Now I love me some Draya but she has apparently upset several of her fans by posting a pic of the late and great Whitney Houston on a shirt from her Fineassgirls clothing line via Instagram on the famous 4/20 date to empower young people to say no to drugs.
After receiving a multitude of angry messages and comments from her followers she took the photo above down and added this one below to redeem and explain herself………
Below is a quote from a recent interview where Draya explains her motivation behind her clothing line. Is she really empowering today’s young woman?
“I just wanted to start something that could motivate girls. It’s like a confidence booster,” stated Draya, who recently heated things up for Urban Ink. “I’m lucky enough to hang around really good people, I have really amazing friends, and they’re also really beautiful and we take a lot of pride in looking how we look. We’re just trying to be all-around good people, so it’s just a movement for empowerment.”
Was Draya genuine and just in using Whitney’s face as a way to get people to say no to drugs or did she go to far in using the iconic Whitney Houston’s picture holding up a sign 20 years prior stating “say no to drugs” who also happen to pass away from the very message she is trying to promote? Was this just for controversy?
What do you think? (247)
Personally, I find myself getting caught up in the winter blues of gaining weight. March hits and I’m depressed because I gained 30 pounds within 3 months. Trying on my last season spring pants upsets me every time and I tell myself it’s not my fault! But of course the excuses form instantly in my mind…It’s either cold or snowing outside. The thought of getting up at the break of dawn to jump in a cold vehicle to go the gym doesn’t seem too hot. Every year my top New Year’s resolution is “losing 20-30 pounds” by a ridiculous time frame. Each year it’s a fail.
Does this sound familiar? Continue reading “Health and Wellness: 5 Basic Ways to get a Jump Start Losing Weight at Home during the Winter/Spring/Summer and Fall Months.” »
Mac and Cheese, Catfish and Peach Cobbler, made Vegan Style? That’s right!
Vegan and Soul may sound like an oxymoron but our very own has another business to be proud of! Detroit Vegan Soul has created an inventive twist on what we think is traditional soulfood. Instead of baking in customary ingredients found in most African-American kitchens, the owners of Detroit Vegan Soul have decided to re-introduce their version of healthy, yet tasteful cooking from the soul.
“Kirsten Ussery and Erika Boyd were inspired to become vegans because of family members passing away due to poor living choices. Shortly after making that lifestyle change, they went to a vegan soul food restaurant in Chicago and became inspired entrepreneurs. Boyd, a natural hair stylists, and Ussery, media director for City Council President Charles Pugh, are focusing on building the business as a catering service at first. They aspire to open their own restaurant within the next year or two. They are looking at a place in The Villages, Midtown and the Livernois business district.” Credit Model D modeldmedia.com
“Life is short and precious. After realizing the benefits of vegan food choices for ourselves, we want to pass it on to the community. That is why we have made it our mission to help people live healthier lives by providing great-tasting, high-quality, nutritious vegan food, that appeals to all taste buds, while at the same time doing our part to support a sustainable earth.”
Catch more about the services they offer and pricing after the jump…
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Many Americans proudly proclaim that they will stand for “No Pork on Their Fork,” but what about on their spoon, accompanied by a generous serving of vanilla soft serve and light drizzlings of fudge and caramel?? Does your mind change then?? Burger King seems to think so! For the past week, the food media has been going nuts with the information that fast food giant and the world’s second biggest hamburger chain, Burger King, will be launching several pork, beef, and chicken sandwiches as limited time offers.
In addition to their new menu, BK will also be offering the bacon sundae which again consists of vanilla soft serve with fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a piece of bacon. The swine sundae (OOPS!), I mean the bacon sundae was first tested earlier this year in Nashville, Tennessee and received great reviews. Now it’s time to see how the rest of the country will respond as Burger King introduces its bacon sundae along with the rest of its’ full summer menu today (June 14). The new menu will include a Memphis Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, Carolina BBQ Whopper or Chicken Sandwich, Texas BBQ Whopper or Chicken Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries, Frozen Lemonade, and of course, the notorious Bacon Sundae. The salty-sweet treat boasts 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar, and will be available along with the other items on the BK Summer Menu until the end of summer or while supplies last. Eat at your own risk! (232)
Wouldn’t you just hate #FreeRetroChics if we told you we’d found the Fountain of Youth??? LOL!!! Now wouldn’t you just LOVE us again if we told you we would share it with you??? WE WILL! And we’ve got even better news! Your journey to the Fountain of Youth is no further than your local supermarket or gas station, but it’s all about choosing the right type of water when you go. Let me explain….
