Young and Keeping UP- Arian Reed


In the past we featured in up and coming designer that made our Young and Keeping UP list, name Ashley Reed. We then discovered that talent and success came second nature to the Reed family, because their was another Reed sister who was Young and Keeping UP!

She is founder of AR PR Marketing Firm,, which is, "a full service PR and Marketing company with clients in the entertainment and corporate sectors. Her company has proven successful by doing the following( just to name a few):

- Pre- Oscar Event
- Coach Center
- Oprah's "My Favorite Things", show- Product Placement
- Sony Pictures Movie- "Stomp the Yard" (#1 Movie 2 Weeks in a row)

This Reed sister has taken marketing and PR to the next level, and has been featured in Ebony Magazine as one of the Top 30 business leaders under 30! Arian Reed stopped by Keeping Up to give a little advice to future business leaders.

Arian Reeds, CEO of ARPR

"AR PR Marketing is truly a blessing from God and without God success would not be possible. I recommend that potential business owners become spiritually disciplined in order to live a healthy balanced life.In addition, I encourage potential business owners to obtain internships related to their field of interest. While interning, be sure to take in as much information and guidance as possible. Attending business and financial management workshops will also help prepare someone to run a successful company.When and if obstacles arise, just view it as an adventure to seek a solution.I believe that by following the steps outlined above, a new business owner will be able to achieve their goal."

Keeping Up then asked one of her interns: How do you feel working for her and the company? What has been one of your greatest lessons or experiences while interning?

Latrice Davis, ARPR intern

"Arian is the definition of FABULOUS! She is such a positive and strong women. I have had the pleasure of interning for her for about 2 months now and Ive never heard any negative comments from her. She is the best boss ever, she is young, hip and understanding. She invests so much time into myself and the other interns and never hesitates to share her faith in us. The biggest lesson that Ive learned is to be aggressive, never settle for less and to never take no for an answer. It is the best way to get results. I have received so much encouragement and advice from her and it is an extreme honor to work with her. I am reaffirmed of my passion for this career every time I go in to work. Thank you so much!"

And thank you Arian for helping us Keep Up! We wish your company much more success in the future...

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Keeping up with Cultural Continuity

Submitted by the Maroon

Recently, with the release of Lil’ Wayne’s the Carter III, there has been in the news the feud between him and civil rights leader Al Sharpton. On the final track of the album, “Misunderstood”, Wayne states his discontent with the latter because of his failure to understand the true nature of hip-hop and its lyrics. Sharpton has notably been in the news in the past year with his campaign against hip-hop and degrading lyrics.The arts movement of the 1920s, known more affectionately as the Harlem Renaissance, was important because it brought to the fore the abilities of African-Americans to perform cultural expressions, writings, and other intellectual abilities for the first time in the public eye. Although, Africana culture existed and thrived thousands of years before, it was during this time that the West collectively realized its viability. This period is important to analyze because it engendered the cultural-political dichotomy that exists today between Sharpton and Wayne.

While African-Americans were performing, they simultaneously fell victim to paternalism. European-Americans usurped the control of the basic institutions that produced Negro art, creating an environment that sought to control the expressions. African-Americans were forced into a corner, it was either “do what they said” or become a struggling artist. This is important because it laid the foundation for what we now can call a cultural-political vacuum in Black leadership. The Harlem political leaders did not understand the development of a cultural philosophy was important first in understanding how to move politically. They sought political equality and ignored the cultural problems that existed in Negro art. Because they did not control the basic institutions that created cultural productions, African-Americans could not develop an effective cultural philosophy that could dictate and inform their political and economic ambitions.

Harold Cruse in his groundbreaking work, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, stated that “In advanced societies it is not the race politicians or the “rights” leaders who create the new ideas and the new images of life and man. That role belongs to the artists and the intellectuals of each generation.” Since antiquity, Africans have always followed this model of societal continuity. The great philosophers and intellectuals of Ancient Kemet were always the movers of the society. Politically, it is important to understand that our cultural imperatives must always be in play. The Harlem Renaissance and the failure of African-Americans to recreate this in American society has played an important role contemporarily. Artists and other intellectuals, those create and think critically, like Wayne must be at the forefront of the development of our cultural philosophy today. It will be the main impetus to political and economic change.

