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H & M Ad Disaster…It Ain’t Fun When The Rabbit Gets The Gun

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By Cedric Nettles-Entertainment Editor

 

Well, if you hadn’t  heard by now, retailer H&M apologizes for its poor display of decision making in posting an ad with a black child rocking their sweatshirt saying “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.” One thing I can say with all certainty is in media we are taught to have three types of minds. A discerning one, a dirty one, and a common sense one. All three of these minds are designed to ward off the wrath of public opinion, social media, and lawsuits. So most adults have seen the ape/monkey references to black people. So I can’t excuse this ad. The ad is subliminally telling you who is inferior and who is superior. Survival expert? Are you serious? There are young black men today who feel like one when they can get away from some police checkpoints.

 

The disturbing thing is the comfort level of posting such an ad in the first place. Did they really think this would go unscathed?  One could hope that the outrage stopped a potential trend of corporations mocking people of color in plain sight in their ads. Like when America “was great.” There is a lesson from this. Many brought attention to this story  to have them take it down, which is wonderful. Let’s just hope  if  we see our “brother”that  needs our share, or if our “sister” needs a kind edifying word, we never have to have a situation like this to suddenly unite us.

The spirit of working on our own economic empowerment is what will take our buying power back. The ad firestorm proved that when the rabbit gets the gun, a company can change their world view in a nano second when it is fight or flight.

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As fathers, mentors, guardians, “pop-pops” we should let this remind us that we have to teach our kids of color that they have to be outstanding in all they do. The stigma of us being inferior will hit us from time to time, but we have to teach our kids to keep their chins up with no apologies. In success , in failure, and in their come up.

This innocent young ‘king’ was made a spectacle of for no reason. I don’t know where your modeling, perhaps acting journey will take you but one thing is for certain you have value. As legendary comedian Paul Mooney says black people are the most copied people on the planet. Those that are mocking you now young king , will inevitable try to copy you at some point in your life.

Besides, it takes a crazy person or society to copy something that they deem inferior…Then try to profit from it.

 

Shine on king.

 

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Cannabis and Your Voice

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Today’s the day, that’s right 4/20…Can we be real for a second and talk about the elephant in the room for a few minutes? I’m talking about that green sticky stuff with the funny smell when lit. Some people call it Pot, Grass, Herb, Mary Jane and remember back in the day some people even called it Reefer? For the purpose of this article, I will refer to Marijuana as “weed”. I wanted to talk about the possible effects that weed can have on your voice. Before we get into this very interesting and controversial topic let me be clear, I’m not here to judge or point figures, nor pick sides to each is own. I’m here to point out some facts and perhaps give you something to chew on, pun intended LOL!

Taken in a public store in a state where “Weed” is illegal…

Many of you know that April 20th often just referred to 4/20, international “Pot” holiday, originated by five high school students from California in 1971. The story itself is pretty fascinating but whats even more fascinating, to me is how it quickly became an international holiday all over the world. If this subject tickles your fancy, you’ll have to do a little research to learn more.

As I look through different articles looking for the long and short-term effects weed (the most used illegal drug in the world ), I was surprised at the small amount of information I found about the cause and effects with emphasis on the voice. I found this interesting because many of you already know artists and musicians are often perceived as heavy drug users of many different kinds, not always weed. While we often hear about and are driven to focus on harder drugs, weed it’s often accused to be the gateway drug. We all know or have read about singers, rappers, actors, pastors, even former President Bill Clinton was accused of using the drug many refer too as “weed” but don’t fret, he didn’t inhale…

Okay, here goes the tea… Regardless of how you smoke weed, (or any other substance) rather it’s in a vaporizer, pipe, blunt or old fashioned joint, any inhaled agent has the ability to over time damage the overall quality of your voice. Just as caffeine, heating/cooling systems and allergy medication, and even sleeping with your mouth open at night dry your voice and sinus completely. Dryness in your throat causes a plethora of problems you might not even be aware of some of which include difficulty swallowing, coughing, heartburn and body aches, just to name a few. Some studies show that a vaporizer is safer because the substance isn’t burned and fewer toxins are actually produced. However, other studies shown say that any smoke at all inhaled has potential to damage your voice.

Marijuana is now legal in nine states for recreational use and other 15 states for medical purposes, weed has quickly become in higher demand among the states that haven’t been considered for legalization, as of yet… You can cut the tension with a knife among both citizens and legislators when this touchy subject resurfaces. 

Fully stocked up help citizens celebrate 4/20 in a state where weed isn’t legal

We live in a stressful world that seems to be constantly on the move, with pressures of becoming bigger and better by the microsecond. People who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD and health problems, particularly pain and much more is at an all-time high in our nation as a whole. From the stress of raising a family to the stress of being an entrepreneur creating your dream job, weed has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of people all over the world swear by the substance called “Marijuana”. In a small serve, I conducted today, some claim they couldn’t, and some even stated they wouldn’t live without. Weed helps “take the edge off and calms me down at the end a stressful day,” several people said from my serve, verbatim.14-20 people I asked, (would like to remain anonymous) admitted to consuming daily.

I served:

6 Singers   (2 college students)

4 Males     (over age 60)

3 Mothers (between 25-44)

7 Professional “White Collar” (Unisex ages 23-52)

All of which had valid reasons why consume daily, all of which were compelling. The other six had various reasons for daily use from chronic pain to high anxiety. At the end of the day, we all must do what we think is best for our overall mental health and well-being. Being a person who was without a voice for almost three years, I tend to examine things a little differently than I once did, especially when it comes to my voice. 

 

 #thatsall ♥

 

-Deonna Cattledge 

Deonna Marie | The Gift of Voice, Professional Classical Singer, Vocal Coach, and Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

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Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92.

“A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92,” reads a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara, are greeted before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the former president was admitted to an intensive care unit, and Barbara was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bush passed away shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.

Having been hospitalized numerous times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she decided Sunday that she wanted to be “surrounded by a family she adores,” according to an earlier statement released by Mr. Bush’s office. (More)

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The ‘Beyhive’ is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

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The 'Beyhive' is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

Cedric Nettles Exposure Magazine/Entertainment Editor

The ‘Beyhive’ is swarming once again as Beyonce’ makes sure that the notion of  ‘blackness’ is not hidden from society and the history books. Her dazzling performance paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities in only the way she can.  From controversial Super Bowl performances that challenged mainstream America til it was red,white, and blue in the face, to this year’s Coachella performance, Beyoncé goes in.

 

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Black schools matter. That’s what Beyoncé said, in so many words, throughout her Saturday night Coachella performance. It was no ordinary show when she stepped on stage wearing a dazzling band leader number before what has been one of her best performances ever.

Her show was replete with a long list of references to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The high-energy majorettes, marching band, step show and probate that were part of her show are all prominent on HBCU campuses across the U.S. It was “one band, one sound” as 100 black band members danced while playing instruments typical to those at your average HBCU homecoming.

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