Marriage and Media

Written by Alesia Watley

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Often you will hear the baby boomer generation say phrases such as “Don’t ask don’t tell”, “If you seek you shall find”, or even “As long as he is taking care of home I can’t worry about the rest”. Do you see how the dynamics of relationships have changed over the course of time? I have wondered that if social media was present or even prevalent in that era , would the women of yester years feel the way that women today feel? I do frequent my timeline on the ever popular Instagram and I have noticed that it’s all about the” show bae and I doing this,  and show him buying me that”, only to be short lived or deleted because there is another female or the ever popular acronym “THOT” #Thathoeoverthere , that shares the same stories and similar pictures as you do with the same guy.

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Let me ask you this. Would there be the battle of affection if certain aspects of one’s relationship didn’t make it to a social platform for others to judge and make a mockery out of? Have we learned nothing from our daily doses of reality show television that, the more you reveal the less you conceal? With my own 4 eyes, (two natural eyes and a pair of glasses that is,) I have seen social media ravage through marriages like Hurricane Katrina mixed with a Tsunami; I’m talking natural disaster of epic proportions. Discretion I have learned over the years is the key; the less they know the less of a platform of “accurate” information they can feed off of. Marriage is sacred, symbolic, and most of all where I come from , it’s supposed to last as long as the both of your natural lives.  It really gets messy with the creation of “Side Chicks,” and yes you know what I’m talking about. A side chick is the woman that has tailor made herself to be your husbands answer to all of his so-called woes and what he feels he is lacking at home. Ladies and gentleman I took a poll of answers from a group of men and women and they explained that the credentials of a side chick are as follows:
Occupation: Bartender, Beautician, Trap Queen, Booster, Stripper, Waitress
Hair: Usually varies in colored sequence, 20”-30”
NAILS: Stiletto or Coffin shaped and usually includes a few rhinestones and a junk nail
Items she is never seen without: Louis Vuitton Doctor Bag or Gucci Tote, Mac matte lipstick or balm, Food stamp card, Victoria Secret Pink jogging suit, a selfie a day that she uploads on Instagram that usually includes her lips protruded to resemble a duck, in her phone your husband’s name is probably saved under “Zaddy”, “Him”, or My little Secret”. I’m just as amused as you are remember the descriptions come from a group of our peers. Let’s ask ourselves this,  “Are we really mad at the side chicks and social media, or are we mad at ourselves that we allow these entities to have a leg up on our inner most thoughts and most personal moments with our love ones?

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Food for Thought: Pandora’s Box never opens itself. When we create a stimulus that attracts another person’s attention, the settlement of that desire is to explore it. When we begin to protect our inner most relationships and thoughts , we can began to worry less about an outside force wreaking havoc on what we worked hard to build.

This has been Psych in Heels dishing real life and real facts for real people!!!!!

 

Tasha Shannon Host Holiday Toy Drive Celebration

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On December 13th, Tasha Shannon hosted her “Naughty or Nice” Holiday Celebration  Toy Drive in Marietta, Ga. This event brought together a great mixture of some of the city’s business professionals, entrepreneurs, and upcoming talent all for a great cause.

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Throughout this event, guest were treated to complimentary food, drinks, raffles, giveaways, music powered by DJ Waffles, and fashion presentations by two of Atlantas hottest upcoming designers, including plus size clothing line Fluff Couture, and one of a kind show stopper pieces by Fashion Frenzy Atl. All guests were asked to bring at least one unwrapped toy, which was donated to the Veterans Center Toys for Tots. There were also some great performances by 3 upcoming music artist who can be found on Instagram under the following names: @themarieeffect @rahimbrazil and @sang_amadi1.

imageSponsors for the event included: Michael Majesty, Status Publicity, Siege Magazine, DJ Waffles, Flyy Poduction, Ou Oui Beverage,  The Ultimate Retreat, and VEU Magazine.

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About the Host

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Tasha Shannon is the owner of TS Hair Studio located at 551 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta, Ga. As a hair stylist and weaving specialist, she is commonly referred to as the “Hair Guru”, and has had work featured in numerous publications including Swagher Magazine .

SisterLocks Host 1st Annual Atlanta Charity Ball

On December 5th 2015, Sisterlocks hosted its first annual Charity Fundraiser Masquerade Ball in Atlanta,Ga. The idea of this event,  which was headed by Sisterlocks Master Stylist Calla Johnson, was conceived on the premise of making a difference in society as a team effort, and spreading more awareness on what the Sisterlocks brand is all about.

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The pupose of this event was to raise funds for 2 homeless transitional mothers , who were awarded training classes in the natural hair care industry under the instruction of Dr. Joanne Cornwell and Taliah Waajid. This was important for the ladies not only for educational purposes, but to be able to use the new skills they learn to put them on the road to financial freedom and a better life for their families.

