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Climbing: A Rising Sport in Georgia

Need an adrenaline rushing hobby that works both mind and body?  Climbing may be the sport for you.  With over hundreds of rock climbing gyms in the United States, the sport of climbing has taken off.  I myself first began climbing on Currahee Mountain, a northeast Georgia mountain located in Toccoa.  It was such a thrill topping my first climb and looking down to see how far I had come.

For lovers of climbing, indoor gyms were like a dream come true. Now we can climb every season of the year without freezing our butts off or scorching our hands.  I look around now and have seen so many indoor gyms pop up around Georgia. Everyone that I’ve introduced climbing to have loved it and continue to do it.  It’s a such mental and physical workout.  You’re having to plan each move strategically, while working muscles you never even knew you had.

I was so thrilled to hear that my college was building a climbing gym in our new student center.  With so many student-athletes at my college it will give them all a fun new way of working out.  For those of you who have never climbed before, get out there and give it a try!  I promise you won’t regret it.  And as long as you have an experienced climber with you who knows how to belay, trust me, you won’t fall!  Those of you who are natives to the climbing gyms, give a couple mountains a try!  It’s a totally different feel, but in a totally good way!

A College Girls Guide to Glammin’ On a Budget!

As a college girl myself, I am always looking for ways to cut corners when it comes to spending money. We all know that being a college student can be quite expensive, but happens when you barely have money left to maintain your beauty needs? You find cheaper options! Here are a b595c3f53d1ab0c5512f5506284b6230some of my favorite ways to keep it cute on a budget.

Shop e.l.f.! My favorite cosmetics line is e.l.f. Cosmetics for two reasons: their products are of great quality and they are super cheap! You can get makeup/makeup tools for as low as $1 on their site and in Target. If you sign up online, you get free shipping offers and coupons once in awhile which is another bonus. One online purchase that I made only came to the total of about $3 (including my free shipping code) and that included three lipsticks all on sale for $0.49 (you read that correctly) and one tube of lip gloss for a little over $1. You cannot beat those kinds of deals!

Try wigs! No, I don’t mean borrow your grandmother’s wigs, but there are tons of sites with really cute wigs for low prices. I have not personally purchased a wig yet, but after watching numerous wig reviews on YouTube, I am convinced that wigs are great options rather than getting expensive sew-ins. If you’re not completely sold on trying out a wig, sites like http://www.wigtypes.com and http://www.sistawigs.com carry inexpensive weaving hair as well. Here’s a look at one of my favorite YouTubers who made me fall in love with this idea:

Thrift, thrift, THRIFT! I am a huge believer in the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” especially when it comes to thrifting for clothes! I find all of my vintage looks from thrift stores for $3-$10 while other stores sell these looks for way more. A thrift store is also a great place to find business casual pieces which are necessities for almost all college students! Check out http://www.thriftingatlanta.com to participate in their thrifting bus tours!

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D.I.Y. Learning how to do my own hair and makeup has saved my pockets many times! We often pay money for glam before events and such, but knowing how to do these things on your own can help you save those coins. Don’t know how to “do it yourself?” YouTube is your best friend. I watch YouTube tutorials more than I check my other social media! This has been super beneficial to my attempt to glam it up for less!

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Let us know what tips and tricks you use!

Michaela C, Associate Editor

Celebrity Come-Back Kids

This summer must be the season of love because all of the celebrity couples who have once been single have now run into their new loves. The break-ups include: Ciara and Future, Nicki Minaj and Safaree, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, Amber Rose and Wiz Khlaifa, and Tyga and Blac Chyna. The more famous spouse out of two seemed to bounce back the fastest, but now the exes are clapping back.

