Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Rest of Dilla Vol. 1. Rasta Root talks about the process of making the tribute along with those who were involved. Ma Dukes, J Dilla’s mother, speaks on what the project & her son meant to her and ATCQ’s Phife Dawg talks about Jay Dee’s work ethic
Friday, November 27, 2009
By Dr. Maoshing Ni
Chinese medicine views proper digestion as the most essential component in living a long and healthy life. Your digestive function is made up of numerous organs all working together to break down, absorb, and process all of the nutrients in the food you eat. Without healthy digestion, you can become malnourished and toxins will build up in your body, leading to degenerative diseases and rapid aging down the road.
Indigestion is caused and made worse by overeating--especially rich, fatty, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, and acidic foods. These remedies will get your digestion on the right track.
ONE HOUR AFTERWARD:
Walk it off
After a large meal, take a 10- to 20-minute stroll. Aside from the proven benefits to your heart, walking is the perfect gentle exercise for promoting digestion and encouraging cleansing of the lymphatic system. Walking helps food move along the digestive tract, improving digestion and absorption. For added benefits, walk while massaging your abdomen with your palms, in a circle around your belly button.
Herbal tea brings relief
Relieve that feeling of fullness with herbal teas that target your digestion: Steep 1 teaspoon each of mint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, sage, and basil and in a cup of hot water. Drink after each meal to soothe and prevent bloating. Peppermint, chamomile, and ginger tea are other good choices for settling the stomach. Also, look for Chinese herbal formulas like Indigestion for digestive support and cleansing.
THE MORNING AFTER:
Start with apple cider
Apple cider vinegar is traditionally used to remedy digestive distress, support liver detoxification, normalize digestive juices, and reduce intestinal bloating. Mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of warm water, and drink in the morning on empty stomach. Feel free to add a little honey or maple syrup. Lemon water will also help.
Eat right to lighten up
These meals will help your body recover from overindulgence.
- Breakfast: Eat oat bran cereal, brown rice, or any other whole grain cereal (as long as it is unbleached and does not contain any added sugar or chemicals.) Pair with unflavored soy milk.
- Lunch/Dinner: Eat any combination of beans, brown rice, oat bran, vegetables, and organic chicken, turkey, or soy-products.
- For a powerful Super Cleanse Broth, simmer any combination of the following ingredients for an hour: collards, Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, cabbage, dandelion, Brussels sprouts, daikon radish, watercress, seaweed, shitake mushrooms, cilantro, garlic, leeks, fennel, anise, fresh ginger, and turmeric. Drink 8 ounces twice a day.
- A popular herbal formula among my patients is Internal Cleanse, a special combination of natural herbs to detoxify, clear the mind, promote emotional balance, and ease digestion. For more information, click here.
Try a detoxifying exercise
This movement is from Liver Cleansing Qi Gong, a body-mind exercise that was designed by ancient Chinese physicians to help stimulate the liver and drain the excess toxins from the body:
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart in front of a tree. Inhale while raising your right leg and exhale while placing your right foot on the ground in front of you between your body and the tree.
- Inhale while raising both arms from the sides until they come together over your head. Exhale while lowering your hands in front of your face. Visualize green light running down your face as your hands move down to your chest.
- Inhale as you move your hands to the right rib cage over your liver. Exhale as you move your arms down your right abdomen and right leg, as if pushing down and out with your hands. Visualize the green light moving the toxins out of the liver, down the liver meridian on the inside right leg, and out the big toe.
The liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body and performs a wide variety of functions. Its most important ones include the processing of nutrients, the production of bile to help in digestion of food and eliminating wastes, and cleansing the blood of toxins such as drugs, alcohol, and other dangerous substances.
The liver has the ability to regenerate itself, but the effects of alcohol eventually wear down the liver. I strongly suggest that you keep your drinking to a minimum for the longevity of your liver and your health, but on that rare occasion when you overindulge, consider these remedies.
ONE HOUR AFTERWARD:
Ginger tea to the rescue
Ginger is an ancient Chinese remedy to minimize the symptoms of hangovers. Ginger has been found to soothe the digestive lining and balance gastric juices, making it a great remedy for overeating, too. This remedy is even more effective if you drink it in between alcoholic beverages.
Cut a 2-inch piece from fresh ginger root, and thinly slice. Bring three cups of water to boil in a pot. Add the sliced ginger and reduce heat to a simmer. Brew for about five minutes. Then strain out the ginger and sip the tea slowly. You may also add honey to taste.
