It’s the start of yet another month in 2016. Hope it’s been great thus far. Here in NYC we’ve been having an amazing week weather wise in what is hopefully an early Spring preview. Despite some snow it’s still pretty nice temperature wise. Getting excited!
The month started off pretty nicely thus far, if I do say so myself. A brief roundup of the Insta’ goodness.
Welcoming the new month with a look back at the old, #tacoThursday, p.s. recipe coming soon, sweet indulgences, celebrating musical great Bob Marley and the 42nd year of Independence for the island of Grenada.
- We started the month with a quick Monthly Rewind about all thing January. For a quick look just follow the link.
- This week’s #WorkItWednesday was all about finding and keeping the momentum going when trying to achieve your fitness goals.
- This month’s Go.See.Do. was an extra special feature about the Spice Island – Grenada in commemoration of it’s Independence.
- It’s that time again – the return of the T.GI.T lineup and the ladies of Shondaland. Are you ready?
- New Show alert, HBO’s Vinyl created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, is a period series base around a 70’s era music exec. Wondering if HBO has that magic to knock this one out the park. Vinyl premieres on Sunday the 14th.
- Also hitting the small screen’s on Valentine’s the mid season return of The Walking Dead. So if you’re in for the night and zombies are your thing, you’ve something to do while you “chill”. LOL. 😛
- NAACP Image Awards 2016 took place last Friday in California and it seemed like the who’s who of Black Entertainment were out in their numbers for the evenings festivities. A review of the Award will be up on the blog tomorrow.
- Football season wrapped yesterday with Super Bowl 50. The final contenders werw the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos and the halftime show was headlined by Coldplay, featuring Beyonce and Bruno Mars. My favorite part were all the Superbowl commercials.
- As the first case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted is being documented more information of it’s origin is being dispensed to the general public. For more information to a look at this video produced by the BBC. For more on the dangers the virus poses you can also take a look at this CNN snipet.
- This week in the United States marked the start of Black History Month. This first week was dedicated to Black History Month & Health Week which highlighted some of the disparities afflicting the black community and offered advice on how to lead a healthier lifestyle for a more prosperous tomorrow.
- Take a brief look at the accompanying slideshow to learn more.
- Today, February 7th, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Here are some of the reasons why today is so important.
- Although Here Active Listening device look like your typical earbuds, they are quite different. Instead of taking sound from a music source and streaming it into your ear canal, they take in sound from the outside world, allowing you to adjust the volume of that sound, if it’s too soft or too loud very much like a hearing aid via the accompanying app. With options from 14 filters like “Carnegie Hall,” “Hallway,” and “Psychedelic,” for enhancements and 8 filters “tuning out” background audio, including noise from the airplane, bus, car, or subway, as well as the office, a crowd, and general city noise, the way you hear the world is about to get warped.
- Super blog Refinery29 has released it’s app which allow you to enjoy the convenience of the blogs amazing feature anywhere as long as you have your smartphone and a wifi connection.
- So two brands I adore have come together for one awesome collaboration. Behold the watch and accessory collection from Fossil x Opening Ceremony.
- In honor of Black History Month athletic wear brand Nike has put a spin on some of their classics and even offered some new pieces in eclectic African-inspired prints.
- Olivia Palermo’s collection for Nordstrom is finally here check out the Olivia Palermo x Chelsea28 collection on the website now.
- Also available at Nordstrom, Kendal + Kylie’s collection. While I’m not a great proponent of the Kardashians I can recognize cute style.
- UN peace talks on Syria fall apart as President Assad goes on the defense and attacks rebel settlements amidst discussions.
- Boko Haram launches one of their darkest attacks in Nigeria killing over 1000 of whom a great number were women and children. Witness accounts tell disturbing tales of children and people being burnt alive.
- After a coin toss tie break Iowa Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton head to New Hampshire to continue their meetings for the Democratic nominations. Hillary is in for an uphill battle with the pollsters and voters but who will be the nominee still remains to be seen.
- DeRay McKesson a Black Lives Matter activist is set to run for mayor of Baltimore. His reasons for running as he stated to the Post, “I‘m running to usher Baltimore into a new era where our government is accountable to its people and aggressively innovative in how it identifies and solves problems.“
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Around the Web
- Black History Month kicked into full gear on February 1st and it’s back to the usual curriculum Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Wiley Evers, Frederick Douglas, the list goes on. However several outlets have taken a step further and giving new faces to the greats of African American history to help inspire others to learn more. Check Because of Them We Can‘s Facebook page if you’re looking for inspiration for teaching your little ones, or if you’re just looking to learn some more yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed.
- Pantene’s “Strong is Beautiful” campaign is so touching. The women’s hair care line has coupled with NFL dads and their daughters to drive home an important message. Thumbs up Pantene.
A Look Ahead
- This week marks the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year marks the year of the monkey.
- This week is also Random Acts of Kindness Week. So I’m not only issuing a challenge to myself but to you readers as well to see if you can commit to at least one kind act each day this week. Maybe the habit might stick.
- In honor of the American Heart Association’s initiative to raise awareness about women’s heart health issues, women across the U.S. celebrate Wear Red Day. Perfect given the timing and all.
Hugs and Sunshine,