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Gearing Up For The Be Dangerous Documentary

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To see something you've had in your head for years to start evolving into that exact idea and more is nothing short of a gift from God. Story telling has always been my favorite thing to do, that includes reading out loud in class (yeah I'm that one) and just writing my thoughts. Can't forget the Tyco video camera I got for Christmas in fourth grade that I knew would just give me access to the world.

But that ain't this...and this ain't that &...you know the rest. *Jeezy voice*

I think the most special part of this documentary is that as I type this, it's not even done. But again, I'm trusting the process because it has gotten me this far. So cheers to that and cheers to Alyx, Tiara, Toni, Chardonne, Dice, Kathy, Reci, Fred, Cord, Woo, Nikki, and Sandy who have helped make this possible.

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Five Things You May Not Have Known About Breast Cancer

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October has always been very special month to me. Both my Grandpa (29) and Gam (17) were born this month. Health wise, October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My Gam was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 10 years ago along with gastrointestinal cancer a few years after and Alzheimer's seven years ago. It'll be eight months since she's been gone. Her breast cancer began to progress back in January after years of chemotherapy.


Being the only grandchild and her primary caretaker I learned a lot of things that I wouldn't have known unless I saw it first hand. Even after there are still things that I didn't know, especially when it comes to getting checked. Here are five things I found out below.

  • Men can get breast cancer. I've heard of this but to actually see the numbers was even more shocking.
  • Most with breast cancer didn't inherit the disease.
  • Alcohol is linked to breast cancer. It raises certain hormone levels and by damaging DNA in cells.
  • Black females are more likely to die from breast cancer. This is due to lack of detection in the early stages and unequal treatment.
  • White women are more likely to get breast cancer more than any other race.

Find out more here and please be sure to do a self check and if you're unsure visit your doctor for a check up.

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Be Dangerous Profile: The Multimedia Designer & The Actress Travel Blogger

As we get ready to unveil this dope Be Dangerous Campaign, we want to make sure you know just enough about the young ladies involved. With so many professions, it's a sure thing you'll relate to someone. This first week, we introduced you to Anooluck Sengsouvanh and Tiara Deshaun.

From their favorite songs, to books, to a snippet of what they'll be discussing on this project. Each week we'll provide you with a recap of what you may have missed. Stay tuned as you get to know what it really means to Be Dangerous...It's Careful Out There.

 

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Tiara Deshaun

Representing The Ladies: Top Five Videos From

-Rihanna -Cheers

-Missy Elliot- Sock it to me

-Mya- Like whoa

-Beyonce- all videos lol but Crazy in love

-Janet Jackson- Pleasure Principle

Time to Read: Favorite Books

-The Alchemist- Paulo Coehlo

-Oh the places you’ll go- Dr. Seuss

-Harry Potter collection- JK Rowling

-The five people you meet in heaven-Mitch Albom

-You are a Badass- Jen Sicero

What Keeps You Motivated?

"Knowing that somebody, somewhere needs my gifts and knowing I'm inspiring someone." -Tiara

 

 

 

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Anooluck Sengsouvanh

Representing The Ladies: Top Five Videos

-Missy Elliot - Sock It To Me

-Lil' Kim ft. Lil' Cease - Crush On You

-Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)

-Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes

-Foxy Brown - Oh Yeah

Time to Read: Favorite Books

-Good To Great By Jim Collins

- Who Moved My Cheese By Spencer Johnson M.D.

-The Art of Seduction By Robert Greene

-The Time Traveler's Wife By Audrey Neffenegger

-Decoded By Shawn Carter

What Keeps You Motivated?

"The youth and the community. They were the first to believe in me so I want to continue to teach and motivate them that it's possible."

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Dope Reads of the Week: "Cultivating the career of your dreams..."

Since Sunday is more of a relaxed day, I'll start sharing more of the great articles that I'm sure you will find useful during your "work week". In this case I opted to start with something we all need, women and men. Some of us are living our dreams and really making our marks in the world via our careers. Some of us are not...yet. There are times that you may want to give up, speaking for myself; I've noticed each time I wanted to do so, there was always this tiny little voice that said, "No keep going."

Sometimes it would be in relationships that I really should but hey, we're talking about dreams now and we all know what we know when we know what we know. Below are a few articles to check out.

Photo Credit: Carolina Águila

Photo Credit: Carolina Águila

Happy Reading!

"Always strive to put yourself in uncomfortable situations + thrive in that uneasiness" @alana_matos811 @CarolinaAguilaD

 via Forbes

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“Once you know your value, pull up that seat and make sure you have something to say.” — Issa Rae
By @AlwaysKarin
via Forbes

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Motivating Yourself Through a Dark Time Is Challenge But It Can Be Done

The day after Christmas, at the hospital w/Gam.

