Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rachel Weisz Casual Medium Length Hairstyle

We often see Rachel Weisz on the red carpet while sporting some very elegant updo hairstyle, but she proves she can look equally as beautiful with a casual "blowdryer and go" hairstyle.

I love this simple medium length hairstyle in these photos, fits her perfectly.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti's work enjoys posthumous revival

Abami Eda Lives on: Starting November 23, musical theater fans visiting New York won't just be angling for tickets to Broadway productions of "Chicago," "Mamma Mia!" and "Rock of Ages." They'll also have the chance to see "Fela!" -- a new musical at the Eugene O'Neill Theater about the influential Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and the opportunity to choose Afrobeat over show tunes, ABBA hits and Disney songs.

What's at stake in this Broadway venture, however, is much more than recreational tourist dollars. The show will help find a larger audience for Kuti, who before his death in 1997 pioneered Afrobeat from the sounds of James Brown and West African high-life music, became a political icon in his native Nigeria and earned the admiration of everyone from Paul McCartney to the Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.
Rikki Stein, Kuti's former co-manager and the executor of his estate, plans to capitalize on this exposure to cement his legacy as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
"I have an abiding regret that Fela never achieved the recognition he deserved during his lifetime," Stein says. "We have a long row to hoe in terms of general knowledge and acceptance."
In addition to green-lighting "Fela!," Kuti's estate has licensed his catalog to the newly revived Knitting Factory Records. The well-timed deal will result in the reissue of Kuti's complete catalog -- 45 albums -- during the next 12 years.
"The industry always talks about who the next big legacy artist will be," says Ian Wheeler, label manager of Knitting Factory Records. "It should have been Fela years ago. We're really trying to bring a new audience around the world, and particularly in the U.S., to his music."
Up first is the October 27 release "The Best of the Black President," a compilation of Kuti's best-known material. The set is being sold at previews of "Fela!" and at Felabrations, a series of Afrobeat DJ parties organized by Knitting Factory Records and its marketing partner, Giant Step.
"We're a conduit for raising awareness of Afrobeat," says DJ Rich Medina, who founded the Kuti tribute party Jump N' Funk in 2001 and headlined four of 18 Felabrations nationwide. "It's a way of helping the cause."
"The first thing we're doing is galvanizing the core base of Fela fans," Giant Step founder/CEO Maurice Bernstein says, "then using the messaging to make him relevant in a universal way. You can live in Detroit and understand what (the famous Kuti saying) 'Music is the weapon' means, just like you would Bob Marley's 'One Love' or Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On?'"
The first batch of reissues arrive February 2: "The '69 Los Angeles Sessions," "Live With Ginger Baker," "London Scene"/"Shakara," "Rodoforofo Fight," "Open & Close"/"Afrodisiac" and "Gentleman"/"Confusion." It's not only the first time Kuti's early London recordings with Koola Loobitos will be reissued but also the debut of his catalog on vinyl, which Knitting FactoryVampire Weekend. hopes will attract a new generation of music collectors who listen to African-influenced bands like
"Every day there are traces of new people discovering Fela's music," Wheeler says. "But there has never been a swell of activity around him like this."
Though MCA reissued Kuti's catalog in 2001, Bernstein, who also helped market that series, says its potential wasn't fully realized. "MCA was a major label, and no matter how much they said they loved Fela and how important he was, he was definitely lost in the shuffle," he says.
Stein is all too familiar with labels' conflicted admiration for Kuti. In the mid-'80s, he says he met with every major about the prospect of a deal. "They all received me respectfully and saw Fela as akin to Miles Davis or any of the jazz greats," Stein recalls. "But they'd ask: 'Rikki, which three minutes of this 18-minute song do you want me to put on the radio?' "
"I'd ask Fela to write me a small tune," Stein adds. "He used to say, 'I'm writing African classical music. Don't mess with Tchaikovsky.'"
A deal nearly came to fruition in 1993, when then-Motown Records president Jheryl Busby offered Kuti a five-album deal under his new Africa-oriented label, with a $1.3 million advance for each album and another $1 million for full ownership of Kuti's catalog, Stein says. But after talking to his spirit advisers, Kuti refused to sign until April 1995. Busby left Motown the week of the scheduled signing, and Andre Harrell's first action as Motown's new president was to ax the African label.
In Knitting Factory Records and the producers of "Fela!," Stein has found partners who are more attuned to the cause of expanding Kuti's legacy.
"Fela!" re-creates the Shrine, the Lagos, Nigeria, nightclub where Kuti played multiple nights each week with his band, Africa 70. A collective of singers, dancers and musicians performs Kuti songs including "Shakara," "Zombie" and "Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense" behind lead actor Sahr Ngaujah, who won an Obie Award for his spot-on portrayal of Kuti in the show's Off Broadway run last year. The effect is less stuffy theater and more raucous concert -- just as its creators intended.
"The Broadway experience can be like sitting with blinders on," "Fela!" director/choreographer Bill T. Jones says. "This is a show you enjoy as much with your body as with your mind. It's free and communal."
"There was a constant struggle between keeping Fela's music pure and deconstructing it for the audience," says the show's musical director, Aaron Johnson, who translated Kuti's Yoruba and pidgin lyrics and is also the conductor/trombonist of the acclaimed Afrobeat band Antibalas. "I've been very pleasantly surprised with the response so far."
Nor have the most controversial aspects of Kuti's life been smoothed over, from his simultaneous "wedding" to 27 women to his clashes with the Nigerian government that led to a brutal 1977 attack on his Kalakuta compound. "It's all out there," Stein says. "Fela has not been sanitized."
That hasn't done anything to quell the show's positive word-of-mouth, the result in no small part to the fact that tastemaker musicians like the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson have sung its praises. Jay-Z called it "fantastic" after attending a show, fueling reports that the rapper will become involved with it in an official capacity.
"There's going to be an enormous incentive for people to investigate Fela when they know that Jay-Z, Will Smith and Alicia Keys are all rabid fans," Stein says. "It's a sign that the underground is moving overground."
Further proof that a Kuti revival of sorts is under way: A screenplay for a biopic is in the works, to be directed by the U.K. filmmaker Steve McQueen ("Hunger").
"I believe that with the show, the film and the reissues, a lot is going to change," Stein says. "We'll see a much wider audience for Fela. There were a million people at his funeral shouting, 'Fela will live forever.' Of course, they were right."
(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)
NEW YORK (Billboard)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another Hot Single From Nigerian Megastar “9ice”

Barely two weeks after dropping the first single off his up coming album “Tradition” 9ice hits us with the energy. “Energy” the latest single from 9ice has had people anticipating its release since its teaser was posted online.

In this feel good song, 9ice shows us he can be versatile by fine tuning his style and playing with different languages without drawing too far from what makes him 9ice. He doesn’t disappoint with fluidity in his lyrics, playing with words, and still reminding us about his happiness.

Energy produced by Cheepo, who is currently one of the hottest producers on market will have you dancing and bobbing your head to the tune while still reminding you that 9ice is infact a true modern connoisseur of our Tradition.

Gbamu Gbamu and now Energy leave us without a doubt that Tradition will be very well worth the listen and constant rotation.

Links to the song

From: 9ice Facebook Fan Group.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Free Holiday Clippy with $25.00 purchase!

Seasons greetings! The holidays are here! Halloween is just around the corner and then Thanksgiving and Christmas are a blink away. What better way to celebrate the season than with FREE Holiday No Slippy Clippies!? For a limited time only when you shop on No Slippy's website and purchase $25.00 or more from our regular offered clips, you will receive a free holiday clip. Our holiday clips include a Halloween pumpkin, a spooky ghost, a Christmas tree or even Santa Clause himself. :) When checking out simply include the holiday clip of your choice in the comment box and it will be included in your order. But don't forget this offer is here only for a limited time so hurry hurry hurry before it's too late. Happy shopping makes Happy Holidays!

Below are just 5 of the many holiday clips to choose from. Click here to see them all.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rose McGowan Dark Brunette Hair

Rose McGowan is perhaps the most beautiful fair skinned woman in all of Hollywood, and beauty is usually accompanied by great style which something she also knows a thing or two about.

This medium-long dark brunette hairstyle is a perfect example of the great beauty and style she possesses.

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Swine Flu Frustrations"

While reading US News online today I came across an article that addresses concerns on every parents mind these days: swine flu: how do I prevent it and what do I do if they get it? A statistic from this article states that of 76,500 tweens tested (ages 10-14) a staggering 77 percent tested positive. Read the below article for more information about the swine flu vaccine and a mother's frustrations with the whole ordeal.

My daughter has swine flu—I think. She came home from school Monday with chills, headache, nausea, and, in her words, "feeling worse that I ever have in my life." By the next day, she had a fever of 102, a raging cough and a sore throat. A phone call to her doctor confirmed what I suspected. She probably has H1N1, but they're not going to test her or treat her with antiviral drugs and don't need to see her unless she develops breathing problems. Oh, but I should eventually still have her vaccinated against swine flu—just in case she doesn't have it now.

I would have gotten my daughter vaccinated two weeks ago at her annual checkup, but there wasn't any H1N1 vaccine available at that point. (The office didn't even have any seasonal flu vaccine left.) While the pediatrician does have some H1N1 vaccine in stock now, she told me it will probably be gone by the time my daughter's symptoms completely disappear and she can get the vaccine. I spoke to another frustrated mom this week who did manage to get her daughter, a classmate of my daughter, vaccinated—only to have her come down with flu symptoms 12 hours later. This is where vaccines have the potential to be wrongly blamed for causing the diseases they're meant to prevent. This girl was clearly infected with something, most likely H1N1, before she was vaccinated.

Since swine flu has been on my mind 24-7 this week, I decided to draw up a list of my frustrations, gathered from news articles, conversations with friends and family, and my own reporting.

Frustration No. 1: The vaccine is too little, too late. My 14-year-old daughter couldn't get it in time, and my elementary-school-age sons haven't gotten it yet because I don't want to take them out of school for the day to wait in line. My colleague Nancy Shute reported waiting for several hours last week in the rain with her daughter, and the Washington Post reports that more than 1,000 people were lined up Wednesday to get the vaccine at a clinic in Rockville, Md., a few miles from my house. About 160 million vaccine doses were expected to be available in October, but instead just 30 million have been produced. (I'm surprised scalpers haven't started selling shots on eBay.) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a Senate committee this week that the vaccine shortage was due to lower than predicted yields from vaccine manufacturers and some manufacturing "glitches." Apparently, H1N1 grows more slowly in eggs than other flu virus strains. I'm guessing that health officials are beginning to understand the need to modernize this process. After all, those with egg allergies can never get a flu shot because it contains traces of, well, eggs. In fact, there's already a process available for growing flu vaccine in nonanimal cells, according to the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, which blames the current vaccine delay on the government's contracting with overseas companies that use the old-fashioned method.

Frustration No. 2: Unlike strep, there's no widely available test for flu. That rapid flu test that everyone was getting in the spring? Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told doctors to stop using it because it missed too many H1N1 infections. There is, though, a nasal swab test that's far more reliable: It uses a process to amplify the virus's DNA sequence, says Jay Lieberman, medical director of Quest Diagnostics and a professor of pediatrics at the University of California-Irvine. Unfortunately, most labs don't yet have the capability to do this testing, so samples are being taken only from those who need to have their illness confirmed—say, a pregnant woman who's at higher risk of developing complications, a hospitalized patient, or an infected person who has a newborn or family member with asthma at home. "It's important to test individuals when the results will affect how to manage patients or their family members," Lieberman tells me. Given that my daughter had a mild case and no one in the family is at increased risk, he says, there was no reason to test her. He also told me that out of the 76,500 samples tested for swine flu by Quest from May 11 through October 11, about half tested positive. In my daughter's age group (10 to 14 year olds), 77 percent tested positive, which means the vast majority of the time docs suspect swine flu in tweens based on their symptoms, they're actually right. (That's because at the moment, the infection is running rampant through school-age kids, but it's expected to spread to their parents, grandparents and siblings.)

Frustration No. 3: It's hard to get the real story. Even as a reporter, I'm having a hard time getting the facts straight. Public-health officials are staying on message even as reports contradict some of what they're saying, making it hard to figure out what's really going on. A Purdue University study out this week, for example, predicted that outbreaks would peak during October, when most Americans won't have been able to access the vaccine. CDC folks disagree, claiming that only 5 to 10 percent of Americans have been infected so far. How they know that without testing, I have no idea. After all, my daughter and others like her who aren't getting medical care wouldn't appear on their radar screen. Federal officials also say they expect another wave of H1N1 this spring. Then again, the U.S. government spent $2 billion to purchase the vaccine, so they'd like to feel like they're getting their money's worth by actually using it. If another wave doesn't hit, officials can then attribute their good fortune to a successful immunization effort.

Frustration No. 4: The scare tactics are driving me crazy. I'm tired of talk show hosts—yes, you, Bill Maher, and you, Rush Limbaugh—telling me that the vaccine is dangerous or being forced upon me by the government. I'm also tired of CDC officials giving me the number of deaths and hospitalizations caused by H1N1 without putting those numbers into perspective. The chances of actually dying from this flu are less than those of being killed in a car accident. These officials announce at news conferences that the 28 deaths in pregnant women are "really upsetting"—which strikes fear in the hearts of all the pregnant women who may not be able to get the vaccine.

Frustration No. 5: Dealing with the unpredictable is difficult. I guess, like most people, I feel calmer when I'm in control. The H1N1 virus demands my respect because it's so unpredictable. While it doesn't seem to be causing as many deaths as seasonal flu, about 45 percent of those who wind up hospitalized with it have no underlying medical conditions. Unlike with seasonal flu, a number of folks who have died from H1N1 infections were healthy, young, and physically fit. Many were children. So, I watched my daughter like a hawk for the past three days and sent her back to high school Thursday (at her insistence) 36 hours after her fever had broken. I followed government guidelines and my pediatrician's advice, but I hope I made the right decision.

To read more articles like this or covering other current news go to:

Yoruba Movies

Leading Yoruba Movie Stars 2008

Lola Alao:

Lola Alao has been in the Yoruba movie industry for some time, but her skills have not waned. Although she has pulled her weight in the industry over the years, the outgoing year has been particularly eventful for the actress. She has appeared in virtually all the Yoruba movies. Besides, she also produced some hit Yoruba movies.

Ronke Oshodi-Oke:
She is not only well endowed in the upper region, Ronke Oshodi-Oke knows her onions when it comes to acting. Having made a mark in the Yoruba movie industry, it is not a surprise that directors and producers are always running after her. 2008 has not been anything different. For her, it has been a fruitful year.

Toyin Aimakhu:
Irrespective of the scandals that have trailed her in the outgoing year, Toyin Aimakhu sustained her wonderful acting skills. A young producer, Toyin came into the movie industry not too long ago but has taken the industry by storm.

Bukky Wright:
A graduate of Economics, Bukky Wright has been able to sustain her reputation as a versatile actress who is always at home with any role she finds herself playing. In spite of having been in circulation in the Yoruba movie industry for many years, she remains a strong actress who would give other actresses a run for their money.

Saheed Balogun:
He sure has many reasons to count his blessings this year. Last year, he survived an accident that nearly claimed his life. But he came back on track in 2008.In spite of his marital problems, the actor remained on top of his game in 2008.

Femi Branch:
Handsome hunk, Femi Branch, is the man of the moment in the Yoruba movie industry. His profile in the industry has enjoyed a meteoric rise and the actor does not seem prepared to slow down the pace.He has had a lot of movies to his credit this year and seems to have overtaken many who were there before him.

Fathia Balogun:
Formerly married to Saheed Balogun, Fathia is one actress who never allowed scandals or marital problems to affect her career.She has always been a wonderful actress, and she continued to endear herself to fans with her skills in the outgoing year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Are you willing to do mouth to mouth on Fido?