Water, that is. Though this is hardly a secret remedy for combating a hangover, it bears repeating. Alcohol dehydrates your system, so drinking plenty of water will help combat some of your unpleasant hangover symptoms, rehydrate your body, and flush out toxins. Drink a few glasses of room temperature, filtered water after a night of holiday extravagance.
THE MORNING AFTER:
Start with lemon water
First thing in the morning, drink one lemon squeezed in 12 ounces of warm filtered water. Lemon activates your liver to release toxins and helps to cleanse and move the roughage that stays behind in your intestines. Throughout the day, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water to flush your system.
Detoxify with herbal tea
Chinese traditional medicine uses natural substances to help support the healthy functions of your liver, lymphatic system, bowels, urinary tract, and skin. Try these herbs in teas to cleanse and prevent a buildup of toxins and wastes in your body:
- Chrysanthemum flower is traditionally used to cleanse the liver and neutralize toxins.
- Hawthorn berry is used to cleanse the blood of plaque and other toxins.
- Turmeric supports the detoxification process in the whole body by increasing bile production and releasing and eliminating toxins. Simply put a tablespoon of the spice in a pot and stir over medium heat for five minutes.
- Milk thistle protects and restores the liver, due to its content of silymarin.
- Dandelion root has been found by studies to enhance the flow of bile, relieving liver congestion, which in turn aids the body in detoxifying.
- Popular among my patients is Hangover, a Chinese herbal remedy that is helpful for relieving symptoms of hangover.
Heal your aching head
If you wake up with a "morning-after" headache, try this herbal tea to reduce head pressure: Boil 2 tbsp each of chrysanthemum flowers and mint leaves in 4 cups of water for 15 minutes. Drink throughout the day until your headache subsides.
I hope this article helps you recover from the effects of overindulgence! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
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By Marc J. Spears,
Without a clear-cut suitor emerging to sign him, All-Star guard Allen Iverson(notes) announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Iverson, who has played 14 seasons in the NBA, thought he was close to signing with the New York Knicks last week only to be told team officials had a change of heart.
“I would like to announce my plans to retire from the National Basketball Association,” Iverson said in a statement released to Stephen A. Smith, who first announced Iverson’s decision on his personal web site. “I always thought that when I left the game, it would be because I couldn’t help my team the way that I was accustomed to. However, that is not the case.
“I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level.”
The question: Will Iverson stay retired?
League sources insist Iverson will still listen if a team is interested in signing him. For now, however, no offer appears imminent.
“I expect him to stay retired if a great, mutual situation doesn’t come about,” said Iverson’s friend and former teammate Eric Snow. “His legacy has been established.
“He is probably one of the biggest trendsetters of our generation post-Jordan. He had that kind of effect on the game. People didn’t have the tattoos. What he did, he kind of did it from who he is. He was true to himself. He was true to the game. So his legacy was there.
Iverson signed a one-year, $3 million contract to play for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, but played just three games and complained about his role off the bench. The Grizzlies granted him a leave of absence to attend to some personal matters, but the two sides eventually reached agreement to part ways and Iverson was waived.
“Wonderful career. Right thing to do for his family,” Iverson’s manager, Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “It’s no secret that Allen has been unfairly treated through all this. The fact is his family needs him more.”
Iverson, 34, thanked his fans, family and friends and former coaches and teammates in his statement.
“To Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird, you guys gave me the vision to play the game that will be forever in my heart,” Iverson said. “To my Mom, who encouraged and inspired me to play every day, and to all of my family and friends who stood by me from the beginning. Thank you!”
The Philadelphia 76ers made Iverson the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick in 1996, and he enjoyed his greatest success with the team. He was named the NBA’s MVP in 2001 and also took the Sixers to the NBA Finals that season.
“The years in Philly were unforgettable,” Moore said. “He will never forget the crowd. …He’ll retire always being known as a Sixer.”
The Sixers traded Iverson to the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 19, 2006. He played two seasons with them before they sent him to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups. Iverson became upset when the Pistons made him come off the bench and later complained he couldn’t trust first-year coach Michael Curry. The team sent him home before the playoffs, saying he had an injured back.
“It’s tough,” Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony said. “Just a messed-up way to go out like that. Especially knowing you can still play, knowing you still got it.”
Iverson is a 10-time All-Star and has won four scoring titles. He ranks 17th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Nuggets coach George Karl called the 6-foot Iverson “the greatest little guard to ever play basketball.”
Former Boston Celtics point guard Bob Cousy said Iverson’s problems from the past two seasons will detract from his legacy in the minds of some people, but he doesn’t doubt his Hall of Fame credentials.
