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Its the revenge of the nerds ....................
And they are coming back with a vengeance. Expect for this nerds aren't geeky their actually quite chic. Trading their bandage eye glasses for the hottest Dolce Gabana shades, overalls for jumpers and ropers, ditching the text books for Vogue and W magazines all while keeping the environment clean by going green. Yes their the new generation nerds............... glamour nerds that is. Glamournerd.com focuses on what every GlamourGirl wants and needs. From fashion to the latest gadgets, you can find it all at GlamourNerd.com. Created by Christa Epiphany Gabrielle, the site is the only place where a glamour girls nose would be caught in.
Who said being a nerd isn't cool. Check out: Glamournerd.com and ChristaEpiphanyGabrielle.com
It is spring season, which also means it is Greek season! If you went to a Historically Black College University then you are aware of the excitement around the "Probate" shows. Well if it wasn't excitement at your school it is a sight to see at Howard. It is the time where everyone skips class to wait patiently to see the spring lines of the Sororities and Fraternities.
It is an amazing experience to see these young men and women show the world that they are ready to be of service to their community. But they can't just say it, they must celebrate and reveal all that they have learned.
I took a trip back to Howard University to see my little sisters "come out". I was overjoyed at the amazing job that they did and left eager to come back to see the legacy that they leave at Howard and in their community.
With a race that finds it hard to come together at times, it is always great to be around groups of people that have come together with a common purpose. It is also lovely to hear them sing, dance, and step, taking us back to the times where our ancestors celebrated through these very styles.
It is more than a moment...it is a legacy! May it live on through Spring 09.
This week marks the Anniversary for Keeping Up with the Huxtables...I'm Keeping Up!
It has been a year since I decided that I would start this blog. What started off as simply therapy for the passing of my mother, has become an outlet to share what I learn to all that are willing to read. Everyday I write I am thinking..."inspiring and motivating one post at a time".
The idea behind this blog was originally to highlight things going on in the African American community that is not often covered. I wanted to shine a light on areas that people might not be aware of.
Today it serves as just that, but also focuses on tips that can lead us all to living healthier and more focused lives....how to Keep Up!
As African Americans sometimes we tend not to see how magnificent our lives really can be. We are fed images of ourselves that are not always positive, and we are constantly told that we just won't make it.
When I think about an equation to success I think about motivation, positivity, life examples, direction, and determination. But there is one thing that I realize that is missing from the life equation when it comes to our race...we are missing identity. We don't have a great sense of self. We don't understand where we we have come from...so we can't see where we are going.
We do not understand how great we really are. We are confused about who we should be and what we should look like. We are against our own kind, and can't figure out why we cannot come together. We lack the pride and confidence that will lead us to living the successful lives we want to live.
Everyday I am working on a better me and would like to share what I learn with all of you. The best part about this blog is that I get so much feedback from how you all are making better yous!!!
Together I hope that we can bring our community together...one post at a time!
Special thanks to Taylor Cook, Shyah Dickerson and Patricia Roberts. You were the ones that pushed me to carry out my vision.
To Khaliah Jackson, Isys Caffey, Shauntel Brown, and Garnet Cornerway for being the first ones to become faithful readers!
To Thomas (Sartorially Savvy), Brittany(Culinary Goddess), Tiffany (T Toli) for contributing such beautiful writing to the blog. Your recipes, fashion tips, and Interviews help contribute to the amazing lifestyle that we could all be living! But you have been much more than writers, you have been some of my strongest supporters.
To The Cool Kids, without you there would be no me...and that's real.
The Black Weblog Awards and everyone that voted for me to get the 2008 Best New Blog Award!
To Raw Dawg Buffalo, The Ant and Mike Show, Conjured Perceptions from being there in the beginning and the end. (And My Theologies for being the first one to comment on all of my post)
To all of the bloggers that I have come across...you guys are truly amazing. Never stop what you are doing!
To Shyah, Victoria, and Flynne for helping me try and take the blog in a new direction...
To all of my friends and family that have helped spread the word, critiqued, and contributed...I really thank you!
Most importantly I would like to thank my mother for being the driving force behind everything that I have ever done in life. Everyday that I post it is because of you that I have the courage to do so. I hope that you are looking down on me and can honestly say that you are proud. Until we meet again...
I WILL KEEP UP!
Denzel Washington and his family took a trip to visit the troops at Brook Army Medical Center , in San Antonio, Texas. This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the United States, especially burn victims.
Keeping Up Family below is an email that I received yesterday from shall I say a fan! He wanted to give me some feedback on my site I guess. The crazy thing is that he said some things that I know have been said before to millions of black people throughout our history, but never in a million years did I ever think someone would actually say this word to me. Check it out below:
"Scott Lewis" Execvicepres@comcast.net
I see your hateful anti white blog.. know what nigbama supporter????? I can have pride too.. Im white and not on welfare, I don't have sixty kids by 12 hobags.. and I have an edjumacation that I didn't get from the libarry....
face it... it's not wheter you are african american or black.. call a spade a spade.. you re a racist, hateful nigger!
I was never racist my entire life till this fuckin crook Obama got in.. how stupid are you anyways for electing and supporting a common criminal.
Suck my balls nigger girl!
All my love and wished that you fail!
Ok let me take all of this in:
1. What part of my blog shows that I hate white people? My blog is about inspiring people.
2. Did he just say that he wasn't racist until Obama got in office? Sorry sir you probably were racist all along. How can one man turn you into such a hateful person?
3. Did he tell me to suck his balls and call me a nigger? I have never been called a nigger a day in my life. I read about it, I know about it, and I heard about it....but never has someone called me one. It's not a great feeling and I now see why it hurts some people to even hear the word nigga.