Would you risk the horrors or stinky pet breathe to save your four legged friend's life? That is the slightly silly question being answered in a poll conducted by the associated press. Nationwide, 1,166 pet owners were asked this question (among a few others): Would you be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on your pet in the event of a medical emergency? For me the answer would be of course I would! Given that I had the proper CPR training, why wouldn't I do everything in my power to save my pet's life? Even though of all the people polled the majority would administer mouth to mouth, I was surprised that it was only 58%... only a little over half. That doesn't give me much faith in most pet owners! Here is a snippet of the article on Yahoo News:

LOS ANGELES – Most pet owners would leap into action for an injured pet, even if it meant risking dog breath by going mouth-to-snout.

Fifty-eight percent of pet owners — 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners — would be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on their pet in the event of a medical emergency, according to an Associated poll.

Tammy Parks, 52, of Amherst, Mass., has taken a pet first aid class and wouldn't hesitate to help her 15-year-old mixed breed terriers, Lucy and Julia, or her white fronted Amazon parrot Koko.

"It's not rocket science. The mechanics are the same as humans," said Parks, who was an American Red Cross first aid trainer. "Size is the biggest difference."

In general, though, the poll found few pet owners are prepared to handle pet emergencies. Just 20 percent of pet owners have a pet first aid kit in their home, and 54 percent do not have a fire evacuation plan for their pets.

And the survey revealed frequent reporting of dangerous practices that can lead to accidents and injuries. For example, a quarter of pet owners, including 30 percent of dog owners and 22 percent of cat owners, give their pets bones from table scraps, at least sometimes.

Sixty-two percent of dog owners and a third of cat owners let their pets ride in their cars unrestrained, rather than placing them in a special pet carrier. And 11 percent of pet owners sometimes leave their pets unattended in a car or truck.

Still, most pet owners said they would go the extra mile to rescue their pets. Women were more likely to say they would perform CPR on their pets than men, 65 percent to 50 percent, the poll showed.

Nearly every decision made at the Parks house is made with the safety of the animals in mind.

"We don't use pesticide on the lawn. We don't buy food with pesticide on it. No sugar, no salt, just natural nuts and fruits. No Teflon in the house, no smoking, no air fresheners, no aerosol products," she said, explaining that any one of those things could kill their 7-year-old bird.

Barbara Klingman of Houma, La., said she changed things after her Chihuahua, Honeychild, ate something that forced an emergency trip to the vet.

"I make sure she doesn't have anything she shouldn't have," Klingman said of the 7-pound, 4-year-old dog.

Click here to read the entire article.

What do you think of this? How do you feel you treat your pets? Are they as well cared for as they could be? I would love to hear feedback!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mmmm Pumpkin Pie!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is all of the opportunities to get in my kitchen and bake. Since I have many mouth watering holiday recipes I thought it would be nice to share them all with you and give my readers the opportunity to share theirs as well. I will be posting them one by one randomly throughout the next 2 weeks so stay tuned! At Halloween every year, as is tradition in my family, we not only buy big jack-o-lanterns to carve, we also buy what are called "pie pumpkins" which are smaller, sweeter versions of the traditional Halloween pumpkins, and bake delicious pies. This recipe is my grandmother's and I have stayed true to her original ingredients because I love it so much there is nothing I would differently!

  • 1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (9 inch) (if you have the time to make your own pie crust by all means go for it!)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 15 oz of pumpkin (See below on how to properly prepare pumpkin for pie)
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk (12 oz)

After washing the pie pumpkin in warm water, cut in half diagonally. Scrap out the seeds and inside goop. Discard, unless you want to keep the seeds for roasting. Remove the stem and place in a steamer on the stove top. Cook for about 20-30 min until soft enough to easily scoop out pumpkin with a table spoon. Now you take the pumpkin and put it into a blender for about 2 minutes or until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Now it is ready to use for the pie!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Beat eggs in a larger bowl. Mix together above spice mixture and pumpkin with the eggs. Slowly stir in evaporated milk and pour combined ingredients into pie shell.

Bake for 15 minutes first. Then lower temp to 350 degrees. Bake for another 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Let pie cool for 1 and a half to 2 hours. Enjoy!

Meet the Next Genevieve Nnaji: Vanessa Nzegwu

By Benjamin NJOKU

She’s a self-taught visual artist and a screen goddess, who holds a lot of promise for her generation. Right from when she launched into the mainstream movie world some few years ago, Vanessa Nzegwu is an actress to admire and watch on screen

Since she started experimenting on canvass, Vanessa may not have abandoned her love for acting, as she admits that “acting is what I have loved to do in life.” In this encounter with HVP, this beautiful actress recounts her journey into the world of make-believe, what defines her relationships with the opposite sex, and her expectations in life.

When was your first movie?

I acted my first movie in 2003. I ‘ve been in and out of the industry. I started from Kano before I moved to Enugu. I wanted to act and sometimes, the job doesn’t come easily. And so, you have to try your hands in some other things.
Vanessa Nzegwu

But after awhile, I decided to come back to the industry to try my luck. In the past, I did some movies where some producers gave me roles that I did not like.

So, I turned them down but they said, ‘oh! She’s rude, she’s this..or that…’. Why don’t I just take a break since I’ ve done something good before now?

How long was the break?

That was in 2004. I came back in 2005 to do a movie before I stayed off screen again for sometime. I wasn’t back into Nollywood until recently.

You started out from Kano ….

Yes, I started from Kano but it was on stage. I can’t exactly remember the name of that play that launched me into the world of acting. I just finished my secondary school education then, and found myself acting on stage. It didn’t take me much time to venture into Nollywood.

From Kano, how did you break into Nollywood?