The day after Christmas, at the hospital w/Gam.

I found that I could totally identify with Inc.com's latest article, How I Motivated Myself During My Darkest Times, by John Rampton. I believe my favorite point was rewarding yourself. You know, when you finished a task no matter how small or big; give yourself a gift. I remember for weeks I found myself not being able to get out of bed, to the point of holding my pee because I just wanted to stay in bed and not deal (yeah it got bad). 

Gradually I was able to get out of bed, but it took steps, time and it was a project. However, when I did get out I found having a piece of fruit was my reward or even if I brushed my teeth, I would look up a vacation that I dreamed of taking one day as a gift to myself. It wasn't overnight but it helped and it's still a task. I'm probably one of the biggest fans (now) of self-care and treating yourself, because if you can't treat yourself...who will?

P.S. Ever since I've moved back to Tennessee (three years now) I've been at the hospital every Christmas (Mama, Grandpa, Gam). This year, my goal is to get out of the country. Cuba, Tiara aka Dora, you ready?

Read more of John's tips here.

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Pink Kicks & 40oz Rose On Deck

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Before the creepers I was a huge fan of Puma. The simplicity and the smooth suede always set their style a part from other sneakers I loved to wear. Plus somehow I always kept them clean. Not steering away from their classic style too much, they introduce us to an updated model of the Suede Heart. The new Puma Suede XL gives the feet some breathing room with a few holes to keep us cool. You can cop them for $90 and NOW...here.

Always keeping it classy I spotted a 40oz of Rose. Not just any Rose, but yes 40 ounces of it. Usually, known for malt liquor; creator Patrick Cappiello along with its producer French winemaker Julien Braud sell the bottle for $16. The only thing is you can only cop it in  California, Colorado, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

But that's only because 1,200 cases from the 2016 vintage were made. 

See more info here and save me a bottle.

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Live From The Trap Garden & How To Add Value To Your Community

It was probably one of the hottest days if not THE hottest day this summer; but with the help of some of the community, Rob Veggies of Trap Garden, was able to put together another great event for the city of Nashville. I was more than excited as I have been wanting to learn more about gardening and starting my own garden at home. I had heard a lot of great things about Trap Garden, especially that it was helping to fresh foods in inner city communities and providing the education to start and maintain it. It was great to see a few friends of mine helping and meeting new people with the same goal. I got to chat with Rob to get a sense of his mention. Check it out below and a few photos from the day!

The Juice: How did Trap Garden come about?

Rob Veggies

My own personal life experiences motivated me to want to build something that could provide assistance to others who do not have direct access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks.  Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, in a neighborhood without many fresh healthy food items then moving to Nashville and having to drive miles away from my home to a grocery store with fresh products was frustrating.

I named the organization Trap Garden because of the history of the word "Trap" in general honestly.  When people think of Trap Houses they think of a house where you go to purchase drugs.  I think of the work ethic that the drug dealer puts into creating and distributing those drugs and getting repeat customers.  Our organization seeks to put in that same amount of work to put something positive into our communities. 

We wanted to provide a healthier food options that made people want to come back for more.

Fun Fact: Not only is Rob Veggies passionate about providing healthy foods to the community but he also studied Health Administration and Planning in college. In short, this is real life.

What we can all get from Trap Garden is being a help to our community and ourselves. Rob Veggies describes what he finds the most fulfilling about Trap Garden...

"Being able to create experiences with community members that have similar backgrounds.  I think we as an organization are able to better relate to the communities we serve than a lot of others.  We have a genuine good time at all of our events while doing good for the community."

The Ultimate Goal of Trap Garden...

The ultimate goal of the Trap Garden is to have a healthy corner store on every block in every underserved community in the nation. We want to recreate that small mom and pop store feel.  Where you can come to the store and actually know the person who is selling you groceries.

Be sure to stay updated on all things Trap Garden and find out how you can contribute!

Visit TrapGarden.org & tell them I sent you:)

Instagram.com/trapgarden

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When You're A Grown A$$ Kid & There's A Place For You

Grown A$$ Kids

Yo Breezye x Southern Yankee

Seriously, with so many restaurants adding some of your favorite childhood board games it was only a matter of time for a full day of it. Well not all the way but instead of board games, Nashville's Yo Breezye and Southern Yankee took my favorite term Grown A$$ Kid to the max with a full day of games, drinks, food, music which made for Field Day 615!  

One of my favorite things besides the music was the gladiator like jumping thing. Again, Breezye didn't get me! I just wanted to jump around like the grown a$$ kid I am. It's hard to believe the summer is over but it was one to never forget. Check out a few photos of what you missed. 

