Monthly Archives: January 2015

“With This Ring” Girls Night In….

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I’m always a sucker for a chic flick movie, so when my best friend called me up and asked me if I was going to check out this new Lifetime movie “With This Ring”.  I kinda was liery mostly  in regards to my previous disappointments in the network, from “Aaliyah” to “Whitney Houston”. With hesitation in my voice she said we can make it a girls night, but one that speaks on rushing to the alter nonetheless now that sounds like a plan. So let me just align you into what you have coming towards your way, with Lifetime’s newest project “With This Ring”… 3 Ladies, 2 Carats, 1 Year. Can they do it?

Director:

Nzingha Stewart

Writer:

Nzingha Stewart

After attending their friend Elise’s (Sudano) wedding to Nate (Bishop) on New Year’s Eve, Trista (Hall), a career-­driven talent agent, Viviane (Scott), a successful gossip columnist, and Amaya (Cooper), a struggling actress, make a pact to get married within the year to either a new love or a man waiting in the wings. But the close friends face their own set of challenges – Trista has not gotten over her commitment-­phobic ex-­boyfriend Damon (White), Viviane is secretly in love with Sean (George), the father of her son, and Amaya is desperate to break up her boyfriend Keith’s (Sanders) unhappy marriage so they can live happily ever after. Each woman starts the year with high hopes and dreams of what will happen over the next 12 months… but will they all make it to the altar?

 ~ Excerpt Written by Lifetime

Will you be watching “With This Ring”?

 Saturday, January 24 at 8 PM on Lifetime!

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15 Black Models At Fashion Week You Should Know

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With Fashion Month right around the corner, now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of black models on the runway. Alongside supermodels we know and love like Naomi Campbell, emerging black models from all over the globe are making their mark on the fashion industry.

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And we’re not just talking about the ‘Yonce girls: Jourdan Dunn, the first black model to cover Vogue UK in 12 years, Joan Smalls, 2012 model of the year, and Chanel Iman. There are fresh faces whom you may have never heard of that are quietly blazing runways the world over. Check out 15 black models that should be on your radar this season.

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-Jessica C. Andrews of Glamazonsblog.com. Follow me @Ms_Andrews

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“Empire” A Hip-Hop Music Drama….

The “Empire” Expands! The Fox Hip-Hop Drama Pulls In Shocking Ratings

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It’s just the beginning

A photo posted by Empire (@empirefox) on Jan 19, 2015 at 9:45am PST

Fox has built an Empire for the 2014-15 TV season, and TVLine has an exclusive first look at those who will lord over it.

From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious) and Emmy winner Danny Strong (Game Change, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Empire is described as a sexy and powerful new drama about Lucious Lyon (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow), the head of a music empire whose three sons and wife (Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Person of Interest) all battle for his throne.

Set to an original soundtrack written and produced by Timbaland, the Lyon family, seen below, is populated by (L to R) Trai Byers (90210) as Andre, Henson as Cookie, Howard as Lucious, Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) as Jamal and Bryshere Gray (aka rapper Yazz the Greatest) as Hakeem.

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TV review: Strong acting drives premiere of hip-hop music drama ‘Empire’e. We just can’t get enough of Cookie! Fox’s Empire, living up to its title, has dominated Wednesday night viewing with stellar ratings — again! Almost 11 million viewers tuned in to the hip-hop drama, an eight percent increase from the previous episode.

“This just doesn’t … hardly … ever … happen,” Entertainment Weekly said in awe, adding that Empire has  already shocked the industry enough when its numbers skyrocketed in week two after a solid premiere.

Empire, which pulled in an impressive 4.3 rating among the 18-49 adult demographic, might have its lead-in — American Idol – to thank for its climbing success, EW said.

Also, Empire‘s biggest competitors in the hour — ABC’s Black-ish and Modern Family — were both showing repeat episodes, which may have helped Empire’s numbers, as well. Despite these mitigating factors, the show remarkably defied a popular trend that usually plagues all TV dramas:

“The typical pattern is a show’s highest-rated episode of the season is its premiere, then ratings drop for two weeks and then (hopefully) settle into a groove for the rest of the season, rising somewhat for the season finale. Empire has done the opposite. The midseason drama premiered big. Got bigger. Then got bigger again,” EW said.

Empire‘s premiere pulled in 9.9 million, the second episode reached 10.3 million and Wednesday’s third show reeled in 10.9 million, Variety reported. From the pilot to the third episode, Empire’s audience grew by 13 percent.

Fox was so enamored by Empire‘s performance, the network agreed to sign the hip-hop drama up for a season two renewal.

You’d be surprised to know that Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie — a parolee mom who seems to have a lot up her sleeves — initially said “no” to Empire.

“I wasn’t interested ’cause I had just left television,” the former Person of Interest co-star told Access Hollywood. “Actually, I was doing a play at the time. I was happy on the stage. I was really happy and one day I came home and I read [the script] and I couldn’t put it down. I just could not put it down. It was an amazing read, and I was like ‘Oh My God!’”

Well, you made a wise choice Miss Henson. We can’t wait to see how Empire expands in the coming weeks.

What did you think of the recent Empire episode?

#YourLifeMatters….

 

City Transitions “Your Life Matters” to Indiana Black Expo

Move provides long-term sustainability for initiative aimed at preventing violent crime

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard today announced that “Your Life Matters” will transition from the City of Indianapolis to Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE) – a move aimed at providing long-term sustainability for the initiative. “Your Life Matters” launched in March, 2014 to address societal factors that contribute to violence. Since that time, it has become a key component of the City’s public safety plan and the leading local program in response to President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Community Challenge.