When I started on stage, there were some actors that were invited to Kano State to watch us perform on stage.
Vanessa Nzegwu

The likes of Sam Loco Efe and Tom Njamanze. After watching us on stage, they passed a remark, saying to me, “ You’re good.

We are going to have productions in Enugu.” They invited me to join them, since according to them, I have all it takes to be an actress. I took time to think about it, before making up my mind to give it a trial.

As it were, I travelled to Enugu to launch out, and the very first day I arrived the Coal City, I got a role. For me, it was quite encouraging and I decided to stay. But then….

How did you get the role in Enugu?

I had to register as a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN). I actually went to Enugu for registration.

But when I got there, it was the job that came calling. So, I said to myself ‘what are you going back to do?

Why not just stay back, and get more jobs for yourself?’ Because then, we had very few people who could be good in acting in Enugu. That was how I stayed back. I left Enugu for Lagos. The place appeared to be static for me.

There were no challenges coming my way. And the kind of roles that were given to me were not challenging as such.

I needed someone to challenge me; to make me stand up and face the realities of acting. I needed someone to tell me, “You need to do more than what you’re doing,” and I felt I could have that here in Lagos. So, I moved down to Lagos, and so far I’ve been in Lagos and am still in Lagos.

In the movie you acted in, you’re in love with the guy and along the line, you started feeling jealous. In real life situation, are you jealous?

The way I reacted there, even though it’s a script, is something a whole lot of women would do, and even worse.

Some would even go to the extent of attacking their partner. But my character there wasn’t that violent. So, I couldn’t do more than what I was told to do. But then, as a person, I like being sincere to people. I think I will have time to think about what I did wrong or why he took that course of action.

Because for me to have accepted you as partner, you should be able to tell me what you can and cannot do. And if eventually you did it, and you’re truly sincere and show remorse and no matter how you cry and say I don’t love you, at the end of the day, you will still come back to that guy.

What do you think of yourself?

I think am someone God has created to set things right, to help the less-privileged, and in as much as I don’t have the whole world, I try to do my best with the little I have.

What are your assets ?

By assets, if you mean what I can make money with them, I will say my hands. Because without my hands, I cannot make money.

Considering the fact that you are a very beautiful woman, what can you say about the many men that come around you?

I try as much as possible to be down to earth with them. I try to make them comfortable but not too comfortable. And I try to let them know that this is how far I can go with them, unlike some people who will try to give in because there is no other way out. I try to be diplomatic about it.

Are into a relationship?

Yes, I am.

Is it one that will likely lead to marriage?

You don’t predict what will happen. You just do your own part by finding someone who suits you and then you let God do the rest.

What do you look out for in a man?

I look out for naturalist. You just have to be natural. You have to be sensitive, and also, you have to be creative. When I mean creative, I mean being able to make out something out of nothing even when it looks like all hope is lost, you’re able to put yourself together and say I have what it takes and I can make something out of this.

You are a good dancer.

Thanks a lot.

So do you go to parties?

Yes, once in a while, I go to parties.

Have you ever broken somebody’s heart before?

That’s something I have to really think about. The way I handle my fans is the same way I handle my relationships.

In a sense that after awhile, if you find out that it’s not something that is leading you to the next level, you look for a way of ending it amicably. Both parties would decide and at the end of the day, you remain friends because you never can tell where you will meet yourselves again and what you can benefit from that person.

How do you describe the word, love?

To me, love is a gradual thing. Sometimes, you can see love as being stupid. You can also do stupid things for love. It’s just doing something different from the normal things that you do.

Have you ever been disappointed by friends?

Yes. Most times, I ‘ve been disappointed by friends.

Was it in a relationship?

In relationship, I would not say, I’ve had so many disappointments. Sometimes, we end up being friends. So, at the end of the day, nobody is hurt.

Where do you hope to see yourself in the next few years?

In the next few years, I see myself in the international scene and am working very hard towards it. And then, whatever is making those people better than us, I will be able to bring it back and make the industry a better one.

At the same time, I am hope to set the structure for the up and coming fine artists.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sarah Harding Short Trendy Blonde Hair

The always fabulous and beautiful British pop star singer Sarah Harding has all but trademarked this short blonde trendy hairstyle.

She must have an excellent stylist to keep her looking this fashionable and sharp day in day out.

Friday, October 16, 2009

October Clips of the Month

In all the excitement of Halloween and our new fall products I almost forgot to clue my readers in to our new October clips of the month. In contrast to the general theme of October which is celebrated with symbols like ghoulish goblins, wart faced witches and plump pirate faced jack-o-lanterns, our October clippies showcase a festive holiday season look, without being too garish. After all, we have our Halloween clips for that! :) Also, around this time of the year every one seems to be gearing up for their holiday shopping . With so many people on your Christmas list this year you may feel a little hard pressed to find something perfect for everyone. These darling hair accessories might be just the thing you have been looking for.

Sasha- Stacked/Ribbed Organza Bow.
Comes in 9 beautiful colors. Click here to view them all.

Harper- Top Stitched Square Baby Bow
Comes in 3 colors, all shown below.

Remember these when you are looking for that last minute, simple and inexpensive gift idea for all the women in your life. Baby gifts can be the most difficult thing to find and these clips are just perfect. They will work equally as well, if not better, as stocking stuffers. There small size and beautiful colors will have any recipient jumping for joy!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sarah Jessica Parker Short Curly Hairstyle

Here we have a few photos of the lovely actress Sarah Jessica Parker with an interesting short blonde curly hairstyle.