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We see now that Ciara has hooked up with handsome NFL player Russell Wilson. At first, when I saw them together I saw no connection. I saw this as a ploy to stage her comeback and disconnection from rapper Future, but the more see these two together, the more I like them. Now CiCi never really knew how to pick ’em; she’s got a bit of a past with unsuccessful relationships due to choice. There was rapper Bow Wow who was, for one, too short for her; I saw them as a publicity stunt anyways. Then there was rapper 50 Cent and as I’ve repeatedly said, I never suggest people in the industry dating rappers. I guess she never learned from dating those rappers because she ended up with an even more ratchet one; Future. Future already had a litany of Baby Mamas and I don’t know what drove Ciara to this one; maybe it was because they were both from Atlanta, but whatever the case may be, she ended up getting knocked up and he left her just like he left the others. Word on the street is that Future is now hooking back up with exes but if this thing is real with Russel, and he’s a better example for baby Future, and he’s not a stereotypical whore like many athletes, I’m all for it. Ciara wins.

Nicki and SafareeNicki and meekSafaree and ZashiaNick Minaj and Safaree probably had one of the most public break-ups of the year. It’s sad that after 10 years these two were able to hop on every media platform they could to tarnish each others name in some form. Safaree even tried her career saying he wrote many of her lyrics. Either way, it was trash and I’m glad they’re finally moving on. Nicki Minaj, as we all know, got swept up by rapper Meek Mill. As I said, industry people and rappers never mix so i don’t have high expectations for OMeeka but I will say that Meek seems to be completely infatuated with her and they’re going to make a lot of money if they stick it out. We’ll see. But Safaree finally decided to snatch him up a boo; she’s a make up artist by the name of Zashia. She’s no Nicki Minaj but she’s a beauty and we’ll see if he’s just trying to make Nicki jealous or if he’s really into this chick.

Mariah and James

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Nick and Mariah’s break up was the least shocking to everyone. We knew as soon as we heard the pair get married and then on top of that seem completely disconnected on their first interview that they would break up sooner or later. Nick has been rumored to be dating many women such as Amber Rose and so on but most rumors narrow down to model Jessica White. She’s a beauty and Nick Cannonhas a history of scandal with models. He hasn’t learned his lesson either but at least he’s getting his feet in the water. Now Mariah has tried her best to shine since her divorce. Even though her vocals weren’t promising, she had a show in Vegas that apparently did well and she’s been trying to work. Now she’s been seen with new billionaire and heir James Packer. We saw it work for Janet, maybe it will work for her. Perhaps the only one who can tame a diva is a man with enough money to give her everything she wants. Hopefully he’s a new match and Mariah can finally settle down.

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Amber Rose and Wiz Kalifa’s marriage seemed to be going well but rappers will be rappers and Amber Rose will be Amber Rose. When she said she doesn’t even smoke weed I knew this wasn’t going to last. Amber is notorious for dating rappers, like remember Kanye, and now she’s moved on to a white one, Machine Gun Kelly or MGK. Maybe if the chocolate doesn’t taste so good anymore, you try vanilla. He’s probably the most out-of-the-spotlight rapper she can go for and he’s different so maybe he will adore her enough to keep her. But, if he has the same rap mentality as the others, I doubt it. No word on Wiz moving on but it’s surely to come. I just hope they co-parent better with their adorable son Bash. Amber’s got a type. Good luck girl.

Blac Chyna and J-LeonTyga and Kylie

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Tyga and Blac Chyna had the saddest break-up of all to me. Tyga left his stripper girlfriend who had his son for a 17-year-old jobless piece of plastic. America has been disgusted by Tyga’s actions and deeming him a predator for illegally frolicking with Kylie Jenner. Kylie only knows what she sees being as though her older sister Kim is married to rapper Kanye West and Khloe was dating rapper French Montana. It makes sense that she would see fit dating one as well. Tyga is 24 and shouldn’t be entertaining girls at Kylie’s age. Even when she turns 18 it will still be a drag because they have been pursuing each other way before then and she honestly doesn’t seem mature enough even though she dresses like it. He’s been dragging her everywhere with him and Kylie has been dressing like a sexy grown woman anytime they go out. I think Kendall may be the only Jenner with some sense. At her age, I don’t think it will last with Kylie and Tyga, and Kylie definitely shouldn’t be responsible for raising Tyga’s baby King since she’s been seen in pictures with him. Blac Chyna obviously is disgusted as well as she’s expressed but luckily, boxer J’Leon Love came in to save the day. I could see this working out since Chyna is a big girl now but I hope he’s ready for a son. I’ll be watching.

