eyeInspire: Return!

No one is perfect. The only person who was perfect while on earth, died on a cross about 2000 years ago. Many times we forget that we're human, and we let our mistakes get the best of us. Never has anyone gone so far on the wrong path that they couldn't return to the right one. Many of us tend to use our sins and wrongdoings as a crutch, as we make up excuses as to why we can stay in that dark place...or even be with that person who God hasn't intended for us to be with. Being obedient will do you so much better than indulging in the things that don't last. Yes, God knows your heart in all that you do, but don't let that be the reason why you keep revisiting sinful ways. Micah 7:18-19 says,
Where is the god who can compare with you—
wiping the slate clean of guilt,
Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear,
to the past sins of your purged and precious people?
You don't nurse your anger and don't stay angry long,
for mercy is your specialty. That's what you love most.
And compassion is on its way to us.
You'll stamp out our wrongdoing.
You'll sink our sins
to the bottom of the ocean - (The Message).
Never has anyone become so wayward that they couldn't benefit from the true light. It's never too late to get back on track. You belong to God, and once you accept His gift of salvation, you're His! Once you go off of his path for you, you belong to the world. BUT - God will always await your return with open arms. Today, eyeInspire you leave your old ways behind you and return to the living truth.

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Being the most powerful country, doesn't mean we're healthiest.  In America, the obesity rate is the highest. You may remember First Lady Michelle Obama taking the initiative to do something about this. Just one year ago she teamed up with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to help fight childhood obesity with her campaign Let's Move!

Many celebrities, from singers, chefs, and talk show hosts, have come together to help spread the message and do something! Beyoncé is one of them! She revamped her Swizz Beatz produced track, “Get Me Bodied,” to fit the cause of the campaign. In the Melina Matsoukas - directed video, Bey breaks a sweat through an instructional how-to on staying fit through dancing.

The Task Force recommendations focus on the five pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative:

1. Creating a healthy start for children
2. Empowering parents and caregivers
3. Providing healthy food in schools
4. Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
5. Increasing physical activity

"In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion. This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition."

We hope that the Let's Move! wave hits everyone hard and we exercise ourselves to being a healthier people. Happy watching and happy moving!

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Learn more about the Let's Move! campaign here

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Look At Me Now

Karmin makes up the musical duo of Nick and Amy, who have been buzzing all over the internet. Why? We have the videos that will explain it all. But, if you don't know who they are, let me tell you.

Imagine your favorite rap record being covered by a white male and female. Nothing sounds wrong with that...until you hear the songs they choose. From Lil' Wayne's "6'7" ft. Cory Gunz to Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now", their song choices are what make them so unique and popular.

The duo was recently on the Ellen Show after tallying up over 3 million views on their YouTube page. They're full of personality and they don't miss a lick! I was literally in awe after watching this video. Check it out and let us know what you think! Happy watching.

Want more? Visit the Karmin website

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On the Plains w/Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Denzil Porter, who's known for his punchlines, flow, delivery and visual aids, adds two more music videos to his gallery. He's a true artist and if nothing else, he knows how to keep his fans interested and entertained.

Today, we bring you his two latest videos for his singles, "On the Plains" and "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde". If you know Denzil, or his music, you should know that he reps the Bronx/While Plains Rd. hard! "On the Plains" is exactly what it says it is. The video depicts individuals embodying the lyrics of Denzil Porter, as they can all relate to being "on the plains". This video was directed by Jaison Williams, who also directed D.P.'s video for "The Reasons."

The second video we're bringing to you is his newest, "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"; which was inspired by Robert Stevenson's iconic novel released in 1886. The imagery in the video displays the split personalities of D.P. very well, and we can thank no other than Ulysses Adams for his direction on the video. You'll get a sense of both sides of Denzil Porter; the conservative/mysterious side, and the beast! We hope you enjoy the videos and look our for more from D.P. as he gears up to release his new project! Happy watching (Warning: Foul language, listen at your own discretion).
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Word Up

What's the Word?!

\ uh-KIM-boh \ , adjective;

What in the world does that mean?! With hand on hip and elbow bent outward.

How can you use it? Well, the word akimbo describes the posture you see here:

Try this: To show her staff she meant business, Mrs. Jenkins put her arms akimbo and gave her delegations in a stern voice.