While I shudder to call Lil' Wayne an intellectual, he is an artist, and as long as the “race politicians”, like Sharpton, continue the Harlem leftwing legacy of not including art and African cultural identity in the social revolution, it will be difficult to move politically and economically. So when you look for Obama to implement change, also seek to empower the artists and intellectuals towards the building of their own institutions to develop the African-centered cultural philosophy that will lead to the collective change we need. Keep up culturally!

-the maroon


Recipe of the Week: Simple Summer Salads

Submitted by the Culinary Goddess

Picture this… come home from a long day at work/summer school and you’re famished. The sun is beaming down on and you just can’t possibly imagine going inside to crank the oven just for a meal. Try one of these simple summer salads and have nice refreshing healthy meal without the fuss and hassle spending hours at the stove!

The first salad I’ll introduce to you in the Simple Summer Chicken Salad. I prefer to make my chicken salad with leftover chicken from the week but if you don’t have any don’t worry. You can always use the can chicken which taste great as well. I use a 1:1 combination of mayo and miracle whip, 2 tablespoons of relish, 1 teaspoon of mustard, ½ cap full of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of celery and season to taste. One your chicken salad is ready the fun can begin. You can serve this with crackers, as a sandwich, or my personal favorite on top of mixed greens with a simple mustard vinaigrette your favorite croutons, crumbled feta, cherry tomatoes, black olives, sliced apple and boiled egg. A Salad within a Salad now what’s better than that!!!!!

The second salad I’ll tell you about is the Simple Summer Salmon Salad. This summer salad does require a bit of stove time but only abut 15 minutes. What you’ll need to do is place about 4 tablespoons on oil in the bottom of a sauté pan. Fry around 3 slices of your favorite bacon. While the bacon is cooking season your salmon to taste. (I prefer salt, lemon pepper, and garlic & onion powder) Once the bacon is finished drain on a paper towel and sear your salmon in the same pan for about 3 minutes on each side. While the salmon is cooking prepare your greens. (Suggested greens are fresh baby spinach) Drain your salmon on paper towel and then place atop your bed of greens. Crumble your homemade bacon bits, add dried cherries/cranberries, your favorite mushroom, seasoned croutons, shredded pepper jack cheese, and boiled egg! But wait the salad isn’t done yet. Take a few teaspoons of the seasoned cooking oil you used add an equal ration of balsamic vinegar, a splash of mustard and season to taste. You’ve just created the perfect dressing for your Simple Summer Salmon Salad!

My favorite pasta salad is the Simple Summer Spaghetti Salad. It’s as easy as 1…2…3! Boil a pot of salted water; add oil to keep the noodles from sticking. While the water is boiling dice 3 tomatoes and 2 cucumbers. Place the diced veggies in a bowl and wait for your pasta. Once your spaghetti is cooked rinse with cold water and add to the bowl. I use a 2:1 ratio of Caesar and Italian Salad dressing. Season to taste, add Parmesan and Romano cheese and there you have a Simple Summer Spaghetti Salad that’s sure to make your taste buds dance!

Another pasta salad would be the Simple Summer Shrimp Salad. Now you’ll need two pots of water boiling for this salad. One for your noodle of choice (I prefer rotini) and one for your shrimp. Once both your noodles and your shrimp are cooked rinse both in cold water and add to the bowl. Now add 1 ½ bottles of Catalina salad dressing and season to taste. There you have another Simple Summer Salad in no time!

So next time you’re on your way home thinking what in the world can I eat today, think of these recipes and remember that a Simple Summer Salad is only minutes away!!

Your Culinary Goddess


Will Smith wants to play Barack Obama

How fitting would that be for one amazing African American icon who has crossed many barriers in the entertainment world to play another African American icon who has made history! Will Smith for President anyone? This would be Keeping Up!
Who would you like to see play Obama? comment and let us know!


Small words of advice on how to Keep Up as a Writer

Todd Craig
author & educator


How to Keep Up in New York- Moving tips to NYC

Here is a quick guide of things that you should know if you are moving to New York. For all of you recent graduates that have landed jobs in New York or someone that is making that move for the first time because you landed a new job, here are a few things that will help make your move easier.

1. Save before you move to New York. This will help you when it comes to putting a deposit down on a new place, or any unexpected expenses that pop up in New York, that non-New Yorkers don't expect. This will help you out before you get that pay check. I had about 6,000 saved away. If it is too late start asking around from family members to help start you off.