4. Did he just say that he wishes that I would fail? What did I ever do to him?
It is 2009 and for a moment I felt like I was back on a plantation. My heart is heavy from this one guys. Fam I need to hear from you.
In the eighth grade Raisa moved to Greenbelt, MD where she attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School and graduated in June 2006. When it came to college, Raisa chose Morgan State University to study Public Relations and to cheer. But, none of that was in Raisa’s future and she knew that. She withdrew a month after classes began and applied to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California. She was accepted and began classes in January 2007. It was here that Raisa was taken out of her element to broaden herself creatively as well as a person.
Coming from a predominately black area and influence and moving to the exact opposite in Los Angeles was a challenge for her but proved to be beneficial. She learned how to interact with others outside of what she was used to which is mandatory in the fashion world. She also was able to fine tune her talents at FIDM in a way that she would never have been able to at Morgan. She learned to sew and how to perfect her sketches.
Raisa: My one must have in my wardrobe??? I would have to say my black bomber leather jacket. I LOVE my leather jacket because it’s so versatile; it goes with everything: Dresses, jeans, shorts, skirts, T-shirts etc. I honestly would be "stylishly" lost without it. Lol.
Raisa is truly “Keeping Up…” Until next time gentle readers!
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal.” ~ Yves Saint Laurent
Chicken Fajita Fiesta
½ lb chicken tender strips
1 stalk Romaine Lettuce (shredded)
1 Avocado (diced)
½ of a Red, Yellow, & Orange Bell Pepper (diced)
Authentic Mexican Cheese Blend (shredded)
1 tablespoon Green Onion (chopped)
¼ Cup Spicy Ranch Dressing
½ Cup Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips (crumbled)
1 tablespoon butter
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Fajita Seasoning
Season your chicken strips with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder & fajita seasoning. In a sauté pan melt your butter and place the chopped bell peppers in side. Sauté the peppers for about 3 minutes than add the chicken strips and cook thoroughly. Remove the chicken strips and cut them into chunks. Allow the peppers to brown and create a crust. In a large mixing bowl add the lettuce, chicken, peppers, avocado, cheese, onion, and dressing. Give the salad a light toss to make sure the entire thing is coated. Season with salt & pepper to taste and then place the salad in your bowl. Top with a few sprinkles of the Tortilla Chips and voila!!!! A fiesta in your mouth!
Spice it Up
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Guess who is Keeping Up?
Mike Brown, in emerging film and music video director. Check out the latest work from this Howard University graduate.
Mike congrats for making the list of Young and Keeping Up!
JADE promo from Mike Brown on Vimeo.
Let Mike know what you think below...
Michael Jordan's son win's state championship!
Marcus Jordon scored a game-high 19 points to lead Chicago Whitney Young to a 69-66 victory over Waukegan in the Illinois Class 4A championship Saturday.
Another son, Jeff Jordan, plays basketball for the University of Illinois.
Will the baby Jordan's live up to their father's legacy? How far will they go?
Star Jones launches a blog called Positively Star!
Jones will likely voice her opinion on hot topics, current events and things that inspire and motivate her.
Are you interested in hearing Star's opinion on what is going on in our world?
Ways to Keep Up:
1. Build a legacy that you can pass on to your children.
2. Start a blog or write in a journal. It is important to express yourself and your thoughts.
The Socialite has been on the move! I am on what I would like to call a Living Spree...
This pass weekend was work as usual, but on Monday I hit the town.
First stop: Johnny Utah's for a viewing of Harlem Heights with the BET staff, cast members, and friends. As you walk into the event all of the big screens were ready to play the highly talked about new reality TV show Harlem Heights. The cast set off to the side with drinks, chicken wings, and cowboy hats on top of their heads.
If you have never been to Johnny Utah's, then you are not familiar with the cowboy like setting with a huge bull sitting in the middle of the restaurant. Lucky for us it was bull riding contest Mondays! You know what we were going to be doing after we watched the show. ;)
The show was shall I say....interesting. The most exciting part was watching the cast members talk about each other on the episode, but have to sit right next to each other and watch it. I'm thinking is someone going to swing? That would have been a moment for the cameras to capture.
After the viewing we indeed headed to the bull riding contest. Brook from the show hopped on first and of course like all of us, fell off. I do not think that bull riding is made for Black people. We were watching this white girl in amazement as she managed to stay on the entire time. I guess that is a sport for them and not us!
Second Stop: On Tuesday I went to what people like to call "The Mecca of Basketball". I walked into Madison Square Garden to see Baylor play San Diego in the NIT Semifinals. I did not really know what to expect as I went to my floor seats right behind the scouts I believe. But with my great view it was exciting to see these college boys play some real basketball. It was a good game with Baylor taking the win.
I missed a few of the plays as I was blinded by the rings of the women sitting around me. Baylor fans are paid. They come from what we like to call "old money". These women were country and rich. It was inspiration to keep heading to the top and hopefully find a husband that would buy me a ring like that. :)
Third Stop: Stephen Hill from BET's exclusive Party at The Grace Hotel . This place is amazing. It is a hotel, but at the bottom is a pool and bar area. It screams sexy and that's just how you feel as you sit by the pool with a signature cocktail.
The event was filled with industry heads and New York's socialites. It was a pretty chilled event with a great chance to network!
Next Stop....follow me as I continue on my living spree.
Johnny Utah's: 25 W 51st St New York, NY 10019
Madison Square Garden: http://www.thegarden.com/
The Grace Hotel: 125 W 45th St New York, ny 10036