Got it? Good. Now you can use it. Be smart, sound smart, WORD UP!

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Poetry Buzz

It's not everyday where you meet someone who can speak to you through the words on a computer screen. However, if you're a reader of elleELLEeye, you may have met Miss Kareema Bee. Not only is she a great blogger, but what you may have not known is that Kareema Bee is a filmmaker and poet.

Taking that it is National Poetry Month, it's only right that we celebrate this up and coming artist who will soon take the world by storm. She's a great talent with all the right intentions; looking to inspire those who she encounters.  She has a way with words and not only do they speak encouragement, but they are real. We have behind-the-scenes footage of Kareema Bee's poetisodes "The Love Game" & a look at her trailer for "In This Mind of Mine".  Be sure to watch the videos below and keep track of this buzzing bee as she continues to inspire. Happy watching!

Visit www.kareemabeeonline.com today!

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The Perfect Rain Boots

We all know the saying "April showers bring May flowers." Well until those flowers get here, we have to be prepared for the showers. And the best and most fashionable way to be prepared are rain boots! My must have rain boots (which also made Oprah's list),  are from Hunter a brand known for their outstanding quality boots and durability.

These boots come in different styles, and my personal favorites are the Watling Lace Up Full Knee Boot and the Original Gloss Tall Boot; I'm a proud owner of. These boots are not just good for the spring but in the winter for slushy snowy days they will out stand the weather, and your feet will be warm - due to the fleece sock Hunter also sells. They have a lifetime warranty and you"ll be sure to be dry and fashionable on April's rainy days.

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1. characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
2. affecting an oily charm
3. slippery or greasy

Things that can be unctuous: hair, fried foods, skin, etc...

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EyeDonate: Prom Dress!

Community Service Month is still kicking just in time for prom season.
Like so many of us who keep that special dress we paid a ton for to party in for the last time in high school, dust soon creeps over it in our closet as we make our way to college.

Well, why keep it if you know someone else who can use it right?

Donatemydress.org is a national network that will locate different organizations in your city to donate your prom dress.

Take a look here!

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Black in Latin America

On April 19th, PBS aired a four part documentary series titled Black in Latin America by the theroot.com editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates.

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The series discussed the dynamics of being black in Latin American countries such as Haiti, Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico. According to theroot.com
"More blacks were transported as slaves to Mexico and Peru than to the United States."
I think that this documentary was very interesting and informative. If you tuned in to Part One, be sure to leave your comments and reviews?

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eyeWatch My Health: Hair

Do you or someone you know work in a hair salon?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a warning has been issued about hair products that contain formaldehyde. Many salon workers have reported health problems, and overexposure can cause various forms of cancer (nose and lung).

Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with the formula CH20, and is commercially used. We normally see it in household products, given that these items contain a safe level (no more than .02%) of the organic compound.

HOWEVER, some products contain way more, including the ones we use for our hair, and you should be aware. Most come in the form of straightening products, and when blow-dried, it vaporizes into the air, which is not good for you when breathing in.

Do you use these products?
*Keratin Complex Express Blowout by Copomon (Coppola) 1.70 per cent
*Brazilian Keratin Treatment (Mint) - Royal Keratin Professional Line by Keratin Connection (also available in Chocolate and Strawberry) 1.54 per cent
*Veloce by La Brasiliana 0.35 per cent
*Zero (Apple) by La Brasiliana (also available in Clear and Mocha) 0.76 per cent
*Moroccan Hair Treatment by Inoar 2.84 per cent
*Original by La Brasiliana (also available in Original Chocolate)
*Domani by La Brasiliana
*Spruzzi by La Brasiliana
*Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Pro Skin Solutions
*Marcia Teixeira Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment EU by M&M International
*Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Treatment EU by M&M International
*Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Solution by Brazilian Blowout 8.4 per cent
*Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.8 per cent
*Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.7 per cent
*Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.6 per cent
*Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Treatment by Copomon (Coppola) 1.8 per cent
*Global Keratin Taming System Strawberry by Global Keratin 3.0 per cent
*Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Resistant by Global Keratin 4.4 per cent
*Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Light Wave by Global Keratin 1.4 per cent
*Pro-Collagen RX Keratin Treatment 2.8 per cent
*IStraight Keratin (Advanced Keratin Treatment) by IBS Beauty 2.3 per cent
*Brazilian Thermal Reconstruction by Cadiveu 7.0 per cent