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My Happy Place, Your Favorite Dancing DJ

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Crazy how I feel my Mama's presence so much when I'm DJ'ing. I could so see her on stage with me gassin me like Get it girl and that's Mama's baby and getting on the mic and saying Puss and me replying Boots. It's so real even reading that exact sentence. Wow.

I get it.

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Sewing is where I've always been with my Gam when she was here and when she's here. Just guiding me and being the perfectionist she is and telling me to do it over because that stitch wasn't straight.

Grandpa is always like nukkas and flies I do despise. But when logic is priority over heart he's there saying reverse psychology. And treating me like Queen of the world because anything less is not allowed: still getting this through my head.

Be Dangerous...It's Careful Out There. #eyepissglitter

Be Dangerous...It's Careful Out There. #eyepissglitter

But Mama giiiirllll I feel you when I get on that stage and that first song plays and then I get my groove yeah that groove is you girl! It's all you it's all Terri but it's all Peaches but it's all Tati(Grandmama voice😩) that's Tot...DJ CropTopTot that's my happy place...DJing is my permanent Bonnaroo. *plays Ashanti Baby intro*

Thank you God.

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That Soulquarius Concert in Cali Was Everything You Thought It Would Be

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Minus a few of our favorites being late. But it seemed like it wasn't their fault. Before arriving all we saw was rain. We thought, "Oh no we'll be singing Get Low as we get flooded with rain." However, it wasn't. We had a great brunch, fun experience at Target in Huntington Beach and Kelis brought the sunshine out. My favorites/the ones we got to see were...Kelis (she wore a glitter/sequin catsuit word to JKL), Jarule and Ashanti (even though they acted like they were beefing), Jhene Aiko (loved that she had tea on stage), Ro James (with your perrrmmmmiisssioooonnnn); sorry we missed Mya, Brandy, Monica, DMX we came in when he was doing Slippin' (I wasn't in the mood), Erykah Badu as we were leaving (we were there since 12PM...it was 12AM by that time) and we missed R.Kelly

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But here are a few dope pictures from the experience. I'm ready for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Rollin' Loud (maybe), Hangout Fest aka Frank Ocean is performing by water!

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Why The Tupac Festival In Nashville, Tennessee Is Important to the World

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Just the title alone screams WHAT! I still can't believe it's actually a festival for Tupac and it's actually taking place in Nashville. As much as people may think of Nashville as the home of Country music, it's roots are music as a whole, hence, MUSIC CITY. As a "Little Big Town" (pun intended) the community feel makes it extra special to host the Tupac Festival. 

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A grand community featuring, Slim And Huskys, Beats & Brushes, Seafood Sensations, EYEPISSGLITTER (owwww), Fella Vision, PRJMarie, 1608Creatives, Dixon N Such, Concrete Magazine, 92Q, and many more are giving helping to plan some exciting events circled around not only the movie premiere of All Eyez On Me, but the 46th birthday of Tupac Shakur. It all started with a few friends coming together excited about the drop of the movie and wanting to do something extra special for his birthday...that small idea turned into a festival and that's where we are now. 

The Tupac Festival will include:

  • Birthday Party, hosted by Vibe Magazine
  • Beats & Brushes at Agenda
  • Art Show via Slim And Huskys
  • The Searching for Black Jesus Panel hosted by The National Museum of African American Music (myself, Big Fella and Anasa Troutman are speaking on that

And plenty more. Take a look at the visuals

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For more information visit the Instagram.com/tupacfestival

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#GunsAndButter The Exhibition That Brought So Many Creative Souls of Nashville

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Le, you did your thing and I'm so happy to be apart of your progress and help execute your vision. I know this is only the beginning as your talent as a photographer and a true artist really shows and I'm so happy others can see it too. Cheers to you and I'm ready to get these images all around Nashville, Tennessee.

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To everyone who came out to celebrate to some great tunes provided by Andre, and art direction by Mike Ewing, a sincere thank you to you all!! And big thanks to Slim & Husky's for providing that good pizza as always. Check out some photos from the night and keep your eyes peeled this week.

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The Anxiety That Was More Like Excitement For Biggie's Birthday Celebration

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So yes I DJ'd in college, but it was on vinyl more so & I kind of didn't do it long. I did one party at BarCar in Nashville when I was a part of Olamiji's all women's event promotional group, NuQueen Ent. I was taught by some of the BEST DJ's. Shout out to DJ Crisis, Big Boy AJ, and DJ Young Breezye.