We all know that water has been around since the beginning of time. It not only makes up 70 percent of our planet, but also 60 percent of our bodies. Health nuts and scientists tell us to drink 8 glasses of water per day—-or at least drink half of our body weight in ounces of water per day—-to keep us feeling full and hydrated. What those researchers and fitness gurus do not so readily tell us is that the type of water we intake makes a huge difference when it comes to our health and wellbeing.
It is extremely important to maintan pH balance within your body, but as it it turns out your body should be more alkaline that acidic. In fact, your blood has a pH balance that is 7.365 alkaline, and it strives each day to maintain that balance, even going so far as to create stress on other tissues, body systems, and organs to do so. Eating too many acidic and/or processed foods such as sugar, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc. can oveload the body’s ability to neutralize them and cause chronic low energy, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains, and even more serious disorders. Chronic acidity will interrupt all cellular activities and functions – it interferes with life itself so adding alkaline water to your diet helps the your blood maintain that pH it so desperately needs.
Read more on alkaline water and its’ benefits after the jump….
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If the Chris Brown reunion or the random rapper’s (Meek Millz and Drake) night of fun with your favorite “Badgirl” isn’t enough for Jay-Z, Rihanna’s drug use definitely is!
According to AtlantaBlackStar:
“After dominating the music industry for seven years, the Barbados bombshell could be facing time in rehab. Rihanna has continued to indulge in reckless partying even after her battle with dehydration and exhaustion. Close friends and business partners are seriously worried about her health while Jay-Z threatened to drop her from the Roc Nation label.”
So, is hanging out with Ricky Rozay and Snoop Dogg backstage from time to time, dropping stacks in the strip club, hitting a blunt every now and then and partying with your fling, your ex and his girlfriend every other week okay?
Catch more about my favorite artist and party girl after the jump
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Ok so before any of our African American female readers start with the “I knew there was a reason I wasn’t losing weight!” comments or the “I guess it doesn’t matter whether I work out or not!” revelations, let’s unscrew the proverbial light bulbs over our heads and take a deeper look into these findings. However, before we go there, let’s also look at some of the statistics that we already know about black women’s health and nutrition in relation to our white female counterparts.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, in 2010, black women were 70 percent more likely to be obese than white women, and that number only grows for adolescents of our ethncity. From 2007-2010, black girls were 80 percent more likely to be obese than white girls. Furthermore, four out of five black women are overweight or obese, and African Americans were 70 percent less likely to exercise than white people in 2010. YIKES!!!! It’s clear that in the past the odds have definitely been against us, and this is a problem because a greater risk of obesity can put black girls at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke etc! So now that we know what we’re up against, let’s delve into this new information!
Published in the June 2012 issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, this particular study performed by British researchers, Dr. James White of Cardiff University and Dr. Russell Jago of the University of Bristol, followed and observed 1148 adolescent girls (538 black and 610 white) between the ages of 12 and 14. The girls’ level of physical activity and food intake was recorded over three-day periods, and the amount of time girls spent sitting and watching television was also measured in addition to their body mass index and fat percentages. White and Jago’s study results found that the black girls in the group with the most physical activity were only 15 percent less likely to be obese by age 14 when compared to the group of black girls who exercised the least, and when it came to white girls, the active group was 85 percent less likely to have weight problems in comparison to the inactive group.
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The fashionista found an early love and passion for fashion at an early age that blossomed into the true diva she is today. LaTricia Flowers was born to Larry and Althea Flowers on the eastside of Detroit, shortly after moving to Southfield where she began her fashion career wearing her mother’s shoes, clothes and jewelry by the age of two. By the time LaTricia was four years old she was modeling for huge named retailers such as Hudson’s and Jacobson’s. The 34 year old wife and mother has been able to transition through life’s challenges in striving for success while following her dreams in becoming apart of the fashion scene. Catch more about LaTricia “Trish” Flowers and her climb to success, weightloss and new found confidence after the jump….
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I must say I was pretty apprehensive about using this treatment when I heard about it a couple of weeks ago. In my mind there was no way a person could lose inches in 45 minutes without the help of a surgeon. Vary of body wrap treatments work on all type of areas of the body. I took a leap of faith and started to act on my curious quest to see if I can lose a couple of inches in a very short period of time.
Here it goes…
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