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Source: Canadian Press, National Cancer Institute

*I am not a physician or health professional. This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. By reading this you understand & you release elleELLEeye from any warranty or liability for your use of this information. We are a blog created to spread love, live life and inspire readers to help themselves and others.
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eyeInspire: Be He-Centered

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. - Galatians 5:6

Do you recall being in high school or middle school? Some memories may be vaguer than others, but I'm sure you remember that person who was so vein, that if no one was paying them attention, that made sure that didn't last long. Maybe it was the star athlete, the head cheerleader, the bully, or even you! Whoever it was, they were the ones that were called conceited, cocky and/or self-centered. No matter the name, if it's always all about you, where does God fit in?

Some don't think making God a priority is important; especially since they always want to have full control of their own lives. But once we've committed to being Christ-Centered, we'll be able to have the righteousness that comes from our true and living God. Like it says in Philippians 3:9
...and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness—a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ’s faithfulness.

Making the decision to turn your life from being me-centered to He-centered is one of the most important choices you can make. See how differently you treat people once you do, and see how your life transforms. Today, eyeInspire you to switch gears. Let the spotlight be on you only because you have the Light in you. Then, determine if life was better when it was all about you, or when you made it all about Him.

♥ t i f f a n y

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Fashion For a Cause

The act of giving is always in season but, if you combine that with fashion then your winning! So, I've found some fun fashion items that are not only cute but are for a cause.

The first fashion for a cause item that I believe is a must have for any conscious fashionista is the Julez for Japan shirt. This simple replica of the Japan flag was made by singer and my personal style icon Solange Knowles 6 year old son Daniel Julez Smith. Not only is this just a great shirt to have but to know that it was made by a 6 year old just makes it that much better. The shirt profits will go to Peace Winds, a non-profit organization that is assisting Japan with the recent devastation.Shirts can be purchased at julezforjapan.bigcartel.com.

Another conscious clothing item that not only makes you look good, but feel good, are the classic shoes from TOMS. TOMS are not only known for their classic canvas style shoes, but also the giving spirit the company holds by donating a pair of shoes for every pair bought, to a child in need. I've never heard of such a deal, but it's true. For every pair of shoes that you purchase another pair will be given to a child in need. DOPE! And may I add that you can wear TOMS with just about EVERYTHING?! Jeans, skirts, shorts and especially your newly purchased julezforjapan shirt. You can get purchase TOMS here.

These fabulous acts of philanthropy just reminds us that not only can we be fly, but conscious while doing so. And whats flyer than that?

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Love, the Earth

Hey Bizzybodies in NYC! Check out it out:

Earth Day is not just a one-day event to raise awareness about the Earth. It is a celebrated commitment by environmentalists, artists, and green fanatics alike to expose us humans to the importance of our rich soil.

Since 1989, a non-profit called Earth Day New York has served as a catalyst for action to transform the way we treat the environment. They have several events going on during April in honor of their 'Be the E' campaign:

April 21st-23rd
Earth Day Indoors at Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Terminal
Film screenings, entertainment

April 22nd
Exhibits and C02 'E' Drive
Times Square

April 22nd-23rd
EarthFair Outfoors on Vanderbuilt Avenue
Grand Central Terminal.
Exhibits and entertainment

April 7th-22nd
"Be the E" Event Series
Old Soulz-eARTH sTREEt
Art & Activism: music, live painting, e-info booth, special screening of "be the e" & sneak preview of ...IN THE WOODS Experience

April 1st-30th
E Waste Recycling
10 Events and locations

Happy Helping!

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Source: Earthdayny.com
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eyeWatch: Crushing Hard

A phenomenal woman, that's who she is, but it doesn't stop there. She's an advocate for lupus awareness, a singer and a great poet. In honor of National Poetry Month we want to reintroduce you to Shanelle Gabriel.

If you love a good poem on relationships and love, Shanelle's got you covered. No matter who you are, it's safe to say that you've had a crush before. I've had a few and when I heard this poem I felt like I wrote it. If you haven't experienced a crush, maybe Shanelle will be able to illustrate what it's like in her piece "Crushing Hard". Check it out, leave your thoughts and feel free to share it with others. Happy watching!