“It’s in the eye of the beholder,” Cousy said. “You always remember what last happened. But he’ll be in the Top 10 [scorers].
“He was an outstanding guard. I don’t know where he fits in whether he is a point guard or a [shooting] guard. But he was talented as a [scorer].”
During an interview with Yahoo! Sports early this month, Iverson said he could see himself walking away from the NBA.
“I’m not playing basketball no more to make money or anything like that or fame,” he said. “I’ve been there and did that. I just want to be happy doing what I love to do.
“If I felt I had to sell myself or sell out to be somebody that I’m not, then I wouldn’t do it anymore. I’d be playing at the YMCA.”
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1. Intro: Senor Kaos, Von Pea and Homeboy Sandman (produced by Dave West)
2. Me Myself and I: Kardinal Offishall (produced by Diabolic)
3. Pease Porridge: Phife Dawg (produced by Dj Rasta Root)
4. Breakdawn: Tanya Morgan (produced by 6th Sense)
5. Oooh: Fly Union (produced by Fly Union)
6. Baby Phat: Skillz & Colin Monroe (produced by nVMe)
7. Stakes Is High part 1: U-N-I (produced by 6th Sense)
8. Say No Go: Chaundon, Esso + The Kickdrums (produced by The Kickdrums)
9. Rock Co Kane Flow: Shawn Christopher & Pheo (produced by Garbs)
10. Ego Trippin: Asheru (produced by The Els)
11 Ooodles of O’s: Camp Lo (produced by Apple Juice Kid)
12. Sunshine: Christian Rich + Curtains (produced by Christian Rich)
13. Plug Tunin’: Tabi Bonney + Stalley (produced by Judah)
14. Hey Love: Chip Tha Ripper (produced by Remot)
15. The Bizness: Big Pooh, Butta Verses, and 6th Sense (produced by 6th Sense)
16. I Am I Be: 6th Sense (produced by Hasan Insane)
17. Eye Know: The Kid Daytona & Mike Maven (produced by 6th Sense)
18. Saturdays: Niko Villamor, Brittany Street & Kidd Neer (produced by SMKA)
19. Watch Out: J.Sands (produced by J. Rawls)
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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I just saw the date of my last post, which wasn't even a Doc...damn my bad. I went to New York, had a good time, got some handbags and came back to Atlanta with a whole lot of work to do. So that's what I've been doing in the interim. I'm sort of glad I had this in the pocket though. Daz's birthday just past, Thanks-taking is upon us and I just finished a paper - so it must mean that it's time to celebrate! READ
Monday, November 23, 2009
Señor Kaos Gets a Haircut
Due to the current U.S. Economic Recession Atlanta emcee Señor Kaos is forced to cut off all his hair to save money.
Welcome to the Funeral Of The Fro.
Follow along as friends share their favorite "Fro Memories" and witness as the man who's fro ruled in 09, cuts it all off.
Also Señor Kaos performs with 4-Ize the fans get the see the new hair cut live and direct for the first time. Check for Señor Kaos on the new 4-Ize project "Illuminated Animals." Also make sure you download SK's latest project "Walk Softly & Carry A Big Brick"
Filmed And Edited By B Price. Haircut by Harold (Classics Barber Shop Atlanta, Ga).
What happens when ultra emcee’s collaborate with a generous dose of realness? You encounter "Illuminated Animals!" 4-IZE and fellow beast emcee’s are shining new light on Hip Hop with the "Illuminated Animals" project. The project is presented by Upstairs Studio, an Atlanta based recording studio whose clientele include De La Soul, MF DOOM, Musiq Soulchild and more.
“Everybody has a beast laying dormant inside them” says 4-IZE. “Illuminated Animals was created to shine light on that beast inside of us all. Waking up that sleeping monster takes conscious effort and knowledge of self. That’s exactly what everyone on the project does with hopes to inspire all those who listen to do the same – Wake up their inner monster!”
4-IZE is joined by fellow emcee’s Señor Kaos, Punchlyne, and 4-IZE’s brother Number 2. Lending their soulful essence are vocal artists Anthony David, Scar and Yirayah.
The entire project is produced by Floyd the Locsmif (50 Cent, Ceelo Green, O.C, J Live) and DJ Rasta Root (CEO Smokin Needles Records & DJ/Manager Phife ATCQ).
"Illuminated Animals" will be released on Monday November 23, 2009 and will be available for free download at www.4IZE.com.
