Growing up in Savannah, Georgia, the man now known as Mali Music grew up in the church. He has had a career as a gospel artist but has now moved into the secular ranks with a deal with RCA Records. This move didn’t sit well with some of those who first encountered him via gospel music, and they took to various social media outlets to say so. Mali says despite the classification change, he’s still the same artist at heart.
“There has been no change, there has just been an elevation because of the platform that gospel music has been considered on. So now it is because of what I’m doing.”
He considers his music to still be inspirational. Sybil Wilkes says that it’s music that even heathens can ride to.
The former Kourtney Jamaal Pollard, 26, got his musical moniker from his middle name Jamal, which became as it often does in Black families, abbreviated to Mali. At 11, Mali became the musical director at his church. At 16, armed with Pro Tools and recording equipment, he crafted an independent album The Coming after a strong response from his MySpace page.
After gaining popularity as a traditional gospel artist, Mali performed during the Music Matter segment at the BET Awards and was approached by Akon, but ultimately signed with Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts’ Bystorm Entertainment. His RCA release Mali Is…is out June 17th.
“I’m so excited about it. I put my whole heart into it and it’s the evolution from where it was before to where it is now and I don’t think anybody can not relate to it.”
Mali ways he was released by his church, Savannah’s Faith In The Movement, as the minister of music once he was 21. While he was surprised at the backlash he received moving more fully into secular music, he says he’s had support from those who count, including his pastor.
“I get texts and emails from my pastor all the time on how proud he is of the things that are happening. A lot of the response from home has been very good but I think it was the misconception from the body of a whole that threw me for a loop, but time will heal.”
1. No Fun Alone
2. Ready Aim
4. Heavy Love
5. Fight For You
6. Walking Shoes
8. Make It To Heaven
9. Little Lady
11. Johnny & Donna
12. I Believe
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If you’re like us, you probably can’t get enough of Lauren Conrad‘s flawless Instagram, her impeccable style, and her countless, informative how-to videos. How does she do it all? Well, you can ask her live!
We’re hosting a Twitter chat with Conrad, who will also be our guest editor for the day, on Tuesday, July 29, at 4 p.m. ET. She’ll be answering all of your questions from beauty to style to home decor, plus much more! If you already know what you want to ask her, submit your question now with #AskLaurenC. Then, be sure to follow @LaurenConrad and @InStyle so you don’t miss a thing.
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Sometime ago, I had introduced to you my weight loss journey, so even though I have been somewhat consistant, I haven’t reached my initial goal weight (yet). Crazy me, I have taken several challenges (which frankly I’m bored with), so now I’m taking it a step up. I’m making it a routine to just simply live healthier (that’s it). There is nothing worse than going on yo-yo diets, being intuned with the new fad either it’s juicing, mixing, pilating or smoothing :). With all that being said I decided to put it all into perspective with my new blog entry Wellness Wednesdays. For the record I’m not a health guru, or a physician I just know what I know and not afraid to share it!
My Wellness Wednesdays health blog chats will educate, inform and inspire
the community to better health and wellness. I will be bringing you tasty recipes, work out routines, healthy living, hair, skin, sex, fun, and any where in between. Wellness is not just about starting a routine it’s about a lifestyle that will benefit in making a Happier, Healthier YOU!.
Here is just a tid bit of what you can look forward to…
Grapefruit Mint and 4 Other Ways to Healthfully Jazz Up Water
For this weeks Wellness-Wednesday, I wanted to give you some ideas on delicious ways to spritz up water during these hot days of summer. The right (or wrong) beverages can literally make you or break you when it comes to a healthy body weight. As great as a diet soda may be to cut calories, sometimes just a fresh look at water can be great way to quench your thirst naturally. These ‘water recipes’ are a few different ways to jazz up your water without ‘adding to the luxury of your waistline.’Grapefruit Mint
*1 sliced grapefruit and a 5-6 sprigs of chopped mint per 2 liters of water
*1 sliced grapefruit and a 5-6 sprigs of chopped mint per 2 liters of water
*1 sliced cucumber and 1 sliced lemon per 2 liters of water
*1 sliced lemon and 5-6 sprigs of chopped mint per 2 liters of water
*6 sliced strawberries and 3-4 sprigs of chopped basil per 2 liters of water
*1/2 sliced grapefruit, 1 sliced lemon, and 1 sliced lime per 2 liters of water
So come join the fun every week, and see what’s up in the health and wellness world, I’m also seeking any one who may have ideas, good recipes, or even what you do to stay healthy…all comments are welcomed, hope to hear from you soon! Also catch me living My Best Life on any other one of my links, I would love to hear from you or connect with you.
Until We Meet Again……Stay Well!
We are in the middle of July and even though we should be doing this, it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher….
5 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Desk
For Women & Co. by Ella Morton –
What does your desktop look like right now? Is it a smooth, minimalist expanse that invites calm and creativity or is it piled high with receipts, wayward documents, scattered office supplies, and that cute little free plastic thing from that conference you attended a few months back?
