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Bidding War has started for Atlanta Artist YOUNG THUG. Offered 1.5 Million from Future


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Atlanta rapper Young Thug is blowing up. If you’ve been to the club or listened to urban radio recently you’d know his massive street song “Danny Glover” has taken off like a rocket. Thug’s 2013 breakout mixtape “1017 Thug” on Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad record label received rave critical acclaim and appeared on many top ten lists. In addition, “Danny Glover” has been cosigned by major mainstream artists like Drake and Kanye West. But the Kanye cosign isn’t merely for “Danny Glover” as Young Thug told Complex in an interview, he’s also currently working with the Chicago rapper/producer.

“I mean, I went to his house and we did a couple of songs,” Young Thug said during an interview with Complex. “The fact that I was [making songs] so fast amazed him too, because he doesn’t see a lot of people who rap like that. I don’t really rap with a lot of people [because] everyone raps the same way. When I first heard he wanted to know who I was and do songs, I was smiling ear to ear like a clown.”

And though Young Thug is working with Kanye West, Thug revealed he’s “a big fan of everything that” Kanye has done as an artist. But despite admiring Kanye, he still supports Lil Wayne, and hopes to work with him above anyone else.

“Yeah. Because he has 10-15 years in the game on top and the fact that he knows he can lean back and retire and he still doesn’t,” he said. “I hope Wayne is listening, I want to get in the studio with Wayne more than anybody in the world. I’ll get in the studio with Wayne before Michael Jackson right now so I hope he listening.”

As mentioned, Young Thug is signed to Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad label but Thug is also rumored to be getting love from other labels. It has been rumored Future’s Freebandz imprint is interested in the 21-year-old. “It’s not happening yet, I don’t know if it’s gonna happen,” Thug said. “Future said he wants to give me $1.5 million so you know how that goes. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

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FIBER ONE MEAL BARS

I received the two boxes of peanut butter and chocolate meal bars and for it to be peanut butter it didn’t have a distinctive peanut butter taste. The taste was somewhat bland and the texture of the oats where stale tasting. If you are a fan of the regular fiber one bars, original and even low calorie, for me its a daily snack, the meal bars were not very satisfying to taste. As for fans of meal bars its fulling but i have had better tasting bars. I had one for breakfast and was not hungry until lunchtime. The calorie intake is great as well as nutritional value. Im currently dieting so I have to watch my calorie and sugar intake, for a meal substitution I went under my calorie count for the day which will keep me on track with my weight goal. Maybe the strawberry yogurt would be more tasty so I will utilize the coupons for that flavor. I try to find different things to replace a meal cause I am extremely busy with work and kids but I would like the things I substitute to be appetizing. Until I taste the other flavors the peanut butter alone gets 3 stars. We do not eat alot of sweets so I wasnt expecting it to be like a candy bar or regular snack bars, but its just enough sweetness to be enjoyable by those who have a low sugar tolerance. It just didnt meet my expectations of flavor with the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. My kids enjoyed it as a snack but they didnt like the lack of flavor. Trying to get them to eat more healthy snacks is challenging so this meal bar may not be one that the will choose over the other healthy snacks the get.
My co-workers and I have decided to support each other on losing weight. We work in a busy high retail environment and sometimes working between customers it can be difficult to take a break for snacks and sometimes lunch. They can get somewhat cranky and irritated when they are tired and hungry. Dealing with customers in the consultative manner that we do you have to stay sharp and energetic. I often provide them with bite size treats or snacks they can break into small pieces to help keep their energy up and hunger level down until they break away for lunch. The meal bars would be a great snack to have for those moments. About 60% enjoyed them and 20% thought they were tasteless and nasty. The others didnt really have a chance to give their thoughts they were so hungry they just scarfed it down. They know im always finding great bargains and clipping coupons. I broke down the cost of each bar and compared it to the cost they spend on lunch daily. If they snack on a meal bar, not just the Fiber Ones, had to be unbiased, they wouldn’t need such a large lunch. The average person could save $20/week or $540/year and lose weight. Since we work with numbers and that’s how we factor our products out to our customers they understood the value of savings better. Added bonus the healthy lifestyle factor.