Tracklist is as Follows:
1.) Classic Example – ft. Señor Kaos & Punchlyne
2.) Rollin Like A Gee – ft. Scar
3.) Hard To Quit The Rhyme – ft. Señor Kaos & AnthonyDavid
4.) Listen Carefully – Skit #1
5.) Ultra Beast – ft. Punchlyne & Number 2
6.) Would You Do It – Interlude
7.) Foods, Fruit & Animals – ft. Punchlyne & Señor Kaos
8.) When Keepin It Real Goes Wrong
9.) Dat Ain’t Gone Ride – Señor Kaos & Punchlyne
10.) Wrong Kid Died – ft. Number 2
11.) Nobody – ft. Señor Kaos
12.) Badger Milk – Skit #2
13.) Vibe Awards
14.) Caterpillars – ft.Anthony David
15.) Don’t Nobody Care – ft. Yirayah
16.) Can’t Stop Thinkin bout You – ft. Anthony David
“Illuminated Animals” is the follow up project to “Fantastik 4-IZE” album which 4-IZE released independently in the summer of 2007. His first album includes appearances from Ludacris, Big Rube, Number 2 & M.P. With featured production by L.T. Moe, Honorable C-Note, Omen, Floyd The Locsmif, J. Igloo, Montana Trax & Morgan The Mexican. “Fantastik 4-IZE” is available for purchase via www.itunes.com.
About 4-IZE: 4-IZE took what was once an insult in his childhood years, and used it as his moniker to serve as a constant reminder of how he learned self-confidence in his struggle to be an individual.
Originally from the West Suburbs of Chicago (Oak Park), Illinois, 4-IZE has been in Atlanta for 10 years. In 1999, 4-IZE relocated to Atlanta, GA in order to further his musical career. Hip-Hop fans have already experienced a taste of his lyrical abilities on both 3X Platinum albums by Def Jam South recording artist, Ludacris. Using every letter and every word as a verbal weapon in his battle to reach success in the music industry. He uses his glasses as his third eye to see his way through the world.
If you are interested in a tangible copy for review purposes, or in interviewing 4-Ize about "Illuminated Animals" please contact:
4-Ize at email@example.com
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WHAT: -TRIBUTE TO ASSATA SHAKUR AND NEHANDA ABIODUN
-IN REMEMBRANCE OF DEC.4,1969- CHAIRMAN.FRED HAMPTON AND MARK CLARK
-FUNDRAISER FOR THE KILUMBO SCHOOL OF ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL STUDIES
WHERE: THE 5 SPOT 1123 EUCLID AVE IN LITTLE 5 POINTS
TIME; DOORS AT 9 PM, SHOW AT 10 PM
$10 BEFORE 10PM, $15 AFTER
SA-ROC, KHALILAH ALI, CARLA "C SHARP" GOMEZ, GEORGIA ME, IFE JIE,& ZAKIYA
HOSTED BY: KAREN MARIE MASON(HONOR MUSIC GROUP) & MSHAIRI
MUSIC BY: DJ CHA CHA JONES
Here's a Black Friday reality check: Of the hordes of pre-dawn shoppers who line up for hours outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving, most will not bag the best bargains that appear in merchants' circulars.
Look at the fine print that appears next to an advertised "doorbuster deal" at the bottom of the page in this year's circulars.
It will either say "While supplies last," "Minimum 2 per store," "No rainchecks" or "All items are available in limited quantities."
A quick scan through a few of this year's Black Friday circulars show quantities as low as a "minimum of 5 per store" on some models of large plasma and HDTVs and popular brands of home appliances such as a washer-dryer pair.
Should Black Friday deal hunters feel cheated? Yes they should, say some retail experts.
"It's a sleazy practice," said Craig Johnson, retailing expert and president of retail consulting group Customer Growth Partners.
"I am old school," said Johnson. "If a retailer is advertising a juicy deal and they are not prepared to have in sufficient quantity, don't advertise it. Or give consumers a raincheck."
Johnson said it's not enough for retailers to mention that they'll have such limited quantities of a product on one of the most-hyped shopping days of the year.
"Retailers aren't winning any customers. They are just pissing off people," he said. "It's poor retailing practice."
Unfortunately for consumers, more examples abound.
CNNMoney.com spoke to industry experts to uncover a few dirty secrets of Black Friday deals.
Limited quantities. Advertising a Black Friday deal as "limited quantities" is bogus, said Johnson.
"The only time it makes sense to have only two or three [items] in stock is if the deal is on a $2 million gift product that appears in the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog," he said.
Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate and editor of Consumer World, agreed with Johnson.
"C'mon guys. Give me a break," said Dworsky. "How can you be the size of a retailer like Sears and only get a minimum of five per store, yet devote big space in your circular to advertise that deal?