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The 2  charities that benefited from this event were: The City of Refuge and Chop Art, which is an organization that empowers youth through the arts . Events sponsors included: VEU Magazine, Upscale live band, VOD Photography, Taliah Waajid, Leaf Singer/ Songwriter, and Sisterlocks. There were 4 out of 5 Sisterlocks Master Stylists in attendance at the event including : Calla Johnson -CEO of Certified to be Natural, LLC , Sabrina Davis- licensed cosmetologist for over 13 years and owner of Queen of Roots LLC out of Orlando, Fl., Chasrah Barnes- President of  Personal Affects Inc. , and Carmela Walls-Hawkins- Owner of Carmela’s Nappy Love.

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For more information on the Sisterlocks visit www.sisterlocks.com

Samsung to pay Apple over half a billion dollars for patent infringement

image.jpgIn a case that opened nearly 5 years ago against Samsung by Apple, they were found guilty of copying certain aspects of the iPhone and iPad without permission , including the patent for it’s famous pinch to zoom feature on both the iPhone and iPad devices.  Apple was initially awarded $1 billion from the South Korean tech giant in the long trial, but Samsung has agreed to pay $548 million to settle the dispute, according to court filings. To compete the transaction, Apple must submit an invoice for the amount before the weekend arrives in South Korea. Even with the large settlement, the long battle between the 2 companies is still not quite over. A report states that Samsung says that it reserves the right to ask for its half billion back in the event that any future court findings change the judgment.

 

What are your thoughts on this? What are you doing to protect your business from copycats?

T.I and Mayor Kasim Reed Host Turkey Giveaway in Atlanta

On Wednesday November 25th, Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta City Councelmember C.T, and rapper and actor T.I hosted the annual Turkey Giveaway in the city of Atlanta. This event took place at the Adamsville Recreation Center, and through their group efforts, were able to distribute 500 turkeys to deserving Atlanta families. Other partners of the event included  A Center for Hope, and Celebs Give Back, who focused on collecting canned goods, and other food items for the event.

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This year the focus of the event was on the senior citizens of Atlanta, along with other families, who were not able to provides meals on their own. Before the turkeys were distributed,  T.I. arrived with some of his family members and addressed the crowd, along with Mayor Kasim Reed, his wife and daughter. All parties involved did a phenomenal job at giving back, while ensuring that the senior citizens, and other families felt welcomed and able to have a great Thanksgiving holiday. image

 

The VEU Magazine team had the pleasure of being apart of this event which also featured a photo booth, DJ, performances, and brought other notable Atlanta figures out including : Robin Dyke ( who partnered with Celebs Give Backs in helping to bring in donations and organize the event), Priyanka Banks, Gynesis Losa, Amber Bryant, Michael Majesty, Lillie Young and more.

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All Stressed Out

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All Stressed OUT!! Healthy eating combined with natural supplements can help reduce stress. 70% of Americans are on some type of prescription drug for stress. We have to look for more natural ways to cope with stressors in our lives.  A healthy diet, exercise, coping skills and natural supplements are a huge way to reprogram your body to deal with those outside stressors. Studies have shown that eating a healthy diet filled with protein and complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, such as oatmeal, quinoa and whole grain cereals, can help you keep a healthy blood glucose level. This will help you not feel that drop in energy throughout the day. Drinking  plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables will also help maintain an even chemical balance and mood. The key is a balance of healthy foods that help you feel full longer and provide the body with a usable source of protein and nutrition. Confianza will allow you to trade your traditional anti-depressant for a more natural approach. This is made  with adaptogenic herbs to improve mental focus and concentration and help the body cope with physical stress. Along with healthy eating and exercise, this will help to restore and maintain the bodies balance.

Written by – Robin Courtney www.healthyrobin.com WrapGirl01-IG Healthy Robin Wellness Group- FB

Benefits of Alkaline and PH Balanced Body

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Benefits of an Alkaline & PH balanced body: If your body is not alkaline or at a healthy PH level then it is imbalanced and begins to suffer from chronic diseases. What we eat and drink has a direct impact on your bodies balance. The symptoms can be from runny nose, fatigue, a skin breakout, or a slight case of irritable bowel syndrome. Alkaline foods range from almonds, avacados, blueberry, coconut oil, collard greens, coffee, kale, sweet potato & tofu just to name a few. One way to combine all of the nutrients of these fruits and veggies and alkaline water is Greens from It Works. Each packet or scoop provide 8 powerful servings of Fruits and Vegetables and 38 Key Herbs, and it will Alkaline and balance your bodies PH and prepares your body to lose weight and make healthy changes! 10 Benefits of Having a Balanced Body PH include: more elastic skin, youthfulness, less arthritis, suffer from fewer colds, less headaches and flu viruses, deeper more restful sleep, mental alertness, abundant physical energy, and good digestion.