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STRENGTH OF NATURE AIMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE HAIR CARE WITH THE REVERSIBLE™ STRAIGHTENING TEXTURE MANAGEABILITY™ SYSTEM

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Strength of Nature, LLC the makers of African Pride, Beautiful Textures, Mega Growth, Elasta QP, Soft & Beautiful, TCB, and Proline is changing the rules in hair care with a ground-breaking new product: the Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System!

Now women can have the hair versatility they want without harsh chemicals and without permanently altering their curl pattern.

Whatever your hair texture – curly, kinky-coily, wavy or frizzy – the Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System (TMS) allows you to go from natural curls to straight styles and back again. For relaxed hair, the system extends the time between relaxer new-growth applications.

“We’ve heard what women have been asking for,” says Strength of Nature CEO Mario de la Guardia. “They want styling versatility. They want no harsh chemicals and they want healthy hair. The Texture Manageability™ System provides all three in a simple, at-home, four-step process. This is truly a game-changer and we at Strength of Nature couldn’t be more thrilled to be ushering in a new category in hair care: texture manageability.”

The secret is the Inner-Active™ Leave-In Conditioner, which is infused with essential oils, natural butters and amino acids, and has no harsh chemicals. The Inner Active™ leave-in conditioner penetrates the hair, causing it to elongate and soften while making it easier to detangle. Once the detangling process is complete, the hair is blow-dried and flat ironed, creating beautifully straight, touchably soft hair with unmatched body, movement and shine – all in a fraction of the time of most traditional straightening methods.

It just takes four quick steps:
Step 1: Shampoo and rinse hair 3 times. Towel dry.
Step 2:Apply leave-in conditioner. Wait 20 minutes.
Step 3:Blow dry hair using medium heat.
Step 4: Flat iron for desired results.

TMS gives Reversible™ Straightening that lasts 4 to 6 weeks with the use of the Humidity Defense™ Anti-Reversion Shampoo and Conditioner.

To flip back to natural, shampoo hair several times with a clarifying shampoo.

Strength of Nature recently presented TMS to a group of top hair and beauty editors in Miami during their “Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway,” which was attended by designer/TV personality Angela Simmons along with reps from Ebony, Glamour.com, iTunes, TheYBF.com, MadameNoire, HelloBeautiful, JUICY, Haircrush, Curlbox and more.

TMS is now available at Walgreen’s and will roll out to other major retailers in the Spring.

For more information, visit www.TalkingTexture.com.

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FOREST WHITAKER TO RECEIVE NAACP CHAIRMAN’S AWARD AT THE 45th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

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Academy Award-winning actor, producer, director and 2014 Image Award nominee, Forest Whitaker is set to receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award during the 45th NAACP Image Awards, broadcast live on Saturday, February 22 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed) on TV One, the civil rights organization announced today.

The Chairman’s Award, chosen by Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, Roslyn M. Brock, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include United States Navy Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Tyler Perry, Former Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai, Aretha Franklin, Bono, then-Senator Barack Obama, The Dave Matthews Band, and Danny Glover.

“Forest Whitaker embodies the moniker of artist/activist,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “His work in front of and behind the camera engages and entertains, and his service to communities around the world is truly inspirational. It is my honor and privilege to recognize Mr. Whitaker with the Chairman’s Award.”

Whitaker just wrapped an astounding year led by the success of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’” in which he delivered a moving portrayal of Cecil Gaines, a butler at the White House through eight administrations and 34 years, as well as the critically acclaimed “Fruitvale Station,” on which he served as a producer. Both films garnered significant praise, including Image Award nods for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, bringing Mr. Whitaker’s total number of Image Award nominations to seven, including a win for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture in 2007 for his turn as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland” (2006).

Mr. Whitaker is not only a distinguished actor and filmmaker, but a humanist as well. He is a committed citizen of the world who dedicated most of his time over the past decade to extensive humanitarian work. Mr. Whitaker was designated in 2011 by UNESCO as their Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. Mr. Whitaker is the Founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative as well as the Chairman of the International Institute for Peace. In recognition of his work towards global peace building, both organizations work jointly to help societies affected by destructive conflicts and gang violence to transform into safer and more productive communities. Whitaker strongly believes that peace and prosperity cannot be attained by communities and nations without heeding the voices of our diverse and vibrant youth. Youth have always taken a central part in his humanitarian work; he has developed a Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan, Uganda and Mexico. He has shown a strong commitment to provide educational tools and better living conditions to vulnerable youth experiencing the aftermath of violence, war and trauma. As a member of the President’s Committee of Arts and Humanities, Forest also works closely with Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa to demonstrate to the students the limitless power of the arts to express their voices and creative energies. Through his production company, Significant Productions and JuntoBox Films, he is constantly aiming at supporting this creativity, as he did recently when he produced “Fruitvale Station,” a movie directed by the talented Ryan Coogler who was only 26 years old when he first contacted Forest Whitaker.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and announced when the envelopes are opened on Friday, February 21 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Saturday, February 22 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed). The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show airing live from the red carpet (8:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed).

