Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Music: H-Town


H-Town is coming back with a new album and a strong lead single, "I Appreciate You". The group, now a duo after the untimely passing of founding member Dino in 2003, has had a long history of hits including one of their most well known songs, the classic love making song "Knocking The Boots". As of lately, remaining members G.I. and Shazam still tour around the world to sold out crowds and are preparing the release of their new full length album.

Check out the video for "I Appreciate You".

Monday, May 30, 2011

Beauty: Heel to Toe

Strappy Sandal Summer time is near!

Lush Volcano Foot Mask: A power-packed list of ingredients including cinnamon leaf-oil, clay, potatoes, tomatoes and papaya make an all-natural treat for your tired feet. After just ten minutes your feet will feel softer, smell sweeter and seem cooler, all without the spa-sized price tag. For feet which emit toxic gases! This thick effective mask has clays to draw out deep-down-dirt, fresh papaya and lemon for cleansing, deodorizing tomatoes, astringent herbal decoctions and anti-fungal essential oils. $20.95, www.lushusa.com

Ms Manicure- The Smooth Groovy : 2-in-1 Foot Brush & Pumice bristles deliver the best clean in town, while the pumice sloughs away dry skin and calluses to uncover softer skin. Plus, an easy-to-hold handle gives you a sure grip. $2.99, walgreens.com

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme: natural foot cream combines coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin to revive and rejuvenate even the driest, most neglected feet. There’s also a hint of natural rosemary and peppermint oils to refresh tired soles. $9, burtsbees.com

Olay Body Thermal Pedicure : Self-heating, exfoliating scrub for soft, smooth, and soothed feet 16.99, amazon.com (This product is currently being discontinued but you can still buy it online at Amazon! This is my all time favorite foot scrub!)

An inadequate diet is the most common cause of brittle chipped nails. Adding more protein and calcium to your diet will help to strengthen undernourished nails and Nail beds.

Biotin/Vitamin H

Biotin (a.k.a. vitamin H) can improve weakened nails. Foods to Try: Bananas, beans, cauliflower, eggs, lentils, peanuts and salmon.

Protein

Protein intake is important for many reasons, notably when it comes to nails. Nails are made of structural proteins known as keratin, so adequate dietary protein is important.Lean meats are the easiest way to pack protein into your diet. Foods to Try: Chicken, eggs, lean red meats, lowfat dairy, nuts, seafood, soybeans and whole grains

Zinc

Zinc is another nutrient active in helping the immune system function properly, and DiBona also notes that it plays an important role in the formation of your connective tissues. Zinc is a component of hundreds of enzymes in the body, some of which regulate the body’s ability to make new proteins that will become building blocks of healthy nails. Foods to Try: Cashews, green beans, lean beef, lobster, oysters and soybeans.

Tippy Toe Tips

  • Cut toenails straight across. Never cut into the corner this could cause an ingrown toenail. Gently file away sharp corners or rough edges with an emery board.
  • Alternate your shoes each day. Since the feet have sweat glands, your shoes will absorb moisture from your feet, so it is important to allow your shoes to dry out completely.
  • Where 100% Cotton Sox’s,They’re best for absorbing dampness, thus preventing fungal infections.
  • Make your nails as strong as a horse’s hooves, and take 300 micrograms of the B vitamin biotin four to six times a day. Long ago, veterinarians discovered that biotin strengthened horses’ hooves, which are made from keratin, the same substance in human nails. Swiss researchers found that people who took 2.5 milligrams of biotin a day for 5.5 months had firmer, harder nails. In a U.S. study, 63 percent of people taking biotin for brittle nails experienced an improvement.
  • Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc, they’ll do wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake.
  • Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nails buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow, says Galvez.
  • Polish your nails, even if it’s just with a clear coat. It protects your nails. If you prefer color, use a base coat, two thin coats of color, and a top coat. Color should last at least seven days but should be removed after 10 days.
  • Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails. Use acetate-based removers instead.

haut,” means “nails” in German

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Film: Signs

If you want to be a filmmaker take 12 minutes and twelve seconds to watch this short film. It's not quite a silent film (mentioned in last week's pulse), but it comes close.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Design: Knowledge of Self



so back when my dude scott was goin to vassar college,we used to exchange blackbooks and whatnot...through this guy i've come into contact with ALOT of seriously DOPE artists. besides scott himself havin ill skills on the graff tip....the circle of people that he ran with were just as ill. i can't even BEGIN to tell you how much style i absorbed through my blackbook encounters with him and his peoples. mospeda,real,rekta,sie,baise and the dude i'm puttin you onto right now....SELF. i've ALWAYS admired dudes work and i've rather recently reconnected to him via my ted minoff aka tedones(another super talented artist who i learned a great deal from). he's taken everything he was doin on the graff tip and is now also utilizing those techniques,theories and processes via the digital medium...which for me creates a WHOLE new world of visual dope shit to appreciate. please allow me to introduce you to a super serious purveyor of style.... and give you all a little knowledge of SELF. much respect homie...thanks for allowing me to take pointers and soak up a little
sumtnin,sumtnin.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Music: Faith Sings Farewell To Her Marriage


It has been reported over the weekend that Faith Evans has filed for divorce from her husband of over 12 years, Todd Russaw, who has also served as her manager, overseeing every aspect of her professional career for the same length of time.