A cluttered workspace doesn’t just make it hard to find what you need—it can have a negative effect on your productivity and morale. Look at your workflow and take note of how you use your space; when you streamline your desktop accordingly, it can help make work tasks easier and improve your mood.
1. Start with a blank slate.
First, here’s a radical but effective clean-up method: Remove everything—everything!—from your desktop; and only bring back what you need, as you need it. You’ll quickly realize that many of those “essentials” cluttering your workspace don’t get used at all. Then you can decide what goes into storage and what gets tossed for good.
2. Arrange items to suit your workflow.
Everyone works differently, so a system of desktop organization that works for one highly productive person may be frustrating and illogical for another. Analyze your habits. What do you need to have within easy reach? What do you only need occasionally? How often do you really use that tape dispenser, or the paper clips? Are you left- or right-handed? Do you work on multiple projects at once? The answers to these questions will determine where you place your documents and supplies, and what gets classified as an “easy access” or “storage” item.
3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup.
When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, at the end of the week, file or scan documents that are no longer active and save them in some type of “Work” folder, labeled perhaps by week or date.
4. Go as paperless as possible.
Cutting down on incoming paper saves time, space, and trees. Opt to receive bills and transaction records online only—services like Citi’s Paperless Statements give you easy access to up to seven years’ worth of statements from your account. Having all that data in one place makes it easy to search records without having to thumb through a filing cabinet.
5. Set up an electronic storage system.
Making the switch to digital documents cuts down on clutter, but you’ll also need to establish an archiving system that keeps your files safe and allows you to find specific information easily. A good option is to download your statements as they arrive and keep them in a cloud-based file-storage service that you can access from any device, anywhere.
Consider using cloud storage for other financial documents you may have in digital form—such as tax returns, spreadsheets, budgets, scanned or emailed receipts, and bills. How you categorize everything in your archive is up to you—you could create separate folders for work and home, organize everything by date or subject, or use a method that only you understand. Just make sure you have a plan in place before you start the process
Bonus: File or scan documents that are no longer active.
First Lady Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of ESSENCE’s August Issue
First Lady Michelle Obama has always been vocal about her passion for higher learning, and this month she expounds on that in her candid conversation with ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush. A big part of the recipe for success has to do with nurturing reslience in our children, she says.
“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard,” says Mrs. Obama.
And in order to even get that far, she says, they have to see education as an opportunity and take advantage of that kind of foundation.
“We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans. Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school,” she says. “And I still think about that.”
It’s a message she’s drilled into her daughters. “We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously.”
By Erica Gordon
We made it through another hectic school year and summer, my favorite season, is finally here. Now that the kids are out of school, I can finally breathe. As much as I’m an advocate for learning and education, nothing beats not having to check homework and help with science projects. I’m just sayin’.
As moms we are great at planning fun in the sun for the family, but what about us? Moms want to have fun, too!
So for the next few weeks I’m going to share ideas for you to find serenity and have some fun for less.
Hanging with girlfriends is a fun, inexpensive way to unwind.
You can host the first get-together and everyone can take a turn hosting. This works well if you and your girls have children around the same age. The kids can come along and play with each other while the moms hang out.
Tips for creating the ultimate girlfriends get-together:
- Gather your favorite board games and pick one or two to play. Leave the rest as options – who knows what will happen as the day turns into night.
- Make it a potluck. Ask your girlfriends to bring a dish or a drink so the hostess doesn’t have to do it all. Everyone will appreciate this when it’s their turn to host.
- Transform your backyard into a tropical getaway with inexpensive decorations from the dollar store or Five and Below. Their selection has really improved and they have great deals.
- Instead of paying a DJ, create a playlist on your iPod and get the party started.
- Have special treats/prizes to reward the kids for good behavior (i.e. not bothering mommy while she’s at her party).
- If at all possible, ask your spouse or partner to take the kids for the day, or keep them occupied for a few hours.
- ENJOY YOURSELF!! Kick back and relax with your girls. If this isn’t something you do on a regular basis, force yourself to live in the moment. Don’t worry about anything else outside of laughing, eating and drinking your favorite summer drink. Take full advantage of this time to rejuvenate and recharge.
How will you make time to have fun this summer?
Looking for a good read? Check out my newest book, Motherhood & Dreams: You can have it all!
Can you inherit your dead parent’s debts?
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For adult children, the death of a parent is a fraught experience. Adding to the stress: the unwelcome surprise that Mom or Dad died with big debts.
Who is on the hook to pay them?
Unless you cosigned one of your parent’s loans or accounts, it’s usually the estate, not you.
Usually. Not always. The rules are complex and differ depending on the type of debt and where your parent lived.
Creditors typically have a fixed period of time — usually between two and six months — to make claims against your parent’s estate.
If there’s not enough money to cover the debt, in many instances “[your parents'] debt will die with them,” said certified financial planner Mari Adam of Adam Financial Associates.
But if there is money or other assets, they must be used to pay the debt before anything is distributed to heirs.
So even when you’re not legally responsible to pay the debts, they may still reduce — or wipe out — what your parent intended to leave you.
