Laughter Is The Best Medicine

laughq2Did you know that genuine laughter has been proven to improve health and even recovery for the sick? and the more you frown the more those wrinkles will indent into your head.

It is also contagious! being happy and bubbly rubs off on others, lifts peoples moods and even improves their work ability!

A happy person is a valuable asset to any company, but how do you stay cheerful  when you feel like you could rip someones head off? well to be completely honest being chipper isn’t a constant ability and there are times when things will happen that get you down.

The important thing to remember is that your smile could not just brighten up someones day, but improve your own emotional state as well. However, even the strongest of us need to cry and that is just as important, the expression of emotion, love, happiness, anger, fear and anxiety are all motivators that push us into action.

So when the low emotions come, smile and remember they wont last forever 🙂

Letter From The Editor

IMG_20130623_140941 (1)Readers!

Forgive me, but I have been terribly busy.

I hope everyone in the U.S. has enjoyed their holiday last week!

Speaking of holidays, our staff will be going on another vacation due to our summer schedules. As you all know, we are working toward our degrees in college; some of us are taking summer courses, some of us have internships, some of us have jobs and some of us have other obligations which has caused our schedules to become extremely tight. We want to give you our best and be confident that our content isn’t rushed, inconsistent or of poor quality.

You may see some “Breaking News” from time to time, but we will officially return on August 9, 2013–three days before our anniversary! 🙂

Shout out to our new subscribers! We hope that you will continue to rock with us throughout our journey. Also, shout out to our faithful subscribers who have been with us since day one. We cannot express enough how much your support means to us.

Enjoy your summer!

Raena, Editor-in-Chief

Dear Tayjsha…

depressed-09I received an email from a young lady who would like to remain anonymous, therefore, her name in this article has been changed to *Maddie.

The email I received from Maddie was heart wrenching, and I spent some time thinking of how to answer the question. Here is what I received:

“Hi,

my name is Maddie and i am living with my parents and their close friend peter. I am 14 years old and feel so uncomfortable around peter that i cry if i have to be left with him. I am truly confused as he keeps coming onto me in a sexual way (grabbing my bum, asking me if we should go to the bedroom and so on) when my parents are not around. I told them he makes me uncomfortable but they said he is a friend and i need to be polite. 😦 please help.”

Maddie, my advice is to ask your parents to sit down, calmly. This will show them you are serious and you need their attention. Next is to be firm, you can’t beat around the bush, your parents need to understand that what you’re saying is serious, so leave nothing out. Your parents need to understand that you don’t just dislike him; he is doing something that is very wrong.

However, I do understand that sometimes making parents listen isn’t the easiest thing in the world, so if that fails, turn to the next adult that may be able to help such as a grandparent, teacher or even a friend’s parents. Anyone who can make your parents listen.  As for Peter, what he is doing is not okay and if he will not stop or takes things further, the next step is to tell the police.

I hope this helps you and feel free to email me again to tell me how things go 🙂

Best wishes,

Tayjsha

Houston Has NO Problems, as Dwight Howard Signs

The biggest question of this year’s NBA free agency was cleared up Friday when Dwight Howard agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets. Dwight Howard was troubled this season by shoulder and back injuries but still managed to lead the league in rebounding. I will go through each scenario to describe the pros and cons of each team and why I believe Dwight Howard made the right choice.

Los Angeles Lakers:
Let’s start with his most recent team. The Lakers are one of the NBA’s two greatest franchises. If Howard stayed he would join a long list of great centers to play for the franchise. The team was set to resign him and struggle through a year of mediocrity before trying to attract potential free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to the team next summer. The only player on the books for the 2014-15 season is Steve Nash, and he very well could retire leaving the team with over 70 million to make a team from scratch. This vision was the main selling point for the team. LA also boasts one of the greatest media markets in the nation. With said market a super star like Howard could serve to gain many more endorsements than anywhere else aside from New York City. At the end of the day the Lakers could do nothing but promise an opportunity based on ideals. The Lakers 16 championships aren’t guaranteed to bring them a 17th, so I understand why Howard left for a more solid situation.

Dallas Mavericks:
Dallas essentially offered the exact same promise as the Lakers with a less rich history to back it up. Dallas was a promising scenario with Dirk Nowitzki on board to take a pay cut for the sake of the team. Howard and Nowitzki would have been a dynamic front court combination, but Nowitzki is 35 years old. There is no telling how much he has left in the tank. This team offered Howard another promise of “someday maybe we will be great if this or that happens”. Howard would of been better off staying in LA if he was looking to bet on next year’s free agents.

Atlanta Hawks:
There was really no chance for the Hawks after Chris Paul decided to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Hawks were the only team that could finally team up the Paul and Howard without the use of a sign and trade. Chris Paul was quite adamant about not wanting to leave the LA market so it  was doomed from that point. Howard would have returned to his hometown and gained a great front court partner in Al Horford. The Hawks have never been taken seriously a contender in the league and this was not Howard’s first opportunity to return to his hometown. He has had a few beginning in 2011 when he made his trade demand to the Magic. This team would have been a few years away from contending even with Howard so I’ll attribute the weakness of this free agent class to him not signing with the Hawks.

Golden State Warriors:
The Warriors were ruled out early because they would need a sign and trade to get Howard, but they maneuvered their way into gaining some cap relief. With their cap relief it was assumed that they would sign Howard outright, but they made a surprise move and signed free agent Andre Iguodala to the team. The dynamic defender would cement a Warrior’s perimeter defense that would compliment Howard’s post presence excellently. With the signing of Iguodala, a sign and trade would become necessary to sign Howard. The Lakers admitted to be willing to make a trade with the Warriors if Howard chose their team. Basketball wise this would of been a great team for Dwight. He would be surrounded by an excellent defense, a strong rebounding team, great shooting, and guaranteed touches in the paint. There was actually no downside to signing with Golden State, if the team did a sign and trade then Howard would of still received his 5 year 118 million dollar contract. If Golden State played it’s hand earlier in the summer to free up cap space then they very well may have had Howard manning the paint for them for the rest of his prime.