Sarah Jessica Parker is always quite daring when it comes to new hairstyles, but i don't think this short curly hairstyle was a memorable one.

I feel her choice of long hairstyles are much more appealing for her specific facial structure. Her beautiful facial structure, that is.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Heidi Klum and Seal welcome baby #4!

Lou Sulola Samuel was born October 9, 2009 at 7:46 PM in Los Angeles, to elated parents, Seal and Heidi Klum. Seal released a statement that expressed his feelings for his new and second daughter: "From the moment she looked into both of our eyes, it was endless love at first sight. She is beautiful beyond words and we are happy that she chose us to watch her grow over the coming years." Heidi reports that Lou will indeed be her last child, "It's a lot" she says. :)

Congratulations on the healthy and beautiful addition to the family!

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Genevieve Nnaji speaks on her beauty secret

Can you reveal 3 beauty products that you can't do without and why?
Genevieve "I can't do without makeup remover. I've discovered the monent you don't properly wash and clean your face, especially before going to bed, you end up with filth penetrating your pores and the result is spots and acne. I use N0 7 White Makep -up remover and it works fine for me. I also like face washes and I couldn't live without 'Shiseido range'. I've been using it for years now and I've found it works for me. The third product I couldn't do without is the Shiseido toner. It's good because it clears away all the last residue of your cleanser. Its called Softener and is very gentle on your skin.

What's your best beauty advise?
Genevieve "Something I would recommend for any woman is whenever you have the opportunity, let your skin breath. We need oxygen and air on the naked skin. Maybe it's because I have a career in acting, I appear on TV, in films and in adverts so we tend to wear makeup quite often. I find that when I don't need to wear makeup, I let my skin breath. I cleanse, tone, moisturise, and let my skin breath. If you are going to the gym or going to the market, you don't need to wear make-up. The skin in it's natural state eals itself and gets the opportunity to rejuvenate itself.

What other things do you do to keep looking good?
Genevieve "Getting enough sleep is very good, although having said that, I don't think I personally get as much sleep as I should. Apart from sleep, also visit the gym. I used to go every day but I'm trying to cut it down to every other day. I think you need toned, lean muscles and that's what exercise does. My basic routine is running on the threadmill for about 40minutes, then the exercise bike for about 20minutes and then I do a bit of weights to help tone the arms and thighs. I also play squash and tennis occasionally.

Lipstick or lipgloss?
Genevieve "I have very small lips, when you have tiny lips you end up with the colour everywhere but on your lips where you want it. I think lipgloss suits me better. I love Victoria Secrets glosses. The one I tend to use is nude, and it has a tinge of pink.

What kinds of things do you like doing to your hair?
Genevieve "It's weavon, weavon, weavon I'm afraid. I like curly weaveon. I do braids but I can say probably every four years. I actually like natural hair. My hair is moderately long. The last time I wore my natural hair somebody actually walked up to me and asked me if I were broke! I'm serious. I just said OK, that's the last time I go au naturel. (Laughs).

What do you do to relax?
Genevieve "I find it difficult to sit still for long. Other than a manicure and pedicure, I don't do anything. I don't really like massages. Apart from the fact that I don't enjoy someone touching me like that, by the time I've spent ten minutes there I would just feel that I could be doing something else with my time. I have such little patience. I don't mind watching films when I have time and I like watching TV series.

What's your favourite colour?
Genevieve "Earlier in my career when I was receiving so much attention, I thought that if I wore more black I would be less conspicuous, it didn't work. (laughs). Anyway, I still do a lot of black, I think it suits my complexion. I don't really like bright colours because they make me look 'clown like'. But Ive started mixing my blacks with colour.

How would you describe your style?
Genevieve "I like simple things, I treasure comfort. What I feel comfortable in, makes me feel confident. What I wear usually depend on the occasion".

What's your fashion fetish?
Genevieve "I have to say bags and jewellery. I just love bags. I think it's because I'm really a get-up-and-go kind of person. I'm very much into putting on a pair of jean, a top and I'm ready to go. That's the tomboy part of me coming out. (laughs). I like that look and the only thing that can make you look 'dressed' is a really good bag. I love the artistry of bags. I love the artwork and craftsmanship that goes into making a really good bag. I don't really go for trends, I prefer classic looks and bags that can last forever and never go out of style.

Would you ever consider plastic surgery?
Genevieve "I always say never say never. Realistically this is what I do for a living. This is what puts money in my pocket and food on my table and you do have to do what you have to do. So I have to make sure I look good. Who knows in 20 years how I feel? The truth is that our industry relies a lot on the way you look, that's why I'm doing everything I can not to resort to the knife in the future. That's why I go to the gym to get the fat out and look toned and leaned

She shared her beauty secrets with Desola Bakare of Encomium magazine

Beautiful Black Locks: The Keys to Great Black Hair

Bobs and crops are bold and beautiful but if you want longer, healthier hair we’ve got some tips for you.

Cut the damage. If your ends are fried and tried, scraggly and haggard, disappearing and raggedy let them go. They may add to the length but long doesn’t always mean pretty. Visit your stylist and tell her to cut until it’s even and healthy.

Increase circulation. You can do this in two ways.

1) Get up off of the couch and get your heart pumping. Exercise, it just keeps coming back doesn’t it.

2) Give yourself a daily scalp massage using your fingertips.

You are what you eat. What goes in helps what comes out. Foods rich in vitamins A, B, C and E are essential for growing healthy hair and iron and zinc are proven to help your hair grow its fastest.