Sears has not officially revealed its Black Friday sales. However, the company confirmed to CNNMoney.com that two of its post-Thanksgiving deals include a Samsung 40-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $599.99, "Only while quantities last, minimum three per store, no rainchecks."
The other is a Kenmore 3.5-cubic-foot high-efficiency washer and 5.8-cubic foot dryer pair for $579.98, "Limit four per store, no rainchecks."
"Sure, you probably have more, but how do you put out a circular to millions of households and only have three?," Dworsky asked.
When asked for a comment, Sears spokesman Tom Aiello said he was "not comfortable" addressing the issue of limited quantities for some Black Friday deals.
Such short supply on deals are not only annoying but can also be dangerous to Black Friday shoppers.
"We saw the stampede at a Wal-Mart store in New York last year on Black Friday that led to an employee's death," said Burt Flickinger, managing director of consulting firm Strategic Resource Group. "The stampede happened because so many of the deals were advertised as limited supply."
One retailer, while not explaining why its advertised deals are in such limited supplies, said it is taking measures to better handle the Black Friday rush.
"From going down the line and handing out doorbuster tickets that guarantee a purchase in advance of the store opening, to printing the minimum quantities in the circular, we go to great lengths to ensure that the Black Friday consumer knows exactly how many items will be at the store and whether or not they will be able to purchase one prior to entering the store," Best Buy wrote in an e-mail.
What do you mean this HDTV is a "derivative?" Some of the holiday electronics with those low sale prices are derivatives, models that have a few less features than a standard model in that product line, said Dworsky.
The difference can be subtle. "The image contrast ratio might be 20,000 in a derivative model versus 30,000 in a standard model," he said. "Most consumers probably won't even notice the difference."
A report earlier this month in Consumer Reports called attention to HDTV models from Samsung and Sony advertised in Black Friday deals that appear to be "derivatives." The report said these one-off TVs "with unfamiliar model numbers" are usually cheaper than the standard model in their class.
Dworsky cautions that retailers usually don't advertise these models as derivatives. "There's no way the average consumer will know that the TV model they are buying is not the standard one unless they are savvy enough to compare their model numbers," he said.
Which Black Friday deals are online? "Many retailers will say that their Black Friday deals are available online," said Dworsky. "But they're not nice enough to tell you which ones."
"How about telling me which exact ones so I can shop online from home and I'm not in my pajamas at 5 a.m. in front of your store," he said.
Online deals that never get shipped. Case in point: Sears. Last year, one of Sears' hottest Black Friday doorbuster deal was on a Kenmore washer-dryer pair for $600.
Even though the retailer advertised that deal to be in "limited quantities," the company decided to honor every customer order made on that deal last Black Friday.
Big mistake. The manufacturer could not ramp up production fast enough. Some customers waited months before their order was shipped. Others were sold a substitute model, that was "comparable or even better" for the same deal price, said Sears' Aiello.
Lesson learned. "We will not be doing that again this year," he said.
Be careful if you're shopping online on Black Friday, said Dworsky.
"Since retailers don't have a live inventory online you run the risk of getting an e-mail weeks later that your order had been delayed or worse, cancelled, because the product is out of stock," he said.
About those rainchecks. Finally, if a retailer does offer you a raincheck on a deal, it could still turn out to be an empty promise, Flickinger warned.
"A raincheck doesn't guarantee that you will eventually get that elusive Black Friday deal," he said. "Consumers can go weeks waiting and hoping, and the retailer may never get more of the product shipped to its stores."
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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Here is the Obama-Mao t-shirt, known locally as the “Oba-Mao” which is a raging seller in China as their communist public sees parallels between socialist U.S. President Barack Obama and Chairman Mao, the first communist head of state in China.
he shirt has been a hot seller around the country since before the Obama election of 2008. While the U.S. media has been restrained in identifying Obama with Marxist causes, the Chinese themselves have had no such restraints. They like him.
Ahead of the president’s trip to China, the Chinese realized that an entire country wearing Obama-Mao t-shirts would probably embarrass the president back home in the United States. For our sake they would rather that Obama look more like a statesman. So they have banned public wearing of the political t-shirts and banned them from stores.
A CNN reporter found out just how serious the Chinese government is at hiding the t-shirts. Reporter Emily Chang did a video report for the news channel from a public marketplace while showing the t-shirt on camera. She was immediately accosted by a uniformed Chinese security detail who momentarily arrested her and the camera crew. She was eventually freed, but the vendor disappeared.
