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More Than Skin Deep – When Beauty Transcends the Flesh



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Friends, we are living in very interesting times. We are sharing it all these days. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, we as a society as a whole are putting it all out there on social media. Instagram is one of the more popular social media avenues….why? Simple, it’s exclusively  image-driven.  It seems an image can tell you far more about an individual than a status update…and as I am sure you are all aware, “WE” love images!

What is an image? It’s a snap-shot, a picture, it’s an imagined illusion of what you may believe to be true. For example, if you see an image of a well-dressed man posing in front of an expensive car, you assume he is “successful”.  When in reality he very well may not be. Just as when we see images of attractive people often times, the first word that tends to come to

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CEO – FEEEDS Ambassador Sanders Key Partner in Gallup Poll Africa Forum



Washington, DC — A forum to explore select issues in African development will be held in advance of the U.S Africa Leaders Summit on August 5-6, during which President Barack Obama will host African heads of state and heads of government at the White House.

The ‘Africa Forum’, organized by the FEEEDS Advocacy InitiativeGallup Poll, the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, AllAfrica (allAfrica.com) and Operation Hope, will provide a platform to discuss African trade, development of the power sector; the role of small and medium-size businesses (SMEs); agriculture and nutrition at Gallup Poll headquarters in Washington, D.C. on July 10 from 2:00-4:30PM.

Jon Clifton, Gallup World Poll managing director, says he welcomes the opportunity to highlight key Africa trends, including h

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FEEEDS-Gallup and Partners Launch 1st Forum Ahead of US-Africa Leaders’ Summit



 
The FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative, Gallup, Allafrica.com, Africa Society, and Operation Hope Hold First Forum Ahead of President Obama’s historic August 5-6, 2014 Summit with African Heads of State and Government focused on key issues of Africa Trade, Power Africa, Agriculture, Importance of SMEs, and African Governance.

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Of Our Eldest Daughter, Gratitude, and Experiencing The Worth of Our Living …



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“April Shower” by laura cooper — new england

Witnessing our eldest graduate college in May 2009 and then graduate school eighteen months later in December 2010 delivered me to a new level of confidence and belief in myself.

I realized that something of all I had done as a mother had worked in nurturing our eldest daughter into not only a good citizen, but one who had goals and plans for achieving those goals.

When after earning her graduate degree in International Studies our eldest daughter asked to return home and live with us while attending law school, I was thrilled. I was also humbled.

Her actions, so different from mine in my early twenties, said that not only did she feel safe and felt comfortable living at home, felt that her father and I would respect her privacy, but that she c

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Life Hacks From A Breakfast Sandwich



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Not long ago, I woke up with a serious craving for a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin! As I enjoyed my sandwich, I began wondering where this delicious slice of heaven came from. As it turns out, the infamous Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich was conceived amid great controversy in the early 70′s.

In fact, its creator Herb Peterson first introduced the sandwich to owner and president, Ray Kroc, in 1970 but was met with opposition. Mr. Kroc admitted years later that his fear was that no one in America would want to leave their home to buy breakfast on a bun. He wasn’t sure if the McDonald’s brand would be successful in an endeavor to sell breakfast to its customers. What Kroc had no idea of was in less than 10 years McDonald’s would corner the market that catered to the vast growth of the commuter in

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Counteracting Crazy: GIRL SCOUT BARBIE – Really?!



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DO WE REALLY WANT OUR GIRLS TO EMULATE BARBIE? After all the talk about the new “Girl Scout” Barbie, I thought I would weigh in on the madness! As the first Models Editor of African descent for Seventeen Magazine 30+ years ago, and seeing the negative affect the media can have on girls, promoting positive self-image and self-esteem in girls, especially girls of color, has become part of my life’s work.  I believe in Black girls being able to be/do anything, BUT – just like there are some aspects of some of today’s media role models that I don’t agree with, the same goes for some of the toys that are marketed to them – that includes Barbie.