Written By: Robin Courtney

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Michael Majesty Host Beauty and the Boss Event

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On Sunday October 25th, Michael Majesty hosted his first Beauty and the Boss Empowerment Workshop. This event took place in the elegant Amelie’s French Bakery located in Atlanta, Ga. Beauty and the Boss was an excellent networking workshop for both aspiring and current entrepreneurs alike to come and get valuable knowledge from other business owners that are seasoned in their industry. This event was co-hosted by Lex Branch, and featured an all-star panel of men and women including: Beautii J from WE TV’s own “Cutting It In The Atl”, Gocha Hawkins, celebrity nail stylist Terrance Terry, 2x breast cancer survivor Niya Brown Matthews, Priyanka Banks from VH1’s own “Sorority Sisters”, Youtube blogger China Renee, R & B singer and song writer Kelsey Nykole, Mimi Carpenter, Robin Dyke of Bravo’s own “Mother Funders”, Yvette Ramirez, traveling hair stylist Gynesis Lo, Porsha Ferguson, Tamarah Jones, Shante Lashy, and dancer/ choreography Sakinah Lestage.

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Throughout  this event guest were treated to brunch featuring a delicious dessert bar by Atlanta business owner Minisins, mimosas, and recieved the ultimate red carpet treatment. Topics of discussion included branding, marketing, business start-up, letting go of fear, getting your foot in the door in your field of business, and much more.  Branding and Marketing specialist Mimi Carpenter dropped some wonderful knowledge on having sustainability in your business. “Keeping yourself professional, keeping yourself authentic, and keeping yourself original is what will sustain you in this business” she said. The audience was also also allowed to ask the panel questions as well, and left with some very valuable knowledge on business and expanding their brand. Overall The Beauty and the Boss event was a great success. Part 2 is scheduled to take place early 2016. Stay tuned!

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Beauty and the Boss Event

From Homeless Man To Business Owner

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When you are down to the worst point in your life, what do you do? Do you stay down and complain about your situation, or figure out what it takes to get out of your situation and make it better? That’s exactly what 28 year old restaurant owner Darnell Ferguson did. About 3 years ago Darnell Ferguson, who earned the title “Superchef” while in culinary school at Sullivan University, was at once just a young man with no direction in his life. Although he was making a name for himself in the culinary world, that still wasn’t enough to keep him from sleeping in his car, and feeling alone. His one-of-a-kind breakfast creations include red velvet pancakes filled with whipped cream, roasted red pepper grits, beignets, granola encrusted French toast, homemade candied sausage, peanut butter and jelly oatmeal and more. By 2008, he was able to add the the title of “Olympic Chef” to his resume, when he was chosen to cook for the Olympic team in China. Darnell was blessed to be featured in Louisville’s most prestigious kitchens, including Proof on Main and Napa River Grill, which is how SuperChef became his identity. Even with all these things going on, he was still having brushes with the law, and knew he was headed in the wrong direction.

After he  graduated from college, earning his associates degree,  he continued selling drugs ( which he started while in school to cover expenses,) instead of pursing a career as a chef , until his luck had finally run out. Ferguson was arrested eight times in a three-month period, which caused him to lose everything including being evicted by his landlord, leaving him homeless. While Ferguson was living out of his car, his mom suggested he go back to church, which is something he had done as a kid. He decided to attend Southeast Christian Church, because of the large size. “I knew I wouldn’t stand out there. I didn’t want to go to some small church where visitors stand up and everybody looks at you. I wanted to hide somewhere.” he said . In 2011, the church hosted a fall retreat that he decided to sign up for an attend. It was at this very retreat that his life took a turn for the better. Not only was he hungry for the cooking, but for the Lord, and a new beginning on his life.

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While sitting in a McDonalds, he was approached by an acquaintance who owned the Chicago Gyros across the street, about renting the kitchen for breakfast. Ferguson knew it was a great opportunity to rebuild.
In the spring of 2012, he opened SuperChef’s Breakfast Restaurant with partner Ryan Bryson, a friend from junior high school. More recently he opened up a more permanent storefront on July 9th of this year located in Louisville, Kentucky. His favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

His story of triumph just goes to show that anyone has the power to change their situation. It all starts with a thought and the will to move forward.

Events By CCM Host BYB Expo

On Saturday October 17th, Events By CCM hosted its second BYB ( Build Your Brand) expo, which took place at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The BYB Expo ,which was a huge success, is a newly branded event that gives small business owners the opportunity to network with each other, along with showcasing their products to consumers. There were various business types setup including: coffee, handmade jewelry, handmade body products, desserts, branding company, chiropractor services and more.

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Upon initially coming into the event, guests were greeted by Chynna, the owner of Event By CCM and creator of the BYB Expo, and given the opportunity to enter into a raffle. Raffle items consisted of various items including a laptop, books, and other items contributed by business owners. We had a great time at this event, and was able to make some great connections with other business owners.

To learn more about Events by CCM follow her on Instagram @eventsbyccm or feel free to email her at eventsbyccm@gmail.com. Check out a few more pictures from the event below .

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