2. Search for places on Craigslist and get a roommate. Having a roommate will cut back on the cost of rent. Some people even get one bedrooms and convert the living area into another bedroom. Make sure that you do not rule out areas such as Brooklyn, that have affordable places to live. Make sure you look for a place that has an elevator, because those walk-ups are a beast when moving in and out.

3. When traveling on the Subway, buy a monthly metro card and you can make millions of trips all month with out having to buy a new card every time you run out of money on your card. Trust me you will go past the monthly fee, if you do not buy the monthly card.


4. Learn how to use, this will help you navigate through the trains and get you anywhere you want to go. You simply type in your current location and your destination.


5. Buy one of those shopping carts. These are carts that will help you carry your laundry, groceries, or any other heavy things around the city.


6. Budget, Budget, Budget
7. Bring a nice pair of walking shoes, that is what you will be doing most of the time.
8. Do not bring a car, in less you are living in Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island. Even then do not bring it to the city.
9. Know what a Gypsy cab is. These are the cabs that can be found in Harlem and the boroughs. They are not regulated by the city and sometimes they will overcharge you. Take these at your own risk and be smart. Try and learn the cost of your trips when taking yellow taxis, then you can try and prevent yourself from being hustled by the gypsy.
10. Make sure your bank is in New York, or you will have to keep paying alot of atm fees.

Tune in for more tips on How to Keep Up in New York...

-The Socialite


So you think you can dance?

Cierra Thompson starts early and shows us she can Keep UP!

Dekalb School of the Arts located in the City of Decatur, Ga is often termed DSA. DSA began its life in 1985 as the DeKalb Center for Performing Arts (DCPA), a magnet program housed at Avondale High School. In 1999 it was split off and became the DeKalb School of the Arts. The school has always successfully given its students a rich secondary education in the performing arts, music, and general studies. It is the top performing arts high school in Georgia for African American students.

On the evening of June 1, 2008 I was excited to attend my cousins recital at Druid Hills High School. This was a benefit recital/fundraiser where proceeds went to the C.A.R.E. charity foundation. This was one of many that I have attended, and it just amazes me at how gifted and talented these young people are.

Cierra Thompson (my cousin), is currently a 10th grade student at Dekalb School of the Arts, her specialization is Dance, Voice, and Acting. Cierra has been in the Arts her entire life by attending performing arts elementary schools and attending different dance companies. Cierra knew her calling was performing arts when she was selected as the lead role of Annie in the acclaimed play Annie, at her 7th grade playwright. Cierra currently holds a solid 4.0 GPA and does multiple activities in school, ranging from Camp Broadway @ the Fox Theater, Coppe'lia Dance Company, and much more. Last summer Cierra was chosen from a pool of 17,000 applicants to attend The Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York, where she worked along acclaimed dancer Corrine Nagata. Dancing is her life and she plans to continue that in college, she wants to attend Julliard. If not there, Emory or Howard. Cierra says she looks up to famous act Judith Jamison and her mommy. Miss Thompson is definetly keeping UP in the field of performing arts, and us at Keeping up with the Huxtables wish her and her classmates much success in the future. SHES KEEPING UP, ARE YOU?

-Submitted by the Bachelor


Young and Keeping Up- Michael Cadenhead

How do you become a triple threat in the Art world? Or do you call them Art Guru's? I'll just call it Young and Keeping UP! Michael Cadenhead is a Howard University student who has become the campus goto man for graphic design. He is indeed a triple threat, doing photography, graphic design, and fine art. I remember when I first started seeing his work around campus. It was around election time for student officers and it seemed like every candidate had used him to design their campaign posters. You know you are hot, when people are competing and still use the same guy just because they want the best! Well I know that I hate to be left behind, so in an attempt to Keep Up, I will be asking Michael to design an official Keeping Up With the Huxtables logo. Thank you in advance :) and congrats on making the list for Young and Keeping Up!

Check it out:


and check out his myspace:


Chinese is the New Black?

According to the Wall Street Journal, A court in South Africa recently ruled that Chinese-South Africans will be reclassified as "black", a term that includes black Africans, Indians, and others who were subject to discrimination under apartheid. Now Chinese citizens will be able to benefit from government affirmative action policies aimed at undoing the effects of apartheid.