The idea of the “Do Anything” Barbie and encouraging girls to follow their dreams, is commendable. What I have issue with is how we continue to promote

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Of Suffering, Deprivation, and Irish Twins …



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“vine…-Explored” by Pan.101

It is often said that out of great suffering and deprivation comes not only bitterness and resentment, but at many times strength and resilience. My mother was one of six children to whom my maternal grandmother gave birth and who survived.

She delivered a total of eight babies. Two died, one being still born and another succumbing within three months of birth due to what my grandmother described as an umbilical cord cut too short and later growing infectious.

A mother of three, I can only imagine what it must be like to lose a child at three months, a being you have begun learn and know. The babies who died were my grandmother’s third and sixth children.

The birth dates of her six surviving children indicate that each had been born constituting a pair of what

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When Your Heart is Broken – You Don’t Have to Be…..



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Friends, this is a real hot topic and Certified Professional Coach Sharon D. Meadows is about to get real with you. Today’s topic of discussion, the “broken” heart.  What’s so special about this topic, I’m so glad you asked. Let me start by saying when your heart is broken, you don’t have to be. As we journey through life, through this life, we should strive to be healthy, whole and complete individuals. Wow, wow, wow, that sounds great doesn’t it? Of course, it does, but life is not easy is it? Of course not! It’s also not as complicated as many make it out to be but it’s also not as easy as we would hope for.

Before I get off on a tangent, let’s keep our focus on our topic….the “broken” heart. Have you ever experienced a “broken” heart? Although we tend to think of broken hearts with re

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Next Stop: Peace



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If your life is a hot mess and you are looking for a way to cool off and calm it down, you may need a vacation instead of a staycation…

Challenge yourself to take a long drive or plane ride. Some where along those travel miles and different environments you just might find that inner peace that changes everything.

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The Beyonce Guide To Falling



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On a steamy evening in Orlando Florida a capacity crowd at the Amway Arena got to witness what very few in the public ever get to see! At around 9:56pm the phenomenon simply known as Bee took a tumble down a flight of stairs on her set while signing her chart buster Ring the Alarm. Of course I am talking about the Mrs. Beyonce Knowles–Carter. It was seven years ago; July 25th 2007 and there was literally electricity in the air during her whole performance. The crowd had been worked to an uncontrollable frenzy and they wanted more! So here comes the iconic lady primed for her second set and all she had to do was make it to the bottom of a set of stairs to join her dancers and backup singers. But that’s when the unthinkable happened. The super star, the diva, the one and only took a spill r

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The Basics for Wealth Creation – Keeping More of What You Earn



Personal wealth building basics start with getting more value out of what you already have. Do you ever feel like you’re putting money into a purse (or wallet) that has holes in it? If so, you’ve probably wished for an increase in income more than once. However, what if instead you could keep more of what you’re earning? As you can imagine, accomplishing this first would help you to be confident that earning more money will be a positive experience instead of just having more to lose.

Here are some basic wealth creation habits that will help you keep more of the money that you’re already earning…

Personal Wealth Creation Starts with Awareness

Getting control of the money you’re already making and getting the most value out of it starts with awareness. For one month, do nothing but keep tra

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Of Grandmothers, Masks, and Psychic Abilities…



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“African Mask” by ThermalK

 

My mother’s mother, my maternal grandmother, told me she had been born within a veil. In other words, she was born with a caul, or mask formed by the amniotic fluid, covering her face.

Tradition in the southern United States, and other places, holds that children born with a caul or mask covering their faces, possess special gifts. Some of these gifts bear paranormal or psychic abilities.

My grandmother could see ghosts. Though modest and quiet about her abilities, she told me that she communed with the dead. She seemed to have become aware of this capability when her beloved and eldest brother, was killed by a white man who then places his body on a rail road tracks then dismembered by a train rolling over it.

Devastated, my grandmother, searched for her brot

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