Keep it clean, especially if you use a lot of products. Remember, the days of petroleum and mineral oil based hair grease and conditioners have retired. Product build-up can clog follicles and prevent your hair from growing. Be sure to shampoo often (talk to your stylist about how often is often enough for you) and give your hairbrushes and combs a weekly cleansing too so that you’re not re-brushing in old dirt and oil.

Be kind. Long hair is old hair. Swap abrasive products for gentler ones formulated for your hair type. Add a deep treatment or hair mask to your regimen and try to stay away from heat-styling appliances.

Get regular trims. You want your hair to stay undamaged and split-end free. Otherwise you’ll end up back where you started

Black Women and Hair Growth

A lot of us struggle with hair growth, breakage, and all around treatment. Hair is sometimes a burden, and almost always a job to maintain. This problem in the African American hair community may finally have some answers...or at least suggestions we can try.

From researching black hair growth all around the web, I have found some tips to help, and they also adjust your diet a bit.

Ways To Grow Black Hair

1. Eat Leafy Greens.

These veggies have some vitamins that can help: vitamin A, C, Calcium and Fiber. Our usual Sunday dinner greens can help with hair growth if you eat them more than once a week. Try adding collard greens, spinach, lettuce and kale to your weekly diet.

2. Eat More Protein.

Eating such foods as fish, nuts, beans and meat provide you with the necessary protein that can help hair growth. If you're not much of a cooker, try protein shakes.

3. Take Vitamins.

Amino Acids, Vitamin B, and Omega 3 and 6 are some necessary vitamins you can add to your diet that help hair growth. If you're not one for taking pills, try adding foods that contain these vitamins.

4. Watch What You Drink.

Water, water and more water. You can't go wrong with lots of water! Not only does water help your body, it helps your hair growth by transporting necessary nutrients to your scalp. Cut back or cut out the alcohol, sugary drinks and acids.

5. Use Natural Hair Care Products.

If the box or bottle boasts something you know is edible, it's probably good for your hair! Try things with olive oil or carrot oil. Try products such as those from the Beauty 4 Ashes hair care line. (

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sarah Michelle Gellar Natural Brunette

If you've been following the career of Sarah Michelle Gellar you will know she has no fear when it comes to trying out new hairstyles and colors.

Most of us remember her lovely streaky blonde hairstyle on the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the sky is truly the limit with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Perhaps her must appealing style is her natural brunette hair color, as we see in these photos above.

Cute outfit ideas from head to toe!

When the days grow shorter and the nights colder and the leaves change from green to red, yellow and brown, Fall is finally upon us. With the kids back at school and the holidays fast approaching, there is no better time for some good online shopping! Maybe you are still looking for a special Halloween costume for your kids, or searching for that perfect gift to keep them snugly until March, or maybe you are just ready to update their wardrobe with some cute cold weather classics. Check out some of these awesome finds and know that they are just a click away from your door!

All items are from the following stores: RuffleButts, No Slippy Hair Clippy, Brea's Baby Boutique, Zooni, Bobux and Pediped. Most stores provide clothing for a range of ages between newborn-7 years old. No Slippy has hair accessories to suit a newborn, toddler, preteen and even an adult. Happy shopping!

The perfect fall outfit! Dress it up for a special occasion or dress it down for school or the park!

Above: Flower Power Mop Top Hat from Zooni. Price: $32.50. Click here to purchase.
Above: Flower Power mittens from Zooni. Price: $19.50. Click here to purchase.
Above: Ruffled Tee- Vanilla "Embroidered Butterfly" from RuffleButts. Price: $28.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: RuffleCrawler Knit Vanilla from RuffleButts. Price: $27.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Yump - Bobux Sheepkskin Boot - Pink from Bobux. Price:$49.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Organic 5 inch Layered Flower on Wide Organic Cotton Headwrap - White. Price: $24.00. Click here to purchase.

The perfect outfit to spook all the kids on the block this Halloween!

Above: Halloween Ceramic Cat Clip from No Slippy Hair Clippy. Price: $8.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Spooky Scary Motifs Witches Hat Clip from No Slippy Hair Clippy. Price: $8.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Posh Little Tutus - Fanciful Witch Halloween Tutu - Costume from Brea's Baby Boutique. Price is $75.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Personalized Pumpkin Treat Bag from Brea's Baby Boutique. Price: $17.99. Click here to purchase.
Above: Bobux Black Bow Shoes from Bobux. Price: $26.50. Click here to purchase.
Above: Mia Black Boot - Flex from Pediped. Price: $57.00. Click here to purchase. (These boots might work better than above bow slip-ons if the weather is a bit chillier)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Scarlett Johansson Medium Length Curly Hair

Scarlett Johansson always looks amazing when she dawns this medium length curly blonde hairstyle.

I have a difficult time deciding my favorite hairstyle on her, either this one or the very straight sleek medium/long style she rarely is seen with.

Gotta love those cute flowing curls!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New No Slippy Products for Fall!

We have some wonderful new products coming out this fall! Just in time for your Holiday shopping! Expect to see all of the items listed below available for purchase at the end of October at:

Baby’s First Hair Clips® and Baby’s First Bows®!

This new mini clip is specially designed for the very finest newborn baby hair. It measures a tiny 1 1/4 inches long, that's 1/2 inch less than our standard alligator clip. This mini clip features the same make as all of our other magnetic, velvet lined hair clips, just with a fraction of their length.
3-packs will include several new tiny grosgrain bows in an assortment of popular colors, and 2-packs will offer fashion assortments. These mini hair clip trios are such a wonderful gift idea for someone you love!

