Feeling the pulse of the ‘NuSkool’
Photos and question by Christopher McIntyre
Feeling the pulse of the ‘NuSkool’
Photos and question by Christopher McIntyre
Photos and question by Christopher McIntyre
Question: Did you listen to 1290 AM & what do you think about it being no longer on the air?
Cedric Noble: “I didn’t listen to 1290 AM but it’s a shock to hear that. I never would have known.”
Christopher McIntyre: “My mother loved to listen to 1290 AM so I heard it for years growing up. When I got wind that it was bought out to play Elvis music, I felt like the community lost a jewel but when you have enough money to pay you can play whatever you want. If people don’t like it, the community should create a radio station for themselves.”
Winter should come with another weather advisory—rough beauty conditions ahead. The main culprits are cold air, which holds less moisture than warm air, and low humidity and central heating, which make already dry hair and skin even drier. But cold weather also hits harder as you get older, when the production of skin’s natural moisturizers dips with age, says Doris Day, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center.
The result: Your skin becomes rough and flaky while your hair feels dry and loses its shine. These simple cold weather beauty tricks will help your skin smooth, your hair shiny, and your makeup looking fresh well past the groundhog’s springtime start date.
1. Invest in a humidifier.
If your heating system doesn’t have a built-in humidifier, place a portable unit in your bedroom to add extra moisture into the air and prevent dry skin and eyes in the winter. Set the unit for 30 to 50% humidity during the winter months, advises the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (Humidity levels above 60% may allow moisture to build up and condense on surfaces where bacteria can settle and flourish.) Change water in your humidifier daily and clean out the unit every week to destroy bacteria that can grow in stagnant water. Breathing in dirty mist can cause respiratory problems that are especially dangerous to allergy or asthma sufferers.
They say change is constant and if you were under the impression that your beauty regimen is an exception to the rule, you’re wrong. As the temperatures drop, there are some habits that you may need to alter and others that you may normally alter when you actually shouldn’t. Here’s how to continue looking your best during the coolest months of the year.
2. Take special care in the shower.
Cold weather strips the skin of moisture and it causes people to seek increasing amounts of warmth. Instead of heating up your shower, heat up your bathroom. Hot water promotes dryness so try to keep the water temperature lukewarm to warm and avoid making a habit of long showers and baths.
Drier skin often comes with more ashiness. For many people, the instinctive response is more exfoliation and rightfully so. But, you need to concentrate on the method. People of color should avoid excessive abrasive exfoliation because the friction can cause discoloration. Though the concern is not as great for those with lighter skin, dermatologists recommend that the bulk of exfoliating be done by way of products that contain glycolic and lactic acids.
3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
You will need to take extra measures to replenish moisture. To do so, you should switch to a heavy body moisturizer if you aren’t currently using one. You also want to make sure that it has a humectant, which is an ingredient that attracts moisture. Examples include urea, hyaluronic acid and glycerol.
Remember that moisturizers are designed to act as barriers. These products are most effective when applied while you are damp because they will trap the water against your skin, so blot and then apply.
Heating sources are another common moisture robber. To counteract the effects of dry heat, you should consider investing in a humidifier. If you can, place it in your work area, the area of your home where you spend most of your time, and by your bed when you sleep.
You may notice that your nails tend to grow better in the warmer months than in the winter. Dryness is not an issue that people readily associate with the nails but it is a problem that commonly occurs. To fight it, apply cuticle oil or hand and nail cream at least twice a day.
4. Drink more water.
When the temperatures drop, how and what people drink often changes. Water consumption tends to plummet, which is a critical mistake because hydration is connected to moisture, and moisture is essential during the colder months. People also tend to drink more hot beverages, a habit that is believed to increase dryness of the lips.
Keep drinking sufficient amounts of water and regularly apply a moisturizing product to your lips, but remember that most lipsticks are not the solution because they usually have a dehydrating effect.
5. Pay attention to what’s on your plate.
It may seem that your appearance somehow takes a dive in the winter. You may not have thought about it, but people often eat differently once the chill moves in. Salads, cooked veggies and fruits may make fewer and fewer appearances on the grocery shopping list. Be aware of this tendency and avoid it. Your diet is your primary source of nutrients, which supplies the building blocks for healthy hair, skin and nails and the tools to repair and combat damage.