Why you ask? "In 2006, the Chinese Association of South Africa sued the government, claiming that its members were being discriminated against because they were treated as whites and thus failed to qualify for business contracts and job promotions reserved for victims of apartheid."

Maybe I am just ignorant, but why do they have to be classified as "black" to receive the same affirmative action policies? Why can't they still be called Chinese and the courts just rule that the policy will now be aimed at them also?

What makes this even more interesting, is that Chinese-South Africans(excuse me...I mean Blacks), have always struggled with what they would classify themselves as. In the 1970s Taiwanese immigrants, because of the economic alliance with Taiwan, were welcomed as “honorary whites,” and other Chinese in South Africa began to be treated more like whites.[According to the Wall Street Journal]

I guess they are using black and white to define your social status, and if you have been discriminated against and are struggling you are black and if you are well-off you are white. Better yet if you are accepted by whites, you can be considered white, if not...well join the club.

All I know is that in America that wouldn't fly; call a Chinese-American black and they might have a heart attack. Regardless of what I think, all I can say is thank you Chinese-South Africans for trying to Keep Up with black people!
-the Socialite

"Well I eat alot of Sushi, so I guess that makes me Japanese"- Jennifer (The Visionary)


Young and Keeping up- Daisy Love (Paige Fenn)

My Girl

I know that we have all heard the saying, "A Picture says a thousand words", but Daisy Love Photography captures images that some how tell a story just by glancing into the photo. Daisy Love Photography, "was created to capture and propel the magnificent culture and infinite beauty that continues to withstand the storms of this often cold world. Today, Daisy Love Photography is working vigorously towards unifying the visual arts industry into a holistic medium of global communication."

Today Keeping Up will feature photos from her South African series. When you look at these pictures it will take you into the lives of people living in a third world country and I want you to imagine what they might be feeling or thinking. The beauty of these pictures is that instantly you will see the beauty of this country, but the hardships that people endure everyday.

Take a look into their world:


Baby Boy


Child Blue



Stairway to Heaven

Check out more of Daisy Love's Photos at


Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash Concert...13th year of helping its listeners Keep Up

Ush had been in Japan but flew in especially to hold Jeezy down. Later, when the MC was doing his sing-songy delivery — "I put onnnn. I put on for my city! On, on for my city!" — the crowd erupted again when Kanye West came out to perform his part in "Put On."

"Two years ago I brought out Jay-Z — this year I brought out Usher and Kanye," Jeezy boasted. "Catch up, n---as! I put on for my city!"

Local radio station Hot 107.9 did exactly what it should have when putting together the biggest ATL concert of the year: make sure that almost all the big names from the city were onstage performing. T.I., Ludacris, Usher, Young Jeezy, DJ Drama, Gucci Mane and newer favorites Soulja Boy Tell'em, Shawty Lo, Gorilla Zoe and Rocko were all paraded out in the Philips Arena on Saturday for the station's annual Birthday Bash concert.

The Bash is in its 13th year and was originally devised to celebrate the birth of the station. What started out as a small party in the park is now one of the city's most anticipated events, and with fans turning out in the tens of thousands every year, the concert needed a big venue: Birthday Bash is to Atlanta what Summer Jam is to the New York area.

In addition to the hometown performers, out-of-town reps such as Game, Kanye West, Akon, Plies, Trina, Lil Boosie and Webbie, DJ Khaled and his artist Ace Hood appeared on the bill as well.

The biggest moments of the show came courtesy of ATL's newly dubbed Prime Minister (according to his new mixtape, anyway), Young Jeezy. The Snowman has been promising a huge show for weeks, and he lived up to his word. Concertgoers in the floor seats were greeted with Snowman T-shirts that read "My President Is Black" on the front, with the American flag in black and white instead of red, white and blue. On the back, the shirts advertised Jeezy's upcoming LP, The Recession. Jeezy's set commenced with a video of police chasing him through the streets in his two-seater until he arrived at the arena.