It is being rumored that Faith is seeking sole custody of the children she and Russaw share and wishes to extend visitation rights to her ex. Word has it that the two have been separated for some time now. I wonder what Faith's next move will be professionally and if she will hire a new manager, or will the pair remain business partners.

Let's take a minute and forget about Faith's marital issues and remember back to when Faith first came out with her debut album. Check out her video for the single "Soon As I Get Home". This song is classic!!

SET DESIGN CONTEST


Music: Maybach Music: Self Made

OK RICK ROSS fans, the moment you have all been waiting for, the Maybach team album"SELF MADE" is in store and on iTunes now. Yes I bought this album and I listen to it. I'm feeling this album because Rick Rose is on fire right now, burning the Hip-Hop industry up. Of course the whole Maybach team is on there Meek Millz, Walle and Pills and some other guest feature's such as Jadkiss, J Cole and Jeremih are on the album as well. My favorite tracks right now are "Ima Boss" and of course "Tupac Back" (track number 2). Rick Ross just signed a Label Deal with Warner Brothers. Don't even remember his beef with 50cent any more, I guess Ricky Rose' can't be stopped. Everyone must go out and buy this album, no free down loads and if you do steal it still buy it. 1Billy

Monday, May 23, 2011

Beauty: Pump Up the Hair

Pump up the Volume, Pump up the Shaft…

give your Crown of Glory Body& Soul

Carol’s Daughter, Tui Jojoba and Shea Butter Hair Sheen: A moisturizing hair oil and finishing aid infused with natural botanicals that restore healthy-looking shine and reduce frizz, while nourishing hair. apple a day keeps spots away! This product delivers a faceful of the apple’s awesome ingredients. A natural antioxidant, it increases skin’s radiance while a dose of salicylic acid assists in preventing future breakouts. Skin appears smooth, bright, and clear. $17, CarolsDaughter.com

Ojon,Intensive Volumizing 2-Minute Hair Mask: aromatic herbal-scented body-building hair mask for two minutes and this glossy, body-building soufflé will pump up fine, weak hair. Fortified with nine natural boosters selected for their high content of essential lipids including Ojon oil, Peruvian Amaranth, Brazilian Melscreen Coffee, Meadowflower, and sesame seed oil, this mask boosts the condition of thin, lifeless hair without harsh silicones. $29.50, Ojon.com

Ojon, Volume Advance Volumizing Conditioner: it’s like a protein shake for fine, limp hair. This daily volumizing conditioner fortified with nature’s hair-repairing golden elixir plus Peruvian Amaranth, Lemongrass Extract, Soy and Wheat Protein helps hydrate hair from inside the hair shaft out to increase volume. Special micro-boosters help support and firm fine hair’s structure so it can hold voluminous styles all day. Flat, deflated, pin-head hair poufs up and looks full of itself. Hair is full, soft, and shiny. $23.50, Ojon.com


Foods rich in vitamins E,C,B6, B5 and A are essential in promotion hair growth. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that not only makes your skin glow but improves your scalp circulation, stimulating hair growth.

Vitamin C, also an antioxidant, helps in maintaining the overall health of your hair. Vitamin B6 has a part in the creation of melanin, which is responsible for giving your hair its vibrant color. Vitamin B5 helps prevent premature graying of your hair. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is like vitamin E because it also helps in improving the blood circulation at your scalp. Vitamin A assists in the production of natural oils to prevent your scalp from drying and becoming flaky scalp. Vitamin E is found green vegetables and raw nuts. My personal favorite way to receive vitamin E is eating brocolli with blue cheese dressing or having a Naked Juice in Green Machine. Vitamin C can be found in citrus and juicy fruits such as oranges, lemon and berries. You can get your share of vitamin B6 from cereals, eggs, and beans. Vitamin B5 can also be found in most sources of vitamin B6. Vitamin B3, on the other hand, can be obtained from fish and white meat such as chicken and turkey. Vitamin A, of course, is known to come from carrots, but peaches and apricots are excellent sources, too.