Celebrity couple drama is so juicy. It seems as though they all look way better with the new baes though. I’ll be updating from time to time as new things brew, but for now, congrats to the exes who put a line through it and kept on trucking.

Be Stingy With Your Cootie-Cat

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Sorry I had to use Joseline’s song, her being extremely out there with her sexuality, but it proves my point! In this generation there are more shotgun weddings, pre-marital babies, teen pregnancies, and STDs than perhaps ever before. Kids are having sex earlier and earlier and we should not be using forms of birth control for 12-year-olds. And I’m not just talking to the ladies, men too. We have got to stop this double standard that we have allowing our men to be loose but then cracking down on the ladies. When are we going to realize that it goes both ways and that there is not one more significant than the other. It starts with the parenting, but once we as young adults are released into the world, it is up to us from there.

As far as parenting, parents have to set the example. If a daughter sees her mother walking around in provocative clothing and being promiscuous and immature, she will emulate what she sees. If her father only dates woman who appears as though everyone has ran through her, they will think this is what men are attracted too. Sometimes situations consciously affect children once they become of age. For instance, if one of the parents cheats, divorces, constantly says ill things towards one another, is not present, walked out of their life, teaches them incorrectly, or simply doesn’t discipline, it shows in adulthood. This generation is spoiled with parents using the excuse that the child should have more than they do; that is the goal. But if the parent has everything, where does that leave the child? Do we see that eventually if we repeat the “I want my child to have what I never did” eventually the child will have everything? Everything to the point of being so spoiled that there’s nothing the child can’t have.They grow up without respect, morals, values, and good attitudes because mommy and daddy told them they could have the world. Parent have to talk to their kids about sex and be open. Do research and find ways to make it easier. It really sticks with us later. We also can’t over protect them because this causes rebellion so there is a balance. Allow them to make mistakes and learn from them. Let them fly and be there to guide them. Punish them appropriately when they are wrong. And yes, some children need to be spanked. Train a child in the way they should go. Set an example and don’t be an example of what no to do. The child needs to be raised with spiritual foundation whether that be church or whatever it is you believe in in order to reinforce right and wrong. These upcoming generations need guidance. Children can’t raise children and grandparents shouldn’t raise children for lazy parents. It’s a responsibility and we all suffer the consequences.

Now, once the parenting is done and we go out on our own, the rest is up to us. I’ve seen people who were raised in wonderful families with a great upbringing that still end up making stupid mistakes. Curiosity and peer pressure can make a good apple turn into a bad egg. For the beautiful ladies with a good family; everything that glitters is not gold. We cannot allow ourselves to be fooled by the persuasion of a man who wants nothing more from you but something he can get from any other girl. The rule that works for me is: if you can’t see yourself having a baby with him, don’t get in the bed. Just keep the consequences in mind before making a bad decision. Don’t hang out alone in the room with men, don’t give it up to any man with a pretty face and sweet talk, and don’t set yourself up for failure. A man will show you exactly who he is if you pay attention. Just because men do whorish things during this age doesn’t mean we have too and not all men do it. Don’t profile them miss out on good men. Get a title and fall in love before you consider you body. If a man will cheat to be with you he will do the same to you. There are so many ways to avoid the system. And for those who didn’t have the best upbringing, stop using that as an excuse. A parent that’s not present is not your crutch. You can change it! You can be better that that! You can look back and show off on how far you’ve come and make those you love and yourself proud. Also, gold digging is so dead. There’s always a price for money and even if you find a man who will buy you everything you could ever want, he will lack in so many other areas that it will leave a hole in your heart. You deal with the public, the criticism, and the child you realize that is going to be just like him. Men; it is not expected of you to be hoes so stop the foolery. You have the power to make the life you wish for and you choose to lay down with dogs? These girls will run you dry. Just think about sex as dropping a penny into a little bucket every time you do it. Once that bucket’s full, then what? Then you wanna marry? You’re blown out by that time and sex isn’t going to be special like it’s supposed to be. Let your crew make stupid decisions and suffer those consequences alone. Or better, stop hanging with discouraging friends. Having a record will not help you in your future and no man is complete without having success. You want girls and consequences or a fulfillng life and foundation? You choose.