For instance, an executor may need to sell some of an estate’s assets to satisfy creditors’ claims.
Or, say you expected to get the money in your mom’s 401(k) or IRA. It will only be protected from her creditors if she listed you as a beneficiary on the account itself.
If you are not listed as a beneficiary, the money will be rolled into the estate, and creditors can make claims against it, said Steve Hartnett, associate director of education at the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
Credit card debt: Unless you’re a cosigner on your parent’s credit card, his or her Visa bills are not your problem.
That’s not to say that debt collectors might not try to convince you otherwise.
But they’re only allowed to call you requesting payment if you’re the executor. (Here are federal rules governing who creditors may call regarding a deceased person’s debts.)
The credit card company is often a low-priority creditor behind funeral homes, federal and state tax agencies and various lenders. So it may be willing to negotiate a lower payment, Hartnett said.
Medical debt: If your parent received Medicaid, the insurance program for people who can’t afford care, the state where your parent died can recover the payments it made from the time your parent was 55 until death.
A house is the only substantial asset a person may keep and still qualify for Medicaid. So the state may place a lien on your parent’s home to recover payments.
Some states, however, may be willing to negotiate and let the executor pay less than the total due, said attorney Howard Krooks of Elder Law Associates PA.
The state may not, however, ask you to use your own funds to pay the bill. Nor is the state allowed to pursue payments during the lifetime of a surviving spouse.
The state is also barred from collecting if you or an adult sibling lived in your parent’s home for at least two years before his or her death and provided care that delayed your parent’s admission to a nursing home or other medical facility.
If your parent wasn’t on Medicaid, but died with unpaid hospital or doctor bills, the estate is responsible for paying them if it has the money.
But check state law. Close to 30 states have what’s known as “filial responsibility” statutes. Those require adult children to pay for a deceased parent’s unpaid medical debts, such as those to hospitals or nursing homes, when the estate cannot.
Mortgage debt: Inheriting a home with a mortgage is a very complex issue. So talk to an estate lawyer familiar with all state and federal laws governing the issue.
Generally, if you inherit your parent’s home and it still has a mortgage on it, the lender may not demand that you pay off the mortgage immediately. In other words, the bank can’t call the loan. But you will be responsible for making payments on it going forward.
If the mortgage is worth more than the property when you want to sell the home, ask the bank if it will agree to a short sale, said attorney and real estate expert Stuart Ebby. If it won’t, you can tell the bank to foreclose.
Either way, you should not have to pay the bank the difference between the sales price and the money still owed on the loan. But, Ebby noted, in the event of a foreclosure, “the bank could go after the estate for the difference.”
The foreclosure should not affect your credit score, either, so long as your name is not on the mortgage. But it all depends on how the mortgage company reports the transaction to credit bureaus. Wells Fargo, for instance, would not report the transaction under your name, even if it was listed on the title to the property, just so long as your name isn’t on the loan itself.
You may also choose to disclaim your inheritance, in which case the house would go to the person designated if you had died before your parent. If no one was named, in many states the house becomes part of the general estate.
Taxes: The estate is responsible for paying any property taxes and income taxes, delinquent or otherwise. And tax agencies are usually given top priority as creditors.
Also, if federal estate tax is due but property is distributed before it’s paid, the IRS can puta lien on the property and collect on it, said estate planning attorney Roger Levine.
Have you ever had problems with the debt of a deceased parent, spouse or even ex-spouse? Please tell us about your experience at #YourEconomy.
Be A Part of the Solution!
We encourage all audiences to come out and support IBE’S annual Film Festival during this year’s Summer Celebration. This year, we are screening Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin, which is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This film delves deep into topics including the global African presence and the science of melanin. There will be a panel discussion immediately following that will be facilitated by Dr. Pat Payne.The panelists include Representative Bill Crawford, Robert Chester and others. Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin will be screened at 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 12th.
Satuday, July 12th
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Toby Theater, 4000 N. Michigan Road
For more information, click here.
Sunday, July 13th
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Tobias Theater, 4000 N. Michigan Road
For more information, click here.
The Film Festival is FREE to the general public!
Summer Celebration takes place July 10th through July 20th and is IBE’s signature event showcasing African American culture through concerts, exhibits and workshops. For a complete calendar of events click here.
Go with IndyGo!
IndyGo public transportation provides convenient service to all Summer Celebration events. On weekdays, 27 of IndyGo’s 31 routes converge on central downtown within walking distance of the convention center. Visit IndyGo.net to plan your trip on IndyGo.
First Look: Ice Cube shares First Photo From NWA Niopic Starring His Son
Written by Cortney M. Wills
Ice Cube just posted the first official photo from the upcoming film, Straight Outta Compton, via social media and it looks like casting directors nailed it.
The rapper will be played by his own son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell and Cory Collins will take not he roles of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre.
The film is set to hit theaters in August 2015 and will be produced by Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright. The flick will be executive produced by Will Packer and directed by F. Gary Gray.
Check out the description:
“In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.”