6. Protect yourself from the sun.
Another habit that largely changes for the worse is the application of sunscreen. Though it may not be as bright outside, UV rays are still present and can still do the same amount of damage. This is especially true when it snows because the rays tend to reflect off the surface. To avoid cold weather sun damage, loyal to your sun protection products.
The journalist who questioned NFL player Robert Griffin III’s blackness apologized Wednesday.
ESPN announced Thursday that it is suspending commentator Rob Parker for 30 days over his on-air remarks about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, tightening editorial oversight of the “First Take” show and taking “appropriate disciplinary measures” against employees who played a role in allowing Parker’s remarks on the air.
On Dec. 13, Parker questioned whether Griffin was a “real” black man and was suspended “until further notice” two days later. ESPN said it was “conducting a full review.”
Parker had defended his remarks before the suspension, but he apologized on Wednesday, saying in an extended Twitter message, “I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. . . .”
Some, such as Sam Laird of the Mashable website, expected a worse fate for Parker. “ESPN is now reportedly considering firing Parker altogether,” Laird wrote on Wednesday.
Others questioned whether “First Take” itself should be reined in, saying the program’s atmosphere was too freewheeling.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports wrote Saturday, “. . . those within the network who have decided to abdicate any sense of journalistic responsibility in favor of a craven desire for ratings and ‘buzz’ should probably take a few minutes and consider that they created and nourished an environment by which Rob Parker, who had made multiple professional missteps before, could thrive by saying stupid stuff and getting away with it.”
ESPN addressed that sentiment in its Thursday statement from Marcia Keegan, a vice president of production for ESPN, who oversees First Take:
“ESPN has decided to suspend Rob Parker for 30 days for his comments made on last Thursday’s episode of First Take. Our review of the preparation for the show and the re-air has established that mistakes both in judgment and communication were made. As a direct result, clearly inappropriate content was aired and then re-aired without editing. Both were errors on our part.
“To address this, we have enhanced the editorial oversight of the show and have taken appropriate disciplinary measures with the personnel responsible for these failures. We will continue to discuss important issues in sports on First Take, including race. Debate is an integral part of sports and we will continue to engage in it on First Take. However, we believe what we have learned here and the steps we have taken will help us do all that better.”
Parker said in the fateful broadcast:
“Some people I’ve known for a long time. My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is … is he a ‘brother,’ or is he a cornball ‘brother’? He’s not really … he’s black, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the guy you’d want to hang out with. I just want to find out about him. I don’t know, because I keep hearing these things. He has a white fiancée, people talking about that he’s a Republican … there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Tiger Woods was like, ‘I have black skin, but don’t call me black.’ People wondered about Tiger Woods early on — about him.”
Although Parker apologized in his Tuesday Twitter post, he insisted, “I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community.
“The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one. I regrettably introduced some points that I never should have and I completely understand the strong response to them, including ESPN’s reaction.
“Perhaps most importantly, the attention my words have brought to one of the best and brightest stars in all of sports is an unintended and troubling result. Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete who not only can do great things on the field, but off the field handles himself in a way we are all taught — with dignity, respect and pride. I’ve contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.”
While Parker was widely condemned for his remarks, media critic Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times wrote that suspension should take place only after Parker goes back on “First Take” and has the right kind of discussion about race.
“. . . There’s a lot going on here. African Americans have a long, tortured struggle with self-identity in a white-dominated society which has often associated our culture with the worst shortcomings in morality and intelligence,” Deggans wrote last week.
“It’s understandable that some people would be wary of black celebrities who might seek to minimize, disavow or downplay their connection to black people as if they are sidestepping something undesirable. . . .
“If any ESPN executives are still reading, let me suggest you avoid the corporate reflex of burying this controversy and instead have Parker return to First Take with some people who can talk about this issue with intelligence and insight.”
ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Journal-isms by email, “this decision involved several people in management…and to answer your question, yes, African Americans were actively involved in that decision/discussion.”
Journal-isms is published on the site of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (www.mije.org). Reprinted on The Root by permission.