Hand-Made Hair Clip Holders!

Any Mom with a little girl out there knows that keeping their little clips from getting lost is a mission! For that matter, any women who uses hair clips/bands/pins knows of this issue. They are small and easily misplace-able. No Slippy has solved this problem with hand-made hair clip holders. Their are two unique design styles that will fit into any girls room:

1. Pale pink, monogrammed and trimmed in chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon
2. Bright pink/turquoise/lavender stripes with a ballet slipper
appliqué, trimmed in fluffy pink marabou and lavender ribbon.

These hair clip holders will be debuting online and will be available for purchase in retail stores around Spring of 2010.

Monogrammed Buttons!

These buttons will be covered with fabric of two different color schemes. We have chosen 15 of the most popular first initials and monogrammed them to the button! It is a wonderful way to personalize your daughter's hair accessories. These adorable buttons will be available on these new clippies:

1. A
lime green monogram on a hot pink/white mini dot fabric-covered button on a lime green hair clip.
2. A hot pink monogram on a chocolate brown/white mini dot fabric-covered button on a hot pink hair clip.

These monogrammed buttons will also be available in the centers of our gerbera daisies hair clips. These daisies are beautiful, fluffy and feel extremely real to the touch. These daisies will also be decorating our signature cotton head wraps!

all above information obtained by:

MaryLenore Arsenault, BopStar-PR Inc.

Photo by Amanda Elkins

Differences between Men and women - True Life Joke

Friendship Between Women

A woman didn’t come home one night.

The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend’s house. The man called his wife’s 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship Between Men

A man didn’t come home one night.

The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend’s house. The woman called her husband’s 10 best friends, eight of which confirmed that he had slept over, and two said that he was still there.

Having good friends can be the difference between being poor or being rich!

Richest Country in the World - Luxembourg

I saw this list and was amazed seeing lot of middle eastern countries and i couldn't imagine Equatorial Guinea on the List... I might plan a visit there sometimes

10. Switzerland – $39,800 (GDP per capita)

This cheese making country is considered to be one of the most neutral countries in the world. During World War 2, people from other European countries deposited their money in the banks of Switzerland, knowing that their money would be safer there than in their home countries. Some well known Swiss companies include Nestle, Logitech, Rolex and Credit Suisse.

9. Equatorial Guinea – $44,100

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is a country in Central Africa. Most people have never heard of it. This country flew into stardom after 1996 when large oil reserves were found in the nation of only 0,5 million people. While being one of the largest producers of oil in Africa, little has been made to improve the living conditions of the people. Corruption is widespread and ordinary people are mostly living in poverty. The gap between rich and poor is probably the largest in the world.

8. Ireland - $45,600

This member of European Union has been often admired as one of the most modern knowledge economies in the world. Ireland is the largest maker of computer software in the world. A study done by The Economist ranked the Celtic Tiger to have the best quality of life in the world.

7. United States – $46,000

What sets the US apart from most other countries in this list is its size. While most other countries in this list are among the smallest in the world the US has a population of over 300 million and a total land area of 3,79 million square miles (9.83 million sq km). The US is also home to the largest amount of billionaires in the world. It is speculated that as many billionaires live in the US as in the rest of the world.

6. Singapore – $48,900

This country tiny country consist of 63 island and some mainland with a total area of only 270 square miles (704 sq km). With Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan it is considered one of the Four Asian Tigers. Singapore has the busiest port in the world and is the 4th largest foreign exchange trading center in the world. Singapore is widely believed to be the most business-friendly economy in the world.

5. United Arab Emirates – $55,200

This oil and natural gas rich country has a highly developed economy which makes it one of the most developed in the world. Having more money than they know what to do with, they have built numerous artificial islands and are currently building the worlds highest structure – Burj Dubai. When finished it will be 818 meters tall, being about 2 times as high as the Empire State Building in New York. It is estimated that about 1/4th of the total construction going on in the world is taking place in Dubai – the largest city in United Arab Emirates.

4. Kuwait – $55,300

In Arabic Kuwait translates to “Fortress built near water”. In addition to being on the coast of the Persian Gulf this country has well known neighbors like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Kuwait has the worlds fifth largest proven oil reserves – about 10% of the worlds total. Being a country without taxes, about 80% of the governments revenue comes from exporting oil. Having the the second-most free economy in the Middle East, Kuwait has one of the fastest growing economies in the region. (Thanks to Alsab3a from Stumbleupon for a little tip!)

3. Norway – $55,600

Norway is one of the few highly developed countries in Europe tthat are not part of the European Union. This oil and natural gas rich country has living costs more than 30% higher than in the United States. In 2006 only Russia and Saudi Arabia exported more oil than Norway.

2. Qatar – $75,900

This Arabic speaking country has less than million people and gained independence from Great Britain only in 1971. Qatar used to be a poor Islamic country but since the discovery of oil and natural gas in the 1940s, it is completely transformed. With no income tax it is one of the least taxed countries in the world, while still offering most of its services to the population for free. (Who needs tax when you have all this oil and gas money coming in).

In 2009 Qatar is also expected to be the fastest growing economy in the world!

1. Luxembourg – $80,800

This tiny country with a total population of less than 500 000 is a true European miracle. By tiny we mean the 8 smallest country in the world. From top to bottom it’s only about 50 miles and at its widest about 30 miles.