Houston Rockets:
The Rockets spent the entire season being the favorite to land Howard after almost completing a trade for him last summer. The team is one of the youngest and highest scoring in the league. James Harden has emerged as one of the top ten players in the league. Harden averaged 25.6 points per game this season to finish 5th in the league in scoring. Most of Harden’s tremendous scoring output this year was out of necessity though. Harden is as much distributor as he is scorer, so with Howard signing the two will be a dynamic duo for some time in this league. The rest of the Rockets roster includes high efficiency three point shooters and a quality center who can either play with Howard or back him up. That is the exact same formula that the Orlando Magic used that lead them to the 2009 NBA Finals. The difference of course is that Howard has never played with another top level talent in this league. He now has the opportunity to play with a rising star who will only be 24 years old when the season starts. Howard contemplated his decision further on the plane ride back to LA. His biggest regret was leaving 30 million on the table, but if Howard moves to Texas then he will only be losing 9.6 million dollars in net income. Texas does not have property tax and California has the highest so he’s really not losing much there. Howard stated that his priority was to win now and this was the best situation to do so out of the top 2 teams he had in mind.

At the end of the day, Dwight Howard chose to continue building the tradition of Houston Rockets basketball instead of resting upon the legacy of the Lakers.

Erick S. Taylor Jr., Guest Columnist

Photo Credit: Ryan Hurst

Desire for Denim

To say denim is making a comeback would be completely false statement.  Denim never left, it just may not have been so prominent in our wardrobes. Of course you will always be infatuated with your favorite jeans that hug your butt just right, but these chic takes on a classic make you want to settle your jeans right back in the closet. There fashions are quickly taking over every store and every closet in America. If you haven’t made your way to the denim front now, think you still have time to catch up. If not, well… I am here to provide you with a little cheat sheet for all your denim fashion needs.

Short Overalls: yes overalls are a very old trend. But trends do have a way of finding their way back. Just like styles such as Converse and Sperry’s.

1_164753_ZM_Dark-Denim-Short-Overalls215520Dresses: Picture jeans; but jeans that cover your entire body and make you look just as amazing, of course depending on the style and your body type. Denim dresses can hug your body just right, if you let it.

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Jackets: the denim jacket is no secret to anyone…unless you’ve been living under a rock! The look that most go for a button down shirts with a fitted denim jacket over it, but your style is just that…your style. Rock that jacket that fits your style best. Also, make sure the jacket fits as well, try not to confused “too tight around the arms and shoulders” with “fitted.” Not the same thing.

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Shirts: two words: perfectly perfect. Good for anyone and everyone. Think you can’t pull it off…think again. Just always know what style your going for before choosing a type of denim shirt. img-thing59928078-01

*Denim is an ever changing trend. It never goes out of style.

Allie Mitchell ❤

Music Video Splash! Ciara, Justin Timberlake + more!

PicsArt_1373134508787July heats up with the release of  4 sizzling music videos and we’ve got all of them in full for you to view!

In a time where music videos seemed cheap and low budgeted these 4 artist usher in a breed of new visuals for their supportive albums and they all capture their respective songs in full essence and their all scorching hot just in time for summer heatwaves!

Watch below as Ciara and Nicki Minaj pay homage to Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream” music video, Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star K. Michelle strips down the pain for her lead single for her debut album, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland serve you a “tunnel vision” and soul singer Fantasia teams up with her girls Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott for the kiss-off summer anthem.

Ciara ft. Nicki Minaj “I’m Out” off the forthcoming Ciara album in stores Tuesday, July 9th.

K. Michelle serves us a lil’ pain medicine with a strong drink on “V.S.O.P.” her lead single for her debut album Rebellious Soul due in stores Tuesday, Aug. 13th

Justin Timberlake takes a similar page out of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video with this intriguing visual that will leave you with “Tunnel Vision.” Mastermind behind the hit, Timbaland makes an appearance in the video as well.

American Idol Season 4 winner Fantasia teams up with Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott for this colorful kiss off to your ex for the song “Without Me” from her The Side Effects of You album.

For everything music exclusive and more keep checking back at EVERYTHING EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE.

-Wil Rivers

Tutorial: Fun Newspaper Nails!

images-27The summer is in full effect, which means its time to pull out all of  those bright, fun, and funky nail polish colors. However, why not kick it up a notch by adding some fun designs as well? Here is a quick and easy tutorial for doing your own newsprint nails!

SUPPLIES:

  • Base coat polish
  • Grey or white nail polish
  • Newspaper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Top coat polish

HOW TO:

  1.  Apply a base coat of polish to your nails.
  2. After the base coat dries, apply your grey or white nail polish. Then, wait for it to dry completely.
  3. Pour some of the rubbing alcohol into a small container. Once your nail polish has completely dried, dip one of your fingers into the alcohol for five seconds.
  4. Next, take a small piece of the newspaper and press it to your wet finger nail. Hold it there for about 20 seconds. When you remove the paper, the newsprint design should show up on your nail.
  5. Repeat steps three and four for the rest of your finger nails.
  6. The last and most important step is to apply a top coat of clear polish to your nails. This will  help the newsprint design stay intact, and also add a nice finish to the overall look of your nails.

This nail design is perfect because its sophisticated and classy, while being fun and quirky at the same time. The newsprint design can work on almost any color, so there are endless opportunities for you to make the look your own and showcase your style. So, the next time that you are looking to jazz up your nails, give this a try!

By: Raven Schley

Staff Writer

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