T-Boz (pictured), one-third of the R&B group TLC, is reportedly getting her own reality show, “Totally T-Boz,” which will air on the TLC cable network in 2013, according to TMZ.
The show will center around T-Boz, whose actual name is Tionne Watkins, and her journey as a single Mom trying to revive her singing career.
Since T-Boz’s recording career has somewhat faded into black, the performer has had a slew of problems, from health to financial, to marital, that she’s battled.
Regarding her health, T-Boz, who announced that she has sickle cell disease back in 1996, was hospitalized for four months in 2002 due to complications from it. And in 2009, she announced that she had a potentially fatal brain tumor, which affected her balance, hearing, sight, and facial movement. At the time, T-Boz sought help from several doctors, but they refused to remove the growth because of her sickle cell illness. The light at the end of her tunnel came when a physician at Los Angeles’ famed Cedar Sinai Hospital made the decision to remove the tumor. While T-Boz survived the surgery, she actually had to learn how to walk and talk again.
During her health crisis, the 42-year-old singer has also had marital woes that eventually lead to a divorce from gangsta rapper Mack 10. T-Boz alleged that her ex-husband was a serial cheater who threatened to kill her, so she was forced to get a restraining order to protect herself. The rapper denied the allegations.
Financially, the sometimes-actress has also had her fair share of struggles. In November 2011, T-Boz was forced to file for bankruptcy again. The filing was not due to elaborate spending practices but due to a lack of income coming in to the household. Reportedly in 2011, from January through October, T-Boz earned only $14,000. At the time, her monthly expenses totaled about $8,821, and of this number, $5,170 was for her mortgage alone.
Last April, T-Boz announced a comeback TLC tour that would feature bandmate Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas and a hologram of the late group member Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes, but so far, there has been no further updates regarding this news.
As for her new show, it will feature T-Boz’s daughter with Mack-10, her brother, and other extended family members. The show’s filming is taking place at her home in Atlanta.
Move will help reduce air pollution, improve health in downtown Milwaukee
Residents in downtown Milwaukee will soon be able to breathe easier, after We Energies announced new plans this morning to convert the coal-burning Valley Power Plant to cleaner-burning natural gas.
“Today’s announcement is a victory for the 24,000 residents who live within one mile of Valley and suffer from the pollution coming from the plant every day,” said Katy Walter, clean energy specialist at Clean Wisconsin. “Congratulations to all of our partners at the Cleaner Valley Coalition, who helped make this victory possible.”
Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the Valley Power Plant is one of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in the state. It is a significant source of toxic mercury pollution as well as soot and smog, which are linked to serious health problems including asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes. Converting the plant to natural gas will help substantially reduce pollution coming from the plant, making the air cleaner and healthier to breathe.
“Moving away from burning coal is especially good news for the 30,000 children in Milwaukee County who suffer from asthma,” said Walter. “Throughout this campaign we’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from hundreds of families for whom relief cannot come soon enough.”
In March of 2011, Clean Wisconsin and Sierra Club filed a petition with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, contending that the Valley Power Plant’s air permit violated the Clean Air Act. At the same time, Clean Wisconsin also worked with its partners the Cleaner Valley Coalition, which includes health, environmental, civil rights, faith and community organizations, to pressure We Energies to clean up the plant.
This morning We Energies announced it would file an application with the Public Service Commission (PSC) to convert the plant to natural gas. The company predicts the conversion to be completed in 2015 or 2016 if approval is received.
“The Valley plant has been polluting downtown Milwaukee’s air for far too long,” said Walter. “Today’s announcement is welcome news that Milwaukee can look forward to a cleaner, healthier future.”
by: Ronnie Tyler
Last year, Lamar and I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know (Milwaukee native) Speech Thomas (founder and lead vocalist of the two-time Grammy Award winning group, Arrested Development) and his lovely wife, Yolanda. Arrested Development is best known for bringing balance to hip-hop. In a time, when Gangsta rap was all the rage, Arrested Development was able to successfully provide a more positive and socially conscious alternative.
I was happy to find that Speech is exactly the way I imagined him to be; a very kind and positive person that cares deeply for people.