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eyeTECH: Wii Up, Flip Down

Tech News for all of you Bizzybodies that use them, and all of you who watch your health:

Cisco (the makers of Flip Cam) has reported that they are discontinuing the hand-held devices due to budget cuts. The once popular item has been defeated by other electronics such as smart phones, leaving the CEO at Cisco no choice but to disband it in an effort to rebuild the company.

Still want one? Better hurry soon!

Oh wait, there's more!

A new study in Canada found that patients who suffered from stroke were more than three times likely to show improvement in arm and hand function when they played video games, versus those who received regular therapy.

This may lead to more digital integration for stroke victims in rehabilitation.

Where did 'Wii' think of that?

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Eye Know This Already: Contacts

Did you know that you are NOT supposed to sleep with your contacts in overnight?

Unless a doctor tells you (which is rare or nonexistent) you:

1. Restrict oxygen from reaching your eye.

2. Wear the contacts out faster because it is exposed to added protein.

3. Risk permanent vision loss.

Well then, I suggest you stop blinding yourself.



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eyeInspire: Be Blessed

"The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands..." - Deuteronomy 28:12

Isn't it a beautiful thing to attest to the blessings that God has given you? Yes! In Deuteronomy 28 there are so many blessings that are promised to us as long as we are obedient. Sounds easy right? Yep, until you fall into temptation and do some things you're not too proud of. It happens to all of us. We all fall short of the grace of God. Being a believer isn't a one-time thing. Once you commit to God and His will for your life, everything won't be easy for you. We were born into a sinful nature, but it's up to us to seriously submit and allow our old selves to die so that we may live a blessed life.

“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” - Luke 9:23-24 

Being a disciple comes with a price. You're always going to be under attack, but when you're a follower of the Most High, no weapon formed against you shall prosper. No price is greater than the one Jesus paid for us. It's better to be blessed than to be cursed. Muddling will occur in our lives, but we cannot dwell on our shortcomings. What we can do is repent with sincerity in our hearts, and pick up our cross one more time. Every day is a new day and one day with Jesus is better than a thousand elsewhere! All God wants to do is love us and bless us. If we remain obedient unto Him, we will receive those blessings and so much more! Today, eyeInspire you to choose to be blessed.

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Called to Service!

Everybody needs a little help now and then right?

So in honor of Community Service Month, why not lend a helping hand?

For NYC Residents and those in the tri-state area, here is a list of some volunteer opportunities.

All others, here is an organization we all know and love who could use more help!


More lists of places to help on the way!

Happy Helping!

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Sister Friend: Dr. Maya Angelou

What can I say about the most critically acclaimed African-American female voice of our time?

The woman who has touched so many sisters with her words, and graced so many venues with her divine aura.

The woman who took her brunt with racial discrimination, sexual abuse, and economic hardship, and turned it into a series of award-winning novels that has translated messages of hope, faith and perseverance for others to be inspired by.

She is a beautiful living legend we are happy to honor during National Poetry Month: Dr. Maya Angelou.

At the sensational age of 83, Dr. Maya Angelou is still a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

She has traveled the world sharing her talent with all walks of life, whether it was through dance as a member of the production of Porgy and Bess(1954-55), as an editor for a weekly publication in Cairo, Egypt (!960), as a professor at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama (196o), or as trailblazer alongside Dr. Martin Luther King in the U.S.

Dr. Maya Angelou has a list of published verse, non-fiction, and fiction works that totals more than 30 bestselling titles.

She is a Grammy-award winning artist that has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received over 30 honorary degrees.

What more can I say?

As a fellow poet, Maya Angelou is hands-down my biggest influence in writing. From a young child, her work was placed in front of me, and I fell in love.

Still, she continues to be a creative force, encouraging self-freedom and awakening our consciousness.

Dr. Maya Angelou, you are a Phenomenal Woman I aspire to be like one day.

Thank you for your contribution to the world.

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A Mother's Love Prevails

Only a mother's love could exemplify such mercy, in dire times. I would like to extend my deepest admiration to Fay McCormack; who recently organized a plea deal for the man convicted of vehicular manslaughter. The DWI lead to the death of her son, lawyer-to-be, Malcolm McCormack. Stipulations of the conviction mandate that the culprit, 19-year-old Michael Ortiz, commit himself to 100 speaking engagements at local High Schools, as well as participation in M.A.D.D (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). He will partake in therapeutic sessions for the mothers of victims of drunk driving similar to his case.