Hair Supplements:

In addition to making lifestyle changes, taking the following supplements every day can boost hair growth for many people:

  • Vitamin B-complex – 50 mg. of the major B-vitamins (including folate, biotin and inositol)
  • Vitamin B-6 – 50 mg. of vitamin B-6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E – 400 to 800 IU daily
  • Beta-Carotene – 10,000 to 15,000
  • One recommended daily dose of magnesium, sulfur, zinc
  • Silica (horsetail) – 300 mg. daily
  • Flaxseed oil - one tbsp daily or one tablet
  • Beta-Carotene – 10,000 to 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily

Hair Growing Tips:

  1. Eliminate or cut back on smoking, caffeine and carbonated sodas which weaken the body and block maximum hair growing potential.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid foods that are high in sugar or fat.
  3. Treat your hair like a piece of fine old lace. Treat it carefully avoiding any unnecessary brushing, combing or handling.
  4. Avoid use of hot water, hot blow dryers or other hair care tools that may stress the hair.
  5. Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles.
  6. Do a series of ongoing hot oil treatments to protect the hair’s shaft.
  7. Have regular trims to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier.
  8. Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.

FYI: Sleep in a Silk Sleep Bonnet to prevent spit-ends and to retain moisture to the hair .

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pulse Predictions: Kreayshawn



We chose Kreayshawn as one of our Artist Pulse Predictions for who's hot!
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Film: Can you stand the silence?

I've been trying to catch up on some of the press for Cannes and new films by directors, I like, such as Terrence Malick, Woody Allen and Lars Von Trier. Then I came across this story about French director Michel Hazanavicius' Black & White and SILENT film called THE ARTIST, which just premiered on the French Riveria.

I am very interested to see this film because I love films by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but I'm even more interested to know if you can stand the silence?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fashion: Pay Attention

As you can see, some brands are not affected by the economic slowdown. To put it all in perspective, here are a few more numbers for you guys: Apple is the No. 1 technology brand with a value of $153.3 billion, Nike is No. 1 apparel brand valued at $13.9 billion and Toyota is the No. 1 car brand with a value of $24.2 billion.

Fashion: Max'n for the summer!

What's good my purse Snatchers?! Its your favorite sneaker-head Jeremiah! Summers almost here and that means its time to make a Splash!!! And even if you don't swim you'll look like you just dived OUT the pool in these Chlorine blue leather and obsidian nubuck 90 Air Max's - the rest of the shoe is in clean white! The mesh toe will keep your piggys nice and ventilated. So if your walking down Ocean drive in Miami or at your local watering hole! You'll be max'n for the summer! You can get them at hot sneaker spots like City Footwear (845)343-3370. Retailing for 95$ a definite good look for the summer!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Music: Too Cool To Care

Well Hip Hop heads fresh blood has been drawn - new music from the NEW BOYZ with a new album called Too Cool To Care. These dude's are on to something with a sound similar to Black Eye Peas and with look like Kid Cudi. There music is definitely worth listening to. With songs like "better with the lights off" featuring Chris Brown, of corse it's going to be a smash hit with Chris on it. The song is basically saying when they bring a chick home at night, she look better with the lights off... WOW!!! I was wondering why they bring Ugly chicks home, I would think if the chick was a dime you would want the lights on. Anyway check it out, you can listen to this album with lights on or off. The choice is yours. You can purchase New BOYZ new album Too Cool To Care on iTunes.

Music: Welcome Back Showtime At The Apollo

Rumor has it that Jamie Foxx will be bringing back one of my (and hopefully yours) favorite TV shows. Showtime At The Apollo aired in households around America for years. We tuned in to watch the special guest performers and to watch the new talent compete each week for a chance to perform the following week. Ultimately, one contestant would win for the season, gaining a lot of very necessary exposure. And didn't we love when Sandman Sam would come out and run the wack contestants off the stage as the crowd would "boo".

Word has it that Jamie Foxx will produce an adaption of the hit TV series for the BET Networks.

Share your thoughts... what do you think about Showtime At The Apollo coming back? and share some of your favorite moments from the show! Tell me... who do you think was the best host?

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Film: Cannes Film Festival 2011

The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival in France has arrived and is underway until May 22nd. If you've never heard of Cannes, it's the most famous, prestigious and occasionally controversial international film festival in existence. If your familiar with the work of American writer/directors Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderberg, Joel and Ethan Coen or Terrence Malick, to name a few, you know they made a splash early on in their careers at Cannes and continue to make magic today. Check out the link to the Cannes website for info on the festival lineup, history, archives etc...

Maybe someday you'll debut a film at Cannes, party on the French Riviera and transform your life forever.