For a description of the t-shirt we can share that it is two sided with Obama dressed in the Red Army communist fatigues of Chairman Mao. The front of the shirt says “Serve the People” using Chinese writing, while the back says “Oba Mao” in English. Read more about the t-shirt here.
With or without the shirt, Barack Obama is more adored in China than any other U.S. president in history. The like him for a variety of reasons which are to a great extent related to their shared sense of values.
Obama’s father was a card-carrying Marxist and his mother was a communist sympathizer in the 1950s back when it was not very cool. Obama’s childhood was immersed in the communist philosophy of his parents which served as a springboard for all that followed. After election Obama stacked his White House with an eye-opening number of unabashed communists.
And it is therefore no surprise that Obama has favored socialist policies in the short time he has been president of the United States. His view is to make government the nurturer and provider for all things, including automobiles, healthcare, home mortgages, and banking. He is attempting to implement the same programs in the United States that have been part of communist society for decades.
That is why the Obama-Mao T-Shirt is so popular in Çhina. And because of the implications of an adoring public and favorably disposed government, the Chinese are attempting to hide it for this trip.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
1. Don't make only the minimum payments. This stretches out your payment and, thanks to the interest, significantly increases your overall cost.
2. Don't carry too many cards. Multiple cards make it easier to rack up debt because it's harder to keep track of your spending. Having lots of cards isn't necessarily bad for your credit, but misusing them is. So limit your plastic to two national cards (store cards often carry higher interest rates) that you manage carefully.
3. Don't miss payment due dates. Not only will you be hit with a late fee-as high as $39 on some cards-but your interest rate could also jump. Sign up for online banking or pay over the phone if you're up against the deadline. (You may pay a processing fee, but it will probably be less than the late fee and the possible interest-rate hike.)
4. Don't take cash advances. These advances generally come with sky-high interest rates and service fees, making them a far too expensive way to get cash. Avoid at all costs.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
By KERMIT PATTISON
Business owner, you might want to friend Facebook.
A growing number of businesses are making Facebook an indispensible part of hanging out their shingles. Small businesses are using it to find new customers, build online communities of fans and dig into gold mines of demographic information.
“You need to be where your customers are and your prospective customers are,” said Clara Shih, author of “The Facebook Era” (Pearson Education, 2009). “And with 300 million people on Facebook, and still growing, that’s increasingly where your audience is for a lot of products and services.”
For most businesses, Facebook Pages (distinct from individual profiles and Facebook groups) are the best place to start. Pages allow businesses to collect “fans” the way celebrities, sports teams, musicians and politicians do. There are now 1.4 million Facebook Pages and they collect more than 10 million fans every day, according to the site.
Businesses can easily create a Web presence with Facebook, even if they don’t have their own Web site (most companies still should maintain a Web site to reach people who don’t use Facebook or whose employers block access to the site). Businesses can claim a vanity address so that their Facebook address reflects the business name, like www.facebook.com/Starbucks. Facebook pages can link to the company’s Web site or direct sales to e-commerce sites like Ticketmaster or Amazon.
Facebook offers an array of tools and networks, and it’s easy to wander down too many paths. Ms. Shih recommends that newcomers start by asking themselves a simple question: What is your basic objective? Is it getting more customers in the door? Building brand awareness? Creating a venue for customer support? Once you have set your goal, you can strategize accordingly. READ
Greedmont Park is now launching our first monthly artist competition to find some badass artists who know how to murder it creatively, and what better way to find some real killers than through some healthy competition. This is a sucka free competition. The themes are meticulously designed to weed out suckas and jive ass turkeys who bring shame to the game, while bringing out epic creativity from awesome visionaries who don’t simply phone it in.
Before you submit your artwork, or even get started, ask yourself ”WOULD CHUCK NORIS APPROVE OF MY ARTWORK?” Is your art good enough that Samuel L. Jackson would give you a fist pound? Would Rambo hang it on his wall? If you answered NO to any of those questions, then you aint’ bringing the thunder. READ
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
An album featuring the Black Keys and some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be released Nov. 27 2009 (the so-called "Black Friday" day after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc.
The project was spearheaded by rapper Jim Jones and also sports contributions from Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, NOE, Nicole Wray, Billy Danze and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.
"Blood Thirsty" Feat. The Broady Champs. Produced by Mr. Enok
The WWAF (World Wide Arts Federation) is a place where artists can exhibit their alter ego, flaunt their artistic abilities and determine, WHO’S THE BADDEST! It matters what you say just as much as what you create. Those with the quickest wit and paint brushes reign supreme.