Keeping Up with the Huxtables would like to say Happy Birthday Hot 107.9 and thanks for helping your listeners Keep Up. Also congrats to everyone behind the scenes that work hard to stay on top of the Hip Hop culture and present it in a way that everyone can enjoy. (The Socialite)

-The Bachelor (The Game, however, got the best audience participation of the night: He brought up several elementary school-age children and one took the mic, rapping "Game's Pain" in its entirety. "Put your dubs up!" the youngster yelled. "L.A.! L.A.! Compton! Where you from? Get money! Compton!" )


Tiger Woods manages to Keep Up again- Winning U.S. Open Title

As I watched Justin Timberlake swing his golf club, all I could think about was the American Boy Band swinging from strings in one of their old music videos and just couldn't take him playing seriously. I couldn't believe he was playing golf! It was a relief to finally watch the pros play, but of course only for a split second because I got bored. I decided to catch up later on that night on the Internet, and it said that Rocco Mediate was in the lead, with Tiger Woods trying to Keep Up. Well I guess he managed, because on Monday, Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open, making that his 14th career major.

Keeping up the Huxtables would like to congratulate Tiger Woods on Keeping Up!


OD "Original Dance"

You heard of ballet, you heard of tap...Well Keeping Up introduces you to "OD", Original Dance. Inspired by the new phenomenon of down south music and dancing, Original Dance allows you to, "do whatever you feel...just OD". The creators explain this dancing as a therapeutic type of dancing. The beauty of dances such as the Superman, get silly, lean with it, and others, is that it allows us to express ourselves through dance instead of just lyrics. Dancing has always been a part of our culture, dating back to Africa and the West Indies. The wonderful thing about being able to "OD", is that it is fun, it is something that can be shared, and who cares what people think!

The dances in the video below are: the Gump, the one monkey, laugh hard, the crank, take it in, let the moon shine, and the Chris Paul.

The beauty of a culture that is able to create trends...what will you do? Submit your dance...


Young and Keeping Up- Semaj

Opening up for Chrisette Michele at Howard University, later to open up for Trey Songz this July, Semaj is what we like to call Young and Keeping Up. A rising junior at Howard University, Semaj, birth name Whitney Hall, has HU students rocking to her latest single "I love you". Semaj ultimately would like to provide her fans with what she calls, "Feel Good Music". She reminds me of an up and coming Alicia Keys with her soothing voice and piano to go along with it. In her HU performance, Semaj brings long cheers as she too brings a calm feeling as she plays her guitar. Semaj is currently an unsigned artist, but is quickly on her way to Keeping Up. Check her out

She ask you to feel free to "Love.Live.Music"!


"Pharaoh Jones Trailer"- Movie Tour

The challenge of moral development when subject to "group think" pressures…
The sexual use of women for the purposes of male-bonding…
The use of ritual in human development and socialization…
The college man’s debt to chivalry in a world aspiring to gender equality…
How does a man maintain his personal integrity when faced with these and other challenges?
More than just an exposé on Black fraternity life, this high-energy film aims to raise the most glaring yet hidden questions that today's college students face – questions not simply isolated to the Black Greek world. Come explore in our candid, post screening dialogue.
-Brandon Littlejohn
pharaoh jones
Event Marketing & Tour Operations
(What do you think -The Socialite)


Friends of the Congo

Mining for Bling- Audio and Video from the Friends of the Congo

Friends of the Congo invite you to become their friend and help make a change in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is videos like the one above that shows us the type of living that goes on in third world countries as they work to help us live our life of luxury. One Report says that, "conflict and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo has taken the lives of 5.4 million people since 1998. The Friends of the Congo is an advocacy organization that is based in Washington, DC. "The FOTC was established at the behest of Congolese human rights and grassroots institutions in 2004, to work together to bring about peaceful and lasting change in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire."

The Friends of the Congo have many ongoing projects such as, Lumumba Scholarship Fund, Support the Women of Congo, and Operation Breadbasket, that all help carry out their vision, "to see a strong vibrant Congo where the Congolese control their own destiny and utilize their country's vast resources as an engine for their own development and that of Africa and the African diaspora."

Join with the Friends of the Congo and help the Democratic Republic of Congo Keep Up!!!!