 

Soon after the creation of “Your Life Matters,” Mayor Ballard appointed task force co-chairs Tanya Bell, President and CEO of IBE, and Jamal Smith, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.  Following months of intensive work, the task force returned a report containing 48 recommendations in the categories of employment, mentoring, justice and re-entry, education and health. The group focused attention on data and policies that can break down barriers to success for disconnected youth, particularly Black males ages 14 to 24.

 

“Your Life Matters is a significant piece of our City’s comprehensive public safety strategy, and it is vital that we keep this initiative moving forward – especially for young men between the ages of 14 to 24,” said Mayor Ballard. “Indiana Black Expo is uniquely suited to lead on this issue by convening community partners and building on the momentum we have created together.”

 

“Indianapolis has a history of successful cross-sector partnerships, and I am confident that we are primed to undertake an even higher level of coordination and cooperation for the future of our young people and this city,” said Bell. “Indiana Black Expo is honored to take on the important work that will accompany full implementation of Your Life Matters.”

 

The City of Indianapolis will continue to be a lead partner in “Your Life Matters.” The program transition will continue over the course of the next few months, allowing IBE time to phase in all elements of the initiative. At the invitation of the White House, a representative from the City and Bell will attend the “My Brother’s Keeper” Community Challenge National Convening in Washington, D.C. on January 28, 2015 to discuss leading practices for sustainable community initiatives such as “Your Life Matters.”

 

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The PR Girl Toolbox….

How parents can encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.

 

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An overwhelming majority of today’s employed millenials would like to start their own businesses, according to a recent poll, but many aren’t sure where to begin. Inspiring the next generation’s Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx), perhaps, or Pete Cashmore (founder of Mashable), however, isn’t as daunting as it may sound.

Our company is committed to helping grow small businesses in America, and through our national philanthropic initiative, Communities with HART, we work with groups like Junior Achievement USA to help today’s small businesses grow while also inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs. The experience has taught us some important lessons about working with children and preparing them for the business world.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for parents to help inspire future entrepreneurs.

1.Start early

Don’t wait until your teens are applying for their first jobs to teach them important life skills. Learning and refining both the hard and soft skills needed to run a company can start long before your child receives their diploma. Help your son or daughter get ahead of the competition by working with them to:

 

• Develop good listening and communication skills: A successful business owner must have the ability to listen to his or her team and clearly communicate their ideas.

• Build up their confidence: Confidence is a prerequisite to launching and operating your own business. Build your child’s confidence in simple ways like celebrating when he or she aces a math test or reaches a personal goal.

• Become better money managers: Teach your children good financial practices at an early age by teaching them how to budget money and spend wisely. Take your teachings a step further by helping them open a bank account and save their allowance, or create a savings plan for an item they want to purchase.

2.Follow their passion

Rather than dismiss Generation Z as too preoccupied with technology, take the time to get to know your child and their unique interests. You’ll likely discover that their interests span far beyond selfies and Instagram. According to a survey conducted by recruitment agency Intern Sushi, more than 75 percent of Generation Z would like to turn their hobby into a full-time job.

Maybe your daughter passionate about sports. Does your son love helping out in the kitchen? With some motivation and the right tools, your child could turn a hobby into a potential business idea.

3.Encourage them to branch out

 There’s perhaps no greater feeling than knowing that you have someone in your corner rooting for your success. Encourage your child to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. Joining a team sport or school club is a great way to fine-tune the skills needed to become an entrepreneur.

Extracurricular activities teach valuable skills like leadership, personal accountability, and effective collaboration. A successful entrepreneur isn’t afraid to roll up his or her sleeves, take a risk and try something new.

4.Find a mentor

What better way for your teen to learn about starting their own business than through mentorship from a local business leader? There are a number of programs available across the country to help children and teens explore entre­pre­neur­ship and learn the ins and outs of running their own business.

For instance, we have partnered with Junior Achievement USA to help reimagine their JA Company Program – an interactive and innovative entrepreneurship program that links high school students with mentors and provides them with the tools needed to create and operate an actual business. JA alums include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Kim Kaupe, cofounder of the Wall Street Journal’s 2013 Startup of the Year ZinePak.

So, whether it’s taking a more active role in your teen’s extracurricular activities or taking advantage of a community entrepreneurship experience, it’s never too soon for you – and your child – to start thinking about his or her future and the promise of entre­pre­neur­ship. Some of the country’s most successful business owners got their start by mowing lawns or making jewelry long before they graduate high school.

You never know if your son’s quirky talent or daughter’s unique passion just might turn into the next billion-dollar business venture.

Diane Cantello is vice president of corporate social responsibility at The Hartford.

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My Life, My Vibe January 2015

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Hello All,

We have made it thru 2014 and making wishes for 2015…I’m back home I had loads of fun in the NYC from my birthday, thru the holidays. Now, I’m trying to get a jump start on my 2015 vision board, alot has to do with me continueing my healthy & wellness journey, getting my apartment organized. Plus I want to continue to give my readers the best The Evolution Society! has to offer with more community news, the hottest events news in Indianapolis and so much more to come in 2015.

So I ‘m taking a Digital Detox from my blog to get refreshed & renewed and time to reflect on what my goals were for 2014 and what I want o accomplish with the blog in 2015. I know most of you are on a break from school, or even a much needed vacation your self. So if you’re spending a few days a week to get recharged, rejuvinated, refreshed at your desk this week, be sure to take it slow and enjoy the roses,  So what that being said, I would love to stay connected with you please visit soon….So Let’s Toast To The GOOD Life!

Love life…Do Good…Live Well

“C”

Book Of The Month:

~”21 Day Financial Fast” By Michelle Singletary

& “The Secret By Rhonda Byme

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Wine Of The Month:

Riesling

Pinot Noir

 

 

Crystal Dixon
CEO/Event Director
Evolution Events, LLC
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