https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/black-enterprise-luxury-constance-white-reveals-why-always-white

Artist Profile: Eric Dyer

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Dyer’s work bestrides cinema and gallery, time and technology, animation and animus, and effectively re-imagines animation through its long, lost past.

      -Paul Wells, author, Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image

Living With Sickle Cell: ‘I Don’t Know What It Means to Be Without Pain’

It’s World Sickle Cell Day, and we’re taking a look at the chronic pain and regular hospitalizations that are the reality for many suffering from sickle cell disease.

Nikki Peterson, like approximately 100,000 other Americans, was born with sickle cell anemia. The 43-year-old lives in Upper Marlboro, Md., and ends up in the hospital about four times during what she calls a good year.

Once a month, she undergoes a grueling process called hemapheresis. All of the blood is removed from her body, the platelets and plasma are separated out and returned to her, and then Peterson is given 8 to 12 units of packed red blood cells. This helps to mitigate the pain she lives with every day.

“I don’t know what it means to be without pain. I have nothing to compare it to,” Peterson tells The Root from her bed at Doctors Community Hospital in Greenbelt, Md. “I have what I call my normal pain, and my pain where I need to be in the hospital. They always ask what your pain scale is from 1 to 10. I function on a normal person’s 7 to 8. It’s like my 2.”

Living With Sickle Cell: ‘I Don’t Know What It Means to Be Without Pain’

The Complicated Legacy of Muhammad Ali and ‘Rocky’ — Flavorwire

Muhammad Ali’s life and character were so rich, so multi-faceted, that the widespread mourning which greeted news of his passing Saturday reverberated far beyond sports fans, to history buffs, civil rights activists, Muslims, politicians, you name it. Film circles were no exception; he was always one of our most cinematic athletes, thanks to his movie-star…

via The Complicated Legacy of Muhammad Ali and ‘Rocky’ — Flavorwire

101 Best Side Business Ideas to Start While Working Full-Time

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by Ryan Robinson

No matter how rewarding your full-time job may be, there’s one thing that’s even more meaningful than great pay and solid benefits: working for yourself.
Choosing the path of entrepreneurship is without a doubt riskier than being content with holding a 9-5 job, and requires way more sacrifice. However, once you’re reaping the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss and hustling your way into making significantly more money than you ever could at your day job, the hard work will have all been worth it.

101 Best Side Business Ideas to Start While Working Full-Time

Lake Street Dive coming to Wolftrap

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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
http://www.lakestreetdive.com/

“The buzz-worthy band that lives at the intersection of the Beatles and Motown gets audiences dancing with its “joyous, upbeat songs and big, groovy vocals” (The Guardian).

This badass group will be at the Filene Center Thursday, June 16 at 8pm.

A good friend sent me the video of Lake Street Dive singing the Jackson 5

“I want you back.” I was blown away by the arrangement and by Rachel Price’s vocals.

The group was was founded in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. The band consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums). They met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The band was named after a street with many dive bars in Olson’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

No, Not Mom Jeans

Saw this earlier and thought it was a great post to share . Definitely a big difference when you look at the same body in different brands of jeans.

http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2012/07/gap.html

Watch Night Service and Mahalia Jackson

I asked a friend how he usually spent his New Years Eve, he told me he often participates in ‘Watch Night Service’ every year. I was familiar with the tradition of going to church on New Years Eve, however was unfamiliar with the term ‘Watch Night Service.’ Thank you for the info Richard Smith!

At the end of this post I included two of my favorite Mahalia Jackson videos from YouTube. I post the videos in dedication to my sister Melanie and cousins; Kevin, Myca, Michelle and Myrna. (Get out your church fans y’all!)

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Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of “Watch Night Services,” the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year’s Eve.

The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year.
Some folks come to church first, before going out to celebrate.
For others, church is the only New Year’s Eve event.
Like many others, I always assumed that Watch Night was a fairly standard Christian religious service — made a bit more Afrocentric because that’s what happens when elements of Christianity become linked with the Black Church.
Still, it seemed that predominately White Christian churches did not include Watch Night services on their calendars, but focused instead on Christmas Eve programs. In fact, there were instances where clergy in mainline denominations wondered aloud about the propriety of linking religious services with a secular holiday like New Year’s Eve.

However, there is a reason for the importance of New Year’s Eve services in African American congregations.

The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as “Freedom’s Eve.”
On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free .

When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God. Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

It’s been 145 years since that first Freedom’s Eve and many of us were never taught the African American history of Watch Night, but tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate
“how we got over.”

#MahaliaJackson, WatchNightService, #NewYearsEve, #GospelMucsic

Ava DuVernay Barbie!

ava-duvernay-barbie-doll-standing1This is so cool, I think I will get one for myself.

Sunday night, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Mattel, the brand that makes Barbie, announced on Twitter that the doll made in the likeness of the Selma director (@AVAETC) would be available the next morning. No less than a few hours into Monday and the Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll, $65, was sold out on the site TheBarbieCollection.com.

“Tomorrow this #AvaBarbie goes on sale for Christmas because enough folks asked @Mattel to do so. Wild + wonderful,” she (@AVAETC) tweeted.

Posted up in her director’s chair, the Ava doll wears a black turtleneck and jeans with red and white sneakers. And fans were buying them up, possibly for kids, but for themselves too. The DuVernay – like other dolls based on public figures – are generally targeted to collectors and adults.

re-post: http://madamenoire.com/602962/ava-duvernay-barbie-doll-sells-out-in-just-hours-coming-to-amazon-com-soon/

‘Sensory Friendly’ Santa Visit

I got a chance this weekend to work with Northern Virginia Housewives and Fair Oaks Mall during their annual ‘Sensory Friendly Santa’ event.

Early Saturday morning, before Fair Oaks Mall formally opened for the day, families that normally avoid the mall this time of year went to see  Santa in a specially design setting for kids with autism.

Children with autism struggle in noisy environments, so taking them to see Santa at the mall during normal business hours is a challenge. On Saturday morning, the music and the lights were turned down which made a more desirable setting for these kids and their families.

Kudos to NOVA Housewives and Fair Oaks Mall for this great event!