Akon and R&B Lives One Year Anniversary

Akon, Krystal, and the Socialite

Last night marked the 1 year anniversary for Spotlight live, in New york. Many of the music industries biggest names have crossed the stage and last night Akon and other music artist from Konvict Musik helped us celebrate Spotlights year of success. As usual the house was packed with record labels, industry heads, and of course celebrities. Young Berg, Lil Kim, Busta Rhythms, Michelle from Destiny Child, Tony Rock, and Neo, all were spotted in the VIP section celebrating Spotlights birthday. And boy was it a celebration! Konvict Musik's amazing artists had the entire crowd feeling like they had just took a trip to the islands and had us swinging table napkins in the air by the end of the night, while standing on top of tables and chairs. There were performances by Roc City, Ray Lavender "My Girl Gotta Girlfriend", Nina Scott, and a few others. The night ended with Akon dedicating his final performance to Obama. Spotlight indeed had a wonderful birthday and Keeping Up with the Huxtables congrats Spotlight for Keeping UP.

Ray Lavender
Manny, Keisha Coles Manager
Tony Rock

Shyah( and Vaughn(Tata's little brother)
Lil Kim


Why can't men Keep Up with Successful Women

After finally seeing Sex and the City and listening to the millions of stories from my friends about their relationships, I realized that as society is changing it is becoming harder for a successful woman to find her match. As women continue to prove to the world that they can Keep Up with men and take the work force by storm, slowly other things in their lives become harder to accomplish. A lot of successful women just can't find a man that is willing to Keep Up. There are two major reasons why.

1. A man has to be a man. Society, and in some cases religion, has shaped the concept of a man being the head of the relationship and household. Although many men will argue that they are now becoming comfortable with the idea of their woman possibly making more money than them, there is still a little thing inside of them called, "ego". Men have ego's that oftentimes don't allow them to take the back seat. They sometimes feel like less of a man and have to find someway to overcompensate for the lack thereof. What oftentimes happens is that if a man can't feel at least some type of control, he leaves the relationship in search for someone that can stroke his ego. Successful women are then left searching for someone who is more successful than her, equal or a man that is confident enough to except her success.

Advice: Learn how to stroke a mans ego. Let him take charge sometimes and take credit for things, even if you secretly came up with the idea. Learn how to be in charge from the back seat. (Women have always ruled relationships, they were just crafty in the way they did it)

2. Women can't balance. As women begin to focus more on making it to the top of the ladder, they are forgetting how to manage their relationships. Lately, they don't even have relationships to manage. They are so busy concentrating on their next move in the business world, that they are afraid that if they focus on a man or have children, that it will slow down their success. As work becomes a priority, they forget about going out, looking nice, and taking time out to meet their potential mate. I am reminded of the Devil Wears Prada, and how Miranda goes through three marriages because she spends more time at work, than with her husband(s).

Advice : Women learn how to balance. Perfectly schedule your day to make time to go out and meet people. The key to a women that is trying to Keep Up, is one who can make time for everything. After work trying going to a few happy hours, church on Sunday, the gym, or dressing up for one of your networking events for a chance. If you are already in a relationship, plan a romantic evening on Saturday for your man. Also learn how to cook his favorite dish and make it Tonight! Basically take care of yourself and him!

Finally, men as women continue to reach new heights, we encourage you to set the bars higher and show us that you can still Keep UP! There is nothing more sexy than a man and woman who run an empire together!!!


Griffey Keeps Up with the 600 Club

Photo Sports Illustrated

So it looks like this is going to be the month for making history. First Obama, now Ken Griffey Jr. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th home run on Monday night, becoming the sixth player in major league history to reach that milestone. Griffey joined the great Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa. Keeping Up with the Huxtables congrats Griffey on Keeping Up!


Young and Keeping Up- WYLD Nation

Tony Saunders and Dennis Porter, Detroit's own, are showing the world how to "Do What you Love Doing", through their Marking Company "What you Love Doing". They have five Laws to successful marketing of any one's business or idea:

Law 1: Do What you Love Doing

Law 2: Make sure they're looking

Law 3: You gotta Tell'Em Something

Law 4: Create an Epiphany

Law 5: Deliver!

These guys have followed their laws and have managed campaigns such as:

McDonald's: "Here we created a customized promotion for McDonalds targeting college students across Michigan and promoting their new McCafe Specialty Coffee and Southern Style Chicken. WYLD reached over 100,000 students through field & event marketing, a customized website, email blasts, mobile billboards, mobile marketing, & Internet advertising."