The NAACP Image Awards are being produced by Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin. The production team will also include Tony McCuin as Director and Suzanne Bender and Stephanie Sacco as Talent Producers.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

The 45TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: UAW-Chrysler, FedEx, AT&T, Hyundai Motor America, Gilead Sciences, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Pepsico, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, Walgreens, Walmart and General Motors.

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India Arie Writes Angry Open Letter about the Grammys 

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@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed. Personally, I was pleased he was able to perform and they KILLED! IT! One of the FEW moving moments of the night for ME.

Though it’s called “Music industries biggest night” the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone – the music industry politics is a whole NUTHER conversation.  Too much to go into here.

The American Music Awards is a show that awards sales and popularity – the #Grammys are SAID to be about the music.

If the hip hop community voted on hip hop –  r&b COMMUNITY the same –  same for each category – we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that’s just not the way it goes. 

NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not) … Where were the black artists?

And this isn’t the first time the #Grammy’s has had a show all but excluding young black America and black artists in general, although we set the worlds musical trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on stage TWICE?

The truth is in a perfect world diversity would matter, and respect would be rampant, but the TRUTH is, The #Grammys is a television show, and in THAT world ratings reign supreme.  So, in general, bigger names take the stage, and sadly the biggest names often times ARE BIGGER drawn along racial lines from the release of an album. i.e. marketing dollars, and just general support.  It’s unfortunate.

I don’t even get surprised any more, but, it still hits my sense of fairness, because I KNOW many of the artists who are overlooked. I LIVE in that world. We keep showing up and subjecting ourselves to the game, hoping MAYBE we’ll win. I was so HAPPY to see @Kendricklamar take that stage – because it is a FORM of winning, at LEAST, he was SEEN.

Speaking of diversity, congratulations to my PERSONAL favorite albums of the year –  @I_GregoryPorter #LiquidSpirit @Realsnarkypuppy and @lalahhathaway on your win and THANK YOU! @pharrell for acting RIGHT in the presence of the greatness that is @Nilerodgers and #StevieWonder

Love to all #SoulBirdsWorldWide

@IndiaArie

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Obama ups minimum wage for some government contractors

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Power of the pen? President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday that he is ordering an increase in the federal hourly minimum wage to $10.10 for workers on new federal government contracts for services, like janitors and construction workers, according to the White House.

Obama will lay out his executive order in the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. before a joint session of Congress and urge lawmakers to join him in raising the minimum wage for all workers.

The move highlights some of the president’s main messages in the annual speech, notably his vow to work with Congress when he thinks it’s possible and use his executive powers to go around them when he considers is necessary. It also reflects a longstanding Democratic belief that raising the minimum wage will brighten the fortunes of millions of Americans.

Republicans have long countered that raising the hourly rate will lead employers to shed jobs.

The White House did not provide a detailed breakdown of the categories of workers chiefly affected, or the states that are home to most of these employees. But it could potentially sends ripples through states – including some hosting pivotal contests in the November mid-term elections — that have a large military presence.

“Some examples of the hardworking people who would benefit from an EO (executive order) include military base workers who wash dishes, serve food and do laundry,” the White House said.

The downside of Obama’s executive order is that what he accomplishes with the stroke of a pen, one of his successors could undo with similar ease. But Democrats argue that the president has little choice in the face of stiff opposition to his agenda from the Republican-held House, which has shown no inclination to embrace his agenda.

In his 2013 State of the Union, Obama called for legislation to raise the minimum wage to $9/hour, but did not flex much political muscle to make that happen. The measure stalled.

The White House announcement underlined that Obama “wants to work with Congress” to pass a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour and keep pace with inflation thereafter.