This is not a post to bash sex. Even biblically sex is described as a gift from God. I only remind my readers to be in love with who you give your body too. Screw a 90 day rule. It’s when YOU are ready and there is no time limit on that. Whether it’s 6 months or until you’re married. There’s no addiction; it’s all in your head that you need it and can’t stop once you start. Many people regret who they give their first time to anyways. It’s OK to wait. It’s beautiful to wait. Be the unique one. Attract someone as unique as you and make magic. Share a moment with someone special who has proved your love and who you feel totally comfortable with; someone you can introduce to Mama and someone you’ll have longevity with. I refuse to go along with the 2015 trend of sex being normal and since everyone is doing it that means I’m weird if I decide not to sleep with whoever I want. It’s supposed to be about being in love and connecting and chemistry. Sex was created to end in the beauty of a child so keep that in mind. Make sure you’re getting checked, using proper birth control, and making smart and conscious decisions and no birth control is 100% effective.The child should enter world with two parents that love them and create the masculine a feminine balance in their life however this is done. Be stingy with your cootie-cat and men gate the snake.

BET RED CARPET FASHION

Now don’t think I was going to go too long without clocking the BET Awards Red Carpet fashion. I have sat and debated and I have finally brewed a top 5 list for the best and worst fashion statements for this past weekend. they’re in order from worst to best.

Fashion Misses:

5. Brandy Norwood

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This entire outfit confuses me. I don’t know if it’s the colors, I don’t know if it’s the shape, or maybe it’s the fact that you don’t wear big hair with a dress that flares out like your hair. Typically Brandy does well with fashion but this one wasn’t hitting it for me at all.

4. LaLa Anthony

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I’m so disappointed in LaLa because she’s one of my favorite personalities and an inspiration to me, but either she needs to hire a new stylist or stop picking her own dresses because these patterns aren’t cohesive at all. I know everyone wants to do the bright summer colors…but we have to pick one girl.

3. Zendaya

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Now Zendaya is one of my girl crushes but even though she looks queen in everything she wears, I have to be honest; this dress was a no. It looks like she took a button up from her ex boyfriend and spray painted it with glitter paint from Home Depot. The shoes and hair are beast and if she would have done another design of glitter dress and I could have appreciated the look. Still love you Z!

2. Lil’ Mama

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Lil’ Mama could have truly pulled this look off had she left out this mirror sequin you-tried-it in the front. She should have tried a simpler accessory to this suit. Maybe next time Lil’ Mama. I have to say this is better than usual though.

1. Debra Lee

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Debra Lee always looks a mess to me. I don’t think I’ve ever actually liked an outfit she’s worn. This is perhaps my favorite. She’s notorious for being boring and badly dressed and she didn’t let us down this year. It looks like an extra long man’s t-shirt. Debra, you’ve got to do better at some point.

Dishonorable mentions to Karrueche for whatever she had on and Natalie LeRose’s performance outfit.

Fashion Hits

5. Naturi Naughton

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“Power”‘s Naturi was so bold in her orange and the young lady who broke the internet designed it. It compliments her body and it’s gorgeous. I love everything about it.

4. Ciara

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Now there’s been some controversy over this dress but I have to say I like it. Ciara has the perfect physique to pull this look off and she looked beautiful. Thanks again for that Janet tribute. Go Ciara!