Film: Alpha Dog

This week is another coming of age film. The choice comes with two elements in life I hope most kids will avoid while growing up; drug addiction and murder. The film was based on the real life abduction and killing of Nicholas Markowitz, a 15 year old teen from Calabasas CA, whose older brother owed drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood 1,200 bucks. As cruel as this plot may seem, I knew from the movie's depiction that the real life story was even crueler. The Film was written and directed by Nick Cassavettes and has an all star line up of fresh and promising young actors; Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy and Anton Yelchin. While Cassavettes may have missed his mark for Hollywood accolades and with the foreign press, he appeals to a much younger generation with a story and portrayal that was respected and went permeating through young cliches from different backgrounds all across the nation. This movie takes you for a gritty ride, "day in the life" of an upper class drug dealer and his circle, showing us how youth passes time in pretty places, with pretty bad motives. Lots of mom and dads money and no redeeming values or quality goals. This film is an eye opener for sure. It is my next suggestion for the category of, "art imitating life".

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fashion: Owwww!!!

Fully submerged in "Wolf grey"! These are a prime example of a shoe you love to hate! Like Nelly said" give me two pair"after a few wears the soles turn mellow yellow. Just like the elevens. But if you missed out on the cool grey 11's these are a great compilation! Probably the best of the few Retro 5ive colorways to drop this year. They are set to release on the 14th this coming Saturday. Go support your local sneaker shop. *City Footwear*

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Music: Lady Gaga... Gone Too Far?

Have you all seen the new video for Lady Gaga's single "Judas"? Many religious rights organizations, conservative groups and other judgmental folks are slamming Gaga for the new single but if you listen closely to the lyrics in her song, she isn't saying anything that is Anti-Christian. Being a devoted Christian myself, I took a look at the video and listened to the song after having preconceived notions due to the media frenzy. However, as I listened to the song, it is really about a young girl who can't seem to love the right man and she continues to go back to her "Judas" that betrays her and does her wrong.

Take a look and judge for yourself.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Film: Thinking of Writing a Screenplay? Part 2

Click to enlarge the below sample page from the award winning screenplay, AKEELAH AND THE BEE by Doug Atchison. You will see it is not very different from the sample page I included last time (except the #48, top right, which refers to the scene number--since this is a shooting version of the script. Your scenes DO NOT need to to be numbered on the page at this stage in the process.)

The below sample has an opening scene description of the office, moves right into some (centered) dialogue between the characters, who have already been established (earlier in the script) and follows a pretty simple format, which I also described last time.
The big difference is this screenplay went on to win the Academy of Motion Pictures 2000 Nicholl Fellowship** in screenwriting and was produced a few years later on the big screen starring Angela Basset and Laurence Fishburne.

You can turn your dream into a reality, too. Doug Atchison, the writer of AKEELAH AND THE BEE, also went on to direct the film years later. So, when your script is ready see if you have what it takes**:
http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/fellows/25thscripts.html

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Design: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen was a rare breed of designer, one that used fashion to instill ideas into society and push the boundaries of what was deemed acceptable. His love for art history, design and the arts really stood out in his amazing works that were created with such detail and expertise that they are all works of art in themselves.


The Metropolitan Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty does a beautiful job of showing his genius by taking us into his mind and exhibiting not only his clothing but bringing the visitor into the at

mospheres and performances he created in his runway shows and presentations. Where as much of his work is very dark and battles ideas of good vs. evil and heaven vs. hell, the show successfully illustrates the more romantic side of McQueen’s personality. The designer, who left us in a very dark and dramatic way last year, was probably a very sweet and romantic person, the type of person that we don’t always associate with the themes he discussed in his work.


With Alexandre Mcqueen: Savage Beauty Andrew Bolton gives us a powerful view inside the mind of the designer. Where as I have sometimes thought that exhibits at the Costume Institute fell a little short of what they should be, with this one they do a terrific job of showing us the art of fashion and the the brilliance of this true CrĂ©ateur. I have never met McQueen but I’m sure he was an incredibly loving person. His passing left us with a legacy that will be remembered as being that of one of the great geniuses in the history of fashion.


For a taste of the exhibition see the below video:


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty runs through July 31 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For more information visit theexhibition website.


For more on this story and others in contemporary art, design and architecture visit Culturalblahblah at http://www.culturalblahblah.com

Design: EL MAC

easily the top of the top when it comes to photo realistic graffiti art....el mac is THAT DUDE. i've always been amazed @ the things he creates. allow me to share with you some of his SERIOUSLY ill ass work. prepare to be slapped up, flipped and rubbed down by the visual dopeness.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fashion: Year of the Rabbit! (Bugs Bunny would be proud)

Ehh...What's up ...Hare Jordan... its the year of the Rabbit! And you better be just as Quick as a rabbit to get your hands on this May 7th release. These are extremely limited with only 300 released in China alone. Another great color way in the Jordan Retro 7. Very San Francisco 49ers. They should be sure to sell out before they hit the shelf.

Fashion: Hermes

If you really on your Fashion game! its a Must to own a Hermes Belt... Catch your favorite Celebrites rocking Hermes!!! you already know i own one myself lol.. do you?