:
The idea of building a statue to the liberation of African slaves in the U.S. was first broached in 1865 near Versailles, France, by Ddouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye. Laboulaye was an internationally renowned jurist and author of a three-volume history of the United States.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

VH1 Uprising: Hip-Hop & The L.A. Riots



Last night VH1 aired a documentary about the L.A. Riots. Given the fact that I was only nine when the riots happened, I found the documentary very informative. Here is just a few things that I learned from it: