2.28.2010

D.C. HAS MORE HIV VICTIMS THAN AFRICA?


HIV Still Plagues the U.S.: Some Areas Have Higher Rates Than Africa
Newsweek
By Jaime Cunningham


In December, NEWSWEEK argued that new signs of life were showing in the AIDS activism movement. Let's hope so. Recent research published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that within certain populations in America, the prevalence of HIV-infected people is higher than in certain parts of Africa:


More than 1 in 30 adults in Washington, D.C., are HIV-infected—a prevalence higher than that reported in Ethiopia, Nigeria, or Rwanda. Certain U.S. subpopulations are particularly hard hit. In New York City, 1 in 40 blacks, 1 in 10 men who have sex with men, and 1 in 8 injection-drug users are HIV-infected, as are 1 in 16 black men in Washington, D.C. In several U.S. urban areas, the HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men is as high as 30%—as compared with a general-population prevalence of 7.8% in Kenya and 16.9% in South Africa.


What’s interesting is that the research shows that a person’s sexual network, more than just his or her lifestyle choices, defines the risk of getting HIV in America. So, black and Hispanic women are at increased risk due to the instability of their sexual relationships —which is attributed to the high rate of incarceration of men in their networks—and their vulnerable or dependent economic situation, which may cause them to be fearful of suggesting safer-sex options to their companions. And black men who have sex with men are at high risk because of the likelihood of their choosing to engage in sexual activity with someone who is racially similar, and because of the prevalence of HIV within their sexual networks.

SOURCE: NEWSWEEK

2.26.2010

Birth of the Cool: 20 Black Style Pioneers

Birth of the Cool: 20 Black Style Pioneers
So what if Black History Month is winding down? The calendar can't contain the legacy of these supremely stylish icons. By the men behind Street Etiquette


As we reported over on The GQ Eye, the sharp-dressed young gentlemen behind the blog Street Etiquette —Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs—recently launched a D.I.Y. photo project to commemorate Black History Month and the style legacy of men like Miles Davis and Sammy Davis Jr. We're fans of the feature, and of the blog's overarching appetite for figuring out what makes classic American style tick, and asked Joshua and Travis to collaborate with us on an expanded, more in-depth list. Here, then, a slideshow of the in-many-cases-unsung style heroes whose sartorial impact and influence reach way beyond the year's shortest month—in the words of the Street Etiquette guys themselves.


THIS IS AMAZING, SHOUTS OUT TO GQ MAG!

SOURCE: http://www.gq.com/how-to/fashion/201002/black-history-month-black-style-pioneers-article

2.25.2010

SIERRA CHUK VANS





VANS IS A GREAT QUALITY SHOE...GOTTA LOVE IT!

WIZ KALIFA INTERVIEW W/ FLYING WITH DA FISHES

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Fashion week features few black runway models



NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dearth of black models strutting the catwalks is a persistent issue in the fashion world and while the numbers have improved, there are still too few, fashion observers say.

U.S. | Lifestyle

At New York's semi-annual Fashion Week ending on Friday, many designers used two or three black models, in the more than 30 shows attended by Reuters reporters. Several only used one, and some had none. Most of the shows featured between 12 and 25 models.

Labels Tracy Reese, DKNY and Diane von Furstenberg displayed a high number of black models this season while others, such as Vivienne Tam, did not use any.

Too few industry types are following the lead of former Vogue editor Grace Mirabella, the first to use a black model on the magazine's cover, said Tim Gunn, creative director at Liz Claiborne and co-host of Bravo television's "Project Runway."

Some designers consider cultural and ethnic diversity on the runway, "but there are not enough," he said.

While the issue was once left to pioneering black models Iman and Naomi Campbell to note, attention has grown recently.

This year, Vogue Italia's first "Black Issue," with more than 20 black models, created worldwide buzz and sold out.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, the U.S. industry trade group, has said it is up to the designers to establish ethnic diversity. This season, the group's president, Diane von Furstenberg, urged them to seek a diversity of models.