Below is an interview that I did with Speech for Moms Clean Air Force. He explains why Arrested Development decided to produce a song and video that tackles environmental issues, and what he thinks each person can do to make real changes to improve the environment.
What Inspired Arrested Development to produce a song and video (Greener) that tackles environmental issues?
The whole idea of being health & green conscious had primarily been a “white” thing to a lot of black people I met. We addressed the green revolution from a regular black persons perspective, to try to get information out there.
In AD’s song “GREENER”, you say: “Blacks want to be green…They want to recycle.” Can you elaborate on what you mean by that statement?
Being conscientious of the lands resources and its power, are concepts that resonate innately in indigenous people, and of course, people of African descent too. There’s something deep within us, that make us want to care for the Earth.
Do you think there is a perception that African Americans are not environmentally conscious? If so, why?
Yes, the perception is that we don’t care. I think it’s because of two reasons: 1. We’ve been stripped of our initial connection with the land. Through the sheer embarrassment & exploitive nature of slavery, share cropping, and the injustice that we associate with working the land, we’ve tried to disconnect from that pain. I believe it was just to survive emotionally & have hope again. We gotta keep in mind that slavery was less than 200 years ago; that’s my great grandmother’s parents. 2. Our deep cycle of poverty (that centuries of slavery brought about) made it imperative to search for work in urban areas after the industrial revolution. That need placed us within urban landscapes. These realities have made us learn other skills to survive and thrive. What once was natural to us i.e.: passing down clothes generationally, conserving water, growing our own foods, and saving electricity became foreign. The framework of using special light bulbs, recycling by putting things in bins, considering electric cars, felt weird to us. It’s a new learning curve, and a new application of things we historically understood.
As a father, what are you doing to ensure that your children understand that we all have the responsibility to protect the environment?
Talks, and gradual changes in our life. As we learn more we do more. It’s definitely a process. The biggest thing is that we try to make it fun and connect it to God, and how blessed we are to have this Earth!
We regularly talk about things that everyday people can do (i.e. ditch Styrofoam, change light bulbs, and recycle.) But we want big change. How do you envision that happening?
People are steadily coming to me offering NEW and EXCITING alternatives to fossil fuels, environmental practices and lifestyle. I say we need to simply follow their direction and lead. These visionaries are popping up everywhere! Atlanta Recording Studios like Tree Sound is using wind & solar power & biodiesel to bring clients amazing results. There’s race car manufactures like BioFuelracing that makes race cars that go up to 200 MPH off of biodiesel fuel, they’re also educating at their events on the connection between health and environment. It’s exciting. TwoVital’s Dwayne Bass, creates Rubblox furniture made of recycled rubber! The Atlanta University Center Sustainable Campus and Community Initiative (ASCCI) and it’s Executive Director, Dr. Olu Olatidoye have created the ability to transform used cooking grease from Atlanta’s local restaurants and fire departments to biodiesel fuel. It was an amazing lesson on how many people are excited about making the most of what we already have!
There are many people who are trying to gut the Clean Air Act and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency. Do you think governmental regulations for global warming/climate change are needed?
I’m torn. I know that governmental agencies can often be too cumbersome and they get abused by greedy people looking for handouts. However, I know I believe in educating consumers, so they demand better products, stop buying the bad stuff, and let capitalism do what it does best.
I think we’ve got to start educating people on the sacred nature of all people. Expose the disparities between the poor and wealthy, so that healthy food choices become available & realistic for the poor. Public transportation should be biodiesel so it doesn’t emit so much smog that creates asthma. These things should be regulated, but just as important, they must be understood, so the people themselves see the need.
What is your hope for the future for your kids as it pertains to the environment?
We want them to be able to grow any foods they want without companies owning rights to the seeds. We want them to enjoy clean air and water to drink! We want them to be aware of the power that natural foods possess to invigorate, heal and refresh their lives! We have “FREE” resources all around us and I want my kids to see that blessing and bring happiness to their future families because of it.
What’s next for Arrested Development?
We’re about to release a NEW album, July 4th, called “STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS!” Our single just dropped, it’s called, “LIVING!” We’re extremely excited about our 20th year in music, we’ll tour throughout the U.S to celebrate!