Miss McCormack, a Georgia D.A., who trains and advises Georgia law enforcement on prosecuting DWI cases, conveyed "My son was a young man, and so was the guy who killed him." Fred McCormack Sr. said "For a 19-year-old to have to spend those years in prison, that's a big price to pay." This is the first time that a deal like this has been worked out in the state of New York. In the words of District Attorney Gayle Dampf, head of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau: "It's because of Fay McCormack. She's an amazing, amazing woman."

Amazing is an understatement, to have the courage to advocate for leniency, and allowing that young man to have a second chance on life is unexplainable. So many people buy into the theory of an "Eye for an eye". How often do you see a person live out what the good Word says to do? It is moments like these that renew in myself, a feeling of hope. Hope that there is some good in the world. Hope, that what the Most High intended for us, is actually attainable and prioritized amidst the madness which we see everyday.

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Word Up

Gluttonous, greedy, hungry, penurious, piggish, edacious, esurient, prehensile and rapacious...all words that describe the OPPOSITE of our word of the day.

\ ab-STEE-mee-uhs \ , adjective;

Restraining behavior or appetite other definitions include...
1. Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent.
2. Sparingly used or consumed; used with temperance or moderation.
3. Marked by or spent in abstinence.

Here's how I'd use it: In fasting with my church, I found myself partaking in very abstemious eating habits. This diet limits us from indulging in all the foods we love.

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Be Inspired

The world around us is bubbling over with inspiration.
Just take a second to "smell the roses". I mean there are buildings that touch the sky and airplanes that fly through pillow-fluffed clouds. The earth spins in an infinite universe, sustained by gravity. How wonderful are all these things we experience everyday yet haven't taken the time to allow them to inspire us so
Be inspired by the glimmer in a baby's eye
Be inspired by the countless twinkles in the dark night sky
Be inspired by the positive things you see and do
Be inspired by you.

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eyeLike: Rapping Paper

Just the other day, I was working on a task and someone asked me if I was done wrapping. I mistakenly assumed that they were asking me if I was done [with] rapping and replied, "I'll never stop rapping." Funny thing is, I was actually wrapping things up when they said this. Maybe you had to be there to find that funny, but I'm sure Si Hill would've gotten the joke. Who's Si Hill? The creator of Rapping Paper.

In 2006, Hill said "I thought that if I were to drop the 'w' you'd have Rapping Paper featuring rap lyrics." How clever? I'm a little upset that I didn't think of this idea, but I give props to him. Although Hill only has a couple of songs, once licensing issues are worked out with record companies, I'm sure the Rapping Paper craze will be a huge hit!

Find out more about Rapping Paper here

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eyeInspire: Change the World

If you could describe the word worship, as pertaining to spirituality, how would you do so? Many think of worship as being in church dancing, singing, shouting, etc., but true worship is given by the ways of our lifestyle. Listening to William McDowell's album As We Worship has opened my eyes to many different things on a spiritual level. He speaks about submission, faith, and changing the world.  Another gospel artist who makes it a point to let us know that we (each one of us), have the power to change the world, is Israel Houghton. If we all had the mentality that we - on our own - along with God's strength could change the world, the world would change. One of the most powerful statements that he made was this:

"We're not powerless, we're not without authority, but we're His agents in the earth. We are the generation. Change is not going to happen if we don't do it. If nothing changes with us, nothing changes. That's why God said,
'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.' - 2 Chronicles 7:14
When we get this, the world will change. See we're brought into the mentality that the majority rules and we can't do anything by ourselves. But we don't live in a democracy, we live in the Kingdom. God and us are the majority! We can change the world!"

Imagine yourself being someone who could change the world. If you don't think it's possible, think again! God didn't put us here on earth to be stagnant; we're on this earth with purpose. I used to think that the things people saw in me were too great for me to ever accomplish, but the beauty of that is that they are. What's even more beautiful is that God did not create us ill-equipped for anything we were called to do. If a stranger can look at you and tell you that you're going to do something extraordinary, you better believe it, because that's what God created us for. We're not just meant to live in this world, but we're here to change it. Be the change you want to see!