Imagine Bob Ross (the Joy of Painting) mixed with the colorful banter of Ric Flair. That’s what it’s like to participate in the WWAF.
HELL UP IN HOTLANTA is an art competition from the WWAF. The WWAF is here, all those other art battles are stupid.
Location: Stuart McClean Gallery, 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30312
“Dope Man” which will be released on the forthcoming Villa Manifesto Digital EP on 12.08.09.
The Villa Manifesto Digital EP will be an online-only release of several tracks to give Slum Village fans a taste of new material leading into the official Villa Manifesto FULL-LENGTH ALBUM to be released both online and physically in 2010 on Barak Records. Both releases will feature tracks recorded with Baatin in their reunion prior to his untimely death, and the FULL LENGTH Villa Manifesto album for 2010 is reported to feature tracks as the fully united Slum Village with J DILLA.
Slum Village – Dope Man
Thursday, November 12, 2009
John Hairston Jr. Presents: Hollywood Africans
A visual celebration of the life and times of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
November 13th, 2009
at City of Ink Atlanta, GA
by Janelle Sorensen
'Tis the season of sniffles, sneezes, fevers, and flu. And, this year brings an epidemic that has every parent on high alert. At my house, we're in the midst of virus cycle number one and I just pulled out the vaporizer for the first time of the season. As my daughter and I waited for the little engine to warm up after months of sitting idly in the basement, we spoke glumly about how much we despise the string of illness and misery fall and winter inevitably brings. This winter we are fighting back, and you can too. Keep your family in tip-top shape by following these easy tips.
1. Get plenty of Zzzzz
Studies show that sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to illness by reducing the number of cells in your body dedicated to fighting things like microbes. The average adult needs about 6-8 hours of sleep. A newborn may need up to 18 hours a day, toddlers require 12 to 13 hours, and preschoolers need about 10 hours. If your child doesn't nap, try putting him or her to bed earlier.
2. Bust a family move
Exercising increases your sickness-fighting cells. Get the whole family in the habit of exercising together to improve your health and to enjoy some quality time together. Try walking, hiking, biking, yoga, or just crank up some fun music and have a dance-off.
3. Engage in germ warfare
Make sure everyone washes their hands often with soap. Ditch the antibacterials because research shows plain soap is just as effective. Sing the ABC's while vigorously lathering palms, between fingers, around nail beds, and the backs of hands. Pay particular attention to hand hygiene before and after each meal, after playing outside, using the bathroom, handling pets, blowing noses, and after being anywhere in public.
When you're out and about, carry non-toxic wipes or hand sanitizer with you for quick cleanups. Check out CleanWell's plant-based, biodegradable products, All Terrain Hand Sanz Fragrance Free Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer, or EO Hand Sanitizer.
If someone in the family gets sick, keep his toothbrush separate from everyone else's. Give it a good soak in boiling water or run it through the dishwasher after the illness isn't contagious anymore to get rid of any lingering germs or viruses.
Wash your hand towels in hot water every three or four days during cold and flu season.
Sneeze and cough into your arm or a tissue. Coughing into your hands puts the germs right where you can spread them to any object (or person) you touch.
4. Drink up
You have probably heard how important it is to drink plenty of fluids when you are ill, but it's just as important for preventing illness. Adequate hydration keeps the tissues of the respiratory system moist, which prevents microbes from settling in. Hydration also helps the immune system work properly. Opt for fresh, filtered water.
5. Air out
Open a window or two in your home just a crack for a few minutes each day. You'll let out indoor air pollutants that may be stressing your immune systems as well as chase away germs.
6. Keep it cool
An overheated home promotes dry air, the perfect environment for viruses to thrive. And when your mucous membranes (i.e., nose, mouth, and tonsils) dry out, they can't trap those germs very well. Lowering the heat in your house 5 degrees and using a room humidifier helps maintain a healthier level of humidity in the winter. Buy a hygrometer to measure humidity and keep your home at around 50 percent.
Declare a family time out each day. During these few minutes have everyone close their eyes, breathe deep, and think happy. Meditation reduces stress. Reduced stress means less susceptibility to illness.
8. Pump up with produce
Carrots, kiwis, raisins, green beans, oranges, strawberries: they all contain such immunity-boosting phytonutrients as vitamin C and carotenoids. Cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, are good sources of betacarotene and help protect against free-radical damage. They also contain vitamin C and calcium. Try to get your child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Eat at least half of them raw and when you do cook them, be careful not to overcook. Overcooking destroys the immune enhancing properties. Learn more about feeding your immune system.
