“Black and Sexy, Baby!”

Are you subscribed to Black&Sexy TV yet?  

Black&Sexy TV is a Youtube channel created for “young, progressive, Black audience who seek a truer reflection of their modern culture.” In a society where black people are too often portrayed negatively, Black&Sexy TV is a space for black positivity and self-love. The black-centered media tells stories in an interesting and engaging way. 

Whitney, Robyn, and Cassius win the “Bish, Whet?” award for being so awkward in     Black&Sexy TV’s hit webseries Hello Cupid

The channel has something for everyone. Webseries like That Guy, Roomieloverfriends, and Hello Cupid (just to name a few) are well-written and well-acted with dynamic plots that will definitely have you clutching both your pearls and your edges. 

You can check out all of the shows on the Black&Sexy TV Youtube page. My suggestion? That Guy. 

 

As if you needed another show to binge watch. You’re welcome. 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

internal-web-promoIf you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  You may have been challenged or have seen videos of people completing the challenge on social media. 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is much more than a trend on social media.  This is not the cinnamon challenge or some silly fire challenge.  It has spread all over the world, raised awareness of ALS and has raised over 100 million dollars for ALS research?  But what is ALS and what’s an ice bucket challenge have to do with anything?

ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed (ALS Association).

The rules of the ice bucket challenge are pretty simple.  If you are challenged you must pour a bucket of ice and water on yourself or donate to the ALS Foundation.  While pouring ice cold water on the body, people are able to temporarily experience the sensation people living with ALS experience. 

So now that you know this isn’t some silly social media phenomenon, take the challenge and donate to the ALS Foundation!

 

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

 

Source: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/

Image Source: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/

Staying Healthy In College

 

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The transition from living at home to living at college will result in a change of lifestyle and for some that means weight change. Between the long hours of studying and the party nights, it is easy to get off track. Here are some simple tips to stay healthy in school…

 

  1. Stay Active!

Not everyone has time to go to the gym everyday but it’s the little things that count. Walk to class instead of waiting for the bus or take the stairs every once in a while.

  1. Get Some Sleep!

With all the studying and partying that occurs, it is easy to loose out on sleep. Sleep is essential to living a healthy lifestyle, so try to make it to bed earlier and get a good nights rest.

  1. Be Mindful Of What You Eat!

Many college students have a meal plan and are limited with food options, but some students have the option to cook their own food. If you have a meal plan, be wise and choose a salad over pizza. If you cook your own food, look up healthy recipes that can be made at a low cost.

 

By following these steps, staying healthy should be no problem. Don’t stress about weight gain, as it is completely normal. Stick to a balanced diet and stay active. Most importantly have fun, but not too much fun!

The Biggest Beauty Mysteries: SOLVED

Have you ever noticed things that happen to our skin, nails and hair and wonder why they happen?  For the longest I never knew what cold sores were or why they were called cold sores.  I never understood where moles come from or why sometimes a black line would appear on a fingernail.  Some of these mysteries have simple answers and others do not.  Today, I’m going to try and solve some common beauty mysteries that have kept you stumped for years, but you never thought to ask about. 

 

  1. Black vertical lines on the fingernail.IMG_1384

Black vertical lines on the fingernail or nail banding as it is sometimes called can appear for a number of reasons.  This includes, trauma to the nail, medication, systemic diseases, vitamin deficiencies and other skin conditions.  The most important, critical reason is melanoma, a type of skin cancer.  See a doctor to make sure it isn’t melanoma. 

  1. Cold sores

Cold sores, or fever blisters are very common and are caused by the herpes simplex virus 1.  This is not the same virus that causes genital herpes.  If you’ve ever had a cold sore, you have the virus.  Chances are you picked it up when you were a child.  Herpes simplex virus 1 sleeps for long periods of time then wakes up periodically and causes cold sores.  While there are many products on the market for cold sores, its best to let the virus run its course. download

  1. Where do moles come from?

2621386_f520 Moles occur when skin cells grow in a cluster rather than spreading out through the skin.  Moles are harmless and very common so they’re no cause for concern.  However, changes in moles can be a sign of skin cancer, be sure to monitor them. 

  1. Ringworm

I don’t know about you all but ringworm was an epidemic when I was in elementary school.  Everyone was scared to catch it and when someone did they were shunned.  I never actually thought to ask what ring worm actually was, though.  Ringworm is a common fungal infection of the skin.  It has nothing to do with a worm.  It causes a scaly, crusted rash that may appear as a round red patch.  It can be treated with 155427805antifungal medications.  It is contagious, and can be transferred from person to person through contact with infected areas, sharing personal care items, in pools and locker room areas and from cats and dogs.  Ringworm is very common among children. 

 

 

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

 

Sources: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/cold_sores.html#

http://www.empowher.com/skin-hair-nails/content/black-or-brown-discoloration-your-nail-what-does-it-mean

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/moles-freckles-skin-tags

http://www.medicinenet.com/ringworm/article.htm

 

Image Sources:

1: http://missbegay.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-14-its-okay-blue-nails-are-normal.html

2: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cold_sores/article_em.htm

3: http://veekay31.hubpages.com/hub/Get-Rid-of-Moles-on-Your-Skin-Naturally

4: http://pediatrics.answers.com/childhood-diseases/pediatric-diseases-demystified-symptoms-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-ringworm-in-children

 

 

Don’t loose yourself…

We’ve all heard that saying “College is all about making connections and meeting new people.” As a freshman coming in you are faced with many new things, and surrounded by people who are totally different than you. You are also given the opportunity to speak to upperclassmen who have been in your place before, and could give you advice. At the same time you have people who try to distract you from what you’re trying to do, and that’s what you should really look out for.

Many college students tend to get caught up in the little cliques, and groups who are looked upon as the popular people just to do it, and feel apart of something. What some fail to realize is sometimes those people in those groups could hold you back from striving for greatness. For example, If you made a goal to make all A’s for the upcoming semester and your friends in the “clique” said he or she doesn’t care as they could settle for a B or C, you have the wrong friends and you shouldn’t be around them because your going to get comfortable with their mindset. When you get that mindset its hard to loose it because it becomes a habit.

You have to realize that you are who you perceive yourself to be. College is a great way to find yourself and to understand who you really are as a person. You can either be the leader and stand out among others or you can be the follower. Its your choice..

– J’quan Freeman, Staff Writer

‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ Coming This September

love-and-hip-hop-logoIt’s official. The Love & Hip Hop franchise is heading out west for its third installation, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.

The cast features many familiar celebs including Ray J, Soulja Boy, former B2K members Omarion and Lil Fizz, Yung Berg and Teairra Mari who was once cast on the original Love & Hip Hop stationed in New York. The story lines already seem interesting enough, but will they be able to compete with the dramatic tales from the East Coast and the Dirty South? 

Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood is set to debut on Monday, September 15 at 8 p.m. EST on VH1.

Find out more about the upcoming season here.