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I Will Wait...For You

In honor of National Poetry Month, I'd like you to meet Janette...itz. She's a poet and lyricist from Los Angeles California, and has been buzzing all over the web with her latest poem "I Will Wait...For You". The poem focuses on one of the largest aspects of a relationship, sex. What I love most about Janette...ikz is how she works her spirituality and relationship with God into her poetry. The poem is real and her delivery draws you in.

In a world where sex is put in the forefront for young people, it's important that the message of abstinence and celibacy is heard. Nowadays, young ladies and teens think that waiting for "The one" is impossible; but they need to hear this message and maybe then, they'll be able to understand how great waiting is. Happy watching!

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You can check out more from Janette...ikz and other poets taking part in the Passion for Christ Movement at www.P4CM.com.

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Despite what it looks like outside spring is officially here. And the must have piece for the spring is FRINGE.

We all know that when we think of spring fashion we usually think of bright colors, floral prints or soft palettes; and that's cool, but this spring we're going to add fringe to the list. Adding a clothing piece that has fringe will keep you current with today's trend, and will also add a little funk to your wardrobe.

You can tie fringe into your look with this Tan Fringe Suede Shopper Bag from Top Shop; this will give you that boho 70's feel. Or, you can get extra funky with the Sand Fringed Denim Jacket By Unique, also sold at Top Shop. These pieces are sure to keep you current and fly.

But, be sure to keep it simple when wearing a fringe piece you don't want to overdo it. This is a trend that you can have fun with and make it your own. Enjoy!

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Kiss My Word

No matter who you are, I think its safe to say that we've all be osculated before. If you weren't osculated by a significant other, a parent or family member, you may not be human; even animals get osculated. And if you're someone who has no idea what I'm talking about, check out the word of the day.



If you've yet to catch on, the word osculate means, to kiss. You may rarely use the word "osculate". Why would you ever want to make the word "kiss" more complicated than it already is? But as a challenge, just try it :)

Be smart, sound smart, WORD UP!

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Dope Files Presents LIVE SESSION

Looking for something to do tomorrow evening? Try this, the very first LIVE SESSION hosted DopeFiles.com! This will be a live event showcasing musical talents Lydia Caesar, Astro Kid, Tyler Jacob, Yoodee Frances, and Eric Sosa at The Shrine.  Take it from us when we say Eric Sosa knows how to put on a show! We're sure the other talents won't disappoint.

The doors of the event are set to open at 6:30pm and the admission is $10. The Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Check out the video promo below:

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For more information, visit the Dope Files website

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Block out the Stress

In celebrating Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to ironically share ways for you to relieve and/or block out stress. Everyone is different so, what may relieve stress for you, may cause stress for another. Here just three tips that may help you:

1. Exercise - Release all of that negative energy you've been storing up and hit the gym! There's nothing like burning off calories and taking the stress away in one area of your life.  Turning those stressful moments and people away, and getting your body in shape should put you in a great mood.

2. Sleep - Many times, stress is caused by the lack of. The lack of food, the lack of two extra hands, the lack of a means of transportation and/or finances...and the list goes on. Give your brain a moment to put things in order and take a breather. A nap will give your body what it needs to put your plan of action into work. Never let stress take away from your rest!

3.  Talk - You may feel alone in your situation, but there's always someone out there going through the same thing. Call a friend or family member and just ask them to listen. Getting out your emotions may help you realize that what you're going through, isn't as bad as it seemed when you kept it to yourself. If no one's around to talk to, you can always pray or talk to yourself. Just get it out!

If those fail, don't worry, William James put it this way,
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."

Choose your battles. Stress doesn't have to be a factor! Think happy thoughts. The thing that's stressing you out is just one thing. Think about all the good things happening in your life. Think about the sunshine after the clouds from the storm. Remember, you're too blessed to be stressed!

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Live Life.

What's life if you don't live it? Seriously. We have one shot at this and it is time to give it all you have. Stop procrastinating, be spontaneous and laugh the hurt away.
I run into too many people who get caught up in the little things and allow life to pass them by as they wait for people to change.

Dream a dream and chase it.
Right a wrong and mend it.
Take care of your mind, spirit and body while you
live your life to the fullest.


Spread Love. Live life. Be Inspired.

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