3. Janelle Monae

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Even though everyone said she stole Lupita’s look, she definitely pulled it off. Janelle Monae looked ABOSLUTELY gorgeous! The hair, the dress, the shoes, the face…everything…gorgeous!

2. Janet Jackson

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Janet FREAKING Jackson; we haven’t seen her in so long we forgot how much she slays. Her body was snatched, she looked like an angel, and whoever did her make up deserves an A plus. She strutted on that stage like an angel and she was outstandingly beautiful.

1. Jidenna

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It’s about time we start recognizing men in fashion, especially our black men. I love everything about Jidenna’s fashion. He sings about being a “Classic Man” and he definitely looked like one. Thank you Jidenna! Show these black men how to dress!

Honorable mentions to Tracee Ellis Ross, Yazz, and Diggy for looking snazzy too!

Who else had the outfits of fleek at the BET Awards?

Obama Said WHAT?

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Many are up in arms about President Obama using the “N” word during a podcast interview with Marc Maron. The POTUS says, “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know that casts a long shadow, and that’s not cured of it…and it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public, that’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination…societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 2-300 years prior.” Not so bad , right? It’s not like he was calling blacks niggas for no reason, he was making a valid point, however, many have taken the word out of context and feel as though Presidents shouldn’t be using that word.

Here’s how I feel; Obama is not the first President to use that word, he’s just the first to say it out loud. I’m sure he knows the consequences of his actions, but by him being the first African American President,if there was one that needed to say it first…it should be him, especially after what’s going on in the world right now. He was saying racism is not about white people saying nigger; it’s deeper than that. There is hatred deeply routed within those racist families that are being passed down from generation to generation and those offspring end up acting out and hurting an already oppressed people.

Another point Obama made was about cracking down on gun control in response to the Charleston massacre. Now, I’m all for gun control. I believe there should definitely being a more difficult process to get access to one than there is now. I believe that those who have guns and that don’t live alone should have to keep them under lock and code and hidden from children especially. I believe that those diagnosed with certain mental disorders shouldn’t own guns. I could go on and on about gun control issues, but that’s not the problem. Things like the Charleston tragedy cannot be prevented with gun control alone; this is an issue of race. Racist actions should be punished more harshly than they are, police included. Law enforcement needs to make more efforts in helping enforce racial equality in all corners of the country including the less fortunate areas. Crimes even as small as threats should be taken seriously.

Though we can’t stop racism, having the President on board for change is certainly a huge step. Black people have our eyes on him because he’s approaching his last year in office and he has little time to make a difference. With racists such as Donald Trump trying to swoop his way into office, he’s got to do something before it’s too late. So, no, I’m not upset that Obama used the “N” word. Maybe this will wake people up. Maybe this will provide some clarity. Maybe this will finally be the beginning of Obama taking verbal and physical action against the hideous racists of our country.

‘Cause Kendall, Now We’ve Got Bad Blood

Girl Code: Can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. In the world of celebrities, this is supposed to be an understood principle among girls–right? According to Taylor Swift, beloved model Kendall Jenner needs to learn a few pointers about who to date and who to stay away from.

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Sources claim that this has been the biggest issue between the two, after her split with Harry in 2013. Kendall and Harry had a short fling, but Taylor is still waiting for an apology.

Don’t hold your breath, girl.

It is to be believed that   Kendall thinks of Taylor to be “a control freak,” who “plays people against each other.” Ouch.

This goes further than just girl code violation–Kendall tharrykendallurned down the chance to be in T-Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, because of her personal dislike for the newly turned pop star.

Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes…but can it protect against the shade Kendall threw at Taylor?

In hopes of uncovering the beginning of the two’s friendship, there was no discovery of the girl’s even being photographed together! So how close are you? It does not appear that “friends” would even be the correct terminology to describe any past relationship Taylor thought they had.

But is anyone mad at Harry? *crickets* I guess not.

What do you think? Take our poll below!

-Kenya Parks (Twitter and Instagram)