Blacks make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, according to census data.

Some insiders said fashion still discriminates.

"Visually on the runways, it has improved," said Bethann Hardison, a 1970s African-American runway model. "But the results are still racist. You choose the same white and you never go towards the brown or the dark."

Designer Tracy Reese said the question of diversity on the runway needs to be brought up again and again to ensure change.

"If it's too exclusionary, it puts me off," she said.

CLOTHES COME FIRST

More than three decades after Yves Saint Laurent hired the first black model for his collection, many designers say it's their right to cast models regardless of race.

Rubin Singer, who said he was criticized for "going too ethnic" by using a high number of black models last season, said his choice always depends on the designs and what sells.

"I'm dressing women here," he said. "I'm building a business and building my customer base."

Designer Michael Angel said: "I don't ever think about color, nor do I think of race. That is the most backward way to think."

Other designers blamed the modeling agencies.

"It's very hard to find them," said Adriano Iodice. "If you ask an agency to send 25 composites of models, only two or three of them will be black."

IMG Models did not return calls for comment. Neal Hamil, of Elite Model Management, said his agency was "stepping in the right direction" and he sees progress.

"I believe the fashion industry has taken note on this serious issue. The greater number of ethnic models seen on the runway is apparent," he said.

Others said discussions of the issue and media attention had stirred the industry's consciousness.

"There has been a definite surge, to use the military term, of much diversity, particularly more black girls," said Andre Leon Talley, editor-at-large at Vogue. "There's been a series of conversations. It's a fresh moment."

A spotlight on race due to Barack Obama's presidential nomination could spill into fashion, commentators said.

"It is my hope because of Michelle Obama that fashion will grasp it and redefine beauty," said fashion author Kathryn Finney, referring to the Democratic candidate's wife.

Gunn added that not just the runways need to change.

"I would like to see more diversity among fashion designers," he said. "With more support for designers of color, that can help this issue as well."

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1145982120080912

KANYE'S NEW BLOG



OH YEAH. JUST INCASE YOU DIDNT KNOW, KANYE'S NEW BLOG IS UP, CHECK IT OUT! (AFTER YOU READ MINE LOL)>>> http://www.kanyewest.com/

JOEY CRACK IN STUDIO WITH COOL AND DRE

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RAEKWON: IN SEARCH OF STONEY JACKSON

DAME GIVIN' GAME FOR NEW RAPPERS

2.19.2010

Wiz Khalifa's DayToday Season 2 Ep. 7

53 Ways to Become a Better Entrepreneur



FOR ALL MY ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS I THINK THIS IS SOME VALUABLE GAME THAT YOU NEED TO READ...THAT IS IF YOU'RE REALLY FOCUSED ABOUT BEING SUCCESSFUL...

Do you want to become a better entrepreneur? Well who doesn't, right?

Over the past 8 years I have started around 9 companies. Sadly most of them failed, but the good news is, I have learned a lot over the years. Some of these things maybe obvious to you, while others may not, but none-the-less there will be something that will be beneficial to you.

Here are 53 things to keep in mind if you want to be a better entrepreneur:

1.Don’t let emotions cloud your decisions.
2.Accept criticism, no matter who gives it to you.
3.Never stop networking.
4.Learn from your own mistakes.
5.Learn from other people’s mistakes.
6.Around every corner lies an opportunity for you to sell something.
7.Don’t get too greedy… pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered.
8.Try not to mix your family life with your business life.
9.No matter how successful you are, you shouldn't’t stop learning.
10.Spending money on good lawyers and accountants will save you more money in the long run.
11.Don’t pick a stupid company name and if you do, don’t change it later on.
12.Hiring employees won’t solve most of your problems.
13.Be agile because slow and steady won’t win the race.
14.Being agile isn’t enough, you also have to be scrappy too.
15.Having a good business partner will be a key factor in your success.
16.Don’t be afraid of the unknown.
17.It is easier to save money than it is to make it.
18.You don’t always have to innovate; there is nothing wrong with copying.
19.Have a marketing plan.
20.Don’t under estimate your competition; you can’t always know what they are doing.
21.Watching movies like Boiler Room, will teach you how to sell.
22.If you don’t have a business mentor, you better get one.
23.Your income will be the average of your 5 closest friends, so pick them wisely.
24.Diversifying is a good way to play things safe.
25.It doesn’t matter what you want, it only matters what your customers want.
26.When others are fearful, you should be greedy. And when they are greedy you should be fearful.
27.You don’t always have to pay for advice. You’ll be amazed with the free advice you can get pick up from the web.
28.The best chances you have of becoming rich is through your willingness of working hard.
29.Even the most idiotic business idea can make money.
30.Sex sells and it always will.
31.An easy way to make more money is to up sell to your current customer base.
32.Base your business decisions around metrics.
33.There is no such thing as a safe bet.
34.You don’t have to start a business to be successful.
35.Raising venture capital is harder than being struck by lightening.
36.Staying under the radar isn’t always a bad thing. Being out in the open is a great way to attract more competitors.
37.Learn to be a team player.
38.If you ever get screwed over, think twice before you burn the bridge.
39.Learn to manage both your personal and business money.
40.Live in a location filled with entrepreneurs.
41.If you don’t take any risks, there will not be any rewards.
42.Don’t let anything stand in your way.
43.Sometimes you have to wait for good deals to come to you.
44.The smartest route isn’t always the easiest route.
45.Being too aggressive can backfire.
46.With networking, it isn’t about whom you know, it is about whom your network knows.
47.It’s never a bad thing to know too many rich people. Whether you like them or not, they can always come in handy. So make sure you always play nice with them.
48.Use your email signature to promote your business.
49.Don’t be afraid of social media. It is a great channel for customer acquisition.
50.You’ll learn more from starting your own business, than going to business school.
51.Having a personal blog doesn’t only help build your personal brand, but it helps your business as well.
52.Your competitors don’t have to be your enemies, you can learn a lot from them.
53.You can grow your business by working for free.

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Video: B.o.B & Bruno Mars “Nothing on You” Behind the Scene

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Kindle App for BlackBerry A to Z




FINALLY BLACKBERRY GETS SOME LOVE OVER HERE!

Rick Owens 2010 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection



NICKI DOES FADER

2.18.2010

LADY GAGA PAPARAZZI COVER



I LIKE THE WAY SHE SANG THIS!

LTL LIFER TALKS ABOUT J.D.'S MOVEMENT



WHERE MY LIFERS AT?

LOL

2.17.2010

GLC feat. Trouble Andrew/ LAY IT DOWN from Noah Banks on Vimeo.

CHIDDY BANG "OPPOSITE OF ADULTS"



FUNNY AS HECK!

WHEN THE CAMERA COMES ON SKIT



THESE DUDES ARE STRAIGHT FOOLS...SHOUT OUT TO LIL DUVAL FOR COMIN' THROUGH TO FAMU YESTERDAY

BIG SEAN- LEMONDADE


YO...THIS DUDE IS DEF' NEXT UP...

2.16.2010

2.15.2010

I MIGHT NEED AN iPHONE



Whether you’re running a small business, gearing up for your summertime lemonade stand, or simply want a way to process the door charges at your next multi-kegger, Square can help. This new service uses a small headphone port-connecting card reader and accompanying iPhone app to allow you to accept credit, debit, and pre-paid gift card payments anywhere you have an Internet connection. The customer signs with their finger, and can even have the receipt sent directly to their e-mail account. Beats the hell out of the ol’ metal cash box.

JAY-Z SPEAKS ON NOT BEING ON THE WE ARE THE WORLD REMAKE



I AGREE WITH JAY... THIS SONG SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN TOUCHED...I CAN RESPECT THE CAUSE THOUGH...
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