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Big Poppa by Caffeine Dream

Big Poppa by Caffeine Dream

This time around DJ Jazzy T, (my sis) and client had the most bomb idea that I DJ again and a little be more that I can't speak on just yet. So I actually said yes. Funny how things come together, I was able to get my DJ setup, headphones and music within a week of saying it (thanks Lightweight). After that I looked at it as, "You really don't have an excuse, it's time." So I've been practicing day, night, morning and whenever I can.  

I was really happy when I was asked to DJ my best fiend, Ciera's surprise birthday party (party of the year). I literally DJ'd from 3PM to 3AM! Then my sister cousin, Shebi's Graduation party (so much love and inspiration and great music in one room) and now my third gig of the month and my very first as DJ CropTopTot!  

I ended up having so much fun! If you we're there you'll see I'm a dancer at heart & just about every song is "my song", so I left wth my legs hurting and a bit of a sore throat. It was all worth it & I was totally in my element. I messed up a few times but the music was so good. Check out a few photos below.

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I Just Needed Time Alone With My Own Thoughts.

Got treasures in my mind but couldn't open up my own vault. 

The Country, TN

The Country, TN

No really. Before 2017 came along, I just knew my life would be dramatically different than anything from 2016 and much better than 2015. No negative Nancy, but I did have a little fake heartbreak (I can laugh about it now, kind of) then between that and not knowing what was going on with Gam, I was feeling all kinds of ways. Still healing with everything but using that energy to be creative as phuk. One thing that I have been extremely consistent in since I could make words into sentences is WRITING. 

I have not stopped since, and reading some of my old material has pushed me to keep going. Not only that but designing, because after all, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Women's National Month (March), and great things to do. So get ready for some good reads, places you'll probably want to check out, garments you'll want to rock, accessories you must have and a bomb a$$ 2017 because this year is all about letting go, and I was born on the 17th so it's even more JIGGY.

-Tatiana aka EYEPISSGLITTER

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How Raising My Gam That Raised Me, Helped Raise Me More

Surviving five heart attacks, four diabetic seizures, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's, gastrointestinal cancer and breast cancer would sound like a stew of pain. Thankfully, I was able to witness my precious Gam seem to not have any pain (Thank you God for this).

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Rewind, I initially moved back to Tennessee to help take care of my Mama when she was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, she was also taking care of my Gam (Mama's Mama) that also had two cancers along with Alzheimer's. Sounds like a lot, but when you LOVE your foundation so much that's small. I stayed, left my bills back in Arizona (yes, random yet peaceful move to the desert) and helped take care of both my Mama and Gam. I had no idea that when my Grandpa came to visit (lived with him in NY for five years; we took care of each other; my bff) that he would suddenly have a stroke and pass. 

I was heartbroken and I didn't know if I would be able to make it. He is/was ( I still speak of him presently) one of a kind and the best man I've ever known. I had no choice but to keep going, my Mama still had cancer treatments and began to have immense pain, not to mention Gam had chemotherapy as well. As I write this I'm seeing that things happen as they are supposed to. I think if they were doing ok, I may not have been ok because I wouldn't have felt the need to.

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Not too long after February 10, 2015, my Aunt Alberta (Grandpa's sister) passed away. I was sad as I love her and seeing my other Aunts and Uncle Bobby be sad made my heart ache. Not to mention my Mama was in the hospital that week and couldn't go. Little did I know the very week after, July 5, 2015 that she too would pass. Again, writing this is only the brink of my feelings. It doesn't seem real but I can say I am at peace knowing my love angels are. Soon after, my other cousin Diane passed away a month later, my cousin Clayborn passed away that December, the next year November 6, 2016 my Aunt Marie (Grandpa's sister) passed away and now we're here...

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February 18, 2017, my sweet Anna Lee aka Gam went home. As you can see it's been quite some challenges, from grieving to attempting to continue life, take care of myself, but be selfless to make sure my loved ones are cared for. I have no complaints as I have been able to do the things that I want but to a limit. I am grateful for those limits though. Going back to raising my Gam. The effects of Alzheimer's are tremendous and if the caretaker themselves doesn't take care of themselves they too will suffer. Somehow I made it to this point where I could write about it. But this is only the beginning.

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Thank you my dearest Anna Lee, Percy Johnson, Terri Odel.

Because of YOU I can do this.

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Before #ShEther There Was Lil' Kim Hard Core on Vinyl

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When I think of Hip Hop and albums that have changed my life, besides Snoop's Doggystyle; Lil' Kim's Hardcore was number one to me when it came out. I remember my Mama purchasing it for me on cassette. It's classic, the petite wordsmith (as said via her first Source Magazine feature) brought her A game. 

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Check out a few photos of her recording process of the classic Hardcore.

 

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A huge thank you to Urban Outfitters. Cop your Hardcore album here