Kaplan Prep: "WYLD provided account planning, advertising, creative, promotions, event/field marketing, & strategic planning for Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions leading to 17% growth in graduate sales."


Word is spreading fast, and companies are learning to "Do what you Love doing". The amazing thing about this company is that its founders are Young and Keeping Up! These guys are in their 20's!!!!!

Check out their site and become a citizen of the WYLD (What you love doing) Nation!


Don't miss out on your next big promotion...


Business moves can be made in the most interesting places and you can miss out on the opportunity to get the next big promotion at your company simply because you didn't know that was the place to be. Right now I am referring to the Golf Course. What use to be mostly played by the upper class who had membership into posh country clubs and would play golf just as a fun sport, has become more like the executive board room.


What does this mean for you? One day you might get an invitation to play golf by your boss and it can be somewhat intimidating if you do not know at least the rules of the game. You would probably try to get out of going, and walk into the office the next day to find out that your co-worker is now sitting in the big office, with a promotion and a raise.

Ladies this goes for you also, your boss would be ten times more impressed if you knew how to play golf!

The American Golf Course is a public golf course that can be found in the majority of the major cities, that offer golf lessons for all ages:


Sign up for golf lessons today at your local golf course, or stay in your cubical forever! Avoid being a victim of not Keeping UP!



Addicted to Janelle Monae

Photo from

So is at it again and is definitely Keeping Up with one of our favorite Young and Keeping Up artist, Janelle Monae. First he brought us Bryan-Michael Cox, and now he brings us an exclusive interview with Janelle Monae. Go listen and find out how to Keep Up with the talented Janelle Monae, R&B, Soul, and Futuristic Rock singer.

After listening to the interview, will have you Addicted to Janelle Monae. Thank you for helping us Keep Up!


Exalt Worldwide

Photos by Daisy Love Photography,
What started off as watching the pain and suffering of women and children in a third world country being raped by objects, beaten and abused, with eyes that cried, but a voice that never had been heard, Ayana Patton decided that she would be the voice they never had.

"In an effort to enhance advocacy and awareness for some of the most pertinent global issues, three Howard University Alumnus founded Exalt Worldwide Non-Profit Organization."

In order to carry out the goal of Exalt, they created the Student Fellowship Council, "a 1-year internship program designed to engage students in issues affecting the global community. Working alongside the board of directors, the Student Fellowship Council Members will assist in the execution international and domestic projects on behalf of Exalt Worldwide."

In December 2008, Exalt Worldwide will be taking its Student Fellowship Council on their first annual mission to Sub-Saharan Africa, which will take place Dec 27 - Jan 10 of this year.

The beauty of this project, is that students will be able to use their field of study and apply it to their missionary work in these third world countries.

Ayana Patton says that she hopes that they leave these countries at least teaching some people the skills to better themselves and their country!

Go explore this organization at and watch how they help us Keep Up with the true Global community.

This is a work of art that truly increases and elevates...Exalt


Hillary Just Couldn't Keep Up!

Original Photo by AOL

On Saturday I sat and watched the Democratic Party determine what should be done with the Florida and Michigan votes, and was amazed by the attempt of Hillary's Super Delegates to count all of the votes in Michigan and Florida. With a strong attempt of making it appear that they were fighting for the rights of the voters, it was clear that they were trying to find a way to help Hillary Keep UP with Obama. Either way, the Democratic party decided that each delegates vote would only count as half of a vote, giving Hillary more points, but still leaving Obama in the lead.

After three more days of Hillary not giving up, Obama finally claimed the Democratic Party, marking history as the first African American Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. He is also the first African American Nominee period in any major party running for Presient of the United States. (addition made by one of my readers).

As we take this journey with Obama as he continues to make history in the 2008 Elections, lets remember that our struggle is not over. More than ever its time to KEEP UP!

Yes We Can


Can he handle it?

Why is it a question in some people's minds on if a black man could handle being president or not? My Sorority recently brought up a a good point. Why are Black people capable of inventing big time things that help make the country run smoothly everyday, yet we might not be able to run the country?

Making the Blind See, Easy as 1 2 3!
But I guess being President takes a Genius!