“The president has also looked at what he can do through executive action to help raise wages for hardworking Americans,” it said. “In the State of the Union Address, the President will announce that he will use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for those working on new federal contracts for services.”

Anticipating the GOP counter-argument, the White House said that “boosting wages will lower turnover and increase morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall.”

Meanwhile, “raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government,” it said. And “the wage increase will be manageable for contractors. The increase will take effect for new contracts after the effective date of the order, so contractors will have time to prepare and price their bids accordingly.

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VIPs GATHER IN MIAMI FOR BEAUTIFUL TEXTURES “ULTIMATE BEAUTY GETAWAY”

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A bevy of influential beauties convened at Dream South Beach in Miami

Strength of Nature, LLC – the maker of African Pride, Beautiful Textures, Mega Growth, ElastaQP, Soft & Beautiful, TCB, and Proline – concluded a luxurious weekend of fun and fabulousity with 35 hair and beauty editors at Dream South Beach in Miami for the Beautiful Textures “Ultimate Beauty Getaway.” Attendees included designer/TV personality Angela Simmons along with reps from EBONY, Glamour.com, iTunes, TheYBF.com, Madame Noire, Hello Beautiful, JUICY, Haircrush, Curlbox and more.

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On Saturday, Beauty Getaway guests began their day in Zen with a one-hour yoga session on the beautiful sands of South Beach. Taught by Jimena Lujan from Synergy Yoga, attendees moved through several poses, while breathing in the fresh ocean air. Immediately afterward, attendees were treated to a rooftop breakfast with bottomless mimosas, while waiting for their turn to enjoy massages and facials, courtesy of Walker’s Apothecary.

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Beautiful Textures ended the day with a cocktail mixer featuring Myx Fusions Moscato and hosted by radio/TV personality K.Foxx. The Beauty Getaway attendees were joined by R&B singer Teedra Moses and Melky Jean, as well as Miami media mavens Rochelle Oliver (Miami Herald), Johanna Torres (WPLG ABC 10) and Michelle Madison (Miami Now TV). The Dream Penthouse was transformed into a sexy rooftop lounge lit with purple and green tones while the sounds of DJ LS One filled the breezy air.

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5th annual ASCAP Grammy Nominees Brunch honoring nominees of the 56th annual Grammy Awards

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ASCAP VP, Pop & Rock Membership Marc Emert-Hutner, Ozzy Osbourne & ASCAP VP, Rhythm & Soul/Urban Membership Nicole George-Middleton on the Red carpet of the 5th Annual ASCAP Grammy Brunch.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters, composers and music publishers, hosted their 5th annual Grammy Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the SLS Beverly Hills. The event kicked off their 100th Anniversary year long celebration, honoring ASCAP members who are nominated at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, including JAY Z, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Drake, 2Chainz, Mary Mary, Bruno Mars, The National, Lorde, Robin Thicke and more. The 5th annual Grammy Nominee Brunch was sponsored by City National Bank, Malibu RED, Moreno, Akoo and Uber.

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Rapper and TV Personality T.I. on the red carpet of the 5th Annual ASCAP Grammy Brunch.

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ASCAP VP, Rhythm & Soul/Urban Nicole George-Middleton and Grammy Award winning artist NE-YO on the red carpet of the 5th Annual ASCAP Grammy Brunch.

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ASCAP VP, Rhythm & Soul/Urban Nicole George-Middleton, producer Jermaine Dupri and ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta pose for a picture at the 5th Annual ASCAP Grammy Brunch.

Held at the beautiful and luxurious SLS Beverly Hills, guests were treated to a decadent assortment of breakfast delights and choice beverages provided by Malibu RED, Moreno Champagne, and Avita Alkaline Water. Guests were able to take away a few goodies, which included: Book of Kings (Akoo), Tom’s Sunglasses, Doucee Makeup Packages, Avita Alkaline Water, Gift certificates from Eye for Design and gift cards from Uber and Philippe Chow (Beverly Hills). Highlighted guests included Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Narda Michael Walden, NE-YO, T.I., Jermaine Dupri, Kelly Price, Bridget Kelly, Alex Newell, Nicci Gilbert, Claudia Brant, Melanie Thornton, Kerry “Krucial” Keys and more.