9. Go easy on the sweets
Sugar makes the body acidic, just the way pathogens like it (they thrive on sugar). So especially during cold and flu season, reduce sugar intake (that includes corn syrup and HFCS, as well).
10. Take a supplement
According to Dr. Alan Greene, "most kids today do NOT get the micronutrients they need from what they eat. Not by a long shot. By some estimates, only 2% of kids regularly eat the recommended number of servings of different food groups. A daily multivitamin/mineral is more than just a safety net for occasional nutritional shortages, it is an important tool to support healthy growth and a healthy life for your child." Talk to your physician about your child's specific nutritional needs and check out Dr. Greene's Nutritional Supplements.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
by Matthew Boyle
Subway's $5 footlong, the brainchild of an obscure Miami franchisee, is the fast-food success story of the recession
Stuart Frankel isn't what you'd call a power player in the world of franchising. Five years ago he owned two small Subway sandwich shops at either end of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital. After noticing that sales sagged on weekends, he came up with an idea: He would offer every footlong sandwich (the chain also sells 6-inch versions) on Saturday and Sunday for $5, about a buck less than the usual price. "I like round numbers," says Frankel, a brusque New Yorker who moved to Miami in 1972 and owned a drugstore before opening his first Subway outlet in 1988.
Customers liked his round number, too. Instead of dealing with idle employees and weak sales, Frankel suddenly had lines out the door. Sales rose by double digits. Nobody, least of all Frankel, knew it at the time, but he had stumbled on a concept that has unexpectedly morphed from a short-term gimmick into a national phenomenon that has turbocharged Subway's performance. "There are only a few times when a chain has been able to scramble up the whole industry, and this is one of them," says Jeffrey T. Davis, president of restaurant consultancy Sandelman & Associates. "It's huge." READ
the first part in a new online film that Murs and 9th are releasing in support of their upcoming sophomore collaborative effort.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The is the reason why you might not hear from for a while. Working the game to change it. Jungle45 products of the konkrete jungle on the Fashion catwalk in cali. The shirts was flipped by K boogie. Yea shirts. this a collabo that's been in a making for a minute. And as you can tell from the pics it worked out crazy well. She did her thing thing. And it gives the company extra to think about going in 2010. The saga continues.
The Jay documentary that will come packaged with Curtis’ Before I Self Destruct CD.
Monday, November 9, 2009
words by respect-mag.com
As any professional photographer, photo editor, graphic designer or writer can attest, a lot of great images and words never make it past the edit rounds of a magazine. There’s just not enough room for everything. Even with the seemingly limitless possibilities and content populating the World Wide Web, there remain scores of visionary moments, enlightening tales and grin-worthy anecdotes that never reach you, the consumer. It’s the way things are.
But it doesn’t have to be the way things will be. Respect is about bringing you what would otherwise be left on the cutting room floor, boxed up in a studio or collecting digital dust on a hard drive. Why? Because we believe beauty is worth seeing.
With this inaugural issue, we bring you rare frames from nine photographers whose work has helped shape not only your visions of hip-hop’s icons, but hip-hop’s view of itself. And, even with this, we’ve had to leave out moving and engaging stories, pristine and iconic shots. There are photographers whose work couldn’t make this issue, just as there are those whom we’ve recently lost— namely Shawn Mortensen, whose most enduring image may very well be the definitive snapshot of Tupac Shakur, in a straitjacket; and the great Irving Penn, who, while not a hip-hop photographer, undoubtedly inspired every lensman in this issue.
Despite our limitations, we believe we’ve done something that’s worthy of your respect and that of the photographers who graciously granted us access to their archives, their memories and some of the secrets behind their techniques. While they all work in the same medium, they’re a varied bunch with unique idiosyncrasies that move through their particular creative waves and empower this issue with fascinating contrast. The incomparable Phil Knott isn’t big on taking photos where eyes are prominent; Barron Claiborne’s stirring, nigh-surrealist shots are almost always all about the eyes. Danny Clinch’s superb take on reality relishes in the candid, unscripted moments; Anthony Mandler’spanoramic imagination leads him to create elaborate fantasy settings that juxtapose subjects with uncommon settings.
What all of the masters in this volume do have in common is a humbling respect for each other and for their subjects. And if there is a single thread throughout their work, it’s a mission to capture the bold and the bewitching, no matter how sublime, and translate it into something you can hold in your hands to open up worlds within yourself.
In that way, they are like the creative staff of this magazine, working to create something you will cherish, something you can respect. This is an offering. We hope you find it worthy.
kris ex, Editor