Dr. Patricia. E. Bath (1949–) invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see
Elijah McCoy (1843–1929) invented an oil-dripping cup for trains.
Lewis Latimer (1848–1928) invented an important part of the light bulb — the carbon filament.
Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852–1889) invented a shoemaking machine that increased shoemaking speed by 900%!
Granville T. Woods (1856–1910) invented a train-to-station communication system
George Washington Carver (1860–1943) invented peanut butter and 400 plant products!
Madam C. J. Walker (1867–1919) invented a hair-growing lotion.
Garrett Morgan (1877–1963) invented the gas mask.
Otis Boykin (1920–1982) invented the electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the pacemaker.
Lonnie G. Johnson (1949–) invented the world-famous watergun, the Supersoaker.


Recipe of the Week: The Perfect NBA Finals Snacks

You can feel the tension and the pressure in the air as the NBA Finals approach. Whether you’re rooting for the East or the West or holding off on picking sides because your home team isn’t playing, the excitement is still building within you. The only way to take full advantage of this time is to prepare your favorite snacks, call over your favorite people and do it together! I have three suggestions for you that will surely make the Finals much more exciting!

The perfect finger food snack is Buffalo wings. You just can’t go wrong with a plate of wings while watching the game. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat. To get started you’ll need the chicken. They sell the chicken pieces in bags and 1 bag usually makes between 50 and 80 wings so depending on the number of guest determines how many bags of chicken you need. What you’ll want to do is defrost your meat and season the way that you like. I then fry the wings in oil with out any flour or bread crumbs this allows the chicken to get a natural crispness to them and if there are leftovers you don’t have to worry about soggy skin! After your chicken is fried you are 1 sauce away from a great plate of wings. Now you can do this a number of ways you can buy a buffalo win sauce premade heat it up and pour or you can make your own. My favorite sauce is homemade and has the right kick to it. You’ll need bottles of your favorite hot sauce, red pepper flakes, butter, white vinegar, honey and minced garlic. To makes sauce for on bag of wind I use half a stick of butter, ¾ of a 1 quart bottle of hot sauce, 1 tables spoon of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes. Melt butter in a sauce pan and then add the remaining ingredients and pour over hot chicken. Move pan to ensure that all of the chicken is coated with the sauce and serve. If your guest will not arrive right away place in the over set on 200º.


BBQ Meat Balls:
In my opinion the perfect meat ball is one that has a thick BBQ sauce on the outside and is moist on the inside. The way I make mine is with a mixture of ground turkey and ground beef. I add salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, a little brown sugar and honey, 2-3 eggs and ¼ to ½ cup of Italian bread crumbs. I mix everything together until I get the consistency that I want and then I roll them up and stick them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. You can make them in advance and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook or cook right away. When cooking I sauté 3 tables spoons of butter in the pan place as many meat balls in as will fit and let nature take its course. I continuously turn them to make sure they are coated evenly and to test the batch I slice into one to make sure it’s done all the way through. Continue this process until all are fully cooked and then move onto the sauce. A homemade BBQ sauce isn’t really hard to make but it is hard to fix once you’ve made a mistake so the easiest way to make all of your guests happy is to take a few of your favorite jarred sauce and add your special touch to it. I prefer a honey or brown sugar based sauce I add hot sauce, butter, red pepper flakes, a spicy brown mustard, honey or brown sugar and added spices if needed. I combine all of my ingredients on the stove until hot and it coats my spoon well then I pour over my meat balls and toss to make sure each one catered to then serve if you’re guests have not arrived place in the oven with the chicken.


Loaded Fries:
Now there are a few ways you can pull these off. You can either cut your own potatoes and fry them or get your favorite bag fries and cook them too……the secret is in the cheeses you use. I prefer to use a medium white cheddar, sharp yellow cheddar, pepper jack, and Colby blend. I grate all my cheese by hand because to me fresh grated holds more moisture. Once your fries are cooked you want to load them with your cheese blend and if you like bacon by all means add crumbles pieces of cooked bacon to the top……if you don’t eat port beef bacon is the perfect substitute. Take the wings and meatballs out of the over set it to 350 and place your fries inside. As the cheese begins to melt you can make your sauce. All I do is take my favorite ranch dressing and add lots of cayenne pepper and there you have a spicy sauce for your loaded fries. Be sure to make these as the guests are getting settled that way they are hot and fresh!

And there you have the perfect NBA Finals snacks! Grab a few cases of beer and the party can begin!

-The Culinary Goddess


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